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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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5,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,238
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 207
Gots: 974 | FT: 34
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:
Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

(Beer added by: aengleman on 09-27-2013)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Vivelepositif
5/5  rDev +16.6%

After reading the reviews this popped right into my wants. Then on a lowly day when beer shopping my phone died, unable to turn to BA for advice. With no particular wants in mind I picked this up, read the description on the side and knew I had to try it. This ended up as a want twice and for good reason. Smells and tastes primarily of citrus, mostly grabbing grapefruit and apple, surprisingly brings a brisk spice aspect once the pine comes forward. Aftertaste is dry and suitable to taste. Mouthfeel is crisp with biting carbonation. So easy and pleasurable to drink, my new personal go-to.

Photo of slym
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

This is easily the best IPA/DIPA I have ever had.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(enjoy by 18 Jan 2015 - poured into a fat Chouffe tulip)

L: clear, grainy yellow-gold hue... beautiful, tightly-woven web of frothy, cottony white foam... curiously, little lace, as the foam chooses to glide down the wall of the glass

S: vintage Victory whole-flower hop character... orange, lemon, green grass... almost jelly-like, candy sweetness... mellow yet invigorating lemony alcohol... perhaps a slightly sourdough/lemon tart after the last 1/2 oz poured in

T: pungent, grassy/green onion hop flavor and zippy bitterness... subtle aftertaste of old-timey lemon hard candy... malt fills in just enough of the background to give it foundation, like a crust

F: soft, short, buzzing waves of foam... bit of a slick-ish finish and residual film sliding down the back end of the tongue... ends up blanket-soft, filling the palate with a burst of hop ghosts

O: lovely intensity of elegant yellow citrus and powdery white butter cookie flavor... the German engineering is still in effect... so utterly enjoyable - not much more they could do to improve its construct

Photo of 8BaconBits
4/5  rDev -6.8%

On tap.

Was okay for a double IPA. Didn't pack a lot of flavor to me. Super high ABV.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler filled at Premier Gourmet this weekend....I love that place.Poured into an impy nonic a clear light to medium golden with a great looking blooming white head that left two multiple rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Pine and grapefruit along with sugary sweetness in the nose,there is drunken fruit element to it.Fresh citric hops greet the taste buds that melds into a grassiness and then into a sweet dough caramel base,a sugary alcohol element is there but doesn't overpower the hops.I like it,top 5....not sure,but it kicks ass.

Photo of don1481
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint.

Appearance: A hazy, mostly translucent yellow with brisk bubbling action and a white head that leaves a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass as it slowly dies down.

Smell: Holy complex nose, Batman! Citrus, hops, pine, grass, grapefruit all just take their turn in blasting out for my enjoyment.

Taste: Very much reflects the nose. Nice, complex - and distinct - flavors centered around citrus, pine, grass, and hops hit pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp. A little bit of the pine lingers as an aftertaste.

Overall: Well, then. $9.45 for a 4 pack well spent!

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Eww, like licking a pine cone mixed in a pool of bitters. I won't be drinking many IPAs, I have taste buds unfortunately.

Photo of 71ADub
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A-light straw colored, cottony head, clear
S - citrus, no alcohol
T-YUMMY! Bitter, but does not dominate the malt - a good balance. Can taste the citrusy hop flavor as it fills your mouth and wafts up your nose.
F - silky smooth, medium carbonation
O - 4.1 - a great double IPA

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of HopKing14
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of MadScientist
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A light colored DIPA that is a deep golden beer with good clarity. The white head is quick to fade into a thin cap of soapy bubbles.

S: A strong citrus hops aroma that mostly has notes of grapefruit, pine, some pineapple and a fair amount of an herbal character. There is a light malt a sweetness and a low alcohol sweetness.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness and a very strong citrus hop flavors. The hop flavors are a lemon/lime, pine, some mango and little citrus zest. There is just enough malt for support and nothing more making for a very bitter balance. The finish is off-dry with a lingering, citrus hops flavor and bitterness. There is some herbal qualities to the hop flavor that is more apparent towards the finish.

M: A medium bodied beer with a light creaminess and a strong level of carbonation.

O: A very well crafted Double IPA that brings a ton of American citrus hops to the party. The entire focus and balance of the beer is out towards showcasing the hops.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of cjn40277
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tbryan5
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,238 ratings.