Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

6,007 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 Simmy7000
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Review!

Poured from 22oz Bottle

A- Pours a great looking amber color with a 2 finger white head. Head recedes down to only a cm or two which remains for the rest of the ride. Great lacing throughout.

S- Downright incredible. First thing that hits the nostrils is the great smell of hops. Loads of citrus and piney hops with hints of malt and sweet fruit lingering in the background

T- Massively complex. Starts with a blast of hops up front; a mix of grapefruit, orange, and mango lead the way and bleed into a bitter pine taste. Just when the bitterness seems like it is going to overwhelm, a solid malt backbone kicks in to balance everything out. Lingering bitterness on the lips and back of tongue as drinking progresses.

M- Perfect. Crisp and refreshing. Find this very drinkable considering the ABV

O- A defining brew from FFF. Hop forward but undertones of sweet fruit and a malt backbone keep this balanced and complex. This will take your taste buds for a ride. Definitely a top-tier DIPA

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45-50F.

Pours lightly hazy burnt gold with a three finger foamy white head that leaves a couple of rings of foamy lace and holds a small cap.

Aroma is peaches, grapefruit citrus, some pineapple and mango along with good grassy and herbal notes. Some mild malt peeks through but the hops are the star here. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is tropical fruits of pineapple and mango, some lemon and grapefruit citrus rind, peach and apricot, giving way to some caramel and bready malt that offers a touch of sweetness which is then swept away by a wave of hop bitterness. Some alcohol is noted but isn’t solvent or biting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and slick, low-medium carbonation.

A superb DIPA, very tasty and a huge want for a long time. Thrilled to have the chance to finally try this. However, I have to throw in the obligatory ranking amongst top-tier DIPAs, and for me, this is very good but not the best I’ve had. Doesn’t crack my Top 5, but probably within my Top 10.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours darkish golden with orange highlights. Small, creamy light brown head which dissipates rather quickly. Small carbonation rising.

Aroma of hops. Grapefruit, honey, floral, pine.

Taste is hops dominated. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, pine. Malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy. Smooth. Slightly syrupy.

Overall, a very delicious brew. Refreshing. Very drinkable given the ABC.

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Photo of willyc
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance good. Mouth feel good. Taste very good it had the peach, mango that I love in an Imp IPA. To mask that high of octane the way it does is impressive and well done. Every thing I have had from 3 Floyds is above average and this one was no different. I cant get three floyds where I live so maybe I overhype them a bit, but good is good and thats how it rolls. Good day.

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Photo of leschkie
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle obtained at the FFF brewery and consumed just a few days later. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly turbid orange-tinted amber that looked identical to the honey that I used on my pancakes this morning. Hmmm, let me check something...Hunter's Honey Farm, Martinsville, IN. Coincidence? OK, probably. Accompanied with a nice thick cream-like head that refused to go silently into this 89 degree night. Hurry up damn you, I'm thirsty here!

Smell: Best described as the fragrance that the perfect woman would wear on a first date. Blast of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and pine accompanied by hints of malt and honey. Hah, I knew that something was up with that honey. The aroma loses none of its potency as I just keep on taking in the fumes rising from this bad boy. Seriously, the perfect pheromone for you women out there.

Taste: OK, having finally been able to tear my nose away from my tulip glass, I’d have to say I’m a little disappointed with the taste. Perhaps I’ve overhyped this one just a tad based on smell alone. The taste mirrors the nose for the most part, except that I was expecting a tad more citra in the flavor profile. Allowing this one to warm up a bit solidified the balance between the hops and maltiness. But, regrettably, I was still left waiting and pondering what could have been if that citra had made an appearance to this party.

Mouthfeel: I'd probably describe it as medium-bodied, but it was a bit thinner than I expected it to be given the flavors detected in the aroma. Carbonation was perfect though, something FFF has mastered in my opinion. Surprisingly, however, I did get a little bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol in the back of the throat. Slight hoppy bitterness as well, but in a very good way.

