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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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763 Reviews
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Reviews: 763
Hads: 6,196
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 25.7%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,697 | 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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Reviews: 763 | Hads: 6,196
Photo of AdamBear
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-golden with a nice frothy white head

S-strong scent of peppery grassy hops. There's definitely a touch of creamcicle in there as well. Good strength

T-comes in with a every bitter flavor of weedy hops and a nice sweetness. It's a bitterness that really sticks and stays. The flavors stick along with a great grainy flavor that stays as a nice after-taste.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice creamy finish

O-this is actually a really good IPA. It different too. The weeds and bitterness and grains. Everything is perfectly blended to make an extremely drinkable beer. I really recommend this to others.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cheers to BA SammyJaxxxx for sending this over. I'd read a lot about it on BA but hadn't put in the effort to mail order it, so I was quite happy to see it arrive on my doorstep. Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with a lightly engraved "enjoy by" date of Feb 12, 2014. Poured into the IPA-specific Speigelau glass with a Dogfish Head etching on the side.

Appearance - Poured with standard vigor, which creates a towering three-finger cream colored head of dense, small bubbles. Beneath the foam high rise is a lagoon of deep orange and tangelo, glowing with spun gold highlights in places and a lazy stream of bubbles gliding to the top of the glass. Retention is moderate, and as it fades down, there is left a sticky mottling of sparse lacing all the way down the glass. The surface never loses all of it's bubbles, with a quarter-finger film resting atop throughout.

Smell - I really like the smell of this one, with lots of tropical fruits on display. I get mango and pineapple up front, as well as some more herbal elements, like pine sap and even some hints of cedar woodiness. Some notes of esters are lurking in the background, but are sufficiently blended in with the fruit and pine on the nose.

Taste - Here, the hint of esters in the smell become more apparent, pushing the herbal and tropical notes to the side. The esters are strong enough to lend a slightly medicinal quality to the taste, although the malt bill makes an appearance as the flavor develops and warms, giving some sweetness to balance the more astringent elements. A little bit of a letdown after a quite promising aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, with a bit of a "pulpy" mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation. Semisweet finish.

Overall, a solid offering into a crowded style that reminds me of some other DIPAs I've had in a lot of good ways. There are a couple others I would likely pick up before this one, even if it was easily obtained in my neck of the woods. I imagine it's a pretty solid go-to for anyone in Victory's distribution footprint.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter. This is one of the beers I brought back from my trip to New York.

A - Poured with a minimally fluffy white head that began with a nice head that receded very quickly leaving behind some nice lacing. The head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin, white film of tiny bubbles. Slightly hazy orange with good, bubbly lacing on the sides.

S – Not hugely aromatic, however I’m picking up notes of grassy fields with sweet floral hops with some tropical and citrus fruits in the background. This is not a huge in your face beer which I was expecting given all of the hype.

T – The taste is thankfully more complex than the aroma. Nice floral notes with hints of citrus, pineapple and mango coming through. Fairly sweet malty backbone, but the hope are definitely the prominent actors this drama

M – Nice medium body with a medium carbonation. With 8.7% abv, the alcohol is very well hidden. This is a seriously drinkable beer.

O – This is a great example of a DIPA?IIPA. I’ve come to expect different from East Coast breweries, with huge malty presences, this is a great example of a break away beer. I’m happy that this has lived up to all of the hype.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a goblet.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a mouth-watering cap of frothy, whipped egg-whites.
Aroma-Bouquet of big, juicy, citrussy hops.
Taste-Pineapple and grapefruit, sweet toasted malt, and a big dose of piney hops. Great flavor and balance, and very nice blending of hops and malt. One of the best new Double IPA's I have had this year. Well done!!

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Found this at a bottle shop while out with my brother and cousin. Heard a lot of good things so I had to pick one up.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A = a nice coppery orange, clear, with a small half finger head. not much lacing, but the color is inviting.

S = Great nose on this one. There is a sharp, pungent aroma that, right off the bat, reminds me of weed (my brother, who is not a craft lover, said the exact same thing). There are notes of pineapple and other tropical fruits, citrus and a bit of pine. Dank, sweet, and hoppy.

