Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.

100 IBU

Added by paco1029384756 on 09-10-2009

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim for this one.

A: Pours a very hazy orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, with the head fading to a thin layer of white on top. Thin, but sticky lacing coats the walls.

S: Some tropical fruits, mostly pineapple, oranges, tangerine, and some citrus zest. There is some graham cracker malt to balance things a bit, even though the hops dominate.

T: Somewhat sweet from the citrus fruits, mostly orange and orange zest on the flavor profile. There is a bit of pine in the midpalate, which transitions to a bit of caramel malt. Finishes slightly bittersweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not a bad DIPA, but I prefer the others from FFF I think. This one doesn't wow me as much as they do.

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Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like grapefruit juice mixed with a touch of orange juice. Kind of a light apricot color. The head is there briefly, but doesn't have a lot of retention, leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is of citrus fruits with a hint of pine.

This is clearly an imperial IPA because the hoppy bitter is so strong is masks just about everything else. After a few sips I got the feeling back in my tongue and was able to pick up very subtle notes of apricot and some earthy pine flavors.

It's strong, but you kind of expect that from an IIPA that isn't shy about being bold. It's bitter from start to finish and the drink warming does little to calm the punch in the gut you get with each sip. There's almost an acidity from the citrus, but it's short-lived and again, the hoppy bitter takes over. Has a dry finish with remnants of citrus taste.

A bit strong for my liking. I know that's the style, but this is aggressive. Having said that, this beer never claims to be anything but palate-crushing, so it's something you've got to try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, I have no idea how fresh this is. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly cloudy golden/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, apricots, orange peel) and pine hops. Flavor is mainly bitter hops. Both the citrusy and pine flavors are noticable, but initially the bitterness is strong and lingers around for a while before it eases up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with decent carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, but given a choice I'd much rather have Dreadnaught instead.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arctic Panzer on tap at a certain bar in Midtown Manhattan, $4 during happy hour.

Appearance: Eight ounces of the Panzer, glass filled all the way up and about to overflow. Almost no head, just a light mantle that dies soon and some bubbles. Decent lacing but not much retention otherwise. Kind of reminds me of the Hair of the Dog Blue Dot I had at the same bar the other day, with that dirty-yellow, urine-sample-like color you don't expect to see in a Double IPA.

Smell: Very citrusy, with a tad of syrupy sweetness on the back and biscuit-y malts at the end, plus some Belgian-like yeast. Orange juice, grass, fresh-mowed lawn. Some tropics.

Taste: One sip and I feel like I've had this beer 1,000 times before. Pine, resin, cleaning product. Bitterness on the back, tangy-hoppy finish. I get a lot of fresh-squeezed orange flavor all over, plus astringent lemon juice that makes this beer feel like gnawing straight on some green pomelo rind. Ouch!

Mouthfeel: Well rounded, with full body and flavor and medium carbonation. Prickly bitter finish that lingers. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

Overall: Super drinkable, but undistinguished and one-dimensional. This tastes like a myriad other American IPA's. All bitterness and citrus, no balance or excitement.

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Photo of Jefe73
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an over-sized Green Man snifter. No dating on bottle or label.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice two finger creamy white head. Good carbonation and nice lacing throughout the glass.

S - Citrus notes up front. Some piney resin, grass and earthy notes in there too.

T - Pine notes seem to dominate from the start. Some lemon and grapefruit are present with a nice, malty backbone on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, med-high carbonation. A nice piney-resin coasts the tongue.

O - Overall, pretty solid. This one didn't blow me away, I would have preferred a better balance with a little less alcohol.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to HosP for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy citrus amber color with a short lived off-white head that reduced into wispy scum. Some streaks of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Super hoppy notes of fruit, citrus and floral hops with notes of mango, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit. Slight notes of lemon zest, biscuity malt and doughy yeast. Hops are oily smelling like resin.
T: Very fruity and rich hops with again, but I also get sweeter notes of caramel and toasted malt. Finish is very fruity and almost nectar like. Aftertaste has a solid punch of grapefruit pith bitterness. Lots of lemon and grapefruit to the flavor and a lot less mango and papaya. Hints of honey and hoppy resin. There is something medicinal in there that I'm not crazy about though
M: Could use a bit more carbonation to go with the medium-full body and slick mouthfeel. A touch viscous and oily.
D: Not a half bad DIPA. Not as great as Dreadnaught, but solid none the less. Another thanks to Mark for a great beer!

