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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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736 Reviews
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Reviews: 736
Hads: 6,083
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 287
Gots: 1,609 | FT: 40
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: 736 | Hads: 6,083
Photo of MacQ32
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a light golden yellow with a full finger if frothy near white head, good retention, fantastic lacing. Looks great!

S - Smells like a west coast, lots of dry hops, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, citrusy sweetness with mild sweet cracker aromas.

T - Spicy, resinous dry bitter hops up front, followed almost immediately by mango, pineapple and orange rind. As the beer warms the resinous qualities subside and the sweet citrus flavors come forth. A hint of sweet caramel malt peaks through at the finish but this is a bitter resinous citrus bomb from beginning to end really. Nice lingering aftertaste.

M - Great mouth feel, medium bodied or less, good carbonation coupled with the refreshing bitterness makes this very drinkable.

O - Pretty awesome, the flavors tend to mush together a bit too much and the resinous qualities seem to dominate. I anticipate that changing once I get this beer around 50 degrees or so. I'll critique this as necessary (960 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Nice bright gold, lightly hazy, with lots of small bubble visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white head.

S: Bright tropical fruits, melon, with less dank, resin and citrus hops with a light cracker malt underneath.

T: Tropical fruits, mango and pineapple, and melon, with some dankness over the lightly sweet cracker malt. A restrained bitterness in the hang, especially for style.

M: Light body for style but not at all watery. Low alcohol presence, and quite a bit of carbonation sensation.

O: Wow, I'm really happy with this one. Very good, especially for a shelf IIPA that comes in a four-pack. Really well-done, and I anticipate this one making frequent appearances in the refrigerator. Recommended for sure. (808 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Semi-cloudy gold/yellow with a finger of off white head. A thin head stays for a long time.

S - Big juicy and citrusy hops dominate the aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and a bit of caramel.

T - Again, lots of citrus hops in the flavor. Grapefruit is the main flavor, followed by pineapple, orange, and caramel malt. A good amount of bitterness that is balanced by some of the caramel/fruit sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Moderate body with moderate-to-high carbonation. Nothing special here, but it complements the flavors nicely.

O - I was very impressed by this brew. It's got all the citrus hop flavors that I love and a great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Great job, Victory (750 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Awooo! Raul is howlin' at the moon as he sips on this nightly predator known as DirtWolf.

Right when you pop the cap on this bad boi you are greeted by unearthly aromas. Aromas Raul could only imagine that equal to a Miranda Kerr bubble bath - Raul means, wow! Taste and mouthfeel is good; for the most part Raul is feelin' them right well. The only drawback is a bit of astringency and heat on the backend of things. Kinda like if Miranda lit up a Parliament light while in said bubble bath; I mean, things are still gravy, but I wish she rather hadn't.

Go, my children! Do it! (580 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before MAR 2014

Pours a nice golden to very light orange color, the slightest bit of haze. A nice billowy white head off the pour, holds pretty well, big bubbles. Really nice sticky lacing. A bit of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass, hop debris?

Big dank hop aromas, quite floral, resins, juicy tropical fruits, a bit of vegetal matter. Very reminiscent of a handful of freshly picked hops.

Wow, big hops. Lots of dank, floral, juicy tropical fruits, sharp bitter citrus fruits, orange, some grassiness. Just enough malt to provide a nice foundation, but not really enough to add any flavor to the beer.

Kind of a lighter feel, but just a touch of the higher ABV is noticeable.

Really all about the hops, a ton of flavor. One of the better DIPAs available. (830 characters)

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

12oz bottle from 4-pack ($9), best by Mar 2014.

Straw, gold elixir poured into HF pint glass. A bit cloudy without any precipitant. Half inch, white head remains throughout. Plenty of lacing.

Tropical fruit notes mainly mangoes, ripe pears, citrus. Some grassy, earth undertones.

Smooth, hop bitterness, grapefruit and citrus predominates, with a bit of alcohol coming through at the end.

Medium body, nicely carbonated.

Well done DIPA from Victory but certainly behind the top tier in its class. (501 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alas, a new beer from Victory and when I saw it, I had to give it a go. Couldn't believe how high it was rated but after drinking this, I can see why people enjoyed it so much. The balance was just right, the hops were present but not overpowering, and the the alcohol was noticeable and yet muted. This finished crisp as well and managed to stand out from all of the other Doubles and Imperial IPA, which is not an easy thing to accomplish!

Loved the pour to this, as it had a golden hue, frothy head, and a bit of sediment in this as well. Toss in a good amount of carbonation and the resulting effect was similar to that of a lava lamp. The lacing was completely reflective of the mouthfeel and body of this beer, since the soapiness stuck to the edges of my pint glass and slowly slide down to the level of the liquid. This looked like amber and felt like it too since the body had a wonderfully oily complexion to it, nearly to the point of being resinous like a good West Coast IPA. There there was the taste - mildly bitter, full of mango, papaya, grapefruit, and pint, and oh, oh so smooth. A bit of tangerine-like wetness made everything go down easily with just the most mild and appealing of bitterness remaining in the aftertaste, reflecting the earthiness of this. Certainly not a malty beer but heavy enough to warrant a slow session to fully enjoy it.

