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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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4,028 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,028
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 143
Gots: 509 | 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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themind

New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dirtwolf is an explosion of hops that proves drinkable for the casual beer snob but hoppy enough for beer aficionados. Victory shows that persistence brings quality results and Dirtwolf is just that. Beer pours a nice golden color with an excellent hop aroma. The taste was very good and satisfying, I would purchase it again. I am a bit jaded as I regularly have Pliny and Heady but the PA boyz can brew a good DIPA period!

Bottom Line: Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:49:11 | More by themind
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QuentinCall

Georgia

3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the guidelines of the "IPA's as Nick Cave Recordings" system, DirtWolf simply never aspires to anything that could justify 'The Firstborn is Dead' or 'Let Love In' designations -- it just isn't a landmark for the style nor is it decade defining. The argument for a 'Kicking Against the Pricks' designation is a sound one, maybe even an altogether reasonable one (the large extent of its substance being already explored and the debate of preferences being, somewhat moreso than others, subjective). However, with its poignant aggressiveness and general lack of risks noted alongside its immediate (and, at times, deserved) acclaim, I'm going to go ahead, follow my heart, and give it a solid 'Murder Ballads'.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:26:32 | More by QuentinCall
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comradekyle

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-26-2013 00:30:47 | More by comradekyle
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roger617

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-26-2013 00:09:06 | More by roger617
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tabascosigned

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-25-2013 23:46:25 | More by tabascosigned
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-25-2013 23:31:30 | More by scxcrunner
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BeenTired

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-25-2013 23:27:14 | More by BeenTired
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Brad007

Vermont

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright pale with a huge damn head into the glass. Lots of lacing left on the edges too. Holy cripes, this looks great.

Lots of citrus notes, especially those of grapefruit. Lots of malt upfront too. A distinct set of aromas.

Strong dose of grapefruit upfront that coats the tongue. I actually coughed after a swig. Definitely is a total hop bomb.

Once again, grapefruit overwhelms the palate. Sure, there's a touch of malt but nothing compared to the grapefruit!

An assertive hop monster here. I'd recommend slowing down as I didn't and it's got that kick.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:22:07 | More by Brad007
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irish01980

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-25-2013 22:59:46 | More by irish01980
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MattyIce21

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-25-2013 22:53:28 | More by MattyIce21
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brheuer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-25-2013 21:30:29 | More by brheuer
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SwG237

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-25-2013 20:58:09 | More by SwG237
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BeerGreg

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-25-2013 20:45:10 | More by BeerGreg
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cfinch2

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.8%

10-25-2013 19:22:54 | More by cfinch2
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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11%

10-25-2013 19:03:11 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this. It pours a hazed golden copper color with 3 fingers of off-white froth. A full wall of webby lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger. The rising bubbles maintain a firm cap throughout the experience.

The smell includes notes of tropical fruit and a bit of pissy cat quality with rinds and herbs. Somewhat sulfuric and grassy to dank with a touch of pine, minerals and slight vegetative aspect before blending to a neutral sort of alcohol tingle.

The taste is bitter with rindy and catty hop flavoring that blends to a sulfur and mineral to carbonic quality. Some pulp and pith with solvent alcohol that takes things in even a more catty and dank direction. The aftertaste has almost a dirty cantaloupe or melon flavoring with some hints of funky cheese.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is wide open and outfront with lots of depth of hoppy characteristics. This is a bold display of simcoe all around and it really works and is balanced as far as dipas go. The bitterness persists long after the swallow and the alcohol bite seems much more intense than you might imagine for the listed level. Thanks again Matt, I appreciate the chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:15:40 | More by stakem
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gator79

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-25-2013 15:15:42 | More by gator79
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-25-2013 14:01:09 | More by beertardis
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ant880

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-25-2013 13:59:53 | More by ant880
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grover37

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11%

10-25-2013 13:57:14 | More by grover37
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jigabob

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-25-2013 11:04:15 | More by jigabob
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a crisp looking golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit, pine, and some background malt. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, apricot, lemon, melon, peach, and passion fruit. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and dank pine resin. Slight hints of honey. Bready backing of pale malt with hints of grains, cracker, caramel, biscuit, and yeast. Pretty big with the hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: As good as it smells, a ripe juicy hop forward aroma with a big taste of citrus fruits, earthy pine, and backing malt. Nicely sharp and bitter upfront with a big citrus hop presence. Taste of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, apricot, peach, melon, and passion fruit. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop notes with some grass and notes of pine resin. Background taste of malt with notes of grains, caramel, cracker, yeast, and biscuit. Very big with the citrus hop flavors. A little note of honey. Pretty good West Coast IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily with a nice dry bitterness. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good West Coast style IPA. Very good juicy taste of citrus fruits with some good earthy notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 07:09:58 | More by MattyG85
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Ian_Hammons

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-25-2013 05:48:31 | More by Ian_Hammons
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popery

California

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice medium gold color. Mildly hazy. The head is small to medium and just a bit off white. Good retention, a bit of lacing. The aroma is sugary lemons, white grape juice, honeysuckle, grapefruit, peach, peppercorn, pineapple and pine. Lots of bright hops. Nice and juicy. Not much malt to be found, except a little sweetness in the background. The taste is similar. Lots of hops, sweet and full of flavor. Citrus, stone fruit, some pine and a bit of tropical fruit. Mildly dry. Mouthfeel is relatively light, smooth, carbonation is a bit lower than normal. Very good DIPA and a surprising flavor to come out of Victory. It's much closer to an Alpine DIPA than anything that I'd expect from them. Excellent work.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 05:22:08 | More by popery
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CCutch

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-25-2013 05:18:28 | More by CCutch
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,028 ratings.