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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,623
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 116
Gots: 187 | 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 asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Considering the limited availability and the notice from Victory about the importance of aging, I figured I should finally get a case since I missed out last year.

Appearance - I was expecting more, honestly. From what I've seen in the past the appearance doesn't rank as high as I wanted. Not as hazy as I was expecting, and the head was fairly thin and white. Still pretty good, though.

Smell - Beautiful. Fragrant hops and mild bitterness. A field of flowers.

Taste - Extremely delicious. Smell carries over into the taste, and the bitterness is the perfect compliment to how flavorful the hops infusion is in the beer. Everything is better as it warms, and I'm curious to crack one open at cellar temperature next time. Alcohol is also not evidenced very well; it's hidden in the beautiful balance.

Mouthfeel - Definitely nothing wrong with it. Coats the mouth in flavor. Not too carbonated. Great overall.

Drinkability - I gave the drinkability a 4 for some good reasons. At 8.5%, clearly you don't want to make it a session beer. It's also so good that it needs to be sipped and had very slowly to really enjoy the flavors as it warms. Then again, it's so tasty that it's hard to only have just one.

I paid about $32 for a case. I recommend a purchase for sure if you're a fan of hoppy beers or IPA. I can't wait to see what happens over the next few years as I keep it in the cellar.

asabreed, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of cracker
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so I finally got my hands one of these after missing out last winter in its debut (and all the hype). Not sure how it compares to last year's version. But here it goes.

Pours a golden yellow-brown. Nice head. The smell is of the bittering hops and not so much aroma/flavoring hops in my opinion. I think this beer is bittered with chinook and/or maybe columbus hops. I don't really appreciate any cascades in this one. I feel the beer's hop presence is slightly overwhelming. Very little malt backbone if any at all. Taste is a bit stringent for my liking.

However, I felt the beer's drinkablity markedly improved as it sat in the glass for 10-15 mins. I suggest not drinking this ice cold but perhaps closer to 50F or so.

Overall, I think it is a worthy Victory beer but certainly not as impressive as I was expecting.

cracker, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice bronze or honey hue, and from an aggressive pour I was able to get a 2-finger thick frothy head. There was good lacing as it went down the glass. The smell was sort of spicy, and a sort of apple-like hop aroma. The taste again, reminded me of apples, but was mostly a bittery hop citrus flavor. I think I also detected the slightest hint of malt too, but maybe I'm wrong. The mouthfeel was very well-balanced and had a definite hop aftertaste. My verdict: even though I'm not a hophead I still thought this was a pretty good beer.

tomthumbsblues, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours and looks much like HopDevil although I did not do a side-by-side comparision. Gentle fruity aroma of spruce, pine, and citric peels. On the palate steady hop bite but just enough malt to mild things out a bit. I did not realize it was 8.5% alcohol till I looked at the bottle later...fairly well hidden. Great brew.

WilliamPhilaPa, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of Lafe
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful amber color, which completely belies the complexity behind it. From appearance alone, I expected something much simpler. The aroma of hops wafts from the pint glass as I pour this beer, but again, it only hints at what I'll find within. The aroma actually falls short of predicting the hop flavor I'll find here.

Upon tasting, this beer makes itself known. The hop flavor is astounding. You wouldn't expect this much hop flavor after seeing the clarity of this brew, nor sniffing its aroma from a pint glass. Bitterness is high to medium, and the malt support is adequate... meaning that hops dominate from start to finish, without being so over the top that I couldn't drink it at all.

Being a hophead, I could actually drink these all day. Wow, what a beer! Drinkability scores high here, simply because the bitterness behind this one is one to crave. I would compare it to what I find in Tupper's Hop Pocket, with a slight advantage in taste, but a major disadvantage in price.

You'd never know the alcohol content of this beer from the taste. The hops mask the alcohol nearly completely.

The price on the six pack is a bit high for the budget conscious, but I'd be way disappointed if I passed it up on that reason alone...

Lafe, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very powerful beer--high in alcohol and VERY high in hop. The on-tap version pours slightly cloudy, golden with a nice head.

The aroma is largely flowery hop. My daughter thought it smelled like oatmeal...hmmm, I don't think so.

Flavor wise, you better like bitter, bitter beer. The hop is overwhelming. The only way I knew there was malt was from the alcohol and the color. The beer is surprisingly rich given the flavor. The carbonation is expectedly high as a balance to the richness. I would not categorize this beer as "drinkable" simply because it lies on the outer extreme of an extreme category. If you're looking for something different and special, try this one.

smcolw, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of freed
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this the other day in the midst of a cold and didn't think it was that strong despite other's insistence. Now I'm cleared up and ready to review.

