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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

4,824 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,824
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,729
Gots: 533 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001)
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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
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

I really felt lucky to be finally able to try this beer. Cheers Jeff/Erik for this opportunity.

A - A nice clear orange/yellow fluid with a white head.

S - Pine, green, citrus smell. Slight malt hints. Mostly hops though. Delicious and well-balanced.

T - A little sweetness, but mostly it's the hop flavors that are noticeable. The hop presence is very nice though.

M - Medium carbonation, crisp but sweet finish.

O - A very good DIPA

12-23-2011 18:01:38 | More by Mar02x
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HopsLover22

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-23-2011 16:21:48 | More by HopsLover22
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Jakers90

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-22-2011 14:50:59 | More by Jakers90
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headyhopzhead

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

12-22-2011 13:56:45 | More by headyhopzhead
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NFStaproom

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-21-2011 19:37:31 | More by NFStaproom
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mhenson42

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-21-2011 17:43:54 | More by mhenson42
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eroc360

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-21-2011 09:12:44 | More by eroc360
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laintringulis

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-20-2011 18:01:56 | More by laintringulis
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qthompso

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A nice orange, light amber pour with remarkable clarity. A 1/2 of off white head develops and diminishes slightly but leaves some wonderful lacing.

Super tropically nose. Pretty sweet, notes of pineapple and mango. For being a big hoppy DIPA, the hops aren't as punchy as I was expecting.

Wow. I wasn't expecting the taste to follow the nose with so much tropical fruit. Really sweet mango is the first thing to hit. There's plenty of bitterness (it does say 99 IBUs after all). The finish leaves me with a little note of coconut and then a slight alcohol warmth.

A pretty full mouthfeel with a surprisingly creamy finish. My tongue is tingling, largely from the bitter hops but I think the carbonation plays a role in this as well.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA. I've had a wide variety of DIPAs and this is one of the most complex, flavorful versions I've had before. A real treat. If only they distributed to MN!

12-20-2011 01:12:36 | More by qthompso
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-19-2011 14:31:22 | More by jwelsh
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rpaul2012

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

12-19-2011 05:33:46 | More by rpaul2012
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-19-2011 04:37:26 | More by imperialking
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden amber color with one finger off-white head.

Piney, green, citrusy nose. Slight malt hints. Mostly hops though. Delicious and well-balanced.

Taste is sweet and hoppy, giving off notes of mango, pineapple, and apple. Light sweet taste with a clean slightly bitter finish

Moderate carbonation with well-rounded, crisp but sweet finish.

Overall a stellar example of an imperial IPA. No overwhelmingly hoppy but shows off serious amount so hops and malts while keeping them in balance to create an overall delicious beer. Will seek out again!

12-18-2011 20:43:17 | More by syrupjoe
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ryancorn

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-18-2011 19:38:48 | More by ryancorn
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-18-2011 19:33:18 | More by DSlim71
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Romulux

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-18-2011 15:50:33 | More by Romulux
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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