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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,705
Gots: 484 | 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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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
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dschuster03 for this extra!

Pours an orangey amber with ever so slight haze (chill?) and an ok, but should be bigger, fluffy white head that leaves ok lacing. Smells like a bag of pellet hops. Taste is much more balanced than the nose with a great malt profile and superb hop flavors. Some orange/grapefruit citrus flavors with some pine showing up. Malt and hop resin mixture provides almost an orange glaze flavor. A good crispness toward the finish. Hop bitterness is good on the finish, but the malt sweetness also lingers. Mouthfeel is almost perfect, I think it could be just a tiny touch thinner, but it is damn neer perfect. Drinkability is very dangerous here. Overall this is one of the most balanced IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. A wonderful brew from FFF. Enjoyed with seared salmon, seared scallops, dirty rice, and salad. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 02:52:03 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.33/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a brown, 22 oz. bottle with a psychedelic label illustration depicting the Taj Mahal, a crazed assassin, and a British Raj that's a dead ringer for Sean Connery.

Pours a cloudy (bottle-conditioned) orange amber with a thin head that dissipates immediately. No visible carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Floral, hoppy nose with tones of lime, alcohol and vegetal matter.

Sweet, caramel malt upfront with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a touch of bitterness and a shudder of alcohol. As it warms, Dreadnaught IPA becomes cloyingly sweet as the citrus takes over: imagine thick mango and peach syrups. Where's the effen bitterness? This stuff finishes like orange Triametic cough syrup. Ack!

An easy sipper considering the over-the-top ABV and IBUs, but unduly sweet - especially for a DIPA.

The label proclaims: "It's not normal." If that's the case, I'd be better served if normal was overhyped, overpriced and annoyingly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 22:31:16 | More by CaptainIPA
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to hopasaurusrex for this fresh from the brewery bottle! Wow, 631 reviews as of my writing. This is a great double IPA. Hops, Hops and a side helping of HOPS. Oddly there's a smoothness in the hop effect which left me quite happy with this brew. Definitly a must try!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 20:49:58 | More by barleywinebrewer
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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased during my DLD adventure at Archer Liquors in Chi-town. Pours a fairly clear amber with a thin head. Big smell of citrus hops. Taste is all citrus hops (Amarillo I think) with a bit of acidity going down. Mouthfeel is smooth & the ABV is well hidden. An outstanding DIPA. We still get this beer in PA from time to time and it is worth seeking.


Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 00:55:06 | More by SkinnyElvis
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4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden color with a slight strawberry tint. Huge hoppy scent with a big citrus backing, with some fresh mango. The scent is perfect, nearly euphoric. Big hoppy punch with creeping citrus lathers itself down your throat, dominating your senses. Caramel flavor comes in later, with alcohol so well hidden it seems almost unnoticeable. Mouthfeel is impeccable, bitter sweetness rolls through the mouth with no remorse.

I could, and will, drink this until the day it (or I) dies. All around, an incredible beer, and should not be missed by anyone, especially a lover of IIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 00:59:47 | More by paco1029384756
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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

poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A - a rich, golden orange color with a thin white head that doesn't stick around very long.

S - lots of hop bitterness as well as a bit of grapefruit.

T - starts off as a very refreshing beer that gives way to a hop bitterness that is overpowering but not to the point where it's overdone. the bitterness does linger a bit, perhaps helping mask the alcohol. this beer is a bit warming, but the alcohol flavor doesn't stand out.

M - very smooth with medium carbonation.

D - this was very easy for me to drink, especially given the high alcohol level and bitterness. a great great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 16:41:42 | More by dill
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, peach honey with a messy, tight bubbled white head that resides to a disk afloat the beer. Leaves a coat across the walls of the glass. Smell is piney, maple, carmel, grapefruit, brown sugar, beautiful. Taste is very similar, hop aroma comes through nicely, not overly bitter, candied fruit, apricots, short bread covered in carmel. Very dry finish that still coats the mouth with a balanced hop aroma. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 00:00:54 | More by RickSawyer
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a thick head with medium sized bubbles which immediately began to dissipate. This was a very clear copper in color and the nose was filled with scents of grapefruit, piney hops, caramel and spice. In the mouth the midpalate was rich and mouth-coating with solid weight. While there were tons of hops, they were well-balanced with some sweet malt. Again, with tons of hops, the finish had the bitterness one would expect but it was well balanced with malt that it did not come off as overtly bitter and dry. This is an extremely balanced with that has lots of everything. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 20:51:40 | More by SQNfan
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4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks ever so much to Kingpin for the bottle. This poured a clear reddish amber color(on my second pour, the yeast which had settled to the bottom poured out and now it's a hazy reddish amber). The smell is slight, but has a hoppy as well as a butterscotchy smell. The taste-where to begin? It has an almost burning hop presence, with citrus and earthy flavors predominating, although there hints of spruce or pine as well. There is a strong sweet malty flavor and a hint of butterscotch to round it out. While I wouldn't call this a smooth blending of contrasting flavors, it is instead that harder to achieve all- out war of competing yet complementary flavors, all of which demand my attention. This is an amazing beer and the best DIPA I've ever had. Now if they could only distribute to Minnesota!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 22:30:07 | More by edbeered
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter courtesy of sativen. Thanks for sharing the Midwest goodies!

