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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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3,586 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,586
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 114
Gots: 168 | 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 Avryle

New York

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a clear amber. Very light creamy head even with a vigorous pour. Leaves sticky lacing throughout glass

S- Not as intensly pungent as I'd expected. Very light citrusy hops & malt.

T- Fermented hop tea. Very bitter finish. Given all the hype, I kinda expected something a bit better balanced. This was pretty average.

M- Moderately carbonated with very strong, lingering bitter taste at the finish.

D- I'm not a huge fan of the over-hopped beers, but I thought it was reasonably drinkable. The 8.5% is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 01:08:24 | More by Avryle
Photo of jspruit


4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this 12oz bottle in a trade with limesmut-thanks!

Pours a bit more hazing than I would expect but a nice orange copper with a small white head that leaves a small ring at the top of the glass.

Strong, but pleasant, hops hits your nose with the pour. Some citrus, maybe grapefruit, tones come from the aroma too.

Nice bitter hops comes through as it hits your mouth upon tasting. Some floral hints and the citrus comes through too.

Finishes in a nice bitter manner-dry and smooth and wanting more on your tongue.

Nicely balanced for a double IPA and not too overpowering really. I'd have another one of these for sure, but I think that I'd only be able to have two or so in a session because of the ABV and also the effect of the hops on my tongue!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 20:57:13 | More by jspruit
Photo of Phillyduke


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

** NOTE: This review is of an "aged" bottle from the Fall '06 release. Label indicates "Enjoy by Oct 24 07." Ooops... **

Appearance: A cloudy and pale straw orange color with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving a fine layer on the surface of the beer. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Honey, pine, malt.

Taste: Most dominant is the sweetness of honey followed by malty undertones. The hops have been relegated to supporting cast members, with hints of pine and citrus. Finish is lengthy and bitter on this medium-bodied brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Coats the mouth well and lingers after each sip.

Drinkability/Overall Impression: Age has certainly taken the edge off this beer, and from what I can remember, that's a good thing. When I bought this case in the Fall of '06, I found it to be nearly undrinkable due to the extremely mouth-puckering bitter characteristics. I like hoppy beers, but I found it to be all strength and no balance. I actually like what time has done, although I realize this was not the brewer's intention. I find that it has become more drinkable now (though not in large quantities due to the high ABV %) then it was when fresh, though I look forward to revisiting it again this coming autumn to see if my tastes have changed over the years.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 19:07:39 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of kcillini77


3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fine smelling, good tasting double IPA, but it seems to have an odd off-taste. Maybe licorice.

It's got a very nice biting bitterness but it doesn't seem too well balanced with sweetness like some of the other Double IPA's I've had. I would definitely have this again, but wouldn't put it at the top of my DIPA list.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 04:25:46 | More by kcillini77
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz shared with my trading partner that he received in a recent trade. My portion poured into my New Belgium snifter... Thanks SAS.

1" head above a slightly hazy honey gold... pretty good lacing.. looks very promising.

Aroma is fruity and bready .. definitely more malts than hops... only slightly hoppy. Could this be old?

Flavor is better.. but only marginally. Descent bitterness.. subdued hop flavors with solid palate and carbonation. More fruity than hoppy across the board. Bitter backbone is present... but the hop flavor is WALLOPED by the yeasty fruitiness. There are remnants of citrus/grapefruit and pine.. but they are fleeting... Minerally finish. No Doubt.. nothing special.

This may be an aged bottle.. I will gladly delete this review if I score another bottle.. but for now, my previous (3) notepad reviews say the same thing, "I want to be walloped with the hops. Hop Wallop does not do the job." Reminds me much more of a PNW IPA than any sort of DIPA.

