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Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Alpha KingAlpha King

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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

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Reviews: 1,807 | Ratings: 6,328
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer in Toledo. Thank God, I can pick up Three Floyds in Ohio!!!!
No freshness date.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Another fantastic offering from Three Floyds!!!! They're beers rock!!!
Pours a super clear orange color, maybe light amber. About a one finger thick white head forms, and disappears quickly. Tons of sticky lacing around the glass. Beautiful hop aroma, with lots floral, citusy and piney smells too boot. Reminds me of softer version of Dreadnaught. Maybe Dreadnaught "light". Big hop taste up front with some malty backbone, not overly bitter, just right. An medium bodied brew, thats easy too drink. WIth a low abv a definite session brew that can be enjoyed all night long. Another winner from Three Floyds, and once again my only disappointment, is that its not sold here in Michigan. Bring me some Three Floyds dammit!!!

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sammy Smith oversized pint. I've had this brew at parties before, but finally I got one to ponder and review...

A - Cloudy, dark orange color with off-white, 1 finger head. Lacing good.

S - Strong hop for sure with a biscuity dough scent. A nice floral overlay.

T - Hops indeed, with above biscuity flavor. A helping of malt, which provides a nice counterpoint to the intense hops (but don't expect them to balance out).

M - Sticky dry bitterness with a crisp finish.

D - A nice, somewhat well rounded APA with extra hop intensity for all you hopheads. Alcohol not in taste at all, making this beer a great session choice or a fine meal pairing.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark orange in color - as if a little amberish

Smell - very hoppy with a scent of pine and citrus. smells a lot like an IPA than a regular pale ale.

Taste - malts and barley very light - as any PA there is much hop to the taste. one of the better PAs in a long time.

Mouthfeel - little bitterness with a moderate amount of body

Drinkability - very light and airy. I drank 3 during dinner and didn't realize it until the end (when the 6 ABV kicked in).

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange and garnet color. White lacing but no real head retention. Smells of sweet fruity malts with a touch of alcohol as it warms. Plain bitter taste with rich esters and malts. Bit a of caramel. Just the right carbonation and body here. Pretty tasty and easy drinking. Nicely balanced

I am, however, a little confused with this beer. It tastes very similar to Pride and Joy Mild and I wonder if it wasn't mislabeled. I bought a 6'er of P&J and found 2 Alpha King bottles in it. I figured someone had just pulled a switcharoo with a couple bottles from an Alpha King 6'er. Whatever, this is good beer.

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

pours a nice golden colour, with a small head of very tiny bubbles that disappears fairly quickly, but leaves lacing down the glass.

great, fresh, floral hop aroma.

the taste is an immediate bitter, hoppy bite, that fades into a nice balance with the slightly malty backbone. no noticeable alcohol presence, which makes it very drinkable.
body on this one is great. it's definitely not a "lite" beer, but it's also not going to fill you up with one bottle.

overall, a great beer. i'm only half way through the bottle and i find myself wishing i had another. definitely recommended.

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

12oz bottle, great label artwork, visually obvious a Three Floyds brew.

Appearance: Orangish amber in color, nice retaining head.

Smell: Hop aroma most obvious with great citrus and floral smell.

Taste: The malts in this beer do a great job balancing out those crazy hops. I had this with friends who typically do not care for over the top hops and they found it very drinkable. I on the other hand was suprised by the hops as I was under the assumption this was an APA. So either way I got my hops and they got their malts, I'd say that speaks to the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink many of these, good thing I was in a sharing mood.

Overall I was not dissappointed. I never know what to expect when trying a new APA. I normally go in with expectations and typically come out dissappointed. This was definitely not the case with this beer.

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Photo of jj21
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From BA definition of a Pale Ale:
"...expect a good balance of malt and hops. Fruity esters and diacetyl can vary from none to moderate, and bitterness can range from lightly floral to pungent.

American versions tend to be cleaner and hoppier, while British tend to be more malty, buttery, aromatic and balanced."

This beer nails it. Crisp grapefruit tartness and smoothness are outstanding. Very floral aroma and balanced pallet make this beer the best Pale Ale I've had (yet...)

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Photo of Higravity
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a Alpaha King in my book, while hoppy it is for the malt and mouthfeel that I enojy this beer, a lot. Looks a crazy shade of red with a quickly receding white head that gives little lacing. Smells of a great malty red that has been nicely dosed with low-coho hops, giving a citrus and piney aroma. The mouthfeel is full and it allows the terrific malt profile to outshine the hops that give a nice balance to this beer. This truly rocked for my, so much so that I had two, with a list of 60+ beers in front of me.

