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

Look: Clear yellow-gold with a thin white head that leaves sheets of lacing. There are some specks of sediment and the occasional floatie.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, and lemon with some spicy resinous dankness.

Taste: Lots of citrus up front, grapefruit, orange, and lemon, some cracker pilsner-like malt in the middle, then some dankness and lingering puckering grapefruit peel hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-bodied, crisply carbonated, very easy drinkability.

Overall: A very good widely available, year-round DIPA. Highly recommended to any hop head.

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Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Would give this a 5 out of 5, but the name throws people off. If this was renamed, I don't think i would buy/drink other beer for a long time. For how strong this IPA is, it doesn't taste like it. For how good this IPA is, its under appreciated. GET THIS beer, you will get more.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I never seem to get much of a head here even with an aggressive pour. Nonetheless I get a good whiff of pure citrusy-piney-flowery-dankness with a bit of a sweet citrus infused rum smell that I love. Looks is a bit like orange kool-aid since there is no head. Not much lacing either. Mouthfeel is bitter off the bat as I expect a DIPA to be, really got my tastebuds excited, not too much sting from carbonation and after swallowing the roof of my mouth is slightly oily feeling but i think it's from over-reaction of taste buds goin nuts. Taste is a bit duller than expected from some other DIPAs (this coincidentally was one of my first IPAs and it was super strong then, after 3 or 4 over the months it seems to have mellowed a bit) but overall taste still is one of my favorite in any IPA category that I've had this past year, prob in top 5. Super happy it's readily available in Indiana. Very drinkable even at 8.7abv.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle that expires in April poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a beautiful golden color with about an inch of head and lacing is present.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, pine, hops.

Taste: Juicy, citrusy, grapefruity, piney, orange, awesome dank DIPA flavor.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Mighty fine DIPA here! Can't believe it has taken me this long to try this and I am from PA. I will definitely be picking up a case of this brew and it is reasonably priced! Can't wait to try the Hop Ranch next!

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Photo of Brett_podo
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dirtwolf is one of my favorite beers. It has a good flavor for having an 8.7% ABV. You can taste the citrus but it balances well with the hops. Overall a crisp beer with a nice flavor and a nice buzz from one or two glasses.

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Photo of Discos2
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- hazy, warm gold with a finger of whitish lace.
S- very nice. fruit and hops.
T- greatly balanced DIPA. Juicy, slightly dank hop with a nice fruit blend with the right amount of malt.
F- good carbonation with a nice light tingle.
O- top shelf DIPA. Very well balanced and drinkable. Probably best ipa from large craft brewers.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly drinkable for a double IPA. The nose is magnificent with lucious floral aromas (you don't even have to put your nose in the glass). The taste is remarkably consistent with the nose and lingers for a long time. I could drink many of these.

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Photo of awayne56
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite DIPAs.
L: Pours clear, clean golden with a 1" foamy head that dissipates quickly
S: Citrusy hops dominate the aroma, especially, orange, pineapple, mango
T:The epitome of balance. The hops are up front with enough malt balance to allow you to enjoy the hop flavors.It is hop forward then malty with a hop finish.Unlike the aroma theinitial taste and finish is pine. As you savor it, you will pick up more of the citrus characteristics, but pinry up front and on the finish.
F: Awesome mouth feel - good carbonation, mouth coating, and slightly boozy
O: A truly complex IPA. The taste experience goes from citrusy to candy to an appropriately bitter finish.This drinks like a session IPA but don't fail to respect the ABV!

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Photo of kitch
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 26th January 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden straw colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Very nice tropical and citrus aromas with mango, pineapple and grapefruit taking centre stage. Some light pine and citrus peel in the background.

