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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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Reviews: 1,666
Hads: 5,585
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 4.77%
Wants: 1,908
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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Reviews: 1,666 | Hads: 5,585
Photo of Indybeer
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Poured a deep orange, with a good head and plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral and citrus from the hops, with some malt thrown in there. Taste is more of the same. You had better be a hop lover to drink this! But there is some malt sweetness thrown in there just to confuse you. Oh so very good! Not as good as the bourbon barrel cask conditioned Dreadnaught I had a few weeks ago, but good nevertheless. (428 characters)

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

Clear, bronze-orange body, full and creamy-looking tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma is powerful! Hops, flowers, grapefruit, malt... it's sharp and dry, and has almost an ammonia tingle around the edge.

Very chewy and creamy in the mouth. It starts sweet, then it fills the mouth with buzzing hops and just the right amount of bitterness.

Taste is a huge mix. Hops... sourness... creamy sweetness... all tumbling over each other like ten Dalmatian puppies racing down a staircase. Citrus, fruit, lots of pale ale sweetness expanded but not out of balance.

An excellent "large" IPA, certainly up there with Stone and Rogue, and, like those beers, able to maintain its balance. (682 characters)

Photo of queenboadicea
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm. I've been hearing about this beer for a while now, and now I know what all the hype was about!

Pours with a beautiful firm head with nice tight bubbles. Moderate lacing. What really hits you though is the aroma of floral hops and bananna. The taste is also higly floral and fruit-driven, with an awesome moutfeel and lovely grapefruit overtones. Great hoppy finish, that lasts and lasts. A truly wonderful IPA, with a much friendlier pricetag than some of its contemporaries. (484 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!!! Lucky me! My 3rd top 50 bier to sample this afternoon! After the downpour stopped, the sun came out, and I headed out to the back deck with this bomber in tow to enjoy!!!
Oh yeah.... an orangey/amber colored bier, though a touch hazy (without any yeasties yet introduced). Head is off-white, about 1/4", and fine & creamy. A slow procession of intermittetant bubbles slowly make their way surface-ward. Lacing, too, is nice!
Aroma is a toasty/biscuity maltiness along with some citrus components....not too potent, overall, though.
Body is medium-plus, and the Naught has a velvety/smooth feel on the tongue. Gotta love it!
Taste? Well... bready/toasty malt starts off...nicely sweet, and a bit honey-ish, sort of like the Bells Two Hearted in that respect. Fruity hops start to butt in...peachy/grapefruity, even some apricot and pine-apple.... a blissful cornucopia of light fruit flavors. This is a very nice change-up over the west-coast/cascady/grapefruit-loaded hoppy IPAs!! Bring it on!! I believe this means I have sampled 48 of the current top 50!! A big time thnx to FeloniusMonk for throwing this bomber in my direction!!! Prosit!!!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of FirkinDave
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice medium head, immediatly the hops surround your senses. You could sit there for 5 minutes just enjoying the floral aroma, hops, and subtle grapefruit hints without even needing to take a sip yet. But that first sip is magnificent. Sparkles nicely on your tongue as the citrusy hops take over leaving you with a literal rush of "holy damn, this beer is perfect". The high alcohol content is hidden expertly in the flavor, and no way manifests itself in any sweetness aspect. The second sip keeps you happy with the overall complexity of flavor and aroma of this IPA. The body is a amberish gold, a little cloudy. Be warned though, this beer is about 10% alcohol. The draft kegs are consistant in flavor from keg to keg, and comes in soda pins and 1/2 barrels. If you have yet to try this on draft, FIND IT NOW before it's too late. Comperable beers:
Dogfishhead 90min IPA (893 characters)

Photo of Dantes
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint from draught. Cost: $4.50 at The Chapter House, Ithaca

Appearance: Poured a burnished, antique-gold color, with an inner glow similar to Fuller’s, but cloudier. Came with a very dense, whipped-meringue head that persisted throughout the pint.

Smell: What can I say that hasn’t already been said. The usual adjectives like piney, resinous, leafy, and hoppy fail to convey the effect achieved here. The hops are vibrant, floral, and fruity; while not letting up on pure hoppiness.

Taste: Again, the usual descriptors don't suffice. 3 Floyds has created a beer that is both strongly bitter and satisfyingly smooth and sweet; like a perfectly balanced sweet-and-sour dish. Like eating candied hops. The hops are perfectly accompanied by tastes of spicy ginger, pineapple, nectarine, roasted malt, earthiness, and lemon zest. Swallows had the mentholated after-effect of a Ricola. The flavor goes on and on, warming the mouth and stomach like an after-dinner drink, easily standing up to the strong taste of an aged Cuban cigar.

