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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

5,034 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 5,034
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,766
Gots: 586 | FT: 26
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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Ghenna
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a beertrade with spreo_superbus on reddit.com/r/beertrade BOTM

Fluffy white head awesome lacing, rich copper color.

Nose is pine upfront, citrus in the end.

Flavor is what you expect from an IPA, lots of citrus notes, though none of the booze you might expect from a beer at this ABV. Quite quaffable.

Ghenna, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden-caramel color with 1.5 fingers of thick, white head. Great retention; leaves behind tons of lace. Gorgeous!

S: Rich, piney hops. Strong citrus, grapefruit, hints of mango. Smells fresh and delicious.

T: Big hop character up front with a strong malt backbone. Caramel sweetness blends with the citrus, bringing forth its own unique flavor profile. Hoppy bitterness as it descends, but it doesn't bite and leaves me wanting more.

M: The creamy and full mouthfeel really delivers here. All other IPAs should take note!

D: Drinkability is limited only by my inability to purchase FFF in Brooklyn. A top-notch DIPA overall.

brystmar, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 22 FL OZ bottle of this from Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago, IL for $11.99. Poured from the trippy bottle w/ a what looks to be Nutcracker first look but really is a man from India in front of The Taj Mahal w/ two of his friends into my 0,47 l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date (duh!).

Aroma- Has a very strong citrus aroma from the start. There is definitely a mango character that lingers with the burnt pretzel aroma I have been finding lately in fresh IPA's. Dank would be the perfect word to describe this!

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has good retention. The head that is left has a strange, pond like residue as if moss or algae was growing on the surface! Very strange but cool! Has a deep orange colored body with quite a bit of haze. Leaves light lacing.

Flavor- Has a huge strong hop flavor and tons of citrus. Not much grapefruit or piney attributes but more grassy/earthy that has double the flavor. Medium-high hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth but then puckers the mouth and then stays around on the palate for ages! Very nice. Can't beat this mouthfeel.

Overall Impression- DANK! This is such a great 2X IPA! I wish this was available in St. Louis because this would be my go-to IPA. Of course everyone's had this, there are almost 1,500 reviews. I would now like to enjoy this fresh @ FFF BrewPub. Thanks again FFF for a great brew!

DCon, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of mrand01
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me by Urbancaver. Thanks a lot man!

A: Caramel colored and very opaque. Pour does not have lots of carb. and settles down with a light ring around the edge of the glass. Light to moderate lacing. (3.0)

S: Is this Devil Dancer? Hops Hops Hops on top of a caramel malt backbone. Pretty dank, not tropical like I expected. (4.0)

T: Not nearly as hoppy as the smell, perhaps this bottle isn't fresh. That said, it seems it may be at the "in-the-middle" stage. Hop character is still here, but the beer tastes equally malty. (3.5)

M: Light carbonation, medium to heavy bodied. (3.0)

O: I was expecting a more pronounced hop character. Instead this seems almost like an Arrogant Bastard type beer...just a huge brew that is equally malty & hoppy. (3.5)

EDIT: Well, it's around an hour later and this beer has had a chance to warm up. I guess I learned my lesson about reviewing a beer directly out of the fridge...so here we go again:

A: Nothing new to say here. (3.0)

S: Grapefruit & piney hops, mildly astringent. The malt seems to sit further back once this warms up. (4.0)

T: More of that great citrus hop taste is coming through than before. (4.0)

M: Way stickier than before and a little dry, but very pleasant. The taste lingers for a long time. (4.0)

O: As I said above, I should pour and then wait 15 minutes or so before reviewing. This is a very good DIPA. (4.0)

mrand01, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of s1ckboy
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orance with a 1-2 finger white head

S - Tons of citrus. Grapefruit, pine.

T - A lot like the nose, grapefruit and pine. A good amount of bitterness as well. Some honey. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

M - Heavier side of light. Good carbonation

O - A great DIPA. Glad to have tried it.

s1ckboy, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of herman77
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Purchased at the brewery on 10/15

A: Clear amber orange with a white head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, mainly orange. A touch of pine. Some tropical fruits, pineapple and mango. Deep, sweet carmel malts lurking in the background.

T: A lot like the nose. A burst of grapefruit, citrus, pineapple and sweet mango hops with a nice carmel malt backbone to round everything out. Finishes with a sharp pine bitterness. Very well done and balanced.

M: Medium body, average carbonation, a bit slick feeling.

