Bearboy (5) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahh, hops. Citrus, mostly grapefruit greets you as you raise the glass. Quite nice.
cckevin (40) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 In Bottle: Nice amber pour, good head with small bubbles fair retention. Hoppy nose, with rich malt aroma. Hops carry well in the taste, and the bittersweetness of the hops makes it taste like an IPA. Comparable to Sierra Nevada, but Sierra is still seems hoppier.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 I've had this in bottles and I've wondered what all the excitement was about. Had it on tap, and found out for myself. Very hoppy, I wouldn't call it a pale ale seems more like an IPA. Strangely enough 3 Floyds doesn't make what they call an IPA currently.
ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine pale ale. Big taste. Citrusy - a grapefruit in every bottle - but a nice ripe one. Not too bitter for a hop-filled beer.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Draft:Complex malt aromas and flavor with just enough,juicy,hop aroma and flavor. Dark,cloudy,appearance for a pale ale. Taste is suprising for the aroma.Big time malts and appetizing bitterness are balanced.In my experiences, impossible to find a good six pack though.Tap rating would be higher probably.
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Great hoppy-sweet aroma. Caramel red in color - full foamy head but it didn’t last long because I think it was a dirty glass. Medium carb and medium body. Nice malty flavor, good bittering and overall melding of flavors. Crisp. Really a nice pale ale.
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
got via trade from hopsrus. awesome - truely an Imperial Pale Ale without being an India Pale Ale. Lot’s of malt, balanced with a healthy (not excessive) amount of hops, backed up with a bit of alchohol. little on the dry side. nice finish. An excellent ale.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2006 One of my favorite Pale Ales (it’s up there with Lost Coast Indica as my number 2 & 3 beers). Floral hoppy aroma, along with some caramel. Flavor is sharp and crisp - hoppy with some floral flavors as well as a predominent citrus grapefuit. Finishes with a nice lingering hop bite.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Blind rating, bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Way overdone and one-dimensional.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you love hops, you’ll definitely like this one. Like Victory’s HopDevil and Blue Ridge’s HopFest, Alpha King is an over the top extremely well hopped ale. Highly recommended.