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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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1,675 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 5,673
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 1,924
Gots: 827 | 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: 1,675 | Hads: 5,673
Photo of KSHunt
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy gold, nearly orange with a small pure white head

Smell: This might be my favorite smelling beer I've had recently. The resin just jumps out of the glass. Some citrus shines through after the initial hop blast.

Taste/Mouthfeel:The hops in this beer are crazy. They hammer your mouth, but it somehow finishes smooth with just slight bitterness. Excellent.

Overall: Great beer with an unbelievable smell. Will be looking for this every time that I'm within FFF's distro range.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. 1 pint 6 fl oz.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a Guinness goblet. Expectations are sky high; this is currently #123 on the top 250.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 finger wide. White colour. Nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness. Good even consistency. Nice complexion.

BODY: Clear translucent copper. Vibrant and appealing. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Retention is above average - about 4 minutes. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

AROMA: A well-balanced blend of citrus, subtle pine, juicy fruit, mango, passionfruit, pale malts, clean barley, and prominent peach. Seems impeccable, though it could be fresher, juicier, and even more appealing.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

The bursts of fruit are fantastic.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Mango, peach, pale malts, floral hops, faint pine, vague citrus, and juicy fruit. The balance is what stands out. Good depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Complex enough, with adequate subtlety and nuance. But it's not unique or special, and doesn't stand out. I do quite like it. But the rindy hop bitterness gets through the pale malt sweetness far more than it should, turning me off to the brew. And I'd prefer it didn't venture into tropical hop territory to the extent that it does.

Clean, with no off-notes, yeast character, or alcohol detectable.

TEXTURE: Subtly dry but wet enough to refresh, smooth, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, juicy, refreshing, and aptly thick. Complements the taste quite well, but doesn't quite elevate the beer. Presence on the palate is nice, but could be better.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable. I do like it, but the hop profile isn't ideal for my tastes. I'd like more of an oily resinous build with less peach. I've certainly had better, but it's a lovely offering in the style. I'd certainly pick it up again if I saw it on-shelves. Not a world class offering by any means, and certainly not the 123rd best beer out there, but enjoyable and worth trying.

High C+

10.12.15: 2nd impressions from a bottle in Indiana below. This is now #106 in the top 250.

BOTTLE: 650ml. Flashy loud label art. Purchased at 3 Floyds two days ago. Bottled 10-05-2015.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label.

APPEARANCE: Head is about 3-4 inches wide, with an off-white colour. Average characteristics. Fluffy. Recedes within 3 minutes. Body is a copper of average vibrance. Has a generic look for its style.

AROMA: Way too much caramalt/caramel sweetness. Hop profile is sticky and oily, with notes of new world tropical fruits like mango, as well as rindy bitterness. That said, none of the muted hop notes are vivid or expressive. This suggests a shallow beer which lacks intricacy and subtlety.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Heavy on the palate, with a filling coating syrupy feel that covers its booziness but is somewhat off-putting especially combined with the overly malty saccharine build. I taste more malts than hops - and this bottle is a week old. Lacks any vivid, deep, or expressive hop notes whatsoever, opting instead for surface level mango, melon rind, and shallow floral notes. In spite of the syrupy caramalt and pale malt backbone, some imbalanced hop bitterness is still present in the third act, scratching and attacking the palate to ill effect.

Poorly constructed, though it does boast decent cohesion. I like this even less than the first time I had it. Neither gestalt nor intricate.

OVERALL: Its goopy syrupy feel and overmalted build make it a beer I find tough to enjoy. The hop profile is lackluster and drinkability is low. I remain confused about this beer's popularity, but maybe it's just personal taste. In any case, I won't be buying it again.

Low C-

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Photo of headhunter1898
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Format: 22oz Bottle, poured in pint glass. Decent, but small head.

Appearance: Mild yellow, unfiltered glow. Very appealing.

Aroma: Strong/intense citra aroma that makes you want to just smell the beer forever, rather than drink it.

