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Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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 vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to ARex and his wife for snagging this delicious treat.

A - An absolutely fantastic looking beer. Towering bone white head pours 2-3 fingers high with outstanding retention and lace.

S - Huge fresh orange note with edges of lemon.

T - Fantastic, juicy fresh-squeezed orange flavor with a supporting cast of of bitter wax, thyme and basil.

M - Medium-light body. Deliciously smooth.

O - A fruit-forward take on the style that is surprisingly light and refreshing.

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

Taste improves as it warms up. Had on tap at 3 Floyds and recently enjoyed a bottle. Perfect beer on tap. Wish I'd let it warm up more before starting the one out of a bottle

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

Highly rated 3-F's DIPA which I really have enjoyed in the past and just tried a fresh one giving it a review today.

A - Dark golden, pale orange color. Nice clarity and a pillow-like white head and strong lacing. Pours pretty thick for an IPA.

S - Strong orange, citrus notes mixed with a full barley tones accompanied by a nice caramel.

T - Upfront the great citrus, orange zest character is strong and then the malt and caramel washes over your palate. This beer has the biggest malt backbone you can find with 9.5% ABV and a strong hop bitterness making this a delicious beer. The finish is pretty crisp with the bitterness to match the rich maltiness. Though it isn't as rich as a barley wine or as hoppy as some DIPAs but there is great flavor.

M - High mouth-feel with higher carbonation. This beer is between a DIPA and a barley wine and is quite amazing on the palate with this combination.

Overall, an excellent take on a DIPA. The awesome orange zest flavor with the big maltiness is a great combination. I do mostly prefer the more hop flavor the better but this beer is a nice change of pace but still has tons to offer. I would strongly recommend trying a fresh one of theses and I look forward to getting another next time I visit the brewery.

Glass- Three Floyd's Pint

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.28/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

I would like to make a note my beer was FRESH, only roughly 3 weeks on the bottling date.

A - 2.75 - Poured a foggy, murky, honey gold color. Formed a finger of quickly dissipating slightly off-white head. I did not see any pieces of sediment floating around or at the bottom of the glass, so, not sure what's up with the murky haziness.
S - 2.75 - A total malt bomb. Smells like an IPA that has sat for far too long. There are faint traces of peach, mango and hops in the background, but this is entirely overpowered by the intense, almost sickeningly sweet aroma of caramel and malt.
T - 1.75 - Just as bad if not worse than the aroma. This literally tasted as if you took an orange gummy candy, melted it down, mixed it with orange Triple Sec liquor, added in some caramel and called it a beer.
F - 3 - The mouthfeel for me was completely irrelevant because of the taste.
O - 2.25 - This beer absolutely did NOT do it for me. I have a HARD time believing the bottling date on this beer was accurate because it tasted OLD. If this is what the beer was actually intended to taste like, then I have no idea how its score is so high, nor how it made its way onto the BA top 250 list. Disappointing as hell.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bomber in a pub glass.

Pours a clear orange with half finger head.

Nose is just awesome with mainly citrus but some tropical fruit--no pine.

Although scored 100IBUs--really not the bitter bomb I was expecting. Malts really keeps the hops in check with predominantly citrus then lighter fruit notes and great mouthfeel.

Love it.

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Photo of KSHunt
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy gold, nearly orange with a small pure white head

Smell: This might be my favorite smelling beer I've had recently. The resin just jumps out of the glass. Some citrus shines through after the initial hop blast.

Taste/Mouthfeel:The hops in this beer are crazy. They hammer your mouth, but it somehow finishes smooth with just slight bitterness. Excellent.

Overall: Great beer with an unbelievable smell. Will be looking for this every time that I'm within FFF's distro range.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. 1 pint 6 fl oz.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a Guinness goblet. Expectations are sky high; this is currently #123 on the top 250.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 finger wide. White colour. Nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness. Good even consistency. Nice complexion.

