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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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2,925 Ratings
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Ratings: 2925
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%


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:
Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

(Beer added by: aengleman on 09-27-2013)
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into snifter

a: mildly hazy, somewhat transparent bright orange. aggressive pour yields about a finger of head. nice!

s: very pungent sweet orange and grapefruit in the front. subdued pineapple, pine, and lemon to follow. i'm also getting the onion/garlic note thing but i don't find it too offensive. really great aroma

t: follows the nose. tons of grapefruit and orange, and maybe even a bit of mango? not getting a lot of malt backbone here - i'd prefer a bit more to balance the sharp, but not off-putting bitterness that enters mid-way through each sip

m: medium-bodied with good carbonation. slightly oily

o: a bit below my expectations but still a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 20:01:24 | More by kevinlater
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minterro

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single at Little's Liquor store. Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Semi-lively transparent pumpkin orange colored beer. Head is initially about a half a finger of white head, but dies quickly. Even with it's lack of much head it still leaves a decent amount of head. Very tropical in the aroma: pineapple, mango, and hints of grapefruit. More sweet sugary tones than bitterness, but it's still a nice bitterness.

T&M: Extremely well balanced between sweet and bitter. Upfront: sweet sugar tones paired with tropical hops and some pine/resin thrown in there. Hints of some peppery spice. The finish adds a pretty decent punch of bitterness, but not overwhelming or dry. Medium to high body, low side of carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: I'm very impressed. Checked the rating after reviewing it and it lives up to the hype. Highly recommend to anyone. On par with the best of the style

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 00:36:25 | More by minterro
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice clear, golden colored beer with a very beautiful head and really good lacing along the entire glass. Smell was pleasant and wonderful with hints of what I would describe as almost leaves of a lemongrass plant. Taste is truly fantastic and I was unsure if I would like I would enjoy this DIPA since I've been let down before by highly raved about brews. Clean, crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Overall the aroma of the beer did not match the taste but for me this made for a wonderful beer. Great DIPA that I can't wait to get my hands on again!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 00:32:53 | More by dpgoblejr
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a glass

Thick, frothy taupe/ off white cap with plenty of lacings on the glass. Hazy, copper orange wit race carbonation

Aroma of pine and orange citrus

Smooth, hop forward , well balanced, pine hops, clean, smooth finish, slight bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue

Good carbonation, almost creamy , gentle carbonation

Very good double IPa worthy of repeating.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 19:37:12 | More by WunderLlama
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice.

Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a full finger of fluffy white foam. Aroma is full of pungent earthy hops, with a nice bit of citrus as well.

First sip is a big rush a ruddy hop flavor - I do feel like this is a mix of earthy German hops and citrusy American hops. There is enough malt sweetness to give this beer a nice body, but any malt flavor is far outshadowed by the assertive hop profile. As I drink, the beer leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

This beer looks great, smells great, and tastes great! Another winner from Victory!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 03:28:49 | More by FickleBeast
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Clean golden with bright highlights and a 2 finger white head that doesn't stick around too long. Terrific lacing.

S- Pineapple, mango, apricot. Sweet pale malt base of honey and caramel. Pungent aroma.

T- Impressive hop profile gives a jolt to the tastebuds from the moment it hits the tongue. A sweet, biscuity malt base kicks in at just the right moment to balance things out. A touch of booze adds some depth.

M- Mid body, refreshing, crisp drinkability.

O- A true "wow" beer. Quite simply one of my top 5 IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 02:19:02 | More by Bosoxfan20
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jdhops

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy medium orange. Lots of bubbles. Short but thick creamy head that retains nicely. Clumpy lacing.

S: Lemon, pineapple, peach. Much more citrusy than piney.

T: Smooth up front, then a big piney hop kick, followed by a drying bitterness. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Lots of hop flavor on the back end.

M: Medium mouthfeel. More carbonation than expected. Slight stickiness late.

