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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 745
Hads: 6,129
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 25.93%
Wants: 293
Gots: 1,640 | 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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Photo of JPowell712
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This to me is the perfect Double IPA. It pours a great golden color with a creamy white head. The smell is of beautiful hops and much of them. The taste is hoppy, citrusy, piney, earthy, and smooth. The mouthfeel is sticky and leaves you wanting more. This is about as good as it gets for me. Victory nailed it with this one! I love this and would recommend it to anyone!

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Photo of jadpsu
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In Laurel Ms.
Wow is this good.

Pours a light pale orange with an abundant white sticky head that has superior retention and great side glass laceing.
Aroma: There is a lot here, Spicey hops, pine, citrus of oranges and lemson.
Taste: Pungent notes of citrus! Grapefruit joins the lemons and oranges and malts enter with some toastyness not noted in the aroma.
Creamy, smooth yet tart with a real dry finish.
This is awfully good beer, not in my favorite style but in its (this) style it is perhaps the best I have ever had.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dogwood Growlers in Kennesaw, GA. Great place.

Appearance 4.0: Really nice amber-golden color to this beer. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded into very attractive foamy residue that lasted the entire session. Good lacing.

Smell 2.75: Note to brewers: adopt a male cat. Litter box train it. Now, when blending hops for your IPAs (Imperial or otherwise) make sure that -when combined-- they do not produce a smell like the cat's urine. If only the brewers at Liberty followed this simple procedure. Bleargh. However, there are some good points to this beer's bouquet, it's just that the cat urine thing...yeah, hard to move beyond it.

Taste 3.5: Front is...nuts, I still detect some of that cat pee at this taste level. Nonetheless, the middle is a revelation with a big kick of lovely pine, grapefruit rind, a subtle floral taste; all balanced with a very pleasant maltiness. Finish is big in the front of the palate with malt, sweetness and hop bitterness, then fades quickly into the Aftertaste level which is long and hoppy and very satisfying. Almost makes me forget about the cat pee.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Typical C02 carbonation (it's a growler, duh!) that was right on the money for the style.

Overall 3.5: Good beer and good example of the style. Not a hint of the massive ABV this bad boy packs, so be careful. However, let this beer stand as an example to other brewers: match the blended hop scent with care before you go into final production.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DirtWolf is an interesting animal indeed. It is a rare breed of DIPA that seems to approach the usual the background flavors of wet grass and earthiness and bring them more to the fore front of the palate. So it has kind of flipped the script of what an IPA is supposed to taste like. Leading with grass and a subtle dankness while the floral capacities round out the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is nice and heavy with the required carbonation to back it up.

If that sounds like something you would like you probably will. To me it tastes more like a science experiment then a well crafted beer. Playing your expectations against yourself is this beer forte.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Light amber with clean white ~2" head.

S - Citrus, pears, sweetness, pine - earthy, grass

T - citrus, pine, malty backbone.

M - Chewy and thin with a slightly sticky finish

O - A very good whole cone IIPA. Victory knows how to hop. Prost!

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Photo of Bone53
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a one finger white head that sticks around. Looks quite disappointing in the glass

Smell: Fresh, ripe tropical and citrus fruits, resinous pine, grassy, moderate sweetness. Overall clean aromas

Taste: Similar to the nose, but with more pine presence; A wonderful balance of bright fruits (mainly citrus, slightly tropical), fresh pine, and a sweet malt undertone

Mouthfeel: Smooth with slight bitterness, especially for the style. Very light for the style, perhaps even too light. I's extremely drinkable and doesn't feel like 8.7% abv at all!

Overall: Dirt Wolf certainly lives up to the hype. The freshness of this beer is outstanding. Super ripe bright fruits and pine. Its also deceptively smooth for 8.7% abv., and i am surprised at how little bitterness there is. Id go as far to say that this is one of the top few best easily available year round DIPA on the market.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow with a fluffy three-finger head of snow white foam with great retention. One of the lightest colored DIPA's I've seen. Epic lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of grapefruit, earthy hops, tropical fruits, pine, and butterscotch.

