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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 703
Hads: 3,436
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 595
Gots: 548 | FT: 17
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: 703 | Hads: 3,436
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a recent trade with spycow. Decided I would bring it to our IPA day celebration.

A - Pours golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of grassy hops, tropical fruits; mostly grapefruit and mango; lightly toasted caramel malt, some day old bread, and the faintest hint of warming booze.

T - Starts off with a nice grassy hop bite quickly giving way to a mix of grapefruit, mango, sweet caramel malt, chewy bread, and some warming alcohol. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and hop bitterness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, hoppy, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time after finish.

O - I liked this one. It wasn't as good as the Dreadnaught I opened right before it but it was still pretty good. Another winner from FFF in my book.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim for this one.

A: Pours a very hazy orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, with the head fading to a thin layer of white on top. Thin, but sticky lacing coats the walls.

S: Some tropical fruits, mostly pineapple, oranges, tangerine, and some citrus zest. There is some graham cracker malt to balance things a bit, even though the hops dominate.

T: Somewhat sweet from the citrus fruits, mostly orange and orange zest on the flavor profile. There is a bit of pine in the midpalate, which transitions to a bit of caramel malt. Finishes slightly bittersweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not a bad DIPA, but I prefer the others from FFF I think. This one doesn't wow me as much as they do.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours a light layer of white of white head. Color is a hazed melon orange. Not much head retention or lace.

Aroma: Bittering pine up. Some sweeter citrus. It has some bready malts. A bit of union flavors. Decent, but nothing too special.

Taste: Fairly hoppy here. A big amount of pine and earthy hops. It shows some booze. A bit of citrus. Some orange and grapefruit. A little bit of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, it is a decent iipa, but nothing sticks out to much. A bit above average, but nothing I am falling over for. It just seems like the hop profile is off on this one. Too sticky for me. Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunn for bringing this one back from his travels.

A - bright yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - floral, faint alcohol, mango, grapefruit, pineapple

T - mango, citrus, pineapple, bread, faint alcohol

M - warm, medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This has huge citrusy hop character. It's complex and very fruity. The malt is bready and a bit sweet. There's exceptional balance and dangerous drinkability. This is very impressive!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is yellow with a slight haze. There are a few pieces of sediment floating around. The head is about a half inch thick and generates some random traces of lacing. The aroma is of hops and grapefruit. The beer tastes great, with alcohol content well hidden behind a bouquet of hops and tart citrus fruit. This is a solid beer that I would be happy to drink anytime.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a hazy pale gold color with a thin white head. Although it didn't have much head to start out with, what was there lasted pretty well. Moderate lacing on the glass as well.

The aroma has a bright, citrusy, juicy, hoppy aroma to it. There are some notes of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and pine. Very nice hoppiness to it.

The taste has more of the juicy, hoppyness that was found in the nose. It has that nice tropical fruit hoppiness that I really like in my DIPA's. It finishes with more of a dry pine, resiny hop flavor. A little bit of alcohol is present in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice hoppy beer. It's a pretty big beer at 9% though, and at times it felt like it too. Overall it was very good though.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice changing and highlighted body color. Goes from lemon dark yellow at the bottom to hues of peach, orange, to a great mix of dark amber orange at the top. Classic white head, valleys and peaks, forms real nicely at just about four fingers, settles with lots of retention. Clumps and clumps of lacing. Looking real sexy here.

Dank musty hops, some sweet malt and faint dried mix of apricot and peach. Smells delicious and soft, and ready to go. The nose on this strangely reminds me a little bit of Amarillo a la Hop Head Red.

A nice lingering noticeable sweetness on first drink. Sugar and malts come in mixing with the dank presence. Slight peachy fizz sense on the carbonation but a nice almost silky balance coming through also. Slight grass hop and a sense of chewy fresh hop taste to go with it. Good oils also.

Overall, fun and enjoyable.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: kind of a light yellow color which I find strange for an Imperial IPA with 1/2 inch head that slowly disapates and very little lacing.

Smell: slightly hoppy and floral.

Taste: mostly citrus flavor. Not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: smooth and on the lighter side.

Drinkability: Very easy drinker and I never got a sense of the high alcohol from this beer.

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Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light, semi-transparent gold. Nice head retention. Nose is of pine a alcohol. Abrasively bitter at first with a nice hop flavor. Warming alcohol sensation after a few sips, which affects drinkability. Carbonation is light on the tongue. Overall a solid double IPA, but not that easy to come by on the East coast.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date (what the crap, FFF?). Big thanks to Jcb890 for this as an extra. A damn fine extra.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body with a nice white head, but it doesn't last. Looks like an Avery White Rascal. No lacing, either. Like a wheat beer or an IPA with almost no malt bill at all. Not that that's a terrible thing.

Smell - Lemon citrus, pineapple goodness, and pine. It has an aroma somewhat similar to Dreadnaught, but without the sweetness behind it. That pine and lemon combination is very often not inviting, but it isn't so bad here. Without the sweetness, it doesn't come off as a chemical smell.

Taste - Bright, lemon citrus hops. A blast of hop goodness. Pine hops and other tropical fruit flavors continue the hop wave. Nice. A slight sweetness behind rounds out the flavor, but it's interrupted by a pine hop bitterness. Hops all around and I love it.

Mouthfeel - Light for 9%, but medium bodied. It even says so on the bottle. The finish is bitter, but not abrasively so. Great for a DIPA. I can down this dangerously easily.

