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RATINGS: 2148   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A hopheads 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.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2005
Served in a big Bordeaux Riedel glass. Brilliant orange-amber beer with creamy yellow-beige froth. It has the nose of a hopfield. Its like harvesting fresh hops early September. I have the impression that im smelling on a bottle with concentrated hop aroma of Jean Lenoirs Le Nez du Vin. Hops nothing but hops??? The taste has a little more to offer. It is nutty, malty and has a slight honeyish body with accents of Armagnac, angelroot, fresh chesnuts and buttercakes. Than the hop boosters are taking over again. Vegetal dominace of laurell leaf, sage, and truckloads of hops are bringing the beer a little out of balance. This is the ultimate Hop experiance but a little more beer caracter is welcome. Balance brings harmony. Huge thanks Denton (Jokes) for sending me this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9666) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2005
Old gold-orange beer; orange-amber head. Nose is as plucking fresh hopcones from the vine. Pure hops - but what else? At least in the taste, theres some backing, but only just enough so one gets a fleeting moment of malt sweetness, Armagnac-like, but its quickly gone. And nothing else but hops to keep lingering. Medium bodied, dry - even the MF is overwhelmed by the hops onslaught. For the second time I taste this American icon (first time was on cask), I get the same ideas about it: this is one of the most one-dimensional beers I know. I just dont dig this. One bottle and one has enough.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bomber from OhioDad. Pours a very clean oranage color with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is big dank nuggets. Very floral and piney, very oputdoorsy and fresh. Taste is mixed almost perfectly. Big hops, Big malt backbone, excellent hints and burst of caramel here and there. Finishes clean with a nice bitterness. I need another one!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBunn (2764) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2005
What a start! Pours phenomenally and aroma is top notch. Pine, spice and hops smells come off the beautiful amber body with creamy head. Flavor blends excellently... even though it is heavily hopped it doesnt come off as overdone. Citrus/grapefruit, evergreen, hops, theyre all in a silky smooth package.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium golden color, actually lighter than I had expected, with a decet-sized off-white head. Even when you pour it into a glass, the hops begin to assault your sense of smell. There are a lot of citrus notes in the aroma, with a touch of spiciness. The flavor is amazing....extremely hoppy and bitter, but no unpleasant aftertaste. Overall, delicious....Ive been waiting to get my hands on this one for a while. Thanks, Drafting Room!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcr (2625) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
No doubt an imperial IPA - lots of hops that leap from the glass to the nose fresh grapefruit and pine. But then there is all the rest that sits on top an undercurrent of sweet malts. The flavor is filled with citrus, both the fruit and the bitter peel. Grapefruit, orange, lemon. The bitterness fills the mouth, but unlike an imperial IPA like Ruination, the malt balance reins in the hops. Great balance. One of my favorite beers to date.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
White pencil thin moustache head with a Jennifer Love Hewitt aroma (sexy fresh and delightful). Body builder orange tinge color. A sweet beginning with a hop-a-longggg finish.....get a cedar chest bang if ones exhales throught the nose after a taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - SEP 5, 2005
had a full bottle of this for myself while watching Sideways, which made this fun to drink. phone ordered from Archer Liquors, thanks Randy! bright and orangey light amber clear color. a small streamer of fizz that surfaces slowly. thick and creamy off-white head that lasts long. very strong floral aroma and pine needles too. flavor is pine needles in demerara sugar, smooth but strong hops. sparkly carbonation, mouthfeel gets a little fizzy and creamy. bitter finish like fresh grapefruit pith.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
My first impression of the aroma - and this was before I even poured it - was pine needles. Once I got it in the glass and got a proper smell, I noticed more intricate notes of citrus and perhaps a bit of apricot. The color is dark amber/orange with little head and light lacing. The flavor is where this brew really sticks out - it is very complicated and well-balanced. The fruity sweetness up front is almost perfectly balanced by the bitter hop finish. Its almost like a caress followed by a slap in the face and I love it! The flavors I detect include apricot, orange, coffee, chocolate - theres a lot here. The mouthfeel is a little on the "light" side but makes for a nice overall package. A very fine Imperial IPA from a very fine brewery. Thanks Three Floyds!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2005
From 22 oz bomber. Thanks to Bob Mack for the bottle! Poured a hazy shade of orange/amber with a tight white head that dissapated quickly. Aroma seemed to consist of a sweet smell of grapefruit. First sip is all hops but with a surprising malt finish. Medium body, which is what you would expect with an IPA. It seems to stick to your tongue. Exceptional beer, the best I have had from Three Floyds so far.


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