Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

5,999 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 cosmicevan
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for the kind trade.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. poured a deep orange yellow with vibrant carbonation and a generous bubbly head. sparse lacing.

s - very balanced citric hops. a touch of bubblegum sweetness.

t - again, really nicely balanced hops with bubblegum sweetness. quite tasty.

m - great body and feel. smooth and rich. really in the sweet spot. finishes with a touch of bitterness.

o - paint me impressed. very VERY solid and worthwhile IIPA.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I cracked open this bomber and took a whiff of its contents and got slapped in the face by the aroma. Typical IIPA bouquet of ripe tropical fruit and flowers. I poured it into a 3 Floyds glass and it emerged a hazy apricot color with a perfect, fine, frothy white head that has excellent retention and lacing.

What a beer! I was expecting this beer to be far more bitter than it is. What you get is a dry, sharp, piney, fruity, citrus-like flavor up front that gets really, really creamy and buttery in mid-palate before kicking you in the tongue one more time as you swallow. Another triumph for Three Floyds. I am a huge, huge fan of their beers. I wish I could get a better selection of them where I live, but I'm very grateful for the few that I do have access to.

Further notes - I've had this beer several times since my first review. The thing about this beer that still dazzles me is the feel. It is unbelievably creamy for an Imperial IPA. The nose is rank with ripe tropical fruit and the bitterness on the palate is aggressive, but there is a really solid malt presence behind all those hops and it makes the drinkability go through the roof without adding excessive sweetness to the beer.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey orange. One finger of off-white head with strong retention and lace. Tons of tiny bubbles on the bottom of the glass.

S: Pine and citrus on top, peaches and mangoes in the middle, sweet malt underneath. It's a nose full that persists through the glass.

T: Yum! A thousand pine needle darts briefly assail the tongue before yielding to a sweet, spicy malt. Pine comes back on the end like a finishing coat of lacquer. Alcohol is just barely perceptible as a flavor. As the beer warms, some mango murmurs and dark fruit whispers come off the bench to mix things up. The pine never gives up and towers above throughout the glass.

M: Medium mouthfeel, quite creamy with a little smooth oily swab at the end. Dangerously drinkable.

O: Lives up to the hype, a fantastic DIPA, second only to Hopslam from what I've had so far, and even then, a very close second indeed. Drink it and be happy. Too bad it's not in Iowa, but Illinois is not that far away. Oh, yeah.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Bay01 for sending this one to me. Poured from the bomber into my DFH Signature glass. Split the bomber with my girlfriend.

A—Vibrant burnt orange color, lots of carbonation bubbles, and a fluffy white head produced with a vigorous pour.

S—Heavy hops, tangy citrus (grapefruit, orange, pineapple). Floral notes are prominent. Smells like freshly cut grass and pinecones.

T—Like sucking on a pinecone. Heavy hops; very bitter taste. The alcohol is hidden nicely. The citrus is prominent, but plays second fiddle to the hops.

M—Heavy bodied. Lots of alcohol and a sweet syrup-feel.

O—This is fantastic. One of the best DIPAs I have ever tasted. It’s the perfect blend of hops and citrus for me. I cannot stand overly-sweetened DIPAs, but this is dry and hoppy enough to satisfy me! I wish this were readily available in my area.

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Photo of DangQuesadilla
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the 3 Floyd's Brewery for first time today. First beer ordered was Dreadnaught. Loved it. Imagine Gumballhead on steroids. The aroma was fruity. Color was a lovely brown. Best part was the mouthfeel. The high ETOH concentration was not overpowering. After two of these, it already started to do the trick. I was able to get a growler to go too. Will save that for tomorrow.

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a golden tint. There is a two finger foamy, thick off white head of which just a layer remains.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops, apricots and pineapple, quite crisp.

Taste: Very bitter but well balanced. Citrus peel bitterness with a mild sweetness. Not a lot of malt, but just enough, some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation. The finish is slick.

Overall: Very good beer. The hop profile is wonderful. Very smooth and easy to drink given the amount of hops and abv.

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

Thanks to given2flybrewing for the beer.

