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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Reviews: 793
Hads: 6,308
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 308
Gots: 1,790 | FT: 37
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 Mdog
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, hazy, good head.

Smell: Pineapple, bit of earth, pine.

Taste: Fruity, balanced flavor. Citrus pith bitterness and earth notes from the hops.

Overall: A very solid DIPA, I prefer them a little sweeter than this. Interesting mix of earthiness along with the standard citrus hop flavors.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 1-26-Fluffy pillow head dicipates within a minute. Lacing is decent thin lines not heavy. Smell is potent pineapple, tropical fruits, dank, and lots of sweet citrus. Semi sweet, mouthfeel is light, Abv well hidden. Pair with spicy foods that are not heavy.

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Photo of Abstract_Alegebra
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ABV in NYC. Pours a nice clear gold- hue with a finger that settles to a really nice espresso like head. the color is brighter and more translucent than most other DIPAs I've had. Aroma is subtle - not a huge nose on this one at all. Taste is fantastic- really emphasizes the hops without a boozy contribution which can sometimes interfere with the taste in DIPAS, in my opinion. There's a nice, clean hop bitterness that lingers on the back. Mouthfeel is also great- light and not sticky or chewy at all like a lot of DIPAS I've had. More like a low abv ipa mouthfeel, which is amazing for an 8% double. Overall, One of the best DIPAS I've had in awhile, glad to see Victory come out with something great as I had kind of lost interest in them recently.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a nose that imparts a lot more than that which comes to the palate. From smelling it, you have the impression of a big double IPA- with all its piney-big-hop goodness- and get something light-bodied, with subdued malts and delicious west coast hop flavors. Mint, melon, jackfruit (bubblegum), and of course citrus, come forward balanced out with malt sweetness, and a great lingering bitterness, followed with the alcohol. A well balanced, and what comes across as pretty sessionable DIPA.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep amber. Thick head of off white bubbles. Clingy lace.

Smells of pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus, and pine.

Very assertive citrus flavors. Graprefruit and lemon rind. Resinous Pine. And a hint of sour peach. Good malt backbone, but not over sweet.

Crisp mouthfeel with a generous helping of hop oils.

Overall a nice DIPA. I really like that it's not over sweet, or cloying as some Double IPAs can be. Victory has a winner on their hands.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian Snifter.

Pours copper-amber; lightly hazed; small, semi-durable bone-colored head.

Aroma/Flavor: not too aggressive; about on par with Bells Hopslam on this dimension, and on overall hoppiness. Hops bring herbs and citrus to the pungent aroma, and fruit (orange-grapefruit), grass and pine with a touch of floral to the flavor. Malts are subtle but evident in the taste beyond their partial taming of the hop bitterness.

Feel: crisp, near medium body with a semi-dry finish. Not harsh, as one might expect in a 8.7% dbl IPA.

O: good sippin’ version of a double IPA.

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Photo of mxchap
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle says enjoy by May 18th. Enjoyed on January 30th.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color. Nicely supported head. Moderate lacing to boot. Good looking IPA [4.5/5]
Aroma: Grass and lemon initially, some melon, grapefruit and pine are also present to a lesser extent. Faintest hint of biscuit/toast. Nice aroma for a dry, west-coast-ish IPA. [3.75/5.0]
Taste: Clean, balanced bitterness. The hop flavor balance almost seems inverted from the aroma: the grapefruit and pine are dominant, followed by the mix of melon and the grass/vegetal components. [3.5/5.0]
Feel: Medium-high carbonation. Bitter/resiny and a little dry, but with enough residual sweetness to make it highly drinkable. Comparable to Sculpin in feel, but a little less dry. [4.0]
Overall: Very good DIPA. The aesthetics of this beer make it definitely above average (appearance and feel). The flavor and and aroma aren't quite as good as some of the big names, but I would definitely recommend this beer and will absolutely drink it again. [3.75]

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Photo of koutkid41
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale, some sediment/haze and great head and retention.

S: Citrus/mango and some pine resin. Super inviting.

T: Light, citrus, earthy.

M: For a Double IPA it was easy drinking and not harshly bitter.

O - I like it, easy drinking. Didn't live up to the hype like I thought it would, but good.

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Photo of innnervison
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

has a golden yellow color with a very slight head not the beautiful thick head that is great for pictures but the color of this beer is enough to do it justice.

the smell you can get the citrus and the alcohol immediately with a subtle earthy pine scent that comes in at the end.

with the first taste it is surprisingly earthy to start with and the citrus is mellow which is the exact opposite of my thoughts from what i got from the scent. the initial taste was full of flavor and the second was the same but the strong alcohol aftertaste was starting to mute out the flavor so definitely take a little extra time with this one.

all and all i like this beer i think that it is a good example of a ipa and worth having if you get the chance. the alcohol taste was a little strong but it was not something that i would say hurt the beer to much just something to note.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

light color, mostly yellow, small head. "green" smelling along with the citrus, berries and bready malts/yeast. taste follows the smell: very fresh and wet hops, peppery yeast, alcohol in the finish.

it's very well done, and i like the packaging, but hop wallop was better.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have not been able to find this in bottles, even though Victory distributes to my area. Must be really popular, so glad to find it on-tap at a restaurant.

