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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

4,950 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,950
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,744
Gots: 569 | 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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been in the craft beer world too long without having a Dreadnaught. Every time I go on a beer run, it’s staring me in the face; however, because of the price and the lack of a bottle date, I’ve decided to pass. Until now! I know this bomber’s fresh, so I forked over the $12. I love me some Three Floyd’s, and this seems to be one of their most beloved brews. Can’t wait to take a sip…

A: One of the best looking DIPA’s I’ve seen in a while. It pours a rich, shining gold that sparkles at every turn, with a creamy white head. There’s so much lacing, too – it’s a web of sticky foam. Even the head retention is pretty good. Very nicely done.

S: Extreme hoppiness – I like it. Big pine scents are first, followed by a cavalcade of fruit: mango, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine. The malts are definitely overshadowed, but you can still make out a clean sugariness with every sniff. It’s warm and sweet, like a candy syrup. Every scent is grounded in freshness, making this nose nothing but refreshing.

T: Nice balance for such a hop-centric brew! The first tastes I get are actually breads, fresh from the oven. The malts have to have their say first, because they know that they’ll soon be overtaken by hoppy bitterness. Pure sugar and leafy grains hit at the same time, but, as two different but tasty flavors will do, they contrast each other nicely. There’s no getting around it; the malt backing on this beer is huge. I’m not a big fan of super malt-bombs, which is why I’m glad there’s a whole lot of hops to distract me. The bitters come in quickly, but never really break the smoothness of the palate; a testament to the strength of the malts. The finish, then, instead of being overly dry, is more a tongue-smacking sweetness mixed in with only a hint of hoppy astringency. There are certainly a lot of flavors at work in this brew.

M: Bubbly, smooth, just the slightest bit crisp. This is a thick DIPA, which works to play up the maltiness of the palate. Like I said, I’m not a fan of super malty beers, so the feel doesn’t really cater to my interests. Still, it's an appropriate amount of carbonation and viscosity.

O: Not my favorite Three Floyd’s offering. It has good flavor, but I’ve had better DIPA’s for the money. Still, it will satisfy any malt lover’s sweet tooth, while also catering to hopheads everywhere. Good beer, great brewery, just not exactly my style.

BarryMFBurton, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Three floyds doesnt care about bottle date, so neither to I!

A: apricot ale with less than single finger of egg whites. This dissipates quickly to a broken sheet of the same. Ring lace. Excellent clarity.

S: biscuit malt, some citric hops. Hints of pine sol. Meh.

T: soooo, this beer quite sweet. Like honey and biscuits. Hints of pine. Not much else.

M: medium bodied and moderately hi carb.

O: I'm gonna guess this is old, but hard to tell. Until I've had a confirmed fresh beer, I have to say this beer is average.

harrymel, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Lost Abbey stem.

Pours a slightly hazy light-orange with a nice slightly off-white head that sticks all over the glass. Looks impressive. The aroma is a combination of piney, grassy and fruity (grapefruit, orange) hops. Smells good. Slightly grapefruit hop bitterness gives way to an abundant soapy bitterness balanced with some a bit of malt. The middle to finish of this beer is a bit off-putting with the soapy flavor and harsh finishing bitterness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the ABV and style with good carbonation. Overall I just don't get this beer. This is the second time I have had it and both times I don't think it works. The hop profile finishes fairly off-putting, though it seems close. I'll have to try this one at the brewery some time.

seeswo, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to our IPA day party.

A - Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head leaving small beads of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of a mix of grassy and citric hops, tropical fruits; mostly grapefruit and pineapple; and some light sweetness from the lightly toasted caramel malt.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of grassy hops quickly giving way to a mix of even more citric hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and the ever present caramel malt. I am glad I drank this one when I did as it seems like the sweetness is growing quickly, swallowing up the juicy hops. The finish is a mix of hop bitterness and caramel sweetness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, hoppy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - When fresh, this one is hard to beat. It is very well balanced and has plenty of hops for even the most fervent hop head. I hope to try this one on-tap someday and really give it a proper going over.

orangesol, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of snpub540
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy orange hue with a fluffy white head that left some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly citrus and floral hops with some malt sweetness which is mostly a caramel aroma.

Taste is sweet upfront balanced by a citrus and grassy bitterness. Very dry in the finish, but the hop flavor feels slightly faint.

