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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

4,679 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,679
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,705
Gots: 487 | 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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Spider889

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the heralded Dreadnaught. I brought this back from my second trip to Chicago, which I think yielded even better returns than my first trip (if that's possible!).

Live review from the bomber into my new Lost Abbey tulip, maybe not the ideal glass for a DIPA, but there's no way this glass is hurting either! It adds to the beauty of this beer, and does a nice snifter-like job of focusing the aroma.

First off, this is yet another beer that makes me regret what the Bros did to the structure of the review weights. This beer is a sight to behold, and deserves more than 5% of the total score.

A near crystal true amber color. The head is tall, easily reaching two to three fingers. Ivory white and thick, the head is very dense and meringue-like. Excellent retention and lots of tiny bubbles visible rising off the sides of my tulip. The lacing is also exquisite - sticking to the sides of the glass all the way down in what I like to call 3D lace - lace that actually has thickness or dimension to it.

The bottle says you can get mango from the aroma, but I don't. I can't be certain as to the true age of this bottle, but my best guess says it's approximately a month old. I do agree with the bottle descriptor that tangerine is present, and I also get some floral lemony notes and a decent dose of pine.

The taste picks back up again. This is one of the more citrusy tasting DIPA's out there, as it seems many these days smell like citrus but taste of pure pine. White grapefruit and tangerine steal the show here. Actually, fully warmed the white grapefruit is spot on - fleshy and bitter as hell, but wonderful too. The malt isn't too heavy, but it adds a dry crackery taste to the beer, and also seems to lend some sweetness.

The mouthfeel isn't nearly as highly carbonated as the beer appeared, and is quite creamy in reality. The alcohol doesn't go unnoticed, but at 9.5% you don't really feel it much by way of booziness/burning. Instead, I can physically feel the warmth of the alcohol after the first half of the bomber, which isn't a bad thing, after all.

I really enjoyed this, and would like to try it again sometime when I know that it is extremely fresh, just to see what possible improvement the hops might gain.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 06:18:40 | More by Spider889
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Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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