Taste: Big malt flavor with well ballanced bitterness and a crisp finish.

Aftertaste: Citrus aftertased with a mild earthy note.

Mouth feel: Very smooth.

Overall: Excellent Imperial IPA.

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

22oz bomber - super fresh (bottled 10 days ago)

A - light golden amber with a thin head and heavy lacing
S - big hops but more pine and less citrus than I was expecting
T - Solid sweetness from the malt with a big wave of citrus and pine hop over the top
M - Just right - good body with a tight astringent bitter finish

O - very, very good, but somehow not the mind blowing experience I was hoping for.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank over 30-45 minutes

A: 2/3 - golden-orange coloration, low clarity (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white frothy head settles into a glass lacing with carbonation lakes, small tight white bubbles emerging off the bottom of the glass, medium-to-large alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - moderate-to-large hop aroma - citrus, grapefruit, peach, mango and pine/resin; moderate bready/biscuity malt and alcohol aromas

T: 14/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is an aggressive slap of bitterness that is slow to abate; this is eventually followed by citrus and tropical fruit flavors in the middle of the flavor profile; on the back end, there is a moderate malt sweetness and alcohol; however, the finish is generally dry

M: 4/5 - thick, chewy body with hop oils and alcohol; moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - very good-to-excellent DIPA that finds slight flavoring towards citrus and tropical fruit hops - would guess that there is a heavy hand of both Centennial and Simcoe here - but with some balancing but still on the hop end; nice pick-up for $10/bomber but definitely not a 98 for me

TOTAL - 38/50

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Photo of UriaHeep
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Rich and thick mouthfeel, drinks like a port wine. Carmel, marmalade, and almost a burnt toast flavor. Interesting and complex, but not something I would finish a bottle alone. Good beer to end the night on.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APpearance wise the beer is flawless, beer is a clear gold with 3 fingers of off white, frothy head that retains well, thanks in part to a steady stream of small bubbles consistently rising to the surface of the beer reinforcing the enormous head. Aroma is off the hook, tons of fruit and floral hops. Taste is like a mild version of the aroma, but with a nice dose of malt in the background, texture is very juicy and creamy on the finish.
Another excellent imperial IPA from FFF

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Photo of delta490
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a deep gold, slightly cloudy, with about two fingers of creamy white head, which lingered quite a while and left nice lacing. Aroma is a nice, big nose of hops; noted the peach. Taste is a nice blend of the malt sweetness and hops, again with notes of peach. Moderately carbonated, but too much so. A nice, full, mouth feel and a good drink for its big ABV.

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Photo of Resuin
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a willibecher. This was bottled 8/27/14. Review #250 for me.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber and leaves a finger of fairly dense, slightly off white head. Fairly deep in color. (4.25)

Smell: Resin, pine, mango, caramel, hint of peach. Nice balance between the sweet malts and the hops. (4.25)

Taste: Resin, mango, peach, grapefruit, honey, light caramel malts on the back end. Matches the smell well, but the hops come through a lot stronger. Amazingly smooth taste, and the hops shine. (4.6)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes just a tad bitter, which is really nice for such a big ipa. (4.5)

Overall: From the smell, this seemed to be a fairly balanced IPA, but with the taste the hops definitely take over, with the malt sweetness in the backseat. Really smooth, well integrated flavor profile and this drinks like a smaller ABV IPA, but with so much flavor, which is impressive. (4.5)

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Photo of imscotty
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours with a light white frothy head that dies back very slowly. Sheets of lacing coat the sides of the glass and last and last. The beer has a pleasing rich amber color that is slightly hazy.

S: The citrus flavors are overwhelming in the smell. Very pleasant and clean smelling. Lemon, grapefruit are dominant with malt, pine, and hay in the background.