I appreciate the brew from Steve.. but .. we both know there are some seriously better DIPA's in our own backyard.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 09:33:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of happygnome


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice orange copper color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fairly fast leaving a good amount of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass a very nice looking beer i might say
s: citrusy and earthy/piny hops that bitter aroma isvery nice and inviting, the sweet malt backbone is also present
t: the citrusy and earthy bitter hops comeout first but it is nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone
m: medium bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, wow this is an amazing beer very nice, but at the price its a splurge

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 08:45:14 | More by happygnome
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a sort of light pale and clear copper with a sort of macro looking frothy white head that only hints at some stickiness, head disappears in a few minutes but can be brought back with some swirling, decent amount of sticky lacing down most of the glass.

S: Strong oily pine and citrus with a slight medicinal twang to it, if you want to imagine it mellon and mango are hiding within this beer with only the slightest hint of malt sweetness, but really I'm not looking for malts here.

T/MF: Quite juicy, strong citrus and mellon mango, deep sweet fruits and not that oily pine that was hinted at in the aroma, though bit of an alchol and pine peppery spice kick near the end, bitter and tasty, not a bad offering at all, certainly better than good. Mouthfeel is quite sticky and wish there was a bit more carbonation to round this beer out more fully, but damn if it does not want you to take another sip.

D: Pretty high for as bitter as this beer is and as drying as the finish can get, medium bodied and really keeps you begging for more, tasty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 04:54:18 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of jeremyd365


1.83/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quite disappointed--

Poured light/copper, which I felt was way too light for an IPA.

Color aside, the taste was awful. It was quite sour, despite a decently obvious amount of hops. Tasted like a domestic, light beer that they tried to infuse with hops.

Would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 22:29:58 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of JDV


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper, clear, with foamy white head. Smell is sweet, grainy, and mild resiny hops for a IIPA. Taste fair amount of sweet initially masked by the bitter, piney and soapy hops. Leaves a bit of an oily hoppy bitterness coating over the entire tongue, and hops fade leaving the bitterness and the creamy sweetness reappears. Although quite bitter, it doesn't have a huge hop flavor, I thought, and comes with a bigger than average, but nice maltiness as well. Pretty good IIPA, I thought.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 19:16:11 | More by JDV
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A kicking IIPA, great balance and flavor.

Amber orange highlights shine through an almost clear body. Sticky lacing all along the edges of my glass.

Aroma is of 'fresh squeezed hops', as I've put it before. Bright grapefruit and fresh citrus.

Strong pine. Reminds me of hiking through the Cascades and finding a campside hidden away in some valley. grapefruit, citrus, cannabis, and florals mixed in there too. Wonderful.

Crisp and medium body. Strong alcohol, but it's hidden nicely. Drinkability is there. This is a sipper though, at 8.5%, it's definitly not a session beer by any account. It'll wallop you!

One of my top 5 beers! Great job Victory!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 03:00:01 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at a local pizza joint. Nothing terribly spectacular, just your average American Double IPA.

Poured a nice red/gold color, with a minimal half-inch head. Smell was fresh and thin.. like just a bit of straw and fruit and that's it. Taste was good.. clean and fresh, a fair amount of hops and sugar as well. I would have this beer again, but I think there are others out there that are better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 00:45:39 | More by alysmith4
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden body with a big fluffy head leaving lots of sticky lacing.

This beer is a creamy, sticky, refreshing, bitter, citrus hop bomb...with a little floral hop twist. The nose is hops, the taste is hops, but somehow the mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Unbalanced, which brought it down a little bit, but I don't mind a good blast of hops by any means. Pretty refreshing and easy to drink for what it is. I may buy another sixer if nothing else catches my eye.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 21:50:04 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of charlzm


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled, consumed 01/17/08.

Pours a clear orangey amber with a nice one finger white head. The head thins out to a skin within a few minutes. A few bubbles rise in the brew. Aroma is grapefruity and floral hops. Mouthfeel a little thicker than water. Flavor is all hop all the time, though not as overwhelming and bitter a brew as might be feared. Woody, piney flavors dominate the citrus that's present. The battle leaves a long-lasting and agreeable bitter aftertaste. No malt character to speak of.

