Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,643 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,643
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 196 | 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 erosier
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that fades somewhat quickly while lacing down the glass very nicely.
S: Smells of sweet malts and then a big citrisy/earthy/floral hop aroma.
T: Tastes of nice sweet malts up front then follows with a big citrisy/earthy/floral hop flavor that is actually really nice. It's not too bitter and it's not too acidic.
M: Very crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, I was surprised to find out how alcoholic it was when I tried it because I didn't feel like it was that big of a beer. All of the flavors blended really well and this is definately one to go back for.

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

Where's the "5" for name at? Got this as an extra from Kadonny. Had it once on tap at Hollingshead's and really wanted to try it again some day. Well some day be today.

A medium shade of orange throughout. A small cadre of anti-paratroop bubbles. Medium head faded to beer level.

Smells of a grassy sort of hop. Some grapefruit? Hay?

Very hoppy flavored ale. Rind in the hop profile. Faintest hint of orange. And of course Daddy loves a generous 8.5%

Overall: it's a hop wallop

Photo of hwwty4
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to julian for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours an amber, hazy straw with a nice 2 finger white head that left amble lacing. The smell is piney hops with a nice sweet malt backbone. As a side note, there is a musty sent to it, almost cheesy hoppy scent. If the hop presence weren't so upfront, I would think this would have been an old bottle but with its hops I'm fairly positive that it's pretty fresh. The taste is piney all the way through. There is a very bitter aftertaste and not in a good way. It seems almost to have a medicinal taste to it. Like sucking on an uncoated aspirin. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, not much body to it and also a bit boozy. While a decent DIPA, I don't think that I will be revisiting it.

Photo of tjbartjr
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draught last night, in an 11 oz glass, and while it was indeed delicious, it didn't pack the hop wallop I was expecting. This would be a dangerous session beer, as it is highly drinkable, but the mellow hops hide the 8.5% alcohol!

Appearance was a nice & hazy golden yellow, and it left behind quite a bit of lacing as the beer magically disappeared.

I thought it had a strong hops scent, but the taste was quite a different story. The bite I was expecting was replaced by a mellowness, and a smoothness, that really allowed me to hhold the beer in my mouth to really savor and enjoy the fine taste.

Overall an execellent beer. Highly drinkable. Would definitely drink it again.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy aged wheat color. A very deep golden color with a tan off white head that has some nice lacing. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell is of musty aged hops. Not the wallop I was expecting. After quickly looking for a best of date, I notice none and now start to wonder the freshness of this beer. There is also a malt scent but its not as full as I hoped.

Taste is slightly above average. There is a nice toasty malt flavor with a strong astringency. The bitterness is up there but there is no great hop flavor. A little oily pine taste is there but not a citrus hop wallop. Lame.

I'm kind of disappointed in this beer. It has a big ABV but not a great flavor. This one I thought was fresh but maybe its a little old, other reviews has this one in high regards. To me this tastes more like an average pale ale rather then an American Double or Imperial IPA.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Aprilluvsbeer. This one was superb!

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale gold, with no apparent carbonation. Weird looking, especially for a double IPA. Head is loose and soapy, and drags extremely clumpy lacing behind it.

Smell: Honey and sweet, toasty malts. Floral hops (pretty light though). Caramel, molasses, citrus, melon? Green apple. Chocolate and nuts? The smell is quite sweet - very tantalizing. Really complex; I just can't seem to put my finger on what's in there, but I LOVE IT!

Taste: Caramel, toasted malts, alcohol, woody molasses, and a grassy hop finish. Now normally I love big, bold, I2PAs, and while this one is more on the mild side (especially in terms of hops), I fucking love it! Great job Victory!

Mouthfeel: This is so creamy. Man! This is awesomely good! Anyhoo, this pup is pretty slick, with low carbonation, medium body, and a fantastic caramel malt and hop aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would drink this beer all day. Not as powerful (in terms of hoppiness) as I would normally expect for an I2PA, but this shit is delicious. Really smooth too. Drink up my brethren!