Pours a bright golden that has a color gradient to a deeper almost bronze in the core. It shows amazing clarity and a mild fizz of foam that stays for the entire beer. Excellent lacing though, and a rather attractive drink.

The aroma is unique, I'll give it that. While some Imperial IPAs have heavily refined hop aromas that combine only the best, this seems short on the good hop aroma and leaves only a fermenting grass smell.

The taste starts as being a bit brash in its hop load, though a second, third, and even fourth sip are needed to acclimate the palette of this hophead to the bitterness of the wallop. The hop combination dominates the taste, though there is some sweet maltiness once my saliva has returned my mouth to a hospitable environment. It seems that refinement of hops that hurt the aroma does have some downsides in the taste, but the bitterness profile is unique enough and interesting in its own way that I'm curious how each sip is going to taste.

I'm really torn about how to rate the drinkability because this isn't a beer I'd want a second of unless I was planning on getting blotto and I didn't plan on consuming anything else for taste. But assuming that the serving is just 1 bottle, its right on. Even as I'm finishing my glass, I'm having flashbacks to hop madness, where I ate hop resin off a conveyor belt.

freed, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

light golden amber with a sticky white head that laces all the way down the glass. smells so hoppy that it's piney in a very literal way. pineapple fruit aromas are in there too. sweet and citrusy with an almost marijuana ashy smell.
tastes like hops juice from some sort of hops press. huge citrusy hop flavors, some amarillo asprin-y bitterness too. a lot of bitterness at the end. some slight... slight caramel malt action that does not even come close to balancing or being a presence in the beer at all... awesome. oily medium body with fairly strong carbonation suiting this beer well. drinkability is 4.5 be cause in spite of the bitterness this is highly drinkable. i can see how this might be a little hard to take in quantity though. this was just about everything i hoped it would be, and i think this is almost approaching the pinnacle of what it is to be an imperial IPA. i would like it a little thicker in the mouth with a *slight * addition to the caramel malt profile, not to sweeten things but just to add some body and a little bit of a layer of complexity.

kmo1030, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a 12 oz bottle.
Poured into the glass, this is a slightly lighter orange than the typical IPA, a tiny pure white head lasts for a minute then is gone ,leaving minimal laceing.
A most pleasant aroma from this one, very aromatic and hoppy.Quite fresh or so it seems.

Taste? 100% hop juice!!,very bitter aftertaste, though now and again flashes of sweetness and malt show through, despite thehigh alcohol volume, it really is not noticed.
Pretty nice on the palate for one so hoppy.
A most drinkable beer ,i dare say a hopheads dream!

Reidrover, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a British imperial pint glass. Enjoy by date clearly marked for April 26 2005. This beer is a freshy.

The aroma on this beer is phenomenal. Strong whiffs of citrus fruit (grapefruits, oranges, and limes) and balsam fur pine.

Clearish yellow, light orange color. Nice sticky lacings cling and stay all over the glass.

Medium bodied with a really smooth mouthful. Again, pine and citrus are blending together to create a sweet and bitter combo. Sweet and crisp with a major hop bite.

Incredibly drinkable at 8.5% ABV. This beer is a treat and one of the best double IPA's I've had.

Recommended. I'm so glad this beer just began working its way into Boston. This is one masterpiece of an IPA.

Hibernator, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear orange yellow in color with a nice 1.5" fluffly head. Numerous slow rising tiny bubbles make this look over carbonated, but it isn't at all. The aroma is of piney hops, grass, and mild malt. The flavor is strong on the piney dry hop tones, but the malt is just right to balance this out. Some grapefruit and alcohol are also noticeable.

The mouthfeel is crisp at the start. The finish is crisp and dry with the strong bitterness lasting long on the tongue. Medium bodied which makes this an exceptional beer to drink. Very easy to have a few in one session.

Gavage, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of sideshowrob
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's hard to provide an unbiased review of a beer that has been so massively hyped, but here it goes:...

Wallop poured out of the bottle a shockingly pale, unassuming golden yellow-amber color, not entirely unlike the hue of the mass-market stuff. Hops note was present in the smell, but was also very reserved - nothing to indicate this was more than a run-of-the-mill pale ale.

The taste was magnificent. Such a purity in mission and flavor is rarely seen. Brew appears to get all of it's flavor from wet-hopping, and all of that wonderful brewed-in bitterness. Not a hint of the hoppy-sweet flavors the massively dry-hopped beers tend to get (DFH 120...). This brew appears to have been brewed from the pure essence of a massive IPA. Only brew that can compare in wet-hopped bitterness would be Stone's excellent ruination.

