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RATINGS: 2110   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11166) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2004
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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ricardowess (25) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2004
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
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!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2004
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!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
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!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
I found this one during my day trip to Baltimore. It was sitting on the sale rack for just over $6! Poured a deep amber with a large off white head. Aromas of citris and pine. Strong orange tastes. Caramel. Starts off nice and sweet and ends with a nice bitter bite. Very well balanced. Very good beer not worthy of a sale rack!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 By the Goddess Eris, I love these Three Floyd folk. Just finished a bottle of this marvelous stuff. It pours a rich, golden orange color with a slight head but bubbles up the sides of the glass the length of the drink. Sweet floral aroma with a hint of the citric... grapefruit. Thick bodied and makes your lips sticky as you drink. Flavorful malts with a sweet-sour mouth-feel. The nose tingles the entire time, exciting this hop-head. Great bitter finish. MORE!!!!!

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2004
09.20.04 Yeeehhaaaa!!!! Bomber thanks to Joe (Marinaro500)...Iím enjoying this tonight as one third of a personal IIPA fest to celebrate the Eagles/Vikings Monday night game. Brilliant orange-golden glow; light head for the style. Aroma is a sweet hopfest of sugar coated orange and grapefruit slices dipped in pine sap. Light hints of cotton candy and blueberry. Body is a thick, sweet, and soft mouth full, sharply bitter. Nice, fresh bready and sweet malts. Big time hops make the mouth numb, the gums tingle.

The thing I like most about this marvelous beer is the thought that if this is the best, then Iím not missing much. This is great, but I canít see much, if any, jump over the other great examples of the style: Smutty Big A, GD Hercules, Stone Ruination, DFH 90min...theyíre all great in their own way. This oneís mark is made by itís velvet mouthfeel, but I could easily find something better in all of the other great IIPAs. Thatís not a bad thing at all. Thanks Joe!


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