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
Ratings:
6,445
Reviews:
1,836
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
972
Gots:
1,340
For Trade:
29
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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2.26/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle into my Hill Farmstead chalice.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with an inch of head, just a touch of lace.

S: Aroma is sickly sweet, unpleasant to me.

T: Very malty, unbalanced.

M: Sticky, tough to drink..

O: Really disappointing!

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.66/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light amber-copper color. Clear body, filtered, average carbonation. Inch head of white retains better than average.

Smell: Some piney hops, some floral qualities, but not in the skillfully dry-hopped sense of delicacy. This doesn't have a real strong nose. Some sweet carmelized sugar scents from the malts. Oranges.

Taste: Some light citrus notes, orange and piney hop flavors. Not a real substantial malt base, some dry biscuit and carmel flavors. Not very different than the masses of pale ales out there. This tries to breach the PA - IPA boundary, but doesn't really commit to either. Only the slightest bitterness in the finish. I can't reccommend this beer because it doesn't have any direction.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation. The body is light and easy to quaff, but doesn't really offer any substance.

Drinkability: Not difficult to drink, but not interesting enough to make me want another. Just because this brewery makes some real gems, doesn't mean that everything it makes is good, or even competent.

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2.67/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Copper, slightly darker than expected. Pretty clear. Great lacy head.

S: Great citrus smell.

T: Strong malt and some undesirable bitterness - I love a bitter beer, but this as too malty/metallic and I didn't enjoy it. Citrus finish is the only saving grace.

F: Appropriately carbonated.

O: Good smell, look, and feel but the taste was not enjoyable for me.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is bland and boring. Nothing special

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2.87/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Call me crazy... or maybe the bottle I had was past its expiration date, but I had been searching for this beer for some time and am quite dissapointed now that I have found it.

This is a dark copper ale with immediate aromas of citrus hops, carmel and grain. My mouth begins to water...

The flavor is quite good to start... mild malt character, with notes of grain and carmel and a nice, consistent bitterness and citrus hop flavor... until... pow! Is that steel wool? A bizzarre metalic aftertaste that I have only experienced before in my first batch of homebrew. Very strange indeed. This brew began quite tasty, but the lingering aftertaste of metal will keep me from enjoying it.

I will be finding another of these and revisiting this beer.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,445 ratings.
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