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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,649
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 125
Gots: 213 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3,649 | Reviews: 1,891
Photo of strangefate
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Almost brand new bottle, Oct 06, dated "Enjoy by Oct 23 07")

Hop explosion. Wow.
I was surprised how light the color of this beer was when I poured it. It's a very transparent golden blonde that doesn't look like any other IPA I've seen. Looking at it from the top down after drinking a bit of it, it kind of looks something like a Witbier. I do wish the head retention was a little better, and that the head was a little thicker, but it does leave a nice lacing. There's no question upon smelling this that it's a Double IPA, and the plethora of hops make this a very strong fruity smell.

When this first hit my tongue, I was surprised. Yeah, the name is Hop Wallop, but wow is it a wallop. It's a great surprise though, and it's something that you want to keep drinking because of it -- kind of a "wow is that hoppy, let me taste it again" kind of thing. And before you know it half the beer is gone. It has citrusy undertones with a seriously bitter, piney bite. You can feel this hoppiness all over your tongue, and it's great.

It's kind of a high alcohol content, but you're easy to get lost in the complexity of the taste without realizing it. You can probably put away a few of these.

Photo of nicefix
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super clear straw color with a nice white head. Good head retension with wicked sticky lace. Smells of very fragrant hops. Pineapple fruit with some malt. Taste is very strong in the hops. I get some malt but it's just beat down by the hops. The bitterness is huge. Your palate will be hurting for some time.

I wouldn't say it's entirely drinkable but certainly a unique beer. This is a strong brew in flavor and in ABV. I would like to try it on tap as well.

Photo of akahn
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly pale golden color, slightly hazed. Head recedes to a sticky skim.

Inviting aroma, bristly, assertive hops on the piney side. No malt sweetness or boozy alcohol here.

Flavor is complexly bitter. Initially a piney sharp sensation, giving way to almost a sour flavor. I'm glad this isn't a very sweet DIPA, I appreciate its dryness, but I feel this lacks a backbone to hold it together.

Medium body, but the strictness of the hops leaves a 'thin' impression. If you like your DIPAs straight up hoppy, this is for you. I like mine with more balance, but I appreciate the creativity of this beer.

Photo of DrJay
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold with a thin cap of fine, white head. Fairly solid lacing with decent retention, even after settling to a thin skim of bubbles. Pungent grapefruit aroma, pine resin, juicy, and kind of catty. Mild maltiness peeks through, but is basically overwhelmed by the hops. Sharp bitterness to start, but this fades quickly to let biscuity malt sweetness to come forward. Hop flavour is still grapefruit, but not as catty as in the aroma. There's a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish that accompanies an intense, lingering, piney bitterness. Medium bodied, well attenuated, moderate carbonation. Solid texture overall, with a little dryness. Pretty good. I really liked the flavour, but the aroma put me off a bit at first. I warmed up to it by the end of the glass though.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Liquor store was just unloading their first shipment of the year of fresh Hop Wallop. I have been waiting for it since I enjoyed last year's offering a lot.

Pours a crystal-clear pale golden color with a decent creamy head that sticks around and leaves great, chunky lacing behind on the glass.

Aroma is HUGE on piney hops! Some citrusy notes are picked up as well, other than that not much, maybe a tad bit of malt peaking through. Hops completely dominate.

Taste is just...Holy Frickin' HOPS! Immense piney, aspirin-y, resiny hops all over the place. Total domination of the hops here. Very crisp. Ridiculously unbalanced. Reminds me of Ruination how it is completely offensive and cripples the palate. The malt really doesn't stick up for itself in this beer match. It has a short showing immediately up front but then is totally crushed by the hops. I guess that's why it's called Hop Wallop.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery but seems to round out a bit when it warms a tad, well carbonated.

