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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,828
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,728
Gots: 532 | 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.

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New York

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle a friend received in a trade. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass modified with a Giants logo (sticker) for Super Bowl Sunday.

Appearance: Amber with a slightly cloudy appearance.

Smell: Hop bomb with strong citrus aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tons of hops and a nice malty backend. Very deceiving alcohol content. Malty sweet finish that's lacking from my current DIPA fave: Heady Topper.

Overall: This doesn't knock Heady Topper of its crown for me but comes really close if not possibly even a tie. If I had the chance to try this again I would love to taste the two side by side to see which was king.

02-06-2012 19:41:55 | More by Fujii13
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Some hoppy haziness, good one-finger white head, good amount of carbonation, a dark golden almost amber color, nice white lacing, looks good

S: Some peach and citrus hoppy aromas, touch of sweetness, a very pleasant smell

T: Initially sweet, making way for blend of hops, then a bit of bitterness, complex

M: Smooth, oily, medium to full bodied, decent carbonation, superior feel

O: Very good IIPA, had it before and will have it again, thank you 3Floyds for what you do

02-06-2012 05:14:39 | More by derkfromwi
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-06-2012 04:58:22 | More by mpdrago
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

2012 vintage. No bottle date, but acquired on delivery day from a bottle shop in Ohio a week ago. Thanks, BeRanger. 22 oz. bottle poured into a stemless red wine glass.

A: A golden orange body with 2 inches of fluffy white head. Outstanding retention and lacing. This DIPA looks sticky as hell from the way the slowly receding head is clinging to the sides.

S: Grapefruit and citrus hops all the way here. No messing around. This just smells like a hop bomb.

T: And it is. Whoa. Grapefruit/citrusy hops through and through. I might get a hint of the sticky pine hops on the back end, but this is incredibly citrusy. And delicious.

M: Slick, oily, and sticky with a well-balanced, yet bitter, aftertaste. I actually really love the mouthfeel of this.

O: Flat-out one of the best DIPA's I've had. Along with Hopslam, this sits right at the top of the mountain of midwest DIPA's. I wish we could get this beer all the time in Michigan, but it makes me thankful when I do end up with a bottle. I'll never turn this beer down.

Edit: I just reread my review of Hopslam from a few weeks ago. In terms of my favorite DIPA's, Dreadnaught is closer to Hopslam than I originally thought. Having to choose between the two is a very nice problem to have.

02-06-2012 04:25:24 | More by travMI13
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-06-2012 00:07:46 | More by stairwell2811bre
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-05-2012 19:24:35 | More by dczernic
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-05-2012 12:12:11 | More by jminch
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-04-2012 23:29:20 | More by prender1482
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

02-04-2012 20:55:25 | More by newk340
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-04-2012 03:22:49 | More by ASUBeer
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4.95/5  rDev +12%

From notes - had on tap at FFF and bottled.

A - deep orange large head, great lacing.

S - huge hop aroma - mango, pineapple, citrus - fantastic.

T - follows the smell. Hops, hops and more hops with enough malt to make this as balanced an IIPA as I've had.

M - medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Incredible. Has to be among the best of the best. Hop lovers should seek this out.

02-03-2012 16:55:44 | More by AnnArborJoe
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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from Bomber (1 Pint 6oz) into a Stella Artois Chalice.

A- The color is a rich murky golden brown. Short lubberly head dissipated right away, a fine looking double IPA.

S- It smells strongly of mango with a hint of grapefruit and even a very tiny hint of pomegranate. The rich fruity overtones help mask the light scent of alcohol that is present. it smells very tropical and citriusy.

T- The initial taste is very very sweet and reminiscent of a sweeter Old Ale. The first thing I thought upon tasting it was that this has been aged slightly? In a good way.The taste is of fresh tropical fruits like mango and papaya. For whatever reason it also reminds me of rhubarb cake.The sweetness lingers on your tongue for a second before spreading over a 2 second period into what I can only describe as a fire of citrus flavor. The transition leads it to finish with a tart grapefruity sting on the back of the tongue that burns slightly and leaves one wanting more. A herbal hoppy flavor is also present that melds nicely with the citrus tones.

