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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

4,913 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,913
Reviews: 1,647
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,742
Gots: 563 | 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 OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish copper, with a tan head. Aromas of a balance between grapefruity hops and a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweet malt and dry grapefrutiy hops. A hoppy, yet smooth mouthfeel and a grapefruit hop, bittersweet aftertaste. Big hops, yet balanced. Not too bitter in the mouthfeel. A fantastic double IPA.

OWSLEY069, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with autumnaldave. Thanks Dave!

This pours from 22oz bottle a clear medium gold with a small and fast shrinking head of foam. There's some spotty lacing that hugs the side of my glass.

The smell is huge on the hops with grapefruit and some floral notes and I can just smell a bit of malt hiding in the background.

The taste on first sip....wow, it sure fooled me. Yeah, the hops are what I first noticed and they're powerful and tasty with grapefruit and some pine but the malt holds its own here. Wonderful caramel malty goodness that gives the overall tasting experience a so darn balanced flavour that it leaves me shaking my head. It finishes slightly bitter but the aftertaste leaves a nice malty taste that lingers on for quite some time. And...where the heck is the alcohol?? It's not noticeable in the taste at all and there's just the slightest bit of warming after the swallow. Well done!

It has a medium bordering on full mouthfeel and the carbonation is lightly done. What a sipper! I'm pretty sure that this is the best example of the style I've ever tasted. I've had samples of Dreadnaught at the last couple of GABFs that I attended and thought it was something special. This bottle proves that I was right. Thanks mucho again, Dave, for a most enjoyable drinking experience!

Bottom line: If you like your DIPAs to bring both the hops and the malt to the table, this one is for you! It's an amazing brew!!

Bitterbill, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on 3/5/07 at Warehouse Beverage
Pours a cloudy thickish orange/amber color with some white lace pools and sticky ring. Aromas of prune, general tropical fruits, big floral and herbal hops, pineapple, caramel malt, and slight estery alcohol. Hops offers a big herbal spiciness and pine oils that are softer than expected. Citric fruits with a mellowed acidic bite. Burnt caramel, prunes on the tart side, and big sweetness...candied sugar with flashes of honey. Finishes with some larger pine notes, herbals again, spicy, and dry. A nice weight to the mouth on a silky smoothness that leaves a little slickness on the palate. Carbonation diminishes to allow just a nice crispness. Alcohol heat is largely unnoticeable...dangerously drinkable. Some of the bright hop flavor might have been lost in the aging but enough remains and lends to a nice richness and balance. A tad pricey at $11 for a bomber.

cabsandking, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of DanGraser
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Jonathan for this sampling. Served in a University of Michigan glass, Go Blue!

A: Medium/light amber with a captivating cloudiness. Pours with thick, pure white-lace head.

S: Very impressive. Layers of hops, floral aromas, sweet hop oils, citrus and a malty sweetness.

T: I think what is most impressive about this beer is that even with an insane amount of hops there is still a balancing sweetness that is well delivered with the high alcohol. The finish introduces a citrus flavor along the lines of a mildly sweet grapefruit. Captivating. The 9.5 alcohol content creates a warming sensation that does not quit. An IPA Winter Warmer? You got it.

M: Very smoothe and mouth-filling, oily but light.

D: So much flavor and complexity you will want more but the high alcohol will limit you to a couple.

Best American IPA? Got my vote. Admittedly I am not the biggest fan of IPA style beer but I have to say that if more of them had half of what this beer delivers, I would be. An analogy? Dreadnaught is to other American IPA's as a cup of french press Italian roast coffee is to police station decaf. You have to try this.

DanGraser, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of k3n
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No date coding. Thanks Tangfoot!

A: Hazy orange amber. About a finger's worth of foam that died pretty quickly, but is leaving some nice lace.

S: The smell is GREAT. Equal parts citrus and sweet caramel. Lovely!

T: Tastes good, but doesn't seem to be as intense as the aroma. I'll re-evaluate as it warms up a bit. I can taste honey and caramel, piney hop resin, and some bitter citrus. Can't even taste the alcohol.

M: Smooth, mouth-coating oily goodness. A little sparkle of carbonation in the middle.

D: Very drinkable. My first FFF beer, and it seems like they're living up to their hype.

k3n, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of sessycuban
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Lone Hill Liquors.

A – The beer poured a dark, hazy orange color. Not very much head, but that could be because the bottle may be past it's prime. Great lacing.

S – The beer is very aromatic. The fruity hop profile is very evident. I'm getting mango and peach.

