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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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Ratings: 5,346
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,833
Gots: 684 | FT: 29
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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 portia99
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in trade from rlcnmeyer - Thanks! I see no sign of a date or freshness code on the bottle.

A - Poured a hazy, pale orange with a one finger white head of intermingled large and small bubbles. Head fades after about a minute to a thin layer of bubbles distributed more or less evenly across the entire surface of the beer. Eventually fades leaving nice, thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - First smell yields large amounts of caramel and toffee-like malt - hints of molasses. Subtle floral hops come thru, but in a subdued way. Expected more hop aroma here.

T - Spicy hops overlaying thick malt base. Lots of caramel flavor blending nicely with the hop bitterness that is fighting thru the sweet malt. Some citrusy hop flavor balances nicely with the malts. Alcohol makes its presence known, not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Sweet malt coats the tongue and sides of the mouth. Carbonation is medium to a touch heavy. Leans towards being a sipping beer.

D - For a 9.5% beer, this is pretty quaffable. This 22 is going down quick and easy. This is a really enjoyable beer with big flavors and body, but goes down pretty easily. Everything blends well and makes this a really enjoyable big beer.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bombers purchased at brewery during DLD09.

Appearance - bright but hazed, the beer pours a dirty tangerine color with a flat cream-colored head. It's on the thin side but puts a thin wall of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - great bouquet of mango, grapefruit, and pine. Very citrusy and zesty.

Taste - biscuity caramel malts have a twang of sweetness, segueing to the citrusy fruitines of the hops. Mango and pineapple at first, then going more bitter, like grapefruit rind. Dries out, stays bitter, but nothing medicinal. The finish has a bit of warmth along with the dry bitterness. A fairly intense experience flavorwise.

Mouthfeel - a touch heavy and thick. The carbonation is on the crisp side but struggling through the viscosity of this DIPA, as it should be.

Drinkability - the one Top 100 beer I've had the most of without reviewing it, until now. Bombers and bombers I've bought, fully intending to write one up, only to be lulled into its deliciousness. Finally scraped up enough patience. What a delicious DIPA, certainly my most familiar.

Photo of Brew33
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a Bomber over the weekend.... Very excited to try it.

It's a really nice colored beer. Fairly orange in color, fairly cloudy.

The smell is ripe. Sweet fruity hops. No malt or yeast aroma whatsoever, this is all hops.

The taste was pretty damn good. Dank, citrusy hops. Sticky sweet. Excellent mouthfeel. Sticks to your lips. Oily, hoppy. Good stuff.

Is it as good as advertised? Probably not. Is it my favorite IIPA? No. Is it worth $10.99 a bomber? Hell no.

But it's a damn tasty brew that I would happily drink anytime.

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

Big thanks to bulletrain76 for sharing.

Pours a great looking golden color with a nice two finger head and pretty decent lacing. One T-Rex rides piggyback on another in the foam. Weird.

The scent is a nice combination of fruits; a lot more tropical fruits are here in a manner in which I don't usually come across in big IPAs. Pineapple and guava are just as present as the citrusy orange/grapefruit that I'm used to. Sweet on the nose, and slightly boozy.

Taste follows the nose, with all of the above fruits with some carmelly brown-sugar malts noticeable as well. Well balanced, with a nice lightly bitter finish. Not too sweet.

Crisp and slightly hot with a bitter but clean finish. Medium-high body and oily.

Drinkability is pretty high, especially considering the ABV. Never comes off as too boozy or sweet...very nice.

Overall, a very nice DIPA. I've had better, certainly, but I wouldn't hesitate to grab this at any opportunity I get.

Photo of rpstevens
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to straffordmilitia for sharing this bottle with me.

The beer pours a pale, light golden orange, not nearly as murky as I have come to expect from a dIPA. There is a thin white head that fades, leaving an oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is pretty mild, some citrus and sugary malt.

The taste is a much more intense than the nose on this one. Blasts of bitter hop followed by tangy citrus notes, the malt in sugary notes in the smell are almost completely absent from the taste. The most interesting thing about this beer is the mango flavors that persist throughout and well into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is great. Not too much alcohol presence and the beer is well carbonated, making it something that I could easily drink a few glasses of in one sitting. The aftertaste of this beer is worth noting, as it is almost as strong as the beer itself and it leaves me craving more of the beer.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Honey-orange color with a medium white head that sticks to glass. Very nice aroma that is a showcase of fruity citrus like orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. all enhanced by a sweet maltiness. The flavor has tons of juicy hops that burst with grapefruit and tangerine. There is a big malt body that is on the sweet side, but a massive bitterness perfectly balances it. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Malty, but in a way that enhances the hops instead of takes away from them. I was worried that I might not get a fresh bottle, but this seems pretty spot on as to what I was expecting. Maybe not the freshest, but hardly worse for wear. For how much hop goodness this exudes, the balance is spot on.

