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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,596 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,596
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 115
Gots: 179 | 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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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a hazy tangerine orange. Thin head that clings to life. Nose is one-dimensionally hoppy. Flavor makes this beer a repeat purchaser. Malty but with a tangy hoppiness. Hops don't really linger all too long. Lots of citrus going on. As if I bit into orange and lemon and just started to chew. Medium mouthfeel and perhaps a bit watery.

03-02-2007 02:28:46 | More by MuddyFeet
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WAP

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a small, foamy head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma here is weak - faint sweetness and big hop bitterness coming through in aroma with some citrus notes present. Tastes as it is named - massive hop bitterness comes through immediately. Not very sweet for a DIPA, the malt has only a small place before the big hops come through. The individual flavors are nice but this is very lacking in the way of balance because of the massive hops. This is a very deceptive 8.5% ABV as well. This may be one to have again if I'm in the mood for pure hops, but not really any other time.

03-02-2007 00:14:26 | More by WAP
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MiScusi

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

3-1-07
12oz bottle purchased at Stone Bistro

A- light golden in color, not clear, but not cloudy, white thin head that doesn't last too long, but regeneration is pretty easy.

S- This is what I want a DIPA to smell like. Sweet Bubblegum, Piney, Resiny. No floral stuff going on here like most other DIPA's i've had. And the smell Hops out at you as well.... its pungent

T- Pine and bitterness, not even close to being balanced by the malt. I didn't get any of the 8.5% alcohol peaking through at all.

M/D - Nothing wrong here. Drinkability is very good. I prefer this over DIPA's like Ruination, DFH90, where the sweetness really masks any bitterness and a lot of the hop flavors. You get Hop Wallup for the hops and it gives you just that.
4.5/5/5/4/4.5 = 4.75
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2/23/08
12oz single bottle purchased at Hollingshead's Deli.

The aroma I get here is like a metallic earthiness, it's real subtle though. It might be like a certain english hop type aroma. It's actually reminding me of a pilsner type aroma.
The hop taste that comes through is mostly bitter and earthy.
There is a lot of malt along with it that contributes a pretty slick body and sweetness.
Ratings will be upgraded based on this bottle since my palate has widely expanded in the last year.
4/3/4/3.5/4

03-01-2007 04:50:15 | More by MiScusi
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DogFood11

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured into a pils glass it forms a fast fading white head that leaves little lace. Yellow to orange in body and slightly hazey.

Quite citrusy in the nose and translates perfectly to the flavor profile. Resiny and citrus make up the jist of this brew. The brew while flavorfull ends up being very dry wich to my palate is a perfect fit. Hop oils don't linger at all as this cleans up nicely. 12oz bottles for a specialty offering is always a nice touch.

Notes: DIPA's that take this approach will get my money time and time again. Its a hop bomb like the rest but it actually is clean and drinkable while also having all the goodness. When available it will be bulk purchased by this household.

02-25-2007 20:54:04 | More by DogFood11
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NolateM

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

*NOTE: The following review is my OLD review of Hop Wallop. The 2007 version of this beer changed drastically, into a more sweet, more typical DIPA. This is what it used to be like:

Appearance: Golden-yellow. Slightly hazy. Almost makes me wonder if I accidentally picked up a Prima Pils instead.

Smell: Fresh, hoppy, a little bit lemony.

Taste: Like a monsoon of lemon juice flooded a gigantic pine forest. But in a good way, somehow. It's absolutely bursting with lemon-zesty hoptacular awesomisity. Just a touch of malty sweetness, outweighed by a tangy golden-grapefruit (and lemon) bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated, easy-going down, and leaves no dry-mouth feeling.

Drinkability: Extremely easy to drink.. Yet it's a double IPA. How is this 8.5%???

It's like Prima Pils decided to turn into an ale and eat some Flintstones chewable lemon flavored steroids. And I absolutely love it. This beer is truly excellent. If you don't like it... well, frankly I don't think we can be friends.

About $11 a six-pack

02-24-2007 22:24:32 | More by NolateM
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guitarmage

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +17.8%

Appearance: Vivid golden yellow, cloudy chill haze, the beer is still and bright. The head isn't huge, but there's a thin bubbly lacing, very white.