O: Great drinkability for a double IPA. Nice balance and the abv is hidden pretty damn well. This is the prototypical style of double IPA that I enjoy the most. Sweet tropical and citrus fruits with a solid malt backbone.

herman77, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Consumed 11/1/11

Appearance: A dark orange with hints of gold, mostly clear but a little hazy - starts off with a nice white head, fades to some foam and sticky lacing - good, but could be better

Smell: A blast of citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, some pith - some pine in here, too - hops are quite intense, but there are some pale malts underneath, some hints of a light biscuit... buried in a pile of citrus and pine

Taste: Hoppy with a bitterness that kicks you in the teeth - tons of orange, and grapefruit - flesh and pith - lots of pine, too - some other fruits - a slight malt base, honestly could be a bit stronger with the pure assault of hops, but who cares at this level of madness - some sweetness, but this is all about the bitterness - one of the most bitter DIPAs I've encountered - also just had a double-take at the ABV - is this really 9.5%? - doesn't taste like it at all

Mouthfeel: Medium body, some stickiness but mostly dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: Masterful

I'm glad I finally had a chance to try this one. It's probably one of the most bitter beers I've ever tasted. It's also one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. It's up there with Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Gandhi-Bot, and Hopslam for me. Simply great, and now I must get more.

angrybabboon, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I heard Three Floyds was coming back to Ohio, I was excited, mostly because they are known for their IPA's and Double IPA's and I, coincidentally, love IPA's. Of their stable of IPA's, Dreadnaught was heralded as one of their better IPA offerings. So, what better to put me in a good mood after a bad Browns loss than to sample some of this elixir?

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a slighlty hazy copper color, with a two finger creme colored head that leaves moderate lacing as it is swirled.

Spicy and fruity smelling, there's mango, pineapple, white pepper, citrus, and tobacco all melding and mixing for just a heavenly aroma. Pine boughs and juniper berries help complete the scene, all supported by a honey sweet malt backbone.

Taste is sublime! Sweet and spicy to start, with pineapple and grapefruit, giving way to a leafy, almost earthy malt middle, before finishing with a tongue drying hop bitter to finish. The hops, though oily, are not too resinous, and while bitter, are not too dry. Poweful, yet balanced, this is what a DIPA is supposed to taste like.

Medium to full bodied, this is a brew to be savored. The intense bitter leaves the tongue and gums tingling, and while this ale has lingering bitterness, it is not dry to the point of distraction.

Wow, this is an awesome DIPA, and is by far the best of the Three Floyds I've tried thus far. Hoppy, fruity, malty, spicy and bitter, it combines all the traditional touchstones of a good DIPA without going too far on any one of them. An absolute must try, and one which I will snap up again if I can find it.

TheHoppiest, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of gratefuld
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear golden pour, with a half inch thick head that slowly faded away. What a great looking beer!

S: This beer smells great. You get a bunch of peach and citrus. Maybe a little grapefruit as well. The hops smell is exceptional on this beer. Doesn't get much better than this in my book.

T: Wow is that a great taste. So smooth and well balanced. The hop taste is exceptional and is tamed at the end with a subtle malt and caramel undertone. I can't tell you how much I like this beer! It's a great hop flavor with mild bitterness up front and a great finish.

M: Easy and smooth on the tongue. Mouthfeel is almost as good as the taste.

O: This is such a great beer. I've only had this a couple of times, but I hope to have it again! I only see it every now and then at the local places, even though I live in Indiana. Definitely give this one a try if you see it at your local purveyor of fine beverages.

gratefuld, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Received in a trade with rfraga77. Many thanks!

A: Absolutely crystal clear beer that is on the golden side of orange in color. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a one finger head the ever-so-slowly disappears leaving a lace slug-trail on its way down.

S: God damn. This is fresh and this is stupendous. Easily one of, if not the nicest smelling beers I've ever smelled. This, PtE, and Citra are the holy trinity of hop-forward IIPAs. Piney first, followed by the zesty snap of grapefruit rind. A touch of alcohol on the tail end of the nose lets you know it means business.

T: Delicious. Follows the nose almost directly with exception of the hop profiles switching roles. The citrus hits first followed by a nice balance of malt, with the pine-hop rounding out the taste at the back end. I may have been expecting a touch more out of this with such a stellar nose than I actually received, hence only the 4 for taste. "Only."

M: Medium-high level of carbonation lifts the oils right off of your tongue and sends em straight to the roof of your mouth leaving such a wonderfully bitter aftertaste that I've come to love with my all-star IIPAs. The alcohol creates a slight burn in the back of the throat and down to the belly but on a cold night, it's most welcomed. Oily sticky aftertaste lingers on and on. It's certainly a palate killer, but if it wasn't, I'd be disappointed.

O: Top notch. One of the best IIPAs I've ever had. I'm an IIPA freak too and it's really no surprise given the reputation of this beer. That tends to make me a touch more skeptical going in though - maybe skeptical isn't the word, more careful. I'm careful not to let the previous reviews skew my own personal feelings on a beer and I think I gave this one a fair shake. This one settles in nicely on the podium with a bronze medal in IIPAs. I give the gold to Pliny the Elder, Silver to Citra, and bronze to Dreadnaught. Very, very well done, Three Floyds. Very well done indeed.

suspect, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp orange-gold, like white grape juice. Thin white head with little lacing. Powerful aroma of sweet tropical fruit, honey and a touch of pine. Reminds me of a slightly maltier Hopslam. Taste follows the aroma, complex hops with just enough bready malt to hold up. Light on the tongue and highly drinkable.

rab53, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of matttttYCE
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kayn169 for this and a number of other things from Three Floyds that have been big wants for a long time!

Appearance - This one pours with a brilliant yellow golden color, slightly hazy, with a head of a little more than 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. Head sticks around beautifully lasting through me writing this section and the smell section and some of the taste as well, leaving lots of sticky lace around the sides.

