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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

BEER STATS
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723
Ratings:
3,535
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
21.53%
 
 
Wants:
598
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583
For Trade:
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Reviews: 723 | Ratings: 3,535
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is truly a total tongue attack; astringent; pungent, resinous, and aggressive. Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange color with a good sized, slowly sinking head and strong lacing. Nose is all hops: tropical citrus notes come out big-time, followed by resinous and floral notes. Malt is nearly undetectable. The same is pretty much true for the flavor: it’s a bitter assault, with not only citrus but a somewhat more dominant resin, pine, and floral aspect. Also some pith and aspirin. Not a ton of subtlety and certainly not much of a malt presence.

Medium to slightly full-bodied for the style, with medium carbonation. Somewhat hefty mouthfeel seems appropriate given the huge and bold hoppiness. As others have said, this isn’t the most drinkable beer; it’s both alcoholically strong and bordering on the extreme (well past for some) in terms of hopping. Puts me in mind of Surly’s Abrasive, which I think is perhaps a slightly better beer.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A- This pours a cloudy orange with a one inch white head that reduces down relatively quickly.

S- This has really nice citrus and tropical fruit hop smell. Very sweet malty, orange with hints of pine. It may be from trade transport but I wasn't getting a really potent aroma but it was still very nice.

T- The taste is nice and smooth. A little bitterness upfront but doesn't really come out until the finish and then it lingers nicely. The flavor is a nice balance of malt some caramel, citrus and pine resin. Its not overpowering in any direction, good balance. Alcohol isn't noticeable, it has a nice presence with some warming.

M- Has a nice thick, coating mouth feel. Lightly carbonated, just enough to hold up the thicker body. A little oily feel.

O- This was my first three floyds and I can't wait to trade for some more. This is a outstanding IIPA. Great balance of flavors. It has the bitterness for the hopheads but I think would go over really well with people that dont usually drink big IPAs. Good stuff.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.39/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

4/15/2011

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Pale yellow gold with a nice white head. Transparent yet slightly hazed.

S: Strong tangerine and pine resin notes with a little orange. Very aromatic. Alcohol is quite prominent. There's a light caramel malt presence with evident oxidation imparting cardboard, as well as a slight vegetal note.

T: Moderate bitterness with a blend of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Lighter pine than was in the nose. Malt is faint and there's a subtle vegetal note to this cask which is detracting. Trailing bitterness. Cardboard in the flavor as well. Flavor doesn't match the bitterness here.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Sticky and oily mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a fan. Rife with off flavors that ruin it .

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy orange yellow color with a fluffy 2 finger head.

The aroma has orange, mango, pine, apricot, grass.

The flavor is huge on this malty mouthfeel, which is immediately noticeable, then there’s some grapefruit, apricot, tropical fruits, and pineapple. The hop fruit profile is actually a bit hard to put a finger one. A huge strong pine bitterness just smacks you though after a few seconds. It really is strong, but also enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is so big that it is almost stout like. It’s a very big feel, but also drinkable because of the bitterness that cleans up the beer.

This is a really strong and fantastic DIPA.

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head.  Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Aroma bursting forth with sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes along with subtle earthy pine and pale malts.  Complex hop profile with dank floral hops countering the sweetness but the nose is dominated by tropical/citrus fruit.  Lots of  mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel along with pale biscuit malt notes.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes countered by faint earthy dryness.  Excellently balances with dank earthy pine notes and some pale biscuit malt.  Never comes across to bitter or too sweet.  Very flavorful and easy to drink.

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

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/5/11
*From notes

A HUGE thanks goes out to cadaugherty for including this one as an amazing extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Chad!

A: Extremely hazy copper-gold. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this one was a witbier. When poured, it yields a 1.75 finger head which, as it fades, looks extremely soapy.

S: An amazing and generous amount of fruit on the nose. It's bursting with juicy, vine ripened peaches.

T: Bitter, then fruit, then back to bitter. This Wolf really attacks the palate with force. It doesn't let up, as it sticks around long after the brew has passed the lips. A massive assault of hops.

