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Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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: 6,539 |  Reviews: 1,858
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nonic pint served up at the brewery - my first 3F.

Pours deep amber with a 1-2F off white head. Great lacing!

Good balance in the aromas - nice mix of earth, caramel malts, and citrusy hops.

Flavors are virtually all hop-forward. Grapefruit skin leads the way, with some orange pith, and kiss lemon zest. Could've used a touch more sweetness for my taste, but he'll, I'm a sweet tooth. MF is awesome ... Clean, and crisp as hell for the ABV.

Killer APA, no doubt

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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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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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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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice dark red/amber color with nice sized white head. Has good head retention and leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is dominated by the hops mainly citrus and there is some malt too it as well. The taste is all about the hops, which dominate the initial flavors. There is some malt to it and it has a nice bitter aftertaste, a very balanced taste. Has a nice think and creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. A great pale ale that is very complex and makes for one of my favorite session beers.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Balanced hop aroma without residual bitterness. Heads up decently. Nice malt tones combine with hops of the style to make a beer that's scarily drinkable. Very clean mouthfeel. Has always been one of my favorites; for an IPA this drinks waaaayyy too easily.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goliath for this one
Bottle poured into my pint glass produced a finger worth of head, then settled to a quick lace. The body on this brew was nice clear amber.

Aromas of sweet malt light citrus lemony hops fill my nose.

Flavors of hops, very bitter for pale, not much malt I think it is more of an IPA than a Pale Ale. Medium mouthfeel ale with great carbonation.

Very drinkable it would be very easy to drink a few of these on a nice summer day.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp red body topped by a medium tan head standing at over two inches.

S - Bold fruity aroma.

T - Starts out with a subtle bitterness leading into a robust hoppy ending and a fruit laden hop finish.

M - Coarse in the middle front tongue but once down it leaves a very sticky trace. The feel begs for continuation.

~ This is a great beer! My thanks to jdostal for the gift. I only hope that I too, someday, can repay the favor.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,539 ratings
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