Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf

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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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Ratings: 3,352 | Reviews: 709
Photo of ppoitras
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/2" light beige head over the cloudy dark golden amber brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus.

Taste starts sweet with a bit of bitterness, citrus in the middle with more bitterness, and bitterness with alcohol through the close. Somehow though, bitterness is in control, not bitter simply for bitter's sake. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good for an DIPA. Nice brew, for sure.

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 WoodBrew
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a stinger(22oz) bottle of Artic Panzer Wolf during a recent visit to 3 Floyds. The beer is a cloudy golden in color with thin white head. The aroma included...hops...not question. There were hints of pine and citrus. The taste was full bodied with great balance between the hop characteristics and elevated IBU. It was quite smooth. The mouthfeel was downgraed slightly due to the higher ABV...which would make it tough to session. Definitely worth a try.

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

Bottle to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium slightly cloudy orange colour with a big glow. One finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Big pine and grapefruit aromas accompanied a huge bitterness. There's the faintest hint of sweetness in the background. Definitely a hop-bomb.

T - A massive bitterness up front with big pine and grapefruit notes. Not much of a malt presence at all. The hops are fresh and juicy.

M - Medium body. Chewy and full of resiny hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - A very good DIPA but I would have loved to see a little more flavour contribution from the hops. Not lacking in bitterness at all.

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

This beer is truly a total tongue attack; astringent; pungent, resinous, and aggressive. Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange color with a good sized, slowly sinking head and strong lacing. Nose is all hops: tropical citrus notes come out big-time, followed by resinous and floral notes. Malt is nearly undetectable. The same is pretty much true for the flavor: it’s a bitter assault, with not only citrus but a somewhat more dominant resin, pine, and floral aspect. Also some pith and aspirin. Not a ton of subtlety and certainly not much of a malt presence.

Medium to slightly full-bodied for the style, with medium carbonation. Somewhat hefty mouthfeel seems appropriate given the huge and bold hoppiness. As others have said, this isn’t the most drinkable beer; it’s both alcoholically strong and bordering on the extreme (well past for some) in terms of hopping. Puts me in mind of Surly’s Abrasive, which I think is perhaps a slightly better beer.

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

This bottle arrived a week ago and features the new label. This beer pours a very, very pale gold in color with a one finger bright white head that quickly dissipates. It looks like a traditional pale ale. The nose is of grapefruits, citrusy hops, and I get an odd spiciness to finish it off. It smells great and you can smell the glass from a few feet away. It tastes of sweet citrusy and lightly piny hops with a soft pale malt backbone. It works well and is a pretty light drinker compared to most DIPAs that're pretty sticky and feature caramel malts. It does finish pretty dry though and is a gateway to cotton mouth. I am a fan of this one and I think it's better out of the bottle than on tap.

Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot orange body. Off-white head has nice retention and lace.

S - Fresh hop nose; dandelions, and pine. Touch of orange citrus and pith.

T - Aggressive bitterness with a touch of citrus. Orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, and pine resin. Plant stem bitters throughout the profile. Dry finish.

M - Medium frame with nice staying power.

O - A DIPA for bitter-minded hop-heads.

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange with a full inch head that stays around for awhile and leaves lacing. Floaties aplenty (got the bottom half of the bomber) and I don't know whether I find that offputting or not.

S- Fresh citrus...apricot. Pine.

T- More citrus...juicy juicy grapefruit. Hop hop hops.Slight apricot taste.

M- Very pleasant mouthfeel that keeps you wanting to drink faster than you should.

D/O- Drinkability takes a hit because of the high ABV but if you're being silly and wanted to drink more than you should I wouldn't blame you. Does Three Floyds make even a mediocre beer?

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

22oz bomber huge thanks to bauermj for this one

A: poured a tangerine orange with yellow highlights with a half finger head that left pretty good lacing.

S: lovey floral piney hop aromas with fruit accents that consisted of peach and pineapples. I also got hints of ciitrus grapefruit, malts, and faint apples. Very nice nose on this one.

T: very nice grapefruit piney hop punch up front with pineapple and mango fruit flavors that also had a nice malt backbone giving the beer good balance.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation and has a sweet bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

D: very impressed with this DIPA from FFF I didn't think they had it in them. I like dreadnaught but really like APW. I hope I can get my hands on more of this stuff.

