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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,661 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,705
Gots: 484 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9.5% ABV 99 IBUs - 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 flavor is both smooth and memorable.

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MattBrooks

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bigs for the bottle.

Poured into a pint glass, this outstanding brew pours golden orange with an out of this world aroma. Scents of orange rind, fresh hops, flowers, fresh hops, coriander and fresh hops abound throughout the start of this funky Imperial IPA. The tag line on the bottle reads "It's not Normal" and man is that right. It's not normal that a beer can be this good. It's rich, powerful, not overly heavy but round and clean on the finish. At 9.5% alc.it packs a punch, but I could see myself downing four of these in a night, all right.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 23:02:18 | More by MattBrooks
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dirtylou

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, Riley's...been wanting to try this for a very very long time

appeareance: another glorious FFF label...pours a clear tangerine-amber, a very luscious colour. a wonderful frothy white head forms and leaves quite a nice amount of lacing

smell: the cap comes off and the aromas just explode...absolutely fantastice. pungent floral hops come pouring out. magnificent citrus aromas dominated by fresh juicy grapefruit, sweet orange, apricot, tangerine, pine resin abundant

taste: follows through on the sensational aromas...the juiciest dipa i have ever come across. explosive citrus hops - grapefruit, grapefruit, orange, apricot, grapefruit, and some more grapefruit....heavy sweet caramel malts tie it together. fresh pine, hop bitterness, slight alcohol warming. A cream of the crop dipa

mouthfeel: juicy, slick and super oily, medium-full body, wonderful

drinkability: its a big beer, but its so f'ing good

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 01:56:05 | More by dirtylou
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm often skeptical of a review that has the same score, across the board. This one happens to be very good, with respect to EVERY category (some pushing exceptional).

A: Golden-bronze, pours with an abundance of fluffy white head, decent retention, great lace.

S: Plenty of American hops. Pine, grass, floral and a hint of citrus.

T: Predominantly American hops. But there's not too much citrus, it's a pleasant blend of pine & grass, with a little spicyness as well. The alcohol content is remarkably well hidden, with only a hint of sherry-like fruity alcohol flavour.

Initially I was surprised by a sweet caramel flavour (43F fridge), but as it warmed up, the bitterness started to kick in. I agree that 50-55F should be the appropriate serving temperature. I'm generally not a temperature Nazi... but with this much bitterness (DIPA's in general), it's VERY important.

M: Body is on the heavy side of moderate, slightly creamy, with some prickly acidity. Carbonation is moderate.

D: I like it a lot. The hop flavour is IN-YOUR-FACE, and hops aren't for everyone, but that's the DIPA style, there's really a pleasant blend of flavours here (nothing really overwhelms, or smacks you in the face). Only the alcohol content (and perhaps price) inhibits the "Chug-ability".

Thanks for picking this up Dave!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 00:09:28 | More by Derek
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quasimoto

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - it pours a perfect amber color, with a nice off-white head that dissapated rather quickly. It also left very little lacing.

S - Strong aromas of pine needles, and a pink grapefruit note that turns to a pear/vineous smell. Very easy on the nose.

T - The sweet grapefruit juice taste hits you right up front then turns into a smooth piney flavor that warms the middle of the tounge. The malt is in there, but it is tucked so far back that it is only noticeable as it warms up.

M - There is some slight carbination on the middle of the tounge as its in your mouth but as it swallowed it turns into a creamy chewy absolutely dangerous feeling of wonderment that is most pleasurable for this style of beer.

D - For this style of beer ( being a Double IPA ) I couldnt ask for anything more from a beer. To a hop head this was the most enjoyable experience I have ever had. But since it is such a high ABV% it is a once a night thing. Or take it easy with the knowledge that this beer can do some damage and enjoy it for the rest of your life.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 02:32:22 | More by quasimoto
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz Bottle purchased at Spiritus Fermenti in Providnce for $7.99.

