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RATINGS: 2160   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.

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4.2
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 Clear amber body with a generous foamy off-white head. Leaves soapy, drippy lacing. Grapefruit with a touch of pine and mint in the aroma. The aroma is huge! I’m drinking this stuff pretty warm (68F), but I still don’t recall many other beers that exude as many volatile odors as this one. The flavor focuses on the bitter aspects of grapefruit, pine, caramel, and some baseline bread. Awesome finish, has a nice malt sweetness replete with bitter hops. Very creamy mouthfeel. What gets me excited about this beer is the mixture of hop flavors (not just Cascade) along with malt to back it all up. The thick mouthfeel forces you to sip and savor rather than quaff. Points scored for having very appetizing hop burps.

Why didn’t I give the flavor a perfect score? I think my bottle isn’t terribly fresh, it seems like the fruity hops could have been punchier. I found that the bitter hops dominated a bit too much, I would have liked a bit more oily fruit taste.

Thoughts on bottling:
1/11/05 - Definitely a green IIPA. The hops are as huge as ever but alcohol is noticable alongside the malt, it detracts from the sweetness. Palate changed from 5-> and Flavor from 9->8. 7//705 - choked down a bottle of the stuff. I’m in a hop-laden buzzing euphoric haze right (Led Zeppelin on the stereo, SQL in front of me); what a great beer. I’ll bump it to 4.6. 3/6/05 - Bottle from the new batch. Two-part flavor - strong appley pale malt with rich grapefruit rind hops.

4.8
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Great Frothy head!! Really serious looking brew. Got a nose full of a piney, citrusy hop smell. OOOOH!!! That was good. A whole lot of taste sensation going on her. Great balance. Such a smooth beer!!

4.4
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 Been holding onto a bottle I got at the brewery for a month or so. Finally broke down today and opened it. Pours a golden amber. Lots of bubbles. Thick white head. Gorgeous beer. Aroma is amazing. Hops, maltiness breaks through, rich smelling stuff. Rich tasting too. Whoa. Alcohol sneaks in through the finsih, but barely. Warming in the stomach. This is Imperial IPA.

4.3
FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Sampled February 2004
Pours a hazy copper-orange color and is topped by a beige head that is middle of the road in thickness & creaminess. Gawd-damn, intense aromas of citrus fruit waft from my glass. Lychee, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, hop nectar, a sweetness all are here in the nose of this beer. The aroma is just amazing on this beer, I really don't think that the smell could get much better than this. This beer is quite sweet in taste. The lychee taste from the hops is quite intense & very impressive. If there was such thing as honey made from hop nectar this beer is what that would taste like. This beer does not seem nearly as bitter as the Alpha King from 3-Floyds, though this is probably because this beer has the body & malt backbone to back up the intense onslaught of fresh hop flavor & bitterness.

This beer is certainly a sipping beer, the combination of the hop intensity and the body/ mouth feel of this beer require quite contemplation of each sip. The fruitiness in this beer is what really sets it apart. It is so intensely fruity & tropical that it makes me wonder if the fruitiness is not from the hops alone, and is in fact part of the yeast character. In the end I think that 3-Floyds has just packed this puppy with fruity-citrusy hops until it is ready to burst. This is just confirmation that my first opinion of this beer was just.

Sampled August, 2003
Smells strongly fruity, comes at you with a right hook of lychee and grapefruit aromas. Nice amber gold color (with golden highlights). This beer is a very well balanced attack of American hops that hangs on a modest malt backbone. There is lots of hop flavor in this one, with lots of fruity hoppy notes. The taste is lightly sweet as well with a good amount of body to it. Overall this is a very well put together beer with a wonderful balance.

4.5
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2004
Ok, this is my very first Double IPA. Orange colour with hints of orange. Big, thick longlasting white head. Heck, what an aroma... Piney, citrousy, sparkling hops. And of course, grapefruit... I am just stunned by this aroma... Taste is just like a hop liquidid and/or light spirit. Very grapefruity and floral flavour. I can barely taste the alcohol. But it is evident in the belly. World-class, of course. This new double IPA style really had a huge impress on me. Sooo. thanks ciderguy for this truly marvelous beer!!

3.9
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2004
wow the yanks do know how to make beer!!! Sweet hoppy aroma with hints of spearmint bubble gum. Nice orange colour with fluffy white head. Big hoppy flavour. I would compare this to Mac Copperhop in NZ. A couple of these and you would need a cab to get home. Thanks secret santa.

4.7
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
If I ever get a kegerator, this will be the beer of choice in it. The only drawback is that you can only have a couple pints before you're obliterated. Big hops, big alchohol, aroma to die for. Who would've thought the best IPA would come out of Indiana?

4.4
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Copper colored good head and lacing. Aroma is huge - grapefruit, pine. Flavor is strongly citrus and bitter with caramel mallts peeking through. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. This is what an IPA should taste like.

4.3
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Okay, first off, I am super thrilled that I got my hands on this one. Darke golden with a thin white buvvly white head. The nose is syrupy hoppy and rustic or copperish. The taste is initially hops and crisp citrusy potent flavor. This hangs around and malts weave in and out. The mouth is full and rewarding.

4.8
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Pours orange with a medium head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. As for hops, you get a great flavor followed by a heavy bitterness which is balanced by a thick sweetness.


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