Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
6,066 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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Photo of langm12
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Really looking forward to this one.

A - Beautiful golden color. Cloudy with a thick one finger fluffy white head.

S - Floral and citrus.

T - Wonderfully balanced. Wash of hop bitterness up front. Pineapple and citrus fruits. Excellent malt finishes rounds out the bitterness.

M - Ridiculously smooth. Medium mouth feel with incredible drinkability.

O - FFF nailed it. An exceptional DIPA. Will definitely revist this one.

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Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from West Lakeview Liquor. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice size white head. Good lacing and better than average retention.

Great smell!! Citrus hops and mango...reminds me of Legend II IPA with the mango aroma and flavor.

Taste is very good as well, bitter, with mango and citrus as the drivers. This one goes down real easy and has enough head shrinking bitterness to satisfy most hop heads.

Rich and crisp mouthfeel, plenty bitter and flavorful.

Overall a top notch DIPA.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Floyds Dreadnaught is a delicious double IPA that mixes the floral and citrus characters of hops. The hops provide much aroma and flavour without much bitterness and you will barely tastes the 9.5% alcohol. Well done Three Floyds!

A: Yellow/orange colour and a good 15 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Malty with floral hops. Some grapefruit. 4.5

T: Lovely malty base over hops that are a wonderful mix of floral and tart citrus (especially grapefruit). The alcohol isn't noticeable and neither is there much bitterness. Not as intensely hoppy as some other DIPAs but really delicious. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 5

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Photo of Labonix
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazey ligh amber color. This one has an amazing smell to it. Right out front there is a citrus and pine followed by tropical fruits. The taste of this one is a lot like the smell. Massive hops and fruits such as grapefruit and pinneapple. I would say the mouthfeel is great on this beer as well because it leaves you wanting more. This is probaly my go to beer whenever I want a good IPA.

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Photo of schanker21
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent caramel, cloudy, small bubbles, frothy two-finger head in a pint glass. Small amount of foam (tough to call it lacing) hangs down the inside of the glass as it empties.

S- Floral, citrus, slightly subdued compared to the taste, as with many IPAs.

T- Hop-forward, citrus, mango, peach, pine. Well-supported by the malt. Great balance is a great way to describe this beer.

M- I would expect this to be heavier than it is, but that's not a bad thing. Dangerously easy drinking (unless you've never had an IPA), the only reminder that this is 9.5% ABV is the warm feeling on the back of my throat.

Overall, a great IPA, but not the best ever. For the price, it's hard to say that it's something I would purchase too often, but then again it's not meant to be purchased often.

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Photo of Coachaloach
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Pours a wonderful golden color with a 1 finger thick, off white head. Lacing remains for the full duration of the pint.

S - Citrus, Pine, Hops, and Grapefruit

T - Sweet up front with a bit of pine; followed by bitterness and citrus. There is a slight bite from the alcohol but it seems relatively well hidden.

M - Smooth...so very smooth! Just the right level of carbonation.

O - A wonderful example of an Imperial IPA. Given the chance I would drink this all the time.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppered-orange with a 3 finger off-white head- reduces quickly to a soapy ring with really sticky lace.

Awesomely hoppy nose of ripe citrus and waxy tropical notes with a good dose of pine too- mango, ruby red grapefruit, papaya, peach, grassy lemon mint. Vague hints of pale malt and orange blossom honey waaay in the background. Of all the IPAs I've had in my day, this is the first one that really made me think of ganga. Very pungent.

Despite the pungent, in-your-face literally, nose, the palate achieves a balance so harmonious that it seems at times to sail by unnoticed. Starting full-bodied and moderately oily, the hops send wave after wave of bitterness, but the brew has enough sweetness coming from all angles to keep the whole ride in check, yet it never approaches being too malty. Flavors are mostly piney and earthy with some faint citrus and malt until the boozy pepper makes an appearance on the finish. Overall, very juicy and delicious, with my one complaint being that the beer finishes a little short.

