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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,383
Reviews: 1,681
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,850
Gots: 700 | FT: 26
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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Ratings: 5,383 | Reviews: 1,681
Photo of kmeves
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Deep hazy orange, creamy white head. Nose is full of sticky sweet pine, grapefruit, caramel and a hint of apricot. Flavor is an intense hoppy bitterness with a sweet rich malty backbone for balance. WOW! Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth, bitter-sweet dry finish. Now I know what all the fuss was about.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this bad-boy as an extra from Jeager.

Pours a light hazy amber, with a smallish offwhite head that discipates pretty quickly, but hangs around slightly.
Smells like a DIPA should...very full and powerful, yet not overpowering. I first get a good whiff of some nice, sweet malts...then the juicy hops come forward in full force. If it tastes half as good as it smells..
The taste is fantastic. I initially pick up the malty goodness, and then the malts step aside for the hops. Very nice not to be overpowered with the initial sip, you have time to savor all the flavor.
The mouthfeel is great as well. Slightly thick, with some nice sticky hop action. Leaves a very pleasent DIPA aftertaste, anticipating the next sip.
This one is dangerously drinkable for 9.2% It shouldn't be a problem though, as this is one I'm going to savor. I'll definately be picking up as many bombers of this as I can when I head to Chi-town in October. F-ing delicious!

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

Dread not. Pour is a mostly cloudy golden color with a slight orange-yellow hue through out. A little help with the pour provided a think soft whit head. Guess it didn't need help. Great retention and lacing through out.

The nose is surprisingly balanced. A sweeter malt aroma comes out with mostly a grainy nose but some minor biscuit and sugary notes as well. The hop aroma is light for a IIPA (IMO) but mostly grapefruit notes and a light piney hop not on the back end.

The taste is more centered on the hop but is not in balance with bitterness and finishing flavors. The hops, to start, have a strong bitterness that lasts into the finish. This is enhanced with some stronger piney hop flavors that leave a bite and enhance the bitterness. The piney comes out just a bit stronger than the grapefruit but both are detectable. The malt is sweet with more of a sugary taste than anything else. Some minor grainy and honey notes but mostly sugar. There are some minor butyric, which is surprising and was a deterrent for me. Some solvent notes as well, but nothing over the top considering the ABV.

The body is moderate with a sweet finish that makes me think underattenuated. There is a high carbonation that enhances the bitterness as well, which is already out of tune.

Overall this beer has a lot of hype and just didn't produce for me. Some off flavors, sugary malt, and I would like to see more finishing hops.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cool in a Boston lager glass from a brown bomber.

Hazy orange color with a rocky off-white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel and loaded with grapefruity hops.

Tastes sweet and malty with plenty of hop flavor, maybe too sweet. Lingering caramel aftertaste like a double red.

Mouthfeel is moderately bitter, could use more of a bite to counter the caramel.

Drinkability is OK, but heavy sweetness in the finish could use some balance from more bitterness or a stronger, more piney hop variety.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this the same day that I had a fresh "Pliny the Elder"; so it may have been a little unfair to judge this beer. Especially since I got it in a trade and may have lost some of it's freshness due to aging.

Appearance: Golden-orange and a little hazy in appearance.

Smell: More fruity then hop aroma...if I had to pinpoint it...I would say citrus.

Taste: Malt sweetness, which was more noticeable then the hops. Overall taste, about average.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light.

Drinkability: Not the smoothest Imperial IPA I have encountered, but somewhat easy to enjoy.

Overall: I think if I had this on-tap or a fresh bottle of it...my overall judgement of the beer would change. I think its a good beer and one I would order or purchase if I saw it on the shelves. But, you may be a little disappointed just based off the fact that it is so highly regarded on BA.

Photo of jwinship83
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- hazy golden orange with a good sized off white head

S- floral and citrus hops, a little bit of sweetness. not as strong as i would have imagined or liked.

