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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 2516
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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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy, golden-orange with a big, fluffy, soapy, sticky bright white head that leaves behind tons of lacing and great retention. Gorgeous DIPA. The nose explodes with massive hop aromas. Citrus such as fresh grapefruit, orange, and apricot. This is a serious fresh hop, pine, and citrus bomb. Great body. Seriously. So creamy and smooth. Feels fantastic and the flavors are absurd. This has so much complexity for being such a hop bomb. The IBUs are off the charts but the hop character is so enjoyable. There some booze, some really dry qualities, and a bit of cloying sweetness, but outside of that it's a flawless beer. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 18:52:01 | More by Gatch
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.25 pours dark orange with a small head that dissipates quickly. It appears that there are tiny particles (my guess hops) suspended I. The beer. Low clarity
S: 4.5 has a malty fragrance that is punctuated by hoppy citrus notes.
T: 4.25 bready upfront and then a smash of bitter hops. 
MF: 4.25 big body with decent carbonation mild retention.
O: 4.25 great beer that I would definitely buy again but it is hard to find. 

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 21:36:39 | More by brewdude1982
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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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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Apex for Gigantic Beer Week

A: Golden color with a semi-opaque look. Fluffy white head.

N: Pineapple, mango, pine, and caramel. Pretty solid nose for hops but it's not terribly complex either.

T: Fairly sweet once again. Lots of dried pineapple and some pine, but there's no mid-level to this. Biscuit and a slight bitterness. Better balance to this, but it's missing a certain...special..something.

M: Dry and medium-heavy. Sticks to the palate without destroying it.

O: A good beer I'd drink again, but it's not outstanding in its style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:43:14 | More by writerLJBerg
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Apricot in color. Very hazy with some "floaters" typical of many high IBU beers. Forms a two-finger white head, moderate carbonation.

S: Biscuit malts, grassy hops with some mild tropical fruit and resin character.

T: Sweet bready malt (minimal to no caramel flavors), tropical fruity and citrus (grapefruit) rind hop bitterness. Bitter in the hang with just enough balancing fruity sweetness.

M: Lighter body for a DIPA. Good carbonation, and the alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O: Not the freshest bottle, but I'm impressed. Definitely will want to revisit a time or two. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 22:57:11 | More by macrosmatic
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber, with lots of sediment. Seems to have been on the shelves for too long. No lace, either.

Still, the aroma is wonderfully hoppy. I get big citrus and tropical fruit like mango and floral notes. Exquisite!

Taste is quite hoppy, as expected, with more tropical fruit and tangy wet citrus. Malts are strong, too, and even if this wasn't too fresh, it's still a formidable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 09:52:14 | More by secondtooth
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magictacosinus

California

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Glad I got to try this during DLD at the brewery. It was refreshing to have this for only $5 after waiting over 3 hours in line! Poured into a 10oz plastic tumbler.

Pours a golden, pale amber color with a modest one finger of head that eventually fizzles out. In some ways, looks awfully like Belgian-style golden ales, especially with the extra cascade of bubbles that rises to the top of this. Impressive that the carbonation lasts this long, especially when considering the size of the tumbler and high ABV. This is definitely thickened overall, and I was even able to capture sight of some large alcohol legs on the walls of the cup. Definitely paler and far different in body than other DIPAs I've seen, but very wicked looking.

Contains an aroma that filled with a range of sweetened to bittered phenols, ranging from pineapples to dried citrus rinds. Goes in and out in both flavors, quite literally. At first there's the pineapple aroma combined with white grapes, apricots, and maybe sweetened apples, but eventually it's replaced by oranges, earthy lime notes, slight spices, and maybe some some candi sugar? Definitely hard to keep track on all the flavors going on here, but it's definitely interesting. Almost ranges from being a cross between a DIPA and a tripel in some ways, although that would be a lazy analogy in contrasts of all the nuances. Alcohol is quite present as well, although I'm barely getting any other aspects to the beer other than some cracked, golden graininess, as well as slightly yeasty bready phenols. Not the most balanced aroma per se, but still packs a punch.

