Dreadnaught IPA
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #23
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #298
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
1,749
Ratings:
6,152
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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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: 1,749 | Ratings: 6,152 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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crowellbw from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 18, 2014
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

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

Hazy, rich orange-amber; more the former than the latter. The head is dark cream to very light tan, is large to start, eventually falls to a thin disk and leaves a decent amount of lace in fat rings and sheets.

Sweet Mother of Hops, this big DIPA smells incredible! It has one of the most intoxicating noses that I've ever had the pleasure to sniff. Needless to say, American hops are front, back, center, top and bottom. The beer smells floral, grapefruity, lemony and piney.

The flavor mirrors the aroma, which is a very good thing indeed. A tidal wave of resinous hops hits the palate with force and is sustained for the life of the mouthful... and beyond. The bittering is definitely there, but Dreadnaught (as is the case with all hoptastic beer) is more about hop flavor than about bitterness per se. Hopheads should do whatever it takes to acquire as much of this stuff as possible.

The body/mouthfeel is simply amazing. This is the thickest, heaviest, chewiest non-stout that has ever entered my mouth. Unfortunately, alcohol isn't as well-hidden as it could be. This would be slightly better beer at about 8.0%. Drinkability takes a small hit since no one will be pounding this bad boy.

Obtaining Dreadnaught was an obsession for me. Finally... finally... I was able to lay my hands on four bombers. I live about 5 hours from the brewery in Munster and am giving serious thought to spending a day resupplying when my stash runs out. The following is a paean to hops that I wrote in anticipation of this review, which is the one that earns me my BA mug.

"Ode to Hops" (with apologies to John Keats)

O leafy shape! bitter attitude! I'll leave
No Stone unturned in quest of beer
That wears its hop-like heart on sleeve,
Tho my Ruination may be near.
Bursting nose of pungent flower, citrus peel,
With bittered brightness like the sun;
We drink and swoon, my God! we feel
The power of the Dreadnaught's guns,
A Wallop to the Heart of Man.
'Hops are beauty, beauty hops-that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know'.

Feb 23, 2004
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a willibecher. This was bottled 8/27/14. Review #250 for me.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber and leaves a finger of fairly dense, slightly off white head. Fairly deep in color. (4.25)

Smell: Resin, pine, mango, caramel, hint of peach. Nice balance between the sweet malts and the hops. (4.25)

Taste: Resin, mango, peach, grapefruit, honey, light caramel malts on the back end. Matches the smell well, but the hops come through a lot stronger. Amazingly smooth taste, and the hops shine. (4.6)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes just a tad bitter, which is really nice for such a big ipa. (4.5)

Overall: From the smell, this seemed to be a fairly balanced IPA, but with the taste the hops definitely take over, with the malt sweetness in the backseat. Really smooth, well integrated flavor profile and this drinks like a smaller ABV IPA, but with so much flavor, which is impressive. (4.5)

Oct 02, 2014
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charlesw from New York

4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, yeah, hey, I really liked this right off the bat. The color is a bit light (way light) and the head? What head? But it smells good and tastes good. Of course, then I thought about it for a couple of seconds. Right. Of course I like this right off - it tastes really familiar... Why, it's just like a Cascazilla! I ran down to the local store and grabbed one - to compare. So, here's the deal... The dreadnaught is like cascazilla with a little HSA thrown in (for a little more body and a bit of diacetyl). Well, and the color is a little lighter than the cascazilla, too.

Funny thing is that more of you have tasted this than the other so the comparison isn't going to mean squat to you. What it means to me is that this is pretty darned good, but. Yeah. But. I had the other first so I like it better so neener. Or, if you just upped the body on the casazilla, why, you could have just about the same beer (don't talk to me about 10 - that's got nothing to do with cascazilla or dreadnaught either, for that matter).

OK, enough editorializing, I suppose. Now about the beer... Well... Darn it - it's a weak and pale cascazilla (with more body)! Arg! I mean, seriously. It's good beer, but drinking side by side you really get the feeling it's the same beer only more flavor in the casca and more body (and diacetyl) in the dreadnaught.

So, um. In terms of a DIPA, yeah, it's pretty close to there. Could use some more body and siome more bitterness. Balance seems pretty good for where it is. It's a good beer. Nice and hoppy. Nice. Needs more to be excellent.