Overall: An excellent DIPA if I must say. Definitely something that everyone needs to try once, particularly those hopheads out there. FFF without doubt dedicated this one to the almighty hops that’s for damn sure. But do I dare be so bold as to mention it in the same breath as Hopslam or PtE? Nope.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery on fathers day

A-hazy orange/yellow body with a nice white head that retains.
S-nice fruity smell. Grapefruit.
T- alot like it smells. Great hop presence. Very fruity. Should really be a 4.25
M- knocked down to compensate for the over taste. Medium body and smooth
O- good ipa that is hard to find fresh but is worth the buy when you can.

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Photo of drewba
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - very bright orange yellow. This pours with a fantastic two finger white head that has a cute little assortment of bubbles. The retention isn't bad; it layers down to a few millimeters of white film with splotchy lacing.

S - There's a serious burst of fresh citrus and a little bit of nutty caramel malt action going on, then a ton of alcohol aroma comes out of nowhere and overshadows everything,.

T - That smell is a triflin' son of a bitch! That gross alcoholic finish in the smell is nowhere to be found in the taste. This is a goddamn cornocopia of citrus; fresh orange, light lemon and grapefruit bitter, mango, papaya. Light grass and pine come after the fresh citrus and helps introduce me to a small, but delicious malt character which gives a nice amount of caramel sweetness and nutty bread. This is absurdly easy to drink.

M - Medium bodied which sticks to the mouth a bit with a subtle level of carbonation.

O - This is a beer that I'm always thankful to be able to get (albeit sporadically). Other than the semi offputting smell, this beer is wonderful and terribly drinkable (watch out).

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light hazy cloudy orange with a great white head and excellent lacing. Head sits around for a minute or two.

S- Hops. Major oily sticky hops. As fresh as hops can smell in the palm of your hand. Faint citrus notes. But the piney hops is the awesomeness here.

T- Extremely well balanced brew here. Hops isn't quite as strong as the nose would suggest, but they are still in your face. But a superb balance as well with a great malty backbone of malts. A touch of bread. And kisses of orange peel and grapefruit.

M- Good lower carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of an oily stickyness. Wet at the start with a refreshing dry finish from a bit of the bittering hops that makes for a great mouthfeel on this one.

O- One of the best DIPA's around. The balance is what makes this beer so great. Truly.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a snifter

A: Pours a clear copper color with a fizzy, white head.

S: Smells notoriously hoppy without much else. It’s not punch you in the face hoppy like Double Bastard Ale, but it’s hoppy enough that the subtle citrus aromas struggle to penetrate.

T/M: Tastes predominantly hoppy as well, again not like someone-just-mugged-you-in-the-street-and-rubbed-hops-in-your-face-for-humiliation hoppy, but still hoppy enough that it’s the predominant flavor. It has medium carbonation and some lingering bitterness in there, typical of an IPA, but it’s surprisingly lighter than you might expect.

It’s extremely well balanced and, honestly, that’s really all you can ask for. When you want an IPA but don’t want to drown in the hoppiness, this one is perfect.

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

Thanks to Whitemomba; poured from a bomber

A - Pours a transparent light orange yellow with thick white head which doesn't dissipate easily

S - Nice smell of citrusy hops and matls

M - medium feel with good carbonation

T - Taste of sweet mango and orange up front with ncie malty flavor in the middle; subdued bitter flavor the back end; really nicely balanced

O - Much better than I remmeber when I first had this at the Maproom in Chicago. A really good DIPA that is well balanced, nice hopflavor countered by citurs sweetness and malt. Reminds me a little of DFH 90 minute IPA

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Photo of stxSS07
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a golden straw-yellow with a pillowy 2 finger off-white head that leaves huge amounts of lacing. Lots of carbonation off the bottom of the glass.

S- Big hit of sweet citrus notes, sugary orange, grapefruit. Slight amount of resiny hop notes. Sweet malt with a little bit of a biscuit-like aroma. Alcohol present as well.

T- Blast of bitter hops mixed with nice mellow sweetness from the malt. Citrus grapefruit and orange notes along with some more tropical fruits as well.

M- Medium-light bodied with excellent carbonation that helps lead to a dry finish that moves everything along.

O- I've had this a few times, but never sat down to review it. This is a fantastic DIPA and I'm happy I live close enough to FFF to call this my go-to for the style.

