Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
6,074 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 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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Photo of dmsohyea
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Zenasdassman, thanks! Poured into an IPA glass.

A. Bright orange with pearl white head. 1 finger. Head retention is good and lacing is also good.

S. Light piny hops with orange and peachy apricot.

T. Moderate bitterness with a crisp finish. The citrus hops bring this beer nearly to the level of orange juice. Very tasty. Imagine having an orange pine tree hybrid.

M. Mouthfeel is perfect medium body and low carbonation. Slick and a bit oily.

Overall a solid double ipa. Tastes great and has no alcohol flavor.

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Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber orange with suspended material, probably hops. Looks great so far. The head is large at first, then dissipates due to the size of the bubbles, leaving a nice off-white lacing.

S: pineapple, citrus, pine, sweetness, and some bitter and floral hops

T: delectable. Tastes of grapefruit, pineapple, sweetness, and bitterness. Very tropical tasting, and a little on the sweet side of the balance.

M: big feel, but crisp from carbonation and hop bitterness. Feels nice and sticky in the mouth, which lends toward the sweetness and then the malt flavor staying on the tongue. Just right for a DIPA.

O: wonderful brew, and I bought 2 bottles immediately knowing I'd want them. It was $12/bottle at Binny's in Chicago, which is more than I'd like to pay, but this is one of the best DIPAs in the world. One just has to balance this with a 4 pack of 90 minute being $12.

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Photo of Bogforce
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jisom123(joe) for just giving me this.

A: Very clear, copper color. Very filtered, clear clear clear.

S: Big hop smell, getting floral pine and fruit hops.

T: Ouch, hits you with a big taste of hops and a small sweet malt taste.

M: Very smooth for a DIPA and doesn't leave a lot of the tongue.

O: I was expecting more.. This is a good beer but I have definitely had better

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Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great pour nice hazy orange color with a solid tan cap of foam on top.Head clings heavily to wall of glass.

S: Very citrusy with a bit of pine.

T: This is very good, right away the hops wash over the tongue and bring a bright grapefruit and pine splashing across the palate.

M: Medium to full bodied with a light alcoholic bite to it.

O: Overall a drinker anytime, great beer as usual from the 3 f
Floyds Brewery.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 22oz bottle, courtesy of Brydeen and Yeahnatenelson, Poured into a tulip glass:

A: Pours golden orange, slightly hazy, with a fantastic 2+ finger white head, extremely tight bubbles, with great retention. Leaves lacing everywhere when it finally does start receding.

S: Big tropical fruits: Mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. Fairly strong pine character and plenty of floral notes as well. Sweet malts give a candy character.

T: HUGE tropical fruits with plenty of bittering pine, some floral notes, and a touch of herbal dankness. It's mango madness! The alcohol has a little tiny bit of burn and adds a spiciness to the hop-flavor upfront. There's a pretty big, sweet malt base that gives candied fruit character, though it's not overly sweet like some DIPAs. Finish is semi dry (dries out through the aftertaste) with a some alcohol warmth, lots of lingering pine. The slightly dank tropical fruit flavors fade a little in intensity from the beginning to middle, but they then just linger on for a long damn time. Definitely what I'd call a massive tropical fruit-forward DIPA.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Extremely resinous and sticky, still fairly smooth and slick though. The "drinkability" is what sets the other top DIPAs from this: A little too boozy (comparatively), not super clean, not as easy of a finish as the 8%ABV group of DIPAs.

O: Another fantastic DIPA with awesome mango. Once this warms up a bit, the fruit flavors become nearly explosive and the alcohol drops out for the most part. As potent and hoppy as it gets, but fairly well balanced for a DIPA.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Nice lacing.

S - Wonderful citrus, floral aroma. Slight pine scent in the background.

T - Big citrus hops upfront. Juicy grapefruit and lots of sweet malts follow with some flavors of caramel and mango. Finish brings some more hops with a touch of pine.

M - I would have expected this to be an overly thick beer but not so. More of a medium mouth feel. You can definitely feel the bitterness on every taste.

O - This was my first beer from Three Floyd's and it did not let me down. An amazing IPA that I've been waiting to try to a long time.

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Photo of MikeyMikee
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my effin gruven snifter from a 22oz bomber served at fridge temp on Labor Day.

