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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 6,134
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 293
Gots: 1,643 | 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 chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian Snifter.

Pours copper-amber; lightly hazed; small, semi-durable bone-colored head.

Aroma/Flavor: not too aggressive; about on par with Bells Hopslam on this dimension, and on overall hoppiness. Hops bring herbs and citrus to the pungent aroma, and fruit (orange-grapefruit), grass and pine with a touch of floral to the flavor. Malts are subtle but evident in the taste beyond their partial taming of the hop bitterness.

Feel: crisp, near medium body with a semi-dry finish. Not harsh, as one might expect in a 8.7% dbl IPA.

O: good sippin’ version of a double IPA.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

If you're not a fan of the Mosaic hop, this isn't a beer for you. My ultimate test of quality is If I finish a beer and immediately thirst for another of the same... that's great beer.

I didn't finish the first bottle of Dirt Wolf. But I had another bottle the next day. It make take me some time to come around to this again, it's not a BAD beer... just not for me.

This hop profile is a departure for Victory, IMHO. If you're a fan of Hop Devil or Hop Wallop, you may have to look twice at the label. It just doesn't seem like a Victory beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, burnt orange color with golden yellow hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Nice retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with resinous oils, pine needle and grass along with a touch of citrus fruit, biscuit, crackery malt and booze.  After it warms, the citrus/tropical notes stand out a bit more with grapefruit and orange peel but the nose is still dominated by earthy hops and a strong fusel alcohol/ethanol presence.  

Medium body and slightly oily with a blast of dry, hoppy bitterness that lingers over the pale malt, sweet fruit and boozy heat into a dry finish.  Again, the flavor is dominated by bitter, earthier hops with hints of grass, dank buds, resinous oils, pine sap and spruce tip.  Subtle tropical/citrus sweetness but this opens as it warms.  Lots of grapefruit with some pineapple and blood orange.  Very boozy with strong heat and alcohol sweetness in the finish taking away from the hop flavors.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit and cracker flavor that doesn't interfere with the hop bitterness.  Decent but too boozy for my preference and the strong alcohol flavor takes away from the interesting hop character. Feels more like 10+% beer and most of the interesting flavor falls off mid-palate.

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Photo of QuentinCall
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the guidelines of the "IPA's as Nick Cave Recordings" system, DirtWolf simply never aspires to anything that could justify 'The Firstborn is Dead' or 'Let Love In' designations -- it just isn't a landmark for the style nor is it decade defining. The argument for a 'Kicking Against the Pricks' designation is a sound one, maybe even an altogether reasonable one (the large extent of its substance being already explored and the debate of preferences being, somewhat moreso than others, subjective). However, with its poignant aggressiveness and general lack of risks noted alongside its immediate (and, at times, deserved) acclaim, I'm going to go ahead, follow my heart, and give it a solid 'Murder Ballads'.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I was surprised that this beer was semi opaque. It reminds me very much of a Hefeweizen - a cloudy orange color.

S: The smell is all DIPA. Strong hops, floral and citrus smells. The predominant smell is tropical fruit.

T: The taste has a tropical fruit taste.

M: Less "bite" and dry feeling than a typical DIPA. This has a slightly smoother character.

O: The tropical fruit flavor faded as I continued drinking. There were more pronounced astringent flavors later.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes, 10/27/13).

A: LACING! Dirty blonde/Clear copper.

S: Piney citrus blend. Quite earthy.

T: Light hop flavor. A bit watery. Hoppy pine, but nothing that I would write home about.

M: Too smooth. No carbonation or prickly.

O: Not what I was expecting from all the word of mouth and rating, but I will give it another chance later. Good, but it lacks in mouthfeel and real body.

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Standard light amber DIPA

S - Surprisingly not whole lot going on. It's hoppy but doesn't exactly fill the nostrils

T - Doesn't deviate too far from the DIPA playbook. Hoppy, citrusy, not too boozy with a dry finish.

M - Thinner than the average DIPA

It's not a bad DIPA and worth trying but get it on sale.
At $10-12 per 4 pack it should be as good or better than Dogfish 90 Min IPA and it's not.
At that price point, you can get a 6 pack of either Lagunitas Maximus or Southern Tier 2XIPA, which are much better DIPAs.

