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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Photo of RickS95
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's got an extremely dark pour for a pale ale. Think burnt orange with some brown hues. Not quite clear, just a tad murky. The head is gorgeous and resembles an IPA with it's meringue look. Thick sloppy lace.

A citrus bomb in the nose, with plenty of pale malt for support. Orange peel.

Can't think of how you'd improve the taste. I used to think Sierra Nevada made the best pale ale, but this has it beat. Very malty, yet the citrusy hops dominate.

Very smooth and easy to drink. It's really pushing the envelope of pale ales, if it was just a smidge hoppier and more bitter, I'd say it was an IPA with the burst of scent and flavor of the hops and the relatively high ABV. Medium bodied. It's sweet til midsip then the bitterness takes over and lingers.

Arguably the best pale ale in the world, at least of the American variety of pales. This reminds me a LOT of Zombie Dust and with that so hard to get, even with me living in Indiana, this will be my new go to beer.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Beer4B
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of bonkers
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a clear copper with a 2 finger head and alot of lacing. The aroma is a pine explosion. The flavor showcases the cascade hops, big and bold pine and citrus. The finish linges with a piney bitterness. Alpha King is medium bodied, well carbonated and taste like a much bigger beer. This beer taste bigger than many of the IPA's I have had and kind of blurs the lines between the two. To date this is the best APA I have had.

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Photo of tvghost
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AirBob
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lic217
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Viperman1316
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Brian29
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amalburg
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joemochas
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bismarksays
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a person that usually leans toward malt over hops, this pale ale was a nice change of pace for me. Strong hop presence without being overpowering, citrus touches both in the nose and in the mouth. I strong suggest this beer as a beer for people who claim not to like hoppy beers.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of shand
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (thanks to BA redbird) into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This one pours a deep red color with a finger's worth of head that quickly recedes to the edges of the glass. The aroma is great, there's some solid hoppiness backed up by some nice caramel malts. The slightest hint of frutiness takes the aroma to the next level. The taste on this is great, it's quite a big pale ale, with big piney, resiny hops, and big caramel malts. There's also a decent fruity presence. The end has just a bit of sugar sweetness.

The mouthfeel is superb, it's got a lighter body, but still feels full and coating on the backend. This gives the brew a nice, satisfying finish. The drinkability is exceptional, especially considering the relatively high ABV for an APA. Overall, this is just a great pale ale that I'd love to be able to keep on hand at all time. It's just perfectly executed with absolutely no rough ends, a true masterwork of brewing.

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had at Mother Bear's Pizza, Bloomington, Indiana, poured from 12-oz. bottle into tumbler. Alpha King is a big but well-balanced APA that complements spicy food very well.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,618 ratings