Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from 2-oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - The color of this beer reminds me of honey. A medium white head forms on top.

S - Lots of orange citrus aromas. Hemp, pine, garden herbs, and earthiness sneak in to lesser extents.

T - The hops in this beer are both incredibly robust and unique. Like the nose, orange, pine, grapefruit rind, and earthiness wallop the palate in droves. A touch of onion dankness is detected over the graham cracker malt. The finish is delightfully bitter and fairly sweet, with a hint of grain alcohol.

M -Medium to heavy bodied with a appropriate carbonation.

O - Three Floyds beers always have a fairly unparalleled hop profile that features both citrusy and earthy notes in abundance, and this DIPA is no exception. Not my favorite for the style by a long shot, but it is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Many thanks, Darren!

A: Opaque golden. An off-white 2 finger head that was slow to settle. Curtainy lacing.

S: Hop city! Grass hops intermingled with grainy malts. You can smell the hops a foot from the bottle.

T: Juicy, fruity. Citrus heaven. A terrific balance between piney hops and subtle malts. So smooth and creamy. The more you drink, the more you want. Zombie Dust's big brother.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: One of the best DIPA's out there. So glad to finally climb aboard the Dreadnaught. Highly recommended.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of leantom
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOOOO! Just had this right after Alpha King. I was skeptical that this would beat it but I was wrong! This is a DIPA to end all DIPA's!

A: Golden in color and very clear. Beer pours a huge head and A TON of lacing lingers on the glass after the head withdraws. Couldn't have been better.

S: Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Smell lots of lemon, orange, grapefruit, apricot and mango (emphasis on the last two). It's practically a hop feast. However, there's a subtle amount of malt in the mix - mostly caramel and amber. I can't wait to imbibe on this.

T: You can't get better than this. This blows all the other DIPA's I've had out of the water. Simply superb balance between malt and hops. Can taste lots of sweet caramel and honey in the malt. These quickly give way to the hops which taste of grapefruit, mango, orange peel and lemon. I couldn't dream of a better beer.

M: Very thick and creamy. The carbonation balances out the thickness, however.

O: Perfect DIPA.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into wine glass.

A - Beautiful honey orange gold color. About 2 and a half fingers of bright white head. Looks quite lovely.

S - Big blast of apricot, mango, peach, green apple, orange, grapefruit, dankness. A small bit of pine gets through, especially as it warms.

T - Same as the aroma but amplified in intensity. A lot of malt plays in this brew. Caramel and honey come through in the malts as well. Very delectable and fairly bitter DIPA!

M - Fairly medium bodied leaning towards heavier due to the malt bill. I usually don't like malt forward IPAs, but it seems to work very well in this one. The magnitude of the hops seems to balance it out better than I would expect.

O - This beer was about as close to an amped up Zombie Dust as I had at FFF. I tried a couple ounces on tap and it was just as good. Three Floyds knows hops.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a medium-dark gold/orange colour with a nice fluffy head and lots of legging.

Smells like sticky-sweet fruit juice, with lots of tangerine, some mango, pineapple, and maybe even a pinch of banana? This one is hard to pick out, but the sweet malty backbone makes this smell like an earthy, fruity candle -- apart from a bit of alcohol sneaking through.

Taste is pretty much on par with the smell, but has some more complex earthy bitter hop and malt notes playing off all the sticky, oily citrus and caramel malt flavours.

The feel is medium-thick with a slight warmth and dryness from the high ABV. Though personally the alcohol and dryness seem to be a tiny bit overpowering at times, there is more than enough spectacular flavour packed in to compensate. Overall, definitely world class.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big copper body, with haziness, and a big fat head that slowly bubbles into a thin layer up top. Massive lacing paints the glass drink by drink.

S - The main hit is grapefruit, primarily zest, with a snappy pine line and hints of mango and lemon and tangerine, and slight hints of wilder hop elements, but nothing that makes this smell like anything but deliciousness.

T - The sweetness of malt is present from the start, as a firm backbone over which pine and citrus play a complicated dance. The middle comes with more fruit elements, fleshy grapefruit and subtle acidity. The close comes with bright but undeniable bitter notes, grapefruit pith, but mingled with subtle malt sweetness, that mitigates what could have been a much more wicked bite, all told.

