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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,812
Reviews: 1,639
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,727
Gots: 528 | FT: 23
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 srandycarter


4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Thanks to bakerslp for the trade!

A - Nice light murky amber, small head, lacing small but persistent.

S - Heavy sweet malt aroma. Some hops.

T - Lunch. Very big malt treat, finished with classy hop balance.

M - A beer that won't be denied. Commands and delivers. A little more carb would have been nice.

D - Yeaah, I would drink this until I woke up in some field.

03-08-2008 04:36:04 | More by srandycarter
Photo of tmitch75


4.83/5  rDev +9.3%

Beautiful pinkish orange color, especially under the light, no head or lacing.

Smells awesome - floral & fruity - lots of citrus.

Starts out fruity, lots of grapefruit and other citrus. The hops are also piney after that. Just enough malt to keep it smooth. A touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth with almost no carbonation.

Awesome beer. I feel this may soon outgrow my budget, so I thoroughly enjoy it while I can.

Tasted on 1/31/08

03-07-2008 05:46:14 | More by tmitch75
Photo of bgramer


4.33/5  rDev -2%

Bought a bunch of this at Binny's to stock up with.

Popping it's cap, I smelled the floral and citrus right away. It was a noseful and got stronger as I poured it into a tulip glass. The carbonation was overpowering and created a head about 2 fingers thick before settling down. The tulip is a perfect glass for this imperial IPA beer.

It was no surprise that this beer was very sweet and malty with some citrus and pine elements. The traditional "signature 3F" hoppiness smell and taste definitely balanced it out.

This is a very drinkable beer - and watch out for it's ABV that'll sneak up on ya. One of my favorites.

03-05-2008 20:14:34 | More by bgramer
Photo of Stoneman78


4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

Obtained in trade from MuenchenerKindl, contents poured into a Stone OG tulip glass, currently #13 on BA

Appearance is an opaque dull orange with some amber highlights, thin layer of off-white creamy foam that dissipates to a ring, swaths of sticky lacing on the glass

Smell is big, fragrant hops, mostly floral and pine resin, slight citrus tones, caramel and toast malts linger as does slight alcohol, very flavorful and delicious

Taste is initially sweetened pine hops, transitions to thick chewy caramel and bready malts, tones of oranges and cotton candy, finishes bitter with a hint of alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and slick resiny texture, carbonation is ample but moderate

Drinkability is high given the abv, a flavorful and balanced DIPA that has a nice interplay of hops and malts, I am impressed with the hop presence and this continues my obsession with this midwestern brewery

03-03-2008 04:44:29 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of iconoklaztor


4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks to bassmantin for this brew! Cheers!

Pours a nice burnt orange with no head. The smell is lovely. A nice hoppy aroma dominates the smell of this beer. Its very very nice. The taste is very hoppy w/ a mild touch of alcohol. I really enjoy this Imperial IPA. This is a very drinkable beer for the ABV. I really enjoy this brew!

Overall, this beer is a very nice representation of an Imperial IPA!! I love this brew!

02-27-2008 02:26:30 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of bassmantin


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Props to iconoklaztor for letting me sip this one. I traded it to him for a Ten Fidy, but he was good enough to let me sample it anyway.

Beautiful appearance. It has that glowing gold/orange color. This is a legend, and I cant' wait to dive in.

Smells very malty for an IPA. I am shocked by the sweetness in the nose of this beer. Looking forward to seeing what the taste has in store for me. Taste is a phenomenal surprise. The floral sweetness is amazing, but the hops come in and balance out the taste quite well. This is the sweetest this beer has ever tasted for me, and I have had it several other times. What a complex beer.

Highly recommended. One of the best IPAs out there.

02-27-2008 02:18:50 | More by bassmantin
Photo of Floydster


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

22 ounce bomber received in a trade with pimpp, thanks for giving me the opportunity to finally try this brew, poured into my Duvel tulip glass last night

A-Golden orange with some red highlights, 3/4 inch creamy white head, stuck around forever, some sticky lacing at the beginning

S-Pine and citrus dominated at first, then malt scents arose when it warmed, started to smell real sweet after a while, toasty at times too

T-First fews sips had a lot of pine in it and then it seemed to disappear, leaving behind lemon and grapefruit tastes, then the large malt backbone really kicked in with sweet and chewy accents, a little floral at times, nicely balanced when it is colder, but malt could become overwhelming once it warms, tasty DIPA overall

M-Thick body for its style, not much carbonation, bitter and sweet mouthfeel, taste lingers for a good amount of time

