Dreadnaught IPA
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #22
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #290
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
1,750
Ratings:
6,148
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
Notes: An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

100 IBU
Reviews: 1,750 | Ratings: 6,148 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GrumpyGas
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz bottle dated 04/10/20 poured into a pint glass shows a darker golden, clear, yellow body and floats a proud 2 finger head of white foam leaving a fully weblaced glass.

Aromas of pine and orange flow into the flavors of bitter pine resin, citrus zest, and a solid cracker and malt back.

Mouthfeel is softer, leaning full, and leaving a slight citrus rind stickiness.

Overall a nice reminder of the American IPA style.

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Photo of jkblr
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 04/09/20 (24 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with sticky khaki colored head. The head recedes to a fat splotchy ring and leaves some lacing. The aroma is sweet and medium low in intensity with candied orange, pine and caramel. The taste is semisweet caramel with bitter pine and citrus right behind trailing off to a medium plus bitter citrus rind finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Residual sticky hop oil and some malt sweetness combine to keep the finish from being dry, yet it's not heavy or overly sweet. No trace of the 9.5% ABV. Overall, excellent to my taste. An example of the exact type of beer I began to seek out fifteen years ago and still seek out today.

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Photo of darktronica
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the old classic DIPAs that I look forward to whenever it slots back into FFF's rotation. Nice copper-orange with good clarity and a full finger of head. Orange zest, grass and pine resin on the nose, with intense citrus and bitterness on the palate. Plenty of malt to balance the finish.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/8/20
Consumed 4/19/20

I haven’t had an old school IPA in awhile as I’ve been enamored by all the hazy IPAs still. Walking into my corner store, I noticed a bomber and the bottling date was over a year old. I can only imagine what that thing tastes like, but low and behold on my left in the cooler was a fresh 12oz 4 pack with a new label and I had to have it again. So I’m loving the beer as much as I remember loving it except for the smell. I think these old school West Coast hoppy ones can’t ever hold up to the hazy beers on the nose part. The don’t photograph as pretty either, but that doesn’t matter to me. The most amazing thing is how well they hide the booze.

Thank you FFF for the 4 packs. I’ll be buying this more often now. Now I need Permanent Funeral in the same package.

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Photo of RedbirdRona
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is definitely an IPA. It has a full and balanced hop flavor. Has a golden color with good lacing. Nice malt body that makes this way too drinkable. The alcohol is so well hidden I would almost want to session it ( I would be on my ass) if I didn’t know the abv. This is my first try at this imperial IPA and I am thoroughly impressed by the brewers at 3 Floyd’s yet again.

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Photo of Sup_Sippin
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweetums, truffled/ umami, the bitch is thick but light-hearted (full-bodied and delicately sweet/fruity), fragrant methane wildflowers, malt ballz, flavor upfront/ no sip-by-sip hangover, soft and round on the tongue- swallowed in a slowly swirling motion, harmless and charming on an empty stomach, perfume to the pit of my stomach, sweet at the tip of the mouth, savory at the back of the mouth, limbs slightly inflamed with warmth- it must be alcoholic, super drinkable but I would overlook it entirely if I drank it with food, unexpectedly clear and strawberry blonde with minimal suds, hangry-suppressant, not crisp but maybe there's a sharpness I feel so at home with that I didn't notice it until now.

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Photo of BigGold
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had poured from 22-oz. bomber, no date, into Teku.

Orange-gold beer, with a decent head/lace show; mango, sharp citrus, (as warms) big malt and classic 3F yeast aroma, Dreadnaught delivers a big fruity butt-kicking imperial IPA, where the malt backbone is more understood than evident.

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Photo of TheGent
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with this classic and it has easily passed the test of time. Lemon citrus, earthy, dank, slight onion, bread, and a touch of bitterness. 9.5% ABV is super well hidden. Old school, full mouthfeel. This is an IPA.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/1/16; drank 2/13/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque bright orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice bright white head; a curtain of sharp tree-rung lace.