The alcohol led to this feeling as well, as it was certainly present but by no means could I taste it at any time during my time savoring this. This may say Imperial but don't be fooled - this handles like a regular IPA with a bit more complexity and less bitterness than one would expect. That's a great thing but not nearly as great as discovering this for yourself - Victory has a winner here and the only shame with this beer is that it comes in 4-packs, since I'm craving more of this as I type my review out. (1,884 characters)

Photo of Fantalek
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Henry Street Tap Room - excellent imperial IPA on tap along with fifteen others. Great place to enjoy the warmth of Saratoga Springs on an Autumn Night. Eight dollars for flights of four; this beer moves to the top of the paddle. Above Troegs, Allagash, and North Coast. (270 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a white head. Superb lacing. Good eye candy.

Grapefruit, orange, pine, peach, touch of sweet tropical fruit, and gets a little dank and b.o. like.

Lots of bitter grapefruit, orange, resin, and bready malt. Long hoppy aftertaste.

Good carbonation, medium body, and the bitterness is big but not overwhelming.

I welcome this beer in the Victory line up. (379 characters)

Photo of schepelz
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Nice tangerine, almost peachish color. Light amber. Two finger white head. Tremendous amount of lacing throughout the whole drink

S - Wow...HUGE first hit of hops followed by a subtle sweet malt profile. Some decent citrus notes coming through.

T - Can't even describe how well-balanced this is for a double IPA. Taste seems to follow the nose. Big initial bite of hops but very well balanced with as slight malt backbone..Getting some citrus throughout.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Big bite and left with a nice bitterness

O - Perfectly balanced. Really hope they keep distributing in my area. Victory has really outdone themselves with the Dirtwolf. Just the perfect DIPA (725 characters)

Photo of jmaharaj
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is about as good as it gets. Pale orange in color with a frothy white head. The head is a little rocky and laces beautifully on the the glass. Smells Fantastic! Big thick hops. Tangerine notes intertwined with dank, earthy almost onion notes. It works! Taste follows. Big hop punch fades into a surprisingly graceful bitterness. The malt is there to keep things going, but stays in the background. Good light but significant feel with lively carbonation. (465 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive in this one, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit, skunky dank earth, pine and dry citrus. The combination of aromas really does seem to give this beer something of a dirt smell, which in this case is actually quite attractive. The flavor profile repelicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, and I appreciate the way the hop profile counters the tropical fruit in this beer. Ultimately, the finish is dry and bitter, which I think enhances the beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, hop/bitter infused finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, with no sign of heat on the finish.

Excellent stuff, and easily the best IPA/DIPA I've ever had from Victory Brewing. Hop Wallop is decent, but this stuff is flat out terrific. (887 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 3/22/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some earthy, herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a huge citrus presence that comes through especially well in the taste. (668 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack of 12 ounce bottles.

A: Pours slightly hazed yellowish orange with a finger thick white head which fades to a thin cap and around the rim leaving spotty and splotchy lace. Bits of particulate settles to the bottom of the glass.

N: Plenty of tropical fruits (mango, passion, lychee) and citrus (tangerine, grapefruit) pith and zest. Slightly malty and onion vegetal notes. Floral and herbal.

T: Resiny and oily hop presence balanced well with mildly sweetish malts. Green, herbal and some oniony quality.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and bitter with sticky, resiny hop oils. Long finsih with green vegetals.

O: A pleasure to try and easy to drink. Would have again. (695 characters)

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

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with a super fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet cling peaches, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, hop spiciness. Delicious hop front over malt backbone.

T: Bitter up front and follows the nose very nicely. I'm glad this is year round, I pick it up every time I find it.

M: Highly carbonated, sweet and drying. Double IPA, what you see is what you get.

O: Never had it and find it? Buy it. Had it and love it? Buy a case of it. Done deal. (473 characters)

Photo of qchic
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a warm shade of gold with some haze. The soft white head thins to a ring around the edge. Lots going on in the aroma-first peach, melon, and citrus, then pepper, grass and pine. So potent, almost seems minty. Some evidence of bready malts to balance the hoppy goodness. The flavor is a continuation of the aroma, hoppy from the tip of the tongue to the back. More citrus rind, some grapefruit pith, and the finish leaves you with a trace of caramel. Big, fruity, and earthy and it begs you to drink up in spite of the abv, which could be ignored if you weren't careful. Well done! Nice addition to the Victory lineup. (625 characters)

Photo of soccerman7
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Harpoon Leviathan flute.

A - Beautiful golden color. A sticky, fluffy head. Nice carbonation. Only knock is it is a bit on the cloudy side.