T – The beer has a very malty backbone, which makes sense given the high ABV. This beer is screaming Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade hops. The taste is very floral. This is most certainly a hopbomb, but it doesn't scream bitterness to me. Nonetheless, I find the taste to be very pleasant.

M – The beer is medium to full bodied. Very rich for a DIPA.

D – The ABV is very well hidden in the maltiness of the beer. This makes this one very drinkable. However, since it is FFF and I live in California, there are plenty of substitutes for this beer at a much cheaper price and more in line with my idea of what a DIPA tastes like. Nonetheless, this is a solid beer and I definitely recommend trying it, but not giving up an arm and a leg for it.

sessycuban, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

Aside from my remaining bottles of Dark Lord, this is the last beer I have from DLD '07. The memories of that day may sway this review a little bit, but I have been nothing but impressed by anything 3F that I've had the pleasure of trying.

Pours a totally opaque orange to amber color with a feathery white head that sticks around and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. There is a noticeable amount of pine in the nose, some citrus, and a distinct sweetness. Citrus sweetness and floral bitterness gives way to a balancing sugary sweetness for a very complex flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a good amount of carbonation. This is an excellent DIPA. I could easily drink this all night. Highest recommendation.

montageman, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, bold orange with two fingers of foam. Active carbonation is present. Solid lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of citrus hops in this one. A bit of floral hops and some pine. A hint of sweetness is mixed in there too.

T: Damn, this is amazing. Incredibly well-balanced for a DIPA. the hops are huge, with tons of citrus flavors dominating the front. A huge caramel malt backbone balances it out wonderfully. The alcohol is present, but barely noticeable. Incredibly balanced.

M: Smooth, creamy, with a crisp finish.

D: This is a very drinkable DIPA. The taste is fantastic. Highly recommended.

YonderWanderer, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a deep dark orange color with a thin white head.

S: Lots of citrus and floral accents along with a bit of pine.

T: Loads of citrus, most of it sweet in the form of candied fruits. A big sweet caramel malt base to go along with all of the hops. The 9.5% pops up every now and then although it does a decent job of hiding it. This is a big beer in every way: hops, malt, viscosity and alcohol.

M: A very interesting mouthfeel. It's thick, viscous, creamy, and loaded with slick hop oils.

D: A very good DIPA, although very different than the west coast varieties that I'm used to. It's definitely a sipper due to the thickness and the alcohol.

willjschmidt, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a GREAT DIPA! Seek it out. Go for it.

It was delivered in a 12 oz bowtie glass at the FFF brew-pub. Minimal head over a coppery colored beer. Lace nice and pronounced as I drank.

The nose was subdued, but I could get a whiff of the floral/ citrus hops.

The taste: Very Nice! Very pronounced floral/citrus hop blast with a nice caramel malt sweetness to balance this out. Even a diacetal buttery taste to give it some creamyness.

Mouthfeel: Robust, creamy, smooth, rich.... everything I want in a DIPA.

Drinkability: Excellent beer to cap off my evening at FFF. Certainly a sipper.... but fantastic for a DIPA.

TheBierBand, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the unique opportunity to review this beer when a dumb Bud swilling friend went into my fridge and opened this thinking it was a cheap beer!! Dumb$%!
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A. Golden red beer with a frothy head and average lacing.

S. Piney hops with a following of mild sweet malt.

T. Sweet malt with a strong hop taste. Definitely more balanced than I am used to in a DIPA.

M. Think oily brew with mild carbonation.

D. The abv kills the drinkability, but as DIPA's go definitely on the high scale.

I was a little dissapointed with the beer since it was so highly hyped. It is a great beer, but I guess with the score and the hoops I had to jump through to get it, I was expected beer of the gods. Still, a good beer.

MarkSCCOT, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 Floyd's- Dreadnaught

The Infamous Dreadnaught purchased from Capone's- Norristown, PA $12 for a 22oz (650ml)

A- Golden reddish orange/ brown with a billowy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Caramel malt with big floral hops.
T- An even balance of caramel malt and floral hops up front. Bitter tangy grapefruit and pine come through midway with a sweet citric finish.
M- Sweet and chewy thoughout. Slight bitterness lays just below the surface. Dry and bitter in the aftertaste.

Overall- This 1 really does live up to its hype. A solid DIPA, mild and sessionable. Definitely worthy of the $12 price tag.
Seek this 1 out!!