T = Sweet pineapple and mango, bitter grapefruit, citrus and sweet pine, exceptionally well balanced with no discernible alcohol. At around 9% this is dangerously drinkable.

M = Oily and slick like a good IPA/DIPA should be. Juicier than I was expecting despite the higher ABV.

O = Kudos Victory, you've really blown my mind with this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear body, golden in color, with a two finger thick head, fed by lively carbonation. The smell was perfumey and herbal hops with some citric smell. The taste was loaded with grapefruit, and very bitter. The whole flower hops were clearly the star attraction here, and the malt was very unobtrusive. The alcohol level was shockingly well hidden, as there was no burn of any kind. The finish was very dry, with an herbal bitterness. The beer was light and slippery in the mouth, providing a refreshing jolt of bitterness in each sip that did not linger on or coat the mouth. This was truly in the dry West Coast mode of DIPA presentation, and I love that style of beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a deep orange-gold. Thin head. Hops in the nose are funky, herbal, earthy, and oniony. I pick up some bready malts in the smell as well. Malts are more candy-like in the flavor. Kind of sweet for me. Hops are solid, though, but I'd like more of that grassy/oniony flavor to break up the heavy maltiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; a bit sticky. A little sweet for me, but the flavors are there.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden almost straw color with an ample white head - nice retention and excellent lacing.

Smells of fresh pine and tropical citrus backed by floral notes.

Taste is sweet tropical fruit and butter pine. It has a slight tasty malt middle. Hops dominate the mouth feel but it is a wonderful ride, yet the flavor is very full and rounded.

An excellent Double India Pale Ale.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An extremely nice IPA- nice to see Victory breathe some new life into their IPA category. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a slight glow to it and a head that fades just a bit too quickly. The beer itself is delicious, with a deep hoppy fruitiness and a touch of pine to balance things, and some nice spice on the finish. The hops are also nicely balanced with the malt- not too heavy or sweet, but not too thin or acrid either. A job well done.

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

This thing has been selling out like crazy with a lot of hype behind it. 2 distributors told me that they have had both Pliny and Heady and this is far superior. Well, I have had both and was finally able to get my hands on a 4pack!

Appearance: Pores a nice golden color. Similar to Pliny, but a tad lighter with a nice 2 finger head with a little sediment floating around.

Smell: HOPS and Citrus!!! All types of citrus exploding from this guy. I'm picking up tangerine, grapefruit, a little lime and some tropical fruits.

Taste: HOP FOWARD explosion for sure!!! The hops kick hard with a citrus taste almost identical to the nose. Citrus and tropical fruit, but it is very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Slick, juicy feel to it as the hops and flavors explode in your mouth. Not very oily or resinous to where it leaves some damage behind on your palate, but the flavors definitely stick around. Has a beautiful aftertaste.

Overall: An extremely solid, delicious, well balanced Double IPA with a hop forward attack, a great blend of flavors with almost no alcohol presence in the taste though it is there. It is a great double IPA. Is it better or close to Pliny or Heady? No, definitely not, but it is solid and if those beers are damn near impossible to get for you like they are for me, this is a solid replacement.

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Photo of Pencible
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like dank herbal hops and fresh pineapple, with some bitter grapefruit zest and sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like sweet pineapple and apricot, with bitter grapefruit and dank herbal hops and sugary honey malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a fantastic IPA. The scent and taste and body were all excellent. The finish was surprisingly smooth, with well hidden alcohol. So it was easy to drink, but worth sipping. Yum!

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Photo of Rast
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Obtained and consumed Black Friday, 2013, on the 26th anniversary of the Horne family trip to the Clemsonville Christmas tree farm.

A fortuitous day, given our sighting of a dirtwolf at Clemsonville. A majestic beast. Pours a gorgeous hazy gold. Luxuriously thick head, slowly dissipating and lacy. Nose is floral and festive for the beginning of this Advent season. Taste is lovey bouquets, but nothing close to the intense hop bitterness I was hunkering down for given the "imperial" label. Wonderful balance and subtlety! DirtWolf doesn't bowl you over like a clumsy rhino, but rather hunts you down as a pack and brings you to where it wants to take you with time. Aftertaste is Christmas tree pine. The perfect ale for a family pack hunt for an evergreen.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft at Sammy's, in Belmont North Cackalacky. Pours a light gold color, looks like a pils. Nice frothy white head and superglue sticky lacing. Big citrus bomb in the nose and the taste follows the nose - it always knows! Piney citrus IPA that you should definitely try. Well carbed and creamy. Nice beer.

