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
Ranking:
#801
Reviews:
1,868
Ratings:
6,603
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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985
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1,436
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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamier33
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bstoeckel
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Psquared93
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sb17
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Arseel
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blp
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (date missing) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp (no ABV listed on bottle). The beer pours bright honey colored amber with sticky khaki colored head. The aroma is citrus and pine. The taste is faint caramel followed by grapefruit, pine and an exclamation point of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is some hop stickiness in the finish, but no sweetness. Overall, very good. This bottle was a gift and probably a little long in the tooth. Still enjoyable, but not what I remember.

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Photo of RLaue
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of SBlobaum
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GasDrawls
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BabyFaceBrew
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachchaney
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of michaelbrian
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Dark gold in color with some orange hue. The crown is a light golden color and about half a finger worth.
The smell is dank and malty. It's got a sweetness to it.
The taste is amazing. Lightly dank with a very nice malt backbone that is sweet almost like honey.
Mouthfeel is wet and sticky.
Overall, this has always been a classic to me.

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Photo of Cordyceps
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of T101603
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sniper106
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AColtonOfBeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber to goldish orange with a nice traceable white head, not too thick.

First whif of the head is intertwined malt and hop.

The taste was quite layered, first tastes are caramel and malt with a nice medium mouthfeel, aftertaste gives way to an almost pinelike bitterness with fading hop flavor.

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Photo of Johnnyrafer
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of digboy
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gifted by a friend - first beer I've had from these guys. No date found but likely two months old.

Pours a surprising amber color for a pale ale. thin white head that laces well on the glass.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a hint of citrus peeking through. If "aggressive" citrus was a goal of the hopping it doesn't really come through in the aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell in that it is malt forward with a nice solid base of caramel malts with a layering of citrus hops on top that come through closer to the finish. There is a lingering bitterness in the finish that works well to counteract the sweetness up front.

Feel is slightly sticky as this is a medium bodied beer with all the malt., but otherwise it has a clean finish. There is a slight alcohol burn in the finish - I guess due to the unusually high ABV of 6.66% for a pale ale.

This is like a pale ale that wishes it was a strong ale. Flavors are clean and well balanced and I can see how they want to make this a flagship beer. My personal taste is for less malt, especially in the a APA so this is not one I would reach for again. That does not take away from a grade as an excellent beer though.

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Photo of gardner254
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,603 ratings