Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA

This review is probably just another Three Floyds review to you mid-westerners, but since Three Floyds doesn’t have a wide distribution net in the US, this is going to be a nice (I hope) treat for me.  Coming out of Munster IN, most of us know Three Floyds for their annual Dark Lord release, but they also have quite an extensive portfolio of beer that I can’t get in New Jersey, but I’m slowly sampling through beer trades.  My Buddy Kevin at the Liquor Outlet in Boonton NJ gave me a Moloko Milk Stout which I’ll be reviewing shortly!

Here is how Three Floyds describes this beer:

A hophead’s dream beer. This Imperial India Pale Ale has an opening salvo of mango, peach and citrus hop aromas that sit atop a pronounced caramel malt backbone. Although Dreadnaught is a strong and intensely hoppy ale, its complex flavor is both smooth and memorable.

Appearance:

A bright orange beer, slightly hazy with a good column of bubbles rising through the center of the beer from the bottom.  The beer laid down a good thick, fairly dense creamy head, but only stuck around for a couple of minutes, but did leave a nice ring of foam on the glass as it dissipated.

Aroma:

Described as a hopheads dream, the aroma on this beer is friggin’ awesome!  Mango and Peaches ohhh my!  Huge blast of overripe peaches just totally dominates the mango and resinous pine aroma that’s also hanging around your nose.

Taste:

I’ve talked about it before, you get a beer that is so inviting from the aroma, but then the flavor just totally lets you down, thankfully this is not that beer!  Nice upfront sweet creaminess with a moderate mouth feel, The middle mouth to the finish is the best part of this beer.  The creaminess slowly gives way to a sight bitterness, they you get walloped by this huge brown sugar citrus flavor that totally makes this beer.  Then finishes slightly bitter, but doesn’t linger for a very long time.  A very nice balance of malt, sweetness, bitterness, and citrus.

Overall Impression:

I’m pleasantly surprised.  Not sure what to expect, Dark Lord is pretty good, but that is the only Three Floyds beer I’ve had.  I loved the aggressive use of hops with out being a bitter palette destroying bomb.  I really like the malty over hopped IPAs, this is a top tier IPA in my book.

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9 Responses to “Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA”

  1. Phil (the Ferm) Says:

    This was a really good beer, and it even sits rather well, unlike most big IIPA’s.

    Very Good Beer!

  2. Jenny B Says:

    If you would like to try some more Indiana beers, I could probably hook you up! :-) If you happen to know some that you would like to try, send me a list, and I’ll go shopping. :-) Otherwise, I might be able to find some on my own, or with Scott’s help. :-)

    JB :-)

  3. Scott-TheBrewClub Says:

    Cool. Does that mean that we’ll be seeing their stuff here in Jersey soon? I’m waiting with baited breath for the review of the beer with the lactose in it! :-)

  4. Kevin M Says:

    Actually, you’ve had a few others with me… Remember the “Cellar Raid” podcast? I had the Mikkeller/Three Floyds Hvedegoop, a wheat wine. And later, after we were done recording, Apocolypse Cow, IPA with milk sugar added… Get on that Moloko, it gets released soon, so then I’ll find you a fresh one!

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  6. Kevin M Says:

    Jenny B, I’ll take some Pride and Joy, Gumballhead, maybe some other tasty things from Bell’s or Two Brothers… What would you like in return?

  7. Simply Beer Says:

    @Phil – you said it, it does sit very well, super drinkable. goes down very easy.

    @Jenny – I totally forgot you live there now. I’ll send you a list :-) YOU ROCK!

    @scott – hah! I doubt three floyds will ever get to NJ. I love lactose ;-)

    @Kevin – ohh thats right. I totally for got about that. I still have that popskull to drink too.

  8. michael reinhardt Says:

    Went to three floyds brewpub on sat and drank it on tap and bought a bottle to take home. It is a great beer and I love three floyds brews. I’m in good company.

  9. Simply Beer Says:

    Lucky you! I’m envious! I wanna try Robert the Bruce next.


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