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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf

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Ratings: 2510
Reviews: 645
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Comet Cafe Store. Hop aromas.Tasty dipa. Very good hop blend, right there in bitterness, lots of malt. Peachy looking body. A little acidic after a few sips. Very enjoyable citrus orange and tropical fruit, although I would most be pleased by better balance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 12:52:31 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits, lots of pine and citrus zest hops, and some malt. Taste is of tropical fruits, apricot, pine, citrus zest, and some malt on the finish. An assertive hop bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a very nice set of smells and tastes from the hops used.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:54:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

the pour was a nice dark amber color with a light level of haziness that seemed to clear as the night went on. small head of white comes up and over the top, settling down with a nice light lacing throughout.

aroma of deep resin filled hops that really hung in the air. lots of orange, and dark, sweet citrus notes, a classic for sure right out of the gate. warming brought a touch of sweet malts into the mix but overall it definitely stayed the course with a deep an heavenly hop aroma. feel was very full, sticky and dead on. thick flavor of orange hops and sweet malts mingle on the tongue and create a huge resin filled flavor. light touch of alcohol in the finish with a super dry tongue left in its wake.

overall a really well done double ipa. the best one of the night for sure. glad to be able to finally try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 16:11:51 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The pour is initially a hazy orange color that calms down to a clear golden orange color with a thin white head.

S: The tropical fruit notes from the hops are apparent up front. Mangos, pineapple, tangerines, and bitter grapefruit. Some floral and honey aromas, too.

T: The fruity character of the nose is present on the palate as well, but not quite as intensely so. Much more piney bitterness with some grapefruit rind and hints of sweet mango and pineapple. A soft malt character that provides a bit of breadiness.

M: The body is medium with a very lively carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D: It's been awhile since I've had Dreadnaught, so I can't quite compare it to that "other" DIPA from Three Floyds. It's a nice beer that I enjoyed the bottle of to myself.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 05:32:11 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a thick head; nice retention and a few shards of lace

Smell: Tropical and citrus fruits waft forth, featuring mango, apricot and pineapple in addition to pithy citrus; just a hint of grain, as well

Taste: Just a little sweet malt up front and then the bitter assault begins, with plenty of pithy citrus (lemona and grapefruit) joining the tropical fruit, particularly the mango and pineapple; after the swallow, a bit of the sweet malt notches up to another level but the finish is bold and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As you would expect from Three Floyds this is a very fine beer; perhaps not as iconoclastic as some of the other ones out there but really quite good

Thanks, GCurlow, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 23:02:31 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber colour ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some great lacing. Aroma of floral hops with lightly sweet malt base is enjoyable. Taste is also a mix between some floral hops with light citrus notes and some light sweet malt. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but not as character full as I was expecting - I am thinking this bottle might not be as fresh as I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:33:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds hits another hoppy home run of epic proportions with a juicy-citrus start and crisply bitter end.

A glowing orange-copper-golden elixer is capped with a froathy and stubborn foam stance with great lacing and retainage.

Mouthwatering aromas of tangerine, appricot, ruby red grapefruit, and orange rinds hit the nose with optimal impact. Leaving a soft malt (pilsner) confection and cracker-like note after the zest of bright fruits subside.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas by starting with a burst of juicy citrus and tropical fruit blends, then with an even and consistent fade toward crispness, bitterness, and pleasant dryness. Moderate alcohol flavors of acetone and jam-like sweetness gives a glimpse into a light estery-alcohol mix.

Creamy and froathy early, but the texture is sliced by hop dryness and alcohol warmth for a quick transition from the sweeter/fruitier start to the hoppy/dry finish. A visit of citrus fruit piths return in a long and fleeting aftertaste.

Perhaps just a step off from the pace of Dreadnaught, Artic Panzer Wolf fits nicely into the collection of Three Floyds hop shelves; along side of Apocalypse Cow and rivaling Founders Double Trouble.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 16:56:18 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Poured a bright orange with a bit of hazy and a nice white head. Smells of grapefruit, citrus, and pine with a little bit of malt sweetness. The taste was of intense bitterness with plenty of citrus hops coming through. A little bit of alcohol heat in the taste, bringing down the mouthfeel a little bit, but still pairing fairly well with the hoppy dryness. Good drinkability for a beer this bitter. Surprise, surprise, another very solid hoppy offering from FFF.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 18:20:00 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.48/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clouded, darkened yellow body with a small-sized, whitish head.