O: A very nice DIPA. Interesting - but not a negative - that the piney taste didn't follow the citrus aroma. The very hop-centric finish is an explosive contrast to the easy beginning, and makes this a memorable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 01:48:33 | More by jdhops
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TheSixthRing

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden in color with a white, 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of surface suds. A fine, consistent web of lacing sticks nicely around the glass.

Smell - A tropical bouquet: Grapefruit and orange with light floral notes, pineapple and peach fruitiness. Subtle hints of bread or caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose, as red grapefruit and light pineapple twang attack. Juicy fruit character, with hints of orange and peach. Touches on some sweet bready maltiness, but hidden far beneath the massive weight of the hop profile. Finish is citrus pith with floral essence and a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with a light syrupy feel and a moderate, slightly tingly carbonation. Decently smooth. Goes down well for such a big beer.

Overall - If you're looking for a IIPA with a massive tropical hop punch, do not pass this up. Not much of a noticeable malt backbone, but does well without it. One I will surely explore again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 00:43:26 | More by TheSixthRing
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mabermud

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard about this beer numerous times and bought a single bottle to try out. I was disappointed.

A - This beer doesn't look very appetizing.
S - The smell was decent. Subdued pine smell.
T - The beer has a hint of soy sauce taste and an odd finish. A little sour at the end.
M - Not memorable
O - I would not buy or drink this beer again unless it's free.

:(

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:59:27 | More by mabermud
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AgentMunky

California

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Hazy auburn gold. Loose, offwhite head. Murky.

S: Smooth and sweet. Fruity. The lack of any astringency or bitterness prepares me for an older and/or underhopped (hah) beer. Hint of earthiness.

T/M: Pleasantly mellowed, but obviously faded from its prime. Robust mouthfeel, hint of sparkle at the edges, but mostly a mishmash of half-spiced herbs, grapefruit, mango, pine, and pineapple.

O: Has potential, but didn't wow me. Could be old beer over here in California, could be that none of Victory's super-hoppy beers have been to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 06:09:04 | More by AgentMunky
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks is slightly hazed deep golden with white head. If I look real close there are some floaties
Vibrant array of citrusy fruity hops I can smell before I put my nose to the glass. Sense of OJ, peach, alcohol is there.
Hops hop out at me in the taste, then hops also. This is a glass of hops. Building bitter finish with a decent peak but not too high. Resiny, piney, juicy citrus
Mouthfeel is decent, nothing to note. Slight spice but not really.
This seems to just be a standard, good vibrant sorta dipa. Would probably enjoy on a nice day

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:09:51 | More by Sensaray
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Zach136

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best by September something-th 2014. Served in an IPA glass, reviewed 4/10/14.

A - Light amber, one finger head and solid lacing.

S - Moderate tropical fruit and pine.

T - Juicy citrus hop profile with a solid pine bitterness.

M - Milky, moderate body, great carbonation.

O - Flavorful and drinkable IPA. Low alcohol presence. Just had it back to back with Jai Alai, super similar just a bit more pine, alcohol, and body.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:31:37 | More by Zach136
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The-Sud-Truth

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. The minimal head that is produced fades rather quickly leaving only a slight ring accompanied by substantial lacing. Resulting color is a medium gold that is wonderfully opaque. Aroma is mostly true to form: Flowery and bold. I did note hints of burnt toast which was not expected but neither was it deterring. Outstanding taste that leaves zero doubt that you are experiencing a hearty double IPA... Very bold. Mouth feel is obvious and lingers. This double IPA outshines its beloved predecessor - Hop Wallop - while not losing any of Wallop's appealing characteristics. The hop blend used is outstanding and is balanced to near perfection. Bonus points to Victory for its creative labeling.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:17:48 | More by The-Sud-Truth
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FosterJM

California

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1778th Review on BA
Bottle to Victory Tulip
12oz

Thanks to Jake and Mike for this one

App- In the glass with some light behind it, this seems more like a liquid sunset. Orange and yellows and gold dance in the glass. More dense at the top with a lighter bulb behind it. A nice 2 finger soft white capped head.

