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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,034 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,034
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,766
Gots: 586 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9.5% ABV 99 IBUs - A hophead’s dream beer. This Imperial India Pale Ale has an opening salvo of mango, peach and citrus hop aromas that sit atop a pronounced caramel malt backbone. Although Dreadnaught is a strong and intensely hoppy ale, its complex flavor is both smooth and memorable.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This is a great DIPA. Competes with the best.

Fruity, pungent hops on the nose. Smell is excellent, full, rich citrus and piney goodness. Tropical smells there too.

Fruity, citrus dominated hops on the taste buds, Pine and tropical flavors mix in as well. Everything proportioned right, jumping all over the place just like it should on the tongue.
Malts balance things just perfectly without unseating King Hop, who is clearly in charge. Just so well done, so intense, every flavor just where it should be.

Full mouthfeel, perfect compliment to the flavor, lingers on the tongue, just enough. Next sip hard to delay.

But...it's terribly overpriced. Equivalent of 26 bucks for a 4 pack, or 40 for a sixer. This isn't a fancy barrel aged limited release, special ingredient deal. There are several other high ABV IPAs almost as good that completely destroy Dreadnaught on price.

And start dating your bottles.

caskstrength, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bought a bomber of this and it poured a peach orange color with a nice retaining head and sticky lacing the smell was grapefruit and mango and hops and sweet caramel malt... b4 my first sip i already knew it was going to be outstanding i could smell it 2 feet away from me... yep the grapefruit and mango explode in your mouth and nose the hops hit your tongue your mouth puckers you just want another sip fast wow!! the taste is outstanding..its a perfectly balanced dipa that is so well balanced i cant believe its 9.5 abv ..you taste no alcohol just a perfect hop/malt creation of goodness.. this one ranks up their with double trouble, pliney, hop stoopid and hopslam as the best a dipa can be.. only drawback is you drink it to fast and its very pricey.. however it is a must try highly recommended and will drink this anytime anywhere..oh crap my bomber is gone ..

gatornation, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of HisDorian
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since FFF is not distributed in OH, I was thrilled to find this when I drove to IN to pick up some brews.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I had only heard the hype, and that it was loosely compared to Hop Slam.

Poured a wonderful orangey-gold color. Nice thick head with great lacing.

The aromas from the hops come through nicely. There's also a sweetness that I can't identify. Maybe my palate isn't trained enough.

Tastes WONDERFUL. Lives up to the hype. I understand the loose comparison to Hop Slam. It's very hoppy, yet has a nice honey-ish sweetness to it. The Hop Slam was good, but not something I'd look for necessarily. The Dreadnaught was balanced well enough that I'll make the 45 minute drive to Indiana to buy it again. Hoppy, smooth, sweet, nice body, and all at once.

It's definitely not a thin beer, but not heavy, either. In fact, I wanted to swirl my individual pint glasses once I got it half empty to mix the yeast and such back in. Nice pronounced lacing with a decently thick head.

I not only could drink several of these, but my wife (who will taste all of my beers, but not drink any of them) asked about getting some more so she could have some for herself. Normally, she's a Woodchuck drinker, with an occasional Shiner Bock (she grew up in TX).

This beer surprised me with the sweetness, but I will definitely drive the 45 minutes to Indiana to buy it again.

HisDorian, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a Super hazy as fuck orange gold. The off white head is frothy, creamy and smooth. Aroma is fairly hoppy with a nice hint of peach. There is a tad bit of pine and lots of citrus. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. This is similar to many other awesome IPAs that i have had except for the slight hint of peach/apricot flavor. Feel is tingly from the carbonation and slightly oily. Super drinkable.

kbnooshay, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of jdflyer06
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my caracole snifter

A - Honey in color with a thin head that leaves some nice lacing. Mostly clear, particularly as it warms.

S - Strong citrus notes, orange and grapefruit. Some pineapple notes. Strong piney finish with a well balanced hop presence.

M - Thick, creamy, syrupy and unbelievably smooth. Subtle carbonation that is just about perfect.

T - Alot like the nose, citrusy and piney with a well balanced maltiness that lingers in the throat. Alcohol is well hidden and even as it warms, it stays that way. Some bitterness but that's to be expected with this style and it's perfect.

D - I had no problem finishing the bomber, but it did leave me with a considerable buzz. Of course, this isn't a session beer and I'm not quite sure how to rate it's drinkability given the style, but I suppose I'll base it off the ease of finishing the bomber.

jdflyer06, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a looker. I can almost taste this one just looking at it. The color is a glowing orange with a little bit of haze. It looks like freshly squeezed fruit juice of some kind. The head is huge and fluffy and the lacing is insane. After a few minutes the head dissapears but you'd barely know it from viewing it from the side because of all the lacing stuck on it.

