Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 3,381
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
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Gots: 515 | FT: 18
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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 ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Clear apricot in color with very little visible carbonation. This leaves irregular, webbed lines of lace down the glass.

Big notes of citrus, floral elements, and melon combine in the aroma. There's also some alcohol present.

Hugely bitter, with lots of citrus (pineapple), melon, and a bit of cracker. Some alcohol present. Though I love the style, and there's nothing wrong here, I can't drink a lot of this.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol harshness.

Decent enough, though I can't drink much at all of this. Above average. (614 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stupid name, pretty damn good label and beer. Pours a clear golden color with one finger of head that lasted for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Concentrated hop aroma. It is so pungent and overpowering it is hard to pick out scents. I think I am smelling citrus and tropical fruit. It is also a little dank.

The malt in this one is playing the role of hop delivery vehicle. It may add just a little sweetness that the hop bitterness can toy with. The bitterness is palate blasting. I do detect more citrus and tropical fruit. Alcohol does play a role in the flavor, but even it cannot come out from underneath the tracks of the hops.

The body is not really imperial in stature. How did they achieve the ABV? Anyways the carbonation seems perfectly suited to this type of beer.

A pint of this is probably overwhelming and fatiguing, I have to do the extra work and drink the bomber. Not a style I am too keen on but it does deliver what is advertised. (1,019 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/01/2011. Thanks to tedwarhc. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very light, golden yellow color with slight haze. Nice fluffy off-white head reaches about 2 fingers before settling in as a half finger cap. Good lacing left on the glass.

Huge hop aroma dominated by resinous pine. Nice citrus notes are here as well, grapefruit and maybe some orange leading the way. Perhaps some pale malt tries to peek its head through but it's really all about the hops here.

The same piny notes that are the driving force in the nose seem even bigger here. Each sip is bitter almost from the beginning. Some light citrusy hops make an appearance, as does some pale malt. But the pine starts with a sharp, resiny bite and sticks around until it provides a nice, sticky, bitter finish. There is some grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Has a lighter and cleaner mouthfeel despite the medium body and sticky hop characteristics.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Huge hop flavor without overdoing it despite what seems like little malt presence. Had to check the site for the ABV because it wasn't on the bottle and was truly surprised to find that it was 9%. Extremely drinkable for the style and ABV. (1,248 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared by ejyoung into a snifter. According to the bottle (which is adorned with a badass Viking woman on a bed of skulls), the beer’s made with Canadian two-row malt, dextrose sugar and American hops.

Cloudy tangerine, obscuring my fingers behind. Crowned with a half-finger head of frothy white foam that becomes a dense, bubbly medium-sized ring and leaving random thick streaks of lace.

Smells like sugared hops. Peach and fresh-cut grass, with grapefruit and lemon in equal parts. Bright and citrusy.

The flavor mirrors the nose nicely. Syrupy hops, grass, a hint of peach and juicyfruit. Heavy grapefruit/lemon peel bitterness. Crisp.

Light, fuzzy carbonation with a tiny bit of fizziness. The body’s a shade under medium light. Very bitter, the hops grip tongue mightily. Tiny bit of noticeable alcohol.

Overall, not a bad DIPA, though I vastly prefer the syrupy tongue bashing imposed by Dreadnaught. (943 characters)

Photo of shortbus7
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellowish gold color with a 1 finger, white head. Not much lacing once the head disappears.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, and earth tones with a slight touch of carmel.
T: Citrus and hops.
M: Light to medium body. Carbonation is good.
O: A decent beer but far from my favorite for the style. The taste lacks for me. One thing that I did enjoy though is that the taste sticks around for a long time on your tongue. (418 characters)

Photo of mondegreen
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a Duvel Tulip. Brought back by a friend on a trip to Indiana. No date on the bottle.

Pours a hazy bright Yellow-Orange. Looks great. Dense, foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.

Nose is a little muted. I can pull out some yummy citrus hops. Wish it were a little more pronounced.

