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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,950
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,745
Gots: 569 | 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 1fastz28
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

treated myself with this one, has a really great look to it, surprisingly it has a small head, most IPA's have a nice lacy head, this doesn't have a very big head at all. the aroma is great, a hop explosion, but the hops are very floral and almost candy like, its really impressive. the taste is flawless, its incredibly smooth and well balanced, still has a great ipa bite, but it also has a character to it like few other IPA's i've ever had. its just a spetacular beer, mouthfeel is perfect.

1fastz28, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orangish amber color with a nice head that dissipated leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Lot of citrus hops, a little floral hops, slighty grainy smell and a touch of yeast, mild pine notes.

T - Kind of a confusing beer, I know it's supposed to be an IPA, and it smells like an IPA. It even tastes like an IPA with some bitter citrusy hoppy taste, but it also tastes like an ale. Lot of fruit and some grain and sour. It's good, but it almost seems like a hybrid beer as opposed to an IPA.

M - Thick, nicely carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable for something that comes across as heavy as it does.

Bottom line is it's a very good beer but I find it an oddity, was expecting to be blown away by this top 100, but merely enjoyed. Would drink again, but not going to go crazy trying to find it.

AgentZero, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a white head that fades to a small ring and leaves a lot of nice sticky lacing.

S: Smell is all hops at first and then I start to detect tropical fruits like pineapple. An excellent nose that is familiar to me...smells like a number of other DIPAs I really like.

T: Taste is all hops at first as well but the tropical fruits come out on the finish with a good amount of sweetness and then another blast of hop bitterness. Great stuff and the sweetness gets more pronounced as it warms.

M: Feel is oily and carbonated well. Coats the mouth and lets the hops really last on the finish.

D: I would drink this all the time if it were available in my local shop. Near 10% would make this hard to put down too many though.

Great DIPA and it really reminds me of my other favorites in the style. Also my first Three Floyds beer...keep up the good work!

GregSVT, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into plastic hotel cup...

$11.99 / ea.

S: Lots, and lots of citrus hop character. Tough to pick out anything else, but nothing else is really needed.

A: Big rocky medium head that leaves major lacing and cover over a golden amber body.

T: Wow. this really is the hopheads dram that the bottle touts. Malt flavor is there, but peachy hop citrus is the star without question. The afterglow stays with you long after the sip.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Some tannin puckers the taste buds.

D: For a big IPA this has very good drinkability. Watch out, this could get dangerous!

O: My first Three Floyds brew was an amazing choice. By far the best IPA I have ever had.

dpnelson1978, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

somewhat hazy,copper colored light foam head,deep orange red tone,pour is a tad heavy ,solid IPA aromas citrus, pine yet I anticipated a stronger aroma,well balanced taste,they have the malt hop ratio right-on with this one,mouthfeel is what sets this one from others,it is silky smooth pours past the tongue and down somewhat slippery yet a solid hop finish grabs at the finish,highly drinkable, little alcohol finish,this a a great beer from FFF

jjhbrfdds, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of cudmud
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the bottle with a deep orange color and a light tan head. The head is just a few mm thick. Despite the thin head, the brew porduces nice lacing. In addition, there is a steady stream of carbonation.

Smell: This beer has amazing fruit-like aromas from the hops. I dectect various notes of citrus and (mango?). I don't recall ever smelling mango in a beer.

Taste: This beer has pepper-like notes and packs a wallop of hop flavor. There is a lot going on with the flavor. In all, the falvors are well balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer has lots of bubbles that dance across the tongue. Plus, this beer gladly goes down the hatch.

cudmud, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of blackenmn
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a nice fairly hazy orange with a hint of amber. Quite a bit of carbonation present. Left a thin white head which stuck to the glass and wouldn't go away. Smelled of heavy floral hops with a bit of toast aroma and feint peach and pineapple.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Taste of fairly hard hitting oily pine and grapefuit with a definite caramel malt present which hit along with the lingering earthy hops which seemed to keep it from finishing too dry. Really balanced medium bodied brew with quite a bit of character. A bit of carbonation presence helped keep it interesting throughout. There was feint warmth to this brew which helped keep me sipping slowly at it.

