UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium amber color, kind of looks like an english bitter or pale ale. Aroma is hugely floral and hoppy, massive hops aroma. Very nice, though. Flavor is not as hoppy as i expected, and malts really come through well. Great balance, the likes of which I was not expecting. I'm impressed with this beer, as much as i thought i wasn't going to like it.
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reasonable head, clear copper color. Impressive, bittersweet and almost overpowering hop aroma, complementing an outstanding clean and numbing palate. Slides across the tongue... Amazing. Taste is pale ale bitter, but still nice and malty. Packaging was colorful - the art was striking - but taken as a whole the bottle can't match the finish of your average premium microbrew.
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initial head minimal and fizzy, off-white in color. Nice hoppy nose, medium bodied, fairly balanced.
Drinkable and enjoyable!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big grapefruit nose. Copper/amber hue. Big sticky off-white head. Pale malts, supporting a very well balanced medium bodied brew. Caramel, light bread...Big heady hops. Pine needles and resin. This brew is so drinkable.
Nuffield (3657) - 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 (3160) - 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 (1417) - 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 (1969) - 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 (2729) - 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.