M - Crisp and clean, with some drying, but surprisingly reasonable given the bursting hop throughout.

O - This is a rock solid, top notch, take no prisoners IPA that still manages to offer enough of a backbone that the fruit flavors sing of flesh, not the white pith that often dominates brews on the cusp of 100 IBU. One of the bombers from 3F worth every penny.

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Photo of mabermud
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A - Fine, white, sticky head. Clingy and leggy. The body is deep golden/orange.
S - Hoppy, sweet orange zest, some pine, and dank. Smells great.
T - Same as above. Sweet. World-Class.
M - Solid
O - This is a very well-balanced double IPA that blasts your taste senses. A very, very, very good offering from 3 F's. I wish I could easily obtain this in Washington State...

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Photo of ESkirv
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a nice rich Longhorn orange with a creamy head that laced the glass...very tasty appearance. I was highly impressed by this beer's aroma...it was your typical piney-tropical profile but the medley here: mango & papaya & fresh pine really sang. The taste & mouthfeel weren't quite as immaculate as the smell but still lived up to the FFF standards one would expect. The peachy papaya flavor worked with the hoppy body, and the smoothness made the bomber an easy pleasant drinker.

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Photo of fcbrew
3.44/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A respectable IPA. However, as with other Three Floyds beers on this board, it is highly overrated. I suspect that because it is only available in a limited area with little real competition, local reviewers simply have little to compare Three Floyds beers with.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber color, dark orange.

S-Faint scents of grapefruit, pine, citrus and some hoppiness.

T-Very drinkable for everything that's going on, not as much hops as I was expecting. Definitely orange and grapefruits.

M-Almost full-bodied but still medium. Once again goes down very easy for this beer.

O-I really loved this beer, possibly more than the Zombie Dust Bottles I have tried (on-tap is a different story). Really want to get my hands on a couple more of these.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled mid-May 2014, poured into a teku

A: glowing, cloudy orange with a bubbly, soapy white head

S: thick, concentrated aromas of grapefruit peel/pith and pine resin are the major players; i also picked up a honey-like sweetness lurking in the background

T: upfront i got light caramel sweetness, and then on the finish i picked up the aromas that dominate the nose; finishes very dry, quite bitter, and sticky sweet

M: thicker and viscous, yet goes down easily (too easily?)

O: i love this beer. it's endlessly crushable and a delight on the nose.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a light head and nice lacing
S- Slight hops, sweet malt
T - Tropical hops delight!
M - Medium mouth feel. Not too thin, not too thick
O - Overall a very good IPA. Not as hoppy as I would have thought.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My experience with dreadnaught was from a bomber. It was pretty tasty. I am just getting into Double IPA's as well as a few different types of beers.

A- This beer has a mildly red amber beer that is rich and robust.

S- This beer has a smell of a slight citrus with some woody nodes with a hoppy finish.

T- It has a taste of hops, hops and more hops. I haven't had many beers that taste this hoppy! I like it!

M- There is a slight fizz once this beer hits your tongue and is bold through the finish.

This beer is a medley of hops, spices and bold flavor. I would recommend this beer to people who are hops fans. I would say this is a "hoppy grand slam" for a lack of a better term. Cheers!

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Photo of Lemke10
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy, dark amber color with a slight head. The aroma is mild with hops and hibiscus. The taste is surprisingly sweet and floral for an IIPA, but the real bitterness comes in the finish. Extremely well-balanced and tasty making it very easy to see why it’s rated what it is.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Spinoza's in Beavercreek, Ohio. The appearance is unremarkable, but with a solid head and fairly sticky lacing. The smell is tropical fruit--not as pronounced and appealing as, say, White Rajah, but still quite good. The taste consists of mango, orange, and lemon flavors, and the bitterness from the hops just isn't here--imagine, a DIPA without bitterness--instead is sweetness from the citrus hops. The mouthfeel is unusual, but not bad at all--this beer is on the thin side (it could pass for a session beer if not for the high ABV) and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a DIPA well worth trying.

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Photo of ICMTM
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer! There is a serious complexity to this beer. While it has the hop forward properties of any other DIPA's its smooth, and without a lingering bitter finish. There is a bitterness to it, but there is a malt complexity that changes the finish to make it smooth with a hint of sweetness. This beverage got better with every sip.