Drinkability:Very drinkable for a DIPA. I really enjoyed the balance of this, enjoyed it thoroughly. Plenty was going on in this. Would hesitate a bit to buy it again due to the steep price and the fact that it's not available in MN regularly.

blackenmn, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught pours a nice shimmering amber with a slightly surprisingly small white head of very fine bubbles that recedes quickly to a sticky lacing.

The smell is not as aromatic as I thought it would be, but still very appealing. Grapefruit, peaches, maybe a hint of alcohol, pine, caramel sweetness. It seems like I can actually smell the bitterness that awaits.

The taste packs much more of a punch than the smell. Peaches, mangoes, grapefruit, caramel. The peach and mango flavors are particularly unique. The sweetness is nicely balanced with a good dose of bitterness. Finishes with more pine and caramel.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick (in a good way). Sticky with a slight gloop to it, but there's a enough carbonation to deliver the bitterness and spiciness from the hops.

This thickness effects the drinkability...but finishing the bottle by myself is not at all a problem.

Overall, I'm very impressed. The mouthfeel alone is worth seeking this beer out. I'm pretty excited now living just across the border from Indiana.

sjccmd, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of dankbrew21
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz into unibroue tulip

A- Hazy, orange body with a 1 finger pearl white head.

S- Super citrusy, heavy hop, mango and peach. Very potent, smelled it right when the bottle was opened.

T- Clean and crisp with a smooth mouthfeel. Sightly bitter, flowery and lots of citrus. Alcohol is well hidden but present. I can detect a hint of mango or peach. Loads of flavor, bitter aftertaste.

D- High

Super good DIPA. Buy it and try it. First DIPA I have had in a month or two due to a new found respect for stouts and I am reminded not to stay away from them for that long!

dankbrew21, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of brow1901
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A- Clear dull orange with a bone white thin head. Very pretty lacing, not much retention.

S- Great fresh orange and lemon smell. Loads of citrus hop smells, mix with tons of pine hop character. Kinda smells like weed too. The malt also do some shining, I smell carmel and tobacco.

T- Such a lasting bitter taste. It's great, I just wish all those smells traslated into tastes. But there is nothing to complain about here. Mostly pine hop character but lots of grapefruit too. Slight hint of malt in there, but mostly its overpowered by hops.

M- A little light but it gets better as it warms. Not enough carbonation imo.

D- Pretty drinkable, but the abv is high and the hops are hard on the palate. Overall a wonderous beer that is highly recommended, probably my favorite IIPA.

brow1901, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to my in-laws for hooking me up with this phenomenal brew. Cheers!

Appearance: A slightly rough pour reveals a cloudy, copper colored brew with about a half inch of thick, foamy head that has some decent retention. Plenty of soapy rings line the sides of my DFH glass.

Smell: Big burst of citrusy grapefruit and pine. A very subtle bit of malty sweetness brings in a little balance. Very nice.

Taste: Yea buddy. Bitter grapefruit stands out, with a bit of pine hanging out as well. There is a nice, smooth malty backbone that really does give this brew some nice balance. It still has some smack you in the face hops, though, which is what an IPA is all about.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, full body, and a viscous texture make this one a great drinker. This one is hard to put down.

Drinkability: A positively outstanding IPA, I can't put it any other way. Plenty of hoppy goodness, smooth and easy to drink. If I ever had a reason to visit the in-laws, this is it.

krisandajt, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a very cloudy dark orange. Strong bitter and hop taste, tingles on the palate. The very slightest hint of the alc.% tingles on the tongue. Damn tasty though. Very solid beer. Wish I had more access to Three Floyds. Would like to find a fresher bottle too.

WeedKing4, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this bomber from iconoklaztor. Thanks Don!

