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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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Ratings: 6,539 |  Reviews: 1,858
Photo of brystmar
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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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djtomain
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of rypkr
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vkv822
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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Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught at a pub in Cincinnati. 16 oz. pour served in a pint glass. It pours a beautiful, rich amber with a finger of light beige head and thick lacing that coated the glass and never dissipated. It's a very attractive pour. The nose features grapefruit, caramel malt, pine needles, and floral hops. It's a pleasing - but not overwhelming - aroma. The taste is magnificent: a solid base of caramel malt and some subtle sweet fruit notes balance the pine and earthy hops. The favors compliment each other very well. This ale is medium-bodied and fairly creamy with pleasant carbonation and is easily drinkable with a temperate ABV of 6.66% Overall, this is a stellar APA that absolutely merits its lofty rating. I'm very pleased to have finally experienced this gem of a beer.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kbutler1
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form bottle into my favorite tulip glass. A: Poured a nice reddish brown color with offwhite tan head. About a finger of head.
S: Hops right off the bat with some sweet undertones
T: smooth upfront transitioning to the bitter hops afterward. Not as balanced as I would have thought.
M: Good mouthfeel
D: A very drinkable APA that goes well on a nice warm day...or any day for that matter!

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of lochef81
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap at a hidden gem of a beer bar 30 minutes out of town. Lucky me. It pours a rich amber orange color with two inches of creamy off white head. The aroma is spectacular. Hops are at the forefront but sweet malt and citrus fruit are major players as well. Then I take a sip. I took a double take after I swallowed. This tastes much more like an IPA then just a pale ale. The flavor is very hoppy but, not a hop bomb at all. The malt is well balanced with the hops making for a super drinkable beer. There is a orange peel sour/sweetness that comes out as well. The mouhfeel is awfully pleasant. Medium body with a nice creamy texture. This is a top beer on my list. I spent the entire night enjoying one after another. I will be visiting my this bar again. A 30 minute drive is nothing to enjoy a drink with "the king"

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Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smi69
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RobertColianni
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of brauseboof
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Eman17
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingcrowing
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a small light brown head that's nice and creamy. Nose is fresh, fruity and sweet, light maltiness but the pineapple fruit shines through well.

Taste is quite bitter, lots more harsh flavors rather than the light fruitiness that the nose implied. There is a pretty strong graininess that takes the flavor down a bit, but it's still a tasty beer. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and smooth.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 1/28/16 into a pint glass. Pours dark amber / copper colored with a white head that refuses to die down, great lacing.

Smell is sweet, malty, some fruits. No hops. Taste starts with some caramel, sweet fruity notes, immediately changes to very bitter, some resin notes, finishes with a lingering bitterness and a hint of grapefruit. Final finish is wet, body is heavier than expected. Overall a mediocre/decent pale ale, very malty and bitter. Kind of surprised that a beer rated this highly would be this disappointing.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of stampfler07
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of wellsnb
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,539 ratings
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