Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA
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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 soper2000
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, how many accolades can one lay upon this beer? After reading many of the reviews on BA i was a bit intimidated when opening my first bottle of dreadnaught. As I poured it into my glass my intimidation grew. The monsterous smell of hops nearly filled my college apartment's kitchen. As I held the beer up to a light it left a beautiful clear amber/golden hue. I put this beer up to my mouth expecting a bitterness not to be described put i was pleasantly surprised. I will not lie, this is a hop monster but it is also incredibly balanced. A nice malt backbone supported the hops wonderfully. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth but leaves a bit a oily hop resin on the tongue. This is one of my favorite beers. Hopefully sometime Nick Floyd will see fit to lower prices on this bad boy. A definate must try.

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

Hazy, rich orange-amber; more the former than the latter. The head is dark cream to very light tan, is large to start, eventually falls to a thin disk and leaves a decent amount of lace in fat rings and sheets.

Sweet Mother of Hops, this big DIPA smells incredible! It has one of the most intoxicating noses that I've ever had the pleasure to sniff. Needless to say, American hops are front, back, center, top and bottom. The beer smells floral, grapefruity, lemony and piney.

The flavor mirrors the aroma, which is a very good thing indeed. A tidal wave of resinous hops hits the palate with force and is sustained for the life of the mouthful... and beyond. The bittering is definitely there, but Dreadnaught (as is the case with all hoptastic beer) is more about hop flavor than about bitterness per se. Hopheads should do whatever it takes to acquire as much of this stuff as possible.

The body/mouthfeel is simply amazing. This is the thickest, heaviest, chewiest non-stout that has ever entered my mouth. Unfortunately, alcohol isn't as well-hidden as it could be. This would be slightly better beer at about 8.0%. Drinkability takes a small hit since no one will be pounding this bad boy.

Obtaining Dreadnaught was an obsession for me. Finally... finally... I was able to lay my hands on four bombers. I live about 5 hours from the brewery in Munster and am giving serious thought to spending a day resupplying when my stash runs out. The following is a paean to hops that I wrote in anticipation of this review, which is the one that earns me my BA mug.

"Ode to Hops" (with apologies to John Keats)

O leafy shape! bitter attitude! I'll leave
No Stone unturned in quest of beer
That wears its hop-like heart on sleeve,
Tho my Ruination may be near.
Bursting nose of pungent flower, citrus peel,
With bittered brightness like the sun;
We drink and swoon, my God! we feel
The power of the Dreadnaught's guns,
A Wallop to the Heart of Man.
'Hops are beauty, beauty hops-that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know'.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a thin white head.
Smell is hoppy to the nose yet sweet and malty with some fruitiness.
Tastes are well balanced with and explosion of hops but with a citric sweet balance and hint of buttery caramel and alcohol warmth. The hops carry through to the lengthy floral-hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was good with finer carbonation and silky creaminess.
A bit too rich and high in alcohol to be a drinkable session beer. But hey, that comes with the style.
Overall, this is a well balanced, satisfying brew that will satisfy your craving for hops.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange, big yellow-tinged head with tight lacing and retention. Deep orange peel rind with sweetness, a bit of grapefruit, and a hint of crushed aspirin. A motherload of hops with some cookiedough malt. Flavor is a tidal wave of hop flavors riding on a wind of sweet light caramel malt. Powerful alcohol carries it all across.

Taste is great and hops taste on many different levels. For all of its beauty, I do not really yearn for another. I do not consider myself a hophead, but it was great to have experienced this brew.

Many thanks to cretemixer for this bottle.

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Photo of stewart124
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After finally purchasing one of these beauties I wasn't the least bit dissapointed.
This a orange-amber color with a little lingering head and decent lacing. The smell is very aromatic with strong floral hops that are extremely pleasing to the nose. The taste is nothing short of spectacular. The hops just bombard your tastebuds. There is a sweetness to this brew and a mellow smoothness that finish it off. There is a silky charachter to this beer that works well with the hops and soothes your throat. The aftertaste is a delightful flavor of hops that lingers until you give in and take another sip.
I was blown away with this beer and never would guess that it has a high alcohol content. This is a must try for any hophead.

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Photo of Elemental
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After reading many of the reviews for this beer I was so excited that I would actually get to dry it. (thanks to weefisheads for the beer tasting)

Appearance is a nice ambery pale color perfect for an IPA. There was a nice thin head that didn't fade.

