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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,308
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,810
Gots: 673 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001

An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

100 IBU
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Photo of knight84
2.14/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to PabstBlue for this bottle.
Gusher upon opening, probably a bad bottle, looking forward to re-reviewing this one when I next get my hands on it.

Opaque burnt orange color with a clumpy off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lace on the glass. Nose is piney hops along with some citrus and yeast. There is a definite sweetness too...not good. Smells like molasses, carmel, brown sugar, and a touch of hot metal. Decent complexity, just not quite right. Taste confirms my suspicions that this might be a bad bottle, very sweet, the bitterness is soft, there is a pronounced astringency. Reminds me of burnt molasses with a bit of metal in the finish, like sucking on a sugary nickel. Too bad about this bottle, I've heard great things about this beer and have been thoroughly impressed with FFF other brews, so I'm sure the next one won't disappoint.

Photo of movingtrain
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a nice, clear copper color with some good carbonation and a thin, but resilient head.

Smells of wet grass, grapefruit, and thick, chewy hops. The smell on this one is perfect...sweet, slightly astringent on the nose...can't wait to give it a sip.

In the taste, the first thing that comes to mind is, again, wet grass. There is that sticky, earthy taste to it. That gives way to a bitter astringency as it slides across the tongue. There is that bitter bite of grapefruit in there, along with a bit of malty sweetness. The hops are the main show here...they are big, strong, and pungent...giving this beer that perfect hoppy blast.

Overall, the beer isn't super balanced...meaning, it isn't one that is well-rounded on all ends...but, for what it is, the imperial hopping goes a long way...and creates a truly powerful hop experience.

Photo of OldYoda
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks and a tip of the cap to Chris from T. Brendan O'Reilly's in Harrisburg for the gift of this wonderful beer.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip - a very lovely amber gold. Minimal head and lacing but a very pretty beer in the glass.

Smell is outstanding with a dominant hop aroma.

Taste is clean and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and finishes well.

Drinkability is on the low side at this ABV but certainly makes you want more.

Exactly what an Imperial IPA ought to be - wish I could find more of this around here.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to hayesez for the Christmas present!

Poured into a tulip, a clear copper-orange with golden highlights & a finger of head with clearly distinct bubbles, like a honeycomb. A city of tiny, fast-rising bubbles.

Big orange & peach smell in the aroma, with some hop zest. Surprisingly sweet. Grapefruit builds with some warmth.

Grapefruit, orange, peach, passion fruit up front in the taste, followed by an almost pastry-like sweetness & then medium-high, piney/grassy hop flavors. Definitely assertive, but not obliteratingly bitter. Sugars emerge in the aftertaste. Alcohol gains momentum.

Mouthfeel is full, with some acidity & a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with sweetness & sugar but isn't sticky. Very smooth.

This is a big boy, & while I tend not to be a fan of the sweet DIPAs, this one was pretty well-balanced: sweet without tasting like pancakes, hoppy without tasting like varnish. Just when you think one end of the spectrum is going to dominate, it reigns itself back in, balances, begins to teeter in the other direction, then balances, etc. etc. Very enjoyable, but one is definitely adequate.

Photo of KYbrewgal
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ Sergio's World Beers. Tons of grapefruit dominate the aroma. The beer pours with a tall, lingering white head that laces on the glass as you drink it. malt sweetness comes through the hop bitterness and both last into a long finish. Great beer.

Photo of fropones
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice pumpkin orange with practically no white head.

S - The smell is noticeable from afar as soon as I pour the glass. Delicious aroma of mango, papaya, oranges, and other tropical fruit.

T - For as hoppy as this beer is, it's not extremely bitter, which is a good thing. It focuses more on hop flavor than hop bitterness as good IPAs should. There is still some bitterness in the finish, however.

M - Nice creaminess with good carbonation. Full bodied.

D - Drinks extremely well for 9.5%. Very delicious and very drinkable.

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

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a bright white head that fades quickly into a nice soapy lace.

S - Heavy pine and citrus nodes with some banana and passion fruit mixed in.

T - The fruit seems to come through first and it seems to be of a tropical nature. The fruit fades into some nice pine hoppiness that really seems to dance on the tongue. Nice warming alcohol finish to round things out.

M - Medium bodied with a very crisp and sharp feel.

D - This is terrific. Definitely one of my favorite DIPAs. If the alcohol wasn't so high and this beer wasn't so expensive I would drink another.

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a soft white head with very good retention, soft lace, but a little light for a DIPA.

S: Christmas tree and Simcoe/tropical fruit. Solidly aromatic.

T: Malty immediately, with a huge hint of pine power. Cedar and white grapefruit coming out in the finish. Nice long aftertaste as expected.

M: Smooth with its strength, ethanol is evident but well integrated and doesn't take over, full-bodied, an original big beer.

