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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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695 Reviews
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Reviews: 695
Hads: 3,397
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.07%
Wants: 587
Gots: 524 | 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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Reviews: 695 | Hads: 3,397
Photo of n2185
3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Some citrusy notes up front--mostly grapefruit with some pineapple. Pine, grass, and earthy aromas follow.

T: Pine dominates the palate here. There are some grapefruit and grassy notes as well, but mostly it's dry, resiny pine. The finish is bitter with a light alcohol burn. The bitterness lingers well after each sip.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation that accents the bitter pine notes well.

O: An alright DIPA. It's not bad, but it's very overpriced ($13 for a bomber where I got it) and not nearly worth it. It's too bitter and piny for my tastes. (673 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bottle from fvernon; thank you very much for this want! Split into tulip glasses...

Pours a gorgeous yellow gold color that is rather unique. It’s not a semi-translucent copper or straw color, but rather appears as a solid mass of maybe plastic with the color of yellow gold. Atop rests a generous two-finger head of pure white color and fluffy, bubbly consistency. Retention and lacing are a bit lacking, but are minor qualms.

The aroma is of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) and caramel malt primarily, with notes of grains and spicy, resinous hops in the rear. An earthy pine note from the hops is prominent.

It tastes of strong grapefruit and orange citrus, lemon zest, caramel malt, various light grains, and a strange chalkiness that is a bit offputting; it's honestly just plain white sidewalk chalk that comes to mind, reminiscent of the large number of paint chips as a kid. Luckily it's faint, but I still wish it weren't there.

Mouthfeel is solid; ample carbonation, slightly dry on the finish, not overly resinous. Well done here.

Overall, the contents of this bottle suggest a decent IPA. I'd give it another go, considering this bottle may be past its prime, but I'd keep expectations low and open myself to the possibility of a pleasant surprise. (1,285 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 7/29/11.

Pours a slightly hazy blonde color with two fingers of thick, white head.

Fruity and a bit catty with with some caramel malt.

Very fruity and grape-like taste with some mango and an aspirin-bitterness on the end.

Very smooth feel with a medium body and low carbonation.

A little rough at first, but becomes more palatable after it warms to room temperature. (403 characters)

Photo of Pabs311
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy ornage-yellow with a nice pillowy off-white head with good retention, leaves some spotty lacing around the glass.

S- mainly citrus and herbal hops, a little weak for my taste though. some caramel malt comes through as well to balance everything out. there was something that did seem a little off on the nose though, couldn't quite pick up exactly what it was though.

T- similar to the nose. a little more intense on the hops. same caramel sweet maltiness coming through at points. but still that weird flavor that i can't quite pick up on what it is exactly. threw me off of this beer a bit.

M/D- medium-light bodied. good carbonation. cannot pick up on the alcohol in here at all. very good drinking beer, minus that weird characteristic. (759 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I guess...

Another IPA, another problem. I mean, Raul knows that it is palatable, but on a daily basis of drinking Pliny, Nelson, AleSmith IPA, Ruination, Racer 5, Sculpin... Blah blah blah blah! I can sip on it, but why should Raul care? Raul agrees, but he ain't stoked.

Peace!

*Raul don't like this review and he plans to revisit the beer. (Especially after he has grown to understand, and even love East Coast IPA's.) (425 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.22/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the beers I hauled back from my first trip to Chicago. I was really excited for this as it was my first ever FFF purchase.

The label art on this one is bad-ass - a Hot chick Viking standing on a pile of skulls? Hell. Yes.

The beer itself is a pale wheat color, hazed, with lots of visible rising carbonation. The head was pretty small despite my efforts to produce something memorable. I was quickly left with a short line of white bubbles ringing my glass, though these persisted throughout the session. There were intermittent droopy legs of lace that didn't stick to the glass after each sip.

