Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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3,643 Ratings
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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 nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a light golden coloration. The head was two fingers high with a biege coloration. The head has great retention. Thick rings of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: Piney hops and sweetned grapefruit and citrus zest.

Taste: The beer delivers a pine oily hop intially. This gives way to grapefruit and grassy hops. The hop flavor spans the entire flavor of the beer. In the middle of the taste is a malty sweetness backing up the hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a buttery hop oily mouthfeel. The body of the beer is medium plus. This is a very smooth beer. This is a beer I could sit down and drink several of in a session. It is almost 9% ABV but man is it well incorporated.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle(best by Oct 25 2007) a slightly hazy straw gold with a large head of foam that slowly dissipated but was there for the entire session. Nice lacing too. ;^)

The smell is hugely hoppy. Lot's of grapefruit in the nose that is very nice.

The taste is very big on the hops at first sip, grapefruit and a bit of grass, but after a few more sips, there is a definite malt presense that somewhat balances out the flavour. This is yummy. I really like the fact that the DIPAs I've tried can be so different in their interpretation and *still* all be pleasing to my palate. The finish, for me, is where the malt hit its crescendo. Damn. A very nice example of the style and one that I'd be glad to buy again.

Bottom line: I've been eyeing this brew for a long time. I'm glad I finally got to try it. Another winner for the folks at Victory Brewing!

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a thin white head that hangs on for the duration.

The smell is of strong citrus. Musty, a flash of alcohol.

The taste is of chewy, citrusy hops all over the place - grapefruit and orange. Some floral notes. Malt is subdued, but enough to tie the hops together. Sharp alcohol comes through, which often detracts, but in this case adds a zesty spiciness

Hops and alcohol in the raw. The flavor lingers. Long, dry finish.

A slow sipping brew. Hopheads rejoice, others beware.

Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a nice white head and sticky lacing. Smells at first of hops, not sure what kind, but tons of them. Taste is bittering hops, very little sweetness, long aftertaste of bitter hops. This is a hop monster, exactly what the label says it is. Slight citrus, moderate pine and grass. Sticky on the lips. Drinkable only if you love bitter hops.

Photo of MVassar
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful. A clear, light gold color, and an impressive, bright, barely off-white head. Lacing lasts and lasts.

Moderate nose is dominated by hops, with some pine, and a hint grapefruit peel.

Taste is extremely hoppy, with huge pine and citrus peel flavors. Only a hint of sweetness which is quickly overtaken by the hops. (The label does say Very Hoppy Ale, after all.)

A touch of alcohol heat, and a crisp bite on the tongue, balanced by an oily, creamy texture. Long, delightfully bitter finish.

The intense hops might be a bit much for some palates, but this beer is right up my alley.

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

Pours a somewhat hazy gold color with a fine head. Nice lacing after each drink. The aroma is amazing. Clearly loaded with hops with citrus, pine and even floral notes making their way in.

First sip immediately bombards you with all hop sensations. Suffice it to say you get all variants of hop flavors, but a hefty malt background provides a solid backing. Medium-full in body with a smooth presence on the palate. Alcohol peeks in as it warms, but it is not overly oppressive as some double IPAs can be. Truly a beautiful creation.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a bubbly, clear, golden color with a quickly-dissipating white head. Sticky lacing follows the whole way down.

S - Strong scent of piney grapefruit and lingering hops. Grassy hints follow.

T - As powerful as the hops are, they are equally balanced by pine and fruit. Sweet orange and tart grapefruit pack quite the punch. Not overly bitter, but the extra-hoppy punch does follow the fruity flavors. Finishes very grassy with a slight alcohol presence. Complex to say the least, but has several very good combinations working together.

M - Medium, bubbly body that finishes with a crisp bitterness.

D - A very good example for a DIPA, but not in my top 3. Still, I love it and look forward to another in the very near future. Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two figer white head and some very good lacing.

Smell is of spicy and floral hops. Note a very strong aroma here.

Taste biscuity malt up front. Then comes the hops. Lots of citrus here with a strong grapefruit flavor a little spicy too. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice level of carbonation.

A pretty drinkable beer. While not the best Double IPA I have had, this is still a very solid beer.

Photo of dfried
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light golden in color, thin off white head mainly formed a ring and film. The aroma is filled with an array of hops, fresh floral, juicy citrus with tons of grapefruit and orange, but I felt this differed from some American DIPA's in that the aroma was dominated by skunky (in a good way) resinous hops. You definitely get walloped by hops in the taste too, tons and tons of hops, skunky, musty, and resinous are most noticeable, but packed with grapefruity citrus as well. Typical malt body for lighter colored American DIPAs, quite sweet. Tangy, taste bud stripping mouthfeel.

Verdict: one of the best of the style. This one is definitely not for the light of hop-heart though, it leans more to the very not balanced side, hop bitterness can get to be too much after a couple. I would love to try it aged or especially on cask with the bitter aspect mellowed a bit.