Smell - In my reviewing of this I take note of the appearance, the head, then jump right to the smell section. Wonderfully aromatic hops waft from this beer after the cap is popped and it is poured into the glass. The hops at play here are very citrus, lemon, peach, grapefruit, mango and tropical fruit with some herb and pine in there also. Caramel malt lends some sweetness and balancing nature without coming off as bready or "malty," oh no, the hops are the mainstay here. Honey smell in there as well.

Taste - Follows the nose pretty well citrusy-orange hops, lemongrass, those are the main properties I get. Not quite as pronounced are the tropical fruits, the peach, the mango, the pineapple, the pine, some floral qualities (maybe that's just all the sweetness talking), with honey-like sweetness, a substantial caramel malt backbone that still mostly takes a backseat to the hops, slight bready-ness, but swept away by a moderate bitterness on the end. Hops are the main attraction but they aren't crazy out of control as the malt backbone is solid and keeps things balanced and under control without being dominant. Nice and complex.

Mouthfeel - Smooth consistency, moderate, creamy carbonation, medium body, and a finish that is a bit shorter lived than "average length." Very nice and drinkable, especially with the higher ABV.

Overall - Essentially 4.0s across the board. Overall, a wonderful DIPA. I don't know that I can put it in my top 5, quite a competitive group those five, but it's certainly within my top 15, maybe even my top 10...but we'll have to see about that once I've tried Arctic Panzer Wolf and Apocalypse Cow, both of which I also recieved from Kayn169! Thanks again, Jason! Can't wait to crack the others. Anyways, definitely do yourself a favor and try this beer if you like IPAs/DIPAs. It's a good one.

matttttYCE, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into shaker pints.

A- Cloudy, toasted brown. Very light head and hardly any lacing at all.

S- Not overly fragrant. Just a bit of warm hops and hay.

T- Smooth. Almost too smooth. Nothing punching me in the face like I want from an Imperial IPA. That said it has a distinctive taste profile, the hops followed by a touch of sweetness, caramel, strawberries. A solid hop finish. 9.5% wow, to hide it this well is working magic.

M- Crisp, slightly sugary on tongue.

O- A solid beer. I wouldn't mind sessioning this. Another I would like to try on draft. Three Floyds never fails, but this isn't my very favorite.

Nachojon, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellowish-straw color; pinky-width head, light lacing

S: The nose bursts out with sweet tropical fruity hops as soon as I crack this baby open. Damn it smells good!

T: Mellow earthy/tropical hops up front; expands along the middle with a slight malty backbone; finishes with a deliciously sweet/bitter finish. Definitely not the fruity hop-bomb I was expecting, but still very delicious.

M: Medium carbonation; medium-thick viscosity, yet somehow still refreshing

O: This is a deliciously balanced DIPA bursting with hops. I would very much recommend for anyone who loves IPAs to try this brew

Jules11788, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of jgagne
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep golden orange body with exceptional creamy white head.

S-Prominent grapefruit, tropical fruit. Overabundance of hops, smells wonderful.

T-A hop attack on your palate, with a more smooth and crisp finish. A wonder tropical fruit hop taste. Well balanced and delicious.

M-Medium body with medium high carbonation. Drinks pretty easy

O-Really a world class Imperial IPA. Wonderful interpretation of the style. One of my favorite imperial ipa's,and for that matter one of my favorite brews. Great stuff

jgagne, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for the bottleshare

Look: Yellowish orange in color with a 1/4 inch head and just ok retention

Smell: Very muted citrus notes was really expecting more from the nose

Taste: There is some grapefruit notes and a decent malt backbone and thats about it

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Just a decent IPA

DarthKostrizer, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to crushedvol for this bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful pure gold with 1 full finger of fluffy white head. The bubbles clear quickly, but leave a thick film along the edges of the glass. There is some serious lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells mainly of lemons. Citrus, but no huge grapefruit notes. There is also an earthiness in the nose, like slightly roasted malt and pine.

T: Starts off sweet, with a hit of tropical fruits. It then shifts to essences of pine and lemon. But there is always a sweet tropical fruit presence to balance it out. The finish is a little bitter, but nothing too strong.

M: Full bodied beer. On occasion you'll feel the need to chew this beer down. It coats the palate nicely with out leaving any harsh flavors behind.

O: A really quality beer. I've had this brew before, but I'm enjoying is more now, than ever. If this were available in my area, I'd pick it up on occasion.

trxxpaxxs, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Keithstone44
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

A: pours a hazy dark-golden color with a slim 1-finger head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: lovely citrus and pine aroma that engulfes the senses. Very aromatic beer

T: Citrus-hops and grapefruit up front with some slight breadiness following. Sweet enough to balance the hop bitterness, yet mellow enough to allow the other flavors to surface

M: medium-bodied with a great level of carbonation. Cuts throught the maltiness without being overbearing

O: A very well-balanced beer, and one that is a hallmark of its respective style. When I think of midwestern DIPA's, I think of this one

Keithstone44, Oct 24, 2011
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,034 ratings.