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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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Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a nice head that descends a bit and stays plenty of trailing lace.

The smell is awesome! Perfect! Grapefruit, lemon, lime, pine - this is an incredible hoppy smell! Incredibly, caramel backs it up! Holy shit!

The taste is almost as great as the awesome aroma! The taste is of raw hops! It does have a strong malt backing - caramel, especially. There is a touch of alcohol that adds pepper. It has a long finish.

It is creamy, and full-bodied.

This is a GREAT DIPA! Incredible! It comes in a 4-pack - and I can smell this one all night - and drink it, too!

I've had many beers - I might have reviewed this one on the low side. It's greatly hopped, and with a malt balance. Try this!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow body. Mild haze. Thick, foamy, white head with lasting retention. The aroma offers pine, biscuits...hold up, let me blow my nose. ok, there we go...where was I? Oh yeah, pine, biscuits, resinous hops. Perhaps a touch of tropical fruit in the flavor, but not much. Alcohol presence is certainly there, but not overly so. Definitely a balance of malt to hops, though favoring the hop character. Medium to full bodied for the style. Lingering hop bitterness and bready notes. Overall, pretty tasty.

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Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this. It pours a hazed golden copper color with 3 fingers of off-white froth. A full wall of webby lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger. The rising bubbles maintain a firm cap throughout the experience.

The smell includes notes of tropical fruit and a bit of pissy cat quality with rinds and herbs. Somewhat sulfuric and grassy to dank with a touch of pine, minerals and slight vegetative aspect before blending to a neutral sort of alcohol tingle.

The taste is bitter with rindy and catty hop flavoring that blends to a sulfur and mineral to carbonic quality. Some pulp and pith with solvent alcohol that takes things in even a more catty and dank direction. The aftertaste has almost a dirty cantaloupe or melon flavoring with some hints of funky cheese.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is wide open and outfront with lots of depth of hoppy characteristics. This is a bold display of simcoe all around and it really works and is balanced as far as dipas go. The bitterness persists long after the swallow and the alcohol bite seems much more intense than you might imagine for the listed level. Thanks again Matt, I appreciate the chance to try this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep orange. Not much of a had. Thin collar.

Smell - Orange hops. A hint of herbal notes. A smidgen of toast malt.

Taste - More emphasis on the herbal character to the hops. Orange hop flavor behind it. Sweet caramel malt. A little musty. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium heavy. A shade too sweet for me.

Overall - Pretty good. What people would call balanced, but I call too sweet.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint.

Deep yellow, hinting at brass orange and very clear. Minimal rising carbonation, a good big billowing white head grows four fingers tall, with some sticky lacing and always leaving a decent puck.

Aroma on the hop angle is interesting, first hits of dank earth and a mushroom like quality. A little bit of tropical sense and juicy citrus come later. Malt depth hidden behind a large hop front as expected.

Palate brings classic hop joy. Good washing oily resin in the palate with matching earth and dank quality. Sweet quality and bitterness balancing well. Light slight minty finish as well. Sticky body and malt caramel hits lightly a bit on the finish.

Overall a good solid dipa and unique tasting one. Earth shatering, not exactly, but worthy and delicious all its own.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish fluffy white head that persists for a good long time. Aromas of pine and resin with bits of tropical fruit and citrus. Very faint bready malt deep in the background. The flavor starts with a light sweet bread malt back bone. Assault by hops starts with some dank resinous pine and follows with tropical and citrus fruits. A touch of alcohol pops in before a lingering dank resinous bitterness lingers on the palette long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and slick resinous bitter mouthfeel. Great double IPA, big bold and aggressive.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has lots of dank, herbal, grassy hops. Taste follows with the dank hops, slightly fruity and sweet at first but gets quite bitter with intense grapefruit notes on the finish. Body is medium with soft carbonation. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Really good double IPA, one of the best from the more accessible ones.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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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 GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very bright, goldenrod coloring with sediment throughout and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. A sparse, film, bright white surface coat of head clings throughout while you drink. Aromas of wet, resinous hops, with bitter notes throughout, tangy citrus highlights of tangerine and grapefruit, subtle pine notes, and a rich caramel backbone. This smells pretty damn good! Flavors are roast and resin forward, with piney notes throughout. Subtle citrus highlights accent the bold malt backbone of caramel, and there are kicks of pepper, cut grass, pine tassel, and bitterness throughout. Very dynamic and layered palate, with a resinous undertone throughout that is a hophead's dream. Very tasty, and very drinkable despite increased ABV and heavier taste profiles. The body is robust and smooth, yet kept light with the increased carbonation. That same carbonation also helps clean up the finish, which comes together as a crisp, slightly effervesced, bitter finale. Great beer!