Victory should have kept Hop Wallop.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

A - hazy orange slightly see through....one finger head. spotty lacing throughout.

S - Wow! jumped right out at me...sweet citruisy and juicy bomb! Im getting juicy mango,orange,peach and slightly some pine maybe. carmel malt a tiny bit too!

T - The taste of this beer caught me super off guard...VERY floral in the mouth after the swallow I get some pine and a little bit of fruit. some what earthy and grassy too. a little perfumey as well. Definitley not getting as much citrus as expected. and call me crazy but I feel like im getting a hint of fresh cilantro in like...the first three seconds of swirling it around...

M - the feel is excellent on this beer.well carbonated and a pretty medium mouthfeel. slightly creamy.

Overall....this beer confused the shit out of me. I got this huge burst of citrus in the nose, amazingly fragrant beer there is no argument there at all....but after the first sip I had to look to make sure it was the same beer...the nose on this was completely misleading( to me at least) don't get me wrong there are still notes of citrus while drinking..but the dominant flavors are pine and almost a cilantro - perfume type deal... very interesting ... this is an awesome beer to check out....and it is not bad by any means, more like some thing your not going to expect at all after smelling it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in a mixed six of IPAs since the house was almost devoid of hops. Can't have that. It's not...right.

Pour is liquid copper dripped into the glass with a relevant amount of carbonation imparted by ye beer gods. Nose brings me news of earthy pine cone, bit of citrus, moist grass thrown on the cone for good measure. Interesting. Doesn't fit my beer profiling.

DirtWolf does the route of subtle vs. in yo face. Citrus is the bouncer, but there's plenty of the earthiness to back it up. Aggressively damp, dank, which normally I don't like, but the citrus make a nice circle of life around it. A little peachy, indistinct & possibly extinct fruitiness in the middle. Alcohol snarls more than the ABV indicates. Bitterness plays peek-a-boo, but gets more insistent as the beer warms.

Not my normal wheelhouse for a IIPA, takes a turn down the pass less traveled, but the path is a lovely one. Good beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity. There's about one fingers worth of white colored head. The texture is soft, the retention is decent, and good lacing is left behind.

S: Interesting. While there's a nice collection of dankness, weed, pine, and slight citrus; there's also a nice berry note in there. This does a good job of balancing out the dank qualities. Some suggestions of a malt backbone hide in the background as well. The nose doesn't quite blow me away, but it does do a good job of showcasing Mosaic hops.

T: While some piny bitterness opens it up, it's quickly overtaken by the berry notes in the middle. It finishes with a combination of earth, weed, and a touch of alcohol. I could do without the slight booziness, sadly, but at least it helps to conceal some of the generic bitterness. It's slightly malty throughout - enough to notice it without it overpowering everything.

M: It's body isn't too heavy or too watery, giving it a nice middle ground between being drinkable and being savorable. It's also pretty soft in carbonation and slightly sweet on the finish - the latter is kept in check nicely.

O: This is a really solid DIPA. My favorite? Not quite: the slight booziness is really the only thing keeping this from being elite. Still, I really like all of the berry flavors emanating from this. I can't decide if this is better than Hop Wallop or not, though - there's a definite resemblance, but I think I'd take the delicate grapefruit of Hop Wallop over the berry goodness of this, if only slightly.

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Photo of teromous
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy gold-amber colored body with a lush fluffy white head. The head stays up well, fading to a thin layer only after about half the glass is consumed. Pretty good lacing on the glass. Lots of visible carbonation. It appears to be either unfiltered or bottle carbonated (or both?) because there is visible sediment in the bottle. I would not consider the clarity or presence of sediment to be a detractor in the score.

S: Right off the bat there is a good citrus aroma; tangerine comes through mostly, with a bit of grapefruit. It's a very good smelling beer. I would say it's a bit above average but not outstanding.

