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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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3,645 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,645
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 120
Gots: 205 | 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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Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden starw color with a hint of amber and a two-finger head. Smelled very earthy, not as much hops as I expected.
Taste started out overwhelmingly grassy, but finally finshed with the hops bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol helped the palate warm up and relax after it was put through the odd splash of earthy flavors. Not counting what I tasted, the beer would go done pretty easy even with an 8.5% abv.

Was very surprised by the flavors that assaulted my senses. I like Like IPAs of all kinds, but this one just didn't taste right.

Photo of bahumutx
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with about nice head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: As soon as I poured this beer my nose was assaulted with the smell of hops. I am picking out citrus and pine smells along with a slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Just like the name indicates my tongue is assaulted with hops. There are hints of orange and pine from the hops. The beer finishes with malt sweetness that balances that hop flavor out great. There is also a slight alcohol warming and some graininess.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could probably have one or two of these due to the insane amount of hops and the higher ABV.

Yet another great beer from Victory brewing. This is a great double IPA with a lot of hop flavor but it is still balanced with malt sweetness. Great Job!!!

Photo of rousee
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold color with a 3 finger head. Most of the foam diminishes immediately but there is still a nice amount that remains. Very nice carbonation amd beautiful lace.

Smell is fairly gentle for a IIPA. The taste is excellent and more balanced than many other IIPAs I have tried. It still delivers a real hop punch or wallop as the name suggests. The hoppiness has a certain sour character to it but it is still quite nice. An excellent beer. This might be my favorite offering so far from Victory.

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

A - Clear golden color, with orangish tint, two finger white head, fades slowly to a thick island with varying bubble sizes, thick sticky lacing.

S - Aroma adverstises immense hop flavor to come, hints of grainy sweetness fight through.

T - Crisp, grainy, bitterness with a solid light malt backbone, finishes bitter with notes of pine/grapefruit. Slightly sweet malt fights through at the end, leaving a nice balance on the palate.

M - Medium body, crisp but full mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, but maltiness through the hops gives away the relatively high alcohol content.

Photo of jslot38
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed, orange copperish golden colour. Head is a bit frothy, with some bubbles, pours to two inches, quickly disappates to half an inch.

Smell: Yeah... you can smell the hops. A bit of a citrus, orange peel, background to it.

Taste: "Holy hops" where the first two words that I muttered outloud after my first sip. And it holds true, I wasn't wrong. Hops are quite simply all over the place. But to disect the hops for a moment: slight pine grass, sappy hops, with detectable oils. But thats not all, there are a few lingering citrusy notes to it as well. A beautiful blend of hops, thats for sure. Malt backbone is virtually non-existance but slowly helps in revealing a nice lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Certainly a bit harsh on your tounge, but with the hops it also allows for a slick oily down going.

Drinkability: Couldn't take more than two of these, too much hops for me. Certainly the hops add to the beer, and make it uniquely good, but more than two and I'd be down for the count with hops.

Notes: For the true hophead in all of us, good work Victory brewery in quenching all my hops needs... maybe for a few weeks.

Photo of pbr85
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a 12oz pint glass
App: pours a pale yellow, not as pale as a macro brew but close. head is about an inch and disappears slowly. lacing holds well.
smell: hops gallore, which is expected. piney or sappy, i can't put a finger on it. it has a resin smell also, and some hints of citrus or grapefruit.
taste: hops are everywhere. you can almost taste the leaf on your tongue. its difficult to detect the malts, but i would say rye? that might just be the bitterness taking over though. very refreshingly bitter
mouthfeel: chunky. the hops grab your tongue and spank it.
drinkability: hops completely hide the alcohol. even at 8.5% you can't taste anything. i could definetly drink a few of these in a night, though the bitterness might get to me after a while

notes: though i didn't like the smell at first, by the end i was savoring it. this was the first double IPA i've had, but i am looking forward to trying more of them.

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

Appearance: A hazy yellow, with lime-like hints. Pours a foamy head with a pristine whiteness. The lacing is bubbly, and remains steadily throughout the beer.

Smell: Floral hops invade one's nostrils. The hops do pack a wallop as the name implies, but it's an inviting wallop. I'm reminded of a porch full of chrysanthemums during fall. Despite the intense hop presence, sweet malts also reveal themselves. A bready flavor, even a pastry flavor, fight through the power of the hops.

