DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.91/5 rDev -8.6%
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
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4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
bottle into snifter
a: mildly hazy, somewhat transparent bright orange. aggressive pour yields about a finger of head. nice!
s: very pungent sweet orange and grapefruit in the front. subdued pineapple, pine, and lemon to follow. i'm also getting the onion/garlic note thing but i don't find it too offensive. really great aroma
t: follows the nose. tons of grapefruit and orange, and maybe even a bit of mango? not getting a lot of malt backbone here - i'd prefer a bit more to balance the sharp, but not off-putting bitterness that enters mid-way through each sip
m: medium-bodied with good carbonation. slightly oily
o: a bit below my expectations but still a great brew.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 20:01:24 | More by kevinlater
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bought a single at Little's Liquor store. Poured into a snifter.
A&S: Semi-lively transparent pumpkin orange colored beer. Head is initially about a half a finger of white head, but dies quickly. Even with it's lack of much head it still leaves a decent amount of head. Very tropical in the aroma: pineapple, mango, and hints of grapefruit. More sweet sugary tones than bitterness, but it's still a nice bitterness.
T&M: Extremely well balanced between sweet and bitter. Upfront: sweet sugar tones paired with tropical hops and some pine/resin thrown in there. Hints of some peppery spice. The finish adds a pretty decent punch of bitterness, but not overwhelming or dry. Medium to high body, low side of carbonation, very smooth.
Overall: I'm very impressed. Checked the rating after reviewing it and it lives up to the hype. Highly recommend to anyone. On par with the best of the style
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 00:36:25 | More by minterro
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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