DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American 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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 888 | Ratings: 6,765
Photo of moreandfaster1987
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tumbler it had about a half inch head. fairly light in color with lacing sticking to the glass on every sip. smells of sweeter tropical fruit and grapefruit with a little bit of pine thrown in for good measure. mouth feel is on the medium to lighter side. In all a very good beer that isn't as bitter as I would like but easily one of the best ipas coming out of Pennsylvania. great beer that I would recommend to anyone who likes ipas

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is Victory's best beer. Storm King still a formidable challenger though, being former champion and all. Pours a hearty golden color, 1/3" white head on the top. Aroma smacks of dry hopping, they really nailed this, has all the proprietary aroma hops like Mosaic and Citra.

Standard hop bearers like Simcoe & Chinook provide the bittering. They got away from using excessive caramel like malts like they did in Hop Wallop and that other hoppy beer of theirs (I forget the name). This is a light Golden Promise(?) like affair, just pale, lightly toasted malt that lets the hops shine. Equal parts citrus, tropical and pine. Any use of caramel is well restrained. Price is good, availability is good, alcohol well hidden. Sure, you could stand in line for hours at a time and spend $5 a can on something comparable. But don't you have more of a life than that? Grab a 4 or 6 of this from the gas station and go chat up some honeys, not neckbeards in line.

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Photo of BeerTastesNice
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is shocking smooth and refreshing. High velocity flavors of grapefruit smack your throat upon taking a pull from the chilled glass bottle's neck. I recommended this beer to be paired with grilled meats and marijuana cigarettes.

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Photo of Bill68
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle
L: Color about what I would expect for DIPA nice white lacing on pour
S: Good citrus mango smell notes
T: Balanced for style, nice bitterness but not overdone...... very well done
F: about what I would expect from the style for DIPA, not too boozy, alcohol is well hidden-but there... does not compete or nullify the hops bitterness
O: This is one of my go to IPA's Love this one. Does not get all the acclaim that Victory's Hop Devil IPA seems to receive, but in my opinion DirtWolf is clearly superior

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden / yellow color; head was about a finger’s worth that died at a nice pace; adequate foamy lacing; smell is pure bitter piney / resinous hops showcasing a nice citrusy sweet background; the taste is an absolutely almost perfectly balanced citrusy bittersweet flavor; superb bittersweet aftertaste that fades into a dry finish; not as heavy as I expected on the palate good and bitter as I like my DIPA’s; overall - a very well done DIPA that I would have again.

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

Quickly receeding head on this golden see through brew. This beer has a strong scent of citrus and pine. Good flavor translation with sweet citrus with tropical flavors and slightly bitter pine edge. Less than average carbonation and a sticky feel on this wolf. The slightest heat on the finish. This is a good brew here !

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding display of hop reduction going on here. Thick bodied double IPA that will put hair on your chest. Smells of nice hops potpourri and citrus pith. Taste is overwhelming lupulin and hops cone medley. Coats the pallate with a oily hop slickness.

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

On tap at Capital Ale House poured into a large tulip.

Appearance- A clear bright goldish color with over a finger of white head. Really nice lacing around most of the glass.

Smell- Piney hops and some citrus notes. A little more alcohol coming through than I expected.

Taste- A mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and melons meet a dank pine hop. The malt was present and a nice bitterness for the finish.

Mouthfeel- A nice thickness with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall- A great double IPA with a good mix of citrus and piney hops notes. Solid beer

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Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I've seen this in beer stores coast to coast for years and am psyched to finally be giving this beast its due. Pale in color with lots of carbonation and limited head and almost no lace. Nose is grassy with citrus and medicine with booze lingering in the background.

Serious hops and pine in the flavor, but withering bitterness is not brutal and the alcohol is likewise under control. Balance is nil but that kind of goes with the territory. Serious lemon and medicine flavors dominate. Texture is thick but doesn't completely mask the octane. A little simplistic, but delivers on its promises.

Personally, I could go for a little more nuance, but Dirtwolf makes no apologies, and I can respect that.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a bar. 16 oz. pour served in a pint glass. It pours a crystal clear, golden color with a milk-white head and minimal lacing. It smells of melon, pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, floral hops, and a whiff of vanilla. The first taste sensation is sweet melon and caramel on the tip of the tongue but it is quickly overwhelmed by the resinous Mosaic and Simcoe hops. It finishes biting and bitter and leaves a strong, bitter aftertaste. Yet, the sweet, malty opening and the hoppy, bitter finish blend seamlessly. This ale is medium-bodied with lively carbonation, and its 8.7% ABV gives it a nice kick. Overall, this DIPA is well-balanced and very tasty. And it proves that a DIPA doesn't have to be turbid to be really satisfying. Well done!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with thick white head, sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Lots of citrus grapefruit and orange a hint of pineapple. Slight hop pine aroma as well.

Taste - Wow very tasty, lots of citrus more than the nose showed. Orange, pineapple, mango and grapefruit. There are also sweet caramel and some malts in there as well. The flavor is super balanced.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated, just a touch of dry finish and no sign of the alcohol, slightly slick feel.

Overall - A very well done DIPA, the citrus and hop/pine is very well balanced.

