Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 3,374
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.07%
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: 689 | Hads: 3,374
Photo of pacond
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bomber from the UPS man! Fits right in with all the other 3floyds IPA's. The clarity of the beer is boss as well as the color, aroma. Hoppy dry finish, not too boozy, nothing that is gating on my palate. If anything this beer has the potential to be very fruity ,citrusy and tropical.

I would love to get super fresh to sample for comparison. I didn't pay for this beer, and I bet it was a nice chunk of change... (426 characters)

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

On tap at DLD 2012. Poured into plastic cup

Pours a deep orange color with a huge 3 finger foamy head from the tap. Nice looking pour. Smell is full of fruits and hops. Very big aromas. Taste is amazing. Loads of hops with nice floral notes. No alcohol on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is so good. Well done. (332 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Mark in South Bend on 8/12/12, served in a tulip.

Pour: Mostly clear pale bright orange with two fingers white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Oranges, grapefruit, pine. A nice honey sweetness.

Taste: Huge bitter grapefruit and orange. Really bitter. A nice pine in the background. Orange flavors takes an orange rind spiciness. Honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Super bitter, almost too much so, even for me. Still, goes down easy, and no hint of alcohol.

Overall: A great DIPA from Three Floyds, though not quite as delicious as Dreadnaught. (551 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to smchenry75 for the trade! Pours a brilliant orange with a thin, quickly dissipating white head that leaves decent lacing. Amazing nose - pine, citrus and a hint of dank. The taste showcases a great malt backbone which perfectly balances the potent hop bitterness, lots of citrus and resinous pine. Finishes dry and bracingly bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted double IPA. I am very impressed by FFF, who have given us two world-class double IPAs in this and Dreadnaught. (533 characters)

Photo of rringler
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Interesting, I did not know 3F was unfiltered. I poured half my 22oz bomber into a very cold glass, and got an extremely clear, mid amber-to light+ copper color, with less than 0.5 fingers of very fine head. When I poured the second half of my bomber into a (now) warm glass, I got very cloudy apricot/orange color with about 1.5 fingers of creamy, off-white/slightly beige head. In both cases the bubbles settled down into a thin film very quickly (less than a minute) inviting me to imbibe.

S: Smells very big. First pour had bits of sweet/sour grapefruits, grasses, malty breads, and tons of hops. My nose is a bit stuffed, but it still smells big. Second pour still smells big, but there are more sweets/malts than the first time.

T: Woaaah hops. First pour started with a muted sour/sweet start (less than it smells) but was quickly overtaken by light, biscuity malts. It finishes with big damp, sticky, piney hops. The second pour had a more pronounced apricot/grapefruit start, with the same malty and hoppy finish. Neither pour had any hints of alcohol at 9.00% abv.

M: Despite a pretty decent sheen on the liquid, it remains medium bodied, comparable to a heavier single IPA. Also fairly quick through the mouth (consistent with the body.) It's still an IIPA, but a little less tiring than others.

O: Great brew, and a great brewery. 3Floyd's gets a lot of craft-brew love, and they deserve it. Not my favorite 3F brew, but still a great DIPA. I just wish they distributed to my area :-( (1,503 characters)

Photo of jault52
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this a bunch of times but just got a very fresh bottle so wanted to review it, even if I'm a lousy reviewer in terms of describing details.

Poured into a tulip. Nice hazy orange with thin head and barely any lacing.

The smell of this beer, especially fresh, is second to none. Strong citrus. I want to walk around with this on my nose all day.

Tastes just like it smells, amazing. Full of citrus hops with a surprisingly smooth sweet finish.

This is one of my all time favorite's. I will say that sometimes this beer can be a bit much, but most of the time it goes down super smooth. For obvious reasons it's always compared against Dreadnaught, but for me when my store has both, I always grab this one first, and then I grab a Dreadnaught too. (759 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to d0b for sharing his growler the other day...now I realize that I desperately need more of this stuff. Review is from notes.

From the growler into a flared SN tasting glass it pours a bright high clarity orange. The lasting foam never breaks on the surface, and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Slow trails of carbonation can be seen, bubbles are slow and languid.

Amazing aroma of candied tropical fruits, pineapple, orange and orange peel in super concentrated form. Some leafy, woody vine notes and dank hop cheesiness (columbus?). Similar to the first time I had Dreadnaught, this is equally stunning and awe inspiring. Sips are sticky and resinous, with lush tropicals and dank orangey flavors sticking the lips to the rim of the glass. Lowish carbonation, but it fits the style well. Very tasty and drinkable, maybe a wee bit dangerous.

