Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear dark amber with an inch of off-white head. smells of hops, grapes, caramel, and grapefruit citrusness. bitter taste up front with a bit of spicyness to it. floral sweetness fills up my cheeks. a bit earthy and grassy. medium bodied and perectly carbonated. this is an awesome beer. bitter as hell just the way i like it. a nice summer thirst quencher with a great amount of sticky lacing that leaves your moustache asking to be dunked in the glass again!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color, kind of looks like an english bitter or pale ale. Light misting of head that remains throughout the entire pint. Sticky cobwebby lacework. Very nice.
Aroma is hugely floral and hoppy, massive hops aroma. Tons of aroma hopping with something really high alpha. Citric, a touch grassy, akin to sticking your nose in a bag of raw hop pellets. Very nice, though. Solid malts coming through from behind, providing a slightly toasty sweetness with moderate esters.
Flavor is not as hoppy as i expected, and malts really come through well. Great balance, the likes of which I was not expecting. Solid malts to balance the powerful hopping. Mild fruitiness, with a bit of toasted maltiness. A hint of toffee. Very drinkable, with a smooth carbonation mingling with the agressive rough hop bitterness.
I'm impressed with this beer, as much as i thought i wasn't going to like it.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*150th Review*

"Alpha King drink this beer all day!"

Well, I would if I had easy access to it. Anyway!

Appearance: A brown/copper color with a nice, bubbly, somewhat tan head. Lacing's patchy, but it has a great, clear appearance overall.

Smell: What do I say? It has a brilliant malty and hop balance. On one sniff it smells of caramel sweetness, and on the next it smells of hoppy deliciousness. Extremely inviting.

Taste/feel: Just an awesome beer. The most dominant flavor that I get is of a quality, caramel malt on the start. The finish is super clean, and offers a burst of fresh hops. Not only is this beer pretty much perfectly balanced, it has an outstanding flavor. There's virtually no aftertaste, which makes me want to keep going back for another sip. Alpha King's a worthy flagship beer at Three Floyds, and one of my absolute favorite beers overall. I can only hope that they ship this stuff to Michigan some day soon.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hop favor burst. Smooth and nice citrus flavor. One of the best pale ales I hAve had

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Tawney amber; opaque. A white one-finger head that turns to medium sized bubbles. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Piney hops, light malts. Earthy.

T: A fantastic hop/malt mix. Grassy hops meet sweet malts. Spices blend in. Orange peel adds to the citrus effect. Very smooth and balanced. A dry finish. Could drink this one all afternoon.

M: Medium with medium, frothy lacing.

O: An outstanding pale ale. Wish more beers tasted like this.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Billakowski for the great trade.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a solid amber colored beer. Head is off-white, chunky, and leaves a thin cap in short order. Nice notches of lacing mark the glass.

Smell: Citrus and how. Big notes of orange and grapefruit. Flesh and rind and oil. So very oily. Nice layer of biscuity malts and some caramel sweetness. Floral and sweet all in good measure.

Taste: Nice malt backbone throws some sweetness over a doughy biscuit character. Hops are definitely in your face and hit hard to grapefruit rind with a splash of bright orange flesh. Bitterness is assertive without ever being intense. Citrus and more citrus, but so very clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that carries a nice chewy malt character. Carbonation is on point. A touch dry on the back.

Overall: For everyone who can drink this all the time, I'm jealous. Tons of hop flavor and aroma, but enough balance from the malt that it never crosses in to IPA territory. Incredibly well balanced with a nice hop bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.36/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll preface this by saying that IPAs aren't really my thing.

A: dark amber in color, just over a finger if head with good lacing and retention.

S: very hoppy, hops with more hops and a hint of malt.

T: much like the smell, but smoother than expected. Starts & ends bitter, pretty well done for an IPA tho.

M: medium-body with average carbonation. Feels really pleasant in the mouth, a strongpoint of this brew for sure.

D: again IPAs aren't really my thing, but considering the style this is about what I'd expect.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
extra sent by iadler!

Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with quite active rising carbonation and a thick off white head.

The aroma is of strong citric fruits that blend quite nicely with a caramel malt backing.

The taste is sweet, with caramel, biscuit malts, with a pleasant citric hop blend.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with pleasant carbonation, though not nearly as active as the appearance leads to believe.

This reminded me more of an IPA in the nose, though the hops and malts did balance out a bit more in the taste. A very well done APA overall.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,572 ratings