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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 3,409
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 597
Gots: 534 | 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: 698 | Hads: 3,409
Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. No bottle date, but I just picked this up from the brewery (so it better be fresh :) ).

Great name and great label artwork! Pours a hazy peachy orange. Big, sticky, light beige head. Good retention and nice lacing too. Huge hop nose. Big notes of pine, resin, clementines, lemon, grapefruit, and pepper. Powdered sugar sweet malt accents as well, but this is predominantly hoppy to this nose.

Hop bitterness right up front. Citrus and pine flavors dominate. Big notes of pine sap, clementine orange, grapefruit, and some peppery spiciness. Orange creamsicle malt, with some boozy pineapple, try to hide under the huge hop flavor/bitterness. Still can make them out and they provide just enough counter-punch to the alpha acids. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus and resin bitterness. Medium-full body, with a slightly syrupy feel, before the finish. Warming, but pretty easy to drink. This seems pretty fresh (but I still wish there was a bottled on date on this thing!

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

A fantastic random gift from boatshoes, my beerbro. Move back east already, Fletcher!

A: Lovely. Pours a hazy light orange gold. Absolutely beautiful coloring. Not too much head to speak of, which is the only problem.

S: Pure hop juice. Smells like brew day. A huge smack of citrus and pine hops. Malt need not apply.

T/M: Okay, may have spoken too soon about the total lack of malt, because there's a bit of the sweet stuff up front. It's only a brief reprieve from the hop assault. Very juicy, very bitter citrus and pine hops. Powerful citrus finish. Not a trace of the 9% ABV. Body on the heavy side for the style, with medium carbonation.

D: Outstanding. A tremendous Double IPA. Thanks again, Fletcher!

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

received from robwestcott in beer and football fantasy football league.

a - poured a three-fingers thick tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a hazy orange-amber color; it looked dense.
s - big piney hops then some fruitiness comes through like apples, peaches, and apricots.
t - huge piney hops again with a grapefruit finish. very complex.
m - thick and coating, lip-smacking stickiness.
o - 3F is as good as it gets with DIPAs in my opinion and this one did not disappoint. i'm not sure how it isn't ranked higher in this category.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle about 4 weeks old. Not sure of price as I received in a trade. Usually $12-15 around here.

A - Poured it hard. Thats the way my Spiegelau likes it. A hazy, cloudy deep golden yellow. Huge, white fluffy head disippates to a finger width.

S - Pungent. It stings the nostrils. Not really, but very musky/earthy, with a distinctly unique fruit (?) I have not noticed before. Must the marmalade mentioned on the bottle. A sweet and sour thing going on too. Very intriguing.

T - Very solid malt base, grassy hops, some citrus in the form of orange and grapefruit, tropical fruit (mango?), a slight spiceyness, and slightly bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is not reflective of the 100 IBUs it is listed at though.

M - Incredibly smooth. Like a dolphins ass. Almost creamy texture. A very solid medium body for a DIPA, probably slightly above. Average carbonation. Parts ways by leaving a nice, slick coating on your tongue.

O - The wolf has got me in it's grip. Tons of aroma. Tons of flavor. This is easily one of the most balanced, and unique DIPAs I have ever had. Hard to believe how easy drinking this beer is with all of the flavors. No hype here folks. Get it! GET IT NOW! Wait… I mean it's terrible. Especially the stuff that comes to Ohio.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Appearance: Slightly murky orange with a little peach thrown in. A half finger white head that did not last long but a film lasted.

Aroma: Apricot, floral, and pine. Some white wine. A slight tropical fruity smell. Some citrus. And sweetness as well.

Taste: Floral, piney apricot. Very slight citrus. A little pineapple. Picked up a white wine characteristic, too. Sweetness with a slight bitterness throughout. As it warms, flavors become more piney apricot/peach with malts pulling through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is just a slight below medium. Bitterness in the finish is not as aggressive. It feels light for an Imperial IPA. It goes down smooth with no residual sticky or oily feeling.

Overall: A good Imperial IPA. It would please any hopheads.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The color is a radiant full golden color, translucent with small yeast particles floating around the sides of the glass. A creamy white head forms upon pouring. Decent retention, and some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Holy crap, I could smell this hop explosion the second I popped the bottle. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Wow.

