Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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: 6,503 |  Reviews: 1,848
Photo of Rborre321
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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Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Benesi88
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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Photo of scottwurst
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper / light amber color. Has a nice aroma of malt and hops. This is an incredibly drinkable beer. Nice notes of hops, malt with a crisp light citrus finish. Overall a very good beer

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Photo of rsquared59
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of JackieTH
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 6,503 ratings
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