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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 2,978
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 530
Gots: 377 | 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 it’s hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber colour ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some great lacing. Aroma of floral hops with lightly sweet malt base is enjoyable. Taste is also a mix between some floral hops with light citrus notes and some light sweet malt. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but not as character full as I was expecting - I am thinking this bottle might not be as fresh as I had expected.

Phyl21ca, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of leschkie
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. red-label bottle obtained at the FFF brewery and consumed 12 days later. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a traditional foamy white head similar to that produced by the bubbles in a jacuzzi bath. Some carbination that makes its way to the surface. Very little lace presence, which is quite surprising considering the consistency of the head.

Smell: Somewhat disappointing. Thought it would be similar to Dreadnaught with a bit more pungency, but this one lagged behind in both complexity, balance, and aromatic intensity. Big-time hops, grass, hay, and pine resin up front with very subtle hints of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and malt. Definitely nothing to brag about here.

Taste: Talk about a sucker punch in the face. Huge hop profile with a bitter bite. I can see why this beer is so aptly named. But other than that, that's really about it. Any effort to make the citrus or malt known in the flavor profile is completely overpowered by the almightly hops.

Mouthfeel: Like the Dreadnaught, this one is on the thinner side of a medium body. Carbination is perfect. This bad boy is high on the IBU scale, and it shows. Bitterness is exacerbated in the finish and persistently lingers in the back of the throat. Wow, never would have guessed this one was 9% ABV. Didn't detected any of the alcohol in this one.

Overall: I'd probably place this one in the upper half of the more hop-forward DIPAs I've tasted. Definitely the immature younger brother to Dreadnaught, but nonetheless, another great example of how FFF is one of the most consistent breweries out there.

leschkie, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Bierlerner
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A bit hazy golden straw color. Small 1 finger head. Some patchy lacing.

S- Awesome strong piney citrusy hop aroma. Not overdone but very bold. Hints of light fruits like grapefruit and pear.

T&M- Tingly carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. A hop assault. Lots of hop but its not really strong in the piney part. Great balance of citrus, grapefruit, pear, and white grapes throughout all while the big hop profile is clashing on the tongue. Finishes bitter and very pleasant. Borders the line of almost puckering, but just doesn't get there.

O- Another very well balanced beer by Three Floyds. Man, they got this IPA thing down. Definitely need more.

Bierlerner, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chaney for this snack!
Bottled: unk

A: wheat colored ale with excellent clarity. Single finger of bone white foam falls to a translucent sheet of te same. Rim reaches up the sides. Near cobweb lacing.

S: mint, resin, grapefruit, hay, corn, bubble gum. Pretty complex and diverse use of hops it seems multilayered. Nice underlying malts are a bit sweet, but I expect this to pack a punch!

T: hayooo! Bitter and alcoholic (in complimentary fashions, respectively). Otherwise, this hops compliment in a manner similar to the nose. Add a hint of mid palate sweetness. Good stuff.

M: medium body with moderate carb. Slick for quite some time.

O: well, this is a good beer. Now if only it were on my shelves...

harrymel, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a teardrop beer glass. Fresh from the brewpub with the new red label.

A - Hazy orange with a tinge of yellow. Foamy white head. Carbonation seen coming up. Fine looking IIPA.

S - Big pungent piney hops with a slight citrus twist, lemon and grapefruit. Bold smell and very encompassing. Not very complex however and perhaps missing slightly in the backend.

T - Just as the smell was big and bold, the taste doesn't disappoint. Hop profile is a great balance of bitter and citrus, with bitter coming hard and quick and the citrus and sweet flavors lingering on the tongue. A slight malt background, but these fresh hops easily overpower that.

M - Not as heavy from the hops as I expected. Quite smooth from the citrus flavors however some of the bitter hops begin to fill up.

O - Very good IIPA. One of the better piney IIPAs I've had with the nice balance of citrus in there and complete hop flavor profile that 3 Floyds seem to be great at. Very drinkable and dangerous at 9% abv. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Scrumtralecent, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of willyc
2.78/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, this was one of the few three floyds that I thought were just ok. I like strong IPA's but this did not rise up to other breweries standards, and I was jacked to try the Wolf. Heavy but not tastey hops and a little worse after taste. I will say that this beer was seven weeks old and travel several hundred miles via honda CRV to get to me. So I will try again. Good Day.

willyc, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden amber pour. Nice bubbly head with great lacing.

