It’s college football kickoff Saturday and my Mizzou Tigers are taking on the Jackrabbits of SD State. I sat down to watch the game and cracked open this beer, which I picked up a couple weeks ago during our trip up to Michigan. The ToGo line at Three Floyds was ridiculously long, since Zombie Dust had just come out that day. So, we stopped at a liquor Store just down the street from the brewery, and picked up a few Three Floyd’s beers, including this one. The bottle says, “ A dry and stupendously hopped medium bodied Imperial India pale ale brewed with Canadian 2 row malt, dextrose sugar and a lots of American hops. Arctic Panzer Wolf has superior aromas of marmalade, white wine, pine and apricot all mixed with an intense American bitterness.”
Location: Poured from the 22oz bottle into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 9% ABV, 100 IBUs, ~280 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s orange-amber in color, and somewhat hazy. It has a nice thick and creamy off-white head on it, with pretty good retention and lacing. There seems to be a pretty good amount of carbonation in it as well. The aroma is a mix of piney and citrusy hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy and oily. The flavor up front is lightly sweet and citrusy. In the middle, the pine flavors grow with the citrus, and some bitterness enters in. The piney bitterness peaks in the finish with a fair amount of pine and citrus flavors and an oily and slightly sharp hop bitterness bite. The bitterness lasts for a minute or so in the aftertaste and there’s a slight alcohol warmth in my throat after a few drinks.
Food Pairing: This beer has a good amount of pine and citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Therefore, I’d pair this beer with a cheeseburger covered in a flavorful cheese like cheddar or bleu cheese to contrast with the hop flavors.
Overall Impression: This beer has a big pine and citrus hop flavor and bitterness, which is what you do expect from an Imperial IPA. I was expecting an even more citrusy hop flavor – after having other brews from 3 Floyds – but I liked the mostly pine hop flavor and bitterness in this beer. Overall, it was a solid Imperial IPA that I’d have again, if I could get my hands on their beers a little easier.