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Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf

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Ratings: 2508
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%

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 jrallen34


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Peach colored beer, pretty murky. Light white head, about a one finger, gone quick. Medium lacing...The aroma is very sweet, tons of grapefruit, lemon light herbs, slight hoppy finish. Small amounts of pine as well...This is one tasty ipa. Very nice grapefruit on the front mixed with a nice slightly pine finish. This is really balanced making it super easy to drink. Probably my most favoriate three floyd's ipa... Somehow it gets better as it warms, starts to show off the pine in a nice way.

Overall, this is excellent, super easy to drink fruity and piney.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 02:18:09 | More by jrallen34
Photo of dgilks


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour with a creamy, foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Nice head retention.

Big citrus and pine character. Good orange character with very little malt notes.

Very nice soft malt with a big, crisp bitterness. Good piney hop flavour with plenty of resin.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An excellent beer. Really good malt and hop character and a really solid beer from FFF.

Thanks to Will (futura123) for a really solid and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 04:07:06 | More by dgilks
Photo of blackie


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: piraat chalice, produces a tight white head upon pouring, leaving a thin layer and ring, the beer itself a hazed golden in color

s: absolute citrus bomb - smells like citra hop to me, vivid orange and grapefruit zest, fresh and oily, full backing of pale malts with a light caramel sweetness - though totally staying out of the way, fantastic

m: carbonation kicking around the lighter end of medium, combined with the light-moderate body creating a crisp, almost refreshing mouthfeel for a beer of this strength

t: as expected, the flavor is loaded to the hilt with oily, juicy citrus flavors, grapefruit and orange essence, citrus juice through and through, supporting body of clean pale malts and some light sugars, finishing with a nicely biting bitterness, absolutely love the hop profile on this one

d: drinks great, no real sign of the abv present, and the balanced sugars (and pseudo-dryness) and crisp hops make for an easy drink, it's actually quite nice on both sides of the temperature spectrum - more crisp and purely citrusy when cold, with some pale malt sweetness coming in as it warms

bomber from my midwestern brah, durrty dirts

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 04:33:25 | More by blackie
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:24:53 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of woosterbill


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a goblet.

A: Clear, very pale amber body with a thin layer of white foam that quickly recedes into a ring. Light lace. Ok.

S: Pure, resinous hop bitterness. Pine sap, cannabis, and just huge herbal/leafy stickiness. Smells vicious.

T: Follows the nose, with all the viciousness carried out very well indeed. This might be the most tongue-numbingly bitter beer I've ever had, and yet it's actually enjoyable. I do with the hops had more flavor in addition to the straight bitterness, though.

M: Softy, frothy medium body. Nice liveliness helps counteract the explosive IBUs just a bit.

O: This beer is exciting and well worth trying, but I found its one-note bitterness show to get a little boring after just a few sips. I much prefer the complexity of both Dreadnaught and Apocalypse Cow.


Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 17:00:50 | More by woosterbill
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a fairly cloudy golden yellow color with a smallish bubbly white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of pine, resin, and citrus, bits of tropical fruit and grass with barely any malt to be found. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Heavy handed dry hopping with dank baggies, pine needles and grapefruit juice. Leaves a long lingering lemon/grapefruit/citrus on the palette after each sip has hit the gullet. Medium to thick body for an IPA, moderate to low level of carbonation with a sticky resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but I found the bitterness a little harsh and heavy on the lemon. It's a great DIPA, but I've had better in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 01:18:20 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date (what the crap, FFF?). Big thanks to Jcb890 for this as an extra. A damn fine extra.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body with a nice white head, but it doesn't last. Looks like an Avery White Rascal. No lacing, either. Like a wheat beer or an IPA with almost no malt bill at all. Not that that's a terrible thing.

Smell - Lemon citrus, pineapple goodness, and pine. It has an aroma somewhat similar to Dreadnaught, but without the sweetness behind it. That pine and lemon combination is very often not inviting, but it isn't so bad here. Without the sweetness, it doesn't come off as a chemical smell.

Taste - Bright, lemon citrus hops. A blast of hop goodness. Pine hops and other tropical fruit flavors continue the hop wave. Nice. A slight sweetness behind rounds out the flavor, but it's interrupted by a pine hop bitterness. Hops all around and I love it.

Mouthfeel - Light for 9%, but medium bodied. It even says so on the bottle. The finish is bitter, but not abrasively so. Great for a DIPA. I can down this dangerously easily.

Overall - Pungent and flavorful. Better than Dreadnaught, which seems like a malty mess compared to this. It's close to that Pine-Sol flavor, but it misses just enough to make it delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:29:51 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 00:37:45 | More by chinchill
Photo of FosterJM


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

204th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A very gorgeous orange/yellow. A nice 1 finger head with some shimmering highlights dancing in the glass.

