DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#652
Reviews:
878
Ratings:
6,720
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
352
Gots:
2,073
Trade:
33
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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is basically the recipe to Enjoy By (9.13.13) but in four packs from Victory. the only differences would be a little more pine on the back end which i do love. isn't necessarily the most memorable, but at about $10 for a four pack i'd choose this over Enjoy By any day. alcohol is pretty much hidden completely, save for the end of the brew there is a little bite. Overall solid beer, but i felt this was an opportunity to do something different that wasn't taken.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Great labeling.

Appearance - Light gold with straw coming through the edges. Sticky white lacing. On a 1/8" head.

Aroma - Leafy hops. And a bit of malt. Grapefruit rind, and something fruity. Not sure exactly the fruit I'm looking for.

Taste - Similar to the aroma. More leafy bitter hops. Malt is balanced perfectly.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, yet oily, and lively. Perfect for a double IPA.

Overall - DirtWolf might be my favorite readily available DIPA. I'm not a "hop head" but I could down these. Alcohol is well hidden.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of utopiajane
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like hazed sunlight with some bubbles rising to the top. A fat creamy head of white foam that is slow to fall and leaves a cap then a ring and film on top. I could smell the nose from the bottle before I even poured it. Pine and citrus, Bright. Has a citrus twang on the nose with candied orange peel and tropical notes. Honey sweet malt under that and a great perfume. Icy sweetness, deeply sweet fruits & pine needles.

Taste is tremendous. Has a nice smooth character that greets you with honey and sweet citrus. Earthy hops, grapefruit and a crisp bitter lay it out for the finish. Pine needles like in wintertime. Smooth sweet malt that continues to flow and a dry finish that is sticky and resiny with a lingering floral aftertaste.

The perfume on this beer is intense and the drink itself is cultivated. It warms slightly in the dry finish but there is nary a trace of alcohol except for that. The mouthfeel is unbroken by anything harsh or unpolished. I'll have another.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottom Line: This is a good beer, and well worth it's $2.50 per bottle price. It is a nice IPA that I imagine pairs well with turkey cheese sandwiches or pizza. It is not super bitter and it is not overpoweringly flavorful. If anything, my complaint is that this beer is not complex enough. The right flavors are there, but if you figuratively blink, you might miss them.

A: 85% opaque, golden,-orange beer that reminds me of the tips of a fireplace flame. A quick swirl reveals small carbonation bubbles that quickly run down the side of the glass and dissipate with little hint that they ever existed to begin with.

S: Light hoppy notes. A little bit floral, with a hint of orange juice and yeast. No other notes to speak of.

T: Thin grapefruit notes, good hoppy flavor. The forward character is grapefruit peel, with a hint of citrus. As the initial flavor recedes, one is left with a mild sweetness and a lingering mild bitterness. The flavor is overall pleasant, but it is hard to discern anything that makes this beer more than a well-done representative of its style.

M: Medium carbonation that initially bites at the tongue, but does not linger or stick to the mouth. A little thin and lacking in oiliness for my liking.

Overall: I like this beer, and I think I liked it even more when I had it freshly squeezed about a week after it was bottled. With my second bottle, drank for the purposes of this review two weeks later, I want to say that the hop character has faded a bit already. I may be imagining that. Nonetheless, I want a little bit more sour, a little bit more citrus, or a little bit more sweet. The flavors are there, but I wish they were more forward and a little more complex.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 6,720 ratings