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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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3,582 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,582
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 165 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2003)
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District of Columbia

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

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a tiny head, but has little clusters of bubbles that often happens with hoppy beers. The smell is sweet, the hops aren't too over powering and there is a hint of spice to it. The taste is big. A little cluttered in the first sip, with alcohol being the most potent taste. Much more carbonation than I expected, especially to a big fan of Victory's Hop Devil. Its hard to get a handle on the hops, as they balance out nicely with the spice. The absence of any one substantial taste makes this a very drinkable beer, and makes the mouthfeel pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 00:48:39 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 04:28:07 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. The aroma is grassy, citrusy, with notes of bergamot. The taste is lightly sweet with an underlying toasted biscuit malt flavor. Of course this beer is hop dominated, but I like that I was able to get some maltiness up front. There is an astringent grassy note to the bitterness, as well as a resinous citrus/ pine hop note. This finishes with a solid slightly mouth-puckering bitterness. The key to to this beer is to drink it on the warm side of cool, so that the malt notes come out. Overall this is quite good, I just wish it was slightly more integrated, it needs a bit of smoothing out of the astringent notes. Still this is definitely a hop monster, and is a must try for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 17:09:03 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of FenwaySquid


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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of 10/25/2007 printed on the label, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy/cloudy light gold color, completely opaque. The Head formed about 1-2 fingers thick and faded quickly into a thin layer, along with some lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops, quite strong, almost overpowering.

Taste: Wow is this stuff good. The hop bitterness never lets anything from the malts come through at all. Piney at first, more citrus towards the end. The finish, predictably, is bitter and hoppy, and lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth for such a strong beer, medium body. The carbonation was in good balance as well.

Overall: An excellent version of the American Double IPA, very little hint of the high alcohol percentage. If you, like Hop Wallop, think that hoppiness is happiness, grab one of these as quickly as possible.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 01:09:30 | More by FenwaySquid
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 10:32:12 | More by nrbw23
Photo of rmaste6282


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

Nice and clear honey color Double IPA from Victory, the head is small less than one finger. Smell has a piney/tar hop aroma, kind of earthy smelling. The taste is heavy on the bitter hops with that pine/woody flavor, seems pretty highly carbonated even though it didn't have a huge head, steady malt backbone. Mouthfeel is carbonated, pretty bitter, with some other nuances of flavor that I haven't experienced in a double IPA. Drinkability is good, decent double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 03:32:46 | More by rmaste6282
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bocktown tonight. I have tasted (1 oz sample) this brew at least 3 times before.

A- This beer looks like the perfect pilsner. Crystal Clear bubbly champagne colored body that is served with a good 2 finger foamy head. Head slowly subsides to a beautiful 1 finger and is retained perfectly from there. Lots and lots of lacing left behind in the glass. Beautiful...I would just expect a medium amber hue and a touch of cloudiness.

S-Wow. Hop Wallop it is. A very sweet pink grapefruit comes through first and most prominently followed by a big pine sting. These are the two most notable aromas. In the background is also wonderful spicy hop and a hint of herbal hop aromas as well.

T- Upfront is sweet...almost too sweet. A big dose of sweet, juicy pink grapefruit with maybe a hint of sugar initially. As the flavor progress one can detect a deep spiciness in the background which is barely present initially but grows for the finish and is immediately overshadowed by a big piny hop refreshing presence which seems to be the dominant character overall and it lingers...but as it lingers a huge citrus rind bitterness overshadows all as hints of piny and spicy hop flavors fade away in the background. Very interesting how this incorporates several hop characters at once and they fight for dominance...all seeming to have an almost extreme character.

M- As the appearance would suggest the body is very light and has medium to high carbonation. A slightly oily carbonation and a refreshing light character.

D- The first few times I tried this beer I did not like it at all-and I really enjoy Victory beers. I'm not sure if I can attribute the positive change toward this batch, the earliness of the hop wallop season, my changing tastes, or a combination thereof...but I am digging this beer this year. Its interesting how just as one flavor starts to get obnoxious it fades just in time to highlight another. This is an interesting well crafted brew that I am looking forward to having again this season. No ABC detected

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 04:58:32 | More by PittBeerGirl
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:17:14 | More by ckeegan04
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangy in color. A not quite white creamy looking head.

Immediately I find the smell powerful and delicious. I haven't even put my nose to the glass and I can smell citrousy hoppy goodness.

