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 vfgccp
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -5.4%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.4%
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 -2.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +12.9%
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 -0.7%
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 +7.5%
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 -6.8%
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 -3.5%
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 +5.9%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of Fcolle2
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey golden in color with a fluffy one finger white head that has good retention. Lots of carbonation bubbling up and a slight haze.

Smell is incredible. Tons of grapefruit peach and pear hop aromas, strait fruit from front to back. Really bright vibrant aromas and is smells super crisp and juicy. Light caramel malt add a nice backdrop but the fruity hops are the show.

Loads of hop oils and resin are the first to hit the palate with crisp pine and lightly herbal flavors. Some citrus follows with grapefruit being the most dominate but there is also some slight mandarin orange. Hop oils and resin persist well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great, tons of oils and resin are cut with a nicely balanced moderate to high carbonation to keep it refreshing and highly drinkable.

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

Poured into a snifter from a twelve-ounce bottle.

A- Beautiful color on this: golden and copper. There's a foamy, frothy head with lots of bubbles. The head is three fingers thick and leaves sticky lacing around the interior of the glass.

S- The aroma is wonderful and takes me to Florida--- citrusy, tropical before becoming piney and showing off resinous hops. I get some grapefruit and breadiness in there as well.

T- Tastes much like what the aroma lead me to expect.I get a ton of grapefruit and other citrus, some tartness as a result, breadiness and then a bitter hop finish.

M- Tart and citrusy up front, malty and creamy in the middle for smooth sipping, and then a dry bitter finish. Well-executed.

O- This was an unexpected treat. I really enjoyed this beer. I'd drink a ton of this if I had easy access.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear straw color but with a crapload of large white floaters.

Fresh orange and grapefruit aromas. Pine to a lesser extent. A tad big grainy malt.

Clean and juicy citrus taste. Herbal tea. Light malt profile.

Lighter body, dry, only slightly bitter. Medium carbonation.

A very nice IPA that drinks a lot lighter than it is.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of floral and grassy hops with some malt sweetness to it.

Tastes of a big wave of hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with floral, citrus, and grass notes that are moderately bitter. A touch of fruit makes an appearance with some malt sweetness sweeping in and rounding everything out. Notes of caramel and toasted bread lead into an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is delicious and it is well worth a try.

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Photo of chilly460
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light golden yellow with a finger if frothy near white head, good retention, solid lacing.

S - Hits with a west coast aroma. Bitter hops, some grapefruit, sweeter tones like mango and pineapple, then a dry cracker in there too.

T - The dry, bitter hop profile hits first, resinous. The sweeter notes picked up in the aroma come in after a bit, lots of grapefruit, some juicier mango in there, peaks with a sharp orange peel. Really nice balance with sweet caramel malt to offset the hops.

M - Great mouth feel, medium bodied or less, good carbonation.

O - Nice surprise, nicely balanced, fair bit of complexity.

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Photo of argock
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Enjoy by Apr 27 2014 lasered on bottle neck. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Barely hazy golden hue with quite a few tiny white suspended particles with close inspection. 2-finger off-white head recedes fairly quickly but leaves a prodigious collar of fine lacing.

S: Big dank, ganja type of aroma I would usually associate with Columbus and Simcoe but actually see from the website that Chinook and Citra are in but Columbus is out. There is a background melon note presumably from the Citra and Mosaic hops. There is some pine resin and grapefruit rind type of aromas in there too that come through with some warming. I get only a little background crackery maltiness and no yeast character.

T: The flavors are reflective of the aroma, but add more citrus and floral varieties with a touch of spiciness. A really well-done and complex hops profile -- I am very impressed by the mix Victory has brought to this beer. The same melon and light blueberry note from Mosaic is there along with the Citra tangy, catty flavors and Chinook pine resin. It's a fantastic balance of hop flavors. The malt is barely sweet with only a very light touch of caramel candy character. It is a moderate-highly bitter beer. There is no yeast character in the flavor. Alcohol qualities are not prominent and only really detectable as a bit of berry flavor in the aftertaste.

M: It is an incredibly dry beer for the ABV, but I think the mid-to-high 8's is where the DIPA style really hits its sweet spot. The body is medium-medium high but no cloying sweetness to speak of. Carbonation is a bit high but overall a great mouthfeel.

