DirtWolf

Pennsylvania
United States
Victory Dirtwolf Double IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Darkly heroic, Humulus Lupulus (hops) have empowered brews with bite and character since the 11th century.  DirtWolf is a tribute to these untamed vines which rise from the earth with the voracity of a “wolf among sheep.” Hops have made an assertive comeback in American craft brewing.  Revel in the best U.S. varieties of hops, in their natural, whole flower form, as they bring a vital, pungent reality to the soul of a wild element in our dangerously satisfying DirtWolf Double IPA.

This dangerously delicious recipe features often subtle, but sometimes assertive signatures of American hop varieties. Look for: 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.

Profile

ABV: 
8.7%
Hops: 
Citra, Chinook, Simcoe, Mosaic
Malts: 
Two-Row
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pouring a brilliantly clear gold with a nice poofy head of tiny ivory bubbles, the initial aroma is grassy with some pine notes, grapefruit, and a bit of bready character to hold up the substantial hops. The first sip brings piney and grassy hops up front, light stone fruit and gooseberry mid-palate and a hint of garlic in the fairly dry, moderately bitter yet balanced finish. This beer has a medium body, really nice balance, medium carbonation, and a substantial alcohol warmth that is clean and not hot. It's also crisp and very smooth – an excellent example of an East Coast-style Double IPA. Pour this in a snifter or tulip and sip it slowly – it will sneak up on you! I combined the beer (after evaluating) with lightly salted yellow pear tomatoes – yummy! This would also go well with a vegetable and bread cheese fondue.

Popular Reviews

emurtaugh's picture

My Score: 
54
Aroma: 
8 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
24/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
10/ 10
Overall Impression: 
6/ 20
A painfully average brew that really only impressed with how much like dehydrated piss it smells. Not much to the flavor other than intensely bitter notes that linger far longer on the tongue than is really necessary. Worth a taste, but don't be surprised if you find yourself dreaming of better beers while tasting it.