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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 2506
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A massive IPA that will leave your palate it’s hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009)
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Haymarket

A - It pours a slightly hazed golden hue and is topped with a big pillowy cap of white froth, which leaves lace swaths in rings as the glass drains.

S - The nose is hugely hoppy and offers a large amount of lemon zest, lemongrass and sweet floral notes. There is an underlying cannabis-pine suggestion, and some toasty malt, but they are really overshadowed by the floral and tart citrus.

T - The brew is very very bitter, perhaps unreasonably so. The pale malt is very low in the flavor profile, so we're basically working with astringent hop oil and solventy alcohol. The hop is more grassy than the nose suggested, and still has a heavy citric presence, with lemongrass, grapefruit rind and orange-blossom implied. Strongly flavored stuff.

M - The feel is on the thinner side for a DIPA, which is fine by me.

O - Final verdict: While much of this brew borders on the unpleasant, it never crosses over that line. This is basically the big-boy juice here; if you can't take it, go home and change your panties.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 14:11:08 | More by ktrillionaire
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dancingnancie

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made my first trip out to FFF today. I picked up a growler of APW, and a few bombers and different six packs. Those reviews are to come.

A: Beautiful golden transparent pour with a decent two fingers worth of head and some nice lacing.

S: The smell of this beer is absolutely amazing. It has a pungent hops aroma. It is really one of my favorite smelling DIPA's. You can pick up some of the nice malts as well.

T: When you first put this beer to your lips, you get hit with the nice malts, and then the floral hops shine. This is such a great DIPA. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well. If this were more readily available, it would be a staple in my fridge.

M: This has a nice creamy mouthfeel. It is a little lighter in my opinion than dreadnaught. A very nice mouthfeel.

O: I absolutely love this beer. This is probably the best DIPA I have experienced thus far very early on in my craft beer experience. I haven't been let down by any FFF beer. Great job!!

Serving type: growler

05-17-2011 20:31:10 | More by dancingnancie
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a yellowish gold color with a decent sticky head that laced the glass pretty well. Sweet floral aroma, lots of hops on the nose and very inviting smell. Really big hop bitterness on tongue fades into a dry citrusy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is oil and medium bodied. Overall this is a really good IPA. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 00:30:28 | More by Knapp85
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HopHead84

California

2.35/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

4/15/2011

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Pale yellow gold with a nice white head. Transparent yet slightly hazed.

S: Strong tangerine and pine resin notes with a little orange. Very aromatic. Alcohol is quite prominent. There's a light caramel malt presence with evident oxidation imparting cardboard, as well as a slight vegetal note.

T: Moderate bitterness with a blend of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Lighter pine than was in the nose. Malt is faint and there's a subtle vegetal note to this cask which is detracting. Trailing bitterness. Cardboard in the flavor as well. Flavor doesn't match the bitterness here.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Sticky and oily mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a fan. Rife with off flavors that ruin it .

Serving type: cask

05-05-2011 05:23:08 | More by HopHead84
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds the afternoon before DLD '11. Served in a glassware similar to a slender goblet. This brew appears a hazed golden color with a thin wisp of white head that forms a pattern of webby lacework across the top of the brew and on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dank and rindy with citrusy and fruity notes somewhat zesty and mingled with solvent alcohol that tingles and warms the nose. The malt base to this brew is toasted nearly to the point of almost being smoked but not quite to that quality through the back of the brew.

The taste is herbal and rindy with lingering grassy hop bitterness. There is a dryness to this brew mixed with a candy-like finish thy really accents both the alcohol inclusion of warmth and brightens the herbal flavors of the hops. The herbal and rindy hop bitterness clings and lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A bold sipper but enjoyable with dank and herbal hop qualities that never quite felt oily or resinous but they clearly pack a big hop punch. A solid take on the style, it's worth giving a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 17:48:41 | More by stakem
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spointon

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Brixie's in Brookfield, IL. Poured in a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a beautiful medium gold color with a 1/2" fluffy show-white head. Clarity was slightly hazed, though seemed to improve as it warmed so it was likely just chill-haze. Tons of sticky lace left down my glass.

S= Huge blast of pine hops in the nose, but there was some citrus fruit and caramel maltiness in there too.

T= This had a lot of layers of flavor going on. The malt was sweet and chewy, with caramel and a little biscuit action. The hop flavors were complex and huge. I noted resiny pine, tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit, and maybe even some floral esters. Bitterness was beyond firm but quite enjoyable. Finish was very dry.

MF= Upper side of medium bodied, with a a solid carbonation bite that lifted the heavier body quite nicely.

D= Really a very drinkable beer despite the huge bitterness and high ABV. Very well crafted to push the limits yet remain drinkable and complex. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 18:29:24 | More by spointon
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b3shine

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery. It's damn good, but it ain't Dreadnaught. Appearance is the weakest part; a little light for a double, but I think it's part of its seasonal shtick. Smells fantastic; it's this beer's best attribute. Taste and mouthfeel are both good. They may have been rated higher, but I'm comparing it to Dreadnaught, which probably isn't fair. Overall, a good seasonal variety worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 01:47:06 | More by b3shine
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at FFF 26 Apr 2011. ~10 oz pour in a small goblet.

