Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,798
Ratings:
6,286
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
16.9%
 
 
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965
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1,259
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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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Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz beer glass...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of lite orange head, small tite bubbles. Color is a gorgeous copper amber. Great lacing in my glass.

Smell - Mmmmm, semi-sweet grapefruit and a touch of pine.

Taste - Taste is ripe yellow grapefruit, which transitions nicely to grapefruit rind and pine. There is some slight sweetness, about as much as you'd have eating a yellow grapefruit wedge, and maybe just the slightest touch of under-ripe pineapple. No carmel, honey, or hard candy here. Light pine flavors assert themselves long into the finish, along with dry grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel - A very smooth ale, medium barb adds nice crispness, dries a bit in the finish.

Overall - This is a very well balanced ipa, and a hop lovers dream. I personally prefer a little more complexity and a little more sweetness, but this still does not disappoint.

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

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into my new Surly Pint glass. No born on or freshness date on bottle.

A- Pours a dark amber color white a light tan head and small head that disipates about half way down. No carbonation activity present in the beer.

S- Smells of citrusy hops and a biscuit malt undertone.

T- Nice hoppy flavor for a pale ale. Smooth, not bitter for the amount of hops present. Finishes mellow as the malt takes over. Good combination of hops and malt so that you aren't drinking a hop bomb of a beer.

Got this in the Educators BIF and I think that this is a solid pale ale. Most others I have tried have been a little hop weak in my opinion but this beer does not fall into that category. I think that it almost boderlines on an IPA, with its hop presence but it obviously falls short. A very solid pale ale that I wouldn't mind having around here.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin sticky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tons of herbal and citrus zest. Taste is of sweet malt up front with a mainly citrus zest hop finish. Mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with a nice kick of hops in the smell and taste.

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Photo of b3shine
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good draft. When I put it in the pond of pale ales, I rate it towards the top. Yet the hoppiness almost warrants it being amongst ipa's, in which case I'd put it towards the middle of its peers. How you review it depends on if you wanna group it with the label's title or your or your palate's.

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

We're back to continue the Third Unorganized Invitational. Eight crazy nights in eight crazy beers, and Alpha King is #6 in the lineup. Is this the alpha of pale ales? On to the beer:

Pours rich copper into a pint glass, good clarity in the body, topped off by a creamy, one cm thick head which drops to a thin lacing on top. At first, the aroma is dominated by fresh hops. Eventually, it evens up to a mix of tropical fruit juice, caramel, bread, and some juicy hop leftovers.

The first thing I notice is the light mouthfeel when I was expecting something a little heavier. Maybe my judgement is clouded from drinking so many high ABV brews recently. At least there's no annoying carbonation. That's okay though, as long as it tastes good. Certainly more hop dominate, though not terribly unbalanced. The hops are herbal, juicy, citrusy, and resiny in this brew. Subtle biscuity notes pop up from time to time. This could pass as an IPA.

My first Three Floyds beer is a good one. But is this going to be enough to take the title of being the best in the T.U.I.? Only two more beers left, we'll resume tomorrow night.

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

Pours a stunning red-amber with fine lacing carbonation. Smells like a great big citrusy ball of hops, but it's not as boring as it should be at this stage in my hoppy American beer-drinking life. The floral and citrus notes just balance so nice...

And it don't taste too bad neither. Hoppy as hell, but if you didn't know that, then you didn't look up "alpha acids" on wikipedia before you bought this beer and you're getting what you deserve. It tastes like citrus, grass, and mounds of bittering hops. Yes, it's another American-style hop bomb, but Three Floyds has taken a single-minded style and just nailed it completely. The mouthfeel is crisp, with a strong carbonation that complements the hop profile. It's crisp and refreshing, and I could see myself knocking back a bunch of these. Hell, I just did.

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

Picked this one up at the foodery, again.

A murky dark amber color with thin head and lacing. A little darker than most of the IPAs Ive had and it really defines this rather different IPA.

The smell was sweet right a way. It definitely had the usual citrus but also a toasted or caramelnotes.

The taste was a pleasant surprise. I tasted the darkness and toastiness I had predicted and it was sweet to start and mildly bitter at the end.

I could surely drink this one again and it is defintely up there in my top IPAs. If you like IPAs try this one.

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

Served in a Pilsner Urquell Pokal from a 12 oz. bottle that is over a year old. The last of my stash from my pilgrimage to Munster.

A. Hazy amber, off white thick head that left some nice lacing.

S. Citrus and malt

T. caramel and some hops a little subdued

M. smooth with some carbonation

D. This beer is old but still very good.

This is by far my favorite beer. Its a little subdued from its age. I will update when I get a fresher batch.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy, copper color with two fingers of off-white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit hops over a nice, caramel malt base.

Taste: Full bodied and creamy up-front, then a blast of super dank citrus rind bitterness. Slightly bready on the back end, almost nutty, then a lingering, bitter finish.

The Rest: A super-solid hop bomb. Very good.

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Photo of sirk0rebreg
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received in a trade from tpd975 and poured from a bottle into my samuel adams glass...

great copper color with a thin fluffy white head...smelled of floral hops, slightly piney...great mouthfeel, slightly oily with perfect carbonation...taste was great as well, with the underlying floral hop taste with a slight bite at the end...wonderful beer

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with one inch white head and light carbonation

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, pale bready malts, and some piney hops.

t - Tastes citrus hops, and smooth bready malts. Little bit of bitterness but not too much.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A good pale ale and another strong beer from FFF. Would try again.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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