beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Far too hoppy for my taste.
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is a beer that seems to have everything. A strong hop flavor, with just as much in the malt dept. Great, deep amber hue with a pale white head. Magnificent.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A real, full throttle pale ale. Sierra Nevada may have started it, but these guy’s have really brought it full circle. Cleaner and rounder than alot of the West Coast superstars. Excellent! - And good packaging doesn’t hurt either.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very well done for a hoppy beer. It is nice to have good hop characteristics with a just as strong malt profile. Great, creamy head. A really full mouthfeel, very enjoyable. Three Floyds!
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alpha King was orangish-copper in color with a nice sized, pillowy, white head. The nose was super hoppy, with definate floral notes. The aroma suffered from a subdued but noticeable ’mustiness’. Hops dominated the flavor profile making me question why this high-alpha ale isn’t considered an IPA. With the abundance of hops came the usual citrus, grapefruit tastes and acidic bite. Alpha King finished with a lasting bitter. All and all, I liked it.
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very citrusy & floral aroma, dark copper color, kept a very nice head out of the bottle, lots of body, dry bity aftertaste, pretty strong bitterness & hoppiness, nice balance, very good APA
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity but pleasantly so and one of the better Pale ales. Well balanced with a nice head. I agree with indra that its’ more of an IPA.
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Massive and juicy hop aroma, citric, earthy, floral and piney, underpinning a bit of toasty caramel malt sweetness. Light-medium amber color, very faintly hazy, with a fine, creamy head. Begins with a brief glimpse of toasty malt sweetness, before turning substantially hoppy and fruity. Hops dominate deep into the finish, but a modicum of malty sweetness resurfaces late. One of the more hoppy Pale Ales one is likely to encounter and luckily the blend is chosen very well. Instantly appealing.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally had a chance to try this on tap at my favorite pub, Ann Arbor’s ABC. I was not disappointed. It comes on poised and powerful with the hops and citrus (very distinct grapefruit) rivals GL Burning River as my favorite pale, and its similarly well malt founded and well balanced, shading towards the hops. Too bad it’s better than ABC’s own pales.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As a recovering hop head sometimes to much hops is just to much hops. A good beer, but to Cascade overdosed to be a great beer.