Small white head quickly dissipates. Somewhat hazy golden straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and Simcoe. Hate to say cat pee but there is a bit of that in the background. Lots of grapefruit upfront. Simcoe is also present. Alcohol noticeable but only slightly warming. Fairly dry bitter finish lingers for a while. Medium body.

Don't think I've had this much Simcoe in a DIPA before.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 04:12:00 | More by htomsirveaux
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imagese

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Lunar

A- slightly hazy golden with no head and no lacing

S- citrus and pine hop. Not much else

T- same as nose, but with the slightest malt sweetness

M- medium body w/ nice carbonation

D- 9oz pour is enough. great beer, but pretty unbalanced

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 02:52:55 | More by imagese
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Kelly88

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Cock and Bull in Covington.

A- nice dark gold look with a solid white cap. Frothy lacing hugs the side of the tulip glass it was served in.

S-cant really smell much. Slight citrus with some bitterness.

T- oranges and pears that are immediately followed by a big hop blast. Finish reminds me of a Nice smooth Bourbon almost.

M- this is the epitome of double ipas. Medium bodied with nice coating That makes for a good refreshing brew. Perfect carbonation. I wish all double ipas had this feel.

D- really nice and refreshing. Great flavor. These two factors make it dangerous but very awesome.

Great beer that is right on par with the rest of their lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 03:27:15 | More by Kelly88
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bashiba

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Map Room. It poured a nice bright and cloudy orange with a nice big thick head.

The smell was all citrus and orange peel and fresh hops. Very nice.

The flavor had a light sweetness to it with a touch of orange and citrus with a big blast of fresh west coast hop flavor, big citrus and pine.

The mouthfeel had a nice resiny thickness to it without a medium body.

Very drinkable and good, yet almost a bit unremarkable compared to some of the their other Pale Ale's.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 20:10:44 | More by bashiba
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TriGuy20

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden Yellow with nice two finger white head.

S: Grapefruit/ Pine/ Mango

T: The mango comes out up front with bitter grapefruit on the finish.

MF: A solid texture, medium body with a solid hop profile.

D: Fairly easy to drink, however, the hop profile is a little out of balance and the bitterness of this beer would make this a chore to drink after you have had few.

Overall:
An above average DIPA worth trying but probably not going out of your way for.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 13:56:25 | More by TriGuy20
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dpuia for hosting a FFF tap night on 12/28/10!

A - Hazy golden orange body with half an inch of bubbly white head that reduced to a thin ring and patchy veil and deposited thin, stringy lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus nose, specifically grapefruit with hints of pine and catbox. Sweet caramel malt and a mild alcohol twang round out the equasion.

T - Icy, wintery IPA with piney notes and juicy citrus fruit backed by a sweet malt base, resulting in a moderately hoppy yet well-balanced DIPA.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate hop bitterness on the palate..

D - A DIPA from FFF? Give it to me! This is like Dreadnaught Lite. Great stuff and definitely a beer to appreciate on draught.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 23:09:41 | More by ffejherb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sixtel offering dished up by ChrisD fresh back from his holiday run to Indiana.

A-Bright, lightly hazed golden yellow with a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-Big blast of fresh tropical fruits overlying a secondary base of sweet biscuit malt.

T-Mostly fruity up front with secondary spicy pine in support. Light malt base....this is like Dreadnaught Lite!

M-Medium-light bodied, crisp and sharp with a long lingering fruity hop profile.

D-A simply lovely light bodied DIPA. FFF are the long established masters of the hops and this beer proves to be no exception. Light malt with tropical fruit hops and sharp biting finish....just like I like them!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 00:56:15 | More by Deuane
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub over thanksgiving weekend.

A-pours a hazy light golden amber with lots of fluffy egg white head and a nice bit of lacing left behind on the glass.

S-very citrusy, lots of orange peels and some spicy corriander with hints of tangerines behind. Very sugary and citrusy as its all hops in the nose.

T-this has a lighter amount of orange and more spicy corriander, very interesting balance, sweet sugars behind with notes of tangerines as well. It comes with an assertive bitterness in the finishing adding notes of grapefruit that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M-medium to lighter body, grainy over the tongue, creamy on the palate with a semi dry finish.

D-this is very juicy and sweet, well integrated hop presence with an assertive hop finish that truly doesn't kill the palate. Interesting spiciness to it with lots of sugars creating tasty stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 23:33:26 | More by cpetrone84
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MNJR

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is golden yellow, but hazy. The head is great with thick foam that becomes rich lacing. Smells of vanilla, spice, and orange marmalade. The flavor is outstanding: dry mint, slight juniper, slight eucalyptus, chewy yet smooth with a fantastic clean finish. In the background is delicious, rounded vanilla and clean malt. One of the best Imperial IPAs I've ever had, if the not THE best. I give it this credential because some Imperial IPAs are way over the top with "as much hops as a man (or woman) can take," giving the beer just too much in one direction and lacking any kind of balance or elegance. This beer is well rounded, with mellow flavors settling down the sharp hops. The ABV is hardly noticeable. The flavor is rich and gigantic without being too strong. Fabulous beer from 3 Floyds. One of the best beers I've had in months.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 22:49:55 | More by MNJR
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the 3f brewpub in Munster IN.

