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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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world-class

4,892 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 189
Gots: 816 | 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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Photo of BrewUSA
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#Victory #Dirtwolf

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Nice full flavored DIPA loaded with big hops and tons of wet citrus flavor. Very drinkable at 8.7% smooth and sweet, has earned its 'World Class' title, Hope this is readily available in the very near future ~

BrewUSA, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Localdrinklax, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of jfcaa193
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jfcaa193, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev -6.5%

JLapadura, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anything with "dirt" in the name inevitably sounds dirty, but Victory DirtWolf has a clean complexion that, despite its haziness, is also relatively clear. Its golden tone has some shine but isn't exactly bright or luminescent. A snapshot of the Milky Way galaxy appears printed atop.

DirtWolf is a self-proclaimed "tribute to untamed vines" - hops - and does indeed shed a spotlight on the particularly earthy and herbal qualities of our friend the Humulus Lupulus plant. The bouquet smells a bit like cat pee and has a strongly leafy, slight lemon myrtle persona.

Though a combination of Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, all I note are the 'catty' characteristics of Simcoe and the distinctively leafy and pine-like flavours from the Chinook. But I don't taste much fruit save for the inescapable bitter orange and grapefruit peel notes.

The mouthfeel also features a lot of citrus oils and some tree-like resins. Nevermind the juice or zest of the orange - think about the skins and stringy piths. It's dry and bitter. There's a splash of lemon oil but it's certainly not enough to ward off scurvy or brighten up a cold winter day.

Victory remains one of America's great microbreweries, but I've become less and less impressed with their brands the more I try from the country's other craft brewers. Up and down their lineup is nothing but solid, but, to be sure, one can now easily find comparable and better offerings. DirtWolf is a good DIPA, but it's far from the best.

biegaman, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Brendog9
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Brendog9, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep orange. Not much of a had. Thin collar.

Smell - Orange hops. A hint of herbal notes. A smidgen of toast malt.

Taste - More emphasis on the herbal character to the hops. Orange hop flavor behind it. Sweet caramel malt. A little musty. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium heavy. A shade too sweet for me.

Overall - Pretty good. What people would call balanced, but I call too sweet.

Alieniloquium, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of craigdb
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

craigdb, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of mearner
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured easy into a 12 oz beer mug, ended up with about ¼” of white head that lasted about two minutes. The body was golden-yellow, bright, and clear. The beer looks like it has a fairly thin body for a DIPA, but I don’t think Victory aspired to achieve balance…this beer is clearly about the hops. In fact, American hops crush your nose from the time you pop the crown. At first, there is some subtle underlying pine scent, but the big ones are grapefruit and citrus. Clearly, this is a heavily hopped beer but is still less than that overwhelming dank bitterness you get in some DIPA’s. The citrus flavors help to keep this bitter beast palatable and the carbonation is medium, which makes it easy to drink. You are left with the pine and grapefruit after you drink, which subsides when you get the blast of citrus in your nose while enjoying your next sip. Overall, this is an enjoyable DIPA that I would drink again, but I was expecting a bit more based on what I have heard from others.

mearner, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Cory-WC
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Cory-WC, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of osuskin
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

osuskin, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

bishopdc0, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of jasinviso
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jasinviso, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of jaltland
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an australian glass. (tulip with an outer layer of glass for insulation)

A- Poured rough and got about three fingers of nice head. Retained a small amount on the surface and left good looking lacing on the glass. Poured a lighter orange-amber.

S- Piney hops all the way at first, giving way to some complex citrus fruits like orange peels, grapefruit and a pineapple sweetness.

T- Bitter hops with piney undertones. The nose predicts tropical flavors but the taste doesn't follow quite as much. Subtle citrus fruits mostly grapefruit and lost the orange somewhere in there.

M- Carbonation leaves the mouth dry. Medium bodied.

O- The nose shows promise of a more tropical DIPA but then the hop bitterness almost demands your attention. Maybe once I get further into the beer and it warms it might allow the fruits to show but right now I can't pick them out with ease. EDIT: Definitely found the fruits! Grapefruit and orange wrapped in bitterness toward the end of the taste. As much as I fancy myself a stout or barley wine guy this and Hop Ranch are outstanding examples of why I drink IPA/DIPA.

jaltland, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of MITCHELLMPLS
4/5  rDev -6.5%

MITCHELLMPLS, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of FIN
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

FIN, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of touchingtheskyy
4.75/5  rDev +11%

touchingtheskyy, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of SenorEsteban
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

SenorEsteban, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of pep
4.75/5  rDev +11%

pep, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of colwespitt
4.75/5  rDev +11%

colwespitt, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well here goes nothing, this better be good!

Pours a great clear orange, a little hop residue in there, nice lacing from the finger of white head

Smell is very citrus forward, lemon, grapefruit and orange, (kinda smells like Hop Wallop), tropical notes in there aswell, pine and yep no malt

Holy cow this is good, I love a good tropical/Citrus IPA/DIPA and this one fits the bill!! Orange, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, bitter citrus peal, wow, citrus, wow tropical, a little piney bitterness in the end

Mouthfeel is medium, a little high on the carbonation, pretty dry

WOW I can not wait until this is actually on the shelves all year long, Hop Wallop was great, this is equally great. Both are pretty equal in my mind.... But now that Hop Wallop is off the shelves this needs to start filling its place so I can have one of them!

nickapalooza86, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of WhaleHopper
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Working way through new double ipa styles and this was fantastic. This could take top billing from Prima Pils as my favorite out of victory. Freshness out of the bottle was superior. Hop character delivered without burning. Nice aroma and overall mouthfeel.

WhaleHopper, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellowish orange color. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Some slight random lacing left behind at each level. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The first noticeable hop profile is a earthy pine. Certain level of spiced tones as well. Some bright fruitiness is picked up underneath the heavier pine tones. Malt backbone is light but gives a butterscotch type sweetness.

Taste: Spicy, earthy, pine, resin, and very rustic hops blast on to the palate and do not relent. Medium bodied fruitiness is present but has some trouble shining through the heavier hop tones. I'm pretty sure it is the Mosaic hops driving this beer. Some sticky malt is picked up on the aftertaste with the continuing pine accents.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bitterness on the palate. Spicy hop tones carry throughout as well.

Overall: Great IPA for the price. Super drinkable. It seems that more and more breweries are using Mosaic hops which have a truly unique and interesting hop profile. This one is certainly complex yet the Mosaic are the biggest player.

KFBR392, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Skillz, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Ilovelampandbeer, Jan 16, 2014
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,892 ratings.