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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,021 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,021
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,763
Gots: 584 | 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 alpinebryant
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel color 120L with a ghost foggy colored head.

Smell of grapefruit explosion, orange, caramel, sweet malt and some bitterness. Taste very similar, tons of citrus and grapefruit flavors, a nice sweet finish with very little astringency. One of the better DIPA's that i have had. THere do not seem to be any off flavors and everything tastes surprisingly balanced for a 9.5 DIPA.

Job well done by 3F. I am sure if I had access to these bombers I could have two in a night.

alpinebryant, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Shumista
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up towards the end of November on a trip to Chicago, and it has been sitting around since then. I was worried before opening it that the hops might have faded some, however after tasting I'm fairly certain they did not. 22 oz. bottle shared 3 ways, and poured into a tulip.

Dreadnaught pours a delicious looking clear golden orange with a substantial white head...I can't really put into words how delicious this beer looks in the glass. Smells of fresh citrusy hops. The taste is very bitter, juicy hops with a sweet sticky honey and malt background. The sweet honey taste reminds me somewhat of hopslam. Drinks like a great DIPA should. You could put down 3 pints of this pretty quickly without realizing it...and then all of a sudden get hit with the alcohol all at once. Overall, a great DIPA.

Shumista, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber acquired in a trade with fellow BA'er BigDank...poured into a Duvel tulip

A - two fingers of rich, tight and frothy just slightly off-white foam sits atop a magnificently golden colored clear liquid. as the foam slowly recedes, it covers the glass in a thin layer of lacing.

S - smells of sweet candied grapefruit and citrus...ever so slightly soapy. more grapefruit and melon, wow! ever so slight cracker and caramel underneath.

T - taste is a bit more bittering than the nose, still a massive amount of grapefruit, quite the alcohol punch (and subsequent burn). pine and caramel joined in by a tad bit of soap as well.

M - medium bodied and quite oily and slick, flavors just slide around your mouth. nice carbonation, noticeable but not distracting.

D - great DIPA, definitely one of my favorites. noticeable ABV. would love to have this readily available. awesome.

Stigs, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of vdoz3
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Coca Cola bell glass (it's shaped sorta like an imperial pint glass...). Picked up two bottles of this while visiting family in Cincinnati, OH (technically purchased in Bellevue, KY at the Party Source). One shattered, leaving this my only taste of this nectar for quite some time...
Note: possible comparisons to Avery's Maharaja may ensue in this review...it is my atm favorite DIPA

A: Gorgeous orange color, but completely transparent (Maharaja has an impenetrably cloudy body...). The lacing doesn't die. Period. It's practically still hugging the rim and is extremely thick in some parts.

S: Mango hops dominate the nose.

T: Sweet, juicy peach hops dominate the immediate taste with a huge citrus aftertaste (leaving just enough hop drymouth, but not too much)

M: Smooth, creamy, nicely-carbonated sailing all the way through this beer. As I mentioned, the drymouth aftertaste isn't puckering; in a way it leaves your mouth watering for more.

D: Savoring this one is gonna be hard.

Overall: Absolutely loved it; would have absolutely loved to drink my other bottle. But there are many DIPAs that will suitably quench my thirst. This is a nice treat, but it's not irreplaceable.

vdoz3, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MasterSki for providing a new trader with this beverage feast I've long desired.

The pour produces a light amber, cloudy, thick looking beauty. An inch of off-white foam floats atop. This quickly reduces to an active skim. A swirl of the tulip leaves sheets of finely bubbled lace. Nice.

The smell is a full aroma of citrus (orange, orange peel, grapefruit), lightly tart yeast notes. There's some nice florality to it, and the sweet is elusive. Very light notes of earth and bitter turn this bouquet into a complex perfume. Outstanding.

The taste is just magnificent, full of bold flavors that somehow balance. It sweeps gracefully onto the palate with notes of neutral sweet, light yeast, and light citrus. Then this wolf of a beer tears off its sheep's clothing. The mild citrus becomes a beast of clean flavor, it growls with resinous pine. Herbal bitter grows from gentle floral notes into a massive and tasty finish of citrus, pine, and bitter. The balance here is elusive, but there is a sweet to it that lasts, and even the mild yeast notes hang through the sip, the tart of them turning this into a complex and wonderful animal. The warmer this beer gets, the better, and at near to room temperature it is just a masterpiece of bold flavor.

This is a big beer, and in some ways it drinks very full bodied, in other ways it is surprisingly light in mouth. Low carb. and perfect, very viscous, and a long finish that is really delicious. Clean and bright all the way.