Taste: The hops are the dominant flavor, with a bitter floral sensation taking precedence. A nice spiciness reveals itself as one partakes. The malts provide a welcome sweetness that balances the hops to produce a fine flavor. A bitterness that is pleasing to the tastebuds exudes itself.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with some formidable carbonation. A lingering aftertaste stays with one, allowing one to savor the beer.

Drinkability: The bitterness accumulates after a period of time with the beer. But as well-balanced as it is, this beer is certainly drinkable to a great extent. Intensely hoppy in character, while presenting adequate sweetness, Hop Wallop is another victory for Victory.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Much lighter than I expected. A deep, rich yellow, with a 1/2" white head. Looks like the color of the sun, if you could look at the sun.

S: Hops, grapefruit, cotton candy maybe?

T: I had heard so much about how hoppy this brew was, but I really didn't get that from it. I actually thought the hops were very nicely balanced with a strong malt backbone and some sweet citrus.

M: Light, almost like a hefe. I feel like most double IPA's are good winter beers - this might break the mold and be a helluva beer to sip out on the beach, or on a lazy river ride.

D: Soooo drinkable - almost evil. At 8.5% this thing goes down so easy. I am having to restrain myself from finishing these bad boys off in one night.

All in all, its a good DIPA, however I think the sweetness overbears the hops. I might even classify it is a Double Pale Ale - if that makes any sense. The alcohol presence is there, but certainly not a hop explosion like Ruination or hop rod.

Photo of putnam
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Candy yellow/gold colored. Little curdling. Aromas of cut grapefruit and little else. Flavors of ruby red grapefruit and little else. Bitterness is grapefruit rind and grapefruit pith flavored. Wheezes of lemon and minty herbs are dominated by grapefruitiness. The texture is nicely proportioned, validating the impressions of honey taken from the color of the liquid. I can't imagine what anyone could possibly say about this beer except that it tastes precisely like grapefruit. Not interesting and not quite drinkable.

Photo of wcudwight
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle with the story of a gold miner falling to sleep and discovering his fresh hops.
A: Golden colored. Bottom of the glass is the color of the sun. Thinner head than I expected that left puddles of foam on the top of the beer. Lightly laced.
S: Smell is of citrus fruits, lemon, lime, grapefruit with some hop bitterness.
T: The hops dominate the taste, but it has a nice complexity. Sour citrus fruits, grapefruit is noticable. Has a nice bananna like aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.
M: Feels a bit thin, but has that nice bitter hop bite. Burns a little in a good way.
D: This is a very tasty beer but one or two of them would be enough for me. Mainly because of the 8.5% and hoppiness.
I would recommend this to anyone that likes hoppy beers.

Photo of orsulacp
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a small white head. The smell is awesome, piney, some citrus, and a bit of biscut in the background. The piney nose is amazing. The hops are all over this one. Resin sitting on the tongue leaving a piney bitter taste, the malt is trying to wash the taste away but it can't. Good medium body, a bit too much carbonation. It drinks real easy, the aftertaste is almost as good as the real taste.

Photo of nortmand
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber with an inch of white foam. Minimal lace.

Nice huge hoppy smell, but typical cascade citrus. Some "rarer" hops would have been perfect. Rich malty backbone and some alcohol in the nose.

The flavor of this beer way outdoes the smell. Wow! The citrus hops are there, but also some smooth raisiny caramel. Very good. Slight alcohol burn. Leaves a spicy burn long after the swallow.

Smooth, round and full mouthfeel. Very dangerously and expensively drinkable.

Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with great label for the season, and the story of Horace "Hop" Wallop ending with "Hoppiness is Happiness" Oh so true.

Pours a wonderful creamy thick off-white 1" head. Colour is beautiful in a balloon glass. Clear amber/golden hue. Held this up in front of a fire in my fireplace on the first snow fall here in Harrisburg, PA. Perfect day for this perfect Hoppy Ale.

Sweet grapefruit, bitter grapefruit rind, touch of mango, and spicy pine on the nose. I must of had my nose in the glass for a good 15 minutes before taking a sip. Such a great thick aroma!!

Perfect smooth, creamy mouthfeel then unleashes the slick grapefruit rind hop oil that is intense yet tame. Just right, in fact in my opinion "PERFECT." Hops win over, but in the end a very slight caramelly sweet malt with the warming alcohol going down to the maw. The 8.5% is well masked, and creepy.

On the 3rd one I paired with my Wife's pork bbq that she made with 85 IPA from LBC. These are very drinkable, and after the 5th one I was sawin' logs on the couch in front of the fire.

Victory is just Awesome!!!!

