MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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??
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. 54į. 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 oí 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.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 Iíd be knitpicking. Another great FFF beer. Cheers!
asheft (2902) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[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--itís like smelling fresh hops but itís 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.
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought this 6-pack at Normís 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 itís a little over-hopped, a damn good beer.
poivre (14) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím sorry, this is a great beer, but hereís the problem: itís an India Pal Ale, not a Pale Ale. Judging an Alpha King as a Pale Ale, itís 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.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark murky amber with a tall frothy white head that didnít dissipate. Excellent clean hoppy pale ale aroma. Taste has great hop bite with some citrus undertones and a strong malt backbone. Delicious.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 My first experience with this beer was early in my career and it was on tap. Since then, Iíve been buying it by the sixer repeatedly, and each time I find that I want to bump up the rating. Nevertheless, hereís the ongoing compilation from the countless times Iíve had the beer from both bottle and on tap...
Color is a deep copper-amber with a nice head thatís 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 Ė but, letís not go without saying that thereís phenomenal malt sweetening at its regal center. Welcome to Nick Floydís 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.