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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

4,782 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,782
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,721
Gots: 506 | FT: 20
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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Quik4life3

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-22-2012 03:19:08 | More by Quik4life3
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gradergator

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Nice hazy orange appearance with an excellent 1 finger head. Head disappears quickly. The smell is utterly amazing with a all kinds of hoppy aromas spewing from the glass. The taste is a little sweeter than other DiPA's that I've had but I wouldn't change a thing. Lot's of grapefruit and sweet citrus gushing through. Mouthfeel is nice and thick with a beautiful aftertaste. Wow, that wasn't just good beer but a damn good beer. At $12.99 a bottle it is expensive but worth it.

06-21-2012 23:07:03 | More by gradergator
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-20-2012 16:33:18 | More by wdarcy77
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%

22oz bomber (and huge want) from Aaron in MN, thanks a TON man! Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Lovely sunset gold with the slightest of chill hazes but good clarity overall...lots of fluffy lightly-off-white head and really good lacing.

S: Citrus bitterness upfront with orange, hint of grapefruit, mango, some tropical fruits, herbal hop oil and hemp seed, lightly piney hops...almost no malt or alcohol detected, but it maintains a definite sweetness from the caramel malt as well as the sweeter fruity hops.

T: Hops dominate again, with moderate underlying bitterness from front to back...orange and orange peel, mango, peach, floral and herbal, with a faint bready quality and a moderate hop dryness on the finish.

MF: Relatively medium feel with some creamy tones...light carbonation lets the hops dominate with a clingy, lasting dryness.

O: This is a good beer to me, definitely worth seeking out, but it isn't perfect in my opinion. I want beers like this to explode with hops, and while the hops were here I would have been just fine with more.

You are the man Aaron!

06-20-2012 16:32:18 | More by Scotchboy
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sdonegan

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

06-20-2012 05:00:06 | More by sdonegan
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%

For a long time, this was my absolute favorite beer. While it is much better on tap at the brew pub, I am reviewing it from the bottle.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the DIPA was a copper orange color with a generous white head. Upon close inspection, it showed a very respectable level of lacing. Dreadnaught might be the most intense hop aroma you can find in a beer. Pine and grapefruit notes are among those you are likely to discover. A tongue-bruising rush of hops is apparent on the first taste. Strong grapefruit, pineapple, and peach notes are detectable. These notes are centered on a biscuity backbone that allows the flavor action to lay on the tongue. In the aftertaste, a warming sensation is noted. The pineapple notes become sweeter in the aftertaste while the grapefruit notes run steady. The taste linger in the mouth nicely.

06-17-2012 23:50:21 | More by JohnnyHopps
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-17-2012 21:48:26 | More by brotherloco
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dannykugler

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-17-2012 01:37:57 | More by dannykugler
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beernut

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.5%

06-15-2012 12:06:34 | More by beernut
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jdcooper88

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-14-2012 23:19:08 | More by jdcooper88
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus, mango and pine with some caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrus/mango/grapefruit hop character with some pine and a sweet caramelly malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Another great from Three Floyds!

06-14-2012 19:59:24 | More by SebD
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -5%

A top notch, well crafted DIPA. Perhaps less extreme than I expected; it’s actually quite drinkable for its ABV and lets the detailed flavors of the hops shine without overpowering bitterness. Hazy dark orange with a modest white head that settles down fairly quickly. Nice lacing remains on the glass. Aroma is quite hoppy, with a host of tropical and citrus flavors – orange, tangerine, mango, lemon – but also has an underlying caramel malt aspect.

The flavor is very much in line with the nose; lots of tropical and citrus notes from the hops, all quite vivid, with an underlying moderately sweet caramel malt flavor. Medium full bodied with medium to slightly low carbonation; mouthfeel is smooth and a little creamy. Finishes semi-dry but some fruitiness lingers on, as does a pleasant bitterness.

Overall I found this to be quite a good example of the style but not necessarily a hugely exceptional one. This field is growing crowded quickly and I felt this fell just short of the very top tier where the Headys, Plinys, and Double Sunshines live. No shame in that.

06-14-2012 04:27:15 | More by tobelerone
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-13-2012 02:54:58 | More by Auror
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kslsc400

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-13-2012 02:03:03 | More by kslsc400
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huskermike12

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

06-11-2012 13:54:03 | More by huskermike12
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wfcubsfan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-11-2012 04:43:06 | More by wfcubsfan
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

06-10-2012 15:03:41 | More by mjohnson17
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

06-10-2012 14:24:37 | More by DrunkinYogi
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paintball363

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-10-2012 06:17:38 | More by paintball363
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%

The pour leaves a cloudy, deep orange body, topped by a small white head with great lacing. Aroma of piney hops and citrus fruits. Taste is of grapefuits and oranges, intense, fresh hops, and a sweet maltiness that balances out the flavor. Mouth is big and thick and the finish is long, slow, and dry. Terrific flavor, thanks!

06-10-2012 02:18:03 | More by WoodBrew
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-09-2012 17:40:13 | More by neckbracesub
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C20Percent

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -5%

A: Pours a semi-hazy golden-yellow with a bubbly fingers worth head of foam on top. Lots of bubbles in the body. Crazy complexity in the color. It looks like there's a tornado in my pint glass. No BS. Wild. Must be coming from the sediment, which in my book is a plus. Preliminary lacing is good. Can't find anything wrong.

S: Punch of hoppy citrus aroma. Grapefruit. Tangerines. To me, the smell is lacking a bit. There's some sweet malt smell here too. But, I think the aroma I got with Zombie Dust was better. So, this doesn't quite meet my expectations even though it's good.

T: When it hits the mouth you taste what's like a sweet malty citrus/peachy soda. There's almost like a candied sweetness here. Candied fruits -- tropical fruits. The finish is like an earthy bitterness. There's a lot to like here. I'm just not sure there's a lot to love. Off the bat I can think of other IPAs that I think taste better, including probably Pliny the Elder. This is good, though.

M: A medium body, wonderfully carbonated, smooth and creamy feeling brew. This, I think is where FFF excels -- is the feel of their beer. They really nail it when it comes to their ales. There some chewiness here, when brings out the hops, which I like a lot.

O: Even though I was a bit disappointed in the flavor, which might have something to do with expectations, this is a really good DIPA. It's not the best, but it's another solid showing by FFF. If you can find/try/buy this beer, then do it. But, if I had the choice I'd probably choose another FFF as my favorite.

06-09-2012 17:12:45 | More by C20Percent
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SJS86


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-09-2012 16:51:27 | More by SJS86
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.1%

06-08-2012 23:25:21 | More by KingBiscuit
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Rado

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-08-2012 22:34:40 | More by Rado
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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