Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.53/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
22oz. bomber served into a New Belgium globe glass. I don't know the freshness. Thanks, FernMaster's IL-resident roommate!
Pours an intense orange color, bordering on a saturated tawny shade. It is dense but not cloudy. A gentle pour yielded 1 1/2 fingers of pure, white foam. Lacing is wall-like around the glass.
The aromas are appropriately hard-hitting. Loads of lupulin make for a beer whose hop smells run the gamut from earthy to floral to tropical citrus fruits. Tangerine and pineapple play with rose petal, and there is just enough dirt/root to hold it all together. Some caramel malt opens up as the beer warms. I'd score it higher if not for the slight alcohol presence that distracted from the intensity of aroma.
Immediately I can tell that this bomber is past its peak and is in the declining stage. The intensity of flavor is not there in the maximum effect that one would desire. That isn't to say that this is disappointing, however. The hop flavors are still bright and aggressive but also well-rounded by time. The most noticeable, and pleasurable, flavor component are the citrus lupulin flavors. They hit the palate like a burst of juice. I enjoyed a similar perceived "juiciness" in Three Floyds Alpha King, but Dreadnaught takes it to another level. Mango, tangerine and occasionally pineapple flavors that taste like they were fresh-squeezed cover the whole mouth but quickly recede. An aggressively floral summer-garden thing dominates the finish; its like eating flowers in a salad if you've ever had that. There is a lot of malt sweetness, but it takes the background somehow. It never gets in the way of the real focus -- the hops. The finish isn't as bitter as I would like (again, this bottle is a bit past its prime), though the pine does open up with warmth. Everything is so well-crafted, though. The flavors are deep and in harmony with each other.
The mouthfeel is pretty light considering the amount of malt that goes into an Imperial IPA. Its thickish in ways but not sticky; it goes down smoothly. Like fruit juice. Drinkability is kind of insane for an IIPA. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. And everything about the mouthfeel and flavor profile begs for constant drinking. This bomber is going to disappear in a flash. Perhaps the beer is harsher when fresh, but at this stage the rounded flavors make for the most drinkable IIPA I've ever had.
I'd love to have this beer super fresh. In the state that I enjoyed it in, however, it is still world-class in its style. Beautiful, bright flavors working with each other make for a wonderful drink. It is only lacking in intensity on the palate. A couple of weeks longer and my score may not be as high as it is today. The price is pretty steep, but I won't comment on that until I've paid full price for a super-fresh bottle. Either way, this is a treasure of a beer. Man, I wish that I had regular access to Three Floyds in MO.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2009 21:25:17 | More by Reaper16
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