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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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95
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4,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,610
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 185
Gots: 735 | FT: 33
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%

Sammy, Oct 27, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

djrn2, Oct 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

Thorpe429, Nov 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

nmann08, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

zestar, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

acurtis, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

metter98, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%

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

brentk56, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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!

BEERchitect, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

kjkinsey, Nov 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

spycow, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

GRG1313, Apr 30, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

kylehay2004, Oct 19, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -8.6%

jaydoc, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Knapp85, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

oberon, Sep 29, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

emerge077, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

largadeer, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SocalKicks, Nov 06, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.16/5  rDev -3%

Nice looking on the pour. Strong nose. Floral and citrus. Flavor is much more mild than I was expecting more punch. The citrus on here comes as an after accent. I guess instead of saying mild, I could say smooth. And for that I am pleased. Could deal with a bit more power on things, but it's nice.

This vaguely reminds me of Pliny, though it's been about a year since I've had it.

If a brewery other than Victory made this, people would probably score it lower.

RblWthACoz, Oct 22, 2013
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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,610 ratings.