This beer is absolutely delicious. Both the smell and the taste are dominated by piney, citrusy hops. The taste is balanced by a slightly sweet malt, but this beer is all hops. What makes this beer just remarkable is how smooth and drinkable it is for an insanely hoppy double IPA weighing in at 9.5% alcohol. I could seriously drink this stuff all night, every night. Kudos to Three Floyds on creating one of the best beers in the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:38:33 | More by bignick
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mcowgill

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to tasting any Three Floyds beers and as a hophead I'm psyched to be trying this one. I thank fitzIPAtrick's kind generosity for the ability to do so. This beer kicks major @rse! The aroma and taste are so amazing that I just don't know which one I like better. The beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a nice creamy head. Of course, the smell is all hops - citrus, pine, grapefruit - to me anyway. The taste is an amazing fruity hopness and, believe it or not, a fine malt backbone as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. For the sheer hop kick and high alcohol, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. Must...have...in...Mass.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 00:30:38 | More by mcowgill
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

bright amber orange with half an inch of white head that falls quickly. head disappears completely after a few sips and leaves no lacing.

insanely hoppy, fantastic aroma. mainly grassy, but some intensely bitter grapefruit rinds and a touch of peachiness and aspirin. a faint hint of caramelly malts.

some sweet caramel malts in the flavor initially, but the hoppy bitterness overwhelms that quickly. dominating bitterness overwhelms any hop subtlety in the flavor, and definitely hurts the drinkability. alcohol is very well-hidden, but this is still a challenging beer; the hops will wear you out and it makes it tough to get through the full 22 oz. everyone should try this beer once, but maybe only once.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 05:58:19 | More by Prufrock
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

kind of new to the beer world, but this is the best i.p.a. i've tasted thus far. this beer is very hard to find in connecticut (it is not distributed here).came across a couple of bombers.

served in an ommegang goblet from a twenty two ounce bottle at almost room temperature.

first smell was a wonderfly citrusy, mega hoppy aroma that fills the surrounding air.


poured a beautiful golden color with minimal carbonation and no head.very impressed with how drinkable this ipa was with the almost ten percent alcohol content and amount of hops. i am a hop head so it was right up my alley. great mouth feel and was surprisingly gentle on the palate. would definatley give this brew two thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone who loves a great ipa.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 18:53:30 | More by jaxon53
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wingnutter

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bomber from BigErn in a small trade. Many thanks BigErn!

Hazy golden color, off white head that starts off thick but quickly fades,

Smell: Holy shit. Citrus/Floral hops, candied apricots, mango, maybe a little ganja, toffee...What a delicious aroma. Ive never smelled anything like it. The aroma jumped out of the bottle the second the top was popped.

Taste: See smell comment above. Sweet, sticky, hoppy. This is a kick ass beer. Words cant do it justice. First I tasted green hops blended with that candied apricot flavor, mangoes, toffee...Wow. The ABV isnt evident at all. The hops are bitter but the sweetness behind them melt into perfect harmony. The finish is green, grassy, fruity, sweet, hoppy, bitter, sweet, fruity, hoppy....you get the idea. Super long finish where the taste just lingers and lingers. Devine, sublime, and flat out spectacular. The tastes blend perfectly, and play off each other brilliantly. One sip I get aprocits, the next I get grass, the next I get pine, the next I get mangoes... The most perfectly balanced beer Ive ever had. Simply stunning. This is the beer I want buried with me.

For a beer this big the mouthfeel doesnt feel too thick, but its chewy as hell. Hop oils make it slick as it goes down. Easy to drink? You bet. Does the drinkability suffer due to the high ABV? Hell no. I could drink this until I passed out.

I think this is deserving as the highest rated IPA in all the land, and I think its the best IPA Ive ever had. And its not even close. I thought DFH 90 was a perfect IPA, but this beer has made me change my tune. As much as I love DFH 90, this one takes the cake.

In a word: holyshitthisissomegreatbeergetitifyoucanfindit!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 06:11:23 | More by wingnutter
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a deep amber with a slight haze, a decent off-white head that dissipates at a normal rate and leaves a think, even lace on the glass.

S: A great blend of hops and citrus. I was expecting a hops smell that would knock me over, but the orangey-tangerine sweetness makes the aroma very pleasing.

T: The sweetness in the smell makes you think it may be overly sweet but that is certainly not the case. Excellent heavy hops flavor as you would expect for the style with citrus and malt to balance it out. There’s almost no hint of the 9.5% ABV. The hops flavor stays in the after-taste (again, as expected) along with a bit of sweetness, which personally I haven’t found in too many beers of this style. The taste in each sip makes you crave the next.

M: Very crisp. Very smooth. Perfectly balanced. Medium-bodied. Light carbonation. VERY clean finish.

D: Since this beer has an excellent taste, hides the high ABV and is both smooth and balanced, I’m giving it a rare 5 score.

