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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

4,913 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,913
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,742
Gots: 563 | 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 mikey711
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Beersis81.

A: Light copper that is crystal clear with a milky head that leaves excellent lacing on top.

S: Orange citrus, a touch of pine and some malty sweetness. A little past it's prime but still very nice.

T: Very pleasing bitter note followed by the orange and a little pineapple. A serious malt backbone on this but I again chalk that up to age. However, even with the age no grain or breadiness to speak of.

M: Very creamy and full bodied but a bit boozy.

D: Despite the heat it is very easy to drink. I found myself to be taking bit sips of the this each time.

This is my second time having Dreadnaught, and it is better fresh. I am hitting myself for letting this sit around too long, but still it is an excellent beer. My rating reflects the first time I had it

mikey711, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to brentk56 for the trade! This is one I've been looking forward to.

Bomber served chilled in a chalice. As soon as the cap is popped, the aroma hits me and it's fantastic. Pours a hazy golden orange color with big towering sticky head. As it slowly settles, lacing is left behind.

Aroma is a heavenly blend of tropical and citrus fruits. Mango, pineapple, and grapefruit all come together here.

Flavor is exceptional and is most notably impressive for it's balance. All things are relative, of course, because this is a huge and very generously hopped DIPA. Sweetness up front gives way to strong but controlled hop bitterness. Lots more of the tropical fruit experienced in the aroma which is all really nice. The malts provide a bit of carmel sweetness and keep the hops in check (somewhat) but this is obviously a showcase of the latter.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with big sticky resinous hops. Carmel flavors may enhance these characteristics, at least in one's mind. Drinkability is good for the style but it's still very strong and hoppy. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall a fantastic example of the style. In a market that sometimes seems saturated in such over-hyped and over-hopped beers, this one is truly very well done.

GilGarp, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of FernMaster
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is a keeper; I don't mean because of the superb taste, but because the artwork is pretty badass as well. I had this from a bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. My roommate and I were already in awe of the beer as it poured, a very light gold mixed with amber that just looked like a beer should. The smell was also something that even my other roommate who is not a fan of IPA's, wanted a taste after smelling. The hops and wheat are noticeable to the nose as well as the present mango and citrus added to the beer. The mango and citrus cut into the hops, preventing it from being to hoppy, but creating a perfect balance in the process. The citrus and hops combine so well that I almost couldn't stop from continually lifting my glass until the bomber was gone. Sometimes IPA's can be difficult to drink because of the presence of hops, to some, but in this beer such a great balance was created that even my roommate who dislikes IPA's enjoyed the taste. It's easily drinkable and delicious.

Dreadnaught is everything you want in a double IPA. If you like IPA's, it would be foolish to pass this beer up. After tasting it, it becomes readily apparent why Dreadnaught is in the top 100 list.

FernMaster, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of fiver29
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Bottle bought at the brewery 2 weeks ago at DLD. Poured a dark orange color with a thin white head. Smells like I'm walking in a hop field. I think they should patent this for hop perfume. I'm not sure about mangos and peaches, but I smell hop fields, pine, and some slight sweetness. Has a medium mouthfeel. Tastes like I'm chewing on a sweet resin candy bar. Has a sweet punch in the face pine, gregarious sweet caramel, and spank the monkey finish making me want more. Overall this is a great brew fresh.

fiver29, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of after5
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up while in Chicago and love lots of beer from 3 Floyds.

After have one and then going back from another and another, this beer just hit the mark.

I know they really move to lots of innovative beers in a short period of time, but it would be nice if would stick around for awhile.

Alas I cannot find this beer widely outside of the area and even lobbied hard with a distributor to add it to Nashville.

after5, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden amber with a nice murky content to it. Poured with a 1 finger bubbly head that laces nicely.

Smell - Tons of sweet grapefruit and orange followed by some resiny pine and candy smells. At the end you can catch a bit of the alcohol and malts.

Taste - Wow this one doesn't really taste like it smells at all, I catch the grapefruit and citrus up front, then catch a bit of the sweet caramel malts, but what makes this beer amazing is the bitter finish, chased with a bit of coffee almost. From the smell I expected very sweet. The taste it leaves in your mouth is astounding. This beer is superb.

Mouthfeel - Very nice mouthfeel, for its stature it is fairly thin, but not in a bad way. Nice bitterness and a good amount carbonation. Very oily and resinous on the tongue.

Drinkability - Incredible for its abv, if I could get this everyday I probably would, until the wallet wouldn't allow me too. I can see drinking this in any weather and season. Tonight seemed like a great time also, and it was.

