DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 725
Hads: 5,996
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,541 | FT: 38
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 BillRoth
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. The fragrance of the beer was a blast of flowers and fruit, and lasted throughout. The flavor was full and fresh with the hops still shining through at the end of the glass. Mouth feel was a little light for a DIPA, but very good and satisfying.
Overall, it reminded me of a good San Diego IPA...didn't really seem like a DIPA. Having said that...the ABV is close to 9%. So caution would be appropriate.
Will look to get this on tap, and try it again...often. (477 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into standard hotel glass. Enjoy By Apr. 8, 2014.

Nice hanging lacing, creamy foam. Smell of piney citrus lush fresh fruit in the flavor, especially pineapple. Has a nice spicy finish, taste is nice and long. Very much enjoyed. (254 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear light amber color. Poured a nice 1 finger head that didn't hang around very long. Pretty good lacing.

S- Here we go. Peaches right out of the bottle. Nice notes of various tropical fruits, pine, grapefruit, and caramel. Peach smell becomes more fresh hop dank as it warms. Very inviting.

T- Man, there's a lot going on. Each sip is a little different. Big grapefruit and tropical flavors, peach, fresh hop dank, and a fair amount of spice over a nice malt/caramel backbone. I can definitely say I've never tasted anything like this mix. The fresh dank is balanced in a way I can't really explain. Not overpowering in the least, but very well balanced among the other big flavors. I had to drink all four to figure that out. ~wink.

M- Medium body. Oily and slick on the tongue. Really not much aftertaste or lingering bitterness.

O- This is a damn good beer. It is both incredibly balanced and nicely complex. There are so many hop subtleties going on its hard to nail them down. Big aromas, big flavors. I will surely be drinking again. (1,054 characters)

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

Grabbed a 4-pack at Triboro Beverage for $10 from their cooler. Mmm, delicious. This is the best IPA/DIPA from Victory I've had yet. There's a big citrus-mango aroma with a bit of resiny pine. The flavor gets a little spicier with a big, dry finish. It's not as rough a Hop Wallop, in a good way. This big, satisfying, but also reasonably drinkable. It's going to be hard not to crack open a second bottle. This beer's a real pleasure. (435 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey golden in color with a fluffy one finger white head that has good retention. Lots of carbonation bubbling up and a slight haze.

Smell is incredible. Tons of grapefruit peach and pear hop aromas, strait fruit from front to back. Really bright vibrant aromas and is smells super crisp and juicy. Light caramel malt add a nice backdrop but the fruity hops are the show.

Loads of hop oils and resin are the first to hit the palate with crisp pine and lightly herbal flavors. Some citrus follows with grapefruit being the most dominate but there is also some slight mandarin orange. Hop oils and resin persist well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great, tons of oils and resin are cut with a nicely balanced moderate to high carbonation to keep it refreshing and highly drinkable. (792 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a twelve-ounce bottle.

A- Beautiful color on this: golden and copper. There's a foamy, frothy head with lots of bubbles. The head is three fingers thick and leaves sticky lacing around the interior of the glass.

S- The aroma is wonderful and takes me to Florida--- citrusy, tropical before becoming piney and showing off resinous hops. I get some grapefruit and breadiness in there as well.

T- Tastes much like what the aroma lead me to expect.I get a ton of grapefruit and other citrus, some tartness as a result, breadiness and then a bitter hop finish.

M- Tart and citrusy up front, malty and creamy in the middle for smooth sipping, and then a dry bitter finish. Well-executed.

O- This was an unexpected treat. I really enjoyed this beer. I'd drink a ton of this if I had easy access. (820 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear straw color but with a crapload of large white floaters.

Fresh orange and grapefruit aromas. Pine to a lesser extent. A tad big grainy malt.

Clean and juicy citrus taste. Herbal tea. Light malt profile.

Lighter body, dry, only slightly bitter. Medium carbonation.

A very nice IPA that drinks a lot lighter than it is. (339 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of floral and grassy hops with some malt sweetness to it.

Tastes of a big wave of hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with floral, citrus, and grass notes that are moderately bitter. A touch of fruit makes an appearance with some malt sweetness sweeping in and rounding everything out. Notes of caramel and toasted bread lead into an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is delicious and it is well worth a try. (575 characters)

Photo of chilly460
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light golden yellow with a finger if frothy near white head, good retention, solid lacing.

S - Hits with a west coast aroma. Bitter hops, some grapefruit, sweeter tones like mango and pineapple, then a dry cracker in there too.

