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Dreadnaught

Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Munster, IN
USA
http://threefloyds.com/

Style: Imperial/Double IPA

Eddie’s Rating:
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I have a dream. It’s not some wimpy dream like world peace or hot naked chicks. It’s about beer and food, of course. My dream is going to a world-class steakhouse and ordering a masterfully cooked piece of grade A meat and eating it alongside a masterfully brewed imperial IPA. The problem is most restaurants don’t carry anything close to a respectable beer list. If you’re really lucky, they might carry a Chimay Blue, but you won’t find anything with more than a smidgen of hops in it. So unless you live in Portland and can go to Higgins, or you somehow find a four-star steak joint that’s BYOB, you’re SOL.

But I’m not one to abandon dreams, especially one as grand as this one. So I went after the next best thing and had an acquaintance who is just as good as any chef cook me a slab of top sirloin. I enjoyed that with what is most likely the best imperial IPA—and maybe one of the best beers—in the world: Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught.

This beer is worth its weight in gold, and that’s exactly how it pours: deep, beautiful gold, with a medium head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a massive bouquet of citrus rind: grapefruit, definitely, maybe even a dash of lime. You can smell it a mile away, and it’s gorgeous. Cascade? Centennial? Doesn’t matter, I guess, since even the hop-averse would love this smell.

The mouthfeel is incredibly sharp and clean, especially the first few sips before the beer starts to warm up. Something you wouldn’t expect for a beer this complex. The palate is just as impressive as the nose, an absolutely perfect mixture of heady malt, both hoppy bitterness and citric sweetness, and a healthy dose of alcohol. The backwash is all hoppy bitterness, where the hops linger across the inside of your throat and slowly crawl up until they tickle the tip of the tongue. But for all that bitterness, you’d never describe it as harsh. Suprisingly, for an imperial IPA, there’s no harshness to be found in this beer—this is one crisp, clean brew. In short, Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught is a phenomenally complex beer that is still pleasingly drinkable.

But how did it go with the steak? The powerful combo of hops, carbonation and alcohol provided a near-perfect contrast to the rich fattiness of the steak. When my plate and glass were clean I was left wishing for more. One (slightly modified) dream fulfilled.

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on April 22, 2007.
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