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice one finger white head. Has decent retention and leaves excellent lacing. I love the color of this.

I get citrus and piney hops in the nose. Earthy and floral hops come out with great intensity. There is also a significant malt backbone, and a woody character. Very nice nose.

The malt backbone comes out huge in the taste, one of the more malty IPA's I've had. It's not that it's not fresh, the malt just is naturally strong. There is also thick citrus and earthy hops in full force. Very complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Nice carbonation level. Big bitter aftertaste combats the sweets malts.

Drinkability is through the roof. I don't get a whiff of alcohol in the nose, and there isn't any to speak of in the taste department either. Just a very easy drinking brew.

Overall, a solid DIPA. I can see why this one of the top rated DIPA's in the world, and I think it completely deserves it.

Mistofminn, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger and a half of fluffy, slightly fizzy, compact off white head... The head fades leaving a thin veil of provocative lacing in the center of the glass with a couple of sporadic large bubbles and a thick ring of foam around the outer edge of glass... A glowing golden orange color... Very faint amounts of small slowed paced carbonation rise top without any sensible pattern... Some foam clings to the sides of the glass as the session progresses...

S - Wonderful citrus aroma... Piney hops... Slightly medicinal... Wood... Just the slightest of malt undertones... The aroma slightly burns the back of the nose... Overall, a very complex and intriguing aroma...

T - A full fledged hop assault that continues to intensify even though the aftertaste... The piney hops dominate... There are just the faintest hints of citrus and malt... Some peppery notes on the finish...

M - Sharp biting carbonation on the tongue... Extremely dry and bitter... Slightly syrupy and sticky...

D - Definitely a sipper... Aggressive and assertive are two words that immediately come mind when enjoying Dreadnaught... What odd is that this a an utter hop assault which isn't usually my cup of tea (beer), but I don't find this off putting... It's sophisticated and complex... You'll be feeling the hops from this one the morning after...

philbe311, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Freethyhops
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle spilt with a buddy. no sign of best by or the likes.

THANKS goes to imperialking for the bottle.

A- pours a radiant gold color with a lacy white head. nearly as nuce as a DIPA can look

S- pure piny bitterness on the nose not much citrus aroma floating around. pretty one dimensional. but still inticing

T- great taste in contrast to the color. super bitter bready taste. a hop BOMB for sure. I feel this fits right in with the american extreme IPA catergory. spot on. It's like a more complex Ruination. one of a kind brew with great influence

M- three floyds does not make thin unflavorful beer. this - beer is a mouthfull of delicious. probably one of the more viscous DIPA's i've had the pleasure of trying. great in my book, as a stout lover.

D- no problem drinking this substance. if there weren't any health and safety issues to consider. this would be an all day every day beverage. rivaling water. awesome brew.

Freethyhops, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of eallured
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This offering was poured into a Unibroue tulip. A nearly clear copper amber color with a beautiful creamy almost butter yellow head sitting atop it. Head craters as it fall creating a miniature mountainous landscape.
Aroma is quote piney and peppery but also stickily sweet smelling. Has a distinct malty aroma, moderately kilned crystal malts come big time at the end. Some vanilla or woody complexity and roundness seems to be present.
Big sweet flavors coat the tongue that include that vanilla wood flavor and dried fruits, figs, dark raisins, dried apricot. More citrusy flvors eek their way through as the bitterness cuts in. It is a big bold bitterness but also rounded and clean. It takes a little too long to settle in and doesn't quite have enough punch. Heavyweight but not instant KO unfotunately.
Medium full body, this avoids being too sweet like a number of sdpa styles. Nice small carbonation bubbles without being fizzy. Viscosity is spot on and the aftertaste retains a lot of bitterness, especially as the pint progresses and leaves the tongue pleading for more.
Barely makes it into the "I will drink this until I can't see if you let me" category of ipas. Not something I would choose for a long night out or midday beer, but certainly a worthy offering.

eallured, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to abbddull for the trade.