Drinkable? Not really. It's just too unbalanced in my opinion. It is a really offensive beer. I am a huge hophead and even this is a bit much. A good beer to embelish in the hops once in a while and most certainly should be your last drink of the night due to it's absolute palate crushing capabilities. I probably wont be tasting right for the next 48 hours. I tend to wonder how this beer would be after sitting for a few months, as I had enjoyed last years. Or maybe this years recipe is tweaked with even MORE hops? Or maybe I just have amnesia and don't remember it being this unbalanced and offensive.

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

A: A lovely golden color, honey like in a tulip. Moderate carbonation, approx. 1/2" head which quickly diminished without lacing.

S: A bold hop aroma, very full, crisp and bright with fruity and floral tones.

T: A strong hop nature, with earthy tones. Very well balanced to the malt, significantly impressive based on the alcohol content of the brew.

M: Creamy, the fresh hop oils cling to the mouth and leave wonderful flavors behind.

D: Extremely refreshing for a beer of a higher ABV, definitely something to try again.

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

12 oz. bottle, been in the fridge for over a year. Best by May 22 '05, this baby right here is going on seventeen months past due, like a really bad library fine... let's see what this beer has to offer.

Appearance- Pours a rugged, burnished orange supporting a soap-sudsy ivory crown... at two fingers, the head pops and hisses its way gently downward, leaving behind massive translucent drapery. Millions of tiny, pin-head sized particles hover in suspension.

Smell- Sweet, sticky, resinous hops forge ahead... even after being straitjacketed in the bottle for a year and a half. A mature, deep malt backbone rides alongside the hops and imparts a very nice balance.

Taste- An inordinate amount of hops are bequeathed and mingle deliciously with a gigantic malt profile... the two sides behaving like siblings at a church picnic. While one is constantly saying, "I can be louder! I can be bigger!", they somehow complement each other's egos and work towards being cooperative. The swallow commands full attention... it absolutely wrecks the palate (a.k.a. Stone Ruination) and creates some of the most aggressive hop burps I can remember.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Watery initially, the beer quickly stabilizes and swells very gently into a slick, medium bodied brew. It remains that way in the mouth and it finishes easily, with finesse. This cellared well for the relatively long haul, but I will be at this again while the hops are still green next time...

Photo of ByTor2112
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was given to me by Stu in Bensalem, PA so cheers to Stu.Spicy hop aroma almost Pilsner-esque, don't be fooled! A fluffy golden hued foam slowly fades to some clumps in a nice white film. Great lacing like a thin soapy film all the way down the glass. First sip was WHOA! A small tease of malt is immediately obiterated by an explosion of hop flavor characterisitcs. Asrtingent, floral, piney and a hint of citrus at first. A good froth elicits a nice buttery sweetness, caramel maybe? As this ale warmed up the citurs flavors emerged and it sweetened up a bit. When colder it packs a true zesty wallop. Very intense and I am always impressed with Victory's offerings.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy, light copper orangish hue with 3/4" head with good lacing throughout.

S: Not overpowering pine scent, some malt. Is that grapefruit?

T: Holy crap. Very powerful pine/hop flavor. The name for this concoction is perfect. Reminds me of cannibas resin.

M: Not overly thick but does leave a powerful tasting coat on the tongue

D: Not my favorite style but it can grow on me. I could easily drink about 3 in one sitting. Pretty drinkable after the initial shock. (I've never had a beer like this before DIPA)

Overall, a unique beer, for me, that intrigues me enough to seek out other DIPA's and compare the style.

Photo of bthompuz
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Nov 13, 06

A – Light straw, cloudy, very small white head

S – some hop and alcohol aromas, but not very strong smell

T – initially sweet with strong bitterness coming and very prominent in aftertaste. Bitterness is most prominent taste, with some pine and citrus from the hops.

M – medium to heavy mouthfeel

D – Interesting, but would not want to drink several. I enjoy other Victory beers much more than this one.

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chilled mug

A - Cloudy, tangerine colored beer. Short white head. Looks more like a wheat beer than an IPA.

