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 Fish113d
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this one in a trade with cmaruchak...thanks a million!!!

Pours an amber color with a big billowy 2" fizzy tan head leaving some cling on the glass...very clean appearance. Dissipation leaves a nice surface layer.

Aroma is super cascade hoppy! Lots of pine trees. Lots of alcohol hits my nose also. Not too exciting to be honest.

Taking a sip, I notice lots of pine hops with a nice buttery feel. Some sweet grapefruit escapes onto my palete as well and it finishes well with a nice slightly drying alcohol finish. I also notice the taste of rock candy as an aftertaste...wonderful for the style.

Very well balanced out carbonation in that it is not big like some IPAs I've had in the past. A nice medium-bodied brew with a nice buttery smoothness that goes a long way.

Drinkable? OH, HELL YEA! This gives the Dogfish 120 minute IPA a run as my favorite IPA of all time, and may take over that spot. Just an awesome brew!!!

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

I served this beer in a pub glass.

Appearance: Pours a lovely copper color with a full inch and a half white fluffy head that resolved to a fingers width. Lacing noted on the glass.

Smell: Very spicy, yeasty and malty with a full on assault of grapefruit.

Taste: A full on assault of grapefruit and peel. Nice sugar and herbal blend. Hop heaven as far as I have known it.

Mouthfeel: A nice hoppy biting sensation with a not unpleasant after taste.

Drinkability: A man could become addicted to this beer. I know I am hooked. Over all one of the best American beers I have drank.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy orangy amber with a not quite white head. huge piney citrus nose like fresh cut cedar. has a grapefruit rind type smell. sprucy as well. herbal qualities sneak in as it warms. the smell really builds the anticipation. the taste is hands down the most complex that i've ever had from such an unbalanced beer. grapefruit rind, bitter lemon rind, resinous citrusy pine sap. beneath this is an herbal asprin quality due to the amarillo hopsprobably. the bitterness hits you like a ton of bricks, but it also has a sweetness provided by some of the hop flavors too, that does it's small part to try balance the brew, but ultimately falls short to the coating hop wrecking ball of bitterness. the alcohol is well covered, but it is slightly warming going down. it has a medium body with a very coating quality to it. the carbonation is delicate providing a very smooth drinking experience. overall 4.5 drinkability because while absolutely delicious i'm not sure i'll even be able to taste the end of the bottle. this is an absolutely balls to the wall double IPA, that proves three floyds is one of the best breweries out there. an absolute hop bomb, hop heads seek this out.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely huge Cascade bud pine hop aroma. one of the best smells ever in a beer, reminds me of the freshly cut tree smell on the green chain section of a lumber mill i worked at years ago.
Has a clear copper color with a light yellow head. Medium bodied and smooth. Taste starts with a nicely bittersweet hop assault on the taste buds followed by a good dose of malts which add a light caramel sweetness. But this brew is about the hops; as it warms the flowery and grapefruit hops emerge and make for a nicely bitter, crisp and clean finish.
One of the best Imperial IPA's out there.

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

I am staring at APA perfected. If an artist, 100 years from now when MillBudco, a subsidiary of AOL Time GE Virgin MegaCorp, makes the three types of beer Americans are allowed to buy and people want to take a look back into the dark ages at what beers used to look like, he'll paint this.

Smells like bready yeast and perfect hops. Grapefruit and pine and pumpkin pie spice.

Tastes very much like Alpha King, only with a harsher hop finish and more yeast in the front. This might be the hoppiest beer I've ever drank. It's incredidly intense, yet remarkably easy to drink.

Wonderful beer.

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

I may have found the perfect beer for my tastebuds - and nose. This is one amazing olfactory and taste bud experience. Holy hops/malt balance, Batman!

Copperish tones, with red highlights, large fluffy bubbly head.

Major grapefruit up front in the nose, overtop of pine and a little straw, and some nice bready malt.

The flavor is insanely wonderful, this is as close to hophead beer nirvana as I have been privy to yet. Bitter citrus notes hit hard, and then hang on, but there are other flavors to be sampled throughout the sip. Nice sweet caramelly or sugary taste that really compliments the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel is simply stunning - no hot throat or even warm tummy. Sort of sits in your mouth, on your tongue and even down the top of your throat for a long time as each sip slowly fades away...

Only drinkability issue is finding more of this to sip on....

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Photo of tjthresh
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.
One big whiff, kicked in the face with big time malt and big time hops. Hard to tell on the appearance since 3F serves in crappy plastic cups. Notes of caramel, bread, bisuits, citrus. Bitter all day. Sticky as hell. I will rerate. This beer probably deserves a 5, but I just can’t give it the 5 for apperance if I cant see it.

