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
Ratings:
6,446
Reviews:
1,836
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
972
Gots:
1,341
For Trade:
29
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Ratings: 6,446 |  Reviews: 1,836
Photo of majorbase2
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, murky copper color with a nice foamy white head. Decent retention. Minor lacing. Was pretty stoked to come by this as FFF is hard to come by in my area, and found this at a place I rarely visit just a few blocks from my house.

Citrusy aroma, with some floral aromas noticeable. Can definitely detect the sweetness that is to follow.

Sweet, tropical flavors immediately greet the tongue. Hoppy, but not overly, well balanced with caramel malts. Has a very pleasant candied sweetness to it. Does an excellent job of making the sweetness taste very natural. A lot of times it will come off artificial. Fruity flavors take over as it warms, giving way to pineapple and peaches.One of the most well-balanced beers I've ever had. A touch of bitterness lingers on the tongue that quickly transform into a fruity aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation. A tiny bit syrupy, but still very drinkable. With it's medium level of hops and ABV pushing 7%, this is a dangerous brew.

I'm always keeping an eye open for FFF wherever I go (this is just my second beer from them. Narrowly missed ZD not too long ago), this reiterates that the eye is worth keeping on them. Supremely balanced and very tasty, this is a great beer for any occasion.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottled 11/28/16.

A: Pours a hazy, reddish, burnt orange, copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy, tan head with moderate retention. Thick, billowy, white lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of citrus and pine accompanied by milder notes of tropical fruit. Sweet caramel. Grapefruit rind, melons, pineapple, and tangerine.

T: Taste matches aromas well. Starts with orange and grapefruit, followed by big caramel malt notes, then a hint of pineapple and melons, and ends with piney, earthy, resinous hop bitterness, which lingers shortly.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with medium carbonation. Slight dryness.

O: Overall, a good APA. Differs from pales I'm used to with the big caramel malt notes, but it's well done. Would definitely try it again, but would like to try a fresher bottle.

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

Photo of Sour_Lord
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours a deep, clear orange color with a hefty off-white head that lasts forever.

The smell seemed a little muted to me, but caramel sweetness, copious citrus with orange and grapefruit. Malty, sweet, a bit of yeast, and I think I can smell peach or apricot.

The flavor and feel are hard to separate. This beer is luxuriously smooth in the mouth feel and the flavors are incredibly well-blended. Obvious grapefruit, some pine, orange. Caramel sweetness. Very mild bitterness, slightly dry, carbonation is on the money. Just a small taste of peppery spice that cleans things up nicely and leaves a nice, lingering taste.

This is a fantastic drinking beer, recommended, and I would enjoy it again, no doubt.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wardt16
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chance4493
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Opaque dark orange color with a few fingers of foam that settles to swirls and leaves spotty, sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with caramel. Taste is big biscuit and caramel, with tropical fruit, floral hop notes. No boozy tones in aroma or flavor, but feels substantial. Feel is smooth, slick, and on the fuller side. A bit of bitter finish, a little dry, but not much.

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Photo of pburns5
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Malicy501
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcthfg
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wanderingpints
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/30...pours rich amber with heavy white foam. Laces. Malt caramel nose. Sweet. Inviting. Slightly sweet open spills into a tasty bitter backed malt. Incredible balance. Sneaky bitter finish. Outstanding, like everything 3F does.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had several times both on bottle and on tap. Smells amazing; just a huge pleasant hoppy kick. The big disappointment is that the taste does not live up to the smell. It is a good solid well balanced beer but no big hop flavors stand out to me. Overall a good beer just not enough stand out hoppiness for me (guessing just a personal preference).

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Photo of Truck67
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle, dated 12/02/16. Served in a tulip.

Pours a semi-opaque burnt orange with a finger-plus of dense ivory head. Retention is good for a minute or so before settling back to thick, bubbly ring with loose sheets of lacing.

The nose starts massively hoppy, sharp and peppery, fading off into prominent peach and sweet caramel.

Taste is straight-on malt forward, sweet toasted grains and caramelized corn syrup. Bitterness is low, some spruce and citrus pith, some bubblegum, a little black pepper. Finishes with grand marnier, slightly dank and sticky.

Feel is medium bodied, thick, chewy and mouth-coating, with just better than adequate carbonation.

Overall, a better-than-decent APA.

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Photo of luvbier
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akopczyk
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beagleyx2
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,446 ratings.
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