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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,892 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,741
Gots: 551 | 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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4/5  rDev -9.5%

emottram, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

bigbluebeerguy, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

MeganLiedtke, Jul 12, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Poured into a 3Floyds Teku, a head with tiny white bubbles rose less than 2 fingers tall on top of the golden orange beer. As the foam slowly fell it left a lacing nearly the same hight as the poured head. The beer showed a hint of haze, but otherwise clear enough to see your digits distincly on the other side of the glass.

S: Over rippened strawberrys and blueberrys very promenant and lasting. Floral peach and pine hop flavors are also distinctly detected. Malts are hard to detect or distinguish from the dominant hop nose, but something similar to buttered bread there. Alcohol is detected in the nose but not unenjoyable.

T: Bittering hops start off the beer flavor with a powerful citrus and pine flavor. Those same flavors linger on the pallet after a few sips but with more of a grassy flavor then at first. The malt flavor has a cracker, bread like flavor, not sweet since its being crushed by the bitterness, but the flavor non the less. Clean / neutral yeast not adding much that I can tell.

M: Very dry finish leaving a prickly tounge sensation. A mild amount of carbonation and just a hint of alcohol warming.

O: A very aromatic (when fresh), flavorful and clean tasting Imp IPA. Up there with the best of em!

guityler83, Jul 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

planbee, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

LincolnHawk, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

drbenzo, Jul 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

BillRoth, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly murky orange hue with with a moderate effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a good amount of tropical fruit character. I love these super fruity IPAs.

Taste: sweet and fruity, just like the aroma. The exact fruits are a bit nondescript; mango, maybe, and some pear? Whatever it is, it is smooth and tasty. There is a bit of a bite to the bitterness, but that's welcome after all the smooth sweetness.

Mouthfeel: extremely smooth and creamy for an IPA, with a medium-thick body and a great, well-integrated carbonation. Love it.

Overall: this beer is extremely well put-together; it's balanced, tasty, and astonishingly drinkable for a 9.5% brew. Kudos.

flagmantho, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

drebrew, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Zbeetleman, Jul 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Nadlerjordan, Jul 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

NKS, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

johnsonni, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

wildcats10, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of TCMike
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger, off-white head. The beer color is medium gold.

The aroma was of citrus hops, light malt.

The taste was similar, but had a slight pine note, and sweetness. It is medium bodied, and has medium carbonation.

Very good for the style.

TCMike, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

MCMASTERSANCHEZ, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

MarvinSnyder, Jul 08, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

Alextricity, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Alpar, Jul 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

AirborneBeer, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

InfragilisBrew, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Benjiehorn, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

BullBearHawk, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

ToddHolder, Jul 07, 2013
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,892 ratings.