Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.53/5 rDev -17.1%
First of all, I feel the need to mention that I am puzzled that this beer does not show up on the Three Floyd's website, not even in the seasonal beer section. I just can't find it on their website at all. Is it about to be retired, I wonder? Moving on...
Label art is different on my bomber from the picture above on this website, it shows an up-close image of the face of a snarling wolf with blood red eyes.
Pours out flattish, weak carbonation, no lacing or head at all. This sort of thing is why I really wish 3Fs would date stamp their product. Getting brutally aggressive with pouring I can manage to generate a brief fizzy 1 finger white colored head that sputters out almost immediately, but that's the best I can get out of it. The color is a hazy opaque deep golden yellow, with some small pinhead flecks of sediment swirling about.
The scent is lemony fresh accents over a solid wall of grapefruit peel, very slight notes of pine pop up from time to time but they are scarce. The malt scent is unusually lighter than the typical IPA malt, this nose tells you that the brew is going to be a hop bomb in no uncertain terms before you even take a sip. I'm not, however, detecting the pineapple notes that everybody else is talking about. And I am most definitely not receiving the mango and other tropical fruits that are the signature stamp of the amazing Dreadnaught.
The flavor has a brief moment of Simcoe 'onion-ey-ness' before transforming straight into pine needley hop bomb accompanied by a fleeting light biscuit malt sweetness that fades out into a nice long dryer finish powered by hop oil and a minor dose of alcoholic booziness.
Body is on the thicker side of medium strength, but my carbonation is sorely lacking, which causes the hop oils to just lay there on my tongue like a dead trout on the riverbank. My tongue feels...slimy and gross after each sip.
This bottle gives the indication of not being the freshest it could be. Perhaps if consumed fresher I would have experienced an excellent carbonation, head, body, and the tropical fruits and pineapple that other BAs have mentioned. And if I ever do experience that in a fresher bottle, I shall have to come back and redo this review. But as it stands, my bomber was merely a slightly better-than-average IPA which could have been absolutely amazing but fell short from lack of the factors mentioned above.
07-26-2011 19:12:56 | More by WastingFreetime
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Thanks to trodersark for this generous extra.
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a tiny white head that quickly fades to very little lacing.
Smells strongly floral, like pine, sweet fruits and bitter hops.
Tastes are strong resinous pine, sweet island fruits, grapefruit citrus and a pretty lasting crisp bitterness. I feel like I do taste the apricots. A little caramel malt hiding in there.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. It has a long lasting dry bitterness.
Overall is a great beer. This is the first IPA I've tries from Three Floyd's and am really looking forward to trying more.
07-26-2011 18:50:57 | More by daveytheformer
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-25-2011 16:10:43 | More by WVbeergeek
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
Want to thank merlin48 for this bottle, dedicate this one to my sweet dog Belle that just pasted.
Pours a lightly hazy peach color with a big frothy off white head that falls slow and laces well.
Aroma is damn hops fill my nose as soon as cap is popped a great sign. Very wonderful citrus hop aromas fresh oranges, pineapple, red grapefruit all mingled with a sprinkle of fresh pine needles. Some light malt sweetness underneath it all, just enough to hold the hops not much more.
Taste is juicy fruit grapefruits, orange pineapple just like the nose nice and chewy just like juicy fruit. Very tasty hop forward I2PA with enough malt to hold all the hops. Finish is linger citrus fruits along with pine notes.
Mouthfeel is medium body with lightly peppy carbonation.
Overall very tasty brew very nice aroma, that carries over to the taste. I wonderful example of a great style, but then again FFF knows how to make a good I2PA.
07-25-2011 01:51:55 | More by mntlover
4.6/5 rDev +8%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A golden orange beer, very hazy so as you can barely see shadows through the body, with a finger of off white bubbly head. Head dissipates to a thick collar of bubbles, leaving some light lacing as it goes. A good amount of carbonation is streaming up from the bottom of the glass, small thin streams here and there. This appears to be dry hopped and unfiltered, so I'm excited.
Huge grapefruit and orange aromas, sweet flesh, and bitter citrus oils from the skin. Some tropical fruits as well, pineapple and mango, a bit of ripe peach or nectarine, and some over ripe papaya. Big fruity hop aromas from this, light pine, with only the faint malt aromas in some lightly toasted grains.
