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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Photo of jucifer1818
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: it comes off looking like a very hazy peach colored liquid. Not red, not clear, just very, very hazy...yet, to me, it makes the beer look even better. No head on this one, but considering how much hop everything is in it, I'm not surprised. Hop oils do tend to kill off head retention. 4\5

Aroma: wow...I mean,just wow. This one just leaps right out of the glass and punches you in the face with awesome. It smells of a bonanza of fruit: apricot, pineapple, pears, mixed in with a background of hop resins and a sweet malty goodness. 5\5

Taste: Not only does this beer smell amazing, it also has an abundance of flavoring hops as well, and it all works out perfectly. The beer starts off with a subtle sweetness that helps you work into its long, rolling bitterness that never feels too sharp or grading. Big American resinous, citrus, and floral hop flavorings that all take front seat in the flavor department, but keep the malty sweetness around to create a fantastic experience. Also a bit of peach flavor comes out of the stuff. 5\5

Mouth-feel: It has a bit too much carbonation that can add a bit too much of a bite to the beer, but it also allows for more aroma to leap forward, so I cant fault it too much in this department. I suppose I give it a 3.5\5.

Overall: Id say that overall, this beer has perfect aroma and flavor. The smell is just perfect. The taste is just perfect. It shows how a double IPA can have a huge amount of hops, and yet, not have the grading heavy hop character to drown out all the other flavors. This beer is not balanced, but its not overpowering. Its a brew that has all its characteristics working together to deliver the best possible outcome. 5\5.

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Photo of obrike
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man oh man. I have not had a DIPA surprise me so much since Lagunitas Sucks. What a great brew! My beer guy emailed me about this one and I dropped by Round Rock Specs to pick up a 4 pack at 9.99.

Nothing extraordinary about the look...fairly dull gold look, a little cloudy, but decent lacing throughout on this one.

Smell is super fresh pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and just a slight sweet malt presence. Even a bit of that "weed" smell that enhances a great DIPA. Good stuff here.

Taste matches aroma perfectly. Starts with a huge hop juice bang (perfect combo of citrus and pine) followed by a small amount of malt balance. The combo is nearly perfect. Truly reminds me of Sucks, but it's been a while since I've had that one.

Medium to light body, hides booze quite well...very dry. Wanting another sip immediately.

What a pleasant treat. I certainly hope it stays under the radar a bit so I can scoop up more fresh 4 packs at my leisure. This is easily my favorite Victory beer. Great job guys!

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Photo of Ricochet
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: (Appearance) (Old School BA) Lighter orange, almost to yellow. Little head, but a long lingering lace. A little cloudy and mild carbonation.

S: Like a glass of grapefruit juice with a back of tar. It's like Donald Duck juice.

F: Burns with the best of them. Candy aftertaste. Foams up and goes down with huge citrus. Not Donald Duck. This ain't for kids.

T: Everything that makes an IPA taste great. Two citrus flavors, neither overpowering the other. Slight tar balancing. Plus, a juicy fruit flavor that fills out the portfolio with the mellow burn of a higher ABV

Well. This is one that you should buy, then cellar for two months. I did. When I had these, I felt it was a bit raw. This one I kept for a review, and well, it made the difference. Kind of like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. Better two months after purchase. I have one cellared for Christmas. Mmmmmmmm.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip. Hazy orange, really appealing. Raises 2 fingers of persistent head. Laces well.

Smells like a hop bomb...pineapple, grapefruit, piney notes. The freshness permeates the nose, makes me drool!

Crisp, acidic citrus hits you quickly. Like alcoholic pineapple juice. Then you get the caramel malty body and it finishes with a piney pop.

Beautifully carbonated, and really well put together. One of my favorite DIPAs. Worth picking some up! Drink it fresh!

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Photo of pnelting
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: Honey orange color with a slight haze. Full white head and nice lacing.

S: I got earthy and piney with hints of floral and citrus.

T: For me the taste followed the nose. As the beer warmed a bit I started noticing more of a grapefruit citrus flavor. Not as overwhelming as other DIPA's I've tried. I didn't pick up any malts in this one.

M: Clean and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Easily one of my favorite DIPA's. Earthy, fruity and easy to drink. Almost didn't notice the high abv.

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Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color -- syrupy-looking with a small trickle of bubbles rising slowly from the bottom -- with two fingers of very airy yellow-tinted head that leave decent lacing. Aroma of pine and honeydew, with a little skunk and maybe a little mango and pineapple behind. Similar flavors up front in the nose, with a highly bitter, almost astringent aftertaste. There's also an earthy, tea-and-twig-like element to the flavor. Extremely prickly mouthfeel with high carbonation. Interesting. I remember having this on tap a couple years ago and loving it. Picked this four-pack up fresh from the brewery, and it's not quite what I remember.

