DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
HOPS: Citra, Chinook, Mosaic, Simcoe
MALTS: Pilsner, Ligh Caramel Malt, Dextrose
Flavor: Citrus, pine, resin, tropical fruit, loaded hop nose from heavy Mosaic and Simcoe dry-hopping. Full bodied with hop bitterness and resinous hop flavor. Leaves a lasting impression. Citra: heavy citrus aroma, fruity flavor; Chinook: grapefruit, resinous pine; Simcoe: dry, piney; and Mosaic: earthy and mildly floral, with notes of sweet citrus and spice.

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Photo of spewdog
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I told the friendly storekeeper at Beer Table that Resin was my favorite DIPA (or is it a triple?. He didn't have Resin but suggested DirtWorlf. I chilled it in an ice bucket for 20 minutes and poured it into a Schott Pure water glass. Here's my review:

L: A pretty golden color that brings to mind the white wines of Savoie. A thin lace of foam reminds you that its beer, not wine.

S: Smells like hops. What more can I say?

T: This is no Resin. It's more bitter and less refined. Maybe the comparison is not fair but Resin is the king of IPAs in my world view. That said, it's not a bad DIPA and I like buying American.

F: The mouthfeel is lovely. No complaints.

O: This will get the job done but it's not a world beating DIPA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -18%

12 ounce bottle - Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pale copper-hued body, a bit hazy, with almost an inch of whitish foam.

Smell: Chiefly hoppy in the nose, sporting notes of melon, citrus, fresh herb, riding atop the softly bready, lightly doughy, lightly honeyish malts.

Taste: Honey-toned malts blended with the melony, citrusy, floral hop flavors. Bready base malts, a little doughy. There's an encroaching dank resinous quality. Medium-high bitterness. Some semblance of a renewed honey taste underneath the hops. An alcoholic warmth and a little boozy bent precedes the resiny, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation which has some life to it.

Overall: It's fine, acceptable, but it's just good to see ole Victory making the effort.

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Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly, but not completely leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Sporadic yet persistent lacing.

S: White bread, a little yeast, pine cones, and pine resin. A bit of a soapy character, too.

T: Bitter pine hop. Sourdough bread. And just a hint of resiny sweetness.

M: Light bodied and crisp body. A bit of syrupy character through the experience. Biting, mouth puckering, dry finish; which continues to tingle the palate throughout.

D: Character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich golden hue, only a slight head, and very light persistent lacing. Nose is bready with piny and lightly sweet components. Bitter and crisp, a bit of yeast, and some resiny sweetness for balance. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The high level of craftsmanship really shines through with this beer. I just don't care for the flavor-it tastes like cat piss. I will say though that it is well balanced for a DIPA, much moreso than say Weyerbacher Double Simcoe (another beer that I get a strong cat piss flavor from). The beer has a nice fluffy head that lingers and lots of lacing. Very aromatic. I don't get any citrus or tropical flavors at all, it's just straight up cat piss for me. It's a fine beer and many will love this, just not for me.

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Photo of magpieken
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz bottle. Enjoy by 29/10/2015. Opaque, pale gold colour with a generous, slightly off-white head, which thinned out but left some nice lacing. Floral aroma of grapefruit, pine, earthiness, honey and malt. Low to medium sweetness and similar bitterness. Medium / full body, very noticeable alcohol (boozy but without the burn), smooth, almost oily texture and some gentle bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced and not as bitter as I was expecting, I consider this one to be decent without being exceptional. 7.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art (primarily green) and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired earlier tonight as part of a 4 pack at me local HEB grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 96 rating. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because the label identifies it as a double IPA. 8.70% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a white head of one finger width. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good smooth consistency. Little lacing cling to the sides of the glass; I can get a bit when I tilt it but it's far from substantial. Head retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a translucent quasitransparent yellow-gold of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Sm: Appealing hoppy bursts of pine, grapefruit, citrus, zest, grassiness, flowers, and nectar. Some hop oils as well. I get some honey, pale malts, and pilsner malts. Maybe a bit of caramalt. Pear fruit. The hops and malts seem well selected and well paired. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A clean, fresh, and appealing aroma of mild to moderate strength. The hoppy notes are very attractive and seem balanced - a feature missing in most imperial IPAs.

