Arctic Panzer Wolf
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #148
ABV:
9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,087
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 9.37%
Reviews:
761
Ratings:
3,684
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Year-round
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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf
Notes: 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 peach, pine and apricot, all mixed with intense American hop bitterness.

100 IBU
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sixteen ounce four pack copped from Buy Rite in South Orange. Pours a ruddy copper hue with moderate frothing. Very assertive aroma replete with strong notes of white grape and marmalade. Powerful flavors present which burst forth with ridiculous amounts of citrus-laden chewiness. Good stuff. Highly recommended.

Jul 08, 2021
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Two plus finger building head is towering in the chalice, a creamy soft and billowy composition that is light tan in color overlays a darken tangerine color for the body. Bubbly and soapy lace ring. Hazy and dark appearance is dense and shows some macro-carbonation bubbles clinging to the vessel walls. A strong steady stream has a pretty good lasting presence of effervesce.

S: Sweetened grapefruit pulp is juicy and semi-tart along with wet grassy hop notes. Dried peaches and apricot fruit has side notes of orange-citrus upon the close with some mixed fruit presence. Good strength overall, complexity is only moderate.

T: Dank tangerine-grapefruit flavor provides a bittering first bite with a flowery edge. Big grassy dry hopping soon moves in. A touch of soapy hopping is every so slight. Resiny with a flowery bite of hops that really packs a wallop.

M: Resiny mouthful, with a follow of dry flowery lacing on the tongue. Very bitter on the hold. Small carbonation factor that really does not make nor break it either way.

O: Overall 3 Floyds makes some trueley outstanding beers that stand above the rest, unfortunately this is a mere placeholder in terms of the brewery's other accords. While solid in strength with a demanding flowery hop bitterness, I just did not find it contained a lot of complexity or malt attributes. The blunt force of hops most likely drowned out any small and subtle secondary contributions. A very bittering overlay of hops that would surely create entertainment on the noob hop drinker, but comes short in a complete aspect for me for outstanding regards.

Mar 31, 2021
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(16 oz can, PKGD 12/28/20; purchased 4-pk off shelf... poured into a snifter, but snuck two sips from the can after the abbreviated pour)

L: I am all about head and this is one of the most amazing foam stands I've ever seen - Ramos fizz level - up and over the lip of the glass; rigid, turgid, tense... the amber liquid is grody-hazy and cumulus-cloudy... but huh what alright... little lace; ancient can???

S: grapefruit powder, laundry detergent (spring scent), orange gojo hand cream... a bit of orange spice (Tazo) and perfumy ethanol... arguably lacking a spicy zip (4.375)

T: malt muck, hop hullabaloo; bulbous expressions all around... lingering creamsicle and low-fi Earl Grey elements... SN-esque hop balance... citrus leather, malty orange, piney greenery... piney, orange-pithy ping persists...

F: wafty waifish wispiness, despite the hefty heart-hearthy hedonic homey hum... mellow, pithy tang pinging out front of a ghostly pulse... I'm lost for words; put me to sleep

O: this gave me multiple pauses... more mystery and interest and sedate sultry vibes compared to the Dreadnaught I finally had only within the last month... I may need to return to the undisclosed bunker in which I found this and negotiate some more, ooh baby... I'm not I recall the last time I met such a sipper (1741)

Mar 24, 2021
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was another beer that I picked up recently at the Whole Foods in Williamsburg. Always enjoyed 3 Floyds as it’s nice to see them available in this neck of the woods again! This was a clear winner as it had plenty going for it as it fit it's "massive IPA" description quite nicely, down to the last sip!

The look and feel to this was reminiscent of West Coast beers as it had a gorgeous copper hue to it with a fine haze and a bit of dark sediment floating around in it. Plenty of head topped it off as the lacing was deep, extensive, and beautifully layered all the way down the side of my pint glass. Loads of pine, resin, and grapefruit in the nose along with a bit of Caramel Malt as the taste nicely followed suit. Lots of floral notes that felt like Anchor emerged in the notes as this warmed up with a nice resinous body underneath that. The back had a ton of grapefruit and lemon zest to go along with some sweet malt that almost called for a chaser of water to finish this off, except I wanted the flavor to last as long as possible!

