rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Whatever. I think, basically, that people are rating beers simply on the amount of hops, malt, and alcohol. Yeah, this is really "strong." Itís quite bitter, syrupy, and alcoholic. This overpowers any food, so you have to drink it alone. At least you end up buzzed. Better than average because obviously it exudes flavor, but I included price in my overall impression.
SpringsLicker (3382) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Brewtopia í04
Deep amber pour with a nice rich white head. Sweet malt and hops in the nose and a full hoppy flavor profile as well. Hops are just a tad coarse on the tongue for my palate, I prefer strong yet subtle hoppiness. Nevertheless a fine IIPA.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cookie, bread malt (M); naval oranges, flowery hops (VH). Deep orange body. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, very heavily bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: really good, but just doesnít have enough complexity to hold my attention.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this beer in the brewery, at The Gate in Brooklyn and then finally was
able to rate it at Brewtopia. So thanks Nick for coming up. I love this IPA! Pours a clear orange yellow with minimal head with a very hoppy aroma. Body holds up with a good strong amount of grapefruit throughout and it finishes with a slight bitterness.
kirklstruble1 (1) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is one of the most massive I.P.A.s I have ever tried (and Iíve tried a few.) Big up front with a sticky grapefruit hop aroma, the beer grabs hold of your tongue and doesnít let go. I only wish it was available somewhere in NYC (other than Brewtopia, of course.) Hands down the best in show.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewtopia. Very nice. Golden in color. Clear. 9.5%. Nice hoppy aroma. Big hop flavor. Big and sticky beer. Great.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled multiple times at Bretopia. 9.5%?!?! No wonder!. Clear golden with a white head. Nice hoppy aroma. Big hop flavor component. A little less in the bitterness. Big and sticky. Gave me the "hop burps".
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Festival 2004 and came courtesy of Dr. Bill! This beer pours a goldeny dark yellow color with a filmy soapy white head. The aroma as to be expected, was all caramel hops, with a syrupy, vinous, woody, and piney front. The taste was pretty thick for an IIPA yet flowed very nicely with no alcohol presence. More sweet caramel and high IBU hop bite up front with super fresh pines stinging at the tongue. A good balance of sweet malts used in the finish to balance this tart monstrous IIPA out. Very good beer....
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Color is strikiing copper/amber with big white head that doesnít go away and leaves lace down the side of the glass. Aroma is intense with resinous hops and big malt. In the flavor, bitterness hits first, then malt, followed by pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Very good use of hops throughout. Well balanced for the amount of hops that must be in here. Excellent IIPA.
screigh (607) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a beautiful copper-orange color. Nice white fluffy head and I could smell the hops as I poured it into the glass. Sticky white head with some nice lacing. I almost canít describe the flavor...it tastes like liquid hops. So hoppy it almost feels like it is drying my mouth out. Great flavor like a really bitter grape fruit. Hops linger. I didnít think it could get any better than Alpha King!!!