Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I tried this the other day in the midst of a cold and didn't think it was that strong despite other's insistence. Now I'm cleared up and ready to review.
Pours a bright golden that has a color gradient to a deeper almost bronze in the core. It shows amazing clarity and a mild fizz of foam that stays for the entire beer. Excellent lacing though, and a rather attractive drink.
The aroma is unique, I'll give it that. While some Imperial IPAs have heavily refined hop aromas that combine only the best, this seems short on the good hop aroma and leaves only a fermenting grass smell.
The taste starts as being a bit brash in its hop load, though a second, third, and even fourth sip are needed to acclimate the palette of this hophead to the bitterness of the wallop. The hop combination dominates the taste, though there is some sweet maltiness once my saliva has returned my mouth to a hospitable environment. It seems that refinement of hops that hurt the aroma does have some downsides in the taste, but the bitterness profile is unique enough and interesting in its own way that I'm curious how each sip is going to taste.
I'm really torn about how to rate the drinkability because this isn't a beer I'd want a second of unless I was planning on getting blotto and I didn't plan on consuming anything else for taste. But assuming that the serving is just 1 bottle, its right on. Even as I'm finishing my glass, I'm having flashbacks to hop madness, where I ate hop resin off a conveyor belt.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2004 03:44:30 | More by freed
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