Dreadnaught is one of my top 3 IIPA's. I've brewed 2 batches of a recipe I formulated that was VERY similar to this.
The only differences were that I:
- used equal amounts of Melonoidin and Crystal 10L (about 4-5% of the total grain bill each)
- mashed at 156F
- and my hops were much different (Warrior, Columbus, Citra (BK & DH), Cascade (BK & DH), to the tune of 166 IBU )
- used WLP007 with a starter
I calculated 8.7%ABV, but I think it was a bit higher than that. It was on the sweet side, which I actually really liked, but I may try a lower mash temp next time, and maybe some sugar to dry it out more and see how it compares.
The SRM was probably around 7-9 I think, aroma was awesome, the mouth feel had a really nice body, and the taste was amazing. This brew is a few of my friends favorite IIPA, and mine as well.
I A/B'd this with Dreadnaught, and it was very close. Dreadnaught won on Appearance and Taste (barely), but this brew won on Aroma, and Mouthfeel.