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

Appearance: Comes off the pour somewhat viscous in appearance. Color is golden with tones of honey, and the carbonation shows moderately throughout. Head is a well-retained white and thick 1/2 finger skim that leaves behind tons of bubbly, sticky lacing.

Smell: Aroma is an earthy bitter scent with some citrus and slight pine. not too overwhelming and cut well with some bready malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is a very sweet, sticky bitter - some citrus, a little sap, some bready malt, hot alcohol vapors and a strong aftertaste. Apple skin and peaches, almost tropical flavors are very present in the aftertaste. The feel is very full and mouthfilling without being too heavy. It is sticky, oily and bright.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high. I think Three Floyds really seems to do sticky, bitter and hoppy right.

Photo of beerhobo22
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit aromas combined with some malty sweetness. Poured amber with huge off-white head with good retention. Malt flavors slightly dominate with hop bitterness right behind. A big malty beer with lots of hops (100IBU). Medium bodied with a dry finish; no lingering bitterness here. This is similar to the Apocolypse Cow, less the lactose milk sugar. A VERY GOOD Imperial IPA.

From the tasting sheet:
"An Imperial IPA with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish. 100IBU 9.5%ABV"

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

Appearance: This pours a nice cloudy orange color. A finger of head at the top of the glass, with lacing covering the tulip from head to toe. The head retention is excellent.

Smell: An exceptional smelling beer! As soon as I opened the bottle I could tell this was going to be a well put together IIPA. A very nice citrus aroma mixed together with a caramel malt. I'm putting my money on this bottle being quite fresh, because this hop aroma is fantastic.

Taste: Starts out with a nice piece of orange peel and mango, with a little caramel malt showing its face. A small amount of alcohol shined through, but still very well hidden. Hop oils are coating the mouth, and the beer finishes with a very pleasant grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: A very well carbonated beer. Medium body. Goes down very easily.

Drinkability: With the high ABV, I don't think I could handle more than a single bomber of this, perhaps a bomber and a half. This was a fantastic beer. My first Three Floyds experience, and what a great start.

Photo of bamadog
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for bringing this back from a recent trip to Indy. A very nice IIPA. The bottle says there are elements of peach and mango, and while I did not necessarily get those in my tasting of it, it was definitely a bit of a hop bomb that provided a ton of citrus.

Appearance: Pours a nice coppery orange color with minimal head, more of a thick very uneven skim; body appears mildy cloudy/hazy and seems to have pretty solid carbonation coming up; a spotty-oily lacing holds loosely to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy hops -- big orange peel scent and some grapefruit; a firm yet downplayed malty back is bringing about a mild sweetness that is almost honey-like but it's barely there.

Taste: Really bitter citrus hops right up front, especially the orange peel, this bitterness is followed by a mildly semi-sweet juicelike sweetness (perhaps this is the peach/mango that I was not picking up on?); bitterness dominates overall though; the malty presence that is in the nose is not really present at all in the mouth; aftertaste is the orange peel and pungent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation gives way to solid sticky coating; mouth and chest are warmed from the alcohol. Abotu what I would expect from a beer of this style and size.

Drinkability: Moderate - it's a nice tasting IIPA with plenty of powerful bitter flavor that makes it a bit of a sipper, but even if it wasn't for that, the bigger alcohol would slow me down. I could probably handle a couple of glasses in a night, but don't think I'd attempt much more.

Photo of Onenote81
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle received from akokandy in a recent trade. Thanks so much, Adam!

Poured into my snifter. Pours a hazy deep gold with about a half inch white head on top. Some decent lacing is left behind. The scent on this is rivaled only by the brothers Pliny. I could wear this as a cologne if possible. Huge piney floral hoppiness going on. Big bountiful scents just burst forth and bombard the nose. Absolutely wonderful!

Mouthfeel is crisp and pleasant for drinkability. Flavor is not as bitter and hoppy as I expected, but it is good nonetheless. Slight bitter hops right at the onset, but this gives way to a very sweet finish. This is balanced as all get out. Drinkability = freaking better believe it! I could drink this all night.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to natasharai for the trade.

22oz bomber with gold lowercase lettering (this is supposed to be one of the more recent batches). tasted in early april 2009.

pale amber with orange hue. faint haze. moderate, off-white head, gradually recedes to thin, wispy, almost creamy layer. some thin, webby rings of lace.

grapefruity aroma with touch of pine, plus an apple fruitiness underneath, then giving way to the caramel malt. finishes with more pine. all a bit subdued however.

taste: sweetly fruity, citrusy hops, with touch of pine, mixing with apple esters and caramel maltiness. resinous and piney hops return and give a moderate bitterness to counteract. note of honey in the background. finish is piney. all this said, it's not as fresh nor dynamic as hoped.

medium body, smooth, with light resins right before the finish. moderate carbonation, giving some body and fluffiness.

i believe this batch is just not as good as previous ones. my brother and i had fond memories of dreadnaught back at EBF '08. however, at EBF '09, we tasted it again, and were underwhelmed. seems to be confirmed here...

Photo of callmescraps
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second FFF offering, and it's breaking in the brand new Duvel tulip (thanks to the lady friend for the awesome gift). While the label isn't as terrible as the Alpha King one, it's still pretty lousy.

Appearance - Very nice orange/amber color. It has an inch or so of creamy head, and some very nice lacing. Almost glows.

Smell - A burst of nice citrus hops up front. Some nice grapefruit and some definite orange rind. A hint of that burnt sugar caramel malt, and maybe some pine round it out. Smells nice.

Taste - Lots of bitter hopness up front. Less citrus and more pine, unfortunately, since that's not my favorite. Has a real sweet malt behind it. That pine bitterness just keeps coming, frankly. Can get a hint of that grapefruit, but it's pretty overpowered. The bitterness hangs around pretty fiercely.

Mouthfeel - Very nice and creamy. Not syrupy, which is a surprise. It's got a good, thick body.

Drinkability - Not the best. The bitterness just hangs around so intensely I can't picture wanting another.

This is a pretty good beer, but certainly not a favorite. It really brings a ton of hops, but it's so bitter that I really miss a citrus balance to sweeten it out for me. Just a ton of that pine blasting through everything.

Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy brought this over today.

A- Poured into pint glass. Pours nice clear deep yellow almost slight amber color into the glass. 1/2 inch off white head falls after a minute or so leaving nice lacing that clings to the glass.

S- Big citrus hop smell (pineapple, orange..ect). This is really present but later on there some malty backbone that finally shines through.

T- This is a hop bomb for sure. Tons of grapefruit and citrus hops upfront. This gives way to a clean grainy (maybe malts?) finish. There is another flavor in here but I can't really tell what it is. The malts balance this out pretty nicely and don't take from the hop bomb aspect of it.

M- Pretty nice mouthfeel. I would have to say medium mouthfeel. The hops cling to the taste buds in this beer letting it linger around much longer than one would expect. Nice carbonation leaves the beer floating over your tounge. Good beer in this aspect.

D- FFF is one of my favorite breweries hands down. This beer I could drink more than one of as long as I was at home or else had a DD if I was out. Good to the last sip and I love it!

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Poured a really nice orange color almost an orange yellow color with about a one finger head with ok retention. Leaves lacing down the glass. Smell is really good. Hops, fruit, grapefruit, citrus, and a bit of some piney smells come through. Really nice aroma. Taste wise is very similar, grapefruit and hops are pretty apparent. Kind of piney but not much and citrus. Surprisingly not very bitter if any at all, goes down really smooth. All I can say is it taste awesome. Has a real nice mouthfeel too. Overall a great IPA, probably would go up there with one of the best I've had yet. This was my first time drinking this one and it definitely wont' be the last.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew via trade with Chrizzle. My first completed trade.

Pours a nice see through orange color with a golden tint. One finger of foamy off white head, that will leave lacing down the entire glass.

Has a very big nose with a couple of different fruity flavors that stand out significantly. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon. A caramel malted backbone, with a hint of alcohol. A complex smelling brew.

I'm so glad that I got to taste this beer. The taste is just as complex and flavorful as the smell. Big pineapple and grapefruit flavor. It has a sweet caramel/bready malt backbone. Delicious.

Overall, I thought this beer was amazing. I thought that it wasn't going to live up to the hype that I had created in my head, but it really did a good job of stepping it up.

Photo of dwennis
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright Yellow, Light white head

Smell: Floral and Hops of course, a touch of fruit as well

Taste: HOPS!!! with hints of some fruitinees

Mouth feel: Moderate carbonation

Great beer, wish i could get it easier, If anyone wants to trade for some more beermail me.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with Hexxed. Thanks!

A: Pours a translucent orange / amber color with an inch of fluffy, off-white head. It falls to a collar and light film on the brew, but leaves substantial washes of lacing and thick register marks down the glass.

S: Huge grapefruit, pineapple, and mango notes with floral hops as well. Coming in way behind is some caramel and biscuit malt.

T: Hop bomb, as expected. Lots of citrus here, and it's present in a largely tropical pineapple and mango combination. Grapefruit is found, but in lesser quantities, and it rivals the caramel and biscuit malt flavors for attention. Toward the end of the taste there is a grain taste that gives way to a clean finish with a lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, with a slightly oily and resiny feel that coats the mouth and creates a slightly sticky flavor. A bitter aftertaste. Well-masked ABV, with no burn or even an indication of warmth.

D: This seems to be a poor value, at around $10 a bomber, but it is a good DIPA. I'll probably stick with something local, though -- it'll be cheaper, fresher, and taste just as good if not better.

Photo of jdklks
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- dark golden moving into the amber range depending on the lighting. soft white head that hangs around for a little bit. nothing too special here.

S- Hops and fruit. citrus fruit. pineapple comes to mind. smells a lot like hopslam actually.

T- a little underwhelming at first. The hops dont come through as expected and there is actually more malt flavor than would be desired in a DIPA. This must be what people mean when they say they like their IPAs "balanced", but i dont get it. As i said, its malty, there is a hop bitterness, and lots of fruit flavors in between. It's good, but not what I expected.

M- This beer is insanely smooth on the palate. doesn't get much better in this department.

D- This drinks well, and i would definitely get it again if it were available in my area (but it is not).

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

Paid $9.49 for a bomber from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI.

Perfect head of about an inch after pouring this thick beer into my snifter glass. Head is very white and moderately frothy. Head takes a while to dissipate, leaving minimal retention. Excellent lacing. Nicely carbonated. Transparent golden orange in color.

Big classic DIPA nose of grapefruit citrus hops. Best nose of a midwest DIPA I've smelled. Actually right up there and quite comparable to the West Coast leaders in its class. Fresh, clean and very hoppy. I could see some complain about the lack of balance here, but I rather enjoy a hopbomb here and there.

The beer has now warmed to 49°F and I take my first sip. First I notice the strong malt backing that I could not detect in the nose. Surprisingly well balanced actually. Puckering grapefruit hoppiness confusing my tongue to believe it is moderately astringent which I do not believe it actually is.

The mouth is very thick and creamy. One of the fullest bodied DIPAs I've tried. Some grit/residue remains on the tongue leading to the mentionable citrus aftertaste. Surprisingly refreshing and drinkable but watchout for that ABV which comes in at a hefty 9.5%.

Well done FFF, excellent representation of its style and as this is my favorite style of beer, I am quite the critic. This still is 1uped by the likes of Pliny the Elder and Stone Ruination, but there certainly is some stiff competition, especially coming from the West Coast.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid one finger beige head atop an orange-tangerine haze. A bit of sheet lacing and wispy retention.

The nose is the most exceptional I remember, an explosive burst of peach, mango and an array of wonderfully citrusy aromas, all hoppily inspired. Heavenly!

Taste is hoppy grapefruit, citrus zest, lime with a bitter aftertaste and malty impressions that develop with air and warming. Although refreshing and tasty, the mouthfeel is very dry and bitter with substantial body consistent with the style, anchored by a distinct maltiness. Alchohol superbly handled.

Overall, this is an excellent example of the Imperial IPA style, daunting and assertive with great balance. It's almost overpowering at times, novices should take this seriously, a masterful Three Floyds production hopefully not to be missed by the serious beer drinkers out there. Thanks, biegaman for putting this aside for me.

Photo of VitaEBella87
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber, poured into a pint glass...

