Dreadnaught IPA | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dreadnaught IPADreadnaught IPA

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,705 | Ratings: 5,910
Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle 11/5/15

Semi, to mostly transparent deep gold. Combonation of soapy and foamy head is so almost tan it is so off white. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very citrusy and piney. Sweeter fruits with some significant doughy malts and alcohol.

Lots of peach/apricot, mango, a touch of orange, and some bitter pine resin. Lip smacking. The bitterness continues to take over the flavors. A tad boozy. Dry finish. Carbonation is on the lower end, but the mouthfeel is excellentl. Very creamy for the appearance suggests.

A wonderful imperial, but not up there with APW for me.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours minimal white head with an amber hue
S - huge hop hit, lemon, citrus, pine, etc
T - apple juice, citrus fruit, pine, excellent finish, crisp, refreshing for a double IPA, booze is masked better than any other double to date
F - medium - low carb for a double, nice change
O - excellent double IPA, really enjoy the taste but a few other categories lack for the hype surrounding it

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Photo of LAp
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

0,3L pour in a tulip on tap. Couldn't take notes at the time, so this one's from memory of an hour ago. Beautiful honey-orange color, with a hop-forward nose with hints of citrus and sugar. Palate is balanced - dry hops, some citrus, pine, and malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is substantial. Overall, this beer didn't blow me away. It has a lot of hype to live up to, so perhaps that's not ultimately surprising. This is, undeniably, an excellent DIPA, but among the best of the best? I'm not sure I'd go that far.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am going to echo the reviewer below me and start by saying "wow." This is a truly amazing IPA, maybe the best I have tried so far. It's definitely hoppy, but the happiness is not dominating. Rather the citrus and other fruit flavors come through loud and clear. It's almost like a sweeter version of Pliny. Just an absolutely fantastic beer

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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is good. The only real gripe I have is the smell seems a bit dominated by alcohol. The taste is pure bliss tho. Citrus and tropical fruits and a caramely sweetness is like a IPA version of a fruit cake. Did NOT disappoint.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was fortunate to try Zombie Dust and Dreadnaught on the same day and neither dissapointed. Dreadnaught turns out to be my favorite Three Floyds Beer. One of my favorite Big IPAs out there. Wow. I'm impressed.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather tumultuous and hazy light orange with a single finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving some spotty lacing.
The aroma is tropical and sweet candied fruit, mango and pineapple and orange and maybe some crazy Minute Maid concoction of exotic fruits.
So damn tasty. Big frui flavor that follow the nose followed by massive sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium and almost sticky. Just fucking great. Wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a strongly hop sided but malty blast , then the hops win for few seconds and the balance changes so slightly. The taste lingers and rich earthy flavored notes come out.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden / light Amber color. Has a citrusy sweet aroma. Flavor is citrus with a touch of pine. The finish is a balanced malt that is slightly sweet. A great IPA overall and very easy to drinK

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on August 3, 2015 and picked up at Whole Foods Gold Coast. Had been wanting to try this one for a long time. Huge citrus flavor and tremendously soft mouthfeel. Excellent.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this is probably my favorite 3 Floyds offering, which is saying a lot. Everything they make is delicious, but this one really hit home for me. TONS of hoppy fruity notes on the nose with perfect mouthfeel and great balance. I expected it to be really bitter, but it had the perfect amount of tongue bite with a little backend sweetness.

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Photo of RichD
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

L: Poured a dark golden color with about a finger of white head that eventually disappeared. A bit darker than I expected for an IPA that was under a month old.

S: The smell yield straight grapefruit at first with a bit of pine coming through in the background. 3 Floyds hops their beers so much that I can't really smell much of anything other than hops. What I do smell is very pleasant though.

T: The taste, per usual follows the nose pretty well. Huge grapefruit notes, which is indeed different from the new school IPAs that have been taking over the world lately. There is a hint of pine with some of the malt in the background. This is pretty damn good. I've had better, but what I'm having now is definitely great.

F: The fact that this is 9.5% is mindblowing. Not a tinge of alcohol to speak of. It is medium bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall definitely an easy beer to drink.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. 3 Floyds is obviously highly regarded in the world of beer and with beers like this I can definitely see why. The grapefruit notes are very strong and the pine plays well with the malt in the background. I've only have 2 beers from 3 Floyds (this and ZD) and both have been top notch. I can't wait to try more from 3F!

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Photo of Trevor11
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Not as good as Permanent Funeral or Zombie Dust, but fairly close. Honestly, Dreadnaught is a little bit unbalanced leaning towards the bitter side of an IPA that I am personally not a fan of. To each his own. The fresher the better

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8-3-15

I might have waited too long to give this a try... It was tasty, but just didn't quite live up to the expectations that I had for it. Good beer and certainly worth a try, but I like some of the other 3F's APA/IPA offerings better. Prost!

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Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yields an amber, sunny clear color, with a solid, fluffy white head.

Smells of ripe red fruits, featuring apple, peach and blood orange, well accentuated by lime rind. Exhibits a resinous sweetness, blending outstandingly well into the beers dough malts. Hoppy fruitiness defines the nose most pleasantly, together with a toffee sweetness on top of it.

Has a lower carbonation, showcasing a powerful mixture of distinct hops and sweet, well pronounced malts, offering the palate up to an extreme, huge but focused IIPA.

