Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 3,374
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.07%
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Gots: 511 | FT: 18
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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Reviews: 689 | Hads: 3,374
Photo of zjungleist
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich copper color with a reasonable white head. The smell was the best. Definitely lots of citrus hop aroma, and at a certain point, the smell took on a grapefruit/candy note that was very specific but I could not place. The taste was a assertively bitter with malty sweetness present. The mouthfeel was a touch syrupy, but not heavy and certainly enjoyable. Drinkability was good, but its a 9%, very bitter beer, so it can only be so good. (440 characters)

Photo of heliosphann
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased locally (despite our distributor being certifiably retarded). Served in a 3F Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Pours a very pleasing orange yellow. Very small amount of white head on the first pour that goes quickly. 2nd pour leaves a much more substantial, white fluffy head. Lacing is good, but not great.

S: Nice combo of juicy, piney hops and tropical fruit. Some slight sweetness from the malt/lactose sugar.

T: Raw, fresh hops with a nice complementing sweetness. Like the nose, there's some strong topical fruit flavors like pineapple, apricot and oranges. Then the piney bitterness kicks in at the end, but it's not overwhelming and finishes nice and smooth. Fantastic!

M: This is the perfect mouthfeel for a big, hearty DIPA. Medium bodied, with a nice viscosity to it. The carbonation is ample enough to not let it get sticky and overbearing. Overall very smooth and pleasing.

D: 9% DIPA's don't get much more accessible than this. Not a trace of booze, and the bitterness didn't really wear on the palate. 22oz was a nice serving, but I couldn't help but want more when my glass was empty.

A real winner from 3F's. I enjoy this a lot more than I do any of their other big, hoppy brews. Hopefully this will be produced in greater numbers later this year/next year. Track it down if you can! (1,316 characters)

Photo of guytyping
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Citrusy! Hoppy! Also malty for a DIPA.

Have you ever been to a really nice amusement park where the lines are short, the rides are awesome, and the food isn't overpriced? That's what this beer is like.

It also kind of reminds me of running through a lush meadow without any insects. (285 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dvelcich for this bottle in a trade.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A- Lighter hazy orange with a 3/4 finger off-white head. The head has fine bubbles that quickly recede to the edges. There is some mild lacing.

S- Sweet citrus- Lemon, orange, grapfruite, followed by some pine scents.

T- Very Piney and tart, slight hing of citrus.

D- Creamy, nice tartness-bitterness bite, low carbonation.

O- This is how I like my IIPAs, West Coast style. (452 characters)

Photo of littlekidlover
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from FFF. Pours a cloudy amber straw color into my beer tasting wine glass. Smells of pine, apricot, and citrus notes with a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced with, the aroma coming through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Watch out for this one, it is quite drinkable, but that alcohol content could be a killer. I recommend giving it a try, seems like Three Floyds know their IPA. (414 characters)

Photo of poibag808
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice deep orange with about 1 finger white head. Head dissipated quickly.

S: lots of sweet orange and grapefruit/sweet fruits.

T: you get sweet citrus, similar to orange juice upfront. Some really sweet maltiness followed with a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

good beer way more balanced then I expected it to be. Great beer. (389 characters)

Photo of JDizzle
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ha on tap at Three Floyd's pub.
Got a 10oz snifter for $5.

Pours a beautiful gold copper cooler with a sweet white head. Looks like the perfect DIPA.

The aroma consist of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Very hoppy smelling. Soooo good!!

Yeah Buddy!!! This is one badass DIPA. A blast of citrus upfront that is bitter and a nice biscuity malt on the finish so it's not a one sided monster.

Mouthfeel is huge. Syrupy with nice carbs.

Totally different than Dreadnaught, but just as good. (497 characters)

Photo of bobhits
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow a glorious grapefruit in your face double IPA. This beer is amazingly hop forward. I have to say this is not nearly as citrus and sweet as dreadnaught. The malt I think is the problem. It's a touch heavier and thicker than dreadnaught.

There isn't much more commentary needed on this one. If in your face hops, especially grapefruit hops is your thing, have at it. If not well there's nothing else to talk about here. I will add that the lacing on this beer is extremely thick, leaving rings of head. If appearance is your thing (why?) then this is definitely up there. Beyond that it's thicker to almost a marginally not awesome point, but the beer drinks like a far thinner and smaller beer. Well done three floyds.

Better than dreadnaught? Well no. One of the best IPA's on the planet? Without a question. Cannot recommend this more for hop heads. (857 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of goodstrongbeer, who hooked me up with just the thing. served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with about half an inch of frothy tight off-white colored foam. the beer is bright gold in color with some hop haze. light spotty lacing left behind.

