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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,584 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,584
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 114
Gots: 166 | 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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marc77

California

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

Bottled 12/30/03. Lightly turbid pale bronze hue. Steadfast, dense and lofty ivory white head. Tattered lace remains. Burst of pink grapefruit and lemon oil upfront in aroma yields to a melange of minty ethanol and toasted malt. Softens as it breathes, with tangerine and light toffee hints surfacing agreeably. Welcoming aromawise. In flavor, incipient is a brief snap of light caramel sweetness. This is readily overrun by a surge, then lingering plateau of quinine and citrus pith bitterness. Hop flavor is of juicy, ripe lemon and sugar sprinkled grapefruit. Marmalade impressions abound. Surprisingly bereft of evergreen notes, save a trace pine needle hint. Full bodied and nearly perfectly dextrinous without any syrupy qualities in mouthfeel. Finishes surprisingly soft, with butterscotch sweetened biscuit and candied orange hints lingering. A delicious DIPA heavy handed in citrus character, shy in pine, and functional in malt character. Superlatively drinkable and approaching balanced, even. Reminescent of a more ballsy Bell's Two Hearted. Superbly crafted. Thanks to Buckeyenation for the delivery!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 00:04:50 | More by marc77
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maybrick

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Fortunately for me, I live 8 minutes away from Victoryville and am there alot. The boys pulled out a 1/2 bbl on 8/23/2004 and I was there promptly at noon.

What can I say about one of the best brews ever brewed by one of the best breweries?

After looking cloesly at this 8 month old brew that was stored in a cooler I did notice a touch of chill haze. The physical stability of the beer was just on the edge. The color was still great. That's why I didn't give it a 5 for appearance.

The nose however was strong, bold, and was just like I remembered it when it came out the first time. This batch was defintely frist batch. Ron Barchet confirmed this by reminding me no second batch (the dry hopped version) was bottled exclusively.

The nose has hints of pine, grapefruit, and wonderful blended hops.

The taste was wonderful. It's mellowed NOT! It's still as bold, smack ya upside the head as ever. For those who love the turly hopped up brews, this one 's for you! Wow!

The mouthfeel was most pleasant and it is extremelty deceptive in terms of the ABV. No noticable alcohol burn on the way down.

3.5 for drinklability because of the ABV - this ain't no session beer!

Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2004 12:41:54 | More by maybrick
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Am I really going to have to drive to PA this year to buy Hop Wallup? I can get every Victory in my store except this one. Too bad cuz I love this beer. No, it's not perfect but I am very fond of the grapefruit /citrus and resinous pine you find in this IPA. Did I mention how hoppy this is! After warming up a bit in a goblet, the hops smack you in the face. Warming, but deceptively so. It would be too easy to drink this all night! I've only had the pleasure once when a friend was good enouth to share his, it created quite an impression.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 18:22:56 | More by AlexJ
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rajendra82

Georgia

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

The beer came in a 12 oz. brown bottle with a brewed on date of December 30, 2003, courtesy of Lupe and BIF 10. The bottle had the legend of “Hop” Wallop printed in nearly unreadable font, but who buys bottles for light reading anyway, so I moved on to the main attraction. The body of the beer was apricot orange in color with a lot of cloudiness as a result of my preference of pouring the yeast in an IPA into the glass. The head on the beer was tall and crowning, and made it look a bit over carbonated. The head died down in a little while and left a lot of sticky lace on the sides of the goblet. The aroma was powerful green spicy hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. The taste was sweeter than I anticipated, with a lot of orange, peach, candied apples, and apricot fruitiness. The hop bitterness was quite subdued (which may have been the result of aging). The mouthfeel was soft and chewy and a lot “wetter” than most other beers in the style. There was some peppery spiciness in the aftertaste, but under the sweet coating that the beer put on my throat, it too was also quite secondary. This beer hides the 8.5% ABV alcohol very well under the rich malt, and is quite an approachable double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 03:24:58 | More by rajendra82
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BrewMaster

California

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

Good looking beer with a bit too much carbonation. But the carbonation dissipates fast to a mellow flow.