Photo of treehugger02010
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from Kunda Bev, in King of Prussia, Pa. I poured into a pint glass and really enjoyed. It didn't pour much head at all, and the retention of what was there was weak. The was a fair amount of lacing, but most of it left fast. The color was a very pale yellow. The smell was oh so hoppy. The taste was even better. The mouthfeel was a bit ridged, but still worked well this the wonderfully hoppy character. This is a super brew. Don't drink and review.

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

Bright, glowing golden orange. Sizeable white head leaving a sticky lace.

Expressive, sweet but bright, citrus-dominated aromas, with floral notes adding a bit of complexity.

Fruity sweetness on the hits the palate first, then slowly dries out into a persistent and powerfully bitter finish. Hop profile is mainly grapefruit. Alcohol is almost entirely hidden. Body is medium, while carbonation is a little low.

Delicious and dangerously drinkable DIPA, distinctive for its fruity sweetness and intense grapefruit character.

Photo of SacoDeToro
2.45/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale straw yellow with a small white head.

The aroma didn't really have any hops in it. I was surprised that it smelled mostly of pilsner malt with some light grainy notes.

The flavor of the beer was pretty hoppy. Mostly floral hops - not the typical citrusy/resiny Pacific NW flavors. The maltiness was light and biscuity. There didn't seem to be any fruity flavors that are typical of ales.

The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation was good. This beer was remarkably dry for being 8.5 percent.

But overall this beer didn't taste like a double IPA. In fact, it had few characteristics of any American-style ale. If this were a blind taste test, I'd peg this beer for an imperial pilsner, and not a good one at that. In fact, this beer sucked. What a disappointment from the brewery that makes my favorite pilsner.

Photo of briscott99
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear bright yellowish hue, no yeast floaties, short head, leaving lacings along glass.

Nose: Citrus, hops, faint sweet malt in there too. I smell green things in there, but can't narrow it down... pine, sharp smelling grass, or something along those lines.

Taste: Very bitter, wonderful grapefruit taste. The wallop has arrived and it's good. Bittering hops close in fast and hang on into a long finish. Not too much malt in there.

Mouthfeel: somewhat light bodied, low carbonation. For me it goes down easy despite the high ABV.

Overall: A good beer for hop lovers. As the title suggests, hops are the main attraction here, and I think they overwhelm the malt character of the beer a bit. But, oh well, I think it's a really good beer nonetheless. Will definitely give this one another go-round or two or three....

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Clear honey colored. Two finger head that quickly disappears. Mild carbonation. Lace stuck all over the glass.

S: Hoppy nose that smells of grapefruit, lemon, and something sweet like apples.

T: Lots of hops and grapefruit with a slight piney quality. Grainy malt profile. Finish is bitter, tart, and slightly medicinal. Bitterness barely cloaks the alcohol flavor.

M: Sort of thin but the hop flavors coat everything in my mouth. Astringent quality of the hops gives the impression that it strips the tongue making my mouth feel dry.

D: This one seems a little unbalanced (towards the hop side of things) and one dimentional. Drinking one always leaves me with a feeling of minor heartburn (!). Definately needs more balance. Not bad, but I've had many better DIPA's.

Photo of srrn
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Continung through my six variety of beers. This is my first review at the computer while drinking the beer. I love Victory beers and this is my first Hop Wallop.

Minimal lacing on the pour into tulip glass fading to a ring. Clear amber color.

Smell of Pine, grass then citrus.

Taste of pine fading to a nice bitterness and citrus. Not too much grapefruit. Hop bombs can scare me a bit as the pine can become like pine sol, or on the flip side taste like grapefruit soda to my palate. This is perfectly balanced for me, like Hop Devil, which I believe this to be similar to.

Nice long finish.

Photo of BeerSox
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter

Bright and clear colored golden hue. Decent sized head, which settles to a thin rim along the glass. Spotty lacing.

Husky grain and super high citrus smell from the hops.

Bitter alpha acids bludgeon the palate with a little bit of maltiness in the background. The alcohol is well hidden, but be careful as this beer is 8%ABV. The finish follows with the same bittering hops.

Not a horrible IPA, but I still have tried better. The bitterness was there but the flavor seemed a little off. It's at least worth a try.

Photo of scooter231
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely straw-colored brew, clear, with a poofy big head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells absurdly hoppy, earthy and lemony. Sour lemony. Some spices in there too, though I can't really pick out what. Taste isn't as attackingly hoppy, it's rather well-balanced actually. More lemon, more citrus, some sweetness. Quite earthy and grassy. The first time I had this I thought hop juice, but this batch is much smoother- I'm actually enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel is sudsy and not too heavy, kind of slick. Overall a really drinkable DIPA for the hop lovers. I have enjoyed other DIPAs more than this one, but this is a solid brew. And at eight and a half percent, very sneaky.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop, I have so long awaited to try you.
The zest, caress.
Fading, right beside you.

At last, the Wallop. Poured into the glass carefully.
A golden body, with shades of orange. Shining above, and gleaming. Vested, and tall, the heavens above. Frothy clouds of 1 inch or above.

Delicate smells of great amounts of citrus and rind. Grapefruit is pleasant, effervescent unlike wine.
My mind in a haze, with the pleasant aroma. Smell this too long and you'll end up in a coma.

