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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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3,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,644
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 202 | 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 Terp96
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Edition from Wine World, Abingdon, MD $10.25 for a six.

This is an amazing and perplexing beer. It pours a clean golden yellow with a solid head. It is indistinguishable from the Prima Pils which I also had on this occasion.

The nose is amazing. At first, burnt rubber came to mind. Weird but enticing. The citrus, pine aroma is very strong and very nice.

Taste may be the only weak point. The hops are good but somewhat overpowering. This isn't a bad thing but it takes away from the malt balance that you would expect. The alcohol taste is well masked until the end as the beer warms up a little. Obvious dry finish.

Mouthfeel was suprisingly good given the lack of malt presence. The beer stays on your palate for quite a while allowing you to enjoy the complexity of the hop flavor.

This is a very drinkable brew, provided you have an ample supply of water to cure the inevitable dry mouth. All in all, wonderful stuff. I will be stockpiling this as long as it lasts.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intense golden yellow with a thick white head, lighter than expected but looks menacing nonetheless. Aroma has huge citrus character (grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and lime), some pine resin, grass, big straw and bread dough malt profile and some funky esters. The flavor is fairly bitter, with some big citrusy, grassy and piney hop notes, along with some toasted biscuit, unbaked bread dough, fruity ale esters and mild phenols. Honestly this tastes more like a prima pils on steroids rather than hopdevil on steroids. Mouthfeel is a big light for the style (i expect a big, chewy malt profile on DIPAs) but drinkabilty is excellent for the style. I have to say im somewhat confused by this beer, it didnt really have the malt profile to back up the hops. Regardless, this is a tasty and complex beer regardless of style.

Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Victory beers and I love double IPAs. Glad I finally got my hands on this one.

12 ounce bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - This stuff is golden. That's the only way I can describe it. A pure gold color with a nice two finger white head. Leaves rings of lace on the glass with every sip.

S - An extreme citrusy hop blast. It comes at me smelling like a mix of grapefruits and some piney hops. A hop blast to be reckoned with.

T - A nice malty taste on the beginnning of the sip and then a gigantic hop punch hits you hard. Extreme bitterness through the middle of the drink. A tiny alcohol bite but not much. Excellent taste overall.

M - Feels good on the tongue. Right amount of carbonation as it rolls around in the mouth.

D - I'm loving it. This is a beer that will keep me coming back for more. I'll have to stock up while the stores still have this year's in stock.

Photo of jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a clear straw and golden look.The head is a large two finger one that lasts.The smell is hop and fruit filled,very nice.This is one hoppy beer.
This beer tastes very good,it's very fruity,some citrus maybe grapefruit,and like the label says alot of hops.A nice medium m/f that says you could drink this on a nice hot day after cutting the lawn.This is a beer I could drink everyday.

Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/19/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date printed on the label.
Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- More golden than orange pour. Limited head as well. Maybe 1/4 inch at best when finished pouring. Leaves a nice creamy 1/8th of an inch ring throughout though. Excellent lace clings to the sides.

Smell- Not much emminates from the glass. When I smelled the bottle after popping the cap, it seemed much stronger than after being poured...weird. Slight scents of citrus and pine hops at best. What I can smell does smell good though.

Taste- Bready malt background...more than I was expecting. Nice citrus hop twang as well. More citrus than pine, but some of that as well. Not as overpowering as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel- Very much lacking in carbonation. This is a good thing and a not so good thing. Most beers I like to have lower carbonation levels, but in my IPA's I like a bit more. There is some, but not as much as I would seek in a perfect DIPA. It is however velvety smooth and creamy because of that.

Drinkability- I was expected to be "walloped" by hops, and sadly I wasn't. However, it is a perfectly acceptable DIPA. In fact it's pretty good. Different from most of them I have had in that the hops are smoother and more laid back, with a nice malt background and also a bit less carbonated for a smoother consumption. All in all a good beer that I would buy again for a nice change of pace.

Photo of karst
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed with pleasure by Karst
in Mid. Missouri

Enjoy by April 28 '05
Pours a slighlty orange gold with white head with persistent ring offering lace on the sides of the 0.4L Rastal sniffer.
Distinct aroma of pink grapefruit pith and toasted malts. Flavors of sweet caramel. Shows off the hop juicy flavors of lemon and sugar sprinkled grapefruit. Medium to full body with a dextrinous mouthfeel. A great DIPA that is very drinkable.

Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to Lostbearbrew for sending this my way. Hopefully those Poseidons will have reached you by now.