Great IPA experience. Nice big head with majestic lacing and huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and hop aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple and big time tangerine mix in with the caramel and honey nicely. This is very complex for the style. Did i say hoppy? Big, big hops. The malt takes a backseat but adds so much to the overall flavor and character of the beer. Mouthfeel was close to perfect: silky, creamy, understated carbonation and a heaviness to it that makes it linger nicely in the finish. Alcohol is hidden extremely well making this tasty beer very easy to finish.

Best Imperial IPA I've tasted yet, a personal favorite.

natelocc787, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of jackorain
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper color with a slight haze. The stark white dense head stays around for a very long time and leaves an incredible amount of think lace and a thick coat.

The aroma is a wonderful mingling of pine and grapefruit hops, tangerine and caramel sweetness.

The hop flavor of grapefruit, oranges, tangerine and pine all come roaring in with the first sip. This is followed a big sweetness of caramel and simple syrup. Middle to end brings a big bitter hit that lingers through to the finis and further. Subsequent sips bring more depth of grapefruit, pink, white and ruby red juice. The pine also emerges in the finish. Tropical fruit also begins to emerge as the beer warms up.

Medium body with vibrant carbonation. The bubbles carry the bitterness to the hard palate and the back of the mouth. The hop oils coat the mouth as well.

Overall, this is one fine beer. One of the best double IPAs I have had.

jackorain, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So today is my 2nd anniversary of being a BA member. And, it's my 100th review spectacular! I've been saving something great for it. I almost cracked my Westy 12, but decided to save it for an even better occasion, and when I can share it with someone. Got this great gem of a beer from either AgentZero or rjacklin in great trades. Poured this bottle of awesomeness into my oversized DFH snifter.

A: It loudly chugs its way out of the bottle into the glass and leaves a light but rich head on non-pour side, and big bubbles on the side I poured on. It slowly fades to look like a frost covered head that makes me want to lick it and have my tongue get stuck to it. It has a radiant golden orange red color that's pretty clear but leaves a very slight haze. Some extra sediment and haze pollutes the bottom of the bottle.

N: Nose is loaded with fresh piny and citrus hops, and I mean loaded. I think my nostrils just ripped apart full of hoppy goodness. I do get that slight musty aroma that I get from many of the extremely hoppy beers. A light sweet malt aroma makes its way piecing through the hops and adds a slight crystal caramel aroma that's pretty nice on its own. Some other noble hop goodness can be smelled, with slight grapefruit and citrus, but get light. The nose is pretty much dominated by the pine.

T: I sure hop the taste is similar... actually it starts pretty malty and sweet, very juicy and lots of caramel. I still get a load of piny hops and citrus. Man the taste is loaded with caramel and sweet caramelized brown sugar. I also get some juicy hops fruity hops in the center, with some tropical fruits and deliciousness. Some bread like qualities top off the maltiness as the hops start to take over again. Some spicey and floral hops also come through on the back end. It's like a golf course, and the front 9 is filled with some sweet caramels, brown sugars, and breaddy malts, and the back 9 kicks you in the balls with pine, citrus, juicy, spicey and floral hops. The piney hops also happen to be your golf cart so they carry you through the entire course. I don't really get much alcohol, very slight, which is great for being 9.5%.

M: Pretty rich and very sticky. It sticks all over my mouth, holding the pine and bitterness to it. Some spicey hops and light carbonation finish off the mouth.

F: Wooo, bitterness slams you on the finish. It dries off slightly but still has a slight sweetness. It's like my dessert IPA. The crazy pine and bitterness really catches up at the end. It almost makes your mouth smack itself... somehow, I didn't really think that one through. Anyways, the ridiculous hop and bitter finish really give you the feel that it dried off more than it did. It sticks around for a bit, then just waves goodbye and that's the end of it. It fades pretty well surprisingly for how bitter it is. I also detect some citrus and slight orange peel at the finish.

