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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 3,409
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 595
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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Reviews: 698 | Hads: 3,409
Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into tulip glass...

Appearance: orange color with 2 finger white head; small amounts of lacing
Smell: kinda weak; miminal hop, citrus, and pine presence
Taste: it's a true DIPA; you're going to feel all 100 IBUs and 9% ABV
Mouthfeel: very bitter and dry on the finish
Overall: not bad for the style, but I do prefer other beers from FFF

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a burnt orange with about a 1.5 finger head. Slightly murky with low carbonation.

S - Muted fruit. Grapefruit, orange, and a hint of lemon. There is a little touch of piney hops in the background. There is some dankness in there as well. No real malt presence that I can detect.

T - Thankfully a little stronger than the nose. Pine is the dominant flavor. I get some citrus on the back of the tongue and a little dankness mixed in.

M - I was expecting a much harsher finish based on the description. Prickly on the tongue, mildly bitter with just a tiny hint of alcohol.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this offering. I felt the nose could have been more pronounced but this bottle is about 8 weeks old so it could have mellowed. It can't shine Dreadnaught's shoes but it's hardly offensive either. I'd gladly drink this one again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an illuminated orange color. A sudsy pancake of off-white head sits leisurely atop the beer's body. Lacing is random.

S-Pine and citrus of course. It also seems to display a pretty noticeable tropical fruitiness from those gorgeous, liquified hops. Resiny, citrusy, exotic and a bit herbal. Lingering maltiness that combines with the citrusy aspects of the nose.

T-Citrusy with some more exotic fruit flavors and a ton of pine and hempy flavors. Apricot hoppiness. As it warms, the maltiness becomes more talkative and it really plays well with the extensive hoppiness.

M-It's bitter but it is also a bit more gentle than I thought it would be. Light booziness. Medium bodied with a Spritzy amount of bubbles. Resiny.

O-Pretty amazing. Maybe not as memorable as some of their other beers I have recently tried but it's still a monster and I have almost no complaints.

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Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on-tap
Served in a stemmed glass

Hazy, golden-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by one-finger tall, bubbly, foamy, off-white crown. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose was hoppy and rather sweet. Quite fruity. Peach and apricot notes dominated. Lots of orange as well. There was a strong caramel malt presence that seemed to get in the way of the hop aromas. All in all, not super complex or intense but pleasant and interesting nevertheless. As the beer warmed, some floral hop notes came through as well.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was also hoppy and sweet. A stiff, caramel malt backbone anchored the beer on the front end. Strong peach and apricot notes. Lots of candied orange peel. The beer turned much more bitter on the back end and in the finish. White grapefruit rind came through strong. The pithy bitterness lingered long after every sip.

The mouthfeel was probably the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was super creamy, supple and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence.

Three Floyds makes some amazing hoppy beers, but Arctic Panzer Wolf is definitely not amongst the best of them. With a rich caramel maltiness on the front end and some intense, citrusy bitterness on the finish, this beer reminds me of what used to be considered an East Coast style double IPA.

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Photo of themind
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer that stands tall in the crowded field of hop bombs and balanced IPA's. Three Floyds produced a masterpiece in this beer that has me salivating just thinking of having another. If you can get this brew it's worth the jingle.

Bottom Line: Great beer!

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Photo of Kasabear
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from 22 oz bottle to a pint glass.
Look is golden brown.
Perfect head that hangs on perfect. I' say a pretty beer.
Smell if very complex . Give it another sniff and it is even more complex.
Taste is the best beer that I have ever had. Best by a bunch. Oh my citrus , but not fruity. Spectacular . Did I mention that it is the best that I have ever had.
Mouthfeel is perfect.
Overall is perfect.
Took 3 bombers to a party and it was the biggest hit ever.
I once had a dog follow me home from school.
At the party I had friends following me around like baby ducks.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - great yellow/ orange color to this beer. Not sure if transportation ruined the carbonation, but very little head here.

Smell - fresh and very floral. WOW lots of piney hop smell to this one.

