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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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3,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,135
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 536
Gots: 417 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009)
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a thick head; nice retention and a few shards of lace

Smell: Tropical and citrus fruits waft forth, featuring mango, apricot and pineapple in addition to pithy citrus; just a hint of grain, as well

Taste: Just a little sweet malt up front and then the bitter assault begins, with plenty of pithy citrus (lemona and grapefruit) joining the tropical fruit, particularly the mango and pineapple; after the swallow, a bit of the sweet malt notches up to another level but the finish is bold and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As you would expect from Three Floyds this is a very fine beer; perhaps not as iconoclastic as some of the other ones out there but really quite good

Thanks, GCurlow, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

the pour was a nice dark amber color with a light level of haziness that seemed to clear as the night went on. small head of white comes up and over the top, settling down with a nice light lacing throughout.

aroma of deep resin filled hops that really hung in the air. lots of orange, and dark, sweet citrus notes, a classic for sure right out of the gate. warming brought a touch of sweet malts into the mix but overall it definitely stayed the course with a deep an heavenly hop aroma. feel was very full, sticky and dead on. thick flavor of orange hops and sweet malts mingle on the tongue and create a huge resin filled flavor. light touch of alcohol in the finish with a super dry tongue left in its wake.

overall a really well done double ipa. the best one of the night for sure. glad to be able to finally try this one.

Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The pour is initially a hazy orange color that calms down to a clear golden orange color with a thin white head.

S: The tropical fruit notes from the hops are apparent up front. Mangos, pineapple, tangerines, and bitter grapefruit. Some floral and honey aromas, too.

T: The fruity character of the nose is present on the palate as well, but not quite as intensely so. Much more piney bitterness with some grapefruit rind and hints of sweet mango and pineapple. A soft malt character that provides a bit of breadiness.

M: The body is medium with a very lively carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D: It's been awhile since I've had Dreadnaught, so I can't quite compare it to that "other" DIPA from Three Floyds. It's a nice beer that I enjoyed the bottle of to myself.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a yellowish gold color with a decent sticky head that laced the glass pretty well. Sweet floral aroma, lots of hops on the nose and very inviting smell. Really big hop bitterness on tongue fades into a dry citrusy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is oil and medium bodied. Overall this is a really good IPA. Highly enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.48/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clouded, darkened yellow body with a small-sized, whitish head.

Smell: Immediately, APW unapologetically stings the nostrils with condensed florals, distilled resins, powderized pith, and handmade soap.

Taste: Simplistic cracker-accented malts, lacking sweetness, preclude the all-too fatiguing hop tastes of resinous pine sap, ground aspirin tablets, and bitter white citrus pith. Harshly bitter. Small sip of plumeria-scented soap. The only thing left to oppose the bitterness is some numbing booze. Finishes dry, astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not particularly drinkable, no. Abrasive, grating, and unpleasant.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to nickd717 for sharing this one.

Pale gold, unusually pale for a DIPA and slightly hazy, with a small head that sustains well.

Sweet candied grapefruit and Christmas tree aroma. Pretty malty, but the sweetness is supported by a fairly nice hop aroma.

Huge pine flavor, this beer is like drinking Christmas. There's some grapefruit and ample caramel sweetness. Too much sweetness, in fact. The body is substantial, surprisingly so given the appearance. It finishes bittersweet with big pine and caramel flavors. Decent, but it drinks a bit sweet and heavy for my palate.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It had okay retention and sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, pine and some mango. It had a burnt toast maltiness, too.

T - Great spicy hop bite with grapefruit, tropical fruits and bubblegum flavors. Nice toasty caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Imperial IPA. Love the fruit hop presence.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing bright orange tinted glowing golden very pale appearance compared to most IPA/DIPAs. Large billowing slightly off white head that clings to the sides of my Gulden Draak chalice with no problem.

I used to have easy access to Three Floyd's at times it was available in the Burgh over the years, and more recently I had a steady supply in the state of Ohio. Distribution has been rumored to come back to the state, but I did have to trade with fellow Ohio BA sobeleg to get ahold of this one, thanks again Eric! I hope you enjoy the KBS, since he did have to go on a business trip to Indiana to find this one for me. One of my first 3F in almost 2 to 3 years that's kind of sad, today though is a happy day and this snarling Arctic Panzer Wolf with red eyes is proof of that.

Aromatics are awesome, once you crack the bottle hops are unleashed, bringing bright citrus highlights I'm saying grapefruit with a touch of lemon. Tropical fruits (mango/pineapple) with a bit of crushed aspirin very acidic in nature but so hoppy. Underneath all of the hop components there's definitely a nice pale malt bill going on light biscuit/cracker like malt complexity, no caramel thank god. Just a bit of juicy fruit with a back end breadiness, balancing things out nicely.

Flavor, what always sealed the deal for me with Dreadnaught was the balance, this beer seems to up the hops and still keep the balance. Big citric rind grapefruit notes coming up with excellent welcomed hop burps. Well hidden alcohol I can't believe this is around 9 percent abv absolutely no burn or discomfort. A nice riding light biscuit malt character adds just enough breadiness to it, along with those tropical fruit malts I mentioned in the nose definitely making their mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent sturdy carbonation, nothing overpowers the palate, nice slick hop oils glide around with each sip. A very nice easy to drain type of DIPA, I'm hoping this beer makes another appearance...their website doesn't have much info on it.

Overall, great drinkable DIPA that you will crave intensely hoppy and satisfying for those of us who enjoy these beers. Well done as always they have a very low fail rate and more often than not their beers are awesome. Even lighter styles like the recent export style lager I had from them was a great version, these guys can brew and they're definitely on the map for more than just Dark Lord Day and mysteriously burning down every month.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus along with floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness and an alcohol burst. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy; however there doesn’t seem to be as much balance as most other beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer overall but there are several others in the style and a few made by 3F that I would choose first.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to lurchingbeast for hooking me up with this in a recent trade.

Pours a hazy coppery apricot color in the glass, with finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a VERY rich and frothy ½ finger of froth, which throws a MASSIVE creamy cascade of soft sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass. Wow, the hop flavor here in the aroma just floods up in the nose, being floral and spicy while sharp pangs of pine needles and bitter grapefruit barge their way in. Sweeter notes of tropical fruit and bready caramel sit in the back of the nostrils and mix with some alcohol warmth to provide a touch of hefty balance to this bouquet. Man, this is just so full, fresh, and robust in the nose. Awesome!

The taste is assertively bitter up front with pine, pithy citrus rind, and a LOT of juicy grapefruit character. The hops are perfectly cut by a sticky backbone of fruity mango, apricot and orange notes, as well as a flush of bready grains across the back of the palate. Brash hops pummel the finish of this, with pine and spice lingering along with a deep earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation that then gets much more smooth and smooth and slick as you swallow. This is definitely packing some alcohol beef (I could definitely feel it at least while working through the bomber) but any burn is kept to the bare minimum here. Just a slightly boozy haze lingers on the breath after each sip.

Wow, Three Floyds hit another hoppy home run out of the park with this DIPA, which was just dripping with well balanced lush flavors and an overall good drinkibility on it for the size. I just can't get enough of the hopped-up beers from these guys. Great stuff!

Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,135 ratings.