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

I've reviewed this beer before, but the newest version(drink by Nov. 08) is just out and it deserves updating.
Hops are still what this beer is about, floral citrus in the aroma which dominates everything else.
The flavor is hoppy as well. The first thing on the tongue is bitter grapefruit, which is followed with just enough malt undertone to provide some balance. The finish is like the start, dominated by bittering hops.
If you don't like hops you won't like this beer, but for me the longer I drink beer, the more I like hops, so this beer has grown on me in a big way. I do think that this is one of the better releases of this beer, one more example of a high quality beer by a high quality brewer.

kwakwhore, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the VBC.

Pours a cloudy, golden caramel color with a big creamy, vanilla white head that left some excellent lacing down the glass. Aroma is prominent floral hops and citrus with a slight undertone of sweetness and heat.

Taste is a bitter hop bomb throughout highlighted by a very strong floral citrus character. Underlying sweet maltiness is present but gets overpowered way too easily and seems to be there just for the hops to ride along on. Bitterness and alcohol just coats your palette in the finish, in an ending that you wont soon forget until the next sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth, and delicous.

Wow, this was my first experience with this beer on cask and it was quite a memorable one. Not for the hoppy faint of hearted but ectasy for serious hop heads. Unfortunately that combo of hops and alcohol make it a serious sipper and I seriously doubt that I could (or would) want more than one in a sitting, so it takes a hit in the drinkability department. If your able to find this guy on cask outside of the brewery, do yourself a favor, batten down the hatches, and set sail for one hoppy ride.

Kegatron, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Slightly murky orange-ish amber. Forms a head of medium to small bubbles which dissipates pretty quickly leaving good lacing on the glass and a nice film on the surface. Light amount of carbonation bubbles of medium size. Would grade it higher if not for the hazy clarity.

S = Strong alcohol presence with an almost anti-septic smell, once you get past that it has pine with hints of citrus, not a lot of malt.

T = Lots of hops taste, mostly pine but also some lemon, maybe even a hint of lime and flowers. Lots of bitterness throughout the drink and with a long dry, bitter finish. The alcohol kick is a little too much. If you like straight bitter hops, this definitely does fits the bill. There is not nearly enough balance though, I barely even detect malt flavors. Final view is it is unbalanced and the alcohol was almost antiseptic.

M = Medium bodied, great amount of carbonation giving it a frothy silky mouthfeel. Good mouthcoating.

D = This beer is good but has limited appeal for serious hopheads who can also accept the high ABV.

Traquairlover, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I meant to review this brew last season, and I ended up just drinking my last bottle and couldn't review it. I have had to wait about seven months for this to be released again. It was worth the wait - I really enjoy this beer. It isn't the best DIPA out there, but it is pretty tasty.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH snifter.

Appearance - It is a light honey gold color. Pours completely transparent. It produces a 1 finger head that slowly dissipates to a paper-thin crown. It leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.

Smell - The scent is primarily hops. There is a lot of pine, citrus grapefruit, pineapple, honey and caramel scents. The honey and caramel smells are very subdued. The scent is very floral in nature.

Taste - Hops, and not much else. I get flavors of pine, grapefruit, and lemon zest. There is a slight hint of caramel malt, but you have to dig deep for it. It is definitely a bitter hop bomb. It tastes really good, but this is far from balanced. It lives up to its namesake, to be sure.

Mouthfeel - This is medium bodied, but on the lighter side of medium. The carbonation level helps to cut through the bitterness. It has a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability - Good. This is a pretty easy drinking DIPA. The bitterness keeps making me go back to take another sip, and it pairs excellently with a spicey meal. I have had two this evening, and that is my limit.

This is one of my favorite offerings from Victory. Tasty stuff.

MiguelMandingo, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale yellow.. minimal head.. not inviting for a dIPA

S: lovely citrus hops.. lots of them in fact.. dash of pine and some alcohol

T: mirrors the aroma .. in a good way.. i got the citrus hops first before a bit of pine finished off the beer nicely.. some malts were felt throughout

M: super-smooth.. nice crisp finish with a bit of lingering hop goodness

O: very enjoyable... if i was blind and didnt think i was drinking coors light it might have been even more impressed

callmemickey, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of uberkane
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review!! How exiting. I've been into craft beer for over a year now, so I believe it is time!
Why not start with a wallop??

