Dreadnaught Imperial India Pale Ale

Review Date 4/6/2024 By John Staradumsky


Just the other night, I was enjoying a can of 3 Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker Double India Pale Ale, and I thought: is this the first Imperial/Double IPA I have ever had from 3 Floyds? Of course it canít be, I thought, I love 3 Floyds, it is one of my favorite breweries of all times. They got me through the dark times when I first moved to Georgia some 23 years ago, when craft beer choices were limited because there was a 6% cap on alcohol content. Yet, I checked my reviews here on Guruofbrew.com-no DIPAs from 3 Floyds.

Still, I had indeed had a DIPA from 3 Floyds, Dreadnaught Imperial India Pale Ale. back in August of 2022. I just didnít review it. Fortunately, though, I am fastidious about taking tasting notes, so striking while the iron is hot, I dug them up and here I am to tell you about the beer. While Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker is more of a hazy Bew England juicy IPA, Dreadnaught is on the theme of a classic American West Coast Imperial.

3 Floyds says:

Our OG Imperial IPA, Dreadnaught ups the ante with intense citrus hop aromas, a huge malt body, and a crisp finish. Notes of pine, mango, and pineapple are balanced by A strong malt bill which creates a wonderful partner to the strong hop bitterness.

3 Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial India Pale Ale has an alcohol content of 9.4% by volume with 85 IBUs. It has been around since 1997, but I had never seen it until 2022. I paid $6.49 for my can from Half Time Beverage. Total Wine sells it for $14.99 for a 4-pack of pint cans in Knoxville, TN. My can is stamped PKGD ON 03/21/22, and I drank it on 8/22/2022.

3 Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial India Pale Ale pours to a brilliant orange caramel color with a thick head of cauliflower foam and a nose of perfumey, earthy hops and bright citrus. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body with caramel malt up front. It is infused with herbal earthy, citrusy hops and finishes with a long dry leafy bitterness. In many ways, this reminds me of Hopslam, and how could that be a bad thing? Itís even a touch dank vegetal.

Definitely a beer I want to buy again.

 Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned