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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,682 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,682
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,706
Gots: 489 | FT: 20
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 hopflop

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour from a bomber.

Been waiting a while to try this puppy. Thanks to my pops for bringing me this beer!

Pours a nice murky copper color with a small white head.

Smell of sweet fruit and piney and citrus hops are very abundent.

This beer has a nice thick mouthful with a good balance of sweet malts and citrus hops. with a good bitter finish

This is a great DIPA and I would highly recommend this to any hophead.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 19:52:42 | More by hopflop
Photo of TyBogey


4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked this one up a little while back when I was up in Indiana for a wedding. It was a couple of months before I decided the timing was right to enjoy this one.

I poured it out of a 22oz bomber into my Chimay goblet. It poured a nice head that hung around for a bit. The beer appeared to be light amber in color. The beer had great nose with citrusy aromas. It drank extremely smooth with just a little warmth from the alcohol(suprisingly smooth for how high it was). As far as mouthfeel goes, moderate to low carbonation on a big, thick, almost syrupy offering that felt silky smooth going down. The silky smoothness is very similiar to Stone's Ruination in my opinion. The taste was exceptional. Very smooth, hoppy flavors dominate the beer with a slight sweetness that very much reminds me of my encounter with Bell's Hopslam.

Overall, an exceptional offering that definately ranks in my top five favorite DIPAs. Next time I am in Indiana I will make sure to stock up.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 01:52:21 | More by TyBogey
Photo of dfillius


4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Minimal white foam - just a thin layer with okay retention. Cloudy greenish-goldish-orange. More foam please.
S: Sweet tropical fruit and citrus hops. Buttery biscuit with note of caramel. Terrific
T: Moderately hoppy. Not as much as smell. Sweet with small note of alcohol.
M: Full and thick. A bit oily. A nice mix of dry and sweet.
D: Good beer. Not my favorite DIPA, but a strong showing. Not hot, but warm. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 01:07:40 | More by dfillius
Photo of Dansting


4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured an amber color with a nice thick white head. A ton of lacing. Aroma is very powerful and hoppy. Very nice mouthfeel for an IIPA. Flavor is really hoppy, but not overpowering (in a good way). This is a very tasty beer, with a nice citrus kick to it and a pleasant aftertaste. Quite possibly my second favorite IIPA (after Hopslam).

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 02:12:11 | More by Dansting
Photo of MiScusi


3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from the brewery and sent to me about 3 weeks ago. Should be pretty fresh.

A- Clear golden orange. The orange overtone in it is fairly light though. Head is hard to build up but eventually forms a finger worth and drops into a sea-water-like thin bubbly foam.

S- Pine was the first thing to jump out, then orange. The sweet syrupy malt I find in certain DIPA's I don't care for comes through stronger after a bit. A lot of that hop aroma gets overpowered by the malt as you keep sniffing it.

T- It's moderately citrusy with a bit of a juicy finish. Not bad here on the taste. The malty body plays a big role and offers a sweet backbone to it. I like a DIPA that is more hop-forward ala Pure Hoppiness or Ruination, and leaves some of that syrupy maltiness out of the equation.

M- Much better than I would predict from the syrupy malt smell. It approaches a syrupy thickness but doesn't get all the way there which is nice. Still has an abundance of malt sweetness in the taste.

D- This beer just barely approaches the line I draw for when I don't like DIPA's. However it doesn't cross over. It's still nice. I tend to prefer the less syrupy DIPA's like Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Stone Ruination, and Pliny the Elder. This doesn't quite hit their level but it doesn't totally turn me off as others have.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 20:21:38 | More by MiScusi
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bgramer for this beer that I have been waiting to try for quite some time!
Poured the 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

A: Slightly cloudy honey, copper color. A fine pour leaves a 1/2 a finger of off white head. Thick spotty lacing line the glass.

A: Holy hops batman! Floral and citrus hops explode on the nose. Mango, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of basil? Off the charts!

T: As the beer warms, the flavor expands. Hops obviously dominate, citrus and honey present as well. The beer finishes with a very nice bitter, alcohol warming.

M: Creamy, medium bodied beer. Some carbonation, and extremely smoooth!

