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RATINGS: 2142   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2661) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Bottle. A hazy amber glow with an off-white head. The aroma has an intense grapefruit and fresh pine nose. Thick, sweet, chewy, warming, bitter, vinous, carmal, honey and hop fueled delightful flavor. Overwhelmingly rich and not in the last bit harshly bitter. Rating number 1,400, thanks to hopscotch for the trade.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2003
I finally got to meet Dreadnaught, fully ready to be underwhelmed, and bitch and gripe about the power of suggestion, etc. Geez was I wrong. This stuff kicks ass! This is a huge brew, but neither over-hoppy, nor over-malty. Cantaloupe, pecans, cherries and an overt but pleasant graininess exude from long distances from this hazy light brown beer (much lighter than I would have expected). Flavor includes hints of ashes, carrot, considerable grapefruit and finishes with only a moderate bitterness. This is an unbelievable beer, fully deserving of its reputation. Thanks Indra!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
One of the best Imperial IPAs. An All-American, pine and citrus hop nose floats over a malty, rich ale. Very well balanced, and less bitter than I would have expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Intense, sweet aroma - ripe fruit, herbal and fruity hops, rich malt. Slightly hazy amber color, nice off-white head. Huge, potent flavor, high levels of malt sweetness and hop bitterness balance each other out to create a well-balanced beer that ends up on the bitter side. Spicy and citrusy hops come out in the flavor, but there is still enough malt backbone to support the hops. Rich and full-bodied. An extreme beer in an extreme beer style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Poured a hazy amber, with a huge puffy white head. The aroma is robust. Grapefruit, lemon, and a bouquet of other fruits, and spices are present. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It's very woody-- pine and cedar. It has a slight dry and peppery finish. Not as dry as I was expecting. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2003
I had this beer out of a bottle from Kahns in Indianaplis, IN. The beer is a mid-amber color. It is able to be seen through. The taste is very full, very hoppy with grapefruit overtone. Extremely good IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zeswaft (1641) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 After being away from this beer for about 2 years I finally found it again. It’s still amazing. It seemed a lot more put together. There is still that overwhelming mango, grapefruit, and piney aroma. The palate was less syrupy than the last time and the malts were perfectly balanced with the amazing citrus hops. Why is it so hard to get a hold of this beer. Not to mention it was about twice as expensive as the last time I bought it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Nice large head with medium bubbles--laces even before the first sip. Light brown color with tiny bit of haze. Very hoppy nose of grapefruit. Very drinkable. This beer cannot be as strong in ABV as it claims--I demand to see the specific gravity readings! Hop in the flavor everywhere, and it is well blended. Maltiness hits you in the middle and slides off the tongue with ease into a bitter finish of citrous and pine. Full palate that is delicious and complex. Slight alcohol in the aftertaste. This beer opens clogged sinuses. It feeds the poor. One day it could perhaps save the world!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 I finally made it to the brewery and picked some of this up. It really lives up to all the hype. The aroma is grapefruity with a touch of carmel. Appearence is a clear to hazy, medium amber orange. Not much head. Mouthful is oily and coats the tongue nicely. Taste is everything you would expect from this style. Taste is mostly grapefruit, but has a nice tropical fruit explosion with it. Finish is a very bitter grapefruit finish. Better than Yulesmith? Maybe. Better than Exponential? Probably not. Next time Exponential is available, I'll compare the two. This is well worth the 3 hour detour I took, and the risk of missing my flight at O'hare. Ever try to pee in a bottle while driving? That's what I had to do to get this and still make my flight. Well worth the spillage on my pants. Rerate: Right when I started to pour it, I could smell the fruitiness of the hops. I taste more sweetness to it this time. I had Exponential the other night, and the two are different. Exponential might be a little hoppier and less sweet. There's something about the Exponential that when it's just about gone you're saying, "Damn that was good". I still don't know which is better but damn, the Dreadnaught sure is good. Rererate 043004: I'm drinking my last bottle. It's a very sad time. One thing I suggest to people who are ready to try this is to let it warm just a little. It brings out the fruitiness a lot more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Bottled from a growler sent to Slikwily. Hazy amber with a thin white head. Huge aroma of caramel, grapefruit, pine and malt. Medium thick syrupy palate that coats the mouth. Flavor is an explosion of hops. Initially it is very sweet with loads of carmel, honey, apricot and grapefruit with a hint of alcohol. Then the pine starts to kick in for a long bittersweet finish. This is an excellent beer. Big thanks to Slikwily for this one!

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