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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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2,923 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 526
Gots: 361 | FT: 18
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 emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to d0b for sharing his growler the other day...now I realize that I desperately need more of this stuff. Review is from notes.

From the growler into a flared SN tasting glass it pours a bright high clarity orange. The lasting foam never breaks on the surface, and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Slow trails of carbonation can be seen, bubbles are slow and languid.

Amazing aroma of candied tropical fruits, pineapple, orange and orange peel in super concentrated form. Some leafy, woody vine notes and dank hop cheesiness (columbus?). Similar to the first time I had Dreadnaught, this is equally stunning and awe inspiring. Sips are sticky and resinous, with lush tropicals and dank orangey flavors sticking the lips to the rim of the glass. Lowish carbonation, but it fits the style well. Very tasty and drinkable, maybe a wee bit dangerous.

FFF's secret weapon, arctic panzer wolf is on the prowl...

emerge077, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It had okay retention and sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, pine and some mango. It had a burnt toast maltiness, too.

T - Great spicy hop bite with grapefruit, tropical fruits and bubblegum flavors. Nice toasty caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Imperial IPA. Love the fruit hop presence.

zeff80, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -6.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

SocalKicks, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus along with floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness and an alcohol burst. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy; however there doesn’t seem to be as much balance as most other beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer overall but there are several others in the style and a few made by 3F that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, May 13, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

nickfl, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to lurchingbeast for hooking me up with this in a recent trade.

Pours a hazy coppery apricot color in the glass, with finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a VERY rich and frothy ½ finger of froth, which throws a MASSIVE creamy cascade of soft sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass. Wow, the hop flavor here in the aroma just floods up in the nose, being floral and spicy while sharp pangs of pine needles and bitter grapefruit barge their way in. Sweeter notes of tropical fruit and bready caramel sit in the back of the nostrils and mix with some alcohol warmth to provide a touch of hefty balance to this bouquet. Man, this is just so full, fresh, and robust in the nose. Awesome!

The taste is assertively bitter up front with pine, pithy citrus rind, and a LOT of juicy grapefruit character. The hops are perfectly cut by a sticky backbone of fruity mango, apricot and orange notes, as well as a flush of bready grains across the back of the palate. Brash hops pummel the finish of this, with pine and spice lingering along with a deep earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation that then gets much more smooth and smooth and slick as you swallow. This is definitely packing some alcohol beef (I could definitely feel it at least while working through the bomber) but any burn is kept to the bare minimum here. Just a slightly boozy haze lingers on the breath after each sip.

Wow, Three Floyds hit another hoppy home run out of the park with this DIPA, which was just dripping with well balanced lush flavors and an overall good drinkibility on it for the size. I just can't get enough of the hopped-up beers from these guys. Great stuff!

Kegatron, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Monsone, cheers Eric!

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, pears, pineapple

T: Leafy & woody hops, some oaky notes (maybe from the white wine), crisp grape & dryness weaved into some pineyness up front. Herbal & woody hop bitterness, some breadyness & touch of butterscotch, some pineapple & a bit of booze warmth.

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, warming, good balance

A pretty good DIPA, but the flavors just don't come together for me. I would happily drink this again, but there are so many better DIPA out there to be sure

russpowell, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds! Served in a tulip/snifter glass.

A - Poured with a finger of eggshell foam that leaves tuns of sticky sheets of lacing. Hazed dark orange-brown color. Gonna give the head volume the benefit of the doubt, as the bartenders are trying to fill the glass here!

S - Intense piney hops, some tangy citrus (grapefruit, lemon, etc.), a touch of booze, some dankness in the background. More bitter and hoppy than Dreadnaught, with less tropical and caramel flavor. I don't dig this quite as much - the pine and booze are pretty fierce - but it's still pretty good.

T - The taste is actually better, which is somewhat unusual. The alcohol is hidden better, and the moderate amount of bready caramel helps balance things out a touch more. The bitterness shows up in the finish and lingers a decent while. It's not as palate destroying as I expected.

M - Medium body, light carbonation tingle, lots of residual hop resin and oily goodness. Some nice warmth after a few sips. Spot-on for a DIPA.

D - Not as insanely drinkable as Dreadnaught but still pretty enjoyable. I'd have a tough time with a growler of this stuff, but a few pours is definitely possible.

MasterSki, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial India Pale Ale. "A dry and stupendously hopped medium bodied Imperial-India Pale Ale brewed with Canadian 2-row malt, dextrose sugar and lots of American hops. Arctic Panzer Wolf has superior aromas of marmalade, white wine, pine and apricot all mixed with an intense American hop bitterness. Cheers!"

Little hazed golden/apricot hue, small white head.

aroma: outsized pine and citrus, gargantuan orange, grapefruit, mango and lemon. (Marmalade? Sure, of course. White wine? Eh….)