When I found out about a place around here that sold stuff from Three Floyds I went there as soon as I could in hopes that this beer would be there. When I got there, they didn’t have it, but assured me they’d be getting it. About a month later it arrived and I have to say it has lived up to all of the hype and made the wait worth while. If you have access to this beer, you owe it to yourself to at least try it and more than likely consume a great deal of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 05:30:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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wedge

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright copper with bits of suspended particles and a very thin head that quickly forms a ring around the glass. You can smell this one from across the room - huge, oily, resinous, piney, citrusy - EVERYTHING. Very complex, multi-faceted aroma that could destroy your nose if you're not careful. Amazing sticky hop oil flavor packed full of juicy citrus fruits and a solid sweetness. My mouth is tingling - its almost as if I've been sucking on an orange rind. Definately full bodied and warming. This is very intense and strong yet I promptly inhaled mine like it doesn't cost $11 a bottle.

Not for the weak of heart...or nose, or tongue. The flavor just lingers forever. This is all about the hops...big, massive quantities of hops. Nothing can prepare you for this...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 04:08:46 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is sparkling brass with some large bits of sediment floating around and small head with little retention. Though not to worry, I can smell this from miles away. Resinous explosion followed by huge pine, floral, earth, and citrus. Aroma of a coniferous forest surrounded by an orchard. Tantalizing. Vicous in texture and awesomely hopped. Pine like crazy. I can't even begin to fathom what's going on, but its along the lines of amazing. Mouthfeel is complex and full...perfect crisp medium carbonation. Velvety creamy and sticky sweet. There's no way a beer with such an awesome aroma and taste could have any drinkability problems.

Disappointed I had no head or retention with a semi-aggressive pour but everything else definitely makes up for it.

Faaantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 03:52:53 | More by tastybeer
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murrayswine

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a beast!
It pours a beautiful flax/gold with an off-white head that leads to solid lacing.
The smell is huge hops. and laying in waiting...hops again. Citrus tones ride the hops and green it out a bit. Like Hop Wallop on "roids, and thats saying something! The taste is as expected, heavy and bodied hops supported by a warming malt backbone. This beer is an aniNimal. As it warms it just get more drinkable, and less raw. I love tasting it's changes.
A MUST HAVE FOR ANY HOP HEAD!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 00:38:35 | More by murrayswine
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally got to try this (thanks Beer Yard) and wanted to see if it lived up to the hype. It poured a clear copper with 1/2 inch white head. The smell indicates it will live up to the hype, citrus hits first then spicy and piney with some grassy smells thrown in. The taste starts off slightly bitter, then there are orange and grapefruit flavors floating around, with a bready background holding it all together. Good level carbonation leads to a smooth dry finish. I am surprised with all the hop flavors that it isn't oily, I guess that's one of the reasons it's rated so high. It definitely lives up to the hype; it knocks the 90-minute IPA out of the top IIPA spot for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 14:13:50 | More by orsulacp
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bomber.

Appearance- Pours a light, one finger head with some minor foam surface. Scant number of bubbles makes their way from the bottme of beer to the top. Color is a slightly hazeyamber, copper, and burnt orange peel mix.

Smell- A bouquet of flowers mixes with a citrus fresh fruit basket and some some fresh baked white bread.

Taste- Starts out with some hop flower notes mixed with hawaiian bread notes. Then leads to a more acidic and citrusy hop profile.

Mouthfeel- some moments of slightly sharp acidity, but never sour. This is an American Double IPA, so of course very bitter. When first tasted straight from the fridge, the palate had a somewhat syrupy texture, but still very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 02:59:24 | More by scruffwhor
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An insanely delecadent IPA! At my initial thoughts, it must be extremely difficult to get that much flavor, hop bitterness, balance, and alcohol into such a smooth and easy drinking beer. But on the other hand, the taste makes me think it's effortless. This symbiotic relationship is the beauty of the beer.

The beer pours an innocent enough golden elixir with lively carbonation, a fluffy white head forms atop the beer and holds its structure without bragging too much. A nice look with good lacing, low legging... It's just a good IPA look.

Hop aromas are evident right out of the chute. Both bold and delicate, the hops show a perfumy orange zest, grapefruit, lemongrass and light, bright grassy freshness. Combined with the shadow of caramel and honey malts, the nose detects apricot, mango and pineapple. The beer is simply mouthwatering and irresistible in its overall scent.

Diving in, the flavor is a sublime blend of citrusy notes but without the acidity or earthiness that usually accompanies the hop flavor. Extremely delicate, beautiful and heavenly hop flavor never offends or reaches aggression. Malt flavor gives a great blend of caramelized barley, crispy breads, and light confectioner's powdered sweetness. Not overly complex in flavor; the beer knows what it is, and does it extremely well.

