Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

6,017 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%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No bottling date, so keeping my fingers crossed on freshness.

A - Pours a clear light amber color with a great two finger pillowy head that lasts at one finger for the duration. Leaves a great tiered lacing down the glass.

S - Wow! Incredibly citrusy with grapefruit, tangerine and tropicals. The hops are very noticeable as well and I would classify them as floral and piney. Very tropical with a great hop balance. Smells like fresh fruit.

T - Starts off a bit sweet with a citrus and peach fruitiness. The floral hops come in a bit later and offer a nice drying finish. The aftertaste is a combination of all of this with an added tea-like herbal character. Perfectly balanced and highly complex.

M - Good medium feel with a light carbonation. This is probably the weakpoint of the beer, but by no means unpleasant. I could use a bit more carbonation, but it is smooth and creamy as is.

O - I was excited to see this at a store during a recent trip to South Bend, IN. No bottle dating always makes me a bit weary to pick up an IPA, but I pulled the trigger on this gem. It is incredibly balanced and tropical, with the perfect hop presence. Truly one of the best DIPAs I have had, and I wish I had grabbed more. The 9.50% alcohol is very well hidden and before I knew it, the whole bomber was gone. I highly recommend this beer and it is worth the gamble on freshness.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -26%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dreadnaught in a snifter.

Red-orange crossed with amber. Inch or so of head that laces with talent. 4.0

Creamy, swampy hops on a tropical fruit bent. Ripe pineapple and orange with a smidge of avocado. Evident yeast in the nose. 4.0

Woah! Smooth as hell! Bitter at the end, but mild. Earthy hops dominate. Scorched earth note. A rare fruit essence in there. Semi-tart honeydew, grapefruit, starfruit, and lime. Rounded out. A little dental minty cleanser in the finish. 4.5

Feel is great. A little thin, but with a magic that sets it above the rest. 4.0

My first Three Floyds beer. A big winner. Gonna have to go back and nab an Arctic Panzer Wolf. 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Thingus
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting bomber into Duvel tulip.. Huge thanks to rmcnealy for this one!

Appearance; pours a lovely hazy golden orange color with two fingers of loose off white colored head... Retention is decent, with a fairly thick film clinging to the top of the beer after a few minutes.. Lacing is solid with nice healthy clumps of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell; very subdued unfortunately, was hoping for a much more present aroma, unfortunately no bottle date to be found so i'm uncertain when this was bottled... An intense whiff yields pineapple, mango and some citrus.. A slight bready/yeasty aroma is also noticeable.

Taste; resinous notes are my initial impression, with pine being a primary component... Pineapple, mango orange and peach make a brief appearance...

Mouthfeel; effervescent carbonation makes Dreadnaught feel lively in the mouth with a crisp finish and a slightly lingering bitterness...

Overall; I may have sat on this bottle a touch too long... Was originally waiting for a friend and finally said to hell with it and opened it up... I enjoyed this but definitely feel like a more fresh sample would have a lot more going on.. Would love to try another for comparison but at the moment I am unfortunately, a little underwhelmed...

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DanK4
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoked to finally get my hands on this mean IPA, thank you rfraga77 again for the big ol' box of FFF.

Out of a bottle into an Allagash flute.

A: Awesome full bodied pour, deep orange and burnt gold color with a nice tight white 1.5-2 finger head. A steady stream of light carb coming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Hop-heaven. HUGE hop profile with citra overtones, pine, grapefruit, and almost a grainy-earth like smell to it. Fantastic huge IPA smell. It's like a classier more complex hop profile than the APW.

T: Hop-pallate destroyer. All I can taste is the hops at first while after the initial shock tones out the beer becomes complex and very smooth. The hops and the citrus (more grapefruit than anything) are complimenting each other so well, and there is definitely a slight boozy bite way back in the palate. Some malty sweetness- almost caramel or cane sugar-like. I'm sold on this beer, everything I've been looking for in a IPA.

M: Medium bodied beer that finishes a tad dry but not bitter by any means. I could drink this beer all damn day long (hopefully).

O: Right up there with ZD this is my favorite FFF brew, and one heck of an IPA- definitely a must try for any hop-head.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.39 out of 5 based on 6,017 ratings.
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