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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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Reviews: 698 | Hads: 3,409
Photo of steve8robin
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Secret Santa 2010 BIF. 220z bottle...

A: A light golden honey color with a small white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Some nice sugary citrus grapefruit with some earthy bitterness in the middle. Some orange citrus on the backend. Good.

T: Some bitter orange peel and coriander with some grapefruit quickly followed in the middle. Some citrus sugary malt on the backend. Good.

M: A full bodied IPA with a great carbonation. A nice clean finish. Very good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Glad I got to try it. It is a very grapefruity IPA. A very overwhelming grapefruit flavor. If that's your thing, then definitely hunt this down, otherwise, try if you have access.

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Photo of Macky20
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to gratefulbeerhead for picking me up a couple of these... Thanks for being my 3F hookup Eric!

Poured from bomber to DFH pint glass. Foamy off-white head with great retention. Beer pours a hazy golden color and looks unfiltered after it's in the glass. Aroma consists of dry hops, pine, grapefruit and a lemon zest... but is somewhat hard to detect. Definitely not overwhelming.

Taste is bitter dry and full on hop bite. It leaves a dry bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Other characters include a citrus undertone and a pine This is a beer for the hop heads! Consistency and mouthfeel is perfect, one of the better ones I've ever seen actually.

I couldn't drink bombers back to back, but 22 oz is a nice serving size for this one.

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Photo of dgfair
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Beer pours a hazy light orange color with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some soapy lace on the side of the glass. Smell is floral and sweet citrus hops with a bit of a bready/chalky smell on the backbone...more malt than I expected in the smell and almost smells like a lemon scone. The taste is a big smack of bitterness upfront that is very dry and mineral-like in taste. I pick up a slight medicinal quality before I get light malt and another smack of hop bitterness. Not much else in the taste but straight bittering hops. Finishes relatively heavy and warms as it goes down. Not very drinkable due to the huge bitterness. I think this is what they were going for, but only the most serious hopheads need apply. One of the lesser 3 Floyds IPAs in my opinion. Would take Dreadnaught every time over this.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Imperial IPA is very good with small foam but a nice golden yellow color with carbonation in the glass. The smell definitely tells you that it is a big IPA, and the taste is hoppy with notes of citrus(grapefruit) with a true Imp. IPA after taste. The beer feels very full flavored and full bodied and is very drinkable.

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Photo of shodrod
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(poured into a snifter)

This beer pours a surprisingly light color for the style. It has the appearance of unfiltered apple cider (with carbonation of course). The aroma is 100% hops! This might be one of the hoppiest beers I've ever smelled. The hops take front stage in the flavor; Slight citrus and lemongrass notes make their way into the taste. A hint of vanilla in the finish. Quite dry. This beer is for hop-lovers only!

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Photo of gibby
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber received in a surprise box from abbdull..thanks Andy, very cool of you for sure.

Poured into my dfh snifter glass. Appearance is a light orange, copper color. Smell is big time orange and apricot..FFF really never disappoints in this area. Their dipa's always smell fantastic. Taste is similar to smell but not as strong which was a slight disappointment. Very bitter beer which I like a lot. Nice mouth feel, not too thin and not syrupy at all. Very drinkable and no hint of the 9% abv what so ever. I liked this beer and wouldn't mind snagging another bomber or if available to me. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of Agold
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited about getting the chance to try this beer, and when i stumbled on it at my local establishment, I picked it up.

It pours really nicely, with a good amount of head and some lacing left on the glass. It is pale and a bit cloudy. It smells of grapefruit and citrus with some pine as well. There is a huge hop nose, and an even bigger hop taste. Quite bitter, but not astringent. Definitely very grapefruit and a bit piney.There is barely a hint to malt, and it is clear the FFF was going for hard core hops here. There is no trace of the 9% abv. Mouthfeel is pretty dry with nice fine carbonation. Drinking a 22 is a bit difficult, because despite the great taste, the bitterness gets a little bit much.

