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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

1,665 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,665
Hads: 5,581
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 1,907
Gots: 790 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001

An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

100 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good best bitter accompanied by some hops. Spruce, a lot of grapefuit, some citrus in a malt base. Orange colour, somewhat cloudy.
I did not get the barrage of hop wallop, it was smooth. Though bitter bitter hops. Could it be have been held too cool at the supermarket? I stored it for 3 weeks in the cellar. Its as if I am given a different beer than others. (375 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits (peach/mango) and some vanilla aromas. This smells like it could be slightly infected. Taste is of the tropical fruits, vanilla, malt, and citrus zest on the finish. Like I was sensing in the smell, there is a slightly infected taste that comes out as vanilla on this one but it surprisingly works well with the intended flavors. A medium hop bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with some nice tropical and citrus aromas and flavors. I would be interested to see how this one is without the non-intended vanilla aroma and flavor. (866 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear orange in color. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass. A few small particles are visible floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus, pine resin and tropical fruits in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite hoppy with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. There is a moderately strong amount of bitterness and some hints of caramel are noticeable from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a wonderful beer to sip and savor. It’s packed with an interesting mix of hoppy flavors but isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. (854 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my lovely fiancee for picking me up a bottle from the newest batch.

A: Dark orange that is transparent, although with some haze. Good white head that leaves behind excellent lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus and pine hops. A myriad of citrus fruits defines the aroma of this one.

T: Again, lots of hops that pack in the bitterness and sweetness. A pretty good malt base backing everything up.

M: Fairly light carbonation with a light-to-medium body.

D: Quite drinkable. Not as much to handle as something like HopSlam, but not quite as tasty either. All around, definitely one of the top five DIPA's that I've had. (627 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I know im supposed to be all drooling on the floor and stroking this brew, but it just didn't hit the spot for me like I expected it to. sometimes the hype does you in from the start. this pours a slightly hazy orange bent color, some copper hues, and a couple inches of lasting white head. the nose isn't as hoppy as I expect it to be for the style, its quite fruity up front, slightly tropical, without much bitterness at all. more English style malts in there too than I think the style warrants, which turn into a weirdly sweet finish as far as the flavor goes. the hops are big and juicy, but they aren't bitter or high alpha in the way the alpha king was (that one is definitely worth its hype!). the hops just sort of melt into the malt, which is fine and good, but in a double ipa I want them a little more pronounced than this. fuller bodied and well carbonated, but my mind has already been made up. this beer was disappointing because of all the hype, but that doesn't stop it from still being a top quality brew, it just fell short of that all time status. overall I appreciate the fruity elements and the bigger grain bill, it also hides its alcohol content expertly, but it just doesn't come out hoppy enough to fit into the style very well. (1,255 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a bubbly light beige head; retention is not great and there isn't that much lacing

Smell: Tremendous Cascade presence with a very piney resinous aroma that has citrus and mango touches as well

Taste: Starts with a sweet and piney flavor; after the swallow, some serious bitterness kicks in, with subtle hints of mango, apricot and citrus fruit; the finish has some residual sweetness to it but the bitterness wins at long last

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy; with plenty of carbonation; warming alcohol wafts up after the swallow

Drinkability: Powerful and challenging, this is one fine Imperial IPA

Thanks, alaskaiscold (672 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this in Bethlehem PA back in early January of 2009, It must have been one of the last 3 Floyd's shipped to this state because after having that bottle I wasn't able to ever find more here again. Without much knowledge of this beer I managed to get the bottle and give it good home for a little while. Eventually I opened it up and poured it for myself. This brew looked really nice, had a bright yellowish color with a light amount of haze to it. The head was creamy and thick looking, leaving a real nice lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer had a wonderful mix of tropical fruit aromas like Pineapple, Grapefruit and Lemons. The taste was also had the same flavors as it did on the nose plus the excellent addition of Pine. This beer was very refreshing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had some good carbonation to it. Overall I think that this is the IPA that changed my perception on this style. I hadn't really been a big fan of them till I had this one. This beer is great, I wanted to buy more when I was at the brewery back in April but they were sold out. Better luck next time I guess. (1,125 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An insanely delecadent IPA! At my initial thoughts, it must be extremely difficult to get that much flavor, hop bitterness, balance, and alcohol into such a smooth and easy drinking beer. But on the other hand, the taste makes me think it's effortless. This symbiotic relationship is the beauty of the beer.