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

Clear amber with a thick, bright white head. Very good retention, with foam remaining in the glass at the end, and it left a heavy layer on the inside of the glass. You could smell this one as soon as the cap was popped... Pine, pine, pine, like walking in a pine forest, but very clean. There's also a bit of faint malt hiding back there as well. Some malt sweetness and a pine/citrus hoppiness to start with an aggressive bitterness. Light alcohol flavour and warmth creeps in at the middle and continues through the finish. The pine flavour really hits you after you swallow and stays quite strong for a long time. The only complaint would be that it's a bit one dimensional as far as hop flavours go, but that's a very minor complaint. Smooth, moderately low carbonation. Moderately full body, a bit creamy and viscous. Overall, a world class DIPA with excellent balance for the insane hopping rate. Definitely a beer to seek out and experience. Just don't expect to be able to taste anything afterwards. Thanks Viggo!

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Photo of petrochile
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What no better way to review your first beer then reviewing one that is such highly regarded. A friend and I split the last case at Three Floyds, so I feel very grateful.

Apperance: The Dreadnaught is an amber orange, and reminds me of leaves in the fall. The head is a nice full white; a stable, as bubbles gallop to it. A beautiful beer just to look at.

Smell: The Dreadnaught wears a strong cologne of grapefruit, maybe its only flaw to me, as it is overwhelming.

Taste: A sweet first taste reminds me of a carmel/maple mix, and then the hops kick in with the grapefruit. Unlike the smell, the grapefruit provides a nice, mature touch. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste, that stays a little longer than desired, but despite this a craving to sip a little more, and a little more, and a great more, is what you are left with.

Mouthfeel: Feels very good in the mouth, more thin than thick; light liquid satin, moves easily in the mouth. A dry brew because of its alcohol content.

Drinkability: Overall very nice, and filling. The taste hides the alcohol content very well, but it cannot hide it from your body. At the halfway point in this bomber I can feel its affects.

A superb beer and worthy of its reputation.

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

22 oz. brown bomber.

Poured a clear golden copper with a lasting white head.

Great hop aromas hit right out front: citric, herbal, coniferus, and awsome. A sweet malt base with a touch a buttery toffee tries to keep up.

Medium-full body with a oily mouth coating and a pleasant carbonation. I have to admit it; I'm a sucker for the combination of Warrior and Amarillo hops: a hard to pin down citrus taste along with an earthy, pungent herbal twang equals big time flavor and enjoyment. An almost syrupy malt sweetness and very well hidden alcohol made this super drinkable.

After wading through quite a few lacking DIPA's, I finally found one that was excellent. A new favorite; complex, balanced, and just down right tasty.

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

Dreadnaught pours a clear golden amber, big white head forms, super lacing on the glass. Smell is like strolling through a pine forest while inhaling hop resin, some malt is detectable though. The taste is all PINE, insane pine all over, as your taste buds are destroyed the substantial malt character begins to show itself, and the end of the beer is very balanced, with a nice caramel sweet maltiness offsetting the huge hops. Mouthfeel is very full, with perfect carbonation. Any beer that is hoppy enough to be painful must be good, this beer is corrosive, but oh so good. I want a Dreadnaught IV.

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

Yet another fine creation from Three Floyds. Ahhh, the nose, the delight of big pine oils - spruce - (pine of a midnote vs. the divine loft of silver pine); this married with sweet of both malts and pine resin, a delicate but detectable citrus mix, softened with a mere touch of butter. This Dreadnaught poured a hazed (cleared midway through) golden orange with a hard pour settling to a 2 finger creamy topping. Ten minutes let it rest to a creamy wash. The up-spring of carbonation held fast for half a pint and rested. Sweet malts begin the taste (suprised me) with a hasty following of hops as they hit the first third of the tongue and reside on the roof - sticking. They remain there to enjoy for a near endless time, sometimes yielding to a bitterness. Somewhere in here the taste and dryness of grapefruit compliments. The alcohol is well hidden yet in time comes up in the physical.

Thank you Frank (Beerguy) for sharing such a gem.

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Photo of karst
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Turbid burnt orange near Belgium head.

Cornucopia of aromas: oranges, lemons, ripe mellons, pineapple ad infinitum . .
and yet more aromas: light toffee, caramel malt bready yeast and mild alcohol
foretell flavors that repeat and give substances to aromatics.

Flavors of sweet orange pulp, tart lemon filling, ripe peach pulp, sweet honeydew ad infinitum. . .

