DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

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3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy gold-amber colored body with a lush fluffy white head. The head stays up well, fading to a thin layer only after about half the glass is consumed. Pretty good lacing on the glass. Lots of visible carbonation. It appears to be either unfiltered or bottle carbonated (or both?) because there is visible sediment in the bottle. I would not consider the clarity or presence of sediment to be a detractor in the score.

S: Right off the bat there is a good citrus aroma; tangerine comes through mostly, with a bit of grapefruit. It's a very good smelling beer. I would say it's a bit above average but not outstanding.

T: Good bitterness right off the bat. A bit of alcohol sweetness. I get a strong grapefruit bitterness without the citrus flavor. There isn't a whole lot of hop flavor, but I re-stress that it has a very strong bitterness. I would have liked to have more hop flavor to reinforce the beer. Some of the malt comes through but it's only noticeable during the first few sips, as it is quickly overshadowed by the hop bitterness that layers the tongue while drinking the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is dominantly bitter. The bitterness tends to stay in the mouth but isn't too harsh. It finishes nicely in the middle, not being too dry or too sweet. I think the carbonation is perfectly in-line with the beer.

O: Overall I liked the beer. I wouldn't say that it warrants an outstanding rating, but it was enjoyable. The overall drinking experience is pleasant enough that it would be something I could request in a bar or pick up on the way home without regretting, but it's not something I would go out of the way to seek. I do recommend it.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear pale orange beer with white pillowy head that reduces to a fat line that laces extensively.

S - Sour pine and grapefruit pith, with grass and dank hop notes.

T - Full of bright hops, from a start of citrus flesh and pine resins, to a mid-point where the minimal malty sweetness comes in to further the citrus experience, that flips to pith and wilder hop notes that include pepper, garlic and a smidge of onion, but which all remain tightly bounded by the bitter finish in the close.

M - Surprising, given how bitter the close is, the beer manages to be only mildly drying, although there is some resin build.

O - This beer is walking a tightrope, and it could easily fall down the rabbit hole, but it avoids the more offensive onion flavors of Hop Ranch. It does not, however, and the result is a satisfying beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a game changer for me as I was never too fond of DIPA's.Hoppy luscious,delicious,there are no more words for this that can describe this beer and the taste.I have not had any other beer in 3 months other than chillwave(another great new DIPA) but far and away I drink this 3 times as much.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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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

I was very happy with their Hop Devil and thought I couldn't go wrong trying this one. I was right! Smooth, deep and delicious. Looking forward to its next appearance. This will be in my beer rotation for sure. I'm very pleased with Victory and would try any of their other beers. :)

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

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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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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,619 ratings.
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