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 Beers-es
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh growler, pours a very clear orange-gold with a finger of white foam. Smell is spicy herbs, a mix of tropical fruits, lemon citrus and grassiness. Taste is the same, with a spicy, resinous, herbaceous quality that's very nice. Moderate lingering pine resin bitterness. Not a trace of alcohol, which is impressive. Just enough malt to back up the hops. Feel is medium and very drinkable. Overall a really good IIPA, nice to have it fresh.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Verona Inn. Golden, hazy pour with minimal head. Strong, piney aroma. Noticeable hops present. Slick yet full-bodied mouthfeel. Taste is excellent. A powerful IPA bursting with flavor. Easily drinkable despite the hefty ABV. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of IPA's.

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Photo of mdunigan
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Style as a Double IPA is definitely misleading if you were expecting a hop intense beer. For a high ABV "8.7%" beer, this DIPA beer was an easy and pleasant drinkable beer.

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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 TrueOregonian
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours clear golden color with 2 fingers foam with minimal carbonation.

S- citrus, pine, mango

T- so smooth
Floral hops with a resinous flavor added in & adding some citrus.

F- stays on the tongue with a oily finish.

O- outstanding beer. Watch out at 8.7% cause this one is smoooth.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I know, I know, I shouldn't review a beer (especially an IPA) after its suggested drink by date. At least I know it's been in my fridge much of the time past the date. Still, I don't get my hands on much east coast beer, so I'll review it anyway.

I don't know if there is a backstory to the name, but actually the name or labeling of this brew isn't what convinced me to grab some, but I've had excellent impressions of Victory's Prima Pils and stout, so pedigree alone is worth a try.

Pours a dark golden amber color, fairly hazy with a decent head that leaves a little lace on my snifter. Smell is pleasingly hoppy and boozy. The hops are more the floral and herbal aromas than the citric/piney hops I'm used to. Maybe not as powerful as I'd hope for a double IPA, but that could be due to sitting around a little longer.

Flavors are complex, with lots of herbal hops, some bready malts and a long finish that grows in bitterness. The full body/mouthfeel lend good balance to the hefty flavors going on. Overall, a tasty and enjoyable brew that I'm enjoying especially for the departure from the typical double IPA. I'll always love the NW IPA style, but pick this one up if you're in the mood for a variation of the typical double IPA interpretation.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nosed from the bottle, a perfect blend of citrus (tangerine, lime, kumquat, orange, and blood orange), resin, and whole cone hops. An exceptionally balanced hop profile on the nose. Pours a reasonably clear honey with a half finger white foam head. The palate leads with pine and strong bittering hop and progresses to a more citrus backend with the same fruit elements as the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, an incredibly solid, balanced, DIPA, and at $10 for a four pack, an exceptional value.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like savory peppers, some toasted honey malt, bready caramel, mild apple and pear, some tropical citrus, with earthy grass and spicy woodsy pine. Tastes like toasted nutty biscuity honey crackery malt, bready caramel, bright tropical citrus, mild apple and pear, with dank woodsy minty pine and spicy herbal earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice DIPA.

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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 captaincoffee
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear light gold with a big head that dissipates quickly and leaves only spotty lacing. Nose is mild pine, lighter than expected, with some citrus and malts in the background. Flavor is bigger, good fruit along with pine and a nice balance between bitter and malts. Overall, a very good beer, but didn't quite meet my high expectations.

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Photo of AngeloTheBartender
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say this one fooled me. I first poured it and was surprised at the clear gold color. Very little amount of head, perhaps I should have poured it more aggressively. The aroma isn't as pungent as I would have expected it to be. This beer ends up winning on your taste buds. The hops are well balanced and really puts out a fine finished product.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful golden color. Not the straw yellow that most pilsners are, but a beautiful shade of gold with a hint of amber. Lots of visible carbonation, and a huge foamy head from a mildly aggressive pour that lingers for a surprising amount of time.

S- Huge citrus and pine hop aromas with orange peel and aroma of straight up lemon juice.

T- Follows the nose, but WOW. It's like an explosion of tangy, bitter hop and citrus flavors in my mouth. The bite from the hops balances perfectly with the citrus flavors here, and just enough malty sweetness in the background.

F- Easy drinking body for the ABV, but still a sipper due only to the amazing flavor and bitterness that I just want to last forever. Surprising amount of carbonation as well, that tickles the tongue. I think this bottle may have gotten a bit shaken in transit though, as it seemed close to being a gusher.

O- One of my top 5 IPAs out there. If you want hops, and that juicy, citrus burst of flavor that East Coast IPAs are known for, look no further. I would say that this is the best representation of the East Coast IPA out there, bar none. As Far as "Pure" representations of the IPA style go, this is my favorite of all time. I may like DFH 120 Minute IPA more overall, but I would consider that more of a barleywine, which I prefer over IPAs as a style.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gold (4) pour with fluffy white head; excellent clarity; long lasting cap; thick, clinging lace. A blast of pine followed by grapefruit notes. Flavors of grapefruit hop bitterness with strong pine cone follow; a touch of tropical fruit in the middle; lite caramel malt/citrus finish. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate plus carbonation. Overall, an excellent DIPA with grapefruit zest/bitter hop linger.

