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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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3,651 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,651
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 125
Gots: 214 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3,651 | Reviews: 1,892
Photo of Tomdee74
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to trying this.. it is available at a package store rite next to me that really doesn't carry much of craft brew selection so i was hesitant to try this. thanks to smutty33 for goin half on a sixer to split with me..

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow color.. a little lighter than a lot of double ipa's.. i poured into a tulip glass quite agressively and only produced a modest head but pretty good lacing.

S - smells pretty good.. like a decent dipa.. not too heavy.. fruity and floral hop smelling.. not a very strong intense smell but the smell is there and is pretty good..

T & M - surprisingly better than i would've thought. i'm glad i tried this one i may give it another shot at some point as it is right near me.. the taste is not over the top i probably prefer a bit more hoppiness but it's not fair i'm thinking of a PTE or hopslam.. i'm glad this is available around here although it's only seasonal.. i want to try the hop devil but i'm afraid that may not be hoppy enough for me.. this is good; however, does feel just a tad thin but i won't complain too much... the hoppy taste almost reminds me of a leatherlips ipa.. the same kind of hoppiness...

D - This is where i would give this higher points. because it is not so intense and a decent abv for a dipa i rate it higher here.. i could drink a couple of these no problem.. i'm glad i tried this.. the more i'm drinking it the more i'm liking it.. maybe as it warms it just gets better...

Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite east coast double IPA's and I think I like the draft a little better than the bottle.

It has a very good carmel color and intense pine aroma. The flavor is a little "sticky" and the alcohol is a bit too present but in general this is one to get, particularly if you haven't tried it before.

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, poured into a tulip with a BBD of March 25, 2011. Cheers dude!

Pours a bright and clear mandarin orange, with a couple of fingers of very slightly offwhite head. Settles to a thin layer, and leaves minimal lace. Aroma is of lemon rind, oranges, a touch of grapefruit, pineapple and other fruits, lingering amongst a sweet and toffee like malt. Truly a citrus explosion here. Taste is initially extremely bitter, on the verge of being cloyingly so. Likely the most bitter thing to hit my lips in recent memory, wow. This effect lessens as the beer warms however. I'm finding it hard to determine the flavours underneath this overwhelming bitterness, but I can dig out the sweet malt which coats the mouth initially and a quick blast of citrus (mostly lemon and pineapple?) which follows it. I love me a bitter beer, and this certainly exceeds any expectations I had of how bitter this would come across. A hint of alcohol is felt at the end of the mouth, but is almost invisible. Bitterness lingers indefinitely on the tongue and is relatively dry as well. Medium-high carbonation, smooth on the mouth as well. Drinkability takes a bit of hit here because of the limited amount of this I could put back without permanent tastebud damage. Recommended, and quite solid for the style. A definite palate wrecker to say the least.

Photo of Absumaster
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jasonm for this!

A golden, yellow beer with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell is citric hoppy (oranges) with blackberries, some fruit and hard candy. Light grapefruit and in the back some moist basement smell. I didn't know how to descirbe this in a better way.

Taste is bitterrrr, like raw hops resulting in a resinous, piney and oily hoppiness. There is very little malt to be tasted, this beer is 99% about hops. The remaining 1% is slightly biscuity and bready. I like it to be a little more malty. Some blackberry and red fruit add a nice touch to an otherwise somewhat one-dimensional beer. Mouthfeel is mild.
Drinkability is very good, once my mouth got used to the bitterness (numbed), it went down easily.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 brewing. Served in a tulip.

This double poured a very hazy light orange. Medium fluffy white head comprised of very fine, tight bubbles. The head leaves a scant coating of thin spotty lacing.

The smell is dominated by citrus overtones. Resiny hops with a faint smell of salt water.

The initial flavor is grapefruit rinds. Very bitter piney hop resins followed some suggestions of canned pineapple. Some slight sweet malts in the background with the barest hint of alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a bit of an oily feel on the tongue.

