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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: 597
Gots: 534 | 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 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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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour is a slightly hazy carrot orange color with a finger of head that disappears within seconds. A few swirls in my glass reveals some small dots and dashes of lace. Slightly effervescent, and there's quite the handful of yeast sitting in the bottom of the bottle. My second to last and final pour just dumped a truckload of yeast into my glass.

Smell: A little bit of alcohol is shining through, but very subtle. After I first cracked open the bottle dry white wine was showing up, but now that it's warmed up a great deal (~2 hours later) it has faded away and now citrus and earthy hops are leading the way. Pine, orange peel and mango shine through.

Taste: The tasting starts out with some of the lighter, but definitely sweet (or at least sweet appearing with the dextrose sugar) malt. I was excited to see the lighter color on this as I think it lets the hops come out and add more to the beer in comparison to the darker caramel malted IPA's. Once the malt gets out of the way (which I think was their intention) hops burst through unleashing loads of mangoes, grapefruit, orange peel, pine and apricot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation was slightly aggressive right after opening in my opinion, but after letting it sit briefly it mellowed out.

Drinkability: This is a weekend beer for me, but would definitely make a nice weekday beer if you have a partner to share it with. This is a beer that you really need to let warm up. There are so many flavors that come out once it's reached room temperature. While I always like to let my beers warm up, this one seemed to benefit more than usual.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes....

A- Pours a hazy orangeish amber color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Lacing comes in a streaky format.

S- Big time citrus hops burst in the aroma from the get go. Light bready tones in the middle show up for a second before getting covered with more citrusy hops.

T- This tastes pretty much how the aroma rolls. Nice citrus hops burst in the front with some grapefruit and orange. Middle of the beer has light bready notes with some cracker tones. Ending of the beer shows a light citrus flavor mixed in with a bitter hop bite. Light alcohol kisses the backend of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the beer and good for the style. Hops destroyed the palate and crushed the aftertaste with a little help from the light alcohol. Palate was dryed a lot from the alcohol. Flavors were hop forward but the malts popped out from time to time.

D- This was a good DIPA. Better than Dreadnaught I thought. Once again a beer that's not normal from a brewery who is well known for brewing outside the box.

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Photo of newk340
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a hazy golden orange, some sediment visible little to no head.

S: a broad citrus smell overshadows hints of pine and florals, well rounded, not overly bitter.

T: hops sizzle the palate throughout the sip, leaves a tingling aftertaste of tropical citrus fruits.

MF/D: an initial sizzle of carbonation leaves the tongue numb for a relatively smooth/dry finish, certainly would lose feeling in my face with more than 1 bottle.

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Photo of crosamich
2.08/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

While the rest in my tasting group disagree with me I have to say that this one was quite disappointing. I have read a couple posts about fresh Citra hops requiring some age to get rid of that mercapto urine aroma. I have no idea if Arctic Panzer uses Citra hops but I got a big hit of urine plus sulfur & vegetative aromas. By vegetative it is not the nice green notes from dry-hopping, it is the undesirable. Body & mouthfeel was nice but the flavor killed it for me.

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Photo of Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rather hazy yellow gold with carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Some chunky sediment floats around near the bottle of the beer. Forms a decent sized foamy white head that has little retention and leaves little lacing. (4)

S: Sweet floral. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, and, to a lesser extent, pine. (4.5)

T: Very light grain and a little sweetness. Orange. Some moderate bitterness. Alcoholic bite on the end. (3.5)

M: On the lighter side of medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Heavy alcoholic heat. (3.5)

D: A hop and alcohol centered DIPA, with such a light malt backbone this one could pass for a IPA. Now, typically I wouldn't mind a hop-centric DIPA, but this one is so light on the malts that the alcohol shines through, in a rather distracting manner. Good, but not one of FFF's finest beers. (4.0)

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split with my brother Johnny Two Scoops on a lazy Friday afternoon.

Foggy orange with an absolute mine field of flotation devices. Looks like unsettled jello inundated by saw dust.

Juicy fruits on the nose, mostly citrus. Loads of orange.

Moderate bitterness up front followed by slight orange frutiness, some grass, and again with bitterness at the back end. No real significant malt presence to speak of.

Light, moderate carbonation, and slightly sticky. Very easy to take down, not overwhelming, but also not spectacular. Very good.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a rather floral double. Heads is sticky candy. Not voluminous but leaves many spots of lace. Nose of subtle pineapple citrus and floral pine. Mix of citrus candy and intense pine dry bitter. Leaves a dry quality of the tongue its so floral. Like an excess of perfume. On the zesty dry side of doubles. No rich malt sweet. Clean and crisp.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one as an extra when I stopped at 3 floyds for a case of gumballhead on a recent trip north to visit family, and so glad I did. It's not often I get my hands on one of 3 floyds' limited releases because they're swooped up in no time. Anyway, onto the review...

Appearance -- As others have said before me, this is a very cloudy beer, tangerine like in color. Some head after an aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip, but the head dissipates rather quickly after a couple swigs of this fine concoction.

Smell -- Some have compared the smell to Dreadnaught. I find it smells like no other 3 floyds brew. Somewhat fruity, not as hopped up as I would assume an imperial india pale might be. To me, it smells like a cousin of Bell's Hopslam, with a honey undertone to the hoppy goodness.

Taste/Mouthful -- Here's where 3 floyds knocks this one out of the park. Maybe because it's still relatively fresh, maybe just because this is a superbly put together brew. I'm pairing this with a Jack's pizza after work and I cannot wait for the pizza to cook. This is my favorite 3 floyds beer to date. What an intense mouthful, a whirlwind of flavors going on in my mouth and I'm sorry I only picked up one of these gems to enjoy.

Drinkability -- I don't know if I could put away more than two of these in one sitting but it'd be worth a try. Great job 3 floyds!! Definitely my favorite craft brewer. Love your Gumballhead, Robert the Bruce, Dreadnaught. . . but this one blows them all away.

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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 AdamBear
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- cloudy dark gold, not much head. more gold than i expect from an IPA

S-very very strong hops aroma, very pleasant! IPAs can't smell better than this

T-a very powerful hit of citrusy hops!! there is a long lasting matching after taste with hints of malted caramel. long lasting bitterness along with the after taste

M-medium carbonation, feels wonderful

D-alcohol hits quick! much quicker than i expect from even a 9% ABV, this might be better as a 12 oz. bottle. However, the taste stays pleasant through all 22 ounces!

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