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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 6,131
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 25.93%
Wants: 293
Gots: 1,640 | 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 schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is a little weird. It's a great big American style IPA that works, but the aroma is a little over the top and smells a little of ass. Not good.

This well made brew pours pretty, keeps a little head and is fairly clear. Nice looking. The aforementioned issue with the aroma is obvious from the first, but the taste does not have the same funkiness. The taste is great. The aftertaste reveals just a tad of that funky smell.

Overall, this is a failure - I would not refuse one but I will try to remember not to buy it - I really would want to avoid it with good food.

I had another bottle of this and also had it on tap at Melt (without food). I'll stick with my rating, but it was better.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dogwood Growlers in Kennesaw, GA. Great place.

Appearance 4.0: Really nice amber-golden color to this beer. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded into very attractive foamy residue that lasted the entire session. Good lacing.

Smell 2.75: Note to brewers: adopt a male cat. Litter box train it. Now, when blending hops for your IPAs (Imperial or otherwise) make sure that -when combined-- they do not produce a smell like the cat's urine. If only the brewers at Liberty followed this simple procedure. Bleargh. However, there are some good points to this beer's bouquet, it's just that the cat urine thing...yeah, hard to move beyond it.

Taste 3.5: Front is...nuts, I still detect some of that cat pee at this taste level. Nonetheless, the middle is a revelation with a big kick of lovely pine, grapefruit rind, a subtle floral taste; all balanced with a very pleasant maltiness. Finish is big in the front of the palate with malt, sweetness and hop bitterness, then fades quickly into the Aftertaste level which is long and hoppy and very satisfying. Almost makes me forget about the cat pee.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Typical C02 carbonation (it's a growler, duh!) that was right on the money for the style.

Overall 3.5: Good beer and good example of the style. Not a hint of the massive ABV this bad boy packs, so be careful. However, let this beer stand as an example to other brewers: match the blended hop scent with care before you go into final production.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 4/27/2014
A - hazy golden-tangerine color, thinner foamy off-white head leaves a bit of lacing
S - juicy, fruity, tropical mango and pineapple
T - juicy and bitter, tropical Citra hops dominate the palate, biscuity, grassy, pineapple, acidic at times
M - resinous and dry, medium bodied, bitterness lingers
O - good hop forward DIPA, but I'm finding all these Citra hopped beers to be so similar in flavor. This one is very well crafted, but I much preferred the old school DIPA, Hop Wallop, to this new-age DIPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, best by 4/27/2014. Not sure what Victory's standard dating is- if its 4 months vs 6 months or not. We can probably assume it's a little over a month old. Poured into a shaker pint today, 1/3/2014.

Pours a clean, lager-like straw-orange body, very appealing with a 1cm white head that retains quite well. In fact, ten minutes later there is still a thick, thick white film on top. Splotchy lacing throughout. Definitely a delicious looking DIPA.

Smells very floral, dank with a dash of citrus. Very floral and dank nose that is rescued a bit by the citrus aspect of the nose. Not super intense but certainly not a wilting flower here. Some breadiness backs up the hops.

Tastes a lot better than it smells- Up front is the floral hops- a lot of it accompanied by quite a bit of dankness with a slight earthiness- which transitions into a nice citrusy mid-palate, ending with a piney bitterness. A bit of breadiness is tasted throughout the swallow. Delicious with a good bit going on.

Medium bodied, perfect carbonation and creamy. Resinous on the palate- after each swallow, I can move my tongue around in my mouth and it remains quite hoppy. It's like drinking a whole wet hop and sucking on it. Actually is not that bitter compared to a lot of other DIPAs out there. And no sign of the 8.7% ABV, as expected.

This is a well-done wet DIPA, especially for the price of $10/4 pack. Very well-integrated and complex, with a really nice resinous mouthfeel. The nose suffers a little bit for some reason, however that is not enough to make me not recommend this beer to the hopheads out there.

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Photo of ScotNH
3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a very hazy, creamy orangish color, with three quarters of a finger of creamy head. Moderate carbonation slowly climbing to the surface.

S - Bitter and unpleasant.

T - Very light, watery hop flavor. Hint of onion?

M - Light body. Decent carbonation.