Above average drinkability considering the higher abv. Excellent flavor, yet the high ibu's can be some what numbing to the tongue and palate.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange with a small amount of head some lacing around the edge.

Smells a lot of bitter fruity hops. A faint a mount of citrus a lot of juicy fruit. Some light caramel malt character.

Some fresh earth hops right off the bat balanced bitterness that transitions to some fruity hop characters. A specific hop profile seems to be popping out but I can't put my finger on it. Mellow finish but also bitter. Balances well and doesn't "wallop" you like it says. This ale has a lot of balance of hops with, what seems, like a simple malt base.

Photo of elmore
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange colr from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. A pale 1 finger head with good retention. Nice thick sticky lace.

Smells of sharp citrusy hops. Very pleasant, but I expected a more intense aroma. Very little sweetness or malt detected. Alcohol not apparent.

Taste is all hops. The alpha acids sear your tastebuds. Complex hops mix - mostly grapfruit and pine. Very dry bitter finish that lingers for awhile. Very slight hint of sweet malt. Hops stomp out any chance of the formidable ABV that might try to come through.

Carbonation and body is moderate. A bit too bitter for me to really consider this drinkable.

If you're looking for subtlety and balance you're not going to get it here. An absolute hop bomb. A lot of fun.

Photo of dcgrp
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good double. Initial smell was a little skunky. Could be my nose. Smell after a few minutes is great. Hops! Lots of hops. Smells wonderful now.

Taste is pretty good. Smooth and hoppy. Not the best double in the world, but definitely a solid beer. Will easily be finishing off the six pack in the coming week.

Photo of rkarimi
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely; an initally well-bolstered eggshell-white head evaporates dissapointingly quickly to about a quarter inch of foam, although with significant clumping and tenacious crusting in the process. A handful of streamers mosey up through a dull, matte bronze-colored liquid; when held to light, copper highlights strain to shine around the edges of a glass murky with floating sediments. Served cool, the aroma starts by rolling up sharp and fruity (citrus: orange more than grapefruit), lingers with a body full enough to be called "fleshy" and nectarine-ish, and tapers off tartly. Too much body in the nosefeel to be called "floral," but with warmth, suggestions of pollen and pine (minus the "snap" of pine) emerge. Flavor is deeply balanced, with sourish hops dominating over a rugged maltiness suggestive of brown or raw sugars. With time, hops get harsher, with a poignant, punchy bitterness high and at the roof of the mouth pushing maltiness first to the sides of the palate and eventually off the edge. A hint of clover, even? Mouthfeel is well-rounded, with hop flavor sticking smoothly, solidly to palate after each sip; lacks the "shellacky" quality of some of the other boundary-pushing IPAs. I'm ready for another, but I think more than two bottles in one sitting would be too much (in terms of both palate fatigue and alcohol content). This sample was six months old; I think that after aging, the beer's remarkable balance may have been achieved at the sacrifice of the initial flavors' intensities. I greatly look forward to tasting a fresh sample. Good stuff.

Photo of thecarster1
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, beautiful bright gold color, half finger head (in all fairness this was my first time pouring into a maybe five oz snifer and i didn't do the best pour haha), slight lacing over the top with a ring around the glass, several steady streams of bubbles.

s- lots in the nose, loads of fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, nice hops, slight biscuit, never smelled a beer like this before (partly because this is also my first dipa).

t- wow, grapefruit and pineapple pop, deliciously bitter, bitter hits the extreme back of throat and salivary glands, alcohol is masked very well, just a slight wiff on the backend, this is everything i was hoping a dipa would be, faint hop resin lingers long after sipping.

m- nice medium body, little slippery in the mouth, slight resin coating in the mouth after drinking.