The body might be the most magical characteristic of the beer. The malt character seems extremely soft while giving a very crisp, malty creaminess up front, but the well-attenuated character gives it a dry and clean finish. The caramel, candied sweetness seamlessly disappears without any linger on the tongue; just a light citrusy hop linger that extends well into the next sip.

The beer is simply a delight. Dreadnaught is without question among the best of IPA on the market.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 21:50:02 | More by BEERchitect
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kpantz

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: Well worth the $10.50 I had to shell out in a take-out joint. I may just go for the case.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear orange-copper with a good head, and tremendous lacing.

Smell: Grass and citrus...classic DIPA aroma here. I need to market an air freshener...

Taste: Holy crap. This is hop juice defined. Fantastic grapefruit flavors up front against a barely present malt backbone. You can only 'taste" it by inferring what this would taste like without the balancing effect. Bitterness follows on the way down, just begging for another sip.

Mouthfeel: Just like DFH90 in this category. Liquid candy. Just how I like it in a DIPA.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable. I could put away two bombers fairly easily here. 9.5% ABV is hidden beautifully. Flavors are so well balanced that you don't feel overpowered.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 02:42:04 | More by kpantz
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danielocean03

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazed golden-toned copper color into a pint glass. Left a full finger foamy off white head that slowy declined to moderate glass-clinging lacing. Aroma is sweet and hoppy, slightly piny and citrus hops overwhelm the nose. Tastes absolutely perfect, hoppy as hell, tastes mainly of grapefruity citrus, yet excellently paired with an ideal sweetness of malt to back this superb hop profile. Leaves a tasty hop bitterness in the aftertaste that pushes for more of this IPA . Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of the spectrum, borderline medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable brew, absolutely love it. Without a doubt will seek out again in the near future, with American Double IPA's being one of my favorite styles, this may be my new favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 01:39:20 | More by danielocean03
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah! Tipped a super clean pour for some crystal clear copper coloured joy juice. The colour of a pretty penny, only worth about nine hundred times more. Plus tax and deposit! The head blew up off a proper pour. A white pillow that crumbled in the alcoholic undertow. Appears to be properly carbonated with some fat and fast bubbles and some slow tiny ones. Lace clinging like frothy spit to a window.

The nose is packed with some concentrated and mad funky hops. The smell is super grassy and herbal. A brisk and raw smelling hop smack. I imagine mulch mowing a huge field of freshly harvested hop cones and then scraping the undercarriage of the mower and dumping the chunks into the vat. Just some oily, resinous, juicy lupulin drippin, chunky old hunks of funk. Malt tones? I think not. Put some stank on it, Dready! You smelly bugger!

The flavour is not as assaultive as I was expecting after sniffing this bitch. It is very pleasant and dare I say precariously balanced? There is a malt base. Semi sweet. There follows a pronounced bitterness. The concentrated hop character of the nose wraps around my tongue and shows me the brutality the nose had foreshadowed only with moderation levied by the malt profile. Vaguely sweet for a flash, exaggerated grassy and herbal layers and maybe even some blunted pines in the backstretch. Then dry. Fairly impressive dryness at that. The after effects are a lingering acidity and a timid sweetness that moistens my palate again and implores me to take another sip. The complexity, a word that I never figured on using to praise such a powerhouse of a brew, seems to grow as the experience wears on. The hops show ever more dimension in flavour sip after sip. Just a killer brew.

The mouthfeel is spot on with a fat and sassy medium body that delivers the taste express mail. Boom.

Drinkability is great. This thing is p'raps describable as huge in stature before the alcohol is even considered. The consumption factor is still excellent. One glass threw me a mellowing hop glow and some warmth from the magic ingredient. The remainder of the bottle has me sitting here in bliss. In bliss, and wishing I could have done it more justice in my futile attempt to harness its attributes with words. If I had this off the tap, I would die on the spot. Wallop.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 06:11:40 | More by SupaCelt
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light orange body, slight haze. Three fingers of airy bone china colored bubbles that tops off with a level though craterous surface. Good lacing quickly evident.

Big, big, very fresh nose of citrus: orange and lemon and grapefruit, oh my ! A very inviting aroma just makes you want to dive on in.

Big first impression of the taste: juicy. It's a big splash of sweet, juicy citrus, you may swear there's pulp in your teeth. Below all the fruit there is a solid undercurrent of caramely malt foundation, before the big crash of bitter balancing hops arrive with a big SNAP! Taste slowly recedes in mix of bitter and sweet juicy fruit. Did I say this was juicy ?

