Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
I pour the light-bodied, kinda thin liquid into my glass and with my first sniff I was flooded with memories; fresh raspberry kringle! I can smell the raspberry tartness rolled into the flaky buttery phyllo dough, topped with a wildly sweet frosting. I feel as if I am sitting in my parent's kitchen, sipping coffee, waiting for the kringle to be cut and served. So, anxiously, I dive right in.
The raspberry-kringle aroma turns into a sugar-on-grapefruit bittersweetness once it hits my tongue. It's not overly sweet like many other versions of the style, but it keeps the citrus rind tang in check with a pleasing and subtle tropical fruit perfume. The alcohol is masked in it's own drinkability. There is an easy-goingness about this monster that I was not expecting.
Then, it hits me: this hop monster is not of the scaring kind! It's a friendly beast! It's welcoming like those nordic people who settled on our shores of Lake Michigan so many generations ago, the offspring of vikings, who seemed so large and unruly at the time, but instead of slaying us; invited us over for coffee and sweet kringle.
01-09-2011 19:44:52 | More by burnheartsMKE
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
22oz into a Duvel Tulip. Brought back by a friend on a trip to Indiana. No date on the bottle.
Pours a hazy bright Yellow-Orange. Looks great. Dense, foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.
Nose is a little muted. I can pull out some yummy citrus hops. Wish it were a little more pronounced.
Great big bitter hop barrage. Citrus hops galore. My kind of DIPA.
Medium-thin and fairly dry. This is how a DIPA should be. Any heavier and it. Would enter barleywine territory. This is 100% India Pale Ale.
Overall, a delicious and well crafted brew. Impressive, even if it is way overpriced at $12.99 a bomber.
01-06-2011 22:27:22 | More by mondegreen
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
22oz bomber purchased from brewery in Munster, IN, poured into SA glass.
Clear, yellow elixir, thin, white head retained throughout.
Aroma familiar to those who crave the hops: citrus, grapefruit, piney hops. Strong. A brew you stick your nose into prior to each draw.
The taste does not disappoint. Well balanced, nice body, hidden alcohol. hops fronted, spread throughout with lingering tingle and mild hop bitterness. Easy to down a couple of these.
A nice addition to the 3Floyds stable of brews.
01-05-2011 02:57:00 | More by CaptCleveland
3.68/5 rDev -13.6%
A: Golden Yellow with nice two finger white head.
S: Grapefruit/ Pine/ Mango
T: The mango comes out up front with bitter grapefruit on the finish.
MF: A solid texture, medium body with a solid hop profile.
D: Fairly easy to drink, however, the hop profile is a little out of balance and the bitterness of this beer would make this a chore to drink after you have had few.
An above average DIPA worth trying but probably not going out of your way for.
01-04-2011 13:56:25 | More by TriGuy20
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
01-03-2011 20:36:15 | More by awalk1227
4/5 rDev -6.1%
a- bomber poured into a tulip, warm honey tea coloring, lots of floaties, one finger fades to a layer of lace.
s- bright, citric, not overly sweet here, a bit of honey cutting through, also some dryness.
t- pretty much follows the nose, hops and nice and floral, well bittered, a bit dry. really nice dipa.
m- medium, slick.
d- glad i got the chance to try this from daveonba, wouldn't have known about this - top notch, really tasty, as has everything i've tasted from FFF.
01-03-2011 19:38:36 | More by thecarster1
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
A - Pale golden yellow with a large white head with a small white ring that remains for the duration.
S - HUGE aroma here - mango, grapefruit, pine sap, bread, nuts.
T -Opens with a cracker presence and white bready notes. Hops explode after that with tropical citrus sweetness, then quickly turns bitter with lemon rinds, mango, grapefruit.
M - Thin, but sticks to your mouth in a way that is syrupy and quickly goes away. Carbonation is spot on - nice and effervescent.
D -This is a tasty beer, but the heavy grapefruit and lemon rind bitterness limit it's drinkability for me.
01-03-2011 04:45:50 | More by drewba
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
I got this beer from alleykatking. Thanks Josh!
