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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 4248
Reviews: 1623
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%

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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Photo of DeFaz


4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Spinoza's in Beavercreek, Ohio. The appearance is unremarkable, but with a solid head and fairly sticky lacing. The smell is tropical fruit--not as pronounced and appealing as, say, White Rajah, but still quite good. The taste consists of mango, orange, and lemon flavors, and the bitterness from the hops just isn't here--imagine, a DIPA without bitterness--instead is sweetness from the citrus hops. The mouthfeel is unusual, but not bad at all--this beer is on the thin side (it could pass for a session beer if not for the high ABV) and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a DIPA well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 22:11:43 | More by DeFaz
Photo of ebones

New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This defines the style, or what the style could be. Light bubbles. Upfront pineapple and mango pine florals balanced with caramelized citrus and butterscotch. Larger body than expected. Creamy and chewy. First rate. Almost a perfect 5, but maybe I haven't had a fiver yet?

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 23:43:17 | More by ebones
Photo of vinny21bal


4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh sweet Dreadnaught. One of my all time favorites. One of the best Double IPA's out there. The hops on this beer is amazing, especially with all the alcohol in it. They seem to be the only ones to be able to do that so well. Lots of citrus on this beer. Again you should be careful because the alcohol is high and it is easy to drink. Good mouthfeel, strong nose of citrus styled hops, the taste is really outstanding. It also is a pretty sexy color for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 06:45:16 | More by vinny21bal
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. What a kick ass place. So much good beer and food, totally worth the trip to Munster!

The half pint is an intriguing burnished gold color with a rocky head that lasts the entire glass. Huge swathes of lace coat the glass on the way down. The second the server put the glass down, I could smell hops. Huge citrus, ripe and juicy fills the nose. Lots of peach, lemon, mango, all over the place. The taste is a total sensory onslaught of hops. Lots of the aforementioned tropical flavors mixed with white grapefruit and some pine, Malt is very meek in the face if the wall of hops. The mouthfeel is quite light bodied for the weight of this beer with a luscious, very active carbonation. Huge bitterness and a boozy edge make up the stupid long finish. Mouthcoating hoppiness for hours.

Dangerously drinkable for the high abv with an incredibly hop intensity. I think this beer lives up to the hype and then some. Must try for any craft beer lover.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 01:34:06 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Brenden


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dreadnaught is clear, a bright medium orange that when held up to light shines...medium orange. On top sits a big, creamy, very light tan head (ecru?). On the glass, there's a creamy ring where it settles and some leggy patching.
Pine is first and perhaps biggest in the nose, which is also a bit sweet and lightly boozy. Pine goes green and fresh underneath after a moment. Pith and zest of citrus rind come in strongly for more bitterness, balance, and depth.
The taste of pine is foremost and strongest as well, somewhat resinous; but what would be insane bitterness is balanced nicely, rather than feeling like it's been countered. There's something buttery in with the big malts and massive hops, which end up tossing in some more citrus fruits.
The feel is as smooth as it is crisp, and creamy, with maybe even more smoothness than crispness. There's potential for the body to go this way or that. As it is, it's not dry but a touch comes in to offset the sweetness, the hop oils add depth, and the malts add substantial heft to the body.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 23:56:33 | More by Brenden
Photo of AgentMunky


4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tasting glass the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. From notes. Reviewed 1 June 2013.

A: Clear wheat color with a light head.

S: Lots of Citra hops. Fruity and grand.

T: Whoah. Astringent and great. Is it the perfect DIPA? Well, not quite but it's close. Remarkably balanced with caramel malt making more than a fleeting appearance.

M: Nice and drinkable. Dangerously so.

