DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 725
Hads: 5,996
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,541 | 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 Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Another6Pack. Thanks Trent!

It pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1" head of foam that leaves good lacing behind.

Loads of grapefruit hit my nose with a light delicate malty backbone but this DIPA is all about the hops so far.

The taste is super good. The grapefruit runs rampant without going over the top with the bitterness. Thanks to that delicate backbone of malt, I reckon. It's actually sweetish up front then goes into hop mode after that. Very nice.

On the upper end of medium bodied with medium carbo, I can't fault the mouthfeel.

This is one delicious DIPA and thanks go out to Trent again for sending it my way. A top notch example of the style. (678 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 31, 2014.

The pour is mainly copper amber with a good sized foamy white head that lingers and laces. Good clarity.

Pleasant aroma of floral, grass, and pine hops that enhance the scent but do not take it over. However, these are the first esters I get along with a more distant pale malt note.

Medium body.

The roasted pale malts stand up on the first sip but those snazzy floral and piney hops have too much of an ego to be kept down...so they jump forward. However they know when enough is enough so they end in a subtle, yet bitter fashion. This is wonderfully balanced and both subtle and vibrant at the same time. I could drink several of these. (699 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright pale with a huge damn head into the glass. Lots of lacing left on the edges too. Holy cripes, this looks great.

Lots of citrus notes, especially those of grapefruit. Lots of malt upfront too. A distinct set of aromas.

Strong dose of grapefruit upfront that coats the tongue. I actually coughed after a swig. Definitely is a total hop bomb.

Once again, grapefruit overwhelms the palate. Sure, there's a touch of malt but nothing compared to the grapefruit!

An assertive hop monster here. I'd recommend slowing down as I didn't and it's got that kick. (568 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, best by Mar 09 2014. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) and pine hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some spicy hops and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good double IPA, I liked it. $9.99 a 4-pack. (476 characters)

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

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert CA for $3

Appearance - Amber colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some resin and apricot/peach.

Overall - A way above average DIPA. Lots of vibrant flavours and yet still somewhat balanced. Perhaps a little sweet, but hey, it's a DIPA. (596 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Has to be at least 2-3 weeks old purchased four pack out in Mount Lebanon for 10 bucks.

A - Very bright yellow orange color much different that what I usually see with an amber tone. Head is massive from a slightly aggressive pour Good lacing
S - Very juicy mango and pineapple hops with a mild tingle of alcohol indicating a big beer or possibly having this too warm. I taste
T - Not overly aggressive but smooth is the first adjective I use to describe the beer. The sweet juicy hops then a mildly aggressive bite to the tongue. Finish is malty sweet not as heavy as wheat but very bready which compliments the beer as a whole. I could see why it's world class.
M - It drinks pretty good medium at best and it only has a mild burn to my stomach. Other than that smooth as silk.

Overall I was skeptical at first with the smell but I will be damned it turned into one of the smoothest DIPA's I had in a while. Some may argue it doesn't carry a massive hop bite other want to taste the kick of the high volume. I find perfect balance is worthy of praise. (1,055 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been waiting to try this one. Single from Whole Foods. Hop Wallop was one of my first DIPAs and while my tastes have come a long way since then, that beer (and this brewery, in particular) has a special place in my mind. The neck states 01/06/2014 - not sure how far back this beer was brewed.

Pouring a mildly hazy orange amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a beautiful DIPA. The nose is bright, pungent and hoppy. Alcohol is noticeable as well. The hop character is bright and fruity, with a blend of grapefruit, orange peel, a touch of soap, all complementing the mild cane sugar sweetness that's present as well. Some peach and mango are present.

The palate opens with a moderate sweetness, simple in nature with sugar and honey and (thankfully) minimal caramel flavors. Along with this is a moderate hop flavor - honey, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, and, unlike the palate, some candied citrus - are all present. Bitterness is moderate and thoroughly enjoyable, mildly resiny, moderately oily and quite nice. The sweetness is surprising - this has the sweetness I expect from a good triple IPA (Notorious?) but the hop character of a good DIPA. Carbonation is a little bit on the high side, but all told, this is a solid DIPA that I will likely buy again, especially if I see it fresh. (1,349 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an auburn gold body with good head and lace. A juicy, crispy, citric hop profile in the aroma and the taste is the same. Classic DIPA as it is light bodied, easy to drink, hops aplenty and not only citric notes but some grapefruit. Very little sweetness but it's there for balance and the beer finishes crisp and refreshing. Just a simple but sessionable strong IPA that is a must try. (392 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 4/27/2014
A - hazy golden-tangerine color, thinner foamy off-white head leaves a bit of lacing
S - juicy, fruity, tropical mango and pineapple
T - juicy and bitter, tropical Citra hops dominate the palate, biscuity, grassy, pineapple, acidic at times
M - resinous and dry, medium bodied, bitterness lingers
O - good hop forward DIPA, but I'm finding all these Citra hopped beers to be so similar in flavor. This one is very well crafted, but I much preferred the old school DIPA, Hop Wallop, to this new-age DIPA. (522 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a semi-hazed orange hue. Big, frothy, doughy head. Loads of lacing. Looks great.

