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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,342 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 1,676
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,828
Gots: 683 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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 roadhouse
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Pours a bright orange color with a one finger off-white head that quickly disappears to leave a spotty thin coating on top. Very small amount of lacing.

Aromas of tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, a little pine, and some caramel malt.

Flavors are first of pine and citrus, a huge burst of bitterness, then upon swallow the tropical fruit and sweet malt emerge alongside a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty much in the medium range, I prefer DIPAs to be a bit more syrupy myself.

Dreadnaught is definitely one of the best DIPAs I've had, but something seems to be lacking. That is not to say it isn't great, just that it could still be better. There are other DIPAs to be had that are as good for half the price.

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

This beer simply screams technical perfection. It is balanced, refreshing, and fun to drink. Why, though, don't I find it more exciting?

Pours coppery, golden and slightly hazy. It smells of delicious crystal malt and tropical fruit. The flavor is citrusy, like sweet grapefruit, with overtones of pineapple and perhaps even a pleasant, slight saltiness. The bitterness is surprisingly subdued for the style, but that crystal malt flavor lingers instead, like taking a deep breath in your favorite homebrew shop. The mouthfeel is solid, but not as viscous as one might expect from a Double IPA.

There is no question that this is an outstanding beer, but there is ever so slightly something missing - it is perhaps too good, too polished. It lacks adventure, perhaps a certain rawness.

And yet, if another one crosses my path, I will drink it with pleasure.

Photo of UA8
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a translucent copper color with a thick beige head that recedes into heavy lacing

S- Heavy malt presence with citrus hops and biscuit yeast scents. I could smell this beer from 3 feet away.

T- Citrus and pine hops lead the palate followed by roasted malts and a slightly tangy yeast. This beer is extremely well balanced.

M- Exactly what a IIPA should feel like its big heavy and mouth coating. leaves the mouth somewhat dry

D- This is a great IIPA amongst the best that I have tasted. High in alcohol yet well masked. and the hops and malts are well balanced yet both are bold. If it were not for the ABV I would happily session this beer.

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

i've been starting to become wary of beers that have tthese litle cult followings, but three floyds is a brewery that i believe is living up to the hype somewhat. enough has been said about this great, great, dipa, but what i liked the most about it was the fact that it didn't lack in any department. beautiful appearance, great nose, and wonderful balance of bitterness, spicyness, fruitiness, and maltiness. still not quite perfect, but once i have this brew on cask, i'll edit my review. keep 'em coming three floyds!!!

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

Got this one in a trade with Joeybeerbelly, thanks for the opportunity to try this.

Pours a really clear deep golden/orange with a fluffy white head that really hangs around then laces all the way down. Aroma is hops. Spicy, Piney, Citrus and grapefruit hop goodness. There is a little caramel malt hidden deep underneath as well. The taste is really nice, it isn't as hoppy as the smell would suggest. I taste some caramel from the malt then the grapefruit kind of sneaks in on you. Leaves a citrus twang on the tongue. Well done Imp Ipa, very balanced, very drinkable.

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

A- Beautiful honey color, golden brown and pretty transparent. Head is 1/2" after soft decanting. The head seems oily; not thick and soft.

S- Super citrusy, floral and piney from the hop profile. The malt backing is there too and blended well with the hops. Usually, IIPA's are either one or the other and overboard. This one, however, is not.

T- Wow, the same hop characteristics carry over well from the nose and work so well with the malts. At first, it drinks sweet and easy then BOOM! The bittering hop hits you and carrys over well after the beer leaves your mouth. There is a slight alcohol taste but not very noticible. I also taste a honeylike quality too.

M- Medium to thick and medium to low carbonation.

D- Super good brew and great representation of style. I really dig this one. It actually packs as much punch as some of the American Barleywines that I have had and carries the same "sip-ability".

Overall: Today is my BA birthday and I thought this might be the perfect beer to celebrate with. Great brew!

Photo of BgThang
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing is a grapefruit, tangerine, citrus bomb!

It pours out a little hazy amber color and the hops immediately hit you on the pour. This has got to have one of the best nose's for a DIPA.

This one is well blended and I will seek this one out again.

The Head, the lacing, the aroma all are damn close to perfect.

This is a must try or anyone who appreciates a bad@$$ hoppy beer that is well balanced.