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

Pours golden with about an inch of head. The aroma is very hoppy but without being intense. Taste is very bitter upfront, with some balancing maltiness toward the end. Medium body. Not the most complex of DIPAs but overall a very enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, the last of the keg pours a deep golden color with a modest head. Malt and citrus hops in the nose. The mouth gets the hop notes without getting unpleasantly bitter. Feels good!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep gold producing 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy, white head that leaves chunky blotches, motes & wisps of lacing. Aroma is pungent grapefruit pith, pine & floral notes, moderate vegetable & onion notes backed by subdued toast, caramel & a little biscuit malts. Taste is hugely hoppy! Oily pineapple, orange zests, pine needles & resin. Spicy, peppery & pungent. The vegetable & onion notes are still present but greatly subdued from what they are in the nose. Malts provide cane syrup & caramel tones. Alcohol spice is prominent. Huge hop bite & bitterness from start through aftertaste. Floral tones & hints of dark tea in the finish. This brew is exquisitely bitter with complex hoppiness. Mouthfeel exhibits moderately heavy body & carbonation, is prickly with spice, dry, slightly chewy, pungent, & mildly astringent. Alcohol is well hidden in terms of taste & warmth but seems to be a major component of the spicy character.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and carapils malt aroma along with a stiff hop aroma. The taste is excellent. It's a smooth beer with loads of hop character. The malt bill provides adequate balance, but it's definitely a hop bomb. The mouthfeel is good. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific DIPA. It's often a go to beer for me when I'm looking for a good hoppy DIPA.

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Photo of Fee
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lighter than most double IPAs, but a very good one. Good hop present without being too bitter or overwhelming. There's a citrus taste you can also smell, but it's not too much. Smooth mouthfeel. A good beer, not a great one.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doesn't look like a double IPS. It really pours pretty light in color and I didn't get a huge head. But I did not pour aggressively. But then I took a smell, my goodness what an aroma. Hops, hops and more hops. Some nice citrus notes in there as well. Taste was nice and bitter, good amount of hop bite. Solid DIPA, wish there was more complexity. But it went down easy.

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Photo of CBNS_BeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this beer (and the Lone Pint Yellow Rose) at The Ginger Man, in Houston, TX. This is a fairly bold DIPA with a variety of flavours (including some pine) crammed into it. Plenty of bite and a smooth finish, for an 8.x ABV ale.

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Photo of Chasegator
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Golden but lighter than most double IPAs. Oddly light.
Smell- Hops and citrus. Nice blend
Taste- More bland than the nose. Hops and citrus. Heavy hops in the aftertaste.
Feel- Medium bodied
Overall- Good double IPA. Worth a try. Nice blend of citrus and hops but would like to see more flavor.

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Photo of Hopresin19
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz Bottle (4PK) into Chilled Tulip Glass,Appearance is Honey Gold,slight haze,with 2 fingers of pillowy retention.Nose is citrus and mango with a slight dankness,Taste is close to the nose,but a let down on the Hop Profile.let me preface by saying I'm a west coast powder dry 100 + IBU Hop bomb snob,that enjoys a long finish with a strong hop bite...decent offering but lacking in Hop profile...overall top notch crafted Brew ,but not on par with the Lublin Bombs I enjoy,but will visit again,and a great brew for those exploring the Ipa & Dipa offerings...CHEERS!

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Photo of q33jeff
2.6/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Aroma. Is very floral. Slight lemon lime. .. taste is same,but a little pissy...like ghost yellow color.. small white head. Good kick. Alcohol is present late. A touch Warming. Not a fan of the hop mix used in this; must be the simcoe that ruins it.

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Photo of haines710
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had reviewed this beer a few years ago. Liked it then and am still enjoying it. Victory just released in 16 oz cans and I picked up a 4 pack at Wegmans as part of the initial release. Super fresh smell and taste. Great citrus and floral smell and taste is hoppy with a a little malt follow up. Nice bitterness. Smooth and easy to drink with a little warmth after. This beer has been around but it is one of my favorite DIPAs.

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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 beertunes
3.22/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Finally getting a chance to tick this. Enjoy by date 12/5/16. 12oz bottle into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy deep yellow color, with about 1/2 inch of white head that had light-moderate retention and light lace.

The aroma did have an aspect of musty dirt, close to the dictionary definition of dank in fact. Hop forward, with a light malt scent in the background. Taste was the same musty, earthy, mildly funky.

Body was light-medium, with a mostly dry finish. Drinkability was a bit of a chore, due to the basement dank. Overall, I didn't miss anything with initial hype this beer received. Go ahead and tick it if you haven't, but you haven't missed anything.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DirtWolf brewed by Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, with an ABV of 8.70% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color with a small white head. The smell of DirtWolf is rich with hops, grains and malts. There is also a rich sweetness in the smell of this IPA. This double IPA has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with Hoppy goodness. Then the brew smooths out with grains and malts. There is a lot going on in DirtWolf. Victory DirtWolf also has a nice amount of lacing to it. The hops are bold and rich but not overpowering. DirtWolf has a real nice balance to it, this brew goes down nice and smooth. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.70% ABV in this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew is. The mouth feel of DirtWolf is bold , hoppie,rich, clean, and refreshing. If you are a fan of hops look this one up. Overall I'm giving DirtWolf a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, did a real nice job with this Double IPA.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 6,765 ratings