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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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Reviews: 815 | Ratings: 6,433
Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DirtWolf pours a golden color with a large frothy head. There is a floral and hoppy but sweet aroma. The taste is the same, bold floral and hoppy taste, but finishes sweet. Good and bold flavors, nice strong body. Overall its a very good beer, but a bit overrated.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date April 19, 2014. Not sure what time span is used for this beer. Today is Dec. 30, 2013 though.
Pours clear gold with a fat one finger of white head. Head lasts awhile ad leaves an average amount of fine lacing.
Smell is pungent hops with a touch of tropical fruit.
Taste is popping bitter hop hit with a surprisingly sweet tropical fruit backing and a touch of pine resin.
Mouthfeel is medium smooth with a dry bitter finish.
Overall a unique beer. Enjoyed it very much. I will revisit this review tomorrow when I have another. Never tasted the alcohol but I could smell it on my breath as I exhaled. Watch out this beer drinks easy!

Update: Aug. 5, 2014. From a keg this time. Still easy drinking for a Double IPA. Hop presence is very nice. Assertive but user friendly. Hop character is not buried under a blanket of flat bitterness. Yum!

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: One finger head that sticks in loose splotches. Slight carbonation floating from the bottom. Trace amounts of settlement at the bottom of the glass.

S: Strong floral, honeysuckle, and caramel aromas. A very fresh smelling beer that is reminiscent of spring time.

T: Mix of pine and citrus hops off the first sip, malt sweetness interluding, and finishes with a dank, earthy bitterness and hints of pepper. An interesting interplay between sweet and sour flavors.

M: Medium bodied, a bit creamy, and finishes with slightly bitter and dry. Pretty easy drinking for a style that is typically heavy and over drying, especially given the ABV.

O: A lighter take on the double IPA, but still retains the complexity typical of the style. An above average beer that really with its unique aromas and mouthfeel. There was something missing in the taste department that would have set this beer apart.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along bits of fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a short bright white head that died down a bit, but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy and floral hops along with a light to moderate amount of miter ness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have the high bitterness that you would expect from a an imperial IPA, but the blend of four different hops lends nice complexities to the smell and taste.

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Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a golden orange color with a pillowy white head that is 2 inches thick. Nice lacing as it goes down.

Nose is unlike any beer I've had to the best of my knowledge. This is more like opening a sack of….well maybe you get where I am going with this. Wow! Needless to say there is a pleasant aroma of pine, tangerine and resin.

Smooth. Medium body. Not too carbonated or bitter at first. Beautiful hop bouquet. Complex and just hits so many places. Citrus, pine and something I cannot quite pick up. This maybe a newer hop than I am not equipped to decipher yet. It is wonderful though. Some grassy characters from the malts but these play well with the hop presence. Earthy tones and a blending that is again wonderful. The 8.7% is hidden well and doesn't overpower the sense.

Ok, here comes more of the bitterness as this goes down. Pine and hop oils left to coat the tongue. Still a delicious beer. A quick glance at the hops in this and I'm guessing the Mosiac is what I'm getting that I cannot judge. Could this be the blueberry I've heard about? It is fantastic!

I've heard this replaces Hop Wallop. I'll be sad to see it go but this is a worthy replacement for sure.

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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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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
95 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.