The beer pours an innocent enough golden elixir with lively carbonation, a fluffy white head forms atop the beer and holds its structure without bragging too much. A nice look with good lacing, low legging... It's just a good IPA look.

Hop aromas are evident right out of the chute. Both bold and delicate, the hops show a perfumy orange zest, grapefruit, lemongrass and light, bright grassy freshness. Combined with the shadow of caramel and honey malts, the nose detects apricot, mango and pineapple. The beer is simply mouthwatering and irresistible in its overall scent.

Diving in, the flavor is a sublime blend of citrusy notes but without the acidity or earthiness that usually accompanies the hop flavor. Extremely delicate, beautiful and heavenly hop flavor never offends or reaches aggression. Malt flavor gives a great blend of caramelized barley, crispy breads, and light confectioner's powdered sweetness. Not overly complex in flavor; the beer knows what it is, and does it extremely well.

The body might be the most magical characteristic of the beer. The malt character seems extremely soft while giving a very crisp, malty creaminess up front, but the well-attenuated character gives it a dry and clean finish. The caramel, candied sweetness seamlessly disappears without any linger on the tongue; just a light citrusy hop linger that extends well into the next sip.

The beer is simply a delight. Dreadnaught is without question among the best of IPA on the market. (1,794 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma is totally dominated by floral hops of the kinds I wish we would see more of. Taste is very particular and not what I expected or what I had taste before in other Imperial IPA. Delicate floral sweet hops on top of well balance malt. Body is full and alcohol is well hidden. Not the malt and hops overpowered monster I was expecting but more of well balance and extremely enjoyable beer. (499 characters)

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having this brew several times in the past year thought I should put a rating in for this fabulous IPA. 22oz bomber pours a hazy, dark coppery color with thin white foam that left a small amount of lace. Aroma had hints of resinous pine, lush citrus fruits, and sweet malts. The carbonation is low to medium & the body is full. The taste is a balanced mouthful of a creamy, malty, sweet finish, along with an unbelievable, intense hoppy flavor and bitterness equaled by the intensity of the richness of full bodied mega malt. This definitely is one of the best IPA's I have to date. I could drink this stuff all night!! (625 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Extremely hazy burnt orange; it's very nearly opaque. The off-white head has great retention.

Smell - Grapefruit, peach, caramel apple. Gentle floral and citrus hops. Sweeter and fruitier than most DIPAs, but still pleasantly aromatic.

Taste - Evenly balanced between malts and hops. Very fruity; notes of peach, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet, biscuity malts provide a strong backbone for the floral, slightly resiny hop flavor. A large dose of bittering hops come out in the finish, balancing (but not overpowering) the fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, creamy and surprisingly gentle; soft and bubbly on the tongue.

Notes - Really nice stuff, though I prefer the drier character of West Coast IPAs. Thanks to hrking for the chance to try this. (773 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery, should be the latest batch.
Served in a 3F imperial pint glass.

Pours a glowing peachy orange, light haze due to bottle conditioning. Around one or two fingers of bubbly foam that settle to a skim in time. Lace rings the edges.

Aroma of pineapple, orange marmalade, sweet resiny hops, and pale malt. No hint of harshness, very inviting.

Hops figure big into the picture, but not to a level that rearranges your face. There's nice balance here, and a fine silky texture to the brew. A low to medium level of viscosity. The understated sweetness of the malt & sugars counter the slight astringency of the load of hops, which makes for a very pleasurable experience. ABV is imperceptible, which could be dangerous.

First thing that hits the palate are the hops, followed by burly malt with a touch of sweetness. Aftertaste is dry and resiny in the back of the throat.