Overall - Pungent and flavorful. Better than Dreadnaught, which seems like a malty mess compared to this. It's close to that Pine-Sol flavor, but it misses just enough to make it delicious.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a fairly cloudy golden yellow color with a smallish bubbly white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of pine, resin, and citrus, bits of tropical fruit and grass with barely any malt to be found. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Heavy handed dry hopping with dank baggies, pine needles and grapefruit juice. Leaves a long lingering lemon/grapefruit/citrus on the palette after each sip has hit the gullet. Medium to thick body for an IPA, moderate to low level of carbonation with a sticky resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I found the bitterness a little harsh and heavy on the lemon. It's a great DIPA, but I've had better in the style.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared with Jeff and Ben.

Tried this side by side with Apocalypse Cow from dateless bottles received recently from WLV Liquors. APW was slightly duller in color (cloudy golden/yellow) and had less head retention. Otherwise this exceeded AC in every other facet. Aroma is a unique blend of herbal, floral and citrus hops. Grassy and grapefruit rind like. Flavor is dank, bitter, dry and hoppy. A strong toasted malt body with minimal sweetness balances out a dry rind and bitter grapefruit hop body. Much more resiny, than the sweet AC; this drank much smoother and was a more enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds : Artic Panzer Wolf

Pale golden color, small head providing alot of lacing. Sweet & fruity malts, pineapple, and tropical hop notes make up the aroma. In the taste, piney and earthy. Nice bitterness, though aggressive. Grapefruit rind. Some noticeable alcohol but not distracting. Dry. Resinous hops. Oily. Medium to full bodied, mild carbonation, good drying hop bite in the finish. Overall, another fine double IPA from 3 Floyds. Really tasty, very solid.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Hazy golden yellow with a couple fingers of big bubbles. Good retention and solid lacing. Tons of tropical notes in the nose, some sweet jammy notes. Touch of pine, but this is bright in a very fruity way. Taste has more jammy notes (marmalade as the label suggests, and this is bang on I think). More tropical fruits, resin and a bittersweet finish. Definitely unique in hop profile and malt character. Medium full body, medium low carb and lightly drying. Certainly a unique DIPA in a variety of ways, wish I knew how fresh this was.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber huge thanks to bauermj for this one

A: poured a tangerine orange with yellow highlights with a half finger head that left pretty good lacing.

S: lovey floral piney hop aromas with fruit accents that consisted of peach and pineapples. I also got hints of ciitrus grapefruit, malts, and faint apples. Very nice nose on this one.

T: very nice grapefruit piney hop punch up front with pineapple and mango fruit flavors that also had a nice malt backbone giving the beer good balance.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation and has a sweet bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

D: very impressed with this DIPA from FFF I didn't think they had it in them. I like dreadnaught but really like APW. I hope I can get my hands on more of this stuff.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.39/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


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 .

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium slightly cloudy orange colour with a big glow. One finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Big pine and grapefruit aromas accompanied a huge bitterness. There's the faintest hint of sweetness in the background. Definitely a hop-bomb.

T - A massive bitterness up front with big pine and grapefruit notes. Not much of a malt presence at all. The hops are fresh and juicy.

M - Medium body. Chewy and full of resiny hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - A very good DIPA but I would have loved to see a little more flavour contribution from the hops. Not lacking in bitterness at all.

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Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange with a full inch head that stays around for awhile and leaves lacing. Floaties aplenty (got the bottom half of the bomber) and I don't know whether I find that offputting or not.

S- Fresh citrus...apricot. Pine.

T- More citrus...juicy juicy grapefruit. Hop hop hops.Slight apricot taste.

M- Very pleasant mouthfeel that keeps you wanting to drink faster than you should.

D/O- Drinkability takes a hit because of the high ABV but if you're being silly and wanted to drink more than you should I wouldn't blame you. Does Three Floyds make even a mediocre beer?

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enelson hooked this up along with some very sought after brews... Thanks Edward!! Shared with inflatablechair.

Pours hazy sorty marmalade color.. great lacing and a big foamy white head..

Nose is very fruity.. and dry? plenty of citrus zest and some minor melon.. pungent hoppiness... no malts to speak of.

Flavor begins very (way too) bitter... really dry throughout.. resinous citrus and pine toward the finish.. again this one is very very dry for such a bigboned DIPA... the lack of any malt profile actually make me think this one is pretty flimsy and too one dimensional.. white pith grapefruit.. the body is good, but the EtOH just strips the flavors off the palate.... very abrasive and unforgiving..

Too unidimensional for me.. the bitterness and hop resins cake my teeth without any direction.. not everything needs to be a hop bomb.. and this one needs to be dialed in.

Thanks again to Ed.. but wow!! I really thought I was gonna like this one given FFF's IPA record, but it is too sharp and not even remotely balanced.


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Photo of WoodBrew
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a stinger(22oz) bottle of Artic Panzer Wolf during a recent visit to 3 Floyds. The beer is a cloudy golden in color with thin white head. The aroma included...hops...not question. There were hints of pine and citrus. The taste was full bodied with great balance between the hop characteristics and elevated IBU. It was quite smooth. The mouthfeel was downgraed slightly due to the higher ABV...which would make it tough to session. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot orange body. Off-white head has nice retention and lace.

S - Fresh hop nose; dandelions, and pine. Touch of orange citrus and pith.

T - Aggressive bitterness with a touch of citrus. Orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, and pine resin. Plant stem bitters throughout the profile. Dry finish.

M - Medium frame with nice staying power.

O - A DIPA for bitter-minded hop-heads.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.