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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,539 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3539
Reviews: 1889
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%


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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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a quintessential DIPA golden orange, nice hop haze with about a finger worth of white head that disappears pretty quickly

Smell - Pine, juicy tropical fruits, malty breadiness.

Taste - What do you expect here, its a very nice DIPA. Nice bitterness from the hops right up front, a very "victory" tasting hop profile. Nice notes of peaches, passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon zest, oranges all wrapped up in a nice pine note and backed by a nice maltiness. Delicious from the tap.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and nicely carbonated

Overall - If you can get this fresh in a growler you'll be blown away, I've had it in bottles and it is less than half the beer it is fresh. Love this beer for tailgating flyers games.

Serving type: growler

01-14-2012 02:34:17 | More by aorloski
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brewpig

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have filled several growlers of this over the last couple weeks and am finally getting around to reviewing...

smell is a citrus lemony hoppy bouquet...mouthfeel is beeee u tiful and smooth.

taste...grapefuit and hops, lemon and honey w/a small alchohol burn and thennn mega-hops.

because i work 1 mile from victory brewing, making this my 'go to' beer was easy as breathing...1/2 a growler and a couple hits is all that's needed for a NICE evening.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2011 20:04:08 | More by brewpig
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doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright, slightly cloudy golden amber with a slight orange hint. A good foamy head that leaves a nice sticky lace.

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter:

S - Shimmering pine, citrus, orange zest, starfruit, grape soda, resinous malts, wafts of alcohol, grass, seawater, and spicy, almost pepper like. Wonderful and very clean!

T - Surprisingly spicy, with a good malt that lingers behind the rest. There is a very prominent bitterness that teeters between lemony citrus and piney resin. The finish is crisp and dry with a sweet caramel and toffee flavor. An almost fruity quality, like apples or pears, is also present, complemented by the clean hop character.

M - Great carbonation, clearly high in alcohol but not too sticky, and a really great dry mouthfeel from start to finish.

O - A really crisp and clean ale for such a high ABV. Very pleasant, almost akin to an imperial pilsner. Highly recommended!

Serving type: growler

09-14-2011 01:50:54 | More by doopydoogle
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery poured into a pint glass.

A. Very clear filtered golden yellow with carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Decent white rocky two finger head,sticky two finger head.

S. Citris hopps, lots of grapefruit and pine some passion fruit such as mango.

T. Same as the smell lots of citris hops and pine and passion fruit but nice malt balence. I had a bottle before must have been old,nothing like this,this is awesome one of the best tasting DIPA'sI've had to date. So fresh! Props to Victory!!!!

M. Medium mouthfeel bitter up front some malts balence the middle of the pallet nice and dry at the end.

D. Well let me say At 8.5% you cant detect no alchohol i"ve had four glasses.I could drink this all day!Wish I lived closer to the brewery! GET THIS!!!

Serving type: growler

01-18-2011 02:23:32 | More by Marty30
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased at Green's - Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: A healthy white head leaves think rings of lace down the glass. Slightly hazy gold color.

S: Mild citrus and floral hops. Not as aromatic as other reviews, but I may have messed myself up by drinking a spicy Belgian just before this.

T&M: Solid medium body. Mild malty sweetness all the way through, but hops always prevail. Piney and citrus flavors are there but nothing special about the taste. The huge plus is the masking of the 8.5% ABV. Careful drinking up!

Kind of disappointing, but much better than a single bottle I purchased at Total Wine & More that had to be way out of date. It is definitely worth the cost for a DIPA ($9.99/growler!), but after tasting unique DIPA's like GUBNA, Lenny's R.I.P.A., and Boy King Double, this falls way short.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2010 20:58:37 | More by cdizinno
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter gets about a finger of white head with little retention. Surprisingly, however, there is some decent lacing down the glass. Color is a nice looking, clear amber/ orange.