Smell: Fruity hop profile, juicy hops are complimented with pineapple and pine trees. Unlike other DIPAs, there is no trace of brown sugar/molasses. Also some notes of hay.

Taste: The beer slides on to the palate with a citrus sweetness, pineapple, orange rind, light malt on the tip of the tongue, hop profile then takes over. Hops are tangy and big, they linger, dry, citrus. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium smooth body, juicy, solid medium carbonation, prickly, clean and crisp.

Drinkability: I've never had a beer like this. It's not big and sweet and alcoholic like other DIPAs, clean and crisp with a huge dose of hops and citrus - very refreshing and easy to drink. Cleansing.

02-23-2007 09:18:58 | More by guitarmage
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

Hop Wallop, I love hops...I love this brew. Pours a crystal clear golden/wheat colored hue. Smell is very citrusy, piney, fruity, hoppy...everything you can ask for in a DIPA. Hardly any malt which is fine by me, hops dominate this brew and give an outstanding bitterness that makes you ask for more. Very little carbonation with very little head but a consistent lace. Such an amazing drinkable DIPA offered by Victory...this may be the best this brewery offers so definitely pick it up if you have the chance.

02-18-2007 04:45:05 | More by BeerTruth
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nase

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Best before Nov. 8 07. Tasting next to a Stoudts Double IPA.

Very light in color; almost lager-like. A good, hoppy taste but nothing outstanding or unique from other hoppy beers. Mouthfeel might be the weakest aspect of this beer. Quite drinkable though.

App - 4.0, Smell - 4.0, Taste - 3.5, Mouth - 3.5, Drink - 4.0

02-18-2007 04:19:31 | More by nase
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86sportster883

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

The Hop Wallop from Victory is appropriately named . This Double IPA is all about hops, hops and more hops.

Pours dark golden with a small white head, leaving a dense white lace in its path. Although I was careful on the pour, my beer wound up with a lot of particles floating around in it.

The smell is predominantly pine hop mixed with light citrus esters. Alcohol is nowhere to be found considering the 8.5 % abv.

The taste is overwhelming bitterness with only a touch of spice leading to a dry but lasting bitter finish.

Overall, a very hoppy ale that true hop heads will love, and most all others will find much too bitter. But I like it, and it does pack one heck of a wallop.

02-18-2007 01:06:26 | More by 86sportster883
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +9%

Pours a dirty straw hue, with a dull clarity. A thick and creamy two finger head forms and holds a firm cap producing sticky whisps of lace. Pilsener and lightly toasted pale malt aromas serve as a backdrop for floral/spicy noble hops and a myriad of fresh American hop cone aromas like spruce tips, grass clippings and a more subtle Cascade/Chinook fruity scent. The first sip is sweet with Two-row and Pilsener sharpness. Bursting with resinous flavors of citrus, grapefruit rind, pine sap, and deep earthy tones. A slight fruitness and eventual dryness come in the deliciously bitter aftertaste. Medium-full bodied with a very fine and light carbonation is not so crisp as to demean the pleasently oily mouthfeel, but does prevent cloying. Despite the ferocious hop character, it never becomes abrasive, and a true hop-head will find this beer both satisfying and quaffable. A hop bomb in rare form.

02-16-2007 09:41:39 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Straw, 1/4" head... a little more dull than I was expecting... quite pale.

Aroma: Holy Grapefruit! Citrus all-over... huge... grassy... a little pine... but 99.9% citrus.

Sweet at first and then a large blast of hops... it was a nice balance for a split second and then hops, hops, hops. Grapefruit... a little strawberry, but big, big bitterness.

Palate is left quite dry.

02-16-2007 04:52:16 | More by Fugazme
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours out a light golden with a nice thick white head. I havent had a 2ipa with this light of color.

Smell. Hops are piney and citrusy. nothing too much else going on there but those 2 aromas.

Taste. Citrus flavor dominates with a sharp hop citrusness that is not that bitter. Natural pine flavors come out as well, just like in the aroma. Aftertaste is nice with a malty taste that accompanies the hops. Then the hop bitterness really jumps back in.

Mouthfeel. Nice mouthfeel, but not as fulll as other 2ipas are. But it does fill my mouth up well.

