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RATINGS: 2313   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Big American Pale Ale with citrusy aroma- a hop lover’s cult beer and Three Floyds’ flagship beer Brewed with Cenntennial, Cascade & Warrior Hops.
Alpha King is an American Pale Ale with a bold citrus hop character. We brew all our beers for our own demanding tastes. If you’re unwilling to compromise on your beer, we urge you to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (371) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Now this is the way an IPA should taste! This pours a warm amber color which draws you silently into it's womb before it unleashes the hounds of hell. The strongs hops are perfectly balanced with the butterscotch malt. Hints of citrus flavors flog your ass and make you plead for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 9, 2003
cascade and honey aroma. tastes of chamomile tea and lychees. smooth and classy, a good session beer but not mind-blowing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
pours a darker shade of amber with a thin layer of head and no lacing. Strong aroma of hops, mostly citrus. Nice and smooth flavor of hops and malt. Very palatable, finishing with small alcohol tones. Nice pale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Pours a lightly hazy auburn color with light head and average lacing. Aroma is hugely hoppy with a combination of fresh citrus & musky hops, very refined. Flavor is not very bitter as the aroma would elude you believe, it is actual very mild and easy to drink. Finishes with a light hop bite and a touch of alcohol. The malt balances this one perfectly. One of the best APAs I've ever had, this is how they should be done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Bottle Clear, glowing reddish-amber with a light tan head that holds at a thick cap. Wonderful aroma of pine resin and grapefruit soaked hops. Very little malt discernable on the nose…a touch of sweet caramel and bread. The flavor is a lopsided balance skewed towards the hoppy side, with lots of spicy, complex hop flavor and sturdy bitterness. Grapefruit, pine resin, the hops are almost sweet in character. The only flaw in this brew is that the caramelly and bready malt backbone is a bit thin, and it shows in the body, which is on the lighter side of medium. Ends with a firm bitterness, as well as a hint of alcoholic dryness. More malt, and it would be Dreadnaught Jr. Overall, an incredible brew and a constant in my beer fridge, despite it’s little flaw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
(tap@ Clark St. Ale House) Nice amber/copper body, a dense, sticky white head, real hoppy. pale malts emerge as well though. predominantly floral and citrucy hop load. cleans up very nicely, not resinous and bitter, butlight caramel malt notes, crackery and tasty along with the citrucy, crisp hop bitters. a building fruity/floral hop character is the final development. A GREAT apa

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Munster, IN version. Copper color, offwhite head. Aroma very much of hops, citrussy, piney, and floral. Dryly malty flavor, more hops, solid pleasing bitterness. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - OCT 24, 2003
The word on the street is true. Avoid the New Ulm, MN product and stick to the Munster, IN stuff (look on the label or for the "tie-dye" caps). The difference between the two is substantial. The New Ulm version looks good but is devoid of character and left me wondering why everyone had such a hard-on for this stuff. The Munster version showed me why. It's fantastic. Hops and malt are extremely well balanced. The hops show through with an expertise that stuns me. Bright, complex and delicious. The high alcohol content is the only thing preventing me from swilling this stuff en masse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 It pours a hazy amber body and despite being poured straight, it doesn’t make such a big head. What is there is there to stay though and never leaves until the last sip. The smell is deep hops, fragrant and tea-like, especially citrus cascade, a great sniff for sure. Backing crystals are very expressive and procure lots of balancing sweetness. In mouth, you receive the same treatment, tasty malt balanced with loads of hops bring you to a piney bitter aftertaste, but not before passing through a flower field where grapefruits fall from the sky. In my opinion, this would have won a lot from a thicker body, it was thin to medium and a little lacking to support such intensity (or I had too full-bodied beers recently). On the other hand, while it was one of the most tasty, it was also one of the most drinkable APAs I’ve had. Thanks Egajdzis!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Deep amber color. Definitely strong hop nose. Can taste cascade hops, but it is not overly powerful--i.e. I think I still have a sense of taste and smell. Flavor is initially malty, and then--pow!--the hops come in and deliver one of the strongest finishes I have tasted. Aftertaste of pine, grass, etc... Excellent! Complex characters, solid flavors, and great aroma.

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