Well executed, though not my cup of tea (so to speak).

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:35:14 | More by charlzm
Photo of foxmul924

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Bottle into Room-Temp Pint Glass)

Appearance: Light Golden Color Clouded by Small Sediment. Full, 1 Inch Off-White Head

Smell: Earthy and Grapefruity Notes.

Taste: FULL HOP FLAVOR. A Smoother Malt Body is Only Barely Distinguishable Under the Extremely Bitter Grapefruit and Piney Taste.

Mouthfeel: Oily, Washes Semi-Clean with Some Lingering Bitterness. Medium-Full Bodied with Slight Carbonation.

Drinkability: 1 is Probably Enough Unless Some Sort of High-Level Hop-Head...Almost Hard to Finish. Definitely a Sipping Beer!

Other: Hardy (and Sneaky!) 8.5% ABV Invokes a Cool Buzz Upon Completion. Hop Flavors Completely Dominate the Subtle Malt Characters. Definitely Worth a Try, but a Bit Too Over-The Top For Me. Stays True to its Name Though, WHEW!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 22:21:38 | More by foxmul924
Photo of BoitSansSoif


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

A-Orange amber w/hint pink. Extremely rich lacing and decent head retention.

S-Mango-pineapple aroma dominates, hops, sweet eucalyptus, floral notes.

T-Citrusy hops, soft malt and sweet fruit emerge in midpalate, and finish is clean and crisp. Citric acidity and extreme bitterness linger long after.

M-Balance is nice, perfect level of carbonation, good body.

D-This stuff is delicious, and even though you can tell the abv isn't for kids, it is pretty well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 16:26:53 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of TheodorHerzl


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to abankovich for the trade on this one.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with two fingers of fluffy white head. It left sheets of lacing on my pint glass. The nose is packed full of citrus hops scent. There is a subtle earthiness mixed, but I cannot pickup any malt background. I almost smell a bit of candied fruit as well. The flavor profile is heavy on the hops with flavors of ripe pink grapefruit and resinous pine dominate without much of a malt base to round things out. The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation that left a very dry finish on the back of my palate. I would certainly purchase this beer again, but the unbalanced nature of the beer wouldn't make it part of my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 15:20:42 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of masikon


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy "longhorns" orange with lacy, sticky white on top. I found the nose to be surprisingly subtle with juicy citrus dominating. Taste is of course heavy on spicy, piny hops that tickle the toungue and cheeks. Alcohol is definitely present but never diminishes the enjoyment of the great hop flavors. Drinkabiliy I found high, after the first few swills it starts going down faster and faster, you have to be careful at 8.5%

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 03:11:07 | More by masikon
Photo of churchillps


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brozed-yellow, very pale and nearing a golden quality. After a vigorous pour, there was a think head that lingered for awhile. Smells of citrus hops with subtle earthy qualities. Very creamy mouthfeel, not quite full bodied but a great silky feeling. Despite a bitter aftertaste, not many alcohol flavors despite the high content. Taste like it smells -- lots of citrus, and a good deal of hops I wouldn't necessarily call it a "wallop" but still a good amount. Drinkability is alright -- the transition from first palate taste to aftertaste is fast and doesn't allow for the citrus or hop flavors to linger very long. Overall, very solid offering and I'm interested to try more victory beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 23:25:52 | More by churchillps
Photo of PBoegel

New York

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

Who says the East Coast does not produce flavor and aroma packed IPAs?

Hop wallop pours a golden pale with a nice lacing cream white head that has long legs.

The aroma is spicy, earthy and minty hops, with a sweet malt backbone with citrus and pineapple smells mixing in.

The flavor is minty and citrus hops rushing in with a sweep of malt and understated alcohol pushing away the first touch of hops followed by a smooth bitterness and lingering fresh hop flavor.

