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DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company

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4,907 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,907
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 190
Gots: 825 | 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%

yourefragile, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, burnt orange color with golden yellow hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Nice retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with resinous oils, pine needle and grass along with a touch of citrus fruit, biscuit, crackery malt and booze.  After it warms, the citrus/tropical notes stand out a bit more with grapefruit and orange peel but the nose is still dominated by earthy hops and a strong fusel alcohol/ethanol presence.  

Medium body and slightly oily with a blast of dry, hoppy bitterness that lingers over the pale malt, sweet fruit and boozy heat into a dry finish.  Again, the flavor is dominated by bitter, earthier hops with hints of grass, dank buds, resinous oils, pine sap and spruce tip.  Subtle tropical/citrus sweetness but this opens as it warms.  Lots of grapefruit with some pineapple and blood orange.  Very boozy with strong heat and alcohol sweetness in the finish taking away from the hop flavors.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit and cracker flavor that doesn't interfere with the hop bitterness.  Decent but too boozy for my preference and the strong alcohol flavor takes away from the interesting hop character. Feels more like 10+% beer and most of the interesting flavor falls off mid-palate.

corby112, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.5%

orangesol, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

weeare138, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this. It pours a hazed golden copper color with 3 fingers of off-white froth. A full wall of webby lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger. The rising bubbles maintain a firm cap throughout the experience.

The smell includes notes of tropical fruit and a bit of pissy cat quality with rinds and herbs. Somewhat sulfuric and grassy to dank with a touch of pine, minerals and slight vegetative aspect before blending to a neutral sort of alcohol tingle.

The taste is bitter with rindy and catty hop flavoring that blends to a sulfur and mineral to carbonic quality. Some pulp and pith with solvent alcohol that takes things in even a more catty and dank direction. The aftertaste has almost a dirty cantaloupe or melon flavoring with some hints of funky cheese.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is wide open and outfront with lots of depth of hoppy characteristics. This is a bold display of simcoe all around and it really works and is balanced as far as dipas go. The bitterness persists long after the swallow and the alcohol bite seems much more intense than you might imagine for the listed level. Thanks again Matt, I appreciate the chance to try this.

stakem, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some hint of orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a large mottled patch of thin film with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dank, citrus/grapefruit, and pine hops over the top of a lighter aroma of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet grainy malts which is followed by the strong hop flavors - dank, citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, and pine/resin in descending order of strength. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Upfront it is relatively crisp with some chewiness following. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Wonderfully complex flavors and aromas from the combination of hops used in this DIPA - not as sweet or bitter as some others in the style but that probably makes it a little easier to drink. Very enjoyable and definitely a brew I would grab again though I can probably only have one in a session due to taste bud fatigue. One of the best new beers I have had from Victory in quite a while.

dbrauneis, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap in Brooklyn and now reviewed based on a 12 ounce bottle. No freshness info that I can find.

Pours hazed darker straw amber, eggshell head, that stays and stays. Leaves a thicker collar, fine bubble film low sheeting and ample thicker strands of lacing.

Subtly citric, fruity with oranges and grapefruit and resinous hopped up sniff.

This is a full throttle hop bomb and I like it. Juicy and fresh tasting grapefruit hop notes all over the palate.

Very smooth tastin', dangerous at near 9%! High quality all the way. Hope this one becomes readily available.

So many quality DIPAs around but this one is well worth seeking out

Billolick, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a 4-pack at Triboro Beverage for $10 from their cooler. Mmm, delicious. This is the best IPA/DIPA from Victory I've had yet. There's a big citrus-mango aroma with a bit of resiny pine. The flavor gets a little spicier with a big, dry finish. It's not as rough a Hop Wallop, in a good way. This big, satisfying, but also reasonably drinkable. It's going to be hard not to crack open a second bottle. This beer's a real pleasure.

tempest, Dec 21, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An extremely nice IPA- nice to see Victory breathe some new life into their IPA category. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a slight glow to it and a head that fades just a bit too quickly. The beer itself is delicious, with a deep hoppy fruitiness and a touch of pine to balance things, and some nice spice on the finish. The hops are also nicely balanced with the malt- not too heavy or sweet, but not too thin or acrid either. A job well done.

Georgiabeer, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

duceswild, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/10/2014. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, peach, pine resin, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest/rind, pineapple, peach, pine resin, floral, grass, light bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; with a great crisp bitterness/malt balance that never gets cloying. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane DIPA! Awesome complexity and balance of hop flavors with moderate malts; and very crisp and dangerously drinkable for the ABV. An incredible offering all around.

superspak, Nov 02, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a white head. Leaves a little bit of lace. Color is a orange hued gold. Sediment in the glass.