Smell: Immediately, APW unapologetically stings the nostrils with condensed florals, distilled resins, powderized pith, and handmade soap.

Taste: Simplistic cracker-accented malts, lacking sweetness, preclude the all-too fatiguing hop tastes of resinous pine sap, ground aspirin tablets, and bitter white citrus pith. Harshly bitter. Small sip of plumeria-scented soap. The only thing left to oppose the bitterness is some numbing booze. Finishes dry, astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not particularly drinkable, no. Abrasive, grating, and unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 17:55:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

More hops come tumbling in during this deluge! This participant pours a lightly hazy golden amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, pine, mint, and some light leek. The taste holds notes of pine, leek, light grapefruit, caramel, spearmint, and lettuce. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, though a bit greens-heavy for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 21:09:57 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial India Pale Ale. "A dry and stupendously hopped medium bodied Imperial-India Pale Ale brewed with Canadian 2-row malt, dextrose sugar and lots of American hops. Arctic Panzer Wolf has superior aromas of marmalade, white wine, pine and apricot all mixed with an intense American hop bitterness. Cheers!"

Little hazed golden/apricot hue, small white head.

aroma: outsized pine and citrus, gargantuan orange, grapefruit, mango and lemon. (Marmalade? Sure, of course. White wine? Eh….)

Taste: Sweet and smooth at first, with hop bitterness rising up on the outset. Pithy, raw and righteous bitter fruit flavor. Minor malt, medium body, alcohol rises high. Melds well with the citrus and spice. Hops galore. Love it, love it, love it. Fits this hophead to a tee.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:37:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds! Served in a tulip/snifter glass.

A - Poured with a finger of eggshell foam that leaves tuns of sticky sheets of lacing. Hazed dark orange-brown color. Gonna give the head volume the benefit of the doubt, as the bartenders are trying to fill the glass here!

S - Intense piney hops, some tangy citrus (grapefruit, lemon, etc.), a touch of booze, some dankness in the background. More bitter and hoppy than Dreadnaught, with less tropical and caramel flavor. I don't dig this quite as much - the pine and booze are pretty fierce - but it's still pretty good.

T - The taste is actually better, which is somewhat unusual. The alcohol is hidden better, and the moderate amount of bready caramel helps balance things out a touch more. The bitterness shows up in the finish and lingers a decent while. It's not as palate destroying as I expected.

M - Medium body, light carbonation tingle, lots of residual hop resin and oily goodness. Some nice warmth after a few sips. Spot-on for a DIPA.

D - Not as insanely drinkable as Dreadnaught but still pretty enjoyable. I'd have a tough time with a growler of this stuff, but a few pours is definitely possible.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 21:24:37 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus along with floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness and an alcohol burst. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy; however there doesn’t seem to be as much balance as most other beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer overall but there are several others in the style and a few made by 3F that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:29:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to d0b for sharing his growler the other day...now I realize that I desperately need more of this stuff. Review is from notes.

From the growler into a flared SN tasting glass it pours a bright high clarity orange. The lasting foam never breaks on the surface, and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Slow trails of carbonation can be seen, bubbles are slow and languid.

Amazing aroma of candied tropical fruits, pineapple, orange and orange peel in super concentrated form. Some leafy, woody vine notes and dank hop cheesiness (columbus?). Similar to the first time I had Dreadnaught, this is equally stunning and awe inspiring. Sips are sticky and resinous, with lush tropicals and dank orangey flavors sticking the lips to the rim of the glass. Lowish carbonation, but it fits the style well. Very tasty and drinkable, maybe a wee bit dangerous.

FFF's secret weapon, arctic panzer wolf is on the prowl...