I tasted this along side Pizza Port Frank Double IPA and it could not hold a candle to Frank. The flavor was nice but a bit weak on the hops and not really any malty flavor. This is not a bad beer at all, but it is not an exceptional beer either.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 03:20:26 | More by BrewMaster
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wyllder

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off: Big thanks to BuckeyeNation for the chance to sample this brew.

Pours a murky golden amber with little to no head. Leaves plenty of sticky white lacing as you go.

Nose is fairly strong with grapefruit hops mingled with some damp-hay style muskiness.

First hit on the palate is more of the citrus bitterness from the nose. The bitterness backs off a bit on the midsip and that muskiness comes up center stage. Aftertaste is a jump back to the citrus bitterness again.

Overall, a solid offering from Victory. I think I still prefer Dreadnaught as far as DIPAs go, but then I haven't tried this fresh. I'll re-review when I do.

Wyll-

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 13:59:57 | More by wyllder
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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

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

Pours nicely; an initally well-bolstered eggshell-white head evaporates dissapointingly quickly to about a quarter inch of foam, although with significant clumping and tenacious crusting in the process. A handful of streamers mosey up through a dull, matte bronze-colored liquid; when held to light, copper highlights strain to shine around the edges of a glass murky with floating sediments. Served cool, the aroma starts by rolling up sharp and fruity (citrus: orange more than grapefruit), lingers with a body full enough to be called "fleshy" and nectarine-ish, and tapers off tartly. Too much body in the nosefeel to be called "floral," but with warmth, suggestions of pollen and pine (minus the "snap" of pine) emerge. Flavor is deeply balanced, with sourish hops dominating over a rugged maltiness suggestive of brown or raw sugars. With time, hops get harsher, with a poignant, punchy bitterness high and at the roof of the mouth pushing maltiness first to the sides of the palate and eventually off the edge. A hint of clover, even? Mouthfeel is well-rounded, with hop flavor sticking smoothly, solidly to palate after each sip; lacks the "shellacky" quality of some of the other boundary-pushing IPAs. I'm ready for another, but I think more than two bottles in one sitting would be too much (in terms of both palate fatigue and alcohol content). This sample was six months old; I think that after aging, the beer's remarkable balance may have been achieved at the sacrifice of the initial flavors' intensities. I greatly look forward to tasting a fresh sample. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 00:04:02 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with a nice white head and beautiful lacing. Sweet, hoppy, citrusy aroma. Citrusy, grapefruit, sharp fresh hop taste with a smooth malty sweet background. Very full/coating mouthfeel. I enjoy this as much as I would Dreadnaught or Ruination. The 03 vintage rocks, the 04 however, sucks :(

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 14:57:56 | More by egajdzis
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

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

I had this one in the cellar waiting for a special occasion, and seeing 20,000 BeerAdvocate.com members seems like a special occasion indeed.
A: Hazy golden amber in color. Head was initially about a fingers worth of a light tan suds, it's now about a quarter inch of a creamy looking foam. Some sediment is noted in the glass.

S: From this day forward, this is what will come to mind when I think of a Double IPA. Smells are a sweet grapefruity hop aroma at first. Not bitter in smell at all, but a solid hoppy aroma (I wish I knew what sort of hops they use). Nice malty bread smell underneath the hops. Brilliant.

T: Taste is a smart hop flavor that is surprisingly mellow at first, letting me get a nice feel for the malts used. There's a quick flash of a sweet flavor, but that gives way to a hoppy acidic twang that doesn't punch you, it seems to build on itself and grow into it's full hoppy glory. Finish is a long lingering sharp citrus flavor.

M: Super smooth, it's from a bottle but feels more like a cask conditioned. Full bodied, carbonation can't get any better, and the alcohol is nicely warming but very well masked.

D&N: As near to perfection in an IPA as I can imagine. I realize that five's should be rare, and this one got fives across the board, but I think that letting this beer age for a few months really let the flavors and aromas mature into a pretty perfect IPA. I've had many in bottles fresh from the brewery and they just didn't have the depth and character that this one does.

Edit to add: when this one comes out again, I'm thinking that putting a case or two in storage rather than two bottles would be a good idea. This beer rocks.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 01:56:36 | More by JackTheRipper
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jackndan

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory Hop Wallop: A twelve-ounce bottle, of a “very hoppy ale.” It’s got a cute little spiel down the side about the origins of Hop Wallop. Pours a hazy color, with an extraordinary amount of suspended sediment (despite the fact that this brew has been sitting in the fridge without moving for a good month). Fairly nice head, leaves some diffuse Belgian lace down the side of the glass. Curious aroma, very strong aroma of hops, but there is a wee bit off smell here as well, almost ammonia.

Very hoppy beer, that is true, extremely strong hop flavors, but almost absent is any malt base. As bitter as an IIPA as I’ve seen. Unfortunately, this beer is missing those floral/citrus hop flavors that really would have taken this brew to the next level. Leaves a slick feeling on the tongue, as it dries out the palate.

As it stands, it is a true hop bomb, and not a whole lot more. In addition, I am perplexed by the high level of sediment in this brew, I do not believe that I’ve seen it in other examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 02:41:52 | More by jackndan
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to goindownsouth for this sample.

I love the hop complexity to the aroma. Citrus (with a nice combination of sweet and sour), fresh, grass, with just a hint of malt base. None excessive, dominating or overpowering.
Orange-yellow-gold amber. Half-inch steady head, fragmented lacing. Cloudy. Good looking.
The first thing I notice upon drinking is how smooth it feels with a strong creaminess, but once past the lips the hops bit kicks in big time. It's a great contrasts of sensory experiences. Hops flavor is very reminiscent of the aroma, but isn't quite as complex. The citrus is more dominating and pushes overpowering. Nonetheless the grassy quality remains. Drink also begins with a short shot of malt sweetness that is really pleasing, but a little too short lived.
Wonderfully smooth with really interesting and enjoyable creaminess. Carbonation adds a bit to the bite, yet somehow remains subtle.
This is really very good. It deserves all the credit it's getting. Highly recommended for hop lovers. How does it hide the ABV so well?

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 18:19:01 | More by garymuchow
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UnionMade