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Photo of cnally
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had many times, never reviewed. I have a little extra time and a patient mood, so I figured I'd finally chime in.

A glorious appearance, mostly translucent golden body and a frothy, sticky cream colored head. Well carbonated as there are plenty of bubbles flickering around.

An amazing aroma, so damn floral and citrusy, like it was dry hopped for decades.

The flavor is a surprisingly even balance between its golden caramel malts, earthy hop content really kicks in with the finish. Comes off very fruity and a little sweet, even.

The mouthfeel is exactly as expected from the amount of carbonation seen, bubbly and the body is heavy without being overbearing.

Probably the most balanced IPA I've ever had. It may not have the malt awesomeness of a 90 Minute, or the sweet hop slap of a Hopslam, but the slightly subdued characteristics of each really meld into a delicious, even, pleasure of a drink.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to aasher for helping me get my hands on this one.

A: Dreadnaught pours an almost copper hue and sits lazily in the glass. Even with laser etching, and a good swirl, this brew can't seem to muster up any lacing. I'll forgive the mediocre head retention, due to the ABV, and the haze, due to the IBUs, but it should have something going on. It just seems kind of lifeless =o\

S: What was dead to the eye is a fountain of energy to the nose, which is greeted with an onslaught of bitter citrus in the form of grapefruit, pine, mango, and rosemary.

T: Very dry, given the abv, with a definite emphasis on hops. Bitter resins in the front, a brief intermission of honey sweetness in the middle, and a lingering expression of tropical fruits and woody herbs.

M: Light body, low carbonation, significant astringency, and fairly clean finish.

O: Definitely a kick-ass IIPA. It is a shame that this may be one of only a handful of times I will taste this brew, due to FFF's philosophy on distribution. Be that as it may, this is a superb brew that deserves every bit of the recognition it receives.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz chug into a snifter...so glad I'm doing some work in Hammond, IN, it makes the top-tier stuff from 3Fs easy to come by (it's always sold out in Chicago--try finding a bottle of Dreadnaught for sale anywhere, or for that matter, sixers of their regular stuff most the time).

Appearance is actually flawless. Bright body with a billowy head that rises to the top of the snifter perfectly. I like having this glass that can take the whole bottle if you're not sharing with a friend.

I'm only giving a 4 on aroma because the hop profile resembles a supped up version of the hop profile that you find in varying levels in many 3Fs beer...even if the hop profile that we know and love is one of the best in the nation, they could switch it up more, not just intensify it...small complaint in the scope of this beer's excellence.

Taste is pretty incredible and quite complex. There is a ton of malt to the backside of this hop-forward beer. Incredible hop profile on the tongue, with notes of pine and fruit. It really shines, dances even. A winner, a champion, one of the best big IPAs ever. I am smacking my lips as I write this. You can't even taste the high alcohol. But you sure can taste the hops.

Mouthfeel is flawless. Most 3Fs beers are close to perfect in terms of mouthfeel, but Dreadnaught is actually and literally perfect and could not be improved in this regard. Clean, crisp, direct.

Highly recommended. Big IPAs from the Midwest are rarely respected, but this is one of the elite big Midwest IPAs that can give any West Coast breweries offering's a run for their money.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 ounce pour on tap.

Wow, a totally unforgettable dank beer...

A: Nothing too exciting here, straw yellow, nice small head. Looks pretty but unspectacular.

S: Tropical mango and peach, apples, honey, citrus. Smell delicious.

T: Wow. this tastes like a hoppy rendition of champagne. It is utterly quaffable, delicate, effervescent, gentle, but then a great big dry hoppy force-field enters the picture and hangs onto your palette while being tickled with gentle tropical flavors. I think this is a really special beer.

M: Smooth and slick, bubbly and gentle. Very light feeling for the high APV.

O: Overall, this beer is unforgettable and I can't wait to get my hands on some bottles. Wish this was out east all the time!

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

Got as an extra from stxSS07!!! Very generous trader!!!

A- Unbelievable Golden Honey color! Cloudy with great carbonation! Beautiful fluffy white head that slowly drips away leaving sticky lacing all over the glass! Damn close to perfect!!!

