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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 699
Hads: 3,403
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 591
Gots: 525 | FT: 16
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: 699 | Hads: 3,403
Photo of Kelly88
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Cock and Bull in Covington.

A- nice dark gold look with a solid white cap. Frothy lacing hugs the side of the tulip glass it was served in.

S-cant really smell much. Slight citrus with some bitterness.

T- oranges and pears that are immediately followed by a big hop blast. Finish reminds me of a Nice smooth Bourbon almost.

M- this is the epitome of double ipas. Medium bodied with nice coating That makes for a good refreshing brew. Perfect carbonation. I wish all double ipas had this feel.

D- really nice and refreshing. Great flavor. These two factors make it dangerous but very awesome.

Great beer that is right on par with the rest of their lineup. (685 characters)

Photo of rembrant
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1" white head on a gold, slightly hazy body
Reeks of hops,some pineapple and grapefruit and a bit of floral too. While the scent is a bit mixed, it's pretty aromatic

Taste...Hop bomb in the mouth. Very intensive hop flavors,yet the malts do manage a moment before the hops take over. Fruity,with more pineapple than any of the other hop tastes,but there's a little pine sap, grapefruit and whatever as the folks at FFF seemed to load it up.

Not sure what I paid but I know it ain't cheap. It is a beer worth having now and then, irregardless. I had a bomber of Hop Stoopid recently, wish I'd saved that for a direct compare. In any case, among the better DIPA's. I expect a DIPA to bring big hops, and this does. Super Juice, Dark Horse's " Quad IPA" does "out-hop" this but few other beers do.

Mouth shows enough malt to give good body to the Wolf and temper the hop overkill. The aftertaste party fades fast yet there is a little bitter linger that lasts awhile.

ABV limits the drinkability (as does the $) but it's a beer you may want to drink till you run out or fall over. Solid hop bomb. (1,097 characters)

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

A: Hazy dark amber/ copper color. Creamy long-lasting head and nice lacing.

S: Piney hops, no citrus notes, sweet malt.

T: Pine hops in front, smooth, sweet malt undercurrent. Strong resiny pine hop at end.

M: Super creamy, medium body, low carbonation. (257 characters)

Photo of awalk1227
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/18/10 fresh shipment, so I don't have to worry about no bottling date.

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: My favorite DIPA color. Hazy, sunshine yellow. Super bright and cheerful, little do I know what waits under the surface. A thick, frothy off-white head hugs the inside of the glass, leaving a sticky mess upon finishing.

S: I could smell hops when I opened the bottle, and when I poured it into my glass. A barrage of peaches, white grapes, oranges, and juicy grapefruit smack your olfactory nerves. Resin and pine sit in the background, and a tiny sweet whiff of malt is hiding under the bleachers in this heavy hitter hop game.

T: Sticky, resinous hops kick you to the ground and make you feel insignificant, but then a sugar cookie malt finish picks you up and soothes you, only to drop you on your head again on the next sip. Massive grapefruit and lemon chunks abound. Beautiful.

F: Medium, and a bit oily on the tongue, but hops kick in for a dry, bitter, lingering finish.

D: Undeniable palate wrecker, but I'm a masochist for this sweet punishment. I will get another bomber before they're gone. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Bierlerner
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A bit hazy golden straw color. Small 1 finger head. Some patchy lacing.

S- Awesome strong piney citrusy hop aroma. Not overdone but very bold. Hints of light fruits like grapefruit and pear.

T&M- Tingly carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. A hop assault. Lots of hop but its not really strong in the piney part. Great balance of citrus, grapefruit, pear, and white grapes throughout all while the big hop profile is clashing on the tongue. Finishes bitter and very pleasant. Borders the line of almost puckering, but just doesn't get there.

O- Another very well balanced beer by Three Floyds. Man, they got this IPA thing down. Definitely need more. (655 characters)

Photo of Weebay
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I has this both on tap at 3F and from a growler to go.