Final thoughts: A great IPA. It really is a dessert IPA that dominates your mouth. I really enjoy the malt quality and caramel with caramelized brown sugar. I think that is a quality of the IPA being a little older than it should be, but I'm really enjoying it. The crazy pine and citrus hops really hang around and mingle with the juicy fruity hop goodness. It must have a combination of a bunch of great hops. I probably should drink my other bottle soon, but it's soo good. I'll have to get a very fresh one and see if it changes at all, or if this one changed, or you know what I mean. It hides the alcohol very well too. Perhaps a little too sweet too. I can really enjoy a bunch of these, probably not all in a row, but eventually.

Oh yeah, HOORAY FOR 100!!!

jlindros, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of aewinte1
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours nice light amber with average 1.5" head
S- Smells on the sweeter side for an IPA. Has the typical grapefruit scent along with a splash of pine. Pineapple and some other citrus are also present
T- Whoa. Definitely one of my favorite IPA's of all time. I'm used to all the west coast hop bombs, but this one is so balanced and delicious it blows most other IPA's away. The first thing I notice is the superb balance and the creaminess of the beer. Normally IPA's are very bitter and oily, but this beer has an almost stout-like creaminess to it that I'm really digging. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine are present, but very well balanced by a very strong malt backbone. This one earns a 5 for taste.
M- Incredible mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect and it has a creaminess that makes this beer stellar.
D- Alcohol is very well hidden and hardly detectable. Could drink this all night long and I would too if it was available where I live.
Overall, this is the best IPA I have had to date. Dorado and summer yulesmith are excellent brews also, but they don't achieve a nice balance like this brew. Outstanding

aewinte1, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange amber color that produced a good 1+ finger white head that has some great retention to it. Its leaving coats of sticky bits of lacing down the inside of the glass.

(S)- Loads of pineapple and grapefruit citrus that has a twist of lemon. Has a sweetened background of honey and creamy wood.

(T)- Very dry with creamy, yet bitter pine up front. The middle reveals citrus of lemon and pineapple with a nice sweet caramelized lime followed with a honey biscuit finish.

(M)- Has a superb balance of bittering citrus pine with sweet honeyed malts. Great carbonation level. Has a mouthcoating feel to it that could just be due to its high abv which happens to be integrated very well.

(D)- A superb DIPA that I was very impressed with. Has a great balance and is actually pretty complex despite its simplicity. Even though it has a high abv that is integrated well, this one really hit me hard nearing half way through the bottle. It might have been just a bad day for me, but I usually handle beer in volume pretty well; this one kicked me to the ground!

sweemzander, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of steadydose
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale medium amber color, nice clarity w/ 3 finger cap. A lighter color than other DIPA's.

S: Mango, pine, bready malts. Even as the beer warmed the aroma was not as noticable.

T: Lots of delicious hops, grapefruit, mango, citrus, resiny bitterness. What follows is a nice foundation of malt sweetness to support and balance the hops.

M: Oily, medium viscosity, soft carbonation, smooth.

D: Nice DIPA, my pallete would tire of it after a couple of bombers. Glad to have tried it.

steadydose, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of tegelaar
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously froma 22oz bomber.

A - Very nice pale ale color. 1 1/2 finger head that stays for a long while.

S - Smells of HOPS, citrus (especially orange), and seems light and refreshing.

T - This one is super bitter with a grassy undertone. The alcohol is well hidden. Tastes very clean and crisp.

M - Very carbonated but very thick. One seems to mask the other.

D - Considering the alcohol content, you could down these all night. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

tegelaar, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of fishbrew
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden orange, about 8 SRM by my estimation. One and a half finger off-white head that dissipated very slowly, leaving behind excellent lacing.

Not an exceptionally strong aroma for an IIPA, but adequate and dominated by pineapple scented hops. Very pleasant and inviting.

Unadulterated hop juice. Starts with an intense sour citrus hop flavor and a hint of pine, briefly transitions into a tart sweetness which (literally) makes your mouth water, before leaving your tongue bruised with pure IBU's and the faintest breathy alcohol feeling. This is a treat and an experience, not an IPA for the uninitiated. I would rank this up there with Pliny the Elder in terms of pure concentrated hoppage. Delicious.

