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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,631
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 238
Gots: 1,263 | 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:
Beer added by: aengleman on 09-27-2013

Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.
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Ratings: 5,631 | Reviews: 751
Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory "Dirt Wolf"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 07 JUN 2015 1230P"

I've enjoyed this beer many times on draught but I really don't like to write a review while I'm in a bar as there are too many distractions; and I haven't been finding it on tap recently so I thought I'd better just grab a case.

What I like about this double IPA, and pretty much any Victory beer, is that they like to keep things balanced and rounded. A lot of breweries would be OK with it if the malt stuck out, or the bitterness was a bit bold, if the alcohol had a brashness to it, or even if the hops overshadowed everything - but that's not the case here, everything works as one.

The pungent hops offer orange, lemon, tropical fruits (mayo, papaya) and mild grapefruit, as well as spice and soft pine backed by floral and even earthy notes (I'm thinking of a damp pine forest floor with rain water still dripping from the branches above); and although they hit you in the nose they don't run roughshod over the palate, instead they work within the grainy and lightly caramel & honey-ish malt to liven it - it becomes one flavor rather than eight different competing ones. It has focus, and the bitterness is solid and anchoring, but not bold; and the alcohol only adds a very subtle pinch that accentuates rather than detracts (important to have in a double IPA of almost 9%). Quite possibly the most impressive part is the finish, and to reference the name slightly, this double IPA "comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb" (and it might actually pair well with the earthy, barn-like flavors of lamb). I cannot recall an IPA² that it so smooth, suave, and supple in its exit - and in fact it's without question far more readily accessible than most standard IPAs.

So what do we have in the final conclusion? Drinkablility. It cannot be argued, this is a Lorelei of a beer, a "siren sweetly singing"; and she needs to be appreciated for her beauty, but recognized for her stealth and potential. Possibly the best double IPA on earth!

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I do enjoy most of the Victory beers, so this should be interesting, a DIPA from them.

Pours a nice creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent spotty lacing, quite hazy nectar yellowish-orange beer.

Nose big citrusy hops, orange peel, some pine, little earthy forest floor, little candied fruit apricot like aromas, some dank resin as well, with a little fluffy semi sweet malty base.

Taste starts with more hops, plenty of dank resin, with some pine and earthy forest floor, mild citrus orange peel, little fruity flavors too, with pretty big bitterness. Malts are pretty sweet but not overly, little caramel note and fluffy malt, decent balance, but big all around, and just a hint of booze. Finish brings plenty of pine, bit of dank resin, earthy spicy hops, forest floor, little sticky sweet malts.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, just a hint of warming booze, nice carb.

Overall not bad, about what I expect from a nice DIPA, big earthy spicy hops, pine, resin, little citrus, etc, with a decent malty sweet balance, again well done beer for Victory.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale slightly hazed golden body with a bright white head forms thick and even with speckled lacing the hops are packed into this DIPA served in 8.99 four packs. Aroma has citrus, earthy layers of hops fresh off the vine it's a green fresh hop experience in a year round offering, it's crazy. Flavor wise it explodes with hop bitterness bringing you to the edge of comfort on the palate with insane herbal, citrus, tropical fruit hop bitterness. I'm in love, and it's way too drinkable at that. No freshness dates on the bottle, you have to check this beer out it's packed with loads of whole leaf hops bringing a DIPA from Victory to another level. Candied citric hops ride the flavor out not too sweet finishes more balanced than most hoppy offerings but doesn't kill the palate and hop head experience with malt sweetness. An enjoyable beer to be had by all, especially those beer drinker's who are craving hops. It's my third bottle and the hops just keep getting more and more addicting, this is the type of DIPA that is going to sell out in cases, smooth carbonation oily slick mouthfeel medium to light bodied goes down without any effort. Great beer I'm glad this is going to be available year round, big step for Victory Brewing.

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

Picked up a 4 pack of 12 ounce bottles.

A: Pours slightly hazed yellowish orange with a finger thick white head which fades to a thin cap and around the rim leaving spotty and splotchy lace. Bits of particulate settles to the bottom of the glass.

N: Plenty of tropical fruits (mango, passion, lychee) and citrus (tangerine, grapefruit) pith and zest. Slightly malty and onion vegetal notes. Floral and herbal.

T: Resiny and oily hop presence balanced well with mildly sweetish malts. Green, herbal and some oniony quality.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and bitter with sticky, resiny hop oils. Long finsih with green vegetals.

O: A pleasure to try and easy to drink. Would have again.

Photo of Slatetank
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks so much to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a teku.

The color is a amber tinged golden with light haze with thick white cap, the lace clings like paintball splatter on the glass. The smell is very fresh with lots of citrus, tangy smell of grapefruit and light hint of dank herbal aromas. The feel is great, lots of citrus acidic quality with a mild resinous and spicy aspect, the finish is very dry and carbonation is moderate.

The flavor is incredible. I expcected good things, but damn, this is phenomenal the lovely citrus and tropical graprefruity flavors are fresh and vibrant without a ton of bitterness and the flavor of the malt is low with the hops up front and some very low pepper in the back end. The flavor has a valencia orange flavor which considering the 'enjoy by February 5, 2014" ...Overall this is pretty fresh and tasty -as an Imperial IPA should be - I am looking forward to having this again, it exceeds expectations at least for me lots of hop flavor without a lot of alcohol flavor or excess malt to intrude - well Done Victory!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 10/09/13 notes. Had an 8oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC.

a - Pours a somewhat clear golden amber color with one inch of bright white head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruit, citrus hops, fruity malts, earthy notes. Awesome nose, with tons of pine and citrus hops to it. I like it a lot.

t - The taste is even better than the nose, and more hoppy. Tastes of tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, citrus hops, dank pine hops, floral hops, lemon, grapefruit, fruity malts, and light earthy notes. More tropical fruits here and just super hoppy and fresh. Just awesome.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. No real bitterness to it at all, which I love.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; one of the best Victory beers I've ever had. Tons of fresh hops and a lot of tropical fruits, pine, and citrus. They've been knocking it out of the park with their new DIPA's lately with this and the Liberty Bell Ringer...I hope they continue to these two beers.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -17%
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

Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a nice head that descends a bit and stays plenty of trailing lace.

The smell is awesome! Perfect! Grapefruit, lemon, lime, pine - this is an incredible hoppy smell! Incredibly, caramel backs it up! Holy shit!

The taste is almost as great as the awesome aroma! The taste is of raw hops! It does have a strong malt backing - caramel, especially. There is a touch of alcohol that adds pepper. It has a long finish.

It is creamy, and full-bodied.

This is a GREAT DIPA! Incredible! It comes in a 4-pack - and I can smell this one all night - and drink it, too!

I've had many beers - I might have reviewed this one on the low side. It's greatly hopped, and with a malt balance. Try this!

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head but it leaves plenty lace--blanket in some areas and spotty in others. Neutral gold color with a very mild haze.

Strong pine aroma with a white pepper background.

A very bitter beer--upfront and throughout the tasting. Decent body with a good level of carbonation. Lots of harsh bitterness with a good dollop of alcohol. Very little malt taste.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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