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 mearner
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured easy into a 12 oz beer mug, ended up with about ¼” of white head that lasted about two minutes. The body was golden-yellow, bright, and clear. The beer looks like it has a fairly thin body for a DIPA, but I don’t think Victory aspired to achieve balance…this beer is clearly about the hops. In fact, American hops crush your nose from the time you pop the crown. At first, there is some subtle underlying pine scent, but the big ones are grapefruit and citrus. Clearly, this is a heavily hopped beer but is still less than that overwhelming dank bitterness you get in some DIPA’s. The citrus flavors help to keep this bitter beast palatable and the carbonation is medium, which makes it easy to drink. You are left with the pine and grapefruit after you drink, which subsides when you get the blast of citrus in your nose while enjoying your next sip. Overall, this is an enjoyable DIPA that I would drink again, but I was expecting a bit more based on what I have heard from others.

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Photo of jaltland
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an australian glass. (tulip with an outer layer of glass for insulation)

A- Poured rough and got about three fingers of nice head. Retained a small amount on the surface and left good looking lacing on the glass. Poured a lighter orange-amber.

S- Piney hops all the way at first, giving way to some complex citrus fruits like orange peels, grapefruit and a pineapple sweetness.

T- Bitter hops with piney undertones. The nose predicts tropical flavors but the taste doesn't follow quite as much. Subtle citrus fruits mostly grapefruit and lost the orange somewhere in there.

M- Carbonation leaves the mouth dry. Medium bodied.

O- The nose shows promise of a more tropical DIPA but then the hop bitterness almost demands your attention. Maybe once I get further into the beer and it warms it might allow the fruits to show but right now I can't pick them out with ease. EDIT: Definitely found the fruits! Grapefruit and orange wrapped in bitterness toward the end of the taste. As much as I fancy myself a stout or barley wine guy this and Hop Ranch are outstanding examples of why I drink IPA/DIPA.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well here goes nothing, this better be good!

Pours a great clear orange, a little hop residue in there, nice lacing from the finger of white head

Smell is very citrus forward, lemon, grapefruit and orange, (kinda smells like Hop Wallop), tropical notes in there aswell, pine and yep no malt

Holy cow this is good, I love a good tropical/Citrus IPA/DIPA and this one fits the bill!! Orange, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, bitter citrus peal, wow, citrus, wow tropical, a little piney bitterness in the end

Mouthfeel is medium, a little high on the carbonation, pretty dry

WOW I can not wait until this is actually on the shelves all year long, Hop Wallop was great, this is equally great. Both are pretty equal in my mind.... But now that Hop Wallop is off the shelves this needs to start filling its place so I can have one of them!

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

Working way through new double ipa styles and this was fantastic. This could take top billing from Prima Pils as my favorite out of victory. Freshness out of the bottle was superior. Hop character delivered without burning. Nice aroma and overall mouthfeel.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellowish orange color. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Some slight random lacing left behind at each level. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The first noticeable hop profile is a earthy pine. Certain level of spiced tones as well. Some bright fruitiness is picked up underneath the heavier pine tones. Malt backbone is light but gives a butterscotch type sweetness.

Taste: Spicy, earthy, pine, resin, and very rustic hops blast on to the palate and do not relent. Medium bodied fruitiness is present but has some trouble shining through the heavier hop tones. I'm pretty sure it is the Mosaic hops driving this beer. Some sticky malt is picked up on the aftertaste with the continuing pine accents.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bitterness on the palate. Spicy hop tones carry throughout as well.

Overall: Great IPA for the price. Super drinkable. It seems that more and more breweries are using Mosaic hops which have a truly unique and interesting hop profile. This one is certainly complex yet the Mosaic are the biggest player.

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Photo of MarioM
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Very clear light copper color with a slight off white head that quickly dissipated to a thin film and spots of foam here and there.

S: Aroma is very pungent citrus with some tropical fruits and just dank.

T: Smooth and juicy with a gentle hop bite to it. The taste isn't as intense as the aroma and is quite different. I like the hop profile on this brew, very different than the west-coast IPAs i'm used to and I like.

M: Dry and finishes with a pleasant smooth bitterness that makes you want more. A little warm in the back from the high abv but drinkable.

O: A very interesting IPA unlike I'm used to here in CA but I like this. Aroma is great, taste is awesome and overall this beer is tasty.

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Photo of JrBuck10
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- somewhat translucent orange/yellow with a rather small head after a vigorous poor.

