Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

6,467 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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Photo of BMoney575
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-23-07

Pours a neat orange/amber with a foamy off-white head and about a billion tiny yeast floaties.

Smell is all intense citrus hops, with a more subtle fruity sweetness.

Taste is very good, an noticeable maltiness makes this beer a lot more balanced and not nearly as bitter as the smell would lead you to believe. The malt/hop combo create a sweet, fruity flavor that can really best be described as watermelon. This sweetness is kept in check by an undeniable hoppiness at the end.

Mouthfeel is also very good, thick and syrupy, you can almost feel the hops as much as you can taste them.

Drinkability is good, although the sweetness and bitterness build after awhile.

Overall a very tasty and well-balanced brew. I wish I could buy it here in Michigan. Its not intensely bitter, but the hops are very prominent. This beer definately blurs the line between a pale ale and an IPA.

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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 neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a pale ale, but this seemed to be more of an IPA. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant surprise. The beer poured to an amber color with a gorgeous head composed of thick off-white bubbles. The head retention was great, keeping at at least a half inch through the entire glass. The aroma was a bouquet of hops and caramelized malts.

The taste was great, leaving a trace of hops bitterness eventually fading into a malty sweetness that beckons you back for more. I will definately buy more in the near future.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Head is about two fingers and lingers for a long while with only specks of lacing left above this slightly hazy copper amber brew.

S - Nothing subtle here. A very pronounced and pleasant aroma of roses, lilies, spruces and firs. Underneath there is some caramel malt aroma. Excellent aroma.

T - Malty! Caramel and light bodied malts mesh to form a pleasant flavor that is supported by a bit of piney flavors. The taste is good.

M - Medium viscosity, carbonation is high, not very refreshing though.

D - This is an excellent APA, but it is too drying for extremely good drinkability. It has an good flavor and a fantastic aroma though. Basically, it has too much flavor to be as drinkable as some other APAs.

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Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with lots of tiny suspended yeast particles visible. Very fine whipped tan head that settles into a nice collar of foam that leaves lots of sticky rings of lace on the glass. Smells of floral hops and caramel maltiness. Tastes pretty hoppy for an APA,with lots of grapefruit upfront with a solid malt backbone. I think their mild ale is more an APA and this is more IPA, but who cares? It is outstanding. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a fine carbonation. A hop head's beer for sure.

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Photo of rrski198
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful deep orange, almost ruby red colored. Good sized off white head and slightly hazy.

S: Bright fresh crisp american hops. Spicy, alcohol, orange peel.

T: Awesome big time hop flavors here. This is almost like Sierra Nevada just amped up. The hops are so bight, crisp, and fresh. THere is a decent sweetness but it is quite beaten up.

M: Full, spicy, and the bitterness lingers forever. Carbonation is perfect.

O: Awesome. One of the better american pale ales. Period.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of scottwurst
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dannyfayy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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 Bustersuess
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of beeragent
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch white head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Intense hop aroma. Very floral. Not much else is detectible due to the high hop profile.

T - Strong citrusy hop taste coats the palate. A hint of light malt in the middle, before ending with a sharp hop finish.

M - Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a great example of a pale ale! It really doesnt get any better than this. Outstanding flavor and high drinkability. If this wasnt such a rarity for Texas, I would easily drink the entire six pack in one night. Highly recommended!!!!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

701 reviews as of this writing. I'll leave the usual review behind and note some of my impressions. Wow, that's one piney / grassy hoppy beer. Smells stronger regarding the piney note than the taste, taste lends more of a grassy note. Nice that they decided to stay a lower ABV APA than a DIPA.

I can see why hopheads would love this beer! Not my cup of alpha.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of teraflx
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JeffSK
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JackieTH
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drove all the way from Minneapolis, MN to Ladysmith, WI to purchase this. When will Three Floyds come to MN?!?

Poured into a straight-sided drinking vessel reddish-orange/amber kicking up a fluffy head that clings and leaves nice lace as the glass is quickly emptied.

Nose is solidly pine forest and orange/grapefruit citrus. Taste sneaks in a bit of sweet carmelly malt up front but with generous helpings of resin, grapefruit and floral notes it's..(wow this isn't an IPA?).

A very pleasantly dry and bitter finish with a light-medium body and reasonable ABV that makes it very difficult not to knock back all six of my stock at one sitting..

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Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, unknown date. Big thanks to my boss for picking some up on his recent visit to Chicago. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear copper amber with a large off white head that leaves tons of rings of sticky lacing and holds a thick cap. Beautiful to behold.

Aroma is strong on citrus and floral hops with underlying layers of pine and earth. Some caramel malt and toasted bread as well. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is again strong on the citrus hops, some tropical fruit, a bit resinous with a good caramel and bready malt backbone with mild sweetness that finishes with good bitterness for a Pale Ale. Little to no alcohol detected. Very tasty and immensely drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, with soft to medium carbonation.

Is this the best Pale Ale I’ve had? Yes, yes I think it just may well be. Damned tasty, aromatic and beautiful to look at and it’s going down oh so fast. Will do my best to savor the rest of the 6-pack since it may be some time before I can try this again.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,467 ratings.
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