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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
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:
1,811
Ratings:
6,348
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
Wants:
969
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1,293
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 6,348
Photo of NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright coppery amber with slight haze. Head fades into lots of lacing. Big fruity bready aroma. Taste is outstanding balance of malt and citrusy flowery hops. Has a creamy mouthfeel but then ends crisp and dry. Overall a full flavored greatly balanced pale ale. Yum!

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Photo of Savan
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a illustrious amber, the scent of grapefruit and juniper if delightful! Taste is well balanced... well hopped and slightly sweet. Overall, its not a beer I would have many of, it is however one that should be appreciated slowly and down to the last drop and then repeated!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber hue with a respectable foam topping. Lacework going down the glass in an epic way leaving foam rings like clumps of styrofoam on the glass.

Aroma bright and hoppy with some floral, fruity elements, a bit of caramel and ale yeast fruit. Fresh and hoppy smelling this bottle is under a month old.

The taste has fresh hops, with pine, citrus, herb, and melon elements. A bit of fuggles type action perhaps with the tea like and herbal element. Floral, nicely bitter. Tasty. Well carbonated ale, not overly bitter but certainly fooled some blind taste subjects into thinking it was a west coast IPA. It is tasty, and has good bones, which is to say the recipe is quite good. If the price was right and I could get this all day, I would.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep amber, pretty two finger head, seemingly quite effervescent
S: the perfect marriage of hops and malt, a very pale ale kinda breadiness
T: malt and a tinge of sunflower seed like bitterness and after tastes, it tastes like wort smells, very sweet in its own way, smells of fresh fruit in a generic sense, a bit of acidity in the aftertaste and some melon juiciness
M: juicy
O: oh how I wish this were as good as zombie dust, it's still quite good but nowhere close in comparison. I wish that I had tasted this first so that I could have been fair to it.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pale ale that I usually grab a six of whenever I see it (unless gumball head is too). Well balanced and love the crisp look and mouth feel. I prefer more hop foward beers but this is good for pale ale.

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Photo of clager
2.67/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Copper, slightly darker than expected. Pretty clear. Great lacy head.

S: Great citrus smell.

T: Strong malt and some undesirable bitterness - I love a bitter beer, but this as too malty/metallic and I didn't enjoy it. Citrus finish is the only saving grace.

F: Appropriately carbonated.

O: Good smell, look, and feel but the taste was not enjoyable for me.

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Photo of sbb32
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - copper like a penny. White head
S - not picking up much of anything. Some malt but no hops. Odd.
T - extremely surprising given smell. Plenty hops. Plenty malt. Working very well together. Hops are overbearing.
F - medium carb and just a slight tingle of hops on the tongue.
O - very well done. My first FFF and I'm excited for others

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Photo of mcrawford
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper, dark for a pale ale. Slight citrus hop aroma covered up by sweet malt. Sweet carmel malt flavors up front followed by a fairly good citrus hop bite. Easy drinking and the malt really cuts the perceived bitterness down. A favorite pale ale but I tend to favor pale ales and ipa's with a good malt backbone to balance out the bitterness.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am surprised by this, I usually love everything by 3 Floyds, especially their Pale ales, unfortunately this one isn't as good

I could drink this, but I thought it was far too bitter for my liking, it was less than 2 weeks old so it wasn't a freshness issue.

Strange, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am drinking this a week after it was bottled from a hotel water glass. It pours brilliant amber with a moderately thick off-white foam cap. It has a spicy hop nose while the palate starts with fruit and a little sweetness to finish dry and grainy with a bitter hop accent. The carbonation is medium low and the body is medium. A very very good pale ale.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper / light amber color. Has a nice aroma of malt and hops. This is an incredibly drinkable beer. Nice notes of hops, malt with a crisp light citrus finish. Overall a very good beer

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caramel and malty, as advertised. Slight bitterness on the finish as well. Pine pretty subtle. Clearly a solid, quality pale ale. I prefer piney crispness to malty sweetness, but again, this is a quality ale.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A real solid pale. The hoppy bitterness is well balanced by a heavy dose of malty/carmel sweetness. The smell is mostly carmel with a little herbal grassy/ hops, the taste follows suit. Has a medium body, but great for a pale ale. I did get a really fresh bottle so take that into consideration. (Bottled on 7/21/15). Do I dare say a baby Pliny the Elder?