Mar 28, 2009
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jamie2dope from Massachusetts

4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wasn't originally planning on reviewing this beer, but after tasting it I was more then obliged to give it the review it deserves. It pours a sublime amber color, with a medium sized white head that quickly turned to a small white lacing. Smell was full of complexities...lots of grassy earth, some herbs such as cinnamon, some grapefruit tastes, and plenty of hops to go around. Taste really made my day. The citrus flavors along with the intoxicating hop flavors completely complimented each other in a way that few other ipa's i have tried have achieved. The mouthfeel was absolutely perfect, balanced in every sense of the word...hoppy yet smooth to the point of being almost too good. If this beer wasn't suvch a rarity for me, I probably would have drowned my glass in one fell swoop, but under the circumstances, I savored every single sip. This beer is the reason why beer should be respected and revered as an artform. I would go so far as to say that this is the best Imperial IPA/IPA in general that I have ever tasted. I never thought that another brewery could exceed dogfishhead 90 minute ipa, but this one completelly blows it out of the water. If you ever see this beer or have the oppurtunity to get it, dont even ponder it for a second, just get it, i promise it will not fail to satisfy. One of the most lovely beers i've ever tried. EXTRA special thanks to warriorsoul for a beer enlightening experience like none other. Cheers

Jul 13, 2006
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Beerenauslese from California

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

Body is a slightly hazy gold with a 2-finger head that thins to a fine layer of foam, leaving some lace curtains along the way.

Aromas of wet hay, tropical fruit, grapefruit rind, green hops, and brown sugar.

Taste is a sweet and sour mixture of malt sugars and grapefruit. Some tropical flavors in the background, like mango. There is a nice green hoppy finish as well.

Body is medium with nice carbonation, producing a creamy mouthfeel.

This is an interesting DIPA, the flavors and palate are both superb. The alcohol is well matched by the flavor. A very good beer to pair with seafood.

Jan 06, 2011
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treyrab from California

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to jac5084 for splitting this. Poured into my flute glass...

A: Pours a hazy dark copper with very mild carbonation creeping up the glass. Pours with a nice, incredibly sticky eggshell white head.

S: The smell is incredibly intense. Almost like a barleywine on hop steroids. Not sure if this was due to a couple months in the cellar or not, but the malt presense was incredibly present.

T: Wow, a real kicker in the face with flavor. Tons of sweet caramel malts blended with a touch of alcohol and a slight hop presense. The hops are by no means bitter, but they balance out the beer nicely.

Overall, this was a very solid beer that I would like to try really fresh.

Jan 03, 2009
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UA8 from Washington

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

A- Pours a translucent copper color with a thick beige head that recedes into heavy lacing

S- Heavy malt presence with citrus hops and biscuit yeast scents. I could smell this beer from 3 feet away.

T- Citrus and pine hops lead the palate followed by roasted malts and a slightly tangy yeast. This beer is extremely well balanced.

M- Exactly what a IIPA should feel like its big heavy and mouth coating. leaves the mouth somewhat dry

D- This is a great IIPA amongst the best that I have tasted. High in alcohol yet well masked. and the hops and malts are well balanced yet both are bold. If it were not for the ABV I would happily session this beer.

Jun 30, 2008
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tmarq9 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +13.1%

Nov 18, 2011
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tewaris from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

9.5% ABV, 99 IBUs

22 oz bomber with no freshness date poured into a snifter. However, this bottle is most likely very fresh because the store just got it in.

Dreadnaught pours in a straw golden stream and forms a big and unwavering creamy off-white head atop the amber-peach hued beer. Very good head retention and good lacing. Very very DIPA.

Aroma is a mix of pungent hoppy notes and fruity notes (lemon, mango), and smooth malts at the back. Taste is lush and juicy fruit -- tons of citrus and mango with a solid and pleasant sweetness. The bitterness, however, doesn't seem nearly close to the 99 IBU's tag. Right body, right carbonation and an amazingly clean finish.

The overall regard for Dreadnaught might be because of the regard for Three Floyds but it's a very good DIPA too.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 5/5; Overall 4/5

Mar 23, 2011
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greg4579 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.1%

Dec 06, 2011
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pauljunk from Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Apr 16, 2013
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b3shine from Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deuce to tulip. TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN FOR DOUBLE IPAs! Perfect bouquet and combination of hops on the palate. Not gonna waste my time talking about obscure references to citrus fruits; take my word for it: there's a reason this stuff is $10 at the store for a 24 oz.

Mar 22, 2011
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GBallHead from Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Nov 14, 2011
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MichPaul from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Oct 06, 2012
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mkirkland80 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Dec 06, 2013
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brewdude1982 from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a bomber and poured into a pint glass

A: 4.5 light brown with a hint of red light head
S:  5.0 the nose of this beer is mostly pine with a little malt, the hops they used in the secondary give this beer an amazing aroma
T: 4.5 the taste is overwhelmingly hops. I can only imagine how much hops they used in their primary fermentation
MF: 4.5 very full body with an average amount of carbonation. 
O: 4.5 this is a great beer but I don't think that I could have too many at one sitting. It is kind of a pallet wrecker

Nov 24, 2012
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Jimbo33 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Feb 18, 2013
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Cynic-ale from Texas

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Jul 29, 2013
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jun 02, 2014
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Mooseman19 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Sep 19, 2013
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zainyolprospector from Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.1%

Jul 11, 2014
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Moshulu from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Nov 11, 2014
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Mwidzinski from Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Feb 17, 2016
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hustadaj from Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To me just an okay beer, Permanent Funeral is a much better beer, just an okay IPA.

Mar 06, 2015
Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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