T - Candied malt sweetness meets tongue peeling hops! Lots of elements from the nose here; grapefruit, mango, pine, butterscotch, etc, but much more dank and herbal; dare I say almost "weed" like. Some grass notes in the mid-palate. Very lush and juicy. ABV well hidded. Delicious.

M - Full bodied with prickly carbonation, which makes for a stunning delivery system for the flavor. Finishes "wet", but doesn't stray one bit into anything "syrupy". Hard to imagine an improvement here.

O - Stellar. Immediately wished I had another. A great DIPA from a great brewery, and a definite rebuy.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of kevinlater
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into snifter

a: hazy, somewhat transparent beautiful orange. aggressive pour yields about a finger of head. excellent lacing. some floaties. nice!

s: very pungent sweet orange, grapefruit, and peaches in the front. subdued pineapple, pine, tropical fruits, and lemon to follow. i'm also getting the onion/garlic note thing but it's not all that powerful, and i don't find it too offensive. a honey-like sweetness in here too. really strong and great aroma

t: follows the nose. tons of citrusy grapefruit and orange in the front, as well as bursts of mango and passion fruit. mild sweet honey afterwards, then a bit of an onion note. caramel/burnt sugar malt flavours become more prominent in the malt backbone as the beer warms. a spicy and sharp, but not off-putting bitterness enters mid-way through each sip. finishes dry. no alcohol whatsoever. more malt presence would be cool but this still tastes really damn good

m: creamy medium body with good carbonation

o: good stuff. very potent and delicious fruit flavours. the onion notes may be a detractor to some, but other than that, just a really solid double ipa at an unbeatable price

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Photo of bound4er
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Light amber to dark straw appearance with a white, puffy two finger head. Textbook appearance.

S. Resiny, flowery, piney, citrusy goodness. Damn!

T. Pungent, somewhat dank hops melded into a well balanced, bready malt base. Hints of citrus and grapefruit linger on the the nicely bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Invites you back quickly for another sip.

M. Very nice creaminess with good carbonation.

O. Standing out with a new beer in the DIPA category is no simple task. Victory has done it with DW. This is a well crafted beer - one that will be in my fridge year round.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color and I swear there was a green hue to it as it came out the bottle. Probably from all the hops, or my mind is playing tricks on me. Very clear/filtered beer. Head was lacking but it retained well. Smells of sweet malt and pine but not overly odorous. Citrus hits the tongue first followed my a touch of caramel sweetness and bitter pine. This is a more bitter DIPA than some others that I have had. Well balanced beer, but I don't think it is as good as most people say.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack at Crafted Drafts for about $10. They also have Hop Ranch 4-packs

Appearance: light orange color with 1 finger head; small white lacing on the glass
Smell: hoppy, fruity, and a faint smell of alcohol
Taste: delicious hops, light citrus, and booze. I love the dry finish/aftertaste. For me, it tastes way better when it's ice cold; gets too boozy as it warms up
Overall: it's very good, but I prefer others in this beer style

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Photo of LarryV
2.49/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

After reading reviews of this beer, I feel like I'm drinking a different beer. The aroma reminds me of underarm sweat, really off putting. The same quality comes across in the taste. Victory usually makes a pretty decent beer but I think they missed the mark on this one. I wouldn't buy this again. I bought a 4 pack and it's going to be a chore to polish it off. Really disappointing beer.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - ours 2 fingers of creamy off-white eggshell head, color of the body is a slightly hazed golden yellow, leaves very nice foam lacing after each sip.

Smell - Really nice nose here, citrus and tropical hops abound, especially red grapefruit, mango and papaya

Taste - Exactly like the nose, just a burst of citrus grapefruit and semi-sweet mango and papaya, some peach here too, a natural citrus and tropical sweetness are perfectly present, no "carmel" flavors here, this quickly transitions to citrus pith, a touch of pine, and then lightly bitter/drying peach pits finish things off, leaving wonderful pockets of citrus and tropical notes in the mouth corners - just fantastic. The alcohol is non-existent - perfectly hidden, slight alcohol warmth near the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel - This is about a medium mouthfeel strictly from the fullness of flavor here, not heavy in the least, juicy and yet fresh and crisp. Carb is just about medium and smooth, but still provides plenty of bright effervescence across the tongue, and tingles the sides and back of the tongue with cleansing bright edges, great mouthfeel here.