T: Has some lovely pine/evergreen, nectary, floral, and citrusy hop notes. Grapefruit with a bit of bitterness bite is the least balanced note of the bunch, but overall the hop profile plays well with the clean pale malt backbone - which is itself supplemented nicely by a bit of sweeter caramalt. The nectary notes are a standout for me. I love that the hops are largely well balanced, and the beer is never overtly too sweet or too bitter. While it's built with notable cohesion, it's not quite a gestalt flavour profile. Good complexity, decent subtlety. There is room for improvement.

Above average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour.

There is some alcohol presence, if we're being fair - but it's not distracting. Indeed, it provides a pleasant warmth and prevents the beer from being too dangerous. No yeast character comes through, but the beer seems quite cleanly fermented, and I suspect an American IPA yeast was used. I don't find any off-notes.

Mf: Oily. Good body and thickness. Has a strong presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. Sticky. Good smoothness and coarseness.

Not astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, harsh, chewy, or rough.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for its high ABV, but nowhere near as much as world class beers in the style. Overall, this is a damn solid offering from Victory and I look forward to killing my 4 pack. Well-priced stuff for the quality.

Low B

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on a solid gold body Head is creamy and white with OK retention. Leaves a small cap and chunky collar with some nice lacing.

Smell: Herbal and floral. Slightly earthy with some citrus in the back. Some juicy grapefruit. Malts are bready with some light sweetness. Some pine. Almost soapy on the back. Very slight caramelization. Warming pushes a sweet juicy citrus.

Taste: Decidedly more bitter than the nose. Lingering pine and a solid juicy grapefruit. Slightly tropical. Dirty and earthy with a solid herbal element. Some floral hops as well. Malt backbone runs on the lighter side with some cracker and a good bit of biscuit. slightly caramelized malt sweetness. Building bitterness as it warms. Juicy as well. Actually balanced, but not a huge surprise where Victory is involved. Pineapple creeps out eventually.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with a juicy sip.

Overall: Do a barrel roll.

Carries a slightly more tropical thing than normal for Victory, but definitely shares a similar hop profile with their other pale ales. Good, but I can see it dropping off hard after a few weeks.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by Feb 14, 2014. Reviewed on Oct 14, 2013.

Appearance: Average, frothy, white head on top of a clear orange body. Fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy on the hops. Overwhelming pine and grapefruit with some orange and peach. The malt is practically non-existent. Light soapy yeast. Noticeable alcohol, almost like medicine.

Taste: Medium- to full-bodied and thick. Heat from the alcohol is there for sure.

Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation, harsh bitter finish, long-lasting flavor.

Overall: Hop bomb. Not much complexity, no balance whatsoever, and very boozy. Just because it is a double IPA doesn't mean it can't have any malt presence. That being said, I could see this beer improving after aging it for a few months to a year. Not a bad beer by any means, just not the best example of the style. Almost tastes like a poor man's Lagunitas Sucks to me. If unabashed, reckless hops in beer is your thing, give it a shot. Otherwise, seek out another DIPA with a bit more balance.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian Snifter.

Pours copper-amber; lightly hazed; small, semi-durable bone-colored head.

Aroma/Flavor: not too aggressive; about on par with Bells Hopslam on this dimension, and on overall hoppiness. Hops bring herbs and citrus to the pungent aroma, and fruit (orange-grapefruit), grass and pine with a touch of floral to the flavor. Malts are subtle but evident in the taste beyond their partial taming of the hop bitterness.

Feel: crisp, near medium body with a semi-dry finish. Not harsh, as one might expect in a 8.7% dbl IPA.

O: good sippin’ version of a double IPA.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

If you're not a fan of the Mosaic hop, this isn't a beer for you. My ultimate test of quality is If I finish a beer and immediately thirst for another of the same... that's great beer.

I didn't finish the first bottle of Dirt Wolf. But I had another bottle the next day. It make take me some time to come around to this again, it's not a BAD beer... just not for me.

