DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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4.28 w/ 6,634 ratings

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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Photo of kell50
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Huge thanks to QCBrewer for the single.

A- Pours a copper, golden color with a two finger white head. Beer creates nice lacing as it goes down the glass.

S- Huge hoppy aroma. Big pine, resin, tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, orange), and slightly grassy. I'm also picking up some onion hop dankness- which typically means FRESH.

T- Big dank hops, punchy and fresh, although not as big as the nose led me to believe. Crisp citrus and tropical fruits, resin and piney bitter hops in the finish, and a nice malt backbone that gives this beer a pleasant balance.

M- A very smooth, crisp IIPA. Medium body that's quite drinkable. The alcohol isn't too noticeable upfront, but present on the finish.

O- Victory has created an awesome IIPA. Four packs of this goes for only $7.99 which is a killer price. I had quite high expectations for this beer, and Victory truly delivered.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of justintcoons
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance (4.25/5)
Yellow / gold with 1 finger of off-white head. Slightly hazy with low carbonation and good retention.

Nose (4.25/5)
Passion fruit, mango, pineapple, pine, and florals.

Taste (3.5/5)
Fragrant florals, passion fruit, dried pine needles, and grapefruit zest. Hints of sweaty pineapple. Very thin table sugar-esque backbone with hints of toast and Aspirin. Finishes with pine resin and lighter notes of onion.

Mouthfeel (3.75/5)
Medium bodied, oily, crisp, bitter, and dry.

Overall (3.75/5)
Potent, floral, and dry. The bitterness exceeds my personal preference.


On-tap poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance (4/5)
Golden with a short white head that leaves behind some nice, tight lacing. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose (3.5/5)
Florals, pine, apricot, grapefruit and sugar.

Taste (3.25/5)
Thin sugary backbone akin to table sugar with light notes of breadiness. The flavor is dominated by fragrant florals and pine sap. Good amount of grapefruit zest and pine needles. Inklings of nondescript tropical fruits. Pretty heavy on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5)
Medium bodied, oily, slick, bitter and dry.

Overall (3.5/5)
Too bitter for my personal taste. Fans of Ruination and Hoptimum will really enjoy this one. I'd much rather prefer Hop Wollap to DirtWolf.

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Photo of dleiner
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of buckyp
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Masters
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mdagnew
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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 crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Wowcoolman
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of FosterJM
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1778th Review on BA
Bottle to Victory Tulip

Thanks to Jake and Mike for this one

App- In the glass with some light behind it, this seems more like a liquid sunset. Orange and yellows and gold dance in the glass. More dense at the top with a lighter bulb behind it. A nice 2 finger soft white capped head.

Smell- To me this had a lot going on. The tropical fruits, the mix of musty and dry hops a little earthy as well. A strong aroma of the alcohol from the 8%.

Taste- I enjoyed it but I think too many hops were used. I think that its a bit too much in one beer. The 8% isnt smooth to me. Its a bit grainy and too much alcohol behind it. Taste isnt there with a bit of a unique rind like orange/tangering/grapefruit flavor.

Mouth- A solid medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. Slightly sweet residual sugars from the fruited hops.

Drink- It was good, above average but didnt knock my socks off. Would drink again though.

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Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JohnBender
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours some light, white, creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a hazy orange with some brown notes. Lots of lacing on the glass. The beer has some very strong hop notes. The notes consist of orange and an earthy smell with a bit of tarty apple. The earthy smell is a bit strong and curls the nose a little bit but is certainly bearable and gives the beer a fairly unique aroma that isn't found in other hops. No real malt backbone to detect. The beer taste is somewhat similar to the smell. The taste has the orange notes and earthy taste from the smell but the orange/grapefruit notes are stronger than the pungent taste. The flavor reminds me a little of an orange creamsicle. There also appears to be a slight malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. The feel is creamy. Overall, a fairly unique DIPA and worth getting at least once.

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Photo of oldvines
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The head is immense with a huge brawny foam, sticky lacing and a mass of bubbling. The color is a tinge cloudy golden to apricot.

The aroma is full of citrus notes like grapefruit, pineapple, orange lemon an tangerines. To the back I catch a subtle malt mixed with a flower and pine.

The flavor showcases the Citra hops as the pineapple and orange is at the front but I sense some lemon and tangerines. The malt is not as prevalent but that's because the hop character is so assertive. I get some pine and even an onion but it's tempered and works with the overall flavor. What I find interesting is the honey sweetness that seems to keep the bitterness in check. Not sure if honey is added but this reminds me of Hopslam.

This is very smooth, very deceiving in its 9+ ABV, and an easy drinking IPA.

I love this and am so happy it's available in Kentucky as it may become my go to IPA.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of piney, resiny, sweet fruity hops.

The flavor is watery bready malts up front with some sweet citrus and tropical fruits and a big piney resiny hop finish with a nice profile. It is a bit harsh in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, I really like the hop profile. It's just a bit watery up front washing out some of the flavor - which keeps it from being outstanding.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 6,634 ratings
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