Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

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

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

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good best bitter accompanied by some hops. Spruce, a lot of grapefuit, some citrus in a malt base. Orange colour, somewhat cloudy.
I did not get the barrage of hop wallop, it was smooth. Though bitter bitter hops. Could it be have been held too cool at the supermarket? I stored it for 3 weeks in the cellar. Its as if I am given a different beer than others.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber with yellow hues. 3 finger frothy off white head with a nice amount of lacing but not much retention

S: perfect mix of citrus and floral hops. My wife doesn't drink beer but she kept asking to smell this one. The malt is intermixed but the dominating aromas are all you care to acknowledge.

T: a nicely formulated interplay between sweet caramel with citrus nd piney hops. The alcohol content is well hidden. The hop character is complex and memorable.

M: creamy for an IPA. Moderate to high carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: this is a very nice DIPA. Not perfect in the taste but very close. The aroma is impressive and te mouthfeel unique.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits (peach/mango) and some vanilla aromas. This smells like it could be slightly infected. Taste is of the tropical fruits, vanilla, malt, and citrus zest on the finish. Like I was sensing in the smell, there is a slightly infected taste that comes out as vanilla on this one but it surprisingly works well with the intended flavors. A medium hop bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with some nice tropical and citrus aromas and flavors. I would be interested to see how this one is without the non-intended vanilla aroma and flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I know im supposed to be all drooling on the floor and stroking this brew, but it just didn't hit the spot for me like I expected it to. sometimes the hype does you in from the start. this pours a slightly hazy orange bent color, some copper hues, and a couple inches of lasting white head. the nose isn't as hoppy as I expect it to be for the style, its quite fruity up front, slightly tropical, without much bitterness at all. more English style malts in there too than I think the style warrants, which turn into a weirdly sweet finish as far as the flavor goes. the hops are big and juicy, but they aren't bitter or high alpha in the way the alpha king was (that one is definitely worth its hype!). the hops just sort of melt into the malt, which is fine and good, but in a double ipa I want them a little more pronounced than this. fuller bodied and well carbonated, but my mind has already been made up. this beer was disappointing because of all the hype, but that doesn't stop it from still being a top quality brew, it just fell short of that all time status. overall I appreciate the fruity elements and the bigger grain bill, it also hides its alcohol content expertly, but it just doesn't come out hoppy enough to fit into the style very well.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this in Bethlehem PA back in early January of 2009, It must have been one of the last 3 Floyd's shipped to this state because after having that bottle I wasn't able to ever find more here again. Without much knowledge of this beer I managed to get the bottle and give it good home for a little while. Eventually I opened it up and poured it for myself. This brew looked really nice, had a bright yellowish color with a light amount of haze to it. The head was creamy and thick looking, leaving a real nice lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer had a wonderful mix of tropical fruit aromas like Pineapple, Grapefruit and Lemons. The taste was also had the same flavors as it did on the nose plus the excellent addition of Pine. This beer was very refreshing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had some good carbonation to it. Overall I think that this is the IPA that changed my perception on this style. I hadn't really been a big fan of them till I had this one. This beer is great, I wanted to buy more when I was at the brewery back in April but they were sold out. Better luck next time I guess.

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Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear orange in color. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass. A few small particles are visible floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus, pine resin and tropical fruits in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite hoppy with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. There is a moderately strong amount of bitterness and some hints of caramel are noticeable from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a wonderful beer to sip and savor. It’s packed with an interesting mix of hoppy flavors but isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An insanely delecadent IPA! At my initial thoughts, it must be extremely difficult to get that much flavor, hop bitterness, balance, and alcohol into such a smooth and easy drinking beer. But on the other hand, the taste makes me think it's effortless. This symbiotic relationship is the beauty of the beer.

The beer pours an innocent enough golden elixir with lively carbonation, a fluffy white head forms atop the beer and holds its structure without bragging too much. A nice look with good lacing, low legging... It's just a good IPA look.

Hop aromas are evident right out of the chute. Both bold and delicate, the hops show a perfumy orange zest, grapefruit, lemongrass and light, bright grassy freshness. Combined with the shadow of caramel and honey malts, the nose detects apricot, mango and pineapple. The beer is simply mouthwatering and irresistible in its overall scent.