D: This is a very good ale, there's no denying it. Hoppy as hell, with a little East Coast flair. Not my favourite mind-blowing hop profile, but quite enjoyable. It's very expensive and you can get more for less. But I'm happy I tried this legendary beer again.

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Pours a clear copper color with a small white covering on top. laced nicely on the glass.

Aroma has citrus and pine with some sweetness and a little alcohol spiciness. Taste is hoppy as expected, citrus and pine are strong up front with a fairly strong bitter finish. There is also a decent amount of sweet malt present with some fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good considering the high alcohol content.

Overall this is an excellent DIPA. This is the second time I have had this and both were very good. The sweet citrus hoppy flavor reminds me a little of certain west coast versions such as Pliney and Sculpin. It also has a pretty strong malt backbone though which is pretty good.

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

Fresh bottle purchased from the FFF brewery. Poured into a goblet and consumed Dec 30, 2009.

A: Clean, sunburst and autumn leaves hues, moderate head with mild lacing that fades over a few minutes.

S: Citrus fruits, piney, candy, nice sweetness from the hops, big hop presence (did I mention hops?), faint alcohol

T: A big hoppy brew, and balanced well for the style. I took about an hour and half to drink this, enjoying the pleasant warming sensation and lingering aftertaste. No astringency in the finish whatsoever.

M: Awesome! Extremely smooth and creamy, especially given the ABV. Coats your mouth with a sweet sticky feel. Finishes great with a nice lingering aftertaste.

D: One of my favorite DIPA. Very drinkable, given the 10% ABV. One of the best. Highly recommended.

Photo of Lunch
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from Dunt (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (12/30/09). I have been waiting to get my hands on a bottle of this for some time.

A: Pours a hazy rusty gold color with a pumpkin hue and a one finger head of an off-white foam that dissipates into a haze creating some decent lacing.

S: Nice aroma of peach, mango, tropical fruit and a semi-sweet caramel malt. The hops are not as forward as I was expecting, but I can detect a slight pine bitterness.

T: Peach, mango, tropical fruit hit the palate first quickly followed by a semi-sweet caramel malt. A pine bitterness linger in the mouth and finish leaving less hop flavor than I envisioned. There is a slight vegetable flavor as well that seem to disapear as the beer warmed. I must say that this is a DIPA that I prefer a tad warmer than most others (I prefer most at about 45-50 degrees) as the flavors seem to breath and show there true colors. Very nice, but I wish there was a greater hop presence.

M: Medium to full-bodied with creamy light carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 9.5% abv. There is a syrupy and slick character going on as well.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are unique and intriguing. After finishing the bomber, I was not noticing any real effect from the 9.5% abv.

Overall this did not quite live up to the hype, but it certainy was nice and well-crafted. Perhaps this was not the freshest example, but I have hard time understanding do to its limited distribution that these aren't flying off shelves everywhere. I wish that all brewers would date stamp their beer so as to know how fresh a bottle is or not. With that being said, I really did enjoy this DIPA and I look forward to the other bottle I have in the fridge now and to having it again after that in the near future. Thanks again Ryan! Recommended.

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

have one of these with a friend about once a month. Of coarse I split a bomber but we usually end up drinking 2 after the first one. Kick ass beer! This is a highly rated beer for good reason.First off is the very clean citrus aroma. Pours a cloudy copper with a small head. This beer taste like a fresh grapefruit with sweet honey overtones and hops. Carbonation is dead on perfect!

Photo of darklordlager
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of Discount Liquor in Milwaukee...

A: Pours a clear golden, with an unusual head of many-sized bubbles. Resiny lacing as it goes down the glass. Great retention.

S: Reminds me of PtE (not sure if it is actually similar--or just similar in the intensity of hop aroma). Overripe pineapple melding perfectly with bitter grapefruit. Light floral note, and mild but noticeable malt scent in the background.

T: Bright, tongue-ripping bitterness. Sweet citrus lingers on the edges of the tongue, trying to fight back against the bitterness. Lemon, and a little orange zest. Very complex bitterness, much more so than Hopslam from what I recall.

M: Nice and resiny. Medium body. Not "leafy/earthy" like some DIPA's can be.

D: 22oz...Really? Smoother than PtE, while seemingly just as intense (side-by-side research is needed in the future).

The malt sweetness, while not "balanced" with the hops (in the traditional sense), keeps it from becoming unpleasantly bitter. Great "tilt" toward the hops while preventing them from becoming overwhelming (Something may DIPAs struggle with).

The low carbonation, and the intense yet smooth flavours make this one of the world's best DIPAs. Hop heads--definitely seek this out.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Beautiful orange golden hue with a two finger head that is very frothy and has excellent retention on the lacing.

S: Citrus hops upfront in a big way, lots of grapefruit and tangerine. Caramel malt with a hint of bread...pine hops finish it off.

