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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

4,799 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,799
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,723
Gots: 517 | FT: 21
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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Adamdc

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-29-2012 13:38:20 | More by Adamdc
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oper8or

Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-29-2012 03:00:36 | More by oper8or
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wibrewer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-29-2012 02:16:20 | More by wibrewer
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qwertyiop

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-28-2012 15:33:06 | More by qwertyiop
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-28-2012 05:26:58 | More by lilnicky068
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden copper tan/brown, nice 1 nch creamy head and decent lacing.

Smell - Strong, intense hops, very piney along with orange, grapefruit, added hop oils, apple, mango and a malty backbone mixed in there.

Taste - Excited, getting ready to drink one of my wants listed beers. At first sip, major hop bomb with a mix of malts. Pine, orange and honey with a presense of alcohol in each drink. After hops hit you at first, malts come in at the finsh and balance out the bitterness of hops.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets blasted and hop numbed at first sip. Tounge is left sweetned, numbed and dried. Palette gets hops, malts at the end and plenty of fruit sweetness. Aftertaste is warm, fruity and really dry.

Overall - Love hops? This is a must try. Its alot more fruity and not as bitter as i was expecting. Amazing use of multiple styles of hops, great amount of malts, and enough alcohol to let you know this is a big, complex beer. World class for sure.

01-27-2012 23:54:56 | More by wvsabbath
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-27-2012 20:42:38 | More by atoulouk
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Hellvis

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-27-2012 03:31:46 | More by Hellvis
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sitarist

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-26-2012 23:08:47 | More by sitarist
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Britton

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-26-2012 16:28:25 | More by Britton
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ninner00

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-26-2012 12:54:00 | More by ninner00
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raverjames

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-25-2012 20:57:43 | More by raverjames
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beast464

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-25-2012 20:21:16 | More by beast464
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sammo

Kansas

5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-25-2012 19:17:26 | More by sammo
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jegross2

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

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.
Score: 95

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.

01-25-2012 18:19:13 | More by jegross2
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wyatt

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-25-2012 16:50:00 | More by wyatt
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output01x

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

01-25-2012 06:52:40 | More by output01x
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server222

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-25-2012 03:21:26 | More by server222
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MBrausen

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

01-25-2012 02:47:14 | More by MBrausen
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -2%

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.

01-25-2012 00:59:55 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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snowking44

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-24-2012 23:10:12 | More by snowking44
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ogrerugby

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-24-2012 00:40:35 | More by ogrerugby
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sneefcity

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-23-2012 19:16:20 | More by sneefcity
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falconxman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

01-23-2012 06:08:30 | More by falconxman
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tblondin1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-23-2012 00:29:24 | More by tblondin1
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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