Colorado

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

The beer pours into the willibecker glass a hazy, autumnal gold, a gargantuan froth erupting with a rather gentle pour. The soapy heap slowly settles, bubbles of every size forming a rocky, craggy heap until finally resting in a thick, even bubbled coating atop the brew. A couple sluggish carbonation bubbles drift up languidly. Thick chunks of lace cling to where the head once was, spattered clumps clinging all the way down. A bit less lace than I was expecting, but it's possible that it could be my glass. Great head retention, never wavering, even through a grilled cheese sandwich with pickles and tomatoes towards the end. A small clump of head remains at the bottom of the drained glass, looking forlorn, yet sturdy and proud.
The aroma is massively hoppy, as was expected. Pungent citrus conveys serious grapefruit juice, the kind you squeeze yourself, with a hint of biting orange and lime. Softer floral notes, suggestive of noble hops, create a gentler undertone. The vaguest touch of woodiness, perhaps oak chips? The malt lies buried within, struggling to bring my nose a toasty, slightly biscuity scent. Excellent esters blend with the hops, very fruity, with hints of pear, apricot and perfumey floral notes. An ever so slight touch of yeast fills the cracks. Vague fusel alcohol hides between the leaves of the hop colony that was sacrificed to fill my glass.
The flavor starts with a surprisingly mild toasty malt, quickly overtaken by the monstrous juggernaut of hops. A bit of yeast is immediately apparent, lending body and a softening, slightly doughy flavor that softens the hops some. The esters readily apparent in the nose are more or less roadkill in the wake of this grapefruit monster. A hint of pear and flowers are easily detectable, some searching produces the scattered remains of some apricot. (Upon letting a warmish sip sit on my tongue, the fruitiness blooms, extolling ripe red apple and juicy peach) The citrus intensifies into the finish, becoming very pleasantly rindy and bitter, a bit of floral, noble hops adding complexity, serving to teach the strongarmed, crewcut citric hops something about charm, diplomacy and etiquette. Some vague woodiness appears in the finish with warmth, undetectable when the beer is below cellar temperature. Very pleasant, but I'm not sure if it's hops, the yeast, or actual oak conditioning. A bit of a pine needle bite right in the end, along with a dash of alcohol, warming the belly. The aftertaste is mostly piney, citric hops, simplifying into a sharp, nearly metallic bitterness, sticking to the tongue almost as long as it takes me to get around to doing the dishes. The body is surprisingly light, somewhere in the grey area between medium and full. A surprisingly smooth mouthfeel, undoubtedly assisted by the yeast, strolling along the palate with an urbane, gentle carbonation.
A great double IPA from a great brewery. Perhaps my expectations were high, I assumed that the hype was at least partially unmerited, but it wasn't the best I2PA of all time. It is very distinct in it's hopping, and very, very enjoyable. The hops are excellent in the fruity, floral bitterness, but I could stand for a bit more body to back them up. The soft carbonation is awesome, though. They felt a hair too naked, kind of like a beautiful woman in revealing clothing. It's a fine line between seductive and trashy, and I feel like this brew's teetering on the edge, not sure where it wants to step. I did enjoy the lingering, nearly metallic aftertaste, but I can definitely feel the alcohol, particularly when this is the third beer in a session. Definitely make this the last one of the night, because you can't taste normal beer after a glass of the stuff. I'll certainly buy a six pack (or two) of this if it ever gets released again, but it'll probably take me a while to finish. I really do hope to see this again, preferably in larger quantities and maybe even outside of PA.
Thanks ever so much to Francisweizen and Beergeek for the bottles!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 07:23:03 | More by UnionMade
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange-amber with particles floating around, topped with a two finger creamy off-white head, leaves webs of lace.
Apricot and citrus aroma, full of juicy pink grapefruit, spruce tree, floral.
Very hoppy taste, hitting just about all the notes, citrus, floral, earthy, caramel and nutty notes as well. A bit peppery from the alcohol.
Medium feel, a bit oily.
Goes down smooth and quickly, I could probably go through a sixer if I had one. The bitter fruit-pit aftertaste sticks with you.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 13:53:33 | More by mschofield
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. The aroma is grassy, citrusy, with notes of bergamot. The taste is lightly sweet with an underlying toasted biscuit malt flavor. Of course this beer is hop dominated, but I like that I was able to get some maltiness up front. There is an astringent grassy note to the bitterness, as well as a resinous citrus/ pine hop note. This finishes with a solid slightly mouth-puckering bitterness. The key to to this beer is to drink it on the warm side of cool, so that the malt notes come out. Overall this is quite good, I just wish it was slightly more integrated, it needs a bit of smoothing out of the astringent notes. Still this is definitely a hop monster, and is a must try for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 17:09:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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kbub6f

New York

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

A small, creamy, dense head collapses doughily: a very pleasing effect. It leaves lots of spots of lacing as it goes. The beer is a hazy, orange-gold. Waves of ample carbonation. Plenty of grapefruit in the nose. I also smell some sugar. The grapefruit persists throught the perfumey front. A sweet, juicy middle is full, giving up a little bit of rich malt with temperature. Finish is a puckeringly bitter hopsohol. This is one hoppy, bitter beer. The alcohol is warming, but really quite well hidden given the slightness of the malt. The beer sweetens nicely with temperature, but remains hugely bitter. When the occasion calls for hops...

Cheers to Dantes.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 21:03:41 | More by kbub6f
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Boilermaker88

California

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

Hop Wallop was one of the protagonists at my blind tasting of six imperial IPA's last night. Poured from a 12oz bottle, it had a hazy light amber color, lighter than expected, topped with a rather large and fluffy white head. Some very fine sediment remained in suspension.
The nose was fruity-sweet, of dried apples and pineapples, with a hint of bubblegum and followed by a heady citrusy floral hops aroma. The taste had an initial grainy malt flavor that gave way to a candied fruit sweetness. This all didn't last very long before a rush of grapefruit juice and pine needles washed over my tongue and stayed there, refusing to move out. The alcohol content was very well concealed. The feel was medium-bodied leaning toward the lighter side, crisp and dry.
Hop Wallop was a real departure from most of the other I2PA's at the tasting. It had a lighter, drier feel than all but Ruination yet maintained a greater balance of malt to hops. Yes, Hop Wallop has plenty of hoppy goodness but it isn't overboard or skewed to the detriment of the malt character. Hopefully, it can be seen out here come fall.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 21:58:19 | More by Boilermaker88
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Gusler