This is not the intimidating hop bomb that I first pegged it as. It's an approachable Imperial IPA, that deserves it's place in the upper echelon. Also damn tasty, i'll be looking for this on tap during the summer. (1,115 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, rich orange-amber; more the former than the latter. The head is dark cream to very light tan, is large to start, eventually falls to a thin disk and leaves a decent amount of lace in fat rings and sheets.

Sweet Mother of Hops, this big DIPA smells incredible! It has one of the most intoxicating noses that I've ever had the pleasure to sniff. Needless to say, American hops are front, back, center, top and bottom. The beer smells floral, grapefruity, lemony and piney.

The flavor mirrors the aroma, which is a very good thing indeed. A tidal wave of resinous hops hits the palate with force and is sustained for the life of the mouthful... and beyond. The bittering is definitely there, but Dreadnaught (as is the case with all hoptastic beer) is more about hop flavor than about bitterness per se. Hopheads should do whatever it takes to acquire as much of this stuff as possible.

The body/mouthfeel is simply amazing. This is the thickest, heaviest, chewiest non-stout that has ever entered my mouth. Unfortunately, alcohol isn't as well-hidden as it could be. This would be slightly better beer at about 8.0%. Drinkability takes a small hit since no one will be pounding this bad boy.

Obtaining Dreadnaught was an obsession for me. Finally... finally... I was able to lay my hands on four bombers. I live about 5 hours from the brewery in Munster and am giving serious thought to spending a day resupplying when my stash runs out. The following is a paean to hops that I wrote in anticipation of this review, which is the one that earns me my BA mug.

"Ode to Hops" (with apologies to John Keats)

O leafy shape! bitter attitude! I'll leave
No Stone unturned in quest of beer
That wears its hop-like heart on sleeve,
Tho my Ruination may be near.
Bursting nose of pungent flower, citrus peel,
With bittered brightness like the sun;
We drink and swoon, my God! we feel
The power of the Dreadnaught's guns,
A Wallop to the Heart of Man.
'Hops are beauty, beauty hops-that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know'. (2,036 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dertbert for this one, again.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange color with flecks of burgandy. It had a small, off-white head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and orange. Also, a good dose of hops and a sweet kick.

T - It tasted of subtle spices. A nice bitter hop flavor. Also, a good bit of toasted malt.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent beer. Great flavor! (476 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured an extremely hazy, and nealy opaque orange. A huge white pillow like frothy head on top did not want to fade, eventually it relented leaving behing a ton of white lace dripping down the glass.

S - Hops Hops and more hops. The smell was just wonderful. Lots of citrus flavors, heavy hints at orange, pineapple and grapefruit with just the slightest hint at some sugar, very nice indeed.

M & T - Wow is all I can say about that. The bitter hops hit you up close and personal and in a big way. Sweet orange flavors gave way to a nice bitter pineapple front. Small hint at the alcohol hear and a nice dry finish. Very smooth, like silk and very easy going down. Big full flavor and feel. Very nice indeed.

D - Overall this was awesome and definatly a winner. I enjoyed every sip. I truly love big hoppy IPA and this did not let me down. I must get more as I could drink this every night. (905 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off thanks to hoppedup for sharing his bottle,pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice two finger fluffy head,aromas are straight hop all the way bigtime pine and spruce not much citrus just like an evergreen pine forest.To be expected this was totaly hop based big pine and very and I mean very resiny it made the tongue curl it was so piney and dry.One dimensional to say the least didnt pick up any malt although I know it was there,a hop bomb no doubt and very good at that. (481 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MASPuros for sending me this one.

Poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: Deep amber color, hazy, thin off-white head.

S: Tons of citrus, mostly orange. Nice piney, resinous finish. It's got my mouth watering already.

T: A burst of grapefruit and orange initially, followed by a caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Bitter, but not overly so.

M: Very smooth, great body, and perfect level of carbonation.

D: Despite the high ABV and the slight alcohol bite, this one has such great flavors that you could drink it all day. (553 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - big white creamy head that doesn't stick around for long but leaves nice lace behind. Good clarity and beautiful orange, copper color.

