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Arctic Panzer Wolf - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 703
Hads: 3,439
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 594
Gots: 547 | FT: 17
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 crosamich
2.08/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

While the rest in my tasting group disagree with me I have to say that this one was quite disappointing. I have read a couple posts about fresh Citra hops requiring some age to get rid of that mercapto urine aroma. I have no idea if Arctic Panzer uses Citra hops but I got a big hit of urine plus sulfur & vegetative aromas. By vegetative it is not the nice green notes from dry-hopping, it is the undesirable. Body & mouthfeel was nice but the flavor killed it for me.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.34/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On tap in tulip at Bodega on 10/18/11

Evenly hazed honey gold and amber. 1/4th inch head is gone in no time. Dainty soapy swirl and a very thin collar.

Dense hop aromas - pine and grapefruit followed by tangerine, lemon and hints of orange. Cracker malts and a sugar note. Juicy with a touch of booze.

Wow. Clawing, scathing bitterness is unleashed with one sip. Pine and sharp blasts of grapefruit mangle the palate. Finishes harsh with aspirin bitterness and grapefruit pith. Very dry, too. Sugary bread and fledgling cracker are nothing but an ignored speed bump. Malts become bigger over time. This is rough; starts out promising but falls apart entirely.

Hop flavor is trumped by bitterness; a painful, tingling sensation lingers. The only way to describe the feel is "oww." As if the bitterness wasn't enough, carbonation is brutal and searing. Medium body and a bit slick, I think.

What an undeniable let down; I'm so glad I didn't buy a bottle. It wants to be good, but this is just bad. There's no other way to put it.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.39/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Pale yellow gold with a nice white head. Transparent yet slightly hazed.

S: Strong tangerine and pine resin notes with a little orange. Very aromatic. Alcohol is quite prominent. There's a light caramel malt presence with evident oxidation imparting cardboard, as well as a slight vegetal note.

T: Moderate bitterness with a blend of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Lighter pine than was in the nose. Malt is faint and there's a subtle vegetal note to this cask which is detracting. Trailing bitterness. Cardboard in the flavor as well. Flavor doesn't match the bitterness here.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Sticky and oily mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a fan. Rife with off flavors that ruin it .

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.48/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clouded, darkened yellow body with a small-sized, whitish head.

Smell: Immediately, APW unapologetically stings the nostrils with condensed florals, distilled resins, powderized pith, and handmade soap.

Taste: Simplistic cracker-accented malts, lacking sweetness, preclude the all-too fatiguing hop tastes of resinous pine sap, ground aspirin tablets, and bitter white citrus pith. Harshly bitter. Small sip of plumeria-scented soap. The only thing left to oppose the bitterness is some numbing booze. Finishes dry, astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not particularly drinkable, no. Abrasive, grating, and unpleasant.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.6/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There is a certain flavor that Three Floyds beers tend to have which this beer lacks. Served from the bottle, the beer pours a golden orange color. The unique hoppy aroma of 3F was present, though not as much as usual. It is a little hard to believe this is categorized as a double. The initial taste was a creamy bitter hop flavor. The hoppiness was rather one dimensional. I would expect Three Floyds to have a more complex flavor but this one had nothing particularly interesting about it. It seems as though it is designed to "out bitter" other beer in the category but still failed. The aftertaste left a hint of bitter grapefruit, though it was not overwhelming.

Realizing the high standard that Three Floyds has set for itself, it is hard to have a winner every time. This is certainly not up to their standard.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.63/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by thomashardy in a recent trade. Thanks again for everything mate.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thinner looking, off-white head with decent retention. Burnt orange in color, but more tangerine when held to the light. Perfectly clear with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a decent wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving touches of lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Pale malts, apricot and some citrus notes. Grapefruit and some floral hop. Nice, though on the milder side of things.

TASTE: Pale malts up front with some light biscuit notes. Lots of citrus through the middle with some lemon and orange peel, moving into a bitter hop and grapefruit finish. Bitter and floral hop aftertaste is hold and lingering. A little light on the flavor up front and kind of bitter for the sake of being bitter in the finish. Alright.

PALATE: Medium-light body and higher levels of active carbonation. Goes down a bit rough with a slight scratch at the end. Not smooth or creamy enough really. Finish is slightly astringent.. Disappointing. Gets a little better as it sits, but still disappointing compared to others in the style.

