Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

6,022 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight apricot color, mostly clear and with a fine two finger creamy off white head.

Aroma is quite hoppy, with peaches and apricots coming to mind, but in a candied state rather than fresh picked. There is an underlying syrupy sweetness that overrides the hops.

Taste follows the nose: the bitter hops are present only for a moment as your palate become awash with a candied sweetness and alcohol bringing up the rear. There is a lingering bitterness that still carries the sweetness on the sides of the palate

Mouthfeel is syrupy sticky,brisk carbonation, slightly prickly,warming alcohol.

Overall, this is reminiscent of Permanent Funeral, but with a candied fruit presence and a more pronounced caramel malt presence. A really nice IIPA, but a bit too heavy in the sweet malt department for my tastes despite the big hop presence. Doesn't rank with Lawson's Double Sunshine or Heady Topper. 3 Floyds makes some great beers, yet Zombie Dust is the standout for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My wife surprised me with this one. Told me it got busted in the shipment, but then slow rolled me as she handed it to me a couple weeks later. Sneaky

A- Dark gold. Much lighter than you would expect from an imperial. Huge 2.5 finger off-white head. Awesome retention and lacing. The pale color is the only noticeable knock here from an otherwise impressive looking beer.

S- Aroma jumps out of the glass like an imperial should. Huge mango, pineapple, apricots and some lemon. Lots of citrus notes. Juicy as hell as the 99 ibu's smacks around the olfactory.

T- Hop forward from the nose. Hops all over the place, but then the bready caramel malt starts kicking up a fuss. Not overly sweet or earthy like some of the style can be. Balanced. Bitterness comes back again, accompanied by the slight warmth of the alcohol.

M- A true highlight. Feel is impeccable. Smooth, dry, velvety on the palate. Goes down easy...too damn easy. No acidity whatsoever.

O- Hype...yeah. Lives up to it...yeah. Not an overly complex IPA, but nearly flawless. Still couldn't put it ahead of PtE or Hopslam, but it sure gives them a run for their money.

Spiegelau IPA glass

No bottled on date that I can find, but we all know this beer doesn't sit on the shelf long.

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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful head on the pour, which subsided but was present while drinking. Tons of sticky lacing on the glass as I enjoyed this one. A perfect bright orange color which has all the look a DIPA should.

Smell: A ton of bright citrus. Tangerines and pine really jump out of the bottle. Earthy resin tones are noticeable on the undertones. The hop bitterness is distinct. The high alcohol content adds a sting to the aroma that keeps the drinker on their toes.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine greet the palette right away. A very smooth hop presence comes in first on the body and then the hop bitterness settles in on the palette. Again, the bright citrus sets in and really packs a punch on the aftertaste. Waves of bitter hops and alcohol sting continue on long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Clean but certainly is memorable. The high IBU's do not destroy the palette on the mouthfeel as much as one would expect.

Overall: One of my favoirte DIPA's. I bought this one right from the brewery so it was incredibly fresh with tons of hop presence. No doubt that this brew showcases the hop mastery that FFF has.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.39 out of 5 based on 6,022 ratings.
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