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Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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4,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 4245
Reviews: 1623
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%

Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9.5% ABV 99 IBUs - A hophead’s dream beer. This Imperial India Pale Ale has an opening salvo of mango, peach and citrus hop aromas that sit atop a pronounced caramel malt backbone. Although Dreadnaught is a strong and intensely hoppy ale, its complex flavor is both smooth and memorable.

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North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a DFH tulip shaped pint glass

pours a rich copper color with a big, lasting white head. Citrusy, hoppy, sweet mango on the nose. not huge, just right. Oooooh. Great balance to this beer. Sweet mango/fruitiness at first followed by just a tad of bitterness at the end. hops and malts work together flawlessly. very reminiscent of Pliny, maybe being a tad sweeter. world class taste. Alcohol undetectable, superb drinkability. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a world class DIPA.... it actually might be deserving of an even higher rating on here. wish this was available near me!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 16:40:40 | More by Axnjxn
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3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper-gold color with orange and yellow hues. Thin head with short retention. Beer showed a chill haze.

Light citrus, apricot, mango and pine notes. white flowers.

Malt tones offset by the hops. Citrus, floral, pineapple, pine and resin.

Very dry, medium-bodied beer (despite the alcohol level). The hops seemed to lean hard on the bittering side of the equation, to the point of being overly so. Alcohol was well balanced as a result.

Seems a beer that is kind-of in-between, without really taking a position.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 05:44:22 | More by Libationguy
Photo of waitforit


3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into imperial pint glass

A: Beautiful orangish read body with lots of pillowy, creamy white foam. As close to the Platonic vision of an IPA as I can imagine.

S: Very faint, so nothing spectacular came through.

T: Very smooth and none of the initial IPA bite I was expecting. A bit of grassy alcohol taste, but it's masked under something else, including some big orange/grapefruit notes. A more experienced taster would be able to tease out all the complex flavors I know are there.

M: Smooth and rich without being overpowering. Just a little resiny tackiness at the end.

O: Not my favorite (Hopslam still holds that title), but one of the more perplexing IPAs I've had. Definitely worth investigating again.

Try it again? 4 - Probably

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:56:31 | More by waitforit
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4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a 3Floyds Teku, a head with tiny white bubbles rose less than 2 fingers tall on top of the golden orange beer. As the foam slowly fell it left a lacing nearly the same hight as the poured head. The beer showed a hint of haze, but otherwise clear enough to see your digits distincly on the other side of the glass.

S: Over rippened strawberrys and blueberrys very promenant and lasting. Floral peach and pine hop flavors are also distinctly detected. Malts are hard to detect or distinguish from the dominant hop nose, but something similar to buttered bread there. Alcohol is detected in the nose but not unenjoyable.

T: Bittering hops start off the beer flavor with a powerful citrus and pine flavor. Those same flavors linger on the pallet after a few sips but with more of a grassy flavor then at first. The malt flavor has a cracker, bread like flavor, not sweet since its being crushed by the bitterness, but the flavor non the less. Clean / neutral yeast not adding much that I can tell.

M: Very dry finish leaving a prickly tounge sensation. A mild amount of carbonation and just a hint of alcohol warming.

O: A very aromatic (when fresh), flavorful and clean tasting Imp IPA. Up there with the best of em!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 01:09:25 | More by guityler83
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4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly murky orange hue with with a moderate effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a good amount of tropical fruit character. I love these super fruity IPAs.

Taste: sweet and fruity, just like the aroma. The exact fruits are a bit nondescript; mango, maybe, and some pear? Whatever it is, it is smooth and tasty. There is a bit of a bite to the bitterness, but that's welcome after all the smooth sweetness.

Mouthfeel: extremely smooth and creamy for an IPA, with a medium-thick body and a great, well-integrated carbonation. Love it.

Overall: this beer is extremely well put-together; it's balanced, tasty, and astonishingly drinkable for a 9.5% brew. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 00:31:41 | More by flagmantho
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4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger, off-white head. The beer color is medium gold.