T: Huge grapefruit citrus with lots of pine hops...more than in the nose. Big caramel malt mid-palate really balances out the hops. Very complex hop element, lots of citrus and pine and floral grassiness. This is a fantastic IPA.

M: Medium body with pretty aggressive carbonation but not too much. Very nice and smooth.

D: Very drinkable and the abv is never noticed, very smooth and delicious. Can see why this one is so highly rated. Excellent!

Photo of boothbeer
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 12/19/09

Look- Dark orange, almost amber color. Somewhat foggy. Off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell- Aroma is great. Strong citrus and hops with some floral and pine. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer. I smelled it for about 5 minutes as I waited for this beer to warm up a little.

Taste- Taste of grapefruit and sweetness...then come the hops after. Although its a double, not nearly as bitter as I imagined.

Mouthfeel- Full body that is perectly carbonated. Great mouthfeel-very refreshing. Ends with dryness of hops on your tongue, but not super bitter.

Drinkability- Very well balanced. I drank the 22oz bottle with no problem. If it weren't so expensive, this would be a go to IIPA.

Photo of Anthony1
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made a good appearance, poured a hazy golden hued amber with a small, sticky pale tannish/white head. Had a big tasty hop aroma, a sweet piney and grapefruity, a faded tropical fruitiness and bare whiffs of alcohol. Moderate carbonation and a chewy, creamy medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Sweet piney at the start, then comes in a sour grapefruity, a gentle rolling hop bitterness in the palate, grainy and buttery malt flavors towards the end and a sweet, puckering piney bitter finish, the alcohol content only makes it's presence known in a slightly burning, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, a delicious hopped up IPA.

Photo of kbeals
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with bulldogp04.

A- 22 oz. bomber decanted into a pint glass reveals a hazy amber/orange liquid. About a finger of white, frothy head sits atop it and provides excellent lacing throughout the session.

S- Citrusy hops, a bit of a tropical fruit smell along with caramel malts. A bit earthy as well.

T- Plenty of hops up front, mostly citrusy but also has the tropical taste that was alluded to in the aroma. Sweet malts actually play quite a role in this brew, the bottle may be a little old, but the hops still dominate.

M- Creamy smooth with little carbonation. A little heavier body than other DIPA's I've had.

D- Pretty good, the beer was a little sweeter than I had hoped, but the bomber went very quickly.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this beer. A definite recommendation.

Photo of blackearth
3.71/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber body with a rocky off-white head that leaves a crazy amount of lacing behind in the glass. Aromas of dusty caramel malts and muted fleshy fruits. I think this may be an older bottle considering the hops are not as pungent as I would expect from reading other reviews. It has a creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Flavors are sweet malts mixed with subdued hop resins. A bit of an alcohol warmth in the finish. There's a bit of earthy and woody flavors too. I would really like to try this fresh from the tap at the brew house. Maybe some day.

Photo of zachary80
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into chalice, starting at 50 degrees

The beer appears opaque deep orange with white head. As the head diminishes it leaves some lacing but doesn't keep much retention.

The smell is wonderful: strong citrus, pine, and general hops dominate smell. caught enticing sniffs of this a couple feet away

The taste had more of that citrus and grapefruit, some pine, and lots of sweetness -- but nothing overpowering.

The Dreadnaught is notable for lacking any hint alcohol, which is impressive for its ABV. First glass I definitely thought I could drink it all night (although at a premium cost), but the strong and complex flavors along with sweetness make it more difficult as you progress through the bottle.

Definitely a beer I will be buying again in a couple weeks, one of my favorites in the style.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange caramel color topped by a healthy, eggshell white head that laces and retains beautifully.

The aroma is like a freshly halved tangerine. Nice and bright and citrusy. Malt and pineapple peak through as well.

The taste follows with hints of sweet tropical pineapple and apricot, with a sturdy malt backbone and candy sweetness all quickly washed away by a piney bitterness. The bitterness and hop flavors slowly fade with every sip and give way to a nice rounded caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is the real star of the show, creamy, full bodied and chewy with a delicate carbonation level to balance it out and keep things light on the palate.

Really, the alcohol is there but it's well integrated and barely detectable except that you start to feel it all too quickly. Nicely warming.

This beer is virtually flawless. I appreciate a hoppy beer that has both hop flavor as well as hop bitterness, and, really, overall this is a case where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, where each aspect plays together nicely as a team and everything just gels and melds together wonderfully.

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip glass. Jesus I can smell it already and it is several feet from my face. Beer is orangish / yellow carbonation moderate, hazy (like most DIPA) and forms a thin head of small to medium bubbles. Lacing is high.

Smells like a lot of malt, strong citrus hop aroma. This has an aggressive aroma. Really sweet smelling, no alcohol in the aroma though.