O - This bottle was just barely a month old, so I'm not sure if that had an impact, but this was a very mediocre DIPA. The aroma was definitely off. I'll try to re-review this at a later date with a super fresh bottle.

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Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick orange sap body with floating mass of white wash over top. Thick lacing develops on the sides of the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus with rind, palm leaves, and sharp fruit soap. Flavors mirror the aroma but with a more pronounced grassiness, a bright lip-puckering fruit effect, and boozy undertones. Thick in body with medium carbonation. A standout beer for Victory. Not as menacing or dirty as its name suggests but rather a hoppy fruit bomb that will be familiar to any double IPA drinker.

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Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly, but not completely leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Sporadic yet persistent lacing.

S: White bread, a little yeast, pine cones, and pine resin. A bit of a soapy character, too.

T: Bitter pine hop. Sourdough bread. And just a hint of resiny sweetness.

M: Light bodied and crisp body. A bit of syrupy character through the experience. Biting, mouth puckering, dry finish; which continues to tingle the palate throughout.

D: Character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich golden hue, only a slight head, and very light persistent lacing. Nose is bready with piny and lightly sweet components. Bitter and crisp, a bit of yeast, and some resiny sweetness for balance. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DirtWolf pours a golden color with a large frothy head. There is a floral and hoppy but sweet aroma. The taste is the same, bold floral and hoppy taste, but finishes sweet. Good and bold flavors, nice strong body. Overall its a very good beer, but a bit overrated.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date April 19, 2014. Not sure what time span is used for this beer. Today is Dec. 30, 2013 though.
Pours clear gold with a fat one finger of white head. Head lasts awhile ad leaves an average amount of fine lacing.
Smell is pungent hops with a touch of tropical fruit.
Taste is popping bitter hop hit with a surprisingly sweet tropical fruit backing and a touch of pine resin.
Mouthfeel is medium smooth with a dry bitter finish.
Overall a unique beer. Enjoyed it very much. I will revisit this review tomorrow when I have another. Never tasted the alcohol but I could smell it on my breath as I exhaled. Watch out this beer drinks easy!

Update: Aug. 5, 2014. From a keg this time. Still easy drinking for a Double IPA. Hop presence is very nice. Assertive but user friendly. Hop character is not buried under a blanket of flat bitterness. Yum!

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: One finger head that sticks in loose splotches. Slight carbonation floating from the bottom. Trace amounts of settlement at the bottom of the glass.

S: Strong floral, honeysuckle, and caramel aromas. A very fresh smelling beer that is reminiscent of spring time.

T: Mix of pine and citrus hops off the first sip, malt sweetness interluding, and finishes with a dank, earthy bitterness and hints of pepper. An interesting interplay between sweet and sour flavors.

M: Medium bodied, a bit creamy, and finishes with slightly bitter and dry. Pretty easy drinking for a style that is typically heavy and over drying, especially given the ABV.

O: A lighter take on the double IPA, but still retains the complexity typical of the style. An above average beer that really with its unique aromas and mouthfeel. There was something missing in the taste department that would have set this beer apart.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along bits of fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a short bright white head that died down a bit, but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy and floral hops along with a light to moderate amount of miter ness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have the high bitterness that you would expect from a an imperial IPA, but the blend of four different hops lends nice complexities to the smell and taste.

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Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a golden orange color with a pillowy white head that is 2 inches thick. Nice lacing as it goes down.

Nose is unlike any beer I've had to the best of my knowledge. This is more like opening a sack of….well maybe you get where I am going with this. Wow! Needless to say there is a pleasant aroma of pine, tangerine and resin.

Smooth. Medium body. Not too carbonated or bitter at first. Beautiful hop bouquet. Complex and just hits so many places. Citrus, pine and something I cannot quite pick up. This maybe a newer hop than I am not equipped to decipher yet. It is wonderful though. Some grassy characters from the malts but these play well with the hop presence. Earthy tones and a blending that is again wonderful. The 8.7% is hidden well and doesn't overpower the sense.

Ok, here comes more of the bitterness as this goes down. Pine and hop oils left to coat the tongue. Still a delicious beer. A quick glance at the hops in this and I'm guessing the Mosiac is what I'm getting that I cannot judge. Could this be the blueberry I've heard about? It is fantastic!