O: A great DIPA, but I've perhaps had better. Worth the wait, and recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 08:01:06 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Bulabeers


4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at briquettes smokehouse 6$ 12 oz pour in a glass that would best suit a homeade Jameson and ginger.
A - orange gold
S- no it's a beer and it smells of sugar sweetness and hops
T - starts out with a confusing rush of sweetness and bitterness with the hops being victorious in the end. Reminiscent of some home brews I made after only one week in the bottle. Sweet and hoppy.
M - medium carbonation not too sticky
O - a bit too sweet personally but compared to most I've had of this popular style yes it's good and I like it a whole lot and and

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 22:15:39 | More by Bulabeers
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4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy deep copper with a frothy cream head that leaves a foam ring.

Tropical fruit aroma of pineapple and mango accompany sharp grapefruit and tangerine, overwhelming a grassy, resinous character. There's just enough caramel malt sweetness to lend respite.

Muted citrus initially, the flavor becomes more pronounced sharp citrus, turning slightly sweet and caramelly, with a resiny, slightly bitter finish. The balance is toward flavoring hops, with enough bitterness to counter the malt sweetness, but not overwhelm. Hints of onion and fresh cut grass surface as it warms.

Body is moderate and smooth, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Great combination of malt, flavoring, and bittering hops. Fairly balanced in extremes, but with very complex hop flavoring.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2013 04:04:55 | More by barczar
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3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper-gold color with orange and yellow hues. Thin head with short retention. Beer showed a chill haze.

Light citrus, apricot, mango and pine notes. white flowers.

Malt tones offset by the hops. Citrus, floral, pineapple, pine and resin.

Very dry, medium-bodied beer (despite the alcohol level). The hops seemed to lean hard on the bittering side of the equation, to the point of being overly so. Alcohol was well balanced as a result.

Seems a beer that is kind-of in-between, without really taking a position.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 05:44:22 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Alextricity


4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Kuma's Corner in Chicago. $10 for a pint.

Appearance: A very cloudy yellow color with two fingers worth of a fairly creamy head. Lacing is here-and-there, but overall, it looks excellent in the glass.

Smell: Hm. Not bad at ALL, but not as fantastic as I was expecting, given other reviews. The peach/guava/tropical fruit are definitely there, but not in as big of a way that I wanted.

Taste/feel: Man... I love the assertive bitterness of this beer. I really, really do. The same fruit in the aroma comes in the beginning of each sip and offers the taste buds a lot of sweetness. The taste of Dreadnaught is what I wanted in the aroma, if you get me. Next is a split second of grassy/piney sorts of hops before finally just going away, leaving a lingering bitterness and warmth at the back of the throat that makes you desperately want another sip to wash that slight warmth/burn away... but then it comes back. So you sip again. And again. And again... Keep in mind that I find that to be a good thing. That's not a con.

My score may not really show it, but I was slightly disappointed with Dreadnaught, despite the fact that I still liked it. A lot. I'd be curious to see what this tastes like out of a bottle to compare. This beer is worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 05:49:59 | More by Alextricity
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Great lacing. Orange with a slight green tint. Very seductive in a goblet.

Smell: Green apple, orange rind, and caramel. I really love/didn't expect the apple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially some bitter orange peel and pineapple-like hops. Finishes with green apply, burnt caramel, and smoky tobacco. Superb. Extremely rare for me to give a 5 in the flavor department...but here you go. The apple also makes the feel crisp and clean, but there is plenty of alcohol and body.

Overall Drinkability: One of my new favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 02:28:01 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of jmarsh123


4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with some copper hues. Big fluffy white head dissolving into a ring around the edges. Good lacing down the glass.

Aroma is typical FFF. Bold and hoppy. Mostly citrus and tropical fruits with a little bit of caramel sweetness and a tinge of grapefruit.

Similar flavors to the aroma. More soft citrus and tropical fruits than anything else. There is also a bit more sweet bready malt than I'm used to in the style. Good, but could use some resiny or grapefruit flavors to provide more bitterness.

Very creamy mouthfeel with carbonation levels a shade below medium. Works very well with the flavor profile.

