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RATINGS: 2116   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
A hopheadís dream beer. This Imperial India Pale Ale has an opening salvo of mango, peach and citrus hop aromas that sit atop a pronounced caramel malt backbone. Although Dreadnaught is a strong and intensely hoppy ale, its complex flavors is both smooth and memorable. 9.5% ABV, 100 IBUs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2006
Dude, man! This was good. The aroma had good oranges, grapefruits, lsgiht flowers and malts. The beer poured an orange color w/ golden highlights; thin lasting head and lacing. The flavor had oranges, frapefruits, spicey hop notes, and light malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was light and well carbonated.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 Rerate 22oz bomber, no date. Pours a crystal orange with a one finger light beige head, slowly fading to a creamy film.Aroma of apricot, pineapple, citrus, and lastly some resinous pine. When this is fresh--holy crap! With most beers, after the head dies down, the aroma does too. Not with this one--itís almost as strong two hours after pouring (yes, it took me two hours to drink this--I was watching a movie). I am now going to give my first 10 for aroma. However, there is some sweet light caramelish malt somewhere in the background, and doesnít seem (as far as aroma goes) that itís going to be terribly bitter and nasty. Flavor is quite resiny with more pine than the aroma led on. Otherwise, the same. The bitterness doesnít come on strong until the finish at the back of the tongue, where it gets around 6-7 out of ten, and does linger for a while. Dry finish. Full bodied, low carbonation with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Still love this one, and I donít think the rating changed at all. Old rating follows. 22oz bomber, no date--as usual from the guys @ 3F. Pours a clear orange amber with small to moderate sized off-white h Aroma of big resinous pine and grapefruit hops with some underlying caramel malts. Smells like an amped up Alpha King with buttloads more resiny hops. Fairly high bitterness throughout, with some sweet caramel malts in there, some alcohol noted, though fairly well hidden. I keep wanting a toothpick to pick out the hops, but there arenít any. Light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, long lingering bitterness. Pretty damn good, though I think 3Fís is a little bit pricey with this one. 9-4-9-4-18--4.4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2006
Light, ruby orange pour with a super sweet sprucy hop aroma. Slight hints of hay or barnyard yeast accent the overwhelming passion fruit, grapefruit aroma. For an IPA, this was amazingly sweet in the body, almost candy flavored. A perfumy, sweet dry caramel malty finish. The finish was amazingly complex, but nowhere near as bitter as I was expecting, given the hype over this brew. Nonetheless, this was a way above average IPA and very fun to drink. Iím glad these are more commonplace in Madison now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Big thanks to CaptainCougar for this one. Awesome cloudy gold body. Great floral hops and caramel in the aroma. Outstanding body, light orange accents, well balanced hops and malts, great bitterness in the back of the mouth. Nice hoppy effervesence in the ending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Hazy orange color with a small creamy off-white head that fully diminishes. Sweet floral hops aroma with a strong caramel presense. Nice floral bitter flavor with some clear caramel notes. Some hints of light citrus in the end. Thanks to CaptainCougar for sending this to Richmond.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
pours thick. orange with a small white head. big piney hoppy aroma with some honey sweetness. very full bitter hoppy flavor with a big honey flavored malty backbone. full bodied thick and somewhat sticky. bitter hoppy finish lasts forever. an intense bittersweet imperial ipa. another great beer from three floyds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2006
Pours to an orangish hue. Big floral hop nose, nice white head that dissapates quickly. Predictible hop character is met by a decent amount of malt balance, although the hops ultimately win. Alcohol presence is well hidden, easily drinkable. Above average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2006
Piney, extremely hoppy aroma... has hints of sweetness (syrup) as well. Rosey-amber colored pour from 22oz bottle. Flavor is quite hoppy, as expected - but has a nice amount of malty sweetness to contrast it and balance the beer out. Flavor lingers for quite a while between sips. A first rate beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 Lots of pine and orange in the nose. Beautiful crystal clear copper body with a small vanishing head. Taste of orange and pine, with a slam of bitterness. Good bitterness, interesting sweet toffee, not enough malt and too much alcohol for my taste. Too thin in the mouth to be other than ok. Good bitter finish. A good IPA. Too expensive for what it delivers. I prefer the grapefruit taste of a Stone Ruination, the menthol of a Hop Wallop, or even the old standby of a Hop Devil or a Dogfish 90 Minute. Surprising, since IPA is my favorite style. This one just was not remarkable. // Tried it again and the small amount of extra time seems to have helped. It still seems very orange, very hoppy, very bitter ... but itís making a better impression on me this time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 4/4/2006 January í05.22oz bomber from captain cougar. I thought the first day of spring would be as good a time as any to finally crack one of these babies. A nice warm day for a nice cool ass kicking beer. Tried this immediately after trying the ska decadent ( a not so balanced Dipa). Malts overpower this baby, but the hops come right back at ya to create a heavenly treat. like another rater, i think some of the best double ipaís (stone ruination, dfh 90 minute, yulesmith) all have traits that makes them great and its difficult to hold one of these beers over the other. I guess its a matter of what you like to taste. in any case, Im glad I have one of these in the cellar that i can taste again down the road and maybe do a vertical of some favroite 2ipaís. thanks again captain! 10/11/2006 second Januaryí05 bomber. i enjoyed this one more. too faded to comment.

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