Photo of biegaman
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dreadnaught is a glowing, sun-kissed orange that ripens to more tawny shades at off angles. Its toasted complexion contains a great deal of natural haze. A khaki tan head did once shield the top; its role is now reduced to merely outlining the beer.

This would be one heck of malt monster if it wasn't so damn hoppy... err, wait, no, I got that backwards, it would be one hell of a hopbomb if it weren't so malty, no wait, ahh ... this is rightfully confusing because the beer nearly overwhelms on both counts all at the same time.

Nostrils and taste buds alike are engulfed with both rich toffeeish malts and vibrant, zesty hops. There is a downpour of sticky, sugary-sweet malts, caramelized to a succulent perfection. A torrent of hops usher in fruity notes of tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, mango and pineapple. They introduce the enigmatic floral esters and dump on pine, spruce and resin by the bucketful.

Despite the endeavors of both malt and hop, the two have found a consonant, almost rhythmic balance that has the caramel dancing with pine and the spruce pimping orange out on one arm, grapefruit on the other. How many synonyms are there for 'harmonious'? In the brewing world there need be only one: Dreadnaught.

You might think at 9.5% a bomber of this would be enough. No. It is never enough. You grow ever attracted with every look. You grow ever tempted with every sniff. You discover a new, exotic fruit with every sip. And you are more and more amazed every time you finish it.

Dreadnaught is where the ambrosial qualities of hops reach their pinnacle. It should be hung on walls in galleries, read about in textbooks in schools and preached in Sunday sermons. 'It's not normal' is the Three Floyds credo; I sorrowfully wish it were normal, then the world would be a much happier place for beer drinkers.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep pumpkin orange with moderate lacing. Smell is very alcoholic and citrusy. The alcohol makes the aroma very sweet. Tastes absurdly alcoholic with an almost overpowering bitter hop taste. This was not one of the more balanced IPA's I've ever had. Even for the being a Double IPA, it was almost too hoppy. Overall, a good DIPA, but the lack of balance keeps it from being truly exceptional.

Photo of samriggins
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap @ the brewpub. This is my favorite beer ever! I've had it bottled before and loved it. This beer on tap kills!

You can see the hop oils oozing througout the glass. Very light in color, no haze. Not much head.

Smells like the produce section of a grocery store when all the fruit is ripe. Wait there's more...pine. The malt is there but the star of this show is hops.

Everythihng you smell you taste. Lot's of fruity/piney goodness. There's a good bit of grapefruit at the end. My wife says it taste like gummy bears.

For as big as this beer is the mothfell is very deceiving. It's not thick, or viscous at all.

I can and will dink this beer all day. Some people might claim this beer is off balance because of the HUGE hop profile but they would be missing the point.

Photo of hopflop
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour from a bomber.

Been waiting a while to try this puppy. Thanks to my pops for bringing me this beer!

Pours a nice murky copper color with a small white head.

Smell of sweet fruit and piney and citrus hops are very abundent.

This beer has a nice thick mouthful with a good balance of sweet malts and citrus hops. with a good bitter finish

This is a great DIPA and I would highly recommend this to any hophead.

Photo of TyBogey
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked this one up a little while back when I was up in Indiana for a wedding. It was a couple of months before I decided the timing was right to enjoy this one.

I poured it out of a 22oz bomber into my Chimay goblet. It poured a nice head that hung around for a bit. The beer appeared to be light amber in color. The beer had great nose with citrusy aromas. It drank extremely smooth with just a little warmth from the alcohol(suprisingly smooth for how high it was). As far as mouthfeel goes, moderate to low carbonation on a big, thick, almost syrupy offering that felt silky smooth going down. The silky smoothness is very similiar to Stone's Ruination in my opinion. The taste was exceptional. Very smooth, hoppy flavors dominate the beer with a slight sweetness that very much reminds me of my encounter with Bell's Hopslam.

Overall, an exceptional offering that definately ranks in my top five favorite DIPAs. Next time I am in Indiana I will make sure to stock up.

Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Minimal white foam - just a thin layer with okay retention. Cloudy greenish-goldish-orange. More foam please.
S: Sweet tropical fruit and citrus hops. Buttery biscuit with note of caramel. Terrific
T: Moderately hoppy. Not as much as smell. Sweet with small note of alcohol.
M: Full and thick. A bit oily. A nice mix of dry and sweet.
D: Good beer. Not my favorite DIPA, but a strong showing. Not hot, but warm. Quite tasty.

