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:
#612
Reviews:
871
Ratings:
6,683
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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348
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2,052
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Photo of CassinoNorth
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle released this week, best by date is Feb 12, 2014 so I'm gonna assume they're going with a 5 month freshness since this a new beer.

Appearance: very nice looking double IPA. Pours a very healthy head with an average pour. Sticks around then dissipates to a nice film. Lacing all over. Beautiful beer.

Smell: Citrus! Small bits of hops in the nose but mostly just citrus floral aroma.

Taste: Citrus hoppy goodness. Never really that hop bite you expect from doubles. Really drinkable at nearly 9%, gonna be a winner all around. Almost disappears from your palate immediately.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, a tad thin...I'd say this one of it's few flaws if you can call it that.

Overall: So glad they have distribution to NJ cause this is gonna be my go to double for a long time. Can't complain at $2 a bottle for a 4 pack.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of IronLover
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color and hazy, with a very faint amber hue in the middle. Poured with a healthy, rich, white foam that slowly reduced to a soapy cap that left sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Pungent citrus hop aromas are dominant with malty sweetness just barely eking through beneath. An incredible aroma. Medium bodied with even, refreshing carbonation throughout and tangy, dry finish. Pungent citrus hop bitterness arrests the taste buds at first with a tangy bite. Fresh tangerine and grapefruit flavors through the middle almost as if you’ve just taken a bite of either one. Malts characters are allowed some attention from the middle to the end. Finishes with a citrusy, bitter hoppiness that is accentuated by the crisp dry feel. A touch of booziness creeps in as this warms. I’m a big fan of Victory and even this exceeded expectation.

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4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super clean DIPA...

A: straw, clear and clean. About 1/2" head on the pour that settled nicely to .5cm ring that's hanging out as I drink.

S: floral, many a hint of citrus, but very nice. It's opening a bit as it warms.

T: Personally, I want a tiny bit more body (my rating is reflective), but really, it's absolutely in the style.

M: crisp and clear, it's light on the tongue, totally allowing the hop to shine through.

O: Great beer. I'd rock this again and twice on Sundays. It's not a palate wrecker like a west-coast DIPA, it's very much east coast. It's got hop, but you can still drink something else (hoppy or big and dark) afterward.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint.

Deep yellow, hinting at brass orange and very clear. Minimal rising carbonation, a good big billowing white head grows four fingers tall, with some sticky lacing and always leaving a decent puck.

Aroma on the hop angle is interesting, first hits of dank earth and a mushroom like quality. A little bit of tropical sense and juicy citrus come later. Malt depth hidden behind a large hop front as expected.

Palate brings classic hop joy. Good washing oily resin in the palate with matching earth and dank quality. Sweet quality and bitterness balancing well. Light slight minty finish as well. Sticky body and malt caramel hits lightly a bit on the finish.

Overall a good solid dipa and unique tasting one. Earth shatering, not exactly, but worthy and delicious all its own.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Light to medium golden colour, slightly hazy as I can see the blurred distorted images of my fingers through the glass. Poured a 3/4" fluffy white head that took a while to finally fizzle down to a lacing and dusting across the surface. Nothing really compelling about the appearance, almost looks like a Pilsner.
AR: Bready malt, biscuit, light toasted grains. Fresh green pine needles. Soft notes of citrus and tropical fruits like pink grapefruit, tangerine. clementine, pineapple and mango. There's also a faint flowery herbal scent like jasmine or lavender.
T: That is a very clean crisp and somewhat dry DIPA. Very easy drinking and almost evaporates off your palate. Flavours are caramel, bready and biscuit malts, light grains with a soft green pine note and pink grapefruit and bitter orange. I'm not getting the tropical fruit notes I got from the nose, however. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops.
M: Mild carbonation, slightly creamy texture, medium body but only just (body seems a bit light for a DIPA), as mentioned above a fairly dry finish that seems to almost evaporate from your palate.
OV: A very good DIPA. Pros for me were the dry finish, the easy drinkability and the harmonious balance between the malt and hops. Cons were the body and that the flavour lacked all the aspects in the aroma. This goes down too easy for a DIPA.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 6,683 ratings