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Dreadnaught IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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1,665 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,665
Hads: 5,579
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 1,906
Gots: 789 | FT: 27
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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Reviews: 1,665 | Hads: 5,579
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. (309 characters)

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? (272 characters)

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! (602 characters)

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

A - Beautiful clear dark amber beer that pours with a 1 and a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Almost as pretty as Pliny the Elder but lacking the continual bubbly carbonation.

S - Starts off with some tropical fruit and finishes with some nice piney hop resin smell, balanced smell. Definitely get Mango and peach.

T - Taste follows the smell, still mostly getting mango. Finishes with a perfect amount of hoppy bitterness. Really balanced just like the smell.

M - Not a remarkable mouthfeel, alcohol thin and biting. Not smooth or tingly. Check that, that's how it started out, but it smoothed out a little and the alcohol dissipated as it warmed up from the fridge.

O - Very very good DIPA. Much better than permanent funeral in my opinion. Best attribute of the beer is the balance. Has very well integrated tropical fruits, piney hoppiness, and bitterness. (882 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - I poured this into a tulip and it had slight head that lasted about a minute. The color is dark orange kind of brown color. You cannot see through it at all. Good lacing.
S - you can smell the hops but you can also smell a caramel like smell and some type of citrus fruit of some sort.
T -hoppy bitter taste with a very fruity taste; slightly citrus, more peach and mango. Good malty backbone.
M - medium carbonation, thick but goes down smooth with a crispness.
O - fantastic beer! I've had most imperial IPAs by 3 Floyd's ands it's one of there best 3. (559 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was nice to drink this after recently having Permanent Funeral. These are totally different DIPAs. PF is is a huge and hop forward, while Dread has a much stiffer malt backbone and is built on integrating and balancing the bitter and the sweet. Both styles have their merits, but I'd prob give the nod to the sticky, tropical flavors of PF. Make no mistake, this is an expertly crafted brew. (394 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A- golden amber when held directly to the light but it has a redish hue when not looked directly through the light. The head is about a half inch and dissipates quickly into a thin lace.

S- sugary malt, pine, and grapefruit. There's an unknown smell I can't put my finger on it but its not something i usually smell in an IPA. Its good though. Not skunky.

T- bitter up front with a blast of pine and grapefruit while in the mouth followed by a sweet malt that reminds me of a stout. Very interesting but very satisfying. The pine remains on the back of the tongue for a while.

M- slightly carbonated but nothing unpleasant. The bitterness on the back of the tongue hangs out for a while that i wish didn't.

O- this was an exceptional IPA. Very well balanced between malt and hops without losing the benefits and characteristics of either. (883 characters)

Photo of LANDRY
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber picked up several days ago

A very clear dark gold remarkable color

S fresh cut grass(yeah that kind) pine, sweet mango

T very slow rolling hop bite, you get very strong malty notes at first sip then a wave of hops and bitter melon and mango and a residual dryness that demands the second sip and third and....

M medium carbonation, creamy, light chewyness

O Righteous brew from a stellar brewer I swear Im not a shill for 3F im just a very big fan they are few things they dont do well on of them is distrubution but that can be said about 99%of the beers reviewed here, Cheers! (596 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Three Floyd's Dreadnaught

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 95/100

Three Floyds Dreadnaught is an American Imperial #IPA with a 9.5 ABV~ She pours hazy, but brilliant in color, an opaque honey yellow, a color I quite never seen before~ LOADS of tiny bubbles~ Little to no head, yet moderate lacing~ Feel is light to medium, yet remarkably satisfy and surprisingly rich~ Nose is extreme Honey and Pine off the rip, Carmel and Malt linger in the back round, also all your other typical IPA Citrus/Earthy scents~ Taste is just like #heaven, Grapefruit, Honey, Mango, Biscut, Pineapple, Cream, Tangerine, Malt, Peach, Pine, Papaya, Bread and Orange~ Such a sharp, crisp, clean, well balanced, yet intense brew~ No one flavor over bares, its all delivered with a nice creamy balance What should also be mentioned is how much of a 'Malt' presence stands out in what typically is a 'Hop' forward style, awesome surprise by #3F~ 9.5 would never be guessed, as there is virtually zero burn on the back end~ Honestly, if I drowned in Dreadnaught... I would die an extremely happy man~ (1,117 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A- Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a huge foamy and bubble white head that retains for a while, eventually settling to a floating layer, leaving behind patches of lace around the entire glass

