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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 734
Hads: 6,076
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 286
Gots: 1,605 | FT: 39
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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Reviews: 734 | Hads: 6,076
Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 3.5 - Pours a clear gold color. Forms up a finger of bright white colored, dense head. Medium/low head potential, high head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 5 - Extremely wet, juicy and dank hops, bittered, more savory aromas of pineapple, mango and grapefruit rind.
T - 4.75 - Once again with the dank hops, lightly sweet pineapple and tangerine, ends on a nice, medium/strong bitter finish.
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/thick, creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - What an awesome example of the double IPA style. This DIPA is deceptively smooth and sessionable and doesn't fall victim to the loss of bitterness and malty syrupy sweetness that most double do. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the style! (724 characters)

Photo of warsonsmu
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Victory did a wonderful job with this DIPA. IPAs are not usually my top choice, but DirtWolf is a great introduction to the IPA family. The nose is strong as you would expect, but profile is slightly less intense. Certainly a drinkable IPA and a perfect choice for a newcomer to the IPA world. (294 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer had a nice thick white head and a mango orange color. There where copious amounts of floaties probably from the whole cone hop additions, and quite a bit of haze. It smelled of citrus, earth, and hops. It had a full mouthfeel with citrus bitter, earth and grass notes. Nice dry piney aftertaste. (332 characters)

Photo of JonEwing
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liked the pour; nice but short lived head. Enjoyed the woodsy smell but expected/wanted more hops. Felt a bit watery for a double. Would buy again if at a better price. (168 characters)

Photo of claytong25
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I applaud Victory for this readily available DIPA in my area. SO tasty and at 8.7% ABV 3 of these bad boys give me a permanent grin on my face. I love the name and the look of the bottle. Strong citrus smell and just so enjoyable to drink. Expensive yes, but I even like this one better than Great Lakes Chill Wave.

This is my first beer from Victory and I can't wait to try more from their lineup! (405 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells of fresh tropical fruit - mango and pineapple, dank pine. One of the best smelling beers I've had. Taste follows though not as bold. Wonderful mango and papaya notes, resinous pine and a hint of lemon mint.
Proud to have this as a local brew. (250 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine, Tampa, $2.99/btl. Says "Enjoy by: Jul 4 2015" so happy new years to me!..?

Pours a hazy golden-yellow. Smells erupting off the pour of fruity mango, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and a hint of dank. Malty-syrupy-candied sweetness on the palate; pine, resin, and softer fruit flavors (banana, pear, etc.) at the finish, with a little bit of bittersweetness that gunks the back of the throat. Well-carbonated. Could enjoy this beer on a tropical island paradise. A little too sweet for my liking, but a deliciously dank monstrosity nonetheless. 4.39/5

What SHE said, "I find it very acidic. Just.. weird taste at the back of your throat... bitter. Smells better than it tastes." 3.5/5 (710 characters)

Photo of RickGrimes
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful Example of DIPA. The Perfect balance between the malt sweetnes and hop bitterness is fantastic. A lot of grapefruit, mango, papaya, and pineapple in the taste, with dry finish and citrus notes at the and. Thin texiture, medium body, soft carbonation. (260 characters)

Photo of YeahRightt
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light golden amber color with a lacing that suggests that its a DIPA. A bit lighter than most dIPAs

Smell: Spicy hops on the forefront caress your nose-brain, followed closely by a caramel-like sweet scent of malt. Citrus lurks in the background, plotting on its conquering of your tastebuds. Candy scents are reminiscent of a bag of skittles being opened in your proximity while you're really hungry. Really like what the hops do to the sweetness, reminding you that you are an adult.

Taste: Hops come in hot with a bit of sweetness on the tongue, mellowing out into a number of citrus. Lemon, melon, orange, and grapefruit all fall into another hop finish, all the while maintaining a malty equalizer in the background. Really solid from the beginning of the sip to the end, never losing its touch or complexity. Really excellent. Dangerously drinkable, and that is awesome in my book.

