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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,734
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 245
Gots: 1,337 | FT: 36
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: 5,734 | Reviews: 777
Photo of cfalls
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light yellow color and white head, but some floaters.

Smells surprisingly mild and malty for a DIPA. Kind of vegetal. Honey.

Taste is a little on the sweet side, like agave syrup. Not very bitter until the finish, maybe more like an IPA than a DIPA.

Slight alcohol burn. Perfect level of carbonation.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin-headed golden pour. Bready aroma with some citrus - very pleasant. Flavors of malt, pine in the middle, and mellow lingering citrus finish. Well balanced, and incredibly smooth on the palate for a dipa at this abv.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Massive hops give this gold DIPA a slight haze as it sits under a 1” cream colored clingy foam collar.
S: A rich herbal, grassy, woody pine hop nose joins light malt and fruit.
T: Initial grain and caramel give way to lemon, melon, and herbal, woody, vegetal hop flavors to suggest a caramel hop salad.
F: Creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: A go to big flavored DIPA

Photo of ScotB260
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Pours a beautiful gold, with a decent one finger head, specks in the beer show that its good ; ) nice lacing as I drink

Smell - Very balanced hops, very sweet and inviting

Taste - Like the smell, this is a very smooth IPA, not too sweet, not too bitter

Feel - Great dry finish, keeps me coming back for more...

Overall - This is in my top 5 IPAs

Photo of Whitley
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a fantastic tasting IPA !!!!

Photo of fuhkyou
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Double my ass...
This beer is a gimmick for suckers. Was to the brewpub and the 02 and 03 IPAs were the ones for beer geeks.
I don't blame them though. If you can extract $$$ from the inexperienced go for it.
Has a definite thin, watery mouth feel.

Photo of beersacrossamerica
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I honestly don't see all the hype with this one

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 3.5 - Pours a clear gold color. Forms up a finger of bright white colored, dense head. Medium/low head potential, high head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 5 - Extremely wet, juicy and dank hops, bittered, more savory aromas of pineapple, mango and grapefruit rind.
T - 4.75 - Once again with the dank hops, lightly sweet pineapple and tangerine, ends on a nice, medium/strong bitter finish.
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/thick, creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - What an awesome example of the double IPA style. This DIPA is deceptively smooth and sessionable and doesn't fall victim to the loss of bitterness and malty syrupy sweetness that most double do. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the style!

Photo of Wardnemisis
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Real smooth not too bitter of an after taste

Photo of warsonsmu
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Victory did a wonderful job with this DIPA. IPAs are not usually my top choice, but DirtWolf is a great introduction to the IPA family. The nose is strong as you would expect, but profile is slightly less intense. Certainly a drinkable IPA and a perfect choice for a newcomer to the IPA world.

Photo of justinp444
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer had a nice thick white head and a mango orange color. There where copious amounts of floaties probably from the whole cone hop additions, and quite a bit of haze. It smelled of citrus, earth, and hops. It had a full mouthfeel with citrus bitter, earth and grass notes. Nice dry piney aftertaste.

Photo of JonEwing
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liked the pour; nice but short lived head. Enjoyed the woodsy smell but expected/wanted more hops. Felt a bit watery for a double. Would buy again if at a better price.

Photo of steveheady
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks and smells great. Taste is a little too bitter and unbalanced. Solid tho

Photo of Noahtrumble
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild hop, but great taste

Photo of claytong25
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I applaud Victory for this readily available DIPA in my area. SO tasty and at 8.7% ABV 3 of these bad boys give me a permanent grin on my face. I love the name and the look of the bottle. Strong citrus smell and just so enjoyable to drink. Expensive yes, but I even like this one better than Great Lakes Chill Wave.

This is my first beer from Victory and I can't wait to try more from their lineup!

Photo of Bugcatcher
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the flavors in this beer. Absolutely great. Will buy again for sure

Photo of jancona
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells of fresh tropical fruit - mango and pineapple, dank pine. One of the best smelling beers I've had. Taste follows though not as bold. Wonderful mango and papaya notes, resinous pine and a hint of lemon mint.
Proud to have this as a local brew.

Photo of thedumbphase
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extremely well done, often overlooked IIPA. Exceptional value as well.

Photo of CraigS119
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine, Tampa, $2.99/btl. Says "Enjoy by: Jul 4 2015" so happy new years to me!..?

Pours a hazy golden-yellow. Smells erupting off the pour of fruity mango, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and a hint of dank. Malty-syrupy-candied sweetness on the palate; pine, resin, and softer fruit flavors (banana, pear, etc.) at the finish, with a little bit of bittersweetness that gunks the back of the throat. Well-carbonated. Could enjoy this beer on a tropical island paradise. A little too sweet for my liking, but a deliciously dank monstrosity nonetheless. 4.39/5

What SHE said, "I find it very acidic. Just.. weird taste at the back of your throat... bitter. Smells better than it tastes." 3.5/5

Photo of RickGrimes
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful Example of DIPA. The Perfect balance between the malt sweetnes and hop bitterness is fantastic. A lot of grapefruit, mango, papaya, and pineapple in the taste, with dry finish and citrus notes at the and. Thin texiture, medium body, soft carbonation.

Photo of YeahRightt
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light golden amber color with a lacing that suggests that its a DIPA. A bit lighter than most dIPAs

Smell: Spicy hops on the forefront caress your nose-brain, followed closely by a caramel-like sweet scent of malt. Citrus lurks in the background, plotting on its conquering of your tastebuds. Candy scents are reminiscent of a bag of skittles being opened in your proximity while you're really hungry. Really like what the hops do to the sweetness, reminding you that you are an adult.

Taste: Hops come in hot with a bit of sweetness on the tongue, mellowing out into a number of citrus. Lemon, melon, orange, and grapefruit all fall into another hop finish, all the while maintaining a malty equalizer in the background. Really solid from the beginning of the sip to the end, never losing its touch or complexity. Really excellent. Dangerously drinkable, and that is awesome in my book.

Feel: Refrains from being too chewy as some DIPAs are. Has a bit of thickness while still remaining refreshing and able to be drank relatively quickly without being forced to sip. Would be awesome on a summer evening on the porch with a book and some good natural eye candy.

Overall: My go-to dIPA. I'm very thankful that its so available where I am and am blessed to have a beer this good on hand. It is a bit pricey so it is a treat, but absolutely always in my fridge in some amount. If you haven't had it, you have to.

Photo of IPAlmighty
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful beer, but get it on tap. The difference is pointed.

Photo of gabotion
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent! Wish I ran into this little gem more often.

Photo of weaselface89
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Id call this an exceptional DIPA. My only complaint is that it only comes in a four pack.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, with freshness date, into tulip

Appearance - Deep golden and hazed over. Nearly 2 finger head turns into a wispy cap, fair retention, spotty lacing.

Smell - Really nice hop blast up front: lots of sweet tropical fruits and citrus, piney and skunky. A touch of honeyed malt in the background.

Taste - Crazy hoppy up front, and follows nose with massive pineappley/mango tropical fruits and orangey/grapefruity citrus. Piney and skunky. Restrained bitterness up front. Malts just barely sneak through the hop onslaught with some sweet honey and toasty biscuit. Alcohol is dangerously nonexistent. Dries up nicely and a fairly assertive resin bitternous lingers.

Feel - Medium-full body with a medium feel, carb is pretty vigorous, which keeps this big beer quite drinkable.

Overall - Wow this is a kickass DIPA! Honestly, not my favorite style as I prefer single IPAs, but this is just spot on in all the right places - doesn't feel too boozy or cloyingly sweet, really tasty hop profile. Awesome beer.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,734 ratings.