beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is hoppy and malty. A medium bodied pale ale. Nice citrusy floral hops, balanced by sweet crystal malts. Great malt and hops flavors that are different and distinct, yet still well balanced. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and kind of dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. VERY nice beer.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Pours with a cloudy orange color, small head. Strong citric hop aroma and taste. Good mouthfeel, thick, and finish, mild dry.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper / amber in color, large dense head. Big hop aroma with crisp hop flavor. A top of the line Pale Ale.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color. Medium head. Nice Cascade/Centennial hop aroma. Some malt aroma. Slight crystal malt sweetness. Nice underlying bitterness. Medium body. Great balance. Very nice beer!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy light brown color with a small, tan colored head. Aroma is definitely citrus, with lime notable, as well as hoppy, yeasty and slightly creamy. Flavor is pretty hoppy, with just a touch of malt and sweetness, and a rather bitter finish. Overal a nicely complex pale ale. An excelent example of it's style.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite pale ale (though it migrates at times into IPAville). The hops are bursting with grapefruit flavors and the lace is complex. One of the beers that inspires me to smell the glass afterwards. This is a hop-lover's dream. Cannot wait to try the famous dreadnaught- can anyone help?
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hits the nose with a musky sweet lemon aroma, very subtle, but very much there. It pours a slightly hazy copper. Nice head, a little thin, but a solid white coat over the top. A little bit of licorice and a big load of citrus bitter hit you up front. The middle is very malty sweet. The end just a touch of pine. The has to one of the more interesting pale ales I"ve had. It"s pretty big, not exactly easy drinking, but I like it, an interesting blend. Thanks igneousboy.
document (36) - USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic. Nice orange color, a dissipating white head. Citrusy aroma and flavor, as the label suggests. Extremely drinkable, and quite a bit of sweetness on the back end, along with a sort of thick maltiness. The sugar is very ’pure’ tasting, almost crystaline, and complements the hopping perfectly. Not sure where they get this "dry finish" business in the Commercial Description -- I"ll update next time I have a bottle if I figure it out. Wish I could get this on tap. Between this and SN Celebration, there"d always be a hoppy PA I"d be happy to order a pitcher of.
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great overall beer with much more hops than malt. The aftertaste is very quick and full of hops!
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like the mild better than Alpha King and, as that seems to go much agaianst the wisdom of the rest of you, I’ll explain. Both beers have strong hop fronts but the harder grapefruit surge of this one compares unfavorable to the sweeter lemongrass of the mild - so I guess it’s probably the hop varieties I’m reacting too. Both beers have a good malt backing and this one is toasty - interesting!