Thursday, July 23, 2015

DirtWolf Double IPA (review)

I previously reviewed Hop Devil IPA from Chester County Pa based Victory Brewing Company. Today i'm sampling DirtWolf Double IPA from the same brewer.

8.7%  alcohol by volume, DirtWolf is brewed with imported two-row malts and American bred whole flower Citra, Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. It pours a light-golden/straw, like a proper pale ale, with a biting  high carbonation level.

When you crack open a 12 ounce bottle of DirtWolf, the first thing you are likely to notice is the huge pine aroma. Primary hop flavors are, as expected, pine --- but also ample citrus (is pineapple citrus?) and spice notes. Without any heavy malt flavors to obscure the hoppiness, DirtWolf  seems suitably bitter for this hop head's taste, although the best estimate I could find in my research is an IBU reading between 60 and 70. That's nothing to scoff at, admittedly, however with respect to the current IBU "arms race" you can certainly find more bitter beers on the market.

I really like this Double IPA. Both the aroma and flavor are bright and fresh. Beer is a relatively "natural" product and I believe that you should be able to taste nature with ever sip. DirtWolf enters my list of favorites somewhere between Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter and DogFish Head 90 Minute.

Musical Pairing: Falling Snow by pacific northwest based progressive black metal titans Agalloch. Every note played by these guys oozes with a "nature vibe."

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