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%

Look: Beautiful shade of sunset gold, 1 finger white head. Smell: Citrus, pine needles, some spice, lavender. Taste: Sweet malt, then pine resin, little citric acidity, tamed bitterness. Feel: Medium-light body, par carbonation.

Overall: This comes off as a single IPA Vs. an IIPA. The flavor is a little let down. For this being an IIPA, nothing really screams I'm great. Still worth a try.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle visiting my sister in Illinois this weekend. Really excited to try it. Love me some DIPA, love me some dreadnaught.

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of white head. Nice looking double IPA not much lacing.

Smell is a mix of floral and citrus hops. fresh cut grass, hints of lemon and grapefruit.

taste is a surprising breadiness up front, good for balance. immediately i get a hint of cooked vegetable/DMS that blends quickly with mostly grassy hops. A hint of citrus. DMS detracts.

Great blance and mouthfeel moderate slightly over average carbonation really smooth going down. Well done here.

Nice flavors mostly, but slight hint of DMS infection lingers. Glad I tried this beer, I think it would be a real stand out without the slight cooked vegetable flavor.

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Photo of hardy008
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold/amber color with a bright white two finger head of foam with good retention and lacing. A nice aroma wafts up from the glass with pineapple, mango, oranges, and grapefruit. Smells good. Hopefully it will taste as good as it smells.

Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, zest, and oranges are all noticed on the first sip. This beer is more bitter than the aroma suggested, but there is also some sweetness present. I can also taste some light malt, but the hops are the star here. Tastes more bitter than I would like it to be.

Medium to full bodied with above average carbonation, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 9.0 % abv. A nice DIPA, but not as good as Dreadnaught.

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Photo of mrand01
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Yellow/orange/amber (I hate color blindness) in color with a thin off-white head. Decent head retention with almost no lacing.

S: Compared to a few IPAs I have had recently, the smell here seems pretty muted. Faint hints of piney hops and a solid caramel malt backbone.

T: Fruity and piney hops balance out the maltiness. I have to admit, I don't know what significance the dextrose would have. Pretty good DIPA, seems similar to a 90 min.

M: Creamy and sticky, medium bodied with prickly carb.

O: Solid DIPA, I think I like this one better than their Dreadnaught, but not as much as a Pliny or even a Flower Power.

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Photo of azdback
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler glass. Cloudy unfiltered orange color. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a large two finger head that is bright white color and sticky and rocky in appearance. Nice.

Smell is of overripe citrus. Oranges and maybe some lemony sourness. Just a bit of bread from the malt bill. Kind of smells like a lemon bar. Sweet like lemon heads.

Taste is much different than the smell. A large taste of soggy, sour bread. Sourdough toast dipped in fresh lemon juice. A bit of alcohol burn late.

Mouth is bright, with medium carbonation. Body is light but a bit on the syrupy side. Finish is medium long and on the wet side.

Overall I enjoyed but didn't fall in love with it like I thought I would. I really wish it tasted like it smelled. Not a bad choice to seek out but don't waste your time or money if you don't like a malty bill. Thanks to jlpepper13 for the shot at this.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Slighty hazy straw color with a finger or two of slighty-off-white head. Barely leaves any lacing on the side of the glass - my favorite part of the look of an IPA.

Smell is strongly hoppy, with a hint of honey and malt.

This is definitely a hop bomb, but there's enough malt to keep it grounded. It may come to 100 IBU when measured, but it doesn't taste quite that high.

Lightly carbonated, medium body. Despite the bitterness, doesn't finish with much astringency. Alcohol is light for 9%.

I wasn't convinced at first, but this really grew on me. Many thanks to Willseph for the brew!

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Photo of MacSon1982
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark copper color that's mostly transparent. Head was about 1/2" on pour and dissipated after 30 seconds to a small amount of whisps on top. Lacing holds on nicely throughout the sips.

