DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,919
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 268
Gots: 1,493 | FT: 37
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 guityler83
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of JWU
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of pnelting
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: Honey orange color with a slight haze. Full white head and nice lacing.

S: I got earthy and piney with hints of floral and citrus.

T: For me the taste followed the nose. As the beer warmed a bit I started noticing more of a grapefruit citrus flavor. Not as overwhelming as other DIPA's I've tried. I didn't pick up any malts in this one.

M: Clean and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Easily one of my favorite DIPA's. Earthy, fruity and easy to drink. Almost didn't notice the high abv.

Photo of AaronRed
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of dubinsky
4.16/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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 ~

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Yellow, light hazy beer with a white, two finger high head.

Fantastic nose! Tropical fruit, orange, mandarine, mango, grass, sweet malt and resin.
Taste: Grass, orange marmelade, honey, grapefruit and pine.
Body: Medium body with a tiny, sticky, carbonation. Great biterness that increase at the end.

Beatiful, great beer! I just love this!

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with thick white head.

Smell is strong with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits (pineapple). Very sweet and inviting.

Taste has great maltiness with lots of grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Well balanced bitterness to the malts.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was excellent. Glad I picked up several 4 packs.

Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Dirt Wolf!!!

Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very tasty, very hoppy but with a great malt balance. Reminds me a lot of Hop Stoopid, but Hop Stoopid still slightly eeks this one out. Unfortunately this is not one that is easy to get in my area, but if it was.....

Would seek out and purchase again. (Sadly not in my area/hard to get)

Photo of TheFizzinator
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of leantom
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Have heard great things about this beer. Decided to finally try it. Here goes:

A: Splendid. Pours a clear orange with a massive head. Tons of lacing - and I mean tons of it. The protein content is undoubtedly great. Can't wait to try it.

S: Fantastic. Lots of Pacific NW hops. Can smell grapefruit, lemon, orange, and great helpings of mango and tropical fruit. Emphasis on the mango and tropical fruit - reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks and Stone Go To.

T: Very good but somewhat bummed. Great hop flavor, but the malt is somewhat muted. I typically like a good balance of malt and hops in my DIPA's. Oh well, it's still superb. The taste of the hops follows the nose.

M: OK, somewhat light, especially for a DIPA.

O: A very good DIPA. Will be having again and again. Great job, Victory!

Photo of jaltland
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an australian glass. (tulip with an outer layer of glass for insulation)

A- Poured rough and got about three fingers of nice head. Retained a small amount on the surface and left good looking lacing on the glass. Poured a lighter orange-amber.

S- Piney hops all the way at first, giving way to some complex citrus fruits like orange peels, grapefruit and a pineapple sweetness.

T- Bitter hops with piney undertones. The nose predicts tropical flavors but the taste doesn't follow quite as much. Subtle citrus fruits mostly grapefruit and lost the orange somewhere in there.

M- Carbonation leaves the mouth dry. Medium bodied.

O- The nose shows promise of a more tropical DIPA but then the hop bitterness almost demands your attention. Maybe once I get further into the beer and it warms it might allow the fruits to show but right now I can't pick them out with ease. EDIT: Definitely found the fruits! Grapefruit and orange wrapped in bitterness toward the end of the taste. As much as I fancy myself a stout or barley wine guy this and Hop Ranch are outstanding examples of why I drink IPA/DIPA.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from 4-pack ($9), best by Mar 2014.

Straw, gold elixir poured into HF pint glass. A bit cloudy without any precipitant. Half inch, white head remains throughout. Plenty of lacing.

Tropical fruit notes mainly mangoes, ripe pears, citrus. Some grassy, earth undertones.

Smooth, hop bitterness, grapefruit and citrus predominates, with a bit of alcohol coming through at the end.

Medium body, nicely carbonated.

Well done DIPA from Victory but certainly behind the top tier in its class.

Photo of Thads324
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow, very clear. Tiny tight bubbles of white head. Frothy and sticky looking head has superior lacing and never goes away.
Big hit of grapefruit. Bits of grass and alcohol, not much else

Taste starts watery and mild, followed by a honey malt flavor. Citrus rinds, grapefruit, peach and like juice. Mild bitterness that hits late and lingers. As you meander through the pint there is a second layer of flavor and bitterness that matches the first, but it is gentler and more subtle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean. A bit heavy on the carbonation. Highly drinkable

A very good brew, but lighter than I thought it'd be. A beer ill return to often.

Photo of bcerv-ca
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, golden honey appearance.

Smells of lemon backed by pine & alcohol. Hint of tropical fruit.

Tastes like mildly sweet lemon-hops. Subtle, lingering aftertaste of sweet pine is very pleasant. The carbonation has a bite that takes away from the taste somewhat.

Very good beer, recommended to all BA's. Glad I finally found it in SD.

Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Hazy yellow amber color, white head dissipates pretty quickly, nice lacing though, but leaves a very nice lacing on the glass. 4
S – Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, grapefruit, funky smells, resin, some bready notes. 4.25
T – Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine needles, a little bit spicy, very well balanced by a bready malt. 4.25
M – Light-medium, alc covered well, aftertaste is grapefruit hops, very fresh feeling left in your mouth. 4.25
O – This is a great double IPA from Pennsylvania. It doesn't stick out too much among the other big double IPAs, but it's really good. 4.25

Photo of JPowell712
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Photo of hopsputin
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of TBoneJones
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, almost golden.

S: Airy, citrusy notes -- not at all indicative of the hop character.

T: Crisp, yet still packs a good amount of hops and malt into each sip. There's almost an earthiness to it (hence the DirtWolf monicker, I'd assume).

M: Subtle carbonation, but otherwise, a very easy drink. Light sugar, though enough to really get you parched afterward.

O: Great, hoppy DIPA that has enough malt to it as well to appeal to both schools of IPA thought. Not the "world class" rating most have been giving it, but that's not at all a bad thing. I'd drink DirtWolf any day.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.
Pours a nice hazy medium amber. I finger of bubbly white head.
Aromas are nice, very hoppy, citrus and floral. Decent bready background.
Taste right in line with aromas. Very hoppy, good bitterness, very tasty.
Mouthfeel is good, finished a touch bitter but it subsides.
Overall, this is right in line with Sculpin and Gandhi-Bot, maybe even Pliny TE.
A really good DIPA.

Photo of macher0
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,919 ratings.