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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
Ranking:
#766
Reviews:
1,858
Ratings:
6,541
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
974
Gots:
1,396
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,541 |  Reviews: 1,858
Photo of beeragent
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch white head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Intense hop aroma. Very floral. Not much else is detectible due to the high hop profile.

T - Strong citrusy hop taste coats the palate. A hint of light malt in the middle, before ending with a sharp hop finish.

M - Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a great example of a pale ale! It really doesnt get any better than this. Outstanding flavor and high drinkability. If this wasnt such a rarity for Texas, I would easily drink the entire six pack in one night. Highly recommended!!!!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear caramel color with high carbonation producing a 1-2 inch white head. Decent retention.
S: Caramel malt, nice pine citrus hops...nice for style.
T: Wonderful balance of citrus pine hops and sweet caramel malt.
M: Smooth and slightly oily feel. Moderate hop bite in the finish.
D: A solid sessionable brew. Extremely drinkable. Very nice for style...which seems to be closer to an IPA (as numerous people have already said). Enjoyed this prior to grilling burgers...Thanks Kris!

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to sproser for the incredible box in which this soldier was tranported.

Pours a totally clear amber ruby color with an off white head that retains very well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is some rock candy like malt and pine forward hoppiness, seems quite balanced.

Hmmm. A nice pale ale for sure. A good balance of caramely malt sweetness and hop bitterness. At first it doesn't seem that bitter, but it creeps up on you as you reach the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal for the style, carbonation is dead on.

Drinkability is very solid, could easily put away a sixer (or two) of these. The hoppiness might turn off some n00bs as far as slamming a million of these, but for a tried and true beer geek, this one is quite sessionable.

Overall a very nice pale ale. Pretty well balanced, but hop forward, very sessionable, pretty much what you want in a pale. Would love to have regular access to this one, a nice beer.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Chackman151
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz extra from mikey711. Thanks! Into tulip.

A- That's a damn dark pale ale if I do say so myself. Penny copper brown. Nice sandy head that's mostly white. Large bubbles, nice lacing, head settles to a 1/2 cm and just stays there.

S- Hops! Sweet, sugary malt and fruity, mildly piny hops. Big citrus component. Hmm... west coast hops with an east coast malt bill.

T- Good hop bill here, malt is a bit too much for me. A bit sweeter than I would have liked. Still very tasty.. esp. for a pale ale (drinks like an IPA). Hops are flavorful and don't have too much bitterness. Lots of sugary sweetness... like frosted hops.

M- Again, too much malt. Maybe I'm just not being kind to this beer, but it borders on too sweet. Good carbonation though.

D- Moderate. I'll have to revisit this at some point, maybe my head's just not in the game. Good stuff, not great stuff though.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of beernut7
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing that came to mind: "Holy crap what a great beer!" Huge citrus aroma leading to a refreshing and extremely drinkable, well-bodied ale. The intense spicy citrus hop profile is awesome with an aggressive, but not oppressive, bitter bite. Up on/near the top of the line.

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Photo of Tom-Peters
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer by FFF I got to try on my recent trip to Chicago. It didn't disappoint! Poured into a tulip glass at the Map Room, located on the lower west side of town. Review is from my notes.

The color is a strong orange-amber color, topped with a large 3 finger of head that eventually dies down to a small ring, yet never seems to let go. Carbonation is very light, in spite of the large head. There's a ton of lacing on the glass, which is always appealing. The color emits a syrupy, slightly viscous texture. It may be the tulip here, but this doesn't look quite like any pale ale I've seen to date.

The aroma is filled with toasted graininess, oranges, plums (?!), and loads of dried citrus loaded underneath the beer. The graininess and lightly sweetened malt character definitely seems to be the focus here, but I've heard here and there that FFF is known for their wild hopped concoctions regardless of the style. Indeed, the hops here have a slight dried character atop the malts, but rather than remaining as a stereotypical "citrus" profile, they seem to meld with the malt backbone to provide juicy fruits from plums (still bewildered there), apricots, maybe a light dash of melon. Pretty awesome stuff in that respect.

The flavor consists of an initial malt creaminess and thickness, only to end in a citrus dry finish with all of the aforementioned fruits. This becomes ever more present as it warms up, but there is, from the very beginning, a syrupy, sticky texture that enhances the fruit profile. It's jammy at the finish, maybe a little floral, but it's definitely an orange-based, lightly caramelized malt combo that works in a very balanced manner. The beer is also very well carbonated, which further promotes balance and gives this its juicy texture.

What perhaps may be the most "normal" of easy to find FFF offerings, it's still quite different from pale ales that I'm used to. This isn't your cascade-focused pale ale here! The maltiness is very hearty, and combined with the very pleasant range of hops, it's far more juicy and zesty as a result. I really enjoyed this – its balanced nature could make this *the* go-to pale ale in my fridge year-round if I could only get this out West. Glad I got to try it at least!

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nchrist13 and tpd975 for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat murky burnt copper with a very generous two fingered off white head that takes a good while to die down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is very good, stays all over. Smell has alot of grapefuit, pine, and floral aromas in the nose. Extremely crisp odor. Flavor is so balanced. Starts off with the grapefruit then the pale malt comes through and blances it out so well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. So clean in the mouth. Drinkability is amazing, this is a pale ale? I'm thinking more like an IPA but who cares about labels, this beer is amazing.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,541 ratings
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