This hop profile is a departure for Victory, IMHO. If you're a fan of Hop Devil or Hop Wallop, you may have to look twice at the label. It just doesn't seem like a Victory beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

poours a hazy golden-orange with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus pine and sugar
-medium,lingering bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint alcohol coming on late
Very heavy on citrus fruits.Not much else, but good overall.

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Photo of QuentinCall
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the guidelines of the "IPA's as Nick Cave Recordings" system, DirtWolf simply never aspires to anything that could justify 'The Firstborn is Dead' or 'Let Love In' designations -- it just isn't a landmark for the style nor is it decade defining. The argument for a 'Kicking Against the Pricks' designation is a sound one, maybe even an altogether reasonable one (the large extent of its substance being already explored and the debate of preferences being, somewhat moreso than others, subjective). However, with its poignant aggressiveness and general lack of risks noted alongside its immediate (and, at times, deserved) acclaim, I'm going to go ahead, follow my heart, and give it a solid 'Murder Ballads'.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I was surprised that this beer was semi opaque. It reminds me very much of a Hefeweizen - a cloudy orange color.

S: The smell is all DIPA. Strong hops, floral and citrus smells. The predominant smell is tropical fruit.

T: The taste has a tropical fruit taste.

M: Less "bite" and dry feeling than a typical DIPA. This has a slightly smoother character.

O: The tropical fruit flavor faded as I continued drinking. There were more pronounced astringent flavors later.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes, 10/27/13).

A: LACING! Dirty blonde/Clear copper.

S: Piney citrus blend. Quite earthy.

T: Light hop flavor. A bit watery. Hoppy pine, but nothing that I would write home about.

M: Too smooth. No carbonation or prickly.

O: Not what I was expecting from all the word of mouth and rating, but I will give it another chance later. Good, but it lacks in mouthfeel and real body.

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Standard light amber DIPA

S - Surprisingly not whole lot going on. It's hoppy but doesn't exactly fill the nostrils

T - Doesn't deviate too far from the DIPA playbook. Hoppy, citrusy, not too boozy with a dry finish.

M - Thinner than the average DIPA

It's not a bad DIPA and worth trying but get it on sale.
At $10-12 per 4 pack it should be as good or better than Dogfish 90 Min IPA and it's not.
At that price point, you can get a 6 pack of either Lagunitas Maximus or Southern Tier 2XIPA, which are much better DIPAs.

Victory should have kept Hop Wallop.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

A - hazy orange slightly see through....one finger head. spotty lacing throughout.

S - Wow! jumped right out at me...sweet citruisy and juicy bomb! Im getting juicy mango,orange,peach and slightly some pine maybe. carmel malt a tiny bit too!

T - The taste of this beer caught me super off guard...VERY floral in the mouth after the swallow I get some pine and a little bit of fruit. some what earthy and grassy too. a little perfumey as well. Definitley not getting as much citrus as expected. and call me crazy but I feel like im getting a hint of fresh cilantro in like...the first three seconds of swirling it around...

M - the feel is excellent on this beer.well carbonated and a pretty medium mouthfeel. slightly creamy.

Overall....this beer confused the shit out of me. I got this huge burst of citrus in the nose, amazingly fragrant beer there is no argument there at all....but after the first sip I had to look to make sure it was the same beer...the nose on this was completely misleading( to me at least) don't get me wrong there are still notes of citrus while drinking..but the dominant flavors are pine and almost a cilantro - perfume type deal... very interesting ... this is an awesome beer to check out....and it is not bad by any means, more like some thing your not going to expect at all after smelling it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity. There's about one fingers worth of white colored head. The texture is soft, the retention is decent, and good lacing is left behind.

S: Interesting. While there's a nice collection of dankness, weed, pine, and slight citrus; there's also a nice berry note in there. This does a good job of balancing out the dank qualities. Some suggestions of a malt backbone hide in the background as well. The nose doesn't quite blow me away, but it does do a good job of showcasing Mosaic hops.