D: This ranks right up there with Hopslam as my favorite DIPA. If I had to call it, it would be HopSlam by a nose, but don't get me wrong, Dreadnaught is top of the line for DIPA's. I have to pace myself, because I only have two of em', but I could drink them both right now!! Outstanding! Skal.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 23:18:10 | More by Gtreid
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4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes.

Amber gold color with fluffy white head that fades to a layer of foam for the entirety of the beer. Nice lacing.

Sweet hoppy smell. Mostly pineapple(?) then pine and citrus. Absolutely great nose.

Taste is even better. Bitter and citrus hoppy but also extremely well balanced by malt especially for an IIPA. As it warms I get more tropical fruit tastes but especially pineapple.

Syrupy and smooth.

Aside from ABV this is just extremely well balanced and drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 04:56:07 | More by thickerfreakness
Photo of Beertracker


4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA pours up lively with a grandiose, creamish frappé head that mounts the slightly hazy, burnt orange-tawny amber body. Lots of lacing with very good-excellent head retention. The pungent aroma showcases a plethora of resinous hops ranging from floral to fruity (mango, peach, pummelo, tangerine, tropical fruit) to woodsy (evergreen, pine nuts) with some toasted maltiness & alcohol complexity showing through as it warms in hand. The flavor starts off just a touch cloying with a sweet underlying caramel maltiness reminiscent of a bananas foster flambé with a defined toasted (biscuity/soda bread) character that carries into a dominating bitterness that delivers a big, bold, warming finish. This medium-full bodied DIPA is well carbonated and slightly astringent from all those wonderful hops. Three Floyds Dreadnaught is a hop lover's wet dream and should be feared by light beer drinkers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 03:52:53 | More by Beertracker
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4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Dark Lord Day 2008.

A- poured into an imperial pint glass. Color is akin to orange blossom honey with a thinly laced head and slight haze from the bottle-conditioned yeast.

S- very citrusy from the massive amounts of hops. slightly biscuity, with an apparently strong malt backbone.

T & M- this is definitely a beer to enjoy when you're in need of a hop fix. Bitterness is constant throughout the beginning, middle, and finish of each sip and lingers on in the aftertaste. There is a good malt backbone present, but the hops totallly dominate it and hide the high alcohol content as well. Slick mouthfeel with perfect level of carbonation.

D & Notes- I found this beer to be pretty darn drinkable, and definitely worth seeking out. It's a very good example of an Imperial IPA, but in my opinion is not quite worthy of currently being ranked sixteenth best beer on planet earth. Not all that complex, but still, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 04:50:33 | More by lpayette
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4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I won this in jeonseh's LIF, many thanks go out to him for this brew.

A. Golden amber color, tan head that settles quite quickly.

S. Wow! Grapefruit, pine cones, citris, mmm the smell is amazing!

T. Hops flow over my tongue, sweet malt (honey)

M. smooth, silky, very sticky syrup hops, lightly carbonated.

D. I could drink this all the time. For a 9% beer I could'nt taste the alcohol but I could feel it twoard the end. Very balanced IAPA/DIPA. My wife loved this beer. Thanks again to jeonseh for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:19:04 | More by mikeale
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a dark burnt orange color. The chill haze gave this brew a beautiful luminescent quality. The tan head was 1/4 inch and disappeared quickly. Very minimal lacing down the glass.

S= Lots of syrupy hop oil bringing piney and citrus aromas. Some fruity qualities leading to an alcohol bite.

T= This brew faked me out at first as it seems like each swallow will be very hoppy and fruity, but it very quickly turns to a medicinal flavor in the middle with an alcohol finish. Bready and sweet malts flavors dance around in there too! Quite a complex combination...

MF= Very light carbonation release coupled with a syrupy feel makes an oily feel in the mouth. Medim bodied.

D= I think this is a hoppy late night sipper. A bit too heavy for a session beer, yet quite enticing all the same. I will enjoy this one often!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 02:46:32 | More by spointon
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4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from joe1510, a big cheers to him, been looking forward to this one since I split a bottle with Dauss last summer!

