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
Ranking:
#633
Reviews:
873
Ratings:
6,704
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Trade:
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Photo of Scipio3
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This shall be added to my "go to" DIPA repertoire. An excellent brew. Beautiful looking and smelling...but the hops are the star. It got better as it sat in the glass.
The only reason I didn't give it a higher score is the slight "boozy" aftertaste. Not sure how fresh this one was, but it's a minor issue within a great beer.

The kicker, I have easy access to this Brew, so I won't have to spend time searching for it like TF and RR.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz from a four pack from FMcDs. Enjoy by October 14, 2014. That will not be a problem.

A - A golden hazy orange, with one and a half finger head. Lace retains nicely.

S - Hops dominate, almost skunky. Salt, and some dirt.

T - Front end hops, sea salt, and a grapefruit undercurrent. Slight onion-ness. There is hint of malt and sugar as it warms.

M - Above average carbonation, sits fairly light even with the intense hop bitterness. Finishes dry.

O - Been on a DIPA kick for a few weeks after having a Maximus. Trying to hit a few I have not had before, and this (and Hop Stoopid) were on the list and readily available here. This seems more hop forward balance wise than some of the others I have had recently (Maximus, 2xIPA, Hoptimum) but is pretty solid.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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Photo of zeledonia
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No date on a DIPA? Boo to that. Tasted 29 May 2014.

Pours mostly clear golden yellow, like apple juice. One finger of white head, good retention, nice lacing. Thick column of bubbles rising up. Looks good.

Smell is excellent. Big, juicy, fruity hops, full of sweet citrus and pineapple and mangos. Like a whiff of a tropical fruit orchard. Fantastic. Dry-hopped to the gills, I'm sure, and it shows.

Taste is stellar. It's rare that the hops shine through so clearly and powerfully as they do here. They bring different elements, too - some spice along with the fruits and sweetness. Tropical fruit, a bit of melon. Then the hop acids rear up big, and fairly strong, Actually not as bitter as I'd like it to be, though I think that's largely due to the balancing presence of a lot of residual sugars. But what bitterness is present is clean, with just a touch of chalk in the finish.

Feel goes right along with everything else. Medium-bodied, quite buoyant and mouth-filling. Carbonation is perfect, fizzing up to make the flavors dance, then relaxing to let the bitterness settle on my tongue.

This is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. It doesn't reach the level of Abrasive or Heady Topper, but it's only a small step below them. Outstanding across the board. I'm going to be buying more of this for sure.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 6,704 ratings