3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #50
Ranked #490
4.4 | pDev: 9.09%
Jun 15, 2022
Sep 19, 2001
Notes: 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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Ratings by schoolboy:
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4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by schoolboy from Ohio

If I read the label of this great brew I might not have expected the genuine bitterness with not a hint of the usual juicy finish. I'm not disappointed, I just wasn't ready for what was to come. At $5.16 it is a poor value. My sample is exactly one month old.

It pours golden, translucent and fizzy. The aroma is pretty intense if you really go in for it - nice and citrusy. The taste is all dark malty and bitter hops with a thick and very bitter finish.

Recommended. I like a lot of 3 Floyds stuff, and this one is like the extra large version, with an extra bitter profile. Overpriced.

Apr 19, 2022
More User Ratings:
3.71 by hophugger from Virginia on Jun 15, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by stevoj from Idaho

16oz can from Beers of the World. Golden pour with a white fluffy head. Fruity, malty aroma, caramel, pine. Taste is some piney, mildly astringent hops coupled with sweet toffee notes. Bitterness and warmth rise up at the finish.

Jun 14, 2022
4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Jun 11, 2022
2.88 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on May 28, 2022
4.33 by Lavintom95 from New York on May 26, 2022
4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on May 14, 2022
4.6 by soarinsteven from Illinois on May 11, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MNAle from Minnesota

ABV: 9.4%
IBU: 86
BOF #42 (currently)

Clear deep amber. Moderately carbonated. Very tall off-white head. The head is thick and creamy appearing with excellent retention. The surface becomes rocky and pitted as it does slowly recede.

The aroma is old-school IPA. Citrus – grapefruit, hints of pine and resin. Melon. Crackers and bread.

The initial taste favors the crackers and melon for the first few milliseconds, but with the grapefruit and pine coming quickly and dominating. Yet, these flavors back off a bit near the finish with a woody tannin and hops bitterness sharpening the end. The aftertaste lingering is bitter grapefruit, tannin and pine, and bitter. And, yet, the finish and aftertaste is on the sweet side. The alcohol is nowhere to be found except in the eventual buzz. The bitterness in the aftertaste intensifies as I progress through the beer, but if anything, that just makes this beer even better. Very well balanced.

The mouth feel is substantial – creamy, thick even for an IPA.

Overall, this is in line with my expectations. That may sound less than high praise, except that my expectations were quite high to begin with given the brewer and the BOF rank of this beer. An excellent DIPA. One to enjoy. Those of the juicy hazy milkshake “IPA” crowd, well, you should just move along.

May 01, 2022
4.38 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Apr 30, 2022
4.24 by Chris7482 from Illinois on Apr 25, 2022
4.5 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Apr 24, 2022
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3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by teromous from Virginia

From the bottom of the can: "PKGD ON 03/21/22"
There is some text below that but it has a big ink blot on it and can't be read.

Appearance: The body is a nice medium gold and light sun tea color. It has good clarity with a light opalescence. There is a medium-sized frothy white head with both very good head retention and good lacing.

Aroma: It has a pleasant wildflower aroma which is obvious and present but not strong. There are hints of hay-grass and pollen. A light mint aroma as well. It smells good.

Taste: Up front there is a light bit of peach with a touch of spearmint. Towards the middle of the mouth there is this light bit of caramel and some pleasant mint flavor. There are earthy notes of oak and twig with hints of tea leaf. Towards the back of the palate there is more of an earthy mint character. It finishes with a bit of cocoa chocolate flavor and toasted oak. It has a lot of complex and interesting flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body feels clean and on the lower side of medium bodied. It sticks to the tongue when it needs to but leaves it when appropriate. It has a medium hop bitterness and what feels like a bit of grain bitterness. Great carbonation.

Overall: It's a solid beer. It has a bit more of an earthy focus with mint notes and hints of oak, giving the beer a lot of depth and complexity. It isn't really an East Coast or West Coast style Imperial IPA which is kind-of fitting for a brewery located in Indiana. 3 Floyds really seems to hit their stride in this beer. By the time the glass is gone you want another one. I highly recommend it, and it's worth picking up at least a 4-pack. I would definitely drink it again. The highlight in this beer is the woody, oaky character that it has.

Apr 23, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Lucular from Maryland

6 oz mini-snifter pour at Lures Bar & Grille. Excited to finally try one of the OG pine/caramel WCIPAs. Pours a reddish caramel color with a smallish off-white head. Aroma and flavor feature caramel, pine, citrus rind, and booze. Mouthfeel is somewhat harsh and boozy. Overall: I've had some great old-school WCIPAs recently (Double Dale's is excellent) but this isn't one of the better ones.

Apr 22, 2022
4.34 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Apr 17, 2022
4.18 by C_Pel from Pennsylvania on Apr 14, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Soneast from Wisconsin

Haven't had this beer in a long time. I found a 4-pack of tall boys dated two weeks out. Very fresh! How could I resist. This is your classic old school DIPA. Pours a mostly clear amber color, with a giant frothy head that sticks around forever. Aroma has some nice citrus notes with a touch of pine. Flavor is classic, while the hops steal the show, mostly an orangey citrus but some nice pine sap too, there is a nice malt presence, reminiscent if lightly toasted biscuits. Finishes fairly bitter, while the impression is borderline sweet, overall the palate remains dry with a lingering bitterness. Damn, I miss DIPAs (and IPAs in gereal) like this. So tasty! Yes, you can still find old school DIPAs, but they seem to get lost in the sea of hazies.

