DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
4.28/5
6,642 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#594
Reviews:
863
Ratings:
6,642
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
2,028
Trade:
33
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory "Dirt Wolf"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 07 JUN 2015 1230P"

I've enjoyed this beer many times on draught but I really don't like to write a review while I'm in a bar as there are too many distractions; and I haven't been finding it on tap recently so I thought I'd better just grab a case.

What I like about this double IPA, and pretty much any Victory beer, is that they like to keep things balanced and rounded. A lot of breweries would be OK with it if the malt stuck out, or the bitterness was a bit bold, if the alcohol had a brashness to it, or even if the hops overshadowed everything - but that's not the case here, everything works as one.

The pungent hops offer orange, lemon, tropical fruits (mayo, papaya) and mild grapefruit, as well as spice and soft pine backed by floral and even earthy notes (I'm thinking of a damp pine forest floor with rain water still dripping from the branches above); and although they hit you in the nose they don't run roughshod over the palate, instead they work within the grainy and lightly caramel & honey-ish malt to liven it - it becomes one flavor rather than eight different competing ones. It has focus, and the bitterness is solid and anchoring, but not bold; and the alcohol only adds a very subtle pinch that accentuates rather than detracts (important to have in a double IPA of almost 9%). Quite possibly the most impressive part is the finish, and to reference the name slightly, this double IPA "comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb" (and it might actually pair well with the earthy, barn-like flavors of lamb). I cannot recall an IPA² that it so smooth, suave, and supple in its exit - and in fact it's without question far more readily accessible than most standard IPAs.

So what do we have in the final conclusion? Drinkablility. It cannot be argued, this is a Lorelei of a beer, a "siren sweetly singing"; and she needs to be appreciated for her beauty, but recognized for her stealth and potential. Possibly the best double IPA on earth!

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3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
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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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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I do enjoy most of the Victory beers, so this should be interesting, a DIPA from them.

Pours a nice creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent spotty lacing, quite hazy nectar yellowish-orange beer.

Nose big citrusy hops, orange peel, some pine, little earthy forest floor, little candied fruit apricot like aromas, some dank resin as well, with a little fluffy semi sweet malty base.

Taste starts with more hops, plenty of dank resin, with some pine and earthy forest floor, mild citrus orange peel, little fruity flavors too, with pretty big bitterness. Malts are pretty sweet but not overly, little caramel note and fluffy malt, decent balance, but big all around, and just a hint of booze. Finish brings plenty of pine, bit of dank resin, earthy spicy hops, forest floor, little sticky sweet malts.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, just a hint of warming booze, nice carb.

Overall not bad, about what I expect from a nice DIPA, big earthy spicy hops, pine, resin, little citrus, etc, with a decent malty sweet balance, again well done beer for Victory.

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3.68/5  rDev -14%
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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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler filled at Premier Gourmet this weekend....I love that place.Poured into an impy nonic a clear light to medium golden with a great looking blooming white head that left two multiple rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Pine and grapefruit along with sugary sweetness in the nose,there is drunken fruit element to it.Fresh citric hops greet the taste buds that melds into a grassiness and then into a sweet dough caramel base,a sugary alcohol element is there but doesn't overpower the hops.I like it,top 5....not sure,but it kicks ass.

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours shiny golden, but hazy, with a nice white head that pops off soon enough, leaving a sticky messy lace.
Lots of pine resin in the smell, lime, grapefruit, very faint caramel sweetness. A bit straightforward but really intense.
Hops surprise right from the start, with a nice clean leafiness from the get go. Citrus mostly, with great grapefruit, but there's also some sweet-acidic orchard fruit, like a bit of green apple, some unripe apricot and some faint Chinese plum. Some light crackery malts with just a splash of caramel, but then the pine resin and spruce tips get all up in your face. Big hoppy finish, strong and flavourful, spicy leafiness, some dankness, a bit of grassiness too. Hops and hops and hops, and very bitter, dry finish.
Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, "wet", splashing ho(/a)ppiness all over the palate. Really clean hoppy aftertaste.
A great DIPA, extremely refreshing, with an easily ignorable alcohol content and tons of hops. Great craftmanship, need more Victory Brewing in my life.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has lots of dank, herbal, grassy hops. Taste follows with the dank hops, slightly fruity and sweet at first but gets quite bitter with intense grapefruit notes on the finish. Body is medium with soft carbonation. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Really good double IPA, one of the best from the more accessible ones.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack of 12 ounce bottles.

A: Pours slightly hazed yellowish orange with a finger thick white head which fades to a thin cap and around the rim leaving spotty and splotchy lace. Bits of particulate settles to the bottom of the glass.

N: Plenty of tropical fruits (mango, passion, lychee) and citrus (tangerine, grapefruit) pith and zest. Slightly malty and onion vegetal notes. Floral and herbal.

T: Resiny and oily hop presence balanced well with mildly sweetish malts. Green, herbal and some oniony quality.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and bitter with sticky, resiny hop oils. Long finsih with green vegetals.

O: A pleasure to try and easy to drink. Would have again.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 6,642 ratings
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