M: A bit sharp; the carbonation feels a bit obtuse. If this was toned back though, I can only imagine the kind of hoppy intensity that would linger on the tounge.

O: This is what a DIPA should be: WWIII, fought on the battleground of our palates. Three Floyd's Arctic Panzer Wolf is one hell of an intense brew. Having had this next to a fresh Dreadnaught, I would consider this a go-getting Type A, where Dreadnaught a laid-back Type B.

A hearty recommendation from me - this is worth seeking out.

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

A: Poured a yellowish gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Grainy, lightly toasted malts, some citrus

T: Has a citrus feel, light booze, light hop bite and wheat taste upfront. Finishes with a light melon, apricot

M: Medium bosy, slick but dry on the finish

O: Good

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a bubbly antique white head and a racing carbonation of tiny bubbles. The second pour turns my glass into a snow globe of hop/trub goodness.
S- The juicy bright green grapefruit hops have a slight flinty note to them and some orange sweetness to the hops as the beer warms. The hops are very full and even come through during the pour.
T- The juicy full grapefruit hops turn a bit more into papery orange flavor hops as the beer opens. The pungent quality enhances the depth of the hops and a bold bitter bite in the dry finish only lingers for a moment. There is a light hop cinnamon spice in the finish aswell. There are some sour grape and woody hints to the hops as they open up.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight tingly fizz in the finish but no real alcohol heat noticed.
D- Well it's another hop bomb from Three Floyds... and it is wonderful. It really opens up nicely and the bold flavor makes me want to drink more and more while the hop bitterness grows and starts to stain my tongue. This is a big juicy beer with good depth and easy drinkable.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Apricot colored, with a head slightly shy of 1 finger. Little retention or lacing. First pour from the bomber has good clarity, the second is full of fine floaties.

S: Mango, pineapple, mild citrus. Relatively restrained for the style.

T: Quite fruity, dominated by tropical flavors. Somewhat sweet, but with very little malt character.

M: Fairly dry, with medium-high carbonation. Slightly sticky, bitter finish.

O: Good, but definitely short of great in nearly all areas.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a fw tulip.

pours a hazy copper with a nice head. smell is huge on piney hops... taste slams your palate with grapefruit and massive piney hoppy goodness. love it. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a great dipa. very much recommended.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip oct14 2010

A golden yellow with a shitload of sediment suspended like it's floating in jello with just a couple of bubbles moving it around, the thumbs width of foam falls to a 1/4in film that goes nowhere but leaves no lace

S I don't get any white wine like the label says but plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, and other tropical fruit with a heavy dose of pine some toffee and faint booze

T not far from the smell but more toffee and booze, big citrus is hard to miss and right up my alley, booze is there but well concealed considering it's 9%

M quite course leaving a fair bit behind in your mouth, more carbonation then I could see but that's not saying much and I'm thinking I'm missing some enamel from my teeth

D perhaps this one should come with a disclaimer because it could hurt you if you let it, just a little heat but for the most part it could disguise itself a mid booze IPA

Thank MasterSki for sending this one my way, great beer and I will be looking for it anywhere I go

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Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%

My bottle is three weeks old and the beer tastes fresh.
Big grassy, citrusy hoppy nose.
Hazy gold, lacy 1” foam cap, descends to a thick film, very fine bead, rouses quickly and provides fine lace.
Medium body with a firm malt backbone to support the big hops. Medium to medium low carbonation, fine creamy texture.
Cold there is a faint sweetness and the citrusy, grassy hop flavors dominate with a drying, lingering finish.
As it warms the initial sweetness and malt flavors grow and the hops mellow to produce a very well balanced, rounded beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an illuminated orange color. A sudsy pancake of off-white head sits leisurely atop the beer's body. Lacing is random.

S-Pine and citrus of course. It also seems to display a pretty noticeable tropical fruitiness from those gorgeous, liquified hops. Resiny, citrusy, exotic and a bit herbal. Lingering maltiness that combines with the citrusy aspects of the nose.