Highly drinkable for a high ABV beer and very good. I still prefer APW any day to this, but still top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 17:36:51 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of coldriver


4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on tap at Three Floyds on September 7. Served with a decent head and deep amber color. Aroma is typical Three Floyds Citra overload fantastic with plenty of grapefruit, lemon, and mango. Taste is delicious with plenty of bitter citrus flavor to keep the sweetness of the malt in check. Alcohol is well hidden. Juicy mouthfeel is smooth despite the bitterness with drying on the finish. I love this DIPA from Three Floyds - especially nice to try it at the brewpub!

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 04:30:57 | More by coldriver
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

Golden with great clarity. A solid hop aroma with toasted malt in the background. The flavor follows with a mix of citrusy bitterness, tropical fruit flavors, toasted malt and a nipping alcohol. It's very creamy and has a nice, subtle carbonation.

This is a big and flavorful beer that has a real west coast quality but is a lot more balanced than I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 09:21:33 | More by GJ40
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Yukon (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bavarian Lodge in a 12 oz snifter.

A- poured a light golden with a 1 finger white head. Lacing covers the edges of the glass.

S- caramel, citrus and pine.

T- sweet caramel, some citrus notes, and a big pine bitterness punch.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a great creamy and smooth feel.

O- nice dipa with good amount of citrus and pine notes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 02:30:14 | More by kawilliams81
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy summer gold with a nicely frothy white head. Lots of pine all over the nose. Maybe a bit of pineapple somewhere, but that's all I really discerned from the aroma, albeit extremely nice and refreshing. Sweet and juicy forefront with lots of pine, like eating a pine cone. Very bitter and kind of harsh in the finish with a strong whiff of alcohol. Medium/light body with ample carbonation. Not a bad DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 02:56:53 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of DNICE555


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge. I had the zombie dust before this one. I think the zombie dust is actually hoppier. This is still an amazing double ipa. FFF does amazing work. I had this in a bottle before but it's so nice to try on tap. If I could only drink from one brewery for the rest of my life it'd be FFF.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 11:37:43 | More by DNICE555
Photo of DocJitsu


4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous clear copper golden color with a signature white head that is continuously fed by carbonation from the bottom. Amarillo hops dominate the bouquet. The hops in the flavor are perfectly balanced with the grain. This might be the perfect beer. Of course, you throw Amarillo on dog excrement and you're bound to have something that tastes at least passable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 20:08:09 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of birchstick


4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker pale yellow / golden yellow. Nose is full of fruity mangos and tropical notes with a bit of citrus. Taste starts off with sweet citrus with some caramel malt. These are quickly overtaken by a load of tropical citrus flavors. Finishes with a lingering tropical bitterness with a touch of caramel. Really nice DIPA here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 01:55:45 | More by birchstick
Photo of Homebrew35


4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:
Served in a half pint glass at the brewery.
One finger of white frothy head, hazy pale to golden body. Good lacing and ok retention.

Smell of citrus, light pine and tropical fruit. Not as big as hoped but good.

Tastes of big citrus and piney hops. Some sweetness mid palate mixed with some earthy hops. Very firm bitterness and powdery dry finish. Alcohol is slightly noticeable but dosent detract in any way.

Medium thin bodied and medium carbonation keep it fairly drinkable. The bitter dry finish fits the style but not my likes.

Overall this is tasty and good but not great. I could only take one serving of this at a time. The smell and tastes are great but I'd like a bit more in the nose and a bit more body and sweetness. This has the FFF hop profile like most of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 16:25:46 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of Docrock


4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at 3F, served in Half Pint glass..

A- Light Amber in color, beautiful 1-1/2" head that seemed to last forever. Slight lacing

S- Hops hit you right away, plenty of citrus, maybe a touch of peach and pine as well.

T- Smooth with a perfect hop balance. The citrus and and Pine are strong but not overpowering, slight caramel at finish.

M- Really drinkable for such a high alcohol brew, Carbonation was excellent.