The aroma was of citrus hops, light malt.

The taste was similar, but had a slight pine note, and sweetness. It is medium bodied, and has medium carbonation.

Very good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:57:03 | More by TCMike
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4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Kuma's Corner in Chicago. $10 for a pint.

Appearance: A very cloudy yellow color with two fingers worth of a fairly creamy head. Lacing is here-and-there, but overall, it looks excellent in the glass.

Smell: Hm. Not bad at ALL, but not as fantastic as I was expecting, given other reviews. The peach/guava/tropical fruit are definitely there, but not in as big of a way that I wanted.

Taste/feel: Man... I love the assertive bitterness of this beer. I really, really do. The same fruit in the aroma comes in the beginning of each sip and offers the taste buds a lot of sweetness. The taste of Dreadnaught is what I wanted in the aroma, if you get me. Next is a split second of grassy/piney sorts of hops before finally just going away, leaving a lingering bitterness and warmth at the back of the throat that makes you desperately want another sip to wash that slight warmth/burn away... but then it comes back. So you sip again. And again. And again... Keep in mind that I find that to be a good thing. That's not a con.

My score may not really show it, but I was slightly disappointed with Dreadnaught, despite the fact that I still liked it. A lot. I'd be curious to see what this tastes like out of a bottle to compare. This beer is worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 05:49:59 | More by Alextricity
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden orange, slight haze, off-white head that held on for a little while before fading to a slight ring. Left nice lacing

Aroma: Big pineapple and grapefruit; some sweet caramel and slight alcohol.

Taste: A very nice flavor of candied fruits. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit, as suggested by the aroma. A good amount of residual sweetness, but perfectly balanced with an assertive, but not harsh or astringent bitterness. Alcohol is present, but not hot.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a bitterness that coats the tongue and lingers into the aftertaste. Slight warming from the alcohol.

Overall: This was a great impression of an American Imperial IPA. Perhaps a touch sweet for the BJCP style, but where it misses the marks in style, it surely makes up for it in its intense showcase of American hops. Bitterness is just right to balance and leaves a nice mouthfeel. Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 20:52:47 | More by businesstime
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4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Todd! Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Split with others. Review is from my notes.

Pours a thickened, slightly viscous, syrupy amber color. Carbonation is rather plentiful at first, and about 2 fingers of head coat the top of the glass. There's actually far less lacing than expected, with only a few large droplets coating the sides of the glass before fully vanishing. Head retention is pretty good, as it is with all super hoppy FFF offerings. There's a bit of a glimmer on this one as well, which makes it look appetizing.

Definitely an array of tropical and citrusy fruits immediately reach the nose, but rather than a predominant flavor of mangoes (as advertised), I instead get huge notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and that lovely nectarine flavor that I've experienced before with FFF. There's an oily, resinous hopped sensation that is actually rather wet, and indeed, while there is a floral astringency, it quickly becomes covered up by a good deal of the malts' residual sugars. Caramel and toffee abounds, as well as sharp, crisp breadiness that balances out the initial hop explosion. Very subtle stuff overall... Well crafted.

The flavor is even better, taking the initial tropical flavors and melding them further with the breadiness. There's a fruitiness awash with grapefruit, pine, peaches, pineapple, and light lime rinds, only then to transition to a crisp, thickened bready flavor that resembles cracked wheat and creamy, soft barley. It actually took me by surprise, as I expected a hop bomb. Caramel malts are heavily present here (with a dash of honey), and provide a silky drinking experience that contains no burn from the ABV, as well as a light astringency from the hops. A real pleasure to drink - definitely nothing too cloying.

Unlike Arctic Panzer Wolf, THIS is how FFF should focus on making their DIPAs. There's a lot of balance here, and yes, while it is indeed quite hoppy, the bready, crisp malt profile (which is for once not too syrupy) smoothens things out and provides a lot of balance to the beer. Really great stuff - I just wish it wasn't $13 a bomber outside of the brewery (where it is instead $10). I was happy to try it, and wouldn't pass it down again, but I'm fortunate that I have DIPA options that quite similar and good in their own way around here that are slightly more affordable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 15:50:19 | More by magictacosinus
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5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark orange with a big head that leaves some lacing. Definitely big alcohol legs going on.