A: yellow/orange good clarity, inch of white head, good lacing.

N: grapefruit and tangerine, excellent nose.

T: strong citrus hops, sweet malt finish.

M: doesn't feel sticky, the appropriate amount of carbonation.

O: An excellent beer, you can't taste the ABV at all, one of the mainstay beers that makes 3F so great. (380 characters)

Photo of dgfair
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Beer pours a hazy light orange color with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some soapy lace on the side of the glass. Smell is floral and sweet citrus hops with a bit of a bready/chalky smell on the backbone...more malt than I expected in the smell and almost smells like a lemon scone. The taste is a big smack of bitterness upfront that is very dry and mineral-like in taste. I pick up a slight medicinal quality before I get light malt and another smack of hop bitterness. Not much else in the taste but straight bittering hops. Finishes relatively heavy and warms as it goes down. Not very drinkable due to the huge bitterness. I think this is what they were going for, but only the most serious hopheads need apply. One of the lesser 3 Floyds IPAs in my opinion. Would take Dreadnaught every time over this. (874 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white colored head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is nothing too overwhelming. Light hints of citrus...grapefruit and mango. A sweet caramel smelling backbone.

Taste has the juicy citrus notes that were present in the nose, but there are some floral notes mixed in also. Finishes slightly dry with some maltiness and piney hop notes.

Mouth feel is smooth with moderate levels of carbonation. This beer is insanely drinkable...every sip left me wanting another. (502 characters)

Photo of gratefuld
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy yellow orange pour with a nice inch thick head.

S: strong citrus hops smell. I get a lot of peach. Maybe some mango. This beer smells amazing!

T: Nice. Tastes much like it smells. Strong peach up front with a complimentary malt finish. Great citrus aftertaste. Good beer. I'm surprised at how long the peach aftertaste stays with me!

M: very crisp up front with a very dry finish.

O: Great beer. It's a little pricey but worth it on a Christmas afternoon. (470 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful label, definitely would stand out on a shelf.
A: dark amber with a thick, white head.
S: Malty caramel like sweetness, cinnamon spiciness.
T: Similar to nose, malty forward DIPA, hops are fairly balanced. Hop kick mid sip.
M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness, hops prickly to tongue.
O: Fairly balanced DIPA, I thought the maltiness meshed pretty well with the hops. (382 characters)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of Blargimus
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Slighty hazy straw color with a finger or two of slighty-off-white head. Barely leaves any lacing on the side of the glass - my favorite part of the look of an IPA.

Smell is strongly hoppy, with a hint of honey and malt.

This is definitely a hop bomb, but there's enough malt to keep it grounded. It may come to 100 IBU when measured, but it doesn't taste quite that high.

Lightly carbonated, medium body. Despite the bitterness, doesn't finish with much astringency. Alcohol is light for 9%.

I wasn't convinced at first, but this really grew on me. Many thanks to Willseph for the brew! (629 characters)

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Deep, dark cloudy copper with a finger of bone white head.

S: Rich, sweet malts. Sweet, burnt hops.

T: Bitter burnt malts. Cooked sweet oranges. Slightly boozy. Sort of like a hopped up imperial brown ale.

M: Slight carbonation with a clean finish.

O: My first Three Floyds. Impressed with it, but I'm not really into malty IPAs. Probably the most brutal name for a beer though! (428 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11 oz. pour into a tall glass from a bomber courtesy of glazeman during game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. i've been looking forward to this beer for a while, wondering how it compares to dreadnaught ipa.

A - yellow, very light colored for a DIPA. 1-2 finger head with excellent retention and some lacing.

S - citrus and piney hops, with the piney hops dominating. orange, lemon, and tangerine as well.

T - very similar to the smell, with lemon and bitter, piney hops overpowering. very little malt backbone.

M - a bit more thin than i was hoping it would be. not much here with regards to mouthfeel.

