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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:
Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
834
Ratings:
6,520
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
25.29%
 
 
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Reviews: 834 | Ratings: 6,520
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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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great beer with very clear hop aroma and great hoppy taste, which is well balanced and complex. Another great beer from a quality brewery. I recommend it!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: August 30, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION: last Movie prep for the new school year with the Return of the King... APPEARANCE: swirling explosion of effervescence cuts through an imposingly hazy, dirty gold body... thick, pillowy, two-finger white head retains impressively... large, looping spaces resembling coral holds steady... AROMA: emboldened lemon and melon with a resinous strength... a nice, subtly malty contour weaves itself in that suggests an attempt at balance... orange and mango in abundance... some alcohol leeches into the nose... PALATE: surprisingly light and smooth, despite the 8.7% ABV , almost as palatable as a pale ale... almost no aftertaste is equally astonishing... as drinkable as a double IPA could be... TASTE: lemon is strong and center, with mango, apple and other fruits...slightly alcoholic, which is off-putting... caramel late, which rounds enough to balance... OVERALL: Saving the imposing silhouette of the DirtWolf for the last day before the school year begins anew, and it is well worth it... a big experience that warms and emboldens, with enough flavor to merit the hoppiness ... not at the level of the almighty HopDevil, but a worthwhile beer that might not be worth its price tag, truth be told... ...

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

12oz bottle poured into a wide flute glass / pint glass. The aroma is a warm, pleasant, strong citrus and toffee blend with secondary floral and pine notes as well as an undertone of biscuits and earth. It's appearance is an active, effervescent, clear oily orange with a dense, frothy, and abundant, white head that has good retention and lace. The taste is a wonderfully smooth medium high sweet with a complimentary, well blended medium / medium high bitter. The creamy texture has a smooth and foamy carbonation with a medium body. The profile is primarily caramel with a nice citrus compliment, supported by dry pine and earth notes. The finish is dry and clean with a zesty citrus grassy and a mellow bitter herb and earth (a caramel sweetness smoothes out the finish late). These flavors stay strong in the chalky aftertaste, but after a decent amount of time, it turns to a mild burnt bread crust and pine with a touch of citrus to clean up nicely with just a touch of stickiness.

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Photo of Bretribution
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color, fast dissipating head. Aroma is grapefruit, earthy, and floral. Taste is on par with the aroma; citrus tones up front fade to floral and resinous hops. The malt balances the bitterness perfectly. The feel is the only standard aspect of this ale, it feels thin. Overall amazing double. One of my favorites!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 20 Oct 15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, citrusy, and some nice pine notes. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew. It's been years since I've had anything from Victory. Glad to see it here. I've always loved this brewery.

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Photo of rjd722
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has been one of my favorite beers since it's inception a few years back. Pours with a relatively small head and light golden-orange color. Big floral scent, with loads of citrus and some hints of pine (or "dirt" in this case). The taste hits you with a ton of citrus and earthy hops, really nice mix of bitterness and sweetness coats your mouth on the way through and lingers. Though it's absolutely a DIPA through and through, the drinkability is fantastic. My family would get a case of this and take it on trips to Cape Cod; my brother and I would drink these without even thinking twice about it. Very enjoyable experience.

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Photo of squonk45
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My 1st taste of victory brewery was a winning one Double IPA superb carbonation not to fruity not to bitter.. I will be buying more of this in future something rarely think ..

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Photo of Budlum
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a pale yellow body and soft white head. The color is actually a bit light for a DIPA. The nose is pure piney citrus hops, missing s bit of malt sweetness to make it perfect. Flavors are spot on with potent resin hops that never get overwhelming. Excellent.

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Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid DIPA, but I can't say I understand this being in the top 250. Perhaps the bottle I had wasn't fresh enough? Seemed to be on par with a lot of the double IPAs on the shelf, not entering into the rarefied air where Trillium, HF, Lawsons, and Alchemist play.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Victory DirtWolf.

I've over looked this one probably a hundred times at my local craft shop and had no idea about its critical acclaim until I happened to stumble upon it on here. Since it isn't a massively hyped $8 bottle, I can assume the ratings shall not let me down. At least I hope not.

Look - Pours a moderately deep golden with a two finger white head that sticks around throughout the entire glass. Carbonation appears high and is even giving me the illusion of a cyclone going on in my glass. Bottle is quite attractive as well which is a slight bonus for this category. Leaves spiral lacing all throughout my glass. This category would get a perfect score if the beer would have been a bit darker. 4.75.

Smell - Y'know how people mention the word ' dank ' with some beers? With this is about as dank of a nose as you could possibly get. Nicely balanced centenniel hit on the forefront and quite floral and leafy. Fruit juices that I can't quite put a finger on. Earthy with just a touch of dirt. 4.75.

Taste - Ever have a beer follow the nose to almost a perfect T? Well this is pretty much that. Centenniel hops stay light to medium with a burst of grapefruit juice and floral aspects followed by the earthiness and just a touch dirty, which makes things more interesting as it kind of compliments the other flavors in a way. 4.75.

Feel - Light and creamy bodied due to the retained head with less carbonation than I had expected after the show it put on in my glass. Swallos easy as can be for the percent. 5.

Overall - Dangerous stuff right here. Drinkability is second to none. Has all the flavors you want in a DIPA without being one sided. Surely not malt heavy. The earthy edge is a bit weird in this guy, but other than that, this is still one of my favorite beers of all time hands down. Could drink morning, day or night, spring, summer, fall or winter. 4.75.

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Photo of ChristopherProvost
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy, golden color with apparent sediment; about a one inch foamy head with good retention; decent lacing

Smell: citrusy; hoppy; fresh cut grass

Taste: tangy grapefruit up front and lingering in the aftertaste; mild hop bitterness; somewhat leafy

Mouthfeel: slight alcohol bite; somewhat "dirty" or mouth coating; a little bit dry

Overall: I was little bit disappointed by this beer. It's typically hoppy and perfectly drinkable, don't get me wrong. I don't know why, but I was expecting more from this DIPA; nothing I can put my finger on. The sediment caught me off guard too, I wasn't expecting that. maybe that's where the "dirt" in DirtWolf comes from. Certainly not horrible, but it didn't knock my socks off either.

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

355ml bottle bought from The Corkscrew, Lucan

Poured a nice rich clear golden colour. Slightly off white head with hints of copper poured pretty loose and fizzy then faded almost instantly to light wispy coating with thickish edging... very light carbonation... some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of juicy tart fruits (melons, pears, lemons) followed by quite a surprising amount of sweet caramel malts, strong piney resin and citrus hopiness, faint tobacco, quite rubbery, honey, cut wet grass / hay...

Taste - Tons of piney and grassy bitterness up front, juicy tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, pears, bitter oranges), nice caramel malts and notes of floral honey balance out the hops, quite herbal, metallic, earthy tobacco notes, faint salty notes, quite perfumed...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... full bodied... pretty damn drinkable for a nearly 9% beer as the alcohol is very well hidden

Overall - A supremely good DIPA - big, bold and full of flavour but very well balanced... recommended..

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

Really great little IPA from Victory. Its a double but is very easy drinking. A little on the piney side for me as I am more a fan of Citrus IPAs but still good

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,520 ratings.
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