MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best pale ale I’ve ever had.
Very well balanced pale as well.
Hops are explosive and citrisy.
If you have not had this ale you are missing out,because it’s all the hype you’ve read about.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
There is nothing bad to say about this beer. Big malty taste with cascade hops fairly gushing across the mouth followed by a nice dry finish and a very slightly chewy aftertaste. A truly great beer.
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body is hazy amber with a 1 ½ inch thick creamy white head with medium carbonation. The aroma is citric with the fragrance of grapefruits and orange rinds. The taste is crisp and refreshing grapefruit juice with a nice hop bite to it. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than an IPA, but is right on the money for an APA. Nice sessionable beer with no noticeable faults as long as you can tolerate hops. Very nice bonus in a box of trades, thanks to eyedrinkale.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle Nice pour, amber colored, nice head and lace. citric piney hops blend in with carmelly sweet malts in the nose, in the flavor. THis is a stellar pale ale, very big for the style, I think. Not only one of the best pale ales I’ve had, but one of my favorite beers period. A bit strong to be a real session beer, but I could drink this all night long just the same.
pootzboy (1673) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled...part of a trade with Brooklyn Boy. Poured a delicious deep amber-orange with a wonderful sand colored tight. sticky cap which goes to a surface covering clinging lace which lasts. Lively in the glass with a continuous stream of tiny effervessent bubbles coming from the glass base. Glorious hop aromas...floral, lime, grapefruits, pine and sweet malts. Best APA aroma yet. Dandy mouthful of sweet bready malts at the start then the peppery carbonation helps in literally shotgunning the tongue with alpha oils....like bittered grapefruit and key lime with a floral background...malts sit well in the background mid point....the finish is long with the drying effect dominated by the piney hops and a very subtle bubble gum taste... then the metalic aftertaste followed by a slow warming from the alcohol.....a very flavorful refreshing and satisfying ale. Thanks Edward...this brew is an American jewel.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Jason for this great ale. This one has a big grapefruit nose and a copper/amber hue. On the pour a big sticky off-white head prevails. It’s abit more hoppy on the nose than I would’ve guessed, but for me thats a good thing! Pale malts, supporting a very well balanced medium bodied brew. Caramel, light bread...Big heady hops. Pine needles and resin dominate the finish. This brew is so that I’m gonna have to get a lot more of them.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lively aroma full of Cascade hops with a little breadiness. Nice amber color, darker end of the spectrum. Taste is good and malty, with a ton of hop flavor. Finely bitter towards the end, leaves a dry, clean bitterness in the mouth. Basically an IPA.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 WOW! For some reason the word HOPS comes to mind! Nick Floyd’s love for Hops is evident in this pale ale. Although the hops were dominent throughout the entire 12 fl. oz. a mosaic of malts and citrus entangle the bitter flavor to create a well balanced mixture. Who could ask for anything More!
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is hop-heroin for the hophead. The aroma comes at you miles away from the glass, a perfect floral and citrus delight. The flavor is fantastic, just the right amount of malt and a shovelful of hops. Between this and Dreadnaught, Three Floyds really know how to do it right when it comes to big hoppy brews. Cheers!
salishan1969 (16) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alpha King screams hops...and manages to do so without becoming obnoxious. Nice orange/amber color and fair head. Great citrus aroma let’s on to the smack of hops to follow. Sort of balls up on the tongue and rolls away. It lives up to the reputation and that says a lot.