T- very strong grapefruit hop finish with a perfectly blended and balanced sweet malty start. wow.

M- medium bodied, crisp, clean, and smooth. first class all the way.

D- the alcohol presence is non-existent. the flavor is amazing. its so smooth, and downright refreshing. a great example of the style and one ive had time and time again. its really a shame that three floyds isnt distributed on a larger scale because this one is something that all beer lovers and casual drinkers alike would love.

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

been waiting to try this bad boy for a while! unfortunately i had about five big IPA's before this one so i was a little blurry....

pours up an unfiltered orange color with white head. the nose is your typical IPA aroma, hops, citrus, the works. delicious! the taste is sweet malts and nice fruity hops. very good brew

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the Map Room and served in a combo of a flute and tulip glass, I don't think there is a name for it here at the moment.

A: Pours a deep and yet pale gold very clean which seems to be different from the bottle which was just a bit cloudier. The beer is topped by a very creamy, very rich one inch head that stay for much of the session but fades into a cap midway through drinking but leaves behind some rather thick and sticky lacing.

S: Absolutely amazing. WOW wow wow factor times ten, just super fresh hops, floral hops are here piny hops are here, ripe grapefruit ripe melon and ripe pineapple are all here, just an absolute pleasure to inhale.

T/MF: Again, tastes almost exactly as it smells super piny super citrusy but also has a decent amount of malty caramel sweetness that really seems to bring this beer together. Waves of melon, pineapple grapefruit orange juice pear mango, just goes all over the tongue and does not relent, mouthfeel is thick, chewy and very sticky leaves tracks of bitterness all across the tongue which after drinking an entire glass of this beer becomes just the slightest bit tiring, but other than that this beer is perfection in a glass.

D: I could drink this beer all night if it werent so bad for me. Really this beer should be illegal because of how good it tastes.

Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Purchased at Mustard Seed Market in Akron a few months ago. Was told it was from a fresh shipment, we will see...

A: Hazed, deep golden orange color. Thin, bubbly white head hangs around as a thin film and leaves streaks of sticky lace on the inside of the glass.
S: Super hoppy smell hits you first. Just enjoy that for a while then sort out the strogner piney aromas from the background of citrus. Also a slight sweetness, malty and fruit.
T: Barrage of hops from the beginning that never lets up and leaves a lingering slightly pungent hop taste. Primarily a piney bitterness, balanced out by surprising sweetness from the malt but more strongly citrus hop flavor. Very well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden behind by the overwhelming hops.
M: Lighter bodied with very strong, active carbonation and tons of bite make this very smooth and almost creamy. Aftertaste is very hop strong, yet slightly sweet, making this very palatable.
D: A very good DIPA. Although I had my doubts, I would say this was a relatively fresh sample. The booze is well hidden and the bitterness is well balanced making this very drinkable. It's been awhile since I had Pliny, Hopslam, Racer X, etc but I would put this on their level, though I feel like it's just slightly behind them in terms of personal preference (the price of this guy certainly isn't helping).

Photo of glid02
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from a trade with Beereality, much obliged.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold color with a one finger head. This recedes into a pretty good sized ring around the glass that laces well.

This beer smells great. Lots of floral hop smells, with some bitterness and malt sweetness. This is what Sam Koch wishes he smelled when he crushes those hops on that commercial.

The taste is also very good. Decently bitter with a floral taste (somehow) and pretty sweet. There is no trace of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is just right and it's smooth going down, again, a feat considering the ABV and style.

This beer is obscenely drinkable considering the high ABV. I can't imagine what would make it more drinkable.

Overall this is in the top 3 DIPA's I've ever had. It's not too harsh and the flavors all work in concert with each other. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of julian
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber in color with a moderate orange haze. decent head that disappears pretty quickly, although it does thickly line the glass near the top and provide for some uniquely intricate lacing.

S: Fairly intense citrus hoppy aroma. Very nice. No noticeable alcohol on the nose despite it's pretty high ABV.

