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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,179
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 542
Gots: 441 | FT: 16
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 morimech
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stupid name, pretty damn good label and beer. Pours a clear golden color with one finger of head that lasted for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Concentrated hop aroma. It is so pungent and overpowering it is hard to pick out scents. I think I am smelling citrus and tropical fruit. It is also a little dank.

The malt in this one is playing the role of hop delivery vehicle. It may add just a little sweetness that the hop bitterness can toy with. The bitterness is palate blasting. I do detect more citrus and tropical fruit. Alcohol does play a role in the flavor, but even it cannot come out from underneath the tracks of the hops.

The body is not really imperial in stature. How did they achieve the ABV? Anyways the carbonation seems perfectly suited to this type of beer.

A pint of this is probably overwhelming and fatiguing, I have to do the extra work and drink the bomber. Not a style I am too keen on but it does deliver what is advertised.

Photo of Bonis
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 8/23/2011

A - Very hazy golden with a lot of chunks of sediment. Not sure why there was so much sediment, as I waited at least a day to pour this one after it had been sitting in the fridge. A good inch of foam settles to almost nothing except a few bubbles are the ring of my glass, which ends up leaving some lacing.

S - Candied hops, mostly which were citrus like in aroma. Some pine and dank mesh in. No alcohol really. Fruity hops and sweet malt, but not much malt.

T - Hops, hops, and more hops, nothing beyond that. I don't get the abundant hop bitterness to tell me I'm drinking a DIPA, but it's there a little bit. Overall, it's nice clean hops, but nothing overly impressive. Not quite as good as Dreadnaught, but quite nice overall. No malts at all, which to me is a tad disappointing, considering the hop profile isn't nearly as tasty as Dreadnaught. Alcohol is quite muted. I'd put it at 7.5% alcohol in the blind.

M - Low bodied with pretty low carbonation. Fairly smooth drinking overall. Not real bitter, but there is a slight bitter dryness left on the tongue, as well as an off gritty feeling (possibly due to the excess amount of dextrose added to this brew?). Not usually what I expect in a DIPA, but decent nonetheless.

O - Overall, I'm fairly impressed. A nice easy drink for the ABV. Recommend if you see it, but don't pass Dreadnaught up for this one. It's a couple bucks more in price.

Photo of cwguy5
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks jisom123 for this one! Poured from bottle into Dogfish Head "pint" glass.

A - thought it was going to be murky as i poured it but it settled to a golden, clear color; thin white head covered top but soon faded to the thinnest cap
S - tropical fruit, pineapple, a little lemon rind, touch of toffee
T - first sip was bitter but my palate quickly adjusted (or got beat down); mango, pineapple and then citrus zest with more bittering hops to follow; drying finish
M - carbonation is prickly but on the light side overall; body is on the lighter side of medium; significant but not completely unpleasant dry, bitter linger
D - initially i thought it was going to be too bitter but my palate adjusted and i enjoyed it very much; nice combo of aromatic and bittering hops; doesn't overwhelm you in any one area but a very decent drinkable ipa for 9%

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Big thanks to dcguitar for procuring this one on a recent trip to the brewery

Pours a hazy, dull orange through the center of the glass with the edges being more of a golden color. A thin, less than one finger ecru cap worked hard to fill the glass but fell short and retreated quickly.

The nose is bright and assertive. Sticky oranges, apricots, pine resin, ruby red grapefruits all shine while a cracker-like malt profile holds down the back end.

This is an enamel ripper of an iipa. Waves of bitterness crash down on the palate with each sip, while it builds and builds on the tongue and teeth. The flavor profile mimics the nose. A touch of warming on the back end.

Chewy, thick, syrupy at first, then a drying bitterness takes over. Bitterness lingers forever.

This is a nice addition to the FFF portfolio. I may like this better than Dreadnaught, which I remember to be a little sweeter. This is an all out bitter assault which is right in this hophead's wheelhouse.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one half finger of nearly white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet grapefruit and peach, quite bright.