Appearance: Comes in a brown, 12 oz. bottle. According to the bottle it is a "Very Hoppy Ale" and clocks in at 8.5% ABV. There is a comical picture of an old man prospector, foaming at the mouth and seeming quite happy. A story accompanies this man, whose name is Horace "Hop" Wallop. A heartwarming tale of a prospector down on his luck, who gets out of the gutter when he discovers this hoppy brew.

Beer pours a light golden yellow with a hint of orange. There is a small white head, but this is from a pour on the gentle side. The head dissipates, and leaves a small faint, bubbly ring of lacing.

Smell: Hops! Piney and citrus hops. Sweet and sticky, yet spicy. Grapefruit. After agitation, there are some soft breadey notes from the malts. What a smell!

Taste: Grapefruit and piney hops immediately upon hitting mouth. Spicy and herbal as well. Malt enters the scene while swallowing, felt on the back of the palate. A soft bready, cereal note balances your ballet a little, but Hops is the predominate flavor. It persists in the after taste, leaving a leafy taste, with some grapefruit and herbalness. Not sure when (or if!?) the aftertaste goes away. A constant reminder "Hey! You're drinking a beer! And don't you forget it!" As the beer warms, the malt backbone becomes more present, and the hops a bit spicier.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but has some smooth creaminess to it. Carbonation is present, but not dominating.

Drinkability: Surprisingly very drinkable, considering the hops and an above average ABV (not for an IIPA, just in general). Not sure about this being a session beer for me. I'd probably only have one or two at a time. However, that depends on my mood. If i get into hoppy moods, i could definitely see this as a session beer, kinda like when i get into spicy moods and eat non-stop spicy foods for a week.

The main thing here is, as it suggests, Hops. So in that regard, it does well. You get exactly what you see, and if you're a hophead, or just looking for a hop fix, it's great!

uberkane, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Bronze mixture with orange highlights and a good inch of froth that hung out for a while. Laced very well, impressive presentation.

S - Aroma here of course is big on hop tinge, but there is a bit of balance displayed with the citrus, lemons and grapefruit, and even some pine. Makes the mouth water.

T - Mild bitterness, slight sweetness from the citrus notes, but, most noteably, huge pine hop blast. Almost minty in a way, but together it tastes great and masks the abv completely.

M - Medium to full bodied, great carbonation level, left a piney residue in the mouth that made me want another sip.

D - Pretty good, this was a godsend after trying Stoudt's double. Single-handedly renewed my faith in double IPA's. I'd take another any day, recommended.

PhageLab, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light copper color crystal clear with an off white head along with average lacing.
Smell is dominated by citrus- orange mostly grapefruit and of course pi ne.
Taste mimmicks the smell with a hint of vanilla but on the finish is definitely overpowered by the bitter hop finish mixing with the small malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is average to medium, leaves a nice coating on the palate and lips.
For me the drinkability is exceptional for the style ,DIPA. Most DIPA's i've had lately are pretty heavy handed by the citrus bitterness but this one is pretty well balanced. Again, for the style i feel this could be sessionable, but , proceed with caution!
One or the top 2 of this style to date for me, will be heading out for more soon. YUM!

ohoove, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 07' version is a lot different and better than last years.
The color is more amber , more of a complex piney-grapefruity aroma.
The flavor is more complex....again more grapefruit-pine....last years tasted more like a Saaz to me. It's just as bitter as before , but there is more of a sweet malt backdrop....not too much though. Alcohol is more evident in this version and compliments the hop "wallop".
Pretty drinkable even @ 8.5%...I'm looking for more than one with this. Very good.
I just noticed that my refrigerator is getting Victory dense....Hop Wallop, Golden Monkey, Storm King...all good.

Hautacam, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of L4t3rg4t3r
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy wheat color.

Smell: strong oily hops.

Taste: hops, hops, and more hops with a nice trailing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, this beer changes character as it warms, and the hop bitterness becomes more evident.

Drinkability: one of my favorite DIPAs I very much enjoy Hop Wallop, if you enjoy this, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, Stone Runination IPA, and Dogfish head 90 Min. IPA are also fantastic examples of the style!

L4t3rg4t3r, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton to NJpadreFan for this bottle. Been looking forward to this.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating but it was released within a week.

A: Pours a very, very pale orange. Completely transparent. 1 finger pearl white rocky head that remains a thick skim on the brew. 1 ring of fluffy lacing at the top and a pebble here and there on the way down.