S- Tropical fruit hop explosion with aromas of mango, pineapple, guava, peach and grapefruit peel. Tropical hops are complimented by a sweet, slightly doughy malt aroma, a touch a peppery spice and fresh grass on the finish

T- Biting hop bitterness highlighted by flavors of grapefruit juice, pineapple, peach and grass. The malty backbone compliments the hop bitterness flawlessly, its slightly sweet and clean. The finish is dry with more citrus/tropical hop flavors continuing to the end

M- Medium body and carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a smooth and crisp finish. Drinkability is about as good as it gets for a DIPA, ABV is hidden brilliiantly

O- Loaded with tropical hop flavor, yet one of the most drinkable DIPA's I've had. This is a great beer that I would gladly buy again if given the chance (1,039 characters)

Photo of SteelSaw
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a Bomber bottle into a Tulip glass.

Pour- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Soapy white one finger head on a moderate pour.

Smell- Wow. Three Floyds description is spot on. Right up front I am hit with the smell of mango. Peaches follow slightly afterwords, not as forward. Hops and perhaps some hints of white grape?

Taste- Basically follows the nose, mongo up front on the taste and then peaches and hop and then a piney bitterness on the back of the taste which dissapates rather quickly. Very tropical and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Light and fresh, carbonation is spot on in my opinon.

Overall- This beer blew me away, very tropical and tasty, nice and refreshing. I imagine this being quite nice on a hot summer day. (737 characters)

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

Appearance: poured a clear amber-orange. Large white head that lasted a while.

Smell: I like the smell of this one. Slightly sweet. Lots of hop pineyness.

Taste: like it smells. Had a real nice sweetness to offset the viewer pine. Well balanced.

Mouth: medium carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: a solid dipa. Three Floyds continues to impress. (373 characters)

Photo of vinny21bal
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh sweet Dreadnaught. One of my all time favorites. One of the best Double IPA's out there. The hops on this beer is amazing, especially with all the alcohol in it. They seem to be the only ones to be able to do that so well. Lots of citrus on this beer. Again you should be careful because the alcohol is high and it is easy to drink. Good mouthfeel, strong nose of citrus styled hops, the taste is really outstanding. It also is a pretty sexy color for an IPA. (462 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden orange with a one finger white head.

The aroma of hoppy pine, citrus, ripe sweet mango, and passion fruit.

The flavor follows with a juicy mango, pineapple, orange, and then it moves onto a grapefruit and pine. A gentle bitterness that does not linger. Reminds me a bit of Alpha King with its light body, quick bitterness, and then onto a clean finish.

The alcohol is extremely well hidden and does not show 9.5%. The extremely light malt body almost makes it an IPA.

Didn't blow me away, but really well crafted. (558 characters)

Photo of jmaharaj
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Smells nice and tropical with some musty hop undertones. there is a sharp candy sweetness to the nose. on the tongue this is not all that well balanced. the malt makes a meek appearance but the hops make this quite bitter. having said that, there isnt as much hop flavor as i would have expected. feels a little undercarbonated. this is a little bit of a letdown, but still pleasant to drink. (405 characters)

Photo of USAF77
3.05/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

As with all 3 Floyds I was expecting big things. It had a nice slow pour into a lovely dark gold with a nice 1&1/2" finger head and memorable lacing. This is a beautiful brew to swirl and look at.

It has the worst aroma Ive ever smelled in a Beer. Quite frankly, and for lack of a better term, it smells like dog manure. Im not trying to be contentious but I have to say what I smell. I get no "hoppy citrisness" or anything of the like. I'd bet I'd like the brew better if my nose was stuffed up.

