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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,623
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 116
Gots: 187 | 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.4%

SocalKicks, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Dyan, as usual. Best by May 05, 2009.

Appearance: Light amber, brilliantly clear, with a frothy three finger head that rises above the glass for a moment before slowly settling, leaving a ton of lace behind as it falls.

Smell: Caramel wafers, primarily. Very candy-like and sweet. There's a bit of aromatic hops in there as well, faintly citrusy, but it takes a backseat to the big malt body.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet candied grapefruit, ripe nectarine, caramel malt. Very sweet and malt-forward for the style, but thankfully not too heavy or boozy. Bitterness is ample, but not over the top. Despite that, this one's a lot heavier on the bittering hops than the flavor and aromatic hops. This is good, but it's not my favorite style of DIPA. Give me a dry, aromatic IPA any day over these East Coast malt bombs.

largadeer, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JAHMUR, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!).

NeroFiddled, May 14, 2005
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I remember being blown away by this a number of years ago, like, completely floored. ive since changed my mind, as my palate has evolved, my tastes have matured, and ive had about a million big ipas. this one seems a little less complete than it used to, but it was ahead of its time, and deserves credit for that. it pours a light straw color, mostly clear, with a huge fluffy white head with good lacing and retention. the nose is really bitter, with a pine complex. the flavor is balanced by some light pale malts which give the faintest hint of sweetness, and the bitterness takes on a lovely fruity character towards the finish. the swallow is a little hot from the alcohol, which is exacerbated by the thin body. ive come to expect a little more meat on the bones of these beers, but this one is fairly thin. the carbonation is nice though, and almost makes the bitterness sting in the aftertaste. overall a little weak on body and a little more intensely alcoholic than necessary, but a delicious beer that I can credit with turning me onto the genre way back when.

StonedTrippin, May 03, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good clarity with a two finger, off white head and a golden-copper body. Good head retention and lace.

S - Fruity hops; pineapple, clove, and mango. Sweet malt and some light caramel. Pepper and slight clove from the yeast.

T - Sweet malt with lots of toast and biscuit character. Floral hops in the middle with pineapple notes. Spicy hop bitterness in the finish with some tobacco and slight astringency.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet, astringent finish.

D - Great hop character in the aroma, though the flavor is somewhat weaker and the balance is a little off in the finish. A nice, drinkable DIPA, but not quite as good as Hopslam.

nickfl, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely amazing! The lace from the cask pour and the insane amount of hops was leaving thick rings all the way down the glass. Sweet pine and spice aroma, fruity esters and a mild higher alcohol in the nose. So smooth on the palate with a biting hoppiness with a continuation of that with the alcohol in the finish. Every time the malt wanted to break through the hops beat it back down. The alcohol was a bit too much though this is thoroughly a sipping beer to begin with @ 8.5% abv.

Jason, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's definitely alot of hype behind this brew, I found myself very fortunate to obtain a case of this beauty after there being somewhat of a shortage in the Pittsburgh beer market. Tasted my first bottle at D's sixpack, then I moved on to seek it out on draft at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse where I learned it wouldn't be tapped until the next day. Now let's take a look at this brew what does it do for me and how does it compare to the other bigger IPAs out there. Appearance: Amber with tiny hop particles spread throughout in a suspension like fashion forms a two finger depth head which lasts for quite some time when it does dwindle beautiful even bands of lacing nice. Aroma: Amazing blend of pine cone scented hops with citrusy grapefruit in nature hop dosage a candy like sweet finish to the nose this is nice I am loving it. Taste: Hops are there and in number they do give a burst of hops, but the great part about this beer is that it doesn't overdo it remains hoppy as all hell but allows different flavors to come and share the stage first off grapefruit sweetness is there with a sugary sensation that is straight up unique and tasty. I feel like I am partial to Victory but this one does live up to the load of hype that came with it, for me this is one of my favorite IPAs available today second to maybe only 3F's Dreadnaught IPA which has shown me the light not to overlook any small micro out there. Mouthfeel: Sticky texture to this medium body hop resin filled glass of ambrosia it's true "hoppiness is happiness". Drinkability: Amazingly easy to consume I can't picture this beer being 8.5% abv it just doesn't seem that way to me. Can't wait to get a taste of this one on draft I'm sure it will deliver on every level as well, and then maybe more so.

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the VBC.

Pours a cloudy, golden caramel color with a big creamy, vanilla white head that left some excellent lacing down the glass. Aroma is prominent floral hops and citrus with a slight undertone of sweetness and heat.

Taste is a bitter hop bomb throughout highlighted by a very strong floral citrus character. Underlying sweet maltiness is present but gets overpowered way too easily and seems to be there just for the hops to ride along on. Bitterness and alcohol just coats your palette in the finish, in an ending that you wont soon forget until the next sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth, and delicous.

Wow, this was my first experience with this beer on cask and it was quite a memorable one. Not for the hoppy faint of hearted but ectasy for serious hop heads. Unfortunately that combo of hops and alcohol make it a serious sipper and I seriously doubt that I could (or would) want more than one in a sitting, so it takes a hit in the drinkability department. If your able to find this guy on cask outside of the brewery, do yourself a favor, batten down the hatches, and set sail for one hoppy ride.

Kegatron, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded gold with little head. Nose is strong with a floral hoppy tone and almost a yeasty presence as well. Flavor is salty. Almost like I am taking a sip of the ocean. Noticable hop presence, but like the nose, it is more of a gentle type of hop. Not the overpowering mouth kicker that so many go for. Feel is low on bubble and carries a decent liquid feel. Drinkable, yes. But I wouldn’t consider it a top DIPA. Seem to be better examples out there.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
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.

Slatetank, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Gullifty's, Wayne, PA

Another great choice. I'm beginning to think that Victory might be one of the most consistently good quality breweries around.

A golden yellow beer with a nice white head that typically displays good retention and lacing. Fresh hops in the nose, citrusy, and piney--a quality that distinguishes it from the Hop Devil--with a sweet biscuity malt base. Aroma follows through into the taste, with a sweet malt base generously overlaid with piney hops; lemony, with an alcohol drying finish. Light-medium body, tasty, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugely spicy crazy stuff. But it's a very soft wallop with waves of tangy aromatics. Beat me with your lips!

Looks nice in the Pilsener glass with golden amber color and a fine white head. Nicely sudsy on the tongue. Medium body with a snap of tangy carbonation. Truly a big perfume in taste as well as smell, but it's a fine mellow fog. Countered by the crisp touch of acidity. Bitterness is a nice part of the flavor, but it's very rich and malty in the aftertaste. Long nose of apples and flowers (stocks?).

Would be educational to see exactly what they put in this. Such a nice blend of aromatics and bittering hops, but always a gentleman's agreement. Yet another reason to just buy whatever Victory hauls out of the old oaken bucket.

mactrail, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Dec 06, 2004
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,623 ratings.