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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

4,688 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,688
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,704
Gots: 488 | 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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jampics2

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught is one of the first beers that really made me appreciate how big can also be balanced. This is truly a beer every hop head should try once in their life, and I'm happy to have sampled it many times in the past. It's on my list of beers I'll always enjoy whenever our paths cross.

That being said, it's not the prettiest beer. Dreadnaught is a murky, orange color and is way cloudy. The head and lace are better than the color and clarity, but, then again, you didn't expect a bruiser like this to be pretty and neither did I.

The smell is hands-down the best part of the beer. Huge citrus and tropical notes jump out, spreading orange, pineapple, mango and grapefruit notes with a touch of pine thrown in. It's expressive and some sweet malt even makes itself known. The alcohol is fairly well masked, but emerges from time to time. As it warms, the tropical notes shine.

When I dig deep and objectively rate the taste, setting aside all the sentimental memories of sipping this back when 3 Floyds was in Ohio and bringing back cases from trips to the Brewery, this just isn't up there with the best DIPA's in the world. That's not to say it doesn't come close. The tropical and citrus notes from the nose carry over to the taste. The bitterness is huge without being too oily or ruinous. The thing that kills this beer's chances of a top ranking from me is the way the malt invades the tasting experience. I wish it had just a touch less caramel and sweetness, but maybe that helps hold the bitterness in check. Either way, this is good, very good, but not world-class and the bits of alcohol seal its fate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy feel from the carbonation. It's also very drinkable and overall a great beer. It's hard to take an honest look in the mirror sometimes, but finally writing my thoughts on Dreadnaught has been somewhat therapeutic. I'll always love this beer, flaws and all. Perhaps that's a part of it's charm.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 21:53:50 | More by jampics2
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Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,688 ratings.