A- Pours a beautiful orange/yellow with a one finger fluffy white head. Hazy, and the head sticks around fairly well.

S- I could smell this as soon as I popped the cap, mangoes, maybe a bit of grassiness, and spice. Very very fragrant and dense, great stuff.

T- Not overly bitter, not astringent, and not too sweet. Nothing negative to really say about this, it's much like the smell, very fruity and a bit spicy. Not much malt to speak of, but it's certainly doing what it should be. Gives a very very slightly sweet finish.

M- Well carbonated, medium bodied. Coats the mouth in hop flavors, but doesn't dry or leave anything undesirable. Perfect for a IIPA.

O- A beer like this is tough to come by. I think the biggest thing I like about this is there isn't too much of any one thing. Not too much tropical fruity sweetness, not too much bitterness, not too much malt, and not too heavy. Wonderful.

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Photo of mklooster
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - The color of wild honey. An aggressive pour yields a head with the color and consistency of whipped cream. Heavy lacing on the glass. Simply gorgeous.

S - woodsy and fruity, with hints of pine.

T - It tastes like fresh Hopslam with less honey. There is a hoppy bitterness that lingers in the back of the throat.

M - Good carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O - This is an excellent IIPA. I don't have much to add to what has already been said, but if you like Pliny, Hopslam, and Double Trouble you would be well advised to give this a taste!

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Photo of LSUPT
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassware: Bruery tulip
10oz pour from the 22oz bomber yields a 1 finger white head, but the lacing is minimal and the head fades almost entirely. Clarity is very good on this medium yellow/orange beauty.
Sweet tropical scents dominated by mango and peach as well as some floral notes, strong and nearly perfect.
Strong bitterness to this one that lingers on the back of the tongue. Mostly getting Simcoe in the taste, seems pretty one note, very disappointing after the superb smell but still enjoyable. Fruity notes of mango, apricot and peaches. Malt profile is nice but I, personally, could use more of it as the bitterness becomes a bit cloying.
Low carbonation, a bit too low for me, but goes down fairly smooth and drinkability is still good.
Overall, for $10 a bomber this beer is overpriced in my opinion. Even so, it is still a nice interpretation of the style and a good introduction to some non-west-coast Double IPAs for me.

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Photo of notalagerlugger
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had on tap and in the bottle a great beer but very expensive. 11-13$ a bomber is a lot when I can buy a 6 pack of high quality beer for less.

A- good color decent head

S- good smell a little hop, pine and apricot

T- excellent even with the high alcohol level. Great with bold food like a blue cheese burger or BBQ. It is better enjoyed with food it brings out more flavor

M- good

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Photo of haddon
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a translucent golden color with massive white frothy head. lots o' lacing all the way down the tulip. looks like a pint of liquid gold... nice looking beer.

wow, this is citrirific on the nose! grapefruit and tangerines are so strong, it reminds me of sticking my head in a secondary bucket during dry hopping. this bad boy has to be fresh (FFF, please date your beer)!

tastes just like it smells... citrus hops all over the place. like sucking on a grapefruit peel. the fruit cup tastes lingers for days as the bitter pine bite sneeks up in the aftertaste. can taste the warming alcohol further down the glass and it is enjoyable.
also, the malty backbone is subtly lingering in the background and behaving just like malts should in an IPA. brings incredible depth without steeling the show.

medium body with appropriate carbonation. very smooth and creamy for an IPA.

fantastic beer. I am a hophead and this may have just dethroned Hopslam as my favorite hoppy beer. three cheers for Three Floyds!

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Photo of heysuz
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Good pillowy, wheat colored head, almost like clouds floating on the top of the liquid, at least two fingers in depth, with lacing that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Fresh hoppy smell with a slight tone of citrus, orange, and lemon, just on the edge

Taste: Rich and creamy taste with lots of hops, not tasting the citrus I get from the smell.

Mouthfeel: It has a crisp and clean feel in the mouth with some dryness, but refreshing.

Overall: This beer appears in my top ten list because of its sharp and well balanced hop flavor that does not disappoint. Being a DIPA fan, tried and true, I return to this beer frequently and try to always keep some on hand.

