FooFaa (1) - Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours a deep orange color with a rapidly dissipating, rocky, white head, which leaves a thin layer of lacing on the top. The aroma is almost completely dominated by floral American hops. The [possibly?] Centennial and/or Columbus hops give this beer a fantastic floral, citrus, apricot, and slight pine aroma. There is a faint malt-caramel aroma present as well, but, don’t let me fool yah, this beer is all about the humulus! The flavor is sweet up front. Citrus-hop flavors are ascendant -- grapefruit with orange zest and maybe a little lemon. The hops are supported with a strong troupe of malt character. A touch of caramel, toasted, and maybe a little nutty flavors give great play with the hops. Again, grapefruit is the dominant flavor. The beer is fairly well balanced, and has average alcohol feel. The brewer lists this is as a medium-bodied beer. Which is probably correct, but relative to other PA’s, this is most definitely full-bodied. The finish is quite bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. The aftertaste is quick, dry, and bitter with a bit of grassiness (perhaps from some dry-hopping). There are no perceptible flaws in this beer; as, the intense hopping simply won’t allow any, if they exist, to show through. Overall, I thought this was an intensely flavored beer with incredible body, but was surprisingly drinkable. The flavors and aroma are well organized. I can see how it might be a little too intense, in flavor/bitterness/alcohol/body, to drink all night for some, but I still consider it a session.
Ionlyrate5s (52) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Talk about some good hops....perfect hop aroma...so frsh...taste is equally as fresh...slight cedar huge pine huge grapfruit and perfect malt balance to finish out crisp beer
TheBear11D (237) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alpha King pours a mostly cloudy rusty copper with a thick foamy beige head that lasts forever. The aroma is citrus, orange, lemon, pine and floral hops. The flavor is citrus, caramel, orange and floral hops. Overall this is a very nice beer. The beer drinks smoothly and the aftertaste is citrus and floral hops. Delicious!
MSBrindbergs (328) - Solna, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fat på Mikkeller Bar.
Mörkt röd dimmig.
Svårt att hitta dofter.
Smak av röda bär.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
1pintatatime (76) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber color with a rich off-white head. Citrus aroma is present but not overpowering. Flavor is initially sweet caramel malt quickly balanced by the grapefruit and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is good throughout. Finish is like a crisp apple. Reminds me of a Pseudo Sue or a slightly less aggressive Hopslam. Very well balanced and drinkable.
k0mpsa (1139) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at mikkeller, copenhagen. Amber color, small white head. Aroma is rich sweet malty, wood, fruits. Taste is malty sweet, fruity and hoppy, some wooden notes. Balanced.
knickskicks (725) - - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 month old bottle. Orange-red, off-white head. Nose and taste are bready malts, some bitter hops to the finish. Sticky body. Man this fell off fast. Will re-rate when I try it fresh.
jstonerock24 (132) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is straight pine and citrus. Not extremely bitter like an IPA but strong pine and citrus flavor like one. This is my kind of pale ale. Most would consider this a hoppy IPA. Well done
RussianDragon (467) - - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle purchased at 3 Floyds just last week. Pours a bright clear orange with brilliant copper hues when backlit. Head is a thick lasting rocky cap of foam that left thick lacing down the entire glass as the beer was consumed. Aroma is citrusy hop bitterness with orange and grapefruit, and caramel malt. Flavor is same with hops very prominent for a pale ale. Medium bodied, full active carbonation, and pleasant bitter finish. Always great to have this beer, especially this fresh.
Klimaet (153) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a big beige head. Aromas of pine, grassy hops, citrus, grape, some floral notes aswell. Taste is pretty piney and grassy hops up front, settles for some grapefruit bitterness along with some caramel malt and citrus-like notes. Very smooth body. Should’ve probably had it when it was all fresh but I simply forgot I had it. Lol.
kenter2000 (41) - , Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoy the aroma. that’s my favorite part. It’s so sweet like a salt water taffy factory, like watermelon stewing in sugar, like better days. However, it’s not what I expected. It may be the off kilter realm I found myself in today. That could be it. Or it may be my general unwillingness to be completely satisfied. Maybe. But really I think it’s more simple, I really just wanted more of a traditional pale ale taste on a warm summer night. Something familiar like driving down the street I grew up on. The taste is certainly good and it’s growing on me with each sip--the alcohol power. BUT, This beer and I, victim’s of circumstance, A situation of right beer at the wrong time. But that is the thing, Life isn’t fair. You will get a good beer in a inappropriate space. C’est la vie. I am a goose staying put in the heat wishing their was a more hoppy beer going down my gullet. Forever longing. Always bitter. Staying true. I just wish there had been a warning. The lights could have flashed. The gods could have told me. It’s more of a fall thing! You’d like this better in a different season! No, that’s freaking fate.