Serving type: growler

09-19-2009 16:16:43 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Got this from Monsone, cheers Eric!

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, pears, pineapple

T: Leafy & woody hops, some oaky notes (maybe from the white wine), crisp grape & dryness weaved into some pineyness up front. Herbal & woody hop bitterness, some breadyness & touch of butterscotch, some pineapple & a bit of booze warmth.

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, warming, good balance

A pretty good DIPA, but the flavors just don't come together for me. I would happily drink this again, but there are so many better DIPA out there to be sure

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 05:24:51 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a BIF recently, love FFF. Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a few floaties in there. Head is good, medium bubbles, carbonation moderate to low, some lacing, not a lot.

Beer smells like earthy, citrusy, hops, no malt. Smells good.

Beer is medium to surprisingly light in body. Chewy hops with mild hop sulfur bite in the mid to late palate, no sweetness up front, definitely not a malty IPA, beer finishes fine. Not too dry. I'd have it again, very fun.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:13:07 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney and orange hops. The flavor is more of the same with the orange citrus notes standing out more than the pine. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 01:04:44 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It had okay retention and sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, pine and some mango. It had a burnt toast maltiness, too.

T - Great spicy hop bite with grapefruit, tropical fruits and bubblegum flavors. Nice toasty caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Imperial IPA. Love the fruit hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:41:52 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a ton to paco1029384756.

An aggressive pour yields a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over hazy golden wheat orange color.

Nose is exploding with fresh hops, lots of pine and some citrus, a bit of orange peel, some musty fresh hop resins, tangerine, clementine, and hint of earth, with some light malts and sweetness underneath it all. I could smell this all day.

Taste is ripe with fresh hops again, bringing some pine, citrus again, more citrus fruits like tangerine and clementine, some orange zest, and a bit of musty hop resins. It's fairly bitter, almost intensely bitter but doesn't seem to overpower like it makes me think it well. Again behind that comes some lightly sweet malts, a nice malty base that lives way behind in the shadow of the hops. A little spicy as well, some from hops, but gets a bit of a tingly and warming booze hit. Finish dries more, and brings more bitterness that lingers for what seems like eternity, or at least until the next sip, leaving some citrus fruits, pine, and a slight sticky feel.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied, with decent carbonation and some warming tingly booze.

Drink is decent, but not great, with a bit of warming tingly booze, some sweetness which dries a bit, a slight sticky finish, and the long bitterness that is delicious but doesn't bide well for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:00:33 | More by jlindros
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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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Appears a glowing bright orange tinted glowing golden very pale appearance compared to most IPA/DIPAs. Large billowing slightly off white head that clings to the sides of my Gulden Draak chalice with no problem.

I used to have easy access to Three Floyd's at times it was available in the Burgh over the years, and more recently I had a steady supply in the state of Ohio. Distribution has been rumored to come back to the state, but I did have to trade with fellow Ohio BA sobeleg to get ahold of this one, thanks again Eric! I hope you enjoy the KBS, since he did have to go on a business trip to Indiana to find this one for me. One of my first 3F in almost 2 to 3 years that's kind of sad, today though is a happy day and this snarling Arctic Panzer Wolf with red eyes is proof of that.

Aromatics are awesome, once you crack the bottle hops are unleashed, bringing bright citrus highlights I'm saying grapefruit with a touch of lemon. Tropical fruits (mango/pineapple) with a bit of crushed aspirin very acidic in nature but so hoppy. Underneath all of the hop components there's definitely a nice pale malt bill going on light biscuit/cracker like malt complexity, no caramel thank god. Just a bit of juicy fruit with a back end breadiness, balancing things out nicely.

Flavor, what always sealed the deal for me with Dreadnaught was the balance, this beer seems to up the hops and still keep the balance. Big citric rind grapefruit notes coming up with excellent welcomed hop burps. Well hidden alcohol I can't believe this is around 9 percent abv absolutely no burn or discomfort. A nice riding light biscuit malt character adds just enough breadiness to it, along with those tropical fruit malts I mentioned in the nose definitely making their mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent sturdy carbonation, nothing overpowers the palate, nice slick hop oils glide around with each sip. A very nice easy to drain type of DIPA, I'm hoping this beer makes another appearance...their website doesn't have much info on it.

