22 oz bomber thanks to the great spointon for a crack at this brew. I have heard a lot about this brew and all has been good, so why not give it a shot. The artwork is crazy in typical FFF fashion. Served this one up in my shaped DFH pint glass.
A: Pours a pretty dark orange that has some reddish brown hues to it. Held to the light, it comes through as a more yellow to really light orange color. The pour got me a little over a finger of pristine white head. The retention is just ok, falling to a semi-thick collar. The head that remains does create some really sticky lacing and really coats the glass well. The only thing that frightens me about this beer is the fact that I can see little to none carbonation activity. Freaks me out a bit. Still a good looking brew.
S: Smell is . . . well, quite hoppy. Getting a lot of grapefruit rind coming out here at th start. Then comes a really resiny pine, I mean some heavy pine. This actually smells like freshly cut pine. Then there is a slight medicinal and astringent smell. There is a slight presence of caramel, malty sweetness poking through, but its not toning down these hops. Very nice.
T: Yet again those hops shine. The pine is the initial flavor though. Lots of resin and green pine flavor. Then comes some of that citrusy and puckering grapefruit presence. That medicinal quality does come in a bit heavy in the flavor, but it works to cool down that pine and grapefruit. The malt once again pokes its head in to see whats going on but doesn't really contribute to the party. Just a touch of sweet caramel that soothes and rubs up against these hops. Really helps here.
M: Medium in body with a pretty slick and oily feel. Really coats with some oily quality. Carbonation is pretty light here which is a bit weird but it works. Makes this beer feel a little heavier, but still remains refreshing. This beer finishes pretty dry with a bit of ABV heat resting on the palate and at the back of the throat. Aftertaste is that medicinal hops presence.
D: This beer is pretty damned good actually. Its pretty much all hops, and its a hops lover's dream for sure. The flavor remains balanced as far as crazily hopped beers go. By balanced I mean the hops are balanced and really meld together well. The malt really doesn't stand a chance at all. Everything about this beer says quality and is really enjoyable. Easy drinking and actually sits pretty light in the stomach. Fine beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-07-2009 03:31:04
Served In: Pint Glass
This beer was poured from a 22oz bottle and seems more like a red ale vice an IPA. I had seen a lot of hype about the beer and was quite surprised that it was just average - not close to Pliny the Elder or even the Green Flash Imperial. If you are looking for hops, you won't find them in this beer - the malt is so overwhelming that it takes away any hops flavor the beer may have - the malt is just completely a knock out. This is more a Scottish ale, not an IPA.
Price: $11.00 Served In: Pint Glass
Pours a hazy, yet vibrant golden amber color. Thin, 1/2 finger of creme white head, with little retention. Settles to a spotty cap, leaving impressive stringy lacing.
Citrus all over the aroma. Orange zest and tangerine - big time. Nice sweet malts. Some sugary like spices going on here - ginger, perhaps hints at... nutmeg? Even somewhat biscuity... It all comes together nicely. Very enticing aroma.
Taste is very grapefruit forward, along with a very strong orange zest taste. Somewhat grassy. Strong malty backbone, fairly sweet. Fairly resiny... this really isn't as "big" as I was hoping for.
Medium in body, brash, tongue scrubbing dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is great. Some boozyness - it actually hides quite well, but there is that certain warmth to it. However, I have had some IPAs that have a better mouthfeel for the style than this one. Just doesn't drip with oil and resin.
I like Dreadnaught. I was hoping for something bigger, but all the same, it most certainly didn't let me down. I would go as far as to say... a touch off in all catagorise, at least for my tastes.
Still, highly enjoyable, a good sipper - actually, almost too easy to drink - for the style.
Served In: Pint Glass
As soon as I popped this open I could immediately smell grapefruit. Poured into a snifter a hazy orange/amber. Big bright orange highlights when held to the light. With a big creamy head on top that lasts. Moderate sticky lacing throughout the entire glass.
The smell is unbelievable. It's loaded with big juicy citrus hops. Sugared grapefruit along with a sprinkling of orange juice that smells like it was freshly squeezed. There is tropical fruit as well. Mango...all kinds of deliciousness. There is a touch of pine in the nose too. I sit here smelling this and my mouth just waters uncontrollably. Exceptional!
I almost expected to be let down when I drank this because of all the high praise. I'm not let down one bit and I now understand why this is praised as much as it is. There's a ton of the citrus in the taste that's in the aroma. As I drink this my mouth actually waters after the swallow. A smooth bitterness but by no means overwhelming. Amazing!