Mouthfeel was again good, but nothing to write home about. Cabonation was correct for this brew. Wallop was extremely drinkable, and the high ABV was totally hidden in the flavor. Not sure if the malt-heads would agree, but this is a brew that should be savored, but can be quaffed like a session brew. Very, Very nice.

sideshowrob, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of brewnut11
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Wallop pours out of the bottle in a clear pale light orange color, much like your average IPA with a nice white head. The aroma is of a pine tree (a good pine tree on a cold evening). It has a strong bitterness, piney/alchol....very tasty for hop lovers. Hop flavor is good but the bitterness is what hits you and sticks with you. Carbonated on the high side for an IPA which adds a nice touch to the high hop bitterness. A great tasting beer to start off with or enjoy one or two an evening. Living in the northeast (about 50 miles from Victory Brewing) I was never able to get my hands on this beer untill now. It lived up to it billing. This beer only comes out in the fall and I would get a case every fall.

brewnut11, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of Erix
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Definitely not what I expected from a double IPA. Looks more like a pale ale. Pale gold in color, with a somewhat rocky head. Quite clear, with no sediment at all.
Smell: A lot of piney alcohol, somewhat gin like, but not in a bad way. Malt comes through rather subdued.
Taste: Pure hops at first, but in a rather clean if piney and peppery way. Still not as much malt body there as I would expect, but more substantial than the color would have led me to believe. Alcohol is also there, but more as a lingering heat. Better on tap of course, but still good.
Mouthfeel: A more substantial body would have served this beer well, but it still caused me to reconsider how I conider a light colored beer.
Drinkiability: The farther into my glass I get, the higher I want to rate drinkability. This is most likey due to the strenght of the beer, but I've gotta give it some points for that.

Erix, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good golden orange color and modest head.
Smell: It smelled of bug fruity, cascade hops. I was very impressed.
Taste: Big and mighty hop explosion of fruity sourness and deep bitterness. Although not as intense as DHF 90 Minute IPA, it still a monster beer. What most impressed me was the finish was far less salty than other DIPA's. Very good.
Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I'd like, but good.
Drinkability: It's great to finally try it, and I'll definitely be trying more of it.

jvajda, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear golden peach body. Moderate carbonation. A loose foamy head of 2 inches with minimal agitation in the pour. Nice overall look.

Smell: Not really strong, this has subtle smells of fresh hops, dried flowers, freshly cut grass, some light tropical fruit.

Taste: This is a delicate ale, not a hop soup like Ruination or Dreadnaught. This has a real dry malt base, with little residual flavors from the sugars. The 8.5% abv is very well concealed, and this drinks very lightly. The hops impart little in expressive flavor; rather, they only contribute their own real taste. This tastes like fresh hops, raw and green, fresh from the plant. These don't even taste cured, they don't give the multitude of flavors that hops can create. Fresh cut grass, perhaps some pineapple and orange, not quite as much ascerbic grapefruit of others but some. This finishes with a marked bitterness; it's obvious that some high alphas were used. Overall, I like this very much. It's much more approachable than most DIPAs, and I could actually drink a few of these.

Mouthfeel: Light for such a big beer. Really delicate, nicely put together. Not cloying at all.

Drinkability: This is the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had. This isn't so noisy that it can only be had in a single serving. I really enjoy this, and even though it may not be last year's groundbreaking version, it's still very good and a great departure from the sloppy "let's throw everything in except the kitchen sink " DIPAs that have recently come into fashion. A nice accomplishment.

99bottles, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper in color with a creamy white head, that leaves good lacing. The aroma is...well, hops. Citric, slightly fruity...maybe a hint of grapefruit. There is malt, but it is so overpowered by the hops you can barely detect it. The flavor is light in malt, then it hits you with the hop bitterness. I really can't even taste the hops, it is just a burning hop bitterness in the finish...it burns your throat going down. It has an alcohol warmth toward the end, but it is a drying bitterness in the finish. It is an ok beer, a little one sided, could use some malts to balance it out....but I suppose they were just trying to shock you with the hop bitterness.

It is overrated in my opinion. If you like just hops then this is your brew, but if you like a bit more complexity...then pass.

