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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,577 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,577
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 164 | 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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Halcyondays

California

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Golden yellow, looks almost like a pilsner, with a thick, white head, which leaves excellent Belgian-style lacing, and a lot of foamy debris.

S: Hops, hops, hops, full of pine and citrus, very fragrant.

T: Very hoppy, as in the name, pine is the dominant flavor here, with some citrus backing it up, there is some malty, biscuity flavor in this beer as well, but it is not as abundant, this thing is a true hop bomb.

M: Smooth, creamy, and crisp, a bit warming from the alcohol presence, but this is hidden well.

D: Another great Double IPA to drink, this one is kind of hard to find for me, but very enjoyable when I can, I also love the label, very entertaining.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 02:45:31 | More by Halcyondays
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gmcfarre

Colorado

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into traditional pint glass
Bottle says "Enjoy by Oct 27 07"

A - Pours a cloudy straw color with a nice solid white 1 inch head. Lacing is moderate and clingy at times.

S - Scent is much like grapefruit bubblegum, if there is such a thing. Okay, maybe not exactly but both flavors are plainly evident amongst the hoppy flavors. Slight hint of a grainy malt bill. Smell becomes more grainy and less hoppy as it warms.

T - Starts slightly sweet and crisp then immediately jumps to the bitterness. Hops are not overly fruity yet exhibit a good deal of piney taste. Nice flavor, but not impressive.

M - Crisp and dry and bitter with a very dry aftertaste. Sounds like a DIPA to me.

D - Alcohol at 8.5% is slightly evident in reaction, but thankfully not so much in the taste. Not my favorite DIPA by any means, but it is not at all bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 01:28:30 | More by gmcfarre
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of 10/25/2007 printed on the label, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy/cloudy light gold color, completely opaque. The Head formed about 1-2 fingers thick and faded quickly into a thin layer, along with some lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops, quite strong, almost overpowering.

Taste: Wow is this stuff good. The hop bitterness never lets anything from the malts come through at all. Piney at first, more citrus towards the end. The finish, predictably, is bitter and hoppy, and lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth for such a strong beer, medium body. The carbonation was in good balance as well.

Overall: An excellent version of the American Double IPA, very little hint of the high alcohol percentage. If you, like Hop Wallop, think that hoppiness is happiness, grab one of these as quickly as possible.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 01:09:30 | More by FenwaySquid
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tpd975

Florida

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

This beer arrived in a trade with BeerTruth, Thanks.

A: Nice honey yellow color with a billowing head at the pour. The head fades to a nice ring circling the brew as it is continually fed by a steady rush of bubbles to the top. Sticky lacing is left behind as the contents disappear. A nice looking DIPA.

S: Has a nice citrus aroma to it. I smell grapefruit mainly, not much else. Pretty mild compared to other reviews.

T: A nice DIPA. Starts off pretty mild with a light sweetness about it. Then you are hit with the punch of hops. Sharp, acidic hops, a nice taste that is different from any other DIPA I have tried before.

M: This one is pretty full bodied. It has a syrupy quality to it.

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA. There is no hint of the high ABV and it goes down smooth and refreshing.

Overall: A good DIPA. This is the first beer I have ever enjoyed from Victory and would like to try some more. Not sure if this one is fresh or not, I have the feeling its not. The aroma is mild and I think the hoppiness may have been muted in this one due to age. I think it tastes a little milder than a fresh one would, but it’s a great tasting DIPA nonetheless. I finished off the bottle rather quickly and wish I had another one to follow. I will seek out another in the future to see how this one compares to one fresh from the brewery.

The bottle notes hoppiness is happiness... I have to agree!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 16:44:48 | More by tpd975
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arizcards

Arizona

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

Received in late May as part of the May MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice fluffy white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is dominated by strong citrusy hops but is also heavy on malts. Taste is a nice blend of malts and citrusy hops. It seems that the malts are starting to come out more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied than most DIPA's but is very smooth. Drinkability is very good. The abv is well hidden in this lighter easy to sip brew. Recommended to hopheads!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 00:37:04 | More by arizcards
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revolution

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy-honey-gold color with a small head that quickly dissipates. Small bubbles flowing. The look is good. The haze gradually clears.

An incredible citrus and hop scent.

