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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

4,825 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,825
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,728
Gots: 534 | FT: 23
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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DocJitsu

California

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a gorgeous clear copper golden color with a signature white head that is continuously fed by carbonation from the bottom. Amarillo hops dominate the bouquet. The hops in the flavor are perfectly balanced with the grain. This might be the perfect beer. Of course, you throw Amarillo on dog excrement and you're bound to have something that tastes at least passable.

05-24-2012 20:08:09 | More by DocJitsu
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Carillon


5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-24-2012 15:12:24 | More by Carillon
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dafla67

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Tulip glass.

A: clear amber with a small white head; very good lacing.

S: Citrusy & tropical; bitter pine; earthy hops; carmel malts.

T: starts with the citrus an mild sweetness followed by the earthy hops and pine and finishing very dry. The flavors are extremely well balanced. Feels like you are drinking the aroma.

M:medium body and carbonation; not thick at all

O: One of the best DIPA out there. The high ABV is well hidden and this is a pleasure to drink. Hope Three Floyds gets to the Philadelphia market ASAP.

05-24-2012 14:22:28 | More by dafla67
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nookie0529

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-24-2012 01:22:19 | More by nookie0529
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-21-2012 18:17:51 | More by SickNukes
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%

22oz bottle. No bottle dating information, but this came fresh from the brewery. Poured into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

Short review. I've had this one a number of times, and shocked that I hadn't reviewed it before.

A: Cloudy orange color. About a finger of bright white head. Great carbo. Leaves some nice sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Overripe peach, tangerine, etc. tons of hop forward killer smells. Definitely fresh. Not getting much maltiness on the nose.

T: Great fruity hop bite right at the front of the tongue. It's just delicious. Then you get a nice malt balance. It's fresh. Not overly malty and carboardy. Crisp bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied.

05-21-2012 15:06:04 | More by inlimbo77
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rderedin

Maine

4/5  rDev -9.5%

05-20-2012 13:23:55 | More by rderedin
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Microbrewtaster

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-20-2012 05:45:41 | More by Microbrewtaster
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Joeybones3

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-20-2012 04:38:16 | More by Joeybones3
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VonZipper

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-20-2012 02:41:29 | More by VonZipper
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Clayton1220


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-20-2012 00:08:36 | More by Clayton1220
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-19-2012 08:54:06 | More by CarolinaKev
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dudecandle

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-18-2012 22:06:33 | More by dudecandle
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karatebartender

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-18-2012 19:47:16 | More by karatebartender
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-18-2012 14:06:38 | More by baybum
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aflyershckyfan

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-18-2012 04:11:08 | More by aflyershckyfan
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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +13.1%

WOW !! That's my one word review of this beer. Ok, ok, I can't get away with such an abbreviated writeup on such a marvelous beer; it definitely wouldn't do the dudes at FFF who brew this masterpiece justice.. So here I go with a review of this DIPA that some find perfect, while others throw rocks at, which I have no clue why.

Back in my craft beer adolescence, I had this beer a time or two and it was very good then. But obviously, my palate has evolved. Now I find this beer the beer that defines Three Floyds as the craft beer mega star.

Nick Floyd, this is one remarkable brew !! Keep up the great work.

Appearance -- this is one majestic tonic, sitting pretty in my duvel tulip after a so-so aggressive pour.

Smell -- to me, this beer blows Zombie Dust out of the water. Zombie Dust smells like Gumballhead on steroids, while Dreadnaught smells heavenly with a smell all its own. If Dreadnaught was bottled in six packs (hey, Nick Floyd are your listening?) this beer would out-sell Zombie Dust 2-to-1.

Taste -- all I can say is Dreadnaught is pairing very well with my salad with Caesar dressing. It's biting through the bitterness of the salad dressing but not overpowing in the least.

Mouthfeel -- oh darn, is that my pizza in the oven? Might be a bit on the done side, I forgot about time; enjoying the beer to the tilt. Mouthfeel, well, it's unlike any other hopped up brew I've had the pleasure of pouring into my duvel tulip. If I could score this beer 6s, I would.

Overall -- Did I say this beer gets better as it warms to room temperature? Oh well, I just did. Three Floyds makes some outstanding beers. I'd say this is the best of the best. Stock up whenever you get the chance to visit the craft beer mecca known as Three Floyds Brewing.

05-17-2012 06:16:40 | More by cadizkyguy
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

05-16-2012 16:56:28 | More by nanobrew
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

22 oz. bomber served in a nonic.

One finger of foam sits atop this beauty that is a fuzzy peach appearance. One can almost detect hop particles floating around in this bad boy.

