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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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4,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,475
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 176
Gots: 677 | FT: 32
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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +11.7%

A-golden with a nice frothy white head

S-strong scent of peppery grassy hops. There's definitely a touch of creamcicle in there as well. Good strength

T-comes in with a every bitter flavor of weedy hops and a nice sweetness. It's a bitterness that really sticks and stays. The flavors stick along with a great grainy flavor that stays as a nice after-taste.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice creamy finish

O-this is actually a really good IPA. It different too. The weeds and bitterness and grains. Everything is perfectly blended to make an extremely drinkable beer. I really recommend this to others.

12-02-2013 07:45:59 | More by AdamBear
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Stugotzo

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-02-2013 04:12:16 | More by Stugotzo
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%

Cheers to BA SammyJaxxxx for sending this over. I'd read a lot about it on BA but hadn't put in the effort to mail order it, so I was quite happy to see it arrive on my doorstep. Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with a lightly engraved "enjoy by" date of Feb 12, 2014. Poured into the IPA-specific Speigelau glass with a Dogfish Head etching on the side.

Appearance - Poured with standard vigor, which creates a towering three-finger cream colored head of dense, small bubbles. Beneath the foam high rise is a lagoon of deep orange and tangelo, glowing with spun gold highlights in places and a lazy stream of bubbles gliding to the top of the glass. Retention is moderate, and as it fades down, there is left a sticky mottling of sparse lacing all the way down the glass. The surface never loses all of it's bubbles, with a quarter-finger film resting atop throughout.

Smell - I really like the smell of this one, with lots of tropical fruits on display. I get mango and pineapple up front, as well as some more herbal elements, like pine sap and even some hints of cedar woodiness. Some notes of esters are lurking in the background, but are sufficiently blended in with the fruit and pine on the nose.

Taste - Here, the hint of esters in the smell become more apparent, pushing the herbal and tropical notes to the side. The esters are strong enough to lend a slightly medicinal quality to the taste, although the malt bill makes an appearance as the flavor develops and warms, giving some sweetness to balance the more astringent elements. A little bit of a letdown after a quite promising aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, with a bit of a "pulpy" mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation. Semisweet finish.

Overall, a solid offering into a crowded style that reminds me of some other DIPAs I've had in a lot of good ways. There are a couple others I would likely pick up before this one, even if it was easily obtained in my neck of the woods. I imagine it's a pretty solid go-to for anyone in Victory's distribution footprint.

12-02-2013 03:23:00 | More by LambicPentameter
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-02-2013 02:48:29 | More by Dawkins
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tmaestro

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12-02-2013 02:40:22 | More by tmaestro
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AlphaKingKegger

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-02-2013 01:02:39 | More by AlphaKingKegger
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dubinsky

California

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter. This is one of the beers I brought back from my trip to New York.

A - Poured with a minimally fluffy white head that began with a nice head that receded very quickly leaving behind some nice lacing. The head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin, white film of tiny bubbles. Slightly hazy orange with good, bubbly lacing on the sides.

S – Not hugely aromatic, however I’m picking up notes of grassy fields with sweet floral hops with some tropical and citrus fruits in the background. This is not a huge in your face beer which I was expecting given all of the hype.

T – The taste is thankfully more complex than the aroma. Nice floral notes with hints of citrus, pineapple and mango coming through. Fairly sweet malty backbone, but the hope are definitely the prominent actors this drama

M – Nice medium body with a medium carbonation. With 8.7% abv, the alcohol is very well hidden. This is a seriously drinkable beer.

O – This is a great example of a DIPA?IIPA. I’ve come to expect different from East Coast breweries, with huge malty presences, this is a great example of a break away beer. I’m happy that this has lived up to all of the hype.

12-01-2013 23:52:30 | More by dubinsky
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-01-2013 22:51:45 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

12-01-2013 21:36:20 | More by uturn
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WolfStOner

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-01-2013 20:45:59 | More by WolfStOner
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Matthewpakula

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

12-01-2013 19:13:52 | More by Matthewpakula
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-01-2013 17:53:41 | More by NooseJustice
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +7%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a goblet.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a mouth-watering cap of frothy, whipped egg-whites.
Aroma-Bouquet of big, juicy, citrussy hops.
Taste-Pineapple and grapefruit, sweet toasted malt, and a big dose of piney hops. Great flavor and balance, and very nice blending of hops and malt. One of the best new Double IPA's I have had this year. Well done!!

12-01-2013 16:34:23 | More by hosehead83
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-01-2013 15:39:14 | More by ejimhof
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Das_Reh

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%

Found this at a bottle shop while out with my brother and cousin. Heard a lot of good things so I had to pick one up.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A = a nice coppery orange, clear, with a small half finger head. not much lacing, but the color is inviting.

S = Great nose on this one. There is a sharp, pungent aroma that, right off the bat, reminds me of weed (my brother, who is not a craft lover, said the exact same thing). There are notes of pineapple and other tropical fruits, citrus and a bit of pine. Dank, sweet, and hoppy.

T = Sweet pineapple and mango, bitter grapefruit, citrus and sweet pine, exceptionally well balanced with no discernible alcohol. At around 9% this is dangerously drinkable.

M = Oily and slick like a good IPA/DIPA should be. Juicier than I was expecting despite the higher ABV.

O = Kudos Victory, you've really blown my mind with this one. Highly recommended.

12-01-2013 09:18:37 | More by Das_Reh
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Dogslife

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-01-2013 08:58:23 | More by Dogslife
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prender1482

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-01-2013 08:47:14 | More by prender1482
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jvillefan

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-01-2013 05:54:43 | More by jvillefan
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Phobicsquirrel

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

12-01-2013 05:33:57 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%

Crystal clear body, golden in color, with a two finger thick head, fed by lively carbonation. The smell was perfumey and herbal hops with some citric smell. The taste was loaded with grapefruit, and very bitter. The whole flower hops were clearly the star attraction here, and the malt was very unobtrusive. The alcohol level was shockingly well hidden, as there was no burn of any kind. The finish was very dry, with an herbal bitterness. The beer was light and slippery in the mouth, providing a refreshing jolt of bitterness in each sip that did not linger on or coat the mouth. This was truly in the dry West Coast mode of DIPA presentation, and I love that style of beer.

12-01-2013 05:29:03 | More by rajendra82
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goochpunch

Texas

3.89/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours out a deep orange-gold. Thin head. Hops in the nose are funky, herbal, earthy, and oniony. I pick up some bready malts in the smell as well. Malts are more candy-like in the flavor. Kind of sweet for me. Hops are solid, though, but I'd like more of that grassy/oniony flavor to break up the heavy maltiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; a bit sticky. A little sweet for me, but the flavors are there.

12-01-2013 04:24:49 | More by goochpunch
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broadway848

New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-01-2013 03:04:33 | More by broadway848
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VonZipper

New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-01-2013 02:46:03 | More by VonZipper
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev 0%

Pours a golden almost straw color with an ample white head - nice retention and excellent lacing.

Smells of fresh pine and tropical citrus backed by floral notes.

Taste is sweet tropical fruit and butter pine. It has a slight tasty malt middle. Hops dominate the mouth feel but it is a wonderful ride, yet the flavor is very full and rounded.

An excellent Double India Pale Ale.

12-01-2013 02:40:56 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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Srecko

Serbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-01-2013 02:20:08 | More by Srecko
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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