T: Good bitterness right off the bat. A bit of alcohol sweetness. I get a strong grapefruit bitterness without the citrus flavor. There isn't a whole lot of hop flavor, but I re-stress that it has a very strong bitterness. I would have liked to have more hop flavor to reinforce the beer. Some of the malt comes through but it's only noticeable during the first few sips, as it is quickly overshadowed by the hop bitterness that layers the tongue while drinking the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is dominantly bitter. The bitterness tends to stay in the mouth but isn't too harsh. It finishes nicely in the middle, not being too dry or too sweet. I think the carbonation is perfectly in-line with the beer.

O: Overall I liked the beer. I wouldn't say that it warrants an outstanding rating, but it was enjoyable. The overall drinking experience is pleasant enough that it would be something I could request in a bar or pick up on the way home without regretting, but it's not something I would go out of the way to seek. I do recommend it.

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Photo of JrBuck10
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- somewhat translucent orange/yellow with a rather small head after a vigorous poor.

Smell- picking up hoppy and floral notes. The citra hops are prevalent. fruity and piney at the same time.

taste- the bitterness is def. there especially the after taste. surprisingly i dont like the bitterness profile in this beer and I think it takes away from the overall taste of the citra Hop, which you pick up more in the aroma. Weird since I love high IBU.

Overall- i didnt fall in love but wouldnt turn it down. I rather choose Hop Devil from Victory.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/10/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with an earthy hops bitterness followed by a mild caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent 2IPA but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

super clear deep golden color, mild head dies down to a sticky bit around the edger. spotty but decent lacing. i am really surprised by how absolutely clear this is. not much in the nose, bit of hops, hint of grass. taste is mild for the style, good but could have more punch. hops are adding bitterness, but in a very pleasant way, touch of lemon is there. mouthfeel is smooth, touch of oil. wet. this feels as wet and it is clear. methinks a bottle would have a tad bit more presence than a growler.

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Photo of ETCO2
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would agree with other reviewers that this beer is for Victory an excellent step in the West Coast IPA direction. It is not a beer that holds up to the standards I desire of the few excellent west coast beers available on the east coast such as Firestone or Green Flash. The initial smell is not of grapefruit and the taste is not as hoppy and bitter as my very narrow palate desires. I can understand when a brewer does not want to go more extreme in order to sell more product. I think this is a nice compromise for a product that I would drink again but do not dream about while finishing another shift at work!

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Photo of classixIII
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I do not like this style at all but, If I did I imagine this could be one of my favorites. Crisp, Dry, Citrus, Pine, Pine , Pine and oh yeah, lots and lots of bitter.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is a little weird. It's a great big American style IPA that works, but the aroma is a little over the top and smells a little of ass. Not good.

This well made brew pours pretty, keeps a little head and is fairly clear. Nice looking. The aforementioned issue with the aroma is obvious from the first, but the taste does not have the same funkiness. The taste is great. The aftertaste reveals just a tad of that funky smell.

Overall, this is a failure - I would not refuse one but I will try to remember not to buy it - I really would want to avoid it with good food.

I had another bottle of this and also had it on tap at Melt (without food). I'll stick with my rating, but it was better.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I just don't get Victory hoppy beer (with maybe the exception of Headwaters). I dig the idea of a scaled down malt bill to highlight the hops, but this thing is alcoholic hot, a little spicy, and just not pleasant at all. Fresh-ish bottle(s) too. I dunno. Neither Hop Ranch nor this does a thing for me.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bottle with a drink by date of Oct 20. Not too much on the nose. Overall a balanced DIPA considering the ABV but not too much more. Flavors of grapefruit and pine. Good but not great.

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Photo of mxchap
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle says enjoy by May 18th. Enjoyed on January 30th.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color. Nicely supported head. Moderate lacing to boot. Good looking IPA [4.5/5]
Aroma: Grass and lemon initially, some melon, grapefruit and pine are also present to a lesser extent. Faintest hint of biscuit/toast. Nice aroma for a dry, west-coast-ish IPA. [3.75/5.0]
Taste: Clean, balanced bitterness. The hop flavor balance almost seems inverted from the aroma: the grapefruit and pine are dominant, followed by the mix of melon and the grass/vegetal components. [3.5/5.0]
Feel: Medium-high carbonation. Bitter/resiny and a little dry, but with enough residual sweetness to make it highly drinkable. Comparable to Sculpin in feel, but a little less dry. [4.0]
Overall: Very good DIPA. The aesthetics of this beer make it definitely above average (appearance and feel). The flavor and and aroma aren't quite as good as some of the big names, but I would definitely recommend this beer and will absolutely drink it again. [3.75]