Taste - Smooth up front, but with this great bitter taste to show the DIPA.

Mouthfeel - very smooth to drink and finishes quite well. Even though there was not a lot of head this still went down very nicely.

Overall - Very well balanced for a DIPA and a fun beer I am happy to have tried. I would try to get this beer again once I am back in the Midwest.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer several times from a tap but am reviewing from a bottle. Loved this beer every time from the tap.
Look - copper, orange color. Starts off with good amount of head that goes down at a moderate speed but leaves a film on top. Very hazy color.
Smell - hoppy smell with possibly orange citrus smell. Also a good malt smell.
Taste - pretty hoppy beer with a good amount of malts. taste the alcohol. Has a citrus taste but I can't pin point what fruit. Bitter with slight spice.
Feel - good amount of carbonation and slightly thick.
Overall - this beer is a great beer but better from a tap. I'd have to say most beers are that way and this one would probably be closer to 5 if I was reviewing it from a tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i have to confess that this was not the freshest bottle, in fact, im sure past its prime. in a gross cellaring error by close friend and loyal BA claystation, this bottle was forgotten for about seven months, so im sure its not drinking as well as it might have been back then. let that be a preface for the rest of this review, and i will make sure to revisit this if i am lucky enough to have a fresh one some day down the road. odd pour here, mango orange tinted golden bronze color with a ton of yeast floaties in here, like a mikkeller barleywine or something, its that prominent. heady too, over an inch of white, and lasting. the nose is tropical fruit all the way, passion fruit and papaya, but im sure this has faded some too, as there is virtually no bitterness but instead a thick malty sweetness that isnt all the way awesome. the flavor is a lot like the nose, thick and sticky hops in the fruit family, but im imagining what they could have been, not really focusing on what they are. some citrus too as it finishes, and again the malt sweetness. a little more body than necessary, but a really well hidden alcohol content and a cool use of hops. not my favorite from three floyds, but i will reserve judgement on whether or not it is worth the hype until i have a fresh one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/2" light beige head over the cloudy dark golden amber brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus.

Taste starts sweet with a bit of bitterness, citrus in the middle with more bitterness, and bitterness with alcohol through the close. Somehow though, bitterness is in control, not bitter simply for bitter's sake. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good for an DIPA. Nice brew, for sure.

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

A friend picked up a few bottles from the legendary 3 Floyds for me on a recent trip through Indiana. I am glad he did.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a nice light golden color. Somewhat opaque with lots of particulate matter. Nice 1/2" head and good lacing.

Smell 4.0: Very nice nose on this beer. Deep hops and the requisite pine, grapefruit and general acidic bouquet.

Taste 4.0: Front is somewhat sweet, but a huge hit of malt in the middle of the palate balances things out. Middle is where a massive kick of hops comes in with lots of alkaline goodness and a unique taste...almost like green tea. Unusual but it works! Finish is a wonderfully balanced marriage of barley and hops. Aftertaste is piney with citrus rinds.

Mouthfeel 4.0: I really like the mouthfeel of this beer: smooth and carbonation was perfect.

Overall 4.0: Excellent IPA. What really sets it apart for me is the strange -yet delicious-- taste of green tea in the middle of the palate. This is a big beer and there is no hint of the big ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of guityler83
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A two finger head formed with tiny bright white bubbles in the teku glass. The foam sustained for about a minute then fell in the hazy orange liquid leaving a honey comb lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Strong pine and citrus hop aroma with a grapefruit undertone. no malt or yeast esters that I can pick out, but the hops are very bright and clean.

T: A crushing pine, citrus and slighty catty bitterness that overtakes your pallet on the first sip. A few more sips in and the tropical fruit hop flavors come through in the middle and end and the bitterness isn't so dominant. slight, but noticable toasty, biscuity malt flavors twords the end.

M: Moderate to low carbonation, right on for the style if you ask me. The body is medium with enough to have the malts noticable. An oily bitterness is left on the pallet after you've taken a few sips.

