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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

5,232 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 5,232
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,785
Gots: 632 | 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 cvaypai
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden amber with a nice murky content to it. Poured with a 1 finger bubbly head that laces nicely.

Smell - Tons of sweet grapefruit and orange followed by some resiny pine and candy smells. At the end you can catch a bit of the alcohol and malts.

Taste - Wow this one doesn't really taste like it smells at all, I catch the grapefruit and citrus up front, then catch a bit of the sweet caramel malts, but what makes this beer amazing is the bitter finish, chased with a bit of coffee almost. From the smell I expected very sweet. The taste it leaves in your mouth is astounding. This beer is superb.

Mouthfeel - Very nice mouthfeel, for its stature it is fairly thin, but not in a bad way. Nice bitterness and a good amount carbonation. Very oily and resinous on the tongue.

Drinkability - Incredible for its abv, if I could get this everyday I probably would, until the wallet wouldn't allow me too. I can see drinking this in any weather and season. Tonight seemed like a great time also, and it was.

Great, great beer.

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

Thanks to MASPuros for sending me this one.

Poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: Deep amber color, hazy, thin off-white head.

S: Tons of citrus, mostly orange. Nice piney, resinous finish. It's got my mouth watering already.

T: A burst of grapefruit and orange initially, followed by a caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Bitter, but not overly so.

M: Very smooth, great body, and perfect level of carbonation.

D: Despite the high ABV and the slight alcohol bite, this one has such great flavors that you could drink it all day.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thank-you to ratpack54 for the chance to guzzle this beast. cheers Bob!

A - trans copper, decent off white head w/ nice lacing

S - lots of fruit in the nose, endless amounts of citrus/pine hopage. honey and mango play a huge role and the caramel malt backround becomes more appearant as the beer warms a bit.

T - near perfection to the taste buds! with so much hop bitterness this beast of a beer still manages to balance w/ fruit like sweetness and a solid malt backround without ever getting to bready. slight spice in the finish.
this beer successfuly achieves complexity while still satisfying hop heads.

MF - sharp carbonation but smooth and oily feel to the full body.

D - for 9.5 percent, this one goes down so easy it's dangerous. had 22 oz. and i wish i had more, excellent. i have yet to be let down by FFF.

end thoughts: why are so many east coast DIPAs so much better(aka balanced )than west coast hop-bombs????

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

Poured from a nicely decorated 22 ounce bomber. Has a 2 finger thick dense off white head that quickly recedes and leaves behind a nice lacing. Color is of dark copper/orange.

Smell is intense, when I first popped the cap off this one it was a tropical fruit surprise. In the glass it is very hoppy and sweet smelling. Has a decidedly citrus hop scent, not too spicy. There is a hint of pine needles. Hop mania through and through.

Mmmm a refreshing hop bomb. The hops attack your palate furiously and do not relent. Citrus hops come in a barrage, then a slight bit of sweet biscuity malt hits, finishing with joyful hop bitterness. Yep, the malt is there, in the middle, but this is a hop lover's dream. Mouthfeel is smooth and perfectly carbonated.

There is no problem in finishing this 22 ouncer, could have gone for a 750 of this or heck even a liter, the alcohol is definitely noticeable and a bit warming but doesn't really show it self too much too be off-putting enough for one not to easily down one of these quickly.

An excellent DIPA.

Photo of gameface23
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Vibrant tangerine with a one finger sized head.

S: I am thinking that this bottle has a little age on it, because while smelling hoppy (mostly orange/tangerine), it didn't have the juicy, bursting hop aroma that I was expecting. There was a substantial amount of malt in the aroma.

T: Great amount of bitterness up front followed closely by malty sweetness.

M: Full-bodied. Great.

D: The alcohol is hidden relatively well. This beer can hold its own against any DIPA.

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

On tap @ the FFF Brewpub on 8/7/09. This was a 10 oz or so pour in a 1/2 pint glass.

Pours a beautiful clear amber, with a 1/2 finger of brite-white looking head. Retains with just the softest and creamiest look to it, that just DRENCHES the sides of the glass with super rich lacing. Such a delicate look for a such a monsterous beer. The aroma is hugely floral and piney, and just drips with lush tropical fruit notes of grapefruit, mango, and apricot. Caramel and bready malts give this a tangy edge in the nose, but man, this bouquet is all about the HOPS! Just exquisite.

