jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Frothy off-white head. Clear orange copper color. Malty aroma with hint of hops. Very mellow. Bitter beginning, malty middle, and a quick good dry finish. Medium bodied and dry. Bitterness lingers. Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Alpha King is one of the best balanced pale ales you'll ever taste. Clean hoppy and refreshing. Cobra (1100) - - SEP 2, 2003
12 oz. longneck brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a dark orange color, with a green tinted tan head. The head didn't last long, and it did leave some lacing down the sides of the glass.
Aromas...where to start? Right off the bat, it is apparent this beer is full of fresh hops. Floral, piney, resinous smelling hops are very noticeable here gang. Slight dry biscuit aroma quickly fades. The hops are what makes this beer great, though. Sticky mouthfeel, slight coating of the old tongue. Finishes bitter & very hoppy.
A pretty good IPA, but not quite as good as their Dreadnaught. Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Pours a nice deep amber with a medium, lasting head. Aroma spicy, floral and the signature 3f grapefruit scent. I was wondering what the difference between their IPA and the APA would be; they are somewhat different beers. This one seems to have a little more roasted flavor, and not as intensely hopped. It is not as sweet as Dreadnaught, and of course not as strong ABV. Perhaps also a little more drinkable (and less dangerous) in large quantities. All-in-all a very fine beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Reddish purple with a thin to moderate head. Citrus, sharp and tangy nose. The taste is sour and kind of concentrated. Not bad
steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 duvel tulip glass: still my favorite pale ale. dry pine and sweet smooth caramel along with juicy drops of grapefruit - great play! great body, crisp, and it’s just delicious. easy to drink. sweet on the lips then a bit dry and bittersweet after the gulps. yum! grab the bottles with the tye-dye caps & logo on it. this brew is wonderful. personally, i like a half shot of fine whiskey tossed in the glass then i pour from the bottle for a big head. wonderful! (updated) UPDATE 2/5/05: english pint / ahhh... always good! downrated overall, though. it’s got that same dry yet bittersweet aftertaste. basically, juicy grapefruity piney with a good malt backup to push it all down gracefully. quite excellent, as always! mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
amber clolour, white head. huge aroma of perfume and herbs with citrusy hints. very big and hoppy flavour, but not over the top, which leaves room for some apple and melon fruitiness and caramel sweet malt. bitter finish lingers. the best I've tried from 3F so far. OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2003
Royal bourbon clear colour with a yellow white head. Medium fruiy and seriously intense herbal and sweeter rosewater aroma. Flavour is reminiscent of dryish liquid turkish delight. Extra long beautifully balanced finish. Nice stuff. Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 Just finished my very first Alpha King. These are my impressions. The Alpha King Bombards your neural net with an overwhelming layer of texture and flavor. Grapefruit/sour aroma to me. Nonetheless very powerful elixir. After second sip Neural activity pinging like crazy. Very intense experience. Wonder what this might be like on tap. Head was non-existant when poured out. No bitter afterbite whatsoever. How would I rate this against them all. I would have to try the rest of the High ranking brews before I make my permanent list. Definitely Amber from first sip to last. Very good very unexpected and not exactly what I thought. Very interesting experience indeed. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2003
After 370 beers rated, this is my first perfect beer! Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Aroma: very hoppy, wonderful, rich. Very nice, reddish, orangish amber. Off-white head. Not much visible carbonation. Very nice hoppy flavor. Excellent lace. As an American Pale, doesn't get any better than this.