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RATINGS: 2330   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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3.8
   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 (3059) - 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 (1634) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poivre (14) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Im sorry, this is a great beer, but heres the problem: its an India Pal Ale, not a Pale Ale. Judging an Alpha King as a Pale Ale, its simply too hoppy. Either ratebeer has it miscategorized or 3F decided that it was tougher to market an IPA. Put this as an IPA and I would give it top marks all around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours a clear copper color with a nice thick head and great lacing. Nose of citrus. Nice pine and citrus bitterness as well as flavor. Has a nice crisp and bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (2115) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Very nice lacing on the glass. A very nice orange/amber color and a very attractive hop character to the aroma. Crisp clean flavor that finished quickly and refreshing. A little over-hopped for a pale ale, even if it is american, but still delicious stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Poured dark murky amber with a tall frothy white head that didnt dissipate. Excellent clean hoppy pale ale aroma. Taste has great hop bite with some citrus undertones and a strong malt backbone. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 My first experience with this beer was early in my career and it was on tap. Since then, Ive been buying it by the sixer repeatedly, and each time I find that I want to bump up the rating. Nevertheless, heres the ongoing compilation from the countless times Ive had the beer from both bottle and on tap...

Color is a deep copper-amber with a nice head thats about 1/4" thick with random bubbles breaking at the top. Smells strongly of Amarillo, lemons, grapefruit, nectar, pineapple rung and pine with trace wafts of amaretto-meets-lemon grass. Altogether, a very bright and awakening aroma. Hits the palate and bliss instantaneously registers as remarkably crisp, satisfying and hoppy as Three Floyds can be but, lets not go without saying that theres phenomenal malt sweetening at its regal center. Welcome to Nick Floyds balance clinic, please take a seat. Tingly grapefruit, papaya and pine resin accentuate that bitterness which is boding well - and reaching great distances - across the palate. Perfumey and herbal complexities hint at freesia, lavender, snapdragons and lilies of the valley in liquefied form. A small bite creeps-up at the end of each sip and leaves one of the best bitter remnants that an aftertaste could ask for. Such a damn good beer by such an admirable brewery. Well done, every time.


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