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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,026
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,764
Gots: 583 | FT: 26
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

SLUGLIFE, Aug 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

jhillwastaken, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

neobob187, Aug 27, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Orange pour with a white foam that has lively carbonation. Cloudy look to it. Serious sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Scent of fresh tangerines and citra hops. Very fresh and crisp scent. The overall hop profile is dominant. Unlike the typical west coast variety thereis no pine scent but rather a more floral smell.

T - Blend of citrus and hops. This is a DIPA lovers dream because of the complexity and depth of fresh hoppy goodness. Finish is not as bitter as one might expect. The tartness of orange and tangerine balances this to a level of excellence.

M - the defining characteristic of Dreadnaught is in its drinkability. So smooth it is insane, masking of a high ABV, and redices the bitterness to a very nice level. I'm impressed.

O - I brought a bombert of this back to NY from Chicago and the tasting group loved it. 3F's is deserving of the hype with this beer. Right there with Pliny, and just as hard for me to get again.

socon67, Aug 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

bigclydeoliver, Aug 26, 2012
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Naterobsnyk4, Aug 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Prost76, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

justinlaz, Aug 24, 2012
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Saxmusik45, Aug 22, 2012
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wtfdic, Aug 21, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77.3%

CharlieTruelove23, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

SirIPAalot, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Focusf111, Aug 18, 2012
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ATK, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

patjohnfive, Aug 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

bpage, Aug 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
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pghawkins, Aug 14, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a substantial 2cm head of off-white foam, composed of small to medium sized bubbles, fairly dense in packing. Head retention is pretty solid for a 9.5% ABV douple ipa, lasting a minute or two, gradually fading to a thin cap of foam atop the body. The head leaves substantial lacing in its wake, which is augmented with each sip. The beer's body is a transparent golden orange-brown color, with light bringing out bright orange and yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible, percolating from the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma is like that of inhaling deeply from a bag of mixed citra and simcoe hop pellets, just a very nice and intense blend of grapefruit, tangerine, and peach, with a bit of a caramel malt backbone behind everything. Very pleasing, though the aroma does dissipate fairly quickly.

Taste blossoms with flavorful hop combinations atop a toffee-like malt center. Hops impart, upon opening, some peach and orange flavors. By mid-palate, grapefruit and citrus bitterness become more prominent, with peach and apricot being most noticeable hop flavors in the back. Toffee-like malts remain in the background through each portion of the palate, with ethanol being detectable in the mid and late sections. Closes out with slight caramel malt on back of palate, with modest ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of hop bitterness, peach and apricot esters, and toffee malt sweetness.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with fairly aggressive carbonation that foams the liquid across on the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is fairly creamy, somewhat smooth, but overall flowing and not excessive in any single direction. Expectedly dry in close, with little stickiness around the edges of the palate.

falloutsnow, Aug 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

wells9uk, Aug 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

izhehaller, Aug 11, 2012
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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