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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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4,028 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,028
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 143
Gots: 509 | FT: 32
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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-20-2014 02:50:30 | More by szmnnl99
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes (On-tap at Meadhall)

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine resins and some bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus/grapefruit, floral hops, a resiny pine bitterness and some bready/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 22:43:28 | More by SebD
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-14-2014 22:29:11 | More by jpd7374
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4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear body, golden in color, with a two finger thick head, fed by lively carbonation. The smell was perfumey and herbal hops with some citric smell. The taste was loaded with grapefruit, and very bitter. The whole flower hops were clearly the star attraction here, and the malt was very unobtrusive. The alcohol level was shockingly well hidden, as there was no burn of any kind. The finish was very dry, with an herbal bitterness. The beer was light and slippery in the mouth, providing a refreshing jolt of bitterness in each sip that did not linger on or coat the mouth. This was truly in the dry West Coast mode of DIPA presentation, and I love that style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:29:03 | More by rajendra82
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-09-2014 15:04:56 | More by Drknight
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1.5/5  rDev -65%

11-02-2013 23:44:40 | More by Kerrie
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-27-2013 17:04:53 | More by DIPAFAN
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-06-2014 01:30:24 | More by thinwhiteduke
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-19-2014 06:18:54 | More by SkinniePost
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

All about the hops, not the malt. A rather balanced DIPA but the hops shine without making this beer a bitter hop bomb. 4.5

A – Pours a clear golden orange with an off-white one-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin, thin layer. – 4.0

S – Floral perfume with hints of grapefruit, pine, and even some orange. 4.5

T – Some malty sweetness, but it’s all about the hops from beginning to end. But not a hop bomb. There is a little balance. 4.5

MF – Medium-bodied, dry finish with a hint of sweetness. Lasting on the palate, creamy start and well carbonated with some bite in the finish. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 02:57:17 | More by Sludgeman
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-05-2014 15:01:01 | More by StaveHooks
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-19-2013 00:25:49 | More by bostonryan
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-27-2014 21:46:47 | More by MacStinson
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-28-2013 04:12:38 | More by Mantooth
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-31-2014 20:50:19 | More by FLBeerGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-26-2014 01:38:28 | More by Hopstout
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with less than one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright orange citrus is big, although not big enough to conceal some grainy base malt. Pine is also evident, with an ambiguous spirituous flair that stops well short of appearing boozy. Cleanliness reigns, with unaffected malt and hops unfettered by yeast metabolites.

T: Begins very off-dry, with strong herbaceous--even minty--spice, mixed citrus peel, and pine. Acidity is moderate into the middle where dryness is elevated and hops flavors become more integrated. Distinct malt is elusive, although moderate bitterness during the finish retains the seamless hops flavor from the second act to an appealing extent. In the final tally the hops qualities seem rather savory, suggestive of ramps. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This respectable DIPA successfully captures hops qualities without really stumbling. The range of qualities runs from orange citrus, to pine, to savory onion; while the sappy tropical fruit of some other modern recipes is lacking, it is not particularly missed. No other qualities really threaten to obscure or distract from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:51:49 | More by beagle75
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

07-07-2014 00:18:55 | More by Wildman
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North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a DFH punt glass. No date. Thanks surge1311!

A – Golden with good clarity and a moderate white head. Nice lacing.

S – Tropical fruits, pine and citrus. Fantastic!

T – Wonderful hops flavors with similar characteristics to the aroma. Some hop oils but not so much that it’s too rich. A firm bitterness. Enough toasted malt to prop it up but not so much as to interfere.

M – Silky smooth with a moderate carbonation.

O – A very good American DIPA but not enough to compete with some of the big names I’ve seen this beer tied to. I'd love to try this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 22:49:46 | More by GJ40
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-22-2014 23:21:26 | More by bismarksays
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-10-2014 01:19:43 | More by mklisz
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-12-2013 21:14:02 | More by campfirebrew
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-21-2014 16:06:00 | More by NJBeer265
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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Outstanding appearance. The hazy, orangey-amber liquid was topped by a tight, three-finger tall, off-white crown. Large blocks of sticky lacing coated the entire side of the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill haze dropped to reveal a nearly transparent body.

Catty hops dominated the aroma. The Simcoe really stole the show here. Super dank with strong notes of dry, pithy grapefruit rind. Remarkably weed-like. Quite piney and resinous as well.

The flavor profile was rather similar to the nose. Hoppy with lots of dry, grapefruit-like pith. Super catty. Some tart, lemony, citric notes were apparent. Slightly biting. Good amount of pine resin and grapefruit peel. Overall, the beer was quite bitter and intense but not very complex or balanced. As the beer warmed, some orange peel came forth. A subtle malty sweetness lent some balance as well.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was super slick, creamy, frothy and smooth. The ultra fine yet sprightly effervescence lent the liquid an amazing suppleness.

Looking at the reviews on BA, I had high hops that a new release from Victory was actually going to impress me. For a year-round, widely available double IPA, this beer is commendable, but try not to expect too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:21:22 | More by Damian
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-03-2013 04:48:10 | More by PhatAtUT
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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