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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,307 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,307
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,811
Gots: 672 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001

An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

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

On tap at Louisville beer store. Sipping this while chatting with the Floyds was a real treat.

Pours off the tap a nice orange with a big foamy white head. Some great lacing as the head dissipates. Smells very hoppy with some pine and citrus hitting right off the bat. There is a nice sweetness that comes along with it on the nose as well. Tastes very malty and hoppy. A perfect balance of solid thick sweet malt backbone and a sharp and crisp bitter hop flavour with lots of citrus and pine. Full bodied and very nicely carbonated. I've had this before many times but I have to say, on draft the profile is cleaner and more balanced then I've ever had out of the bottle. Overall, a great DIPA and a solid drinker

Overall: I am impressed. this is a really great example of a DIPA. I wish I could get these more often.

Photo of MrGaryFish
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at FFF brewery at DLD 2011. Reviewed 5/6/11. Poured into Green Man snifter at 50*.

A: Orangey tan color with 3/4 finger head that dissipates immediately, very little lacing

S: Slight apricot and grapefruit nose, not overly aromatic

T: Excellent citrus hop flavor balanced by caramel sweetness. Not overly bitter or crazy, no alcohol flavor to speak of.

M: Medium body and slight carbonation

O: After reviewing FFF APW just before this, this beer seems much more well balanced, less hop bitterness but not as much excellent hop flavor. This beer feels like a safer, more "to style" IIPA compared to APW, but it may be older and less awesome due to age. From what I remember from the draft at FFF, I'd go with APW over Dreadnaught.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

I have had this three times in the last couple of months and it has been different each time. The age of the bottles could explain this.

A- Medium, slightly hazy orange with an off-white, large head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Strong hop pine scents. That is about it.

T- Similar to the smell. I wish there was a bit more citrus here to balance it.

D- Nice carbonation, but bitter all around.

O- I really like this IPA, but not much balance and a bit bitter on the tongue. I usually like this, but not when that is all that there is.

Photo of ruckus232
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Darker yellow, almost amber in color with a really large amount of off white head leaving good lacing.

Smell: Citrus smell with something that has a mild sweetness to it. It has almost a peachy smell on top of the citrus. I definitely expected more of a hoppy smell then this has, it is balanced nicely by the sweetness.

Taste: Strong hoppy bitterness at first that mellows out a little but keeps the nice hop flavor. There is still a hint of the "peachy" sweetness flavor hidden in the background. I like this a lot but it is for sure a hoppy beer.

Photo of JayAre46
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip, haze or orange with some yellow/gold highlights 2 fingers of off white tight bubbling with good lacing.

A - very piney, with sweet citrus, orange, apricots maybe some peachy sweetness. expected a much larger aroma from this one, but what is there smells good.

T - the pine again and sweetness from the mango, peach and apricot. bready and caramel malt background taken down by the hoppy bitterness of pine sap and orange peel in the back. noticeable alcohol but not much, majority pine and sweet citrus. this beer is shaping up to be 3FF biased over hyped brew

M - medium bodied with low carbonation great creamy mouth feel with a slight dry finish.

O - Good, not the best. is this the 8th best dipa? definitely not IMO, ill have to try it again but it could be awhile, it will have to fall in my lap. Maybe it needs more of a balance between the hoppy pine bitterness, fruity and floral notes.
would this beer get such reviews if it were from avery, lagunitas or saint arnold i have a hard time believing it would.

Photo of nataku00
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. A vigorous pour leaves a clear orange/copper beer with a half a finger of bubbly white head that dissipates immediately, leaving some large bubbles along the collar. Not much lacing on the glass after swirling. Some carbonation is visible slowly rising up from the bottom of the glass.

As soon I popped open the cap on the bomber, I could smell the aroma, and this came right out of the fridge. Sweet tropical fruits, mango and funky papaya, orange and grapefruit peel and pith, and pine hops. Some sweet caramel malt shows up as the beer warms up further, but the hop aroma also improves nicely.

Taking a sip, some tropical fruit and citrus bitterness upfront, then a wash of caramel and bread malt finishes off the tongue. Finish is unexpectedly clean, with only a feint hint of pine bitterness on the back of the tongue. After such a nice aroma, I was slightly disappointed the flavor of the hops didn't play a bigger part in the taste, but still a good DIPA.

Light to medium body with some nice gently prickly carbonation and lightly slick on the tongue. Pretty easy to drink despite the ABV as the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Photo of kagent777
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this bottle! Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A very nice clear burnt orange with wonderful frothy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The hops is not overpowering. I can actually smell the malt backbone a little in addition to the citrus and floral hops aromas.

taste: This is not a one sided hops bomb IPA. Very complex with toasted malts with a nice caramel like flavor. The hop bitterness takes the form of citrus and pine like flavors with a bit of earthiness. There is a bit residual sweetness also.

Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied but the carbonation is such that the body is never heavy. The flavors are so intense that they coat the mouth really well.

Overall: I am impressed. this is a really great example of a DIPA. I wish I could get these more often.

Photo of dcloeren
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Enelson for this bomber. Mad props!

Poured a hazy sunset orange with 2.5 fingers of off white head. Excellent lacing. Very sticky

Smell was a little disappointing... Not nearly as strong as I was anticipating. Getting orange rind citrus hops and a very present Carmel malt. Catching some orange flesh and maybe some faint grapefruit. Nothing overpowering at all

Taste makes up for where the smell let me down. Follows the nose but with more of a punch to the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied but was thin for it's style. Good amount of carbonation and a drying hop aftertaste

Overall I would buy this beer all day if it were available in my area. It's a really good beer and goes down smooth but it did not separate itself as a top notch IIPA in my opinion.

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

Opaque and golden with an out of control head. It cannot be tamed. Thick, clumpy lacing. The head dissipates and leaves a cloud mountain in the center. Awesome.

Neat aroma. Tart pine, peaches, smoky, and a sweet/ripe mash backing it up.

That's a lot of big flavors for a dipa. Definite smoky/peaty flavors with tart, piny hops and bitter grapefruit. Sweet and juicy with that bitter grapefruit overload. Nice dry, puckering, bitter finish.

Photo of Shrews629
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer had a semi-clear bright orangish/peach color. A medium white head that was none too large. Had average retention and even better lacing. Several small bubbles rising from the bottom. The head was comprised of very small bubbles. The head settled to an inconsistent patchy film across the top.

Smell - Tangerine and grapefruit citrus. Some peach notes. Very well balanced. Strong hop presence. Smells fresh, resinous and correct. Perfumy. A minor, miniscule alcohol tone. Smells nicely sweet also.

Taste - Prounounced hop bitterness. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus. Sweet. A conspicuous alcohol warmth that was very welcoming and satisfactory. A bit of a bready malt in the taste as it warmed. Fresh. Very well balanced. Clean tasting. Only a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel - Meidum mouthfeel. Sticky and smooth (if that is even possible). Crisp. Tons of flavor left on the palate. Very, very dry. Medium carbonation. Smooth alcohol warmth.

A great brew. Super easy to drink. Could be enjoyed year round. Thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely one I will pick up again. Could make a night of this with ease. Almost quaffable.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange color with awesome rocky head that lasts and lasts. Unusually nice head for a dipa.

Spicy hop aroma with pine, peaches and biscuit. Flavor is a good balance of fruity and spicy hops and sweet caramel malts. Not as hop forward as a west coast dipa, and not as heavy and sweet as an east coast dipa. Intermediate between the two - must be a third coast dipa!

Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel. A great beer that is well crafted and definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4.5 This is eerily similar to PtE in appearance (just had that last night)... Pure golden color and barely clear on the pour with a big 2 finger off-white head. The head sticks all over the tulip glass as it dissipates down to about a 1/4" level through the drink. Very uniform look with micro bubbles slowly but lively dancing about give it a smooth and nice appearance.

S- 5 Dreadnaught has a great, powerful, and floral hoppy aroma up front. It is just a bit citrusy, not as much so as other IIPAs I've had, but where that is lacking it brings a nice caramel / light malt backdrop to the table that really rounds it out nicely.

T- 4.5 This tastes excellent. It is well-balanced as it has a strong hop presence initially that turns to a sweet fruit combination of grapefruit and peach with a bit of malt. Its alcohol is well-hidden. As it warms I can taste honey; maybe that is an effect of the aforementioned flavors' combination...

M- 4.5 This feels very good for the most part, but leaves a syrupy dry finish. It is, however, a very manageable medium body with just-right carbonation.

D- 4.5 Although it is readily available to me for the most part, this is basically a special occasion brew. It is very good, it is very strong, and it is very expensive. Those don't add up to an everyday drinker of a beer... That said, for the style, it is up there with the best of 'em and a bomber is a piece of cake. The awesome scent and tasty, balanced taste of the Dreadnaught are why it is touted so highly. This is a great IIPA.

Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of the Midwestern sampler I brought with me when I moved to Texas.

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Orange/ golden appearance with about a fingers worth of white head. There is a nice steady flow of small bubbles rising up the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of hoppy goodness! Pine, citrus, a subtle amount of tropical fruit, and grapefruit. The hops over power any maltiness that could be there, but as a hophead I'm ok with that.

Taste: The surprising part of this beer is how balanced it is, compared to what you would think based off of the smell. There is a lingering bitterness from the hop power of this beer and a nice dry finish to bring out its full hop potential. The exceptional part of this beer is the nice malty backbone that balances and accentuates the hops.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish, with medium body and a nice amount of carbonation to wake up the taste buds.

