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Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,811
Ratings:
6,348
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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969
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1,293
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 6,348
Photo of MemphisSooner
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dank, spicy, peppery hops abound! This is a legit pale ale with some definite backbone. A little heavy in the body, but otherwise a near perfect brew. Second only to Zombie Dust in his category. 3 Floyds delivers again.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Pepperiness" is the primary note of this beer, and a near-perfect note it is! Stimulating but never overpowering. Alpha Kings gets an "Alpha" from me---it is a world-class beer.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had a fresh bottle and I revise my initial view. Dark and malty with a complex spiced floral nose and a full hoppy flavor with a long finish. Much better!

My bottle is from 7/21/16, so perhaps some of the hoppy complexity has faded. Interesting nose but not much citrus. Also, a bit darker than I would have expected. Taste has good balanced bitterness but Maltier than is usual for a pale ale. I will seek out a fresher candidate for comparison.

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Photo of searsclone
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. I think I may have an old bottle, because this didn't do a lot for me. Very little nose and not a very complex flavor. Mostly malt with a bitter finish. I would like to try it fresh.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale amber producing 2+ fingers of foamy, light tan, somewhat lasting head that leaves motes & streaks of thin lacing. Aroma is floral, pineapple, a little citrus, a hint of pine & caramel malt. Taste is tropical fruit, citrus & earthy floral, caramel & biscuit, some pepper finishing with a slightly prickly bite & floral hint backed by caramel sweetness that become the dominant early component of the aftertaste which transitions to a lingering, floral, dry, lightly astringent & moderately bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, prickly finish, dry & astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is floral, pine, citrus, some caramel malt, and just a hint of booziness. Taste is pine resin, malt sweetness, and a slight herbal flavor. A well put-together APA, but the malt heaviness relative to the hop flavors just is not my cup of tea.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 06/17/16) served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber. Thin off white head, lots of fine persistent lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Pine, orange. Not much else.

Taste: Very hoppy. Strong pine and citrus hop flavors, with some herbal notes as well. A bready and mildly caramelized malt for balance. Finish is not as hoppy as I would have expected. There is some bitterness, but it is muted pine and orange tea.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, nicely thick. A bit chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable. Full flavored, good balance between hops and malt, very hoppy, but not a palate wrecker. I could easily have another of these. Went well with burger and grilled corn. A very good APA.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - copper clear beer, white head sticks and leaves okay lacing
S - big gummy bear, fruit punch, pomegranate; some dank resin, piney hops in the background
T - big grapefruit, peach, pine, hop resin, fruit punch, gummy bear
M - light, alcohol is covered, aftertaste is grapefruit and gummy bears
O - great beer, unique, I'm not sure how they get that candy sweetness in there, it's not cloying at all, just tastes like eating gummy bears

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: a very nice copper tone. poured into a tulip glass, leaving minimal head.

S: getting a lot of malt on the nose -- undercurrents of guava and citrus.

T: very robust tropical taste (guava and passionfruit) balanced by white grapefruit and a strong malt backbone. The nose and appearance suggested malt-heaviness, which it is, but this is nicely balanced. Hops in abundance. Probably the most balanced malt forward PA I have had.

F: creamy and full bodied.

O: a tremendous malt-forward pale, and one of the most complex and flavorful pale ales that I have had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first beer I had from FFF. Copper in color, good 1/2" white head. Drops plenty of hops in the nose, not citra, but you know the other c hops that are almost underappreciated these days.

Good citrus impact, caramel and honey malts lightly toasted. Floral, pairs well with spicy food. Could drink this all day. One of those beers you don't mind drinking 50oz of in a sitting.

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Photo of glorytoArnulf
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Only 2 weeks old, I brought a suitcase of 3 Floyds back with me to Oregon.

A: a light copper, with beautiful lacing and a persistent 1/4 head.

S: this is the best part. Lots of pine sap and resiny hops.

T: surprisingly deep for a pale, fresh pine and fruits upfront with a bitter finish.

F: very full-bodied, finishes clean.

Overall: God, I love this stuff.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha King is a winner, smith for an IPA. Drinkability is excellent and bitterness is a a good level. Enjoyed the aroma of citrus and hops. When my wife took her first sip she said WOW. We both like IPA's and this is near the top of the list. Haven't had a Zombie Dust yet. Looking forward.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 16 oz tulip. Pours an orangish/a color with minimal white head. There is decent lacing, although almost no head retention. The smell is citrus, orange, lemon, and pine, but nothing seems to dominate. The mouthfeel is heavy carbonation, with a dry finish. The taste is piney hops, with a slightly bitter, dry finish. The citrus seems to take a backseat in this one. Getting a malty backbone that fits very nicely. Overall a really well made APA. I'd like to try this next to Zombie Dust to compare.

