happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Pours out w a nice thick(quickly dissapating)head.Great lacing.Has that wonderful deep orange/copper/hazy color.Nice taste/more balanced than the alpha king.I was expecting an assault of hoppage(it was a perfect blend of sweet malt and great hops)Very smooth on the tongue.Nice dry finish.Hard to find & expensive but well worth the expirience.Yummy heady hops w/ the perfect malt complement.Time has told me(Nick Drake)this is my favorite beverage labele beer.Nothing like being there(Coventry)w/ a Dreadnaught in hand. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
This time, Joe, my thanks is sincere, I'm glad to have had the chance to try this fine brew. It pours with a crystal clear amber body topped by a thick off-white lasting head with good lacing. Sweet and grapefruity hop aroma with strong piney notes and a subtle maltiness. Slightly sweet but bitter and very hoppy flavor with grapefruit and pine notes and a touch of maltiness. A big hoppy beer for the hop head. The finish is bitter and piney. Full bodied and smooth with a warmth deep down. Andrew196 (1903) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Thanks for this Joe! Looked interesting for an IPA....much more orange in color than most. Aroma of honey and alcohol. Sweet malts, and west coast hops came together well in this beer. I had always heard this beer had more bwine characteristics than IPA characteristics....I got more IPA than BWine, but the malty sweetness made this beer very unique and a step above the rest. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Bottle. Light amber color, big yet quickly dissipating head. Sweet and somewhat malty for an IPA. More like a barleywine in many ways. Hints of peach and strawberry, unique for anything calling itself an IPA. Malty and somewhat dry finish. Good stuff. Cobra (1100) - - AUG 31, 2003
A perfect beer if ever there was one. I believe this is my first "5" beer..ever.It doesn't get any better than this, folks. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle, with some fairly strange graphics on the label. Strange, indeed. Poured out a deep orange color, with green highlights, probably due to the hops in it. Had a huge, billowing, white head at first. Then it settled down to a thick matting of lace floating on top of the beer.
Aromas are out of this world. This is what brewers dream of making. Floral hops jump out of the glass at you, clutching you by the throat. Then, the piney, resinous, and grapefruit aromas assult your olfactory glands as well. This is one monster of a beer folks.
The malts are strong enough to fend off the hops, but quickly give in, and are put asunder. The malts are sweet, caramel-ly, and lend a certain compliment to the overall experience of this beer.
It coats the tongue with hoppy goodness, and warms the belly upon impact. A literal hop bomb explodes in your gut. Thick, chewy mouthfeel, and a sweet/bitter hoppy finish make for a great beer overall. My hat's off to the 3 Floyd's Brewing Co. for coming up with this very enjoyable beer. Keep up the good work guys.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2003
A little bit of a marijuana aroma. Slow visible carbonation. Deep gold. Head not big, but lace excellent. Cloying flavor. Alpha King is better, despite the higher average rating for the Dreadnaught. Still, an excellent beer. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Auburn color. Big nose, massively piney, perfumey, has a bit of sourness and mustiness reminiscent of a forest in Spring. Taste is explosively hoppy, very tart, with corresponding large malts. Surprising hint of nuttiness in the malts. Amazing palate, creamy, full, and huge, beautifully matches the heft. Gooooood stuff. dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Two initial impressions! Wow, and secondly, this tastes just like Arrogant Bastard. It had that "severe" alcohol/hop edge that I also do not like in Stone's AB. Reality was that I absolutely loved this beer - the hop blend, the great flavor, etc. It rates behind, but right in there with Stone Ruination and Diamond Knot Industrial as superior Imperial IPAs. gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
pours dark orange with a small white head. nose is of hops citursy and spicy. flavor is over the top bitter, there is a heavy malt flavor to it some what sweet, but this is mosly drowned out by the hops. hops dominate the flavor and it couldn't be better. a superb ipa, and a huge beer overall. bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
What a beer to rate! The only down side to this beer is it's richness. I was absolutely full after splitting one double deucewi th a friend. Beautuful hops with that piney resin feel are blended with must be a boatload of malts that equal a rich full bodied IPA. I'm sticking a couple of these away and monitor the results.