DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,380
Reviews:
888
Ratings:
6,769
pDev:
9.13%
 
 
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356
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2,097
Trade:
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 888 | Ratings: 6,769
Photo of PatDreadful
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of jhawth
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of CoalCellar
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler filled at Premier Gourmet this weekend....I love that place.Poured into an impy nonic a clear light to medium golden with a great looking blooming white head that left two multiple rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Pine and grapefruit along with sugary sweetness in the nose,there is drunken fruit element to it.Fresh citric hops greet the taste buds that melds into a grassiness and then into a sweet dough caramel base,a sugary alcohol element is there but doesn't overpower the hops.I like it,top 5....not sure,but it kicks ass.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The high level of craftsmanship really shines through with this beer. I just don't care for the flavor-it tastes like cat piss. I will say though that it is well balanced for a DIPA, much moreso than say Weyerbacher Double Simcoe (another beer that I get a strong cat piss flavor from). The beer has a nice fluffy head that lingers and lots of lacing. Very aromatic. I don't get any citrus or tropical flavors at all, it's just straight up cat piss for me. It's a fine beer and many will love this, just not for me.

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Photo of bballer320xu
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell - Floral hop aromas, notably grapefruit

Taste - strong hops with a citrus finish. A bit of a floral aftertaste. Light and refreshing

Feel - Hoppy and light. Excellent execution.

Overall: outstanding beer. Reminds me of a lagunitas Maximus with a focus on the citrus favors. Excellent beer.

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Photo of redleaves
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can i just start by saying, WOW! I haven't reviewed in a while but this one deserves a review. I had a Pliny the Elder yesterday, so my tongue knows a good IPA right now. And this one has a huge tropical nose. I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Tropical fruit and dankness. The mouth feel is extremely similar to Pliny, it has the smooth roundness and fizz just around the edge of your tongue that makes it refreshing and bountiful at the same time. There are waves of flavor starting with the tropical fruit, pineapple and mango, pouring into the green dank of pot and lemongrass, dropping right into a bitter cherry and round biscuit crispness. I know crisp and round? I don't get it either, but there it was. It lingers for a long while then cuts out abruptly. For my money and hopefully availability, this is one of the best DIPA's on the market. This stuff knocks Lunch off the shelf.

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Photo of Bill69
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A bit lighter in color than expected for a DIPA, but a fresh amber nonetheless, capped w/ pronounced white head and eye-pleasing lacing. Inaugural tapping at the Brewery, so this was FRESH stuff!

S: Jumps right out of the glass for delightful olfactory stimulation! Sweet and pungent aromatic florals, citrus (grapefruit and orange) and pine punch. Mildly earthy, a tad nutty.

T: Taste delivers exceptionally well against the robust smells leading up to and throughout the quaffing experience. So glad this is NOT a hop-bomb, but instead a finely-tuned DIPA that was purposely not overdone. Brings a strong, complex balance of citrus, pine, hops, herbs, mineral and malt, slightly boozy. Mildly dry, bitter finish with continually keen hops presence. Hides the ABV surprisingly well.

MF: Bright and crisp, penetrating and invigorating immediately on introduction, yet lighter feel than expected and just the right amount of carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

O: Peace out Hop-Wallop. This new DIPA is the real deal. Excellent job Victory!

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Photo of Kadonny
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured fresh soon after it's inaugural release from tap at the Victory Brewpub. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium to dark copper color with a one finger white head. Full ring glass lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit on the nose, some slight pine and darker notes and some slight sweetness. Nice smelling beer.

T: Up front the massive citrus and tropical flavored hops really shine. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango all mix together. The sweetness of the malt keeps the beer in check and provides a nice full body, but it never turns fully sweet but the caramel is tasted. The finish takes a nice turn towards the darker side with a spicy piney bitter finish. This a complex beer that seems to change with each sip. Wonderful.

M: Full, coating, spicy, bitter and a bit of alcohol but not near what you would think for the ABV. Nice complexity.

O: A terrific, terrific super drinkable DIPA. This is a perfect mix of bright citrus and tropical hops that also retains a spicy side to let you know this is a Victory IPA.

Can this beer, should this beer be replacing Hop Wallop? Damn right it should, this is a winner of a beer that is deserving of Victory's new DIPA replacement. Well done, I'll be drinking lots of this beer, guaranteed.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, orange, pine, slight herbal

T-bready malt, citrus, pine, orange, herbal, earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly dry

O-good DIPA, nice hoppy flavor

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Photo of aengleman
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle

Smell - Multiple pleasant hop aromas, pine, citrus, orange.

Taste - Complex hop flavor, hint of sweet, warming feeling at very end. The experience is smooth all the way through. There is some dark malt flavors that seem to wane in and out as well.

Mouthfeel - Hoppy, alcohol warming feel at end.

Overall - Wonderful DIPA. Very drinkable.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 6,769 ratings