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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,694 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,694
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,703
Gots: 491 | FT: 20
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001)
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Photo of pezoids


4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a twenty two ounce bomber, this beer poured out a light and golden color and had a touch of murkiness. The beer was topped off with an average sized head of creamy foam. The complex aroma is very floral and lively. Piney with touches of freshly mown grass. Fruits like oranges and lemons are strong. The taste is perfectly sweet and full with fruity malts and an estery bitterness. This beer is quite drinkable for being so strong. Also, it isn’t as heavy tasting as I thought it would be. There is a sticky sweet orange fruitiness that coats the tongue.

A monster of a beer that, I feel deserves its fine reputation. Beautiful on all counts.

Thanks, Mark!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 16:19:26 | More by pezoids
Photo of hulmanite


2.7/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I realize this is actually a decent beer, but I'm going to have to be the dissenting opinion here. Maybe I just don't have a taste for IPA's (and I don't, in general), but to me, this one tasted like burned popcorn. Everything else about the beer is great! But, the taste is off-kilter to what beers should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 23:23:58 | More by hulmanite
Photo of CRJMellor


4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, glowing orange/amber. Medium sized off-white head that imparts pockets of thick lace on the glass.
Aroma is citrus and resin hop oil assault the nasal passage (in a nice way); I got a fresh pine cone and herbal fruitiness with just a hint of diacetyl.
Flavor is sweet on the front palate that gradually slides into a pronounced bitterness. Malt is caramel and some fruity notes. Some buttered bread and a hint of yeast are also evident. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but very smooth with an oiliness that glides down your gullet. Any sweetness is tempered with the bittering. The slide is so gradual to be almost unnoticed until the swallow and the back of the tongue and throat get hit with the very pleasant but potent bitterings. It may be that there is enough malt to cut the bitterness to a tolerable level but whatever formula it works perfectly.
Drinkability is amazing, there is no way this can be 9.5 ABV ! I could all day and all night. Every beer lover should get to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 01:31:19 | More by CRJMellor
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4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is great stuff! I had the Dreadnaught initially a year ago on tap, but recently I managed to get a case of bombers, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. The bottled Dreadnaught poured a deep, slightly reddish amber with a full, fluffy off-white head. The initial smell is of imposing hops, grapefruit, roses, and sweet pine. The taste is rich and textured: lots of strong hoppiness to be sure, but underneath there's so much going on--bitter candied caramel. The mouthfeel is medium thick, and the alcohol is disguised cleverly, but clearly it is potent. Too bad this stuff is so hard to get your hands on!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 21:57:09 | More by longpondbeerman
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured out a deep amber color with a decnet size head on it that went away medium to slow.
smelled citrus and floral hops, some carmamel in the background
tasted about the same as it smelled.
out of all the IPA's, Double IPAs i found this to be the best of the lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 15:48:52 | More by kegerator
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4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a pour!!! Me 12 oz English pint took this roar pour with 2” of sticky tight spumescent beige head over a noticeably clear golden amber & dark sunset orange well carbonated pour. Head retention leaves a huge pillowy coating on me drink.

These IPA scents do not get any better! Heaven! Total rush to the olfactory senses of fresh floral hops. Like an infomercial, "But wait! There's more!" A spectrum of hop bouquet ranging from honey to grapefruit, to a citrus palate of lemons, pinapple and heavy succulent pine resin. Nose is reminiscent of Troegs Nugget Nectar. Pure “held in your hand hops” scents like Dogfish Head 90 minute.

Intense IPA zesty acidic hops assault the tongue. The IBUs on this able bodied beer must be off the charts into the 100+ range. The cornicopia of flavors starts with sweet grapefruit slices, fresh grass & deep pine resin. There is quite an acidic tongue sizzle. The aftertaste is ephemeral dry hops. Once again, curious to know the hops used in Dreadnaught.

Last swigs: This is the best IIPA I have come to taste, yet. What a great IIPA! Bottle conditioned too, tastes like this one was brewed as fresh as this morning, but I had this one sitting in my beerfridge for four months. In comparison the STONE Ruination, I’d say less mouth sizzle and less of the sweet sugar stick. The first pour didn’t have any yeaasties. Second pour was more pure goodness.

