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Review of Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

22 Aug
For today’s craft beer review I am going to be trying the Arctic Panzer Wolf produced by the Three Floyds Brewing Company located in Munster, Indiana.

Everything that I have tried from Three Floyds up to this point has been exceptional, so I have high expectations for this beer.

There currently is no commercial description for this beer on the website, 3floyds.com, but I did happen to find one on ratebeer.com.
A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim.  Scorched earth is our brewery policy.  100 IBU’s; 9% ABV.
Man, I can’t wait!!!!

This brew came in a 22 oz. bottle and had an ABV of 9.0%.

The appearance on the this brew was a very nice, hazy, honey/gold to orange color.  A barely off white head was formed that was none too large, but did maintain its size for a few minutes.  The lacing was sufficient and the head eventually settled to a fine film then to an appealing ring around the top.  As the brew warmed considerably it began to clear up nicely.

In the aroma????  Hops!!!!!  Wonderful bursts of orange, peach, grapefruit and other tropical fruits.  A very light apricot note was detected and enjoyed along with a bit of pine and a floral fragrance.  Very pungent and aromatic.  A very soft bready note was welcomed and nary a hint of alcohol was found.  Not much by way of caramel or sugary sweetness in the bouquet, however that didn’t matter to me.  This thing still smelled very, very nice.
The taste started with a wash of tropical fruit flavors.  Very juicy and fresh tones of mango, grapefruit, peach, orange and tangerine.  The apricot was noticed again, but it seemed to be set to the side.  Awesome hop bite and bitterness with this one.  Light pine flavors and some crisp cracker helped to take the edge off the overall flavor profile.  The alcohol was noticed somewhat, but, actually, it was kept at a minimum.  A superb taste here.  It’s very robust and balanced very well.
The mouthfeel was medium, super dry, sticky, clean and fresh.  A ton of flavor was left behind on the palate.  It simply would not go away.  I loved that!!!!  Good carbonation and a nice bit of warmth to finish it off.  
This is another great beer from Three Floyds.  How do they do it?!?!  I couldn’t believe how easy this was to drink even with a 9.0% ABV.  Quite simply, I want another one.  If you guys are able to find this brew, don’t hesitate.  Pick it up.  I hope I can find it again myself.  If you are not into “hoppy” beers you may need to by-pass this one.  It’s a certified “hop bomb” for sure.  I think I may even like this better than the Dreadnaught.  The only real setback was the appearance.  I thought it would have a huge, billowy, soft crown, but no matter…. it’s still a great, great beer. 
Thanks for reading and commenting.  Hope all is well with you guys.
Cheers!!!
Score:  4.5 out of 5
Grade:  A          
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Country: USA, Three Floyds

 

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