Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.47/5 rDev +1.1%
On-tap at FFF
A - It pours a peachy-golden hue with a fair amount of turbidity. A persistent creamy swath of ivory colored foam crowns the brew and leaves copious residual lacing. It looks like a dangerously big DIPA, which is exactly what it turns out to be.
S - Damn this brew is big! It seems that you can actually smell the viscosity. The hugely hoppy nose features tons of grapefruit aroma, rind and juice, as well as impressions of the sap that leaks from fresh-picked mango.
T - Deliciously potent; this beer is literally like a huge IPA, doubled. An intensely bitter grapefruit-citric and resiny hop presence is so relentless in its boldness that it would be far too much if it weren't for the virtual malt porridge and generous alcohol punch that supports it. Even as I drain the glass, it remains as challengingly bitter and bold, albeit with more complexity; notes of orange blossom, pine tar and confederate jasmine develop and the sweetness of the malt begins to be juxtaposed with the alcohol zest.
M - DIPA. Great. This beer is so big and viscous, and yet it pulls it off so exceptionally well.
D - Though it is not on the more drinkable side of the style, this beer is a virtual paradigm of DIPA. That said, I think I prefer Apocalypse Cow (a non-paradigm) amongst FFF DIPAs.
08-24-2010 01:33:19 | More by ktrillionaire
4.3/5 rDev -2.7%
Reviewed from, notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass...
A - Pours a nice hazy orange, golden yellow color with about a .5 finger eggshell white head.
S - Smell is AWESOME! Tons of citrus hops coming through. A tremendous aroma of grapefruit, mango and peach quite unlike any IPA I have smelled before. A sweet malty backbone is apparent and rounding a great aroma. Really outstanding.
T - Follows the nose almost exactly. The citrus hop presence is amazing. Fruity notes of mango, grapefruit and pineapple take the forefront with a slightly resinous hop presence as well. The malt backbone rounds out the flavor profile nicely.
M - Medium bodied with a nice hop stickiness to it. Carbonation was slightly on the heavy side.
D - Very quickly became one of my top 5 IPA's. Amazing taste, smell and overall feel. Could easily put several of these away on a hot summer day.
08-23-2010 23:10:03 | More by KAP1356
4.22/5 rDev -4.5%
Many thanks to GDBEERMAN for taking care of one of my wants
A - Pours a hazy orange with a thin layer of tight, white head. Retention settles to a skim across the top with nice, sticky lacing
S - Big citric, tropical and pine hop nose. Nice balance between resin, grapefruit and pineapple - some sweeter, fruity esters in the background.
T&M - Huge dose of hop oils, very bright hop flavors: grapefruit, resin, navel orange with a bit of tropical thrown in. Alcohol is palatable and provides a warmth. A caramelized malt backbone makes itself known mostly in a hop oil slicked finish that lingers. Medium-full body.
D - A good IPA from FFF, well worth seeking out and trying. Alcohol and huge hop notes more likely then not make this a one bottle a session kind of brew.
08-15-2010 02:33:23 | More by ZeroSignal
4.47/5 rDev +1.1%
Bomber into a Duvel tulip.
A: A fairly rough, high pour is necessary to create an inch of fine white head atop the hazy red-orange body; good retention and some sticky lace help matters, but this one looks like it might be a bit undercarbonated. Still, the overall appearance is quite appealing.
S: Huge, robust hop presence, with the dominant aromas being on the fruity side (grapefruit, orange, mango, and peach), as well as some more herbal, resinous hop notes. The caramel malt backbone is apparent, but only adds a sweet, malty undercurrent to the already great hop complexity. Absolutely awesome, and just about as good as you can hope for from a sweet, fruity DIPA. Reminds me a lot of Hopslam, which is a good thing.
T: Much like the nose, with a ton of hops fighting tooth and nail with a ton of caramel malt. The malts are a bit more apparent up front, with a gigantic assault of citrus hops closing things out with major bitterness. Not quite as complex and well-rounded as the nose, but still astonishing in its power and intensity. Delicious.
M: Sticky medium body with a moderate amount of sharp carbonation. Could be better.
D: The bomber is absolutely disappearing on me, which is a shame. Highly drinkable DIPA.
Notes: This is a great beer, highly deserving of its accolades. I love the fruity hops, and the malts really add to the beer without overwhelming things at all. Huge, complex, and balanced, Dreadnaught is doubtless a top shelf Imperial IPA. I think I still prefer Apocalypse Cow, though.
08-15-2010 02:09:26 | More by woosterbill
4.75/5 rDev +7.5%
Received in a trade from rhodesrage. I had this beer while in Chicago almost 4 years ago, and I loved it then.