Great, great beer.

cvaypai, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MASPuros for sending me this one.

Poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: Deep amber color, hazy, thin off-white head.

S: Tons of citrus, mostly orange. Nice piney, resinous finish. It's got my mouth watering already.

T: A burst of grapefruit and orange initially, followed by a caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Bitter, but not overly so.

M: Very smooth, great body, and perfect level of carbonation.

D: Despite the high ABV and the slight alcohol bite, this one has such great flavors that you could drink it all day.

womencantsail, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thank-you to ratpack54 for the chance to guzzle this beast. cheers Bob!

A - trans copper, decent off white head w/ nice lacing

S - lots of fruit in the nose, endless amounts of citrus/pine hopage. honey and mango play a huge role and the caramel malt backround becomes more appearant as the beer warms a bit.

T - near perfection to the taste buds! with so much hop bitterness this beast of a beer still manages to balance w/ fruit like sweetness and a solid malt backround without ever getting to bready. slight spice in the finish.
this beer successfuly achieves complexity while still satisfying hop heads.

MF - sharp carbonation but smooth and oily feel to the full body.

D - for 9.5 percent, this one goes down so easy it's dangerous. had 22 oz. and i wish i had more, excellent. i have yet to be let down by FFF.

end thoughts: why are so many east coast DIPAs so much better(aka balanced )than west coast hop-bombs????

bonsreeb85, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of crossovert
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nicely decorated 22 ounce bomber. Has a 2 finger thick dense off white head that quickly recedes and leaves behind a nice lacing. Color is of dark copper/orange.

Smell is intense, when I first popped the cap off this one it was a tropical fruit surprise. In the glass it is very hoppy and sweet smelling. Has a decidedly citrus hop scent, not too spicy. There is a hint of pine needles. Hop mania through and through.

Mmmm a refreshing hop bomb. The hops attack your palate furiously and do not relent. Citrus hops come in a barrage, then a slight bit of sweet biscuity malt hits, finishing with joyful hop bitterness. Yep, the malt is there, in the middle, but this is a hop lover's dream. Mouthfeel is smooth and perfectly carbonated.

There is no problem in finishing this 22 ouncer, could have gone for a 750 of this or heck even a liter, the alcohol is definitely noticeable and a bit warming but doesn't really show it self too much too be off-putting enough for one not to easily down one of these quickly.

An excellent DIPA.

crossovert, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Vibrant tangerine with a one finger sized head.

S: I am thinking that this bottle has a little age on it, because while smelling hoppy (mostly orange/tangerine), it didn't have the juicy, bursting hop aroma that I was expecting. There was a substantial amount of malt in the aroma.

T: Great amount of bitterness up front followed closely by malty sweetness.

M: Full-bodied. Great.

D: The alcohol is hidden relatively well. This beer can hold its own against any DIPA.

gameface23, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the FFF Brewpub on 8/7/09. This was a 10 oz or so pour in a 1/2 pint glass.

Pours a beautiful clear amber, with a 1/2 finger of brite-white looking head. Retains with just the softest and creamiest look to it, that just DRENCHES the sides of the glass with super rich lacing. Such a delicate look for a such a monsterous beer. The aroma is hugely floral and piney, and just drips with lush tropical fruit notes of grapefruit, mango, and apricot. Caramel and bready malts give this a tangy edge in the nose, but man, this bouquet is all about the HOPS! Just exquisite.

The taste is quite resinous, with a sticky bitterness that hangs in the mouth, before giving way to a steady and long lingering spiciness. The hop profile is very aggressive but is still so very well balanced by toasted toffee and that same fantastic blast of tropical citrus. Finishes spicy, with a lingering warmth to it. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a more bubbly carbonation on top, and then a very oily feeling slickness underneath that keeps this moving nicely. There is some rich warmth to the body but this is drinking VERY nicely for the size of the ABV that is involved here.

This is just a classic from FFF that never gets old, no matter how many times I've had it. Huge, yet well balanced flavors, and a super slick body keep this hop-monster very drinkable. This was such a treat to enjoy on tap at the brewery.

Kegatron, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees
Thanks to tburkhart for this one!

This one pours a mildly dark, golden amber color. About three-fingers of frothy, white foam make the head. This recedes to a nice covering that sits atop the golden amber liquid. The lacing is very good and very sticky.

A nice, big, hop presence in the nose. Big citrus smells, heavy on pineapple, mango, peach and grapefruit. Nice floral and pine notes. This is all balanced out by a wonderful presence of caramel malts. Notes of golden brown sugar. A nice breadiness.