This brew is best slowly sipped, so as to let it warm, and to appreciate it. But it's big and drinks smaller than that, so I rate it highly here too.

Impression: Do you like American DIPA's? Do what it takes to get this beer, you will not be disappointed. I hope to get this again.

cavedave, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Thanks, rnorgart!

Orange-amber pour. Cautious pour yields little head, but bubbles rise throughout. Retention is pretty good, and there's some nice lacing on the glass.

Malty sweet and citric hop nose. Pretty standard IPA aroma. Nothing really noteworthy or standout about it.

The flavor follows that simple formula. Sweet caramel and citrus up front. Then a sharp citric/pine finish. Slight touch of heat in the finish.

Medium-heavy body. Smooth, somewhat slick texture. Very easy drinker. Pretty good balance. Good hop flavor and a solid DIPA.

Gyle41386, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, deep golden color. Very dense inch of white foam that leaves significant lacing.

Very citrusy - lime and grapefruit on the nose as well as some more exotic mango and lychee. Very sweet, but there's enough bitter to really balance against it. I don't get much hop or alcohol presence, but it is a DIPA.

Full of lemon zest and grapefruit peel. Not as sweet as the nose would have led me to believe, but it's very tasty. A hint of the sweet tropical fruit (mango, a touch of pineapple) and a firm, but understated bitter alpha acid flavor. A hint of chemical/turpentine and a little bit of malt under all that. Well balanced, delicious beer.

I wanted a little more "fuzz" to the beer, but that's hard at this level of alcohol. Either way, it's quite easy to drink, especially considering that nearly 10% abv. Very good.

BillyBoysPie, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Taken from notes

Pours a medium hazy golden color with some orange hues. Head is that of two inches and is slightly off white. Great head retention with quarter inch staying a top float of the beer.

Huge citrus smell is coming off this beer. I'm getting tangerines, grapefruit, and apricots. Some bread like malts can be slightly detected also in the smell.

Taste is bitter upfront that moves into a citrus burst and finishes off with a hint of bread like malts to try and balance it out.

Full bodied with high carbonation and on the bitter side of IPA's.

Pretty good IPA, I would like it to be a little more balanced though to control the high bitterness. Overall I would recommend to try at least once.

tr4nc3d, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of beerman207
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 fingers head that is white and fluffy - hangs around forever an leaves some lacing along side the glass. Appearance is like dark apple juice. Very easy to see through this brew.

S: Wow. Smell of floral and citrus hops just burst out of this beer. I detect a small amount of malt in the backend.

T: Like a punch in the mouth at first then giving way to a nice sweetness - wait more bitter coming in at the finish. My palate actually numbs out for a second while the bitter just resonates on my tongue. Wow, this is a serious IPA.

M: Creamier than any IPA I've had recently. Goes down very smooth.

D: This is 9.5% ABV? I'm in trouble tonight with half a growler of this stuff. It looks like they overfilled so I probably have 3 12 oz beers left. Just really easy to drink and no alcohol detectable.

To say I love Three Floyds is probably an understatement. I haven't found a beer from them I didn't enjoy and this is certainly in my top 3 from FFF.

beerman207, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange pour with a small off-white head. Big grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma with a sweet clover honey background. Juicy hop flavor with lots of tropical fruit notes and clover honey lingering on the palate after you swallow. Strong floral and pine notes come out after a few sips. sticky, oily, medium body with lots of carbonation to break it up. The alcohol sticks around on the palate for a while in the aftertaste too.

punkrkr27, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass with a full 1 finger of head. Delicate lacing as the beer slinks down the inside of the glass. First aromas are of ripe citrus and herbs.

The first taste is rich. Alot of peach, grapefruit, and lemon rind are present.

The beer is very well carbonated and balanced. By 2nd sip, the alcohol starts to develop a very welcome warming feeling.

This beer finishes very clean with no lingering aftertaste.

RocPorterFanatic, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of ghostee
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Color is copper, lets some light through but cannot see through it.

Taste is a sweet peach and bitter grapefruit, followed by a smooth and sweet caramel taste, finishing with a pine/grass hoppy taste. The taste is less floraly than some other IPAs I've had.

In terms of rating, this seems like it would compare favorably against DFH 90-Minute, but I'll need to taste both side by side to determine my favorite.

This is an excellent beer and one I'd definitely drink again.

ghostee, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of OttoBomb
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 12, 2010). No 'bottled on' date on the bottle or label.

Eyes: Pours a clean copper color with significant fluffy head to the top of the glass. Very thick lacing and a wad of foam floats atop the beer as I drink it down.