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 Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Never thought I'd see a beer (or label) inspired by Molly Hatchet's album art, but here we go (and thanks to Stubone for the trade). . .and in case anyone is wondering, that was a reference to the old label art, not the one they have displayed on BA:

More yellow than expected, albeit dark yellow, first thoughts were how it was similar in appearance to Stone's 14th. Color and haze on point. Aroma was also the grassy English hop dry feel to it.

Taste, now it departs with its comparisons to Stone's 14th. More pine in the taste, still has a degree of dryness to it, of course, its hoppy, just its more along the lines of the traditional big hoppy American DIPA than the English DIPA hops used in the aforementioned beer. Never overwhelming in any capacity, yes, big hops, big bitterness. Good degree of a variety of citrus flavor, pineapple to name one.

Heard its pretty expensive. But it is quite drinkable.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dvelcich for this bottle in a trade.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A- Lighter hazy orange with a 3/4 finger off-white head. The head has fine bubbles that quickly recede to the edges. There is some mild lacing.

S- Sweet citrus- Lemon, orange, grapfruite, followed by some pine scents.

T- Very Piney and tart, slight hing of citrus.

D- Creamy, nice tartness-bitterness bite, low carbonation.

O- This is how I like my IIPAs, West Coast style.

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

650ml bottle poured into tulip oct14 2010

A golden yellow with a shitload of sediment suspended like it's floating in jello with just a couple of bubbles moving it around, the thumbs width of foam falls to a 1/4in film that goes nowhere but leaves no lace

S I don't get any white wine like the label says but plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, and other tropical fruit with a heavy dose of pine some toffee and faint booze

T not far from the smell but more toffee and booze, big citrus is hard to miss and right up my alley, booze is there but well concealed considering it's 9%

M quite course leaving a fair bit behind in your mouth, more carbonation then I could see but that's not saying much and I'm thinking I'm missing some enamel from my teeth

D perhaps this one should come with a disclaimer because it could hurt you if you let it, just a little heat but for the most part it could disguise itself a mid booze IPA

Thank MasterSki for sending this one my way, great beer and I will be looking for it anywhere I go

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a bright bronze and copper color. Great head and awesome retention. Nice Brussel's lacing and sluggish, yet full bubbling.

What an orange zest and lemon peel aroma. I maybe notice some very delicate biscuit powder aroma. This beer smells of huge hop bomb.

Lots of bitter hop flavors from start to finish. The alcohol adds another layer of bitterness to this citric zest eruption. I noticed some bitter, tropical fruit flavors, maybe some crushed flower juice. This is a hot bitter bomb that can only be sipped.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – thanks!

Pours a clear deep copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with moderate amounts of herbal and light citrus hops. Also present are hints of floral notes and heavier grapefruit citrus that waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Mildly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of bright citrus hops. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more toward herbal and lightly earthy, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was kind of let down by this beer after smelling it, but the taste really came through and met my expectations. Well worth a shot.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at Binnys in Lake Zurich, $10.99. It pours a clear golden color, SRM of about 3, lots of floating chunks. A very thin head comprised of large bubbles.

The beer smells strongly citric, pungent and acidic hops aromas that have no malt counterbalance. It's been too long since I had a Dreadnaught, but that's what comes to mind from the aroma. I'd like to do a side by side of these 2 beers.

It tastes abrasive and enamel-peeling, exactly what I was hoping for in a FFF DIPA. Really bitter, tons of grapefruit and a little pine needle, a puckering and lingering aftertaste. The bitterness never goes away.

Medium-thick body with a sticky composition. Combined with the flavors it gives the impression of sucking on fresh resinous hops. I liked it a lot but not sure how often I'd want to have it.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, I have no idea how fresh this is. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly cloudy golden/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, apricots, orange peel) and pine hops. Flavor is mainly bitter hops. Both the citrusy and pine flavors are noticable, but initially the bitterness is strong and lingers around for a while before it eases up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with decent carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, but given a choice I'd much rather have Dreadnaught instead.

