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Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU

Added by paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009

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Reviews: 713 | Ratings: 3,483
Photo of AmitC
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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

Bomber into a pint glass, thanks to MikeytotheB for the bottle, which sports the usual FFF shenanigans with some bad-ass art work and no bottling date.

Opaque and hazy golden orange with a billowing and persistent egg-white head that provides a full coating of sticky lacing all over the glass. Plenty of loose sediment floating around as well.

Plethora of citrus fruit and pine on the nose with hints of white wine. Pungent aromas of orange, lemon, apricot, pineapple and grapefruit are all abundant, with some serious grass as well. No malt any where to be found and I love it, west coast with a twist.

Flavors on the palate fulfill what was promised on the nose, tantalizing citrus fruit meshed with an incredibly subtle caramel malt backbone and an aggressively strong hop bitterness. Again, the white wine flavors advertised on the bottle come through to add a neat complexity without throwing off the entire flavor profile.

Medium bodied with a mouth puckering dry finish and strong carbonation levels. Alcohol is well hidden and will come up to bite you in the ass if you drink this delicious brew too quickly.

Overall, one of the best imperials I've ever had. I was a little disappointed by my recent encounter with Dreadnaught, but that was more than likely a freshness issue. This more than made up for that, Cheers!

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
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 Prostman81
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite DIPA from Three Floyds. Terrific body, crisp. Alcohol bite is a little more present here than in Dreadnaught, but the dose of hops in this helps smooth it back out. It doesn't pack the hop aroma that I get from, say, a Hopslam, but the flavor is all there. I've had this on-tap and in bottle, and both are very similar, with on-tap having a little better aroma (I'm thinking I served my own bottle a little colder than in the pub). A bit pricey at the liquor stores, but if you shop around and can get it for a good price, it's hard to beat.

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

A: Pours a golden amber color with wonderful clarity. Not too much head, but lacing drags along the walls of the glass as i take sips.

S: A great hop aroma dances around as I test the aroma of the beer. Get some stone fruit, piney forest and even some tropical fruit. Wonderfully inviting. Some maltiness in the too. Well rounded aroma that is for sure.

T: WOW, the epitome of a BIG beer. Definitely the hop comes through right away. The kind of malt that makes you remember why you drink beer, so good. Malty caramel and almost a molasses to follow. Hate to repeat but well rounded again.

M: Oh man just as smooth as I could imagine and want. Something about this brew yells drink more of me, I oblige.

O: Okay I'll admit it, I may be gushing over this beer a bit as i do from time to time. Maybe it's the fact that I only review beers that knock my socks off. Overall a great well rounded beer that once again I am saddened that I can't get on the shelves here in Vegas.

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

Three Floyds hits another hoppy home run of epic proportions with a juicy-citrus start and crisply bitter end.

A glowing orange-copper-golden elixer is capped with a froathy and stubborn foam stance with great lacing and retainage.

Mouthwatering aromas of tangerine, appricot, ruby red grapefruit, and orange rinds hit the nose with optimal impact. Leaving a soft malt (pilsner) confection and cracker-like note after the zest of bright fruits subside.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas by starting with a burst of juicy citrus and tropical fruit blends, then with an even and consistent fade toward crispness, bitterness, and pleasant dryness. Moderate alcohol flavors of acetone and jam-like sweetness gives a glimpse into a light estery-alcohol mix.

Creamy and froathy early, but the texture is sliced by hop dryness and alcohol warmth for a quick transition from the sweeter/fruitier start to the hoppy/dry finish. A visit of citrus fruit piths return in a long and fleeting aftertaste.

Perhaps just a step off from the pace of Dreadnaught, Artic Panzer Wolf fits nicely into the collection of Three Floyds hop shelves; along side of Apocalypse Cow and rivaling Founders Double Trouble.

