DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 727
Hads: 6,021
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 280
Gots: 1,559 | 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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Reviews: 727 | Hads: 6,021
Photo of fullerisalive
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (189 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Schimms
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of itomek
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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... (280 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (483 characters)

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of scream
4.46/5  rDev +4%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of jtwelk33
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly would be hard pressed in my opinion to find a better double IPA. Fantastic hop kick and very smooth. I go through cases of this since it is easily available here in Philly area. (188 characters)

Photo of Reckage
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wanted to start trying some double IPAs, this is the first one i picked up, poured 12oz into pint glass
Look: hazy golden with nice tan head and lacing down the glass
Smell: this brew smells awesome, fruity, somewhat sweet, herbal
Taste: exactly what i was hoping for, tastes like a great IPA with a good hop kick
hops are in your face but the sweet fruit gives it a good balance,
Mouthfeel: little carbonation nice warmth and crispness towards the end
Overall: very good brew, cant wait to try some more like it (513 characters)

Photo of eddiebo
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great dry, bright, citrusy DIPA. Readily available in the NE and outstanding for the price. Easily compares to the hard to obtain legends in this category and has become a go-to. A must try for enthusiasts of this style. (220 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA hits the glass in a frothy swirl of hazy and bright golden colors with a decent sized, 2 finger head. The retention on the head is pretty good and it has the lacing to match. Right when you open this beer, the hops make an aggressive bee line to the nose and display a big and bold scent profile. The overall impression of the hops on the nose is leaning slightly towards the piney, but with a good dose of floral aromas and a touch of citrus. Overall, the scent is pretty complex.

When you take the first sip, the juicy and mildly bitter hops from the scent rush across you palate. The bitterness from the hops is strong, but not overpoweringly so, with a touch of malt sweetness coming in to balance it out after the initial taste. In the middle of the drink there is a blend of hops bitterness and malty sweet notes, with a distinct impression of honey towards the back end. There is a lingering flavor of slightly increased hops bitterness before the taste fades off of the tongue. This beer is silky smooth going across the tongue while still maintaining the proper mid to high level of carbonation for the style. Alcohol content is almost 9%, but you could never tell it and it is so smooth and delicious that this could be a dangerous 9%.

Overall, I'm not an IPA guy or a hop head, but this beer balances somewhat aggressive hops and malt sweetness to become a truly delicious IPA. I really like this one and wish I lived within distribution range still. (1,472 characters)

Photo of 716gibbs
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great double IPA, which has been my preference as of late. I had one last night that tasted great but had a lot of yeast in the bottle even after I poured it into glass. Had not had that happen with dirtwolf in the past. Looked a bit unappealing but did not affect taste. Great beer (282 characters)

Photo of pnelting
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: Honey orange color with a slight haze. Full white head and nice lacing.

S: I got earthy and piney with hints of floral and citrus.

T: For me the taste followed the nose. As the beer warmed a bit I started noticing more of a grapefruit citrus flavor. Not as overwhelming as other DIPA's I've tried. I didn't pick up any malts in this one.

M: Clean and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Easily one of my favorite DIPA's. Earthy, fruity and easy to drink. Almost didn't notice the high abv. (543 characters)

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured semi aggressive creating a 2 inch head that quickly subsided. Color was a a light amber color. Lots of carbonation that never went away. Based on the looks felt this would be a disappointing beer (I was wrong).
Smell a nice floral, hop scent which was very pleasant.
Wow a great taste that really lingered in my mouth all the way to my throat. Very nice aftertaste. Did not notice any alcohol aftertaste which I expected for such a strong ABV I just wanted more and was sad when my beer was finished.
This is a beer that is not regularly available to me and would gladly go out of my way to drink again. No problem saying this is a top 10 beer that I have had in a 12oz bottle. (692 characters)

Photo of classixIII
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I do not like this style at all but, If I did I imagine this could be one of my favorites. Crisp, Dry, Citrus, Pine, Pine , Pine and oh yeah, lots and lots of bitter. (167 characters)

