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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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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 6,350
Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally the opportunity to try a beer from what I've heard is one of the best breweries in America. The opportunity to try this down here in the beer desert of Alabama was given to me by awhipker (Andy). Thanks for the great extra! Can't seem to find a bottled on date.

A - Poured into a DFH pint glass. Nice amber color with a one finger white head. Leaves great lacing. Pretty dark for a regular pale ale, looks more like an IPA.

S - I can smell this thing from about 5 feet away! Very citrusy and grapefruity hops. A nice nutty malt sweetness in the background as well. The hops are the star of the show here.

T - This really toes the line between APA and IPA. Nice grapefruit, citrus, juicy hops. A slight malt sweetness is present throughout. Finish is pretty dry with a spicy hoppiness.

M/D - Mouthfeel is more full-bodied than an APA, pretty much on par with an IPA, it works well. Drinkability is high, dry finish and good carbonation.

My first beer from Three Floyds did not disappoint. Can't wait to try more of their brews. Alpha King would constantly be in my fridge if I had access to it.

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a moderate tan head. The mouthfeel is moderate. The smell is sweet maltiness with citrus notes. The taste has a malty start finishing with grapefruit hops. Overall a nice hoppy pale ale that seems to hide its relatively hight alcohol percentage well.

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

This poured an insignificant head but had a grand coloring and very fine lacing. The scent was malty or biscuity with a following of piney hops. Not too strong and very well weaved it was nicely subtle.

The taste was smooth and slightly sweet with a biscuit, malt backbone and a hoppy finish. Again, not strong or overpowering but well weaved for a clean taste.

This Ale is considered a flagship for one of the best breweries in the nation and it seems to hold true for a non-Imperial style.

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

12oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an amber color with some serious orange hues. There is a two finger head with great retention. It lasts for some time and leaves behind a bunch of lacing.

S: Hops are out front with grapefruit and pine cones. As the my nose adjusts to the lupulin haze the malt presence bursts through. Caramel and toasted grain balance out the aroma.

T: It starts of pretty darn hoppy with a flash of grapefruit and pine, but the malt is not lost. Caramel and toasted bread hit mid-palate and follow to the end as it finishes with a bitter hop blast nice and dry.

M: Medium feel with some creamy carbonation. The malts provide some heft as I swish it around in my mouth.

O: Good example of the APA. More hoppy than its predecessors for sure, but just malty enough to hang on.

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

I received this bottle in a trade from alleykatking. Thanks Josh!

A beautiful off-white, 1 finger head results from a fairly vigorous pour into a tumbler from the bottle. A gorgeous hazy copper, with a slight orange tint body is revealed when I hold it up to the light.

A strong citrus, pine smell is given off making my mouth water. There's also a touch of sugary caramel malt that conveys to me that there's probably some good body to back up all of those hops.

Mmmmm. There is definitely a malty, caramel body taste to hold up to the substantial hop presence. This is no SNPA and I like it! A balanced bitterness rounds out the flavor profile of this delicious brew.

The smoothest body I've ever tasted on an APA.

Excellent drinkability. With a moderate abv and lots of great aromas and tastes, I'd be happy with a bunch of these at a barbecue with no need to switch it up.

This is definitely no West Coast APA and I really dig it. I look forward to the day that FFF could meet their current demand enough to possibly bring this to California. Recommended.

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

A: A nice brownish Copper color. Good head, white and full.

S: Hops all the way, but they are fairly subtle. Nice grassy and citrus notes.

T: Malty Backbone with a prevalent hop taste. Citrus and Grass Dominate, with a very earthy undertone.

M: Nice and smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. The definition of a Pale Ale.

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Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice herbal nose and fruity malt palate, especially towards the back where some real juicy flavors come through. Hop flavor is mellow but the bitterness is solid. Not the cleanest pale ale, but its really well rounded and has a deliciously plush mouthfeel.

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

12oz bottle, great label artwork, visually obvious a Three Floyds brew.

Appearance: Orangish amber in color, nice retaining head.

Smell: Hop aroma most obvious with great citrus and floral smell.

Taste: The malts in this beer do a great job balancing out those crazy hops. I had this with friends who typically do not care for over the top hops and they found it very drinkable. I on the other hand was suprised by the hops as I was under the assumption this was an APA. So either way I got my hops and they got their malts, I'd say that speaks to the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink many of these, good thing I was in a sharing mood.

