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RATINGS: 2035   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
The dreadnaught is exactly as the name describes, it is fearless... it makes a beautiful thick opaque copper color followed by a nice just a tad darker than white head and makes a sticky lacing all the way down my glass. Smell is sweet of cereal malts with hints citrus fruit, but this is only a trap. Then the dreadnaught attacks with a hopped flavor like no other! It is a sweet candy coated hop cone in a glass. Full bodied and syrupy, sticky, leaving a thick coating on the mouth and throat. This is hop heaven... awesome stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 After having every batch that has come out in 2006 (I think anyway), I am convinced that this is the most consistent and bestDouble IPA in the land. This is the best, period.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9008) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
I found this one during my day trip to Baltimore. It was sitting on the sale rack for just over $6! Poured a deep amber with a large off white head. Aromas of citris and pine. Strong orange tastes. Caramel. Starts off nice and sweet and ends with a nice bitter bite. Very well balanced. Very good beer not worthy of a sale rack!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 By the Goddess Eris, I love these Three Floyd folk. Just finished a bottle of this marvelous stuff. It pours a rich, golden orange color with a slight head but bubbles up the sides of the glass the length of the drink. Sweet floral aroma with a hint of the citric... grapefruit. Thick bodied and makes your lips sticky as you drink. Flavorful malts with a sweet-sour mouth-feel. The nose tingles the entire time, exciting this hop-head. Great bitter finish. MORE!!!!!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2004
09.20.04 Yeeehhaaaa!!!! Bomber thanks to Joe (Marinaro500)...Iím enjoying this tonight as one third of a personal IIPA fest to celebrate the Eagles/Vikings Monday night game. Brilliant orange-golden glow; light head for the style. Aroma is a sweet hopfest of sugar coated orange and grapefruit slices dipped in pine sap. Light hints of cotton candy and blueberry. Body is a thick, sweet, and soft mouth full, sharply bitter. Nice, fresh bready and sweet malts. Big time hops make the mouth numb, the gums tingle.

The thing I like most about this marvelous beer is the thought that if this is the best, then Iím not missing much. This is great, but I canít see much, if any, jump over the other great examples of the style: Smutty Big A, GD Hercules, Stone Ruination, DFH 90min...theyíre all great in their own way. This oneís mark is made by itís velvet mouthfeel, but I could easily find something better in all of the other great IIPAs. Thatís not a bad thing at all. Thanks Joe!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 22oz.( all mine ).This thing smells.Smells so goll darn good find it hard to believe.How many words can you come up with for the aroma of a world class IPA ??Add them up put them in a bottle that sayís Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA and you have it.This beer,when you take a sip demands that you take another.The body is heavenly not thick not thin but as Goldilocks would say: just right.You canít come to the reality that a beer can taste like this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Sick... sick beyond belief.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1591) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
22oz Bomber bottle...thanks Ed you are a King among men as a trade partner. Decanted into my tulip glass as a deep amber orange liquid with a frothy sticky 2 finger off white cap. Great aroma: musty grapefruit, hint of pine... some malt sweetness...a hop heads dream. Starts big with ample citrus-spruce hops up front and a huge malt body to balance it off... then some salty- soapy tastes where the alcohol tastes mingle with the hops on a creamy delivery... then the finish is long with citrus pine bittering going to more metallic tastes...what a great big APA! I love it...Ed...send more!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 What everyone else said...incredible. Piney, citrusy, a little alcohol, and an incredible finish. Wish I had more than one bottle...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - AUG 7, 2004
I wasnít expecting this beer to live up to the hype, but it did. Pours golden/amber with a small off-white head. I walked about 10 feet to the trash can to toss the cap away, and I could smell the hops from there. It was unbelievable. Taste is citrus and a ton of hops. I couldnít detect the alcohol flavor as much as other IIPAs eitiher. Very bitter and smooth. This beer leaves a sticky feel in your mouth after a couple of sips. Excellent.

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