Full bodied, hops are not the first thing that I taste. There is a nice sweetness and great hop flavors in the midpalate, the back end is not as bitter as I thought. Second taste, bitterness is growing but still not as strong as I expected / wanted. I wish there was a date on the bottle but alas, I cannot find one. Overall a decent and drinable DIPA.

Photo of mmva321
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Some pretty unwhelming head starts this off on the wrong note, but, to my pleasant surprise, it sticks around creating a nice froth on the top that leaves a long-lasting lace around the glass. However, the body is a little inconsistent. The orangish-yellow look moves from orange to yellow as you go further down and further out.

What does an IPA smell like? Hops and citrus. But I've never had one that's so well balanced. The citrus hits your nose and gives the auroma a nice pop that lingers while the bitter hops provide a nice and (unique, for me, to an IPA) subtle counterpoint to the sweet citrus.

So well refined that the only reason I give this a 4.5 is personal taste. I wish the citrus was a little more prevalent, but so good that you might as well disregard my point and try this beer. Still a very good balance between the bitter hops and the sweet citrus.

Maybe the one time I'm sure of the mouthfeel. I say that because it's so refreshing and complex. First off, it has the exact right amount of carbonation, which I find to be rare in beer. It isn't so strong that it's the first thing you notice, but it's enough to where it accents the refreshing citrus flavor very well. The feel is refresing and light but substantial, and then ends with a strong pungent fell in the back of your throat and a pleasant dryness in the mouth. Probably the only time I'll say the mouthfeel is the best part of a beer.

This is what an IPA should taste like, or at least what it should strive for. Well balanced, refined and bold flavors that aren't overbearing. Get this beer and love it.

Photo of stonequarrywest
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had many, many times..jsut never got around to review.
Definitely an all time favorite..
Great amber pour with a thick head that is gone before oyu know it.
Aroma is amazing...Mango/citrus/grapefruit/pine all over...love it.
Wonderfully hoppy and perfectly bitter bite that is huge with Pine and Citrus.
Full bodied and great carbonation!! that I would drink everyday if it was sold in Ohio.

Photo of clockwerk
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again, huge thanks to MasterSki for this generous donation.

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into an oversized wine glass (because I don't own a tulip!!!).

EDIT* My original review was based on the first half of a 22oz bottle. Upon pouring the second half, I believe I underpoured the first. Appearance score edited as a result. The rest is unchanged.

A- Cloudy amber. It's that "liver punch urine" colour I love so much. (If your confused about this, go to a local boxing or MMA gym, spar for 10 rounds with a guy who loves to kick or punch to the body, then go piss). A good two fingers of gorgeous frothy white head forms that slowly recedes leaving a thick sticky lacing down the glass. This stuff is beautiful.

S - I'm getting candied apricot from this. It feels almost weird, but unlike other IPA's, I'm not getting a blend of smells here. It's one clear smell, and it's freaking beautiful. I gave my wife (who HATES IPA's) a chance to smell it and she thought it smelled grand. Without suggesting it, she also said it smelled like candied apricot, so I think I'm on to something here.

T - Fruit loops. It tastes like freaking fruit loops. That is a level of awesome I believe words are incapable of doing justice to. I get to enjoy my guilty childhood pleasure in the form of beer. Okay, so maybe that's not exactly right. The candied apricot smell carries over strongly into the flavour. I'm picking up some grapefruit zest as well, but I think thats the bitterness coming in to play against the candied fruit flavour. OF course, it finishes with a perfect bitterness to reset the palate for the nest sip. This stuff is gorgeous. A little warming from the alcohol hits on the way down, but is very mild. The aftertaste though, is pure fruit loops. Seriously. Go eat a bowl of fruit loops and feel the aftertaste it leaves in your mouth. Then cleanse your palate and drink this. It's a dead ringer. Kellog's should invest in these guys.

M - Minor carbonation, but once again, just enough to make it fun. It's got a nice slick feel and goes down easy. I'm leaving out the hooker joke on purpose. Make up your own.

D - This whole 22oz'er is going down tonight, and I don't feel weighed down or bloated. That's good enough for me!

Notes: If DFH 90 is about balancing contrasts, this is about integrating them into a singular vision. I absolutely adore it and will openly offer any Indiana BA's naked pictures of my wife (or myself, if that's your thing) to procure more of it.

*I'm not really sending you naked pictures of my wife. Myself maybe. But you ship first.

Photo of Intimidtor
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from my BA buddy Kyle (Mystikyle71). Poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale series glass. Poured an amber color with thick pillowy two finger head. Nice sticky head but setteled a little fast. Smell is strong pine hops, some sweet malt, and grapefruit. Taste was everything I had expected. Very strong pine hops balanced by sweet malts, with nice hop bitterness continuing perfectly at the finish. Mouthfeel was thick like I love. Drinkability is very good.

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 5,308 ratings.