Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

Type: Double IPA
Origin: Munster, Indiana
Price: $11.99 per 22 oz
ABV: 9.5%
NSP: 5.15

As you will notice, this beer has the same exact specs as the Dreadnaught (except this is 100 IBUs versus 99 for the Dreadnaught).  And given this fact, these beers are completely different.  The color on this thing looks like a hefeweisen, and it is rather cloudy.  The Dreadnaught was towards this end of the color spectrum, but was much clearer.  The nose is amazing and reminds me of the first time I had Hoptologist; it is very floral, piney and citrusy.  The taste is pure west coast style DIPA, that is to say, less focus on the malts, more on the hop flavors and aromas.  This beer scored slightly lower on BA than Dreadnaught (a paltry 93 instead of 99), and I can see why.  This beer is just a little harsh, a little rough around the edges, a little wild. I guess that's why they call this the Arctic Panzer Wolf and gave the bottle the greatest graphics since the promised America website.  In Chicago, this is probably one of the best west coast style DIPAs widely available in stores, but there are many others I would drink over this if given the opportunity.


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