Overall, i like this one. Compared to 2ipas i am used to, it is rather different. It's a lighter 2ipa, but it's nice to have something like this on the market. It's one i wish i could get often where i want a hoppy beer, but without the flavors ripping out my tongue.

02-16-2007 00:23:57 | More by acrawf6
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.43/5  rDev +8%

Thanks, zrrbrrt, for the nice surprise! BB Oct 23 07.

Great 2xIPA that has a nice pale grain bill and has way more hops than necessary....my kind of brew! Something I'd expect out of San Diego. The nose is full of hoppy white grapefruit and biscuits. Pucker up, the hops pack a hell of a bitter punch. Bitterness that lingers for quite a spell. Malts are out of the picture...I guess they gave up many hops ago. They certainly served their purpose; those yeast didn't quit till they got her to 8.5%. Now the alcohol...I knew it was there, but I honestly don't know if I'd guess it was that potent if I hadn't known the strength, especially from the very modest pale ale mouthfeel; akin to Homo Erectus, which pulled the same trick on me. Very well done, Victory, this beer can hang with the finest 2xIPAs...from any coast! Cheers!

02-14-2007 06:23:44 | More by rayjay
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jscottku21

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Tasty DIPA that truly packs a hop-wallop, this is yet another fantastic offering from Victory that does not disappoint. Those who are not into hoppy beers will not like this, however, as a huge fan of bold beers of this ilk, I was not at all disappointed. A bit unbalanced and maybe not a sessioner, but this beer is fantastic.

02-13-2007 22:31:23 | More by jscottku21
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Kendo

New York

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Cloudy light golden with a small white head. No head retention whatsoever despite some slow-rising bubbles refortifying it. It did leave lots of nice looking clumps of lacing on the way down.

S: Over-the-top bittering hops seem to be responsible for the scents: lemony bitterness, wet hay and grassy hops. Also something not altogether pleasant that reminded me faintly of cat pee.

T: All hops once again -- and mainly the bittering hops at that. Dry grassy and lemony bitterness dominate -- at times this feels like chewing a lemon peel; I wrote "tongue-curling bitterness." Hard to find much else, though there is a hint of other hoppy flavors as well, mainly pine and then a minerally bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Hop wallop indeed. I discern no malt at all, though I do feel the alcohol warmth on the way down.

M: Pretty light in body, especially for a beer that's categorized as a DIPA.

D: OK. Better if you're a hophead just looking for a hop assault.

Notes: I understand the DIPA style is relatively new and arguably there's still a lot of wiggle room in what a DIPA should be. IMHO, this isn't it -- it's too light in appearance and feel and WAY too unbalanced. I felt this was like taking a half-pound of fresh hops, putting them into a cheese cloth and wringing out every bit of hop juice -- then diluting it with about 6 ounces of water and garnishing with a wedge of lemon. At least there's truth in advertising: this is definitely a hop wallop.

02-12-2007 17:50:30 | More by Kendo
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev 0%

A golden orange-yellow clear ale. Nice creamy white head that left beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Smell was all hops to me. Citrusy grapefruit hops that is.Taste started off as slighty sweet grapefruit and ended bitterly with hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. The ale was nicely carbonated. I found the brew very drinkable. I liked it because the alcohol taste was not as prevalent as other Double IPAs I have had.

02-12-2007 17:47:25 | More by dgherm
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treedoctor5002

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

The pour on this beer is really underwhelming. Not as dark as other DIPA's I've seen, it really is pale in color. Has a decent head without much lacing.
Smell is grassy and lemon.
Taste is full citrus flavors, like eating the rind of a lemon. I'm really disappointed in the malt backbone, there isn't much of one to speak of. Bitterness is right up front on this one.
Very course and hard to drink.
Not very drinkable unless your a hophead like me. A hop wallop for sure, but that's about it. Not much complexity.

02-10-2007 23:29:26 | More by treedoctor5002
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Jwaks

Connecticut

2.68/5  rDev -34.6%

Serving 12oz bottle freshness date best before Oct 07

With the ignoble and unbecoming looks of a translucent pale yellow macro lager this brew pours with a very quickly dissipating dismal white head that leaves nearly no lace behind. Respectable columns of find to course bubbles welling up through the sickly yellow body is this beer's only saving grace on appearance.

Sharp aromas of acidic lemon, astringent citrus, yeast, dry grass and minerals with a metallic edge come through on the nose.