D - drinkable beer, especially on a warm summer day - it would be perfect for an outdoor bbq. plenty of carbonation, but maybe a little too much because this brew is not sticky or malty enough to hide the 9% abv.

overall, this is a very good beer. however, the overpowering lemon citrus flavor and thin mouthfeel are no match for FFF's other DIPA, dreadnaught. i would definitely drink arctic panzer wolf again, but if given a choice, i would prefer a dreadnught. (1,074 characters)

Photo of Pabs311
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy ornage-yellow with a nice pillowy off-white head with good retention, leaves some spotty lacing around the glass.

S- mainly citrus and herbal hops, a little weak for my taste though. some caramel malt comes through as well to balance everything out. there was something that did seem a little off on the nose though, couldn't quite pick up exactly what it was though.

T- similar to the nose. a little more intense on the hops. same caramel sweet maltiness coming through at points. but still that weird flavor that i can't quite pick up on what it is exactly. threw me off of this beer a bit.

M/D- medium-light bodied. good carbonation. cannot pick up on the alcohol in here at all. very good drinking beer, minus that weird characteristic. (759 characters)

Photo of imagese
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Lunar

A- slightly hazy golden with no head and no lacing

S- citrus and pine hop. Not much else

T- same as nose, but with the slightest malt sweetness

M- medium body w/ nice carbonation

D- 9oz pour is enough. great beer, but pretty unbalanced (255 characters)

Photo of Koufax21
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This brew pours a lot more yellow than I would have ever guessed. A nice 1" white frothy head settles nicely and laces the glass beautifully. Smells good, lots of piney flavor, and a touch of orange rind citrus smell. I definitely get the marmalade flavor in the taste. This is a medium bodied ale with mild carbonation. Just another terrific beer from 3 Floyds. Every time I have one of their beers, it makes me wish I was back in Munster. (487 characters)

Photo of thedrewski86
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this the other day over at FFF on tap. It's a very expensive pale ale ($7 a snifter). I had to try it since I make it a point to always try something new when I'm there. It had a nice, hoppyness to it, typical piney smell. Good golden color, Three Floyds did not let anyone down here. It's got that kick in the ass that all their beers have, not for the weak of heart! While I enjoyed this immensely, I would not get it again when their Dreadnaught IPA is always on tap for $2 less. Honestly, the Dreadnaught is stronger and has much more hoppy bang for the buck than this. (579 characters)

Photo of heliosphann
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased locally (despite our distributor being certifiably retarded). Served in a 3F Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Pours a very pleasing orange yellow. Very small amount of white head on the first pour that goes quickly. 2nd pour leaves a much more substantial, white fluffy head. Lacing is good, but not great.

S: Nice combo of juicy, piney hops and tropical fruit. Some slight sweetness from the malt/lactose sugar.

T: Raw, fresh hops with a nice complementing sweetness. Like the nose, there's some strong topical fruit flavors like pineapple, apricot and oranges. Then the piney bitterness kicks in at the end, but it's not overwhelming and finishes nice and smooth. Fantastic!

M: This is the perfect mouthfeel for a big, hearty DIPA. Medium bodied, with a nice viscosity to it. The carbonation is ample enough to not let it get sticky and overbearing. Overall very smooth and pleasing.

D: 9% DIPA's don't get much more accessible than this. Not a trace of booze, and the bitterness didn't really wear on the palate. 22oz was a nice serving, but I couldn't help but want more when my glass was empty.

A real winner from 3F's. I enjoy this a lot more than I do any of their other big, hoppy brews. Hopefully this will be produced in greater numbers later this year/next year. Track it down if you can! (1,316 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a hazy orange yellow with a 2 inch thick white head that shrinks to a finger with nice laxing. Aroma is strong pine with a light breadiness. Flavor is pine resin, some tropical fruit, grapefruit, and a mild bready caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, sticky and dry. One of my favorite dipa's. (339 characters)

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

A- a clean, deep straw colored pour with the slightest bit of hazyness. Little to no head and a decent portion of sticky lacing. Looks like a DIPA.

