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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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4,674 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,674
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 754 | FT: 33
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

BeerBucks, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Dave_Treat, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Lantern, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

anteater, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bbadger, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The newest massively hyped DIPA comes from a surprising brewery. Not that there is anything wrong with Victory. On the contrary, I think they're great, but they just don't get a lot of hype (possibly due to how big they are.)

Pours a golden color, bordering on orange, but still quite light in color. Nice white head with decent retention and tons of lacing.
The smell is full of resinous pine, citrus, and spice. I'm not really picking up on the tropical fruit that a lot of people have claimed to get here, but oh well. It smells nice anyway.
The taste follows the smell, more or less. Pine, citrus, spice. Nice balance between bitterness and flavor from the hops. Very light malt backbone that really just lets the hops take the forefront. There is no malt to be tasted, and maybe that is for the best in a DIPA. It's all about the hops.
Very dry, fairly light body, moderate carbonation. Just right for the style.

Doesn't quite live up to some of the ridiculous hype I've seen for this beer, but I can't complain. This is still one of the best DIPAs I have had.

Danny1217, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DIPAFAN, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By: Feb 05 2014

A: Pours a golden orange-yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a very thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Very pungent and hoppy. Citrus, light floral and earthy notes stick out the most. Not much malt. Very hop forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some stone fruits (mostly apricots and some peach) and citrus with a light earthy undertone. Malt can barely stand up to the fruitiness. Finishes with quite a bit of bitterness and lingering hop presence

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This one will definitely sneak up on you. Doesn't seem anywhere near 8.7%, so watch out for that. Quite the citrus and stone fruit bomb. Decently easy to drink, so luckily it's only in 4-packs. Highly recommended

BEERMILER12, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Sludgeman, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

zekeman17, Oct 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

TrickkyGangsta, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

campfirebrew, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8.7% abv.

Appearance: The body has a golden light amber color with a very slight haze. It also has a few bubbles of carbonation making there way up to the head. The head is just off white in color and slow to fade. This makes for some cool thick lace patterns left on the glass.

Smell: I get mostly deep earthy, floral and wet leafy hops with a some citrusy and tropical hops. It has some freash bready maltiness in the background as well.

Taste / Palate: This one is all about the dank earthy hops with a good solid malty backbone. The flavor matches the aroma and brings a full smooth palate full of tasty hops and malt to the tongue. As I sip on and it warms a bit I get some tropical fruity notes as well. The finish is well balanced and the drinkability is crazy for a big Double IPA.

