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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,223
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 555
Gots: 462 | FT: 20
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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Photo of Keithstone44
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass/

A: hazy-golden color, with a 2-finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong citrus aroma, accompanied by some floral and earthy notes

T: Citrus hops dominate in the beginning. I detect some grapefruit and honey at the tail-end. Malt is pretty well balanced by the hops

M: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the alcohol is well perceived in this brew.\

O: Solid beer by Three Floyd's and one that I would gladly drink again. This is a sipper, though

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date (what the crap, FFF?). Big thanks to Jcb890 for this as an extra. A damn fine extra.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body with a nice white head, but it doesn't last. Looks like an Avery White Rascal. No lacing, either. Like a wheat beer or an IPA with almost no malt bill at all. Not that that's a terrible thing.

Smell - Lemon citrus, pineapple goodness, and pine. It has an aroma somewhat similar to Dreadnaught, but without the sweetness behind it. That pine and lemon combination is very often not inviting, but it isn't so bad here. Without the sweetness, it doesn't come off as a chemical smell.

Taste - Bright, lemon citrus hops. A blast of hop goodness. Pine hops and other tropical fruit flavors continue the hop wave. Nice. A slight sweetness behind rounds out the flavor, but it's interrupted by a pine hop bitterness. Hops all around and I love it.

Mouthfeel - Light for 9%, but medium bodied. It even says so on the bottle. The finish is bitter, but not abrasively so. Great for a DIPA. I can down this dangerously easily.

Overall - Pungent and flavorful. Better than Dreadnaught, which seems like a malty mess compared to this. It's close to that Pine-Sol flavor, but it misses just enough to make it delicious.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very hazy golden honey color with a thin and sticky white head.

S- Big hop assault in the nose, floral, very citric (especially grapefruit, but a bit of orange also), honey and pine.

T- Big juicy citrus up front with some grapefruit rind, pine and a bit of resin and hop oil, towards the finish the hops become a bit grassier and finish bitter and very dry, leaving a lingering bitterness on the palate for a pretty damn long time. Alcohol is relatively subdued for 9.00%, the white wine becomes more prominent towards the finish, especially as the beer warms up. Malt backbone provides some balancing sweetness, but it doesn't even stand a chance against the power of the hops.

M- Medium bodied, smooth bodied with robust carbonation, finishes bone dry.

O- A pretty damn good DIPA, definitely a good choice if you want to get your taste buds nearly seared off with hops. I'm a big fan of aggressively hopped DIPAs, so I love this beer, especially as it offers a bit more complexity than other hophead beers that just try to club you over the head with bitterness. However, it is a bit pricey (I paid $13 for a bomber). Heed the wolf, this beer is not for the timid.

Photo of ONUMello
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange-gold colored; 1/2 finger head that lingers.
S: Big nose of orange peel, grapefruit, pine.
T: WOW this is one of the most flavorful balanced beers I've ever had. Starts off with citrus followed seamlessly by grain then pine then more caramel malt then back to hops... goes on and on. Perfectly balanced as well.
M: Surprisingly restrained, medium-bodied. Doesn't kick you in the mouth, which I expected given the nose, because of how balanced it is.
O: Bravo, Three Floyds. I think the taste section sums it all up.

Photo of paultierney1
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surprisingly bright, almost glowing yellow-orange appearance in a pint glass from the tap at Swig in Perrysburg, OH.

A sign from heaven? Strong hoppy nose -- I knew it would be a killer right there.

Delicious taste, great balance. I had no idea it was a DIPA until just now and that the ABV was so high. Could not tell from drinking it.

Wonderful job 3F!

Photo of langm12
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - hazy golden in color. Very thin snow white head even with an aggressive pour. Carbonation bubbles galore.

S - Big nose. Hop and floral notes coupled with toasty malts and citrus. The signature FFF aroma.

T - Spicy hops and citrus up front. Mellowed by toasty, bready malts on the way down.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

Another fine FFF offering. Exactly what you would expect from this beer, and that isn't a bad thing.

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

A: Poured a yellowish gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Grainy, lightly toasted malts, some citrus

T: Has a citrus feel, light booze, light hop bite and wheat taste upfront. Finishes with a light melon, apricot

M: Medium bosy, slick but dry on the finish

O: Good

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

The foamy head never gets too big, even with a hard pour, but its snow-white brightness remains a thin layer on top of a hazy, peachy golden color.

Aroma is bold and beautiful...with tart fruit peel, dryer sheet breeziness, and white whine making up the bulk of it. Intense fruit aromatics, like peach and apricot, keep rolling through.