S: sweet malt, citrus, hops, musk, floral notes.

T: perfumery, slightly soapy, mildly sweet, orange and grapefruit, and an underlying hop presence.

F: medium feel.

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 Floyd's back in Ohio!
Sampled a bomber with no bottle date into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance is nice golden orange with a mild haze. Two fingers of fluffy head but lacing a bit less sticky than others.

Smell is big on citrus hops with some apricot, alcohol and sweet pale malt in there also.

Taste is all hops. Grapefruit juice, orange peel, and sour grapes with a bit of biscuit malt getting through. This one is a hop bomb. It reminds me of Ruination in its dedication to hoppiness.

This beer is bone dry. Medium body with a lingering bitter finish. Seems to pull the moisture right from your tongue.

Overall, this is a bold hop-forward DIPA. Purposely unbalanced to not distract from the focus. Leans a bit too much to the bitter end for my taste, but great flavors would be welcome by all hop enthusiasts.

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Photo of dwaz
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Whitemomba; poured from bomber.

A - pours nice cloudless straw color with small white head

S - subtle floral, piney aroma but really subdued; couldn't pick up any aromas of marmelade, white wine, or apricots mentioned on the label

M - Good carbonation, light feel in mouth

Taste - So crisp upon my first couple sips that I felt like I was drinking a pilsner; really subtle floral and grapefruit flavor up front with more bitterness on the back end; as the beer warms bitterness increases on the back end with alcohol flavor

Overall - this is a really fresh bottle(new label just released the last 2 weeks),so I was suprised how subtle the hops tasted and smelt and how much alcohol I could pick up. I was expecting more but defintiely not a bad double IPA by any means. Just a little too subdued for me.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Apex for Gigantic Beer Week

A: Golden color with a semi-opaque look. Fluffy white head.

N: Pineapple, mango, pine, and caramel. Pretty solid nose for hops but it's not terribly complex either.

T: Fairly sweet once again. Lots of dried pineapple and some pine, but there's no mid-level to this. Biscuit and a slight bitterness. Better balance to this, but it's missing a certain...special..something.

M: Dry and medium-heavy. Sticks to the palate without destroying it.

O: A good beer I'd drink again, but it's not outstanding in its style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus along with floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness and an alcohol burst. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy; however there doesn’t seem to be as much balance as most other beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer overall but there are several others in the style and a few made by 3F that I would choose first.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This may have been an older bottle because I couldn't find a bottle date, but very muted hops and far too malty for me. Chimera sabertooth was much better.

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Photo of TriGuy20
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden Yellow with nice two finger white head.

S: Grapefruit/ Pine/ Mango

T: The mango comes out up front with bitter grapefruit on the finish.

MF: A solid texture, medium body with a solid hop profile.

D: Fairly easy to drink, however, the hop profile is a little out of balance and the bitterness of this beer would make this a chore to drink after you have had few.

An above average DIPA worth trying but probably not going out of your way for.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Three Floyds Brewery
Date: None on bottle, purchased from brewery on 2013-11-01
Glass: Tulip

Three Floyds' Arctic Panzer Wolf is a fairly aggressive Double IPA, but also fairly straightforward with its near-single emphasis on hop-derived fruit flavors, hop bitterness, and ethanol. In general, pleasant, but a bit too showy of its ethanol for my tastes. Otherwise, the bitter orange-grapefruit-tropical flavors that are abundant in this beer are very enjoyable.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, creating a somewhat dense, frothy mass. Retention is above average, lasting about two minutes as the foam declines to to a thick ring around the glass with scattered small islands of thin foam residing atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, a single medium-sized line clings to the entire perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark orange color that borders light brown, with light bringing out bright golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the slightly hazy body (20-30% opacity), moderate in number and high in activity.

Aroma is of very fresh hops and hop pellets, contributing dense orange, nectarine, and pine scents, along with a leafy, bitter-ish green component, and hints of dill. Generally sweet, fruit and pine-like, appealing.

