DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,265
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 208
Gots: 990 | 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 MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle reads "Enjoy by February 5, 2014." Poured into a pint glass.

DirtWolf Double IPA has one of the most beautiful appearances of a DIPA that I have ever seen. Massive foamy white head that crowns over the top of the pint glass like a sno-cone. Very slowly recedes after minutes to stack and compact at about a finger thick. Lacing is all over the glass, coating it like drifts in a winter snowstorm. The liquid underneath is a brilliant golden color, with near perfect clarity and showing a robust amount of carbonation. Could not possibly look better constructed.

Aromatic hops abound with DirtWolf, giving off pungent floral notes, delicate citrus aromas, and a little hint of German malts underneath. It smells incredible, and I'm convinced that this hop profile is a unique mix of very different varietals. (Just took a peek at Victory's webpage and they list Citra, Chinook, Simcoe, and Mosaic as the hop blend)

The first sip has an incredibly soft texture on the palate, delivering a well-balanced body filled with bitter hops and sweet malts. The alcohol is noticeable, but plays a supporting role in the complexity of the malt sweetness. The hops add a lot here, with a dry, biting bitterness, along with some citrus (grapefruit, sweet and tangy) and pine in the finish. As the pint goes on, the sweetness develops some more, with a juicy citrus quality and reminiscent of ripened mango.

This is a supremely well put together beer, and for Victory to just nail the DIPA category like this shows what they are capable of when they want to create something new. I am a fan of theirs in general, and this may be one of my favorites that they have come out with. One problem is the alcohol content, I couldn't drink many of these in a sitting. One is plenty! But if it is ever on tap somewhere, I know what my one beer for the night will be. Very solid example of the style for a very decent price too!

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.

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of npala86
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of xVERITAS
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Tiernan
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

Photo of Daniel_Kang
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,265 ratings.