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

Appearance: light orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: citrus and earthy hop goodness is easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pear, earthy hop bitterness, and a hint of alcohol make up a very well balanced DIPA.

Mouhtfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue for a while.

Overall: a refreshing and satisfying beer. Not a quick drinking beer, but the flavors keep you interested from the start to finish. Super beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle with Enjoy by date of Feb 5, 2014, so likely fairly fresh. Poured in to snifter.

A - Translucent medium yellow/orange colour with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - Musky/dank aroma up front with some tropical fruit notes also coming through. Some peach, mango, pineapple and tangerine notes are present.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with a musky flavour coming through first, followed by a tropical fruit bouquet of mango, pineapple and orange. A touch of sweet caramel is present throughout, but the hops definitely take centre stage.

M - Medium body. Sticky/oily. Moderate carbonation.

O - This is a solid DIPA that I would be happy to drink again, but it didn't live up to the hype for me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Replacing the iconic Hop Wallop with DirtWolf is a gutsy decision by Victory. I enjoyed my bottle of it years ago, but it's out with the old and in with the new. Here comes a 12 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

The beer comes out pale gold with a geyser of bubbles running from bottom to top. It's head is soapy and an inch thick with good retention. The aroma is modest with the intensity, but the quality of it reminds me of New Zealand hops. Soft with cantaloupe, passionfruit, and tangerine. I anticipate what it will taste like.

This is one luscious beer. DirtWolf delivers a juicy experience without weighing down the palate. It's not bitter, just silky smooth hops and a mouthfeel that's even silkier. Insert cantaloupe, tangerine, orange, passionfruit, and you have a tasty beer. Hide much of the 8.7% alcohol and you have one that's also dangerously easy to drink.

I didn't think that Victory could have improved its iconic Hop Wallop, but it has. DirtWolf is Double IPA for the 2010s. Well done!

Rest In Peace, Hop Wallop.

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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 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 Stinkypuss
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a light head. Aroma of grapefruit and tropical citrus. In the taste, grapefruit, pith, pineapple and herb. Nice fruity tropical notes and a peach skin like note. Solid bitterness and just a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied, well carbonated and slightly dry. Overall, this is a great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 20 Oct 15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, citrusy, and some nice pine notes. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew. It's been years since I've had anything from Victory. Glad to see it here. I've always loved this brewery.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a hazy medium to dark golden amber with a fine two finger slightly off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with hints of pine, apple family and light tropical fruit. Flavor very nicely integrated pale malt supporting flavorful citrus, piney and slightly dank hops, very herbal and fresh tasting with a lingering citrus rind, piney and herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with pleasant light creaminess. Not as intensely hop bitter as the aroma suggests, but the depth of flavor is remarkable. Little flavor from the malt, but it adds body and a supports the fruit and hop flavors very well. Probably a not absolutley fresh bottle, having travelled across country and into Washington's Byzantine distribution system, but still top notch. I will make this a top priority next time I'm in the east to drink fresh. Excellent hop flavored IPA.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anything with "dirt" in the name inevitably sounds dirty, but Victory DirtWolf has a clean complexion that, despite its haziness, is also relatively clear. Its golden tone has some shine but isn't exactly bright or luminescent. A snapshot of the Milky Way galaxy appears printed atop.

