Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf
3,601 Ratings
Arctic Panzer WolfArctic Panzer Wolf

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

Style: American 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 thetomG
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a solid amount of quickly dissipating white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is excellent - hops shine through with just a little fruitiness coming through. Flavor is more of the same but much more intense and delicious - very strong hop presence, good bitterness, but just enough of sweeter fruit elements to make it incredibly drinkable.

For comparisons sake I think its a slightly thinner & less sticky, but more well balanced variant of Dreadnaught, which I love, but I prefer this one - hopefully they make it more often! YUM YUM YUM!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney and orange hops. The flavor is more of the same with the orange citrus notes standing out more than the pine. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bonkers
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in trade with jdefont. I split it with friend on 7/4. It pours a rich orange with a full white sticky head. Lots of sweet citrus on the nose. The flavor starts with orange marmalade, hints of citrus and pine. Definitely a sweeter brew. The finish mellows out with just enough bitterness for balance, and the slightes hint of alcohol. A full bodied brew with a sticky mouthfeel. A very good DIPA, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to lurchingbeast for hooking me up with this in a recent trade.

Pours a hazy coppery apricot color in the glass, with finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a VERY rich and frothy ½ finger of froth, which throws a MASSIVE creamy cascade of soft sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass. Wow, the hop flavor here in the aroma just floods up in the nose, being floral and spicy while sharp pangs of pine needles and bitter grapefruit barge their way in. Sweeter notes of tropical fruit and bready caramel sit in the back of the nostrils and mix with some alcohol warmth to provide a touch of hefty balance to this bouquet. Man, this is just so full, fresh, and robust in the nose. Awesome!

The taste is assertively bitter up front with pine, pithy citrus rind, and a LOT of juicy grapefruit character. The hops are perfectly cut by a sticky backbone of fruity mango, apricot and orange notes, as well as a flush of bready grains across the back of the palate. Brash hops pummel the finish of this, with pine and spice lingering along with a deep earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation that then gets much more smooth and smooth and slick as you swallow. This is definitely packing some alcohol beef (I could definitely feel it at least while working through the bomber) but any burn is kept to the bare minimum here. Just a slightly boozy haze lingers on the breath after each sip.

Wow, Three Floyds hit another hoppy home run out of the park with this DIPA, which was just dripping with well balanced lush flavors and an overall good drinkibility on it for the size. I just can't get enough of the hopped-up beers from these guys. Great stuff!

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Photo of cnally
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a kick-ass name! This place has some creative titles.

The appearance is a neon apricot color, opaque and cloudy. A fine white head rises with a challenge and falls down quick.

Fantastic aroma, very very floral and fruity--orange peel, lavender...very citrusy. Heavenly.

The flavor really comes correct with a nice hop character, but not overdone. The floral hops are the dominant flavor, but there is a hefty citrus bite, with an almost lemony aftertaste.

A fine aftertaste, with enough body to get you through, but a little loose and watery.

This is your standard "very good" IIPA/IPA. A good dose of hops, but not too much. A little malt...but second tier to the hops. It plays straight down the middle...and it is "very good". Is it great? Nah.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark, hazy yellow almost orange color with a full finger off white head. nice lacing

S: lots of tropical fruity hops are in this one. pineapple, grapefruits, mango, oranges blend well with the caramel malts and some bready yeast

T: bitter fruity hops dance on the tongue and pucker the cheeks. the fruity hops dominate the flavor but it's not at all a hop bomb. good balance with the malts and bitter dryness

M: medium body with decent carbonation. perhaps just a tad syrupy with knocked down my score a bit

D: very easy to drink. split a couple bombers with the gf and we loved it from start to finish. alcohol was very well hidden, almost too well hidden for a dipa.

Overall, If I was forced to choose between this and Dreadnaught, I'd have to pick Dreadnaught but this was a damn good runner up.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me as an extra by the always generous Hayesz. Thanks, Erik.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my snifter glass.

A - Hazy orange with just less than a finger width of head. It dissipates quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing on my glass.

S - Smells of sweet tropical fruit; nectarines, tangerines...maybe a hint of pineapple. There is definitely some sweetness in there too...almost sugar cane like. It's not very potent though, but smells great.

T - I'm not getting much of the sweet tropical fruit from the smell. Instead, I get a lot of grapefruit, and a touch of malt.

M - Heavy body with low carbonation. Right body for an imperial, but I'd like just a bit more carbonation.

