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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Photo of backfat
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big ups to ma' boy natedog for bringing this one to another very random tasting. three floyds messing around with some hops again? wonder if im going to enjoy this...

A -the pour is surprisingly light. a hazed straw yellow with a healthy and lively bone white head. medium and small bubbles randomly dispersed and fairly quickly dissipating. a nice one finger is easily brought back to life with a careful swirl.

S -smells of strong pineapple and tropical fruits. sweet sugars and the ooze of an over ripe mango sit nicely behind lovely fruit character. i get sweet tang with a the tinge of biting alpha acids that are so common and welcomed from three floyds brews.

T - the taste starts vinous with bitter pricks throughout, mellowing to a short, resinous pine flavor. the taste does not last as long as desired, or have an impact as significant as the one and only Dreadnaught. i do get some similarities related to Apocalypse Cow, without the strong lactose sugar feel. you do indeed get a light, sugary feel complimenting it's viscosity, which go very nicely with the tartness of the flavor, and ending with faint citrus bite. it's very bright, fresh, and sharp.

- i haven't written a review in awhile, and this beer inspired me to do so. hopefully this beer will inspire you.

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Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.

It pours a light clear orangeish gold. The head is foamy and white. It dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice ring of lacing.

This one smells pretty good. It is pretty much citrus through and through. There is a thin layer of sweetness but it is merely accentuating the citrus.

There is predominant citrus rind in the flavor. There is a good amount of tropical fruit in here too. The hops are very vegetal and acidic, not exactly super-bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and a bit syrupy. The sweetness mixed with the acidity is a bit much it creates an almost tingly cloying sensation.

It just seems like something is missing from this DIPA, i suspect the use of Summit hops which imo are not one of my favorites due to the high acidity levels, but FFF pulled it off much nicer than Oskar Blues did.

Overall it is solid, but if you want an amazing FFF DIPA go with the Dreadnaught

edit: Had another bottle, this time with a bowl of Chili John's chili and it was freakin awesome, the tropical acid flavor is gone and it is just a bitter hop bomb.

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Photo of airohead2001
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11 oz. pour into a tall glass from a bomber courtesy of glazeman during game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. i've been looking forward to this beer for a while, wondering how it compares to dreadnaught ipa.

A - yellow, very light colored for a DIPA. 1-2 finger head with excellent retention and some lacing.

S - citrus and piney hops, with the piney hops dominating. orange, lemon, and tangerine as well.

T - very similar to the smell, with lemon and bitter, piney hops overpowering. very little malt backbone.

M - a bit more thin than i was hoping it would be. not much here with regards to mouthfeel.

D - drinkable beer, especially on a warm summer day - it would be perfect for an outdoor bbq. plenty of carbonation, but maybe a little too much because this brew is not sticky or malty enough to hide the 9% abv.

overall, this is a very good beer. however, the overpowering lemon citrus flavor and thin mouthfeel are no match for FFF's other DIPA, dreadnaught. i would definitely drink arctic panzer wolf again, but if given a choice, i would prefer a dreadnught.

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Photo of glazeman
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review from a bomber...bought at the brewery two nights ago...Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Split with airohead2001

A: Golden color with a one finger white head. Mild head retention, excellent lacing

S: Oranges and other citrus. Not as complex as I would have liked.

T: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. It had a nice balance with mostly hops up front but some sweetness at the finish.

M: Nice level of carbonation, but a little too light on the palate for my liking.

D: Good, but I don't know if I would really want more than half of a bomber.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub into a snifter

Cloudy orange-yellow body with a one finger head.
Spotty foam across surface with collar foam, minor lacing 

Citrusy hops, malt, piney and earthy too.
Getting a bit of fruitiness in there as well from the hops

Hop bitterness hits like a freight train!
Very hoppy with the citrusy part shining through and the malt subtly there in the background. Long finish from the hops and bitterness and slight sting of alcohol perhaps too.   

Carb high initially but settles down to a much nicer/appropriate mouthfeel.

Really like this beer.

My palate has been left this beers hapless victim.   

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, ~12 ounces poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and hazy with not very much of a head. Darker than Dreadnaught but just as murky.

Smells like lots of hops. Spicy hops, like a blend between pine cleaner and majoram. That might not sound too appetizing but it's actually pretty great; the only drawback is that there's nothing really balancing out the hop aromas and, while the aroma is good, it's not quite complex enough to fully carry a double IPA.