DirtWolf is a self-proclaimed "tribute to untamed vines" - hops - and does indeed shed a spotlight on the particularly earthy and herbal qualities of our friend the Humulus Lupulus plant. The bouquet smells a bit like cat pee and has a strongly leafy, slight lemon myrtle persona.

Though a combination of Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, all I note are the 'catty' characteristics of Simcoe and the distinctively leafy and pine-like flavours from the Chinook. But I don't taste much fruit save for the inescapable bitter orange and grapefruit peel notes.

The mouthfeel also features a lot of citrus oils and some tree-like resins. Nevermind the juice or zest of the orange - think about the skins and stringy piths. It's dry and bitter. There's a splash of lemon oil but it's certainly not enough to ward off scurvy or brighten up a cold winter day.

Victory remains one of America's great microbreweries, but I've become less and less impressed with their brands the more I try from the country's other craft brewers. Up and down their lineup is nothing but solid, but, to be sure, one can now easily find comparable and better offerings. DirtWolf is a good DIPA, but it's far from the best.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An extremely nice IPA- nice to see Victory breathe some new life into their IPA category. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a slight glow to it and a head that fades just a bit too quickly. The beer itself is delicious, with a deep hoppy fruitiness and a touch of pine to balance things, and some nice spice on the finish. The hops are also nicely balanced with the malt- not too heavy or sweet, but not too thin or acrid either. A job well done.

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Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, a bit of pine. Taste is bold, bitter, fruits, some pine, a hint of malts, lots of flavor here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth checking out.

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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, burnt orange color with golden yellow hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Nice retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with resinous oils, pine needle and grass along with a touch of citrus fruit, biscuit, crackery malt and booze.  After it warms, the citrus/tropical notes stand out a bit more with grapefruit and orange peel but the nose is still dominated by earthy hops and a strong fusel alcohol/ethanol presence.  

Medium body and slightly oily with a blast of dry, hoppy bitterness that lingers over the pale malt, sweet fruit and boozy heat into a dry finish.  Again, the flavor is dominated by bitter, earthier hops with hints of grass, dank buds, resinous oils, pine sap and spruce tip.  Subtle tropical/citrus sweetness but this opens as it warms.  Lots of grapefruit with some pineapple and blood orange.  Very boozy with strong heat and alcohol sweetness in the finish taking away from the hop flavors.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit and cracker flavor that doesn't interfere with the hop bitterness.  Decent but too boozy for my preference and the strong alcohol flavor takes away from the interesting hop character. Feels more like 10+% beer and most of the interesting flavor falls off mid-palate.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pristine clarity, soft glow of sunset orange reveals a medium rise of carbonation that fills the chalice nicely. Oatmeal toned whipped creamy head sits with a moderate rate of retention leaving a respectable amount of lacing behind.

S: Flowery grapefruit is strong on the pour from the bottle, meeting with some tropical notes in the glass. A trail of softly dried hopped grapefruit and citrus is softly bittering and complimentary towards the end. Nice awareness level, some orange tropical fruitiness, mango, with perfumy scent.

T: Flavor was citrusy-mango, dry flowery orange and grapefruit with a flowery bitterness. Sweet toasted grain, bitterness builds up on the finish. Pear-mango with some peeks of semi-dry pineapple, grassy notes along with some dry coconut.

M: Crisp mouthful, refreshing, very sharp on the tongue. Malty full, viscose flowery bittering dry.

O: Overall so smooth, perfectly balanced with a high regard towards drinkability. So smooth and polished bringing a ton of fresh and wet nature upfront followed by a beautiful soft complimentary bitterness on the trail. Honestly the growler never stood a chance. The balance and polished nature of this beer is just so harmonous it will be near impossible to just have one, or two, or three. Not to be a factor the price point at $12 a growler is perhaps the best bargin in craft beer i have ever had and ends up easily as a possible top five double ipa canidate in my book. It is worthy the hype, seeking out, waiting in line and multiple case purchasing (and this comes from a guy who primarily drinks em one and done as singles). Dont worry about the hops expiring, the cases will never sit around that long. A definite wow factor beer for me.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
95 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.