Pours apricot with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Pineyness, leafy hops, & apricots, caramel & honey, plus biscuitty malt

T: Pineyness, honey malt, grapefruit & caramel up front. Biscuitty malt, pineapple, apricots & pears as this warms, plus some booze & grapefruit. Finishes with an aggressive grapefruit snap, some breadyness & a touch of booze & nice honey malt

MF: Big chewyness, some syruppy notes, a low but persistent carbonation & superior balance

Crazy drinkability, the ABV is well hidden, would love to drink this on regular basis. Simply one of the best, if not the best DIPAS I've ever had! I'm sure having this on draft or cask would just be a zen experience

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 04:34:35 | More by russpowell
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA
22oz. brown bomber

A: poured into a snifter. Color is a cloudy amber that is more orange than red. nice slightly off white head that has a low retention rate and leads to faint lacing.

S: strong rich oaky aroma that reminds me of an oak aged stout. Strong hops aroma that is mostly citrus and pine, with pine being the lead. some small amounts of vanilla, coconut and some cherries.

T: amazing flavor! nice toasted and caramel malts supply a great backdrop for this beer. Wonderful citrus flavors from the hops, more of a sweet orange flavor. Some mild pine flavors. no strong alcohol flavors either.

M: amazingly smooth for almost 10%. medium to full bodied. low to medium carbonation.

D: this beer is phenomenal. smooth, delicious, and it lacks the high alcohol taste. granted its not a session beer at 9.5%, but I could drink this all day long. unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 03:32:14 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 oz bomber received in a trade.
Poured a substantial white head into a 16 oz pint glass. Appearance was a golden yellow with an orange hue. Was a bit cloudy, that cleared as the beer warmed. Rings of lacing coated the glass.
Aroma: Fruity, floral, citrus, some pine notes.
Taste: a well balanced DIPA, not as bitter on the back of the palate as most.
Mouthfeel: silky, a bit oily.
Drinkability: this is very drinkable for a DIPA. I could drink a couple of bombers no problem.
Overall, not my favorite DIPA but definitely on my short list.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 13:37:34 | More by JonathanL7890
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got two 22's of this brew in a trade with israel.

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy, orange/golden color with a small white head that fell to a ring.

S - Peach and Mango aroma, wonderful smelling brew.

T - great balance of bitter citrus hop flavor and a sweetness of malt, finish is a bit dry, but that just makes me want another sip.

F - medium bodied with a smooth carbonation feel.

D - The flavor says, "drink more" but the abv says, "easy does it".

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 00:18:26 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey amber. Aroma is well balanced with a strong maltiness with a solid hoppiness behind. Taste follows the nose with a nice malty sweetness in the front with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, with a bit of lingering malt and hops. Very drinkable.

A really terrific DIPA, which is one of my favorite styles. As good as the hype.


Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 01:06:43 | More by sholland119
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at DLD, time to break it out for deliciousness rating

A- Appears a copper golden color with a light head on top that built up a little bit, but stayed a little muted and fell reasonably quickly but did give a good amount of lacing.

S- gives a huge citrus and grapefruit scents with lots of grassy piney character. great hop bomb, malts are pretty muted, pretty impressive for a 9.5 % abv.

T- grassy and grapefruit all over huge piney charachter, what you would expect. the finish is surprizingly not bitter, but there is a torrent of hoppiness & bitterness all over.

M- full body and a high carbonation taht goes well with the hoppiness.

D- pretty damn awesome

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 21:27:17 | More by Atron67
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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear amber into a tulip. Fluffy two-finger head slowly fades with spotty lacing all around. This is one of those DIPAs that you can smell from clear across the room. Huge grapefruit & pine notes are balanced nicely with a caramelly sweetness. Taste is similar, with a bitter kick in the finish. Smooth & creamy, with a bit of alchohol bite. The 9.5% is definately noticable, which hurts the drinkability a bit.

Overall, a fantastic brew, and one of the, if not the best example of a DIPA. A real pleasure to drink; a beer that should be sought out with purpose.

Huge thanks to younger35 for the treat!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 07:30:52 | More by 0110x011
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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a deep orange, cloudy, with almost no head. Aroma of, you guessed it, hops, citrusy hops. Initial flavor is somewhat sweet, with fruits that come out as it warms a little (I think it is apricot, but it could be mango or some other fruit). Flavor turns drier with the hop presence. After taste is very hoppy and you tend to keep that taste in your mouth for a while. Light to medium body, limited carbonation, limited lacing, and obvious alcohol involved. Very drinkable, wish I had a fresher bottle, but you take what you can get.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:02:43 | More by joekfsu
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one didn't do it for me. Perhaps it wasn't aged properly, but it just seemed dull and ordinary.

