Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

1,716 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,716 | Ratings: 5,972
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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Photo of jwhancher
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped open a 22-oz bottle my parents brought back from 3F last month. Bottled on date of 4/1/16. Pours a dark yellow with some brown tint indicative of the caramel malt used. Smells almost equally of bready, almost chewy, malts with a resin like, piney, citrus hop character. Smells clean with no off flavors or hot alcohols. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass sides. Tastes malty sweet but is nicely balanced with ample bitterness and the hop character as described in the nose. Feels medium bodied. Clean & crisp with that bitter bite at the end. Some waning alcohols in the back of the throat.

Overall, a Very nicely balanced DIPA. Rare to see this much caramel these days. Sort of reminds me of Maharaja from Avery. Definitely glad to have tried as this is rated #144 out of the top 250 beers on the BA website.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, hazy, amber/orange. Great citrus aroma and flavor, with a HUGE malty after taste that actually kills the hop flavor. Too malty for my taste but still a great tasting Imperial. If you love malt bombs, you will love this.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This poured a pretty dark cloudy amber orange. Malt and citrus in both smell and taste. For lack of a better word "malt bomb". Alcohol isn't that noticeable. Mouthfeel is slightly thick with medium carbonation. Overall, an okay DIPA. I was pretty underwhelmed and disappointed by this one. It tastes like a 9.5% Alpha King. The best thing it has for it is the relatively unnoticeable alcohol. It made for a pretty easy drinking beer, just not a very good one.

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Photo of gilligantrips
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/1/16. Excellent, balanced DIPA. Slightly hazy, amber color. Great mouthfeel--not too thick. Citrus and pineapple smells are reflected in the taste. Nice!

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Photo of GregA135
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great brew from 3 Floyds!

Poured a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a white head
Smelled of citrus, mango, tropical fruit and sweet malt
Taste of citrus, pineapple, a hint of mango and tropical fruit with a sweet malt aftertaste
Medium body, a bit dry, but still went down smooth
Solid DIPA!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours deep golden orange with a slight haze, three finger white head fades slowly leaving gobs of lacing. Toasted malt aroma with tropical fruit notes. Taste starts off with some malty sweetness and big tropical fruit which is met mid sip by citrus peel and floral hops. Some nice spicy peppery earthiness in a very dry finish. Medium silky soft mouthfeel. It had been awhile since I'd had this one, wow just as great as I remember, so balanced and delish.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottled on 2-1-16 into snifter.

Appearance- crystal clear dark orange with incredible lacing.

Smell- strong malt presence up front, citrus, mango in background

Taste-despite malt smell dominance, this beer is not overtly sweet. Very balanced for an imperial IPA with backend bitterness that makes u want another sip immediately.

Mouthfeel- more dry than expected, medium bodied. Goes down nice

Overall- a beer I have coveted for a long time. Enjoyable experience

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Photo of farrago
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a huge head, super airy and frothy with a highly cratered surface, tannish color with a light orange tint, the lacing forms very long streaks that stick powerfully. The liquid is a mildly hazy dark orange color which is full to the rims, minimal visible bubbles. The nose is stuffed with sweet citrus — tangerine, orange, pink grapefruit and then loads of cocoa, malted milk balls, toffee and scone, bitter tea leaf, tar, the pineapple, guava, nectarine fruit scents are think without becoming monotonous. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, heavy enough that the creaminess doesn’t smooth out the mouth feel. Spicy with peppercorn and pine notes, here that muscular grapefruit, tangerine citrus sweetness acts as a calming agent. The florality itself seems mostly citrus blossom. Some cocoa and sweet grains to breakfast breads type of appeal. Not very herbaceous nor grassy at all. The carbonation lends a consistent fine prickle. Ends with full flavor vibrancy and a gentle landing.

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Photo of cmf
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into becker. Cloudy reddish amber pour with little aroma. Medium low head. Strong bitter hops consistency with pine sap and papaya flavors. Overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Large fluffy white head atop a vibrant amber orange.

Smell is slightly dank, with orange, biscuit, lemon candy, and an earthy quality.

