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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3537
Reviews: 1888
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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ryanonline

Florida

4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw and gold color with a very cloudy body that has a voluminous crown of head that stays around for ages leaving thick gobs of lacing.

Smell is earthy and citrussy with quite an emphasis on a grapefruit like aroma. Also has a moderate breach yeast nose. No real malt smell can be detected.

Flavor is a potent grapefruit citrus rush, that yields to a dry earthy pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light and frothy carbonation. Very dry finish that sticks to the palette.

Dangerously drinkable.

Overall this is a quite phenomenal beer, lots of character and complexity as well as a certain amount of subtlety in it's execution. Very drinkable as well.

Serving type: cask

05-18-2012 02:16:05 | More by ryanonline
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at khyber in philly

Pours a clear golden amber color with a thin layering of white head. Patchy layers of lacing are left behind, along with some clouds of film.

Citrusy and juicy in the nose with some apricot notes. Slightly sweet and bready with some soft malty hints. Faint alcohol warmth.

Hoppy and bitter up front with a wave of citrus fruit. Orange peel with touches of grapefruit and apricot. Nice sweetness followed by malty bready tones. Caramel and soft honey towards the finish. Faint alcohol warmth with another dash of lingering hop bitterness.

Medium body, mild carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A pretty nice DIPA, but not something I'd go crazy over.

Serving type: cask

12-23-2011 04:30:44 | More by xnicknj
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop poured out as a yellowish copper color, the head was creamy looking as semi-thick. The smell of the beer is hoppy but I have a feeling that the cask may have muted some of the aromas in this one. The taste of the beer is hoppy also had a nice tasting bitter finish to it. The mouthfeel of this beer was silky smooth from the cask. This beer didn't last me very long, it was in my belly shortly after it was given to me. Overall I am looking forward to trying this from a bottle to see how much it differs, I've got a 6 pack waiting to go in the fridge right now. All in all it's a good IIPA that teams well with the HopDevil.

Serving type: cask

06-07-2011 17:23:25 | More by Knapp85
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I reread my old on-tap review which was a B- so I thought this warranted another visit from the hand pump.

a: This was a clear, pale golden color. It was served to me with a thick, clumpy head.

s: Big beautiful spicy citrus aromas and just a little balancing taffy and toffee.

t: MUCH better than I remember. The sweet elements here are spectacular, lots of taffy with hints of sugary fruit and vanilla. Huge, fresh, resinous citrus overwhelms the sweetness at the end. This is hop candy at its finest.

m: Thick and creamy, spot on cask conditioning.

o: Complete turn around for me, this was a completely different beast. I hope to see this on the hand pump again soon.

Serving type: cask

03-23-2011 15:55:53 | More by DIM
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aerozeppl

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: One of the best looking IPAs I have ever seen arrive to me via a beer engine. Translucent golden color with just a touch of amber thrown in. Delicate lacing with tons of carbonation. It helps when you have it fresh at the brewery.

S: Wow. Just a blast of fresh hops. Mostly citrus but very fragrant. Quite balanced as well. The more it warmed up the more tropical fruits came out. The malt was crisp. Just a very nice example of the style.

T: Everything you get in a fresh bottle plus one. This is Hop Wallop on 11. Tons of citrus with a touch of tropical fruit. The malt was there and balanced it out quite a bit as well. One of the more balanced DIPAs that I have had recently.

M: Perfect. Delicate carbonation. Smooth and a joy.

D: I forgot about this beer to be honest and I should not have. After I got back from the mini vacation I was on I picked up a six pack of this. Really nice.

Serving type: cask

01-20-2011 01:29:44 | More by aerozeppl
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scottyshades

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask version from Victory's brewery/pub

A: Pours a light, but cloudy semi-transparent gold color with a creamy white head. Retention is good.

S: Wow, just wow. Tropical fruits right off the bat (pineapple, mango), some tangerine, and just delicious hoppy goodness. Malts seem to balance

T: Not really all-too-bitter. Tropical fruits are dominant and juicy, slight pine and citrus as well. Malts give a nice but light balance to this big beer.