Very apparent bitterness, delicious hop qualities. Nice alcohol to compliment the bitterness. Powerful hoppy flavors and smells going on. Extremely flavorful while retaining a quality mouthfeel. A very balanced American Double IPA, often not the case with this style.

Lingering flavors. I assumed the A.B.V. was 6-7 and found it to be 8.5. Beer is very well attenuated, tastes great considering ethanol content.

once again, compliments to the chefs. cheers

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 20:21:49 | More by mlazzaro
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New Jersey

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

Beautiful balance of hop strength. Firm, spicy malt background to support loads of floral hops. Sits light copper, stunning foamy head, an aroma to die for. Light bitter oils that finish malty sweet. A ground of chewy, toffee pudding turned hop cake. A refreshing alternative to the other belly busters in the Imperial IPA family.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 01:57:27 | More by SeanRedd
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New York

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

Pours a lighter golden amber color with a huge foamy white head that resists fading. Nice lacing patterns. The smell is a flowery pine and citrus hops. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied with a nice balance of hop tingling bitterness and malty character. Full flavored, the taste is really hoppy with solid citrus wonder that finishes with a lesser sweetness. A real nice drinker. The 8.5 % ABV isn't exactly a session beer, but it's arrival is just in time for the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 22:41:15 | More by jjayjaye
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A 1 inch head aloft a hazy sunset orange brew. Terrific lacing

S - Not much hint as to the flavors within. Some piney hops, little else

T - Sour candy flavor, a slight burnt, with a bit of a crisp finish.

M - A creamy slightly malty feel

Tough to find the 8% ABV here. Dangerously drinkable for a DIPA. Enjoyable ale with a bit more than just hops going on. Pricey, but I'll be back

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:03:33 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of MarineHokie


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

A - Clear golden color, with orangish tint, two finger white head, fades slowly to a thick island with varying bubble sizes, thick sticky lacing.

S - Aroma adverstises immense hop flavor to come, hints of grainy sweetness fight through.

T - Crisp, grainy, bitterness with a solid light malt backbone, finishes bitter with notes of pine/grapefruit. Slightly sweet malt fights through at the end, leaving a nice balance on the palate.

M - Medium body, crisp but full mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, but maltiness through the hops gives away the relatively high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 08:03:21 | More by MarineHokie
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

The beer is medium gold with a decent white head, decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy, not much citrus.

The taste is nice a little sweet to start with a great hop finish.

The feel is nice, great drinkability.

Pretty good ipa, but nothing super special.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:28:46 | More by jrallen34
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden yellow with a very pale, almost white head.
If you like a strong grapefruit taste, you'll probably want to try this. Very HOPPY!
Very light citrus smell and a medium body beer with a very mild alcohol taste.
Very good beer but I probably wouldn't want to drink more than 2 at one sitting. Could pass for a triple IPA and is very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 22:23:00 | More by JDK
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from notes, into pint glass.

A- Pale pale yellow. 4cm head, thick snow-white creamy lacing. Filtered. Not the best color, but damn is that an impressive head. Sticky icky lacing.

S- Spicy, peppery, slightly floral, citric hops.

T- Delightfully bitter- pine needles in a glass. This beer is scathing- a real hop bomb. I like it.

M- Slightly chalky, supremely bitter, moderate carbonation. A bit boozy. Would prob. do better with a little smaller ABV.

D- Pretty high. Lip-smackin' good. A hophead should seek this one out, as it is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:47:07 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good clarity with a two finger, off white head and a golden-copper body. Good head retention and lace.

S - Fruity hops; pineapple, clove, and mango. Sweet malt and some light caramel. Pepper and slight clove from the yeast.

T - Sweet malt with lots of toast and biscuit character. Floral hops in the middle with pineapple notes. Spicy hop bitterness in the finish with some tobacco and slight astringency.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet, astringent finish.

D - Great hop character in the aroma, though the flavor is somewhat weaker and the balance is a little off in the finish. A nice, drinkable DIPA, but not quite as good as Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 03:15:55 | More by nickfl
Photo of Scotchboy


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

22oz bomber with a 'Drink By' date of 5/16/2012...sweet, this thing must be fresh! Big thanks to Aaron for this extra straight off my 'Wants'. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours the color of honey, somewhere between gold and straw. Chill haze keeps me from seeing the clarity...the soapy white head settles in a ring and leaves lacing as well as alcohol legs on the glass.