So glad to finally pick up one of these. A very solid DIPA that I'd be happy to drink anytime. And drink fast too, with that shorter finish and very well-hidden alcohol.

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Photo of roodie
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange, 2 fingers frothy head, beautiful lacing, light head retention, unusual color, almost like a mixed drink!

S: Citrus and Mango, really, the label doesn't lie! Maybe nectarines. Some mellow pinieness. Malts on the end, and some booze.

T: Mango flavor stands out, followed by a piney/boozy mix. Pretty good, but other DIPAs I like hide the booze better

M: a bit grainy, hot, but suits the overall experience.

O: A good, not great, brew.

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Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, honey-gold with three fingers of off-white head that fades into a frothy cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of pineapple and grapefruit aromas on the nose. Smells like a lovely, sweet, tropical boquet.

T: Grapefruit dominates the palate with some lightly sweet pineapple notes. Pine notes with some grassy flavors follow with a decent bitterness that lingers on the finish. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a relatively light body but has an oily resin feel from the bitterness that lingers.

O: A good DIPA. Not the best in the world and overpriced, but still quite good. It's on the bitter side for my tastes, but not too bad.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Hazy golden body with a nice, strangely tinted head to it. The head itself has a yellowish tinge. Beautiful lacing on the glass and wisps of foam atop the beer.

Smell - Very hoppy, but a strange aroma. Lemony citrus that has almost a soapy character to it. Reminds me of YuleSmith Summer. The sweetness behind it combines to enhance this. I like the hoppiness, but the soap flavor is off-putting.

Taste - That same soapy flavor extends into the taste, but the hops are still abundant. Lemon and grapefruit hops with a sweetness behind it. Very little bitterness in the finish. Perhaps it's too sweet, though.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect body to it. Nice carbonation and a clean finish. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Overall - It has a strong hop profile, but not quite the hop flavors I like in an IPA. I feel lemon citrus makes beers smell and taste like Pine-Sol. Still good and something I'd enjoy regularly if I could.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Duvel tulip - Latest release to Ohio.

A: Poured a deep golden hue with a three finger head that dissipated into a thin creamy ,frothy, lacing, good retention and webbing, decent carbonation.

S: Hops , slight pine, toffee, caramel.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, sweet malts with bitter hops,hints of citrus,grapefruit, slight toffee/caramel, pine notes as well.

O: Pretty solid DIPA, I love the toffee/carmel in the backing, great feel on the tounge. Will definitly have this again.

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

Bomber courtesy of whitelightheat.

Poured into a tulip a hazy orange golden with a massive foamy off-white head. Lacing is present and the head becomes a light film near the end of the glass. Nose is all about the hops; splashes of grapefruit, lemon, citrus, floral, sharp pine-sol too. Taste is very much an American hop-bomb; grapefruit taste is dominant, very West Coast style. Its bitter and piney in the finish but not too drying, quite satisfying. Underneath it all is a slight biscuity malt profile that is only present enough to balance the IIPA and not detract form its hop dominance. Slick and oily mouthfeel, resinous, medium to heavily bodied.
Overall, a highly enjoyable and very drinkable DIPA from Three Floyds.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a solid orange/amber, a bit hazy with small, 1 finger head that has great retention and leaves a good amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Great smell. A wallop of all the great things about an IPA--hops. Grapefruit, orange and citrus, even a good amount of pine. Decent maltiness present as well. It's the perfect blend of a sweet/bitter smell.

T - Another right hook of hops. Again a perfect blend of grapefruit and pine. The bitterness of the hops is almost too much until it fades into a lemony-sweet finish, a tad bit of pucker. Dashes of zest and honey, a bit of bread, just a full, robust taste present here.

M - Nothing negative to say about the mouthfeel, with something so bitter and an high ABV, you would expect it to dry the mouth or something, but it's incredibly smooth. The carbonation holds well and the burn of the alcohol is ever so slight.

