Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.72/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper that seems to glow on it's own. It's tan head starts out thick and creamy, then slowly shrinks down to a small, but steady cap. Tons of spiderweb-like lace cover the side of the glass.
Smell: The aroma is positively stunning. It's nothing less than a hop explosion right under your nose. Massive amounts of grapefruit, pine, citrus, apricot, and pineapple (yes, pineapple!) hold their own against a heavy onslaught of sweet, caramelly malt. There's a touch of breadiness as well. Raw, pungent, and perfect...
Taste: Starts off a bit sweet, then quickly erupts into a full-blown hop assault. Raw grapefruit rind, pine resin, citrus, apricot, and pineapple all take their turn in the attack. There's a flowery touch to the hops as well. This brew isn't all hops though, and the malt manages to stay afloat for the duration. There's a lingering malty sweetness that has a caramelly and bready flavor that maintains some semblance of balance. Finishes coarse and bitter with barely a hint of alcohol. Wow...just wow.
Mouthfeel: There's a slighty syrupy feel to it, that is offset a bit by the 'just right' carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter. I can 'feel' the warmth of the alcohol more than I can taste it. Adding the yeast dregs towards the end brings a bit of creaminess to an already rich brew.
Drinkability: Damn good for it's strength. It's downright scary that it's 9.5%abv, since the alcohol hides itself so well. This is one of the best examples of an Imperial/Double IPA to be found. It boldly challenges Two Hearted Ale as my favorite IPA. A wonderful example of the 'bigger is better' maxim.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2003 22:19:25 | More by MJR
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