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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,161 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,161
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,778
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 MrMcGibblets
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this pours a nice, thick, orangey light amber with just a slight haze. just looks big and menacing in that little bowtie at the pub or a tulip at home. off-white creamy, beautiful head and persistent lacing. aromas are huge and upfront, with the citrusy sweet hops (like fresh orange blossoms) dominating along with some fresh bread dough, honey, pine, and floral notes. prominent sweetness at the beginning is eventually overtaken by the huge, but smooth hop bitterness in this beer. absolutely refined and not in any way rough around the edges like some other ipa's or dipa's. balance is superb. super long finish, only at the end of which is the faint warming alcohol (hidden in the aroma and taste)kick noticeable. huge bodied and viscous. dangerously drinkable. the best dipa i've had, hands down. note: i have had a light-struck bottle or two wherein some fishy aromas have developed. make sure it's fresh and not light-struck...just go to the brewery if possible.
i've had many special moments with this beer and could go on and on.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Talisker
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dreadnaught proves, to my delight, that the West Coast does not have a monopoly on the DIPA style.

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange. Minimal head that vanishes quickly. Aroma a very thick, rich sweet grapefruit. I had an Alpha King before this, but this is something entirely richer.

Taste follows perfectly, and perfectly to style. Juicy fresh hops are the star, but there's an appropriately thick base of sweet malt. Silky and dense, but not viscous. Finishes bitter.

This is a huge beer, but ultimately not unbalanced. It's not easy to create something of this level of quality.

I find most DIPAs just too much of too many good things, and Dreadnaught is no exception, but this one ranks with the best of what California produces. Although California's top DIPAs retail at $5 a bomber, not $10 like Dreadnaught...

Talisker, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured an extremely hazy, and nealy opaque orange. A huge white pillow like frothy head on top did not want to fade, eventually it relented leaving behing a ton of white lace dripping down the glass.

S - Hops Hops and more hops. The smell was just wonderful. Lots of citrus flavors, heavy hints at orange, pineapple and grapefruit with just the slightest hint at some sugar, very nice indeed.

M & T - Wow is all I can say about that. The bitter hops hit you up close and personal and in a big way. Sweet orange flavors gave way to a nice bitter pineapple front. Small hint at the alcohol hear and a nice dry finish. Very smooth, like silk and very easy going down. Big full flavor and feel. Very nice indeed.

D - Overall this was awesome and definatly a winner. I enjoyed every sip. I truly love big hoppy IPA and this did not let me down. I must get more as I could drink this every night.

mikesgroove, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly and off-white head that left sticky sides and thick lacing throughout. into a large weizen glass. the body was a clear amber.
s - as soon as i opened it i smelled hints of bubblegum. mostly this smelled of piney hops.
t - pine, grass and grapefruit. very hoppy, not as well-balanced as i would have liked but the hops do what they intend to do.
m - light to medium mouthfeel, sticky on the tongue.
d - very drinkable for something so hoppy. i had a nice buzz after finishing this bomber.

GPHarris, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of cproioi
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep gold color, almost amber, and sitting atop the beer is a slightly off white head that leaves decent lacing. Inside the beer there is a continuous flow of carbonation bubbles flowing from the bottom of the beer. The aroma is bitter American hops reminding me of something citrusy. Also present in the nose is a sweet fruity malt backbone. In the taste the hops become more present with a red grapefruit flavor the over powers everything. The malt trying not to be out done, but fails at this, brings out a strong backbone behind the malts giving it a sweeter taste. It is a big beer that leaves a long dry finish that begs you to take another drink, one of my personal favorite beers.

cproioi, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper. First glass has no foam, second glass has 1 finger. Very minimal lacing. Aroma is predominantly sweet malts with plenty of hops behind it. Pine hops slightly overpower the citrus and floral, but it's a nice blend. Taste is hard to pin down. The sweet malts blend nicely with the hops. The interesting hop blend is not as aggressive as I would expect from 3Fs. Not too sweet, which is my primary complaint in the genre. Very easy to drink by DIPA standards. Mouthfeel is creamy and does not get syrupy. If this were $6 instead of $11 for a 22oz it would be a no-brainer.

Duster72, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught pours an amber color with a slightly off white head. It has a sweet aroma that isn't as full as hops as I would have assumed. There are some hop aromas, but it is mostly malty sweet aromas. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is no blast of hops that I would expect from a double IPA. There is a very strong sweet malty taste and enough hops to balance and stand out, but again, they don't dominate the flavor. I think that I'm getting more accustomed to hoppier beers, so it might be a bit before I can get a stable base to review from. That being said, it is still a good beer. It tastes fairly full bodied for a lighter beer, and is pretty good to drink. I would definitely drink it again.

Edit: On the second half of the bottle as it warmed up, it got hoppier and got better.

drseamus, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dhchatfield for the chance to try this one.

