DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,590
Reviews:
853
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.13%
 
 
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334
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2,006
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single finger thick head with excellent lacing on a slightly hazy bright and deep golden body. Aroma has a lot of musty and earthy hop presence with some pale malts and vinegar. Flavor follows with more of a bready malt base and more earthy and piney hops. Only a hint if tart citrus throughout. Medium body and moderate carbonation, a little oily. The name having dirt in it is right for the earthiness. It's good but not as good as some people are aaying for my tastes. Too me it's too sour and funky.

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3.92/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 3/22/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some earthy, herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a huge citrus presence that comes through especially well in the taste.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

with all they hype around this one, i have been eagerly waiting for it to arrive fresh in denver, and finally it did. i have to say, while this is a damn good ipa, its not as distinct and unique as i want it to be, and realize maybe how spoiled we are out here with good hoppy beer, this is great, but not world class in a colorado context. hazy blonde, almost greenish tint to the gold, with an inch or so of lasting white head. it smells simcoe heavy, and the mosaic is probably the most subdued of the listed hop varietals. forceful bitterness in the nose doesnt make it to the flavor through, instead a softer, more floral vibe hangs around, delicate for a big ipa, and given how well the alcohol is hidden, one could easily get into some trouble with this one. layers of hop flavor from fresh pine to grapefruit peel, i like the diversity but the cohesiveness as well. not a ton of bitterness either. the feel rocks, soft but aggressive carbonation prickles the tongue, and opens my senses up to receive this hop complex more completely, its just right with the medium body. for my palate, more robust mosaic would make this, but i like the use of whole leaf hops, it makes a difference, and i love the way it feels. great beer from victory, but an eyelash below my lofty expectations for it, given the hype.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along bits of fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a short bright white head that died down a bit, but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy and floral hops along with a light to moderate amount of miter ness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have the high bitterness that you would expect from a an imperial IPA, but the blend of four different hops lends nice complexities to the smell and taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aah, DirtWolf- what are you doing to me. Feeling light-headed with a mere sniff, pummeling each and every taste bud with your hoppy hammer and soothing the sweet tooth with your sugary tit. ...Ok, maybe this isn't my first DirtWolf of the night...

Its hazy golden appearance allows for bright straw slivers to slice through its mist. As a creamy, cottony head builds above, its staying power is strong, so is its speckling lace all along the glass. Its a classy appearance of all things hop and alcohol.

But the aromas really set it apart! Citrus and tropical fruits come wave after wave- first of red grapefruit, then of chive, then of pineapple, then of grass, then of tangerine, then of onion, and of mango, of garlic, lemon and cannabis... (breath, breath...) Yet all of those scents have a candied fruit and honey dipped tea character that pulls all the complexities together.

Its early sweetness is of thin caramel and honey. But the hops come on quick as that tropical, citrus and herbacious medley become a three-headed monster that assaults the tongue with reckless abandonment. The buffer of malt sweetness gives the fruit and herb a "candied" coat that provides a crystalline flavor that locks in the early taste. As the hops break away from such cocoon, they trend dry, resinous, piney, grassy, and sharply bitter. With an aftertaste of chive and citrus- the hop's relationship to the cannabis plant is obvious.

In true IPA form, the beer's weight trends away from malt richness and favors dry hoppiness first and foremost. Its creamy dryness quickly dissoves its honey sweetness and races toward a bitter pang, spicy acetone-like alcohol sensation and supreme dryness.

DirtWolf is a classic verison of modern Imperial IPA- all the fruit notes in tact, less than dominant herbal tones and a dryness that reminds me that its still an IPA- check, check, check! Yet I look for that one dominant character to shoot the beer into the stratosphere. Where that may be lacking, it seems that this beer is only great!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a hint of amber; the cap is impressive both in stickage and in lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus, with pineapple, peach/mango and pink grapefruit tones

Taste: Hop dominant from the get-go, with sugary, floral tones of pink grapefruit, pineapple, peach and mango ; there is some spicy complexity that builds through mid-palate and the finish is a combination of sweetness from the underlying malt and the bitterness, spices and tropical fruit from the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: Such a step up for Victory from the Hop Wallop and Hop Devil series - I am quite a fan of this one and the Hop Ranch

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Too bad Victory stopped putting dates on their bottles...

Bright orange that becomes hazy as the last bit is poured. Frothy collar of lace around the edges of the glass, not the longest lasting retention or surface coverage.

Pungent hop aroma, floral sandalwood and slightly cheesy.

Resinous bitterness, slight citrusy sweetness, bready malt middle. Dry aftertaste, some dried citrus peel. Fairly smooth and easy to drink, abv is felt but not overbearing. It's good but not especially nuanced, not really a world beater in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus hops with some bitter notes also clearly noticeable. Taste is dominated by huge citrus and grapefruit notes with some floral undertones and some bitterness. Malt presence is hard to distinguish under the huge amount of hops used in this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good but a little bit too strong on the bitterness in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,590 ratings.
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