T-Citrusy with some more exotic fruit flavors and a ton of pine and hempy flavors. Apricot hoppiness. As it warms, the maltiness becomes more talkative and it really plays well with the extensive hoppiness.

M-It's bitter but it is also a bit more gentle than I thought it would be. Light booziness. Medium bodied with a Spritzy amount of bubbles. Resiny.

O-Pretty amazing. Maybe not as memorable as some of their other beers I have recently tried but it's still a monster and I have almost no complaints.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/2" light beige head over the cloudy dark golden amber brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus.

Taste starts sweet with a bit of bitterness, citrus in the middle with more bitterness, and bitterness with alcohol through the close. Somehow though, bitterness is in control, not bitter simply for bitter's sake. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good for an DIPA. Nice brew, for sure.

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Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into the tulip a slightly hazy golden color with a quarter inch cream head that lingers as a ring of foam and a thin later on the surface.

Citrus and pine resin dominate the aroma, with grapefruit and orange pith taking center stage. A grainy malt backbone is evident.

Flavor is bitter, grainy, bready, with a moderate citrus/grapefruit fruitiness, tangerines and perhaps pineapple. Alcohol is evident in the finish.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. An alcoholic warmth is present.

Overall, less citrus and more bitterness and alcohol than dreadnaught (which is one of my faves). Great beer! But I'd like a but more fruitiness.

Tried again years later, and there's phenolic notes that overwhelm.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, I have no idea how fresh this is. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly cloudy golden/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, apricots, orange peel) and pine hops. Flavor is mainly bitter hops. Both the citrusy and pine flavors are noticable, but initially the bitterness is strong and lingers around for a while before it eases up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with decent carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, but given a choice I'd much rather have Dreadnaught instead.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- The pungent hop character is nicely balanced by the sweet malt backbone. The more I sniff, the more I see that the hop aroma is more grassy and earthy rather than citrusy.

T- Earthy hop flavor, sweet malt and an alcohol presence that's not too noticeable but certainly there all the same. This is treading on barleywine territory but the assertive bitterness keeps me from fully realizing that sentiment. There's even some raisin and other dark fruit flavor that would suggest this is closer to an ageable ale rather than an IPA that needs to be drank fresh.

M- Smooth. That's the only word that comes to mind because this 100 IBU beer is not sharp, tingly, bitey or anything, just smooth. I would almost say that's the coolest thing about this beer. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I must admit, I was expecting more of a bitter hop bomb than what actually ended up in the glass. Dare I say, this is almost like an English-style DIPA with its sturdy malt presence and subtle hop usage.

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

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy medium orange gold color with tightly bubbled, fine carbonation. Lacing is minimal with a barely noticeable layer across the top and a small fine ring. This one looks thick, when I swirl the glass, it really sticks to the sides like clear syrup.

S - Sweet biscuit-like malt, earth-like pine, pungent tropical fruit: pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges. The hoppy, tropical aroma is zesty and aromatic.

T - Spicey biscuity malt and pungent tropical fruit, just like what I had in the nose, right to the last nuance. Spicey malt throughout lays a foundation for the initial slam of pungent, resiny tropical fruit which eventually rolls into a piney bitter finish. After the pine dies down, the mouth is left with a moderate coating of metallic citrus that hangs around for awhile before fading away.

M - Gentle carbonation on the tongue, medium heavy chewy body, sticky.

D - "Almost" exeptional and pretty darn close it is!

This is an amazing IPA, I wish I had access to this beer - 'was lucky to find two bottles on a businesss trip to Chicago at a neighborhood beer store close to the Hop Leaf. This was a pricey beer, but well worth EVERY penny. I liked this one almost as well as Dreadnaught which I didn't think could be matched.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The old artwork on these was awesome, like classic rock meets prog metal. This is a yellow beer. Plenty of chill haze going on. 1/2" white head. Aroma was interesting, dry, grassy, yet hoppy, different than your usual citrus and pine droppage.