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Photo of king75
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden with traces of amber throughout, mild carbonation with a light off color yellow head that quickly dissipates. It looks like a refreshing beer.

S- Can pick up a light grassy funk, can smell a sweet maltiness, along with a light piney twang of hops.

T/M- Starts out with a light pineyness that quickly shifts to a balanced malt sweetness. Hints of a figgy/tropical nodes present throughout, but finishes dry and sweet. Body is a bit cloying but is light yet extremely palatable and smooth.

Overall- I have to say I had low expectations due to all the hype I have been hearing about this beer, but I have to say it lives up to the height. A very solid beer, it has everything you look for in a DIPA. A little on the sweet side but a damn tasty beer that I will definitely be revisiting.

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Photo of silverking
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy gold with two fingers if off white head. The head diminishes pretty quick, but refuses to go away. Excellent lacing.

S- vibrant orange zest, dank earthy hops, clear notes of tropical fruits.

T- Clementine, papaya, the finish shows notes of grapefruit and citrus peel. Not overly bitter, but just enough.

M- medium bodied, crisp and clean. Very fresh.

O- do yourself a favor and buy this beer.

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Photo of JPowell712
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This to me is the perfect Double IPA. It pours a great golden color with a creamy white head. The smell is of beautiful hops and much of them. The taste is hoppy, citrusy, piney, earthy, and smooth. The mouthfeel is sticky and leaves you wanting more. This is about as good as it gets for me. Victory nailed it with this one! I love this and would recommend it to anyone!

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack at Crafted Drafts for about $10. They also have Hop Ranch 4-packs

Appearance: light orange color with 1 finger head; small white lacing on the glass
Smell: hoppy, fruity, and a faint smell of alcohol
Taste: delicious hops, light citrus, and booze. I love the dry finish/aftertaste. For me, it tastes way better when it's ice cold; gets too boozy as it warms up
Overall: it's very good, but I prefer others in this beer style

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Photo of ClePaul
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#Victory #Dirtwolf

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Nice full flavored DIPA loaded with big hops and tons of wet citrus flavor. Very drinkable at 8.7% smooth and sweet, has earned its 'World Class' title, Hope this is readily available in the very near future ~

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thin-headed golden pour. Bready aroma with some citrus - very pleasant. Flavors of malt, pine in the middle, and mellow lingering citrus finish. Well balanced, and incredibly smooth on the palate for a dipa at this abv.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.
Pours a nice hazy medium amber. I finger of bubbly white head.
Aromas are nice, very hoppy, citrus and floral. Decent bready background.
Taste right in line with aromas. Very hoppy, good bitterness, very tasty.
Mouthfeel is good, finished a touch bitter but it subsides.
Overall, this is right in line with Sculpin and Gandhi-Bot, maybe even Pliny TE.
A really good DIPA.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow golden pour into my pint, white finger-width head.
Smells floral and a bit fruity, and also malty in almost a pilsner fashion because of a grassiness/ green peas. Some pepper.
This one's big, bold and sharp. Where's my aged cheddar? It's complex off the bat, as the smell is. Lemony citrus, pepper and earth, juicy bread, orange citrus rind, grapefruit, pine and grass. Bitterness bites hard. Creamy, slightly sticky, nicely carbonated and highly drinkable. This is what I like in the department of stinging DIPA's. Superb really.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice pour that is cloudy with nutrient floaties everywhere with modest lacing.

Aroma is of grapefruit rind and tangerine. Sweet malt with hop sensation and some pine.

Rich flavours of grapefruit juice, malt and pine resins.

Mouthfeel being medium with some creaminess to it.

Another fine DIPA. Reminds me of Hi-Res which I absolutely loved, maybe not as sweet. These are in cuuurushable territory.

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

Bottle into a snifter. Light gold in color with a tiny bit of sediment suspended. Great clarity. 2 fingers of sticky, white foam on top. Sweet tropical fruitmon the nose - juicy citrus, grapefruit, mango, oranges..
The taste follows along with big notes of orange peel and grapefruit. There's a decently intense hop bitterness as it warm on the palate. Great mouthfeel - very creamy and easy to drink.

Overall, not the best IIPA in the world, but definitely a solid freakin' example. I can't really say anything bad about this beer.

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Photo of McStagger
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was sad when Hop Wallop was ixnayed. This better live up.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of slightly off white head. Carbonation is lively. Head retention is moderate/minimal, as is lacing. HUGE chunks of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so be careful pouring if you're not a fan.

S: Holy shit, does this one smell. Busts with stone fruit. Peach, nectarine, has some of the more savory hop notes of onion. Get some biscuit maltiness underneath that. This one is simply lush.