A: Pours a nice, deep orange color, with a small head, that quickly fades.
S: very fruity. I smell mangos and apricots, in addition to a load of hops. I don't smell much malt and I love that in a IIPA.
T: This is a very hop forward beer. Right off the bat and in the very first taste. The mango and apricot smells come through in the taste as well as a lot of other citrus.
D: A super drinkable 9.5% IIPA. While drinking, I was thinking this was in the low 8% range. I love this beer!!!! It is exactly what a IIPA should be....high hops, and low malt. YUMMY!!!
I only wish that one day FFF will be more widely available.
08-13-2010 21:55:36 | More by cbak999
4.68/5 rDev +5.9%
One of my favorite IIPAs ever. I have tried a lot of them, but the balance and harmony of this citrusy IPA is amazing.
A: Nice golden, orange hue. Forms a sticky head that lasts for a little then is a tiny lace.
S: Amazing. mangoes, citrus, pineapple, touch of spicy pine cones, maybe some cedar, with a substantial malty backbone to tie it all together.
T: The great thing about this beer is I can taste all of the components. Malt, hops, a touch of bready yeast, with a nice drying effect from the balanced alcohol. Big mango, pineapple, citrus bomb of an IIPA.
M: Medium body that compliments the nice carbonation and sticky hops.
D: Could drink this all day, every day...
08-11-2010 12:11:06 | More by coryking
4.45/5 rDev +0.7%
Enjoyed with my brother-in-law in MI this summer.
Appearance - Pours into a tulip with a hazy, vibrant tangerine color. Over two fingers of white fluffy head is achieved, that slowly dissipates, leaving great looking lacing.
Smell - Oh that smell...I have had this beer numerous times in the past but am finally reviewing it now. Each time I open one up, the aroma is entrancing. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit, sweet citrus mixed with hops, pine, and a caramel malty backbone.
Taste - Similar to the nose. A heavy citrus burst up front followed by a moderate though not overly bitter hop and pine flavor. There is a nice sweet malt backbone that makes this beer just taste great. Grapefruit, slight lemon, orange, etc. Very good.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, creamy.
Drinkability - Extremely. I always pick this up when I am in the Midwest. A damn good beer.
08-10-2010 20:35:59 | More by SpdKilz
4.6/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from 22oz bomber into Tulip.
A. 2 fingers of head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Perfect color for an IPA. Nice hazy bright orange.
S. Smell is all hops. Lots of citrus coming from this beer. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange. Tropical fruit paradise. A little bit of malt sweetness lies beneath. This is all about the heavenly citrusy hops. You can pick up a bit of alcohol smell as it warms. Smells like fruit juice as it warms.
T. Taste is very good. Very smooth. Lots of bitterness from the hops. Again lots of tropical fruit comes out in the taste. Has a dry biscuit malt underneath all the hops that works very nice. Really no heat at all. Bitterness lingers for quite a while.
M. Medium bodies. Mouth coating bitterness from the hops, that lingers for quite a while. Medium carbonation.
D. Very drinkable. This goes down like an IPA. Love the tropical fruit smell and taste. This is one of my favorite DIPA behind only Hopslam, and PTE.
08-07-2010 19:15:24 | More by siradmiralnelson
4.68/5 rDev +5.9%
Thanks to korguy123 for hooking me up with this bottle.
Poured in to Duvel tulip
A - Medium orange colour with a yellow glow throughout and a finger of bubbly white head.
S - Intense aroma of bitter hops up front with lots of juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes. Plenty of tangerine, mango, grapefruit and some pine as well. A nice sweet caramel backbone is evident in the background.
T - Follows the nose with bitter hops up front that are full of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Mango and tangerine are the most apparent flavours but there is also some grapefruit, peach and pine. A subtle sweet caramel malt backbone is there in the background but this beer is mostly hops and the malts simply provide a nice sweet background taste to the bitter juicy hops that also linger nicely in the finish.
M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, chewy.
D - A superb DIPA, one of the best that I have had.
08-07-2010 16:05:35 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
A - Golden orange with a fluffy, fuzzy, white two finger head. Recedes to about a centimeter of blanket on top of the beer.
S - Flowers, citrus, white grapes. Earthy as well.
T - Floral, appleskin, tart, mango, hops are well balanced, white grapes again. Delicious.
M - Fluffy and full, bitterness is long lasting but fitting.
D - Drinks great, well balanced, tasty beer.
08-05-2010 06:08:44 | More by atremains
4.15/5 rDev -6.1%
Impossible to date in a frustrating way bomber into a tulip over time. Say that ten times fast.