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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 ONUMello
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange-gold colored; 1/2 finger head that lingers.
S: Big nose of orange peel, grapefruit, pine.
T: WOW this is one of the most flavorful balanced beers I've ever had. Starts off with citrus followed seamlessly by grain then pine then more caramel malt then back to hops... goes on and on. Perfectly balanced as well.
M: Surprisingly restrained, medium-bodied. Doesn't kick you in the mouth, which I expected given the nose, because of how balanced it is.
O: Bravo, Three Floyds. I think the taste section sums it all up.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

Golden with great clarity and fantastic lacing. Outstanding hop aroma with lots of tropical fruit. Citrusy hops, toasted malt and a definite sense of alcohol. Super creamy with a low carbonation.

This is a big, rich beer that’s meant to be sipped and appreciated.

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

A: Clear yellow brown pour with a perfect white head. Lacing is beautiful, retention is solid.

S: Delicious piney hops all over the place. Pineapple, grapefruit, and a bouquet of other fruits. Balanced, delicious, bitter.

T: Bitter and dry from start to finish. Piney hops, citrus, pineapple all blend together to make a wonderful taste.

MF: Light, carbonated well, dry throughout.

O: Extremely drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. Just a wonderful mix of hops. A must try.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

My god...FFF makes some incredible beer. Between Arctic Panzer Wolf, Apocalypse Cow, Alpha King, and Dreadnaught, they represent 4 of my favorite beers. I need to taste all of them side by side to get a true feel for the differences.

Wolf pours a hazy gold with a thin head. The nose is very hop forward, and just intoxicating. What a BEAUTIFUL smelling beer. The taste is sublime. The hops meld perfectly with the citrus, without burning out your tastebuds. The hop profile in this is as perfect as I've had in any beer. The mouthfeel is awesome. Just a slight bitterness, that hangs around on your palate long after the swallow. FFF is now definitively my favorite brewer. Hands down.

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

A - copious amounts of fluffy white head caused masive sticky lacing, deep hazy yellow pour

S - bittering/floral/citrus hops are all present, smell of sweet malts

T - strong alcohol on initial sip, earthy, bitter, piney, very floral taste from hops

M - perfectly carbonated makes it easy to go down pretty smooth, a bit creamy for an IPA (which I like) - burping releases even more hops!

O - definitely wouldn't drink 2 bombers in one shot - feeling pretty buzzed already. very nice robust IIPA though - still to be let down by 3F!

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Photo of vw73182
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I aroma on this beer is pungent with hops it smells fantastic! Its body is mostly clearly and very orange. The taste is amazing hops right at the front of the tongue followed by a nice smooth body that drys out and begs you to come back for more. Very enjoyable brew and one I drink often.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pale cloudy yellow color with little head

Citrus and hoppy smell

Taste is very smooth with hoppy notes with little hop aftertaste

Not as good as dreadnaught but it is A very good seasonal dipa and I will be looking for more from them in the future

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

Body is bright orange, almost scary orange. Like Blue Moon orange. Frothy thing white head.

Smell is very bitter. Light lemon, and oranges. Hints of pine, a strong powdery malt backbone. metallic and strong bitter.

Strong upfront bitterness, metallic and earthy. Very bitter, and I definitely feel all those IBUs they claim. Slight sweet citrus (orange and lemon) really makes a conceited effort to come out, but its just buried among all the bittering hops.

The bittering hops feel almost leafy and stand out through the finish. The roof of my mouth feels ate up with bitterness.

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

22 oz. bottle. No bottle date, but I just picked this up from the brewery (so it better be fresh :) ).

Great name and great label artwork! Pours a hazy peachy orange. Big, sticky, light beige head. Good retention and nice lacing too. Huge hop nose. Big notes of pine, resin, clementines, lemon, grapefruit, and pepper. Powdered sugar sweet malt accents as well, but this is predominantly hoppy to this nose.

Hop bitterness right up front. Citrus and pine flavors dominate. Big notes of pine sap, clementine orange, grapefruit, and some peppery spiciness. Orange creamsicle malt, with some boozy pineapple, try to hide under the huge hop flavor/bitterness. Still can make them out and they provide just enough counter-punch to the alpha acids. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus and resin bitterness. Medium-full body, with a slightly syrupy feel, before the finish. Warming, but pretty easy to drink. This seems pretty fresh (but I still wish there was a bottled on date on this thing!

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

A fantastic random gift from boatshoes, my beerbro. Move back east already, Fletcher!