IT pours a golden, bright, hazy, orange color with a white head that seems to dissapear rather quickly. After swirling for a while it leaves a descent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is really incredible. Pure hops..citrus, pine and a little floral with grapfruit taking the spotlight followed by tropical fruits.

The taste, pure hop juice. Its unbelievable how much hop flavor is packed into each sip. Orange is the most dominant among all the flavors, it is probably the most orange dominant DIPA that I have had.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Fullbodied and very creamy with a slight, slight, slight alcohol presence that is barely worth mentioning. For the amount of hop flavor it is suprising that this beer isnt more bitter. It is definitley bitter, but not as bitter as one would expect. And i'm not getting that resiny feel that I would get in most DIPA's.

Had no problem drinking 22oz. of this beer. Actually a friend had a small glass from it but if I had more I would have had no problem opening up another bottle. This is 100% worth seeking out, hop head or not.

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Photo of manitouman84
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow amber, with a thick two finger head with good retention, that trails and sticks nicely down the glass. Aroma was not as powerful as I expected, smells of pine, grapefruit, mango and citrus. Very very well balanced on the palate grapefruit, peach, even a little bit of strawberry, moderate hop bitterness and subdued caramel malt flavors. Oily but slick, does not leave a resinous hop mess on the palate, but it satiates the tongue nicely. Very drinkable, perhaps too much soo if that is possible, could get dangerous with these around on a hot summer day =). I do wish there was a bit more bitterness here, but I guess the beer doesnt really need it.

EDIT: 1/2 the way through my first bomber, this thing just keeps getting better and better

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Photo of Badbobx
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The appeance is a light copper with a 1/2 in of head. A wonderful delicate lacing followed.
This beer had me at the first sniff. The nose was full of delightful peach, mango, and grapefruit scents.
The taste was fell of the same sensations as the smell with the addition of a bit of pine. The malts stayed undercover for the most part, just offsetting bitterness enough.
The mouthfeel was full and gave the sensation of a well carbonated beer with no hint of alcohol. I felt like this was a round mouthfeel, full and without edges.
A very good DIPA supporting my afinity for this style and this brewer.

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Photo of Knecht
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a nice two-finger head that held nicely during my first few sips but then mostly disappeared afterward. Still, a lovely lace that remained for the beer's entirety. A deep, orange pumpkin color that doesn't get too dark for the style.

S: Pine, grapefruit and mango. A solid, middle-of-the-road aroma that doesn't err too far towards floral or fruity, but sits comfortably in between. Nothing that blew me away, but interesting enough for me to pursue.

T: Everything that a DIPA should be. Wonderful complexity of flavor that, again, rides between floral and fruity, yet does so with a solid hand in each court (rather than being boring and indecisively neither). Hoppy and bitter without the typical over-riding malty sweetness, and yet there is the perfect malt backbone to support everything. This is clearly the aspect of this bear that wins it it's renown.

M: Appropriately carbonated, though perhaps erring on the lower end. Certainly nothing that detracts from the taste, which is what lingers on the tongue well after that first sip.

O: While I may wish the head had more perseverance, the smell had more punch, and the mouthfeel just a hair more carbonation, the taste is literally perfect. While not decidedly floral, piney or fruity, it is varied without being indecisive. It also nails the malt/hop balance without being too sweet, which is a true rarity for DIPAs. Perfectly supported, wonderful flavor, and no over-riding malty sweetness... what more can you ask from your DIPA?

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Photo of DogfishJoe
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a. pours a nice honey color and about a half to a one finger head.

s. this beer smacks your nose with a sweet malty citrus smell.

t. slight sweet malt at front of tongue, then slight hoppy bitter bite and finshes off with nice lasting bitter taste leaving you wanting more.

o. this is a good beer one of the best ipa's i have had, reminds me of a less bitter devil dancer.

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

Had this on-tap at Three Floyd's brewpub. Poured into a half pint.

A: Pours a dark golden apple color with a fluffy 1 finger white head. Has some decent retention and leaves a nice sticky lace on the way down.

S: I'm picking up some citrus hops right of the bat. A little combination of lemon and lime peels with an orange zest. A sweet malty caramel backbone shines through at the end.

T: Nice caramel malts from the nose shine through more on the tongue and are the perfect compliment to fresh citrus hops that flourish in this brew. It has a mild bitterness on the finish with a slight alcohol taste merged in there, but there is no burn.

M: Light bodied with a nice carbonation. Has a nice vine/grass and woody finish on the palate.

