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
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass. Pours a deep gold color and appears darker than other Doubles with a one inch head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Awesome floral aroma of citrus hops with a hint of grapefruit and pine.

T: Very intense at first as the hops wack the pallet. The pine and the citrus hops hit you right away but the taste becomes a little less intense as the malt kicks in. Finishes nice with a decent bitter after taste.

M: Nice carbonation with an oily feeling.

D: One of these is nice but I think it would be tough for me to drink more than one.

Photo of demcorhip
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north. Slightly paler than most IIPAs with its brilliantly clear golden body. Capped by a nice two and a half finger off white head that wants to stick around and leave sticky gobs of lace, which it gladly does as i enjoy my brew.

Aroma is a bit of a let down, then again was probably fresher and hoppier in the fall versus now. Biscuit and caramel, hints of grapefruit, pine and a touch of a slightly rank musky smell.

Some toasty malts also make their way into the biscuity malts along with the touch of caramel. Despite the pale colour the malts are solid in this brew, but are overpowered by the hops. Will be keeping my eyes open to try a fresher sample next fall. Still a fairly hoppy brew, almost resinous, with a decent amount of white grapefruit and pine.

Medium bodied, decent tea like astringency, and a decent amount of hops, with a nice balance of flavour and bitterness despite being a few months away from a fresh sample. Difficult to read the enjoy by date, but this bottle is still within the time frame.

Goes down very easily, only a hint of alcohol warmth betrays its 8.5% abv. A solid IIPA that reminds the drinker that beer is made form malted barley too, but certainly focuses on the the hops. A solid IIPA that is well worth trying, i dont mind the cat pissy skunkiness that comes along with the wallop.

Photo of genog
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hop wallop

pours a bright golden color with plenty of white head that lingers around for a good amount of time. Aroma is strong on pine and some lemon citrus zest. There is a little bit of a rubbing alcohol smell that was a little off putting. Taste is a little better with a strong grain sweetness and the bitter hops. Mouth feeling is very oily from all the hops punching your senses.

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

This beer is a nice deep gold color, clear with a huge white head that does not relent. Nice looking beer for sure.

Big citrus blast in the nose, with some mildly sweet malt hiding behind but not totally lost. A stroll through the grapefruit orchard after an electrical storm, the air is alive with citrus making the nose hairs tingle with joy.

Big citrusy hop flavor as well...pick up a fallen fruit from the above mentioned orchard. Bite through it rind and all. Mmmmm. All the while the citrus is hitting me the malty good smoothness is standing behind me poking me, saying "I'm still here too". Easy to lose it but when you look for it it's there. Hard to call this balanced considered the name, but it is by no means hop juice either. The hops are bold and in your face, but this is not a one horse show. good long bitter hop finish. You can feel the hairs on your chest growing. Each and every one.

Nice body and feel in this beer, smooth despite the bitterness.
Drinkable? Of course, I drank this one. I'd nurse a second but would not go beyond in a single session.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue with a small but sticky white head which leaves a little bit of lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles are present. Smell is very sweet and malty with hints of piney hops in the background. Taste is very hop forward, with a candy sweet maltiness hiding in the background. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. Very carbonated and a lot thinner than I was expecting from the nose. Very hoppy finish as well....great beer.

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

A: Golden-bronze with an off-white head; some retention & lace.

S: Floral, citrus & piny hops, slight earthy mineral.

T: Pine & grapefruit from the hops, biscuity malt, light cotton-candy fruityness, slight toffee sweetness followed by a good bitterness. Alcohol is really well-hidden. It's not as bold as some, and although there's a hop wallop, some quality malt does come through.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated & smooth, with plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden yellow, with a decent white head to it. Nose was citrusy and floral with somethign astringent. The taste was slightly citrus, floral notes, bitterness, off balanced not malty enough nor hoppy enough for a IIPA. Not a fan of this one at all.

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

A- surprisingly clear and light in color, a shiny brass or light honey, similar to an imperial pilsener. head is off-white and dense and is already leaving creamy waves of lace just from the pour. a few bubbles rise here and there and the foam falls fast to a very thick ring of melted ice cream. one thing i like is the fractal patterns of lace that slide down as i tilt the glass to drink. it's a surreal little ring of constantly morphing bubbles that ultimately meet their demise in the sea of hoppy insanity.

S- seriously fruity and herbal, red grapefruit, tangerine, rosemary, passionfruit, unripe melon, guava, and fresh pineapple. there's a lightness to the malt aroma with a lack of caramel, possibly due to the german malts used. doesn't bother me at all, because the hops are clearly showcased here. there is a toasted bread/biscuit quality with notes of earthy dried wood.

T- and what a wallop it is. it really fells as if i just drank straight hop juice. a nice cracked grain/cereal taste comes on in the beginning but is soon overtaken by some alcohol and a big slam of herbal resinous hops, possibly of the columbus variety? you only get a quick taste of the fruity aroma before the bitterness shuts down the whole system leaving only a faint graininess behind. the finish is long and progressive moving from insanely bitter to malty to woodsy to pine, and some of the citrus flavors finally make their way back out.