T: Very mellow, leads with a bit of spicy malt with bitterness gradually growing, then fades to pairing of sweet peach with a little pine tar. Peach persists on the aftertaste. Biscuit and some soft minerals are also present. Alcohol just barely present toward the end of the glass.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a pleasant, nectar-like feeling.

O: This is a great beer and quite a contrast from Dreadnaught. This is much more mellow but still full-flavored and satisfying. Pretty tame for the wolf imagery, but a great beer nonetheless. I will definitely look for this one again.

Photo of cagocubs
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into snifter glass.

A: Pour was a hazed out burnt orange with a finger of bone white head. The head lingered and gently dissipated to a cap. Remnants laced glass well.

S: Hops, citrus, fruit, and some bready character to the pour. Hops definitley prevail but a good amount of tropical and darker fruit are apparent in smell.

T: Best of both worlds. Bitter and sweet, you could say bittersweet (see what I did there?). The citrus and tropical fruits pair with the bitter hops nicely. Bready finish with malts are curbed by hop warming.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation. A dry warm and bitter finish are memorable with this beer.

O: It is getting difficult to judge 3Fs beers. Quality is overwhelming with this brewery. I find myself judging 3F beers against the other 3F beers I've had, all while most of them are a step above many other DIPAs. Overall, a very good DIPA but I do enjoy other 3Fs in comparrison.

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

Thanks to Jim for this one.

A: Pours a very hazy orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, with the head fading to a thin layer of white on top. Thin, but sticky lacing coats the walls.

S: Some tropical fruits, mostly pineapple, oranges, tangerine, and some citrus zest. There is some graham cracker malt to balance things a bit, even though the hops dominate.

T: Somewhat sweet from the citrus fruits, mostly orange and orange zest on the flavor profile. There is a bit of pine in the midpalate, which transitions to a bit of caramel malt. Finishes slightly bittersweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not a bad DIPA, but I prefer the others from FFF I think. This one doesn't wow me as much as they do.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Comet Cafe Store. Hop aromas.Tasty dipa. Very good hop blend, right there in bitterness, lots of malt. Peachy looking body. A little acidic after a few sips. Very enjoyable citrus orange and tropical fruit, although I would most be pleased by better balance.

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

A: Pours a golden amber color with wonderful clarity. Not too much head, but lacing drags along the walls of the glass as i take sips.

S: A great hop aroma dances around as I test the aroma of the beer. Get some stone fruit, piney forest and even some tropical fruit. Wonderfully inviting. Some maltiness in the too. Well rounded aroma that is for sure.

T: WOW, the epitome of a BIG beer. Definitely the hop comes through right away. The kind of malt that makes you remember why you drink beer, so good. Malty caramel and almost a molasses to follow. Hate to repeat but well rounded again.

M: Oh man just as smooth as I could imagine and want. Something about this brew yells drink more of me, I oblige.

O: Okay I'll admit it, I may be gushing over this beer a bit as i do from time to time. Maybe it's the fact that I only review beers that knock my socks off. Overall a great well rounded beer that once again I am saddened that I can't get on the shelves here in Vegas.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.6/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There is a certain flavor that Three Floyds beers tend to have which this beer lacks. Served from the bottle, the beer pours a golden orange color. The unique hoppy aroma of 3F was present, though not as much as usual. It is a little hard to believe this is categorized as a double. The initial taste was a creamy bitter hop flavor. The hoppiness was rather one dimensional. I would expect Three Floyds to have a more complex flavor but this one had nothing particularly interesting about it. It seems as though it is designed to "out bitter" other beer in the category but still failed. The aftertaste left a hint of bitter grapefruit, though it was not overwhelming.

Realizing the high standard that Three Floyds has set for itself, it is hard to have a winner every time. This is certainly not up to their standard.

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

22 oz. bottle. No bottle date, but I just picked this up from the brewery (so it better be fresh :) ).

