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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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3,631 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,631
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 186 | 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 dukedevil0
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the single 12 oz bottle from Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours an orangey amber color with a light white head. A little lacing on the glass.

S: Hops and a little rye/pine smell.

T: Same as the smell except I can taste the rye/pine more, slight bite from it. This beer isn't as sweet as I expected and hoped.

M: Good amount of carbonation, not watery or creamy...pretty normal.

D: Drinkability is pretty good, but the rye/pine I pick up in here makes it less enjoyable for me personally.

The rye/pine in here makes this have more bite and there isn't as much sweetness as I'd hoped, which makes this just one of those beers I don't dislike, but don't really prefer.

dukedevil0, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of happybear
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing as how I love this beer and when it is available in the late Fall, I happily purchased my case and brought it home. Orangey head about 1" thick and strong pine and grapefruit smell. While still the flavorable hop offering from Victory, I was disappointed with this years batch. The mouthfeel is thin and the taste is watery from memory of years past.

Still worth it but I felt last years offering had a better taste and mouthfeel.

happybear, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of gciccarelli
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pale orange with thick 1-finger white head. Medium lacing and good head retention.

S - Could even smell the hops as soon as the bottle was opened. Floral hops, citrus, pine...a blend of all different hoppy smells. Very impressed.

T - Considering the crazy amount of hops, it's pretty well-balanced. Sweet malts start it off, and then you get a very heavy hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Notes of citrus as well. Very tasty.

M - Very light body with very high carbonation. Not much of a residue.

D - If one likes hops, it would be easily to have a few of these. Great taste and character.

An excellent hop-bomb...highly recommended.

gciccarelli, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of william5586
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow! I could smell the hops as soon as i opened up the bottle. This beer poured a dark golden color with a fingers' worth of sticky white head. There was an amazing smell of floral hops. The smell sets you up for the hops your about to get and the taste does not disappoint.

william5586, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of HomebrewPgh
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite IIPA. This is a rare breed in the IIPA category. This beer focuses 100% of the hops and seems like it puts minimal malt in there to tame it. Pour is a beautiful bubbly medium gold with a one finger white head. Aroma was all citrus hops. Taste is like sucking water from a Centennial hop cone (which I've done). The malt is at the perfect level where it doesn't balance the beer out....it makes it drinkable. The 2008 is not as good as the other years, but is still great.

HomebrewPgh, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe I have never reviewed this beer. I've had it on cask, bottled, on-tap, on-tap at the brewery and in a growler filled at the brewery. Strangely, I never got around to reviewing it.
This review is based on a sample from the bottle.

Very light copper-colored body with numerous, fast-moving strands of carbonation bubbles. About a finger and a half of white head. Some decent retention, a layer of head stays on top of the drink for the entire duration. Great lacing; sticky rings that cover most the glass as you drink.

Huge hop aroma. Bitter, citrus, piney, floral. Basically all hops in the aroma, and I love it.

This is a hop bomb for sure. Layers of different hop flavors come through in the taste. Underneath all the hops is a very slight, sweet malt bill, but you have to look for it. The first flavor is an intense citrus hop flavor, followed by some more hops that have a piney flavor. It tastes like what I would expect pine tar to taste like, but I mean that in a positive way. Finishes with a big hop bitterness. The hops linger in the aftertaste, especially the citrusy flavors. Pretty thin bodied, highly carbonated. Not very oily.

This is a very drinkable DIPA, not boozy or too sweet. Definitely for the hop heads though; this one is loaded with hops.