MF- astringent, dry, and warm in the mouth, but a little lighter than i expected. i typically think of imperials as being thick and murky, but this is a nice change from the ordinary, and gives the beer a more refined feeling. medium carbonation is light and prickly and dissipates fast, and is perceivably the vehicle that carries the malt flavors, because as the bubbles fade on the tongue, they do too. finish is dry and alcoholic and a little oily, and anyone who loves the world's tastiest vine will appreciate it.

D- dangerous D. with all the tropical fruitiness goin on, the rest of the flavor profile has a clean crisp lager character to it, and if one is not overwhelmed by bitterness, he might find himself treating old horace as a gulper, not a sipper.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange color with thin white foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S - Fruity hops. Almost tropical smelling more so than the normal citrus smell you get from so many IPA's.

T - Very well balanced malts and hops. Fruity sweetness up front quickly overwhelmed by some nice hops bitterness. Wasnt very impressed with the taste at first but as it warmed it quickly got better.

M/D - Full mouthfeel and very well balanced between the hops and malts. Makes for a drinkable beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. Slightly hazy almost macro in color, but with enough amber tones to make it look more appealing. Nice two-finger head and sticky lacing make me want to dive right in.

Nose is BIG and hoppy with tons of floral and citrus notes pounding the nostrils.

Taste up front is strong and bitter with piney hops, citrus flavors and very mild sweet malts to round it out, only to have the bitter hop flavor cling to the back of your throat.

There's good carbonation in this beer, full bodied and powerful. Drinkability is lower because the ABV is so high and the hop presence is overwhelming to say the least. The name isn't misleading; It packs a punch. This one is good to sip on.... one at a time.

Photo of beavers
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep golden body with a big two fingered creamy head. Looks more like an imperial pilsner. Sticky,noticeable lacing down the sides

S: Huge citusry, floral hop aroma. Smells of lemon zest, sweet hop resin, and a strong grainy backbone. Has an aroma that almost like a sharp cheddar cheese.

T: Taste of sweet (honey) malts and citrusy hops in the front and then a long pine-needle hop bitterness. Missing some of the hop complexity I've grown to love in big IIPAs.

M: Creamy medium-to-full bodied with a big carbonation that feels right.

D: The alcohol is definitely kept in check, but the strong hop bitterness would keep me from enjoying more than maybe two of these.

A very good brew without a doubt. I enjoyed this fresh several months back and I remember the hops having a bit more juicy flavor before the bitterness takes over. Still a noteworthy and impressive beer.

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

A: Poured a medium golden-bronze with a solid 2 finger macro-bubbly egg shell white head that lasted for several minutes after the pour leaving a sticky and clumpy lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: The nose was strong and grassy with fresh cereal grains and a light citrus.

T: The initial flavor was sweet malt, grains followed quickly by a big grassy hopping. Dry grassiness definitely dominants the flavor with a light lemon twist is detected on the fade as well some fresh grains.

M: light, slick, with a sour citrus and big grassy lacing.

D: Drinkability is good, a big dry grassy finish that should satisfy almost any hophead but may be a little to extreme for non fans. Munch up.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found this a little later on in the year, so I can't be sure about the freshness. For 8.99 a 6 pack it was worth it though.

Pours a nice light orangish yellow color w/ a soft white creamy head. The aromas are quite pleasant w/ some sweet scents present first, followed by some piney, citrusy hops. Very vibrant and exciting. Unfortunately the flavor of this beer does not follow suit. The hops are denitely there in bitterness, but not so much in flavor. Don't get me wrong they are there, just not as much as I'd like in a DIPA. The thing that knocks the score down in this beer for me is the presence of buttery diacetyl. Maybe this is a bad batch or its been sitting too long, but this is definitely a flavor I didn't expect or want in this beer. The mouthfeel is good. A bit syrupy, but crisp.

Overall a slightly above average DIPA. I'm only saying that because I feel I got an old batch. THis batch definitely not as good as this beer could have been. I had it on tap earlier this year but was too drunk to remember what it was like. From what I remember it was much better than this. I'll have to try it again when I'm not in as much of a haze.

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

Great bottle design and poured a respectable head with pale color. Aroma not overbearing but makes your mouth water. Flavor has an ideal hop flavor for a 8.5% ABV which does not taste like it has that strength. Wish I could try this one from cask. Victory has done well.

Photo of madmanjf
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask, gravity pour, day two of being opened.

The beer was surprisingly clear with a lot of carbonation; approximatley one inch head with a lot of volitility immediately after being poured. The head drops down quickly but about a quarter inch of head remains with some nice lacing throughout the life of the pint.

There wasn't a specific aroma that stuck out easily, which I found surprising for a double IPA. Aside from the basic citrus and pine smell, there really wasn't much else coming through to the nose.