A: Bright, clear golden-yellow color, clean white head and nice stream of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass
S: Aroma is heavily grapefruit and flowery, from the hops
T: Great balance of grapefruit, orange, and earthy hops taste. Hop flavor is definitely dominant.
M: Very well-balanced beer. Lots of hops, as expected, but they're not overpowering, and thus each sip was as easy as the one before it.
D: Enjoyable IPA with enough flavor to keep one satisfied, but not enough to come across too strong and make this one only drinkable in small servings. Was quite happy to drink the whole bottle, and didn't feel like my tastebuds were overwhelmed by the end.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few bottles of Dreadnaught in the past, but they've never tasted fresh, and I've always been disappointed. The freshness issue seems to be a common one with Dreadnaught, and it's one that could be resolved with the use of bottle dating. Anyway, this is a review and not a discussion about that. A trading partner recently picked this up from the brewery and I do believe this one will be fresh. Thanks a lot Deuane.

Poured aggressively into an imperial pint glass, the white head flares up to two fingers high, and recedes very slowly. The lacing left on the glass can only be described as profuse. It's left clinging everywhere to the glass. The beer is dark orange and transparent.

The beer does indeed smell fresh. My nose is greeted with the aroma of pine resiny hops, and bitter grapefruit. The malt backbone is substantial and it imparts a noticeable caramel sweetness. Only a little alcohol is noticeable in the aroma. Hoppy yet sweet.

The flavor has a medium-high level of bitterness with a lot of hop character. The oily hops do battle with the sweet malt backbone, and I'm inclined to say they win. The hops taste like bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and pine resin. The long finish is sweet and bitter, with a small amount of alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden for such a potent Imperial IPA.

The beer is medium bodied with good carbonation and an oily, sticky mouthfeel. This beer is bursting with hop flavor. I'm really glad to finally try this fresh. I definitely see why people rep this beer. It's not as dry as the West Coast hop bombs I've come to love, but the beautiful hop character in the flavor and aroma are still present, and I enjoy the added malt sweetness that Dreadnaught has.

Photo of PDXHops
3.03/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BitterPachyderm for this bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Pours a bright copperish amber with a finger off-white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smells like a tropical fruit medley. Pineapple, orange, kiss of grapefruit, maybe the mango suggested on the bottle. Caramel malt definitely noticeable.

Tastes very fruity. The tropical fruits mentioned above, plus some peach and apple. Light sweet malt backbone. Gotta ask, though: where the heck is the bitterness? After smelling, I was hoping for something along the lines of Hop Stoopid (fruity but also with a significant punch of hops). What I got was the fruitiness without the hops.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel, but no bitterness in the finish (or anywhere else, really).

Overall impression: Is it possible that my palate is tainted from all the west coast hop monsters? I found this beer pleasantly drinkable, but entirely lacking in the "angry" bitterness I expect from a DIPA. Maybe it was an old bottle (hard to believe a beer this popular would sit around on store shelves going past its prime, though). If I have another chance to try it and have a different experience, I'll adjust my review/scores accordingly.

Photo of papat444
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So we finally rented our condo after many months of stress so we decided to celebrate and what better way than with my first taste of a 3F which is a fresh Dreadnaught courtesy of MasterSki. Shared with my wife.

Paired with some delicious pizza from Como while watching the last 10 minutes of American Idol and all of Fringe.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

Appearance: Deep orange body. Hazy looking with a 1 finger head (more foam/lacing when i pour in my wife's glass) and very active carbonation.

Smell: Citrus fruit, more specifically fresh & ripe mango. Good piney hop smell but not overpowering the other aromas. Very good.

Taste: I'm hit with the fresh mango again and i literally get a mental image of eating a mango. A slightly sweet fruit taste with some peach fuzz as well. Some discreet pine and my wife says it has a peppery feel to it. The taste definitely more than backs up the smell.

Mouthfeel: Good balance between malt and hops but tends more to the malty side. Almost no bitter hops which disappointed me a little but nonetheless i can't argue that this is a greatly constructed brew. Very smooth and feels a little juicy. Bitterness opens up a little as it warms.

Drinkability: Insanely drinkable. ABV is completely masked by the taste which makes me want to keep tasting it. Would get more in a pinch for sure.

Overall: This is a supremely well-crafted, well-balanced beer that tends to the more smooth, malt-like feel. I love this beer and my only regret is i only had one. Seek this one out but make sure it's fresh!

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 5,346 ratings.