Taste is unreal, and exactly the style. A pleasant surprise, and beat the hype by a mile.
A large amount of hoppiness, with the backing of malt to follow. Unexperienced palates might experience something hollow.
Victory scored on this DIPA, as this is the best raw hop character to date. Unforgettable, and always worth a date.

"Hoppiness is Happiness"

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

Victory Brewing Co.
Hop Wallop - Double IPA 8.5% A.B.V.

Found this beer at Wine Country in Long Beach. They just got it in and I grabbed the last six pack. I was in there couple days earlier and they didn't have it. The beer sold pretty fast if they started with four sixers...

Appearance: A golden straw color. Very clear and obviously filtered. A thick, pretty dense head is very persistant and has incredible stickiness.

Smell: Huge hops with citrus grapefruit. Lots of grapefruit. There are a lot of hops in this beer. Its not a very malty beer, just pounds of hops in all stages. Yeah, all I know is the word hops....hahaha.

Taste: On first sip, I get a lot of bitterness and piney grapefruit flavors. Its a very fresh taste which I like. Its not straight from the tit but its good.

Mouthfeel: there are tons of bittering units that grab the back of your throat. The 8.5% ABV is very complimentary to the huge hop flavor. The bitterness is amazing. How long did they boil this stuff?

Drinkabililty: Well I'm on my third one in two days so I really like it. The price out here was $10.75 a six pack which is pretty reasonable for the quality. You'd have to go to a brewery for a better DIPA. I'll be proud to pour this for a friend.

Cheers to Victory for putting out a great 12oz DIPA. Currently in my area there are no rivals in this size. Keep it flowing out to SoCal. I'm buying it!

Photo of Budlum
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer produces three fingers of rich, white head that slowly leaves lacing on the glass as it recedes. The body is a very clear amber with a few particles held in suspension.

As the name suggests, the nose is all about hops. The hop aroma is wonderfully fresh with strong pine and black pepper. Only a faint malt sweetness is present.

Again, the whole story of flavor is a delicious hop flavor through each sip. Hops flavors are fresh and strong with citrus oil tastes. The hop finish is quite long with only a lingering sweetness. As it warms, flavors of dandelion and romaine lettuce continue to add spice to the hop flavors.

The mouth presence lacks carbonation but it does have many creamy characteristics. The finish is quite dry.

Drinkabiliy is quite good considering the huge hop presence of this beer. Quite sippable overall but more than two of these would be tough.

Photo of Beaver13
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden with a large creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet doughy malts and pungent resinous piney peppery hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and a little citrus followed quickly by a huge hop burst - spicy, piney and resinous with a huge lingering bitterness, but just restrained enough to not be unpleasant. The sweetness helps balance the bitterness just enough. The alcohol is well-hidden and sneaks up on you. The mouthfeel is medium, lightly carbonated and slightly watery.

Overall, an excellent DIPA! A good bang for the buck as well at $11 per 6 pack.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle with a drink by date of Oct '07. The color is a very pale orange that is very clear. The head is a rocky, white color but pretty thin. However, there is a good amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma is a very strong, hoppy smell with a strong citrus backing. I also detect some pine notes in the aroma that is soaked in citrus oil.

The taste is a bitter leafy one, that is of extreme hoppiness. This may be the hoppiest beer that I have tasted. The mouthfeel is very tart that has a backbite of extreme strength and tanginess.

Overall, this is a good example of the style, but, is at times difficult to swallow.

Photo of ngandhi
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Did they run out of all that deliciously rich malt at the brewery or were they just trying to prove something? I feel like I ate a jar of Vicks. Vicks blended with raw hops wrapped in the pith of a grapefruit marinated in a new liquid form of velcro.

Ow.

Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've attempted to review this before and have found it a strangely difficult beer to wrap my head around. I can seem like simplistic hop juice one minute, and be a multi-layered treat another.

Luminescent, hazed peach color with a loosely creamy white head - retains as a sticky sheet. Aromas of sweet, juicy citrus, fruits, flowers, humid herbal and spruce...all things hops. Flavor follows up on the smell - big citrus oil acidity, tropical fruit, and pine sap. Sweetness fights with a deeply resinous quality and lemon rind. Bitterness is big and long lasting.

Not for the weak-tongued. This is a good, powerful DIPA, but something keeps it from being truly great and memorable for me. Something doesn't quite sit right. Its raw, pungent hop style needs a substantial malt profile to balance and this is lacking. Up the malt, and this would be a tough one to beat. And yet, I still have a hard time giving the taste anything below a 4. Peculiar. Right on the brink of greatness.

Photo of Bobikel
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

(served in a resteraunt - took notes on a napkin)

Appearance - Light golden, good head - nice lacing

Smell - Spicy pine and citrus notes behind a slight sweet malt

Taste - Earthy, spicy, grapefruit, extra dry and bitter. Gave me chills.

Mouthfeel - Thick & effervescently pleasent. A bit to thick for an IPA, though.

Drinkability - I could drink this all night.

Overall - I love bitter. I love beer. I LOVE bitter beer!

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