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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 697
Hads: 3,400
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 591
Gots: 525 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009

A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU
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Photo of hendryxdp
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This isn't going to be a 100% fair review because the bomber that I have is almost a year old. I was told by the kind folks at 3 Floyds that any hoppy beer should be drank with in 3 months of bottling.

With that being said....this beers color is outstanding. A standard golden 3 Floyds orange. Even though it's dated I still got that big nose of hops. Taste is really good...very similar to dread naught with a touch a more malty taste.

After drinking a fresh one, I will rewrite this review. (496 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep honey color. As a big floral aroma with a touch of malts & sweetness. Huge piney hop profile up front. Followed by a resiny funky flavor that finishes with a little sweet and smooth. Overall a great IIPA, really enjoyable (235 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber with puffy loose off white head. 3.75
Big sweet orange Swedish fish nose. 4
Thin caramel, then lots of stewed orange, papaya, and light pine hops. 4
Lemon sorbet comeback and clean citrus oil linger.
Halfway to medium, slight cling, salty, some oil. 4

Salty creamy caramel notes, piles of IBUs, specks of fruit and pine - all the pieces are there. And yet... Suffers in the context of a big tasting; it might be better on a different day. But it also could just be over-hyped. 4 (491 characters)

Photo of KillerJigger
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark honey colored. Had yeast in suspension. Smell was floral w malt. Mouth feel was perfect. Carbed a bit with decent thickness. Tastes was floral and sweet. Well done. Enjoyed this! (189 characters)

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Many will agree, 3 Floyds has a number of offerings that keep you coming back. Arctic Panzer Wolf is the 6th offering from FFF that I have tried, and I have to admit, it is now my favorite!

Pours a very thick frothy head, with a cloudy, gold/copper look, resembling an orange witbier.
The nose is perfect, with citrus and floral tones.
The taste is a mildly bitter, forward west coast style hop up front, with a perfect sweet malt to finish.
The feel is near perfect, leaving your palate craving for the next experience.

Looks like I'll have to make more frequent trips to my neighboring state of Indiana, since this is so limited to get in Ohio, but it will be worth it! (674 characters)

Photo of khmel
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy dark amber/ copper color. Creamy long-lasting head and nice lacing.

S: Piney hops, no citrus notes, sweet malt.

T: Pine hops in front, smooth, sweet malt undercurrent. Strong resiny pine hop at end.

M: Super creamy, medium body, low carbonation. (257 characters)

Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best offerings I have had from FFF. Acquired 2 x 22oz bottles from awdturboiv in one of a few recent trades with him, and loved this beer after having wanted to get my hands on it for a while. Great example of the style, at least as far as how the flavor profile that I prefer for a double. Juicy flavor, hop forward like I like my beers, with just a bit of a bitter finish to it, but not in a bad way. It got better and better as I worked my way through the bomber. This beer gets overshadowed by some of FFF's more well known IPAs, which is fine by me. More for me then! (589 characters)

Photo of RobNewton
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For a little back story, the sender might recognize this, I received this beer by playing off Cleveland's foolish desperation for a major sports title. I had the Warriors, he had the Cavs, I have the beer!

Awesome beer. The head is a beautiful white with orange tint. The body is a cloudy orange.

I'm hit with orange and a little bit of apple on the nose. It tastes like some combination of orange creamsicle/freeze pop. I've had Zombie Dust, Permanent Funeral, and now this from 3 Floyds, and this is my favorite of the three. There's a little bitterness on the finish, but that becomes less noticeable as you drink it.

It's actually pretty light on the tongue. The body compliments the juicy flavor very nicely and the ABV is masked!

I'll be looking for this again!

On a semi-related note, what's up with these labels? (827 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Bright, light yet cloudy copper. Lots of head. Medium bubble size. Not a lot of lacing in my cup.

Smell - Malt. Floral. Citrus. Pine.