Mango, pineapple, honey & fresh ganja notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Mango & pineapple flavors up front; honey & dry grapefruit notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Juicy & sweet with a nice dry bite for ballast. Excellent!

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle from Mack’s Beverage in Cleveland. Slightly hazy golden orange pour with one finger off white head. Aroma hoppy malt with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and hints of dank pine.
Taste starts sweet - caramel malt with citrus - orange, grapefruit, mango, followed by finishing piney bitterness that is super well balanced with the malt. Mouthfeel is full - slightly astringent - leaving with a fantastic sticky coating bitterness.

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

22oz bomber served in a Duvel tulip glass. No date that I could find on the bottle.

Appearance: Mostly clear copper-amber color. Persistent thin off-white foam. Lots of strands and sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, peach, mango, orange.

Taste: Grapefruit, peach, mango, orange rind, a solid caramel malt middle, and a bitter finish with more grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, good carbonation, a definite stickiness on the teeth due to all the hops.

Overall / Drinkability: Intense, but all the hops are nicely balanced by the right amount of malt sweetness. Dangerously drinkable with well-hidden alcohol. Went well with mac and cheese and I'll definitely have to pick this one up again to pair with some other meals.

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Photo of gcasher
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber fresh
Dark gold translucent appearance with foamy khaki head and tons of lacing.
Smells like lemon.
Taste of sweet malt and bitter lemony hops.
Medium body.
Warm alcohol finish.

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Photo of envizz1
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been to the brewery and it's good there but I've also experienced barrel-aged at beer festivals -- and that is to die for. Stuff is so rich it leaves a slick on the glass. Amazing all-around

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Photo of arizcards
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber at Binny's in downtown Chicago on 5-11-18 for $11.99. Bottled on 4-13-18. Stored in the beer fridge upon our return to PHX.

Beer poured golden orange with a very nice white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is fresh citrus forward, very nice.

Taste is grapefruit and orange forward over a large malt body. Finish has a nice medium touch of rind to let you know this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very refreshing yet very smooth.

Overall a very good double IPA! Back before the craft beer explosion this was one of those holy grail beers and i am happy to finally try it many years later!

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Photo of mdnorris
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Has much the same look as the golden beers. Slightly cloudy, but transparent towards the edges. Beautiful to look at, especially with a perfect pour.

S- Not to give anything away, but the beer smells delicious, just as the beer does itself. I think the sight of the beer provides you with an anticipation of whats to come.

T- It's technically an imperial indian pale ale, but it has a unique flavor that has been very seldom overshadowed, IMO. I would highly recommend this beer for something not TOO boozy, but as tasty as it gets.

O-I can see this going to become one of my go to beers when I'm the midwest. I live in the W US, so these are seldom available to us. Hell, just buy a few kegs and make it last a while.

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Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very nice light amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a resonating hoppy flavor
M-A medium bodied excellently carbonated beer with a very nice bitterness
O-A very well balanced beer with a very strong kick

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From tasting notes 10/14/17
Had on-tap at 3 Floyds Brewing in Munster, IN

Appearance - Served in a 10oz nonic glass, slight haze and golden orange in  color with a white, solid layer of suds across the surface that thickens around the edges. Lacing coats the glass in massive amounts of broken sheeting.

Smell - Strong citrusy aroma that hits on both grapefruit and orange notes. Faint breadiness. 4

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange upfront with a light grapefruit bitterness. Hints of toasted bread and, once it warms, emerging caramel. Light, lingering grapefruit pith notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a slightly watery finish.

Overall - An easy drinking DIPA that sacrifices full flavor in favor of drinkability. I much prefer a more complete flavor experience, but to each their own.

