Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,238
Reviews: 1,662
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
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Gots: 639 | FT: 28
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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:
An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001)
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Photo of Hockeyfan1189
2.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a martini glass. Color seemed consistent with other IPA's of the high alcohol content variety, and it had a pleasant, slightly fruity smell. Regarding taste, you initially get hit with a flavorful mild fruit taste, but it fades into a musty bite that reminds me of the aftertaste of the awful Four Horsemen. It gains some points back in the fact that this "middle-after taste" goes away and leaves you with a reasonably happy palate. Incredibly smooth in the mouth, but slightly difficult to drink because of that musty taste in the middle.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazey peach/amber color, cannot see my fingers on the other side of the glass. Fair amount of white foam at the top.

The smell is very inviting, citrus hops in full effect as well as som piney notes under it all.

The hop bitterness is apparent immediately, trying to balance itself out with some light sweet malts but to no avail; the hops overpower the other flavors and control the brew.

Nice full mouthfeel, lingering dryness in its wake. Wish this tasted half as good as it smelled.

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

Poured from a bomber, a chalky yellow haze with serious head. Smell of lots of fruit and not much hops. The taste is about the same with some caramel as well. Very smooth for a Double, no slap you in the face hops. Definately taste the 9.5%, but still very drinkable.

Photo of tmcelvain
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold pour, with a large, fluffy head. Tart smell, almost a sour-hop smell.
This beer features well-mixed hop flavors - varying between earthy and piney. Tart beginning, but a sweet finish. This is pretty dry compared to other DIPAs.
Average mouthfeel with a fairly high drinkability, my only fault is slightly too bitter of an aftertaste.

Photo of dciBA
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Khazadum for this one...

Poured from the bomber into my tulip. No freshness info, dang. Amber in color with no head. A little hazy but mostly clear.

Smell is quite hoppy but not particularly strong. Spicy hops dominate but there is plenty of sweet, bready malt there as well.

Taste follows smell as with most every DIPA I've had. The hop flavor is there but not as strong as I had hoped. Quite a bit of grapefruit hops covers your palate with each sip leaving behind a healthy amount of bitterness on the sides of my tongue. It's a fairly malty brew but the malt flavor is nice, complementing the hops well.

Mouthfeel is smooth but lacking some carbonation. Each sip leaves a little hop resin on the palate allowing you to sip the beer and enjoy it. Drinkability is pretty damn good with only a slight hint of the high %ABV. Overall a solid DIPA. I'm thinking the bottle I have isn't the freshest example but it was still quite enjoyable.

Photo of ejimhof
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a large white head and orange color with lots of lacing.

Smell: Smells of citrus and hops.

Taste: very very bitter especially when cold out of the fridge. Bitterness moves to the back as this beer warms but still very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and bitter but still smooth.

Drinkability: One per session is definitely the limit with this beer. Not something I would want to drink on a daily basis. Once a year probably good enough for me.

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden haze well formed head which quickly shrinks but doesn't go away sticky laceing to the glass

Smell: very aromatic citrus pine hops dominant the smell

Taste: Huge flavor I can taste all of IBU's lots of hoppy goodness very well balanced with sweetness the citrus comes through with muted pineapple and orange flavors coming though in the middle

Mouthfeel: full bodied and robust

Drinkability: for me this is very drinkable don't even taste the
9.5 abv love to drink this in any season

Photo of blammasterj
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an amber, burnt orange, dull gold with an initially large head that recedes to one finger and leaves some sticky cobwebs of lace.

Smells very fruity; my girlfriend swears her initial reaction was fruity pebbles. I'm not a big fan of that cereal, so I'm not too sure. But we both agreed on: lemon, orange peel, dank weed, grapefruit, pine needles and a sweet honey-like aroma.

The taste is huge on flavor! The fruitiness isn't as strong as the nose, but the lemons, oranges and pine are still there. In fact it's actually a really bright lemony zest that powers through a lot of other hop flavors. The dank grassiness really cuts through the middle and takes this DipA to a much deeper level. It's also much bitter than I expected and definitely the most bitter DIPA that I've had that still manages to retain such a bright flavor. The bitterness rides under the entire flavor and just dominates in the finish. It literally clings to the back of my tongue for minutes and urges me to take another drink to quell the bitter tingling.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick, not quite as syrupy as some DiPAs and or a RIS, but pretty nice. Overall this is one of the best DIPAs I've had and perfectly mediates the space between an east and west coast IPA. Brilliant. Worthy of all praise and probably earth-shattering when fresh.

