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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

5,149 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,149
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,781
Gots: 606 | FT: 24
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:
An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001)
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Photo of rpardon7
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had this at a craft beer festival, and then at a local beer bar/beer store on tap.

Exceptional beer I give it an A on all aspects. The appearance is a golden hue with a nice firm white head. Smell is citrus all the way with a nice woody earth tone. Taste is out of the world very balanced nice hop to malt ratio for my palet with a hint of oaky smoothness to round out the beer. Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky not to sharp like some IPA's can be. Drinkability this beer I could drink all night but this could get you in trouble due to the higher ABV. Tremedous beer by Three Floyds and I am very happy that our distributors got their act together to bring this beer to the bluegrass.

rpardon7, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally!!! The time has come! I get to try my first TF Dreadnaught! Here it goes... Appearance is a somewhat cloudy orange/golden color with a very beautiful, full frothy white head. I can smell this beer from a couple feet away. The sweet fruits are very strong. I'm getting a TON of orange and tangerine along with a lot of sweet honey. The hops are not very strong in the scent of this beer. I'm also not getting much pine or floral notes in the nose either. Now to taste this bad boy... Wow, My palate gets hit with some very sweet hops at first. Then it moves to the citrus fruitiness of the orange/tangerine. A bit of grapefruit as well. Then I get some sweet honey on the back of my tongue followed by an amazing hop bitterness. This beer has lived up to the hype for me. Absolutely divine! The mouthfeel is the perfect amount of chewiness for an IIPA. The drinkability is scary how high ABV it is. You can't even taste the alcohol until it warms up a bit and toward the end of every sip. Then u get a little warming sensation going down, but I really like that from an IIPA. OUTSTANDING beer! I think I've tried enough Three Floyds beers now to say they are one of my new favorite breweries.

DovaliHops, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Raznug! Psyched for this one! Poured this into a White Birch goblet. Pours a honey amber color with about an inch of white head. It doesn't retain, but great lacing. Smells great, tropical fruits and piney hops are flooding my nostrils. I love all the fruit I can smell, this is very attractive to me. I take my first sip and I'm bombarded with a giant hop flavor! After my taste buds become used to the hops I notice the juiciness. Tropical and citrus fruits all over the place. Great mouthfeel, the carbonation is perfect to bring all the great flavors to life. Easy to drink and very refreshing, regardless of the high abv.

Bendurgin, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, again, to BEERchitect for all the wonderful beer while in Lexington.

Pours hazy orange with a nice fluffy cream-colored head.

Smells of pine up front with a dash of orange peels and citrus.

The taste follows the nose with quite a bit of sweet citrus and pine in the middle. Bitter pine and sweet citrus finish to round things off.

Good mouthfeel for the style, full body with creamy carbonation.

This is scary drinkable. No hint of the ABV and very refreshing.

RomaniIteDomum, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a nice amber color with a nice, thick white head. Leaves sticky, thick lacing.

S-Juicy, piny, grapefruit with a ton of mango and pineapple with underlying sweet caramel.

T-Tons of tropical notes with mango, some pineapple, with some pine notes and a little bit of caramel to smooth everything out.

M-Really smooth with low carbonation. Really creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

D-Ridiculously easy drinking, delicious, almost 10% brew. Insanely drinkable for the ABV, but the prie point is a bit of a killer for me. I paid $12/ 22oz'er, and while it's a great brew, I won't be likely to pick it up again.

samie85, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bottle to trade and couldn't resist getting one for myself!

A- Pours golden orange in color. Produces a big foamy head. Good retention and with a lot of lacing.

S- Citrus and floral scents. Can already taste the hops.

T- A lot of hops! Orange, grapefruit but balanced well with the malts in this drink. Could drink this IIPA all day!

M- Very crisp and refreshing! Good carbonation level.

D- Could very easily drink this all day every day! One of my favorites!!

HosP, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a golden orange with a creamy head that sticks around for awhile and leaves a thick residual lacing on the glass.

S. Smells of sweet floral hops when the bottle is opened. Out of the glass, the citrus flavors start to shine with lemon and grapefruit peel. As it warms, orange and grapefruit citrus scents emerge as well as peach and mango.

T. A slight honey sweetness upfront and then a tremendous amount of hops come blazing in. The really floral plant nature of the hops shines in the aftertaste - the same after taste you get when you taste fresh hop buds - herbal and bitter. Some sweet carmel and citrus flavors pull through as the beer warms.

