Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 6,502 ratings
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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:
#742
Reviews:
1,848
Ratings:
6,502
Liked:
6,115
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
8.94%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
975
Gots:
1,375
Trade:
30
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,502 |  Reviews: 1,848
Photo of BucBasil
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of kinggimp
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryan12345
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of claminat420
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hardy pour from a 12oz bottle into my sierra Nevada spiegelau glass. bottled on 6-1-17; 1231 marked underneath it.

Appearance- it's a slight transparent amber color with an off white frothy head. leaves decent lacing.

Aroma- candied hops. you get some caramel but you also get pungent citrus hop notes as well. one of the best smelling brews I've had in awhile.

Taste- not the like smell. it's much more hop forward in the smell. caramel malt is battling the pungent citrus hops and it is winning. bitterness is there but nothing crazy. bummed it doesn't have more hop flavor tho. abv is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- solid medium bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkabilty- easily crushable. shoulda grabbed 2 sixers of this stuff.

Overall- this beer for some reason reminds me of (a good batch) short's controversi-ale. to some it might be like an ipa but to me it's a great example of an American pale ale. both malt and hops are matched but I feel the malt is the winner. for those people who whine and complain about ipa's not being balanced well this is their beer.

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

Photo of hockeypuck
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Academymike
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Evilyak
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

amber with a finger of white head that lingers and sticks to the glass. a bit hazy with lots of activity going on in the glass.

maybe i'm getting old, but this is citrus hops character that i like - bright but not over the top. doesn't make me think of mandarin oranges or freshly squeezed anything. taste keeps a bit of the citrus spark, but the hops bitterness quickly outweighs it, but not in a bad way.

mouth is well carbonated and just a bit sticky, but the bitterness never really overwhelms the beer. not balanced by any means, but not over the top.

i'd travel to the nova again to buy this one. i really love these old school beers.

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Photo of LaptopHeaven
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PGH_BeerSnob
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of psmith161
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TCMike
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

6/19/17 - On tap at Cindi's rooftop bar in the Chicago Athletic Association. Served in a basic pint glass with 1/2 inch head and great lacing. Nice aromas and excellent hoppy taste. Awesome view of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. We need Three Floyds in Philly!

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Photo of countrypeddler8
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Rufus1
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a straight ten ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. Beautiful dark amber that's hazy to almost opaque. Surprisingly pretty combo. Three finger rocky light caramel head that lasts a while. Good sticky lacing to the end. Big piney hops hit the nose first followed immediately by grapefruit rind and some lighter floral notes. A little brown sugar.

Taste follows the nose with big pine. Good dark malts in the background that provides good balance. The citrus rind in still there. As the beer warms the malts step up to form a fine hoppy/malt finish. Not to dry. Medium body with good carbonation. This is a very good beer that reminds me of an IPA with fewer hops. A very good great flavored brew with an excellent balanced profile. Think it will find a place in my beer cooler.

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Photo of rabembenek
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmryan8
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of randers
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Superb deep amber color with lingering, tight, foamy head. Clean citrus hops aroma with flavorful hoppy taste up front with balanced finish. Pretty flawless overall and definitely my favorite APA.

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

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Indianapolis. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Semi-opaque golden copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus. Estery and juicy.

T/F: Light caramel malts and grains with a juicy yet subtle hop profile. Not overly bitter.... nuanced and delicious. Citrus and pineapple... mango mixed with floral notes. Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

O: A top notch APA.... 3 Floyds rules this style and this is just an outstanding beer.

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Photo of _Adam_
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patriciag90
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of luke12345
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 04/13/17 poured into a pint glass shows a dark orange gold body and floats a 1/2in white head with mixed bubble sizes with excellent artistic lacing.
Aroma and taste is exactly what I expect from beer. Clean, fresh, airy, doughy biscuit malt, and ...did I say clean?
Mouthfeel is light and leaning medium with an oily, yet satisfying finish.
Overall this is the beer that staked their claim to hype, and it doesn't disappoint.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 6,502 ratings
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