Friday, November 5, 2010

Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA

The last of the 3 Three Floyds beers sent to me by in a trade. This is another imperial IPA, but more of a traditional entry in the style compared to the Apocalypse Cow. Chad "BrewAthlon" joins me for his first formal beer review in a while. He's a hophead too, so you'll get to hear TWO lovers of the hops review this beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Split a 22oz bomber with a friend (sent to me from "Fanbrew" in Indiana)

Appearance: Pure orange. Mostly clear with a slight hop haze. Little, yellow, frothy head. Great lacing, though. Not very bubbly (surprisingly).

Aroma: more like tropical fruit juice than beer. The bottle is right on - mango, peach and citrus notes with some flowery, perfume-like scent. Very enticing.

Taste: Just like the nose it’s tropical fruit and citrus with a bold, bitter finish. Hops pack a punch here making for a wicked robust palate. Bitterness takes some getting used to, though.

Mouthfeel: For such a strong beer it’s a little thinner that I’d expect. Thankfully it doesn’t tear up my tongue while it’s in my mouth (the hops do that afterwards, though).

Drinkability: Starts off quite juice-like and refreshing, but becomes drier and bitterer with each sip. Thankfully the 9.5% ABV is well used as there is no heat or warmth to the beer and it goes down smooth. Still, this beer might be a little too bitter for its own good.

Overall: Reminds me of Bell’s Hopslam sans honey. I really love the juicy taste but the bitterness is hard to handle on its own. There’s no way I’d be able to drink a bottle of this by myself without some super spicy wings. So close to a perfect beer!

Grade: 9/10

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