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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

708 Reviews
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Reviews: 708
Hads: 3,461
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 598
Gots: 551 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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: 708 | Hads: 3,461
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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Photo of PaleCale
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange color with fairly large head that recedes relatively quickly. Nose is sweet with bitter citrus - maybe tangerine? Taste follows - starts off sweet, with bitter citrus and a hint of piney dankness. The mouthfeel is on point with fairly high carbonation, and the alcohol comes through in a pleasant way. Overall, a great west-coast style IIPA that falls just a bit short in balance compared to the very best.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Dark golden almost orange with a thick head
S: Citrus rind and pine
T: Citrus bitterness, sweet malts, some pine
Mf: Tastes thick for the style. A little boozy
O: 3Floyds was going for a in your face assault on the taste buds. They certainly achieved that. While not my favorite 3F achieved their goal.

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

Another fine offering from FFF. Pours a cloudy amber straw color into my beer tasting wine glass. Smells of pine, apricot, and citrus notes with a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced with, the aroma coming through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Watch out for this one, it is quite drinkable, but that alcohol content could be a killer. I recommend giving it a try, seems like Three Floyds know their IPA.

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Photo of poibag808
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice deep orange with about 1 finger white head. Head dissipated quickly.

S: lots of sweet orange and grapefruit/sweet fruits.

T: you get sweet citrus, similar to orange juice upfront. Some really sweet maltiness followed with a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

good beer way more balanced then I expected it to be. Great beer.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ha on tap at Three Floyd's pub.
Got a 10oz snifter for $5.

Pours a beautiful gold copper cooler with a sweet white head. Looks like the perfect DIPA.

The aroma consist of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Very hoppy smelling. Soooo good!!

Yeah Buddy!!! This is one badass DIPA. A blast of citrus upfront that is bitter and a nice biscuity malt on the finish so it's not a one sided monster.

Mouthfeel is huge. Syrupy with nice carbs.

Totally different than Dreadnaught, but just as good.

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Photo of bobhits
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow a glorious grapefruit in your face double IPA. This beer is amazingly hop forward. I have to say this is not nearly as citrus and sweet as dreadnaught. The malt I think is the problem. It's a touch heavier and thicker than dreadnaught.

There isn't much more commentary needed on this one. If in your face hops, especially grapefruit hops is your thing, have at it. If not well there's nothing else to talk about here. I will add that the lacing on this beer is extremely thick, leaving rings of head. If appearance is your thing (why?) then this is definitely up there. Beyond that it's thicker to almost a marginally not awesome point, but the beer drinks like a far thinner and smaller beer. Well done three floyds.

Better than dreadnaught? Well no. One of the best IPA's on the planet? Without a question. Cannot recommend this more for hop heads.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.