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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 6,130
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 25.93%
Wants: 293
Gots: 1,640 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aengleman on 09-27-2013

Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.
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Photo of Jeremy0682
2.37/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Was really excited to try this one after being disappointed by the Hop Ranch. Unfortunately I didn't find this one much better. Tasted and smelled a little too much like an sweaty gym sock. I don't get the hype, but different people have different tastes, especially for IPA's. I must just be more of a West Coast IPA guy.

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Photo of LarryV
2.49/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

After reading reviews of this beer, I feel like I'm drinking a different beer. The aroma reminds me of underarm sweat, really off putting. The same quality comes across in the taste. Victory usually makes a pretty decent beer but I think they missed the mark on this one. I wouldn't buy this again. I bought a 4 pack and it's going to be a chore to polish it off. Really disappointing beer.

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Photo of ZionNation
2.6/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

wow, I have been a fan of the Victory beers from way back in the day when I lived in DC. Moved to AZ ten years ago and could not get it until recently. when it came available a few months ago, I immediately picked up some of the Prima Pils and it lives up to my memory and remains a great pilsner. being a huge IPA and double and imperial IPA guy, I was really excited when I noticed DirtWolf at Total Wine. I got a growler and brought it home to pair with some rare seared sushi grade salmon and kale salad. dinner was great, but in short the DirtWolf was a drain pour, a waste of $6.99 IMO. it wasn't like the keg was bad, maybe it was, but rather this beer seemed to have the hop profile, but it seems like a one dimensional beer, no backbone to speak of, flat tasting yet with seeming plenty of carbonation. vinegar like. just kind of a cheap IPA. I would probably buy a 12oz bottle one time to try it again to see if I had a bad batch or if I just wasn't in the mood, but from the growler experience this stuff is not good. I dumped it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle $2.79. Thank God I bought a single. Bright yellow orange, good head and lace. Aroma is really thick and earthy hops but then a strong plastic aroma. Flavor is astringent alcohol and plastic notes. Not really a pleasant beer at all, would not purchase.

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Photo of whiterabbit
3.09/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really eager to try this anticipated Double IPA from Victory, love their stuff!

A - Nice, hazy golden yellow . Mellow, yet inviting

S - Ok, now I get it. I have seen and heard the term "cat pee" and always shook my head. I won't anymore. Wow, about as uninviting as it gets, and I get that this particular hop has that effect.

T - MUCH better than the smell. starts out grapefruit, more pith than peel, bitter, piney grass, and subtle tangerine in there somewhere. Sticky - bigtime. But that good bitter you want from a double.

M - smoother than what it sounds, definite layers and various taste profiles here. I kinda dig that. Not a boring offering, that is for sure!

O - I expected more. Unfortunately when there is a lot of hype for a product, there is an expectation that you cannot help but to have. There will be those who swear by this, and those that will not get it, not even for a minute. I fall somewhere in between, as I think it is worth a try, but does not rock my particular vote. Am going to grab some Harvest ales next....

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Photo of ScotNH
3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a very hazy, creamy orangish color, with three quarters of a finger of creamy head. Moderate carbonation slowly climbing to the surface.

S - Bitter and unpleasant.

T - Very light, watery hop flavor. Hint of onion?

M - Light body. Decent carbonation.

O - This bottle was just barely a month old, so I'm not sure if that had an impact, but this was a very mediocre DIPA. The aroma was definitely off. I'll try to re-review this at a later date with a super fresh bottle.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a 2 finger white head that reduces quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S- Hmm.. not the most inviting aromas in the world.. grass, onions, some pine, floral, biscuits.

T- Matches the nose.. pretty oniony, floral, spicy on the aftertaste.. some resinous bite on the finish.

M- I'll give it this.. you can't really tell it's 8+% alcohol, pretty smooth for that ABV. Somewhat overcarbonated though.

I didn't enjoy one aspect of this beer. Even if it was a little past it's prime for an IPA, it was downright terrible. I never get that "onion" note that people talk about, but I got it full force on both the nose and the tongue in this beer. No thanks.

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Photo of Arrowhuntr
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The smell, taste, and appearance are very good for this beer. This is one of the better Victory beers. What I do not like is that the taste is present for a second or two, then it is all alcohol burn. I believe if they can mask the alcohol better, it could truly become a quality brew.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 8.99/4-pack at Giant Eagle
Bottle best by Jul 05 2014 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma markedly citrus and flowery – no pine
Head large (5 cm), frothy, white, mostly diminishing into a 2 mm thick head
Lacing good, multiple lacey rings the depth of the pour
Body light yellow with slight hop haze
Flavor begins bitter and flowery, no citrus, no pine, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no balancing malt, just bitter with an astringent aftertaste
Palate light to medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation.

Unimpressive, just another DIPA, like drinking a bitter perfume. Glad I only bought a four-pack.

