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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

4,782 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,782
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,721
Gots: 506 | FT: 20
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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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -5%

Bottle. Pours a deep orange amber color with a flufy white, slightly tan head that collars around the glass as it settles. Nice lace forms as the head goes down. A very malty, sweet smelling citrus hop flavor eminates from the nose. Very nice smelling. Tropical fruit type aroma. Nice medium mouthfeel. The taste is sweet upfront with a nice fruity, hoppy flavors that lingers for a while. Very slight alcohol bite at the end. Very easy drinking for being a 9.5%. Really well balanced beer. Totally deserves to be rated as high as it is.

10-13-2010 23:57:00 | More by kbutler1
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

A: A hazy amber hue with orange highlights body and a decent size creamy head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

S: I can't decide if it's pineapple or grapefruit I'm picking up in the aroma, but it's definitely blended with piney hops. A very sweet smelling beer with fruity esters, loads of hops, a soft caramel malts in the background.

T: One of the sweeter DIPAs I've had, but is perfectly balanced with a much needed bitter aftertaste. Smooth grapefruit, light hops, sweet pineapple, mango, white sugars, and a noticable caramel malts are a great blend on the palate. Not as hoppy as some DIPAs, but still one of the better ones I've tried.

M: Medium body with lively carbonation and light syrup texture.

D: My first FFF and it was not a let down. Great beer that is extremely easy to drink. Highly recommend to any DIPA lover.

10-12-2010 12:29:48 | More by BrewCrew2010
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domtronzero

California

3.73/5  rDev -15.6%

Thanks Dankbeers619! You are one dirty bastard when it comes to bottle sharing (in an exceptionally good way).

A - Slight murky orange copper with a ling lasting big whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Big citrusy huge piny hop aroma, little bit of sweet malts. Lite fruity esters. A little alcohol.

F/M - Piny resinous citrusy hops. Quite resinous. Light caramel maltiness, little bit bready. Very bitter. Dry, slightly astringent finish. Lingering piny aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation, light alcoholic warmth.

D - Good, clean and easy drinking. Too much resinous flavors, but that's okay. Quite flavorful and worthy of another glass.

10-09-2010 08:06:32 | More by domtronzero
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

This was a late addition to the tasting lineup as a friend had unexpectedly brought this back from Chicago for Trey. Trey was nice enough to share this with me.

Poured into a tulip, the color is deep orange amber. Capped off by a great thick and coarse head that leaves spotty gobs of lacing, this is a beautiful pour.

An explosion of citrus reminiscent of west coast IPAs. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, and a huge dank hop bitterness inundate the nose. The taste is again intense grapefruit, hints of pineapple, but a great floral character slides in there as well. There is a good malt backbone that just serves to balance a bit of the bitterness but doesn't add noticeable sweetness. The alcohol is not easily found, as I had this pegged for a 7%er.

Resinous and sticky, hops are the story of this beer. This is one that a) I wish were distributed in Philly, and b) I wish didn't fly off the shelves so quickly in the midwest so that I could get my hands on it more easily.

10-09-2010 01:24:17 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz bottel ( thx raverjames ) poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A-nice deep, clear golden amber color with a good two fingers of white head that leaves a beautiful lace on the glass

S-huge notes of grapefruit, theres a good bit of citrus, hops galore, with a slight sweet caramel malt backbone that really barely shows through

T-follows the nose, huge HOPS! big grapefruit tastes, lots of citrus, Honey , a hint of piney resign, maybe a hint of the caramel malt backbone finishing slighty bitter ( orange Peel ) in a good way

M-full bodied beer that is very smooth, quite syrupy in a great way with Nice carbonation , going down easy

D- very drinkable , i could drink this all day long , very Nice

10-07-2010 19:57:04 | More by beerpirates
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chicano4craft

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured into tulip. Dark golden and very clear. Fluffly white head that sticks around for quite awhile.

Big piney grapefruit in the nose. Citrus and very floral. Slight sweetness. Very nice.

WOW! Hop smack right in the kisser. The malt balances just at the last second with sweet and bready. Bitter after taste. Lots of the promised grapefruit and pine. Great lacing.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Not heavy. Great balancing act. Very good drinkability. The ABV is going to sneak up because I'm drinking this way to fast.

