One of the great benefits of living in Chicago is being close to Three Floyds Brewing, a world class brewer just across the border in Indiana. They are most famously makers of Dark Lord, a Russian Imperial stout so deliciously complex that it invites an annual festival celebrating its release. Dark Lord certainly makes a serious attempt at justifying its hype. Yet the Three Floyds beer I generally crave the most is their imperial IPA, the Dreadnaught.
Simply put, Dreadnaught is the best IPA made in the midwest U.S., and one of the world's best beers. It perennially sits near the top of Ratebeer.com's annual "Best Beers" list, and ranked third amongst "Best Imperial IPAs" at the site, right behind Russian River's Pliny family.
I can't do this beer justice but to say that it pours gorgeously, hazy orange, smells of pine, grapefruit, and orange peel, recalls champagne in the mouthfeel, and has a seamless combination of citrusy hops, and melon-like malts. Pouring it from a bottle does no disservice to its charms whatsoever.
Dreadnaught is certainly on the short list of best beers in the world. Period.