Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 3,380
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 582
Gots: 512 | 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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Reviews: 690 | Hads: 3,380
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%

Look: Beautiful shade of sunset gold, 1 finger white head. Smell: Citrus, pine needles, some spice, lavender. Taste: Sweet malt, then pine resin, little citric acidity, tamed bitterness. Feel: Medium-light body, par carbonation.

Overall: This comes off as a single IPA Vs. an IIPA. The flavor is a little let down. For this being an IIPA, nothing really screams I'm great. Still worth a try. (393 characters)

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. (555 characters)

Photo of diablo14
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Without doubt one of the finest beers I've had the pleasure to drink. Amazing aromas and flavours, and so perfectly balanced that it's in a very select few beers I've tasted that is outstanding at any temperature. (213 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,165 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a finger of off-white head.

S: Pineapple, mango, orange, and pine.

T: Orange rind, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, spicy malt, and some bitterness to the aftertaste.

M: Viscous and sticky with moderate carbonation.

O: One of my less favorite FFF offerings. Maltier and spicier than expected. Tasty, but doesn't come close to Permanent Funeral. (413 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy deep golden with a 1 finger white head. Unfiltered look is so inviting.

S- Lemon, orange zest, slight vegatation. Candied pale malt body. Moderate aromatics

T and M- Chewy almost. Chalky and sweet. Reminds me some of Two Hearted. Slightly dry, but no cringe bitterness. Body much to heavy for the style. Kills the drinkability.

O- okay. Not the best effort from FFF (377 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub in Munster earlier today. Notes taken at the time.

A- Draft to snifter pour with a golden body that is slightly hazy. White head to one finger with decent retention. A frothy ring results in sheets and lace webs around the glass.

S- Fruit and citrus hop bomb invades the nose. Melon, cantaloupe, tangerines, grapefruit orange and pine character. Slight cracked pale caramel malts and mostly clean.

T- Massively zesty citrus with a feel of orange, lime and grapefruit smashing the taste buds. Melon, tangerine and peach with hints of resinous pine and slight malts.

MF- Medium bodied with a fizzy creamy texture. High end carbonation pushes the zesty flavors on to the palate hard. Highly bitter finish.

Citrus and tropical stone fruit hops with a clean malt and yeast base, massively zesty and bitter. (827 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here was initial quite sharply of resiny pine, but eventually opened up to have a decidedly sweet smell along with that bitterness....candied perhaps. Interesting.

Taste opens bitter....quite resiny, really. It becomes sweeter, a bit earthy with fair malt character immediately after....but ending with a more protracted bitterness on the tongue after the drink.

Among their IIPA's, I certainly prefer the Dreadnaught since it's juicier and more fruit centered in its hop selection...but this one certainly isn't bad. (526 characters)

Photo of Boss1993
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite beer by Three Floyds. I picked up a bomber for $10 at my local liquor store, but man it was worth it. My first sip of this beer immediately reminded me of the north woods of Wisconsin. The pine aroma... I was literally drinking pine sap from a tree, but in a very delicious bittery way. If you like a beer with 100+ IBUs then here you go! (367 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 4/2/14
A- Clear, light-orange with lots of bubbles and white, chunky head. Looks refreshing.
S- Sweet and sharp hops. Nice and full bouquet.
T- This wolf attachs the taste buds with full on furry. Sharp, with a slight sweetness -dropping taste bombs in your mouth.
M - Easy drinking. Not a thin watery beer or a thick syrup, but just right for refreshing gulps of this beast.
O- I love this IPA. Not bashful, just a full on attack of hops. (458 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

#ThreeFloyds #ArticPanzerWolf is an American Imperial IPA that puts a deep bright orange hue, lots of sediment~ Im beginning to wonder if mine is a bit old as it has heavy yeasty sediment floating, so perhaps this review should be taking with a grain of salt~ Aroma starts off very citrus, also a heavy smell of 'right before it rains' a lit of earthiness.. Honestly it smells like dirt~ Almost a bit bitter I feel like I have to end this #Breview as this one still taste good, I don't think it is tasting the way 3F's intended it (If so, it was less than Impressive)~ Overall: Incomplete (Stay tuned for a revisit)

EDIT:

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100 (795 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 neurobot01
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 2/24/14—I know, almost 3 months old—into an IPA glass.

Look: on the paler side, especially for an IIPA. Very clear, well-carbonated yellow.

Smell: very unusual. I really can't put a name to what I'm picking up here. Not really fruity, piney, grassy, oniony, dank... The best way to describe it is that it's like the clean, bright smell I associate with cilantro or dill, but applied to some super-sweet, slightly citrusy tropical fruit.

Taste: pretty much follows the smell. More straightforwardly sweet and citric, but still elusive. Definite wood (oak/cedar) notes in there as well. Not really getting much bitterness at all.

Feel: decent. Medium body, good carbonation, fairly dry.

Overall: not the most unique IPA I've tried, but still pretty unusual, and very enjoyable. (811 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber dated 5/5/14 poured into teku

A: an electric, radiant golden orange; looks great

S: lots of sticky pine resin; candied tropical citrus peel; mangos, pineapple, and apricots; the aromas are off-the-wall intense and incredible. I wanna drink that smell

T: i got more of the tropical fruits than citrus upfront, followed by a nice light sweetness, and ending with a crisp, refreshing shot of dry bitterness; the 100 ibus are all over the place; the taste was little disappointing only because of how great the nose is

M: lightly syrupy on the tongue, but nice carbonation keeps things nice and refreshing

O: it's scary how crushable this beer is; the ABV is completely hidden. Fantastic aroma, nice mouthfeel, and great flavor. (737 characters)

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

A - Dark orange, cloudy, with a moderate white head, some mild lacing.