One of my favorite IIPA's. Man, do I wish I could get this gem all the time. Nicely done.

10-05-2010 23:06:27 | More by chicano4craft
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.95/5  rDev +12%

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Looks off liquid gold with some slight orange hints. There is a thin white head that recedes quickly and leaves a nice ring around the glass.

S - Delicious slight honey aromas with some nice sweet grapefruit and tangerines. Very typical but well executed DIPA aroma. Nice flowery bouquet as well. There is a lot of tropical fruits in here as well. Pineapple and some papaya. Wow. The more I get into this aroma the more variety pops up.

T & M - Flavor is as expected and delicious. Starts off with some nice citrusy hop flavor and some nice bitterness. It is followed by that great tropical fruit flavor. Tangerines and grapefruit with sweet oranges as well. After this nice hop pageant there is a solid malt backbone with nice grassy and earthy tones. Some nut and slight spices are also perceived. The feel is nice and medium bodied with great alcohol warmth and nice crisp notes. Great carbonation level. Clean flavors as well.

D - Very delicious and highly deserved of praise. Very easy to drink because its well made. Higher ABV might be a danger.

10-03-2010 21:33:09 | More by JoEBoBpr
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with slight hues of red and green. I'm guessing the green hue comes from the wealth of dry hopping.

The smell is a good combination of malts and tropical hops. Pineapple, orange, and pine hop oils are pleasantly placed to provide a great aroma.

The taste is chock full of hops with a good deal of malts to balance it. This has the balance of 60% hops 40% malts as I like in a DIPA. After the initial taste of caramel malts, my mouth is bombarded by pleasant tropical hops that remind me of pineapple and mangos. There is also peach, orange, and a bit of pine in the aftertaste.

This has a rich feel in the mouth that is medium to full in body but definitely heavy on the tongue. The taste is clean for how hoppy it is providing a mild hop aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable DIPA, especially at nearly 10%.

I really enjoy FFF's beers, the hop combinations are great. They definitely have the hoppy beers down, I wish I could get my hands on some dark lord to try their high end stouts.

10-02-2010 19:44:00 | More by TCgoalie
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.9/5  rDev +10.9%

Served in a stone IPA glass with Real Time playing. The perfect glass and politics to enhance it all...what better setting for my 100th BA review!

Pours a golden copper orange color, a touch lighter than many similar IIPAs. Two/three finger head. Not the thickest or creamiest, but very respectable none the less.

A floral symphony! Grape fruit, citrus lemon and other flavors. The malt is so subtle in the back ground it is almost like it's not there.

Damn...this bottle is old! Well so much for the perfect 100th review, but since FFF doesn't bottle date I suppose this is how they wanted me to enjoy it. OK...it's not really old but compared to the tap version I had last week this is a huge step back. Hops up front pinching on the tongue, citrus and amazingly clean and crisp. A bit fresher and they almost bite down on your tongue and burn like alcohol will at the finish of a beer. Here the malt is getting a bit more attention than it serves. Caramelized fruit mixes in with the citrus notes and truly doesn't disappoint. Amazing how this beer effects the tongue. All beers should hit the front of your tongue first where you will pick up on the sweet malt and then as the beer moves back you'll pick up on the bitter effects. The malt opens this beer barely, but the hops just out of nowhere just consume your entire tongue. Then as they leave the malt sticks around just long enough to remind you that it's also a sweet beer. The alcohol is virtually non existent.

I often feel the best sign of a GREAT IPA is that when a hair more age than you'd like, it's still an amazing treat. Hopslam does this...and I feared dreadnaught was a one trick pony, but nope. This is still a true master piece.

I often pass by this beer because of the price. 10 bucks for a 22oz is obscene. That's nearly a 33 dollar 6 pack. Or nearly double the price of a hopslam 6er. But damn if this isn't worth it. This beer is just sublime.

10-02-2010 15:05:00 | More by bobhits
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brewdan

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a golden-orange hue with a nice foamy white head.

Smell is tropical fruits and orangey hops. Nice pineapple, mango smell mingled with orange zest and slightly piney hops.

Taste lives up to the awesome smell. There is a nice malt bill that compliments the tropical fruit flavors and smooth hoppy character. Not an over-the-top hop bomb but rather a nice balanced fruit juicy hop presence. Tons of hops in the mix but not bitter. Finish dries the palate out nicely.