Diving in, the flavor is a sublime blend of citrusy notes but without the acidity or earthiness that usually accompanies the hop flavor. Extremely delicate, beautiful and heavenly hop flavor never offends or reaches aggression. Malt flavor gives a great blend of caramelized barley, crispy breads, and light confectioner's powdered sweetness. Not overly complex in flavor; the beer knows what it is, and does it extremely well.

The body might be the most magical characteristic of the beer. The malt character seems extremely soft while giving a very crisp, malty creaminess up front, but the well-attenuated character gives it a dry and clean finish. The caramel, candied sweetness seamlessly disappears without any linger on the tongue; just a light citrusy hop linger that extends well into the next sip.

The beer is simply a delight. Dreadnaught is without question among the best of IPA on the market.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a bubbly light beige head; retention is not great and there isn't that much lacing

Smell: Tremendous Cascade presence with a very piney resinous aroma that has citrus and mango touches as well

Taste: Starts with a sweet and piney flavor; after the swallow, some serious bitterness kicks in, with subtle hints of mango, apricot and citrus fruit; the finish has some residual sweetness to it but the bitterness wins at long last

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy; with plenty of carbonation; warming alcohol wafts up after the swallow

Drinkability: Powerful and challenging, this is one fine Imperial IPA

Thanks, alaskaiscold

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. 1 pint 6 fl oz.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a Guinness goblet. Expectations are sky high; this is currently #123 on the top 250.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 finger wide. White colour. Nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness. Good even consistency. Nice complexion.

BODY: Clear translucent copper. Vibrant and appealing. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Retention is above average - about 4 minutes. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

AROMA: A well-balanced blend of citrus, subtle pine, juicy fruit, mango, passionfruit, pale malts, clean barley, and prominent peach. Seems impeccable, though it could be fresher, juicier, and even more appealing.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

The bursts of fruit are fantastic.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Mango, peach, pale malts, floral hops, faint pine, vague citrus, and juicy fruit. The balance is what stands out. Good depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Complex enough, with adequate subtlety and nuance. But it's not unique or special, and doesn't stand out. I do quite like it. But the rindy hop bitterness gets through the pale malt sweetness far more than it should, turning me off to the brew. And I'd prefer it didn't venture into tropical hop territory to the extent that it does.

Clean, with no off-notes, yeast character, or alcohol detectable.

TEXTURE: Subtly dry but wet enough to refresh, smooth, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, juicy, refreshing, and aptly thick. Complements the taste quite well, but doesn't quite elevate the beer. Presence on the palate is nice, but could be better.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable. I do like it, but the hop profile isn't ideal for my tastes. I'd like more of an oily resinous build with less peach. I've certainly had better, but it's a lovely offering in the style. I'd certainly pick it up again if I saw it on-shelves. Not a world class offering by any means, and certainly not the 123rd best beer out there, but enjoyable and worth trying.

High C+

10.12.15: 2nd impressions from a bottle in Indiana below. This is now #106 in the top 250.

BOTTLE: 650ml. Flashy loud label art. Purchased at 3 Floyds two days ago. Bottled 10-05-2015.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label.

APPEARANCE: Head is about 3-4 inches wide, with an off-white colour. Average characteristics. Fluffy. Recedes within 3 minutes. Body is a copper of average vibrance. Has a generic look for its style.

AROMA: Way too much caramalt/caramel sweetness. Hop profile is sticky and oily, with notes of new world tropical fruits like mango, as well as rindy bitterness. That said, none of the muted hop notes are vivid or expressive. This suggests a shallow beer which lacks intricacy and subtlety.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Heavy on the palate, with a filling coating syrupy feel that covers its booziness but is somewhat off-putting especially combined with the overly malty saccharine build. I taste more malts than hops - and this bottle is a week old. Lacks any vivid, deep, or expressive hop notes whatsoever, opting instead for surface level mango, melon rind, and shallow floral notes. In spite of the syrupy caramalt and pale malt backbone, some imbalanced hop bitterness is still present in the third act, scratching and attacking the palate to ill effect.

Poorly constructed, though it does boast decent cohesion. I like this even less than the first time I had it. Neither gestalt nor intricate.

OVERALL: Its goopy syrupy feel and overmalted build make it a beer I find tough to enjoy. The hop profile is lackluster and drinkability is low. I remain confused about this beer's popularity, but maybe it's just personal taste. In any case, I won't be buying it again.