T - The dry, bitter hop profile hits first, resinous. The sweeter notes picked up in the aroma come in after a bit, lots of grapefruit, some juicier mango in there, peaks with a sharp orange peel. Really nice balance with sweet caramel malt to offset the hops.

M - Great mouth feel, medium bodied or less, good carbonation.

O - Nice surprise, nicely balanced, fair bit of complexity. (631 characters)

Photo of argock
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Enjoy by Apr 27 2014 lasered on bottle neck. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Barely hazy golden hue with quite a few tiny white suspended particles with close inspection. 2-finger off-white head recedes fairly quickly but leaves a prodigious collar of fine lacing.

S: Big dank, ganja type of aroma I would usually associate with Columbus and Simcoe but actually see from the website that Chinook and Citra are in but Columbus is out. There is a background melon note presumably from the Citra and Mosaic hops. There is some pine resin and grapefruit rind type of aromas in there too that come through with some warming. I get only a little background crackery maltiness and no yeast character.

T: The flavors are reflective of the aroma, but add more citrus and floral varieties with a touch of spiciness. A really well-done and complex hops profile -- I am very impressed by the mix Victory has brought to this beer. The same melon and light blueberry note from Mosaic is there along with the Citra tangy, catty flavors and Chinook pine resin. It's a fantastic balance of hop flavors. The malt is barely sweet with only a very light touch of caramel candy character. It is a moderate-highly bitter beer. There is no yeast character in the flavor. Alcohol qualities are not prominent and only really detectable as a bit of berry flavor in the aftertaste.

M: It is an incredibly dry beer for the ABV, but I think the mid-to-high 8's is where the DIPA style really hits its sweet spot. The body is medium-medium high but no cloying sweetness to speak of. Carbonation is a bit high but overall a great mouthfeel.

O: DIrtWolf is an impressive effort from Victory -- they have rested on Hop Wallop for a long time and had produced some really good one-off DIPAs, but this would be an exceptional addition to their lineup, mainly due to the outstanding hops complexity in the aroma and flavor departments. A very delicious and satisfying beer -- great job by Victory on this one and I hope they keep up high production of this beer. (2,134 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

p-one finger head that dissipates quickly

a-hazy, gold, slightly amber color with a slight amount of sediment and carbonation

s-predominately a citrus floral smell with a bit of sweetness from the malt

t-mostly grapefruity but balanced a good amount of citrus to balance with it. Malt reduces the bitterness and adds a slight sweetness.

m-a sticky hop mouthfeel with a little bit of carbonation

o-One of the better dipa's iv'e tried, but not it doesn't seem to be too unique from other dipa's. Still, for 9 bucks a 4 pack its more than worth getting again.

Edit 6/6/14 Previous rating- 4.06
Changed from one of the better dipas to one of the best. Once again the grapefruit is the dominant hop flavor, but the mouth feel is much more crisp and smooth as opposed to sticky. Maybe there's some variations between batches since the first time I had it (6 months ago), but at this point it tastes and feels much better. (96/100) (931 characters)

Photo of BrandonN24
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was recommended this beer from a local craft brew store.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter class.

Pours a hazy golden color. The head is very thin, white dissipating quickly.

The smell is absolutely fantastic. From the start you get notes of citrus and on the back-end, fruit dank hops.

The taste begins with a moderate bitterness, very enjoyable for me as I have grown to love IPA's. The taste then moves into a somewhat complex flavor of citrus, pineapple, hops, and hints of tropical fruits. The 8.7% abv is almost completely masked.

Overall - A great IPA, listed as a double IPA. I would like it to be a little stronger for a double IPA. I prefer FIrestone's double jack but this one is definitely worth a go, great beer! (740 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The beer is a hazy, dingy gold color with a rocky white head that lasts a while and leaves some rather large lacings behind. Very assertive nose on this beer (I could smell it the moment I removed the bottle cap). Oranges, lemons, and grapefruit dominate, with pineapple lurking in the background.

Medium body and very hoppy flavor without being unpleasantly bitter. Very little sweetness up front, just a grainy malty note. Lots of dank, fruity hops provide most of the flavor, but there's plenty of malt to balance it out. The citra and mosaic hops definitely announce themselves in the form of lemon, grapefruit, orange, hemp, and just a hint of pineapple-like sweetness.

Do we really need another beer showcasing the citra and/or mosaic hop? Of course we do, as long as it's a good one! Thankfully, this one is. It has a terrific citrus fruit hop character and just a little sweetness to go with it. Definitely recommended. (977 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into my HF Oversized wine glass.

