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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,229
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,785
Gots: 633 | FT: 28
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 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.

Photo of bwd110
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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.

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.

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

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!

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on my Monday Wisconsin Mini-haul. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep golden hue with a slight haze. About a finger-thick off-white head holds nicely on the surface. Lacing is excellent as well.

S: Some sweet honeyed malt character is hidden by a nosefull of citrusy, piney hop notes. There are also some fruity aromas lingering in the backround.

T: A very well-balanced DIPA. Biscuity malt flavors with a touch of honey interact with resinous hops. Potent hints of grapefruit, mango, apricot, and nectarine lead the way to an insanely long, bitter finish.

M: Full-bodied, with an oily hop presence, yet very smooth and silky.

D: Although the hop flavors are intense, it's still very easy to drink, as it doesn't bruise the palate like some other brews of the same style. One hell of a DIPA!

Photo of ricke
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mikkeller bar.

Pale amber color with a nice white head.

The aroma packed with fresh hops - grapefruits, grass, pine-needles and hop resins. Caramel malts back it up. Very inviting and aromatic.

The flavor has some caramel malty sweetness to it and minimal hints of vanilla fudge. But the star of the show is definitely the fresh hop aromas of grapefruits, mango, grass, pine-needles and resins. Ends really bitter with a strong piny character.

Full body, crisp and semi-sticky texture.

Good stuff. Dangerously easy to drink.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Dreadnaught pours an amber tangerine color with a strong 4 cm white head. Great retention, especially for a DIPA, and sticky lace all over the glass.

Smell: There are some sweet caramel malt notes, but this a hop-centric beer. Pleasant aroma of tangerine, mango, grapefruit, and apricot hops.

Taste: Lightly sweet all the way through, even with the hop assault. A variety of citrus flavors - orange and grapefruit mostly, as well as peach and some floral notes. Very strong and robust flavor. I love it. The alcohol is completely hidden. How, I have no idea. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: How is Dreadnaught this creamy? It is so smooth, so so creamy. Lightly carbonated, but it suits the flavor quite well. The strong hops leave my tongue tingling with a slightly oily residue. Fairly subdued, given the flavor.

Drinkability: Just keep it coming. I have a weak spot for DIPAs, and this is one of the best I have had. With a great taste and incredible smoothness, this is a very drinkable brew. The alcohol is not even noticeable, except for the pleasant warming of the stomach. Delicious. I drank this solo, but it would be a great pairing for some spicy food.

Photo of brownbeer
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ideal look for a DIPA; pale amber with a two inch white head that leaves great lacing.

I've had this several times before and don't remember it smelling this good. Fresher bottle, perhaps? Brimming with bright florals, hints of evergreen, alcohol, and citrus.

The taste throws a lot to think about at you all at once. Orange blossom honey, gentle florals, orange and peach citrus, and a gentle kiss of bitterness just as you think it's not going to show. A nearly perfect combination for me. The mouthfeel couldn't be any softer for a DIPA.

When it's fresh, there's nothing to dislike about this beer. Sold.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful yellow orange color with half a finger to one finger of white frothy head with a beautiful sticky lacing across the glass. Head holds well making this an incredibly good looking beer.

S- Screams hops and bitter tones that form with citrus tones to increase any hop heads desire to try. Subtle malty sweetness can be detected lingering between the dominating hop smell.

T- A smooth malty sweetness begins this beer as it suddenly smacks the palate with a variety of hop flavors ranging from citrus and floral to some earthy tastes. Mild amount of alcohol detectable through everything else going on in the beer. The beer moves slighty back to the malty side before finishes with a lasting hop bitterness that leaves you wanting another taste.

M- Medium body along with a medium amount of carbonation that makes this a satisfying I.P.A.

D- Incredibly smooth in result of the malt backbone that makes this very drinkable as the harsh bitterness is subdued. I would love for this to be a staple beer in my fridge during the summer, but sadly I live in Ohio.

Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the 3 Floyds brewpub during Dark Lord Day '10.

Clear dark yellow, with a big sticky white head that leaves sheets of lace.

The nose is super sweet, with aromas of orange and lime and a nice caramel backbone.

Drinks like a grapefruit: waves of sweetness wash ashore first, followed closely by a bracing yet enjoyable bitterness. Flavors of dry wheat, coriander and watermelon all make appearances. Delicious.

The body is medium-full with a silky smoothness, but the peppery carbonation is just a shade on the abusive side.

I had heard good things about this one from other BAs, and I see their adulation was not misplaced. If I hadn't blown my allotment on all my DL bottles, I would've bought a case.