Dreadnaught is super bitter and dry, but a really tasty, hardcore and dank West Coast meets Midwest IPA. I get tangelo, grapefruit pith, and faint pine.

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Photo of hardysf
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was way more malt heavy than expecting. Definitely boozy. Good citrus, pineapple, and mango flavor. Sweet malt aroma as well. The flavor was really sweet and a weird mouthfeel with the sweet flavor but bitter finish. It's juicy as well, I would like a little drier with the bitterness

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Photo of jmasher85
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So far, I've been lucky enough to score a few Three Floyds beers from traders, and been slightly-underwhelmed by two of them. This third one, if nothing else, is certainly the most interesting of the group, though I'm sad I let it get away from me and it's been sitting in the cellar maybe a month or so longer than it should have.
It pours with plenty of thick, foamy head and crystal clear amber coloring in the body.

If they're going for a tropical fruity, juicy IIPA, they nailed it on the nose...literally. It smells like pineapple juice, with some hints of apricot and mango. A bit of resinous hoppy smell off to the side, but fruit is the main contender here for attention.

The taste is something else entirely. Much drier and more resinous than the smell would have you believe. I get a bit of dry cider, substantial bitter hops, and a minimal malty backbone, but it smoothes out as the glass sits out a bit, losing bitterness and developing more interesting flavors. In short, this beer is not interested in balance. The texture is chewy and thick, the bitterness lingers, and the booze is strong but smooth.

I would definitely try this again fresh. I want to see if all those fruity hop aromas make it into the flavor on a fresh batch. Maybe someday...

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle 11/5/15

Semi, to mostly transparent deep gold. Combonation of soapy and foamy head is so almost tan it is so off white. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very citrusy and piney. Sweeter fruits with some significant doughy malts and alcohol.

Lots of peach/apricot, mango, a touch of orange, and some bitter pine resin. Lip smacking. The bitterness continues to take over the flavors. A tad boozy. Dry finish. Carbonation is on the lower end, but the mouthfeel is excellentl. Very creamy for the appearance suggests.

A wonderful imperial, but not up there with APW for me.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours minimal white head with an amber hue
S - huge hop hit, lemon, citrus, pine, etc
T - apple juice, citrus fruit, pine, excellent finish, crisp, refreshing for a double IPA, booze is masked better than any other double to date
F - medium - low carb for a double, nice change
O - excellent double IPA, really enjoy the taste but a few other categories lack for the hype surrounding it

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Photo of LAp
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

0,3L pour in a tulip on tap. Couldn't take notes at the time, so this one's from memory of an hour ago. Beautiful honey-orange color, with a hop-forward nose with hints of citrus and sugar. Palate is balanced - dry hops, some citrus, pine, and malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is substantial. Overall, this beer didn't blow me away. It has a lot of hype to live up to, so perhaps that's not ultimately surprising. This is, undeniably, an excellent DIPA, but among the best of the best? I'm not sure I'd go that far.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am going to echo the reviewer below me and start by saying "wow." This is a truly amazing IPA, maybe the best I have tried so far. It's definitely hoppy, but the happiness is not dominating. Rather the citrus and other fruit flavors come through loud and clear. It's almost like a sweeter version of Pliny. Just an absolutely fantastic beer

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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is good. The only real gripe I have is the smell seems a bit dominated by alcohol. The taste is pure bliss tho. Citrus and tropical fruits and a caramely sweetness is like a IPA version of a fruit cake. Did NOT disappoint.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was fortunate to try Zombie Dust and Dreadnaught on the same day and neither dissapointed. Dreadnaught turns out to be my favorite Three Floyds Beer. One of my favorite Big IPAs out there. Wow. I'm impressed.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather tumultuous and hazy light orange with a single finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving some spotty lacing.
The aroma is tropical and sweet candied fruit, mango and pineapple and orange and maybe some crazy Minute Maid concoction of exotic fruits.
So damn tasty. Big frui flavor that follow the nose followed by massive sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium and almost sticky. Just fucking great. Wish I had another bottle.

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

Starts with a strongly hop sided but malty blast , then the hops win for few seconds and the balance changes so slightly. The taste lingers and rich earthy flavored notes come out.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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