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RATINGS: 1987   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A hophead’s 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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2003
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2003
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.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Two initial impressions! Wow, and secondly, this tastes just like Arrogant Bastard. It had that "severe" alcohol/hop edge that I also do not like in Stone's AB. Reality was that I absolutely loved this beer - the hop blend, the great flavor, etc. It rates behind, but right in there with Stone Ruination and Diamond Knot Industrial as superior Imperial IPAs.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
pours dark orange with a small white head. nose is of hops citursy and spicy. flavor is over the top bitter, there is a heavy malt flavor to it some what sweet, but this is mosly drowned out by the hops. hops dominate the flavor and it couldn't be better. a superb ipa, and a huge beer overall.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
What a beer to rate! The only down side to this beer is it's richness. I was absolutely full after splitting one double deucewi th a friend. Beautuful hops with that piney resin feel are blended with must be a boatload of malts that equal a rich full bodied IPA. I'm sticking a couple of these away and monitor the results.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Medium orange-copper. Light tan head. Robust aroma of grapefruit & pine w/ some malty sweetness coming through. Resiny feel. Sticky malt sweetness gives way to fresh pine & grapefruit & then an intensely bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Spruce/citrus hop aroma. Quenching hop flavour dominates this one, but there is still a hint of malt sweetness underneath when the beer is colder. Once it warms up though, it is pure hops. A bit over the top I think, but that's what this style is all about.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Medium orange color, not a whole lot in the way of head. The aroma is concentrated hops, filled with grapefruit, peaches, spruce, and pineapple. The flavor revolves around pineapple, along with some grapefruit and pine sap. The malt, although not strong, is still enough to keep the hops from becoming overly brutal. Very nicely done, with surprising complexity of flavor. I think I prefer the Ruination overall, although this beer is probably a tad more of a subtle sledgehammer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Pours a nice amber color, I smell pineapple, pine, sweet malt. One of the best smelling beers to me. Tastes very pineappley (is that a word?), fruity maybe tangerine and grapefruit. Finishes with a nice subdued bitterness and maltiness. This, my hophead friends, is simply a delicious beer, albeit dangerous because of the combination of wonderfulness and ABV. I compared this beer to Hop Devil tonight and one can see the difference between a good IPA and a great IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5164) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Finally got my hands on this, thanks to Mike at Bon Vivant Market in Smithfield, VA. Pours a brownish amber with a small, quickly receding white head. The nose is a full hop bouquet with a splash of peach or nectarine. The taste expands on the hops character. This is VERY rich. More citrus fruit on the tongue with a huge floral aftertaste. Not as bitter as I expected. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness as well. Does this live up to the hype? I think so. Is it the be all end all of IPA's? I'd have to say no, BUT this is a highly recommended IPA and an even higher recommended beer!


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