OVERALL: Wasn't really thrilled with this one. The flavor was alright, but the light, bubbly body with the overly astringent finish was a definite detractor. Not a bad beer, just nothing worth writing home about. I'd skip this one and choose Dreadnaught any day. Regardless, I'd wanted to try this one for a long time. Thanks again for the opportunity thomashardy.

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Photo of willyc
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, this was one of the few three floyds that I thought were just ok. I like strong IPA's but this did not rise up to other breweries standards, and I was jacked to try the Wolf. Heavy but not tastey hops and a little worse after taste. I will say that this beer was seven weeks old and travel several hundred miles via honda CRV to get to me. So I will try again. Good Day.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

"Imperial India Pale Ale." Less than three weeks old. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label and art and distinctive colorful branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired in a trade with the very gracious tcman128 - thanks again, buddy! Expectations are quite high given the brewery and its reputation.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice soft complexion, good thickness, nice cream, slightly frothy consistency, and good (~4-5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Sticky consistent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a transparent yellow-copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Floral hops are dominant, with some accompanying light grapefruit and soapy hop character; this may have spent too long in primary. Pale malts. Caramel is a bit too present. Some piney hop character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Tangerine. Mango, pineapple, other tropical fruit hop esters. Not ideal choices of hops for my particular tastes, but decent for the style. Clean and pleasant. An average strength aroma.

T: Mango, pineapple, tangerine - all tropical fruit hop esters, and not to my tastes for the style. Too sweet, with a caramel malt undertone. Light grapefruit. Hop bitterness does come through, compromising the balance. Clean. Not a fan of the sticky malty aspect blended with the sweet fruity notes. The pineapple in particular really kills the flavour profile for me; I'm not liking the hop choices made here but I can see where others with different tastes would really enjoy this. Pine. Light bready malts. Old orange juice comes to mind. I'm really just not big on this type of hop character.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Overcarbonated. Sticky. Chewy. Suits the flavour profile decently. Clean. Decent presence on the palate. Sugary. Good body.

Dr: This one just wasn't for me personally, but I don't doubt that it's brewed well. It's largely redolent of old orange juice mixed with tropical fruit notes that don't at all appeal to me - whether in an imperial IPA or not. I didn't find it well-balanced and I won't be having it again, but it does hide its ABV well and I'll happily finish this bottle by myself. Glad to have tried it, but it's just not suited for my personal tastes. Disappointed in the beer, but not for any issues with the quality of the brewing. Looking forward to trying more Three Floyds' IPAs which are hopefully more what I'm after in an imperial IPA.


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Photo of MbpBugeye
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light and bright. The beer is a clear glowing amber. The head is lackluster which is a bit of a let down.

S- This already smells like another awesome midwest dipa from the brewery that helped define this type of dipa. Big tropical fruit bombs, and that's how I like it. Marmalade, pineapple, mango, and cotton candy. Pine is there but is secondary to exotic fruits.

T- The snell is much better than the taste, which unfortunate. Tropical fruit is still the star but it isn't as well blended as the aroma. Copious pine and a splash of fussel alcohol get in the way. This beer is pretty damn bitter, considering how fruity it is.

M- Medium bodied with a nicely subdued carbonation. Its quite resins with a long lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of nkersten
3.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Three Floyds nonic. Orange yellow color with tiny white collar, no lacing and nothing to really retain. Smells a bit on the malty side, very basic pale malts. Some resinous pine, alcohol, astringent hops. Any aroma hops have faded. Taste is very bitter but not too flavorful. Slightly grassy, alcohol, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to high carbonation and a medium body. I have a feeling this beer is old. Three Floyds, DATE YOUR BOTTLES. Or, even worse, if this beer is fresh, its one of the most boring double IPAs I have had in a while. Drinkable, but definitley not memorable.

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Photo of n2185
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Some citrusy notes up front--mostly grapefruit with some pineapple. Pine, grass, and earthy aromas follow.

T: Pine dominates the palate here. There are some grapefruit and grassy notes as well, but mostly it's dry, resiny pine. The finish is bitter with a light alcohol burn. The bitterness lingers well after each sip.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation that accents the bitter pine notes well.

O: An alright DIPA. It's not bad, but it's very overpriced ($13 for a bomber where I got it) and not nearly worth it. It's too bitter and piny for my tastes.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bottle from fvernon; thank you very much for this want! Split into tulip glasses...

