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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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3,613 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,613
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
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 jordoo
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Deap golden yellow but with a great clear quality to it. Large white sticky foam head that left some very impressive lacing. Smell was very citrus, mainly grapefruit, and piney with hints of grassy hops as well as some alcohol on the back end. Tastes like sour grapefruit in a good way with the malts trying to fight through but getting washed away with bitterness throughout. Some grassy notes on the back end as well as an alcohol hit. Slick mouth feel whith medium body and over all a drinkable beer for what it is.

jordoo, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a good clear yellow color with a slight orange hue. solid white head. great retention and great lacing.

S: strong citrus aroma with some big earthy tones, mostly pine. nice grapefruit smell as well. beautiful.

T: wonderful flavors. nice sweet malts, smothered with huge hop flavors. citrus is the lead, mostly oranges, followed by some hints of pine. nice mellow aftertaste.

M: some acid burn, but subtle. warming. perfect carbonation. very smooth and slightly creamy. very well-balanced.

D: exceptional DIPA. wonderful flavors and characteristics. get this one again.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle with ol' Hop on the label, poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear amber body capped with two fingers of fine-bubbled white foam that retains at a fat sheet and leaves a field of speckled lacing on the glass.

Smell is hoppy-- piney, citrusy, and clean. Thin pale malt caramel sweetness lurks behind the hoppy bouquet, but never attempts to break their stronghold on the nose.

Taste is rich with caramelly pale malt up front, blown out of existence by hoppy orange, dried tangerine, sticky-green, pine-sappy oily hop flavors. A bold bitterness near the finish yields to a peek of creamy caramel.

Medium-bodied and mildly-carbonated, this is a very drinkable, very hoppy beer.

cvstrickland, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/02/08.

Pours a bright golden color with about one finger of off-white head which settled pretty quickly leaving little lacing. Strong aromas of grassy hops mixed with sweet malts.

Taste is very hoppy, both grassy hops and citrus hops. Lots of citrus flavor, especially grapefruit. Slightly sweet malty biscuit flavor up front. Very bitter hop flavor on the back end. Not the most balanced beer, but pretty good.

Feel is a bit thin but still medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. It leaves a bit of stickiness on the tongue. Drinkability is decent. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the stickiness and aftertaste start to build up after awhile. I probably couldn't drink more than one or two of these.

Overall, a pretty good IPA. Plenty of hops and decently balanced.

bkilpatr, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to have one of thses on cask at the Brick Store recently, and Man oh Man, this stuff is even better that way. Pours about the same as on draft, golden with a decent head, but the cask head is a bit rockier. The smell and taste are about the same as well, with delicious citrusy hops and enough malty sweetness to underline the hops and contribute its own juicy fruitiness to the equation. The smoothness imparted by the cask, however, is out of this world! I wanted to gulp this stuff and drink glasss after glass. I definitely had a bit more than I was planning to, its just that good. The creaminess and lower carbonation of the cask really allow the juicy flavors to shine. What a beautiful experience. Yaay Cask!

Georgiabeer, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A toxic toned complexion misted in gentle orange haze; something like an orange juice with the pulp. What looks like a vibrant colour trying to shine through is stuck in overcast. The head just can't support itself and collapses instantly after swirling. All considered, the beer seems dismayed.

The aroma smells more like a German pilsner; my nose is most certainly not walloped with hops. Sugary, caramel laced malts yes; but tangy, fruity zesty hops, no. This might be welcome to a lager, but a DIPA? Ouch, my feelings are hurt, I've been terribly mislead.

The body has a lot of sticky, residual feeling from both the hops and malts. A vinous, plant type astringency leaves a zesty imprint from the hops while the heavily toasted malt carries a burnt toffee like texture. This being said, the one aspect that is still, strongly, working in the beer's favour is drinkability. It keeps the alcohol hidden and disappears fast.

While drinking the beer is no problem, finding much flavour can be a hard task. Foremost is a biscuit, cookie like malt bill, more common in English Pale ales. The hops are faint and have none of the tangy, piney, citrus fruity element that I remember so well.

Hop Wallop was originally one of my favourite DIPA's. While it has been some time since I first tried it, I don't think my expectations could have changed this much! I could do nothing but praise this beer, now I can do nothing but scratch my head...

Perhaps this is a case of a new brewer and the 'newer batches aren't as good the older batches' grievance; or more likely this bottle is simply out of date. Maybe still, newer bolder brewers have since last raised the bar and augmented expectations for the style...

Whatever the case - this is most definitely not how I remembered it. "Hoppiness is Happiness" may indeed be true, but I seem no longer to find it in the Hop Wallop...

biegaman, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange ale... Pours w/ 1 finger of foam which recedes, but leaves a nice head... Mild carbonation... Nice lacing...

S - Citrus hops... grape fruit... more hops...

T - Hops... Well balanced and not overwhelming... A slight wheat / grain feel on the backside before the hops kick back in...

M - Smooth... Rich... Slightly tart...