I find it difficult giving 5's like this but I try and find faults in Dreadnaught but I have a very hard time doing so. It's medium bodied but coating. Balanced. The alcohol is non-existent in the mouthfeel. Unbelievable!
The drinkability for a beer of this size is downright sick. This my sound cliche but Dreadnaught is very dangerously drinkable. Every sip makes your mouth need another immediately afterwards. Dangerous!
I hate giving so many 5's cause it would mean this beer is almost impossible to improve upon. To tell you the truth it would be almost impossible to improve on. I can't picture a IIPA being any better than this. I haven't tried them all but I've had quite a few and this is at the top of the list. Wow!
Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass
2003 bottle by way of temporrari.poured into a snifter to recieve a beautiful golden brown with a white head that simmered quickly.i lifted the dread to my nose and gathered some pine,citurs,floral,caramel,and forest type aromas.the flavor was nice and complex.pine,caramel,earth,flowers,citurs,and hay all blended well onto my tounge.it also had a nice thick mouthfeel with a bit of a bite right inthe middle.this is yet another outstanding brew by the floyd’s brothers.
Served In: Snifter
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.
Served In: Pint Glass
Gracias to 'Hack for the bottle!!!
Pours an ever so slightly cloudy, bottle conditioned gold/amber with a fluffy white head that isn't huge but likes to hang around a good long time. Very complex aroma - piney, sharp hops (paging Dr. Simcoe, Dr. Simcoe, mouth of the glass please...) with a floral note underneath, followed by a deep, toasty, caramelly maltiness... I may just leave the glass unwashed afterwards and inhale the sucker.
Holy hop grenade, Batman! But it's a round as hell grenade as well - starts with this fresh, attacking, prickly bitterness on the tongue with a piney yet floral aromatic flavor that just blooms in the mouth. It's like the flavor is trying to meet the aroma halfway between the nose and the mouth. But then the best part - there's malt to help balance this bad boy! Slightly caramel-sweet but turning fresh brewed tea-like mid sip. Almost a chewy resinous quality to this brew that is highly appealing. There's oomph here to match the hops. And there's a LOT of hops. Finishes with a brilliant all encompassing hop bitterness, floral and piney, citrusy on the waaay back corners of the mouth, with an underlying tea flavor that's truly outstanding.
Love this beer. The more you drink it, the more you get to figure out its subtleties. Yeah it's a hop bomb - but it goes a LOT deeper than that.
Served In: Pint Glass
This is one of the holy trinity of beers around here. I've had two of these courtesy of Nuke now and I feel like I'm qualified to make some sort of review.
It's fairly obvious what 3F is trying to do. They wanted to create a style all their own apart from west coast IPAs that dominated the market for the preceding decade. They did this (almost for sure) by omitting the ubiquitous cascade hop in favor of "east coast" Warrior and Simcoe. Though this is not published it's almost a certainty.
Warrior of course the hop that is synonymous with the 3 DFH IPAs and Simcoe a strong citrus hop that's much more bitter than cascade and supposedly lends itself to aging better. Simcoe is also a central DFH hop, but not in the quantities you find here.
I'm not totally sure the order of introduction of the DFH and Dreadnaught, but certainly they are cousins of eachother. DFH higher in Warrior and perhaps yet a third hop addition and this very, very high in simcoe.
The aroma clearly comes from the warrior and the bittering comes from the simcoe. I think this leads somewhat to a lack of balance though the two work together so well I can see why they might take this strategy.
In the end I think it serves as a solid IIPA. Worthy of being put in the pantheon of IIPAs. Others I've had in this class are Avery Majaraja and DFH 120. Each are solid in their own way and it's tough to rank them.
Served In: Pint Glass
Originally reviewed 08/10/06
Served on tap in a bowtie at the brewpub.
A - Transparent darker golden color. Little head, but what is there is super sticky leaving great lacing.
S - Citrus sweet hops all the way here. Super floral. Pineapple. Grapefruit.
T - This is the most glorious hop ride you can go on. Super floral hops, sweet and citrusy attack the tongue and don't let up. Unlike many hop bomb, the hops are sweet enough in this one that you just embrace the feeling of sweet hops enveloping your tongue.
M - Oily and resiny hops. Medium bodied with spot on carbonation.
D - This beer is as close to perfect as any out there. I loved it before having it on tap and love it even more now.
Served In: Other
Hey, do you like getting smacked in the face? How about by a beer?
Ya, you do! Who's your Daddy? Dreadnaught! That's who!
