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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:
Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

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

Got a growler of this one at my local bottle shop today. Pours a clear gold color, medium to thin head, carbonation dissipated quickly. Has a clear hoppy citrusy aroma, taste is similar. Big and bold flavor but not overpowering, nicely balanced. Has a medium mouthfeel with a fruity finish and an interesting aftertaste. I'd buy it again.

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

1 1/2" sudsy white head -- great retention and lots of lace
Bright, clear gold color
Big, juicy hops in the nose...some bready, caramel sweetness but mainly a hop show. Smells great!
Just medium bodied with medium to high carb levels. A little heat from 8+% abv -- prickly
Lots of juicy tropical, piney hops on top of what seems to be (but can't be) a light malt base
Good stuff

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Photo of soupyman10
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper beer, a finger of head, big bubbles that dissipate quickly. Big fruity nose, huge hops, light bitterness. Flavor is likewise - huge flavor, massive hops, but a good amount of candy, fruit, citrus, some caramel sweetness. Body is medium, appropriate for the style. This is quite a tasty DIPA, would definitely have it again.

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Photo of SteveGibbs
4.96/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There is a distinctive unique taste and after-taste that is beyond the basic great DIPA that hints of secret ingredients chosen by an experienced brewmaster. I'd give this as a gift to impress friends.

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Photo of youcantmakeme
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well let just say up front that this is just my opinion so if you like dw then disregard this. It's okay it's drinkable and it's an ipa so what do I really think well I don't know but to me it was just not there, yeah I could like this on a day when I don't have anything else in the fridge to drink but would I go to the store and buy it? No way. First of all the smell, it smells like piss at times the look well it's nothing unusual so lets leave it at that, the taste? lest just say that tomatoes with a hint of plastic came to mind and feel? I didn't feel anything, not even a tickle. So there you have it folks it's just okay in my eyes but who knows you might have better vision than me.

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Photo of Dan_K
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "best by" date of 25 Nov 2015

L: Hazy light orange/straw color, 2 fingers of head that dissolve into a fine white cap on my beer
S: Okay, I am getting a crazy "marijuana smoke" aroma on this beer. I've never quite smelled this before. Very light citrus and some earthy grassy aromas.
T: Malty, tropical citrus body with a strong initial hops presence, the malt fades and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Moderate bitterness, with a slight cigarette ash taste. A really complex taste going on here. Herbal, citrus, ash, grass, earth, pineapple.
Feel: Medium bodied and fairly sweet, good carbonation on the tongue. A little sticky in your mouth.

Overall: A very interesting IPA that has some strange aromas esp at first but they do seem to fade as the beer warms and the head dissipates. It's got that malty, citrus body that typifies the east coast style IPAs. Not my favorite IPA but I can see why others like it.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Victory DirtWolf Double IPA is a unique American Double/Imperial that is satisfying and which perhaps possess a sort of unique flavor among the A.D/Imp. field.

The frothyness of the brew is in between medium-thick on a light/medium/thick scale. The body of the beer is between light and medium on a similar scale. The color of the beer is a translucent but not transparent golden amber. The smell is suggestive of its unique hoppy taste, and light.

The taste is great in that it carries a lot of the tasty hoppyness right on the tip of the toungue per se, right in the beginning of the taste. The fore taste dissolves into a sort of pleasant, and still slightly hoppy after taste.
The taste is also somewhat unique in that the initial hoppy foretaste carrier with it perhaps some of the sort of wild or "wolf" esque hops the beer is perhaps named for. They taste light and more sort of "gamey" than usual hops perhaps, unless that is simply my imagination.

Either way this is a great and unique American Double/Imperial, the hop flavor is really unusual and good, and makes for an altogether light and refreshing hoppy beer in general. A great D.A./Imp, that is perhaps a must try for all those passing through the valley of A.D./Imp. IPAs.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,508 ratings.
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