S: WOW! this smell blew me out of the water. Big and juicy. Mango that just keeps going and going. Big tropical fruit, lots of pineapple, burnt orange and some lemon citrus. There is a caramel malt in the background here and a touch of pine but man, the mango just shines!!

T: The hops on this beer are amazing. Once again at the front to f the tongue mango shows up, grabs hold and doesnt let go. Then come the citrus, lemon, burnt caramel orange and pineapple. Towards the middle of the mouth you get a touch of malty sweetness but that is destroyed by the piney, resin hop bitterness at the end. And this finish keeps going and going and makes you crave more. It's pretty juicy. This is definitely a hop forward beer but the hops are all balanced out nicely together.

M: Syrupy, almost full bodied with just enough carbonation. This is very refreshing and surprisingly easy drinking. more please!

O: This was one of my first "religious" beer experiences back in the day and it only gets better every time i have it. The hops shine and it is just bursting with flavor. Probably my favorite beer! /99

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 16:51:44 | More by schwemjw
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South Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to boilermakerryan for sending this my way!

A - Pouts a golden orange (slightly amber) - fairly clear with a full finger+ of caramel colored head, very dense, smooth looking foam. Lacing is fantastic.

S - Sweet juicy fruits and citrus (mango, apricot, pineapple, peach, lemon) with a somewhat surprisingly sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - So much going on. Consuming at what I estimate to be ~50-55 degrees. Initially tons of juicy tropical fruity flavors (mango, peach) mix with a fairly intense, somewhat astringent bitterness. Very quickly after the citrusy (lemon/pineapple) and slightly spicy flavors kick in. Then the sweet juicy fruits seem to come back a bit and mix with the citrus. A hefty sweet, fairly sugary malty backbone compliment the flavor from beginning to end. The more I drink the more the flavors mix together more at once - which I'm really enjoying.

M - Medium bodied+, appropriately carbonated, somewhat of a sipper, although still quite refreshing.

O - Many strong flavors combine but find a way to balance themselves out extremely well. One every DIPA lover should try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 16:56:53 | More by MacQ32
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4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright citrus/golden in color with an eggshell head. The body is hazy and not clear for my bottle.

S - Lovely citrus hops peaking through. Can seem slightly candied but there's an array of pineapple, apricot, mango, etc. Very juicy.

T - Bitter hops to start off with and follow with a caramel malts. The citrus is there but somewhat candied because of the sweeter malts. Ends with a bitter finish.

M - Smooth, juicy, sticky... Good amount of carbonation to go with the medium bodied beer.

O - Really a well done Imperial IPA that hits all the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:09:45 | More by cvm4
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4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight apricot color, mostly clear and with a fine two finger creamy off white head.

Aroma is quite hoppy, with peaches and apricots coming to mind, but in a candied state rather than fresh picked. There is an underlying syrupy sweetness that overrides the hops.

Taste follows the nose: the bitter hops are present only for a moment as your palate become awash with a candied sweetness and alcohol bringing up the rear. There is a lingering bitterness that still carries the sweetness on the sides of the palate

Mouthfeel is syrupy sticky,brisk carbonation, slightly prickly,warming alcohol.

Overall, this is reminiscent of Permanent Funeral, but with a candied fruit presence and a more pronounced caramel malt presence. A really nice IIPA, but a bit too heavy in the sweet malt department for my tastes despite the big hop presence. Doesn't rank with Lawson's Double Sunshine or Heady Topper. 3 Floyds makes some great beers, yet Zombie Dust is the standout for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:57:30 | More by Hendry
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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My wife surprised me with this one. Told me it got busted in the shipment, but then slow rolled me as she handed it to me a couple weeks later. Sneaky

A- Dark gold. Much lighter than you would expect from an imperial. Huge 2.5 finger off-white head. Awesome retention and lacing. The pale color is the only noticeable knock here from an otherwise impressive looking beer.

