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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,383
Reviews: 1,681
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,850
Gots: 698 | FT: 26
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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 notchucknorris
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy honey color with a big cream colored head and absolutely ridiculous lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of mango, some peach and a lot of citrus hops. As the beer warms, some hop resin comes in as well.

T: Big citrus hops upfront. Juicy grapefruit and grapefruit pith. Lots of sweet malts follow with some flavors of caramel and mango. Finish brings some more hops with a touch of pine. Velvety mouthfeel is thicker than I'm used to in an IPA, but I really like it.

Photo of rfgetz
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a small, but long lasting cap of white froth, rings of sticky lacing left on the glass. Intoxicating scent of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine, flowers, peach with a fruity and grahmn cracker sweetness, touch of vanilla and hints of alcohol. Taste follows scent, first suprise was lack of overwhelming palate scorching bitterness which was a good thing in this case. Fruity sweet with decent grahmn crackery malt backbone. Medium bodied, dry finnish. An excellent dIPA.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dreadnaught IPA, Three Floyds, 9.5% abv

A: It has a bright cloudy tangerine and orange haziness to it, lots of foam with huge carbonation. The lacing is thin but the whole presentation is great.

S: It reeks of huge grapefruit and tangelo notes, some mild orange rind dryness, and almost zero herbal aspects to it.

T: The taste almost directly mirrors the smell, which is surprisingly rare in IPAs this big and complex. It has that great juiciness of Sculpin, orange notes, a strange tartness similar to grapefruit or unripe tangerines. This is incredibly refreshing and the abv sneaks in like a Trojan horse.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit bigger than the standard DIPA but it doesn’t toe into that disappointing maharaja range with excessive coating and chewing. This beer has an exceptional balance. A strange note that needs commenting upon is how good the bubbles feel. They somehow hit an exceptional attenuation/carbonation level. Three Floyds consistently delivers exceptional products and this one delivers.

D: This is clearly exceptionally drinkable but the lack of availability, price point, and high-ish abv seems to draw away from the universal applicability of this beer. It is a world class but it as far as the epic DIPA class goes it is certainly not best in show. Overall, a great beer and the Midwest has a viable answer to the west coast giants.

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

Had this on tap. served in a snifter. Hazy orange color. Pine/hops dominate the nose; this beer almost smells sticky, if that is possible. Strong IPA flavors; hops, pine, grapefruit. Slippery/buttery mouthfeel.The mouthfeel really sets this apart; points for being unique. A good strong american ipa i would definitely drink again.

Photo of Slipperys
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I love this brewery. I love every beer they make except the Rabid Rabbit(but I really don't like that style). Love this.

Deep Orange Color, like the hops made their home in this beer.

Great Hop Aroma!!

Strong Upfront Taste with a great balancing job.

If you can find this, get many and share with your friends...

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

poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip.

pours a cloudy, deep maple/honey color. excellent head, ditto the lacing in the glass.

nose - nice bready aroma. hops are understated - some pine, some citrus a little pepper, a good balance is struck. taste is a bit inverse from the nose - very hop-forward. any concerns about the malt being too much are quickly dissapated.

mouthfeel is super - full on the palate, and yet slick enough it begs for more drinks.

at 9.5%, this goes down WAAAY too easy! wish southern oregon got this on the shelves.

Photo of siege06nd
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber hue, sweet translucent magnificence in my Great Lakes British pint glass. Nice bubbly thick white head leaves good lacing across the sides of the glass. like a protein stain on a fresh pair of silk boxers (you can't wear those again). Quarter inch head lingers through tasting. Beer pours and looks like a summer sunset.

S: Wow, grapefruit rocks the nose. Its friends mango, allspice, and pine resin kick in the door and launder my socks for good measure. This brew smells sweet, citrusy, and complex. Can't wait.

T: The rapacious citrus notes overwhelm the palate, melding into a soft bouquet of grapefruit and pine. The malts stand up nicely to the overwhelming hops with the calming presence of a shirtless uncle at the end of a family picnic. This beer is absolutely righteous....easily one of the top 5 DIPAs I have tasted.

M: Very well balanced. Surprisingly smooth for such a strong hop presence, like the skin on the nape of Russell Crowe's neck. Leaves a lingering, cloying pine feel on the mid palate. Carbonation is perfect.

