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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:
1,792
Ratings:
6,253
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,792 | Ratings: 6,253
Photo of MortarPestle
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with an off-white head that provided excellent lacing down to the bottom of the glass.
Aroma: A big nose of citrus and florals, the malt fights it way through.
Taste: The flavors of grapefruit and juniper are everywhere, nice malt sweetness to balance the hops, with a big hoppy finish.
Drinkability: Nice balance of flavors and paired nicely with a traditional Hoosier tenderloin.
Notes: Served on tap in a pint glass. Dark atmosphere made it a little difficult to judge appearance.

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Photo of pagriley
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Fresh 12oz into a pint

A - Poured golden copper color with a relatively thick 2 finger head that hung around for a few minutes - not a ton of lacing
S - Not a lot really - some hints of malt and a bit of piney hops but a bit uninspiring actually
T - Some malt sweetness but then a thwack of piney hops that overwhelms with a very bitter finish
M - lighter body, easy drinking but with a bit of substance - exactly what I want in a pale ale

O - Overall underwhelmed a little - very nice, but I am glad I didn't seek this out - it was just in the fridge at my local whole foods. Given the $2 or $3 premium compared to similar pale ales I don't think this is worth it, but if I ever saw it on tap I would have again

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

L: The beer itself is a dark orange amber color. The head is a light off white.
S:I am picking up a combination or apricots and grapefruit. Niehter of which totally stick out.
T:The hops a nice floral on the back. Those are matched up and balanced well with a touch of sweet malt.
M:Like many pale ales, this one is big fat, round and syrupy.
D:This is probably one of the best pale ales I have had.

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

12oz bottle received as an extra. Had many times bror but finally getting around to reviewing.

A - Pours a medium amber/copper Clear. Medium white head. Good lacing.
S - Harmonious balance of hops and malt. Not enough hops to be an IPA, but great for an APA.
T - Much more malts than I remember from the past. Not sure if the recipie has changed or my palate has, but much more malty than I remember. Where did the hoppy goodness go?
M - Medium body/carbonation.
O - Either the recipie has changed, or I have, but Alpha King is nowhere near as hoppy and delicious as I remember. Regardless, it's still a GOOD APA, but pales in comparison to the Zombie King I just had. Will re-visit again to confirm freshness.

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

Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. I've been waiting to try this one for quite some time now. Pours a semi-cloudy orange-brown with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, citrus hops, and grapefruit. Flavor is initially rather tangy with hop oils and citrus and then mellows with a maltier finish. This is pretty tasty. I'd love to have this as a session beer, if only it was distributed in NY. Good stuff.

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Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange/gold color. Pretty thin head that dissipates quickly, but it leaves a nice, sticky lace on the glass.

S- Big pine and citrus hop aromas, but nothing in the malt department. Nice, though.

T- Some sweet malt up front, but hops quickly take over with more pine and citrus. Pine is especially evident, though. Fairly bitter aftertaste, with some lingering biscuity malt flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, goes down smooth. Nothing really notable, but solid.

D- Decent drinkability. I could definitely have more than one in a sitting.

Quite good, quite good. For a regular pale ale, this is ridiculously hoppy. It's hoppier than some IPA's I've tried. I would prefer the hop flavor to be more citrusy than piney, but it was still good. Recommended for hop-lovers.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a small light brown head that's nice and creamy. Nose is fresh, fruity and sweet, light maltiness but the pineapple fruit shines through well.

Taste is quite bitter, lots more harsh flavors rather than the light fruitiness that the nose implied. There is a pretty strong graininess that takes the flavor down a bit, but it's still a tasty beer. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and smooth.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alpha King pours a fairly murky, amber color with gold highlights and an off-white head. Lots of citrus hops on the nose, along with some underlying caramel notes.

The taste starts with sweet caramel, followed by bunches of hop flavor and bitterness. Lots of citrus flavors, including pineapple juice. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really liked this beer but it didn't quite live up to the hype.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: pint
From: Big Red Liquor in French Lick IN
Price: $11 a six pack

Appearance: deep orange, slightly coppery. pretty hazy. small off white head that fades slowly and lacing on the sides

Smell: Strong hops, mostly pine, some citrus. a strong graininess that doesn't quite take the backseat to the hops

Taste: Opens up with hops strong pine with some citrus sneaking in. The grains take over in the form of toasted malts. the two tastes are well balance and neither comes out the clear king.