Served in a tulip. Very clear body, lighter in color than expected, displaying a yellow/amber body, with a very small white head. Minimal lacing.

Light aroma of pine and citrus. A bit of bready malt.

Tasty and different overall. Hoppy, but, again not like I expected. The pine flavor is there but the primary accompanying flavor is an earthy, herbal-like note that I didn't see coming. A slight note of citrus with an underlying biscuit-malt flavor.

Medium texture in mouthfeel and not as heavy as some other DIPAs. Overall, I like this and could see it in my regular rotation if I could find it in bottles.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- extremely light for a DIPA. Color is actually concerned me initially, however upon rating this brew, it definitely is characteristic of the style. Beautiful lacing.

S- hints of biscuity malt, but kind of bland. A bit of hops on the nose but nothing that replicates a DIPA. Some grapefruit and citrus

T- does not taste like a dirty wolf prior to popular belief. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus. Pungent hop flavor and impressive hop profile overall.

M- prickly on the tongue with citrusy notes and great flavor

O- not and amazing beer, but definitely has some nice characteristics of a solid DIPA.
I would seek this out.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a North Coast tulip.

A - Pale orange/blond with visible particulate matter and thick foam with impressive retention.

S - Citrus and some pine resin. Super inviting.

T - Light and effervescent, with citrus on the front and a nice lingering bite.

M - Unimpressive. Thinner than the carbonation level demanded, and took away from what could have been a rich flavour.

O - Enjoyable, highly drinkable, and as a low-abv IIPA, will not knock you for a loop. Good value for money, recommended.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Real fresh.

Appearance- Hazy orange/yellow with big 2 finger head that left great lacing.

Smell- Some light peaches and citrus follwed by cat piss. Herbaceous, but can't really pick anything out. Not much aromas period.

Taste- Chinook and Mosaic forward. Big tangerine, peach, white grape notes followed by light grassyness. Not much bitterness and no hint of booze.

Mouthfeel- Great body. Medium body with good carbonation and nice resinous. No booze heat.

Overall- A solid effort from Victory (who I kind of have a soft spot for anyway). Ails in comparison to the Abner that I just drank though.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a willibecker. Enjoy by May 24th, 2014 on the neck of the bottle. Pours a translucent golden-orange with a loose, sudsy, one inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a frothy cap. Swaths of lacing coat the walls of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus zest, a hint of tangerine sweetness and an earthy/musty character. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a suggestion of Simcoe hops (aka cat pee) spice and pineyness in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation that offers a bit of a bite at the finish. An interesting an complex DIPA. Not something I would consider a go-to for the style, but really quite enjoyable. Nice job Victory!

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, almost golden.

S: Airy, citrusy notes -- not at all indicative of the hop character.

T: Crisp, yet still packs a good amount of hops and malt into each sip. There's almost an earthiness to it (hence the DirtWolf monicker, I'd assume).

M: Subtle carbonation, but otherwise, a very easy drink. Light sugar, though enough to really get you parched afterward.

O: Great, hoppy DIPA that has enough malt to it as well to appeal to both schools of IPA thought. Not the "world class" rating most have been giving it, but that's not at all a bad thing. I'd drink DirtWolf any day.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Hazy yellow amber color, white head dissipates pretty quickly, nice lacing though, but leaves a very nice lacing on the glass. 4
S – Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, grapefruit, funky smells, resin, some bready notes. 4.25
T – Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine needles, a little bit spicy, very well balanced by a bready malt. 4.25
M – Light-medium, alc covered well, aftertaste is grapefruit hops, very fresh feeling left in your mouth. 4.25
O – This is a great double IPA from Pennsylvania. It doesn't stick out too much among the other big double IPAs, but it's really good. 4.25

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Standard light amber DIPA

S - Surprisingly not whole lot going on. It's hoppy but doesn't exactly fill the nostrils

T - Doesn't deviate too far from the DIPA playbook. Hoppy, citrusy, not too boozy with a dry finish.

M - Thinner than the average DIPA

It's not a bad DIPA and worth trying but get it on sale.
At $10-12 per 4 pack it should be as good or better than Dogfish 90 Min IPA and it's not.
At that price point, you can get a 6 pack of either Lagunitas Maximus or Southern Tier 2XIPA, which are much better DIPAs.

Victory should have kept Hop Wallop.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an auburn gold body with good head and lace. A juicy, crispy, citric hop profile in the aroma and the taste is the same. Classic DIPA as it is light bodied, easy to drink, hops aplenty and not only citric notes but some grapefruit. Very little sweetness but it's there for balance and the beer finishes crisp and refreshing. Just a simple but sessionable strong IPA that is a must try.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is straw/gold, head is bright white, dense, presenting at least 1/2 inch thick, some lacing as its enjoyed.