Sweet orange and grapefruit, pineapple, mango and nectarine, then a nice long bitterness from the citrus skins and pine needles. Bone dry finish and bitter, lingering bitterness on the tongue and back of the throat, though not overpowering. Not much malt presence in the flavor, which would help balance it out a bit, but still excellent.
Medium bodied with excellent tongue tickling small bubble carbonation to help keep it clean and dried out. For a high abv DIPA, the alcohol is non existent in the flavor and you only notice the effects after having a few sips.
May like this more than Dreadnaught, will have to review my notes on that to compare.
07-24-2011 21:04:41 | More by nataku00
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-23-2011 12:53:00 | More by WoodBrew
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from growler into glass.
A- Pours a light, translucent, copper. Surprisingly clear for a DIPA. Aggressive pour yields a tame 2-finger head that dies quickly. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S- Strong, vibrant, citrus hops dominate. Sweet malt background. A simple, yet wonderful scent. One of the better smelling IPA's I've had to date.
T- Follows the nose for the most part. A well balanced taste that has equal amounts bitter citrus hops and sweet malt. A nice bitter bite in transition, followed by a dry-hop aftertaste.
M- Incredibly light bodied for a DIPA with no carbonation. Goes down smooth. Dry finish.
O- I was quite impressed with this DIPA. Although it's not quite Dreadnaught, it's a very good DIPA with a surprisingly light and smooth character.
07-23-2011 06:42:18 | More by seabass87
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured from 22oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.
Per standard FFF, no bottled-on date, but blue label art means it's a couple months old.
Aroma: Light pine sap, apricot nectar, iced tea
Appearance: Two-fingered off-white head condenses slowly to persistent, sudsy cap of foam. Excellent lacing. Body is a very hazy orange-gold with yeast particles in suspension. (Not typical for the style if I'm correct.) Still, an interesting one to look at.
Flavor: Mango and tropical fruit transitions to light grapefruit sweetness, then bitterness, which lingers. Hop flavor and bitterness are the focus of this brew, and, while malt is present, does not serve to create balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium CO2, medium-to-full body, and slightly drying hoppy bitterness.
Overall: Another enjoyable hopped-up IIPA from FFF. Has a prominent whallop of hop aroma and flavor, and the malt profile isn't syrupy and cloying like some IIPAs. 9% ABV is well-concealed, and creeped up on me as I neared 3/4 of the way through the bottle.
07-23-2011 02:28:26 | More by mdvatab
3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
Thanks to Westlake liquors for sending this.
A - Pours a light straw yellow to orange colored with bright white head that fades pretty quickly.
S - Piney, floral, citrus hops.
T - Bready malts up front followed by a wave of bitter hops that seem to linger for an eternity. Very dry finish. This one really pulls out every tastebud and sucks you dry.
M - Medium and very dry.
O - Wow, this one just lingers and lingers with the hop bite and dryness. I have never had such a dry DIPA. Not a beer I'd want to be stuck on a desert island with but another solid brew from FFF.
07-23-2011 01:41:59 | More by pigc
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured from bottle (Red label) into tulip. Pours a brilliant, translucent gold. Wonderful white head about a finger thick, disappears quickly, leaving a ring about the circumference. In the nose I pick up sweet melon, piney hops, grapefruit. On the tongue it is sweet, but quite bitter. Hops give a great snap, backed by the citrus. A bit of must from the yeast. But it matches. Mouthfeel is good, great carb and easy to drink. Overall, APW is a great brew, and will satisfy and craving for an IIPA
07-21-2011 21:52:47 | More by SDDanC
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
good lord this beer knocked my socks off. I will gladly punch your grandmother for more.
appearance: clear straw color with thick head.
nose: punch in the face with fruity, citrusy hops
mouthfeel: very quaffable, goes down a little too smoothly
taste: initial malty backbone gives way to hoppy bouquet as soon as it passes your epiglottis.
100 IBUs? how can this go down so smoothly?
07-21-2011 03:16:10 | More by tbrink
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
Big thanks to SpdKilz for sending me this one. No bottling date but it has the new label. Enjoyed on 07/16/11.
A - Slightly hazy bright orange/gold color with a one finger white head. Leaves very little lacing.
