Thursday, February 14, 2013

Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA - Tom #8

Hoppy Hallmark Holiday to everyone! ( Happy Valentines Day) Hopefully y'all have someone special your spending it with whether that's a significant other, friends or even a big special brew! Anyways for this review we will be dipping into a big Imperial Double IPA from Three Floyds called Dreadnaught IPA. I acquired this in my first trade with a good guy from the Chicago area and was super excited to try this one. So sit back, buckle in and prepare for the ride.  
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About the beer:
Style: Imperial Double IPA 
ABV: 9.5%
IBUs: 99

From Three Floyds:
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.

Poured this into the new Dogfish Head IPA glass 
Appearance: This brew pours a hazy deep golden orange color that packs a big 3 finger white head that actually lingers around for quite some time and leaves lacing where ever it touches. A solid and really great looking IPA.

Aroma: WHOA! Right into the glass you instantly smell lots and lots of citrus and piney notes. When you dig your nose into it you definitely pull out a lot of mango, pine, citrus and mild subdued hops which is amazing since this is a DIPA. Being a mid-west brew it definitely has the west coast IPA characteristics thus far to it. Overall a really fantastic smelling IPA.

Taste: Where to start with this thing, the taste of this brew was unbelievable. At first sip you can really taste a lot of citrus notes with heavy pine backing. This was mildly sweet on the back of the pallet with the ever so tart hint to it. The after taste definitely packs the hop profile you would expect from a big IPA. While throughout the tasting there is a dominate hop presence, its not till the follow through that they really shine through and give you that pallet cleansing of hops.

Verdict: Overall this is a winner in my book hands down in every category. I've heard a lot of people say its like fruit juice and such, no way. This beer has a superior legacy behind it for a reason. Its bold, yet ridiculously smooth and absolutely refreshing to the max! This is brew will definitely get a IPA fan boys motor turning and even if you aren't a big IPA fan you will still find love in this (ask my dad who doesn't like bold bitter IPA's at all who loved this!) So as for a letter grade Dreadnaught passes and receives a solid A from me!

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