I tried this for the first time with great food, football, on a snowy day in front of the fire. "It doesn't get any better than this." Great day with a Perfect Brew!

Photo of beermanbrian
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with a small white head that dissapears quickly. Medium level of carbonation bubbles. The piney hops smell just blows you away. It almost smells sticky with hops juices and oils. The taste dosen't dissapoint, this is definately a hop wallop. I just can't get paste the piney hops flavor to get much of anything else. Bitter aftertaste that is not too harsh but sticks around for a while. The hops hides the alcohol and everything else. Something nice as a once a year kind of thing but not a beer i would want to drink all the time.

Kind of reminds me of what Weyerbacher is trying to do with hops infusion only much better. As my friend burd man put it; "hops infusion is a punch in the face by a huge drunken lineman at a bar; hop wallop is a slap in the face by a hot chick! Both get your attention, but one's kind of fun"

Photo of sacfly
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by Oct 11 06

Pours a crystal clear, light yellow/straw color. Almost looks like your average BMC. Thick, ivory white head. Aroma is an intense but well rounded citrus and pine hops.

First taste is awesome. Pine and orange peal dominate. A little sweetness… just enough to let you know there is something other than hops in there. Better mouth feel and body than expected from looking at it. Lingering, but not harsh, bitterness in the aftertaste.

Much better than I remember last year’s version. Highly recommended.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium yellow with a thin white head. Not much crown to speak of (the high ABV probably breaks it down) and not much lacing. On first glance it looks like you're drinking a craft lager.

All hops in the nose - rather floral and herbal. The flavor is pretty similar, lots of floral hops here with only a hint of citrus peel. Not terribly bitter for a DIPA. Disappointingly, not much in the way of malt to balance out the beer. Some underlying sweetness but no grain notes that really stand out. Mild 'hot' note from the alcohol that doesn't compliment the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel is disappointing - not enough carbonation to liven up the palate, not enough bittering to sharpen up each sip and the alcohol burn detracts from the experience.

If I'm drinking a DIPA and I'm paying a (physical) price for the extra alcohol I expect something in return like a bold hop profile and a rich balanced malt base. The hops are quite nice but the lack of malt is a disappointment - I can think of more flavorful single IPAs with less burn.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick bone-white head with super-pale body. Impressive how Victory got such a potent beer to be so light colored. The little story on the bottle label gives the impression that they used 3 different types of hops for this beer. Lovely floral hop smell. The taste is a powerful blast. Super bitter aftertaste, actually kind of harsh, with noticeable alcohol flavor. Thick & meaty mouthfeel. I enjoyed drinking this one bottle, but I think any more than that at one time would be pushing it.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Oct 11 06. I'd say this one is fresh. Cellar temperature.

Pours a modest coppery orange color, vivid clarity, and a foamy 2 finger white head that is maintained by a huge cascade of bubbles from below. Nose is a little difficult to get at under the head. I get resinous hop...sweet citrusy with piney over a chunky caramel base, with an almost spun sugar sweetness. Flavor is okay. Hops are giving me a soapyness and a touch of metallic flavor. Hop flavors are piney for the most. Caramel is moderate. Bitterness is a bit rough and lingers pretty long...too long and too harsh. After some of the IIPA's I've had recently, this one really isn't stacking up for me. Mouthfeel is thick with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability is minimized by the harsh hop. I'm looking for some balance and not finding it. For the ABV, its downable, so that equalizes things a bit. I'll be sure to cool one down and see what that does to the beer.

Photo of ronhocker
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lighter than I expected for a 8.5% brew. First smells indicated reminders of american macrobrews, but a deeper whiff revealed the intense hops, as well as barnyard hints and vegetables.

First tastes were also quite shocked by the shear amount of hops, but after a few drinks and letting the beer warm up a bit, it became suprisingly drinkable. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation. At the first drink I was ready to pour it out but by the fourth I was ready to order a case.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was given to me by warriorsoul, thanks again buddy. Pours a clear golden color, some carbonation, very small head, some lacing throughout the drink. Scents of hops, citrusy, pine (?). I really like the taste of this brew, the taste and smell is very different than other IPAs or DIPAs I've had. Nice bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Very drinkable, the color surprised the shit out of me, but I guess that's Victory's different slant, I would by this stuff every time if I could get ahold of some, highly recommended.

Photo of Citadel82
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This rare treat pours a very pale orange color, the utter clarity of this beer is impressive. On top it is crowned with a thick frothy head that is tightly bubbled and goes nowhere for quite some time. Leaves plenty of thick, clumpy lace in rings around the glass, as the lace is thick wide and slow to fall. This beer is a feast for the eyes and a real treat to gaze at.