Appeared a golden yellow color with a slight orange tinge. A 2 finger fluffy white head gave way to some nice lacing.

Smells of orange and grapefruit with a slight floral scent. Can detect a bit of honey on the nose.

Taste is fantastic. Juicy citrus fruits mixed with just the right bitterness. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great as well, some decent body and perfect carb.

Overall this is a fantastic DIPA that I am planning on including in my regular rotation. (524 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, burnt orange color with golden yellow hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Nice retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with resinous oils, pine needle and grass along with a touch of citrus fruit, biscuit, crackery malt and booze.  After it warms, the citrus/tropical notes stand out a bit more with grapefruit and orange peel but the nose is still dominated by earthy hops and a strong fusel alcohol/ethanol presence.  

Medium body and slightly oily with a blast of dry, hoppy bitterness that lingers over the pale malt, sweet fruit and boozy heat into a dry finish.  Again, the flavor is dominated by bitter, earthier hops with hints of grass, dank buds, resinous oils, pine sap and spruce tip.  Subtle tropical/citrus sweetness but this opens as it warms.  Lots of grapefruit with some pineapple and blood orange.  Very boozy with strong heat and alcohol sweetness in the finish taking away from the hop flavors.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit and cracker flavor that doesn't interfere with the hop bitterness.  Decent but too boozy for my preference and the strong alcohol flavor takes away from the interesting hop character. Feels more like 10+% beer and most of the interesting flavor falls off mid-palate. (1,388 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.
Pours a nice hazy medium amber. I finger of bubbly white head.
Aromas are nice, very hoppy, citrus and floral. Decent bready background.
Taste right in line with aromas. Very hoppy, good bitterness, very tasty.
Mouthfeel is good, finished a touch bitter but it subsides.
Overall, this is right in line with Sculpin and Gandhi-Bot, maybe even Pliny TE.
A really good DIPA. (412 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has okay retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which appears as a golden straw to pale amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing has been left behind. A little bit of sheeting.

Nose- Definitely shows the Chinook and Citra. Don't really get any Mosaic or Simcoe at the moment. Bright citrus flavors- orange, lemon, and some pineapple. Some hint of tropical fruits. Swirling reveals light mustiness and light grapefruit. A lot less presence and complexity than I expect from a top-notch IPA/IIPA.

Taste- Shows a lot more presence than the nose, that's for sure. Starts off with citrus that hits you with huge dose of bittering hops- the Simcoe is here. Lots of pine and resin and matchstick. Some spice, a bit of pepper on the finish. Front has orange, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. There's a whole lot of fruit and fortunately it exerts itself more on subsequent tastes. Touches of honey and floral notes. The bitter hops really mellow out and make this a fairly smooth beer. I don't agree with the world-class rating but understand why people are going crazy over this beer. Still, a really good beer that I will pick up in the future. Some caramel.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with light carbonation. Approaches smooth and creamy with a tiny bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and will easily please both categories of IPA/IIPA drinkers. Has enough citrus and tropical fruits to please the juice bomb lovers and enough pine and resin on the back for the hophead lovers. I appreciate the fact that they put this in a 10 dollar 4-pack instead of an 8-9 dollar bomber. Because of that, I will be buying this again.

Overall- Really good beer and a solid DIPA. Not great in my opinion but I understand the majority the who seem to think. Definitely worth a try. (1,897 characters)

Photo of RLM15
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a burnt, copper orange.

S- Heavy citrus notes. Grapefruit, tangerine, and a little hint of pine.

T- Mellow at first than a huge punch of hops. A touch of malt just as the flavor fades from your mouth.

Overall a really good beer. Does not taste like a double IPA. Goes down very smooth. (298 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Look:light apricot, 2 finger off white head, some lacing.
Aroma notes:mango, pineapple, orange, wild flower.
Tasting notes:pineapple, mango, pine, brown sugar, orange.
Feel:light side of medium.

This is a very tropical DIPA. Tropical and bitter. For the price this one is very hard to beat. (330 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Victory Brewing snifter.

The beer pours a light, clear gold color, hues of orange and copper with a few noticeable flakes of hop leaf that settle to the bottom of the glass. A fluffy, soapy, white head rises up, about 2 fingers high that has very good retention and yields large swatches of sticky lace. The aroma is clean, balanced, pungent. Big aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, sticky pine, crisp earth spice with just a subtle softness from the malt. The flavors showcase many of the same qualities, lots of crisp spice, tangy grapefruit, resinous pine, tropical pineapple and mango but a bit of vegetal qualities come across, not quite oniony, but just earthier than pine yet not as fleshy and crisp as onion. A soft and rounding malt bill eases the bitterness as it finishes. The body is nice, mild carbonation that is soft yet juicy, coats nicely, with a lightly prickly finish that is quite dry.

