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Wildly assertive, intentionally untamed and dangerously satisfying, DirtWolf Double IPA is the culmination of Victory’s double IPA series experiment with whole flower American-grown hops. With two-row German malts and a well-balanced combination of whole flower Citra, Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic hops, this 8.7% abv brew blends the powerful citrus aroma and fruity flavors, with the piney, earthy and mildly floral characteristics found in these intriguing hop varieties. Replacing Victory’s Hop Wallop® Ale, which will take a hiatus from the market for the time being, DirtWolf Double IPA will launch the brewery’s entry into four-packs when it begins to hit markets in October". “So a wolf and a prospector walked into a bar…,” joked President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “No, in all seriousness, Hop Wallop will be missed, but isn’t necessarily gone forever. We developed that brand 10 years ago as our flavorful response to the hop-bomb vogue of the time. But as brewers who enjoy experimenting with beer styles and ingredient varieties, we looked for the opportunity to do other interesting recipes as time passed. Making the decision to put Hop Wallop aside for a few years allows us to bring this delicious new double IPA, DirtWolf, to the market in bottles.

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 US 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. Cheers, Bill, Ron, The Brewmasters of Victory.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MikeNowick1986 (10) - - MAY 15, 2014
Wow...great aroma. Leaves a bit of a burn,but in an "I want more" way. Very fruity without being fruity. I LOVE THIS BEER!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (2904) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
12 fl oz bottle from Potsdam NY, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Hazy deep golden with lots of floaters and a large off-white head. Aroma: Dank, citrus, a little sweet caramel and honey, pungent tropical fruits, quite resinous, very thick and hoppy. Palate: Medium+ body, full, silky carbonation. Flav.: Dusty, sweet, quite dank and resinous, pungent tropical fruits, peppery, a lot of citrus peel, caramel backbone, big stuff; off-dry with big bitterness and a long, dusty/dirty, dank/resinous finish.

Not quite suited to my palate. Big stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2014
bottle. copper pour, clarity, moderate frothy lasting head. lacing. big citrus hop aroma. piney, oily, bitter. nice flavor. big hoppy monster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2014
Aroma: flowery hops, tropical fruits, pineapple?. Appearance: hazy pale gold, small white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: initial sweets, pine, bitters coming up, sweets again. Overall: fantastic IIPA, nicely balanced in aroma and palate and not feeling too heavy! Bottle from BottleDog, Kings Cross.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2220) - New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours a illuminating gold with orange tinge, pretty clear from bottle. Hoppy resin & grapefruit aroma. Juicy chew citrus and some malts This guy is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1507) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Hazy pale amber in color. Nose of catty pine, light grapefruit, and mild tropical fruit. Flavor is juicy pine and light mango. Very rustic hopping with a decent malt back bone to support. Nice dry, lingering pine bitterness. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (1817) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Draught. This is a really nice big DIPA with lots of aggressive hops and fine malt balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1433) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2014
The nose is dominately fruity with some floral notes. The pour is light hazy orange amber with an off-white head and moderate lacing. the taste is pine, resin, tropical fruit, and strong bitter hoppy finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, while bitter hops are the primary flavor focus, there is is enough malt base to support the hoppyness. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4292) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
pours unclear light golden with a very nice off-white head, good retention and lacing. mangoes and tropical fruitiness burst, juicy oils, warming and tingling peppery booze, doughy and lightly spicy maltiness, toasted caramel touch, lightly sweet spicy bread, citrus skin, grapefruit mostly, earthy undertones, hint of sweetness. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and slightly sticky, assertive and almost balanced grassy-spicy-tropical-citrusy finish. mango-flavoured candies. aromatic. boozy. nicely crafted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ctplt777 (118) - - MAY 12, 2014
Wonderful beer. Simply just fantastic. So much tropical fruit and pungent pine aromas. Bitter as hell but balanced. Enamel shredding ferocity as you drink this one. It’s the perfect example of a double IPA and an extremely well crafted beer. One of my new favorites. Can’t praise this one enough.

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