Smell- picking up hoppy and floral notes. The citra hops are prevalent. fruity and piney at the same time.

taste- the bitterness is def. there especially the after taste. surprisingly i dont like the bitterness profile in this beer and I think it takes away from the overall taste of the citra Hop, which you pick up more in the aroma. Weird since I love high IBU.

Overall- i didnt fall in love but wouldnt turn it down. I rather choose Hop Devil from Victory.

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

i recall this beer being a shade darker than golden with a decent head that got my glass messy in a most lacy way. mild, fat bubbled carbonation drunkenly diffused to the top as the glass got less full.

the nose was full of pine sap and clumpy chunks of cut wet grass with juicy citrus grapefruit notes over a clean malt sweetness.

as preposterous as it may seem the taste was very similar to what the nose alluded to. a resinous mouthfeel was noted as a tremendous succulence poured across the palate. the malt base utilized is ideal to this reviewer. the golden hue held true to anticipation and a crisp and clean malt character allowed the wonderful hop properties to flourish. sappy, resinous pine. citrus juice and rind. a bit lemony with a dash of grass. lip smacking and drink provoking.

the mouthfeel was a solid medium. not quite syrupy. completely fulfilling in the context of what it was carrying on its back.

overall this is one to be missed when gone and the dirtwolf is now extinct in these parts. victory victorious again. one could only wish for some hop wallop to fall back on...

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a honey amber color with a fluffy head that lingered for a bit. Lacing was wispy and didn't cover the entire glass but sat for awhile.

Not as pungent for a double IPA as I was expecting. Typical hops smells of pine and resin with lots of lemon and pineapple.

Pineapple and bready malt were the two dominant flavors. The citra and mosaic hops really impart their tropical citrus flavors but also bring a touch of a flower bite. The chinook and whole cone simcoe provides the pine without the over the top bitterness.

A pleasant, slightly bitter beer. It did not wreck your palate but had a moderate amount of sweetness. the carbonation was a bit above average. A long lingering finish is a nice touch by Victory.

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Photo of morimech
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date May 24, 2014

Pale amber color with a slight haze. One finger of head forms and settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Not the most aromatic DIPA as I really have to get my nose down to it to get the juicy citrus, melon, and tropical fruit aromas. The malt does not play a role in the aroma and the alcohol is not detected.

Surprisingly it does not taste like a citrus bomb. Citrus is there of course but I also get plenty of tropical fruit, melons, pine, and floral flavors. The Mosaic hops really shine in this beer. The malt is dry with little impactful flavor. Cannot taste the alcohol despite its level. Nice level of hop flavor to accompany the bitterness.

Medium body with good carbonation. Lively without being harsh. Nice feel for a big hoppy, bitter beer.

Features some of my favored hops. If they would of used Nugget instead of Citra, I may of had a beergasm. Overall some really nice hop flavors that compliment each other.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

If you're not a fan of the Mosaic hop, this isn't a beer for you. My ultimate test of quality is If I finish a beer and immediately thirst for another of the same... that's great beer.

I didn't finish the first bottle of Dirt Wolf. But I had another bottle the next day. It make take me some time to come around to this again, it's not a BAD beer... just not for me.

This hop profile is a departure for Victory, IMHO. If you're a fan of Hop Devil or Hop Wallop, you may have to look twice at the label. It just doesn't seem like a Victory beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber golden color with a thick one finger head with decent retention and leaving laces and a constant ring.
Delicious, intense and fresh aroma of passion fruit, mango, peaches, pineapple, bready malt. Hints of grapefruits and pine.
Acid, bold and bitter taste. Notes of spices, orange peel, peaches, resin, lime, earth, grapefruit, grass, mango, and toasted and caramel malts. Dry and bitter aftertaste, but smoother than I would expect with such hop profile.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.7% abv is very well disguised.
Excellent double IPA, not overly sweet as some in the style and very bold in flavor and bitterness. Loved the tartness citric touch and the incredible hop complexity. I didn’t see that coming, I bought it randomly.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured with a 1 inch, soft/frothy, off-white head. The beer is a golden pale color with a bit of haziness to it. Lacing is left all the way around the glass once the head dissipated.

Aroma - Wonderful smells come from this one. Tropical fruits, peach, grapefruit, and some resinous undertones combine to produce a magnificent aroma.

Taste - Similar to the smell; peach, grapefruit, resin and some floral flavors linger about.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Smooth with moderate carbonation. Bitterness from the hops comes through in the end, but in an enjoyable way.