S - Not a very strong aroma. Some sweet malts come through, along with some citric hops and a little alcohol toward the back end of the palate.

T - Quick hit of sweet malts, then some heavy citric hops overwhelm the palate, mostly with grapefruit tastes. More sweet/ honey flavored malts get stronger about mid palate.

M - Medium to full bodied, lower in carbonation. Makes a good mouthfeel for me for a DIPA. Prickly across the tongue from the hops, dry finish from the alcohol, but still a bit sticky.

D - Based on the taste and the hops, I could drink the whole growler no problem. The abv, however, kind of limits that.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2010 00:26:37 | More by garuda
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a bright white frothy head and ridiculous lacing. Nose is heavy on grapefruit with some pine and malt sweetness, bit really the intense grapefruit citrus smells dominate. The taste is once again dominated by huge ruby red grapefruity hop flavor that plays well with the malt sweetness of this 8.5 ABV double. The malt is very carmely and holds up well against a substantial bitterness. Other flavors include pine, pepper and dank herbal notes. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a finish that is both sticky from the sugar, yet dry from the hops. The mouthfeel is not this beers best point, but it is not a detriment either. Drinkability is fairly good for a beer of this size, and for a grapefruity hop lover like me it is all too drinkable. One of my all time favorites and a great, and somewhat different (German malts) take on a style that is everywhere. I had a half barrel of this beer at my wedding. The crazy thing is, as great as this is, it's even better on cask.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2010 01:31:32 | More by zoso1967
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip, large, foamy two fingered white head, medium amount of carbonation, is a nice bright gold color, looks very crisp and very clear.

The aroma is a hop heads dream with maximum amounts of citrus in the nose followed with some floral, a little pine hint, and some spicy notes. The taste...ahhh...pucker up! Maximum hop flavoring with relatively few malts to bring the hops into check, the malts here are way off in the distance on the palate to almost non-existant, they are running away in terror from the massive IBU's. The taste starts out as a grapefruit overload, then morphs into a bit of faint spiciness, and finishes semi-dry, massively bitter, and with huge lingering citrus. As I work through the glass, the rich, foamy head sticks to the sides of the tulip glass.

This a medium bodied beer, exhibits medium amounts of prickliness on the tongue. This is far and away one of the most lopsided, unbalanced, and obnoxious beers I've ever had... which is probably why it's one of my favorites!! I really love this brew and it's not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2009 00:55:20 | More by jzeilinger
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours a clear light orange with hardly any head. Aroma of hop oils, citrus, and tropical fruits. Flavor is quite hoppy and bitter with lots of citrus mostly and less tropical fruits. Pretty tasty although definitely on the bitter side.
8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

Serving type: growler

04-30-2009 02:12:24 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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LennyV

New York

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at halftime. Pours a light copper into my nostradamus glass nice 2 finger head with some lacing.

Smells of sweetness and some malt with and a small amount of hops.

The taste is exceptionally balanced beginning with sweetness and ending with bitterness. Really smooth taste.

It is ncely carbonated and medium bodied.

I could enjoyb these all night but at 8.5 % abv with is masked so well, it would not make for a good session beer.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2009 03:12:09 | More by LennyV
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beertunes

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a semi-cloudy honey-orange color with minimal head and no lacing. Nice citrusy hop aroma. The flavor follows the lead of the aroma but with a more noticeable hop presence. A pleasing spicy hop tang on the finish. A full, balanced (for an IPA) body. Smoothly drinkable, this is an IPA that satisfies your hop craving without killing your tongue. A wonderful beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2009 13:29:57 | More by beertunes
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very clear, dark golden with very thick head and had plenty of lacing.

S: Very hoppy, smells of pine, juicy grapefruit, sweet oranges, and flowers with the grapefruit being quite dominant as I keep going back to it.

T: Grapefruit hits you immediately, you can feel the malts more than taste them but keeps the hops very balanced. I am surprised the alcohol is so nicely woven into the flavor.

