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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,380
Reviews: 1,681
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,850
Gots: 696 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001

An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

100 IBU
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Ratings: 5,380 | Reviews: 1,681
Photo of mgbickel
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a number of times...figured it was time to give it a review.

This bottle was obtained via the Partners BIF...split two ways with Stigs. Poured into a Piraat tulip.

A solid 2 fingers of off-white head formed on top of the hazy, sunset amber body. The bubbles receded slowly, leaving behind trails of lace.

The nose finds lots of citrus and pine...pretty much what you would expect out of a highly rated DIPA.

The taste is just as the nose indicates...piney up front, turning sweet toward the center with a resin-bitter finish. The undertone throughout is a sweet, grainy backbone.

Medium bodied, sticky with moderate carbonation.

This is a really good, quality beer...just what you would expect from FFF. Right up there with the leaders of the style.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from sixthglass... Thanks Tim!

A- pours a light medium amber color with a fluffy two fingers of fluffy off white head. Good retention with some lacing involoved!

S- huge citrusy hop aromas of mango, ruby red grapefruit and tangerine. Hints of floral hop notes mingle with a touch light toffee malt aromas. Finishes with some hemp and hop oil.

T- starts off with some malt sweetness with notes of toffee. Giant tropical fruit hop flavor balances out the sweetness with mango and papaya. Juicy citrus ruby red grapefruit and tangerine blend in as well. Finishes with an awesome even biterness and a lingering hop flavor!

MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and soft carbonation.

D- average drinkability.

Overall an excellent Imperial IPA with major tropical fruit flavor. More please.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that I got from sixthglass poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Poured at probably 40 degrees, I took my time in drinking it so as too experience the beer at every temperature.

A - A standard pour results in a finger of fluffy white head. The beer is cloudy enough that it obscures the light behind it just enough to make it hard to see the bubbles within. The color is a hazy amber. Very nice lacing, the bubbles stretch to the top of the glass.

S - Sweet tropical fruit bouquet to start. I could smell it the instant I cracked the cap. I'm smelling pineapple, mango, and a touch of grapefruit that bitters the aroma nicely. Perhaps something like a sweet tangerine or clementine as well. I can smell a caramel aroma as well.

T - Taste is intense with hops. Follows the nose closely. Bitterness backed by strong tropical fruit flavors. Malt comes in as a caramel flavor and an ever-present sweetness that balances the bitterness perfectly. Amazing finish of mango and pineapple.

M- Medium bodied. Nice sparkly feel from the carbonation. Goes down smooth, yet lively. The drying finish is perfect. Sometimes you'll have a beer dry your mouth a bit too much, but this one is absolutely perfect in the degree of dryness you experience.

O - Really delicious, I could down glass after glass -- even if the %age would make that an ill-advised decision.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber color with an off white head. Fairly low retention and lacing.

Nice mild sweet citrus nose. Mild floral hops. Nice and pleasant but not amazing. 

Flavor is a bit of a miss for me for the style. Mostly Citrus but a little too bitter. Mild malt, low sweetness. Not greatly balanced or flavorful.

Light bodied. High carb. Crisp. Mildly fresh. 

Overall I am a little disappointed by this. I had pretty high hopes. After having Zombie Dust which was outstanding, this is just a miss. Although still good, not what it should be.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with Bonis and reviewed from notes taken 10/3/2011.

A - Amber with a slight haze and a huge foamy head.

S - Sweet citrusy hops, lots of mangos and citrus. Hop candy.

T - Slightly resinous with peaches, mangos and citrus galore.

M - Medium MF with lots of carbonation; dances on the tongue.

O - FFF makes some great IPAs, they make me wanting to come back for more and more; I really gotta try Alpha King when I go out of state...

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange hue. Hops are up close and personal. Nice piney touch and clean at the same time. There was a nice two finger head and clean lacing. This brew is a must for all DIPA freaks. This brew most def has some kick. I go this beer through a trade and would travel a couple states just to get this beer once again.


Photo of Bonis
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice clear golden orange color with a tall pillowy white head. Better than average head retention and lace.