Alcohol isn't a factor until this beer warms up. Easy drinking IIPA but I wish it was a little more aggressive.

snpub540, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of vande
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ~ a sunset orange, hazy like a summer day... with a nice pretty frothy cap

S ~ Floral, citrus hops... a pretty smell, if pretty could be used as an adjective for odors.. one that IPA drinkers I'm sure agree with...

T ~ Beginers touch of a sweetness which leads you down the yellow brick road of hop heaven... The grapefruit and floral notes splash your palate repeatedly...

M ~ medium bodied well carbonated IPA that was way easy to drink

O ~ I read someone's review stating how it was the cornocopia of hop flavors, or something to that affect. Agreed ~ definitely a beer to revisit.

vande, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A super-sweet, enticing aroma of tropical fruit, hops, and malt.

T: There's a lot going on here: A big shot of hops (though it's never overly bitter or dominant), caramel, peaches, and mango. Very balanced, complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the most likable, easy to drink DIPAs I've tried recently. Surprisingly subtle flavorful.

avalon07, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to orangesol for sharing this -enjoyed from tulip poured from a bomber.

The color is golden yellow with amber tinges similar to a golden peach, the cap is pale with rocky top and tight bead. The smell has a potent hop combo with faint pineapple blending with a slight floral and citrus combo. The intense aroma carries over into the feel with a good balance of hop bitterness and resins from the oily american hop with bitterness in the high range and a good amount of malt backing with moderate carbonation and dry alcoholic finish.

The taste is herbal and grassy up front with huge tangy tropical fruit flavor and mild grapefruity acidity with a slight pineapple and orange rind element. The grassy herbal taste returns with some slightly sweet malt and mellow alcohol in the semi-dry finish. Overall a pretty great beer, seems like a classic Imperial IPA flavor with moderate alcohol and plenty of bitterness, yet the aroma and flavoring hops are not neglected at all. This is well worth enjoying if you can get some fresh.

Slatetank, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had shared a bomber of this fantastic IPA last month but I picked up a bomber a few weeks back on my trip to the brewery. This time I was able to enjoy the entire bomber by myself and I really wish that I bought several more! I poured the beer into my DFH snifter to find a dark hazy golden body with an one inch head that leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

This is a fantastic smelling beer dominated with the citrus hops with hints of pineapple and tropical fruits, did I mention the citrus hops are just mouth-watering. This is one of those beers that the aroma hits you as soon as you crack the bottle open.

Amazing flavor, I wish I could drink this one everyday. The hops hit you hard first but quickly giveaway to all of the citrus and tropical notes. You get the caramel malt towards the back but it quickly gives way to the bitterness. A lot going on, but blended so well together.

Creamy texture, so smooth and balanced and easy to drink. The alcohol is very well hidden and you don't notice it at all. Overall just a fantastic beer and easily in my top five overall and my second favorite IPA. A Midwestern beer that is confused on what time zone it is in.

Dan3279, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of kdmcguire10
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant orange color, one inch creamy head. Excellent Retention.

Wonderful citrus, floral aroma. Slight pine cent in the background.

Taste - Incredibly well-balanced. Sweet, orange peel. Light carbonation. Silky smooth.

Overall: Just a top shelf IPA. Second only to Pliny in my opinion. Right next to Hopslam.

kdmcguire10, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of pigc
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light copper with a one and a half finger head.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, slight pine in there as well

T - Immediate wave of hoppy goodness! Orange marmalade, citrus, mango with just enough malt backbone to balance things out very nicely. Sweetens up as it warms.

M - Medium body, oily resinous hops engulf your mouth.

O - Very, very good IIPA! This one is worth seeking out and lives up to the hype! Quite expensive at $10 or more for a bomber but definitely one of FFF's best beers! Great beer to celebrate National IPA day...cheers!

pigc, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of mikul93
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A poured a dark golden with a nice finger head.

S Not as fragrant as other Imperial IPA's but still getting lots of citrus and sweet malts. Some pine.

T Sweet malt hits the tongue followed by the grapefruit/citrus flavor, followed by the bitter hops. Nice balanced beer.

M Medium body with nice carbonation.

O This is a great Imperial IPA. Well balanced.

mikul93, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a gorgeous,vibrant orange with a slight haze that sat beneath 2 1/2 inches of durable,bone-white head.Unbelievable retention and ridiculously thick and gummy,concentric rings of lacing.Exactly what a IIPA should look like in my opinion.