12oz bottle featuring a gentleman that appears to be a cross between Santa Claus and Snuffy Smith. Freshness date of "May 11 05." Oops. That unplanned trip out of town robbed me of a couple of weeks of freshness! Doh!

Poured a hazy shade of gold, with a modest white head. Light sheets of lace drip down the insides of my glass.

Smell is pleasingly hoppy, with a subordinate maltiness in the background. The hoppiness is more piney than citrusy, though both can be detected. It’s actually more sedate smelling than I had imagined it would be. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not disapointed with it at all. I guess I was expecting something a little more over the top.

For something called Hop Wallop, this is surprisingly drinkable. The taste starts out with a caramel sweetness, but this is then elbowed aside by a complex hoppiness. The most dominant note is one of pinyness, but there is a more mild, citrusy hoppiness present as well. The fadeaway is pleasingly dry, but not to an extreme degree. While the hops are definitely dominant, it's not a tastebud-scalding, beat-you-over-the-head hoppiness. This one is about hop flavor rather than a "hop wallop." While this might not live up to it's name, it's a damn flavorful hoppy brew.

This is thicker than the average IPA, with a more creamy mouthfeel. I suppose that's a by-product of the higher alcohol. I need to start homebrewing to find this stuff out for myself, I guess!

This would be an outstanding session IPA, if not for the fact that the abv would kick my ass after a while. I personally don't rank this quite as high as DFH's 90 Min, but I'd love to match them up against each other to find out for sure! Sadly, neither one is normally encountered in my neck of the woods.

Thanks again to Lostbearbrew for this tasty treat!

Photo of charlatan
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is remarkably easily to down for a beer of such strength (and thus easy to be downed by). Alcohol is apparent in the taste, but not overwhelmingly so. The feel is rather syrupy with relatively little carbonation, but pleasantly creamy. This helps the beer slide down deceptively easily.

It doesn't have quite the hop kick that its name suggests it might, but the hops become apparent after a sweet caramel and citrus combination gives way and before the creaminess really kicks in.

Backtracking somewhat, it has a fairly light golden colour with a considerable head which leaves plenty of lacing and offers a piney, slightly citrus nose.

Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Thanks to beerislove for the trade)

Ever since I read the Mr. Natural strip where the little bastard blamed all of the country's problems on that sonnofabitch FDR--who should have rightfully been named, Natural insisted, Franklyn Delano Rosenfeld--I knew that the little R. Crumb prophet was, deep down, a drunken redneck. I'm glad to say I have a beer bottle that confirms this.

Pours nice--not like a regular IPA. It's much more yellow than red and not very hazy but it has an absolutely fantastic head.

Smells of harsh hops and caramel, very yeasty. Just strong enough, just complex enough.

Tastes like hops and caramel yeast with a strange lingering flavor of chemicals and pine in the back. The pine is nice, the chemicals are okay. Still, the hop and malt mix is very nice and the sour finish is easily ignored and soon your palate is burnt enough by the hops to where you can't even taste it.

The body is remarkable--creamy and very smooth, it hits your teeth like powdery snow, only not so cold. It goes down quite smooth, too. If this were a 6.0% abv it would only get a 4.0 but since I honestly cannot believe that this beer is above 5.0% (let alone 8.5!), it's getting a five.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After being completely blown away by the Prima Pils, I was expecting more from the Hop Wallop. It wasn't bad, but it is not one of my favorite I2PAs.

The appearance is a bit light golden, only slightl rusty colored. It is slightly hazed, has an active carbonation, yet no head except for half-finger that settles to a tiny film.

The smell is very flowery and citrusy hoppy. Has a bit of a malty sweetness to it as well.

The taste is as the bottle says, "Very Hoppy Ale." Starts off with an up front caramel sweetness but eventually dominated by a surge of alpha acids, bringing forth a massive hoppy bitterness. The citrusy notes of the aroma are lost by bitterness in the taste, though they still exist in the aftertaste which is still dominated by a residual bitterness. The tongue begins to warm up to the bitterness by the end of the glass, but this ale seems not to be too well balanced in sweetness/bitterness. The finish is quite dry and bitter, and drinkability suffers due to this and high alcohol content.

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the opportunity to try this bottle.

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

Pours from the 12oz bottle a clear golden with nice thick white head. Left a fantastic lace on the glass the whole way through.

Smell is hops, hops, and more citrusy, piny hops. The hop smell was very smooth, with almost lemony, and maybe a bit or orange peel as well.

