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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 2,984
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 529
Gots: 379 | 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 onefmatt
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden-amber color, slight head of white

S: Light malts, flowery and citrus hop blast in the nose

T: Pine and grapefruit from the hops. Malt presence is lighter, but well balanced with the hops, so long as you enjoy a hoppier beer. Still a decent sweetness to it.

M: Awesome, aside from the hops, it may be the best part of the beer. Almost creamy, but not overwhelmingly heavy. This could be drank all day.

D: Again, if given a keg of this for my own, I would throw a party with my best beer nerds and we would all be thoroughly satisfied afterward, as well as blasted.

Overall, this is an absolutely great addition to the Floyds' arsenal of beers. If you have a chance certainly pick it up.

onefmatt, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sixtel offering dished up by ChrisD fresh back from his holiday run to Indiana.

A-Bright, lightly hazed golden yellow with a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-Big blast of fresh tropical fruits overlying a secondary base of sweet biscuit malt.

T-Mostly fruity up front with secondary spicy pine in support. Light malt base....this is like Dreadnaught Lite!

M-Medium-light bodied, crisp and sharp with a long lingering fruity hop profile.

D-A simply lovely light bodied DIPA. FFF are the long established masters of the hops and this beer proves to be no exception. Light malt with tropical fruit hops and sharp biting finish....just like I like them!

Deuane, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale golden/orange with minimal head that fades fast and leaves no lacing. Very little activity.

Boozy esters with floral and citrusy hops, and little evidence of the malty bill. Maybe some faint caramel. Though it wasn't very cold when poured, it gets better the longer it sits. The 4 may be a bit generous.

Fairly sharp piny and grapefruity hop flavors and bitterness are most prominent. Malty sweetness is detectable, but no caramel flavors (BuckeyeNation would be pleased to report this in his review). Not especially complex. Not a total palate wrecker, but it's a pretty aggressively bitter hop bomb.

Smooth, almost creamy medium body. Finish is dry, and the bitterness lingers.

Think west coast IPA with a thinner feel and body (purposefully) than what you'd expect. It's a good, aggressively bitter, DIPA. But to my taste buds, it is not exceptional. In fact, it reminds me of some of my homebrew DIPA's, particularly ones that caused me to tweak my recipe to add more body and complexity.

Thank you iowahawk for providing me with the opportunity to experience this fine offering from 3F, a classic maker of the style.

sprucetip, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arctic panzer wolf pours a hazed orange blossom honey color. The head is almost white, sudsy and leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is packed full of citrus and tropical hop notes. There is a malt backbone to this one but it's mostly hops. Damn skippy, who doesn't love a hop bomb?

Mmmm an initially tasty brew. It starts off with some sweet malts and all that hoppy goodness. Juicy fruit and citrus dominate the flavor profile but the good times are not meant to last. Soon enough an over aggressive bittness trumps all the flavors and in my opinion ruins the beer.

Bitter best describes this brew. In fact over bittered is more like it. The mouthfeel is dominated by the punchy sharpness and hoppy twang in the finish. The good news is that the bitterness doesn't survive long, eventually warm and malty sweet beats it out. The one rocky patch of over bittering isn't enough to stop me from enjoying this one.

jbphoto88, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a ton to paco1029384756.

An aggressive pour yields a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over hazy golden wheat orange color.

Nose is exploding with fresh hops, lots of pine and some citrus, a bit of orange peel, some musty fresh hop resins, tangerine, clementine, and hint of earth, with some light malts and sweetness underneath it all. I could smell this all day.

Taste is ripe with fresh hops again, bringing some pine, citrus again, more citrus fruits like tangerine and clementine, some orange zest, and a bit of musty hop resins. It's fairly bitter, almost intensely bitter but doesn't seem to overpower like it makes me think it well. Again behind that comes some lightly sweet malts, a nice malty base that lives way behind in the shadow of the hops. A little spicy as well, some from hops, but gets a bit of a tingly and warming booze hit. Finish dries more, and brings more bitterness that lingers for what seems like eternity, or at least until the next sip, leaving some citrus fruits, pine, and a slight sticky feel.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied, with decent carbonation and some warming tingly booze.

Drink is decent, but not great, with a bit of warming tingly booze, some sweetness which dries a bit, a slight sticky finish, and the long bitterness that is delicious but doesn't bide well for drinkability.

jlindros, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.95/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light and bright. The beer is a clear glowing amber. The head is lackluster which is a bit of a let down.

