Arctic Panzer Wolf
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #110
ABV:
9%
Score:
95
Ranked #900
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 9.35%
Reviews:
744
Ratings:
3,628
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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 massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU
Reviews: 744 | Ratings: 3,628 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of c014572
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of jkblr
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Stooven
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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?

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Photo of LongTaco15
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of breakakeg
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a honey-amber color with a considerable amount of haze, although not NE (IPA) in style. The head forms a thin veil of off-white that fades to a lacing.

Aroma: the hops present themselves as a hybrid of apricot and pine.

Flavor: hoppy as expected given the style. The hops are generic – no standout, distinguishable flavors. Enjoyable nonetheless, but certainly shy of next level. This beer has been surpassed in flavor by many readily available off-the-shelf IPAs.

Mouthfeel: heav(ier)-medium. Appropriate for style. I’d estimate 8.5-9.4% abv by weight alone.

Overall: good but not great. This beer is well executed, but the flavor falls short. It is simply generic. I think this beer falls short of justifying its $100 / 22 oz price tag.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding double IPA from an amazing Indiana brewery (one of my top 5). This one lived up to its hype. Poured this one out of a bomber, dated 5/15/19. Great flavors, depth, complexity, balance. Pours an amazing honeyed darker amber-yellow with just a little hazy. Abundant fluffy white head and sheets of lingering lacing that lasted for at least 20 minutes. Smells great, lots of fresh juicy fruity hops - grapefruit, guava, passion fruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, mango - as well as some floral hop aromas, malt, vanilla, bread and caramel. Taste follows the nose, and the balance between the sweeter malt backbone and hoppy bitterness was just incredible. Smooth flavors, rich, complex, balanced, great mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation. Really a great-tasting imperial IPA and it was so pleasurable to drink that it was too easy to forget about the higher ABV. And how can you beat that amazing label art? Great job!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 14.03/22 oz bottle ($ 0.638/oz) from Chuck’s Wine and Spirits, Bowling Green, KY. Reviewed 11/7/18.
“Bottled on 9-8-17” in yellow ink on the shoulder. Stored at room temperature. Refrigerated in hotel room reefer and served at whatever temperature that was in a hand washed and dried glass coffee cup.
Appearance – 4.5.
Body – Medium yellow, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, dense, good retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and thin complete layer with a heaped mound of dense foam. Head retraction leaves a wide band of tight lacing.
Lacing – Excellent! As the level drops, in addition to the head retraction lacing, thick complete rings of curtain lacing.
First pour – Light yellow, very slight haze.
Aroma – 4.25 – Very piney, but it does fade a bit with time.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins moderately bitter with a solid malt backbone. The aftertaste has a bit of orange marmalade, so the label was right about that. No alcohol (9% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – When I looked at the bottle, I read it as “9-8-18”, probably because I was so excited to find a bottle Arctic Panzer Wolf. Still, I was not disappointed – even at 14 months old and stored at room temperature under fluorescent lights, this is one fine beer! I’m almost afraid to try a fresh one – the ecstasy might kill me!

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Photo of Vidblain
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arctic Panzer Wolf ain't no NE style IPA - it has plenty of complementary bitterness and a fair amount of malt. It's still sweet, but very much balanced with piney bitterness.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear gold with an eggshell colored head, nice lacing.
Pine, citrus and melon aroma. Taste is similar with a sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied, an almost creamy feel to it. Damn tasty brew from 3F.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Translucent honey good with a thick egg shell head. No activity visible.

Smell: Chewy sweet malt with bitter citrus and pine cones. Clings to the nostrils.

Taste: Bitter orange pith, over ripe oranges, and cantaloupe on the attack this goes to bitter pine as the body moves forward on the palate. When the body gets there it is a sweet bread crust malt. There is more hops worth notes of white pepper, over ripe nectarine, and more bitter pine needles. The body thins out to a bitter pine finish.

Feel: Drinks really clean for a west coast style IPA. Medium plus bitterness. Medium body. Mild alcohol. Bone dry finish.