Great big bitter hop barrage. Citrus hops galore. My kind of DIPA.

Medium-thin and fairly dry. This is how a DIPA should be. Any heavier and it. Would enter barleywine territory. This is 100% India Pale Ale.

Overall, a delicious and well crafted brew. Impressive, even if it is way overpriced at $12.99 a bomber. (612 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Map Room. It poured a nice bright and cloudy orange with a nice big thick head.

The smell was all citrus and orange peel and fresh hops. Very nice.

The flavor had a light sweetness to it with a touch of orange and citrus with a big blast of fresh west coast hop flavor, big citrus and pine.

The mouthfeel had a nice resiny thickness to it without a medium body.

Very drinkable and good, yet almost a bit unremarkable compared to some of the their other Pale Ale's. (491 characters)

Photo of Scipio3
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber. Great thick head and the color was lighter than most of the DIPA's I drink. The smell of hops hit me hard which is unusual for me. I don't usually get a strong smell from any beers...too many cigars maybe?

Anyway, I am a big fan of TF Zombie Dust and Dreadnaught. The was a great DIPA, but I prefer those two over this. The hoppy flavor was great, but I am I don't detect the strong citrus flavors that many here discuss. There were subtle...which is a nice change of pace for me

So far I am 4 for 5 on Three Floyd products. The three mentioned here plus Robert the Bruce are all outstanding. Only Alpha King disappointed me. Probably because I have totally changed my palate the last few years. I will definitely buy this again when I see it. IF I see it. (781 characters)

Photo of pigc
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Westlake liquors for sending this.

A - Pours a light straw yellow to orange colored with bright white head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Piney, floral, citrus hops.

T - Bready malts up front followed by a wave of bitter hops that seem to linger for an eternity. Very dry finish. This one really pulls out every tastebud and sucks you dry.

M - Medium and very dry.

O - Wow, this one just lingers and lingers with the hop bite and dryness. I have never had such a dry DIPA. Not a beer I'd want to be stuck on a desert island with but another solid brew from FFF. (576 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Poured a cloudy pale amber with a half-finger white head that died quickly to a thin collar.
S: Pineapple and some pear and apricot, orangey-grapefruit... man this is fruity like a jam. There is some wheat and yeasty element and a slightly buttery toffee. Interesting.
T: Dry white wine is an odd touch to an otherwise marmalade/jelly-esque hops presence. The malts are more pale than expected, like white bread. Sugary sweetness. Some yeasty tones.
M: Medium-bodied, with a carbonation that starts out thick frothy and then ends dry with the lingering hops.
D: Good. A couple glasses would be fine.

This is an interesting one. It is very good for a dry-hopped beer. (701 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my dad for bringing this home from chicago!

22oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottled on date, really...

pours out a hazy golden color, a little orange. 1 finger white creamy head, retentive, bits of lace.

big raw kind of spicy hops, strange fruits, apricot comes to mind first. maybe a bit muddled and yeasty? not sure what to make of the aroma. a sharp pine comes in as it warms.

big hoppiness, tastes like raw pellet hops, apricot like fruitiness, pine and grapefruit citrus. just a hint of a cracker like malt but its quickly overpowered by the hops. tastes a little muddled at times, maybe yeasty. big sharp lingering bitterness takes over the palate.

bigger side of medium bodied, no alcohol noticable, but there is some big hops with some kind of unfamiliar flavors that are not necessarily good, different. huge bitterness. this beer works for me, but at the same time i would pass this up for a lot of other cheaper/ easier to access DIPA's. (986 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cfrances33 for this one!

Hazy pear gold body with highlights of pale straw yellow - healthy two fingers of eggshell head swell to fill the pint, great lacing.

Big fat nose on this one - sweet mango, tangerine, conifer, thick and focused - a slight suggestion of fusel alcohol at the tail. Great smelling beer.

Massive hops are overwhelmed by bitter alcohol, some pine, citrus nectar, dry grains - very dry finish which doesn't do flattering things for the amount of bitterness and alcohol character. I wish this one was dialed back a bit in that regard.