MF/D: Cask makes this smooth and creamy, velvety going down, lingering tropical fruit finish

Notes: Must..fill...a...growler...

Serving type: cask

01-02-2011 22:06:56 | More by scottyshades
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ToasterChef

Maine

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.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2010 13:11:00 | More by ToasterChef
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champ103

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask at Petrol Station in Houston.

A: Pours a nice hazy copper orange color. A small bubbly white head forms with poor retention. Not much lace to speak of either.
S: Big citrus, lemon rind, and grapefruit aromas up front. Very floral and grassy as well. The fruity flavors are really well incorporated, without an over barring bitterness. Light pine with some sweetness to round everything out.
T: Plenty of fruity flavors that follow the nose. Citrus and grapefruit are big. A substantial, but not over done bitterness. A bit more resiny pine with a grainy malty sweetness for balance.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth from the cask. Really easy to drink considering the alcohol. My pint was gone in no time, and I could have gone for another.

A well done DIPA. My cask was very enjoyable. Plenty of hops with a very nice flavor. Not just bitterness. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: cask

09-14-2010 15:55:13 | More by champ103
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

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

Pulled from the hand pump at the brewery.
Presented to me with a rich two finger head that laced well. Pale gold in color. Heavy nose full of citrus and pine. Palate is jammed with crisp citrus hop flavor and a healthy bite from the 8.5%. Just enough malt flavor for balance and complexity. Dryness and bitterness are held in check on this hop bomb making it quite drinkable. Easily one of my favorite DIPAs and probably the best tasting cask offering I've had to date.

Serving type: cask

08-18-2010 10:56:32 | More by JunkYardJake
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mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/28/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells citrus hops, and floral hops. Hint of pine and soap, as well as fruity malts.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemon citrus, and floral hops. A decent amount of bitterness.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Very easy to drink for an 8.5% ABV beer.

d - A pretty nice IPA that was easy to drink. Would have again.

Serving type: cask

08-17-2010 01:24:42 | More by mdfb79
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 6/22/10 at Als of Hampden during the intro to the beer engines. $2 nonic glass.

Appears a hazed golden yellow color with a finger of off-white head. Lace clings in spotty patches all about the glassware. The aroma is mostly hop character showcasing an herbal scent with some citrus and grassy notes. Also included in the aroma is a bit of grainy biscuit malt. Taste is along the same character a outlined in the aroma along with an alcohol presence that is a little bitey and warming. The finish accents the spice of the hops tasting herbal with some citrus.

Medium feel with a light level of carbonation. As it warms the flavor of the hops takes on more of a grassy flavor and increased grainy sweetness that balances out the alcohol and hop bitterness nicely. A very good brew all together and impossible to ignore for the price.

Serving type: cask

08-16-2010 15:58:08 | More by stakem
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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

A: Bubbles forced into the beer cascade upwards, swirling and dancing as they form a creamy 1/2-finger head. The body is light copper with some amber hues. This is much lighter and less orange than what I envision when I think of a DIPA. The lacing is phenomenal.

S: Grapefruity undertones highlight a big grassy hop presence. Bitterness seems a bit subdued. Not much going on aside from the hoppy flavors mentioned before. Even so, I enjoy the hop-leaning aspect of this aroma.

T: There is a huge presence of grassy and some piney hops, and they are nicely complemented by hints of citrus. Distinctly German malts reign in the hop bitterness and really balance this one out. Maybe a little bit disappointing, since Victory's Hop Devil is such a hop masterpiece. It is just a bit too balanced for a Double IPA. However, I would never believe that this is an 8.5% beer.

M/D: Incredibly smooth and easy drinking, but it lacks a big resinous hop feel. It is dangerously drinkable. The bitterness could be more accentuated, as I said before. Otherwise, very enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

03-07-2010 21:55:32 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on the hand pump at the brewery. Served in a nonic pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellowish color with some orange highlites. A finger and a half of thick rich and creamy head that hangs around forever.

Smell, is piney and a touch of floral. A touch of malt sweetness also.

