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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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - DEC 11, 2013
FROM NOTES: October 22, ’13. A: Tropical fruit, orange, mango, and hops. Really floral and fresh. A: Pours a slight cloudy golden orange color, with a nice one finger off white head at the top, leaves a pretty good amount of lacing around the glass. T: Initially an earthy hops bitterness followed by a mild caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy. P: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky. O: A decent 2IPA but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holtguy (129) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours gold with floaters of yeast. Unappealing looking. Pungent aroma of hops, grapefruit and orange zest. Flavor is pretty well balanced. Sweet malt bill with nice bitterness. Not too heavy. Very good, but not so different than the seemingly hundreds of other double IPAs out there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5025) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice big hoppy flavor and finish. Big malt and lots of hops follow this beer throughout. Tasty as hell.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (2064) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Hazy amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, pungent floral hops, some pine, & citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, caramel, rich pine hops, some tropical fruit, and citrus; Finish is fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Good Stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1053) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle. Taste is bitter citrus, dough, pine, wood and a nice dose of booze. Solid IPA. Cheers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3026) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Tap, gold pour with white head. Nose and taste are super hoppy and bitter, awesome citrus for days

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjmc64 (18) - Deer Park, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Poured from 12oz. bottle. Hazy, light gold with a medium white head that faded quickly. Strong aroma, heavy on citrus, especially grapefruit, also pine notes. Light to medium mouthfeel. Nice up front juicy citrus flavors, again with grapefruit coming to mind. This fades into a long finishing bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5878) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12 oz. bottle (also had on draft a while ago). Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have a nice toasted bready malt base with citrus, resiny, dank hops, moderate bitterness and I agree with many others that this is an improvement over Hop Wallop.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1624) - Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Notes of citrus and tropical fruit but has a bit of the catty Simcoe character I’m not crazy about. Also a touch too bitter for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (552) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
This is a really great DIPA. Very well balanced between the hops and malts, with a nice sweet finish. You could actually sit and have a few of these without wanting to rip your tongue out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (11049) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 14, 2014
Frischer Hopfenantrunk, milde angenehme Bitterkeit. Vollmundig, steigende holzige Bitterkeit. Intensiv blumig, kernig, Aromen von Zitrone und Vanille. Absolut gelungen! 11/12/12/13/11/13


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