Hojaminbag, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at this cool bar in Northenr liberites "The Druids Keep"
the bartender assured me that it was this years

it pours a wonderful yellow with a giant frosty head that hands out

it smells like fresh wonderful hops, very unique
It doesnt taste west coast or east coast neccesairly ...

bvery refreshing and as I saw from a post in the forums... they did not skip out on the hops

i dont give such high drinkabilty reasons for beers creeping up on double didgit ABV's but this beer is hard to taste the extra alcohol ..I only had one of these.. But I bet I would feel pretty good if I had more that 2

would love to try this on the hand pump

it

gdfan47, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Jaup
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden color, clear with minimal head.
S - First whiff gives a strong hop presence, with some hints of citrus and caramel.
T - First taste has similar flavors that I smelled, sweet at first, with a bitter ending.
M - Smooth, yet a nice coarse finish. Not too heavy, but something you can chew on.
D - This is a great beer. For a 8.5% ABV there are no signs of it. A nice firm hop to it, but not overwhelming. Just enough to get into the other flavors of the beer.

Jaup, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Lots of hops up front balanced out with a slight lemony citrus flavor. A touch too watered down for my liking. I feel that their Hopdevil is a far superior beer.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Jablonski
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my roommate who picked me up a 6-pack over in Houston.

Appearance: Deep copper color; head is small, but retains for a long time with lacing

Smell: citrus smell followed by a strong hoppy scent

Taste: Tastes like a bitter orange juice and grapefruit juice mixed together; very pleasant taste and the flavor is steady

Drinkability: I find myself wishing I had drank this throughout the night instead of picking up only enough of this beer for special occasions.

Great beer.

Jablonski, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of kirkmichel
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pint I sampled was hand pumped from a cask.
A- Opaque golden amber in a pint glass. Lace was rough with lareger bubbles in the ivory/tan foam and clung to the glass pretty thickly.
S - Very fresh hops and spices on the nose - love it!
T - hops tasted fresh picked and though bitter had a soft edge to them and lasted through the finish. Couldn't taste much malt to balance, but this is so good that their presence was not missed. Hops ere very piney tasting with floral oils (i know this sounds like a smell, but I swear I tasted it!)
M - Pretty viscous but refreshing.
D - Great, though the bitter finish does stay with you for a while.
I will say that I probably enjoyed this more than itams bottled counterpart, but it was more bitter.

kirkmichel, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with little white head. Amiable aroma of hops, sweet citrus notes and a little honey. Aggressive hop bitterness in taste that gives way to the driest finish around. This brew erases previous tastes from the palate with invading hop armies. Mild carbonation allows the tongue to embrace the hops and become an avid vegetarian for while. A dangerously smooth brew creates a great drinkability.

JRed, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold/amber beer, ever so slightly hazy, with a sticky off-white head. Nose is heavy on citrus hops, as expected. Nice and fruity. Taste is hoppity hoppiness from the first sip. Long lingering citrus hops, quite piney. Good mouthfeel. This beer is pretty much exactly as I expected: a nice citrus pine hop monster.

shivtim, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of jhu1995
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a nice head and lacing. Smell is citrusy with lemon aroma dominating throughout. Pineapple flavor shines through along with lemon and some creamy malt flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good for a double IPA.

jhu1995, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A crisp amber pour with a billowing ivory head. Minimal lacing.

Smell was the first disappointment. Underwhelming spicy and earthy hop character. Caramel malt blows in stronger.

The hops are also absent from the palate. Not the hop bomb I was expecting. Malty. Boring.

No complaints with the mouthfeel. Carbonation fits nicely with the thicker body.

I'm being very lenient when I give this a 3 for drinkability. The first beer was a drain pour for me. A drinkable beer if you think of it as an Imperial Pale Ale.

Overall, this beer was a tremendous disappointment. The six-pack was supposed to be fresh, yet it tasted like a DIPA that had been sitting out for months, losing all the hop character I enjoy. It did not fit the citrusy/floral/piney American Double IPA profile (certainly not of the West). Hopdevil was also disappointing. Victory brewing makes an incredible pilsner and RIS, but I am not impressed with their "hoppy" beers. Too malty. Not hoppy enough. Poor representations of their styles.

itcomesnpints, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Quite light for a DIPA. Light straw with orange highlights and about a half inch of head that sticks around for a minute or two. A nice lacing is left on the glass as the beer recedes.