Taste now does kick down the pine that wasn't in the nose. Still super dry mouth feel. Plenty of hops, they're just different. So much citra lately, this isn't that. Some pineapple creeps in downbottle as it warms.

Expensive format, very good beer, but prolly would not bang again unless they return to that awesome Molly Hatchet like artwork.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a bright bronze and copper color. Great head and awesome retention. Nice Brussel's lacing and sluggish, yet full bubbling.

What an orange zest and lemon peel aroma. I maybe notice some very delicate biscuit powder aroma. This beer smells of huge hop bomb.

Lots of bitter hop flavors from start to finish. The alcohol adds another layer of bitterness to this citric zest eruption. I noticed some bitter, tropical fruit flavors, maybe some crushed flower juice. This is a hot bitter bomb that can only be sipped.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by Doug. Poured into a Great Lakes snifter today, 10/31/2013. Have had this multiple times out of the tap and bottle (last had was 6/1/2013), but only getting around to reviewing this today.

Pours a hazy straw-golden body with a nice white head that has solid retention. Filmy foam that sticks around a bit. Good lacing left all over the place as the beer goes down.

Smells fantastic. So damn hoppy, not much malt backbone. Lots of citrus- so much grapefruit- with complementary notes of pine and earth. Strong and very hoppy, typical of a Three Floyds beer.

Very grapefruity on the tongue, some orange zest in there along with some pine resin. No real sign of a malt backbone. Very strong hoppiness.

Medium body, great carbonation, creamy. Typical Three Floyds. Dry finish but not too dry- so drinkable for a DIPA. Finish is quite bitter yet this beer is so drinkable. Don't know else to say about it.

Definitely better than Dreadnaught. It brings the hops to your mouth. Definitely not balanced, but that's Three Floyds for you. A fantastic DIPA, no doubt.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy burnt orange. One finger of white head with mild carbonation that left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Dank, lemon, grain. Seemed quite mild.

T - Dank notes again. Big fruits, a bit medicinal, oranges, tangerine, peach.

M - Decent bitterness, but low for the style IMO. Good carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - A surprising letdown for the style. Odd medicinal note and nothing that really stood out as world class. Wasn't boozy at all but just didn't have anything to make it a standout.

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

Just was getting a bag ready for a different trip and dug out some notes from a trip a few months ago to Milwaukee.

Arctic Panzer enjoyed on-tap, served in a goblet. The appearance is amber, golden notes with a small white head. Its` nose has citrus, malts and a nice sweetness to it. A good amount of hops, but certainly nothing overboard. Mouthfeel is towards heavy, bitterness in the finish. It is a pleasant aftertaste, though one that I found was helpful to have bread nearby to enjoy with. A very good DIPA from FFF.

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

Pours a semi hazy golden with a couple fingers of white head. Left a small amount of watery lacing on the glass.

Both pine and muted floral hops in the nose.

Huge hops up front but some malt helps balance out the bitter hoppiness. A little green apple but mostly a piney hop resin aftertaste. The hops do a good job of masking the alcohol but not completely.

Carbonation is perfect for this medium bodied IPA.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Big thanks to dcguitar for procuring this one on a recent trip to the brewery

Pours a hazy, dull orange through the center of the glass with the edges being more of a golden color. A thin, less than one finger ecru cap worked hard to fill the glass but fell short and retreated quickly.

The nose is bright and assertive. Sticky oranges, apricots, pine resin, ruby red grapefruits all shine while a cracker-like malt profile holds down the back end.

This is an enamel ripper of an iipa. Waves of bitterness crash down on the palate with each sip, while it builds and builds on the tongue and teeth. The flavor profile mimics the nose. A touch of warming on the back end.

Chewy, thick, syrupy at first, then a drying bitterness takes over. Bitterness lingers forever.

This is a nice addition to the FFF portfolio. I may like this better than Dreadnaught, which I remember to be a little sweeter. This is an all out bitter assault which is right in this hophead's wheelhouse.

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