Pours a hazy dark yellow and pale color with a nice white head with amazing retention and lacing.

Smell is very strong and hoppy: citrus, orange and piney.

Taste follows the nose and starts out very hoppy with piney and citric notes. After that an avalanche of bitterness comes through. The finish and aftertaste is again citric orangy. There is a slight alcohol bite to it.

Body is massive with high carbonation.

A hopheads dream and another gem from FFF.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 19:32:08 | More by paulozanello
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mayor55

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at 3 floyd brew-pub. Poured in a snifter style tulip. Hazy orange color. Nice thick lacy head. Smells hoppy not overwelmingly so. Mouth feel is low carbonation and very full.

Beer reminds me of Dreadnaught without the citrus overtones. Nice beer but not on the level of Dreadnaught.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 14:39:47 | More by mayor55
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Lintyfresh

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a small head.

Smell is huge on hops, from citrus to grapefruit to piney. The taste follows along with the smell, and is more bitter than anything I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is fine, the medium body feels pretty light for the flavor, but it works.

The bitterness makes this a sipper, but a bomber isn't hard to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 05:41:19 | More by Lintyfresh
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expression

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a seriously beautiful beer. I haven't written a review here yet, so please give me a little slack. Tried this beauty @ the Comet Cafe in Milwaukee, WI. Wow. I didn't expect such a big hop drop to finish so smooth. I admittedly drank 2 right off the bat, and with an alcohol rating this high, it was a bold choice at one in the afternoon. It looked gorgeous served in a goblet, and went great with my lunch. My bartender told me it doesn't usually make it out of the brewery, but I haven't looked into that claim. Really good stuff. If you're a fan of Gumballhead, try to get your hands on this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 04:49:26 | More by expression
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rtepiak

Poland

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a rather floral double. Heads is sticky candy. Not voluminous but leaves many spots of lace. Nose of subtle pineapple citrus and floral pine. Mix of citrus candy and intense pine dry bitter. Leaves a dry quality of the tongue its so floral. Like an excess of perfume. On the zesty dry side of doubles. No rich malt sweet. Clean and crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 22:54:08 | More by rtepiak
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright amber, slight haze, with one finger of white head that soon dissipates.

Smell -- Grapefruit, pine resin, tropical fruit, and bready malt.

Taste -- Differs slightly from the nose: Pine hop character dominates, with tropical fruits, tangerine, and bready malt. Finish is assertive with bitter pine resin. Lingering taste of resin and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, moderate carbonation, a bit slick.

Drinkability -- There's certainly some commonality between this and Dreadnaught, but this is less tropical fruit dominant and more pine. All in all, I prefer Dreadnaught, but this was certainly no slouch.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 01:54:59 | More by yeahnatenelson
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salvo

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, yeasty swirls in golden tan under a quarter inch of head that dissipates quickly to a sheen of lace.
S: Rich hoppiness that reminds me of pineapple more than citrus or pine: sweet to tart.
T: Huge, overpowering flavor that complemented the mussels in the brewpub after I had eaten them: I think it would interfere with any meal short of spicy chili or kimchee.
M: Another chewy malty thick FFF offering that makes me wish it was a little lighter so I could think about ordering another.
D: I wouldn't want more than the flute it was served in, but what a way to end a tasting!

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 00:00:16 | More by salvo
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Spica66

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After waiting 15 minutes for people to leave on Saturday night so that we could be let into the brewpub...

On tap from a 7 oz snifter:

A: Yellow-gold, a little hazy, white head with very little lacing.

S: Oh boy!!! I smell citrusy, tangy hops. In fact, I can almost taste them with my nose. There is a pineapple-sweet aroma as well.

T: Very citrusy hoppy flavor, but definitely some malty sweetness as well. I was surprised by how well balanced this brew was. From the smell, I thought hops would be the only player, but whatever hop they have used gives way to the malt easier than say in a Dreadnaught.

M: Nice and creamy. Very nicely done.

D: Very easy to drink. In fact, I was bummed out that the only bombers that were available to take home were the six that I had reserved early in the week. And no growler pours allowed, either!

I hope that I can find some more on the shelves around here so that I can share the joy with our trading community...

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 12:28:35 | More by Spica66
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub into a snifter

Cloudy orange-yellow body with a one finger head.
Spotty foam across surface with collar foam, minor lacing 

Citrusy hops, malt, piney and earthy too.
Getting a bit of fruitiness in there as well from the hops

Hop bitterness hits like a freight train!
Very hoppy with the citrusy part shining through and the malt subtly there in the background. Long finish from the hops and bitterness and slight sting of alcohol perhaps too.   

Carb high initially but settles down to a much nicer/appropriate mouthfeel.

Really like this beer.

My palate has been left this beers hapless victim.   

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 22:08:33 | More by hansgruber
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.