Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
97
world-class
5,998 Ratings
Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,998
Reviews:
1,721
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
1,974
Gots:
942
For Trade:
29
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Photo of minterro
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer from a store in Lakewood, Ohio.

another beer that I've seen the rating for before rating so I'll try and not be biased.

A & S: the smell is a very nice blend of resiny/piney (probably Chinook hops) and citrus hops. There is also some kind of fruitiness. Lively looking semi-transparent amber colored beer. Off-white fluffy head that pours about a finger and is retained in a layer for the rest of the beer.

T & M: very similar to the smell. There is a nice addition of a slight sweet maltyness to make the backbone pretty noticeable. alcohol is more present when its let warm. fairly bitter and a semi-dry finish. very well balanced but it's not super complex. very smooth with still a bite of carbonation (thought I was going to be more because the beer looks so lively). Heavy on the high side for body.

O: This beer is incredibly solid, and deserves its high rank among the best of the best. It's deffinatly in my top 10 if not five and I would recommend this beer to any one.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance

A very nice copper color with nice thick head.

Smell

Citrus and hop aromas jump out at once.

Taste

A hop fans dream come true. Very flavorful with huge notes of citrus and full hop flavors expected from a DIPA. There is a great balance of hop and caramel malt. Three Floyds does an outstanding job in creating one of the best tasting DIPA's in the market.

There is a warm presence of alcohol but nothing overbearing despite this beer being 9.0 +.

Overall

This is an outstanding beer that is in the same class as the Pliny IPA's.

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Photo of Adamdc
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden copper tan/brown, nice 1 nch creamy head and decent lacing.

Smell - Strong, intense hops, very piney along with orange, grapefruit, added hop oils, apple, mango and a malty backbone mixed in there.

Taste - Excited, getting ready to drink one of my wants listed beers. At first sip, major hop bomb with a mix of malts. Pine, orange and honey with a presense of alcohol in each drink. After hops hit you at first, malts come in at the finsh and balance out the bitterness of hops.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets blasted and hop numbed at first sip. Tounge is left sweetned, numbed and dried. Palette gets hops, malts at the end and plenty of fruit sweetness. Aftertaste is warm, fruity and really dry.

Overall - Love hops? This is a must try. Its alot more fruity and not as bitter as i was expecting. Amazing use of multiple styles of hops, great amount of malts, and enough alcohol to let you know this is a big, complex beer. World class for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jegross2
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. This imperial IPA is highly sought after by beer geeks and is universally hailed as one of America's top beer by most beer connoisseurs. I am lucky enough, living in both Wisconsin and Illinois, to be within Three Floyds' distribution network, so Dreadnaught is an off the shelf gem that I have regular and convenient access too.
Score: 95

10 oz tap pour from a two week old keg at Brickhouse BBQ, served in a globe-like glass and enjoyed 01/24/12. Sadly, the KBS tap ran dry 10 mins before I arrived for dinner -- less than 24 hours after tipping the BA universe about the special tapping.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange color served with a thin layer of slightly off-white head that settles into a thin ring around the glass. Amazing lacing -- large sheets of frothy white head stick like crazy to all sides of the glass. 5/5

Smell. Sweet pine sap and sharp grapefruit and tropical hops mixed with light notes of sweet malt in the back. Astringent hoppiness. 4/5

Taste: Absolute hopbomb! Flavor is a sharp blast of tropical citrus hoppiness -- lots of astringent/zesty orange, pine, grapefruit, pineapple and mango -- followed by a lingering piney bitterness (that is much more mild compared to the upfront explosion of bitter flavor) for the finish. A light, sweet caramel backbone balances out the hoppiness a touch. The flavor experience of this beer reminds me of the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It shoots you out of the gate with citrus hoppiness, rocketing from 0-120 miles per hour in mere seconds, shoots you up some 400 feet, and then sends you plummeting back down to earth with some lingering adrenaline (here, the mild piney bitterness). The flavors, like the Top Thrill Dragster, are not very complex, but the whole experience is nonetheless incredibly delicious. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Near perfect imperial IPA mouthfeel. Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Very oily, slight mouthwatering mouthfeel. Finish is bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: Enjoy this one fresh, and boy will you enjoy it.

Recommendation: Hops haters and casual beer drinkers should avoid this aggressive imperial IPA, but boy should hop heads seek this one out.

Pairings: The beef chili, with a little added hot sauce, at the Brickhouse BBQ.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle or $6.50 for a 10 oz pour.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of output01x
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once more, thanks to Dan3279 for this great trade.

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1 1/2-finger off-white head that slowly recedes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a orange amber with a good amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing can be seen clinging to almost every available portion of glass.

Orange, pineapple, mango, and peach all hit the nostrils at once. Digging a little deeper reveals some pine lingering in the background along with just a hint of bready malts.

Flavors of orange rinds, peach, and mango are all present at first sip. Also noticeable is notes of pine, honey, and biscuity malts. Upon swallowing the beer, piney bitterness surges throughout the entire mouth. However, this is quickly swept away by sweet flavors of pineapple and honey. An ever so slight piney bitterness persists between sips.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer has an amazingly clean finish for such a flavorful DIPA. The body is just a bit sticky and really does a good job at coating your mouth and properly depositing the flavors. The carbonation is a bit fizzy but definitely needs this kind of strength to keep the body drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A. Pours a dark apple hue, with a 2mm head, rests at a misty light island of head with a 1mm ring.

S. Smells of sweet citrus, mango, light pine and pineapple.

T. Tastes of sweet citrus, mango, tons of orange peel and a lot of pine to finish it off.

M. Medium body, tiny bit chewy and a very wet finish.

O. A fine beer. Well balanced, lots of flavor and very refreshing. A good beer any IPA lover should try fresh. It's not the same when it's older.

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

A – Transparent golden orange with little –to-no head. A light, white lacing line appears on this DIPA.

S – Pine, peaches, grapefruit… Hop oil, smells sweet, yet bitter.

T – Big on the hops, but still well balanced. The malts provide a much needed sweet tone that helps the hops not overpower the flavor. There is a light fruitiness that is the shinning though nicely, a bit of apricot? Grainy, citrus bite, but still likeably sweet.

M – Light carbonation and a creamy texture. Very pleasant for a big DIPA… speaking of which, the alcohol is warming, but still well hidden (and is also a bit of a creeper).

O – Very well balanced for being so hoppy. I cannot believe it took me so long to try this brew.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.39 out of 5 based on 5,998 ratings.
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