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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

5,016 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,016
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,763
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001)
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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange with fast rising bubbles and a decent whit frothy head. Probably about two fingers worth of head, very nice for its high ABV

Smells like mango,pine, and citrus. Very fresh and inviting. Slight alcohol esters as the beer warms a little.

Tastes of a very well rounding IPA, the caramel malt backs up the intense hoppiness quite well. The drinkability of this beer is surprising given its high ABV

Mouthfeel is typical for this style of beer. The hops leave your pallet wanting more. The dryness is satisfying; the reason why I love IPA style beers.

Damn good beer and Three Floyds has yet to disappoint me

TheHopMonster, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Robertparker
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Im very luck to get this brought to me. All the way from Kentucky Best beer Ive ever had? If not it's damn close. Lots of grapefruit favors. The smell is very strong. I'm finding it really hard not to finishing this off quickly. Extremly smooth for a 100 ibu beer.
I want more.

Robertparker, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich looking, slightly hazy amber with a fluffy, dense off-white head. The head remains thick throughout drinking and leaves behind some sticky lacing. The nose is pure tropical mangos with a touch of pineapple. Very vibrant, fruity hops were used to make this beer. The taste is just as fruity and sweet with a pungent underlying booziness. Rich, medium-bodied mouthfeel that's sweet, mildly bitter, and slightly boozy. Very drinkable, but dedinitely something to sip on and savor. Outstanding IPA, very flavorful and fruity with fairly well hidden alcohol.

ThePorterSorter, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev -9.3%

dumptruck81, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Dirty25
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Dirty25, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Vega406. Poured into Jackie O's snifter.

A- Pours a hazy brownish orange-gold with about a finger of white frothy head that recedes to a thin layer. About average carbonation.

S- Mango citrus hops with some pineapple, papaya, and a caramel malt background with some light spices. A little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Mango, peach, a little bit more pineapple on the finish with some caramel malts, light spices, and a light sweet citrusy aftertaste. Very light bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, head adds a little bit of a nice creamy feel, about average carbonation, abv very well hidden.

O- This was a very good DIPA. Definitely up there with some of the better ones I've had, but probably not the best. Had a nice balance between the mango hops and the caramel malt backbone which resulted in a smooth and very flavorable DIPA. An awesome year round offering from FFF. If you're a hop-head try to get your hands on some.

jaasen64, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of chgobear
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

chgobear, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of briiguy
4.5/5  rDev +2%

briiguy, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of EdyRuOk
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

EdyRuOk, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of csnullptr
5/5  rDev +13.4%

csnullptr, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

BeerOps, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

cwd, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of AJDePaul
4.5/5  rDev +2%

AJDePaul, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

Golden with great clarity. A solid hop aroma with toasted malt in the background. The flavor follows with a mix of citrusy bitterness, tropical fruit flavors, toasted malt and a nipping alcohol. It's very creamy and has a nice, subtle carbonation.

This is a big and flavorful beer that has a real west coast quality but is a lot more balanced than I expected.

GJ40, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Christooo
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

A: gold, translucent

S: sweet, inviting

T: Full. citrus up front, dry hops in the back, smooth malt backbone. 9.5% well hidden! Great IPA.

M: Thick malt coating my tongue muscle. Hops well balanced, but would've liked more of a dry kick at the end.

O: A 3 Floyds is a always a great brew. Beers never disappoint. Seems like their stuff is in short supply with the market in Chicago sucking up business. Can't blame 'em. Just wish the local shops in Indy were better stocked with their stuff.

Oh well, glad the masses aren't as preferential to IPA's as I. YUM.

Christooo, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of M27
4.5/5  rDev +2%

M27, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bavarian Lodge in a 12 oz snifter.

A- poured a light golden with a 1 finger white head. Lacing covers the edges of the glass.

S- caramel, citrus and pine.

T- sweet caramel, some citrus notes, and a big pine bitterness punch.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a great creamy and smooth feel.

O- nice dipa with good amount of citrus and pine notes.

kawilliams81, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing orange w/ a thick frothy head, great retention, sticky lacing, minimal carb.

Aroma is a burst of sticky tropical fruit, flowers and honey. Grapefruit, peaches. If there's pine in here as other reviews suggest, it's a different kind of pine than what I'm used to. Aroma is ooey gooey but kind of a mishmash.

Taste is heavy on the malt with boozy, caramelly undertones. Resinous hop bitterness provides a sharp counterweight to the mango, peach, citrus and booze but the sweet fruity combination of caramel and pale malts nearly overwhelms everything else.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy w/ a bitter, flowery, resinous aftertaste that lasts and lasts.

Overall this is much heavier on the malt than I like in an IPA and the alcohol is poorly concealed. An interesting take on a DIPA, but not one that I would seek out again.

draheim, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Jfriz25
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- light golden color with a big foamy head that leaves little lacing.

Smell- in a word: amazing. Tons of hops, a lot of tropical fruit. Makes my mouth water.

Taste- follows the nose. Hops are right up front in a good way. Great juicy tropical fruit. Very bitter but it never gets out of control.

Mouthfeel- fairly full body but very easy drinking. Considering the amount of hops it doesn't feel like your tounge is sticky after each sip.

Overall- one of my favorite beers. At this point it's pretty much a definite buy every time I'm lucky enough to come across it.

Jfriz25, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of cosmo4u
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

cosmo4u, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy summer gold with a nicely frothy white head. Lots of pine all over the nose. Maybe a bit of pineapple somewhere, but that's all I really discerned from the aroma, albeit extremely nice and refreshing. Sweet and juicy forefront with lots of pine, like eating a pine cone. Very bitter and kind of harsh in the finish with a strong whiff of alcohol. Medium/light body with ample carbonation. Not a bad DIPA.

DmanGTR, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of StoutIrish
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

StoutIrish, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of cnbrown313
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

They call Dreadnaught a "hophead's dream beer" and I would say that's totally accurate. If you are iffy about big IPA's or extremely hoppy beer - you will want to pick something else. If you are a hop lover, you really need to try this.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours light brownish orange with a 1 finger head that recedes quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Hops. More hops. VERY piny All I can smell is pine resin and oranges.

T - Whoa! This is scorcher. The hops hit you right away, but in a good way. This is probably the most intense, hoppy flavor I've ever experienced. Definitely "not normal." The taste is very much like the smell. Oranges and pine cones, but overall very refreshing too. The only reason I didn't give it a 5, is because the hops are almost too overpowering for the lighter malty backing that it has. But overall, I can't really complain.

M - The carbonation is perfect. Light, delicate bubbles. I love the way that you can feel the intense hops on your tongue too.

O - Overall, it's not my favorite IPA out there, but it is one that I come back to often, because there is really nothing else out there like it (that I have found). Definitely for the hop lover.

cnbrown313, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of SchuStar
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

SchuStar, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of tyleeis
5/5  rDev +13.4%

tyleeis, Jun 28, 2012
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,016 ratings.