Smell- Huge tangerine citrusy hops and a tad of a spice note

Taste- Delicious full on wet drinking beer. Has a great citrus flavor but just more on the spicy/malty side.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level that ends a bit dry.

Drink- Don't get me wrong. I live in CA and we do some good IPA's. But 3F has some damn good beers. I suggest you start trading for them if you live in CA like I do.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 16:56:36 | More by FosterJM
Photo of tpd975


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:36:56 | More by tpd975
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this brew. 22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip at 50 degrees. Pours a slightly hazy tangerine hue with a loose, half inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a soapy bull's eye swirl with a creamy band around the edges. Some spots of lacing but no legs. Nose expresses grapefruit sweetness, tropical fruits, citrus rind and an earthy quality - all in that order. Taste reveals citrus, but the sweetness is much more subdued than suggested by the nose. Earthy/piny/rind character comes out towards the middle and back. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with lively carbonation that is evenly distributed from start to finish. Finish is crisp and semi-dry. A solid DIPA - alcohol is well-hidden and I really dig the nose, but I like my DIPA's a little sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:23:43 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alexgash


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. No bottle date, but I just picked this up from the brewery (so it better be fresh :) ).

Great name and great label artwork! Pours a hazy peachy orange. Big, sticky, light beige head. Good retention and nice lacing too. Huge hop nose. Big notes of pine, resin, clementines, lemon, grapefruit, and pepper. Powdered sugar sweet malt accents as well, but this is predominantly hoppy to this nose.

Hop bitterness right up front. Citrus and pine flavors dominate. Big notes of pine sap, clementine orange, grapefruit, and some peppery spiciness. Orange creamsicle malt, with some boozy pineapple, try to hide under the huge hop flavor/bitterness. Still can make them out and they provide just enough counter-punch to the alpha acids. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus and resin bitterness. Medium-full body, with a slightly syrupy feel, before the finish. Warming, but pretty easy to drink. This seems pretty fresh (but I still wish there was a bottled on date on this thing!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:56:15 | More by alexgash
Photo of AgentZero


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangish gold with a nice two finger fluffy white head that dissipated to some moderate lacing. Nice bit of lacing after dissipation and throughout the drink.

S - Mine was served a bit cold, so I let it sit for a while. At first I thought this was pretty average, but as it warmed up the beauty of this beer comes out. Very very subtle flavors. There is some resiny hops, but nicely subtle malt and then some really interesting apricot and marmalade flavor. I don't know that I have ever smelled anything like this before, it was truly fantastic once I was able to start picking it out.

T - At first I was not particularly impressed with this beer, just seemed kind of plain, and unhoppy for a double IPA. But as it warmed, you get some nice resin hops and slight pine notes on the back end. Great maramlade in there with some subtle apricot. The thing that struck me most about this beer was how it abruptly ended hard. Nothing lingering, not sharp, not blunt, but just stopped, with a juice-like ending that had the tiniest bit of phenol on it, very surprising and pleasant once the beer warmed up.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, felt right for the style.

D - The bomber got me pretty buzzed, although I finished it without a problem. This beer is dangerously drinkable, but the alcohol buzz you get will give you a little warning to stop.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 19:45:27 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Brent


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super-smooth with a complex hops profile. A lot going on here, but all well integrated. Hops are a bit sharp up front, but almost immediately moderate with a slightly fruity, honey note. Nice level of sweetness to balance the hops, but not sugary or syrupy. Finish is a long, fresh hops note.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 13:27:27 | More by Brent
Photo of Brenden


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just found these notes along with my notes for Broo Doo from just over a month ago. Notes are thorough.

The color is close to Broo Doo, almost orange and just as hazy with a bit more gold glowing through the body. An off-white head is pretty large and sits thick and sturdy on top the whole time, leaving pretty chunky lacing behind.
Lots of tropical fruits, almost like a fruit basket, pour out of the aroma. This beer is heavily hopped but with a fantastic malts balance, a light bready and caramel malts sweetness tempering a big, assertive bitterness. Malts even go a little dry at the end, which is interesting and adds to the complexity.
The taste follows suit, big tropical fruits and a mix of citrus and resinous bitterness balanced by malts sweetness, though a crackery malts dryness comes through more in the middle and into the finish.
The body is medium with a lighter carbonation. This beer starts crisp, has a good, full smoothness, and almost transitions back to crisp from the dryness coming out.
This is fantastic beer, and I liked it just a bit more than Broo Doo, another great one from FFF.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 19:50:02 | More by Brenden
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunn for bringing this one back from his travels.

