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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,814
Reviews: 1,639
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
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Gots: 529 | 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 markgugs

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

(2006 version) poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass

A: Looks like many top-quality DIPAs should look, a deep orange rust color, very clouded or murky. You won't be reading a book while peering through this beer. Very little head but nice oily lacing.

S: Oh so complex! Some mouth-watering malted bread scents meld beautifully with citrusy and perfumy-like floral hops. I even detect some notes of vanilla and peach. Sweet but not cloyingingly so.

T/M: Amazingly well-balanced double IPA, delicious mixture of fruity citrus & moderately toasted malts; VERY bitter grapefruit finish, massive hops, lingers a long time; slightly syrupy, but just enough carbonation to make it easy to take larger sips; damned near perfect.

D: If this wasn't bomber-only, and 9.5% ABV, I'd request a Dreadnaught transfusion instead of blood. But alas, it's not, so I'll just drink as much of it as I can. :-)

Highly recommended, a stalwart of the style.

03-02-2007 03:45:01 | More by markgugs
Photo of llitsua


4.6/5  rDev +4.1%

Bomber purchased at Printer's Row Wine Shop in Chicago ($12), and flown down to Mobile by a friend over Christmas. I've been waiting to drink this since, and feel that I better go ahead and do it.

When poured into snifter, there is a faint head, which fades less than a minute into some pockets of bubbles on the surface. Color is a beautiful red-orange, slightly cloudy due to it being bottle-conditioned.

The aroma is a strong one- a cornucopia of hops- piney, fruity, and citrusy. There is a faint syrupy sweetness in the smell as well, to balance things out. You could probably market this aroma to an air freshener company, I absolutely love it! The taste brings out everything I have just smelled- the fruity hops come up front, and the bitter finish initially is of grapefruit and piney hops, although as it warms it took a sweeter, more orange flavor, with some of the piney hoppiness still lingering. The malt backbone whispers in the background to provide a sweetness to all of the different hop flavors, and makes everything most enjoyable. It becomes more noticeable as the beer warms, as well.

On the initial taste there is a bit of medium carbonation, most noticeable on the front of the tongue, with the bitter finish (and perhaps the alcohol, the flavor of which well-masked) leaving behind a numbness and a warming effect that lingers. The beer has a slick viscosity.

I have never found a more enjoyable double IPA, ever, and although the beer was very filling, I could probably take another bomber right now. I can't wait to have this again.

03-01-2007 23:27:49 | More by llitsua
Photo of WeymouthMike


4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

Sampled from a bomber, not sure how fresh this one is as there is no dating system I could find but carbonation is present and it tastes pretty damn good. Pours a perfectly clear golden amber with a slight head. Smell is sweet: strawberry, rasberry and orange. Also, some alcohol but not overbearing. Taste is sweet almost like bubble gum flavor alongside fruity hops, good balance with enough maltiness to counter the hops. A hoppy bitterness followed by a nice malty finish. I could drink this all day but I really couldn't. Wish this one was available in my area as I would also keep a couple available.

02-28-2007 23:35:25 | More by WeymouthMike
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

22oz. bomber

Hazy, burnt orange in color. Large, rocky, ivory head.

Aroma was mainly grapefruit. Crackers, caramel and peaches showed flashes in a sea of grapefruit juice.

A very hoppy beer! Grapefruit, grass and pine. Sweetness was a mix of bubblegum and sugared grapefruit. Wheat bread with honey. Touch of alcohol (less than expected from ABV). Other fruit flavors included orange and peach.

Medium+ in body. Medium carbonation. Just a bit drying. Alcohol warming starts pretty quickly.

An excellent DIPA. I had it a while ago and didn't remember how good it was. This one has about 1 year of age on it, and it's very hoppy. I am going to have to have to grab a fresh one on my next trip to Chicago.

02-27-2007 19:16:21 | More by
Photo of ndekke39


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to my good friend Zach who brought some Three Floyd's down to Columbus. We split a bomber of the Dreadnaught amongst four of us. Served in pint glasses. Pours a slightly hazy pale orange. Medium head. Great retention on it. Smells of plenty o' hops, orange, cinnamon, clove. Taste centers around hops like crazy, but there are some nice sweet, caramel flavors as well. Overall, a great balance to the flavors - I love that in IPA's. Medium mouthfeel - perfect complement to the hoppiness. Overall, an excellent beer. Fine example of the style, and wonderful to take in with friends.