S - Grapefruit hop aroma, grassy, chemical/ solvent aroma (reminds me of bugspray?) and a little bit of caramel

T - begins surprisingly malty, with significant alcoholic sweetness. Develops a solid hop bitterness with some spicy notes and carbonized, burnt flavors in the finish.

M - Smooth and slightly mouth coating, a little lingering astringency.

D - Fairly drinkable for an intentionally over the top I2PA. In the end it is difficult to want more than one of these, especially when you are paying attention to the aroma (for me it really brings out some of the more undesireable aspects of American high alpha hops). (772 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

It's taken me way too long to try this brew. It pours a slightly hazed bright amber topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises honeydew, watermelon, pine, sweet caramel, and mandarin oranges. The taste starts off with a small sortie of sharp pine and mint flavor fighters, which then dovetails into a mild carpet bombing raid by slightly minty caramel bombers. The lack of hop intensity leads us to think this may be an old bottle (without dates, we'll never truly know)...or that people are imagining hops that aren't there. Still, despite this, it is a pretty nice flavor. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a dry, kinda sticky feel. Overall, a solid DIPA, not one of my favorites but one that can still hold its own against many challengers. (868 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a golden tint. There is a two finger foamy, thick off white head of which just a layer remains.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops, apricots and pineapple, quite crisp.

Taste: Very bitter but well balanced. Citrus peel bitterness with a mild sweetness. Not a lot of malt, but just enough, some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation. The finish is slick.

Overall: Very good beer. The hop profile is wonderful. Very smooth and easy to drink given the amount of hops and abv. (588 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the FFF Brewpub on 8/7/09. This was a 10 oz or so pour in a 1/2 pint glass.

Pours a beautiful clear amber, with a 1/2 finger of brite-white looking head. Retains with just the softest and creamiest look to it, that just DRENCHES the sides of the glass with super rich lacing. Such a delicate look for a such a monsterous beer. The aroma is hugely floral and piney, and just drips with lush tropical fruit notes of grapefruit, mango, and apricot. Caramel and bready malts give this a tangy edge in the nose, but man, this bouquet is all about the HOPS! Just exquisite.

The taste is quite resinous, with a sticky bitterness that hangs in the mouth, before giving way to a steady and long lingering spiciness. The hop profile is very aggressive but is still so very well balanced by toasted toffee and that same fantastic blast of tropical citrus. Finishes spicy, with a lingering warmth to it. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a more bubbly carbonation on top, and then a very oily feeling slickness underneath that keeps this moving nicely. There is some rich warmth to the body but this is drinking VERY nicely for the size of the ABV that is involved here.

This is just a classic from FFF that never gets old, no matter how many times I've had it. Huge, yet well balanced flavors, and a super slick body keep this hop-monster very drinkable. This was such a treat to enjoy on tap at the brewery. (1,422 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So today is my 2nd anniversary of being a BA member. And, it's my 100th review spectacular! I've been saving something great for it. I almost cracked my Westy 12, but decided to save it for an even better occasion, and when I can share it with someone. Got this great gem of a beer from either AgentZero or rjacklin in great trades. Poured this bottle of awesomeness into my oversized DFH snifter.

A: It loudly chugs its way out of the bottle into the glass and leaves a light but rich head on non-pour side, and big bubbles on the side I poured on. It slowly fades to look like a frost covered head that makes me want to lick it and have my tongue get stuck to it. It has a radiant golden orange red color that's pretty clear but leaves a very slight haze. Some extra sediment and haze pollutes the bottom of the bottle.

N: Nose is loaded with fresh piny and citrus hops, and I mean loaded. I think my nostrils just ripped apart full of hoppy goodness. I do get that slight musty aroma that I get from many of the extremely hoppy beers. A light sweet malt aroma makes its way piecing through the hops and adds a slight crystal caramel aroma that's pretty nice on its own. Some other noble hop goodness can be smelled, with slight grapefruit and citrus, but get light. The nose is pretty much dominated by the pine.

