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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 3,409
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 596
Gots: 533 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009

A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU
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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue crazy gargoyle label, no bottle date; of all the companies I am surprised Three Floyds hasn't stepped up and handled this important accessory, anyway...
Aromas are really hop forward and citrusy with lots of orange and lesser but still copious grapefruit; reminds me of a blood orange. As it warms they hops become more complex with resiny and dank aromas become more apparent. There is an underlying sweet candy mixed in there as well. No caramel like there was in Dreadnaught that I had last week.
The tastes begin with the sweet bready and candy malts but are quickly overtaken by the bitterness and flavors of the greenery. Pineapple, grapefruit, pithy lemon/blood orange attacks your palate with bitterness. Thick hops flavors and sweet malts mingle on the tongue and create a huge resin filled flavor to boot. No alcohol is present what-so-ever which is awesome but dangerous for such a delicious beer.
Mouthfeel was very full and very sticky; much less in balance with the malts like I prefer (Dreadnaught was much more balanced, less bitter). The finish is super dry thanks to the copious amount of hops which must have been added to this bad boy. Sweet malt helps a little to keep this from being a complete palate wrecker.
Overall this is another great beer; same flavor profile as Pliny, not at balanced as Dreadnaught. If you like 3 Floyds, you will love this. While I thoroughly enjoyed this, I prefer my DIPAs more balanced. Hop bomb... yes. Recommended... yes as well.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of a reddit.com/r/beertrade with guytyping

hazy straw color, white head, not a ton, lingers for the duration the beer is in the glass in my SN hop glass.

Citrus and pine in the nose. A little caramel/honey in the backgroud.

Citrus hop is predominant the flavor, with a grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the palate for a bit. Medium MF

Nice beer, but pretty standard for an IIPA. The citrusy hop flavor and aroma is nice though.

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Photo of jdhende
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber into a New Belgium Globe

A: Pours a nice copper orange. Very nice white head with lots of sticky lacing.

S: Very floral with nice pine and huge bitterness.

T: Very bitter beer off the bat. Following the nose tons of pine and citrus notes. Very fresh and juicy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a slight presence of alcohol on the finish

O: A solid, but not great offering from 3 Floyds. Can't complain though as my local grocery store had this priced at $7.99. Clearly a mistake as it is $10 at the brewery but who am I to complain.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by this evening on a whim because of the latest news on this beer. Served in a snifter.

A: The snifter seems to cut down on the available head space for this beer, seems better served in a tulip...oh well. Like dob said, pours a hazy peachy orange color that has very little head, but I am putting the lack of such because of the glass it is served in, does leave some good lacing behind which isn't and shouldn't be that surprising.

S: The hoppiest beer I've ever smelled? The hoppiest beer I've ever smelled. This thing is some kind of hop mutant, just about the most grapefruity grapefruit rind you could ever imagine, it's like someone took a grapefruit, did their best to smash it into a dixie cup saw how many pine needles they could shove into the mess on top of that. Eff!

T/MF: Like the description says, this beer is a palate wrecker, don't plan on drinking any beers unless it's this one afterwards because there is no way you are going to taste anything other than hops after drinking this. This beer is so hoppy the flavor almost starts to seem unreal, like it was so heavy on the bitter citrus fruitiness and pine that the whole thing started to seem fake and began to taste like Fruit Loops with orange juice poured on top of them. It does not sound that appetizing written down but the overall bouquet of hops and over the top flavor profile moves this beer beyond mere description.

D: I'm not going to lie, this beer ain't all that easy to drink. At a certain point I wonder when a new flavor is going to try an poke its head out, maybe some kind of malt sweetness, nuts, darker/sweeter/mellower fruits, but none of that is found here, it is just an all out hop assault and if you are not careful you could end up in a palate wrecked wasteland, but damn if this beer didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of iadler
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Boiler Room. Thought it was time to review after having several times.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a reddish hue. A few bubbles make up a thin cap, but no head or lacing.

S- Pine needles, pine cones and pine tree bark. Tropical and citrus hops are present as well as a touch of caramel malt.

T- Taste like you are eating a bowl of pine needles with grapefruit juice. One of the most pine forward DIPA's I've tasted. Tropical notes with pineapple and mango are mixed in, but the pine is pretty dominate.

M- Low carbonation and medium body. Finishes dry and bitter.

