DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.71/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
12oz bottle into a thin Captain Lawrence tulip. A special greeting to people who hate hearing about glassware branding.
Guaranteed fresh; the beer was released a week ago.
Appearance: Steady pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that sticks around significantly longer than most. Pours a juuust off from translucent amber. Pretty good lacing.
Smell: The dank you'd expect from Chinook and Simcoe, with some Citra orange and a lot of grapefruit and pine. Full, room-filling hop aroma. Settles into a rich, earthy tangerine aroma.
This is pushing 5.0... near-perfect, just excellent.
Taste: First sip is smooth up front with a burst of juicy hop flavor, grapefruit and earthy Simcoe/Chinook pungency, steadily transitioning to a surprisingly bitter and dry finish, a piny punch to the face. Spot on.
Subsequent sips bring out the overshadowed but brilliant player at work here: great, almost biscuity malt background. This is going to a fantastic beer even after the hops fade; it's not "barleywine-like," but the malt backbone is beautiful, like a really good higher gravity german lager (almost like a marzen even). Don't get me wrong--the dominant flavor here is bold, geniusly chosen and utilized hops with a cereal grain undercurrent and dry finish. But lingering along with it is some really well defined malt.
This isn't just a good beer, it's a great beer. Probably world class, if you want to talk like that. Similar tangerine/melon/cereal profile to the best Northeast IPAs (Gandhi-bot, Abner, Heady Topper), but so much more with it (admittedly, those "best Northeast IPAs" also have "so much more"). The citrusy dankness and pine stay strong, and I love the persistent malt character filling everything out.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Juicy. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish. Well above average.
Overall: Victory is on fire with IPAs. Their formerly tap-only, soon-to-be-bottled Ranch IPA series has been impressing the hell out of me in Manhattan bars, and this beer is even better.
Not much else to say besides gushing praise. Excellent, excellent beer. Tons of depth, deeep hop flavor, malt that's good enough to be the star of the beer on its own, great mouthfeel, huge aroma. Easily the best new widely distributed beer I've had in a long time.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2013 23:51:32 | More by Pahn
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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 4,049 ratings.