A: Lovely. Pours a hazy light orange gold. Absolutely beautiful coloring. Not too much head to speak of, which is the only problem.

S: Pure hop juice. Smells like brew day. A huge smack of citrus and pine hops. Malt need not apply.

T/M: Okay, may have spoken too soon about the total lack of malt, because there's a bit of the sweet stuff up front. It's only a brief reprieve from the hop assault. Very juicy, very bitter citrus and pine hops. Powerful citrus finish. Not a trace of the 9% ABV. Body on the heavy side for the style, with medium carbonation.

D: Outstanding. A tremendous Double IPA. Thanks again, Fletcher!

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

received from robwestcott in beer and football fantasy football league.

a - poured a three-fingers thick tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a hazy orange-amber color; it looked dense.
s - big piney hops then some fruitiness comes through like apples, peaches, and apricots.
t - huge piney hops again with a grapefruit finish. very complex.
m - thick and coating, lip-smacking stickiness.
o - 3F is as good as it gets with DIPAs in my opinion and this one did not disappoint. i'm not sure how it isn't ranked higher in this category.

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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 zrbeer1579
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The color is a radiant full golden color, translucent with small yeast particles floating around the sides of the glass. A creamy white head forms upon pouring. Decent retention, and some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Holy crap, I could smell this hop explosion the second I popped the bottle. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Wow.

Taste: A hop bomb from start to finish, and this is fantastic. There is a lightly sweet malt presence, but the hops take over right away. Just a plethora of pure hoppiness - mango, pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit. A bit of earthy and pine hops at the end as well. Finishes smooth and a bit bitter, but there is a juicy sweetness that stays with me throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, with a creamy feel. A ton of hop residue left on the tongue, which is the only thing that really detracts from the score. A bit sticky as well. All wrapped up in a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: This is just a great DIPA. At this point, any DIPA from Three Floyds should be considered gold.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich copper color with a reasonable white head. The smell was the best. Definitely lots of citrus hop aroma, and at a certain point, the smell took on a grapefruit/candy note that was very specific but I could not place. The taste was a assertively bitter with malty sweetness present. The mouthfeel was a touch syrupy, but not heavy and certainly enjoyable. Drinkability was good, but its a 9%, very bitter beer, so it can only be so good.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased locally (despite our distributor being certifiably retarded). Served in a 3F Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Pours a very pleasing orange yellow. Very small amount of white head on the first pour that goes quickly. 2nd pour leaves a much more substantial, white fluffy head. Lacing is good, but not great.

S: Nice combo of juicy, piney hops and tropical fruit. Some slight sweetness from the malt/lactose sugar.

T: Raw, fresh hops with a nice complementing sweetness. Like the nose, there's some strong topical fruit flavors like pineapple, apricot and oranges. Then the piney bitterness kicks in at the end, but it's not overwhelming and finishes nice and smooth. Fantastic!

M: This is the perfect mouthfeel for a big, hearty DIPA. Medium bodied, with a nice viscosity to it. The carbonation is ample enough to not let it get sticky and overbearing. Overall very smooth and pleasing.

D: 9% DIPA's don't get much more accessible than this. Not a trace of booze, and the bitterness didn't really wear on the palate. 22oz was a nice serving, but I couldn't help but want more when my glass was empty.

A real winner from 3F's. I enjoy this a lot more than I do any of their other big, hoppy brews. Hopefully this will be produced in greater numbers later this year/next year. Track it down if you can!

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Photo of guytyping
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Citrusy! Hoppy! Also malty for a DIPA.

Have you ever been to a really nice amusement park where the lines are short, the rides are awesome, and the food isn't overpriced? That's what this beer is like.

It also kind of reminds me of running through a lush meadow without any insects.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dvelcich for this bottle in a trade.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A- Lighter hazy orange with a 3/4 finger off-white head. The head has fine bubbles that quickly recede to the edges. There is some mild lacing.

S- Sweet citrus- Lemon, orange, grapfruite, followed by some pine scents.

T- Very Piney and tart, slight hing of citrus.

D- Creamy, nice tartness-bitterness bite, low carbonation.

O- This is how I like my IIPAs, West Coast style.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.