Taste: Grapefruit, orange and pine but the lasting taste is a sweet candy orange with some light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice Double IPA that I would love to be able to try super fresh. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wise man once said: “In the land of countless Double IPAs (aka America) the best hop balanced beer is king.” [that wise man was me btw] It is armed with this foreknowledge that I approach one of the most highly rated DIPAs with trepidation, I mean it’s not every day you get to sup on the fine nectar of the hopped potion known to men and gods as ‘beer’ (let’s not forget woman too - or woman deities such as Ninkasi the Sumerian goddess of beer - cheers to equality Doc!). DirtWolf - the name even sounds like an 80’s TV series based on a stealth helicopter, YEAH.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy straw/pale amber body with a massive 2 inch white head that soon settles to a half centimetre lace - it might have been shaken but it was never stirred... damn those Bond puns sneaking in due to the upcoming Spectre film. Pale colour for an IPA, but decent nonetheless. 8/10.

S: Hops so fresh you’d think that they were picked yesterday. Bold grapefruit and herbal hops with a hint of tinned pineapple chunks - this is one chunky and delightful perfume you have Mr. DirtWolf. Background notes of a solid biscuit and orange candy malt base provide a foil ensuring the hops don’t completely steal the show. This is an A+ DIPA aroma. 10/10.

T: All of the above comes to life and dances an Irish jig on my tastebuds. In the immortal words of Ken Griffey Jr. "There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited" - only this one delightful concoction that won’t give you an extreme case of gigantism. Overall a touch on the sweet side, however if you’re over the OTT bitter DIPAs (like I am lately) this is a fresh approach that will leave you wanting another bottle (or a case in my instance). Ooo, hint of cracked pepper in there as well, damn DirtWolf - you be FINE! 10/10.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, a spot fizzier than I’m used to with this style, burps were forthcoming. 8/10.

D: Doc’s new favourite DIPA (or IPA for that matter!) right here. The only big negative I could come up with is: finishing the bottle. Damn I have one more left and Plonk (whom I convinced to get this in) are completely out of it now. Oh well, savour this sweet syrup while you can, life is short and then you die and get reincarnated as an obscure cartoon character [FYI: I’m starting my own religion “Toonism”]. Anyway, not relevant! Superlative brew. 10/10.

Food match: This a heavy brew treat it with light fare: Vietnamese, Thai, Indo, etc.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A softer gentler IPA. In a land of harsh extremes, this IPA offers the assertive bitterness we expect from the style without the mouth pucker. It feels like a session IPA until you pay the piper as you finish it. I just wish o had a mound of BBQ brisket to enjoy alongside it. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of car2052
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a small white head.
S: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, highly floral, sweet biscuit. Very nice.
T: Piney, with notes of grapefruit and orange. Sweet malt at the end of the taste with a floral character. Slight resin.
M: Medium.
O: Pretty good. I don't think the taste had as much depth as the nose did, but was still impressive.

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Photo of avalon07
2.82/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a small, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Spotty lacing.

S: An oddly muted aroma of hops, malt, and a fruity ingredient.

T: The taste here is not so pleasant: A whole pile of grassy hops, along with a little malt and some citrus (lemon, especially), combined with an almost chemical element, make this a difficult flavor to like. The citrus is nice, but everything else destroys any semblance of balance.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a very thin, almost watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: All things being subjective, the bevy of high scores for this beer are kind of baffling. This is one of Victory's rare misfires.

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Photo of exp980
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great brew this stuff has the taste the smell and the feel and everything else that you would want from a good double IPA and the price is amazing at 36.99 a case you can't beat it this beer is my favorite

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Photo of Plasmafunk
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of bottle into teku glass.
Smell is relatively muted. Not much of a head or laces.
Taste is extremely well balanced. Not too bitter. Citrus is there but not overwhelming.
Definitely worth having again.

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Photo of jongleich
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really solid DIPA at a great price. Well balanced and tasty. Won't blow you away with bitterness or hops individually, but that's a good thing.... They are present and well supported enroute to a very tasty beer. Do try this one....

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

A: (Appearance) (Old School BA) Lighter orange, almost to yellow. Little head, but a long lingering lace. A little cloudy and mild carbonation.