Foggy pale orange with a dishwater soapy fluff that sticks to the surface like some horror film where oil billows to the surface of a beautiful Gulf from some underwater well creating some horrendous environmental debacle where some British accented douche attempts to make everything right in the world again, only to fail and be replaced by a softer, gentler side of some mega corporation. Thankfully, it's only a movie.
Nose is needly pine, tropical Starburst, and a healthy additional of caramel sundae with alcohol topping: slightly faded?
Easily the most tropically hoppy DIPA I've ever imbibed. Mango, Gummy peaches (my God were those fantastic), and very similar to the dried sugared papaya slices that have been calling me from the cabinet lately. Sugary sweet tropical hops lend to this beer having a rather unique hop profile.
Moutfeel is sticky, syrupy sweet and if a drop of this were to hit the floor, I believe the local ant population would go ape shit.
The drinkability is pretty good, but this beer is quite the gamble. The syrupy body can become a chore over time and for as many wonderful bottles as I've enjoyed, there have been an equal amount of dated duds. Why, oh why, does Three Floyds not date their bottles?
08-03-2010 23:59:50 | More by BarrytheBear
4.18/5 rDev -5.4%
Big thanks to Lunch for this one! Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a clear yellow orange with a three finger slightly off-white head that subsides to one finger very slowly. Maintains lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of tropical fruit, subtle malt, and nice hops. The flavor is of tropical fruit, malt, and a nice crisp hoppy followthrough with the tropical fruit mixing in with the hop flavor. It has a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is a very interesting IIPA. All of the characteristics of this one is very nice. The hoppy followthrough isn't as smooth as usually enjoy but it is still not abrasive on the palate though. I can see why this brew gets such awesome reviews...
08-03-2010 23:09:59 | More by thagr81us
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A- pours a cloudy honey colored shade of orange with a paper thin white head that fades quickly. Little bit of lacing...disappointing, though the sheer whiteness of the head is great.
S- citrus hops, and they are strong and awesome. Getting some nice tropical fruits in there as well. Fantastic.
T- lots of citrus and tropical fruit...slight hints of bitterness. Balanced well
M- its really thick. Almost syrupy...works with the flavors, though.
D- pretty good. I'd take a bottle of Pliny 10 times outta 10, but its good
07-31-2010 18:21:07 | More by bigfnjoe
4.75/5 rDev +7.5%
I have been looking forward to this beer for awhile, thanks to mothman for grabbing it from the brewpub for me, I am told it is merely 5 days old.
Pours a hazy golden amber color with a light bubbly one finger head. Pretty damn good.
Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus and grapefruit, very good.
Smooth and creamy up front with a big wave of hops coming next. Lots of smooth creamy citrus hops with a light bready malt backbone to follow it up. This DIPA is unique and delicious.
Mouthfeel is awesome, smooth creamy and delicious. Very smooth mouthfeel, velvety on the tongue, superb.
Very drinkable as well, maybe too drinkable. Exceptional DIPA seek this one out if you are a hop head.
07-27-2010 01:10:01 | More by pmccallum86
4.65/5 rDev +5.2%
Many thanks to BlueJacket74 for hooking up this bottle!!
A- Poured from the 22oz. bottle with a 1/2" off-white head, which slowly receded to a haze layer with nice bit of lacing left behind. The body was a semi-opaque orange-tinged amber color with no visible carbonation.
S- Hop-forward with bucketloads of earthy hops... and a notably rich aroma of crackerlike vienna malt as well. While hop-forward, this is not overwhelmingly hoppy. Just simple, rich and elegant.
T- Starts out quite balanced with tons of that crackerlike vienna malt and earthy hop flavor. Midway, a mild hop bitterness kicks-in which slowly builds into the dry finish, which leaves an earthy-resinous flavor lingering. A wonderful dynamic as this beer progresses from balanced to hop-forward with each delicious sip!
M- Full bodied with a creaminess imparted by a soft and delicate carbonation. Slight astringency, which is to be expected for the style.
D- Incredibly drinkable for the 9.5% ABV. The alcohol is so well hidden throughout the aroma/flavor/mouthfeel. I would drink this stuff until I couldn't drink no more!
Thanks again Brian for hooking this up!!!
07-26-2010 01:21:55 | More by jgasparine
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
A - Slightly hazy orange-amber with a 1-finger head that quickly dissipates to chunky bubbles. Leaves large, soap-bubble lacing.
S - Tons of juicy tropical fruit ; pineapple, mango, mandarin orange. Sweet caramel malt and pine resin. Lovely nose!