BODY: Clear translucent copper. Vibrant and appealing. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Retention is above average - about 4 minutes. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

AROMA: A well-balanced blend of citrus, subtle pine, juicy fruit, mango, passionfruit, pale malts, clean barley, and prominent peach. Seems impeccable, though it could be fresher, juicier, and even more appealing.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

The bursts of fruit are fantastic.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Mango, peach, pale malts, floral hops, faint pine, vague citrus, and juicy fruit. The balance is what stands out. Good depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Complex enough, with adequate subtlety and nuance. But it's not unique or special, and doesn't stand out. I do quite like it. But the rindy hop bitterness gets through the pale malt sweetness far more than it should, turning me off to the brew. And I'd prefer it didn't venture into tropical hop territory to the extent that it does.

Clean, with no off-notes, yeast character, or alcohol detectable.

TEXTURE: Subtly dry but wet enough to refresh, smooth, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, juicy, refreshing, and aptly thick. Complements the taste quite well, but doesn't quite elevate the beer. Presence on the palate is nice, but could be better.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable. I do like it, but the hop profile isn't ideal for my tastes. I'd like more of an oily resinous build with less peach. I've certainly had better, but it's a lovely offering in the style. I'd certainly pick it up again if I saw it on-shelves. Not a world class offering by any means, and certainly not the 123rd best beer out there, but enjoyable and worth trying.

High C+

10.12.15: 2nd impressions from a bottle in Indiana below. This is now #106 in the top 250.

BOTTLE: 650ml. Flashy loud label art. Purchased at 3 Floyds two days ago. Bottled 10-05-2015.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label.

APPEARANCE: Head is about 3-4 inches wide, with an off-white colour. Average characteristics. Fluffy. Recedes within 3 minutes. Body is a copper of average vibrance. Has a generic look for its style.

AROMA: Way too much caramalt/caramel sweetness. Hop profile is sticky and oily, with notes of new world tropical fruits like mango, as well as rindy bitterness. That said, none of the muted hop notes are vivid or expressive. This suggests a shallow beer which lacks intricacy and subtlety.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Heavy on the palate, with a filling coating syrupy feel that covers its booziness but is somewhat off-putting especially combined with the overly malty saccharine build. I taste more malts than hops - and this bottle is a week old. Lacks any vivid, deep, or expressive hop notes whatsoever, opting instead for surface level mango, melon rind, and shallow floral notes. In spite of the syrupy caramalt and pale malt backbone, some imbalanced hop bitterness is still present in the third act, scratching and attacking the palate to ill effect.

Poorly constructed, though it does boast decent cohesion. I like this even less than the first time I had it. Neither gestalt nor intricate.

OVERALL: Its goopy syrupy feel and overmalted build make it a beer I find tough to enjoy. The hop profile is lackluster and drinkability is low. I remain confused about this beer's popularity, but maybe it's just personal taste. In any case, I won't be buying it again.

Low C-

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Photo of headhunter1898
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Format: 22oz Bottle, poured in pint glass. Decent, but small head.

Appearance: Mild yellow, unfiltered glow. Very appealing.

Aroma: Strong/intense citra aroma that makes you want to just smell the beer forever, rather than drink it.

Taste: Big malt flavor with well ballanced bitterness and a crisp finish.

Aftertaste: Citrus aftertased with a mild earthy note.

Mouth feel: Very smooth.

Overall: Excellent Imperial IPA.

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

22oz bomber - super fresh (bottled 10 days ago)

A - light golden amber with a thin head and heavy lacing
S - big hops but more pine and less citrus than I was expecting
T - Solid sweetness from the malt with a big wave of citrus and pine hop over the top
M - Just right - good body with a tight astringent bitter finish

O - very, very good, but somehow not the mind blowing experience I was hoping for.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank over 30-45 minutes

A: 2/3 - golden-orange coloration, low clarity (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white frothy head settles into a glass lacing with carbonation lakes, small tight white bubbles emerging off the bottom of the glass, medium-to-large alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - moderate-to-large hop aroma - citrus, grapefruit, peach, mango and pine/resin; moderate bready/biscuity malt and alcohol aromas

T: 14/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is an aggressive slap of bitterness that is slow to abate; this is eventually followed by citrus and tropical fruit flavors in the middle of the flavor profile; on the back end, there is a moderate malt sweetness and alcohol; however, the finish is generally dry

M: 4/5 - thick, chewy body with hop oils and alcohol; moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - very good-to-excellent DIPA that finds slight flavoring towards citrus and tropical fruit hops - would guess that there is a heavy hand of both Centennial and Simcoe here - but with some balancing but still on the hop end; nice pick-up for $10/bomber but definitely not a 98 for me