I could smell this from at least a foot away when I popped it. Huge on the citrus hops with a splash of pine. There's a nice sweetness to it like a grapefruit with sugar on it.

Delectable. Tastes just like it smells. Loads and loads of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange with a resinous follow up. The malt is spot on to add a touch of sweetness to offset the bitterness, which is also spot on.

The mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, and clean. It has a very fresh feel that screams quality. Carbonation is light but cuts the body well. There's a slight astringency but it mellows as it warms.

This is delicious but a palate bruiser. One of the better tasting DIPAs out there but because of the huge bitter bashing the toungue takes one bomber and I'm saying no mas.

Vonerichs, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very orange hued amber color with a nice firm, bright white head that slowly dissipates. Moderate visible carbonation.

Well all be ding dong. Huge whiff of freshly peeled orange on the first smell. The second round provides a solid push of sweetened pine resin, i am talking seriously strong pine. A touch of sweet caramelized malt at the end of the spectrum makes this far and out one of the best smelling brews I have had the opportunity to put my nose up to.

The taste is chock full of super fresh grapefruit pith and (like in the nose) freshly peeled orange. A (I can't explain it either) strong but mild pine presence makes itself known right off the bat. The malt backbone is there, but it is hard to grasp after the aggressive hop assault on the tongue. Amazing, simply amazing. Almost no hint of the 9.5%. Almost perfection.

The mouthfeel is on frickin point. Ample carbonation and very slick on the tongue, nothing I can complain about. At all.

One of the best brews I have had to date. Hands down. I would be drunk and living on the streets if this was available in Minnesota.

BDLbrewster, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dreadnaught is easily one of the highest rated Imperial IPAs out there. Three Floyds almost never disappoints, so this beer has big shoes to fill. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden color. Pretty hazy looking. Head is very foamy and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells very grapefruity. Lots of tropical fruits in there with some piney hops.

T: For an Imperial IPA, this beer is exceptionally smooth. Very complex and not harsh at all. This tastes pretty similar to Bells Hopslam, but this one is definetly superior. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Also quite a bit of pine in there as well. There is a honey sweetness to balance out the hops. Bitterness is present, but not what you would expect from a beer of this calibur. Excellent.

M: Medium bodied and with only hints of bitterness. Not very dry for an IPA. More of a juicy mouthfeel.

D: Again, this is probably as smooth as an IPA as you are going to get. Drinking a whole bomber should pose no threat. Very refreshing beer.

Without a doubt an excellent IPA, but not quite as stellar as the reviews make it out to be. My biggest fault of the beer is that it is too smooth. I prefer IPAs to have that harsh and dry bitterness in the end. Definetly superior to Hopslam, but I have had better offerings from Avery, Founders and even Lagunitas. Well worth seeking out and worth the money.

OldSchoolGamer, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a magnificent hazy amber with a foamy head of about a half inch poured into my mug

Smells amazing, citrus fruits, like apricot, peach, soft grapefruit with a hop presence to be reckoned with in the background

Tastes very caramel sweet off the bat and then you taste this amazing citrus hit that tingles all your taste buds and finish it off with a strong IPA hop bite that I love when mixed with other flavors , wow wow wow.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy range with a caramel sweet taste that lingers on the side of your mouth , and HOPS that come off your breath , very good.

With a mouthfeel and taste like that you have to admit this is a most drinkable IPA, and a damn fine one at that.

