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 LiquidBread219
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= Golden Yellow it was dark and hazy with a small head.

S= It has a citrus smell kind of like a orange and grapefruit mix. There is also a pine smell going on in this beer.

T= You taste the citrus but to me it is small at first there is big pine taste in this beer the aftertaste is sweet like a carmel.

M= Great beer it's got enough carbonation that really makes it go down easy for me.

D= For a 9% IPA it's going down smooth this is really a great beer difently worth checking this one out.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is on tap at Finnegan's in Plainfield IL right now... I had a glass earlier and decided to go home and crack my last bottle. I kept in the "cold fridge" since I picked it up at FFF. Poured into a tulip pint and served around 43 degrees.

Wow. I don't know what I gave this when I had it at FFF, but right now, this is getting a HUGE positive rating. This beer is rocking my world right now, and I'm so glad Three Floyds has decided to brew this regularly!

The beer is a nice golden color. Slightly hazy with a 3 finger white head and tons of lacing. Retention is quite solid to boot. A light, slightly sweet malt base is there just enough to offer the hops something to anchor themselves to. The hops explode with crisp juicey pineapple, grapefruit, and perhaps a touch of pine. A fresh floral note makes an appearance towards the finish.

The taste is exactly what the nose got me excited for-- a clean malt bill: no overwhelming sweetness, no sticky cloying taste-- just clean and light malts that really keep this brew light and easy drinking. The hops come out with guns blazing. Big fruit and citrus notes and a little floral bite... Not really tasting any pine, but the lingering bitterness is strong and sticky.

This a tasty beer that I will certainly grab a few growlers of when I need to send out some boxes- ;-)

The body is lighter than medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Here is the only pointthat I have ANY complaint about-- it feels a little too oily. It isn't bad at all-- but I wish it was more prickly than oily. In any case-- this beer is excellent and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Xul
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kstrickler for hooking this up in a trade!

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with orange highlights and high effervescence, capped by a finger of fizzy white head. Retention is good as it holds steady there for a while and leaves light lacing.

S: Strong, juicy citrus hops up front with tons of orange and grapefruit, along with some grassy/earthy elements. Some light herbal hops in the background, along with a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Blend of grassy and citrus hops up front with the grassy element being stronger than it was in the nose and matching the citrus flavors in intensity. Caramel sweetness comes in on the mid-palate with a big balancing presence, although the hops stay just a little bit ahead. Long finish of tropical fruits, caramel and earthy bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, hs a great creamy feel.

D: Extremely balanced for an IIPA and the ABV is well hidden. I'll admit that I'm a homer when it comes to IPAs considering I have Alpine and Russian River readily available, but this is a damn good beer.

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Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly pale cloudy straw color with a 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and nice lace.

Smell: Pine, tobacco, grapes, and a bready malt.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Really nicely positioned on the heavy side of medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Going down very easy for a 9% abv imperial ipa

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a hazy orange color with a solid finger worth head that slowly diminishes with nice lacing

S:Lots of fresh hops that smell of citrus and tropical hops

T:Just as smell detects lots of hops going on in this bomb with a solid malt backbone, hint of alcohol burn on the back

M:Full bodied with solid carbonation

D:Another great beer from FFF, don't quite like it as much as dreadnought. Would love if they have this year around like the roumors have been talking about

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Photo of chickencoop
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ridglens on this one, had plenty of FFF, and once again, they are the goods. Interesting pour, lighter than I was expecting, but really, who cares. This is a big citrus hop bomb as usual, and i love it. Smooth, easy to drink, but to compare this with the sister, or brother Dreadnaught, this is much easier to drink but Dreadnaught is more distinctive, maybe it's the honey flavors in the dread that I like more. This is still a very good beer, a must have, pretty smooth for 9%.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Never thought I'd see a beer (or label) inspired by Molly Hatchet's album art, but here we go (and thanks to Stubone for the trade). . .and in case anyone is wondering, that was a reference to the old label art, not the one they have displayed on BA:

More yellow than expected, albeit dark yellow, first thoughts were how it was similar in appearance to Stone's 14th. Color and haze on point. Aroma was also the grassy English hop dry feel to it.