Photo of benmiliron
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love the bearded old guy on the bottle. Pours a beautiful white head, chunky, good lacing. Smell is incredible - perfect floral aroma. Taste is exquisite - good malt with very strong hops but well done - not overly acidic or bitter. It's like liquid hop aroma with all malt in the taste. I don't know how they did this. Gravity, small & soft bubble, & stickiness all come together on this one for the mouthfeel. Just beautiful.

This one's a classic. I should drink more of it. One of the best IPAs in existence.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My go to package store finally got this in stock so I was pretty psyched.

As expected it was a very hoppy beer in both aroma and taste. It's well balanced and smooth and for such a high ABV the alcohol is hidden well. I felt there was a lack in appearance but the beer was well above average in just about every other category.

Photo of Mauerhan
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

stopped by hollingshead's in orange to grab a sandwich and they had this on tap so i had to try. before i tried it kenny tells me that its a east coast double ipa. so it wasnt going to be as hoppy as some of the stuff out here but still "an excellent beer"

poured a nice orange color with a nice creamy white head that retained quite well and left a decent amount of diamond like lacing.

i smell a bit of hops on the smell. but i get a bit of citrus, strangely the majority of the scent seems to come from the malts. i can smell rich maltyness.

taste is nice. kenny was right when i should not expect alot of hops, i wouldnt say that i was walloped by hops but they were there. and i guess it was alot for an east coast ipa. i get alot of citrus and the sweetness off the malts. overall a nice tasting beer. the finish is dry but leaves you with a pleasant aftertaste.

pretty nice mouthfeel. a little syrupy. but not to bad. i think that is in part of the malty sweet of the beer. decent amount of carbonation.

im pretty satisfied with this brew. i would like to continue to drink it. so if you see it give it a shot. you shouldnt be disappointed.

Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very slightly hazy, pale orange-gold color with a beautiful 1.5" snow white head. The head slowly dropped to a 1/4" and there was a lot of active carbonation release throughout. Nice web-like lacing down the glass.

S= This was a very biscuity and citrusy smelling ale. I found bitter and tart aromas of oranges, grapefruits, and lemons alongside piney scents and bakery malt sweetness. The constant carbonation release made this a very aromatic experience.

T= Believe it or not, the sweet biscuit maltiness actually shared the front of the stage with the citrus and pine hop bitterness. I found this to be way more balanced than I expected from the reviews! The middle was almost all hop flavor and bitterness, and the finish was dry, estery, and full of alcohol warmth. Sort of an unpleasantly dry and bitter aftertaste made me want to keep drinking to get more of the "front end" of this ale.

MF= Medium bodied and not too syrupy like some other DIPAs can get. Despite the nearly constant and huge carbonation release, this ale was soft on the tongue and lacked the crispness I was hoping for (dead on for the style however).

D= I think Victory does hoppy beers extremely well, and this one did not disappoint. Outstanding - I recommend it highly!

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.

Photo of hellomcfly
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chefnash for this one.

Poured from bottle into a victory pint glass

A - Light golden orange in color. A fluffy off white 2 finger head. Really great lacing.

S - Summery citrus smell. A little earthy and bready.

T - Piney hops that give way to fruitiness and alcohol taste and ends with a grapefruity hop bite.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA. I could go for two but I don't know if I would want more than that.

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

A golden amber color, with a inch white colord head, that laces slowly along the glass. A strong grassy fragrance hits the nose at first. That is followed by a light citrusy aroma, then the sweet scent of some malt, with a touch fruitiness comes through. The malt makes a cameo appearance at first taste, that is soon overtaken by strong hop flavors. Grapefruit citrus, grass, and earthy flavors take over for the malt and stay there till the very end. A medium bodied feel, that stays very balanced till it reaches thr back of the palate. That is where it seems to gain some weight and feels a little like a light oil. A very complex beer, with an invitng aroma, incredible taste, plus it is not an alchol bomb. It brings alot of extreme elements to the table, but alchol is not one of them, and that makes this very drinkable.

