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RATINGS: 2139   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 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13245) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle. Amber color with medium head that diminished quickly. Full hoppy aroma. Medium body. Complex balanced flavor with a great long bitter finish. Great brew and will hunt out another bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pour was a copper color with an almost-yellow head. Harshly hopped, invasive to the sinuses, almost acrid, with high amounts of grapefruit, pine and green apple. Heavily bittersweet to start with a stinging, bitter finish amidst light acidity. Honey-smooth with light carbonation. Thoroughly wicked. Iím glad I waited to have this one fresh at the brewery.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Nice amber colour with a small, off-white head. Spicy nose. Incredibly delicate hop character, sweetish almost honey-like with loads of caramel. Bitter not only in the finish -all the way through. Delicious. 170705

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2005
Amber colour with a small off white head. Hoppy, apricot fruity aroma. Fruity and sweet flavor with a nice hoppyness. Bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Pours a dark golden, with a thin white head. Aroma is very grassy hoppy. Taste is sweer malty, and very hoppy. Long bitter aftertaste. This is a beer that i like very much

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle. Copper colour with a small white head. Hoppy fruity aroma and a mild hoppy almost sweet taste. Medium to full body and a sweet light dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Bottled. Orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of hops, caramel and pine needles. Flavour of fruits, hops, caramel and pine needles. Long bitter finish.

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