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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 3,129
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 537
Gots: 416 | FT: 17
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 stabzmcgee
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden translucent haze with a sheer white head. Poured Into my nitro milkstout release glass. Smell is that of grassy citrus hops and some breadlike quality. Taste is of citrissy and grassy hops. Mouthful is resinous but drinkable, bitter but not overly so. Overall a great example of a traditional, no frills dipa!

Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like grapefruit juice mixed with a touch of orange juice. Kind of a light apricot color. The head is there briefly, but doesn't have a lot of retention, leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is of citrus fruits with a hint of pine.

This is clearly an imperial IPA because the hoppy bitter is so strong is masks just about everything else. After a few sips I got the feeling back in my tongue and was able to pick up very subtle notes of apricot and some earthy pine flavors.

It's strong, but you kind of expect that from an IIPA that isn't shy about being bold. It's bitter from start to finish and the drink warming does little to calm the punch in the gut you get with each sip. There's almost an acidity from the citrus, but it's short-lived and again, the hoppy bitter takes over. Has a dry finish with remnants of citrus taste.

A bit strong for my liking. I know that's the style, but this is aggressive. Having said that, this beer never claims to be anything but palate-crushing, so it's something you've got to try.

Photo of mrand01
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Yellow/orange/amber (I hate color blindness) in color with a thin off-white head. Decent head retention with almost no lacing.

S: Compared to a few IPAs I have had recently, the smell here seems pretty muted. Faint hints of piney hops and a solid caramel malt backbone.

T: Fruity and piney hops balance out the maltiness. I have to admit, I don't know what significance the dextrose would have. Pretty good DIPA, seems similar to a 90 min.

M: Creamy and sticky, medium bodied with prickly carb.

O: Solid DIPA, I think I like this one better than their Dreadnaught, but not as much as a Pliny or even a Flower Power.

Photo of McNealc31
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold and the aroma is powerfully packed with piney hops. It is, indeed, powerful. I think I have some goosebumps. I even let out an audible “whoa”. That’s what 100IBUs will do to you. Loads of oily pine hops with more citrus late. Extremely bitter and dry. No attempt to hide the 9% ABV, either.Spicy hops become more noticeable as it warms.

This is one of those brews with no middle ground. You’ll either hate it or love it. Those who love bashing, punishing, over-the-top-hopped-brews won’t be able to get enough.

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

A: Clear yellow brown pour with a perfect white head. Lacing is beautiful, retention is solid.

S: Delicious piney hops all over the place. Pineapple, grapefruit, and a bouquet of other fruits. Balanced, delicious, bitter.

T: Bitter and dry from start to finish. Piney hops, citrus, pineapple all blend together to make a wonderful taste.

MF: Light, carbonated well, dry throughout.

O: Extremely drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. Just a wonderful mix of hops. A must try.

Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery....

Lots of hops present in the aroma as expected... Citrusy and piney in nature... Very pungent... World class...

Hops aren't quite as prevalenr in the flavors although the bitterness is a mother... Dry and bitter, this brew loses a little punch vs the bottled version... Still terrific but not absolutely world class as the bottled version was...

I liked this a lot but after a few brews prior to this, I was a little muddled... A nice beer but this one shut me down for the evening...

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottling info but my buddy picked it up at the brewery in mid October so should be fresh. It was a hazy apricot color with moderate carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a collar and partial film. Moderate lacing with a little sticking.

The aroma was pine resin, pith and tropical fruit hops with a little bit of malt. Can smell the bitter coming. Flavor is a kiss of malt at the start then full-on resin and pith with the bitter building up till the end with a long linger. Bitter yes but not overly. Mouthfeel was full with good carbonation and aforementioned bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a really good ADIPA that highlights the bitter without overdoing it. A year ago I had it and didn't like it as much as it was too bitter. But now that my bitter palate is developing, I'm enjoying it much more. Still a little too bitter to love it but still a great beer and eager to try it again in several months. Not avail here in TX - got from Umagum, many thanks as always! Rotation - can't get here so pretty much limited to the occasional bottle which seems to work out great as I'm really growing into this one.

Photo of ms11781
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/01/2011. Thanks to tedwarhc. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very light, golden yellow color with slight haze. Nice fluffy off-white head reaches about 2 fingers before settling in as a half finger cap. Good lacing left on the glass.