The flavor is quite different, however: rather than get too sweet or bitter on the palate, it turns out both sides of the spectrum meld quite well due to the thickened, near juicy body this beer holds. At first, there's an initial grainy sweetness, combined with pineapple and orange notes, which quickly get overtaken by a bittered, spicy, awfully zesty bitterness imparted by the hops. Doesn't really numb the palate completely, although it does get the initial fruity flavors and make them more vibrant. The malts are not too present in the flavor here, but they provide undeniable thickness that makes this easier to drink. The alcohol is actually not very present here, with no burn at all, and I downed this rather quickly in spite of all of the flavors and strong bittered presence. Almost vinous in character, too, although not as dry by comparison.

This is an intense yet solid offering from FFF. Can't say I loved it as much as their other stuff that I got to try, but it's a strong, full bodied hop-filled and fruity experience that should definitely be tried. At the price of $13 a bomber everywhere, it's debatable whether this is worth it, but fans of DIPAs and tripels must try this thing at least once, in my view.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2013 05:13:03 | More by magictacosinus
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a 22 oz growler of this filled and capped at Continential Liquors(Ashland, Ky.) poured into a stemmed like port glass.

A - Golden copper hue with the faintest of a dark yellowish orange hue. Head is white and lush at first. Somewhat quickly dissolves into an splotched frothy ring of lace. Some pretty good stick to the walls.

S - Big and twisted American hops. Fresh whole pine cone character with a touch of sweety fruitiness. Very floral hop aroma with some sweet malt in the background.

T - a real hop head flavor. Lots and lots of floral hoppiness of pine and semi grapefruit. Citrusy hop notes are present, but faint. Floral bitterness really bites the mouth. Sugary malt backbone balance the bite of the wolf quite nicely.

M - big and full. Maybe a bit thinner than it's brother, Dreadnaught in terms of liquid thickness, but it still coats the mouth like it should. It possesses a bigger bite or should I say, 'bites' than its fellow companion Dreadnaught as well. This is a massive flavored DIPA for the extreme hop lover. Don't drink APW if you don't like to be bitten.

O - I get the concept here from FFF. It's not replacing Dreadnaught as Dreadnaught is for me significantly better and tastier. It's not brought in to replace Apocalypse Cow as its not a seasonal. It's just a world class bunch of brewers saying hey we can make as Manu of these as we want to, we can make as many as we want and keep all of them world class, we can sell every one of them, and there isn't a damn thing you can do to compete with us. This rounds out a solid family of FFF and I'm a believer of these guys. Ill buy Dreadnaught every single time over panzer wolf and I'll always look for apocalypse cow in summer, but there are times when I drink up all the Dreadnaught before the next months delivery. What will I do? I'll buy this because it's a solid DIPA. I mean it's still good stuff. It's not Dreadnaught, but hey! It wasn't intended to be. It wasnt intended to be better than dready. It was crafted to give you a bite when you really need it. Hence the snarling wolf on the label. We will all drink our Dreadnaught, but we will need a bit more bite a few times of year.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 19:49:10 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

A - golden. Pours a pretty large amount of white foam, 2.5 inches or so, sticks around for a good while. Medium to large amount of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus peel and some tropical fruit, mangoes mostly. Plenty of floral hops in the background.

T - Loads of bitter orange and sweeter tropical notes. As it warms up the malt shows up a little bit, very neutral with a sweetness to it. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and lemons in addition to the orange. There is also a good bit of peach and maybe apricot (which is mentioned on the label, so maybe thats just suggestion) Finishes with more bitter citrus.

M - really good. Medium thickness, light/medium carbonation.

O - a great IPA. For whatever reason, I want to dislike 3floyds, but its undeniable that their beers are great. You can see some of the bloodlines of zombie dust here, but really packs a bitterness whallop that ZD doesnt have. Overall, a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 07:08:43 | More by Beerandboards
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful cascading effervescent golden amber. White head and sticky lacing throughout.

The aroma is fantastic. Big tropical citrus (papaya, grapefruit, guava, mango) front and malt.

How do we go from such a tropical smelling quaff to the flavors of onion and garlic. Got the sweet malt and a piney bitterness going on.

