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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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5,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,349
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1,836
Gots: 686 | 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 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".

Photo of sholland119
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey amber. Aroma is well balanced with a strong maltiness with a solid hoppiness behind. Taste follows the nose with a nice malty sweetness in the front with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, with a bit of lingering malt and hops. Very drinkable.

A really terrific DIPA, which is one of my favorite styles. As good as the hype.


Photo of Atron67
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at DLD, time to break it out for deliciousness rating

A- Appears a copper golden color with a light head on top that built up a little bit, but stayed a little muted and fell reasonably quickly but did give a good amount of lacing.

S- gives a huge citrus and grapefruit scents with lots of grassy piney character. great hop bomb, malts are pretty muted, pretty impressive for a 9.5 % abv.

T- grassy and grapefruit all over huge piney charachter, what you would expect. the finish is surprizingly not bitter, but there is a torrent of hoppiness & bitterness all over.

M- full body and a high carbonation taht goes well with the hoppiness.

D- pretty damn awesome

Photo of 0110x011
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear amber into a tulip. Fluffy two-finger head slowly fades with spotty lacing all around. This is one of those DIPAs that you can smell from clear across the room. Huge grapefruit & pine notes are balanced nicely with a caramelly sweetness. Taste is similar, with a bitter kick in the finish. Smooth & creamy, with a bit of alchohol bite. The 9.5% is definately noticable, which hurts the drinkability a bit.

Overall, a fantastic brew, and one of the, if not the best example of a DIPA. A real pleasure to drink; a beer that should be sought out with purpose.

Huge thanks to younger35 for the treat!

Photo of joekfsu
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a deep orange, cloudy, with almost no head. Aroma of, you guessed it, hops, citrusy hops. Initial flavor is somewhat sweet, with fruits that come out as it warms a little (I think it is apricot, but it could be mango or some other fruit). Flavor turns drier with the hop presence. After taste is very hoppy and you tend to keep that taste in your mouth for a while. Light to medium body, limited carbonation, limited lacing, and obvious alcohol involved. Very drinkable, wish I had a fresher bottle, but you take what you can get.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one didn't do it for me. Perhaps it wasn't aged properly, but it just seemed dull and ordinary.

My sample was undercarbonated - not quite flat - and poured with minimal head and a murky haze.

The beer had a buttery and biscuity malt backbone with a piney and citrus hop aftertaste followed by more butter.

Tasted like bitter hot buttered popcorn in the end.

Methinks the sample would have been much better fresh, but after just recently drinking a Moylans double the other day, it simply blew this beer away.

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

Pours a clear bright rich amber color with 1 inch of foamy and frothy off-white head, great retention and lovely sticky lacing. Smells big on hops, lots of juniper and spruce as well as some caramel, grapefruit, citrus rind, and a slight alcohol warmth. Tastes of earthy notes are quickly taken over by a sweet caramel flavor followed by an explosion of hops; citrus, grass, and a huge pine cone forest attack mingling with some spicy hop notes as well. Medium in body with good carbonation, a big bitter hopbomb with a good caramel backbone to balance out the assault and sweeten it up a bit. Pine loaded with a dry but sweet finish and some alcohol warmth but not overpowering. A superior DIPA with fantastic hop flavors and a good sweet malt presence. Though it is higher in alcohol, dread not, this stuff is easy to drink and fantastic.

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

DEep orange amber with a sticky wheat colored head that puffs up and retains very well, generously coating my goblet in lace.

Aroma is outstanding, massive citrus, pungent pine, bright floral, and fruit. Big malt underneath. THis is gonna be good!

Flavor equally outstanding, freshly skinned tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. There's sticky pine sap and resinous, oily marijuana notes. The hop onslaught fades out with fresh sweet wildflowers. Massive caramel, toffee, and honey malt notes give this beer a serious balance in spite of the incredible hops.

Body is big, sticky, and creamy. So god damned delicious and dangerously drinkable. Better than the hype and worth whatever you paid ot traded.

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

this beer poured a cloudy orange with decent head. a good looking beer.

the smell is of fruity hops, malty sweetness, peaches and other pitted fruits.

the taste is agressive hops, but finishes sweet. superb balance. this is a very unique tasting imperial ipa.

the mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is nice. good for the style.

i could drink these every day. an excellent offereing from FFF. try this if you can!

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

L: Poured into a tulip glass. It pours an almost orange/burnt copper color with a rich off white head that leaves a trail of lacing on the glass as it disappears. Carbonation can be seen bubbling up within the cloudy color.
S: An explosion of hops hits the nose. I could smell the hops way before my nose came close to the glass. Slight backdrop of floral as well.
T: A big hit of hops strikes the tongue first, but balanced enough with the citrus hops and malts to not invoke a bitter reaction to it. The carbonation and multitude of hops keep the taste lingering around for a while. A great balance of bitter and citrus hops throughout, dominates the taste, but in a very pleasing way. Alcohol content barely noticeable.
F: A slightly dry, medium bodied beer. The remnants of hops and carbonation remind you of the beer for a while after swallow.
D: A very drinkable IIPA. The hops are balanced enough to allow this to just keep disappearing from your glass without making an overly bitter impression. The strong nose along with big taste of this beer make this a pleasure to bring to your mouth.

