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 UpToMeBeer
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to read the print on bottle, but I'm quite certain this was fresh. This beer improves considerably- even more so than other DIPA's I know- with warming, almost to room temp. A lovely hop aroma that stays true on the palate- some tropical fruit, blended with bouquet of flowers, herbs and spices. A splendid beer, on the cusp of the very best in this style, for me.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice pour that is cloudy with nutrient floaties everywhere with modest lacing.

Aroma is of grapefruit rind and tangerine. Sweet malt with hop sensation and some pine.

Rich flavours of grapefruit juice, malt and pine resins.

Mouthfeel being medium with some creaminess to it.

Another fine DIPA. Reminds me of Hi-Res which I absolutely loved, maybe not as sweet. These are in cuuurushable territory.

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Photo of portia99
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Enjoy by Jul 06 2014) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, peachy colored body with a thick finger of densely foamed white head with good staying power. Several minutes passes by before the head recedes to leave a thick collar and foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Very fresh grapefruit aroma that dominates the entire aroma. Very much like fresh squeezed juice with a touch of sugary sweetness added to it. Also getting traces of oranges and hints of grassiness too. Not much else, but I don't feel like I am missing out on anything either.

T - Definitely a big citrusy grapefruit flesh and also the rind here, but not as dominant as in the aroma. Apricots, a bit of booze, medium hop bitterness that is clean and crisp, low level sweet malty-ness. Low level earthy flavors too.

M - Medium body with a medium high lively carbonation. Combination of malt sweetness and earthy-ness at the base underneath a bitter grapefruit hoppiness. Clean, pretty dry finish with lingering citrus bitterness.

O - Very good, but not amazing DIPA. Too many other good ones out there to get too excited about this one. Solid, well made and highly enjoyable, but just not wowing me either. I had high expectations on this one - can't say I am really disappointed, but didn't live up either. I would easily get this again, but wouldn't go crazy looking for it.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory Dirtwolf

Victory for your taste !

Poured into pint glass

A: Golden with some sediment in bottom

S: Dank. Mango, pineapple, grapfruit and . . . and . . . cat urine ? that's just odd.

T: Cat urine does not show thank goodness ! Solid Hop flavor with mentioned fruits

M: medium bodied for a dipa and somewhat resiness. Carbonation is good as well

O: Seriously though, don't worry too much about the whole cat urine thing. A solid beer from Victory. I like Hop Ranch better but Dirtwolf will be had again. Cheers

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

I do enjoy most of the Victory beers, so this should be interesting, a DIPA from them.

Pours a nice creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent spotty lacing, quite hazy nectar yellowish-orange beer.

Nose big citrusy hops, orange peel, some pine, little earthy forest floor, little candied fruit apricot like aromas, some dank resin as well, with a little fluffy semi sweet malty base.

Taste starts with more hops, plenty of dank resin, with some pine and earthy forest floor, mild citrus orange peel, little fruity flavors too, with pretty big bitterness. Malts are pretty sweet but not overly, little caramel note and fluffy malt, decent balance, but big all around, and just a hint of booze. Finish brings plenty of pine, bit of dank resin, earthy spicy hops, forest floor, little sticky sweet malts.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, just a hint of warming booze, nice carb.

Overall not bad, about what I expect from a nice DIPA, big earthy spicy hops, pine, resin, little citrus, etc, with a decent malty sweet balance, again well done beer for Victory.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of dkboston
4.96/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont MA, "Enjoy By 07/04/2014", poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" snifter and drank while reviewing over an hour. Note I enjoyed it the week after it was bottled - this beer is one to have super fresh as it falls apart quickly (it's only real drawback) I think many of the poor reviews come from drinking it a month or more old....

A ) amber coloration, high clarity with some haze, initial frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing; middle alcohol legs.

S ) classic PW hop aromas - pine, citrus, tropical fruit; with some malt breadiness in the back

T ) Orange, mango, papaya, pine; with other flavors continue to develop but are balanced out with some booze; finishes dry and refreshing with some toasty alcohol!

M ) Moderate body, lots of hop oils, alcohol fullness

O ) One of the most fantastic IIPA's I've had in a while. Well pronounced aromas and flavors leave you wanting more - though watch out for the alcohol @ 8.7% it will catch up to you quick if you don't blow out your taste buds on the hops first

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Photo of JonAdams
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent copper hue, quite a lot of smooth hoppiness, a bit more alcohol and because of it can creep up on you fast. Very pleasant citrusy nose. Compares well to double IPAs from Stone and southern Tier. It was served in a snifter glass and I waited a little while for it to open up.