Mouthfeel: Unctuous, mouth-filling, big-bodied, and simultaneously bracing and warming. Like Icy-Hot for the mouth. On draught, this was perfectly carbonated; silky, flavorful, smooth, and cool. Super-smooth, with a buttery, caramelized feel to it, resulting in a very long, surprisingly gentle finish. The sweetness lengthens as the beer warms.

Drinkability: I don’t care what the ABV is! I'd gladly drink this beer until I dropped. Dangerously quaffable.

Dreadnaught was the designation given to the indomitable first-rate ships-of-the line in the British Navy (and later Star Trek starships) that carried 100 or more guns. Like those, this dreadnaught certainly packs a punch and fears no other IPA, imperial or otherwise. Unlike its namesake in the Royal Navy though, this is a remarkably subtle beer, an iron fist in a velvet glove. I never thought I'd contemplate giving an overall 5 to a beer before, but this might be it. I previously wrote that my "desert island" beer would be Duvel, but this has tested my loyalties. This beer was so good, it converted a few non-beer lovers right off the bat. I haven’t had the privilege of trying this in bottles yet, but you can rest assured I shall not rest until I do. And I thought that the 90-Minute IPA was impressive!

Bottom Line: Probably the best all-around beer I’ve ever had, and I’m not always an IPA lover. This one makes me a believer. (2,483 characters)

Photo of aracauna
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, I have to admit, all those people who have been trumpeting the praises of Three Floyds were right. This is an awesome beer. The aroma is very hoppy. It's what you'd get if you could crossbreed tangerines with a pine or a juniper plant. I'm also getting whiffs of balloon rubber, but that doesn't make any sense. The flavor is surprisingly well balanced. I was expecting some major hops bitterly unbalancing the beer, but the hops are nicely balanced by the thick almost chewy malt flavors. The perceived bitterness is surprisingly low with the actual flavors of the hops coming through. The malt is toasted buttered biscuits with a bit of caramel sauce and maybe a little maple syrup. The beer is sweet, but not cloying. The body is a dark amber topped by a nice too-dark-to-be-off-white head that isn't a permanent fixture, but not wimpy either. Damn this is good. (869 characters)

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

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy orangish-amber color with one finger of head. There is good head retention and lacing throughout. The smell was a burst of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and hops. The hop smell is not overwhelming at all, very nice. The taste is a near perfect blend of sweet malt and fresh hops. This one is not overboard on the hops as the "imperial" IPA label would suggest. The fruitiness can still be found in the taste too. The body is thick and almost chewy, good for an IPA. The drinkability is fairly nice for being a 9.5% brew. What a marvelous IPA! (603 characters)

Photo of BierReise
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as opened the bottle the aroma just blasted right out at me and I knew I was in for a treat. Big citrusy aroma, orange, passionfruit, grapefruit and white grapes come to mind. Beautiful almost orange color, slightly cloudy from the bottle fermentation and a frothy head yielding good retention. This is the biggest IPA I've had that wasn't from the west coast. This ale has a smooth medium bodied texture that is slightly chewy and nearly perfect. I find this similar to Moylans Double IPA and maybe even better. Flavors are grapefruit, hops and more hops with malt somewhere in the background. Only a slight bitterness in the finish. I didn't realize the abv was 9.5, and wouldn't have known it if I hadn't read it here. I didn't taste it but I certainly feel it. This is one giant IPA. If your a fan of the big west coast IPA's as I am, you will love this one! (870 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear deep gold with tan and red highlights. Substantial off-white fine head settles slowly to a 1/3" rocky complete cap.

OK, I'm four feet away from my glass and I can clearly smell the hops - Grapefruit and floral (Iris?) notes! Upon closer inspection, its even more floral - cherry blossom, touch of rose, bit of orange. Lots of raw hop aroma, but the grapefruit is dominant. Simply stunning. If the malt came through at all on the nose, it would be perfect, as it is its still a "5" easy.

Fortunately the malt is there in spades on the palate. In fact, malt is amazingly the first thing to make an impression on the palate - nice round bready malt. Tons of hop flavor, without being stewed hops - lots of pine and resin, a whole range of citrus led by grapefruit, and a touch of mint. Simply stunning.

Its incredibly long, but incredibly well-balanced - all of the elements are there to the death. Bottle-conditioned softness in the mouthfeel, but a slightly higher carbonation rate would have kept the beer from becoming a little tiring for the palate. Not even a hint of the alcohol anywhere between fridge temp and room temperature (it took me a long time to finish the bomber). Outstanding beer.