Photo of changeup45
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC. Golden colored with a hint of amber in it. Nice head and some retention for lacing. Aroma is pine needles and grapefruit hops, nice, but not potent. Citrus and piney hoppy flavors are strong up front. Nice crisp bitterness with just a little malt backing. Not one of those in your face IIPAs and seemed a touch light for the style. Nevertheless this is quite good and enjoyable.

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

A: A beautifully light golden color with a touch of amber. A thick, sticky head leaves wondrously thick walls of lace on my glass.

S: Bursting with sweet citrus--light lemon, grapefruit, and orange. There isn't really any pine aroma in this one, it's all about the fruit. Big time nose for a big time beer.

T&M: Yummy. Piney citrus flavors abound with a slight underlying maltiness that holds everything together well. Body is full enough with a sticky, chewy, and savory feel. The finish is long and mouth-watering. This is a top quality beer for sure.

D: It's easy to get down, that's for sure. Too bad the ABV is so high--it would be so nice to drink this beer all day.

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

Wow. Name says it all. Pours very clear, mostly golden in color with a hint of copper hue. Smell is hops, with a dash of hops and a slight hint of hops. Head pours out very well, sticky and hangs around for a bit. Taste, hmmm hops maybe? Hops up front, in the middle and at the end. You can feel the beer on your teeth. Slight hint of some malty sweetness towards the end but not much. A true hop head beer. An excellent selection.

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

A - A huge four finger head builds up over this clear apricot-amber brew. Lots of really nice arcs of lace stick diligently to the glass. This stuff looks sticky!

S - Big time zesty and zingy fruit on top of massive hops. Apricot, lime, canned mandarin oranges, and blossoming flowers. This has a really lively and summery aroma that reminds me of what melting Skittles smell like. Remember those fruit shaped candies that require you to pump a quarter in a gum ball type machine to get like five little pieces? This smells like those little colorful hard candies. This could almost be marketed as a summery fresh laundry detergent scent. I'd buy it.

T - Zesty lime spritz is the first thing I taste. This is followed by massively citric hops that retain some semblance of pine, while being made up almost entirely of lime and orange rind flavors. I like this, but while it made the nose lively and exciting it makes the flavor a little bit awkward. I'm nitpicking here, because this is a damn tasty brew.

M - Extremely viscous and full bodied. This feel is nice, but almost seems to contradict the summer fruity flavors...even if those summery flavors are riding a wave of serious hop muscle. After the initial tart-sweet citrus, the mid palate is a very bitter "chewing on orange rind" flavor, while the finish is more traditionally hoppy and dank.

D - Not in the top tier of DIPAs, but IMO most DIPA's are top tier beers in their own right as this is one of my favorite styles. I wouldn't choose this as a session tool, but I'd buy this again for sure. I find DIPAs ...including this one...to be very nice sipping beers.

Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out yellow to abmer/ornage with just a hint of white suds. Good lacing.
Smell is hops and more hops. Very sweet hops as opposed to the Three Floyds Dreadnaught. These hops aren't as grapefruity but more mellow.
Taste is very mellow for this good smelling of an IPA. Sweet maltyness followed by a bitter hop slam and finally the alcohol feel in the back of the throat. Very good.
Mouthfeel is just a little oily and not really enough pine for my taste.
Great beer but a little strong to be sessioning a bunch at a time.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Somewhere between clear yellow and amber, with a nice 2-3 finger head. Decent retention before falling to a thick white cap and great lacing.

S - Very unique. Familiar leafy/slightly piney hops, but there's also a blast of fruit in here as well. Stone fruits stand out, particularly apples with some pineapple or perhaps banana coming through. A nice mild butter/caramel aroma from the malt provides a backbone for the hops.