S- This already smells like another awesome midwest dipa from the brewery that helped define this type of dipa. Big tropical fruit bombs, and that's how I like it. Marmalade, pineapple, mango, and cotton candy. Pine is there but is secondary to exotic fruits.

T- The snell is much better than the taste, which unfortunate. Tropical fruit is still the star but it isn't as well blended as the aroma. Copious pine and a splash of fussel alcohol get in the way. This beer is pretty damn bitter, considering how fruity it is.

M- Medium bodied with a nicely subdued carbonation. Its quite resins with a long lingering bitter finish.

MbpBugeye, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #4, Blind Beer BIF, Round 3. Bomber labeled #4.

A-Hazy copper golden, lots of floaties, huge frothy head, great sticky lacing.

S-Juicy, piney, sweet and a nice bit of citrus. Some malt is detectable but not the feature element here. Thinking we're in DIPA territory.

T-Yes, indeed. More citrus presence in the taste than the nose but a very large amount of malt sweetness as well. Quite tasty, the sweetness holds up nicely to balance the solid bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, finely carbonated, good lingering flavor.

D-I am thinking this beer is in the 9% ABV territory, so one is probably the right number. But a good one.

Guessing DIPA, seems vaguely Three Floyds-y to me, though lacking in the bitterness of fresh Dreadnaught.

sholland119, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a bright bronze and copper color. Great head and awesome retention. Nice Brussel's lacing and sluggish, yet full bubbling.

What an orange zest and lemon peel aroma. I maybe notice some very delicate biscuit powder aroma. This beer smells of huge hop bomb.

Lots of bitter hop flavors from start to finish. The alcohol adds another layer of bitterness to this citric zest eruption. I noticed some bitter, tropical fruit flavors, maybe some crushed flower juice. This is a hot bitter bomb that can only be sipped.

scruffwhor, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of afksports
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this one with CooperEllis, who I see just reviewed it. It's the product of our SecretSanta box, so I appreciate the generosity of Jonny from Kentucky on this bad boy. 3F for the win!

The IPA reminds me of one from the west coast that doesn't feature the hops as strongly as others. A bit more malt, a bit less hoppy. It's got a solid head, although not much on the initial pour, nice carbonation, brilliant lacing, and clings nicely to the glass. But that said, despite the sweet malty aroma, it really doesn't taste much more than the subtle hops in the nose. It's just... normal.

But that's not to say normal is bad. In fact, normal is pretty awesome sometimes. But when you've got a beer and a woman is wearing a bikini and a viking hat, you pretty much expect an epic experience. And although this one is drinkable despite it's 9.0% abv, it just doesn't make you think of spring break awesomeness.

afksports, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from jonny86jonny in Secret Santa '10.

Into 6oz tasting glass.

Poured agressively and ended with a 1/3" head, there is no lacing. Thin line of bubbles around 3/4 of the glass. Body is dirty about the color of chamomile tea.

Very malty aroma. There is a bit of bitterness, and strong sweet citrus (over ripe tangerine) with sour citrus (grapefruit).

Full malt flavor with strong sour citrus and light pine notes.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Nicely balanced between the carbonation and the combination of slick ipa, with a fuller body.

It is worth noting that here is a 9% IIPA with little to no alcohol bite. Even with the sharp inhale on the sip there is a noticeable absence of alcohol. Enjoyable though I would prefer a bit more hops up front in my I/ipa's.

(58th)

CooperEllis, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF

box 2, bottle 2
Poured into my Ithaca Tulip as instructed

A - Pours a cloudy yellow orange with an inch of very white fluffy foam that is leaving good lacing as it fades down my glass

S - nice citrus aroma, grapefruit, lemon and orange fill the nose

T - nice strong citrus hop taste and a nice malty sweet background but not overpowering, ending with a good bitter finish
going with IPA

M/D - medium bodied with crisp carbonation, slightly dry finish, this is something I could drink all day or well as long as my liver would allow.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

alright, time to pull back the curtain...

Three Floyds Artic Panzer Wolf
Nice! I've been wanting to try this one and had some trades set up that never went through. So glad I got to try this. Big thanks to you Richard.

mikereaser, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Secret Santa 2010 BIF. 220z bottle...

A: A light golden honey color with a small white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Some nice sugary citrus grapefruit with some earthy bitterness in the middle. Some orange citrus on the backend. Good.

T: Some bitter orange peel and coriander with some grapefruit quickly followed in the middle. Some citrus sugary malt on the backend. Good.

