Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Dantes:
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 Fullers, but cloudier. Came with a very dense, whipped-meringue head that persisted throughout the pint.
Smell: What can I say that hasnt 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 dont 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 havent 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 Ive ever had, and Im not always an IPA lover. This one makes me a believer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2003 16:19:55 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
WOOOO! Just had this right after Alpha King. I was skeptical that this would beat it but I was wrong! This is a DIPA to end all DIPA's!
A: Golden in color and very clear. Beer pours a huge head and A TON of lacing lingers on the glass after the head withdraws. Couldn't have been better.
S: Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Smell lots of lemon, orange, grapefruit, apricot and mango (emphasis on the last two). It's practically a hop feast. However, there's a subtle amount of malt in the mix - mostly caramel and amber. I can't wait to imbibe on this.
T: You can't get better than this. This blows all the other DIPA's I've had out of the water. Simply superb balance between malt and hops. Can taste lots of sweet caramel and honey in the malt. These quickly give way to the hops which taste of grapefruit, mango, orange peel and lemon. I couldn't dream of a better beer.
M: Very thick and creamy. The carbonation balances out the thickness, however.
O: Perfect DIPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 03:09:14 | More by leantom
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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