DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,033 | Reviews: 559 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by spoony:
4.16/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 355 ml bottle (best by July 2014) into a tulip.
A-This is a good-looking IIPA. The head is nearly two fingers tall and retention is very good at more than three minutes. The lacing is clingy and uniform on the glass. The beer is a hazed honey color.
S-The aroma has some bright citrus flavors like orange zest and grapefruit, as well as a touch of tropical fruit like pineapple. This beer is less juicy than some IIPAs, however, and there is a fair bit of sweet bready malts in there to balance the hops. I get a bit of onion and herbal characteristics, too.
T-The taste mostly follows the smell, but with a little bit less sweetness. I get orange peel, lemon, lemongrass, and grapefruit. The hops are zesty rather than juicy, but the hop flavors stay on the citrus end of the spectrum and never get too pine-forward. I also get some bread and biscuit. The finish has a bit of onion and a surprisingly earthy character.
M-The feel is medium heft with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit wet feeling.
O-I am a late arrival on the DirtWolf hype train, but I was glad to have hopped aboard (no pun intended). This beer manages to carve out its own flavor niche in a world of super fruity, juicy IIPAs, and for that I give it props. I also enjoy the balancing malt. I could not, however, get over the onion that I kept noticing, especially on the finish. I tasted three different bottles with the same result. Oh well...another good IIPA on the shelves is a good problem to have.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 04:20:16 | More by spoony
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4.41/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a goldish-orange with a big white foam head that dissipates quickly. A small amount of lacing around the edges.
Lots of citrus hops in the aroma. Bursting with grapefruit, lemon, and orange. A little bit of sweetness going along with the cirrus. Nose finishes up with a burst of pine that is very strong.
The taste follows the nose. Lots of hops right up front, followed by the same bursting grapefruit and a hint of the lemon, with a touch of mango and possibly peach. A little bit of bitterness in the finish. Piney resin comes with the aftertaste. For such a hoppy beer, this is shockingly easy to drink.
Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The pine causes a bit of a resinous quality, making it a bit sticky going down.
Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA, once of my favorites so far. Despite the hoppiness, it is incredibly easy to drink, which could make it dangerous.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 02:48:20 | More by majorbase2
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,033 ratings.