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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance (4.25/5)
Yellow / gold with 1 finger of off-white head. Slightly hazy with low carbonation and good retention.

Nose (4.25/5)
Passion fruit, mango, pineapple, pine, and florals.

Taste (3.5/5)
Fragrant florals, passion fruit, dried pine needles, and grapefruit zest. Hints of sweaty pineapple. Very thin table sugar-esque backbone with hints of toast and Aspirin. Finishes with pine resin and lighter notes of onion.

Mouthfeel (3.75/5)
Medium bodied, oily, crisp, bitter, and dry.

Overall (3.75/5)
Potent, floral, and dry. The bitterness exceeds my personal preference.


On-tap poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance (4/5)
Golden with a short white head that leaves behind some nice, tight lacing. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose (3.5/5)
Florals, pine, apricot, grapefruit and sugar.

Taste (3.25/5)
Thin sugary backbone akin to table sugar with light notes of breadiness. The flavor is dominated by fragrant florals and pine sap. Good amount of grapefruit zest and pine needles. Inklings of nondescript tropical fruits. Pretty heavy on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5)
Medium bodied, oily, slick, bitter and dry.

Overall (3.5/5)
Too bitter for my personal taste. Fans of Ruination and Hoptimum will really enjoy this one. I'd much rather prefer Hop Wollap to DirtWolf.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: an enticing pale, slightly cloudy gold. Very evident carbonation, thin layer of white head that settles spots of foam in the glass.

Smell: very complex, a blend of hoppy citrus, pine, fruit and spice.

Taste: ay first there is light fruit and lighter sweetness, followed quickly by pine, resin and citrus, and bitterness and alchohal that blend beautifully to form a wonderful, unsure boldness. A perfect finish

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, full body, resin oil. Not dry

Overall: an extremely high quality beer that is quite drinkable bit extremely satisfying. Also a tremendous value.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by July 2014) into a tulip.

A-This is a good-looking IIPA. The head is nearly two fingers tall and retention is very good at more than three minutes. The lacing is clingy and uniform on the glass. The beer is a hazed honey color.

S-The aroma has some bright citrus flavors like orange zest and grapefruit, as well as a touch of tropical fruit like pineapple. This beer is less juicy than some IIPAs, however, and there is a fair bit of sweet bready malts in there to balance the hops. I get a bit of onion and herbal characteristics, too.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell, but with a little bit less sweetness. I get orange peel, lemon, lemongrass, and grapefruit. The hops are zesty rather than juicy, but the hop flavors stay on the citrus end of the spectrum and never get too pine-forward. I also get some bread and biscuit. The finish has a bit of onion and a surprisingly earthy character.

M-The feel is medium heft with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit wet feeling.

O-I am a late arrival on the DirtWolf hype train, but I was glad to have hopped aboard (no pun intended). This beer manages to carve out its own flavor niche in a world of super fruity, juicy IIPAs, and for that I give it props. I also enjoy the balancing malt. I could not, however, get over the onion that I kept noticing, especially on the finish. I tasted three different bottles with the same result. Oh well...another good IIPA on the shelves is a good problem to have.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a single bottle at the specialty shop for about $2.50. It has quite a citrus punch with enough hoppiness to give it that bitterness. This is a great double IPA. just recently had Hop Devil and Prima Pils from Victory and I have to say I like those two a lot as well.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,607 ratings.
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