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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 703
Hads: 3,436
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 594
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 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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Photo of infinitebruner
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

August 26, 2014

22 oz bomber, tulip

A – Slightly hazy gold to orange, pours with a nice ½ inch-plus head that dissipates slowly. Good amount of bubbles stay on the top.

S – Tons and tons of grapefruit, lemon, maybe some mango or papaya. Very much American hop character. Warms up to release some pine, and some orange to match the color.

T – Extremely hop forward and bitter, but balanced well by the malt and the related carbonation. This beer is as much about the aroma as the flavor, with the aroma really contributing to the taste experience. On the finish more of the lemon is present, with some grassy, piney notes.

M – Lots of carbonation to balance with the bitterness. This is definitely a very bitter IPA, but it remains very well balanced. Not much bitterness on the aftertaste as its washed away with the bubbles. Leaves me refreshed, looking forward to the next sip.

O – Not my first time drinking this beer so I came in knowing what to expect: tons of flavor, tons of hops, great smells, great taste. This is such a fantastic beer that I hate to drink what I’ve got, knowing it will be awhile before I get my hands on more.

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Photo of d5001986
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a finger of off-white head.

S: Pineapple, mango, orange, and pine.

T: Orange rind, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, spicy malt, and some bitterness to the aftertaste.

M: Viscous and sticky with moderate carbonation.

O: One of my less favorite FFF offerings. Maltier and spicier than expected. Tasty, but doesn't come close to Permanent Funeral.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy deep golden with a 1 finger white head. Unfiltered look is so inviting.

S- Lemon, orange zest, slight vegatation. Candied pale malt body. Moderate aromatics

T and M- Chewy almost. Chalky and sweet. Reminds me some of Two Hearted. Slightly dry, but no cringe bitterness. Body much to heavy for the style. Kills the drinkability.

O- okay. Not the best effort from FFF

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Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub in Munster earlier today. Notes taken at the time.

A- Draft to snifter pour with a golden body that is slightly hazy. White head to one finger with decent retention. A frothy ring results in sheets and lace webs around the glass.

S- Fruit and citrus hop bomb invades the nose. Melon, cantaloupe, tangerines, grapefruit orange and pine character. Slight cracked pale caramel malts and mostly clean.

T- Massively zesty citrus with a feel of orange, lime and grapefruit smashing the taste buds. Melon, tangerine and peach with hints of resinous pine and slight malts.

MF- Medium bodied with a fizzy creamy texture. High end carbonation pushes the zesty flavors on to the palate hard. Highly bitter finish.

Citrus and tropical stone fruit hops with a clean malt and yeast base, massively zesty and bitter.

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Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here was initial quite sharply of resiny pine, but eventually opened up to have a decidedly sweet smell along with that bitterness....candied perhaps. Interesting.

Taste opens bitter....quite resiny, really. It becomes sweeter, a bit earthy with fair malt character immediately after....but ending with a more protracted bitterness on the tongue after the drink.

Among their IIPA's, I certainly prefer the Dreadnaught since it's juicier and more fruit centered in its hop selection...but this one certainly isn't bad.

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Photo of Boss1993
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite beer by Three Floyds. I picked up a bomber for $10 at my local liquor store, but man it was worth it. My first sip of this beer immediately reminded me of the north woods of Wisconsin. The pine aroma... I was literally drinking pine sap from a tree, but in a very delicious bittery way. If you like a beer with 100+ IBUs then here you go!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 4/2/14
A- Clear, light-orange with lots of bubbles and white, chunky head. Looks refreshing.
S- Sweet and sharp hops. Nice and full bouquet.
T- This wolf attachs the taste buds with full on furry. Sharp, with a slight sweetness -dropping taste bombs in your mouth.
M - Easy drinking. Not a thin watery beer or a thick syrup, but just right for refreshing gulps of this beast.
O- I love this IPA. Not bashful, just a full on attack of hops.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

#ThreeFloyds #ArticPanzerWolf is an American Imperial IPA that puts a deep bright orange hue, lots of sediment~ Im beginning to wonder if mine is a bit old as it has heavy yeasty sediment floating, so perhaps this review should be taking with a grain of salt~ Aroma starts off very citrus, also a heavy smell of 'right before it rains' a lit of earthiness.. Honestly it smells like dirt~ Almost a bit bitter I feel like I have to end this #Breview as this one still taste good, I don't think it is tasting the way 3F's intended it (If so, it was less than Impressive)~ Overall: Incomplete (Stay tuned for a revisit)


Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100

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Photo of Scipio3
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber. Great thick head and the color was lighter than most of the DIPA's I drink. The smell of hops hit me hard which is unusual for me. I don't usually get a strong smell from any beers...too many cigars maybe?

Anyway, I am a big fan of TF Zombie Dust and Dreadnaught. The was a great DIPA, but I prefer those two over this. The hoppy flavor was great, but I am I don't detect the strong citrus flavors that many here discuss. There were subtle...which is a nice change of pace for me

So far I am 4 for 5 on Three Floyd products. The three mentioned here plus Robert the Bruce are all outstanding. Only Alpha King disappointed me. Probably because I have totally changed my palate the last few years. I will definitely buy this again when I see it. IF I see it.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 2/24/14—I know, almost 3 months old—into an IPA glass.

Look: on the paler side, especially for an IIPA. Very clear, well-carbonated yellow.

Smell: very unusual. I really can't put a name to what I'm picking up here. Not really fruity, piney, grassy, oniony, dank... The best way to describe it is that it's like the clean, bright smell I associate with cilantro or dill, but applied to some super-sweet, slightly citrusy tropical fruit.

Taste: pretty much follows the smell. More straightforwardly sweet and citric, but still elusive. Definite wood (oak/cedar) notes in there as well. Not really getting much bitterness at all.

Feel: decent. Medium body, good carbonation, fairly dry.

Overall: not the most unique IPA I've tried, but still pretty unusual, and very enjoyable.

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