bvc (1151) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of StFun, thanks man! Pour a hazy orangish brown with tight slightly off white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is very juicy with tropical fruit resiny hops and some slight pine notes. Sticky body to is with some depth and prickly carbonation. Slightly sweet ad citric up front and in the middle and then on the end of that some non assertive malt lingers briefly before becoming very dry ad bitter. Very astringent at the end also...you can really feel it on enamel of my teeth. As Alex points out, it is very drinkable and straight forward. I would also say that the nose is really the high point for this.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Nice DIPA - a step below dreadnaught. Not quite as hoppy as dreadnaught - similar malt taste. Not especially memorable but enjoyable nonetheless.
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
Without much time I chose this tap before leaving for the drive home. My reward was a fabulously well balanced imperial IPA that was almost as good as Dreadnaught. If this is ever bottled it will have no problems circulating among the beer geeks of the world.
Aroma / Appearance - The soft white head complemented a nice cloudy orange body. Grapefruit, lemons, tropical notes, and other aspects gave this a fruity but sharp tone. Aggressive it filled the air with hoppy goodness.
Flavor / Palate - Wheat, orange, melons, and dry hay formed a blanket of wet bitterness on the tongue. The bitterness stuck to the throat long after everything else had faded. A hint of sweetness added depth that enriched the entire experience. I would certainly not think twice about ordering this if I ran across it again and it was the best option.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours copper with white head. Aroma is heavy with citrus hops with some pine and caramel malt. Flavor is bitter hops, citrus, light pine and good amount of malts. Mouthfeel and carbonation are nearly perfect. While it is malty I did not find it sweet and cloying at all. Good stuff.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2488-20090926] Tap. Orange peel hops aroma. Hazy, medium brown orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sweaty orange rind hops flavour. Medium-full body is rough and bitter. A little thick and rough but interesting.
Overheard: "I’m not sure I’m gonna be able to fit this in my mouth." -- referring to the burger.
(@ Three Floyds; Munster, IN)
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewpub.
Poured hazy copper color with a large creamy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex citrus hop and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bitter citrus flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol burn as it warms.
This is a standout beer.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Cloudy orange amber with creamy white head. Aroma is dry and resiny citrus and pine with light caramel, tropical fruit, a definite three floyds ipa. Flavor is similar with the tropical fruit and well balanced bitterness to caramel sweetness, fresh. Medium to full creamy body, a little chunky. This is how I remember how dreadnaught used to be.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Glowing apricot body with a fluffy white head. Nose is spicy and tropical, citrus. Taste catches you off guard for sure, hugely bitter, but the fruitiness and spicy hops jump across as well. Super aggressive and very different from Dreadnaught (which is a good thing in that it offers something new). Pretty badass IIPA.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Hazy orange body. Frothy white head and drippy lace. Grapefruit and pineapple aroma. Tangerine, tropical fruit and grapefruit. Well balanced and extremly resinous.
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009-09-26. Hazy orange body, modest off-white head. ( 3+ ) Quite bitter, lovely hops, citrus and resin, muted tropical fruit touches. ( 8+ ) Hoppy aroma, light alcohol, resin, modest citrus and fruit/tropical fruit, light alcohol. ( 7+ ) Average to medium bodied palate. Alcohol is present but fairly restrained. Quite quaffable. At first I thought it was not as lovely as my memory of Dreadnaught, but had Dreadnaught at 3F later and it compared more favourably than I first thought. On tap at Three Floyd’s, Munster.