Mouthfeel: a tad to sticky. lingering bitterness. medium body good carbonation

Overall: a pretty tasty hop-strong pale ale. not quite an amazing beer. I'd like a bit more citrus but another solid from a brewery that should expand to Michigan, now that they have added Ohio

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Photo of tbeckett
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Coppery colour with a haze. Mild carbonation and a nice one finger soapy white head. Spotty lace and no retention.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, sugar.

T - Huge flavours. All intense notes of dankness, citrus, grass, and a lemony finish.

M - Nice bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Really drinkable and enjoyable. Missing a certain special thing to take it above and beyond like the hype says it should be, but I think this is a nice APA.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.
(Could not find a bottled-on date.)

Aroma: Hoppy pine and grapefruit backed by a light caramel note.

Appearance: Three fingers of off-white head slooowly compact to two, & then one. Foam clings onto sides of glass to form sticky lacing. Body of beer has a light amber color with great clarity.

Flavor: Delicious herbal, slightly piney hop flavor is balanced by brown sugar-like malty sweetness. Slight hoppy bitterness remains through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Full of hop flavor, but doesn't pack the bitter whallop of an IPA or IIPA. Very well-balanced from the perspective of someone who likes a hoppier APA. Highly sessionable, and highly recommended. One of my new go-to beers in Indy, my new home town.

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Photo of semibaked
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark copper color and clear. The head is the best part, the foam is like marshmallows with a light reddish color. Awesome lacing too.

S - The aroma of hops is present right away, then citrus and floral smells.

T - Sharp bitterness from the hops and some toast qualities to it too. Off the charts with carbonation and it is prickly too but not bad.

M - Pretty decent, coats the tongue pretty well.

D - Definitely good stuff and would buy it if it was available in my area.

I certainly wouldn't call this a pale ale at all by definitely good stuff.

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Photo of Buebie
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0b for this bottle.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a turbulator.
2 fingers of foamy white head creat big sticky clumps of lace.
Transparent pale copper in color

Aroma of white bread, citric hops, caramel, and a touch of sweetness.

Well balanced flavor between hops and malt. Its semi sweet up front with a rush of carbonation. A good amount of pine and citris hops that take over the taste through the swallow. Lingering for a good deal of time.

Solid apa.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice head, but it goes away rather quickly. Beautiful color: a rich caramel/amber. The smell? surprise! hops! Also, a little bit like apples. I can taste the apples, too. Very smooth and refreshing.
(Tasted this beer at the Blind Tiger's Three Floyds event)

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer grew on me as I drank more. Neat bottle picture. It poured a very murky brown. Kind of surprising for a pale ale, but neat. Stained oak. The stain smell also came through the nose. The flavor was a nit tarnish at first. But after I let it breath the hops really started to come through. A full bouquet of flowers. The malts are slightly sweet, but balanced nicely with the hops. The mouthfeel is not crisp, quite heavy on the tongue, probably thanks to the hops and high ABV. I may hold off on a thrid or fourth one of these beers.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to crushedvol

Pours a darker burnt orange with a thinner head, fading to some bubbled film with curtains of lacing running around the glass.

Subtler scents in the nose overall, with some grassy hops, fruit sweetness, and hints of grain.

Begins with a pleasant fruit sweetness and nice bitter hops. Touches of pine and caramel malt continue through the middle, along with some bread crust and toasted barley. Another splash of bitterness couples with sweet before finishing dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a little chewy. Very refreshing and easy to drink with plenty of solid flavor. Even with the higher ABV for the style, everything meshes well.

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Photo of kjyost
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle received from funkyaudio in US/Can BIF. Thanks! Poured at 4C into a Perfect Pint glass.

