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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2014
12 oz bottle. The pour on this is a not quite clear gold with perhaps a lightly ruby hue. There isn't really any head to speak of, and the lace doesn't exist either. The aroma is very piney with some hoppiness and a nice citrus tone with it. The flavor is great. It's a nice balance between a bitter hoppiness and a great floral tone, while keeping the citrus prominent and a touch of pineyness on the back end. The mouth feel is good, coats just enough, and the aftertaste is rather delightful as well. Much better than I was expecting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2406) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Almost clear straw/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is tart grapefruit with some caramel malt. Lingering tart/bitter aftertaste. Stretch to call this a DIPA. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1414) - - SEP 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-13-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a one finger of white foamy head upon pouring. The head has a moderate level of retention fading over a few minutes to leave some foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some patches of foam on the surface of the brew. Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of sweet citrus and some grapefruit bitterness. The grapefruit aromas are actually quite nice, bringing both bitterness as well as some sweetness due to the overall grapefruit smell being of ruby red grapefruit. Mixed with these smells are some tangerine and a bit of peach and pear. A light pine aroma complements the grapefruit and with a light bready smell, the overall aroma is rather pleasing. Taste – Overall, the taste is very much as would have been expected from the nose. The taste begins heaviest with a nice ruby red grapefruit flavor. This flavor is complemented by tangerine and some caramel sweetness initially, with more tangerine coming to the tongue in the middle and at the end of the taste. With the tangerine sweetness, some lighter fruit flavors of peach and pear also come to fruition. Toward the end a bit of a pine and grassy hop flavor come to the tongue bringing a slightly different hop dimension to the brew. While the pine and grass come to the tongue, the grapefruit really surges at the end, with the combination of flavors leaving a sweet citrus and bitter-sweet ruby red grapefruit flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on average to the slightly lower side. Both are rather nice for the bitter grapefruit flavors of the brew and make for a pleasant slow sipper. Overall – This was a wonderful hopped double IPA. Tons of nice citrus in the tangerine and the huge ruby red grapefruit with other nice hop flavors complimenting and a nice creamy taste to boot. This is a very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (768) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Hoppy aroma, some spice, wheat, malt and citrus. Taste is where it’s at. Starts with a piney hop, earth, citrus. Well balanced between the bite and malty sugars. Reminds me of a Camelopardalis. Finishes smooth and medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Psytron (1324) - Turku, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Smell of hop, herbs. Cloudy amber colour, high white foamy head. Heavy aroma of hops, grapefruit, also some spruce and fruit. Bitter. Rich body, lively but soft carbon. Challenging but in a very good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkolord (70) - - SEP 27, 2014
Golden trüb Im Glas, süßlich fruchtig in der Nase, solides süßes Malzbett mit schönen Hopfen Aromen. Schönes dIpa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2503) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
Pours deep golden with a slight haze and a dense head.
Wonderful aroma of sweaty hops, ripe fruit, goose berries, dark currants and resin.
Well balanced bitter taste of resin, pine needles and grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (1192) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2014
Gulbrun litt tåkete med lavt hvitt skum. Humle, grapefrukt, annanas og fersken. Bitter humle med mye moden søt sitrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gaultier (350) - SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 25/9-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Hoppy, fruity, grapefruit, pine needles. Taste: Hoppy, grapefruit, pine needles. Body is medium, the finish is dry and bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3367) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2014
355 ml bottle at home. Slightly hazy golden with white head. Aroma sweet and hoppy with loads of grapefruit, lemon, zest, sweet caramel. Taste is medium sweet with lots of various citrus notes, grapefruit, lemon, light caramel, pale malt with a lingering bitter finish. Nice one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (8888) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2014
Lahev: Golden, hazy, lively carbonation, creamy and very stable off-white head; spicy piney and lemony nose with a subdued bitterness in the Background; solid, but not completely dry, bitter-sweet flavour, medium to full bodied, creamy MF; gets drier and much more bitter in the still very well balanced pale-malty and piney-hoppy finish. Still drinkable...;-)

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