Photo of Dansting
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured an amber color with a nice thick white head. A ton of lacing. Aroma is very powerful and hoppy. Very nice mouthfeel for an IIPA. Flavor is really hoppy, but not overpowering (in a good way). This is a very tasty beer, with a nice citrus kick to it and a pleasant aftertaste. Quite possibly my second favorite IIPA (after Hopslam).

Photo of MiScusi
3.49/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from the brewery and sent to me about 3 weeks ago. Should be pretty fresh.

A- Clear golden orange. The orange overtone in it is fairly light though. Head is hard to build up but eventually forms a finger worth and drops into a sea-water-like thin bubbly foam.

S- Pine was the first thing to jump out, then orange. The sweet syrupy malt I find in certain DIPA's I don't care for comes through stronger after a bit. A lot of that hop aroma gets overpowered by the malt as you keep sniffing it.

T- It's moderately citrusy with a bit of a juicy finish. Not bad here on the taste. The malty body plays a big role and offers a sweet backbone to it. I like a DIPA that is more hop-forward ala Pure Hoppiness or Ruination, and leaves some of that syrupy maltiness out of the equation.

M- Much better than I would predict from the syrupy malt smell. It approaches a syrupy thickness but doesn't get all the way there which is nice. Still has an abundance of malt sweetness in the taste.

D- This beer just barely approaches the line I draw for when I don't like DIPA's. However it doesn't cross over. It's still nice. I tend to prefer the less syrupy DIPA's like Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Stone Ruination, and Pliny the Elder. This doesn't quite hit their level but it doesn't totally turn me off as others have.

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

Big thanks to bgramer for this beer that I have been waiting to try for quite some time!
Poured the 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

A: Slightly cloudy honey, copper color. A fine pour leaves a 1/2 a finger of off white head. Thick spotty lacing line the glass.

A: Holy hops batman! Floral and citrus hops explode on the nose. Mango, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of basil? Off the charts!

T: As the beer warms, the flavor expands. Hops obviously dominate, citrus and honey present as well. The beer finishes with a very nice bitter, alcohol warming.

M: Creamy, medium bodied beer. Some carbonation, and extremely smoooth!

D: This ranks right up there with Hopslam as my favorite DIPA. If I had to call it, it would be HopSlam by a nose, but don't get me wrong, Dreadnaught is top of the line for DIPA's. I have to pace myself, because I only have two of em', but I could drink them both right now!! Outstanding! Skal.

Photo of thickerfreakness
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes.

Amber gold color with fluffy white head that fades to a layer of foam for the entirety of the beer. Nice lacing.

Sweet hoppy smell. Mostly pineapple(?) then pine and citrus. Absolutely great nose.

Taste is even better. Bitter and citrus hoppy but also extremely well balanced by malt especially for an IIPA. As it warms I get more tropical fruit tastes but especially pineapple.

Syrupy and smooth.

Aside from ABV this is just extremely well balanced and drinkable. Highly recommended.

Photo of Beertracker
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA pours up lively with a grandiose, creamish frappé head that mounts the slightly hazy, burnt orange-tawny amber body. Lots of lacing with very good-excellent head retention. The pungent aroma showcases a plethora of resinous hops ranging from floral to fruity (mango, peach, pummelo, tangerine, tropical fruit) to woodsy (evergreen, pine nuts) with some toasted maltiness & alcohol complexity showing through as it warms in hand. The flavor starts off just a touch cloying with a sweet underlying caramel maltiness reminiscent of a bananas foster flambé with a defined toasted (biscuity/soda bread) character that carries into a dominating bitterness that delivers a big, bold, warming finish. This medium-full bodied DIPA is well carbonated and slightly astringent from all those wonderful hops. Three Floyds Dreadnaught is a hop lover's wet dream and should be feared by light beer drinkers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of lpayette
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Dark Lord Day 2008.

A- poured into an imperial pint glass. Color is akin to orange blossom honey with a thinly laced head and slight haze from the bottle-conditioned yeast.

S- very citrusy from the massive amounts of hops. slightly biscuity, with an apparently strong malt backbone.

