Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 583
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 mayor55
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at 3 floyd brew-pub. Poured in a snifter style tulip. Hazy orange color. Nice thick lacy head. Smells hoppy not overwelmingly so. Mouth feel is low carbonation and very full.

Beer reminds me of Dreadnaught without the citrus overtones. Nice beer but not on the level of Dreadnaught.

Photo of Betmore
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*poured from a bomber into a 16 oz. pint glass*

This monster poured a hazy shade of amber. There was a two-finger head that lingered for at least a couple of minutes and left ample lacing upon its demise.

Hops hit my nose as soon as I cracked the lid on this one. After the pour, I'm getting full-on fruit hops; grapefruit, sweet peach, orange rind, and pineapple. All of these swirl around with hints of pine and just enough malt to barely detect. This is the classic American Hop-Bomb aroma. If the smell is any indication of the flavor, this one is going to be full bore hop assault on my palate and thats just fine with me.

Hmmm... The malt comes through in the flavor far more than in the aroma, although thats really not saying much. Light sweet malts are the first thing to hit my tongue but they instantaneously give way to hoards of hops. Where many of the DIPAs and IIPAs I've had lend themselves to specific hop characteristics (i.e. citrus or pine), this one uses them both and in equally massive quantities. Big bitter hop presence is the name of this game. Complexity obviously wasn't the goal here. While I could sit here and say a little more malt balance would have been nice, that would mean we'd be reviewing Dreadnaught.

Mouthfeel for this brew was good. It has enough body to not be watery while staying fluid enough to not be oily or syrupy. Carbonation was present throughout tasting which lent a nice sizzle sensation.

Drinkability? Well, I had no problem drinking an entire bomber. Two bombers would probably be stretching it. Your mileage may vary. It is 9%, though, so watch yourself.

This is a very good brew, but just misses the mark of being in the same league as the best big IPAs I've had.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy medium orange gold color with tightly bubbled, fine carbonation. Lacing is minimal with a barely noticeable layer across the top and a small fine ring. This one looks thick, when I swirl the glass, it really sticks to the sides like clear syrup.

S - Sweet biscuit-like malt, earth-like pine, pungent tropical fruit: pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges. The hoppy, tropical aroma is zesty and aromatic.

T - Spicey biscuity malt and pungent tropical fruit, just like what I had in the nose, right to the last nuance. Spicey malt throughout lays a foundation for the initial slam of pungent, resiny tropical fruit which eventually rolls into a piney bitter finish. After the pine dies down, the mouth is left with a moderate coating of metallic citrus that hangs around for awhile before fading away.

M - Gentle carbonation on the tongue, medium heavy chewy body, sticky.

D - "Almost" exeptional and pretty darn close it is!

This is an amazing IPA, I wish I had access to this beer - 'was lucky to find two bottles on a businesss trip to Chicago at a neighborhood beer store close to the Hop Leaf. This was a pricey beer, but well worth EVERY penny. I liked this one almost as well as Dreadnaught which I didn't think could be matched.

Photo of SykDoc
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy straw color that is translucent. A 1/4 inch off-white head forms and reduces leaving a minimal lacing. Mild sediment and carbonation is visible.

The aroma is a nice blend of earthy pine with apricot sweet/citrus. Minimal/no malt presence.

The taste is again an earthy pine component blended with citrus malts. Basically, no malt but a big, stiff hit of hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a hint too much carbonation for me. This leaves a big dry feeling, which lasts for more then 30 minutes afterwards.

Overall, this is a good beer and it is definitely drinkable. The ABV is well hidden, but the hops intensity also limits it. Very good either way.

