Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2002
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap. Wonderful grapefruit aroma which hinted at the hops to come. Color was a medium burnt amber. Taste leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion. There was a huge malty sweetness to start, with a little tartness, then it finished with a huge hoppy presence. My taste buds could just not take it. It seemed as if the ingredients were acting against one another instead of in harmony. I couldn’t finish this one.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the citris aroma to the strong hoppy flavor, I very much enjoyed this APA. It has beautiful color and leaves a nice, clean feeling in the mouth. Well done.
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 (2595) - 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.