Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Alpha KingAlpha King
6,520 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: 6,520 |  Reviews: 1,855
Photo of Syracuse12
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kerry4porters
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a small light tan head that fades fairly quickly. A film of lace when agitated, fades to a lingering washed pattern. A dominant citrus hop aroma with an underlying earthiness. Creamy while hopped, with a nice amount of carbonation that adds to a very satisfying complexity. Tastes somewhere between an IPA and a Pale Ale. Enjoyed it. Thanks JH!

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Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ahatcher78 for this extra. Off my wants list and everyone.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. I don't see any dating.

A: Pours an IPAish golden oranger. A bit hazy but more of a glow. More than 2 fingers of rocky white head form strong and holds on for quite a bit. Solitary little chunks of lacing form a neat pattern.

S: Very citrus-y, orange, grapefruit, without harsh resins... just a very clean hop freshness. Some sweet malts in the back.

T/M: Nice controlled hop bitterness with plenty of citrus. A surprising pepper spice bite that's nicely controlled as well. Some bread-y malts that are slightly sweet come in the even things out. Body is medium light and lively carbonation maintains this.

D: A simple brew that just does everything right. Probably the best of its style that I've had. Too bad this isn't available in my area. Would make a great session brew and I'd love to bring this to gatherings to try and convert some people.

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of PDXHops
3.09/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BitterPachyderm for this 12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized snifter.

An aggressive pour directly into the middle of my snifter coaxes 1/4 inch of head that doesn't stick around for long. Surprisingly dark body- kind of a hazy deep copper/amber/orange combo. Just a hint of lacing. Disappointed in the lack of head and lace.

Smells of (stale?) refrigerated hop pellets, with lots of general bready sweetness. Some caramel and citrus, but mainly sweetness. A bit weird for an APA.

Tastes pretty good, although not as hoppy as I was hoping for. As in the nose, lots of general bready and malty sweetness. Some caramel, some citrus and hints of (faded?) piny bitterness.

Moderate-low carbonation. Could definitely use some more zip to help scrub some of the sweetness away. Medium body.

Overall impression: It's OK, but disappointing as I was expecting a hophead's delight and instead got a very sweet (and flattish) brew. Older bottle, maybe? If I get a chance to try it again and have a different experience, I'll adjust my review/ratings accordingly.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a buddy.

Pours a deep copper color with a big, foamy white head that settled slowly to a creamy collar and leaving some nice lacing. The nose is a nice balance of malt and hops; bread biscuits and caramel along with some floral, spicy hops. The taste follows suit with again, a really nice balance. The malt presents as nice and toasty, some bread and sweet caramel. The hops were difficult for me to tweeze out, and presented more as those great West coast spicy and floral bouquet. It has a easy drinking body, yet is still round and creamy with enough carb to lighten but not too much. Overall, I was impressed with the balance FFF achieves with this brew and the depth of flavor considering its low-ish ABV.

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Photo of bschinelli
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of dailyminefield
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maxpower
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing amber-copper color, nice thick head,decent lacing. Strong grapefruity cotten candy, hoppy aroma. Medium body, soft creamy palate, Strong citrus hoppy with some caremel flavor, good session brew, easy to down a few.

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Photo of Fievel
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rjd722
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 16 oz tulip. Pours an orangish/a color with minimal white head. There is decent lacing, although almost no head retention. The smell is citrus, orange, lemon, and pine, but nothing seems to dominate. The mouthfeel is heavy carbonation, with a dry finish. The taste is piney hops, with a slightly bitter, dry finish. The citrus seems to take a backseat in this one. Getting a malty backbone that fits very nicely. Overall a really well made APA. I'd like to try this next to Zombie Dust to compare.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jcb7472
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckTuckian
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,520 ratings
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