Nice slick mouthfeel. 9.5% ABV ? Could have fooled me.

A pioneer in the IIPA category, it's reputation is well deserved.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 22:54:39 | More by RonfromJersey
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous orange color. Thin head with a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is almost all leafy hops... hints of cannabis leaves. There's a sweet side to it which is citrusy. The bitter rules out the sweet so it's almost definitely the ridiculous amount of hops in this (I'm not surprised... just stating...).

Big leafy taste. Sweet citrus. Very very bitter. Save me. The bitterness in this rocks me pretty hard. I'm not much of a hop head but I can definitely appreciate this great brew.

Great smooth feel. Nice dry very bitter palate that hangs around for a ridiculously long time. After a while I decided I'd had enough of the finish and drank some water and there were still faint hints of it. Wonderful. Many thanks highclassdrinker for this amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 03:43:44 | More by timtheenchanta
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unclederby

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The dreadnaught drill: 22 oz. bomber poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass...

A: Vigorous pour leaves me with a slightly cloudy amber-honey colored beer topped by a mountain of frothiness. The head soon settles to about a thin 1/4 inch, and thick sticky lacing coats the glass as i drink.

S: Wonderful bouquet of sweet, pale malts, citrus peel and abundant lupulins.

T: Sweet right up front, and it lingers for a moment. A tidalwave of intense tangerine goodness asserts itself dominately. Very nice. A bit of alcohol in the middle too. Somewhere then about now you get a dose of spicy hops, although it's not very aggressive it completes the experience and marks the finish, which is a long one...

M: Resiny and creamy, with noticeable carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. Very good.

D: I thought i could put this down easily, but it sneaks up on you. Just over halfway through my bomber i'm feeling it (but, i did precede it with a DFH 90 min.) Deceptively strong, and the bittering effect does tend to take over after awhile... probably couldn't realistically goe more than one deep given the size.

Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 02:07:26 | More by unclederby
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is a couple months old, I'd like to try it fresher sometime. Pours a peach copper color with a medium sticky off white head. Great lacing around the glass.

This beer is pungent, the aroma leaps across the room. Tons of juicy grapefruits as well as some sharp pines.

The flavor is dominated by the grapefruit and pines but the bitterness holds back. A slick buttery sensation underneath along with some green tea notes which give a bit of sweetness. Finish is dominating and the bitterness really does its thing here.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Perfect carbonation and smoothness to this beer. Unbelievably smooth and creamy for the amount of hop flavor in here. I still felt the malts were a bit weak and that's why I didn't give it a perfect score.

Quite drinkable even with the strong bitter finish. Alcohol is not too perceptible, I couldn't believe it's 9.5%. I finished this bomber a little too quickly.

A great beer and one everyone should try. I really would like to try it on tap or atleast at its freshest point. A trip to the brewpub might be in order.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 14:04:12 | More by granger10
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 3 Floyd's brewpub...

Pours a golden, reddish tan color with a small head and really nice sticky lacing.

Odor is full of hops and then some weird mango funkiness as well. My wife said she smelled peaches, like the menu insisted, but i didn't get that.

Taste was BLAM!! HOPS!!! now i got the peaches too, but mostly just a fucking celebration of hops. still somehow the hops didn't kill the beer.

Mouthfeel was prickly and very aggressive

Great drinkability. alcohol partially blunts the bitter hop punch after just a couple of swigs and the flavor is maintained so that's good all around.

yeah, i'd go for this again. i know it's in bottles so if i ever see it ill grab some.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2006 14:06:53 | More by aforbes10
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mzwolinski

California

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear copper in color, with light carbonatin and a thinnish off-white head that lingers and laces the glass. This beer is dominated by a juicy, orangey hop aroma w/ hints of pine, accompanied bysome light caramel notes struggling to make themselves noticed. Firtst thing noticed in the mouth -- wow, this is pretty damn hot in terms of the alcohol. The hops are very piney, with some sharp grapefruit character as well.
Sweetness is big also, and swells in sugary presence as the beer warms. Eventually, the alcohol cools off (though perhaps it’s just my taste buds getting numb) but never drops completely off the radar. Fairly heavy in the mouth, and the sparse carbonation doesn’t help. Overall, this is an alright beer, though it could definitely do with a little "time-out" before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 19:47:13 | More by mzwolinski
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