Special kudos to BA brother cerevisiaephilus for this sweet sample. I also just reviewed my BELL’S Two Hearted form cere also. Cheers!

***Just downed a bomber and it is still good! 8/14/05***

Beer is good. Happy (heavy) beering.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 06:29:10 | More by blitheringidiot
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New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle was purchased last fall.
Poured dark copper/amber, hazy, some small particles in suspension. Nice,foamy head.
Big hop aroma and plenty 'o malt too. Pine needles and oranges,actually reminded me of a pine tree bough.
Massive hop attack on the pallet, with malt backbone. A mild astringency in the malt. Huge hop character and alcohol.
Lots of fruit, pine resin,citrus zest, caramel and a light quanine aftertaste. Strong bitterness lingers between sips, as well as the sticky, juicy nectar of the hop. A real treat.

Edit 3/23/06:
A fresh example reveals a juicier, hoppier character.
Smooth bitterness accents large hop oil flavors, and the quanine aftertaste is missing.
The fresher, the better.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 12:20:16 | More by brewandbbq
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a hazy, orange-amber with dark flakes on final pour. A medium-sized, dense, cream-colored head leaves sticky, foam lacing. Hoppy, sweet, creamy nose with a hint of milk chocolate. Wow. Super bitter in the front with some sweetish cream. The middle turns almost chocolatey. It's creamy sweet with a touch of sour milk (not a bad thing here). Very bitter again in the finish. Some crackers and lots of alcohol. Amazingly intense flavor. A slightly odd background effect might be due to the alcohol. It certainly tames with temperature. Bottom line: an outstanding, bitter, creamy, sweet, intense beer. Hoohah!

Thanks to Dantes!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 21:13:43 | More by kbub6f
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good best bitter accompanied by some hops. Spruce, a lot of grapefuit, some citrus in a malt base. Orange colour, somewhat cloudy.
I did not get the barrage of hop wallop, it was smooth. Though bitter bitter hops. Could it be have been held too cool at the supermarket? I stored it for 3 weeks in the cellar. Its as if I am given a different beer than others.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 04:08:02 | More by Sammy
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4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught pours very clear with a small head subsiding to a ring of foam with a little galaxy of whiteness in the center that continues to be refreshed by a stream of bubbles emanating from the center of the bottom of the chalice as I continue to extend this run on sentence to embarrassing length.

Big 3 Floyds hop smell.