That said, it really is good and I'm very glad to have had the chance to try this one, but I'll take Dreadnaught over this any day of the week. (711 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a quite hazy light orange/lemon yellow with a one-finger white head. Average lacing and lots of bubbles building up on the sides of the glass.

S - A little tame for a DIPA but what aromas are there are super fresh in smell. The hops are very much full of citrus aromas and a fresh fruit smell. There's a light lemon flavor after each whiff and not much of a malt backbone. Very refreshing but could be more pungent.

T - Varies a little more than the aroma would suggest. The hops are a little more earthy and sticky alpha acid flavored. Not as fresh as the aroma hints at either but they are very pungent. The aftertaste is bitter and has hints of grapefruit and orange.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The palate is sticky after each sip from the resins and oils from the hops. Alcohol weight is felt but not tasted. Finishes semi-dry but "sweeter" than your above average DIPA's.

O - Not a bad offering from Three Floyds but from a brewery with such a reputation as theirs I think people probably expect more from the beers given what they have and can produce. This offering is definitely a solid DIPA but for $12/22oz bottle it might be a little steep. (1,189 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness snifter of love.

A bright crisp looking orange. Reminds me of a christmas ornament against my lamp. Two fingers of frothy off white head. The lacing is heavy and duty. Smell is citrus and light pine.Plenty of condensation on my glass. I better hold on tight. Floral hop and citrus on the palate. Notably orange for me. Greeted with pine and resin. A big perfume aftertaste. The finish is dry. I detect a slight alcohol tinge. I like the hop bite on the end, Goes down well. The orange blossom is a nice finish.

A diggable brew. (553 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to claspada

Pours a clouded dark orange with some golden hues. Thin crop of white head fades into a collar of lacing with splotchy film on the glass.

Sweet fruit mixed with starkly bitter citrus hops in the nose. Apricot and orange with a large helping of caramel malts. Slight alcohol as well, which increases as it warms.

Nice stinging bitterness up front along with pithy grapefruit. some orange and apricot create a slightly tropical feel with sweetness. Decent malt backbone, a little bready with a swirl of caramel. Finishes citrusy and strongly bitter with a spike of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and bubbly on the tongue. A solid DIPA, although I thought Dreadnaught was better - it's still tough to tell though without any freshness dates (please!) (828 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Nonic

A: Very light colored but cloudy, lots of big bubbles and carbonation in this thing, body doesn't appear to be too thick so that is curious with carbonation, offwhite head

S: Very bright citrus (orange and clementine) with a slightly minty tang. exciting!

T: spearmint, orange sweetness then grapefruit bitterness, a bit of a honey flavor that transitions into a fairly pine-like bitterness. This is a pretty big flavor.

M: Surprisingly light for the taste and style, bright carbonation that wasn't as overpowering as I had expected. Well done.

D: If you like your DIPAs big and bold, give it a shot. the 9% makes one bottle enough for this guy. (668 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this one with CooperEllis, who I see just reviewed it. It's the product of our SecretSanta box, so I appreciate the generosity of Jonny from Kentucky on this bad boy. 3F for the win!

The IPA reminds me of one from the west coast that doesn't feature the hops as strongly as others. A bit more malt, a bit less hoppy. It's got a solid head, although not much on the initial pour, nice carbonation, brilliant lacing, and clings nicely to the glass. But that said, despite the sweet malty aroma, it really doesn't taste much more than the subtle hops in the nose. It's just... normal.