The smell was the best part of this beer imo, and it didn't impress me as much as I had hoped judging from the reviews. Lots of sweet pine and spruce in there. The golden malt is sweet and a huge contributor to this beer's alcohol kick. My initial reaction to the aroma was that this was a cross between Hopslam and Double Trouble.

After, well, it turned out to be not quite as good.

The taste is flush with bitter pine. The hop bitterness is strong with this one. Dry, slightly sweet, the combination of alcohol and carbonation make this one prickly on the tongue.
There's a decent amount of maltiness; this definitely falls into the realm of a Midwest DIPA. I also got mild tones of lemon on the finish.

I found the mouthfeel to be unpleasantly dry. The bitterness on the finish bordered on aspirin, and this was a little boozy for my taste. Full-bodied for an DIPA, with medium to high carbonation.

Overall I didn't care for this. The lack of a freshness date makes it tough to determine the age of this bottle, though the guy at Binny's seemed to think it was fairly fresh. (1,687 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 jmpizzo
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into slightly chilled tulip pint glass.

A - A nice bright orange coloring with a moderate white head. Sticky lacing coats the glass as it goes down. Lots of carbonation going on there.

S - I was expecting a wonderful grapefruit and pine stink to come wafting off of this, but very subdued... disappointing. A very faint smell.

T - Hoppy but a sweet sort of hoppiness. There's a bit of a malty taste here which I enjoy. A small twinge of grapefruit followed by a very spicy and unique aftertaste of orange zest.

M - Thick... like there is some good alcohol backing here. Enjoyable.

O - If I hadn't already tried Dreadnaught and Apocalypse Cow I think I would have enjoyed this more. It's good, but so far it's last on my list of FFF DIPAs I'd choose. (770 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful cascading effervescent golden amber. White head and sticky lacing throughout.

The aroma is fantastic. Big tropical citrus (papaya, grapefruit, guava, mango) front and malt.

How do we go from such a tropical smelling quaff to the flavors of onion and garlic. Got the sweet malt and a piney bitterness going on.

Carbonation is low and bitterness lasts.

I'm not getting the high IBU count here. Took this on the advice that this is close to Zombie Dust...quite not true. Not seeing the hype here, matter of fact I'm disappointed. Now I know why this is always on the shelves throughout Chicagoland. Dreadnaught is better at a lower price. This is not a juicy grapefruit, but rather a pine cone bomb in an onion patch. One good thing though--it is drinkable. This reminds me of Stone's Enjoy By brews. I will not be buying this in the future. (860 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Pours a a light golden amber color with one finger head and no particulates.

Nose gives off grassy, slightly tropical hops with a slight alcohol scent.

Taste gives off strong nail polish flavors with grassy and vegetal hop notes. Sweet, honey-like malt presence.

Moderate to low carbonation with a sweet finish and extremely bitter aftertaste.

Overall an okay brew but highly present alcohol flavors and faded hop taste. Might try a fresher bottle but otherwise wouldn't seek this out. (520 characters)

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

A: Hazy apricot, plenty of puffy white head and lacing. Very appetizing and pretty to look at.

S: Clean malt profile with some mint and marmalade. Subtle hop aromas compared to Dreadnaught.

T: Honey backbone, orangey hops, herbal. Not a lot of hop flavor, but extremely bitter.

M: Crisp and dry, very refreshing.

O: A good DIPA, nothing mindblowing. I'd like to try fresher versions of this. (396 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Received in a trade from rfraga77 - thanks!

A: Pours a beautiful, crystal clear light honey color. Semi-aggressive pour leads to a fluffy white two finger head that leaves sticky, IIPA like lacing all over the glass.

S: Malt hits my nose first but subtly. Followed quickly by slight hop presence that quite honestly was more subtle than I anticipated. The nose on this one wasn't terrible but it wasn't much of anything else either.

T: The hop profile comes through a bit more here but is quickly balanced by the malt. The 9% abv sticks out here like a sore thumb. It quickly takes over as the most dominant flavor profile.