Major flavors of very bitter (it doesn't get any more bitter than 100IBU, friends) hops with orange, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit, some greenery, and ethanol. Front of palate finds bitter orange, pine resin, grapefruit peel, and traces of soil. Mid-palate experiences strong hop bitterness, bitter orange and grapefruit peel, pine resin, bitter green herbs, slightest hints of sweet pale malt usage tied to slightly sweet ethanol. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness, bitter orange and grapefruit peel, pine resin, slight hints of tropical fruit (mango, guava), little traces of malt and a larger ethanol content. Aftertaste is of strong hop bitterness, ethanol, and lingering citrus (very bitter grapefruit and orange rind).

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium high levels, giving the beer a slightly fizzy (1/5) and then very foamy (4/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol is easily felt and accentuated from the carbonation, appearing on the tongue, back of throat, and in the nostrils. A bit less carbonation would actually suit this beer better, making it more of a moderate sipper than a fizzy ale. Closes dry, with heavy lingering stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 we go. FFF - couldnt resist the purchase.
purchased this bottle for $9.99 at Joes in Richmond, Indiana. Its a bit date on the bottle.
Poured into tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden copper...thick white head.
Crazy peach and fruity hop aromas with a big malt backbone. Like a DFH 90 min...but more fruity..
Taste is big fruity hops...light fruit like peach or pear with some citrus or pineapple notes; followed by a bit of a malt finish - like vienna or something bready. Big fruity finish...
Its a very easy drinker and you really dont notice the ibu or abv here...not an amazing DIPA...just too malty for me to be amazing. I cant get through the bomber so i switched to a two hearted much better...
This is a brew where i dont get the hype...

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into tulip glass...

Appearance: orange color with 2 finger white head; small amounts of lacing
Smell: kinda weak; miminal hop, citrus, and pine presence
Taste: it's a true DIPA; you're going to feel all 100 IBUs and 9% ABV
Mouthfeel: very bitter and dry on the finish
Overall: not bad for the style, but I do prefer other beers from FFF

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arctic panzer wolf pours a hazed orange blossom honey color. The head is almost white, sudsy and leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is packed full of citrus and tropical hop notes. There is a malt backbone to this one but it's mostly hops. Damn skippy, who doesn't love a hop bomb?

Mmmm an initially tasty brew. It starts off with some sweet malts and all that hoppy goodness. Juicy fruit and citrus dominate the flavor profile but the good times are not meant to last. Soon enough an over aggressive bittness trumps all the flavors and in my opinion ruins the beer.

Bitter best describes this brew. In fact over bittered is more like it. The mouthfeel is dominated by the punchy sharpness and hoppy twang in the finish. The good news is that the bitterness doesn't survive long, eventually warm and malty sweet beats it out. The one rocky patch of over bittering isn't enough to stop me from enjoying this one.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 7/27/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange with small white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Lacks the in your face hoppy aroma that I expect in a DIPA, slightly soapy with mild citrus hop aroma and sweet pale malts.

T: Some hop bitterness up front with slightly lemony and herbal hop flavors on a clean pale malt backbone. Finishes with a pleasant clean and mild herbal/citrus hop flavor.

M: Smooth and clean medium body with lower carbonation.

O: Good DIPA but nothing to write home about. Could use some more hops in the taste and much more in the aroma as well as a bit more head/retention and carbonation. Drinkability is good none the less and the 9% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of LSUPT
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to a Bell's tulip, both courtesy of KickintheChalice, thank you sir.

Pours a gorgeous glowing orange color, fairly cloudy, that yields a 1½ inch head. Lacing is ridiculous. Full, thick ring of foam and lace is left behind on, basically, the entire area that the head covered, and it stays throughout the drink. Tiny floaties also present toward the end of the bottle.

Sweet smelling apricots and a bit of malt. Taste filled with big apricot flavors with a hint of pine and the orange marmalade description on the bottle is, actually, dead on, but you really get the alcohol in the taste though. Mouthfeel, unlike Dreadnaught, is pretty close to perfect, and even with the alcohol this beer is very drinkable.

Another solid DIPA from FFF, nothing outstanding, kind of one note on the apricot, as Dreadnaught is with the mango, but still very good. I think a blend of this and Dreadnaught or some some of combination of the recipes could produce a world class DIPA though. So, yeah, get on that Three Floyds.

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,546 ratings.
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