Smell is wonderfully aromatic. Its has a very hoppy nose but not to the point of being hard to drink from the smell. Great floral tones and a nice malty backing.

The taste big and flavorful. There is a great balance of bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol. Though it is almost 10% ABV I would have never noticed because the malty body covers it up so well. It is slightly fruity and sweet but finishes nice with a good level of bitterness

Overall - One of the best IPAs I have every had and can not wait to get my hands on some more (whenever that is)

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

Huge Cascadey nose dry-hopped to infinity cut by a raw hop palette. Fruity and well-balanced with bitterness. It could induce a tear or two, but the perceived sweetness, actually the intense floral and fruit character of the hop, does well to balance the bitterness. Hm . . . late-addition hops balancing early-boil hops.

The latent hop notes just get greener and greener, best described by my boss as "Jerry Garcia's sock drawer." And, as he noted, Avery IPA might be thought of as a mini-Dreadnaught for those looking to avoid the 7 dollar tab.

Dreadnaught is evocative in taste and smell, but never evolving, never classic.

My only complaint is that this brew, for all its might, still manages to wash out. A touch more body would be in order; that said, the maltiness is more than appropriate and the wee bit of residual sugar is just what this beer needed to make it so surprisingly palateable.

Virtually the same beer on-tap and in the bottle. Fresh, lively, immortal.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of weefisheads
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1 - hope I don't blow this...

Sampled from 22 oz. bottle given as a gift from BA hexjones.

Pours a surprisingly clear, rusty orangy color, with only the tracest amount of haze. The head was pillowy, but not sticky, and dissipated to a nice level of foam.

Woa! Think floral, like swimming in a pool of sweet smelling, floral hops. There may have been othere smells present, but my simple nose was overwhelmed and lost in the glorious scent!

After the briefest moment of dread - did I die? Is this Heaven? - I realized I had just had a sip of the most amazing beer. The presence of delightful hops was still evident, but noticed a sweet, smooth maltiness as well. Eventually I thought I tasted some citrus notes, but the incredible balance between the floral boquet and sweet malt was so...magical...that I could barely comprehend the bliss all my tastebuds were luxuriating in.

Huge and tasty, but so perfectly balanced that you hardly even notice the 9.5% alcohol. Wow!

Much as I'd love to drink a case of this stuff in one sitting, I doubt drinking more than a bomber or two in one sitting is possible because of the workout this beer gives each and every one of your senses. But though I can't see this as a session beer, it's as close to one a 9.5% beer can get.

Wow! I could think of a myriad of words to describe this most amazing of beers, but the two that come to the forefront are "MUST TRY". Do what you can to get ahold of this beer because it's the kind of beer you'll always remember.

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

Presentation: A 22oz classic Bomber that has a label like that of the BA Database, but with a black background as opposed to the white one shown. No freshness date or strength listed. The label is colorful and attracts closer attention whilst drinking the contents.

Appearance: A hazy dark orange-golden body. An imperious off-white cream colored head forms and looks superb. Smooth looking bubbles form a vivacious looking and long lasting rocky head. Rings of thick vanilla lacing cling to the glass sides, which are not even removed when the beer is swirled.

Nose: Fruity hops, luscious pine needle, coniferous aromas, bitter twangs and some grapefruit, lemon and orange citric laden hops. As it warms it develops a distilled pine needle tar like oily back end that is powerful and all inviting. A quite amazing nose overall.

Taste: Just as the nose, but moreso. It pulls no punches, but never shoots you in the back. The thick viscous hop-oil resin in the latter third is smooth and supremely powerful as it shocks when first tasted, yet entices the imbiber back to replenish the bringer of the long lingering bitterness that coats the tongue and cheeks with an all embracing hop coating that fights dilution from saliva.

Mouthfeel: Big and bold, but never so much so as to quell the beers Drinkability. Incredibly forthright, confident and quite rightly so, this is a class act.

Drinkability: Tapped like an inverted bottle of Ketchup, all 22 ounces, to the very last drop of beer, and last bit of froth, was extracted into my Glass. If my tongue was long and thin enough, I would have licked the Bottle out as well.

