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RATINGS: 2110   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Bomber, May 2005, and tap at the brewpub, January 2006.
Translucent orange in color. When looking through the tulip, it seems to magnify everything behind it. First pour yielded a few tiny bubbles as its head, but the second pour was more foamy, bubbly and more distinct. Aroma is full of hyper floral hops, some citric sweetness, lemon grass, honey, pine, and orange soda. Flavor is pineapple and grapefruit. Seems like what herbal essence shampoo would taste like it they came out with a beverage line. Lemon grass also manifests for flavor and there’s something there that reminds me of a "woodsy" type of cologne.

Compassionately rapes your tongue with a chafing bitterness. Not over the top with bitterness or sweetening, but the amplified levels are quite commendable. Well-balanced, moderate carbonation and sweet caramel contributions throughout. Finishes like orange sweet cream and a warming tingle at the back of the throat. Very tasty stuff and a classic in its own right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Very frothy. A strong burst of floral and gingery hops. Flavor is deep and very strong with grapefruit and continuing floral. Continues with a very rich and creamy bread and yeast. Alcohol is pretty well hidden with a good rounding factor. Malt plays an important role in keeping this beer balanced, with some caramel showing through. Finishes up with a touch of fresh ruby red grapefruit and vodka on the palate. A beer with strong depth and complexity and not just burning hops. This is much more palatable for myself. Enjoyed by the shores of Lake Superior thanks to robertsreality and badgerben!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 copper pour, meidum head. Aroma and taste is melon, orange and a hint of pineapple. Hops are resiny but it is a double.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 malt & hops, what a great combination! drank this wonderful brew on a very special occasion, first morel mushroom tasting of 2005. this hazy, honey gold beer had a perfect off-white foamy head. aromas & flavors of the aforementioned malt & hops. great balance, superb beer. re-rate 5/2/06 I’ve had this 3 times since my original rating and while it is still a damn good IIPA, I felt I needed to adjust the rating down 2 tenths.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2005
NUM pours a cloudy golden color w/ a big fluffy white head that laces well. The aroma is a big floral hop w/ a very crisp bite and a nice orange component w/ a light malt backbone. The palate is thick full bodied and creamy. The flaovr was a nice well balanced floral and citrus hops w/ a sweet carmel malt. Overall this is what EVERY OTHER IPA should aspire to become.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Hop hoppity hopage. But gots the malty backbone. Nice thick pallate. Dont be a smacktard?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
Hops and high alcohol - what a beautiful combination! This is a very high quality brew. You can definitely taste the sweet malt, but it mixes well with the hoppiness. I look forward to trying some others from three Floyds.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
Citrus hops, caramel malt nose with alcohol notes. A FREAKIN’ DELECTIBLE TREAT. My first rating in six months. THis beer made me want to rate beers again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 *I obtained a fresher bottle, and as such I am rerating this beer* Thanks to BBB63 for the bottle. Slightly hazy orange amber, small white head with little lingering. Sweet fruity hop aroma, something like Cascade or Simcoe. Sweet nose softly melds into a thick malt character with a bittersweet hop backbone. The bitterness is truly actualized in the finish, when the sweet flavors ebb leaving a piney resinous bitterness. This finish bitterness is slightly marred by the presence of diacetyl butter flavors muting the astringency. Mouthfeel is full, and very malty. Appropriate for the style, but too much malt presence. I guess further East they would call this beer balanced, but I felt a lot more of the hop characters, particularly the resinous ones, should have been more in the forefront.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2005
22oz bottle being enjoyed on my 37th birthday thanks to Maibockaddict. Had numerous samples on tap last year at Brewtopia ’04, but was in no shape to rate it then. Clear orange/amber color with a nice off white head. Big hop(amarillo?) aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine. Flavor was more balanced than I expected. Sure there were big hop flavors, but there was also a nice malty backbone. Hardly noticed the 9.5% until the bottle was finished. Must get more of this to keep on hand.

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