Overall I was not dissappointed. I never know what to expect when trying a new APA. I normally go in with expectations and typically come out dissappointed. This was definitely not the case with this beer.

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

12oz bottle (bottled on 06/17/16) served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber. Thin off white head, lots of fine persistent lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Pine, orange. Not much else.

Taste: Very hoppy. Strong pine and citrus hop flavors, with some herbal notes as well. A bready and mildly caramelized malt for balance. Finish is not as hoppy as I would have expected. There is some bitterness, but it is muted pine and orange tea.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, nicely thick. A bit chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable. Full flavored, good balance between hops and malt, very hoppy, but not a palate wrecker. I could easily have another of these. Went well with burger and grilled corn. A very good APA.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear reddish brown with generous lacing from a slightly off white thick frothy head

S -Grapefruit comes blasting through, followed by a touch of a malty backbone

T - Very much like the nose, but the grapefruit is powerful at first, then muted by the maltiness. Incredibly well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Just a touch of film left on the tongue, but otherwise fairly devoid of much aftertaste at all.

O - This is a great representation of an American Pale Ale. Just the right balance of darn near everything. Great beer.

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Photo of cwguy5
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jisom123 for this one! Poured from bottle into Dogfish Head pint/pilsner glass.

A - pretty deep, clear amber color with thin white head that quickly faded to the thinnest white cap; some spotty lacing
S - light aroma of pear, honeysuckle, some honey, light funk at end that i can't quite put my finger on
T - hard to describe for me; some aromatic hops at beginning that lead to a little dark honey, maybe some pecan; very dry finish
M - light-medium prickly carbonation; medium body, slightly coating; dry finish leads to bitter linger along with faint floral notes
D - not in love with this one though not bad at all; having a hard time putting my finger on a specific flavor/smell - more curious than good or bad; a little bitter for me at end but i'm not really a hop head; wondering if this has started to fade at all.

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Photo of tar
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coppery color, nice foamy white head. Lacing on glass as head dissipates. Lacing persists as beer is consumed as does a very thin head. A very attractive beer. Smells of citrus and hops, not overpowering but very pleasant. Decent taste, hoppy with a citrus overtone. A nice feel, not very heavy. Readily drunk, a good overall beer.

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

Bottle. Poured a nice amber, nice slightly off-white head that left lacing. Aroma was very inviting, nice citrus and pine notes. Flavor is slight hoppy, again nice citrus and pine flavors, very subtle, not over the top. Will be having this one again.

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

thanks to malcontent for the opportunity.

A: pours a dark copper orange color with a 1.5 finger beige head. Good lacing. 4

S: citrus notes, and a good hop profile. the malt is quite evident too. 4

T: A very refreshing pale ale. there's a lot of malt to make up for the hoppiness. 4

M: the hops sting quite a bit. medium body. good carbonation. 4

D: I could drink a lot of these. But I wouldn't because they're so hard for me to get that I only drink one at a time.

Personally, I think dreadnaught kicks this one's ass in taste. This is still a very nice and refreshing pale ale though.

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

A- Brown that glows orange in the light, clear. 1 finger head stays around for a minute or two. Leaves a little lacing.

S- Hops right away, floral and citrus.

T- IPA, that's what the taste is. Straight up hops with the grapefruit and floral tastes all in there. A little toasty malt doesn't even convince me it's not an IPA. Dry finish with hops bitterness.

M- A little fizzy, body is medium. Smooth and crisp.

D- Uh, yeah. Definitely drinkable.

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

Appearance: Translucent amber. Three finger soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Lots of orange citrus and some caramel malt.

Taste: Nice mix of orange and grapefruit with a decent amount of maltiness. I wouldn't call it a "malt bomb" but I'd definitely call it an IPA (it's missing the biscuit malt flavor that would make it an APA). Smooth finish and a little on the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Good level of carbonation and above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I like this one as an IPA. Good hop character and a balanced malt flavor. Would I drink it again? Yes, got to finish the six-pack at least.

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

On tap at Pies & Pints, Worthington, OH. Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with 1.5 fingers foamy white head. Little visible carbonation. EPIC lacing, but not much retention [and that says a lot, because I don't think the glasses were as clean as I would clean them at home].