Low C-

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery, should be the latest batch.
Served in a 3F imperial pint glass.

Pours a glowing peachy orange, light haze due to bottle conditioning. Around one or two fingers of bubbly foam that settle to a skim in time. Lace rings the edges.

Aroma of pineapple, orange marmalade, sweet resiny hops, and pale malt. No hint of harshness, very inviting.

Hops figure big into the picture, but not to a level that rearranges your face. There's nice balance here, and a fine silky texture to the brew. A low to medium level of viscosity. The understated sweetness of the malt & sugars counter the slight astringency of the load of hops, which makes for a very pleasurable experience. ABV is imperceptible, which could be dangerous.

First thing that hits the palate are the hops, followed by burly malt with a touch of sweetness. Aftertaste is dry and resiny in the back of the throat.

This is not the intimidating hop bomb that I first pegged it as. It's an approachable Imperial IPA, that deserves it's place in the upper echelon. Also damn tasty, i'll be looking for this on tap during the summer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Extremely hazy burnt orange; it's very nearly opaque. The off-white head has great retention.

Smell - Grapefruit, peach, caramel apple. Gentle floral and citrus hops. Sweeter and fruitier than most DIPAs, but still pleasantly aromatic.

Taste - Evenly balanced between malts and hops. Very fruity; notes of peach, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet, biscuity malts provide a strong backbone for the floral, slightly resiny hop flavor. A large dose of bittering hops come out in the finish, balancing (but not overpowering) the fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, creamy and surprisingly gentle; soft and bubbly on the tongue.

Notes - Really nice stuff, though I prefer the drier character of West Coast IPAs. Thanks to hrking for the chance to try this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma is totally dominated by floral hops of the kinds I wish we would see more of. Taste is very particular and not what I expected or what I had taste before in other Imperial IPA. Delicate floral sweet hops on top of well balance malt. Body is full and alcohol is well hidden. Not the malt and hops overpowered monster I was expecting but more of well balance and extremely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a golden tint. There is a two finger foamy, thick off white head of which just a layer remains.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops, apricots and pineapple, quite crisp.

Taste: Very bitter but well balanced. Citrus peel bitterness with a mild sweetness. Not a lot of malt, but just enough, some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation. The finish is slick.

Overall: Very good beer. The hop profile is wonderful. Very smooth and easy to drink given the amount of hops and abv.

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Photo of zeff80
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dertbert for this one, again.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange color with flecks of burgandy. It had a small, off-white head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and orange. Also, a good dose of hops and a sweet kick.

T - It tasted of subtle spices. A nice bitter hop flavor. Also, a good bit of toasted malt.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent beer. Great flavor!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my lovely fiancee for picking me up a bottle from the newest batch.

A: Dark orange that is transparent, although with some haze. Good white head that leaves behind excellent lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus and pine hops. A myriad of citrus fruits defines the aroma of this one.

T: Again, lots of hops that pack in the bitterness and sweetness. A pretty good malt base backing everything up.

M: Fairly light carbonation with a light-to-medium body.

D: Quite drinkable. Not as much to handle as something like HopSlam, but not quite as tasty either. All around, definitely one of the top five DIPA's that I've had.

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Founders Pint Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of creamy beige head. Great retention with amazing lace wall.s Color is a hazy pale orange sunset.

Aroma: Huge floral hop aroma, caramel malts, with an intense amount of grapefruit, mango, and sweet peaches.

Taste: Very sweet taste. Mango, peaches, and grapefruit citrus are up front with a floral taste. In the end comes a rush of caramel malts. It is pretty sweet for a IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Big hop bite, very bitter. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Ends with a big floral aftertaste, only slightly dry which is nice considering it as an iipa.

Overall, this is a really well developed iipa. I will only have 1 pour of this, but it is a great beer. I'd easily get more of this.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, peach, pineapple, floral, grass, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops flavors with a light-moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, slick, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warning noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! Fantastic complexity and balance of citrus and tropical hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth and fairy crisp to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - big white creamy head that doesn't stick around for long but leaves nice lace behind. Good clarity and beautiful orange, copper color.