T: This beer has a great balance between sweet malt and hoppy bitterness. At first the sweet malt with a slight hoppy bitterness wash over the tongue. The citrus flavors are certainly evident, but piney, hay flavors are more in force here than they were in the smell. The finish is slightly bitter, but with a bit of the sweet malt flavors hang in in there too. An amazing balancing act between the flavors keep you wanting more. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: This is a terrific IPA by Three Floyds.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this twice at bottle shares, both a month or so old. I think it is a very balanced beer, little heavy on the malt, but the hops balance it out well

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8%

As you pour you can smell the bready malt and fruity, citrusy hops. It pours hazy amber with a 1” finely bubbled foam cap. This medium full bodied beer exhibits very fine soft carbonation that produces an exceptional creaminess that leaves thick lace. The surprisingly smooth palate starts with a creamy malty sweetness and then some yeast driven light fruits play with the tropical citrusy hop fruits and then the flavors dissolve into a prolonged citrus rind grapefruit bitterness that lingers. The brewer achieves a perfect balance between the big alcohol and the layers of malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.4/5  rDev 0%

From notes on 1/17/14

Nice hazy orange color. Big white fluffy head. Very pretty looking. Not much hop aroma. Mostly an earthy smell. Pretty different smell compared to other doubles I've had. Flavor is bitter at first, earthy, then hoppy. Some caramel flavors. Very well balanced beer. I’m more of a hop forward type of person, but this one is still great. Similar in style to 90 minute, but way better. Easily most balanced imperial IPA I've had.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from 2-oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - The color of this beer reminds me of honey. A medium white head forms on top.

S - Lots of orange citrus aromas. Hemp, pine, garden herbs, and earthiness sneak in to lesser extents.

T - The hops in this beer are both incredibly robust and unique. Like the nose, orange, pine, grapefruit rind, and earthiness wallop the palate in droves. A touch of onion dankness is detected over the graham cracker malt. The finish is delightfully bitter and fairly sweet, with a hint of grain alcohol.

M -Medium to heavy bodied with a appropriate carbonation.

O - Three Floyds beers always have a fairly unparalleled hop profile that features both citrusy and earthy notes in abundance, and this DIPA is no exception. Not my favorite for the style by a long shot, but it is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Many thanks, Darren!

A: Opaque golden. An off-white 2 finger head that was slow to settle. Curtainy lacing.

S: Hop city! Grass hops intermingled with grainy malts. You can smell the hops a foot from the bottle.

T: Juicy, fruity. Citrus heaven. A terrific balance between piney hops and subtle malts. So smooth and creamy. The more you drink, the more you want. Zombie Dust's big brother.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: One of the best DIPA's out there. So glad to finally climb aboard the Dreadnaught. Highly recommended.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

WOOOO! Just had this right after Alpha King. I was skeptical that this would beat it but I was wrong! This is a DIPA to end all DIPA's!

A: Golden in color and very clear. Beer pours a huge head and A TON of lacing lingers on the glass after the head withdraws. Couldn't have been better.

S: Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Smell lots of lemon, orange, grapefruit, apricot and mango (emphasis on the last two). It's practically a hop feast. However, there's a subtle amount of malt in the mix - mostly caramel and amber. I can't wait to imbibe on this.

T: You can't get better than this. This blows all the other DIPA's I've had out of the water. Simply superb balance between malt and hops. Can taste lots of sweet caramel and honey in the malt. These quickly give way to the hops which taste of grapefruit, mango, orange peel and lemon. I couldn't dream of a better beer.

M: Very thick and creamy. The carbonation balances out the thickness, however.

O: Perfect DIPA.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into wine glass.

A - Beautiful honey orange gold color. About 2 and a half fingers of bright white head. Looks quite lovely.

S - Big blast of apricot, mango, peach, green apple, orange, grapefruit, dankness. A small bit of pine gets through, especially as it warms.

T - Same as the aroma but amplified in intensity. A lot of malt plays in this brew. Caramel and honey come through in the malts as well. Very delectable and fairly bitter DIPA!

M - Fairly medium bodied leaning towards heavier due to the malt bill. I usually don't like malt forward IPAs, but it seems to work very well in this one. The magnitude of the hops seems to balance it out better than I would expect.