Tastes like lots of hops--dried, green seasoning hops--with just a little kick of pale malt keeping things honest. Resinous pine starts things out, dripping of sap, but then it falls quickly into a dryer, spicier middle with nodes of thyme and oregano, then ending on a wee little bit of bready sweetness. Good, but it could use some greater malt or yeast complexities to help balance out the hops, or really anything else big or interesting that might make it worth the price of admission.

Well brewed with no off nodes or syrupiness, but it's nothing compared to their Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a bunch of times on-tap at Three Floyds. Just getting around to reviewing it now. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours a hazy golden color, white head, some lacing here and there with a very thin cap.

S - Uber hoppy, blast of bitter, grapefruit, some sweet malt.

T - Similar to the nose. Super hops/bitterness, slight sweet malty notes, bitter finish that sticks with you until your next sip.

M - Light but leaning towards medium, soft carbonation, oily finish.

D - After a couple of these, I'm good to go. Although I like this one, I prefer Dreadnaught. That said, it's nice to have another DIPA on-tap to choose from when you don't want Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange with a bit of hazy and a nice white head. Smells of grapefruit, citrus, and pine with a little bit of malt sweetness. The taste was of intense bitterness with plenty of citrus hops coming through. A little bit of alcohol heat in the taste, bringing down the mouthfeel a little bit, but still pairing fairly well with the hoppy dryness. Good drinkability for a beer this bitter. Surprise, surprise, another very solid hoppy offering from FFF.

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Photo of beertooth
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brew pub. Served in a goblet/tulip glass.

This beer is a glowing golden orange. It isn't crystal clear, but it's not super hazy.

The nose is lush grapefruit, juicy oranges, sweet malts. It's a huge citrus bomb.

The taste follows the nose. Tons of citrus. Not as bitter as I'd expect from the nose though. Very juicy citrus notes, sweet twangy malts. The alcohol is hard to pick up on, but it's a little warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little slick with a low level of carbonation.

An excellent DIPA from Three Floyds. It's on the level with Dreadnaught and worth seeking out.

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Photo of PrinceDarren
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just tapped yesterday at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle.

Strong aroma of pine, resin and grapefruit. Also a slight odor of cologne and soap. Tastes the same. Moderately bitter hops, citrus, lightly sweet and lightly thick, but manageable. Easy enough to drink. Slightly resiny aftertaste but does not dominate too much.

It is like a slightly milder version of Dreadnaught that has been wet-hopped.

I would describe this as a 50/50 blend of Three Floyds' Broodo and their infamous Dreadnaught.

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Photo of quinnsi
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served into a pint glass at Sheffield's

Appearance is slightly hazy with a golden orange color and nice white head which fully dissipates.

The nose is total grapefruit with some mild lychee fruit hints as well.

Wow, is there grapefruit extract in there? I'm getting so much of it, and not much else. The hops are intense, and the finish is quite bitter.

Had this been served to me in a tulip instead of a pint glass, it may have served the beer better. As it was, one beer was more than enough for me.

Overall, I think this is a wet dream for some hop heads, but to me, it's a bit out of whack. Makes me appreciate Pliny that much more!

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Photo of ngandhi
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is, without contest, the very best imperial IPA on the market today. But, more than that, it's in many ways the whole history of American IPA. It has the fresh, citrusy hops that the West Coast brewers made so popular over the last five years in their pale ales. It takes on the oily texture of Rogue I2PA, Bear Republic's Racer X, and Victory Hop Wallop. And it has enough alcohol to lay you on your ass.

It's a maltier cousin of the groundbreaking Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA, and somehow that extra bit of malt makes it a better beer. Maybe it's more balanced. Or maybe the malt sugars just carry the alcohol to your brain faster. Ripe with flavors and aromatics of the greatest pineapple you've ever seen, sharp, grippy hops, and a long, resiny hop finish, it combines the key elements of pleasure and torture. S&M in a glass.

I love you, I hate you, and now I'm going to take my pants off.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this one on two separate visits. This review is considered back to back after a tulip of Dreadnaught. It pours a hazy light peach amber color with a huge foamy off white head that resists fading and leaves spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is aggressive and the fruity pineapple, peach and tangerine aroma is mirrored in the taste. Medium tangy body and creamy mouth feel enhance the drinkability. Full flavored, the fruity pineapple peach tangerine hoppiness was worth the trip!! I could drink these all afternoon. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy for picking this one up. It's tremendous, giving Dreadnaught and Apocalypse Cow runs for their money. It's a beautiful amber/copper color with decent head/retention. Smell and taste are both FFF DIPA-esque, with big grapefruit notes. This one deviates a little with some more piney hops as well. Taste here is a bit more bitter than the other FFF DIPAs, but it's tremendous. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, perfect for this one. Drinkability is scary with the ABV and how good this one is. A must buy.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Sheffields 10/31/09. Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn and joe1510 for the assist!

