DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,358
Reviews:
888
Ratings:
6,766
pDev:
9.13%
 
 
Wants:
356
Gots:
2,096
Trade:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 888 | Ratings: 6,766
Photo of the_awesometeer
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a very clear straw color. There is a lot of carbonation and a nice foamy head. The smell is overwhelmingly citrus and pine. Make that nice grassy aroma. Get the floral and citrus hops at the beginning of the drink but it fades into a slight bready malt. Not overly hoppy after taste. The beer is a little drying but still very smooth to drink.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap at Hay Merchant, served in a 13 oz tulip.

Appearance: Bright, clear gold with a frothy head of white foam and filmy lace.

Smell: Citrus with grassy, earthy and herbal hops.

Taste: Plenty of dank, juicy hops. Citrus zest, melon, herbal bitterness and dank notes appearing savory (seaweed). Balancing malt body without clear sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Big, bold DIPA with terrifically dank, resinous and nicely complex hop notes.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with lateral lacing, and a medium-light amber body.

I smell pungent pine, citrus, & "catty" hops with a funkier malt foundation.

Tastes like a slightly acrid mix of the smell with an Asiago bread malt base. Different, but very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown a 4.5. Give this a try when you want a DIPA of its own accord.

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Photo of Onefootlarry
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Light golden color. Hoppy nose, but not too overwhelming. Tart on the front of the mouth, but minimal bitter aftertaste that you get with some IPAs. Great overall double IPA.

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent Dipa with almost as good taste as many hard-to-find New England cult beers. Great beer and value. Mix with 50% Lagunitas Sucks and you have a homemade Heady Topper.

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Photo of mackeyse
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me this is the prototypical double IPA: resinous on the nose, full bodied, vegetal and hoppy, drinkable and hides the alcohol well.

If someone were to ask the difference between an IPA and the Imperial version this beer would be Exhibit A in what makes a double a double. Won't likely ever be confused with an IPA even if it does hide the alcohol. Powerful IPA that is probably too widely available to get the accolades it deserves.

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Photo of InfernoX51
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most recently had in a nonic pint at the Downingtown brewery.

This is one of my go to IPA's - lots of pine resin up front and smooth finish. First sip is always a "wow" for me. Absolutely love the taste of this stuff. Just the right amount of everything as far as I'm concerned. Widely available so I recommend giving this a shot when you see it!

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Photo of mschrei
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Bronze color with slight head and lacing, healthy carb and small presence of particulates. Hops and malt notes battle on the nose, slight citrusy presence in the background. Mild bitterness in the front of the taste, maltiness comes afterward, slight virus notes as well. Alcohol disguised nicely. Well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh growler, pours a very clear orange-gold with a finger of white foam. Smell is spicy herbs, a mix of tropical fruits, lemon citrus and grassiness. Taste is the same, with a spicy, resinous, herbaceous quality that's very nice. Moderate lingering pine resin bitterness. Not a trace of alcohol, which is impressive. Just enough malt to back up the hops. Feel is medium and very drinkable. Overall a really good IIPA, nice to have it fresh.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Verona Inn. Golden, hazy pour with minimal head. Strong, piney aroma. Noticeable hops present. Slick yet full-bodied mouthfeel. Taste is excellent. A powerful IPA bursting with flavor. Easily drinkable despite the hefty ABV. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of IPA's.

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Photo of mdunigan
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Style as a Double IPA is definitely misleading if you were expecting a hop intense beer. For a high ABV "8.7%" beer, this DIPA beer was an easy and pleasant drinkable beer.

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Photo of daudelin2000
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a decent white head. Definitely clearer than I'm used to for a double IPA. Smells like citrus, pine, and some bready caramel malts. The malt aroma is strong. Taste is very malty for an IPA. To me, the malts overwhelm the hops. There is some citrus and pine there from the hops, but it gets overshadowed by the caramel malt flavor. I had this on tap previously and didn't notice the malts as much. This review is from a bottle, so I'm thinking maybe next time I'll try on tap again. Nothing bad about this beer, but, for me, just too malty for the style.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours clear golden color with 2 fingers foam with minimal carbonation.

S- citrus, pine, mango

T- so smooth
Floral hops with a resinous flavor added in & adding some citrus.

F- stays on the tongue with a oily finish.

O- outstanding beer. Watch out at 8.7% cause this one is smoooth.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I know, I know, I shouldn't review a beer (especially an IPA) after its suggested drink by date. At least I know it's been in my fridge much of the time past the date. Still, I don't get my hands on much east coast beer, so I'll review it anyway.

I don't know if there is a backstory to the name, but actually the name or labeling of this brew isn't what convinced me to grab some, but I've had excellent impressions of Victory's Prima Pils and stout, so pedigree alone is worth a try.

Pours a dark golden amber color, fairly hazy with a decent head that leaves a little lace on my snifter. Smell is pleasingly hoppy and boozy. The hops are more the floral and herbal aromas than the citric/piney hops I'm used to. Maybe not as powerful as I'd hope for a double IPA, but that could be due to sitting around a little longer.