bgreg3, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale orange, almost a dark straw yellow type color. Kind of light, it's fairly clear, with a bit of haze, on the second pour, I could watch a little cascade of haze fall through the beer. Really a beautiful sight. The head is massive, and pillowy, it looks loose, but it has incredible retention, and leaves some decent lacing. This one looks like PTE, it's a little paler than you'd like, but stands up perfectly in the other categories. The smell doesn't jump up immediately and punch you in the face. I could actually smell it, in brief intervals, at a distance, before I even tried, but it's not as powerful as some. The smell is very pungent. There's a leafy kind of spiciness, resting on top of some smells of tart fruits, maybe a bit of tropical fruits. Very little resinous smells, but there is a bit of citrus, like orange and maybe a bit of sweet grapefruit. The maltiness is slightly crackery and subdued, which is a good sign, it means this is fresh. The taste comes off upfront with a kind of sweet, powdery maltiness with a thick layer of grassy, almost herbal hops. Then comes the fruit, something is almost like biting into a young peach or plum, or maybe a juicy tart cherry. Really pleasant and great. The bitterness is subdued, but it comes in little bursts, along with some resins, and some citrus peel kind of feeling. The leafiness of the hops is really a great introduction to the ultimate taste, it kind of draws you in, then seems like something familiar, the turns to something altogether unfamiliar, it comes out punching, with the fruitiness, which is out of the ordinary, I mean, you can find it in other DIPAs, but a lot of times its battling with either bready malts, or really piney, grassy hops, but the fruitiness comes off alone here. Really interesting and wonderful. I'm really loving it more as I get into it. The body is perfect, the perfect balance between dry and sweet, it's a bit full, you know, with some nice sweetness and some hoppy resins, but it stays dry enough to keep you diving back in for another drink. This is definitely a bit more full than it appears. The carbonation is light, there's a nice tickle, and it keeps it lively without stinging. Nice. And overall, this is a brilliant beer. I mean, I could really see myself drinking this every day if I had the opportunity. If you ever get a shot to try it, and try it fresh, I would recommend it without hesitation. Really a standout DIPA.

taylorhamrick, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of DrDCon
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at cellar temp ~50 degrees. A good 2 finger head the color of ripe apricots hung around while I drank from my snifter. A very intense smell of flowering orange trees, and grapefruit zest explodes immediately upon pouring. The major flavors are lemon peel, grapefruit and hops, hops, hops! The taste is complex beginning with an initial rush of cirtrus and quickly becomming a very smooth pine-y American-hops taste. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth which lends to the easy drinkability. The flavors work exceptionally well together; I think the bitterness will please any Imperial IPA drinker, and the smooth richness will attract most others!

Highly Recommended, don't pass this by.

DrDCon, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery. Pours deep gold with only a slight veil. Three fingers of resilient head developed with a standard down-the-middle pour. The smell is mostly on the fruit side of the hop family: peach, lemon peel and pineapple, with a little bit of pine and carmel underneath to round things out. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with medium carbonation. The taste leads with a hop uppercut that should please any DIPA devotee: orange and mango make an appearance but pine is much more present in the taste than the smell would suggest. About halfway through a sip, the beer takes a brief malt break, giving you a nice taste of carmel to balance things out before the finale. The finish is classic for the style: prolonged, full-flavored bitterness with complex citrus accompanyment. A standout DIPA that demonstrates everything that hops can do. Pairs well with a spicy mole or rich BBQ pulled pork.

chicagobeerriot, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours the standard light caramel-golden color with about an inch of sandy head. Laces very nicely.

S- This just smells great... very refreshing with some bright citrusy notes--grapefruit, lemon, orange--and some fresh leafy/floral notes too. It doesn't just smell like grapefruit, it smells like the whole branch with fresh grapefruits still attached.

T- Bitter, fades into sweet piney hops and some molasses. Remarkably well balanced. Sweet and orangey at the end... moves into some grapefruit too. Alcohol is barely noticeable, just enough to add a nice spicy kick. A great IIPA. Up there with my favorite IPA/IIPAs--Two Hearted, Furious, Hopslam, etc. Good company to be in.

M- Velvety with a medium body. Coats the whole mouth. Carbonation is perfect. Not too dry or prickly on the finish, just right.

D- Off the charts here. I could enjoy this all night. Surprisingly smooth and extremely flavorful, this is one of my favorite IIPAs.

EDIT: 2-8-10

Had this out of a fresh growler from the brewery the other day and it was simply divine. Reminded me of Hopslam, but so much better. Love this IIPA, best one out there, IMO.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in trade from rlcnmeyer - Thanks! I see no sign of a date or freshness code on the bottle.

A - Poured a hazy, pale orange with a one finger white head of intermingled large and small bubbles. Head fades after about a minute to a thin layer of bubbles distributed more or less evenly across the entire surface of the beer. Eventually fades leaving nice, thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - First smell yields large amounts of caramel and toffee-like malt - hints of molasses. Subtle floral hops come thru, but in a subdued way. Expected more hop aroma here.

T - Spicy hops overlaying thick malt base. Lots of caramel flavor blending nicely with the hop bitterness that is fighting thru the sweet malt. Some citrusy hop flavor balances nicely with the malts. Alcohol makes its presence known, not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Sweet malt coats the tongue and sides of the mouth. Carbonation is medium to a touch heavy. Leans towards being a sipping beer.

