Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Alpha KingAlpha King
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 6,503 ratings
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
Ranking:
#741
Reviews:
1,848
Ratings:
6,503
Liked:
6,116
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
8.94%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
974
Gots:
1,376
Trade:
30
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Ratings: 6,503 |  Reviews: 1,848
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of OleDixie
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Kevin_Young
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of Chackman151
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep hazy copper with a creamy dense tan head. Lacy.

Smell: Citrusy hops, floral and sweet

Taste: Bitter and tart citrus. Smooth lightly sweet malt. Floral.

Mouth: Long hoppy finish, medium bodied.

Drink: Tasty and quite drinkable.

Overall: A bit unbalanced for a pale ale but it does have character. The malt profile could be more steadfast and while it is nicely hopped it doesn't have much to complement it. All in all though a good brew.

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

Dark amber/caramel color with a nice amount of lacing. Fresh lemon and pine needle aroma. Taste of lemon/lime citrus and pine sap, loads of hops yet exceptionally well balanced. Very drinkable, smooth, and refreshing. An excellent session beer. My first from FFF lived up to its reputation.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

12oz bottle acquired in a trade with user BigDank...served in pint glass.

review #2, fresher bottle I believe...

A - one finger of loose yet soapy off-white foam, spotty lacing as it falls to a thin layer. the beer is a little hazy (chill?), bold amber color.

S - big whiff of citrus hops followed quickly by some caramel and brown sugar malt. lightly spicy with a smooth lightly sweet finish.

T - very short flash of citrus, grass...turns quite bitter but without a whole lot of character. malts are definitely there, caramel, nuts, dough, tiny bit of dark chocolate. bottle #2 brings a boat load more of pine and grassy hops, insane balance.

M - nicely carbonated, good oily feel and a light body to aid session-ability. wonderfully creamy, coats the mouth.

D - on second thought, this is easily one of the better APA's out there. great bold (grass, pine) hop flavors yet quite balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bort11
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an over sized pint glass. Mild white head that retains foam cap on the surface. Thin lacing. Color is a warm honey amber with good clarity.

Smell is a sweet honeyed bread malt with a floral/pine hops. Extremely balanced aroma. It shifts from honey to hops. Taste exemplifies balance. Honey malts and citrus/pine hops. Finishes with a little bit of black pepper.

Great quaffability. i wish I had grabbed a full six pack.

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

Really happy to see Western Sconnie starting to get more FFF offerings. Have heard nothing but good things about this beer. Pours a wonderful amber color with a two finger, light tan head that fell into a lasting cap leaving nice lacing. Aroma is wonderfully balanced between the sweet caramel, and bready malts and the piney citrusy hops. If this is any indication of the flavor I'm in for a real treat. Oh yeah, great bitterness on this one, lots of grapefruit and pine, sweet at first, but bone dry on the finish. This is about as perfectly balanced as you can an APA, but I feel like this one is borderline IPA. Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Just an all around great APA (if you can call it that). This would slightly edge out SNPA for the standard on which all others APAs are judged.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of zoso1967
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for bringing this back from the brewery for me.

Pours a very nice clear copper tinged amber with a parchment head. The head is tightly packed and frothy with great staying power. This beer leaves some of the sickest lace I have ever seen. On some sections of the pint it manifests itself as a sheen of bubbles stuck to the glass, not the lines you usually see with a hoppy beer like this. Insanity I tell you!

The aroma is super hoppy with tons of grapefruity goodness. It also has some marmalade like notes to it and a very nice caramel malt sweetness. Clean, simple and exactly what I want in an APA.

The flavor is even more dominated by hops than the nose. Loads of ruby red grapefruit, some orange zest and a touch of pine. There malt is sugary sweet and not as caramely as in the aroma. I find that there is just enough malt to hold up the hop load. This beer has some ridiculous bitterness, but manages to stay away from being too resinous. Once again, this beer strikes me as having a fairly straight forward profile, but the flavors are amazing. As hoppy as I find this beer, I still would call it balanced.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, and it has a very nice smoothness to it. The finish is dry and laden with hop oils, yet it seems to stay just shy of crossing the line.

This is an amazing session beer if you are a hop head. So much hop flavor and aroma in a nice drinkable package. This is only the third FFF beer I have tried and so far they are three for three. Probably one of the best American Pales that I have ever had.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BMoney575
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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 neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -9.2%
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 +4%
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 +2.4%
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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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 6,503 ratings
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