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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf

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Ratings: 2,908
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 525
Gots: 358 | 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 Ek0nomik
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour is a slightly hazy carrot orange color with a finger of head that disappears within seconds. A few swirls in my glass reveals some small dots and dashes of lace. Slightly effervescent, and there's quite the handful of yeast sitting in the bottom of the bottle. My second to last and final pour just dumped a truckload of yeast into my glass.

Smell: A little bit of alcohol is shining through, but very subtle. After I first cracked open the bottle dry white wine was showing up, but now that it's warmed up a great deal (~2 hours later) it has faded away and now citrus and earthy hops are leading the way. Pine, orange peel and mango shine through.

Taste: The tasting starts out with some of the lighter, but definitely sweet (or at least sweet appearing with the dextrose sugar) malt. I was excited to see the lighter color on this as I think it lets the hops come out and add more to the beer in comparison to the darker caramel malted IPA's. Once the malt gets out of the way (which I think was their intention) hops burst through unleashing loads of mangoes, grapefruit, orange peel, pine and apricot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation was slightly aggressive right after opening in my opinion, but after letting it sit briefly it mellowed out.

Drinkability: This is a weekend beer for me, but would definitely make a nice weekday beer if you have a partner to share it with. This is a beer that you really need to let warm up. There are so many flavors that come out once it's reached room temperature. While I always like to let my beers warm up, this one seemed to benefit more than usual.

Ek0nomik, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes....

A- Pours a hazy orangeish amber color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Lacing comes in a streaky format.

S- Big time citrus hops burst in the aroma from the get go. Light bready tones in the middle show up for a second before getting covered with more citrusy hops.

T- This tastes pretty much how the aroma rolls. Nice citrus hops burst in the front with some grapefruit and orange. Middle of the beer has light bready notes with some cracker tones. Ending of the beer shows a light citrus flavor mixed in with a bitter hop bite. Light alcohol kisses the backend of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the beer and good for the style. Hops destroyed the palate and crushed the aftertaste with a little help from the light alcohol. Palate was dryed a lot from the alcohol. Flavors were hop forward but the malts popped out from time to time.

D- This was a good DIPA. Better than Dreadnaught I thought. Once again a beer that's not normal from a brewery who is well known for brewing outside the box.

alleykatking, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of newk340
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

A: a hazy golden orange, some sediment visible little to no head.

S: a broad citrus smell overshadows hints of pine and florals, well rounded, not overly bitter.

T: hops sizzle the palate throughout the sip, leaves a tingling aftertaste of tropical citrus fruits.

MF/D: an initial sizzle of carbonation leaves the tongue numb for a relatively smooth/dry finish, certainly would lose feeling in my face with more than 1 bottle.

newk340, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of crosamich
2.1/5  rDev -50.7%

While the rest in my tasting group disagree with me I have to say that this one was quite disappointing. I have read a couple posts about fresh Citra hops requiring some age to get rid of that mercapto urine aroma. I have no idea if Arctic Panzer uses Citra hops but I got a big hit of urine plus sulfur & vegetative aromas. By vegetative it is not the nice green notes from dry-hopping, it is the undesirable. Body & mouthfeel was nice but the flavor killed it for me.

crosamich, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Rather hazy yellow gold with carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Some chunky sediment floats around near the bottle of the beer. Forms a decent sized foamy white head that has little retention and leaves little lacing. (4)

S: Sweet floral. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, and, to a lesser extent, pine. (4.5)

T: Very light grain and a little sweetness. Orange. Some moderate bitterness. Alcoholic bite on the end. (3.5)

M: On the lighter side of medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Heavy alcoholic heat. (3.5)

D: A hop and alcohol centered DIPA, with such a light malt backbone this one could pass for a IPA. Now, typically I wouldn't mind a hop-centric DIPA, but this one is so light on the malts that the alcohol shines through, in a rather distracting manner. Good, but not one of FFF's finest beers. (4.0)

Florida9, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Bomber split with my brother Johnny Two Scoops on a lazy Friday afternoon.

Foggy orange with an absolute mine field of flotation devices. Looks like unsettled jello inundated by saw dust.

Juicy fruits on the nose, mostly citrus. Loads of orange.

Moderate bitterness up front followed by slight orange frutiness, some grass, and again with bitterness at the back end. No real significant malt presence to speak of.

