DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.91/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Cheers to BA SammyJaxxxx for sending this over. I'd read a lot about it on BA but hadn't put in the effort to mail order it, so I was quite happy to see it arrive on my doorstep. Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with a lightly engraved "enjoy by" date of Feb 12, 2014. Poured into the IPA-specific Speigelau glass with a Dogfish Head etching on the side.
Appearance - Poured with standard vigor, which creates a towering three-finger cream colored head of dense, small bubbles. Beneath the foam high rise is a lagoon of deep orange and tangelo, glowing with spun gold highlights in places and a lazy stream of bubbles gliding to the top of the glass. Retention is moderate, and as it fades down, there is left a sticky mottling of sparse lacing all the way down the glass. The surface never loses all of it's bubbles, with a quarter-finger film resting atop throughout.
Smell - I really like the smell of this one, with lots of tropical fruits on display. I get mango and pineapple up front, as well as some more herbal elements, like pine sap and even some hints of cedar woodiness. Some notes of esters are lurking in the background, but are sufficiently blended in with the fruit and pine on the nose.
Taste - Here, the hint of esters in the smell become more apparent, pushing the herbal and tropical notes to the side. The esters are strong enough to lend a slightly medicinal quality to the taste, although the malt bill makes an appearance as the flavor develops and warms, giving some sweetness to balance the more astringent elements. A little bit of a letdown after a quite promising aroma.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, with a bit of a "pulpy" mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation. Semisweet finish.
Overall, a solid offering into a crowded style that reminds me of some other DIPAs I've had in a lot of good ways. There are a couple others I would likely pick up before this one, even if it was easily obtained in my neck of the woods. I imagine it's a pretty solid go-to for anyone in Victory's distribution footprint.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 03:23:00 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Have heard great things about this beer. Decided to finally try it. Here goes:
A: Splendid. Pours a clear orange with a massive head. Tons of lacing - and I mean tons of it. The protein content is undoubtedly great. Can't wait to try it.
S: Fantastic. Lots of Pacific NW hops. Can smell grapefruit, lemon, orange, and great helpings of mango and tropical fruit. Emphasis on the mango and tropical fruit - reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks and Stone Go To.
T: Very good but somewhat bummed. Great hop flavor, but the malt is somewhat muted. I typically like a good balance of malt and hops in my DIPA's. Oh well, it's still superb. The taste of the hops follows the nose.
M: OK, somewhat light, especially for a DIPA.
O: A very good DIPA. Will be having again and again. Great job, Victory!
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 20:01:55 | More by leantom
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Re-rating this based off a fresh from the tap beer at Victory. I had previously rated this a 3.75 a long time back when I first had it and that was underrated. This review I tried to temper with the fact that most likely the bottle can't live up to what I'm having here, but my thought is it is closer to this rating than my original.
A: hazy-to-cloudy pale yellow with a great head and lots of lacing.
S: this fresh beer is probably a 5+ for an IPA. Smells like opening a piney hop bag for home brewing (unfortunately I don't know what fresh hops themselves smell like, but I can guess). Downside-all you get is hops, upside is the same. Did not give a 5 b/c in am guessing this is as fresh as you can get, and that affects it. Then again, never had any fresh IPA with this amount of hop nose. Oh-smells like your fresh cut Christmas tree.
T: the crazy pine scent does not come into the taste initially. The taste has a base earthy taste, with some citrus notes. The pine enters early mid taste, soon after the lemon-touched grapefruit taste, which is something that doesn't always work for me, but I do t mind it as much here as there is a little sweetness (honey-like) that lessens the blow.
M: very good carbonation, medium body. The ending is quite dry and a bit resinous.
O: definitely deserves a try and can see why it held a spot near the top of the IPA list at one point. I pick this up from time to time already, but will have to check what I get in bottles against this review.
Serving type: on-tap
07-31-2014 01:38:21 | More by cjgiant
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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