S - very strong. fresh tropical pineapple, mango, candied oranges. joined near the end by some bittering piney hops. light layer of sweet caramel underneath, but this is all about fruity hops. cant express enough how good this smells.

T - quick flash of the fruity tropical hops before turning into a massive bittering hop bomb, focusing on fresh wet pine needles and grassy hops. mellows out with more melon and some honey malts, with a light burning alcohol. yummy.

M - thick syrupy body (almost to a fault) but nice tight active carbonation cuts through and deploys the wonderful flavors to all corners of the mouth. finishes with strong lingering piney hops and lightly sweet tropical fruits.

D - incredible beer here. excellent aroma with an attention grabbing transition from fruity hops to insanely bitter pine-monster. not much I would improve here. (1,134 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Want to thank merlin48 for this bottle, dedicate this one to my sweet dog Belle that just pasted.

Pours a lightly hazy peach color with a big frothy off white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is damn hops fill my nose as soon as cap is popped a great sign. Very wonderful citrus hop aromas fresh oranges, pineapple, red grapefruit all mingled with a sprinkle of fresh pine needles. Some light malt sweetness underneath it all, just enough to hold the hops not much more.

Taste is juicy fruit grapefruits, orange pineapple just like the nose nice and chewy just like juicy fruit. Very tasty hop forward I2PA with enough malt to hold all the hops. Finish is linger citrus fruits along with pine notes.

Mouthfeel is medium body with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall very tasty brew very nice aroma, that carries over to the taste. I wonderful example of a great style, but then again FFF knows how to make a good I2PA. (932 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks deuce27 for sharing.

So I can't really comment on the color as god forbid we shared a bomber poured into 10-oz Lord Fletcher's plastic tumblers with little more than a campfire for ambient lighting. The Wolf she did kick up an angry head as if in protest to the plastic. Retention was positive with definite lacing.

But then there was the nose. It's one of those magical DIPA aromas that you wish your wife would wear instead of Chanel no. 5. A luscious.. Citrus and pine and bury your nose in the pineapples, mangos and apricots type. Marvelous.

Taste is as good as any world class DIPA. Immediately bitter with pines, grapefruit pith assaulting the palate in true hop bomb fashion yet restrained with that tropical tangerine dream goodness borrowed from the nose, malt coming in late to balance and subdue leaving a clean, lingering, trace of bitterness, ever so slightly warming finish.

The body is just about exactly as medium as they come, it holds together so well on the tongue without being cloying or too sticky.

Overall? I would most certainly not be able to stop myself from drinking this until the supply was exhausted or I passed stone cold out. At 9 something ABV the latter would come quickly.. (1,221 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy orange yellow color with a fluffy 2 finger head.

The aroma has orange, mango, pine, apricot, grass.

The flavor is huge on this malty mouthfeel, which is immediately noticeable, then there’s some grapefruit, apricot, tropical fruits, and pineapple. The hop fruit profile is actually a bit hard to put a finger one. A huge strong pine bitterness just smacks you though after a few seconds. It really is strong, but also enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is so big that it is almost stout like. It’s a very big feel, but also drinkable because of the bitterness that cleans up the beer.

This is a really strong and fantastic DIPA. (651 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy, golden-orange with a big, fluffy, soapy, sticky bright white head that leaves behind tons of lacing and great retention. Gorgeous DIPA. The nose explodes with massive hop aromas. Citrus such as fresh grapefruit, orange, and apricot. This is a serious fresh hop, pine, and citrus bomb. Great body. Seriously. So creamy and smooth. Feels fantastic and the flavors are absurd. This has so much complexity for being such a hop bomb. The IBUs are off the charts but the hop character is so enjoyable. There some booze, some really dry qualities, and a bit of cloying sweetness, but outside of that it's a flawless beer. Wow. (635 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw gold ale that looks deceptively light in the glass with a fluffy pure white head. Clear the head is the snow covered Artic portion of the name of this Imperial IPA. Two ways to go big with hops--extremely big on top of extremely big, and big on top of lighter; this beer is the latter. Gives the beer a massive hop nose, bigger than most Imperial India Pale Ales. Very clean and singular grapefruit in the nose with a very subordinate malt base with a bit of pepper, pine and hotness from the 9% alcohol. Soft bready malt on the tongue--and--there's the bite. Feeds the hop beast extremely well. Hops linger nicely and burns out the palete. From the website, FFF says "Scorched earth is our brewery policy". This beer proves it.

