Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 581
Gots: 506 | 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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Photo of dsimmons
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

appearance light copper, somewhat hazy with medium head retention

Smell Earthy stone fruit with hints of guava. Kind of an Midwest/east coast styled aroma.

Taste Stone fruit with a sturdy malt backbone and earthy guava notes.

Mouthfeel medium and appropriate for a dipa. Carbonation was spot on and had the staying power to last for the whole bomber.

Overall This beer was a great dipa. I enjoyed the earthy stone fruit notes and the balance was superb.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a fw tulip.

pours a hazy copper with a nice head. smell is huge on piney hops... taste slams your palate with grapefruit and massive piney hoppy goodness. love it. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a great dipa. very much recommended.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Three Floyds Brewery
Date: None on bottle, purchased from brewery on 2013-11-01
Glass: Tulip

Three Floyds' Arctic Panzer Wolf is a fairly aggressive Double IPA, but also fairly straightforward with its near-single emphasis on hop-derived fruit flavors, hop bitterness, and ethanol. In general, pleasant, but a bit too showy of its ethanol for my tastes. Otherwise, the bitter orange-grapefruit-tropical flavors that are abundant in this beer are very enjoyable.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, creating a somewhat dense, frothy mass. Retention is above average, lasting about two minutes as the foam declines to to a thick ring around the glass with scattered small islands of thin foam residing atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, a single medium-sized line clings to the entire perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark orange color that borders light brown, with light bringing out bright golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the slightly hazy body (20-30% opacity), moderate in number and high in activity.

Aroma is of very fresh hops and hop pellets, contributing dense orange, nectarine, and pine scents, along with a leafy, bitter-ish green component, and hints of dill. Generally sweet, fruit and pine-like, appealing.

Major flavors of very bitter (it doesn't get any more bitter than 100IBU, friends) hops with orange, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit, some greenery, and ethanol. Front of palate finds bitter orange, pine resin, grapefruit peel, and traces of soil. Mid-palate experiences strong hop bitterness, bitter orange and grapefruit peel, pine resin, bitter green herbs, slightest hints of sweet pale malt usage tied to slightly sweet ethanol. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness, bitter orange and grapefruit peel, pine resin, slight hints of tropical fruit (mango, guava), little traces of malt and a larger ethanol content. Aftertaste is of strong hop bitterness, ethanol, and lingering citrus (very bitter grapefruit and orange rind).

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium high levels, giving the beer a slightly fizzy (1/5) and then very foamy (4/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol is easily felt and accentuated from the carbonation, appearing on the tongue, back of throat, and in the nostrils. A bit less carbonation would actually suit this beer better, making it more of a moderate sipper than a fizzy ale. Closes dry, with heavy lingering stickiness on the palate and lips.

Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by Doug. Poured into a Great Lakes snifter today, 10/31/2013. Have had this multiple times out of the tap and bottle (last had was 6/1/2013), but only getting around to reviewing this today.

Pours a hazy straw-golden body with a nice white head that has solid retention. Filmy foam that sticks around a bit. Good lacing left all over the place as the beer goes down.

Smells fantastic. So damn hoppy, not much malt backbone. Lots of citrus- so much grapefruit- with complementary notes of pine and earth. Strong and very hoppy, typical of a Three Floyds beer.

Very grapefruity on the tongue, some orange zest in there along with some pine resin. No real sign of a malt backbone. Very strong hoppiness.

Medium body, great carbonation, creamy. Typical Three Floyds. Dry finish but not too dry- so drinkable for a DIPA. Finish is quite bitter yet this beer is so drinkable. Don't know else to say about it.

Definitely better than Dreadnaught. It brings the hops to your mouth. Definitely not balanced, but that's Three Floyds for you. A fantastic DIPA, no doubt.

Photo of surfcaster
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a buddy for a recent 3F shipment

A: Hazy pour into a tulip with perfect carbonation. One inch head.

S: Huge grapefruit notes upfront

T: Goes down very easy. Crisp and sharp on the tongue but the bitterness is not overwhelming and completely mutes the alcohol. Predominantly citrus/grapefruit/piney. I don't get a lot of the tropical fruit notes others get. 9%--no way. Just enough malt.