D - For a 9.5% beer, this is pretty quaffable. This 22 is going down quick and easy. This is a really enjoyable beer with big flavors and body, but goes down pretty easily. Everything blends well and makes this a really enjoyable big beer.

portia99, Jul 02, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bombers purchased at brewery during DLD09.

Appearance - bright but hazed, the beer pours a dirty tangerine color with a flat cream-colored head. It's on the thin side but puts a thin wall of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - great bouquet of mango, grapefruit, and pine. Very citrusy and zesty.

Taste - biscuity caramel malts have a twang of sweetness, segueing to the citrusy fruitines of the hops. Mango and pineapple at first, then going more bitter, like grapefruit rind. Dries out, stays bitter, but nothing medicinal. The finish has a bit of warmth along with the dry bitterness. A fairly intense experience flavorwise.

Mouthfeel - a touch heavy and thick. The carbonation is on the crisp side but struggling through the viscosity of this DIPA, as it should be.

Drinkability - the one Top 100 beer I've had the most of without reviewing it, until now. Bombers and bombers I've bought, fully intending to write one up, only to be lulled into its deliciousness. Finally scraped up enough patience. What a delicious DIPA, certainly my most familiar.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Brew33
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a Bomber over the weekend.... Very excited to try it.

It's a really nice colored beer. Fairly orange in color, fairly cloudy.

The smell is ripe. Sweet fruity hops. No malt or yeast aroma whatsoever, this is all hops.

The taste was pretty damn good. Dank, citrusy hops. Sticky sweet. Excellent mouthfeel. Sticks to your lips. Oily, hoppy. Good stuff.

Is it as good as advertised? Probably not. Is it my favorite IIPA? No. Is it worth $10.99 a bomber? Hell no.

But it's a damn tasty brew that I would happily drink anytime.

Brew33, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bulletrain76 for sharing.

Pours a great looking golden color with a nice two finger head and pretty decent lacing. One T-Rex rides piggyback on another in the foam. Weird.

The scent is a nice combination of fruits; a lot more tropical fruits are here in a manner in which I don't usually come across in big IPAs. Pineapple and guava are just as present as the citrusy orange/grapefruit that I'm used to. Sweet on the nose, and slightly boozy.

Taste follows the nose, with all of the above fruits with some carmelly brown-sugar malts noticeable as well. Well balanced, with a nice lightly bitter finish. Not too sweet.

Crisp and slightly hot with a bitter but clean finish. Medium-high body and oily.

Drinkability is pretty high, especially considering the ABV. Never comes off as too boozy or sweet...very nice.

Overall, a very nice DIPA. I've had better, certainly, but I wouldn't hesitate to grab this at any opportunity I get.

photomike, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to straffordmilitia for sharing this bottle with me.

The beer pours a pale, light golden orange, not nearly as murky as I have come to expect from a dIPA. There is a thin white head that fades, leaving an oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is pretty mild, some citrus and sugary malt.

The taste is a much more intense than the nose on this one. Blasts of bitter hop followed by tangy citrus notes, the malt in sugary notes in the smell are almost completely absent from the taste. The most interesting thing about this beer is the mango flavors that persist throughout and well into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is great. Not too much alcohol presence and the beer is well carbonated, making it something that I could easily drink a few glasses of in one sitting. The aftertaste of this beer is worth noting, as it is almost as strong as the beer itself and it leaves me craving more of the beer.

rpstevens, Jun 19, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Honey-orange color with a medium white head that sticks to glass. Very nice aroma that is a showcase of fruity citrus like orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. all enhanced by a sweet maltiness. The flavor has tons of juicy hops that burst with grapefruit and tangerine. There is a big malt body that is on the sweet side, but a massive bitterness perfectly balances it. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Malty, but in a way that enhances the hops instead of takes away from them. I was worried that I might not get a fresh bottle, but this seems pretty spot on as to what I was expecting. Maybe not the freshest, but hardly worse for wear. For how much hop goodness this exudes, the balance is spot on.

bulletrain76, Jun 18, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Comes off the pour somewhat viscous in appearance. Color is golden with tones of honey, and the carbonation shows moderately throughout. Head is a well-retained white and thick 1/2 finger skim that leaves behind tons of bubbly, sticky lacing.