T - Not as tropical as I thought it would be, lots of grapefruit and pine resin. I'm also detecting an unusual (but pleasant) floral element, almost like rose water or hibiscus, that adds an unexpected depth of flavor. Sweet caramel malt backbone really helps the balance and keeps this from being a pure hop-bomb.
M - Medium-bodied with nice fizzy carbonation that really lingers on the tongue.
D - Great beer, my 22oz is going quickly. Certainly hoppy, but very balanced and drinkable. Yet another amazing brew out of 3 Floyds, this one definitely lives up to the hype and stands as a shining example of an American DIPA.
07-25-2010 00:53:28 | More by jsanford
4.33/5 rDev -2%
22oz bottle shared, poured into standard wine glass.
A: Foamy one finger head, that retreats rather quick. Leaving a foamy, thick lacing. Body is a burnt orange color, appearance shows a thick and full bodied beer.
S: A bold aromatic hop profile of grape, orange, peach and grapefruit. A true beer to sit and smell.
T/M: A full bodied, crisp and warming mouthfeel. Thick caramel and malt on the finish. A solid base of citrus hops thought. A very good IIPA in regards to taste and mouthfeel. A bit lacking on the end of complete package, the many complexities did not blend well together to make a solid, well rounded taste, the flavors all jumped out at different points and did not have the total effect I have experienced with other IIPAs.
D: Well a bit to expensive for the overall experience. I would get more for out-of-town friends, but for my goto IIPA, ehh not so much. But the ability to drink it woo, thats were this brew is kickin' up the points. I could not put the glass down, the flavors all were very intense. Great Brew, wish it was a bit cheaper, to make it a part of my goto stock.
07-18-2010 07:18:33 | More by GDBEERMAN
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
22 oz bomber poured into pint glass
A: Not totally clear orange, some parts get to light amber while some are verging on deep orange, super dense cap that takes forever to decrease, super creamy off-white, stays .5 finger the whole time
S: Super fragrant hops, big juicy tropical fruits and resin, super sticky smelling, mouth watering, the tropical fruits are so powerful
T: As good as I expected, super super flavorful, but never kills your palate with bitterness, the fruits are starting to build on your tongue and then a huge resin flavor starts to grab your tongue, actually manages to have decent sweet effect too, the fruits and the malt that help out a lot, I was expecting some malt but this is relatively balanced compared to what I was expecting, I like the malt component, just a little biscuity sweetness but not cloying or heavy
M: Really good, again showing the perfect balance, that malt really helps here, not thin like some DIPA's can be if they go for all hops, definitely above medium body
D: Very high, just so good
Notes: This beer definitely lived up to my expectations, which were very high. They did not surpass them, however, as you can see a 4.5 is pretty high. I consider SN Pale Ale to be a solid beer. I had one after drinking this and not only the the hops taste bland, but it tasted thin too. That just goes to show how powerful this beer is.
07-18-2010 04:39:49 | More by dpodratsky3
4.45/5 rDev +0.7%
Big thank you to phisigben for hooking me up with this for my first trade.
Pours a hazy golden color, reminds me of fresh apples cider, warm looking. Thin puff of white head that doesn't stay long and leaves no lacing.
Smell is killer! Steals the show for sure. The thing I pick up the most would be the tropical fruits, but the alcohol is ever present in the nose. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, some floral notes, noticeable malty character.
The flavor is big to say the least. Hit up front immediately with tangerine, some peach and mango and pine, strong malt backbone to the flavor with some booze peeking through to remind you of the 9.5 ABV.
Great mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation level for my taste, smooth as can be and for an imperial ipa the finish is not as bitter as many of its brethren.
Drinkability is not the strongest due to the huge flavors and alcohol content here but it is delicious and unique. This stacks among some of the top DIPAs I have ever had a chance to try. So glad I finally got a chance to enjoy this, wish I had access to it all the time.
07-16-2010 03:44:23 | More by Pdiddey3d
4.55/5 rDev +2.9%
Brown bomber poured into a snifter. Thanks to Timmi for this one. No indentification of freshness via bottle date/code to be found on the label or glass.
Dreadnaught appears a hazed golden orange color. 2 fingers of white creamy foam appear slightly stained yellow and display some pretty decent powers of retension. Lace clings with legs around the glassware with each sip and a complete wall of lace in other spots.
The aroma is a very fruity and floral example of the style. Smells of spicey pine meet a fruitiness like mango in the nose. As it warms some more herbal notes come out along with a slight indication of the alcohol present in this brew. The smell of this brew is pretty much my favorite aspect of this experience.