02-20-2007 19:21:47 | More by ndekke39
Photo of prototypic


4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance: Nice one finger head after pour, though it dissipated rather quickly. Beer is a light copper colored beauty.

Smell: Very floral scent initially followed by a wave of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and very piney hops.

Taste: This is a glorious beer. It seems somewhat lightly carbonated. Citrus notes are easily detectable, which blend very well with the hops going down the hatch. Fantastic. Easily one of the three best DIPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very light and smooth beer. Easily drinkable at nearly 10%. Too easy. I could drink two or three of these bombers and be a happy man. Overall, fantastic beer. Definitely worth the pricey $10 I paid for the bomber. Highly recommended.

02-18-2007 02:14:18 | More by prototypic
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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

edit: thanks to jwaks for this bottle

A - this DIPA pours a light hazy brown atop which sits a full finger of rocky off-white head, scant and tiny bubbles of carbonation stream upwards, and as an additional surprise, there is plenty of sediment throughout

S - wow, what a poignant aroma, strong floral-piney aroma, with a citrusy grapefruit hint very evident, lingering in the back is a soapy characteristic as well

T - mellow at first, with a slight sweetness up front, then a hopsplosion, a burst of floral, clover-like, flavor with the additional piney citrusy elements, with a flavorful rather sweetish well balanced flavor

M&D - extremely mellow and smooth, especially for a DIPA, very easy down and highly drinkable, the only detractors are the high IBU's (but most are neutralized by the perfect balancing and blending) and the highish ABV, otherwise this is the perfect IPA, up there with 120 min

02-10-2007 13:34:58 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of TexIndy


4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Got this while in Indy for Xmas and shipped it back to Texas. Poured from a 650ml bomber with no dating system into my New Belgium snifter. Even with a good pour there was barely any head and what was there went away pretty quick. Several of the other reviews I read talked about a nice size head so not sure how fresh this one is but here it goes. It was a copper color with a few pieces of yeast floating around. It was mostly clear until the final pour when more yeast got in there and clouded it up some. The smell was out of this world. Pure smack in the face hops. I'd had several of this style lately and this is top 2 in smell. The taste was also tremendous. The hops attack the palette and have you begging for mercy but in a good way. Since it is intense this is best suited for a nice long drinking session instead of a quick thirst quencher. Again top of the style for me. The mouthfeel again hits a 5 with a nice smooth and creamy texture. Overall this is a exceptional beer and worthy of the high rankings. You must find this beer and try it. You won't be disappointed. (4.5, RR, T, Y)

02-09-2007 01:18:50 | More by TexIndy
Photo of frazbri


4.93/5  rDev +11.5%

Dreadnaught from Three Floyds poured a golden-copper hue topped by a creamy, eggshell head. Aroma had bright citrus and pine elements. Apricot, orange, honey and grapefruit flavors emerge. Full body with a medium-high carbonation level.

The first thing that stands out in Dreadnaught is that 3Floyds signature aroma. Most of the FFF beers have it, and that's a good thing. In Dreadnaught, it is turned up to 11. Everything about this brew is kicked up a notch, but it still is remarkably balanced and drinkable. I'm a little sad that I don't have more.

02-07-2007 03:18:27 | More by frazbri
Photo of JDK


4.72/5  rDev +6.8%

-One of the top 5 IPA's I've tried.
-Poured a golden copper color that was slightly hazy.
-Nice 1/4 off-white head that didn't stick around very long.
-Smells of citrus and piney hops, medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
-Tastes of mild grapefruit and light alcohol that lingers a little while, which is a good thing.
-Definately worth a try if you can find the 22 oz bomber.

02-06-2007 01:03:27 | More by JDK
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

Note to self...back-to-back with Southern Tier UnEarthly

3FD is lighter in color and the head poured with less character than STU. 3FD was clear, active and quite effervescent. 3FD smelled less of citrus and more of fruit. The 3FD mouth & taste were smoother, yet had less hoppy character. 3FD is 9.50% vs ST U @ 11%. 3FD scored higher for me in "drink-ability".
UnEarthly poured a ruby orange color with a thick off white head with decent hang-time and solid lacing. Clear with little observable effervescence. A big citrusy floral nose of hops. Taste of fresh hops and a sweet pine. A creamy thick mouthfeel that really complements the flavor. The hop taste lingers but it not overwhelming. An 11%-Sleeper that i find very easy to drink.

