Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

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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4.18
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a fairly cloudy golden yellow color with a smallish bubbly white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of pine, resin, and citrus, bits of tropical fruit and grass with barely any malt to be found. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Heavy handed dry hopping with dank baggies, pine needles and grapefruit juice. Leaves a long lingering lemon/grapefruit/citrus on the palette after each sip has hit the gullet. Medium to thick body for an IPA, moderate to low level of carbonation with a sticky resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I found the bitterness a little harsh and heavy on the lemon. It's a great DIPA, but I've had better in the style.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Glad I got to try this during DLD at the brewery. It was refreshing to have this for only $5 after waiting over 3 hours in line! Poured into a 10oz plastic tumbler.

Pours a golden, pale amber color with a modest one finger of head that eventually fizzles out. In some ways, looks awfully like Belgian-style golden ales, especially with the extra cascade of bubbles that rises to the top of this. Impressive that the carbonation lasts this long, especially when considering the size of the tumbler and high ABV. This is definitely thickened overall, and I was even able to capture sight of some large alcohol legs on the walls of the cup. Definitely paler and far different in body than other DIPAs I've seen, but very wicked looking.

Contains an aroma that filled with a range of sweetened to bittered phenols, ranging from pineapples to dried citrus rinds. Goes in and out in both flavors, quite literally. At first there's the pineapple aroma combined with white grapes, apricots, and maybe sweetened apples, but eventually it's replaced by oranges, earthy lime notes, slight spices, and maybe some some candi sugar? Definitely hard to keep track on all the flavors going on here, but it's definitely interesting. Almost ranges from being a cross between a DIPA and a tripel in some ways, although that would be a lazy analogy in contrasts of all the nuances. Alcohol is quite present as well, although I'm barely getting any other aspects to the beer other than some cracked, golden graininess, as well as slightly yeasty bready phenols. Not the most balanced aroma per se, but still packs a punch.

The flavor is quite different, however: rather than get too sweet or bitter on the palate, it turns out both sides of the spectrum meld quite well due to the thickened, near juicy body this beer holds. At first, there's an initial grainy sweetness, combined with pineapple and orange notes, which quickly get overtaken by a bittered, spicy, awfully zesty bitterness imparted by the hops. Doesn't really numb the palate completely, although it does get the initial fruity flavors and make them more vibrant. The malts are not too present in the flavor here, but they provide undeniable thickness that makes this easier to drink. The alcohol is actually not very present here, with no burn at all, and I downed this rather quickly in spite of all of the flavors and strong bittered presence. Almost vinous in character, too, although not as dry by comparison.

This is an intense yet solid offering from FFF. Can't say I loved it as much as their other stuff that I got to try, but it's a strong, full bodied hop-filled and fruity experience that should definitely be tried. At the price of $13 a bomber everywhere, it's debatable whether this is worth it, but fans of DIPAs and tripels must try this thing at least once, in my view.

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

22 oz. red-label bottle obtained at the FFF brewery and consumed 12 days later. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a traditional foamy white head similar to that produced by the bubbles in a jacuzzi bath. Some carbination that makes its way to the surface. Very little lace presence, which is quite surprising considering the consistency of the head.

Smell: Somewhat disappointing. Thought it would be similar to Dreadnaught with a bit more pungency, but this one lagged behind in both complexity, balance, and aromatic intensity. Big-time hops, grass, hay, and pine resin up front with very subtle hints of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and malt. Definitely nothing to brag about here.

Taste: Talk about a sucker punch in the face. Huge hop profile with a bitter bite. I can see why this beer is so aptly named. But other than that, that's really about it. Any effort to make the citrus or malt known in the flavor profile is completely overpowered by the almightly hops.

Mouthfeel: Like the Dreadnaught, this one is on the thinner side of a medium body. Carbination is perfect. This bad boy is high on the IBU scale, and it shows. Bitterness is exacerbated in the finish and persistently lingers in the back of the throat. Wow, never would have guessed this one was 9% ABV. Didn't detected any of the alcohol in this one.

Overall: I'd probably place this one in the upper half of the more hop-forward DIPAs I've tasted. Definitely the immature younger brother to Dreadnaught, but nonetheless, another great example of how FFF is one of the most consistent breweries out there.

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Photo of gregshead
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Biglobo8971 for this one. Enjoyed on 4/9/11 reviewed from notes

A: Pours amber color, half finger of head.Hazy look

S: Citrus - white grapefruit and a little orange rind on the nose

T: Taste is a lot like the smell. Bitterness up front with a sweeter finish

M: Light feel on the tongue with minimal carbonation

O: Solid offering by Three Flyods. It holds up to other DIPAs with just a sweeter finish instead of the astringent finish of some over the top hoppy DIPAs.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

More hops come tumbling in during this deluge! This participant pours a lightly hazy golden amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, pine, mint, and some light leek. The taste holds notes of pine, leek, light grapefruit, caramel, spearmint, and lettuce. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, though a bit greens-heavy for my liking.