Sharp hops are tart as citrus peel and have a pleasing acridity, like a very mineral-y, dry white wine. And speaking of dry, this mother is definitely dry, reminding of Nelson or quite a large handful of other proudly southern Californian IPAs/DIPAs. Pithy and citrusy, and just a bit resin-y, this one doesn't offer much in the way of malt, at least not on the tongue, and instead lets the hops scrape the tongue with various shades of bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well tamed.

Because of the remarkable dryness, there doesn't seem to be much presence, feel-wise, and it's not on the creamier end of the Imperial IPA spectrum, having a bright, buoyant, even airy texture.

I tend to prefer Double/Imperial IPAs that are creamier, rounder, thicker and balanced with more malt. However, if an arctic panzer wolf were to bite you, no doubt it would be sharp and attacking, and that's pretty much what this is...which makes it one for only an experienced hophead. Hop novices would probably hate this, and will want to steer clear. Me, I like it and feel like Three Floyds can't ever do something wrong when they're throwing shitloads of hops into their batches.

Photo of Jefe73
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an over-sized Green Man snifter. No dating on bottle or label.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice two finger creamy white head. Good carbonation and nice lacing throughout the glass.

S - Citrus notes up front. Some piney resin, grass and earthy notes in there too.

T - Pine notes seem to dominate from the start. Some lemon and grapefruit are present with a nice, malty backbone on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, med-high carbonation. A nice piney-resin coasts the tongue.

O - Overall, pretty solid. This one didn't blow me away, I would have preferred a better balance with a little less alcohol.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Three Floyds and so I was super excited to try this one out. Picked up a bomber of this one and poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice golden color with no has a a decent head. Little head retention but great lacing down the sides. As a hop head I love this one. Flavor is pure citrus greatness. Grapefruit and tangerine hop flavors dominate the scene with little malt showing through but yet well balanced. One of the best IPA's i have ever had and I want another one right now haha. Can't wait to pick one of these up again.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the third Three Floyds brew I will be trying. I have high expectations for this one considering the $11.99 price tag.

Appearance – An awesome two fingers of lively, bubbly head. Sticks around the surface for quite some time as it slowly bubbles downwards. Laces flawlessly to the glass. The beer is an opaque, but not murky, amber sunrise orange.

Smell – Extremely strong hop and floral notes. A bit of grainy cereal malt is noticeable as well. Grain and wheat notes as well if they are searched for.

Taste – A strongly hopped IPA with bit of an arctic chill to it. Delicious, fresh, newly-picked hops attack your taste buds without mercy. I would basically describe this as the four seasons beer. When you take a sip, you’re like “Ahhh. Fresh springtime, floral hops.” And then you say, “Ooh. OOH. That’s getting a bit strong. A nice bit of summer hop burn in there.” Suddenly, the taste smoothly ‘falls’ into a bit of a menthol burn; crashing elegantly into winter’s chill. I also feel like there is some sort of spice in it that reminds me of holiday beers. This taste is top notch. Another unique IPA from Three Floyds.

Mouthfeel and Overall – A very unique brew from Three Floyds. I had Broo Doo two nights ago and thought THAT was special. Arctic Panzerwolf is equally as interesting and worthy of its high marks. I cannot express how happy Three Floyds shipments back to Ohio has made me. Fairly medium-bodied, though the hops can take control at times. This is definitely a good thing in this beer, though.

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

Shared a 650 Ml bottle of this w/ hawksfan82 @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO (price unknown). Poured from the Wild Bottle with a fierce looking Panzer Wolf into a 14oz Tulip Glass. No freshness date (FFF never does).

Aroma- A very citrus and huge malt based aroma. Tons of grapefruit and sweetness make up the main characteristics. Has the "average" FFF aroma (which is UNREAL!) and makes this another great brew, even from the aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has great retention. Has a golden/orange color body that is semi hazy. Has good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Easy tasting here! Good hop flavor but not overpowering. Has sweet FFF malted blend with a nice light grapefruit & orange mixed taste here. Leaves you with a light-medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and the alcohol is very noticeable on the finish (maybe more than I would like but the sweetness takes care of it).

Overall Impression- If the artwork doesn't do it for you, FFF's beer sure does! Wow! Such a great 2X IPA, I would like another bottle. Unfortunately, I will have to make another trip up to their BrewPub to get some more bombers. Not as intense as some 2X IPA's but enjoyed thoroughly! Now to enjoy the Apocalypse Cow and see what it has in store for us!