The carbonation was softly moderate and the body was balanced as the booze was not that noticeable. Loved the label on this can as this had a packaging dated of 12/28 on the bottom of the can. Aside from that being barely legible, this was a lovable beast of a beer that easily deserved another go-around. Who knew that one of the best left coast beers came out of Indiana?

Mar 21, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/28/20

And we're back with another imperial IPA from 3 Floyds. I loved their Permanent Funeral, and I'm hoping that this is in a similar vein. Regardless, I'm always on the lookout for new beers from them ever since they started distributing here in Mass. Let's dive right in

Pours a cloudy golden amber with 3 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

On first whiff, this is a promising beer. It's big and in your face while also being balanced. I'm picking up on aromas of rich caramel, bready malt, juicy orange, resiny hops, apricot, and a touch of honey

There's less of a delicate balance in the taste, but it's still good for what it is. On the front end of the sip the malt dominates and I'm tasting caramel, soft bread, lightly floral hops, and a touch of lemon zest. The swallow bitters up a bit, bringing notes of pithy grapefruit, orange marmalade, fresh pine, herbal hops, and light bready malt

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a smooth and silky beer. Finishes mostly dry with a hint of warming alcohol

This was very good, but I've had much better from them. Still, I would get it again in a heartbeat if it was my only 3F choice

Mar 17, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

a: slightly murky dark copper color with a nice 3 finger frothy tan head

s: mango and pineapple with loads of sweet caramel and strawberry upfront. kiwi, passionfruit, and peach. candied apricots and tangerine. crackers and a touch of honey. faint grapefruit and a little bit of grass

t: sweet caramel and strawberries. pineapple and a lot of peach. peach cobbler, orange sorbet, and a nice piney bitterness. sweet melons and honeydew. grass and grapefruit towards the end. little bit of a bready malt backbone. nice hit of bitterness at the very end

m: full mouthfeel, slightly sticky. low-medium carbonation

o: a bit mellow in the flavor with a big hit of bitterness. malts are definitely noticeable, but the bitterness overrides. hops aren't too diversified, but this is a old school DIPA for sure, with more bitterness than i would have thought for a DIPA. Good, not great IMO

Feb 27, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden tangerine with two big fingers of head and a plethora of floaties. The nose has pine and earthy notes. The flavor is pithy with a touch of citrus that is present but way in the back. The finish starts off bitter and gets more so as one moves down the glass.

If you like candied IPAs, this ain't the beer for you!

Feb 20, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

helluva beer, man, helluva beer. it's a hop monster - if that's not your style, you've been warned. If that *is* your style, you've been warned.
L: from the can. The can is, as it proclaims, "not normal".
S: basically all pine. mine might be a bit too cold. i'll note if more emerges as it warms.
T: big grapefruit hop bomb with a few floral notes. Not for the faint of heart. 3F goes big, not home.
F: smooth, rich, drying, and more bitter!
O: hey, it works for me, what can i say!?

Feb 12, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber with a tall, rocky, pale doeskin head with everlasting gobstopper like retention. Rim to liquid lace drapes the glass, the nearly red-amber beer is opaque with protein haze but not flocked with suspended oat starch.
The aroma is malt - rich and sweet followed quickly by sugar dusted tangerines and honey dipped pine cones. Yummy jam on toast smells welcome the nose and entice it in for deeper snuffs. The hops could be louder but then the lovely malt would be lost. 3F's knows what they're doing.
The taste is again malt up front with a rush of hop flavors and bitterness on it's heals. More honey notes coat the tongue and help soften the barrage of hop flavors and bitter bite. Fruity flavors of pear and grapefruit mix with the spruce and pine needles and green grass notes all smothered in that honey - caramel malt sweetness in balanced complexity achieved by only the best of brewers.
The malt liquor aspect comes through at the finish which is dry and warming with a nice lingering alcohol and hop aftertaste. The priming sugar addition detracts from the overall mouth feel maybe and only offers tasteless alcohol to the mix.
The body is shy of full and the alcohol hides as I said , till the very end. A bit over dry on the back end.
Highly drinkable, superbly balanced at least up front and, in the end, extremely satisfying.