d- now i see the appeal of dipas, i'm not sure how many i can have just cause there is so much flavor going on here, and because of the 8.5%, for me, it's a sipper, then again it's only my first dipa, so i need to get used to them a bit more.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I jotted down a few notes on the second day of the NERAX @ Novare cask festival, which is where I sampled this beer. I have previously had this beer in a bottle, but never reviewed it. This time around, on cask, it has a dirty hop flavor. The color is golden with a soapy white head. There is a foresty pine scent. Serving this beer mostly flat and warmer than normal still produces a yummy treat. The alcohol and bitterness add a touch of heat that I like. It retains its medium/full bodied feel. There is still a coat as well that has a little bit of the hop flavor. It's very drinkable and appealing to me right now, but everything else I've had at the fest so far this day has been low-hopped. Having this glass reminds me to get another bottle of this one soon.

Photo of jkdrummer
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with a nice white head. Settles down to a creamy lace/foam

S: Citrus, grapefruit and some pine.

T: A fantastic example of an APA. Dry hopped characteristics, sharp hop on the tongue but oh sweet in the after taste. Crisp and excellent quench on a hot day.

M: Light with bite. Some creaminess too.

Someone clued me into the Victory ales and let me tell you, for the price, and taste they're winners!

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky, between straw and honey, small head, medium, sticky but sparce lacing.

S - Sweet malt and citrus.

T - Hot Damn! I swear I just bit into a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. Malt mingles nicely with the hops.

M - Medium but lots of body. Good carb, great coating and nice balance.

D - In spite the well hidden ABV, I would session this sucker.

Good work!

Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber peach juice with a thin foamy cap and kick-ass sticky lacing. The nose is a big ol' smack of piney hops witha juicy tangerines and grapefruits lingering underneath. Biting and bitter grapefruit flavor with little malt sweetness. Kind of like if SN Celebration got kicked up stylistically to a DIPA, but without raising the malt level of the original. Unexpected metallic twang at the finish. Not a trace of alcohol. Smooth, juicy mouthfeel. Crushing drinkability as the 8.5% abv is nowhere to be found. I'd prefer less metal and more malt balance, but this is certainly a fine-ass brew.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice bronze or honey hue, and from an aggressive pour I was able to get a 2-finger thick frothy head. There was good lacing as it went down the glass. The smell was sort of spicy, and a sort of apple-like hop aroma. The taste again, reminded me of apples, but was mostly a bittery hop citrus flavor. I think I also detected the slightest hint of malt too, but maybe I'm wrong. The mouthfeel was very well-balanced and had a definite hop aftertaste. My verdict: even though I'm not a hophead I still thought this was a pretty good beer.

Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 ounce bottle into pint glass

A- has that straw yellow look with a minimal head. Wicked carbonation arises from the glass. Has a hazy hefe-look... the hops are calling

S- massive pine attributes on this bad boy. The bitterness is all over the surface of this beer. There is some sweet malty flavor that accompanys the essence of the brew. That materializes as the typical characterisitics of a DIPA

T- THAT IS SOME PINEY HOPS! Great! It really characterises the body of HOP WALLOP. The taste is very dry and bland... but that no doubt embodies the bitterness of the brew. I like it

M- full bodied and oh course carbonated. Flavor clings to the mouth and leaves the same coated theme

D- sip, sip, sip. A little dry for me, but it is still tasty. I will recommend this beer to anyone. I love victory... I just want to say be careful with this one

Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, light golden color. Nice retention and lace on the head.

S - Mellow citrus, apricot, tangerine. Relatively light.

T - Hug hop character. Herbal rosemary and green wood. The flavor profile holds steady throughout the drink, ramping in intensity over time.

M - A huge bitterness ramps deep into the aftertaste. Medium/light body. Semi-sweet finish.