My sample was undercarbonated - not quite flat - and poured with minimal head and a murky haze.

The beer had a buttery and biscuity malt backbone with a piney and citrus hop aftertaste followed by more butter.

Tasted like bitter hot buttered popcorn in the end.

Methinks the sample would have been much better fresh, but after just recently drinking a Moylans double the other day, it simply blew this beer away.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:15:00 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of HopDerek


4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright rich amber color with 1 inch of foamy and frothy off-white head, great retention and lovely sticky lacing. Smells big on hops, lots of juniper and spruce as well as some caramel, grapefruit, citrus rind, and a slight alcohol warmth. Tastes of earthy notes are quickly taken over by a sweet caramel flavor followed by an explosion of hops; citrus, grass, and a huge pine cone forest attack mingling with some spicy hop notes as well. Medium in body with good carbonation, a big bitter hopbomb with a good caramel backbone to balance out the assault and sweeten it up a bit. Pine loaded with a dry but sweet finish and some alcohol warmth but not overpowering. A superior DIPA with fantastic hop flavors and a good sweet malt presence. Though it is higher in alcohol, dread not, this stuff is easy to drink and fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:12:41 | More by HopDerek
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North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

DEep orange amber with a sticky wheat colored head that puffs up and retains very well, generously coating my goblet in lace.

Aroma is outstanding, massive citrus, pungent pine, bright floral, and fruit. Big malt underneath. THis is gonna be good!

Flavor equally outstanding, freshly skinned tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. There's sticky pine sap and resinous, oily marijuana notes. The hop onslaught fades out with fresh sweet wildflowers. Massive caramel, toffee, and honey malt notes give this beer a serious balance in spite of the incredible hops.

Body is big, sticky, and creamy. So god damned delicious and dangerously drinkable. Better than the hype and worth whatever you paid ot traded.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 19:20:46 | More by AlexJ
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a cloudy orange with decent head. a good looking beer.

the smell is of fruity hops, malty sweetness, peaches and other pitted fruits.

the taste is agressive hops, but finishes sweet. superb balance. this is a very unique tasting imperial ipa.

the mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is nice. good for the style.

i could drink these every day. an excellent offereing from FFF. try this if you can!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 14:54:57 | More by deepsouth
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4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a tulip glass. It pours an almost orange/burnt copper color with a rich off white head that leaves a trail of lacing on the glass as it disappears. Carbonation can be seen bubbling up within the cloudy color.
S: An explosion of hops hits the nose. I could smell the hops way before my nose came close to the glass. Slight backdrop of floral as well.
T: A big hit of hops strikes the tongue first, but balanced enough with the citrus hops and malts to not invoke a bitter reaction to it. The carbonation and multitude of hops keep the taste lingering around for a while. A great balance of bitter and citrus hops throughout, dominates the taste, but in a very pleasing way. Alcohol content barely noticeable.
F: A slightly dry, medium bodied beer. The remnants of hops and carbonation remind you of the beer for a while after swallow.
D: A very drinkable IIPA. The hops are balanced enough to allow this to just keep disappearing from your glass without making an overly bitter impression. The strong nose along with big taste of this beer make this a pleasure to bring to your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:29:56 | More by Scrumtralecent
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 05/07/08.

Pours a mostly clear bright golden color. A moderate pour results in nearly a finger of off-white head, which receded leaving little lacing. Aroma is massive amounts of hops. Grassy hops, piny hops, lots of citrus, tangerine, lemon.

Taste starts with a sweet maltiness up front. Lots of citrus flavors, especially tangerine, orange, and lemon. A slight buttery flavor lurks in there. Huge hop flavor on the back end. Lots of hop bitterness but not overwhelming. The alcohol content is barely noticeable. A very well balanced taste between the malt and amount of hops.

Lightly carbonated, it feels thick and is kinda slick from the hop oil. Leaves a coating on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is very good. The hop flavor and bitterness are not overwhelming. The alcohol creeps up on me. For an IIPA it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:02:28 | More by bkilpatr
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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