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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,619 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,619
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 188 | 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 RedHaze
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, hazy orange with a one finger head that settles quickly to a thin cap with retty nice lacing.

Smell; wow, lots of grapefruit, a little orange peel and just a hint of pine trees.

Taste; the grapsfruit really stands out in this, with a pretty nice malt backbone, followed by some orange zest and piney flavors. There's less bitterness than I was expecting for a double IPA, and I get absolutley no alcohol as I drink this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit oily. This goes down way to easy for such a high abv.

RedHaze, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of IceAce
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with 'Enjoy by Oct 18 06'

Pours a hazy yellow / gold with a full finger of dense off-white foam. Aroma is bright with citrus and syrupy with alpha acid promise. This is without a doubt the most unique and hardest nose to describe that I have ever come across.

Entry is anything but subtle as perfect carbonation caresses the tongue as the alpha-attach begins. First victim of the unceasing thrust / parry is the roof of the mouth and it simply collapses under the weight of the hops. Midtaste sees the tongue quite literally crushed within the vice-like Humulus Lupulus.

The finish begins with a fleeting glimpse of the sturdy malt before the enamel is stripped from the front teeth. Mouthfeel is superb for this truly one of a kind brews.

Many thanks to Secret Santa froggyfrog for this gem!

IceAce, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of ejquin
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt orange with fluffy white head

S: Hoppy and citrusy with orange peel and lemon zest. Smell's like a mix between an IPA and a Belgian

T: Nicely hoppy but not too extreme. Malt in the background wants to push through but never does completely. Heavy citrus. Very little alcohol perception and nicely balanced for a DIPA.

M: Maybe a tad lighter than I'd like but perfect carbonation.

D: Very good.

Ovr: Definitley a very nice beer. Not massive enough to crak into my top IPA's, but something I'd definitely drink again when I have the chance. My favorite victory brew.

ejquin, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Bones54
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 Cheers to Victory! HOP-HOP-Hooray, HOP-HOP-Hooray, HOP-HOP-Hooray!!!

In one corner we have Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and in the other we have Victory Hop Wallop, truly a battle to close to call. This is the first IPA that I've had that can be mentioned in the same breath as 90 Minute. Hops gallore and just the right amount of alcohol make this one of the most drinkable IPA's around. Plus the label is one of my favorites!

Bones54, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light cloudy golden yellow with a nice head that laced nicley.

S - Strong hops, (duh!) But they were sweet, I liked it. Very pleasant

T - Strong hop flavors, followed by very minimal malt flavors. Almost a let down.

M - There is no bitterness at all. Well very minimal.

D - It a very drinkable beer, but a little lacking in flavors.

quasimoto, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of bjohnson
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with an orange hint, small almost non existent head.

S: Aromas of citrusy hops. you can smell that there are hops in there. Hint of pine also!

T: Very PINEY but also some citrus in there. nice piney aftertaste--I feel I like I just ate pine needles. Definately hop hop hoppy! Tastes much different than the smell.

M & D: Mouthfeel is very good--love the taste of this one, especially the piney taste. Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be--smooth with a nice consistency and well balanced. Emma didn't appreciate it as much as I did.

bjohnson, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a golden hue with a nice 1" densely foamed white head. Decent head retention and ample lacing line the pint glass.

Smell: Loads of citrusy hops and pine like scents. Hints of fresh cut grass, herbacious.

Taste: Hops, Hops and more Hops. Begins somewhat mellow, sweet and herbal then transitions to a big time, grapefruity hop bomb. Very long, bitter, dry finish. No hints of alcohol but I feel its warmth.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat slick and oily, plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one of the seasonals that I can't wait for from Victory. If big, juicy, citrusy hops are your thing then Hop Wallop is a must try. I could definitely drink a few of these, but its not a session beer by any means and if you plan on having anothe style of beer after a few Hop Wallops, think twice. A few of these could wreak havoc on some taste buds. Overall, a fantastic, big, hoppy DIPA that is a must try. Glad that its readily available in my area. Seek and enjoy.

SwillBilly, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Enola
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a decent sized head. The color is a cloudy orangish yellow. The smell is a bitter hoppy smell. The taste is very fruity. The mouthfeel is a bitter-sweet texture. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Victory's Hopdevil tastes more potent than this. I *could* drink these one after the other but I'm not sure I could make that many trips to the fridge before my legs got unusable. This is a beer that has the potential to sneak up on you.

Enola, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of HugoGrim
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Victory brewery.

Thick head, with lace down the entire glass. The body is crystal clear and golden in color.

Scent is mostly citrus with a strong piney hop oil kick.

As almost everything from Victory, you can't go wrong if you love hops. Nothing else really comes through, but nothing else needs to. The hop flavor stood up against a spicy/sweet barbecue pork sandwich, which is saying something. Sports a dry finish.

HugoGrim, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of AaronRed
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to try this one. With increasing availability of easily drinkable high alcohol beers, I was exicited. Very nice straw looking brew, with good head, but not too much to take away the flavor. You can smell that is an extreme IPA a foot from the glass. It has a distinct flowerly aroma. Flavor is not something to worry about here- loads of it in the hops. The bitterness hits hard, but is easy to adapt to. This beer cuts through everthing. I have a feeling you could be eating chocolate, and this beer would still come through. Overall an very enjoyable brew that also happends to pack a punch.