O: DIrtWolf is an impressive effort from Victory -- they have rested on Hop Wallop for a long time and had produced some really good one-off DIPAs, but this would be an exceptional addition to their lineup, mainly due to the outstanding hops complexity in the aroma and flavor departments. A very delicious and satisfying beer -- great job by Victory on this one and I hope they keep up high production of this beer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

p-one finger head that dissipates quickly

a-hazy, gold, slightly amber color with a slight amount of sediment and carbonation

s-predominately a citrus floral smell with a bit of sweetness from the malt

t-mostly grapefruity but balanced a good amount of citrus to balance with it. Malt reduces the bitterness and adds a slight sweetness.

m-a sticky hop mouthfeel with a little bit of carbonation

o-One of the better dipa's iv'e tried, but not it doesn't seem to be too unique from other dipa's. Still, for 9 bucks a 4 pack its more than worth getting again.

Edit 6/6/14 Previous rating- 4.06
Changed from one of the better dipas to one of the best. Once again the grapefruit is the dominant hop flavor, but the mouth feel is much more crisp and smooth as opposed to sticky. Maybe there's some variations between batches since the first time I had it (6 months ago), but at this point it tastes and feels much better. (96/100)

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Photo of BrandonN24
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was recommended this beer from a local craft brew store.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter class.

Pours a hazy golden color. The head is very thin, white dissipating quickly.

The smell is absolutely fantastic. From the start you get notes of citrus and on the back-end, fruit dank hops.

The taste begins with a moderate bitterness, very enjoyable for me as I have grown to love IPA's. The taste then moves into a somewhat complex flavor of citrus, pineapple, hops, and hints of tropical fruits. The 8.7% abv is almost completely masked.

Overall - A great IPA, listed as a double IPA. I would like it to be a little stronger for a double IPA. I prefer FIrestone's double jack but this one is definitely worth a go, great beer!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The beer is a hazy, dingy gold color with a rocky white head that lasts a while and leaves some rather large lacings behind. Very assertive nose on this beer (I could smell it the moment I removed the bottle cap). Oranges, lemons, and grapefruit dominate, with pineapple lurking in the background.

Medium body and very hoppy flavor without being unpleasantly bitter. Very little sweetness up front, just a grainy malty note. Lots of dank, fruity hops provide most of the flavor, but there's plenty of malt to balance it out. The citra and mosaic hops definitely announce themselves in the form of lemon, grapefruit, orange, hemp, and just a hint of pineapple-like sweetness.

Do we really need another beer showcasing the citra and/or mosaic hop? Of course we do, as long as it's a good one! Thankfully, this one is. It has a terrific citrus fruit hop character and just a little sweetness to go with it. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my HF Oversized wine glass.

Appeared a golden yellow color with a slight orange tinge. A 2 finger fluffy white head gave way to some nice lacing.

Smells of orange and grapefruit with a slight floral scent. Can detect a bit of honey on the nose.

Taste is fantastic. Juicy citrus fruits mixed with just the right bitterness. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great as well, some decent body and perfect carb.

Overall this is a fantastic DIPA that I am planning on including in my regular rotation.

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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, burnt orange color with golden yellow hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Nice retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with resinous oils, pine needle and grass along with a touch of citrus fruit, biscuit, crackery malt and booze.  After it warms, the citrus/tropical notes stand out a bit more with grapefruit and orange peel but the nose is still dominated by earthy hops and a strong fusel alcohol/ethanol presence.  

Medium body and slightly oily with a blast of dry, hoppy bitterness that lingers over the pale malt, sweet fruit and boozy heat into a dry finish.  Again, the flavor is dominated by bitter, earthier hops with hints of grass, dank buds, resinous oils, pine sap and spruce tip.  Subtle tropical/citrus sweetness but this opens as it warms.  Lots of grapefruit with some pineapple and blood orange.  Very boozy with strong heat and alcohol sweetness in the finish taking away from the hop flavors.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit and cracker flavor that doesn't interfere with the hop bitterness.  Decent but too boozy for my preference and the strong alcohol flavor takes away from the interesting hop character. Feels more like 10+% beer and most of the interesting flavor falls off mid-palate.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.
Pours a nice hazy medium amber. I finger of bubbly white head.
Aromas are nice, very hoppy, citrus and floral. Decent bready background.
Taste right in line with aromas. Very hoppy, good bitterness, very tasty.
Mouthfeel is good, finished a touch bitter but it subsides.
Overall, this is right in line with Sculpin and Gandhi-Bot, maybe even Pliny TE.
A really good DIPA.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
95 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.