02-03-2007 01:37:48 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Infamous7100


3.03/5  rDev -31.4%

Well that was interesting. That was my thought after my very first forey into DIPA's. Never has my tongue felt the way it did while drinking this brew...well except that one night in Austin, but I digress. The appearance of this beer is nice enough, a yellow/orange hue with about a half finger head on it. Upon first whiff, my olfactory senses were cranking with the aroma of a whole lotta citrus, oranges to specific. And wow, could you smell the hops! The taste of this beer, as stated before, was a crazy. It numbs the back of your tongue with an overpowering (naturally) hopped up taste. It is also very bitter. I'm not ashamed to say the first few sips were on par with witnessing Rosie O'Donnell in a bikini. It was that rough. However, after the opening stanza of sips, the orange and citrus flavor started to creep up and neutralize the bitterness a little. As I said, in the mouth, it definitely sticks on the tongue and provides a unique feel. As far as drinkability goes, well, I drank it. Can't say how many more times I will though. Definitely not something I could sit down and have a few of, but definitely something to break out every once in a while. Once you get paste the first few sips, if you get past the first fews sips, the taste and sensation get a better and become part of the norm. Try this beer for the experience alone and try to forget about Rosie and her bikini.

02-02-2007 14:00:30 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of shivtim


4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

Thought I'd finally review this one. Here goes!
A nice orange/red color witha small head. Nose is grapefruit and flowery hops. Lots of citrusey-ness. Taste is piney/flowery hops and some nice citrus hints. ABV very well hidden. Mouthfeel is great, and so is drinkability. One of the better DIPAs out there.

01-28-2007 23:46:49 | More by shivtim
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a hazed golden copper. Creamy one finger head showing decent retention and producing minimal lacing. The first whiff is of sticky cannabis buds. As it warms, aromas of peach skin, grapefruit rind, floral citrus, and fresh cut grass blend together to form a corniacopia of american hop madness. Also detectable behind the hops is a toasty malt aroma and faint buiscuity notes. The flavor is sweet at first, with caramel, pale malt, and a subdued nutty flavor. Then an onslaught of herbal, minty, and pine hop flavors. The Aftertaste eventually dries, with a peachy/orange taste lingering and a sharp alpha acid sting that only true hop-heads could call "balance". The body is medium-full, and a fine, slow-moving carbonation keeps the mouthfeel fliud enough to allow ease of consumption, while qualifying the syrupy viscosity expected of DIPA's and Barleywines. Finshes with substantial residual toasted malt character and a myraid of american hop complexity to match. A real eye-opener as to what a DIPA can be.

01-28-2007 04:08:02 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of mnesporov

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -5%

Presentation: A 22oz bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A nice orange in colour brew with a thin white lace that does an excellent job of sticking to the glass.

Smell: A massive whiff of fresh hops. With hints of pine and citric overtures.

Taste: From the second I sipped this brew your tongue is hit with the massive hop bitterness that makes this IPA great. The sweetness does come sneaking up from the Back of your tongue. The higher alcohol content does not interfere with the taste at all but does give you a nice warm feeling.

Mouth-Feel: A light carbonation with a nice smooth feeling that finishes nice and bitter.

Drink-Ability: A great IPA that I think is the best one out there by far.

01-26-2007 15:57:24 | More by mnesporov
Photo of Daehpoh


4.33/5  rDev -2%

Poured from bomber into a tulip glass

Golden amber in appearance with a slight haze. The amber color really shows through in the right light. Beautiful

Smell is piney hops with some sweetness getting through. Slight aroma of apples and oranges as well.

Taste is all hops. Leaning heavily toward the bitter end. Grapefruit after. Proper DIPA

Mouthfeel is slick, oily hop resins

Drinkability is good, but not quite sessionable. This beer is heavy and filling. I would consider this a special occasion beer.

This is a delicious beverage and I definitely recommend it, even for the $9 price tag in OH.

01-26-2007 13:43:04 | More by Daehpoh
Photo of jmalex


3.93/5  rDev -11.1%

I've recently acquired quite an appreciation for big IPAs and just had to try one of the best there is out there.