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Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Bitter and resinous pine sap up front. A fairly soapy aroma as well. Lingering bitterness in the nose.
T: Bitter, resiny pine sap. Soapy and oily with a lingering bitterness that just does not go away. I can't really get much else.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Though this has a big oily and soapy consistency. Big alcohol, and not much else to counter the large and lingering bitterness. Not something I really care to finish.

Pretty much everything I don't like in a DIPA, and pretty much the opposite of Hop Ranch. Not something I particularly enjoy. Maybe self proclaimed hop heads mileage varies.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Draft, The Refinery, Newhall, CA 2/21/15) Not sure why I don't like this one as much as a lot do on BA, maybe it is the combination of the hops used. It didn't finish as solid by beer's end.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really want to like this beer. To me it's an average double IPA. There is not a lot that stands out. Of course it is a matter of preference. My ideal DIPA will have a very pungent hop aroma and this has very little. Taste has a little piney resin on the front with some sticky earth tones on the back. Not bad, just not for me. Poured from a 12 oz bottle 30 days prior to 'enjoy by' date.

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Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick orange sap body with floating mass of white wash over top. Thick lacing develops on the sides of the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus with rind, palm leaves, and sharp fruit soap. Flavors mirror the aroma but with a more pronounced grassiness, a bright lip-puckering fruit effect, and boozy undertones. Thick in body with medium carbonation. A standout beer for Victory. Not as menacing or dirty as its name suggests but rather a hoppy fruit bomb that will be familiar to any double IPA drinker.

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Photo of Uillceal_Gwynlambth
3.34/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light yellow is not my favorite color for beer. It had little to no head or Belgian lace.

The good strong spicy hop smell and taste is my favorite part and for its poor appearance it had some body to back it up. I'd however expect more from a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is also more then I expected.

For the high bitter hop crowd I would recommend this offering.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dogwood Growlers in Kennesaw, GA. Great place.

Appearance 4.0: Really nice amber-golden color to this beer. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded into very attractive foamy residue that lasted the entire session. Good lacing.

Smell 2.75: Note to brewers: adopt a male cat. Litter box train it. Now, when blending hops for your IPAs (Imperial or otherwise) make sure that -when combined-- they do not produce a smell like the cat's urine. If only the brewers at Liberty followed this simple procedure. Bleargh. However, there are some good points to this beer's bouquet, it's just that the cat urine thing...yeah, hard to move beyond it.

Taste 3.5: Front is...nuts, I still detect some of that cat pee at this taste level. Nonetheless, the middle is a revelation with a big kick of lovely pine, grapefruit rind, a subtle floral taste; all balanced with a very pleasant maltiness. Finish is big in the front of the palate with malt, sweetness and hop bitterness, then fades quickly into the Aftertaste level which is long and hoppy and very satisfying. Almost makes me forget about the cat pee.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Typical C02 carbonation (it's a growler, duh!) that was right on the money for the style.

Overall 3.5: Good beer and good example of the style. Not a hint of the massive ABV this bad boy packs, so be careful. However, let this beer stand as an example to other brewers: match the blended hop scent with care before you go into final production.

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Photo of Preston
3.36/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smooth beer for the amount of alcohol, but a bit too sweet for my taste; also a bit too carbonated. It was very good, but there are a lot better double IPAs out there.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall its a good IPA but nothing special. The bitterness was there but flavor was lacking. The flavor of most great IPAs is a mix of hops, citrus, and many other notes. But DirtWolf was more of just the bitter hop side and had a bread/cracker after taste.

Not a bad IPA, worth a try. I feel that theres many others that are much better

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Photo of antott0523
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color. Carbonation just visible through the slight haziness. Off-white head leaves just a thin veil. No lacing.

Smell: Moderate amount of citrus hop dominated by fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a touch of sugar. Faint notes of pine. A slight malt back including notes of apricot. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but far from overpowering.

Taste: The hop flavor manifests itself predominately through a sweetened grapefruit juice flavor. The finish is smooth and slightly tart, with just a touch of lingering grapefruit pith, and a minor amount of warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high amount of carbonation with a round mouthfeel.

This is a good DIPA. It is more balanced than HopDevil, which may be good or bad depending on your preference.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

12 ounce bottle - Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pale copper-hued body, a bit hazy, with almost an inch of whitish foam.

Smell: Chiefly hoppy in the nose, sporting notes of melon, citrus, fresh herb, riding atop the softly bready, lightly doughy, lightly honeyish malts.

Taste: Honey-toned malts blended with the melony, citrusy, floral hop flavors. Bready base malts, a little doughy. There's an encroaching dank resinous quality. Medium-high bitterness. Some semblance of a renewed honey taste underneath the hops. An alcoholic warmth and a little boozy bent precedes the resiny, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation which has some life to it.

Overall: It's fine, acceptable, but it's just good to see ole Victory making the effort.

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Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly, but not completely leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Sporadic yet persistent lacing.

S: White bread, a little yeast, pine cones, and pine resin. A bit of a soapy character, too.

T: Bitter pine hop. Sourdough bread. And just a hint of resiny sweetness.

M: Light bodied and crisp body. A bit of syrupy character through the experience. Biting, mouth puckering, dry finish; which continues to tingle the palate throughout.