A taste--strong citrus...grapefruit..loads of perfect bitterness from the hops...then a smile. This one is really good.

A great aroma and taste along with a solid feel. Very nice kick at the swallow.

Definitely one of the better beers I've had. Enjoyed the hop devil, and others, from Victory, but this one is choice. Will be picking up six...or more...when I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 01:10:06 | More by revolution
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MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

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

While I am not a huge fan of "Hop bombs" that curl one's toes, this so far has to be one of my favorite craft brewerys in the US and I believe that they help to set the bar for the industry as a whole.

A. Gorgeous dark amber with a 1 finger head that leaves wonderful lacing.

S. Pine? Citrus? This is a very complicated brew.

T. Wow! I like that the hops are well balanced with the malt. The hops are definitely dominant but when they start to overwhelm the malt evens it out.

M. Again great. The carbonation is mild. The higher abv is well hidden.

D. I could have many of these. However, the 8.5% abv would make it hard to function!

Again, a great product from Victory. The rest of this 6 is getting cellared so I can sip these later when it gets cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 18:38:53 | More by MarkSCCOT
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bozebus17

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light gold with a nice pure white head. This things out but leaves a very thin layer throughout the beer. Lacing coats the glass all the way to the bottom.

It has a nice aroma full of citrus hops with some pine notes. The nose isn't quite as strong as I'd expect.

Taste is very hoppy as expected. There is a definite citrus character. It seems like there is much more going on with the hops than this alone but it seems a bit muddled to me. The flavor is much more balanced than I expected. The hops are definitely in the forefront but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The alcohol is noticeable yet pleasent.

I have to say that this is a solid offering. I could not see drinking this all of the time, but it is a nice "sipper." It's a "kick back in your easy-chair after a hard day of work" kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 23:24:44 | More by bozebus17
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased at Bauer Wines in Boston. Pour results in a medium head with lots of carbonation and many interesting particles floating in the light gold. A subsequent pour on a later date results in a cloudy gold. Aroma is not as strong as I was expecting, but pleasant. First taste is very full and makes an immediate impact on my palate. Lots of grapefruity hops. However, I'm not a massive fan of the grapefruity variety - I'm more a floral hop type myself. This one almost feels like sucking on a grapefruit. I'm sure many people will love this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 02:59:50 | More by sstackho
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sloejams

California

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

Just like Hop Devil, I'm just not blown away by this Victory beer.

I did think it's that my pallet has become more accustomed to the West Coast hop bombs, but some Midwest IPAs (Furious and 2 Hearted, most notably) have blown me away. It looks good. The smell is not as sweet or fragrant as a DIPA should be. Same could be said of the taste. A certain alcohol tinge lets you know you're drinking something with a slightly higher ABV.

It's not that there's really anything wrong with this beer, but it just doesn't take it to the upper hop echelon.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 13:14:41 | More by sloejams
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clemtig76

South Carolina

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

12 oz brown bottle with best by April 28, 2008 printed on the label. Pours a beautiful golden amber color topped by a dense, white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, but it has some grassy notes rising over the typical IPA hop aromas of citrus and pine. The flavor is of lightly toasted malts with some fruitiness followed by a long bitterness in the finish. The 8.5 % ABV is well hidden. Not bad, but I was expecting a little more from a beer that costs 10 bucks a six. Get a Sweetwater IPA and save yourself a few bucks.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 01:14:54 | More by clemtig76
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Contra

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop, seems to me, to be a lighter-bodied, but full flavored Double IPA. It pours a light, hazy gold hue with lacy head. Nice, but nothing outstanding as far as appearance is concerned. The aroma has a floral bouquet, not too strong, but it is there. The taste is where this beer shines - slightly tame at first, followed by the "wallop". Crisp bitterness, and all hops. Compared to other Double IPAs, I've found this is a lot easier on the palate, and therefore more "drinkable" than average. But I also enjoy the heavy, creaminess of Double Simcoe & Hercules. This really just comes down to personal preference.

Overall, Hop Wallop seems to be a nice balance between flavor and drinkability. An excellent choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 23:55:35 | More by Contra
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EVLguy

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 Hop Wallop poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy after the pour but began to clear up after about 20 minutes. Deep gold in color.