M: There is a hoppy stickiness but there is a sweetness that keeps the tartness from overpowering. The carbination is on target. Not much alcohol feel for the strength.

D: You can feel the warmth building. Something that is very drinkable but warns you to slow down.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2007 01:11:37 | More by Biscuit033
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baldmasterflex

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up just after thanksgiving from the brewery in one of their growlers (conveniently located just 15 minutes from where i reside).
Upon first pour i was disappointed, not from its appearance, but because i could have sworn i was served victory's pilsner or golden monkey due to its clear golden-orange-amber color. I was expecting a deep amber red. But, after getting a whif, there was no mistaking its identity. Smells like a mellowed grapefruit aroma. It has about a half inch head rising from a very slow pour. Its taste possesses that same mellow grapefruit-hoppy flavor that the smell does but with some citrus mixed in.
The body and drinkability are so uncharacteristic of other beers Ive had of this style (Stoudts DIPA). It is very light and finely carbonated, just like the prima pils i almost mistook it foor. If any DIPA could be a session beer, id say it would be Hop Wallop (if any 8.5% abv beer could be a session beer).
Although im not necessarily crazy about the style, Id definitly recommend this over and over again to someone who wants something with more of a kick when it comes to flavor.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2005 05:21:54 | More by baldmasterflex
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Ale4Tyndale

New York

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy hops!
Lesson learned from Victory's Hop Wallop: do not eschew trying new beer simply because the label pic evokes Saturday morning cartoons of yesteryear. That said, Victory, you might want to reconceptualize the design if you ever rerelease. Yumm!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 11:01:49 | More by Ale4Tyndale
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JWQ

Virginia

3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Usually have this on tap at Victory, but found the bottles at my local craft beer store. Pours a nice golden color. Compared to the draft pour it is much lighter and less hoppy, but a slight piney hop flavor. Not a fan of it on bottles.

Somewhat bitter. Light on the front end. Not a huge fan of its replacement, Dirtwolf. I will just wait for now on to drink this at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:47:03 | More by JWQ
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WheelsPSU

New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Knew this beer was retired about 6 months ago in favor of DirtWolf so when I saw a bottle at the local store, I figured it was about time I finally try this.

Hop Wallop poured a hazy and cloudy gold yellow hue with a two finger white soapy head. The lacing sat in rings as I took each sip.

The smell was almost none existent for me. Resinious hops and bready malts were the only faint things I picked up.

The taste was the best part of this beer. It was dominated by the dank piney hops and a layer of toasted malts on the tongue. At the back end, I tasted orange (it was subtle) but the bitterness kept coming.

I think this beer needed a stronger malt backbone to intensify the hops. Overall not my favorite from Victory. DirtWolf is a big improvement.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 20:05:37 | More by WheelsPSU
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Maurizio

California

2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mixed dank and citrus nose. Mildly oxidized aroma. Taste is similar: a hint of oxidation, mild dank, and moderate citrus. Mildly astringent as well. Thin head, with good lacing. Mouthfeel thin-medium. No heat. I generally like Victory beers, and was pretty disappointed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:50:36 | More by Maurizio
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jpro

South Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz from Northbridge Pig’s closing sale. Poured into a Duvel tulip...

A: Deep gold; creamy, three-finger head; a few rings of lace.

S: Pungent... oniony hops; not particularly good.

T: Thank goodness, not like the smell; heavy grapefruit rind, but still not great; kind of harsh.

M: Medium feel, moderate carbonation.

O: Hopefully Dirtwolf is better.

(maybe this bottle was old / past its prime)

*from notes 10.16.13

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 22:15:12 | More by jpro
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BierJager89

California

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Fairly translucent golden with a creamy, foamy tan head.

S: Sweet mango, nectarine, pineapple, pine and other floral notes in an excellent, though a touch weak, nose.