Overall: Excellent, one of the better all round Imperial I.P.A.’s that synergises, Appearance, Nose, Taste, Mouthfeel and Drinkability almost to perfection. One of the best Imperial I.P.A.’s that I have had to date, it’ll take some beating.

This one came into my possession from Cretemixers custom cooled beer bag before we headed out to the Anam Cara on the Friday Night before Extreme. A Seriously “Big BA Thanks” to Dale for this Beauty – it’s one that I have wanted to try for a very long time.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally, the keystone in my beer search has been cast in place: Three Floyd's oft-rumored, rarely-delivered Dreadnaught IPA. $4.99 for a 22-ounce bomber. The lack of pertinent information on the bottle intrigues you that much more.

This beer pours out an eery, shiny, not of this world yellow-bronze. There are hints of red at lower, less direct light. A beautifully pure 1/2 inch head appears and recesses to about 1/4th of an inch. This head will leave a trail all the way down the glass, indicating your rate of progress through this mega-IPA.

There is a crazy spice rich hop nose to Dreadnaught, but one would surmise this from its reputation. People will ask what you are drinking from far away just because of the odor. My fiancee claimed to notice a sligtly ampit scent on the nose! You can almost smell the alcohol on this one, but it is quickly cloaked by malt.

I was absolutely shocked by this one on the first taste. Even though it was what I expected, there is no way to be prepared. Be prepared for a hop overdose. The major bitterness of this beer makes identifying individual flavors difficult - and don't expect to gauge any flavor from anything after this.

I catch hints of iced-tea, lawn clippings, grapefruit, and just a few hops. This beer doesn't have an even, mellow hop flavor like most dry-hopped ales. It is freaking enormously hoppy - almost to the point where if you aren't the hophead of your domain, you'll slink away in fright.

I don't find this as well-balanced as Alpha King, but why should it be? There is also a slightly annoying gumball sweetness down in there somewhere, but overall the malts try hard to back up the skyscraping hops. You'll also notice the acidic quality of the hops sinking deeply into the recesses of your palate.

The hop burp here is a hophead's wet dream. Must be experienced to be fathomed. The mouthfeel isn't at all chewy like some big beers, but it has a nice hop-milkshake presence in your mouth.

The drinkability is a tough point: it is tasty and enjoyable, but I couldn't drink two bombers. The mega-bitterness will hamper even the most IPA sessioner. Do what you have to: get your hands on this one.

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Photo of freed
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grats to weefishheads for this. Thin blanched white topped the yellow to red and impossibly transparent ale. Slight trails of lace etched the path of the beers disappearance.

The aroma was utterly unique and absolutely heavenly. Gracefully floral without a trace of grassy or resiny smells. Each hop must have been hand selected and blessed before being added.

The taste was subdued sweet malts and blooming hops. Every flavor was delicate and balanced. The taste was almost a sign of brewing perfection - each ingredient added in just the right amount. The ale was sweet on the tongue, clean in its presentation, and left a nice crispness at the end. Only now did I learn that its considered an imperial. Nothing stands out as being doubled, except maybe consideration.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at weefishheads' Beer Night--Jan 17th, 2004. Color was a clear light orange, with a low fine white head that quickly disappeared...ordinary. Far from ordinary were the energetic aromas wafting from my glass...lush peachy malts were followed by a blissful bouquet of fresh floral hop notes without the resin spectrum. Taste...just as I suspected, a masterful piece of work, sure to earn the love of any imperial IPA fan. A zingy citric malt backbone with notes of honey and dried fruit sweetness was rounded out with an exceptional herbal bitter finish...which lingered on long after a sip was taken. A fantastically melded collection of flavors and hoppy bitterness. The alcohol was well integrated and remained well-hidden. The beer felt smooth and full, with a good level of carbonation..all in all quite satisfying. I imagine I could drink a 22 oz bomber of this at least. Very good drinkabilty for a style that can at times be a tad over the top or overly sweet. Dreadnaught is simply one of the best brews out there. Huge thanks to weefishheads for putting this one up for tasting!

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

22oz. Bomber Bottle: My first one from the Floyds. The beer pours a slightly orangish-amber color. It is a bit hazy. There was some head to it, with a bit of lacing. The aroma is killer: Hops, hops, hops. You could even get a good whiff of them just from the open bottle. Some pine and grapefruit notes to the aroma. The taste is ful of hops, but the balance is superb: they don't overwhelm you like Stone can. There is even a hint of sweetness to the beer.