M: Nice feel, well carbonated, sticky and the alcohol burn sticks around for a long time afterwards.

O: A pretty ho-hum brew that is a slow drinker. It's not bad, but it doesn't stand up to the bar set by the class of the IIPA category. (929 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 mothman
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours a light layer of white of white head. Color is a hazed melon orange. Not much head retention or lace.

Aroma: Bittering pine up. Some sweeter citrus. It has some bready malts. A bit of union flavors. Decent, but nothing too special.

Taste: Fairly hoppy here. A big amount of pine and earthy hops. It shows some booze. A bit of citrus. Some orange and grapefruit. A little bit of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, it is a decent iipa, but nothing sticks out to much. A bit above average, but nothing I am falling over for. It just seems like the hop profile is off on this one. Too sticky for me. Somewhat drinkable. (736 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Green hops are featured, smelling like a pound or few of new hop pellets. Citrus and herbaceous aromas are intense with little else to distract from them, save for some bright but minor tropical fruit. No alcohol detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early malt that is soft and bready. Hop aromatics are initially understated, turning citrusy amidst fairly restrained acidity. Hop flavors define the rest of the profile, becoming more piney in the middle as malt presence retreats. Flavors become increasingly herbaceous and astringent into the finish, where bitterness is bracing amidst volatile alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Big and bitter, this DIPA smells very authentic but unfortunately invokes the kitchen sink in the flavor profile. Astringency drags down the latter half, overpowering earlier balance and leaving a frightening impression of high-alpha hop cultivars, all writ large. (1,144 characters)

Photo of 7ways
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught Jr.? I don't really know as I've only had Dreadnaught once. The head was pitiful after a vigorous pour and retreated quickly, hence the below avg. score on that. Nice color though, orange with gold, rather light. The aroma was nice, but not too powerful, nice fruity sweetness, a little too much wintergreen.
It tasted... good. Pine, orange, grapefruit, blah blah blah. So, right, it's a double IPA. Hints of sour fruit and minerals. Not enough malt presence; bitter just for the sake of bitter is a little obnoxious, and I'm tired of trying new hop assaults with no clear character that offer the same damn thing over and over. Not that this is a bad beer, I could (and would) session this if it was lower abv. But it wouldn't be my first choice.

Edit: Not quite there on the mouthfeel, but close. Overall, this reminds me of a dumbed down version of Moylan's Doublander and Maharaja. (898 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here was initial quite sharply of resiny pine, but eventually opened up to have a decidedly sweet smell along with that bitterness....candied perhaps. Interesting.

Taste opens bitter....quite resiny, really. It becomes sweeter, a bit earthy with fair malt character immediately after....but ending with a more protracted bitterness on the tongue after the drink.

Among their IIPA's, I certainly prefer the Dreadnaught since it's juicier and more fruit centered in its hop selection...but this one certainly isn't bad. (526 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Long trail Pint glass

A: Its got that golden honey IPA color but I am surprised by how translucent it is while being an imperial IPA I usually find them to be more cloudy. There is also a 2cm white head that disputes fairly quickly

S: lots of tropical fruit I seem to get a similar melony smell that is precent in other FFF IPAs. There is also a smell of pine after tasting it i feel i can almost smell the bitterness

T: Well the hops that sure do hit with force in the taste the bitterness is almost overpowering (seems like a palate wrecker for sure). Despite the bitterness up front there is a solid malt backbone that stays for a while with the bitterness. I was disappointed at the lack of citrus melony flavor that I thought would come after the smell i can't taste it at all. There is piney resiny type taste but it just adds to the power of the bitterness

M: I was surprised by how thick it felt despite its light color it is oily though. I also can feel the carbonation as I drink, more so then other IPAs i feel.