Tasting dreadnaught reveals a much more mellow bitterness than I was expecting. The hops are quite flavorful tasting of pine and some herbal dryness that really lingers in the mouth. The malt is present with a bit of fruitiness that is slightly sweet to balance out the hop bitterness that comes through. In the finish is where the herbal flavors and a bit of dryness meets the alcohol bite to provide quite a spicey flavor. As it warms some of the malt takes on a taste of slightly dark caramel that was not immediately noticeable when slightly chilled.
At first this brew was really deceptive. For something pushing 10% alcohol it is really well hidden. As it warms the alcohol comes through and exaggerates more of what I refer to as "the herbal dryness" in this brew. This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation that at times feels a bit low. For 9.5% abv this is a really drinkable DIPA, well balanced on all accounts and something I would really enjoy again if the opportunity arose.
07-11-2010 22:23:49 | More by stakem
4.72/5 rDev +6.8%
The label on this beer gets it just about right.
"A hophead's dream beer." Check. In spades.
"[A]n opening salvo of mango, peach and citrus hop aromas." Check. I found that the citrusy, grapefruit scent predominated, and the mango and peach flavors presented themselves on the tasting. (It may be of interest to some that I had this beer sampled by a connoisseur of things other than beer and his opinion was that the scent and taste were strongly redolent of cannabis.)
"[P]ronounced caramel malt backbone." Semi-check. It's there. It balances the beer. It mellows the aftertaste. But I'd say the backbone of this beer is its hops.
Fans of American IPA's will not be disappointed.
07-08-2010 20:24:10 | More by plinythethirsty
4.4/5 rDev -0.5%
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to HosP for this one.
A: Pours a bright glowing gold with a finger of bright white head that faded into a thin film that left rings of tight lace around the glass.
S: Notes of pineapple, syrupy sweet sugar and malt, citrus, tangerine and floral notes including rose.
T: Very citrusy with medium bitterness and a fruity sweet malt backbone. Alcohol is mostly hidden. Lots of grapefruit, lemon and slight earth and pepper.
M: Medium body with soft carbonation and a perfect mouthfeel. Not syrupy or very stick at all. Alcohol lingers ever so slightly on your tongue after you swallow.
D: Very smooth, delicious, and impressively balanced. It's also very sweet, but in a good way.
07-07-2010 00:51:45 | More by scottfrie
4.6/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured into my Iron Man pint glass.
Semi-dark golden color that is lighter around the edges. Hard pour makes a one finger white head. Decent lacing left behind, and solid retention.
Smells of sweet honey malts. Mango, peach and citrus hops.
The flavor is pretty much the same. Quite sweet. Honey, mango, peach and an orange rind citrus. Lots of hop oils.
Pretty full bodied. Well carbonated. A nice bite and lots of hop oils.
The midwest has got their DIPA game down. A really nice hop bomb. AWESOME when fresh!
07-03-2010 06:02:36 | More by billshmeinke
4.7/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours out a hazy light orange. half a finger of white head. very light colored for a DIPA.
smell is citrus and a hint of pine. fruity not overly impressive.
taste is an explosion of citrus. i get peach, pine, mango, and lemon flavors. very complex with just enough malt to balance it all out. they hit a homerun with this, lives up to the hype in taste.
mouthfeel is smooth maybe a tiny bit thin but well made.
drinkability really shines. could see drinking many of these in a session. very refreshing.
06-30-2010 05:31:14 | More by pdoran10
4.53/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter
A: This is beer is one of the most beautiful beers I have seen. It has a perfect gold color, a one finger white head with excellent retention and excellent lacing
S: Lots of hops! The dominate smells are pine, grapefruit, and lemon.
T: I would summarize this beer as a study in hops. The hops are big and pronounced but also wonderfully done. The taste is a lot like the nose with flavors of pine , The only minor criticism that I might levy against this beer is that it could have used a tad more balance or malt character.
M: A tad bit of stickiness, which I thought worked well in this beer. It sits on the palate nicely and has a pleasant hoppy aftertaste. Great level of carbonation.
D: All around I think this was a great IPA, The hops were a little to big for me to drink this all night long or at a fast pace, but if I were looking for a beer to have with dinner, or just to relax with on a warm day, I would have this again anytime. The alcohol was hidden completely.
To me this beer instantly reminded me of Pliny the Elder...I would call it Pliny's Midwest cousin. It was exceptional. Normally I don't like IPAs that are super hoppy, but this is one that I really did like, despite the dominance of the hops.
06-29-2010 23:28:44 | More by glazeman
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,799 ratings.