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Arctic Panzer Wolf | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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 draheim
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz (thx ChicagoJohn) into a tulip. Pours a hazy, buttery orange w/ a fluffy white head that leaves behind sticky lace. Minimal carbonation visible.

Aroma is classic grapefruit & pine. Reminiscent of Pliny or Ruination. A little boozy.

Taste follows nose. Citrus, pine, dry pale malt. Classic West Coast style IPA.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, refreshing. Nice clean hoppy bite on the finish. Drinkable.

Overall this is a good dry DIPA, just the way I like it. Great showcase of the hops without overpowering with the malt.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Incredibly hoppy, right from the get-go you can smell the intense aroma of grassy citrusy hops the second you pop the cap off of the bottle. Pours a rich golden yellow with a fat fluffy head. Very well carbonated. The hops completely take over your taste buds and assault your pallet. Truly this beer is made for hop heads. Very intensely grassy and citrusy tasting. Unless you really like hops this beer is probably not for you. Still it is quite amazing, although I prefer Dreadnaught. This is a beer that you would really have to be in the mood for, you wouldn't want to pop this for just any particular reason. Another great selection from three Floyds.

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Photo of DanK4
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to rfraga77 for hooking me up with this gem. Poured into a Allagash flute.

A: Holy golden yellow. This beer looks rather yellow- almost like a neon golden yellow- with a nice off-white 1.5 finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Pretty awesome looking IPA that looks like it will have an awesome hop-bite to it.

S: Hop-tastic. Awesome bouquet of wonderful hoppiness and citrus. Grapefruit or pineapple possibly? Sweet aroma as well. Smells like a winner.

T: Hello hops. A nice mean hop bite that almost scorches the whole palate with its awesomeness. Definitely orange or grapefruit rind present in the taste, the sweetness doesn't make an appearance here sadly- but then again it is called Arctic Panzer Wolf, not Happy Golden Bunny. Flavor fits the name, total hop-scorch and burn.

M: Not a heavy IPA, rather medium to light-medium bodied. the weight of the beer definitely compliments the flavors, any heavier and it would almost be not as enjoyable to drink.

O: I'd say we've got a winner. One badass beer with a hell of a name, and the flavor, aroma, and appearance to match it. I would really like to get my hands on another bottle of this or try it on tap.

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Photo of soze47
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bomber right at the brewery. It is about 3 weeks old, poured into a Russian River tulip/wine glass thingy.

Appearance: Seems kind of cloudy. Deep golden orange, slippery lacing that slides quickly.

Aroma: Very nice and big. Deep hop aroma, pineapple comes to mind with the combo of hops and malt back. Clearly a strong flavored beer.

Taste: Hop oil rush. Malt tempers the bitterness in all the right ways to accentuate the hop flavors. First orange, then grapefruit, then pine. Excellent.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Great body on this one. Light enough to allow for flavor progression without being too cloying.

Overall: Another great beer from Three Floyds. Really an excellent Imp. IPA.

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Photo of Nashvillain
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark gold into stemless Chardonnay glass, produces a small 1/2 inch head. A TON of floaties in this things, like a yeasty blizzard in my beer.

Smell is resinous and sticky, borderline over-powering but never steps into territory that could be considered offensive, more aptly described as assertive.

Taste follows the smell with a piney thickness, but supported by a strong floral presence as well. Bitterness is that same forcefulness that seems masterfully restrained for this big of a beer.

This one went down fast. I've had some good hoppy beers, but this one seems way underrated. Got another bottle to trade, but chances are slim to none it ever makes it out of my apartment.

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Photo of Treebs
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A: Pours a golden color with a pearl head that leaves rather quickly leaving a nice bubbly lace.

S: Sweet fruits with some citrus as well as nice flowery hops that are very pronounced.

T: Nice mix of sweet and sour fruits and the fresh flower smell comes through in the taste as well. Finishes with a nice bitter hop bite.

M: Slight carbonation with a very light body. Leaves a little oily and goes down smooth

O: Wonderful Double. I loved the fruitiness and flowery hops mingling to create a very balanced drink.

