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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,347
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
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Gots: 684 | FT: 29
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 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.

Photo of mdvatab
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass.
No bottled-on date that I could find...

Aroma: Pine, papaya, & fresh-cut grass hop notes; malt shows up as light brown sugar and, would you believe, cotton candy??

Appearance: Golden amber, 2-finger off-white foamy head slowly collapsed to 1/2 finger, and hung around for the remainder of the glass. Excellent lacing washed onto the sides of the glass after each sip.

Flavor: Grapefruit, light pine resin, and caramel-malty sweetness round out bitterness. Bitterness is not harsh and drying like what I've tasted in other IIPAs. Delicious bitterness hangs around through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation. Again, not drying like other representations of this style.

Drinkability: A highly enjoyable imperial IPA. No bottled-on date leads me to wonder what this one might have tasted like fresh out of the brewery. Nonetheless, very well-balanced. I don't find ANY flaws with this one. I definitely recommend trying!

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

When poured, a translucent orange liquid settles a very foggy amber orange with an ample amount of creamy colored head.
Silky lacing clings to the edges of the glass.

Sliced apricot, peach, and mango are noticed up front. This is followed by a sweet malty scent.

The taste bold, full of bitter and fruity hop offerings. There is a significant amount of apricot and grapefruit taste. In the mix lies a sweet and caramel tasting backbone. There is a great balance between hop and malt here. The alcohol is fused with a wheat malt taste and leaves an interesting aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Not too bitter, holding a bold malt profile that leaves a silky feeling throughout. Ample carbonation contributes.

Overall, awesome DIPA that keeps it balanced between ingrediants. I am curious as to see how the sweet malt in this would take over with age.

Photo of larryi86
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to betsona for this one.
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- A clear light copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Big hops, nice citrus hops and nice pine hops in the background.

T- Very hoppy, citrus up front, piney in the back, really bitter, good malt backbone.

M- Medium body, smooth, refreshing.

O- Awesome IIPA that I wish I could get all the time. This is one of the best IIPAs I have had, great bitterness, great aroma that fills the room.

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

Bottle courtesy of Alewatcher in yet another amazing box. Thanks Jeff!

A heavy handed pour into my Duvel tulip yeilds a two finger layer of white foam which fades rapidly leaving a thin, white coaster atop the beer, and some nice lacing. The aroma is big citrus, with a hint of sweet malt accompanying. Taste follows the nose with huge orange, pineapple and mango flavors dominating. A very nice caramel malt backbone balances the hell out of this brew making it less bitter than I anticipated. This isn't a bad thing, however, as I am enjoying the complex marriage of sweet malt and citrus hops that is in play in this beer. The finish is both bitter and sweet with a nice dryness at the end. An appropriate level of carbonation lends a somewhat creamy texture to the beer, which is very satisfying. Overall this is a wonderful DIPA from Three Floyds. Not the uber-bitter, palate destroying, west coast hop bomb I'm used to, but a very tasty and exceedingly drinkable take on the style. Another winner from FFF!

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


Poured out of a bomber into my Three Floyds Alpha King glass.

A: Pretty light in color for an IPA. Pale and yellowish. The color of wheat.

S: Smells like my kind of IPA! Big hops obviously, lots and lots of citrus. Obviously a very fresh bottle judging from the amazing aromas (of course I knew that already).

T: Just perfect. Amazing citrus flavors, the best I've had in an IPA at any ABV. In addition to the faintly lemony and orange-ish citrus flavors it shares with many other good IPAs using northwestern hops, there are delicious hints of mango and other tropical fruits (pineapple maybe?). The only beer I've had that made me think of mangos when describing the taste. The hops are here in force, no doubt, but it's also extremely well balanced with nice sweetness to complement the citrus. Not violently bitter like Ruination or that ilk.

M: Just what I want from a double IPA. The carbonation is just right. So refreshing, and not boozy at all. The drinkability is evident in the amazing speed at which I always finish bottles of this masterpiece, I just can't stop drinking it (and usually verbally praising it after every gulp).

O: My favorite IPA at any level of ABV. Astounding citrus flavors, complex taste, perfect balance between the flavors. And, thank God, it's available year round.


Photo of wchollif
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this

Pours a light gold with less than a finger of thick head that lingers for some time. The nose is typical pine but not as aromatic as other DIPA's I had this night. Taste is fantastic, this is the type of DIPA I like. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya). The pine is of lesser note in the flavor than it was on the nose, and that's fine with me. Bitterness in the aftertaste is just perfect. Drinkability is high, this one went down with mouth watering for more.

Photo of litheum94
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from LiquidBread219. No bottling dates.

Orange-amber body with a slight chill haze that clears up as it warms. Brownish-white head, thick and foamy. Settles out to a thin cover. Leaves some nice lacing at first.

Aromas of pine resin, like pitch directly from a tree. Sweet citrus aromas, either ruby red grapefruit or tangerine. Some peach esters. Caramel malts and a hint of spice.

Starts off with a fair amount of caramel and biscuit malts.Then come the hops. Very wood like, bitter and earthy. Citrus hops, vacillates between sweet grapefruit and tart, citric lemon. Leads into a pine finish, with a vague brown sugar sweetness. Warming alcohol on the finish, but not over done. Smooth and slick from the hop oils. Not much carbonation.

This holds up easily to Pliny and Sculpin. An excellent example of the style.

Photo of tewaris
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

9.5% ABV, 99 IBUs

22 oz bomber with no freshness date poured into a snifter. However, this bottle is most likely very fresh because the store just got it in.

Dreadnaught pours in a straw golden stream and forms a big and unwavering creamy off-white head atop the amber-peach hued beer. Very good head retention and good lacing. Very very DIPA.

Aroma is a mix of pungent hoppy notes and fruity notes (lemon, mango), and smooth malts at the back. Taste is lush and juicy fruit -- tons of citrus and mango with a solid and pleasant sweetness. The bitterness, however, doesn't seem nearly close to the 99 IBU's tag. Right body, right carbonation and an amazingly clean finish.

The overall regard for Dreadnaught might be because of the regard for Three Floyds but it's a very good DIPA too.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 5/5; Overall 4/5

Photo of b3shine
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deuce to tulip. TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN FOR DOUBLE IPAs! Perfect bouquet and combination of hops on the palate. Not gonna waste my time talking about obscure references to citrus fruits; take my word for it: there's a reason this stuff is $10 at the store for a 24 oz.

Photo of NODAK
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma definitely has a plethora of citrus hoppinesd to it...grapefruit in abundance. However, it's also blessed with a good, thick malty around in there as well. Pretty balanced.

Pours a nice, somewhat dark blonde color with a fluffy head.

The taste? Just what a like in a DIPA. Starts off with a stinging grapefruit hoppiness but it then shows a tropical side to the hops as well. The label claims peach and mango, which are believable (perhaps more peach). Underneath is a thick, spicy sweet caramel malt which plays second to the hops but not by much. Doesn't leave a lot of lingering bitterness either. Just a great beer.

This is definitely a new favorite in the style for me. It's just too bad that it's difficult to get for me.

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 5,347 ratings.