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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 3,411
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 598
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: 3,411
Photo of exposd
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of ZachDow7
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of kbwalters
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a tulip glass - could not make out the bottling date, but should be pretty fresh.
Look = 5.0 Pours a cloudy opaque golden orange color with 2.5 fingers of slightly off white head which fades to a strong ring on the top of the beer. Lace is dense and incredibly sticky throughout the drink. So much so that after the last sip a layer of lace stuck to the bottom of the glass.
Smell = 5.0 Very intense fragrance. Hops on top of hops. Pines and grass, citrus. As it warms sweeter notes come out giving the smell more balance. Incredible.
Taste = 4.0 Pine and citrus - hops all over the place. Very bitter on the back end with a bitter finish and a hint of alcohol. The bitterness sticks in the back of the throat until the next sip.
Feel = 4.0 Medium to full bodied, not at all watery, a little syrupy. High carbonation, stings the mouth a little.
Drinkability = 4.0 Big time DIPA, 9% ABV and 100 IBUs! Yet I had to finish off the bomber after the first glass.
Overall = 4.4 Terrific DIPA - solid across the board but the thick lace and powerful aroma really stand out.

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Photo of GiveEmilyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of patpbr
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of Slschimoler
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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

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Photo of rockernino
3.35/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of leantom
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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 J-Dubs
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Outstanding, hop forward, well balanced, double IPA. This is a big beer but the malt is well balanced. Nice peachy/apricot hop flavor with a hint of pine.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance; color is a clear, bright gold, pours an enormous amount of thick, white head that has better retention then i've ever seen.
Aroma is quite mild. White wine, grassy hops and a hint of fruitiness.
Taste; upfront is white wine, followed by dried apricots and floral hop notes.
Mouthfeel; Body feels surprisingly light, but also creamy, with medium carbonation, very dry in the finish.
overall; an excellent beer, satisfying on several levels.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light hazy orange straw body. Citrus smell. Very hoppy. Just finished an Apocalypse Cow, and this is much lighter, but still hoppier tasting. Grapefruit and citrus taste. Good stuff

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Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- The pungent hop character is nicely balanced by the sweet malt backbone. The more I sniff, the more I see that the hop aroma is more grassy and earthy rather than citrusy.

T- Earthy hop flavor, sweet malt and an alcohol presence that's not too noticeable but certainly there all the same. This is treading on barleywine territory but the assertive bitterness keeps me from fully realizing that sentiment. There's even some raisin and other dark fruit flavor that would suggest this is closer to an ageable ale rather than an IPA that needs to be drank fresh.

M- Smooth. That's the only word that comes to mind because this 100 IBU beer is not sharp, tingly, bitey or anything, just smooth. I would almost say that's the coolest thing about this beer. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I must admit, I was expecting more of a bitter hop bomb than what actually ended up in the glass. Dare I say, this is almost like an English-style DIPA with its sturdy malt presence and subtle hop usage.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a wine glass (I was in a hotel at the time, so glass options were limited...)

A - First off, what a magnificent haze to this beer! The body is a radiant golden orange color reminiscent of wildflower honey or a sunset. The head is thin and white.

S - Musky tropical melon and white grapes sneak in with a wave of ripe orange.

T - Ripe tangerine, cantaloupe, musky tropical fruit, and spice. A flavor to behold.

M - For the ABV, refreshingly medium bodied. A lively carbonation lifts up a fairly dry finish.

O - Such a fantastic beer - a true standout from 3 Floyds. The ripeness of the hop flavors and the buoyancy of the light mouthfeel makes this beer stand out from the ever-growing pack of DIPAs.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%

Look: Beautiful shade of sunset gold, 1 finger white head. Smell: Citrus, pine needles, some spice, lavender. Taste: Sweet malt, then pine resin, little citric acidity, tamed bitterness. Feel: Medium-light body, par carbonation.

Overall: This comes off as a single IPA Vs. an IIPA. The flavor is a little let down. For this being an IIPA, nothing really screams I'm great. Still worth a try.

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Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%

My bottle is three weeks old and the beer tastes fresh.
Big grassy, citrusy hoppy nose.
Hazy gold, lacy 1” foam cap, descends to a thick film, very fine bead, rouses quickly and provides fine lace.
Medium body with a firm malt backbone to support the big hops. Medium to medium low carbonation, fine creamy texture.
Cold there is a faint sweetness and the citrusy, grassy hop flavors dominate with a drying, lingering finish.
As it warms the initial sweetness and malt flavors grow and the hops mellow to produce a very well balanced, rounded beer.

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Photo of diablo14
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Without doubt one of the finest beers I've had the pleasure to drink. Amazing aromas and flavours, and so perfectly balanced that it's in a very select few beers I've tasted that is outstanding at any temperature.

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