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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,018
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 141
Gots: 506 | 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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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-27-2013 03:15:22 | More by OhioBobcat
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-27-2013 03:03:16 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-27-2013 02:32:40 | More by Hessian257
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Wrigleyf

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-27-2013 02:07:45 | More by Wrigleyf
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scoot64

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-27-2013 01:45:48 | More by scoot64
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-27-2013 00:39:14 | More by Sammy
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ringwersen

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-27-2013 00:21:45 | More by ringwersen
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mjw1200

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-26-2013 23:57:44 | More by mjw1200
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loupap

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-26-2013 23:41:16 | More by loupap
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- 12oz bottle to a large chalice with a fairly clear, golden body. Creamy white cap builds up to about a finger or two with decent retention. Bubbly ring leaves nice webs of lace, especially thick at the top.

S- As one might expect, hops lead the way with juicy citrus, stone and tropical fruit notes. Tangerine, mango, orange and apricot come to mind with some pine and floral. Just a bit of light caramel sugars and yeast hints in the background.

T- Things really seem to open up nicely here compared to the aroma. The hops become very floral in a nice way with juicy melon and canteloupe coming out along with the tangerine, stone fruits, grapefruit, pine, tropical and bitter citrus rind flavors. The melon flavor something new to me and is really pleasant. Hop bomb in the biggest sense, picking up a tiny bit of biscuit graininess but not much else.

MF- Moderate bodied ale with a creamy, silky texture. Carbonation is medium-high and should be to support those nice hop flavors. Finishes with a good bitterness on the palate.

Really psyched on this beer. The hop flavor is different enough from the more common hop bombs of today and somehow it captures a unique melon/canteloupe flavor with floral and citrus fruits. It all comes together very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 23:40:50 | More by cbutova
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Lipsntoes

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-26-2013 23:38:13 | More by Lipsntoes
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-26-2013 23:22:53 | More by mweso2000
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wedge

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed pale orange color with a low, creamy head that quickly settles to a bubbly cap. Aroma is heavy on the fruit...melon, grapefruit, and tangerine with underlying pine resin and a floral pungency. Heavy, ripe, oily fruit in the flavor. The focus seems to be more on a melon-like greenness and big time pineapple rather than citrus. Medium bodied with an oily slickness and a fairly tame bitterness for what it is. Pretty sticky - not overly sweet, but I`m not sure I could have more than one without it wearing on my palate a bit. Good stuff, especially if you like a more new-school fruity type DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 23:05:11 | More by wedge
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jkrug5

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-26-2013 22:37:53 | More by jkrug5
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JKV96

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-26-2013 21:38:45 | More by JKV96
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SoxStephen

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-26-2013 21:33:40 | More by SoxStephen
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fmccormi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easy pour down the side of an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); oddly, I can’t find a freshness date anywhere on here (Victory is usually really great about that), but I bought this just last week when it was brand-brand new in Vermont, and it’s tasted real damn fresh so I’d say it’s even less than a month old right now, but I can’t quite confirm that.

Appearance (4.25): A solid three fingers of off-white foam comes off of the pour, rising quickly and easily to a fluffy dome that’s hard to keep in check (hence the easy pour down the side, after learning better a couple of days ago). The body is a hazy, honey-golden amber color with orange highlights. As the head dies down, it leaves really nice legs and splotches of lace here and there, with some great suds.

Smell (4.25): Sweet mango, some fresh pine needles, dank resin, dry champagne (weird, I know), straw and wildflowers, ruby red grapefruit juice and fresh-cut grapefruit . . . fresh-baked biscuits, strawberries . . . and then back to pine needles and dank spiciness. So interesting. As it warms up, it takes on something like overripe pineapple and papaya.

Taste (4.25): Frankly quite tart grapefruit rind really dominates the hop character, with dank spice and resin adding a nice dynamic underneath that layer. A pretty simple, fresh biscuit-like malt character is complemented by some honey and mango nectar; the hops come right back in with bitter, resinous pine and tart, bitter lemon notes. Really well-crafted and showing a nice balance between hop bitterness and flavor. As it warms, the malt gets a bit richer, with a bit of dulce de leche on the biscuit character, but the hop bitterness also takes on more citrus peel and a slightly skunky resin—still striking a great balance. No sign of booze or yeast notes.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Somewhat soft carbonation that foams moderately, tingles softly but all over, and complements a just-under-medium weight body with a slight oiliness and a really nice dry-out toward the end.

Overall (4.5): Like a number of their other beers, this DIPA from Victory hits all the right notes while still retaining a moderately unique character—and yet it still feels just a little conservative in almost every regard. It’s like every part of it is outstanding, but set at Level 9 instead of 11. That said, this is a fantastic new DIPA, and it’s great to see Victory take a new swing at a hypercompetitive style and show that they nail it just as easily as they do their long-time standbys. Great beer and a greate value—seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:11:12 | More by fmccormi
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hikeeba

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-26-2013 20:41:08 | More by hikeeba
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-26-2013 20:14:37 | More by ADTaber
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nyyfanatic213

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%

10-26-2013 20:11:07 | More by nyyfanatic213
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zimm421

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler filled same day, into a tulip appears a nice golden color with a fluffy, white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves great lacing.

The nose is very fruity, with lots of tropical fruit and citrus coming through. There's also a bit of resin and pine coming through in the end. There is a bit of sweetness in the nose, but the hops definitely dominate. The first sip yields much of the same, but there's more balance here. Love the combination of Citra, Mosaic and SImcoe here, they work great together. The tropical fruits and citrus are very evident, with the pine and earthiness coming through in the back end. There is a bit of alcohol, but it is masked very well, and you have to search for it. The finish is very dank, and lingers for a while.

The mouthfeel is smooth, yet still has the crisp feel with a little carbonation bite at the end. Medium bodied, nothing overwhelming or out of the ordinary here. Overall, this is a great brew, and something that is a wonderful year-round option if found fresh. There are better brews available for this style, but this isn't something to pass on if you're looking for a great DIPA.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2013 19:29:04 | More by zimm421
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-26-2013 19:25:07 | More by Netdigger2
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: light orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: citrus and earthy hop goodness is easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pear, earthy hop bitterness, and a hint of alcohol make up a very well balanced DIPA.

Mouhtfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue for a while.

Overall: a refreshing and satisfying beer. Not a quick drinking beer, but the flavors keep you interested from the start to finish. Super beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 17:51:25 | More by Gavage
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BeerBeast

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-26-2013 17:40:36 | More by BeerBeast
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-26-2013 17:32:26 | More by scott2269
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,018 ratings.