O - This beer was about as close to an amped up Zombie Dust as I had at FFF. I tried a couple ounces on tap and it was just as good. Three Floyds knows hops.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a medium-dark gold/orange colour with a nice fluffy head and lots of legging.

Smells like sticky-sweet fruit juice, with lots of tangerine, some mango, pineapple, and maybe even a pinch of banana? This one is hard to pick out, but the sweet malty backbone makes this smell like an earthy, fruity candle -- apart from a bit of alcohol sneaking through.

Taste is pretty much on par with the smell, but has some more complex earthy bitter hop and malt notes playing off all the sticky, oily citrus and caramel malt flavours.

The feel is medium-thick with a slight warmth and dryness from the high ABV. Though personally the alcohol and dryness seem to be a tiny bit overpowering at times, there is more than enough spectacular flavour packed in to compensate. Overall, definitely world class.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big copper body, with haziness, and a big fat head that slowly bubbles into a thin layer up top. Massive lacing paints the glass drink by drink.

S - The main hit is grapefruit, primarily zest, with a snappy pine line and hints of mango and lemon and tangerine, and slight hints of wilder hop elements, but nothing that makes this smell like anything but deliciousness.

T - The sweetness of malt is present from the start, as a firm backbone over which pine and citrus play a complicated dance. The middle comes with more fruit elements, fleshy grapefruit and subtle acidity. The close comes with bright but undeniable bitter notes, grapefruit pith, but mingled with subtle malt sweetness, that mitigates what could have been a much more wicked bite, all told.

M - Crisp and clean, with some drying, but surprisingly reasonable given the bursting hop throughout.

O - This is a rock solid, top notch, take no prisoners IPA that still manages to offer enough of a backbone that the fruit flavors sing of flesh, not the white pith that often dominates brews on the cusp of 100 IBU. One of the bombers from 3F worth every penny.

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Photo of mabermud
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A - Fine, white, sticky head. Clingy and leggy. The body is deep golden/orange.
S - Hoppy, sweet orange zest, some pine, and dank. Smells great.
T - Same as above. Sweet. World-Class.
M - Solid
O - This is a very well-balanced double IPA that blasts your taste senses. A very, very, very good offering from 3 F's. I wish I could easily obtain this in Washington State...

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Photo of ESkirv
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a nice rich Longhorn orange with a creamy head that laced the glass...very tasty appearance. I was highly impressed by this beer's aroma...it was your typical piney-tropical profile but the medley here: mango & papaya & fresh pine really sang. The taste & mouthfeel weren't quite as immaculate as the smell but still lived up to the FFF standards one would expect. The peachy papaya flavor worked with the hoppy body, and the smoothness made the bomber an easy pleasant drinker.

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Photo of fcbrew
3.44/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A respectable IPA. However, as with other Three Floyds beers on this board, it is highly overrated. I suspect that because it is only available in a limited area with little real competition, local reviewers simply have little to compare Three Floyds beers with.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber color, dark orange.

S-Faint scents of grapefruit, pine, citrus and some hoppiness.

T-Very drinkable for everything that's going on, not as much hops as I was expecting. Definitely orange and grapefruits.

M-Almost full-bodied but still medium. Once again goes down very easy for this beer.

O-I really loved this beer, possibly more than the Zombie Dust Bottles I have tried (on-tap is a different story). Really want to get my hands on a couple more of these.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled mid-May 2014, poured into a teku

A: glowing, cloudy orange with a bubbly, soapy white head

S: thick, concentrated aromas of grapefruit peel/pith and pine resin are the major players; i also picked up a honey-like sweetness lurking in the background

T: upfront i got light caramel sweetness, and then on the finish i picked up the aromas that dominate the nose; finishes very dry, quite bitter, and sticky sweet

M: thicker and viscous, yet goes down easily (too easily?)

O: i love this beer. it's endlessly crushable and a delight on the nose.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.