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy copper color with an light tan head. A big fruity aroma with good citrus, peach, and some tropical fruits. Also a nice malt sweetness in the aroma as well. Flavor follows closely with big fruit and a nice balanced maltiness. A moderate pine bitterness in the middle which blends well and finishes clean. A very flavorful beer for an APA.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a creamy white head that leaves lasting lacing.
Great aroma full of fruity goodness. Citrus, peach and apple jelly.
The taste is as big and bold as the aroma. Lots of citrus pith bitter right up front, a very juicy middle that's almost puckering, a resinous and drying finish.
Mouthfeel seems about medium.
Just an outstanding pale ale with more flavor than most IPA's.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No noticible bottle date. This seems to be happening a lot with FFF brews over the last few months. Pours a fiery amber-orange with perfect clarity. The head rises aggressively to the top of the glass and holds strong before fading slowly. The nose feels like it's trying to hide a spicy hop behind some sweet malts. First sip and "BINGO!" The hops are really balanced out well with a nice sweet malt presence. Great all around beer for all times of the year.

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

Three Floyds Alpha King has an off-white, medium, head, a sort of amber, moderately bubbly appearance, with some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is fruity, rich, malty, bready, and sweet. Taste is of all that, with bright fruits, like dates, apricots, and even tart cherry skin. Bitterness is present, but not in the least bit harsh. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Three Floyds Alpha King finishes on the dry side and it is fairly rich. Wonderful.

RJT

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Photo of jooler
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is malty. Smell is malty and somewhat unappealing. The taste is pretty damn good for a pale ale. It's like lagunitas sucks without the hoppieness

Btw, bottle date is may 8, 2015

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer that's readily available. I could drink it all day. Among FFF beers, would still take Zombie Dust over it, and maybe even Gumballhead just because it's lighter and unique for a wheat beer.

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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 Brackh
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 days old. Pours a dark amber. Piney and great smell. Taste has some fruit to it as well. Tastes better than lots of IPAs that I have had. Dry and bitter on the back end. Awesome brew.

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Photo of Tilly
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical of a APA, pour if a hazy and copper with a beige head that leaves a lacy trace on the glass.
Pine, lemon, bread notes and malt.
Taste is very similar to the aroma with subtal grapefruit at the back. Delicious.
Feel is dry with great carbonation and bitterness!
Another great beer from 3F!!!

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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 SWOhio-aquifer
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Jungle Jims about 15 years ago. Well, I actually bought a six pack. You could buy three f. in OH back then.
It was something that was a magical tasting experience with beer. Amazing. I'm not to far from the IN border and have bought a few times since then. With all of the other great beers flooding the market it got pushed aside.
If you get fresh, my bottle read late march/early april about two ish months. Doing some rounding, but it is definitely fresh enough to instill in me that the brewer has not cheapened ingredients.
One of the best. A classic that is still way above par. Seek it out if your within a few hours of a distributor.
quality is dependent on batch and of course freshness seems this one is quite volatile.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into my sweet new Notre Dame bulbed pint glass (from the university). Nice Amber, close to copper color in the liquid and has excellent clarity. Orange/vanilla colored head with some pretty nice lacing to it.

Smells pretty good. This is an aggressively hoppy pale ale but you can tell it's well balanced and actually sweet smelling as well like fresh baked crusty bread with honey and butter then smacked with some citrus type hops.

Taste is on par with the smell Maybe a little better I'd grade it like a 4.15/5 if I could. Same sweet malty tones providing the same bread/honey flavors I mentioned before in the aroma. Good citrus and sea bit of sappy pine; well balanced.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. Medium body with an ad adequate carbonation level. Balance of sweetness and bitterness is really good balance is the key word here. Great drinkability, really smooth with a slightly bitter finish. Great anytime beer. A little expensive for my liking but worth a try.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,348 ratings.
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