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Photo of kjc51478
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Appearance is surprisingly light pouring a light orangish color with frothy, off-white head.

S: Aroma is superb with citrus all around especially pinneapple and grapefruit.

T: Taste is strong on the citrus hops flavors like the grapefruit with a solid sweet malt backbone. The story of this beer is the balance. No one characteristic dominates with both the hop bitterness and malt sweetness contributing very evenly making the brew very drinkable.

M: Palate is medium-bodied, soft and slick texture, with mild carbonation, and a slight bitter finish - quite subdued for an Imperial IPA.

O: I'm constantly impressed by everything put out by FFF and this is no exception.

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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed straight from the bottle while off roading in a passenger seat of a jeep.

The aroma of this one is very citrusy and has a fresh blast of fruity and floral hops.

The taste of this one is very orange peel esque, and it has a nice fruity feel that clings to the semi bitter hops for an excellent blending for an imperial IPA.

The mouth feel of this is dry with a nice crisp bite of hop and citrus peel bitterness on the finish.

The drinkability of this one was pretty high to me as I love IPA style brews a lot.

This one was a very good IPA to me and I loved the citrus aspects in this beer as to me they are nailed pretty well.

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Photo of rappmann
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber into pint glass

A - straw yellow with one finger head, which dissipates almost completely with a thin layer sticking around for a long time. Decent lace

S - Juicy resiny hops tons of citrus fruit similar to ZD but maltier and boozier.

T - Really well balanced, all of FFF's DIPA's that I've tried have a great balance, where as i find most DIPA's are too malty. This one's got some heat to it.

M - Nice carbonation, somewhat creamy almost.

O - A great DIPA, glad I got myself a bottle of this however I prefer Dreadnaught.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised to find this at my beer store. More please!
Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a wine goblet.
Hazy, orange-gold in color, with a rather short bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Boquet of tropical fruit and fresh hops.
Taste-Pineapple-apricot juiciness, faint malt sweetness followed by a sharp bite of grapefruit-rind bitterness. Alcohol not evident in the onrush of tropical fruit and white grapefruit. Dry finish. Very tasty. Highly recommended for hop-heads.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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 hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last beer from my trade with GDBEERMAN aside from the homebrews - thanks Rob!

Never heard of this beer but love the label, a lot, and have really enjoyed the other FFF beers Rob hooked up. Excited to try it.

A - The beer is poured from an unmarked bottle to a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1.5 finger white head. Good retention as it slowly fades to a thin silky film with nice lacing.

S - As I poured the beer I could immediately pick up a strong citrus aroma, very floral in nature. There is also a mild toasted malt sweetness but mostly a citrus hop character.

T - Immediately the beer springs a citrus flavor found in the aroma: a orange/tangerine peel type flavor on the tongue. Together with a mild bitterness the fruity character blends nicely with the mild toasted sweetness. Very well blended and balanced for such a strong beer. Hides the alcohol very well. Finishes clean and crisp. Very good.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Dry and crisp.

O - Another treat Rob hooked up. I really enjoyed this and makes me long for more FFF beers! Maybe not the #1 DIPA I've had, but it's extremely solid. Excellent label, lol. Excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-27-2011 18:21:05

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Bright, light yet cloudy copper. Lots of head. Medium bubble size. Not a lot of lacing in my cup.

Smell - Malt. Floral. Citrus. Pine.

Taste - Orange icecream. Malt. Pine and bitter. Grapefruit.

Feel - No carbonation overload. Bitter on tongue but well masked. Creamy and medium.

Overall - It is bitter but not too bitter. It is sweet but not too sweet. I keep saying I need to have a side by side taste test but I still say Cimmerian is the best.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - great yellow/ orange color to this beer. Not sure if transportation ruined the carbonation, but very little head here.

Smell - fresh and very floral. WOW lots of piney hop smell to this one.

Taste - Smooth up front, but with this great bitter taste to show the DIPA.

Mouthfeel - very smooth to drink and finishes quite well. Even though there was not a lot of head this still went down very nicely.

Overall - Very well balanced for a DIPA and a fun beer I am happy to have tried. I would try to get this beer again once I am back in the Midwest.