Huge hop aroma dominated by resinous pine. Nice citrus notes are here as well, grapefruit and maybe some orange leading the way. Perhaps some pale malt tries to peek its head through but it's really all about the hops here.

The same piny notes that are the driving force in the nose seem even bigger here. Each sip is bitter almost from the beginning. Some light citrusy hops make an appearance, as does some pale malt. But the pine starts with a sharp, resiny bite and sticks around until it provides a nice, sticky, bitter finish. There is some grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Has a lighter and cleaner mouthfeel despite the medium body and sticky hop characteristics.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Huge hop flavor without overdoing it despite what seems like little malt presence. Had to check the site for the ABV because it wasn't on the bottle and was truly surprised to find that it was 9%. Extremely drinkable for the style and ABV.

Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arctic Panzer Wolf pours a yellow color that features just a touch of copper. I like it. There can’t be much caramel malt in this one! A white head covers it and rises to about a finger in depth. It holds up pretty well, leaving a moderate web of sticky lace in its wake. Not bad at all.

The nose is very impressive! It kicks off with a strong citric hop scent. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange are most notable. Smells delicious. It does smell sweet, but I’m definitely not getting any caramel or toffee. There are some light, malty notes, but they clearly take a backseat to the hops. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t suggest 9% abv. I’m really impressed. Smells like my kind of DIPA.

The flavor isn’t quite as good the nose, but it is damn good. The malt base is a little sweet. There’s a subtle cracker-ish flavor, as well. Hops are very flavorful. They’re primarily citric and feature grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and mango flavors. There’s light hint of pine, as well. The hop flavor is delicious. It’s definitely on the bitter side, but isn’t palate wrecking. Alcohol is a little stronger than it should be. It is a little boozy, but isn’t quite hot. Finishes with a really nice citric hop flavor and alcohol.

The body is medium. Carbonation is nice and light. It has a smooth feel and goes down relatively easy. The alcohol tends to slow things down a little, but not too much. It is quite tasty.

Three Floyds Brewing Co. makes damn IPAs and DIPAs. Arctic Panzer Wolf is definitely a nice addition to the list. I love the aggressive hop flavor and restrained malts. Great formula! The alcohol is just a tad too strong. That’s about its only real shortcoming. Very solid all-around otherwise. Very good stuff.

Photo of matttttYCE
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Moderate rate of pour into my tulip glass results in a slightly hazy light yellow golden color brew with a finger and a half high foamy white head that diminishes slightly but not fast, a nice coating of head sticks around for a while. I can see the moderate bubbles climbing the sides of the glass to keep that head alive.

Smell - Aroma is of wonderful tropical fruit and citrus hops. Apricot, guava, grapefruit, lemon zest, melon, maybe even some peach all dance on my nostrils very alluringly. Also in the aroma is a lighter amount of caramel malt, malty sweetness, a touch of breadiness, and possibly some pine hops hiding in the background there. Not getting much bitterness in the smell at all. This smell is quite wonderful, certainly up there with some of my favorite DIPAs. There's just something about it that I love. I could sit here and smell this all night, but let's move on to the taste, shall we?

Taste - Taste is a little bit different from what I expected given the sweeter tropical fruit nose, but not extremely different or bad at all. Up front is a good deal of hop bitterness but after that I get plenty of the tropical fruit, grapefruit, guava, mango, citrus and lemon, pine, and in the back there some decent malt backbone that helps keep this one upright with a bit of balance. Make no mistake though, this one is hoppy as hell. And I love it. Can't help but suck down this brew quickly, it's real good. Also, the alcohol is quite well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel - Very nice creamy consistency, pleasantly moderate carbonation, medium body, and a pretty quickly fading, nice, dry finish. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall - The smell of this one rivals that of the other DIPAs in my top 5. The taste puts it in somewhere in my top 10 DIPAs, possibly even in my top 5. So, overall, this beer is pretty damn good in my opinion. If you like big, in your face hoppy DIPAs, seek this one out when it's nice and fresh! Need I say more? Also, HUGE thanks to Kayn169 for sending me this wonderful beer! It's very much worth trading for. Must say that I enjoyed this one more than I did Dreadnaught. Both good beers though.

Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,129 ratings.