Brought this bottle back from the FFF brewpub in Munster on our now yearly trek to see our Boilermaker niece Amanda at Purdue. Very glad to have Three Floyds en route to a regular. (916 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

August 26, 2014

22 oz bomber, tulip

A – Slightly hazy gold to orange, pours with a nice ½ inch-plus head that dissipates slowly. Good amount of bubbles stay on the top.

S – Tons and tons of grapefruit, lemon, maybe some mango or papaya. Very much American hop character. Warms up to release some pine, and some orange to match the color.

T – Extremely hop forward and bitter, but balanced well by the malt and the related carbonation. This beer is as much about the aroma as the flavor, with the aroma really contributing to the taste experience. On the finish more of the lemon is present, with some grassy, piney notes.

M – Lots of carbonation to balance with the bitterness. This is definitely a very bitter IPA, but it remains very well balanced. Not much bitterness on the aftertaste as its washed away with the bubbles. Leaves me refreshed, looking forward to the next sip.

O – Not my first time drinking this beer so I came in knowing what to expect: tons of flavor, tons of hops, great smells, great taste. This is such a fantastic beer that I hate to drink what I’ve got, knowing it will be awhile before I get my hands on more. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Beertinez
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a goblet glass. Assuming its fresh since I acquired from my visit to the 3 Floyds brewpub a couple of days ago. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin, white sheet of head. About half of a finger.

As soon I cracked it open, I got a strong smell of citrus-like hops. I'm loving this so far. Strong citrus note, specifically grapefruit.

The taste has a slight malty-ness. Seems like its there so you don't rip your tongue off from the hop profile. This is followed by a huge and very enjoyable bite of hops. Strong grapefruit-like bitterness. Bitterness stay just for a moment. As it warms, im getting tropical fruit notes; Like a pineapple tart/sweetness.

100 IBU, 9% ABV (both numbers according to the 3 Floyds brewpub menu) and its very drinkable. I didn't even notice i was more than half way through the bomber until i started feeling a little light headed. Like the label describes it, I would say medium bodies.

Overall, an excellent double IPA! I'm reviewing this from the bomber bottle but ive had this once before on tap at 3 Floyds Brewpub and trust me, it only gets better! 3F there balance out the window and just hopped the hell out of this. Recommend for 3 Floyds fans and hop heads! (1,227 characters)

Photo of jdavren
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color n the border of golden and amber. Beautiful lacey head that quickly dissipates.

Citrusey and piney nose.

Appropriate and very nice bitterness at the front. Subtle maltiness that belies the 9 % ABV.
Don't taste the expected caramel. Always think a 9% beer that tastes like this is dangerous. Too easy to drink!

Finish as expected for DIPA. Big hoppy bitterness.

Superb beer to my taste. Sad the cask will not last long. (438 characters)

Photo of awalk1227
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/18/10 fresh shipment, so I don't have to worry about no bottling date.

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: My favorite DIPA color. Hazy, sunshine yellow. Super bright and cheerful, little do I know what waits under the surface. A thick, frothy off-white head hugs the inside of the glass, leaving a sticky mess upon finishing.

S: I could smell hops when I opened the bottle, and when I poured it into my glass. A barrage of peaches, white grapes, oranges, and juicy grapefruit smack your olfactory nerves. Resin and pine sit in the background, and a tiny sweet whiff of malt is hiding under the bleachers in this heavy hitter hop game.

T: Sticky, resinous hops kick you to the ground and make you feel insignificant, but then a sugar cookie malt finish picks you up and soothes you, only to drop you on your head again on the next sip. Massive grapefruit and lemon chunks abound. Beautiful.

F: Medium, and a bit oily on the tongue, but hops kick in for a dry, bitter, lingering finish.

D: Undeniable palate wrecker, but I'm a masochist for this sweet punishment. I will get another bomber before they're gone. (1,136 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle pours a hazy pale golden body with a healthy bonewhite head. Retention is excellent and sheet lacing falls into attractive patches.

Robust aroma is hop driven. Citrusy apricot, orange, and pineapple notes mingle with pine, mint, and grassy elements to serve up a really enticing bouquet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Taste opens with dry and bitter pine and grassy hops but the citrusy dimension is right behind. Apricot and orange marmalade flavors add a nice succulent touch. Just a hint of caramel to balance the hop bitterness. Malt presence is biscuity and subtle throughout, allowing the hops to reamin centerstage. Alcohol is deftly hidden. Finishes clean and even.

A masterpiece. I love a good citrusy IPA and this is one of the best. Hops are bright, green, fresh, and lively. Wish I had a case of these stashed away. (875 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing bright orange tinted glowing golden very pale appearance compared to most IPA/DIPAs. Large billowing slightly off white head that clings to the sides of my Gulden Draak chalice with no problem.

