Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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Ratings:
3,553
Reviews:
724
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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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
$10
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of cultclassic89
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Vega406, thanks Josh! Poured into Jackie O's snifter.

A- Pours a hazy slightly brownish golden with about a quarter finger of white head that recedes fairly fast. About average carbonation.

S- Grapefruit hops, lemon, malts, mango. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Grapefruit hops mixed with a fairly malty backbone and finishes with with a nice citrusy mango, pineapple aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, smooth, abv very well hidden.

O- This was another good DIPA from FFF. Again definitely one of the better DIPAs that I've had, but not the best I've had. This beer had a very nice citrus fruit taste with a great lingering aftertaste. A little bit maltier, more grapefruit (instead of mango) hops, and a bit more bitter then Dreadnaught. I definitely recommend trying a bottle if you are a true Hop-Head.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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

We pour a dusky, pumpkin orange brew. It holds a two finger tannish head, showing great retention. Thick sheets of lacing are left around the glass, with a thick foam across the top of the beer for the remainder of the tasting. There is a thick haze, but no sediment, and carbonation appears robust. The aroma is glorious with huge citrics and soap. Floral, nectary sugars of peach, nectarine, and under ripe banana add fruit, while booze adds pepper and spice. The malts are light, toasty, and metallic. Lemon tannins of a lemony breakfast tea come out with warmth. Our first impression is that this guy is surprisingly bitter. The flavoring opens with toasted malts and citric hops, lemon and orange, and some pine. Sour grain and lactics, along with an added citric sugariness mark the start. The peak shows warm spice, bitter clove, and light medicinals. The bitterness begins, with dirty and muddy pine cones. These carry to the finish, with lactic sours, more clovey phenols, and bittering citric hop cone and rind. The aftertaste breathes of fresh florals, citrus, earthy hop resin, sweet white sugar, and general citric bitterness. Really the aftertaste encompasses most of big aromatics. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. There is biting metallic astringency down the tongue and hard palate, with a satisfying slurp, cream, and pop to each sip. The final drops are slick and oily, and the beer drinks nicely. The abv is appropriate.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the aroma. There was such a great bright hop, and a beautiful mix of sugary sweetness. This is why the first few sips were so surprising in their bitterness. With warmth, however, the spice and hops really cool down, and come to a supreme balance with the malts, for a great representation of the style.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a light yellow between straw and gold, but closer to straw. Pure white head one finger high with very little lacing.

The nose is all citrus hops. Grapefruit, mango, and apricot. It smells really sweet in a juicy fruity kind of way.

True to style, 3F loaded this one with hops. It's mostly of the tropical fruit variety as in the scent, but the sweetness is nowhere near what I expected after the smell. The sweetness is minimal compared to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp with an extremely dry finish. It leaves the perfect amount of bitterness on the back of my tongue.

The only knock I have on this one is that it's slightly hot, especially for 9%. I would have guessed this to be 10%+ from the burn. Nonetheless, the bitterness masks it good enough.

3F knows their hops and it shows in yet another great DIPA.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Review adapted from notes taken 11/12/11

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy gold, with some orange - starts with a nice head, fades to nice lacing

Smell: Citrus, citrus everywhere - tons of citrus, floral, tropical, and dank - tons of weed, wet and leafy - some pine here, too, oily - this is an aggressive hop bomb, and I cannot say much about the malts

Taste: Pretty ridiculous, borderline absurd - very resiny, oily - tons of harsh yet delicious citrus - orange, grapefruit - some other light fruits, apricot, peach - with herbal, leafy weed - some spiciness - some mildly sweet malts underneath (probably crystal malt) - extremely bitter, abrasive, almost overly harsh

Mouthfeel: Medium body, extremely sticky, adequately carbonated

Overall: The label art is quite accurate...

According to my notes, "This is so aggressive - like a wolf biting you in the balls." As I have never had this experience, I do not know if this is a valid comparison. Regardless, this is absurdly aggressive. And definitely worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Map Room. It poured a nice bright and cloudy orange with a nice big thick head.

The smell was all citrus and orange peel and fresh hops. Very nice.

The flavor had a light sweetness to it with a touch of orange and citrus with a big blast of fresh west coast hop flavor, big citrus and pine.

The mouthfeel had a nice resiny thickness to it without a medium body.

Very drinkable and good, yet almost a bit unremarkable compared to some of the their other Pale Ale's.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,553 ratings.
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