EKGoldings (523) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber with thick frothy head. Aroma is hops with hops and more hops. Taste is fruity with malt and hops. Fruity flavors tend towards apricot. An amazing beer that hides the 9.5% abv well. Can I have another?
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jsquire for letting me finally taste this wonderful brew that I can't get in Washington state! Beautiful orange color, with a good amount of carbonation and a nice head. Definite aroma of hops. Citrusy, hoppy flavor dominates, but certainly not overpowering. Compared to Ruination IPA, seems a bit more malty. Overall, a top-notch IPA.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 Contrary to the masses I do not like this beer aged past about a 3 months. I have had 6 bottles that have aged in the range of 15 to 9 months. Aroma is plastic and light band-aids. All pleasant hop aroma is gone. The flavor is much the same. The bitter hops are still here in spades but there is no fruitiness to balance things out. Alcohol is unpleasantly harsh. Maybe ever bottle that I have ever bought has something that prevents it from aging well, but I find that unlikely. Aged Rating (3 5 4 4 8 – 2.4)
I am convinced that a 5.0 beer is a rare find; I also think that the basis of a perfect score is based 90% on the merit of the beer and 10% on pure emotion. The first time I had this beer it was a beautiful September day, I jut finished a hard day of yard work, I had been waiting to try this beer for 2+ months. Just earlier that day I had finally gotten some of this nectar that was so highly touted on this very site. I knew from those first looks, sniffs, sips, and swallows that this was a perfect beer. Since this day I have had this beer many times and I feel that it is time to re-rate it.
Re-Rate 1/21/2004 – Hazy orange body. The head is mostly white and hangs on for the long-haul. The lacing is excellent. The aroma is pure and simple hop nirvana, grapefruit and citrus, there is a slight sweet malt backing, but mostly hops. The flavor is big piney hops with a very nice malt backing. The bitterness is big but this is an IIPA after all. The body is medium full and slightly syrupy. The finish is very nice, with lots of sweetness balanced by the hops. Did I mention that there are some hops in this beer? Overall it is an excellent example of the style.
(Old Rating 9/6/2003 10/5/10/5/20 5.0)WOW!! This is the best beer I have yet had. Beautiful frothy tight off-white head with excellent lacing. Orange-copper color. Intense floral citrus-grapefruit aroma. Major hop flavors but the big malty body balances things out. Alcohol is masked. This is one intense hoppy beer. The finish is major hops but the thick body sticks to your teeth. Hunt this one down and try it. If you do not like hops you will not like this beer.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Pours out w a nice thick(quickly dissapating)head.Great lacing.Has that wonderful deep orange/copper/hazy color.Nice taste/more balanced than the alpha king.I was expecting an assault of hoppage(it was a perfect blend of sweet malt and great hops)Very smooth on the tongue.Nice dry finish.Hard to find & expensive but well worth the expirience.Yummy heady hops w/ the perfect malt complement.Time has told me(Nick Drake)this is my favorite beverage labele beer.Nothing like being there(Coventry)w/ a Dreadnaught in hand.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This time, Joe, my thanks is sincere, I'm glad to have had the chance to try this fine brew. It pours with a crystal clear amber body topped by a thick off-white lasting head with good lacing. Sweet and grapefruity hop aroma with strong piney notes and a subtle maltiness. Slightly sweet but bitter and very hoppy flavor with grapefruit and pine notes and a touch of maltiness. A big hoppy beer for the hop head. The finish is bitter and piney. Full bodied and smooth with a warmth deep down.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for this Joe! Looked interesting for an IPA....much more orange in color than most. Aroma of honey and alcohol. Sweet malts, and west coast hops came together well in this beer. I had always heard this beer had more bwine characteristics than IPA characteristics....I got more IPA than BWine, but the malty sweetness made this beer very unique and a step above the rest.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light amber color, big yet quickly dissipating head. Sweet and somewhat malty for an IPA. More like a barleywine in many ways. Hints of peach and strawberry, unique for anything calling itself an IPA. Malty and somewhat dry finish. Good stuff.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A perfect beer if ever there was one. I believe this is my first "5" beer..ever.It doesn't get any better than this, folks. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle, with some fairly strange graphics on the label. Strange, indeed. Poured out a deep orange color, with green highlights, probably due to the hops in it. Had a huge, billowing, white head at first. Then it settled down to a thick matting of lace floating on top of the beer.
Aromas are out of this world. This is what brewers dream of making. Floral hops jump out of the glass at you, clutching you by the throat. Then, the piney, resinous, and grapefruit aromas assult your olfactory glands as well. This is one monster of a beer folks.
The malts are strong enough to fend off the hops, but quickly give in, and are put asunder. The malts are sweet, caramel-ly, and lend a certain compliment to the overall experience of this beer.
It coats the tongue with hoppy goodness, and warms the belly upon impact. A literal hop bomb explodes in your gut. Thick, chewy mouthfeel, and a sweet/bitter hoppy finish make for a great beer overall. My hat's off to the 3 Floyd's Brewing Co. for coming up with this very enjoyable beer. Keep up the good work guys.
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A little bit of a marijuana aroma. Slow visible carbonation. Deep gold. Head not big, but lace excellent. Cloying flavor. Alpha King is better, despite the higher average rating for the Dreadnaught. Still, an excellent beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Auburn color. Big nose, massively piney, perfumey, has a bit of sourness and mustiness reminiscent of a forest in Spring. Taste is explosively hoppy, very tart, with corresponding large malts. Surprising hint of nuttiness in the malts. Amazing palate, creamy, full, and huge, beautifully matches the heft. Gooooood stuff.