Feb 08, 2021
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5 weeks ago.

L -- Slightly hazy copper body in the glass with two fingers of rocky off-white head produced with moderate pour. Decent retention and minimal lacing
S -- Dried pine, woodsy earthiness, booze, caramel, herbal bitters, hint of copper
T -- Big time old-school hop smack. Lots of earthy, pithy, rindy hop character and a decent honey-sweet 2-row malt backbone to the hop onslaught
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Long, lasting, resinous bitterness on the finish
O -- Not really my style of IPA, but this is certainly a solid example of a west coast bruiser

72/100

Feb 07, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 12/28/20, so 5-6 weeks old.

Actual hazy burnt orange/marmalade colored body. Small bright white head shrinks to a ring and covering, leaving interesting lacing.

Lightly hoppy aroma.

On tasting, pretty aggressive beer. The malt sweetness is detectable, but merely serves as a platform for an all out (panzer) assault of bitter grapefruit and pine hops.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish a slightly sweet strong grapefruit hit to the palate.

Overall, after an initial shock, this one really grew on me. Excellent old style DIPA. Happy to have another 3 in the fridge.

Feb 06, 2021
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LupulusLucas from Iowa

3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: golden hue, somewhat hazy.
S: piney and stone fruit.
T: peach flows throughout the swallow.
F: soft with a hop bite.
O: as balanced as an imperial ipa can get with massive hop additions.

Feb 02, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can purchased at One Stop Beer Shop in Greece, NY.

This one pours a light amber/dark orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells supremely resinous, with stone fruit, orange peel, piney hops, with an almost burnt aroma.

I've been wanting to try this one since basically 2014, and it's finally available to me locally. It's an uncompromising old school bruiser. The taste is placed firmly back into the IBU wars of yesteryear, with a bit piney/grassy/pithy biterness, with bitter grapefruit, orange peel, and some slightly compromising stone fruit/orange sweetness. A lot of people wouldn't like this in today's juice bomb day and age. To me, it's a really great look back in time, and it still holds up for me today.

This is a slow sipper due to the intense pithy bitterness here. As it warms, bitterness retreats slightly, with a bit more fruity hop character. There is nothing "juicy" about this one.

I was excited to hear this was one in town on shelves, and it's met my expectations from back in my old money days. This was a great West Coast style IPA.

Feb 01, 2021
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schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this certainly has an aggressive name. I'm kind of tired of the arctic weather, but I'll take the big brew.

This pours deep golden with plenty of fizz and lacing. The aroma is not real strong but it is real good. Lots of hops and malts come through the nose and in the taste, which is darker and more bitter (not sweet) than you might expect in a high ABV brew. It feels big and bad, but not really boozy.

Highly recommended.

Jan 31, 2021
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Devin2424 from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snulip

Look- Burnt orange color

Smell- Pine, grapefruit

Taste- Bitter grapefruit, malty, pine

Feel- Thin, bitter dry finish

Overall- Solid old school ipa

Jan 30, 2021
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eagles22 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not for the faint of heart...this will destroy your pallet!!
Pours a nice burnt orange body with a one finger white head
Smell- pine and grapefruit with orange and maybe hint of peach. All hops
Taste- huge bitter grapefruit and somewhat grassy and pine finish this is one bitter imperial! All hops no malt.
Feel- hop oils coat your tongue with a huge bitter dry finish
Overall excellent old school IIPA

Jan 28, 2021
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davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Rudy’s liquor store in LaSalle IL. Poured cold into a tulip glass on 1/22/2020 and the beer was bottled 12/29/2020.
A: Pours a dark gold orange color. Opaque and hazy with some floating sediment. Small foam head but good lacing.
S: Very hoppy with scents of orange peel and grapefruit. Also some pine added in
T: bold hop flavor with some pine and grapefruit. Maybe a hint of pineapple and orange as well. Malt gives a nice caramel and a little bit of a nutty flavor as the beer warms. Very balanced beer considering how hoppy it is on the front end and the abv is very well hidden.
F: Great feel. Very smooth with a bit more body than the typical IPA.
O: Fantastic! Very complex and has a lot of different flavors. This is my first time having it after hearing quite a bit about it. I was excited to try it and it certainly lived up to the hype.