O: I have to say I was disappointed by this one its not bad but the bitterness is just too overwhelming to me, there seems to be no effort of balance just a bitter hop attack. I was expecting something more fruity after trying ZD but who knows it could be me (usually i like a lot of hops) wasn't bad by any means though. I really wanted to like this one I just can't. (1,411 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy golden/light orange with a small quickly receding head. Aroma of lemon, grapefruit, tangerines. Definitely strong, with slick mouthfeel. Not sure how fresh the bottle is (no date), but not much punch in terms of bitter hops. A bit of tangerine and apricot, with a lingering grapefruit tartness. Not super impressed here, but not a bad beer. Something about this style of IPA just doesn't do it for me. The bitter dryness cuts into the juicy citrus in a way that I don't dig. Also gave me a headache for some reason, so maybe that was taking away from things. (571 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark yellow with a dense creamy head; leaving globs of sticky lacing as it dissipates.

Aroma is bready caramel malt up front. Then a strong citrus character takes over - plenty of apricot and peach. Then a musty, yeasty spice appears in the finish.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready malt overshadowed by citrus hop. More of the musty spice quality in the finish, along with a little alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little syrupy.

Overall a messy DIPA. The hops don't shine through the malty yeast quality. (535 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy deep golden with a 1 finger white head. Unfiltered look is so inviting.

S- Lemon, orange zest, slight vegatation. Candied pale malt body. Moderate aromatics

T and M- Chewy almost. Chalky and sweet. Reminds me some of Two Hearted. Slightly dry, but no cringe bitterness. Body much to heavy for the style. Kills the drinkability.

O- okay. Not the best effort from FFF (377 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Apricot colored, with a head slightly shy of 1 finger. Little retention or lacing. First pour from the bomber has good clarity, the second is full of fine floaties.

S: Mango, pineapple, mild citrus. Relatively restrained for the style.

T: Quite fruity, dominated by tropical flavors. Somewhat sweet, but with very little malt character.

M: Fairly dry, with medium-high carbonation. Slightly sticky, bitter finish.

O: Good, but definitely short of great in nearly all areas. (480 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enelson hooked this up along with some very sought after brews... Thanks Edward!! Shared with inflatablechair.

Pours hazy sorty marmalade color.. great lacing and a big foamy white head..

Nose is very fruity.. and dry? plenty of citrus zest and some minor melon.. pungent hoppiness... no malts to speak of.

Flavor begins very (way too) bitter... really dry throughout.. resinous citrus and pine toward the finish.. again this one is very very dry for such a bigboned DIPA... the lack of any malt profile actually make me think this one is pretty flimsy and too one dimensional.. white pith grapefruit.. the body is good, but the EtOH just strips the flavors off the palate.... very abrasive and unforgiving..

Too unidimensional for me.. the bitterness and hop resins cake my teeth without any direction.. not everything needs to be a hop bomb.. and this one needs to be dialed in.

Thanks again to Ed.. but wow!! I really thought I was gonna like this one given FFF's IPA record, but it is too sharp and not even remotely balanced.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5 (1,056 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

No bottled on date, so....I shall assume this is fresh.

A - Pretty good look - a bright golden straw body, substantial white head.

S - some alcohol, some pine, some citrus. Not too intense, not too specific, and surprisingly boozy.

T - Light tropical fruits, a bit of dry grass. But again, for a DIPA, this lacks intensity.

M - a touch drying, pretty smooth, nice medium-full body.

O - this is not that good. I think Dreadnaught is super good, but this is just pretty mediocre. Feels good, looks good, but the taste really doesnt do too much for ya. (554 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a bright bronze and copper color. Great head and awesome retention. Nice Brussel's lacing and sluggish, yet full bubbling.

What an orange zest and lemon peel aroma. I maybe notice some very delicate biscuit powder aroma. This beer smells of huge hop bomb.

Lots of bitter hop flavors from start to finish. The alcohol adds another layer of bitterness to this citric zest eruption. I noticed some bitter, tropical fruit flavors, maybe some crushed flower juice. This is a hot bitter bomb that can only be sipped. (526 characters)

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.