Taste is close to the same as he bottle version but more bitterness is present. Same, piney floral hoppiness and touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Are all cask beers this creamy and rich?

Drinkability is great. I paired this with the Jerk chicken grinder and it went very well.

Serving type: cask

01-28-2010 19:26:31 | More by BigMike
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Durge

Connecticut

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

Was overjoyed to find this on cask at Novare Res in Portland, Maine last month. It was a glowing cloudy straw amber color with a generous big bubble white head and crazy lacing. The aroma is bready citrus pine hop, and a touch of alcohol straw and maple. The taste is right on with mellow piney hops and biscuit with some pleasant honey maple. In a near full bodied liquid that offers tingly carbonation that is well beyond any cask ale I've had. A delightful brew that I highly recommend as a great, drinkable DIPA on cask!

Serving type: cask

12-31-2009 00:21:45 | More by Durge
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Muted, worn gold in color, hazy from the cask pour. Stiff white head, good retention, minimal lacing. Smell is of citrusy and piney hops... grapefruity, slight peach scent. Taste is bitter grapefruity and resiny pine hops with a slightly fruity sweet and malty sweet backbone. Medium bodied, decent cask carbonation, bitter aftertaste. A nice beer thats got a lot of good flavor, just a touch too bitter throughout.

Serving type: cask

12-14-2009 18:04:52 | More by rfgetz
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(had this on cask, but have also had it on tap and out of the bottle, with near-identical results)

Pours hazy golden-orange, with a finger of white head, and excellent lacing. The smell was pink grapefruit, lemon, pine, maltiness, grass, and floral herbs. The flavor yielded all of the above in generous amounts, dissolving mid-palate to a more grassy/herbal/woodiness, and then finishing a pleasant dry bitter, with bitter/grapefruit/pine aftertaste hints. The body was medium, with subtle carbonation, even from the cask (must've been a fresh tapping). Despite the strength, the flavor beckons you for more, and before you know, it's a session. Thank the beer gods (and Victory) for making this a year-round offering.

Serving type: cask

10-13-2009 18:57:20 | More by donniecuffs
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Market Cross pub & inn in Shippensburg, served at cask temp in an imperial pint.

A - A very clear golden w/ highlights the color of amber honey. The cap of cream is small but clings as lace in rings

S - A sweet tropical fruit hint w/ a high amount of pineapple and grapefruit w/ alcohol very noticeable in the nose w/ mild malty sweet caramel tinges

M - A hint of spice goes right to the astringent drying texture, mild grapefruit and alcohol w/ a light creamy sweet edge

T - The taste is strong of citrus and dry leafy flavors w/ lots of astringency and light medicinal taste as the alcohol overtakes the malt in the transfer of hops to malt. The taste is very bitter which seques into the flavor of alcohol and mellows w/ slightly sweet malt in the finish

D - Not an easy to drink cask ale, but I don't remember tasting it in this format before so it piqued my interest. The drinkability is better than average w/ good taste and alcohol is very well matched for the style. I would prefer this on draft or a fresher cask possibly.

Serving type: cask

10-02-2009 16:43:29 | More by Slatetank
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blackie

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden in color, with carbonation cascading from the bottom to the surface to settle into a thick, frothy white head, cask-typical great retention and lace

s: rich citrus rind hop presence, mostly grapefruit, atop a clean but full flavored honeyed pale malt presence, candied citrus rinds, wonderfully aromatic with all components complimentary to each other

m: lusciously smooth body with a delicate carbonation - far from flat, though, as is common with cask ales

t: initial flavors of pungent citrus rinds are beautifully tempered by the cask serving, smoothing any harsh acidity and leaving a candied pulpy presence atop a honeyed pale malt body, bitterness builds into the finish with a grapefruit bite, absurdly smooth blend of assertive flavors

d: limited only by the abv, a superb dipa

0.4 litre glass at the brewpub

Serving type: cask

09-16-2009 03:19:25 | More by blackie
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wd40

New York

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was surprisingly clear for a beer on cask, a deep amber color. There was not a particularly strong aroma, but that is too be expected from a cask. The taste was good with some citrus and piney hops balanced by sweet malt. The mouthfeel was great, very smooth and drinkable. I would have this again.