A: Served a hazy, coppery hue. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy, off-white goodness that stuck around for quite awhile and left rings, gobs, and specks of lace behind.

S: Major hop bomb. I picked up pineapple with a large chunk of pine thrown in for good measure. Lurking in the background was some sweet caramel but it was almost entirely trounced upon by the hops.

T: I enjoyed how the hop flavors see-sawed between bitter, resinous pine and juicy, tangy pineapple. Instead of being a muddled mess of over hopped flavors there was excellent balance. Once again, that meek little caramel flavor darts around and adds a bit more balance before the hops completely step on it. Wonderful!

M: Big juicy and sticky bitterness coats the entire inside of my mouth helping to develop a huge long lasting bitter hop finish.

D: Another in an impressive line-up of DIPA's from FFF. The well hidden alcohol made this damn near gulp-able. It's that scary good...really!

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this the other day over at FFF on tap. It's a very expensive pale ale ($7 a snifter). I had to try it since I make it a point to always try something new when I'm there. It had a nice, hoppyness to it, typical piney smell. Good golden color, Three Floyds did not let anyone down here. It's got that kick in the ass that all their beers have, not for the weak of heart! While I enjoyed this immensely, I would not get it again when their Dreadnaught IPA is always on tap for $2 less. Honestly, the Dreadnaught is stronger and has much more hoppy bang for the buck than this.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Local Option.

Pours a glowing orange, especially in the back glow of the bar. A solid, two finger head with rocky foam. Good retention.

Smells like a citrus wonderland! Pineapple and orange with some piney, woody notes as well. Maybe a hint of cotton candy? Sure, why not.

Tastes the same, is super refreshing and has a nice tropical nature to it. This is another powerful, almost overwhelming FFF DIPA. There's too much alcohol to be considered easily drinkable, but the one glass I had was incredible.

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Photo of younger35
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this growler last weekend from masterski and have been eagerly awaiting opening. Gotta love FFF's IPA's and after reading some of the reviews below I'm looking forward to trying. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching the Vikings vs 49ers. Still got a nice psssttt upon opening.

Appearance- Pours a super hazy light orange yellowish with a nice big frothy off white head. A spotty cap and collar remain and surprisingly not a lot of lacing.
Smell- Holy delicious nose. Just gobs and gobs of citrusy goodness. Mango, pineapple, white grapefruit, peach and crabapple all are present. Just so fresh and clean and fruity. Perhaps a bit of resiny pine as well but mostly just citrus goodness.
Taste- A bit more malt keeps everything together and slightly balanced as the beer starts with a bit of toffee toastiness. A big rush of orange peel and pineapple kick in give the beer the bitterness that dominates this brew. The orange actually hangs around quite a bit and lingers well into the finish. Grapefruit and green apple are fairly prevalent as well and every sip brings on a new fruity goodness. A bit of lingering resiny pine and a touch of alcohol finish along with the orange peel.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with very light carbonation and a lightly oily feel.
Drinkability- This brew is scary drinkable for 9% and an entire growler sitting next to me. I wouldn't say it's as good as Dreadnaught but its somewhere along those lines. So fruity and easy drinking, great stuff. Thanks much Alex!

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Photo of FrognutUnl
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- golden amber in color,decent white head that leaves a considerable amount of lacing in its wake.

S - Aromas of grapefruit and pineapple dominate with a fair amount of resinous pine mixed in.

T - Thick with piney resin flavors backed by a generous amount of bready sweet malts and the flavor of grapefruit pith.

