bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#300, upon opening this bottle I was immediately smacked upside the head by an onslaught of hops, and a magnificent aroma of citrus and floral hops. this poured a fiery orange with a nice white head. Taste was hoppy, flavors of grapefruit, citrus, with abundant piney notes, and roasted caramel malt to balance it out, and a wonderful full mothfeel. Outstanding!
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the beer I've been waiting to try for a long time. Man o' man! Hops are abound in this beer; and it is balanced incredibly well. The finish is simply a work or art. This beer doesn't fuck around, it tells you just what it is. Believe the hype!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hey, do you like getting smacked in the face? How about by a beer?
Ya, you do! Who's your Daddy? Dreadnaught! That's who!
To start off, how anyone can finish a entire bomber of this stuff without being smashed in the face by the massive amount of hops in this beer is beyond human. Ahhh, but it was a pure pleasure to let this beer slap me around for an hour and a half as I nursed the hell out of it.
Color is a chill hazed peachy toned orange with a spongy frothed bone white head thats about an inch high and settles moderately down to a hazey top with some bigger bubbles that never leave the edge and the lace lays across the glass in sheets that diminish into strings and spots.
Aroma is absolutely wonderful, super fresh and floral, I'm talking right off the vine and right in your nostrils and down your throat fresh hop cones here. Big floral presense and a nice mix of pine needles and hop resin and acidic hoppyness with a smidge of grapefruit and a super fine toasty caramel malt backing. Alcohol warmth hits slowly as it warms.
Tasting this is like liquidfied hops or something, super amounts of very floral and fresh resinated hops all up in your business. Complexing floral hops taking total control of your senses and making you recognize its presense as you prepare yourself sip after sip for the next wave. Super full of hops, almost too much, its crazy but absolutely wonderful to behold. The bitterness is quite calming actually, its just a whole lot of fresh; light pine and grapefruit rinds play along the surface with some juicy factions right away in the front, but the largely floral aspect then blooms over the palette and relinquishing it over and over as you surrender to its spellbinding hoppy hold leading through huge fields and tall vines of freshly picked hops eventually leading you back to a quick crispy little hop finish and backing up every sip is a remarkable toasty little caramel malt. Some notes of wood and earth strike the palette in some of the finish as well. Full mouthfeel throughout, each ambrosial sip and heavenly gulp is packed full of hoppy flavor and body. So much so its embarassingly hard to drink. This a big time sipper for me. Perhaps somewhere down the line in time this may become something I could get use to. This just wasn't that drinkable for me. Don't get me wrong, it was incredibly, delightfully, pleasurably, enjoyable to get pushed around by this whale of a beer.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The nose on this beer reminds of pineapple and orange zest sprinkled with pine bark. The head and lace are lasting and very visually appealing. The palate is full and silky with a wonderful intense flavor of hops. The beer is very tropical in flavor, tastes a lot like exotic fruit juices blended with Pacific Northwest hops. I find the beer to perilously drinkable for its gravity and high hopping rates. The finish maybe my favorite part of the beer, the finish lasts for a good fifteen minutes leaving me with a malty sweet citrus hop bonanza. Overall, I really like this beer because its not just straight forward hop bitterness. This has some finesse for a big beer.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As hoppy as this was, it didn't destroy my palette. It also seemed like the bottle would NEVER END!!
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colour. What an aroma this beer has, so intense! Flowery, perfumy, citrussy hops mixed with a hint of icing sugar. Really hoppy flavor but still so full. Bitter orange zest syrup. Yummy!
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 orange, copper. looks thick. tiny bubbles battle their way to the head. it smells wonderful - fresh spring, pine trees. The sparkly and frothy just off-white head diminishes at an entertaining speed into a nice ring around the glass. it tastes rich, smooth, fruity, and full. Has those nice and little creamy caramel/toffee flavors to aid that lovely and hoppy citrus idea. leafy, minty, so fresh and so clean. bitter? It’s not what the dictionary describes it to be, wow. The aftertaste is absolutely wonderful as it is clean. It’s with a high alcohol level as well, which is something nice of course. It can be sipped if you want. it can be absolutely quaffed. fantastic. UPDATE 7/1/04: downrated appearance; the appearance is no longer up to my standards for perfection. however, it’s good that the f
*ing fantastic! UPDATE 7/13/04: f*ing fantastic! UPDATE 10/15/04: salty. i want pork feast! (this was drunk out of a bomber with a couple friends out in the cold. note is insignificant and score is not manipulated.) UPDATE 3/21/05: old bottle, possibly from 2003? hazy, and worn. downrated. i have not YET yet tried the 2005 bottles--grr.
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber with thick frothy head. Aroma is hops with hops and more hops. Taste is fruity with malt and hops. Fruity flavors tend towards apricot. An amazing beer that hides the 9.5% abv well. Can I have another?
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jsquire for letting me finally taste this wonderful brew that I can't get in Washington state! Beautiful orange color, with a good amount of carbonation and a nice head. Definite aroma of hops. Citrusy, hoppy flavor dominates, but certainly not overpowering. Compared to Ruination IPA, seems a bit more malty. Overall, a top-notch IPA.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 Contrary to the masses I do not like this beer aged past about a 3 months. I have had 6 bottles that have aged in the range of 15 to 9 months. Aroma is plastic and light band-aids. All pleasant hop aroma is gone. The flavor is much the same. The bitter hops are still here in spades but there is no fruitiness to balance things out. Alcohol is unpleasantly harsh. Maybe ever bottle that I have ever bought has something that prevents it from aging well, but I find that unlikely. Aged Rating (3 5 4 4 8 – 2.4)
I am convinced that a 5.0 beer is a rare find; I also think that the basis of a perfect score is based 90% on the merit of the beer and 10% on pure emotion. The first time I had this beer it was a beautiful September day, I jut finished a hard day of yard work, I had been waiting to try this beer for 2+ months. Just earlier that day I had finally gotten some of this nectar that was so highly touted on this very site. I knew from those first looks, sniffs, sips, and swallows that this was a perfect beer. Since this day I have had this beer many times and I feel that it is time to re-rate it.
Re-Rate 1/21/2004 – Hazy orange body. The head is mostly white and hangs on for the long-haul. The lacing is excellent. The aroma is pure and simple hop nirvana, grapefruit and citrus, there is a slight sweet malt backing, but mostly hops. The flavor is big piney hops with a very nice malt backing. The bitterness is big but this is an IIPA after all. The body is medium full and slightly syrupy. The finish is very nice, with lots of sweetness balanced by the hops. Did I mention that there are some hops in this beer? Overall it is an excellent example of the style.
(Old Rating 9/6/2003 10/5/10/5/20 5.0)WOW!! This is the best beer I have yet had. Beautiful frothy tight off-white head with excellent lacing. Orange-copper color. Intense floral citrus-grapefruit aroma. Major hop flavors but the big malty body balances things out. Alcohol is masked. This is one intense hoppy beer. The finish is major hops but the thick body sticks to your teeth. Hunt this one down and try it. If you do not like hops you will not like this beer.