Wonderfully creamy ever so slightly resiny mouthfeel. Superb.

Well, what's not to like? Not for fans of west coast style hop bombs for sure but this is one really well balanced brew. Being that it costs as much as a sixer of Alpha King I want to hate it but I can't. It's just too damn good.

Well done Three Floyds!

09-30-2010 00:17:39 | More by brewdan
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%

Slightly hazed, bronzed orange. bottle conditioned. Huge frothy caramel tinted offwhite head. Great retention. Shelves of thick lacing fused together with frosted etched lace.

Toasted biscuit and cookie dough. Resinous floral and pine, dank, grapefruit. vanilla and caramel.

Juicy grapfruit and floral. Toasty biscuit and caramel. Sharp blast of bitter resins, pine and grapefruit. resinous sticky bitterness. some vanilla.

med plus body. slow subtle carb. works well. smooth finish, sticky, resinous, drying, touch of creaminess.

Big bitter resinous bastard. Hoppy and delicious. Wish I lived closer to FFF.

Thanks to enelson for the bottle.

09-27-2010 19:28:54 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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alkemy

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%

Very slightly hazy golden orange pour with a pretty decent sized fluffy off-white head after an aggressive pour from the bomber. The big head didn't really stick around long and there wasn't a tremendous of lacing. The smell is of pine and tropical fruits. There's also a good amount of sweet bready malts noticeable in the aroma. Great hop presence on the tongue. Again, a biting pine with tropical fruits following. The finish is of bitter grapefruit. Pretty good amount of sweetness to balance, but there just wasn't as much bitterness as I was hoping for. I actually thought this was a bit on the weak side for a DIPA. Perhaps I thought this was going to be something it was never intended to be. In any regard it is very good. I've just had other DIPA's that offer a bit more in viscosity and bitterness.

09-26-2010 22:03:29 | More by alkemy
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -12.2%

Got this as an extra in a trade. Glad to try it as I've heard good things. 22oz bottle...

A: Medium golden copper with a thick 1+ inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get intense citrus / piney hops upfront quickly followed by some grapefruit and finished with some faint suagry malt. Good.

T: Starts with an incredibly bitter dry hop which is quickly followed by some grapefruit. Some creamy citrus in the middle with faint malty fruit hidden on the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy dry carbonation. Decent.

D: This one is a little tougher to get through because of the super bitter hop forcefield. Once you break the barrier, you're good. Decent.

All in all, this is a good brew. Glad I got to try it. If you like super bitter / dry IPA's, then this is your brew. I'm not huge on the super bitter thing, so it's good for me, but not great. Definitely worth hunting if you like the style.

09-26-2010 06:16:12 | More by steve8robin
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%

I haven't had this one in a while, but I've had it many times in the past, including on tap at the brewpub.

A: Cloudy, light orange/yellow color with about 1/2 finger worth of head and nice carbonation.

S: OK, this thing is starting to scare me. My mouth is puckered, I've got my guard up, and I'm bracing myself for the hop explosion! Malt, orange, grapefruit, a bit of peach, and awesomeness! - in that order.

T: Man candy! Lady candy! Everybody candy! This one is actually very malty and the alcohol taste like it is wrapped in pixie stick dust, gummy bears, cotton candy, and every other yummy junk food under the sun. It's almost caramel and pine were mixed together, re-mix, and continuously tweaked until perfection was achieved. Wowser!

M: Despite its name, this one doesn't coat, but it's definitely a slow drinker. VERY slow even. Is citrus a texture? That is really the best way to describe the mouthfeel on this one.

D: This is one of those rare brews that gets even better after every sip. If a genie granted me three wishes, I would use one of them to ask the genie to give me the talent that the peeps at FFF possess. The ABV is high, the candy-coated alcohol is present, but I don't give a shit.

FFF is the best brewery in the world.

09-26-2010 02:26:56 | More by Chaney
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.88/5  rDev -12.2%

First pour is un-impressive. Nice copper color with a real thing white head that fades quick. No - to not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is a little lacking. A little lemon and pine hop aroma meets the nose. Flavor makes up for what the aroma lacks. Good maltyness with a little crystal malt to pop it. Good lemony and pine hop up front and through the middle with a nice lingering bitter finish that lasts. Mouthfeel is a little slick, but still good. I was honestly expecting a lot more from this beer. I had high hopes. I'd give it another try, maybe my bottle was a little old.

