DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by puboflyons:
4.46/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 31, 2014.
The pour is mainly copper amber with a good sized foamy white head that lingers and laces. Good clarity.
Pleasant aroma of floral, grass, and pine hops that enhance the scent but do not take it over. However, these are the first esters I get along with a more distant pale malt note.
The roasted pale malts stand up on the first sip but those snazzy floral and piney hops have too much of an ego to be kept down...so they jump forward. However they know when enough is enough so they end in a subtle, yet bitter fashion. This is wonderfully balanced and both subtle and vibrant at the same time. I could drink several of these.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2014 21:32:19 | More by puboflyons
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District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Re-rating this based off a fresh from the tap beer at Victory. I had previously rated this a 3.75 a long time back when I first had it and that was underrated. This review I tried to temper with the fact that most likely the bottle can't live up to what I'm having here, but my thought is it is closer to this rating than my original.
A: hazy-to-cloudy pale yellow with a great head and lots of lacing.
S: this fresh beer is probably a 5+ for an IPA. Smells like opening a piney hop bag for home brewing (unfortunately I don't know what fresh hops themselves smell like, but I can guess). Downside-all you get is hops, upside is the same. Did not give a 5 b/c in am guessing this is as fresh as you can get, and that affects it. Then again, never had any fresh IPA with this amount of hop nose. Oh-smells like your fresh cut Christmas tree.
T: the crazy pine scent does not come into the taste initially. The taste has a base earthy taste, with some citrus notes. The pine enters early mid taste, soon after the lemon-touched grapefruit taste, which is something that doesn't always work for me, but I do t mind it as much here as there is a little sweetness (honey-like) that lessens the blow.
M: very good carbonation, medium body. The ending is quite dry and a bit resinous.
O: definitely deserves a try and can see why it held a spot near the top of the IPA list at one point. I pick this up from time to time already, but will have to check what I get in bottles against this review.
Serving type: on-tap
07-31-2014 01:38:21 | More by cjgiant
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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