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Photo of Absolut
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a bottle. a little over 4 weeks old.

pours a dark orange.

smells of grapefruit, lemon, citrus and hops. taste is very similar, citrus forward. a wonderful beer.

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Photo of ChevyNexus
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A copper look with a off white head poured in a pint glass giving me a sort of cascading head. Faint smell of citrus mostly all you get is hops with a hint of carmel. Taste is a bit tart but overall enjoyable.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at MacNiven's in Indianapolis, IN.

An easy drinking beer. Not your typical pale ale! 4.25

A - Pours a clear amber clear an off white head 3.75

S - The floral perfume of a bouquet of knockout roses. 4.25

T - A malty APA, some sweetness melded with piney resiny hop flavors 4.5

MF - Medium body with a slightly dry finish 4

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had at Mother Bear's Pizza, Bloomington, Indiana, poured from 12-oz. bottle into tumbler. Alpha King is a big but well-balanced APA that complements spicy food very well.

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Photo of kitch
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz. bottle bottled on March 31st 2016 and poured into a mini Mikkeller long stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper colour with a one finger off white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: A bit light but grapefruit and pine come through along with some caramel malt.

Taste: Bitter citrus grapefruit, lemon and orange peel, sweet lemon tea, lightly sweetened tea, pine and caramel malt in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice and well balanced. Good mix of bitter and sweet.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color with a 1-finger off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves some splotchy lacing.

The aroma is very light but I get some pine and a good amount of citrus, as well as a bit of caramel.

The flavor starts off with tons of citrus, followed by a touch of pineapple. Has a nice caramel malt flavor. Finishes piney and bitter. Good balance.

The feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Goes down very smooth and leaves a nice coating around the mouth.

Overall, a very good pale ale. It's not overly hoppy or bitter, but there's still a nice hop bite. Very well balanced.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a 1 finger head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine. Bit of nail polish alcohol, eucalyptus, and honey. Tastes of sweet hops. Honey and grapefruit syrup. A pungent hop concentrate in the back end. Not a lot of perceived bitterness here. Mouthfeel, carbonated well. Overall, good IPA!

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Photo of FBarber
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange color with a thin white head. Lacing is left on the glass as the head dissipates.

Smell is a subtle but clear aroma of citrus, pineapple, pine with a solid malt aroma also coming through.

Taste follows the nose with some flavors of pineapple, citrus zest - orange and grapefruit - coming through. Nice malt backbone gives some hints of caramel and bread - but truly just hints. Slight piney bitterness on the finish that is pleasant and not overly bitter.

Feel is very smooth, supremely drinkable and refreshing. Medium carbonation provides a slight initial tingle.

Overall a great APA from FFF. Somewhat overlooked in the pantheon of FFF brews, but this is still a great one right there with the best brews from FFF.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 5/5/16

Look: deep, hazy golden color, finger of white head, fairly heavy lacing
Smell: citrus, pine, hops
Taste: sharp citrus flavor. mostly grapefruit, a little bit of lemon and orange. faint pine note as well. tasty but mild hops in the aftertaste
Feel: medium body & carbonation. easy to drink

Overall: this is a very good pale ale. I will be getting more of this in the future!

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I usually take down 2-3 sixers of this each year. And when it's on tap it is hard to top. Really a solid IPA that can be found year-round.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fluid ounce bottle
Bottled on March 3rd, 2016
Reviewed on May 16th, 2016
Served in a Pint Glass

Eyes
Poured a slightly hazy burnt orange body. An eggshell white head slowly collapsed and left a good amount of lacing.

Nose
Dank. Sharp notes of citric hops. Pine. Dense and sweet malt backbone.

Mouth
Hops up front. Sweet grapefruit. Orange peel. Lemon zest. Taste gradually became earthier as the sweet malt backbone weakened. Pine. Finished semi-dry with lingering citrus and almost medicinal notes of herbal hops. Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Notes
Very easy to drink given the combination of bright hops and dense malts. Not much to critique here, quality pale ale done well!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Belated birthday gift from my folks' trip to 3F brewpub. Poured into my fav glass, a Stella tulip, for review. Pours a pale Amber with somewhat hazy clarity with nice head and some good lacing. Smells of American citrus hops with some underlying caramel malts. Tastes citrus hop forward with sharp bitterness that evens what seems like crystal malts. Very balanced yet hoppy without being overly aggressive. Medium full bodied with no warming alcohols. Love that the ABV is apparently 6.66%. Overall, a very nicely done APA - I like the fact that 3F likely included crystal malts in this beer while the current trend is to shy away from using any crystal for today's hoppy beers.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,348 ratings.
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