DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A-a hazy golden orange with a fingers worth of white head
S-grapefruit and citrus hops, pale bready malt, sweet fruits
T-taste is similar to the smell; pale malt backbone with grapefruit and piney hops, sweet fruits and caramel
M-medium body, medium carbonation, bitter aftertaste
Overall a really well made enjoyable beer. Try it if you find it!
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2013 23:23:57 | More by ksimons
4.48/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I enjoyed a snifter of Victory's new double IPA, DirtWolf, at the Washington, DC beer and barbeque bar, Smoke & Barrel. Needless to say, with all the hype surrounding the beer, it was a solid choice.
Appearance (4/5): A golden color, fairly clear, with a two-finger white head that reduces to a small disc. Some sticky white lacing clings to the sides of the glass as I drink. A pretty standard looking IPA.
Smell (4.5/5): Scents of pine, pink grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit. The beer's resinousness is perceptible even its odor. This is a seriously dank smelling beer, and reminiscent of Enjoy By IPA.
Taste (4.5/5): Grapefruit and pine up front, candied dried pineapple and passion fruit, a little honey nuance from the mosaic hops, and a garlic & onions dankness. Earthy. Not a ton of bite and not highly bitter, which is just fine when the hops are as pronounced and flavorful as they are in DirtWolf. Delicious.
Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Sticky and resinous mouthfeel. Appropriate medium carbonation. No alcohol flavor to speak of.
Overall (4.5/5): I highly recommend Victory DirtWolf. It hits some great flavor notes with its tropicality and dankness. Its resinous mouthfeel really helps drive home these flavors and let them coat the tongue. Really great stuff from Victory, here. Keep it up, guys!
Serving type: on-tap
11-06-2013 19:34:04 | More by hagbergl
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Draught @ CBH: This one pours a clear, golden color. There was about a finger of foamy white head. It lingers a bit and leaves some lacing. An interesting nose. A big wallop of hops, but they tend to blend together. Some pine on top of the others. The taste is good. It has a good bitterness, but the taste is a bit unusual. The various hops blend together into a distinctive bitterness, without having any one specific aroma on top. Maybe a hint of pineapple coming through. The malts are hidden. Definitely dry. Interesting. It definitely grows on you.
Serving type: on-tap
11-06-2013 14:03:14 | More by Boto
3.55/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2013 03:46:25 | More by kojevergas
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,111 ratings.