Light, moderate carbonation, and slightly sticky. Very easy to take down, not overwhelming, but also not spectacular. Very good.

BarrytheBear, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

a rather floral double. Heads is sticky candy. Not voluminous but leaves many spots of lace. Nose of subtle pineapple citrus and floral pine. Mix of citrus candy and intense pine dry bitter. Leaves a dry quality of the tongue its so floral. Like an excess of perfume. On the zesty dry side of doubles. No rich malt sweet. Clean and crisp.

rtepiak, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%

Picked this one as an extra when I stopped at 3 floyds for a case of gumballhead on a recent trip north to visit family, and so glad I did. It's not often I get my hands on one of 3 floyds' limited releases because they're swooped up in no time. Anyway, onto the review...

Appearance -- As others have said before me, this is a very cloudy beer, tangerine like in color. Some head after an aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip, but the head dissipates rather quickly after a couple swigs of this fine concoction.

Smell -- Some have compared the smell to Dreadnaught. I find it smells like no other 3 floyds brew. Somewhat fruity, not as hopped up as I would assume an imperial india pale might be. To me, it smells like a cousin of Bell's Hopslam, with a honey undertone to the hoppy goodness.

Taste/Mouthful -- Here's where 3 floyds knocks this one out of the park. Maybe because it's still relatively fresh, maybe just because this is a superbly put together brew. I'm pairing this with a Jack's pizza after work and I cannot wait for the pizza to cook. This is my favorite 3 floyds beer to date. What an intense mouthful, a whirlwind of flavors going on in my mouth and I'm sorry I only picked up one of these gems to enjoy.

Drinkability -- I don't know if I could put away more than two of these in one sitting but it'd be worth a try. Great job 3 floyds!! Definitely my favorite craft brewer. Love your Gumballhead, Robert the Bruce, Dreadnaught. . . but this one blows them all away.

cadizkyguy, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Three Floyds hits another hoppy home run of epic proportions with a juicy-citrus start and crisply bitter end.

A glowing orange-copper-golden elixer is capped with a froathy and stubborn foam stance with great lacing and retainage.

Mouthwatering aromas of tangerine, appricot, ruby red grapefruit, and orange rinds hit the nose with optimal impact. Leaving a soft malt (pilsner) confection and cracker-like note after the zest of bright fruits subside.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas by starting with a burst of juicy citrus and tropical fruit blends, then with an even and consistent fade toward crispness, bitterness, and pleasant dryness. Moderate alcohol flavors of acetone and jam-like sweetness gives a glimpse into a light estery-alcohol mix.

Creamy and froathy early, but the texture is sliced by hop dryness and alcohol warmth for a quick transition from the sweeter/fruitier start to the hoppy/dry finish. A visit of citrus fruit piths return in a long and fleeting aftertaste.

Perhaps just a step off from the pace of Dreadnaught, Artic Panzer Wolf fits nicely into the collection of Three Floyds hop shelves; along side of Apocalypse Cow and rivaling Founders Double Trouble.

BEERchitect, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

A- cloudy dark gold, not much head. more gold than i expect from an IPA

S-very very strong hops aroma, very pleasant! IPAs can't smell better than this

T-a very powerful hit of citrusy hops!! there is a long lasting matching after taste with hints of malted caramel. long lasting bitterness along with the after taste

M-medium carbonation, feels wonderful

D-alcohol hits quick! much quicker than i expect from even a 9% ABV, this might be better as a 12 oz. bottle. However, the taste stays pleasant through all 22 ounces!

AdamBear, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

A= Golden Yellow it was dark and hazy with a small head.

S= It has a citrus smell kind of like a orange and grapefruit mix. There is also a pine smell going on in this beer.

T= You taste the citrus but to me it is small at first there is big pine taste in this beer the aftertaste is sweet like a carmel.

M= Great beer it's got enough carbonation that really makes it go down easy for me.

D= For a 9% IPA it's going down smooth this is really a great beer difently worth checking this one out.

LiquidBread219, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%

This is on tap at Finnegan's in Plainfield IL right now... I had a glass earlier and decided to go home and crack my last bottle. I kept in the "cold fridge" since I picked it up at FFF. Poured into a tulip pint and served around 43 degrees.

Wow. I don't know what I gave this when I had it at FFF, but right now, this is getting a HUGE positive rating. This beer is rocking my world right now, and I'm so glad Three Floyds has decided to brew this regularly!

