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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 699
Hads: 3,403
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 591
Gots: 525 | FT: 16
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 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)

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

Served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a hazy yellow orange, white head with about a half finger retention

S - smells of hops, grapefruit, malt. not a huge hop bomb by the nose

T - starts out sweet, followed by the bitterness of the hops, citrus, yeasty in the finish

M - fairly thick, medium carbonation, fair amount of carbonation

D - solid imperial IPA, didn't blow me away by any means, but i could definitely drink this one again. (435 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no dating

A - Pale gold, hazed, some floaties, thick white head has good retention and lacing.

S - Bright, floral hop bouquet with some grapefruit flesh, Not too much in the way of pine aroma in this one. Some booze as it warms.

T - Follows the nose, but with a huge caramel sweetness mid palate, finishing bitter, but not palate-wrecking. Abv is apparent, maybe too much so.

M - Full body, medium carbonation, boozy, thick hop oils, finishes with some hop oils coating the mouth.

O - Good, it stays bitter, but the booziness is just too strong, not hidden well for a 9%er. (592 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold and the aroma is powerfully packed with piney hops. It is, indeed, powerful. I think I have some goosebumps. I even let out an audible “whoa”. That’s what 100IBUs will do to you. Loads of oily pine hops with more citrus late. Extremely bitter and dry. No attempt to hide the 9% ABV, either.Spicy hops become more noticeable as it warms.

This is one of those brews with no middle ground. You’ll either hate it or love it. Those who love bashing, punishing, over-the-top-hopped-brews won’t be able to get enough. (539 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber colour ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some great lacing. Aroma of floral hops with lightly sweet malt base is enjoyable. Taste is also a mix between some floral hops with light citrus notes and some light sweet malt. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but not as character full as I was expecting - I am thinking this bottle might not be as fresh as I had expected. (470 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BDEE again for this one.
Poured into a snifter, extremely hazy but bright orange color, thick soapy off white heading, good lacing.

All grapefruit upfront, more of a tropical background of apricot, mango and pineapple towards the end. Slight floral and piney hop touch to finish up the nose.

Very much like the nose this has a very heavy citrus taste. Sweet candy like malts and a bit of a sugary hot alcohol kick in the second wave. Smooth finish.

Medium bodied,decent carbonation a little on the thicker, sugary sweet side of balance.

In the world of fantastic IIPA's this ranks somewhere in the middle. (621 characters)

Photo of aficionado
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going off of memory here since I had this last year...

Golden yellow orange body with minimal lacing and no head.

Smells simple. Pure white grapefruit and tangerine.

Bitter, crisp, clean, potent, grapefruit. Very simple, but well executed. Not exactly what I'm looking for, but I can respect it.

Medium light body, high carbonation.

A sipper for sure. The grapefruit is intensely bitter. It's like a bigger Smutty Finest Kind with even more focus on the grapefruit, although I don't know how that's possible. (513 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a bottle of this at a surprising place. kept cold since the release. drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head doesnt last as long as i would have liked and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing that comes out of my glass are grapefruit like hops. after that i detect some pine and a little bit of orange zest. a little bit of caramel and bready malts sneak through at the end.

T- the sweet caramel malts i could smell come through first along with some faintly toasted bread. then come the hops. lots of the grapefruit that i could smell. the pine comes through stronger than in the nose. a little bit of orange zest at the end.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. the hops seem to be fading a little already but nothing too serious. faint warming from the alcohol.

D- the whole time im drinking this one i cant help but think two things: "this is no dreadnaught" and "this was better on tap." hopefully there is another chance to have another bottle as soon as it hits the shelf. (1,122 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i have to confess that this was not the freshest bottle, in fact, im sure past its prime. in a gross cellaring error by close friend and loyal BA claystation, this bottle was forgotten for about seven months, so im sure its not drinking as well as it might have been back then. let that be a preface for the rest of this review, and i will make sure to revisit this if i am lucky enough to have a fresh one some day down the road. odd pour here, mango orange tinted golden bronze color with a ton of yeast floaties in here, like a mikkeller barleywine or something, its that prominent. heady too, over an inch of white, and lasting. the nose is tropical fruit all the way, passion fruit and papaya, but im sure this has faded some too, as there is virtually no bitterness but instead a thick malty sweetness that isnt all the way awesome. the flavor is a lot like the nose, thick and sticky hops in the fruit family, but im imagining what they could have been, not really focusing on what they are. some citrus too as it finishes, and again the malt sweetness. a little more body than necessary, but a really well hidden alcohol content and a cool use of hops. not my favorite from three floyds, but i will reserve judgement on whether or not it is worth the hype until i have a fresh one. (1,289 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Arctic Panzer Wolf on tap at Country Boy Brewpub in KY.
Ever so slightly hazy amber with a head of moderate size and durability that leaves some sticky lacing. Pungent hoppy aroma with a more refined and palatable taste. More sweet malt here than the nose suggests (a good thing): so much that the huge hop hit finishes with only moderate bitterness. Smooth with partially hidden alcohol. (389 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a fairly cloudy golden yellow color with a smallish bubbly white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of pine, resin, and citrus, bits of tropical fruit and grass with barely any malt to be found. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Heavy handed dry hopping with dank baggies, pine needles and grapefruit juice. Leaves a long lingering lemon/grapefruit/citrus on the palette after each sip has hit the gullet. Medium to thick body for an IPA, moderate to low level of carbonation with a sticky resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I found the bitterness a little harsh and heavy on the lemon. It's a great DIPA, but I've had better in the style. (744 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Glad I got to try this during DLD at the brewery. It was refreshing to have this for only $5 after waiting over 3 hours in line! Poured into a 10oz plastic tumbler.

