DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 726
Hads: 6,018
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 280
Gots: 1,558 | FT: 38
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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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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four-pack at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The bottled on date suggests this is good for another two months. Poured at about 55 degrees into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a deep straw color with about an inch of eggshell head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice cling on the glass. Just a slight bit of haze to the beer and substantial visible carbonation.

S: Pine and floral hop notes come through in a big way. Some of that good earthy funk notes, as well. Sweet biscuit from the malts. Maybe a touch of citrus rind--but this one is definitely more resinous than fruity.

T: The flavor is not exactly what I was expecting, but it really is nice. I was expecting something of a hop bomb right off the bat, but those big hop notes from the nose are actually a bit muting coming into this one. What that does, however, is make way for a very balanced experience, with the malts having a prominent seat at the table at the start. There's pine hop notes at the front, mingled with some nice bread malts. Very smooth flavors for how big they are. The middle gets a bit more resinous, with just a bit of clear alcohol coming through. The malts continue to be felt into the back, which is wonderfully bitter without making another quick sip impossible. This is quite drinkable for a DIPA.

F: Nicely carbonated, medium-bodied, and creamy at the front. The middle is bright, with the hops asserting themselves more. The back end is a hop head's delight: wonderful bitterness without completely taking away the drinkability. Very nice feel.

O: I don't know how I never got around to trying this beer. It sure is great. I'd put it right up there with 90 Minute and Hop Stoopid--maybe a bit better, even. I normally go for DIPAs with really assertive (almost abrasive) hop flavors, but this one surprised me with how nicely balanced it is, without sacrificing those big flavors. Highly recommend. (1,918 characters)

Photo of southsidejoe8089
3.26/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really want to like this beer. To me it's an average double IPA. There is not a lot that stands out. Of course it is a matter of preference. My ideal DIPA will have a very pungent hop aroma and this has very little. Taste has a little piney resin on the front with some sticky earth tones on the back. Not bad, just not for me. Poured from a 12 oz bottle 30 days prior to 'enjoy by' date. (390 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The head came up nicely over a slightly-clouded yellowish body.

Smell – The big citrus notes aren’t overly sweet but more rindy with a light aroma of pale malt and some aggressive spicing.

Taste – The hops settle down a bit at the taste but are still big and grapefruit makes an entrance. The malts provide a nice backbone and are a little sweetish.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied with some good bitterness and a bit of drying at the finish.

Drinkability – This was the IPA’s strong suit. Often this style doesn’t score well here, but I actually had two of these for the review and could have had a third had tomorrow not been a workday for me. (684 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy Gold with light carbonation.

Smell: Elegant foresty hops.

Taste: Whoa. It has a wonderful bitter kick but finishes with a hint of sweetness. Extremely well balanced for dipa. It seems to have the funky je ne sais quoi that I love about some English-Style IPAs that I don't often find in DIPAs.

Feel: Medium to Medium-Light bodied. Certainly creamy and leaves a wonderful tingle on the tongue and a nice zest on the roof of my mouth.

Overall: It has certain qualities that I really enjoy about all ranges of IPA styles. Its not just some over the top hoppy bitter MFer that some of the West Coast styles turn out. Deffinitly deserves the world-class rating and delivers a rather unique experience from a DIPA. Bravo. (730 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

As a fan of the Mosaic Hop this is a no brainer.. I can always detect citra and mosaic before all others and this dipa is competent it brings the decent hop punch I crave ,as an avid fan of Clown Shoes Space Cake, Dirtwolf delivers it has a slight sweetness with a robust mosaic and citra punch. I would recommend this beer to Double Inda Pale Ale fans it's refined enough to enjoy with dinner but pungent enough to keep your attention on a Saturday night. So if you crave mosaic you gotta try this. This is my first victory brew and I'm excited to try more. (558 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FUN FACT: Dirtwolf was my childhood nickname.

FUN FACT #2: I became comatose attempting suicide on my 11th birthday and all of these beer reviews were written as part of an elaborate dream.

Dirtwolf. On tap at Sea Level Oyster Bar in Salem, MA.

Pours honey-colored with a small head and light carbonation. Smells "dank," as the kids say--lots of resinous nodes of high-alpha hops. Pleasant, but not exactly balanced.

Tastes like it smells: hop-forward, very thick and green, but kind of one dimensional aside from the hop profile. Still, it's good: no off nodes, and it remains interesting throughout. (611 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale, hazy, straw yellow with a hint on orange. Thin off white head.

Smell: Citrus, mostly orange with some lemon. Floral

Taste: Orange, lemon, grapefruit with some malt. Some spices.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, medium body.

Overall: A great beer from Victory. One of my favorite IPAs. (329 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light orange. Clear. Thin, white head.
Smell: Orange peel.
Taste: basic malt followed by orange and tropical fruit. Then light alcohol and pine tar.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: good double IPA. Balanced well. Lots of fruit and pine that blend well with the alcohol. (327 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Alesmith Snifter from a 12oz bottle. Dated best by 8/13, consumed on 4/30. I assume that date is likely 4 months from bottling? If so, then this is 2-3 weeks old.

A: Light-medium orange, see through with a finger of head. Lots of carbonation.
S: Orange, mandarin orange, honey, malty sweetness. A little underwhelming for a big beer.
T: Citrus right upfront, orange, honey and malty breadyness.
M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, finishes fairly dry with a sweet aftertaste
O: It drinks like a pale ale. Not bitter at all, incredibly drinkable. Doesn't have the kind of depth I like in my DIPAs, but enjoyable none the less. As stated above, I assume this is a fresh bottle. I may be incorrect based on the above and I'd need to review a fresher bottle.

Update: Per multiple people in the forums, it has a 5 month best by. The one I drank was 6-7 weeks old. Still fresh, not super fresh. I'd be curious to try this one fresh off the line, but as of now I'm honestly not that impressed. (1,006 characters)

Photo of 50marathons
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this double. It's a little too strong to go through a case at home without getting "hopbelly" but it's nice to have when you're out and about. Great hops. (169 characters)

Photo of tybeerius
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was served colder than I typically like my IPAs (prob same cooler as the garbage macro beers), but due to its light body, it didn't take away from the beer...just made me drink more than I typically should (Don't judge me). (223 characters)

Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious beer. Beautiful citrusy smell. Nice crisp bitterness with no funky aftertaste. Refreshing, strong, and clean. One of my favorite beers. yb (158 characters)

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. (312 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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. (219 characters)

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 (389 characters)

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 (356 characters)

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. (248 characters)

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! (724 characters)

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. (294 characters)

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. (332 characters)

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. (168 characters)

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! (405 characters)

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. (250 characters)

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 (710 characters)

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. (260 characters)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.