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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 736
Hads: 6,081
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 2.8%
Wants: 286
Gots: 1,606 | FT: 40
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: 736 | Hads: 6,081
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (501 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (193 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (774 characters)

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)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.