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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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763 Reviews
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Reviews: 763
Hads: 6,197
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 25.7%
Wants: 303
Gots: 1,700 | 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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Reviews: 763 | Hads: 6,197
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 rdilauro
4.41/5  rDev +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 NoLeafClover44
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +4.7%
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 mj81
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Ieatlambfries
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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 dank203
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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 JG-90
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -4.2%
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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Photo of mpyle
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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 FirstBrewsoon
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a North Coast tulip.

A - Pale orange/blond with visible particulate matter and thick foam with impressive retention.

S - Citrus and some pine resin. Super inviting.

T - Light and effervescent, with citrus on the front and a nice lingering bite.

M - Unimpressive. Thinner than the carbonation level demanded, and took away from what could have been a rich flavour.

O - Enjoyable, highly drinkable, and as a low-abv IIPA, will not knock you for a loop. Good value for money, recommended.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
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 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 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 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 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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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.