Carbonation is low and bitterness lasts.

I'm not getting the high IBU count here. Took this on the advice that this is close to Zombie Dust...quite not true. Not seeing the hype here, matter of fact I'm disappointed. Now I know why this is always on the shelves throughout Chicagoland. Dreadnaught is better at a lower price. This is not a juicy grapefruit, but rather a pine cone bomb in an onion patch. One good thing though--it is drinkable. This reminds me of Stone's Enjoy By brews. I will not be buying this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:25:49 | More by joeseppy
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Auraan

Arizona

4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a rich orange with a slight half finger of white head that quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing. Scents of citrus hops, malt, slight white grape and hints of molasses. Flavor begins with a hit of dry malt, overwhelmed by bitter hops, moves into grapefruit pith and citrus hops and finishes dry with a bitter grapefruit pith flavor and aftertaste. There is a slight sweetness from the malt but it is overwhelmed by the hops. Definitely a hop bomb. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, quite easy to drink. It hides it's alcohol fairly well. A very good hop bomb IIPA. An even more hop forward Hop Stoopid, beyond Hopslam, Ruination, Hoptimum and 90 Minute and it even comes across as more hop forward than 120 Minute, as it lacks much of the sweetness. A great hophead DIPA, I am glad I finally got to try it. Just a shame about that distribution.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 07:21:19 | More by Auraan
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Peachy orange. Great lacing and color. Very murky like a witbier. Unusal for an IPA...let alone a double.

Smell: Pine, cookie, honey, and fruit (lime?).

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grapefruit and tons of bourbon. An excellent gateway for IPA drinkers looking for somthing stronger but still familiar. Bourbon makes this a bit too light-bodied for a double.

Overall: Surprised I haven't heard of this more.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:14:55 | More by tjsdomer2
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LittleDon

Texas

3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent short lived off white head with some lace. Golden with lots of haze and particulates. Aroma of baked bread, passion fruit, with a bit of cattiness. Strong carbonation with a medium body. Earthy/herbal hops with a fair amount of sugary sweetness. Strong bitter finish with a noticeable amount of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:34:56 | More by LittleDon
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Qwest_35

Florida

4.96/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my first APW, thanks to mpayne5! Wow! I am loving this stuff! It feels like the wolf on the label just bit my face off. This stuff is not for beginners! A true citrus-hop bomb indeed. Pours a hazy orange-copper, with a thin creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly which is fine with me. Where do I start with the aroma? The only way I can describe it, is like freshly sliced fruit salad sitting on a bed of pine needles. I gotta say, this is one of the best smelling DIPA's I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. To say this beer is a hop-bomb is an understatement! Big hop's way up front, yet sweet and malty on the finish, and it tickles my nose like champagne. I can't say enough good things about this beer, If you see it, get it! If you don't get it in your area, trade! I know I am gonna, again!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:04:32 | More by Qwest_35
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well...here we go. FFF - couldnt resist the purchase.
purchased this bottle for $9.99 at Joes in Richmond, Indiana. Its a bit dusty...no date on the bottle.
Poured into tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden copper...thick white head.
Crazy peach and fruity hop aromas with a big malt backbone. Like a DFH 90 min...but more fruity..
Taste is big fruity hops...light fruit like peach or pear with some citrus or pineapple notes; followed by a bit of a malt finish - like vienna or something bready. Big fruity finish...
Its a very easy drinker and you really dont notice the ibu or abv here...not an amazing DIPA...just too malty for me to be amazing. I cant get through the bomber so i switched to a two hearted ale...so much better...
This is a brew where i dont get the hype...

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:25:30 | More by DrinkSlurm
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a rich, hazy golden orange with a big three fingers of creamy, fluffy off-white foam.

Smell: A wonderful bouquet of soft, ripe mango, juicy pineapple, and faint strawberry greet the nose. There's also a light yeasty, cracker-like aroma hiding under the blanket of fruity hops. Quite heavenly.