D - Solid double IPA... I would seek out again in a heartbeat... One or two per sitting... A pleasure to drink

philbe311, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of MDekker
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear dark gold, with some head. Not much action inside. No floaties. The aroma is dominated by hops - notes of flowers, evergreens, and citrus fruit. The taste is fresh and lemony without much in the malty spectrum, and of course ends with an intense, but not overpowering, hop finish. The aftertaste lingers forever and eventually becomes a burden. It's nice and smooth in the mouth. Overall, I couldn't pack in more than one, given the aftertaste and the relatively high alcohol.

MDekker, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A handpumped tumbler glass served at the brewpub in Downingtown.

A: The ale is a goldenrod color, a pale amber color that shows off more yellow than orange. A thick foamy head coats the top of the glass and laces in strata as I consume it.

S: The aroma is peppery with lots and lots of citrus. The cask has softened up the hops but they are still the focal point of the ale.

T: The ale is quite piquant, spicy and delicious with an intense hop presence. The cask has softened up the initial bite without detracting from the overall hop profile. The hops are citrusy with a lasting flavor that can't be avoided. The caramel malts nicely support the hops without getting in the way.

M: Mmmm, hops. This is by far Victory's hoppiest ale and what a great taste it has. Thick and resiny, coating the mouth with lupulin goodness.

D: The ale is a little too heavy to pound, so the one glass, especially on cask, was a treat.

akorsak, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of timbro81
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi cloudy straw yellow with a small frothy head fed by intense carbonation. Good lacing. Smells of juicy citrus hops backed by a good dose of light malts. Intense hoppiness right away upon first sip and throughout for that matter. Light mouth feel that tingles the tongue for quite a while. Bready malts peak out from the back. Good hoppy finish. Hides the 8.5% well. Impessed.

timbro81, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a one inch white head that quickly settles to a thick cap. Moderat amounts of lacing is left on the glass.

Has a decaying sweet smell I believe is the combination of the malt and citric hop aroma. Not something that really tells me to drink this.

It is a hoppy ale but it isn't an all or nothing hop bomb. It does have a solid malt background but overall it is a very sweet flavor. I think my sample is past peak in terms of freshness so it may have lost some of the special hop bite that is important to hop bombs.

Has a very robust body that I would say is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is good and not harsh.

Not a beer that I would drink more than one a night. Very heavy and high ABV limits drinkability. I think this is worth seeking out if fresher.

morimech, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth, beer is the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

Pours a light colored lemonade looking with a big head that disappears but has nice lacing. Not that normal hazy deep middle hue you get with a DIPA.

Smells like a DIPA! Nice floral scent, some fruityness. Sweet malts round up the quaff.

Nice taste, a little thin. Sweetness up front gives way to resiny pine hops. Some citrus tastes.

Resiny aftertaste, but weak.

Solid offering, a little weak though compared to other DIPA's.

Murchmac, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of kevinglin
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided glass. No date on bottle.

Very clear, golden in color, with a tight-knit off white head that laced the glass and stayed around for quite a while.

Spicy, floral pronounced hop aroma - what did you expect from a "Hop Wallop"?

Taste - a bit of toasty/breadiness in the malt that is strong enough to stand up to the strong hop presence. Hops dominate, but nicely balanced by the malt backbone.

Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth moutfeel that belies the 8.5% ABV.

I'd definitely reach for another Hop Wallop - recommend.

kevinglin, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of albern
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an eminently drinkable and enjoyable IPA. The beer has a nice creamy consistency, medium bodied, loads of hop, and a nice pungent and mouth puckering tartness. The hop is resinous, oily, piney, and tart. There is some florals and grapefruity pungency that made the experience all the better. I appreciate the bready, biscuity malty creaminess in the rear. The lacing, appearance, aroma, finish, and aftertaste are all worthy of a fine IPA. The went down very smoothly on a hot summer day and the high ABV was well masked. L'Chaim.

albern, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in a specialty shop. $2.65 a bottle. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a deep copper/gold color and is hazy. Foamy off-white head is fairly resilient, and laeves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is very faint, and not what I expected. Some faint pine scents, and that is about it.

Taste is predictably hoppy. There is a little sweet malt presence, but you have to feel for it. Taste is a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit syrupy, with an absence of carbonation. A little heat in the aftertaste.

Not the most drinkable brew, but double IPAs rarely are. The ABV is too high to be sessionable, and the taste is not particularly interesting beyond the "pucker factor." If you are a hop head you'll love it, if you are not in to extremes you might prefer something else.

RJLarse, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of rodcom
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers! I drank it first right at the Victory Brewing Company several months ago (before they close for renovations), so I bought a case. This beer is just so full of hops and it can't be compared with anything else.

Go buy this beer right away you will love it.

Just tried it on cask at Victory and I liked it even more then out of a bottle as a result raised my scores.

rodcom, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle and poured into a Tulip glass

A - golden yellow that is rather clear and clean looking. Can see a never ceasing trail of bubbles floating upwards. One finger clean and bright white head that pours to a finger and settles there for most of the beer.