APPEARANCE: Pours a beautiful orange straw color with a small white head which lingers momentarily, but subsides to a small ring around the glass with patches of light lacing.

SMELL: The moment I cracked the cap, a rush of piny hop aromas came rushing at me. A full whiff yields strong citrus notes with pine and grass playing backup, and even some hints of a wonderfully sweet maltiness.

TASTE: The first splash on your tongue assaults it with an amazing rush of hop bitterness and sweet alcohol. The selection of hops is absolutely perfect, and the bitterness is strong without being offensive at all. The finish is surprisingly clean with slight lingering alcoholic notes and, of course, some residual hop flavor. This beer has a strange sweetness to it which I did not expect. Some of it seems to come from the wonderful flavors of the hops, but I think a small portion of the sweetness is misplaced. It doesn't take away from the overall taste of the beer. It just seems like the flavors are not characteristic of malt, but of some other sweetness-adding ingredient. A minor nitpick, however, in what is a phenomenal brew.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and syrupy, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Coats the entire mouth with each sip.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good. It's amazing how easy it goes down despite the "doubleness" of this beer. Another bomber of this would not be out of the question.

My first beer from Three Floyds did not disappoint. The most striking thing about this beer was how easy drinking it was. Any harshness is completely nonexistent leaving a very smooth beer which hides its 9.5% ABV very well. Get this if you can find it!

01-21-2007 22:58:00 | More by jmalex
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.63/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from bomber into my Dogfish pint glass.
Pours a hazy ruby/light brown color with almost no head at all. Slight rings of lace around the top of the glass.
Smell is hops. Juicy, citrusy, piney and floral! This is really a very good smelling beer. The smell itself lets me know that I've got something good here.
Taste is incredible. Everything one should look for in a DIPA and then some. It slams your tastebuds with a wide array of hops and a slight alcohol sense. With a pretty bitter taste coming through midway to the end. It all finishes clean and juicy, making you reach for the glass wanting another drink.
Mouthfeel is is perfect. Not too thick, not too thin. Just right. A good amount of carbonation and malt to balance this out. I was expecting a really bitter overly hopped beer. But this is really balanced and very, very good.
I don't think I would want to drink more than a bomber of this in a sitting. I'm quickly becoming a bigger fan of Three Floyd's with every beer I try. If you haven't tried this one, you haven't had the best DIPA yet.

01-20-2007 00:50:08 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.83/5  rDev +9.3%

Thanks to a friend, Nic, I finally got to try this beer!

Appearance: Poured very orange in color, with a white head that was short lived. Much clearer than I expected after reading the bottle about the haze.

Smell: The aroma was very strong, even from the bottle. I was surprised to find the aroma a good mix of my favorite IPA smells, floral, citrusy, and piney. Amazing hop aroma.

Taste: The hops are definitely in control in the taste, as one would expect. The citrusy of the hops is dominant but I am still getting a piney taste as well. The beer shows its malt well and helps bring some balance to the beer, especially as it warms. I have to say, this is a perfectly tasting DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium/thick in body, but certainly nothing overwhelming.

Drinkability: For the amazing taste, this beer for me is highly drinkable, I really wish it was available here in VA. Absolutely one of the very best DIPA's I have ever had.

01-17-2007 20:11:01 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of Alkey


3.9/5  rDev -11.8%

22oz. bottle poured a hazed peach color with small white head and leaves a few specks of lace. Smells a bit sweet and malty with a strange funky odor that might be yeast. This isn't the hop bomb I thought it would be, it seems more balanced with a bit of sweet malt at first and a slight hop bitterness towards the end. I also taste alot of yeast in this brew and it seems to hide the hops and give it a thick feel. Overall I would have to say that its easy to drink but doesn't seem to fit the style (double IPA) so much. I'll try this one again if I can find it.

01-16-2007 22:09:22 | More by Alkey
Photo of goschool


4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

22 ounce bottle from the glorious Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA (A good 50 miles away from me). The guys in front of me bought a case of Miller Lite for just over half the price. I think I got a better deal.

Appearance: The pour is a fiery orange with a small white head that almost covers the body.

