Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

6,446 Ratings
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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Ratings: 6,446 |  Reviews: 1,836
Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DNICE555
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into my pint glass. I've had the dreadnaught which blew my mind and I have a Dark Lord in my fridge. This will be my second FFF offering.

A - A darker golden color with an off white head.

S - Hops, floral aroma, citrus, just as nice as my college GF.

T - Nice level of hops for a pale ale. A subtle piney bitterness with a citrus sweetness to balance it out

M - Smooth, Crisp, Refreshing

D - Probably the best Pale Ale I have ever had. Very well done. I have loved their ipa and pale ale, cant wait to crack open the dark lord.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delightfully well balanced and easy to drink American Pale Ale.

Cloudy amber pour, subtly hopped aroma followed by a well balanced, malty sweetness. The finish is pleasantly bitter, but not "over the top". Unfortunately there's not a brew date on the bottle, so I can't tell whether the sweetness is a result of design or of age. The bottle was recently purchased from a reputable shop, but I expected more hops on the finish from such a flagship APA...

Look forward to trying it again at the earliest possible opportunity!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brdc
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at their location, on tap.

Dark golden with ruby overtones, and a white sticky head, just like from the bottle.
Nose is hoppy, fruity as expected, but the malts are quite noticeable as well, adding some sweetness, earthy/grainy features to balance it out. It feels very fresh, with a more pronounced fuitiness when compared to the bottle, which is an improvement.
Taste is very well-balanced just like the bottle; hoppy and, fruity but also at times malty and even somewhat sweet. Dry finish, but here, compared to the bottle, the fruitiness and bitterness feel a bit more noticeable, and it lingers for a bit longer.
Medium, creamy on the palate, it is very flavorful and well-hopped, but the malts are not ignored and maintain a very flavorful balance, although comparing to the bottle, the hops are a lit bit more upfront.
Impressive, even better than the bottle version.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a White Three Floyds/Intelligentsia Mini Snifter.

The beer pours a true copper color, slight chill haze with a good finger of foamy white head that has good retention and leaves some spotted lace behind. The aroma rather light but showcases bitter piney hops with some crisp spice, light grapefruit with quite a bit of malt backbone. The flavors are more impactful, lots of bitter piney hops, light citrus character, some spiciness from the hops and a smooth, malt backbone at the finish. The body is great, moderate to high carbonation but it has a nice creaminess to it with a nice dry finish.

Verdict: A pretty standard APA from Three Floyds and it's no wonder why they've been making this for over 16 years. It's crisp, it's refreshing, it's hoppy without being abrasive and most of all, it's clean and balanced.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber gold with a ton of white head. The head hangs out for ever and there is beautiful lacing on the glass. Smells hoppy and malty. Smells as hoppy as any IPA I've had. some light citrus and piney hints on the nose. Tastes very balanced between a solid malt profile and some great hops. Pine and citrus on the tongue. A bit of grapefruit as well. Very good mouthfeel and very drinkable. A top notch brew

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Photo of DCon
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 6-pack of this APA from my cousin Mark when he was visiting in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the 12oz/355ML bottle in my Pint glass. Has no sign of an expiration date.

Appearance- Pours a nice brown/amber color with 3.5 finger of bubbly/frothy head. The retention lasts for a very long time and color with a nice fluffy head that leaves frothy after lacing all over the place.

Smell- Has a nice mix of hops throughout a nice candied/fruit aroma. Grassy hops have the most influence when it comes down to it. (Also, have a hint of a Chai Latte- black tea, honey, or sugars). Great aroma!

Taste- Has a great upfront hop taste once again, not too bitter, and well-balanced (huge hops but nice malts as well). Theres no telling the ABV's in this beer and I dig this! Theres nothing worse than a Pale Ale or APA that has too much of an alcohol taste or aroma to it. The citrus hops play a good part into this beer while the grassy hops are in the aroma.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, Medium Viscosity, Forever hops on the palate. Just what I needed after a long day!

Overall- One of the best APA's I've had yet! I haven't been exposed to many APA's in general, but this just became my #1 on my list. Thanks Mark! The drinkability was pleasant, and such great characteristics with this beer. I would recommend this to anyone trying new styles or need a good APA. Haven't seen this one around St. Louis before and glad to have had the opportunity to have a cousin out of town who gets good beer in Indiana. Cheers Mark!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone pint.

A- pours a dark golden with a 2" off white head. Big trails and cliffs of lacing cover the glass.

S- lots of caramel, some toffee, citrus and pine.

T- caramel, toasted malts, citrus, nice bitter pine finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Bigger feel for a pale, slightly syrupy.

O- nice pale/ipa. Closer to two hearted than Sierra pale. Nice caramel and citrus, with good amount of pine bitterness.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-5-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Pours with one finger of foam, cloudy amber color, nice lacing ring with a decent amount of carbonation present

S - Hops, orange peel and roasted malts

T /M - Smooth at first but finishes with a piney bitter taste along with noticeable citrus taste to it

D - Pretty drinkable APA, and easily have more than one in a sitting. I would for sure get this brew again and I would recommend it

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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,446 ratings.
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