The taste is what I'd hoped for. The hops introduce me to the beer. They're so unavoidable as I begin to drink. Then the thickness of the liquid coats my tongue and the sweetness of the malt begins. It's an "all at the same time" beer. Bitterness kicks in almost after the fact.The alcohol presence blends with everything else. ( I may have been drinking big beers too much - not possible- to notice) I'll be drinking this again. I will judge the drinkability after a few but for now it's very drinkable. It's an all by itself beer. No pairing comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 23:12:07 | More by faernt
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4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear, dark orange leaving a decent white head. Piney, resinous, citric hops assault your senses as the beer fills the glass. Lots of malt accompany the loads of hops. Starts and finishes with hops, hops and more hops. With all that is going on in this beer it is extremely drinkable even at 9.5% alc.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 02:51:07 | More by jlh8643
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Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark gold/orange body with a white film. Possibly the best hop aroma I've smelled. They are there, all over the place, the big juicy grapefruity hops, but they're more than that, they're a perfume, they're the pine cardboard you put on the mirror in your car, they're the orange you ate this morning, they're the lemon juice you've put over your salmon yesterday, they're your freshly cut grass on a sunny june day. Hops, all over the place and then some, and a bit of alcohol and some heavy malt. Quite complex adventure. The first sip then adds some, grass, grapefruity, but more than that. There's a mineral saltiness in there, alcohol peaks and thick malt layers, honeyish chewy malt. Texture is smooth, creamy, very thick. Definitely my favorite I2PA and it may even convince me to seek a few others out, but I'm still far from sold to the green side, the hophead clan. Worth another tribute to Raindog for providing me with this modern classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 19:21:12 | More by Rastacouere
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4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a brilliant orange, almost OSHA safety-like in it's vibrancy. A bit of a chill haze intensifies the glow, with a thick, almost white, well beaded froth settled atop. The head lasts throughout, diminishing into a thick collar surrounding splotchy mist. Plenty of lace clings to the glass, leaving a broken, even, filmy covering. My only complaint at all is the lack of a tight film throughout. With this much hops, I expected incredible head retention.
The aroma rises from the bottle upon uncapping, an almost tangible plume of hop laden fog escapes it's glassy confines. If I had a horse's feed bag filled with freshly picked hops, still wet from the pacific northwestern rain, strapped to my face I don't think it would smell fresher. Hugely earthy, floral, piney, herbal and citric all at once. I can't pick out anything specific, but I'm guessing some new high alpha triploid varieties. The hops undoubtedly dominate, with just enough malt adding an undercurrent of toasty, syrupy sweetness. A touch of biscuit, with restrained esters hinting towards peach and white grape. Stunning.
The flavor start with an almost immediate bitterness. A huge, syrupy malt backbone struggles to support the oily, slick hops that rush in with slavering jaws, bent on defiling your tastebuds. As the palate acclimates itself to the bittering, the malt acquires a creamy, almost buttery texture. This stuff in insanely smooth, the alcohol completely hidden. The hops try vainly to assume some modesty up front, allowing toasty malt and a touch of bready yeast to attempt some diplomacy with your tastebuds. Notes of peach, pear and white grape esters are offered, but a wanton, instinctive urge to conquer wins out. The hops assume full command of the finish, with plenty of shock and awe in the oily, rindy citric bitterness. Herbal, pine and floral hop flavor add a lovely complexity that makes the finish a triumph of the american love for more, more, more. I can't get over how great the hopping is. As powerful as it seems, the malt manages to keep it reasonably in check, impeccably balanced. The aftertaste is all hops, mainly herbal and floral flavors, with a hop bitterness that sticks to the tongue for hours. The only indication of the alcohol is a faint boozey fusel feel when exhaling. Full bodied, with a creamy, buttery feel and firm, delicate carbonation.
I enjoy big beers on an irregular basis, and I believe this is the first that I could easily keep a case on hand for daily consumption. It's so incredibly satisfying and delicious, almost sessionable in it's ease of quaffing. I found myself restraining from gulping down the hoppy goodness. Ye gods, this is a seductively dangerous nectar.
A beer the pacific northwest was created for. A creature both menacing and consoling.
Thanks to Mikeys01 and Oldcrustacean for bringing me a bottle! I owe you guys BIG time for this treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 10:07:35 | More by UnionMade
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3.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am drinking this brew at room temp in a snifter. Big Thanks to Jables and BIF 6 for letting me experience this brew. The beer pours a clear copper color with an offwhite fluffy head foaming up pretty easily. The head fades to a surface layer rather quickly. Aroma is all hops, I get a mixture of rich resiny pine scents with some pungent sour grapefruit hits as well.
First sip reveals a thinner body than expected and slightly oily texture. Low smooth carbonation. The flavor is all hops moves from piney notes to sour citrus notes that leave a bitter flavor on my lips. the overall flavor leaves a bitter impression in my mouth and I also get a slight alcohol warming in my throat and belly. A decent beer, but not worth the hype in my opinon.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 04:12:18 | More by sulldaddy
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottle. Purchased September '03 at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati,OH. Consumed April 8, 2004.
Shiny dark copper color. Beautiful creamy biege head. Lots of hop generated bubbles. Visually Impressive. Perfect looking beer in the glass. Striking hop aromas at arms length. Sharp snappy cascade hop presence. Taste is snappy and dominated by grapefruit juice, bitter spruce tips like taste and full on hop snap balanced on a toasty biscuit malt backbone. Great flavors, balanced and everything you would expect in a great IPA. Balanced. Medium bodied, rich flavors, biting hop teeth. Puckering on the lips, and asks to be sampled and savored, yet perfectly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 23:49:21 | More by StevieW
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4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA Qarre for this bottle!! Using a nice clean pint glass, I poured myself a lovely beer. Hazy medium amber with a huge frothy head, that died down quickly, but still left a layer on top which left little bit of lacing throughout my glass. Smell is surprisingly rich and creamy, of candied hop pinecones. Taste is also rich and creamy...alcohol is not really detected via taste or aroma, but I can't ignore that warm alcohol feeling in my tummy :-) Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, very smooth. I know the malt is in there someplace, but the hops are very smooth, and come across as grapefruit and sugar. That flavor lingers, but surprisingly the bitterness is kept to a minimum. I couldn't give it a five for drinkability, as I only had the one bottle. I would love to try this on tap, and then to see how many I could drink...Definitely a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 18:22:59 | More by PatandDavid
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy, yellow amber witha foamy white head and nice lacing.

