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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 fulcrumbs
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of the best buys out there for what it compares to. Taste tested up against Lawson's Double- Sunshine and difference was minimal. Would rate higher... but for some reason... this one imperial seems to give me heartburn... each time I have had it. Maybe something unique in the ingredients... but overall... a wicked good beer.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells amazing, big grapefruit and lemongrass notes, fruity hops, and pine. Really complex nose probably due to the 4 different hops used. Balanced out nicely with a sweet malty smell. I could just sit and smell this all day long.

Taste is huge on hops, but not throat burning. The grapefruit gives way to pine and malts. Aftertaste is great. A must-try for any hop lover.

Thoughts- I've had this many times over the past few years and it never ceases to amaze me. I have had some fluctuations in clarity and sometimes in taste, but still overall one of the finest beers I've ever had.

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

Pours a golden yellow, almost orange with a white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of pine from the hops, was hard to detect anything else. The taste was great with bright hops and lemon peel coming through first and then giving way to the sweetness of the malt for a very clean finish. Mine was a little over-carbonated but I still thought it was exceptionally solid.

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Photo of OleGee
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Having tried some of the highest rated DIPA's, I'm not sure in a blind taste test which I would pick for my favorite - lucky to be in Victory's distro area and realize I can buy this beer anytime, anywhere. This beer is truly excellent on all counts.

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Photo of Mark_
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shan't bore you with a thousand word essay... This is a very good IIPA that is fairly easy to find. That may sound like an easy thing, but it's not. It borders on a top tier IIPA to me, but is it really? Everything is there but it's not quite up to the level of a fine handcrafted, dare I say, Vermont. top level IIPA. But with all things considered it is indeed a very good beer which is pushed up the beer meter even more because of its availability.... If you can't drink it, you can't taste it. In that regard, my friends, this good stuff.

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

12oz bottle poured into shaker. Appearance is clear light golden with off-white head that’s really sticky. Aroma is grapefruit, floral hops, grassy hops, light malts, and tropical fruit. Taste is initially sweet with honey and caramel then moderate grapefruit peel and herbal bitterness. Light to medium body, some stickiness in the texture, moderate carbonation, dry bitter finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory "Dirt Wolf"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 07 JUN 2015 1230P"

I've enjoyed this beer many times on draught but I really don't like to write a review while I'm in a bar as there are too many distractions; and I haven't been finding it on tap recently so I thought I'd better just grab a case.

What I like about this double IPA, and pretty much any Victory beer, is that they like to keep things balanced and rounded. A lot of breweries would be OK with it if the malt stuck out, or the bitterness was a bit bold, if the alcohol had a brashness to it, or even if the hops overshadowed everything - but that's not the case here, everything works as one.

The pungent hops offer orange, lemon, tropical fruits (mayo, papaya) and mild grapefruit, as well as spice and soft pine backed by floral and even earthy notes (I'm thinking of a damp pine forest floor with rain water still dripping from the branches above); and although they hit you in the nose they don't run roughshod over the palate, instead they work within the grainy and lightly caramel & honey-ish malt to liven it - it becomes one flavor rather than eight different competing ones. It has focus, and the bitterness is solid and anchoring, but not bold; and the alcohol only adds a very subtle pinch that accentuates rather than detracts (important to have in a double IPA of almost 9%). Quite possibly the most impressive part is the finish, and to reference the name slightly, this double IPA "comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb" (and it might actually pair well with the earthy, barn-like flavors of lamb). I cannot recall an IPA² that it so smooth, suave, and supple in its exit - and in fact it's without question far more readily accessible than most standard IPAs.

So what do we have in the final conclusion? Drinkablility. It cannot be argued, this is a Lorelei of a beer, a "siren sweetly singing"; and she needs to be appreciated for her beauty, but recognized for her stealth and potential. Possibly the best double IPA on earth!

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Photo of cdrinkwine
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic!! Delicious hoppy hit with grapefruit and citrus notes and finishes so nice and clean. If you're looking at a line of taps and see this one, take it.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Draft, The Refinery, Newhall, CA 2/21/15) Not sure why I don't like this one as much as a lot do on BA, maybe it is the combination of the hops used. It didn't finish as solid by beer's end.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Light to medium gold. Slight haze with some floating particles that gives it a glimmering contrast. Decent white head and plus lacing.

S: Pine, citrus with grapefruit predominant. Mango and floral.

M: Resinous and dry. Crisp, med-full bodied beer.

T: Bitter, peppery spice, and a great earthy bitter quality. Fruit flavor manages to be subtle and complex, well-blended and un-punchlike. Lemon, mango, guava, pine and papaya. Sharp pine and spruce needle. Deep spice character, mild floral and

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Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong pour yields about a finger’s worth of cream white foam, more or less even surface, a few larger bubbles, has good retention of what’s there, the lacing is more like a thin, consistent webbing than thicker streaks. Coppery colored liquid, neither shiny nor dull, somewhat translucent as well, very few visible bubbles. The nose has a good amount going on, lots of pine and grapefruit, tangerine citrus, peppery, leafy without seeming green, the fruit is tropical pineapple, nectarine, mango with apricot, more edgy than wet and juicy, for the punch it packs it also possesses a sinewy, punctuated dissolve. Full-bodied, sappy and heavy in mouth feel. here too leans on the pine, citrus and herbal matter for the cornerstone of flavor. Not that floral but has a patina of malt sweetness and brioche style breadiness. Mango, papaya, pineapple, nectarine, apricot fruit bright and succinct at once. A touch boozy but no heat in the throat. The stickiness prevents it from being a thirst slaker but that is clearly not the intent. Big, bold and proud of it.

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

Bottle marked "Enjoy by 06 APR 2015", sampled and reviewed on February 18, 2015 (happy birthday to meeee).