Taste - Orange icecream. Malt. Pine and bitter. Grapefruit.

Feel - No carbonation overload. Bitter on tongue but well masked. Creamy and medium.

Overall - It is bitter but not too bitter. It is sweet but not too sweet. I keep saying I need to have a side by side taste test but I still say Cimmerian is the best. (460 characters)

Photo of PEDXING
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A little more sweet/malty than I prefer. Great aroma, with heavy tropical fruits. Pineapple? Maybe starfruit? Taste and mouth feel is just a smidge heavy. (154 characters)

Photo of exposd
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of floral, spice, and hops from this Imperial IPA from 3 Floyds. The nose of this beer is amazing when pouring it into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. On the first taste I got slot of fruit throughout as well, getting hints of apricot, peaches, and oranges on top of floral out the ass and the typical hop blast expected from a good craft IIPA. (350 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful label, definitely would stand out on a shelf.
A: dark amber with a thick, white head.
S: Malty caramel like sweetness, cinnamon spiciness.
T: Similar to nose, malty forward DIPA, hops are fairly balanced. Hop kick mid sip.
M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness, hops prickly to tongue.
O: Fairly balanced DIPA, I thought the maltiness meshed pretty well with the hops. (382 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour bottle in Lost Abbey Teku glass. Nice head and lacing. Aromas and taste of pine, oranges and tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is well balance with some stickiness.
Great overall DIPA! (182 characters)

Photo of ZachDow7
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IMHO this is FFFs most West Coast like style DIPA. Very bitter very hopy. Not the normal citrus/tropical notes from most their IPA/DIPAS. Very nice beer though (159 characters)

Photo of GiveEmilyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First review on Beer Advocate, since I lost my beer journal. Happy to be here! The big hops and pine are impressively balanced. Bitter citrus would be overwhelming if not for the pine and 9% ABV. Personally love to hate on FFF whenever possible (Beer should only get credit for being good, not for being from a certain brewery) but impossible here. A great beer. (362 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a snifter. Big aroma on this one, like many other 3F beers. I could smell this one as I was pouring it. Pours a cloudy copper with 1 finger's width of slightly off-white foam. Tons of carbonation all the way to the last sip. Nose is very floral and grassy-pine, grapefruit, and peaches. Medium weight and awesomely creamy mouthfeel. This thing drinks like a 6%'er. Slight bitterness up front on the taste, and a strong grapefruit presence. Lots of malt on the back end. Very well balanced. The aftertaste is a bit grassy/grainy with some lingering bittersweet flavor.

Overall, another impressive beer by the boys from Munster. This one is almost as good as Cimmerian sabertooth Berzerker, which I gave a 5. It all comes down to personal taste, of course, but this one was just a little too muted for me to consider it worthy of a 5. Still an awesome, awesome, awesome beer. I enjoyed every sip. (907 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4.25/4/4/4.25/4
Served on tap at Mikkeller Bar Bangkok.
Hazy amber with an aggressively hoppy nose. Lots of citrus and pine, with an unfortunate underlying staleness. A big beer with big flavor. I do wonder about the freshness? Syrupy sweet malt with candied lemon and a piney bitter finish that's - on the whole - rather balanced just goes on and on. A great beer, but not a great DIPA. (388 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Big, cloudy, orange-gold. Unfiltered, and i can’t see any carbonation. A finger of off white head, and some random lacing.


S: Cereal like Shreddies in milk, orange, pineapple, and pine needles. My nose is detecting alcohol, but well hidden.


T: Cereal. Again Shreddies, orange marmalade, a floral quality like orange blossoms and honey.


M: Thick, syrupy body, a fair amount of foamy carbonation. A pleasant bitter aftertaste that’s not overwhelming.