T & M- this is definitely a beer to enjoy when you're in need of a hop fix. Bitterness is constant throughout the beginning, middle, and finish of each sip and lingers on in the aftertaste. There is a good malt backbone present, but the hops totallly dominate it and hide the high alcohol content as well. Slick mouthfeel with perfect level of carbonation.

D & Notes- I found this beer to be pretty darn drinkable, and definitely worth seeking out. It's a very good example of an Imperial IPA, but in my opinion is not quite worthy of currently being ranked sixteenth best beer on planet earth. Not all that complex, but still, very enjoyable.

Photo of mikeale
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I won this in jeonseh's LIF, many thanks go out to him for this brew.

A. Golden amber color, tan head that settles quite quickly.

S. Wow! Grapefruit, pine cones, citris, mmm the smell is amazing!

T. Hops flow over my tongue, sweet malt (honey)

M. smooth, silky, very sticky syrup hops, lightly carbonated.

D. I could drink this all the time. For a 9% beer I could'nt taste the alcohol but I could feel it twoard the end. Very balanced IAPA/DIPA. My wife loved this beer. Thanks again to jeonseh for this beer.

Photo of spointon
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a dark burnt orange color. The chill haze gave this brew a beautiful luminescent quality. The tan head was 1/4 inch and disappeared quickly. Very minimal lacing down the glass.

S= Lots of syrupy hop oil bringing piney and citrus aromas. Some fruity qualities leading to an alcohol bite.

T= This brew faked me out at first as it seems like each swallow will be very hoppy and fruity, but it very quickly turns to a medicinal flavor in the middle with an alcohol finish. Bready and sweet malts flavors dance around in there too! Quite a complex combination...

MF= Very light carbonation release coupled with a syrupy feel makes an oily feel in the mouth. Medim bodied.

D= I think this is a hoppy late night sipper. A bit too heavy for a session beer, yet quite enticing all the same. I will enjoy this one often!

Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from joe1510, a big cheers to him, been looking forward to this one since I split a bottle with Dauss last summer!

Pours apricot with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Pineyness, leafy hops, & apricots, caramel & honey, plus biscuitty malt

T: Pineyness, honey malt, grapefruit & caramel up front. Biscuitty malt, pineapple, apricots & pears as this warms, plus some booze & grapefruit. Finishes with an aggressive grapefruit snap, some breadyness & a touch of booze & nice honey malt

MF: Big chewyness, some syruppy notes, a low but persistent carbonation & superior balance

Crazy drinkability, the ABV is well hidden, would love to drink this on regular basis. Simply one of the best, if not the best DIPAS I've ever had! I'm sure having this on draft or cask would just be a zen experience

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

Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA
22oz. brown bomber

A: poured into a snifter. Color is a cloudy amber that is more orange than red. nice slightly off white head that has a low retention rate and leads to faint lacing.

S: strong rich oaky aroma that reminds me of an oak aged stout. Strong hops aroma that is mostly citrus and pine, with pine being the lead. some small amounts of vanilla, coconut and some cherries.

T: amazing flavor! nice toasted and caramel malts supply a great backdrop for this beer. Wonderful citrus flavors from the hops, more of a sweet orange flavor. Some mild pine flavors. no strong alcohol flavors either.

M: amazingly smooth for almost 10%. medium to full bodied. low to medium carbonation.

D: this beer is phenomenal. smooth, delicious, and it lacks the high alcohol taste. granted its not a session beer at 9.5%, but I could drink this all day long. unbelievable.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 oz bomber received in a trade.
Poured a substantial white head into a 16 oz pint glass. Appearance was a golden yellow with an orange hue. Was a bit cloudy, that cleared as the beer warmed. Rings of lacing coated the glass.
Aroma: Fruity, floral, citrus, some pine notes.
Taste: a well balanced DIPA, not as bitter on the back of the palate as most.
Mouthfeel: silky, a bit oily.
Drinkability: this is very drinkable for a DIPA. I could drink a couple of bombers no problem.
Overall, not my favorite DIPA but definitely on my short list.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got two 22's of this brew in a trade with israel.

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy, orange/golden color with a small white head that fell to a ring.

S - Peach and Mango aroma, wonderful smelling brew.

T - great balance of bitter citrus hop flavor and a sweetness of malt, finish is a bit dry, but that just makes me want another sip.

F - medium bodied with a smooth carbonation feel.

D - The flavor says, "drink more" but the abv says, "easy does it".

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 5,342 ratings.