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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 703
Hads: 3,439
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
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: 3,439
Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light golden orange, slight chill haze. lots of sediment/floatie chunks at the bottom of the bottle. decent creamy diminishing off-white head.
S: smells like a dreadnaught. citrus, tropical fruit, honeyed doughy malts, floral and resiny pine notes.
T: medium sweet bready malts quickly washed out by big hop bitterness. long sharp, juicy hop, drying finish with aspirin-like astringency.
M: medium-bodied, maybe a bit thin for a dipa.
D: go for the dreadnaught instead.
update: have revisited this...awesome nose. taste and mouthfeel very much like PtE. hops obliterate a pale malt base as intended.

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

TCGoalie picked this up for me - thanks! Reviewed from notes made on 10/19/10.

A: Pours a murky golden-orange into a snifter. There is not much of a head of which to speak. What is there is egg-white in color. Some small yeast chunks flat in a beer bath. I cannot see the carbonation bubbles through the murk. Lacing forms on the glass in vertical sticky curves and dots.

S: Sweet aromas of peach and apricot are the main smells, supported by a dry, piney hoppiness. Borrowing from what the brewery says on the bottle, I can smell marmalade, along with creamy marshmallow. The dry hop aroma also speaks of grapefruit with deeper inhales. I also smell some nice dry biscuit and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Peach and apricot are also the dominant flavor upfront, combined with a tasty caramel malt sweetness. The creamy marmalade then carries the middle of the sip, followed by a dry pine, grapefruit, and biscuit finish. The dry taste lingers on my palate for a long time after each swallow. As the beer warms, the high a.b.v. becomes more present.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied and maybe a little lacking in carbonation. There is an interesting spicy sizzle on the my tongue. This could be from the yeast chunks floating in the beer.

D: APW is pleasantly sweet and puckering at the same time. It's not my favorite Imperial IPA (although Dreadnaught is from the same brewery), but it was quite enjoyable to imbibe.

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Photo of JoePat
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale straw color with a thick white head. It is almost opaque from the hop haze.

It has a huge grapefruit, orange hop aroma. Clean, crisp and aluring hops.

The flavor is a little piney and grassy with grapefruit flavors and a sweet light malt flavor.

For an DIPA its not the worst in drinkability but it is slightly coying and sweet but the hops keep me wanting more and more so that helps a lot.

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Photo of expression
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a seriously beautiful beer. I haven't written a review here yet, so please give me a little slack. Tried this beauty @ the Comet Cafe in Milwaukee, WI. Wow. I didn't expect such a big hop drop to finish so smooth. I admittedly drank 2 right off the bat, and with an alcohol rating this high, it was a bold choice at one in the afternoon. It looked gorgeous served in a goblet, and went great with my lunch. My bartender told me it doesn't usually make it out of the brewery, but I haven't looked into that claim. Really good stuff. If you're a fan of Gumballhead, try to get your hands on this.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a bubbly antique white head and a racing carbonation of tiny bubbles. The second pour turns my glass into a snow globe of hop/trub goodness.
S- The juicy bright green grapefruit hops have a slight flinty note to them and some orange sweetness to the hops as the beer warms. The hops are very full and even come through during the pour.
T- The juicy full grapefruit hops turn a bit more into papery orange flavor hops as the beer opens. The pungent quality enhances the depth of the hops and a bold bitter bite in the dry finish only lingers for a moment. There is a light hop cinnamon spice in the finish aswell. There are some sour grape and woody hints to the hops as they open up.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight tingly fizz in the finish but no real alcohol heat noticed.
D- Well it's another hop bomb from Three Floyds... and it is wonderful. It really opens up nicely and the bold flavor makes me want to drink more and more while the hop bitterness grows and starts to stain my tongue. This is a big juicy beer with good depth and easy drinkable.

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Photo of tewaris
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dvelcich (Dan) for this extra!

22 oz bomber with no freshness date poured into a New Belgium snifter

Appearance 4/5
Carefully avoiding the chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle, this beer poured a moderately clear amber-orange color, with a medium off white head. Decent head retention with good sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma 4.5/5
Solid hop aroma that's fruity, piney, and citrus. A very attractive smelling hop profile, with a light, sweet maltiness in the background.

Taste & Mouthfeel 4/5
The taste is similar to aroma with some spicy hop character too. Overall it's quite bitter as expected, and the bitterness lasts into the dry, perhaps too dry, finish. Light bodied and crisp with a malt backbone that struggles, this beer seems closer to an AIPA than IIPA in all respects but ABV. As the beer warmed up to room temperature, it felt watery... too much dextrose?