It rebounds with the taste. Very nice. I get the citrus now, and the Hops, and the crispy dryness Its a tad light without a strong after taste but it works. A second pour again shows the thick malty head and lovely lacing, And, the smell isnt quite as bad this time. It goes down very easily for a 9.50% IPA. Its very drinkable.

So its a lovely Ale to pour, swirl, and moon at. Its a very nice drinking Ale with a smoothie complexity, but the smell of it did lessen the experience. Pity.

I'll wait for Zombie Dust first but im starting to think 3 Floyds is going to be a brand I avoid. Nice brews to be sure but worth the money??? I think not. (1,145 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date that I can find.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass

A- Bright orange that is pretty clear. Has a big white head that dissipates slowly to a a small film that stays.

S- Big sticky resin with light notes of citrus and pineapple. Slight bitter burn in the nostrils.

T- Medium-heavy bitterness, mostly of a piney nature. Has a pretty hefty malty sweetness and slight toasty malt to balance it out but the hops are there throughout and stay in the aftertaste.

M- Medium viscosity, nice creamy carbonation.

O- A really fantastically solid DIPA. Wish I knew how old it was to be sure I'm judging it's profile correctly. What's the point in making quality IPAs if you're not gonna let people know how fresh they are? This reminds me of a supped up DFH 90. Very impressed by the hop profiles of all 3Floyds brews that I've had. (852 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Light coppery gold in color with a bit if a haze. Get a very nice slightly off-white thick frothy head that recedes slowly leaving a thick lacing along the glass.

S - Assaulted in a good way with lots of citrus and mango scents, hops come through with a bit of a piney backdrop on the nose.

T - Lots of hops and a heavy IPA like taste, getting a bit of the alcohol coming through, nice aftertaste with some hints of citrus.

M - Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, mouth coater.

O - I'm not a huge Imperial IPA drinker but like this flavor profile (592 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nearly clear medium gold with a thick one finger white head. Awesome head retention and really good lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Great hop aroma full of tropical fruit. Orange and mango along with some pineapple and tangerine. No malt at all with hops providing all of the aroma. Truly outstanding.

This hop dominance carries over into the taste. A huge rush of juicy tropical citrus that never really goes away. Orange and tangerine along with a touch of pineapple. A very light touch of bread in the background from the malt but it remains restrained and allows the hops to shine. A moderate bitterness and a slight warming in the back of the throat from the alcohol. Finish a pretty crisp and dry considering the abv.

Overall, what an amazing IIPA. The drinkability on this is incredible. I had no idea what the abv was before seeing it on here and guessed it was around 7.5% That's how well it is hidden. Truly a beer to pick up should you come across it. (1,029 characters)

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

A - Hazy deep orange with a thin white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus(grapefruit and orange rind) and pine.

T - Opens with big citrus notes followed by a nice sweetness. Bitter piney hops come through very nicely at the end.

M - Somewhat thin creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking for a 9.5% alcohol.

O - My first Three Floyd's experience and i'am very satisfied. Awesome DIPA that is a very eBay drinker. (427 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice.

Almost a barleywine. Overrated? Yes, by my standards.

A – Pours an amber, slightly cloudy, with less than one-finger of off-white head. Average lacing.

S – Resinous/piney, slight sweetness with some fruit (maybe some grapefruit).

T – Malty, caramel, herbal bitterness, slight sweetness in the finish.

MF – Medium to medium heavy bodied, a dry but relatively smooth finish considering the hoppiness. (434 characters)

Photo of baos
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into pint glass.

A: Nice amber look with the slightest bit of haze. Lots of lacing. 3 finger head dwindles to half a finger and sticks around pretty well.

S: Nice spicy hop bouquet.

T: Big hop blast to the taste buds, but no nasty bitter bite. Nice crisp after taste that turns into a very nice hoppy and spice aftertaste.

