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RATINGS: 2006   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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2003
This beer is good. Really good. Hoppy, but not overpoweringly so. Probably the most balanced IPA I've ever had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dorkasaurus (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2003
They're great!!! Full flavor hoppy but not ridiculous. Finishes w/o bitterness which I find wonderful in an IPA. Thanks Floyd!!!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haamerhed (6) - USA - JUN 14, 2003 does not count
SHAZAM! This brew's got flavor. Yeasty caramel flows flatly to a cider swallow. This IPA is like a Hawaiian shirt at oxford!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2004 22oz bottle. Dark copper color with a creamy beige head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Flavor is mostly hops with a little malt and grapefruit. Very sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2003 piney apple hop aroma. vibrant gold color with a monster head. nice fluffy head, feather pillow style. Juicy as all hell, very soft and round. Very fruity, hops aren't as huge as I would have thought, im more surprised with the massive malt body giving off tons of apples, oranges, peaches and pineapples with robustly pinney hops, no acidicy however. Damn Good!! We had a whole keg of this beast and it was like partying in 1992!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2003
220 Oz bomber courtesy of Sam's in Chicago. Ruby copper with the sort of head you need to coax out of it. Intensely strong and beautiful hop aroma. Malt is substantial, and given the nature of this beer, surprisingly balanced hop/malt quality. Hop characteris obviously stron, but not otherworldly in character. Nice carbonation. Given the heft if this beer and its balance, I'm surprisingly less than glowing in my overall enjoyment. The parts are there, but lacking the synergy of a world class beer. Its not bad by any definition of the word, and I would probably drink it often to satisfy a hop craving if it were readily available locally, but for me it is not one of the top 50 beers in the world.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5299) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 Golden orange appearance with an almost white head. Sweet, citrus hops taste all the way through. Alcohol is very well masked. Nice lacing down the side of the glass. A gravity pour cask of this beer is awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Ah, is there any better aroma than that of a “Truly Magnificent Beer”? In my humble opinion, “NO”! Dreadnaught is a beer I’ve looked forward to sampling, since I read the first review.

Also one other thing I’ve noticed, on this site and others, either you love it or you dislike it intensely.

The color an unclouded copper, the head Bunyanesque in stature, spumescent in texture, the color a lovesome light tan. “Ah that smell”, the freshness of a Pine forest after a spring rain combined with the heady aroma of fresh picked hop flowers, the delightful sweet malt underpinnings, citrus crisp and fresh, a treat for the olfactory senses, hell a treat for the eyes also. Start is sweet to the point of distraction, the malt thick and chewy, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish pleasantly acidic, the hops ferine in their bite, bittersweet, purposeful and a very dry aftertaste, with the hops sticking to your taste buds for days, and one fine quaffing beer, my vote, I love it!

As a point of interest this is certainly not a beer for the weak of palate, or those not into hops or high ABV, so my advise, leave it alone as the rest of us “Hop Heads”, will certainly appreciate it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Kaboom " I am IPA and I have arrived to blow the HOP out of ya" This is really something for a person who has been on the quest for the hoppiest...in a sense I have found the holy grail. It is a very malty first impression with an explosion of piney Cascade and Centennial? hops that float on Vanilla and Apricot clouds. If you are a hop head this is your Everest to conquer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2003
(Bottle) Deep amber with a moderate beige head. Aah Christmas, the aroma of a fresh cut fir and sweet grapefruit, with a backdrop of sweet malt. Wonderful caramel and toffee start the journey, with each step going deeper into the pine forest. Clothed in warming silk, with out a bristle to snag as the flavors unravel. The sweetness travels well and helps cut through the twines of hops. Half way through the bottle and the aroma and alcohol are calling me to lie down for a rest on the hopsack pillows. Drunken apricots and plums swerve through the sky impaling themselves on the Christmas tree as decorations. What fun!


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