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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 3,077
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 534
Gots: 402 | 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 its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009)
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Photo of Marty30
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro dannyfrost for this generous extra! Poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. Nice dark golden copper body with a nice two finger off white fluffy head. Leaves behind good lacing.

S. Big ass pine notes are first and foremost,followed by grapefruit and apricot and some peach.Getting some floral notes in there as well.

T. Wow very bitter tons of pine and grapefruit some passion fruitbut the bitterness is dominant.Kind of a dry finish.

M. Mouth is very nice,medium feels coats the mouth very well. Great cabonation and dry finish.

Overall great DIPA Very tasty,FFF just doesnt dissapoint.Get it for sure.

Marty30, May 21, 2011
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear 10oz wine goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Binny's Beverages (Chicago, IL) for $10.99.

A: Peach-amber hue with nice tight 1-finger off-white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Heavy on the pine resin with additional grassy-herbal and grapefruit and lemon citrus aromas. malts are pale and pretty subdued.

T: The flavors are intense with evergreen and pine -- it tastes a little like I imagine chewing on a pine tree car air freshener would be like. The citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon complement the evergreen assault on the back end with a surprising amount of grassy flavors given no clue of the age of this bottle and was only one of two left on the shelf. The malts taste like they are straight pale malt with really no caramel at all -- a blank slate on which to dump a huge bomb of resiny pine and citrus flavors. A little more sweetness would lend some more drinkability overall.

M: A little to highly carbonated, and it comes off a little astringent due to the pine intensity and the carbonation. Pretty crisp and highly attenuated for sure. Aftertaste is piney with a touch of malt sweetness.

O: A good beer but I hope the 2 year old bottle of FFF Behemoth has more complexity next year when I crack it. This was quite good though, and I'm glad I was able to try it.

argock, May 20, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – thanks!

Pours a clear deep copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with moderate amounts of herbal and light citrus hops. Also present are hints of floral notes and heavier grapefruit citrus that waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Mildly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of bright citrus hops. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more toward herbal and lightly earthy, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was kind of let down by this beer after smelling it, but the taste really came through and met my expectations. Well worth a shot.

glid02, May 19, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bomber purchased at DLD poured into my Smuttynose snifter

A-Cloudy orange, 1 finger head.

S-Citrus and floral hops

T-Very sweet, citrus and orange to start, ends bitter. Great balance. Some earthy tones are present as the beer warms.

M-Light, smooth, not much in the way of carboantion

O-Another great beer from 3F. Starting to wish they distributed to Upstate NY. Just another reason I'm happy I went to DLD.

rlee1390, May 18, 2011
Photo of tapman
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold, not yellow, but gold. Carbonation is bright and the head is wispy and white and does not last very long. Still, plenty of sediment in the bottle so I expect a good bottle conditioning.

Smells like a Lagunitas IPA; smells like a lot of pine, creamy biscuit, a little soap and a hint of bubblegum.

Big pine with a resinous hint. Bitterness is moderate, but the malt is all but absent. Very soapy aftertaste that sticks to the palate. Lots of raw alpha acids without any sweetness to balance their harsh, vegetal characteristics.

Soft, spicy and a little thin.

I know Lagunitas' IPA is half the strength, but it is twice as balanced. Same goes for their MAXIMUS IPA, both of which I would rather drink.

tapman, May 18, 2011
Photo of dancingnancie
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made my first trip out to FFF today. I picked up a growler of APW, and a few bombers and different six packs. Those reviews are to come.

A: Beautiful golden transparent pour with a decent two fingers worth of head and some nice lacing.

S: The smell of this beer is absolutely amazing. It has a pungent hops aroma. It is really one of my favorite smelling DIPA's. You can pick up some of the nice malts as well.

T: When you first put this beer to your lips, you get hit with the nice malts, and then the floral hops shine. This is such a great DIPA. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well. If this were more readily available, it would be a staple in my fridge.

M: This has a nice creamy mouthfeel. It is a little lighter in my opinion than dreadnaught. A very nice mouthfeel.

O: I absolutely love this beer. This is probably the best DIPA I have experienced thus far very early on in my craft beer experience. I haven't been let down by any FFF beer. Great job!!

dancingnancie, May 17, 2011
Photo of gregshead
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

gregshead, May 16, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bluejacket74, May 14, 2011
Photo of lisomiso
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lisomiso, May 14, 2011
Photo of machostacos
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

machostacos, May 14, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheManiacalOne, May 13, 2011
Photo of sbennett22
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sbennett22, May 11, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

1Adam12, May 11, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CliffBrake, May 10, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Treebs, May 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, May 08, 2011
Photo of MrGaryFish
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

MrGaryFish, May 06, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
2.35/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


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 .

HopHead84, May 05, 2011
Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

david131, May 05, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

HuskyinPDX, May 05, 2011
Photo of BMoney575
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BMoney575, May 05, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stakem, May 03, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

hooliganlife, May 03, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

spointon, May 02, 2011
Photo of b3shine
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

b3shine, Apr 30, 2011
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,077 ratings.