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RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (12876) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle from Kihoskh. Hazy golden orange with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - fruity and grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and very bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 300315

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wolffish (327) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
C’est fort ça mais c’est bon! En fonction de ma culture brassicole québécoise, je décrirais le goût de cette bière à quelque part entre la Yakima IPA (Le Castor) et la Distorsion (Jukebox), l’alcool en plus mais la mousse en moins. Souvent, les DIPA sont assez aqueuses lorsque fortes en alcool et celle-ci ne fait pas exception à la règle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1342) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2015
On tap at BBF. Copper colour with white head. Fruity, juice, pineapple taste. Sweet, juice, fruity, caramel, pineapple and grape taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
paintedmaple (503) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Tap...the Citra, Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic hops really present a fantastic combo as they team up for an inviting aroma followed followed by a very earthy taste with pine resin, citrus, grass, and floral notes. A very clean, crisp and drinkable IIpa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cwill (18) - Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Big grapefruit and lemongrass notes, fruity hops, and pine. Taste is huge on hops, the grapefruit gives way to pine and malts. Aftertaste of bitter pine. Hop lovers will enjoy. They say hop ranch is similar, but I think hop ranch is much better. Be careful, that 8.7% ABV will creep up on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmargarucci (129) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - MAR 20, 2015
On tap at hopfenreich. Lots of pine and herbal hop aroma. Taste is well balanced. Sweet malty flavor of roasted nuts with a huge hop kick. A great balanced double IPA!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (662) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAR 18, 2015
355 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Dark gold, perfectly clear, with a big, fluffy, forever lasting bright white head. Great lacing. Pretty subtle nose, not a lot going on. Musty/catty hop notes, mandarin and lemon peel, light graininess, wet hay, definitely more funky than fruity. zero alchool presence too. And zero alchool presence in the mouth as well. Moderately bitter, light astringency, quite flavourful: bready malts, pine needles notes, just a tiny warming sensation, but for almost 9% it has a great drinkability. Slightly sirupy and sticky in proper DIPA style, sugary and honey like aftertsate, togheter with a clean, herbal and resinous bitterness. Average carbonation, medium body, slightly creamy texture. I’m 100% sure this is much better fresh, but I won’t complain, it’s still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StevieT (912) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2015
From a bottle. Big grassy aroma, minimal head, not overly resinous, dangerously smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinsenn (1368) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle. Juicy tropical fruit aroma; great. Amazing fruity taste. Sweet up front with a long bitter finish. Full body. No booze in the taste. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taboada (472) - Compostela (Galiza), - MAR 16, 2015
Tasted from the tap on the Barcelona Beer Fest (15/03/2015). Gold to orange colour with lacing off-white head. Aroma has citrics fruits and wood. Taste of grass, pine and malts. Well balanced beer and nice finish. Next one please!

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