I've heard this replaces Hop Wallop. I'll be sad to see it go but this is a worthy replacement for sure.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange with a moderate amount of suspended sediment. Fine white head with moderate retention and lace.

S - Bright resiny wood, cilantro, and boozy orange extract.

T - Sharp woody hops, waxy resin, honey, grass, and a touch of prickly booze.

M - Almost perfect for the style. Medium-full, smooth body.

O - Nice, big, fresh DIPA on the greener and woodier side of the style.

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Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours a lightly hazy, bright golden with a thick, foamy, thick white head.

Delicious, inviting blend of big fruity, citrusy, resiny hop notes.

The taste follows the nose, with lots of citrus and fruit mixed with resiny pine notes.

Medium+ mild foamy carbonation.

A very tasty, well done DIPA that I'm glad I was able to try.

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Photo of HillsdaleHops
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, medium amber color. Head subsides quickly but leaves decent lacing.

The nose is not as hoppy as the style would demand and shows some alcoholic/phenolic notes.

It is very full and pleasing in the mouth, with some weighty maltiness at the beginning and a strongly bitter and alcoholic finish.

A very satisfying drink - built for sipping, not for quaffing.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 3/27/14. Golden pour with a strong head that laces well. Nose is of hops, mostly earthy (dank) and citrus, but there is pine in the background. Light medium body with typical carbonation resulting in a smooth, but not slick, mouthfeel. The taste is a mixture of hops against a slight sweetness. Dank and citrus flavors are the most forward, with pine in the background. The bitterness component has grapefruit characteristics. Smooth finish with a lingering grapefruit tartness and bitterness over a nice dankcentric aftertaste. Well balanced overall.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dank and piney hop assault...

Oily and loaded with palate busting bitterness...

Quite drinkable considering the ABV...

Enjoyed while watching A Christmas Story and was my first beer away from the Bourbon County Coffee I had been enjoying...

I liked this beer.... quite tasty and the bitterness wasn't overpowering although the hop flavor was...

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Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with a short, cream coloured cap of fine and sticky bubbles. Sharp hop aroma with lots of citrus zest and grapefruit, spicy and fruity, slight orange and an undercurrent of malt sweetness. The flavour was all citrus up front, then oranges, followed by lingering dry bitterness. Notes of mild malt sweetness, spicy zest and a bit of fruity tartness, slight tropical/pineapple character. Medium/full body with soft carbonation, sturdy mouthfeel. Overall, it felt very balanced, yet jammed full of American hops. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of MarkAvery
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hands down my favorite beer of the moment. Absolute great taste. Citrusy, hoppy goodness. I found out about this beer through a friend. It came up because I still have not had Heady Topper and was told that in a blind taste test, this could pass for it. Im still not sold on that until I actually taste Heady Topper, but either way this beer is delicious. In fact I bought out the stock at this little store where I found it. I know its fairly new from Victory so go out and get it!

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pure acacia honey, just slightly touched with haze. An off-white, foamy, beach-breaker cap sits on top. Bubbles of various size and speed make their way through the glass. Excellent.

Smell is of papaya, passion fruit, massive guava. A whiff of gasoline floats over top. Pomelo and pith arrive on the back end, with whispers of lemon thyme. Fresh, unique, and wonderful.

Taste is something entirely different -- where the nose was all fruit, the taste is all pine and dank. Tons of resin shows up, backed by with citron, coriander, and more pith. Balanced, deep, and with a solid, firm bitterness.

Carbonation is soft but full. Not a beer meant for food, but to be savored on its own. I like it, although the carbonation could be slightly higher.

Overall, this is remarkably good. Unique, and showing off all aspects of the hops within. A fantastic beer, at this price point or any other. For me, the best beer I've had all year. A must buy.

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: A hazy orange pour with a nice head that disappears quickly

S: Fruit... A LOT of fruit. Peach, lemon and orange dominate.

T: Hop explosion... starts out sweet with good fruit and BAM! bitter hits the palate. A great DIPA.

M: Good carbonation and very smooth

O: One of my favorite DIPAs

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Photo of BillRoth
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.