FFF's secret weapon, arctic panzer wolf is on the prowl... (922 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours hazy light apricot. With a 1 inch white head, that goes away rather quickly. Little lacing around but some shows up from time to time. 4

Aroma-very heavy tropical citrus, mainly mango and pineapple. Some hints of orange peel in there too. A little lemon, but the tropical notes are the main feature. 4.25

Taste-smooth apricot is the first to come thru. Then more of the sweeter malty side shows up. I'm getting lots of brown sugar. Later the bitterness returns strong. This has everything you could want in a DIPA. Very happy with the taste. 4.75

Feel-lower than full bodied but only slightly. Lots of carbonation on the tounge. Alcohol comes thru strong. 4.25

Overall-very happy with this purchase, it's a little pricey for a bomber but worth it. Three Floyd's just kill it with these IPA's. this one seems to be around Ohio the most, every time I see it I will most likely purchase from here on out. Great mix of sweet and bitter. 4.5 (995 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the third Three Floyds brew I will be trying. I have high expectations for this one considering the $11.99 price tag.

Appearance – An awesome two fingers of lively, bubbly head. Sticks around the surface for quite some time as it slowly bubbles downwards. Laces flawlessly to the glass. The beer is an opaque, but not murky, amber sunrise orange.

Smell – Extremely strong hop and floral notes. A bit of grainy cereal malt is noticeable as well. Grain and wheat notes as well if they are searched for.

Taste – A strongly hopped IPA with bit of an arctic chill to it. Delicious, fresh, newly-picked hops attack your taste buds without mercy. I would basically describe this as the four seasons beer. When you take a sip, you’re like “Ahhh. Fresh springtime, floral hops.” And then you say, “Ooh. OOH. That’s getting a bit strong. A nice bit of summer hop burn in there.” Suddenly, the taste smoothly ‘falls’ into a bit of a menthol burn; crashing elegantly into winter’s chill. I also feel like there is some sort of spice in it that reminds me of holiday beers. This taste is top notch. Another unique IPA from Three Floyds.

Mouthfeel and Overall – A very unique brew from Three Floyds. I had Broo Doo two nights ago and thought THAT was special. Arctic Panzerwolf is equally as interesting and worthy of its high marks. I cannot express how happy Three Floyds shipments back to Ohio has made me. Fairly medium-bodied, though the hops can take control at times. This is definitely a good thing in this beer, though. (1,552 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebration drink this. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a large snifter.

A solid pale, orange juice color. Very hazy and full of cloud. Just less than a finger thick head with good retention. Good enough lacing on the sides. Some minor bubbles. Totally opaque.

Aroma has almost every hop note that i have ever noticed - ok not every but almost all. Earthy, herbal. A lot of flower notes and good amount of grapefruit. It is like a sap coming out of hops.
If you take out this wonderful and enticing aroma that reminds a lot of hops it could be mistaken for grapefruit or orange juice.

Flavor is just awesome. Hits hard with citrus and earthy notes. A lot of herbal character in the beer. Grapefruit is abundant as well. Malt in the middle but the ending is super bitter. Excellent bitterness overall as such. Justifies its 100 IBUs. Very well hidden alcohol. Seems like i am drinking some kind of citrus juice. Bitterness is palate wrecking. So make this your last beer of the day/night. Hurts the tongue not very severely mainly due to controlled carbonation, but the bitterness is still huge. Aftertaste lingers on forever. A bit piney towards the end.

Feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth. Excellent brew for a hop head like me. Some oily and resiny touch.

Go for it. It is big and bold. You won't be disappointed. (1,363 characters)

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

Bomber into a pint glass, thanks to MikeytotheB for the bottle, which sports the usual FFF shenanigans with some bad-ass art work and no bottling date.

Opaque and hazy golden orange with a billowing and persistent egg-white head that provides a full coating of sticky lacing all over the glass. Plenty of loose sediment floating around as well.

Plethora of citrus fruit and pine on the nose with hints of white wine. Pungent aromas of orange, lemon, apricot, pineapple and grapefruit are all abundant, with some serious grass as well. No malt any where to be found and I love it, west coast with a twist.