Aroma: Lovely. Centennial? Hoppy goodness. Tart citrus, tropical - Mango? Lime. slight hint of Simcoe; the sample glass reeked of Simcoe/gasoline.

Taste: Slightly malty, tart arrival; fruity, malty mid-palate; hops throughout; slow burn, lingering bitterness, slightly medicinal. I found this improved tremendously as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. Decent carbonation, pretty astringent.

Overall: Better as it warms. Unbalanced, at 68 IBUs it drinks much hoppier. Not really refreshing, and not balanced, but notable.

Mouthfeel: Solidly midweight, decent carbonation.

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

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: light to medium amber bodied beer. 3 fingers of white head that drops down to a chunky cap. Nice lacing is left from the head.

Smell: Huge pine, citris, and tropical fruit with a faint buicuit malt body.

Taste: Hop forward beer thats moderately bitter. Hop profile is prominently pine, grass, and herbal almost like a green tea. Getting a little bit of citrus and tropical fruits. The biscuity malt are found middle palate and do not offer too much balance. Finish is mild grapefruit bitterness that tenders to linger around for a while.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is right on with this beer.

Overall: Its another solid 3F's hoppy beer. You tend to get a very similiar hop profile from most hoppy beers in the 3F lineup. But here's the bottom line...once you have drank Zombie Dust all other American Pale Ales just don't come close.

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

actually poured into my wurzburger chalice, it really does this beer justice in terms of appearance and color. the balance of hops and malt is excellent, and i cant get past the nice resiny aspect. i may have made a mistake by drinking this beet shortly after finishing
my arctic panzer, but its done... only because i couldnt wait any
longer. i love how close it is to an ipa, and stradles the line but the malt just holds it back enough. i wish i had a steady supply of this beer so i could experiment more but alas, it cant be true. ive just begun experimenting with three floyds beers, but this one certainly helps point me in the right direction.

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

Grabbed a sixer of this great brew. This beer is a gift from FFF that I'm happy to get. It's hoppy and balanced. It has hints of grapefruit and a little, subtle, carmel taste as well.

This is a great brew!

Overall, its a great session or go to beer. I really enjoy it.

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

Appearance: A nice pour, has a reddish tint to it and it appears a little cloudy. Not much of a head (poured into a pint glass) which reduced to a very thin lacing.

Smell: Hops. Lots of hops. A little citrus is in there as well.

Taste: Just as hoppy as it smells - very nice! I tend to find the citrus in the back as well. A nice balance with the bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Kind of pungent, leaves the mouth a little dry once swallowed.

Drinkability: This is definitely an enjoyable beer. It packs a bit of a punch (for me anyway) and the bitterness is nice -- something that could be sipped on for a long night.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, full fingers worth of head, warm chesnut coloring, nice lacing.

s- ample citric hops in the nose, smooth malt backing it up, a bit more hop forward here for an apa though.

t- hops hit big, earthy, citric, and bitter, caramel malt opens the way. this tastes like many a mediocre ipa that i've had - compliment.

m- medium.

d- this is a really nice apa, nice and hop forward like i like them. i'd drink this again for sure, not sure if it's something i'd trade for again but would be more than happy to knock back a few more.

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

Poured a clear, deep copper color with a medium yellow head.

Smells like citrus, mainly grapefruit. Followed by a sharp pine hops.

The front taste is quite mellow compared to what I was expecting from the smells and style. A thick bready front dominates the rest of the flavors. In the middle, it really blows up nicely with citrus and grapefruit zest. It ends with a big transition to the pine tartness in the aftertaste that lingers into an enjoyable bitterness.

Carbonation is perfect. It has a silky feel, almost creamy without being foamy, and quite light.

Drinkability is high with the thinness of the beer. Also, if one attacks this as an IPA, it's a little bit more mellow than some others. An interesting beer.

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

12oz. bottle poured a dark hazy amber color with very little head and just a few specks of lace. Smells mostly of citrusy hops. The taste is a blast of fresh bitter hops up front then is followed by a bit of yeast and malts towards the end. The feel is light to medium and has a little stickiness to it. This brew is pretty easy to drink and I'm glad I tried it but I'm not much of a fan of the extra yeast they put in the bottle.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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