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RATINGS: 2022   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A hophead’s 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 20/20
celluloiddroid (25) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Sweet merciful crap! I’ll just describe it the way I was feeling as I drank it. Ooh, hops, malt, crisp, ooh, hops, beautiful, more hops and malt, why is the bottle empty?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Thank you Three Floyds for making this fantastic beer. I don’t know where to start, the grapefruit aroma that makes the mouth water, or the beautiful white head and the lace it leaves. The body is just rich enough to allow the malt to come through and balance the intense hop character, without being overwhelming. Perfection in a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
How can it get any better? Deep hazy orange, creamy white head. I could smell this beer all night. Nose is chock full of sticky sweet pine, grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar, with a hint of apricot. Flavor is an intense hoppy bitterness with a sweet rich malty backbone for balance. Just awesome. Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth, bitter-sweet, mojave dry finish. Glad I can find this any day, any time. Believe the hype and find yourself some ASAP!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Very coppery foggy orange feel to it with a decent white head. Smells much like alcohol, and much more of that, with some huge burnt sugar tones, Actually smells like a barleywine. Extremelty smooth with so many evolving flavors that i cannot describe. So damn smooth with such a bold sugary carmely taste, god damn is this a smooth blend of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2004
This is pretty hoppy. I love the palate, which sticks in your mouth for a long time. Great IPA and not as alcoholic as many other imperial IPA’s

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Oh my God the hops. More orangey than piney. Golden orange with diminishing head. Big malt hit up front, like orangey-honey marmalade, good sour note in the middle, then extremely dry citric/floral hops in the finish. Not complex, still tasty though. But not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 This monster may be brewed to last a voyage around the globe, but the voyager won’t last very long, and may get lost along the way. The trippy bottle, leads to the proper assumption - this beer is a trip. The aroma is heavy on citrus and other light fruit, and less on the floral aspects. The appearance is slightly dark (light/med amber) for an IPA or even a double. Let’s move on to the best part - THE FLAVOR. Savor the Flavor. Flava Flave in is heydey never had so much flavor. This was like sucking the last juice out of a sweet ruby red grapefruit, with the kick of alcohol on the palate to keep you honest. The mystical reputation this beer has is jusified. Just-if-I’d found this sooner...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Dreadnaught. The word conjurs up images of a powerful battleship. At least it does to me. The HMS Dreadnaught. Big. Fast. Potent. Making all warships before it obsolete. Massive. Impressive. Deadly. A flagship. Well, Folks, that’s what this brew from Three Floyds is. Pouring hazy amber from bottle conditioning, foamy off-white head. The aroma is intensly grapefruit/hops. Any other notes are inconsequential. Sniff and enjoy. Intoxicate your nose. Move on to sipping. The feel in the mouth is rich and creamy and full. Slight tingle. And the flavor. Hops. Grapefruit. Intense. All guns blazing. Knocks you on your ass. Delicious. The flagship for IPAs. Oh, yes, I do like this beer. Dreadnaught rules the IPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
Tasted in NYC. Tasted at brewtopia 04. Aroma is of apricot and candy floss. Very sweet scent. Appearance is golden copper. Taste has an overpowering hop element with a very acrid bitter finish. The alcohol presence was felt in this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 this was one of my first brews tasted based on what i read on this site. my first tasting was before i knew what to really look for in a beer, not to mention an iipa. i needed to pick up a few for a trade in progress and decided i'd give it another shot. and boy am i glad i did. theres so much more than i remember. similar notes on hops, grapefruit nose and taste, strong alc. % thats noticeable, but not overly done. pine, citrus, and all in all goodness.

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