Photo of regspeir
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (thanks to a trade w. Brundo4) into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a cloudy orange with a one-finger head. Lacing was thinner but hung around throughout. Good carbonation was evident. Taste was a nice progression, with a hop hit, orange, mango and licorice up front and a peppery, spicey finish with dry bitterness (not unpleasant). Mouthfeel was creamy, oily and medium or even thinner. The 9.5% isn't obvious in any aspect. This IS an interesting beer and tasty for sure. Not my favorite DIPA but a really good one for sure.

Photo of javincik
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Wadsey. Thanks a bunch.

Poured into a snifter.

A-Vigorous pour led to a thick, substantial slightly off white head with some large bubbles. Not really shy about hanging around either. Head recedes very slowly, leaving islands of foam floating on the deep orange liquid. Lacing clings stubbornly to the sides of the glass.

S-Lots of pungent hop aroma. Lots of citrus - grapefruit and orange - along with some grassy and piny undertones.

M-Hops explode upon the tongue. Follows the nose. Lots of citrusy hops and pine followed by some balancing malt sweetness. I get more orange and grapefruit in there. Finishes with a bitter dose of hops. Not an overly complex brew, but the balance between the hops and malt sweetness is very nearly perfect. Neither really overshadows the other, but both hold their own. I love this.

M-Carbonation is spot on, and creates a very nice texture. Mouthfeel is on the thick side, full bodied, and somewhat sticky.

D-For the ABV, this is dangerously drinkable. I had no problem finishing the bomber. The alcohol is well hidden; really no hotness to speak of. The thick mouthfeel may discourage more than one bomber though.

I will definitely have to acquire more of this in future trades.

Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice foamy frothy off white to cream colored head and some lace. Head lasts for a while. Aroma is mainly citrus hoppy along with some yeast and malt. Flavor is like aroma but yeast comes out more. Full mouth feel and good carbonation. A little bittersweetness at the end along with some alcohol. For some reason this beer, while technically great, doesn't quite ring my bell although I generally really like the Floyd's beer.

Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: lovely, bright golden color with a fluffy, 2 finger white head. thick lacing remains on the glass.

S: wow, smells fantastic. very strong earthy, pine, citrus (orange, grapefruit)hops. Malts are present but serve as slaves to the hops

T: like the smell, hops hit the tongue first and dance on the pallet. oily, bitter and dry but hints of sweet malts on the back-end. perfect balance

M: great carbonation and a nice full body. rich, creamy, dry, bitter, oily....complex...wonderful

D: insanely drinkable for 9.5% abv. alcohol is almost unnoticeable. maybe on the way down it warms the throat but not at all over powering.

Overall, absolutely wonderful DIPA! Oh how I wish I had access to this beer all the time. One of my top 5 DIPA I have ever had the pleasure to try.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought a couple bombers back from DLD. Here we go.

A - Slightly burnt orange with some golden highlights. Big, creamy off-white head that looks like it should lace great. We'll see.

S - Ahh, now this is fresh. Tons of citrus fruits. Oranges, grapefruit, and while there was a huge burst of literally fresh mango on opening the bottle, it's not as dominant now, but it's still there. Rarely, if ever, have I gotten that in any IPA. On top of that, it's really dank with that great potent grassiness.

T - The absolute best thing about the taste is that it has that same fresh mango character that's present in the smell. I have no clue how the hell Three Floyds does this. It's similar in some sense to the huge pineapple notes found in fresh Hopslam. From there, it follows the nose pretty much to a tee. Lots of citrus(columbus...centennial...like I know...). Malt is literally barely there, just slightly noting itself in the background with a light, sweet breadiness.

MF - Oily, resinous, and incredibly sticky. Basically everything I'd ask for from the style.

D - Well, one bomber is definitely enough. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden, but you certainly feel it. Bravo to Three Floyds on this. I think it competes really well with Hopslam and Double Trouble.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, clear golden orange with a nice one finger head that makes a nice cap. Decent lacing for DIPA.

S- A great burst of citrus hops and nice tropical fruits. A little bit of grapefruit and some nice pineapple. A beer that once it comes within arm's length, you can pick it up right away. A small hint of malt and no alcohol whatsoever.

T- Like the nose, big hops but a little sweeter than others. The pineapple and citrus makes this a good one. Really no malt to speak of but not a one flavor beer.

M- A nice bite but not as extreme as others. A good amount of carbonation and a little bit oily. The oiliness adds a bit to the smoothness.

D- For it being a high ABV, this goes down as easy as they come. No problem putting a few back at a time. A great offering from 3F.

Photo of kylehayworth
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice pale golden color, with some slight orange hues mixing around in the light, nice white head.

S: Floral, citrus, and exotic fruits.

T: Balanced, very well balanced actually, loads of grapefruit. Has a great hop bite to it. Malt profile is amazing.

M/D: This is nice beer, great carbonation, rich and creamy. One of my favorite IPA's.

Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber received in a trade, split with cbutova and atremains. Pours coppery orange, small creamy white head. Sticks around decently and leaves some lacing. The scent is great, fruity IPA scents of citrus, lemon, mango, tropical-ness. Taste doesn't match the fruitiness of the nose. At first I get alot of floral notes, citrus, and some pine with a nice caramel malt. More fruitiness comes into play later on with a really great mango taste and tons more citrus. Caramel is a bit part of the taste but hops are definitely king here. Reminds me of 90 min IPA. Mouthfeel is very good, creamy and fluffy with good carbonation. A little booze bite but not much. Very light fruit taste, almost tart, in the finish.

Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of the night for an awesome three beer tasting. Thanks to Chico1985 for trading for and sharing this one. Reviewed from last night's notes. Poured out a golden-yellow-orange with a head of about one to two fingers that has decent retention. The head is off-white and looks creamy but a bit bubbly also. Thick lace is left on spots of the glass and a fine cloud of white bubbles is left on top of the beer. Smells of lots of fruit hops (mango, pineapple, orange), citrus peel, some pine and earthy hop notes and a bit of caramel malt. The hops do a good job of fulfilling my needs. I even get some white grape hints. According to a friend's mom, "it smells like aftershave." Taste is also good. The hops are more piney and earthy in the taste than in the nose. I get grassy notes as well. The hop bitterness is medium-high and at a level that I enjoy. The white grape juice notes become present at higher levels as well. The fruit/citrus hop notes (mango, lemon, orange) come in bigger as I get further into my glass. The caramel malt rounds out the beer in a nice way. Apple notes even become present at some point. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied with medium level of carbonation. It feels nice for the big flavors. The warmth is of a low level and feels like less than 9.5% ABV. The bitterness lasts long on the palate but at a good IIPA level. The body is moderately creamy but a bit more wouldn't hurt. Drinkability is good. The price ($10) is nice for a huge beer with great flavors and well hidden ABV. The bitterness would get to me after a while but I wouldn't session it anyways. A nice balanced IIPA.

Photo of hardy008
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber appearance with a 2 finger white head, which hangs on the glass nicely.Leaves nice lacing. Looks to be will carbonated. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, peach, mango, and pine. Very nice.

The flavor has everything the aroma promises. Grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, peach, mango, pine, and a nice combination of bitterness and sweetness. This comes together beautifully.

Full bodied, wonderfully sweet and bitter at the same time, and well carbonated. It is hard to believe this beer is 9.5 % because it is so smooth and easy to drink. I am glad I was able to buy this in Hudson, WI, which is a relatively short drive. I will be going back for more.

Photo of livewire78
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What color would you call this? Hazy gold? Light amber? Anyway its pretty. I should paint my bedroom this color. Not too much lacing.

Smells of intense piney and citrusy blast right to the nose hair. WHOA! This ought to be good.

Yep, I was right, this is good. Citrusy and piney at the same time. Insanely hoppy but the malt is in there in the right proportions to carry the hops right along. How did they mask the booze so well?

Mouthfeel was nice and slick, oily almost but not in the motor oil type of way. Mainly hop extract juice it seems.

I Would like to drink this all day but I Couldn't because of the alcohol and the palate fatigue. Pretty darn enjoyable, though.

I've said it once and I'll say it again, I think this is the best beer brewed in Indiana. Give me more.

Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Raznug for this bomber. Poured from a bomber into 2 pint glasses.

A- Hazy rich gold color. Fluffy white head with substantial lacing.

N- lots of pine and earth with sweet malt background.

T- Very dry finish. Pine and earth up front, with a hint of citrus. Finish is sweet carmel, with slight coffee aftertaste. Incredibly complex and amazingly delicious. Lots of hops, but not over the top, but cleary the main focus.

M- Dry, and substantial, but yet I cant put it down. My mouth just wants more....

D- OMG this is fantastic, although given the ABV i cant imagine drinking one after another. But given that is about $10 per bomber....my god I must say that that is some deal!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a hazy golden amber with almost no head but a bit of lacing. Nose is very sweet with some floral hoppy notes, very nice and reminds me of DFH 90 Min IPA.

Taste is very sweet and super bitter/hoppy. It'll instantly tear your pallet to shreds! Personally I prefer the less sweet IIPAs like PtY and HEADY TOPPER! But this is an excellent example of the style!

Photo of Arenbeer
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this great brew!!!

22oz bomber into a Snifter Glass

A- Pours a golden orange with a nice bright white head atop.

S- Good amount of cirtus earthly hops. Lemon and orange are dominant with a slight alcohol backround.

T- Creamy malts hit me up front but them FFF citrus hops slammed the backround with bitterness.

M- Medium body with with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter dry finish.

I was real surprised by the amount of malts in this brew, but they definitely still blended them in well. Hell I think Alpha King had more hops. Oh well, still an excellent DIPA. Something different


Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,229 ratings.