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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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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the label is badass. love it. this beer pours into my dogfish snifter a nice golden, thick, viscous looking attitude. the head is almost non existent and what was briefly, no longer is.
fresh awesome hops emmenate through the room, as even my
girlfriend across the room perks up and says "is that the one with the girl on it?". it is, and she smells so delicious. put my nose in the snifter and it just smells so sweet, citrus hops dominate.
this liquid is delicious. while i originally assumed with no head and its thick appearance that this one may be on the heavier side, it proves not to be. i really just cant stop drinking it, especially as it warms up... it just gets better and better. tangerine and apricot hues swirl around in perfect harmony with just the right amount of dryness. this beer is a good example of letting the hops shine, with moderate but not overwhelming carbonation. drinkability would be a perfect were it not for the fact that it could get dangerous if i had a few of them... bedtime would come way too early.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic random gift from boatshoes, my beerbro. Move back east already, Fletcher!

A: Lovely. Pours a hazy light orange gold. Absolutely beautiful coloring. Not too much head to speak of, which is the only problem.

S: Pure hop juice. Smells like brew day. A huge smack of citrus and pine hops. Malt need not apply.

T/M: Okay, may have spoken too soon about the total lack of malt, because there's a bit of the sweet stuff up front. It's only a brief reprieve from the hop assault. Very juicy, very bitter citrus and pine hops. Powerful citrus finish. Not a trace of the 9% ABV. Body on the heavy side for the style, with medium carbonation.

D: Outstanding. A tremendous Double IPA. Thanks again, Fletcher!

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WARNING: I am a whore for hops and Three Floyds beers... As a result, this review may be biased. This is why I love all of Three Floyds beer so much. They brewer blends hops in a magical way. Much like Dogfish Head beers have a similar taste to them I can walk in a room, take a whiff and spot a 3F's beer anywhere just by the nose. The shit is magical to me. It's like walking into a room that's had a fine pot roast simmering in a crock pot all day; distinctive and intoxicating to the olfactory.

This beer was received from a very recent trade with GCurlow. Thanks for the opportunity, Grant! In fact, I just received my package from him yesterday! Because this is a DIPA, I felt I had to try it right away (and like mentioned earlier, I AM a whore for hops). So, onto the review...

This beer poured an unfiltered, pale orange with yellow highlights. The hops showed off their dominance in this ale by aggressively sticking to the side of my traditional pint glass. The head on this beer looked like fresh, bubbly pancake dough and the head retention was great!

Grapefruit, spiciness and oranges danced gleefully around the nose. I guess there was some mild malt presence in the nose, but I don't care about that right now. I just enjoy smelling the fresh hops...

The flavor is captivating. Its everything you were expecting from the nose. Big, hops presence, medium bodied and just the right carbonation. Three Floyds know what they are doing with their India Pale Ales. Fantastic!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub over thanksgiving weekend.

A-pours a hazy light golden amber with lots of fluffy egg white head and a nice bit of lacing left behind on the glass.

S-very citrusy, lots of orange peels and some spicy corriander with hints of tangerines behind. Very sugary and citrusy as its all hops in the nose.

T-this has a lighter amount of orange and more spicy corriander, very interesting balance, sweet sugars behind with notes of tangerines as well. It comes with an assertive bitterness in the finishing adding notes of grapefruit that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M-medium to lighter body, grainy over the tongue, creamy on the palate with a semi dry finish.

D-this is very juicy and sweet, well integrated hop presence with an assertive hop finish that truly doesn't kill the palate. Interesting spiciness to it with lots of sugars creating tasty stuff.

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Photo of MNJR
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is golden yellow, but hazy. The head is great with thick foam that becomes rich lacing. Smells of vanilla, spice, and orange marmalade. The flavor is outstanding: dry mint, slight juniper, slight eucalyptus, chewy yet smooth with a fantastic clean finish. In the background is delicious, rounded vanilla and clean malt. One of the best Imperial IPAs I've ever had, if the not THE best. I give it this credential because some Imperial IPAs are way over the top with "as much hops as a man (or woman) can take," giving the beer just too much in one direction and lacking any kind of balance or elegance. This beer is well rounded, with mellow flavors settling down the sharp hops. The ABV is hardly noticeable. The flavor is rich and gigantic without being too strong. Fabulous beer from 3 Floyds. One of the best beers I've had in months.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the 3f brewpub in Munster IN.

Pours a hazy dark yellow and pale color with a nice white head with amazing retention and lacing.

Smell is very strong and hoppy: citrus, orange and piney.

Taste follows the nose and starts out very hoppy with piney and citric notes. After that an avalanche of bitterness comes through. The finish and aftertaste is again citric orangy. There is a slight alcohol bite to it.

