Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

Even though Shaun was just here two episodes ago, we shot that almost three weeks ago! Isn't time relative! LOL! Anyway, this is one of the last beers sent to me in a trade with Rob Walker and the THIRD Three Floyds imperial India Pale Ale I'll have tried (the other two being Dreadnaught and Apocalypse Cow). I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer, although I assumed it'd be awesome considering who makes it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (600) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2012
I split a 22oz bottle with a friend. We each poured our half into tulip glasses.

Appearance: Honey color with plenty of hop haze, but carbonation still visible. Forms a good size, eggshell colored frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Light fruits such as white grape and apricot with some orange notes as well, but not a citrusy beer per se.

Taste: As soon as Arctic Panzer Wolf hits the tongue I get the sensation of massive bitterness. It’s definitely a hoppy bitter taste with the sharp, tartness of citric acid. Through the middle appears a slight fruit cocktail flavor of apricot, orange, and white grape. It’s not quite as syrupy or nectary as many of the strong IPAs from the west coast, but does have many of the similar fruit notes. There’s a dank resin-like flavor on the second half and finish which reiterates the initial bitterness, but in a very different way.

It’s a very delectable palate to be sure, but I can’t help but feel more could’ve been done. A little more energy to the fruit flavors and/or a little less sheer dry bitterness would’ve made it a bit more balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Noticeable energy with plenty of carbonation and hop bite on the tongue during and after the swig. Noticeable dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Three Floyds are known for making big beers with a lot of flavor, but I’ve yet to encounter one that’s a sipper. Arctic Panzer Wolf is quite strong all around at 9% ABV, yet there’s no alcohol presence in the palate and goes down very smooth. It is quite dense, though, as it’s the kind of beer that would be challenging to drink more than one serving at a time (the lingering hop dryness doesn’t help much either). A great beer to have with a meal or on its own.
Grade: 8/10

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