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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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4,123 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,123
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 153
Gots: 552 | FT: 31
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:
Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

(Beer added by: aengleman on 09-27-2013)
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-10-2014 01:36:20 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-06-2013 03:12:45 | More by SocalKicks
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks so much to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a teku.

The color is a amber tinged golden with light haze with thick white cap, the lace clings like paintball splatter on the glass. The smell is very fresh with lots of citrus, tangy smell of grapefruit and light hint of dank herbal aromas. The feel is great, lots of citrus acidic quality with a mild resinous and spicy aspect, the finish is very dry and carbonation is moderate.

The flavor is incredible. I expcected good things, but damn, this is phenomenal the lovely citrus and tropical graprefruity flavors are fresh and vibrant without a ton of bitterness and the flavor of the malt is low with the hops up front and some very low pepper in the back end. The flavor has a valencia orange flavor which considering the 'enjoy by February 5, 2014" ...Overall this is pretty fresh and tasty -as an Imperial IPA should be - I am looking forward to having this again, it exceeds expectations at least for me lots of hop flavor without a lot of alcohol flavor or excess malt to intrude - well Done Victory!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 04:46:35 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I do enjoy most of the Victory beers, so this should be interesting, a DIPA from them.

Pours a nice creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent spotty lacing, quite hazy nectar yellowish-orange beer.

Nose big citrusy hops, orange peel, some pine, little earthy forest floor, little candied fruit apricot like aromas, some dank resin as well, with a little fluffy semi sweet malty base.

Taste starts with more hops, plenty of dank resin, with some pine and earthy forest floor, mild citrus orange peel, little fruity flavors too, with pretty big bitterness. Malts are pretty sweet but not overly, little caramel note and fluffy malt, decent balance, but big all around, and just a hint of booze. Finish brings plenty of pine, bit of dank resin, earthy spicy hops, forest floor, little sticky sweet malts.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, just a hint of warming booze, nice carb.

Overall not bad, about what I expect from a nice DIPA, big earthy spicy hops, pine, resin, little citrus, etc, with a decent malty sweet balance, again well done beer for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:15:07 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

10-15-2013 00:41:55 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

with all they hype around this one, i have been eagerly waiting for it to arrive fresh in denver, and finally it did. i have to say, while this is a damn good ipa, its not as distinct and unique as i want it to be, and realize maybe how spoiled we are out here with good hoppy beer, this is great, but not world class in a colorado context. hazy blonde, almost greenish tint to the gold, with an inch or so of lasting white head. it smells simcoe heavy, and the mosaic is probably the most subdued of the listed hop varietals. forceful bitterness in the nose doesnt make it to the flavor through, instead a softer, more floral vibe hangs around, delicate for a big ipa, and given how well the alcohol is hidden, one could easily get into some trouble with this one. layers of hop flavor from fresh pine to grapefruit peel, i like the diversity but the cohesiveness as well. not a ton of bitterness either. the feel rocks, soft but aggressive carbonation prickles the tongue, and opens my senses up to receive this hop complex more completely, its just right with the medium body. for my palate, more robust mosaic would make this, but i like the use of whole leaf hops, it makes a difference, and i love the way it feels. great beer from victory, but an eyelash below my lofty expectations for it, given the hype.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 15:42:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-17-2013 07:08:37 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 10/09/13 notes. Had an 8oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC.

a - Pours a somewhat clear golden amber color with one inch of bright white head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruit, citrus hops, fruity malts, earthy notes. Awesome nose, with tons of pine and citrus hops to it. I like it a lot.

t - The taste is even better than the nose, and more hoppy. Tastes of tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, citrus hops, dank pine hops, floral hops, lemon, grapefruit, fruity malts, and light earthy notes. More tropical fruits here and just super hoppy and fresh. Just awesome.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. No real bitterness to it at all, which I love.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; one of the best Victory beers I've ever had. Tons of fresh hops and a lot of tropical fruits, pine, and citrus. They've been knocking it out of the park with their new DIPA's lately with this and the Liberty Bell Ringer...I hope they continue to these two beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 17:11:51 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 04:17:25 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-13-2013 18:48:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-18-2014 04:32:26 | More by zestar
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head but it leaves plenty lace--blanket in some areas and spotty in others. Neutral gold color with a very mild haze.

Strong pine aroma with a white pepper background.

A very bitter beer--upfront and throughout the tasting. Decent body with a good level of carbonation. Lots of harsh bitterness with a good dollop of alcohol. Very little malt taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 21:36:30 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%

10-23-2013 15:05:40 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 17:51:25 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-18-2013 14:52:50 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art (primarily green) and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired earlier tonight as part of a 4 pack at me local HEB grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 96 rating. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because the label identifies it as a double IPA. 8.70% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a white head of one finger width. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good smooth consistency. Little lacing cling to the sides of the glass; I can get a bit when I tilt it but it's far from substantial. Head retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a translucent quasitransparent yellow-gold of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Sm: Appealing hoppy bursts of pine, grapefruit, citrus, zest, grassiness, flowers, and nectar. Some hop oils as well. I get some honey, pale malts, and pilsner malts. Maybe a bit of caramalt. Pear fruit. The hops and malts seem well selected and well paired. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A clean, fresh, and appealing aroma of mild to moderate strength. The hoppy notes are very attractive and seem balanced - a feature missing in most imperial IPAs.

T: Has some lovely pine/evergreen, nectary, floral, and citrusy hop notes. Grapefruit with a bit of bitterness bite is the least balanced note of the bunch, but overall the hop profile plays well with the clean pale malt backbone - which is itself supplemented nicely by a bit of sweeter caramalt. The nectary notes are a standout for me. I love that the hops are largely well balanced, and the beer is never overtly too sweet or too bitter. While it's built with notable cohesion, it's not quite a gestalt flavour profile. Good complexity, decent subtlety. There is room for improvement.

Above average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour.

There is some alcohol presence, if we're being fair - but it's not distracting. Indeed, it provides a pleasant warmth and prevents the beer from being too dangerous. No yeast character comes through, but the beer seems quite cleanly fermented, and I suspect an American IPA yeast was used. I don't find any off-notes.

Mf: Oily. Good body and thickness. Has a strong presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. Sticky. Good smoothness and coarseness.

Not astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, harsh, chewy, or rough.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for its high ABV, but nowhere near as much as world class beers in the style. Overall, this is a damn solid offering from Victory and I look forward to killing my 4 pack. Well-priced stuff for the quality.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:46:25 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-08-2014 16:18:34 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 20:54:20 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-27-2013 22:06:51 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-09-2014 23:37:27 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-12-2013 02:27:27 | More by yourefragile
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:22:54 | More by tempest
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-18-2013 01:30:18 | More by oriolesfan4
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Billolick

New York

4.11/5  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

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 18:18:27 | More by Billolick
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

10-18-2013 04:41:38 | More by orangesol
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,123 ratings.