Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial India Pale Ale with an intense citrus hop aroma, a huge malt body and a crisp finish.

100 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,716
Ratings:
5,971
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
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1,975
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Photo of Kdouble
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A 22 oz bomber (no date) poured into a TH tulip.

Look- A deep orange color with nice thick head. The lacing was spread out down the glass.

Smell- Some citrus and grapefruit comes through but the malty alcohol comes through.

Taste- Very hop forward with a nice blend of the citrus fruits. The alcohol is well hidden making this super drinkable for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel- Lots of carbonation with a nice crisp finish.

Overall- A fantastic DIPA without the boozy flavor you expect from a brew at almost 10% ABV. A fantastic change from the NE IPAs I have been drinking. Definitely get this one if you have a chance.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a striking copper bronze. Reminds me of the last little bit of a summer evening sunset. Rich, boisterous head packed full of fluff and foam. White on top, tan on the bottom.

S - strong, penetrating aromas of candied peach and mango. Vanilla and resiny pine. Caramel malt.

T - pure hops. Earthy. Sticky pine and glowing flavors of orange candy and the gooey center of Milk Duds. Loads of malts and hops. Resonating bitterness clashes with the rich, frothy, sweet caramel candy.

F - like a candy milkshake. This is so decadent. There's definitely a syrupy booziness that is dense as can be. It's like it should be highly carbonated, but all those bubbles are densely packed together for what results in relatively low carbonation and a huge, thick, juicy body. Mmmm...

O - a classic that sets the standard for hopped up IPAs. Has the extreme malt character I love with an assault of oily, resiny hops. This is a big beer.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass; nice carbonation with modest head. Hops, grapefruit and malts to nose. Great peppery, resinous piney taste with hint of orange and other fruits. Medium body, well balanced. Peppery hops linger nicely on the palate.

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Photo of Hop_Swig
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This has been a long standing favorite. It is really nice to have after drinking NE style for a while. It soothes the palate with toasted caramel and sweet cream after a nose and front end of intense pepper, vanilla and pine and overall hoppiness. Some may not like the heavy malt back end. But give it a chance. It is highly complex and pretty good by a fire right now. The malty sweetness is balanced by the creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My brother turned me on to this....Thanks Bro' ! It was nice and hoppy with citrus and piney notes while blended in with a mildly balance of malty flavor. I like it better than 3FFF's Zombie Dust.

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Photo of danh53
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Translucent amber color. Aroma is hop candy, candied oranges, ripe grapefruit flesh with brown sugar on top, malt, and pine resin. Taste is orange, Apple, and honey on the front of the tongue. As it crosses the mid palate I get darker fruits like dates and dark cherries. The finish is orange peel and pine resin with hop bitterness. Also salt and pepper as it warms. This is a sweet, sticky beer that lingers on the palate, but the carbonation and light mouth feel keep it in check. It's going to be too sweet for some people, but I appreciate the extra flavors the malt brings out. Also quite drinkable for 10.5%.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had 6/5/15 at Three Floyds brewpub. The hop taste and aroma remind me of Victory Hop Ranch, which is my least favorite IPA. Although this beer isn't nearly as bad, they share characteristics that I just can't get behind. This was my least favorite beer on my trip to the brewery.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Sticker says 11/01/16.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Lots of orange peel quality in the nose with a plentiful amount of malt backing. Noticeable booze fume.

T- Great balance of fruity hops, assertive bitterness and the usual pretzel bread-like malt character all the FFF beers have. All this along with their distinctive house yeast and very well-hidden ABV makes for a tasty drink.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- It's about time I got the chance to have this beer since I'm an admitted FFF fanboy. Just like all their other DIPAs, it has an uncanny smoothness to it and a great hop profile backed up by a slightly sweet malt bill. Would reach for this repeatedly if it was available in my market.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz pour on tap into tulip

A: Creamy tight head khaki colored. Body is a deep caramel ruby in color with good clarity.

S: lots of piney and citrus notes with a deep Maltiness.

T: Decent fruity beer some bitter grapefruit and some pine.

M:medium bodied leaning toward fuller body is carbonated but not huge decent bitterness.

O: it's a pretty good beer, but nothing exceptional. It's just a middle of the road DIPA.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from my buddy Mike. Great IPA. Solid hops and smooth taste before and after. No bite at all. Citrusy taste, nice floral smell coming through as well.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass. Brought at the brewery and flew home with it.
A: drinking it fresh, pours a deep orange golden body that is gin clear or rather free from any haze, carbonation, +1 finger white foam head, some stringy lacing
S: wonderful notes of peach, citrus, orange rind, mango, sweet caramel, honey suckle
M: medium body with semi dry finish
T: citrus, mango, peach, sweet caramel malt, hints of pepper, pine resin, hops lead up to bitter finish and semi dry finish on the tongue
O: great brew and fantastic taste, it seems like it has more citrus flavor when it is cooler and as it warms up the pine resin hop bitterness shines.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You want an orange pour ipa? Here it is. Sexy tangerine color, 1/2" off white head. Good aromatics, leans citrus and you can pull some sweet caramel malt contribution.

Taste still leans on a high hop quotient, citrus, not all grapefruit, oh no, you feel like you taste notes of tangerine and mandarin orange along with a hefty malt backbone on this one, its not super dry, this brings some crystal malt, but isn't excessively bitter or syrupy even if it has an above average thickness for style . Bomber format isn't the coolest and there is no bottle dating but these usually go pretty quick.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color poured from a bomber into a snifter. Also had this recently at FFF.

Smell is resinous with a hint of citrus. You can also tell the booze is present in this one. Taste is less boozy than the smell, but lets you know it is an IIPA. I get more malt than hops, and some slight citrus finish.