Begins with a very soft, aqueous note, bringing riper fruits from the nose to the palate, effectively balanced by bready, slightly earthen malts, which then turn suddenly honey glazed sweet. The prominent malt backbone defines how the hops evolve on the palate from that point on, pointing out features of ripe red apples, mango, water melon pulp and lemon coated peach, still accentuated by a dry earthiness. During the finish, the beer looses its slick sweetness, in favor of a pungent, leafy lemon dryness, pumped up by a bubbly carbonation. Hoppiness reaches its peak at that stage, numbing the tongue for a short glance, returning its initial aqueous characteristic with a well pronounced, long lasting lemon dryness to it.

This is an extreme, and extremely well build, beer. While it inherits typical double ipa features of a resinous sweetness, its tropical hoppiness lurks underneath, waiting just for the right moment to take over the lead. Both ingredients not only blend flawlessly together, but feature an amazing clean, powerful flavor profile on their own.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour: light amber with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a nice white lace on the glass

Smell: heavy hop spice with citrus notes

Taste: sweet citrus and malt up front with hops taking over in the mid, followed by a light malt sweetness at the end.

Overall: suprising, with the heavy hop smell up front i was expecting a kick your mouth ipa, quite refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

oured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 8/3/15, 9 days old.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear golden orange color with 4 fingers of thick, frothy just off white head. Incredible retention and lace, like most of 3 floyd’s DIPAs.
Aroma = 4.5 Strong hop notes dominate. Citrus and tropical fruity notes, mild pine and orange rind with a thick sweet toffee and bready malt backbone.
Taste = 4.25 Tropical fruit flavors lead the way complimented with light citrus notes and a hint of pine. All lays on top of a sweet malt backbone of toffee and bready character. Really only a pretty minor bitterness in the finish.
Feel = 4.5 Full bodied with medium to high carbonation; some fizziness, syrupy and mild resin feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 It’s a big DIPA but the mild bitterness makes it pretty drinkable.
Overall = 4.3625 Another great DIPA from FFF, really solid in all categories.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite big IPAs. A clear, orange-gold color. Big citrus aroma. Similar big citrus flavor as well as a little malty sweetness to provide a nice balance. Extremely smooth and clean.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I will always try any limited or unusual 3 Floyds IPA I can find, and this one is a perfect example of why. Fruity, fresh tasting, and surprisingly light-feeling for its ABV, Dreadnaught is a world-class DIPA.

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

Had about a 5 oz pour of this one, so based on that, the look is opaque orange, smell is excellent, feel is thick and taste is typical 3 Floyds amazing.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a almost clear golden orange with 2 fingers of head.
S - Orange citrus aroma.
T - Soft, malty, citrus with just a little bitterness on the finish.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Outstanding. I buy this every chance I get. And you should too.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Original was on tap at Gallo's Tap Room. Edit was from bomber dated October 5, 2015 enjoyed October 27, 2015 in a Hoof Hearted Teku.

Look - Thin head but weak pour in bar. Light apple juice look with clear around the edges. Thin lacing. Unique.

Edit - Head is darker. Very thick bubbles.

Smell - Pineapple. Orange. Grapefruit. Other citrus. Earth. Resin. Barley.

Taste - Bitter and malt complemented well by the citrus.

Edit - Tea. Vanilla.

Feel - Carbonation. Medium to heavy. Tongue does curl.

Edit - Medium to heavy.

Overall - I still want a bomber of it. Not what I was expecting. This borders on being a strong ale. Pick it up if you can.

Edit - The bomber is nice. Closer to triple IPA but that is hard to distinguish with a strong ale.

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Photo of ELS
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer on tap at a Chicago bar and three days later had a bomber that I brought back to Florida. The beer that I had on tap was delicious. You can tell how fresh it was with a strong hoppy smell and taste with the perfect malt backbone. Tasted orange and other tropical fruit and it was highly drinkable going down very smoothly for a DIPA. The bottle was different. Gone were the strong hoppy smells and flavor but the beer was still good with a bubble gum sweetness rather than the orange and tropical flavors. The bottle version may not have been as fresh and I definitely favor draught. My ratings represent the draught beer. If I were to rate the bottle the ratings would be a half of point lower for taste and overall.

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Photo of do_ob
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a light, hazy amber with a big, billowy 1.5 finger head of foam. Dense lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell isn't overwhelming, but I got pine, citrus, spice, grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Light weight, and very creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking for 9.5%. Pine and hops up front with notes of grapefruit and orange midways. Has a sweet, crisp finish with a tiny bit of malt noted. Piney/citrus aftertaste.

A very decent beer. Looks great in the glass, and is nice all around. It's very well balanced and hides the abv well (not boozy at all). To me, this is a traditional beer done correctly. While it's not my favorite IIPA, it's probably in my top 5.

For what it's worth, I have a cold coming on at the moment, but I wanted to drink this as fresh as possible. I'd like to revisit this one in the near future when my senses are at 100%.

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Photo of Ironstutz
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For me the alcohol taste was too present. I love good DIPA where you can taste the hops, malt, and bitter finish but compared to many of the great ones I have had his one had too much alcohol flavor compared to those other characters. Great brew still but not quite up there with some of the other truly world class ipa

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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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