Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 3,409
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 596
Gots: 533 | FT: 16
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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Photo of imagese
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Lunar

A- slightly hazy golden with no head and no lacing

S- citrus and pine hop. Not much else

T- same as nose, but with the slightest malt sweetness

M- medium body w/ nice carbonation

D- 9oz pour is enough. great beer, but pretty unbalanced

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

Appearance: Burnt orange hazy color. Off white half finger head no lacing.

Smell: Pineapple, Grapefruit

Taste: Big citrus flavor. Pineapple and Grapefruit give way to clemantine orangeon the finish. There is a mellow sweetness that really complements all the hoppy citric notes. Quite nice, and way ahead of average.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly with a light but not quite thin body.

Drinkability: A really good beer I put down in no time with my lady. Yet another beer I wish I could get regularly.

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

I guess I should thank my friend Jeff for bringing this brew to a small tasting. You made the rather long weekend worthwhile!

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, soft tangerine color, with about a 1/2 finger or so while head that withered away to almost nothing within seconds.

S: Right away, the candy-like, FFF hop profile hit the nose hard. Luscious and intense smell of grapefruit and apricot, along with that almost indescribable little sumpin' extra that the awesome brewery brings to the table effectively time and time again.

T: Intense citrus and with more apricot than grapefruit on the taste. This was similar to Dreadnaught in it's overall hop profile only. I guess this would be an obvious comparison, but believe me.... they are two separate beers! Dreadnaught is thicker in terms of alkaline citrus content and slightly boozier (in the FFF candy-coated alcohol way), and Arctic Panzer Wolf was a tangerine-apricot delight, highly gulpable, with a much fruitier overall arch.

M: Mild malt backbone (much less so than Dreadnaught), with very even prickly carbonation that was particularly good at breaking up the "fruit juice" quality that was so prevalent in this brew. There was just enough bitterness to counteract the sweetness.

D: Highly drinkable... but still not as special or complex as Dreadnaught or Blackheart.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in a great box from memyselfandi. Thanks Mike!

Poured into my Hangar 24 tulip. The beer pours a translucent golden, orange color with two fingers of rocky white foam. The head dissipates quickly, no lacing.

This beer smells different than any DIPA I've encountered. The nose is distinctively of apricots and peaches. Smells sweet and fruity.

The taste is overwhelmingly peaches and bitter hops. Different. It is backed up by a sugar cookie malt profile that does a nice job of balancing things out without muting the exquisite bitterness of this brew. It starts out bitter, then moves into a smooth, sweet, peach flavor, and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Very nice.

The beer is medium bodied with a prickly level of carbonation which works here. it's not sticky or cloying at all.

Drinkability is good considering the fact that I'm not detecting much in the way of the advertised 9% ABV. The bitter character of this brew does a good job of masking it.

I like my IPAs bitter and this one certainly fills the bill in that respect. The peach and apricot flavors are different than the usual citrus characteristics that I'm used to, and I'm enjoying this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Kelly88
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Cock and Bull in Covington.

A- nice dark gold look with a solid white cap. Frothy lacing hugs the side of the tulip glass it was served in.

S-cant really smell much. Slight citrus with some bitterness.

T- oranges and pears that are immediately followed by a big hop blast. Finish reminds me of a Nice smooth Bourbon almost.

M- this is the epitome of double ipas. Medium bodied with nice coating That makes for a good refreshing brew. Perfect carbonation. I wish all double ipas had this feel.

D- really nice and refreshing. Great flavor. These two factors make it dangerous but very awesome.

Great beer that is right on par with the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a peachy yellow with a slight green hue. Not much head upon the pour, nor is there much lacing.

I am picking up a lot of peach in the smell along with melon, pine, and apricot.

The taste is solid with a lot of apricot up front along with melon. The aftertaste brings about a piney bite that clashes a bit with the fruit.

On the light side of medium in the mouth. I am getting some sticky spit after swallowing along with some mild drying.

The drinkability is very good. This doesn't taste more than 6%.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arctic Panzer Wolf pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color that has a slight orange hue to it. The head is a rich parchment color and has nice staying power. It also leaves some very sticky and messy lace on the sides of the glass as I savor this tasty beer.

