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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

5,035 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,035
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,767
Gots: 587 | FT: 26
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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Ratings: 5,035 | Reviews: 1,651 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Sammy, May 09, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +2%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -9.3%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.4%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  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.

metter98, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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

brentk56, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
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'.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 24, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.3%

GRG1313, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
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!!

ygtbsm94, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  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.

kylehay2004, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  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.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -15%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

oberon, Jul 15, 2005
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Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,035 ratings.