M. A bit too thin. The carbonation is so smooth that it's barely detectable. You merely notice the creamy foam that gradually fills your mouth.

D. A very drinkable variety of the style. Slight sweetness with a bitter character that continues to change and develop as the beer warms.

BeerAndBourbon, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of honestdave
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Westy chalice.

A: An opaque orange appearance with slight head. Really a different & unique color from other DIPA's that I have had. The head recedes pretty quickly.

S: Awesome citrusy nose with the peach and mango coming through just as the bottle label describes. The smell is very aromatic and amazing.

T: Hop lover's dream. The immediate citrus flavors of the peach and mango along with the slightly sweet caramel aftertaste is so smooth and complement each other beautifully.

M: Medium mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability for a DIPA. This is a hopbomb for sure! I would drink this again without hesitation. Would love to try on tap.

Summary: If you have an opportunity to try - don't pass this one up! It is everything that one would want in a DIPA. Easily one of my favorites from 3F's.

honestdave, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pencil thickness of head with minimal head retention, little to no signs of lacing, dark to medium gold in color with slight amber hue - 4.00, S: Intensely resiny and pungent hop aromas, concentrated citrus including grapefruit and significant orange, alcohol is evident, some floral and estery aromas - 5.00, T: The hop bitterness almost brings this beer to the point of puckering though it surprisingly avoids being harsh, thick syrupy rum raising like sweetness, somehow balanced in all of its absurdity, lots of grapefruit and some slight orange - 4.50, M: Medium bodied with some minor viscosity, alcohol provides a slight drying - 4.50, D: All around an excellent example of the style though less of a sipper, I wish availability was a little friendlier as I have only seen this available on a couple of occasions - 4.25

deereless, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights and had a finger of head that left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: lovely floral piney hops and is a really fruit forward DIPA consisting of mango, pineapple, citrus and some hidden caramel sweetness. There's also hints of malts and booze, nice nose for sure.

T: very fruity piney hop flavors up front with the fruits mentioned on the nose but not as bitter as I would think for a DIPA. There's is very little malt presence with hints of caramel notes and the slight booze in the mixture.

M: meduim body with good amount of carbonation that had a sweet mild bitter finish.

D: I live on the west coast and expect a lot from a DIPA but still a decent attempt from FFF. I thought it drank well but was a little too sweet and not enough hop punch.

Gobzilla, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours an amber, golden color with a little bit of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, piny hops, and a little bit fruity. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops and fruit, little bit of bitterness, and fruity malts.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very enjoyable IPA. I thought the hops smelled amazing and would definitely like to try this one again. Also couldn't believe this one was 9.5% ABV; it's hidden very well.

mdfb79, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes - 5/7/10

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber orange with two fingers of head. Lacing develops nicely.

S: Rich citrus, mango, and piney hops all explode in the nose. Very little malt detectable at all here.

T: A nice pine and citrus hop assault on the palette. Very bitter with a small sweet backbone. Very subtle heat in the aftertaste.

M: Resinous and lasting aftertaste of hops. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D: Very flavorful and bold DIPA. Great beer for a hophead. I would love to get this on a regular basis.

kirkpjr, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that lingers for awhile. It finally receded into a thin film across the top of the glass.

S: Great big citrus hops. Pineapple, mango, and all the rest. Among the most delicious hop aromas I have ever experienced.

T: The bottle says this beer is a hophead's dream, and I would agree. The flavor is a giant hop blast with all the bitterness that goes along with it. Moderate caramel malts and subtle alcohol tones round out the flavor. This is a wonderful IIPA.

M: Rich and very well carbonated, it's well suited to coat everything in its patch with hoppy goodness.

D: I'm enjoying this 22oz. alone. I would not drink another one tonight, but I will definitely grab a bomber of this beer any chance I get. I am very impressed with my first FFF experience.

mondegreen, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Brick in DC the other night.

The beer pours a solid orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is terrific, and shows a huge hoppy orange citrus component, along with pine and light sweet malt. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, though for such a sizeable IPA, I'm very impressed by how well balanced it is. The beer does have a considerable sweet malt component, but it's countered very nicely by the hoppy bitterness in the finish. The combination leads to flavors of orange cherry, mango, vanilla and pine, all ending in a long, refreshing, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rich with significant sweetness, but the finish is long and lusciously bitter. Alcohol is certainly noticeable in this DIPA, but it really doesn't detract much from the beer's drinkability. That's how delicious this beer is.

