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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Reviews: 794
Hads: 6,310
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 309
Gots: 1,792 | FT: 37
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 beerthulhu
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pristine clarity, soft glow of sunset orange reveals a medium rise of carbonation that fills the chalice nicely. Oatmeal toned whipped creamy head sits with a moderate rate of retention leaving a respectable amount of lacing behind.

S: Flowery grapefruit is strong on the pour from the bottle, meeting with some tropical notes in the glass. A trail of softly dried hopped grapefruit and citrus is softly bittering and complimentary towards the end. Nice awareness level, some orange tropical fruitiness, mango, with perfumy scent.

T: Flavor was citrusy-mango, dry flowery orange and grapefruit with a flowery bitterness. Sweet toasted grain, bitterness builds up on the finish. Pear-mango with some peeks of semi-dry pineapple, grassy notes along with some dry coconut.

M: Crisp mouthful, refreshing, very sharp on the tongue. Malty full, viscose flowery bittering dry.

O: Overall so smooth, perfectly balanced with a high regard towards drinkability. So smooth and polished bringing a ton of fresh and wet nature upfront followed by a beautiful soft complimentary bitterness on the trail. Honestly the growler never stood a chance. The balance and polished nature of this beer is just so harmonous it will be near impossible to just have one, or two, or three. Not to be a factor the price point at $12 a growler is perhaps the best bargin in craft beer i have ever had and ends up easily as a possible top five double ipa canidate in my book. It is worthy the hype, seeking out, waiting in line and multiple case purchasing (and this comes from a guy who primarily drinks em one and done as singles). Dont worry about the hops expiring, the cases will never sit around that long. A definite wow factor beer for me.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with a short, cream coloured cap of fine and sticky bubbles. Sharp hop aroma with lots of citrus zest and grapefruit, spicy and fruity, slight orange and an undercurrent of malt sweetness. The flavour was all citrus up front, then oranges, followed by lingering dry bitterness. Notes of mild malt sweetness, spicy zest and a bit of fruity tartness, slight tropical/pineapple character. Medium/full body with soft carbonation, sturdy mouthfeel. Overall, it felt very balanced, yet jammed full of American hops. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Massive hops give this gold DIPA a slight haze as it sits under a 1” cream colored clingy foam collar.
S: A rich herbal, grassy, woody pine hop nose joins light malt and fruit.
T: Initial grain and caramel give way to lemon, melon, and herbal, woody, vegetal hop flavors to suggest a caramel hop salad.
F: Creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: A go to big flavored DIPA

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Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a beautiful glowing amber orange color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma hits in the front with sweet tropical orange, mango, pineapple, some sugary grapefruit. There's some sweet bready malt in there. Deep inside there's garlic and cat pee dankness.

The flavor follows with that punch of tropical and citrus in the front, mostly of peach and orange. The follows with some sugary caramel malt and then it rolls into a dank piney grapefruit bitterness as well as green leafy notes on the end. There's definitely some of that "hop juice" attack of how hoppy this beer is.

The alcohol is extremely well hidden on this. It has a light and drinkable mouthfeel and not sticky. One of the best malt bases for a DIPA. Really great to have this around all year.

Having this next to Hop Ranch, this is just as good, but very different. For those into light malt bodies, light citrus and tropical (less so than Hop Ranch), but also strong pine and dankness.

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Photo of avalon07
2.82/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a small, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Spotty lacing.

S: An oddly muted aroma of hops, malt, and a fruity ingredient.

T: The taste here is not so pleasant: A whole pile of grassy hops, along with a little malt and some citrus (lemon, especially), combined with an almost chemical element, make this a difficult flavor to like. The citrus is nice, but everything else destroys any semblance of balance.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a very thin, almost watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: All things being subjective, the bevy of high scores for this beer are kind of baffling. This is one of Victory's rare misfires.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A- Pours a clean dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Semi-pungent hop aroma brings notes of grass and that indescribable smell that people often describe as garlic or onion.

T- Moderate amount of citrus hop flavor with a lingering bitterness that's assertive but knows when to say "when." More grass and vegetal tastes.

M- A nice sharp hop bite but, once again, just sharp enough to not be too much. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I see why everyone's so gung-ho about this IPA. Its delivery is assertive but has enough balance to allow a steady drinkability. However, it just does not do it for me as much as the Hop Ranch masterpiece Victory has concocted. To each their own though, as this is certainly tasty enough.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
95 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.