M - Medium in body, with a thick sticky finish

D - Where'd the glass go? Seriously delicious, what else can I say

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Photo of RyWill
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Option, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow/orange with a 1-2 finger sticky, frothy slightly off white head. Original head only sticks around for a bit but leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Intense hops and citrus. Not really any other way to describe it. It's a delicious combo of grapefruit and piney hops. The alcohol isn't too evident at all.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not as bitter as expected. Some caramel that didn't come across to me as much in the smell balances the massive hops well. Add in the citrus and you have an amazingly smooth beer for the style. It certainly leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, but it doesn't stay with you as long as some other DIPAs. Mouthfeel is super chewy, creamy, medium bodied with not too much carbonation

Drinkability: I ordered this off the board at Local Option having no idea what the ABV was and if someone had told me 9% I would have been blown away. Incredibly drinkable for the amount of alcohol. A telling sign is that my girlfriend, who usually has a tougher time with high ABV, super bitter DIPAs, had one and loved it. It wouldn't be hard at all to get through a few of these.

Amazing stuff. So amped to have had the chance to try it and might just have to head back to Local Option tonight to get some more.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by this evening on a whim because of the latest news on this beer. Served in a snifter.

A: The snifter seems to cut down on the available head space for this beer, seems better served in a tulip...oh well. Like dob said, pours a hazy peachy orange color that has very little head, but I am putting the lack of such because of the glass it is served in, does leave some good lacing behind which isn't and shouldn't be that surprising.

S: The hoppiest beer I've ever smelled? The hoppiest beer I've ever smelled. This thing is some kind of hop mutant, just about the most grapefruity grapefruit rind you could ever imagine, it's like someone took a grapefruit, did their best to smash it into a dixie cup saw how many pine needles they could shove into the mess on top of that. Eff!

T/MF: Like the description says, this beer is a palate wrecker, don't plan on drinking any beers unless it's this one afterwards because there is no way you are going to taste anything other than hops after drinking this. This beer is so hoppy the flavor almost starts to seem unreal, like it was so heavy on the bitter citrus fruitiness and pine that the whole thing started to seem fake and began to taste like Fruit Loops with orange juice poured on top of them. It does not sound that appetizing written down but the overall bouquet of hops and over the top flavor profile moves this beer beyond mere description.

D: I'm not going to lie, this beer ain't all that easy to drink. At a certain point I wonder when a new flavor is going to try an poke its head out, maybe some kind of malt sweetness, nuts, darker/sweeter/mellower fruits, but none of that is found here, it is just an all out hop assault and if you are not careful you could end up in a palate wrecked wasteland, but damn if this beer didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to d0b for sharing his growler the other day...now I realize that I desperately need more of this stuff. Review is from notes.

From the growler into a flared SN tasting glass it pours a bright high clarity orange. The lasting foam never breaks on the surface, and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Slow trails of carbonation can be seen, bubbles are slow and languid.

Amazing aroma of candied tropical fruits, pineapple, orange and orange peel in super concentrated form. Some leafy, woody vine notes and dank hop cheesiness (columbus?). Similar to the first time I had Dreadnaught, this is equally stunning and awe inspiring. Sips are sticky and resinous, with lush tropicals and dank orangey flavors sticking the lips to the rim of the glass. Lowish carbonation, but it fits the style well. Very tasty and drinkable, maybe a wee bit dangerous.

FFF's secret weapon, arctic panzer wolf is on the prowl...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds! Served in a tulip/snifter glass.

A - Poured with a finger of eggshell foam that leaves tuns of sticky sheets of lacing. Hazed dark orange-brown color. Gonna give the head volume the benefit of the doubt, as the bartenders are trying to fill the glass here!

S - Intense piney hops, some tangy citrus (grapefruit, lemon, etc.), a touch of booze, some dankness in the background. More bitter and hoppy than Dreadnaught, with less tropical and caramel flavor. I don't dig this quite as much - the pine and booze are pretty fierce - but it's still pretty good.

T - The taste is actually better, which is somewhat unusual. The alcohol is hidden better, and the moderate amount of bready caramel helps balance things out a touch more. The bitterness shows up in the finish and lingers a decent while. It's not as palate destroying as I expected.

M - Medium body, light carbonation tingle, lots of residual hop resin and oily goodness. Some nice warmth after a few sips. Spot-on for a DIPA.

D - Not as insanely drinkable as Dreadnaught but still pretty enjoyable. I'd have a tough time with a growler of this stuff, but a few pours is definitely possible.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich copper color with a reasonable white head. The smell was the best. Definitely lots of citrus hop aroma, and at a certain point, the smell took on a grapefruit/candy note that was very specific but I could not place. The taste was a assertively bitter with malty sweetness present. The mouthfeel was a touch syrupy, but not heavy and certainly enjoyable. Drinkability was good, but its a 9%, very bitter beer, so it can only be so good.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 3,574 ratings
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