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RATINGS: 1194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of dank hops, pot, hop oils, citrus, bitter grapefruit, bready malt. Flavor of citrus fruits, hop oils, bready malt. Slightly sweet in the flavor, definitely a heavy palate. In all very enjoyable though. 8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beern (37) - Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2016
Aroma: citrus. Appearance: light golden. Taste: orange coreander. Palate: moderate carbonation , citrus. Overall: A mild example citrus sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
growler6 (128) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2016
The quintessential East Coast IPA. Alcohol warms but does not burn (smooth for 8.7%). The earthiness is what realty does it for me. Well balanced and well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turboninja (505) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2016
Bottle@home, from Wine Spot, Cleveland, USA. Medium/strong aroma with overaged, organic mango. Golden color with small white head and slightly hazy liquid. Strong, balanced taste with overaged fruits, citrus and some resin. Huge amounts of hops and some alcohol coming trough. Wide taste spectrum and long dry aftertaste with citrus and hops. Medium body with medium/low carbonation. Overall, strong organic performer that combines sweet and bitter/sour nuances in a good fashion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodzislaw (253) - POLAND - APR 28, 2016
Kolor złocisty, opalizujący. Piana jasna, szybko opadła, pozostawiając ślad na szkle i małą warstewkę na powierzchni. Z butelki uderzył aromat cytrusowo-owocowo-sosnowy. Jest bardzo orzeźwiająco. Podobnie w szkle, po przelaniu. Są cytrusy, słodkie owoce tropiku – marakuja, brzoskwinia, mango plus leśne aromaty iglastych drzew, żywicy (nieznacznie) a w tle kwiatów. Słody dodają słodkości zapachowi. Po ogrzaniu wychodzi jednak alkohol ale minimalnie. Smak jest wytrawny. W pierwszym łyku pojawiła się brzoskwinia i grejpfrut. Potem dochodzą do głosu słody, które próbują kontrować goryczkę, a ta jest wyraźna już od pierwszego łyku. Szlachetne chmielowa goryczka z czasem pokrywana jest (niestety) alkoholową, co daje efekt zalegania na języku i lekkiego ściągania na podniebieniu. Swoje robi jeszcze spore wysycenie, objawiające się szczypaniem na języku. Gdyby nie ten efekt, to byłoby wręcz idealnie! Piwo jest treściwe, średnio-pijalne z dużą dawką chmielu w całej palecie amerykańskich odmian nowo-falowych. Drażni tylko mocny alkohol i wysokie wysycenie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. This is one hoppy sumbitch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2016
355ml bottle from Beer Cartel, Sydney. A clear, sparkling amber with a small, loose and fading white head. Bright, fresh and juicy tropical fruit-accented hop characters - mango, pineapple, peach and lychee - with a gentle, sweet-edged pale malt presence, most noticeably on the palate. Mid-weight, soft and juicy with a gentle spritz and a lingering, medium to full intensity bitterness to end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (1368) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2016
Grassy citrus pine aroma in a golden pour. Laid back hop forward balance to start with surprisingly light fruit body and finish. Goes down way easier than its strength makes advisable. Dangerously delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 11, 2016
Bottle from O’Brien’s, Athlone [220316]
Amber, fairly clear, thin bubbly head, some lacing
Aroma of fruits, sweet caramelised orange, soft tropical fruits, no booze
Taste of piney hops, sweet caramelised orange, tangerine, sweet fruity pale malts, sweet hop resins, some grassy hops, lots of hops, quite complex hops
Palate - Soft carb, medium to full body, alcohol well hiddem, drinkable for abv. Finish as main flavour, touch of waring alcohol.
Overall - Good stuff, good it’s not too malty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (4123) - NORWAY - APR 10, 2016
On tap at Nedre Foss Gĺrd, may 13th 2015. Hazy golden, offwhite head. Aroma of tropical fruits, grass, pine. Taste is medium sweet, clear but not too strong bitterness, strong malt presence taking away from the freshness a bit.

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