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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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3,537 Ratings
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This was the stand-out for me at the 13 May 2005 Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge! Absolutely amazing! All of the rich maltiness was there, and it even appeared fuller because of the softer mouthfeel. It was the only beer I had all night (apart from Heavyweight's Hoppy Saison) that held a head and left lacing about the glass. The hop aroma didn't seem any fuller than usual, but it really didn't have to be. The hop flavors seemed to sink into the maltiness a bit more, and it was much rounder and incredibly drinkable! Of course, at 8.5% you are limited.... but I'd have drank it all night if I could (and almost did!).

Serving type: cask

05-14-2005 14:53:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle, procured during a trip last month to, um, interesting, metro Detroit.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice array of various forms of webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitter citrus, milder pine, soft caramel, and more prominent crackery malt. The taste is bready, crackery malt, bitter citrus peel, a bit of pine resin, and emerging sweet booze. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a wavering medium weight, a tad prickly, but smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, with a decently strong uptick in generic leafy, piney bitterness.

An agreeable DIPA, one which borders on the IPA fringe, in terms of flavour - no big malt/hop showdown here, just a nice hop-forward brew, the extra booze warming well subdued, that is until the temperature effect takes hold.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:30:57 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just cracked the crown on this eagerly anticipated bottle of ale, bottled 12-11-03, and already the sweet, citric aroma wafts out to please the senses, a promising sign.

Fantastically hazy, thrillingly golden, with a mammoth head, pearly-white, bubbly, fluffy-as-a-cloud, very slowly drifting down in size.

Now to check this aroma out, up close: OW-Weee!! there's pine up there, floral a bit, and fruity aplenty, spruce, herbs, this is primeval stuff, potently herbaceous, brilliantly bristling, beyond "bitter". Citrus fruit notes, too, a touch of grapefruit, a faint suggestion of pineapple, peach, but the sharp pine-tar factor looms largest.

Past the lips and onto the tongue, it's surprisingly smooth. Huge hoppiness swims all about the senses, but is, incredibly, never too bitter, and lays on the palate just long enough. I'd call the body medium, and finsh is fruity, tangy, and lastly dry, and of perfect length, for it fades off just as it's time to raise the glass anew. Malt is in excellent supply here, and provides one perfect backdrop, just thick and sweet enough to make the bitter hop bouquet so wonderfully palatable. Hop taste hangs in the mouth happily and long, and the sweetness from the ample malt makes a well-balanced, utterly drinkable, Super IPA.

Sure wish I had me a case of this stuff, or 2 or 3, instead of just a few bottles. Where I don't think it's the most incredible Double IPA (3 Floyds, Rogue, Midnight Sun and more vie for that spot), or most delicious IPA of any kind (Town Hall's Masala Mama is still my sweetie, and Bell's TwoHearted can't be beat, especially on tap), it's really a seducer, with a quality that can surely become addicting. Who knows, maybe someday they'll send it out beyond Pennsylvania and I won't have that problem. As it is, not quite done with it, and I wish I had a few more to keep this hoppy happiness happening.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 11:03:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a slightly cloudy gold color with a white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace.

S: Heavy hops smell with some citrus & malt sweetness and bit of alcohol.

T: Strong, bitter hops bite hits you right away (hence the name) and certainly doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells. It leaves a bitter hops after-taste, but it’s not as strong as you would think.

M: Very crisp and smooth as well, with a medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.

D: This is a drinkable beer, especially if you’re into the hops bitterness. The alcohol is hidden pretty well without using sweetness to do it and it's not very filling. It’s just not quite as balanced as I would prefer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 05:23:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours shimmering bronze with 2+ fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Lemons & pineyness in copious amounts

T: Lemons & grapefruit, with kiss of honey malt then loads of pine up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes with an all out hop assault, too much grapefruit for my tastes

MF: Medium-bodied, a bit oily with low carbonation. I'd preferred a bit more maltyness

Drinks good, but not a huge fan on the OTT grapefruit hoppyness. Hopheads might want to hoard this before the price rise hits, pricey enough as is. Not a bad DIPA, but plenty better out their IMO

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 06:01:15 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a pale malt scent along side of a kick ass hop aroma. It has an intense citrus hop aroma. The taste is perfect. It has a rich pale malt flavor with a very bitter hop aftertaste. It goes down easy and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is excellent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 21:02:58 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Hopiness is happiness"

Beer poured from a bottle into a goblet. Bottle states "Enjoy By: March 4, 2010" Done. Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a thin white head of small to medium bubbles that falls away quickly leaving a thin diffuse head and lots of lacing. Carbonation low to moderate. Looks good.

Smell is surprisingly weak. There is some sweetness some hop aroma but not much of anything at all.

Beer is sweet and full bodied. There is a lot of bitterness at the back, its not really what I expected. The hop flavors are not as forward as I figured they would be. The whole beer seems muted. Drinkability seems high and the palate connectivity seems good. Time for the second taste, midpalate hop flavors more obvious this time. I'm curious which flavoring hops these are, I'd be interested in using them for aroma. Overall a pretty good (although not my favorite) DIPA. Good effort Victory and check it out if you are into DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 03:08:04 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

There is no best by date on the bottle as far as I can tell.

The beer pours a straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get a lot of pineapple and mangoes as well as some other fruit notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. The main flavor is oranges, but I also get some mangoes and some biscuit malt. The beer is fairly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I know they are not the same style, but I prefer this to Hop Devil.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:19:00 | More by Mora2000
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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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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
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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours gold with a thin white head that hangs on for the duration.

The smell is of strong citrus. Musty, a flash of alcohol.

The taste is of chewy, citrusy hops all over the place - grapefruit and orange. Some floral notes. Malt is subdued, but enough to tie the hops together. Sharp alcohol comes through, which often detracts, but in this case adds a zesty spiciness

Hops and alcohol in the raw. The flavor lingers. Long, dry finish.

A slow sipping brew. Hopheads rejoice, others beware.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 15:46:51 | More by jwc215
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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,537 ratings.