S- Aroma jumps out of the glass like an imperial should. Huge mango, pineapple, apricots and some lemon. Lots of citrus notes. Juicy as hell as the 99 ibu's smacks around the olfactory.

T- Hop forward from the nose. Hops all over the place, but then the bready caramel malt starts kicking up a fuss. Not overly sweet or earthy like some of the style can be. Balanced. Bitterness comes back again, accompanied by the slight warmth of the alcohol.

M- A true highlight. Feel is impeccable. Smooth, dry, velvety on the palate. Goes down easy...too damn easy. No acidity whatsoever.

O- Hype...yeah. Lives up to it...yeah. Not an overly complex IPA, but nearly flawless. Still couldn't put it ahead of PtE or Hopslam, but it sure gives them a run for their money.

Spiegelau IPA glass

No bottled on date that I can find, but we all know this beer doesn't sit on the shelf long.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 16:41:47 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful head on the pour, which subsided but was present while drinking. Tons of sticky lacing on the glass as I enjoyed this one. A perfect bright orange color which has all the look a DIPA should.

Smell: A ton of bright citrus. Tangerines and pine really jump out of the bottle. Earthy resin tones are noticeable on the undertones. The hop bitterness is distinct. The high alcohol content adds a sting to the aroma that keeps the drinker on their toes.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine greet the palette right away. A very smooth hop presence comes in first on the body and then the hop bitterness settles in on the palette. Again, the bright citrus sets in and really packs a punch on the aftertaste. Waves of bitter hops and alcohol sting continue on long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Clean but certainly is memorable. The high IBU's do not destroy the palette on the mouthfeel as much as one would expect.

Overall: One of my favoirte DIPA's. I bought this one right from the brewery so it was incredibly fresh with tons of hop presence. No doubt that this brew showcases the hop mastery that FFF has.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 04:38:26 | More by KFBR392
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4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle purchased from the brewery yesterday. No bottling date, but no doubt they keep things fresh. This is my third DIPA from FFF (Permanent Funeral and Arctic, the other two); so far Zombie takes it.

A - good looking beer, dark oranges, ochers and ambers. A little sediment in the bottle, but it doesn't get kicked up on the forced pour. Slightly over an inch of foam recedes slowly, carbonation evident from the bubbles rising from bottom to top.

S - there's something off here. I keep searching for the hop/malt heavy notes, but I get this weird, wheaty, lager aroma right up front. Some sweetness on the back of the nose. It's definitely not unpleasant, but it's not what I expected.

T - the weak nose is even stranger after the taste, which is really strong. The hop profile is either extremely well-blended or completely unilateral, I can't tell. It hits first as honey and sweet stickiness, later fading pretty quickly into bitterness. The bitterness lingers with the malt, which isn't as caramel-heavy as the bottle suggests. Good, I like beers that take me on a journey.

M - the bitterness lingers a little too much. The alcohol, though high, doesn't play a role, but that's understandable given the IBUs. A little sticky.

O - this is my favorite DIPA from FFF so far, and it's available all year, so I'll be sure to pick up a bottle when I make it down to Munster.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 02:26:18 | More by JamesShoemaker
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4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle which should be relatively fresh since it just showed up on the shelves just this past week. Poured into New Belgium snifters and shared with a friend today, 5/19/2013.

