GregClow (2958) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry - courtesy of him. Big thanks to Harry for sharing this one - although I donít know if having it at the end of a tasting where we were already half in the bag was a great idea, as I paid for it in the morning. Ah well, it was worth it. Orange-amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy as hell, but holds some really interesting tropical fruit notes (pineapple, mango) and lots of citrus and tea. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, just luscious. Flavour - oh my lord, this is just so good - citrus, spruce, tea, wood, mild caramel and malt - I canít believe that flavours can be so big and so well balanced, and can hide the alcohol so damn well. This is a stunning beer. Thanks again, Harry!
kseecs16 (1210) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2010 Bottle. Poured a clean clear gold with an off-white head. Bubbles rising throughout the glass. The aroma is fragrantly sweet with the obvious hoppiness, as well as floral hints and pine. The beer leaves impressive lacing. The taste is overpowering, hop bitterness as it tingles gently on the tongue. Orange citrus is evident along with hints of other acidic fruits, lemon and lime, pine makes itself evident in the taste as well. The bitterness lingers pleasantly in the mouth.
I rather enjoyed this, but preferring darker beers generally I think this is a bit too much hopping for me, though I am glad I tried this beer.
Update - 02/3/07 - More used to hops now, tried this again, and found it to be fairly consistent with what I had experienced before, maybe the aroma was not as amazing. 1 up in flavor, 1 down in aroma. Up to 18 overall.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I will have to choose my words carefully here. While I have to admit that Dreadnaught was a decent beer, I found it hard to believe that this was a double IPA because it just didnít have that mind-blowing tounge melting double IPA effect. It was hoppy but so are a thousand other brews. This one would never stand up against the better double IPAís of this world such as Ruination, Uberhoppy, Denogginizer, Pliny and AleSmithís IPA. How this one is rated so high is mind-boggling. I think itís completely overhyped and simply not deserving. With that said, the aroma was grapefuit and pine with an emphasis on the fruit. Mouthfeel was soft but a bit sticky. Flavor was nice with a balanced malt/hop attack. I would have to say this falls somewhere between an IPA and a double IPA, like a purgatory IPA.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with GregClow, my bottle via trade with Mullman. *My 900th rating* Let me start by saying this is by far the BEST IPA Iíve ever had. Poured slightly hazy orange with an average off-white head. Aroma is a juicy hop medley, orange/lemon/pineapple - resiny but not overpowering - solid sweet lightly roast malt - incredibly balanced and blended. Taste is just what the nose promised - juicy, subtle, balanced - thereís a hint of spruce resin and the malt follows it all the way. This has a long, smooth finish, it ends slightly bitter, but it just gets smoother the more you drink it. This satisfied my palate in so many ways - just drink it, enjoy it and appreciate the balance and smoothness: incredible, itís hoppy but it just doesnít *seem* particularly hoppy - quite an accomplishment.
beerseeker (2) - USA - FEB 6, 2006 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Easily the best imperial ipa iíve had to date. One of the best beers Iíve ever had. Hard to find, so stock up!
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. A luscious gold body with fine streaming bubbles and a medium white head. Smells intense like tangerine and grapefruit with a whiff of spicy hops. First sip is citrus. Like chewing on a grapefruit rind, but somehow itís great. Bitter hops balance, but are not overpowering. Brown sugar on a grapefruit half, bread, cloves, slight alcohol in the nose, almost unoticeable in the mouth. Entire time, bitter hops balance sweet citrus. After bitter taste diminishes, a slight warming of the throat. As she warms sweet malt, honey, and alcohol come out. Alcohol still completely subdued. Lacing reminds of waves flowing down glass. Thick palate almost sticky but still clean. I think I am in love.... call me!
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2011 Could be my favorite beer. Sexy orange pour with a fluffy white head. You can smell this brew from the second you open it. Pungent centenial hops hit your nose with great force. Tropical fruit too!!! Massive bitterness with enough malt and fruit to keep you going back for more. Great beer.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A TITANIC hop blast. Massive citrus hop aromas, tremendous hop flavors, and mouth puckering hop bitterness. $9 a 22 oz bomber was worth the ride for me. Dreadnaught pours to a burnt orange color with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer hits you from a mile away. Very pungent, very zesty aromas of grapefruit and lemon pierce the nostrils. The palate has a good malt back bone to stand up to the hop assault, but make no mistake, this beer is all about the hop. Very good citrus/candied citrus flavors dance on the tongue. Drednaught finishes with more tangy and zesty hop flavor, then ends with a big smack of citrus hop bitterenss that tattoos the taste buds and lingers for what seems like an eternity. Hop Heads only need apply here.
AmEricanbrew (6232) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Absolutely huge Cascade bud pine hop aroma. one of the best smells ever in a beer, reminds me of the freshly cut tree smell on the green chain section of a lumber mill i worked at years ago.
Has a clear copper color with a light yellow head. Medium bodied and smooth. Taste starts with a nicely bittersweet hop assault on the taste buds followed by a good dose of malts which add a light caramel sweetness. But this brew is about the hops; as it warms the flowery and grapefruit hops emerge and make for a nicely bitter, crisp and clean finish.
One of the best Imperial IPAís out there.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an orange to amber color with thin white head that spreads to the edges relativly quick. Nose is thick and juicy lots of resinous piney hops with sweet malts for compliment. Not the most bitter beer Iíve tasted but one of the most lasting, the bitterness lingers and loiters on the tongue. Full round sweetness adds to the balance of this beer. Itíll kick yaí ass and then youíll come crawling back for more!!!