S - Smells of citrus and hops. Pronounced but not super strong. Certainly pleasant.

T - I didn't love it. Somewhat hoppy but not particularly interesting. Was not "walloped" with hops. Tastes almost like a hoppier wheat beer. All the flavor is on the back of the tongue, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

M - Somewhat heavy on the tongue, but thin within the mouth. Not particularly good or bad.

D - One is no problem, but wouldn't want more than that. Overall a slightly above average offering from Victory. Probably worth a try.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured with about an inch head.very light coppery,orangy hue.Smell; just grapefruity slight sweet malt smell. Taste grapefruity,piney,very citrusy,its so hoppy it has a sweet malty aftertaste.White cream head lasts to the finish.Very thick and syrupy really sticks to the roof of your mouth.It has a slight alcoholic taste. It's not the most drinkable beer,but for what it is,. it's more drinkable than you would think. A hopheads delight.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" off white head that falls a little and then retains well at 1/4". Slow, lazy bubbles rising.Good, sticky lace. This IIPA is pale gold in color.

S - Pine. Lemon zest. Spruce. Sweet malt backbone.

T - Lots of resiny pine - flavor follows the aroma. Bitter citrus peel. Mint? Dirty, almost smoky malt. HUGE bitterness in the finish.

M - Full body, low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. This one has a little bottle age to it (best before 11 - 9 - 06) but the hops are still humongous!

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

Appearance: Quite hazy medium golden color, similar to egg yolk, with a huge white head, which retains superbly, and thick glass-ringing broken lace.

Aroma: Dense notes of pine tar and grapefruit overwhelm the malt, the aroma is quite similar to grapefruit juice, no malt presence could be found.

Taste: Opens with lightly sweet malt, soon followed by a hop onslaught of pine tar, grapefruit, and orange. Finishes with a lingering metallic and medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and remarkably full, with sharp champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very well made double IPA, perhaps excessive for any but the most devoted hop enthusiast, but manifest in its quality.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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

Victory always hides there alcohol brilliantly. This 8.5% hopmonster is so smooth and drinkable.

Pours a Deep golden hue with ruby highlights when held to the light.

Aromas of pine, citrus, grass and all around floral hops. Absolutely no hint of alcohol in the aroma.

Taste is smooth, malt/hop balance(definitely leaning toward the hops but still a balance when the style is a double ipa).

Excellent IPA from what I beleive is the best brewery in America.

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

Pours a clear golden with an inch of head in my Victory pilsner glass. Lacing coats the sides as I slurp this one down.

Smells of piney hops with a bit of sweet floral essence.

A nice hoppy beginning with bit of bitterness toward the end and finishes rather bitter with a slight metallic taste and something I can't quite put my finger on, but is present in many of Victory's brews.

Hops coat the mouth and remain there a to tingle and burn the hops into my palate. Not too oily and slick, a rather clean finish.

Drinkability is decent given the relatively clean finish and alcohol presence is scarcely detected. Good stuff

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

I can only grab the east coast brews a few times a year, so I went for one for this one after trying and loving Hop Devil.
Pours a relatively light golden color, and is a little cloudy, due to what I'd guess is a ton of hop oil. The head laces the glass like few I've seen. Reminds me a of a ton of whipped cream.
Smell is predicatbaly hoppy, but with a sweeter veriety than I expected. There's some malty grain in there to keep it from being overkill, though.
Flavor is initially sweet, but then the hops hit you. It stars out a little piney, the moves to tropical, and then finishes a little floral. The aftertaste is a bitter bite that lets you know this is a DOUBLE IPA and not just a normal one.
For an 8+% brew this goes down easy. You know it's got some kick, but it wouldn't prevent you from having another.
In a lot of ways this is kind of like Hop Devil's more powerful, but slightly "simpler" older brother. It's a wonderful beer, the balance from HopDevil isn't quite completely there. On the other hand the hop power from this beer is up there with huge beers like Ruination and Devil Dancer.
It's a great DIPA, which isn't necessarily my favorite style, but an occasional indulgence. This is one of the better ones' I've had, too.
Hopefully once Victory finally makes it to Colorado I can get more of it!