S- Big, pungent hop aroma with lots of leafy, herbal goodness. Also a touch of sweet, tropical fruit.

T- More raw, unadulterated hops. The hop character here is quite different to most DIPAs that I've had. The taste is less about pine and citrus and more about spicy, leafy, and almost earthy flavors. There is no balance to this beer at all; the hops dominate from start to finish with barely a hint of malt. A hint of sweetness actually does come through from time to time, but it's gone before I can pin it down. The bitterness is very high, but it fits the beer so well that it isn't in the way.

M- Nice medium body with a good, strong carbonation level.

D- Actually very high. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all and the bitterness actually helps the drinkability. It makes me want to keep drinking. I wouldn't mind having a couple more of these... only if I wasn't going anywhere, of course.

This wasn't my first time trying this beer. I'd had it a couple times before and been very unimpressed, but I'm pretty sure that I had an old bottle on both occasions. I picked this one up knowing that it was fresh and it didn't disappoint. This isn't one of those sweet, malty, barleywine-like DIPAs. This beer is hop-forward and in-your-face. If you want balance, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a palate-wrecker, this is the beer for you. Recommended.

vtfan77, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- rather clear amber color body with a finger of white head.

S- some caramel malts with a ton of citrus hops.

T- more caramel malt than i could smell, and even more grapefruit hops. awesome.

M- medium mouth feel. semi mouth coating. crisp and clean

D- yum. a great DIPA with a well hidden ABV. easy fix for hops. i love it. check this one out if you get the chance. i wish this was more than once a year.

jwinship83, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Brickstore Pub, Decatur, GA. Served in a fitted pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange amber beer with a swiss-cheese like head. Retention is average to above-average, and as it fades it leaves sticky, thick, bubbly lacing. A very nice-looking beer, though it's hard to tell which parts of that are due to the cask and which to the beer itself.

Aroma: Whew. Tons of hop notes - pine needles, sappy, syrupy, resinousy, grapefruit and orange zest, a healthy dose of mint looming large. This one's big and bold in the hop department, though at cask temperature it comes off as slightly harsh. Still very nice though.

Taste: Doughy and sweet with a nice roasted edge. Tons of citrus and pine add a nice dimension to the proceedings, coupled with tons of herbal notes. Oh, and, how about some bitterness? This one's got it, though it's not overbearing or rough.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully smooth and even with a nice level of carbonation given the thickness. Casking seems to work well for this beer, given its body.

Drinkability: I've had Storm King on cask and Hop Devil on cask, but Hop Wallop on cask seems to work equally well. The body and flavors are such that they seem to come through nicely at this temperature and with this level of carbonation. Give it a try.

CrellMoset, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Ruslanchik
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with clearly marked "best before" date. This date is over a year away so clearly they are being a little generous here. No telling when it was brewed, but hoppy beers are, of course, best enjoyed fresh. Hopefully this one was straight from the brewery to my glass.

This beer pours a dark golden color. The head is snowy white and starts off big--over two fingers after the pour--and died down slowly leaving good lacing all around the glass. The beer is pretty clear. I would have liked to see a little haziness in such a hoppy brew.

The aroma is complex and interesting. It is, of course dominated by hops. The most evident hop aroma is of fresh pine needles. But this trails a very clear smell of tomato-based pasta sauce. As the beer warms a bit jasmine flowers appear in the smell, taking back to my days in Taiwan...they say smell is the sense closest linked to memory.

Drinking this beer is like experiencing 50 megaton nuclear explosion at about 2 miles: At first you taste some lovely floral notes that seem distant but beautiful, then there is a rising bitterness that hints at something terrible and ferocious. After a few moments you are struck by a powerful blast of bitterness that puckers your mouth and leaves your taste buds running for cover. All is not safe when this is past, though, because the bitterness hangs around to slowly kill off any parts of your tongue that haven't taken refuge in government approved bomb shelters. Sensible people would stop once they have experienced the horror (nuclear weapons or hops, take you pick) but Americans can't get enough. Sign me up for a sixer of this stuff!