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Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At 6% abv and 66 IBU's, isn't it really more of an American IPA?

A: Clear copper in colour, pours with a nice white head, which leaves a little lace.

S: Tons of citrousy American hop aroma (mostly grapefruit) .

T: Lots of American hop flavour (grapefruit with a little pine), it's powerful, but not overwhelming. Certainly balanced to the bitter side, but it's a very pleasant bitterness. There's a little bit of pale malt flavour in the background, with a hint of caramel as well.

M: Light to moderate body is slightly oily. Carbonation is moderate.

D: At 6% alcohol, it could certainly be trouble!

Thanks for picking this one up Dave!

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Photo of Jredner
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrusy hop aroma, but it is muted. Copper/tea colored with a finger thick white head. very quaffable. Nothing revolutionary here just a good malt base followed by ample hopping that leaves a mildly sweet malty beer that finishes citrusy and grapefruit bitter. Very solid if you like lots of hops.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Cloudy, brownish-amber color. Bubbly, slightly filmy head, the color of pancake batter. Once the bulk of the head dissipates, a millimeter or two remains perched on top.

Aroma- Sharply acidic hops sting the nose; piney grapefruit aroma all the way. Agitation reveals a sweet, bready hop profile.

Taste & Mouthfeel- Quite a hop bomb! They're brash and assertive, filling the taste buds with citric flavor. The malt is smooth, sweet, and slightly toasty, but it's only in there to help take a little of the edge off the hops. The leftover head and ample carbonation lends the beer a light, slightly airy mouthfeel.

Verdict- The sole purpose of this beer is to serve as a hop delivery system. The strength of the hops might rub some drinkers the wrong way. I appreciated it, though.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

orange-red amber with a slight haze and 3/4 inch of foamy white head that leaves perfect rings of lace.

nose is peachy, piney, and rindy; all sorts of nice hop aromas.

taste is nice; tons of hop bitterness with a slightly fruity, peachy touch to the overall hoppy aftertaste that lasts forever. nice mouthfeel with some hop oiliness. not overly complex or interesting; mostly just straightforward hop bitterness.

on another note, shouldn't this be under IPA? how does something labeled Alpha King not make it into the IPA category?

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Photo of bennetj17
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is very reddish copper, lightly hazy, it pours with only a touch of foam. Aroma is strong and inviting, caramel malt balanced nicely with orange scented hops. Taste is mostly dominated by the strong sweet orange flavor from the hops. Malt flavor is less noticible, and in the finish there is a medium bitterness but perhaps not as much as I expected. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin, although I would have enjoyed it if were a bit creamier. Carbonation is fine. Alcohol was not overpowering.

I really enjoyed the luscious aroma or orange/tropical hops and sweet malt. The flavor couldn't match the same balance but it was drinkable nonetheless. The fruitiness reminded me of Fruity Pebbles cereal, oddly. It's a very unique pale ale, and I was glad to get a chance to try it...

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

received via trade from maltygoodness

awesome amber color. there is a great citrus hop to the taste and smell. great fruit esters. built like an american pale should be built. taste is very crisp, not too much carbonation. man i love the citrusy/leafy/piney taste to this. a very sessionable beer from well known american micro brew. wish this beer would make it down south. i could drink this bad boy daily

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 12 oz. bottle from Fire Waters in Hackensack, NJ.

Had the chance to try 3F's flagship brew and I'm glad I took the opportunity to. Pours a reddish-orange color with a medium head. Lots of citrus hops in the aroma. The taste follows suit but really brings this beer together. Lots of flavor. Fruity with a nice malty backbone. A really well-rounded beer! Delicious and drinkable, I could sip this all night long. But honestly, a Pale Ale this is not. Give me a break, this is an IPA.

The beer bar I was at sold 12 oz. bottles of this for $4. Compared to the 22 oz. Gumballhead priced at $16, this was a steal! Seek it out and embrace it.

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Photo of sopor
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect amber with a thin haze of bottle conditioned sediment. Medium sized head leaves a splotchy thing film, decent lacing. Smells of bready and caramelly malts and some juicy grapefruit rind hop notes.