Aroma: Dank and grassy. Smelled sweet honey and bread, with earthiness surrounding it. Pretty decent nose, but not the most pleasant and juicy fruity, like Permanent Funeral is. (3.75)

Colour: Pours a hazy golden orange body with some minute sediment scattered throughout. The head is heckuva fluffy, filling up 3cm of glass and takes 5-10 minutes to recede into a thick 1cm white film. Lots of sticky lacing. Appetizing if not for the tiny sediment flakes floating around. It reminds me a little of Goldschlager... nasty! (4.5)

Flavour: A little citrus, but mostly malty breadiness with a good bitter pine and grass bite. As it warms up, you can feel increasing heat along with an increasing straight up dank sweetness- I like the sweetness but not so much the heat. Pretty good but not mindblowing. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth medium bodied beer that comes down well. Resinous, coats the palate in pine and earthy bitterness at the end of the swallow. Good carbonation, tasty but not out of this world. (4)

Overall: Pretty good DIPA. It's a bit more drinkable, but not explosively hoppy compared to APW. I remember this beer being a bit better on draft at FFF when I had it last year; it was smooth, hoppy and sweet all at once. It is not a hot mess like some DIPAs can be, which is a nice plus in my book. More balanced than APW, even fresh. Solid DIPA but I'd take a good number of it over Dreadnaught- like Pliny, Heady Topper, Sosus, Permanent Funeral, IIPA, etc. Very good DIPA but FFF makes better beers. (4)

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 02:59:56 | More by Stevedore
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This gets compared with Arctic Panzer Wolf a lot...will it be better?

Pours out a very clear golden orange with 3 fingers of white head.

The aroma has huge hop notes; peach, mango, apricot, papaya, citrus with a slight hint of floral notes too. There is some definite caramel in there along with bready notes.

The taste is also definitely hop forward. There are big notes of mango, peach, apricot, papaya, grapefruit and some orange peel with a bit of pine. There is a pretty solid malt backbone too with big notes of caramel and some bread as well.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The ABV is pretty hidden and only has some warmth as it goes down.

This is a fantastic IIPA with a good amount of balance, but I still love Arctic Panzer Wolf over this. This is a great beer, but I'm not one for balance overall and love an assault of bitterness. Still definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:55:53 | More by JohnnyMc
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4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber In color with one finger off white head that has decent retention. Some pretty good lacing is present all around the glass.

Nose has some great hop aromas, hints of citrus a bit of peach an a hefty amount of mango. A nice blend of fruity hops dominate the nose with a slight alcohol booziness.

There is alot of bitterness in the taste which you would expect with an imperial ipa. A small amount of the peach hops are present then are followed by a big hop bitterness that shadows over a Carmel malt background.

Carbonation gives it a nice smooth feel which is coupled with a nice amount of sticky oils from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:25:12 | More by Fcolle2
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2.59/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Apex for Gigantic Beer Week.

A: Clear copper color with bubbles drifting throughout. A thin ring of white head.

N: Dried leaves, pine, damp moss. Biscuit and a hint of pineapple. Not very strong, and not really all that appetizing.

T: Really, really sweet. More of that damp grass. Pretty sweet and then astringent. Where are the hops?

M: Oily and heavy. Lots of alcohol. Needs a lot of work.