S: Huge pine aroma along with some grass. Can smell a little orange behind it.

T: Very hop forward but with tons of pine unlike most DIPAs. Grass follows in the middle and then there is some orange. Quite bitter, not that great of a balance but there is some caramel malt in there.

M: High carbonation, I think a little too much. Beer is quite bitter with the pine and it lasts a long time - combined with the carbonation it leaves a noticeable sting.

O: This is honestly the strongest piney flavor in a beer I've had, it takes a little getting used to. Most big DIPAs are very citrusy but not this one. Definitely check it out if you like pine.

Dope, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle pours a hazy pale golden body with a healthy bonewhite head. Retention is excellent and sheet lacing falls into attractive patches.

Robust aroma is hop driven. Citrusy apricot, orange, and pineapple notes mingle with pine, mint, and grassy elements to serve up a really enticing bouquet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Taste opens with dry and bitter pine and grassy hops but the citrusy dimension is right behind. Apricot and orange marmalade flavors add a nice succulent touch. Just a hint of caramel to balance the hop bitterness. Malt presence is biscuity and subtle throughout, allowing the hops to reamin centerstage. Alcohol is deftly hidden. Finishes clean and even.

A masterpiece. I love a good citrusy IPA and this is one of the best. Hops are bright, green, fresh, and lively. Wish I had a case of these stashed away.

merlin48, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Digging the new label art for this brew. Poured into Bruery snifter.

A: pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a soapy white head. All that is left after a moment is a thin collar of foam. Little to no lacing.

S: big bold notes of pine and spruce come first with fruity undertones in the form of orange zest and apricot. Sweet notes of caramel come in towards the end with a firm hop profile present throughout.

T: taste starts sweet with ripe fruits along with caramel malts. Waves of bitterness flood through the palate and eventually dries with a wine like character. This DIPA has a lot of character to it. Bold flavors with delicate balance. The ABV is well hidden.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: This is a nice brew. Definitely a change from the citrus hop forward brews that FFF's do so well, but the result is quite enjoyable.

homebrew311, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of cpz28
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What's in a name?:

Cold, Northern-most, tank, canis
What could possibly stack up to Dreadnaught? Who could brew a worthy opponent? Uh, the very people who brought you Dreadnaught, dummy. They call their pales milds and wheats, their IPAs pales, and tend to skip IPAs, opting for double IPAs. And I like it, all of it.

A- Cloudy with a guarantee of orange. In fact if there ever was a beer that was orange, this is it.

S- Lemon, citrus, vanilla-oak, cream, more citrus

T- Bitter, huge sharp bitterness up front. Hops, hops, hops. Malt backs up the big orange-citrus blast just enough. Dry finish. This is a quintessential IIPA

M- Perfectly carbonated and dangerously drinkable, with each sip making you want another.

O- Unlike Dreadnaught, the bombers are just as good as the draft. This beer is very different from Dreadnaught but still a Floyds beer.

cpz28, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of dwaz
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Whitemomba; poured from bomber.

A - pours nice cloudless straw color with small white head

S - subtle floral, piney aroma but really subdued; couldn't pick up any aromas of marmelade, white wine, or apricots mentioned on the label

M - Good carbonation, light feel in mouth

Taste - So crisp upon my first couple sips that I felt like I was drinking a pilsner; really subtle floral and grapefruit flavor up front with more bitterness on the back end; as the beer warms bitterness increases on the back end with alcohol flavor

Overall - this is a really fresh bottle(new label just released the last 2 weeks),so I was suprised how subtle the hops tasted and smelt and how much alcohol I could pick up. I was expecting more but defintiely not a bad double IPA by any means. Just a little too subdued for me.

dwaz, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this brew. 22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip at 50 degrees. Pours a slightly hazy tangerine hue with a loose, half inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a soapy bull's eye swirl with a creamy band around the edges. Some spots of lacing but no legs. Nose expresses grapefruit sweetness, tropical fruits, citrus rind and an earthy quality - all in that order. Taste reveals citrus, but the sweetness is much more subdued than suggested by the nose. Earthy/piny/rind character comes out towards the middle and back. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with lively carbonation that is evenly distributed from start to finish. Finish is crisp and semi-dry. A solid DIPA - alcohol is well-hidden and I really dig the nose, but I like my DIPA's a little sweeter.