generallee, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of TheBrewo
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of glowing squash yellow into our Ommegang Game of Thrones snifter/tulips. It holds a two finger head of snowy, peach fuzz-colored bubbles, showing fantastic retention. The lacing that is left is wet and drippy, leaving ghostly, amorphous shells of their former selves. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. The aroma is wonderfully juicy, offering notes of citric, piney, and nectary floral hops, with a background cast of earthen herbals and metallics, bright plastics, booze and black pepper, sweet honey, warm table creamer, clean pale malts, wet Muscat grapes, lemon and tangerine juiciness, crayon waxiness, coriander, and dried parsley. Our first impression is that the hop profile is a bit more sweet than expected, but this makes it sip incredibly well, and go down smooth as ever. As we sip, the taste opens with freshly floral and flavorfully citric hops, herbal mint and basil leafiness, floral pollen, plastic phenols, pseudo earthen woodiness, dirty sweatiness, tin, freshly squeezed white grape juice, honey sugars, peachy fruitiness, spicy pale maltiness, and ground black pepper. The middle comes to a peak with mango, red cherry, and pear fruitiness, carrot tops, beginning twangs of fusel booziness, especially with warmth, along with fresh dill seediness, tomato juiciness, continued dirt and earth, and sugary sweet, floral and herbal hoppiness. The end washes cleanly, with soapy and citric hops, solid pale graininess, Mott’s apple juiciness, those aromatic herbal varietals, cloying white sugars, vanilla icing and angel food cake moistness, marmalade fruitiness, and continued pear and tropical fruitiness. The aftertaste breathes of dew-covered morning moss, earthen mineral, fresh soapy, citric, and lightly piney hops, aromatic rosy rumbles, spearmint, light booziness, souring lemon juice and seed, pencil graphite and woodiness, cinnamon sugar, dry water crackers, carrot leafiness, and pear fruitiness to round things off. The body is soft and light for the style, and the carbonation is the same. The slurp on the sip is dainty and beautiful, with excellent cream, smack, froth, and crispness to the finishing pop. The mouth is coated and cooled, with quick rawness and astringency of the hops and the alcohol most noted across the hard palate, flanking the teeth. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is undeniably quaffable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its drinkability, but this didn’t come too far after its bright aroma and flavoring. Our first thought when sniffing back on this guy was “Heady Topper”. It seems like, across most aspects of the beer, they were attempting to mimic that exact profile, with bright and tropical fruitiness, clean malts, and insanely juicy, but invitingly clean hops. To compare to Hop Wallop, the beer that Dirtwolf (I keep thinking, saying, and typing “Direwolf”…can’t shake it for some reason!!) is replacing, it is very different. The former attempts much more to knock you to the ground with as big a hop bitterness as they can muster, whereas here, the goal appears to be cleanliness of blend and form, drinkability, and more delicate (but explosive) hops inclusions. Either way this is a welcomed beer, and Victory really nailed this one. While this may not be the most “original” DIPA, this will easily become a fridge regular as it’s got just the right blend that makes beers like this so approachable, with a consistent experience that is reproducible every time.

TheBrewo, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No date on a DIPA? Boo to that. Tasted 29 May 2014.

Pours mostly clear golden yellow, like apple juice. One finger of white head, good retention, nice lacing. Thick column of bubbles rising up. Looks good.

Smell is excellent. Big, juicy, fruity hops, full of sweet citrus and pineapple and mangos. Like a whiff of a tropical fruit orchard. Fantastic. Dry-hopped to the gills, I'm sure, and it shows.

Taste is stellar. It's rare that the hops shine through so clearly and powerfully as they do here. They bring different elements, too - some spice along with the fruits and sweetness. Tropical fruit, a bit of melon. Then the hop acids rear up big, and fairly strong, Actually not as bitter as I'd like it to be, though I think that's largely due to the balancing presence of a lot of residual sugars. But what bitterness is present is clean, with just a touch of chalk in the finish.

Feel goes right along with everything else. Medium-bodied, quite buoyant and mouth-filling. Carbonation is perfect, fizzing up to make the flavors dance, then relaxing to let the bitterness settle on my tongue.

This is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. It doesn't reach the level of Abrasive or Heady Topper, but it's only a small step below them. Outstanding across the board. I'm going to be buying more of this for sure.

zeledonia, May 30, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -65%

Kerrie, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow with a 1/2 inch head, nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Pineapple, grapefruit, Very tropical with some added sugars and caramel malts.

Taste - Starts out with a very tropical kick, peaches, mango, oranges and tangerines. Its not overly bitter or sweet, but still very flavorful. The malts take a back seat but add minor caramel flavors. The alcohol is present and adds warmth in each sip.

Mouthfeel - The tongue gets tropical fruits along with some sugars. The palate gets remaining fruits with some malts, sugars and alcohol. Aftertaste is fruity, a little dry and warm.

Overall - Pretty good. This is victory's take on a west coast style dipa. If it wasn't for the alcohol, this would be one super smooth, easy drinking beer, but to me, the alcohol is too present and overpowers the nice, smooth tropical fruits. Good beer though and a welcomed addition to the victory lineup.

wvsabbath, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jrohrbacher, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

WillCarrera, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

bonkers, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Kunstman, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JohnParadee, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Canada_Dan, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

brandon911, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ms11781, Oct 25, 2013
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,674 ratings.