Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
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Gots: 506 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009

A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU
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Photo of Seanniek91
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Redhook Limited Edition tulip. No bottled on date.

Appearance- Beautiful clear yellow/orange. One fingered bubbly white head that lasted about a minute. Great lacing.

Smell- Incredible aromas of chardonay and sauvignon blanc, lemon, peach, floral hops, grassy earthyness. Slight booze at the end.

Taste- Citrus, white wine grapes, earthy hops, peaches. Bitter, but balanced. Slight booze at the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. Smooth with light viscosity. Crisp.

Overall- This is a great DIPA. Second beer from Three Floyds and and It's another winner.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Three Floyds and so I was super excited to try this one out. Picked up a bomber of this one and poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice golden color with no has a a decent head. Little head retention but great lacing down the sides. As a hop head I love this one. Flavor is pure citrus greatness. Grapefruit and tangerine hop flavors dominate the scene with little malt showing through but yet well balanced. One of the best IPA's i have ever had and I want another one right now haha. Can't wait to pick one of these up again.

Photo of BeckyDV68
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excellent imperial ipa. Good flavor. Not too stringy or too bitter.

Photo of jegross2
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana.

Score: 96

Tap pour served in a La Fin Du Monde tulip at Kuma's Corner and enjoyed on 06/08/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Murky orange in color. Served with a finger or two of white head. Amazing lacing and awesome retention/cling. 5/5

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, orange juice, lemon zest, tropical citrus, pine and herbaceous, fresh grass. 4.5/5

Taste: Juicy tropical citrus hop bomb! Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and mango. Ample lemonade and bitter pine. Sharp lemon-zest flavor. Faint hint of onion. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter, slightly sweet. The mouthfeel here is directly comparable to Ghandi Bot. 4.5/5

Overall: One of the best IPA out there when fresh. I prefer this over Dreadnaught.

Cost: $10.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of nataku00
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A golden orange beer, very hazy so as you can barely see shadows through the body, with a finger of off white bubbly head. Head dissipates to a thick collar of bubbles, leaving some light lacing as it goes. A good amount of carbonation is streaming up from the bottom of the glass, small thin streams here and there. This appears to be dry hopped and unfiltered, so I'm excited.

Huge grapefruit and orange aromas, sweet flesh, and bitter citrus oils from the skin. Some tropical fruits as well, pineapple and mango, a bit of ripe peach or nectarine, and some over ripe papaya. Big fruity hop aromas from this, light pine, with only the faint malt aromas in some lightly toasted grains.

Sweet orange and grapefruit, pineapple, mango and nectarine, then a nice long bitterness from the citrus skins and pine needles. Bone dry finish and bitter, lingering bitterness on the tongue and back of the throat, though not overpowering. Not much malt presence in the flavor, which would help balance it out a bit, but still excellent.

Medium bodied with excellent tongue tickling small bubble carbonation to help keep it clean and dried out. For a high abv DIPA, the alcohol is non existent in the flavor and you only notice the effects after having a few sips.

May like this more than Dreadnaught, will have to review my notes on that to compare.

Photo of gratefuld
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy yellow orange pour with a nice inch thick head.

S: strong citrus hops smell. I get a lot of peach. Maybe some mango. This beer smells amazing!

T: Nice. Tastes much like it smells. Strong peach up front with a complimentary malt finish. Great citrus aftertaste. Good beer. I'm surprised at how long the peach aftertaste stays with me!

M: very crisp up front with a very dry finish.

O: Great beer. It's a little pricey but worth it on a Christmas afternoon.

Photo of rbmjr1
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not really into IPA's. But this one is very good. It has that usual grassy taste that most IPA's seem to shoot for. But this one tastes like it's a couple cuts above the norm. It's very flavorful, floral and sweet. I didn't have the cap off completely, I just let some air out and you could immediately smell its fruity bouquet. If you like IPA's you'll probably love this.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle!

Appearance: Slight chill haze. Bright hazy gold overall. Head is bright-white and slightly fluffy. Creamy and some lacing. Small thin cap lasts throughout. Solid carbonation. Sure is pretty.

Smell: Dank weed and mangoes. Pine resin and biscuit dough. Raw dough. Grapefruit and citrus zest. Super dank. Nice sweetness in the back. So much citrus. Pith, flesh, and rind. They just obliterated a grapefruit and rolled it in pine needles. Loads of hop depth. It's all there and then some. Malts are copious, but don't really counter the hops.

Taste: Pine, weed, and tropical fruit. Mango and pith. Straight bitterness plays over everything. Bitterness lingers on the back of the sip and builds over time. This might be one of the most aggressively bitter beers I've ever encountered. Malts are on the sweet side and offer a welcome counter to the brutal hops. Oily and slick. Peaches and mint come after a bit of warming.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a moderate carbonation. Drinks slick and smooth and doesn't relent.