D - It's more balanced than the hop bombs I'm used to, but it is drinkable. There are nice tropical flavors and scents, and very balanced. The alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to lurchingbeast who sent this as an extra in a recent trade. I popped this right into the fridge when the package arrived yesterday, and I am consuming it tonight for maximum freshness.

Poured into my long stemmed tulip, the body is almost straight-up amber, with a bit of haze. I imagine that this is chill haze, as this is right out of the fridge. I am sure the 800 mile trip didn't help the clarity much either. The head is typical of imperial IPAs...fluffy and thick but somehow coarse, with an impressive stickiness that provides notable lacing.

The aroma is fresh as can be. I didn't know what to think when I saw the somewhat faded label, but boy do I like what I smell. Apricot is the dominant aroma initially, though crisp piney hops swoop in with purpose stealing the show. Bitterness is evident as well. As I taste my beer for the first time, a great caramel backbone nicely balances the intense piney character of the hops. Again, the apricot comes through, but this time it is accompanied by orange zest and maybe a hint of grapefruit. This is a very nicely balanced beer...maybe juuust a bit TOO balanced.

Ample carbonation tingles on the tongue and makes me recoil. This is perfect for a double IPA. The texture is sticky and the consistency medium. I would say this is pretty much spot on. The apricot really has me sold. I wish I had better access to this beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz a couple of these in trades with lurchingbeast and khumbard. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a translucent pale golden orange color with a finger of white foam that slowly disappears leaving a nice fluffy white collar and some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet grapefruit totally dominates the aroma. Some touches of pine, orange and pineapple join in but pale in comparison. Smells really good, but not especially complex, but citrus lovers won't be disappointed.

T - Pretty much right on track with the aroma. Lots of citrus - especially grapefruit. Orange, pine, and pineapple are definitely in there too. Some sweet sugarlike malt blends nicely with the citrus and smoothes out what is a quite bitter beer - but it really doesn't seem at all over the top. Enough sweet and lightly biscuity malt to round things out and balance this one off. I'm surprised to not really get much of an alcohol component that is noticeable....apparently well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with lighter carbonation that feels smooth and creamy on the tongue. Very sticky and resiny feel fills the mouth with every sip. Good stuff.

D - This really is a very good DIPA. I'm wavering in my opinion here, and I must confess, I find myself comparing directly to Dreadnaught. Dreadnaught is a major favorite of mine, so it is a tough battle, but the APW holds up well. It is a bit different, I find this more citrusy and a bit more syrupy than Dreadnaught...gonna have to search out a fresh Dreadnaught to do a side by side to be sure though. 9.0% makes it tough to drink a lot of, but that is really the only detractor for me. This is a very good DIPA...I could drink one of these every night for a little while and be happy.

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Photo of HosP
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon this beer after hearing about it a few weeks before. Got their last bottle in stock, pretty lucky!

A - Poured hazy golden color. Light head with little wisps of lace left at the beginning of the pour.

S - Lots of pine hops with a hint of citrus. Can already tell this is going to be a little more bitter than FFF Dreadnaught.

T - Good taste. A lot of hops with more bitterness. The higher alcohol content is masked well within this beer. Surprisingly better than I imagined. Very fond of Dreadnaught and this came closer than I thought it would.

M - Medium body, not a lot of carbonation. Wondered if my beer wasn't as fresh.

D - I'd still prefer Dreadnaught as the 2 cost the same. But still would be a very adequate substitute. A good change up with a lot of hops flavor. After hearing about this beer I'd still buy a bottle to share with some friends!

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a hazy pale gold color with a thin white head. Although it didn't have much head to start out with, what was there lasted pretty well. Moderate lacing on the glass as well.

The aroma has a bright, citrusy, juicy, hoppy aroma to it. There are some notes of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and pine. Very nice hoppiness to it.

The taste has more of the juicy, hoppyness that was found in the nose. It has that nice tropical fruit hoppiness that I really like in my DIPA's. It finishes with more of a dry pine, resiny hop flavor. A little bit of alcohol is present in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice hoppy beer. It's a pretty big beer at 9% though, and at times it felt like it too. Overall it was very good though.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright amber, slight haze, with one finger of white head that soon dissipates.

Smell -- Grapefruit, pine resin, tropical fruit, and bready malt.

Taste -- Differs slightly from the nose: Pine hop character dominates, with tropical fruits, tangerine, and bready malt. Finish is assertive with bitter pine resin. Lingering taste of resin and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, moderate carbonation, a bit slick.