Taste, now it departs with its comparisons to Stone's 14th. More pine in the taste, still has a degree of dryness to it, of course, its hoppy, just its more along the lines of the traditional big hoppy American DIPA than the English DIPA hops used in the aforementioned beer. Never overwhelming in any capacity, yes, big hops, big bitterness. Good degree of a variety of citrus flavor, pineapple to name one.

Heard its pretty expensive. But it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alleykatking or I might not have got to try this!

Pours a hazy gold with off white head that leaves good lacing. Smells are mostly hops, citrus hops and some sweet malt. Tastes are sweet malts at the front, then hops and a nice bitter finish, nice balance between the two. Mouthfeel is great. Nice amount or carbonation. Drinkability is great. FFF really know to make some hoppy beers and this one is no exception.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to HosP for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy citrus amber color with a short lived off-white head that reduced into wispy scum. Some streaks of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Super hoppy notes of fruit, citrus and floral hops with notes of mango, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit. Slight notes of lemon zest, biscuity malt and doughy yeast. Hops are oily smelling like resin.
T: Very fruity and rich hops with again, but I also get sweeter notes of caramel and toasted malt. Finish is very fruity and almost nectar like. Aftertaste has a solid punch of grapefruit pith bitterness. Lots of lemon and grapefruit to the flavor and a lot less mango and papaya. Hints of honey and hoppy resin. There is something medicinal in there that I'm not crazy about though
M: Could use a bit more carbonation to go with the medium-full body and slick mouthfeel. A touch viscous and oily.
D: Not a half bad DIPA. Not as great as Dreadnaught, but solid none the less. Another thanks to Mark for a great beer!

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Color is a hazy tangerine orange. Pours with a one-inch white head that drops off to a thick film on top and decent lacing on the sides.

S: Ahh, the smell is excellent. Nice citrus (grapefruit, light lemon) and piney hoppy flavors are evident right up front. A minor bready malt smell provides some balance.

T: The taste does not disappoint either. Strong citrux and piney hops continue from the smell in the early taste. By mid-taste, a more green, grassy hop flavor is evident along with a sweet caramel and bready malt flavor. Finish is bitter, just pushing the outside of pleasant.

M: Medium-big mouthfeel appropriate for style. Carbonation is moderate; beer is lively and counters a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D: Wow, this is an excellent DIPA. On par with Dreadnaught. I really enjoyed the clean blast of hops without the overly heavy body/mouthfeel. Finish was bitter enough to remind you of the hop presence, but not so much to make a chewy finish or overly sweet. Very nice.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kevin for this one.

A: Pours a nice clear golden hue. Nice head with some retention and lace.

S: Wonderful hopped up aromas. Grapefruit mostly but there is some pine. Hints of bready malt lie beneath.

T: Like it a lot. Tons of fresh citrus, hints of sweet pine. The bready malt comes through with some grass and a bit of pineapple.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty.

D: Good brew for sure.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave! From notes last month sometime.

Pours with a slight haze, goldenish color. Small white foam fades to ring. Good lace considering it was split 3 ways into pint glasses. Nice aromas of orange and a ton of sticky pine. Welch's white grape juice as well. It's bitter but not terribly so, sticky pine here as well contrasting the mouthfeel. Great expressive hop flavor, substantial body, good malt backbone. Another good DIPA from 3F.

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Photo of largadeer
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to nickd717 for sharing this one.

Pale gold, unusually pale for a DIPA and slightly hazy, with a small head that sustains well.

Sweet candied grapefruit and Christmas tree aroma. Pretty malty, but the sweetness is supported by a fairly nice hop aroma.

Huge pine flavor, this beer is like drinking Christmas. There's some grapefruit and ample caramel sweetness. Too much sweetness, in fact. The body is substantial, surprisingly so given the appearance. It finishes bittersweet with big pine and caramel flavors. Decent, but it drinks a bit sweet and heavy for my palate.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for snagging this one for me.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow with about two finger of off white head. Small lace rings left behind.