Overall: It's like getting smacked in the face with a bag full of grapefruits and pine needles. Aggressively bitter and unrelenting. This beer refuses to pull punches and it pays off in the long run. Super tasty, but it's a tongue-wrecker for sure.

Photo of Gerasimos
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber brought back from Indiana. Enjoyed in a La Fin du Monde tulip.

Appears - cloudy yellow and tangerine; fluffy near two fingers head clings for ages

Smells - huge hops; citrus; biscuit funk; call it hints of earthy apricot

Tastes - of two distinct levels; huge hops and citrus foundation with accents on top of the malty biscuit fuzz; segue is an elegant syrupy sweetness; spikes of hops throughout and standing on the palate afterwards; some alcohol sharpness for kicks

Mouthfeels - clean but full-bodied; the fluffy head a whipped meringue delight; gushing, palate coating

Overalls - get it; drink it; savor it; repeat process as needed; a double fisted hopslam to the palate but beautiful like a delicate flower; any Imperial IPA lover should love this beer

Photo of Brent
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super-smooth with a complex hops profile. A lot going on here, but all well integrated. Hops are a bit sharp up front, but almost immediately moderate with a slightly fruity, honey note. Nice level of sweetness to balance the hops, but not sugary or syrupy. Finish is a long, fresh hops note.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a snifter...big bright golden IPA...head is a little light, but alcohol content is big so that's understandable...color is awesome...tons of fruit in the nose and not quite as much hoppiness as I expected, even though I know this puppy is up in the 100 IBU range. it's pretty bitter on the tongue though, with an appropriate balance. Crisp, fruity, bitter. Kudos to this beer for tasting completely unique. It's definitely 'not normal' as they say. Pretty incredible beer. I can barely taste the alcohol but I can feel it. Oh yeah, mouthfeel is perfect too.

Photo of goblue3509
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with edging and a few gobs of lace, but sticky alcohol is seen on the glass. The aroma is of peach up front with a citrus kick, then there is huge earthy hop smell. Very inviting aroma nice and bold. The taste follows suit nicely with a peach flavor up front and then a citrus taste. There is a caramel malt backbone and then a massive earthy hop bite. A big ipa taste. The flavor is well blended and at the same time gives the big hop bite hop heads want. The mouthfeel is slightly below moderately carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer. The aroma starts things off on a good note and then the taste follows suit and makes you want more.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Tulip.

A- Hazy yellow with a big three finger head, goes away somewhat quickly but this beast is 9%

S- WOW, this is a hoppy punch in the face, just what I was hoping for. Centennial dry hops and Simcoe hops. Somewhat grassy with some floral bitterness and citrus. Love at first smell.

T- Tastes like it smells, its a big hop bomb. Im sure theres some malt and alcohol tastes in here but its all masked by a glorious array of hops. Lots of citrus hops and some bitterness but it doesnt seem out of balance, Its not overwhelming. This is a hopheads beer, that's for sure.

M- Has a textured feel that lots of big IPA's tend to have. I think what im feeling is the hop haze. Nice carbonation that makes that big ball of hops come to life in my mouth. I was honestly surprised how easily I was able to suck down a glass. Its a big beer and should be treated as such.

O- I love this beer, I just dont love that I payed 12$ for a bomber. This will be a special occasion drinker for me assuming I am able to come by it again. Hop lovers, go and find one of these. One of the best Imperial IPA's I have had the pleasure of drinking. And like I said, its an easy to drink 9% beer, watch out, it caught me off guard

Photo of MNJR
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is golden yellow, but hazy. The head is great with thick foam that becomes rich lacing. Smells of vanilla, spice, and orange marmalade. The flavor is outstanding: dry mint, slight juniper, slight eucalyptus, chewy yet smooth with a fantastic clean finish. In the background is delicious, rounded vanilla and clean malt. One of the best Imperial IPAs I've ever had, if the not THE best. I give it this credential because some Imperial IPAs are way over the top with "as much hops as a man (or woman) can take," giving the beer just too much in one direction and lacking any kind of balance or elegance. This beer is well rounded, with mellow flavors settling down the sharp hops. The ABV is hardly noticeable. The flavor is rich and gigantic without being too strong. Fabulous beer from 3 Floyds. One of the best beers I've had in months.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought for $10 right at the Three Floyds Brewpub on Sunday... drinking this on Thursday. I'd be surprised if this beer is more than a week old.

Appearance: Absolutely one of the best beers I've ever seen. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with quite a lot of floaters in the glass. The head is about two fingers of a creamy, cream colored head that stays at one throughout the glass. Lacing isn't that great, but easily forgiven. Awesome looking IIPA.