S - Huge fruity and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Only a hint of sticky sweet malt in the background. Grapefruit, orange, mango, and other tropical fruits are the stars here.
T - This is truly a hop bomb. Bitter from start to finish but I love it. Begins with a very citrusy hop flavor balanced by some sweet malts. Then come the fruity, tropical hops. Leaves a lasting grapefruit bitterness on the tongue long after the swallow. Good stuff.
M - Mouthfeel is good, very creamy with relatively low carbonation.
O - Overall, this is an excellent DIPA. Three Floyds rarely disappoints. Seek this one out.
07-16-2011 19:23:19 | More by Janderson91
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
Another thank you to TMoney for this one!
I'm used to most DIPA's being somewhere between amber and orange so I was surprised that this poured a lighter amber color. I developed some nice lacing off of the off-white head that was composed of tiny bubbles.
I gave off an unsolicited "oh yeah' upon the first whiff as I was hit with a massive hop load emitting equal parts pine and citrus with a biscuity malt presence underneath it all.
I have to give some big time props here. Most DIPAs that exhibit pine in the nose will have that turn into pine tar or pitch on the tongue. Not so here. However, the balance does disappear as that pine overwhelms the citrus. The citrus isn't completely supplanted and the overall sense of the hop blending with the malts is of tropical fruit, namely pineapple.
Three Floyds continues to impress me with their quality and masterful use of hops. This is a top notch DIPA and one worth seeking out.
07-16-2011 14:50:24 | More by Naugros
3.4/5 rDev -20.2%
Poured a bomber into slightly chilled tulip pint glass.
A - A nice bright orange coloring with a moderate white head. Sticky lacing coats the glass as it goes down. Lots of carbonation going on there.
S - I was expecting a wonderful grapefruit and pine stink to come wafting off of this, but very subdued... disappointing. A very faint smell.
T - Hoppy but a sweet sort of hoppiness. There's a bit of a malty taste here which I enjoy. A small twinge of grapefruit followed by a very spicy and unique aftertaste of orange zest.
M - Thick... like there is some good alcohol backing here. Enjoyable.
O - If I hadn't already tried Dreadnaught and Apocalypse Cow I think I would have enjoyed this more. It's good, but so far it's last on my list of FFF DIPAs I'd choose.
07-15-2011 01:45:59 | More by jmpizzo
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Poured hazy copper color with a large creamy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex citrus hop and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bitter citrus flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol burn as it warms. This is a standout beer.
07-15-2011 01:08:33 | More by tmoneyba
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Tulip @ Local Option
Pours out a hazy golden straw blond with a hint of orange, and a bit of white foam. Not a lot of head or lacing.
Hops, hops and more hops. Grapefruit and citrus with a bit of resinous pine.
Bitter hops up front. Grapefruit dominates with a bit of pine underneath. Next come some balancing malts, though it never quite gets sweet, before finishing with more citrus and resinous hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Possibly a bit overcarbonated, as the hops & carbonation tend to assault the tongue.
Overall, not as good as dreadnaught, but then, what is? Another solid DIPA from FFF.
07-14-2011 04:31:20 | More by readbaron
3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
A - Pours a quite hazy light orange/lemon yellow with a one-finger white head. Average lacing and lots of bubbles building up on the sides of the glass.
S - A little tame for a DIPA but what aromas are there are super fresh in smell. The hops are very much full of citrus aromas and a fresh fruit smell. There's a light lemon flavor after each whiff and not much of a malt backbone. Very refreshing but could be more pungent.
T - Varies a little more than the aroma would suggest. The hops are a little more earthy and sticky alpha acid flavored. Not as fresh as the aroma hints at either but they are very pungent. The aftertaste is bitter and has hints of grapefruit and orange.
M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The palate is sticky after each sip from the resins and oils from the hops. Alcohol weight is felt but not tasted. Finishes semi-dry but "sweeter" than your above average DIPA's.
O - Not a bad offering from Three Floyds but from a brewery with such a reputation as theirs I think people probably expect more from the beers given what they have and can produce. This offering is definitely a solid DIPA but for $12/22oz bottle it might be a little steep.
07-14-2011 02:47:54 | More by VaTechHopHead
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
A-Pours a cloudy, very pale golden straw color. Moderate amount of very white, fluffy head.
S-Aromas of grapefruit and a hint of pine. Slightly sweet smelling.
