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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2765) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2014
On Tap at Whole Foods, Boise ID, of all places. I mean...I live here but to spot a Victory on tap is a real treat. Clear medium orange amber witha fine smooth light tan head. Nice pithy piney hop aroma. Dry sharp grassy hop flavors. A bit papery and woody. Not a ton of fresh hop flavor. Dry and a little "dusty" palatte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1041) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2014
12 oz. bottle pours a cloudy golden orange with small but lasting soapy white head with some lacing. Aroma is full of pine resin, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Taste is bitter but with some sweet caramel in the middle before the big bitter finish kicks in. Body is medium with average carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. A solid DIPA which doesn’t quite knock me out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (488) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2014
Fantastic double ipa...be careful though its 8.7% will creep up on ya...so far one of the better dbl ipa’s i have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2680) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
[bottle from Bier Cellar] You can smell the hops in this beer from across a crowded room: pinapple, mango, passion fruit, cat pee. There is probably some light caramel in there too. Hazy resinous dark gold appearance under a lacy, white sheet. Flavour is potent cat pee first and then a mouthful of fresh pineapple which becomes apple juice. A malt sweetness holds up the malt flavour and balances a very bitter, but not biting hops bitterness. Grassy hops flavour is also present throughout. Medium body, moderate to medium carbonation, resinous but not astringent at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4956) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2014
12oz bottle. Oh hell yeah. This is what I’m talking about. Hazy golden-tan-orange body. Foamy white head. Awesome delicate passionfruit, apricot, honeysuckle aroma. Massive tropical hop tones, but all kept cleanly in line with a steady golden malt backbone. Not sticky, overwhelming, brutal..nope this is approaching perfect for an IIPA in 2014. Absolutely nails it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1776) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
Thanks Spence3208. Copper pour with an off-white head. Aroma is spicy hops. Taste is a nice hoppy flavor that spreads out over your palate but not over bearing. The flavor lingers. Nice malt base to supplement the hops. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltser85 (337) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pours a beautiful golden color. Nice carbonation produces a beautiful soapy white head. Aroma is piney with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Sweet aroma as well. Taste is nice. Pine up front, rolls with some orange and sweet malt and finishes bitter with pine. Very balanced. Body is medium full. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSH1976 (220) - Delaware, USA - APR 19, 2014
Pours a clear golden with minimal head, a small amount of floaties, and average lacing. Aroma is pine, dank resin and very light tropical fruit. Taste is pine with the expected bitterness and a dry finish. I thought I had already rated this because I picked up a four pack when it first came out. I remember being somewhat disappointed then (especially after reading all of the praise it was receiving) and this four pack hasn’t changed my opinion. The beer isn’t bad but there are so many DIPAs that I would choose over it. It reminded me a little of Stone Enjoy By 2.14.14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10608) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is herbal, dank, earthy, and citrus hops with lightly sweet biscuit malt, pear and apricot fruity esters. Flavor is heavy citrus, juicy hops, supporting biscuit malt, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eruizgarcia (249) - - APR 18, 2014
On tap at The Lowry. Pours golden with a thick white head. Aroma is strong grapefruit, taste is hops with a good malt sweetness for balance. Nice medium body, slightly syrupy. Very good.

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