O: I was worried this was going to be an over-the-top one-dimensional hop bomb after enjoying Dreadnaught--what could to that one? Although heretical, on a side by side, I liked it better than its better known brother. Pushes the edge and stops just right. Three more just arrived. Cheers

Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot orange body. Off-white head has nice retention and lace.

S - Fresh hop nose; dandelions, and pine. Touch of orange citrus and pith.

T - Aggressive bitterness with a touch of citrus. Orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, and pine resin. Plant stem bitters throughout the profile. Dry finish.

M - Medium frame with nice staying power.

O - A DIPA for bitter-minded hop-heads.

Photo of ISmith87
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden amber colored crystal clear beer with a nice finger of head that leaves good lacing. The smell is grapefruit, pine, citrus zest, grass, malt in the background. Also pineapple, papaya, and mango. The taste is very bitter, with grapefruit, grass, pine, citrus zest and lemon-lime. The mouth feel is light-med but w a tongue numbing bitterness. Alc is covered. Overall this is an amazing dipa, and would be similar to palate wrecker imho.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottles of this at the brewpub for $10 each a couple months ago.

Pours a glowing, slightly hazy orange with a patchy, frothy off-white head that leaves chunks of foam on the glass on the way down. Orange, lemon drop and grapefruit hops fill my nostrils with the first sniff. A balancing bread malt is discernible at the back. Hops in force completely dominate the taste. Orangey, citrusy, tropical fruit notes mingle with pale malt doughyness and a complimentary bit of alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy medium carbonation level. Mouthcoating bitterness in the long high alpha finish. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

This is another benchmark DIPA from 3Fs. Lots of concentrated, fruity, citrusy hop aromas with a dangerous drinkability for the ABV. A must try for any craft beer fan.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Golden apricot-orange color, slight haze, creamy head that fades to a film. All sorts of sticky lacing.

S- No doubting the hops. I pick up tropical and peach and mango aromas with some pine. Just a trace of citrus on the nose. Malt sweets and warm alcohol round it out.

T- The citrus hops come on strong now. Malt backbone and some sweetness back up the hops.

M- Full body, no burn. Hops throughout but not overwhelming. The 9.0 abv is sneaky. I's well carbonated, rightly so with all that density.

O- One more grain of sugar, drop of alcohol, etc., and this brew would be over the edge. It happens to stop on the spot.

Photo of JohnG190
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to smchenry75 for the trade! Pours a brilliant orange with a thin, quickly dissipating white head that leaves decent lacing. Amazing nose - pine, citrus and a hint of dank. The taste showcases a great malt backbone which perfectly balances the potent hop bitterness, lots of citrus and resinous pine. Finishes dry and bracingly bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted double IPA. I am very impressed by FFF, who have given us two world-class double IPAs in this and Dreadnaught.

Photo of delta490
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured a cloudy medium gold, with about one finger of short-lived head. Left lacing. I noticed the pine and apricot in the aroma, as well as the taste. Less so the white wine and marmalade. It was reminiscent of a dry white in its texture and mouth feel, so that might be the reference. Has significant carbonation, which makes it a slower drinker, not at all bad given its ABV. A great Imperial IPA.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Burn orange with a big frothy head that leave some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Big floral bouquet, hoppy, citrus, grapfruit, piney.

T - A full bodied hop blast up front, followed by some nice sweetness from the malts, doughy, biscuits, nice clean bitter finish.

O - I was able to share this deuce deuce with some friends and we all really enoyed it. Most definitely worth a try.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a constant, thick quilt of foam. Thick fists of sticky foam hang on the the glass. Thick fists of retention.

Delicate but assertive aroma. White wine, apricot skin and springtime fresh airyness. Peach fuzz.

Chardonnay, prickly piney sweet apricot. Peach yogurt.

No tongue searing or burning alcohol. A new (to me at least) type of DIPA, its hoppy but also delicate, airy and supple. A DIP with class and refinement.

Photo of ScottSwim
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Medium-sized head typical for 3F beer. Nice lacing... Pours with a nice orange color and a mild haze. Yeast still sits on top after the head starts to fade away.

Smell: You can really smell the hops and the citrus throughout. Also, a touch of pine resonates throughout... especially as the beer stays in a nice IPA glass longer.

