Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf
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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU

Added by paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009

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Ratings: 3,583 |  Reviews: 727
Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Three FLoyds kiosk

Bottled: 2/29/16

Arctic Panzer is the most apricot-y of apricot-y oranges I have ever seen. It absolutely glows when backlit. A touch of haze runs throughout the body and up top sits a handsome crown. The foam is pure white and rises easily to a finger in height. The lacing creeps toward 100% coverage as the foam recedes A damn fine looking beer is Arctic Panzer Wolf.

This beer was stinking up the room the second the top was popped. Apricot is the first thing to mind and peach rings are the second, and blueberries are third. Flintstones vitamins add some sweetness while some unidentified tropicals and (gasp) model airplane glue make an appearance. Pine creeps up on the rear along with a candy like citric quality. That airplane glue and artificial Flintstone Vitamin quality I mentioned sounds bad, right? It's crazy delicious smelling actually.

The flavor profile showcases all the same aspects but in a slightly different order. The tropiclas are more upfront than the nose while the apricot steps up mid palate. Blueberry and pine are apparent from the middle to the finish. The pine grows on the finish with each successive sip.WHile there is a drizzle of caramel the malt profile is on the sugar cookie side of the spectrum. There's only a touch of the vitamin quality in the flavor department. This is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is as it should be. The body weighs in around the middle of the spectrum with no hint of viscous stickiness. The carbonation is perfectly dialed in, soft to the point of velvety while managing to keep the beer moving. The bitterness hits upfront but only grows a touch over moderate throughout the drink. This beer drinks like it's a 6%er. I see bad decisions in my future.

Arctic Panzer Wolf has been a favorite of mine since it was first released years ago. I used to roll by Miller's on Wabash just to get $6 pints when it was around back in the day. It's big, bold, unique, and most importantly, delicious. What should be a sipper drinks like something to be drank. If you haven't had this, go buy it.

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of portia99
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz a couple of these in trades with lurchingbeast and khumbard. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a translucent pale golden orange color with a finger of white foam that slowly disappears leaving a nice fluffy white collar and some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet grapefruit totally dominates the aroma. Some touches of pine, orange and pineapple join in but pale in comparison. Smells really good, but not especially complex, but citrus lovers won't be disappointed.

T - Pretty much right on track with the aroma. Lots of citrus - especially grapefruit. Orange, pine, and pineapple are definitely in there too. Some sweet sugarlike malt blends nicely with the citrus and smoothes out what is a quite bitter beer - but it really doesn't seem at all over the top. Enough sweet and lightly biscuity malt to round things out and balance this one off. I'm surprised to not really get much of an alcohol component that is noticeable....apparently well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with lighter carbonation that feels smooth and creamy on the tongue. Very sticky and resiny feel fills the mouth with every sip. Good stuff.

D - This really is a very good DIPA. I'm wavering in my opinion here, and I must confess, I find myself comparing directly to Dreadnaught. Dreadnaught is a major favorite of mine, so it is a tough battle, but the APW holds up well. It is a bit different, I find this more citrusy and a bit more syrupy than Dreadnaught...gonna have to search out a fresh Dreadnaught to do a side by side to be sure though. 9.0% makes it tough to drink a lot of, but that is really the only detractor for me. This is a very good DIPA...I could drink one of these every night for a little while and be happy.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Review adapted from notes taken 11/12/11

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy gold, with some orange - starts with a nice head, fades to nice lacing

Smell: Citrus, citrus everywhere - tons of citrus, floral, tropical, and dank - tons of weed, wet and leafy - some pine here, too, oily - this is an aggressive hop bomb, and I cannot say much about the malts

Taste: Pretty ridiculous, borderline absurd - very resiny, oily - tons of harsh yet delicious citrus - orange, grapefruit - some other light fruits, apricot, peach - with herbal, leafy weed - some spiciness - some mildly sweet malts underneath (probably crystal malt) - extremely bitter, abrasive, almost overly harsh

Mouthfeel: Medium body, extremely sticky, adequately carbonated

Overall: The label art is quite accurate...

According to my notes, "This is so aggressive - like a wolf biting you in the balls." As I have never had this experience, I do not know if this is a valid comparison. Regardless, this is absurdly aggressive. And definitely worth a try.

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Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split with my brother Johnny Two Scoops on a lazy Friday afternoon.

Foggy orange with an absolute mine field of flotation devices. Looks like unsettled jello inundated by saw dust.

Juicy fruits on the nose, mostly citrus. Loads of orange.

Moderate bitterness up front followed by slight orange frutiness, some grass, and again with bitterness at the back end. No real significant malt presence to speak of.

Light, moderate carbonation, and slightly sticky. Very easy to take down, not overwhelming, but also not spectacular. Very good.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden orange with a pillowy two finger head of foam.

Citrus and piney hop resins dominate the nose.

Pine, bitter hop resins, citrusy, light caramel malt sweetness.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, resinous, bitter.

Overall, a nice brew.

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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised to find this at my beer store. More please!
Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a wine goblet.
Hazy, orange-gold in color, with a rather short bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Boquet of tropical fruit and fresh hops.
Taste-Pineapple-apricot juiciness, faint malt sweetness followed by a sharp bite of grapefruit-rind bitterness. Alcohol not evident in the onrush of tropical fruit and white grapefruit. Dry finish. Very tasty. Highly recommended for hop-heads.

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

On-tap at Haymarket

A - It pours a slightly hazed golden hue and is topped with a big pillowy cap of white froth, which leaves lace swaths in rings as the glass drains.

S - The nose is hugely hoppy and offers a large amount of lemon zest, lemongrass and sweet floral notes. There is an underlying cannabis-pine suggestion, and some toasty malt, but they are really overshadowed by the floral and tart citrus.

T - The brew is very very bitter, perhaps unreasonably so. The pale malt is very low in the flavor profile, so we're basically working with astringent hop oil and solventy alcohol. The hop is more grassy than the nose suggested, and still has a heavy citric presence, with lemongrass, grapefruit rind and orange-blossom implied. Strongly flavored stuff.

M - The feel is on the thinner side for a DIPA, which is fine by me.

O - Final verdict: While much of this brew borders on the unpleasant, it never crosses over that line. This is basically the big-boy juice here; if you can't take it, go home and change your panties.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 4/2/14
A- Clear, light-orange with lots of bubbles and white, chunky head. Looks refreshing.
S- Sweet and sharp hops. Nice and full bouquet.
T- This wolf attachs the taste buds with full on furry. Sharp, with a slight sweetness -dropping taste bombs in your mouth.
M - Easy drinking. Not a thin watery beer or a thick syrup, but just right for refreshing gulps of this beast.
O- I love this IPA. Not bashful, just a full on attack of hops.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of rye726
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sent to me quite fresh thanks to a good friend. Perfect pour. Thick lacy head over an orangish straw IPA. Nose has big hops and malts, but not as explosive as I expected. Taste is near perfect. Great blend of fresh bitter hops and big malts. Clean yet full body. Nice hoppy finish. Good, but not on the same level as Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 3,583 ratings