Overall - This is darned near a perfect DIPA. These are the flavors I enjoy most in this style, bright citrus and tropical notes, a natural sweetness that is held perfectly in check by the hops, a wonderful transition to citrus pith and then finishing with the natural bitter dryness of stone fruit pits, leaving traces of the citrus and tropical flavors between sips. Victory has hit a home run here, right out of the park. A Must Try.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well here goes nothing, this better be good!

Pours a great clear orange, a little hop residue in there, nice lacing from the finger of white head

Smell is very citrus forward, lemon, grapefruit and orange, (kinda smells like Hop Wallop), tropical notes in there aswell, pine and yep no malt

Holy cow this is good, I love a good tropical/Citrus IPA/DIPA and this one fits the bill!! Orange, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, bitter citrus peal, wow, citrus, wow tropical, a little piney bitterness in the end

Mouthfeel is medium, a little high on the carbonation, pretty dry

WOW I can not wait until this is actually on the shelves all year long, Hop Wallop was great, this is equally great. Both are pretty equal in my mind.... But now that Hop Wallop is off the shelves this needs to start filling its place so I can have one of them!

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- a beautiful nearly clear goldenrod with a small white cap of a head. Laces surprisingly well.

S- Orange, Grapefruit, and BIG wallop of peach. Some crackery malt is detectable

T- Fantastic. Big notes of Grapefruit, Orange and peach. A resious finish, with a touch of pine on the end. Bitterness comes on at the end and balances the fairly big sweetness.

M- Slightly syrupy medium body. Carbonation is very active on the palette.

O- A fantastic offering from Victory, and I'm very glad they're a local brewery for me. World Class.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow golden pour into my pint, white finger-width head.
Smells floral and a bit fruity, and also malty in almost a pilsner fashion because of a grassiness/ green peas. Some pepper.
This one's big, bold and sharp. Where's my aged cheddar? It's complex off the bat, as the smell is. Lemony citrus, pepper and earth, juicy bread, orange citrus rind, grapefruit, pine and grass. Bitterness bites hard. Creamy, slightly sticky, nicely carbonated and highly drinkable. This is what I like in the department of stinging DIPA's. Superb really.

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Photo of guityler83
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured into a teku glass the foam stood over 2 fingers tall with a pillowey bright white appearance. The long sustaining head, sloooly fell leaving a spider web of lacing. The beer is a straw yellow color with a slight haze to it. A few specs of sediment on the bottom of the glass.

S: Huge dank pine aroma with tropical berries and peach. An apparent grainyness but no detectable malt aromas so I'm guessing its a hop characteristic. Slight sweet onion and grassy, but not in a bad way imo.

T: Firm and pungent bitterness on par with the dank pine aroma. After the pine it follows with stone fruit hop flavors, peaches, mango and guava. There is a mild amount of bready malt character but the balance is by far on the hop side.. no contest. The aftertaste is a resinous, juicy and ripe with blueberries.

M: A very dry finish that compliments the hop profile nicely. The carbonation is moderate with a oily, slight mouth drying affect left on the pallet with all the hops.

O: A big, pungent, aromatic and tasty DIPA with no alcohol warming and huge drink-ability. Kudos Victory, now if only they would put a bottling date on the bottle...

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Photo of macher0
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to PHboiler for throwing this in as an extra.

A. Light copper/straw. Poured a nice 1 finger head that retreats to a frothy film. Excellent lacing.

S. Tons of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and a bit of resin.

T. The resin certainly dominates but the citrus aspect is very noticable. Moderately bitter.

M. Moderately smooth, moderate bodied, full carbonation.

O. I love citrus-y ips or dipas and this is right up my alley. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle reads "Enjoy by February 5, 2014." Poured into a pint glass.

