DDH Dirtwolf
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,093
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,660
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.73%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
12
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 10, 2022
Added:
Mar 01, 2021
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  1
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: In the cold winter months, the pack doubles in size. A new evolution of an even more aggressively hopped classic. Dangerously intense aromas of citrus and earthy notes make this a beer that will be sure to send you howling for more.
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Rated: 4.25 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2022
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Rated by dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Four pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a hazy, golden hue with moderate frothing. Taste redolent with hints of bitter grapefruit.
Aug 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Aug 04, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
From the bottom of the can: "BEST BY DEC 29 22 DTW 22180 1103" and something after that is rubbed off.

Appearance: The body is a medium-dark gold color with a touch of a light golden-brown color. It has very good clarity. The head is white and rocky with big mounds of foam. It leaves thick cobwebs of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: It has a light pine aroma and there is a faint hint of alcohol. A touch of grain aroma comes through but it is very light. It has a pretty good aroma but it takes a lot of inhaling to draw it out. Mostly it consists of pine.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of a sweet but dusty and old caramel flavor. Towards the middle of the mouth there is a very subdued pine flavor with a touch of moss. Towards the back of the mouth there is a bit of alcohol but the flavors stay mostly the same. Faint pine aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is muddled and a bit soupy with this odd smoothness that combines with a pretty mellow hop bitterness that barely comes through. The beer has a medium body that edges on the lighter side and it has a very wet finish that lingers on the palate.

Overall: It was a very unimpressive beer but it is drinkable. The can says that this is a "DOUBLE DRY-HOPPED DIPA" but that double dry hop doesn't seem to translate into either the very subdued aroma or the muted aroma. The bitterness is also very low. To the beers credit, it is very smooth and it does a pretty good job of reigning in what is listed on the can as "ALC/VOL 9.6%." As a whole it straddles the fence as a fairly average Double IPA and it is not one I would likely buy again. Although the beer is drinkable it isn't something I would recommend buying.
Aug 03, 2022
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Should not be surprised. This is some seriously good stuff.
L: from the Can and the Can is super cool.
S: Citrus Pine Earth dank.
Tea: delivers on the nose. Very tasty complex
F. Smooth rich very nice
Oh: very very worthy!
Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by Nitty703 from Virginia

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Victory Brewing Co. "DDH Dirtwolf"
16 fl. oz. can "BEST BY DEC 28 22 DTW 22179 1353 FL"
$13.49/4-pk @ Kunda Beverage, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: A slightly hazy deep golden body is capped by a thumb's width of white foam. Both tiny and larger bubbles are present in the head, and hundreds of fine bubbles can be seen steadily rising below. The aroma displays a combination of soft citrus, bready malt, and earthy , lightly "dank", and softly herbal notes. The flavor is more varied but is basically malty with hops threaded through it rather than hops overtop a malt base - it's old school. I'm finding a fruity, dried chili pepper note that's interesting; maybe like a Pasilla. Yes, I think so. It's woody, earthy, grassy, and mildly "dank", but also fruity with subtle notes of raisin, dried apricot, less-than-juicy sweet apple, dull orange, and distant berry. The malt is sweetish, grainy, and bready. The alcohol is very well cloaked at 9.6% ABV, only adding a presence to it. That helps to dry it in the finish though along with a solid bitterness that appears more firm than solid because of all of the malt. In the usual Victory fashion this is a really well-rounded and balanced beer which leads to great quaffability. I don't know how many of these you could drink in a row at 9.6% but it wouldn't be the beer itself that stopped you, although I imagine that after two the alcohol would start to show more. So, something to note, this beer is not just a bigger version of Dirtwolf. It's different, or perhaps they've changed either it or both. The Dirtwolf that I remember was more citrusy while this is more woodsy with fruit behind it. In the mouth it's medium-full in body and gently crisp. The head retention and lacing are both very good. I had one of these before I started this review while doing chores, and then another while writing, and now I'm going to have another and then take a nap! Fortunately I bought enough that I'll be able to enjoy a few more in the coming weeks.
Review #8,183
Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can dated "best by 12/27/22" imto pint glass. Pours a clear gold with a brief off-white head. Initial impression is pine, citrus, a touch of pepper, and a touch of caramel malts. Moutfeel is clean and crisp. Finish is spicy, fading to pine and citrus rind. Overall, an excellent new take on Victory's venerable Dirtwolf.
Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Purchased at Wegmans, Warrington, PA. 4pk/16oz cans. Can is imprinted with wording that says “Small Batch Series”.

Pours a semi-translucent but not totally opaque golden yellow color. Very small, white head on the initial pour that fades to a light skim.

Aromas of flowery-citrus and lemon.

An excellent DIPA. The dry hopping adds a ton of flavor to the brew. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, piney resin and citrus. Leaves a earthy, dry bitterness in the mouth. Very drinkable but the ABV is there lurking.

Medium to heavier consistency. Medium carbonation.

