Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 3,380
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 584
Gots: 515 | FT: 18
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 yeahnatenelson
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright amber, slight haze, with one finger of white head that soon dissipates.

Smell -- Grapefruit, pine resin, tropical fruit, and bready malt.

Taste -- Differs slightly from the nose: Pine hop character dominates, with tropical fruits, tangerine, and bready malt. Finish is assertive with bitter pine resin. Lingering taste of resin and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, moderate carbonation, a bit slick.

Drinkability -- There's certainly some commonality between this and Dreadnaught, but this is less tropical fruit dominant and more pine. All in all, I prefer Dreadnaught, but this was certainly no slouch. (645 characters)

Photo of DaveonBA
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rather pale golden color. Slightly hazy. Thin white head with little lacing.

Smell: Excellent. Juicy citrus. You can tell this has a big dose of hops. Just the way a DIPA should smell.

Taste: Very much on the citrus side of hoppy. The main fruit that comes to my mind is a clementine orange. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: Excellent. Every sip leaves me excited for the next.

Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. It doesn't have the most unique flavor, but what it does it does very well. Highly recommended for any fan of the style. (594 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this via trade from hayesez, thanks for the hook up!

A - Pours a cloudy straw or orangish color

S - Pretty strong, candied pineapple, orange and melon. Straw, hay and pine needles.

T - Candied pineapple, orange, grapefruit, melon other citrusy flavors. A bitter finish of pine needles, earthy straw and hay. A very nice melding of these flavors

M - Medium Bodied but fluffy at the same time

D - This beer is very good and even though its 9% I would like more. (469 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of goodstrongbeer, who hooked me up with just the thing. served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with about half an inch of frothy tight off-white colored foam. the beer is bright gold in color with some hop haze. light spotty lacing left behind.

S - very strong. fresh tropical pineapple, mango, candied oranges. joined near the end by some bittering piney hops. light layer of sweet caramel underneath, but this is all about fruity hops. cant express enough how good this smells.

T - quick flash of the fruity tropical hops before turning into a massive bittering hop bomb, focusing on fresh wet pine needles and grassy hops. mellows out with more melon and some honey malts, with a light burning alcohol. yummy.

M - thick syrupy body (almost to a fault) but nice tight active carbonation cuts through and deploys the wonderful flavors to all corners of the mouth. finishes with strong lingering piney hops and lightly sweet tropical fruits.

D - incredible beer here. excellent aroma with an attention grabbing transition from fruity hops to insanely bitter pine-monster. not much I would improve here. (1,134 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange goldenrod color that produced a good white head with decent retention. Left some lacing behind.

(S)- A big fresh burst of a lightly pined pineapple, grapefruit, and peach fruits with a light woody honey sweetness at the end. Almost has a floral character to the aroma.

(T)- Again, a fresh burst of grapefruit, pineapple, and peach citrus only with a more pronounced pine/woody/dry/bitterness. Sweet, but only in a fresh fruit sense.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Great fruits with a great hop presence fitting the style. Smooth, but has an appropriate bitterness and sweetness too. Almost crisp.

(D)- A solid to great DIPA with all the right flavors and characters. Crisp and refreshing particularly with the chinese takeout I had with it. A great drinker for this time of the year. Yet another solid beer from 3 Floyds. (925 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden orange color. Lots of rising carbonation and a nice sized head. Head retention is pretty solid and leaves decent lace. The head itself is quite soapy looking and i would have liked to see the bubbles a bit more compacted together.

S: Very floral smelling with some fresh cut grass notes and pine followed by some sweet honey.

T: Grassy hop flavor with a nice amount of grapefruit bitterness that starts in the middle and finishes the beer off. Also a hint of lemon citrus and a bit of soapiness. The sweetness is of subtle honey

M: A nice crisp dryness with a touch of heat. Lighter body than i was expecting.

D: I was very excited to try this one but must say that i think dreadnaught is the superior FFF DIPA. I am definitely able to put this one back quite easy though and am very happy to have tried it (834 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Peach colored beer, pretty murky. Light white head, about a one finger, gone quick. Medium lacing...The aroma is very sweet, tons of grapefruit, lemon light herbs, slight hoppy finish. Small amounts of pine as well...This is one tasty ipa. Very nice grapefruit on the front mixed with a nice slightly pine finish. This is really balanced making it super easy to drink. Probably my most favoriate three floyd's ipa... Somehow it gets better as it warms, starts to show off the pine in a nice way.

