Dreadnaught IPA
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #24
Ranked #305
4.42 | pDev: 9.05%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
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: 1,784 | Ratings: 6,234 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RedBaron from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This, I think, is my first rating in NINE years. (I've done a lot in the intervening time on Untappd, but BA will always have a soft spot for me.)

So, as I understand it, FFF is no long producing this beer. I bought it recently for a mere $9 from a local shop. It was bottled April 2018.

I first had this beer a good 20-odd years back. This sample reminded me how incredible FFF is. Although this has citrus and mango fruits in the mix, at 3+ years, those fruits have ceded to the malts, pine and...a nice, dry finish.

I need to get back to that local beer shop and my the remaining stock of these big berthas. I think they had 5 or 6 remaining and in a fridge.

Gonna miss it when it's gone, but enjoying it now immediately transports me back 20 years. Ahhhh...

Yesterday at 12:46 AM
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Bluecrow from New York

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-orange-amber can pour with a slight haze and a sticky foam cap.
The aroma is of pine and orange.
The flavor is resinous with orange marmalade prominent and melon included.
The mouthfeel is full with moderate to high hop bitterness persisting in the finish.
This brew brings a “game-on” feel.

Wednesday at 12:07 AM
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


can to snifter.

LOOK: medium hazy, big creamy cream colored head. excellent retenion.

AROMA: pine, hay orange rind,

TASTE: citrus and pine, hint of sweetness upfront with a tasty bitter finish,

FEEL: medium body and creamy; well balanced.

Very good. I was thinking that despite this beers reputation that it was not up my alley, but it is quite tasty and enjoyable. Great balance. Zombie Dust on Steroids.


Saturday at 09:25 PM
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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours clear copper color, white foamy head, decent lacing

aroma is malty and citrus as orange and grapefruit, slight pine

taste is malt up front and citrus and resin though the back

mouthfeel is sticky but not sweet, medium carbonation finishes astringent with a bit of an alcohol burn

overall it's an old school IPA, nice balance of malt and hops, super easy to drink and hides the 9.4 abv well.

May 05, 2021
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direwolf00 from Rhode Island

4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a hop and malt bomb. Very crushable @ 9.4%. Fortunately, I resisted the urge to have a 3rd one after the first 2 went down so easily.

First time for Dreadnaught as 3 Floyds recently hit MA and RI a bit after. I love Tree House and there is no logical reason this beer shouldn't be rated as high as some of their top beers

Apr 26, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly hazy bronze color with some yellow at the bottom and burnt orange at the top. Nice 3.5 finger rocky off-white head

S: sweet caramel, mango and candied apricot. Strawberries, grass, and an earthy dankness. Sweet grapefruit , and some sweet berries. Tons of oranges, some crackery malts

M: fuller side of medium, slightly sticky. Moderate carbonation

O: this is a very nice DIPA. Old school with its balance of malts and hops. Worthy of its high score - I think it is

Apr 24, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I continue my quest to count and review The Beers Of Fame. (I'm at 166, but who is counting?)
Of course, I haven't had Dreadnaught until now because I shy from IPAs and particularly Imperials.

Dreadnaught Looks luxurious. Smells take me back to eating an orange in a pine forest in Olympic National Park. Tastes are close to balanced; until the finish that is too bitter for this malt-head's buds. In the mouth, malty and luxurious... until the bitter imbeds. Yet, even refreshing to me.

I've had only 15 from 3 Floyds, which is is not many from a master brewer started in the 1990s who is just across the border. But my admission of being a malt-head helps explain why only two of those brews I rate above the average. So there must be something else. Perhaps it's the slug: "It's not normal." I like to think I'm normal (even tho I deep-down doubt I am.) But there is always something unknown about 3 Floyds, like some unspoken family oddness. While we all got that, I suspect 3 Floyds is telling the truth and truly is not normal. What does this have to do with beer? I dunno. I'm just trying to explore what is in my head and what my bittered buds tell me.

Apr 22, 2021
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - hazy orange with 2-finger foamy, off-white head. Good lacing.
S - bready malt, slight citrus and pine notes.
T - sticky pine and hoppy. Bitter.
F - medium mouthfeel with semi-dry finish.
O - good beer. Hides the alcohol well.

Apr 21, 2021
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper amber color with a 4F head in a Spielgelau IPA glass.
Piney aroma.
The pine and some citrus continues to the taste.
Piney, sticky MF, with a hoppy finish.
Excellent beer. Best served at 50°.

Apr 20, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

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

Look: A slightly deeper gold with a thick white head and a decent amount of lacing for this upwards of 9% DIPA.
Aroma: Hops and malts vigorously fight to be showcased, but hops have the slight edge. Candied citrus, grapefruit, pine, caramel, brown sugar, marmalade, pleasant yeast, baked bread.
Taste: Everything in the nose blended together for an absolute home run of an Old School DIPA.
Feel: Medium carbonation - bitterness and sweetness come in waves after the finish.
Overall: One of my new favorite DIPAs. Especially for you old school IPA fanatics, this will not disappoint.

Apr 13, 2021
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VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

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

Sticky icky. Wonderful resinous, piney, lightly syrupy character. 9+% sneaks up on you and soon after you've cracked three, you're having such a wonderful afternoon nap.

3Floyds rarely disappoints. Aside from flooding the market with Zombie cans (which truly are half as good as the bottles), they just make dang good ales. Dreadnaught is a star amongst them.

