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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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2,846 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 517
Gots: 348 | FT: 16
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 it’s hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009)
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Photo of gregshead


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Big thanks to Biglobo8971 for this one. Enjoyed on 4/9/11 reviewed from notes

A: Pours amber color, half finger of head.Hazy look

S: Citrus - white grapefruit and a little orange rind on the nose

T: Taste is a lot like the smell. Bitterness up front with a sweeter finish

M: Light feel on the tongue with minimal carbonation

O: Solid offering by Three Flyods. It holds up to other DIPAs with just a sweeter finish instead of the astringent finish of some over the top hoppy DIPAs.

05-16-2011 02:14:59 | More by gregshead
Photo of bluejacket74


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

05-14-2011 21:33:54 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of lisomiso


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Got this in a trade from kdiggity - thanks! - and splitting the bomber with walows. It's pretty, a bit cloudy and I'm not impressed by the head, though he is and he is the beer freak here, for what that's worth.

The aroma is a bit east-coast-malty and I was afraid it would be a bit sweet for our California palates, but it's seriously delicious and I'm worried about the 9% ABV. It's going down easy as I type.

05-14-2011 05:46:10 | More by lisomiso
Photo of machostacos


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured from bomber into my Stoudts pint glass. No freshness date (again, come ON 3Floyds!!!) However, pretty confident this is no more than 5 weeks in the bottle.

A: Pale yellow, a little cloudy - could be mistaken for an over-carbonated American Wheat. Tiny creamy eggshell white head. Spotty, uneven lacing. Looks entirely unremarkable.

S: The second the cap came off this monster the most incredible aroma graced my senses - huge pineapple, mango, and mildly resinous hop aromas. Could it be better than Dreadnaught? Maybe. It's at least as good.

T: I take it back. This is better than Dreadnaught, at least in terms of sheer hop flavor. Simply incredible. The biggest, juiciest, hoppiest-tasting beer I've ever had. Tropical fruits galore - pineapple and mango and papaya and a little piney resin. A mild malt sweetness is just enough to help balance the intense hop character. With the amount of hops in this beast, the bitterness is incredibly well-tamed. It's just enough to help cleanse the palate. ABV is completely hidden. This beer is so well constructed, it's almost scary. I think on the whole Dreadnaught edges this out by about half an inch - its maltiness is a little more pronounced to help balance its more intense bitterness. However, I can't really find anything wrong here. Delicious.

M: Rich and creamy with medium carbonation. Very oily and mouth-coating. Slightly puckering. Perfect.

O: Honestly the only thing holding this one back is its appearance - it just doesn't look anything like a DIPA. However, since I put way more stock in how a beer smells and tastes, it's a small hurdle to clear. This beer is incredible.

05-14-2011 05:41:57 | More by machostacos
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

05-13-2011 02:29:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of sbennett22


3.58/5  rDev -16%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Dark orange near the head and lighter yellow at the bottom. Foamy, bubbly head.

S: Smells like citrusy hops, mostly orange peel, but not overwhelmingly pungent.

T: Floral and orange in taste. Hops and alcohol are not overbearing, but definitely noticeable. Very similar to smell.

M: Medium body that leaves sticky feeling in mouth after each sip.

O: Very drinkable and tasty, but not my favorite from FFF. I prefer the Dreadnaught for its more unique citrus flavors, but this is still a good DIPA.

05-11-2011 18:24:31 | More by sbennett22
Photo of 1Adam12


3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

Presently splitting a bomber with my wife. Poured into a glass. Very nice orange color with alot of citrus on the nose. Very hoppy and fruity taste. Kind of a bitter aftertaste. I'd have to try them side by side, but IMO this is a bit mellower version of alpha king that allthough is good, didn't wow me like i was expecting it to. one bottle is plenty for me.

05-11-2011 00:43:09 | More by 1Adam12
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Bright light amber color with modest head and lacing.

Grapefruit aroma leads to big dose of tropical, fruity hops. Some spicy/piny hops in the middle with a dry bitter finish.

Nicely balanced, juicy medium body. A great sipper that always invites another taste. This bottle did not last long enough! Seems light and refreshing for such a big beer.

Great tropical flavors in an ale with an arctic name brewed in the temperate zone. Gotta love it.

05-10-2011 12:24:19 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of Treebs


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A: Pours a golden color with a pearl head that leaves rather quickly leaving a nice bubbly lace.