O: With Perminent Funeral being 'one off' this might be the next best thing. similar hop flavors but with lots more bitterness and a slightly different array of hop flavors.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy copper with a one-finger foamy white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Lots of hops and tropical fruits. Lots of orange and grapefruit.

T - Just like the smell piney hops with loads of grapefruit and orange. Nice aggressive bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking for a 9% alcohol beer.

O - Fantastic DIPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dsimmons
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

appearance light copper, somewhat hazy with medium head retention

Smell Earthy stone fruit with hints of guava. Kind of an Midwest/east coast styled aroma.

Taste Stone fruit with a sturdy malt backbone and earthy guava notes.

Mouthfeel medium and appropriate for a dipa. Carbonation was spot on and had the staying power to last for the whole bomber.

Overall This beer was a great dipa. I enjoyed the earthy stone fruit notes and the balance was superb.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a fw tulip.

pours a hazy copper with a nice head. smell is huge on piney hops... taste slams your palate with grapefruit and massive piney hoppy goodness. love it. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a great dipa. very much recommended.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Three Floyds Brewery
Date: None on bottle, purchased from brewery on 2013-11-01
Glass: Tulip

Three Floyds' Arctic Panzer Wolf is a fairly aggressive Double IPA, but also fairly straightforward with its near-single emphasis on hop-derived fruit flavors, hop bitterness, and ethanol. In general, pleasant, but a bit too showy of its ethanol for my tastes. Otherwise, the bitter orange-grapefruit-tropical flavors that are abundant in this beer are very enjoyable.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, creating a somewhat dense, frothy mass. Retention is above average, lasting about two minutes as the foam declines to to a thick ring around the glass with scattered small islands of thin foam residing atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, a single medium-sized line clings to the entire perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark orange color that borders light brown, with light bringing out bright golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the slightly hazy body (20-30% opacity), moderate in number and high in activity.

Aroma is of very fresh hops and hop pellets, contributing dense orange, nectarine, and pine scents, along with a leafy, bitter-ish green component, and hints of dill. Generally sweet, fruit and pine-like, appealing.

Major flavors of very bitter (it doesn't get any more bitter than 100IBU, friends) hops with orange, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit, some greenery, and ethanol. Front of palate finds bitter orange, pine resin, grapefruit peel, and traces of soil. Mid-palate experiences strong hop bitterness, bitter orange and grapefruit peel, pine resin, bitter green herbs, slightest hints of sweet pale malt usage tied to slightly sweet ethanol. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness, bitter orange and grapefruit peel, pine resin, slight hints of tropical fruit (mango, guava), little traces of malt and a larger ethanol content. Aftertaste is of strong hop bitterness, ethanol, and lingering citrus (very bitter grapefruit and orange rind).

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium high levels, giving the beer a slightly fizzy (1/5) and then very foamy (4/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol is easily felt and accentuated from the carbonation, appearing on the tongue, back of throat, and in the nostrils. A bit less carbonation would actually suit this beer better, making it more of a moderate sipper than a fizzy ale. Closes dry, with heavy lingering stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by Doug. Poured into a Great Lakes snifter today, 10/31/2013. Have had this multiple times out of the tap and bottle (last had was 6/1/2013), but only getting around to reviewing this today.

Pours a hazy straw-golden body with a nice white head that has solid retention. Filmy foam that sticks around a bit. Good lacing left all over the place as the beer goes down.

Smells fantastic. So damn hoppy, not much malt backbone. Lots of citrus- so much grapefruit- with complementary notes of pine and earth. Strong and very hoppy, typical of a Three Floyds beer.

Very grapefruity on the tongue, some orange zest in there along with some pine resin. No real sign of a malt backbone. Very strong hoppiness.

Medium body, great carbonation, creamy. Typical Three Floyds. Dry finish but not too dry- so drinkable for a DIPA. Finish is quite bitter yet this beer is so drinkable. Don't know else to say about it.

