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

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

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