Overall, a great “souped-up” version of Victory’s Dirtwolf which is a great beer in its own right. A wonderful addition to Victory’s long list of good brews and a beer I recommend trying if you’re a fan of aggressive, high bitterness DIPAs…Cheers!
Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A floral slight sweet aroma. Pours a clear amber orange with a off white head and great lacing.

Herbal, grassy hoppiness with a slight malty sweetness but otherwise a dry finish with a lasting coating on the palate.
Jul 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Drinking this at one of my favorite tap rooms, Tapped Craft and Drafts in Greenville NC.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin cap and a small amount of lacing.
Smells lightly biscuity, spicy, piney and light lemon citrus.
Taste follows the nose nicely with a very nice balance of maltiness and hoppiness.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style and the carbonation is light.
Overall a very nice example of the style that I would definitely order again.
Cheers!
Jan 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a nice copper/amber color with about 1 finger of head.
S: earth, sweet malt, and citrus
T: really juicy with a touch of pine. Earthy notes as well with bready malt
F: smooth, and considerably more thick than the original
O: the original has to be a top 5 beer for me, just phenomenal. This DDH version is great too, definitely worth a purchase
Aug 23, 2021
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This small batch offering is proof positive that bigger isn't always better.

The piney notes that are a big part of the original version's nose are present but the citrus fruity notes are not.

The alcohol bite that is mild and oddly complimentary to the hops in the original version becomes quite harsh with the bump up in abv.

The original is highly (and I'd say dangerously) drinkable even at 8ish%. This version is fine but it trades flavor and complexity for more hops and more alcohol.
Jul 08, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The standard Dirt Wolf can arguably be put in the top ten American beers not made in Vermont. Will double dry hopping be two (deliberate) much? A pint can emptied into a clear Imperial pint glass begins the quest for an answer. Not much of a head, nor glass lacing as a result, but there is a good dry piney hoppiness to smell. The color is a bright and relatively clear amber. The taste is a disappointment, absolutely less appealing than the original Dirt Wolf. Somehow, the malt counterbalance is gone, replaced by a sharp alcohol bite. The body is too light to carry the high ABV and there's just not enough piney or resinous hop bite to redeem it. Far from terrible, but unfortunately, it's also far from the original Dirt Wolf.
Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Smgulsby

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I'm not one to talk about "piney" "citrus" blah blah blah....
I like Dirtwolf and it is constantly in my rotation. This is soooo much better. Crisp, smooth an all day everyday!
Jun 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2021
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
**
06/11/21

Can to snifter.

LOOK: Clear medium yellow, big frothy Whitehead, good retention.
AROMA: Raw barley, cracker, veggie
TASTE: Is mild caramel sweetness, barley, light ash, hint of wood or pine.
FEEL: Very clean. Mildly smooth. Light to medium body.

Good beer.

better than the regular dirt wolf,Which I thought was overhyped, but nothing special.

**
Jun 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by cjohns73 from Delaware

May 25, 2021
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
From a 16oz can dated best by 10/16/21 into a tulip glass.

Pours a translucent amber with about a finger and a half of off-white head. Ok retention, decent lacing.

Smells predominantly of dank pine, earth, orange peel and citrus juice.

Taste follows-bitter. Pine, resin, earth and some slight citrus and floral notes. This is the 2nd can of this I've drank and I thought I picked up more juice in the first can which I'm not noticing here.

Mouthfeel is sticky but not a little thinner than I expected. Bitter, alcohol aftertaste with a bit of warming. Low carbonation.

Overall, a really nice DIPA. Haven't had regular Dirtwolf in a while so a direct comparison probably isn't fair, but I imagine this being an amped up Dirtwolf. Bonus points for killer artwork.
May 25, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Very clear medium gold color with an even dense, creamy white layer of foamy head resting on top.

S - Big juicy, resiny citrus nose.

T - Tropical fruit and citrus with a lingering citrus resin. Passion fruit, mango, sweet grapefruit all from start to finish and a nice lingering spicy fruit rind. Starts sweet and ends sweet. Big lingering darkness on the palate.

M - Big medium body that's borderline thick.

O - The dry hopping adds some intensity and it's definitely worth trying.
May 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
(0.3 l pour at the Downingtown location yesterday; review from s.o.c. notes taken while sipping)

passion fruit, banana, fruity cereal... perfumy phenolic aftertaste 'haze'... bit of a cooling, cordial booze lighting up the palate... bitter papaya note in the aftertaste?... later, it's gets maltier with a champagne-like musty fruit background...

follow-up notes from now (today): it developed through 3 phases - intense tropical dank fruit, bitter stun with dried fruit and floral tones, malt and champagne and stinging spice... Fantastic! I want more!; gotta love the German sensibility here... I'd asked for a 'small' pour (in other words, half pint or taster) and the standard pour is what I got (ugh! but yum!)... The link below is for the serving glass (my brother owns two, and I've sipped a variety of styles from them; it's an interesting choice for strong, strident, hoppy beer (1764)

https://www.markenglas.de/en/victory-brewery-beer-glasses-4057683131633.html
May 19, 2021
DDH Dirtwolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 27 ratings