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DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of jtwelk33
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly would be hard pressed in my opinion to find a better double IPA. Fantastic hop kick and very smooth. I go through cases of this since it is easily available here in Philly area.

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Photo of Vivelepositif
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

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Photo of Emporia
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Because perfection is hard to come by, I have to go with a 4.75 overall.....but as I wait for the perfect beer, this is as close as it gets for me. Best tasting IPA out there and I've tasted many. Out of 7 billion ppl in the world and each having an opinion, mine is this is the best IPA out there!

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 3.5 - Pours a clear gold color. Forms up a finger of bright white colored, dense head. Medium/low head potential, high head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 5 - Extremely wet, juicy and dank hops, bittered, more savory aromas of pineapple, mango and grapefruit rind.
T - 4.75 - Once again with the dank hops, lightly sweet pineapple and tangerine, ends on a nice, medium/strong bitter finish.
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/thick, creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - What an awesome example of the double IPA style. This DIPA is deceptively smooth and sessionable and doesn't fall victim to the loss of bitterness and malty syrupy sweetness that most double do. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the style!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Victory DirtWolf.

I've over looked this one probably a hundred times at my local craft shop and had no idea about its critical acclaim until I happened to stumble upon it on here. Since it isn't a massively hyped $8 bottle, I can assume the ratings shall not let me down. At least I hope not.

Look - Pours a moderately deep golden with a two finger white head that sticks around throughout the entire glass. Carbonation appears high and is even giving me the illusion of a cyclone going on in my glass. Bottle is quite attractive as well which is a slight bonus for this category. Leaves spiral lacing all throughout my glass. This category would get a perfect score if the beer would have been a bit darker. 4.75.

Smell - Y'know how people mention the word ' dank ' with some beers? With this is about as dank of a nose as you could possibly get. Nicely balanced centenniel hit on the forefront and quite floral and leafy. Fruit juices that I can't quite put a finger on. Earthy with just a touch of dirt. 4.75.

Taste - Ever have a beer follow the nose to almost a perfect T? Well this is pretty much that. Centenniel hops stay light to medium with a burst of grapefruit juice and floral aspects followed by the earthiness and just a touch dirty, which makes things more interesting as it kind of compliments the other flavors in a way. 4.75.

Feel - Light and creamy bodied due to the retained head with less carbonation than I had expected after the show it put on in my glass. Swallos easy as can be for the percent. 5.

Overall - Dangerous stuff right here. Drinkability is second to none. Has all the flavors you want in a DIPA without being one sided. Surely not malt heavy. The earthy edge is a bit weird in this guy, but other than that, this is still one of my favorite beers of all time hands down. Could drink morning, day or night, spring, summer, fall or winter. 4.75.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Eww, like licking a pine cone mixed in a pool of bitters. I won't be drinking many IPAs, I have taste buds unfortunately.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.14/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of warsonsmu
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Victory did a wonderful job with this DIPA. IPAs are not usually my top choice, but DirtWolf is a great introduction to the IPA family. The nose is strong as you would expect, but profile is slightly less intense. Certainly a drinkable IPA and a perfect choice for a newcomer to the IPA world.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A softer gentler IPA. In a land of harsh extremes, this IPA offers the assertive bitterness we expect from the style without the mouth pucker. It feels like a session IPA until you pay the piper as you finish it. I just wish o had a mound of BBQ brisket to enjoy alongside it. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of slym
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

This is easily the best IPA/DIPA I have ever had.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even with a relatively careful pour, the lively brew overflows the IPA glass with steady, slow rising carbonation. The end result is a staggering whipped cream-like head that mounds over the top of the glass, adorning a golden honey colored ale. It's a little lighter than I expected, and the color and clarity afford a great view of the myriad particulates that are suspended in the liquid. After a good while, there is still ample foam retained, and lovely lacing on the glass. This one looks like it belongs in a commercial. The aroma is incredible. Dank, earthy and aromatic. Very bright and floral. A bit of pineapple and tropical fruit flair. Absolutely luscious! The first sip is an explosion of complex hop character. Tart earthy spice, minty pine and citrus zest. Artfully balanced with just enough malt sweetness to play along, without becoming cloying. The alcohol is well hidden, so despite a cumulative booziness on the breath, it's undetectable. The mouthfeel is juicy. Exceptionally fresh and lively. This is hands down one of the best double IPA's I've ever had. Nothing is to excess, but it is brimming with complexity and character. I would be happy just smelling this beer. Fortunately, the look, taste and feel are up to the challenge too. This is a marquee example of an American IPA and what passionate brewing can produce.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of Schimms
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours light gold with 1 inch thick white fluffy head.
S: Great citrus - Victory knows its hop combos.
T: Incredible - once again a nod to Victory and its hop knowledge.
F: Light carbonation, slight dry finish. Decent hop burn.
O: Another great on from Victory.

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Photo of OleGee
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Having tried some of the highest rated DIPA's, I'm not sure in a blind taste test which I would pick for my favorite - lucky to be in Victory's distro area and realize I can buy this beer anytime, anywhere. This beer is truly excellent on all counts.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

As a fan of the Mosaic Hop this is a no brainer.. I can always detect citra and mosaic before all others and this dipa is competent it brings the decent hop punch I crave ,as an avid fan of Clown Shoes Space Cake, Dirtwolf delivers it has a slight sweetness with a robust mosaic and citra punch. I would recommend this beer to Double Inda Pale Ale fans it's refined enough to enjoy with dinner but pungent enough to keep your attention on a Saturday night. So if you crave mosaic you gotta try this. This is my first victory brew and I'm excited to try more.