Overall - Great creation from Victory and I am glad this will be a year round offering. Looking forward to having another soon.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden hue with a sticky white head. Amazing nose, lots of tropical, fruit, pine, earthy rusticness. Taste is much the same with big bold bitterness.

Beneath everything is a solid yet slightly sweet malt body which carries a moderately carbonated, full bodied blend of hop flavors across the tongue. Up front look for tropical hop flavors, pineapple, papaya and mango. Along the mid-palate is a tart-citric hop flash and bitter resinous piney presence. On the back end look for that bold brash rustic earthy bitterness. Finishes slick with a lingering bitterness and fruitiness that builds with every sip. An amazing blend of hops that showcases their fruity sweet characters and balances with their bold bittering properties. Mouthwatering to say the least. (At cooler temperatures you can taste more of those earthy bitter flavors while as the beer warms you can expect to taste more of the fruity sweet hop flavors)

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

A - pale gold with a nice finger of soft silky head. Good wispy lace retention.

S - surprisingly earthy with grassy and lemon notes. Also a hint of peach. Not the dank citrus bomb you would expect.

T - taste brings lemon, orange and grapefruit, but not in a sharp or aggressive way. Soft touches of mango and peach also follow. All of this against a grassy, herbal backdrop. Nice bready caramel malt center. Dry floral finish.

M - mouthfeel is soft and dry almost more like a Belgian blonde or saison than an IPA.

Overall, nicely restrained, with a lot of nuanced flavors. Doesn't smack you in the face like a lot of DIPAs. It's strangely reminiscent of some sort of Ocean Spray cran-peach-guava juice. Quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Too bad Victory stopped putting dates on their bottles...

Bright orange that becomes hazy as the last bit is poured. Frothy collar of lace around the edges of the glass, not the longest lasting retention or surface coverage.

Pungent hop aroma, floral sandalwood and slightly cheesy.

Resinous bitterness, slight citrusy sweetness, bready malt middle. Dry aftertaste, some dried citrus peel. Fairly smooth and easy to drink, abv is felt but not overbearing. It's good but not especially nuanced, not really a world beater in my opinion.

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

Crisp amber body? Check. Small cream head, with decent lacing? Check. Sweet malts as a prelude to juicy fruity hops? Check. Nose finishes pine-ish, and round as a gumball. Tongue follows the same blueprint. This is not a groundbreaking beer by any means, but what it is is very delicious. Finish is sweet giving way to a gently abrasive finish. As I said this is not breaking any new ground, but it is extremely enjoyable. Would gladly grab another.

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Photo of whiterabbit
3.09/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really eager to try this anticipated Double IPA from Victory, love their stuff!

A - Nice, hazy golden yellow . Mellow, yet inviting

S - Ok, now I get it. I have seen and heard the term "cat pee" and always shook my head. I won't anymore. Wow, about as uninviting as it gets, and I get that this particular hop has that effect.

T - MUCH better than the smell. starts out grapefruit, more pith than peel, bitter, piney grass, and subtle tangerine in there somewhere. Sticky - bigtime. But that good bitter you want from a double.

M - smoother than what it sounds, definite layers and various taste profiles here. I kinda dig that. Not a boring offering, that is for sure!

O - I expected more. Unfortunately when there is a lot of hype for a product, there is an expectation that you cannot help but to have. There will be those who swear by this, and those that will not get it, not even for a minute. I fall somewhere in between, as I think it is worth a try, but does not rock my particular vote. Am going to grab some Harvest ales next....

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very bright, goldenrod coloring with sediment throughout and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. A sparse, film, bright white surface coat of head clings throughout while you drink. Aromas of wet, resinous hops, with bitter notes throughout, tangy citrus highlights of tangerine and grapefruit, subtle pine notes, and a rich caramel backbone. This smells pretty damn good! Flavors are roast and resin forward, with piney notes throughout. Subtle citrus highlights accent the bold malt backbone of caramel, and there are kicks of pepper, cut grass, pine tassel, and bitterness throughout. Very dynamic and layered palate, with a resinous undertone throughout that is a hophead's dream. Very tasty, and very drinkable despite increased ABV and heavier taste profiles. The body is robust and smooth, yet kept light with the increased carbonation. That same carbonation also helps clean up the finish, which comes together as a crisp, slightly effervesced, bitter finale. Great beer!

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Photo of bum732
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: Big passion fruit and peach notes, apple blossoms, some candy-like perceived sweetness

L: Hazy, golden yellow, creamy white head that dissipates.

T: Sweet, passion fruit like malt with additional peach hoppiness. Medium high, resiny bitterness. Clean, light malt sweetness throughout. Smooth hop flavor into the finish. Finishes semi-dry with residual peach and citrus.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Touch of alcoholic heat.