S - Grapefruit hop aroma, grassy, chemical/ solvent aroma (reminds me of bugspray?) and a little bit of caramel

T - begins surprisingly malty, with significant alcoholic sweetness. Develops a solid hop bitterness with some spicy notes and carbonized, burnt flavors in the finish.

M - Smooth and slightly mouth coating, a little lingering astringency.

D - Fairly drinkable for an intentionally over the top I2PA. In the end it is difficult to want more than one of these, especially when you are paying attention to the aroma (for me it really brings out some of the more undesireable aspects of American high alpha hops).

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

First off thanks to hoppedup for sharing his bottle,pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice two finger fluffy head,aromas are straight hop all the way bigtime pine and spruce not much citrus just like an evergreen pine forest.To be expected this was totaly hop based big pine and very and I mean very resiny it made the tongue curl it was so piney and dry.One dimensional to say the least didnt pick up any malt although I know it was there,a hop bomb no doubt and very good at that.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having this brew several times in the past year thought I should put a rating in for this fabulous IPA. 22oz bomber pours a hazy, dark coppery color with thin white foam that left a small amount of lace. Aroma had hints of resinous pine, lush citrus fruits, and sweet malts. The carbonation is low to medium & the body is full. The taste is a balanced mouthful of a creamy, malty, sweet finish, along with an unbelievable, intense hoppy flavor and bitterness equaled by the intensity of the richness of full bodied mega malt. This definitely is one of the best IPA's I have to date. I could drink this stuff all night!!

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Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So today is my 2nd anniversary of being a BA member. And, it's my 100th review spectacular! I've been saving something great for it. I almost cracked my Westy 12, but decided to save it for an even better occasion, and when I can share it with someone. Got this great gem of a beer from either AgentZero or rjacklin in great trades. Poured this bottle of awesomeness into my oversized DFH snifter.

A: It loudly chugs its way out of the bottle into the glass and leaves a light but rich head on non-pour side, and big bubbles on the side I poured on. It slowly fades to look like a frost covered head that makes me want to lick it and have my tongue get stuck to it. It has a radiant golden orange red color that's pretty clear but leaves a very slight haze. Some extra sediment and haze pollutes the bottom of the bottle.

N: Nose is loaded with fresh piny and citrus hops, and I mean loaded. I think my nostrils just ripped apart full of hoppy goodness. I do get that slight musty aroma that I get from many of the extremely hoppy beers. A light sweet malt aroma makes its way piecing through the hops and adds a slight crystal caramel aroma that's pretty nice on its own. Some other noble hop goodness can be smelled, with slight grapefruit and citrus, but get light. The nose is pretty much dominated by the pine.

T: I sure hop the taste is similar... actually it starts pretty malty and sweet, very juicy and lots of caramel. I still get a load of piny hops and citrus. Man the taste is loaded with caramel and sweet caramelized brown sugar. I also get some juicy hops fruity hops in the center, with some tropical fruits and deliciousness. Some bread like qualities top off the maltiness as the hops start to take over again. Some spicey and floral hops also come through on the back end. It's like a golf course, and the front 9 is filled with some sweet caramels, brown sugars, and breaddy malts, and the back 9 kicks you in the balls with pine, citrus, juicy, spicey and floral hops. The piney hops also happen to be your golf cart so they carry you through the entire course. I don't really get much alcohol, very slight, which is great for being 9.5%.

M: Pretty rich and very sticky. It sticks all over my mouth, holding the pine and bitterness to it. Some spicey hops and light carbonation finish off the mouth.

F: Wooo, bitterness slams you on the finish. It dries off slightly but still has a slight sweetness. It's like my dessert IPA. The crazy pine and bitterness really catches up at the end. It almost makes your mouth smack itself... somehow, I didn't really think that one through. Anyways, the ridiculous hop and bitter finish really give you the feel that it dried off more than it did. It sticks around for a bit, then just waves goodbye and that's the end of it. It fades pretty well surprisingly for how bitter it is. I also detect some citrus and slight orange peel at the finish.

Final thoughts: A great IPA. It really is a dessert IPA that dominates your mouth. I really enjoy the malt quality and caramel with caramelized brown sugar. I think that is a quality of the IPA being a little older than it should be, but I'm really enjoying it. The crazy pine and citrus hops really hang around and mingle with the juicy fruity hop goodness. It must have a combination of a bunch of great hops. I probably should drink my other bottle soon, but it's soo good. I'll have to get a very fresh one and see if it changes at all, or if this one changed, or you know what I mean. It hides the alcohol very well too. Perhaps a little too sweet too. I can really enjoy a bunch of these, probably not all in a row, but eventually.