BeerBuilder, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of kegerator
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

another great Victory Brew.
Poured a slightly copper yellow with a half inch head that fizzled down quickly.
Smell was all hops nice grapfruit citrus smell.
taste was smooth and citrusy up front with a nice dry hoppy finish
excellent brew and dangerously drinkable as far as the alcohol being masked. its very hoppy and hard to drink more then two of thesee in one sitting though

kegerator, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear as a bell, pale amber color at best, lighter than I expected (it also seems to look different than what I've heard about last year's batches). One half inch of fluffy white head of good duration. Spidery crystalline laces. Prickly aroma, hops give a mixed fruit impression -- almost like Juicy Fruit gum. Carbonation is more or less subdued, mouthfeel on the lighter side of medium. The briefest of malt hinted at by the aroma is quickly beaten into submission by an ongoing hoppiness that expands in impact, quickly moving from rind of cantelope to a burnt candle wick by the time the aftertaste kicks in. The 8.5% ABV seems moderately hidden but is noticeable. The overall statement seems clear, unidimensional, not that interesting, and a little overhyped. Yeah, its a blast of hops. What a SHOCK in American brewing...NOT...

ADR, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, champagne looking beer. The head monstrous in its size, and it doesn't go away. Smells very piney and hoppy with a mostly an alcohol back. Tastes much less bitter than expected. Very hoppy with a nice dry back. Aftertaste doesn't stop. This another great offering from Victory. They are quickly becoming my favorite American brewery. This is another gem in the Victory line-up. A great tasting beer, hoppy enough to satisfy the hop-heads, but mellow enough to make it a beer you don't want to end.

santoslhalper, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of marburg
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
a tale of a hoppy beer.
That started with these Vic'try guys
and finished with me here.
The hops were a piney, mighty force,
the look was crystal clear.
My palate suffered bitterness shock,
on this super hoppy beer, this super hoppy beer.

The drinking started getting rough,
with no little to no malt.
My frail little tongue was spent,
and ruined my next alt, ruined my next alt.

The aftertaste took refuge in every corner of my mouth --
the piney hops, grapefruit too,
the herbalness, with head so white,
the bitterness! the fragrence and dryness
here on my ruined palate!

(In other words, if you enjoy hoppy IPAs, this is your holy grail.)

marburg, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally gots me some Wallop! Pours into the Duvel tulip with a stealthy just off white tall collar of foam that settles on top of clear bracing gold/orange liquid. Nose is very pungent and fresh hop aroma. I'm sure I smelled some malt in background there too. The taste is a blast of floral yet very very bitter hoppiness, with some malt sweetness popping in briefly, then some walloping alcohol flavor takes the stage. Light biscuity malt notes appear quickly as well. Finishes...well let's just say if you love hop bitterness, you're gonna love the finish on this ale...just long, long, long! A bit of fruitiness is sensed before being whisked away by the dominating bitterness. Very good! Let's see how ol' Hop Wallop ages, eh???

beerluvr, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading a lot about this beer, I was excited to finally get a six-pack and try some. It pours an extraordinarily clear, light-orange color with a notably thick, foamy, white head. Great lace. The aroma is not exactly what I expected, but an intense citrus, orange-like, fruity, peppery smell. The citrus-like character is present in the flavor as well, with serious grapefruit and lemon. It’s also very well balanced with a nice maltiness. It’s bitter from the first sip, and the finish is amazingly long and lingering. It’s moderately carbonated, and has a solid, full mouthfeel. Hops are certainly the centerpiece, but I was impressed with how well they are balanced. Overall, I thought that the beer was solid and very drinkable, but probably not quite up to the hype.

Suds, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this brew for my 500th point and it was worth it! This has got to be one of the best hophead lover's delight. On tap at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA...thanks guys? This brew is just plain hoppy and dry, dry, dry....it dried my upper palate like a shot of whiskey and did the same down my throat. The only thing less than spectacular was the smell, which was still superb. It poured a medium gold with great lacing. Citrus hops were evident in the smell. The taste of the hops were there from start to finish...great!!!
Mouthfeel is dry, dry, dry...I loved it! Drinkability is a hophead's delight...this brew is a must for hop lovers.

edchicma, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the sunset grill, in Allston (Boston)

Two words. What happened? This beer is completely different than the two limited Hop Wallop batches of 2003! The appearance is OK, but it is a little muddy, and the head did not last as long as I remembered. The aromas of this years batch were very subdued and even a bit malty. Where are all the fresh citrusy/piney hops!? They have been replaced with the aroma of "hot" alcohol! The taste is also not as I remember it....where are the hops!? This brew is not very hoppy at all, in fact it is very boozy and quite malty on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but a bit sharp and hard to handle. "prickly" one could say. The drinkability remains good, as this is still an OK (if hot) beer, but where is my precious Hop Wallop!?

francisweizen, Nov 12, 2004
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,623 ratings.