S: Like a glass of grapefruit juice with a back of tar. It's like Donald Duck juice.

F: Burns with the best of them. Candy aftertaste. Foams up and goes down with huge citrus. Not Donald Duck. This ain't for kids.

T: Everything that makes an IPA taste great. Two citrus flavors, neither overpowering the other. Slight tar balancing. Plus, a juicy fruit flavor that fills out the portfolio with the mellow burn of a higher ABV

Well. This is one that you should buy, then cellar for two months. I did. When I had these, I felt it was a bit raw. This one I kept for a review, and well, it made the difference. Kind of like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. Better two months after purchase. I have one cellared for Christmas. Mmmmmmmm.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite double IPA's, also one of the cheapest here in eastern PA. This beer is excellent and while it seems to vary a little bit from batch to batch, even the "not as good" ones are still solid and enjoyable. When you get a good one

A: A hair on the hazy side, but still clearly filtered. I wish more beermakers would make this style unfiltered, it looks nicer and I personally enjoy the funky yeast taste.

S: The wonderful hoppy smell hits you right off the bat. Very floral, I love it.

T: This is one of the best balanced DIPA's you'll find for the money, actually, one of the best DIPA's you'll find period for the dollar. It is very difficult to find fault with this beer. Light on the malts overall but still with a robust barley backbone with some caramel malts that are noticeable, balancing the excellent bitterness that can't be left out in this style IMO.

F: This beer ranks in the mid to low levels of carbonation for this style and is quite drinkable with a pleasant mouthfeel that goes down easy.

Pick this up and try to get a fresh batch - you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of breardon1776
2.16/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not sure why all the high scores. very pale. taste is chemically and rancis. I've had other Victory beers which I love. Not sure what happened here....
aroma is not off-putting
but flavor certainly is....

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Photo of mickwin
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale golden with generous head, aroma strongly malty with fruity tones, flavour is lemon and pineapple with a good deal of hops, slight bitterness. A good ale, but nothing special, imo.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/6...draft that pours bright gold, cascading rings of white foam. Strong pine, spruce, maple notes. Soft malt, modest bitter. Grapefruit rinds. Really tasty, and the the high ABV/bitter all work together to avoid being overbearing. Solid.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle enjoy by 12.16.15 poured into a pint glass
look is yellow to golden with a thick bright white head
smell is hoppy piney malty and somewhat fruity
taste is hoppy strong slight onion and bitter aftertaste
feel is highly carbonated
overall very solid i like all o f the victory offerings i have tried thus far

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-transparent amber color with carbonation to be seen rising at a nice pace. A one finger white foamy head formed and dissipated at a nice pace leaving some stringy lacing all around the glass.
The aroma leans towards the harsh danky to oily covered sweet and barrenly bitter grassy hops. Sweet onion imparts along with an underscore of floral qualities invading my nose.
The flavor takes all of the previously mentioned flavors and boots them along my taste buds nicely. Sweet danky to bitter onion lays down in the aftertaste and soothes into the finish.
The mouthfeel brings about a light to medium bodied feel with a coat of sweet onion hop oils embalming my tongue with a beating unbeknownst to the usual qualities of DIPA's. Bitterness is there in the harshness yet provides a nice earthy feel to it.
Overall, if anything, I liked it for me but DIPA lovers might want to check not just my review but others as this is a different beast of a DIPA. Still, really well done!

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Photo of ordybill
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a snifter. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of hops and citrus with some pine tossed in for good measure. The flavor matches the aroma to a T. Has a nice hop bitterness finish.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - slight hazy straw-like, 1 finger head

smell - very tropical, citrus

taste - lots of orange, papaya. light on malt. But a cloyingly sweet backbone.

fee - thin for double ipa.

overall - used to be a favorite of mine. I am glad I waited to review. Unique in taste and enjoyable on occasion. lacks the traditional IPA balance of bitterness from hops with malt backbone.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,535 ratings.
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