AaronRed, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A terriffic IPA! It has all of the hop bittering, flavor, and aroma that I'll ever want. Very spicy, floral, and earthy. Not vegetable or overly sweet. Has a solid barley malt character, but there is no conflict with the hops. The hops are pronounced in the nose and dominates through to the finish. Body weakens a bit in the finish, providing a easy drinker and allowing the hops to dominate one last time before the next sip. The hops are way out of balance from the malt--and it should! Thanks kmpitz2!

BEERchitect, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of SwillinBrew
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a hop head i really looked forward to finally having this one.

A - a golden honey color with a rather thin white head. Lots of bubbles coming up the glass which was very nice.
S - Definitely hops here of pine and green vegetation ending on some bready notes.
T - Bitter pine resin hits the palate. Somewhat raw and herbaceous then it seemed to stop there. I love hops but it seems this brew was in need of more malt backbone to bring out and carry the hops. Kind of like a cake needs some salt to enhance the sugar. Well, this one was like hops were just discovered so bunches were tossed in. A bit astringent.
M&Dr - Bordered on the dry side and good carbonation. I dont care for this one enough to continually drink it.

SwillinBrew, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of silenius
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very slightly hazed gold with a nice creamy head that lasts a long time. Pinpoint carbonation continually floats to the top.

Smell is nicely floral and malty with a load of grapefruity pith hops. Well balanced.

Taste begins on the bready and sweet side and quickly shifts gears into full on grapefruit hops. Again, well-balanced for such a hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with scrubbing bubbles.

Highly drinkable.

silenius, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light lemon/straw color with some light haze. Soapy half-finger of head retains and laces well and does a good job of holding the aroma.

Aroma - all business. Minimal florals, the Wallop concentrates on the piny aspect of the hops to the point of having a slight skunk/metal trace. This beer is wound tightly around the performance of the hops and will live or die by it.

Taste - true to the nose, the taste is the bitter side of the hop, no citrus or florals to be found. Loads of pine and grapefruit rind smother the palate. This is indeed a 'very hoppy ale' as the label dictates and should please hopheads more often than not. Considering the brewer, they obviously hit their mark. Ends dry and bitter, no other flavor stands a chance.

Mouthfeel - very lively and gassy, keeps the hops 'dry and tight' as intended.

Drinkability - worth the price of the sixer but not my everyday beer.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the beer engine at Capital Ale House.

Cloudy bright apricot in color. Thick, sudsy white-colored head. Astounding amounts of lace on the glass....big, thick globs of lace. Aromas, though somewhat softened from what I recall, still resonate with esters of citrus fruit and raw pine oils. Flavor is ever so slightly smoothed around the edges vs. the bottled version. Copious backbone of malt pairs nicely with the inevitable onrush of hops. I didn't perceive the ABV as much with this serving type. Smooth fininsh of lingering juicy-bitterness. Amazing how the first (and second) pints disappeared. Awesome stuff, now easily available in the RIC. Giddyup.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of ITK4ever
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I couldn't wait for this guy to come out this year with my newly acquired taste for "extreme" hops, and Hop Wallop did not disappoint. Cascade hops on the nose...quality cascade. Clean, refreshing. Pours an awsome clean amber with not much of a head. Upon pouring, the nose really opens up, but the taste is what "wallops" you...but not in a bad way. Alcohol is covered nicely, and there's still balance with the malts. I love all Victory's offerings, but this one makes me wanna dry-hump the old dude on the bottle it's that good. Love, love, love this stuff!!! Way to go Victory!!! Job well done with this 2005 batch.

ITK4ever, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a nice off-white colored head. The foam has a near yellow/orange tint to it. Strong lacings.

S: The smell is heavy of hops. It has a nice balance of sweet hop and bitter hop aromas. Citrusy and a little floral as well. Everything I could expect, and a nice job of it.

T: Holy hop-wallop is right. I think I got one stuck in my teeth. Very Hearty. Probably one of the hoppiest beers that has ever graced my lips. Citrusy, sour, and bitter throughout. Pine. They didnt over-do the bitter or sourness, but definitly enough to keep me pleased. Nice kick in the finish. The alcohol is warming also.

M: The mouthfeel is full, maybe not as heavy as the taste that comes along with it, but still quite nice.