Body is massive with high carbonation.

A hopheads dream and another gem from FFF.

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Photo of mayor55
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at 3 floyd brew-pub. Poured in a snifter style tulip. Hazy orange color. Nice thick lacy head. Smells hoppy not overwelmingly so. Mouth feel is low carbonation and very full.

Beer reminds me of Dreadnaught without the citrus overtones. Nice beer but not on the level of Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Betmore
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*poured from a bomber into a 16 oz. pint glass*

This monster poured a hazy shade of amber. There was a two-finger head that lingered for at least a couple of minutes and left ample lacing upon its demise.

Hops hit my nose as soon as I cracked the lid on this one. After the pour, I'm getting full-on fruit hops; grapefruit, sweet peach, orange rind, and pineapple. All of these swirl around with hints of pine and just enough malt to barely detect. This is the classic American Hop-Bomb aroma. If the smell is any indication of the flavor, this one is going to be full bore hop assault on my palate and thats just fine with me.

Hmmm... The malt comes through in the flavor far more than in the aroma, although thats really not saying much. Light sweet malts are the first thing to hit my tongue but they instantaneously give way to hoards of hops. Where many of the DIPAs and IIPAs I've had lend themselves to specific hop characteristics (i.e. citrus or pine), this one uses them both and in equally massive quantities. Big bitter hop presence is the name of this game. Complexity obviously wasn't the goal here. While I could sit here and say a little more malt balance would have been nice, that would mean we'd be reviewing Dreadnaught.

Mouthfeel for this brew was good. It has enough body to not be watery while staying fluid enough to not be oily or syrupy. Carbonation was present throughout tasting which lent a nice sizzle sensation.

Drinkability? Well, I had no problem drinking an entire bomber. Two bombers would probably be stretching it. Your mileage may vary. It is 9%, though, so watch yourself.

This is a very good brew, but just misses the mark of being in the same league as the best big IPAs I've had.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy medium orange gold color with tightly bubbled, fine carbonation. Lacing is minimal with a barely noticeable layer across the top and a small fine ring. This one looks thick, when I swirl the glass, it really sticks to the sides like clear syrup.

S - Sweet biscuit-like malt, earth-like pine, pungent tropical fruit: pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges. The hoppy, tropical aroma is zesty and aromatic.

T - Spicey biscuity malt and pungent tropical fruit, just like what I had in the nose, right to the last nuance. Spicey malt throughout lays a foundation for the initial slam of pungent, resiny tropical fruit which eventually rolls into a piney bitter finish. After the pine dies down, the mouth is left with a moderate coating of metallic citrus that hangs around for awhile before fading away.

M - Gentle carbonation on the tongue, medium heavy chewy body, sticky.

D - "Almost" exeptional and pretty darn close it is!

This is an amazing IPA, I wish I had access to this beer - 'was lucky to find two bottles on a businesss trip to Chicago at a neighborhood beer store close to the Hop Leaf. This was a pricey beer, but well worth EVERY penny. I liked this one almost as well as Dreadnaught which I didn't think could be matched.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy straw color that is translucent. A 1/4 inch off-white head forms and reduces leaving a minimal lacing. Mild sediment and carbonation is visible.

The aroma is a nice blend of earthy pine with apricot sweet/citrus. Minimal/no malt presence.

The taste is again an earthy pine component blended with citrus malts. Basically, no malt but a big, stiff hit of hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a hint too much carbonation for me. This leaves a big dry feeling, which lasts for more then 30 minutes afterwards.

Overall, this is a good beer and it is definitely drinkable. The ABV is well hidden, but the hops intensity also limits it. Very good either way.