Taste is amazing. Just an endless barrage of hops. A bit of sweet malt is present, and a little alcohol spiciness, but this is definitely "hop juice" at its best. Medium bodied, it finishes dry as a bone and bitter.

This is a little different than other Double IPA's, but if this is the direction that this style is going, no complaints here. This is incredibly drinkable for it's strength and size. I love it!

Photo of mmmbeer
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. best before 5/22/05, but who cares? Served slightly chilled in a goblet. Pours a nice orangey/amber with a slight haze and some sediment that settles on the bottom of the glass. It has a 2 finger off-white head that makes nice pits and lingers nicely and contributes nice lacing. Lots of hops in the aroma - pine, citrus, tropical fruits, perfume, and a gentle floral aroma. The predominant hop flavors are grapefruit and pine along with a good amount of malt breadiness and sweetness behind it. The bitterness is strong but not as strong as when it was fresh, but it lingers forever and the alcohol warms the body nicely. Very smooth and thick and makes your mouth tingly. Good stuff.

Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot color with a big off-white creamy head, good carbonation, and nice sheets of lace. Big resiny pine hop aroma and flavor ... bitterness abounds. Has a nice light hoppy fruity character too but maybe that's just the ale talking. Full-medium bodied and creamy with a big dry bitter finish.

Typical Imperial IPA.

Enjoy By: 06/02/05
Tasted: 06/21/05

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

Enjoy by May 22, 2005, drank on Jan 2, 2005. So reasonably fresh, I guess.

First impression: Rather yellow, but with a big head. Very piney. Smooth with expected IPA bitterness. Some oil in the mouth.

Nice thick, puffy head, but suprisingly yellow. Thick ragged lace. Cloudy.

a good, piney hop scent, but evidently nothing remarkable, according to my notes, that now seem rather sparse.

not nearly as hoppy as expected, or as I would have liked. A good beer, but not a 'hop wallop'.

pleasingly full bodied, very very smooth. Thick, oily mouthfeel.

Smoothness and taste=easy sipper.

Overall, a disappointment. I think Hop Devil is a better double IPA than Hop Wallop, and it isn't even a double. Perhaps another tasting is in order...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Clear amber color ale with huge head with pretty good retention. Aroma of bitter and somewhat floral hops is definitely present. Taste is dominated by bitter hops as expected mix with very subtle sour ending which was enjoyable. Body is full ands carbonation is good which is more then I can say for other Victory products. Not over the top as other Imperial IPA and very well balance. Nice beer that I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this beer in a pint glass -- poured a hazy straw yellow with a creamy slightly off-white head that laced the glass.

HOPs, Hops, hops...contributed at every step. A strong fruity aroma...dominate hop flavor...hugely bitter...enjoyable hop aftertaste. There is definitely malt in this beer and it is noticable and it does provide a good balance; but this is a beer dominated by hops.

Certainlhy hangs with the better big IPAs around, but today I would favor a Celebration over this.

I only had one bottle, so I'm searching for more!

Photo of weeare138
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for this.
Appears a light golden yellow with a dense 2 inch head with tons of spotty lacing.
Smell is of hearty hops, caramel malts, and corn syrup.
Taste is all of the aforementioned smells with a sugary start and an awesome hop explosion.
Mouthfeel is starchy and sugary which levetates towards the hops indulgance on the back of tongue. Man, this is much better than the draft versions I remember having for the past two years.
Thanks again, Tom!

Finger licking good...and then some!

Photo of Wonka
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkinteenth @ Grey Lodge Pub 5-13-05

Appearance – the big creamy white head held on longer on the cask; the usually clear gold body in bottle moved aside for a very cloudy cream yellow body with particulates everywhere; lacing was admirable

Smell – powerful grapefruit rind; a kick up from the bottle

Taste – bitterness seems to be a bit higher than the bottle but there's some malt back there; the flavors were certainly exploding; bitterness holds for the aftertaste

Mouthfeel – much thicker than bottle; late in the cask, it was hop syrup

Drinkability - early in the cask, Wallop was smoother and much more pleasurable to consume; late, it could have almost been used to finish the tiles in your bathroom; of course, timing for the ultimate product is key

I had 3 samples and it was a great experience to run with the transitions of the cask.

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

It poured a deep gold, a shade short of orange, hazy with floaties. A dense finger of stiff white head lingered long before fizzling to pockets of froth. Smiles of lacing clung to the glass.

