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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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4,447 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,447
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 174
Gots: 660 | 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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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

10-22-2013 20:27:00 | More by wvsabbath
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-06-2014 01:30:24 | More by thinwhiteduke
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

10-12-2013 23:34:44 | More by TheBrewo
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-15-2014 01:40:34 | More by CraigTravor
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-27-2013 17:04:53 | More by DIPAFAN
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22Blue

Kansas

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-21-2013 01:23:11 | More by 22Blue
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brandon911

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-14-2014 23:27:26 | More by brandon911
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-11-2013 03:05:00 | More by zekeman17
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Danny1217

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

11-01-2013 04:30:51 | More by Danny1217
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-30-2014 21:06:12 | More by Dave_Treat
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-25-2013 01:02:59 | More by ms11781
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

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

02-03-2014 02:57:17 | More by Sludgeman
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-03-2013 08:21:18 | More by WillCarrera
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Paccamacca

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-21-2013 05:23:47 | More by Paccamacca
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%

10-09-2013 22:27:37 | More by DeutschesBier
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-04-2014 02:22:14 | More by JISurfer
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Drknight

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-09-2014 15:04:56 | More by Drknight
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Kerrie

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -65%

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

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-18-2014 04:04:42 | More by Localdrinklax
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-14-2014 22:29:11 | More by jpd7374
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow color, looks bottle conditioned s some small floaties present. Head is off white and two fingers falls fairly small with descent lacing.

Aroma is bready malts topped with a good does of tropical fruit hops. Some light tart grassy notes mingled in also.

Taste is pow hops lots of bitterness, bitter citrus and pine resin mingled. Some hints of herbal earthy notes linger into the finish. Bready malt in the taste also lightly dry. Finish has lots of grapefruit rind in it, defiantly a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation that is lightly peppy.

Overall would say its a pretty good IPA but I don't normally repurchase any thing but great IPA's as there are so many out today. Use to buy Hop Wallop every trip to NC I made but don't see me buying this one again as its not outstanding. PS I still consider 4 good don't go by the new wording by the numbers.

05-11-2014 22:20:43 | More by mntlover
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-23-2013 01:49:45 | More by savagepm
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campfirebrew

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

05-23-2014 00:23:40 | More by neckbracesub
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%

This superb American double-IPA pours a pale amber, with a massive head of white bubbles. Thick and ornate lace.

Nose is delicious and bright citrus hops. I get elements of orange, grapefruit, and some spice in there. Delightful.

Taste is magnificent -- plenty of smooth citrus hops, with touches of spice and pine. The alcohol presence is subtle, and I found this to be a superlative IPA that I will be enjoying again, to be sure.

11-20-2013 15:04:05 | More by secondtooth
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,447 ratings.