D: Character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich golden hue, only a slight head, and very light persistent lacing. Nose is bready with piny and lightly sweet components. Bitter and crisp, a bit of yeast, and some resiny sweetness for balance. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The high level of craftsmanship really shines through with this beer. I just don't care for the flavor-it tastes like cat piss. I will say though that it is well balanced for a DIPA, much moreso than say Weyerbacher Double Simcoe (another beer that I get a strong cat piss flavor from). The beer has a nice fluffy head that lingers and lots of lacing. Very aromatic. I don't get any citrus or tropical flavors at all, it's just straight up cat piss for me. It's a fine beer and many will love this, just not for me.

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Photo of magpieken
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz bottle. Enjoy by 29/10/2015. Opaque, pale gold colour with a generous, slightly off-white head, which thinned out but left some nice lacing. Floral aroma of grapefruit, pine, earthiness, honey and malt. Low to medium sweetness and similar bitterness. Medium / full body, very noticeable alcohol (boozy but without the burn), smooth, almost oily texture and some gentle bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced and not as bitter as I was expecting, I consider this one to be decent without being exceptional. 7.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art (primarily green) and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired earlier tonight as part of a 4 pack at me local HEB grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 96 rating. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because the label identifies it as a double IPA. 8.70% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a white head of one finger width. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good smooth consistency. Little lacing cling to the sides of the glass; I can get a bit when I tilt it but it's far from substantial. Head retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a translucent quasitransparent yellow-gold of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Sm: Appealing hoppy bursts of pine, grapefruit, citrus, zest, grassiness, flowers, and nectar. Some hop oils as well. I get some honey, pale malts, and pilsner malts. Maybe a bit of caramalt. Pear fruit. The hops and malts seem well selected and well paired. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A clean, fresh, and appealing aroma of mild to moderate strength. The hoppy notes are very attractive and seem balanced - a feature missing in most imperial IPAs.

T: Has some lovely pine/evergreen, nectary, floral, and citrusy hop notes. Grapefruit with a bit of bitterness bite is the least balanced note of the bunch, but overall the hop profile plays well with the clean pale malt backbone - which is itself supplemented nicely by a bit of sweeter caramalt. The nectary notes are a standout for me. I love that the hops are largely well balanced, and the beer is never overtly too sweet or too bitter. While it's built with notable cohesion, it's not quite a gestalt flavour profile. Good complexity, decent subtlety. There is room for improvement.

Above average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour.

There is some alcohol presence, if we're being fair - but it's not distracting. Indeed, it provides a pleasant warmth and prevents the beer from being too dangerous. No yeast character comes through, but the beer seems quite cleanly fermented, and I suspect an American IPA yeast was used. I don't find any off-notes.

Mf: Oily. Good body and thickness. Has a strong presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. Sticky. Good smoothness and coarseness.

Not astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, harsh, chewy, or rough.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for its high ABV, but nowhere near as much as world class beers in the style. Overall, this is a damn solid offering from Victory and I look forward to killing my 4 pack. Well-priced stuff for the quality.

Low B

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on a solid gold body Head is creamy and white with OK retention. Leaves a small cap and chunky collar with some nice lacing.

Smell: Herbal and floral. Slightly earthy with some citrus in the back. Some juicy grapefruit. Malts are bready with some light sweetness. Some pine. Almost soapy on the back. Very slight caramelization. Warming pushes a sweet juicy citrus.

Taste: Decidedly more bitter than the nose. Lingering pine and a solid juicy grapefruit. Slightly tropical. Dirty and earthy with a solid herbal element. Some floral hops as well. Malt backbone runs on the lighter side with some cracker and a good bit of biscuit. slightly caramelized malt sweetness. Building bitterness as it warms. Juicy as well. Actually balanced, but not a huge surprise where Victory is involved. Pineapple creeps out eventually.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with a juicy sip.

Overall: Do a barrel roll.

Carries a slightly more tropical thing than normal for Victory, but definitely shares a similar hop profile with their other pale ales. Good, but I can see it dropping off hard after a few weeks.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by Feb 14, 2014. Reviewed on Oct 14, 2013.

Appearance: Average, frothy, white head on top of a clear orange body. Fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy on the hops. Overwhelming pine and grapefruit with some orange and peach. The malt is practically non-existent. Light soapy yeast. Noticeable alcohol, almost like medicine.

Taste: Medium- to full-bodied and thick. Heat from the alcohol is there for sure.

Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation, harsh bitter finish, long-lasting flavor.

Overall: Hop bomb. Not much complexity, no balance whatsoever, and very boozy. Just because it is a double IPA doesn't mean it can't have any malt presence. That being said, I could see this beer improving after aging it for a few months to a year. Not a bad beer by any means, just not the best example of the style. Almost tastes like a poor man's Lagunitas Sucks to me. If unabashed, reckless hops in beer is your thing, give it a shot. Otherwise, seek out another DIPA with a bit more balance.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.