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RATINGS: 1204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Wildly assertive, intentionally untamed and dangerously satisfying, DirtWolf Double IPA is the culmination of Victorys 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 Victorys Hop Wallop Ale, which will take a hiatus from the market for the time being, DirtWolf Double IPA will launch the brewerys 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 isnt 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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stevendoel (35) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2014
This is an IPA so good I had to try to find something wrong with it. An incredible and complex hop aroma with a nice pale golden color. Starts with a very slight malt profile, and then turns hoppy with a slightly sweet, dry finish. This is easily in the top 5 IPA I've ever had -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2931) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Clear light amber pour with a nice white head. Big citrus nose. Lots of hops exploding in the taste, big malt backbone and a nice bitter and slightly spicy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from Steves in Madison. Yellow pour; big, fluffy white head. Lots of fresh hop in the nose--very grassy with a bit of citrus. Flavor is classic double ipa. Lots of bready malt and a good dose of hop. Generally sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gerbewa (253) - - JUL 29, 2014
Had a very strong grassy aroma of hops. Love this beer great double. Had this with Erik from one bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
nicony79 (1) - - JUL 29, 2014 does not count
Not a huge nose. Little head. Big flavor earthy citrusy piney delish. Very good double ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24369) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm. Hazy golden, small head. Rich aroma of sweaty grapefruit peels and hay. Sweet with full body and soft mouthfeel. Dough, grapefruit and white pepper. Intensely warming finish with long bitterness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber gold with a nice pillowy head that falls thin cap.

Aroma: Big dank nose, tangerine, mango, peach, pine, lemon.

Taste: Citra hops or something similar: (please refer to the description above for exact hop blend) orange fruit and pith, low bitterness. Clean yeast. Finishes with medium bitterness. Dry.

Mouthfeel: For a double IPA, very dry, full side of medium bodied, nothing sticky or syrupy about it. Average carbonation.

Overall: Super impressed by this beer. Im thinking I was treated to a very fresh bottle, which really maximized my enjoyment. Im spoiled living very close to Firestone Walker, Pizza Port, AleSmith,Societe and Stone, so my kind of IPA and Double IPA comes from them. This beer for me, was as good as anything made by the following in terms of Double IPAs, I was damn near doing backflips. So for those of you on the east coast, and not close enough to Vermont, I suggest you put down that trade box, and pick up a fresh four pack of DirtWolf.

Its interesting to look at the family lineage on this beer too. When I dived into craft head first, Victory Hop Wallop was at the top of my list. As I became familiar with other beers that provided more Wallop from the Hops, I moved away from that particular beer. Victory making a perfect example of a West Coast Double IPA with the new hop varieties has me hooked all over again, and excited for other beer enthusiasts all over the country that have to trade hard to get a dank, baddass hoppy beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopTsing (573) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Out of the bottle poured a hazy golden brew with a nice thick, frothy head. This beer has loads of everything that an IPA lover, which I am not, will love. It has full body. It has loads of malt. It has hops enough to make you pucker. It has citrus flavors and the aroma of cat piss. I may have to get my tooth brush out to scrape the bitterness off my tongue.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tia (1949) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle. Hazy orangey color with some sediment and pillowy cream head. Sharp smelling with a little cat piss, and I get a chivey-ness, and some peachy gummy candy, and a little grapefruit, and some floral. Is that possible? I get a little of the peachiness in the flavor then- yay hops! Will have to scrape my tongue. Havent had a good DIPA in a while. Happy now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2677) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Clear golden amber color, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is floral, citrus, grapefruit, pine, resin, the whole show. Medium bodied, moderate to high bitterness. Fairly unique for a double IPA, theres all kinds of goodness going on here.


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