Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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95
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6,468 Ratings
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:
6,468
Reviews:
1,841
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
974
Gots:
1,353
For Trade:
30
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,468 |  Reviews: 1,841
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Maestro0708
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bottled on 3/27/17

A++ appearance. Deep amber/red hue. Big foamy head with excellent retention. Beautiful sticky lacing.

Aroma is all hops and near-perfect. Big citrus notes of grapefruit and citrus rind accompanied by piney and floral hops.

Flavor follows the nose with big citrus, piney, floral, and earthy notes balanced by a good caramel malt backbone.

Medium-full bodied and crisp.

Overall: When fresh, this APA can stand up to any other. Great hop flavor balanced by sweet maltiness. An outstanding beer!

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Photo of Dharmelink
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of USAF77
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is outstanding stuff. Pours full and is just a beautiful deep amber. Excellent lacing and the smell is just so hoppy and perfectly bitter its almost a shame to drink it. Its aroma actually fills the room. Its full of flavor yet really clean and refreshing. Wow the citrus hoppiness just explodes on your palate. This might be very well the best ale I have ever had and I can kick myself for not buying a case when I had the chance. I have a strip steak ready for the broiler and I cant wait to sip after a bite of fine beef.

This is a great , great ale.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany, tall off white head, and great lacing. Caramel and citrus aroma. Notes of burnt caramel, Hawaiian roll, orange flesh, grapefruit rind and wet pine needle. Smooth, well carved, medium body and lightly dry. Really nice pale ale that is different than the pack.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

FFF brewery only 40-50 minutes away (I thought for sure I had rated this already.).... this bottle=dated 3-20-17 ....so fresh...Alpha King has one of the best balances of hops to malts out there. That is my opinion....but with this one you get the hops blended so well with the malts that it isn't too bitter or too sweet.

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Photo of EdrickCS
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nhoelzen
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

The legend from a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks KEVIN!
This fine ale pours a deep red tinged amber with an excellent head of off white foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin spotty pool, and features some very nice lacing. Nose of
grapefruit, subtle pine, rich caramel malts, and light herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose
by presentation with caramel malt backbone loaded with citrus notes of grapefruit and a touch of
mango and a dash of pine hop notes. Excellent mouth feel; smooth, medium body, lightly sticky
coating with hops and caramel, and a subtly dry medium carbonated finish.

Overall, this is one near perfect pale that lives up to the standards.

Excellent!

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hard to see how it looks since I'm pouring into a blue solo cup, but what I could see when pouring it looked redish to brown color. I would say 1 finger. Nose is citrusy. The taste is more malty than I expected. There is still some of the bitterness of the hops. Nice body to the beer. A decent offering from 3F.

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

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

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

Photo of Bfoster75
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sastnd
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Pours amber red with a billowy off white head. Nose is of grass, light pine and malt. Taste of pine, light floral, grass and a sizable malt backbone. A bit of underlying citrus but very minimal. A light stickyness, pine gum like on the mouth. A dry crisp finish with a bit of a alcohol kick as the beer warms. Where as zombie dust is a citrus bomb and IPA like Alpha King is a true malty piney pale ale, west coast like in smell and taste.

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

Photo of B33rcules
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McStagger
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/6/17.

A: Aggressive pour into Libby tea glass. Two fat fingers of head. Beer is transparent orange/amber. Head is slight off white/tan. Carbonation is minimal in the glass. Excellent head retention. Very sticky lacing. Looks nice in the glass.

S: Hops are run to classic west coast style. Piney, some citrus and grapefruit. Biscuit/carmel undertones.

T: Moderate slap of bitterness up front. Hops in the taste go more towards stone fruit in the palate. Pears and red apple transition into moderate tropical fruitiness. Finish is mostly dry, with some residual maltiness.

M: Medium bodied. The maltiness is more prevalent on the tongue. Finish is medium dry with some malty/toffee notes (but not sweetness) on the finish.

O: Good pale ale. I'm still a bigger fan of Zombie Dust, but this one is no slouch.

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Photo of Grizzarky
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,468 ratings.
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