Overall: One of the best double IPAs I've ever had. Exponentially balanced with a great aroma. Highly recommend if you're in the Indiana, FFF region, you pick some up.

Photo of Lukafer
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

Comes to me in a pint glass, medium gold but no haze, very transparent, with an inch of white head that leaves beautiful lacing, very clingy.  Smells citrusy, a lot of grapefruit, a touch of orange, smells great.  Tastes hoppy, grapefruit at the front, immediately followed by sweet malts and an extremely nice citrus hop finish.  The bitter from the hops is definitely there, but the malty backbone really balances this beer, to the point that it too drinkable for a beer of this ABV.  If this came in 6 packs I would probably be divorced, even though I'm not even married yet.  Wow, outstanding.  I've had the Younger, the Elder, Hopslam and all of the other super hyped beers, and this one really stands out and lives up to the hype.

Photo of kscaldef
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden orange, with a 1-finger white head

S: Sticky pine aroma, with some citrus and mango.

T: Right from the fridge it's malty and grassy, and a bit one-note. As it warms, more pine comes out and a pleasant, mild sweetness.

M: medium body, medium linger. Some bitterness in the back of the mouth and throat, but not much. Low-medium carbonation

O: A nicely balanced DIPA that drinks very nicely. Doesn't knock your socks off with any particularly intense or exotic flavors, but is something I would definitely drink regularly if I could.

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

Thanks to JoshVandy for this one.
22 oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: It pours a yellow gold color that reveals orange hues when held up to the light. Decent clarity for such a heavily hopped brew. From a strong pour it yielded a two finger white head that exhibited very good retention. White soapy lace streaks the sides of the glass.

S: Hops galore, pineapple, citrus, apricots, a hint of pine, and peaches. The hops are so dominant that it is really hard to pick out any malty tones. It also smells spicy/soapy and a bit on the hot side.

T: Good gracious, the taste of this brew greatly out shines the nose. The hops are incredibly jammy; peach, apricot, and pineapple jump out. Pine cones show up in the finish, most likely the bittering hops. The more I drink this the peach notes are bursting out like crazy. It finishes dry with none of the hotness in the nose.

M: Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

O: I am really glad I got the chance to try this DIPA. It certainly is one of a kind it terms of the hop profile, and it holds it's own amongst some of the great DIPA's. Delicious beer, cheers!

Photo of VMWhelan
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours orange/light amber with one finger of bright white head.

Nose is citrus and tropical fruit: orange, pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit, peaches, mango. Very fruity.

Taste is similar, very fruity and citrusy, but matched well with a nice malty sweetness. Ends slightly bitter from the hops, but not overpowering like a lot of DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied (lighter than a lot of DIPAs) and slick with just the right carbonation. Slightly dry in the aftertaste, but nothing unexpected.

Drinkability is excellent. This is very tasty and the 9.5% ABV is unnoticable. Drinks more like a single IPA than a double.

Thanks to itsthelibyans on the reddit beertrade forum for this one.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a very thick lovely white head

Smell - lots of very lovely sweet tropical fruit. Sweet like honey with a small hint of piny hops.

Taste - follows the nose very well. A strong combination of tropical fruit, sweet honey, with a balanced amount of whole hops. A very well done imperial by all means.

Over - it's a very sweet well balanced imperial ipa that goes down very nicely. A beer well done.

Photo of Shumania
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber received in a trade as an extra. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

a: Bright orange with an amber hue on the side of the glass.

s: All tropical fruit. A lot of peaches and mango as the bottle says. Not as overpowering as other IIPAs, but really good smell.

t: Not as big of a taste as expected from the smell. Very restrained IIPA. Hops are there, but it is not mouth puckering.

m: 3 Floyd's have hidden the 9.5% abv behind everything else. It is extremely balanced and goes down extremely easily.

I love the opportunity to try 3 Floyd's beers. This is a very balanced IIPA. Not what I expected, but a great beer. The complexity of the tropical fruit is done very well. I would definitely love to have more bottles of this or any other 3 Floyd's stuff.

Photo of jampics2
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught is one of the first beers that really made me appreciate how big can also be balanced. This is truly a beer every hop head should try once in their life, and I'm happy to have sampled it many times in the past. It's on my list of beers I'll always enjoy whenever our paths cross.

That being said, it's not the prettiest beer. Dreadnaught is a murky, orange color and is way cloudy. The head and lace are better than the color and clarity, but, then again, you didn't expect a bruiser like this to be pretty and neither did I.

The smell is hands-down the best part of the beer. Huge citrus and tropical notes jump out, spreading orange, pineapple, mango and grapefruit notes with a touch of pine thrown in. It's expressive and some sweet malt even makes itself known. The alcohol is fairly well masked, but emerges from time to time. As it warms, the tropical notes shine.

