Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 3,562 Ratings
Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#695
Reviews:
726
Ratings:
3,562
Liked:
3,347
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
9.39%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
598
Gots:
596
Trade:
16
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Photo of jjayjaye
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this one on two separate visits. This review is considered back to back after a tulip of Dreadnaught. It pours a hazy light peach amber color with a huge foamy off white head that resists fading and leaves spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is aggressive and the fruity pineapple, peach and tangerine aroma is mirrored in the taste. Medium tangy body and creamy mouth feel enhance the drinkability. Full flavored, the fruity pineapple peach tangerine hoppiness was worth the trip!! I could drink these all afternoon. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy for picking this one up. It's tremendous, giving Dreadnaught and Apocalypse Cow runs for their money. It's a beautiful amber/copper color with decent head/retention. Smell and taste are both FFF DIPA-esque, with big grapefruit notes. This one deviates a little with some more piney hops as well. Taste here is a bit more bitter than the other FFF DIPAs, but it's tremendous. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, perfect for this one. Drinkability is scary with the ABV and how good this one is. A must buy.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Sheffields 10/31/09. Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn and joe1510 for the assist!

A: Served a hazy, coppery hue. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy, off-white goodness that stuck around for quite awhile and left rings, gobs, and specks of lace behind.

S: Major hop bomb. I picked up pineapple with a large chunk of pine thrown in for good measure. Lurking in the background was some sweet caramel but it was almost entirely trounced upon by the hops.

T: I enjoyed how the hop flavors see-sawed between bitter, resinous pine and juicy, tangy pineapple. Instead of being a muddled mess of over hopped flavors there was excellent balance. Once again, that meek little caramel flavor darts around and adds a bit more balance before the hops completely step on it. Wonderful!

M: Big juicy and sticky bitterness coats the entire inside of my mouth helping to develop a huge long lasting bitter hop finish.

D: Another in an impressive line-up of DIPA's from FFF. The well hidden alcohol made this damn near gulp-able. It's that scary good...really!

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this the other day over at FFF on tap. It's a very expensive pale ale ($7 a snifter). I had to try it since I make it a point to always try something new when I'm there. It had a nice, hoppyness to it, typical piney smell. Good golden color, Three Floyds did not let anyone down here. It's got that kick in the ass that all their beers have, not for the weak of heart! While I enjoyed this immensely, I would not get it again when their Dreadnaught IPA is always on tap for $2 less. Honestly, the Dreadnaught is stronger and has much more hoppy bang for the buck than this.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Local Option.

Pours a glowing orange, especially in the back glow of the bar. A solid, two finger head with rocky foam. Good retention.

Smells like a citrus wonderland! Pineapple and orange with some piney, woody notes as well. Maybe a hint of cotton candy? Sure, why not.

Tastes the same, is super refreshing and has a nice tropical nature to it. This is another powerful, almost overwhelming FFF DIPA. There's too much alcohol to be considered easily drinkable, but the one glass I had was incredible.

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Photo of younger35
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this growler last weekend from masterski and have been eagerly awaiting opening. Gotta love FFF's IPA's and after reading some of the reviews below I'm looking forward to trying. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching the Vikings vs 49ers. Still got a nice psssttt upon opening.

Appearance- Pours a super hazy light orange yellowish with a nice big frothy off white head. A spotty cap and collar remain and surprisingly not a lot of lacing.
Smell- Holy delicious nose. Just gobs and gobs of citrusy goodness. Mango, pineapple, white grapefruit, peach and crabapple all are present. Just so fresh and clean and fruity. Perhaps a bit of resiny pine as well but mostly just citrus goodness.
Taste- A bit more malt keeps everything together and slightly balanced as the beer starts with a bit of toffee toastiness. A big rush of orange peel and pineapple kick in give the beer the bitterness that dominates this brew. The orange actually hangs around quite a bit and lingers well into the finish. Grapefruit and green apple are fairly prevalent as well and every sip brings on a new fruity goodness. A bit of lingering resiny pine and a touch of alcohol finish along with the orange peel.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with very light carbonation and a lightly oily feel.
Drinkability- This brew is scary drinkable for 9% and an entire growler sitting next to me. I wouldn't say it's as good as Dreadnaught but its somewhere along those lines. So fruity and easy drinking, great stuff. Thanks much Alex!

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Photo of FrognutUnl
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- golden amber in color,decent white head that leaves a considerable amount of lacing in its wake.

S - Aromas of grapefruit and pineapple dominate with a fair amount of resinous pine mixed in.

T - Thick with piney resin flavors backed by a generous amount of bready sweet malts and the flavor of grapefruit pith.

M - Medium in body, with a thick sticky finish

D - Where'd the glass go? Seriously delicious, what else can I say

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Photo of RyWill
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Option, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow/orange with a 1-2 finger sticky, frothy slightly off white head. Original head only sticks around for a bit but leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Intense hops and citrus. Not really any other way to describe it. It's a delicious combo of grapefruit and piney hops. The alcohol isn't too evident at all.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not as bitter as expected. Some caramel that didn't come across to me as much in the smell balances the massive hops well. Add in the citrus and you have an amazingly smooth beer for the style. It certainly leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, but it doesn't stay with you as long as some other DIPAs. Mouthfeel is super chewy, creamy, medium bodied with not too much carbonation

Drinkability: I ordered this off the board at Local Option having no idea what the ABV was and if someone had told me 9% I would have been blown away. Incredibly drinkable for the amount of alcohol. A telling sign is that my girlfriend, who usually has a tougher time with high ABV, super bitter DIPAs, had one and loved it. It wouldn't be hard at all to get through a few of these.

Amazing stuff. So amped to have had the chance to try it and might just have to head back to Local Option tonight to get some more.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by this evening on a whim because of the latest news on this beer. Served in a snifter.

A: The snifter seems to cut down on the available head space for this beer, seems better served in a tulip...oh well. Like dob said, pours a hazy peachy orange color that has very little head, but I am putting the lack of such because of the glass it is served in, does leave some good lacing behind which isn't and shouldn't be that surprising.

S: The hoppiest beer I've ever smelled? The hoppiest beer I've ever smelled. This thing is some kind of hop mutant, just about the most grapefruity grapefruit rind you could ever imagine, it's like someone took a grapefruit, did their best to smash it into a dixie cup saw how many pine needles they could shove into the mess on top of that. Eff!

T/MF: Like the description says, this beer is a palate wrecker, don't plan on drinking any beers unless it's this one afterwards because there is no way you are going to taste anything other than hops after drinking this. This beer is so hoppy the flavor almost starts to seem unreal, like it was so heavy on the bitter citrus fruitiness and pine that the whole thing started to seem fake and began to taste like Fruit Loops with orange juice poured on top of them. It does not sound that appetizing written down but the overall bouquet of hops and over the top flavor profile moves this beer beyond mere description.

D: I'm not going to lie, this beer ain't all that easy to drink. At a certain point I wonder when a new flavor is going to try an poke its head out, maybe some kind of malt sweetness, nuts, darker/sweeter/mellower fruits, but none of that is found here, it is just an all out hop assault and if you are not careful you could end up in a palate wrecked wasteland, but damn if this beer didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich copper color with a reasonable white head. The smell was the best. Definitely lots of citrus hop aroma, and at a certain point, the smell took on a grapefruit/candy note that was very specific but I could not place. The taste was a assertively bitter with malty sweetness present. The mouthfeel was a touch syrupy, but not heavy and certainly enjoyable. Drinkability was good, but its a 9%, very bitter beer, so it can only be so good.

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