Smell- To me this had a lot going on. The tropical fruits, the mix of musty and dry hops a little earthy as well. A strong aroma of the alcohol from the 8%.

Taste- I enjoyed it but I think too many hops were used. I think that its a bit too much in one beer. The 8% isnt smooth to me. Its a bit grainy and too much alcohol behind it. Taste isnt there with a bit of a unique rind like orange/tangering/grapefruit flavor.

Mouth- A solid medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. Slightly sweet residual sugars from the fruited hops.

Drink- It was good, above average but didnt knock my socks off. Would drink again though.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 18:36:21 | More by FosterJM
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a faintly foggy, amber color with a nice, fluffy, white head. Retention isn't the greatest, dropping to a thick film within a minute or so. A nice amount of lace remains behind.
Smell is a well balanced mix of malt and hops with notes of lemon and floral.
Taste is hoppy first with a solid backing of malt, some lemon, alcohol, grass and floral notes.
Medium plus body with a nearly medium effervescence. Drying finish but not bone dry. Still, fairly smooth and definitely an extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:53:54 | More by PorterLambic
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teromous

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 16:40:32 | More by teromous
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edwado

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a game changer for me as I was never too fond of DIPA's.Hoppy luscious,delicious,there are no more words for this that can describe this beer and the taste.I have not had any other beer in 3 months other than chillwave(another great new DIPA) but far and away I drink this 3 times as much.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:33:55 | More by edwado
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Uncledoobz

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very happy with their Hop Devil and thought I couldn't go wrong trying this one. I was right! Smooth, deep and delicious. Looking forward to its next appearance. This will be in my beer rotation for sure. I'm very pleased with Victory and would try any of their other beers. :)

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 18:20:30 | More by Uncledoobz
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

with all they hype around this one, i have been eagerly waiting for it to arrive fresh in denver, and finally it did. i have to say, while this is a damn good ipa, its not as distinct and unique as i want it to be, and realize maybe how spoiled we are out here with good hoppy beer, this is great, but not world class in a colorado context. hazy blonde, almost greenish tint to the gold, with an inch or so of lasting white head. it smells simcoe heavy, and the mosaic is probably the most subdued of the listed hop varietals. forceful bitterness in the nose doesnt make it to the flavor through, instead a softer, more floral vibe hangs around, delicate for a big ipa, and given how well the alcohol is hidden, one could easily get into some trouble with this one. layers of hop flavor from fresh pine to grapefruit peel, i like the diversity but the cohesiveness as well. not a ton of bitterness either. the feel rocks, soft but aggressive carbonation prickles the tongue, and opens my senses up to receive this hop complex more completely, its just right with the medium body. for my palate, more robust mosaic would make this, but i like the use of whole leaf hops, it makes a difference, and i love the way it feels. great beer from victory, but an eyelash below my lofty expectations for it, given the hype.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 15:42:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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arizcards

Arizona

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four pack from Total Wine two weeks ago for $9.39. Enjoy by 7-30-14.
Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind – 4.0
Nose is very pungent with tropical and catty notes – 4.5
Taste has a nice pale malt backbone, somewhat biscuit. Hop profile is grapefruit and pine with mango lingering in the background – 4.25
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, more carbonated than the typical double IPA yet smooth – 4.25.
Overall this is a pretty awesome beer, true to the style yet not too over the top. Glad to see Victory in Arizona – 4.25.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 20:15:54 | More by arizcards
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a hint of amber; the cap is impressive both in stickage and in lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus, with pineapple, peach/mango and pink grapefruit tones

Taste: Hop dominant from the get-go, with sugary, floral tones of pink grapefruit, pineapple, peach and mango ; the dank resinous bitter elements build through mid-palate and the finish is a combination of sweetness from the underlying malt and the bitterness and tropical fruit from the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: Such a step up for Victory from the Hop Wallop and Hop Devil series - I am quite a fan of this one and the Hop Ranch

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:00:53 | More by brentk56
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A straw colored body is hazy and murky right out of the bottle. Head is an off white biscuity fluff that stands at an inch and a half. Tons of thick lace is left behind as the head fades very slowly.