Well crafter double, and one I will seek out again.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pretty average imperial ipa look, clear golden Amber appearance with a white head that dissipates due to the alcohol but leaves a nice lacing
S - big dank notes, garlic, onion, ganja, hop resin, pine, lemon/lime, peach/pineapple/pear but in the background
T - also very dank, pine but then the garlic/onion/ganja, resiny, some overly ripe fruits in there
M - medium mouthfeel, alcohol is somewhat present, aftertaste is dank hops resin
O - this is a damn fine imperial ipa, it reminds me of the first time I tried La Cumbre Elevated. Very in your face.

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Photo of FBarber
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and crisp - copper colored and effervescent. Thick foamy head slowly dissipated leaving a thin white film and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell is very piney and dank. Lots of earthy aromas and some orange undertones.

Taste follows the nose with strong notes of orange, pine, herbal flavors, grass and earth.

Feel is thick and sweet, smooth. medium carbonation. It's drinks like a DIPA all the way.

Overall it's a well crafted beer but just not my preferred flavors.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange gold appearance 2 finger head. Pretty! Aroma- sticky citrus fruit juice. Peach, orange, grapefruit. Even some white grapes. Taste- a spicy hop. an arugula, kind of green bitterness. Some orange, bit of lemon. Mouthfeel, slick, creamy. Overall, alcohol apparent in the taste and aroma. This packs a punch. Pretty well balanced. A good beer. Not my favorite from a FFF DIPA, though. Permanent funeral is a little more my style. This is a shade more bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of Smokesnotes
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two week old bottle. Nice golden color. Not a ton on the nose, not as hoppy as I expected. Taste is very hop resinous forward. Pretty thick for an IPA or even IIPA, definitely has that imperial body. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ragnar3
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Approximately a week old at tasting. A solid, crisp DIPA which tasted lighter than 9.5% alcohol but had didn't pick up much citrus, more of an overly sweet hop-bomb.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, herbal, and stone fruit hops followed by caramel, biscuity, toasted, and nice boozy alcohol.

Taste: Nice citrus, herbal, and stone fruit hops flavor with caramel, toasted, doughy, and biscuity malts. Light tingly bitterness and warm alcohol in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, crisp, light bitterness, and a little boozy.

Overall: Nice balanced DIPA without the harsh alcohol flavor. Enjoyable and super smooth. Got better as it warmed up like most other DIPA'S too.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottle date was rubbed off but it was 5/11/16 if I remember correctly.

A: Pours a hazy, dark, Amber-red color. One-inch, cream colored, foamy head with great retention. Thin cream colored lacing throughout.
S: Tropical and citrus notes of Mango, pineapple, peach, and grapefruit. With sweet and carmel malt undertones.
T: Getting lots of piney hop bitterness with some grapefruit notes mostly, accompanied by very mild fruity notes, which are all balanced well with sweet malt flavors.
F: Near medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation, with a slightly dry but crisp finish.
O: Overall, a great IIPA. Love the strong hop and grapefruit flavors. This was my first time having this one. Would love to try a fresher bottle. Wish 3 Floyds stuff hit distro in MN would love to try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CBC 2016. Pale golden pour with a white head. Citrus, tropical fruit and honey, perfectly balanced. Smooth mouthfeel. An excellent double IPA, would love to be able to drink this regularly.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just had my first this past weekend. 3 Floyds is hard to get. The first sip was really smooth and invited a second sip. Wonderful taste and easy to drink every though 100 IBUs. Nice citrus notes and loved the velvet feel in the mouth. Looking to find another bottle.

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Photo of puffthestuff
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: light amber color with a nice 1-2inch head
S: very hoppy smells pine citrus with a nice malt character easily distinguished from the hops. I really enjoy this ones smell.
T: hoppy and bitter, citrus, grapefruit, lemon zest. Somewhat crackers and grasslike malt characteristic. Could drink this one all day. Great hop character but is well balanced by malt. Maybe it's because I had this nary a week after bottling. I know others say the malt doesn't balance the bitter but I have to disagree. Wonderful taste. Juicy and malty very good.
F: full mouthfeel nothing to special but nothing to complain about.
O: I've had this before when it was less fresh and it did not do the beer justice. I got lucky this time around having it recently bottled it was exceptional. I love this One and luckily I have a second :)

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber orange color with some slight haze. Has a nice, 2-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice crown around the top of the beer.

The aroma is disappointingly subtle to me. I get some pine resin and grapefruit, and maybe a touch of malts. Very pleasant, just very muted.

The flavor is definitely an intense hop bomb. It's resiny and bitter, with pine and grapefruit notes up the wazoo. My only issue is I'm not getting a lot of balance here. It's just an assault of hops. That said, I enjoy being assaulted by hops. Could just use some malt sweetness to make it not so rough.

The feel is medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Bitter as hell and the bitterness sticks around to let you know it isn't leaving because it can't afford alimony.

Overall, a very good DIPA. It's just lacking in balance, otherwise it would be great.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/1/16. Poured into a teku glass.

Appearance: Rich caramel color with good clarity and a topping of frothy off-white foam.

Aroma: Dried fruits and actually a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Not what I was expecting at all but great in it's own right. The mulled fruit and deep caramel flavors in here are more reminiscent of a barleywine for me. While hoppy, there is a balance from the heavy malt and hot alcohol character. The bitterness reaches a peak during the finish but quickly ebbs away. Aftertaste is quite dry. Actually seems like much higher alcohol than 9.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with average carbonation for the style. Drinkability is decent but hindered by the very drying aftertaste.

Final Thoughts: Although I didn't detect any of the citrusy/tropical flavors others have described, it still had good flavor. It does a good balancing act of teetering between super drying ethanol bomb and well-rounded brew. It's really not normal. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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