Apr 09, 2021
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

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

Thank you to ovaltine

S:alcohol ‘malt sweetness then a wave of hops (Citrus pine)
T: sticky and toffee frim bitterness resin like
M: crisp yet full sticky but not sweet

O a well done example triple ipa and hides the 9abv well

Apr 03, 2021
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

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

This is a big, strong, bitter, hoppy, IPA. I love seeing more aggressive IPAs like this that aren't trying to be fruit juice. Tangerine, pineapple, honey, and pine are all here. The finish is long and bitter and really solid,. yb

Mar 31, 2021
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, creamy off white foam that reduced to a steady thin cap. Grainy and sweet malty aromas with notes of sweet bread and earthy, spicy and mellow citrussy hops. Medium bodied with medium light retention, pleasant boozy warmth and a creamy smooth feel. Flavors of over-ripe tangerine, earth spice, and sticky pine sap. Medium high piney bitterness. Solid malty backbone with light grainy and caramel notes. Steady mellow boozy heat from beginning to end. Finished dryly with pleasant boozy warmth lingering pine hop bitterness and an underlying maltiness. Malty, hoppy, boozy. Fantastic balance and a pleasure to drink.

Mar 29, 2021
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my brother in law, I’m excited to try this popular brew. Lighter amber and hazy with a decent white head, this looks nice. Potent hoppy scent on this brew. I will tell you what, this is west coast malty with some pepper but fairly smooth with really no heat. Medium body is decent with ok carbonation. The really good stuff was created well after this beer was first brewed but it still holds up pretty well. I’m certain that 20 years ago this was the bomb !

Mar 28, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mildly hazy amber with a white head. Hops and sweet dates on the nose. Sweet tropical fruit beautifully balanced with pine, hops bitterness. Another excellent brew from 3 Floyds.

Mar 27, 2021
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steveh from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prompted by the Beers of Fame thread, and realizing I'd had many of them in the past, but never reviewed them, I dug out an old notebook from the 2004 Chicago Real Ale festival where I took some detailed notes of some of the early examples I sampled.

I was able to enjoy this one at Chicago's Map Room, but not from cask -- plain old draft.

L -- Hazy, pale gold with a thin white head of fine bubbles.

S -- Hop dominant, lemon citrus. Biscuit malt, light sulfur and alcohol with warming.

T -- Tart, fruity citrus hop flavor. Vaguest biscuit malt and cracker back. Intense citrus hop aftertaste -- on the verge of cloying, but not quite. Dry, peppery alcohol in finish and big hop aftertaste.

F -- Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel, yet smooth drinking.

O -- Biggest hops in an IPA out there (2004). Cellaring this would be very revealing.

Mar 22, 2021
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camttaylor from New York

4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear amber with good head that sits at the top. The smell was great, lots of pine and citrus. Hits right up front with the hoppiness but doesn't finish with too much bitterness, it transitions into a more mellow hop finish. I felt like it was slightly more carbonated and enjoyed the mouth feel. Immensely drinkable, really enjoyed.

Mar 21, 2021
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micada from New York

4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2021 pint can poured cold to an IPA glass. Nose is mad pine and earthy aromas two feet from the can. Pours a deep amber color, with a one-finger head. Carbonation throughout the glass. First sips are very hoppy, that start swelling to bitter, but backs off once the malt start to come in. Thick, viscous mouthfeel matches the bold flavors. No alcohol burn, not much warming. Quite enjoyable. Cheers!

Mar 21, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2.98/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sampled bottle, as Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. Orange colour. Intensely hoppy aroma and flavour. Another example of overkill.

Mar 18, 2021
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce 4-pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a copper, bronze hue with maximum frothing. Assertive aroma replete with notes of grapefruit and tart pear. Similar overall flavor profile. Aggressive, full-bodied IPA. Good stuff. Recommended.

Mar 17, 2021
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bubseymour from Maryland

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

Solid DIPA across the board. Is 1 month old losing something? Not quite sure of the hype on this one. Decent but nothing spectacular in any one area.

Mar 15, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Lots of citrus up front with a decent caramel malt backbone that lends some nice sweetness. Pine present as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of citrusy hops and caramel maltiness. Moderate bitterness. Some pine comes in as well. Light booze. Finishes with lingering citrus and piney resin

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A classic mid-west IIPA that has withstood the test of time. Makes for a great sipper at half a tick under double-digit abv. Definitely worth checking out

Mar 15, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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

This one pours a light amber orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like intensely resinous grapefruit pith and pine, citrus, sweet caramel malt, floral hops, marijuana, and orange.

I remember I was dying to try this back in the early more amateur days of my craft beer "journey" (tha sounds so cringey, I'm sorry). I never got to try it, but now FFF distributes to Western NY! Despite my tastes shifting quite a bit since those early days, I still like this one quite a bit. It's got a nice sweetness, citrusy and grapefruity, with a massive bitterness, resinous, pithy, but clean and refreshing. There's definitely some malt character here, but it doesn't detract from everything else.

This is medium bodied, very drinkable, with a clean and refreshing but intense bitterness.

This still works for me even in a NEIPA and milshake world. It's old school and a bruiser, and I really enjoy it.

Mar 14, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey/apricot color with a lush off white eggshell head. Smell orange marmalade toast, tangerine,orange pith;Taste citrus primarily,with a delicious malt feel when combined tastes for a moment like an orange Jolly Rancher Feels medium bodied with nice carbonation. Finishes jolly rancher juicy. Over this beer is well crafted for such a high ABV. If you are drinking a 9.5% and it tastes like a 6.5% they have done something right. Overall an excellent DIPA-

Mar 12, 2021
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