Definitely better than Dreadnaught. It brings the hops to your mouth. Definitely not balanced, but that's Three Floyds for you. A fantastic DIPA, no doubt.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a buddy for a recent 3F shipment

A: Hazy pour into a tulip with perfect carbonation. One inch head.

S: Huge grapefruit notes upfront

T: Goes down very easy. Crisp and sharp on the tongue but the bitterness is not overwhelming and completely mutes the alcohol. Predominantly citrus/grapefruit/piney. I don't get a lot of the tropical fruit notes others get. 9%--no way. Just enough malt.

O: I was worried this was going to be an over-the-top one-dimensional hop bomb after enjoying Dreadnaught--what could to that one? Although heretical, on a side by side, I liked it better than its better known brother. Pushes the edge and stops just right. Three more just arrived. Cheers

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Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot orange body. Off-white head has nice retention and lace.

S - Fresh hop nose; dandelions, and pine. Touch of orange citrus and pith.

T - Aggressive bitterness with a touch of citrus. Orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, and pine resin. Plant stem bitters throughout the profile. Dry finish.

M - Medium frame with nice staying power.

O - A DIPA for bitter-minded hop-heads.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden amber colored crystal clear beer with a nice finger of head that leaves good lacing. The smell is grapefruit, pine, citrus zest, grass, malt in the background. Also pineapple, papaya, and mango. The taste is very bitter, with grapefruit, grass, pine, citrus zest and lemon-lime. The mouth feel is light-med but w a tongue numbing bitterness. Alc is covered. Overall this is an amazing dipa, and would be similar to palate wrecker imho.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottles of this at the brewpub for $10 each a couple months ago.

Pours a glowing, slightly hazy orange with a patchy, frothy off-white head that leaves chunks of foam on the glass on the way down. Orange, lemon drop and grapefruit hops fill my nostrils with the first sniff. A balancing bread malt is discernible at the back. Hops in force completely dominate the taste. Orangey, citrusy, tropical fruit notes mingle with pale malt doughyness and a complimentary bit of alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy medium carbonation level. Mouthcoating bitterness in the long high alpha finish. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

This is another benchmark DIPA from 3Fs. Lots of concentrated, fruity, citrusy hop aromas with a dangerous drinkability for the ABV. A must try for any craft beer fan.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Golden apricot-orange color, slight haze, creamy head that fades to a film. All sorts of sticky lacing.

S- No doubting the hops. I pick up tropical and peach and mango aromas with some pine. Just a trace of citrus on the nose. Malt sweets and warm alcohol round it out.

T- The citrus hops come on strong now. Malt backbone and some sweetness back up the hops.

M- Full body, no burn. Hops throughout but not overwhelming. The 9.0 abv is sneaky. I's well carbonated, rightly so with all that density.

O- One more grain of sugar, drop of alcohol, etc., and this brew would be over the edge. It happens to stop on the spot.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to smchenry75 for the trade! Pours a brilliant orange with a thin, quickly dissipating white head that leaves decent lacing. Amazing nose - pine, citrus and a hint of dank. The taste showcases a great malt backbone which perfectly balances the potent hop bitterness, lots of citrus and resinous pine. Finishes dry and bracingly bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted double IPA. I am very impressed by FFF, who have given us two world-class double IPAs in this and Dreadnaught.

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Photo of delta490
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured a cloudy medium gold, with about one finger of short-lived head. Left lacing. I noticed the pine and apricot in the aroma, as well as the taste. Less so the white wine and marmalade. It was reminiscent of a dry white in its texture and mouth feel, so that might be the reference. Has significant carbonation, which makes it a slower drinker, not at all bad given its ABV. A great Imperial IPA.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Burn orange with a big frothy head that leave some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Big floral bouquet, hoppy, citrus, grapfruit, piney.

T - A full bodied hop blast up front, followed by some nice sweetness from the malts, doughy, biscuits, nice clean bitter finish.

O - I was able to share this deuce deuce with some friends and we all really enoyed it. Most definitely worth a try.

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