Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf
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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

100 IBU

Added by paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque but not hazy, deep gold, producing 2 fingers of offwhite, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves patches & streaks of lacing. Aroma is bready caramel malt, earthy floral/herbal, pineapple, spicy, grapefruit & pine hops. Taste is caramel malt, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine & alcohol. Alcohol manifest more as bitterness & spice than warmth. Slightly off balanced as it starts & finishes slightly more malty than hoppy. Aftertaste is caramel malt, tropical fruit, resinous pine & alcohol bitter, lightly astringent & the only portion of the sip that is more hoppy than malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, juicy, wet, slightly slick & lightly drawing.

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Photo of mschrei
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Could not tell the bottled on date, but I believe it was from February. Poured into a Pipeworks NvU snifter. Orange gold in color, super cloudy. Second pour had a lot of particulates. Okay carbonation, good lacing and edges. A slightly sweet hop smell. Very citrusy, lemony taste followed by a bitterness in the back of the mouth. Pretty well-balanced, not as over powering as I expected.

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Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$10
Three FLoyds kiosk

Bottled: 2/29/16

Arctic Panzer is the most apricot-y of apricot-y oranges I have ever seen. It absolutely glows when backlit. A touch of haze runs throughout the body and up top sits a handsome crown. The foam is pure white and rises easily to a finger in height. The lacing creeps toward 100% coverage as the foam recedes A damn fine looking beer is Arctic Panzer Wolf.

This beer was stinking up the room the second the top was popped. Apricot is the first thing to mind and peach rings are the second, and blueberries are third. Flintstones vitamins add some sweetness while some unidentified tropicals and (gasp) model airplane glue make an appearance. Pine creeps up on the rear along with a candy like citric quality. That airplane glue and artificial Flintstone Vitamin quality I mentioned sounds bad, right? It's crazy delicious smelling actually.

The flavor profile showcases all the same aspects but in a slightly different order. The tropiclas are more upfront than the nose while the apricot steps up mid palate. Blueberry and pine are apparent from the middle to the finish. The pine grows on the finish with each successive sip.WHile there is a drizzle of caramel the malt profile is on the sugar cookie side of the spectrum. There's only a touch of the vitamin quality in the flavor department. This is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is as it should be. The body weighs in around the middle of the spectrum with no hint of viscous stickiness. The carbonation is perfectly dialed in, soft to the point of velvety while managing to keep the beer moving. The bitterness hits upfront but only grows a touch over moderate throughout the drink. This beer drinks like it's a 6%er. I see bad decisions in my future.

Arctic Panzer Wolf has been a favorite of mine since it was first released years ago. I used to roll by Miller's on Wabash just to get $6 pints when it was around back in the day. It's big, bold, unique, and most importantly, delicious. What should be a sipper drinks like something to be drank. If you haven't had this, go buy it.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold with an orangish tinge. Large cream colored head is quite thick and lasts a good while. Medium amount of fine, sticky lacing.

Aroma is big citrus hops and mild pine. Grapefruit and orange rind. Grainy caramel malt.

Big bold hop assault on the tongue. Strong bitter grapefruit. Pine, orange, and lemon zest. Pepper bite and maybe some licorice(?). Pretty strong malt backbone to counteract the hops. Cracker-y and raw grains.

Fairly thick mouth feel for the style. Medium carbonation. Strong lingering bitterness. Oily, coats the tongue.

Big, bold DIPA with huge grapefruit notes. Probably overly bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of Webzombie
2.76/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

For the style I guess this would be alright, but this stuff does not even taste like beer. It is more of a strong, bitter wine. For people into Imperials, would guess this would be descent.

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Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy yellow orange color with two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass and leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-tropical fruits, citrus, some light pine, and malt

T-similar to the smell with citrus and tropical fruits, pine, and citrus zest

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall a big DIPA, lots of citrus and pine, very enjoyable

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L (4) - Nice copper colored beer. A bit hazier than it should be, but a good amount of cream colored foam.
S (4.5) - Smells great! I've never one to get much citrus smells from beers, but I got some of that here.
T (4.75) - Fantastic! Big maltiness with big hop to balance. I get a small honey aftertaste which works oh-so-well.
F (4.25) - Easy to drink. Seems to be carbed about right. Not much alcohol burn or anything.
O (4.5) - Overall I loved this beer! Exactly what I look for in a IIPA. It's not just an IPA with more hops. I wish I could get this locally