O: Excellent brew. Found this one in Chicago at Whole Foods, brought it to China where I am now drinking it on March 10th, 2015. It just keeps getting better as you drink it. It has all the right qualities for this style, yet is smooth and amazingly well crafted. (734 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into plastic cup. Hazy orange with some foam and lots of lacing. Aroma is citrus hop, pine, and a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Taste is similar with brief biscuit and caramel sweetness replaced quickly by pine resin and citrus rind bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, dry finish. (310 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pour was deep orange with nice lacing.
S - Strong and fruity.
T - Lots of fresh hop and lots of different flavors ranging from citrus to earthy.
M - Medium body and good range of bitterness.
O - Very good (210 characters)

Photo of Slschimoler
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A; Great pour. Light, yellow tint
S: fresh and pungent. Some Fruit, some earth, some funk.
T: Really excellent DoubleIPA, Unique hop profile,,, Not sure of the hops used but thinking there is something outside of the ordinary. it was not just tropical/citrus fruit. earthy... in a fresh way.
O: Very well done. One of the more interesting Double IPAs from Three Floyds (370 characters)

Photo of rockernino
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mine might have been old. No bottle date. I got a lot of pine and lemon/lime cleaning solution in both the flavor and aroma. I'd try it again and search for a fresh bottle. (172 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - Poured a golden honey color, but was strangely murky and cloudy. A bit unsightly.
S - Bright vibrant and fruity. Lots of sweet orange, almost to a level of orange sherbet or an orange julius.
T - Initially sweet and lightly malty upfront, lens way to savory orange, hops and grapefruit. This actually almost tastes like a less sweet, more savory sherbet. Really good.
O - A damned fine imperial IPA, one of the best that I've had in a long time.
V - Good value. (504 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Bright orange, but hazy. The head is only about a quarter-inch thick and dies down right away, leaving a few wisps on the surface. No lacing to speak of.

SMELL: There is tropical fruit and tangerine all over this beer and it is delicious smelling. There’s a touch of pine lingering in the background and the slightest hint of mint. Bottled about three weeks ago, it’s not surprising this smells so fresh.

TASTE: The biggest surprise here is the bitterness, and it’s a pleasant surprise. After the nose, I expected a sweeter, fruitier beer. The fruit is still very much there, tropical, citrus; all with that tangerine still out in front, but grapefruit and grass make a huge splash, mid-sip and ride it out until the end. Again, some hints of mint and maybe a touch of anise at the very end.

MOUTHFEEL: It’s weird to say this about a beer that literally makes your tongue curl from bitterness, but it’s pretty well balanced. That tongue curling only happens on the back end of the sip after a sweet punch early. Maybe balanced is the wrong word, a nice contrast sums it up a little better. The body is medium and the sparkle is light, but lingers for a longer time than the palate expects it to.

OVERALL: This is a real treat to be able to drink this fresh out here in Colorado. That is part of what I miss about living in Chicago; fresh FFF. Overall, this is an excellent Double IPA, I still think I prefer Dreadnaught though. (1,473 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been itching to try this. Here goes:

A: Good. Not very clear, though - in fact, this beer pours rather cloudily and there are a lot of hop particles floating in the solution. The head and lacing were great, though. Dark orange in color.

S: Not as impressive as some of their other offerings, but still good. Large apricot and pineapple/tropical hop presences - also a lot of grapefruit. There's also a noticeable amount of sweet caramel malt. One of the smells, however, is a little...off. Kind of like astringent cat piss, but the smell isn't really potent compared to the other ones.

T: Good. Hops followed by a perceptible (but faint) tang of sweet caramel malt. Hops follow the nose. Of note, the pissy smell is a little stronger in the taste than in the smell. Kind of a drawback. However, you can tell that it's still a well-made beer, relatively speaking.

Of special note, this beer is nowhere near as balanced as FFF's other offerings (Dreadnaught, ZD, Alpha King, Gumballhead). Lots of hops but a very poor malt profile.

F: Good. Thick, well-carbonated, glides on the tongue.

O: A good beer with one drawback. (1,144 characters)

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.