S - Hops galore, mostly tropical and citrus. Mangoes, peaches, grapefruit come to mind, maybe some orange zest. Lots of kush... oh yea! Some spicy herbal hops and malt sweetness peak out in the background. Alcohol is hardly spotted beneath the hop chaos. Pretty damn nice.

T - Sweet hop nectar, hop juice, resinous hop beverage. Whatever you want to call it, this is it. Hops are everywhere. It's not to the point where I can't handle it, but I can feel the palate getting ruined with each gulp. Sweet fruity, citrus and tropical hops at first and some pine and resinous dank to finish things out. Pure hops on the burp. I can tell this is a hopheads special, and I'm really feeling it. Sweet candied hops, alcohol presence is lacking (in a scary "get you hammered" type of way).

M - Hop bitterness, hop oils. Expect a hoppy bitter feel. Low to moderate carbonation with medium to full body.

O - A must try beer for DIPA fans. This was only the 2nd time for me having this beer, but I'd say it's my 2nd top DIPA behind Hopslam. A nice balance of hops and more hops. A hopheads delight. I'm guessing this beer was very fresh because I tried it the first time I saw it on the shelf here in Ohio. I'll have it again and again in the future.

Photo of JackieTH
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with good lacing. Smell was pine resin and sweet malt. Taste was strongly aromatic pine resins, slight sweet malt appears, but bitterness coats the tongue and is lingering on the edges of the palate long finish. Mouthfeel is plush and the carbonation is nice. Overall it's a nice offering, but this one leans a little one-dimensionally to the pine resins.

Update 9/20/2012:

2 weeks fresh, direct from FFF brewery. Wow. Fantastic. I think a freight train of fresh ripe pineapples has derailed in this room. Really, really good.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Appearance - A lively, bubbly amber/orange IPA. A thin but creamy whippable brew. Appears very fresh and heavily carbonated.

Smell - Smells like your traditional IPA. Full of hops and citrus. A very spring-time smelling brew.

Taste - Woah. This is a very potent imperial IPA. A smooth, malty citrus and lemon zest carries heavily with breaded malts. Another unique brew from Three Floyds. Its pretty awesome how all of their IPA's taste radically different from one another. It definitely evens out after the first few sips to become more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium-bodied with a light burn on the end. Delicious malts and citrus.

Photo of Mitchill
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has and probably always will be one of my favorite beers. Tons of citrus and fruit notes from the hops which is perfectly balanced by the malts which lends a bit of sweetness but never takes away from the hop profile which is exqusite to say the least. Extremely drinkable to the point where you're sad to see it go but glad it went down

Photo of langm12
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Really looking forward to this one.

A - Beautiful golden color. Cloudy with a thick one finger fluffy white head.

S - Floral and citrus.

T - Wonderfully balanced. Wash of hop bitterness up front. Pineapple and citrus fruits. Excellent malt finishes rounds out the bitterness.

M - Ridiculously smooth. Medium mouth feel with incredible drinkability.

O - FFF nailed it. An exceptional DIPA. Will definitely revist this one.

Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from West Lakeview Liquor. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice size white head. Good lacing and better than average retention.

Great smell!! Citrus hops and mango...reminds me of Legend II IPA with the mango aroma and flavor.

Taste is very good as well, bitter, with mango and citrus as the drivers. This one goes down real easy and has enough head shrinking bitterness to satisfy most hop heads.

Rich and crisp mouthfeel, plenty bitter and flavorful.

Overall a top notch DIPA.

Photo of vandemonian
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Floyds Dreadnaught is a delicious double IPA that mixes the floral and citrus characters of hops. The hops provide much aroma and flavour without much bitterness and you will barely tastes the 9.5% alcohol. Well done Three Floyds!

A: Yellow/orange colour and a good 15 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Malty with floral hops. Some grapefruit. 4.5

T: Lovely malty base over hops that are a wonderful mix of floral and tart citrus (especially grapefruit). The alcohol isn't noticeable and neither is there much bitterness. Not as intensely hoppy as some other DIPAs but really delicious. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 5

Photo of Labonix
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazey ligh amber color. This one has an amazing smell to it. Right out front there is a citrus and pine followed by tropical fruits. The taste of this one is a lot like the smell. Massive hops and fruits such as grapefruit and pinneapple. I would say the mouthfeel is great on this beer as well because it leaves you wanting more. This is probaly my go to beer whenever I want a good IPA.