Taste: A hop bomb from start to finish, and this is fantastic. There is a lightly sweet malt presence, but the hops take over right away. Just a plethora of pure hoppiness - mango, pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit. A bit of earthy and pine hops at the end as well. Finishes smooth and a bit bitter, but there is a juicy sweetness that stays with me throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, with a creamy feel. A ton of hop residue left on the tongue, which is the only thing that really detracts from the score. A bit sticky as well. All wrapped up in a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: This is just a great DIPA. At this point, any DIPA from Three Floyds should be considered gold.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich copper color with a reasonable white head. The smell was the best. Definitely lots of citrus hop aroma, and at a certain point, the smell took on a grapefruit/candy note that was very specific but I could not place. The taste was a assertively bitter with malty sweetness present. The mouthfeel was a touch syrupy, but not heavy and certainly enjoyable. Drinkability was good, but its a 9%, very bitter beer, so it can only be so good.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased locally (despite our distributor being certifiably retarded). Served in a 3F Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Pours a very pleasing orange yellow. Very small amount of white head on the first pour that goes quickly. 2nd pour leaves a much more substantial, white fluffy head. Lacing is good, but not great.

S: Nice combo of juicy, piney hops and tropical fruit. Some slight sweetness from the malt/lactose sugar.

T: Raw, fresh hops with a nice complementing sweetness. Like the nose, there's some strong topical fruit flavors like pineapple, apricot and oranges. Then the piney bitterness kicks in at the end, but it's not overwhelming and finishes nice and smooth. Fantastic!

M: This is the perfect mouthfeel for a big, hearty DIPA. Medium bodied, with a nice viscosity to it. The carbonation is ample enough to not let it get sticky and overbearing. Overall very smooth and pleasing.

D: 9% DIPA's don't get much more accessible than this. Not a trace of booze, and the bitterness didn't really wear on the palate. 22oz was a nice serving, but I couldn't help but want more when my glass was empty.

A real winner from 3F's. I enjoy this a lot more than I do any of their other big, hoppy brews. Hopefully this will be produced in greater numbers later this year/next year. Track it down if you can!

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Photo of guytyping
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Citrusy! Hoppy! Also malty for a DIPA.

Have you ever been to a really nice amusement park where the lines are short, the rides are awesome, and the food isn't overpriced? That's what this beer is like.

It also kind of reminds me of running through a lush meadow without any insects.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dvelcich for this bottle in a trade.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A- Lighter hazy orange with a 3/4 finger off-white head. The head has fine bubbles that quickly recede to the edges. There is some mild lacing.

S- Sweet citrus- Lemon, orange, grapfruite, followed by some pine scents.

T- Very Piney and tart, slight hing of citrus.

D- Creamy, nice tartness-bitterness bite, low carbonation.

O- This is how I like my IIPAs, West Coast style.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange color with fairly large head that recedes relatively quickly. Nose is sweet with bitter citrus - maybe tangerine? Taste follows - starts off sweet, with bitter citrus and a hint of piney dankness. The mouthfeel is on point with fairly high carbonation, and the alcohol comes through in a pleasant way. Overall, a great west-coast style IIPA that falls just a bit short in balance compared to the very best.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Dark golden almost orange with a thick head
S: Citrus rind and pine
T: Citrus bitterness, sweet malts, some pine
Mf: Tastes thick for the style. A little boozy
O: 3Floyds was going for a in your face assault on the taste buds. They certainly achieved that. While not my favorite 3F achieved their goal.

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Photo of littlekidlover
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from FFF. Pours a cloudy amber straw color into my beer tasting wine glass. Smells of pine, apricot, and citrus notes with a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced with, the aroma coming through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Watch out for this one, it is quite drinkable, but that alcohol content could be a killer. I recommend giving it a try, seems like Three Floyds know their IPA.

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Photo of poibag808
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice deep orange with about 1 finger white head. Head dissipated quickly.

S: lots of sweet orange and grapefruit/sweet fruits.

T: you get sweet citrus, similar to orange juice upfront. Some really sweet maltiness followed with a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

good beer way more balanced then I expected it to be. Great beer.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ha on tap at Three Floyd's pub.
Got a 10oz snifter for $5.

Pours a beautiful gold copper cooler with a sweet white head. Looks like the perfect DIPA.