Feel: Refrains from being too chewy as some DIPAs are. Has a bit of thickness while still remaining refreshing and able to be drank relatively quickly without being forced to sip. Would be awesome on a summer evening on the porch with a book and some good natural eye candy.

Overall: My go-to dIPA. I'm very thankful that its so available where I am and am blessed to have a beer this good on hand. It is a bit pricey so it is a treat, but absolutely always in my fridge in some amount. If you haven't had it, you have to. (1,424 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, with freshness date, into tulip

Appearance - Deep golden and hazed over. Nearly 2 finger head turns into a wispy cap, fair retention, spotty lacing.

Smell - Really nice hop blast up front: lots of sweet tropical fruits and citrus, piney and skunky. A touch of honeyed malt in the background.

Taste - Crazy hoppy up front, and follows nose with massive pineappley/mango tropical fruits and orangey/grapefruity citrus. Piney and skunky. Restrained bitterness up front. Malts just barely sneak through the hop onslaught with some sweet honey and toasty biscuit. Alcohol is dangerously nonexistent. Dries up nicely and a fairly assertive resin bitternous lingers.

Feel - Medium-full body with a medium feel, carb is pretty vigorous, which keeps this big beer quite drinkable.

Overall - Wow this is a kickass DIPA! Honestly, not my favorite style as I prefer single IPAs, but this is just spot on in all the right places - doesn't feel too boozy or cloyingly sweet, really tasty hop profile. Awesome beer. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Preston
3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smooth beer for the amount of alcohol, but a bit too sweet for my taste; also a bit too carbonated. It was very good, but there are a lot better double IPAs out there. (167 characters)

Photo of Awolter
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by February 2, so a bit late to enjoying this. Still has a great hop aroma and citrus taste. Crystal clear. Poured in a Spiegelau IPA glass. I bet it tastes great fresh, because it was very good "expired". (211 characters)

Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, best by date july 4, 2015. Not bad beer. Just didn't blow me away. Lemony taste. Real smooth. Alcohol hidden. I wanted to try this for awhile. Maybe I hyped it up too much. (180 characters)

Photo of Emporia
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Because perfection is hard to come by, I have to go with a 4.75 overall.....but as I wait for the perfect beer, this is as close as it gets for me. Best tasting IPA out there and I've tasted many. Out of 7 billion ppl in the world and each having an opinion, mine is this is the best IPA out there! (299 characters)

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

This has to be one of the best buys out there for what it compares to. Taste tested up against Lawson's Double- Sunshine and difference was minimal. Would rate higher... but for some reason... this one imperial seems to give me heartburn... each time I have had it. Maybe something unique in the ingredients... but overall... a wicked good beer. (345 characters)

Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells amazing, big grapefruit and lemongrass notes, fruity hops, and pine. Really complex nose probably due to the 4 different hops used. Balanced out nicely with a sweet malty smell. I could just sit and smell this all day long.

Taste is huge on hops, but not throat burning. The grapefruit gives way to pine and malts. Aftertaste is great. A must-try for any hop lover.

Thoughts- I've had this many times over the past few years and it never ceases to amaze me. I have had some fluctuations in clarity and sometimes in taste, but still overall one of the finest beers I've ever had. (587 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow, almost orange with a white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of pine from the hops, was hard to detect anything else. The taste was great with bright hops and lemon peel coming through first and then giving way to the sweetness of the malt for a very clean finish. Mine was a little over-carbonated but I still thought it was exceptionally solid. (381 characters)

Photo of OleGee
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Having tried some of the highest rated DIPA's, I'm not sure in a blind taste test which I would pick for my favorite - lucky to be in Victory's distro area and realize I can buy this beer anytime, anywhere. This beer is truly excellent on all counts. (255 characters)