D-Could have finished this bomber but chose not to, not too heavy for how sweet it becomes, almost ten percent alcohol though, it is hidden well, smooth

Regretted not buying this at Walnut Liquorette when I saw it for fifteen dollars, so then I had to trade for it, been wanting to try this one for quite some time, a little disappointed to be honest but still an above average double IPA, would drink again, recommended

02-26-2008 17:33:32 | More by Floydster
Photo of erosier


4.33/5  rDev -2%

Pours a nice copper color with a thick tan colored head that laces the glass really nicely. It smells of some roasted malts followed by a ton of hops. All sorts of citrisy, earthy, floral, and piney hops. The taste is excellent with a nice rich roasted malty base followed with a huge hop bitterness but it blends very well with the malts. The citirisy hop bitterness is blended very well with the piney and floral hops. The mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. The drinkability is good, especially for a beer this big.

02-24-2008 21:25:19 | More by erosier
Photo of joepais


4.03/5  rDev -8.8%

Thanks Jay23 for the opportunity to sample this fine beverage

The 22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass produced a fingers worth of head that turned to lace rather quickly. It has a wonderfull clear copper body

Aromas of pine and citrus a very nice floral smell as well

Flavors of sweet malt up front that kind of surprised me it really help balance out the piney hop bitter

Nice carbonation medium body with a truly smooth almost oily finish

Very drinkable beer I want to try it again I wish there was a freshness date on the bottle being so highly rated I didn't think it was up to the hype Its good don't get me wrong I can think of a few that I like better thought

02-22-2008 20:59:36 | More by joepais
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.88/5  rDev +10.4%

From Notes. 22 oz bottle. Review #500!

Pour: crystal clear, vibrant golden-amber under a shortish white skim of foam.

Nose: An opus of hop complexity - grapefruit, apricot and pine, with notes of brandy, grape juice and intense sweet caramel.

Taste: biscuit/caramel malts, juicy grapefruit, resinous pine sap. Good interplay between sweet and bitter profiles. Boozy bite in the finish.

Feel: dense, but slick and smooth, with peppery carbonation

Drinkibility/Overall: Rock solid for the style. Hits all the right notes with an incredibly intense nose and taste. Not the most complex DIPA I've had overall, but impressively balanced. High premium makes this a rare treat however.

02-21-2008 05:57:47 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of dsigmon


4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

bottle thanks to pimpp. you're the man!

A: golden orange with very thin head that dissapates quickly leaving a good amount of lacing on the side.

S: wow does this have nose! I haven't encountered any IPA that smells this sweet. i actually get a fair amount of luscious caramel here at first with floral and pine in the background.

T: very sweet caramel and apple flavor with a slightly boozy finish along with some ripe grapefruit and pine in the background. the hops are definitely not the highlight of this beer but seems to be more malty and balanced. definite alcohol presence, slightly warming.

M: oily and very lightly carbonated (maybe a little flat at this point?)

D: wow, my fist FFF beer and im loving it!

02-18-2008 02:35:31 | More by dsigmon
Photo of manleyphoto


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Three Floyds does a hell of a job with hops.

this has a massive sweet and thick malt backbone, with a hop carachter that I've not encountered too many times before.

The beer is an orangish amber and the hops come across as full on citrus with touches of pineapple, and mango.

I really, really like Dreadnaught and unfortunately can't get it too often.

Whatever 3F's does to its hops they are doing it well.

02-15-2008 22:36:15 | More by manleyphoto
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.9/5  rDev -11.8%

Thanks to autumnaldave for knocking this want off my list!

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a thin head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell is of sweet piney hops, nice floral aroma, strong citrus presence to this one.

Whoa, quite the kick to it right off the bat, seems like a cross between an IPA and a barleywine really, strong citrus hop taste melded with a sweet caramel malt and a slight fruitiness, can easily tell this is a strong beer though as it's a bit warming. The hop presence was also a bit weaker than I would imagine for this DIPA, might have faded since there's no way of telling with a lack of freshness date on the bottle.

02-15-2008 19:37:47 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

22 oz received in an awesome trade with jdoncbus .... shared with my trading partner .. huge thanks John. My part poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Big rocky 2 finger head ... sorta light yellow .. beautiful lacing .. brew is light hazy orange.

Aroma is big complex hops ... massive floral, citrus rind and a touch of pine... whaffs of toasted malt... smells amazing.