S-Elite nose. All that tropical hop goodness that I love the best. Pineapple and mango with blatant citrus. I also get complex hoppy undertones of herbs and moss. A pleasant malt backing cups the wild hoppiness.

T-The flavor is multidimensional. A bit less tropical and notably more spicy in its hoppiness. Hops are very zesty and spicy. The hoppy flavors morph blatantly into a whole new set of flavors; much pinier and grassier than before. Malt gives a little honey and bread with light caramel.

M-Drinks too easy for the ABV. We'll-set bitterness. No booze.

O/D-Hop Wallop was an underrated brew. This one somehow matches my taste even more than Hop Wallop. This is a top-tier DIPA. I am really happy with this release. (817 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a willibecker. Enjoy by May 24th, 2014 on the neck of the bottle. Pours a translucent golden-orange with a loose, sudsy, one inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a frothy cap. Swaths of lacing coat the walls of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus zest, a hint of tangerine sweetness and an earthy/musty character. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a suggestion of Simcoe hops (aka cat pee) spice and pineyness in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation that offers a bit of a bite at the finish. An interesting an complex DIPA. Not something I would consider a go-to for the style, but really quite enjoyable. Nice job Victory! (739 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Bitter and resinous pine sap up front. A fairly soapy aroma as well. Lingering bitterness in the nose.
T: Bitter, resiny pine sap. Soapy and oily with a lingering bitterness that just does not go away. I can't really get much else.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Though this has a big oily and soapy consistency. Big alcohol, and not much else to counter the large and lingering bitterness. Not something I really care to finish.

Pretty much everything I don't like in a DIPA, and pretty much the opposite of Hop Ranch. Not something I particularly enjoy. Maybe self proclaimed hop heads mileage varies. (745 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Pour is clear amber yellow with a tight full off white head. Nose has clean fresh grain with strong citrus and grapefruit hops. Brightly subtle and balanced. Taste is similar, strong grain bill, fresh and deep. Assertive clean hop, citrus and grapefruit. Light bitterness in the finish with a lighter body, clean feel, moderate carb and dry finish. (353 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dirtwolf is a little murky but still pretty pineapple juice-colored gold-orange, and very bright regardless of the murky translucency. Dense but light bubbling activity rises from the bottom of the glass. The head that develops is tinted yellow and eases down to form a strong 3/4 of a finger, where it sits extremely dense and foamy. A thick, creamy ring is at the top of the glass where the head settles and is followed by patches.
Beautiful hop aromas rush out of the glass as it's being poured, and it's a complex bouquet that comes together very, very nicely. It's got lots of dank, raw power to it with pine and lots of juicy citrus just to work off the dankness. Some pineapple juice notes roll underneath. The cheesecloth note that comes with some danker heavily hopped beer is present.
Juicier on the tongue, there's also a lot of pine resin and wood. Some malts hold the balance together, but of course the focus is all hops. It ends up on the dry side and the lingering finish is more of wood and almost herbal leaf than anything.
The crisp bite remains through the sip in the not-quite-full, deep medium body while carbonation is moderate and puts up a nice smoothness that's pretty creamy and rolls well. It starts of close to semi-dry and ends up in a dry finish. (1,277 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows pine, spicy hops, some funky notes, elderflower and light sweet malt.
Flavours of pine, resinous hops, sweet pilsner-like malt and soft booze. (193 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin white mousse that recedes quickly.

S: Aromas of cedar, pine, spruce, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, honey, caramel, and biscuit are immediately detectable on the nose.

T: Robust notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange,herbs, spruce, cedar, pine, grapefruit, honey, caramel, biscuits, and crackers absolutely fill the mouth. The finish provides a sharp, sudden burst of bitter citrus flavors before quickly fading to reveal layered notes of herbs, biscuits, caramel, and honey.

M: On the lighter side of medium and very smooth for the style. Carbonation is firm. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

O: Yet another rock solid offering from Victory. (697 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a one finger of white foamy head upon pouring. The head has a moderate level of retention fading over a few minutes to leave some foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some patches of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of sweet citrus and some grapefruit bitterness. The grapefruit aromas are actually quite nice, bringing both bitterness as well as some sweetness due to the overall grapefruit smell being of ruby red grapefruit. Mixed with these smells are some tangerine and a bit of peach and pear. A light pine aroma complements the grapefruit and with a light bready smell, the overall aroma is rather pleasing.

Taste – Overall, the taste is very much as would have been expected from the nose. The taste begins heaviest with a nice ruby red grapefruit flavor. This flavor is complemented by tangerine and some caramel sweetness initially, with more tangerine coming to the tongue in the middle and at the end of the taste. With the tangerine sweetness, some lighter fruit flavors of peach and pear also come to fruition. Toward the end a bit of a pine and grassy hop flavor come to the tongue bringing a slightly different hop dimension to the brew. While the pine and grass come to the tongue, the grapefruit really surges at the end, with the combination of flavors leaving a sweet citrus and bitter-sweet ruby red grapefruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on average to the slightly lower side. Both are rather nice for the bitter grapefruit flavors of the brew and make for a pleasant slow sipper.