Taste: The alcohol is definitely present, but the tastes of citrus and pine are strong the whole time. The carbonation is perfect... it really adds to the overall taste of the beer. As with all 3F beers, the hops are very strong.

Note on Taste: Getting fresh Artic Panzer Wolf is huge! As with any of the "big name" IPAs, the fresher, the better!

Mouthfeel: To me, this seems lighter for an Imperial IPA. There is some bitterness, but it is equaled out by the alcohol. Smooth all the way to the finish.

Overall: Fresh, this is one of the very best Imperial IPAs out there. If it has been on the shelf for a few weeks, it's still as strong as anything else... just loses a little kick. As with any Three Floyd's beers, this is top notch.

Photo of rringler
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Interesting, I did not know 3F was unfiltered. I poured half my 22oz bomber into a very cold glass, and got an extremely clear, mid amber-to light+ copper color, with less than 0.5 fingers of very fine head. When I poured the second half of my bomber into a (now) warm glass, I got very cloudy apricot/orange color with about 1.5 fingers of creamy, off-white/slightly beige head. In both cases the bubbles settled down into a thin film very quickly (less than a minute) inviting me to imbibe.

S: Smells very big. First pour had bits of sweet/sour grapefruits, grasses, malty breads, and tons of hops. My nose is a bit stuffed, but it still smells big. Second pour still smells big, but there are more sweets/malts than the first time.

T: Woaaah hops. First pour started with a muted sour/sweet start (less than it smells) but was quickly overtaken by light, biscuity malts. It finishes with big damp, sticky, piney hops. The second pour had a more pronounced apricot/grapefruit start, with the same malty and hoppy finish. Neither pour had any hints of alcohol at 9.00% abv.

M: Despite a pretty decent sheen on the liquid, it remains medium bodied, comparable to a heavier single IPA. Also fairly quick through the mouth (consistent with the body.) It's still an IIPA, but a little less tiring than others.

O: Great brew, and a great brewery. 3Floyd's gets a lot of craft-brew love, and they deserve it. Not my favorite 3F brew, but still a great DIPA. I just wish they distributed to my area :-(

Photo of StaveHooks
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big boy served in a DFH IPA glass.

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with one finger of white head. Average retention with nice lacing.

S - Citrus and apricots jump right out followed by pine, honey bread, sweet alcohol.

T - Pine, citrus, and floral hops, bitter up front, there's a tangy citrus/fruit note in there that is very pronounced. Lots of apricot with spicy tropical fruit gaining ground as it warms. Spearmint shows up along with spicy greens. Light but sturdy malts underneath blend right in added a candy sweetness. Pine and citrus continue with a peppery bitterness but the bitterness dies down toward the finish.

M - Moderate creamy carbonation, light side of medium body,

The yeast throws out some odd esters and the bitterness is all upfront, dying gradually toward the finish. Heavy spearmint really and spicy greens really add to the diversity of this beer.
I like that this isn't the(run of the mill)DIPA. There's a mix of flavors that make this stand out among it's peers. Try to get your hands on one of these.

Photo of bigaltemple
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy and hazy golden orange. Three finger, foamy, off-white head starts atop this one. This eventually calms,but keeps about a 1/4" cap the entire time.very good lacing.

Not as aggressive as I assumed it would be. Actually fairly light in the nose. Get pine right away before fruitier notes show up. Apricot, green grapes, and some mango.

Almost identical to the nose. A little more of a floral presence shows up. Bready malts balance it out well enough. Medium bodied and very crisp. Fairly clean finish with only a mild pine lingering effect.

Rather enjoyed it and would recommend.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 22oz snifter; hazy golden-orange with a fizzy/fluffy medium-thick white head that fades into a puck of foam which then slowly sinks, leaving a few chunks of lacing.
Smell is spicy pine and herbal hops, a bit of booze, some slight tropical fruits.
Taste is slightly sweet bready malt, then a slam of spicy pine/herbal hops that demolish all in their wake, leaving some slight sticky sweetness crawling towards the light with its legs blown off, before finally expiring in bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good, medium with nice carbonation.
Overall, although lately I've been more in the mood for citrusey/fruity IPAs/DIPAs, this is a great one if you have a grudge against your palate. Piney, bitter, drinkable for 9% although the flavor makes it a sipper anyway...a nice big, bitter DIPA.