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a light golden wheat with a MASSIVE 4+ finger head. I needed paper towels, holy crap. Smells of hops, pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Very light palate. Taste is about the same as smell - hoppy, pine, citrusy, with subtle hints of fruit. Leaves a tart, dry finish with lingering hops and citrus on the taste buds.

Overall, probably one of my new favorites. I thought I was stuck on liking stouts for a while there, until I tried this baby. Delicious brew with a lot going for it. Very drinkable.

Edit: After finishing off the 4 pack, I found that this beer has a much bolder, hoppier taste straight from the bottle vs poured into a glass. In the glass, it has a slightly refined, more toned down intensity. Good either way. I think I prefer it in a glass.

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

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows pine, spicy hops, some funky notes, elderflower and light sweet malt.
Flavours of pine, resinous hops, sweet pilsner-like malt and soft booze.

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-amber color, with a froth, decent head, collapsing to a thin film.

Fantastic hop-fruitiness, foremost defined by orange and lime, over a buttery toffee background. Aromas also contain a good amount of pine and fresh cut grass with hints of tropical papaya.

Bitter citrus hops explode on the palate with grass and metallic carbonation even enhancing its crisp impression, while ample bready, slightly toffeeish malts carefully balance the brew. The hop complexity is suberb, great interplay between tropical, refreshing orange and papaya, with an enjoyable herbal support, while sour citrus and onion sting the palate, leading to piney, wooden malt notes. Long, sticky citrus finish with an unexpected piney quality shining through.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light colored DIPA that is a deep golden beer with good clarity. The white head is quick to fade into a thin cap of soapy bubbles.

S: A strong citrus hops aroma that mostly has notes of grapefruit, pine, some pineapple and a fair amount of an herbal character. There is a light malt a sweetness and a low alcohol sweetness.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness and a very strong citrus hop flavors. The hop flavors are a lemon/lime, pine, some mango and little citrus zest. There is just enough malt for support and nothing more making for a very bitter balance. The finish is off-dry with a lingering, citrus hops flavor and bitterness. There is some herbal qualities to the hop flavor that is more apparent towards the finish.

M: A medium bodied beer with a light creaminess and a strong level of carbonation.

O: A very well crafted Double IPA that brings a ton of American citrus hops to the party. The entire focus and balance of the beer is out towards showcasing the hops.

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Photo of stephens101
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Floral and citrus aromas leap from the glass and hopefully portend good things to come. Has a pallid, yellow-orange body with a handful of off-white froth. Taste is bold and bright with striking notes of orange and lemon zest followed by citrus peel, a touch of vanilla, some grain and tannins. Lighter than expected body and the alcohol hides behind a curtain pure fruit juice. Must rank this one up there with the best of the style.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops dominate the flavor while bready malt and tropical fruit provide support. Finish is long and dry from alcohol. Dangerously drinkable brew.

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

Date on the bottle says to enjoy by May 11th 2015.

Poring out Dirtwolf for the first time it looks slightly hazy, light straw colored with a frothy two finger white head. Putting it up to my nose it has a dankness, citrus, lemon, and a slight sweetness (could be slightly stronger but still very appealing). Taste follows the nose with more complexity and starts citrusy, lemony, has a pepper note, salty, dry in the back end with a slight bready tone, then a bitterness that lingers. Carbonation is perfect for this beer and the mouth feel is medium to full, as the beer goes down it has a slickness to it. Probably the double IPA that victory has made. One of the best beers produced by them so if you like big bold IPA's this one is one to look out for, Cheers!

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Photo of fullerisalive
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great Double IPA. Nice light caramel color. Beautiful nose, floral as fruity. Initially sweet smooth taste with a grapefruit finish with just the right amount of bitterness. Top notch DIPA.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick persistent head, creamy, fine foam. Mostly transparent, hint of unfiltered cloudiness. Downrated a bit as suspiciously pale for a 2IPA.

Big, big flavor of hops and apricots. Feels like they started with a recipe for Bells Two Hearted IPA (by which I mean to convey *very* high praise) and then made it more intense, concentrated. Flavors of pine & resin on the approach make this a bit idiosyncratic for a daily drinker.

Beautiful, rich mouthfeel that belies the pale color.

Nicely integrated finish. Helluva beer.

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Photo of Schimms
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours light gold with 1 inch thick white fluffy head.
S: Great citrus - Victory knows its hop combos.
T: Incredible - once again a nod to Victory and its hop knowledge.
F: Light carbonation, slight dry finish. Decent hop burn.
O: Another great on from Victory.

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Photo of itomek
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow, thin head. The aroma reflects the piney hops, almost a cat-pee smell, prolly from the Citra. Great juicy taste, no caramel but lotsa malt backbone. Grapefruit and citrus hop taste, lingers on yer tongue. Very enjoyable, zipped through my pint pretty darned quickly...

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a nice golden amber with a one finger head. Lots of carbonation. Great lacing.
S- A wonderful smelling Hop bomb with the pine and citrus abound.
T- Tastes just as it smells. Another wonderful, bitter double IPA. The first contact on the palate really tingles, and lingers.
F- Wonderful balance. The hoppy bite finishes with a suprisingly smooth finish.
O- A top notch Double IPA! This was my first Victory product and it lived up to the hype. I need to try more.

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

This dirty wolf is fresh and clean. It sings more than it howls with the perfect amount of bite. Not sure what all that shit means but this is a fine beer.

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Photo of scream
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bough this today as suggested from another site. Upon opening the hop nose is pretty intense/nice. I was trying to compare it in my mind to the V Hop Ranch. I believe at the moment that the hop flavor of the Hop Ranch is more intense which I like. Will need to revisit the Hop Ranch to be certain. Pretty solid overall.

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