Smell is huge citrus hop blast with subtler earthy, piney notes. Citrus is lemon rind, grapefruit and maybe some sweeter orange; the piney notes are noticed as it lingers along with some feinter breadiness.

Taste is less big hop with some more subtle malt flavors: hops are again big on citrus, grapefruit prominent, with some lemon; malt is lightly bready, maybe some biscuit. this is a great tasting dipa, wonderful balance and no heavy sweetness or cloying flavors.

Mouthfeel is well balanced: good flavor on the tongue and presentation in the form of the bitterness and solid carbonation with enough sweetness to compensate this amount of hops; lingering flavors/feel are prominent on the tongue and cheeks and then it just sucks your mouth dry.

Overall, this is a great dipa, love the huge hop aroma and great balance in the taste and mouthfeel - hard to create a brew this big without it coming off cloying in bitterness or sweetness, but this is very well done.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DirtWolf is an interesting animal indeed. It is a rare breed of DIPA that seems to approach the usual the background flavors of wet grass and earthiness and bring them more to the fore front of the palate. So it has kind of flipped the script of what an IPA is supposed to taste like. Leading with grass and a subtle dankness while the floral capacities round out the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is nice and heavy with the required carbonation to back it up.

If that sounds like something you would like you probably will. To me it tastes more like a science experiment then a well crafted beer. Playing your expectations against yourself is this beer forte.

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in a mixed six of IPAs since the house was almost devoid of hops. Can't have that. It's not...right.

Pour is liquid copper dripped into the glass with a relevant amount of carbonation imparted by ye beer gods. Nose brings me news of earthy pine cone, bit of citrus, moist grass thrown on the cone for good measure. Interesting. Doesn't fit my beer profiling.

DirtWolf does the route of subtle vs. in yo face. Citrus is the bouncer, but there's plenty of the earthiness to back it up. Aggressively damp, dank, which normally I don't like, but the citrus make a nice circle of life around it. A little peachy, indistinct & possibly extinct fruitiness in the middle. Alcohol snarls more than the ABV indicates. Bitterness plays peek-a-boo, but gets more insistent as the beer warms.

Not my normal wheelhouse for a IIPA, takes a turn down the pass less traveled, but the path is a lovely one. Good beer.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale muted orange with a vivacious two finger white head. large soapy bubbles. very approachable.

S: wonderful complexity and balance in the nose. It is a bit dank and full of wet grass. But at the same time there is a huge citrus aroma. Lots of grapefruit with hints of orange and a lemon tartness of the end. I also detect sweet blood orange and nectarine. just a slight tease of a bready malt. a floral bouquet.

T: Hello grapefruit! lots of grapefruit with a very strong orange character. Effervescent herbs come through with a very floral driving force. dank pine and earth make the the back end of this. Bitter citrus rind with a sweet caramelized pineapple and nectarine flavor. Once again the malt is there just very subdue just dancing on your palate long enough for you to know its there. slightly bitter dry finish.

M: low to medium mouthfeel. nothing really sticks out about the body which makes it dangerously drinkable. This beer has a fantastic dryness to the finish with a very long slightly bitter finish.

O: I heard great things about this beer and i must say, it backs them all up. complex yet approachable. a standout. /93

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#Victory #Dirtwolf

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Nice full flavored DIPA loaded with big hops and tons of wet citrus flavor. Very drinkable at 8.7% smooth and sweet, has earned its 'World Class' title, Hope this is readily available in the very near future ~

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anything with "dirt" in the name inevitably sounds dirty, but Victory DirtWolf has a clean complexion that, despite its haziness, is also relatively clear. Its golden tone has some shine but isn't exactly bright or luminescent. A snapshot of the Milky Way galaxy appears printed atop.

DirtWolf is a self-proclaimed "tribute to untamed vines" - hops - and does indeed shed a spotlight on the particularly earthy and herbal qualities of our friend the Humulus Lupulus plant. The bouquet smells a bit like cat pee and has a strongly leafy, slight lemon myrtle persona.

Though a combination of Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, all I note are the 'catty' characteristics of Simcoe and the distinctively leafy and pine-like flavours from the Chinook. But I don't taste much fruit save for the inescapable bitter orange and grapefruit peel notes.

The mouthfeel also features a lot of citrus oils and some tree-like resins. Nevermind the juice or zest of the orange - think about the skins and stringy piths. It's dry and bitter. There's a splash of lemon oil but it's certainly not enough to ward off scurvy or brighten up a cold winter day.

Victory remains one of America's great microbreweries, but I've become less and less impressed with their brands the more I try from the country's other craft brewers. Up and down their lineup is nothing but solid, but, to be sure, one can now easily find comparable and better offerings. DirtWolf is a good DIPA, but it's far from the best.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
95 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.