TOTAL - 38/50

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Photo of UriaHeep
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Rich and thick mouthfeel, drinks like a port wine. Carmel, marmalade, and almost a burnt toast flavor. Interesting and complex, but not something I would finish a bottle alone. Good beer to end the night on.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APpearance wise the beer is flawless, beer is a clear gold with 3 fingers of off white, frothy head that retains well, thanks in part to a steady stream of small bubbles consistently rising to the surface of the beer reinforcing the enormous head. Aroma is off the hook, tons of fruit and floral hops. Taste is like a mild version of the aroma, but with a nice dose of malt in the background, texture is very juicy and creamy on the finish.
Another excellent imperial IPA from FFF

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Photo of delta490
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a deep gold, slightly cloudy, with about two fingers of creamy white head, which lingered quite a while and left nice lacing. Aroma is a nice, big nose of hops; noted the peach. Taste is a nice blend of the malt sweetness and hops, again with notes of peach. Moderately carbonated, but too much so. A nice, full, mouth feel and a good drink for its big ABV.

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Photo of Resuin
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a willibecher. This was bottled 8/27/14. Review #250 for me.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber and leaves a finger of fairly dense, slightly off white head. Fairly deep in color. (4.25)

Smell: Resin, pine, mango, caramel, hint of peach. Nice balance between the sweet malts and the hops. (4.25)

Taste: Resin, mango, peach, grapefruit, honey, light caramel malts on the back end. Matches the smell well, but the hops come through a lot stronger. Amazingly smooth taste, and the hops shine. (4.6)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes just a tad bitter, which is really nice for such a big ipa. (4.5)

Overall: From the smell, this seemed to be a fairly balanced IPA, but with the taste the hops definitely take over, with the malt sweetness in the backseat. Really smooth, well integrated flavor profile and this drinks like a smaller ABV IPA, but with so much flavor, which is impressive. (4.5)

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Photo of imscotty
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours with a light white frothy head that dies back very slowly. Sheets of lacing coat the sides of the glass and last and last. The beer has a pleasing rich amber color that is slightly hazy.

S: The citrus flavors are overwhelming in the smell. Very pleasant and clean smelling. Lemon, grapefruit are dominant with malt, pine, and hay in the background.

T: This beer has a great balance between sweet malt and hoppy bitterness. At first the sweet malt with a slight hoppy bitterness wash over the tongue. The citrus flavors are certainly evident, but piney, hay flavors are more in force here than they were in the smell. The finish is slightly bitter, but with a bit of the sweet malt flavors hang in in there too. An amazing balancing act between the flavors keep you wanting more. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: This is a terrific IPA by Three Floyds.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this twice at bottle shares, both a month or so old. I think it is a very balanced beer, little heavy on the malt, but the hops balance it out well

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8%

As you pour you can smell the bready malt and fruity, citrusy hops. It pours hazy amber with a 1” finely bubbled foam cap. This medium full bodied beer exhibits very fine soft carbonation that produces an exceptional creaminess that leaves thick lace. The surprisingly smooth palate starts with a creamy malty sweetness and then some yeast driven light fruits play with the tropical citrusy hop fruits and then the flavors dissolve into a prolonged citrus rind grapefruit bitterness that lingers. The brewer achieves a perfect balance between the big alcohol and the layers of malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.4/5  rDev 0%

From notes on 1/17/14

Nice hazy orange color. Big white fluffy head. Very pretty looking. Not much hop aroma. Mostly an earthy smell. Pretty different smell compared to other doubles I've had. Flavor is bitter at first, earthy, then hoppy. Some caramel flavors. Very well balanced beer. I’m more of a hop forward type of person, but this one is still great. Similar in style to 90 minute, but way better. Easily most balanced imperial IPA I've had.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from 2-oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - The color of this beer reminds me of honey. A medium white head forms on top.

S - Lots of orange citrus aromas. Hemp, pine, garden herbs, and earthiness sneak in to lesser extents.

T - The hops in this beer are both incredibly robust and unique. Like the nose, orange, pine, grapefruit rind, and earthiness wallop the palate in droves. A touch of onion dankness is detected over the graham cracker malt. The finish is delightfully bitter and fairly sweet, with a hint of grain alcohol.