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Photo of TTen
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory Dirt Wolf

L: Awesome gold and clear but with some particles. 4.25
S: Hops in your face right away. Citric juicy hops. Citrus, pineapple, pear. Pine. Some pepper and spice but mostly, juice. 4.5
T: Nice bitterness and juicy hops. Bitter, warm and dry in the finish. 4.25
F: A little bigger than medium body. Finishes dry. 4.25
O: Great beer. Definitely well brewed by Victory. Hops jump out of this one but I wouldn't label it a hop bomb. I only wish it weren't so dry in the finish so the hops would last longer. 4.25

Enjoy by 7/25/2016

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a white head. Aroma is pine hops with a malty backbone. Flavor is piney with a bit of citrus peel and a balanced malty finish. Has a balanced smooth finish and overall this is a nice really drinkable IPA

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Photo of TheNerd
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really deceptive appearance. Straw colored. Moderate head that dissipates quick. Really clean and crisp to the eye with that light color hiding the wallop it packs. The nose and flavor are all grapefruit and a WHOLE LOT of it. Mild Carmel in the malt as it warms but little else in the malt and mouthfeel. But that's not a complaint. The grapefruit hops shine with everything else cast aside. Really great

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Photo of zshaft
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours rather clear yellow with nice pillowy head. lots of carbonation noted from all the bubbles that continue to make for good head retention. nose is of soft fruit and citrus. not overpowering. taste his you right up front with orange and tangerine with some fading pineapple as you get to mid palate. very clean and ends with some cracker malt and nice blast of tropical fruit. I've always loved this beer and don't buy it all that much cause of the vast array of world class dipas out there. complex and multilayered this beer is very enjoyable and is deserving of the high rankings.

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Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color -- syrupy-looking with a small trickle of bubbles rising slowly from the bottom -- with two fingers of very airy yellow-tinted head that leave decent lacing. Aroma of pine and honeydew, with a little skunk and maybe a little mango and pineapple behind. Similar flavors up front in the nose, with a highly bitter, almost astringent aftertaste. There's also an earthy, tea-and-twig-like element to the flavor. Extremely prickly mouthfeel with high carbonation. Interesting. I remember having this on tap a couple years ago and loving it. Picked this four-pack up fresh from the brewery, and it's not quite what I remember.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft.

Look is a darker yellow with little to no head.

Aroma is very dank with light citrus.

Taste is extremely resiny and bitter. Some citrus comes through balanced by a sticky sweet malt.

Excellent drinker.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is an intriguing mix of fresh hops, perfume, spice, cookies. Flavor's similar to nose with a slight sweet tang up front, turning bittersweet then a fairly long bitter finish. Body is perhaps just an eensy bit thin. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Pours a bright, clear, golden yellow with a thick (1-2 fingers) of white head that sticks around and leaves a significant amount of lacing. The nose is pine, dank and ripe/overripe, tropical fruit. There's more bitterness in the taste than the smell profile would indicate. A bitter, very clean finish reminded me of a West Coast style and while there was some sweetness/fruit the pine and bitterness won out. Mouthfeel was light to medium and carbonation was low.

Suggested food pairing: Fish tacos

If you like this beer then you should also try: Truth

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) This beer felt like it did a lot of things well, but nothing was really outstanding. I was a little disappointed given the high rating this has garnered. At this price point and availability (which are both reasonable) you can probably find something better.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice clear golden color with a head that disappears pretty quickly, so therefore no real lacing
S - pine, hop resin, overly ripe fruits, mango, papaya, passion fruit, orange peel
T - pine and hop resin, grapefruit, orange peel, overly ripe fruits
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, nice and bitter. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit peel
O - great beer, I just feel like something's missing from when I originally had this, says enjoy by June 17th 2016 so I'd think it'd be relatively fresh.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a finger width foamy head that quickly dissipates. Retention is very mild, while lacing is decent. The aroma is out of this world. Big, juicy, citrus, grapefruit, piney resin. I wish they made this scent for cars! Big, juicy, citrus taste as well. Nice transition to a piney hop. Slightly astringent at the end, but that doesn't last long. Medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Yep, have to add it to one of my favorites list.

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Photo of kculrich
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz. bottle, best by 27 Jun 16, served in a tulip.

L: Pours a transparent honey gold with a loose two-finger head. Retention is so-so, dies back to a heavy ring of suds with just a bit of lacing.

S: Smells sharp and clean, with the mosaic hops center stage, pineapple, kiwi and vanilla.

T: A quick hint of sweet malt upfront, with fresh bread and caramel apple, then it's all hops with the entire spectrum of bright tropical fruits, peach and jungle flowers in the middle followed by just a little bitter pine and lemon zest. The bitterness doesn't linger, forcing you to go back for another sip. The alcohol is deviously well hidden.

F: Crisp and medium-bodied, almost sticky, amply carbonated.

O: A very most excellent DIPA! I had to go back and check the abv two or three times - a boy could become seriously incapacitated here were he not paying close attention.

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Photo of PCole
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with Enjoy By date of 5/10/16 poured into a tulip on 2/15/16

Look: Yellow hay, clear as crystal. Poured a half-finger of bright white head that fell fairly quickly. Sparse lacing. Rouses well with agitation to a large, frothy head that refused to fall.

Smell: Pretty great mixture of fruit and pine. Tangerine and grapefruit come to the forefront. Bit of peach and apricot too. One of the best noses I've found outside of the New England IPAs. Bit of malt sneaking its way in there too.

Taste: Hoppy but not too bitter upfront. Malt backbone comes through as that fades. Tangerine and citrus lingers. Unusual experience, usually the hop and fruit flavors are on opposite bookends of similar beers. Definitely made for an interesting and unexpected tasting experience.

Feel: So so so smooth. Carbonation right on the sweet-spot for me. Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Alcohol is almost non-apparent.

Overall: One of the most drinkable beers I've had lately, and definitely the most drinkable DIPA I've had in a while. A few of these on a hot summer day could be dangerous for sure.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,584 ratings.
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