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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

4,659 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,659
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,704
Gots: 484 | 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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jkane101

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-10-2012 18:31:30 | More by jkane101
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-10-2012 17:08:43 | More by CGMLS3
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thydarkprevails

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh bomber poured in a duvel tulip. Nice clear orange amber with a white 2 finger head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, and bright citrus is apparent. Flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, peach, and a nice caramel malt balance. It goes down really easy and the 9.5% abv is practically invisible. The mouthfeel is medium and the flavor lingers on the tongue. This is the standard I judge DIPA’s by.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:05:31 | More by thydarkprevails
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spicelab

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with thanks to readbaron. Reviewed from notes.

Deep and clear orange to mahogany with a very large tight white head and fine lacing.

Sweaty cat piss, candied tangerine and tonnes of overripe tropical fruits just fallen off the tree.

Kiwi fruit, rotting jungle leaves, overripe mango and pineapple, juicy orange and resious pine. Malts are a bit player.

Chewy mouthfeel accentuated by mild carbonation. Moderate bitterness with satisfying length.

Lush tropical melange. Dank, wet, vegetal and jungle-esque. A well done and moreish DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:00:08 | More by spicelab
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Billakowski for the reviewable bottle.

Appearance: Nice bright orange with a slight haze. Head is super white and rocky. Notches of lacing cling to the glass. Head drops to a thin cap but never disappears.

Smell: Mango, pine, and citrus. Huge nose of hops. Malts are big enough to hold their own. Caramel malt sweetness more than asserts itself. Powdery. Pine and oily hops. So very juicy.

Taste: Hops and more hops. Mango and pine bring up the front, paving the way for a massive caramel malt sweetness. Slightly bready with a lingering finish. Some hints of alcohol on the back. Lingering bitterness is quickly washed away by juicy orange and grapefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy at times, mouthfeel. Body is nicely moderate and keeps the drinking smooth. Dry finish.

Overall: For something so aggressive, there's a ton of balance. Big malts and even bigger hops. Crazy drinkable even with the ABV. In the long run, this is beer is greater than its parts. It's truly something special.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 20:33:59 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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buffs9

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-06-2012 19:44:29 | More by buffs9
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Hindsight

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-06-2012 16:01:20 | More by Hindsight
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hangar9


5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-06-2012 00:42:36 | More by hangar9
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nas4atu

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-04-2012 06:30:05 | More by nas4atu
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Redglimmer


4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-04-2012 03:04:17 | More by Redglimmer
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brn9000

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-03-2012 18:21:15 | More by brn9000
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quilty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-03-2012 03:35:14 | More by quilty
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-02-2012 21:33:56 | More by theminutemen
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JohnKMcC


5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-02-2012 01:49:03 | More by JohnKMcC
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polopaul20

Maryland

5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-01-2012 13:37:06 | More by polopaul20
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Beezee

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-01-2012 04:24:02 | More by Beezee
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CPditka

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-29-2012 14:57:59 | More by CPditka
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fullmetal1381

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-29-2012 04:51:48 | More by fullmetal1381
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DrHoptagon

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-29-2012 03:06:00 | More by DrHoptagon
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Willywong1962

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-28-2012 22:08:36 | More by Willywong1962
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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.5%

02-27-2012 21:27:47 | More by eawolff99
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Jplachy

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Orange/Amber in color huge white head that lasted quite a while. First few sips were through the froth.

S: Fantastic huge hop smell. Lots of mango/peach/fruit.

T: Again lots of fruity hops, piney bitterness, but very drinkable.

M: Plenty of carbonation and lingering alcohol.

O: This beer proved to me that I'm really figuring out this whole beer thing because I didn't actually like this beer a whole lot but I can tell it is a shining example of a near perfect IPA. I don't see myself ever drinking it again, but I knew I was in the presence of greatness.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 17:43:07 | More by Jplachy
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:
Served in a half pint glass at the brewery.
One finger of white frothy head, hazy pale to golden body. Good lacing and ok retention.

Smell of citrus, light pine and tropical fruit. Not as big as hoped but good.

Tastes of big citrus and piney hops. Some sweetness mid palate mixed with some earthy hops. Very firm bitterness and powdery dry finish. Alcohol is slightly noticeable but dosent detract in any way.

Medium thin bodied and medium carbonation keep it fairly drinkable. The bitter dry finish fits the style but not my likes.

Overall this is tasty and good but not great. I could only take one serving of this at a time. The smell and tastes are great but I'd like a bit more in the nose and a bit more body and sweetness. This has the FFF hop profile like most of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 16:25:46 | More by Homebrew35
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Danobold

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.5%

02-27-2012 13:27:19 | More by Danobold
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stoutlover1978

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-27-2012 12:35:45 | More by stoutlover1978
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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