09-26-2010 00:28:27 | More by pmlondrigan
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%

Hazy orangish-brown with a frothy head.

Smells caramelly and malty Accented by a big fruity grapefruit note.

Flavor is deep and complex. Roasted caramel and malt supports grapefruit mango pineapple pine tree notes. Yum.

Mouthfeel chewy.

Wow this is a nicely done beer. I had no idea it was 9.5% Hops and malt working together make this a well rounded and fantastic IPA.

09-24-2010 02:17:21 | More by Strix
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ballz50401

Iowa

4.97/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle (no freshness date) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a tight, sticky head. A small amount of carbonation bubbles maintain a lasting head.

Smell: Very fruity aroma. I get bursts of mangos, oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits. Some light herbal notes followed by a firm malty backbone of caramel/toffee. I could smell this all night.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow! What a wonderful blend of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. Intense tropical fruits interwoven with superb aromatic malts. Mouthfeel is so smooth, rich, and creamy. Bitterness is there, but this is so well balanced that it seems minimal.

Drinkablility: For an Imperial IPA at 9.5% abv, this one drinks very well. No alcohol presence at all. This is so good, a fruit fly I just found in my glass couldn't even resist. He kept buzzing around trying to get a whiff of this great brew and was fearless enough to make the ultimate sacrifice for one little sip of Dreadnaught. Dreadnaught, a word that literally means fear nothing.

09-22-2010 05:35:31 | More by ballz50401
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BeerBelle

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

appearance: copper amber hue like all dipa's nice retention of head and lacing - cloudy, mmm good

smell: hop nectar, sweetness, barley

taste: smoothe when first hitting the palate with an array of flavors highlighting each in it's own time - finish drops off into an abyss of orange/tangerine/clementine before drying out the throat demanding another sip. Plum, mint, tobacco, fresh leather, citrus, coriander

mouthfeel: crisp, full, mouthwatering, refreshing, dry

drinkability: awesome beer - my first 3 floyds thanks to a little place in the Bowling Green called Chuck's Liquor. They don't drink beer - but they sure do buy all the right beer!

09-21-2010 04:24:41 | More by BeerBelle
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%

bomber poured into tulip sept18 2010

A golden orange with lots of suspended particles and a couple little flakes being moved around by tiny little bubbles feeding a two finger head that slowly falls to a film leaving a fair bit of lace along the way

S lots of tropical fruit like the bottle says peach and mango are there but I get lots of pineapple, guava a little grapefruit and a tiny bit of pine and caramel with floral aspect that brings it all together. I love a big ass fruity DIPA and this one delivers and the booze is nowhere to be found

T a little more caramel and pine but other then that it tastes as it smells and I wouldn't ask for much more

M not overly thick and a little coarse but it's bitter without doubt and enjoyable

D my bomber went down a little faster then I planned, this one could hurt you if you let it. I would like some more but I wouldn't want to drink another bomber

one of the better DIPA's I've ever had and I would love to be able to buy it in my part of the world but for now I'll need to thank MasterSki for sending it my way

09-19-2010 03:49:16 | More by wordemupg
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a hazy golden yellow with a very frothy head. Wonderful lacing is left on the glass as this brew goes down. Almost perfect.

S: The aroma on this IPA is simply incredible. Savory fruit, grapefruit, a little citrus zest, some floral notes. There is a lot going on here.

T: The flavor profile, like the nose, runs the pallet trough the ringer. Hops add piny bitterness with fruit and floral notes. Sweet bitterness is the best description. A little alcohol burn is present on the back of the pallet halfway trough this bomber.

MF: The mouthfeel is full, and carbonation is almost perfect. This aids in the flavor really lingering on your pallet mmhmm.

D: Drinkability is excellent as well, I can barely imagine better.

Overall, I've had a rough day at work, and would like to thank Augustiner719 for the trade. I would definitely seek this brew out again, and wish I had another few behind it in the fridge.

09-16-2010 00:01:42 | More by TKEbeerman
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Slightly hazed golden blond body. Generally I look for more of an orangish tint in a DIPA but the color could indicate good things to come (hopefully the crystal malt is not over done). Three finger off white head made up of loosely packed bubbles. Splotchy lacing left as the head recedes at a moderate clip, some rocky foam left floating atop for just a bit longer.

Hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit aroma is is plentiful, the strongest of the citrus aroma. Pineapple, orange followed by mango and subtle tropical fruit aromas are noticed as you work your way down. The malt lends a light breadiness found well underneath the hop aroma, certainly not the "pronounced caramel malt" base, maybe this will appear in the flavor.

The flavor begins much the way you would expect it following a sniffy sniff. The hops are strong, delivering a large dose of fresh citrus fruit, pith and light pinyness. As the beer warms the malt is allowed to break through the thick blanket of hops. The crystal malts are not over done but are certainly noticeable. I am picking up more of the residual sweetness with warmth, this is less to my likings. This beer definitely has a sweet spot regarding temperature. Too cold you lose a lot of the hops and general flavor for that matter, too warm there is a smidge too much sweetness.

Medium bodied beer with the carbonation being a bit livelier than I expected. The texture is smooth with a lot of flavor digging deep making for a long finish.

I think the best thing about this beer is the drinkability. No single attribute really stood out to me while enjoying this one. Once you take a look back at the beer as a whole, consider IBU's and ABV you can realize some of the beauty of this beer. The bitterness is not overwhelming, the alcohol is not hot, flavors are not offensive. This beer is better than my score but I simply cannot score it higher. Definitely one I would drink again and would recommend.

09-15-2010 01:52:29 | More by kzoobrew
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%

Ok, #5, the second to last. The label says I can use a pint or a snifter, so what better time to use my new Delirium Tremens snifter?

Reviewed totally blind.
A- Right off the bat I wanna say this is an IIPA. Its a gorgeous bright amber with very little head, even with a semi rough pour. Little pearls of foam cling to the glass.

S- This is GREAT smelling and very unique. Lots of pine and luscious tropical fruits, but where it gets special is the fact that there is a very strong milky element. Big milk sugary creaminess smooths out, but doesnt hide all the piney hops. Really it makes it smell like an orange cream sickle. Incredible.

T- Dude, WOW. Im having trouble not sucking this down. I have to concentrate, leave enough to review... Lots more milkiness that makes this like an orange cream sickle. Bittering pine finishes things out. Some alcohol is picked up. I would peg this at around the 10% mark.

M- Creamy, yet crisp and clean. Finishes dry with a hoppy, piney resinous aftertaste.

D- What can I say? The juxtiposition between crisp, biting hops, citrus, pine and smooth, creamy, sweet milkiness is simply stunning.

Thanks again AleWatcher!

09-14-2010 03:54:21 | More by MbpBugeye
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kruthar

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%

A local favorite in good old terre haute.

A - pours into a amber orange color that is slightly cloudy. thick creamy head that dissapates slowly to eave thick lacing.

S - Not an overwhelming smell, surpriseing for a hoppy IPA. definitley hop notes with a slight citrus.

T - Definite citrus notes with a great hop bite. after taste is slightly alcoholic tasting that lingers.

M - small bit at on the tip of the tongue, then goes down very smooth.

D - This beer drinks very well, not a gulper but definitly not just a sipper.

this is a great IPA that I can get locally hit me up with a message for some reat FFF magic.

09-12-2010 22:41:24 | More by kruthar
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bierenutz

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

A-Pours a clear golden amber color with about a finger thick head that leaves nice lacing about the glass.
S-Sweet citrus aroma of grapefruit, tangerine and mango melded with piney hops and malt.
T-The sweetness of the citrus fruits is up front and distinct with a nice carmelly malty following and the finish is all hops that lingers on and on...it doesn't get much better than this!
M-Nice mouthfeel with a creamy medium body and moderate carbonation.
D-This is an exquisite DIPA.

09-12-2010 02:14:53 | More by bierenutz
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BMan1113VR

California

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%

Multiple bottles over time. I wish this had a best by date on it, as it is hard to find a fresh bottle.
Pours with a small, off-white head and a hazy golden hued body. Good lacing. Aroma is quite nice with hops, pine, and orange, maple syrup and brown sugar. Taste is a ton of hops with some exotic fruits and caramel. Light carbonation and syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden.

09-09-2010 23:56:25 | More by BMan1113VR
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,782 ratings.