DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 726
Hads: 6,007
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 278
Gots: 1,546 | 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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Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very tasty, very hoppy but with a great malt balance. Reminds me a lot of Hop Stoopid, but Hop Stoopid still slightly eeks this one out. Unfortunately this is not one that is easy to get in my area, but if it was.....

Would seek out and purchase again. (Sadly not in my area/hard to get) (288 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured into a teku glass the foam stood over 2 fingers tall with a pillowey bright white appearance. The long sustaining head, sloooly fell leaving a spider web of lacing. The beer is a straw yellow color with a slight haze to it. A few specs of sediment on the bottom of the glass.

S: Huge dank pine aroma with tropical berries and peach. An apparent grainyness but no detectable malt aromas so I'm guessing its a hop characteristic. Slight sweet onion and grassy, but not in a bad way imo.

T: Firm and pungent bitterness on par with the dank pine aroma. After the pine it follows with stone fruit hop flavors, peaches, mango and guava. There is a mild amount of bready malt character but the balance is by far on the hop side.. no contest. The aftertaste is a resinous, juicy and ripe with blueberries.

M: A very dry finish that compliments the hop profile nicely. The carbonation is moderate with a oily, slight mouth drying affect left on the pallet with all the hops.

O: A big, pungent, aromatic and tasty DIPA with no alcohol warming and huge drink-ability. Kudos Victory, now if only they would put a bottling date on the bottle... (1,150 characters)

Photo of AaronRed
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh , tapped - growler filled. Nice copper color. Big brew, but you can't tell right away. Huge hop presence all the way through the last sip and smooth, Enough sweetness reminiscent of honey maybe? just to balance this great beer. A wonderful beer to share with others (as is most beer) but this one is impressive to everyone. (329 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter. This is one of the beers I brought back from my trip to New York.

A - Poured with a minimally fluffy white head that began with a nice head that receded very quickly leaving behind some nice lacing. The head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin, white film of tiny bubbles. Slightly hazy orange with good, bubbly lacing on the sides.

S – Not hugely aromatic, however I’m picking up notes of grassy fields with sweet floral hops with some tropical and citrus fruits in the background. This is not a huge in your face beer which I was expecting given all of the hype.

T – The taste is thankfully more complex than the aroma. Nice floral notes with hints of citrus, pineapple and mango coming through. Fairly sweet malty backbone, but the hope are definitely the prominent actors this drama

M – Nice medium body with a medium carbonation. With 8.7% abv, the alcohol is very well hidden. This is a seriously drinkable beer.

O – This is a great example of a DIPA?IIPA. I’ve come to expect different from East Coast breweries, with huge malty presences, this is a great example of a break away beer. I’m happy that this has lived up to all of the hype. (1,204 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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 ~ (311 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with thick white head.

Smell is strong with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits (pineapple). Very sweet and inviting.

Taste has great maltiness with lots of grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Well balanced bitterness to the malts.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was excellent. Glad I picked up several 4 packs. (363 characters)

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured semi aggressive creating a 2 inch head that quickly subsided. Color was a a light amber color. Lots of carbonation that never went away. Based on the looks felt this would be a disappointing beer (I was wrong).
Smell a nice floral, hop scent which was very pleasant.
Wow a great taste that really lingered in my mouth all the way to my throat. Very nice aftertaste. Did not notice any alcohol aftertaste which I expected for such a strong ABV I just wanted more and was sad when my beer was finished.
This is a beer that is not regularly available to me and would gladly go out of my way to drink again. No problem saying this is a top 10 beer that I have had in a 12oz bottle. (692 characters)

Photo of jaltland
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an australian glass. (tulip with an outer layer of glass for insulation)

A- Poured rough and got about three fingers of nice head. Retained a small amount on the surface and left good looking lacing on the glass. Poured a lighter orange-amber.

S- Piney hops all the way at first, giving way to some complex citrus fruits like orange peels, grapefruit and a pineapple sweetness.

T- Bitter hops with piney undertones. The nose predicts tropical flavors but the taste doesn't follow quite as much. Subtle citrus fruits mostly grapefruit and lost the orange somewhere in there.

M- Carbonation leaves the mouth dry. Medium bodied.

O- The nose shows promise of a more tropical DIPA but then the hop bitterness almost demands your attention. Maybe once I get further into the beer and it warms it might allow the fruits to show but right now I can't pick them out with ease. EDIT: Definitely found the fruits! Grapefruit and orange wrapped in bitterness toward the end of the taste. As much as I fancy myself a stout or barley wine guy this and Hop Ranch are outstanding examples of why I drink IPA/DIPA. (1,131 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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 (441 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This to me is the perfect Double IPA. It pours a great golden color with a creamy white head. The smell is of beautiful hops and much of them. The taste is hoppy, citrusy, piney, earthy, and smooth. The mouthfeel is sticky and leaves you wanting more. This is about as good as it gets for me. Victory nailed it with this one! I love this and would recommend it to anyone! (378 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow golden pour into my pint, white finger-width head.
Smells floral and a bit fruity, and also malty in almost a pilsner fashion because of a grassiness/ green peas. Some pepper.
This one's big, bold and sharp. Where's my aged cheddar? It's complex off the bat, as the smell is. Lemony citrus, pepper and earth, juicy bread, orange citrus rind, grapefruit, pine and grass. Bitterness bites hard. Creamy, slightly sticky, nicely carbonated and highly drinkable. This is what I like in the department of stinging DIPA's. Superb really. (543 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (967 characters)

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

12oz bottle from 4-pack ($9), best by Mar 2014.

