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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Reviews: 850 | Ratings: 6,571
Photo of JohnL9013
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite double IPA's, also one of the cheapest here in eastern PA. This beer is excellent and while it seems to vary a little bit from batch to batch, even the "not as good" ones are still solid and enjoyable. When you get a good one

A: A hair on the hazy side, but still clearly filtered. I wish more beermakers would make this style unfiltered, it looks nicer and I personally enjoy the funky yeast taste.

S: The wonderful hoppy smell hits you right off the bat. Very floral, I love it.

T: This is one of the best balanced DIPA's you'll find for the money, actually, one of the best DIPA's you'll find period for the dollar. It is very difficult to find fault with this beer. Light on the malts overall but still with a robust barley backbone with some caramel malts that are noticeable, balancing the excellent bitterness that can't be left out in this style IMO.

F: This beer ranks in the mid to low levels of carbonation for this style and is quite drinkable with a pleasant mouthfeel that goes down easy.

Pick this up and try to get a fresh batch - you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of breardon1776
2.16/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not sure why all the high scores. very pale. taste is chemically and rancis. I've had other Victory beers which I love. Not sure what happened here....
aroma is not off-putting
but flavor certainly is....

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Photo of mickwin
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale golden with generous head, aroma strongly malty with fruity tones, flavour is lemon and pineapple with a good deal of hops, slight bitterness. A good ale, but nothing special, imo.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/6...draft that pours bright gold, cascading rings of white foam. Strong pine, spruce, maple notes. Soft malt, modest bitter. Grapefruit rinds. Really tasty, and the the high ABV/bitter all work together to avoid being overbearing. Solid.

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

12 oz bottle enjoy by 12.16.15 poured into a pint glass
look is yellow to golden with a thick bright white head
smell is hoppy piney malty and somewhat fruity
taste is hoppy strong slight onion and bitter aftertaste
feel is highly carbonated
overall very solid i like all o f the victory offerings i have tried thus far

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-transparent amber color with carbonation to be seen rising at a nice pace. A one finger white foamy head formed and dissipated at a nice pace leaving some stringy lacing all around the glass.
The aroma leans towards the harsh danky to oily covered sweet and barrenly bitter grassy hops. Sweet onion imparts along with an underscore of floral qualities invading my nose.
The flavor takes all of the previously mentioned flavors and boots them along my taste buds nicely. Sweet danky to bitter onion lays down in the aftertaste and soothes into the finish.
The mouthfeel brings about a light to medium bodied feel with a coat of sweet onion hop oils embalming my tongue with a beating unbeknownst to the usual qualities of DIPA's. Bitterness is there in the harshness yet provides a nice earthy feel to it.
Overall, if anything, I liked it for me but DIPA lovers might want to check not just my review but others as this is a different beast of a DIPA. Still, really well done!

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Photo of ordybill
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a snifter. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of hops and citrus with some pine tossed in for good measure. The flavor matches the aroma to a T. Has a nice hop bitterness finish.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - slight hazy straw-like, 1 finger head

smell - very tropical, citrus

taste - lots of orange, papaya. light on malt. But a cloyingly sweet backbone.

fee - thin for double ipa.

overall - used to be a favorite of mine. I am glad I waited to review. Unique in taste and enjoyable on occasion. lacks the traditional IPA balance of bitterness from hops with malt backbone.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this one at my local bottle shop today. Pours a clear gold color, medium to thin head, carbonation dissipated quickly. Has a clear hoppy citrusy aroma, taste is similar. Big and bold flavor but not overpowering, nicely balanced. Has a medium mouthfeel with a fruity finish and an interesting aftertaste. I'd buy it again.

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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 1/2" sudsy white head -- great retention and lots of lace
Bright, clear gold color
Big, juicy hops in the nose...some bready, caramel sweetness but mainly a hop show. Smells great!
Just medium bodied with medium to high carb levels. A little heat from 8+% abv -- prickly
Lots of juicy tropical, piney hops on top of what seems to be (but can't be) a light malt base
Good stuff

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Photo of soupyman10
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper beer, a finger of head, big bubbles that dissipate quickly. Big fruity nose, huge hops, light bitterness. Flavor is likewise - huge flavor, massive hops, but a good amount of candy, fruit, citrus, some caramel sweetness. Body is medium, appropriate for the style. This is quite a tasty DIPA, would definitely have it again.

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Photo of SteveGibbs
4.96/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There is a distinctive unique taste and after-taste that is beyond the basic great DIPA that hints of secret ingredients chosen by an experienced brewmaster. I'd give this as a gift to impress friends.

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Photo of youcantmakeme
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well let just say up front that this is just my opinion so if you like dw then disregard this. It's okay it's drinkable and it's an ipa so what do I really think well I don't know but to me it was just not there, yeah I could like this on a day when I don't have anything else in the fridge to drink but would I go to the store and buy it? No way. First of all the smell, it smells like piss at times the look well it's nothing unusual so lets leave it at that, the taste? lest just say that tomatoes with a hint of plastic came to mind and feel? I didn't feel anything, not even a tickle. So there you have it folks it's just okay in my eyes but who knows you might have better vision than me.

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Photo of Dan_K
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "best by" date of 25 Nov 2015

L: Hazy light orange/straw color, 2 fingers of head that dissolve into a fine white cap on my beer
S: Okay, I am getting a crazy "marijuana smoke" aroma on this beer. I've never quite smelled this before. Very light citrus and some earthy grassy aromas.
T: Malty, tropical citrus body with a strong initial hops presence, the malt fades and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Moderate bitterness, with a slight cigarette ash taste. A really complex taste going on here. Herbal, citrus, ash, grass, earth, pineapple.
Feel: Medium bodied and fairly sweet, good carbonation on the tongue. A little sticky in your mouth.