Smell: Total sweetness. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and even cherry. A lot of what you'd expect from quite a few IIPAs out there. This just smells fresh as hell... I can smell the beer from over a foot away.

Taste: A rush of bitterness quickly coats the mouth. On the swallow, a slight alcohol burn and bitterness lingers everywhere. The flavor itself is out-fucking-standing. While it is definitely bitter (DEM HOPS), the sweet, tropical flavors absolutely blow my mind. The nasal-cavity alcohol warmth lets you know that the ABV on this is pretty high, but Arctic Panzer Wolf tastes so goddamn good that you just don't wanna slow down.

Even if you're just looking for a beer to "warm you up", this would be a very good option... but not only do I like this more than Dreadnaught (by quite a margin, in fact), but this is the third best beer I've ever tasted. I'd really like to try Dreadnaught again to see if I really like this one that much more, but WOW. Very few can match this IIPA by Three Floyds.

Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle pours a hazy pale golden body with a healthy bonewhite head. Retention is excellent and sheet lacing falls into attractive patches.

Robust aroma is hop driven. Citrusy apricot, orange, and pineapple notes mingle with pine, mint, and grassy elements to serve up a really enticing bouquet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Taste opens with dry and bitter pine and grassy hops but the citrusy dimension is right behind. Apricot and orange marmalade flavors add a nice succulent touch. Just a hint of caramel to balance the hop bitterness. Malt presence is biscuity and subtle throughout, allowing the hops to reamin centerstage. Alcohol is deftly hidden. Finishes clean and even.

A masterpiece. I love a good citrusy IPA and this is one of the best. Hops are bright, green, fresh, and lively. Wish I had a case of these stashed away.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing bright orange tinted glowing golden very pale appearance compared to most IPA/DIPAs. Large billowing slightly off white head that clings to the sides of my Gulden Draak chalice with no problem.

I used to have easy access to Three Floyd's at times it was available in the Burgh over the years, and more recently I had a steady supply in the state of Ohio. Distribution has been rumored to come back to the state, but I did have to trade with fellow Ohio BA sobeleg to get ahold of this one, thanks again Eric! I hope you enjoy the KBS, since he did have to go on a business trip to Indiana to find this one for me. One of my first 3F in almost 2 to 3 years that's kind of sad, today though is a happy day and this snarling Arctic Panzer Wolf with red eyes is proof of that.

Aromatics are awesome, once you crack the bottle hops are unleashed, bringing bright citrus highlights I'm saying grapefruit with a touch of lemon. Tropical fruits (mango/pineapple) with a bit of crushed aspirin very acidic in nature but so hoppy. Underneath all of the hop components there's definitely a nice pale malt bill going on light biscuit/cracker like malt complexity, no caramel thank god. Just a bit of juicy fruit with a back end breadiness, balancing things out nicely.

Flavor, what always sealed the deal for me with Dreadnaught was the balance, this beer seems to up the hops and still keep the balance. Big citric rind grapefruit notes coming up with excellent welcomed hop burps. Well hidden alcohol I can't believe this is around 9 percent abv absolutely no burn or discomfort. A nice riding light biscuit malt character adds just enough breadiness to it, along with those tropical fruit malts I mentioned in the nose definitely making their mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent sturdy carbonation, nothing overpowers the palate, nice slick hop oils glide around with each sip. A very nice easy to drain type of DIPA, I'm hoping this beer makes another appearance...their website doesn't have much info on it.

Overall, great drinkable DIPA that you will crave intensely hoppy and satisfying for those of us who enjoy these beers. Well done as always they have a very low fail rate and more often than not their beers are awesome. Even lighter styles like the recent export style lager I had from them was a great version, these guys can brew and they're definitely on the map for more than just Dark Lord Day and mysteriously burning down every month.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light golden orange, slight chill haze. lots of sediment/floatie chunks at the bottom of the bottle. decent creamy diminishing off-white head.
S: smells like a dreadnaught. citrus, tropical fruit, honeyed doughy malts, floral and resiny pine notes.
T: medium sweet bready malts quickly washed out by big hop bitterness. long sharp, juicy hop, drying finish with aspirin-like astringency.
M: medium-bodied, maybe a bit thin for a dipa.
D: go for the dreadnaught instead.
update: have revisited this...awesome nose. taste and mouthfeel very much like PtE. hops obliterate a pale malt base as intended.

Photo of rembrant
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1" white head on a gold, slightly hazy body
Reeks of hops,some pineapple and grapefruit and a bit of floral too. While the scent is a bit mixed, it's pretty aromatic

Taste...Hop bomb in the mouth. Very intensive hop flavors,yet the malts do manage a moment before the hops take over. Fruity,with more pineapple than any of the other hop tastes,but there's a little pine sap, grapefruit and whatever as the folks at FFF seemed to load it up.

