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RATINGS: 2325   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big American Pale Ale with citrusy aroma- a hop lovers 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 youre unwilling to compromise on your beer, we urge you to try it.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kane (111) - USA - JAN 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 An American/Indian pale ale? I find it hard to consider this an pale ale when the description of their Dreadnaught is it is a step above their APA. How can you go from an APA to an Imperial IPA. The color is medium amber and a decent off-white head. Strong pine/ citrus hop aroma and taste that comes off a little too medicinal for me, if not slippery. Rather limp body. A nice flavorful beer that I find a little lacking in the malts. Lacks the body of SNPA and the smooth creaminess of Burning River, but I am sure the high hop profile will make most overlook this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 If I didnt know, and just poured and sniffed and looked at it, it would come off as an IPA. (A plus, of course.) Very good sign. And it goes about as far as an APA can go. (Actually, not even as far as Great Lakes Burning River does.) Citrusy on the front, sweet on the finish, yadda yadda yadda. I think its an inescapable feature of APAs: they present much like an IPA but theyre smoothed around the edges, finishing soft and, well, flat. A lackluster orgasm that just ends with a kind of thud, emptiness, unintrusiveness, non-lingeringness. Okay, maybe thats a bit harsh; after all, an APA can only be so much and a critics got to be a Bastard. Its good stuff. The sudsy sheen on top and lacing are real eye candy, like Stone IPA. Go on now, hop lover, join hands with the gargoyle, take that next step and go the rest of the way...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Dark Amber in color with a nice head. Smells of grapefruit and spruce. Tasted the citrus and spruce with a grassy aftertaste Fairly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2169) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Deceptively sweet smell, and initial taste finishes (too?) bitter and hoppy. My girlfriend tried it, made a face, and said it tasted like cockroach juice. Im not sure how she knows, but I disagree.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Another one of my Top Ten. Carl...just rating this one makes me want to get back to The Maple Tree for an all nighter...or maybe follow those up with some free Budweisers...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2005
thanks to Jimmack04 for this one. clear and deep amber color, big rocky tan head that lasts. pine, floral hop aroma. taste is surprisingly malty, powerful hop balance. mild carbonation. nice sweet departure but not too sticky or cloying. lots of crazy lacing. nice IPA, but APA??

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
12 oz bottle. 54. NB Worthy glass. Poured red with orange tints and a 1/2" off white head. The head fades away after a minute or so leaving a ring around the glass and a few fat bubbles huddled together off to one side. Lots of lacing, the beer seems to coat the glass. Aroma is big floral hops and a bit o honey. There is some pineyness in the aroma as well. Nice aroma. The taste is all hops. It tastes like you are chewing on a pine tree. There are also some citrus rind flavors and some spicy ones as well. The flavor is almost completely hops driven, but the beer is not overly bitter. The finish is dry and flavorful. Mouthfeel is full. I might rate a finely balanced beer higher, but I sure do love a hoppy beer, and this is a great example.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
The hops are so aromatic, this beer is hard to resist. Usual grapefruit, floral scents, but in a much greater magnitude than other, hoppier pales. Nice balance, hops hit quick and fade into a dry finish. The malt middle is a bit thin, but Id be knitpicking. Another great FFF beer. Cheers!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (3047) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2005
[bottle at MontreAlers meeting - Thanks, JM and Enkerli] Bright brownish orange with a creamy head that recedes quickly to a thin film that leaves some lace on the glass. Aroma heavy with pine and some grapefruit--its like smelling fresh hops but its only a tiny bit vegetal. Surprisingly gentle but ascertive hop flavour that perfectly reiterates the aroma: pine and a little grapefruit. Also surprisingly moderate bitterness considering the amout of hops in the front end of things. Extremely smooth finish with a medium body and perfect level of carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1633) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Bought this 6-pack at Norms in Vienna, VA. Cloudy, orangy/copper pour. Nice frothy head. Nice strong hoppy aroma. Citrusy. Very strong hop presence in the flavor. Nice balance as well. However, this should be considered an IPA like poivre said. Too much hops, and I believe the alcohol is too high for a Pale Ale. But still, even if its a little over-hopped, a damn good beer.


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