S - The nose at first smells rather floral to me. However, it does seem to have big hints of tropical fruits as well as I noted pineapple and mango in there. There is also a small hint of pine that I notice that makes the beer smell a bit like a tropical Christmas tree.

T - At first, I got a bitter punch of pine hops that hit the tongue.That first note of hops is the main time the hops and bitter flavors of the beer come in. Also notice the sweet taste of fresh mango that comes in to calm the taste of the pine. I should note though that this beer definitely is not sweet though despite the sweet taste of the mango as it has a nice balance between the two flavors. I thought that the beer has a nice balance; however it seemed a bit muted for the ABV

MF - I would say that on the whole this was the best aspect of the beer IMHO. The body was full without being overly heavy. There was not stickiness at all but instead the beer was rather creamy and smooth. It just comes in rolls over the tongue before leaving you with a hop resin residue that remains lingering on your taste buds.

D - Overall a nice beer that I can't believe is 8.5% as you really get no hint of the alcohol anywhere .The flavors is nice and balanced and the mouthfeel is perfect. If it were not for the ABV, I could easily see myself sucking down a few of these in a night. Yet, no matter how much I might want to do that, the ABV would make it one hellish night if I did.

jeonseh, May 31, 2008
Photo of hopheadsal
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As soon as I opened this one up I knew it was going to be good. Smelled the hops as soon as the bottle cap was off. Appearance was good, poured well and almosted cascaded. Taste was good too, the higher alcohol content didn't over power the intense hops.

hopheadsal, May 31, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured an orange/amber color with a decent sized head of white foam and good lacing throughout.

S - Very floral with definite aromas of pine and grapefruit.

T - Slightly malty up front. Definite flavor of pine, grapefruit and pineapple in there. Finished off slightly dry.

MF&D - Good overall mouthfeel. I wish this one was a little more oily. I would definitly drink this one again, and again.

nasty15108, May 28, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Victory

Poured a hazy straw amber color with 2 fingers of creamy bright white head, great retention and terrific lacing. Smells of pine, grapefruit, oranges, lemon, caramel, and slight biscuit notes. Tastes of sweet honey and thick caramel with lots of grapefruit along with some citrus rinds like orange and lemon with a pine dry finish and some alcohol. Medium in body with perfect carbonation for a cask. Really sweet and bitter with a nice dry finish and some alcohol presence, but not too strong or commanding. A great IPA almost always tastes better on cask and this one is no exception. Lots of great hop flavors but not nothing but hops.

HopDerek, May 21, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

tayner, May 20, 2008
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory has always produced good beer. This one is great, but it still has it's flaws.
The beer pours a clear golden color, with good carbonation at first. However after dissipation of the head, tiny champagne-like bubbles are all that remain. On the nose is white cedar and pine nuts, followed by a hint of citrus.
While not nearly as hoppy as other double IPAs I have sampled, it definitely shows some potential. Upon contact with the tongue, there is a slightly bitter floral flavor finished by a light hint of lemon peel.
Most of the double IPAs I have tasted are very intense while young, and benefit with age. The Hop Wallop is one I would suggest drinking right away. It is mellow, yet intense enough to please those who love hops. It's at its peak upon release. Bill and Ron produce some great brews, and this one is amongst the best they have done to this day. However, It has not yet been perfected. The best thing about this beer is the fact that since it's first release they have not changed much about it. Unlike other double IPAs that have been "Honeyed up".
For those who want to try something new and very good right off the bat, I definitely reccommend trying this beer.

WYVYRN527, May 16, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Maybe an ever-so-slight haze on a gold liquid. Head is dense and copious. Laces well as well.

S - Slight funk in this, with a sweet malt underneath. Surprisingly, hop aroma is muted and a strong alcohol comes through.

T - Wallop indeed. Ridiculous hoppiness, raw but not coarse. Pine and citrus by the bucketload. Also here is spades is alcoholic complexity and just enough malt to balance out the two.

M - Slick, substantial mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D - Way too drinkable for such a big brew. One of the best DIPAs I've had. Victory is definitely becoming my favorite brewer. My only complaint would be the lack of hoppiness in the nose. Dunno how that an be given the flavour, but there you have it.

allergictomacros, May 12, 2008
Photo of throwitallaway
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one! Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass. A nice golden color with a two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a thing ring of foam. Aroma of resiny hops, grapefruit, and some alcohol. Taste hits with you resiny hops, citrus hops, and a little malt sweetness underneath. Mouthfeel is right in the middle and coats my mouth nicely. This goes down quite easy for a DIPA, making it pretty drinkable. Overall this a beer that starts off hoppy, but ends up being quite balanced. I'm into it.

throwitallaway, May 08, 2008
Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at a local liquor store.

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thin and foamy white head to it. Upon first opening of this beer, you could smell the Hops right away! The taste follows through, though it's not TOO overpowering. This is a fantastic beer that I would certainly drink again...and again.

Jayli, May 08, 2008
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,613 ratings.