Taste: Bright, tangy grapefruit, tangerine, orange marmalade, pine, some fruity esters and a touch of honey with a caramel malt backing. Sugary with maybe just a little white wine characteristic lurking about.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavier bodied and lightly crisp with incredible smoothness. Sort of creamy and a bit oily and chewy.

Overall, this was an exceptional imperial IPA from famed brewery Three Floyds. I had this back to back with their Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf came out the clear winner for me. It has a wonderfully complex, fruity aroma and flavor with unbeatable smoothness for a 9% beer. Juicy, sweet, and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 19:11:14 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Three Floyds Teku.

A- pours a hazy golden with a 2" white head. Big wall of lacing remains on the glass.

S- honey, caramel, big citrus (pineapple, orange), with some citrus rind

T- caramel, light toast, honey, pineapple and grapefruit, citrus rind and pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Effervescent feel.

O- very good dipa. Surprised I have never reviewed this beer yet! Very nice sweet and citrus balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:49:55 | More by kawilliams81
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AmitC

Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebration drink this. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a large snifter.

A solid pale, orange juice color. Very hazy and full of cloud. Just less than a finger thick head with good retention. Good enough lacing on the sides. Some minor bubbles. Totally opaque.

Aroma has almost every hop note that i have ever noticed - ok not every but almost all. Earthy, herbal. A lot of flower notes and good amount of grapefruit. It is like a sap coming out of hops.
If you take out this wonderful and enticing aroma that reminds a lot of hops it could be mistaken for grapefruit or orange juice.

Flavor is just awesome. Hits hard with citrus and earthy notes. A lot of herbal character in the beer. Grapefruit is abundant as well. Malt in the middle but the ending is super bitter. Excellent bitterness overall as such. Justifies its 100 IBUs. Very well hidden alcohol. Seems like i am drinking some kind of citrus juice. Bitterness is palate wrecking. So make this your last beer of the day/night. Hurts the tongue not very severely mainly due to controlled carbonation, but the bitterness is still huge. Aftertaste lingers on forever. A bit piney towards the end.

Feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth. Excellent brew for a hop head like me. Some oily and resiny touch.

Go for it. It is big and bold. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:16:50 | More by AmitC
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brewtus

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Smell is earthy, bready, buttery, slightly citrusy. Taste is also buttery, lots of pine, some orange, some mango some apricot, thick texture with a nice bitter bite. I'm a big fan of all things Floyd's but I would rather grab a dreadnaught any day, this is a great beer, very intense thick buttery hop profile. This been lives up to the name, worth a try for sure

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:07:14 | More by brewtus
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Tchfunkta

Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- beautiful amber color, 1 finger loose head. High Density suspended particulates.

Aroma- Deep citrous Forrest, breakfast marmalade on a English muffin, slight pine. Tiny hint of the gravity to come.

Taste: Front tongue bite, followed by pine & citrous, slowly rolling front to back in volumptuous smoothness, leaving the tongue numbed & hopknockered.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied but not to viscous. Slowly gives way to the generous hopnessouty. Very conforting two row blanketing of the tongue.

Overall- A definite object of future beer searches. The 2-row & dextrose give way to beautiful hop notes right when your ready for them.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:49:28 | More by Tchfunkta
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zrbeer1579

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Appearance: Slightly murky orange with a little peach thrown in. A half finger white head that did not last long but a film lasted.

Aroma: Apricot, floral, and pine. Some white wine. A slight tropical fruity smell. Some citrus. And sweetness as well.

Taste: Floral, piney apricot. Very slight citrus. A little pineapple. Picked up a white wine characteristic, too. Sweetness with a slight bitterness throughout. As it warms, flavors become more piney apricot/peach with malts pulling through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is just a slight below medium. Bitterness in the finish is not as aggressive. It feels light for an Imperial IPA. It goes down smooth with no residual sticky or oily feeling.

Overall: A good Imperial IPA. It would please any hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:11:16 | More by zrbeer1579
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AltBock

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber bottle with the usual kickass Three Floyd's label. The label was done by a tattoo artist and it shows it. This bottle had a bright red label with a large arctic blue wolf ripping right through the label. This isn't an ordinary wolf. This wolf looks like a hell hound. Don't stare directly into the wolf's red eyes. You will regret it. Above and below the wolf in arctic blue lettering is the name of the beer. Flanking the wolf is the Government warning and the beer's ingredients. I wish there was a bottled or brewed date on the bottle. Poured into a Cycle Brewing Snifter.