T - Completely not what I expected, nothing like what I'm used to, which is probably what makes this absolutely amazing and hands down one of the best five brews I've ever tasted. Big pine flavor starts things off, and veers to a mild earthy note. Suddenly, all the fruit from the nose kicks in and there's a definite tropical presence, lychees and pineapples stand out, mingling with a vanilla-like biscuit flavor from the malt. Arguably the most beautiful part of this beer. Very slight but noticable alcohol component and a quick grapefruity bitterness which all too often dominates hoppy beers is only present for a moment near the finish, and a slight bitterness carries over to the aftertaste just as a reminder of what this brew really is.

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a nice medium body. Excellent.

D - I'm used to DIPAs being a little thicker and darker, but this is in a whole different league. It doesn't taste like any other DIPA I've had. This is one of my new favorite beers. It's fairly mild for an "extreme style" yet does things in the realm of taste that I could only imagine. An exceptional beer.

Photo of coalcracker
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden in color with fuzzy head that is slow to dissipate. Lacing remains in glass.
Smell: Piney and earthy hop aroma dominant, some citrus also. A trace of malts present-caramel taste noted.
Taste: Hops kick ass immediately, though not overly bitter. Piney/citrus taste noted in the hops. Malts keep this brew very smooth and help balance out the hops nicely.
Mouthfeel: Ultra-smooth feel.
Drinkability: Great especially for the hop fans, though the ABV and nature of the beer may limit the drinker to only a couple per session.

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

Pours a golden orange color. Big two and a half finger fluffy white head. Leaves a nice white cap with moderate lacing.

Hop oil on the nose. Wow. Piny and citrus hops. Great aroma.

Piny hops flavor and surprisingly enough some malt up front. It's nice to taste the malt as the rest of the flavor is dominated by the hoppiness. Biscuit malt flavor, slightly sweet but does not over do it.

Medium mouth feel, not rather crisp but none the less enjoyable.

A drinkable as a DIPA comes. Very nice brew.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice looking beer, golden in color with a thin head. The head left a great lacing. Slight activity in the beer as far as carbination goes.

S- There is a nice sweet hoppy aroma. I really can't smell much other then that.

T- The hop taste is nice and sweet. I can taste a sort of bread taste for the maltyness.

M- This is a bit chewy and it definitely allows you to spit good loogies when you are done.

D- Easy to drink, nice solid beer.

Photo of Packforever1976
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with ckeegan04.
Pours a light amber with a big white head that goes away rather quickly, but leaves some nice lacing. I taste a big, malty sweetness up front, then the hops kick in. A little strong at the end for me as far as alcohol burn, but still a solid DIPA. Thanks again for the extra, Chris!

Photo of pwsoldier
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio. Poured into a snifter.

A - Poured a deep, clear orange with a foamy white head that gradually disappeared completely. Plenty of lacing though.

S - Pine for the most part, with a touch of sweetness.

T - The strong malt backbone makes its presence known up front with plenty of hops coming through in the finish. Flavors include pine, grapefruit, and maybe a touch of lemon. The alcohol hides itself very well.

M - Medium-bodied, wet finish, the hops leave a bitter citrus aftertaste. Again, the alcohol remains hidden.

D - An incredibly well-balanced beer, probably one of the most balanced double IPAs I've had. I could drink this all night if it weren't for the 8.5% alcohol.

Photo of joezak5
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; a cyrstal clear orangey gold, three finger dusty white dense head, decent retention and lacing

Smell: Very hoppy with undertones of oats and cookie dough. Nice citrus action as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation.

Taste: Dry hop overload... hoppy and straightforward... slightly astringent and maybe even a little soapy. Gingerbread spiced cookie feel at the end.

Drinkability: I got a single and am glad I tried it but wouldn't have another. I'll stick with DFH 90min or Stone Ruination. I'd like a little more sweetness and oiliness.

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