Overall - A brilliant beverage here, great balance to this IPA. So glad that Three Floyds has come back to Ohio. Just a wonderful beer here.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Floyds : Dreadnaught

Ontap, appears a clear golden color, small head and some wisps of lace on the glass. Aroma is nothing short of spectacular, notes of pine, pineapple, grapefruit zest, sweet pine juice. West coast IPA all the way, baby. In the taste, tropical bitterness. Muted pineapple almost bordering into mango, but overshadowed by a wall of bitterness. Lots of pine, sweet complimentary malt, but the sweetness is mild and short livid. Solidly bitter, and bitter all the way through. Medium bodied. Overall, one of the best double IPAs I have come accross. Exceptional.

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Photo of cratez
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased from the brewery in Munster, IN.

Pours a slightly hazed, golden amber hue with two fingers of billowy, off-white foam and sheets of lacing on the nonic glass. Beautiful, glowing appearance on this brew.

Smell is deep citrusy orange rind, clementine, pineapple, papaya, tangerine, fruity esters (alcohol), floral and woody hops, perfume, pine needle, peach, red grapefruit, and white cracker. A very tropical, aromatic nose in the west coast mold.

Taste is big bold layers of juicy and fleshy navel orange, peach, nectarine, caramel, jujube candy, pineapple and honey sweetness, mango, biscuit, lemon, and a smooth, citric hop bitterness with white grapefruit and pine needle on the cough. This beer assaults the taste buds with a pungent onslaught of intense hop flavours. An absolutely delicious ale.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, fuller than medium bodied, juicy middle, spicy hop bite precedes a long and resinous hop bitterness with a mildly drying finish. Quite the nuanced palate here.

Overall, this world-beating DIPA is in a class of its own. Dreadnaught has everything that a hop head could ask for, and I enjoyed savouring my bottle over the course of an hour. Seek this one out.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Beautiful golden with a touch of orange. Slight haze. Half finger head, with decent retention, but Beautiful lacing. Color and clarity remind me of Pliny.

S: Oh yeah, can tell this is fresh. Huge citrus hops. Pineapple and grapefruit blend beautifully. Touch of lemon, slight orange peels. A very sweet caramel comes through, with a hint of toastiness.

T: Sweet caramel with a touch of lemon. Then a bittersweet grapefruit with notes of pine apple. Bitterness is up with the top of what I've had. The assault of the taste buds that I'm after once and a while. Caramel never gets the chance to come back. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Just right carbonation edging on the high side. Slight creaminess. Hops Everywhere in the mouth. A slight burn in the throat from alcohol.

O: Amazing beer. Love it! Alcohol shines through a tad to much, but if your looking for a hop Assault, this is it! Pliny is blended better, but Dreadnaught is much more bitter. Different styles of the same style if you know what I mean. Love it! Just the slightest notch below Pliny.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with orange highlights. A thick foamy head leaves nice rings of lace.

S- Citrus hop bomb in the nose. Tropical fruits, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. Very very nice aroma.

T- Much like the nose except the tropical fruit flavor is a bit muted. Slightly more one dimensional with the bitterness. The alcohol is apparent in the finish.

M- Sticky and dry with good carbonation.

O- The nose on this is truly exceptional. I feel like I'm nitpicking a little but the flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose and the alcohol is a bit unrestrained. Still a very solid DIPA and worthy of its status among the elite.

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Photo of MidnightWatch
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber picked up at the brewpub

A - Clear with bubbles popping up like a champagne. 1 finger head with great lacing, very fresh bottle.

S - Smells like pine, citrus.

T - Amazing. Reminds of a West Coast IPA, and why wouldn't it. Piny notes, with grapefruit and mango, maltiness throughout, finishes dry.

M - Complexity mixed with simple drinkability. Very close to Lagunita's HopStoopid in IBU, but far more drinkable, close to the level of Pliny the Elder.

O - Nothing wrong here, maybe the price. If you have access to this beer try it, if you don't, trade for it to compare it with other stellar IPA. Don't drink this baby too cool, I have tried this beer at several temperatures, and I'm really liking this one which is cellared at 50 degrees.

