Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,643
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 196 | 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 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).

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

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.

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

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.

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

Pours a clear golden with 2 fingers of slow dying white head and lively carbonation. Smells of big juicy hops, citrus and pine. Taste is huge juicy hops, big grapefruit, pine and a little malt right at the end to ease the "hop wallop." Blissfull bitterness is left on the tongue along with a dry finish and awesome carbonation. Medium in the mouth and no ABV is noticed. Crazy drinkable for a DIPA, I could session this for sure. A must try.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass ( i dont know why) Enjoy by Nov 6. printed on the bottle, so im guessing its aged a good 6 monthsish

Appearance: Very pale golden orange with a half inch fluffy white head and very nice lacing.

Smell: Grassy smell, pine and hop oils. Subtle aroma of stone fruit

Taste: BITTER, this truly is a wallop of hops, a little bit more mild than bottles ive had that were fresher but still real strong. Citrus rind up front and almost a subtle peachy kind of sweetness. Gives way to a truly tounge destroying bitterness, grapfruit, juicyfruit.grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-Medium bodied with moderate medium carbonation. Really slicks and coats your tounge, making it feel almost numb. Awesome

Overall: Obviously a kick ass IPA, being a native Pennsylvanian this one makes me proud. If you like hops this is on your must drink list, and for 10 bucks a 6 pack this is a freakin bargain.

Photo of bosco7
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear pale orange color with a creamy white crown.

Not in your face hop aromatics but definitely pleasant and welcoming. Soap, orange, cherry, pine sap and some mint in the nose.

As I take my first sip I notice the smooth malt flavors immediately-toffee and light caramel malt. These flavors quickly take a back seat to the fruity and then the coniferous flavors that soon dominate. I can pick out some strawberry, orange, grapefruit rind, and pineapple. Big pine in the finish. Some copper flavors in the finish as well. Very aggressive bitterness, think Stone IPAs.

Very well executed DIPA. I especially appreciate the aggressive hop character that lets the malt make an appearance and then puts in its place quick. Highly recommended.

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

Pours with almost a layered look untill it settles into a two finger light tan head that sits on top of a straw colored body. Leaves a slight scatty lace on the glass. Fragrent zesty hop character on the nose includes grassey sweet citrus notes. Sharp bitter bite attacks the tongue as soon as it hits the mouth. Mellows a bit on the palate and turns almost syrupy long with a hint of sweetness. Bitter comes back to highlight the mouthfeel, but not harsh. Welcomed hop-head style.

Photo of ButchAleman
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it for the first time in years and it was a little different than I remembered but still a good beer. The beer seemed more malty than hoppy. The first time I tried it, nearly three years ago, all I remembered was the hops. I don't know what changed me or the beer. I still enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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

Poured from a bottle slightly hazy yellow with a two finger white head and some sticky lacing.

Beautiful aroma of citrusy hops, especially grapefruit and lemon.

A buttload of hoppy goodness with grapefruit, floral notes and some pine. There is also the presence of malt in the mix and some lingering bitterness is noted at the end.

Medium bodied with a nice zing of carbonation to it.

This is a very nice DIPA. Not really sessionable IMO but not many DIPAs are.

Photo of soupyman10
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a fairly small head that leaves surprisingly solid lacing. Nose is fairly mild, some light fruity hops and a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is a little bit more impressive: crazy hops. They're straight bitter, drying and floral. The light sweet malt of the nose shows up again, but again it's very mild in the face of the extremely hoppy flavor. Strong and lingering aftertaste. Body is medium and perfectly carbonated. Overally, this is a very good beer, and although it's extremely bitter, it doesn't really seem too much more hoppy than the Hop Devil. Probably a good introduction to DIPAs.

Photo of aforbes10
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle...dont remember where i picked it up. Pours with a tightly packed head on an orange bosy with lots of little bits of sediment floating around (always a good thing in a big IPA, imo). Grasyy, citrusy hop odor. Very grape-fruit like. Reminds me of hopslam/dreadnaught. Taste is mmmm-mmm good. bitter, grapefruity hops surrounding a sticky sweet malt body. waming alcohol. Citrus smack sticks around in my mouth for an age. delicious. extremely smooth. a thick IPA, but as big as it is, its a good one and very drinkable. I'm almost ashamed that i haven't had this before, having lived in PA for so long (albeit when i was still underage).

Photo of Duster72
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a half finger white head that has good retention. Aroma is pleasant citrusy hops and sweet malts. Taste is typical DIPA with nice balance of earty hops, citrus hops, and pleasant sweet malts. Mouthfeel is very nice. Very drinkable DIPA and one I would buy regularly if available in my area.

Photo of macster
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Wallop indeed. Like having a bale of hops dumped in your face! If you’re not a big hop head this is treacherous territory to be explorin’.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color with a 1/2" white head. Nice retention and thick lacing throughout the glass.

The aroma is simply just an onslaught of hops. Lay one grapefruit and one orange and crush both over a bed of warm sun-drenched pine needles and take a big whiff. There ya have it.

Mouthfeel medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a laid back carbonation.

Taste is surprisingly farily well balanced here. Of course the hops prevail with tons of citrus and pine, but backed admirably by a welcome intrusion of light caramel and some malty toffee notes. Finish quickly reverts back to a LOOOONG hoppy firm bitterness.

Had 3 of these one night on a recent visit to NJ and by the 3rd the hops got to be a bit overwhelming, but the first 1 or 2 are a delicious treat for sure!

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Appearance- Clear straw golden with tiny rising bubbles of carbonation. Huge frothy head that takes forever to dissapate. Major lacing leftover on the glass. Eventually dissapates into a rocky head about 10 minutes later.

Smell- There are some major spicy hops in this baby. It's like sniffing a hop cone. My fears were that it would be identical to the HopDevil, but my fears were unnecessary.

Taste- Malt upfront with the hops coming in well after the swallow. It is a hop wallop, but not near as overpowering as I was expecting from the smell. A pretty smooth double IPA and I wish I had sampled it earlier in the season.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and refreshing. Exactly what is needed on this 97 degree day. The hops are strong, but the alcohol isn't too warming for it to be a good warm weather drinker.

Drinkability- Pretty great. I could go to town on these babies. I suppose the 8.5% could catch up after time.

Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Photo of gmcfarre
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.

Photo of FenwaySquid
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.

Photo of tpd975
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!

Photo of arizcards
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!

Photo of revolution
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.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
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.

Photo of bozebus17
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.

Photo of sstackho
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.

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