S-very pungent hop aromas are present. A little bit of smashed orange, some dank green herbs, and maybe a little bit of pepper. Id guess simcoe and columbus hops here with mix of citrus and strange dank aromatics. Little bit of sweet malt and alcohol on the nose too. Very intriguing hop bouquet.

T- first taste is punishing hop flavor/bitterness. This is to be expected. Tastes of oranges and pineapple as well as a little sage or other spice. Some sweet malt present in the middle but again, not much. Finish is alcohol. Really enjoyable hop forward flavors. Different than many double india pales as it mixes some varying resinous hop flavors that don't normally compliment eachother.

M-medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet and sticky. That's about it. Just as expected. A little oily from the alcohol.

O- I like this DIPA. I don't love it though. It has everything you'd expect from the style with the pungent citrus and herb flavors with the warming finish. FFF makes some of the best hop-forward beers available and this ones no different. I think the abv could be a little more hidden and perhaps a touch more head to the beer, but that's me simply looking for faults in this good beer. I think id prefer their Dreadnaught more often than this though... (1,420 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this via trade from hayesez, thanks for the hook up!

A - Pours a cloudy straw or orangish color

S - Pretty strong, candied pineapple, orange and melon. Straw, hay and pine needles.

T - Candied pineapple, orange, grapefruit, melon other citrusy flavors. A bitter finish of pine needles, earthy straw and hay. A very nice melding of these flavors

M - Medium Bodied but fluffy at the same time

D - This beer is very good and even though its 9% I would like more. (469 characters)

Photo of MBrausen
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a golden honey color, thick 6mm head with very nice lacing, fading to a thin bubbly ring of foam

S. Smells of sweet citrus, strongly of orange peel and pine, and a slight grape fruit.

T. Tastes of sweet and tart citrus, sweet orange and bitter fruit with a slightly sour finish.

M. Medium body, thich and mildly chewy for a DIPA, and highly carbonated.

O. A good overall DIPA, a little tart and bitter for what I normally like. Usually they are a bit smoother and fruitier, but this lives up to it's aggressive claim. Still a good beer, and different from the norm. I like it and would gladly have it again. (620 characters)

Photo of jdhende
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber into a New Belgium Globe

A: Pours a nice copper orange. Very nice white head with lots of sticky lacing.

S: Very floral with nice pine and huge bitterness.

T: Very bitter beer off the bat. Following the nose tons of pine and citrus notes. Very fresh and juicy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a slight presence of alcohol on the finish

O: A solid, but not great offering from 3 Floyds. Can't complain though as my local grocery store had this priced at $7.99. Clearly a mistake as it is $10 at the brewery but who am I to complain. (543 characters)

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 3.5 This beer isn't all that exciting in appearance. It is a clear light gold and has a minimal white head composed of medium sized bubbles. It does have smooth, uniform lacing and active bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- 5 Very nice, strong aroma that is a well-balanced blend of citrus (grapefruit, apricot), pine, white grapes, and hops. It is pungent and reminds me of herbs that I've smelled at rock concerts.

T- 4.5 The hop oils come through strongly as the brew coats my mouth, and a little bit of malt sweetness works its way in at the middle of the drink. That is followed by a dry, pine-like bitterness to finish. Altogether it is a little citrusy as are many of the style. Very well-rounded taste to this one, and its 9% ABV is well hidden.

M- 4.5 Near perfect feel; it's medium in body and there is nice carbonation. Just a little syrupy finish leaves me dry but wanting more to quench it.

D- 4 This is a really good imperial IPA. As I've mentioned before, I'm not the biggest hop-head (probably wouldn't have more than a bomber in a sitting), but the style is growing on me and I certainly appreciate it. This brew's aroma is excellent and has a well-balanced taste taboot. It is up there with the best of the style (that I've tried), and it's worth a shot if you can get your hands on it. (1,322 characters)

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.