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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

4,790 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,790
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,721
Gots: 509 | 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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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-29-2011 09:41:20 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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LornaLee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-29-2011 05:08:18 | More by LornaLee
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MyTBeerDrinker

Illinois

3/5  rDev -32.1%

12-29-2011 03:20:38 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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havok1024

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-29-2011 01:24:49 | More by havok1024
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-28-2011 19:42:30 | More by ajs4bd
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-27-2011 15:56:06 | More by SPRichard
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gorby10826

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-27-2011 02:47:41 | More by gorby10826
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rxthree

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-26-2011 22:06:10 | More by rxthree
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Catchy_Name

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

12-26-2011 21:50:30 | More by Catchy_Name
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-26-2011 20:51:07 | More by HoneyLamb
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Giovacchini

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-26-2011 20:17:15 | More by Giovacchini
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -12.9%

I had this beer at the super tasting at Doopiedoopiedoo's place this month. We had this beer against the Heady Topper... The HT won!

This is a good beer but compared to the HT it looses the battle on some fronts.

Poured in my Essen Christmasbeer tasting glass the beer is not spectacular.

The taste has some pineapple in it but not as much as the HT.

12-26-2011 13:53:03 | More by Brabander
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reyolb

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-26-2011 04:50:54 | More by reyolb
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TheFlern

Idaho

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-25-2011 21:55:59 | More by TheFlern
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TexAggie011

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-25-2011 20:21:11 | More by TexAggie011
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mmmhopslam

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-25-2011 16:59:04 | More by mmmhopslam
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance is very dark caramel in color, with a caramel head and nice lacing.

Nose is very fruity hops with almost-mentholated, refreshing vapors.

Taste is intense, but not harsh. The hops are strong, but not overly biting; they carry a great caramel quality that rounds the whole flavor out. Plenty of fruits running through it as well.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and has a slight slickness. The hops provide a surprisingly light acidity. It has a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, it is a well-honed bash of hops with plenty of other notes that give it a great balance of flavor and drinkability.

12-25-2011 14:39:16 | More by dorianmarley
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-25-2011 01:00:47 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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AaronBurr

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-24-2011 19:37:56 | More by AaronBurr
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gbbass16

Missouri

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-24-2011 19:00:49 | More by gbbass16
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truthcontortion

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-24-2011 18:40:17 | More by truthcontortion
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TapeDeck

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

There isn't much more to add here, that others haven't mentioned.

I'll break format and just try to describe what is, if forced to choose, my favorite beer on earth.

Dreadnaught is the most perfectly intense IPA I've ever had. I've had the big California IPAs and loved every drop, but if all IPAs were equally available, this is what I'd pick.

Bitter, bitter, bitter. Pine needles, grapefruit, cat pee, and anger. This is heavy metal in a bottle. High alcohol content that really can't distract from the palette wrecking, mouth ruining bitterness.

This beer is singularly responsible for me losing interest in standard IPAs, and desiring Imperials or Doubles.

Another great thing is how you can really taste the FFF flavor concepts... There's a consistency from every FFF beer over 50 IBU... Something recognizably present in the hoppy overtones, that you will find in things like Alpha King, Zombie Dust, right up through Panzer and Dreadnaught.

It's so aromatic and impressive... If you ever have this beer and aren't knocked off your feet by the smells and the intense flavor, you either have an old bottle, or are getting something from a bad tap. This is my desert island beer.

12-24-2011 15:41:43 | More by TapeDeck
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-24-2011 12:31:38 | More by jophish17
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jnikkel

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-24-2011 04:15:57 | More by jnikkel
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jstewart1130

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-24-2011 03:34:29 | More by jstewart1130
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,790 ratings.