Pours a gorgeous yellow gold color that is rather unique. It’s not a semi-translucent copper or straw color, but rather appears as a solid mass of maybe plastic with the color of yellow gold. Atop rests a generous two-finger head of pure white color and fluffy, bubbly consistency. Retention and lacing are a bit lacking, but are minor qualms.

The aroma is of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) and caramel malt primarily, with notes of grains and spicy, resinous hops in the rear. An earthy pine note from the hops is prominent.

It tastes of strong grapefruit and orange citrus, lemon zest, caramel malt, various light grains, and a strange chalkiness that is a bit offputting; it's honestly just plain white sidewalk chalk that comes to mind, reminiscent of the large number of paint chips as a kid. Luckily it's faint, but I still wish it weren't there.

Mouthfeel is solid; ample carbonation, slightly dry on the finish, not overly resinous. Well done here.

Overall, the contents of this bottle suggest a decent IPA. I'd give it another go, considering this bottle may be past its prime, but I'd keep expectations low and open myself to the possibility of a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of samie85
3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 7/29/11.

Pours a slightly hazy blonde color with two fingers of thick, white head.

Fruity and a bit catty with with some caramel malt.

Very fruity and grape-like taste with some mango and an aspirin-bitterness on the end.

Very smooth feel with a medium body and low carbonation.

A little rough at first, but becomes more palatable after it warms to room temperature.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy ornage-yellow with a nice pillowy off-white head with good retention, leaves some spotty lacing around the glass.

S- mainly citrus and herbal hops, a little weak for my taste though. some caramel malt comes through as well to balance everything out. there was something that did seem a little off on the nose though, couldn't quite pick up exactly what it was though.

T- similar to the nose. a little more intense on the hops. same caramel sweet maltiness coming through at points. but still that weird flavor that i can't quite pick up on what it is exactly. threw me off of this beer a bit.

M/D- medium-light bodied. good carbonation. cannot pick up on the alcohol in here at all. very good drinking beer, minus that weird characteristic.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I guess...

Another IPA, another problem. I mean, Raul knows that it is palatable, but on a daily basis of drinking Pliny, Nelson, AleSmith IPA, Ruination, Racer 5, Sculpin... Blah blah blah blah! I can sip on it, but why should Raul care? Raul agrees, but he ain't stoked.


*Raul don't like this review and he plans to revisit the beer. (Especially after he has grown to understand, and even love East Coast IPA's.)

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Photo of Spider889
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the beers I hauled back from my first trip to Chicago. I was really excited for this as it was my first ever FFF purchase.

The label art on this one is bad-ass - a Hot chick Viking standing on a pile of skulls? Hell. Yes.

The beer itself is a pale wheat color, hazed, with lots of visible rising carbonation. The head was pretty small despite my efforts to produce something memorable. I was quickly left with a short line of white bubbles ringing my glass, though these persisted throughout the session. There were intermittent droopy legs of lace that didn't stick to the glass after each sip.

The smell was the best part of this beer imo, and it didn't impress me as much as I had hoped judging from the reviews. Lots of sweet pine and spruce in there. The golden malt is sweet and a huge contributor to this beer's alcohol kick. My initial reaction to the aroma was that this was a cross between Hopslam and Double Trouble.

After, well, it turned out to be not quite as good.

The taste is flush with bitter pine. The hop bitterness is strong with this one. Dry, slightly sweet, the combination of alcohol and carbonation make this one prickly on the tongue.
There's a decent amount of maltiness; this definitely falls into the realm of a Midwest DIPA. I also got mild tones of lemon on the finish.

I found the mouthfeel to be unpleasantly dry. The bitterness on the finish bordered on aspirin, and this was a little boozy for my taste. Full-bodied for an DIPA, with medium to high carbonation.

Overall I didn't care for this. The lack of a freshness date makes it tough to determine the age of this bottle, though the guy at Binny's seemed to think it was fairly fresh.

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Photo of rockernino
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mine might have been old. No bottle date. I got a lot of pine and lemon/lime cleaning solution in both the flavor and aroma. I'd try it again and search for a fresh bottle.

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Photo of jmpizzo
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into slightly chilled tulip pint glass.

A - A nice bright orange coloring with a moderate white head. Sticky lacing coats the glass as it goes down. Lots of carbonation going on there.