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

On tap at Three Floyds the afternoon before DLD '11. Served in a glassware similar to a slender goblet. This brew appears a hazed golden color with a thin wisp of white head that forms a pattern of webby lacework across the top of the brew and on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dank and rindy with citrusy and fruity notes somewhat zesty and mingled with solvent alcohol that tingles and warms the nose. The malt base to this brew is toasted nearly to the point of almost being smoked but not quite to that quality through the back of the brew.

The taste is herbal and rindy with lingering grassy hop bitterness. There is a dryness to this brew mixed with a candy-like finish thy really accents both the alcohol inclusion of warmth and brightens the herbal flavors of the hops. The herbal and rindy hop bitterness clings and lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A bold sipper but enjoyable with dank and herbal hop qualities that never quite felt oily or resinous but they clearly pack a big hop punch. A solid take on the style, it's worth giving a try.

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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 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 htomsirveaux
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at FFF 26 Apr 2011. ~10 oz pour in a small goblet.

Small white head quickly dissipates. Somewhat hazy golden straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and Simcoe. Hate to say cat pee but there is a bit of that in the background. Lots of grapefruit upfront. Simcoe is also present. Alcohol noticeable but only slightly warming. Fairly dry bitter finish lingers for a while. Medium body.

Don't think I've had this much Simcoe in a DIPA before.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from jonny86jonny in Secret Santa '10.

Into 6oz tasting glass.

Poured agressively and ended with a 1/3" head, there is no lacing. Thin line of bubbles around 3/4 of the glass. Body is dirty about the color of chamomile tea.

Very malty aroma. There is a bit of bitterness, and strong sweet citrus (over ripe tangerine) with sour citrus (grapefruit).

Full malt flavor with strong sour citrus and light pine notes.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Nicely balanced between the carbonation and the combination of slick ipa, with a fuller body.

It is worth noting that here is a 9% IIPA with little to no alcohol bite. Even with the sharp inhale on the sip there is a noticeable absence of alcohol. Enjoyable though I would prefer a bit more hops up front in my I/ipa's.

(58th)

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Photo of mayor55
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at 3 floyd brew-pub. Poured in a snifter style tulip. Hazy orange color. Nice thick lacy head. Smells hoppy not overwelmingly so. Mouth feel is low carbonation and very full.

Beer reminds me of Dreadnaught without the citrus overtones. Nice beer but not on the level of Dreadnaught.

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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 tapman
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold, not yellow, but gold. Carbonation is bright and the head is wispy and white and does not last very long. Still, plenty of sediment in the bottle so I expect a good bottle conditioning.

Smells like a Lagunitas IPA; smells like a lot of pine, creamy biscuit, a little soap and a hint of bubblegum.

Big pine with a resinous hint. Bitterness is moderate, but the malt is all but absent. Very soapy aftertaste that sticks to the palate. Lots of raw alpha acids without any sweetness to balance their harsh, vegetal characteristics.

Soft, spicy and a little thin.

I know Lagunitas' IPA is half the strength, but it is twice as balanced. Same goes for their MAXIMUS IPA, both of which I would rather drink.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presently splitting a bomber with my wife. Poured into a glass. Very nice orange color with alot of citrus on the nose. Very hoppy and fruity taste. Kind of a bitter aftertaste. I'd have to try them side by side, but IMO this is a bit mellower version of alpha king that allthough is good, didn't wow me like i was expecting it to. one bottle is plenty for me.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at VE to celebrate FFF's return to Ohio.

A- Body is a pale blonde hue that is pretty uniformly cloudy. Served with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Head sticks at about 1/2 finger and plenty of lacing remains down the glass.

S- Nose is good- pretty typical for a blond imperial IPA- soft of reminds me of Victory Hop wallop in the nose profile. A ton of grapefruit and a ton of pine-quite hoppy and little to no malt to back it up. The nose is quite birght and inviting.

T- The nose is a lot like the taste-only a lot more intense. Bright bitter white grapefruit upfornt with pine overtones, the finish is a burst of refreshing pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. The bitterness lingers on and on for awhile.

M- Very high carbonation and a light body. Not really smooth or oily.

O- This is a circumstance where I wish the drinkability score was still there. At first this is a good, agressive IPA. The pine is intense and the beer is rather dry, bitter, and cooling. Its great for 5 oz...then its just too aggressive. I started with this because I was so excited to try it. By the end of the glass I was definately done and the beer had defeated me. It also wrecked my palate so that I could barely taste Dreadnaught or Robert the Bruce.

