Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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95
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Alpha KingAlpha King
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
Ratings:
6,479
Reviews:
1,843
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
973
Gots:
1,358
For Trade:
30
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Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConorGolden
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bfoster75
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sastnd
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MFMB
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with a billowy off white head. Nose is of grass, light pine and malt. Taste of pine, light floral, grass and a sizable malt backbone. A bit of underlying citrus but very minimal. A light stickyness, pine gum like on the mouth. A dry crisp finish with a bit of a alcohol kick as the beer warms. Where as zombie dust is a citrus bomb and IPA like Alpha King is a true malty piney pale ale, west coast like in smell and taste.

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

Photo of B33rcules
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McStagger
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/6/17.

A: Aggressive pour into Libby tea glass. Two fat fingers of head. Beer is transparent orange/amber. Head is slight off white/tan. Carbonation is minimal in the glass. Excellent head retention. Very sticky lacing. Looks nice in the glass.

S: Hops are run to classic west coast style. Piney, some citrus and grapefruit. Biscuit/carmel undertones.

T: Moderate slap of bitterness up front. Hops in the taste go more towards stone fruit in the palate. Pears and red apple transition into moderate tropical fruitiness. Finish is mostly dry, with some residual maltiness.

M: Medium bodied. The maltiness is more prevalent on the tongue. Finish is medium dry with some malty/toffee notes (but not sweetness) on the finish.

O: Good pale ale. I'm still a bigger fan of Zombie Dust, but this one is no slouch.

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Photo of Grizzarky
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyscottthomas
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of SSS
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Dark Orange, almost brown in color, with a slightly off white head that lingers and remains
S-Subtle sank hops and lots of caramel and toffee with a little pine and citrus underneath
M-Medium and resinous mouthfeel that is quite nice. Low carbonation
T-Sweet all around with very little bitterness
O-This beer reminds me of 60 minute...it is a solid pale ale.

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

Photo of sposter4
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brewer maintains a nearly legendary reputation here in my hometown. It's not easy to find, often bought in bunches when found, and is often discussed as one you must seek out. I was thrilled to see my local specialty grocer (Jungle Jims) have an endcap full of this variety. The reputation is well deserved. This was top flight all around and deserves mega kudos.

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Photo of elle_belles17
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warfarris
2.94/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle, BOD less than 1 month old, into a beer glass. Pours very dark orange. Little head and zero lacing though the ale was carbonated well enough. The beer smells well enough, strongly of pine, but the taste doesn't translate. I immediately regretted buying the 6 pack. It's drinkable but for the price this is probably the worst beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Chicago1948
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daliandragon
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this delicious Midwestern classic today at the South Park Tavern in Dayton, Ohio. Pale in appearance but sporting delicious tropical fruits in the odor.

Tasty and full of citrus and late pine. Light malts accentuate the flavor. Bright and enjoyable throughout. Among the better examples of the style.

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Photo of Extol
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice lacing, copper color.

Smell - piny hops and slight fruit aroma.

Taste - bitterness up front, fruit in the middle, then finishes with a nice malt flavor.

Overall - this is a very nice beer. I feel like they kept it simple and balanced.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Botttle poured into pint glass; hoppy- goodness and fruits greets the nose. Nice carbonation leading to creamy head that remains to the last drop; blood orange color. Citrus, Malts, hops and fruits to nose. Medium feel, well balanced with hops on front and malt sweetness on back.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,479 ratings.
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