Smell: Light grass, herb, and hay[very interesting] aromas. Very pleasant, but deceiving when the intense flavor of this beer is considered.

Taste: This beer must be nothing but hops. All got from it was citrusy hops, pine tar like flavors and some more grassy spices at the finish. An easy winner for hopheads.

Mouthfeel: The lack of malt did leave this beer a bit too dry and light for my personal tastes. Still that's not too hard to get past after enjoying the flavors from the first few sips.

Drinkibilty: Not meant to be had one after the other unless you are a hophead supreme.

This is the best example I've ever come across of a beer only released once a year that definitely should only be released once a year. Anymore would be a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 23:32:07 | More by EVLguy
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ruleof72

Georgia

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

A nice darkish golden color greeted me when the glass was placed before me. The head was thick and fairly creamy and there were nice little bubbles in the glass. The smell was Pine, Pine, and more Pine, very nice! There was also some citrus and fresh cut grass in the background. I am becoming a big fan of IPA's, especially with a nice pine smell. The taste was definitely pine upfront followed by a nice malt/sweet flavor. In the mouth it felt slightly thick, not in a bad way, and full bodied. This is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2007 23:13:48 | More by ruleof72
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bit too cold, had to let this one warm while I enjoyed the forum a bit...

A- Golden, slightly hazy, had a finger of head when I poured it, which has now been long gone. There's a tad of lacing where it was, as a tribute to its memory...

S- Grass and grapefruit, with caramel balancing a bit... and oddly, an almost witbier tinge, faint back there... What kind of yeast is in this? Smells good, though. The yeast does not overpower, it's mostly the dense piney hops, a slight metallic tinge, and just a hint of alcohol.

T- Initially caramel-malty, but not overtly so. Retains the metallic hint I got in the nose, and the hops come in quite strongly as it begins to go down. Aftertaste is grapefruit acid and a hint of grass. Quite pleasant, though not as intense as many a double IPA. Not deserving of the name, I didn't think.

M- Excellent mouthfeel. Smooth and full-bodied, but with high carbonation. The finish is smooth in the middle and astringent on the sides, if you know what I mean. The body is quite balanced with the amount of carbonation, and the lingering dryness and hint of warming do what they're supposed to... make you want another sip.

D- Simply a tad bit too grassy and grapefruity in the finish for the really high score it almost merited. Even though i love hops, the finishing flavor is not one that makes you want several of these. A great beer, But as double IPA's go, there are several better. I recommend you try it, though... it's one I'll pick up from time to time, to be sure.

Had again on tap 12/10/2008. Raised the drinkability score. This beer is not overly complex, has a lot of hop flavor but surprisingly little hop bitterness. However, the drinkability for ABV is ridiculous. Body is light and the beer is quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 05:10:14 | More by khiasmus
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Reed415

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick head

S - Citrusy hops dominate the nose, some mild earthy malt, and some fruit is peeking out

T - As I expected the flavor is dominated by citrus hops, light malt and fruit are also present

M - Full Bodied, Bold

D - Enjoyable, Very smooth for a DIPA

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 20:44:25 | More by Reed415
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops. There was also a pine-like aroma.

T - It tasted of very spicy hops. Also, a good dose of sweet, roasted malt.

M - Very crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good DIPA. Tons of hops blended very well with a good malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 17:24:29 | More by zeff80
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joecast

Australia

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

12oz bottle. best before 12/07. 8.5%abv

pours a light golden color with a thin white head. good lacing. low carbonation. slightly hazy with a green tinge, presumably from all those hops.

very full aroma. big grassy hoppiness hits first with some citrus coming in after. closer inspection gives a bit of alcohol.

tasty. hops come across very fresh and juicy. they are the main contributors here, though there is a backgroud sweetness. drying finish from the alcohol.

good full mouthfeel makes this a substantial brew and could be filling after a bit. so with that and the alcohol presence one is probably enough, though it is an enjoyable one.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 03:17:15 | More by joecast
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jameaterblues

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
A- Dark yellow, almost a light amber body. Thin white head , sticky lace, and lots of bubbles... looks like a macro, and could be a very mean joke to serve to someone who normally drinks bud or miller.
S- Hoppy musky skunkiness....dank and plantlike almost weedy.
T- Crisp tart citrus, accompanied by dank skunky grassy hops...big with almost overwhelming hops, but I dig it.
M/D- Light for its power, lots of bubbles, and actually kinda refreshing...extremely long lasting bitter finish... brought to mind 2006 bigfoot.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 20:41:40 | More by jameaterblues
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle -> nonic
Enjoy by: Nov 08 07, stamped on the bottle

Pours a clear golden with straw highlights. A huge head settles to a lopsided fluffy pillow, leaving behind wispy thin patches of lace. Steady rapid carbonation.