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

Glowing orange with some haze. Fiery appearance. Nice, lightly whipped ivory white topping. Retention is very good. Nose is filled with orange rind, grapefruit rind, raw hop resin, pine and sweet caramel malt underlying it all. The taste is fantastic. This is some great hop juice. Pure humulus bliss. The rind characteristics are pretty hefty and nice. There's a sweet orange marmalade characteristic that adds depth. Hops also impart pine resin, pungency, tropical fruit tones and a sturdy bitterness. Just the slightest sting of alcohol surfaces every now and then. Body is about medium-full and the carbonation is just light enough to lend a creaminess and drinkability to this one. Even though there's a bit of an edge to this beer, it's quite drinkable.

Thanks cretemixer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured deep golden amber with just an ever so slight haze. The head was large and in charge and overflowed the glass forcing me to lick the counter. The head was off-white and very lasting.

The aroma was malty and citrusy hops. Very floral and quite inviting. The malty aromas in the background are complex and well executed.

The flavor was great straight off the counter. The flavor upon drinking from the glass was malty and citrusy. The bittering hops are well done as are the flavor hops. All the flavors meld in a complex blend of maltiness and hops.

The finish is malty and well bittered and the aftertaste goes to malty bitterness as well and dries out over a long extended period of time. The body is medium-full and very creamy. The drinkability is excellent since there is only a hint of alcohol warming despite the higher alcohol content.

A complex excellent Imperial IPA!

22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer deserves all of the praise it has gotten. Pours a bright and clear orange-amber color with a medium thin and frothy off-white head. Thin and quick lacing. Heady aroma of flowery hops (duh) along with some citrus. Rich and smooth with a great hops kick that never becomes overpowering. There is enough of an undercurrent of malt to make this easily drinkable despite the abundance of hops, and that is exactly the right idea. The finish is crisp and has long, lingering hops with some spice. They don't get much better than this.

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Photo of ZAP
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich bronze color...hazy clarity..tan bubbly head...sweet hoppiness on the nose...mango, pineaplle, tropical fruitiness on the nose...

The taste has some great bitter hop flavors...finishes bitter...sweet malt is a secondary characteristic but evident..excellent firm body..relatively charged up..

This is a big time Imperial IPA...the nose is fantastic...surprisingly the taste dos not mimick the nose as much....from the nose I expected a sweeter flavor...instead this is very pleseantly bitter..sure there is a nice malt backbone that provides some sticky underlying sweetness, but all that does is provide a fantastic complement to this bigass hop load...a piney hop bitterness..definitely more of a sipper but this does not cross into barley wine territory like some do....An excellent Double IPA I'd love to try again...

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nicely put together IPA in the over-hopped American style. Big malt base overshadowed by citrus hops that go over the top, but pleasantly.

The hazy amber body is topped by a nice head of off-white foam that retains a bit and laces quite lazily. The taste is citrus hops top to bottom - not at all subtle. The malt barely intrudes upon the dance here and is nearly not a factor.

The nose is very light and virtually not a factor; surprisingly for a beer of this hop level, although caramel does rise as the brew warms. Good mouthfeel from the medium body. Limited drinkability because of the ABV and overhopping.

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Photo of putnam
3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Typical look: reddish amber liquid with perfunctory mousse.
It smells like Pine Sol and nail polish remover. Sticky pine resins boiling over a pitch fire complemented by a meal of resin-dipped grapefruit peel. All of this hemp-sugar is caramelized mind you. It's not fresh pine and citrus so much as baked, candied oils that greet the nose.
Big, explosive flavors of polished herb, pine lumber and citrus seed decorate a voluptuous base of smoky toffee syrup.

I suppose this represents some high-level of acheivement for hop head-bangers, but really... is there nothing to be said for integration and subtlety? If this beer were a person it would be that super loud, bragging, insecure type that you can't wait to get rid of.

This is chatter, not Beer.

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Photo of yen157
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woah! Huge beer. Nice. This beer reeks of hops, in a very good way. Smells like big ‘ole football sized hop cones scented like flowers, nondescript citrus fruit, and evergreens. Malt comes across as juicy, a little estery, and creamy milk chocolate. Each sip is an obscene mouthful of floral, resiny, juicy hops that reminds me of strawberries. Once the mouth becomes acclimated to the onslaught, the soft pale malt with caramel notes comes through, but before that it’s nonstop celery-tasting bitterness.