S-Bright citrus and musky,tropical fruit,sweet cracker-like malts,summer flowers,honeysuckle,pine resin,grassy hop notes and hop oil.

T-Sweet citric and tropical fruit hops,slick pine, grapefruit rind bitterness,accomodating caramel and butter cracker malts and grassy/floral notes.

M-Medium/full bodied with a remarkable slickness and drinkability.Sweetness on the tongue from hops and malts alike but the lingering bitterness is the star.

O-Seriously top notch IIPA.Glad to have finally tried this one.

StlHopHead77, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of huhl23
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to beergynt for this trade. Poured into a DFH snifter. Poured a medium amber orange with two finger head with great lacing. The nose is incredible. Wow. Sitting two feet from the brew and can still smell it. Very fruity, hoppy, little bit of orange I detect. The taste is incredible as I had hoped. Very balanced. Mouthfeel was a bit creamy with little carbonation. Overall an excellent beer that I wish I had access to in Georgia. But such is life.

Edit Review 8-29-11

My sister came to visit from IN and brought me some fresh Dreadnaught according to the store she got it at. This is a world class IPA. I've had Pliny and this is right up there with Pliny. If FFF ever comes to GA I'll be in heaven.

huhl23, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 7/27/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with dense off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by fruity hops, pineapple, orange and mango come to mind with a fair amount of sweet malt in there as well, very little detectable alcohol.

T: Lots of hop bitterness up front with less hop flavor than in the nose. After the initial wave of bitterness comes a combination of grapefruit and pineapple hops with caramel malt. Finishes with a bitter aftertaste and lingering hop flavor. As it warms the strong initial bitterness fades a bit as the hop flavors and some malt sweetness come through much more. Definitely tasting quite a bit better once it warms up a bit from refrigerator temp.

M: Somewhat sticky and resinous medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Good DIPA, I have a feeling that this may not be as fresh as can be but without a date on the bottle I can't be totally sure, it is still drinking really well none the less.

Azurescens, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a tulip.

Light in color and golden, two-finger head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

Smell is great--lots of tropical aromas, like mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Right out of the bottle, this is one of the best beer aromas I've smelled. As it warms, some sweeter malt and alcohol join in the mix.

Flavor is relatively balanced for the style, with smooth malt and fruity hop flavors running parallel. Great mango/grapefruit hop flavors. A bit sweet in the middle and finishes with a nice hop kick. Really an easy one to drink for the ABV, and the alcohol bite is minimal.

Mouthfeel is medium and leaves a creamy texture on the mouth. Appropriate enough.

This is a great DIPA, and one of the best I've had. It's not quite the hop bomb I remember it being when I had it on tap at the brewery, but it's a perfect example of how to make a drinkable DIPA with both balance and great hop flavor.

musicforairports, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler into imperial nonic.
Shared by my bro-in-law (godin64bit) while we did some work around my house.

Light clear gold with a white head. Nice thick rings and globs of lacing.
Smells of caramel malts and some pale dry malts as well. The hop bill is huge and lucious with giant grapefruit and oranges coming through. The flavor adds a little note of pineapple with some resiny pine on the dry bitter finish.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation and a great lingering bitter dryness.

Man I love this beer. FFF is my favorite brewery for many reasons, and dreadnaught is certainly a big plus in their corner.

AleWatcher, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy honey color with a big cream colored head and absolutely ridiculous lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of mango, some peach and a lot of citrus hops. As the beer warms, some hop resin comes in as well.

T: Big citrus hops upfront. Juicy grapefruit and grapefruit pith. Lots of sweet malts follow with some flavors of caramel and mango. Finish brings some more hops with a touch of pine. Velvety mouthfeel is thicker than I'm used to in an IPA, but I really like it.

notchucknorris, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a small, but long lasting cap of white froth, rings of sticky lacing left on the glass. Intoxicating scent of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine, flowers, peach with a fruity and grahmn cracker sweetness, touch of vanilla and hints of alcohol. Taste follows scent, first suprise was lack of overwhelming palate scorching bitterness which was a good thing in this case. Fruity sweet with decent grahmn crackery malt backbone. Medium bodied, dry finnish. An excellent dIPA.

rfgetz, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dreadnaught IPA, Three Floyds, 9.5% abv

A: It has a bright cloudy tangerine and orange haziness to it, lots of foam with huge carbonation. The lacing is thin but the whole presentation is great.