Photo of schanker21
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent caramel, cloudy, small bubbles, frothy two-finger head in a pint glass. Small amount of foam (tough to call it lacing) hangs down the inside of the glass as it empties.

S- Floral, citrus, slightly subdued compared to the taste, as with many IPAs.

T- Hop-forward, citrus, mango, peach, pine. Well-supported by the malt. Great balance is a great way to describe this beer.

M- I would expect this to be heavier than it is, but that's not a bad thing. Dangerously easy drinking (unless you've never had an IPA), the only reminder that this is 9.5% ABV is the warm feeling on the back of my throat.

Overall, a great IPA, but not the best ever. For the price, it's hard to say that it's something I would purchase too often, but then again it's not meant to be purchased often.

Photo of Coachaloach
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Pours a wonderful golden color with a 1 finger thick, off white head. Lacing remains for the full duration of the pint.

S - Citrus, Pine, Hops, and Grapefruit

T - Sweet up front with a bit of pine; followed by bitterness and citrus. There is a slight bite from the alcohol but it seems relatively well hidden.

M - Smooth...so very smooth! Just the right level of carbonation.

O - A wonderful example of an Imperial IPA. Given the chance I would drink this all the time.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppered-orange with a 3 finger off-white head- reduces quickly to a soapy ring with really sticky lace.

Awesomely hoppy nose of ripe citrus and waxy tropical notes with a good dose of pine too- mango, ruby red grapefruit, papaya, peach, grassy lemon mint. Vague hints of pale malt and orange blossom honey waaay in the background. Of all the IPAs I've had in my day, this is the first one that really made me think of ganga. Very pungent.

Despite the pungent, in-your-face literally, nose, the palate achieves a balance so harmonious that it seems at times to sail by unnoticed. Starting full-bodied and moderately oily, the hops send wave after wave of bitterness, but the brew has enough sweetness coming from all angles to keep the whole ride in check, yet it never approaches being too malty. Flavors are mostly piney and earthy with some faint citrus and malt until the boozy pepper makes an appearance on the finish. Overall, very juicy and delicious, with my one complaint being that the beer finishes a little short.

So glad to finally pick up one of these. A very solid DIPA that I'd be happy to drink anytime. And drink fast too, with that shorter finish and very well-hidden alcohol.

Photo of roodie
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange, 2 fingers frothy head, beautiful lacing, light head retention, unusual color, almost like a mixed drink!

S: Citrus and Mango, really, the label doesn't lie! Maybe nectarines. Some mellow pinieness. Malts on the end, and some booze.

T: Mango flavor stands out, followed by a piney/boozy mix. Pretty good, but other DIPAs I like hide the booze better

M: a bit grainy, hot, but suits the overall experience.

O: A good, not great, brew.

Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, honey-gold with three fingers of off-white head that fades into a frothy cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of pineapple and grapefruit aromas on the nose. Smells like a lovely, sweet, tropical boquet.

T: Grapefruit dominates the palate with some lightly sweet pineapple notes. Pine notes with some grassy flavors follow with a decent bitterness that lingers on the finish. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a relatively light body but has an oily resin feel from the bitterness that lingers.

O: A good DIPA. Not the best in the world and overpriced, but still quite good. It's on the bitter side for my tastes, but not too bad.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Hazy golden body with a nice, strangely tinted head to it. The head itself has a yellowish tinge. Beautiful lacing on the glass and wisps of foam atop the beer.

Smell - Very hoppy, but a strange aroma. Lemony citrus that has almost a soapy character to it. Reminds me of YuleSmith Summer. The sweetness behind it combines to enhance this. I like the hoppiness, but the soap flavor is off-putting.