22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.
L - lightly hazed copper color with a white head that thinned to a layer and left a spots of lacing.
S - citrus and floral/pine aroma.
T - bitter citrus rind upfront balanced well with sweet malt although it never really gets too sweet finishing dry and bitter.
F - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - goes down easy.
01-02-2011 21:56:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
Thanks to dpuia for hosting a FFF tap night on 12/28/10!
A - Hazy golden orange body with half an inch of bubbly white head that reduced to a thin ring and patchy veil and deposited thin, stringy lacing around the glass.
S - Citrus nose, specifically grapefruit with hints of pine and catbox. Sweet caramel malt and a mild alcohol twang round out the equasion.
T - Icy, wintery IPA with piney notes and juicy citrus fruit backed by a sweet malt base, resulting in a moderately hoppy yet well-balanced DIPA.
M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate hop bitterness on the palate..
D - A DIPA from FFF? Give it to me! This is like Dreadnaught Lite. Great stuff and definitely a beer to appreciate on draught.
01-01-2011 23:09:41 | More by ffejherb
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
A: Hazy golden-amber color, slight head of white
S: Light malts, flowery and citrus hop blast in the nose
T: Pine and grapefruit from the hops. Malt presence is lighter, but well balanced with the hops, so long as you enjoy a hoppier beer. Still a decent sweetness to it.
M: Awesome, aside from the hops, it may be the best part of the beer. Almost creamy, but not overwhelmingly heavy. This could be drank all day.
D: Again, if given a keg of this for my own, I would throw a party with my best beer nerds and we would all be thoroughly satisfied afterward, as well as blasted.
Overall, this is an absolutely great addition to the Floyds' arsenal of beers. If you have a chance certainly pick it up.
12-31-2010 02:58:43 | More by onefmatt
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
A sixtel offering dished up by ChrisD fresh back from his holiday run to Indiana.
A-Bright, lightly hazed golden yellow with a thin white head that left spotty lace.
S-Big blast of fresh tropical fruits overlying a secondary base of sweet biscuit malt.
T-Mostly fruity up front with secondary spicy pine in support. Light malt base....this is like Dreadnaught Lite!
M-Medium-light bodied, crisp and sharp with a long lingering fruity hop profile.
D-A simply lovely light bodied DIPA. FFF are the long established masters of the hops and this beer proves to be no exception. Light malt with tropical fruit hops and sharp biting finish....just like I like them!
12-30-2010 00:56:15 | More by Deuane
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
Hazy, pale golden/orange with minimal head that fades fast and leaves no lacing. Very little activity.
Boozy esters with floral and citrusy hops, and little evidence of the malty bill. Maybe some faint caramel. Though it wasn't very cold when poured, it gets better the longer it sits. The 4 may be a bit generous.
Fairly sharp piny and grapefruity hop flavors and bitterness are most prominent. Malty sweetness is detectable, but no caramel flavors (BuckeyeNation would be pleased to report this in his review). Not especially complex. Not a total palate wrecker, but it's a pretty aggressively bitter hop bomb.
Smooth, almost creamy medium body. Finish is dry, and the bitterness lingers.
Think west coast IPA with a thinner feel and body (purposefully) than what you'd expect. It's a good, aggressively bitter, DIPA. But to my taste buds, it is not exceptional. In fact, it reminds me of some of my homebrew DIPA's, particularly ones that caused me to tweak my recipe to add more body and complexity.
Thank you iowahawk for providing me with the opportunity to experience this fine offering from 3F, a classic maker of the style.
12-29-2010 02:30:46 | More by sprucetip
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
Arctic panzer wolf pours a hazed orange blossom honey color. The head is almost white, sudsy and leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
The nose is packed full of citrus and tropical hop notes. There is a malt backbone to this one but it's mostly hops. Damn skippy, who doesn't love a hop bomb?
Mmmm an initially tasty brew. It starts off with some sweet malts and all that hoppy goodness. Juicy fruit and citrus dominate the flavor profile but the good times are not meant to last. Soon enough an over aggressive bittness trumps all the flavors and in my opinion ruins the beer.