Not nearly as bitter as many West Coast DIPA's.. very balanced ... massively complex hop flavor appears in waves and finishes for minutes after a nice sip... I am assuming that this bottle is very fresh.. it is simply fantastic... good sweetness mid palate helps tie all the hoppiness together... big hop resins ... pine .. grapefruit .. and less floral notes than the aroma... again very very balanced.. light toasted malts and just touches of caramel. medium body and fairly light carbonation.

This is only the second time I've had the Dreadnaught ... this bottle just tastes alot fresher. John is a great trader and has a very nice taste for hoppiness... recommended beer and trader.

02-15-2008 07:00:30 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of jwolfie70


4.05/5  rDev -8.4%

Had this out of a bottle. It pours a reddish copper color with a small white head. Citrusy hops dominate the smell. The taste is also of citrusy hops, but is backed up by a fruity like malt sweetness. The bottle went down very easy, which is surprising given its strength. A good DIPA that I would recommend trying.

02-12-2008 19:12:50 | More by jwolfie70
Photo of mully


3.95/5  rDev -10.6%

Thanks to WankerWeasel for brining this over to watch the superbowl.

a-- Thin head fades to nothing color was a rich gold to apricot

s-- Citrusy hops overwhelm sweet malt

t-- deep citrus hops and roasted malts a little brown sugar; the hops are sharp and hade some cedar like qualitys

m-- good mouth feel full -- the hops leave a little stikckyness in your mouth.

o -- Great beer, the bottle we sampled was a little old, I would like to try a fresh bottle, maybe I will pick one up at darklord day this year.

02-11-2008 15:19:14 | More by mully
Photo of PhxHorn


4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

The color is a dark orange, with a strong smell of citrus. Tastes as it smells; orange, grapefruit, with a very strong aspirin bitterness. Could have used maybe a tad more citrus compared to the bitterness, but that's nitpicking, isn't it? Overall, a first rate IPA (or is it double IPA?). Either way, it's drinkable as hell. Yeah, baby.

02-11-2008 04:39:17 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of goindownsouth


4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

From notes... Consumed at JP O'Malley's in Allentown, Pennsylvania on 03.10.06...

Brilliant orange in colour with a hint of a murky haze for good measure. White lace stuck well to the pint glass. Huge aromas of pine juice and citrus twistings. Some diacetyl noted for good measure. Surprisingly light on the palate, this one is oviously all about the hops The alcohol, while quite warming, is hidden well in all of the hops. The malt back bone plays a pleasant second fiddle. Well balanced and controlled. A fantastic brew, especially on a chilly fall day.

Zum wohl!

02-10-2008 15:29:45 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of BMoney575


4.7/5  rDev +6.3%

Sampled on 2-8-08

Pours a hazy orange color, with a clingy white head and thin, but sticky lacing.

Smell is all hops, grassy and citrus, with a subtle, smooth malt backing. There is a metallic twinge that I can't quite place.

Taste is big, sweet hops, with a pleasantly bitter finish. The malt, hops, and alcohol all join to form one of the most exquisitely crafted beers I've ever had. Smooth and sweet and bitter and boozy. Amazing.

Mouthfeel is dead-on, slick and creamy to help the hops.

Drinkability is fantastic for such a strong beer. Nothing sticks out as too intense.

Overall, wow. Highly recommended.

02-09-2008 00:59:32 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

The crazy-hyped, vaunted, hyperbole-slathered Dreadnaught has a pretty weak head despite a good hard pour. Color is nice though, a subtly clouded copper/amber/orange that absolutely shimmers when held to light.

The aroma kicks things into high gear. Big sweet candylike hops lean far into piney territory. Has a nice malty pull underneath that keeps it from being one-dimensional. A lusty liqueur-like aroma emerges as it warms. There's a world to offer the nose, and I sat and took it in for a long while, but enough of the sniffing now, I cannot wait to drink this...

An incredible dose of pine dominates, with a hit of gritty sugar sweetness, cherry-flavored corn syrup, astringent grassy bitterness, and a lightly boozy sherry/cough medicine-like backup in the finish. This is huge, sweet and candylike, and may not feature the most tongue-ripping hops I've ever had and that's a compliment. The hoppiness is gargantuan but the beer is infused with enough different layers of flavors to keep it from being a mere novelty. (In this way, it reminds me of New Old Lompoc's C-Note.)

Mouthfeel is completely spot-on, just how I like a Double IPA to feel...thick, creamy, tingly, round...plenty of depth and weight but escaping any syrupy oppressiveness.