Jan 23, 2021
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c014572 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As per some reviews out there beer has a great look, aroma, nice bitterness but a slightly lighter body and mouth feel than I prefer in an imperial IPA. Still well done, not stellar.

Feb 29, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

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

Single. 12 oz. bottle. My relationship with 3 Floyds has been rocky over the years. Let’s see if they’ve come back with a hat or broken bottle in hand.

Pale gold yellow with a significant amount of sediment slowly circling the bottom of the glass, like miniature predators. The hops come off as peachy to me. Full peach. Fuzz.

Arctic Panzer Wolf is more peach offering than bar brawl. See what I did there? This comes off as terrifically peachy to me with a moderate bitterness, crisp fall grass (not that I eat it often) against a gentle backdrop of white pepper & citrus. The pepper is almost a mix of rye & Belgian yeast somehow, but that’s probably my mouth misfiring. Heavy for even a IIPA, but still goes down Asa easy.

This tastes like an upscale mix of old school West Coast & new school East Coast. And I dig. Excellent beer.

Feb 29, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. It has been WAY too long since I had this one, but I am super happy to see it in 12oz bottles vs the old bomber format that doesn't seem to succeed very well in today's beer market. Chunky yeast and debris is suspended in a orange colored DIPA; a tall and foamy off-white head lingers around a bit. Large and fruity hop aroma hints at citrus, pine, apricot, peach, and caramel malt. Bittersweet flavors with loads of hops providing notes of orange, grapefruit, apricot, pine, herbal mint, mango; along with bready caramel malt, honey, and a fair amount of alcohol. Full body, resinous hops stick to the palate, ample carbonation, and a dry and bitter finish. Just as good as I remember. I will buy this again in the 12oz format! Thank you FFF!

Feb 27, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 01/31/20 (20 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours mostly bright orange amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is grapefruit pith, pine and dank tropical fruit with a hint of caramel malt. The taste is semisweet caramel with all the bitter, earthy, citrus and pine you would expect. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. More bitter than sweet for sure. Overall, excellent DIPA in a reasonable format. Goodbye bombers.

Feb 20, 2020
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Stooven from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's disappointing to see a formerly cutting-edge brewery resort to 'playing the hits' or going on a 'Playing the full classic album -- in its entirety!' tour, but I admit to being pleasantly surprised to see this (now in 4-packs!) again. APW is a throwback to when spotting a FFF IIPA was like seeing a unicorn, brings me back to the liquor store across from Hop Leaf on Foster and Clark where the selection of bombers was like the cast in a Scorsese film (Ommegang, Stone, FFF) and Half Acre or Revolution were barely a rumor. Guess I'll get in line for my commemorative T-shirt. Dang. You think they'll play Dreadnaught next?

Feb 19, 2020
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LongTaco15 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New 12 oz format. Pours golden/amber color. Strong smell of ripe apricots. Tastes like juicy apricots up front. A little bitterness kicks in and finishes with a strong malty backbone. One of my favorite beers in a while.

Feb 15, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a BO 01/24/20. Pours a mostly clear golden orange color with a fresh white head. Smell is fruity with oranges and melon. Taste is very good notes of citrus,with peach and melon, some pine resin in the finish. A sweet mouth feel with some bittering pine hops.. well rounded sweet but W/C style 2IPA.

Feb 14, 2020
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breakakeg from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap last night and it was fantastic. Wanted it in a growler, but was told that 3 Floyds doesn't allow that. The beer was great, but the brewery's vanity for not allowing a growler fill is pathetic!

Feb 02, 2020
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