Nose: A very potent sweet mango-peach aroma, citrus grapefruits arise as the beer warms. One of the better bouquets I've come across.

Tongue: A much more bitter pineyness that the aroma, a strong, sweet grapefruit taste dominates. Sharp and biting, the flavors smash the palate with bitter citrus, but the sturdy sweet malts prevent the bitterness from complete domination.

Mouth: Sharp, bitter and biting, exactly what they were going for. The carbonation is well balanced and assists the depletion of the hop aftertase.

Libation: This is a hop bomb if there ever was one. Due to the tremendous flavors, the 9.5% ABV is not felt on the tongue, which is impressive. Very tasty and drinkable for such a big beer, but the alcohol and bitterness don't make this sessionable, one bomber is enough for me thanks. It certainly ranks among the top DIPAs in the world though, and I'll be back to try this again, most likely tasted against other quality DIPAs (DFH 90, Pliny, Hopslam, etc).

OttoBomb, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of knight84
2.1/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to PabstBlue for this bottle.
Gusher upon opening, probably a bad bottle, looking forward to re-reviewing this one when I next get my hands on it.

Opaque burnt orange color with a clumpy off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lace on the glass. Nose is piney hops along with some citrus and yeast. There is a definite sweetness too...not good. Smells like molasses, carmel, brown sugar, and a touch of hot metal. Decent complexity, just not quite right. Taste confirms my suspicions that this might be a bad bottle, very sweet, the bitterness is soft, there is a pronounced astringency. Reminds me of burnt molasses with a bit of metal in the finish, like sucking on a sugary nickel. Too bad about this bottle, I've heard great things about this beer and have been thoroughly impressed with FFF other brews, so I'm sure the next one won't disappoint.

knight84, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a nice, clear copper color with some good carbonation and a thin, but resilient head.

Smells of wet grass, grapefruit, and thick, chewy hops. The smell on this one is perfect...sweet, slightly astringent on the nose...can't wait to give it a sip.

In the taste, the first thing that comes to mind is, again, wet grass. There is that sticky, earthy taste to it. That gives way to a bitter astringency as it slides across the tongue. There is that bitter bite of grapefruit in there, along with a bit of malty sweetness. The hops are the main show here...they are big, strong, and pungent...giving this beer that perfect hoppy blast.

Overall, the beer isn't super balanced...meaning, it isn't one that is well-rounded on all ends...but, for what it is, the imperial hopping goes a long way...and creates a truly powerful hop experience.

movingtrain, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of OldYoda
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks and a tip of the cap to Chris from T. Brendan O'Reilly's in Harrisburg for the gift of this wonderful beer.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip - a very lovely amber gold. Minimal head and lacing but a very pretty beer in the glass.

Smell is outstanding with a dominant hop aroma.

Taste is clean and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and finishes well.

Drinkability is on the low side at this ABV but certainly makes you want more.

Exactly what an Imperial IPA ought to be - wish I could find more of this around here.

OldYoda, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to hayesez for the Christmas present!

Poured into a tulip, a clear copper-orange with golden highlights & a finger of head with clearly distinct bubbles, like a honeycomb. A city of tiny, fast-rising bubbles.

Big orange & peach smell in the aroma, with some hop zest. Surprisingly sweet. Grapefruit builds with some warmth.

Grapefruit, orange, peach, passion fruit up front in the taste, followed by an almost pastry-like sweetness & then medium-high, piney/grassy hop flavors. Definitely assertive, but not obliteratingly bitter. Sugars emerge in the aftertaste. Alcohol gains momentum.

Mouthfeel is full, with some acidity & a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with sweetness & sugar but isn't sticky. Very smooth.

This is a big boy, & while I tend not to be a fan of the sweet DIPAs, this one was pretty well-balanced: sweet without tasting like pancakes, hoppy without tasting like varnish. Just when you think one end of the spectrum is going to dominate, it reigns itself back in, balances, begins to teeter in the other direction, then balances, etc. etc. Very enjoyable, but one is definitely adequate.

OneDropSoup, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of KYbrewgal
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ Sergio's World Beers. Tons of grapefruit dominate the aroma. The beer pours with a tall, lingering white head that laces on the glass as you drink it. malt sweetness comes through the hop bitterness and both last into a long finish. Great beer.

KYbrewgal, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of fropones
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice pumpkin orange with practically no white head.

S - The smell is noticeable from afar as soon as I pour the glass. Delicious aroma of mango, papaya, oranges, and other tropical fruit.

T - For as hoppy as this beer is, it's not extremely bitter, which is a good thing. It focuses more on hop flavor than hop bitterness as good IPAs should. There is still some bitterness in the finish, however.