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Photo of aderousseau
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely enjoy this beer, but not really picking up on the Double IPA. I think it's a world class IPA. Double...I am not so sure of. Would be a perfect IPA out of the can. Nice IPA nose; Beautiful straw color in appearance; Very noticable bready hops. Citra fruity, Simcoe punch.

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Photo of 8BaconBits
4/5  rDev -6.3%

On tap.

Was okay for a double IPA. Didn't pack a lot of flavor to me. Super high ABV.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz best by Oct 20. Nice golden straw color. One finger foamy head that dissipates slowly. Moderate retention and lacing. Smell of tropical flavors citrus grapefruit pineapple. The taste concurs with aroma with bready finish. Decent carbonation. 8.7 percent hidden very well and a balanced beer. One of my favorites! Cheers!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wise man once said: “In the land of countless Double IPAs (aka America) the best hop balanced beer is king.” [that wise man was me btw] It is armed with this foreknowledge that I approach one of the most highly rated DIPAs with trepidation, I mean it’s not every day you get to sup on the fine nectar of the hopped potion known to men and gods as ‘beer’ (let’s not forget woman too - or woman deities such as Ninkasi the Sumerian goddess of beer - cheers to equality Doc!). DirtWolf - the name even sounds like an 80’s TV series based on a stealth helicopter, YEAH.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy straw/pale amber body with a massive 2 inch white head that soon settles to a half centimetre lace - it might have been shaken but it was never stirred... damn those Bond puns sneaking in due to the upcoming Spectre film. Pale colour for an IPA, but decent nonetheless. 8/10.

S: Hops so fresh you’d think that they were picked yesterday. Bold grapefruit and herbal hops with a hint of tinned pineapple chunks - this is one chunky and delightful perfume you have Mr. DirtWolf. Background notes of a solid biscuit and orange candy malt base provide a foil ensuring the hops don’t completely steal the show. This is an A+ DIPA aroma. 10/10.

T: All of the above comes to life and dances an Irish jig on my tastebuds. In the immortal words of Ken Griffey Jr. "There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited" - only this one delightful concoction that won’t give you an extreme case of gigantism. Overall a touch on the sweet side, however if you’re over the OTT bitter DIPAs (like I am lately) this is a fresh approach that will leave you wanting another bottle (or a case in my instance). Ooo, hint of cracked pepper in there as well, damn DirtWolf - you be FINE! 10/10.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, a spot fizzier than I’m used to with this style, burps were forthcoming. 8/10.

D: Doc’s new favourite DIPA (or IPA for that matter!) right here. The only big negative I could come up with is: finishing the bottle. Damn I have one more left and Plonk (whom I convinced to get this in) are completely out of it now. Oh well, savour this sweet syrup while you can, life is short and then you die and get reincarnated as an obscure cartoon character [FYI: I’m starting my own religion “Toonism”]. Anyway, not relevant! Superlative brew. 10/10.

Food match: This a heavy brew treat it with light fare: Vietnamese, Thai, Indo, etc.

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Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong pour yields about a finger’s worth of cream white foam, more or less even surface, a few larger bubbles, has good retention of what’s there, the lacing is more like a thin, consistent webbing than thicker streaks. Coppery colored liquid, neither shiny nor dull, somewhat translucent as well, very few visible bubbles. The nose has a good amount going on, lots of pine and grapefruit, tangerine citrus, peppery, leafy without seeming green, the fruit is tropical pineapple, nectarine, mango with apricot, more edgy than wet and juicy, for the punch it packs it also possesses a sinewy, punctuated dissolve. Full-bodied, sappy and heavy in mouth feel. here too leans on the pine, citrus and herbal matter for the cornerstone of flavor. Not that floral but has a patina of malt sweetness and brioche style breadiness. Mango, papaya, pineapple, nectarine, apricot fruit bright and succinct at once. A touch boozy but no heat in the throat. The stickiness prevents it from being a thirst slaker but that is clearly not the intent. Big, bold and proud of it.

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Photo of Wardnemisis
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Real smooth not too bitter of an after taste

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Photo of jra173
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not quite as good as hop ranch, but this is a hoppy,
Citrusy IIPA. Victory just doesnt make bad beer.

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Photo of RobAM
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good IPA. I prefer this one from the bottle.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Ordered this on draft, and there's a bit of a chill haze to the tulip-headed snifter. The color is an orange-tinged medium gold, the trending color for good IPA's, in my opinion! The creamy white head is petite, yet long lasting, and leaves with delicate, even rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: The upfront scent of grassy his relaxes into a scrumptious smelling combination of hot buttered toast, grapefruit, and caramel. Rich and addictive--with every sip, you look forward to the aroma as much as the taste!

Taste: A flavor profile that reminds us that the "double" in "DIPA" applies to more than just the IBU or the ABV. This is a complex beer, but not overwhelming. It still possesses that crisp, lively character we hop heads love, we hops are appropriately celebrated in this case: The dominate flavor is of various citrus rinds, and it balances well with the medium-high bitterness. Neither element possesses that common C-hop bite, but this is only because the diversity of additional flavors allows the hops to shine rather than obstruct. A swig of whiskey deepens the flavor, while Ritz crackers and toasted bread crusts keep things grounded in malt. Some pleasurable, English-style sweetness presents itself as roasted marshmallows, vanilla bean, and a quarter teaspoon of butterscotch, while apricot and peach bring further complement those hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet balanced by a crispness which is mostly derived from from medium carbonation. The body is medium tangy and as well, a continuation of the beer's theme of hearty balance.

Overall: A fantastic specimen for those of us who sometimes can't decide between an IPA and a Belgian beer--it's both refreshing and complicated, both tangy and sumptuous. For those who want a typical hop-centric DIPA without any distractions, this may not be your beer at the moment. But if you enjoy balance and complexity combined, you must give this a try.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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