Smell: I smelled the cap after I opened the bottle and wow, I knew I was in for an olfactory treat. There's a ton of grapefruit, lemon and pine on top of sweet caramel.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out as a fairly balanced blend of oily hops, floral, citrus, and resinous pine, and sweet, almost sugary, caramel malts. The taste starts to expand and take shape as a hop forward, yet all around big, elixir in the middle. Here's the coup de grace: Hop bitterness explodes in a delightful fury at the finish. This can hang with the best of the West (I can rhyme anytime).

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and slightly sticky with super lively carbonation.

Drinkability: I can feel the ABV, but I can't taste it. I'm not really getting the vicious assault that other BA's have reported. I'd love to have several more bottles to drink myself into a blackout followed by a comatose hibernation. Can somebody spot me the $90? If the price wasn't so ridiculous and the availability wasn't so limited, I would keep Dreadnaught around a lot of the time. F--- you Three Floyds for standing in the way of our love!

01-12-2007 08:44:45 | More by goschool
Photo of cheers2beers


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tall weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a very deep orange and copper hue. A slightly off white head rose to about 2 fingers and then subsided rather quickly. The beer is a little cloudy so the beading is a bit tough to see but it is there.

Smell: Very expressive peach and citrus aromas abound. The hop aromas are not very spicy but rather floral. A nice sweet malty smell fights its way up through hoppy and alcoholic aromas.

Taste: This is absolutley stunning. I took a generous mouthfull on the first taste, stinging alcohol/hop/citrus burned the insides of my cheeks. Very bitter while not being overly aggressive. Waves of grapefruit, oranges and peaches. After a few more sipps the sting subsided and the flavors all come together. As this beer gets warmer, the ample malt bill is coming through in the form of some caramel and maybe a little toffee. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel: Not as full as some other DIPAS but still ample. I would say this body leans towards the fatter side of medium. Rather dry in the finish.

Drinkability: This beer is like a Grizzley in a balarena outfit. Hugley powerful and expressive yet light nimble and balanced. A true masterwork and possibly the pinnacle of the style. One of the best DIPAS in the world.


01-08-2007 23:46:30 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of stouty1


4.33/5  rDev -2%

This is one good IPA. Poured a clear golden yellow in the off light and a reddish orange in the direct light. 1/4" head that disappears quickly. Smells grassy with apple sense. Tastes like a bitter apple with the sweetness of a grape. Hops hit you like a pillow fight and make you sit back and relax. This is how hops should act. Shock your mouth then level off into a flavorfull film on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a tinge creamy but more like skim milk, but so flavorfull it makes up for the thin body. Alcohol level is extremely well hidden and as of now I could drink many more of these. Luckily I only have one as I have to work tomorrow and if I had more than one I probably wouldn't get up! Overall, this is one good IPA, enjoyable and too overpowering.

01-03-2007 02:29:57 | More by stouty1
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4.72/5  rDev +6.8%

The beer pours a bright high copper color in to a tulip. There wasn't any head to this bottle so as such there was no lacing or retention to mention.

The scent is potent and truly pleasing. There's strong sweet apricot notes with a tart granny smith apple kick underneath.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
This is what 9.5% ABV should taste like, anything but alcohol. There's a lot of apricot and caramel malt sweetness which completely mask what is a rather high ABV. Even better they managed to pack in a lot of hops with only a mild amount of bitterness at the beginning of the drink. The beer drinks a little on the viscous side almost like a milk mouthfeel. This beer tastes like the freshest homebrew I've ever had.

Aside from awesome flavor the only thing taking away from this beer's sheer poundability is the high ABV. A couple bombers of this and you will be on your ass.

Bottom Line:
It's just one of those beers that lives up to the hype IMO. I never thought I would like any FFF product more than Alpha King but this beer is some serious competition for that highly regarded spot.

01-02-2007 22:24:07 | More by Grundle20
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3.65/5  rDev -17.4%

Appearance: Deep copper color with a very thin head. Lacing was superb

Smell: Hops Hops Hops - Piny, Resiny and and Citrusy

Taste: Bone crushing bitter from start to finish. Malty sweetness was smacked down by the bitterness. I just found the bitterness to much

Mouth-Feel : Thick and syrupy - what I've come to expect from a Double IPA

Drink-ability : Over the top bitterness from start to finish made this a difficult beer for me to finish. I'm glad I had it with a meal. I would not have liked this one by itself. I I much prefer the Goose Island Imperial IPA and Dog Fish 90 minute IPA to this one.

01-02-2007 00:25:01 | More by pmatz2
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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