Great name and great label artwork! Pours a hazy peachy orange. Big, sticky, light beige head. Good retention and nice lacing too. Huge hop nose. Big notes of pine, resin, clementines, lemon, grapefruit, and pepper. Powdered sugar sweet malt accents as well, but this is predominantly hoppy to this nose.

Hop bitterness right up front. Citrus and pine flavors dominate. Big notes of pine sap, clementine orange, grapefruit, and some peppery spiciness. Orange creamsicle malt, with some boozy pineapple, try to hide under the huge hop flavor/bitterness. Still can make them out and they provide just enough counter-punch to the alpha acids. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus and resin bitterness. Medium-full body, with a slightly syrupy feel, before the finish. Warming, but pretty easy to drink. This seems pretty fresh (but I still wish there was a bottled on date on this thing!

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 3F pint glass. Golden, pale apricot color with a big creamy head and excellent clingies on the sides of the glass. Standard IPA aromas of lemon, grapefruit, and flowers.

Wonderful hoppy flavor. There's a big hop bite, but it is served on a nice creamy, malty backbone. Intense flavors of citrus and spice predominate, but right at mid-palate the bitter hop flavors develop a little further and your tongue takes one last pounding as you swallow.

I have to rate this one just a shade lower than Dreadnaught. There's a creamy fruity character to that one that makes it special. This one is more of a ``oh, you like hops, huh?'' kind of beer. Very hopped up, yet still balanced and drinkable.

Photo of Badbobx
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber into a pint glass. There was a fast disappearing head. There was no lacing. The color was a hazy dark orange with some floaties
The aroma was overwhelming with grapefruit and citrus. I enjoyed the aroma.
The flavor is very hoppy. I am getting lots of grapefruit flavors. I didn't pick up any boozy notes.
The mouthfeel is very good, filling and enjoyable, with a nice sense of carbonation.
Three Floyds is one of my favorites. This one is up to their standards.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

My god...FFF makes some incredible beer. Between Arctic Panzer Wolf, Apocalypse Cow, Alpha King, and Dreadnaught, they represent 4 of my favorite beers. I need to taste all of them side by side to get a true feel for the differences.

Wolf pours a hazy gold with a thin head. The nose is very hop forward, and just intoxicating. What a BEAUTIFUL smelling beer. The taste is sublime. The hops meld perfectly with the citrus, without burning out your tastebuds. The hop profile in this is as perfect as I've had in any beer. The mouthfeel is awesome. Just a slight bitterness, that hangs around on your palate long after the swallow. FFF is now definitively my favorite brewer. Hands down.

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

A: Hazy tangerine in color, with a nice white head on the top of it. The head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Nice soft pine smell, very bright! There is a bit of a tropical fruit hint in there as well as perhaps the faintest hint of sweet onion. Some sweetness in the finish, definitely some hops in there.

T: Pine and some light tropical fruits come out in the flavor, as well as a touch of onion. The bitterness is quite strong on this one. There is an earthiness to the finish of this.

M: Medium in body, a dry finish with somewhat aggressive carbonation. There is a lingering oily feel to the finish.

O: Overall very good, but definitely a beer for the hop heads. The focus seems to me to be a little too strong on the harsh bitterness without much consideration to the malt, which isn't my preference. Regardless, it is tasty, interesting, and a good break.

Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow with one finger of head. Small amount of sediment and strong lacing.

S - Almost as much floral as hops. Sweet smooth hoppy aroma, maybe dry-hopped cascade and simcoe-esque. Fantastic.

T - Great DIPA / Imperial. Kind of a sharp or quick taste of bitter hops on the front of the tongue, but then it goes down like a smooth day-drinking beer. Great flavor and an IPA that doesn't rip out your tongue. Seems like a great one to mix into a tasting because it a great show of a DIPA and easy on the pallet.

M - Medium carbonation. Light and didn't feel any of the sediment I saw.