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Photo of Rampage1
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: The color of the beer was between a deep golden and a burnt orange color which is beautiful- slight haze that dissipates as the beer warms.

Smell: The smell was completely wonderful- nice smooth hop smell with ropes of citrus running through the air. The mouth feel was perfect with just the right amount of carbonation.

Taste: The taste was mostly hopalicious with a mellow malt flavor that perfectly balanced it out- i only detected a slight alcohol flavor that was perfectly covered.

Mouthfeel:This has a nice amount of carbonation that adds a creamy feel to it.

Overall: As far as drinkability goes i was reaching for the next bottle not long after drinking the first sip. This is one smooth, perfectly balanced Imperial IPA's that i am glad to have a supply of. I will be a buyer of this for the rest of my life!

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

Reviewing after trying a fresh bottle:
A: Solid looking DIPA. Good medium sized head that slowly fades into the light amber body.
S: Crisp mango, citrus and rind, some caramel sweetness. Very inviting.
T: Follows the above smells. Excellent flavor. Light mango/tropical notes weave through the citrus and resinous hop character. Not bruisingly hoppy or bitter, but great concentration of flavor.
M: Very easy drinking for the concentration. Good body that is refreshed by the hops and carbonation. No stickiness or residual sweetness which I like.
O: Excellent brew. Will happily have this again. Great balance and expertly crafted. It may not have been amazing in any area, but all of the components are exemplary and as a whole, superb!

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Photo of Weebay
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours to light orangey amber. Moderate carbonation.

S: Mango/Pine/Wonderufl hop aroma. Smells amazing.

T: Lots of citrus/pine falvour which a noticable malt backbone. An amazing taste.

M: Great Mouthfeel, leaves behind some excellent hop after taste.

O: This is one of the best beers I have ever had, I've it on bottle and on tap at the brewery. Not to be missed.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: partly cloudy deep orange body,
1 finger white fluffy head, glorious lacing display

S: big intoxicating peach, mango citrus aroma, very subtle pine

T: sweet citrus up front, mild earthy pine middle,
sticky long piney bitter finish...hoppy aftertaste lingers on and on.

M: med/heavy body, BIG sticky/oily mouth

O: WOW! Dare I say it, but is this Bell's Hopslam's Indiana cousin? I loved the citrus aroma and flavor. It should be a big sipper, but the flavor is so refreshing/abv well encased, on this 83 + muggy day in Chicago. Hopheads will love this and perhaps nice choice for someone new to Imperial IPAs and not crazy about all earthy pine flavor.


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Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber that I picked up in Munster while at DLD.

A-Light orange, carbonation is present, semi-clear and lacing is left.

S-Citrus and Floral hops a abundant.

T-Very well balanced, citrus and floral to start with. The 99 IBUs are present. However the bottle says caramel malts are present, I'm not picking those up. Also no earthy tones for me. My friend found them but I couldn't

M-Medium bodied with carbonation

O-Glad I tried it, love the style and this is another solid representation. Only wish there was more earthy tones present in the taste.

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Photo of Stankonia
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first time having it thanks to a trade. Of the most talked about DIPAs that often get compared to each other, Hopslam is the only one I've had before Dreadnaught, and I've been wanting to try it for a long time!

Appearance: A deep gold with a half finger thick head which leaves a lacing along the side of my glass.

Smell: Immediately smelled grapefruit once opening the bottle. More citrus forward with some pine in the back.

Taste: Hoppy! Lots of hop flavor (fruity followed by piney), but without being too bitter. A great balanced taste that is far from being a hop-bomb

Mouthfeel: A small amount of bitterness stays on your tongue after swallowing gives a dry finish. Not too much carbonation.

Overall: A great representation of my favorite style of beer. I wish it was available to me here in Florida!

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Photo of Seeker41184
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date Drunk: 3/3/11

On cask, this beer is just perfect. Smooths out to the point you think you might be drinking hop flavor water with the perfect wetness. I wish this can always be in cask form. The grapefruit and hops are really present in the cask version when compare to the bottle and tap. Try to hunt down this verison!

