Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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:
3,560
Reviews:
726
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

"Imperial India Pale Ale." Less than three weeks old. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label and art and distinctive colorful branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired in a trade with the very gracious tcman128 - thanks again, buddy! Expectations are quite high given the brewery and its reputation.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice soft complexion, good thickness, nice cream, slightly frothy consistency, and good (~4-5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Sticky consistent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a transparent yellow-copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Floral hops are dominant, with some accompanying light grapefruit and soapy hop character; this may have spent too long in primary. Pale malts. Caramel is a bit too present. Some piney hop character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Tangerine. Mango, pineapple, other tropical fruit hop esters. Not ideal choices of hops for my particular tastes, but decent for the style. Clean and pleasant. An average strength aroma.

T: Mango, pineapple, tangerine - all tropical fruit hop esters, and not to my tastes for the style. Too sweet, with a caramel malt undertone. Light grapefruit. Hop bitterness does come through, compromising the balance. Clean. Not a fan of the sticky malty aspect blended with the sweet fruity notes. The pineapple in particular really kills the flavour profile for me; I'm not liking the hop choices made here but I can see where others with different tastes would really enjoy this. Pine. Light bready malts. Old orange juice comes to mind. I'm really just not big on this type of hop character.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Overcarbonated. Sticky. Chewy. Suits the flavour profile decently. Clean. Decent presence on the palate. Sugary. Good body.

Dr: This one just wasn't for me personally, but I don't doubt that it's brewed well. It's largely redolent of old orange juice mixed with tropical fruit notes that don't at all appeal to me - whether in an imperial IPA or not. I didn't find it well-balanced and I won't be having it again, but it does hide its ABV well and I'll happily finish this bottle by myself. Glad to have tried it, but it's just not suited for my personal tastes. Disappointed in the beer, but not for any issues with the quality of the brewing. Looking forward to trying more Three Floyds' IPAs which are hopefully more what I'm after in an imperial IPA.

C

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Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:

Low B- / WORTHY

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Photo of eclipse54
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bottle from fvernon; thank you very much for this want! Split into tulip glasses...

Pours a gorgeous yellow gold color that is rather unique. It’s not a semi-translucent copper or straw color, but rather appears as a solid mass of maybe plastic with the color of yellow gold. Atop rests a generous two-finger head of pure white color and fluffy, bubbly consistency. Retention and lacing are a bit lacking, but are minor qualms.

The aroma is of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) and caramel malt primarily, with notes of grains and spicy, resinous hops in the rear. An earthy pine note from the hops is prominent.

It tastes of strong grapefruit and orange citrus, lemon zest, caramel malt, various light grains, and a strange chalkiness that is a bit offputting; it's honestly just plain white sidewalk chalk that comes to mind, reminiscent of the large number of paint chips as a kid. Luckily it's faint, but I still wish it weren't there.

Mouthfeel is solid; ample carbonation, slightly dry on the finish, not overly resinous. Well done here.

Overall, the contents of this bottle suggest a decent IPA. I'd give it another go, considering this bottle may be past its prime, but I'd keep expectations low and open myself to the possibility of a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of samie85
3.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 7/29/11.

Pours a slightly hazy blonde color with two fingers of thick, white head.

Fruity and a bit catty with with some caramel malt.

Very fruity and grape-like taste with some mango and an aspirin-bitterness on the end.

Very smooth feel with a medium body and low carbonation.

A little rough at first, but becomes more palatable after it warms to room temperature.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I won't have this again...unless offered a sip to change my mind.
I simply am not a fanboy of huge doses of hops covered-up by high alcohol levels.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I think it might have been a bit old (3 months)

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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 RaulMondesi
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I guess...

Another IPA, another problem. I mean, Raul knows that it is palatable, but on a daily basis of drinking Pliny, Nelson, AleSmith IPA, Ruination, Racer 5, Sculpin... Blah blah blah blah! I can sip on it, but why should Raul care? Raul agrees, but he ain't stoked.

Peace!

*Raul don't like this review and he plans to revisit the beer. (Especially after he has grown to understand, and even love East Coast IPA's.)

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,560 ratings.
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