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RATINGS: 2023   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2003
HUGE citrusy aroma shouts HOPS, HOPS and more HOPS! HAzy dark amber, with a big , white, dense head that lasts. Flavor is malty, with notes of candy sugar up front, quickly replaced by the big citrus hop flavor. Tail is well balances, body is nicely thick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdog (10) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2003
What can you say about perfection besides how good it tastes.This IIPA suprises you at every step. The mouth feel and the citrus carry over is a fantastic ride.If your an IPA drinker this is heaven. If you stayed away from IPA's because of hoppeness try this brew. You may never buy anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1503) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2003
This is a surprisingly thick, dense beer for an IIPA. Copper color with a medium head but great lacing. Aroma was all about the citrus/pine hop characteristics that carried over into the taste. Flavor was also complimented by the malty sweetness that dulled any harsh hop bite. Finished much smoother than I had anticipated.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 This is an intensely sensual and marvelous beer, especially when fresh. Gorgeous deep apricot body with nice alluring viscosity, thick frothy cream-colored head, and flaky floating particulates. Thick heavy lacing; almost filmy. Unparalled aroma. Smells like candy for grown-ups. Includes vanilla bean, flowers, buttery caramel, cognac, grapefruit citrus and stone fruit. Although there are hops all over this mother, it’s astonishingly smooth and mellow considering the IBU’s and alcohol content. If you have regular access to this beer, consider yourself blessed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Medium orange color - slightly cloudy with a big head. Smooth cirtrus aroma & flavor throughout. Excellent balance and great malt/hop flavors clear through to the end. Just as good as advertised!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Poured an amazing orange color that just screams "Drink Me!". Very nice head and excellent lacing. Aroma is very piney but not without a fair share malt. Smells very balanced. Taste is piney, floral, and fruity and even detect some nice roasted malt. Decent body and mouthfeel. No doubt a top Imperial IPA but is a close second to Stone Ruination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1152) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 What else can really be said about this beer. The one thing I noticed was how creamy the finish was. Just like a creamed soda. Loved it! Oh by the way, great balance of hops to malt. I had this again at the Map room in Chicago on draft. Hops are what I love, and this thing rocked it to the core!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Draft: nice blend of malt and hops. Cloudy orange. Big and bitter - hides the alcohol well. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
haddon90 (1468) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Wow! I think this is the best Imperial IPA ever! Great pour with a frothy white head. Cloudy amber/orange color with a very strong hoppy, flora aroma. Strong hop presence with a spice to the flavor and wheat maybe??? Pretty smooth. Reminds me of a Harvest Ale. Definitely the #1 Imperial IPA!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 Saved this one for my 100th rated beer. These are my thoughts: Picture perfect pour. Billoughy eggshell white head little lacing. First taste: Grapefruit/floral/Sweet/powerful - initial bombardment of my tongue. Very Interesting they master that initial kickoff everytime. I definitely like this beer better than the Alpha King. After the initial bombardment nice smooth underflavor to invite you to consume the rest. Very potent elixir too. Stronger grapefruit presense as you work your way further into the bottle. Much more prevalent and with a little bitter kick. This is the best IPA I can say I've ever had. Still like the APA's too. The only reason I'm not giving the 5.0 to this one is because Three Floyds pimped me earlier this year with running out of T-shirts and I ordered two. If you hadn't sent my check back and sent me my shirts you would gotten a 5.0 rating.

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