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Photo of Greencoat
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours to a very clear light amber. One finger white head that quickly falls to a fair film of bubbles. Medium carbonation racing to the top of the pint.

S: Could smell it from the opening of the bottle. Big mango hop aroma with sweet malts to back it up. Damn near perfection.

T: Big citrus/melon hop flavors up front with bitterness to push just past balance with the absurd amount of malts used. This beer achieves hop flavors unlike most others I've had. Stunning. World class flavor.

M: Dreadnaught leaves your mouth covered in resinous hop juices. Lasting bitterness. It's like sucking on pure lupalin glands.

O: I will sing the praises of this beer as long as live. Absolutely phenomenal. FFF has a way of taking hops and making them their bitch.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Louisville beer store. Sipping this while chatting with the Floyds was a real treat.

Pours off the tap a nice orange with a big foamy white head. Some great lacing as the head dissipates. Smells very hoppy with some pine and citrus hitting right off the bat. There is a nice sweetness that comes along with it on the nose as well. Tastes very malty and hoppy. A perfect balance of solid thick sweet malt backbone and a sharp and crisp bitter hop flavour with lots of citrus and pine. Full bodied and very nicely carbonated. I've had this before many times but I have to say, on draft the profile is cleaner and more balanced then I've ever had out of the bottle. Overall, a great DIPA and a solid drinker

Overall: I am impressed. this is a really great example of a DIPA. I wish I could get these more often.

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Photo of MrGaryFish
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at FFF brewery at DLD 2011. Reviewed 5/6/11. Poured into Green Man snifter at 50*.

A: Orangey tan color with 3/4 finger head that dissipates immediately, very little lacing

S: Slight apricot and grapefruit nose, not overly aromatic

T: Excellent citrus hop flavor balanced by caramel sweetness. Not overly bitter or crazy, no alcohol flavor to speak of.

M: Medium body and slight carbonation

O: After reviewing FFF APW just before this, this beer seems much more well balanced, less hop bitterness but not as much excellent hop flavor. This beer feels like a safer, more "to style" IIPA compared to APW, but it may be older and less awesome due to age. From what I remember from the draft at FFF, I'd go with APW over Dreadnaught.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

I have had this three times in the last couple of months and it has been different each time. The age of the bottles could explain this.

A- Medium, slightly hazy orange with an off-white, large head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Strong hop pine scents. That is about it.

T- Similar to the smell. I wish there was a bit more citrus here to balance it.

D- Nice carbonation, but bitter all around.

O- I really like this IPA, but not much balance and a bit bitter on the tongue. I usually like this, but not when that is all that there is.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Darker yellow, almost amber in color with a really large amount of off white head leaving good lacing.

Smell: Citrus smell with something that has a mild sweetness to it. It has almost a peachy smell on top of the citrus. I definitely expected more of a hoppy smell then this has, it is balanced nicely by the sweetness.

Taste: Strong hoppy bitterness at first that mellows out a little but keeps the nice hop flavor. There is still a hint of the "peachy" sweetness flavor hidden in the background. I like this a lot but it is for sure a hoppy beer.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip, haze or orange with some yellow/gold highlights 2 fingers of off white tight bubbling with good lacing.

A - very piney, with sweet citrus, orange, apricots maybe some peachy sweetness. expected a much larger aroma from this one, but what is there smells good.

T - the pine again and sweetness from the mango, peach and apricot. bready and caramel malt background taken down by the hoppy bitterness of pine sap and orange peel in the back. noticeable alcohol but not much, majority pine and sweet citrus. this beer is shaping up to be 3FF biased over hyped brew

M - medium bodied with low carbonation great creamy mouth feel with a slight dry finish.

O - Good, not the best. is this the 8th best dipa? definitely not IMO, ill have to try it again but it could be awhile, it will have to fall in my lap. Maybe it needs more of a balance between the hoppy pine bitterness, fruity and floral notes.
would this beer get such reviews if it were from avery, lagunitas or saint arnold i have a hard time believing it would.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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