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DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

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Reviews: 822 | Ratings: 6,461
Photo of AwYeh
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden-orange (really nice hue) with a finger of fine white head that stacks near the rim of the glass.

S: Strong sweet citrus flavors, particularly tangerine and pineapple. Hint of pine but the main attraction here is the citrus, far and away.

T: Big citrus hop flavors, more grapefruit than was in the nose. Not getting much flavor from the malts, but they lend a sweetness that really allows one to enjoy the flavors of the hops. Very well done. Alcohol comes out a bit as the beer warms.

M: Medium-thick body, very creamy from the carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Very solid beer from Victory; glad it's going to remain available and I'll keep buying it as long as it is.

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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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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 GreatStoutman
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear golden body, thin white head falls off quickly. Intense carbonation is visible, body looks thin.

Bright, tingling hop aroma. A lot of pine and some citrus notes. Body is thicker than expected, and sits nice in the mouth, kind of creamy. Bitterness is present throughout, and intensifies at the finish. Taste is like it smells, but also some creamy, malty flavors.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable, piney and well balanced DIPA. I tried the Hop Wallop recently, and this is definitely an improvement.

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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 HopBomb515
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vivid orange in color, not clear but far from murky. Nice 2 finger head settles to a cap of foam kept in tact by steady streams of carbonation. Lace is spotty but present. Smell is amazing. Big nose of peach and mango dance out and are followed by a tangerine sweet citrus note. Taste follows starting tropical with more mango than peach. Tangerine fight there way in mid palate and are met with an earthy and herbal edge that's very welcomed. A hoppy, citrusy and slightly piney finish make you forget how sweet it started. Initially very healthy carbonated and lively mouthfeel is refreshing. It smooths out a bit over time, taking on a creamier feel with a body that never surpasses medium. It's amazing what they've done here. A legit DIPA that drinks like one of the top in the class and can be had anytime. Great job!

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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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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip - Enjoy by date Oct.1 2015
Consumed 8/23/2015

Color - Golden in color. One finger white head, small tight bubbles. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell - Juicy, pineapple, sweet orange, tons of grapefruit, some pine dankness. Awesome smelling beer.

Taste - Initially, you get hit with a nice pop of dank bitterness. Mid palate is where the magic happens...tons of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, good amount of pine/resin. No booze. Super drinkable.

Feel - Medium body. Dry finish. Leaves you wanting more.

Overall - In my area, this is the best readily available DIPA on the shelves. Victory really knocked it out of the park with this one. Will always hold a spot as one of my top 5 favorite beers.

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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 captaincoffee
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear light gold with a big head that dissipates quickly and leaves only spotty lacing. Nose is mild pine, lighter than expected, with some citrus and malts in the background. Flavor is bigger, good fruit along with pine and a nice balance between bitter and malts. Overall, a very good beer, but didn't quite meet my high expectations.

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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 MadCat
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden yellow color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Pine, resin, and citrus hops

Taste: Pine and resin hops up front. Some citrus on the back end, along with a little bit of caramel maltiness. Considerable bitterness, but nothing unusual for the style

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: I can see why this is loved so much. However, I enjoy Hop Ranch more, but these two are good examples of two excellent IPAs that are very different.

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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 wiscokid920
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle Poured into Snifter

A: Golden amber, large bubbly white 2 finger head

S: As soon as I popped the top, I was greeted by a fantastic hop aromas. Huge citrus, floral, herbal aromas with a slight malty sweetness.

T: Fantastic flavors given off by the hops. Not a HOP BOMB that's overly bitter, but the flavors play well off of the hops used. Follows suit with the nose, with additional earthy/herbal and slight boozeness.

M: Creamy and oily. Nice warming on the back end.

O: A solid IIPA. I like that fact that its not overly bitter like so many other doubles; instead it's a solid tasty hop bouquet balanced nicely with a nice malty sweet and boozy backbone. A great brew!


