Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of wyatt
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of AnnArborJoe
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Numerous samples: tap and cask at FFF, bottle, growler.

A - Clear amber, sticky head lots of lacing.

S - light on the malty, complex hop aroma (mostly citrus, some pine).

T - bold hops, slight hint of sweet from the malt. Complex flavor from the hops with a perfect amount of contribution from the malt.

M - medium bodied, good carbonation, clean and crisp.

O - excellent. Perfect APA.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.7%

Photo of zeledonia
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Nova Wine Bar in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Clear medium amber with really dense 1-finger yellowish tan head. Good retention, great lacing. A bit of visible bubbling.

Smell is excellent. Crisp grassy hops with some solid grapefruit and pine character. Has a really nice snap to it that is quite refreshing. Light bready malt fills in the gaps. This is the kind of beer that I sniff and can't help but say "Mmmm".

Taste is much more bitter than anything else. A bit disappointing given the smell. Malt support is there, slightly bready but mostly providing a base. I don't get much from the hops other than the bitter kick. Hopped up, more like an IPA than an APA in my opinion. Finishes bitter and crisp, fading slowly. The smoothness of the finish is what saves it for me. I want more variety in the flavor.

Medium-light body, carbonation is average. Body works just fine with the beer.

I find this to be a good, hoppy pale ale. I wish the taste had more than the heavy dose of hop bitterness. But I could smell it all day, and I definitely don't mind drinking it.

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

I have had a number of FFF before, but never the Alpha King- it was time.

Pours a dark red-orange color- almost looks like maple syrup. Small white bubbles throughout that disappear quickly after pouring.

Aroma is heavy on citrus and malt.

Taste is balanced between caramel malt and lemon. Really, really, really smooth. A little after taste of nut. Lingering flavor is awesome. Can't put my finger on why, but this pale ale is just a little different than other pale ales- but I like it!

This is a beautiful brew.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

152nd Review
Bottle to De Struise tulip

From notes. Not sure who I have to thank for this extra, but thanks!

A: Dull, brunt orange. 2+ (foamy soft white) fingernail head on vigorous pour.

S: Sweet malt with nice hint of earthy hops. Slight pine aroma and citrus tint coming off the nose as well. Smells extremely fresh.

T: Fresh, earthy hops, hops, and more hops. Big, bold hop character. Pine and citrus notes come thru nicely, but mostly hops here. I like it; I like it a lot!

M: Medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: This beer is so smooth and well-balanced start to finish it is hard to find an argument against it. Drinks amazing and it big, bold, and hoppy (as it should be). I wish Three Floyd's would distribute to Colorado (or Ireland), but it is a nice perk having family and friends in Chicago for an "excuse" to go visit!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Dogfish Head pint glass for this live review.

A - Two fingers of thick foam with medium retention, the result of a hard pour into the pint glass. Colour is a beautiful, lustrous ruby-amber with barely a hint of cloudiness.

S - Incredible. A bold and complex hop aroma, perhaps with an inkling of sweetness from malt. Floral and citrus-zesty.

T - After being spoiled by the looks and smell of this beer, I find the taste to be a bit of a let down. Nice hop bitterness, with an interesting, complex flavour up front, but the body is light and the aftertaste is a bit bland. Not to suggest this isn't enjoyable, but plenty of pale ales taste similar.

M - Thick and chewy for the style, nice amount of carbonation.

O - Certainly a well-made beer, refreshing and enjoyable. I could sit around smelling this all day; perhaps future experiments with a snifter in order?

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the 3F brewpub. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber color with a finger of super sticky tan head. Excellent lacing.

S- Lots of citrus and some pine as well as a slightly grainy, sweet amber malt.

T- Big hop profile, citrus and pine as well as a clean, freshly-cut-grass bitterness that fights against a sweet amber/caramel malt that has a bit of a grainy feel to it. Flavors are very well integrated.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, has a smooth feel with a crisp, clean finish.

O- A pretty damn good pale ale. I'll have to pick up a sixer of this next time it hits my local shop.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,588 ratings