O- This is just a damn bitter DIPA and really doesn't attempt to be balanced at all. It's another solid IPA from FFF, but I prefer Dreadnaught over this.

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Photo of chilly460
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very light, golden yellow color with slight haze. Two fingers of fluffy white head dissipates quickly to a thin cap that did stick around.

S - Huge hop aroma dominated by resinous pine. Some grapefruit and milder orange trail. Some plain pale malts in the background.

T - Follows the aroma, resiny pine hits with quite a bit of bitterness. Some lighter, sweeter citrus comes in intermittently as well. Muted pale malts finish off the sip.

M - Medium body and carbonation, "solid" feel to it.

O - Solid brew, but too one dimensional for me to consider it elite.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale golden/orange with minimal head that fades fast and leaves no lacing. Very little activity.

Boozy esters with floral and citrusy hops, and little evidence of the malty bill. Maybe some faint caramel. Though it wasn't very cold when poured, it gets better the longer it sits. The 4 may be a bit generous.

Fairly sharp piny and grapefruity hop flavors and bitterness are most prominent. Malty sweetness is detectable, but no caramel flavors (BuckeyeNation would be pleased to report this in his review). Not especially complex. Not a total palate wrecker, but it's a pretty aggressively bitter hop bomb.

Smooth, almost creamy medium body. Finish is dry, and the bitterness lingers.

Think west coast IPA with a thinner feel and body (purposefully) than what you'd expect. It's a good, aggressively bitter, DIPA. But to my taste buds, it is not exceptional. In fact, it reminds me of some of my homebrew DIPA's, particularly ones that caused me to tweak my recipe to add more body and complexity.

Thank you iowahawk for providing me with the opportunity to experience this fine offering from 3F, a classic maker of the style.

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Photo of DoomyMcDoomdoom
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of grassy hops and low carbonation this beer brought to the table. An orangish body paired with a small head that vanished quickly made for a good sipping beer that masked its alcohol content very, very well.

There is a bitter aftertaste, but beforehand you're treated to a citrus body and a bitter initial flavor. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking to delve into the complexities of 3 Floyds' brewing style.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Clear apricot in color with very little visible carbonation. This leaves irregular, webbed lines of lace down the glass.

Big notes of citrus, floral elements, and melon combine in the aroma. There's also some alcohol present.

Hugely bitter, with lots of citrus (pineapple), melon, and a bit of cracker. Some alcohol present. Though I love the style, and there's nothing wrong here, I can't drink a lot of this.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol harshness.

Decent enough, though I can't drink much at all of this. Above average.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stupid name, pretty damn good label and beer. Pours a clear golden color with one finger of head that lasted for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Concentrated hop aroma. It is so pungent and overpowering it is hard to pick out scents. I think I am smelling citrus and tropical fruit. It is also a little dank.

The malt in this one is playing the role of hop delivery vehicle. It may add just a little sweetness that the hop bitterness can toy with. The bitterness is palate blasting. I do detect more citrus and tropical fruit. Alcohol does play a role in the flavor, but even it cannot come out from underneath the tracks of the hops.

The body is not really imperial in stature. How did they achieve the ABV? Anyways the carbonation seems perfectly suited to this type of beer.

A pint of this is probably overwhelming and fatiguing, I have to do the extra work and drink the bomber. Not a style I am too keen on but it does deliver what is advertised.

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Photo of ms11781
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/01/2011. Thanks to tedwarhc. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very light, golden yellow color with slight haze. Nice fluffy off-white head reaches about 2 fingers before settling in as a half finger cap. Good lacing left on the glass.

Huge hop aroma dominated by resinous pine. Nice citrus notes are here as well, grapefruit and maybe some orange leading the way. Perhaps some pale malt tries to peek its head through but it's really all about the hops here.

The same piny notes that are the driving force in the nose seem even bigger here. Each sip is bitter almost from the beginning. Some light citrusy hops make an appearance, as does some pale malt. But the pine starts with a sharp, resiny bite and sticks around until it provides a nice, sticky, bitter finish. There is some grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Has a lighter and cleaner mouthfeel despite the medium body and sticky hop characteristics.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Huge hop flavor without overdoing it despite what seems like little malt presence. Had to check the site for the ABV because it wasn't on the bottle and was truly surprised to find that it was 9%. Extremely drinkable for the style and ABV.

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Photo of Phelps
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared by ejyoung into a snifter. According to the bottle (which is adorned with a badass Viking woman on a bed of skulls), the beer’s made with Canadian two-row malt, dextrose sugar and American hops.