O: Dreadnaught IPA is worth every bit of the hype, like the 5th time you watch "Grandma's Boy". It has an assertive hop presence which is balanced perfectly by the flavorful malts. The beer looks, smells, and tastes beautifully. An outstanding achievement.

Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy, sort of orangey-amber pour. Big, fluffy white head. Great retention, solid lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Mangos and more mangos. Very strong citrus aroma, not much beyond that that I can really discern, it's so powerful. A little pine resin behind it but not much.

T: Mango as expected from the aroma. There is a strong pine bitterness hiding in there now. A bit of caramel helps round it out. As it warms up the peach really starts to show itself. Yum!

M: Pretty mid-level mouthfeel. Quite drying on the aftertaste.

O: Good hop-forward DIPA. A "must" if you are a mango fan, this one is saturated with the smell and flavor.

Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured orange with a huge white head that left serious lacing on my pint glass after the pour. Smells of pine citrus resiny hops. Taste is a perfect balance of malts and hops that are spot on. This beer easily landed in our top 5 all time DIPA. The beer has a perfect dry finish witha punch of weedy hops.

Photo of jmpizzo
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into slightly chilled tulip pint

A - A nice bright cloudy apricot color with a thick white head which dissipated quickly. A nice thin lacing wraps as the glass empties.

S - Immediately got a huge scent of sweet mangos. The smell continued throughout and it absolutely wonderful.

T - Again mangos... followed by a wonderful hoppy bitter deliciousness. Aftertaste sticks with the sweet fruit taste. The deeper you go into this beer it seems to lose more of the fruit taste and revert back into a bitter hoppiness. Wonderful complexity.

M - I would have expected this to be an overly thick beer but not so. More of a medium mouth feel. You can definitely feel the bitterness on every taste.

O - Simply put amazing. I've tried a lot of the big boy DIPAs out there and this is definitely one of my top 3 favorites. My best description for this would be a great cross of Maharaja fruitiness with the great overall characteristics of Pliny.

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

On tap at Three Floyds, Again. i've had this there so many times, about time to review i guess.
Color is that of a dark tangerine, head is white. It's dark in FFF, and this is what i see.
The aroma has some notes of pine like a west coast IPA, and grapefruit with a juicy tropical nose that is appealing, asks you to bite it, but you know better.
This one being very fresh has alot of bitterness to it, 100ibus, and alot of that bitterness comes from or is tied to the notes of grapefruit, a great example of that note i think. there is other citrus AKA tangerine and orange, some tropical notes though a bit more subtle then the nose, and a hint of pine for the west coast influence.

Photo of dboon
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sasquatch just booked his flight to Munster Indiana. He’s heard the rumors of amber colored brew with an amazing balance of piney hops and malt. Three Floyds came thorough for our Northwest brethren with this Imperial IPA masterpiece. The nose is duped by the overwhelming aroma of hops. The palate also never identifies the high alcohol content of this bad boy. This is due to the fact that the initial blast of pine, citrus, and hops is quickly counteracted by a rush of malt. A perfectly balanced Imperial IPA, Deadnaught just up the ante for the rest of the field...

Photo of jmich24
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel Tulip

A: Bright tangerine orange slight hop haze. One fluffy white head that never completely goes away. Very sticky lacing.
S: Big citrus hops orange peel, grapefruit some tropical fruits
T: Hops! Tons of bitterness great flavor like the aroma tons of citrus and some tropical fruits.
M: Medium mouth feel a touch on the thin side. Great lingering bitterness. 9.5 % ABV is very well hidden.
O: One word Fantastic! Again (1st Pliny a couple days ago) I had very high expectations. And this one exceeded. Top five DIPA for sure.

Photo of gregshead
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 5/10/11. Reviewed from notes

A: Pours w/ finger of head that dissipates slowly. Light amber color

S: Good juicy smell. Reminds me of the orangy Double Jack w/ a little more grapefruit smell.

T: Lots of floral/grapefruit flavor up front with some of that juicy orange to follow. Good astringency that follows.

M: Resin feel coats the tongue and teeth. Smoother/less carbonated feel

O: This beer is legit. I love the cornucopia of citrus flavors backed by the caramel malts.

Photo of amphion1065
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from whitemomba, poured into a tulip.

The pour is blood orange with plenty of yellow highlights. A gorgeous two-finger head forms and lasts, leaving sticky lacing all around the glass. Very nice.