S: Pretty straight forward. Pine-y and citrus hops. A mixture of grapefruit with a tiny zap of lemon. Just a hint of some phenols as it warms a tad.

T/M: Ah, very nice. Not overly bitter but a nice strong wallop, har har. Very citrus-y and tangy. The hops hold strong all the way through to the dry finish and then last and last. Malts show up a little more as the brew warms but hops are definitely the highlight. The body is pretty thin, inviting me back before I know it.

D: This went down so easy I didn't realize I was just about done. A local store has a handful of Victory products... lets hope they can get this in.

pwoods, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a very hazy golden color. Head is a little off-white and about a finger deep. Retention was good and a nice sticky coat of lace remained.

Smell: Hops are strong and piney. Nicely blended with a sweet citrus scent (grapefruit and maybe some mango). Pretty straight forward.

Taste: Clearly hops are the dominant feature here. They are piney and very bitter. A solid plus for this beer. Some secondary citrus flavors add a sweet factor and a little more bitterness. A hint of malt is noticeable, but it's far from balanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It leans medium bodied. Carbonation is excellent. At 8.5%, it's a strong beer. But, very smooth drinkable for an IPA of its stature. I'd probably limit myself due to its strength. Overall, it's a very good brew and highly recommended.

prototypic, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see the new Hop Wallop out. Had this on tap at both Mahaffey's and Max's this past weekend.

The beer pours a solid orange copper color, with an enticing creamy white head. The beer has very good head retention and lacing.

The nose on this beer is not very complex, but has what you would expect; quite a bit of soft, citrusy grapefruit. The beer is just lovely on the palate, with the flavors replicating the nose. The beer has some very nice bitterness, but is quite well balanced, with an impressive soft, light mouthfeel. The malt is not overdone on this DIPA, and it finishes fairly dry. The only thing that mars this beauty is a somewhat hard finish, which detracts from its drinkability IMO. I'm thinking that the cask version of this beer might have a better finish, making it more drinkable, but will have to wait for the opportunity.

This is a very well made DIPA, with an abv. that is well disguised. Can't wait to try the cask version!

John_M, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very clear, dark golden with very thick head and had plenty of lacing.

S: Very hoppy, smells of pine, juicy grapefruit, sweet oranges, and flowers with the grapefruit being quite dominant as I keep going back to it.

T: Grapefruit hits you immediately, you can feel the malts more than taste them but keeps the hops very balanced. I am surprised the alcohol is so nicely woven into the flavor.

M: There is a hoppy stickiness but there is a sweetness that keeps the tartness from overpowering. The carbination is on target. Not much alcohol feel for the strength.

D: You can feel the warmth building. Something that is very drinkable but warns you to slow down.

Biscuit033, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of stuckonhops
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from bottle dated best by- 10/23/2008

A-- very clear amber. Not cloudy at all. Thick white head that recedes fairly slowly.

S-- Intense spicy-hop. Meaning the spice and hops seem to be as one not seperate, they meld. also has a floral hint.

T-- definetly a spicy hop flavor much in sync with the smell pouring from this one. incredible lingering hops that are bitter to the end though not overwhelming.

M-- Very smooth. not even the least bit grainy/gritty. Goes down very easy. Almost to easy.

D-- EXTREMELY easy to drink. Like i stated before 'almost to easy' to drink. Take it easy with this one, it can kick your butt clear across the field with one wallop of a kick

stuckonhops, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of mfhlucky13
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My Hop Wallop was a beautiful golden color with a dense white head. I have had the Wallop just about every way you can, but this is the best. The hops are jumping straight up your nose from the glass. It was very smooth, almost creamy and as expected very hoppy with a slight sweet finish. Very nice DIPA from victory.

mfhlucky13, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of snpub540
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color into a goblet. Topped off with a white head that turned into a small ring of bubbles and did not leave very much lacing.

Nice hoppy nose. Herbal as well as piney hops make up the most of it.

Taste is sweet and bitter. Grapefruit and lemon bitterness as well as alcohol sweetness in the finish.

It had a nice medium body with a crisp dry finish. Alcohol does creep up on you.

snpub540, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours out a nice amber-golden with a good head. Aroma is malty with an apple hint, and not particularly strong. Flavor is hoppy with plenty of bitterness and a strong hint of apple, as well as a good nip of alcohol. Sassy and zingy, this IPA will really get your attention!