The malt wallops the nose along with a smack of booze. This is one serious brew. Smells like a sipper. A definite arsonal of hops are hiding in ambush behind the malt.

Taste confirms the nose. A heavy syrupy sweet IIPA that packs an alcohol bite and then the hop assault hits like a blitzkrieg. A full on resin rush. Long bitter finish that begs for the next sip (after some time). One cannot rush this beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, syrupy with great carbonation for an imperial india pale ale. Above average for this style.

A world-class IIPA, this has set the standard for a long time and is every bit as good as those west coast brews! Founders is right up there in the realm of midwest hoppiness. Two Brothers Hop Juice deserves a mention along with Half Acre Double Daisy. I forgot Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn. Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree....hmmm. In a nod to the west coast that Double Jack is in a tie for my favorite. Myrcenary nails the Mountain trophy. East coast award goes to Southern Tier DIPAS!! Where does it end? A quest for the best...stay tuned.

05-16-2012 05:16:47 | More by 312HopBomb
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a clear medium orange color with visible carbonation. Three finger soapy head with some big bubbles that left some chunky lace

S- Big sweet pineapple, peach, mango, pine, and caramel malt aroma. Very sweet, hoppy, and aromatic.

T- Big sweet peach, pineapple, mango, and orange citrus hop flavors. A pretty big caramel backbone on this beer as well. Overall this is a very sweet DIPA and a moderate amount of bitterness for the style to make a more balanced DIPA. Some nice astringency on the finish.

M- Smooth, pretty soft mouthfeel, medium body, prickly carbonation, finishes dry

O- This beer has a lot of tropical hop flavor, but also is very well balanced with the caramel malt backbone. This is a very solid DIPA and very drinkable. At $12 a bomber this is probably the most expensive bottle per ounce I have bought so I don't see myself getting this often but it is very good.

05-16-2012 01:15:33 | More by Hoptometrist
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle shared by Jason, 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Clear orange, with a white head. Good lacing and moderate retention. Lots of of peach and mango on the nose, a sugary vanilla-like malt with a generous amount of complexity between the hops and malt. Quite a bit more mango, tropical fruits and harsher citrus in the finish on the palate. A sugary cookie-dough like malt with a substantially bitter finish. Sweeter than most DIPAs, but great hop character and balance. Lower carbonation, juicy hop flavours. A really solid balanced double IPA.

05-13-2012 19:28:15 | More by liamt07
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

One of the great gifts my girlfriend got me on her trip to Chicago. This is an awesome double IPA, I need more right away.

Poured in to a duvel tulip a hazy orange color with frothy head that laced well throughout. Smell is very nice, some spice, big citrus hop notes.. Grapefruit and oranges, some bready malt. Taste is GREAT.. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, some nice balanced caramel/ bready malts, even a little spice. Nice bitterness but surprisingly mild and well balanced for a DIPA.

05-13-2012 16:13:29 | More by JustinMatthew
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stevemasten

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-13-2012 03:10:11 | More by stevemasten
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blackcompg

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from their 22oz bomber...

Appearance - Poured 3 fingers of golden eggshell creamy foam, color is a hazy gold with orange highlites. Nice foamy lacing is left after each sip.

Smell - WOW! Citrus, peach, apricot, mango, grapefruit, vanilla carmels, floral pollen, just smells fantastic!

Taste - The first sip is overwhelmed by my mouth watering at the bright, ripe citrus and orange colored fruits exploding across my palate! There is such a harmonius balance here - citrus of lemons, orange, ripe yellow and ruby grapefruit meats, peach, mango, papaya, and dried apricots. There is a wonderful sweet backbone of vanilla carmels going on here, vanilla is prevalent in the nose during the sip. The finish is a slight transition from all the ripe tropical and citrus fruits to the peels of all of these fruits, along with lush floral and meadowy hops to a slightly dry and piney pucker way at the back of the tongue - I love this, such great flavors going on here, bright luch and robust.

Mouthfeel - Starts medium and juicy, but not thick or syrupy at all. A nearly medium carb then foams across the tongue, somewhat cleansing, but still leaving some of the carmel and fruity sweetness to linger - as the mouth begins to dry with fruit and citrus peels, and finishing with the drying and puckering hop flavors - begging you to take the next sip and quench the light dryness.

Overall - There are no flaws here whatsoever, and the alcohol is completely hidden. A wonderful DIPA, and one which I will gladly purchase again and again. A robust, complex, and flavorful beer, and an excellent representative of the style.

05-13-2012 03:07:46 | More by blackcompg
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gutbuster

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-13-2012 02:48:49 | More by gutbuster
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,825 ratings.