"Alpha" King is right, by balance this should nearly be an IPA, and a pretty good one at that. Hops are slightly floral, but mostly resinous grapefruit rind again. Malt is slightly sweet, with cereal and bready tones growing as it warms, but finishing before a dry bitterness in the aftertaste.

Pale body & carbonation, again, no surprises.

Pretty darn drinkable, but THE best APA? We shall see...

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgerous copper brown color with a two finger head with good lacing. Huge oily hop notes. Plenty of lemony leafy hops. Very sweet citrus hop oil taste. A little hop balance. This beer is delightfully smooth and creamy. A textbook APA that I've heard lots about and certainly hasn't disappointed. Thanks to hero27 for this one.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass. A nice, tight tanish-white head sits on top of a dark copper body. The head falls down to a small cap leaving good lace all the way down the glass. Piney, citrusy hops greet the nose. More juicy citrus hops with good malt backbone to support the hopload. The beer finishes full and long. A great beer and a good reason why its 3F's flagship beer.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was not sure I would like this brew. I had envisioned it as being undrinkable due to being excessively hoppy. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. It pours a beautiful clear copper with a long lasting rocky off-white-head that left lots of clumpy lace. Aroma is in your face citrus, iodine and notes of pine with some faint swet caramel out there fighting to be noticed. Taste is desert dry with strong grapefruit and juniper obliterating the palate in an agressive but not unpleasing manner. Mouthfeel was just right with a hefty grain bill to match the dryness of this agressively hopped brew. Definitely an exceptional APA and well worth seeking out.

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

12 oz Bottle Pours a hazy amber with an off white head. Head has good lacing. Aroma has a good mix. I pick up lemon citrus and a good prsence of what may be carmel or molasses malts. aste is excellent a clean well carbonated beer wit great flavors. The mix is perfect. Has a good bitter finish with a nice duration. This is one awesome pale ale. I would drink all of these I can get my hands on. If I see it, I am buying it.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a red-hued clear amber color with a half-finger white head that slowly fell to light sticky lacing that slightly clings to the glass as I drink. Aroma is fresh citrus and floral hops, along with hints of sweet maltiness present, smells very fresh and clean. Taste is exceptionally balanced between the citrusy hops and the caramelly sweet hops that stand out in this brew, just enough fresh hop oils/ hop resins to create a nice appreciative bitterness that is kept in check by the sweet malt. Tastes great overall, very refreshing and drinkable. Mouthfeel is slick with a moderate body. Perfect level of carbonation, would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big “Thank You” goes out to Adam & Chris for providing me with this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Color is dark amber with a bit if a reddish tint. It leaves a thin, white head, which disappears quickly but leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Strong but pleasant smell of hops, citrus and more hops.

T: Upon the first sip, the hops taste grabs you right away and leaves a faint citrus after-taste. In subsequent sips, you taste the sweet citrus flavor and then the bitter hops flavor hits the back of your mouth. The two tastes compliment each other VERY nicely.

M: Very crisp with not very much after-taste and perfect amount of carbonation for a clean feel and finish.

D: This beer is certainly drinkable. It’s tasty and not-to-filling. I enjoyed this beer a great deal. Beers have roles in which they fit. I think the role for this beer, for me is to throw back a sixer (or more) while watching a wrestling PPV on a Sunday night.

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Photo of hrockefeller
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 1/28/05, poured in to a pint glass.

Appearance: deep gold/light amber in color with a 1/2 inch head that fades quickly but does not go away. Lacing sticks to the glass till the end.

Smell: Heavy citrus smell...mostly grapefruit in my opinion. I also smell a hint of caramel sweetness that is quickly taken over by citrus again.

Taste: Citrusy hops are nearly overpowering in the front and end of the taste. The middle contains a little of the previously mentioned caramel. Well balanced, with a bitter finish that fades slowly.

Mouthfeel: Not thick, but definitely not thin. Does a good job of quenching thirst and not leaving the mouth dry.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, borderline very good. Bitter, but not so much as to leave me turned away. Will absolutely buy again, when I am in one of my not quite as common hoppy moods.

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Photo of bruachan
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my stop in indiana on the world tour at winking lizard

pours into my glass a rosy amber with some lacing
big shot of NW hops lend a coarse bitterness and some big citrus
not very exciting in my book; seems to lose itself in the c-hop pale ale parade. yeah, it's OK but i've got no real reason to seek this out

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,328 ratings.
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