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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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3,649 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,649
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 125
Gots: 213 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 3,649 | Reviews: 1,891
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this on the shelves many times before but with so many choices, I've never given it a try. Finally picked up a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington.

Price: $11.99

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a very light golden color, slightly hazy. A massive 2-3, dense foamy head on the initial pour that lasts several minutes. Moderate lacing left after drinking.

S - Of all the items about this beer that I liked, it was the aroma that was the most disappointing. I really got nothing special on the initial whiff. Maybe a faint hoppiness but not at all what I'd expect from an IPA, let alone a DIPA.

T - The lack of hoppiness in the aroma is made up after the first mouthful. Huge hoppiness that is backed up with a pretty heavy dose of malts. Not as piney or citrusy as some DIPA's but a more drinkable type style of a DIPA. The alcohol is not initially too noticeable but as the beer warms up, the alcohol does come through.

M - A thinner consistancy, especially for a DIPA. A tangy bitterness lingers after each sip.

O - This was a good DIPA but not my favorite. It is just missing the huge citrus-pineyness that I enjoy so much. It's not a bad beer but better examples are available, IMO.

Cheers!

Photo of BierStein711
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good example of the style!

From the bottle! Head inside the bottle was three fingers in size. Off-white was the head's color.

Carbonation was mild.

Smells: Pine, herb, and hemp.

Taste: Wood, pine, hemp, grapefruit, dark fruits, fuggles, and a few other notes.

Mouthfeel: Dry and refreshing!

Overall, this is a smooth beer worth your time. I'd have a six pack.

Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of fluffy, bumpy off-white eggshell head, color of the beer is a glowing hazy golden lite orange color. Some very nice lacing is left when finished.

Smell - Whoah, orange, mango, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, and sweet lemon - such phenomenal citrus smells!

Taste - Just like the nose, all of these wonderful citrus and tropical flavors come together with a natural citrus sweetness, along with some big green and floral hop flavors. There is a wonderful malted biscuit backbone in the background, and the finish is slightly bitter and dry with wonderful dried grapefruit peel and a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium+, very smooth, and some juiciness. Carb is on the lower side, but adds some tingly edges along the sides of the tongue, but not enough to "cleanse" the palate, you're left with some nice lingering citrus flavors between sips, with juicy pockets in the corners of the mouth. The finish is just slightly dry and bitter.

Overall - A really nice citrussy and floral DIPA. The sweetness is all from the citrus, and is not overly sweet at all, and doesn't come across as honey or carmel or hard candy as in other DIPA's. A very nice DIPA, and one that I would try again.

Photo of lucas1801
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 release

Pours a deep gold with a large, dense white head of mixed sized bubbles. Lots of carbonation racing to the top. Nice lacing. The smell is all big fruity, piney, sprucy hops. Hops, hops, hops! A fantastic bouquet. Big hops up front, in the middle, and in the finish. The mouthfeel is almost silky smooth, punctuated by a resinous hop finish. This is a hop monster and quite drinkable. It will make enjoying a delicate pilsner impossible later in the night, but proves to be a hop lover's dream. This is much better than last year's version.

Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of cjohns73
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of tayner
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

poured golden color with a big, white sticky head that laced nicely.

Smell was an earthy and floral hop profile with some sweet malts.

Taste was mostly earthy hop, but well balanced with some mild maltiness. THere was a finish that was a bit more citrusy hop. It seems to be one of the most mild double ipas i have had.

This had plenty of carbonation and was light to medium body without being watery. very nice hot weather beer

I could drink these all day long, but the 8.5% would catch up to me. It is one i need to get more of soon though.

Photo of Jacob007
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of m1ked
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden with a fine white foam. Notice alot of tiny bubbles streamers.

S- Grains. I smell wet barley, biscuity. Light alcohol.

T- Sweet caramel biscuit, followed by bitter hops.

M- Almost creamy.

D- Very enjoyable. I have really grown to like this style. This would be a multiple offender in the future.

Photo of AaronRed
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to try this one. With increasing availability of easily drinkable high alcohol beers, I was exicited. Very nice straw looking brew, with good head, but not too much to take away the flavor. You can smell that is an extreme IPA a foot from the glass. It has a distinct flowerly aroma. Flavor is not something to worry about here- loads of it in the hops. The bitterness hits hard, but is easy to adapt to. This beer cuts through everthing. I have a feeling you could be eating chocolate, and this beer would still come through. Overall an very enjoyable brew that also happends to pack a punch.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a very clear, golden-amber color with lots of tiny bubbles rising up the glass. The head is fairly small, though, and white.

Smell is a great, complex mix of sweet, citrus, grapefruit hoppiness, then a touch of malt, then an almost pine smell with what hit me as a kiwi aroma.

The taste follows with a malt and hop sweetness followed by a bit of pine and then a piney, hoppy bitter finish in the back of the mouth. Also a hint of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel was very smooth feeling and seemed fairly thin and light for the ABV.

In the end I really enjoyed this beer, but there was something in the combination of bitter mouth finish and maybe the relatively high ABV that made me feel 12 oz was enough.

Photo of infi
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a translucent golden-hued, light-orange pour with a nice white foamed head. Great amount of lacing on the glass. On close inspection, there are small amounts of slow moving bubbled streams rising towards the top. Not a lot of carbonated activity on sight alone. Smell carries a huge amount of honey sweetness, but a very minimal amount of hop pine and citrus. Average overall; not bad, but just okay.

Taste has a nice crispness to it with the hops shining through from beginning to end. Great amount of grapefruit pith and flesh, earthy pine needles, along with the dryness and bitterness. The finish is mainly just a short bitterness on the palate. Straight forward DIPA, with everything in line.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low carbonated activity, but smoothly crisp. Great palate presence of the beer overall. Easy to drink; 8.5% is the only thing that will impede from drinking multiple bottles in a short amount of time. Currently my favorite Northeastern IPA now. Could have used a bit more hop in its walloping, but a solid DIPA still.

Photo of OMsweetOM
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jjf3792
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #129
Served On: 02/17/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.5%
Date/ Code: 11/25/12

Look: poured a clear golden orange with a thin sticky coating of foam on top. Carbonation level was fair. Had noticeable sediment.

Smell: Herbal and fruity hops – very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Torpedo; A clean and fresh aroma. Some faint cracker notes were in the mix. Hops certainly dominated the nose.

Taste: First was a hoppy grapefruit with some apricot. Then a sweet candy sugar hit. The finish was a very mild hop bitterness mixed with a reoccurring sweetness – like an overly ripened grapefruit. Aftertaste was of a warm herbal hop that slowly faded. The palate was actually way lighter than I was expecting, given the name ‘Hop Wallop'.

This beer was basically a SN Torpedo without the malt bill and a slightly higher ABV. It seemed to lack the complexity and balance that Torpedo has. Hops just completely dominated this beer.

Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It fills the glass with a bright hazed orange julius and three finger of growing white head...

Citrus fruits dominate the nostrils, clean and refreshing, with vitamin C chewables

Lychee fruits hit first followed by grapefruit meat, followed by the bitter of grapefruit skin great, very simple hop profile, just simple bitterness

Medium light body, very soap sudsy feel on the tongue, no alcohol existence is nice as well

Like it a lot, don't love it but of course you should try it

Photo of drh1382
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Bright orange color with a thick head. Crazy amount of hops. Little to no malts detected, certainly not balanced. Alcohol is up front right when you first taste it. This could be a palate crusher if it is the first beer of the evening. The hops punish your tongue and keep you begging for more.

Photo of Mullinger1980
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
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