Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.73/5 rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Three Floyds Dreadnaught
Appearance: Three Floyds year-round imperial India pale ale pours a shockingly light golden/brass color that is quite at odds with most beers of this style. There is a small, one to one-and-a-half fingers of white, soapsuds head that bubbles like a hotspring, something this drinker has not beheld in any beer to date. This is curious, as there is no overly active carbonation to be seen. The head has medium to low staying power, and leaves a bit of lacing behind, but nothing to write home about. There are some alcohol legs, but with the high 9.5% ABV this is to be expected. The beer’s haziness is nice, and the color is attractive, but some more head and more staying power would be nice.
Aroma: Huge citrus notes dominate the nose: mango, peaches, pineapples, oranges, and lemons are all over this beer, but they do not entirely destroy the malt presence. There is a nice, sweet caramel backbone that complements the fruity, hop bitterness. Still, make no mistake, this beer smells to be extremely hop forward. This one is called Dreadnaught for a reason, apparently.
Taste: Fruity and palate destroying, this beer is delicious. It approaches and matches levels of bitterness akin to Stone Ruination, Founders Double Trouble, and Three Floyds’ own Arctic Panzer Wolf. It tastes of hops, hops, and more hops, along with the fruitiness alluded to in the nose, and a smooth but extremely subtle caramel malt backbone. There is more malt here than in Ruination and Arctic Panzer Wolf, but not by much. The aftertaste is bitter as Hell, too. This beer is, as the label boldly proclaims, a hop-head’s dream beer.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this goes along with the taste in being pretty much perfect. The carbonation is wonderfully middle-of-the-road: not so much that it is like champagne, but not so little that it seems flat. The feel is not overly syrupy like many other IIPAs, and goes down so smooth that the drinker will hardly notice the bottle slowly draining. Of course, at an insane 99 IBUs, this beer has plenty of astringency and it lingers like no beer that has passed these lips apart from the aptly named and frequently aforementioned Ruination.
Overall: This beer is wholly worth the hype and the current 98 it holds on Beer Advocate. This is one of the great IIPAs out there, and the fact that it is of year-round availability is wonderful. If this one is out there on your shelves, and you are a hop-head, do not hesitate any longer; pick it up now. The only real downside to the overall package is the package itself: it comes in a 22oz, which ends up being a bit daunting to take down; Dreadnaught indeed. 18/20
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2012 01:39:46 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,690 ratings.