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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,241
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 560
Gots: 460 | FT: 14
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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 mater
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dannyfrost
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
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
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
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
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of znichols
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a clean, deep straw colored pour with the slightest bit of hazyness. Little to no head and a decent portion of sticky lacing. Looks like a DIPA.

S-very pungent hop aromas are present. A little bit of smashed orange, some dank green herbs, and maybe a little bit of pepper. Id guess simcoe and columbus hops here with mix of citrus and strange dank aromatics. Little bit of sweet malt and alcohol on the nose too. Very intriguing hop bouquet.

T- first taste is punishing hop flavor/bitterness. This is to be expected. Tastes of oranges and pineapple as well as a little sage or other spice. Some sweet malt present in the middle but again, not much. Finish is alcohol. Really enjoyable hop forward flavors. Different than many double india pales as it mixes some varying resinous hop flavors that don't normally compliment eachother.

M-medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet and sticky. That's about it. Just as expected. A little oily from the alcohol.

O- I like this DIPA. I don't love it though. It has everything you'd expect from the style with the pungent citrus and herb flavors with the warming finish. FFF makes some of the best hop-forward beers available and this ones no different. I think the abv could be a little more hidden and perhaps a touch more head to the beer, but that's me simply looking for faults in this good beer. I think id prefer their Dreadnaught more often than this though...

Photo of suspect
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Received in a trade from rfraga77 - thanks!

A: Pours a beautiful, crystal clear light honey color. Semi-aggressive pour leads to a fluffy white two finger head that leaves sticky, IIPA like lacing all over the glass.

S: Malt hits my nose first but subtly. Followed quickly by slight hop presence that quite honestly was more subtle than I anticipated. The nose on this one wasn't terrible but it wasn't much of anything else either.

T: The hop profile comes through a bit more here but is quickly balanced by the malt. The 9% abv sticks out here like a sore thumb. It quickly takes over as the most dominant flavor profile.

M: Nice feel, well carbonated, sticky and the alcohol burn sticks around for a long time afterwards.

O: A pretty ho-hum brew that is a slow drinker. It's not bad, but it doesn't stand up to the bar set by the class of the IIPA category.

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

Received as part of a reddit.com/r/beertrade with guytyping

hazy straw color, white head, not a ton, lingers for the duration the beer is in the glass in my SN hop glass.

Citrus and pine in the nose. A little caramel/honey in the backgroud.

Citrus hop is predominant the flavor, with a grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the palate for a bit. Medium MF

Nice beer, but pretty standard for an IIPA. The citrusy hop flavor and aroma is nice though.

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

Slightly cloudy, golden with a off-white, medium density head.

Good piney/hoppy aroma with white grape hints

Hop forward but not a bomb (like Dreadnaught), leafy aftertaste that lingers

Medium body, a little syrupy to hold the aftertaste.

A good beer. The wolf will eye you from behind the trees but does not pounce or go for the jugular.

Photo of shortbus7
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellowish gold color with a 1 finger, white head. Not much lacing once the head disappears.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, and earth tones with a slight touch of carmel.
T: Citrus and hops.
M: Light to medium body. Carbonation is good.
O: A decent beer but far from my favorite for the style. The taste lacks for me. One thing that I did enjoy though is that the taste sticks around for a long time on your tongue.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this in the Chillin and Grillin BIF. 22oz into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a thin wispy white head that foams up to about a half inch, then quickly disappears. No lacing to speak of.

S: Not bad, some decent hops in here. Citrus and pine, with a bit of caramel malt. Pretty grainy as well. No booze, even for a 9% beer. Pretty nice, but nothing overly impressive.

T: A lot of the same from the nose, some piney hops and a strong bitterness on the finish. Nice little bit of caramel. Would like a little more of a hoppy flavor though. Lots of hop resins in here that coat and linger on the tongue for a long time. Pretty tasty stuff, but not overly impressive. Just a touch of booze.

M: Lighter body, dry finish, a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium carbonation. Finishes just right.

O: Not a bad beer at all, pretty nice drop for a Friday evening, it just doesn't stack up with some of my other favorites. I really like the amount of resins in this that will not leave the tongue, very awesome. I just would like a little bit more in the nose, and a bit more hop flavor to really make it pop.