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin white head and tight little bubbles clinging to the glass. This is definitely different from the hazy orange DIPA's I am used to.

S - This one is pure grapefruit. Maybe hints of bubblegum and citrus with a tocuh of sweetness.

T - Grapefruit with more grapefruit on top. Some sweetness in there to balance it but definitely strong on the grapefruity hops.

M - Oily and well carbonated which makes it feel medium bodied. Dry/bittering finish making me crave another sip.

D - This is definitely a hop lovers dream for those that prefer the grapefruity hops. A very nice DIPA.

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

One of the last bottles from the brewery in 2006.
A- Orange copper color, white head of only a few centimeters. Nice lacing.
S- Hops everywhere, pine and citrus.
T- Oranges and dry hops dominate. Oh yeah, and hops, piney hops.
M- Very tart dry finish. A little oily. Quite heavy and full, acceptable for the style.
Drinkability and Notes- Very nice brew, hides the booze well, making it very drinkable. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very different DIPA.
Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a nice full finger white head that melts slowly to thick lacing.
Aroma is slightly citrus...lemony....slightly piney....with green hops and light alcohol.
Taste is a brilliant balance of sweet malt and citrus ...almost lemon meringue type of hop bitterness. Sweet, yet balanced. Every time the malt sweetness starts to kick in, the lemon hops bury it. Amazing.
Mouthfeel is full...alcohol doesn't seem present yet I know it is.
Aftertaste is drying...nothing sticky or cloying at all.
Hey...wonderful...what can I say?
I'd almost given up on DIPA's due to the excessive sweetness they seem to possess...this one is just balanced. The way it should be.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this DIPA pours a hazy dark yellow/straw color with a thin white head that laces quickly; light, but swift carbonation

S - hoppy of course, like a DIPA should be, there is a subtle sweetness to the background, unplaceable, but present

T - this is the first DIPA i've had that has not been piney, the hops are definitely walloping, but without that piney taste that i have come to love, still very tasty with a roasted-woody finish, a great flavor

M&D - smooth, despite the bitterness, but you have to love dem hops to enjoy this tasty brew

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

Good beer for a hop head! Pours a cloudy golden color, like a hefeweizen but without the big head. The head is white, medium size and lasts a long time. Smell is of hops and some citrus. Taste is great, bitter hops and smooth with some grapefruit. The mouthfeel is nice and rich. Citrus and hops flavor consistent throughout. Drinkability is good. This is a sipping beer and the abv limits it as a session beer. Two of these would be sufficient (you would definitely take the second one if offered). A nice IPA

Photo of Toddv29424
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a tiny head, but has little clusters of bubbles that often happens with hoppy beers. The smell is sweet, the hops aren't too over powering and there is a hint of spice to it. The taste is big. A little cluttered in the first sip, with alcohol being the most potent taste. Much more carbonation than I expected, especially to a big fan of Victory's Hop Devil. Its hard to get a handle on the hops, as they balance out nicely with the spice. The absence of any one substantial taste makes this a very drinkable beer, and makes the mouthfeel pleasant.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy light straw color with a nice white head thats about two finger widths. Amazing smell, like a hop bouqet. Cascade is dominate hops with maybe some amarillo. Amazing taste as well starting with some sweet maltyness that quickly gives way to some hops bitterness. the hops are very smooth in this beer and play nicely on the tongue. Mouthfeel is good with some nice carbination. A very drinkable IPA

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to the bar a clear lighter golden color with a good amount of head. The smell was a good crisp and spicy hopppiness. The taste was great. Tons of hop flavor that sticks to the tongue. THe mouthfeel was moderately thick. In my opinion, this beer is right up there with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA. I will definitely go for this beer again.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,649 ratings.