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Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves a nice lacing
S-very floral mixed with pineapple and grapefruit
T-lots of fruity citrus upfront followed by a resin pine flavor in the finish.
M-medium bodied
O-super hoppy beer. its like flower power mixed with tropical fruit. Really delicious and drinks very well for the relatively high abv

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Photo of CHickman
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold color with sediment floating in it and a lovely 3 finger foamy beige head that was full of bubbles and didn’t move for a while, fading very slowly, and about a minute later there was still a 1 finger head that left excellent foamy lacing clinging to the sides and rings as it went down. This was a fine looking IPA, but I couldn’t wait any longer so I had to take a sip and I’m glad I did.

I could smell the hops from 6 inches away; juicy citrus and grapefruit with some hints of pine hit first, followed by fresh cut grass, lemon zest, tangerine, floral hops, caramel, light herbs and some malt in the background. Very hoppy with earthy notes mixed with hop sweetness, really basic but very enjoyable – smells as good as it looks.

Tastes of piney hops, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, orange peel, biscuit, caramel, floral hops, tea leaf, pineapple, peat moss and mild spices. I wouldn’t say balanced as much as I would say the hops are so strong and sweet that the malt balance somehow tames them, but this tastes really good and limits the bitterness behind all the citrus and piney hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to chewy with mellow carbonation, a medium body and bitter finish that almost sizzles your taste-buds but pulls back with a little grainy sweetness that almost seems clean.

A great new DIPA and hopefully one that will be readily available as this was tasty, easy to drink and hid the ABV completely; this is a beer I could drink on a regular basis. Nice new addition to the Victory portfolio.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with thick white head.

Smell is strong with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits (pineapple). Very sweet and inviting.

Taste has great maltiness with lots of grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Well balanced bitterness to the malts.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was excellent. Glad I picked up several 4 packs.

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Photo of CJRubes
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A - Poured with a thick, fluffy white head that's a solid 2-3 fingers thick. Dissipates fairly quickly to a thin, white film of tiny bubbles. Slightly hazy golden color with good, bubbly lacing on the sides.

S - Getting nice, sweet floral hops with some tropical fruits in the background. There's a sweetness throughout from the malt that reminds me of fresh bread. It's definitely not a punch in the face with hops, but very well-rounded.

T - All kinds of hop profiles...matches the smell closely. There's some floral notes, some pine/resin, and some tropical fruits/pineapple coming through. Really, really nice. There's a strong malt backbone, but it's not overpowering or too forward. It compliments the hops and really lets them shine through. It's surprising how well the 8.7% ABV is hidden..I'm not noticing it at all.

M - Slick and oily with medium carbonation. Enjoyable and extremely drinkable.

O - Excellent DIPA, in my opinion. Very nice flavor and easy to drink. I might have to grab another! I'm glad to see it lived up to the hype here on BA. I've had it in the fridge for a few weeks now but haven't gotten around to tasting it until now...I shouldn't have waited so long. Fortunately, this beer is pretty easy to find (for me at least...I found it at the liquor store here in town) which adds to my enjoyment. I'll definitely be picking up more of this in the future.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left nice lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - floral with some orange and grapefruit aromas along with a hint of sweetness.
t - same as the smell.
m - slick and kind of thin.
o - good beer but nowhere near the top of my favorite DIPAs.

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

A-LIght yellow/gold color with a nice off-white head
S-great aroma of pine and citrus grapefruit
T-flavor are the same but not as intense as the smell
M-the bitterness is well balanced with the grapefruit which makes quite smooth
A wonderful IIPA victory has produced to replace Hop Wallop

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Photo of GJ40
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a DFH punt glass. No date. Thanks surge1311!

A – Golden with good clarity and a moderate white head. Nice lacing.

S – Tropical fruits, pine and citrus. Fantastic!

