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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,241 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4241
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 04:08:02 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:47:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 21:12:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 23:19:38 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:31:59 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 21:21:18 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 16:17:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | 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 elixer 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 shoot. Both bold and delicate, the hops show a perfumy orange zest, grapefruit, lemmon grass, and bright (light) grassy freshenss. Combined with the shadow of malts, I detect some appricots, mangos, and pineapples. The beer is mouthwatering and irresistible to the nose.

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 confectionate sweetness (powdery). Not overyly complex in flavor; the beer knows what it is, and does it extrememly 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, confectionate sweetness seemlessly disapears 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. After having this beer vs. the Pliney the Elder last night, I'm not sure how you rank these; it's splitting hairs.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 21:50:02 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 00:03:50 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 00:14:20 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 02:43:03 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 04:47:50 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a fan of Three Floyds since my taste buds first became acquainted with the flavor of Alpha King. Now, I am happy to have concluded a 22oz. server of another of their fine, over-the-top, wham-bam-thank-YOU, ma'm brews, the delicious, the delirious, the damnedfine Dreadnaught IPA.

On first cracking the crown, a heavy waft of fruit invades the atmosphere, though the bottle and glass are both held at arm's length.

Appearance: a bright, beautiful ruby red, with a good, fluffy, creamy head.

Aroma: bows to no one. Sharp pine resin, grapefruit, spruce?, tar, citrus fruit, and that's it, but that's quite an it, and IT'S in full effect, y'all.

An invasion of flavor, an armada embarking it's onslaught upon every sensory receptor open and ready to receive. Tasty fruitiness recurrs with every sip, rewarding the drinker anew, long-lasting finish, almost sticking in the throat and taking up residence permanently on the palate. Malt is nearly an even match for hops, almost, barely, but at least they provide quite sufficient ballast and body that makes this quite a drinkable brew.

Fruit factor turns a trifle sweet after a time, but hop bitterness is always at hand to combat it.

This would count among the list of beers to spoil myself to death with, if I were so inclined, and were capable of...I'll have another, and another, and a..whoops! too much! But, to quote Louis Jordan, "I'll die happy!"

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 02:06:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Grabbed a new bottle hot of the line - they seem to have updated the label. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - One finger of creamy off-white foam with solid retention and terrific lacing - just wish there was a bit more volume. The beer itself is the color of filtered apple juice - a delightful transparent bronze, with streams of tiny bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Fresh hoppy goodness - tons of pine, tropical citrus, pineapple, and mango. Good balance, with a fair amount of caramel malt as well. This is the first IPA/DIPA that has really jumped out at me since Pliny the Younger.

T - Strong hop bitterness at the top of the palate, with more sweet tropical notes at the onset. The malt is more understated in the taste, but it's still there. The citrus has more of a tangy grapefruit & lemon zestiness and less of the sweet tangerine flavors found in the smell.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation tingle on the top of the lip, but not bloaty in the finish. Lots of hoppy resin sticks around after swallowing. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - This is going down dangerously fast - but it's not quite as quaffable as PtY. There's a tiniest hint of carbonation bloat, and while well hidden the alcohol is hovering at the fringes.

This is a LOT less bitter than I remember - perhaps they've refined the recipe? I have a feeling I'll drinking plenty of this in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:37:49 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 05:30:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 21:56:04 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from joe1510, a big cheers to him, been looking forward to this one since I split a bottle with Dauss last summer!

Pours apricot with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Pineyness, leafy hops, & apricots, caramel & honey, plus biscuitty malt

T: Pineyness, honey malt, grapefruit & caramel up front. Biscuitty malt, pineapple, apricots & pears as this warms, plus some booze & grapefruit. Finishes with an aggressive grapefruit snap, some breadyness & a touch of booze & nice honey malt

MF: Big chewyness, some syruppy notes, a low but persistent carbonation & superior balance

Crazy drinkability, the ABV is well hidden, would love to drink this on regular basis. Simply one of the best, if not the best DIPAS I've ever had! I'm sure having this on draft or cask would just be a zen experience

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 04:34:35 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It's balanced wonderfully with loads of malts and hops. The hops really call out to me. I've waiting to try this beer for a long time. The taste is awesome! It's smooth and malty with a huge hop explosion. It goes down easy and finishes bitter, but with a balanced malt taste as well. It's high in alcohol, but not warm in the finish. It's huge with hops, but not overbearing. The malts are there, but the bill is not too complex. This is a beer done to perfection. The mouthfeel is great. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is the best Imperial IPA I'v ever had; period.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 00:37:39 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"IT'S NOT NORMAL"

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip glass. Jesus I can smell it already and it is several feet from my face. Beer is orangish / yellow carbonation moderate, hazy (like most DIPA) and forms a thin head of small to medium bubbles. Lacing is high.

Smells like a lot of malt, strong citrus hop aroma. This has an aggressive aroma. Really sweet smelling, no alcohol in the aroma though.

Full bodied, hops are not the first thing that I taste. There is a nice sweetness and great hop flavors in the midpalate, the back end is not as bitter as I thought. Second taste, bitterness is growing but still not as strong as I expected / wanted. I wish there was a date on the bottle but alas, I cannot find one. Overall a decent and drinable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 04:59:44 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle with me. This was beer No. 1200 for me.

Pours a slightly murky golden color with a white head. The aroma is lot of hop flavor: mango, citrus and orange. The flavor is orange and other citrus with medium bitterness. Medium-thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Definitely lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 22:02:54 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 21:57:21 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 23:27:59 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February 2004
Pours a hazy copper-orange color and is topped by a beige head that is middle of the road in thickness & creaminess. Gawd-damn, intense aromas of citrus fruit waft from my glass. Lychee, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, hop nectar, a sweetness all are here in the nose of this beer. The aroma is just amazing on this beer, I really don't think that the smell could get much better than this. This beer is quite sweet in taste. The lychee taste from the hops is quite intense & very impressive. If there was such thing as honey made from hop nectar this beer is what that would taste like. This beer does not seem nearly as bitter as the Alpha King from 3-Floyds, though this is probably because this beer has the body & malt backbone to back up the intense onslaught of fresh hop flavor & bitterness.

This beer is certainly a sipping beer, the combination of the hop intensity and the body/ mouth feel of this beer require quite contemplation of each sip. The fruitiness in this beer is what really sets it apart. It is so intensely fruity & tropical that it makes me wonder if the fruitiness is not from the hops alone, and is in fact part of the yeast character. In the end I think that 3-Floyds has just packed this puppy with fruity-citrusy hops until it is ready to burst. This is just confirmation that my first opinion of this beer was just.

Sampled August, 2003
Smells strongly fruity, comes at you with a right hook of lychee and grapefruit aromas. Nice amber gold color (with golden highlights). This beer is a very well balanced attack of American hops that hangs on a modest malt backbone. There is lots of hop flavor in this one, with lots of fruity hoppy notes. The taste is lightly sweet as well with a good amount of body to it. Overall this is a very well put together beer with a wonderful balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 16:33:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 17:38:46 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tattorso for this!

Pours orange amber with a thin head that descends to a swirl. Little lacing is left.

The smell is of citrus, pine, caramel/toffee. A hop-head's delight, with a firm, tasty malt backing. I love the smell of this one!

The taste is leafy, green hops - citrus, pine, tropical fruits. It is bitter with a rounding sweetness. Finishes a bit sticky.

It has a chewy, full body.

This is an awesome DIPA! For the style/abv, it's just about as drinkable as it comes. Keeps up the hop bitterness while being rounded by a balancing sweetness. Delicious, to say the least!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 05:04:05 | More by jwc215
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