Photo of KBHops
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Double IPA; great choice

A: lovely yellow-orange, half an inch of head, with some lacing

S: Incredible; grapefruit, orange, very citrusy

T: Very sharp as it first hits the tongue, great bitterness that bites at the back of the throat, no alcohol even at such a high level; same notes as the nose

M: medium weight; just right

D: I could definitely drink a couple 22 oz. bottles, it gets me bloody drunk, but then who cares. Very easy drinking, even with all the bitterness.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: gotta love how this looks in my dogfish snifter. there isnt much of a head to speak of, a vigorous pour yields a slight pure white head, dissipates fairly quickly but leaves sticky legs all around the rim. the body looks like pure nectar, inviting and enticing. it really is so delicious looking.
S: the weakest aspect of this beer. theres definitely an abundance of citrusy hops, pineapple, zest, touch of booze, i just feel it falls a little behind when compared to all other aspects of te brew.
T: this is the stuff. awesome citrus presence, almost an alcohol soaked pineapple paradise. bitter fruit rind, melon, just delicious.
M: such a creamy smooth texture just makes this purely enjoyable. medium carbonation brings it alive just enough on the palate to slide right down, crisp and perfect.
D: before i realize it half of this glass is gone, and i feel i could just go all night. it just gets more and more delicious as the minutes tik by. this will definitely be on my list to get again when possible.

Photo of DaveHS
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by an awesome customer.

A-Pours a hazy rusty light orange with 1 inch of fluffy white head. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S-Grapefruit, orange peels, dry bittering hops. Solid.

T/M-Bracingly bitter, fresh hoppiness. Mouth coating, tannic dry hops. Simple and well done.

D-Was thrilled to get a bottle of this fresh in California!

Photo of Jeffo
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The highly acclaimed Dreadnaught, brought to you by thomashardy. Thanks for the big time FFF hookup mate. I appreciate it.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger, medium-thick, fluffy, white head with good retention. Perfectly clear and burnt orange or tenne in color, though more gamboge when held to the light. Absolutely zero carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good wisp and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon and pineapple notes. Citrus, grapefruit, and faint floral hop notes as well. Very nice and fruity nose. Medium strength, but nicely enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon and some sweet pineapple and mango up front. Moves into a bitter grapefruit and floral hop finish. Lots of citrus bitterness after the swallow, introducing a bold and lingering bitter grapefruit and citrusy aftertaste. Big flavors, especially after the swallow, and very tasty stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth but with a bit of an alcohol scratch after the swallow. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. Really nice stuff.

OVERALL: Stellar double IPA. Flavorful, enjoyable, and very drinkable. A bitter, citrus hop bomb with a wonderful, creamy palate. I can definitely see why this is so highly regarded, and why FFF fans swear by it. Very grateful that I had the chance to enjoy this one, and would love the chance to have it again. Thanks again for the great trade tomashardy.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.Slight hazy golden color. Thicker than thick white heading. Tremendous lacing and heading until the last drop.

Smell is all fruit upfront. Mango,pineapple with a very green hop aroma.

Taste has a juicy blast from the get go. Solid sweet citrusy malt background with a lighter caramel base. Tremendous flowery hop bite with a syrupy like finish. Alcohol is always there in the background. Not well hidden.

Mouth is a bit heavier than anticipated a little chewy.Medium bodied,great alive carbonation action on the tongue.

A great IIPA. Thanks to Brian44556 for sending me this one.

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

22oz fresh bomber poured into snifter; received in trade from readbaron. Thanks Baron!

A: Hazy golden-apricot colored beer, with a towering (at least two inches), white, frothy head, with good retention. Amazing lacing- my total glass is covered by the end.