O - Three Floyds is always expensive, but 16$ a bottle includes shipping. I recommend whatever you can get from this brewery, and this is the best I've had yet. Thanks to 3F!

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

Bomber into a pint glass, thanks to MikeytotheB for the bottle, which sports the usual FFF shenanigans with some bad-ass art work and no bottling date.

Opaque and hazy golden orange with a billowing and persistent egg-white head that provides a full coating of sticky lacing all over the glass. Plenty of loose sediment floating around as well.

Plethora of citrus fruit and pine on the nose with hints of white wine. Pungent aromas of orange, lemon, apricot, pineapple and grapefruit are all abundant, with some serious grass as well. No malt any where to be found and I love it, west coast with a twist.

Flavors on the palate fulfill what was promised on the nose, tantalizing citrus fruit meshed with an incredibly subtle caramel malt backbone and an aggressively strong hop bitterness. Again, the white wine flavors advertised on the bottle come through to add a neat complexity without throwing off the entire flavor profile.

Medium bodied with a mouth puckering dry finish and strong carbonation levels. Alcohol is well hidden and will come up to bite you in the ass if you drink this delicious brew too quickly.

Overall, one of the best imperials I've ever had. I was a little disappointed by my recent encounter with Dreadnaught, but that was more than likely a freshness issue. This more than made up for that, Cheers!

Photo of HoosierInOhio
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a Tulip Glass. 48 degrees.

A - Hazy Amber, semi Opaque. 1 Finger head dissipates quickly

S - Massive citrus bomb, pineapple? Just a huge aroma. Not much malts in the aroma department

T - Hoppy for sure, minimal malts to my palette. Dry aftertaste, minor alcohol burn.

M - Decent mouthfeel, had better and worse. Kinda left my mouth dry.

O - Good DIPA but I prefer others.

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

A: Big rocky white head. Thick, golden, cloudy unfiltered beauty... bits of grain suspended in the beer. A reminder: You are drinking unfiltered, unadulterated ale.

S: A nice grassy and fruity sweet aroma that was a good preview to the taste. Really strong despite the relative age of the bottle. Still wonder how they do this...

T: Pure money. Surprisingly middle of the range body with very assertive bitterness and stupendous hop flavor balanced by a solid sweet malty background. Lots of lingering bitterness. Hop flavors are mainly pine and grass. Superb.

M: Pretty light for the style leading to unexpected drinkability (danger!) Dry finish.

Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muted with floaties, yet holds a healthy looking peachy gold hue with a small crown of off-white crunchy foam. A few spots of lace are flecked about the glass edge.

Pungent bright aroma of grapefruit, straight up wow! Definately a 3F nose action going on here as most of their stuff has impressive aromas, and this is packed high with hops. Pretty much alot of white and pink grapefruit masking a delicate fruity, citrusy sweetness of peach marmalade and pineapple. Ascents of aromatic cedar pine, medicinal bitterness, fresh floral resin, and a bit of dryish biscuity maltyness.

Great taster of citrusy grapefruity hops, quite bright and bountiful. Bitterness is well handled and under control with a nice sweetness that lends to peach fuzz, pineapple, and a glob of mango. Some biscuity dryness surfaces from underneath while soft pine notes and fresh floral resinyness buzzes about the finish within its somewhat spicey fresh finish.

Bold, clean, fresh, bright, nearly full, and brightly hopped body with a pithy, fuzzy, texture coating the palate immediately upon first touch of the tongue. Sweetly citric and juicy with a feathery frothyness all around conjuring a simple display of easy drinking hoppyness and well-handled bitterness and hoppy bite.

I have been bit by the Arctic Panzer Wolf and I like it! But watch out...that 9% will bite you in the head quickly with a buzz of yummy citrusy fresh hops!