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Photo of aficionado
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going off memory here. Tried this awhile ago...

Golden orange body with nice lacing and a small white head.

Tropical, citrus, peach, floral.

Juicy sweet up front with tropical, stone and citrus fruits. Good malt backbone. The finish is remarkably dry.

High carbonation, creamy body. Smooth and complex.

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Photo of RickS95
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks fabulous in my snifter. Kind of an orange marmalade color, teetering on the fence between opaque and translucent. The head is a finger of white foam. It sticks around for a couple minutes then disappears, leaving only lace on the inside of the glass.

Smells great too. The citrus scent from the peach and mango comes wafting up from the opening of the snifter and combine with a woody, piney scent.

In the mouth you get a battle from the sweet fruits and the bitter hops, each trying to establish dominance. It tastes like it smells.

For the type, it's extremely smooth, the 99 IBUs tempered by the acidity and the malt. There is certainly an IPA kick to it, but the bitter hops are balanced nicely by the other ingredients, allowing you to still feel your tongue after each sip.

About as close to perfect as an Imperial IPA can be. There are no obvious flaws.

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Photo of BlastBeats
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bomber up at the Three Floyds brewpub..

Appearance: electric looking golden yellow with a bright white head. The head never completely retreats into the beer; instead it forms a thin, persistent coat.

Smell: a wonderful citrus aroma with plenty of hop scent.

Taste: Tropical fruits; mango, peach, with an intense hop character. Surprisingly balanced though.. the malt usage seems to hold everything together very well.

Mouthfeel: though abundantly hopped, this beer has a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Certainly one of my favorite DIPAs.. another excellent offering from Three Floyds.

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Photo of BBP
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber. Steady but thin head. Slight lacing.

S- Amazing citrus and pine. Very intense as well. It's hard to imagine a more enticing aroma.

T- Gigantic amounts of hops. Immediate bitterness. Imagine grapefruit juice aged with pine needles. Floral notes make it interesting and give it more depth to keep it from being just another hop bomb.

There's a slight amount of malt, but it doesn't get near to playing a part with all the hops.

M- Medium full body. Carbonation is average. The finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O- Incredibly drinkable and incredibly hoppy. The only thing that held me back was the gigantic amount of bitterness. This is one of the few examples I've had where I thought the bitterness should be toned down. There was a very fruity sweetness as well that clashed with the bitterness as well.

I thought the flavors were very aggressive, but that the beer was still very solid.

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Photo of claytong
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so this will be an odd review as the bottle has been in a cellar for a year and a half.

apperance - just as expected. a bit more haze. golden orange. good head, great lacing.

smell - barleywine. heavy toffee/carmel notes

taste - much the same. very good but not an dipa anymore. it has become an english barleywine.

mouthfeel - really nice here. not as much sugar as one could expect from smell and taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits (peach/mango) and some vanilla aromas. This smells like it could be slightly infected. Taste is of the tropical fruits, vanilla, malt, and citrus zest on the finish. Like I was sensing in the smell, there is a slightly infected taste that comes out as vanilla on this one but it surprisingly works well with the intended flavors. A medium hop bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with some nice tropical and citrus aromas and flavors. I would be interested to see how this one is without the non-intended vanilla aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Chris585
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. Bomber of course.

Pours like amber orange juice. Nice lacing and great head. Fresh Hops fill the nose along with piney and citric smell. Fruity mouthfeel and very frothy. Hoppy, and uhhh...hoppy. Malt, hops, carbonation all match perfectly...its like they all had a party together....Then HOPS sneaks back up again. Alcohol is nicely hidden here.

This is my GO TO IPA. If I have had my fair share of trials, this is waht I crave at the end of the day. I guess I am lucky to have this so readily available to me. I have had this numerous times and it NEVER disappoints. I even got my wife to taste it and thats a miracle....she enjoyed it.

The hop lovers dream...FFF you are my hero once again; I finally wrote your review.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 6,066 ratings