The aroma consist of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Very hoppy smelling. Soooo good!!

Yeah Buddy!!! This is one badass DIPA. A blast of citrus upfront that is bitter and a nice biscuity malt on the finish so it's not a one sided monster.

Mouthfeel is huge. Syrupy with nice carbs.

Totally different than Dreadnaught, but just as good.

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Photo of bobhits
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow a glorious grapefruit in your face double IPA. This beer is amazingly hop forward. I have to say this is not nearly as citrus and sweet as dreadnaught. The malt I think is the problem. It's a touch heavier and thicker than dreadnaught.

There isn't much more commentary needed on this one. If in your face hops, especially grapefruit hops is your thing, have at it. If not well there's nothing else to talk about here. I will add that the lacing on this beer is extremely thick, leaving rings of head. If appearance is your thing (why?) then this is definitely up there. Beyond that it's thicker to almost a marginally not awesome point, but the beer drinks like a far thinner and smaller beer. Well done three floyds.

Better than dreadnaught? Well no. One of the best IPA's on the planet? Without a question. Cannot recommend this more for hop heads.

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Photo of Stigs
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of goodstrongbeer, who hooked me up with just the thing. served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with about half an inch of frothy tight off-white colored foam. the beer is bright gold in color with some hop haze. light spotty lacing left behind.

S - very strong. fresh tropical pineapple, mango, candied oranges. joined near the end by some bittering piney hops. light layer of sweet caramel underneath, but this is all about fruity hops. cant express enough how good this smells.

T - quick flash of the fruity tropical hops before turning into a massive bittering hop bomb, focusing on fresh wet pine needles and grassy hops. mellows out with more melon and some honey malts, with a light burning alcohol. yummy.

M - thick syrupy body (almost to a fault) but nice tight active carbonation cuts through and deploys the wonderful flavors to all corners of the mouth. finishes with strong lingering piney hops and lightly sweet tropical fruits.

D - incredible beer here. excellent aroma with an attention grabbing transition from fruity hops to insanely bitter pine-monster. not much I would improve here.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold/orange with a small white head that fades into oblivion.

Smells of tropical fruits and a little sweetness. Maybe a touch of honey.

A palate wrecker if there ever was. Starts out with an intense grapefruit bitterness balanced well with a good malt backbone. A touch of sweetness in the middle rounding into a delicious piney hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation levels.

This is every bit the equal of Dreadnaught and a great addition to the 3F lineup. Drink this one fresh though. Fresh bottles and off draft are some of the best beers I've had, but more than a few weeks old and it loses a ton of its great flavors.

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Photo of mntlover
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Want to thank merlin48 for this bottle, dedicate this one to my sweet dog Belle that just pasted.

Pours a lightly hazy peach color with a big frothy off white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is damn hops fill my nose as soon as cap is popped a great sign. Very wonderful citrus hop aromas fresh oranges, pineapple, red grapefruit all mingled with a sprinkle of fresh pine needles. Some light malt sweetness underneath it all, just enough to hold the hops not much more.

Taste is juicy fruit grapefruits, orange pineapple just like the nose nice and chewy just like juicy fruit. Very tasty hop forward I2PA with enough malt to hold all the hops. Finish is linger citrus fruits along with pine notes.

Mouthfeel is medium body with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall very tasty brew very nice aroma, that carries over to the taste. I wonderful example of a great style, but then again FFF knows how to make a good I2PA.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks deuce27 for sharing.

So I can't really comment on the color as god forbid we shared a bomber poured into 10-oz Lord Fletcher's plastic tumblers with little more than a campfire for ambient lighting. The Wolf she did kick up an angry head as if in protest to the plastic. Retention was positive with definite lacing.

But then there was the nose. It's one of those magical DIPA aromas that you wish your wife would wear instead of Chanel no. 5. A luscious.. Citrus and pine and bury your nose in the pineapples, mangos and apricots type. Marvelous.

Taste is as good as any world class DIPA. Immediately bitter with pines, grapefruit pith assaulting the palate in true hop bomb fashion yet restrained with that tropical tangerine dream goodness borrowed from the nose, malt coming in late to balance and subdue leaving a clean, lingering, trace of bitterness, ever so slightly warming finish.

The body is just about exactly as medium as they come, it holds together so well on the tongue without being cloying or too sticky.

