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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,613 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,613
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 187 | 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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Photo of clabaugh
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy yellow, with lime-like hints. Pours a foamy head with a pristine whiteness. The lacing is bubbly, and remains steadily throughout the beer.

Smell: Floral hops invade one's nostrils. The hops do pack a wallop as the name implies, but it's an inviting wallop. I'm reminded of a porch full of chrysanthemums during fall. Despite the intense hop presence, sweet malts also reveal themselves. A bready flavor, even a pastry flavor, fight through the power of the hops.

Taste: The hops are the dominant flavor, with a bitter floral sensation taking precedence. A nice spiciness reveals itself as one partakes. The malts provide a welcome sweetness that balances the hops to produce a fine flavor. A bitterness that is pleasing to the tastebuds exudes itself.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with some formidable carbonation. A lingering aftertaste stays with one, allowing one to savor the beer.

Drinkability: The bitterness accumulates after a period of time with the beer. But as well-balanced as it is, this beer is certainly drinkable to a great extent. Intensely hoppy in character, while presenting adequate sweetness, Hop Wallop is another victory for Victory.

clabaugh, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of pbvikesfan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice cloud, but surpisingly yellow for my liking.

Smell - Good citrusy smell.

Taste - Good taste, first time I've actually tried the beer. I like a little less citrus in my double IPA's, but pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel - Like other reviewers have said, the fruit/citrus stays with you, but is not overbearing.

Drinkability - I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. Hope so, I have a great 6-pack in the fridge.

Overall, little too light in color and a little too citrus flavored for me. I'm a West Coast DIPA lover, so I'm a little biased but overall, a good beer and I will buy it again.

pbvikesfan, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugely spicy crazy stuff. But it's a very soft wallop with waves of tangy aromatics. Beat me with your lips!

Looks nice in the Pilsener glass with golden amber color and a fine white head. Nicely sudsy on the tongue. Medium body with a snap of tangy carbonation. Truly a big perfume in taste as well as smell, but it's a fine mellow fog. Countered by the crisp touch of acidity. Bitterness is a nice part of the flavor, but it's very rich and malty in the aftertaste. Long nose of apples and flowers (stocks?).

Would be educational to see exactly what they put in this. Such a nice blend of aromatics and bittering hops, but always a gentleman's agreement. Yet another reason to just buy whatever Victory hauls out of the old oaken bucket.

mactrail, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pale yellow, slightly cloudy. Fluffy white head with nice lacing

s: Strange but pleasing savory aroma along with pine, citrus, and spice.

t: Light toasted malt is swallowed up by hop bitterness. Waves of pine and citrus.
Not much balance, but who cares?

m: Sticky, chewy texture. Coats the tongue with hop oil.

d: Another good DIPA. Hop flavor is different than most, though I can't explain how. An enjoyable beer, but with all the great DIPAs out there, this one is short of outstanding.

BradLikesBrew, Feb 05, 2008
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.

ToasterChef, Sep 30, 2010
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!

jkdrummer, Feb 23, 2008
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!

srandycarter, Mar 19, 2009
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.

orfeu, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber dated best before march 4, 2010 poured in to a shaker pint.

Pours a clear dark yellow/light amber with a thick sticky white head.

Big piney sweet smell and strong grapefruit.

Taste of smooth hop. bitter pine, but not as strong as the taste. Very nice.

Full mouthfeel and the good taste (not too bitter) keeps it easy drinking.

aubuc1, May 28, 2009
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.

tomthumbsblues, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of mmcave
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a tulip glass, thick white head that dissipates at moderate speed and leaves lovely sticky lacing. The body is a musty yellow, orange with blonde highlights. The sent is familiar, yet odd, lots of fresh citrus( grapefruit, lemon, orange peal, lots or rinds) and hop funk a little more sharp and thin then I’d prefer, but still pleasing. The malt is present and helpful, but something seems a shade unbalanced or off to me, it’s possible the hop choice is not quite what I’d want. As it worms up it even has wine like smells or Welch’s grape juice. The taste is fresh with definite hop bitterness a shade too unbalanced for me, but still very refreshing and tasty. It could also possibly be that the malt is not up too the same task that I look for in my Imp. IPA. I’m even thinking they might have used some pilsner malt, I’m not sure but something is very different from my other experiences with Imp. IPA. The mouth feel like I said is refreshing and bitter. Honestly for me this is an a-typical Imp. IPA, for me this is more a summer drink. Its worth a try, but be warned.

mmcave, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly

S: Fruity and earthy hops are at the forefront, along with some malts. Hops anyone?

T: A smattering of fruity and grassy/earthy hops are the main focus, with a light malt backbone that provides just enough to undermine the hop bomb. Bitter well into the finish

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Really brings out more of the hop character

O: What more could you want out of a hop-forward beer? Provides plenty of juicy fruity hops with more than enough bitterness. The malts are barely a player in this beer. Victory achieved exactly what they set out to with this beer. Well done

BEERMILER12, Oct 03, 2012
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.

vfgccp, Apr 03, 2011
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.

mikereaser, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fluffy white head on a golden body with minimal carbonation. Bright.

S - Very strong aroma. Really rich, juicy hops. Lot's of pineapple and citrus fruits.

T - Great hop strength with great balance. Not overly malty but good enough to provide significant balance to create a hell of a strong beer.

M - Minimal carbonation. Just enough to keep things moving. Medium to full bodied. Not an overly bitter finish but decent for the style.

D - High. Superb hop shot but could use a tad bit more richness in the malt bill.

tbeckett, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper appearance with small amount of white lacing. Very sweet smell of apricots, peaches, grapefruit. Taste is loaded with hops.. very bitter but can still pick up on some of the apricot and peach. This is not too overpowering and very drinkable for a DIPA, but on the high end in terms of sheer bitterness.

webmanspidey, Mar 05, 2009
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.

Lldeegan, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Toddv29424
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.

Toddv29424, Jul 16, 2006
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.

ncvbc, Feb 07, 2007
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.

Gueuzedude, May 16, 2004
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.

FenwaySquid, Jul 18, 2007
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.

nrbw23, Sep 09, 2010
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.

rmaste6282, May 29, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
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

PittBeerGirl, Dec 27, 2009
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.

ckeegan04, Apr 25, 2008
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,613 ratings.