It could have used a bit more malt body, but in any case this was a real gem.

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Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer number 700 on my personal list, so I picked something special. No question, this beer goes for the big hops brass ring. Aroma is a massive smack in the face of hops. This beer is all about the hops, everything else is secondary. Seemed longer on bittering than aromatic hops, even though I let the beer warm a bit for maximum effect. Some rubbing alcohol notes were disconcerting, but these might mellow out if the beer aged a bit.

A mighty effort in the IPA class. I have to say, I prefer some other brewers' efforts (Stone Ruination, Rogue I2PA, Dogfish Head), but for the hophead, this is quite a fix.

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Photo of Loki
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle. Tons of information, including directions to the brewery, but I couldn't find a date and considering it is bottle conditioned, I would think that info would be very useful.

Appearance: Deep copper color with a big, frothy head that left ribbons of lacing circling the glass. They are very hard to see because copper color is so deep, but there are tiny streams of bubbles rising in the center of the glass.

Smell: One word, heaven. Aromas of lavender, honey, floral hops, malt, wild flowers, clove, and so much more I couldn't identify. Simply intoxicating.

Taste: Surprisingly malty with fantastically smooth hops. Sweet candied malt and bitter hops. My wife, who does not like hoppy beer said it was great, but still a little to hoppy for her. I found it simply wonderful. The most incredible balance of malt and hops I've ever had. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: A little to sticky, that was the only flaw I could find.

Drinkability: Um...10, 20 wait it only goes to 5, so 5+. If you haven't had it, what are you waiting for. Drive, trade, threaten what ever you have to do to get this beer, do it!

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made the mistake of reading a bunch of reviews before drinking this one down, so it had a lot of hype to live up to right out of the bottle. Needless to say, it met my heightened expectations.

Great color, a nice hue of bronze-orange. Little head, poured into a nice chalice from a local brew-bup. (Don't have any Three-Floyds glassware!). Smell promises something unusual - no overpowering notes of alcohol, just a radient bouquet of sweet, sweeet hops.

Taste - very complex. It took several sips to even begin to appreciate the full body of this brew. Full of presence. Several distinct hop-flavors hit you all at once, then slowly blend into a single intoxicating note. Very easy to drink this one down; I could finish off several of these in an evening, if it wasn't so precious and rare a commodity.

A worthy beer to keep stored away for a special occasion!

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A sweet and yet bitter slap upside yo' head. Slightly metallic tang. More, I could not say besides to echo what I had written about the draft version because, you see, I was at Nick Floyd's unveiling of his Alpha Klaus at the Map Room, and some other guy, a friend of one of the brewers, insisted we should also try the Dreadnaught. So he bought my buddy and me each a bomber bottle out of the blue. And even though we had been sampling Belgians before, this was the brew that actually got us S***-faced.

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Photo of marc77
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Turbid light bronze hue. Stiff, dense, persistent one fingered head leaves frothy lace. The aroma is dominated by a vibrant, fruit driven melange of ripe melon, sweet clementine, lemon zest and juicy, slightly acidic pineapple notes. Mild ethanol heat, yeast derived bready tones and simple caramel malt surfaces as the volatile hop oils dissipate. Bright, well rounded and appetizing aromawise. Orange flesh sweetness incipient in flavor is quickly complemented by a combination of bittersweet lemon marmalade and sharp, sappy notes of crushed pine needle. Fruit character is dynamic, beginning with a citric acidity then becoming akin to ripe peach mid palate, before stabilizing as a static, sugary honeydew presence. Malt character is underwhelming, but subtle biscuit tones and light toffee provide ample foundation for the assertive hop profile. Moderate in body, with a firmly dextrinous, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes with a light, but transient surge of residual sweetness, which lends a lingering impression of hopped orange candy. Ethanol warmth surfaces slowly from the esophagus, reminding the palate that this isn't your everyday IPA. Dreadnaught is a rich, superlatively hopped brew. Assertive hop bitterness and vibrant hop flavor ride parallel, and neither becomes obtrusive. With a more pronounced and distinct malt profile this would be untouchable. Superb overall, and unparalled in drinkability.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 6,095 ratings