Photo of bkilpatr
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 05/07/08.

Pours a mostly clear bright golden color. A moderate pour results in nearly a finger of off-white head, which receded leaving little lacing. Aroma is massive amounts of hops. Grassy hops, piny hops, lots of citrus, tangerine, lemon.

Taste starts with a sweet maltiness up front. Lots of citrus flavors, especially tangerine, orange, and lemon. A slight buttery flavor lurks in there. Huge hop flavor on the back end. Lots of hop bitterness but not overwhelming. The alcohol content is barely noticeable. A very well balanced taste between the malt and amount of hops.

Lightly carbonated, it feels thick and is kinda slick from the hop oil. Leaves a coating on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is very good. The hop flavor and bitterness are not overwhelming. The alcohol creeps up on me. For an IIPA it's very drinkable.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dschuster03 for this extra!

Pours an orangey amber with ever so slight haze (chill?) and an ok, but should be bigger, fluffy white head that leaves ok lacing. Smells like a bag of pellet hops. Taste is much more balanced than the nose with a great malt profile and superb hop flavors. Some orange/grapefruit citrus flavors with some pine showing up. Malt and hop resin mixture provides almost an orange glaze flavor. A good crispness toward the finish. Hop bitterness is good on the finish, but the malt sweetness also lingers. Mouthfeel is almost perfect, I think it could be just a tiny touch thinner, but it is damn neer perfect. Drinkability is very dangerous here. Overall this is one of the most balanced IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. A wonderful brew from FFF. Enjoyed with seared salmon, seared scallops, dirty rice, and salad. Highly recommended.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a brown, 22 oz. bottle with a psychedelic label illustration depicting the Taj Mahal, a crazed assassin, and a British Raj that's a dead ringer for Sean Connery.

Pours a cloudy (bottle-conditioned) orange amber with a thin head that dissipates immediately. No visible carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Floral, hoppy nose with tones of lime, alcohol and vegetal matter.

Sweet, caramel malt upfront with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a touch of bitterness and a shudder of alcohol. As it warms, Dreadnaught IPA becomes cloyingly sweet as the citrus takes over: imagine thick mango and peach syrups. Where's the effen bitterness? This stuff finishes like orange Triametic cough syrup. Ack!

An easy sipper considering the over-the-top ABV and IBUs, but unduly sweet - especially for a DIPA.

The label proclaims: "It's not normal." If that's the case, I'd be better served if normal was overhyped, overpriced and annoyingly sweet.

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

thanks to hopasaurusrex for this fresh from the brewery bottle! Wow, 631 reviews as of my writing. This is a great double IPA. Hops, Hops and a side helping of HOPS. Oddly there's a smoothness in the hop effect which left me quite happy with this brew. Definitly a must try!

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

Purchased during my DLD adventure at Archer Liquors in Chi-town. Pours a fairly clear amber with a thin head. Big smell of citrus hops. Taste is all citrus hops (Amarillo I think) with a bit of acidity going down. Mouthfeel is smooth & the ABV is well hidden. An outstanding DIPA. We still get this beer in PA from time to time and it is worth seeking.


Photo of paco1029384756
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden color with a slight strawberry tint. Huge hoppy scent with a big citrus backing, with some fresh mango. The scent is perfect, nearly euphoric. Big hoppy punch with creeping citrus lathers itself down your throat, dominating your senses. Caramel flavor comes in later, with alcohol so well hidden it seems almost unnoticeable. Mouthfeel is impeccable, bitter sweetness rolls through the mouth with no remorse.

I could, and will, drink this until the day it (or I) dies. All around, an incredible beer, and should not be missed by anyone, especially a lover of IIPAs.

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

poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A - a rich, golden orange color with a thin white head that doesn't stick around very long.

S - lots of hop bitterness as well as a bit of grapefruit.

T - starts off as a very refreshing beer that gives way to a hop bitterness that is overpowering but not to the point where it's overdone. the bitterness does linger a bit, perhaps helping mask the alcohol. this beer is a bit warming, but the alcohol flavor doesn't stand out.

M - very smooth with medium carbonation.

D - this was very easy for me to drink, especially given the high alcohol level and bitterness. a great great beer.

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

Pours a hazy, peach honey with a messy, tight bubbled white head that resides to a disk afloat the beer. Leaves a coat across the walls of the glass. Smell is piney, maple, carmel, grapefruit, brown sugar, beautiful. Taste is very similar, hop aroma comes through nicely, not overly bitter, candied fruit, apricots, short bread covered in carmel. Very dry finish that still coats the mouth with a balanced hop aroma. Nice!

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

The beer poured a thick head with medium sized bubbles which immediately began to dissipate. This was a very clear copper in color and the nose was filled with scents of grapefruit, piney hops, caramel and spice. In the mouth the midpalate was rich and mouth-coating with solid weight. While there were tons of hops, they were well-balanced with some sweet malt. Again, with tons of hops, the finish had the bitterness one would expect but it was well balanced with malt that it did not come off as overtly bitter and dry. This is an extremely balanced with that has lots of everything. Yum!

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 5,349 ratings.