Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf

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

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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Photo of Kdouble
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz bomber poured into a snifter glass.

Off gold color, rather hazy. Foamy white head kind of fine. Not much lacing

Really like the smell but the taste surprised me. Lots of apricot in there which I really like.

Good taste with a malt and some sweetness included. The apricot is there but not as much as the smell.

A little too much carbonation. Could have been blended so much better.

Liked the bitter finish to remind me it's a double IPA.

Would definitely have another one.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/21/15; drank 2/21/15 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

Eggshell head; thick lace.

Mango & fresh pine nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango & fresh pine flavors up front; no booze heat or excessive bitterness on the finish. Nicely balanced & easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic beer by three floyds. Bottled 11-1-16 drank on 11-15-16. At first it reminded me of the permanent funeral, but once it warmed up a bit, it is much sweeter. Very juicy. Loved every sip

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The old artwork on these was awesome, like classic rock meets prog metal. This is a yellow beer. Plenty of chill haze going on. 1/2" white head. Aroma was interesting, dry, grassy, yet hoppy, different than your usual citrus and pine droppage.

Taste now does kick down the pine that wasn't in the nose. Still super dry mouth feel. Plenty of hops, they're just different. So much citra lately, this isn't that. Some pineapple creeps in downbottle as it warms.

Expensive format, very good beer, but prolly would not bang again unless they return to that awesome Molly Hatchet like artwork.

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, stamped bottled on "6-7-16," into TEKU. Fruitier than many of 3Fs' big I/PAs, Arctic Panzer Wolf still showcases the expected huge hops.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Has a really nice hazy orange appearance with a bit of clarity. A decent amount of carbonation coming up the glass too.
Aromas of oranges marmalade, white grape, apricot and pine.
Tastes are pretty similar with the bitterness really asserting itself with the piney notes coming out.
The mouthfeel is medium-full with a strong lingering bitterness. The tastes do linger well also.
Overall a good dipa although not quite up to the standard of dreadnought and permanent funeral.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dirty gold color, hazy, unfiltered. Nice foam, off white, mostly very fine.

One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Sweet apricot skins. Just lovely. Freakin' great. Makes the nice smell on DFH90 seem like semi-pro baseball.

Taste is good, maybe very good. Not great. Some malty sweetness, some apricots. I think it's the carbonation that throws it off.

Too much carbonation for this beer to be great. Not offensive. Just not optimal.

Finish is fine, a little bitterness, not super long or complex.

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Photo of MacSon1982
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark copper color that's mostly transparent. Head was about 1/2" on pour and dissipated after 30 seconds to a small amount of whisps on top. Lacing holds on nicely throughout the sips.

S: sweet malt, citrus, hops, musk, floral notes.

T: perfumery, slightly soapy, mildly sweet, orange and grapefruit, and an underlying hop presence.

F: medium feel.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque but not hazy, deep gold, producing 2 fingers of offwhite, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves patches & streaks of lacing. Aroma is bready caramel malt, earthy floral/herbal, pineapple, spicy, grapefruit & pine hops. Taste is caramel malt, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine & alcohol. Alcohol manifest more as bitterness & spice than warmth. Slightly off balanced as it starts & finishes slightly more malty than hoppy. Aftertaste is caramel malt, tropical fruit, resinous pine & alcohol bitter, lightly astringent & the only portion of the sip that is more hoppy than malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, juicy, wet, slightly slick & lightly drawing.

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Photo of mschrei
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Could not tell the bottled on date, but I believe it was from February. Poured into a Pipeworks NvU snifter. Orange gold in color, super cloudy. Second pour had a lot of particulates. Okay carbonation, good lacing and edges. A slightly sweet hop smell. Very citrusy, lemony taste followed by a bitterness in the back of the mouth. Pretty well-balanced, not as over powering as I expected.

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Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Three FLoyds kiosk

Bottled: 2/29/16

Arctic Panzer is the most apricot-y of apricot-y oranges I have ever seen. It absolutely glows when backlit. A touch of haze runs throughout the body and up top sits a handsome crown. The foam is pure white and rises easily to a finger in height. The lacing creeps toward 100% coverage as the foam recedes A damn fine looking beer is Arctic Panzer Wolf.

This beer was stinking up the room the second the top was popped. Apricot is the first thing to mind and peach rings are the second, and blueberries are third. Flintstones vitamins add some sweetness while some unidentified tropicals and (gasp) model airplane glue make an appearance. Pine creeps up on the rear along with a candy like citric quality. That airplane glue and artificial Flintstone Vitamin quality I mentioned sounds bad, right? It's crazy delicious smelling actually.

The flavor profile showcases all the same aspects but in a slightly different order. The tropiclas are more upfront than the nose while the apricot steps up mid palate. Blueberry and pine are apparent from the middle to the finish. The pine grows on the finish with each successive sip.WHile there is a drizzle of caramel the malt profile is on the sugar cookie side of the spectrum. There's only a touch of the vitamin quality in the flavor department. This is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is as it should be. The body weighs in around the middle of the spectrum with no hint of viscous stickiness. The carbonation is perfectly dialed in, soft to the point of velvety while managing to keep the beer moving. The bitterness hits upfront but only grows a touch over moderate throughout the drink. This beer drinks like it's a 6%er. I see bad decisions in my future.

Arctic Panzer Wolf has been a favorite of mine since it was first released years ago. I used to roll by Miller's on Wabash just to get $6 pints when it was around back in the day. It's big, bold, unique, and most importantly, delicious. What should be a sipper drinks like something to be drank. If you haven't had this, go buy it.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold with an orangish tinge. Large cream colored head is quite thick and lasts a good while. Medium amount of fine, sticky lacing.