Drinkability 4/5
Classic AIPA drinkability.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LikaThaHops for this! Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden with a thin layer of head. Some yeast floating around, but not unusual in my DIPA experiences.

Smell: As soon as I cracked this I could smell strong scents of grapefruit and pineapple. As it sits in the glass I continue to get those along with floral hops, tangerine, malt at the end of the nose.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, bitter hop bite and a subtle malt characteristic. Very nice DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very dry and bitey.

Drinkability: This is a very good take on the DIPA by Three Floyds. I wish I could even get there beers regularly, but I also wish this was a regular offering. Really outstanding beer.

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

650ml bottle poured into tulip oct14 2010

A golden yellow with a shitload of sediment suspended like it's floating in jello with just a couple of bubbles moving it around, the thumbs width of foam falls to a 1/4in film that goes nowhere but leaves no lace

S I don't get any white wine like the label says but plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, and other tropical fruit with a heavy dose of pine some toffee and faint booze

T not far from the smell but more toffee and booze, big citrus is hard to miss and right up my alley, booze is there but well concealed considering it's 9%

M quite course leaving a fair bit behind in your mouth, more carbonation then I could see but that's not saying much and I'm thinking I'm missing some enamel from my teeth

D perhaps this one should come with a disclaimer because it could hurt you if you let it, just a little heat but for the most part it could disguise itself a mid booze IPA

Thank MasterSki for sending this one my way, great beer and I will be looking for it anywhere I go

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Photo of jwinship83
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a bottle of this at a surprising place. kept cold since the release. drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head doesnt last as long as i would have liked and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing that comes out of my glass are grapefruit like hops. after that i detect some pine and a little bit of orange zest. a little bit of caramel and bready malts sneak through at the end.

T- the sweet caramel malts i could smell come through first along with some faintly toasted bread. then come the hops. lots of the grapefruit that i could smell. the pine comes through stronger than in the nose. a little bit of orange zest at the end.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. the hops seem to be fading a little already but nothing too serious. faint warming from the alcohol.

D- the whole time im drinking this one i cant help but think two things: "this is no dreadnaught" and "this was better on tap." hopefully there is another chance to have another bottle as soon as it hits the shelf.

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Photo of cetherid
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip.


an amber/orangy color. some floaty sediment in there...yeast I'm guessing. about 1 fingers of white head.


citrusy and hoppy. I'm getting orange, apricot, and a little grapefruit and a few other fruity smells I can't think of...some subtle piny smells in there.


getting more of the piny taste than fruity maybe a little orange rind in the taste however. upfront you get a huge bite of bitterness from the hops, then a little malt to smooth it out, finishing off with a slight bitterness leaving your mouth a little dry like a wine.


medium bodied with good carbonation. leaves a coating in your mouth...probably the resiny hops.


good on drinkability scale. I would love to have this on tap. A very difficult beer to find so it's one to be enjoyed slowly when you have the opportunity to drink it.

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Photo of LikaThaHops
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Snifter (several times)

A- Poured a yellow orangish, very murky. One finger of fizzy white head that quickly died into just a few bubbles on the surface.

S- Smells of citrus fruits and heavy hops. Maybe even some melon? What ever it is; Bravo.

T- To say it blatantly, awesome. Citrus fruit in liquid form, resemblance of a pucker you get from a good grapefruit or some 'sour patch kids', in the good way.

M- Feels great, very nice crisp hops.

D- Just killed a bomber, going for another! (thats a good thing)

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Photo of Patrick999
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint. Hazy orange with some particulate matter floating around. Not a lot of retention, some lacing. Truth be told, not the greatest-looking double IPA around. I'm calling it average, and even that might be a bit of a stretch.

Oh, but it does smell very nice. Mango and orange/grapefruit.

It tastes even better than it smells. It's been a while since I've gotten excited about a double IPA, but this one has that "juicy" bitter fruit character I like, instead of tasting like pine resin and dirt. It has some mango and passionfruit going with it. Not a ton of malt going on here, but there's enough to give this some balance and add some minor sweetness.

Feel is thick and oily.

There's nothing outlandish or wild here, but this double IPA with the crazy axe-wielding Nordic chick on the absurd label is pretty good. I feel that it's a double IPA that could be well-enjoyed by both beer geeks and non-beer geeks alike. That doesn't mean it's a wussy beer, because it isn't - I just think it has very agreeable flavors that would appeal to a wide cross-section.