The aroma is piney skunky like hops. I mean that in a good way. Light malt sweetness helps to bring this one back from the edge of hop bomb.

The flavor is dry piney hops. Mild citrus and hints of booze peek out. A touch acrid in the finish.

Medium creamy body. Average carbonation.

Overall a decent DIPA. However by FFF standards this one does not measure up to the rest of their stellar line up of hop bombs.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy ornage-yellow with a nice pillowy off-white head with good retention, leaves some spotty lacing around the glass.

S- mainly citrus and herbal hops, a little weak for my taste though. some caramel malt comes through as well to balance everything out. there was something that did seem a little off on the nose though, couldn't quite pick up exactly what it was though.

T- similar to the nose. a little more intense on the hops. same caramel sweet maltiness coming through at points. but still that weird flavor that i can't quite pick up on what it is exactly. threw me off of this beer a bit.

M/D- medium-light bodied. good carbonation. cannot pick up on the alcohol in here at all. very good drinking beer, minus that weird characteristic.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for picking up one of these for me!

A - Cue my Conan vinyl album to coincide with the label art...ok. APW pours an almost clear, lightly hazy golden yellow beer with a two finger, bone-colored head. Small patches of lace linger above the sliver of foam on top.

S - Floral dominance with pine needle and a bit of dry grass-clippings that's a bit overwhelming of the pale malt backing. My immediate reaction is, this is pretty damn close in aroma to Shewolf. Only just not as good.

T - A big malty backbone balances well with the strong floral, lemony citrus and pine hop flavor. A very slight hint of fruitiness pokes through leaving a nice mild bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium-full-bodied and bitter with a full flavor and a smooth texture. APW is a decent feeling double.

D - This actually has a solid drinkability for a double IPA. It's not overly bitter or alcohol-rich and, while everything else is good, this is probably the best aspect of this beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a thick head; nice retention and a few shards of lace

Smell: Tropical and citrus fruits waft forth, featuring mango, apricot and pineapple in addition to pithy citrus; just a hint of grain, as well

Taste: Just a little sweet malt up front and then the bitter assault begins, with plenty of pithy citrus (lemona and grapefruit) joining the tropical fruit, particularly the mango and pineapple; after the swallow, a bit of the sweet malt notches up to another level but the finish is bold and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As you would expect from Three Floyds this is a very fine beer; perhaps not as iconoclastic as some of the other ones out there but really quite good

Thanks, GCurlow, for the opportunity

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

lemon color, which is fitting since the taste has alot of lemon going on too, and there is a nice off white head, not huge but there and leaves some nice collar around the edges with some lacing.

Not super aromatic, probally the biggest downside, there is some citrus aroma most notably lemon and grapefruit but it really should be more prominent.

one sided and bitter up front with the gamut of citrus notes, and the bitterness falls out midway through, dry, and makes you go for more, it is scary how fast i am going through this bottle, this 22oz is almost gone in just a few min and i havent even been trying or paying attention, i just cant stop drinking it,wow.

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to NorthsideFred.

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a well-formed white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is really nice - typical FFF orange and grapefruit with herbal notes.

Flavor is sweet pale and caramel malt, honey, earth, orange, grapefruit, and herbal hops.

Nice palate - medium-bodied and smooth with good carbonation level.

Another solid DIPA from FFF, as crazy as that sounds. Not amazing, but very good.

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Photo of 7ways
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught Jr.? I don't really know as I've only had Dreadnaught once. The head was pitiful after a vigorous pour and retreated quickly, hence the below avg. score on that. Nice color though, orange with gold, rather light. The aroma was nice, but not too powerful, nice fruity sweetness, a little too much wintergreen.
It tasted... good. Pine, orange, grapefruit, blah blah blah. So, right, it's a double IPA. Hints of sour fruit and minerals. Not enough malt presence; bitter just for the sake of bitter is a little obnoxious, and I'm tired of trying new hop assaults with no clear character that offer the same damn thing over and over. Not that this is a bad beer, I could (and would) session this if it was lower abv. But it wouldn't be my first choice.

