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RATINGS: 2139   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
A hopheadís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottled. Murky orange amber coloured beer that is bursting with complex hop aroma. Flavour is something similar to liquid hop-juice with a grapefruit bitter finish. Thick, viscous, cloying texture that can not be rushed. Drunk head to head with the Bear Republic Ė Hop Rod Rye, it was a battle royal. The longer we (SilkT) and I compared them the more they warmed and the more they impressed with complexity fullness. All that praise said, the beer and indeed the style could do with some finessing and style. Bigger, richer, fuller, doesnít necessarily mean better. This is an IPA on steroids. MRomero again sorted this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle pours a nice golden yellow with a slight white head. † Aroma of Cascade hops, MAJOR aroma should I say. † Initial taste is hopppy, yet smooth. † While bitter up front, its quite smooth on the finish. † Very easy to drink. † Mouthfeel is well rounded. † Finish is lovely, not overly bitter. † This one is a very drinkable IIPA, probably one of the better ones I have had to date. † Highly recommended.   Thanks goes out to raindog for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
An exceptional brew. those ahops are form the pacific northwest i believe. very floral with a hint of bitterness. interesting color and lace that sticks. this one is worth trying if you find it. btw it will get ya pretty hammered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 An good beer to be sure, but not quite what I was hoping for. Missing the balance that you find in the Dogfish Headí 90 min IPA. Very strong. Donít drink this too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
If there are any flaws in this beer, it's the strong aroma and the alcohol taste. There's a nasty pinge in the aroma, probably from the hops, but more tart than bitter. The taste, on the other hand, is outstanding. One of the best beers brewed on this earth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 Hazy orange/amber body, medium-sized white head. Aroma very citrusy; orange and grapfruit dominate, with some alcohol present. Flavor is bold and hoppy, again more citrusy than piney. Alcohol seems to be a bit too noticeable, which is why I took a few points off overall. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 Clear amber body with a generous foamy off-white head. Leaves soapy, drippy lacing. Grapefruit with a touch of pine and mint in the aroma. The aroma is huge! Iím drinking this stuff pretty warm (68F), but I still donít recall many other beers that exude as many volatile odors as this one. The flavor focuses on the bitter aspects of grapefruit, pine, caramel, and some baseline bread. Awesome finish, has a nice malt sweetness replete with bitter hops. Very creamy mouthfeel. What gets me excited about this beer is the mixture of hop flavors (not just Cascade) along with malt to back it all up. The thick mouthfeel forces you to sip and savor rather than quaff. Points scored for having very appetizing hop burps.

Why didnít I give the flavor a perfect score? I think my bottle isnít terribly fresh, it seems like the fruity hops could have been punchier. I found that the bitter hops dominated a bit too much, I would have liked a bit more oily fruit taste.

Thoughts on Ābottling:
1/11/05 - Definitely a green IIPA. The hops are as huge as ever but alcohol is noticable alongside the malt, it detracts from the sweetness. Palate changed from 5-> and Flavor from 9->8. 7//705 - choked down a bottle of the Āstuff. Iím in a hop-laden buzzing euphoric haze right (Led Zeppelin on the stereo, SQL in front of me); what a great beer. Iíll bump it to 4.6. 3/6/05 - Bottle from the new batch. Two-part flavor - strong appley pale malt with rich grapefruit rind hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Great Frothy head!! Really serious looking brew. Got a nose full of a piney, citrusy hop smell. OOOOH!!! That was good. A whole lot of taste sensation going on her. Great balance. Such a smooth beer!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 Been holding onto a bottle I got at the brewery for a month or so. Finally broke down today and opened it. Pours a golden amber. Lots of bubbles. Thick white head. Gorgeous beer. Aroma is amazing. Hops, maltiness breaks through, rich smelling stuff. Rich tasting too. Whoa. Alcohol sneaks in through the finsih, but barely. Warming in the stomach. This is Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Sampled February 2004
Pours a hazy copper-orange color and is topped by a beige head that is middle of the road in thickness & creaminess. Gawd-damn, intense aromas of citrus fruit waft from my glass. Lychee, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, hop nectar, a sweetness all are here in the nose of this beer. The aroma is just amazing on this beer, I really don't think that the smell could get much better than this. This beer is quite sweet in taste. The lychee taste from the hops is quite intense & very impressive. If there was such thing as honey made from hop nectar this beer is what that would taste like. This beer does not seem nearly as bitter as the Alpha King from 3-Floyds, though this is probably because this beer has the body & malt backbone to back up the intense onslaught of fresh hop flavor & bitterness.

This beer is certainly a sipping beer, the combination of the hop intensity and the body/ mouth feel of this beer require quite contemplation of each sip. The fruitiness in this beer is what really sets it apart. It is so intensely fruity & tropical that it makes me wonder if the fruitiness is not from the hops alone, and is in fact part of the yeast character. In the end I think that 3-Floyds has just packed this puppy with fruity-citrusy hops until it is ready to burst. This is just confirmation that my first opinion of this beer was just.

Sampled August, 2003
Smells strongly fruity, comes at you with a right hook of lychee and grapefruit aromas. Nice amber gold color (with golden highlights). This beer is a very well balanced attack of American hops that hangs on a modest malt backbone. There is lots of hop flavor in this one, with lots of fruity hoppy notes. The taste is lightly sweet as well with a good amount of body to it. Overall this is a very well put together beer with a wonderful balance.

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