Verdict: A really delicious DIPA from Victory and easily the highlight of their lineup. The nose is really wonderful and while the flavors don't quite equal it's showing, this is still so nice to sip on. It's bitter and impactful, but soft around the edges and balanced quite well. I can't wait to finish my 4-Pack and get another soon. (1,274 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice gold color with a 2 finger foamy white head that lingers for a while and leaves moderate lacing. Very nice clarity.

Smell- I get some bitter grapefruit, a bit of lemon and pine in the background. Also get a bit of a catty smell in there.

Taste- Nicely balanced. Some bitterness on the initial sip that turns sweet upon swallowing. Again some grapefruit and lemon zest, a bit of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Good body and carbonation for the style. Leaves a nice slick mouthfeel, not overly drying.

Overall- Pretty nice DIPA, would like a bit more hoppiness in the flavor but still good and very nicely balanced. (641 characters)

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

I had never heard of this beer until yesterday when I spotted it at my favorite local beer store. Love the style so I decided to give it a try.

Appearance is impressive as the beer is reasonably clear and is a bit darker than your average IPA. The smell is wonderfully hoppy but the taste of this beer is what puts it over the top. It has all the great hop taste you would expect from a first class DIPA. What stands out for me is that it has the body to match the hop. I feel too many IPAs / DIPAs are a bit thin - this one is not. The beer has excellent balance.

I put this beer in the same class as Sculpin, Sucks, and Hopslam. Try it. You will not be disappointed. (670 characters)

Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My tongue has a never-ending thirst for Humulus Lupulus (hops). But not any hop will do! I want some citrus, some fruitiness, and some bitterness all rolled into one. This beer has the perfect balance my tongue has been searching for.
I first had this beer a couple of months ago and had never heard of it before. With no real expectations, it blew me away! Since then, I have left no stone unturned trying to find more. At $8.50 a 4 pack, this stuff goes quick. I was pleasantly surprised to walk into Total Wine and find a huge display of this tasty nectar awaiting me. While pinching myself to make sure I was not dreaming, I bought a case of this "wolf among sheep".

The appearance is good enough to make me thirsty, but nothing extraordinary.

The smell is a little deceiving, because to me, there isn't much of a smell. But the taste more than makes up for it. The taste is where this one shines. It has all the hop flavors that I like, but finishes nice and smooth... way smoother than a 9% beer should be!

This is one of my new favorite Double IPA's, and I shall enjoy getting dirty with the wolf and howling at the moon! (1,131 characters)

Photo of BeerGod27
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

About a month ago I ordered this at my growler station but the keg went empty when my 64 oz was only 1/4 full. When I saw they had it back in stock I hurried to the store. This time I got a full 64 oz and loved every sip.
DirtWolf is one of the best DIPAs (if not IPAs in general) I've had mostly because it doesn't assault you with hops just to be hoppy. Yes, it's hoppy but the flavors blend beautifully. I shared this with a friend who doesn't even like IPA and he enjoyed it!
I love the smell of this beer. I picked up grapefruit, apricot and weed on the nose. Most of those flavors are detectable on the tongue too. The more you drink this the smoother it gets. The aftertaste isn't overly bitter like most DIPAs.
Overall this is one of the most balanced and flavorful DIPAs I've had. I will definitely be re-filling my growler with DirtWolf again! (855 characters)

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to find this local and couldn't wait to crack one open...

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden/amber with a 1 finger head that retained nicely, slowly fading to nice lacing, a ring and a light foam cap. Also some sticky foam on the sides of the glass. Doesn't appear too carbonated.

Smells of floral hops, grapefruit and pineapple, malts. As it warms, resin and pine come through.

Tastes of citrus (grapefruit), pineapple, the bitter hop presence (sticky & resinous), the maltiness at the end. None overpowered the other. Balanced more than I expected for a DIPA.

Medium mouthfeel. Other raters have mentioned "slippery" and I agree. You get the bitterness up front, fruit in the middle and sweetness at the end. Wouldn't consider the finish as dry as others I've tried and alcohol was well hidden.

Overall I think Victory had hit a home run. I honestly expected more of a hoppy beer like many of the others out there of the same style. This one sets itself apart and that's a good thing. Very drinkable, even at the higher ABV. I'd read a lot about this one and was glad to find it local and give it a try. Certainly one I'll have on hand when I can.

Cheers! (1,211 characters)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.