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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Reviews: 791
Hads: 6,305
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 307
Gots: 1,787 | FT: 37
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 QuentinCall
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the guidelines of the "IPA's as Nick Cave Recordings" system, DirtWolf simply never aspires to anything that could justify 'The Firstborn is Dead' or 'Let Love In' designations -- it just isn't a landmark for the style nor is it decade defining. The argument for a 'Kicking Against the Pricks' designation is a sound one, maybe even an altogether reasonable one (the large extent of its substance being already explored and the debate of preferences being, somewhat moreso than others, subjective). However, with its poignant aggressiveness and general lack of risks noted alongside its immediate (and, at times, deserved) acclaim, I'm going to go ahead, follow my heart, and give it a solid 'Murder Ballads'.

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Photo of mnrider
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Enjoy By: Printed on label.

A: Pours cloudy yellow/orange. Fluffy large eggshell head. Nice sticky lacing
throughout most of the beers life. Small particles can be seen floating around.

S: Citrus. Sweet malts. Pine. Fruits. Complex and multidimensional. Hops.

T/M: Hops. Bitter. Resin. Citrus. Pine. Bitter. Fruits. Light appearance of malts.
The beer is balanced well which helps smooth it out. Still the hops dominate.
Spicy and full bodied.

O: This DIPA is world class! Hops are strong and tasty, malts are fruity
and balancing. DirtWolf is up there as one of the better DIPA's I've had recently.


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Photo of leantom
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have been into IPA's and DIPA's lately, maybe its the season. Maybe its because Hopslam this year was so damn good. I have had a few Victory beers years ago, but I thought I would revisit this one and I got this one at a good deal at a local place that was running a storewide sale, So I figured what the hell? This one has a nice hazy golden color too it, not too many floaties in it, which has been common this year, it was smooth but left a bitter bite on the back of the palate which lingered for a while. It is nearly 9% abv which might get too you because overall its pretty smooth for a DIPA, It does have an earthy dirty dankness to it, which I liked. I am planning on doing a review of Stone Enjoy by as a comparison, because I have heard it described as dank as well. This is a good beer and I actually have two four packs to go through so I am happy of my purchase and may give Victory a chance again. I truly did enjoy this one and look forward to working through the two wolfpacks I purchased, I just wish they had it in six packs, but sometimes that is the way of the world.

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Photo of Phocion
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with an enjoy by date of October 14, 2014. Pours into a Stone tulip a brilliant medium-gold with a huge, frothy, rocky white head. The head lasts about 3-4 minutes before settling into a crown with thick chunks of lacing spread around the rim of the tulip.

Nose is huge, hoppy, and smells like it Victory brewed this on the opposite coast. Massive citrus aromas: grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple. Dank resin and floral aromas are also evident. Almost a slight garlicy smell, which is a little strange since there's apparently no Summit in the recipe. Slight hint of spice, particularly chive.

Flavor is very juicy. Tons of tropical fruits, followed by floral and resiny flavors. Just a slight hint of caramel and honey malts, and a spicy finish. Very little bitterness for the style. Slight alcohol warmth, but you can barely taste it.

Medium bodied with a low-medium level of carbonation. Very easy on the palate; dry, refreshing even.

This is a wonderful DIPA. Definitely hop-dominant, but a very well-selected blend of hops gives it a very complex flavor and bouquet. Excellent all around and relatively low ABV for the style. Victory rarely disappoints, and it has produced another winner with DirtWolf.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Right up there with most easily found IPA's. Just a solid all around blend of all the things you could ask for. Just a little on the sharp aide to put it at the very top of the style, but a great value.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of majorbase2
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a goldish-orange with a big white foam head that dissipates quickly. A small amount of lacing around the edges.

Lots of citrus hops in the aroma. Bursting with grapefruit, lemon, and orange. A little bit of sweetness going along with the cirrus. Nose finishes up with a burst of pine that is very strong.

The taste follows the nose. Lots of hops right up front, followed by the same bursting grapefruit and a hint of the lemon, with a touch of mango and possibly peach. A little bit of bitterness in the finish. Piney resin comes with the aftertaste. For such a hoppy beer, this is shockingly easy to drink.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The pine causes a bit of a resinous quality, making it a bit sticky going down.

Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA, once of my favorites so far. Despite the hoppiness, it is incredibly easy to drink, which could make it dangerous.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a two finger frothy head. Decent lacing. The aroma is citrus, tropical fruit, and resinous pine. Bitterness from start to finish on the palate. Flavor follows the nose - tropical fruit and citrus, with pine resin, floral and spicy notes on the back end. Great malt backbone, just enough to balance the massive hop assault. Finishes dry. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, an outstanding Imperial IPA from Victory.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I was surprised that this beer was semi opaque. It reminds me very much of a Hefeweizen - a cloudy orange color.

S: The smell is all DIPA. Strong hops, floral and citrus smells. The predominant smell is tropical fruit.

T: The taste has a tropical fruit taste.

M: Less "bite" and dry feeling than a typical DIPA. This has a slightly smoother character.

O: The tropical fruit flavor faded as I continued drinking. There were more pronounced astringent flavors later.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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 JohnCassillo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light colored DIPA that is a deep golden beer with good clarity. The white head is quick to fade into a thin cap of soapy bubbles.

S: A strong citrus hops aroma that mostly has notes of grapefruit, pine, some pineapple and a fair amount of an herbal character. There is a light malt a sweetness and a low alcohol sweetness.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness and a very strong citrus hop flavors. The hop flavors are a lemon/lime, pine, some mango and little citrus zest. There is just enough malt for support and nothing more making for a very bitter balance. The finish is off-dry with a lingering, citrus hops flavor and bitterness. There is some herbal qualities to the hop flavor that is more apparent towards the finish.

M: A medium bodied beer with a light creaminess and a strong level of carbonation.

O: A very well crafted Double IPA that brings a ton of American citrus hops to the party. The entire focus and balance of the beer is out towards showcasing the hops.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clean light style with a nice creamy head. No question about hops here. It had the classic grapefruit/cirtrus/pinetar aroma. But it also wasnt as pronounced as some of the hoppy West cost IPAs

The first taste acknowledged what I was smelling. Very crisp and clean A good amount of up front hops, not overly bitter, but a good dry bitter taste.

The mouthful was not the biggest, but it was still full.
The finish was very clean, ended the same way it started

For a DIPA, this one was very easy drinking. The hops and bitterness was there, present but not slapping you across the face. It was more like a nudge at first, but then a stronger shake.

I am enjoying this one more and more. Its got all the correct traits of an IPA without being over the top, or under the bus.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i recall this beer being a shade darker than golden with a decent head that got my glass messy in a most lacy way. mild, fat bubbled carbonation drunkenly diffused to the top as the glass got less full.

the nose was full of pine sap and clumpy chunks of cut wet grass with juicy citrus grapefruit notes over a clean malt sweetness.

as preposterous as it may seem the taste was very similar to what the nose alluded to. a resinous mouthfeel was noted as a tremendous succulence poured across the palate. the malt base utilized is ideal to this reviewer. the golden hue held true to anticipation and a crisp and clean malt character allowed the wonderful hop properties to flourish. sappy, resinous pine. citrus juice and rind. a bit lemony with a dash of grass. lip smacking and drink provoking.

the mouthfeel was a solid medium. not quite syrupy. completely fulfilling in the context of what it was carrying on its back.

overall this is one to be missed when gone and the dirtwolf is now extinct in these parts. victory victorious again. one could only wish for some hop wallop to fall back on...

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Photo of dank203
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours beautifully, orange with lot of head. the smell is so nice, fresh clementine, and dank hops. compared to hop ranch, I do favor this one but it is a bit more intense, and just a lot different. depends on one's taste. but a very nice beer to me. hope this beer makes jersey
edit, this beer has made jersey, and at a good price. my rating has also gone up, its one of the most drinkable double ipas ive had lately and I just had a stone enjoy by the other night

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH Signature goblet. Bottled a week ago.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of snow white head. The head dies down pretty quickly to a film, but it leaves behind a serious patchy lacing.