T: Taste is much more floral, unfortunately, but still has some citric, though not acidic, notes. Pine and other floral notes are much more harsh.

M: Carbonation is like a typical IPA, not so much like a double IPA, but really, at 8%, it's more of a strong IPA than a DIPA. Medium bodied.

O: Taste was disappointing after the nose, but it was a decent beer. Somewhat recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:10:39 | More by BierJager89
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a dense white head of about 2 fingers. As the haze settles, it gives way to a clean gold.

S- Straw, some pine, and light floral notes. Not as assertive with the citrus American hops as most of the style. Almost as though it has a pilsner malt.

T- The proclaimed west coast hops begin to have an impact on the taste. Hop forward with sharp, toasted malt (only a slight touch of caramel) begins to even things out. The finish is somewhat disappointing as the lingering bitterness is spicy, yet lackluster in continuity. An unwelcoming bitter char lays on the tongue.

M- Drinkable with a crisp, snappy bite. Alcohol is fairly present, but not hot by any means.

O- Fair. Not in love with the idea that I ordered a 6 pack of this one. But glad I was able to give it a shot before it is impossible to find with production coming to an end. Just doesn't do it for me as the flavor profile attempts to be complex but seems more all over the map to me. Better suited for those that really enjoy earthy/herbal type IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 04:50:38 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Horace 'Hop' Wallop headed West a broken man. For in the City of Blues a Miss LuLu Belle Lager had left him thirsting for more. Drawn by wild tales of riches to be had in the gold mines, Hop pressed on westward. His last nickel spent on a prospecting pan, Hop's hunger got the best of him. Two fistfuls of barley and three of some wild and wayward hops tossed in a pan with some clear water was to be his meal. But sleep overcame him and he later awoke to a bubbling, cacophonous concoction. Overjoyed with the beautiful ale he had made, Hop realized the secret of the green gold he had discovered in those fresh hops. Celebrated far and wide, Hop Wallop lives on in this vivid ale with his words, 'hoppiness is happiness.' Enjoy!" Brewed in the style of an Imperial India Ale. Previously a year round 6 pack, Hop Wallop was recently discontinued in lieu of Victory's new 4 pack offering, the Dirtwolf DIPA. Always available as a common find in the local area, this can still be found in a few spots around town, even months after retirement. This is my send off review.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium-thick creamy froth head of a golden cream color over a very hazy unfiltered deep amber body. Plenty of sediment lies in suspension and carbonation is modest. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Biscuity pale and caramel malts with a soft peppery, grainy edge. The hop profile has faded, but what remains is a blend of floral, lemony and tropical fruit notes with a medium bitterness. A mellow yeast profile provides subtle esters and fruity notes that round out the aroma. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Based on the aroma, one would expect this drink to be much lighter drinking. Spicy biscuity malts and peppery grains are amplified tremendously in the flavor, up front-and center and provide a robust body without an overbearing sweetness. Hop flavors are subdued in depth and complexity, but do generate a significant bitterness to counter the flavors. Very tasty and aggressively-flavored Imperial India Pale Ale. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, grainy, mildly chewy with a light syrup drizzle. Carbonation adds some crispness and spritely textures for a charismatic texture collectively. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium. The balance is in favor of bitterness, and the earthy grain notes build it up further. Finishes very mildly dry with a dash of citrus juice. 3.75

(Overall) I love the assertive malt profile in this beer as it really makes this Double IPA a memorable one for me. While it is edgy in places it's not too harsh to enjoy nor is it too light to sip delicately. Bitterness is enthusiastically bold in this beer and the flavors make it very enjoyable and filling. I miss it already. I can only assume that this should return in the near future, even if it were a seasonal, this is a very enjoyable India Pale Ale. 4

Victory Brewing Company's
Hop Wallop Very Hoppy Ale
3.93/5.00

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:13:38 | More by Jadjunk
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop. The brew with the funny old miner on the label. The funny ol' miner is on to something. Too bad he has been downsized.