DirtWolf Double IPA has one of the most beautiful appearances of a DIPA that I have ever seen. Massive foamy white head that crowns over the top of the pint glass like a sno-cone. Very slowly recedes after minutes to stack and compact at about a finger thick. Lacing is all over the glass, coating it like drifts in a winter snowstorm. The liquid underneath is a brilliant golden color, with near perfect clarity and showing a robust amount of carbonation. Could not possibly look better constructed.

Aromatic hops abound with DirtWolf, giving off pungent floral notes, delicate citrus aromas, and a little hint of German malts underneath. It smells incredible, and I'm convinced that this hop profile is a unique mix of very different varietals. (Just took a peek at Victory's webpage and they list Citra, Chinook, Simcoe, and Mosaic as the hop blend)

The first sip has an incredibly soft texture on the palate, delivering a well-balanced body filled with bitter hops and sweet malts. The alcohol is noticeable, but plays a supporting role in the complexity of the malt sweetness. The hops add a lot here, with a dry, biting bitterness, along with some citrus (grapefruit, sweet and tangy) and pine in the finish. As the pint goes on, the sweetness develops some more, with a juicy citrus quality and reminiscent of ripened mango.

This is a supremely well put together beer, and for Victory to just nail the DIPA category like this shows what they are capable of when they want to create something new. I am a fan of theirs in general, and this may be one of my favorites that they have come out with. One problem is the alcohol content, I couldn't drink many of these in a sitting. One is plenty! But if it is ever on tap somewhere, I know what my one beer for the night will be. Very solid example of the style for a very decent price too!

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Photo of dubinsky
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter. This is one of the beers I brought back from my trip to New York.

A - Poured with a minimally fluffy white head that began with a nice head that receded very quickly leaving behind some nice lacing. The head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin, white film of tiny bubbles. Slightly hazy orange with good, bubbly lacing on the sides.

S – Not hugely aromatic, however I’m picking up notes of grassy fields with sweet floral hops with some tropical and citrus fruits in the background. This is not a huge in your face beer which I was expecting given all of the hype.

T – The taste is thankfully more complex than the aroma. Nice floral notes with hints of citrus, pineapple and mango coming through. Fairly sweet malty backbone, but the hope are definitely the prominent actors this drama

M – Nice medium body with a medium carbonation. With 8.7% abv, the alcohol is very well hidden. This is a seriously drinkable beer.

O – This is a great example of a DIPA?IIPA. I’ve come to expect different from East Coast breweries, with huge malty presences, this is a great example of a break away beer. I’m happy that this has lived up to all of the hype.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#Victory #Dirtwolf

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Nice full flavored DIPA loaded with big hops and tons of wet citrus flavor. Very drinkable at 8.7% smooth and sweet, has earned its 'World Class' title, Hope this is readily available in the very near future ~

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Photo of AaronRed
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh , tapped - growler filled. Nice copper color. Big brew, but you can't tell right away. Huge hop presence all the way through the last sip and smooth, Enough sweetness reminiscent of honey maybe? just to balance this great beer. A wonderful beer to share with others (as is most beer) but this one is impressive to everyone.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

a: hazy mixture of bright yellow & orange. i think the haze is chill - the beer does look fairly clear. 2 finger white sticky looking head

s: tropical fruit bomb. mango, pineapple, sweet lemons & oranges, apricots, passionfruit, strawberry seeds. a real nice sweet caramel malt backbone with something like a hint of vanilla

t: wow, talk about smooth. so balanced - mango, pineapple, and passionfruit burst onto your tongue right away. immediately followed by a silky, creamy caramel malts that still manages to be light on the tongue. goes back again to those juicy sweet tropical fruits that just pop in your mouth. at the end of the tongue is a nice green grassy flavor with a hint of sweet lemongrass that helps to balance out the sweetness. finally is just the smoothest bitterness that comes from a nice piney flavor

m: its a medium mouthfeel that feels silky in your mouth. there is a nice level of carbonation in here as well that leads some of the mouthfeel

o: well i'm definitely glad i finally found this. this is fruity and sweet and malty and has just the right amount of bitterness - amazing harmonization. this is definitely a competitor with the big boys, and i would take this as a substitute to Elder if i needed to

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.