Photo of mikereaser
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with 2 inches of white foam that faded leaving alot of lacing down the glass
balance between malty sweet and floral hop aroma
Taste is just like the aroma, malty sweet with a nice floral hop taste
medium bodied with good carbonation, very easy to drink and something i could have multiple of.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass it is pale orange/golden straw colored with a white fluffy head and moderate retention.
Sweet pale malt kicks off the smells and then fruity, citrus hop notes fill out the aroma.
Nice creamy sweet malt flavors roll in, followed up by a fruity then bitter hop bite. Biscuity, bready and buttery malt flavors and piney, bitter grapefruit hop flavors combine to make a nice hoppy beer with a strong malt backbone.
Very interesting taste, with an intriguing balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. The balance allows for minimal palette fatigue, which makes this a very drinkable beer.
The flavors give the devoted hophead what they want but the malt adds dimension to keep you filling up your pint with this delicious brew.
A good afternoon beer to have with lunch, especially a hearty meat and cheese sandwich. Take it to a picnic or keep it with you as you grill or barbeque.

Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess it's a good thing when a beer tastes better than it looks...at least better than a good looking beer tasting bad, right? Well that's one this one is to me. Slightly above average smell because the alcohol is nearly absent although it's 8.5 here. The taste is great, though. Boom! At this point I completely understood the story on the label. For a second you think too much happiness might not be good after reading "Happiness is hoppiness". The taste disproves this possibility quickly. Great beer though again at 8.5 although it may seem smooth you might not be smooth. Keep the count down to one hand please.

Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, pale, gold color with a nice white head. Head has ok retention, but forms a layer of bubbles that coat the top of the brew and leave some nice layered lacing.

S- Smells of piney, floral, and just a bit of tropical fruits. This one reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Commodore Perry not sure if its fuggit hops or what.

T- Quite a bit of a tropical fruit here grapefruit and orange. For sure reminds me of some Great Lakes brews right between CP and Monster. A bit of a caramal malt toward the end but this one is all hops.

M- Medium in body and bit higher in carbonation.

D- I like this one quite a bit. I find it easy to drink and very hoppy which is what I like.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange color with thin white foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S - Fruity hops. Almost tropical smelling more so than the normal citrus smell you get from so many IPA's.

T - Very well balanced malts and hops. Fruity sweetness up front quickly overwhelmed by some nice hops bitterness. Wasnt very impressed with the taste at first but as it warmed it quickly got better.

M/D - Full mouthfeel and very well balanced between the hops and malts. Makes for a drinkable beer.

Photo of erikm25
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Head is a medium off white dense cap of bubble. Retention is very good. Pointy lacing clings to the glass like a Seurat painting. A sludgy honey as it finally rests in the glass.

S: Emerald hops. Massive juiced lemons and saccharine tipped flowers. Orange and apple juices mixed together with a gaggle of grapefruit and grass. Pineapple and pine trees. Berried spices.

T: This is a blast of hops. Big orange tang and tangerine bite. Mango spiced rye and burnt pined grapefruits. As to be expected there is no real balance or complexity here just blistering hops. Medicinal and herbal zests.

M: Decent medium mouth feel. Moderate carbonation.

D: There are two types of green gold and hoppy beer is one. I have not tried a lot from this brewery but this impressed me. We all know that the Miller Lite beer from the constant ads during the 2009 NCAA Tournament would lay neutered and slain from this mighty hops sword. I could not session this though it would be worth grabbing a six pack to try.

Photo of dnichols
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to abankovich for a great trade. I poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: It poured a hazy and orangeish golden body with a carbonation fed modest white head that retained well and left clumps of lacing that fell back into the liquid.

S: It had a powerful hop profile that was rich with pine and citrus. There was a recessive aroma toasted malts and white fruit and spices.

T: It hit with a hop bomb composed of pine and grapefruit. There is no doubt this is an Imperial IPA. After the hops receded there was a undercurrent of tasted malts and tart white fruits (white grapes and pears).

M: It was a medium bodied beer that despite its hop dominance was smooth and refreshing. It had a nice clean finish with just hints of sour aftertaste.

D: I'm not a hop head but this goes down pretty good. Decent management of hops but perhaps a bit over the top. A bit more balance would have improved the experience.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
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