Straw, gold elixir poured into HF pint glass. A bit cloudy without any precipitant. Half inch, white head remains throughout. Plenty of lacing.

Tropical fruit notes mainly mangoes, ripe pears, citrus. Some grassy, earth undertones.

Smooth, hop bitterness, grapefruit and citrus predominates, with a bit of alcohol coming through at the end.

Medium body, nicely carbonated.

Well done DIPA from Victory but certainly behind the top tier in its class. (501 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow, very clear. Tiny tight bubbles of white head. Frothy and sticky looking head has superior lacing and never goes away.
Big hit of grapefruit. Bits of grass and alcohol, not much else

Taste starts watery and mild, followed by a honey malt flavor. Citrus rinds, grapefruit, peach and like juice. Mild bitterness that hits late and lingers. As you meander through the pint there is a second layer of flavor and bitterness that matches the first, but it is gentler and more subtle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean. A bit heavy on the carbonation. Highly drinkable

A very good brew, but lighter than I thought it'd be. A beer ill return to often. (679 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

a: hazy mixture of bright yellow & orange. i think the haze is chill - the beer does look fairly clear. 2 finger white sticky looking head

s: tropical fruit bomb. mango, pineapple, sweet lemons & oranges, apricots, passionfruit, strawberry seeds. a real nice sweet caramel malt backbone with something like a hint of vanilla

t: wow, talk about smooth. so balanced - mango, pineapple, and passionfruit burst onto your tongue right away. immediately followed by a silky, creamy caramel malts that still manages to be light on the tongue. goes back again to those juicy sweet tropical fruits that just pop in your mouth. at the end of the tongue is a nice green grassy flavor with a hint of sweet lemongrass that helps to balance out the sweetness. finally is just the smoothest bitterness that comes from a nice piney flavor

m: its a medium mouthfeel that feels silky in your mouth. there is a nice level of carbonation in here as well that leads some of the mouthfeel

o: well i'm definitely glad i finally found this. this is fruity and sweet and malty and has just the right amount of bitterness - amazing harmonization. this is definitely a competitor with the big boys, and i would take this as a substitute to Elder if i needed to (1,237 characters)

Photo of bcerv-ca
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, golden honey appearance.

Smells of lemon backed by pine & alcohol. Hint of tropical fruit.

Tastes like mildly sweet lemon-hops. Subtle, lingering aftertaste of sweet pine is very pleasant. The carbonation has a bite that takes away from the taste somewhat.

Very good beer, recommended to all BA's. Glad I finally found it in SD. (341 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.
Pours a nice hazy medium amber. I finger of bubbly white head.
Aromas are nice, very hoppy, citrus and floral. Decent bready background.
Taste right in line with aromas. Very hoppy, good bitterness, very tasty.
Mouthfeel is good, finished a touch bitter but it subsides.
Overall, this is right in line with Sculpin and Gandhi-Bot, maybe even Pliny TE.
A really good DIPA. (412 characters)

Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, best by date july 4, 2015. Not bad beer. Just didn't blow me away. Lemony taste. Real smooth. Alcohol hidden. I wanted to try this for awhile. Maybe I hyped it up too much. (180 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Hazy yellow amber color, white head dissipates pretty quickly, nice lacing though, but leaves a very nice lacing on the glass. 4
S – Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, grapefruit, funky smells, resin, some bready notes. 4.25
T – Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine needles, a little bit spicy, very well balanced by a bready malt. 4.25
M – Light-medium, alc covered well, aftertaste is grapefruit hops, very fresh feeling left in your mouth. 4.25
O – This is a great double IPA from Pennsylvania. It doesn't stick out too much among the other big double IPAs, but it's really good. 4.25 (611 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by 2/12/14. Little less than a month old.

A: Bright golden body, not much haze. Tons of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Insane retention. Nicely done.

S: Nice hop bouquet. Heavy in Citra. Smells great.

T: Tons of american hops flavor, follows the nose. Alcohol is undetectable. Finishes with a nice bready malt. Balanced very well.

M: Well carbonated. A little sticky.

O: For the price and availability, this is one of the best IIPAs on the market. (479 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to PHboiler for throwing this in as an extra.

A. Light copper/straw. Poured a nice 1 finger head that retreats to a frothy film. Excellent lacing.

S. Tons of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and a bit of resin.

T. The resin certainly dominates but the citrus aspect is very noticable. Moderately bitter.

M. Moderately smooth, moderate bodied, full carbonation.

O. I love citrus-y ips or dipas and this is right up my alley. Highly recommended. (454 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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 (1,152 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light orange. Clear. Thin, white head.
Smell: Orange peel.
Taste: basic malt followed by orange and tropical fruit. Then light alcohol and pine tar.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: good double IPA. Balanced well. Lots of fruit and pine that blend well with the alcohol. (327 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (483 characters)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.