A very impressive DIPA from 3 Floyds.

John_M, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of AJacob81
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler pint on Memorial Day.

A - Deep orange-apricot in color, a generous 2-finger foam head forms and is retained well, leaving extensive lacing.

S - Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, some caramel sweetness, and just a hint of grassy hops.

T - Bright, floral sweetness up front, the hop profile asserts itself quickly and dominates the finish. Caramel malt back bone balances nicely throughout.

M - Nothing special, thin-medium body, acceptable levels of carbonation.

D - This is a monster. The relatively high ABV is masked incredibly well, and the bitterness from the hops keeps this compellingly drinkable from start to finish.

AJacob81, May 31, 2010
Photo of squaremile
2.6/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at a recent BA tasting event. I am about ready to give up on any IIPAs not brewed out west. This pours a copper/orange with a respectable head, but where is the aroma? There is some citrus flavors, mango, and white grapefruit there, but it is faint for a double. Taste is white grapefruit, caramel, mango, and tangerine. It is bitter but not hoppy. Long bitter finish. Disappointing.

squaremile, May 31, 2010
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured into a dfh signature glass. nice head with good lacing. smell is great,probably one of the better smelling dipa's. peaches,mango,pineapple. a bit of sweetness comes through.

nice smooth bitterness, big mango flavor, pineapple. sweetness comes through to balance at the end. lingering peach flavor in the finish. i'd be damned if there aren't simcoe hops in this beer.

the mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. very full bodied. completely coats your tongue.

overall this is a pretty drinkable double ipa.

wyattshotmaker, May 30, 2010
Photo of GregPearson33
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden amber in color with a thick two finger head of tightly laced foam that keeps with incredible persistence. As it (very slowly) recedes there is fat lacing on the glass.

The nose is bready, malty-caramel with sharp citrusy hops that have a bit of lemon peel and grapefruit.

Tastes like what an IPA should taste... in all its hopped up glory! Upfront you're hit with robust floral and citrus hops. But this mellows out as a brawny malt backbone eases your stunned palate with sweet bready deliciousness. The finish has a bitter grapefruity flavor that lingers - but definitely leaves you hankering for more.

I hope it's not the hype or my appreciation to have finally tried this brew, but I think this experience is about as close I've come to a quasi-religious beer moment.

GregPearson33, May 29, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

That Flaming Lips song with "tangerine" in the chorus (she don't use jelly) jumped into my head after the pour. So vibrant tangerine feel in the appearance and the aroma. I'm excited.

Taste was phenomenal, more like PTE than anything I've ever had, but maybe with a little more in the malt. Just all kinds of hoppy pine and citrus tangerine feel to it. Also reminiscient of the Conductor, another excellent beer in this style. Hides alcohol well. Has some of those less cited flavors, maybe mango or apricot behind the scenes. Not really bitter or viscous at all.

Beerandraiderfan, May 23, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to robwestcott for trading this one to me. This stuff's great!

Bomber split between two shaker glasses for my wife and I to enjoy. Great slightly cloudy orange body has a slightly off-white three finger head sitting on top. Some nice thin lacing is visible throughout the drink.

The smell on this is amazing! Off the top of my head I don't think I have ever rated a IIPA perfect on smell. This one cannot be improved. HUGE peach aromas are the showpiece with tangerine and wild honey as secondary characteristics. Nothing could make this smell better!

Big whole grapefruit (including the pith) is tasted with big bitter oily hops. Good taste, but doesn't deliver what the smell promised.

Good scrubbing bubbles make the mouthfeel on this very nice and quite refreshing.

This is almost 10%! How can that be?! This is refreshing and extremely enjoyable. No gumminess is evident at all. I regret that I don't have another one of these in my fridge. I'm going to have to trade for another one of these soon. Highly recommended. If you can't buy this locally, trade for it...you'll thank yourself for it.

hopsbreath, May 22, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh - finally! One of my greatest wants! Acquired from gratefulbeerhead so a big BIG THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange with a one and a half finger of offwhite rocky head. Head recedes quickly leaving light sheeting of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of caramel malts, major piney hops and a touch of citrus.

T: Taste starts with a surprising large dose of caramel malts. They actually somewhat dominate the forefront of this beer. Citrusy hops come in through the middle, lemon and grapefruit are the most prevelent. Finish has a nice grassy hop nature that lingers slightly.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation, a lot of resin and oil on this that coat the tongue.

