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 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 Hop_God
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear golden amber. Thin head

S: hops. Citrus. Stone fruit

T: hops resin. Biscuits. Citrus. Subtle tropical fruit

F3 clean. Crisp

O: awesome. Plain and simple

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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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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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Dreadnaught IPA from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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