Drinkability -- There's certainly some commonality between this and Dreadnaught, but this is less tropical fruit dominant and more pine. All in all, I prefer Dreadnaught, but this was certainly no slouch.

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Photo of DaveonBA
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rather pale golden color. Slightly hazy. Thin white head with little lacing.

Smell: Excellent. Juicy citrus. You can tell this has a big dose of hops. Just the way a DIPA should smell.

Taste: Very much on the citrus side of hoppy. The main fruit that comes to my mind is a clementine orange. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: Excellent. Every sip leaves me excited for the next.

Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. It doesn't have the most unique flavor, but what it does it does very well. Highly recommended for any fan of the style.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this via trade from hayesez, thanks for the hook up!

A - Pours a cloudy straw or orangish color

S - Pretty strong, candied pineapple, orange and melon. Straw, hay and pine needles.

T - Candied pineapple, orange, grapefruit, melon other citrusy flavors. A bitter finish of pine needles, earthy straw and hay. A very nice melding of these flavors

M - Medium Bodied but fluffy at the same time

D - This beer is very good and even though its 9% I would like more.

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Photo of Stigs
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of goodstrongbeer, who hooked me up with just the thing. served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with about half an inch of frothy tight off-white colored foam. the beer is bright gold in color with some hop haze. light spotty lacing left behind.

S - very strong. fresh tropical pineapple, mango, candied oranges. joined near the end by some bittering piney hops. light layer of sweet caramel underneath, but this is all about fruity hops. cant express enough how good this smells.

T - quick flash of the fruity tropical hops before turning into a massive bittering hop bomb, focusing on fresh wet pine needles and grassy hops. mellows out with more melon and some honey malts, with a light burning alcohol. yummy.

M - thick syrupy body (almost to a fault) but nice tight active carbonation cuts through and deploys the wonderful flavors to all corners of the mouth. finishes with strong lingering piney hops and lightly sweet tropical fruits.

D - incredible beer here. excellent aroma with an attention grabbing transition from fruity hops to insanely bitter pine-monster. not much I would improve here.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange goldenrod color that produced a good white head with decent retention. Left some lacing behind.

(S)- A big fresh burst of a lightly pined pineapple, grapefruit, and peach fruits with a light woody honey sweetness at the end. Almost has a floral character to the aroma.

(T)- Again, a fresh burst of grapefruit, pineapple, and peach citrus only with a more pronounced pine/woody/dry/bitterness. Sweet, but only in a fresh fruit sense.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Great fruits with a great hop presence fitting the style. Smooth, but has an appropriate bitterness and sweetness too. Almost crisp.

(D)- A solid to great DIPA with all the right flavors and characters. Crisp and refreshing particularly with the chinese takeout I had with it. A great drinker for this time of the year. Yet another solid beer from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden orange color. Lots of rising carbonation and a nice sized head. Head retention is pretty solid and leaves decent lace. The head itself is quite soapy looking and i would have liked to see the bubbles a bit more compacted together.

S: Very floral smelling with some fresh cut grass notes and pine followed by some sweet honey.

T: Grassy hop flavor with a nice amount of grapefruit bitterness that starts in the middle and finishes the beer off. Also a hint of lemon citrus and a bit of soapiness. The sweetness is of subtle honey

M: A nice crisp dryness with a touch of heat. Lighter body than i was expecting.

D: I was very excited to try this one but must say that i think dreadnaught is the superior FFF DIPA. I am definitely able to put this one back quite easy though and am very happy to have tried it

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Peach colored beer, pretty murky. Light white head, about a one finger, gone quick. Medium lacing...The aroma is very sweet, tons of grapefruit, lemon light herbs, slight hoppy finish. Small amounts of pine as well...This is one tasty ipa. Very nice grapefruit on the front mixed with a nice slightly pine finish. This is really balanced making it super easy to drink. Probably my most favoriate three floyd's ipa... Somehow it gets better as it warms, starts to show off the pine in a nice way.

Overall, this is excellent, super easy to drink fruity and piney.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased locally (despite our distributor being certifiably retarded). Served in a 3F Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Pours a very pleasing orange yellow. Very small amount of white head on the first pour that goes quickly. 2nd pour leaves a much more substantial, white fluffy head. Lacing is good, but not great.

S: Nice combo of juicy, piney hops and tropical fruit. Some slight sweetness from the malt/lactose sugar.