Not sure what I paid but I know it ain't cheap. It is a beer worth having now and then, irregardless. I had a bomber of Hop Stoopid recently, wish I'd saved that for a direct compare. In any case, among the better DIPA's. I expect a DIPA to bring big hops, and this does. Super Juice, Dark Horse's " Quad IPA" does "out-hop" this but few other beers do.

Mouth shows enough malt to give good body to the Wolf and temper the hop overkill. The aftertaste party fades fast yet there is a little bitter linger that lasts awhile.

ABV limits the drinkability (as does the $) but it's a beer you may want to drink till you run out or fall over. Solid hop bomb.

Photo of salvo
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, yeasty swirls in golden tan under a quarter inch of head that dissipates quickly to a sheen of lace.
S: Rich hoppiness that reminds me of pineapple more than citrus or pine: sweet to tart.
T: Huge, overpowering flavor that complemented the mussels in the brewpub after I had eaten them: I think it would interfere with any meal short of spicy chili or kimchee.
M: Another chewy malty thick FFF offering that makes me wish it was a little lighter so I could think about ordering another.
D: I wouldn't want more than the flute it was served in, but what a way to end a tasting!

Photo of Weebay
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I has this both on tap at 3F and from a growler to go.

A: yellow/orange good clarity, inch of white head, good lacing.

N: grapefruit and tangerine, excellent nose.

T: strong citrus hops, sweet malt finish.

M: doesn't feel sticky, the appropriate amount of carbonation.

O: An excellent beer, you can't taste the ABV at all, one of the mainstay beers that makes 3F so great.

Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Glowing yellow/tan

S-Tangerines...apricots...pine...very fragrant

T-Nice juicy fruity hop flavor with tangerines, grapefruit, and apricots prominent...also a piney hop bitterness on the finish....sweeter maltiness works nicely with the hop bill

M-Full bodied...smooth...a little heat on the finish.

D-Excellent DIPA....I like the hop flavors presented...IBU's must be high but the only real bittering kick is on the finish which is how I like it. Well done.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

August 26, 2014

22 oz bomber, tulip

A – Slightly hazy gold to orange, pours with a nice ½ inch-plus head that dissipates slowly. Good amount of bubbles stay on the top.

S – Tons and tons of grapefruit, lemon, maybe some mango or papaya. Very much American hop character. Warms up to release some pine, and some orange to match the color.

T – Extremely hop forward and bitter, but balanced well by the malt and the related carbonation. This beer is as much about the aroma as the flavor, with the aroma really contributing to the taste experience. On the finish more of the lemon is present, with some grassy, piney notes.

M – Lots of carbonation to balance with the bitterness. This is definitely a very bitter IPA, but it remains very well balanced. Not much bitterness on the aftertaste as its washed away with the bubbles. Leaves me refreshed, looking forward to the next sip.

O – Not my first time drinking this beer so I came in knowing what to expect: tons of flavor, tons of hops, great smells, great taste. This is such a fantastic beer that I hate to drink what I’ve got, knowing it will be awhile before I get my hands on more.

Photo of Beertinez
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a goblet glass. Assuming its fresh since I acquired from my visit to the 3 Floyds brewpub a couple of days ago. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin, white sheet of head. About half of a finger.

As soon I cracked it open, I got a strong smell of citrus-like hops. I'm loving this so far. Strong citrus note, specifically grapefruit.

The taste has a slight malty-ness. Seems like its there so you don't rip your tongue off from the hop profile. This is followed by a huge and very enjoyable bite of hops. Strong grapefruit-like bitterness. Bitterness stay just for a moment. As it warms, im getting tropical fruit notes; Like a pineapple tart/sweetness.

100 IBU, 9% ABV (both numbers according to the 3 Floyds brewpub menu) and its very drinkable. I didn't even notice i was more than half way through the bomber until i started feeling a little light headed. Like the label describes it, I would say medium bodies.

Overall, an excellent double IPA! I'm reviewing this from the bomber bottle but ive had this once before on tap at 3 Floyds Brewpub and trust me, it only gets better! 3F there balance out the window and just hopped the hell out of this. Recommend for 3 Floyds fans and hop heads!

Photo of jdavren
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color n the border of golden and amber. Beautiful lacey head that quickly dissipates.

Citrusey and piney nose.

Appropriate and very nice bitterness at the front. Subtle maltiness that belies the 9 % ABV.
Don't taste the expected caramel. Always think a 9% beer that tastes like this is dangerous. Too easy to drink!

Finish as expected for DIPA. Big hoppy bitterness.

Superb beer to my taste. Sad the cask will not last long.

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.