I could smell this one as soon as I opened the bottle. Tons of grapefruit, lemon zest, and pineapple. It almost smells like dried fruit, rich with candy and natural sugars. The citric hop profile is excellent. Not a hint of booze.

Taste is very good, if not quite equal to the smell. Sweet citrus fruits, with pervasive, throat-coating bitterness. I’m fortunate to be able to review a fresh bottle, as the hops are still very strong here. That said, the bitterness almost takes away from the underlying fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is very well done: light, bubbly and smooth. This goes down as easily as any IPA, and it’s pretty remarkable that it pushes 10%. I’m not sure there’s a commercially-available East Coast DIPA that rivals this.

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this in Bethlehem PA back in early January of 2009, It must have been one of the last 3 Floyd's shipped to this state because after having that bottle I wasn't able to ever find more here again. Without much knowledge of this beer I managed to get the bottle and give it good home for a little while. Eventually I opened it up and poured it for myself. This brew looked really nice, had a bright yellowish color with a light amount of haze to it. The head was creamy and thick looking, leaving a real nice lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer had a wonderful mix of tropical fruit aromas like Pineapple, Grapefruit and Lemons. The taste was also had the same flavors as it did on the nose plus the excellent addition of Pine. This beer was very refreshing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had some good carbonation to it. Overall I think that this is the IPA that changed my perception on this style. I hadn't really been a big fan of them till I had this one. This beer is great, I wanted to buy more when I was at the brewery back in April but they were sold out. Better luck next time I guess.

Photo of beagle75
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with two fingers of lofty and persistent white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass, and a few solitary bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Initially intense and appealing, with hop aromas consisting of grapefruit citrus, pine, and tropical fruit all showing up. Intensity lacks much longevity unfortunately, with fruit turning increasingly vinous alongside understated toasted malt later. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with floral and citrus hop aromatics accented by bright citric acidity. Balance, DIPA-style, is achieved through the presence of toasty "cookie" malt. Flavors turn estery in the middle, as hop flavors begin to decline, with a whiff of spirituous fumes underlining the decidedly-ale flavors. This beer finishes in classic and memorable form, with bracing bitterness and a taste of grapefruit peel that lingers long on the palate.

M: Medium viscosity, resinous and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A remarkable Midwestern DIPA that comes close to doing everything right. At first taste flavors seem outdistanced by the smell, but they are able to overtake the inconsistent nose by the end. There is not much else to criticize, leaving this beer to stand up comparably to its West Coast peers.

Photo of mulder1010
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a wine glass. Bought at FFF.

A-- Poured a slightly hazy but almost clear amber orange. Bright white head that was a half a finger and went to film. Good head retention though. Good lacing and good alcohol legs to this. Little carbonation shown with this. Looks good.

S-- Good nose. Bright, vibrant citrus, whith just hints of malt. Candied orange, candied pineapple, mango and papaya. Mouthwatering smell to this.

T-- Not as big and aggressive as West Coast DIPA's are but good. Mouth gets tangerine, orange, grapefruit and a bit of lime. Malt is minimal at best. No alcohol taste at all.

M-- Medium bodied and closer to medium high carbonation. Lots of bitter grapefruit and bitter orange peel in the back and finish. Very clean finish in the back. Very creamy in the front.

O-- Impressive, very impressive. On par with the best Western US DIPA's and to me the best of the Midwest. Easy to drink, well hidden ABV, and just tasty.

Photo of Naugros
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this one!

Clear orangey, quasi-clear amber with a massive white frothy head with mondo sticky lace. The smell is mostly the citrus end of American hop profiles with some pine and a barely discernible malt backdrop. I'm enjoying the citrus right now as it draws my nose into the foam. Yum! The malts do a better job of balancing the hops on the tongue adding something between "biscuit" and "caramel". Anybody, please let me know a better way to describe that. I did not detect any of the diacetyls that the Brother Jason did, so it may have been an anomaly in the batch he drank...or I did a poor job of tasting. I hope for the former. The hops take control back in the aftertaste by throwing off tons of pine resin and burying the malts into oblivion. The initial hop profile was some sweet grapefruit with pine, but the pine takes control eventually, as it usually does...much to my dismay.

Indiana has made themselves a West Coast IPA and done so admirably. Now I know how Hoosiers wash down that crap they call "pizza". Come to NYC area and we'll show you what pizza should be, but in the meantime I'll enjoy your beer as NJ has no IPA that can represent as well as this.

Photo of robwestcott
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured cold from the tap at yogis a translucent light copper to a 12oz snifter with a full finger white head with nice retention leaving a blanket of sticky lace to the rim after each sip.

great big tropical hops aroma.

big hops as mango. super sweet up front. very subtle hops bite, though not quite bitter. citrus, cotton candy.

medium bodied, creamy smooth, big bubbly carbonation. very subtle bitter.

overall - top 5 DIPA easily, mango !

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Floyd's brewpub and boy did it change my perspective on this guy.

The color of this IPA is a beautiful coppery orange with a nice finger head of foam riding the top.

The smells that come to my nose out of this one is a brilliant citrus orange peel smell with some mango mixed in to give a fresh fruity smell that too me is one of the best smelling brews I have ever had.

The taste of this one was not anything special to me the first time I tried it. I actually thought it was not really anything spectacular at all before which leads me to believe the bottle I had was way old. The tastes I'm getting in my mouth now is a huge rush of that citrus orange flavor with a pronounced hop bite, and some more fruitiness that mixes with a twinge of alcohol. The balance between the fruit and hop bitterness in this beer is incredible.

The mouthfeel was a very crisp refreshing feel to me and it left my mouth with a slight dry feeling that I rather enjoyed.

One of my new favorite beers, I can't believe I didn't like this one at first. Now I can't leave the brew pub without one.

Photo of sendsilk
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this a couple of hours ago while my three young children were completely underfoot so I really could not do a proper review.

Now, theoretically, I should be able to sit down and review this but being summer, one of the litte shits keeps coming out with excuses on why they can't sleep...my tummy hurts...Alec is snoring....such is my life.

Wanted to review this so here it goes succinctly:
Great color, dark straw to orange, the last half of the bottle poured was pretty murky but taste did not alter.

S- Amazing, really hoppy and citrusy and this bottle was at least 6 weeks old.

T- Fantastic!. I have never been a huge fan of FFF as typically their beers aren't up my alley. Especially since I'm not a fan of DIPA's, but this one was extremely tasty, the best offering I have had from them.

M-sold, very nice.

O- This is one FFF beer that I would have again without hesitation.

Photo of richkrull
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy bronze color. Nice thick off-white head. Very good lacing as well.

Smell is nice and hoppy. Some citrus and some pine notes as well.

Taste is unbelievable. This is a great beer. Perfect amount of hops. Just an absolutely great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Really smooth easy drinking beer.

Overall incredible. I wish I could drink this beer all day every day. Quite possibly the best IPA I've ever had. I love it!!!

Photo of Simmy7000
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Review!

Poured from 22oz Bottle

A- Pours a great looking amber color with a 2 finger white head. Head recedes down to only a cm or two which remains for the rest of the ride. Great lacing throughout.

S- Downright incredible. First thing that hits the nostrils is the great smell of hops. Loads of citrus and piney hops with hints of malt and sweet fruit lingering in the background

T- Massively complex. Starts with a blast of hops up front; a mix of grapefruit, orange, and mango lead the way and bleed into a bitter pine taste. Just when the bitterness seems like it is going to overwhelm, a solid malt backbone kicks in to balance everything out. Lingering bitterness on the lips and back of tongue as drinking progresses.

M- Perfect. Crisp and refreshing. Find this very drinkable considering the ABV

O- A defining brew from FFF. Hop forward but undertones of sweet fruit and a malt backbone keep this balanced and complex. This will take your taste buds for a ride. Definitely a top-tier DIPA

Photo of elgiacomo
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45-50F.

Pours lightly hazy burnt gold with a three finger foamy white head that leaves a couple of rings of foamy lace and holds a small cap.

Aroma is peaches, grapefruit citrus, some pineapple and mango along with good grassy and herbal notes. Some mild malt peeks through but the hops are the star here. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is tropical fruits of pineapple and mango, some lemon and grapefruit citrus rind, peach and apricot, giving way to some caramel and bready malt that offers a touch of sweetness which is then swept away by a wave of hop bitterness. Some alcohol is noted but isn’t solvent or biting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and slick, low-medium carbonation.

A superb DIPA, very tasty and a huge want for a long time. Thrilled to have the chance to finally try this. However, I have to throw in the obligatory ranking amongst top-tier DIPAs, and for me, this is very good but not the best I’ve had. Doesn’t crack my Top 5, but probably within my Top 10.

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