Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
10oz drafts at Rich O's/Sportstime Pizza in New Albany, IN.
A: Golden amber body, quite vibrant with stunning highlights throughout. A good, rocky white, foamy head leaves thick lacing down the inside of the glass.
S: What a sweet nose! I'm getting grassy hops and smooth clover honey in large doses. There's not much hop bitterness in the nose - really just sweet, grassy aromas, a touch of citrus in there too, and then sweetness from honey and the malt backbone. Smell is wonderfully pleasant.
T: Like the nose, there is a nice, mellow, grassy hop sweetness that hits at the start along with flashes of citrus (tangerine, pineapple, lemon) and sweet clover honey. Some tart, rind-like flavors and a touch of hoppy bitterness does break through after the intial sweetness - afterall, this is a DIPA - but it stays suprisingly sweet throughout. Finish reintroduces that sweet honey flavor mingling with malty, bready notes and a drying grapefruit and tangerine kick that lingers long on the tongue. Probably one of the sweetest DIPAs I've tasted (mind you, I still haven't cracked my bottle of DFH 120). Really enjoyed the flavors here.
M: Smooth but crisp feel; light body with pretty strong carb off the tap.
D: An exemplary summer beer if you ask me - light, sweet, refreshing and so easy to drink. My review took twice as long to write as it did for me to finish one glass and order a second.
Really impressed with the flavors in this beer. I'm not a huge hophead, but I do enjoy IPAs. For some reason, I kind of expected this to just wallop me over the head with bitter, earthy, piney hops like most every other DIPA I've tried. But this is an East Coast DIPA and it is quite different and I really enjoyed the blending of citrusy flavors with honey-like sweetness and the malts. Definitely going to seek this beer again. I wish we could get Victory distributed in KY, but looks like I'll just have to make the trip over to Indiana to pick some up.
Serving type: on-tap
07-31-2009 20:43:09 | More by Buschyfor3
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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
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