haddon90 (1565) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow! I think this is the best Imperial IPA ever! Great pour with a frothy white head. Cloudy amber/orange color with a very strong hoppy, flora aroma. Strong hop presence with a spice to the flavor and wheat maybe??? Pretty smooth. Reminds me of a Harvest Ale. Definitely the #1 Imperial IPA!!!
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 Saved this one for my 100th rated beer. These are my thoughts: Picture perfect pour. Billoughy eggshell white head little lacing. First taste: Grapefruit/floral/Sweet/powerful - initial bombardment of my tongue. Very Interesting they master that initial kickoff everytime. I definitely like this beer better than the Alpha King. After the initial bombardment nice smooth underflavor to invite you to consume the rest. Very potent elixir too. Stronger grapefruit presense as you work your way further into the bottle. Much more prevalent and with a little bitter kick. This is the best IPA I can say I've ever had. Still like the APA's too. The only reason I'm not giving the 5.0 to this one is because Three Floyds pimped me earlier this year with running out of T-shirts and I ordered two. If you hadn't sent my check back and sent me my shirts you would gotten a 5.0 rating.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured with a nice head. Good lacing all around the glass. Dark orange/yellow in color. Wonderful aroma but lacking just a little something. Definitely hoppy with some malt flavors that try to mellow it out. Too bitter for a great IPA.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful mahogany with nice head full of small bubbles and nice lacing. MMM, hops, hops and more hops in the nose. Malt and some citrus accompany that. Yummy. Creamy body with a nice balance of hops, small fruit, and malt. It finishes nice, dry and bitter. Woo! Great IIPA!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great IPA. Hoppy, malty, fruity, lots of flavor. Finish is bittersweet, smooth, clean, and dry.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicely balanced, not overly bitter or herbal malty sweetness with a citrus tang. A little syrupy / thick mouthfeel.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, hoppy, and citric aroma. Copper colored with a creamy, medium sized head. Big malts, and big hops that blend nicely. Some lemony citrus notes come through. Lingering cascade like bitterness. Although this is a big beer, it is very drinkable and not over the top.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! I finally had a chance to sample the vaunted Dreadnaught Imperial IPA, and I have to say it lives up to the ratings. Bottle (from a trade with Marinaro500 thanks dude!). Poured thick and deep amber, slightly hazy and cleared as it warmed up. Off white head lingered and left some lacing. The aroma is amazing, rich, heavy malts, pine and citrus hops and lots of 'em. Flavor is about as close to heaven as I can imagine. Really amazing combination of sweet, thick, roasted maltiness, honey, gluten, with a twist your tongue and pucker your lips hoppiness and a lingering finish that defies deScription. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, smooth and round with the right amount of carbonation. This is my first Three Floyds and I love it. Stone Ruination (which is readily available to me) is close to this, but doesn't quite hit the same mark. I want more!!!
flemdawg (549) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
BIG Oktoberfest: The program said only Alpha King and Gumballhead would be attending, but then these bombers came out, and my mouth almost hit the floor, a great suprise. Golden color with a small white head. Huge aroma of hops. The first sip clung to my mouth. Thicker than I expected. Very hoppy as anticipated. It was the only beer that I got seconds on all day. Simply great.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Wow! What a complex and amazing IPA. First smell was grapefruit, but I detected some roasted malt on my next. I had to keep smelling because of the complexity of the ale. Piney, hop-clean aroma. Forward hops on the tongue, maltiness, then a slightly bitter, full finish. Excellent balance. An enigma of a brew, so good. I find myself taking smaller and smaller sips because I know that at one point my glass will be empty.