The aroma is fruity, hoppy and sweet with a very nice peach, apricot and mango character that is evident from the first whiff. Other hop aromas include pine, ruby red grapefruit and mandarin orange. Though there is a good hit of malt in the aroma, the malt character is only slightly caramel and is mostly fairly sugar cookie like and neutral. There is also just a slight whiff of alcohol.

The flavor is quite different from most other beers of this style. It is very sweet with a sugar cookie and honey profile. All that malt slams right into a truckload of bitterness that leaves my tongue tingling. Zesty pine and citrus hop flavors zing my tongue ounce the initial peachy goodness has subsided and then comes a wonderful fruity floral sweetness. This is one of the juiciest double IPAs I think I have ever tasted.

The mouthfeel is medium and though low in carbonation, it is quite spiky feeling. The finish is very interesting and one of my favorite aspects of the beer. It is at the same time sweet and bitingly bitter, sort of like a sweet and tart candy. It actually makes my mouth water.

I find this to be a very drinkable beer for the style and absolutely love the finish and fresh fruity character. That being said, it is a bit much at times and while I am definitely enjoying the ride, I was ready to get off near the end of the bottle. While I don't think this is quite as well put together as the world class Dreadnaught, I definitely will try to pick up another bottle of this next time I am in Three Floyds country.

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

Appearance- Poured into a tulip with a slightly hazy golden/orange color. Creamy two finger white head, with good retention, some nice lacing.

Smell- Lots of citrus fruits, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot. A little pine resin as well.

Taste- No surprises here, a ton of citrus fruits again. Apricot really stands out. A little sweetness in the middle with some pine on the back end. Lingering taste of bitter citrus. Has a tropical feel to it (despite the arctic name).

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, a tad bit oily. Smooth.

Overall- A very nice DIPA, with citrus being the main focus. I prefer this over BrooDoo but it is no Dreadnaught; which seems like the obligatory comparison with this one. ABV's are hid well, and the bomber is going down very quickly.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served into a globe glass

Pours a bright, sunshine yellow color with plenty of orange highlights. A sudsy, off-white head builds up to 1.25 fingers or so, and is content to stick around a while. Lacing was merely iffy, but I think it was the fault of my glass. It looks sort of like a cough drop. Can't really complain about the appearance, it looks nice.

I love this aroma. It's a narrow, specific profile, but man does Three Floyds nail it. Lush bright stonefruit all over the place: peach, primarily, with apricot also making itself known. There's something that reminds me of a clementine, but sort of in a jammy/preserves kind of way. I suppose this could be what the label refers to as a "marmalade" note, because I don't smell marmalade. Beyond the stonefruit and citrus jam scents is a very vinous sort of citrus. My first instinct said Chardonnay, but I think it's more of an Alsace Riesling characteristic. All of this is backed up by some gentle pine. Lovely.

The taste follows the nose. That Riesling meets fresh stonefruit characteristic is going strong. The pine/grassy hop flavors are a little stronger on the palate, but they accentuate the brighter, fruitier hop flavors. The malts don't shy away in this beer; cracker-like, light, but present. It doesn't really taste all that much like honey, but there is a honeyed aspect in there... like a honey graham cracker but without the graham flavor. Honey cracker describes it exactly, whatever a honey cracker is. Don't be scared away just because I mention the malt. This isn't an East Coast IIPA by any means. I don't know how this will taste old; Three Floyds' more famous IIPA, Dreadnaught, is pretty much a malt-bomb when too old. I suspect that Arctic Panzer Wolf will not be as overtly malty in old-age, mostly because of the significantly reduced level of caramel malts here relative to Dreadnaught.

Not much active carbonation here. It's smooth, but traditional thinking says that carbonation accentuates the bright flavors. I was all set to score the mouthfeel a 3.5 for this reason, but I realized that the smoothness works well with the white wine-like flavor profile that this beer is going for. The consistent, focused flavor profile makes for a very, very, very drinkable IIPA. This is for people who love hop flavors but generally dislike hop bitterness.