Overall, this is excellent, super easy to drink fruity and piney. (600 characters)

Photo of heliosphann
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased locally (despite our distributor being certifiably retarded). Served in a 3F Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Pours a very pleasing orange yellow. Very small amount of white head on the first pour that goes quickly. 2nd pour leaves a much more substantial, white fluffy head. Lacing is good, but not great.

S: Nice combo of juicy, piney hops and tropical fruit. Some slight sweetness from the malt/lactose sugar.

T: Raw, fresh hops with a nice complementing sweetness. Like the nose, there's some strong topical fruit flavors like pineapple, apricot and oranges. Then the piney bitterness kicks in at the end, but it's not overwhelming and finishes nice and smooth. Fantastic!

M: This is the perfect mouthfeel for a big, hearty DIPA. Medium bodied, with a nice viscosity to it. The carbonation is ample enough to not let it get sticky and overbearing. Overall very smooth and pleasing.

D: 9% DIPA's don't get much more accessible than this. Not a trace of booze, and the bitterness didn't really wear on the palate. 22oz was a nice serving, but I couldn't help but want more when my glass was empty.

A real winner from 3F's. I enjoy this a lot more than I do any of their other big, hoppy brews. Hopefully this will be produced in greater numbers later this year/next year. Track it down if you can! (1,316 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with a small white head.

Scent of strong grapefruit, pine, sap, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Less malty and alcoholic than when I had it on tap; very hop forward, overflowing with citrus and tropical fruit, amazing.

Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricot, orange peel, leafy hops, grass and the lightest touch of malts. An excellent beer, but it still seems a little lacking compared to the incredible scent. This beer has the strongest pineapple characteristic I have come across.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a slight stickiness on the finish. (618 characters)

Photo of littlekidlover
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from FFF. Pours a cloudy amber straw color into my beer tasting wine glass. Smells of pine, apricot, and citrus notes with a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced with, the aroma coming through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Watch out for this one, it is quite drinkable, but that alcohol content could be a killer. I recommend giving it a try, seems like Three Floyds know their IPA. (414 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangish gold with a nice two finger fluffy white head that dissipated to some moderate lacing. Nice bit of lacing after dissipation and throughout the drink.

S - Mine was served a bit cold, so I let it sit for a while. At first I thought this was pretty average, but as it warmed up the beauty of this beer comes out. Very very subtle flavors. There is some resiny hops, but nicely subtle malt and then some really interesting apricot and marmalade flavor. I don't know that I have ever smelled anything like this before, it was truly fantastic once I was able to start picking it out.

T - At first I was not particularly impressed with this beer, just seemed kind of plain, and unhoppy for a double IPA. But as it warmed, you get some nice resin hops and slight pine notes on the back end. Great maramlade in there with some subtle apricot. The thing that struck me most about this beer was how it abruptly ended hard. Nothing lingering, not sharp, not blunt, but just stopped, with a juice-like ending that had the tiniest bit of phenol on it, very surprising and pleasant once the beer warmed up.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, felt right for the style.

D - The bomber got me pretty buzzed, although I finished it without a problem. This beer is dangerously drinkable, but the alcohol buzz you get will give you a little warning to stop. (1,366 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber huge thanks to bauermj for this one

A: poured a tangerine orange with yellow highlights with a half finger head that left pretty good lacing.

S: lovey floral piney hop aromas with fruit accents that consisted of peach and pineapples. I also got hints of ciitrus grapefruit, malts, and faint apples. Very nice nose on this one.

T: very nice grapefruit piney hop punch up front with pineapple and mango fruit flavors that also had a nice malt backbone giving the beer good balance.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation and has a sweet bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

D: very impressed with this DIPA from FFF I didn't think they had it in them. I like dreadnaught but really like APW. I hope I can get my hands on more of this stuff. (769 characters)

Photo of salvo
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, yeasty swirls in golden tan under a quarter inch of head that dissipates quickly to a sheen of lace.
S: Rich hoppiness that reminds me of pineapple more than citrus or pine: sweet to tart.
T: Huge, overpowering flavor that complemented the mussels in the brewpub after I had eaten them: I think it would interfere with any meal short of spicy chili or kimchee.
M: Another chewy malty thick FFF offering that makes me wish it was a little lighter so I could think about ordering another.
D: I wouldn't want more than the flute it was served in, but what a way to end a tasting! (588 characters)

Photo of hurricanelars
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Light golden-orange color that is slightly hazy. 1/2 inch solid white head that slowly settles into a thin ring around the glass.