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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 gabedivision
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz to a snifter glass

A- nice hazy burnt orange with a nice golden yellow hue to it, with a thick 1 finger head and nice sticky lacing

S- Pine notes up front, lots of orange juice, subtle tame grapefruit, grassy, a little bit of booze mixing along in there

T & M- sharp bitter bite up front, that mellows out wonderfully into this grapefruit/orange deliciousness. so full of citrus hops all around mixed with a perfect piny flavor, the alcohol is present but only seems to pull it all together. Alot of balance in this as well, its mostly dominated by this bouqet of flowery citrus but has a nice honey almost malt sweetness that lgives a nice rounded medium body and leaves the palate nice and dry.

O- great beer i love it, not to compare but it seems to have the hop profile of a heady topper, and thats alright by me. Just a great DIPA tons of sweetness and citrus at great price as well. Not the biggest Victory fan, but that may be all changing.

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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 Philousa
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head that clings to the edges and doesn't quite cover the surface in patchy bubbles. The color looks like a saison, while the head reminds me more of a pale ale. Lacing is lacking, with the bubbles falling back into the drink. Slippery instead of sticky. Lots of pine with lemon and grapefruit, some pitch, and a hint of sweet fruit like apricot. Flavor is surprisingly sweet, but not close to cloying. Like a Mexican sweet bread made with darker flour and a kiss of lemon. The back end is smooth but decidedly bitter with the citrus and pine playing their part. Finish is very dry, drying the mouth, and the body is rock solid. This is a very good double IPA more in line with the West Coast style where the hops really shine and the malt gets out of the way. This goes the Lagunitas route with the sweet malt, making it a showcase, but not the main event. I wouldn't mind having this more regularly and I'm glad Victory is back in the Bay Area.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DirtWolf is an interesting animal indeed. It is a rare breed of DIPA that seems to approach the usual the background flavors of wet grass and earthiness and bring them more to the fore front of the palate. So it has kind of flipped the script of what an IPA is supposed to taste like. Leading with grass and a subtle dankness while the floral capacities round out the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is nice and heavy with the required carbonation to back it up.

If that sounds like something you would like you probably will. To me it tastes more like a science experiment then a well crafted beer. Playing your expectations against yourself is this beer forte.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 3.5 - Pours a clear gold color. Forms up a finger of bright white colored, dense head. Medium/low head potential, high head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 5 - Extremely wet, juicy and dank hops, bittered, more savory aromas of pineapple, mango and grapefruit rind.
T - 4.75 - Once again with the dank hops, lightly sweet pineapple and tangerine, ends on a nice, medium/strong bitter finish.
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/thick, creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - What an awesome example of the double IPA style. This DIPA is deceptively smooth and sessionable and doesn't fall victim to the loss of bitterness and malty syrupy sweetness that most double do. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the style!

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Light amber with clean white ~2" head.

S - Citrus, pears, sweetness, pine - earthy, grass

T - citrus, pine, malty backbone.

M - Chewy and thin with a slightly sticky finish

O - A very good whole cone IIPA. Victory knows how to hop. Prost!

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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 mnrider
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Enjoy By: Printed on label.

A: Pours cloudy yellow/orange. Fluffy large eggshell head. Nice sticky lacing
throughout most of the beers life. Small particles can be seen floating around.

S: Citrus. Sweet malts. Pine. Fruits. Complex and multidimensional. Hops.

T/M: Hops. Bitter. Resin. Citrus. Pine. Bitter. Fruits. Light appearance of malts.
The beer is balanced well which helps smooth it out. Still the hops dominate.
Spicy and full bodied.

O: This DIPA is world class! Hops are strong and tasty, malts are fruity
and balancing. DirtWolf is up there as one of the better DIPA's I've had recently.


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

This is a fantastic Double ipa! Very well made beer! Smooth for 8.7% abv. nice hop bite also! You can smell the beautiful hops on the nose.. Thumbs up

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
95 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.
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