This brew comes closer to an english bitter style, or an esb such as Rogue's brutal bitter, than a DIPA. Leafy hop bitters and tons of bitter lemon zest are brutal on the palate providing a firm grip from start to finish. A bit of metallic minerals, pale malt and bitter yeast poke through on the mid palate with bitter yeast and hops taking hold on the clean finish. Grassy hops stick around to provide a fine aftertaste. Clearly, this beer lives up to it's name, but the hop flavors don't have the pulpy and juicy citrus character I crave, instead the hops come through as grassy and bitter with lots of citrus zest. Further, the hops and yeast try to pull off a solo performance without relying on malts for proper support, this leaves a nagging absence of flavor and depth.

Mouthfeel is thicker and fuller than a normal ipa with a good slick feel. This is incredibly straightforward and simple, it forfeits enough of my interest on the first to keep me from having a second.

I'm a big fan of Victory's brews but I can think of many other DIPAs that are far superior to this one including Stone Ruination, DFH 90 minute, Hercules Double IPA, Maharaja and Unearthly.

Victory? Sorry, not today and not with this brew.

02-10-2007 00:28:13 | More by Jwaks
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.8%

a: clear golden color, with single strip of carbonation in the middle, nice head that dissolves very quickly, no real lacing
s: herbal like pine combs with medicinal hints
t: front-end is sweet, but the hops make their appearance known at the end with a bitter kick
m: light body, some carbonation
d: not bad, but have enjoyed others more. flavor is too herbal for me and didn't go down too smoothly. a disappoint as i've really enjoyed some other victory brew.

02-09-2007 02:19:38 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Hot damn, it almost taste like I ground up hops pellets and dumped them in a pilsner. But better. This sucker is 8.5% and drink relatively easy (for the bitternes) and without any interferenece of balance (pick one) from malts. This is all bawdy hops flavors. Nothing nice and finished tasting like so many DIPAs.

The smell is nothing special, just sweet and bitter spice like found in Victory’s Prima Pils, a hoppy European-style lager. The flavor is an intense, wild mess of fresh hop flavors with a bitter punch. Complex in flavor, it’s grassy, and citrus, pine-like and spicey

02-07-2007 23:20:16 | More by tempest
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AltBock

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz. bottle with a cartoon picture of good ol' Horace "Hop" Wallop. Horace Wallop is just a fictional Victory character that was made just for this beer. Horace is an old 49er who obviously loves to make hoppy beers while panning for gold. Hoppy beers to Horace is what an energy drink/coffee is to a normal American. The picture of Horace on the label is a bit odd. He has this look on his face while he is licking his lips like he sees a huge gold nugget, good food, a woman (it gets lonely out there in river while he's panning for gold), or just a hoppy beer. I don't know which, but I would have to guess he's looking at a woman. But watch out for this 49er because good ol' Horace is rabid. He has foam around the mouth like he's got rabies. He probably contracted rabies while he was panning for gold in the river and when he's back was turned to a forest, a rabid squirrel or raccoon came up from behind and bit him on the leg. Ouch! Somebody needs to put old Horace down! To the left of old Horace on the label is a nice paragraph about the legend of Hop Wallop, and ABV%. To the right of the paragraph and just under the brim of Horace's hat is a clearly marked best before date. Mine is best before Oct. 25th, 2007. To the right of Horace is just the Government warning and barcode. It's just another great Victory label that I enjoyed.

Appearance: I decided to pour Hop Wallop into my small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. What came out was a beer that was a bright yellow gold color. It's the color that is most favored by Horace himself because to a 49er like him (and to everybody else in the world) gold means big $$$. The head of foam (no pun intended because Horace has rabies) was a pearl white color and about half an inch in height. It had OK retention that left behind a trace of white rings and white lace around the glass.

Smell: When I first popped the cap off good ol' Hop Wallop, a strong aroma of bitter sweet grapefruits came out. When poured into the glass, the bitter sweet grapefruit was still there as well as piney hops, a touch of German malts, and some non-citrus fruits in the background. The non-citrus fruits aroma will get stronger if you swirl the beer around. When I first took a whiff of this beer, I got a miniature whiff of what I thought a 49er would smell like after he hasn't taken a bath in over a week. Somehow Horace got into the bottle.

