Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,643
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 118
Gots: 197 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

this beer poured a lovely clear golden color with about three fingers of straw colored head that lasted and left hella lacing.

the smell is of citrus fruits, some earthiness, a nice malty smell. smells like it's going to be a good one.

the taste is quite complex and pretty hard to pinpoint. it's VERY bitter, but not in any way one dimensional. a good malt backbone to balance the citrus hop character. lotsa grapefruit.

the mouthfeel seems typical for this style. it has a slight lingering slickness to it.

this one would be a staple for me if i could get it. solid brew.

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on cask at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a rocky one-finger head. The head dissipates into a bunch of big bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is interesting - this beer leaves larger than average bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Smells of juicy grapefruit and robust sweet malt. I'm excited about taking a sip of this.

Tastes great. Smooth grapefruit and sweet malt flavors followed almost instantaneously by a good amount of bitterness. Unlike the bottle version I'd had previously the bitterness isn't overpowering. It's a bit more mild now, leaving the door open for the citrus flavors to shine through.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth with subdued carbonation, this glides down my gullet.

Drinkability is great. I had to make a conscious effort not to gulp this one down, and I wish MARTA ended up closer to my house so I could've had a few more.

Overall this is the best IPA I've had on cask. The flavors here lend themselves to the cask very well. Be sure to give this one a shot if you have the chance.

Photo of deereless
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The thinnest layer of head with a single patch of frothy foam in the center, golden lemon in color, lots of lacing on the glass - 4.00, S: Extremely strong citrusy hops, some thick overripe pineapple aromas, hard to get much in terms of malt - 4.00, T: A tongue shredder of a beer, hops dominate, extremely resiny, lots of pine and touches of citrus, though I dug into the depths of this brew for signs of malt the hops overpower it - 4.50, M: 4.00, D: Double IPAs have certain developed a following, and this one is top tier - an exceptional double IPA and one that all hopheads must try - 4.50

Photo of kinger
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit galore, the name isn't misleading hops, hops, hops!!!...but where is the body the malt the life blood of a good beer? Fantastic citrus aroma chock full o' grapefruit from the hops, it's killer and nice to sniff. Light golden pour with a marshmellowy head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel is extremely bitter and rather light. Flavor is basically grapefruit, very bitter and hoppy. It's a good IPA but there really needs to be more malt to thicken this guy up.

Photo of Douglas88
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle aquired via trade with Ty. The appearance is golden with a decent, though short-lasting head. The taste is great: a strong wallop of bitter hops, grapefruit, and some sweet malt. A real great drink. Smooth-amazingly smooth. 8.5%-no way. Wow! Yet another beer I wish I could get locally.

Photo of tadowdaddy
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Probably the clearest DIPA I've ever seen. Not a cloud in the pint glass. Poured a nice light amber color with about 2 inches of head that laced the entire glass throughout.

S- Citrusy hops! Not much malt in the scent, but plenty of hoppy goodness.

T- Delicious. Fresh grapefruit citrus was the initial taste I got from this beer followed by a huge hop punch. Upon swallowing this beer the hop taste was even more outstanding.

M- A bit oily and left a nice aftertaste in the mouth.

D- Probably a bit too high on the alcohol side to be a session beer, although is a wonderful beer for a relaxing night and having one or two.

I absolutely love this beer and will be drinking it again.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptionaly well beer. It is too bad that this is only a seasonal brew cause i could drink this all the time. It pours a hazy caramel color with an easy two finger of white head. There is amazing lacing that lasts the beer.

The aroma is of a delicious hoppy nature with hints of citrus to it. As for the taste, hello hops. Not that bitter with a slight hint of citrus as an aftertaste.

I love this beer, it is everything that i could have ever dreamed for in a beer. Excelent drinkability and an incredible mouthfeel.

You just have to try this one.

Also had it on tap but was way better out of a bottle.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Brew Thru pint glass.

A: Poured a nice, golden amber color with a bit of light orange tint and great clarity. Some lazy carbonation can be seen flitting towards the sticky one-finger head of white foam.

S: Smells of resinous and herbal hop aromas, a bit of spice and musty citrus fruits.

T: Tastes of sweet citrus begin at the front of the palate where a toasted malt and grain flavor is quickly washed over by a rush of pine and grapefruit hoppiness. The finish is slightly bittersweet with a residual pine and lemon flavor. Hops are quite fresh tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a nice snap of hops to smack the sense out of your taste buds.

D: A pretty easy-drinking DIPA and one of a good enough balance to mask any phenol alcohol flavors. A good, sturdy pine and quite apparent citrus flavor combine well to make this a sessionable DIPA.

Beware of the "sessionable DIPA" tag; it'd be tough to go to other beers after a few of these. In fact, it'd probably be tough to do a lot of things after a few Hop Wallops. A nice DIPA offering from Victory.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured into a 20 oz. glass mug. Decent clarity on a yellowish orange body. A good amount of head sticks around.

S. This is where the beer takes a literal nose dive. Smells a bit off. Definately some hops but also some unpleasant gassy fumes.

T. Luckily the hop taste was there, albeit a bit less so than expected. Piney resinous cones, paired with overripe citrus fruit. Soft oranges and lemon grass. Pine needle hop flavor.

M. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Semi dry finish.

D. A hop head legend for sure. Not as good as in years past. Still, a good healthy dose of hops. Wish it was a bit more inviting, but this is still a take no prisoners D-ipa.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

almost too hoppy, and for me to say that is rare! I LOVE HOPS

Looks good as it pours into my trusty sam adams beer glass. A cloudy golden

The smell is good, has a hop overtone, with little or no citrus to it

The hops take over, and don't let go, it's almost too much!

the mouthfeel is good, but not great

this is pretty drinkable provided you enjoy hops, A LOT!

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

poured from 12 0z. bottle into pint glass

Very hoppy and very tasty beer, nice thick head with lots of lacing, beautiful golden color, smells very citrusy and the hops just kick you in the teeth when you drink this but its not so bad you cant drink it...this is a great beer

Photo of roadhouse
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a crystal clear golden orange color with a thick off-white head that has some soapy looking bubbles on top.

Aroma is filled with citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit and tangerine. Some piney notes are definitely in there too. Even some sweet caramel malt manages to make it through.

Taste is absolutely delicious. Some sweet caramel flavors at the start blend with some fruitiness then the hop wallop starts and we're handed a big dose of citrusy and piney hop flavors. The bitterness here is very smooth and not at all harsh like some DIPAs tend to get. Huge hop flavor though it seems to taper off a bit at the finish which stops me from scoring it perfect.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty smooth with the bitterness and a dry finish. This has to be the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had.

This was a fantastic DIPA. One of the best I've ever tried.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick whipped cream type head formed atop this beer. The head slowly faded and began to leave lacing all over the inside of the glass. The beer was an orange/amber color that was a bit like honey. Hazy/clear with some tiny carbonation bubbles visible.
Lacing was aggressive.

Aroma was nice and a good combination of sweet ripe fruits and floral notes with pine. There was also a spicy nature to the aroma.

Taste is real nice. The alcohol is there but rather well hidden . Ripe fruits start with some ripe pineapple or papaya. Then some sweetness pops in before giving way to the hop bitterness and the pine/grapefruit flavors. You can sense the hop oils on your tongue. Near the end you are left with a spicy, white pepper sensation and the lingering hop bitterness. Quite nice.

Not a session brew, you should savor this baby. The mouth feel is medium bodied and a both syrupy. There is a nice tingle from the carbonation.

For an 8% ABV this is quite drinkable

Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,643 ratings.