Just the right amount of carbonation to carry the aroma but not detract from the hop acidity. Smooth mouthfeel, not too thick or thin.

One 22oz Bomber is plenty for a single session, although true hopheads wont be able to get enough. Deceptively smooth given the 9.5% ABV, but it's an IIPA so drinkability takes a back seat to complexity and tongue punishment. For what it is, the drinkability is just right.

fishbrew, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of AltBock
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Number 800!

22 oz. bottle with a label that's actually quite disturbing. This label has a comical drawing of a British Red coat siting on a barrel of Ale in front of the Taj Mahal with a frosty mug of beer in one hand and a severed red hand in the other. On the red coat's red side is an Indian male with a sword in his mouth while holding a frosty mug of beer in one hand and sticking a gun in the belly of the red coat. On his left side is an Indian woman holding up a mug of beer. The more I looked at it, I thought it was a political cartoon about the imperialization of India was a bad thing. Below the picture is the 3 Floyds symbol of a skull wearing a gold crown made out of brewing utensils. Along the sides of the picture are some hard to read sayings in forest green lettering. To the far left of the label is most of the mandatory US information and to the right is a description of the beer and a tiny map to the brewery. Please don't waste your time looking for any kind of brewed date or year because it doesn't exist.

Appearance: A beer this big and this hyped up deserves a special glass, so I poured it into my Maudite Snifter. The first thing I noticed about the beer was this beer's extreme hazyness. It was so damn hazy that I couldn't even see the silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. I know I've said this before in pervious reviews, but you gotta love the hazyness! For the color of the beer, it was a golden apricot in the center and a tangerine orange along the sides. Not much of a head of foam at first, but then like zombies raising from the grave, up rises this 1/2 an inch head of foam. The head of foam was bone white at first, but then I saw it transform into a faint peach color. I've never seen anything like that before. This multi colored head of foam had decent retention that left behind a tiny string of rings and a spot or two of lace. Good color, decent sized head of foam, and hazy as hell.

Smell: You don't have to stick your nose into the glass to get the full impact of citrus and hoppy aromas. You can clearly smell this beer from 5 feet away. I probably don't have to tell you how big the aroma was, but since I'm reviewing this beer, I will tell you. This aroma was strong with bitter citrus hops, a ton of bitter and tart grapefruit, lemons, a touch of mango, and all of these citrus aromas were sitting on a bed of pine needles. Swirling this beer around will only anger the citrus hops. I warn you that if you do that, the scent of citrus hops will shoot up your nose and you won't be able to smell anything else for a few hours. Any malts in the aroma? Yeah, that's a good one pal!

Taste: This beer was a tease. It will lead you like it did for me. The malts that weren't found in the aroma could easily be found right off the bat in the taste. These malts lasted for a little more than a second and then this beer kicks into high gear. After the malts, the taste goes hoppy and bitter and it never looks back after that. This strong hop punch consisted mostly of bitter citrus hops with more than enough bitter and tart grapefruit. If you think that's it for the taste, you would be wrong. Along with the hop punch was some tart lemons, a subtle pinch pineapple, a hint of mango, and then this hoppy taste finishes dry with pine needles. If you're drinking this beer, I sure hops you like the taste of hops because they will not settle for even one second. Prepare your taste buds for the onslaught of bitter citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied? You bet your ass it was! Not only was it full bodied, but this beer had an everlasting strong aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, bitter and tart grapefruit, and pine. If you want to taste anything after this beer, make sure you have a glass of water nearby.

Drinkability: Is this beer over hopped? Yes! Is this beer over hyped? No! This Double IPA lives up to the hype and more. If you're a hop head, this beer is a must try. It's pricey, but well worth it. I knew there was a reason why I used this beer for my 800th review.

AltBock, Sep 21, 2009
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,950 ratings.