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Photo of pkalix
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

absolutely spoiled this weekend. another new brew to try. what is 'dreadnaught'? wasn't that an evil villain in Super Mario Galaxy??
hazy honey gold. creamy head. smelled fruity and malty upon opening but that has passed and now there is barely an aroma(?).
taste is pure nectar. literally. some honey upon first taste, mellow and smooth hop bitterness with a washing back of bread malt... dang this is super easy to drink. 99 IBUs, but smooth. does that agree logically? a slight twang on the finish, but geez, at 9.5%, how much better can a brew be?
again, the comparison of west coast vs east coast. or Midwest.... this stuff is GOOD!!! eh, my parents both were born in Philadelphia so maybe my genetics are predominantly east coast IPA??

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Right as you pour this bad boy into the Deschutes imperial pint, it glows a gorgeous, yet enigmatic golden orange hue like Mike Hammer opening a mysterious box in "Kiss Me Deadly."

Now, the flavors aren't as wild and unpredictable as said "B" masterpiece, but they are there. There is enough juice that Snoop Dogg could throw a block party, and it is met by a strong malt backbone like Jack Johnson going 28 rounds.

In the end, it's good, but this player (in his humble opinion) doesn't find it anywhere near spectacular.

Have a good one my children.

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Photo of themind
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Legendary...period! this brew stands with the top dogs in a crowded field. This brew is crisp with a pine and citrus aroma. The mouthfeel is perfect, they nailed it! the taste is flat out amazing! I would seek this out, store this and absolutely buy this again. Bravo Three Floyds, bravo!

Bottom Line: Pow! a legend just smacked you in the face!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Ah, Dreadnaught! One of my first, seemingly unattainable beer desires. It's pours a copper color. My gentle pour yields a creamy, off-white head that isn't very tall. Consistent lacing rings.

S-A comparatively 'old school' hop bomb. Dreadnaught is bloated with the good ol' pine and grapefruit tag team. Caramel maltiness helps to balance the nose in some minimal manner.

T-Bitter, biting grapefruit flesh and candied oranges. Freshly grown grass and resinous pine. Straightforward but delectable. A bit of peach and apricot. Caramel malt is more well endowed than I thought it would be.

M-Fuller side of medium bodied. Very bitter. Alcohol hidden well. Aftertaste lingers. Bubbly.

O-One of the titans of the style. Possesses a ton of great flavors and aromas. I prefer my DIPAs to have a bit different flavor profile but I still enjoyed this brute. I can see people literally shitting themselves in shock and awe after their first sip when this beer initially was released.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - HUGE white head, crystal clear, low carbonation, nice lacing, a dark straw pour, really pretty beer.

S - Grapefruit, orange, mango, a little hint of dankness, and very subtle malt backbone. I smelled this for a solid 2-3 minutes before I put it to my lips. Fantastic smelling beer.

T - Just a little muted compared to the nose. It tastes great but based on the smell, I was hoping for more of a hop explosion. Follows the nose very closely.

M - Super clean finish. Very mildly bitter. No alcohol presence.

O - I love this beer. I could easily poured a few bombers of these and forget how potent it is.

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Photo of N_Schleret
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a copper color with a one finger head and good retention, blotchy lacing.
S: Hops! Grapefruit, pine, and sweet malts.
T: Bitter hops. Again, grapefruit, pine, and sweet malts.
M: Dry and bitter. Medium body with medium carbonation.
O: A very tasty DIPA. I would buy again when I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of ebones
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This defines the style, or what the style could be. Light bubbles. Upfront pineapple and mango pine florals balanced with caramelized citrus and butterscotch. Larger body than expected. Creamy and chewy. First rate. Almost a perfect 5, but maybe I haven't had a fiver yet?

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Photo of Rizalini
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip, no bottle date...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, with a finger of tan head.

S - The smell is malty/honey, with with some notes of tropical fruit.

T/M - The taste is a pleasant combination of a solid malt backbone, and some mango & pineapple.The bitterness hangs around on my tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation.

O - Such a solid IPA! Hits all the right notes with me, and I would always have this is my fridge if I could get it here in Vegas. But I can't, so I'm gonna go and enjoy the hell outta this one. Cheers!

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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