A solid malt profile is destined to being overwhelmed as this masterpiece showcases its vibrant volatiles across the palate. IIPA ambrosia (or dextrinous mouthfeel with slightly syrupy medium body if you will). My mind flashes molecular ring structures of Humulene, Myrcene, Farnesene, Linadool . . . . . ad infinitum
Dreadnaught has been praised as " a rich superlatively hopped IIPA"
At 9.50%abv it was " head swimmingly delishious" and much much more. . ad infinitum

What better initial introduction than a bottle from the hand of is maker.
Thanks for the trade, Nick. And thanks to the rest of Three Floyds for helping Nick make these marvelous Munster monsters. Thanks. . ad infinitum!

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Photo of rousee
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Props go out to BA Beerguy (Frank) for the sample.

Pours a bright peach/apricot color. Extremely impressive 2 finger cap of large bubbled foam--almost like egg whites beaten to soft peaks, resides on top of my glass. Impressive head retention as this fades very slowly. There is a tremendous amount of thick foamy lace left in concentric rings around the sides of the glass.

Strong piney citrus hops presence. I am guessing maybe those Warriors are wielding their force. I'm sure there are other hop varieties present and I could be wrong about the Warriors but this seems to be the one that is the most pronounced. This is not a bad thing. There is also a quite noticeable maltiness present-typical of any good double IPA.

Taste is caramellized barleysugar with that strong piney citrus hop combo going on. Delicious. This is exactly what this style beer is supposed to taste like and it does deliver in everyway. There is an initial bite of wood, followed by malty honey--then a hint of rye and then hops and more hops. It finishes a little sweet but not overly sticky. No noticeable alcohol heat but there is so much going on here that you know these are high abv.

Mouthfeel is velvetty and excellent. Not real drinkable on a hot night in August-even with A/C blasting. I could see drinkability improving on this one as the weather cools.

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

A clean amber/orange beer. Has a nice bubbly white head with some nice lace. The aroma is all hops with atleast two distinctive hop characteristics standing out. The first is a bittersweet grapefruit. The second is a peppery spicey hop and the two armwrestle for equal time. The peppery hop hits your mouth first and slowly gives way to a sweet malt note that quickly segues to the bittersweet grapefruit finish.

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

Nothing surpasses the joy I feel when a new batch of Dreadnaught hits the local stores. Well, almost nothing. If you are planning to consume this beer it must be poured into the proper glassware. If you do not have this, wait to consume the beer.

Poured into a tulip of course, this beer is orange, with an inch of white head. It fades, but maintains a small head. Some lace clings to the glass.

It has been far to long since I have enjoyed this smell. I could get a similar effect from sniffing a pine cone. Some citrus is thrown in there as well. This is the finest nose of any IIPA I have encountered. I feel the same way about the taste. There is a barrage of piney, citrus infused artillery, with a single burst of sweet, caramel malt fire in the midst of all that.

The mouthfeel is lightly, very creamy. That is not a typo. Drinkability is high. I use that word often, so to be more specific, I have been known to drink three of these in a night. I'm just rambling here, but wine connoisseurs pay a lot more for a comparable amount of the finest wines in the world, however, many breweries put out equally world class beers at considerably less price.

Edit: I must blame my 4.5 appearance score the last time on a dirty glass. Tonight's pour into a thoroughly rinsed glass yielded the two inch head and blanketing lace that I expect from IN's finest.

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Photo of carln26
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a deep copper color with a thick cream colored head. The head retention on the beer was astounding, it stuck around forever. The nose has tons of hop. Every possible character of an over the top hop beer. Hop flower, grass, fresh cut hay, pine and a ton of grapefruit citrus come across in the nose. The taste has an almost orange hop flavor that morphs into the expected grapefruit. The pine character remains and provides a sharp bitterness on the side of the tongue. Malt…hmmm what’s that? There is a defined sweetness, a mild caramel on the finish, a slick mouth feel and a nice alcohol warming. The drinkability is good, not great, but this beer is still a wonderful experience.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off thanks to hoppedup for sharing his bottle,pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice two finger fluffy head,aromas are straight hop all the way bigtime pine and spruce not much citrus just like an evergreen pine forest.To be expected this was totaly hop based big pine and very and I mean very resiny it made the tongue curl it was so piney and dry.One dimensional to say the least didnt pick up any malt although I know it was there,a hop bomb no doubt and very good at that.

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

Poured into a snifter, a mildly hazy light orange. Nice head and good lacing.

Smells hoppy. Really pungent with piney hop resins and a citrus bomb in the nostrils.

