DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
10-26-2013 23:05:11 | More by wedge
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-26-2013 21:11:12 | More by fmccormi
4.26/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-26-2013 19:29:04 | More by zimm421
4.45/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
10-26-2013 17:51:25 | More by Gavage
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,429 ratings.