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Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Alpha KingAlpha King

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

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

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 13 oz tulip

A:Burnt-orange copper color solid head and relatively thick.
S: This is my first craft beer experience and the smell of this beer, overwhelming pine and grapefruit is what got me hooked.
T: Hoppy start into average malt, not too much caramel.
M: Feels substantial, thick, viscous, I don't know but the weight and heavier fluidity in the glass is notable.
D: 2 per session max, always on the shelf in the garage.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from a trade with dogfooddog.

An amber, brown beer with a small head and very little visible carbonation.

Smell is near perfect, very hoppy with grapefruit and lemon smells, citric. It is all very fresh and pleasant. After the first hop explosion there is a nice malty smell that is also a bit wort-like (mash).

Taste is bitter, citric and grapefruit, with some piny flavors. Very fresh and pleasant to drink, from now on this is my favorite beerstyle, easy to drink, low in alcohol and high in taste. The hop is backed up by the maltiness, which comes alive when my tongue gets used to the bitterness. Body is medium and gives a nice balance to the bitterness. The beer is not sweet and sticky. Aftertaste is piny and grapefruit bitter which is lingering and even my burps taste good.

This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted! Thanks dogfooddog!

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Photo of jwc215
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours dark amber with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of mega alpha hops - citric/piney/earthy/leafy. This is an APA?? Smells like an IPA - vey hoppy - and nicely done, to boot (to say the least).

The taste is citric/piney with balancing sweet malt (hoppy APA/more balanced IPA border). Some acidity. Rounded bitterness comes through in the finish.

The body is slightly thinner than expected - still, it's pretty chewy and medium bodied. Smooth.

A hop-head's version of a pale ale, for sure! And nicely done, Firm malt backbone keeps the hops tied in nicely. A goodie!

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Branchline tumbler. Bottle dated 1/16/14. Right at two months.

Gold brown put with thick white head. Liners and left a lot of lacing. Dark for a pale.

Pine and bread in the aroma. Like a bakery in a forest.

Smooth and balanced. The second best balance I've ever had with a hoppy beer (after Pliny). Herbal, grassy up front with a pine after-taste.

Smashing pale ale. I think the best I've tried. Thanks to BeerJesus for this throw in!

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Photo of EStreet20
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a nice amber color, almost a dark shade of orange with a one and a half finger head that's slightly off white. A nice looking pale ale.

S - A gorgeous piny hops smell with a little hint of citrus in there.

T - Big hop rush on the initial sip, very nice. Hops mellow slightly and allow for a little malty flavor, then the hops kick back up on the finish/aftertaste. Definitely a good one.

M - A well carbonated beer that feels good on the tongue. Gives you a "punch" from beginning to beyond the end due to all the hoppiness.

D - Goes down nice and easy. Could easily knock this sixer down. Probably a bad idea though since I'm going out later.

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Photo of stevef
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the beer fridge at 48 degrees.
Poured a nice creamy off white head that lasted for a while.
The color was copper and the body clear and sparkling.
The smell was absolutely heavenly! Hops, hops, hops. A heavy citrus smell with grapefruit and a hint of orange.
Mouth feel was creamy, slightly oily and very lightly carbonated.
The taste was just like it smelled - citrus, grapefruit with an ever so slight bit of orange. It had a very light hint of malty sweetness in the middle but the hops just stayed with you and coated your tongue.
I love this brew! Many thanks to my son for bringing it back from Indianapolis.
Hey Three Floyds - contact Southwestern Distributing Company in Memphis and let's get your beer to Tennessee!

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Photo of Grundle20
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color is copper with an orange shift to it. There's quite a bit more haze than I remember there being but I'm drinking this beer awfully cold. The head is tan in color and about a quarter inch in size, with mediocre retention and lacing.

The scent is strong and pleasing with big notes of apricot, caramel, and pineapple.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
For an American pale ale this beer falls on to the malty side of the spectrum. The strong scents don't really translate to strong flavors as the malts dominate the hops in this beer. Not to say the hops aren't present because there is a minor note of apricot. The body is malty and smooth with some bitter orange rind sting in the fore. The finish is moderately clean leaving a pure aftertaste.

It's not quite as refreshing as other American pale ales but it's a very savory beer. It's a good balance of flavor versus substance.

Bottom Line:
This is my favorite beer of all time possibly but this is certainly not my favorite bottle of this beer I've ever had. The hops didn't present themselves as much as they usually do and the beer drank a little flat, possibly an old bottle.

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Photo of Gerasimos
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back from Indiana.

Appears - beautiful burnished red-orange; one finger thick clingy head

Smells - dazzling grapefruit, more than hints of bubblegum, slightest pine zest; refreshing blast to the sinuses

Tastes - as the scents suggest; pine, hops, sweetness and citrus; malt back; well-balanced; slowly fading hop bitter end

Mouthfeels - gushing, entire palate coating; just brighter than creamy, silky smooth; a perfect bite of carbo

Overalls - love it; an epic example of the style; savor every sip if not readily available in your area; 3 Floyds has my absolute favorite labels/marketing as well

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Photo of n2185
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear reddish copper with about two fingers of white head. The head fades into a thin white cap with exceptional lacing.

