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RATINGS: 1952   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Served on draft. Very creamy off-white head, nice cloudy medium-dark amber color. Aroma is sweet, floral, citrusy (orange?) and has just a hint of caramel. Quite sweet, almost candyish malt flavor, followed by an incredible amount of hops. Super hop!! the notes say, heh. Pineapple, citrus and other honeyed fruity flavors are HUGE. Malt and hop flavors seem to be present in almost equal quantities, and those quantities are very substantial. Finish and aftertaste are sweet and hoppy simultaneously. This tastes every bit an IPA, though. The malt flavors are nice but this doesnít have a lot of malt complexity. One gigantic beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 Had this draught and it was simply amazing. The alcohol is not even a factor, which maybe a bad factor as the last thing I remember is having this beer, then I woke up in the back of a Jeep! As with all of FFF the hops are there, and in a big way. Fruit and light with grapefruit, sugar, citrus flavors. I can't rave enough about this brewer and about this beer. Re-rate: This isn't so much a re-rate as an addition. Had this cask-conditioned which considerably softened the palate as well as presented some more grapefruit flavors. Overall, the same flavors are present, but the soft palate I felt mellowed out the beer much more and created a much more beautiful balance.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 Rerate: Just an incredible beer. Had on tap at 3F and also purchased 6 bottles. Wow. Went to Rich O's for this in New Albany, Indiana. Excellent stuff. As everyone else says, big citrusy (grapefruit) taste with pine and a bit of caramel. Very good but wish I could find it in a bottle to take home.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2002
On tap at the Map Room in Chicago, 10/19/02; where do I start with this, except to mention that it was $3.50 for 12 oz, one of the best deals Iíve ever had. Dark amber color, slight translucence, little quick-dying head. Aroma a powerhouse of apricots, peaches, caramel, smoke, and vanilla, I could smell it all night. When it hits the tongue, the first thing you notice is the super-creaminess and maltiness. This, an IPA? But wait...fruitiness comes in quickly; its an apricot-chocolate-vanilla-caramel cream soda with 11% alcohol! Canít remember a beer with more flavor and a more intense marriage of sweet maltiness at the front and huge hoppiness on the end; for it does become bitter, piney and wild as it goes down, and you are convinced that you have had everything a beer can offer. Fully deserving of its top 10 status, I just hope I can have some again when I go back to Chicago in December; it might merit a perfect score.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Rerate: Iíve got to bump my numbers up a bit. This is one of the few beers that I wish I had all the time. Iím gonna get a 5 gallon keg for my tap when I go back in November. Oh, and I have a growler thatís been empty almost six months, and it still reeks of fruity, resinous hops. Awesome.

Straight from the source, 1/2 gallon growler. Beautiful amber body, not much head (although rather substantial off the tap), but decent carbonation. Big blast of aromatic, citrusy hops (grapefruit, pine, and my friend smells strawberry.) Silky-smooth mouthfeel, slightly sticky. Big hops on the palate, with a strong malt backbone just behind. Finish tends towards dry bitterness, with a surprising burst of sugary sweetness. Masks the alcohol impeccably well (the board at the brewery says 11% abv.) Damn this is good stuff, and from what I understand, itís going to be distributed in 22 oz. bottles soon. Yeah for Three Floyds.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 Half gallon growler:After the two hours of driving,yeast particles had sunk to the bottom. Extremely, cloudy,oarnge appearance.Aroam is one I probably wonít ever forget.Drank week ago and growler still smells like the first pint.Huge,Huge,grapefruit,citrus,cannibas,toast,ca aromas.Palate is so soft,and velvety,truely inviting.The good thing about this one is the hop flavor.It is not really bitter at all.It is just loaded with sappy,hop,flavors. Balance between the hops and malts is just ridiculous.Notes struggled along with balance struggling to finish growler. 5/28/09: Havenít had for a few years,but the last couple of overpriced,bottles Iíve bought have been sharp with alcohol,no hop flavor,just bitterness,with a shadow of itís old aroma

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2003 On Tap at Richo's www. richos.com,Re-rate on 22 Oz Bombers (July 3 ,03). Awesome complexity the most unique refreshing Beer made, if only 1 beer were left in the world this ought to be it, complex citrus flavours, Alyssa Milano Body odor, flowery hops and an abundance of complexity, a 5 rating again and again, damn this is good.Complex, Malty, & full of Hops, has it all, best IPA I have ever had . Keep these coming.Numerous flavours abound in this one, let us go ahead and call it the King of IPA's,Taste the strong complex flavours of grapefruit,sugar,citrus, orange & malt,color is that of a beautiful orange, this was so good that my tasting of other beers stopped this night and I kept asking for this one. 9.5 % ABV is hidden, 100 % good & Highly Recommended, Long Live the King

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 10X better on draft versus Cask and bottle, as most bigger-bodied beers are, IMHO. Sticky foam atop an unfiltered orange body. Very unique aromatic blend of PNW hops of grapefruit, pine, pepper, orange zest, and apricot. Hints of assorted berries, toast, and honey. Sits numbingly, creamy, and hugely resinous on the palate. Complex flavors follow of brown sugar, sprucy PNW hops, and clover honey. Finishes dry for it size with ensuing citrusy hop belches and lingering pine resin. Stunning in every imaginable way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2002
not bad, but not worthy of all the hype!! very smoky and dark,almost menacing color, very herby, with a very strange aftertaste, kind of like cold medicine...this a very strange brew,very hopped upwith low carbonation.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2002


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