Nose is aromatic with loads of citrus, marmalade, fresh cut grass and lemony slush.

With first sip brings a wealth of balance and hop spectacularity. Creamy and refreshing while having a ton of bursting citrus. Crisp hybrid like flavors of orange and grapefruit play all over the palate.

As with all the great DIPA's the bitter builds to an attractive hue on the back of the tongue forming a very pleasant mouthfeel. Lovely drinkable for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:08:59 | More by SPLITGRIN
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Nugganooch

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to my FW snifter glass

A: Dirt Wolf has a lightly tarnished golden amber color. Mostly clear body with a touch of hop haze. Topped with a thin layer of choppy off-white suds. Not the best showing of head retention but it will do. Some minor etchings of stick and lace noted clinging to the glass after every sip.

S: Big pine and spice on the nose. Touch of spiced grapefruit, pineapple flesh, and dank weed. Very green with a resinous pungency. Not much malt character coming through in the aromas at all. Some clean mineral water. Very bright and hoppy. Really nice.

T: Hop damn! This one has a super resinous and puckering bitterness to it. It’s piney like Pliny with some dank herbal weeds, juicy peach-mango notes, and more spicy grapefruit. Faint touch of toasted caramel malts on the backend but otherwise it’s not all that apparent. The alcohol is quite well balanced with only a mere whisper at the finish. Very impressive and me likey. Resinous and danky but with a fairly clean retreat prepping you for that next gulp.

M. Medium amount of fullness to it and even a notch towards being on the lighter side of things. Even level of spritzy carb. Sticky and resinous with a nice drying pucker and crisp finish. Clean overall with some mild hop residue and sticky sugars lingering about.

D: A very well constructed classicly west coast style DIPA. Reminds me quite a bit like Pliny only just a smidge sharper on the palate. Goes down just as easily however. I was never to big on Hop Wallop but I am definitely on board with the Wolf.
Will be my snoogens for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:41:53 | More by Nugganooch
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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. I had heard a lot of buzz about it and was expecting to be disappointed, but it was really wonderful. Poured a beautiful golden yellow with very tight bubbles and a nice pillowy head. Nose is all hops - strong dried pineapple, citrus fruits, some peach and apricot. There is pine there as well but the fruit aroma was strongest. Taste follows the nose closely - lots of fresh pineapple juice with some peach in there. No hint of the 8.7% in there at all, though it is very, very sweet - strong honey-ish malt profile, some yellow box cake sweetness. Some mango in there as well. The mouthfeel started creamy but ended dry and made me want more. Overall this was great and really delightful. Will certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:53:25 | More by jwchestnut
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have been into IPA's and DIPA's lately, maybe its the season. Maybe its because Hopslam this year was so damn good. I have had a few Victory beers years ago, but I thought I would revisit this one and I got this one at a good deal at a local place that was running a storewide sale, So I figured what the hell? This one has a nice hazy golden color too it, not too many floaties in it, which has been common this year, it was smooth but left a bitter bite on the back of the palate which lingered for a while. It is nearly 9% abv which might get too you because overall its pretty smooth for a DIPA, It does have an earthy dirty dankness to it, which I liked. I am planning on doing a review of Stone Enjoy by as a comparison, because I have heard it described as dank as well. This is a good beer and I actually have two four packs to go through so I am happy of my purchase and may give Victory a chance again. I truly did enjoy this one and look forward to working through the two wolfpacks I purchased, I just wish they had it in six packs, but sometimes that is the way of the world.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 19:45:33 | More by humuloner22
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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,925 ratings.