The beer is a nice golden color. Slightly hazy with a 3 finger white head and tons of lacing. Retention is quite solid to boot. A light, slightly sweet malt base is there just enough to offer the hops something to anchor themselves to. The hops explode with crisp juicey pineapple, grapefruit, and perhaps a touch of pine. A fresh floral note makes an appearance towards the finish.

The taste is exactly what the nose got me excited for-- a clean malt bill: no overwhelming sweetness, no sticky cloying taste-- just clean and light malts that really keep this brew light and easy drinking. The hops come out with guns blazing. Big fruit and citrus notes and a little floral bite... Not really tasting any pine, but the lingering bitterness is strong and sticky.

This a tasty beer that I will certainly grab a few growlers of when I need to send out some boxes- ;-)

The body is lighter than medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Here is the only pointthat I have ANY complaint about-- it feels a little too oily. It isn't bad at all-- but I wish it was more prickly than oily. In any case-- this beer is excellent and very easy to drink.

AleWatcher, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks to kstrickler for hooking this up in a trade!

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with orange highlights and high effervescence, capped by a finger of fizzy white head. Retention is good as it holds steady there for a while and leaves light lacing.

S: Strong, juicy citrus hops up front with tons of orange and grapefruit, along with some grassy/earthy elements. Some light herbal hops in the background, along with a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Blend of grassy and citrus hops up front with the grassy element being stronger than it was in the nose and matching the citrus flavors in intensity. Caramel sweetness comes in on the mid-palate with a big balancing presence, although the hops stay just a little bit ahead. Long finish of tropical fruits, caramel and earthy bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, hs a great creamy feel.

D: Extremely balanced for an IIPA and the ABV is well hidden. I'll admit that I'm a homer when it comes to IPAs considering I have Alpine and Russian River readily available, but this is a damn good beer.

Xul, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

22oz bomber received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly pale cloudy straw color with a 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and nice lace.

Smell: Pine, tobacco, grapes, and a bready malt.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Really nicely positioned on the heavy side of medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Going down very easy for a 9% abv imperial ipa

koopa, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

A:Pours a hazy orange color with a solid finger worth head that slowly diminishes with nice lacing

S:Lots of fresh hops that smell of citrus and tropical hops

T:Just as smell detects lots of hops going on in this bomb with a solid malt backbone, hint of alcohol burn on the back

M:Full bodied with solid carbonation

D:Another great beer from FFF, don't quite like it as much as dreadnought. Would love if they have this year around like the roumors have been talking about

SuperNova777, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks ridglens on this one, had plenty of FFF, and once again, they are the goods. Interesting pour, lighter than I was expecting, but really, who cares. This is a big citrus hop bomb as usual, and i love it. Smooth, easy to drink, but to compare this with the sister, or brother Dreadnaught, this is much easier to drink but Dreadnaught is more distinctive, maybe it's the honey flavors in the dread that I like more. This is still a very good beer, a must have, pretty smooth for 9%.

chickencoop, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%

Never thought I'd see a beer (or label) inspired by Molly Hatchet's album art, but here we go (and thanks to Stubone for the trade). . .and in case anyone is wondering, that was a reference to the old label art, not the one they have displayed on BA:

More yellow than expected, albeit dark yellow, first thoughts were how it was similar in appearance to Stone's 14th. Color and haze on point. Aroma was also the grassy English hop dry feel to it.

Taste, now it departs with its comparisons to Stone's 14th. More pine in the taste, still has a degree of dryness to it, of course, its hoppy, just its more along the lines of the traditional big hoppy American DIPA than the English DIPA hops used in the aforementioned beer. Never overwhelming in any capacity, yes, big hops, big bitterness. Good degree of a variety of citrus flavor, pineapple to name one.

Heard its pretty expensive. But it is quite drinkable.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to Alleykatking or I might not have got to try this!

Pours a hazy gold with off white head that leaves good lacing. Smells are mostly hops, citrus hops and some sweet malt. Tastes are sweet malts at the front, then hops and a nice bitter finish, nice balance between the two. Mouthfeel is great. Nice amount or carbonation. Drinkability is great. FFF really know to make some hoppy beers and this one is no exception.