S: Very good hop bouquet going on here. Lots of citrus aromas--sweet orange, grapefruit, etc. It smells amazing.

T: There is some citrus rind up front followed by a bit of piny and grassy hop flavors. There's a light bitterness as well, but it doesn't linger around. Quite nice, all around, with the hops definitely present without being as in-your-face as an IPA.

M: Light-medium body with medium carbonation that goes fairly well with the hop flavors.

D: No real lingering bitterness and fairly smooth body mean this beer goes down pretty smooth.

Overall, one of the best pale ales I've had.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from the bottle. Can't tell if the guy on the bottle is a merman or a goblin of some sort.

Appearance: Pours a wonderfull bronze and honey hue. Nice head that did not grow too large and settled into a small layer of lace on top of this gorgeous liquid.

Smell: Hop and floral aromas mix right off the bat. As I keep smelling I detect very sweet apples almost like a crumb cake or struedel, very delicious. Great balanced aroma.

Taste: Very strange in that the hops are definitely there yet they are not. Balanced and yet etheral hop blend. Some slight citris rind, toast, apple mead, and an alcohol content that is superbly hidden.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with average carbonation. Lightly syurpy and very pleasant.

Drinkability: WARNING! This beer has the potential to put you down for the night if you are not careful. I could easily drink 3-4 and not even realize it. It was a true pleasure to put this offering from FFF between my cheek and gums.


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Photo of jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was feeling a hop craving so I grabbed a sixer tonight and realized I haven't reviewed this one yet even though I've had it hundreds of times.

Pours a clear caramel with a finger of white creamy head.

A little bit of bready malt backbone supporting the main feature, hops. Crisp citrus notes with some grapefruit and a dash of pine.

Starts off a little citrusy although not quite as much as the nose. A little bit of breadiness and malt backbone again and it finishes bitter earthy and dry.

Good creamy mouthfeel and impressive in its heft for something only 6%. Good carbonation levels as well.

I am re-acquainted with how much I love this beer every time I have it. One of my favorite easier to get offerings.

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Photo of edbeered
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kingpin for the bottle. This pours a hazy reddish amber color, with a minimal whitish head and a scant amount of fine white lacing on the glass. The smell is citrussy. The taste is of intense citrussy hops(primarily grapefruit, as well as a slightly floral flavor)along with a sweet bready malty finish. The mouthfeel is rich and full and the flavors blend smoothly. This is a terrific drinker and may be the definitive APA. I only wish it was available in Minnesota.

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Photo of byrd
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear copper-amber in color with a good, frothy head that dissipates very slowly. Huge grapefuity aroma that I think has some pine notes (I have a hard time distinguishing pine notes). Medium bodied with a good carbonation. The ever-present malt backbone, which is most noticeable at the start, is pretty overshadowed by hops after mid-swallow. The finish is citrusy and grapefuity with an aftertaste that lasts for a long while. As a pale ale, I think I’ve had some IPAs with less hops than Alpha King. Nonetheless, it’s a great brew that is very drinkable and very well balanced. This one would make for a nice session brew. Alpha King almost reminds me of a VERY mild Dreadnaught.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - deep amber color, hazy, large off-white head with good retention and exceptional lacing

s - lots and lots of floral hops, very citrusy aroma as well

t - up front there is a moment of sweet maltiness, then the hops hits, lots of citrusy hoppy bitterness, wonderfully long bitter finish, no hint of alcohol

m - medium-bodied, hop oil coats the mouth, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - very, very drinkable, I could drink AK all night, and I certainly have many times

I just recently noticed I hadn't reviewed AK yet. I drank it all summer and it was love at first sip. One of my favorite beers. Straddles the line between a Pale Ale and an IPA, which is just fine for me. FFF's trademark beer is certainly a great one.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds branded imperial pint glass

Pours a jewel-like amber with a two and a half finger pillowy off-white head with great retention. Significant lacing as the head recedes. An inviting blast of grapefruit rind and pine greet the nose. Opens with bitter grapefruit and understated floral notes sweet malt joins in fairly early and adds balance, finishes with a bit of bite and citrus. Incredible mouthfeel, medium bodied, but silky smooth with just the right amount of creaminess. A standard-setter for APA's. You'll be hard pressed to find one that is better.

