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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 6,134
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,645 | 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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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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Photo of stjjoseph87
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Since I can't get the Heady Topper regularly, this is my replacement. As a lover of big beers and preferably double, or triple ipas, the DirtWolf was destined to be right up my alley. However I didn't expect this beer to take over my palate and never let it go. I love this beer, fantastically floral and earthy it pops onto your tongue and placates it with a wealth of intense hops and dry malt back. A must buy and at a very reasonable price for the quality.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Fantalek
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of schepelz
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of jmaharaj
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.