O: Really unimpressive. Not wholly undrinkable, but I've given this beer three chances now, and it's been a complete let down every single time. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:37:14 | More by writerLJBerg
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3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I know im supposed to be all drooling on the floor and stroking this brew, but it just didn't hit the spot for me like I expected it to. sometimes the hype does you in from the start. this pours a slightly hazy orange bent color, some copper hues, and a couple inches of lasting white head. the nose isn't as hoppy as I expect it to be for the style, its quite fruity up front, slightly tropical, without much bitterness at all. more English style malts in there too than I think the style warrants, which turn into a weirdly sweet finish as far as the flavor goes. the hops are big and juicy, but they aren't bitter or high alpha in the way the alpha king was (that one is definitely worth its hype!). the hops just sort of melt into the malt, which is fine and good, but in a double ipa I want them a little more pronounced than this. fuller bodied and well carbonated, but my mind has already been made up. this beer was disappointing because of all the hype, but that doesn't stop it from still being a top quality brew, it just fell short of that all time status. overall I appreciate the fruity elements and the bigger grain bill, it also hides its alcohol content expertly, but it just doesn't come out hoppy enough to fit into the style very well.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 21:07:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of shining golden-pumpkin orange. It holds a massive two finger head of batter colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. The bubbles are soapy, cakey, and thick, leaving mountains of lacing clinging around the glass. A faint chill haze is noted, without sediment. Carbonation appears to be average. The aroma is bright and fusel, with sticky grapefruit and nectary hops and stinging booze wafting from the time you crack the bottle. Sweetness also comes in the form of warmed honey, pear, pineapple, and coconut shell, while bittered, grainy balance comes from graphite, heavy raw caramel malts, lightly toasted pale malts, sourdough breadiness, and spicy plastics. With warmth comes a curious tomato, garden fresh acidity. Our first impression is that while the beer is initially spicy, and ends with an onslaught of bitterness, the bulk of it is very nicely balanced. As we sip, the taste begins with cold vanilla cake, grapefruit and herbal hoppy bite, oily tree resin pucker, tannic lemon tea, and mango juiciness to cut. Pushing to the peak is more balanced sweetness of white sugar, nectarine, solidly pale malts, and leafy greenness. The finish breaks through quickly, giving proud revival to the initial bitterness of citric hop rind, mineral earthiness, fusel booze, plastics, pseudo-oaky-herbalness, and those same aromatic caramel malts. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of big booziness, phenolic clove and plastics, copper, bready yeast, pale malts, musk, and grapefruit rind hops. The body is on the full side, and carbonation is lighter but nicely contributory. The mouth is coated with oily slickness and sugary sappiness, with quickly following astringency and boozy pucker. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with the lips left sticky and satisfied. The abv is appropriate and warming, and the beer drinks as more of a sipper.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its upfront spiciness and bitterness through the flavoring. This was due to not only the herbal, earthy, citric, and raw resiny hops, but also due to the equally as dirty plastics and grit littered about the grain bill. Despite all this, the balance through the center of the sip showed great sweetness to balance, aiding ease of drinkability. The nose also shows decent balance, but as in the nose, the booze comes way, way forward with warmth, pushing you back a bit. This beer is naught for the faint of heart, and while it may not sip the quickest, it is definitely in line with what we’ve come to expect from Three Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 22:06:35 | More by TheBrewo
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Great lacing. Orange with a slight green tint. Very seductive in a goblet.

Smell: Green apple, orange rind, and caramel. I really love/didn't expect the apple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially some bitter orange peel and pineapple-like hops. Finishes with green apply, burnt caramel, and smoky tobacco. Superb. Extremely rare for me to give a 5 in the flavor department...but here you go. The apple also makes the feel crisp and clean, but there is plenty of alcohol and body.

Overall Drinkability: One of my new favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 02:28:01 | More by tjsdomer2
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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. Bottle my friend gave me today at lunch.

I was super happy when I was randomly given this today. I am very fortunate to know some young and single beer advocates who travel to breweries and am thankful for the overwhelming kindness they show when sharing. Three Floyd's is great, Dreadnaught is not, I repeat, not a bigger version of Alpha or Zombie as I'd dreamed. That said, I like it for its uniqueness. It has some intangible quality that my palate can't pick out yet (I'm new to IIPAs). It is boozy and not as hoppy as I'd have thought, but there's a taste (caramel?) that I need to keep drinking. I may revisit when I convince Mike to share another. It is WAY easy to drink for the ABV, beware! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:31:21 | More by Bones10
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orange straw color, with a little haze and a small head. Smell is mildly hoppy with alcohol. Taste is pretty much the same. The hops are really understated, though it is pretty bitter and there's a fair amount of booziness too. Mouthfeel was fine, maybe a tad over carbonated and syrupy, but fine. Overall, this beer was dissapointing, given it's BA rating. There is really no individual quality for me to be impressed with. It's a perfectly good, but not remarkable high-alcohol DIPA. I'll try it again if I get the chance, but only to see if this bottle was just a dud, or old.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 23:45:52 | More by dougfur
Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 4,245 ratings.