Smells hoppy, hoppy, hoppy: three rows deep in the hop section at the brew store. Pine and pepper.

Taste is ... wow-ow-ow, BIG. Hop head's dream. Flowery, peppery, biting hops, exhillarating. How in the world do they do that? It's not bitter, but it's over-the-top hopped.

Medium bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel.

It's easy to drink, probably would sneak up on you, and would be great with a large variety of food. Too damn bad it's $9 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 13:25:46 | More by budsboy
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4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After much searching for a trading partner to get this elusive brew, we finally meet. Thank you AragornUnplugged. The beer leaves the 22 oz. brown bomber (with a really funky label I might add) and finds itself in my imperial pint glass. The appearance is clear orange amber color with a nice white head, both pretty standard for a good IPA. The head leaves a lot quicker than a single IPA which is likely due to the high strength of the brew. Carbonation is also low and is gone rather quickly. The aroma is surprisingly mild for an imperial IPA. It is clearly hoppy, but the aroma does not hit you across the room like a Ruination or a Celebration. There are strong notes of alcohol and caramel malts on the nose as well. The taste is quite sweet with a strong peppery kick due to the hops. Smooth silky mouthfeel with a syrupy thick consistency. Strong alcohol burn detracts somewhat from drinkability. Overall I think this brew is very close to being on the fence to being a barley wine, not that there is anything wrong with that. I will try to eventually get some more to cellar to see if it ages well like a real barley wine. Too bad, it will take a quite a while to get some more in.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 04:51:52 | More by rajendra82
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4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very pleased to find this in the local wine-with-some-beer store, but the price was a bit much, so I split one with Budsboy on for a Sunday afternoon tasting.

Very nice to look at, golden, with a good foamy head and lace like curtains. Pretty well carbonated, with tiny bubbles racing eachother up the glass.

Hoppity hop hoppy when you put it to the nose, and flowery too.

Citrus and flowery with some serious hop, followed by more hops with a hoppy aftertaste.