S: An absolute citrus hop overload here- tons of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and lemon peel. Floral and pine hops make themselves known as well, alongside a caramel malt backbone (hard to detect behind the hops, but definitely there).

T: Citrus and floral hop flavors come through in full here too, providing an initial sweet punch followed by pleasant lingering bitterness. Just a hint of caramel malts, but the flavors of the hops do such a good job standing up to their bitterness that this beer doesn't seem unbalanced at all- quite tasty.

M: Thick and sticky, really allows the hop flavors to be fully enjoyed.

D: A tasty beer, and the 9.5% alcohol is completely hidden, but despite the great flavor I'm not sure I could keep going on this one all night like I can with some other DIPAs (ex. Hopslam, even if this is tastier). Get it if you can!

Photo of Axic10
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vdubb86 for this bottle. Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark orange with a finger of fluffy white foam that settles down to a thin layer after a few minutes.

Smell: Resiny pine, grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops and a malty sweetness mixed as well.

Taste: Bitey hops, bitter grapefruit and some sweet pineapple and tangerine, some malty sweetness but not as much as the nose would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and absolutely no hint of alcohol.

Drinkability: I really like this brew and wish (once again) that Three Floyds distributed to PA.

Photo of EricCioe
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Perfect burnt orange with a small head that faded to a ring with little lacing. On the nose it's a hop assault, piney rather than fruity. It even smells bitter. On the tongue it's a huge hop presence, pine resin, sharp, extraordinarily bitter. In the mouth it's not as huge as I had expected, maybe a medium-full body with a gigantic hoppy bitterness that lingers on and on and on. As far as drinkability, it's not something I'd turn to over and over because of its rather abrasive nature, which while pleasant in moderation could easily become overbearing. A huge DIPA. Can't decide whether I like this or Arctic Panzer Wolf better. Maybe I'll have to do a side by side on some glorious night of huge IPAs.

Photo of dsartwell72
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an over sized wine glass. No date on bottle. Thanks to slvrmon82 for giving me the opportunity to try this.

Appearance- Dark orange to light brown in color. Small foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Beautiful lacing with large swoops and small dots.

Smell- Tropical fruits. A bit of pineapple, some citrus. Sweet odor.

Taste- Not much different from the smell. A bit of a malty backbone is also present. Not all that dry, a little bit of residual sweetness is noticeable. Pineapple, citrus, caramel...

Mouth/Drink- Full body, good for a DIPA. Very drinkable for a 9.5% abv. Not as dry as I would like, a little too much residual sweetness, but is evened out by the hops.

Overall good beer. I don't know how old it is and am guessing it is much better when very fresh. Hopefully some day I can have it fresh from the brewery, but for now since they don't put a date on the bottle, this will have to do.

Photo of dmfrench
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bitter and sweet, perhaps too sweet, DIPA

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A: Evening sun yellow/orange body with a fairly persistent one finger white head.

S: Complex blend of American hops... grapefruit, orange, resiny pine, flowers, wet, delicious. A sweet, buttery malt lays low but firm.

T: Bright, resiny hops comes in first, followed by a very sweet, butter-honey malt. This beer is both very sweet and very bitter at the same time, which is a nice trick. All in all, I think there is something a bit cloying about it, which keeps me from awarding the highest honors.

M: Perhaps a touch grainy, but still very good.

D: The hop flavors are absolutely delicious, but the sweet side weights me down a bit.

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

A: Golden orange with two to three fingers of white head. Slow to fall into the beer. Unbelievable amount of lacing.

S: Wow. You can smell the hops right out of the bottle. Citrus, pineapple, mango. It's hard for me to pick out the malt backbone with all of the hop aroma, but as the beer warms, the carmel malts become evident.

T: Everything from the nose, but there's a peppery, spicy quality towards the end that I like. The taste of mango in this beer is terrific.

M: Full and rich. Has a little bit of an oily quality. Not dry.

D: It's hard for me to not give this one a 5. Alcohol isn't really detectable..beer goes down very easy.

I've had the pleasure of trying many great IPAs in the recent weeks. Dreadnaught stands tall amongst the competition.

Photo of mcgwire756
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle with a friend. Poured into a Delirium tulip.

