Nuffield (3348) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Do I approach the King with an unfortunate air of ennui? Surely I must prostrate myself before such a beer and arise to speak in the most praising terms? Unfortunately, I cannot so bend my will to the King. I may revel in the bountiful odor which eminates from him, and I may admire the attractive head sitting on its body, but I will not proffer obedience and infatuation which extends to every flavor I can lick from him. The King is, afterall, no greater--morally speaking, anyway--than his peers. He carries some respect for his glowing appearance, and earns plaudits for reaching my nose with an attractive floral bouquet, but for flavor I give only what is due, and what is due is the same respect that every hopping, bitter citizen of the pale ale world gets. No more, no less.
Silphium (2972) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2003 They say you can't judge a beer by its label, and this brewer has a great reputation. Thus, the Alpha King in my hand. This one is what a pale ale should be: crisp, clean, and aromatic with strong but not overpowering hopping. I am enjoying the Alpha King. When I'm in the mood for a bounce in the step and a jump in my mood, I'll gladly take my hops Three Floyds style.
Updated 9/23/03: like the Scottish Ale, my original tasting of this Pale was of the contract-brewed version. The Munster-bottled Alpha King is very piney, with a caramel/dark amber color and a thin tan head. Flavor? Pine, pine, pine. Nice malt balance too. And, did I mention, pine? Thicker than the contract-brewed version, but not my favorite pale, even though gymnosperms ain't so bad.
fly (1369) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2004 Led to believe that I would be bowled over by the hops. Actually glad that I wasn't. While I love bitter, I've had over the top and much prefer balance. Maybe a supreme balance wasn't achieved, but not a bad starting place. Plenty of aroma and hop essence, but not like the IPA styles that I know. And it isn't calling itself that, so I guess I would say all in all I enjoyed it. Again, thanks to hopsrus.
Re-rate - Enjoyed as much or moreso than previously. And not to insult anyone - The Arrogant Cousin.
Slick (1971) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice light amber color with little head.nice hoppy aroma slightly, sweet malt as well thrown in.Taste was very well hopped with some maltyness in it but definately well hopped it shows up through out the beer.the finish is hoppy as hell with a slightly watery hop finish that is mild but pleasant a very well done brew that is well worth the effort in getting.
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I'm not sure this one lived up to its high rating, although it was a very tasty beer. Deep amber color with a malty start that was quickly overpowered by strong hop flavor.
Frank (2188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Dark amber. Tons of lace. Terrific amounts of hops in the nose. Loaded with grapefruit and pine notes. A bit on the thin side for a beer of such gravity and bitterness.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this maybe the best APA I have tasted yet! A very well balanced brew. Nice aroma and finish.
BeerMonkey (11) - Lansing, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed the appearance and flavor of Alpha going down, but the hop kick doesn't lend itself to smooth drinking for me.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome label art. sweet fruity nose, with sweet front and fruity hops finish. Much sweeter and less hopier than I was expecting, but still very good.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, hoppy, fruity, dark copper. This pale ale is awesome. I loved this brew and cant wait to buy more!!