To start off, how anyone can finish an entire bomber of this stuff without being smashed in the face by the massive amount of hops in this beer is beyond human. Ahhh, but it was a pure pleasure to let this beer slap me around for an hour and a half as I nursed the hell out of it.
Color is a chill hazed peachy toned orange with a spongy frothed bone white head thats about an inch high and settles moderately down to a hazey top with some bigger bubbles that never leave the edge and the lace lays across the glass in sheets that diminish into strings and spots.
Aroma is absolutely wonderful, super fresh and floral, I'm talking right off the vine and right in your nostrils and down your throat fresh hop cones here. Big floral presense and a nice mix of pine needles and peachy/pineapple hop resin and acidic hoppyness with a smidge of grapefruit and a super fine toasty caramel malt backing. Alcohol warmth hits slowly as it warms.
Tasting this is like liquidfied hops or something, super amounts of very floral and fresh resinated hops all up in your business. Complexing floral hops taking total control of your senses and making you recognize its presense as you prepare yourself sip after sip for the next wave of citrus. Super full of hops, almost too much, its crazy but absolutely wonderful to behold. The bitterness is quite calming actually, its just a whole lot of fresh; light pine, peach, pineapple, and some grapefruit rinds play along the surface with some juicy factions right away in the front of bringing more of the peach and pineapple, but the largely floral aspect then blooms over the palate and relinquishing it over and over as you surrender to its spellbinding hoppy hold leading through huge fields and tall vines of freshly picked hops eventually leading you back to a quick crispy little hop finish and backing up every sip is a remarkable toasty little caramel malt. Some notes of wood and earth strike the palette in some of the finish as well.
Full mouthfeel throughout, each ambrosial sip and heavenly gulp is packed full of hoppy flavor and body. Slick and creamy. Way too smooth for the evident hop profile brimming with citrus tones. Don't get me wrong, it was incredibly, delightfully, pleasurably, enjoyable to get pushed around by this whale of a beer. Head swimmingly delishious! Another keeper by 3F!
Served In: Pint Glass
Many many thanks to Nucular george for this one. He didn’t have to send me one but did anyway. Pours a darkcopper coller with a white head that wasn’t too thick and didn’t last too long. The smell is the smell of legends. Hoppy and floraly(WTF?). The taste hits you like a sack of hops. Just as hard as it hits, it finishes that smooth. The balance is freaking great in this one. For the strentgh of this one it is very drinkable. Not drink 10 in one sittig drinkable, but drinkable.
Served In: Pint Glass
Might be my favorite beer. I spend more time smelling a dreadnaught than I do drinking it.
Price: $9.99 Served In: Goblet
Alrightythen. Coming off my Westy 8 & 12 mis-adventure, I needed something to restore my faith in the Beer Gods. Not that those are :drainpour: beers (furley). But they did not live up to the billing for me.
So I need a fallback. And Dreadnaught it is. The floral, hoppy, pine sap, resin, whatever smell of this one is so inviting. I almost want to just stare at the pint glass (yes, pint glass). It is nearly a work of modern art.
This one is darker than a lot of examples of this style. Just a little. Dark and mysterious. I hear that's how Gator likes his boyfriends. He'd like this one.
The smell reminds me why I love this hobby. And why I thank Bacchus every day that Munster, IN is where Nick Floyd & Co decided to settle. Everything is right in the world again when I smell this beer. Even the smell is thick with potential.
The first drink of a Dreadnaught is always special. No matter how many times you have it. No matter whether it is bottle or draft. The anticipation starts with looking at the bottle then the pour then the first smell then the first drink. At that point, you get that first little tingle.
"Oh yeah, baby." A little sharp on the tongue. A LOT of hops on the tongue. And just enough pine and floral taste to say "Hi". And did I mention that they put hops in this brew? Not as well rounded as some examples of the style. But all the good things involved in the style. I personally consider GI Imperial to be a more "rounded" DIPA. But when I want to grab a bottle of all that is good and holy about the DIPA style, we all know I grab a Dreadnaught. And no wonder. Good grief, this is decadent.
For those of you who care about mouthfeel and don't already know the feel of this beer..... Well, it's got a little bit of "stick" to it. And that's a double meaning there. It has both the feel of resin left in your mouth and the lingering feel that makes you just want to slug it down. "It's not normal" indeed.
One of these days, I promise you.......I will go to the Map Room (probably with Urbanhack) and have nothing but this on draft. Some day. Whenever those guys get it back on draft. Which they haven't had on my last 3-4 trips recently.
Price: $9.00 Served In: Pint Glass
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