Bitter best describes this brew. In fact over bittered is more like it. The mouthfeel is dominated by the punchy sharpness and hoppy twang in the finish. The good news is that the bitterness doesn't survive long, eventually warm and malty sweet beats it out. The one rocky patch of over bittering isn't enough to stop me from enjoying this one.
12-25-2010 21:01:40 | More by jbphoto88
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks a ton to paco1029384756.
An aggressive pour yields a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over hazy golden wheat orange color.
Nose is exploding with fresh hops, lots of pine and some citrus, a bit of orange peel, some musty fresh hop resins, tangerine, clementine, and hint of earth, with some light malts and sweetness underneath it all. I could smell this all day.
Taste is ripe with fresh hops again, bringing some pine, citrus again, more citrus fruits like tangerine and clementine, some orange zest, and a bit of musty hop resins. It's fairly bitter, almost intensely bitter but doesn't seem to overpower like it makes me think it well. Again behind that comes some lightly sweet malts, a nice malty base that lives way behind in the shadow of the hops. A little spicy as well, some from hops, but gets a bit of a tingly and warming booze hit. Finish dries more, and brings more bitterness that lingers for what seems like eternity, or at least until the next sip, leaving some citrus fruits, pine, and a slight sticky feel.
Mouth is a little heavier bodied, with decent carbonation and some warming tingly booze.
Drink is decent, but not great, with a bit of warming tingly booze, some sweetness which dries a bit, a slight sticky finish, and the long bitterness that is delicious but doesn't bide well for drinkability.
12-23-2010 04:00:33 | More by jlindros
2.95/5 rDev -30.8%
A- Light and bright. The beer is a clear glowing amber. The head is lackluster which is a bit of a let down.
S- This already smells like another awesome midwest dipa from the brewery that helped define this type of dipa. Big tropical fruit bombs, and that's how I like it. Marmalade, pineapple, mango, and cotton candy. Pine is there but is secondary to exotic fruits.
T- The snell is much better than the taste, which unfortunate. Tropical fruit is still the star but it isn't as well blended as the aroma. Copious pine and a splash of fussel alcohol get in the way. This beer is pretty damn bitter, considering how fruity it is.
M- Medium bodied with a nicely subdued carbonation. Its quite resins with a long lingering bitter finish.
12-22-2010 07:22:44 | More by MbpBugeye
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Blind Beer #4, Blind Beer BIF, Round 3. Bomber labeled #4.
A-Hazy copper golden, lots of floaties, huge frothy head, great sticky lacing.
S-Juicy, piney, sweet and a nice bit of citrus. Some malt is detectable but not the feature element here. Thinking we're in DIPA territory.
T-Yes, indeed. More citrus presence in the taste than the nose but a very large amount of malt sweetness as well. Quite tasty, the sweetness holds up nicely to balance the solid bitterness.
M-Medium bodied, finely carbonated, good lingering flavor.
D-I am thinking this beer is in the 9% ABV territory, so one is probably the right number. But a good one.
Guessing DIPA, seems vaguely Three Floyds-y to me, though lacking in the bitterness of fresh Dreadnaught.
12-21-2010 16:20:24 | More by sholland119
3.5/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
12-21-2010 04:39:24 | More by scruffwhor
3.88/5 rDev -8.9%
Enjoying this one with CooperEllis, who I see just reviewed it. It's the product of our SecretSanta box, so I appreciate the generosity of Jonny from Kentucky on this bad boy. 3F for the win!
The IPA reminds me of one from the west coast that doesn't feature the hops as strongly as others. A bit more malt, a bit less hoppy. It's got a solid head, although not much on the initial pour, nice carbonation, brilliant lacing, and clings nicely to the glass. But that said, despite the sweet malty aroma, it really doesn't taste much more than the subtle hops in the nose. It's just... normal.
But that's not to say normal is bad. In fact, normal is pretty awesome sometimes. But when you've got a beer and a woman is wearing a bikini and a viking hat, you pretty much expect an epic experience. And although this one is drinkable despite it's 9.0% abv, it just doesn't make you think of spring break awesomeness.
