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 BierJager89
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw color with a white ring of head.

S: Unmistakable orange from citra and simcoe, and probably mosaic as well, and some mango, some tangerine, in the nose.

T: Orange, tangerine, a tiny bit of tropical fruit, a little garlic.

M: Medium bodied, not smooth.

O: Tastes and smells great, but it could be smoother.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a medium amber, on the light side for the style. A fair amount of carbonation visible. A 1" head formed after an average pour. Small amounts of lacing stuck to the glass. As I neared the bottom of the glass, I noticed a few small chunks of yellow-tan colored sediment.

S - A big hit of malt and bitter hops up front, as well as a dirt-like smell. Hops smell a lot like Cascade to me. Noticed a slight grapefruit aroma, as well as a bit of sourness. Not sour in a bad way, just kind of dank. Sort of like cat piss, in the "good" way, in the form of hoppiness.

T - A solid DIPA. A bit more on the malty side than most DIPA's. And while I don't get the hop bomb that many BA's speak of, there are a lot of quality hops. Very bitter, yet sour at the same. Again, in a very pleasant way. Noticed the grapefruit in the taste as well, and also detected a unique fruity taste, difficult to put my finger on. Possibly a very light skittle-type candy. Because of this, I'm assuming there are some Citra hops in there, as well. Wouldn't mind the beer being "juicier" or fruitier. As the beer warmed, much more sweet malt was noted, most likely caramel malt. A good DIPA.

F - A bit dry, but easy to drink. Certainly a sipper, but it's very drinkable. I know most people don't like DIPA's with a meal (I usually don't, either), but I can imagine this being very good with red meat or chinese food.

O - While I'm not lauding this as the best DIPA of the year as some people are, it's a very good representation of the style. Lot's of great hop flavor and seemingly more malt flavor than most DIPA's. It won't overtake Heady Topper, Cafe Racer 15, SN Hoptimum or Ruination on my list of favorite DIPA's, but I really enjoyed this beer, and will purchase again.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow, almost orange with a white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of pine from the hops, was hard to detect anything else. The taste was great with bright hops and lemon peel coming through first and then giving way to the sweetness of the malt for a very clean finish. Mine was a little over-carbonated but I still thought it was exceptionally solid.

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Photo of gr0g
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden appearance. Capped with a nice, fluffy white head with good retention. Good lace formation. Aroma is nice and powerful, primarily a nice, pungent citrus rind character. With Citra and Mosaic in the mix, I was hoping for a more tropical vibe, but there's still complexity in the form of melon and passion fruit undertones.

Flavor profile is appropriately hop-focused. Nice, snappy bitterness. Bitter grapefruit and citrus rind. Slick, oily mouthfeel, plenty carbonated, but not at all prickly. There's a bit of sweetness befitting a DIPA but nothing more, as the hops are allowed to shine through. Slight alcohol heat reminds you that this is no session IPA.

DirtWolf is a couple notches above Victory's incumbent DIPA, Hop Wallop. At only $8 for a 4-pack (in southern NJ), it's not just great, it's also a great value.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a caramel light brown with good clarity and nice foamy head that leaves nice lacing after each drink.

S - Extremely Floral with citrus and perfume notes. The smell is intoxicating in its own right.

T - Citrus bitter punch, resinous, balanced by a malty sweetness and closes with a sharp bitter bite. Easy to drink DIPA.

O - Note to self - I must get this again. This is a solid DIPA - must try.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pleasant white foam head, crystal clear yellowish gold, nice lively effervescence.

S- Slightly boozy citrus is present.

T- This has pleasant bitterness to the point of a slight mouth drying effect. The IPA citrus sweetness is present as well.

M- Slight puckering from the bitterness, dryness left behind tempts the next sip. As it warms the flavor rounds out nicely.

O- This is an enjoyable DIPA, I don't think it stands above the other high end DIPA's but it certainly doesn't sink below either. I would definitely buy this again.

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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 magpieken
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz bottle. Enjoy by 29/10/2015. Opaque, pale gold colour with a generous, slightly off-white head, which thinned out but left some nice lacing. Floral aroma of grapefruit, pine, earthiness, honey and malt. Low to medium sweetness and similar bitterness. Medium / full body, very noticeable alcohol (boozy but without the burn), smooth, almost oily texture and some gentle bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced and not as bitter as I was expecting, I consider this one to be decent without being exceptional. 7.

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Photo of ScotNH
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a very hazy, creamy orangish color, with three quarters of a finger of creamy head. Moderate carbonation slowly climbing to the surface.

S - Bitter and unpleasant.

T - Very light, watery hop flavor. Hint of onion?

M - Light body. Decent carbonation.

O - This bottle was just barely a month old, so I'm not sure if that had an impact, but this was a very mediocre DIPA. The aroma was definitely off. I'll try to re-review this at a later date with a super fresh bottle.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 breardon1776
2.16/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not sure why all the high scores. very pale. taste is chemically and rancis. I've had other Victory beers which I love. Not sure what happened here....
aroma is not off-putting
but flavor certainly is....

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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 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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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,560 ratings.
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