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a nice lacing and a few odd bubbles floating around the top.

S: Big citrus hop blast up front with a nice sweet malty aroma to balance it out. Definitely getting major whiffs of orange and grapefruit with some background floral aroma as well.

T: Initial sweet caramel, malty flavor makes way for the aforementioned citric hop blast. Final taste is of piny hops that I didn't get as much in the aroma. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel with little carbonation.

D: A very unique and terrific DIPA. It teeters on the brink of being over the top without quite tipping over. I'm not sure I could drink this all night, but I'd definitely seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 23:05:56 | More by gford217
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4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 22oz bomber poured into my GI tulip glass.

A - A color that I would say looks like orange tinted syrup. There was a small but quickly dissipating head that did not last long. Has a hint of tangerine and gold in there as well. There is also a lot of carbonation trickling up this one. On the whole has a nice reflective sheen to it.

S - I love this nose whether from a bottle or on tap. Smells of candied pineapple, mango, orange and a hint of bitter hops as well. Even when a little cold this was really big nose and just gets bigger as it warms up. Also get a hint of caramel malt that adds a touch of sweetness as well.

T - What a mix of hops and malt. Originally, very sweet up front and get a big hit of mango and pineapple. After awhile thought the hops sneak up and smack you with a big hit of grapefruit hops that give you a bitter taste in the mouth. I have to say I actually thought that the hops profile was more bitter and the malt was less sweet than when I had it on tap. However, on the whole, the beer seems to have a bit less pop on the whole than when I had it on tap.

MF - An exceptionally smooth brew with a little bit of carbonation that helps to cut through the stickiness that this brew has. The carbonation helps to prevent this one from being cloying and makes it rather nice. Has a nice alcoholic tingle on the backside which you can feel but can't at all taste.

D - Overall, one of my favorite IIPAs. It has a big malt profile that gives this beer a nice sweet aspect that helps to keep it balanced. The hops are still pronunced enough that you realize they are there and they give you enough of a kick to say Wow. Plus, it is hard to believe that this is actually 9.5% ABV. I have to say the bottle is good but lacks a bit compared to the on tap. If you can get it on tap, drink it because it will be one of the best experiences of your beer life. If not, this bomber is still great just pales a bit in comparison. Good with food and by itself and easy to drink at any time. Super good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 00:53:03 | More by jeonseh
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3.6/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a golden color, with a very thick look. Decent amount of carbonation is there. Don't see much for haze.

S - Potent smell. Incredible amount of citrus power that comes from something like cascade hops. Some grapefruit as well. Its almost sharp on the nose. Earthy and grassy as well.

T - That earthy flavors really dominate this one. Its almost like I'm drinking grass at times. This has to be hopped in the extreme. Very bitter, but does have some malt notes. Wraps up with the warming of the alcohol.

M - Creamy and thick. Carbonation doesn't hit the pallet hard. Goes down easy, doesn't fill me up.

D - This baby has alot of bite that makes me drink it slow. I like that in a way, but its not the easiest drinking beer. But then its a DIPA, what do I expect.

Something is wrong here with this one - I admit liking it on tap at their brewery, but this one isn't striking me very well. The grassy notes is almost overbearing and it makes me skittish on drinking more.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:02:31 | More by katan
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this 22oz bottle in a trade with johnnnniee-thanks for the chance to try this monster!

Poured a nice amber with some haze and an off-white head about 1.5 fingers high. Lacing settled to small rings around the glass as it went down and head disappeared after a bit.

Some grapefruit bitter hints in the smells, but mostly it's just dominated by nice hops. Round aroma with just a bit of a bite-very nice.

The hops hits you right away in the taste and is the dominant character going down although there is some slight maltiness and sweetness mixed in along with the light fruit notes.

Overall it is a very light and tasty for an IPA this strong and it goes down much smoother than I would have imagined with this sort of ABV. I'd like to drink more of it but it could be dangerous especially with bottles this big. I will definitely try this one again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 17:02:46 | More by jspruit
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4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to abankovich for a great trade that landed this jewel in my collection. I poured from the capped bomber into a tulip while sharing this brew with friends at a tasting event held on a dock located on the Columbia River in Southeast Washington.

A: It poured a hazy, lazy orange with a decent off white head, plenty of carbonation, and lingering lacing.