This is a fairly well-balanced IIPA. I expected the hops to be more dominant from the nose. They are definitely here and bring with them all of their bitter glory. They are mingling with a nice, strong, maltiness though. Big citrus notes and piney bitterness mix with some brown sugar notes and mild caramel sweetness.
I'm not a hophead but I'm learning to love IIPA/DIPA's and this one would certainly be in my top 10 for the style.

Nicely full bodied, with a slight touch of thickness. Good medium level of carbonation, which is almost perfect. Very smooth with a nice, light touch of creaminess that keeps it interesting.

At 9.50%abv, I'd imagine that it would be hard to drink alot of this and remain standing. As the alcohol is very well hidden within the flavor though, I find it very easy to drink, in general.
I'd like to have more, please.

coldmeat23, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy light copper with some off-white head. It smelled like mango and apricot hops, with sweet caramel and honey malt. It tasted like mango and apricot and copper hops, with lots of caramel and some roasted barley malt. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty beer that was clean and balanced. However, the hops seemed a bit faded, which was very disappointing. I enjoyed the malt flavor, but I was hoping for stronger and juicier hops. It still had great body, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was very easy to drink. A generally great beer, but it still didn't live up to the hype. There are definitely better 2IPAs out there.

Pencible, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Founders Pint Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of creamy beige head. Great retention with amazing lace wall.s Color is a hazy pale orange sunset.

Aroma: Huge floral hop aroma, caramel malts, with an intense amount of grapefruit, mango, and sweet peaches.

Taste: Very sweet taste. Mango, peaches, and grapefruit citrus are up front with a floral taste. In the end comes a rush of caramel malts. It is pretty sweet for a IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Big hop bite, very bitter. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Ends with a big floral aftertaste, only slightly dry which is nice considering it as an iipa.

Overall, this is a really well developed iipa. I will only have 1 pour of this, but it is a great beer. I'd easily get more of this.

mothman, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well here it is "the Dreadnaught". I've been dreaming of sampling this one. It pours a muddy orange amber. A moderate head resides on top of my pint glass. A thick coating of lace covers my glass.. The aroma is like an ocean of hops. So piney and sour smelling. It's an amazing boquet of sour fruit and hop cones. The flavor is huge. A blast of pine and sour then malt smoothness with a touch of alcohol on the finish. This seems like a perfect balance of hop bomb and smooth malt. The medium body with plenty of carbonation to round it out. The high abv is there but fits nicely and makes me feel warm and fuzzy. This is my first IIPA and I must say I'm really starting to enjoy becoming a hop head.

beerwolf77, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Second time trying this delight - first time was a couple of years ago and I was fairly unfamiliar with the style. Pours a bright tangerine-amber color with a relatively thin head with some nice sticky lacing. Aromas are of fresh, sweet pineapple, grapefruit, and orange with a great floral bouquet of hops with a hint of honey. Tastes are bitter up-front, but also sweet with a malty presence. Grapefruit and orange rind with some citric hops and a pleasant piny finish. Some hints of caramel from the malts, but remains bitter on the finish. Mouth-feel is medium bodied with some hop oils that cover the palate nicely. Alcohol is very well concealed. Excellent offering from 3F and I am very satisfied with finally getting a chance to re-try this great IIPA. Solid representation for the style.

barnzy78, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as a hazy copper with the haze settling halfway through. A two finger, off-white head. Aroma is an awesome hops/citrus bomb. Flavor? Wow, I'm surprised, not the overwhelming hop bitterness that the aroma led me to expect. Nice malty sweetness to balance the hops. Grapefruit and something sweet that I can't put my finger on. Feel is a little heavy/oily, pretty thick for this type of beer. Drinkability? I want more, but because of the ABV, I'll have to stick with the bomber I just finished. I have to admit that I've never been a big fan of IPA's, but damn, I've had some great ones in the last two months and I'm becoming a fan.

kegger22, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a little cloudy amber golden orange with a big 2+ finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of tropical fruits and some sweet carmel malts

taste is much the same - this beer reminds me of sculpin or hop stoopid which has a high tropical fruit hop flovor and a good balance of malt backbone

mouthfeel is good with just enough of carbonation to make this medium to light beer go down smooth

drinkability is good even at the high abv - but at the 9-12 price i would stick to hop stoopid

jsh420, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got two bombers of this great brew from BitterPachyderm. Thanks again, Mason, for your generosity. Enjoyed in a sniffer.