S - Big fruit notes, grapefruit and mango, zest and flesh, but also some mild malt sweetness, and an undercurrent of pine. As the beer warms, moves to a stronger alcohol note and heavier pine, but the fruit is still a major player.

T - Strong fruit, like the nose, but more heavily citrus, with lemon along with the grapefruit, fading into the malt hit in the middle, with the taste of spun sugar mingling with the ongoing citrus, with pine notes and a big bitter wallop in the close.

M - Drying is moderate, and resin survives long after the last swig.

O - Perhaps not quite as brutal as the name and artwork suggest, but still a strong, uncompromising foray into the heart of hopness. A delicious DIPA. (779 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date, poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy dark orange color with bright golden hues around the edge of the glass, small foamy white head that reduces to a small layer, good retention and short lasting lace, lots of floaties

S- predominately fruity hop notes up front with an emphasis on cantaloupe, mango and citrus zest. Light grassy notes transitions into a bready malt backbone, a bit of alcohol on the back end

T- big mix of fruity and grassy hops up front with flavors of citrus, mango and guava. Bready and sweet malt kicks in mid-palate, eventually leading to more hops on the finish with piney notes and a bit of alcohol

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel leads to a smooth and slightly warming dry finish, long hop linger

O- A solid offering, I prefer Dreadnaught but wouldn't pass this up if given the opportunity to try it again (870 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle, sticker on the bottle says bottled 04/02/14.

Pours a slightly hazy, honey gold body (color borders on orange); thick creamy head. Aroma is of apricots and sweet hops. Flavor has dried apricots, peach pits, sweet clementines and a nice prolonged flavor. Prickly, strong body and a nice dry feel. Stands out from other DIPAs. (351 characters)

Photo of NW_IPAHEAD
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great cloudy golden orange color when poured. Very fragrant citrus nose. Good pine and citrus flavor upon first couple drinks. Slightly bitter after taste. As it sits and warms a bit I get a lot more of the pine taste. Overall very solid ipa and another winner from FFF. (270 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into tulip glass...

Appearance: orange color with 2 finger white head; small amounts of lacing
Smell: kinda weak; miminal hop, citrus, and pine presence
Taste: it's a true DIPA; you're going to feel all 100 IBUs and 9% ABV
Mouthfeel: very bitter and dry on the finish
Overall: not bad for the style, but I do prefer other beers from FFF (351 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a burnt orange with about a 1.5 finger head. Slightly murky with low carbonation.

S - Muted fruit. Grapefruit, orange, and a hint of lemon. There is a little touch of piney hops in the background. There is some dankness in there as well. No real malt presence that I can detect.

T - Thankfully a little stronger than the nose. Pine is the dominant flavor. I get some citrus on the back of the tongue and a little dankness mixed in.

M - I was expecting a much harsher finish based on the description. Prickly on the tongue, mildly bitter with just a tiny hint of alcohol.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this offering. I felt the nose could have been more pronounced but this bottle is about 8 weeks old so it could have mellowed. It can't shine Dreadnaught's shoes but it's hardly offensive either. I'd gladly drink this one again. (873 characters)

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. (879 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on-tap
Served in a stemmed glass

Hazy, golden-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by one-finger tall, bubbly, foamy, off-white crown. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose was hoppy and rather sweet. Quite fruity. Peach and apricot notes dominated. Lots of orange as well. There was a strong caramel malt presence that seemed to get in the way of the hop aromas. All in all, not super complex or intense but pleasant and interesting nevertheless. As the beer warmed, some floral hop notes came through as well.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was also hoppy and sweet. A stiff, caramel malt backbone anchored the beer on the front end. Strong peach and apricot notes. Lots of candied orange peel. The beer turned much more bitter on the back end and in the finish. White grapefruit rind came through strong. The pithy bitterness lingered long after every sip.

The mouthfeel was probably the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was super creamy, supple and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence.

Three Floyds makes some amazing hoppy beers, but Arctic Panzer Wolf is definitely not amongst the best of them. With a rich caramel maltiness on the front end and some intense, citrusy bitterness on the finish, this beer reminds me of what used to be considered an East Coast style double IPA. (1,336 characters)

Photo of themind
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer that stands tall in the crowded field of hop bombs and balanced IPA's. Three Floyds produced a masterpiece in this beer that has me salivating just thinking of having another. If you can get this brew it's worth the jingle.

Bottom Line: Great beer! (273 characters)

Photo of Kasabear
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from 22 oz bottle to a pint glass.
Look is golden brown.
Perfect head that hangs on perfect. I' say a pretty beer.
Smell if very complex . Give it another sniff and it is even more complex.
Taste is the best beer that I have ever had. Best by a bunch. Oh my citrus , but not fruity. Spectacular . Did I mention that it is the best that I have ever had.
Mouthfeel is perfect.
Overall is perfect.
Took 3 bombers to a party and it was the biggest hit ever.
I once had a dog follow me home from school.
At the party I had friends following me around like baby ducks. (573 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - great yellow/ orange color to this beer. Not sure if transportation ruined the carbonation, but very little head here.

Smell - fresh and very floral. WOW lots of piney hop smell to this one.

Taste - Smooth up front, but with this great bitter taste to show the DIPA.

Mouthfeel - very smooth to drink and finishes quite well. Even though there was not a lot of head this still went down very nicely.

Overall - Very well balanced for a DIPA and a fun beer I am happy to have tried. I would try to get this beer again once I am back in the Midwest. (562 characters)

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.