DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
4.28/5
6,642 Ratings
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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:
#595
Reviews:
863
Ratings:
6,642
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
2,028
Trade:
33
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at my humble abode.

Pours a nice new penny coppr, with just a tiny bit of haze. Little head, but lasting lace.

Wow, big aroma! As one would expect, this is full of hoppy goodness in the nose. To my olfactory, it's a big ol' bunch of scallions, but I can't hold it against the brewery because I'm sensitive to certain hop compounds. There's a melon aroma in there as well. It's still a very enticing aroma, just begging you to take a drink.

Okay, that's fantastic. The first taste is a big ol' candy orange, pineapple, kiwi, fruit punch of a slap in the taste buds. Yes, the scallion is there too, but we'll just leave that out from here on. Odds are you won't taste that, you lucky thing, you. There is very little in the way of malt up front. This is a lupulin delivery vehicle, and proud of it. Only after a few moments do you notice a grainy, malty backbone sneaking into the flavor. It isn't all that sweet, especially considering the ABV on this one. It's just there to provide a stage on which the hops can do their big dance routine. And man can they ever dance. That fruity flavor sticks with you throughout the sip, and even in the aftertaste you're getting flavors of nearly every fruit you've had the pleasure to try. Just extraordinarily tasty. It hides that ABV really well, by the way.

Mouthfeel is quite light for the style. You don't want anything thick of chewy when it's this big and hoppy anyway, but this is remarkably easy to drink. As with everything else in the brew, this was well done.

Color me impressed. There are many double IPAs out now, but not a lot of really, really good ones. This definitely falls into the that range. Not overly bitter, but hugely hoppy, and the hop varieties they chose make a great team. It doesn't wear its big ABV like a badge of honor, but keeps it under wraps. This is just a big ol' tasty fruit cocktail of a brew, and absolutely worth finding. Great beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Victory DirtWolf Double IPA

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice golden amber brew with a good finger of head. The head settled to a dusting, and stuck around for the duration. Lots of sticky lacing.

S) Piney.... Pretty dank and earthy, and yet there is some sweetness to this aroma as well. Like sweet tangerine.

T) Decent balance of hops and malt. Starts out with some sweetness, and transitions to spicy hop bitterness. A little alcohol as it warms up.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. A good amount of bitterness coats your mouth. This finishes up with a little sweetness and light booze.

O) Pretty good stuff... Not smooth by any means, and the aftertaste could be better, but I could go for another already.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 6,642 ratings
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