12-20-2010 00:03:27 | More by afksports
3.78/5 rDev -11.3%
22oz bottle from jonny86jonny in Secret Santa '10.
Into 6oz tasting glass.
Poured agressively and ended with a 1/3" head, there is no lacing. Thin line of bubbles around 3/4 of the glass. Body is dirty about the color of chamomile tea.
Very malty aroma. There is a bit of bitterness, and strong sweet citrus (over ripe tangerine) with sour citrus (grapefruit).
Full malt flavor with strong sour citrus and light pine notes.
The mouthfeel is perfect. Nicely balanced between the carbonation and the combination of slick ipa, with a fuller body.
It is worth noting that here is a 9% IIPA with little to no alcohol bite. Even with the sharp inhale on the sip there is a noticeable absence of alcohol. Enjoyable though I would prefer a bit more hops up front in my I/ipa's.
12-19-2010 23:55:20 | More by CooperEllis
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF
box 2, bottle 2
Poured into my Ithaca Tulip as instructed
A - Pours a cloudy yellow orange with an inch of very white fluffy foam that is leaving good lacing as it fades down my glass
S - nice citrus aroma, grapefruit, lemon and orange fill the nose
T - nice strong citrus hop taste and a nice malty sweet background but not overpowering, ending with a good bitter finish
going with IPA
M/D - medium bodied with crisp carbonation, slightly dry finish, this is something I could drink all day or well as long as my liver would allow.
alright, time to pull back the curtain...
Three Floyds Artic Panzer Wolf
Nice! I've been wanting to try this one and had some trades set up that never went through. So glad I got to try this. Big thanks to you Richard.
12-19-2010 07:06:31 | More by mikereaser
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
Got this in the Secret Santa 2010 BIF. 220z bottle...
A: A light golden honey color with a small white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.
S: Some nice sugary citrus grapefruit with some earthy bitterness in the middle. Some orange citrus on the backend. Good.
T: Some bitter orange peel and coriander with some grapefruit quickly followed in the middle. Some citrus sugary malt on the backend. Good.
M: A full bodied IPA with a great carbonation. A nice clean finish. Very good.
D: Goes down very easy.
All in all, this is a solid brew. Glad I got to try it. It is a very grapefruity IPA. A very overwhelming grapefruit flavor. If that's your thing, then definitely hunt this down, otherwise, try if you have access.
12-18-2010 04:54:18 | More by steve8robin
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
Huge thanks to gratefulbeerhead for picking me up a couple of these... Thanks for being my 3F hookup Eric!
Poured from bomber to DFH pint glass. Foamy off-white head with great retention. Beer pours a hazy golden color and looks unfiltered after it's in the glass. Aroma consists of dry hops, pine, grapefruit and a lemon zest... but is somewhat hard to detect. Definitely not overwhelming.
Taste is bitter dry and full on hop bite. It leaves a dry bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Other characters include a citrus undertone and a pine This is a beer for the hop heads! Consistency and mouthfeel is perfect, one of the better ones I've ever seen actually.
I couldn't drink bombers back to back, but 22 oz is a nice serving size for this one.
12-17-2010 22:28:38 | More by Macky20
3.53/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
12-17-2010 01:19:46 | More by dgfair
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
This Imperial IPA is very good with small foam but a nice golden yellow color with carbonation in the glass. The smell definitely tells you that it is a big IPA, and the taste is hoppy with notes of citrus(grapefruit) with a true Imp. IPA after taste. The beer feels very full flavored and full bodied and is very drinkable.
12-16-2010 18:45:06 | More by beerenjoyer1
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
(poured into a snifter)
This beer pours a surprisingly light color for the style. It has the appearance of unfiltered apple cider (with carbonation of course). The aroma is 100% hops! This might be one of the hoppiest beers I've ever smelled. The hops take front stage in the flavor; Slight citrus and lemongrass notes make their way into the taste. A hint of vanilla in the finish. Quite dry. This beer is for hop-lovers only!
12-13-2010 06:55:47 | More by shodrod
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