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Photo of bl00
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark honey color. Nose reminds me of a barley wine, malty and bitter hop notes. Taste is bitter, citrus, stong malt notes. Mouthfeel is medium, foamy. Tasty beer, thanks @ovaltine!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with an inch of frothy and creamy beige on top. The aroma is a blend of gentle, piney hops and light crackery malt. I'm tasting plenty of orange rind and tangerine with intense bitterness. There's some light crackery malt to keep things from getting out of hand. The mouth is resinous and dry.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz (650ml) bottle into glass. Bottle on date is '4-11-17'.
Somewhat cloudy, orange/amber body, persistent white cap and considerable lacing.
At its age, aroma is somewhat muddled, with citrus and peach noted.
Taste of mango, peach, and citrus, with caramel. Still very tasty. Good amount of bitterness but tempered by sweetness.
Fuller, mouth coating, slight syrup in the mouth feel.
Outstanding Imperial IPA. Will purchase this any chance I get. Hides ABV very well.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Clear-ish amber pour, no head.

S - 3 Floyds unique hop smell, pine, resin, grass, pineapple, tropical fruit.

T - Slightly sweet, strong piney hops, with a clean grain finish

F - Slick hop oils on the tongue, slightly dry at the end.

Another solid 3 Floyds DIPA. Crisp, with clean well-balanced flavors. Strong, but not nuclear to the taste buds.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From @FFFjunkie's BIF box. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into 3 Floyd's pint glass. It pours a cloudy, medium amber color with orange hues, and an enormous, foamy, ecru-colored head and tons of lacing that persisted through the pour. It's really attractive. The nose is malt-forward with subdued tangerine, pineapple, resinous pine, and floral hops. This is delicious! The first thing I taste is fairly sweet malt followed by tart grapefruit and lemon. There follows sweeter fruit: tangerine and pineapple. As if that's not enough the finish is a battle between creamy caramel and fairly biting hops. The overall taste is complex and pleasing; the flavors all blend really nicely. The mouth feel is pleasantly creamy with moderate carbonation and with its 9.5% ABV and 100 IBU, it's not for the faint of hearted. Overall, this DIPA has it all: it's attractive bold, complex flavors, and a pleasing mouth feel. I'm enjoying it immensely!

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with two fingers white head.
Smells of citrus, orange, pineapple, sweet malty presence.
Tastes starts with the juicy orange, pineapple. Finishes with a somewhat sweet caramel toffee like malt presence.
Very smooth medium body. Alchohol was very well hidden until it started to warm a bit.
Overall a really tasty brew!

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Photo of Rristow
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with thick white head. Tons of lacing. Big time aroma of citrus hops and some pine notes. Taste definitely follows the nose. Citrus flavors of mango and grapefruit with some piney floral notes. Very well balanced double IPA. Excellent sweet malt backbone. A nice clean bitterness throughout without the bite at the end. Hides the high ABV very well. Very smooth medium bodied IPA. One of the best for sure.

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Photo of rypkr
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Illegible bottle date.

L - bomber pour into a tulip. Golden hazy orange with a pillowy frothy 2 finger head. Very inviting.

S - citrusy. Lemonade orange. Sweet and bready. Not overly exertive here though.

T - wow. Better than I expected. Huge on flavor. Dank, resinous, and at the same time malty and sweet. It reminds me of DFH 90 minute with its malty backend.

M - absurdly creamy. It's a milksstout of an ipa. Quite a bit of heat for 9.5%, almost tastes and feels closer to 12-13%.

O - There are many "top 250" beers that I don't agree should be there, this however, after my initial impression seems fitting. Like most all beers though, I'd prefer this in a standard format. Especially after digging into this and noting it's immensely filling nature. Good thing I have a bottle capper.

Review update. Initially had at 4.25, 4, 4.5, 4.5. 4.5 on 7-13-17.

On 5-20-20 I feel like this is much better than that overall rating. I'm bumping the overall to 4.75 and am tempted to bump the taste and feel there too. This is definitely probably maybe the best DIPA I know of. That is... unless you like slushy, juicy, hazy milkshake bullshit. In that case don't touch this beer and stick to your "soft, turbid, bright" bullshit. Yeah I'm mad. Or drunk.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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