22 oz. bomber. Bottled by the brewery in Munster. (1,276 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was as surprised by this-one as a big headed guy on the label. As it says on the bottle, its not normal. It pours a cloudy amber-orange with a very nice two-inch sticky head. Lace is very well. Carbonation is good to produce soft white hang-around bubbles.The aroma is most impressive. Alot hits you from the beginning to end with a floral, citrus dose of hop. The taste, again complex. You got citrus with grapefruit at the start. Sweet, almost a wine cooler citrus taste, then a surprise hop kick all the while a nice warmth blankets it all. This is the most creamy smooth IPA i've had to date. It has a cotton soft feel but does not leave a cotton mouth. Drinkability, almost to drinkable. At 9.5abv it would be easy to get ahead of ones self. With all thats being smelled and tasted here, im good for about one 12 oz. per serving, but thats just me. (855 characters)

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

Sampled at the Map Room on the AHA National Pub Crawl.

I had this beer for the first time after a week in Seattle, hop city. After that time there, I thought I'd never taste anything as hoppy as those Seattle beers for a while.

This beer however proved that false.

The beer pours into the glass with a low rough rocky head that cements itself to the glass.

Aroma of grapefruit and grassy hops hits the consumer at a full arms length from the glass.

The flavori is caramely sweet with a large crystal and warm feel before a long and brutal hop slap. The hops combined with the toasty malt brings a lingering cinnamon spice and a final lemony hop character to the final taste. (691 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper that seems to glow on it's own. It's tan head starts out thick and creamy, then slowly shrinks down to a small, but steady cap. Tons of spiderweb-like lace cover the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is positively stunning. It's nothing less than a hop explosion right under your nose. Massive amounts of grapefruit, pine, citrus, apricot, and pineapple (yes, pineapple!) hold their own against a heavy onslaught of sweet, caramelly malt. There's a touch of breadiness as well. Raw, pungent, and perfect...

Taste: Starts off a bit sweet, then quickly erupts into a full-blown hop assault. Raw grapefruit rind, pine resin, citrus, apricot, and pineapple all take their turn in the attack. There's a flowery touch to the hops as well. This brew isn't all hops though, and the malt manages to stay afloat for the duration. There's a lingering malty sweetness that has a caramelly and bready flavor that maintains some semblance of balance. Finishes coarse and bitter with barely a hint of alcohol. Wow...just wow.

Mouthfeel: There's a slighty syrupy feel to it, that is offset a bit by the 'just right' carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter. I can 'feel' the warmth of the alcohol more than I can taste it. Adding the yeast dregs towards the end brings a bit of creaminess to an already rich brew.

Drinkability: Damn good for it's strength. It's downright scary that it's 9.5%abv, since the alcohol hides itself so well. This is one of the best examples of an Imperial/Double IPA to be found. It boldly challenges Two Hearted Ale as my favorite IPA. A wonderful example of the 'bigger is better' maxim. (1,652 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle witha cool label. Pours a beautiful clear orange with nice head and lots of lace as you drink it. Aroma is very piney hoppy and a hint of fruit, almost a little tomcat. Good bite with hops and malt up front. Actually the malt/hops blend is what makes this such a good beer. Mouthfeel is exceptional. Stays wet on the tongue. I would have guessed this would have a dry finish. It was as far from that as can be. Alchohol is there too 22 oz of 9.5% beer goes a long ways!

This is one of the best IPA's I have tried. Don't pass it up. (545 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber pours cloudy bright copper-orange color with a creamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lace in my glass. Sharp hoppy aroma of citrus and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors coats the tongue, finishes sticky and bitter yet has good malt balance, has a full thick syrupy mouthfeel, IMO a great Imperial IPA. (352 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hotstuff and I went on a tour of their brewery. For $5 you get a 12oz glass of 3 of their beers. I thought this beer was not one of their better beers. The aroma was nice enough but its taste had an overpowering after bite that I did not like. The head was almost non existent. The color was very amber brown. Hotstuff gave it a 2 rating. (338 characters)

