Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,467 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,467
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,867
Gots: 737 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001

An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

100 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,467 | Reviews: 1,687
Photo of captainkrad
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little malty for my taste, but still a solid beer.

Photo of ELS
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at a Chicago bar and three days later had a bomber that I brought back to Florida. The beer that I had on tap was delicious. You can tell how fresh it was with a strong hoppy smell and taste with the perfect malt backbone. Tasted orange and other tropical fruit and it was highly drinkable going down very smoothly for a DIPA. The bottle was different. Gone were the strong hoppy smells and flavor but the beer was still good with a bubble gum sweetness rather than the orange and tropical flavors. The bottle version may not have been as fresh and I definitely favor draught. My ratings represent an average of the two beer tastings. If I were to rate only on tap the ratings would be a quarter point higher all around.

Photo of brandonld23
2.2/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I really did not like this beer at all. It found it new home in the drain. It tasted like burnt band-aids.

Photo of dleigh
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really piny and rind-y. Almost spicy, like an amped up version of Alpha King. Love it.

Photo of simcoeluv
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap.

A very nice Imperial.

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg on @beergasm PDX

Photo of do_ob
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a light, hazy amber with a big, billowy 1.5 finger head of foam. Dense lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell isn't overwhelming, but I got pine, citrus, spice, grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Light weight, and very creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking for 9.5%. Pine and hops up front with notes of grapefruit and orange midways. Has a sweet, crisp finish with a tiny bit of malt noted. Piney/citrus aftertaste.

A very decent beer. Looks great in the glass, and is nice all around. It's very well balanced and hides the abv well (not boozy at all). To me, this is a traditional beer done correctly. While it's not my favorite IIPA, it's probably in my top 5.

For what it's worth, I have a cold coming on at the moment, but I wanted to drink this as fresh as possible. I'd like to revisit this one in the near future when my senses are at 100%.

Photo of stickydankhop
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hyped beer. There are equally better DIPA out there

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite FFF offerings! Lots of crisp citrus here! Wish it were a more regular offering!

Photo of Ironstutz
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For me the alcohol taste was too present. I love good DIPA where you can taste the hops, malt, and bitter finish but compared to many of the great ones I have had his one had too much alcohol flavor compared to those other characters. Great brew still but not quite up there with some of the other truly world class ipa

Photo of hustadaj
3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To me just an okay beer, Permanent Funeral is a much better beer, just an okay IPA.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at FFF poured into nonic pint. Peach and pine aroma with a hint of vanilla. Good hoppy finish. Very good!

Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to ARex and his wife for snagging this delicious treat.

A - An absolutely fantastic looking beer. Towering bone white head pours 2-3 fingers high with outstanding retention and lace.

S - Huge fresh orange note with edges of lemon.

T - Fantastic, juicy fresh-squeezed orange flavor with a supporting cast of of bitter wax, thyme and basil.

M - Medium-light body. Deliciously smooth.

O - A fruit-forward take on the style that is surprisingly light and refreshing.

Photo of rvajohn
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste improves as it warms up. Had on tap at 3 Floyds and recently enjoyed a bottle. Perfect beer on tap. Wish I'd let it warm up more before starting the one out of a bottle

Photo of duke692015
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer ever! Enjoyed everything about it. It's what a ipa is supposed to be.

Photo of tommy5
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked something nice for the 1900th. Did not dissapoint!!!

Photo of codydixon
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the G.O.A.T

Photo of GoTread
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top notch from the boys of Floyds.

Photo of dmgeng
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Highly rated 3-F's DIPA which I really have enjoyed in the past and just tried a fresh one giving it a review today.

A - Dark golden, pale orange color. Nice clarity and a pillow-like white head and strong lacing. Pours pretty thick for an IPA.

S - Strong orange, citrus notes mixed with a full barley tones accompanied by a nice caramel.

T - Upfront the great citrus, orange zest character is strong and then the malt and caramel washes over your palate. This beer has the biggest malt backbone you can find with 9.5% ABV and a strong hop bitterness making this a delicious beer. The finish is pretty crisp with the bitterness to match the rich maltiness. Though it isn't as rich as a barley wine or as hoppy as some DIPAs but there is great flavor.

M - High mouth-feel with higher carbonation. This beer is between a DIPA and a barley wine and is quite amazing on the palate with this combination.

Overall, an excellent take on a DIPA. The awesome orange zest flavor with the big maltiness is a great combination. I do mostly prefer the more hop flavor the better but this beer is a nice change of pace but still has tons to offer. I would strongly recommend trying a fresh one of theses and I look forward to getting another next time I visit the brewery.

Glass- Three Floyd's Pint

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.45/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

way to hop forward for my taste but very drinkable for the hop heads out there. from a bomber to a pint glass.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.28/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

I would like to make a note my beer was FRESH, only roughly 3 weeks on the bottling date.

A - 2.75 - Poured a foggy, murky, honey gold color. Formed a finger of quickly dissipating slightly off-white head. I did not see any pieces of sediment floating around or at the bottom of the glass, so, not sure what's up with the murky haziness.
S - 2.75 - A total malt bomb. Smells like an IPA that has sat for far too long. There are faint traces of peach, mango and hops in the background, but this is entirely overpowered by the intense, almost sickeningly sweet aroma of caramel and malt.
T - 1.75 - Just as bad if not worse than the aroma. This literally tasted as if you took an orange gummy candy, melted it down, mixed it with orange Triple Sec liquor, added in some caramel and called it a beer.
F - 3 - The mouthfeel for me was completely irrelevant because of the taste.
O - 2.25 - This beer absolutely did NOT do it for me. I have a HARD time believing the bottling date on this beer was accurate because it tasted OLD. If this is what the beer was actually intended to taste like, then I have no idea how its score is so high, nor how it made its way onto the BA top 250 list. Disappointing as hell.

Photo of Djohnson300
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite FFF beer.

Photo of surfcaster
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bomber in a pub glass.


Pours a clear orange with half finger head.

Nose is just awesome with mainly citrus but some tropical fruit--no pine.

Although scored 100IBUs--really not the bitter bomb I was expecting. Malts really keeps the hops in check with predominantly citrus then lighter fruit notes and great mouthfeel.

Love it.

Photo of JGam115
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orangey amber. Little booze, burnt pineapple, a little creme fresh, coconut, definitely ripe mango. Intense mango, long finish, heavy bitter

Photo of KSHunt
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy gold, nearly orange with a small pure white head

Smell: This might be my favorite smelling beer I've had recently. The resin just jumps out of the glass. Some citrus shines through after the initial hop blast.

Taste/Mouthfeel:The hops in this beer are crazy. They hammer your mouth, but it somehow finishes smooth with just slight bitterness. Excellent.

Overall: Great beer with an unbelievable smell. Will be looking for this every time that I'm within FFF's distro range.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 5,467 ratings.