M- Initially it comes of smooth and mild. It then leads into a choppy feel before leaving a nice alcohol burn on the back of the tongue and down the throat.

O- A very delicious double IPA. Not like some IIPA's that can be much too intense with hops. It's the perfect combination of sweet and tart hoppiness delight. One of my new favorite double IPA"s for sure.

02-02-2012 00:25:58 | More by Zachtheporter
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -9.5%

02-01-2012 19:40:11 | More by asafarc2
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-01-2012 06:06:51 | More by DrWalterWhite
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-01-2012 01:49:47 | More by mcdforme
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-31-2012 23:00:13 | More by quintonmaximoff
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-31-2012 20:22:44 | More by herrorara
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4.68/5  rDev +5.9%

147th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice

Enjoyed as part of a tasting in Utrecht (December 2011) as a result of Jeffo and doopiedoopiedoo's generosity. Thanks guys...can't wait to return the favor!

A: Burnt tangerine. 2+ (foamy white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Earthy notes of pine and grass. Sweet malt and caramel along with citrus, lemon zest, pineapple core, and grapefruit.

T: Loads of tropical fruit balanced with pronounced bitter hop character. Nice balance and so very smooth to drink. My sample pour disappeared rather quickly as I can never get enough of this beer!

M: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A very good offering from a brewery that knows how to use hops (and lots of them) to make really tasty beers. So drinkable and so good - every time. I love it! The only thing better than enjoying it out of the bottle with a great group of BA's is to enjoy it on-draft in Munster.

01-31-2012 19:10:29 | More by spdyfire83
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-31-2012 15:57:43 | More by phingdong
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-30-2012 22:46:00 | More by ystazi
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-30-2012 21:47:28 | More by Brutesling57
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-30-2012 20:36:37 | More by HumanParaquat
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-30-2012 17:54:21 | More by time4abeer
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Picked up a 22 oz bomber at the brewpub yesterday, poured into a snifter. No date or ABV on the bottle.

A- Pours a deep orange. Capped with a finger and a half of gorgeous, ivory white head with a creamy, sticky-as-hell texture. Leaves excellent lacing.

S- Big west coast hop aroma, lots of citrus and pine with some tropical fruit sweetness as well. Smells very bright and refreshing.

T- Same as the nose only much more powerful. Big wallop of pine resin and oily bitterness up front, towards the center it settles into fruity, sweet flavors of mango and citrus before finally finishing with a long-lasting, dry bitterness with a touch of sweetness. Malt bill does pretty well here. Booze flavor is kept to a minimum but becomes pretty warm as the beer comes closer to room temperature.

M- Medium to full bodied, smooth oily feel with moderate to low carbonation. Really leaves some serious bitterness on the palate.

O- An delicious DIPA, one of my favorite giant-towering-hops beers.

01-30-2012 08:37:16 | More by WillCarrera
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

Beer from a store in Lakewood, Ohio.

another beer that I've seen the rating for before rating so I'll try and not be biased.

A & S: the smell is a very nice blend of resiny/piney (probably Chinook hops) and citrus hops. There is also some kind of fruitiness. Lively looking semi-transparent amber colored beer. Off-white fluffy head that pours about a finger and is retained in a layer for the rest of the beer.

T & M: very similar to the smell. There is a nice addition of a slight sweet maltyness to make the backbone pretty noticeable. alcohol is more present when its let warm. fairly bitter and a semi-dry finish. very well balanced but it's not super complex. very smooth with still a bite of carbonation (thought I was going to be more because the beer looks so lively). Heavy on the high side for body.

O: This beer is incredibly solid, and deserves its high rank among the best of the best. It's deffinatly in my top 10 if not five and I would recommend this beer to any one.

01-30-2012 04:51:25 | More by minterro
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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