Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4.25 w/ 6,499 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:
#738
Reviews:
1,846
Ratings:
6,499
Liked:
6,113
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
8.94%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
975
Gots:
1,375
Trade:
30
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Relatively fresh, 7/17. Bee honey color with a buttery popcorn colored head. 10% transparency.

Aromas of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, and orange pith. Very sweet, candy like. Some floral notes.

My initial remark is that it's very bitter and resiny, with an overwhelming hop presence. Extremely earthy, with herbal and very faint mild citrus/grapefruit notes. Honey in the background. Suggestions of cooked cabbage. It's pretty rough for me personally. Hard to finish and difficult to believe it's only ~70 IBU. It packs a wallop but it's definitely not my kind of IPA.

Feel is resiny, oily, and mildly carbonated.

Overall, definitely respectable but WAY OFF THE CHARTS bitter for an AMERICAN pale ale. A IIPA, maybe, but this is out of style with how bitter and resinous it is. Not fruity - more earthy and herbal. A lot of folks like it and that's understandable, but it's really rough for a person like I who likes drinking juicy IPA's and Zombie Dust. I'll have to try it again ice cold instead of at ~40 degrees.

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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased 8/15/17 at brewery. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F head with good retention, lots of lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a very deep clear amber color.

S: Caramel malts and some grapefruit-like bitter citrus. Earthiness.

T: Generally follows nose. The caramel malts predominate, but the bitter hops have their say on the finish.

F: Medium-ish body. Moderate carbonation. Construction is good, balance I guess could be a tad better as bitterness pretty pronounced. Still quite drinkable.

O: LOL on the ABV, of course. It's good, but I guess not my favorite way to do an APA.

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4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holderness
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a moderately turbid tawny color with an average-sized off-white head that retains minimally and laces fairly well
S -- Herbaceous and earthy upfront. Some citrus flesh, lemon peel, pine, and citra rubberiness
T -- Grass, earth, pine, light biscuit malts, and a touch of caramel. Not really getting any fruitiness, which may be due to the age of the bottle
F -- Nice and crisp, much like Zombie Dust. The hop bitterness is definitely there, but doesn't overwhelm. Medium+ carb, medium mouthfeel
O -- Not getting the hype on this one. Pretty standard west-coasty pale ale that is judiciously hopped but lacks the brightness of what's coming out of the northeast these days

74/100

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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice very drinkable ale.

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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94.1% out of 100 with 6,499 ratings
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