NJpadreFan, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of KAF
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle of this while I was in Chicago at Sal's in Villa Park, Illinois (where they have an great selection). I think I was less impressed with this beer because of all the hype surrounding it. I wish it would have been a little maltier. The aroma was very strong of floral hops and was great.

KAF, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of jhammerly
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick looking beer that has a golden body with a touch of orange mixed in. A fluffy cream colored head that stood strong for a bit and then made its exit. Sweet caramel malt and some pine scent from the hops touched the nose subtly, nothing overpowers the senses. A nice balance of piney hops and maltiness that was not too sweet, yet very bitter in a good way. Some slight heat from the alcohol, which is barely noticeable. I didn't detect it until the end of my glass. I got that nice warm, relaxed feeling you get when you finish a DIPA. A nice beer that didn't start off all that special but became better as it warmed up a little. Another great offering from Three Floyds.

jhammerly, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of MrThursday
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden tan with two-fingered white head with plenty of lacing. Smells like floral hops with some malty sweetness. Tastes of floral hops with perfect malt balance. Drinks far more easily than any IPA I've ever said. If not careful, could easily start trying to session this thing. Really, an absolutely fantastic beer.

MrThursday, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber from Dilly Deli poured into a pint. No dating.

A: 1finger, yellowish rocky head. Very murky apricot pour. Head dies a little bit then holds some retention. Not much lacing at all.

S: Floral, Piney hops. Not as much spice as I would have expected. Getting some caramel malt sweetness. Hops are there but again, not as much as expected.

T/M: Good balance between a crisp hoppy bite and sweet, nutty, caramel malts. It's actually higher in malts than I expected. Moderate, creamy body.

D: Average drink and pretty tasty. I liked this but it wasn't what I was expecting from such a highly rated DIPA. Price and availability take a away from it a little bit.

pwoods, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer represented something of a Damascus Road for me since I was unfamiliar with these high-alcohol IPAs prior to meeting the Dreadnaught at the FFF brewery. The world has never been the same again. Pale mahogany and slightly hazy upon pouring with a modest yet structured head. The (obviously hoppy) aroma is arresting, but the palate is what it is all about. Others have written extensively about it; suffice it to say that, after Dreadnaught, almost all other beer is boring. My only reservation: at $10 a bomber it isn't cheap.

AylwinForbes, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dertbert for this one, again.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange color with flecks of burgandy. It had a small, off-white head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and orange. Also, a good dose of hops and a sweet kick.

T - It tasted of subtle spices. A nice bitter hop flavor. Also, a good bit of toasted malt.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent beer. Great flavor!

zeff80, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of Lothore
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an amber color with a thin head that lingers for quite a while.

S- Smell is very sweet and citrusy with a very subtle hoppy pine aroma in the background.

T- Tastes of caramel, citrus and a slight hoppy bitterness. Extremely well balanced for a DIPA and not nearly as overbearing as I was expecting.

M- Mouthfeel is very thick with a low amount of carbonation. I personally would have liked a little more carbonation but it all seems to balance really well.

D- This is extremely drinkable, delicious and well balanced, couldn't ask for much more from a DIPA.

Lothore, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this one a couple of times but I'm just getting around to a BA style review.

A vigorous pour only gets about an inch of light tan head. Body is an attractive honey amber hue. Nose is a rich hoppy mouth waterer with citrus, pine, mineral and even some silky vanilla notes laced in. As you first sip this one you get the well developed long rich hop feel that is prestigously unipue. Silky and nicely balanced with long citrus rind and honey. Almost sharp like cheese on the mouthfeel, while leaving a thickness on the buds. Warms the belly well. Delicous long term sipper that is not at all obtrusive.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An aggressive pour only produced a 1 finger creamy white head on this one. The body is a beautiful translucent rusty amber color that is full and vibrant. Head fades rather quickly to a nice collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Smell is a big and balanced combination of piny and citrus hops. The piny hops dominate the nose at the end.

T- Upfront is lots of citrus hops and a good dose of piny hops. A whole lot of hop flavor upfront. The finish is a smack in the face of refreshing piny hops with hints of fruity citrus subtly making a presence in the background. What lingers is a big piny hop flavor. The bitterness is definitely present but not strong until a second or third swallow is made after a gulp of this brew. The hop flavor is definitely the main character here.

M- Medium carbonation and big thick oily mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy.

D- This is a pretty darn good DIPA. One that is hard to find and it was definitely a treat for me. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden but takes its effect pretty fast. One I will revisit when I see it again (not available around here-and soon not available in OH either.) My first brew from FFF . I have Rabid Rabbit that I am looking forward to also-but I would like to try others from FFF.

