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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,978 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,978
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 188
Gots: 849 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

anteater, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nh2032, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bubseymour, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Dave_Treat, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ssimpson89, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev -6.5%

khargro2, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev -6.5%

bennetj17, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a light orange color with yellow hints. Big fluffy white head with good retention and tons of lacing.

Aroma: Outstanding aroma. Some dank, earthy notes with a touch of onion immediately pop followed some fruity, berry notes with hits of tropical fruit and citrus. Citra/Simcoe/Mosiac each can be picked out in their own right, but blend beautifully.

Taste: More or less follows the nose. Lots of earthy, dank flavors with some hints of onion. Bitterness is assertive on the first swig. Subsequent tastes open up lots of citrus/citrus peel bitterness with a tangerine quality. Quite resiny. Hints of caramel malt provide just enough balance to the huge hop profile. Finishes with a hit of Mosaic fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: The feel on this is outstanding. Medium bodied with a long, dry, somewhat bitter, juicy finish. Never cloying or thick on the palate. Right mix of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation lifts everything off. Tremendously easy to drink.

Had this beer easily half a dozen times now and my opinion never varies. One of the best DIPAs I've had and one of the easiest and most fun beers at 8.7% to drink. Superb stuff.

jacewg, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jvillefan, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

uturn, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a goblet.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a mouth-watering cap of frothy, whipped egg-whites.
Aroma-Bouquet of big, juicy, citrussy hops.
Taste-Pineapple and grapefruit, sweet toasted malt, and a big dose of piney hops. Great flavor and balance, and very nice blending of hops and malt. One of the best new Double IPA's I have had this year. Well done!!

hosehead83, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -0.7%

brandon911, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy, pale gold with decent white head and light lacing.

Smell: Exceedingly tropical, with mango, papaya, peach, orange and grapefruit.

Taste: Just incredible. Huge hop flavor with the same tropical notes from the aroma, but some added pine and spice on the finish. Also some berry notes, making me realize that Mosaic is involved before confirming it on their website. BTW, it is Citra, Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic. Yum. The malts add some light sweetness, but play second fiddle to the hop onslaught. Not really very bitter; just all hop flavor.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, fairly creamy, dry finish. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable, other than realizing that that much hop juiciness can't come from a low abv beer.

Overall: I really didn't think that Victory had this in them. I really love the brewery, but it is more due to their German and Belgian beers than purely hoppy brews. I was wrong as this is near perfect for the style.

bsp77, Oct 18, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -65%

Kerrie, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-Pack
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Dirtwolf is pale. Tarnished golden with some orange hue to be more accurate. There's a touch of haze and carbonation spurts to the surface from everywhere. The head is dusty white and constantly replenished by the active carbonation. Lacing sheets the glass on the way down making for a good looking IPA.

Pungent. The nose is jam packed full of tropical fruits with an edge that borders on cattiness. Mango, pineapple, and guava lead the way but there's that sharp cat piss/crushed aspirin edge that I find myself appreciating. Some orange and lemon peel make appearances as well. There isn't much to the malt base, some biscuity sweetness I suppose but no doubt Dirtwolf is a hop showcase.

There is a ton of citrus going on in the flavor, a little more muddled than in the nose but bold none the less. The tropical fruits tend to fuse together but the above mentioned fruits are present. Crushed aspirin bitterness washes over mid palate and raises the bitterness through the finish. A quick flash of orange peel here and lemon peel there add some depth. Again, the malt is nearly nonexistent with a touch of soft biscuit sweetness. It gets better the more I drink. Hop bomb.

The body is surprisingly light and airy never reaching beyond moderate in weight. The carbonation is aggressive enough to give a frothy feel to the body without being too prickly. Bitterness washes from front to back and grows as I drink. The bitterness is pretty substantial.

Dirtwolf is tropical, bitter, and drinkable. It's good to see one of the old timers show they can produce new recipes of this quality. Everything from looks to taste to finish is well executed. I'll be picking this guy up whenever I see it.

joe1510, Feb 22, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

MikeCactusGordon, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

sneaks2210, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mikeburd1128, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DIPAFAN, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a DFH punt glass. No date. Thanks surge1311!

A – Golden with good clarity and a moderate white head. Nice lacing.

S – Tropical fruits, pine and citrus. Fantastic!

T – Wonderful hops flavors with similar characteristics to the aroma. Some hop oils but not so much that it’s too rich. A firm bitterness. Enough toasted malt to prop it up but not so much as to interfere.

M – Silky smooth with a moderate carbonation.

O – A very good American DIPA but not enough to compete with some of the big names I’ve seen this beer tied to. I'd love to try this one on tap.

GJ40, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

bacher468, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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 +7%
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
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,978 ratings.