JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 Excellent malt is simply a magic carpet ride for the greatest hop presence in an 'every day' beer! This is my session ale, widely available near me, a near perfect brew that I enjoy all year round. The original growlers from the Hammond brewery were out of this world with hops and malt. Just recently I have come across hand-pulled A.K.'s and love it equally. I'd love to watch a group of British Cask drinkers get their hands on this, it would turn them inside out. Massive flavor. If I could drink only one beer, Alpha King would be the one.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 Clear dark golden color with a short-lived fizzy white head. Slightly bready, citrusy aroma. Unassuming malt but with a sub-IPA hoppiness. A slight sticky-sweet aftertaste hurts the finish on this beer.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent. Big flavor with nice head. One of my new favorites.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big citrus/tropical fruit nose. Nice hop bite at the front with a good malt back. Balanced very nicely. Now if I could just get some Dreadnaught...
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper colored with a white frothy head. Very well hopped with a good malty balance. Dry and crisp with fruity undertones.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2003 This is a big APA and happily easily found around here. I find that the flavor profile seems to work in reverse--there is a lot of citric hop bitterness in the front, followed by a pleasing, rich maltiness (still with plenty of citrus, but other fruit as well) which draws up in a final citric dryness. Let it warm up a bit to get the most out of the tremendous malt. Wonderfully made stuff, this.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2002
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful citrus hop aroma, nice bitter taste w/ a clean finish. A very nice APA
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite APA’s. It is far from the ordinary Pale. Huge citrus aroma, I’d say a cross between orange and lemon and a bit floral too. Taste is very appealing but hard to fully describe. The best I can do is like a hoppy lemon iced tea, sort of. Doesn’t sound great but it is really quite good and thirst quenching. It may be an acquired taste though.
igneous1 (1513) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
reddish copper color, excellent creamy off white head. very hoppy aroma rivaling many of the top American IPA’s in intensity. very citrusy bitter flavor with a bit of brown sugar sweetness...i personally think of this beer as more of an IPA. OUTSTANDING to put it mildly
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Expecting to gain new enlightenment according to the rave reviews regarding this APA, I was a little disappointed after trying Alpha King… but only slightly. The initial taste surprisingly seemed a bit bland and almost watery, if only for a fraction of a second before you are bombarded with citric hops. It starts off bitter and smoothes out as it approaches a dry finish. The 6er I had tasted a tad stale or maybe “dirty”, and didn’t have the “freshness” I normally associate with PAs. Bad batch? I may have to try another and return for a re-rate. All the same, it is a very enjoyable beer that is easy to recommend.