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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1159) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Big citrus nose (grapefruit), but not as much in the flavor, that’s more piney. It’s decent, but honestly, I expected more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
bright yellow, 1 finger white as snow head. Noticeable flaky hop residues, almost but not quite to "Drink it straight from the can (bottle) territory. Does not bother me. The olfactory experience on this one is through the roof, unbeatable, everything is there and enjoyable. The beer II regularly enjoy which is most like this in aroma and taste is the Ithaca Flower Power. I believe the recipes are very similar, citra, chinook and simcoe in both, Victory employs Mosaic and FP uses centennial, amarillo and ahtanum. Malt bill similar as well. Taste follows nose, fruity, spicy, earthy all in one and all in full their full glory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (550) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2014
A really good double IPA, but it can’t quite live up to the hype. Pours bright and crisp lemon yellow with average head/lace. The aroma is pineapple and dirty socks, which is nice if you enjoy a tangy/dank combo. The flavor is strong west coast hops. People talk about hop complexity with this one, but I don’t get it. It’s all west coast. It’s good, don’t get me wrong. Citrus, pine, and a breakfast grain malt. I’d drink it again, but I can name quite a few beers I’ll buy first.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Earthy greenness grows within delicately candied citrus fruit before spicy resins grace this masterpiece of a Double IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A frothy veil of foam covers the misty pale golden.
-The wild and earthy character is reminiscent of marijuana at times.
-The citrus fruit notes and earthy resins are perfectly leveled.
-The mouthfeel is superbly cushy (effervescence feels natural all the way).
-There is no sign of alcohol in the flavour profile.
-Drinkability is through the roof. Is this the East Coast’s answer to Pliny the Elder?
-The hop profile is complex throughout. Never linear, whether in aroma, flavour or finish).


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5782) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Hazy Golden-orange with a small white head. Lovely hoppy aroma with tropical fruits, pine, some orange marmalade, mandarines and a mild honey-ish touch. Flavor has some malt, slightly chewy, with moderate sweetness, a honey note, fruity hops and piney and somewhat resinous bitter finish. Medium-bodied, a bit heavy and alcoholic. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Flavors are citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, slight pine, and a little earthy note. Great beer! Double Ipa that hides the abv completely. Love the how much the Mosaic hop comes through!! Great offering from victory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4939) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear bright copper body under a fluffy and foamy off-white head that had excellent retention. Some nice lacing. The nose is pretty great, a well balanced big ol’ DIPA. Lots of heavy caramel maltiness under an equally intense hoppiness that’s both citrusy and resiny. The kind of nose that makes you want to dive right in. The flavor is not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, it’s actually pretty dry. Plenty of big juicy and resiny hops in here that live up to the expectation of the aroma. The hops really linger nicely on the finish. Medium bodied with a nice sturdy malt backbone. Soft and gentle fizzy carbonation. Really nice beer, looks like nobody will be missing Hop Wallop any time soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjpeterson812 (61) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Poured from bottle into Crate and Barrel craft beer glass. Poured a light amber with a big frothy pure white head. Aroma is hops and more hops. Taste is bitter juicy hoppy with plenty of grapefruit. Be careful because the almost 9% ABV is very well disguised within all that hoppy goodness. A very tasty DIPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkitty (161) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a cream colored head that stuck around awhile. Beautiful hop aroma with a little of everything....pine, citrus, resin, tropical fruit, and earth. Flavor is a nice hoppy blend that doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but still a mouthful of hop goodness. Enough maltiness to deliver a blast of hops. Finishes with just enough bitterness for for my taste. If you need a hops fix this is the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (722) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured cloudy, golden, with a medium white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral and citrus notes. Taste is nice bitter and hoppy; citrus fruit a bit grassy too. Alcohol is nicely hidden but is not a beer to drink fast as most DIPA is a sipper to enjoy slowly. Very nice beer very enjoyable.

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