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Photo of mick303
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, couldn’t find a date but hoping its fairly fresh. Poured a quite light golden colour, very clear with a solid head of dense white head, showing excellent retention, body, and lacing.

S – intense grapefruit, pungent and bitter, very forward, maybe some white grape notes, and a touch of candy sweetness (cherry/currents). Floral notes creep in also, start to mix up more of the musty earthy character after the citrus edges off, some actual yeast profile is apparent. Quite complex and rounded.

T – a full creamy grapefruit start, with an almond note, earthy by the mid point, some bready malts but all round a solid balanced platform for the hops to shine, florals, grapefruit citrus, some pepperiness also for sure, this has some heat as well as some earthy character. Goes big on the citrus for sure, but this definitely isn't one-dimensional, theres a lot going on and it tastes great.

M – full and balanced, remarkably drinkable and satisfying for the strength, theres a little bitterness and dryness on the finish which works well. Carbonation is at a really good level to just ease the beer along without overwhelming the flavours and it leaves a slick feel on the way down.

A well crafted impressive DIPA. Given the chance to develop this is one satisfyingly complex beer, taste is fantastic and everything is in quite harmony. A winner, glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of dougfur
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear, light straw color, with a great foamy head. Nice looking beer and the smell is delicious citrus hops with a touch of skunk. The taste follows suit. Powerful hop flavor that mixes the dank side with the citrus and not too bitter. It's got enough body, but feels light and the alcohol is well hidden. A solid DIPA that drinks like an IPA. Definitely the most impressive beer I've had from Victory and one of the most exciting new offerings this year. Fast becoming a staple!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of SteveB24
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of spoony
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of LamboBrewpants
4.61/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of lochef81
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a fan of Victory Brewing I was quite excited to finally see this in my area. This ale pours a hazy golden amber color with a lot of white head that gives way to a nice film and substantial lacing. The nose is the best thing about this beer. It is super fresh and hoppy. Lots of notes of citrus, pine, and some great skunky weed. There is a slightly malty note but it is minimal at best. The beer pours fairly thick and sticky definitely on the heavier side of medium bodied. The flavor is hoppy and citrus but not overly so. There is more malt on the tongue than there was on the nose. This bottle seems very fresh and is quite good but I feel Victory's Hop Ranch is a better offering on the whole. That being said, I'd never pass this up if I saw it in a store again.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. in late 1/14, unknown bottling date and, unfortunately, the "Enjoy By" smeared off, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" snifter and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 3/3 - amber-brown coloration, high clarity for style but some haze present, initial frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; moderate alcohol legs; moderate carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 11/12 - more classic PW hop aromas on this one cf. with Hop Ranch - pine, citrus, tropical fruit, stone fruit; some malt breadiness in the background for balancing

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a subtle bitterness that pops the taste buds and invites the citrus and tropical hot assault - orange, pineapple, mango, papaya, pine, resinous; mid-palate, the flavors continue to develop but are balanced out with some biscuit and booze; finishes really dry and inviting; although there is some warming alcohol notes, you definitely don't get 8.7% ABV!

M: 5/5 - moderate body, lots of hop oils coating the tongue, alcohol fullness

O: 10/10 - sure, Heady Topper is great, Pliny is nice, but enough of the fetishizing with this stellar DIPA sitting comfortably in coolers all through the greater Washington D.C. area; the only new DIPA that I've had with ready accessibility in the past 1-2 years that rivals this is Stone's "Enjoy By"; however, if you're outside of the mid-Atlantic or New England states and don't have it in your area, this is definitely worth hunting down or trading for; cheers!

TOTAL - 47/50

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

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Hazy dull orange color with abundant carbonation. The massive white head ends up as a scoop of foam in the middle of the beer. Lots of clingy lacing stays behind as the glass empties.

S- Lots of citrus hops followed by more citrus and piney hops. Some alcohol sugars sweeten the smell. Not much of a malt smell around.

T- Grapefruit, citrus hop flavors dominate. There's some pine and sugar candy.

M- Tingly carbonation gives it a lighter, easy drinking feel. There's hop bite and a long hop finish with just a touch of sweetness.

O- A citrus hop bomb that pleases me.

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

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 2 fingers of head that sticks around for a while before breaking. When it does break, you are left with some beautiful lacing and a lovely layer of foam. The smell is amazing... Just an amazing juicy hops profile...Citrus everywhere really nice. The taste continues the hops celebration with some pine joining the citrus. And then the finish is a bit sweet with the malts coming in. Mouth feel is slightly sticky with medium carbonation.