Aroma is big citrus hops and mild pine. Grapefruit and orange rind. Grainy caramel malt.

Big bold hop assault on the tongue. Strong bitter grapefruit. Pine, orange, and lemon zest. Pepper bite and maybe some licorice(?). Pretty strong malt backbone to counteract the hops. Cracker-y and raw grains.

Fairly thick mouth feel for the style. Medium carbonation. Strong lingering bitterness. Oily, coats the tongue.

Big, bold DIPA with huge grapefruit notes. Probably overly bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of Webzombie
2.76/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

For the style I guess this would be alright, but this stuff does not even taste like beer. It is more of a strong, bitter wine. For people into Imperials, would guess this would be descent.

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Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy yellow orange color with two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass and leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-tropical fruits, citrus, some light pine, and malt

T-similar to the smell with citrus and tropical fruits, pine, and citrus zest

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall a big DIPA, lots of citrus and pine, very enjoyable

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L (4) - Nice copper colored beer. A bit hazier than it should be, but a good amount of cream colored foam.
S (4.5) - Smells great! I've never one to get much citrus smells from beers, but I got some of that here.
T (4.75) - Fantastic! Big maltiness with big hop to balance. I get a small honey aftertaste which works oh-so-well.
F (4.25) - Easy to drink. Seems to be carbed about right. Not much alcohol burn or anything.
O (4.5) - Overall I loved this beer! Exactly what I look for in a IIPA. It's not just an IPA with more hops. I wish I could get this locally

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Photo of rodoubleb
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy golden orange.
S: Grape fruit, grain.
T: Appealing fruit flavor on the front end. Bitter bite that stands in front of the mild citrus flavor.
M: On the light side and carbonated, but dry on the back end.
O: Again the signature FFF citrus flavors are present, but with less synergy than other top shelf offerings. The after taste department in particular left something to be desired.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.69/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Having this fresh on draft at the brewpub was a different experience than the first time I had it, at which point I did not like it at all. Either way, it's still a very aggressive IPA despite the not quite 'triple' status of the ABV.

Orange hue with a creamy head and smoothly fluid lacing.

Powerful hoppy aromas of fresh orange zest are featured prominently.

Some nutty, maple and caramel like malts come in to support the heavily bitter orange rind that comes over from the aroma. It's nice at least that there is that linear flavor profile from those hops coming over from the nose.

Boozy heat rises up through the nose, which in addition to the overwhelming bitterness, can become absolutely devastating to the palate after only a few minutes.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours hazy orange-apricot with 2-finger head that fades leaving little lace. Sweet malty aroma with floral n citrus notes. Big flavor in this one, caramel malt dominates with heavy pine and citrus peel bitterness to offset the sweet. Piney bitterness continues thru the end. Medium mouthfeel. Overall big flavorful malty hop bomb.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Simply put, FFF puts out much better examples of IIPA's. Looks great in a glass, tastes just fine, nice mouth feel, well carb'd, but when there's other FFF IPA's to be had, this doesn't measure up.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some light stringy and speckled lacing.
The smell started off with a big burst of sweet and bitter grapefruit rind. Floral hops play in with the previously stated hops and then a light caramel maltiness comes to balance nicely.
The taste was bitter initially and then the sweetness of the malts come in to balance nicely. A light lingering aftertaste of the grapefruit hops and the malts lead into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a slight sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs good for the DIPA style allowing the malts to stick to my tongue adequately.
Overall, old school DIPA, yup, I'd say so and you know, I don't mind it at all for me. Its good. Thanks Kayley.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy burnt orange. One finger of white head with mild carbonation that left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Dank, lemon, grain. Seemed quite mild.

T - Dank notes again. Big fruits, a bit medicinal, oranges, tangerine, peach.

M - Decent bitterness, but low for the style IMO. Good carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - A surprising letdown for the style. Odd medicinal note and nothing that really stood out as world class. Wasn't boozy at all but just didn't have anything to make it a standout.

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Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/13/15. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a touch of clarity; creamy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. Some sediment/floaties. The aromas are floral and have caramel malts along with some pine notes. Some sweet citrus in the mix. The flavors are bold and spicy. Slightly warm but absolutely not boozy. Tons of fresh pine needles. Lots of pine resin and pine sap. Clearly pine seems to be the focus. Some orange zest in the mix. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed, although there are some enjoyable hints of it. Slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is awesome, just like all of FFF's beers. It's full-bodied and very creamy. Smooth and fluffy with moderate carbonation.

Not a huge fan of this hop profile, but it's still fun to drink. The craftsmanship is impressive, but it's not really worth the price of admission, in my opinion.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This may have been an older bottle because I couldn't find a bottle date, but very muted hops and far too malty for me. Chimera sabertooth was much better.

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Photo of brewskis
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head.

Aroma is has a ton of orange characteristics: orange marmalade, tangerine, and orange peel. Also get apricot, slight pine, and ruby red grapefruit. Get the dextrose sugar, as the nose is quite sweet, yet I detect a dryness as well. The sugar adds a juicy element to the aroma that is responsible for the orange marmalade characteristic.

Taste starts with the juicy orange marmalade and apricot. Also get some of the grapefruit as you enter the middle. The beer has a big west coast-like dryness (almost reminiscent of white wine) that wipes out most of the dextrose sugar sweetness and brings in a significant amount of orange peel and pine resin bitterness in the finish.

Medium body with a crisp and creamy mouthfeel. A pretty oily finish from the hops.

This is a classic DIPA offering from the hop masters at Floyds that I've had many times. No question this is their take on a west coast DIPA and it is a good one.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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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