The mouthful is surprisingly light for such a strong beer. Carbonation is light, which is perfect for the style. The beer clears off the palette nicely, which is good because the bitter flavor definitely hangs around for a few minutes.

This is not something that you'll want to drink all night long. The bitter flavors would leave your tongue battered and bruised. But I would definitely enjoy another, which, for such a strong beer, is really saying something.

Overall, I'm left with two strong impressions: Jasmine flowers and bitterness. I have a special place in my heart reserved for jasmine green tea, so this beer gets bonus points for pulling my heart strings. I'm definitely a hop head so bitter is beautiful in my book. This will definitely earn another purchase.

Ruslanchik, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful balance of hop strength. Firm, spicy malt background to support loads of floral hops. Sits light copper, stunning foamy head, an aroma to die for. Light bitter oils that finish malty sweet. A ground of chewy, toffee pudding turned hop cake. A refreshing alternative to the other belly busters in the Imperial IPA family.

SeanRedd, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I am not the only hop dork out there... this beer has received amazing ratings. Why doesn't everybody brew an American Double/Imperial IPA, it seems like everybody likes them. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. I am not a huge fan of the appearance of this beer, looks like your average ale with clingy head which dissipates. The nose is where this brew starts to com alive, hops, hops, and more hops. There are some slight citrus notes, almost no malt, but yet the nose in not out of balance. The taste and mouthfeel follows the nose in that really too much hops, yet seems balanced. As far as the drinkability, I have had 4 early on a Friday, I don't think I will be going out this evening that 8.5 will catch you, doesn't seem as strong as it is.

aquaderek, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop pours a beautiful, clear, golden honey color with a small white head. It looks like liquid sunshine. Freakin' gorgeous. The smell also rocks, with all kinds of juicy, candy hop aroma with some underlying caramel and just a hint of grassyness.

Lots of hop flavors show up on the palate. There is some alcohol flavor. The bitternes shows up around mid-swallow. Some spicyness also shows up. Though strong, the bitterness does not linger like most IIPA's I've had. The finish is fairly quick. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a fairly low amount of carbonation.

Overall, I think this is the best IIPA I've had. The fact that the bitterness does not linger too long makes it much more drinkable than most.

Spidey13, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color w/ 2 fingers of creamy white head. Excellent lacing cascading down the glass

S: Very hoppy, pine and citrus mix. Barely any maltiness in the nose

T: Strong pine citrus flavors that finish clean. potent brew that the natural hop flavors mask well. A twinge of a wine like finish is slightly noticeable.

M: Medium body with a foamy carbonation.

D: Very smooth drinkable beer.

Had to try this after being a fan of the Hop Devil from Victory. I like this brew much better. In your face hops that finish clean, a great IPA.

Crazy4LegMoose, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of jraycee
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey like color with a one inch head.
Smell is big resiny hops a little pine and grass.
Taste is almost all hops with a very thin biscuity malt presence struggling to come through down the middle. A little sweetness from the alcohol is noticed on the very front but is quickly overcome. Lingering bitterness begs another drink. Unbalanced, just as advertised.
Mouthfeel is good. Not too much heat for an 8.5.
I had high expectations for this one, and it didn't disappoint me. A solid DIPA. I'll probably pick it up again sometime in the future.

jraycee, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a big bubbly head that dissipates to a ring and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is dominated by floral pine hops and some citrus notes as well. There is a bready malt presence as well.

The flavor has more citrus hops than the pine that I got in the aroma. There is certainly grapefruit, oranges, and a hint of resin. The malt body is evident as well.

The mouthfeel is crazy smooth due to the cash with less carbonation than I remember in the bottle version. Still has a prickly hop bitterness in the finish though.

This is a good DIPA and I enjoyed the smooth cash version. Not one of my favorites but still very drinkable.

gford217, Nov 15, 2008
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,631 ratings.