Sticky in the mouth, which adds to the pucker factor with brings down the drinkability somewhat. Kind of over the top, but good. I wonder if giving one a few months to simmer would bring the beer a little more balance and make it a bit smoother to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 03:21:46 | More by hustlemuscle
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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Largely clear, coppery-bronze in hue, the white head reached about a finger in height before dissipating to soapy foam. The subsequent lacing was very minimal. Honestly it looks like a typical IPA. Then I took a sniff. It’s not normal! A violent assault of hops assails my nose, grapefruit rinds, grapefruit flesh, a forest of pine trees and a wild flower potpourri. The potent aromas are big, bold, and juicy. It is oh so inviting, my mouth is watering. Let me start the description of the taste this way, after about two sips I had hop burps. Sometimes when I quaff a Double IPA the gross trusting of hops down the gullet gets tiresome and sometimes I really yearn for a little balance. But Three Floyds has proven an IPA can be produced that is massively hoppy and unforgiving in its lack of balanced. Yet it is graceful and soothing but it also manages to be threatening as well. I am impressed. The hops are so juicy, so oily, so fleshy, so bitter, and so tasty! The hops stick to my lips. The malt influences are minimal and damn near pointless in mentioning, maybe, I mean maybe I could detect a trace of malty sweetness in the form of caramel. At this point I don’t care, the hops have captured my attention, I am hooked. The alcohol provides some noticeable warmth. I could jibber-jabber about how great this tastes all night long, so I’ll move on. Medium-full in body, very syrupy, the carbonation is very modest but it seems appropriate for the hugeness of this beer. If drinkability is a question of do I want another? The answer is an overwhelming “YES!!” This IS the best tasting IPA I have ever had. It is great; it is wonderful… it is near perfect on the tongue. Thank you so much PhantomVodoo!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 14:16:29 | More by bditty187
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The coppery color was slightly hazy I didn’t notice the yeast in the bottle nor did I worry about upsetting the conditioning. The head was nothing exceptional but the nose was happy when it went for the first whiff. The hops didn’t move me but the malt did. The taste was an even better experience. The malt was still noted but the hops balanced it very well. The citrus notes peaked my interest in this beer…Hmmm, don’t I have relatives in Ind. That can ship me some of the stuff. This is a VERY drinkable brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 22:30:31 | More by halfpgl
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4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dreadnaught! Great name outstanding beer. This is probably the best IPA I've ever had. Pours a cloudy mixture of amber and orange. The nose to this beast is unlike anything I've smelled to date. Citrus and hops grab you by the nose hairs and never let go. The first sip is like a thousand little hops jumping up and down on the tongue in a dance to please the beer gods. Oily slick as the dance is finished with a slight malt after taste. Finishing this is down right depressing because the flavor never disappoints and always leaves the mouth wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 21:43:49 | More by Ahhdball
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dreadnaught. What a fantastic name! Pours a pretty, cloudy orange-brown color with a bubbly white head that continues to leave plenty of lace on my glass as I drink. The scent is unbelieveable - pure hops is what comes to mind. I know that makes no sense, but this is hops in all its hop glory. Even before tasting, I wonder if I'm going to dream about this beer.

The taste? Wow. It's like wave upon wave upon wave of hops - each slightly different. There are citrusey, piney, bitter, dry and maybe even other all slightly different yet still wonderful hop flavors. I don't know if this beer was brewed up with any malt/grain, for all I taste is hops. Maybe this is hop oil? Hop extract? Hop juice? Hop puree? In any case, the beer is incredibly oily, rich and thick.

Hoppy beers are supposed to make you hungry, and about 1/3 of the way thru this I had an incredibly strong desire for spicy wings (that I did not get). The only (possible) downside with Dreadnaught is ... its hoppyness. It's certainly only a sipping beer for beer, though of course this isn't necessarily a bad thing. You don't taste the alcohol - all you get is hop heaven.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 00:38:53 | More by jahred
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is a hazy orange color. The aroma screams of hops with citrus/grapefruit notes, though there is a detection of some maltiness (caramel?). The mouthfeel is really nice. There is so much bitterness, but the maltiness rounds out the beer extremely well. It is sweet with tastes of tangerines. The finish is an herbal, citrus bitterness. This is a fantastic beer that any hophead will enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 16:35:51 | More by ark57
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4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, how many accolades can one lay upon this beer? After reading many of the reviews on BA i was a bit intimidated when opening my first bottle of dreadnaught. As I poured it into my glass my intimidation grew. The monsterous smell of hops nearly filled my college apartment's kitchen. As I held the beer up to a light it left a beautiful clear amber/golden hue. I put this beer up to my mouth expecting a bitterness not to be described put i was pleasantly surprised. I will not lie, this is a hop monster but it is also incredibly balanced. A nice malt backbone supported the hops wonderfully. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth but leaves a bit a oily hop resin on the tongue. This is one of my favorite beers. Hopefully sometime Nick Floyd will see fit to lower prices on this bad boy. A definate must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 02:33:00 | More by soper2000
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,694 ratings.