The taste is quite resinous, with a sticky bitterness that hangs in the mouth, before giving way to a steady and long lingering spiciness. The hop profile is very aggressive but is still so very well balanced by toasted toffee and that same fantastic blast of tropical citrus. Finishes spicy, with a lingering warmth to it. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a more bubbly carbonation on top, and then a very oily feeling slickness underneath that keeps this moving nicely. There is some rich warmth to the body but this is drinking VERY nicely for the size of the ABV that is involved here.

This is just a classic from FFF that never gets old, no matter how many times I've had it. Huge, yet well balanced flavors, and a super slick body keep this hop-monster very drinkable. This was such a treat to enjoy on tap at the brewery.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees
Thanks to tburkhart for this one!

This one pours a mildly dark, golden amber color. About three-fingers of frothy, white foam make the head. This recedes to a nice covering that sits atop the golden amber liquid. The lacing is very good and very sticky.

A nice, big, hop presence in the nose. Big citrus smells, heavy on pineapple, mango, peach and grapefruit. Nice floral and pine notes. This is all balanced out by a wonderful presence of caramel malts. Notes of golden brown sugar. A nice breadiness.

This is a fairly well-balanced IIPA. I expected the hops to be more dominant from the nose. They are definitely here and bring with them all of their bitter glory. They are mingling with a nice, strong, maltiness though. Big citrus notes and piney bitterness mix with some brown sugar notes and mild caramel sweetness.
I'm not a hophead but I'm learning to love IIPA/DIPA's and this one would certainly be in my top 10 for the style.

Nicely full bodied, with a slight touch of thickness. Good medium level of carbonation, which is almost perfect. Very smooth with a nice, light touch of creaminess that keeps it interesting.

At 9.50%abv, I'd imagine that it would be hard to drink alot of this and remain standing. As the alcohol is very well hidden within the flavor though, I find it very easy to drink, in general.
I'd like to have more, please.

Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy light copper with some off-white head. It smelled like mango and apricot hops, with sweet caramel and honey malt. It tasted like mango and apricot and copper hops, with lots of caramel and some roasted barley malt. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty beer that was clean and balanced. However, the hops seemed a bit faded, which was very disappointing. I enjoyed the malt flavor, but I was hoping for stronger and juicier hops. It still had great body, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was very easy to drink. A generally great beer, but it still didn't live up to the hype. There are definitely better 2IPAs out there.

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

Poured into Founders Pint Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of creamy beige head. Great retention with amazing lace wall.s Color is a hazy pale orange sunset.

Aroma: Huge floral hop aroma, caramel malts, with an intense amount of grapefruit, mango, and sweet peaches.

Taste: Very sweet taste. Mango, peaches, and grapefruit citrus are up front with a floral taste. In the end comes a rush of caramel malts. It is pretty sweet for a IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Big hop bite, very bitter. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Ends with a big floral aftertaste, only slightly dry which is nice considering it as an iipa.

Overall, this is a really well developed iipa. I will only have 1 pour of this, but it is a great beer. I'd easily get more of this.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well here it is "the Dreadnaught". I've been dreaming of sampling this one. It pours a muddy orange amber. A moderate head resides on top of my pint glass. A thick coating of lace covers my glass.. The aroma is like an ocean of hops. So piney and sour smelling. It's an amazing boquet of sour fruit and hop cones. The flavor is huge. A blast of pine and sour then malt smoothness with a touch of alcohol on the finish. This seems like a perfect balance of hop bomb and smooth malt. The medium body with plenty of carbonation to round it out. The high abv is there but fits nicely and makes me feel warm and fuzzy. This is my first IIPA and I must say I'm really starting to enjoy becoming a hop head.

Photo of barnzy78
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Second time trying this delight - first time was a couple of years ago and I was fairly unfamiliar with the style. Pours a bright tangerine-amber color with a relatively thin head with some nice sticky lacing. Aromas are of fresh, sweet pineapple, grapefruit, and orange with a great floral bouquet of hops with a hint of honey. Tastes are bitter up-front, but also sweet with a malty presence. Grapefruit and orange rind with some citric hops and a pleasant piny finish. Some hints of caramel from the malts, but remains bitter on the finish. Mouth-feel is medium bodied with some hop oils that cover the palate nicely. Alcohol is very well concealed. Excellent offering from 3F and I am very satisfied with finally getting a chance to re-try this great IIPA. Solid representation for the style.

