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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2003
A clear amber color, perfect color for a yummy IPA, beautiful lacing and a nice head that can be adjusted to anyone’s taste. Aroma is large on hops, herbal and floral with a touch of malt filling in the back 40. Flavor is surprisingly balanced for so much hops. This is a huge IPA and stands up to the Imperial descriptive. It's like there's an International Hop Convention in my mouth and every brewer is invited. Finishes bone dry with a bitter tart feeling followed by the sweet hop sting, great. This is the pinnacle of IPAs, they can't get any better than this. Thanks Indra!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aracauna (3496) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Ok, I have to admit, all those people who have been trumpeting the praises of Three Floyds were right. This is an awesome beer. The aroma is very hoppy. It's what you'd get if you could crossbreed tangerines with a pine or a juniper plant. I'm also getting whiffs of balloon rubber, but that doesn't make any sense. The flavor is surprisingly well balanced. I was expecting some major hops bitterly unbalancing the beer, but the hops are nicely balanced by the thick almost chewy malt flavors. The perceived bitterness is surprisingly low with the actual flavors of the hops coming through. The malt is toasted buttered biscuits with a bit of caramel sauce and maybe a little maple syrup. The beer is sweet, but not cloying. The body is a dark amber topped by a nice too-dark-to-be-off-white head that isn't a permanent fixture, but not wimpy either. Damn this is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Definatey hoppy, this brew has sweet malts and monstrous citrus, but wasn’t quite as complex as the hype lead me to expect. The color is a nice caramel. The aroma is the most pleasing aspect. Overall, the flavor just doesn’t agree with the alcohol content. One should be boosted or diminished to reach a more harmonious chord. Otherwise, its darn (not damn) tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ScumOverRio (1) - USA - JUL 27, 2003 does not count
Boy was I fooled by all of your ratings for this shitty beer. It looked good and it smelled great but it tasted like dish water. Maybe it's because I bought it at a liquor store and not at the brewery but I doubt it would have that much effect on it. This is a horrible beer and I was so completely let down. People RUN FROM THIS BEER!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2003
intense vegetable hop aroma, dark orange with a frothy head, nice full body, sticky with good balance, intense vegetable hops meld into citrrus hops, toasted malt flavors linger in the background, tons of hop flavor with none of the bitterness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Huge aoma and flavor of citrus hops(Chinook/Cascades/Centennial).Bitter yet balanced well with a good malt character. The smoothest Imperial IPA I have had to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2003
This beer is about HUGE amounts of hops. Beer has massive hop aroma of skunk weed and pine. Beer pours beautiful copper brown with a huge off white head that is fully retained. There is heavy lacing. The flavor is marvelous with an initial huge hop assault. The flavor then mellow as some nice malt sweetness kicks in. This is the best IPA going. It should be interested to see how the ratings within syles are altered after the new styles are introduced. This will obviously be in the Imperial IPA cagegory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Sharp initial intense nasal sensory attack of hops followed by caramnel and crystal malts. Bitterness on the palate, turning sweet and sugarry (much more sugarry than I could say of any WCIPA). Turns toffee appleish towards the end without the challenging bitterness. Pretty well balanced between hop assault and sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Hard (ok, impossible) to follow krisbierjaeger but I just gotta put my raves in for this one. Thanks enormously to jcalabre for a high-end tasting session that I challenge anyone to top - we started with this wonderful IPA from a brewery normally impossible to access here in SoCal. Did not dwell on the bottle graphics, though I admit they seem sixties-inspired. This copper-colored stuff was pretty to behold, and possessed the familiar piney-citrus hops aroma of a new-world IPA. Compared to other 'big IPA's, this creation has a balance and drinkability that is unbelievable; you would never guess the abv. The malt character stands out but is backed by a strong finish of hops. Feels/tastes great in the mouth, sweet, complex and completely satisfying. Need more, more, more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2003
copper and clear, with a reflexive head which will neither delight nor disappoint. the label features glowing psychadelic lettering, but the central illustration is both cryptic and unsettling: it depicts blood trickling from the maw of a keg-impaled colonial brit; meanwhile ghoulish grey-skinned apparitions prod him with weapons, pewter mugs of "IPA" and some grill-burned slab of crimson meat. it's impossible to say what it means, but the orb-eyed brit is certainly dismayed-- not the kind of look produced by the consumption of excellent beer. (and the slogan "it's not normal" doesn't seem adequate). while i'm on a rave, the 3 floyd's logo is no better: an oozing glom of wormy fingers, it's supposed to be the hands of the floyd's coming together to hold the 3-F circle-- unfortunately they look less like hands and more like fungal growths of potted meat. so, i give a fourth 'F' for the design, and at six bucks a bottle, this beer had better perform like the cirque de soleil or i'm gonna be cranky. and indeed, the aroma slapped my misdirected disdain right out of the courtroom: these are mighty pine cone hops raised from birth on a steady diet of orange nectar and shots of kentucky straight bourbon; there are the caramel malts likewise nurtured like percherons on bottomless feedbags of vanilla, toasted grains and more honied-incendiary liquors. this flavor muscles into your life, shutting off the t.v., disconnecting your phone, duct-taping your squalling progeny-- so that it's olympean greatness can be announced like a supreme-court proclamation: the dreadnaught rocks, and american juris-brewdance will never be the same.

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