Apr 09, 2022
4.46 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio on Apr 02, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Old school DIPA from Three Floyd’s. I’ve been so happy since we’ve started getting tons of their beers, including the barrel aged bottles. I love getting to drink these reasonably priced old school IPAs. This one pours a clear dark gold, with aroma of citrus, tastes slightly bitter, a bit of malt sweetness making the taste almost of lemons and oranges mixed together. Great west coast DIPA.

Apr 02, 2022
4.25 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 11, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by irs from New Jersey

So I'm updating from my 2013 rating. I gave it a 4.5 then. This probably isn't a good comparison.
I stopped by Glendale Liquors on Rt. 27 in South Brunswick and saw Dreadnaught, and didn't even give any thought to the $18/4pack price. Until sitting here looking at reviews and warming up on a Nugget Nectar, I never even thought to check the date. But I saw a review that says 3F have discontinued this beer. So I looked. I can barely make it out, but there it is, "Pkgd on 2/14/21."
Apparently, Glendale charged me $18/4 for a year old beer. Shame on me for trusting them. But lets see how it is aged. At 9.4% ABV, its got to retain something, though I don't expect it to be hops.
So it looks like a fine NE IPA...dirty blonde color with a good head, so hazy, its opaque...I'm trying to remember if its unfiltered? Do they do that in Indiana?
Age has definitely impacted the nose. I'm getting a moderately sweet, breadyness with no trace of pine or citrus.
Age hasn't been kind to the flavor, either. mostly that barleywineish sweetness with bitterness around the edges. Mouthfeel is still very chewy and quite lovely. But I won't add ratings to waterdown what I gave before.
But after a year, i'd give it 4.25, 3, 2.5, 4.25, 3.25.
And a warning to doublecheck the dates when you think you found something good at Glendale Liquors on Rt 27!!!!

Feb 10, 2022
4.52 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Dec 15, 2021
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 27, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Drumhead from Wisconsin

I am usually more an APA drinker with the occasional gem of an IPA. My last was Pliny the Elder. I was not expecting to reminisce of it from 3 Floyds, and from a $4.99 4-pack, no less.

A refreshing looking amber hue with candied pine on the nose. A burst of citrus ages to tropical fruit over a few seconds, then a pop of pepper and a grapefruit finish. It finishes with strong herbal notes that never overpower. A light, creamy orange washes over the palate soon after.

Just an absolute pleasure. I've been a big fan of 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust, but found their other variations much more of the same. Dreadnaught was expected to disappoint. I wondered why it was the last pack on the rack. I wonder no longer. World-Class, indeed.

Aug 21, 2021
4.43 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 30, 2021
3.79 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a translucent golden color with a large fluffy head that ends up as lots of lacing.

Initially smells of slightly dank piney hops. A warmer glass adds grapefruit and pine apple.

Tastes of piney hops with sweet malt upfront with citrus and pineapple coming out as my glass got warmer. It has a slightly bitter and boozy finish.

This is a not overly assertive west coast IPA with some sweeter nuances and a punch.

Medium body with light carbonation. Light dry mouthfeel.

Jun 24, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 2/15/21, so 4 months old.

Looks outstanding in the glass. Clear pale amber body with a massive cream colored head. This slowly dissipates to a collar and solid covering, leaving layers of lacing.

Not much of an aroma here, not that I have much of a nose. A little musty fruit.

On tasting, a strong sweet malty wave washes through the mouth. Just when you start to think "malt bomb?", the palate is attacked by a pine/resin/grapefruit assault. Like 2 beers in one. Me liking this.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish pine citrus bitterness.

Overall, just an outstanding old school dipa. Would love to compare this 4 month old can with one fresh off the line. Holds up extremely well.

Jun 19, 2021
4.23 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Jun 18, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1549
Continuing with Three Floyds Beer, Dreadnaught is next. The last Pale ale was tasty, looking forward to this one. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer created a two-fingered off-white head. The head is airy, foamy, and creamy with excellent retention. The dissipation left chunky lacing on the glass. The color is SRM 8, amber yellow with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a few yeast floaties. A stellar presentation for the beer.

I first detect pine, grapefruit, floral esters, and resin. Next, I smell biscuits, lemons, a touch of passion fruit, wet grass, phenols, caramel, and a hint of dankness.

The flavors in the beer are floral esters, resin, pine needles, lemons, pineapple, fruity esters, phenols, oranges, caramel, a wee bit of toffee, malty sweetness, grapefruit, herbal, and a hint of pharmaceutical.
The mouthfeel of the beer is warming, astringent, and tannic.

The body of the beer is medium-plus, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

This is a perfect example of Imperial IPA. The hop profile is extraordinary. The malt backbone is firm but not overbearing. It reminds me of Ruination, but better. I am enjoying this beer.

Jun 18, 2021
4.29 by Bwag from New York on May 26, 2021
4.45 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on May 19, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by RedBaron from Illinois

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...

May 13, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

-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.

May 12, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey


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.


May 08, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mickyge from Massachusetts

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
4.29 by TheLefty1616 from New York on May 03, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Nass from Florida

The pour is orange. The taste is citrus hops, mild grapefruit, & some hop bitterness. This was not bad, the 9.4% abv was masked well. Cheers! A-

May 02, 2021
3.48 by gbiello from Massachusetts on May 01, 2021
3.98 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2021
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