Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Todd! Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Split with others. Review is from my notes.

Pours a thickened, slightly viscous, syrupy amber color. Carbonation is rather plentiful at first, and about 2 fingers of head coat the top of the glass. There's actually far less lacing than expected, with only a few large droplets coating the sides of the glass before fully vanishing. Head retention is pretty good, as it is with all super hoppy FFF offerings. There's a bit of a glimmer on this one as well, which makes it look appetizing.

Definitely an array of tropical and citrusy fruits immediately reach the nose, but rather than a predominant flavor of mangoes (as advertised), I instead get huge notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and that lovely nectarine flavor that I've experienced before with FFF. There's an oily, resinous hopped sensation that is actually rather wet, and indeed, while there is a floral astringency, it quickly becomes covered up by a good deal of the malts' residual sugars. Caramel and toffee abounds, as well as sharp, crisp breadiness that balances out the initial hop explosion. Very subtle stuff overall... Well crafted.

The flavor is even better, taking the initial tropical flavors and melding them further with the breadiness. There's a fruitiness awash with grapefruit, pine, peaches, pineapple, and light lime rinds, only then to transition to a crisp, thickened bready flavor that resembles cracked wheat and creamy, soft barley. It actually took me by surprise, as I expected a hop bomb. Caramel malts are heavily present here (with a dash of honey), and provide a silky drinking experience that contains no burn from the ABV, as well as a light astringency from the hops. A real pleasure to drink - definitely nothing too cloying.

Unlike Arctic Panzer Wolf, THIS is how FFF should focus on making their DIPAs. There's a lot of balance here, and yes, while it is indeed quite hoppy, the bready, crisp malt profile (which is for once not too syrupy) smoothens things out and provides a lot of balance to the beer. Really great stuff - I just wish it wasn't $13 a bomber outside of the brewery (where it is instead $10). I was happy to try it, and wouldn't pass it down again, but I'm fortunate that I have DIPA options that quite similar and good in their own way around here that are slightly more affordable.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark orange with a big head that leaves some lacing. Definitely big alcohol legs going on.

S: WOW! this smell blew me out of the water. Big and juicy. Mango that just keeps going and going. Big tropical fruit, lots of pineapple, burnt orange and some lemon citrus. There is a caramel malt in the background here and a touch of pine but man, the mango just shines!!

T: The hops on this beer are amazing. Once again at the front to f the tongue mango shows up, grabs hold and doesnt let go. Then come the citrus, lemon, burnt caramel orange and pineapple. Towards the middle of the mouth you get a touch of malty sweetness but that is destroyed by the piney, resin hop bitterness at the end. And this finish keeps going and going and makes you crave more. It's pretty juicy. This is definitely a hop forward beer but the hops are all balanced out nicely together.

M: Syrupy, almost full bodied with just enough carbonation. This is very refreshing and surprisingly easy drinking. more please!

O: This was one of my first "religious" beer experiences back in the day and it only gets better every time i have it. The hops shine and it is just bursting with flavor. Probably my favorite beer! /99

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 6,056 ratings
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