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Photo of Tilly
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a hazy light copper. Not much of a head. Wonderful Apple smell malts and citrus. Taste is rather disappointing.not really what I would've expected from a double IPA. Mouth feel is pretty good. Bitterness at the back of the tongue which is my preference on an IPA.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anything with "dirt" in the name inevitably sounds dirty, but Victory DirtWolf has a clean complexion that, despite its haziness, is also relatively clear. Its golden tone has some shine but isn't exactly bright or luminescent. A snapshot of the Milky Way galaxy appears printed atop.

DirtWolf is a self-proclaimed "tribute to untamed vines" - hops - and does indeed shed a spotlight on the particularly earthy and herbal qualities of our friend the Humulus Lupulus plant. The bouquet smells a bit like cat pee and has a strongly leafy, slight lemon myrtle persona.

Though a combination of Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, all I note are the 'catty' characteristics of Simcoe and the distinctively leafy and pine-like flavours from the Chinook. But I don't taste much fruit save for the inescapable bitter orange and grapefruit peel notes.

The mouthfeel also features a lot of citrus oils and some tree-like resins. Nevermind the juice or zest of the orange - think about the skins and stringy piths. It's dry and bitter. There's a splash of lemon oil but it's certainly not enough to ward off scurvy or brighten up a cold winter day.

Victory remains one of America's great microbreweries, but I've become less and less impressed with their brands the more I try from the country's other craft brewers. Up and down their lineup is nothing but solid, but, to be sure, one can now easily find comparable and better offerings. DirtWolf is a good DIPA, but it's far from the best.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Decided to splurge on a four pack that I suspected might be overpriced. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours yellow, slightly cloudy, thin head. Nothing to see here...

A little urine smell here. As always, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's earthy with a touch of melon.

Nice, smooth taste. Earth and grass dominate, with a touch of melon to add some sweetness. Not the hop assault I expected from a name like "DirtWolf'" but a nice beer nonetheless. Lacks the depth and "umph" of some of the big boys, but it's solid.

Sticky mouthfeel, but unfortunately doesn't have the deep, thick mouthfeel of the best big IPAs. Great beer though, with some nice flavors waiting to be teased out.

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Photo of JulioH
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Has very little carbonation. Taste is dry and overly bitter. I'm not crazy about this beer. There is also a hint of honey, or coconut, but it is not balanced with the bitterness. I have to try this on tap, and fresh. Other than that, this is a normal beer.

If I come across a fresh one, I'll update.

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Photo of Premo88
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottled poured into tulip

L: peach orange ... a gold with just a bit of red/amber thrown in; decent 1-inch head of white foam on a pretty hard pour that sticks at the top; it's keeping a perfect ultra-white collar of foam; not 100% clear but it's not opaque ... a bit of mistiness, so call it 60-70% clear

S: bitter grapefruit; some grassiness in there, but mostly it's citrusy/grapefruit

T: salty grapefruit juice; it has a bit of sweetness to it, but this particular grapefruit bomb either has some earthy hops or spicy hops competing with the citrus/grapefruit taste; it's plenty bitter, but it pulls back just a bit from being undrinkably so with some tropical fruit flavors hiding underneath the bitter grapefruit

F: pretty thick for a pale ale but still very drinkable. not syrupy, but it's a mouthful

O: it's got a nice twist of flavors besides grapefruit, and they work well together -- too many American DIPAs come off as a mess of caramel/mango that I can't stand, but this brew has a few hints of tropical fruit flavor while still maintaining that tasty grapefruit note. I'd have to drink this side-by-side with some of my favorite IPA/DIPA grapefruit bombs to get a better handle on where it fits in my personal ranking, but the bottom line is it's very good and hides a healthy load of alcohol completely.

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