Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Alpha KingAlpha King
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,481
Reviews:
1,843
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
974
Gots:
1,359
For Trade:
30
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Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nchrist13 and tpd975 for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat murky burnt copper with a very generous two fingered off white head that takes a good while to die down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is very good, stays all over. Smell has alot of grapefuit, pine, and floral aromas in the nose. Extremely crisp odor. Flavor is so balanced. Starts off with the grapefruit then the pale malt comes through and blances it out so well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. So clean in the mouth. Drinkability is amazing, this is a pale ale? I'm thinking more like an IPA but who cares about labels, this beer is amazing.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this as an extra from Sean. Thanks homey, I owe you for this. Poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with a finger of creamy beige head that seems to be lasting nicely with some sticky lace along the collar.

Hints of caramel come through in the aroma with some candied orange in the the finish. Real nice citrus hop aroma in the finish. The flavor mirrors the aroma on this one, a little bit of caramel on the pallet with candied orange and canteloupe rounding it out.

The body is light and the carbonation holds up nicely in the growler. Overall this one is pretty rock solid. Glad to have a growler of this bad boy.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rather deep golden to amber color. A nice 2 finger frothy head forms, retains, and laces very well. Rather translucent in the glass.

S- All citrus hops and hints of pine notes. Just like SN Pale Ale, except bigger. Not much else here.

T- Starts with a bitter hops bang. Frankly, the flavor isn't as big as in the scent. Lighter malts are barely detectable underneath the hops profile.

M- Somewhat light and very carbonated, but still heavy enough to support the hops flavor profile. Easy to drink.

Overall, a very solid beer. Between this and SN Pale Ale, they are the flagship beers for this style.

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Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Joecaddie
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of alostplot
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of kplooki
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours a medium orange-amber with an off-white head that fades quickly. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smells very hoppy, a sweet piney aroma that makes me thirsty.

Tastes fantastically balanced, lots of hops and some nice caramel malty undertones. Quite delicious.

Nice rich body, carbonated about perfectly.

I could easily knock back a few in a row. In fact, I have....

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Photo of ackeeper
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dispholidus brought a six pack of this to work for our friday beer drinkin' time, and im glad he did. mmm. this is a good beer. Butterscotch colored beer with a little head but good lacing. Smells like oily hops and sweet malts. Tastes fan-frickin-tastic. Very, almost overthetop hoppy on the first sip but for the duration just a nice powerful hop flavor that is a great treat to drink. Some sweet malt and pine flavors, but its pretty much all about the hops. A fantastic bottle of beer.

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Photo of dnb128
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of harryhops
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of LloydDobler
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No noticible bottle date. This seems to be happening a lot with FFF brews over the last few months. Pours a fiery amber-orange with perfect clarity. The head rises aggressively to the top of the glass and holds strong before fading slowly. The nose feels like it's trying to hide a spicy hop behind some sweet malts. First sip and "BINGO!" The hops are really balanced out well with a nice sweet malt presence. Great all around beer for all times of the year.

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

Photo of Timtac
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of sbricker
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of birdsellam
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Kevin_Young
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ToddBeans
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear caramel color with high carbonation producing a 1-2 inch white head. Decent retention.
S: Caramel malt, nice pine citrus hops...nice for style.
T: Wonderful balance of citrus pine hops and sweet caramel malt.
M: Smooth and slightly oily feel. Moderate hop bite in the finish.
D: A solid sessionable brew. Extremely drinkable. Very nice for style...which seems to be closer to an IPA (as numerous people have already said). Enjoyed this prior to grilling burgers...Thanks Kris!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into one of my trusty tulip glasses I reserve for first-time beers. Alpha King had a clear rusty color with some random bubbles lazily drifting to the bottom of a large and durable vanilla colored head. Lots of sticky lace coated the walls as the brew egressed the glass.
Whew, this Americanized pale ale packs some hops! The citrusy hops aroma virtually erupted from the head, easily overpowering a toasty malt aroma. The scents of grapefruit rinds and orange peels were quite enticing but seemed more in keeping with a lot of American IPA's I've sampled. A modest dose of alcohol fumes also was detected.
The first thing I noticed was the abundance of grapefruit-inspired flavor that immediately got to work on my palate. Next came a slathering of sprucy, resinous flavor that lingered long after each taste was swallowed. All the while I kept searching for some indications that malts were present. A mild toasted malt flavor and touch of oak briefly played across the tongue as if running for their lives from a horde of rampaging hops. A faint hint of alcohol bit the throat with each swallow. The feel was lighter and thinner than anticipated and quite dry.
Okay, I'm gonna throw this out: Alpha King may be mis-styled. This brew strikes closer to being an American IPA than a pale ale. The hops character is of such a higher order than the malt aspect as to smell and taste more like a U.S.-bred IPA than a pale ale, American or other. Not that I'm complaining; I love this brew. I've just had a number of IPA's that were similar to Alpha King and not very many pale ales. That said, if you can get the King, do so. If not, work your connections for a trade. Big thanks to qarre for the hook-up!

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,481 ratings.
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