DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,912
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 266
Gots: 1,487 | FT: 36
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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Photo of polloenfuego
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 2 fingers of head that sticks around for a while before breaking. When it does break, you are left with some beautiful lacing and a lovely layer of foam. The smell is amazing... Just an amazing juicy hops profile...Citrus everywhere really nice. The taste continues the hops celebration with some pine joining the citrus. And then the finish is a bit sweet with the malts coming in. Mouth feel is slightly sticky with medium carbonation.

Overall a darn fine beer, I was surprised to see it so readily available and so cheap on my trip to Northern New York... $9 for 4. I'm glad I got it, I will share it and I will get more.

Photo of Danmullens1
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feeling left out of the DirtWolf party I finally hit pay dirt at my local small-town bottle shop—two bottle limit but I literally jumped for joy to get a taste. Not sure what a DirtWolf is—but I like it.

A pale, hazy, golden pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter to kick-off the festivities. The foamy, off-white head poops-out a little too early, but some nice lacing sticks around for the fun.

The nose on DirtWolf is outstanding. Bam—juicy-grapefruit, tropical-punch-blast into earthy, dank as a mo-fo, hop goodness. If there's any malt sweetness, I missed it.

Taste is bitter. Dank. Like the nose it hits you up front with citrus—I get mostly grapefruit. Then pine, resiny hop oil, and a bitter, dry finish. And I'll be damned if there wasn't an ever so subtle biscuity malt sweetness in there. Or maybe that was another party.

Carbonation was a little fizzier than my every day DIPA, but again—I liked it.

What a hop cocktail. Love to know the hop bill on this little devil. Definitely worth the wait. I'll be seeking out more of the allusive DirtWolf.

Photo of hitchhiker
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a surprise you will be disappointed. This beer is nothing out of the normal for Victory, amazing! I almost got ya there. I have been enjoying this beer for a few months no. A buddy from the east coast hooked me up with my first taste of the dirty wolf, and I have been handing out recommendations as often as I can. Great job Victory keep up the outstanding work!

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I really love the name Dirt Wolf. I could say it all day.

Poured into an IPA glass, the liquid is a pale semi-transparent golden-orange, pretty light for the style. There's a giant off-white head that takes several minutes to die down and leaves an incredible amount of lace all down the glass as you drink it. Really great appearance.

Aroma is straight-up citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit. As foreshadowed by the light appearance, there's not much malt on the nose.

Taste follows the nose - lots and lots of citrus that almost burns the palate. As it warms, lots of other hop flavors start to sneak in. There are some earthy notes and floral notes underlying the flavor that start to get more noticeable as you go. Overall, the flavor profile is surprisingly delicate and complex. Definitely much more than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is really nice - maybe a bit light for the style, and a ton of carbonation, which really enhances the delicateness of the flavor profile.

Overall, this is a really great IPA - one that would be on my shortlist if I wanted to show somebody what an IPA can be. And the price point and availability is just the icing on the cake!

Photo of fps_dean
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looks golden-orange in color, with a solid head that disappears fairly quickly, but not entirely.

It smells fruity and citrusy. You can smell the hops.

The first thing you taste is the hops. But after the initial hop kick, I was pleasantly pleased to find they balanced it out with just enough malts to keep the hops from being overkill. I taste a slight hint of rye in this one and some malts I cannot explicitly put my finger on. The taste of grapefruit is fairly strong in this one, and at no point is the alcohol (almost 9%) very strong in the flavor.

This goes down very smooth from the carbonated start of my glass to the flatter end.

Overall this is easily one of the best DIPAs out there and one of my favorite beers ever. This was my second from Victory (after Hop Ranch) and has since became a regular, because it is just that good.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily an inch thick head of tightly woven white foam. Somewhat hazy golden yellow hue. Brussels lacing. Pungent aroma of citrus hops greets my nose. Mouth is a bit thick and slightly chalky,but pretty easy going for a DIPA. The front of the palate is an intense burst of citrus hop bitterness and and nice hop burn on the fade. Don't get me wrong,there is a light malt backbone,but this is a hop bomb.