Flavors on the palate fulfill what was promised on the nose, tantalizing citrus fruit meshed with an incredibly subtle caramel malt backbone and an aggressively strong hop bitterness. Again, the white wine flavors advertised on the bottle come through to add a neat complexity without throwing off the entire flavor profile.

Medium bodied with a mouth puckering dry finish and strong carbonation levels. Alcohol is well hidden and will come up to bite you in the ass if you drink this delicious brew too quickly.

Overall, one of the best imperials I've ever had. I was a little disappointed by my recent encounter with Dreadnaught, but that was more than likely a freshness issue. This more than made up for that, Cheers! (1,332 characters)

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

Slightly hazy golden orange. yellow edges. Big near white creamy chunky head. Nice retention. Big thick patches of lace.

Resinous Grapefruit, orange, pine, and apricot. Toasty biscuit. tough of sweet caramel.

Sweet toasty biscuit. Juicy orange, grapefruit, apriocot, tropical fruit. Big biting resinous pine, dank, and grapefruity bitterness.

Med body. well carbonated. sticky, drying.

Very drinkable. Very tasty hop forward IIPA.

Thanks to enelson for the bottle. (470 characters)

Photo of Prostman81
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite DIPA from Three Floyds. Terrific body, crisp. Alcohol bite is a little more present here than in Dreadnaught, but the dose of hops in this helps smooth it back out. It doesn't pack the hop aroma that I get from, say, a Hopslam, but the flavor is all there. I've had this on-tap and in bottle, and both are very similar, with on-tap having a little better aroma (I'm thinking I served my own bottle a little colder than in the pub). A bit pricey at the liquor stores, but if you shop around and can get it for a good price, it's hard to beat. (553 characters)

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

A: Pours a golden amber color with wonderful clarity. Not too much head, but lacing drags along the walls of the glass as i take sips.

S: A great hop aroma dances around as I test the aroma of the beer. Get some stone fruit, piney forest and even some tropical fruit. Wonderfully inviting. Some maltiness in the too. Well rounded aroma that is for sure.

T: WOW, the epitome of a BIG beer. Definitely the hop comes through right away. The kind of malt that makes you remember why you drink beer, so good. Malty caramel and almost a molasses to follow. Hate to repeat but well rounded again.

M: Oh man just as smooth as I could imagine and want. Something about this brew yells drink more of me, I oblige.

O: Okay I'll admit it, I may be gushing over this beer a bit as i do from time to time. Maybe it's the fact that I only review beers that knock my socks off. Overall a great well rounded beer that once again I am saddened that I can't get on the shelves here in Vegas. (977 characters)

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

Three Floyds hits another hoppy home run of epic proportions with a juicy-citrus start and crisply bitter end.

A glowing orange-copper-golden elixer is capped with a froathy and stubborn foam stance with great lacing and retainage.

Mouthwatering aromas of tangerine, appricot, ruby red grapefruit, and orange rinds hit the nose with optimal impact. Leaving a soft malt (pilsner) confection and cracker-like note after the zest of bright fruits subside.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas by starting with a burst of juicy citrus and tropical fruit blends, then with an even and consistent fade toward crispness, bitterness, and pleasant dryness. Moderate alcohol flavors of acetone and jam-like sweetness gives a glimpse into a light estery-alcohol mix.

Creamy and froathy early, but the texture is sliced by hop dryness and alcohol warmth for a quick transition from the sweeter/fruitier start to the hoppy/dry finish. A visit of citrus fruit piths return in a long and fleeting aftertaste.

Perhaps just a step off from the pace of Dreadnaught, Artic Panzer Wolf fits nicely into the collection of Three Floyds hop shelves; along side of Apocalypse Cow and rivaling Founders Double Trouble. (1,194 characters)

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

Bottle poured into Snifter (several times)

A- Poured a yellow orangish, very murky. One finger of fizzy white head that quickly died into just a few bubbles on the surface.

S- Smells of citrus fruits and heavy hops. Maybe even some melon? What ever it is; Bravo.

T- To say it blatantly, awesome. Citrus fruit in liquid form, resemblance of a pucker you get from a good grapefruit or some 'sour patch kids', in the good way.

M- Feels great, very nice crisp hops.