Pours a golden, pale amber color with a modest one finger of head that eventually fizzles out. In some ways, looks awfully like Belgian-style golden ales, especially with the extra cascade of bubbles that rises to the top of this. Impressive that the carbonation lasts this long, especially when considering the size of the tumbler and high ABV. This is definitely thickened overall, and I was even able to capture sight of some large alcohol legs on the walls of the cup. Definitely paler and far different in body than other DIPAs I've seen, but very wicked looking.

Contains an aroma that filled with a range of sweetened to bittered phenols, ranging from pineapples to dried citrus rinds. Goes in and out in both flavors, quite literally. At first there's the pineapple aroma combined with white grapes, apricots, and maybe sweetened apples, but eventually it's replaced by oranges, earthy lime notes, slight spices, and maybe some some candi sugar? Definitely hard to keep track on all the flavors going on here, but it's definitely interesting. Almost ranges from being a cross between a DIPA and a tripel in some ways, although that would be a lazy analogy in contrasts of all the nuances. Alcohol is quite present as well, although I'm barely getting any other aspects to the beer other than some cracked, golden graininess, as well as slightly yeasty bready phenols. Not the most balanced aroma per se, but still packs a punch.

The flavor is quite different, however: rather than get too sweet or bitter on the palate, it turns out both sides of the spectrum meld quite well due to the thickened, near juicy body this beer holds. At first, there's an initial grainy sweetness, combined with pineapple and orange notes, which quickly get overtaken by a bittered, spicy, awfully zesty bitterness imparted by the hops. Doesn't really numb the palate completely, although it does get the initial fruity flavors and make them more vibrant. The malts are not too present in the flavor here, but they provide undeniable thickness that makes this easier to drink. The alcohol is actually not very present here, with no burn at all, and I downed this rather quickly in spite of all of the flavors and strong bittered presence. Almost vinous in character, too, although not as dry by comparison.

This is an intense yet solid offering from FFF. Can't say I loved it as much as their other stuff that I got to try, but it's a strong, full bodied hop-filled and fruity experience that should definitely be tried. At the price of $13 a bomber everywhere, it's debatable whether this is worth it, but fans of DIPAs and tripels must try this thing at least once, in my view. (2,836 characters)

Photo of leschkie
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. red-label bottle obtained at the FFF brewery and consumed 12 days later. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a traditional foamy white head similar to that produced by the bubbles in a jacuzzi bath. Some carbination that makes its way to the surface. Very little lace presence, which is quite surprising considering the consistency of the head.

Smell: Somewhat disappointing. Thought it would be similar to Dreadnaught with a bit more pungency, but this one lagged behind in both complexity, balance, and aromatic intensity. Big-time hops, grass, hay, and pine resin up front with very subtle hints of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and malt. Definitely nothing to brag about here.

Taste: Talk about a sucker punch in the face. Huge hop profile with a bitter bite. I can see why this beer is so aptly named. But other than that, that's really about it. Any effort to make the citrus or malt known in the flavor profile is completely overpowered by the almightly hops.

Mouthfeel: Like the Dreadnaught, this one is on the thinner side of a medium body. Carbination is perfect. This bad boy is high on the IBU scale, and it shows. Bitterness is exacerbated in the finish and persistently lingers in the back of the throat. Wow, never would have guessed this one was 9% ABV. Didn't detected any of the alcohol in this one.