Taste - That same soapy flavor extends into the taste, but the hops are still abundant. Lemon and grapefruit hops with a sweetness behind it. Very little bitterness in the finish. Perhaps it's too sweet, though.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect body to it. Nice carbonation and a clean finish. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Overall - It has a strong hop profile, but not quite the hop flavors I like in an IPA. I feel lemon citrus makes beers smell and taste like Pine-Sol. Still good and something I'd enjoy regularly if I could.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Duvel tulip - Latest release to Ohio.

A: Poured a deep golden hue with a three finger head that dissipated into a thin creamy ,frothy, lacing, good retention and webbing, decent carbonation.

S: Hops , slight pine, toffee, caramel.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, sweet malts with bitter hops,hints of citrus,grapefruit, slight toffee/caramel, pine notes as well.

O: Pretty solid DIPA, I love the toffee/carmel in the backing, great feel on the tounge. Will definitly have this again.

Photo of heebes
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of whitelightheat.

Poured into a tulip a hazy orange golden with a massive foamy off-white head. Lacing is present and the head becomes a light film near the end of the glass. Nose is all about the hops; splashes of grapefruit, lemon, citrus, floral, sharp pine-sol too. Taste is very much an American hop-bomb; grapefruit taste is dominant, very West Coast style. Its bitter and piney in the finish but not too drying, quite satisfying. Underneath it all is a slight biscuity malt profile that is only present enough to balance the IIPA and not detract form its hop dominance. Slick and oily mouthfeel, resinous, medium to heavily bodied.
Overall, a highly enjoyable and very drinkable DIPA from Three Floyds.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a solid orange/amber, a bit hazy with small, 1 finger head that has great retention and leaves a good amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Great smell. A wallop of all the great things about an IPA--hops. Grapefruit, orange and citrus, even a good amount of pine. Decent maltiness present as well. It's the perfect blend of a sweet/bitter smell.

T - Another right hook of hops. Again a perfect blend of grapefruit and pine. The bitterness of the hops is almost too much until it fades into a lemony-sweet finish, a tad bit of pucker. Dashes of zest and honey, a bit of bread, just a full, robust taste present here.

M - Nothing negative to say about the mouthfeel, with something so bitter and an high ABV, you would expect it to dry the mouth or something, but it's incredibly smooth. The carbonation holds well and the burn of the alcohol is ever so slight.

Overall - A brilliant beverage here, great balance to this IPA. So glad that Three Floyds has come back to Ohio. Just a wonderful beer here.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Floyds : Dreadnaught

Ontap, appears a clear golden color, small head and some wisps of lace on the glass. Aroma is nothing short of spectacular, notes of pine, pineapple, grapefruit zest, sweet pine juice. West coast IPA all the way, baby. In the taste, tropical bitterness. Muted pineapple almost bordering into mango, but overshadowed by a wall of bitterness. Lots of pine, sweet complimentary malt, but the sweetness is mild and short livid. Solidly bitter, and bitter all the way through. Medium bodied. Overall, one of the best double IPAs I have come accross. Exceptional.

Photo of cratez
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased from the brewery in Munster, IN.

Pours a slightly hazed, golden amber hue with two fingers of billowy, off-white foam and sheets of lacing on the nonic glass. Beautiful, glowing appearance on this brew.

Smell is deep citrusy orange rind, clementine, pineapple, papaya, tangerine, fruity esters (alcohol), floral and woody hops, perfume, pine needle, peach, red grapefruit, and white cracker. A very tropical, aromatic nose in the west coast mold.

Taste is big bold layers of juicy and fleshy navel orange, peach, nectarine, caramel, jujube candy, pineapple and honey sweetness, mango, biscuit, lemon, and a smooth, citric hop bitterness with white grapefruit and pine needle on the cough. This beer assaults the taste buds with a pungent onslaught of intense hop flavours. An absolutely delicious ale.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, fuller than medium bodied, juicy middle, spicy hop bite precedes a long and resinous hop bitterness with a mildly drying finish. Quite the nuanced palate here.

Overall, this world-beating DIPA is in a class of its own. Dreadnaught has everything that a hop head could ask for, and I enjoyed savouring my bottle over the course of an hour. Seek this one out.

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