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Photo of MetricOcean
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very balanced, aroma-hop-forward, well crafted American Pale Ale. The nose on this thing is fresh and citrusy, some pine, some sweetness. Taste is not aggressive but very assertive, no harsh bitterness at all. Lemon comes through strong and is followed by a subdued soft bitterness. Modest sweet cereal body ties it all together. Light alcohol flavor, but hidden enough that it could sneak up on you. More drinkable than its 6.6 ABV would suggest. Overall this is an incredible Pale Ale, and it most definitely lives up to the hype it gets. Well done. 89/100

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired in a trade with vj2slow

Appearance is a clear amber-dark orange hue, head is a thick off-white layer of sudsy foam that dissipates to a thin ring, spotty lacing on the glass

Smell is mild-to-moderate hops, mostly light citrus, pine resin, and floral/grass, nice backbone of bread/biscuit malts, touches of fruit zest and spices

Taste is floral and earthy hops held in check with pale bread malts, great balance, some bitter citrus and roast malts creep in, finish dominated by bitter hops, very delicious

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery yet slick texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability is very high, I really like the balance between hops and malts, this is a very hop-forward pale ale in the session range with very little alcohol presence, i'm glad i was able to get a 6-pack of this tasty ale!

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Photo of bort11
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an over sized pint glass. Mild white head that retains foam cap on the surface. Thin lacing. Color is a warm honey amber with good clarity.

Smell is a sweet honeyed bread malt with a floral/pine hops. Extremely balanced aroma. It shifts from honey to hops. Taste exemplifies balance. Honey malts and citrus/pine hops. Finishes with a little bit of black pepper.

Great quaffability. i wish I had grabbed a full six pack.

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Photo of david131
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not an APA, it is an IPA. But whatever.

A- A very golden/ copper liquid with a nice white, foamy lacy head. A little bit of cloudiness to it. No lacing to speak of.

S- Some nice soft piney hops. Some grapefruit and other citrus fruit as well. Not the most fragrant beer.

T- Astounding. There is something very special to this. One of the first thing I notice is how "clean" this tastes. I love it. Along with the pine and citrus is something else. I had to think about it for awhile, but once it came to me it made it that much more enjoyable. That something else was a great watermelon flavor. I loved how unique this was.

M- Great. The level of carbonation was perfect for the mouth but may have been what hindered the aroma of this beer.

D- Love it. My only qualm was the lack of quaffability of it. I really hate to buy into hype. But damn it, this is good stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of latackbeer
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Pint glass and formed a 2 finger head. Still some left as it climbs down the glass.

Great nose caramel upfront and grapefruit at the end.

Taste is great nice malty body more citrus at the end with a little Pine.

One of my favorite APA's hits the Palate just right!!!

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No noticible bottle date. This seems to be happening a lot with FFF brews over the last few months. Pours a fiery amber-orange with perfect clarity. The head rises aggressively to the top of the glass and holds strong before fading slowly. The nose feels like it's trying to hide a spicy hop behind some sweet malts. First sip and "BINGO!" The hops are really balanced out well with a nice sweet malt presence. Great all around beer for all times of the year.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This tremendous beer pours a golden-red hazy color with a minimal head. The smell is huge and almost hits you in the face. Not over is it loaded with hops, buy there are many sweet notes almost like bubble gum in there. The taste is also huge. Very chewy with the amount of hops, but also little special additions of sweetness along with the hops. When its swallowed, the first 3 seconds have mostly a malty taste, then the hops take over and command the rest. These two tastes are surprisingly well balanced for such a big beer. A great beer that’s worthy of every bit of praise given to it on this site.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark, hazy burnt orange with a nice one finger off white head. thick lacing coats the glass

S: great piny hops are strong mixed with lemon zest, citrus and some caramel malts.

T: like the smell, hops are dominate (which I love) but there is a perfect balance with the caramel malts and slight biscuit undertones.

M: perfect medium carbonation with a dry, slightly bitter finish

D: perfect drinkability @ 6% abv IMO. goes down super smooth with great bitter finish. a great APA with a wonderful hop forward touch

Overall, this just might be one of my top 3 favorite session beers. I could easily drink this beer all night long. Wish I had this beer available to me all the time in KC.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice hazy golden color with a thick sticky off white head that hangs to the sides of the glass. the smell is piney and floral, and it sticks in your nose, this beer smells more like an ipa than a pale ale. the taste follows the smell with a wonderful pine flavor up front followed by some nice hop bitterness and a well rounded malt finish. the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a resinous well carbonated feel. overall this is the best pale ale i have ever had.

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Photo of tpd975
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another thanks to my brother for smuggling this baby across state lines and into Florida.

A: A lovely rusty amber color with a nice 2 finger head that disappers to nearly nothing. Left lacing all the way down the glass; Beautiful.

S: Hops are yelling at me from the bottom of this glass. Grass, Pine, and citrus come wafting from this pint.

T: This brew is dominated by hops and pine. It has a slight citrus finish that makes it very refreshing.

M: This baby is pretty hoppy for a regular IPA. The mouthfeel is medium but the finish is oh so refreshing.

D: Yep! This baby goes down like a champ. I get as much as I can via the brother pipeline on his trips to Florida, but not enough to make it regularly sessionable. If it were this would be my session beer.

Overall: Come on its 3 Floyds you know it has to be great. What I like about this beer is it pushes the edge for IPA's. It has enough hops to push it on the verge of a DIPA without going too far. The taste is wonderful and they go down sooo smootly. I proclaim this beer sessionable and great!

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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