DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 4,043 | Reviews: 560 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.61/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2013 00:44:08 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours a nice hazy golden color with a small but fairly thick head. Very good lacing.
Smells like citrus. Lots of grapefruit on the nose. Subdued malt smells as well, very faint.
Taste is nice and hoppy. Good citrus flavor from the hops. Not overpoweringly hoppy, but still very hoppy. The hops are somewhat made milder by a slight maltiness. Maybe even some less acidic fruit taste as well.
As far as mouthfeel goes, this beer was much creamier than I was expecting. With as much grapefruit as it had in the nose I expected a very crisp IPA. Not gonna lie, I'm a big fan of malty beers, so I loved the mouthfeel.
Very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 20:47:01 | More by BigRedDog
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,043 ratings.