D: A very drinkable beer. I'm not sure I could handle them after 3 or 4 or so, but I'm damn pleased with the first few.

jasonpeckins32, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of macpapi
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a Hop Head have been anxious to review this beer for quite a while. Hop Wallop pours a light orange color with a pretty full white head and good lacing. Smells of hops, citrus and pine aromas. Very nice, full and crisp in the nose. Tastes strong and bitter. Citrus is also present--dominated by grapefruit. High alcohol per volume is also obvious. Floral hops stringency is also noted. In the mouth H.W. is biting. It is full on the back of the swallow and its overall bitterness has a very strong feel on the tongue. Overall, this beer is too drinkable for one of such a high amount alcohol. Yet, the hop bitterness would probably slow down even the most avid hophead after two or three. On the whole most impressive and more than worth a try.

macpapi, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a surprisingly light golden yellow color that is a little on the hazy side. Develops a short-lived half finger head that dissipates into a modest lacing. Low to medium carbonation. Aroma is nothing but hops, intensely piney and super strong. If you jammed raw hop cones into each nostril I don't think the aroma would be any more intense! Taste is just what the aroma advertises, all hops, all the time. Hops on the front of the tongue, hops on the sides, hops in the middle, hops in the back, with a thick, lingering coating of hops on the swallow. If you let a mouthful linger a little while the bitterness does seem to give way (either that or the tastebuds just go numb) to something resembling a hint of...malt? There's not even an attempt at balance, this is raw hop juice, plain & simple. We've all had malt liquor, this may be the world's first Hop Liquor!! Just a little too overpowering, i'm not a real fan of the 10 megaton hop bomb. Gimme a HopDevil instead!!

CJfromPhilly, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been confirmed. I'm a hop head, and I love this beer. Pours out to a slightly hazy yellow orange color with a nice head that calms to a thin layer of foam over the beer. Lacing is present and abundant. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of hops are dominant, along with hints of yeast and bread. Taste is similar; flavors of hops and zesty malts, with bread dough and fresh green earth. Nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Good drinkability. The more Victory brews I sample, the more I like them. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Odd color for a DIPA. Golden clear straw colored, more reminescent of a pilsner. Pretty pathetic head with average lacing.

Smell = Weird smell for a DIPA also. Hopped up but smells more like a lager injected with hops- mostly citrus fruits, apricots and peaches dominate. It's just an odd mixing although pleasant.

Taste = The peach and apricot flavors dominates which are fueled by some coarse hops. There's an interesting smokey aftertaste that tastes strangly like the smell of a darn good pipe tobacco. It's extremely unique but gets a bit tiresome after awhile. Alcohol is present and the 8.5% isn't hidden well. This is a very unique and bizarre DIPA. Not as balanced as some of the better ones I've tried. Still the overall flavor is good, I'd just rate the drinkability much lower.

Overall = Good tasting, very unique beer. I can't say the drinkability is too high though as I wouldn't want more than one of these. I'm glad I tried it and recommend any fans of this style give it a shot. It just can't stack up to the better DIPAs out there (90 minute, Ruination) though.

LPorter33, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant, clear, light amber with a finger of dimpled sheep’s wool head. Just a hint of “stink” buried in a nose otherwise dominated by crisp hops.

The flavor is almost all hops, a light malt to match the color is almost totally hidden under the abrasive and tar-like hops, with a very strong medicine-like aftertaste. Hops taste like a noble variety, making this like a “Imperial India Pilsner” or something. Either way, it works pretty good, but I am a hophead. If you’re not a big hop-fan, this is not for you.

Fuzzy (as opposed to stinging) carbonation adds to an already pleasant, middle of the ground body. Not a tosser due to the abv, and slightly the hop, but well worth starting the night out with!

sopor, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

all those hop oils keep a thick foamy crest alive, adhering some of it to the glass. descends eventually into a spongey/coral-ish texture. super smooth texture slips seamlessly into a whallop bitterness kick that has woody staying power. some lemon lingers as well
the aroma is big but level: floral, no big resiny punch

malt does come through, both in the aroma and flavor, but is relatively uninteresting to let hops wallop. the official website mentions that the malts are all german...i imagine there might be a touch of munich to add some body. some simcoe sweetness too?

bruachan, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of MainSpark
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, the beer presented itsel clear, bright, and golden. The head, though not large, was an off-white cream. As the head dissipated, the lace ringed the glass, unbroken. Carbonation was slight, languid.

Hoppy? You bet. Citrusy, with resinous overtones. Although the beer's temperature was within the recommended drinking range, the ability to pick up minor nuances might have to wait until the next, warmer, beer.

Yes, the citrus is hard to miss. For my palate, it was grapefruity, and pleasantly so. The malt's in there but never made a grand entrance nor made a prolonged stay. Oh, yeah...Hop Wallop. The grapefruit reasserted itself and stayed 'til the end, lingering, gently fading.

The mouthfeel was right there - not too thin, never thick. It was flat dog, just right!

Higher marks for drinkability, the 8.5% never really making a nuisance of itself. But beware.

This is one brew that I'll stock. I think that I can make a case last for two years....hopefully.

MainSpark, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a creamy, stark white head that has good staying power. Aroma of spicy floral hops, a bit of light malt, and notes of pine and grapefruit. Palate is dominated by spicy floral hops, only slightly balanced by the lightly sweet malt. Pine, grapefruit, and a light biscuit character can be detected. Finish is pure lupulin, yet more bitter than other strong IPAs (90 Minute, for example). Body is smooth and full, yet still easy enough to drink. Maybe it's the choice of hop varietals, but this doesn't seem like an exceptional beer to me.

ElGordo, Dec 11, 2005
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,619 ratings.