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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,556
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 231
Gots: 1,209 | FT: 35
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of CHickman
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold color with sediment floating in it and a lovely 3 finger foamy beige head that was full of bubbles and didn’t move for a while, fading very slowly, and about a minute later there was still a 1 finger head that left excellent foamy lacing clinging to the sides and rings as it went down. This was a fine looking IPA, but I couldn’t wait any longer so I had to take a sip and I’m glad I did.

I could smell the hops from 6 inches away; juicy citrus and grapefruit with some hints of pine hit first, followed by fresh cut grass, lemon zest, tangerine, floral hops, caramel, light herbs and some malt in the background. Very hoppy with earthy notes mixed with hop sweetness, really basic but very enjoyable – smells as good as it looks.

Tastes of piney hops, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, orange peel, biscuit, caramel, floral hops, tea leaf, pineapple, peat moss and mild spices. I wouldn’t say balanced as much as I would say the hops are so strong and sweet that the malt balance somehow tames them, but this tastes really good and limits the bitterness behind all the citrus and piney hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to chewy with mellow carbonation, a medium body and bitter finish that almost sizzles your taste-buds but pulls back with a little grainy sweetness that almost seems clean.

A great new DIPA and hopefully one that will be readily available as this was tasty, easy to drink and hid the ABV completely; this is a beer I could drink on a regular basis. Nice new addition to the Victory portfolio.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Sept. 2013 bottling
DFH IPA glass

A: Chill hazed bright yellow orange color. Good two finger fluffy marshmallow like head. Good carbonation. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Earthy hops, garlic and green onion like character. Pine. Floral. Citrus.

T: Taste is a little different then the smell. Nice front end bitterness. Spicy earthy hops hit. Some grapefruit and pine per the usual. The malt bill isn't as large as other DIPA, which I like. Finish is dry. Very clean.

M: Medium bodied.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a faintly foggy, amber color with a nice, fluffy, white head. Retention isn't the greatest, dropping to a thick film within a minute or so. A nice amount of lace remains behind.
Smell is a well balanced mix of malt and hops with notes of lemon and floral.
Taste is hoppy first with a solid backing of malt, some lemon, alcohol, grass and floral notes.
Medium plus body with a nearly medium effervescence. Drying finish but not bone dry. Still, fairly smooth and definitely an extremely drinkable beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.58/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of far333
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw colored with a 3/4 inch head of white meringue. Inviting aroma of tangerine, pine, and grapefruit wafts up from the glass and intensifies as I push my nose closer.

Full and intense hop flavors right upfront, a tremendous mix of pine and orange rind pith, tangerine and grapefruit. Assertive bitterness, but not over the top. Subtle honey malt rides beneath and makes itself known, adding some balance, but quickly gets pushed down by the hops.

Moderate mouthfeel, semi-slick. Really good beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass.

Dirt Wolf is a hazy copper orange color with thick white head. It has good retention and leaves excellent lacing behind.

Aroma is super hoppy and fresh with tons of grapefruit chacter.

Flavor is intensely hoppy and bitter with a touch of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really good double IPA but somehow lacking the character of the very best ones.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,556 ratings.