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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,015
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 141
Gots: 502 | 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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JandJMD

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2013 23:32:53 | More by JandJMD
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TimHitchings

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2013 22:52:35 | More by TimHitchings
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2013 21:49:16 | More by aszatk01
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Another6Pack. Thanks Trent!

It pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1" head of foam that leaves good lacing behind.

Loads of grapefruit hit my nose with a light delicate malty backbone but this DIPA is all about the hops so far.

The taste is super good. The grapefruit runs rampant without going over the top with the bitterness. Thanks to that delicate backbone of malt, I reckon. It's actually sweetish up front then goes into hop mode after that. Very nice.

On the upper end of medium bodied with medium carbo, I can't fault the mouthfeel.

This is one delicious DIPA and thanks go out to Trent again for sending it my way. A top notch example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 20:53:32 | More by Bitterbill
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 tulip before March 24, 2014. Pours a straw yellow, with a fluffy one inch white head with excellent retention and coats the glass with thick lacing. Smell is loads of tropical fruit mango, passion fruit, tangerine, pineapple, fresh cut grass, and grapefruit. Taste is at first tropical, with punch of grapefruit and a touch of lemon in the finish, it really leaves its mark on the tongue, I like it myself. Medium body, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. Excellent will have this in my fridge often. Much more than Wallup, sorry but rest in peace Hop Wallup. This is like someone took a Heady Topper and a third of a bottle of Ruination in.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 20:44:09 | More by SawDog505
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-11-2013 20:15:03 | More by bacher468
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 19:48:29 | More by tenacioustomato
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2013 19:33:57 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-11-2013 17:43:37 | More by Stum-pub
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 17:39:18 | More by Ohiovania
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2013 16:07:14 | More by buzzy
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Arrowhuntr

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The smell, taste, and appearance are very good for this beer. This is one of the better Victory beers. What I do not like is that the taste is present for a second or two, then it is all alcohol burn. I believe if they can mask the alcohol better, it could truly become a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 15:26:09 | More by Arrowhuntr
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Let's see about this thing.

A: Perfect sunny golden color with great clarity. Massive rocky white head retains the whole way through. Foamy lacing clings everywhere.

S: Very potent, heady aroma. Earthy, sticky bud, assertive pine. Tropical fruits abound. White grapefruit, zesty lemon, lots of mango, tangerine, passion fruit. Honeyed grainy malt base. Excellent nose.

T: Just as heady in taste as it is in smell. Sticky bud, green and oily, earthy, bitter pine. Intense, gripping grapefruit bitterness. Lemon, passion fruit, mango, tangerine. A very intense and focused hop onslaught. Honeyed malt base stays rather quiet under the bombardment of hops. Hint of alcohol. Very bitter, tropical, and heady hop finish that lingers forever.

M: Medium bodied, silky and creamy texture. Full. Slick hop oils. Moderate prickling carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth.

O: This beer will make you forget that Hop Wallop ever existed. Phenomenal in all respects, a very clean and focused Double IPA. This is the type of beer Hop-heads pray for every night. Dirt Wolf is on the short list of best IPA/DIPAs I've had all year.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 14:22:18 | More by ryan1788a5
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cochan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-11-2013 10:34:09 | More by cochan
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 06:50:20 | More by LotsofLupulin
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chutch15

Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Victory has taken their time crafting an excellent DIPA. For several years, the Ranch series experimented with different recipes for double IPAs, bit to be honest, they were all "too Victory." Those that know (and love) Victory beers know what I mean. There is a certain hop character that a few of their beers share. HopDevil (a long-time favorite) and Prima Pils are prime examples of what I referring to.

However with DirtWolf, Victory has broken our of that flavor profile and created a new and delicious DIPA. Though at the expense of Hop Wallop (for now), it's a superior beer on all accounts. The hops are very prevalent, but rounded off and blissfully tropical. The only issue I have found with this nectar is that its 8.7% abv is dangerously deceiving (maybe they picked the wrong motto).

With DirtWolf, Victory has finally catapulted themselves into the arena of spectacular DIPAs, up there with The Plinys, Hopslam, Brown Sugar, Heady Topper and the like. The throne may not be far away. Beware the howl!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 04:01:42 | More by chutch15
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 03:05:00 | More by zekeman17
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2013 03:00:10 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 01:51:13 | More by woodchip
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grimey68

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2013 01:40:28 | More by grimey68
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 01:18:08 | More by Mersh
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, no head but white ring of foam around glass, hazy piss yellow orange, semi clear.

Smells amazing...thick citrus notes, sweet, hoppy, little bit of malt.

Taste is similar, perfect balance between all features...citrus sweet hops very very good

Feels balanced as well, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Overall this is an amazing beer, entirely unexpected yet I'm not surprised. Excellent offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:09:09 | More by rodlavers
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH Signature goblet. Bottled a week ago.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of snow white head. The head dies down pretty quickly to a film, but it leaves behind a serious patchy lacing.

S - Huge tropical and floral hops burst from the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. Tangerine, mango, bubblegum, honeydew, and a hint of bitter pine all contribute to the vibrant aroma. Extremely hop forward and chock full of fruity goodness. This brew has captured a unique aroma in a style that is usually just more of the same.

T - The fruit combo of citrus, melon, and tropical hits hard on the front. Gets more bitter as it moves towards the back of my palate. Bitter pine resins take over on the finish with long lasting linger. Great balance between fruity and piney hops.

M - Smooth feel. Medium body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Victory has successfully crafted a West Coast style DIPA. Huge aromas and flavors of tropical fruits accompanied by an aggressive bitter pine hop finish. I liked Hop Wallop, but this is a welcomed replacement. I don't like the move to 4-packs, although Victory was previously the exception, not the rule with their 6 packs. I will be getting this beer regularly. I suggest you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:05:53 | More by NoLeafClover44
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz. of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this matches up. Kinda excited to check out Victory's newest addition.

Appearance: Pours a golden, pale, somewhat straw-like. Produces a brilliant, white, frothy head that creates a lacing that follows down all the way to the bottom of the glass. Very nice.

Smell: Sweet hops, tropical fruits and pine hops are the very first to come to mind. Quite nice indeed. Has some great earth notes. Definitely invites me in for more. A great balance of sweet and bitterness.

Taste: Surprised to notice at first a great blend of fruit hops, like pineapple, mango, lemon zest, and some orange peels. Also noticed is pine hops. Awesome combination of the earth hops and the fruit-like hops that encompass it. Pretty delicious I must say. Very hoppy all the way to the core. Probably the best balance I've honestly seen in a long time. Great job!

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with some bitterness. Doesn't finish as dry as I first thought it would. Enjoyable.

Overall: Honestly, I had no idea what to expect coming into this beer. I was excited to try something new from Victory and boy, I wasn't disappointed. The fruity like flavors and outstanding hops were the first to originally grab me. Went down quite nice too. This is a beer I can see myself having again....and again thanks to Victory. Definitely going to have to try this on tap next time I get the chance. I would and will totally recommend this to a friend. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:04:33 | More by DMXLOX22
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 00:54:28 | More by marine1975
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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