O: Another great DIPA from FFF. I love tasting the differences between each one and this one is no different. Great beer and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Beejay
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of honey, mostly clear, just the smallest hint of a haze. Nice cloudy white head, that seems to last for quite a while.

S: Bid pine smell with resin and some slight fruity smells. Classic American hop scents all the way.

T: The taste follows the smell. Huge resiny pine flavor, juniper, and some earthy notes. There is a nice sweet kick in the finish, while this is very heavy on the hops, the finish kinda balances it out. The alcohol very well hidden.

M: Medium heavy, with a slightly higher carbonation level. The carbonation balances out the body a bit. There is almost a syrupy, or oily texture to it.

O: Overall very enjoyable. Strong, hoppy, and bold. Enough malt that there is some balance, but not enough to detract from the hops.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - An orange slightly unfiltered like appearance.

S - Super great hops smell! Very citrusy. Grapefruit strong in this one.

T - This is a perfectly balanced IPA. Very bitter (Which is what I love Most) But a sweet finish. Grapefruit is very present. Great lingering hop flavor.

M - Good medium body. Well carbonated.

O - Amazing IPA. Love the strong grapefruit notes.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, thanks to sobeleg. This one was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Dreadnaught pours a slightly hazy light orange. The white head eventually hits two fingers in height, and shows pretty good head retention. Outside of a solid ring marking the foam's high point, lacing is pretty spotty though. The aroma is a bit underwhelming in the intensity department, but it delivers plenty of tropical fruit notes, with some prominent citrus aromas present as well. There's a distinct, yet subtle caramel sweetness at the open of each sip. The bitterness it makes way for is remarkably restrained for a double IPA. The hoppy back end starts off as wonderfully fruity as the nose is, but midway through the trademark bitter grapefruit flavor of Centennial crashes the party. Whatever other hops are used for late additions do an admirable job of blunting the harshness of Centennial hops, but it does ultimately shine through a bit, to the beer's detriment. The body is impressively spry for a beer approaching double digit ABV, but the carbonation is just a little too dull. Dreadnaught's a decent imperial IPA, but I find it's 3 Floyds stablemate Arctic Panzer Wolf to be the clearly superior brew.

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

Bottle with no freshness date, poured into a pint glass.

Light orange in appearance with a moderate haziness and two fingers of egg-white head that leaves an intricate web of lacing as it rescinds. A bit lighter than most imperials I've had, but still looks citrusy sweet and delicious.

I could already smell this not a second after cracking the bottle. Whiffs of tropical fruit: serious peach, mango, pineapple and grapefruit plus some grass. Complimentary lemon rind and a pronounced malt sweetness that lends itself to strike a perfect balance.

Although the bottle claims this to be a "hophead's dream", they seem completely absent. I'm sure that's more of a freshness issue than anything, but I have no idea when this was bottled. Plethora of tropical citrus present throughout accompanied by copious amounts of caramel undertones. Little to no bitterness or alcohol burn, meaning this has been sitting around for a while, but still really enjoyable.

Medium bodied with a creamy, slick nature and ample carbonation. Dangerously drinkable and a little deceiving for the 9.5% ABV. Right on for the style.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, but the bottom line for IPA's is to get them fresh, unless of course, its DFH 120. I'd love to trade for a fresh one, but the problem is that it's luck of the draw as FFF really needs to get on their game with bottling dates. Great beer, but I'm sure its better right off the bottling line. Cheers!

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Photo of Janderson91
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Crabbicuss and biglobo for tag-teaming to hook me up with a big want. No freshness info. Enjoyed on 08/14/11.

A - Slightly hazy bright gold color. One finger white head that leaves a good wall of lacing.

S - Holy hops batman. This is a grapefruit bomb. Big 'C' hops with citrus, grapefruit and mango aromas. Some sticky sweet malt is there in the background but the hops are the star.

T - Wow, this is excellent. Balanced up front with a nice grainy sweetness and huge hop bitterness. Through the middle you are slammed with grapefruit and citrus. Finish is nicely balanced with more of the great hop flavor, some sticky sweetness and a hint of alcohol burn.

M - Mouthfeel is exactly what I want in a DIPA. Creamy through the middle with lively carbonation on the back end and the flavor lingers for just the right amount of time.

O - Overall, this is an excellent DIPA, even better than APW, and up there with Expo and Pliny. Another A+ for FFF.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 6,074 ratings