Pours a light orange and amber with a 1 finger head. The smell is of floral apricots and mangos just like the bottle says. The taste is unlike any Double IPA I have ever had. More orange and mangos to compliment the obvious hops. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and probably one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. I cannot believe this beer is 9.5% I would swear it is no more than 6. Everyone trys to compare Hopslam to this beer. While I love Hopslam, Dreadnaught blows it away. I would take this over Hopslam everyday of the week. The best Double IPA I have ever had.

Photo of jsulko
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a fresh bomber in a Tulip Glass

Almost gold like color with a medium size head that lingers.

Smell is a slightly citrus with hop background.

Taste is smooth and full.

Slight lingering aftertaste of the hops. Not so much as to be unpleasaant but more than I like.

I think this beer suffered by being tasted on the same evening as Hopslam. A very good brew but not as great.

Photo of ferrari29
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Pint glass

A - Beer poured with 1 1/2 finger white colored foam; rocky in appearance and held very well; lacing was great, it stuck to the sides very well; beer has an orange tinge to it and its cloudy in appearance, but has a moderate amount of carbonation to it

S - Citrus and pine hop smells; flowery & fruit (strawberry) esters come up from yeast (which you can see at the bottom of the bottle and glass); malt sweetness coupled with some caramel notes; really solid blend of complex aromas, this is one of the best parts of the beer

T - Malt sweetness, caramel, and fruits that hits you upfront and is immediately followed by a hop bitterness explosion; you can taste the pine/grassy hops; there is almost a sense of deliciousness, my umami buds are going crazy; aftertaste is mild and lingers for a while, in fact, during retro-olfaction I can taste and smell pine, grassy hops

M - Beer feels a bit oily, almost buttery, which makes for a smooth transition down the hatch; slightly effervescent; just a really well-built beer with a fantastic blend of ingredients to get the right balance of taste and feel

D - Overall, just a fantastic drink and definitely one of my favorites; I'm glad I waited this long to try it; I would recommend to other beer lovers; something I must carry in my fridge at all times

Photo of Marty30
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bomber bought at the brew pub poured into pint glass.

A. Nice straw colered body with a two finger fluffy head plenty of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. bottle conditioned if I remember correctly.

S. Good amount of citris hops and pine also getting passion fruit,I don't detect any alchohol I figured I would, but nothing.

T. First in front I'm tasting alot of bitter hops once it gets to the back of the pallet I get a little balence of malts not much though.I also taste some peach some mango.

M. Medium mouthfeel good carbonation cleans the pallet.

D. This stuff is dangerous, alchohol is hidden very well I could drink alot of this! I would definately recommend this beer.

Photo of azureoval
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz Bottle into a SN Tulip

A: Nice gold-burnt orange look. Poured with a nice two finger head into a SN tulip.It had nice carbonation and left some good lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus, Pineapple and Mango are just some of the smells I got from this beer. A great smelling DIPA.

T: Much like the smell. Pineapple and Mango flavors. Slight bit of alcohol in the back end. Though not bad for a 9.5% beer.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and almost creamy feel.

D: Drinkability is good with a slight bit of alcohol presence . Took a little time to finish the bomber but had no trouble doing so. I liked this beer alot.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Light golden/orange in color with a slight chill haze. Two-inch bubbly white head has decent retention and leaves behind sticky rings of white lacing.

S: Pine, resinous hop oils, mild citrus, mango, tangerine, and a bit of pineapple. Light whiff of a sweet malt base. Good, but a bit weak.

T: Lots of sweet mango, pineapple, white grapes. Substantial resiny pine bitterness rides all the way into the dry finish. Sweet malt base, mild alcohol. There's an odd sweetness to this beer that I can't really pinpoint. It tastes like a sugary mango puree.

M: Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Decent amount of astringency from the generous hopping.

D: Maybe a tad boozy to be ideally drinkable.

Notes: Chamone, guys. Get with the program. Bottled-on dates would be nice. I have no idea how fresh this was, but I would guess it was a bit past its prime. As it stands I don't see what all the fuss is about. This is a pretty decent DIPA, but nowhere near a top 100 beer. Maybe a fresh bottle would change my opinion.

Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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