Jwale73, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at finch's a murky gold to a 10oz goblet with a super thin, short lasting, off white head

big grapefruit hops aroma.

sweet fruity tropical hops forward, sweet malts, piney.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, tart, dry, subtle bitter.

great beer, smooth, creamy, refreshing.

robwestcott, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a snifter...big bright golden IPA...head is a little light, but alcohol content is big so that's understandable...color is awesome...tons of fruit in the nose and not quite as much hoppiness as I expected, even though I know this puppy is up in the 100 IBU range. it's pretty bitter on the tongue though, with an appropriate balance. Crisp, fruity, bitter. Kudos to this beer for tasting completely unique. It's definitely 'not normal' as they say. Pretty incredible beer. I can barely taste the alcohol but I can feel it. Oh yeah, mouthfeel is perfect too.

chicagoabbot, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arctic Panzer on tap at a certain bar in Midtown Manhattan, $4 during happy hour.

Appearance: Eight ounces of the Panzer, glass filled all the way up and about to overflow. Almost no head, just a light mantle that dies soon and some bubbles. Decent lacing but not much retention otherwise. Kind of reminds me of the Hair of the Dog Blue Dot I had at the same bar the other day, with that dirty-yellow, urine-sample-like color you don't expect to see in a Double IPA.

Smell: Very citrusy, with a tad of syrupy sweetness on the back and biscuit-y malts at the end, plus some Belgian-like yeast. Orange juice, grass, fresh-mowed lawn. Some tropics.

Taste: One sip and I feel like I've had this beer 1,000 times before. Pine, resin, cleaning product. Bitterness on the back, tangy-hoppy finish. I get a lot of fresh-squeezed orange flavor all over, plus astringent lemon juice that makes this beer feel like gnawing straight on some green pomelo rind. Ouch!

Mouthfeel: Well rounded, with full body and flavor and medium carbonation. Prickly bitter finish that lingers. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

Overall: Super drinkable, but undistinguished and one-dimensional. This tastes like a myriad other American IPA's. All bitterness and citrus, no balance or excitement.

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle arrived a week ago and features the new label. This beer pours a very, very pale gold in color with a one finger bright white head that quickly dissipates. It looks like a traditional pale ale. The nose is of grapefruits, citrusy hops, and I get an odd spiciness to finish it off. It smells great and you can smell the glass from a few feet away. It tastes of sweet citrusy and lightly piny hops with a soft pale malt backbone. It works well and is a pretty light drinker compared to most DIPAs that're pretty sticky and feature caramel malts. It does finish pretty dry though and is a gateway to cotton mouth. I am a fan of this one and I think it's better out of the bottle than on tap.

aasher, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue crazy gargoyle label, no bottle date; of all the companies I am surprised Three Floyds hasn't stepped up and handled this important accessory, anyway...
Aromas are really hop forward and citrusy with lots of orange and lesser but still copious grapefruit; reminds me of a blood orange. As it warms they hops become more complex with resiny and dank aromas become more apparent. There is an underlying sweet candy mixed in there as well. No caramel like there was in Dreadnaught that I had last week.
The tastes begin with the sweet bready and candy malts but are quickly overtaken by the bitterness and flavors of the greenery. Pineapple, grapefruit, pithy lemon/blood orange attacks your palate with bitterness. Thick hops flavors and sweet malts mingle on the tongue and create a huge resin filled flavor to boot. No alcohol is present what-so-ever which is awesome but dangerous for such a delicious beer.
Mouthfeel was very full and very sticky; much less in balance with the malts like I prefer (Dreadnaught was much more balanced, less bitter). The finish is super dry thanks to the copious amount of hops which must have been added to this bad boy. Sweet malt helps a little to keep this from being a complete palate wrecker.
Overall this is another great beer; same flavor profile as Pliny, not at balanced as Dreadnaught. If you like 3 Floyds, you will love this. While I thoroughly enjoyed this, I prefer my DIPAs more balanced. Hop bomb... yes. Recommended... yes as well.

claspada, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Haymarket

A - It pours a slightly hazed golden hue and is topped with a big pillowy cap of white froth, which leaves lace swaths in rings as the glass drains.

S - The nose is hugely hoppy and offers a large amount of lemon zest, lemongrass and sweet floral notes. There is an underlying cannabis-pine suggestion, and some toasty malt, but they are really overshadowed by the floral and tart citrus.