Taste: On the label they say it's a VERY hoppy ale. It is true that it is a hoppy ale, but I've had beers that are much hoppier than this beer. To me, it's somewhere below very hoppy and more near extra hoppy. The initial taste is that bitter citrus hops that give way into bitter piney hops. After the hop wallop comes the citrus fruits, a pinch of grass and then that leads the flavor to a short burst of dry German malts at the end. I believe that the taste of the beer is something ol' Horace would enjoy while he's panning for gold and running away from rabid animals.

Mouthfeel: Hop Wallop is a medium bodied robust ale with an aftertaste of bitter citrus hops and dry roasted malts. Victory says the alcohol content is 8.5%, but I couldn't taste it or even feel it for that matter.

Drinkability: Was I walloped by hops? Not really, but I did however enjoy whatever the hop content was in this beer. Is it another victory for Victory Brewing? I would say so and they don't call it Victory Brewing for nothing. Would I buy it again when it's back in season? Hell yeah! It's the best beer money can buy with a rabid miner on the label!

02-07-2007 21:18:26 | More by AltBock
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev 0%

I guess it's a good thing when a beer tastes better than it looks...at least better than a good looking beer tasting bad, right? Well that's one this one is to me. Slightly above average smell because the alcohol is nearly absent although it's 8.5 here. The taste is great, though. Boom! At this point I completely understood the story on the label. For a second you think too much happiness might not be good after reading "Happiness is hoppiness". The taste disproves this possibility quickly. Great beer though again at 8.5 although it may seem smooth you might not be smooth. Keep the count down to one hand please.

02-07-2007 04:28:07 | More by ncvbc
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DGryger

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%

Appearance: Slightly carbonated apple juice. Extremely clear, little head formation (1/4” max) that quickly dissipated to form a ring around the glass. Little to no lacing. I would expect slightly better head formation/retention if it were warmer.

Smell: Piney hop aromas slight citrus, upon warming slightly, bitter grapefruit notes become more apparent. You can smell flowers too.

Taste: Bitter. I think that the bitterness/hops overwhelms the malt. Tastes more like an APA. I think a little more of the malt to balance the brew would help. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Overall the alcohol (8.5 ABV) is pretty well hidden – only a slight tingle in the aftertaste. Malt comes out and becomes more noticable with warming.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect for this beer type. It is dry and thin, pretty light mouthfeel. Maybe a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability: If you want hoppy and bitter, this is your beer. If you want more balance, look elsewhere. I have to admit that Victory did a fine job of brewing an 8.5% ABV beer that hides the alcohol well and still maintained a decent level of drinkability (i.e., not too sweet or thick). I probably wouldn’t buy this again, as I feel I can get a similar taste experience elsewhere in a more sessionable beer for less money.

02-07-2007 00:53:22 | More by DGryger
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OStrungT

California

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy off white head with a slight yellow tint to it. The head fades very slowly, leaving many very thick laces.

This beer has a mild piney aroma. It smells a little more malty than I was expecting. It has a slightly spicy aroma as well. It is unique for a DIPA. After sitting for a few minutes, the alcohol become noticable.

This beer has a floral hop flavor. Some pine flavor mixes in. As with the aroma, there is some spicy flavors. Odd. Also, this beer has a slightly malty sweet taste.

This beer is highly carbonated. Maybe just a little too carbonated for the style. It goes doem smooth, leaving a floral hop aftertaste.

This beer might not be the best session beer because it is mighty agressive tasting. Also, at 8.5%, it might be hard to drink this beer all night.

Overall: I was so excited to finally be able to try this beer. I was having trouble finding it. I finally found a few bottles, and jumped at the chance. I think I was expecting more than I got. This beer is decent, but by no means among my to 10 for the style.

02-04-2007 04:49:58 | More by OStrungT
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Avagadro

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%

A: Pale yellow and very clear. There is a nice white head on this with great retention.

S: Very floral, grassy, and piney. Good presence of aroma.

T: Pale malts followed by intense rush of grassy hops. This is a pretty damn good iipa.

M: Light body with a crisp feeling. Nice carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Not on my top list of iipas, but this is definitely a good brew.

02-04-2007 00:46:14 | More by Avagadro
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,596 ratings.