This arctic wolf was not arctic blue in color, but a beautiful hazy apricot orange. It was so hazy that I could barley see the silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. On top of this orange brew was a small 1/4 of an inch bubbly porcelain white head of foam. Mediocre retention that left behind a small number of rings and spots around the glass. Nice color, but the head of foam was less than desirable.

Pouring the beer into the Snifter unleashed the strong scent of grapefruit and pine. It was more pine than grapefruit. Behind the pine and grapefruit wall was more citrus fruits and lightly bitter citrus hops. The citrus fruits consisted of some tangerine and a little lemon. I could detect some malt trying to come out, but the grapefruit and pine quickly covered it up and said "what malt?"

The taste wasn't hugely hopped up. It was hoppy, but not overly hoppy. The taste kicked off with the citrus hops. The hops then gave way to the grapefruit and pine resin. It loved the pine! The pine resin lasted for a while before some lemon, tangerine, and apricot moved in. After the fruits had their moment in the sun, the beer then finishes with a faint taste of toasted malt. Finally the malt was allowed to come out and play.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and featured a nice lightly hoppy crispy aftertaste. I found more citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, lemon, and apricot in the aftertaste. The hops don't linger on. I guess the hops had some place to be.

I would like to thank lionssoccer for giving me the opportunity to try this Three Floyd's beer. I'm sure I don't have to tell you this but this was another nice Three Floyd's beer. It wasn't hugely hopped, but there was enough hops in this beer to keep you on your toes. This wasn't a beer that relied on a cool label. The beer was just as cool as the kick ass label.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 08:11:49 | More by AltBock
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csparace

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA that serves as a great example of the style.

A - Golden yellow with lots of carbonation. Pours with a good head that fades quickly.

S - Warm (not sharp) initial smell that fades into a heavy caramel

T - Very smooth, with caramel overtones. Not a huge amount of bitterness, but a very satisfying, thirst quenching finish.

M - Great. Like I said, very smooth but quenching. Doesn't have much of an after taste - or just doesn't change as it fades away. Fades somewhat quick.

O - Really fantastic beer actually. Its simply really pleasing. It satisfies my thirst for an IPA's bitterness but doesn't stick around too long. Each taste is incredibly consistent. The smooth feel works well with the caramel. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 05:57:17 | More by csparace
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Danmullens1

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a chalice. Hazy, golden goodness with a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing. Looks like a fantastic DIPA. Let's have a smell.

Very nice. Nose is juicy-fruit, lemon, fresh-cut grass, pine. A little malty breadiness as it warms. But how does she drink?

Wow. Hop explosion on a Friday night. That's what I'm talking about. Time to wake-up those taste buds on siesta since my last Sucks four days ago. This stuff good. Delicious. And hides the 9% well. After 22 oz. of this it may be hard to move-on to something else.

Medium mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

Overall an excellent beer. As usual, the Floyd's have not let me down. Think I'll have more.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 01:17:40 | More by Danmullens1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. One finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A lively citrus forward aroma with a nice complex mix of fruit esters. Big hop scent upfront with hints of citrus orange peel, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, and lemon. Also some grassy hops and pine resin spice. Some subtle undertones of white wine characteristics with a hint of grape. A fair amount of sugar. Bready soft malts with hints of cracker, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. A little scent of honey is also in the mix. Very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy taste of citrus hop fruit esters. Big taste of ripe and bitter hops upfront with notes of citrus orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and apricot. Along with the citrus is a taste of spicy pine resin and grass. A little hint of white grapes. Soft bready malts with notes of cracker, biscuit, caramel, grain, and yeast. Some sugar and honey adds some more sweetness. Very citrus forward, tropical, and juicy. A great West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and fairly oily. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: Another great imperial IPA from Three Floyds. Great tropical citrus hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 07:49:00 | More by MattyG85
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,516 ratings.