O- Wow, don't know how I have missed this beer in the past. Almost right in my backyard. Don't know how many have had this and Pliny the Younger, but I'll take Dreadnaught anyday. Now to try and find in bottles. I kept putting my sandwich down to take another drink, it's that good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 04:40:37 | More by Docrock
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4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes - had on tap at FFF and bottled.

A - deep orange large head, great lacing.

S - huge hop aroma - mango, pineapple, citrus - fantastic.

T - follows the smell. Hops, hops and more hops with enough malt to make this as balanced an IIPA as I've had.

M - medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Incredible. Has to be among the best of the best. Hop lovers should seek this out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 16:55:44 | More by AnnArborJoe
Photo of jegross2


4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. This imperial IPA is highly sought after by beer geeks and is universally hailed as one of America's top beer by most beer connoisseurs. I am lucky enough, living in both Wisconsin and Illinois, to be within Three Floyds' distribution network, so Dreadnaught is an off the shelf gem that I have regular and convenient access too.
Score: 95

10 oz tap pour from a two week old keg at Brickhouse BBQ, served in a globe-like glass and enjoyed 01/24/12. Sadly, the KBS tap ran dry 10 mins before I arrived for dinner -- less than 24 hours after tipping the BA universe about the special tapping.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange color served with a thin layer of slightly off-white head that settles into a thin ring around the glass. Amazing lacing -- large sheets of frothy white head stick like crazy to all sides of the glass. 5/5

Smell. Sweet pine sap and sharp grapefruit and tropical hops mixed with light notes of sweet malt in the back. Astringent hoppiness. 4/5

Taste: Absolute hopbomb! Flavor is a sharp blast of tropical citrus hoppiness -- lots of astringent/zesty orange, pine, grapefruit, pineapple and mango -- followed by a lingering piney bitterness (that is much more mild compared to the upfront explosion of bitter flavor) for the finish. A light, sweet caramel backbone balances out the hoppiness a touch. The flavor experience of this beer reminds me of the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It shoots you out of the gate with citrus hoppiness, rocketing from 0-120 miles per hour in mere seconds, shoots you up some 400 feet, and then sends you plummeting back down to earth with some lingering adrenaline (here, the mild piney bitterness). The flavors, like the Top Thrill Dragster, are not very complex, but the whole experience is nonetheless incredibly delicious. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Near perfect imperial IPA mouthfeel. Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Very oily, slight mouthwatering mouthfeel. Finish is bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: Enjoy this one fresh, and boy will you enjoy it.

Recommendation: Hops haters and casual beer drinkers should avoid this aggressive imperial IPA, but boy should hop heads seek this one out.

Pairings: The beef chili, with a little added hot sauce, at the Brickhouse BBQ.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle or $6.50 for a 10 oz pour.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 18:19:13 | More by jegross2
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Beer is light amber with a small white head. Lots of lacing.

The most immediate smell is pine. Accompanied also by lots of citrus (grapefruit in particular) and caramel malt. Caramel is surprisingly strong, though by no means overtaking the very nice pine scents.

As for taste, beer is quite bitter, with lots of grapefruit, pine and soapy flavours. The caramel malt is prominent and provides a very nice background for the effects of the hops. More pine than citrus, but both are present. The bitterness is well-integrated, flavourful rather than simply bitter.

Strong carbonation, medium body.

Overall, very enjoyable. A really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 23:12:17 | More by jrenihan
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber with yellow hues. 3 finger frothy off white head with a nice amount of lacing but not much retention

S: perfect mix of citrus and floral hops. My wife doesn't drink beer but she kept asking to smell this one. The malt is intermixed but the dominating aromas are all you care to acknowledge.

T: a nicely formulated interplay between sweet caramel with citrus nd piney hops. The alcohol content is well hidden. The hop character is complex and memorable.

M: creamy for an IPA. Moderate to high carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: this is a very nice DIPA. Not perfect in the taste but very close. The aroma is impressive and te mouthfeel unique.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 16:49:59 | More by kylehay2004
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Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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