DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.91/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
12-02-2013 03:23:00 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-29-2013 22:05:47 | More by oberon
4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
03-22-2014 02:29:04 | More by don1481
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
10-14-2013 22:44:48 | More by MadScientist
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,366 ratings.