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RATINGS: 2146   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
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Smells of sweet candy apples and pine. Small head foamed up and left quickly. Not as syrupy as I thought it was going to be from the pour but still covered the palate well. Of course, this is very hoppy and the bitterness lasts and lasts and lasts. Between this and Great Divideís Titan, Iím beginning to dig on IPAs, or perhaps its the fact that the two are so over-the-top in their style. In any case, very well done, indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Very nice beer. Pours dark amber with a medium white head. Smells like hops and pine with subtle malt undertones. Flavor is hoppy and bitter but not super bitter. Malts much more prominent in taste blending well with the hop flavor. Aftertaste starts off hoppy and fades to a malty taste, smooth and creamy (unusual for an Imp IPA) and very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Poured amber-orange with a thin ivory head that quickly faded to a mere float. Nice lacing as I drank down the glass. Aromas were herbal hops, grapefruit, lime, pineapple, some straw, alcohol and yeast. Taste was massively bitter hops, grapefruit, subtle malt, alcohol, with notes of lemon, lime, orange, cherry, espresso, chocolate, tobacco and smoke. Did I mention HOPS? Mouthfeel is sumptiously chewy and sticky. If you crave hops, look no further.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pours golden orange, with a small off-white head. The nose is a musty sour apricott/orange. Nicely complex taste, the bite of hops, sharp yet warming alcohol, sour grapefruit... A very nice mix that works well together.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 100th rating. On tap at the brewery. One big whiff, kicked in the face with big time malt and big time hops. Hard to tell on the appearance since 3F serves in crappy plastic cups. Notes of caramel, bread, bisuits, citrus. Bitter all day. Sticky as hell. I will rerate. This beer probably deserves a 5, but I just canít give it the 5 for apperance if I cant see it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2005
22 oz bomber. Mike Schreffler brought this one from Indiana for me. It was a long day of building a porch swing and i popped this baby at about midnight on a Saturday night. Nice light orange color, hazy with very little head and very little lace. Thatís a little surprising. Malty nose with a touch of hop, but mostly sweet malt in the nose. The hops donít really jump out in the aroma on my pour. Taste is good. Sweet and strong hop flavor with grapefruit, other citrus flavors and a touch of pine in there. It finishes nice and bitter with a nice fuzz on your tongue. Medium body, not heavy, like I sort of expected. This is a good beer, perhaps a bit overrated or perhaps I had either an older bottle, or a newer bottle. Solid, but not on par with Runination or Stoudts 2ipa in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Huge nose of hops, lots of grapefruit and citrus. Amber colored, small white head. Loads of hops in the flavor, apricot, huge bitterness but with some nice malts to balance it a bit. I want to give this beer 15.5 in overall...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Bomber into stemmed glass. Purchased at the Hyde Park Binnyís, Chicago IL. Iíve had this multiple times over the course of a few years, but Iíve never rated it. Iím glad that I hadnít rated it before, since I wasnít ready for it. I remember having vaguely disfavorable impressions of the experience, but now, Iím able to see why everyone thinks this is great. Itís because it is. Golden orange in the glass with a huge ecru rocky foam head that takes a while to dissipate into an island surrounded by a light dusting and a thick ring around the outside. Lacing is very sticky with varied bubble size, leaves a fairly thick layer on the side of the glass. Deep racing is moderately slow, but not the most impressive Iíve seen. Smells are mostly of Cascade hops, floral and grapefruity, with some very subtle breadiness and spiciness that I canít quite describe and can barely notice. Flavor is smooth and full of malts, showing a light breadiness in perfect proportion to the fresh, supple grapefruit. Surprisingly, this wasnít as bitter as I expected; Iíd like to know the IBUs because they seem low. For a huge IIPA, this is incredibly quaffable, and my mom, who isnít a fan of hops at all, actually kind of liked it. I donít know if thatís a recommendation or not. The finish is sugary, almost caramelly, and the hops make the caramel notes taste delightfully burnt. Overall, itís among the giants, but Iíll take Yulesmith over this any day, and probably 90 Minute too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 Bottle at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL. A friend of mine ordered this without my knowledge of what it was. I honestly thought from the nose this was Aprihop given the strong notes of apricot and hops. One taste and it was clear it was something else, and that something else was Dreadnaught. Its good to come back to this again after not having had any since last summer, although I wasnít as overwhelmed last night as I thought I might be. Maybe the ThreeFloyd over-the-top Hops technique is wearing on me. To Dreadnaughtís credit, the balance of actual flavors underneath all the hops was impressive. Sampled last night with Dogfish Head 90, Great Divide Hercules, Il Vicino Wet Mountain, and McNeils Summer IPA. To Dreadnaughtís credit, it was undoubtedly one of the best of the bunch, and hence Iíll modity my rating slightly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Pours deep orange red with fluffy head. Huge hop nose. And oh yes, hops in the nose. Citrusy, peachy and hop flavor. Meduim mouthfeel. Strong presence of hop bitterness. Great job. Now this is a good summer sipper!!

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