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RATINGS: 2045   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 Quite the impressive first impression. The aroma is quite ardent with citrus (surprise) Mainly grapefruit. The color is that of a fiery amber, with some clouds of head dissipating quickly. Honestly i was expecting more all hop action at first. But the lingering mouthfeel gratefully made up for a non-overpowering hop sensation. Which I think is where the greatness of this beer is. It’s not gonna numb your tongue with bitterness; It has it sink in to your taste buds slowly. One of the nicest things is that if this indeed is 9.5% ABV (I’m skeptical remember) then they did a good job of hiding it....Much like SJP with the dead prostitute in our back yard.......

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Lofty head floated like clouds. Milkshake-like mouthfeel danced in my mouth to a familiar -- but different -- drum. Huge, flowery bouquet of hop aromas greeted me like someone just died (that's a good thing in this analogy; think how many flower arrangements are at funerals). Dough-like malts were surprisingly substantial, providing a nice backbone for the orchestra of hops. Alcohol was gagged and duct taped well. Fruity notes and a nice bitterness lingered in my dreams as I drifted away.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 So what’s the difference between an IPA and a barleywine? Paper or plastic? I once thought I knew these answers. Hellifiknownow. HellifIcare. Helluva beer. While I admit that on occasion I will seek aroma by administering it to myself via small amount placed in nasal spray, this one waltzes across the table with arm outstretched to introduce itself as a cousin of your old uncle Avery and the hog heaven where he lives. So, the hops let me understand the IPA nomenclature while the hefty malt introduces my ass to the old familiar couch. Does indeed have a dry finish, there’s sweetness with the hops enticing another taste after taste until the damn thing is gone and I have to ponder the label. It’s not normal. Either am I. Guess we can be friends. Many thanks to krisbierjaeger.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2003
A clear amber color, perfect color for a yummy IPA, beautiful lacing and a nice head that can be adjusted to anyone’s taste. Aroma is large on hops, herbal and floral with a touch of malt filling in the back 40. Flavor is surprisingly balanced for so much hops. This is a huge IPA and stands up to the Imperial descriptive. It's like there's an International Hop Convention in my mouth and every brewer is invited. Finishes bone dry with a bitter tart feeling followed by the sweet hop sting, great. This is the pinnacle of IPAs, they can't get any better than this. Thanks Indra!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aracauna (3146) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Ok, I have to admit, all those people who have been trumpeting the praises of Three Floyds were right. This is an awesome beer. The aroma is very hoppy. It's what you'd get if you could crossbreed tangerines with a pine or a juniper plant. I'm also getting whiffs of balloon rubber, but that doesn't make any sense. The flavor is surprisingly well balanced. I was expecting some major hops bitterly unbalancing the beer, but the hops are nicely balanced by the thick almost chewy malt flavors. The perceived bitterness is surprisingly low with the actual flavors of the hops coming through. The malt is toasted buttered biscuits with a bit of caramel sauce and maybe a little maple syrup. The beer is sweet, but not cloying. The body is a dark amber topped by a nice too-dark-to-be-off-white head that isn't a permanent fixture, but not wimpy either. Damn this is good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Definatey hoppy, this brew has sweet malts and monstrous citrus, but wasn’t quite as complex as the hype lead me to expect. The color is a nice caramel. The aroma is the most pleasing aspect. Overall, the flavor just doesn’t agree with the alcohol content. One should be boosted or diminished to reach a more harmonious chord. Otherwise, its darn (not damn) tasty.

1.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ScumOverRio (1) - USA - JUL 27, 2003 does not count
Boy was I fooled by all of your ratings for this shitty beer. It looked good and it smelled great but it tasted like dish water. Maybe it's because I bought it at a liquor store and not at the brewery but I doubt it would have that much effect on it. This is a horrible beer and I was so completely let down. People RUN FROM THIS BEER!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2003
intense vegetable hop aroma, dark orange with a frothy head, nice full body, sticky with good balance, intense vegetable hops meld into citrrus hops, toasted malt flavors linger in the background, tons of hop flavor with none of the bitterness

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Huge aoma and flavor of citrus hops(Chinook/Cascades/Centennial).Bitter yet balanced well with a good malt character. The smoothest Imperial IPA I have had to date.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2003
This beer is about HUGE amounts of hops. Beer has massive hop aroma of skunk weed and pine. Beer pours beautiful copper brown with a huge off white head that is fully retained. There is heavy lacing. The flavor is marvelous with an initial huge hop assault. The flavor then mellow as some nice malt sweetness kicks in. This is the best IPA going. It should be interested to see how the ratings within syles are altered after the new styles are introduced. This will obviously be in the Imperial IPA cagegory.


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