The beer is clean and has the perfect blend of malt and hops to make it a keeper. Medium mouthfeel, with a carbonation level that works to propel the hop bitterness just right.

Very tasty and drinkable, with a sizeable ABV that like a good belgian triple goes unnoticed.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 21:49:10 | More by PBoegel
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a hazy, orange with slight head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell is citrusy hops, not overpowering but nicely pungent.

Taste is strongly hoppy, hints of citrus and pine. Can't distinguish the alcohol, but there is a very strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated, but a strong bitter linger taste at the finish, but in a good way.

Drinkability is definitely a personal preference on this one, but I think its pretty good. You can enjoy a few for sure.

Overall a very tasty brew, not as strong a wallop as you may think but definitely one for hop heads and another great one from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 00:19:49 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of session1979


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the shelf at Davidson's yesterday and being the hop whore and Victory fan that I am, I snagged a sixer for immediate consumption.

Appearance: Poured this into my Duvel glass. The color was a golden orange/yellow hue with a thick 2 finger head that lasted for several minutes before dissipating into the glass.

Nose: Flowery hops and alcohol, a bitter citrus scent I would describe as grapefruit accompanied by big tropical fruit aromas, possibly mango. There is a minty Belgian yeast-like aroma that seems a bit out of place.

Taste: Hop Wallop is right, the hops hit you square in the face with the first sip. The finish lingers but unfortunately overall the taste is a bit one sided and I would prefer to see a bit more balance with the presence of a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Very rich, smooth consistent mouthfeel that if full of carbonation.

Drinkability: The ABV is noticeable from the first smell, but even so I could still drink a couple of these in a sitting.

Overall: A good beer and the price is reasonable for a DIPA, although I think there are better options in this category.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 16:01:24 | More by session1979
Photo of elmore


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

Pours a golden orange colr from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. A pale 1 finger head with good retention. Nice thick sticky lace.

Smells of sharp citrusy hops. Very pleasant, but I expected a more intense aroma. Very little sweetness or malt detected. Alcohol not apparent.

Taste is all hops. The alpha acids sear your tastebuds. Complex hops mix - mostly grapfruit and pine. Very dry bitter finish that lingers for awhile. Very slight hint of sweet malt. Hops stomp out any chance of the formidable ABV that might try to come through.

Carbonation and body is moderate. A bit too bitter for me to really consider this drinkable.

If you're looking for subtlety and balance you're not going to get it here. An absolute hop bomb. A lot of fun.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 03:46:50 | More by elmore
Photo of andrewt960

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this out of a pint glass and loved it. It smelled of strong hops... mostly grapefruit, and fruity. It has an amber, orange color that had a medium head.... orangish hue to it. Not too creamy either. Taste was of strong hops, a little bitter but as it fades, you're left with a nice fruity taste. A little malty, but really mostly hops. Not too heavy and left a nice taste in your mouth. Really a nice beer. With the high AC, a few of these will do you in.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 14:32:44 | More by andrewt960
Photo of brendan13


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into an oversized wine glass a slightly hazy orange amber colour with a centimetre of slightly off white head.
S - Pine hop notes at first, some citrus follows. Some woodiness is in there.
T - Some malt notes in the taste but this beer is clearly all about the hops. Sticky pine & grapefruit citrus dominate.
M - Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel & low to medium mouthfeel.
D - The 8.5% ABV is very well hidden. This is a beer I'd drink pretty often if I could. Hoppy without being over the top.

Thanks to xtacyturbo for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 07:35:20 | More by brendan13
Photo of jkdrummer


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with a nice white head. Settles down to a creamy lace/foam

S: Citrus, grapefruit and some pine.

T: A fantastic example of an APA. Dry hopped characteristics, sharp hop on the tongue but oh sweet in the after taste. Crisp and excellent quench on a hot day.

M: Light with bite. Some creaminess too.

Someone clued me into the Victory ales and let me tell you, for the price, and taste they're winners!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 21:26:07 | More by jkdrummer
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