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Photo of ratedz
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white colored head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is nothing too overwhelming. Light hints of citrus...grapefruit and mango. A sweet caramel smelling backbone.

Taste has the juicy citrus notes that were present in the nose, but there are some floral notes mixed in also. Finishes slightly dry with some maltiness and piney hop notes.

Mouth feel is smooth with moderate levels of carbonation. This beer is insanely drinkable...every sip left me wanting another.

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Photo of Casey10
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic great beer !!! Thank you Heliosphan yet again for another great brew !!

A - Very yellow hazy with a 1 and 1/2 finger head that lasts for awhile.

S - Has a nice sweet syrup smell with a stong floral background well done.

T - Strong citruis the stong taste of grapefruit hit you with the first sip.

M - This stays with you and does not go away.

D - This is really good would want another too bad 3FFF doesn't make 6 packs cause I would want this to be apart of it.

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

Hazy peach pour into a Duvel tulip with 1/2" white froth. Head is airy and bubbly. Big floral aroma of coconut, pink grapefruit, melon and pine. Touch of sweet on the aroma but overall very nice. Piney flavor up front with very dense grapefruit rind. Good bitterness and not sweet at all which I very much prefer with this style. Coconut mouthfeel, with navel orange crunchiness. Finishes very smooth.

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

22oz bottle, hyvee madison

appearance: strange he-man blue-motif label, served in my hopleaf chalice (part 2), cloudy straw-orange body, foamy beige ring with decent retention

smell: tropical fruit, mango, hop resin, grapefruit, pine, citrus rind, apricot. Nice.

taste: It would be interesting to try all of the FFF DIPA's next to each other to determine the best in show. Arctic panzer features a glowing citrus profile - grapefruit, orange rind, tangerine juice. Bitterness levels are moderate. Tropical fruits shine through with mango and pineapple coming through strongest.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, resinous, crisp medium body

drinkability: good

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden orange. yellow edges. Big near white creamy chunky head. Nice retention. Big thick patches of lace.

Resinous Grapefruit, orange, pine, and apricot. Toasty biscuit. tough of sweet caramel.

Sweet toasty biscuit. Juicy orange, grapefruit, apriocot, tropical fruit. Big biting resinous pine, dank, and grapefruity bitterness.

Med body. well carbonated. sticky, drying.

Very drinkable. Very tasty hop forward IIPA.

Thanks to enelson for the bottle.

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

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at Binnys in Lake Zurich, $10.99. It pours a clear golden color, SRM of about 3, lots of floating chunks. A very thin head comprised of large bubbles.

The beer smells strongly citric, pungent and acidic hops aromas that have no malt counterbalance. It's been too long since I had a Dreadnaught, but that's what comes to mind from the aroma. I'd like to do a side by side of these 2 beers.

It tastes abrasive and enamel-peeling, exactly what I was hoping for in a FFF DIPA. Really bitter, tons of grapefruit and a little pine needle, a puckering and lingering aftertaste. The bitterness never goes away.

Medium-thick body with a sticky composition. Combined with the flavors it gives the impression of sucking on fresh resinous hops. I liked it a lot but not sure how often I'd want to have it.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to redsand22 for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a beautiful orange with thin white head. Big orange blossom, honey, citrus, lime oil and pine resin/pollen.

Palate is big and fat, with some honey-like sweetness right up front and then cooling/minty hops come crashing in and dry things out a bit. Malt is pale and more like honey than caramel. Hops are more like weed/herbs than pine/citrus. Carbonation is fairly low, but keeps the body from being cloying.

"Arctic" is a good name for this one, the hops have a cooling sensation. Paler than Dreadnaught and more herbal. Really really like it!

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

Poured into a snifter. Some light whispy head that disappeared before I could get a good look at it. Beer is a bright golden, slightly hazy hue.

Aromas of citrus, and citrus, and oh, did I mention citrus hops? Lots of grapefruit, and a slight note of pine as well.

First sip is bitter hops, pink grapefruit and a hint of orange. There is probably some malt in there somewhere, but it can't break through, or even support, the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is astringent hop bitterness, a little thin, but not watery. The hops are mouth-coating.

Drinkability, for such a strong, hoppy brew is actually quite good. I'll finish the bomber, but doubt I could adequately review any other brews tonight after this one. It is mouth numbingly bitter, but in a pleasant way.

It's a good beer overall, but not sure what the hype is all about.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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

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