T - The brew is very very bitter, perhaps unreasonably so. The pale malt is very low in the flavor profile, so we're basically working with astringent hop oil and solventy alcohol. The hop is more grassy than the nose suggested, and still has a heavy citric presence, with lemongrass, grapefruit rind and orange-blossom implied. Strongly flavored stuff.

M - The feel is on the thinner side for a DIPA, which is fine by me.

O - Final verdict: While much of this brew borders on the unpleasant, it never crosses over that line. This is basically the big-boy juice here; if you can't take it, go home and change your panties.

ktrillionaire, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of webmanspidey
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This is a pale golden color with around an inch of head. Smell is heavy on the hops with some sweet pine sap and honey in the background. Taste is a crisp bitter hoppiness with some pine flavors. Alcohol is hidden very well. This is very solid and bitter IPA.

webmanspidey, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of ruckus232
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a finger or two of white head.

Smell: There is a noticeable citrus hops smell but there is also a mild sweet scent resembling something like banana.

Taste: Hoppy, but not as bitter as I was expecting. It begins bitter and then becomes slightly fruity sweet and then leave a not quite as powerful bitterness as an aftertaste. There is no alcohol taste even though it is fairly high in ABV.

ruckus232, May 30, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Alex (page101) for hooking me up with this on an awesome trade! Slightly hazy yellow-orange pour with one finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. One of the lightest colored Imperial IPAs I've had. Lots of floral west coast IPA citrus in the nose with this one, complemented nicely with piney resin. Lemon and grapefruit are most prominent with a hint of caramel malt. The taste is dominated by huge citrus notes. Tons of grapefruit and tangerine with a great bitter hop bite. With that said, plenty of sweet malt to balance it out perfectly. The alcohol is almost non-existent making this scary drinkable for an imperial. When you get into this level of quality, it's hard to distinguish which is beer is better. This is right up there with Pliny, Dreadnaught, Sculpin, etc. It's only my second Three Floyds beer ever, but I think it's safe to say that Three Floyds lives up to all the hype!

beerdrifter, May 27, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours hazy light copper and gold. large white head that turns loose and bubbly with medium to higher retention. not much lacing is left on the glass, just smaller islands here and there.

S- Hoppy.. obviously. Nice lighter citrus note that is dominated by a strong piney hope. a lighter malt kick is in there but faint.

T- much like the nose. The piney bitterness is prevalent through out with a slight malt hint in there. The finish is crisp with a bitter lingering.

M- medium mouthfeel that suits the beer very well and has higher than normal IPA carbonation. interesting

O- very nice beer. I had the dreadnaught last night and am pleased to to have been able to try both of these long wanted 3F IPA's. I like the unbalancedness of this one. piney goodness.

Gushue3, May 26, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Appearance is surprisingly light pouring a light orangish color with frothy, off-white head.

S: Aroma is superb with citrus all around especially pinneapple and grapefruit.

T: Taste is strong on the citrus hops flavors like the grapefruit with a solid sweet malt backbone. The story of this beer is the balance. No one characteristic dominates with both the hop bitterness and malt sweetness contributing very evenly making the brew very drinkable.

M: Palate is medium-bodied, soft and slick texture, with mild carbonation, and a slight bitter finish - quite subdued for an Imperial IPA.

O: I'm constantly impressed by everything put out by FFF and this is no exception.

kjc51478, May 25, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to omgshesaboy for this one!

Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass an opaque golden color with a few fingers of chunky white head that sticks to the glass.

I smelled this one as soon as I popped it - some pine and definitely grapefruit.

A sip is nicely bodied - pine and grapefruit dominate. The citric hops are quite clean and refreshing as the medium carbonation and a resinous pine bitterness at the end bring it back from too sweet. The light malt flavor gives just enough to balance out the big hops. A little warmth at the end, but otherwise the 9% is hidden.

Very drinkable imperial IPA.

OldIronLungs, May 25, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent trade. Thanks Evan, reviewing from notes.

Not too sure I like DIPA's. IPA's I recently found to be to my taste, but DIPA's are a bit too much generally speaking.

This one, however, proved to be completely drinkable to me. This bottle went down FAST between me and the wife. Completely drinkable, tasty, citrus well balanced with hop and malts.

Color was dark, Smell was wonderful, Tate even better. If this was available regularly it would be one of the ones always in my fridge.

sendsilk, May 24, 2011
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,978 ratings.