Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.43/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Reviewing the infamous Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. This imperial IPA is highly sought after by beer geeks and is universally hailed as one of America's top beer by most beer connoisseurs. I am lucky enough, living in both Wisconsin and Illinois, to be within Three Floyds' distribution network, so Dreadnaught is an off the shelf gem that I have regular and convenient access too.
10 oz tap pour from a two week old keg at Brickhouse BBQ, served in a globe-like glass and enjoyed 01/24/12. Sadly, the KBS tap ran dry 10 mins before I arrived for dinner -- less than 24 hours after tipping the BA universe about the special tapping.
Appearance: Pours a clear orange color served with a thin layer of slightly off-white head that settles into a thin ring around the glass. Amazing lacing -- large sheets of frothy white head stick like crazy to all sides of the glass. 5/5
Smell. Sweet pine sap and sharp grapefruit and tropical hops mixed with light notes of sweet malt in the back. Astringent hoppiness. 4/5
Taste: Absolute hopbomb! Flavor is a sharp blast of tropical citrus hoppiness -- lots of astringent/zesty orange, pine, grapefruit, pineapple and mango -- followed by a lingering piney bitterness (that is much more mild compared to the upfront explosion of bitter flavor) for the finish. A light, sweet caramel backbone balances out the hoppiness a touch. The flavor experience of this beer reminds me of the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It shoots you out of the gate with citrus hoppiness, rocketing from 0-120 miles per hour in mere seconds, shoots you up some 400 feet, and then sends you plummeting back down to earth with some lingering adrenaline (here, the mild piney bitterness). The flavors, like the Top Thrill Dragster, are not very complex, but the whole experience is nonetheless incredibly delicious. 4.5/5
Mouthfeel: Near perfect imperial IPA mouthfeel. Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Very oily, slight mouthwatering mouthfeel. Finish is bitter. 4.5/5
Overall: Enjoy this one fresh, and boy will you enjoy it.
Recommendation: Hops haters and casual beer drinkers should avoid this aggressive imperial IPA, but boy should hop heads seek this one out.
Pairings: The beef chili, with a little added hot sauce, at the Brickhouse BBQ.
Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle or $6.50 for a 10 oz pour.
Serving type: on-tap
01-25-2012 18:19:13 | More by jegross2
4.13/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Once more, thanks to Dan3279 for this great trade.
Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.
A vigorous pour yields a 1 1/2-finger off-white head that slowly recedes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a orange amber with a good amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing can be seen clinging to almost every available portion of glass.
Orange, pineapple, mango, and peach all hit the nostrils at once. Digging a little deeper reveals some pine lingering in the background along with just a hint of bready malts.
Flavors of orange rinds, peach, and mango are all present at first sip. Also noticeable is notes of pine, honey, and biscuity malts. Upon swallowing the beer, piney bitterness surges throughout the entire mouth. However, this is quickly swept away by sweet flavors of pineapple and honey. An ever so slight piney bitterness persists between sips.
Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer has an amazingly clean finish for such a flavorful DIPA. The body is just a bit sticky and really does a good job at coating your mouth and properly depositing the flavors. The carbonation is a bit fizzy but definitely needs this kind of strength to keep the body drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2012 06:52:40 | More by output01x
4.35/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A. Pours a dark apple hue, with a 2mm head, rests at a misty light island of head with a 1mm ring.
S. Smells of sweet citrus, mango, light pine and pineapple.
T. Tastes of sweet citrus, mango, tons of orange peel and a lot of pine to finish it off.
M. Medium body, tiny bit chewy and a very wet finish.
O. A fine beer. Well balanced, lots of flavor and very refreshing. A good beer any IPA lover should try fresh. It's not the same when it's older.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2012 02:47:14 | More by MBrausen
4.33/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A – Transparent golden orange with little –to-no head. A light, white lacing line appears on this DIPA.
S – Pine, peaches, grapefruit… Hop oil, smells sweet, yet bitter.
T – Big on the hops, but still well balanced. The malts provide a much needed sweet tone that helps the hops not overpower the flavor. There is a light fruitiness that is the shinning though nicely, a bit of apricot? Grainy, citrus bite, but still likeably sweet.
M – Light carbonation and a creamy texture. Very pleasant for a big DIPA… speaking of which, the alcohol is warming, but still well hidden (and is also a bit of a creeper).
O – Very well balanced for being so hoppy. I cannot believe it took me so long to try this brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2012 00:59:55 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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