T: Wow. Again with the stone fruit. Not at all the west coast. Offers very little citrus and pine. This one is malt sweetness, peaches, pears, passion fruit, touches of mango, green apple skin. Mid palate picks up a floral hoppiness, with rose water and lilac. Finishes with sweet, bready malts. Extremely fruity, and not nearly as bitter as the label would have you believe.

M: Smooth. Mouthfeel is light, considering the abv and malt. I've used this one a lot recently, but it is pillowy. The consistency is beautiful.

O: Fridge rotation. Constantly. This smokes Hop Wallop. An amazing DIPA. Top 5.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. in late 1/14, unknown bottling date and, unfortunately, the "Enjoy By" smeared off, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" snifter and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 3/3 - amber-brown coloration, high clarity for style but some haze present, initial frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; moderate alcohol legs; moderate carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 11/12 - more classic PW hop aromas on this one cf. with Hop Ranch - pine, citrus, tropical fruit, stone fruit; some malt breadiness in the background for balancing

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a subtle bitterness that pops the taste buds and invites the citrus and tropical hot assault - orange, pineapple, mango, papaya, pine, resinous; mid-palate, the flavors continue to develop but are balanced out with some biscuit and booze; finishes really dry and inviting; although there is some warming alcohol notes, you definitely don't get 8.7% ABV!

M: 5/5 - moderate body, lots of hop oils coating the tongue, alcohol fullness

O: 10/10 - sure, Heady Topper is great, Pliny is nice, but enough of the fetishizing with this stellar DIPA sitting comfortably in coolers all through the greater Washington D.C. area; the only new DIPA that I've had with ready accessibility in the past 1-2 years that rivals this is Stone's "Enjoy By"; however, if you're outside of the mid-Atlantic or New England states and don't have it in your area, this is definitely worth hunting down or trading for; cheers!

TOTAL - 47/50

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Photo of leantom
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Have heard great things about this beer. Decided to finally try it. Here goes:

A: Splendid. Pours a clear orange with a massive head. Tons of lacing - and I mean tons of it. The protein content is undoubtedly great. Can't wait to try it.

S: Fantastic. Lots of Pacific NW hops. Can smell grapefruit, lemon, orange, and great helpings of mango and tropical fruit. Emphasis on the mango and tropical fruit - reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks and Stone Go To.

T: Very good but somewhat bummed. Great hop flavor, but the malt is somewhat muted. I typically like a good balance of malt and hops in my DIPA's. Oh well, it's still superb. The taste of the hops follows the nose.

M: OK, somewhat light, especially for a DIPA.

O: A very good DIPA. Will be having again and again. Great job, Victory!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap at Hay Merchant, served in a 13 oz tulip.

Appearance: Bright, clear gold with a frothy head of white foam and filmy lace.

Smell: Citrus with grassy, earthy and herbal hops.

Taste: Plenty of dank, juicy hops. Citrus zest, melon, herbal bitterness and dank notes appearing savory (seaweed). Balancing malt body without clear sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Big, bold DIPA with terrifically dank, resinous and nicely complex hop notes.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A slight cloudy golden orange color, with a nice one finger off white head at the top, leaves a pretty good amount of lacing around the glass.

S: A great smelling IPA, tropical fruit throughout, pineapple, mango and a good amount of grapefruit on the nose.

T: This IPA was amazing, the taste was subtle and pleasant, good amount of bitterness from the hopes and perfect sweetness from the fruits.

M: Medium mouthfeel, and a good amount of carbonation.

O: An amazing beer, was super surprised by this beer from Victory, well balanced and refreshing, one of the best DiPA'S I have ever had, hands down.

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

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: unfiltered pale golden color nice head nice lacing

S: grapefruit and pine smells very hoppy as can be expected from a dipa

T: burst of grapefruit mango and a little pine that's blends very well. Just enough of a malt backbone to balance this beast out

M: medium bodied a little sweet but nice.

O: this is a borderline world class dipa. Hats off to victory on their new brew it's a winner and better than hop wallop. I may have found a new go to ipa. Oh and bonus points for the great price (7.99 a 4-pack around me)

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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 patpbr
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured a hazy yellow with a small head. The smell is tons of fresh hops. The taste follows the smell with plenty of hop character! Both earthy and floral a bit of bitter. A great DIPA full of flavor.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Real fresh.

Appearance- Hazy orange/yellow with big 2 finger head that left great lacing.

Smell- Some light peaches and citrus follwed by cat piss. Herbaceous, but can't really pick anything out. Not much aromas period.

Taste- Chinook and Mosaic forward. Big tangerine, peach, white grape notes followed by light grassyness. Not much bitterness and no hint of booze.

Mouthfeel- Great body. Medium body with good carbonation and nice resinous. No booze heat.

Overall- A solid effort from Victory (who I kind of have a soft spot for anyway). Ails in comparison to the Abner that I just drank though.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,534 ratings.
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