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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,147
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,781
Gots: 607 | FT: 25
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 granite
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip glass.

A---It poured a golden copper with little to no head.

S---Caramelized fruit, floral and citrus hop aroma.

T---Malt sweetness upfront. Bitterness starts off smooth and gradually becomes more aggressive with warming alcohol and spicy malt. Finished with a delicious citrus hop flavor.

M---Full bodied but lacking carbonation.

D---This is one of the best DIPA's I've ever had and it was the ideal beer for the occasion, a mid March blizzard.

granite, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - big white creamy head that doesn't stick around for long but leaves nice lace behind. Good clarity and beautiful orange, copper color.

S - Grapefruit hop aroma, grassy, chemical/ solvent aroma (reminds me of bugspray?) and a little bit of caramel

T - begins surprisingly malty, with significant alcoholic sweetness. Develops a solid hop bitterness with some spicy notes and carbonized, burnt flavors in the finish.

M - Smooth and slightly mouth coating, a little lingering astringency.

D - Fairly drinkable for an intentionally over the top I2PA. In the end it is difficult to want more than one of these, especially when you are paying attention to the aroma (for me it really brings out some of the more undesireable aspects of American high alpha hops).

nickfl, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of kdoc8
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I remember the first time I had a Dreadnaught. It was at a slip-n-slide party where everyone was running around in the end of a hot August in bathing suits with water guns and beers. And I had this. This masterpiece of IPAs. I used to hate IPAs. They are an acquired taste. Or maybe you just need the right IPA to turn your fancy. This was The One. The gateway IPA. The IPA that opened the door to all other IPAs to come.

Ok enough. I love it. Dreadnaught is awesome and since then I haven't disrespected it by drinking it from the bottle at drunken parties. It pours a deep golden/reddish/brown color with lots of carbonation. It has an extremely complex flowery/fruity/hopsy smell to it that just continues to complex in the taste. And 9.5%? Really? I couldn't tell, except for the buzz factor. It's brilliant. Way to go, Three Floyds.

kdoc8, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is light and refreshing with abundant and delicious citrus notes, but at the same time packs a big hop wallop. Dreadnought lives in its own place on the beer landscape, as it closely walks the yin-yang line between certain attributes. It is both extremely light and bitter/heavy, it is very sessionable yet satisfying, and is drinkable yet strong. This beer can be wonderful, my only complaint is that over a handful of times I've had this beer, it's character (or quality? or age?) has been extremely inconsistent. The bottle I had the other day was delightful and everything good I remember about this brand from the first time I had it (on-tap at Three Floyd's). But I've also had bottles of this that are extremely malty and stale. The bad bottles I've had are made worse by the hefty price tag ($10 for a big bottle) this beer frequently carries.

Buy it when you believe it's fresh, as it is an awesome beer then. Avoid it if you see any signs of age.

BeerBelcher, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Chuck's Wine & Liquor in Chagrin Falls, OH.

A: Copper hue. Thin wispy off white head. No visible carbonation. Clear but not particularly brilliant.

S: Deep and pronounced grapefruit hop aroma underscored by a slight malt background. A little bit of perceptible alcohol as well.

T: Big hoppy flavor that is thick and rich. Hop flavor is complex with grapefruit/sharp citrus characteristics. Malt background is detectable and manages to compliment hop onslaught. Bitter aftertaste.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Beer is nice thick or viscous. Nice and filling. No perceptible alcohol warming. Pretty low carbonation.

D: This is great version of an imperial IPA. More so than other imperials I think Dreadnaught lets the hops stand on their own and doesn't let an overly cloying sweet malt flavor get in the way. Very drinkable due in part to lack of perceptible alcohol.

Nipitato, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was as good as advertised, and one of the more complex beers I’ve had. Started out pouring from the bottle to a bright orange-red, with thick off-white head that stayed around for the entire glass, and excellent lacing. Initial aroma was strongly hoppy citrus, mainly grapefruit and oranges. However, as the beer warmed, the aroma became more influenced by a malty sweet aroma. Likewise, the flavor, which started out heavily on the bitter, hoppy citrus side, while retaining that throughout, became nicely blended with a malty sweet syrupy taste. Alcohol also made itself more known as the beer warmed, perfectly complementing the hops and malts.

Finally, the finish was lterally a bittersweet blend of hops and malts, with an overall warming sensation from the 9.5% abv.

kimcgolf, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of jhu1995
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange, cloudy color with minimal head. Smell was overwhelmingly hops, with mostly citrus and some vegetable-like characteristics. Taste was a blast of bitterness at the start with some vegetable flavors mixed in and a sweet finish. Thought it was too sweet and that it did not blend well with the hop flavors. Full-bodied and fairly drinkable. Prefer 3Fs Alpha King over this brew and think it is a much tastier and drinkable brew.

jhu1995, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle thanks to Nflmvp. I shared this with a good friend and poured into two pint glasses. The color was a bright orange and hazy. The head was white and fluffy. The smell was faint but my sense of smell sucks most days. The taste was pretty damn awesome. I definitely tasted the simcoes in there. Pine and citrus are of course present. This was a really awesome brew but totally NOT worth $10. They need to drop that down to around 6~7. I can't get it here anyway but the price is ridiculous. Oh well, I had wanted to have a glass since i first sampled this at GABF.

ArrogantB, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(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.

markgugs, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of llitsua
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

llitsua, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WeymouthMike, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

ndekke39, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of prototypic
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

prototypic, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

sinstaineddemon, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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)

TexIndy, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of frazbri
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

frazbri, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of JDK
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-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.

JDK, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

jjayjaye, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Infamous7100
3.03/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Infamous7100, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of shivtim
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

shivtim, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PBRstreetgang, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of mnesporov
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mnesporov, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Daehpoh
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Daehpoh, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

jmalex, Jan 21, 2007
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,147 ratings.