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Victory Brewing DirtWolf Double IPA

Victory DirtWolfWhile I don’t go out of my way for IPAs, especially Double IPAs, I do enjoy a well crafted hoppy beer every now and then.  Victory Brewing‘s DirtWolf Double IPA came highly recommended by a friend whose palate I trust.  Needless to say, his recommendation was right on.  Also, when this beer lands in stores, it sells out pretty quickly so grab it if you see it.

Appearance: Clear gold, off-white head, good retention.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, light hop dankness, mango, grass, hay.

Taste: Hoppy notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruit.  Touch of honey malt.  Finishes with a bit of malt/hop sweetness mixed with big hop spiciness.

Overall Impression: This is nicely balanced Double IPA.  That’s not to say the hops aren’t present.  They are.  But the malt character provides a nice counter point that really allows the hops to shine.  It’s subtly aggressive, much like the hop plant the beer is named after.  If you’re a fan of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Chinook hops, this is the beer for you.

Availability: Year round in states that carry Victory Brewing.  Their website (linked above) features a beer finder to help you locate their products.

8.7% ABV

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