T: Raw, fresh hops with a nice complementing sweetness. Like the nose, there's some strong topical fruit flavors like pineapple, apricot and oranges. Then the piney bitterness kicks in at the end, but it's not overwhelming and finishes nice and smooth. Fantastic!

M: This is the perfect mouthfeel for a big, hearty DIPA. Medium bodied, with a nice viscosity to it. The carbonation is ample enough to not let it get sticky and overbearing. Overall very smooth and pleasing.

D: 9% DIPA's don't get much more accessible than this. Not a trace of booze, and the bitterness didn't really wear on the palate. 22oz was a nice serving, but I couldn't help but want more when my glass was empty.

A real winner from 3F's. I enjoy this a lot more than I do any of their other big, hoppy brews. Hopefully this will be produced in greater numbers later this year/next year. Track it down if you can!

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with a small white head.

Scent of strong grapefruit, pine, sap, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Less malty and alcoholic than when I had it on tap; very hop forward, overflowing with citrus and tropical fruit, amazing.

Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricot, orange peel, leafy hops, grass and the lightest touch of malts. An excellent beer, but it still seems a little lacking compared to the incredible scent. This beer has the strongest pineapple characteristic I have come across.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a slight stickiness on the finish.

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Photo of littlekidlover
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from FFF. Pours a cloudy amber straw color into my beer tasting wine glass. Smells of pine, apricot, and citrus notes with a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced with, the aroma coming through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Watch out for this one, it is quite drinkable, but that alcohol content could be a killer. I recommend giving it a try, seems like Three Floyds know their IPA.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangish gold with a nice two finger fluffy white head that dissipated to some moderate lacing. Nice bit of lacing after dissipation and throughout the drink.

S - Mine was served a bit cold, so I let it sit for a while. At first I thought this was pretty average, but as it warmed up the beauty of this beer comes out. Very very subtle flavors. There is some resiny hops, but nicely subtle malt and then some really interesting apricot and marmalade flavor. I don't know that I have ever smelled anything like this before, it was truly fantastic once I was able to start picking it out.

T - At first I was not particularly impressed with this beer, just seemed kind of plain, and unhoppy for a double IPA. But as it warmed, you get some nice resin hops and slight pine notes on the back end. Great maramlade in there with some subtle apricot. The thing that struck me most about this beer was how it abruptly ended hard. Nothing lingering, not sharp, not blunt, but just stopped, with a juice-like ending that had the tiniest bit of phenol on it, very surprising and pleasant once the beer warmed up.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, felt right for the style.

D - The bomber got me pretty buzzed, although I finished it without a problem. This beer is dangerously drinkable, but the alcohol buzz you get will give you a little warning to stop.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber huge thanks to bauermj for this one

A: poured a tangerine orange with yellow highlights with a half finger head that left pretty good lacing.

S: lovey floral piney hop aromas with fruit accents that consisted of peach and pineapples. I also got hints of ciitrus grapefruit, malts, and faint apples. Very nice nose on this one.

T: very nice grapefruit piney hop punch up front with pineapple and mango fruit flavors that also had a nice malt backbone giving the beer good balance.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation and has a sweet bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

D: very impressed with this DIPA from FFF I didn't think they had it in them. I like dreadnaught but really like APW. I hope I can get my hands on more of this stuff.

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Photo of salvo
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, yeasty swirls in golden tan under a quarter inch of head that dissipates quickly to a sheen of lace.
S: Rich hoppiness that reminds me of pineapple more than citrus or pine: sweet to tart.
T: Huge, overpowering flavor that complemented the mussels in the brewpub after I had eaten them: I think it would interfere with any meal short of spicy chili or kimchee.
M: Another chewy malty thick FFF offering that makes me wish it was a little lighter so I could think about ordering another.
D: I wouldn't want more than the flute it was served in, but what a way to end a tasting!

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Photo of hurricanelars
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Light golden-orange color that is slightly hazy. 1/2 inch solid white head that slowly settles into a thin ring around the glass.

Smell is all hops and excellent. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and even some piney notes. Very fruity and sweet aroma that is quite pleasent.

Taste is bitter up front and then punches you with a grapefruit explosion on the tongue. There is a sweetness to the beer that balances the bitterness and grapefruit of the hops and gives a superb flavor to the beer.

Feels very refreshing and crisp in the mouth. Finishes clean and makes me thirsty for more.

You can definitely tell there is more kick in this beer than you average brew. 2 or 3 bombers of this would make for a great night of drinking. It's a shame this is only availbe for a short period of time each year. Better enjoy it while you can find it.

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