This isn't in the same realm of complexity as Dreadnaught, but it's specificity and focus and overall deliciousness have significant merit. If you can try this beer, do not hesitate. Especially if you're someone who enjoys both hoppy beer and classic white wine varietals.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.63/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by thomashardy in a recent trade. Thanks again for everything mate.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thinner looking, off-white head with decent retention. Burnt orange in color, but more tangerine when held to the light. Perfectly clear with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a decent wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving touches of lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Pale malts, apricot and some citrus notes. Grapefruit and some floral hop. Nice, though on the milder side of things.

TASTE: Pale malts up front with some light biscuit notes. Lots of citrus through the middle with some lemon and orange peel, moving into a bitter hop and grapefruit finish. Bitter and floral hop aftertaste is hold and lingering. A little light on the flavor up front and kind of bitter for the sake of being bitter in the finish. Alright.

PALATE: Medium-light body and higher levels of active carbonation. Goes down a bit rough with a slight scratch at the end. Not smooth or creamy enough really. Finish is slightly astringent.. Disappointing. Gets a little better as it sits, but still disappointing compared to others in the style.

OVERALL: Wasn't really thrilled with this one. The flavor was alright, but the light, bubbly body with the overly astringent finish was a definite detractor. Not a bad beer, just nothing worth writing home about. I'd skip this one and choose Dreadnaught any day. Regardless, I'd wanted to try this one for a long time. Thanks again for the opportunity thomashardy.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Killer extra from yeahnatenelson in a recent trade! Says he picked it up from the brewery recently, so this one's fresh!

22oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a cloudy honey-gold with a thin bone-white head atop. Dissipates to just a ring around the collar. Light webbing coats the glass. The nose bursts with pine needles, citrus zest, and just hints of damp wood on the finish. Were this a car-scent, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

The body is slightly oily with a moderately heavy finish. Carbonation level is alright. Heavy stuff though. This beer errs on the sweet side of the DIPA spectrum. Candy-like hops start it out, then finish with a bitter punch across the mouth. Nothing lingers long though, as the bitterness is fleeting. Leafy hops, grass, lemon. This definitely carries juicy flavors. Alcohol is noticeable, especially as this warms. This was a great beer for sure, but man, I wish I would have split this with a friend. Really rich stuff. Thanks again, Nate!

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Photo of nrbw23
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy lighter golden yellow with a very dense head. Head has great retention and leaves some very nice lacing.

S- Smell is awesome. Tons of tropical fruits pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit a bit of sweetness coming through from the malts.

T- Follows the nose really well. A very nice hop forward beer. Hops are citrus, grassy and earthy. Just a great beer.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Found this very easy to drink and recommended.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dgfair for this bomber (no date), which was poured in a dimpled mug. Pours hazy yellow along with a thin veil of white foam. Potent mango-pine aroma, classic strong IPA aromas, but a little on the fruity side. The flavors blend very well, you can certainly feel the bitterness, but there is also a lot of strong sweet fruity flavors to compensate, I got practically no alcohol flavors. Palate is good, a bit slick but very enjoyable nonetheless. Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a very slight syrupy texture. Bites more than a Dreadnaught which this one cannot match. Overall a very nice sessionable DIPA!

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Photo of Lothore
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy peach color with a frothy, 1.5 finger head.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, grainy

T- Tastes very citrusey, lemon, resiney, extremely hoppy all the way through with hints of biscuity maltiness.

M- Medium/Thick with lots of carbonation.

D- A decent dipa and a total hop bomb. Not my favorite but I would revisit it.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a burnt orange with a nice, two finger head that dies down to almost nothing with no lacing. On the nose there is a huge hop presence, more like an orange than like a grapefruit, with the pine further back. On the tongue the piney hop character comes to the front with the citrus notes riding behind. In the mouth the body is medium, a bit lighter than I would have expected, and there is a great prickly pine and alcohol note that lingers for a long while. I split the bomber with the lady and I probably could have had the whole thing, but probably not more than that. Pretty drinkable for a DIPA.

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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 zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with some caramel hues. About two fingers of fluffy white head that fades, leaving some nice lacing.

A fair amount of grassy hops with hints of citrus in the background. Also some crisp sweet crystal malt takes the stage. Smells very fresh and crisp, not so much from a fresh hop standpoint, it just smells like a cool Spring morning.