Photo of Keithstone44
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass/

A: hazy-golden color, with a 2-finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong citrus aroma, accompanied by some floral and earthy notes

T: Citrus hops dominate in the beginning. I detect some grapefruit and honey at the tail-end. Malt is pretty well balanced by the hops

M: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the alcohol is well perceived in this brew.\

O: Solid beer by Three Floyd's and one that I would gladly drink again. This is a sipper, though

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date (what the crap, FFF?). Big thanks to Jcb890 for this as an extra. A damn fine extra.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body with a nice white head, but it doesn't last. Looks like an Avery White Rascal. No lacing, either. Like a wheat beer or an IPA with almost no malt bill at all. Not that that's a terrible thing.

Smell - Lemon citrus, pineapple goodness, and pine. It has an aroma somewhat similar to Dreadnaught, but without the sweetness behind it. That pine and lemon combination is very often not inviting, but it isn't so bad here. Without the sweetness, it doesn't come off as a chemical smell.

Taste - Bright, lemon citrus hops. A blast of hop goodness. Pine hops and other tropical fruit flavors continue the hop wave. Nice. A slight sweetness behind rounds out the flavor, but it's interrupted by a pine hop bitterness. Hops all around and I love it.

Mouthfeel - Light for 9%, but medium bodied. It even says so on the bottle. The finish is bitter, but not abrasively so. Great for a DIPA. I can down this dangerously easily.

Overall - Pungent and flavorful. Better than Dreadnaught, which seems like a malty mess compared to this. It's close to that Pine-Sol flavor, but it misses just enough to make it delicious.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very hazy golden honey color with a thin and sticky white head.

S- Big hop assault in the nose, floral, very citric (especially grapefruit, but a bit of orange also), honey and pine.

T- Big juicy citrus up front with some grapefruit rind, pine and a bit of resin and hop oil, towards the finish the hops become a bit grassier and finish bitter and very dry, leaving a lingering bitterness on the palate for a pretty damn long time. Alcohol is relatively subdued for 9.00%, the white wine becomes more prominent towards the finish, especially as the beer warms up. Malt backbone provides some balancing sweetness, but it doesn't even stand a chance against the power of the hops.

M- Medium bodied, smooth bodied with robust carbonation, finishes bone dry.

O- A pretty damn good DIPA, definitely a good choice if you want to get your taste buds nearly seared off with hops. I'm a big fan of aggressively hopped DIPAs, so I love this beer, especially as it offers a bit more complexity than other hophead beers that just try to club you over the head with bitterness. However, it is a bit pricey (I paid $13 for a bomber). Heed the wolf, this beer is not for the timid.

Photo of ONUMello
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange-gold colored; 1/2 finger head that lingers.
S: Big nose of orange peel, grapefruit, pine.
T: WOW this is one of the most flavorful balanced beers I've ever had. Starts off with citrus followed seamlessly by grain then pine then more caramel malt then back to hops... goes on and on. Perfectly balanced as well.
M: Surprisingly restrained, medium-bodied. Doesn't kick you in the mouth, which I expected given the nose, because of how balanced it is.
O: Bravo, Three Floyds. I think the taste section sums it all up.

Photo of paultierney1
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surprisingly bright, almost glowing yellow-orange appearance in a pint glass from the tap at Swig in Perrysburg, OH.

A sign from heaven? Strong hoppy nose -- I knew it would be a killer right there.

Delicious taste, great balance. I had no idea it was a DIPA until just now and that the ABV was so high. Could not tell from drinking it.

Wonderful job 3F!

Photo of langm12
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - hazy golden in color. Very thin snow white head even with an aggressive pour. Carbonation bubbles galore.

S - Big nose. Hop and floral notes coupled with toasty malts and citrus. The signature FFF aroma.

T - Spicy hops and citrus up front. Mellowed by toasty, bready malts on the way down.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

Another fine FFF offering. Exactly what you would expect from this beer, and that isn't a bad thing.

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

A: Poured a yellowish gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Grainy, lightly toasted malts, some citrus

T: Has a citrus feel, light booze, light hop bite and wheat taste upfront. Finishes with a light melon, apricot

M: Medium bosy, slick but dry on the finish

O: Good

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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