M: A full bodied IPA with a great carbonation. A nice clean finish. Very good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Glad I got to try it. It is a very grapefruity IPA. A very overwhelming grapefruit flavor. If that's your thing, then definitely hunt this down, otherwise, try if you have access.

steve8robin, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Macky20
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to gratefulbeerhead for picking me up a couple of these... Thanks for being my 3F hookup Eric!

Poured from bomber to DFH pint glass. Foamy off-white head with great retention. Beer pours a hazy golden color and looks unfiltered after it's in the glass. Aroma consists of dry hops, pine, grapefruit and a lemon zest... but is somewhat hard to detect. Definitely not overwhelming.

Taste is bitter dry and full on hop bite. It leaves a dry bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Other characters include a citrus undertone and a pine This is a beer for the hop heads! Consistency and mouthfeel is perfect, one of the better ones I've ever seen actually.

I couldn't drink bombers back to back, but 22 oz is a nice serving size for this one.

Macky20, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of dgfair
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Beer pours a hazy light orange color with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some soapy lace on the side of the glass. Smell is floral and sweet citrus hops with a bit of a bready/chalky smell on the backbone...more malt than I expected in the smell and almost smells like a lemon scone. The taste is a big smack of bitterness upfront that is very dry and mineral-like in taste. I pick up a slight medicinal quality before I get light malt and another smack of hop bitterness. Not much else in the taste but straight bittering hops. Finishes relatively heavy and warms as it goes down. Not very drinkable due to the huge bitterness. I think this is what they were going for, but only the most serious hopheads need apply. One of the lesser 3 Floyds IPAs in my opinion. Would take Dreadnaught every time over this.

dgfair, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Imperial IPA is very good with small foam but a nice golden yellow color with carbonation in the glass. The smell definitely tells you that it is a big IPA, and the taste is hoppy with notes of citrus(grapefruit) with a true Imp. IPA after taste. The beer feels very full flavored and full bodied and is very drinkable.

beerenjoyer1, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of shodrod
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(poured into a snifter)

This beer pours a surprisingly light color for the style. It has the appearance of unfiltered apple cider (with carbonation of course). The aroma is 100% hops! This might be one of the hoppiest beers I've ever smelled. The hops take front stage in the flavor; Slight citrus and lemongrass notes make their way into the taste. A hint of vanilla in the finish. Quite dry. This beer is for hop-lovers only!

shodrod, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of gibby
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber received in a surprise box from abbdull..thanks Andy, very cool of you for sure.

Poured into my dfh snifter glass. Appearance is a light orange, copper color. Smell is big time orange and apricot..FFF really never disappoints in this area. Their dipa's always smell fantastic. Taste is similar to smell but not as strong which was a slight disappointment. Very bitter beer which I like a lot. Nice mouth feel, not too thin and not syrupy at all. Very drinkable and no hint of the 9% abv what so ever. I liked this beer and wouldn't mind snagging another bomber or if available to me. Recommended for sure.

gibby, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Agold
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited about getting the chance to try this beer, and when i stumbled on it at my local establishment, I picked it up.

It pours really nicely, with a good amount of head and some lacing left on the glass. It is pale and a bit cloudy. It smells of grapefruit and citrus with some pine as well. There is a huge hop nose, and an even bigger hop taste. Quite bitter, but not astringent. Definitely very grapefruit and a bit piney.There is barely a hint to malt, and it is clear the FFF was going for hard core hops here. There is no trace of the 9% abv. Mouthfeel is pretty dry with nice fine carbonation. Drinking a 22 is a bit difficult, because despite the great taste, the bitterness gets a little bit much.

Agold, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Nonic

A: Very light colored but cloudy, lots of big bubbles and carbonation in this thing, body doesn't appear to be too thick so that is curious with carbonation, offwhite head

S: Very bright citrus (orange and clementine) with a slightly minty tang. exciting!

T: spearmint, orange sweetness then grapefruit bitterness, a bit of a honey flavor that transitions into a fairly pine-like bitterness. This is a pretty big flavor.

M: Surprisingly light for the taste and style, bright carbonation that wasn't as overpowering as I had expected. Well done.

D: If you like your DIPAs big and bold, give it a shot. the 9% makes one bottle enough for this guy.

waldoiverson, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the label is badass. love it. this beer pours into my dogfish snifter a nice golden, thick, viscous looking attitude. the head is almost non existent and what was briefly, no longer is.
fresh awesome hops emmenate through the room, as even my
girlfriend across the room perks up and says "is that the one with the girl on it?". it is, and she smells so delicious. put my nose in the snifter and it just smells so sweet, citrus hops dominate.
this liquid is delicious. while i originally assumed with no head and its thick appearance that this one may be on the heavier side, it proves not to be. i really just cant stop drinking it, especially as it warms up... it just gets better and better. tangerine and apricot hues swirl around in perfect harmony with just the right amount of dryness. this beer is a good example of letting the hops shine, with moderate but not overwhelming carbonation. drinkability would be a perfect were it not for the fact that it could get dangerous if i had a few of them... bedtime would come way too early.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic random gift from boatshoes, my beerbro. Move back east already, Fletcher!

