Dorwart (2522) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, I come to the big boy. Have been waiting along time for this one since I am quickly becoming a hop-head. Decent sized off-white head of fine bubbles with the light carbonation. Succulent aroma. Not as hoppy as I though. Some grapefruit and a bit of spruce. Decent malt balance in the aroma though. Usually an imperial is dominated by hops in the nose and you can barely detect the malts. Color is a slightly cloudy dark orange. Wow. Nice malt backbone. The dominant note in this beer is the malt and not the hops. Hops are still there but act to enhance the experience. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a touch of orange, butter and pine. ALcohol presence also and warms slightly as it goes down. Crisp and slightly bitter. Long bitter, resinous finish. Not as clean as some of the other IIPA’s which give the brew it’s long finish. One of the best balanced IIPA’s I have ever had. Great big thanks to bunkypop and joe (romero?) for this gem.
kane (111) - USA - JAN 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2005 Either you love pine or you dont. I find it cloying and tiring after awhile and I have always had trouble finishing the bomber, on tap it is not as bad. For me the pine is dominant in the aroma and gives this a resinous mouthfeel. Reminds me of that fake pine spray that can be sprayed on artifical Christmas trees. A quality beer that I do not enjoy. As a side note this bomber is now $10, when it was released 2 years ago it was $5, the $5 increase in 2 years is the most I have ever seen in any beer. Thanks Ratebeer.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
IPAs are my favorite and this is my favorite IIPA, so I guess this makes Dreadnaught my favorite beer right now. Orange in color with a small white head that dissipates pretty quickly. The citrusy hop aroma is excellent, as well as the hop flavor. I think this is the most well balanced of malt vs. hops of any of the IIPAs. Great beer!!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, after searching for this brew throughout the universe, thanks a ton to batkins for this amazing brew. This brew is all that its cracked up to be, really impressive. And I thought my homebrew clone was good, well this thing blows it out of the water. This thing has a ton of sweet citrus hops, very crisp smelling. Taste starts with a buttery smooth sweetness, fading nicely to balance it all out with a beautiful display of hoppiness. Crisp citrus hops, not overly bitter, but just right, very even tasting brew.
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Orange color with a thin head. Plenty of hop aroma. Balanced flavor with some pretty decent alcohol heat. I am not going crazy over this stuff, but its very easy drinking for an imperial. 6/3/7/3/15
RERATE: 6 Month Old Bottle. Pour is mellon colored, clear and with no head. Aroma is rich citrus and pine. Complex and attractive. The flavor is fresh on the tongue, citrus, grapefruit, pine, and a touch of sugary sweetness. Body is crisp, clean and refreshing for a beer of this strength. Much better than I remembered. 9/3/9/5/18
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 Had this again with the regular crew and my numbers came out exactly the same. It was interesting trying it again, after having a ton of beers in the style in the mean time, and to see that this one still holds up very well. In fact, I found it a little bit less in your face like Hercules and ridiculously easy to drink. Man, I love this stuff...numbers stay the same...
Dark Orange pour. Small white head. Lovely, inviting balanced dose of fresh hops in aroma - can’t describe how much this aroma made me want to try this beer. Very hoppy malty brew - again, incredibly well balanced for this much going on. The hops were citrusy and prominent, but not overpowering (or obvious - I couldn’t pick out the type). Just a solid beer. Thanks for sharing jercraigs.
shrubber85 (10590) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Flowery, citrusy hops aroma. LIght tan - slightly cloudy with little head. Strong hops flavor up front with a sweet melon finish. Very nice.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 2009-09-26. No notes. Sample on tap at the brewpub was a pretty solid IPA but does not quite live up to my memory of trying it in bottles in the past. Will see if my bottles from the brewery will live up to the previous experiences. On tap at Three Floyd’s, Munster.
July 2006. Bottle. Big citrus aroma with sweet orange and grapefruit that reminds me at times of a vidal icewine, muted malt but enough to be supportive, light spruce/pine branches. Fair bit of hoppy bitterness, light resin, sweet malty base. Medium to full body is just about perfect for the beer. Now I will stop writing and just enjoy this. Thanks very much for sharing guys! 9/4/9/4+/20 - 4.6 (Bumped a bit to offset the previous under rating!)
July 2004. Orange body, smallish but nice off white head. Big hoppy aroma, some orangey citrus. Vaguest hint of alcohol and some resin. Flavour is similarly very hoppy with plenty of hoppy bitterness as well. Dangerously quaffable, showing only a glimpse of the alcohol present. Very smooth, medium to full bodied palate. Leaves the tongue ravaged and spent in an oh so pleasant manner. Extremely good, to the point where I didn’t take notes equal to the beer because I was busy enjoying it. Thanks for this bottle Gunny. 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Santa! Body is gorgeous like a nice female, color is a foggy amber, and glows in the light. Head is thick and lasting. I almost catch a whiff of chocolate, with the aroma, hop aroma seems to be on the backburner, and honey really jumps out at me the most. The aroma is pretty subtle in this brew. Taste isn’t like anything I expected. Plenty of alcohol sweetness, and malts that almost counteract the hops. Taste is very sweet, fruity, a hint of caramel. If I would not have know this was a IIPA then I would have that it was an American Strong Ale, just because the hops are so drowned out by the alcohol. Very interesting brew.
Lubiere (12806) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep orange hazy ale with little head. Sweet vanilla fudge aroma with pungeant hops and alcohol warmt. Sweet malt and wonderful pinhey hops, pineau de charente qualities, and burned nuts. Complex hops in mouth. Rich bodied. Bottle sampled with TiggMtl, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. From hopscotch...thanks my friend!