S: It had a dominant citrusy aroma balanced well by sweet white fruits and caramel malts. The aromas were inviting and complex making it a treat to move from smelling to drinking.

T: It coated the tongue early with a big toasted malt sweetness that was then infused with citrusy and tangy hops (tangy oranges and lemons) and then finished off with sweet ripe white fruits (pears and apples). It finished clean with little aftertaste. It was an extremely well balanced brew with an interesting and entertaining blend of hops and malts.

M: It was medium to full-bodied with an entertaining mouth presence and a warm and clean finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

D: It was a smooth and richly complex brew that was entertaining to drink and a joy to experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 14:44:11 | More by dnichols
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chicago's Long Room for 4 dollars a goblet. Fresh as can be... just tapped.

A: Typical DIPA tinted gold color, nice thin layer of white head.

S: Blast of grapefruit, and fresh hops. Great vibes coming from the aroma.

T: Very very nice. This was the first time I had this brew, and it was just what I expected/wanted... Strong, and quite hoppy. Again, blast of grapefruit and other light colored fruits, and hops, hops, hops.

M: Smooth and nice. Yup.

D: I could drink these things till the sun came up, but I'd probably end up on the floor twitching or something.

Overall... The ussual BIG price tag on the bombers turned me off to this beer, especially since it's no more than an hour drive away, but I might seek this one out in the future. Big PLUS is the 4 dollar price tag at The Long Room. A steal...

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 03:34:25 | More by amiles
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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy burnt orange in color with a nice white head.

S- Various citrus odors here from grapefruit, peaches and a little apple. Also could pick up floral and hops.

T- Well balanced, very nice hop taste and more smooth and not as bitey as some other IPAs

M- Great mouth feel, nice and balanced. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable and the alcohol content is well hidden. I could not pick up on it. A very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 09:43:33 | More by nrbw23
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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Lightindarkness for this one! Poured into a goblet. Nice hazy orange/amber color. thin white head that leaves good amount of lacing. Smell is delish- lots of citrusy hops. Taste warms me! Solid flavor, lots of biterness, but also smooths as it goes down. Good balance for a DIPA. This one gets better as I drink it. Some graininess, but overall very drinkable. Another amazing offering from FFF.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 01:33:31 | More by DrDogbeer
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4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy and dark golden brew. Tiny head disappears leaving a slight ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fruity scents mixed with spiciness and citrusy hops. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Very good. You initially get a malty sweet and fruity flavor that transitions to a nice citrus hop flavor. After the swallow, the hop flavor lingers and becomes piney. Very tasty and very complex.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick but also very smooth. There is a good bit of carbonation present as well. As mentioned, very nice flavor left behind, and there is even complexity to the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very good beer that would only be hurt by its heaviness. Definitely one of the most balanced DIPA's out there with a good amount of the sweet and the bitter. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 01:23:22 | More by hellcatsjg
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from the 22oz bottle. The off-white lacing disappeared almost entirely very quickly. However there are a lot of carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass below the meniscus. The beer is a nice, soft orange/amber color with a slight haze.

Wow. This beer smells delicious. I love hops and this one definitely delivers. Smells warm, citrusy and a little sweet. Small hints of spice also present. A little fruity smelling as well, I mean this differently from the citrus that I noticed. I guess I'm noticing more fruity notes like grapes, apples or strawberries normally remind you of; but I'm not specifically noticing exactly which fruit I'm smelling.

First sip left sour pains in the back of my mouth. Excellent. Lots of hop character present in this one. The bitterness fades to a slightly toasted flavor on the back end. Also noticing some anise as well.

Mouthfeel is amazingly light and crisp, I was not expecting this at all. It only adds to the drinkability of this beer, which is very high. Alcohol is well-hidden.

You've got to love hop bitterness to enjoy this beer I think. If you do, you're in for a great treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 00:45:39 | More by abankovich
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3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange pour with a lasting creamy beige head atop. Smell is nice and aromatic with big fruity, citrusy hops in the nose. Taste was hopped but not nearly as much as expected and had strong notes of orange, peachiness to it. Candied bitter orange peel flavor to it. Much more balanced than expected. Decent body and a bitter orange finish. Mild alcohol presence but a very nicely drinkable IIPA. My rating will probably go up drinking this in more than a sample glass size at a time and looking forward to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 02:59:34 | More by JDV
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bakerslp for the trade!

A - Nice light murky amber, small head, lacing small but persistent.

S - Heavy sweet malt aroma. Some hops.

T - Lunch. Very big malt treat, finished with classy hop balance.

M - A beer that won't be denied. Commands and delivers. A little more carb would have been nice.

D - Yeaah, I would drink this until I woke up in some field.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 04:36:04 | More by srandycarter
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,661 ratings.