P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(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!
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Re-rate 5-21- lots of fruit in aroma, not so much pine, very tasty, with a great mouthfeel. Different batches, different ratings, some are better than others. It is still hard not to avoid the price increase this beer goes through each year, $4.99 in 03 to the present $11 in 06, is GWB associated with 3F?
Re-rate revisited: This beer has been more astrigent in the bottle and tap the last year(03) than should be expected(every other sample). None has matched, and been below, the second bottle from original purchase. Not worth the $8/bottle.
Bottle. A clear orange color with a medium creamy white head. Aroma of pine is big upon opening the bottle with the typical 3F citrus hops aroma coming out when poured into the glass. Extremely green, harsh, and raw. It is like chewing on a pine sprig with the harshness of the hops it feels like the pine needles sticking the inside of your mouth. A thick mouthfeel which you would expect from a 10% beer. A bitter and overpowering aftertaste that lasted through toothpaste and mouthwash until the next morning with peanut butter being the only way to get rid of it, disgusting. I always considered beer drinking to be an enjoyable event, you should not have to grimace and gag with every sip of beer. This makes Rogues Old Crustacean seem like a session beer.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Draft: Yellow color, bubbly and clear, with a medium sized white head. Aroma is certaintly hoppy, but grapefruit, lemon, and malt intermingle with some sweetness and an overall floral character. The flavor is hoppy throughout, with a rather bitter finish, but wonderfully balanced, with a good dose of creamy malt and moderate sweetness in the mid-section of the flavor. A elegantly balanced IPA overall, and a damn good brew.
re-rate: 22 oz bomber - Light amber color with very tiny pure white head. Aroma has lots of crisp hoppiness, mostly herbal, touch of grapefruit. Flavor is pretty hoppy, very herbal, hint of mint, bit of caramel. Finish has a significant bitterness, but very smooth.
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(0.5l draught) Shimmering, iridescent head, lovely light golden liquid. The scent is bitter honey-clover, intoxicating. So hoppy there is just the barest hint of alcohol, but halfway down the glass it starts to make it's presence felt. Smooth sweetness balances the onrush of fragrant hops. Utterly wonderful in every sense of the word!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Now this is a great beer! On draught. Strongly hoppy and aromatic. Many spring flowers and no alcohol burn whatsoever. Rich dark golden color and a nicely frilly head, although it doesn’t last too long, it does linger on the top for awhile.