Flavor profile: Very dank and juicy. Hop resiny. It has a fair amount of tropical fruit flavors as well. I get some mango and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied. Ends sticky.

Overall, a really solid dipa. Victory has made a winner here. This has been one of the better dipas to be found in a 12 oz bottle. I'd definitely buy this again.

mothman, May 15, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ejimhof, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow body. Mild haze. Thick, foamy, white head with lasting retention. The aroma offers pine, biscuits...hold up, let me blow my nose. ok, there we go...where was I? Oh yeah, pine, biscuits, resinous hops. Perhaps a touch of tropical fruit in the flavor, but not much. Alcohol presence is certainly there, but not overly so. Definitely a balance of malt to hops, though favoring the hop character. Medium to full bodied for the style. Lingering hop bitterness and bready notes. Overall, pretty tasty.

Huhzubendah, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

LXIXME, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a light head. Aroma of grapefruit and tropical citrus. In the taste, grapefruit, pith, pineapple and herb. Nice fruity tropical notes and a peach skin like note. Solid bitterness and just a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied, well carbonated and slightly dry. Overall, this is a great west coast style IPA.

Stinkypuss, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. The fragrance of the beer was a blast of flowers and fruit, and lasted throughout. The flavor was full and fresh with the hops still shining through at the end of the glass. Mouth feel was a little light for a DIPA, but very good and satisfying.
Overall, it reminded me of a good San Diego IPA...didn't really seem like a DIPA. Having said that...the ABV is close to 9%. So caution would be appropriate.
Will look to get this on tap, and try it again...often.

BillRoth, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mdaschaf, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint.

Deep yellow, hinting at brass orange and very clear. Minimal rising carbonation, a good big billowing white head grows four fingers tall, with some sticky lacing and always leaving a decent puck.

Aroma on the hop angle is interesting, first hits of dank earth and a mushroom like quality. A little bit of tropical sense and juicy citrus come later. Malt depth hidden behind a large hop front as expected.

Palate brings classic hop joy. Good washing oily resin in the palate with matching earth and dank quality. Sweet quality and bitterness balancing well. Light slight minty finish as well. Sticky body and malt caramel hits lightly a bit on the finish.

Overall a good solid dipa and unique tasting one. Earth shatering, not exactly, but worthy and delicious all its own.

smakawhat, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

brandoman63, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

DrBier, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive in this one, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit, skunky dank earth, pine and dry citrus. The combination of aromas really does seem to give this beer something of a dirt smell, which in this case is actually quite attractive. The flavor profile repelicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, and I appreciate the way the hop profile counters the tropical fruit in this beer. Ultimately, the finish is dry and bitter, which I think enhances the beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, hop/bitter infused finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, with no sign of heat on the finish.

Excellent stuff, and easily the best IPA/DIPA I've ever had from Victory Brewing. Hop Wallop is decent, but this stuff is flat out terrific.

John_M, Nov 14, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anything with "dirt" in the name inevitably sounds dirty, but Victory DirtWolf has a clean complexion that, despite its haziness, is also relatively clear. Its golden tone has some shine but isn't exactly bright or luminescent. A snapshot of the Milky Way galaxy appears printed atop.

DirtWolf is a self-proclaimed "tribute to untamed vines" - hops - and does indeed shed a spotlight on the particularly earthy and herbal qualities of our friend the Humulus Lupulus plant. The bouquet smells a bit like cat pee and has a strongly leafy, slight lemon myrtle persona.

Though a combination of Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, all I note are the 'catty' characteristics of Simcoe and the distinctively leafy and pine-like flavours from the Chinook. But I don't taste much fruit save for the inescapable bitter orange and grapefruit peel notes.

The mouthfeel also features a lot of citrus oils and some tree-like resins. Nevermind the juice or zest of the orange - think about the skins and stringy piths. It's dry and bitter. There's a splash of lemon oil but it's certainly not enough to ward off scurvy or brighten up a cold winter day.

Victory remains one of America's great microbreweries, but I've become less and less impressed with their brands the more I try from the country's other craft brewers. Up and down their lineup is nothing but solid, but, to be sure, one can now easily find comparable and better offerings. DirtWolf is a good DIPA, but it's far from the best.

biegaman, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

rab53, Feb 22, 2014
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,907 ratings.