Overall, great drinkable DIPA that you will crave intensely hoppy and satisfying for those of us who enjoy these beers. Well done as always they have a very low fail rate and more often than not their beers are awesome. Even lighter styles like the recent export style lager I had from them was a great version, these guys can brew and they're definitely on the map for more than just Dark Lord Day and mysteriously burning down every month.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 16:10:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i have to confess that this was not the freshest bottle, in fact, im sure past its prime. in a gross cellaring error by close friend and loyal BA claystation, this bottle was forgotten for about seven months, so im sure its not drinking as well as it might have been back then. let that be a preface for the rest of this review, and i will make sure to revisit this if i am lucky enough to have a fresh one some day down the road. odd pour here, mango orange tinted golden bronze color with a ton of yeast floaties in here, like a mikkeller barleywine or something, its that prominent. heady too, over an inch of white, and lasting. the nose is tropical fruit all the way, passion fruit and papaya, but im sure this has faded some too, as there is virtually no bitterness but instead a thick malty sweetness that isnt all the way awesome. the flavor is a lot like the nose, thick and sticky hops in the fruit family, but im imagining what they could have been, not really focusing on what they are. some citrus too as it finishes, and again the malt sweetness. a little more body than necessary, but a really well hidden alcohol content and a cool use of hops. not my favorite from three floyds, but i will reserve judgement on whether or not it is worth the hype until i have a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:53:40 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a yellowish gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Grainy, lightly toasted malts, some citrus

T: Has a citrus feel, light booze, light hop bite and wheat taste upfront. Finishes with a light melon, apricot

M: Medium bosy, slick but dry on the finish

O: Good

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 22:35:03 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting, thanks Jonathan.

a - Pours a nice golden color with lots of sediment, one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, light fruit, fruity malts, pine hops, and floral hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, light pine hops, tropical fruit, and fruity malts. Quite bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice DIPA. I thought it smelled great and had a lot of great citrus and pine hops to it. Would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:56:57 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

"Imperial India Pale Ale." Less than three weeks old. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label and art and distinctive colorful branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired in a trade with the very gracious tcman128 - thanks again, buddy! Expectations are quite high given the brewery and its reputation.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice soft complexion, good thickness, nice cream, slightly frothy consistency, and good (~4-5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Sticky consistent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a transparent yellow-copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Floral hops are dominant, with some accompanying light grapefruit and soapy hop character; this may have spent too long in primary. Pale malts. Caramel is a bit too present. Some piney hop character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Tangerine. Mango, pineapple, other tropical fruit hop esters. Not ideal choices of hops for my particular tastes, but decent for the style. Clean and pleasant. An average strength aroma.

T: Mango, pineapple, tangerine - all tropical fruit hop esters, and not to my tastes for the style. Too sweet, with a caramel malt undertone. Light grapefruit. Hop bitterness does come through, compromising the balance. Clean. Not a fan of the sticky malty aspect blended with the sweet fruity notes. The pineapple in particular really kills the flavour profile for me; I'm not liking the hop choices made here but I can see where others with different tastes would really enjoy this. Pine. Light bready malts. Old orange juice comes to mind. I'm really just not big on this type of hop character.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Overcarbonated. Sticky. Chewy. Suits the flavour profile decently. Clean. Decent presence on the palate. Sugary. Good body.

Dr: This one just wasn't for me personally, but I don't doubt that it's brewed well. It's largely redolent of old orange juice mixed with tropical fruit notes that don't at all appeal to me - whether in an imperial IPA or not. I didn't find it well-balanced and I won't be having it again, but it does hide its ABV well and I'll happily finish this bottle by myself. Glad to have tried it, but it's just not suited for my personal tastes. Disappointed in the beer, but not for any issues with the quality of the brewing. Looking forward to trying more Three Floyds' IPAs which are hopefully more what I'm after in an imperial IPA.

C

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:54:24 | More by kojevergas
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Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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