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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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5,401 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,401
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 214
Gots: 1,099 | FT: 34
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:
Beer added by: aengleman on 09-27-2013

Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from 4-pack ($9), best by Mar 2014.

Straw, gold elixir poured into HF pint glass. A bit cloudy without any precipitant. Half inch, white head remains throughout. Plenty of lacing.

Tropical fruit notes mainly mangoes, ripe pears, citrus. Some grassy, earth undertones.

Smooth, hop bitterness, grapefruit and citrus predominates, with a bit of alcohol coming through at the end.

Medium body, nicely carbonated.

Well done DIPA from Victory but certainly behind the top tier in its class.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alas, a new beer from Victory and when I saw it, I had to give it a go. Couldn't believe how high it was rated but after drinking this, I can see why people enjoyed it so much. The balance was just right, the hops were present but not overpowering, and the the alcohol was noticeable and yet muted. This finished crisp as well and managed to stand out from all of the other Doubles and Imperial IPA, which is not an easy thing to accomplish!

Loved the pour to this, as it had a golden hue, frothy head, and a bit of sediment in this as well. Toss in a good amount of carbonation and the resulting effect was similar to that of a lava lamp. The lacing was completely reflective of the mouthfeel and body of this beer, since the soapiness stuck to the edges of my pint glass and slowly slide down to the level of the liquid. This looked like amber and felt like it too since the body had a wonderfully oily complexion to it, nearly to the point of being resinous like a good West Coast IPA. There there was the taste - mildly bitter, full of mango, papaya, grapefruit, and pint, and oh, oh so smooth. A bit of tangerine-like wetness made everything go down easily with just the most mild and appealing of bitterness remaining in the aftertaste, reflecting the earthiness of this. Certainly not a malty beer but heavy enough to warrant a slow session to fully enjoy it.

The alcohol led to this feeling as well, as it was certainly present but by no means could I taste it at any time during my time savoring this. This may say Imperial but don't be fooled - this handles like a regular IPA with a bit more complexity and less bitterness than one would expect. That's a great thing but not nearly as great as discovering this for yourself - Victory has a winner here and the only shame with this beer is that it comes in 4-packs, since I'm craving more of this as I type my review out.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,401 ratings.