Things have been crazy busy lately with work and family. So, after rushing home from work and taking my son to soccer practice, and then coming home to mow the lawn, I decided to crack open this beer. I picked it up a few months ago during one of my many work trips up to Chicago. Whenever I find Three Floyds beers up there I snag them. This one says it was bottled on 7/3/2014, and like the last beer I had, I didn’t want these big IPAs sitting around much longer loosing their hoppiness. The label says:
A hophead’s dream beer. This imperial India pale ale has an opening salvo of mango, peach in citrus hop aromas that sit atop hey pronounced caramel malt backbone. Although Dreadnaught is a strong and intensely hoppy ale, it’s complex flavor is both smooth and memorable.
Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 9.5% ABV, 100 IBUs, ~295 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden in color with some orange hues. What’s in the glass is very clear, but I noticed quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. It has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head with great retention and lacing. The aroma is a grapefruity mix of hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is solid and the mouthfeel is smooth with some oiliness from the hops and creaminess from the head. The flavor up front is a mix of tropical fruits and light caramel sweetness. It’s still somewhat sweet in the middle, with the same flavors, but it turns bitter in the finish. The finish is an earthy-citrusy mix of hop bitterness and flavor, with a strong malt backbone. The hop flavors and bitterness last for a minute or two in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: I had this beer with some spicy Mexican food and the sweetness of the beer was a great balance. I think the hop flavors and bitterness also need something hearty that can stand up to it, like a good cheeseburger.
Overall Impression: I wish I would have enjoyed this beer when it was a bit fresher to get more of the hop flavors and bitterness. It had a strong malt presence that lasted throughout and the hops were good, but were probably better when fresher. Overall, I thought it was a good beer with good malt and hop flavors, but I’d like to try this fresh if I ever get a chance.