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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,694 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,694
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,703
Gots: 491 | 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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4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

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

S - Peach and Mango aroma, wonderful smelling brew.

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

F - medium bodied with a smooth carbonation feel.

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

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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


Serving type: bottle

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

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

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

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

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

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

D- pretty damn awesome

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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

Huge thanks to younger35 for the treat!

Serving type: bottle

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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

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

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

Tasted like bitter hot buttered popcorn in the end.

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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:15:00 | More by Sixpoint
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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:02:28 | More by bkilpatr
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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
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,694 ratings.