Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out very clear, light amber with low carbonation. The head is thin and dissipates quickly. The nose is quite faint and not as punchy as I thought it would be. I get subtle notes of citrus and pine.
Flavor-wise? This is one bitter beer. There's not much balancing malt sweetness to speak of at all. You get a brief flavor of toast and marmalade on the front of the palate, then a very intense rush of grapefruit bitterness joins in. At mid-palate, the grapefruit is joined by the pine flavors promised by the nose and they both keep drilling your tastebuds all the way through a nice, dry, sustained finish. The mouthfeel is firm and slick.
This IIPA is very bitter and has a nice hop presence, but it's kind of a one-trick pony. The grapefruit flavors are so intense they don't allow many other flavors to develop and this compromises the complexity of the beer. I like IIPAs as much as the next BA, but I can't compare this to something like FFF Dreadnaught with its myriad of flavors (orange, lemon, mango). This is a nice beer, but it's not a top-shelf IIPA.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2012 01:06:17 | More by deadonhisfeet
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