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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

4,649 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,649
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,702
Gots: 482 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001)
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Dantes

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4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint from draught. Cost: $4.50 at The Chapter House, Ithaca

Appearance: Poured a burnished, antique-gold color, with an inner glow similar to Fuller’s, but cloudier. Came with a very dense, whipped-meringue head that persisted throughout the pint.

Smell: What can I say that hasn’t already been said. The usual adjectives like piney, resinous, leafy, and hoppy fail to convey the effect achieved here. The hops are vibrant, floral, and fruity; while not letting up on pure hoppiness.

Taste: Again, the usual descriptors don't suffice. 3 Floyds has created a beer that is both strongly bitter and satisfyingly smooth and sweet; like a perfectly balanced sweet-and-sour dish. Like eating candied hops. The hops are perfectly accompanied by tastes of spicy ginger, pineapple, nectarine, roasted malt, earthiness, and lemon zest. Swallows had the mentholated after-effect of a Ricola. The flavor goes on and on, warming the mouth and stomach like an after-dinner drink, easily standing up to the strong taste of an aged Cuban cigar.

Mouthfeel: Unctuous, mouth-filling, big-bodied, and simultaneously bracing and warming. Like Icy-Hot for the mouth. On draught, this was perfectly carbonated; silky, flavorful, smooth, and cool. Super-smooth, with a buttery, caramelized feel to it, resulting in a very long, surprisingly gentle finish. The sweetness lengthens as the beer warms.

Drinkability: I don’t care what the ABV is! I'd gladly drink this beer until I dropped. Dangerously quaffable.

Dreadnaught was the designation given to the indomitable first-rate ships-of-the line in the British Navy (and later Star Trek starships) that carried 100 or more guns. Like those, this dreadnaught certainly packs a punch and fears no other IPA, imperial or otherwise. Unlike its namesake in the Royal Navy though, this is a remarkably subtle beer, an iron fist in a velvet glove. I never thought I'd contemplate giving an overall 5 to a beer before, but this might be it. I previously wrote that my "desert island" beer would be Duvel, but this has tested my loyalties. This beer was so good, it converted a few non-beer lovers right off the bat. I haven’t had the privilege of trying this in bottles yet, but you can rest assured I shall not rest until I do. And I thought that the 90-Minute IPA was impressive!

Bottom Line: Probably the best all-around beer I’ve ever had, and I’m not always an IPA lover. This one makes me a believer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2003 16:19:55 | More by Dantes
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Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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