Smell: Aroma is an earthy bitter scent with some citrus and slight pine. not too overwhelming and cut well with some bready malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is a very sweet, sticky bitter - some citrus, a little sap, some bready malt, hot alcohol vapors and a strong aftertaste. Apple skin and peaches, almost tropical flavors are very present in the aftertaste. The feel is very full and mouthfilling without being too heavy. It is sticky, oily and bright.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high. I think Three Floyds really seems to do sticky, bitter and hoppy right.

kels, Jun 16, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit aromas combined with some malty sweetness. Poured amber with huge off-white head with good retention. Malt flavors slightly dominate with hop bitterness right behind. A big malty beer with lots of hops (100IBU). Medium bodied with a dry finish; no lingering bitterness here. This is similar to the Apocolypse Cow, less the lactose milk sugar. A VERY GOOD Imperial IPA.

From the tasting sheet:
"An Imperial IPA with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish. 100IBU 9.5%ABV"

beerhobo22, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

Appearance: This pours a nice cloudy orange color. A finger of head at the top of the glass, with lacing covering the tulip from head to toe. The head retention is excellent.

Smell: An exceptional smelling beer! As soon as I opened the bottle I could tell this was going to be a well put together IIPA. A very nice citrus aroma mixed together with a caramel malt. I'm putting my money on this bottle being quite fresh, because this hop aroma is fantastic.

Taste: Starts out with a nice piece of orange peel and mango, with a little caramel malt showing its face. A small amount of alcohol shined through, but still very well hidden. Hop oils are coating the mouth, and the beer finishes with a very pleasant grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: A very well carbonated beer. Medium body. Goes down very easily.

Drinkability: With the high ABV, I don't think I could handle more than a single bomber of this, perhaps a bomber and a half. This was a fantastic beer. My first Three Floyds experience, and what a great start.

Ek0nomik, Jun 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for bringing this back from a recent trip to Indy. A very nice IIPA. The bottle says there are elements of peach and mango, and while I did not necessarily get those in my tasting of it, it was definitely a bit of a hop bomb that provided a ton of citrus.

Appearance: Pours a nice coppery orange color with minimal head, more of a thick very uneven skim; body appears mildy cloudy/hazy and seems to have pretty solid carbonation coming up; a spotty-oily lacing holds loosely to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy hops -- big orange peel scent and some grapefruit; a firm yet downplayed malty back is bringing about a mild sweetness that is almost honey-like but it's barely there.

Taste: Really bitter citrus hops right up front, especially the orange peel, this bitterness is followed by a mildly semi-sweet juicelike sweetness (perhaps this is the peach/mango that I was not picking up on?); bitterness dominates overall though; the malty presence that is in the nose is not really present at all in the mouth; aftertaste is the orange peel and pungent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation gives way to solid sticky coating; mouth and chest are warmed from the alcohol. Abotu what I would expect from a beer of this style and size.

Drinkability: Moderate - it's a nice tasting IIPA with plenty of powerful bitter flavor that makes it a bit of a sipper, but even if it wasn't for that, the bigger alcohol would slow me down. I could probably handle a couple of glasses in a night, but don't think I'd attempt much more.

bamadog, Jun 10, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle received from akokandy in a recent trade. Thanks so much, Adam!

Poured into my snifter. Pours a hazy deep gold with about a half inch white head on top. Some decent lacing is left behind. The scent on this is rivaled only by the brothers Pliny. I could wear this as a cologne if possible. Huge piney floral hoppiness going on. Big bountiful scents just burst forth and bombard the nose. Absolutely wonderful!

Mouthfeel is crisp and pleasant for drinkability. Flavor is not as bitter and hoppy as I expected, but it is good nonetheless. Slight bitter hops right at the onset, but this gives way to a very sweet finish. This is balanced as all get out. Drinkability = freaking better believe it! I could drink this all night.

Onenote81, Jun 02, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to natasharai for the trade.

22oz bomber with gold lowercase lettering (this is supposed to be one of the more recent batches). tasted in early april 2009.

pale amber with orange hue. faint haze. moderate, off-white head, gradually recedes to thin, wispy, almost creamy layer. some thin, webby rings of lace.

grapefruity aroma with touch of pine, plus an apple fruitiness underneath, then giving way to the caramel malt. finishes with more pine. all a bit subdued however.

taste: sweetly fruity, citrusy hops, with touch of pine, mixing with apple esters and caramel maltiness. resinous and piney hops return and give a moderate bitterness to counteract. note of honey in the background. finish is piney. all this said, it's not as fresh nor dynamic as hoped.

medium body, smooth, with light resins right before the finish. moderate carbonation, giving some body and fluffiness.

i believe this batch is just not as good as previous ones. my brother and i had fond memories of dreadnaught back at EBF '08. however, at EBF '09, we tasted it again, and were underwhelmed. seems to be confirmed here...

tai4ji2x, May 26, 2009
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,034 ratings.