S: It reeks of huge grapefruit and tangelo notes, some mild orange rind dryness, and almost zero herbal aspects to it.

T: The taste almost directly mirrors the smell, which is surprisingly rare in IPAs this big and complex. It has that great juiciness of Sculpin, orange notes, a strange tartness similar to grapefruit or unripe tangerines. This is incredibly refreshing and the abv sneaks in like a Trojan horse.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit bigger than the standard DIPA but it doesn’t toe into that disappointing maharaja range with excessive coating and chewing. This beer has an exceptional balance. A strange note that needs commenting upon is how good the bubbles feel. They somehow hit an exceptional attenuation/carbonation level. Three Floyds consistently delivers exceptional products and this one delivers.

D: This is clearly exceptionally drinkable but the lack of availability, price point, and high-ish abv seems to draw away from the universal applicability of this beer. It is a world class but it as far as the epic DIPA class goes it is certainly not best in show. Overall, a great beer and the Midwest has a viable answer to the west coast giants.

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SubpoenaDeuces, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of mentaltraveller
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. served in a snifter. Hazy orange color. Pine/hops dominate the nose; this beer almost smells sticky, if that is possible. Strong IPA flavors; hops, pine, grapefruit. Slippery/buttery mouthfeel.The mouthfeel really sets this apart; points for being unique. A good strong american ipa i would definitely drink again.

mentaltraveller, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Slipperys
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I love this brewery. I love every beer they make except the Rabid Rabbit(but I really don't like that style). Love this.

Deep Orange Color, like the hops made their home in this beer.

Great Hop Aroma!!

Strong Upfront Taste with a great balancing job.

If you can find this, get many and share with your friends...

Slipperys, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip.

pours a cloudy, deep maple/honey color. excellent head, ditto the lacing in the glass.

nose - nice bready aroma. hops are understated - some pine, some citrus a little pepper, a good balance is struck. taste is a bit inverse from the nose - very hop-forward. any concerns about the malt being too much are quickly dissapated.

mouthfeel is super - full on the palate, and yet slick enough it begs for more drinks.

at 9.5%, this goes down WAAAY too easy! wish southern oregon got this on the shelves.

robbrandes, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of siege06nd
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber hue, sweet translucent magnificence in my Great Lakes British pint glass. Nice bubbly thick white head leaves good lacing across the sides of the glass. like a protein stain on a fresh pair of silk boxers (you can't wear those again). Quarter inch head lingers through tasting. Beer pours and looks like a summer sunset.

S: Wow, grapefruit rocks the nose. Its friends mango, allspice, and pine resin kick in the door and launder my socks for good measure. This brew smells sweet, citrusy, and complex. Can't wait.

T: The rapacious citrus notes overwhelm the palate, melding into a soft bouquet of grapefruit and pine. The malts stand up nicely to the overwhelming hops with the calming presence of a shirtless uncle at the end of a family picnic. This beer is absolutely righteous....easily one of the top 5 DIPAs I have tasted.

M: Very well balanced. Surprisingly smooth for such a strong hop presence, like the skin on the nape of Russell Crowe's neck. Leaves a lingering, cloying pine feel on the mid palate. Carbonation is perfect.

O: Dreadnaught IPA is worth every bit of the hype, like the 5th time you watch "Grandma's Boy". It has an assertive hop presence which is balanced perfectly by the flavorful malts. The beer looks, smells, and tastes beautifully. An outstanding achievement.

siege06nd, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy, sort of orangey-amber pour. Big, fluffy white head. Great retention, solid lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Mangos and more mangos. Very strong citrus aroma, not much beyond that that I can really discern, it's so powerful. A little pine resin behind it but not much.

T: Mango as expected from the aroma. There is a strong pine bitterness hiding in there now. A bit of caramel helps round it out. As it warms up the peach really starts to show itself. Yum!

M: Pretty mid-level mouthfeel. Quite drying on the aftertaste.

O: Good hop-forward DIPA. A "must" if you are a mango fan, this one is saturated with the smell and flavor.

Dope, Jul 18, 2011
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,950 ratings.