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after excavating itself from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in my room temperature Stone India Pale glass a slightly beclouded deep amber color, the head is Brobdingnagian in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color an off white with the lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. The aroma of hops greets you first, then nice malt sweetness with a citrus like crispness to end it all. Start is sweet with a brilliant malt profile and the top is middling in its feel with the finish iron-willed in its acidity. The hops sumptuous in their spiciness with the aftertaste continuing the hop bite till the very dry end. A magnificent beer that all we “Hop Heads” will love and I thank Bennybrew for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 23:16:24 | More by Gusler
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

The bottle was 5 months old and poured hazy with some particulates and copper/orange in color. Well carbonated and released lots of fragrant hops. Great juicy,fresh,floral hops in the nose.Pine resin, orange zest,grapefruit,fresh cut grasses,big fruity esters up your nose.Great mouthfeel,a little chewy and good effervesence. Big hop flavor and good sustainable bitterness. Not overly bitter,with malt in the backseat. Reminiscent of SN Celebration,but bigger,less malt character,and more hops.
Lots of dried fruits, sticky,chewy citrus. Hints of cotton candy, bubble gum,pine needles. Lingering hop attack and bitterness,not too drying,but crisp enough to be appetizing. Sure to be a repeat offender. Not as fresh tasting as I was anticipating. Must be incredible on tap or cask. Thanks,Frank!

Edit 12/04/05:
on tap at Sunset
this beer is all about the freshness.
Freshly tapped keg sample exuded a pungent, juicy hoppiness.
Hop flavor was intense and dry.
A fresh example is superior.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 15:42:31 | More by brewandbbq
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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

Pours cloudy orange tinted amber color with a two-finger hed that receded slowly leaving lace remnants on the glass. Lots of little matter suspended in the nectar.
Aroma of grapefruit, bubblegum, some fresh cut grass and light pine. Light caramel or pale malt in the background. Very complex aromas.
Flavor has some pale malt in there but it is hiding from the attack by the hop monsters, wow ! Flowery, perfumey, grassy and sweet hops lead a coordinated attack. Pure hop juice delight.
Mouthfeel actually starts somewhat smooth and sweet but then the escalator of bitterness begins and doesn't stop until the penthouse. So bitter it made my teeth hurt. Very complex layers of bittering.
Drinkability is very high, you better be in the mood for a bitter beer face. Never thought such a bitter beer could taste so delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 23:40:47 | More by CRJMellor
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far333

Connecticut

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

Hazy apricot color with small suspended particles. A nearly white frothy head sits atop leaving a half inch of meringue that just hangs in there for the duration.

Smell is full and sweet - citrusy hops with some pine and also some nutmeg. A bit of the alcohol can be detected in the nose as well.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy and envelopes the whole mouth leaving an orange peel tingle all around. Rings and webs of oily lace blanket the inside of the glass.

Flavor is rich, very citrusy, with pine and honey notes, and a bit of alcohol sweetness in the finish. Lingering aftertaste is sweet oranges and bitter pine that hangs on the back of the tongue and entices you to keep sipping. Very drinkable for a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 00:06:38 | More by far333
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Significantly hazy rich golden amber with just the barest hint of orange. The head is cream in color, large and stickyfirm. It persists for a very long time, eventually falls to a thick disk and leaves chunky lace in no discernible pattern.

Hop Wallop smells incredible! It's chock full of wall-to-wall citrusy hops that are more tropical than is usual for the style. This beer has one of the best noses (top 3 at least) of any of my 125 reviews. Candied lemon peel, grapefruit and passion fruit burst out of the glass and bowl me over with their magnificence. I just know that the flavor is going to be out of this world as well...