Taste: Sweet and smooth at first, with hop bitterness rising up on the outset. Pithy, raw and righteous bitter fruit flavor. Minor malt, medium body, alcohol rises high. Melds well with the citrus and spice. Hops galore. Love it, love it, love it. Fits this hophead to a tee.

feloniousmonk, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i have to confess that this was not the freshest bottle, in fact, im sure past its prime. in a gross cellaring error by close friend and loyal BA claystation, this bottle was forgotten for about seven months, so im sure its not drinking as well as it might have been back then. let that be a preface for the rest of this review, and i will make sure to revisit this if i am lucky enough to have a fresh one some day down the road. odd pour here, mango orange tinted golden bronze color with a ton of yeast floaties in here, like a mikkeller barleywine or something, its that prominent. heady too, over an inch of white, and lasting. the nose is tropical fruit all the way, passion fruit and papaya, but im sure this has faded some too, as there is virtually no bitterness but instead a thick malty sweetness that isnt all the way awesome. the flavor is a lot like the nose, thick and sticky hops in the fruit family, but im imagining what they could have been, not really focusing on what they are. some citrus too as it finishes, and again the malt sweetness. a little more body than necessary, but a really well hidden alcohol content and a cool use of hops. not my favorite from three floyds, but i will reserve judgement on whether or not it is worth the hype until i have a fresh one.

StonedTrippin, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a BIF recently, love FFF. Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a few floaties in there. Head is good, medium bubbles, carbonation moderate to low, some lacing, not a lot.

Beer smells like earthy, citrusy, hops, no malt. Smells good.

Beer is medium to surprisingly light in body. Chewy hops with mild hop sulfur bite in the mid to late palate, no sweetness up front, definitely not a malty IPA, beer finishes fine. Not too dry. I'd have it again, very fun.

drabmuh, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a ton to paco1029384756.

An aggressive pour yields a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over hazy golden wheat orange color.

Nose is exploding with fresh hops, lots of pine and some citrus, a bit of orange peel, some musty fresh hop resins, tangerine, clementine, and hint of earth, with some light malts and sweetness underneath it all. I could smell this all day.

Taste is ripe with fresh hops again, bringing some pine, citrus again, more citrus fruits like tangerine and clementine, some orange zest, and a bit of musty hop resins. It's fairly bitter, almost intensely bitter but doesn't seem to overpower like it makes me think it well. Again behind that comes some lightly sweet malts, a nice malty base that lives way behind in the shadow of the hops. A little spicy as well, some from hops, but gets a bit of a tingly and warming booze hit. Finish dries more, and brings more bitterness that lingers for what seems like eternity, or at least until the next sip, leaving some citrus fruits, pine, and a slight sticky feel.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied, with decent carbonation and some warming tingly booze.

Drink is decent, but not great, with a bit of warming tingly booze, some sweetness which dries a bit, a slight sticky finish, and the long bitterness that is delicious but doesn't bide well for drinkability.

jlindros, Dec 23, 2010
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mendvicdog, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney and orange hops. The flavor is more of the same with the orange citrus notes standing out more than the pine. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

mdfb79, Sep 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

DrunkinYogi, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

MarkyMOD, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

"Imperial India Pale Ale." Less than three weeks old. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label and art and distinctive colorful branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired in a trade with the very gracious tcman128 - thanks again, buddy! Expectations are quite high given the brewery and its reputation.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice soft complexion, good thickness, nice cream, slightly frothy consistency, and good (~4-5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Sticky consistent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a transparent yellow-copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Floral hops are dominant, with some accompanying light grapefruit and soapy hop character; this may have spent too long in primary. Pale malts. Caramel is a bit too present. Some piney hop character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Tangerine. Mango, pineapple, other tropical fruit hop esters. Not ideal choices of hops for my particular tastes, but decent for the style. Clean and pleasant. An average strength aroma.

T: Mango, pineapple, tangerine - all tropical fruit hop esters, and not to my tastes for the style. Too sweet, with a caramel malt undertone. Light grapefruit. Hop bitterness does come through, compromising the balance. Clean. Not a fan of the sticky malty aspect blended with the sweet fruity notes. The pineapple in particular really kills the flavour profile for me; I'm not liking the hop choices made here but I can see where others with different tastes would really enjoy this. Pine. Light bready malts. Old orange juice comes to mind. I'm really just not big on this type of hop character.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Overcarbonated. Sticky. Chewy. Suits the flavour profile decently. Clean. Decent presence on the palate. Sugary. Good body.

Dr: This one just wasn't for me personally, but I don't doubt that it's brewed well. It's largely redolent of old orange juice mixed with tropical fruit notes that don't at all appeal to me - whether in an imperial IPA or not. I didn't find it well-balanced and I won't be having it again, but it does hide its ABV well and I'll happily finish this bottle by myself. Glad to have tried it, but it's just not suited for my personal tastes. Disappointed in the beer, but not for any issues with the quality of the brewing. Looking forward to trying more Three Floyds' IPAs which are hopefully more what I'm after in an imperial IPA.

C

kojevergas, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,923 ratings.