Smell is all hops and excellent. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and even some piney notes. Very fruity and sweet aroma that is quite pleasent.

Taste is bitter up front and then punches you with a grapefruit explosion on the tongue. There is a sweetness to the beer that balances the bitterness and grapefruit of the hops and gives a superb flavor to the beer.

Feels very refreshing and crisp in the mouth. Finishes clean and makes me thirsty for more.

You can definitely tell there is more kick in this beer than you average brew. 2 or 3 bombers of this would make for a great night of drinking. It's a shame this is only availbe for a short period of time each year. Better enjoy it while you can find it. (877 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a light yellow between straw and gold, but closer to straw. Pure white head one finger high with very little lacing.

The nose is all citrus hops. Grapefruit, mango, and apricot. It smells really sweet in a juicy fruity kind of way.

True to style, 3F loaded this one with hops. It's mostly of the tropical fruit variety as in the scent, but the sweetness is nowhere near what I expected after the smell. The sweetness is minimal compared to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp with an extremely dry finish. It leaves the perfect amount of bitterness on the back of my tongue.

The only knock I have on this one is that it's slightly hot, especially for 9%. I would have guessed this to be 10%+ from the burn. Nonetheless, the bitterness masks it good enough.

3F knows their hops and it shows in yet another great DIPA. (837 characters)

Photo of Spica66
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After waiting 15 minutes for people to leave on Saturday night so that we could be let into the brewpub...

On tap from a 7 oz snifter:

A: Yellow-gold, a little hazy, white head with very little lacing.

S: Oh boy!!! I smell citrusy, tangy hops. In fact, I can almost taste them with my nose. There is a pineapple-sweet aroma as well.

T: Very citrusy hoppy flavor, but definitely some malty sweetness as well. I was surprised by how well balanced this brew was. From the smell, I thought hops would be the only player, but whatever hop they have used gives way to the malt easier than say in a Dreadnaught.

M: Nice and creamy. Very nicely done.

D: Very easy to drink. In fact, I was bummed out that the only bombers that were available to take home were the six that I had reserved early in the week. And no growler pours allowed, either!

I hope that I can find some more on the shelves around here so that I can share the joy with our trading community... (963 characters)

Photo of backfat
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big ups to ma' boy natedog for bringing this one to another very random tasting. three floyds messing around with some hops again? wonder if im going to enjoy this...

A -the pour is surprisingly light. a hazed straw yellow with a healthy and lively bone white head. medium and small bubbles randomly dispersed and fairly quickly dissipating. a nice one finger is easily brought back to life with a careful swirl.

S -smells of strong pineapple and tropical fruits. sweet sugars and the ooze of an over ripe mango sit nicely behind lovely fruit character. i get sweet tang with a the tinge of biting alpha acids that are so common and welcomed from three floyds brews.

T - the taste starts vinous with bitter pricks throughout, mellowing to a short, resinous pine flavor. the taste does not last as long as desired, or have an impact as significant as the one and only Dreadnaught. i do get some similarities related to Apocalypse Cow, without the strong lactose sugar feel. you do indeed get a light, sugary feel complimenting it's viscosity, which go very nicely with the tartness of the flavor, and ending with faint citrus bite. it's very bright, fresh, and sharp.

- i haven't written a review in awhile, and this beer inspired me to do so. hopefully this beer will inspire you. (1,284 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.

It pours a light clear orangeish gold. The head is foamy and white. It dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice ring of lacing.

This one smells pretty good. It is pretty much citrus through and through. There is a thin layer of sweetness but it is merely accentuating the citrus.

There is predominant citrus rind in the flavor. There is a good amount of tropical fruit in here too. The hops are very vegetal and acidic, not exactly super-bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and a bit syrupy. The sweetness mixed with the acidity is a bit much it creates an almost tingly cloying sensation.

It just seems like something is missing from this DIPA, i suspect the use of Summit hops which imo are not one of my favorites due to the high acidity levels, but FFF pulled it off much nicer than Oskar Blues did.

Overall it is solid, but if you want an amazing FFF DIPA go with the Dreadnaught

edit: Had another bottle, this time with a bowl of Chili John's chili and it was freakin awesome, the tropical acid flavor is gone and it is just a bitter hop bomb. (1,074 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11 oz. pour into a tall glass from a bomber courtesy of glazeman during game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. i've been looking forward to this beer for a while, wondering how it compares to dreadnaught ipa.