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

From the 22 oz. bottle it pours a nice amber with a thick (1.5 fingers), white, foamy, and very persistent head which sticks to the glass throughout consumption. A wonderfully aromatic smell hits you, beginning when you open the bottle and continuing until the last drops are gone. The smells are primarily those of citrus fruits (grapefruit and oranges in particular) and flowers. Great sweet, citrusy, hoppy taste. Very smooth and highly drinkable--although one or two may be all you need. This was my first time drinking this beer and I will certainly come back for some more and it has become one of my current favorites. (625 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
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!" (1,429 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a huges foamy white head that faded quickly and left just trace amounts of lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. A wonderful aroma of hops and pine that gently gives way to some sweetnesss. A flavor of hops, malt and citrus with a touch of pine. A heavier body than most IPAs and touch sweeter. Much more balances than many of the other IPAs that hit you over the head with the hops (441 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa mamma, this is a beautiful IPA. Pours a decent head. Firey bursts of bubbles inside. Amber-colored beer. The head settles to a thin layer, completely covering the brew. Smells nicely of hops and spices. Tastes amazing. Very hoppy, of course. Tastes thick and active in my mouth. Crisp -- some apples. Very drinkable. There's a lot going on here. Wonderful beer. (366 characters)

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

Aroma is incredibly floral with hops all over. The taste begins with a bang of hoppiness but is immediately balanced by sweetness. The finish has slight notes of alcohol but still persistent hops and light malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy, very silky smooth. The drinkability is incredible but dangerous considering the ABV%.

**The more I have this, the more I realize that this is the perfect IPA, it has it all, and I've yet to have anything that rivals this beauty. I can't get enough. (507 characters)

Photo of pheurton
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i couldn't fit this big bottle in my beer cozy...j/k. pours a crystal clear deep, dark copper with a thick, thick off-white head. head retention and lacing are excellent. blasts of citrusy pine hits you in the face as your raise the glass to your lips. silky, thick, chewy mouthfeel...unbelievably smooth. massive vanilla-ish and carmel sweet malts hold up remarkably well against the onslaught of hop flavor. i emphasize flavor. hops taste like sugar-coated grapefruit drenched in pine. sweet hop flavor lasts forever. tasty, never overly bitter. ever so slightly warming, deceivingly drinkable. not too many other beers can match this one, in my book. the craftsmanship is staggering. magnificent. (699 characters)

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

Dreadnaught Imperial IPA from Three Floyds. In the brand new bomber bottle. Although I wasn’t happy about it, this beer was worth wait. This is one fine beer, by any comparison. It poured a fairly clear amber color, which was somewhat surprising, as I had expected some hazing. The head was an above average height, leveling off to a faily constant 1/8th inch coverage.

The aroma was terrific, deep, rich and very appealing. It was, to no one’s surprise, dominated by the hops, which had a piney aroma, with a crisp snap of floral scents as well.

Clearly, this is a beer that should be about the hops, and it certainly is, but this beer is much more about flavor than power. It had a rich malty base that served as a perfect accompaniment to the hops. And what hops there were: floral, piney, deep rich and complex.

The mouthfeel was not as syrupy as the other Imperial IPA’s that I’ve had, and this was the factor that set it apart from the others that I’ve had. Truly wonderful. (994 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This masterpiece pours a brilliant amber, no cloudiness here, pretty damn good clarity. A large and well-retaining head forms and stays at a quarter inch throughout consumption and also provides lacing like no other IPA I have seen. Holy happy horseshit, what an aroma! Wickedly strong hops, pine forest, pine needles, pine everything. Citrus twang is in there as well, but pine is where it's at. I would just drench a piece of cardboard in this beer and use it as an air freshener in my car instead of purchasing a pine hanger.
How splendid the syrupy and piney hops are in this brew. The palate is coated so well that it might not ever be back to it's original state. And there is definitely nothing wrong with that. How can this be so wonderful!?! Pain with my pleasure! Well it's not painful, but it's numbing. Numbing with my pleasure! lol There's definitely enough balance in there to provide some serious drinkability for such an extremely hopped brew. The alcohol is pleasantly warming and very well masked. Exceptional is an understatement for this beer. This beer is a voyage. It's like smoking a certain plant for the first time. It's rough and overwhelming, yet you're just drawn back to it with uncanny yearning for the sweet and calming aura it creates. Go buy it, go buy it now. (1,295 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the real deal. Three Floyds has a real winner with this beer. For a hophead this is a dream come true. Dreadnaught was menacing straight out of the growler with an aggressive, revearse cascading pour, exposing a foggy amber color and a puffy, cumulous head that settled into a thick slick along the top of the beer with great lace retention. On inspection from my nose the Dreadnaught revealed an intense pressure of hops. There were huge citrus aromas in the form of mango, orange and lime and notes of sour apple and cherry. Dreadnaught tickled my pallate and flowed down my throat with such ease. The hops were not at all overwhelming as there was a a fair bit of malts, which had a wonderful equilibrium between smokey undertow and candied fruits for an interseting brandy effect. Thanks to the malts there is a perfect balance in what would have been a too intense flavor.This beer kicks some serious ass! (918 characters)

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 1,666 ratings.