M - Nice creaminess with good carbonation. Full bodied.

D - Drinks extremely well for 9.5%. Very delicious and very drinkable.

fropones, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of CMW
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a bright white head that fades quickly into a nice soapy lace.

S - Heavy pine and citrus nodes with some banana and passion fruit mixed in.

T - The fruit seems to come through first and it seems to be of a tropical nature. The fruit fades into some nice pine hoppiness that really seems to dance on the tongue. Nice warming alcohol finish to round things out.

M - Medium bodied with a very crisp and sharp feel.

D - This is terrific. Definitely one of my favorite DIPAs. If the alcohol wasn't so high and this beer wasn't so expensive I would drink another.

CMW, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a soft white head with very good retention, soft lace, but a little light for a DIPA.

S: Christmas tree and Simcoe/tropical fruit. Solidly aromatic.

T: Malty immediately, with a huge hint of pine power. Cedar and white grapefruit coming out in the finish. Nice long aftertaste as expected.

M: Smooth with its strength, ethanol is evident but well integrated and doesn't take over, full-bodied, an original big beer.

D: This is a very good ale, there's no denying it. Hoppy as hell, with a little East Coast flair. Not my favourite mind-blowing hop profile, but quite enjoyable. It's very expensive and you can get more for less. But I'm happy I tried this legendary beer again.

Halcyondays, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Pours a clear copper color with a small white covering on top. laced nicely on the glass.

Aroma has citrus and pine with some sweetness and a little alcohol spiciness. Taste is hoppy as expected, citrus and pine are strong up front with a fairly strong bitter finish. There is also a decent amount of sweet malt present with some fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good considering the high alcohol content.

Overall this is an excellent DIPA. This is the second time I have had this and both were very good. The sweet citrus hoppy flavor reminds me a little of certain west coast versions such as Pliney and Sculpin. It also has a pretty strong malt backbone though which is pretty good.

billab914, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle purchased from the FFF brewery. Poured into a goblet and consumed Dec 30, 2009.

A: Clean, sunburst and autumn leaves hues, moderate head with mild lacing that fades over a few minutes.

S: Citrus fruits, piney, candy, nice sweetness from the hops, big hop presence (did I mention hops?), faint alcohol

T: A big hoppy brew, and balanced well for the style. I took about an hour and half to drink this, enjoying the pleasant warming sensation and lingering aftertaste. No astringency in the finish whatsoever.

M: Awesome! Extremely smooth and creamy, especially given the ABV. Coats your mouth with a sweet sticky feel. Finishes great with a nice lingering aftertaste.

D: One of my favorite DIPA. Very drinkable, given the 10% ABV. One of the best. Highly recommended.

Huhzubendah, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Lunch
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from Dunt (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (12/30/09). I have been waiting to get my hands on a bottle of this for some time.

A: Pours a hazy rusty gold color with a pumpkin hue and a one finger head of an off-white foam that dissipates into a haze creating some decent lacing.

S: Nice aroma of peach, mango, tropical fruit and a semi-sweet caramel malt. The hops are not as forward as I was expecting, but I can detect a slight pine bitterness.

T: Peach, mango, tropical fruit hit the palate first quickly followed by a semi-sweet caramel malt. A pine bitterness linger in the mouth and finish leaving less hop flavor than I envisioned. There is a slight vegetable flavor as well that seem to disapear as the beer warmed. I must say that this is a DIPA that I prefer a tad warmer than most others (I prefer most at about 45-50 degrees) as the flavors seem to breath and show there true colors. Very nice, but I wish there was a greater hop presence.

M: Medium to full-bodied with creamy light carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 9.5% abv. There is a syrupy and slick character going on as well.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are unique and intriguing. After finishing the bomber, I was not noticing any real effect from the 9.5% abv.

Overall this did not quite live up to the hype, but it certainy was nice and well-crafted. Perhaps this was not the freshest example, but I have hard time understanding do to its limited distribution that these aren't flying off shelves everywhere. I wish that all brewers would date stamp their beer so as to know how fresh a bottle is or not. With that being said, I really did enjoy this DIPA and I look forward to the other bottle I have in the fridge now and to having it again after that in the near future. Thanks again Ryan! Recommended.

Lunch, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of hrking
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

have one of these with a friend about once a month. Of coarse I split a bomber but we usually end up drinking 2 after the first one. Kick ass beer! This is a highly rated beer for good reason.First off is the very clean citrus aroma. Pours a cloudy copper with a small head. This beer taste like a fresh grapefruit with sweet honey overtones and hops. Carbonation is dead on perfect!

hrking, Dec 28, 2009
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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