T: I sure hop the taste is similar... actually it starts pretty malty and sweet, very juicy and lots of caramel. I still get a load of piny hops and citrus. Man the taste is loaded with caramel and sweet caramelized brown sugar. I also get some juicy hops fruity hops in the center, with some tropical fruits and deliciousness. Some bread like qualities top off the maltiness as the hops start to take over again. Some spicey and floral hops also come through on the back end. It's like a golf course, and the front 9 is filled with some sweet caramels, brown sugars, and breaddy malts, and the back 9 kicks you in the balls with pine, citrus, juicy, spicey and floral hops. The piney hops also happen to be your golf cart so they carry you through the entire course. I don't really get much alcohol, very slight, which is great for being 9.5%.

M: Pretty rich and very sticky. It sticks all over my mouth, holding the pine and bitterness to it. Some spicey hops and light carbonation finish off the mouth.

F: Wooo, bitterness slams you on the finish. It dries off slightly but still has a slight sweetness. It's like my dessert IPA. The crazy pine and bitterness really catches up at the end. It almost makes your mouth smack itself... somehow, I didn't really think that one through. Anyways, the ridiculous hop and bitter finish really give you the feel that it dried off more than it did. It sticks around for a bit, then just waves goodbye and that's the end of it. It fades pretty well surprisingly for how bitter it is. I also detect some citrus and slight orange peel at the finish.

Final thoughts: A great IPA. It really is a dessert IPA that dominates your mouth. I really enjoy the malt quality and caramel with caramelized brown sugar. I think that is a quality of the IPA being a little older than it should be, but I'm really enjoying it. The crazy pine and citrus hops really hang around and mingle with the juicy fruity hop goodness. It must have a combination of a bunch of great hops. I probably should drink my other bottle soon, but it's soo good. I'll have to get a very fresh one and see if it changes at all, or if this one changed, or you know what I mean. It hides the alcohol very well too. Perhaps a little too sweet too. I can really enjoy a bunch of these, probably not all in a row, but eventually.

Oh yeah, HOORAY FOR 100!!! (3,677 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a deep amber with a slight haze, a decent off-white head that dissipates at a normal rate and leaves a think, even lace on the glass.

S: A great blend of hops and citrus. I was expecting a hops smell that would knock me over, but the orangey-tangerine sweetness makes the aroma very pleasing.

T: The sweetness in the smell makes you think it may be overly sweet but that is certainly not the case. Excellent heavy hops flavor as you would expect for the style with citrus and malt to balance it out. There’s almost no hint of the 9.5% ABV. The hops flavor stays in the after-taste (again, as expected) along with a bit of sweetness, which personally I haven’t found in too many beers of this style. The taste in each sip makes you crave the next.

M: Very crisp. Very smooth. Perfectly balanced. Medium-bodied. Light carbonation. VERY clean finish.

D: Since this beer has an excellent taste, hides the high ABV and is both smooth and balanced, I’m giving it a rare 5 score.

When I found out about a place around here that sold stuff from Three Floyds I went there as soon as I could in hopes that this beer would be there. When I got there, they didn’t have it, but assured me they’d be getting it. About a month later it arrived and I have to say it has lived up to all of the hype and made the wait worth while. If you have access to this beer, you owe it to yourself to at least try it and more than likely consume a great deal of it. (1,499 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to orangesol for sharing this -enjoyed from tulip poured from a bomber.

The color is golden yellow with amber tinges similar to a golden peach, the cap is pale with rocky top and tight bead. The smell has a potent hop combo with faint pineapple blending with a slight floral and citrus combo. The intense aroma carries over into the feel with a good balance of hop bitterness and resins from the oily american hop with bitterness in the high range and a good amount of malt backing with moderate carbonation and dry alcoholic finish.

The taste is herbal and grassy up front with huge tangy tropical fruit flavor and mild grapefruity acidity with a slight pineapple and orange rind element. The grassy herbal taste returns with some slightly sweet malt and mellow alcohol in the semi-dry finish. Overall a pretty great beer, seems like a classic Imperial IPA flavor with moderate alcohol and plenty of bitterness, yet the aroma and flavoring hops are not neglected at all. This is well worth enjoying if you can get some fresh. (1,038 characters)

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.