Photo of FanofHefe
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label (get with it 3F!). Hazy yellow body, with a bit of orange hue. Nearly two-finger off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some good rings of lacing.

The aroma starts off very tropical with the hop notes - mango and pineapple. As it warms, a little more pine and grassy hop notes emerge. A little sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is much more tilted toward the pine resin and grassy hops than the tropical. The tropical notes fall the the background but provide a good overall hop flavor balance. A small amount of sweetness in the background.

I don't always compare brews but although this one is good, I don't like it quite as much as Dreadnaught (at least comparing the same brewery). But, overall, a very good DIPA.

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

thanks to my dad for bringing this home from chicago!

22oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottled on date, really...

pours out a hazy golden color, a little orange. 1 finger white creamy head, retentive, bits of lace.

big raw kind of spicy hops, strange fruits, apricot comes to mind first. maybe a bit muddled and yeasty? not sure what to make of the aroma. a sharp pine comes in as it warms.

big hoppiness, tastes like raw pellet hops, apricot like fruitiness, pine and grapefruit citrus. just a hint of a cracker like malt but its quickly overpowered by the hops. tastes a little muddled at times, maybe yeasty. big sharp lingering bitterness takes over the palate.

bigger side of medium bodied, no alcohol noticable, but there is some big hops with some kind of unfamiliar flavors that are not necessarily good, different. huge bitterness. this beer works for me, but at the same time i would pass this up for a lot of other cheaper/ easier to access DIPA's.

Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised to find this at my beer store. More please!
Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a wine goblet.
Hazy, orange-gold in color, with a rather short bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Boquet of tropical fruit and fresh hops.
Taste-Pineapple-apricot juiciness, faint malt sweetness followed by a sharp bite of grapefruit-rind bitterness. Alcohol not evident in the onrush of tropical fruit and white grapefruit. Dry finish. Very tasty. Highly recommended for hop-heads.

Photo of jacksonattack
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into La Chouffe tulip.

About a two finger head, pretty hazy and a deep golden-orange hue. You can see plenty of carbonation. Nose has lots of American hops up front, but some really interesting light citrus, rich fruit (think apricot or peach) and even cream notes in the back. Goes down really smoothly for such a heavily hopped beer; the hops attack the tastebuds on your cheek, but bread and toffee flavors dominate the middle. Medium mouthfeel. Definitely like this one, maybe more than Maharaja.

Photo of cratez
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from the brewery in Munster, IN. Shared with MrManning. Pours a hazy amber hue with one finger of white foam, a few dots of lacing on the tulip, and some sediment in the body. Smell and taste are apricot, peach, lemon zest, orange rind, fresh cut grass, pineapple, doughy malts, caramel, fruity esters, gooseberry, white grapefruit, pithy and resinous hop bitterness to end. I get a slightly "off" aroma, almost like industrial cleaner or vinegar, but aside from that the nose is quite enticing, and the flavour is spot on for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied, astringent grapefruit bitterness lingers in the bone dry finish. The 100 IBUs are evident on the palate. Overall, this solid Imperial IPA doesn't compare to Dreadnaught, but it's still an impressive example of the style with very enjoyable flavours and aromas. Worth buying IMO.

Photo of rangel2
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a Koningshoeven Trappist ale glass, and it looked as already described here many times: golden orange haze, thin-laced, little to if any head.

First impression of smell was soap, faint peach, some apricot and lemongrass. Longer beer sat, the more I picked up on the citrus distinguishing itself from the copious, lovely overt bitterness that dominated my mouth. Speaking of which...

Tastes, well, soapy, strongly carbonated, great bitter taste for those that could care less about balance and all about hops. Some grapefruit came through the longer the beer sat at room temperature.

Mouthfeel was, haha, well, soapy initially, with nice bite from carbonation, but it rounded out to a, dare I say, desirable dry finish that had me needing another sip.

Very obviously a dry hopped beer, and rightfully so -- this wolf lives up to its Double IPA standard!

For what it's worth and what it is -- a DIPA -- I applaud the fellas at Trip Floyds; they can do no wrong in my book! However, if you want a more balanced Imperial assault, stick with Dreadnaught. But, if you're truly a hopdome, which I am, this beer will suit you nicely.

Cheers, amigos.

Photo of n2185
3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Some citrusy notes up front--mostly grapefruit with some pineapple. Pine, grass, and earthy aromas follow.

T: Pine dominates the palate here. There are some grapefruit and grassy notes as well, but mostly it's dry, resiny pine. The finish is bitter with a light alcohol burn. The bitterness lingers well after each sip.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation that accents the bitter pine notes well.