S - I was expecting a wonderful grapefruit and pine stink to come wafting off of this, but very subdued... disappointing. A very faint smell.

T - Hoppy but a sweet sort of hoppiness. There's a bit of a malty taste here which I enjoy. A small twinge of grapefruit followed by a very spicy and unique aftertaste of orange zest.

M - Thick... like there is some good alcohol backing here. Enjoyable.

O - If I hadn't already tried Dreadnaught and Apocalypse Cow I think I would have enjoyed this more. It's good, but so far it's last on my list of FFF DIPAs I'd choose.

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Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/13/15. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a touch of clarity; creamy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. Some sediment/floaties. The aromas are floral and have caramel malts along with some pine notes. Some sweet citrus in the mix. The flavors are bold and spicy. Slightly warm but absolutely not boozy. Tons of fresh pine needles. Lots of pine resin and pine sap. Clearly pine seems to be the focus. Some orange zest in the mix. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed, although there are some enjoyable hints of it. Slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is awesome, just like all of FFF's beers. It's full-bodied and very creamy. Smooth and fluffy with moderate carbonation.

Not a huge fan of this hop profile, but it's still fun to drink. The craftsmanship is impressive, but it's not really worth the price of admission, in my opinion.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy burnt orange. One finger of white head with mild carbonation that left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Dank, lemon, grain. Seemed quite mild.

T - Dank notes again. Big fruits, a bit medicinal, oranges, tangerine, peach.

M - Decent bitterness, but low for the style IMO. Good carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - A surprising letdown for the style. Odd medicinal note and nothing that really stood out as world class. Wasn't boozy at all but just didn't have anything to make it a standout.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful cascading effervescent golden amber. White head and sticky lacing throughout.

The aroma is fantastic. Big tropical citrus (papaya, grapefruit, guava, mango) front and malt.

How do we go from such a tropical smelling quaff to the flavors of onion and garlic. Got the sweet malt and a piney bitterness going on.

Carbonation is low and bitterness lasts.

I'm not getting the high IBU count here. Took this on the advice that this is close to Zombie Dust...quite not true. Not seeing the hype here, matter of fact I'm disappointed. Now I know why this is always on the shelves throughout Chicagoland. Dreadnaught is better at a lower price. This is not a juicy grapefruit, but rather a pine cone bomb in an onion patch. One good thing though--it is drinkable. This reminds me of Stone's Enjoy By brews. I will not be buying this in the future.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Pours a a light golden amber color with one finger head and no particulates.

Nose gives off grassy, slightly tropical hops with a slight alcohol scent.

Taste gives off strong nail polish flavors with grassy and vegetal hop notes. Sweet, honey-like malt presence.

Moderate to low carbonation with a sweet finish and extremely bitter aftertaste.

Overall an okay brew but highly present alcohol flavors and faded hop taste. Might try a fresher bottle but otherwise wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of mattsander
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy apricot, plenty of puffy white head and lacing. Very appetizing and pretty to look at.

S: Clean malt profile with some mint and marmalade. Subtle hop aromas compared to Dreadnaught.

T: Honey backbone, orangey hops, herbal. Not a lot of hop flavor, but extremely bitter.

M: Crisp and dry, very refreshing.

O: A good DIPA, nothing mindblowing. I'd like to try fresher versions of this.

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Photo of suspect
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Received in a trade from rfraga77 - thanks!

A: Pours a beautiful, crystal clear light honey color. Semi-aggressive pour leads to a fluffy white two finger head that leaves sticky, IIPA like lacing all over the glass.

S: Malt hits my nose first but subtly. Followed quickly by slight hop presence that quite honestly was more subtle than I anticipated. The nose on this one wasn't terrible but it wasn't much of anything else either.

T: The hop profile comes through a bit more here but is quickly balanced by the malt. The 9% abv sticks out here like a sore thumb. It quickly takes over as the most dominant flavor profile.

M: Nice feel, well carbonated, sticky and the alcohol burn sticks around for a long time afterwards.

O: A pretty ho-hum brew that is a slow drinker. It's not bad, but it doesn't stand up to the bar set by the class of the IIPA category.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into plastic cup. Hazy orange with some foam and lots of lacing. Aroma is citrus hop, pine, and a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Taste is similar with brief biscuit and caramel sweetness replaced quickly by pine resin and citrus rind bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.