Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
1,828
Ratings:
6,408
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
972
Gots:
1,331
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,828 | Ratings: 6,408
Photo of bruachan
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my stop in indiana on the world tour at winking lizard

pours into my glass a rosy amber with some lacing
big shot of NW hops lend a coarse bitterness and some big citrus
not very exciting in my book; seems to lose itself in the c-hop pale ale parade. yeah, it's OK but i've got no real reason to seek this out

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Photo of orsulacp
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber with a decent size slight off white head. The smell is dominated bye the hops but there is a decent amount of malt coming through. The hops were citrus and the malt was bready. I thought I smelt chocolate but my wife said I was insane. Slight bitter taste at first then the malt washes this away, then a slight bitter taste is left on the tongue. This beer is refreshing, the low carbonation and medium mouthfeel usually don't support this but it did here. Very good beer.

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Photo of meatmallet
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper in color with a thin white head that left lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of hopps and what seems like grapefruit.

Taste: Heavy on the hopps. Sweet and and citrusy with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good and the aftertaste is pleasant.

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Photo of jerskine
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: opaque, copper hue with about an inch of creamy microbubble foam

S: very enticing; smells very hoppy for a pale ale, hints of other floral aromas

T: exceptional citrus taste with an immense quantity of hops hitting your taste buds; I'm not the one to go for pale ales, but this exceeded my expectations in taste

M: very smooth, very drinkable, very crisp

O: excellent pale ale; thought it wouldn't be hoppy enough for my liking, but it definitely hit the spot

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark honey body, crystal clear, with a long-lasting, sturdy head. A pretty beer. The smell is grapefruit with a strong malty bakground. Taste is intense on the aroma hops. Loads of citrus, but well balanced with sweet malt. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than I expected. Drinkability is really good. A well-balanced beer, but a bit chewier than I expected.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Almost a clear copper color with a very nice white foamy head. Lacing left behind looks like art

S - Super Centennial hops and citrus. Lots of grapefruit and orange

T - No bitterness at all. Very palatable and no alcohol taste at all

M - Silky smooth, great carbonation.

D - Leaves you looking for another sip, after sip, after sip, after sip....

Very good brew, definitely would recommend and search for again! Awesome label on the bottle too... Labels should ALWAYS matter, as they're an indication of how much the brewery care about their brew.

Thank you Dave for sharing!

Cheers!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 5/20/14

I’ve had this beer many times. A good solid go-to beer since it is easily available year round in Wisconsin. Pours a light amber color. Good floral smell. Taste is a nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malt.

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Photo of mentor
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained from John’s Grocery (Iowa City) in January 2005 and consumed that same evening. Poured a finger-and-a half light cream colored head. Appears light brown-orange while the slightest hint of cloudiness. Smells of *GRAPEFRUIT* on top of a sweet...the strength of the sweet I can't tell because my olfactory sytem is kaput. Goodness, there is a cool sweetness to the grapefruit that's enticing. Tastes of *GRAPEFRUIT* and hop bitter. There is a wet sweet behind the hops, but the dry bitter of the hops wins. Did I just eat an entire field of ragweed? As the beer warms, I get a sweetness just before the potent citrus that has a toffee and melon flavor. Medium-light body and gorgeouos lacing on the inside of my glass. Oh, in case you missed it, my taste buds have been obliterated by the hop bitter. If I were drinking this after a softball game in the summer, the dryness would restore my soul. In the middle of a snowstorm, I'm only loving it.

I once had this beer on tap at the brewery and was not impressed. This bottle is way better. 3F, nice job at exploring the limits of IPA.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark amberish orange with an awesome off white head ... rocky, dense and sticky all over.

Smell: Lots of citrius and a sweet floral aroma. Clean in the nose with hints of malt and fruity esters also.

Taste: Medium bodied with a slightly chewy and textured mouth feel, nice mellow malt flavour holds up to a huge pile of juicy citric hop. Hop bitterness is great ... not too much though enough bite to be assertive. Mild fruity esters and a faint caramel malt are in the backround. Lots more hop flavour in the finish, slowly fading and letting a lightly toasted malt taste through.

Notes: Well built and one of the best ales in the US. Hop character is above the rest ... a must buy.

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

Appearance: Solid all the way round. Nice color, head, lacing.

Smell: Sprucy hop oil all the way.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Hopsmack but enjoyable, this like 90 min. IPA I may prefer in the bottle, maybe its because with the air hop aromatics take charge, to me they seemed designed for bottle drinking, since such a small portion of the beer drinking public even craft beer fans drink it from the bottle anyway. Sweet upfront a healthy dose of malt balanced by the piney hop oils, leaving you with a perfectly dry finish. A bit of toasted malt gives you a wisp of caramel but much more nutty goodness. Rolling it around on the tongue, gives it a creamy goodness that stands up to much maltier brews.

Drinkability: I'd drink more in a night but I like diversity in all things, a classic from a legendary brewer.

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish-amber brew, translucent, and topped with a massive fluffy cream-colored head. Fantastic retention and nice lacing.

Pine and grapefruit peel hop notes meet you immediately, balanced against some caramel malt.

Flavor follows, with a focus on grainy and biscuity caramel and a sweet brown sugar kiss on the back half. Hops present much the same as in the aroma, carrying a nicely balanced bitterness throughout.

Lively and smooth feel, albeit a touch watery. Fairly dry finish.

This is a very good beer, but I personally feel as though something is just missing.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Amber with an off white head.

Smell: Citrus (peach, orange, pineapple) and hops.

Taste: Citrus (peach, grapefruit, orange) and hops.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse and a medium dry finish.

Overall: A great pale ale. Loved all the citrus and hops in it. All around solid brew. Definitely looking forward to drinking another. Cheers!

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Photo of rwf08
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an American pint glass.

A: Dark amber color. Similar to many APAs I've seen in the past. Dense thin head on the beer with good thick wide lacing.

S: Citrus, malt, and honey like sweetness.

T: Similar to SNPA but a sharper bitterness and a good hop bite.

M: Lower end of medium bodied. Good carbonation.

D: This doesn't stand out as anything special to me. It isn't bad but since I can't get it here but I can get SNPA I'll just stick with SNPA and not seek this out.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper golden yellow with a thin layer of white foam.

Grapefruit and orangey citrus dominate the nose with a subtle sweetness.

Caramel and toffee like malt sweetness, grapefruit and orange.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, balanced.

Overall, a solid APA, wish the price tag was a bit more reasonable.

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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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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,408 ratings.
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