Serving type: cask

09-05-2009 03:35:45 | More by wd40
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a cloudy apricot with a fluffy off white head, great retention and lacing.

S-Grapefruit hops and biscuit malt in about equal proportion.

T-Citrus and earthy hops supported by a modest amount of biscuit malt.

M-Nicely creamy with light bitterness.

D-Quite tasty.

HV

Serving type: cask

08-18-2009 18:40:06 | More by sholland119
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Max's in Baltimore

A- Poured a little hazy with a beautiful golden yellow almost slight orange color. It was given to me with almost no head to it which was fine by me because I was thirsty. No real lacing on the sides of the glass...just soapy looking and that slid down the glass into the beer.

S- Nice bitter piney hop smell to this right off the get go. There is a sweet malty undertone with this as well that mixes with a tail end of citrus-y hops. Nothing to over the top but then again I wasn't expecting this to smell so bitter. This was a welcome sight to me.

T- Nice crisp dry bitter hop taste upfront. A semi-sweet malt backbone comes in for a small second while a citrus hop ending balances this beer back out to a DIPA. Nothing over the top once again which was nice but only because at the time I didn't want a tounge crusher.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel. Carbonation not all there but still made a nice sipping beer. Oily resin left on the tounge made you want another sip almost right away. Good clean feeling left on the palate while the beer was in the mouth.

D- This was a very drinkable beer on cask. I am a fan of the bottle but almost prefer this on cask rather than bottle. Nice easy DIPA for times when over the top is just well....over the top.

Serving type: cask

08-17-2009 22:04:12 | More by alleykatking
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armock

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - For a DIPA its a little weak but still good hops in the nose

T - Wonderful smooth hops in my mouth I love it

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - I love IPAs on cask its heaven in a glass I could drink the whole cask myself worth getting on cask

Serving type: cask

08-05-2009 23:55:24 | More by armock
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schmitter

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first hand pump cask beer.

Appearance was light orange/gold with a thin head.

Smelled bitter and spicy with some citrus.

Taste was definetely creamy due to the lack of carbonation. Hops, bitter grapefruit, and slightly malty.

It went down less-than smooth and was kind of chewy.

A pretty good offering from Victory, but I think I enjoy it from the bottle more.

Serving type: cask

08-01-2009 18:17:51 | More by schmitter
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.4L glass on Cask at Victory Brewing

A - Cloudy, three fingers of head settle down into one finger of foam after a few minutes. Pale orange in color, leaves huge sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Grapefruit, residual sweetness

T - Big citrus hop flavor, huge bitter kick at the end balanced by a substantial sweet malt backbone. This is one good beer.

M - Silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel, bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

D - Awesome. The alcohol is well hidden, the beer is well balanced and tastes great, I could drink this all night.

Hell yeah! This beer is freakin' amazing.

Serving type: cask

07-27-2009 15:19:09 | More by FickleBeast
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunny, clear yellow, no darker than a Helles, witha thin beer-stained ivory head. Fruity and piney hops leap from the glass - very, very Christmasy with orange, lemon, evergreen, rummed-up raisins, and malts that smell of caramel, toffee, and cake. It is redolent of fruitcake, booze included - there is a surge of alcohol if you sniff too hard, but still, this is not too aggressive. Predominantly biscuity and more malty than expected, but the hops do indeed deliver a wallop, though it comes on a bit delayed, like a counterattack to the malts' first strike. Moscatel and orange rind make this quite fruity, but there are earthier things afoot as well - brown bread, pine, carnations, and warm, grainy alcohol, a bit medicinal and reminiscent of a gin and tonic. Soft cask mouthfeel works well here; it is a bit syrupy, but higher carbonation isn't necessary as the hops do a fine job keeping this clean and balanced (though not exactly dry). Intense yet drinkable - very good.

Serving type: cask

07-04-2009 08:41:08 | More by soulgrowl
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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
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