DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,271
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 208
Gots: 993 | FT: 34
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 3/22/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some earthy, herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a huge citrus presence that comes through especially well in the taste.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along bits of fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a short bright white head that died down a bit, but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy and floral hops along with a light to moderate amount of miter ness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have the high bitterness that you would expect from a an imperial IPA, but the blend of four different hops lends nice complexities to the smell and taste.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ; there is some spicy complexity that builds through mid-palate and the finish is a combination of sweetness from the underlying malt and the bitterness, spices 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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aah, DirtWolf- what are you doing to me. Feeling light-headed with a mere sniff, pummeling each and every taste bud with your hoppy hammer and soothing the sweet tooth with your sugary tit. ...Ok, maybe this isn't my first DirtWolf of the night...

Its hazy golden appearance allows for bright straw slivers to slice through its mist. As a creamy, cottony head builds above, its staying power is strong, so is its speckling lace all along the glass. Its a classy appearance of all things hop and alcohol.

But the aromas really set it apart! Citrus and tropical fruits come wave after wave- first of red grapefruit, then of chive, then of pineapple, then of grass, then of tangerine, then of onion, and of mango, of garlic, lemon and cannabis... (breath, breath...) Yet all of those scents have a candied fruit and honey dipped tea character that pulls all the complexities together.

Its early sweetness is of thin caramel and honey. But the hops come on quick as that tropical, citrus and herbacious medley become a three-headed monster that assaults the tongue with reckless abandonment. The buffer of malt sweetness gives the fruit and herb a "candied" coat that provides a crystalline flavor that locks in the early taste. As the hops break away from such cocoon, they trend dry, resinous, piney, grassy, and sharply bitter. With an aftertaste of chive and citrus- the hop's relationship to the cannabis plant is obvious.

In true IPA form, the beer's weight trends away from malt richness and favors dry hoppiness first and foremost. Its creamy dryness quickly dissoves its honey sweetness and races toward a bitter pang, spicy acetone-like alcohol sensation and supreme dryness.

DirtWolf is a classic verison of modern Imperial IPA- all the fruit notes in tact, less than dominant herbal tones and a dryness that reminds me that its still an IPA- check, check, check! Yet I look for that one dominant character to shoot the beer into the stratosphere. Where that may be lacking, it seems that this beer is only great!

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus hops with some bitter notes also clearly noticeable. Taste is dominated by huge citrus and grapefruit notes with some floral undertones and some bitterness. Malt presence is hard to distinguish under the huge amount of hops used in this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good but a little bit too strong on the bitterness in my opinion.

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3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single finger thick head with excellent lacing on a slightly hazy bright and deep golden body. Aroma has a lot of musty and earthy hop presence with some pale malts and vinegar. Flavor follows with more of a bready malt base and more earthy and piney hops. Only a hint if tart citrus throughout. Medium body and moderate carbonation, a little oily. The name having dirt in it is right for the earthiness. It's good but not as good as some people are aaying for my tastes. Too me it's too sour and funky.

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3.92/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler filled at Premier Gourmet this weekend....I love that place.Poured into an impy nonic a clear light to medium golden with a great looking blooming white head that left two multiple rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Pine and grapefruit along with sugary sweetness in the nose,there is drunken fruit element to it.Fresh citric hops greet the taste buds that melds into a grassiness and then into a sweet dough caramel base,a sugary alcohol element is there but doesn't overpower the hops.I like it,top 5....not sure,but it kicks ass.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Too bad Victory stopped putting dates on their bottles...

Bright orange that becomes hazy as the last bit is poured. Frothy collar of lace around the edges of the glass, not the longest lasting retention or surface coverage.

Pungent hop aroma, floral sandalwood and slightly cheesy.

Resinous bitterness, slight citrusy sweetness, bready malt middle. Dry aftertaste, some dried citrus peel. Fairly smooth and easy to drink, abv is felt but not overbearing. It's good but not especially nuanced, not really a world beater in my opinion.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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