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Photo of Cottzilla
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3 Floyds' Description: A dry and stupendously hopped medium bodied imperial - IPA brewed with Canadian 2-Row malt, dextrose sugar and lot of American hops. Arctic Panzer Wolf has superior aromas of Marmalade, white wine, pine and apricot all mixed with an intense American hop bitterness.

Not sure how old my bottle is but it was the last one on the shelf.

I poured it into a tulip glass and it had a very nice white head with very little lacing.

It has the appearance of Apricot Juice that I found very pleasing.

It has a wonderful smell. I picked up the Marmalade, white wine and apricot but could pick out the pine.

I wish I got this fresh so there would be more hop taste but what remains is good, not great, and the malt doesn't overpower the hops. At 9% ABV I didn't pick up any offensive alcohol taste, which is a plus.

It feels very smooth in the mount with a dry & slightly bitter finish.

All in all this is a very drinkable beer. Probably a good thing I only had one or I would probably go for another one which would make for a rough morning.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

A - golden. Pours a pretty large amount of white foam, 2.5 inches or so, sticks around for a good while. Medium to large amount of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus peel and some tropical fruit, mangoes mostly. Plenty of floral hops in the background.

T - Loads of bitter orange and sweeter tropical notes. As it warms up the malt shows up a little bit, very neutral with a sweetness to it. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and lemons in addition to the orange. There is also a good bit of peach and maybe apricot (which is mentioned on the label, so maybe thats just suggestion) Finishes with more bitter citrus.

M - really good. Medium thickness, light/medium carbonation.

O - a great IPA. For whatever reason, I want to dislike 3floyds, but its undeniable that their beers are great. You can see some of the bloodlines of zombie dust here, but really packs a bitterness whallop that ZD doesnt have. Overall, a great IPA.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy for picking this one up. It's tremendous, giving Dreadnaught and Apocalypse Cow runs for their money. It's a beautiful amber/copper color with decent head/retention. Smell and taste are both FFF DIPA-esque, with big grapefruit notes. This one deviates a little with some more piney hops as well. Taste here is a bit more bitter than the other FFF DIPAs, but it's tremendous. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, perfect for this one. Drinkability is scary with the ABV and how good this one is. A must buy.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 2/24/14—I know, almost 3 months old—into an IPA glass.

Look: on the paler side, especially for an IIPA. Very clear, well-carbonated yellow.

Smell: very unusual. I really can't put a name to what I'm picking up here. Not really fruity, piney, grassy, oniony, dank... The best way to describe it is that it's like the clean, bright smell I associate with cilantro or dill, but applied to some super-sweet, slightly citrusy tropical fruit.

Taste: pretty much follows the smell. More straightforwardly sweet and citric, but still elusive. Definite wood (oak/cedar) notes in there as well. Not really getting much bitterness at all.

Feel: decent. Medium body, good carbonation, fairly dry.

Overall: not the most unique IPA I've tried, but still pretty unusual, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of DaveonBA
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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 CWBlues
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light, hazy gold. A solid two finger, creamy white head pops up with a decently aggressive pour. It sticks around and there's some fantastic lacing.

S: Whole lot of citrus going on. Grapefruit and lemon. Little bit of pine but not a whole lot.

T: Same citrus with some sweet malts. Pine, and whoa those freakin' hops! There's a whole lot of taste here. Primary grapefruit. Fantastic. Hops your head off. Awesome.

M: Fantastic carbonation. Feels awesome on the palate, with good hoppiness on the aftertaste. Fantastic.

O: If you like IIPAs, you need to try this beer. Seriously just a good, good beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, with another grateful bow to Jeff (AleWatcher) for more delicious beer. Every box is like the opening of another cornucopia of deliciousness.

Pours paler than I expect, and cloudier - a murky dark straw leaning towards orange, with a thin, soapy layer of whitish bubbles on top that doesn't amount to too much. Again, would deserve a slightly lower score if I didn't believe 20% of the total score to be an altogether too-high percentage for appearance to make up.

