RATINGS: 2154   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PorterPounder (7717) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Excellent! The aroma of spruce hits you the moment you open the bottle. The pour is dark golden with a sticky white head and heavy lacing. Flavor is somewhat sweet and at the same time sour. Heavy Cascade hops presence, but dovetailed nicely in with the malts. Luxuriant mouthfeel, does not leave the tongue numb like some high IBU beers, coats it well. Spruce, grapefruit and mint finish it off nicely. An excellent Double IPA. Fishinses extraordinarily strong. A winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (5199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Smells like an old homebrewing cascade hop sock stuffed with oranges. Very, very citrusy, muted toffee, hop bittering isn't overdone. A bit like a Valencia screwdriver with a rosemary twist. ABV is pretty subdued. Very good mouth and body, the quit is medium-long, but not too tart. Edgy hop finish on the sides of the tongue. Very good beer, but it ain't 100 percentile.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
obxdude10 (2301) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2004
The first '20' I've given in the overall impression category, many many thanks to EddieG for hooking me up with this brew, what an experience, orange in color, great soft & fluffy white head, good lacing around the glass, huge hoppy & citrusy nose, very bitter flavors, spicy, dry, awesome malt profile which leads to outstanding balance in this beer, both a sweet & spicy finish, very smooth & drinkable, certainly is as hoppy as other IIPA's but this seems a little less intense, it's more mellow, it's a bit better for overall mouthfeel & drinkablility, an absoutely outstanding beer, I need to have more!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1070) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 After much searching for a trading partner to get this elusive brew, we finally meet. The beer leaves the 22 oz. brown bomber (with a really funky label I might add) and finds itself in my imperial pint glass. The appearance is clear orange amber color with a nice white head, both pretty standard for a good IPA. The head leaves a lot quicker than a single IPA which is likely due to the high strength of the brew. Carbonation is also low and is gone rather quickly. The aroma is surprisingly mild for an imperial IPA. It is clearly hoppy, but the aroma does not hit you across the room like a Ruination or a Celebration. There are strong notes of alcohol and caramel malts on the nose as well. The taste is quite sweet with a strong peppery kick due to the hops. Smooth silky mouthfeel with a syrupy thick consistency. Strong alcohol burn detracts somewhat from drinkability. Overall I think this brew is very close to being on the fence to being a barley wine, not that there is anything wrong with that. I will try to eventually get some more to cellar to see if it ages well like a real barley wine. Too bad, it will take a quite a while to get some more in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2004
My first impression of this beer was its rich amber body followed by a slight amount of lacing. The aroma was PACKED full of hops. I expected a much more aggressive flavor but I was pleasantly surprised by a nice soft hoppy flavor. The true hop bite was apparent in the finish - a sharp hop finish that lingers. The alcohol content is a little obvious in the aftertaste which isnt necessarily a bad thing. This is definitely a great IPA. The price on this beer is bit high (the manager at the wine and beer store told me the price has gone up a dollar with each new batch).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Aroma is incredibly floral with hops all over. The taste begins with a bang of hoppiness but is immediately balanced by sweetness. The finish has slight notes of alcohol but still persistent hops and light malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy, very silky smooth. The drinkability is incredible but dangerous considering the ABV%. **The more I have this, the more I realize that this is the perfect IPA, it has it all, and I've yet to have anything that rivals this beauty. I can't get enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JSmith1181 (13) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Holy crap I love this beer. Nuff said. I'd go into details but just get it for yourself, have no worries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2004
24 or 22 oz bottle. Hoppy, of course, but perhaps a bit too much fruitiness. While I liked this super-fruitiness in the smell, the taste was a bit over-whelming. Still tasty, but I wouldn't jump at drinking 24 oz at one time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jaysus (17) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 22 oz. Bottle: Fair head with large bubbles, large bubbles throughout tulip glass as well which rise to the top rapidly. Generous lacing, bright amber color. Fruity, bitter flavor. The hops are not as noticiable as the alcohol, which is a slight bummer to me. It is a nice beer, but failed to live up to my expectations based on all the good things I've head about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Sour bitter fruity aroma, pleasant. Very fresh tasting hopps, but only blatently obvious after the fruity sweet upfront flavor. Finishes, as you guessed, bitter.

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