Solid stuff, quite drinkable without being overwhelming. Not sure if citra or mosaic, but quite pungent.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is a little weird. It's a great big American style IPA that works, but the aroma is a little over the top and smells a little of ass. Not good.

This well made brew pours pretty, keeps a little head and is fairly clear. Nice looking. The aforementioned issue with the aroma is obvious from the first, but the taste does not have the same funkiness. The taste is great. The aftertaste reveals just a tad of that funky smell.

Overall, this is a failure - I would not refuse one but I will try to remember not to buy it - I really would want to avoid it with good food.

I had another bottle of this and also had it on tap at Melt (without food). I'll stick with my rating, but it was better.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dogwood Growlers in Kennesaw, GA. Great place.

Appearance 4.0: Really nice amber-golden color to this beer. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded into very attractive foamy residue that lasted the entire session. Good lacing.

Smell 2.75: Note to brewers: adopt a male cat. Litter box train it. Now, when blending hops for your IPAs (Imperial or otherwise) make sure that -when combined-- they do not produce a smell like the cat's urine. If only the brewers at Liberty followed this simple procedure. Bleargh. However, there are some good points to this beer's bouquet, it's just that the cat urine thing...yeah, hard to move beyond it.

Taste 3.5: Front is...nuts, I still detect some of that cat pee at this taste level. Nonetheless, the middle is a revelation with a big kick of lovely pine, grapefruit rind, a subtle floral taste; all balanced with a very pleasant maltiness. Finish is big in the front of the palate with malt, sweetness and hop bitterness, then fades quickly into the Aftertaste level which is long and hoppy and very satisfying. Almost makes me forget about the cat pee.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Typical C02 carbonation (it's a growler, duh!) that was right on the money for the style.

Overall 3.5: Good beer and good example of the style. Not a hint of the massive ABV this bad boy packs, so be careful. However, let this beer stand as an example to other brewers: match the blended hop scent with care before you go into final production.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 4/27/2014
A - hazy golden-tangerine color, thinner foamy off-white head leaves a bit of lacing
S - juicy, fruity, tropical mango and pineapple
T - juicy and bitter, tropical Citra hops dominate the palate, biscuity, grassy, pineapple, acidic at times
M - resinous and dry, medium bodied, bitterness lingers
O - good hop forward DIPA, but I'm finding all these Citra hopped beers to be so similar in flavor. This one is very well crafted, but I much preferred the old school DIPA, Hop Wallop, to this new-age DIPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, best by 4/27/2014. Not sure what Victory's standard dating is- if its 4 months vs 6 months or not. We can probably assume it's a little over a month old. Poured into a shaker pint today, 1/3/2014.

Pours a clean, lager-like straw-orange body, very appealing with a 1cm white head that retains quite well. In fact, ten minutes later there is still a thick, thick white film on top. Splotchy lacing throughout. Definitely a delicious looking DIPA.

Smells very floral, dank with a dash of citrus. Very floral and dank nose that is rescued a bit by the citrus aspect of the nose. Not super intense but certainly not a wilting flower here. Some breadiness backs up the hops.

Tastes a lot better than it smells- Up front is the floral hops- a lot of it accompanied by quite a bit of dankness with a slight earthiness- which transitions into a nice citrusy mid-palate, ending with a piney bitterness. A bit of breadiness is tasted throughout the swallow. Delicious with a good bit going on.

Medium bodied, perfect carbonation and creamy. Resinous on the palate- after each swallow, I can move my tongue around in my mouth and it remains quite hoppy. It's like drinking a whole wet hop and sucking on it. Actually is not that bitter compared to a lot of other DIPAs out there. And no sign of the 8.7% ABV, as expected.

This is a well-done wet DIPA, especially for the price of $10/4 pack. Very well-integrated and complex, with a really nice resinous mouthfeel. The nose suffers a little bit for some reason, however that is not enough to make me not recommend this beer to the hopheads out there.

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Photo of ScotNH
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a very hazy, creamy orangish color, with three quarters of a finger of creamy head. Moderate carbonation slowly climbing to the surface.

S - Bitter and unpleasant.

T - Very light, watery hop flavor. Hint of onion?

M - Light body. Decent carbonation.

O - This bottle was just barely a month old, so I'm not sure if that had an impact, but this was a very mediocre DIPA. The aroma was definitely off. I'll try to re-review this at a later date with a super fresh bottle.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,549 ratings.
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