Overall: A very impressive imperial IPA. It’s a classic west coast style that dodges the soupy sweetness that can plague the style. It drinks smooth for the style and there is nothing bad to say about it. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright orange with a huge white pillow for a head. Decent lacing. Aroma is bright citrus fruits and pine. Flavor is sweet citrus fruits and caramel malt. Pine finish. Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Overall a nice beer but not really special.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold color and good carbonation. The nose is amazing, suit and jammy. Great mouth feel and a nicely balanced taste that mirrors the nose with a bitter backbone. It is a little boozy in the finish but still wonderful.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 ounce pour at 3 Floyds in Munster - perhaps one of my new favourite places in the world! Slightly hazy golden orange with piney hops, tropical fruit on the nose. Taste starts fairly tame with some sweet caramel malt with backing of grapefruit before piney/citrus rind bitterness hits the back of the tounge and bit of boozy warmth in throat. Bitterness lingers pulling you in for another amazing sip. Full bodied - extremely well balanced.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy goodness. Very high Abv. Smooth yet has a bitter follow up that is typical of a Three Floyds beer. Nice mellow citrus taste that tops many ipa beers in the market.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L) Pours a hazy amber with some hope residue floaters. Maintains a clean white head and has decent lacing.

S) The smell is pure white grapefruit rind with a smidgeon of white pepper and pine needle. It is super juicy, sappy, and inviting.

T) Everything present in the nose is in the taste, although there isn't really that much of a spicy note. The hop profile is amplified quite well with a subtle malt profile with light honey and caramel characteristics. Doesn't linger for too long.

F) Medium carbonation with a smooth and full mouth-feel, but not as creamy as I would like, although this is a hop forward DIPA so it isn't the end of the world.

O) Solid DIPA coming from 3Floyds, nothing out of the ordinary, although it is far from my favorite of their offerings.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into a tulip and a chalice. The appearance was a nice golden orange brown in color with a decent one finger foamy head that rises a bit and falls in a concave sort of fashion leaving some nice foamy lacing in the wake of the fall. The smell had a ton of grapefruit up front with a decent caramel malty background delicately combining nicely. The taste was almost a perfect bittersweet between the hops and the malts as it wanted to pummel my taste buds but left just enough assault to still let the tastiness of this beer to wrap itself delicately around my mouth and tongue. There was a light grapefruit like aftertaste to lead into a dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable quality running about my mouth and tongue. The carbonation pummels my mouth and tongue a bit, but not too much. Overall, this is an absolutely wonderful DIPA well worthy of having again.

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Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful foamy head over a slightly hazy golden body. Nose has this strong apricot nectar think straight away while a little pear and grass backs in behind. Taste supports the apricot and pear but ups the ante with honey and pine until alcohol and tobacco finishes it off in sweet, bitter and nearly burning fashion.

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Photo of akirakcat
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange with very little head or lacing. Couldn't really smell much since I had this at the brew pub, but made out a floral scent.

Crisp, hoppy bitterness obviously, but not overly so. Grapefruit and orange notes, with a sweet malt taste coming through at the end. This is a very "drinkable" beer, but was expecting something more intense for the IBU/ABV.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz bomber poured into a snifter glass.

Off gold color, rather hazy. Foamy white head kind of fine. Not much lacing

Really like the smell but the taste surprised me. Lots of apricot in there which I really like.

Good taste with a malt and some sweetness included. The apricot is there but not as much as the smell.

A little too much carbonation. Could have been blended so much better.

Liked the bitter finish to remind me it's a double IPA.

Would definitely have another one.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/21/15; drank 2/21/15 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

Eggshell head; thick lace.

Mango & fresh pine nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango & fresh pine flavors up front; no booze heat or excessive bitterness on the finish. Nicely balanced & easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic beer by three floyds. Bottled 11-1-16 drank on 11-15-16. At first it reminded me of the permanent funeral, but once it warmed up a bit, it is much sweeter. Very juicy. Loved every sip

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