When I dig deep and objectively rate the taste, setting aside all the sentimental memories of sipping this back when 3 Floyds was in Ohio and bringing back cases from trips to the Brewery, this just isn't up there with the best DIPA's in the world. That's not to say it doesn't come close. The tropical and citrus notes from the nose carry over to the taste. The bitterness is huge without being too oily or ruinous. The thing that kills this beer's chances of a top ranking from me is the way the malt invades the tasting experience. I wish it had just a touch less caramel and sweetness, but maybe that helps hold the bitterness in check. Either way, this is good, very good, but not world-class and the bits of alcohol seal its fate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy feel from the carbonation. It's also very drinkable and overall a great beer. It's hard to take an honest look in the mirror sometimes, but finally writing my thoughts on Dreadnaught has been somewhat therapeutic. I'll always love this beer, flaws and all. Perhaps that's a part of it's charm.

Photo of BrewerB
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big cheers goes out to aasher, an awesome BA trader who I hope to do business with again.

Pours a slightly hazy, medium orange color with a thin off-white head atop. Foam retention is there but isn't completely covering the top of the beer. Hops make their presence known immediately. Mango and peach fight for a spot in the front of this hop parade. Rich malt profile provides firm foundation for the hops to continue their dance. Grassiness. Bitterness jabs the taste buds from all directions and keeps on punching after the semi-dry finish. Medium/medium-full bodied feel with a moderate carbonation.

Overall, a great DIPA. Plenty of intense hop flavor atop a well-formed malt backbone. Drinkable though a slight astringency seems present.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/5/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to claaark13 for this one. Cheers, Sean!

It should be noted that this is my 100th review!

A: An ever-so slightly golden haze. When poured with mild force, it yields a great 1.75 finger head and some ridiculous lacing.

S: Soft and mellow fruits dance around my nostrils. Pineapples and mangos bask in the tropical sun and create a waft of amazing hoppy delight.

T: Addicting - this one is a luscious mix of melon and slightly bitter but refined hop oil. A wave of malt washes up on the mid, followed by a finish that can only be described as tropically delicious. Nowhere is the 9.5% ABV found, it's perfectly integrated into the brew.

M: Rich and thick. Dreadnaught doesn't play around. The bubbles are perfectly balanced - this one really maximizes it's real estate within the mouth.

O: What a killer beer. Three Floyd's Dreadnaught is one of the best DIPA's I've had the pleasure of imbibing. Having had this next to their Arctic Panzer Wolf, I would describe this one as much more laid back and mellow - the Type B to Panzer's Type A.

Seek this bottle out and enjoy the shit out of it.

*Paired with a cheeseburger and fries

Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber-Pours an orange-golden, almost clear pour with an off-white to beige head. It sure has a hop-dominated aroma, fruity, tropical fruits and citrus, and pine, with a heavy maltyness in the background. Nice flavor too, fruity, piney, malty, quite sweet and an amazing Hop bite. Fruity, piney, bitter finish as well. Full body. Loved this IIPA, beautiful mix of hops and malt.

Photo of Auracom
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

5-6 oz. from a 22 oz. bottle in an Abita tulip glass on March 31st, 2011.

A - Light brown/golden brown coloring. Pours with a great-looking, albeit slightly thin, eggshell-colored head. Good lacing on the sides as well as a lot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Aromatic bomb. Tons of citrus (orange, lemon zest, grapefruit notes), slight piney undertone, some malts (caramel mainly, toffee might be a stretch).

T - So very balanced. I love the malt backbone on this one; it blends so exceptionally well with the pure hop characters expressed in the aroma. Great citrus notes contrast with caramel sweetness. Bitter character from hops hits at the backend of the drink. A little bit of heat; ABV isn't totally hidden in the taste.

M - Medium body, rather smooth. Not overly dry, slight aftertaste at the very back of the tongue. Carbonation is average, seems like it could be a bit better.

D - It's ironic that I'm reviewing this from a bottle tasting seeing as I've had it on tap at 3 Floyds brewpub at least 3 times now. It is better in Munster, but this bottle wasn't completely fresh. Still, the essence of Dreadnaught was obvious. Considering the ABV, it drinks absurdly easily. Blame the amazingly-refined hop/malt balance. It's exceptionally enjoyable even for someone who isn't the biggest DIPA fan.

Photo of Ethan27
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe my favorite DIPA. 22 oz bottle.

Pours a slightly orange gold color. A little hazy. One finger head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and pine. Tastes floral and citrusy at first and then a little dry and bitter towards the back. Beautiful and well-balanced hop presence. Alcohol taste is minimal. Slight sticky feel in your mouth.

An exceptional and perfectly balanced DIPA.

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 5,307 ratings.