S - An interesting nose for a dipa. It is a pleasant blend of citrus and pine notes, but there is an earthy almost berry like note in it. Really runs the spectrum.

T - Hops on parade. The malt is a perfect balance to showcase the hops but not give off any real character. The hops run from candied orange rind to pungent earth and hay. This really gives a wonderful hop flavor running the full range of flavors that hops can provide.

M - Everything one would expect from a dipa, bracingly bitter, drying character.

O - I really liked this one as a change on takes of beer. Yes it is dipa but there was a bit more going on showcasing the hops than your average beer. Lately I have had so many that are focused on packing as much hops as possible where this one really has some character. (948 characters)

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

Poured a CRYSTAL straw-light orange with super clean filmy silver-white head

aroma- mmm. what a zesty and dank bouquet--peaches, mountain pine, tropical fruit, bready malt, citrus rind

taste- begins malty sweet and explodes smooth-hoppy with dank tropical fruit, tangerine, stone fruits, some florals, bready malt, turns fresh pine with more juicy citrus (tangerine/grapefruit), finishes nicely bitter and sweet with herbal pine and malt

feel- bitey and medium bodied on the palate, sticky and prickly, smooth and drinkable

wow, what a great beer! Seems quite a West Coast style IPA. I am not especially a Victory loyalist, though I do respect them, just thought I just give this a try and I am glad I did. From what I've had, probably the best East Coast IPA in my area.
cheers (782 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Slightly off white head, moderate retention on a very slightly hazy gold body with a touch of copper. Sticky, resinous, oily lacing. Aroma dominated by tropical fruit and pine. Mainly mango, tangerine, grapefruit. Damn. Taste is bitter and tongue coating. Slight malt sweetness in the background but beautifully dominated by the bitter, juicy hop bite. Very dangerously drinkable and really delicious. (452 characters)

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

Glowing golden body, extreme haze, topped by three level fingers of white medium size bubbles. Thick lace sheets.

Powerful enticing citric aroma, bursting with fresh fruit. Smoothies should smell this good.

Semi-sweet malt hits the tongue like the troops hit the beach on D-Day. That barely registers when juicy fruit explodes everywhere. Big bitter build up that takes command at the swallow and lingers so long the alcohol may wear off first.

Medium/full juicy mouthfeel with nice prickliness.

A simply outstanding DIPA. revisit this often. (546 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap in Brooklyn and now reviewed based on a 12 ounce bottle. No freshness info that I can find.

Pours hazed darker straw amber, eggshell head, that stays and stays. Leaves a thicker collar, fine bubble film low sheeting and ample thicker strands of lacing.

Subtly citric, fruity with oranges and grapefruit and resinous hopped up sniff.

This is a full throttle hop bomb and I like it. Juicy and fresh tasting grapefruit hop notes all over the palate.

Very smooth tastin', dangerous at near 9%! High quality all the way. Hope this one becomes readily available.

So many quality DIPAs around but this one is well worth seeking out (645 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was sad when Hop Wallop was ixnayed. This better live up.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of slightly off white head. Carbonation is lively. Head retention is moderate/minimal, as is lacing. HUGE chunks of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so be careful pouring if you're not a fan.

S: Holy shit, does this one smell. Busts with stone fruit. Peach, nectarine, has some of the more savory hop notes of onion. Get some biscuit maltiness underneath that. This one is simply lush.

T: Wow. Again with the stone fruit. Not at all the west coast. Offers very little citrus and pine. This one is malt sweetness, peaches, pears, passion fruit, touches of mango, green apple skin. Mid palate picks up a floral hoppiness, with rose water and lilac. Finishes with sweet, bready malts. Extremely fruity, and not nearly as bitter as the label would have you believe.

M: Smooth. Mouthfeel is light, considering the abv and malt. I've used this one a lot recently, but it is pillowy. The consistency is beautiful.

O: Fridge rotation. Constantly. This smokes Hop Wallop. An amazing DIPA. Top 5. (1,098 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale orange body with a slight haze to it. Carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to create a big, tick, foamy head that leaves a mess of lacing.

S- Big tropical fruit aromas on the nose. Mangoes, pineapple, peach, hints of citrus. Resiny pine and herbal aromas too.

T- Lots of the tropical fruit comes through in the flavor as well. Mango and peach come through again for me. Some lemon and orange citrus towards the finish as well. Lots and lots of hops.

M- Slightly stinging with medium carbonation and a full body. Really nice as it warms up slightly.

O- A really, really nice hoppy IIPA. Very nicely done. (632 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/10/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with an earthy hops bitterness followed by a mild caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent 2IPA but there are several others in the style that I would pick first. (752 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Jackson's, Commack, NY.

Poured a bright copper hue with one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy piney hop with a sweet round malt.

The taste consisted of thick resinous piney hops with a moderate caramel. There was a full blown residual spiciness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and user friendly DIPA. (423 characters)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.