Photo of blackie
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: piraat chalice, produces a tight white head upon pouring, leaving a thin layer and ring, the beer itself a hazed golden in color

s: absolute citrus bomb - smells like citra hop to me, vivid orange and grapefruit zest, fresh and oily, full backing of pale malts with a light caramel sweetness - though totally staying out of the way, fantastic

m: carbonation kicking around the lighter end of medium, combined with the light-moderate body creating a crisp, almost refreshing mouthfeel for a beer of this strength

t: as expected, the flavor is loaded to the hilt with oily, juicy citrus flavors, grapefruit and orange essence, citrus juice through and through, supporting body of clean pale malts and some light sugars, finishing with a nicely biting bitterness, absolutely love the hop profile on this one

d: drinks great, no real sign of the abv present, and the balanced sugars (and pseudo-dryness) and crisp hops make for an easy drink, it's actually quite nice on both sides of the temperature spectrum - more crisp and purely citrusy when cold, with some pale malt sweetness coming in as it warms

bomber from my midwestern brah, durrty dirts

Photo of bobhits
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow a glorious grapefruit in your face double IPA. This beer is amazingly hop forward. I have to say this is not nearly as citrus and sweet as dreadnaught. The malt I think is the problem. It's a touch heavier and thicker than dreadnaught.

There isn't much more commentary needed on this one. If in your face hops, especially grapefruit hops is your thing, have at it. If not well there's nothing else to talk about here. I will add that the lacing on this beer is extremely thick, leaving rings of head. If appearance is your thing (why?) then this is definitely up there. Beyond that it's thicker to almost a marginally not awesome point, but the beer drinks like a far thinner and smaller beer. Well done three floyds.

Better than dreadnaught? Well no. One of the best IPA's on the planet? Without a question. Cannot recommend this more for hop heads.

Photo of Bighuge
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fuzzy peach colored body. Hazy and chunky. Lots of yeast particles floating around. Not a bad thing. Thin creamy off white head leaves spotty lace. Awesome hop aroma. Very fragrant. Fresh and grassy. Minty. Piney. Flavor is more of the same. Fresh and bright. Orange marmalade. Piney. Grassy. Citric. Bitterness is very clean. Faint biscuit malts. Also passion fruits and peach, apricot and nectarine. Light-medium body. Dry. Carbonation is light. Dry finish. Very tasty and very drinkable. 9% alcohol is barely detectable. High quality DIPA here.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enelson hooked this up along with some very sought after brews... Thanks Edward!! Shared with inflatablechair.

Pours hazy sorty marmalade color.. great lacing and a big foamy white head..

Nose is very fruity.. and dry? plenty of citrus zest and some minor melon.. pungent hoppiness... no malts to speak of.

Flavor begins very (way too) bitter... really dry throughout.. resinous citrus and pine toward the finish.. again this one is very very dry for such a bigboned DIPA... the lack of any malt profile actually make me think this one is pretty flimsy and too one dimensional.. white pith grapefruit.. the body is good, but the EtOH just strips the flavors off the palate.... very abrasive and unforgiving..

Too unidimensional for me.. the bitterness and hop resins cake my teeth without any direction.. not everything needs to be a hop bomb.. and this one needs to be dialed in.

Thanks again to Ed.. but wow!! I really thought I was gonna like this one given FFF's IPA record, but it is too sharp and not even remotely balanced.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The color is a radiant full golden color, translucent with small yeast particles floating around the sides of the glass. A creamy white head forms upon pouring. Decent retention, and some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Holy crap, I could smell this hop explosion the second I popped the bottle. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Wow.

Taste: A hop bomb from start to finish, and this is fantastic. There is a lightly sweet malt presence, but the hops take over right away. Just a plethora of pure hoppiness - mango, pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit. A bit of earthy and pine hops at the end as well. Finishes smooth and a bit bitter, but there is a juicy sweetness that stays with me throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, with a creamy feel. A ton of hop residue left on the tongue, which is the only thing that really detracts from the score. A bit sticky as well. All wrapped up in a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: This is just a great DIPA. At this point, any DIPA from Three Floyds should be considered gold.

Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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%.

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a BIF recently, love FFF. Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a few floaties in there. Head is good, medium bubbles, carbonation moderate to low, some lacing, not a lot.

Beer smells like earthy, citrusy, hops, no malt. Smells good.

Beer is medium to surprisingly light in body. Chewy hops with mild hop sulfur bite in the mid to late palate, no sweetness up front, definitely not a malty IPA, beer finishes fine. Not too dry. I'd have it again, very fun.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is yellow with a slight haze. There are a few pieces of sediment floating around. The head is about a half inch thick and generates some random traces of lacing. The aroma is of hops and grapefruit. The beer tastes great, with alcohol content well hidden behind a bouquet of hops and tart citrus fruit. This is a solid beer that I would be happy to drink anytime.

Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this again on 2012-02-14 in Normal, IL

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger pillowy white head that lasts for a bit and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Ripe mango, some pineapple and peach, decent hop floral, light grass and mild grain.

T - Hop forward, sweet mildly-roasted grain, ripe stone fruit, sweet red grapefruit flesh, pine and orange zest. The aftertaste is nicely bitter with lingering pine and rind. The alcohol is pretty apparent. It's a good but not great flavor; never attaining a wonderful balance.

M - Medium body and carbonation yield prickly and oily feel.

O - This is fresher than the first time I had it. I adjusted the appearance up and the smell down a 1/2 step in this review. I'm glad I revisited this brew but I'd still take a Dreadnaught over this for a FFF DIPA.

Original Review Below

Had this on 2010-11-13 in Wisconsin Dells, WI from a 22 oz bomber.

A - Some particles in suspension and a large sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Otherwise, mildly hazy amber with a short white head and moderate lacing. 3.5

S - Big bold aroma first of grass and vegetable and then quickly an explosion of tropical, citrus, pine and light grain. The smell wasn't as pronounced a minute or so after the initial pour. Nice though. 4.5

T - Hop forward then a pretty sweet orange and pineapple morphs into toasted bread, grapefruit, orange peel and pine. It coats the mouth with some sweetness that dries away leaving significant bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable on the exhale. 4.0

M - medium body and light carbonation yield an oily but not highly viscous mouthfeel. 4.0

D - A good offering from FFF. I'll take their Dreadnaught over this but well done never-the-less. 4.0

Photo of brdc
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my great friend stoutsnipas, got this one very fresh, brought straingth from the brewery.

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip, produces a mostly clear, bright golden color, thin off white head, decent retention, minimal lacing.
The fresh hoppy aroma does not disappoint, coming in waves out of the glass as I pour, before I even have time to put my nose in the glass. As we discussed, FFF never disappoints when it comes to hoppy beers. The hoppy aroma brings piney notes, fruits and flowers to mind - very good, just not Dreadnaught good (my personal gold standard for the style). Some grains and minimal breadiness suggest somewhere there is an attempt at balance.
Medium to nearly full bodied, taste is mostly hoppy as expected, but better balanced than the aroma. Some bread, grains and caramel, but the piney and citrusy hops dominate the flavor. It starts and ends bitter and hoppy, with some malty sweetness in between.
Very good, but as mentioned, not Dreadnaught good - but then again, nothing else is. Still well worthwhile, and well above the average for the style.

Photo of boralyl
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a small white head that quickly dissolves leaving streaks of lace. The beer is hazy and has a light golden-orange hue.

S - The nose is full of American hops that can be smelled immediately as it's poured into the glass. I can recognize what I think is Amarillo or Simcoe, probably used as a dry hop. I get some tropical aromas like pineapple as well as some citrus notes.

M- Medium in body with moderate carbonation. It's bone dry.

T - Bready malts with sweet notes up front followed by an army of American hops. Tangerine followed by citrus with a piny medium bitter finish. A little heat in the finish, but for the most part the alcohol is well hidden.

This beer provides a varied and interesting hop profile. It goes down very easily. I've loved all of 3 Floyd's hopped up beers, and this one doesn't let me down.

Photo of jsh420
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours cloudy yellow golden orange with a 1 finger soapy white head that left spotted lacing

smells of fruity juicy hops mango peach little grapefruit little pine and some sweet bready caramel malt in the background

taste is on the same lines of scuplin/hop stoopid/dbl trouble - apricot peach mango pneapple with that distictive 3F hop taste - not overly bitter has a good malt bready backbone

mouthfeel was the only low point of this brew - medium body little sticky with not a lot of carbonation

drinkability is solid - i wish they would rotate this brew with dreadnaught just to shake things up

Photo of pdoran10
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle visiting my sister in Illinois this weekend. Really excited to try it. Love me some DIPA, love me some dreadnaught.

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of white head. Nice looking double IPA not much lacing.

Smell is a mix of floral and citrus hops. fresh cut grass, hints of lemon and grapefruit.

taste is a surprising breadiness up front, good for balance. immediately i get a hint of cooked vegetable/DMS that blends quickly with mostly grassy hops. A hint of citrus. DMS detracts.