M -Medium to heavy bodied with a appropriate carbonation.

O - Three Floyds beers always have a fairly unparalleled hop profile that features both citrusy and earthy notes in abundance, and this DIPA is no exception. Not my favorite for the style by a long shot, but it is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Many thanks, Darren!

A: Opaque golden. An off-white 2 finger head that was slow to settle. Curtainy lacing.

S: Hop city! Grass hops intermingled with grainy malts. You can smell the hops a foot from the bottle.

T: Juicy, fruity. Citrus heaven. A terrific balance between piney hops and subtle malts. So smooth and creamy. The more you drink, the more you want. Zombie Dust's big brother.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: One of the best DIPA's out there. So glad to finally climb aboard the Dreadnaught. Highly recommended.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of leantom
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOOOO! Just had this right after Alpha King. I was skeptical that this would beat it but I was wrong! This is a DIPA to end all DIPA's!

A: Golden in color and very clear. Beer pours a huge head and A TON of lacing lingers on the glass after the head withdraws. Couldn't have been better.

S: Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Smell lots of lemon, orange, grapefruit, apricot and mango (emphasis on the last two). It's practically a hop feast. However, there's a subtle amount of malt in the mix - mostly caramel and amber. I can't wait to imbibe on this.

T: You can't get better than this. This blows all the other DIPA's I've had out of the water. Simply superb balance between malt and hops. Can taste lots of sweet caramel and honey in the malt. These quickly give way to the hops which taste of grapefruit, mango, orange peel and lemon. I couldn't dream of a better beer.

M: Very thick and creamy. The carbonation balances out the thickness, however.

O: Perfect DIPA.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into wine glass.

A - Beautiful honey orange gold color. About 2 and a half fingers of bright white head. Looks quite lovely.

S - Big blast of apricot, mango, peach, green apple, orange, grapefruit, dankness. A small bit of pine gets through, especially as it warms.

T - Same as the aroma but amplified in intensity. A lot of malt plays in this brew. Caramel and honey come through in the malts as well. Very delectable and fairly bitter DIPA!

M - Fairly medium bodied leaning towards heavier due to the malt bill. I usually don't like malt forward IPAs, but it seems to work very well in this one. The magnitude of the hops seems to balance it out better than I would expect.

O - This beer was about as close to an amped up Zombie Dust as I had at FFF. I tried a couple ounces on tap and it was just as good. Three Floyds knows hops.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a medium-dark gold/orange colour with a nice fluffy head and lots of legging.

Smells like sticky-sweet fruit juice, with lots of tangerine, some mango, pineapple, and maybe even a pinch of banana? This one is hard to pick out, but the sweet malty backbone makes this smell like an earthy, fruity candle -- apart from a bit of alcohol sneaking through.

Taste is pretty much on par with the smell, but has some more complex earthy bitter hop and malt notes playing off all the sticky, oily citrus and caramel malt flavours.

The feel is medium-thick with a slight warmth and dryness from the high ABV. Though personally the alcohol and dryness seem to be a tiny bit overpowering at times, there is more than enough spectacular flavour packed in to compensate. Overall, definitely world class.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big copper body, with haziness, and a big fat head that slowly bubbles into a thin layer up top. Massive lacing paints the glass drink by drink.

S - The main hit is grapefruit, primarily zest, with a snappy pine line and hints of mango and lemon and tangerine, and slight hints of wilder hop elements, but nothing that makes this smell like anything but deliciousness.

T - The sweetness of malt is present from the start, as a firm backbone over which pine and citrus play a complicated dance. The middle comes with more fruit elements, fleshy grapefruit and subtle acidity. The close comes with bright but undeniable bitter notes, grapefruit pith, but mingled with subtle malt sweetness, that mitigates what could have been a much more wicked bite, all told.

M - Crisp and clean, with some drying, but surprisingly reasonable given the bursting hop throughout.

O - This is a rock solid, top notch, take no prisoners IPA that still manages to offer enough of a backbone that the fruit flavors sing of flesh, not the white pith that often dominates brews on the cusp of 100 IBU. One of the bombers from 3F worth every penny.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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