Nose is ridiculously fruity, very vibrant. Huge tropical aromas just pour out of the glass - mango, even kiwi, some grapefruit coming through with a bit of a rindy edge to it. This is juicy, with just enough malt underneath to give a nice foundation for the big hops. A very nice nose.

Taste follows suit - huge, massive hops, and just enough malt to sit like atlas underneath, holding up the weight of all those lush, dripping, tropical fruit notes and that dry, lingering prickly bite. Big time balance of grapefruit and tropical fruit, with the grapefruit a bit more prominent in the taste than in the nose, and a lingering bitterness that is more dry than sharp, if a bit prickly. Just a bit of caramel malt peeks its head out towards the finish as well, though still in the character of beautifully juicy tropical fruit. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, just enough carbonation to do is job without getting in the way, with a smoothness that's almost lush. Dry, prickly finish that tingles the tongue.

Drinkability is quite high. The alcohol is well hidden, bordering on invisible, and the flavor and mouthfeel are both vibrant and exceptional.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this, and I'm left very, very impressed. A beautifully assembled beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. One finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A lively citrus forward aroma with a nice complex mix of fruit esters. Big hop scent upfront with hints of citrus orange peel, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, and lemon. Also some grassy hops and pine resin spice. Some subtle undertones of white wine characteristics with a hint of grape. A fair amount of sugar. Bready soft malts with hints of cracker, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. A little scent of honey is also in the mix. Very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy taste of citrus hop fruit esters. Big taste of ripe and bitter hops upfront with notes of citrus orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and apricot. Along with the citrus is a taste of spicy pine resin and grass. A little hint of white grapes. Soft bready malts with notes of cracker, biscuit, caramel, grain, and yeast. Some sugar and honey adds some more sweetness. Very citrus forward, tropical, and juicy. A great West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and fairly oily. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: Another great imperial IPA from Three Floyds. Great tropical citrus hop flavors.

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Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just found these notes along with my notes for Broo Doo from just over a month ago. Notes are thorough.

The color is close to Broo Doo, almost orange and just as hazy with a bit more gold glowing through the body. An off-white head is pretty large and sits thick and sturdy on top the whole time, leaving pretty chunky lacing behind.
Lots of tropical fruits, almost like a fruit basket, pour out of the aroma. This beer is heavily hopped but with a fantastic malts balance, a light bready and caramel malts sweetness tempering a big, assertive bitterness. Malts even go a little dry at the end, which is interesting and adds to the complexity.
The taste follows suit, big tropical fruits and a mix of citrus and resinous bitterness balanced by malts sweetness, though a crackery malts dryness comes through more in the middle and into the finish.
The body is medium with a lighter carbonation. This beer starts crisp, has a good, full smoothness, and almost transitions back to crisp from the dryness coming out.
This is fantastic beer, and I liked it just a bit more than Broo Doo, another great one from FFF.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes....

A- Pours a hazy orangeish amber color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Lacing comes in a streaky format.

S- Big time citrus hops burst in the aroma from the get go. Light bready tones in the middle show up for a second before getting covered with more citrusy hops.

T- This tastes pretty much how the aroma rolls. Nice citrus hops burst in the front with some grapefruit and orange. Middle of the beer has light bready notes with some cracker tones. Ending of the beer shows a light citrus flavor mixed in with a bitter hop bite. Light alcohol kisses the backend of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the beer and good for the style. Hops destroyed the palate and crushed the aftertaste with a little help from the light alcohol. Palate was dryed a lot from the alcohol. Flavors were hop forward but the malts popped out from time to time.

D- This was a good DIPA. Better than Dreadnaught I thought. Once again a beer that's not normal from a brewery who is well known for brewing outside the box.

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Photo of tbrink
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good lord this beer knocked my socks off. I will gladly punch your grandmother for more.

appearance: clear straw color with thick head.
nose: punch in the face with fruity, citrusy hops
mouthfeel: very quaffable, goes down a little too smoothly
taste: initial malty backbone gives way to hoppy bouquet as soon as it passes your epiglottis.

100 IBUs? how can this go down so smoothly?

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Arctic Panzer Wolf from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 3,535 ratings.
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