Overall? I would most certainly not be able to stop myself from drinking this until the supply was exhausted or I passed stone cold out. At 9 something ABV the latter would come quickly..

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy orange yellow color with a fluffy 2 finger head.

The aroma has orange, mango, pine, apricot, grass.

The flavor is huge on this malty mouthfeel, which is immediately noticeable, then there’s some grapefruit, apricot, tropical fruits, and pineapple. The hop fruit profile is actually a bit hard to put a finger one. A huge strong pine bitterness just smacks you though after a few seconds. It really is strong, but also enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is so big that it is almost stout like. It’s a very big feel, but also drinkable because of the bitterness that cleans up the beer.

This is a really strong and fantastic DIPA.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy, golden-orange with a big, fluffy, soapy, sticky bright white head that leaves behind tons of lacing and great retention. Gorgeous DIPA. The nose explodes with massive hop aromas. Citrus such as fresh grapefruit, orange, and apricot. This is a serious fresh hop, pine, and citrus bomb. Great body. Seriously. So creamy and smooth. Feels fantastic and the flavors are absurd. This has so much complexity for being such a hop bomb. The IBUs are off the charts but the hop character is so enjoyable. There some booze, some really dry qualities, and a bit of cloying sweetness, but outside of that it's a flawless beer. Wow.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw gold ale that looks deceptively light in the glass with a fluffy pure white head. Clear the head is the snow covered Artic portion of the name of this Imperial IPA. Two ways to go big with hops--extremely big on top of extremely big, and big on top of lighter; this beer is the latter. Gives the beer a massive hop nose, bigger than most Imperial India Pale Ales. Very clean and singular grapefruit in the nose with a very subordinate malt base with a bit of pepper, pine and hotness from the 9% alcohol. Soft bready malt on the tongue--and--there's the bite. Feeds the hop beast extremely well. Hops linger nicely and burns out the palete. From the website, FFF says "Scorched earth is our brewery policy". This beer proves it.

Brought this bottle back from the FFF brewpub in Munster on our now yearly trek to see our Boilermaker niece Amanda at Purdue. Very glad to have Three Floyds en route to a regular.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

August 26, 2014

22 oz bomber, tulip

A – Slightly hazy gold to orange, pours with a nice ½ inch-plus head that dissipates slowly. Good amount of bubbles stay on the top.

S – Tons and tons of grapefruit, lemon, maybe some mango or papaya. Very much American hop character. Warms up to release some pine, and some orange to match the color.

T – Extremely hop forward and bitter, but balanced well by the malt and the related carbonation. This beer is as much about the aroma as the flavor, with the aroma really contributing to the taste experience. On the finish more of the lemon is present, with some grassy, piney notes.

M – Lots of carbonation to balance with the bitterness. This is definitely a very bitter IPA, but it remains very well balanced. Not much bitterness on the aftertaste as its washed away with the bubbles. Leaves me refreshed, looking forward to the next sip.

O – Not my first time drinking this beer so I came in knowing what to expect: tons of flavor, tons of hops, great smells, great taste. This is such a fantastic beer that I hate to drink what I’ve got, knowing it will be awhile before I get my hands on more.

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Photo of Beertinez
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a goblet glass. Assuming its fresh since I acquired from my visit to the 3 Floyds brewpub a couple of days ago. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin, white sheet of head. About half of a finger.

As soon I cracked it open, I got a strong smell of citrus-like hops. I'm loving this so far. Strong citrus note, specifically grapefruit.

The taste has a slight malty-ness. Seems like its there so you don't rip your tongue off from the hop profile. This is followed by a huge and very enjoyable bite of hops. Strong grapefruit-like bitterness. Bitterness stay just for a moment. As it warms, im getting tropical fruit notes; Like a pineapple tart/sweetness.

100 IBU, 9% ABV (both numbers according to the 3 Floyds brewpub menu) and its very drinkable. I didn't even notice i was more than half way through the bomber until i started feeling a little light headed. Like the label describes it, I would say medium bodies.

Overall, an excellent double IPA! I'm reviewing this from the bomber bottle but ive had this once before on tap at 3 Floyds Brewpub and trust me, it only gets better! 3F there balance out the window and just hopped the hell out of this. Recommend for 3 Floyds fans and hop heads!

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.