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Photo of rodoubleb
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy golden orange.
S: Grape fruit, grain.
T: Appealing fruit flavor on the front end. Bitter bite that stands in front of the mild citrus flavor.
M: On the light side and carbonated, but dry on the back end.
O: Again the signature FFF citrus flavors are present, but with less synergy than other top shelf offerings. The after taste department in particular left something to be desired.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.69/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Having this fresh on draft at the brewpub was a different experience than the first time I had it, at which point I did not like it at all. Either way, it's still a very aggressive IPA despite the not quite 'triple' status of the ABV.

Orange hue with a creamy head and smoothly fluid lacing.

Powerful hoppy aromas of fresh orange zest are featured prominently.

Some nutty, maple and caramel like malts come in to support the heavily bitter orange rind that comes over from the aroma. It's nice at least that there is that linear flavor profile from those hops coming over from the nose.

Boozy heat rises up through the nose, which in addition to the overwhelming bitterness, can become absolutely devastating to the palate after only a few minutes.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours hazy orange-apricot with 2-finger head that fades leaving little lace. Sweet malty aroma with floral n citrus notes. Big flavor in this one, caramel malt dominates with heavy pine and citrus peel bitterness to offset the sweet. Piney bitterness continues thru the end. Medium mouthfeel. Overall big flavorful malty hop bomb.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Simply put, FFF puts out much better examples of IIPA's. Looks great in a glass, tastes just fine, nice mouth feel, well carb'd, but when there's other FFF IPA's to be had, this doesn't measure up.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some light stringy and speckled lacing.
The smell started off with a big burst of sweet and bitter grapefruit rind. Floral hops play in with the previously stated hops and then a light caramel maltiness comes to balance nicely.
The taste was bitter initially and then the sweetness of the malts come in to balance nicely. A light lingering aftertaste of the grapefruit hops and the malts lead into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a slight sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs good for the DIPA style allowing the malts to stick to my tongue adequately.
Overall, old school DIPA, yup, I'd say so and you know, I don't mind it at all for me. Its good. Thanks Kayley.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy burnt orange. One finger of white head with mild carbonation that left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Dank, lemon, grain. Seemed quite mild.

T - Dank notes again. Big fruits, a bit medicinal, oranges, tangerine, peach.

M - Decent bitterness, but low for the style IMO. Good carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - A surprising letdown for the style. Odd medicinal note and nothing that really stood out as world class. Wasn't boozy at all but just didn't have anything to make it a standout.

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Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/13/15. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a touch of clarity; creamy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. Some sediment/floaties. The aromas are floral and have caramel malts along with some pine notes. Some sweet citrus in the mix. The flavors are bold and spicy. Slightly warm but absolutely not boozy. Tons of fresh pine needles. Lots of pine resin and pine sap. Clearly pine seems to be the focus. Some orange zest in the mix. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed, although there are some enjoyable hints of it. Slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is awesome, just like all of FFF's beers. It's full-bodied and very creamy. Smooth and fluffy with moderate carbonation.

Not a huge fan of this hop profile, but it's still fun to drink. The craftsmanship is impressive, but it's not really worth the price of admission, in my opinion.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This may have been an older bottle because I couldn't find a bottle date, but very muted hops and far too malty for me. Chimera sabertooth was much better.

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

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head.

Aroma is has a ton of orange characteristics: orange marmalade, tangerine, and orange peel. Also get apricot, slight pine, and ruby red grapefruit. Get the dextrose sugar, as the nose is quite sweet, yet I detect a dryness as well. The sugar adds a juicy element to the aroma that is responsible for the orange marmalade characteristic.

Taste starts with the juicy orange marmalade and apricot. Also get some of the grapefruit as you enter the middle. The beer has a big west coast-like dryness (almost reminiscent of white wine) that wipes out most of the dextrose sugar sweetness and brings in a significant amount of orange peel and pine resin bitterness in the finish.

Medium body with a crisp and creamy mouthfeel. A pretty oily finish from the hops.

This is a classic DIPA offering from the hop masters at Floyds that I've had many times. No question this is their take on a west coast DIPA and it is a good one.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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 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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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