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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,577 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,577
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 164 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, bold. Pine. Some high alcohol. Sweet and citrussy lemon and grapefruit. A lemon and a white head. Dry bitter aftertaste.I've of course had it since, including 8 years later. A nice drinkability, despite the IBU. Not much retaned head. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 05:52:55 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small island of foam on top of the beer. A latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, malt, and alcohol. Taste is pretty sweet and is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a malty finish. There is a fairly high level of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 01:42:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-26-2011 18:56:29 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours straw with a white head and a bit of lace. Plenty of visible carbonation. Nose is highly grassy and floral with a good amount of citrus as well. Not much backing malt. Taste is quite hoppy and bitter although I don't get much actual flavor, just the bitterness. Feel is light to medium and a bit dry. Drinks well and i'm glad they started doing this year round.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 12:16:31 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Significantly hazy rich golden amber with just the barest hint of orange. The head is cream in color, large and stickyfirm. It persists for a very long time, eventually falls to a thick disk and leaves chunky lace in no discernible pattern.

Hop Wallop smells incredible! It's chock full of wall-to-wall citrusy hops that are more tropical than is usual for the style. This beer has one of the best noses (top 3 at least) of any of my 125 reviews. Candied lemon peel, grapefruit and passion fruit burst out of the glass and bowl me over with their magnificence. I just know that the flavor is going to be out of this world as well...

...and it is. This is the closest--along with Ruination--to pure hop juice in a glass that I've ever had. Make no mistake, that's a good thing. This baby is one big, bold, intensely hopped DIPA, yet the bitterness is well supported. The IBUs must be off the charts, yet there's not a sharp edge in sight; nothing but pure, clean, intense hoppy goodness.

The hops are of the pungeant, piney, citrus fruity (grapefruit and orange) variety. Right up my alley in other words. The body/mouthfeel is impressively big as well. It's full, chewy, sticky, sappy and sweet; the better to hold the beer in close contact with my tastebuds all the way to and through a long, lingering, seemingly never-ending finish.

This is a beer to savor. It just begs to be drunk though and the bottom of the glass is fast approaching despite my best efforts to make it last. The hype surrounding HW was greater than anything that I've ever seen in my (still somewhat limited) time on this site. I bought into that hype since I love IPAs and I've spent a lot of time and effort trying to acquire this beer. Believe me, it was worth it. If you love hops, you must get ahold of Hop Wallop.

I owe a special debt of gratitude to gueuzegeek who provided me with this (my original) bottle. I also want to thank Dantes who made it possible for three more to find their way into my possession. It'll be tough making them last until fall when I hope to buy this hop nectar by the case. "Hoppiness is happiness".

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 20:07:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a small white head that quickly faded away into lacy patterns of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of both citrus and pine resin hops. There is a lot of bitterness (particularly in the finish) but it's not overpowering; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to consume because the alcohol is well masked and the bitterness isn't overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:30:18 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear golden body color with just a hint of amber; the fluffy head retains well and leaves very good lacing

Smell: Primarily spruce and pine, but a bit of grapefruit citrus and floral qualities as well

Taste: From the start, there is a brief neutral holding pattern of pale malt flavor while the hops rev their engine and take over the taste buds; very piney and bitter/lemony on the finish, there is a tingling sweetness on the tip of the tongue; a bit of alcoholic warming on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike Hop Devil, which is assertively malty and hoppy, this beer is all about the hops

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 00:45:14 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow, with a small white head that quickly faded. Smell was Pine, Citrus, pineapple maybe and a bit of gras. The taste was very hoppy. Almost a liquid pine type of taste with very dry finish, right up my alley. Not very carbonated. Very Drinkable brew, this goes down much easier then the ABV would suggest. I could see myself putting down quite a few of these. Very pleased overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 01:41:47 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-25-2011 17:24:41 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Clear amber color ale with huge head with pretty good retention. Aroma of bitter and somewhat floral hops is definitely present. Taste is dominated by bitter hops as expected mix with very subtle sour ending which was enjoyable. Body is full ands carbonation is good which is more then I can say for other Victory products. Not over the top as other Imperial IPA and very well balance. Nice beer that I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 17:44:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A terriffic IPA! It has all of the hop bittering, flavor, and aroma that I'll ever want. Very spicy, floral, and earthy. Not vegetable or overly sweet. Has a solid barley malt character, but there is no conflict with the hops. The hops are pronounced in the nose and dominates through to the finish. Body weakens a bit in the finish, providing a easy drinker and allowing the hops to dominate one last time before the next sip. The hops are way out of balance from the malt--and it should! Thanks kmpitz2!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 21:20:52 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

02-09-2013 15:09:19 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By: Oct 18 0... argh, the last digit didn't quite come out. It remains a mystery!