A. Quite dark and amber-like for a "pale" win a bit of haze and a nice head that leaves oodles of lacing.
S: A fairly dank nose for a pale ale, with loads of citrus and pine in the nose, but finishes with a caramel sweetness.
T: Follows closely with the nose. Sweetness battling the bitterness with notes of caramel, citrus, hints of pine and finishing with a touch of oranges and lemon.
M: Decent carbonation makes the beer pop a little but the bitterness clings mightily to the palate.
O: Virtually an IPA here. Quite nice, though not super-sensational.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color with a fair amount of haziness. There's a good inch thick tightly knit layer of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. The aroma is a blend of cereal grains. The flavor is a bold burst of cereal grains and subtle hops that blend to give it almost a copper like bitterness. There's a slightly chalky note in the mouth.

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Photo of PGHeppJr
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 29OCT2010

Pint from Kuma's whilst waiting to pickup a KILLER burger

A damn crisp and tasty hop forward ale, that I would argue doesn't quite fit the category it is placed in. That aside, a very enjoyable beer that I wish i could get my hands on back home.

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Photo of malthead
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color, off-white head that fades quickly. Smells of pine and citrus hops, maybe a vegetal aroma... some bitterness, like dark leafy greens. Big hop taste, spruce, lemons, nice kick to it. Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected it to me, cloying and sticky. (which is nice in some respects, but I was looking for a medium pale ale, this strikes me as a lot bigger than I was looking for.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a thick white head. Smell is quite malty. I'm thinking this isn't too fresh. Date on bottle looks rubbed off. Slight citrus and pine. Taste follows the nose. Pretty malty, with a good amount of citrus. Quite bitter for an APA. Mouthfeel is a little thick but very sessionable and crisp. Overall a decent APA. A little sweet for my taste. ZD is much much much better.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice clear copper with a finger's worth of foam. Smell if of citrus, a hint of pine, some resin, and a nice malt backbone. Taste follows suit - incredible balance in this brew. Hops lead the way, with a nice citrus and pine flavors, followed by a caramel and toasted malt flavor. Great balance in this once. Drinks smooth with a nice crisp finish. This is a great pale ale, and if it were available, I'd likely drink it on a regular basis. Another great brew from Three Floyds.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to yeahnatenelson for this as an extra! 12oz. Into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep copper color with a khaki head, not quite half an inch that recedes to a thick, dense cap with gobs of sticky lacing. Slightly cloudy, and a decent amount of bubbles moving through the glass. Maybe a little on the dark side, but looks nice.

S: Hops, resinous, high AA hops, maybe a little more towards the citrus side, but definitely resiny, if blindfolded, this would scream IPA to me. This may fall into the one dimensional hops category, but that's okay, I like it. Just a hint of sharp alcohol, very faint, but still there. Nice on the nose here.

T: Interesting, not really what I expected, the hops are there, and a good sweet dark bread malt profile falls underneath that, I'm detecting a bit of a burnt flavor, maybe just a bit, but definitely enough to notice. Then its pretty much straight into bitterness with a few citrus and minty notes from the hops. I'm not sure what hop provides the minty flavor, but I've experienced it in a few Scandinavian beers, not sure if I like it, just seems odd. Alcohol note on the end. Overall pretty darn tasty.

M: A little towards the heavy side, finishes about right not too dry or too sweet, but there is a bit of perceived dryness from the alcohol which is a little strong. I don't know why its so noticeable in this 6% beer, but it definitely is.

D: I could drink a few of these, really a tasty beer, nice flavors, a bit in your face but I like it. Overall nice beer that could be a session if it was on draft. Glad I finally got to try it!

Thanks Nate!

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Photo of ejquin
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, but mildly transparent with white head that dissapates quickly, but leaves lacing during the entire glass.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus type smell definitive of a pale ale. You can tell the beer is very hoppy but not blow you away strong.

Taste: Very good pale ale type flavor. Well balanced, and not too strong on the hops. Still very present though Dry aftertaste. Can taste a bit of the alcohol but hides it pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Good. A little more corbonated than I'd like.

Drinkibility: Does a decent job of hiding the alcohol.

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Photo of winomark
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber with a substantial light tan head. Crystal clear.

Aroma: Wonderful hop bitterness and citrus. Malt makes a tiny appearance.

Taste: Hoppiness is present throughout with some malty richness filling in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, flavorful and nicely bitter. Lingering, dry finish.

Drinkability: A great beer. Hoppier than most Pale Ale's, but who cares! A staple in my fridge. Seek this one out.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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