Edit: Not quite there on the mouthfeel, but close. Overall, this reminds me of a dumbed down version of Moylan's Doublander and Maharaja.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful true, clear gold. However, the lack of head and head retention is disappointing. A brief finger of foam rapidly dissipates to a thin film that provides a little lacing, but not as much as I ordinarily like to see in the style.

The smell indicates that this may be more of a pure hop crusade than its Dreadnaught cousin. The smell is grass, lemon peel and a bit of underripe grapefruit with some biscuit and pineapple hanging out in the background.

The mouthfeel is quite nice for the style: full, but not too creamy. There's enough carbonation to keep things lively, accenting the pine flavors to come.

The taste shows a marked difference from its brewery-mate. Whereas Dreadnaught has a heavy accent on fruit flavors and builds its hop presence on a sturdy malt backbone, APW is unapologetic about its hop fundamentalism. Right out of the chute, it hits you with lemongrass, onion, mint and a hefty pine flavor. There's a bit of biscuity malt and grapefruit sweetness that comes in to keep things from getting too insane, but then the intense bitterness reestablishes itself at the end. The finish also shows a bit more of its alcohol than Dreadnaught. Overall this beer has the goods to fulfill your lupulin needs and is well worth your time. I know it's sacriligeous to say, but I prefer more malt depth to my DIPAs (think Dreadnaught, Abrasive and Dorado).

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, with another grateful bow to Jeff (AleWatcher) for more delicious beer. Every box is like the opening of another cornucopia of deliciousness.

Pours paler than I expect, and cloudier - a murky dark straw leaning towards orange, with a thin, soapy layer of whitish bubbles on top that doesn't amount to too much. Again, would deserve a slightly lower score if I didn't believe 20% of the total score to be an altogether too-high percentage for appearance to make up.

Nose is ridiculously fruity, very vibrant. Huge tropical aromas just pour out of the glass - mango, even kiwi, some grapefruit coming through with a bit of a rindy edge to it. This is juicy, with just enough malt underneath to give a nice foundation for the big hops. A very nice nose.

Taste follows suit - huge, massive hops, and just enough malt to sit like atlas underneath, holding up the weight of all those lush, dripping, tropical fruit notes and that dry, lingering prickly bite. Big time balance of grapefruit and tropical fruit, with the grapefruit a bit more prominent in the taste than in the nose, and a lingering bitterness that is more dry than sharp, if a bit prickly. Just a bit of caramel malt peeks its head out towards the finish as well, though still in the character of beautifully juicy tropical fruit. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, just enough carbonation to do is job without getting in the way, with a smoothness that's almost lush. Dry, prickly finish that tingles the tongue.

Drinkability is quite high. The alcohol is well hidden, bordering on invisible, and the flavor and mouthfeel are both vibrant and exceptional.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this, and I'm left very, very impressed. A beautifully assembled beer.

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Photo of thetomG
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a solid amount of quickly dissipating white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is excellent - hops shine through with just a little fruitiness coming through. Flavor is more of the same but much more intense and delicious - very strong hop presence, good bitterness, but just enough of sweeter fruit elements to make it incredibly drinkable.

For comparisons sake I think its a slightly thinner & less sticky, but more well balanced variant of Dreadnaught, which I love, but I prefer this one - hopefully they make it more often! YUM YUM YUM!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney and orange hops. The flavor is more of the same with the orange citrus notes standing out more than the pine. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

I got this in trade with jdefont. I split it with friend on 7/4. It pours a rich orange with a full white sticky head. Lots of sweet citrus on the nose. The flavor starts with orange marmalade, hints of citrus and pine. Definitely a sweeter brew. The finish mellows out with just enough bitterness for balance, and the slightes hint of alcohol. A full bodied brew with a sticky mouthfeel. A very good DIPA, definitely worth seeking out.

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