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DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

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Photo of hardy008
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of SafeWord_Whiskey
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden yellow with a half finger of white foam.

Big citrusy fruit aroma of grapefruit, orange, hop resins, pineapple, and some caramelly sweetness.

Pineapple, orange, grapefruit, resinous.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, nice balance.

Overall, a great DIPA that takes balance into consideration.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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.


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Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.21/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of Bone53
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Treyliff
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of gcamparone
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured DirtWolf into a Sam Adams Tumbler.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger and a half of pillowy white head.

S - The aroma is tropical citrus, with pine and grapefruit. A little malt sweetness in there as well.

T - Bitter hops initially. Some smooth grapefruit, pine and citrus mid-palate. A kiss of sweetness on the finish.

M - Not too shabby, a little sticky, with medium mouthfeel leaning towards a heavy. Medium carbonation.

O - It's not your standard IPA. I think I'll revisit this brew from time to time. Recommended . Cheers!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pristine clarity, soft glow of sunset orange reveals a medium rise of carbonation that fills the chalice nicely. Oatmeal toned whipped creamy head sits with a moderate rate of retention leaving a respectable amount of lacing behind.

S: Flowery grapefruit is strong on the pour from the bottle, meeting with some tropical notes in the glass. A trail of softly dried hopped grapefruit and citrus is softly bittering and complimentary towards the end. Nice awareness level, some orange tropical fruitiness, mango, with perfumy scent.

T: Flavor was citrusy-mango, dry flowery orange and grapefruit with a flowery bitterness. Sweet toasted grain, bitterness builds up on the finish. Pear-mango with some peeks of semi-dry pineapple, grassy notes along with some dry coconut.

M: Crisp mouthful, refreshing, very sharp on the tongue. Malty full, viscose flowery bittering dry.

O: Overall so smooth, perfectly balanced with a high regard towards drinkability. So smooth and polished bringing a ton of fresh and wet nature upfront followed by a beautiful soft complimentary bitterness on the trail. Honestly the growler never stood a chance. The balance and polished nature of this beer is just so harmonous it will be near impossible to just have one, or two, or three. Not to be a factor the price point at $12 a growler is perhaps the best bargin in craft beer i have ever had and ends up easily as a possible top five double ipa canidate in my book. It is worthy the hype, seeking out, waiting in line and multiple case purchasing (and this comes from a guy who primarily drinks em one and done as singles). Dont worry about the hops expiring, the cases will never sit around that long. A definite wow factor beer for me.

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

I poured it into a glass, it has a nice orange color body with a small head. The aroma has a citrus and hop smell to it. The taste has a nice citrus and bitter hop notes with some malt coming in on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a damm good dipa.

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Photo of Patches0Who
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fairly dark for a double IPA huge hints of citrus, grapefruit, lemon on the nose. Very citrusy, slight pine, more grapefruit on the back end very little malt presents but that doesn't throw off the balance at all. Very smooth and drinkable, the alcohol is hidden extremely well and makes for a very crisp clean finish that has you craving that next sip!

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

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - slightly hazy medium gold with an initial one to one and a half finger head. Retention is not bad and lacing is elaborate and sticky.

S - The nose is very citrusy. I get lemon, orange, and grapefruit primarily. There I also some earthy notes and bread present as well.

T - Caramel malts with honey notes dominate the front end. The finish is grapefruit and piney hop bitterness. No real alcohol warming. Well balanced throughout.

M - medium thick with good carbonation. Clean and dry without much of an aftertaste.

O - easy drinking DIPA considering the ABV.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to tulip, best by 5/24/2014, consumed 2/4/2014.

A: liquid gold, hewing closer to straw than to orange. 1-finger white head dissipates quickly, leaving moderate amount of spiderweb lacing.

S: ton of tropical fruit. guava, papaya, and, dare i say, strawberry pez candy. mild grassy notes - i thought there'd be a more earthy character (being "dirtwolf" and all), but i'm cool with the aroma on this

T: similar to otwoa - grassy hop bitterness (less powerful though), leading to juicy fruit malt sweetness. metallic note and a slight alcohol burn on the tail end.

M: dry finish. low carbonation, relatively speaking

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Photo of homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale orange with thin white head and heavy lacing. The nose features heavy pine hops with notes of mango, tropical fruit, resin, and deep grapefruit notes. The hops are pungent in the nose! The flavor starts with a bitter assault of pine hops which is followed up by fruit, orange, grapefruit, with heavy bitterness throughout. This definitely packs a huge bitter punch with mild malt character mixed in. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with moderate body. Overall, a nice hop assault with a high IBU content, a little one dimensional, but for those that appreciate that dimension, this is a great beer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

All about the hops, not the malt. A rather balanced DIPA but the hops shine without making this beer a bitter hop bomb. 4.5

A – Pours a clear golden orange with an off-white one-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin, thin layer. – 4.0

S – Floral perfume with hints of grapefruit, pine, and even some orange. 4.5

T – Some malty sweetness, but it’s all about the hops from beginning to end. But not a hop bomb. There is a little balance. 4.5

MF – Medium-bodied, dry finish with a hint of sweetness. Lasting on the palate, creamy start and well carbonated with some bite in the finish. 4.0

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Growler poured into pint glass

A: Rich golden hue – plenty of carbonation that rushes to populate a clean bright white head that has moderate retention. Looks like its light and fresh – much more translucence than the Hop Ranch, could be attributable to the serving style difference. Lacing is weak.

S: DANK, hoppy, citrus, earthy and a bit of pine or woody related notes that give a unique dryness. The citrus is dominant and very floral, lots of lemon and other fresh aromas – smells a lot like spring or a warm rainy morning. The wood profile is a mixture of what smells like pine and spruce – maybe cedar

T: Floral and citrus notes upfront with a lot of tree/wood character that make it somewhat dry but crisp as well. Fruit flavor is mellow and contributes to a mild sweetness – grapefruit, pineapple, MANGO, and lemon. Spices roll off the palate imparting their distinct presence (ginger among others) while enhancing the flowery hops. A multilayered flavor journey that ends with a light and pleasant sweetness produced from the blended fruit and a tenuous sugariness.

M: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation – aftertaste is dry but still with complex flavor, slightly sweet maybe from orange peel.

O: Impressive, my favorite DIPA to date. Surprisingly easy to drink for the style and the ABV – very well balanced and quite refreshing. A lot of different flavors contribute to a deliciously cohesive taste that I plan to drink whenever I see it available.

I am continually impressed with Victory’s offerings and glad to support a local brew that is this delectable.

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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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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
95 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.