Overall – This was a wonderful hopped double IPA. Tons of nice citrus in the tangerine and the huge ruby red grapefruit with other nice hop flavors complimenting and a nice creamy taste to boot. This is a very nice brew. (1,986 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant light copper with a frothy cream head that leaves sticky lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Resin and dank cannabis leap from the bottle. Further investigation reveals earthy hops and a combination of citrus, tropical fruit, and fruit cocktail. There's a touch of caramel malt evident. Onion surfaces late.

Onion surfaces initially in the flavor profile, with fruit overtaking mid palate, finishing resiny and fairly bitter. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and mango become evident, eventually taking over the onion. Malt is slightly sweet, but more of an afterthought.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Great hop aroma and flavoring diversity. Not as sweet as some examples, but the flavoring hops prevent it from seeming terribly bitter. Good balance. The resin is a little overpowering in the finish. But, my mouth is watering for more. As it warms, the onion becomes a little much. (947 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow color. Some fine particles suspended in the body. Nice thin off-white head. Leaves very nice reaches of lace. Good, bigger citrusy, lightly piney aroma. Grassy, citrusy, piney hop in the flavor, some bready, biscuity malt. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation, lightly soft texture, more dry finish. Easy to sip. Good long, hoppy aftertaste, a nice crest on the hoppy wave as it rolls through the finish. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet towards the end. (508 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle $2.79. Thank God I bought a single. Bright yellow orange, good head and lace. Aroma is really thick and earthy hops but then a strong plastic aroma. Flavor is astringent alcohol and plastic notes. Not really a pleasant beer at all, would not purchase. (263 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in a mixed six of IPAs since the house was almost devoid of hops. Can't have that. It's not...right.

Pour is liquid copper dripped into the glass with a relevant amount of carbonation imparted by ye beer gods. Nose brings me news of earthy pine cone, bit of citrus, moist grass thrown on the cone for good measure. Interesting. Doesn't fit my beer profiling.

DirtWolf does the route of subtle vs. in yo face. Citrus is the bouncer, but there's plenty of the earthiness to back it up. Aggressively damp, dank, which normally I don't like, but the citrus make a nice circle of life around it. A little peachy, indistinct & possibly extinct fruitiness in the middle. Alcohol snarls more than the ABV indicates. Bitterness plays peek-a-boo, but gets more insistent as the beer warms.

Not my normal wheelhouse for a IIPA, takes a turn down the pass less traveled, but the path is a lovely one. Good beer. (930 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The head came up nicely over a slightly-clouded yellowish body.

Smell – The big citrus notes aren’t overly sweet but more rindy with a light aroma of pale malt and some aggressive spicing.

Taste – The hops settle down a bit at the taste but are still big and grapefruit makes an entrance. The malts provide a nice backbone and are a little sweetish.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied with some good bitterness and a bit of drying at the finish.

Drinkability – This was the IPA’s strong suit. Often this style doesn’t score well here, but I actually had two of these for the review and could have had a third had tomorrow not been a workday for me. (684 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle out of 4 pack purchased at Geneseo Wegmans for 9.99.

Pours a hazy yellow. Not much head.

Smells great. Earthy, dank hop aromas mix with great citrus flavors.

Tons of grapefruit and orange juice in the hop flavor. Slightly catty and piney, as well. Lingering bitterness on the palate throughout the session. Can't really detect any malt flavor.

Fairly thin body, but it works. Well carbonated, and pretty dry.

Slightly better than Hop Ranch, so Dirt Wolf is the best IPA Victory does. Great new release. (520 characters)

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

12 oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF wine Stem.

Appearance: translucent golden / pale straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Head drops to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: tropical fruits with dirty, dank, earthy hops. Juicy pine and grapefruit rind. Slightly floral and herbal notes.

Taste: moderate bitterness with a little bit of bready malts to help tame the hoppy bitterness. Quick jab of sweet oranges, pine bitterness, grapefruit rinds, dank hoppyness, and stone fruits / tropical fruits. Hint of bready and biscuity malt profile. Finishes mildly bitter with juicy pine notes, mandrin oranges, and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable DIPA.

Overall: This is a nice DIPA by Victory. Nothing mind blowing, but just a great 6 pack beer that will keep hops heads returning to purchase more. (891 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

been hearing quite a bit about this one lately so picked up a 4 pack locally. enjoyed from an ipa glass.

best by feb 2014

a - brew poured the classic ipa transparent yellow orange. nice visible carbonation and an uber generous head that hung out. spotty chunks of lacing clung to the glass.

s - great nose. dank citric hops. pretty spot on. grapefruit.

t - flavor to match the nose. dank, sticky citrus and grapefruit. very soft and easy drinking. very nice ipa.

m - surprisingly thin and watery. the abv is invisible and i was rather surprised how quickly i drank the 12oz, but seems to be missing some oomph in the body for me.

o - overall, this is definitely a winner and a great beer that should be readily available year-round at a very reasonable price point for such a solid ipa. this will definitely be a staple for the fridge and certainly one of the best available ipas in my market. glad to see dates (although hard to read/find, they are there) on the bottles so i can ensure i find this one fresh. (1,016 characters)

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.