S- Sweet grapefruit, orange and lemon peel, fresh cut grass, compost, over-ripe pineapple, and dried peaches. So much going on here... keeps changing as it warms up a bit.

T- WOW! Tart and sweet grapefruit, mango, bitter orange peel! Fresh cut pine tree, grass, and a touch of compost on the backend. Hints of a malty backbone, but mostly bitter and in your face! Really punches your tastebuds!

M- Just wakes your mouth up with a blast of bitter citrus and pine! The sweetness of the malt creeps up, but it's having a hard time fighting the citrus pop! If your mouth is having a dull day... have a sip or ten of this one!

O- Unreal!!! I wish I could drink this a few times a week! I'm pretty sure this is the polar opposite of Dark Lord! Where Dark Lord is sticky, sweet and syrupy... this one's bitter, citrusy, and bites you on the tongue and never lets go!!! So glad I finally got a taste of this little piece of Heaven!!!

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to my glass, to my mouth, could life be better, I think not. Good foam action, generating a two finger head of thick, slightly off white foam, that I could take a nap, well almost. Far from clear, it most closely resembles a 8 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell, ooo la la, aromas of flowers from the hops, sweet nectars, but mostly grapefruit, lemon and other citrus flavors from the massive use of hops. Taste is lots of what I like. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, lemon peel, and lime are in the forefront, with a sweetness from hints of malt, orange, and guava. Mouthfeel is creamy, thick and zing. A slight dryness on the sides of my tongue and soft palate. I would like some more of this...please.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to iadler for the generous surprise box.

Pours a straw-like yellow that is fairly easy to see throw. Atop is a billowing 2 finger head after an aggressive pour. Head sticks around for quite some time and leaves thick laving.

Smell is of pine, citrus, orange peel, tropical fruits, and hops.

Taste is very nice with the citrus and tropical fruits up front. The hops follow up the fruitiness then comes the nice dry, piney finish.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Possibly the smoothest DIPA I've yet to try. Fairly light bodied which I usually don't like for the style, but at this time of year its great. Crazy drinkability.

A solid offering from FFF. I look forward to trying more.

Thanks again Isaac!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught on tap at a certain bar in Midtown Manhattan, eight ounces for $4 (happy hour). I never thought I'd live to see Three Floyds pouring in New York City.

Appearance: Dreadnaught shows up with one perfect finger of very white, Belgian-like head, along with great retention and lacing. Color is clear yellow, fresh straw. Heartland wheat fields in a sunny summer.

Smell: Grassy, fresh, tropical. A tad of malt vinegar and pungency. Roses, flower aroma. Very fragrant and persistent. Some urine on the back.

Taste: More tropics, pineapple syrup, mango. Would love to make a reduction sauce with this! Vinegar feel again, as in the nose. Sort of chardonnay-ish: bright, acidic and vinous. Maybe a mimosa, orange juice and bubbly or white wine. Bubblegum. Acrid, bitter hops at the end (throat-scratching hops!)

Mouthfeel: Resiny, oily. Like drinking high-quality olive oil for breakfast. Full body, flavor and carbonation. Stingy, prickly finish that lingers.

Overall: Very fragrant, aromatic, West Coast style. Drinkable at the eight-ounce mark, but not a whole pint, as the booze does make an appearance. Good DIPA, glad I got in NYC, but not one to go uber-crazy for and over.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber, "express delivered" from my buddy Beenken straight from the brewery less than a week ago. Many thanks to Matt for picking these up for me!

A: Pours a light shade of golden yellow with a frothy white head on top that formed that "pancake batter" bubbles in the middle that I like.

S: Wow. Huge nose of citrus, mango, and a hint of grapefruit. Pungent, potent, delightful hops dominate the nose.

T: And at the first taste, this beer does not disappoint, but rather lives up to it's lofty reputation. What is most surprising is just how "light" this beer is, it's not at all thick or heavy.

The hops dominate here. The malts stay waaay way out of the way. And the hops here are artistically rendered. It starts with citrus notes and perhaps some flavors of mango. I even pick up on a hint of Lemon. Then grapefruit and dry-hopped bitterness ride in like a wave to carry this beer to a finish line. Just exceptional.