Great blance and mouthfeel moderate slightly over average carbonation really smooth going down. Well done here.

Nice flavors mostly, but slight hint of DMS infection lingers. Glad I tried this beer, I think it would be a real stand out without the slight cooked vegetable flavor.

Photo of Lintyfresh
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a small head.

Smell is huge on hops, from citrus to grapefruit to piney. The taste follows along with the smell, and is more bitter than anything I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is fine, the medium body feels pretty light for the flavor, but it works.

The bitterness makes this a sipper, but a bomber isn't hard to finish.

Photo of JamesS
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice light copper/orange color with great head and wonderful lacing. Hugely wonderful scent with great citrus hop tones that wave in with orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, along with a wonderful sweet malty backing. Great flavor, a very deep maltiness that makes a wonderfully thick ale flavor to start with a huge hop finish, notably grapefruit, pineapple, and a wonderful piney taste. Goes down wonderfully smooth for such a high ABV beer. Great stuff from Three Floyds once again.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber on 11/07/2010.

A - Pours a gorgeous hazy slightly straw color yellow with some nice golden notes. There is a nice .5 inch dense white head with very tightly packed bubbles. Retention is quite good with some slight sticky lacing to it a well. (4.5)

S - Aroma is absolutely delicious for me. There are notes of peach, passion fruit, tangerines, oranges and nice grapefruit with some slight underlying sweetness. This beer is absolutely a citrusy hop bomb. The aroma is grassy and earthy as well with very slight bread notes intermingled around the hops. (5)

T & M - Just like the aroma this beer is a total hop bomb. Starts off with some slight grapefruit sweetness that is a good compliment to the rest of the citrusy hop flavors. Nice and flowery and grassy flavors. The hop profile is quite interesting in this one as well with some slight spice that is very delicious. Slight cannabis flavors and aromas as well. The grain profile is very nice and earthy with some slight bread notes that really compliment the hop aspects but from a distance. Overall this beer is delicious and very hoppy. Its not the most balanced of the 3F DIPAs but I still enjoy it. Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side but its crisp and clean with a great bitter finish that is dry and delicious. (4.5)(4.0)

D - This beer was delicious. I have been very impressed with 3F, especially their hoppier beers. This has good drinkability good flavors and great hop burst. Hope heads rejoice! (4.0)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass. Fresh from the brewery via twig86 - thanks, Derek!

Pours a very hazy bright golden color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a light cap and mild lacing. Really juicy, fruity hop aroma with notes of peach, apricot and grapefruit. Lighter scents of pine and biscuit malt along with a subtle boozy heat. The flavor is full of juicy grapefruit and peach hoppy notes up front with a considerable bitterness developing on the midpalate. The midpalate also has a mild biscuit malt backbone, and the dry finish, along with a lingering grapefruit bitterness, has a moderate booziness. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice alcohol warming effect. Despite the boozy heat, this is a fairly drinkable DIPA at 9% abv because of the great juicy hop flavors that balance out the bitterness a bit. I'd love to try this side-by-side with fresh Dreadnaught.

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 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 despainmakesbeer
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent hop aroma, very citricy and floral aroma, hints of grapefruit. Mild hazy orange color, slight ran color. Little head retention, but pretty decent lacing. Strong hop at the beginning, high bitterness. Pleasant sweetness, with slight hint of alcohol content. Mild to moderate bitter finish, but very clean. Crisp finish with floral aftertaste. Last carbination, very cleansing. Overall very drinkable and refreshing for a DIPA. Delicious and of course never disappointing from three floyds.

Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy scored a bottle. We promptly drank it.

Appearance- Light hazy gold color. Thin head, not much lacing.

Smell- Lots of fruits. Great mango. Sticky fruitiness. A little dankness. Nice.

Taste- Nice hop forward taste. Bitter finish. The rich fruitiness from the hops comes through.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation. Nice and crisp.

Drinkability- Almost too easy. Smooth. Would like to get some more.

Had this back-to-back with Masala Mama, and I far preferred this. Just more what I'm looking with my IPA/DIPAs. A very nice beer.

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