D- Just killed a bomber, going for another! (thats a good thing) (532 characters)

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange-gold colored; 1/2 finger head that lingers.
S: Big nose of orange peel, grapefruit, pine.
T: WOW this is one of the most flavorful balanced beers I've ever had. Starts off with citrus followed seamlessly by grain then pine then more caramel malt then back to hops... goes on and on. Perfectly balanced as well.
M: Surprisingly restrained, medium-bodied. Doesn't kick you in the mouth, which I expected given the nose, because of how balanced it is.
O: Bravo, Three Floyds. I think the taste section sums it all up. (563 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

Golden with great clarity and fantastic lacing. Outstanding hop aroma with lots of tropical fruit. Citrusy hops, toasted malt and a definite sense of alcohol. Super creamy with a low carbonation.

This is a big, rich beer that’s meant to be sipped and appreciated. (298 characters)

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

A: Clear yellow brown pour with a perfect white head. Lacing is beautiful, retention is solid.

S: Delicious piney hops all over the place. Pineapple, grapefruit, and a bouquet of other fruits. Balanced, delicious, bitter.

T: Bitter and dry from start to finish. Piney hops, citrus, pineapple all blend together to make a wonderful taste.

MF: Light, carbonated well, dry throughout.

O: Extremely drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. Just a wonderful mix of hops. A must try. (475 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

My god...FFF makes some incredible beer. Between Arctic Panzer Wolf, Apocalypse Cow, Alpha King, and Dreadnaught, they represent 4 of my favorite beers. I need to taste all of them side by side to get a true feel for the differences.

Wolf pours a hazy gold with a thin head. The nose is very hop forward, and just intoxicating. What a BEAUTIFUL smelling beer. The taste is sublime. The hops meld perfectly with the citrus, without burning out your tastebuds. The hop profile in this is as perfect as I've had in any beer. The mouthfeel is awesome. Just a slight bitterness, that hangs around on your palate long after the swallow. FFF is now definitively my favorite brewer. Hands down. (729 characters)

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

A - copious amounts of fluffy white head caused masive sticky lacing, deep hazy yellow pour

S - bittering/floral/citrus hops are all present, smell of sweet malts

T - strong alcohol on initial sip, earthy, bitter, piney, very floral taste from hops

M - perfectly carbonated makes it easy to go down pretty smooth, a bit creamy for an IPA (which I like) - burping releases even more hops!

O - definitely wouldn't drink 2 bombers in one shot - feeling pretty buzzed already. very nice robust IIPA though - still to be let down by 3F! (535 characters)

Photo of vw73182
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I aroma on this beer is pungent with hops it smells fantastic! Its body is mostly clearly and very orange. The taste is amazing hops right at the front of the tongue followed by a nice smooth body that drys out and begs you to come back for more. Very enjoyable brew and one I drink often. (289 characters)

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pale cloudy yellow color with little head

Citrus and hoppy smell

Taste is very smooth with hoppy notes with little hop aftertaste

Not as good as dreadnaught but it is A very good seasonal dipa and I will be looking for more from them in the future (284 characters)

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

Body is bright orange, almost scary orange. Like Blue Moon orange. Frothy thing white head.

Smell is very bitter. Light lemon, and oranges. Hints of pine, a strong powdery malt backbone. metallic and strong bitter.

Strong upfront bitterness, metallic and earthy. Very bitter, and I definitely feel all those IBUs they claim. Slight sweet citrus (orange and lemon) really makes a conceited effort to come out, but its just buried among all the bittering hops.

The bittering hops feel almost leafy and stand out through the finish. The roof of my mouth feels ate up with bitterness. (584 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle. No bottle date, but I just picked this up from the brewery (so it better be fresh :) ).

Great name and great label artwork! Pours a hazy peachy orange. Big, sticky, light beige head. Good retention and nice lacing too. Huge hop nose. Big notes of pine, resin, clementines, lemon, grapefruit, and pepper. Powdered sugar sweet malt accents as well, but this is predominantly hoppy to this nose.

Hop bitterness right up front. Citrus and pine flavors dominate. Big notes of pine sap, clementine orange, grapefruit, and some peppery spiciness. Orange creamsicle malt, with some boozy pineapple, try to hide under the huge hop flavor/bitterness. Still can make them out and they provide just enough counter-punch to the alpha acids. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus and resin bitterness. Medium-full body, with a slightly syrupy feel, before the finish. Warming, but pretty easy to drink. This seems pretty fresh (but I still wish there was a bottled on date on this thing! (989 characters)

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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