Goes in super smooth, especially considering the hops. Oily pine and citrus with a strong malt to back it up. Super sweet, leaves and oily sweetness on the lips that is delightful. Really hoppy, but definitely one of the tamer double IPAs I have had. The hops did not seem excessive and were well balanced. The alcohol is barely noticable.

Pretty good. Not world class and it doesn't come close to some of the west coast IIPAs (Pliny the Younger, Hercules, etc.) but it is damn good and has many qualities that make it unique. Not another ultra hopped out beer, there is craftmanship and care behind it.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was really looking forward to this one. This is the 4th of a group of three floyds that my brother brought home from Indiana. Saved it for the 4th of July. Was very pleased with the other 3. Poured a golden/orange color with considerable chill haze and minimum head. The chill haze dissipates as the beer warms which confirmed that it was chill haze and not floaters from being bottle conditioned. Leaves nice lacing. Smell is all hops and lives up to what i was hoping for. Taste however just didn't deliver. Overly sweet caramel flavor that overpowers the hops. Alchohol is well hidden. Overall just did not live up to what i was hoping for. I have another one in the cellar and will re-review if my opinion changes.

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Photo of mentor
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber obtained by a buddy from the brewery in spring 2005 and consumed about a week later (review recorded on paper). Pours a two finger off white head over slightly cloudy and light orange or copper colored liquid. Smells of grapefruit pith, gentle pine needle, and apricot. Much more fruity than I was expecting. Tastes is rich sweet with nice grapefruit bitter. Not too rough of the grassy co-humulone but certainly enough to intrigue. The hops hit front and high, then they drop lower and to the back of the mouth. Great bitter with a nice aromatic hoppy aftertaste. Fruits are gentle and consist of apricot and (with reaching) some pear. Really nice mouthfeel, it's not just thick, it's thick like an oatmeal stout. Carbonation was moderate to md-heavy. The best offering I've had from 3F.

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Photo of ejquin
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Deep, deep orange and cloudy with a thick white head that laces the glass.

Smell: So pungent you can smell it across the room. Beautiful pine hops, malt, and citrus. Some alcohol and orange. Amazing nose.

Taste: Hops up front but very well balanced by a thick malt backbone. There's caramel there as well and a dry finish with a light alcohol presence. Very deep and rich.

Mouth: Thick yet smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drink: It's definitely good for a 9.5% DIPA, but you couldn't have more that a few glasses.

Overall: It's this and yulesmith as far as I'm concerned for the top of the heap in IPA's. Just amazing amount of depth and complexity of flavors. It's smacks you in the face with hops, yet it's so well balanced with depth. You need to find this beer.

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Photo of jakester
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a 22oz bomber I bought for $10 at the Northeast Taproom in Reading, Pa. I'm always a little anxious when I buy something at a bar because you never know how old it is. The bottle was not dated, but I figured this beer would age well, anyway.

The beer is a nice light orangey color, a little hazy, with an off white head with slightly large bubbles. Evident carbonation. The head dropped to a coating over the beer in @ 3 minutes. I love orangey IPA's! Very slight laddering appeared as I sipped. Couldn't really count the sips, though.

The smell is just awesome. Strong citrusy, floral hops, maybe a hint of cherries, malt aroma in the back; alcohol comes through also. My mouth actually watered while smelling this beer!

The first flavor is hops out the wazoo. Grapefruit, lemons, maybe some pine, earthy-like. Malt sweetness matches the hops wonderfully. Got a slight raisony flavor, maybe from caramel or Munich malt? For the style, this beer is absolutely balanced.

The mouthfeel was great. Tongue coating resins, carbonation tickle, and a warm, fuzzy feeling at the end from alcohol.

As for drinkability, I would drink this every day if my wallet (and my liver) could afford it. One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of weeare138
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cubedbee for this one.
Ahahahahahahahahaha! Words will not describe this brew. It is utterly awesome.
Appears a cloudy dark gold with a luscious white head. Tons of thick lacing stick to the glass all over the place. These guys know what they're doing.
Smell is of biscuity malts, grapefruit, and tons of complex hops all on a bed of white chocolate.
I can't even describe this complex taste properly. Imagine a stickier version of all the smells I just described with a resinous, lip smacking taste. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is full with plenty of balance. I can't even put it into words. Just do it...do it.

Finger licking good...and then some!!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma is totally dominated by floral hops of the kinds I wish we would see more of. Taste is very particular and not what I expected or what I had taste before in other Imperial IPA. Delicate floral sweet hops on top of well balance malt. Body is full and alcohol is well hidden. Not the malt and hops overpowered monster I was expecting but more of well balance and extremely enjoyable beer.

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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