Overall: A very interesting IPA that has some strange aromas esp at first but they do seem to fade as the beer warms and the head dissipates. It's got that malty, citrus body that typifies the east coast style IPAs. Not my favorite IPA but I can see why others like it.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Victory DirtWolf Double IPA is a unique American Double/Imperial that is satisfying and which perhaps possess a sort of unique flavor among the A.D/Imp. field.

The frothyness of the brew is in between medium-thick on a light/medium/thick scale. The body of the beer is between light and medium on a similar scale. The color of the beer is a translucent but not transparent golden amber. The smell is suggestive of its unique hoppy taste, and light.

The taste is great in that it carries a lot of the tasty hoppyness right on the tip of the toungue per se, right in the beginning of the taste. The fore taste dissolves into a sort of pleasant, and still slightly hoppy after taste.
The taste is also somewhat unique in that the initial hoppy foretaste carrier with it perhaps some of the sort of wild or "wolf" esque hops the beer is perhaps named for. They taste light and more sort of "gamey" than usual hops perhaps, unless that is simply my imagination.

Either way this is a great and unique American Double/Imperial, the hop flavor is really unusual and good, and makes for an altogether light and refreshing hoppy beer in general. A great D.A./Imp, that is perhaps a must try for all those passing through the valley of A.D./Imp. IPAs.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold colour. Light hops, sweet malts, boozy, yet balanced and a slight fruitiness on the nose. Earthy, sweet malts, fruitiness, with an overall floral taste. Very nice and less interest than most double IPAs.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light amber pour with a great floral aroma and taste, despite the the "enjoy by" 19 July date (reviewed on 2 Oct). The complex hop mix goes down easily. The ABV is a bit on the lighter side for a DIPA, which is fine by us. Not quite at the Hopslam / Scream / 90 Minute / Double Trouble level, but darn close. Could use a bit more malt backbone to my taste. These are small quibbles; we'll get it again when we find a fresh batch.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a honey orange with a bright white head, no head retention, soapy film is all that's left, hazy, not much carbonation.

A: Lots of citrus, mandarin, navel orange, slight hint of pine, sweet malts, mostly citrus on the nose, smells pretty big.

T: Hit of citrus bitterness up front, some pine and resin, balanced finish with the malts, alcohol is not even noticeable, drinks very smooth for a IIPA.

M: A little light for a IIPA, dry, grapefruit peel finish

O: Very drinkable for a IIPA, nice balance of hop bitterness and malts, I'm not a big fan of sweet malty IIPAs and Dirt Wolf does not fall into this category.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A fine IPA, bringing just the right amount of happiness and hoppiness. Very drinkable, quite pleasant. Plenty hoppy. Reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks, and a little less bitter and arrogant than the Stone stuff. Dependable.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good DIPA. Dirtwolf pours a much lighter straw color than the copper/bronze I was expecting; a little cloudy, nice lacing. Smells great, with a piney, pleasantly dank note that is markedly different than the citrus-forward beers I've been drinking lately. Tastes great. Fresh and smooth for the ABV; taste follows the smell almost exactly. Despite its heft, Dirtwolf seems less abrasive than Victory's flagship Hop Devil IPA (though sometimes I want that spicy character in an IPA). Impressive.

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Photo of DaveMan
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic.
Granted, there is a near cat-piss quality to it .
But seriously, this beer has the right balance of hops and comes out with a quite unique flavor.
This is one of my Go-To DIPA's!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty basic IPA. It didn't blow me away, but there flavor and nose were very nice. Decent bite on the tongue, but the was a lacking dank quality. It wasn't as juicy as I would have liked, but still great.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz best by Oct 20. Nice golden straw color. One finger foamy head that dissipates slowly. Moderate retention and lacing. Smell of tropical flavors citrus grapefruit pineapple. The taste concurs with aroma with bready finish. Decent carbonation. 8.7 percent hidden very well and a balanced beer. One of my favorites! Cheers!

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Photo of Savan
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

HEAD IS SOOOO THICK AND FROTHY :) colour not as dark for what I am use to for the style but meh...

Sweet aroma of maple and pine... more on the pine side... LOVE the smell of this one! For a Double IPA, Taste is not over powering but well balanced! I do NOT like the cake like feel to this brew however, kinda takes away from the rest of the beer. All this said, OVERALL a very VERY fine brew. HARD to find where I live I do indeed WANNA TRY MORE from these guys. CHEERS!

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks more like a light lager than a Double IPA: pale gold in color, crystal clear and very effervescent. It pours to a lasting giant pillowy ivory-colored head that would look right at home on a lager as well; lacing consists of very nice rafts and ladders. The nose puts any doubts about what it is to rest: the aroma shows as a fairly intense, smooth, seamless, soapy melange of citrus, pine and florals, joined by pineapple and alcohol overtones. Up front, the palate is bitter resinous pine and citrus, with a nice balancing view of the light bready malt foundation emerging mid-palate, joined on the back end by significant floral and alcohol notes. The finish is a bit astringent, a bit malty and a bit floral/pine, all joined in seconds by a style-moderate clinging hoppy bitterness; the pine/floral notes and the bitterness linger for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and peppery from the very fizzy carbonation. This is a very drinkable, very well-balanced Double IPA that hides its alcohol pretty well. (12 oz bottle, 79 days before best-by date)

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,571 ratings.
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