Flavors are complex, with lots of herbal hops, some bready malts and a long finish that grows in bitterness. The full body/mouthfeel lend good balance to the hefty flavors going on. Overall, a tasty and enjoyable brew that I'm enjoying especially for the departure from the typical double IPA. I'll always love the NW IPA style, but pick this one up if you're in the mood for a variation of the typical double IPA interpretation.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nosed from the bottle, a perfect blend of citrus (tangerine, lime, kumquat, orange, and blood orange), resin, and whole cone hops. An exceptionally balanced hop profile on the nose. Pours a reasonably clear honey with a half finger white foam head. The palate leads with pine and strong bittering hop and progresses to a more citrus backend with the same fruit elements as the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, an incredibly solid, balanced, DIPA, and at $10 for a four pack, an exceptional value.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like savory peppers, some toasted honey malt, bready caramel, mild apple and pear, some tropical citrus, with earthy grass and spicy woodsy pine. Tastes like toasted nutty biscuity honey crackery malt, bready caramel, bright tropical citrus, mild apple and pear, with dank woodsy minty pine and spicy herbal earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice DIPA.

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Photo of drmeto
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
poours a hazy golden-orange with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-grapefruits,orange,tangerine
T:
-Follows the nose plus pine and sugar
-medium,lingering bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint alcohol coming on late
O:
Very heavy on citrus fruits.Not much else, but good overall.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear light gold with a big head that dissipates quickly and leaves only spotty lacing. Nose is mild pine, lighter than expected, with some citrus and malts in the background. Flavor is bigger, good fruit along with pine and a nice balance between bitter and malts. Overall, a very good beer, but didn't quite meet my high expectations.

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Photo of AngeloTheBartender
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say this one fooled me. I first poured it and was surprised at the clear gold color. Very little amount of head, perhaps I should have poured it more aggressively. The aroma isn't as pungent as I would have expected it to be. This beer ends up winning on your taste buds. The hops are well balanced and really puts out a fine finished product.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful golden color. Not the straw yellow that most pilsners are, but a beautiful shade of gold with a hint of amber. Lots of visible carbonation, and a huge foamy head from a mildly aggressive pour that lingers for a surprising amount of time.

S- Huge citrus and pine hop aromas with orange peel and aroma of straight up lemon juice.

T- Follows the nose, but WOW. It's like an explosion of tangy, bitter hop and citrus flavors in my mouth. The bite from the hops balances perfectly with the citrus flavors here, and just enough malty sweetness in the background.

F- Easy drinking body for the ABV, but still a sipper due only to the amazing flavor and bitterness that I just want to last forever. Surprising amount of carbonation as well, that tickles the tongue. I think this bottle may have gotten a bit shaken in transit though, as it seemed close to being a gusher.

O- One of my top 5 IPAs out there. If you want hops, and that juicy, citrus burst of flavor that East Coast IPAs are known for, look no further. I would say that this is the best representation of the East Coast IPA out there, bar none. As Far as "Pure" representations of the IPA style go, this is my favorite of all time. I may like DFH 120 Minute IPA more overall, but I would consider that more of a barleywine, which I prefer over IPAs as a style.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gold (4) pour with fluffy white head; excellent clarity; long lasting cap; thick, clinging lace. A blast of pine followed by grapefruit notes. Flavors of grapefruit hop bitterness with strong pine cone follow; a touch of tropical fruit in the middle; lite caramel malt/citrus finish. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate plus carbonation. Overall, an excellent DIPA with grapefruit zest/bitter hop linger.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a white head. Aroma is pine hops with a malty backbone. Flavor is piney with a bit of citrus peel and a balanced malty finish. Has a balanced smooth finish and overall this is a nice really drinkable IPA

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Photo of TheNerd
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really deceptive appearance. Straw colored. Moderate head that dissipates quick. Really clean and crisp to the eye with that light color hiding the wallop it packs. The nose and flavor are all grapefruit and a WHOLE LOT of it. Mild Carmel in the malt as it warms but little else in the malt and mouthfeel. But that's not a complaint. The grapefruit hops shine with everything else cast aside. Really great

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Photo of zshaft
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours rather clear yellow with nice pillowy head. lots of carbonation noted from all the bubbles that continue to make for good head retention. nose is of soft fruit and citrus. not overpowering. taste his you right up front with orange and tangerine with some fading pineapple as you get to mid palate. very clean and ends with some cracker malt and nice blast of tropical fruit. I've always loved this beer and don't buy it all that much cause of the vast array of world class dipas out there. complex and multilayered this beer is very enjoyable and is deserving of the high rankings.

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Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color -- syrupy-looking with a small trickle of bubbles rising slowly from the bottom -- with two fingers of very airy yellow-tinted head that leave decent lacing. Aroma of pine and honeydew, with a little skunk and maybe a little mango and pineapple behind. Similar flavors up front in the nose, with a highly bitter, almost astringent aftertaste. There's also an earthy, tea-and-twig-like element to the flavor. Extremely prickly mouthfeel with high carbonation. Interesting. I remember having this on tap a couple years ago and loving it. Picked this four-pack up fresh from the brewery, and it's not quite what I remember.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 6,766 ratings