Victory Brewing Company DirtWolf Double IPA
What the brewers say
This dangerously delicious recipe features often subtle, but sometimes assertive, signatures of American hop varieties. Look for: Citra: heavy citrus aroma, fruity flavor; Chinook: grapefruit, resinous pine; Simcoe: dry, piney; and Mosaic: earthy and mildly floral, with notes of sweet citrus and spice.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Bright citrus hop profile includes notes of lemon, orange, and tropical fruit with some floral notes and a bit of grain sweetness.”
Flavor: “Strong fruity and tropical hop flavors—pineapple, star fruit, kiwi, lemon—is balanced with a grainy malt sweetness, but the balance is definitely weighted toward the hops. There is a floral element to it, but it’s more honey floral.”
Overall: “A very juicy IPA with more tropical notes in the hops than others in the category. It’s crisp, clean, and well-balanced. The juiciness hides some of the bitterness, but it’s a very well-balanced beer.”