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue crazy gargoyle label, no bottle date; of all the companies I am surprised Three Floyds hasn't stepped up and handled this important accessory, anyway...
Aromas are really hop forward and citrusy with lots of orange and lesser but still copious grapefruit; reminds me of a blood orange. As it warms they hops become more complex with resiny and dank aromas become more apparent. There is an underlying sweet candy mixed in there as well. No caramel like there was in Dreadnaught that I had last week.
The tastes begin with the sweet bready and candy malts but are quickly overtaken by the bitterness and flavors of the greenery. Pineapple, grapefruit, pithy lemon/blood orange attacks your palate with bitterness. Thick hops flavors and sweet malts mingle on the tongue and create a huge resin filled flavor to boot. No alcohol is present what-so-ever which is awesome but dangerous for such a delicious beer.
Mouthfeel was very full and very sticky; much less in balance with the malts like I prefer (Dreadnaught was much more balanced, less bitter). The finish is super dry thanks to the copious amount of hops which must have been added to this bad boy. Sweet malt helps a little to keep this from being a complete palate wrecker.
Overall this is another great beer; same flavor profile as Pliny, not at balanced as Dreadnaught. If you like 3 Floyds, you will love this. While I thoroughly enjoyed this, I prefer my DIPAs more balanced. Hop bomb... yes. Recommended... yes as well.

Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Peach colored beer, pretty murky. Light white head, about a one finger, gone quick. Medium lacing...The aroma is very sweet, tons of grapefruit, lemon light herbs, slight hoppy finish. Small amounts of pine as well...This is one tasty ipa. Very nice grapefruit on the front mixed with a nice slightly pine finish. This is really balanced making it super easy to drink. Probably my most favoriate three floyd's ipa... Somehow it gets better as it warms, starts to show off the pine in a nice way.

Overall, this is excellent, super easy to drink fruity and piney.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: golde orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, grass, hops, malts,

taste: citrus, grass, hops, with a dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp

drinkability: very well balanced double IPA.

cheers,

the CPJ

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

22oz bottle, hyvee madison

appearance: strange he-man blue-motif label, served in my hopleaf chalice (part 2), cloudy straw-orange body, foamy beige ring with decent retention

smell: tropical fruit, mango, hop resin, grapefruit, pine, citrus rind, apricot. Nice.

taste: It would be interesting to try all of the FFF DIPA's next to each other to determine the best in show. Arctic panzer features a glowing citrus profile - grapefruit, orange rind, tangerine juice. Bitterness levels are moderate. Tropical fruits shine through with mango and pineapple coming through strongest.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, resinous, crisp medium body

drinkability: good

Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour with a creamy, foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Nice head retention.

Big citrus and pine character. Good orange character with very little malt notes.

Very nice soft malt with a big, crisp bitterness. Good piney hop flavour with plenty of resin.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An excellent beer. Really good malt and hop character and a really solid beer from FFF.

Thanks to Will (futura123) for a really solid and enjoyable beer.

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to claspada

Pours a clouded dark orange with some golden hues. Thin crop of white head fades into a collar of lacing with splotchy film on the glass.

Sweet fruit mixed with starkly bitter citrus hops in the nose. Apricot and orange with a large helping of caramel malts. Slight alcohol as well, which increases as it warms.

Nice stinging bitterness up front along with pithy grapefruit. some orange and apricot create a slightly tropical feel with sweetness. Decent malt backbone, a little bready with a swirl of caramel. Finishes citrusy and strongly bitter with a spike of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and bubbly on the tongue. A solid DIPA, although I thought Dreadnaught was better - it's still tough to tell though without any freshness dates (please!)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for picking up one of these for me!

A - Cue my Conan vinyl album to coincide with the label art...ok. APW pours an almost clear, lightly hazy golden yellow beer with a two finger, bone-colored head. Small patches of lace linger above the sliver of foam on top.

S - Floral dominance with pine needle and a bit of dry grass-clippings that's a bit overwhelming of the pale malt backing. My immediate reaction is, this is pretty damn close in aroma to Shewolf. Only just not as good.

T - A big malty backbone balances well with the strong floral, lemony citrus and pine hop flavor. A very slight hint of fruitiness pokes through leaving a nice mild bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium-full-bodied and bitter with a full flavor and a smooth texture. APW is a decent feeling double.

D - This actually has a solid drinkability for a double IPA. It's not overly bitter or alcohol-rich and, while everything else is good, this is probably the best aspect of this beer.

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

This looks clear and clean with a bright copper/amber color and a healthy white cover with lots of lacing. The aroma brings a malty pine hop with a light floral complement. Nice. The flavor offers a beautifully blended grass-pine hop bitterness with oak caramel and some alcohol presence. Nutty and a bit leafy. Medium bodied with a soft, well blended carbonation. Very smooth stuff with a little kick. Though it's quite hoppy as I typically like this style to be, there's a bit more alcohol than I like to taste. Nice enough.

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