But that's not to say normal is bad. In fact, normal is pretty awesome sometimes. But when you've got a beer and a woman is wearing a bikini and a viking hat, you pretty much expect an epic experience. And although this one is drinkable despite it's 9.0% abv, it just doesn't make you think of spring break awesomeness. (913 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rather hazy yellow gold with carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Some chunky sediment floats around near the bottle of the beer. Forms a decent sized foamy white head that has little retention and leaves little lacing. (4)

S: Sweet floral. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, and, to a lesser extent, pine. (4.5)

T: Very light grain and a little sweetness. Orange. Some moderate bitterness. Alcoholic bite on the end. (3.5)

M: On the lighter side of medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Heavy alcoholic heat. (3.5)

D: A hop and alcohol centered DIPA, with such a light malt backbone this one could pass for a IPA. Now, typically I wouldn't mind a hop-centric DIPA, but this one is so light on the malts that the alcohol shines through, in a rather distracting manner. Good, but not one of FFF's finest beers. (4.0) (846 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again, huge thanks to Dan3279 for this awesome trade.

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (no date) into an imperial pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2 finger off white head that quickly dies down to a thin, clumpy island in less than a minute. The body is a hazy golden orange with a torrent of slow-moving carbonation bubbles. Some good lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

The nose is a citrus hop explosion for my nostrils. Grapefruit, mandarin orange, and pineapple give this beer a very tropical character. A good deal of pine is also very noticeable in the nose.

Light flavors of grapefruit and orange peel start each sip along with a little stinging bitterness. As the beer is swallowed, the tropical fruit flavors come out a little more with an emphasis on the orange. A strong pine bitterness quickly takes hold in the back of the throat almost immediately after the swallow and quickly progresses into the rest of the mouth.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is shockingly easy-drinking for a DIPA clocking in at 9% ABV. The body is more like that of a regular IPA, which really allows the drinker to fully experience the flavors while keeping maximum drinkability. The carbonation is a little prickly but does not detract from the flavors and is definitely helpful. (1,345 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A really nice hazy unfiltered yellow with 1/2 finger of white suds.
Smell is piney hops and strong yeast with some sugar malts on top of it all. No alcohol detected.
Taste is bitter and a little alcoholly but still managable. Piney hop and malt with some sugar. Pretty balanced.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part and mabey a lingering oily feel but it quickly goes away leaving the alcohol way in the back of the throat.
Drinkability is pretty darn good for this high of an abv%. (483 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review input from notes. Enjoyed 3/29/11

Pale yellow with just a touch of orange. The bodied is slightly hazed. Two finger bone white head set atop. Retention is decent, the head moves back at a moderate pace. A fair amount of moth eaten lacing is left plastered to the walls of the glass.

Grapefruit and pine dominate the nose. There is a strong resinous hop aroma in this beer. Slight floral almost grassy notes lie underneath. The aroma is nearly void of any malt.

The flavor begins with a strong grapefruit pith immediately followed by a biting pine flavor. As the beer warms a subtle citrusy sweetness and a lemony flavors breaks up the intense bitterness a bit. A very heavy resinous flavor is left digging into the tongue. Light pale malt flavor makes an appearance late.

Medium bodied DIPA. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Finish is extremely dry.

Very one dimensional DIPA. While I can appreciate the beer, I am less than impressed by it. When you load up on this much piney and pithy bitterness there needs to be something to break things up and contrast a bit. I would reach for Dreadnaught everytime over Arctic Panzer Wolf. (1,151 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent short lived off white head with some lace. Golden with lots of haze and particulates. Aroma of baked bread, passion fruit, with a bit of cattiness. Strong carbonation with a medium body. Earthy/herbal hops with a fair amount of sugary sweetness. Strong bitter finish with a noticeable amount of alcohol. (310 characters)

Photo of BrianOhio
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from their brew pub while passing through. Also had a bomber of Dreadnaught, which was an interesting comparison. (Did not drink on the same day tho!)

Pour is a hazy yellow, with a thick 2 finger head that leaves great lacing in the glass.

Aroma is not an all out citrus assault, but nice.

Taste picks up some tart grapefruit, peppery, but with a serious malt backbone...much more than Dreadnaught. Mouthfeel is very slightly syrupy, but not as much as I like in a DIPA.

I've had Panzer Wolf before, and this one was probably not as good. I've learned with DIPA's, drink them as fresh as possible...and I may have let this one sit a few weeks too long. Still a great beer. (695 characters)

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