Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into tulip. I'm pretty sure it says "enjoy by October 19, 2012" on the label, which seems pretty extreme for an IPA, especially since I bought this at least 2.5 months ago. The last bottle of the six-pack, so I guess I'd better review this one!
Pours a bright orange-straw with 2 fingers of white head. Crystal-clear, lots of carbonation bubbles. Leaves a very pretty, very thick lacing on the glass as it falls.
Smells great, actually. Much better than I was expecting. Perhaps it was the unintentional fridge-aging, but the malts come through pretty strongly. They're still in the back seat, but definitely noticeable, which I like. When I was drinking it fresh, I remember the hops completely dominating everything.
Even though I was worried about the age on this one, trust me, the hops are definitely still there. It hits you right up front with strong bitterness, and then moves into grapefruit and pine. Not subtle, but tasty. It's also extremely malty, which I LOVE.
The high carbonation in this gives it a creaminess that keeps it from being too sweet. Finishes pretty dry for something with this much sugar in it. Bitterness sticks around.
I have a weakness for IPAs with a strong malt background, so I liked this much better with a little age on it. Fours all the way across the board. Take THAT, people who say Pliny falls off after a week.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2012 00:16:52 | More by Blargimus
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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
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