S: Sweet fruits with some citrus as well as nice flowery hops that are very pronounced.

T: Nice mix of sweet and sour fruits and the fresh flower smell comes through in the taste as well. Finishes with a nice bitter hop bite.

M: Slight carbonation with a very light body. Leaves a little oily and goes down smooth

O: Wonderful Double. I loved the fruitiness and flowery hops mingling to create a very balanced drink.

05-08-2011 16:40:27 | More by Treebs
Photo of Knapp85


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

05-08-2011 00:30:28 | More by Knapp85
Photo of MrGaryFish


4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

Review #2. Purchased at the FFF brewery at DLD 2011. Reviewed 5/6/11. Poured into Green Man snifter at 50*

A: Golden orange hue with 1 finger of white fluffy head. Moderate lacing.

S:Smells mostly of resiny pine and a little citrus in the background

T: Solid initial bitterness followed by decent malt backbone, much more citrus flavor than the aroma, equal resinous pine and orange and tangerine flavors give way to solid lingering bitterness. No alcohol detected whatsoever.

M: Low to moderate mouthfeel, not watery but lack of viscosity

O: Fantastic example of an imperial IPA, hops not overbearing or overly bitter. Excellent balance between piney and citrusy hops. Nice lingering bitterness, somewhere between 70-100 IBUs. I can't imagine what this tastes like super fresh, so I guess I'll have to seek out some more APW when it is released next.

05-06-2011 22:10:48 | More by MrGaryFish
Photo of HopHead84


2.35/5  rDev -44.8%


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 .

05-05-2011 05:23:08 | More by HopHead84
Photo of david131


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

A- An ever so slightly lazy light orange liquid... almost peach. The head is thin and creamy but also splotchy.

S- Pineapple, mango, oranges, peaches, pine and a hint of mint. There is some caramel malt backing as well.

T- Fruity with lots of pineapple, mango, citrus, peaches, and pine. The malt backing is nice.

M- Smooth up front with a creamy carbonated aspect.

D- For the alcohol content and the flavor profile, this drinks pretty nicely. A bomber will sure do ya.

05-05-2011 04:24:19 | More by david131
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

05-05-2011 03:53:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of BMoney575


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Sampled on 5-4-11

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a huge white head that fades to leave immense, craggy lacing.

Smell is pungent hops, tons of pineapple and honey. Pine needles are there at the end, along with a hefty kick from the alcohol. Very good.

Taste is lighter than I expected, lots of the pineapple that was in the smell, with a nice malt to back it up. The bitterness at the end is well balanced by the fruity flavors, leaving a light and nicely earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, lighter than you'd expect, goes well with the hoppy flavors.

Drinkability is very good, the great balance of sweetness and bitterness masks the alcohol well.

Overall, an awesome beer that, once again, I can't get here in MI.

05-05-2011 00:23:06 | More by BMoney575
Photo of stakem


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

05-03-2011 17:48:41 | More by stakem
Photo of hooliganlife


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

pours a slightly golden yellow with a light fizzy like head. little to no lacing.

lots of bitterness such as pine, citrus, and dirty resin. light malt.

tons of bitterness through out. a complex mix of pine, citrus, and dankness. bits of tropical fruit. very light malty body. slight booze as this warmed up.

nice moderate carbonation and a medium body. for a DIPA, it drinks pretty easy.

a great DIPA, a piece of me likes this more than dreadnaught.

05-02-2011 23:35:53 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of spointon


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

I had this one on tap at Brixie's in Brookfield, IL. Poured in a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a beautiful medium gold color with a 1/2" fluffy show-white head. Clarity was slightly hazed, though seemed to improve as it warmed so it was likely just chill-haze. Tons of sticky lace left down my glass.

S= Huge blast of pine hops in the nose, but there was some citrus fruit and caramel maltiness in there too.

T= This had a lot of layers of flavor going on. The malt was sweet and chewy, with caramel and a little biscuit action. The hop flavors were complex and huge. I noted resiny pine, tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit, and maybe even some floral esters. Bitterness was beyond firm but quite enjoyable. Finish was very dry.

MF= Upper side of medium bodied, with a a solid carbonation bite that lifted the heavier body quite nicely.

D= Really a very drinkable beer despite the huge bitterness and high ABV. Very well crafted to push the limits yet remain drinkable and complex. Highly recommended.