Nose: Floral, citrus hop aroma. Pine, orange, slight spoiled fruit

Full bodied with a ton a balancing malt sweetness, the hop wallop is all about the hop. Citrus pine goodness combine with a orangey thick fruitfull at the midway point. Bitterness is large and in charge and it last and lasts, quite an afterburn, quite enjoyable. Keep a glass of water handy to tame the bitterness or grin a like it, just like Horace!

High drinkability for the hophead out there. These couple of bottles were hidden in my secret stash or they would never of lasted this long.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 00:20:44 | More by beerphan
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westweasel

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chadspivey for this opportunity.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams super glass.
The beer pours out a surprisingly clear straw color with a thin white head. Lot of Brussels lace covers the glass.

I initially mistakenly thought I smelled a sulfury, lager-like scent... but after smelling a bit longer, I realized that it was a heavy floral scent with a little citrus in the background.

The taste was all-about bitterness. It is strong enough to drown out most of the other flavors. It is a strong, probably noble hop bitterness. There is also a crisp, bready malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is full with a medium, and highly carbonated finish. The drinkability is very good. The stong bitterness would limit the amount - or you would just have to give up on your tastebuds for the rest of the day.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 01:15:38 | More by westweasel
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A half-inch of pillowy, white head tops the hazy, yellow-orange body of this beer. Thick masses of lacing left along the side of the glass. The head drops a bit, but stays with you all the way.

Aroma is heavy on floral, crisp hops. Citrus notes (grapefruit) and hints of cherries.

Very juicy taste. Up front, I mostly taste the grapefruit. It seems like the hops dance around the grapefruit. Throughout each sip, different bits of hops enter, but always back to juicy, citrusy goodness. Wonderfully bitter in the finish, there's a pine-like taste buried in as well. Very well-balanced! Even a bready yeast bit thrown in there.

The dry finish keeps you going back for more, lots more. Medium bodied, light carbonation, goes down really smoothly. Very refreshing, easily could polish these off. A great "go-to" beer, one I may have to "go-to" more often.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 23:53:13 | More by dogger6253
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bort11

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ncvbc for this one.

poured into tulip glass. thin white head that quickly recedes to a filmy cap. color is a clear golden yellow.
smell is strong with the hops but has a sweet quality to it. taste is bitter hops mellowed with a malt balance. has a bit of peppery finish.
mouthfeel is a little thin, but that also helps with the drinkability, this goes down very easily. this could be a session DIPA

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 01:23:25 | More by bort11
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BassAssassin

Massachusetts

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

A: Straw to pale gold in color. Creamy, white head is thick, but disappears quickly.

S: All citrus. Just like smelling a grapefruit. Intense, fruity hop aroma. Great preview of what's to come. This is what a double IPA should smell like.

T: Intense citrus hop flavors up front. The malt struggles to balance. A light malt sweetness is barely detectable. Hops are very dominant. Finishes very dry.

M: Medium bodied. Low to moderate amount of carbonation makes for a surprisingly smooth brew. However, I'd prefer a little more crispness.

D: The juicy citrus flavors make for a very drinkable beer, despite the high ABV. This might actually be quite refreshing on a hot summer day. A true double IPA, this one's all hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 01:06:20 | More by BassAssassin
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scott

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

V.07

Golden haze with quick-to-fade head, sheeted lacing.
Thick, clean aroma that is hoppy indeed.
Taste is bitter upfront, with some sweet fruit to follow, but the hop bite comes right back to smack you.
Then a somewhat cloying, sticky mouth destroys what should have been a clean, refreshing finish. Mouthfeel could've/should've been a lot exacting.
Is it good? Yes. Paired with food, this could lend itself to multiple consumption, but on it's own, it's a bit too messy for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 23:00:50 | More by scott
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,577 ratings.