Photo of kegger22
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as a hazy copper with the haze settling halfway through. A two finger, off-white head. Aroma is an awesome hops/citrus bomb. Flavor? Wow, I'm surprised, not the overwhelming hop bitterness that the aroma led me to expect. Nice malty sweetness to balance the hops. Grapefruit and something sweet that I can't put my finger on. Feel is a little heavy/oily, pretty thick for this type of beer. Drinkability? I want more, but because of the ABV, I'll have to stick with the bomber I just finished. I have to admit that I've never been a big fan of IPA's, but damn, I've had some great ones in the last two months and I'm becoming a fan.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a little cloudy amber golden orange with a big 2+ finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of tropical fruits and some sweet carmel malts

taste is much the same - this beer reminds me of sculpin or hop stoopid which has a high tropical fruit hop flovor and a good balance of malt backbone

mouthfeel is good with just enough of carbonation to make this medium to light beer go down smooth

drinkability is good even at the high abv - but at the 9-12 price i would stick to hop stoopid

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

Got two bombers of this great brew from BitterPachyderm. Thanks again, Mason, for your generosity. Enjoyed in a sniffer.

Appearance is lightly hazed amber notes with a tiny bubbly off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Aromas are of strong toasted caramel and bready malt. Hop aromas are grapefruit to boot. Flavors are similar, with the hop profile coming on strong, but there is definitely balance in this DIPA. Raisin are playing a big role here, too. Bitterness is high here! Medium syrupy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. I can sip on this beer all afternoon! I feel like I've said that about FFF beers before...

Photo of DoctorDog
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bottle into a snifter. No bottling or best by date.
Big thanks to "beveritt" for procuring this out of state gem for me.

A- Very hazy amber/orange. Pours with 1+ fingers of off white head, which to a sparse, thin, oily cap. Leaves ample lacing as consumed.

S- Grapefruit and pine resin hopiness. Quite sweet, malty notes eek their way in through the avalanche of hop.

T- Very assertive pine/citrus hop bitterness on the first sip. Rush of caramel malt notes follow to provide balance. Bitterness level is high. Alcohol content is well blended.

M- Moderate carbonation. Full feel, creamy, and goes down easy. Fair amount of residual hop oiliness. Exceptional.

D- Good. 9.5% ABV, probably would want to restrict myself to a single bomber of this stuff.

Future outlook: Really good, ....close enough to get without an extreme amount of effort, but not distributed here....so don't know if I'll have it again anytime soon.

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

Split this with a friend the other night whilst watching TV. Poured a hazy, golden color with white head that faded slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of floral/citrus hops and fruit. Tasted the same, balanced very well with malt. Smooth, yet slightly dry and bitter finish. Packs a punch, but I could have had another one.

Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid a pretty hefty price for this one. It better be worth it!

Pours a darker gold orange color with one finger head that quickly reduces to a ring around the side of the glass. Very subtle lacing.

Big sweet citrus hops with sweet ripe pineapple. Some sweet roasted malt, maybe a bit of mango. Very sweet and juicy smelling.

Nice juicy hops not biting or tiring in any way. Tastes like there is pineapple juice mixed in. Some pine from the hops, nice malt presence to keep some balance.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Carbonation is soft and velvety smooth.

Quite drinkable at this ABV. Alcohol is tasted a bit, but felt a little more. Very clean finish. A well done DIPA. In my top 10, possibly top 5 for DIPA's. That said, still not worth the high price point (see Hop Stoopid or BR Racer 5).

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

Received a bottle from VandenBossche last week.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow hue (not cloudy), with a nice fluffy head. The head looks like dish soap with small oily bubbles. Nice carbonation too.

Smells of fresh tropical fruit and citrus. Light floral smell. Just a hint of alcohol.

I can taste mongo, pineapple, and tons of fresh hops. Not bitter at all. Theres some malt in there but not much. If there was a liquid tropical starbusrt candy, this is what it would taste like.

The mouthfeel is slightly oily, and full bodied. Crisp lipsmacking finish.

This is a great imperial ipa. Wasn't tough to finish the bomber by myself. The alcohol was a little more evident than I would have liked it to be, but definitely not a distraction. I will definitely pick this up if I come across it!

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Greg and his brother, who brought down a bottle of Dreadnaught for us to try.

It pours a mostly clear copper color, with a couple of chunky bits of sediment. Not much head to speak of, but a really pretty body.