Appearance is lightly hazed amber notes with a tiny bubbly off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Aromas are of strong toasted caramel and bready malt. Hop aromas are grapefruit to boot. Flavors are similar, with the hop profile coming on strong, but there is definitely balance in this DIPA. Raisin are playing a big role here, too. Bitterness is high here! Medium syrupy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. I can sip on this beer all afternoon! I feel like I've said that about FFF beers before...

washburnkid, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bottle into a snifter. No bottling or best by date.
Big thanks to "beveritt" for procuring this out of state gem for me.

A- Very hazy amber/orange. Pours with 1+ fingers of off white head, which to a sparse, thin, oily cap. Leaves ample lacing as consumed.

S- Grapefruit and pine resin hopiness. Quite sweet, malty notes eek their way in through the avalanche of hop.

T- Very assertive pine/citrus hop bitterness on the first sip. Rush of caramel malt notes follow to provide balance. Bitterness level is high. Alcohol content is well blended.

M- Moderate carbonation. Full feel, creamy, and goes down easy. Fair amount of residual hop oiliness. Exceptional.

D- Good. 9.5% ABV, probably would want to restrict myself to a single bomber of this stuff.

Future outlook: Really good, ....close enough to get without an extreme amount of effort, but not distributed here....so don't know if I'll have it again anytime soon.

DoctorDog, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this with a friend the other night whilst watching TV. Poured a hazy, golden color with white head that faded slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of floral/citrus hops and fruit. Tasted the same, balanced very well with malt. Smooth, yet slightly dry and bitter finish. Packs a punch, but I could have had another one.

NewGeneric, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid a pretty hefty price for this one. It better be worth it!

Pours a darker gold orange color with one finger head that quickly reduces to a ring around the side of the glass. Very subtle lacing.

Big sweet citrus hops with sweet ripe pineapple. Some sweet roasted malt, maybe a bit of mango. Very sweet and juicy smelling.

Nice juicy hops not biting or tiring in any way. Tastes like there is pineapple juice mixed in. Some pine from the hops, nice malt presence to keep some balance.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Carbonation is soft and velvety smooth.

Quite drinkable at this ABV. Alcohol is tasted a bit, but felt a little more. Very clean finish. A well done DIPA. In my top 10, possibly top 5 for DIPA's. That said, still not worth the high price point (see Hop Stoopid or BR Racer 5).

jera1350, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of davey
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle from VandenBossche last week.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow hue (not cloudy), with a nice fluffy head. The head looks like dish soap with small oily bubbles. Nice carbonation too.

Smells of fresh tropical fruit and citrus. Light floral smell. Just a hint of alcohol.

I can taste mongo, pineapple, and tons of fresh hops. Not bitter at all. Theres some malt in there but not much. If there was a liquid tropical starbusrt candy, this is what it would taste like.

The mouthfeel is slightly oily, and full bodied. Crisp lipsmacking finish.

This is a great imperial ipa. Wasn't tough to finish the bomber by myself. The alcohol was a little more evident than I would have liked it to be, but definitely not a distraction. I will definitely pick this up if I come across it!

davey, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Greg and his brother, who brought down a bottle of Dreadnaught for us to try.

It pours a mostly clear copper color, with a couple of chunky bits of sediment. Not much head to speak of, but a really pretty body.

The smell is a citrus bomb -- orange, lemon, nectarine. Taste is more on the pit fruit side. I can pick up some apricot and peach going on here. Very cool. A ton of malty backbone to balance the taste out. Thick and resinous swallow. This is a really nice double IPA. Thanks!

DaveFL1976, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz's into a pint glass and then some.

A- Dread had a pale/straw yellow color with golden spots. When the glass was full, there was no bubbles on top, then some white foam appeared making a skim with warming, it never left. A ring of lace around the glass. Small patterns of lace.

S- Big citrus, mango, pineapple, peaches, oranges, fresh as can be. And of course a nice sweet malt backing that comes up with warming. The best of both worlds.

T- Yes, this delivers. Getting a basket of tropical fruits like the ones above. Grapefruit and oranges are dominate. Caramel malt after the initial blast, but very well balanced. Some forrest pine also giving a distinct bitterness, very nice.

M- Hoppy, bitter, tasty and sweet all at the same time, dread has somewhat of a oily feel from a medium feel. This one is nicely carbed. Became more bitter as time passed.

D- It took me sometime to get through it, bit dread never lost it's pizazz, this is well put together. Very easy to sip on or indulge more quickly, I was somewhere in between. The 9.5 is high and rightfully so with this much flavor & the bitterness is is just right, not a burn out. I really enjoyed this.

BARFLYB, Jul 29, 2009
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,913 ratings.