This is fantastic, but even if I could get a hold of this on a more regular basis, I'm not sure I'd do anything else but save it for those special and rare occasions. It's intense, so the drinkability isn't great, but still, it's a freakin' wonderful beer, and there's no way to call it anything but outstanding.

02-07-2008 23:11:39 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of tempest


3.63/5  rDev -17.9%

Ordered a bomber at The Farmhouse in Emmaus.

I have to say I'm a little underwhelmed. This beer was just too balanced, it reminded me more of an imperial red like Southern Tier's Big Red. There's a good citrus and spicy hop element that lasts into the aftertaste, but the malt is too big in both the aroma and taste. There's also the distinct, almost toasty Three Floyds house character that's especially big in the aroma, which is nice, but is another element that is bigger than it should be in comparison to the hops. I'm not sure if I should commend this beer for its drinkability, but it went down fairly easily. I guess I was expecting more hop bite. Alas.

02-02-2008 05:24:11 | More by tempest
Photo of elmore


4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle into a tulip. Almost no head. No lace left down the glass. Murky burnt orange color. Not much active carbonation.

I would expect more hops in the nose of a DIPA. Hops very subdued - more floral and mellow than many of the style. Fruity esters - smells of citrus.

Very balanced taste. Carmely malt backbone. Sweeter than most, but not in bad way. Citrus fruits are the first thing that comes to mind in regards to the hops. Very nice hops prescence that is not overpowering or bitter. Crisp clean slightly bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger on the palate too long. Alcohol not apparent in the taste, but warms the throat and chest.

Viscous thick and malty while in your mouth and leaves a oily, slick prescence after swallowing. Carbonation is low.

Very drinkable for the alcohol content. A really big beer, but it leaves me wanting more.

An exceptional and unique DIPA. More malt and less hops than most beers of the style. Hops have a nice strong citrusy prescence without being extremely bitter.

02-01-2008 00:19:42 | More by elmore
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance - Extremely hazy burnt orange; it's very nearly opaque. The off-white head has great retention.

Smell - Grapefruit, peach, caramel apple. Gentle floral and citrus hops. Sweeter and fruitier than most DIPAs, but still pleasantly aromatic.

Taste - Evenly balanced between malts and hops. Very fruity; notes of peach, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet, biscuity malts provide a strong backbone for the floral, slightly resiny hop flavor. A large dose of bittering hops come out in the finish, balancing (but not overpowering) the fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, creamy and surprisingly gentle; soft and bubbly on the tongue.

Notes - Really nice stuff, though I prefer the drier character of West Coast IPAs. Thanks to hrking for the chance to try this.

01-25-2008 21:34:13 | More by largadeer
Photo of chefboy812


4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Holy smoke!!!!

First off my bottle sat in my beer fridge for a while so the first pour was a bit clearer than advertised. gorgeous copper-amber with a light ivory head that faded to a slight laceing.

very complex aroma, peaches,tart apples, cherry kool-aide, orange juice, ruby port, floral aroma of lillies. and a booziness that is reminecent of brandy. maybe a bit of arope jam.(a grape must and pumpkin jam from spain). Every sniff gives a juicy bag that changes.

The Fruit bomb continues with each sip. The aroma took so much of my time that it warmed to a proper temp. back to the flavors; cherry medicine, mixed with sweet biscuity with a corn syrup grind that works well with the fruit to give authenticity. grape fruit juice with out pith. also floral notes that lend major nods to rose. slight raisen and maderia hang twards the end before the chewiness take hold. Perhaps a ravage of age on this bottle(approx 9 mo.old.)

Sweet sugary mouthfeel held in check by fruit esther and hop resin pleasant chew.

This is the most interestin and challenging IPA i have ever had. even at the high ABV. i found it so dynamic and fun that I can't wait to find another.

Big Thanks to Todd1 for the best beer trade through BA I have ever had!!!!

01-22-2008 01:20:26 | More by chefboy812
Photo of LittleBreeze

New York

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%


Thanks younger35 for passing me a bottle.

Aroma is so refreshing. Tons of citrus and floral hops and caramel attacking the nose. This beer was sweeter than I expected. I needed that extra sweetness to make the hop bitterness acceptable. Sweetness and bitterness manages to balance pretty well.

There is a stickiness on the lips. Mouthfeel manages to be a bit creamy. There was a little carbonation dance on the tongue.
I enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying it again it a little later.

01-21-2008 06:03:40 | More by LittleBreeze
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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