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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4.06/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Like all Double IPA I compare it to the respectable and classic Pliny the elder but still, my mind still open to any ipa that could top it. (possibly heady topper) . Great IPA on a humid hot day, exceptional bitterness, lovely citrus taste, and finish nicely with light malt tasty. I think its a lil heavier than pliny
Appearance - hazy orange yellow brass color
Aroma - strong citrus note of grapefruit, pine, and hops
Taste - Amazing, great amount of citrus, grapefruit, pine, hops bitterness, light malt
Overall great beer yet pretty close... outstanding and lovely to drink in a hot day.. going to be one of my go to IPA. surprisingly an outstanding beer by Victory Brewing Co.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 01:35:52 | More by BeerME_562
4.46/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle with an enjoy by date of October 14, 2014. Pours into a Stone tulip a brilliant medium-gold with a huge, frothy, rocky white head. The head lasts about 3-4 minutes before settling into a crown with thick chunks of lacing spread around the rim of the tulip.
Nose is huge, hoppy, and smells like it Victory brewed this on the opposite coast. Massive citrus aromas: grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple. Dank resin and floral aromas are also evident. Almost a slight garlicy smell, which is a little strange since there's apparently no Summit in the recipe. Slight hint of spice, particularly chive.
Flavor is very juicy. Tons of tropical fruits, followed by floral and resiny flavors. Just a slight hint of caramel and honey malts, and a spicy finish. Very little bitterness for the style. Slight alcohol warmth, but you can barely taste it.
Medium bodied with a low-medium level of carbonation. Very easy on the palate; dry, refreshing even.
This is a wonderful DIPA. Definitely hop-dominant, but a very well-selected blend of hops gives it a very complex flavor and bouquet. Excellent all around and relatively low ABV for the style. Victory rarely disappoints, and it has produced another winner with DirtWolf.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 02:19:41 | More by Phocion
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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