S - Huge tropical and floral hops burst from the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. Tangerine, mango, bubblegum, honeydew, and a hint of bitter pine all contribute to the vibrant aroma. Extremely hop forward and chock full of fruity goodness. This brew has captured a unique aroma in a style that is usually just more of the same.

T - The fruit combo of citrus, melon, and tropical hits hard on the front. Gets more bitter as it moves towards the back of my palate. Bitter pine resins take over on the finish with long lasting linger. Great balance between fruity and piney hops.

M - Smooth feel. Medium body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Victory has successfully crafted a West Coast style DIPA. Huge aromas and flavors of tropical fruits accompanied by an aggressive bitter pine hop finish. I liked Hop Wallop, but this is a welcomed replacement. I don't like the move to 4-packs, although Victory was previously the exception, not the rule with their 6 packs. I will be getting this beer regularly. I suggest you do the same.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - A slight head on the pour with a nice light yellow color. Very appealing color.

S - Very fresh smelling with some pine on the nose and floral BE. Great nose

T - This is one of those beers that just tastes great and you have to take multiple drinks to really take in the taste. Grapefruit, pine, floral and some sweetness that really comes together to make a light, hoppy beer that is amazing.

M - Moderate carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel

O - A great addition to the DIPA series from Victory and a must buy. The freshness on the Taste makes this a top DIPA to try in any form you can find it.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Ieatlambfries
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep amber. Thick head of off white bubbles. Clingy lace.

Smells of pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus, and pine.

Very assertive citrus flavors. Graprefruit and lemon rind. Resinous Pine. And a hint of sour peach. Good malt backbone, but not over sweet.

Crisp mouthfeel with a generous helping of hop oils.

Overall a nice DIPA. I really like that it's not over sweet, or cloying as some Double IPAs can be. Victory has a winner on their hands.

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Photo of mpyle
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly pale golden color, good clarity but with some hop? bit floaters. Pours a largish white head that is creamy and long lasting.

Big hop nose, a solventy pine and a little pineapple.

Malty sweetness up front melds nicely with some citrus hop flavors. Surprisingly easy drinking. Tons of hop flavor, some of it more earthy than the aroma indicates, but no sharp or harsh hop bitterness. Does dry and become more bitter in the finish, but in the grand sense is nicely balanced throughout.

Med-full body, moderate carbonation. No astringency, but some style appropriate warming in the finish.

I have a weakness for smooth big beers, and this is a nice example. Not overly sweet or harshly bitter as some beers in this style can be.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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 mj81
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer reminded me VERY much of stone enjoy by 9.13.13. Color was a little more golden pale than anticipated. A little more malt sweetness than that of the enjoy by. Definitely a pretty big citrus bomb with almost a peach/tropical hint to it. Perfect balance of sweet to bitter as nothing took over the other. Incredibly smooth mouthful and drinkability. Couldn't even detect the alcohol. Actually liked this beer better than the enjoy by and is easily in the top 5 dipas that I've ever had. Victory nailed this one. Probably won't reach status of heady or Pliny (probably due mainly to how available it will be so there isn't the rarity factor) but if you're looking for a citrus forward dipa, this would be tops on many list. Factor in price point ($2 a bottle locally) and you won't find a better dipa out there for the price (and probably worth twice...no, no actually it sucks cause I don't want the price to go up).

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Photo of JG-90
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DirtWolf pours a clear straw yellow color. Has a moderate sized head with okay retention and moderate lacing. Smells of piney and dank hops, a bit of grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple.

Taste starts with tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple, moves on to bread and pine, with a dank hop finish. Has a just below average mouthfeel and just above average carbonation.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall very impressed with this brew. Nice pour with pillowy white head that went above the glass rim but didn't fall over the side and left nice lace.
Smells of pine, grapefruit
Taste has a bit of upfront citrus, pine leading into a bitterness/bite but then sweet malt profile. It works well with the smooth yet sweet maltiness
Mouthfeel could be a bit better: medium carb but a bit lacking on the consistency, I enjoy the heady smoothness or creaminess of some others better... very bitter/semi dry finish

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
95 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.