O: An alright DIPA. It's not bad, but it's very overpriced ($13 for a bomber where I got it) and not nearly worth it. It's too bitter and piny for my tastes.

Photo of kevanb
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes, bomber poured into a pint glass.

This pours a hazy dank orange peel color, with a thin foamy head that exposes a nice amount of webbed lacing. Smells unlike most IPAs but expecting Three Floyds to stick to the norm isn’t why I love their stuff. The nose has strong peach aromas with tangy orange marmalade and hints of resinous pine. It’s pine that greets your tongue that also includes an arsenal of bitter hops, citrus and floral elements that round off a very interesting flavor. It has a really nice full body, but goes down sharply, very astringent that leaves a tingling of alcohol buzz.

Overall: Harsh. Harsh, and harsher again. It's brutal, it takes no prisoners and is an absolutely palate wrecker. An interesting experiment, but hardly a good DIPA.

Photo of Daehpoh
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 Floyd's back in Ohio!
Sampled a bomber with no bottle date into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance is nice golden orange with a mild haze. Two fingers of fluffy head but lacing a bit less sticky than others.

Smell is big on citrus hops with some apricot, alcohol and sweet pale malt in there also.

Taste is all hops. Grapefruit juice, orange peel, and sour grapes with a bit of biscuit malt getting through. This one is a hop bomb. It reminds me of Ruination in its dedication to hoppiness.

This beer is bone dry. Medium body with a lingering bitter finish. Seems to pull the moisture right from your tongue.

Overall, this is a bold hop-forward DIPA. Purposely unbalanced to not distract from the focus. Leans a bit too much to the bitter end for my taste, but great flavors would be welcome by all hop enthusiasts.

Photo of fsvan
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Pours a radiant, hazy orange. Two fingers of sticky, structured head.

S- A complete citrus/fruity hop bomb. Grapefruit, pineapple, some lemon. A little bit of bite/sweetness from the alcohol.

T- Tons of fruit. Grapefruit. Some mango. Some pineapple. A mice malt backbone to support it all.

O- Heavy side of medium.

M- Another fantastic IIPA from Three Floyds. This isn't up to par with Dreadnaught, IMO, but not many are. If you have a chance to grab a fresh one of these, do it.

Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bomber into my DFH Snifter to find a nice hazy golden body with a full two inch white head. This is a great looking beer.

The aroma was solid, citrus hops dominate with a hints of sweet malt.

The taste was just great nothing really complex just a straight forward great tasting beer. This is defiantly a hop party, with more hops that crashed the party and the hop bouncer left the malts at the door. I'd like a small bit more caramel malt in my imperial IPA's but overall a great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel was solid, I had no problem drinking the entire bomber solo.

Overall a solid offering from 3 Floyds. I'm glad they are back in Ohio, and I will defiantly be picking this up on a regular basis.

Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light, semi-transparent gold. Nice head retention. Nose is of pine a alcohol. Abrasively bitter at first with a nice hop flavor. Warming alcohol sensation after a few sips, which affects drinkability. Carbonation is light on the tongue. Overall a solid double IPA, but not that easy to come by on the East coast.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at VE to celebrate FFF's return to Ohio.

A- Body is a pale blonde hue that is pretty uniformly cloudy. Served with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Head sticks at about 1/2 finger and plenty of lacing remains down the glass.

S- Nose is good- pretty typical for a blond imperial IPA- soft of reminds me of Victory Hop wallop in the nose profile. A ton of grapefruit and a ton of pine-quite hoppy and little to no malt to back it up. The nose is quite birght and inviting.

T- The nose is a lot like the taste-only a lot more intense. Bright bitter white grapefruit upfornt with pine overtones, the finish is a burst of refreshing pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. The bitterness lingers on and on for awhile.

M- Very high carbonation and a light body. Not really smooth or oily.

O- This is a circumstance where I wish the drinkability score was still there. At first this is a good, agressive IPA. The pine is intense and the beer is rather dry, bitter, and cooling. Its great for 5 oz...then its just too aggressive. I started with this because I was so excited to try it. By the end of the glass I was definately done and the beer had defeated me. It also wrecked my palate so that I could barely taste Dreadnaught or Robert the Bruce.

I see a lot of reviews that say this is a well balanced IPA, or that its not too hoppy. The Arctic Panzer wolf that I faced was as much of a one sided hoppy mess, if not moreso than Moylan's hopsickle. There was nothing forgiving about this brew.

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,223 ratings.