S: Fruit and flowers, sugary, bitter & hoppy with a biscuity malt character thats dry and bready. Pineapple, pine, a touch of citrus rind, and just a hint of booze. Pretty malty and sweet.

T: Good upfront bitterness as the hops go to work...I get sugary dried pineapple, mango, papaya, pine cones, hop leaves, flowers, and lots of sweet caramel, candi sugar and grain...even some spices and herbs.

MF: Pretty light feel for an 8.5%...good carbonation and dryness.

O: Very nice IIPA, though I think it's older than I thought it might be...for the hops to have this much floral presence it must be a beast fresh. Aaron, much thanks!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:51:03 | More by Scotchboy
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New York

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

Victory Hop Wallop is a crystal-clear golden ale with a fluffy, waxy off-white head. It has excellent lacing and retention. The aroma is very fresh and hoppy-- mostly pine needles and tangerine peel. There is a slight wave of sweetish malt. It has a smooth, medium body. It's a little foamy and the finish is dry. It tastes pretty much like the aroma-- all hops, as advertised.There is a wooden element to it, but mostly it's just nice and bitter. Good stuff!
(rated Mar 11, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 06:38:46 | More by yesyouam
Photo of derkfromwi


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

Enjoy by Oct 04 2012 stamped on bottle

A: Thin white frothy head from a not very vigorous pour, nice golden/yellow orange hazy color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Very appealing aromatic hops, citrusy with tropical fruits

T: First sip was hella bitter, bitter from start to finish, citrus, a touch of sweetness in the middle, bitter bready aftertaste

M: Good medium mouthfeel, smooth, good carbonation, tangy, dry finish

O: Good Double IPA, I think the great smell had me expecting a touch more from the taste, but still good nonetheless, will drink again

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 22:59:58 | More by derkfromwi
Photo of ubermunkey


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

Pours a golden, almost orange color with a thin white head that dissolved leaving little patchworks of bubbles. The smell was a strong floral and pine scent of hops. The first taste was a full on hops rush. I could get a little citrus and lemon zest at the end, but the hops pretty much ran this show. After the initial assault on my tastebuds, the next few sips seemed to calm down, more of the citrusy notes came through and it actually became quite smooth and drinkable. It felt light and prickly in my mouth and left just a tinge of alcohol warmth. Another strong contender from Victory Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 03:38:44 | More by ubermunkey
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden orange-yellow clear ale. Nice creamy white head that left beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Smell was all hops to me. Citrusy grapefruit hops that is.Taste started off as slighty sweet grapefruit and ended bitterly with hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. The ale was nicely carbonated. I found the brew very drinkable. I liked it because the alcohol taste was not as prevalent as other Double IPAs I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 17:47:25 | More by dgherm
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautifully transparent golden with a nice thick white head.

S- Wonderful nose of hops that really distinguishes it from the popular west coast hops/DIPA style.

T- Nice creamy/butteriness throughout the sip and in the aftertaste. The sweetness from the malts is at the front, with a great hop finish at the end. Despite its name, this is one of the most well-balanced DIPA's that I have had.

M- Creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation.

D- Considering it is an 8.5 it is really drinkable mostly due to the creamy mouthfeel/taste and the sweet maltiness that blends well with the bitter hopiness.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 04:54:37 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Best by date is (10/04/2012)

A: Very clear, light-gold in color, with a fingers worth of white head.

S: Citrus aroma of lemon and grapefruit, along with sweet-malt and floral hops.

T: Total Hop Bomb. Citrus grapefruit and earthy hops followed by roasted malt

M: Medium-bodied beer that coats the throat nicely, and decently carbonated

O: Very solid beer, and one that hop lovers will rejoice to when drinking. This beer isn't for the feint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 05:11:37 | More by Keithstone44
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my ever present Zatec fluted glass. A deep amber/gold color. A finger of head. Smells a bit like wet Golden Retriever and flowers. Not in a bad way or anything. Mouthfeel is a bit tacky, creamy. Tastes full on pine-a-licous. I didn't look at the hop content, but it seems as though there are no noble hops present. However, on the bittering end, it's a hop-bomb. I'm loving this beer. But I better stop at 2.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 05:58:12 | More by WestValleyIPA
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,582 ratings.