M: Light and bubbly, this beer finishes with a good tongue-coating of hop oils.

D: Incredibly high. This beer sings my favorite song: hops. It's light, smooth, and full of hoppy flavor. Highly repeatable.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a whole foods in Chicago.

Pours a honey amber color with a tiny half inch of white head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like resiny pine hops, citrus hops, caramel and a tinge of alcohol.

Tastes follows smell. Opens with the hops as well as caramel and moves into the citrus taste. Moves into an alcohol and pine finish and very clean.

Mouthfeel is full and nicely carbonated.

overall it's a good beer...not the best. A little too sweet as it goes along and the alcohol becomes a bit too much.

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Photo of BrewIndy
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bomber to my glass. Bill who sold it to me says it came in about 6 or 7 weeks ago.

A: Beautiful orange but on this one. Light amount of head on top leaving some great lacing.

S: I can smell the citrusy hops as I pour this. Sort of lemony with some good malt character in there. I'd describe the malt as being a little cerealy. Maybe some biscuit but not much.

T: Freakin' amazing. This is what an IPA is meant to be. The hops come through more of a citrus orange then lemon and the bitter lingers on the backend. Up front is that sweet malt. It's amazing just how long the hop stays with you. This is certainly one you can sip and enjoy for awhile. Makes it well worth that $11.99 price tag.

M: It feels "bright" in your mouth. From the moment you drink it until well after your done your taste buds will tingle. It's exactly what you want with an IPA.

O: A+ hands down. One of the best if not the best IPA I've ever had. If you're a lover of IPA's and haven't had this you're doing yourself a disservice.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light translucent orange with a smallish white head that leaves behind some substantial spotty lacing.

Aromas are a full on barrage of fruits; mainly tropical with mango and pineapple, but still substantial amounts of blood orange and grapefruit as well. Sweet honey and slight caramel maltiness on the back end as it warms a little. A little alcohol as it warms as well, which is unfortunate.

The taste begins with slight sweet and bready malts but quickly shifts to a barrage of lemon, grapefuit and pine bitterness and flavor from the hops. No tropical fruits that were in the aroma but the pine and citrus and delicious enough to carry the flavor profile. Slight crackery, dry bready maltiness and alcohol emerge as this warms a little. Quite resiny and sticky but not palate wrecking compared to many of today's DIPAs.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation, a tad bit dry, and finishes quite crisp and a bit still resiny. I wish the light fusel alcohol wasn't impacting the overall flavor profile.

Overall this is a super solid DIPA, but not worth the inflated price tag coupled with the elevated hype surrounding this beer/brewery. I recommend it if you can find it but don't pay an arm and a leg to find it. Odds are the best DIPA available to you is on par with this brew, e.g. Hopslam, Pliny, DFH 90 Minute, Surly Abrasive, etc.

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Lovejoys in Austin, TX this IPA shows a deep, clear copper color with a decent off-white colored head and very good lacing. The aroma offers a faint citrus biscuit/oak. Pleasant but not very distinct. The flavor brings an immediate citrus hop burst with lemon-lime bite and sweet leafy-grass edges, almost a bit nutty. It’s a medium bodied brew with minimal carbonation for a near glassy feel. Plenty drinkable and a tasty IPA that’s easy to recommend for those seeking a bitter treat.

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

Pours a golden yellow with a medium white head that laces nicely.

Smells strongly of fruit, more tropical fruit, almost strawberry in the hop nose. Nice aroma but not amazing.

Tastes of fruity hops with a mix of mango and strawberry as the most up-front flavors for me. Some mix of pine and citra-type hops really work well here. There is some malt back, but it only really shows in the overall sweetness. Some bitterness towards the finish.

The has a nice, medium bodied mouthfeel that is not too heavy. It is smooth, and almost creamy but not quite.

This would be in my top three of the style. It is more towards the fruit/citra/amarillo side of things in taste, more smooth than bitter, and goes down well. I would like something more in the nose...though, I would bet if this was really fresh it would be amazing.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.39 out of 5 based on 6,007 ratings.
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