Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 3,381
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 586
Gots: 516 | FT: 18
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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 WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (2,479 characters)

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

On-tap at Three Floyds! Served in a tulip/snifter glass.

A - Poured with a finger of eggshell foam that leaves tuns of sticky sheets of lacing. Hazed dark orange-brown color. Gonna give the head volume the benefit of the doubt, as the bartenders are trying to fill the glass here!

S - Intense piney hops, some tangy citrus (grapefruit, lemon, etc.), a touch of booze, some dankness in the background. More bitter and hoppy than Dreadnaught, with less tropical and caramel flavor. I don't dig this quite as much - the pine and booze are pretty fierce - but it's still pretty good.

T - The taste is actually better, which is somewhat unusual. The alcohol is hidden better, and the moderate amount of bready caramel helps balance things out a touch more. The bitterness shows up in the finish and lingers a decent while. It's not as palate destroying as I expected.

M - Medium body, light carbonation tingle, lots of residual hop resin and oily goodness. Some nice warmth after a few sips. Spot-on for a DIPA.

D - Not as insanely drinkable as Dreadnaught but still pretty enjoyable. I'd have a tough time with a growler of this stuff, but a few pours is definitely possible. (1,176 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial India Pale Ale. "A dry and stupendously hopped medium bodied Imperial-India Pale Ale brewed with Canadian 2-row malt, dextrose sugar and lots of American hops. Arctic Panzer Wolf has superior aromas of marmalade, white wine, pine and apricot all mixed with an intense American hop bitterness. Cheers!"

Little hazed golden/apricot hue, small white head.

aroma: outsized pine and citrus, gargantuan orange, grapefruit, mango and lemon. (Marmalade? Sure, of course. White wine? Eh….)

Taste: Sweet and smooth at first, with hop bitterness rising up on the outset. Pithy, raw and righteous bitter fruit flavor. Minor malt, medium body, alcohol rises high. Melds well with the citrus and spice. Hops galore. Love it, love it, love it. Fits this hophead to a tee. (803 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting, thanks Jonathan.

a - Pours a nice golden color with lots of sediment, one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, light fruit, fruity malts, pine hops, and floral hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, light pine hops, tropical fruit, and fruity malts. Quite bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice DIPA. I thought it smelled great and had a lot of great citrus and pine hops to it. Would love to try again. (537 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a recent trade with spycow. Decided I would bring it to our IPA day celebration.

A - Pours golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of grassy hops, tropical fruits; mostly grapefruit and mango; lightly toasted caramel malt, some day old bread, and the faintest hint of warming booze.

T - Starts off with a nice grassy hop bite quickly giving way to a mix of grapefruit, mango, sweet caramel malt, chewy bread, and some warming alcohol. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and hop bitterness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, hoppy, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time after finish.

O - I liked this one. It wasn't as good as the Dreadnaught I opened right before it but it was still pretty good. Another winner from FFF in my book. (900 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Moderate soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, mango, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, mango, floral, grass, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, peach, mango, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA as expected. Big hop flavor complexity and balance with moderate malts; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,346 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 mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim for this one.

A: Pours a very hazy orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, with the head fading to a thin layer of white on top. Thin, but sticky lacing coats the walls.

S: Some tropical fruits, mostly pineapple, oranges, tangerine, and some citrus zest. There is some graham cracker malt to balance things a bit, even though the hops dominate.

T: Somewhat sweet from the citrus fruits, mostly orange and orange zest on the flavor profile. There is a bit of pine in the midpalate, which transitions to a bit of caramel malt. Finishes slightly bittersweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not a bad DIPA, but I prefer the others from FFF I think. This one doesn't wow me as much as they do. (776 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours a light layer of white of white head. Color is a hazed melon orange. Not much head retention or lace.

Aroma: Bittering pine up. Some sweeter citrus. It has some bready malts. A bit of union flavors. Decent, but nothing too special.

Taste: Fairly hoppy here. A big amount of pine and earthy hops. It shows some booze. A bit of citrus. Some orange and grapefruit. A little bit of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, it is a decent iipa, but nothing sticks out to much. A bit above average, but nothing I am falling over for. It just seems like the hop profile is off on this one. Too sticky for me. Somewhat drinkable. (736 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney and orange hops. The flavor is more of the same with the orange citrus notes standing out more than the pine. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (295 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 Huhzubendah
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunn for bringing this one back from his travels.

A - bright yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - floral, faint alcohol, mango, grapefruit, pineapple

T - mango, citrus, pineapple, bread, faint alcohol

M - warm, medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This has huge citrusy hop character. It's complex and very fruity. The malt is bready and a bit sweet. There's exceptional balance and dangerous drinkability. This is very impressive! (455 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a hazy pale gold color with a thin white head. Although it didn't have much head to start out with, what was there lasted pretty well. Moderate lacing on the glass as well.

The aroma has a bright, citrusy, juicy, hoppy aroma to it. There are some notes of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and pine. Very nice hoppiness to it.