Photo of j0elanz
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful. A hazy orange body, darkening toward the top, with an almost ethereal golden-yellow glow toward the bottom of the glass. A strong fluffy head holds its own in the glass. Sticky lacing.

S - Citrus dominant above a hop base. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Very tropical. Like fresh cut grass sprinkled with guava juice dew.

T - Follows the nose with a bit less fruit. More hoppy earthiness. Bitter finish, but a sticky sweetness to balance. Resin stays in the mouth but not unpleasant. Everything gets more rugged at the end of the sip, the only place where I could detect malted barley. No alcohol detected.

M - Creamy. Evenly carbonated. Solid body, almost feels the way it looks if that makes sense. Very smooth. Probably too drinkable for a 9%.

O - One of my favorite DIPAs. It's called Dirtwolf, but they're not doing hops for the sake of hops. Absolutely well balanced drink. That being said, don't pick 'em up if you don't like hops. Leave more for me.

Photo of Benish
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: beer presented a cloudy peach color. About 2 inches of dense white head built up while pouring. Cannot see carbonation in the glass.

Smell: smell plenty of pine and some citrus. The smell is really juicy and fruity.

Taste: the flavors just mingles around your mouth. The bitter citrus peel moves around from beginning to finish. The juicy fruits eventually just pops in your mouth. The flavor profile really complements the smell. Finally it has a very nice bitter earthy finish. Just awesome.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, carbonation just perfect.

Overall: not sure what the best IPA I've tasted but this is one of them. Outstanding.

Photo of Ri0
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured a 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Golden hay orange with a big 3 finger white head. Good retention that dies to a thin collar. Spotty lacing decorates my glass.

S - The aroma is quite tropical with pineapples, passion fruit, and kiwi. I also pick up some faint citrus of orange and grapefruit along with some sweet honey drenched bread.

T - Unlike the nose I am greeted with a strong juicy grapefruit and orange flavor. The tropical fruits reveal themselves a bit later with the honey covered bread. The finish is bitter pine and grapefruit.

M - Medium body with ample carbonation that is bitter and dry.

O - A great offering from Victory at a reasonable price. Not sure if I like this or Hop Ranch more, but it looks like I scored Hop Ranch a bit higher. Both are my type of IIPAs.

Photo of chugalug06
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid two-finger white fluffy head, leaves behind thick dense lacing. poor head retention. Brew is murky orange.

Dank, pine, sticky aroma, apricot, red apple... Nicely done. A bit too much guava to earn the 5.0, but still nicely done and well blended.

Tons of heavy distracting carbonation, yet smoothly bitter and elegantly dry. It's kind of a fucked up dance this brew bring to the table... Flavors are very nice and smooth, apricot, guava, orange rind, airy. Carbonation is smooth and pillowly, but just too high for me. Sweetness is definitely present, yet kinda distracting...

A strange brew for sure; kinda up and down. Recommended and should be tried, but not top of the class. There's a few holes in this one that stand to be filled.

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-Pack
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Dirtwolf is pale. Tarnished golden with some orange hue to be more accurate. There's a touch of haze and carbonation spurts to the surface from everywhere. The head is dusty white and constantly replenished by the active carbonation. Lacing sheets the glass on the way down making for a good looking IPA.

Pungent. The nose is jam packed full of tropical fruits with an edge that borders on cattiness. Mango, pineapple, and guava lead the way but there's that sharp cat piss/crushed aspirin edge that I find myself appreciating. Some orange and lemon peel make appearances as well. There isn't much to the malt base, some biscuity sweetness I suppose but no doubt Dirtwolf is a hop showcase.

There is a ton of citrus going on in the flavor, a little more muddled than in the nose but bold none the less. The tropical fruits tend to fuse together but the above mentioned fruits are present. Crushed aspirin bitterness washes over mid palate and raises the bitterness through the finish. A quick flash of orange peel here and lemon peel there add some depth. Again, the malt is nearly nonexistent with a touch of soft biscuit sweetness. It gets better the more I drink. Hop bomb.

