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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,764
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 248
Gots: 1,361 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aengleman on 09-27-2013

Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.
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Ratings: 5,764 | Reviews: 785
Photo of RobNYce
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is a damn good beer. It might be my new favorite.

Photo of jellikit
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.
Appearance: light orange. Clear. Thin, white head.
Smell: Orange peel.
Taste: basic malt followed by orange and tropical fruit. Then light alcohol and pine tar.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: good double IPA. Balanced well. Lots of fruit and pine that blend well with the alcohol.

Photo of kcarter71
1.31/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Not s fan of this bet

Photo of chrisjws
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Alesmith Snifter from a 12oz bottle. Dated best by 8/13, consumed on 4/30. I assume that date is likely 4 months from bottling? If so, then this is 2-3 weeks old.

A: Light-medium orange, see through with a finger of head. Lots of carbonation.
S: Orange, mandarin orange, honey, malty sweetness. A little underwhelming for a big beer.
T: Citrus right upfront, orange, honey and malty breadyness.
M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, finishes fairly dry with a sweet aftertaste
O: It drinks like a pale ale. Not bitter at all, incredibly drinkable. Doesn't have the kind of depth I like in my DIPAs, but enjoyable none the less. As stated above, I assume this is a fresh bottle. I may be incorrect based on the above and I'd need to review a fresher bottle.

Update: Per multiple people in the forums, it has a 5 month best by. The one I drank was 6-7 weeks old. Still fresh, not super fresh. I'd be curious to try this one fresh off the line, but as of now I'm honestly not that impressed.

Photo of 50marathons
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this double. It's a little too strong to go through a case at home without getting "hopbelly" but it's nice to have when you're out and about. Great hops.

Photo of tybeerius
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was served colder than I typically like my IPAs (prob same cooler as the garbage macro beers), but due to its light body, it didn't take away from the beer...just made me drink more than I typically should (Don't judge me).

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

Delicious beer. Nice crisp bitterness with no funky aftertaste. Refreshing and clean.

Photo of mcapaldi
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flavorful and smooth, this IPA hits the right combination of tasteful and refreshing.

Photo of cfalls
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light yellow color and white head, but some floaters.

Smells surprisingly mild and malty for a DIPA. Kind of vegetal. Honey.

Taste is a little on the sweet side, like agave syrup. Not very bitter until the finish, maybe more like an IPA than a DIPA.

Slight alcohol burn. Perfect level of carbonation.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin-headed golden pour. Bready aroma with some citrus - very pleasant. Flavors of malt, pine in the middle, and mellow lingering citrus finish. Well balanced, and incredibly smooth on the palate for a dipa at this abv.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Massive hops give this gold DIPA a slight haze as it sits under a 1” cream colored clingy foam collar.
S: A rich herbal, grassy, woody pine hop nose joins light malt and fruit.
T: Initial grain and caramel give way to lemon, melon, and herbal, woody, vegetal hop flavors to suggest a caramel hop salad.
F: Creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: A go to big flavored DIPA

Photo of ScotB260
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Pours a beautiful gold, with a decent one finger head, specks in the beer show that its good ; ) nice lacing as I drink

Smell - Very balanced hops, very sweet and inviting

Taste - Like the smell, this is a very smooth IPA, not too sweet, not too bitter

Feel - Great dry finish, keeps me coming back for more...

Overall - This is in my top 5 IPAs

Photo of Whitley
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a fantastic tasting IPA !!!!

Photo of fuhkyou
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Double my ass...
This beer is a gimmick for suckers. Was to the brewpub and the 02 and 03 IPAs were the ones for beer geeks.
I don't blame them though. If you can extract $$$ from the inexperienced go for it.
Has a definite thin, watery mouth feel.

Photo of beersacrossamerica
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I honestly don't see all the hype with this one

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 3.5 - Pours a clear gold color. Forms up a finger of bright white colored, dense head. Medium/low head potential, high head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 5 - Extremely wet, juicy and dank hops, bittered, more savory aromas of pineapple, mango and grapefruit rind.
T - 4.75 - Once again with the dank hops, lightly sweet pineapple and tangerine, ends on a nice, medium/strong bitter finish.
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/thick, creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - What an awesome example of the double IPA style. This DIPA is deceptively smooth and sessionable and doesn't fall victim to the loss of bitterness and malty syrupy sweetness that most double do. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the style!

Photo of Wardnemisis
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Real smooth not too bitter of an after taste

Photo of warsonsmu
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Victory did a wonderful job with this DIPA. IPAs are not usually my top choice, but DirtWolf is a great introduction to the IPA family. The nose is strong as you would expect, but profile is slightly less intense. Certainly a drinkable IPA and a perfect choice for a newcomer to the IPA world.

Photo of justinp444
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer had a nice thick white head and a mango orange color. There where copious amounts of floaties probably from the whole cone hop additions, and quite a bit of haze. It smelled of citrus, earth, and hops. It had a full mouthfeel with citrus bitter, earth and grass notes. Nice dry piney aftertaste.

Photo of JonEwing
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liked the pour; nice but short lived head. Enjoyed the woodsy smell but expected/wanted more hops. Felt a bit watery for a double. Would buy again if at a better price.

Photo of steveheady
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks and smells great. Taste is a little too bitter and unbalanced. Solid tho

Photo of Noahtrumble
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild hop, but great taste

Photo of claytong25
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I applaud Victory for this readily available DIPA in my area. SO tasty and at 8.7% ABV 3 of these bad boys give me a permanent grin on my face. I love the name and the look of the bottle. Strong citrus smell and just so enjoyable to drink. Expensive yes, but I even like this one better than Great Lakes Chill Wave.

This is my first beer from Victory and I can't wait to try more from their lineup!

Photo of Bugcatcher
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the flavors in this beer. Absolutely great. Will buy again for sure

Photo of jancona
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells of fresh tropical fruit - mango and pineapple, dank pine. One of the best smelling beers I've had. Taste follows though not as bold. Wonderful mango and papaya notes, resinous pine and a hint of lemon mint.
Proud to have this as a local brew.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,764 ratings.