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Meager maltiness dressed with hop scents of lemon, grilled pineapple rings, and pine.

Taste: Solid, sweet maltiness (though not exactly overabundant) initially. Sweetish blend of pine resin, lemon juice, and pineapple hop flavors. Medium-high bitterness. Chunks of white peach emerge upon warming. Flourishing, lasting spiciness. Finishes dry and bittersweet with just a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Just a smidge above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very light stickiness on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Dagnabbit, now I'm curious to know if I snatched up an old bottle or not as it just didn't deliver the wallop I was hoping and waiting for. Personally, I'd prefer a HopSlam. In fact... that's not a bad idea.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:02:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-05-2011 18:45:35 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-31-2013 03:17:16 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-19-2013 20:35:49 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-29-2012 04:46:34 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a fluffy two finger head atop that settles nicely leaving a sheet of lace behind,big brassy hop in the aroma and quite herbal that really sticks out a touch of pineapple is there but the pine is the most noticable here.Well if you like hops this is it for you,herbal and piney with a nice underlying citrus zest a lightly sweet malt backbone appears but is small compared to the big hops.Wow the alcohol is prevalent here mainly in the finish quite zippy and stronger as the beer warms.A big flavorful IPA in your face the alcohol keeps me from wanting to drink much though.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 00:09:57 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head, tons of frothy lace. Clear golden with crimson hues.

S: Mostly grapefruit but more on the sour side, biscuity and some hop notes.

T: Light citrus initially, alcohol is well-masked. Finish is lots of pine and hops with a lingering sharp bitterness that is more of a citrus bitterness ass oppose to pine.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Excellent DIPA. The lnegth of time the bitterness sticks around is a little much for me but otherwise a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:41:49 | More by kylehay2004
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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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GRG1313

California

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

Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival 6/13/09 ON TAP

Pours amber with a nice big and thick white head.

Nose of floral perfume and corn tortillas. Assertive nice yeast.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and with huge grapefruit flavors, followed by pine and then resin. Beautifully balanced.

The gigantic grapefruit hop bitter finish may be one of the longest ever experienced. Literally goes on for minutes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 05:39:01 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a shaker pint glass at ChurchKey.

I've been promised wallops of hops before...we'll see. This contender pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger (at best) of white foam. The nose comprises earth, florals, and a bit o' toffee. A little simplistic and not very hoppy. The taste holds some heavy floral and citrus hops, backed by a comparatively meek bit o' caramel. Alright, I'll admit the hops' supremacy...but I don't know if I'd go so far as a wallop. They are pretty strong, though... The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Not a bad DIPA overall, but not quite as strong as expected. Its lack of balance keeps it from attaining any measure of real greatness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 01:36:33 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a dry pint glass with several fingers of foam, it settles into a compact and fluffy head. Rings and wisps of foam, it's a nice pint to look at. The color is an amber jewel tone, with a few lazy upward-moving bubbles.

Aroma is heavenly...fruity and juicy like Amarillo, clean and grassy like Saaz. The aroma doesn't hang around long enough, but that initial blast is really something. Malt is in there too to back it up.

Light mouthfeel, but bigger than your average IPA or pale ale. Mild astringency/bitterness at first, pink grapefruit pith, descending into more pale malt flavors, before a bracing finish. Very long, and bitter end. Reminds me of the aftertaste after tasting a fresh hop cone, that bitterness that just never fades. Light suggestion of honey a few minutes after the swallow, once the bitterness subsides.

Fairly easy to drink, especially so in warmer weather i'd imagine. Highly recommended for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 00:06:05 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

02-11-2012 15:24:55 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops. There was also a pine-like aroma.

T - It tasted of very spicy hops. Also, a good dose of sweet, roasted malt.

M - Very crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good DIPA. Tons of hops blended very well with a good malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 17:24:29 | More by zeff80
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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,577 ratings.