Photo of hermit990
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle date: 5/5/14. Review date: 5/17/14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow-orange color. Two fingers of a fluffy white head. Good lacing stick to the glass. Moderate carbonation amount rising through the beer.

Aroma: Big notes of sweet and tropical fruits: mango, pineapple, peach. Some citrus: lemon, orange and grapefruit. Earthy dankness. Sweet breadiness.

Taste: Bittersweet at front. Hits a lot of the fruit character before bitterness sweeps over the tongue. Pine character and breadiness emerge later on the tongue. Finishes with huge grapefruit and lemon bitterness. Little to no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to it, sticks to the mouth as the bitterness assaults your tongue. Big bitterness lingers along the tongue, almost numbing as the carbonation sweeps through. Dry finish leaves your mouth salivating for more.

Overall: This is a very good IPA fro Three Floyds. Definitely on the bitter side (one of the bitterest I've had, personally). Destroys your tongue, though that's not a bad thing at all. One of the easier Three Floyds brews to find if their beer is available in your area. It can be a little on the expensive side at $12 per bomber in this area. Though I prefer some of their other IIPAs generally, this is a very enjoyable beer. Highly recommended if you're seeking a palate wrecker.

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Arctic Panzer Wolf on tap at Country Boy Brewpub in KY.
Ever so slightly hazy amber with a head of moderate size and durability that leaves some sticky lacing. Pungent hoppy aroma with a more refined and palatable taste. More sweet malt here than the nose suggests (a good thing): so much that the huge hop hit finishes with only moderate bitterness. Smooth with partially hidden alcohol.

Photo of macher0
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this about 8 months ago, but just types it up. Bottle to tulip.

A: Medium copper color. Poured a 1-finger head that retreats to a fine-bubble rim. Great clarity.

S: Hops - pine mostly. A little hint of citrus hops in the end, kind of need to search. Moderate fragrance. Certainly a malt presence.

T: The taste follows the nose nicely. A strong hop bitterness, the profile is mostly in the pine/resin realm.

M: Not extremely smooth, but this ale has a crisp finish - yin and yang going on. I feel this is an excellent DIPA, but a little more on the pine/resin side compared to other DIPAs made by the great 3F. I enjoy this on tap more than the bottle, but I will usually grab when the chance affords itself.

Photo of jpro
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into a snifter...

A: Orange-gold; cream, half-finger head; mix of haze / floaties in the mix; I always expect a double IPA to be darker for some reason.

S: Citrus rind; cracker malts; white pepper; nice raw citrus aroma.

T: Dry, bready malt flavor; clean maltiness; citrus hop / orange and grapefruit rind.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel; moderate carbonation; nice feel and texture for a double IPA.

O: A very nice, drinkable DIPA; not overly complex, but very tasty and satisfying!

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

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Moderate soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, mango, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, mango, floral, grass, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, peach, mango, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA as expected. Big hop flavor complexity and balance with moderate malts; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like grapefruit juice, which I love. Cloudy with a bunch of lovely yeasty bits floating around the glass, eventually settling onto the sides of glass near the bottom.
Smell is malt, a cool, floral - herbal note reminiscent of gin, which I love, and a woody note. Great balance and great complexity.
Taste is rich and complex. Malt, wood, herbal, hops, citrus, the whole gang is here. And playing well together. Molto bene.
Medium plus bodied, lighter carbonation. Warming and smooth, rich and delicious. I'm pissed I only got one bomber. Damn me!

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: nice deep orange color. Pretty hazy, almost opaque. Two fingers head that leaves a little lacing. Head is offwhite to tan

Smell: toasty malts dominate a bit. But a nice hop medley of citrus and a touch of pine

Taste: quite complex. The maltiness is there but no where near dominate. Hops are strong. Citrusy and sometimes piney. The taste can come off a number of ways from sweet fruits to bitter pine to a mixture of the two and more. It's pretty tasty overall. Alcohol is present in a weaker but noticeable way

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighter for a imperial ipa. Strong bitterness, but the right kind you want in a hoppy beer

Overall: great beer. Makes a reach for my favorite iipa (alchemy hour) but falls short, not by too much. The toasted malt character works well with the complexity of the hops.

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,347 ratings.