Overall: I'd probably place this one in the upper half of the more hop-forward DIPAs I've tasted. Definitely the immature younger brother to Dreadnaught, but nonetheless, another great example of how FFF is one of the most consistent breweries out there. (1,615 characters)

Photo of gregshead
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Biglobo8971 for this one. Enjoyed on 4/9/11 reviewed from notes

A: Pours amber color, half finger of head.Hazy look

S: Citrus - white grapefruit and a little orange rind on the nose

T: Taste is a lot like the smell. Bitterness up front with a sweeter finish

M: Light feel on the tongue with minimal carbonation

O: Solid offering by Three Flyods. It holds up to other DIPAs with just a sweeter finish instead of the astringent finish of some over the top hoppy DIPAs. (485 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

More hops come tumbling in during this deluge! This participant pours a lightly hazy golden amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, pine, mint, and some light leek. The taste holds notes of pine, leek, light grapefruit, caramel, spearmint, and lettuce. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, though a bit greens-heavy for my liking. (523 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for snagging this one for me.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow with about two finger of off white head. Small lace rings left behind.

The aroma is piney skunky like hops. I mean that in a good way. Light malt sweetness helps to bring this one back from the edge of hop bomb.

The flavor is dry piney hops. Mild citrus and hints of booze peek out. A touch acrid in the finish.

Medium creamy body. Average carbonation.

Overall a decent DIPA. However by FFF standards this one does not measure up to the rest of their stellar line up of hop bombs. (599 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds the afternoon before DLD '11. Served in a glassware similar to a slender goblet. This brew appears a hazed golden color with a thin wisp of white head that forms a pattern of webby lacework across the top of the brew and on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dank and rindy with citrusy and fruity notes somewhat zesty and mingled with solvent alcohol that tingles and warms the nose. The malt base to this brew is toasted nearly to the point of almost being smoked but not quite to that quality through the back of the brew.

The taste is herbal and rindy with lingering grassy hop bitterness. There is a dryness to this brew mixed with a candy-like finish thy really accents both the alcohol inclusion of warmth and brightens the herbal flavors of the hops. The herbal and rindy hop bitterness clings and lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A bold sipper but enjoyable with dank and herbal hop qualities that never quite felt oily or resinous but they clearly pack a big hop punch. A solid take on the style, it's worth giving a try. (1,116 characters)

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful true, clear gold. However, the lack of head and head retention is disappointing. A brief finger of foam rapidly dissipates to a thin film that provides a little lacing, but not as much as I ordinarily like to see in the style.

The smell indicates that this may be more of a pure hop crusade than its Dreadnaught cousin. The smell is grass, lemon peel and a bit of underripe grapefruit with some biscuit and pineapple hanging out in the background.

The mouthfeel is quite nice for the style: full, but not too creamy. There's enough carbonation to keep things lively, accenting the pine flavors to come.

The taste shows a marked difference from its brewery-mate. Whereas Dreadnaught has a heavy accent on fruit flavors and builds its hop presence on a sturdy malt backbone, APW is unapologetic about its hop fundamentalism. Right out of the chute, it hits you with lemongrass, onion, mint and a hefty pine flavor. There's a bit of biscuity malt and grapefruit sweetness that comes in to keep things from getting too insane, but then the intense bitterness reestablishes itself at the end. The finish also shows a bit more of its alcohol than Dreadnaught. Overall this beer has the goods to fulfill your lupulin needs and is well worth your time. I know it's sacriligeous to say, but I prefer more malt depth to my DIPAs (think Dreadnaught, Abrasive and Dorado). (1,381 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave! From notes last month sometime.

Pours with a slight haze, goldenish color. Small white foam fades to ring. Good lace considering it was split 3 ways into pint glasses. Nice aromas of orange and a ton of sticky pine. Welch's white grape juice as well. It's bitter but not terribly so, sticky pine here as well contrasting the mouthfeel. Great expressive hop flavor, substantial body, good malt backbone. Another good DIPA from 3F. (444 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at FFF 26 Apr 2011. ~10 oz pour in a small goblet.

Small white head quickly dissipates. Somewhat hazy golden straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and Simcoe. Hate to say cat pee but there is a bit of that in the background. Lots of grapefruit upfront. Simcoe is also present. Alcohol noticeable but only slightly warming. Fairly dry bitter finish lingers for a while. Medium body.

Don't think I've had this much Simcoe in a DIPA before. (450 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from jonny86jonny in Secret Santa '10.

Into 6oz tasting glass.

Poured agressively and ended with a 1/3" head, there is no lacing. Thin line of bubbles around 3/4 of the glass. Body is dirty about the color of chamomile tea.

Very malty aroma. There is a bit of bitterness, and strong sweet citrus (over ripe tangerine) with sour citrus (grapefruit).

Full malt flavor with strong sour citrus and light pine notes.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Nicely balanced between the carbonation and the combination of slick ipa, with a fuller body.

It is worth noting that here is a 9% IIPA with little to no alcohol bite. Even with the sharp inhale on the sip there is a noticeable absence of alcohol. Enjoyable though I would prefer a bit more hops up front in my I/ipa's.

(58th) (784 characters)

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.