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DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of PatDreadful
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have had this from the bottle, on tap and from a two day old growler. The ratings are consistent for all but this review is specific to the growler.

Poured into a Victory Tulip

Appearance: A vibrant amber color that leans closer to orange than yellow. Vibrant carbonation with a beautiful white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing throughout.

Smell: There is a ton going on with the nose. Hints of melon and pine combined with a big citrus punch. There are traces of passion fruit as the glass warms a bit. In fact, the aroma gets better as it warms.

Taste: Wow. I never expected this from Victory. This has all of the characteristics f a beautifully crafted West Coast IPA- big citrus up front with a sharp bitterness in the end. This is staged with some woody and piney flavors that really make this unlike any IPA I’ve ever tasted. A beautiful marriage of various interpretations of the style. The only thing that keeps this from a 5 is the higher than expected bite from the high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is great for the style. It keeps the slightly chewy malt flavor broken up which makes it a very easy drinker.

I wwas really happy with Victory’s Ranch series but this takes it to another level. I think the addition of the Citra elevates it to a whole new level. I may be blinded by the novelty of a new DIPA but (at least for now) I can say this is one of the best examples of the style I’ve ever had.

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4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of Feb.5 2014.
Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy, pale golden color. Nice eggshell colored, two finger head that sticks around a while. Lively bubbling action.

Heavy floral and citrus notes. A subtle grassy note with a very thin malt backbone. Very pungent. Pure hop juice.

Taste kicks it up another notch. Wow extremely flavorful. Citrus-grapefruit blast from the get go,quickly put to rest by a heavy pine second. A little sourdough surfaces for a surprise. Finishes up with an extremely heavy spicey-boozey bite that lets you know this is no lightweight.

Light-medium bodied, slightly oily, no chew to this brew on the watery side. Good carbonation.

I think this is the new it beer from Victory. Crazy hoppy and a damn good replacement for hop wallop.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By: Feb 05 2014

A: Pours a golden orange-yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a very thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Very pungent and hoppy. Citrus, light floral and earthy notes stick out the most. Not much malt. Very hop forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some stone fruits (mostly apricots and some peach) and citrus with a light earthy undertone. Malt can barely stand up to the fruitiness. Finishes with quite a bit of bitterness and lingering hop presence

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This one will definitely sneak up on you. Doesn't seem anywhere near 8.7%, so watch out for that. Quite the citrus and stone fruit bomb. Decently easy to drink, so luckily it's only in 4-packs. Highly recommended

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jhawth
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a cloudy light orange with a finely foamy two-finger head. Good retention, beautiful lacing.

Aroma: Intense hop notes-grapefruit, resin-y, almost onion-y, a touch of perceptible malt sweetness? More fruit as it warms.

Taste: Surprising and smooth malt backbone asserts itself before being followed by a massive hit of bitterness, ends dry but balanced. Changes noticeably as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

Overall: Nice new DIPA from Victory. Earthier and spicier than Hop Wallop was, I will have to grab another one of these and do a side by side with one of the (admittedly old at this point) bottles of Hop Wallop I've got in my basement.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional....this beer has a wonderful nose of fresh picked hops. The mouthfeel is good, and the first sip brings a buffet of fresh, sweaty, grapefruit hop bitterness. The flavor finishes out with a malty sweetness. There is virtually no sign of the 8.7% abv. This beer is exceptional...believe the hype! I could say more but I'd rather take another long sip...

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 6,652 ratings
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