Cloudy tangerine, obscuring my fingers behind. Crowned with a half-finger head of frothy white foam that becomes a dense, bubbly medium-sized ring and leaving random thick streaks of lace.

Smells like sugared hops. Peach and fresh-cut grass, with grapefruit and lemon in equal parts. Bright and citrusy.

The flavor mirrors the nose nicely. Syrupy hops, grass, a hint of peach and juicyfruit. Heavy grapefruit/lemon peel bitterness. Crisp.

Light, fuzzy carbonation with a tiny bit of fizziness. The body’s a shade under medium light. Very bitter, the hops grip tongue mightily. Tiny bit of noticeable alcohol.

Overall, not a bad DIPA, though I vastly prefer the syrupy tongue bashing imposed by Dreadnaught.

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Photo of shortbus7
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellowish gold color with a 1 finger, white head. Not much lacing once the head disappears.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, and earth tones with a slight touch of carmel.
T: Citrus and hops.
M: Light to medium body. Carbonation is good.
O: A decent beer but far from my favorite for the style. The taste lacks for me. One thing that I did enjoy though is that the taste sticks around for a long time on your tongue.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a Duvel Tulip. Brought back by a friend on a trip to Indiana. No date on the bottle.

Pours a hazy bright Yellow-Orange. Looks great. Dense, foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.

Nose is a little muted. I can pull out some yummy citrus hops. Wish it were a little more pronounced.

Great big bitter hop barrage. Citrus hops galore. My kind of DIPA.

Medium-thin and fairly dry. This is how a DIPA should be. Any heavier and it. Would enter barleywine territory. This is 100% India Pale Ale.

Overall, a delicious and well crafted brew. Impressive, even if it is way overpriced at $12.99 a bomber.

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Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Map Room. It poured a nice bright and cloudy orange with a nice big thick head.

The smell was all citrus and orange peel and fresh hops. Very nice.

The flavor had a light sweetness to it with a touch of orange and citrus with a big blast of fresh west coast hop flavor, big citrus and pine.

The mouthfeel had a nice resiny thickness to it without a medium body.

Very drinkable and good, yet almost a bit unremarkable compared to some of the their other Pale Ale's.

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Photo of Scipio3
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber. Great thick head and the color was lighter than most of the DIPA's I drink. The smell of hops hit me hard which is unusual for me. I don't usually get a strong smell from any beers...too many cigars maybe?

Anyway, I am a big fan of TF Zombie Dust and Dreadnaught. The was a great DIPA, but I prefer those two over this. The hoppy flavor was great, but I am I don't detect the strong citrus flavors that many here discuss. There were subtle...which is a nice change of pace for me

So far I am 4 for 5 on Three Floyd products. The three mentioned here plus Robert the Bruce are all outstanding. Only Alpha King disappointed me. Probably because I have totally changed my palate the last few years. I will definitely buy this again when I see it. IF I see it.

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Photo of pigc
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Westlake liquors for sending this.

A - Pours a light straw yellow to orange colored with bright white head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Piney, floral, citrus hops.

T - Bready malts up front followed by a wave of bitter hops that seem to linger for an eternity. Very dry finish. This one really pulls out every tastebud and sucks you dry.

M - Medium and very dry.

O - Wow, this one just lingers and lingers with the hop bite and dryness. I have never had such a dry DIPA. Not a beer I'd want to be stuck on a desert island with but another solid brew from FFF.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Poured a cloudy pale amber with a half-finger white head that died quickly to a thin collar.
S: Pineapple and some pear and apricot, orangey-grapefruit... man this is fruity like a jam. There is some wheat and yeasty element and a slightly buttery toffee. Interesting.
T: Dry white wine is an odd touch to an otherwise marmalade/jelly-esque hops presence. The malts are more pale than expected, like white bread. Sugary sweetness. Some yeasty tones.
M: Medium-bodied, with a carbonation that starts out thick frothy and then ends dry with the lingering hops.
D: Good. A couple glasses would be fine.

This is an interesting one. It is very good for a dry-hopped beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my dad for bringing this home from chicago!

22oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottled on date, really...

pours out a hazy golden color, a little orange. 1 finger white creamy head, retentive, bits of lace.

big raw kind of spicy hops, strange fruits, apricot comes to mind first. maybe a bit muddled and yeasty? not sure what to make of the aroma. a sharp pine comes in as it warms.

big hoppiness, tastes like raw pellet hops, apricot like fruitiness, pine and grapefruit citrus. just a hint of a cracker like malt but its quickly overpowered by the hops. tastes a little muddled at times, maybe yeasty. big sharp lingering bitterness takes over the palate.

bigger side of medium bodied, no alcohol noticable, but there is some big hops with some kind of unfamiliar flavors that are not necessarily good, different. huge bitterness. this beer works for me, but at the same time i would pass this up for a lot of other cheaper/ easier to access DIPA's.

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Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cfrances33 for this one!

Hazy pear gold body with highlights of pale straw yellow - healthy two fingers of eggshell head swell to fill the pint, great lacing.

Big fat nose on this one - sweet mango, tangerine, conifer, thick and focused - a slight suggestion of fusel alcohol at the tail. Great smelling beer.

Massive hops are overwhelmed by bitter alcohol, some pine, citrus nectar, dry grains - very dry finish which doesn't do flattering things for the amount of bitterness and alcohol character. I wish this one was dialed back a bit in that regard.

That said, it really is good and I'm very glad to have had the chance to try this one, but I'll take Dreadnaught over this any day of the week.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a quite hazy light orange/lemon yellow with a one-finger white head. Average lacing and lots of bubbles building up on the sides of the glass.

S - A little tame for a DIPA but what aromas are there are super fresh in smell. The hops are very much full of citrus aromas and a fresh fruit smell. There's a light lemon flavor after each whiff and not much of a malt backbone. Very refreshing but could be more pungent.

T - Varies a little more than the aroma would suggest. The hops are a little more earthy and sticky alpha acid flavored. Not as fresh as the aroma hints at either but they are very pungent. The aftertaste is bitter and has hints of grapefruit and orange.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The palate is sticky after each sip from the resins and oils from the hops. Alcohol weight is felt but not tasted. Finishes semi-dry but "sweeter" than your above average DIPA's.

O - Not a bad offering from Three Floyds but from a brewery with such a reputation as theirs I think people probably expect more from the beers given what they have and can produce. This offering is definitely a solid DIPA but for $12/22oz bottle it might be a little steep.

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Photo of glazeman
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review from a bomber...bought at the brewery two nights ago...Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Split with airohead2001

A: Golden color with a one finger white head. Mild head retention, excellent lacing

S: Oranges and other citrus. Not as complex as I would have liked.

T: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. It had a nice balance with mostly hops up front but some sweetness at the finish.

M: Nice level of carbonation, but a little too light on the palate for my liking.

D: Good, but I don't know if I would really want more than half of a bomber.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness snifter of love.

A bright crisp looking orange. Reminds me of a christmas ornament against my lamp. Two fingers of frothy off white head. The lacing is heavy and duty. Smell is citrus and light pine.Plenty of condensation on my glass. I better hold on tight. Floral hop and citrus on the palate. Notably orange for me. Greeted with pine and resin. A big perfume aftertaste. The finish is dry. I detect a slight alcohol tinge. I like the hop bite on the end, Goes down well. The orange blossom is a nice finish.

A diggable brew.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to claspada

Pours a clouded dark orange with some golden hues. Thin crop of white head fades into a collar of lacing with splotchy film on the glass.

Sweet fruit mixed with starkly bitter citrus hops in the nose. Apricot and orange with a large helping of caramel malts. Slight alcohol as well, which increases as it warms.

Nice stinging bitterness up front along with pithy grapefruit. some orange and apricot create a slightly tropical feel with sweetness. Decent malt backbone, a little bready with a swirl of caramel. Finishes citrusy and strongly bitter with a spike of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and bubbly on the tongue. A solid DIPA, although I thought Dreadnaught was better - it's still tough to tell though without any freshness dates (please!)

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Nonic

A: Very light colored but cloudy, lots of big bubbles and carbonation in this thing, body doesn't appear to be too thick so that is curious with carbonation, offwhite head

S: Very bright citrus (orange and clementine) with a slightly minty tang. exciting!

T: spearmint, orange sweetness then grapefruit bitterness, a bit of a honey flavor that transitions into a fairly pine-like bitterness. This is a pretty big flavor.

M: Surprisingly light for the taste and style, bright carbonation that wasn't as overpowering as I had expected. Well done.

D: If you like your DIPAs big and bold, give it a shot. the 9% makes one bottle enough for this guy.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.