Cyberkedi, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date on this one, i assume it is fresh as it arrived at Abe's within the last week. Cool label with a cute story about Horace "hop" Wallop and his invention of the beer that now beers his name. Medium pour into a stubby tulip glass, about two fingers of head that leaves some lacing, beer is a rich amber color, nice but perhaps a bit dark, but then that might be from the width of my glass.

The smell is mostly hops with some caramel malt in there too. It is very enjoyable, the hops don't overpower and the sweetness just peaks through. The taste is similar, a nice sweet hoppy brew. Mouthfeel is good, goes down smooth--not too watery, overcarbonated or syrupy--a good balance here.

I could drink this all night long--i absolutely love Victory and DIPAs and this one is balanced just enough that the hops don't leave the mouth feeling dry and worn out. A great offering.

wheelinshirt, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a healthy week before the "Enjoy by" date.
Pours a fairly crystal clear medium straw color with a half inch head, nice and glowing white with huge bubbles. Aroma alludes to its age: lots of citrusy hops, but it's equally balanced with some nice esters and crystal malts. On the tongue it is also quite balanced. While hops remain the dominant feature, a really rounded malt bill keeps it interesting. Alcohol warming in the finish, and dry but with some sweetness to keep it drinkable. All around a solid DIPA, but the dynamic of the hop flavor and aroma was certainly lacking.

dreadnatty08, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is golden with a slight head on top. Though the head left town, generous lacing was left behind. The nose, as expected, pure hops, tending toward the citrus end of the spectrum.

The flavour on this is along the same lines, a huge hop profile with both citrus and pine notes present, though not completely out of control either, as the malts rein it in a bit. A bitey, sweet finish.

The mouth is fairly thick, which I like for the style. Drinkability is about dead-on average, few DIPA beers are quaffers, and this isn't one of the few. Not difficult to drink though by any means.

The bottom line: A tasty take on the DIPA style by the folks at Victory. It's not amongst my absolute favourites, but it holds its own against my local favourites (Devil Dancer and Hop Slam).

CortexBomb, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of shertz
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that says "Enjoy by Oct 24 07" into a Tulip glass. The thermometer reads 46 degrees.

A- Not much head on this one, just a slight foam covering. A Hazy golden yellow color and small bubbles running around inside.

S- Smelled this one as I was pouring. Real nice citrusy hops jump out at you. Some smells of piney hops also. Just a hop bomb. Could bathe in this one.

T- Amazing dry, citrus hops tingles my mouth. It's like munching on a handful of piney/citrus hops. A hophead's dream. Awesome.

M- Pretty carbonated and very dry from the hops. Nice tingling effect.

D- The bottle state's "Hoppiness is Happiness". How true. I would say the only thing that I could complain about is a little more balance from some malts. But, screw that, this beer rocks. At 8.5% I wonder if I could drink a sixer. Of course, the wife probably kick me out of bed from the hops smell.

Cheers Friends,
Scott

shertz, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LMR for the trade.

This beer was phenomenal! To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, but I was blown away. Definitely loaded with hops, but the pine, grapefruit, and citrus was balanced by an absolutely perfect malt backbone and a generous dollop of sweeter fruit ... almost like a tropical aftertaste of mango/papaya/something from the equator.

Fantastic, and I'm going to be hunting for this from now on. Poured a nice yellow hazy color with a darker, orange-ish tint towards the top.

Overlord, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from Walnut Liquorette for $2.29

Poured into a frosted mug with a very golden color with a thick white foamy head that stuck around for a good amount of time

Smell had a little citrus, mostly grapefruit

Taste was super hoppy and could definitely tell it was a double IPA

Could drink a large amount of these even though there is a high alcohol content

Another more than solid beer from Victory

Floydster, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of HombreWing
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say...ABV low end for DIPA. Does make it quite sessionable to a point. Golden and bright in appearance. Bubbles on the move. Sustaining head.

Everything in the nose an American IPA should have ...plenty of hops, little malt character and some alcohol heat that dosn't scare me.

Taste: All hop...both bitterness and flavor...needs a little more malt background. It does comes as it warms up.

I prefer the paler IPA/DIPA and this is one of the bigger ones.
It's "pilsner" like qualities are attractive for certain dishes as well. On the hotter/spicier side.

HombreWing, Sep 20, 2007
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
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