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Photo of blackie
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: piraat chalice, produces a tight white head upon pouring, leaving a thin layer and ring, the beer itself a hazed golden in color

s: absolute citrus bomb - smells like citra hop to me, vivid orange and grapefruit zest, fresh and oily, full backing of pale malts with a light caramel sweetness - though totally staying out of the way, fantastic

m: carbonation kicking around the lighter end of medium, combined with the light-moderate body creating a crisp, almost refreshing mouthfeel for a beer of this strength

t: as expected, the flavor is loaded to the hilt with oily, juicy citrus flavors, grapefruit and orange essence, citrus juice through and through, supporting body of clean pale malts and some light sugars, finishing with a nicely biting bitterness, absolutely love the hop profile on this one

d: drinks great, no real sign of the abv present, and the balanced sugars (and pseudo-dryness) and crisp hops make for an easy drink, it's actually quite nice on both sides of the temperature spectrum - more crisp and purely citrusy when cold, with some pale malt sweetness coming in as it warms

bomber from my midwestern brah, durrty dirts

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Photo of bobhits
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow a glorious grapefruit in your face double IPA. This beer is amazingly hop forward. I have to say this is not nearly as citrus and sweet as dreadnaught. The malt I think is the problem. It's a touch heavier and thicker than dreadnaught.

There isn't much more commentary needed on this one. If in your face hops, especially grapefruit hops is your thing, have at it. If not well there's nothing else to talk about here. I will add that the lacing on this beer is extremely thick, leaving rings of head. If appearance is your thing (why?) then this is definitely up there. Beyond that it's thicker to almost a marginally not awesome point, but the beer drinks like a far thinner and smaller beer. Well done three floyds.

Better than dreadnaught? Well no. One of the best IPA's on the planet? Without a question. Cannot recommend this more for hop heads.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fuzzy peach colored body. Hazy and chunky. Lots of yeast particles floating around. Not a bad thing. Thin creamy off white head leaves spotty lace. Awesome hop aroma. Very fragrant. Fresh and grassy. Minty. Piney. Flavor is more of the same. Fresh and bright. Orange marmalade. Piney. Grassy. Citric. Bitterness is very clean. Faint biscuit malts. Also passion fruits and peach, apricot and nectarine. Light-medium body. Dry. Carbonation is light. Dry finish. Very tasty and very drinkable. 9% alcohol is barely detectable. High quality DIPA here.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enelson hooked this up along with some very sought after brews... Thanks Edward!! Shared with inflatablechair.

Pours hazy sorty marmalade color.. great lacing and a big foamy white head..

Nose is very fruity.. and dry? plenty of citrus zest and some minor melon.. pungent hoppiness... no malts to speak of.

Flavor begins very (way too) bitter... really dry throughout.. resinous citrus and pine toward the finish.. again this one is very very dry for such a bigboned DIPA... the lack of any malt profile actually make me think this one is pretty flimsy and too one dimensional.. white pith grapefruit.. the body is good, but the EtOH just strips the flavors off the palate.... very abrasive and unforgiving..

Too unidimensional for me.. the bitterness and hop resins cake my teeth without any direction.. not everything needs to be a hop bomb.. and this one needs to be dialed in.

Thanks again to Ed.. but wow!! I really thought I was gonna like this one given FFF's IPA record, but it is too sharp and not even remotely balanced.


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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The color is a radiant full golden color, translucent with small yeast particles floating around the sides of the glass. A creamy white head forms upon pouring. Decent retention, and some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Holy crap, I could smell this hop explosion the second I popped the bottle. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Wow.

Taste: A hop bomb from start to finish, and this is fantastic. There is a lightly sweet malt presence, but the hops take over right away. Just a plethora of pure hoppiness - mango, pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit. A bit of earthy and pine hops at the end as well. Finishes smooth and a bit bitter, but there is a juicy sweetness that stays with me throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, with a creamy feel. A ton of hop residue left on the tongue, which is the only thing that really detracts from the score. A bit sticky as well. All wrapped up in a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: This is just a great DIPA. At this point, any DIPA from Three Floyds should be considered gold.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A really nice hazy unfiltered yellow with 1/2 finger of white suds.
Smell is piney hops and strong yeast with some sugar malts on top of it all. No alcohol detected.
Taste is bitter and a little alcoholly but still managable. Piney hop and malt with some sugar. Pretty balanced.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part and mabey a lingering oily feel but it quickly goes away leaving the alcohol way in the back of the throat.
Drinkability is pretty darn good for this high of an abv%.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a BIF recently, love FFF. Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a few floaties in there. Head is good, medium bubbles, carbonation moderate to low, some lacing, not a lot.

Beer smells like earthy, citrusy, hops, no malt. Smells good.

Beer is medium to surprisingly light in body. Chewy hops with mild hop sulfur bite in the mid to late palate, no sweetness up front, definitely not a malty IPA, beer finishes fine. Not too dry. I'd have it again, very fun.

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