Taste is similar with a good dose of grassy hops and faint citrus. More of that crisp sweetness that makes this brew quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a DIPA but there's a solid amount of carbonation and sticky hops. That general crispness makes this one highly drinkable and enjoyable. If this one comes out again, I'll seek it out.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: hazy unfiltered gold with thick lacing on top.

Smell: Beautiful floral hop aroma.

Taste: Peanuts, caramel, floral/citrus hops. Nice and light body for a 9% DIPA. Ends in a sort of salty-malt flavor.

Drinkability: Not overly malty or thick. Maintains a nice balance between hops, bitterness, and malt.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange. White head with lacing that slides back into the beer.

S: Big citrus/grapefruit. Malty, spicy.

T: Sweet upfront. Bitter, citrus hop flavor towards the end. Pretty spicy throughout.

M: Kind of creamy for an DIPA. Just a little alcohol bite. Dry finish.

D: Not bad for a 9.00% beer. Pretty easy to finish off the bomber.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.48/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

204th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A very gorgeous orange/yellow. A nice 1 finger head with some shimmering highlights dancing in the glass.

Smell- Huge tangerine citrusy hops and a tad of a spice note

Taste- Delicious full on wet drinking beer. Has a great citrus flavor but just more on the spicy/malty side.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level that ends a bit dry.

Drink- Don't get me wrong. I live in CA and we do some good IPA's. But 3F has some damn good beers. I suggest you start trading for them if you live in CA like I do.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a modified tulip glass

This bomber was relatively fresh so I anticipated goodness. The beer pours the standard golden color with white head. The aroma was kinda filled with citrusy hops, but the nose was balanced with a decent variety of malt notes. The overall flavor was a sweet malt base with hops covering overtop. This went down extraordinarily easy I must say this was a damn tasty beer that I had. I'm glad that I pulled the trigger on this particular brew.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle courtesy of Alexander - huge thanks to a great trader! Cracked as soon as I could find the time to after this one landed, so I could enjoy it as fresh as possible. Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a tangerine sunrise, crystalline and transparent, marred only by an excessive - nay, obscene - amount of precipitate, shocked out of this one by transportation through excessive cold. Consistent, quick, and fine carbonation zips up mercurially from the nucleation site at the center of the snifter towards the head. A little weak on the retention side of things, the frothy white head - initially about one finger tall - fades to a wide swath of surface lace and a thin fuzzy collar. The retention on the sides of the glass is similarly slightly retarded, with a few dashes of snowy slop all that manages to stick. The hue is fantastic, but the particulates and the lacing leave something to be desired.

Aroma: Spicy wintergreen and herbal notes mingle with pineapple, mango, and tangerines, pleasantly and attractively enough. The spiciness mingles nicely with the simple, biscuity sweetness, about as smoothly as you can expect it to given the intensity of the hops here.

Taste: Dank. About as fat and juicy as you can imagine. It reminds me of a more herbal Sculpin in many ways. That is, the hop profile is moderately to moderately high on the bitterness side of things, and the citrus profile is tropical, high, and full of tangerines, peaches, oranges, and mango. But this one has a decidedly eastern twist - resinous, leafy notes are practically dripping between every other flavor component here, rich, tobacco-like, with hints of wintergreen, thyme, and juniper berry, suggestive of dry hopping with an east coast hop. It's also Dreadnaught-esque, in a way, but with a lighter malt base - the malt base here is graham cracker-like, still roasted, yes, but lighter, crisper, and a little dryer than the big, fat, sweet, cane sugar-like juicyness that you get out of D-naught. It's a great combination - the dryness and lesser roast of the base compliments the minty, spicy, leafy notes well, much better than a sweet, roasty base would have complimented the hop notes here, or much better than the dry, crackery base here would have complimented a citrusy, juicier hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Very bright, especially the beginning, making for a fluffy, largely carbonated feel in a body of moderate thickness. The end result is an expressive mouth, a little aloof, though it works well with the dryness, and thick, resinous hop overtones.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer a lot - I can only imagine how good this would have been straight off the bright tank. At 9.0%, it's not prohibitive, and it's certainly not out of the ordinary for the style. A fat, resin-fueled DIPA from a fantastic brewery, this one is definitely one seeking out, and I hope that 3F makes this again, if only so I can get a bottle as soon as one comes off the bottling line.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.