DirtWolf - Victory Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev -4.2%
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
11-11-2013 18:18:27 | More by Billolick
4.24/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
12-01-2013 00:54:06 | More by Georgiabeer
3.96/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
10-25-2013 18:15:40 | More by stakem
4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-25-2014 01:19:38 | More by dbrauneis
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.06/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-15-2014 01:34:33 | More by mothman
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-19-2013 22:45:55 | More by Stinkypuss
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
11-02-2013 05:45:52 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
02-13-2014 05:02:41 | More by Huhzubendah
3.98/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
12-22-2013 21:38:41 | More by BillRoth
3.78/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
01-18-2014 02:44:33 | More by biegaman
4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
11-14-2013 17:13:34 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
10-05-2013 20:53:23 | More by smakawhat
4.41/5 rDev +2.8%
On draft at Jackson's, Commack, NY.
Poured a bright copper hue with one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a balmy piney hop with a sweet round malt.
The taste consisted of thick resinous piney hops with a moderate caramel. There was a full blown residual spiciness.
The mouthfeel was toward the lighter dose of the style.
Overall a very tasty and user friendly DIPA.
11-10-2013 21:55:56 | More by plaid75
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-09-2014 17:45:36 | More by beerthulhu
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
12-23-2013 15:41:29 | More by DrJay
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company
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