T-Very good balance of malt and hops. Strong hop flavors of grapefruit with a hint of pine and herbal hops. Slightly sweet.
M-Full bodied, finishes slightly dry despite starting slightly sweet. Good carbonation.
Overall, an excellent IIPA. It has a slightly harsh bitterness but it's a good balance with the slight sweetness and some of the more citrus hop flavor.
07-13-2011 23:44:35 | More by adman08
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
22 oz. brown bottle, thanks to mrkanable, emptied to a pint glass. My label looks significantly different from the one pictured above - a snarling wolf with glowing eyes set against a fiery red background [artwork by Tim Lehi of Blackheart Tattoo, San Francisco].
A: Hazy butterscotch, unfiltered and loaded with streaming carbonation. Modest head, tops off at around a finger of sturdy white cream that separates a bit as it recedes. Patches of clumpy foam for lacing, but nothing close to cobwebs.
S: Intense aroma, drifts away from the glass with ease, continuously catches the nose. Sweeter citrus wrapped in a coating of pine, complex fruity notes (apricot). A wonderful perfume that seems to change from sniff to sniff.
T: Wow. Intense pine/resin hop flavors, layer upon layer of evergreen and pithy citrus. Between sips, given a minute or two for the brazen hop burn to settle, subtler toasted malts sweeter tropical and pit fruit flavors expand some... then the taste buds are bombarded again with the subsequent sip. Probably heavenly for the 'hophead'... but lacks some balance for me.
M: Medium build, not thick or too sticky. Well-carbonated, but the end result is a 'creamy' feel. Juicy, saliva-inducing - more tongue-wringing intensity and cheek-draw than many 'sours' I've tried!
O: I appreciate the hop intensity, the lingering bitterness, but that doesn't mean I have to be crazy about it. I guess my score here harkens to the old 'Drinkability', because really the only non-'good' thing for me was the look; still, my overall impression was that this lupulin-bomb doesn't really match my tastes and, as such, wouldn't be a beer I'm as prone to seek out again. But big thanks for the chance to try it, Matt!
07-12-2011 13:31:19 | More by msubulldog25
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic at one of our weekly tastings. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tangerine, fruit hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, orange, tangerine, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The hops on this one were a little faded if I am honest. This did however allow the fruit character on this one to shine through quite nicely. The aroma on this one was pretty good with the tangerine hanging around on your nose mixed with the fruity hop note. A definite must try if you get the chance as this was a nice example of the style, even without the hop presence.
07-12-2011 11:38:41 | More by thagr81us
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
07-12-2011 04:07:06 | More by dgilks
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
Sent to me quite fresh thanks to a good friend. Perfect pour. Thick lacy head over an orangish straw IPA. Nose has big hops and malts, but not as explosive as I expected. Taste is near perfect. Great blend of fresh bitter hops and big malts. Clean yet full body. Nice hoppy finish. Good, but not on the same level as Dreadnaught.
07-11-2011 23:49:36 | More by rye726
5/5 rDev +17.4%
Poured a very cloudy golden color.
Smell is very very hoppy. Some pine notes with a bit of citrus coming through as well.
Taste is out of this world. Incredible hop flavor throughout. Delicious beer all around. Hint of citrus and great bitter finish. a bit of spice in the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is smooth. Easy to drink. Wish I had more of this one.
Loved this beer. Might be my favorite beer to date. Unfortunately it's about $9.50/22 but now that I found out it's distributed in Wisconsin, it will be a nice treat.
07-10-2011 01:52:14 | More by richkrull
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
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!)
07-08-2011 02:09:20 | More by xnicknj
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Pours a light, hazy gold. A solid two finger, creamy white head pops up with a decently aggressive pour. It sticks around and there's some fantastic lacing.
S: Whole lot of citrus going on. Grapefruit and lemon. Little bit of pine but not a whole lot.
T: Same citrus with some sweet malts. Pine, and whoa those freakin' hops! There's a whole lot of taste here. Primary grapefruit. Fantastic. Hops your head off. Awesome.
M: Fantastic carbonation. Feels awesome on the palate, with good hoppiness on the aftertaste. Fantastic.
O: If you like IIPAs, you need to try this beer. Seriously just a good, good beer.
07-03-2011 03:20:07 | More by CWBlues
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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