A - bright yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - floral, faint alcohol, mango, grapefruit, pineapple

T - mango, citrus, pineapple, bread, faint alcohol

M - warm, medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This has huge citrusy hop character. It's complex and very fruity. The malt is bready and a bit sweet. There's exceptional balance and dangerous drinkability. This is very impressive!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 16:54:53 | More by tdm168
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from alleykatking. Thanks Josh!

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - lightly hazed copper color with a white head that thinned to a layer and left a spots of lacing.

S - citrus and floral/pine aroma.

T - bitter citrus rind upfront balanced well with sweet malt although it never really gets too sweet finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 21:56:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of mynie


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, ~12 ounces poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and hazy with not very much of a head. Darker than Dreadnaught but just as murky.

Smells like lots of hops. Spicy hops, like a blend between pine cleaner and majoram. That might not sound too appetizing but it's actually pretty great; the only drawback is that there's nothing really balancing out the hop aromas and, while the aroma is good, it's not quite complex enough to fully carry a double IPA.

Tastes like lots of hops--dried, green seasoning hops--with just a little kick of pale malt keeping things honest. Resinous pine starts things out, dripping of sap, but then it falls quickly into a dryer, spicier middle with nodes of thyme and oregano, then ending on a wee little bit of bready sweetness. Good, but it could use some greater malt or yeast complexities to help balance out the hops, or really anything else big or interesting that might make it worth the price of admission.

Well brewed with no off nodes or syrupiness, but it's nothing compared to their Dreadnaught.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 20:33:35 | More by mynie
Photo of ffejherb


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dpuia for hosting a FFF tap night on 12/28/10!

A - Hazy golden orange body with half an inch of bubbly white head that reduced to a thin ring and patchy veil and deposited thin, stringy lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus nose, specifically grapefruit with hints of pine and catbox. Sweet caramel malt and a mild alcohol twang round out the equasion.

T - Icy, wintery IPA with piney notes and juicy citrus fruit backed by a sweet malt base, resulting in a moderately hoppy yet well-balanced DIPA.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate hop bitterness on the palate..

D - A DIPA from FFF? Give it to me! This is like Dreadnaught Lite. Great stuff and definitely a beer to appreciate on draught.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 23:09:41 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks clear and clean with a bright copper/amber color and a healthy white cover with lots of lacing. The aroma brings a malty pine hop with a light floral complement. Nice. The flavor offers a beautifully blended grass-pine hop bitterness with oak caramel and some alcohol presence. Nutty and a bit leafy. Medium bodied with a soft, well blended carbonation. Very smooth stuff with a little kick. Though it's quite hoppy as I typically like this style to be, there's a bit more alcohol than I like to taste. Nice enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 15:33:20 | More by Durge
Photo of merlin48


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 13:05:03 | More by merlin48
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:53:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Deuane


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sixtel offering dished up by ChrisD fresh back from his holiday run to Indiana.

A-Bright, lightly hazed golden yellow with a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-Big blast of fresh tropical fruits overlying a secondary base of sweet biscuit malt.

T-Mostly fruity up front with secondary spicy pine in support. Light malt base....this is like Dreadnaught Lite!

M-Medium-light bodied, crisp and sharp with a long lingering fruity hop profile.

D-A simply lovely light bodied DIPA. FFF are the long established masters of the hops and this beer proves to be no exception. Light malt with tropical fruit hops and sharp biting finish....just like I like them!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 00:56:15 | More by Deuane
Photo of cpetrone84


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub over thanksgiving weekend.

A-pours a hazy light golden amber with lots of fluffy egg white head and a nice bit of lacing left behind on the glass.

S-very citrusy, lots of orange peels and some spicy corriander with hints of tangerines behind. Very sugary and citrusy as its all hops in the nose.

T-this has a lighter amount of orange and more spicy corriander, very interesting balance, sweet sugars behind with notes of tangerines as well. It comes with an assertive bitterness in the finishing adding notes of grapefruit that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M-medium to lighter body, grainy over the tongue, creamy on the palate with a semi dry finish.

D-this is very juicy and sweet, well integrated hop presence with an assertive hop finish that truly doesn't kill the palate. Interesting spiciness to it with lots of sugars creating tasty stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 23:33:26 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of ehammond1

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Clear apricot in color with very little visible carbonation. This leaves irregular, webbed lines of lace down the glass.

Big notes of citrus, floral elements, and melon combine in the aroma. There's also some alcohol present.

Hugely bitter, with lots of citrus (pineapple), melon, and a bit of cracker. Some alcohol present. Though I love the style, and there's nothing wrong here, I can't drink a lot of this.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol harshness.

Decent enough, though I can't drink much at all of this. Above average.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 02:04:33 | More by ehammond1
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,508 ratings.