Overall a darn fine beer, I was surprised to see it so readily available and so cheap on my trip to Northern New York... $9 for 4. I'm glad I got it, I will share it and I will get more.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feeling left out of the DirtWolf party I finally hit pay dirt at my local small-town bottle shop—two bottle limit but I literally jumped for joy to get a taste. Not sure what a DirtWolf is—but I like it.

A pale, hazy, golden pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter to kick-off the festivities. The foamy, off-white head poops-out a little too early, but some nice lacing sticks around for the fun.

The nose on DirtWolf is outstanding. Bam—juicy-grapefruit, tropical-punch-blast into earthy, dank as a mo-fo, hop goodness. If there's any malt sweetness, I missed it.

Taste is bitter. Dank. Like the nose it hits you up front with citrus—I get mostly grapefruit. Then pine, resiny hop oil, and a bitter, dry finish. And I'll be damned if there wasn't an ever so subtle biscuity malt sweetness in there. Or maybe that was another party.

Carbonation was a little fizzier than my every day DIPA, but again—I liked it.

What a hop cocktail. Love to know the hop bill on this little devil. Definitely worth the wait. I'll be seeking out more of the allusive DirtWolf.

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Photo of hitchhiker
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a surprise you will be disappointed. This beer is nothing out of the normal for Victory, amazing! I almost got ya there. I have been enjoying this beer for a few months no. A buddy from the east coast hooked me up with my first taste of the dirty wolf, and I have been handing out recommendations as often as I can. Great job Victory keep up the outstanding work!

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I really love the name Dirt Wolf. I could say it all day.

Poured into an IPA glass, the liquid is a pale semi-transparent golden-orange, pretty light for the style. There's a giant off-white head that takes several minutes to die down and leaves an incredible amount of lace all down the glass as you drink it. Really great appearance.

Aroma is straight-up citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit. As foreshadowed by the light appearance, there's not much malt on the nose.

Taste follows the nose - lots and lots of citrus that almost burns the palate. As it warms, lots of other hop flavors start to sneak in. There are some earthy notes and floral notes underlying the flavor that start to get more noticeable as you go. Overall, the flavor profile is surprisingly delicate and complex. Definitely much more than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is really nice - maybe a bit light for the style, and a ton of carbonation, which really enhances the delicateness of the flavor profile.

Overall, this is a really great IPA - one that would be on my shortlist if I wanted to show somebody what an IPA can be. And the price point and availability is just the icing on the cake!

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Photo of fps_dean
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looks golden-orange in color, with a solid head that disappears fairly quickly, but not entirely.

It smells fruity and citrusy. You can smell the hops.

The first thing you taste is the hops. But after the initial hop kick, I was pleasantly pleased to find they balanced it out with just enough malts to keep the hops from being overkill. I taste a slight hint of rye in this one and some malts I cannot explicitly put my finger on. The taste of grapefruit is fairly strong in this one, and at no point is the alcohol (almost 9%) very strong in the flavor.

This goes down very smooth from the carbonated start of my glass to the flatter end.

Overall this is easily one of the best DIPAs out there and one of my favorite beers ever. This was my second from Victory (after Hop Ranch) and has since became a regular, because it is just that good.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily an inch thick head of tightly woven white foam. Somewhat hazy golden yellow hue. Brussels lacing. Pungent aroma of citrus hops greets my nose. Mouth is a bit thick and slightly chalky,but pretty easy going for a DIPA. The front of the palate is an intense burst of citrus hop bitterness and and nice hop burn on the fade. Don't get me wrong,there is a light malt backbone,but this is a hop bomb.

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Photo of j0elanz
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful. A hazy orange body, darkening toward the top, with an almost ethereal golden-yellow glow toward the bottom of the glass. A strong fluffy head holds its own in the glass. Sticky lacing.

S - Citrus dominant above a hop base. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Very tropical. Like fresh cut grass sprinkled with guava juice dew.

T - Follows the nose with a bit less fruit. More hoppy earthiness. Bitter finish, but a sticky sweetness to balance. Resin stays in the mouth but not unpleasant. Everything gets more rugged at the end of the sip, the only place where I could detect malted barley. No alcohol detected.

M - Creamy. Evenly carbonated. Solid body, almost feels the way it looks if that makes sense. Very smooth. Probably too drinkable for a 9%.

O - One of my favorite DIPAs. It's called Dirtwolf, but they're not doing hops for the sake of hops. Absolutely well balanced drink. That being said, don't pick 'em up if you don't like hops. Leave more for me.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,560 ratings.
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