D: Quite tasty, a little too malty, pretty big kick, I would like to try this again... so I will cross my fingers that I get lucky enough to stumble across another Dreadnaught.

Jayli, May 20, 2010
Photo of bwd110
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/24/10
This one definitely needs to be re-reviewed... Had fresh at the brewery on DLD. Ratings numbers reflect new review:

A: Same experience as original review

S: Humongous grapefruit bomb! Loved every bit of it. Malt still has a nice presence, but damn this is hop forward!

T: Outstanding. This beer is obviously uber fresh and my previous was not so much. Citrus hops galore... Love it. Alcohol is not nearly as present as previously noted

M: Same experience as previously noted

D: I want more. ABV is no longer an issue, it is dangerously drinkable fresh!

5/15/09
22oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

A: Very much a golden amber, more golden than amber. Fluffy thick, billowy somewhat tannish head - at least two fingers thick. Head dissipates after a minute or two, leaving lots of sudsy lacing.

S: Little disappointing here. Maybe an oldish bottle? Wish there was a bottled on date somewhere to know for sure. There's a hop nose, but I'm getting stronger doses of alcohol phenols and biscuity tones from the malt.

T: Feeling a little better about this one, good citrus hop presence initially, followed by sticky, resinous pine notes, slight bittering. The malt base is similar to the Alpha King in that it is sturdy but more earthy and bready than sweet. Faint touch of caramel. Alcohol is very present, not very well hidden.

M: Very good, big body, chewy, resinous and creamy smooth. Really coats the palate, definitely a plus for this beer.

D: Suffers from the high abv, would 8% better suit this brew?

Middle of the road DIPA for me. I'm in the minority here, but give me the crisp hop presence and drinkability of Alpha King over this one. I dig it, but it doesn't all come together for me like the King.

bwd110, May 19, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden and slightly cloudy. Of course, amazing head retention. Overall, A nice beer in the glass.

S: Malty, hoppy, very nice.

T: Now that's what I am talking about!! I almost didn't want to pay the $9 for the bomber, but I am now sure glad that I did!

M: Excellent. Medium to strong feel.

D: You betcha! No need to sip this one.

Spica66, May 18, 2010
Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours golden orange in color. Produces a massive foamy head. Good retention and a crazy amount of lacing left behind.

S- Hops, hops, hops! Citrus, floral scents, pine and a bit of sweet malt.

T- I'm really blown away by this DIPA! Grapefruit, orange zest, and of course BIG hops. Then all of a sudden I get the sweetness of the malts that almost tastes like caramel. It's seriously an epic blend of flavors.
To date I have ALWAYS measured all other DIPA's to DFH 90 min. It has always been my favorite go to beer. I always proclaimed "it's so well balanced". I was wrong!
whereas 90 min gives you a wave of hops, then malt, and back, Dreadnaught IS balance!!! You cannot quite discern between the hops and malt, yet they both SHINE at the same time... CRAZY awesome beer!!!

M- Nice and crisp at first and then it's almost creamy. Perfect level of carbonation. I wish I had more.

D- I only had one of these (can't buy them in KS)
I split this with a beer-buddy and after one sip I regretted that! I wanted MORE!
I would have bet the farm that this was a 7% beer!

Seriously my new favorite beer of all time!!!

Serving type: bottle

bigdonniebrasco, May 14, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to capra12 for this one. Shared with a couple of housemates. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger, frothy white head with excellent retention. Beer is a clear orange-yellow. Lacing is stringy and patchy with moderate cling.

S: Caramel, citrus, pine, and cane sugar. Also, is it just me or do I smell onions and garlic... kinda throws me off but its definitely one of the most unique and powerful noses on a IIPA.

T: Brown sugar, citrus, pine, cane sugar, slight hop tartness from the middle to the end. Finish is messy and leaves a balanced malt/hop aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated, and rather smooth. Lively but not as crisp as I'd like. Still very easy drinking and it warms the palate. Finish is messy with a slight aftertaste.

D: Definitely a solid IIPA but not worth the hype surrounding it in my opinion. It's up there though. Great balance here as its neither a hop, nor malt bomb. Easily one of the easier to drink IIPAs. Seek it out but don't give away house and home for it!

SpeedwayJim, May 13, 2010
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,149 ratings.