Pine and citrus and flowers came blasting into the air, with tendrils of alcohol darting hither and yon. A veritable malt sweetnes, with hints of berry, backed up the measure of the aroma.

The first sip washed a wave of toasted malt sweetness across the palate, complete with a lightly grassy series of berry fruit notes. The malt was quickly laid waste by the over-the-top resinous slick of hops bitterness carrying flotsam of pine and zesty citrus. Alcohol dares pop its head up throughout, when the hops let it. The finish is dominated by a mouth-numbing bitterness held steadfastly in place by the hop oils, and lingering especially long.

Medium bodied, the thick hops presence renders any sweetness a non-entity and clings tenaciously to the entire inside of the mouth. To say the palate glows would be an understatement.

The malt takes a stab, but the hops quickly lay claim to most of what this beer is, and the IBU's come off as damned close to overbearing. The ABV is very real and present, but it is the lesser culprit in limiting the drinkability. In fact, it is the cumulative, enamel-eating bitterness lingering dense in the mouth that makes many more of these a rather daunting task. And I love hops, but the bitterness ends up obliterating the taste buds, rendering them useless for a time. A more inimicable lupulophile than myself might drink these willy-nilly, but I just don't measure up. However, it's certainly something you want to experience from time to time.

Photo of watermelonman
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a nice yellow and gold color, with a small head that lasted well and left some good lace too.

However, the malts are simplistic and the hop profile just doesn't work out that well. The drinkability and mouthfeel are reasonable, but the flavors present aren't as good as the competition. There's too much pine and not enough of anything else.

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

Pours honey-gold color, slightly hazy, with a decent white head. Head is not long-lasting, but does leave some chunky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is amazing! Piney, citrus, floral, glorious hops!

Surprisingly, a sweet malt taste hits first... followed by the onslaught of hops. There is a full, round bitterness that lingers for a while, but it's not really overpowering. Hop flavors of grapefruit and pine dominate. Some alcohol warmth is apparent on the swallow. Leaves an almost tea-like aftertaste.

I really liked this! Does that make me a hop head? Maybe not one of the highest ratings I've given a beer, but it's definitely a worthwhile, unique experience that I'll look forward to experiencing again!

Thanks to Higravity and BIF 20 for the sample!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This was the stand-out for me at the 13 May 2005 Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge! Absolutely amazing! All of the rich maltiness was there, and it even appeared fuller because of the softer mouthfeel. It was the only beer I had all night (apart from Heavyweight's Hoppy Saison) that held a head and left lacing about the glass. The hop aroma didn't seem any fuller than usual, but it really didn't have to be. The hop flavors seemed to sink into the maltiness a bit more, and it was much rounder and incredibly drinkable! Of course, at 8.5% you are limited.... but I'd have drank it all night if I could (and almost did!).

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

from the bottle, poured a slightly hazy golden color with a off white head, and some lacing. aroma, grapefruit with sugar on it, caramel, hops, green apples, alcohol, grassy. flavor, grapefruit, honey, hops, nice mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol. this took re of my hop craving I had.

Photo of Star80
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before April 28th, per the bottle dating. Beer is pretty light colored with a slight haze, probably from all those hops! Not a huge head for so much hops and isn't lacing this glass which seems to always happen when I use the dishwasher so it's not the beer. Smells like citrus, pineapple, and some other weird fruits. Smell is also a bit like grain alcohol. Tastes a lot like what I remember DFH 90 minute IPA was like. Hops have mellowed a bit with age but they are still there in spades. I can now taste a bit of the pale malts in the the middle. They are actually quite good. Mouthfeel is heavy for such an innocent looking beer. Hmm. I don't find this beer to be highly drinkable. This is probably due to my disliking of some of the wild ass tasting hops and alcohol presence in this beer. Overall it is decent beer but I won't be buying as much next time.

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

Had a good workout on the treadmill and going to have a beer for the second half of the ncaa final. Looking for something refreshing so am going to try the victory hop wallop sent to me by sully.
an absolutely beautiful cloudy orange with tiny particles suspended. A creamy white head an inch plus thick that leaves nice lacing until your beer is done. A really unique orange citrus colour.

a light fruity, floral aroma. Citrus is predominant.

Initial taste is hoppiness and fruit juice even a little lemon as it washes over the tounge.
An acidic zing in the aftertaste, kind of like a bitter lemonade.

incredible drinkablity. This has to be one of my new favorites.
I am conciously trying to nurse it a little as i only have one... so sad.

This is an AMAZING beer.

Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,644 ratings.