05-02-2011 18:29:24 | More by spointon
Photo of b3shine


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

On draft at the brewery. It's damn good, but it ain't Dreadnaught. Appearance is the weakest part; a little light for a double, but I think it's part of its seasonal shtick. Smells fantastic; it's this beer's best attribute. Taste and mouthfeel are both good. They may have been rated higher, but I'm comparing it to Dreadnaught, which probably isn't fair. Overall, a good seasonal variety worth trying.

04-30-2011 01:47:06 | More by b3shine
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Tried on tap at FFF 26 Apr 2011. ~10 oz pour in a small goblet.

Small white head quickly dissipates. Somewhat hazy golden straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and Simcoe. Hate to say cat pee but there is a bit of that in the background. Lots of grapefruit upfront. Simcoe is also present. Alcohol noticeable but only slightly warming. Fairly dry bitter finish lingers for a while. Medium body.

Don't think I've had this much Simcoe in a DIPA before.

04-27-2011 04:12:00 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a nice golden straw, somewhat hazy color. Has a soapy white head of foam. Pine in the nose, with citrus, grapefruit and oranges. Tangerines really come to mind. Tropical fruit, melons. Very floral and flowery. Aroma of pink grapefruit more so. A little sweet malt as well in the nose. Pine sap and lemon.

Sryupy mouth feel in the palate right away, good carbonation. Pine, pink grapefruit. Very orange/ tangerine flavor in the mouth for me, like biting into the peel. Tropical fruits as well, sweet malt. A little toasty, soapy. 9% abv is well
intergrated. Highly drinkable. Hop bitterness shows up middle palate.
A dry bitterness lingers in the mouth on the finish. Orange peels, pine, grapefruit, floral citrus rounds it out as well, with some malty sweetness.

04-27-2011 03:30:22 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
Photo of Jaycase


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

a: hazy, bright golden hue. thin head with modest amount of lacing

s: a fruity bouquet with an emphasis of grapefruit

t: An immediate explosion of hops. Nice amount of bitterness. The taste does linger for some time as well.

m: medium body with a good level of carbonation

o: Excellent offering from Three Floyds. I need to try this side by side with Dreadnaught. If memory serves, I think I'd prefer Dreadnaught but this fight is going 12 rounds.

04-24-2011 01:53:31 | More by Jaycase
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle purchased at Delock's in Munster two weeks ago.

Poured into a pint glass, body is a hazy gold, producing a 3/4 inch soap-sudsy head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smells of light malt, grapefruit, and some sugar. But also some piney and floral elements.

For a DIPA, this is somewhat tamer than its tongue-bashing big brother, Dreadnaught. I am liking this milder approach with a more accessible citrus/pine/floral hoppiness that is serious but not an assault.

Body is medium and carbonation is just right, giving this a creamy mouthfeel. There is a bit of a hop tingling sensation on the tongue, but it isn't numbing.

This is a very good DIPA, very tasty and refreshing. The alcohol at 9% is not that noticeable, and one needs to keep in check the inclination to drink a few of these quickly.

04-22-2011 16:18:34 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of nkersten


3/5  rDev -29.6%

Bottle into Three Floyds nonic. Orange yellow color with tiny white collar, no lacing and nothing to really retain. Smells a bit on the malty side, very basic pale malts. Some resinous pine, alcohol, astringent hops. Any aroma hops have faded. Taste is very bitter but not too flavorful. Slightly grassy, alcohol, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to high carbonation and a medium body. I have a feeling this beer is old. Three Floyds, DATE YOUR BOTTLES. Or, even worse, if this beer is fresh, its one of the most boring double IPAs I have had in a while. Drinkable, but definitley not memorable.

04-22-2011 02:42:41 | More by nkersten
Photo of Neffbeer


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to JoshVandy for this bottle.
Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: Straw yellow with a slight amber hue when held up to the light. One finger white head with a hard pour that leaves trace amounts of lacing. The clarity is really murky, probably due to the intense dry hopping.

S: There is a huge grapefruit presence in the nose with some tasty pine cone in tow. I detect Simcoe hops wrapped up in there somewhere for sure. There are hints of the malt in the nose, but it is really subdued.

T: Massive amounts of resin laced dank hops, pine and grapefruit dominate. The malt bill is really mild, basically it is a vehicle for the boat load of hops. It finishes dry and bitter, my kinda double.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: Excellent. I am really impressed with the hoptastic brews from Munster. Cheers to Three Floyds!

04-16-2011 01:43:24 | More by Neffbeer
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.