Photo of mshade
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the top 5 best double IPAs I've tried. The abv is hidden well and if you like bright, grapefruity and piney IPAs, definitely give this one a shot. (154 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even with a relatively careful pour, the lively brew overflows the IPA glass with steady, slow rising carbonation. The end result is a staggering whipped cream-like head that mounds over the top of the glass, adorning a golden honey colored ale. It's a little lighter than I expected, and the color and clarity afford a great view of the myriad particulates that are suspended in the liquid. After a good while, there is still ample foam retained, and lovely lacing on the glass. This one looks like it belongs in a commercial. The aroma is incredible. Dank, earthy and aromatic. Very bright and floral. A bit of pineapple and tropical fruit flair. Absolutely luscious! The first sip is an explosion of complex hop character. Tart earthy spice, minty pine and citrus zest. Artfully balanced with just enough malt sweetness to play along, without becoming cloying. The alcohol is well hidden, so despite a cumulative booziness on the breath, it's undetectable. The mouthfeel is juicy. Exceptionally fresh and lively. This is hands down one of the best double IPA's I've ever had. Nothing is to excess, but it is brimming with complexity and character. I would be happy just smelling this beer. Fortunately, the look, taste and feel are up to the challenge too. This is a marquee example of an American IPA and what passionate brewing can produce. (1,346 characters)

Photo of InkedinRi
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic Double ipa! Very well made beer! Smooth for 8.7% abv. nice hop bite also! You can smell the beautiful hops on the nose.. Thumbs up (150 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beautiful beer before but I hadn't had a chance to review it until now.

A - Vibrant orange color. Hazy from all of the dry hops with full head and good lacing.

S - Pungent hop fragrance with lots of citrus, floral, and resiny tones. Could smell it before I picked it up. Almost perfume like from the magnitude of aromatics.

T - Full flavored with a ton of hop character that has citrus, resin, floral, and some fruit with light alcohol to round it out. Full bitterness but not as strong as some of the DIPA's I've had. The malt is completely buried by the resin character. It has more of the tropical and floral tones than something like a Ruination but it's a really great blend of hops.

M - Full mouth-feel with good carbonation. This beer can seem larger than it's 8.7% ABV.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Great aroma, flavor, feel, appearance, but does have substantial bitterness and is a really good DIPA to be your first. There are more citrusy and more tropical hop flavored beers out there but this one does the blend greatly. This brew is not a light beer but if you like to try new things I would recommend this one.

Glass- Tulip (1,158 characters)

Photo of nizzle8287
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 24th of April, 2015. Poured from the bottle into a tulip at about 55 degrees. Pour is very hazy light orange in color with a thick foamy white head that fades to a thin film with little lacing within minutes. Smell is sweet citrus fruit and candy corn. Taste is grapefruit, lots of grapefruit and sweet malt flavor that blends very well with a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers a while on the palette. Mouth feel is medium heavy with medium carbonation and very little alcohol presence. Overall this stuff is top notch and easily takes a spot in my top 5 in terms of DIPA. (590 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 finger white head. Nice lacing on glass. Clear honey-orange color.

Aroma is a powerful blast of a classic west coast style brew. Huge grapefruit and citrus and definitely floral hop notes. I get a nice dose of a lemony tartness in the nose as well.

This beer is well balanced and easy drinking despite the rather generous abv!!! It would be close to perfect but it just doesn't have enough carbonation.... Makes the beer more sticky and thick than it could be. Almost more like a flavored juice than a carbonated beverage. The beers flavor is still superb. Not overly bitter, yet has all the hop flavored desired. I get more hop florelness than citrus on the body. There is citrus but more of that hoppy florelness flavor. Bitter but not overly. Some malt sweetness. No alcohol detected.

Good beer! Needs more carbonation. I would pair it with something a little more on the sweeter side for a main course like pork tenderloin and apple sauce or honey glazed salmon. I give it a 91/100. (991 characters)

Photo of Mike-Dean
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Amazing DIPA with beautiful lacing, amazing hop aroma that perfectly (and expertly) enhances/blends with the flavor. Best of all, cost is surprisingly low for such an amazing beer! (181 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into water glass drink by date of May 5th 15

A: dirty yellow with a very slight haze to it but not too much

S: smells like pineapple and spicy smell maybe a little herbal tones and a light bready smell

T: mango and pineapple with nice sweetness and some bready finishes but nice spicy fruit taste

M: medium to a little full it has a robust finish that lingers a little

O: This beer is fantastic it's fruity spicy and you want to just keep drinking one after another. (483 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Cloudy straw color with heavy suspended sediment. Nice two finger head with reasonable retention and nice lacing. Not heavily carbonated. Sweet earthy hop aroma which prepares you perfectly for the flavor. A nice balance though a bit on the malty sweet side. The hops are pronounced but not overly bittering. Overall, this is a great DIPA and another excellent offering from Victory. (435 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a nice two finger head, good retention and lacing. Outstanding aroma, with citrus, pineapple, mango, slight resin notes and a bit of bready sweetness from the malt. The flavor is identical to the smell, with pineapple and tropical fruit dominance and just a hint of a nice malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied a nd silky smooth. Overall, this is one of my favorite IIPA's, simply outstanding, I can't wait for it to be released each year, well worth waiting for. (507 characters)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.