The smell is a citrus bomb -- orange, lemon, nectarine. Taste is more on the pit fruit side. I can pick up some apricot and peach going on here. Very cool. A ton of malty backbone to balance the taste out. Thick and resinous swallow. This is a really nice double IPA. Thanks!

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

22oz's into a pint glass and then some.

A- Dread had a pale/straw yellow color with golden spots. When the glass was full, there was no bubbles on top, then some white foam appeared making a skim with warming, it never left. A ring of lace around the glass. Small patterns of lace.

S- Big citrus, mango, pineapple, peaches, oranges, fresh as can be. And of course a nice sweet malt backing that comes up with warming. The best of both worlds.

T- Yes, this delivers. Getting a basket of tropical fruits like the ones above. Grapefruit and oranges are dominate. Caramel malt after the initial blast, but very well balanced. Some forrest pine also giving a distinct bitterness, very nice.

M- Hoppy, bitter, tasty and sweet all at the same time, dread has somewhat of a oily feel from a medium feel. This one is nicely carbed. Became more bitter as time passed.

D- It took me sometime to get through it, bit dread never lost it's pizazz, this is well put together. Very easy to sip on or indulge more quickly, I was somewhere in between. The 9.5 is high and rightfully so with this much flavor & the bitterness is is just right, not a burn out. I really enjoyed this.

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.
It pours a clear orangy gold with a very carbonated white head and very good lacing.
It smells wonderful, hints of citrus, hops and a surprising peach comes through.
After the great start, the taste wasn't exactly what I was expecting. It was very fruity so I was expecting to taste a little of that, instead I really just tasted coriander and hops. I think overall its very good for an IPA, but I was slightly put off because it didn't taste like I thought it should have.

Photo of Wheelinb
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We were able to get our hands on this at the Rotten Apple in Grafton, it was a nice cap to a great Sunday afternoon.

Amazing golden yellow color. Got a big whiff of citrus hops as itw as poured so I knew it was going to be good. I big hop bite right away but not harsh. Definite citrus with a subtle underlying sweetness. Just the right amount. This beer is worth seeking out for sure.

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

This is my first encounter with a Three Floyds beer and it's pretty great. It's a big, sweet, citrusy/floral DIPA with good hop resin bite. The beer pours a deep gold with little head but lots of lacing. The smell is thick with clementines, limes and floral hops. The flavor is similarly great. The hop flavor is very strong nearly to the point of having a solvent character. The malt is still quite sweet adding an excellent caramel character. The hops taste strongly of oranges, sweet and citric. The defining characteristic with DIPAs for me is the bitterness level and Dreadnaught is within the optimum range for me. The mouthfeel is oily and thick without being cloying. The drinkability is very high despite the fairly high alcohol level.

Photo of caskstrength
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This is a great DIPA. Competes with the best.

Fruity, pungent hops on the nose. Smell is excellent, full, rich citrus and piney goodness. Tropical smells there too.

Fruity, citrus dominated hops on the taste buds, Pine and tropical flavors mix in as well. Everything proportioned right, jumping all over the place just like it should on the tongue.
Malts balance things just perfectly without unseating King Hop, who is clearly in charge. Just so well done, so intense, every flavor just where it should be.

Full mouthfeel, perfect compliment to the flavor, lingers on the tongue, just enough. Next sip hard to delay.

But...it's terribly overpriced. Equivalent of 26 bucks for a 4 pack, or 40 for a sixer. This isn't a fancy barrel aged limited release, special ingredient deal. There are several other high ABV IPAs almost as good that completely destroy Dreadnaught on price.

And start dating your bottles.

Photo of gatornation
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bought a bomber of this and it poured a peach orange color with a nice retaining head and sticky lacing the smell was grapefruit and mango and hops and sweet caramel malt... b4 my first sip i already knew it was going to be outstanding i could smell it 2 feet away from me... yep the grapefruit and mango explode in your mouth and nose the hops hit your tongue your mouth puckers you just want another sip fast wow!! the taste is outstanding..its a perfectly balanced dipa that is so well balanced i cant believe its 9.5 abv ..you taste no alcohol just a perfect hop/malt creation of goodness.. this one ranks up their with double trouble, pliney, hop stoopid and hopslam as the best a dipa can be.. only drawback is you drink it to fast and its very pricey.. however it is a must try highly recommended and will drink this anytime anywhere..oh crap my bomber is gone ..

Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,232 ratings.