Smells of crystal and pale malt with strong fruity and floral notes surrounding, well nigh attempt to obliterate any vestige of malt almost choking it with extreme hoppiness - scents of grapefruit, tangerine peel, and sharp floral accents. Earthy aromas and herbal notes come to the fore eventually yielding to the aromas of malt come through in due course. A very hoppy nose indeed.

Tastes of straight hop flavors: grapefruit, orange pith with attendant citrusy bitterness, an flowery hop presence, and yet more citric spikes and floral notes. A small dried apricot presence comes to the fore here and there, and there is some but not much as far as balancing sweetness. Way in the background you can taste pale malt holding court but is vastly overwhelmed by the agressive hoppines. I could feel the warmth of alcohol down to my stomach. The medium/heavy mouthfeel is slick llike kool-aid and not quenching at all in the traditional sense.

The finish, which is only moderately bitter in the far back of the mouth, lingering for some time but with much reduced strength.

I am not a hop head but needless to say, I found this to be an immensely drinkable beer.

Photo of deBeers
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 11/9/06.

Clear, light, golden ale with good head retention till the last drop. Perfect amount of carbonation, small bubbles when swirled, but oh my the smell!

Beautiful floral hop smell. Tastes delish. The hop/berries/herb smell is balanced so well for a IIPA. Crisp, citrusy, some sort of pine or spuce. This is superbly mellow and very drinkable. Definately not walloped by hops...more in the way of subtle beauty. Not what I was expecting but oh so pleasantly surpised.

I'm taking my time to enjoy this beer in its entirety. Also note that this was taken out of my pantry on a warm evening. Served relatively warm at just below the room temperature of our house (pantry is a few degrees colder).

Serve this one relatively WARM imho. Savor the flavor, the smells, the beauty and suttleness of a great IIPA. I believe this beer could help pave the way for world peace.

Thanks Victory.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: Golden and clean. I am quite surprised at the colour after pouring this. A smallish white cap props itself atop the uncharacteristically coloured beer and holds for a few seconds before dissolving into surface froth. Random scattershot lacing and a few rather developed peninsulas form as I reduce the level of liquid by degrees. Sparse carbonation activity carries on within the liquid as confused looking little bubbles pop up and wander aimlessly upward.

Smell: Heavy grass and chlorophyll green outdoor scents ooze off the top of this brew. Smells of fresh cut spruce tops with sap and resin drizzle. A unique and intriguing hop boquet.

Taste: Somewhat funky. Not as bitter as I was expecting. Definite vegetable impressions from the abundance of hop matter that produced this flavour. Chlorophyll and grassy greenery. Pine and acidic fruitiness lie burried within the hefty green monster taste. The bitterness is actually quite subdued and the subsequent dry character of the finish seems overly mild. There really is not any true walloping going on here, but it does have a very nice, fresh flavour.

Mouthfeel: A bit light. The colour alone is enough to tip one off that this is not a very heavy beer from a malt body standpoint. Sure it has plenty of hops, but these don't lend any heft. It comes off crisp and fresh again but could be a bit more beefy.

Drinkability: Alright, this one really grew on me. I found this beer to be uninteresting and lackluster for the first few tries, then out of nowhere it just seemed to transform into a delicious brew. Very drinkable. Crisp. Fresh. One of the most unique beers I have ever had.

Photo of Onceeven
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Follow up to the 2004 version:

I'd cellared the 2004 for a little over a year, to do a side-by-side comparison with the 2005 version. There's no comparison, drink this beer fresh! The hops dramatically faded with age, and had a mild stale flavor.

Anyway's, the 2005:

Pours the same clear amber, reminiscent of a pilsener, minus the bubbles.
Hops smell different, apparently they changed back to the original hop varieties. Definitely more funk in this nose. There's a very distinct smell, but it's eluding me right now. A byproduct of Tettnang hops (new to me), if that is in fact what was used. Either way, incredibly fresh.
Not overly bitter, in fact, rather smooth. The aftertaste seems rather.. I don't know how to describe it except for it's like chewing cardboard. I've had the same flavor come through in my home-brews, maybe it's the hops.... Slightly irritating, but I'm glad it doesn't just happen to me!
I'll give this beer kudos for being a bit funkier than other DIPA's I've tried. I'm growing tired of the clean Cascade flavor. Yum.

Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,645 ratings.