...and it is. This is the closest--along with Ruination--to pure hop juice in a glass that I've ever had. Make no mistake, that's a good thing. This baby is one big, bold, intensely hopped DIPA, yet the bitterness is well supported. The IBUs must be off the charts, yet there's not a sharp edge in sight; nothing but pure, clean, intense hoppy goodness.

The hops are of the pungeant, piney, citrus fruity (grapefruit and orange) variety. Right up my alley in other words. The body/mouthfeel is impressively big as well. It's full, chewy, sticky, sappy and sweet; the better to hold the beer in close contact with my tastebuds all the way to and through a long, lingering, seemingly never-ending finish.

This is a beer to savor. It just begs to be drunk though and the bottom of the glass is fast approaching despite my best efforts to make it last. The hype surrounding HW was greater than anything that I've ever seen in my (still somewhat limited) time on this site. I bought into that hype since I love IPAs and I've spent a lot of time and effort trying to acquire this beer. Believe me, it was worth it. If you love hops, you must get ahold of Hop Wallop.

I owe a special debt of gratitude to gueuzegeek who provided me with this (my original) bottle. I also want to thank Dantes who made it possible for three more to find their way into my possession. It'll be tough making them last until fall when I hope to buy this hop nectar by the case. "Hoppiness is happiness".

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 20:07:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely amazing! The lace from the cask pour and the insane amount of hops was leaving thick rings all the way down the glass. Sweet pine and spice aroma, fruity esters and a mild higher alcohol in the nose. So smooth on the palate with a biting hoppiness with a continuation of that with the alcohol in the finish. Every time the malt wanted to break through the hops beat it back down. The alcohol was a bit too much though this is thoroughly a sipping beer to begin with @ 8.5% abv.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2004 11:56:57 | More by Jason
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truthbrew

Minnesota

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

Enjoyed due to the generosity of Tavernjef at his b-day party! Cheers!

Opened it and was overwhelmed by an insane aroma of hops... yum. Best smelling IPA I've ever experienced. Color was a slightly hazy copper. Taste was bitter, but no over-the-top hopping. Most surprising aspect of this beer was the balance of the alcohol. I had no idea this was an 8.5% beer until looking here. Drinkability was quite high, especially for a Double IPA. It definitely gives Two Hearted, Alpha King, and Celebration some competition, but all are excellent in their own way.

EDITTED: 12-6-2004

Latest batch didn't seem to have the same punch and stand out qualities that the initial spring batch did. I wonder if it's that or the "rareness" which up'd my first review a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 04:15:53 | More by truthbrew
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rdrummer

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk at the Philly Beer Rally. There is really nothing bad that can be said about this beer. It is a beautiful hazy golden color with a large creamy white head with the usual IPA lacing. As a hops lover the aroma is ambrosia to me. The smell of hops is overwhelming. The taste is very small, however, with the hops bitterness as the first taste, but a real sweetness that balances the taste at the end. It is full bodied on the tongue with that great bit of hops oilyness. This is one Imperial IPA that I could become addicted to. It also gives you faith in the beer to see the owner pour himself a beauty pint right before heading off on a tour of the brewery.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2004 21:46:29 | More by rdrummer
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pheurton

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

on cask at Victory, 2004 philly rally: cloudy golden orange with sheets of cascading foam that settles to a 1/2" of a creamy slightly off-white head. lace stuck to the glass in a way i've never seen with any other beer...almost left the glass opaque as the beer was consumed. flowery pungent hop aroma of pine needles and lemon zest...just unbelievably fresh and intoxicating. relatively low-level of carbontaion and super-creamy full mouthfeel. so goddamn smooth it's almost unreal. huge resinous chewy hop flavor with much more of christmas tree character than i remember from the bottled version. remains juicy and still somehow retains a note of sweetness, which comes in as over-ripened pear and other light fruit flavors. finish is long and wonderfully bitter. this beer is at it's best when it gets to near room temerature and the softness of the hops really come out. as good as the bottled version was, the cask-conditioned version one-up's it. as close to perfection as i've ever encountered. unreal.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2004 20:59:08 | More by pheurton
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,584 ratings.