Oh yeah, HOORAY FOR 100!!!

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Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 22 oz. bomber purchased earlier this month in Ohio.

A: A role model: Deep amber color with ample fine-grained carbonation rising to a fine off-white, creamy head. The head is perfectly proportioned and very durable. Picture perfect lacing is left on the glass.

S: Only moderately aromatic for style, with sweet malts and fruity hops nearly in balance. Citrus rind dominates but there is a slight floral element too.

T: Malty, but with the hops clearly dominant. Orange, grapefruit, some vague tropical fruit and a just a hint of pine. Nice long aftertaste with relatively mild bitterness.

M: Medium-full-bodied. Smooth with soft carbonation. Really excellent for a 9.5% ABV DIPA.

O: World-class DIPA. I'd love to taste this along with Hopslam and some other great DIPAs, but 3F is unavailable here in SC.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the FFF Brewpub on 8/7/09. This was a 10 oz or so pour in a 1/2 pint glass.

Pours a beautiful clear amber, with a 1/2 finger of brite-white looking head. Retains with just the softest and creamiest look to it, that just DRENCHES the sides of the glass with super rich lacing. Such a delicate look for a such a monsterous beer. The aroma is hugely floral and piney, and just drips with lush tropical fruit notes of grapefruit, mango, and apricot. Caramel and bready malts give this a tangy edge in the nose, but man, this bouquet is all about the HOPS! Just exquisite.

The taste is quite resinous, with a sticky bitterness that hangs in the mouth, before giving way to a steady and long lingering spiciness. The hop profile is very aggressive but is still so very well balanced by toasted toffee and that same fantastic blast of tropical citrus. Finishes spicy, with a lingering warmth to it. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a more bubbly carbonation on top, and then a very oily feeling slickness underneath that keeps this moving nicely. There is some rich warmth to the body but this is drinking VERY nicely for the size of the ABV that is involved here.

This is just a classic from FFF that never gets old, no matter how many times I've had it. Huge, yet well balanced flavors, and a super slick body keep this hop-monster very drinkable. This was such a treat to enjoy on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a deep amber with a slight haze, a decent off-white head that dissipates at a normal rate and leaves a think, even lace on the glass.

S: A great blend of hops and citrus. I was expecting a hops smell that would knock me over, but the orangey-tangerine sweetness makes the aroma very pleasing.

T: The sweetness in the smell makes you think it may be overly sweet but that is certainly not the case. Excellent heavy hops flavor as you would expect for the style with citrus and malt to balance it out. There’s almost no hint of the 9.5% ABV. The hops flavor stays in the after-taste (again, as expected) along with a bit of sweetness, which personally I haven’t found in too many beers of this style. The taste in each sip makes you crave the next.

M: Very crisp. Very smooth. Perfectly balanced. Medium-bodied. Light carbonation. VERY clean finish.

D: Since this beer has an excellent taste, hides the high ABV and is both smooth and balanced, I’m giving it a rare 5 score.

When I found out about a place around here that sold stuff from Three Floyds I went there as soon as I could in hopes that this beer would be there. When I got there, they didn’t have it, but assured me they’d be getting it. About a month later it arrived and I have to say it has lived up to all of the hype and made the wait worth while. If you have access to this beer, you owe it to yourself to at least try it and more than likely consume a great deal of it.

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4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and very light amounts of particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light beige head that has very good retention properties - the head eventually reduces to . Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, floral, and pine.

T: There is a light presence of caramel malts that comes out upfront as well as in the finish but the flavor of this beer is dominated by the hops. There is a very nice balance between the hops flavors and they complement each other nicely - tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit, and much lighter notes of pine/resin. No alcohol is detected and there is only a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and very creamy.

O: This is an extremely enjoyable DIPA and probably has the best mouthfeel of all the DIPAs I have tried. There is a nice blend of hop aromas and flavors without being overly bitter or aggressive. I really wish this was distributed to my area so I could find it more easily (picked this up while in Louisville for a wedding).

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