A: deep yellow, clear. Absolutely no haze whatsoever. Big carbonation. Three finger head that only reduces to a 1 finger head that lasts and lasts. moderately active.

S: Big pine and lemongrass shine. at 3 months until death-by-date, the hop bill has mellowed. Big caramel and other assertive two row malts punch through. Months have put some balance into this huge-when-fresh-hop-blaster. Has some musty grapefruit funk still. Age has made this better IMO.

T: now that it has some months on it, it is fantastic instead of a hoppy, resiny mess. Grapefruit is a bitter citrus and muted nicely. spicy malts start saying "hey, I was here all along....but those darn hops were so strong I didn't have this chance 3 months ago!"

M: Smooth and creamy due to apparent carbonation. this is smooth on uptake. creamy mid palate. then it has a balanced punch of bitter citrus and sharp, caramel malts at ultimate finish and boozy at outbreath. This brings the heat but it was expected for this DIPA.

O: Insanely good at what I understand to be 9 months old. It must have been well taken care of. Would recommend at this stage. Earlier Hop Wallop was way hop forward and out of balance. Any later would be too malty for a DIPA. This is the Goldilocks of beer now. And it will never be at this state again. Because I hear this is not being made again.. A shame.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 03:16:46 | More by Scrapss
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tmm313

Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, golden amber color with creamy, quickly dissipating, 1 finger head. Excellent lacing.
S- Pine, roasted malt, bread and straw up front. Citrus and caramel in the back. As it warms, it reminds me more and more of a Pilsner.
T- Orange and pine in the beginning with a nice burst of caramel and roast in the middle. Tropical fruit comes in just before the pine and bitter grapefruit finish.
M- Creamy and light on the tongue with good carbonation. Oily, bitter finish with a piney, sweet aftertaste.
O- I enjoyed this beer. The pine and citrus hops and caramel backbone were very well balanced and flavorful. I'll definitely be having again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 23:58:07 | More by tmm313
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 2013-03-24
Glass: Tulip

Victory's Hop Wallop is definitely hop forward, but in a non-tropical fruit way, making this DIPA differ from many other recipes currently in production. The hops supposedly change each year, and this year there seems to be a C-hop meets Germanic hop pairing, which generally works fairly well. The brewers could reign in the ethanol obviousness a bit, and the hops tend to have a slightly harsh quality to them in the close, but this is still a surprisingy drinkable ale that I was expecting much less from. If this were not going out of production, I could see myself picking up an annual six-pack of this.

Pours a voluminous head of apparently as many centimeters as you'd like, this one being around 3cm. Foam is made up of small-sized bubbles, fairly dense and frothy. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting over two minutes in a decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that lasts for the duration of the drink. Lacing is also excllent, with thick, wide rings of foam clinging to all sides of the glass. Bod is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out much brighter golden orange hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the hazy (50% opacity) body, quite numerous and active.

Aroma is of musty grapefruit and pine, with light dried grass and perfume-like floral characters. Somewhat like a blend of Cascade with some German varieties added in as well.

Front of palate finds modest pale malt sweetness with dried grass and grape-like flavors, also hints of musty grapefruit. Mid-palate picks up strong musty grapefruit, dried grass, perfume-like floral characters, mild pine, modest ethanol, and strong hop bitterness. Back of palate experiences dried grass, herbal, and slightly harsh hop flavors with hints of musty grapefruit and strong bitterness. Aftertaste of slightly harsh herbal hops with continued strong hop bitterness and lesser dried grass and musty grapefruit flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that is soft and foamy on the palate (3/4) with some smoothness as well (1/4); definitely a good feel. Ethanol is felt in the nostrils and back of throat, but not terribly so for a 8.5% beer. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness on the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:59:35 | More by falloutsnow
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/21/2014. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop and light malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 06:06:27 | More by superspak
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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,539 ratings.