T: citrus fruit, lots of hops, with a nice malty compliment...nicely balanced. I'm admittedly not an IPA lover, but I think the tides are changing. This is an IIPA that I would gladly drink again!

M: moderate carbonation, very crisp, flavorful, very misleading alcohol presence as it's completely unnoticeable!

D: Yes, I want more.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice clear copper color. Very little head, just a slight bit of white foam.

S- A nice sweet hoppy smell, sweet grapefruit as well.

T- A nutty hoppy taste with a slight bit of bitterness. If there was a slight bit of dark fruits in the taste this would be a solid barleywine.

M- Feels good in the mouth.

D- I think this is good, but there are some better DIPAs out there.

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

Bottle at Coles. Glowing orange beer with almost no head. Aroma is very spicy grapefruit, a bit of pine and some mango. After the first sip I just get all grapefruit. Bitter and sharp but juicy. This is an easy drinking DIPA but its not as complex as the Alpha King.

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

Got a bomber from my mellow my man hopflop as a groomsman gift (this dude is really the man--he gave us bells, three floyds, and the brooklyn brewery brewmaster's book about beer with food).

Poured into a corsendonk tulip glass. About a solid inch of head and very tactile lacing still graces the glass as I'm sipping. The color is that wonderful amber that looks straight out of Jurassic Park. The cloudy, deep color and the head is picturesque.

The overwhelming scent is that beautiful blend of hops, pine, and citrus that pervades the best imperial IPAs. This one also lingers with a bit of booze.

The taste is everything you want in an imperial IPA. I've had around 4 imperial IPAs, and this one is very assertive. The stickyness isn't as prevalant as, say, the Rogue Imperial IPA in the ceramic bottle. But the booze is really prominent, maybe more than I'd prefer.

The mouthfeel is that of a wonderful, creamy, thick-yet-refreshingly palatable wonder. This category is executed superbly.

The drinkability is low because the alcohol is so present. It is making the bomber a pleasure to finish buz-wise, but not necessarily making me crave another. This is a rich beer, so like other ultra-flavorful delectables, this is one to sip and savor.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted from the 22oz bottle in my 22oz Terrapin Snifter.

The beer pours a hazy amber orange with a frothy white head that holds a nice film and leaves some beautiful lace. The aroma is full of citrusy and piney hops. Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe. I am not sure, but its nice. There is a touch of bready malts in there as well. The taste has a huge sweet malty backbone, but the hops still dominate. The body is medium-full with enough carbonation to bring the hops the the tongue. Overall an amazing DIPA. Give me a bottle of this every day.

Photo of BDIMike
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light red color with a slight haze in it. There is a great amount of carbonation that creates a good thick head with a very nice retention.
The smell is unbelieveable on this imperial IPA. Incredibly strong scents come pouring out of this beer. An immediate hint of grapefruit and a lot of other citrus smells after that.
Great taste to this beer as well. The first taste to this beer is hops. Very nice hops with grapefruit tastes and a citrus lemon bite as well. The end has a slight malt taste to balance it out.
The mouthfeel has a good smoothness to it and a good amount of body for an IPA.
The drinkability is very nice as well. The slight malt taste balances out the ridiculously strong hop tastes. This beer has such a nice hop taste but it is not overpowering. A very highly recommended selection.

Followed this selection up two days later with a version that has been cellared for a year to see the difference:

Appearance is the same.
Smell has the same nice hops smells, but with much more of a stronger malt. Also, there is a bit of an alcohol smell to it as well.
The malt comes out a lot stronger in the taste on the cellared version. Also, there is a slight alcohol taste at the end.
The beer gains a little smoothness in the mouthfeel too, as the strong bite of the carbonation has been lessened.
I loved this beer the first time and second time. I can't tell which I like better, the fresh or cellared version, but either way you can't lose with this offering.

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.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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