Okay, I’m gonna say it right off the bat. Dirt Wolf Double IPA from Downingtown, PA’s Victory Brewing defines world class beer. From the pour to the nose to the palate, it is absolutely, 100% f#@*ing perfect.
I’ve actually gotten away from IPA’s a bit in the last year or so. Mainly just because I needed to make an effort to get out and try styles I’ve either been unfamiliar with or turned off by in the past. And I’m glad I did, because I’ve developed an appreciation for Belgians and Lagers of all types. But it is now time for the prodigal son to come home and I could not ask for a better welcoming party than Dirt Wolf.
We begin with a lovely honey amber pour topped with two fingers of solid, resilient head as white as sun bleached bones. Tightly knit lace is left in the wake of the fluffy topper’s slow retreat. I am in a state of complete ocular arousal as I write this. I guess what I’m saying is this is one sexy beer.
The bouquet is nothing shy of off-the-hook. Tropical notes of mango and sweet clementine greet the nose and are immediately followed by orange blossom floral notes. A malty caramel backbone comes together with a tart apple note to create the impression of, well…caramel apples. As it warms in the glass a slight boozyness reminiscent of Gran Mariner surfaces adding a heady, relaxing quality to the moment.
Finally, I force myself to pull the old schnoz away from the rim of my snifter and taste the stuff. A medium body and creamy effervescent mouth-feel deliver fruity flavors of mango and tangerine. The slightest hint of bold grapefruit and piny hops gives way to flavors of crackers and sweet malts. The finish is bitter and sticky, with just a hint of alcohol; lingering long enough to keep me at bay between sips.
I’m almost ashamed to admit, I drank three bottles in one sitting. At 8.7%abv, that has no doubt colored my review a bit. So thank you for indulging my gushing. I guess I’ might say, I highly recommend this beer.
Oh and quick props to Dave at Arvada Liquor Mart for giving me a heads up on Dirt Wolf’s arrival.