I see a lot of reviews that say this is a well balanced IPA, or that its not too hoppy. The Arctic Panzer wolf that I faced was as much of a one sided hoppy mess, if not moreso than Moylan's hopsickle. There was nothing forgiving about this brew.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Cock and Bull in Covington.

A- nice dark gold look with a solid white cap. Frothy lacing hugs the side of the tulip glass it was served in.

S-cant really smell much. Slight citrus with some bitterness.

T- oranges and pears that are immediately followed by a big hop blast. Finish reminds me of a Nice smooth Bourbon almost.

M- this is the epitome of double ipas. Medium bodied with nice coating That makes for a good refreshing brew. Perfect carbonation. I wish all double ipas had this feel.

D- really nice and refreshing. Great flavor. These two factors make it dangerous but very awesome.

Great beer that is right on par with the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

#ThreeFloyds #ArticPanzerWolf is an American Imperial IPA that puts a deep bright orange hue, lots of sediment~ Im beginning to wonder if mine is a bit old as it has heavy yeasty sediment floating, so perhaps this review should be taking with a grain of salt~ Aroma starts off very citrus, also a heavy smell of 'right before it rains' a lit of earthiness.. Honestly it smells like dirt~ Almost a bit bitter I feel like I have to end this #Breview as this one still taste good, I don't think it is tasting the way 3F's intended it (If so, it was less than Impressive)~ Overall: Incomplete (Stay tuned for a revisit)

EDIT:

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100

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Photo of LSUPT
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to a Bell's tulip, both courtesy of KickintheChalice, thank you sir.

Pours a gorgeous glowing orange color, fairly cloudy, that yields a 1½ inch head. Lacing is ridiculous. Full, thick ring of foam and lace is left behind on, basically, the entire area that the head covered, and it stays throughout the drink. Tiny floaties also present toward the end of the bottle.

Sweet smelling apricots and a bit of malt. Taste filled with big apricot flavors with a hint of pine and the orange marmalade description on the bottle is, actually, dead on, but you really get the alcohol in the taste though. Mouthfeel, unlike Dreadnaught, is pretty close to perfect, and even with the alcohol this beer is very drinkable.

Another solid DIPA from FFF, nothing outstanding, kind of one note on the apricot, as Dreadnaught is with the mango, but still very good. I think a blend of this and Dreadnaught or some some of combination of the recipes could produce a world class DIPA though. So, yeah, get on that Three Floyds.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arctic panzer wolf pours a hazed orange blossom honey color. The head is almost white, sudsy and leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is packed full of citrus and tropical hop notes. There is a malt backbone to this one but it's mostly hops. Damn skippy, who doesn't love a hop bomb?

Mmmm an initially tasty brew. It starts off with some sweet malts and all that hoppy goodness. Juicy fruit and citrus dominate the flavor profile but the good times are not meant to last. Soon enough an over aggressive bittness trumps all the flavors and in my opinion ruins the beer.

Bitter best describes this brew. In fact over bittered is more like it. The mouthfeel is dominated by the punchy sharpness and hoppy twang in the finish. The good news is that the bitterness doesn't survive long, eventually warm and malty sweet beats it out. The one rocky patch of over bittering isn't enough to stop me from enjoying this one.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 7/27/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange with small white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Lacks the in your face hoppy aroma that I expect in a DIPA, slightly soapy with mild citrus hop aroma and sweet pale malts.

T: Some hop bitterness up front with slightly lemony and herbal hop flavors on a clean pale malt backbone. Finishes with a pleasant clean and mild herbal/citrus hop flavor.

M: Smooth and clean medium body with lower carbonation.

O: Good DIPA but nothing to write home about. Could use some more hops in the taste and much more in the aroma as well as a bit more head/retention and carbonation. Drinkability is good none the less and the 9% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well...here we go. FFF - couldnt resist the purchase.
purchased this bottle for $9.99 at Joes in Richmond, Indiana. Its a bit dusty...no date on the bottle.
Poured into tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden copper...thick white head.
Crazy peach and fruity hop aromas with a big malt backbone. Like a DFH 90 min...but more fruity..
Taste is big fruity hops...light fruit like peach or pear with some citrus or pineapple notes; followed by a bit of a malt finish - like vienna or something bready. Big fruity finish...
Its a very easy drinker and you really dont notice the ibu or abv here...not an amazing DIPA...just too malty for me to be amazing. I cant get through the bomber so i switched to a two hearted ale...so much better...
This is a brew where i dont get the hype...

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus along with floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness and an alcohol burst. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy; however there doesn’t seem to be as much balance as most other beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer overall but there are several others in the style and a few made by 3F that I would choose first.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,523 ratings.
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