I had a very difficult time distinguishing tastes as well; in fact, combined with my difficulty in picking up aromas, I'd probably flag this for a second review on my part in case I was off that night. Nonetheless, this beer tasted great. Light, sweet hoppiness with some light malt and a bitter but quick finish.

The hops left a sweet stickness in the mouth, which was very interesting and welcomed. Despite the high carbonation, the beer was quite smooth and not acidic in feeling.

Overall, it went down quite easily, was very smooth, enjoyable and packed a wallop :)

I had two 20oz imperial pints.

Photo of jmalex
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoops, this was one of those beers that just got lost in the boxes and boxes I have. Better drink this quick before it gets older.

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly darker than gold into a Victory shaker pint. It's only slightly hazy and is topped by a tight-bubbled eggshell-colored head that holds at almost a finger's height. This is what beer should look like.

SMELL: There's still some big time hop aroma on this. Citrusy and floral, the slightly resinous hops stand out quite a bit, but still allow some clean malty sweetness to come through.

TASTE: The hops resins come out way more in the taste and are a tad overwhelming. But Hop Wallop has balance on it's side, featuring a very solid sweet malt base on which the hops really show themselves. Alcohol is slightly detectable toward the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Big bodied and a bit syrupy and slick. Carbonation is at average appropriate levels.

DRINKABILITY: The balance helps here a lot, but it's brought down by the alcohol and slickness of the body. One bottle is just the right amount for me.

Not bad at all. I've had it before but never got the opportunity to sit down with one. There's so many great DIPA's out there, I don't know if I'd buy more of this, but since they're one of my local breweries, I'm sure I'll be drinking more Hop Wallop sometime in the future.

Photo of tiger88
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint. Good looking hazy orange color. Bright white head hung around for quite some time. The nose was not overwhelming as one would imagine for a DIPA. Subtle notes of hops nevertheless. Tasted great for a DIPA even though my wife claimed to taste soap. Good earthy taste and the alcohol and hops don't overwhelm. Went down smooth and would be easy to drink a few on a hot summer day. I'll get it again when I travel out of Alabama!!!

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

Thanks to abankovich for a great trade. I poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: It poured a hazy and orangeish golden body with a carbonation fed modest white head that retained well and left clumps of lacing that fell back into the liquid.

S: It had a powerful hop profile that was rich with pine and citrus. There was a recessive aroma toasted malts and white fruit and spices.

T: It hit with a hop bomb composed of pine and grapefruit. There is no doubt this is an Imperial IPA. After the hops receded there was a undercurrent of tasted malts and tart white fruits (white grapes and pears).

M: It was a medium bodied beer that despite its hop dominance was smooth and refreshing. It had a nice clean finish with just hints of sour aftertaste.

D: I'm not a hop head but this goes down pretty good. Decent management of hops but perhaps a bit over the top. A bit more balance would have improved the experience.

Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clean golden/amber pour sporting a decent creamy white head.

S: A surprisingly gentle aroma, primarily all hops... floral, citrus, a little piney.

T + M: Not as gentle as the aroma, but I would hope not! Nonetheless, it carries a very delicate grouping of flavours... oily pine, grapefruit peel citrus, and a bit of a malty roast manages to sneak in there. The big flavours leave their signature along the sides and back of the tongue on the finish, all along bringing a sensation as though the papillae are standing on end. The lightest zip of carbonation adds to the sensation for quite a pleasing mouthfeel.

D: I'll have another, without a doubt. While perhaps it's not an absolute favourite, it's an excellent brew. With all the other flavours going on, the alcohol is hidden fairly well, so one could potentially over do it on this one. Keep it slow, enjoy it as it really opens up... it might have some attitude, but can be a great 'companion beer' if you respect it.

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

Eye: Poured into a pint glass this beer is orange in color with golden yellow highlights. Head retention and size are great. Given the abv, I'm surprised that it can hold a head this size for such a great amount of time. In color it is off white and creamy textured.

Nose: Vinous, citrus, floral and grapefruit aromas fill my nose. Aroma reminds me quite a bit like white sparkling grape juice. Underneath these aromas there is a good strong malt backbone. Very appealing to the olfactory senses.

Tongue: Nice hop bite right off the bat. Bitterness is intense but not in the face. Big floral and citrus notes from hops mingle along with vinous/grapefruit/sparkling grape juice flavors-I'm assuming these are from hops too-to create a great hop profile here...Maybe some of that sparkling grape juice comes from alcohol on the other hand, not sure. Also some spiciness. The flavor of alcohol is detectable. Not too much malt flavor here, either that or my palate is too desensitized to taste it by now-perhaps a bit of a coarse graininess.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The brew is medium bodied with nice levels of carbonation that give it some real life. The finish is dry, leaving the palate filled with hop flavors. This beer is great, I'll definitely be buying it again, however it didn't really "wow" me like Maharaja did, but it is right up there with it... it is a damn good beer. This is one that is worth the time to find, seek it out if you've not already had it.

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