Arayaga2 (2207) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Deceptively sweet smell, and initial taste finishes (too?) bitter and hoppy. My girlfriend tried it, made a face, and said it tasted like cockroach juice. I’m not sure how she knows, but I disagree. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Another one of my Top Ten. Carl...just rating this one makes me want to get back to The Maple Tree for an all nighter...or maybe follow those up with some free Budweisers... MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2005
thanks to Jimmack04 for this one. clear and deep amber color, big rocky tan head that lasts. pine, floral hop aroma. taste is surprisingly malty, powerful hop balance. mild carbonation. nice sweet departure but not too sticky or cloying. lots of crazy lacing. nice IPA, but APA?? csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
12 oz bottle. 54°. NB Worthy glass. Poured red with orange tints and a 1/2" off white head. The head fades away after a minute or so leaving a ring around the glass and a few fat bubbles huddled together off to one side. Lots of lacing, the beer seems to coat the glass. Aroma is big floral hops and a bit o’ honey. There is some pineyness in the aroma as well. Nice aroma. The taste is all hops. It tastes like you are chewing on a pine tree. There are also some citrus rind flavors and some spicy ones as well. The flavor is almost completely hops driven, but the beer is not overly bitter. The finish is dry and flavorful. Mouthfeel is full. I might rate a finely balanced beer higher, but I sure do love a hoppy beer, and this is a great example. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
The hops are so aromatic, this beer is hard to resist. Usual grapefruit, floral scents, but in a much greater magnitude than other, hoppier pales. Nice balance, hops hit quick and fade into a dry finish. The malt middle is a bit thin, but I’d be knitpicking. Another great FFF beer. Cheers!
asheft (3097) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2005
[bottle at MontreAlers meeting - Thanks, JM and Enkerli] Bright brownish orange with a creamy head that recedes quickly to a thin film that leaves some lace on the glass. Aroma heavy with pine and some grapefruit--it’s like smelling fresh hops but it’s only a tiny bit vegetal. Surprisingly gentle but ascertive hop flavour that perfectly reiterates the aroma: pine and a little grapefruit. Also surprisingly moderate bitterness considering the amout of hops in the front end of things. Extremely smooth finish with a medium body and perfect level of carbonation.
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Bought this 6-pack at Norm’s in Vienna, VA. Cloudy, orangy/copper pour. Nice frothy head. Nice strong hoppy aroma. Citrusy. Very strong hop presence in the flavor. Nice balance as well. However, this should be considered an IPA like poivre said. Too much hops, and I believe the alcohol is too high for a Pale Ale. But still, even if it’s a little over-hopped, a damn good beer. poivre (14) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2005
I’m sorry, this is a great beer, but here’s the problem: it’s an India Pal Ale, not a Pale Ale. Judging an Alpha King as a Pale Ale, it’s simply too hoppy. Either ratebeer has it miscategorized or 3F decided that it was tougher to market an IPA. Put this as an IPA and I would give it top marks all around. HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours a clear copper color with a nice thick head and great lacing. Nose of citrus. Nice pine and citrus bitterness as well as flavor. Has a nice crisp and bitter finish. shadey (2142) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Very nice lacing on the glass. A very nice orange/amber color and a very attractive hop character to the aroma. Crisp clean flavor that finished quickly and refreshing. A little over-hopped for a pale ale, even if it is american, but still delicious stuff.