A - yellow, very light colored for a DIPA. 1-2 finger head with excellent retention and some lacing.

S - citrus and piney hops, with the piney hops dominating. orange, lemon, and tangerine as well.

T - very similar to the smell, with lemon and bitter, piney hops overpowering. very little malt backbone.

M - a bit more thin than i was hoping it would be. not much here with regards to mouthfeel.

D - drinkable beer, especially on a warm summer day - it would be perfect for an outdoor bbq. plenty of carbonation, but maybe a little too much because this brew is not sticky or malty enough to hide the 9% abv.

overall, this is a very good beer. however, the overpowering lemon citrus flavor and thin mouthfeel are no match for FFF's other DIPA, dreadnaught. i would definitely drink arctic panzer wolf again, but if given a choice, i would prefer a dreadnught. (1,074 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review from a bomber...bought at the brewery two nights ago...Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Split with airohead2001

A: Golden color with a one finger white head. Mild head retention, excellent lacing

S: Oranges and other citrus. Not as complex as I would have liked.

T: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. It had a nice balance with mostly hops up front but some sweetness at the finish.

M: Nice level of carbonation, but a little too light on the palate for my liking.

D: Good, but I don't know if I would really want more than half of a bomber. (569 characters)

Photo of hansgruber
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub into a snifter

Cloudy orange-yellow body with a one finger head.
Spotty foam across surface with collar foam, minor lacing 

Citrusy hops, malt, piney and earthy too.
Getting a bit of fruitiness in there as well from the hops

Hop bitterness hits like a freight train!
Very hoppy with the citrusy part shining through and the malt subtly there in the background. Long finish from the hops and bitterness and slight sting of alcohol perhaps too.   

Carb high initially but settles down to a much nicer/appropriate mouthfeel.

Really like this beer.

My palate has been left this beers hapless victim.    (637 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, ~12 ounces poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and hazy with not very much of a head. Darker than Dreadnaught but just as murky.

Smells like lots of hops. Spicy hops, like a blend between pine cleaner and majoram. That might not sound too appetizing but it's actually pretty great; the only drawback is that there's nothing really balancing out the hop aromas and, while the aroma is good, it's not quite complex enough to fully carry a double IPA.

Tastes like lots of hops--dried, green seasoning hops--with just a little kick of pale malt keeping things honest. Resinous pine starts things out, dripping of sap, but then it falls quickly into a dryer, spicier middle with nodes of thyme and oregano, then ending on a wee little bit of bready sweetness. Good, but it could use some greater malt or yeast complexities to help balance out the hops, or really anything else big or interesting that might make it worth the price of admission.

Well brewed with no off nodes or syrupiness, but it's nothing compared to their Dreadnaught. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a bunch of times on-tap at Three Floyds. Just getting around to reviewing it now. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours a hazy golden color, white head, some lacing here and there with a very thin cap.

S - Uber hoppy, blast of bitter, grapefruit, some sweet malt.

T - Similar to the nose. Super hops/bitterness, slight sweet malty notes, bitter finish that sticks with you until your next sip.

M - Light but leaning towards medium, soft carbonation, oily finish.

D - After a couple of these, I'm good to go. Although I like this one, I prefer Dreadnaught. That said, it's nice to have another DIPA on-tap to choose from when you don't want Dreadnaught. (664 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange with a bit of hazy and a nice white head. Smells of grapefruit, citrus, and pine with a little bit of malt sweetness. The taste was of intense bitterness with plenty of citrus hops coming through. A little bit of alcohol heat in the taste, bringing down the mouthfeel a little bit, but still pairing fairly well with the hoppy dryness. Good drinkability for a beer this bitter. Surprise, surprise, another very solid hoppy offering from FFF. (464 characters)

Photo of beertooth
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brew pub. Served in a goblet/tulip glass.

This beer is a glowing golden orange. It isn't crystal clear, but it's not super hazy.

The nose is lush grapefruit, juicy oranges, sweet malts. It's a huge citrus bomb.

The taste follows the nose. Tons of citrus. Not as bitter as I'd expect from the nose though. Very juicy citrus notes, sweet twangy malts. The alcohol is hard to pick up on, but it's a little warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little slick with a low level of carbonation.

An excellent DIPA from Three Floyds. It's on the level with Dreadnaught and worth seeking out. (605 characters)

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.