I used to have easy access to Three Floyd's at times it was available in the Burgh over the years, and more recently I had a steady supply in the state of Ohio. Distribution has been rumored to come back to the state, but I did have to trade with fellow Ohio BA sobeleg to get ahold of this one, thanks again Eric! I hope you enjoy the KBS, since he did have to go on a business trip to Indiana to find this one for me. One of my first 3F in almost 2 to 3 years that's kind of sad, today though is a happy day and this snarling Arctic Panzer Wolf with red eyes is proof of that.

Aromatics are awesome, once you crack the bottle hops are unleashed, bringing bright citrus highlights I'm saying grapefruit with a touch of lemon. Tropical fruits (mango/pineapple) with a bit of crushed aspirin very acidic in nature but so hoppy. Underneath all of the hop components there's definitely a nice pale malt bill going on light biscuit/cracker like malt complexity, no caramel thank god. Just a bit of juicy fruit with a back end breadiness, balancing things out nicely.

Flavor, what always sealed the deal for me with Dreadnaught was the balance, this beer seems to up the hops and still keep the balance. Big citric rind grapefruit notes coming up with excellent welcomed hop burps. Well hidden alcohol I can't believe this is around 9 percent abv absolutely no burn or discomfort. A nice riding light biscuit malt character adds just enough breadiness to it, along with those tropical fruit malts I mentioned in the nose definitely making their mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent sturdy carbonation, nothing overpowers the palate, nice slick hop oils glide around with each sip. A very nice easy to drain type of DIPA, I'm hoping this beer makes another appearance...their website doesn't have much info on it.

Overall, great drinkable DIPA that you will crave intensely hoppy and satisfying for those of us who enjoy these beers. Well done as always they have a very low fail rate and more often than not their beers are awesome. Even lighter styles like the recent export style lager I had from them was a great version, these guys can brew and they're definitely on the map for more than just Dark Lord Day and mysteriously burning down every month. (2,479 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light golden orange, slight chill haze. lots of sediment/floatie chunks at the bottom of the bottle. decent creamy diminishing off-white head.
S: smells like a dreadnaught. citrus, tropical fruit, honeyed doughy malts, floral and resiny pine notes.
T: medium sweet bready malts quickly washed out by big hop bitterness. long sharp, juicy hop, drying finish with aspirin-like astringency.
M: medium-bodied, maybe a bit thin for a dipa.
D: go for the dreadnaught instead.
update: have revisited this...awesome nose. taste and mouthfeel very much like PtE. hops obliterate a pale malt base as intended. (602 characters)

Photo of rembrant
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1" white head on a gold, slightly hazy body
Reeks of hops,some pineapple and grapefruit and a bit of floral too. While the scent is a bit mixed, it's pretty aromatic

Taste...Hop bomb in the mouth. Very intensive hop flavors,yet the malts do manage a moment before the hops take over. Fruity,with more pineapple than any of the other hop tastes,but there's a little pine sap, grapefruit and whatever as the folks at FFF seemed to load it up.

Not sure what I paid but I know it ain't cheap. It is a beer worth having now and then, irregardless. I had a bomber of Hop Stoopid recently, wish I'd saved that for a direct compare. In any case, among the better DIPA's. I expect a DIPA to bring big hops, and this does. Super Juice, Dark Horse's " Quad IPA" does "out-hop" this but few other beers do.

Mouth shows enough malt to give good body to the Wolf and temper the hop overkill. The aftertaste party fades fast yet there is a little bitter linger that lasts awhile.

ABV limits the drinkability (as does the $) but it's a beer you may want to drink till you run out or fall over. Solid hop bomb. (1,097 characters)

Photo of salvo
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, yeasty swirls in golden tan under a quarter inch of head that dissipates quickly to a sheen of lace.
S: Rich hoppiness that reminds me of pineapple more than citrus or pine: sweet to tart.
T: Huge, overpowering flavor that complemented the mussels in the brewpub after I had eaten them: I think it would interfere with any meal short of spicy chili or kimchee.
M: Another chewy malty thick FFF offering that makes me wish it was a little lighter so I could think about ordering another.
D: I wouldn't want more than the flute it was served in, but what a way to end a tasting! (588 characters)

Photo of Weebay
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I has this both on tap at 3F and from a growler to go.

A: yellow/orange good clarity, inch of white head, good lacing.

N: grapefruit and tangerine, excellent nose.

T: strong citrus hops, sweet malt finish.

M: doesn't feel sticky, the appropriate amount of carbonation.

O: An excellent beer, you can't taste the ABV at all, one of the mainstay beers that makes 3F so great. (380 characters)

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.