T – Wonderful hops flavors with similar characteristics to the aroma. Some hop oils but not so much that it’s too rich. A firm bitterness. Enough toasted malt to prop it up but not so much as to interfere.

M – Silky smooth with a moderate carbonation.

O – A very good American DIPA but not enough to compete with some of the big names I’ve seen this beer tied to. I'd love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of silverking
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy gold with two fingers if off white head. The head diminishes pretty quick, but refuses to go away. Excellent lacing.

S- vibrant orange zest, dank earthy hops, clear notes of tropical fruits.

T- Clementine, papaya, the finish shows notes of grapefruit and citrus peel. Not overly bitter, but just enough.

M- medium bodied, crisp and clean. Very fresh.

O- do yourself a favor and buy this beer.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: it comes off looking like a very hazy peach colored liquid. Not red, not clear, just very, very hazy...yet, to me, it makes the beer look even better. No head on this one, but considering how much hop everything is in it, I'm not surprised. Hop oils do tend to kill off head retention. 4\5

Aroma: wow...I mean,just wow. This one just leaps right out of the glass and punches you in the face with awesome. It smells of a bonanza of fruit: apricot, pineapple, pears, mixed in with a background of hop resins and a sweet malty goodness. 5\5

Taste: Not only does this beer smell amazing, it also has an abundance of flavoring hops as well, and it all works out perfectly. The beer starts off with a subtle sweetness that helps you work into its long, rolling bitterness that never feels too sharp or grading. Big American resinous, citrus, and floral hop flavorings that all take front seat in the flavor department, but keep the malty sweetness around to create a fantastic experience. Also a bit of peach flavor comes out of the stuff. 5\5

Mouth-feel: It has a bit too much carbonation that can add a bit too much of a bite to the beer, but it also allows for more aroma to leap forward, so I cant fault it too much in this department. I suppose I give it a 3.5\5.

Overall: Id say that overall, this beer has perfect aroma and flavor. The smell is just perfect. The taste is just perfect. It shows how a double IPA can have a huge amount of hops, and yet, not have the grading heavy hop character to drown out all the other flavors. This beer is not balanced, but its not overpowering. Its a brew that has all its characteristics working together to deliver the best possible outcome. 5\5.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellowish orange, semi translucent body. Moderate lacing clings to the glass, leaving a thin layer of retention.

S: Strong citrus hops upfront. Sweet clementines. Small hints Caramel malts. A bit of hay and grass. The waft is really nice in this one.

T: The hop dominance follows the nose. Loads of orange and tangerine sweetness. Some exotic pineapple and mango. The hops steal the show without a huge malty backbone.

M: Medium body. Surprisingly crisp and light for a hidden and surprisingly ABV. Buttery. Oily. Clean.

O: By far my favorite Victory brew. Love a DIPA that doesn't have an overwhelmingly heavy malt presence - this fits that perfectly. This is practically dripping with juicy fruits and hops. An awesome surprise that I would recommend to any hophead.

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Photo of adam42381
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Enjoy by February 5, 2014 etched on bottle neck.

Appearance: Pours a medium honey gold with a 2 finger fluffy eggshell white head which dissipates slowly, leaving a ring around the edges and a pool of bubbles on the surface. Nice head retention and solid lacing.

Smell: Nice wide range of hoppy aromas including pine, grapefruit, sweet citrus and some mild earthy tones which are somewhat balanced out with a sweet malty backbone which features candied fruit and just a touch of bread.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit dominate up front before giving way to some sweet citrus including tangerine in the middle before ending with a blast of pine and lemon zest. Aftertaste is bitter with just a hint of sweet citrus. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. This doesn't seem like a beer with 8.7% ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I'm blown away by this one. I expected this to be good based on the reviews I'd read, but this really is a great beer. Get some if you get the chance. Victory really stepped up their game for this one.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This superb American double-IPA pours a pale amber, with a massive head of white bubbles. Thick and ornate lace.

Nose is delicious and bright citrus hops. I get elements of orange, grapefruit, and some spice in there. Delightful.

Taste is magnificent -- plenty of smooth citrus hops, with touches of spice and pine. The alcohol presence is subtle, and I found this to be a superlative IPA that I will be enjoying again, to be sure.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.