Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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95
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6,445 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:
6,445
Reviews:
1,836
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
972
Gots:
1,341
For Trade:
29
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,445 |  Reviews: 1,836
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

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

Photo of SSS
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Dark Orange, almost brown in color, with a slightly off white head that lingers and remains
S-Subtle sank hops and lots of caramel and toffee with a little pine and citrus underneath
M-Medium and resinous mouthfeel that is quite nice. Low carbonation
T-Sweet all around with very little bitterness
O-This beer reminds me of 60 minute...it is a solid pale ale.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sposter4
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brewer maintains a nearly legendary reputation here in my hometown. It's not easy to find, often bought in bunches when found, and is often discussed as one you must seek out. I was thrilled to see my local specialty grocer (Jungle Jims) have an endcap full of this variety. The reputation is well deserved. This was top flight all around and deserves mega kudos.

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Photo of elle_belles17
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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