badgerben (4852) - 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 (11360) - 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 (1573) - 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.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!