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

I shan't bore you with a thousand word essay... This is a very good IIPA that is fairly easy to find. That may sound like an easy thing, but it's not. It borders on a top tier IIPA to me, but is it really? Everything is there but it's not quite up to the level of a fine handcrafted, dare I say, Vermont. top level IIPA. But with all things considered it is indeed a very good beer which is pushed up the beer meter even more because of its availability.... If you can't drink it, you can't taste it. In that regard, my friends, this good stuff. (547 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into shaker. Appearance is clear light golden with off-white head that’s really sticky. Aroma is grapefruit, floral hops, grassy hops, light malts, and tropical fruit. Taste is initially sweet with honey and caramel then moderate grapefruit peel and herbal bitterness. Light to medium body, some stickiness in the texture, moderate carbonation, dry bitter finish. (384 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory "Dirt Wolf"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 07 JUN 2015 1230P"

I've enjoyed this beer many times on draught but I really don't like to write a review while I'm in a bar as there are too many distractions; and I haven't been finding it on tap recently so I thought I'd better just grab a case.

What I like about this double IPA, and pretty much any Victory beer, is that they like to keep things balanced and rounded. A lot of breweries would be OK with it if the malt stuck out, or the bitterness was a bit bold, if the alcohol had a brashness to it, or even if the hops overshadowed everything - but that's not the case here, everything works as one.

The pungent hops offer orange, lemon, tropical fruits (mayo, papaya) and mild grapefruit, as well as spice and soft pine backed by floral and even earthy notes (I'm thinking of a damp pine forest floor with rain water still dripping from the branches above); and although they hit you in the nose they don't run roughshod over the palate, instead they work within the grainy and lightly caramel & honey-ish malt to liven it - it becomes one flavor rather than eight different competing ones. It has focus, and the bitterness is solid and anchoring, but not bold; and the alcohol only adds a very subtle pinch that accentuates rather than detracts (important to have in a double IPA of almost 9%). Quite possibly the most impressive part is the finish, and to reference the name slightly, this double IPA "comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb" (and it might actually pair well with the earthy, barn-like flavors of lamb). I cannot recall an IPA² that it so smooth, suave, and supple in its exit - and in fact it's without question far more readily accessible than most standard IPAs.

So what do we have in the final conclusion? Drinkablility. It cannot be argued, this is a Lorelei of a beer, a "siren sweetly singing"; and she needs to be appreciated for her beauty, but recognized for her stealth and potential. Possibly the best double IPA on earth! (2,032 characters)

Photo of cdrinkwine
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic!! Delicious hoppy hit with grapefruit and citrus notes and finishes so nice and clean. If you're looking at a line of taps and see this one, take it. (159 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Draft, The Refinery, Newhall, CA 2/21/15) Not sure why I don't like this one as much as a lot do on BA, maybe it is the combination of the hops used. It didn't finish as solid by beer's end. (191 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Light to medium gold. Slight haze with some floating particles that gives it a glimmering contrast. Decent white head and plus lacing.

S: Pine, citrus with grapefruit predominant. Mango and floral.

M: Resinous and dry. Crisp, med-full bodied beer.

T: Bitter, peppery spice, and a great earthy bitter quality. Fruit flavor manages to be subtle and complex, well-blended and un-punchlike. Lemon, mango, guava, pine and papaya. Sharp pine and spruce needle. Deep spice character, mild floral and (501 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong pour yields about a finger’s worth of cream white foam, more or less even surface, a few larger bubbles, has good retention of what’s there, the lacing is more like a thin, consistent webbing than thicker streaks. Coppery colored liquid, neither shiny nor dull, somewhat translucent as well, very few visible bubbles. The nose has a good amount going on, lots of pine and grapefruit, tangerine citrus, peppery, leafy without seeming green, the fruit is tropical pineapple, nectarine, mango with apricot, more edgy than wet and juicy, for the punch it packs it also possesses a sinewy, punctuated dissolve. Full-bodied, sappy and heavy in mouth feel. here too leans on the pine, citrus and herbal matter for the cornerstone of flavor. Not that floral but has a patina of malt sweetness and brioche style breadiness. Mango, papaya, pineapple, nectarine, apricot fruit bright and succinct at once. A touch boozy but no heat in the throat. The stickiness prevents it from being a thirst slaker but that is clearly not the intent. Big, bold and proud of it. (1,063 characters)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.