DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 726
Hads: 6,017
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 280
Gots: 1,557 | FT: 38
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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 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)

Photo of tsauce2
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM light golden yellow. Semi transparent. Head is white, 1 in, sticks to glass as beer is consumed, maintains at 1 cm. Light lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Big fresh hops, light malt backbone.

T: Hop forward. Light but balanced malt base. Very hoppy but not bitter. Great job of masking the alcohol; this beer drinks much easier than 8.7%. Aftertaste is hop and a touch of malt.

M: Light/medium body. Mostly hop, but malt gives a nice malt base.

O: Fantastic beer. I like my ipa to have a light body/not a big malty base. This definitely fits that format. (601 characters)

Photo of simskl
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA will kick you in the teeth and you'll like it. Drink it cold to enjoy it at it's best.

This beer has a pile of hops up front but you wouldn't buy a double IPA without expecting that. Where this beer improves on the others is the fact that it's actually drinkable with being really really hoppy.

The beer poured into a cold pint glass and left a nice 3/4 inch head for a minute that faded slowly. It was cloudy and pale and the beautiful hop smell made it a joy to taste.

This isn't a beer to drink while watching the game but if you've got a movie to watch and some time on your hands it's well worth the purchase.

I will be buying this again and I'll happily drink it wherever I find it.

A beautiful, beautiful IPA, I'm glad it's available at home. (770 characters)

Photo of Gay4IPA
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Hoppy IPA - UNREAL FLAVOR - IT will overload your pallet with bitter deep sharpness - INSANE lingering tones - from a hot wood fence in the Summer to a highly Charged Storm on the Horizon you will taste it all - You smell as much as you taste - This wicked good Brew would be fantastic with a super rich FUNKY ASS CHEESE Talkin bout Blue Vein business - gotta give it another go * Always buy 2 * Share with all like minded Aficionados - LET the heady rhetoric ROLL! (475 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light yellow, pastel-colored, with super creamy foam on top. foam recedes leaving a sticky lace.
smells like citrus, biscuits, bread. citrus is mostly tangerine and orange. taste follows, although with a substantial amount of rind-type bitterness. a very good DIPA with lots of flavor, which is what beer is supposed to be about, right? not just a slam of hops.... (364 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty straw with more than a finger of fluffy white head. The head retains for quite awhile and leaves some decent lacing in its wake. The nose is hoppy and piney with a trace of pineapple. The body is a touch light for a DIPA. The hop profile is more spicy and complex than most offerings of this style, but surprisingly milder than the top-tier DIPAs. There is a touch of pepper in the finish and an alcohol warmth underneath.

This offering is really good, but not nearly as spectacular as the hype that surrounded its release. (538 characters)

Photo of obrike
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man oh man. I have not had a DIPA surprise me so much since Lagunitas Sucks. What a great brew! My beer guy emailed me about this one and I dropped by Round Rock Specs to pick up a 4 pack at 9.99.

Nothing extraordinary about the look...fairly dull gold look, a little cloudy, but decent lacing throughout on this one.

Smell is super fresh pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and just a slight sweet malt presence. Even a bit of that "weed" smell that enhances a great DIPA. Good stuff here.

Taste matches aroma perfectly. Starts with a huge hop juice bang (perfect combo of citrus and pine) followed by a small amount of malt balance. The combo is nearly perfect. Truly reminds me of Sucks, but it's been a while since I've had that one.

Medium to light body, hides booze quite well...very dry. Wanting another sip immediately.

What a pleasant treat. I certainly hope it stays under the radar a bit so I can scoop up more fresh 4 packs at my leisure. This is easily my favorite Victory beer. Great job guys! (1,007 characters)

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with thin white head, no lacing.

Pineapple, citrus and pines are dominant on the nose here. Very beautiful fruity aromas.

Nice citrus flavors, fruits and piney hops, with a medium body. The hops are not overwhelming, but are present.

I really enjoy the citrus and fruits here. Exactly what I want in an Imperial IPA. (331 characters)

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

A-a hazy golden orange with a fingers worth of white head

S-grapefruit and citrus hops, pale bready malt, sweet fruits

T-taste is similar to the smell; pale malt backbone with grapefruit and piney hops, sweet fruits and caramel

M-medium body, medium carbonation, bitter aftertaste

Overall a really well made enjoyable beer. Try it if you find it! (350 characters)

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

I enjoyed a snifter of Victory's new double IPA, DirtWolf, at the Washington, DC beer and barbeque bar, Smoke & Barrel. Needless to say, with all the hype surrounding the beer, it was a solid choice.

Appearance (4/5): A golden color, fairly clear, with a two-finger white head that reduces to a small disc. Some sticky white lacing clings to the sides of the glass as I drink. A pretty standard looking IPA.

Smell (4.5/5): Scents of pine, pink grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit. The beer's resinousness is perceptible even its odor. This is a seriously dank smelling beer, and reminiscent of Enjoy By IPA.

Taste (4.5/5): Grapefruit and pine up front, candied dried pineapple and passion fruit, a little honey nuance from the mosaic hops, and a garlic & onions dankness. Earthy. Not a ton of bite and not highly bitter, which is just fine when the hops are as pronounced and flavorful as they are in DirtWolf. Delicious.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Sticky and resinous mouthfeel. Appropriate medium carbonation. No alcohol flavor to speak of.

Overall (4.5/5): I highly recommend Victory DirtWolf. It hits some great flavor notes with its tropicality and dankness. Its resinous mouthfeel really helps drive home these flavors and let them coat the tongue. Really great stuff from Victory, here. Keep it up, guys! (1,315 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ CBH: This one pours a clear, golden color. There was about a finger of foamy white head. It lingers a bit and leaves some lacing. An interesting nose. A big wallop of hops, but they tend to blend together. Some pine on top of the others. The taste is good. It has a good bitterness, but the taste is a bit unusual. The various hops blend together into a distinctive bitterness, without having any one specific aroma on top. Maybe a hint of pineapple coming through. The malts are hidden. Definitely dry. Interesting. It definitely grows on you. (554 characters)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.