Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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95
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Alpha KingAlpha King
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:
6,466
Reviews:
1,841
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
974
Gots:
1,351
For Trade:
30
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,466 |  Reviews: 1,841
Photo of cproioi
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The body is an almost caramel color, or reddish brown, with a white head that dissipates to create a cover just slightly over the top of the beer leaving decent lacing. The aroma is full of citrus hops and a rather large malt sweetness which is basically a non-descript fruity flavor. The taste follows the aroma nicely. Big citrus hops flavor with a fruity malt backbone. The beer had a medium body that gives way to a long dry finish. Very nice beer to drink could be a little thinner for the style giving it a more refreshing hot day beer character.

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Photo of Landfill21
2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A friend left this in my fridge so I endulged today.

Poured into a pint glass. Poured into a dark amber/copper color with a finger head that laces down the glass as you drink.

Has a piny smell, not too strong.

Has a balance taste of hops and some fruits.

Has a medium mouthfeel with perfect amount of carbonation.

I personally don't like IPA's so I marked it as a low drinkablity.

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Photo of clvand0
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber color with a medium head and little lacing on the glass. Tons of floaty stuff in the glass - almost scary how much there is. Lots of hops in the aroma as well as a grassy and citrus smell. The flavor was mostly hops with some grass and citrus tastes thrown in, just like in the aroma. The finish is ... you guessed it, hops. Not a bad beer. Not the easiest drink, but I may have another sometime down the road.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.94/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to sweemzander for a bottle of this. Thanks to steamhead for the twelve ounce Alpha King glass I poured this thing into.

A: Good clarity, caramel-orange, two finger white head that dissipates but still maintains a full cap, moderate lacing. 3/5

S: Sweet and caramel/malty with some stone fruit. Classic signature Three Floyds citrus hops here. 4/5

T: Nice and bitter with a solid sweet sugary malt back bone is the core of this beer. Grapefruit meat and pith add some character. 3/5

M: I wish this were drier. It's big, full, and sticky with moderate creamy carbonation. SNPA kills in the mouthfeel category for me and in comparison, this APA is lacking. 2/5

O: I prefer my Pale Ales to be a little more stripped down and simplistic with subtle nuances (again with the SNPA). This is trying a little too hard to be great and forgets to be good first. 2/5

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Photo of Warfarris
2.94/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle, BOD less than 1 month old, into a beer glass. Pours very dark orange. Little head and zero lacing though the ale was carbonated well enough. The beer smells well enough, strongly of pine, but the taste doesn't translate. I immediately regretted buying the 6 pack. It's drinkable but for the price this is probably the worst beer I've ever had.

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Photo of 99bottles
2.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of sponberg
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright golden amber, reasonable head.

Nose of citrus and spruce over a hint of malt. The flavor... It starts out OK, but about a third of the way through a medicinal, herbal note kicks in that I can't get my tastebuds around. I found it slightly off-putting, but can appreicate that it makes it different from other APAs out there. Decent balance otherwise. Good, bit it wouldn't be my first or second choice.

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Photo of Chrinst
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Treyscottthomas
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheDudeAbides88
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of DStoked
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of westcubs
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Pwillie
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of stinadez
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of MShirokov
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Beercanman1
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of RaysHops
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stood up to its name . Really nice pale ale

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Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of C-Dog
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,466 ratings.
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