M: Nice medium feel big and bubbly.

O: First beer review I've done in awhile. This was a great beer to kick it off. (456 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber picked up last week at the brewery.

Pours with a large, fluffy / foamy white head over a fairly clear golden-to-amber body with some carbonation flowing up. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Aromas are sharp up front - Fresh citrus and pine hops dominate. Dark, multi-grain bread quality from the malt. Touch of astringency from the alcohol. The malts become more pronounced as it warms, and even take on some heavy cardboard.

Fairly thin mouthfeel for the style, but on the heavier side overall relative to a standard IPA. Decent carbonation without being distracting. Flavors are heavy on the hops... lots of grapefruit, pine, mango, and some citrusy aspects. Seems like quite a variety of hops in this one. Caramel sweetness is quite prevalent, but not over the top or distracting. The aftertaste leaves you with solid bitterness, and dry mouthfeel.

Another heavy metal quality beer from Three Floyds: Complex, high-quality, and pushing the envelope of decency. (975 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am sitting here in disbelief that I am drinking a beer from the famed 3 floyds...my very FIRST offering from the beer gods of Indiana, sooo excited!
A: this is one delish looking glass of beer, a thick 1 inch creamy white head, dissipates at a medium rate, clear golden yellow with a slight copperish tinge lots of tiny bubbles and a few big ones as well racing to the top.
S: smells pretty good, doesn't reek of hops like I was hoping but definitely some good hop aromas coming through, many citrusy aromas, some pineapple, slight grapefruit.
T: very solid. the aromas come out in the taste, very citrusy again, faint hops resins, good malt back bone, nothing overpowers including the bitterness, well balanced.
M: pleasnt on the mouth, the carbonation is medium, right where it should be. has a full body, not watery but not too thick, just right, lacking a little in the slickness that I like on the after effect.
O.A. amazing first experience. I can't imagine that Surly could ever stand up to these guys in quality and price point, I paid 11.99 for this, if it had been Surly it would have been at least 16.99 or more. I wish these guys were outta of MN instead, Indiana can have Surly if only we could get the Floyds in MN!! (1,234 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rainblows for hooking me up with this one, something that I've wanted for the longest time but somehow haven't acquired until now. Relatively fresh bottle, Dreadnaught pours out a murky amber and copper-ish color, so muddled and cloudy that it blocks nearly all light trying to pass through. The foamy eggshell shaded head perches softly and leaves behind some nice lace.

Pungent perfume crowds my nostrils with each sip, the kind that an over-zealous teenage girl lacquers herself in to desperately try and attract some over-qualified muscle head, only to achieve the exact opposite reaction - repulsion. Light tropical fruit and an abundance of sweet caramel malt are present as well, but the poignancy of the perfume-y florals cuts through everything and can be quite intimidating. I'm also not loving the seemingly super-sweet malty backdrop.

Blah, and what do you know. The flavor starts off pretty sweet and caramely... this is one, thick, sticky, sweet, and malt-heavy DIPA, that's for sure. The hops do come in quick, and are still quite pungent with big-time floral and perfume notes, almost to a troublesome degree of bitterness and abrasiveness that flirts with the line of enjoyable and just "too much".

No matter the heavy bitterness, however, as the malt blanket quickly jumps back in and smothers everything, taking things to another level of heavy, sticky sweetness that I'd rather my DIPAs didn't go. Buttery, toffee/caramel malt finish, with a big, big, BIG thick coating that will stick to your palate for days if you don't brush well enough. Dreadnaught feels bigger than it should... even at 9.5% ABV, it feels like even more.

Dreadnaught isn't bad. I managed to put down half the bomber without much struggle, but it's hard to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not a fan of DIPAs that are sweet and malty like this, and even the "hoppy" aspects were unabashed to an unnecessary degree and a little overdone for my tastes. I guess I was let down, given the incredible praise and high ratings this beer receives. It's decent at best, and overrated doesn't even do it justice. (2,113 characters)

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.