Photo of axeman9182
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to BA sobeleg, this one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Arctic Panzer Wolf pours nearly completely hazy. It vacillates between tangerine and straight orange, and has about two fingers of white head. The foam shows both retention and lacing that are alright, but fail to impress (second pour was across the board better, and earned a small score bump). The nose is very tropical fruity. Smells like lots of Amarillo and/or Citra to me. The white wine promised in the writeup on the bottle is present as well, but a little more elusive. Finally, pine shows up as a barely there aroma. While there were no malty notes present in the nose, there is a little bit of bread and caramel sweetness to lead things off flavor wise. Just a little though, before we get to the business at hand, namely hops. Mid palate bitterness is pronounced, yet smooth. It demands attention without taking a scorched earth approach to my taste buds. White wine is more prominent here than in the nose, it comingles with apricot and more tropical fruits for leading flavors. Pine is still very much a background accent, but has more oomph here. The body is pleasantly light for a 9% beer, especially since it's not as bone dry flavor wise as some west coast interpretations of the style. Carbonation is spot on, a little high and it adds to the beer's brightness of flavor. I love this beer for the same reason I love Nelson from Alpine. It's not only a very well crafted version of the style, but the inspired hop choices result in a unique brew that escapes the rote (if not still enjoyable) citrus/grapefruit notes of most IPAs and imperial versions. This is one that separates itself from the pack and I would gladly seek out again.

Photo of hardy008
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold/amber color with a bright white two finger head of foam with good retention and lacing. A nice aroma wafts up from the glass with pineapple, mango, oranges, and grapefruit. Smells good. Hopefully it will taste as good as it smells.

Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, zest, and oranges are all noticed on the first sip. This beer is more bitter than the aroma suggested, but there is also some sweetness present. I can also taste some light malt, but the hops are the star here. Tastes more bitter than I would like it to be.

Medium to full bodied with above average carbonation, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 9.0 % abv. A nice DIPA, but not as good as Dreadnaught.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold/orange with a small white head that fades into oblivion.

Smells of tropical fruits and a little sweetness. Maybe a touch of honey.

A palate wrecker if there ever was. Starts out with an intense grapefruit bitterness balanced well with a good malt backbone. A touch of sweetness in the middle rounding into a delicious piney hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation levels.

This is every bit the equal of Dreadnaught and a great addition to the 3F lineup. Drink this one fresh though. Fresh bottles and off draft are some of the best beers I've had, but more than a few weeks old and it loses a ton of its great flavors.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness snifter of love.

A bright crisp looking orange. Reminds me of a christmas ornament against my lamp. Two fingers of frothy off white head. The lacing is heavy and duty. Smell is citrus and light pine.Plenty of condensation on my glass. I better hold on tight. Floral hop and citrus on the palate. Notably orange for me. Greeted with pine and resin. A big perfume aftertaste. The finish is dry. I detect a slight alcohol tinge. I like the hop bite on the end, Goes down well. The orange blossom is a nice finish.

A diggable brew.

Photo of hopduder
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a- beautiful golden amber color with sparkling clarity. a lack of head, but lace does drag down the glass.

s- the second that i opened the bottle i smelled the hops. subtle, sweet pine tree notes, ripe apricots, and hint of pineapple on the nose.

t- this is a pallet destroyer. after 5 sips my tongue is sticking to the roof of my mouth, and i embrace it. at the front of the pallet before the 5th sip: slight caramel sweetness, followed by big bold, but round bitterness on the back of the throat. no matter how you slice this beer down, there are hops from the taste buds in your nose, to the ones in your mouth, and when you burp it up to finish.

m- starts smooth and silky at the front of the pallet with the slight sweetness of the malts, then turns the rest of your mouth into beautiful tannic hoppy velcro with a slight honey like residual stickiness to the lips.

o- i love tannic, grippingly bitter iipas like this, and find it an exceptional take on the style. i only wish that i lived somewhere that i could drink this on the regular (i live in houston, Texas)

cheers, and kudos to 3fLoys

-aRs-

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,179 ratings.