Tasting: July 22, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 561
Arctic Panzer Wolf
I know there are arctic wolves and I know that panzer is German for tank – but I’m not sure if there is a hybrid combination creature known as an arctic panzer wolf. I don’t think I missed any major news in the area of gene splicing and we can rest easy that the creature only exists on the label and in the bottle.
While the general populous shun too much bitterness in beer, there are hop heads that welcome the extreme experience. It’s like kids that can enjoy the torture of sour patch candies. The menacing names – like Tongue Buckler, Arctic Panzer Wolf and Palate Wrecker simple act as the porch light to the hop head moths. Does menacing improve the experience? There’s only one way to find out.
Arctic Panzer Wolf is certainly hop-centric. It may have a malt base but it is completely obscured up front by some strong citric hops. I guess you might call this beer and its hop assault menacing and worthy of the name Arctic Panzer Wolf. Flavor is sharp of orange rinds and pine. While the bitterness is at 100 IBU, it doesn’t linger and finishes crisp. Really a quick attack and its gone. Medium bodied and the alcohol, at 9% ABV, is wonderfully muted and blends nicely with the hop bitterness. While I preferred the juiciness of Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer Wolf is still a very nice hop bomb – 92 points.