Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured hazy orange with thick lasting tan head...smelled more malty than Iíd anticipated, but floral and citrus did dominate the nose still...melon like flavor withsome malty sweetness and alcohol sweetness to balance out the hops...not as hoppy as Iíd expected either...Iím not a huge fan of the style, but this is a very well balanced example I think...I do not think it is an example of a top 10 though...but still good...thanks to thebeercellar2 for this one!!
badgerben (4614) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Original Rating 10/31/04: Dark yellow color with a solid head. Aroma is like a sweet wheat with some citrus notes. Strong hops in the flavor, but enough malt presence to balance it out. A little more citrus. Good, but not complex. 7/4/7/3/15 Re-Rate 2/14/08: Thanks to StlWill for supplying this goody. Iíve wanted to retry this for quite a while. Dark gold color with no head. Big pine and citrus hop aroma. The hop taste is definitely screaming, but seems more diminished than the aroma. It is also a very bruising and rough bitterness, more designed to cut up your palate than to placate it. Better this time around for sure.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Pours a dark golden color, white frothy head. Aroma is full of citrus hops and piney hops. Flavor is powerful, yet still balanced, though hops obviously come through stronger. A VERY tasty brew, an "instant favorite" Thanks to BBB63 for this tasty brew.
madsberg (10793) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Well here it was standing in front of me, ready to be consumed. Iíve gone thru some things to get hold of this, but thats a story, Iíll keep to my self. Egajdzis was my saviour when he kindly traded this to me. Thanks a lot, friend. Is it as good as antizipated. Not quite, but its still a damned good beer. Amber/orange coloured. Light dusty. Off white huge dense head. Obviously there is a huge amount of hops in the nose with some herbal notes. Not as extreme as I thougth it would be. Flavour is very very hoppy. Has some caramel and fruity notes. Light herbal and spicy. Not a very balanced beer, but these beers seldom are. Has a killer bitterness in the end. As said this is a fine beer, but I had expected more. Thanks again, Eric.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 This has some guns! Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with molasses and pine resin. Great appearance and taste is outstanding. Given how big this is, I canít get over how well balanced the hopp/malt blend is. Iím relatively new to the "imperial" IPAís, but I think I may have found a new joy.
Rating 2004 again (1/05): Wonderful orange color. Sticky pine and citrus hops still dominate the aroma, but the malty backbone is easily identified. The smell is deep and exciting. The flavor is better than I remember (more refined, likely due to some aging?). I detect oranges, and an entangling pine resine finish. The body is every thing it needs to be for such a complex and strong brew.
ricardowess (25) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
God damn I love this stuff. Thanks to my brother for sending one down to me via USPS. Cloudy pumpkin color - smells like hops are pouring out the bottle as I open it. Citrus overtones. Not much head - very crisp clean taste and for a beer with such amazing powerful flavors it has little to no aftertaste. Canít wait for more.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of jsquire. Hazy deep orange amber colour with a frothy tan coloured head. Grapefruit, pine, caramel, toffee, and lightly floral and perfumed aroma. Fruity, caramel, and toffee malts leading to a grapefruit, tangerine, floral, and earthy bitter finish, with only slightly noticable alcohol. Full bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Yummy!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I finally get to rate this thanks to a trade with DarkElf! Pours a beautiful clear amber with a rocky off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy/citrusy but equally malty as well. Taste has strong notes of pine, hops, caramel and citrus/grapefruit. Just perfectly balanced with the malt and hops. Pretty sweet with a very bitter aftertaste and dry finish. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy with subtle carbonation, just glorious on the palate. Goes down a lot smoother than other I2PAs without losing any of its balls. Great head retention and lacing hangs on the glass in sheets. Without a doubt, one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Highly recommended!
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.