Poured into a goblet for the first time trying this. Great looking after pour but didn't all fit into goblet, so it's broken down into 2 pours. The first pour yielded little to no head and hardly any rising carbonation. No sediment or haze either. The last of the bottle was different story because it contained the yeast from bottle conditioning. The second half had a one-finger white head and haze suspended in the beer. First smells are immediate with a sweet juicy grapefruit smell along with some piney hops in the background. Kept picking out more floral hop smells also. Very surprising and complex. Taste started off with sweet juicy malts switching to fruity and bitter hoppiness. Long and drying bitterness that is also sweet. Almost like a champagne effect with of course better flavors. Slick and oily mouthfeel and decent carbonation feel. A slight booziness comes out as it warms but is otherwise well-hidden. If I had this all of the time, I would have drank it faster, but that's not the case here. Great drinkability and intruiging balance between hops and maltiness. A lot of DIPAs in my opinion come off as too malty. This one IMO is spot on.

vwcraig, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of scottoale
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very big thanks to Westsidethreat for this gem of a brew!

A 22oz. brown bomber with a colorful (psychedelic) label and bottlecap, as well as a bottling code printed on the bottom. It pours out a brilliant orange-amber with a dense white head of 1/2" that doesn't last very long.

The smell is spicy and sweet of malt with some serious hops breaking through in a big way...citrus and some pine, with a black pekoe/orange tea seeping through as it warms...smell's great.

The flavor on the otherhand is quite exceptional...lots of sweet navel orange, grapefruit, black tea, pine needles to name some. This is an IPA that is un-surpassed in every way...the hops are aplenty but not overbearing in any way...absolutely and awesomely delicious.

Big body, big beautiful flavor...it just doesn't get any better than this for the style. And drinkable...is it ever!!!

Great stuff FFF's !

scottoale, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of kajerm
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber with standard cool Three Floyds art. Now if they could just start putting dates on the bottles...

Pours hazy dark amber into my tulip glass. Lively, frenetic carbonation races up the glass form the bottom forming a sizeable white head, which settles out into a thin ring of big bubbles. Lacing out the ass. Very nice.

The smell? Gobs of hops-- floral, citric, pine sap-- Three Floyds somehow managed to blend every conceivable hop note into one amalgam of aromatic goodness. There's some light malt, and some more exotic, tropical hops that I can't quite pin down.

OK, this is it. This is the best DIPA I've ever tasted. Mellow malts and honey, with a bite of bitterness the swells up mid-palate and hangs on for days. Refreshing hop flavors stick around from start to finish, complementing and even calming the bitterness. I've never had an IPA that was so totally defined by its flavor hopping before.

The mouthfeel, like the taste, is silky smooth and slippery, with very light carbonation. Six sips in, and I've already pretty much caved to the urge to slosh it around in my mouth.

This beer is pure hoppy hedonism. Everything is working here.

It's extremely drinkable, and the nine and half points of alcohol are totally undetectable. Still, there's something about this beer (and it's definitely not bitterness) that lends it to slow sipping. Maybe it's the spectacular flavor profile, maybe it's the aroma; I don't know, and with a beer this good, it's hard to ask too many questions.

kajerm, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with a subtle golden context. Small slow developing pure white head dissipated rapidly. Only a meager few carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Thin lacing clings in rings around glass.

Extremely aromatic hops aroma. Grapefruit presence is subtle. An upfront alcohol scent helps warm the nose, but overpowers the subtlety of the citric aromas.

Taste is strong with a pine flavor. Definitely a strongly hopped flavor. There is a gritty quality to the taste. Very faint fruitiness is hidden behind the hops overload.

Feels thick on the tongue, and clings to the sides of the mouth. Only a small amount of carbonation lets the taste hold.

Very nice beer. This one would be great with a plate of hot wings. One note to be careful with the alcohol content, it can sneak up on you quickly. Definitely worth hunting down.

RedChrome, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of crayphish
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice yellow orange color with a decent head and plenty of lace. Smell is grapefruit , hops, and alcohol. The bitterness of three compliment each other well. Taste starts hoppy and bitter and finishes a bit sweet and malty. Very enjoyable. Mouth is dry and crisp, with a crisp alcohol kick. Drinkability is outstanding, a great DIPA.

crayphish, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired from Viggo and shared with Fisherman34 for the MB DIPA throwdown. Much thanks Viggo for this tasty hop bomb treat! Pours out a solid dark amber. Decent head a lacing. Aroma was more about the malts than expected. For the rep of this beer, I feared that my nose hairs would burn off sniffing this sucker. Taste is beautiful blast of citrus hops with a heavy creamy toasty malt backbone. Very creamy indeed and had a great finish to it. I can only imagine what it would be like fresh from the brewery. No astringency noted and the alcohol was well hidden. Fantastic brew and was almost more balanced than I thought going into it. It was a flavour explosion on an otherwise dull March Saturday. Best of show in the throwdown.

oakbluff, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on-tap on St. Patrick's Day at the Brewhouse Grille.

A - Pours a cloudy orangish/golden color with a 1-inch, off-white head; good retention.

S - Citrus hops with some hints of malt & alcohol...doesn't smell overly hoppy - in the sense where they strip your taste buds - but the hop presence is definitely there.

T - Exceptional taste combinations working together, and a strong, bitter finish with a lingering flavor of grapefruit is your reward. Malt isn't overly sweet...rather it comes off as the toasted variety with some earthy tones. Citrus backbone to the hops...predominantly grapefruit and lemon. And in regards to the hops...they aren't over-the-edge in bitterness. All the flavors work tremedously together for an amazing beer.

M - Creamy, medium body with strong carbonation and an excellent bitter finish.

D - Excellent DIPA...not too sweet, not overly hopped-up...just the perfect balance.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 18, 2007
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.
ohol.

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
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 5,161 ratings.