PittBeerGirl, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL of Dreadnaught that I purchased over a year ago as part of a case. As it has at least a year under its belt, I thought it was worth a re-visit.

A: The ale has an appreciable haze in my tumbler glass, in part because the ale is cold and the glass is not and in part because the 'Naught has some haziness to it to begin with. The ale is still full of vim and vigor, leaving a nice band of lace in the glass.

S: The nose is still full of hops, bitter and astringent, but a pronounced malt body has emerged that reminds me of Devil Dancer or Weyerbacher Eleven. Both of those beers are an intense blend of hops and malts, easily mistakeable for a barleywine. I have the same issue here, the flavors are indistinguishable from a hoppy West Coast barleywine.

T: The malt body is far more pronounced now than in the past but the flavors are not barleywine-esque, which really threw me for a loss. The malt body that emerges is caramel-driven, grainy with an underlying darker sweetness. Don't let initial impressions fool you, the hops are still here and they are still strong. Medicinal amarillo flavors emerge, creating a sharp contrast with the caramel malts. The alcohol is as evident, if not moreso than when the beer is fresh.

M: Even with a year under its belt, this beer is formidable, full of offensive hop bitterness and a huge malt backbone. One of the best DIPAs has easily transitioned to an excellent barleywine.

D: A bomber is more than even, fresh or a year old. The body is full of intense flavors that can easily knock the tastebuds around. Despite the long-term scarring to my taste abilities, I have achieved a certain serenity with this in hand.

akorsak, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Bottle aquired in a trade with SilentSabre. Thanks.

This beer is a cloudy orange with a small head. Not a lot of carbonation. The smell is hop heaven. Probably the best smelling hoppy beer I have ever had. The taste was well balanced with a huge hop presence with a malt sweetness to even it out. Absolutly wonderfull. The mouthfeel is smooth with just a hint of the abv. The drinkability is good as well. I gave this a 4 in that area not to take away from the beer but to remind myself that this beer is almost 10%. I prefer the Alpha King to this for session drinking but this is perfect to split a bomber with a friend.

Enola, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ohhh thanks enola. You are the man!!
Pumpkin colored. 1/2" wispy head.
The aroma is amazing! It was hard to pull my nose away from this one. The whole hop gamut fills my olefactory senses. Pine, citrus, floral. It is all there. Floral is probably the most noticable, but not by much.
Huge biscuit malts in the flavor. Huge citrus/piney hops. The floral is more noticable in the aroma than the taste. Huge hoppy beer. WIth that being said I don't think this one really stands out among other top DIPAs I've tried.
The mouthfeel is full bodied. It's as full as most RISs. Also it 's missing the tingling feeling a lot of hoppy beers leave in my mouth.
It's a damn good beer. No doubt about that.

wcudwight, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one is for Michael Jackson. May he drink in peace.

Poured into a Piraat tulip this beer is a hazy vibrant orange-red color which shimmers in the light. The head is only an inch in height. Lacing is thin cap which covers the liquid below.

The aroma is of grapefruit, citrus, and pine needles. I have experienced all of these aromas before in DIPAs, but this beers has a distinct oddness to it. These aromas are interacting with each other in a completely different way than I have witnessed before. It is hard to discribe. At times it seems competely fruit driven, then seconds later it is completely pine driven. I guess the best way I can think to disrcibe it is as being perfectly round....no, not round. It has too much depth to be just round. It is spherical. All of its elements dominate in their own rite, then step aside to let the others have their turn. The real beauty lies in how there is no set pattern as to which aromas follow each other. It can start out with grapefruit, then become citrus, then grapefruit again, then tumble into pine resin. The next whif can be citrus, then more citrus, then pine, the grapfruit. It simply rolls all over.

The taste is more structured than the aroma, but equally as complex. Again grapefruit, citrus, and pine. The grapefruit and citrus make an immediate impact, then fade away. Pine shines through the finish, giving way to the grapefruit which re-appears in the long aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a silky texture, and fine, lively carbonation.

Overall, this is a real treat. I enjoy drinking DIPAs, and IPAs, but I usually refrain from saying I love drinking them. This is due to the fact that, while nearly all the examples I have had have been very fun to taste, have lacked any significant complexity, and have failed to create any deep philosophical wonderment. This beer is different. It is by far the most complex DIPA I have yet had the privilege to taste. Could I drink this beer everyday? No, but I would love to drink it once a month.

KarlHungus, Sep 02, 2007
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,913 ratings.