Lukafer, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to HosP for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy citrus amber color with a short lived off-white head that reduced into wispy scum. Some streaks of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Super hoppy notes of fruit, citrus and floral hops with notes of mango, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit. Slight notes of lemon zest, biscuity malt and doughy yeast. Hops are oily smelling like resin.
T: Very fruity and rich hops with again, but I also get sweeter notes of caramel and toasted malt. Finish is very fruity and almost nectar like. Aftertaste has a solid punch of grapefruit pith bitterness. Lots of lemon and grapefruit to the flavor and a lot less mango and papaya. Hints of honey and hoppy resin. There is something medicinal in there that I'm not crazy about though
M: Could use a bit more carbonation to go with the medium-full body and slick mouthfeel. A touch viscous and oily.
D: Not a half bad DIPA. Not as great as Dreadnaught, but solid none the less. Another thanks to Mark for a great beer!

scottfrie, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Color is a hazy tangerine orange. Pours with a one-inch white head that drops off to a thick film on top and decent lacing on the sides.

S: Ahh, the smell is excellent. Nice citrus (grapefruit, light lemon) and piney hoppy flavors are evident right up front. A minor bready malt smell provides some balance.

T: The taste does not disappoint either. Strong citrux and piney hops continue from the smell in the early taste. By mid-taste, a more green, grassy hop flavor is evident along with a sweet caramel and bready malt flavor. Finish is bitter, just pushing the outside of pleasant.

M: Medium-big mouthfeel appropriate for style. Carbonation is moderate; beer is lively and counters a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D: Wow, this is an excellent DIPA. On par with Dreadnaught. I really enjoyed the clean blast of hops without the overly heavy body/mouthfeel. Finish was bitter enough to remind you of the hop presence, but not so much to make a chewy finish or overly sweet. Very nice.

oregonskibum, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Thanks to kevin for this one.

A: Pours a nice clear golden hue. Nice head with some retention and lace.

S: Wonderful hopped up aromas. Grapefruit mostly but there is some pine. Hints of bready malt lie beneath.

T: Like it a lot. Tons of fresh citrus, hints of sweet pine. The bready malt comes through with some grass and a bit of pineapple.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty.

D: Good brew for sure.

tpd975, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks Dave! From notes last month sometime.

Pours with a slight haze, goldenish color. Small white foam fades to ring. Good lace considering it was split 3 ways into pint glasses. Nice aromas of orange and a ton of sticky pine. Welch's white grape juice as well. It's bitter but not terribly so, sticky pine here as well contrasting the mouthfeel. Great expressive hop flavor, substantial body, good malt backbone. Another good DIPA from 3F.

Ineedabeerhere, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%

Thanks to nickd717 for sharing this one.

Pale gold, unusually pale for a DIPA and slightly hazy, with a small head that sustains well.

Sweet candied grapefruit and Christmas tree aroma. Pretty malty, but the sweetness is supported by a fairly nice hop aroma.

Huge pine flavor, this beer is like drinking Christmas. There's some grapefruit and ample caramel sweetness. Too much sweetness, in fact. The body is substantial, surprisingly so given the appearance. It finishes bittersweet with big pine and caramel flavors. Decent, but it drinks a bit sweet and heavy for my palate.

largadeer, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to sweemzander for snagging this one for me.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow with about two finger of off white head. Small lace rings left behind.

The aroma is piney skunky like hops. I mean that in a good way. Light malt sweetness helps to bring this one back from the edge of hop bomb.

The flavor is dry piney hops. Mild citrus and hints of booze peek out. A touch acrid in the finish.

Medium creamy body. Average carbonation.

Overall a decent DIPA. However by FFF standards this one does not measure up to the rest of their stellar line up of hop bombs.

beerwolf77, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%

A- Pours a hazy ornage-yellow with a nice pillowy off-white head with good retention, leaves some spotty lacing around the glass.

S- mainly citrus and herbal hops, a little weak for my taste though. some caramel malt comes through as well to balance everything out. there was something that did seem a little off on the nose though, couldn't quite pick up exactly what it was though.

T- similar to the nose. a little more intense on the hops. same caramel sweet maltiness coming through at points. but still that weird flavor that i can't quite pick up on what it is exactly. threw me off of this beer a bit.

M/D- medium-light bodied. good carbonation. cannot pick up on the alcohol in here at all. very good drinking beer, minus that weird characteristic.

Pabs311, Jul 29, 2010
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,908 ratings.