A: Lovely. Pours a hazy light orange gold. Absolutely beautiful coloring. Not too much head to speak of, which is the only problem.

S: Pure hop juice. Smells like brew day. A huge smack of citrus and pine hops. Malt need not apply.

T/M: Okay, may have spoken too soon about the total lack of malt, because there's a bit of the sweet stuff up front. It's only a brief reprieve from the hop assault. Very juicy, very bitter citrus and pine hops. Powerful citrus finish. Not a trace of the 9% ABV. Body on the heavy side for the style, with medium carbonation.

D: Outstanding. A tremendous Double IPA. Thanks again, Fletcher!

CharlatanSin, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WARNING: I am a whore for hops and Three Floyds beers... As a result, this review may be biased. This is why I love all of Three Floyds beer so much. They brewer blends hops in a magical way. Much like Dogfish Head beers have a similar taste to them I can walk in a room, take a whiff and spot a 3F's beer anywhere just by the nose. The shit is magical to me. It's like walking into a room that's had a fine pot roast simmering in a crock pot all day; distinctive and intoxicating to the olfactory.

This beer was received from a very recent trade with GCurlow. Thanks for the opportunity, Grant! In fact, I just received my package from him yesterday! Because this is a DIPA, I felt I had to try it right away (and like mentioned earlier, I AM a whore for hops). So, onto the review...

This beer poured an unfiltered, pale orange with yellow highlights. The hops showed off their dominance in this ale by aggressively sticking to the side of my traditional pint glass. The head on this beer looked like fresh, bubbly pancake dough and the head retention was great!

Grapefruit, spiciness and oranges danced gleefully around the nose. I guess there was some mild malt presence in the nose, but I don't care about that right now. I just enjoy smelling the fresh hops...

The flavor is captivating. Its everything you were expecting from the nose. Big, hops presence, medium bodied and just the right carbonation. Three Floyds know what they are doing with their India Pale Ales. Fantastic!

beachbum1975, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub over thanksgiving weekend.

A-pours a hazy light golden amber with lots of fluffy egg white head and a nice bit of lacing left behind on the glass.

S-very citrusy, lots of orange peels and some spicy corriander with hints of tangerines behind. Very sugary and citrusy as its all hops in the nose.

T-this has a lighter amount of orange and more spicy corriander, very interesting balance, sweet sugars behind with notes of tangerines as well. It comes with an assertive bitterness in the finishing adding notes of grapefruit that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M-medium to lighter body, grainy over the tongue, creamy on the palate with a semi dry finish.

D-this is very juicy and sweet, well integrated hop presence with an assertive hop finish that truly doesn't kill the palate. Interesting spiciness to it with lots of sugars creating tasty stuff.

cpetrone84, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of MNJR
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is golden yellow, but hazy. The head is great with thick foam that becomes rich lacing. Smells of vanilla, spice, and orange marmalade. The flavor is outstanding: dry mint, slight juniper, slight eucalyptus, chewy yet smooth with a fantastic clean finish. In the background is delicious, rounded vanilla and clean malt. One of the best Imperial IPAs I've ever had, if the not THE best. I give it this credential because some Imperial IPAs are way over the top with "as much hops as a man (or woman) can take," giving the beer just too much in one direction and lacking any kind of balance or elegance. This beer is well rounded, with mellow flavors settling down the sharp hops. The ABV is hardly noticeable. The flavor is rich and gigantic without being too strong. Fabulous beer from 3 Floyds. One of the best beers I've had in months.

MNJR, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of paulozanello
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the 3f brewpub in Munster IN.

Pours a hazy dark yellow and pale color with a nice white head with amazing retention and lacing.

Smell is very strong and hoppy: citrus, orange and piney.

Taste follows the nose and starts out very hoppy with piney and citric notes. After that an avalanche of bitterness comes through. The finish and aftertaste is again citric orangy. There is a slight alcohol bite to it.

Body is massive with high carbonation.

A hopheads dream and another gem from FFF.

paulozanello, Nov 28, 2010
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,984 ratings.