The body is surprisingly light and airy never reaching beyond moderate in weight. The carbonation is aggressive enough to give a frothy feel to the body without being too prickly. Bitterness washes from front to back and grows as I drink. The bitterness is pretty substantial.

Dirtwolf is tropical, bitter, and drinkable. It's good to see one of the old timers show they can produce new recipes of this quality. Everything from looks to taste to finish is well executed. I'll be picking this guy up whenever I see it.

Photo of PA-hunter
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into glass. 8.7 % abv

Appearance- Pours a honey-like color yellow. Cloudy with a medium head that dissipates.

Smell- Fresh citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit dominate the smell. Quite floral.

Taste- The hop prescence is very strong as the bitterness is felt early in the flavor profile. It lasts all the way through. Some citrus undertones but not as many as the aforementioned smell would suggest. Some grassy notes from the malt fade into more hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Much lighter in body than I would have thought, but still in the medium range. Extremely smooth.

Overall- One of the smoothest doubles I have ever tasted. Also lighter in color than many too. Plenty of flavor that transitions well. Victory has done it right again.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Hazy orange, really appealing. Raises 2 fingers of persistent head. Laces well.

Smells like a hop bomb...pineapple, grapefruit, piney notes. The freshness permeates the nose, makes me drool!

Crisp, acidic citrus hits you quickly. Like alcoholic pineapple juice. Then you get the caramel malty body and it finishes with a piney pop.

Beautifully carbonated, and really well put together. One of my favorite DIPAs. Worth picking some up! Drink it fresh!

Photo of hardy008
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head, with good retention and lacing. the aroma has citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral and earthy hops.

The taste has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with citrus, citrus zest, caramel malt, and pine. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste, which is a plus.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Has a citrus and caramel malt aftertaste. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of SafeWord_Whiskey
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy golden honey color with a sticky 1 finger head

grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruit, fresh pine

a wonderful hop bomb, big bitter grapefruit followed by mango, a hint of pineapple, with a light floral and earthy finish

medium carbonation, medium and slightly sticky mouthfeel, perfect for the style

overall one of my favorite beers at the moment, i enjoy most of victory's creations but i feel this goes above and beyond, do yourself a favor and pick this one up!

Photo of rdilauro
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clean light style with a nice creamy head. No question about hops here. It had the classic grapefruit/cirtrus/pinetar aroma. But it also wasnt as pronounced as some of the hoppy West cost IPAs

The first taste acknowledged what I was smelling. Very crisp and clean A good amount of up front hops, not overly bitter, but a good dry bitter taste.

The mouthful was not the biggest, but it was still full.
The finish was very clean, ended the same way it started

For a DIPA, this one was very easy drinking. The hops and bitterness was there, present but not slapping you across the face. It was more like a nudge at first, but then a stronger shake.

I am enjoying this one more and more. Its got all the correct traits of an IPA without being over the top, or under the bus.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honeyed color with light orange hues in lower light conditions, with medium sized white head that dissipates after a few minutes. Nose has a good blend of citrus, pine, and herbs. Complex. Palate offers a nice balance too with plenty of hop character, background malt, and an overall drinkability that is sadly uncommon in most DIPAs on the market today. DirtWolf could easily be a daily beer for me.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange, finger white head,
solid lacing

S: big grapefruit punch, mango, hint of fresh pine

T: same as nose, lemon peel, floral, mild malt biscuit,
pine bitter finish

M: med body, semi-oily/light dry

O: Amazing nose and flavors, wish it was a bit heavier
in the mouth. Victory makes good beer and this is
another proud addition to their collection.


Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So, this is a hazy, golden, ultra-hopped, slap-in-the-face beer. It's high in alcohol, incredibly hoppy and bitter, and very, very enjoyable. The beer has a slim head, moderate lace, and some serious effervescence. The smell is of earthy, fresh, herbal hops. Some malt is behind the hops, but far, far behind (it's been lapped). The taste is not at all balanced...spicy, peppery, tingly hops...and some serious warming and spritzy carbonation. Beautifully interesting. The finish is bitter and lingering. Expected, and not exceptionally creative, but this is a full force, very enjoyable, serious beer.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.21/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 8.99/4-pack at Giant Eagle
Bottle best by Jul 05 2014 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma markedly citrus and flowery – no pine
Head large (5 cm), frothy, white, mostly diminishing into a 2 mm thick head
Lacing good, multiple lacey rings the depth of the pour
Body light yellow with slight hop haze
Flavor begins bitter and flowery, no citrus, no pine, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no balancing malt, just bitter with an astringent aftertaste
Palate light to medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation.

Unimpressive, just another DIPA, like drinking a bitter perfume. Glad I only bought a four-pack.

Photo of Bone53
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a one finger white head that sticks around. Looks quite disappointing in the glass

Smell: Fresh, ripe tropical and citrus fruits, resinous pine, grassy, moderate sweetness. Overall clean aromas

Taste: Similar to the nose, but with more pine presence; A wonderful balance of bright fruits (mainly citrus, slightly tropical), fresh pine, and a sweet malt undertone

Mouthfeel: Smooth with slight bitterness, especially for the style. Very light for the style, perhaps even too light. I's extremely drinkable and doesn't feel like 8.7% abv at all!

Overall: Dirt Wolf certainly lives up to the hype. The freshness of this beer is outstanding. Super ripe bright fruits and pine. Its also deceptively smooth for 8.7% abv., and i am surprised at how little bitterness there is. Id go as far to say that this is one of the top few best easily available year round DIPA on the market.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow body. Mild haze. Thick, foamy, white head with lasting retention. The aroma offers pine, biscuits...hold up, let me blow my nose. ok, there we go...where was I? Oh yeah, pine, biscuits, resinous hops. Perhaps a touch of tropical fruit in the flavor, but not much. Alcohol presence is certainly there, but not overly so. Definitely a balance of malt to hops, though favoring the hop character. Medium to full bodied for the style. Lingering hop bitterness and bready notes. Overall, pretty tasty.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, hazy

S: earthy, dank, fruity, pineapple, slight grapefruit

T: bitter grapefruit mixed with pineapple, orange, mango

M: heavier bodied, slightly sticky, good carbonation

O: a very good DIPA, quite sweet with good hop flavors

Photo of Treyliff
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter, Enjoy by 5/8/14

A- Pours a crystal clear bright golden orange color with a big foamy white head that has great retention, eventually reducing to a small layer, leaving behind some nice patches of lace

S- Citrus explosion up front; BIG notes of fresh orange rind & zest and grapefruit juice. Sweet flowery notes of honeysuckle and rose hips, fresh pine needle, peach & apricot. Sweet bread malt undertone thats slightly doughy

T- Pure grapefruit flavor up front follows the aromas nicely, resinous and floral hops kick in after the citrus notes. There is a nice malty background with adds some balance, but lets the hops shine. Intense citrusy linger with notes of fresh cut grass on the finish

M- Medium body and light-medium carbonation leads to a soft foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish. Alcohol adds just a touch of warmth at the end, but is very well hidden overall

O- I am a fan of citrusy DIPA's, and this one didn't disappoint. Loaded with resiny hops, yet super drinkable. This is one of my new favorites

Photo of gcamparone
3.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a 2 finger white head that reduces quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S- Hmm.. not the most inviting aromas in the world.. grass, onions, some pine, floral, biscuits.

T- Matches the nose.. pretty oniony, floral, spicy on the aftertaste.. some resinous bite on the finish.

M- I'll give it this.. you can't really tell it's 8+% alcohol, pretty smooth for that ABV. Somewhat overcarbonated though.

I didn't enjoy one aspect of this beer. Even if it was a little past it's prime for an IPA, it was downright terrible. I never get that "onion" note that people talk about, but I got it full force on both the nose and the tongue in this beer. No thanks.

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,912 ratings.