The taste has more of the juicy, hoppyness that was found in the nose. It has that nice tropical fruit hoppiness that I really like in my DIPA's. It finishes with more of a dry pine, resiny hop flavor. A little bit of alcohol is present in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice hoppy beer. It's a pretty big beer at 9% though, and at times it felt like it too. Overall it was very good though. (864 characters)

Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light, semi-transparent gold. Nice head retention. Nose is of pine a alcohol. Abrasively bitter at first with a nice hop flavor. Warming alcohol sensation after a few sips, which affects drinkability. Carbonation is light on the tongue. Overall a solid double IPA, but not that easy to come by on the East coast. (318 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared with Jeff and Ben.

Tried this side by side with Apocalypse Cow from dateless bottles received recently from WLV Liquors. APW was slightly duller in color (cloudy golden/yellow) and had less head retention. Otherwise this exceeded AC in every other facet. Aroma is a unique blend of herbal, floral and citrus hops. Grassy and grapefruit rind like. Flavor is dank, bitter, dry and hoppy. A strong toasted malt body with minimal sweetness balances out a dry rind and bitter grapefruit hop body. Much more resiny, than the sweet AC; this drank much smoother and was a more enjoyable DIPA. (606 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice changing and highlighted body color. Goes from lemon dark yellow at the bottom to hues of peach, orange, to a great mix of dark amber orange at the top. Classic white head, valleys and peaks, forms real nicely at just about four fingers, settles with lots of retention. Clumps and clumps of lacing. Looking real sexy here.

Dank musty hops, some sweet malt and faint dried mix of apricot and peach. Smells delicious and soft, and ready to go. The nose on this strangely reminds me a little bit of Amarillo a la Hop Head Red.

A nice lingering noticeable sweetness on first drink. Sugar and malts come in mixing with the dank presence. Slight peachy fizz sense on the carbonation but a nice almost silky balance coming through also. Slight grass hop and a sense of chewy fresh hop taste to go with it. Good oils also.

Overall, fun and enjoyable. (906 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: kind of a light yellow color which I find strange for an Imperial IPA with 1/2 inch head that slowly disapates and very little lacing.

Smell: slightly hoppy and floral.

Taste: mostly citrus flavor. Not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: smooth and on the lighter side.

Drinkability: Very easy drinker and I never got a sense of the high alcohol from this beer. (368 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds : Artic Panzer Wolf

Pale golden color, small head providing alot of lacing. Sweet & fruity malts, pineapple, and tropical hop notes make up the aroma. In the taste, piney and earthy. Nice bitterness, though aggressive. Grapefruit rind. Some noticeable alcohol but not distracting. Dry. Resinous hops. Oily. Medium to full bodied, mild carbonation, good drying hop bite in the finish. Overall, another fine double IPA from 3 Floyds. Really tasty, very solid. (471 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date (what the crap, FFF?). Big thanks to Jcb890 for this as an extra. A damn fine extra.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body with a nice white head, but it doesn't last. Looks like an Avery White Rascal. No lacing, either. Like a wheat beer or an IPA with almost no malt bill at all. Not that that's a terrible thing.

Smell - Lemon citrus, pineapple goodness, and pine. It has an aroma somewhat similar to Dreadnaught, but without the sweetness behind it. That pine and lemon combination is very often not inviting, but it isn't so bad here. Without the sweetness, it doesn't come off as a chemical smell.

Taste - Bright, lemon citrus hops. A blast of hop goodness. Pine hops and other tropical fruit flavors continue the hop wave. Nice. A slight sweetness behind rounds out the flavor, but it's interrupted by a pine hop bitterness. Hops all around and I love it.

Mouthfeel - Light for 9%, but medium bodied. It even says so on the bottle. The finish is bitter, but not abrasively so. Great for a DIPA. I can down this dangerously easily.

Overall - Pungent and flavorful. Better than Dreadnaught, which seems like a malty mess compared to this. It's close to that Pine-Sol flavor, but it misses just enough to make it delicious. (1,275 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head.  Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Aroma bursting forth with sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes along with subtle earthy pine and pale malts.  Complex hop profile with dank floral hops countering the sweetness but the nose is dominated by tropical/citrus fruit.  Lots of  mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel along with pale biscuit malt notes.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes countered by faint earthy dryness.  Excellently balances with dank earthy pine notes and some pale biscuit malt.  Never comes across to bitter or too sweet.  Very flavorful and easy to drink. (769 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 HopHead84
2.39/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

4/15/2011

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Pale yellow gold with a nice white head. Transparent yet slightly hazed.

S: Strong tangerine and pine resin notes with a little orange. Very aromatic. Alcohol is quite prominent. There's a light caramel malt presence with evident oxidation imparting cardboard, as well as a slight vegetal note.

T: Moderate bitterness with a blend of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Lighter pine than was in the nose. Malt is faint and there's a subtle vegetal note to this cask which is detracting. Trailing bitterness. Cardboard in the flavor as well. Flavor doesn't match the bitterness here.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Sticky and oily mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a fan. Rife with off flavors that ruin it . (758 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a yellowish gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Grainy, lightly toasted malts, some citrus

T: Has a citrus feel, light booze, light hop bite and wheat taste upfront. Finishes with a light melon, apricot

M: Medium bosy, slick but dry on the finish

O: Good (289 characters)

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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