Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 3,380
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 584
Gots: 514 | FT: 18
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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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Reviews: 690 | Hads: 3,380
Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, hyvee madison

appearance: strange he-man blue-motif label, served in my hopleaf chalice (part 2), cloudy straw-orange body, foamy beige ring with decent retention

smell: tropical fruit, mango, hop resin, grapefruit, pine, citrus rind, apricot. Nice.

taste: It would be interesting to try all of the FFF DIPA's next to each other to determine the best in show. Arctic panzer features a glowing citrus profile - grapefruit, orange rind, tangerine juice. Bitterness levels are moderate. Tropical fruits shine through with mango and pineapple coming through strongest.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, resinous, crisp medium body

drinkability: good (662 characters)

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden orange. yellow edges. Big near white creamy chunky head. Nice retention. Big thick patches of lace.

Resinous Grapefruit, orange, pine, and apricot. Toasty biscuit. tough of sweet caramel.

Sweet toasty biscuit. Juicy orange, grapefruit, apriocot, tropical fruit. Big biting resinous pine, dank, and grapefruity bitterness.

Med body. well carbonated. sticky, drying.

Very drinkable. Very tasty hop forward IIPA.

Thanks to enelson for the bottle. (470 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The pour is initially a hazy orange color that calms down to a clear golden orange color with a thin white head.

S: The tropical fruit notes from the hops are apparent up front. Mangos, pineapple, tangerines, and bitter grapefruit. Some floral and honey aromas, too.

T: The fruity character of the nose is present on the palate as well, but not quite as intensely so. Much more piney bitterness with some grapefruit rind and hints of sweet mango and pineapple. A soft malt character that provides a bit of breadiness.

M: The body is medium with a very lively carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D: It's been awhile since I've had Dreadnaught, so I can't quite compare it to that "other" DIPA from Three Floyds. It's a nice beer that I enjoyed the bottle of to myself. (808 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at Binnys in Lake Zurich, $10.99. It pours a clear golden color, SRM of about 3, lots of floating chunks. A very thin head comprised of large bubbles.

The beer smells strongly citric, pungent and acidic hops aromas that have no malt counterbalance. It's been too long since I had a Dreadnaught, but that's what comes to mind from the aroma. I'd like to do a side by side of these 2 beers.

It tastes abrasive and enamel-peeling, exactly what I was hoping for in a FFF DIPA. Really bitter, tons of grapefruit and a little pine needle, a puckering and lingering aftertaste. The bitterness never goes away.

Medium-thick body with a sticky composition. Combined with the flavors it gives the impression of sucking on fresh resinous hops. I liked it a lot but not sure how often I'd want to have it. (818 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to redsand22 for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a beautiful orange with thin white head. Big orange blossom, honey, citrus, lime oil and pine resin/pollen.

Palate is big and fat, with some honey-like sweetness right up front and then cooling/minty hops come crashing in and dry things out a bit. Malt is pale and more like honey than caramel. Hops are more like weed/herbs than pine/citrus. Carbonation is fairly low, but keeps the body from being cloying.

"Arctic" is a good name for this one, the hops have a cooling sensation. Paler than Dreadnaught and more herbal. Really really like it! (643 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Some light whispy head that disappeared before I could get a good look at it. Beer is a bright golden, slightly hazy hue.

Aromas of citrus, and citrus, and oh, did I mention citrus hops? Lots of grapefruit, and a slight note of pine as well.

First sip is bitter hops, pink grapefruit and a hint of orange. There is probably some malt in there somewhere, but it can't break through, or even support, the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is astringent hop bitterness, a little thin, but not watery. The hops are mouth-coating.

Drinkability, for such a strong, hoppy brew is actually quite good. I'll finish the bomber, but doubt I could adequately review any other brews tonight after this one. It is mouth numbingly bitter, but in a pleasant way.

It's a good beer overall, but not sure what the hype is all about. (833 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting, thanks Jonathan.

a - Pours a nice golden color with lots of sediment, one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, light fruit, fruity malts, pine hops, and floral hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, light pine hops, tropical fruit, and fruity malts. Quite bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice DIPA. I thought it smelled great and had a lot of great citrus and pine hops to it. Would love to try again. (537 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,682 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of newk340
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (429 characters)

Photo of crosamich
2.08/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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. (469 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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) (846 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (547 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (338 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,492 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,194 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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! (526 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (497 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,607 characters)

Photo of Xul
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (414 characters)

Photo of SuperNova777
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (476 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%. (486 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (915 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (425 characters)

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