T: While some piny bitterness opens it up, it's quickly overtaken by the berry notes in the middle. It finishes with a combination of earth, weed, and a touch of alcohol. I could do without the slight booziness, sadly, but at least it helps to conceal some of the generic bitterness. It's slightly malty throughout - enough to notice it without it overpowering everything.

M: It's body isn't too heavy or too watery, giving it a nice middle ground between being drinkable and being savorable. It's also pretty soft in carbonation and slightly sweet on the finish - the latter is kept in check nicely.

O: This is a really solid DIPA. My favorite? Not quite: the slight booziness is really the only thing keeping this from being elite. Still, I really like all of the berry flavors emanating from this. I can't decide if this is better than Hop Wallop or not, though - there's a definite resemblance, but I think I'd take the delicate grapefruit of Hop Wallop over the berry goodness of this, if only slightly.

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Photo of teromous
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy gold-amber colored body with a lush fluffy white head. The head stays up well, fading to a thin layer only after about half the glass is consumed. Pretty good lacing on the glass. Lots of visible carbonation. It appears to be either unfiltered or bottle carbonated (or both?) because there is visible sediment in the bottle. I would not consider the clarity or presence of sediment to be a detractor in the score.

S: Right off the bat there is a good citrus aroma; tangerine comes through mostly, with a bit of grapefruit. It's a very good smelling beer. I would say it's a bit above average but not outstanding.

T: Good bitterness right off the bat. A bit of alcohol sweetness. I get a strong grapefruit bitterness without the citrus flavor. There isn't a whole lot of hop flavor, but I re-stress that it has a very strong bitterness. I would have liked to have more hop flavor to reinforce the beer. Some of the malt comes through but it's only noticeable during the first few sips, as it is quickly overshadowed by the hop bitterness that layers the tongue while drinking the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is dominantly bitter. The bitterness tends to stay in the mouth but isn't too harsh. It finishes nicely in the middle, not being too dry or too sweet. I think the carbonation is perfectly in-line with the beer.

O: Overall I liked the beer. I wouldn't say that it warrants an outstanding rating, but it was enjoyable. The overall drinking experience is pleasant enough that it would be something I could request in a bar or pick up on the way home without regretting, but it's not something I would go out of the way to seek. I do recommend it.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a very clear straw color. There is a lot of carbonation and a nice foamy head. The smell is overwhelmingly citrus and pine. Make that nice grassy aroma. Get the floral and citrus hops at the beginning of the drink but it fades into a slight bready malt. Not overly hoppy after taste. The beer is a little drying but still very smooth to drink.

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Photo of JrBuck10
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- somewhat translucent orange/yellow with a rather small head after a vigorous poor.

Smell- picking up hoppy and floral notes. The citra hops are prevalent. fruity and piney at the same time.

taste- the bitterness is def. there especially the after taste. surprisingly i dont like the bitterness profile in this beer and I think it takes away from the overall taste of the citra Hop, which you pick up more in the aroma. Weird since I love high IBU.

Overall- i didnt fall in love but wouldnt turn it down. I rather choose Hop Devil from Victory.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/10/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with an earthy hops bitterness followed by a mild caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent 2IPA but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of daudelin2000
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a decent white head. Definitely clearer than I'm used to for a double IPA. Smells like citrus, pine, and some bready caramel malts. The malt aroma is strong. Taste is very malty for an IPA. To me, the malts overwhelm the hops. There is some citrus and pine there from the hops, but it gets overshadowed by the caramel malt flavor. I had this on tap previously and didn't notice the malts as much. This review is from a bottle, so I'm thinking maybe next time I'll try on tap again. Nothing bad about this beer, but, for me, just too malty for the style.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

super clear deep golden color, mild head dies down to a sticky bit around the edger. spotty but decent lacing. i am really surprised by how absolutely clear this is. not much in the nose, bit of hops, hint of grass. taste is mild for the style, good but could have more punch. hops are adding bitterness, but in a very pleasant way, touch of lemon is there. mouthfeel is smooth, touch of oil. wet. this feels as wet and it is clear. methinks a bottle would have a tad bit more presence than a growler.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,560 ratings.
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