Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-16-2004 17:09:03 | More by Gueuzedude
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
05-13-2004 21:03:41 | More by kbub6f
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-09-2004 21:58:19 | More by Boilermaker88
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
05-08-2004 23:16:24 | More by Gusler
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
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!
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.
04-25-2004 15:42:31 | More by brewandbbq
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-14-2004 23:40:47 | More by CRJMellor
4.47/5 rDev +9%
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.
04-13-2004 00:06:38 | More by far333
4.9/5 rDev +19.5%
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".
04-03-2004 20:07:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.47/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-31-2004 11:56:57 | More by Jason
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
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.
03-30-2004 04:15:53 | More by truthbrew
4.72/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
03-28-2004 21:46:29 | More by rdrummer
4.8/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
03-28-2004 20:59:08 | More by pheurton
4.43/5 rDev +8%
This is definitely one hopheads are going to go crazy for. There is a noticeable malt profile, but let's be honest here, it is completely overwhelmed by the hops. It is a treat and wasn't as overwhelming as I thought it would be. To be honest, this is my first time trying an Imperial IPA. For the style, it is pretty darn drinkable. Drinkable for non hopheads? Of course not. But it is drinkable for those in between the two groups. A rare treat. I hope we see this more often.
03-28-2004 19:18:03 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.97/5 rDev +21.2%
This is such a fine beer. I love hops and usually don't like overly sweet beers, so this beer and me, I feel were made for eachother. The smoothness, oh the smoothness... It's really incredible. Extremely creamy, chewy and yes, smooth with a solid maltiness underneath. Cloudy golden orange in color and was topped off by a layer of creamy white foam. The aroma was highly lemony, perfumey, estery. Perfect bitterness in the finish and the alcohol is completely hidden. This was a special treat, thanks Victory!
03-28-2004 02:16:12 | More by pezoids
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
Well after reading all the rave reviews and checking the forum on this much hyped beer, I said "I needs me some of dat!!!" But how am I gonna get it, its only in PA and possibly in South Jersey. Then it happened some one was willing to part with the wallop and pass the torch to someone else. So I made contact with a couple of BA's offered some goodies I had and traded for the wallop(thanks francisweizen and beergeek for hooking me up). So I finish up with work today and a much much needed beer is what I had to have. So I go for the the smack in the face brew that's in my fridge Hop Wallop!!! And pour its contents into a glass and get it ready to be consumed. I let it sit and warm up a bit as it is much to cold to consume right now. Ahhhh now its ready to meet its maker...
Pours out a golden orangish color with a thick frothy head it thins out but stays until the very last drop is gone, as you sip it, it is leaves a lacing around your glass. It's a bit hazy in there and then there is a little bit of yeasty flakes swimming around as well. Good lord that aroma is spicey, and piney and a bit of pepper. Taste was spicey and citrusy sort of had a grapefruit flavoring at the end with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Bubbles were noticeable that gave this a crisp initial bite and medium bodied feel as it goes down nice a smooth. I'm not much of a hop head but I did enjoy this one.
03-26-2004 03:28:46 | More by Running4beer
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
Thanks to Malto for this sample.
The beer has hops for miles and this makes the drinker make a decision ; are you a hophead or not? I am and I loved the huge hop nose that smelled almost like great B.C. bud. My dad thought this beer unbalanced but this brew is not a attempt at mass market acceptance or even anything other than a gift to those who crave hops.
Oh yeah, the head was fine and the colour nice but it was the hops that keep me up at night dreaming of Cascade, Columbus, Centennial etc, etc.
03-24-2004 02:52:06 | More by canucklehead
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottled in Dec. 2003...
Appearance: amber-gold, nice modest layer of yellowish foam which slowly compacts, good clarity (if you handle the bottle VERY carefully... lots of loose sediment), really appetizing looking, nice lacing on the glass
Aroma: pine needles, grapefruit rind, grass, malt sweetness and a touch of strawberry fruitiness
Flavor: initial passion-fruit fruitiness then an oncoming grapefruit bitterness followed by rich malty relief, an acerbic bitterness dries it out to leave a pleasant hop-resinous aftertaste, slightly grassy, very well-balanced
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, low carbonation, quite astringent
Overall Impression: This bottle was courtesy of frank4sail, who brought it (amongst many others) to Belgium for me. Since I'm not a hop-head, I was a bit "intimidated" by this one. I thought it was going to peel the tastebuds off of my tongue like some of the other hop monsters in the US. It's actually a really nice beer. Super well-balanced and oodles of delectable flavor. Definitely raises my opinion of Victory because the only other beer of their's I've tried is Golden Monkey (which I thoroughly deplored). This beer had something in common with Golden Monkey, though: a mound of extremely loose sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
03-21-2004 13:59:00 | More by GreenCard
4.7/5 rDev +14.6%
Foamy, yellowish white head that left solid lacing. Dark golden colored beer with an orange hue. Strong aroma of fresh citrus hops. The hop smell carries over into the flavor and is joined by a lightly sweet malt base. The flavor carries well into the finish which is slightly bitter. A smooth drinking beer that reaks of freshness in both flavor and hops. I'll be all over this one next year.
03-21-2004 01:57:38 | More by HappyHourHero
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
Bright golden with a puffy yellow/white foam. This foam has a big citrus hop aroma with some smoke, tangerines, grapefruit that is nice and resiny. Full, oily body with hops in front, middle and back. Flavors of grapefruit rind predominate with the malt structured very well, it provides great body while letting the hops shine. The finish is bitter and dry, but very drinkable for such a full bodied brew. The hop flavor mayybe a bit one demensional to me, a little more complexity and nirvana could be found, even so, I did love it just the same.
03-12-2004 04:09:40 | More by jeffboo
4.72/5 rDev +15.1%
Hop Wallop - almost sounds like one of those "what the...?" Pennsy town names like Meshoppen, Conshohocken, Shickshinny, Shamokin... 12 oz. bottle, guy who looks like the offspring of Snuffy Smith and Gabby Hayes on a bender on the label. Pours bright gold with a fluffy head chock full of staying power.
Holy cats. Then I wash my hands and sniff again. Yep. Holy cats. Thought I had grabbed a juniper bush. Massively catty, piney, grapefruit-rind-y aroma. I get comfortable and start to sip...
Ever have a really good, sharp, spicy Gewurztraminer? One that starts out with grapefruit and apricot, maybe some pear, then gets spicy as hell? This iis the beer equivalent. The start of this beer is a-freakin'-mazing. Fruity malt (apricot, pear) with a background bitterness that *just* *keeps* *building* until it finishes with a resinous hop bite of epic proportion. 8.5%? Can't taste it. The aftertaste is like a morning grapefruit. Forget the hype, etc. - this is one impressive brew.
Many thanks to BA jackson for the bottle!
03-11-2004 12:15:52 | More by sponberg
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours with very little white head that leaves a syrupy lacing on the glass. The color is apricot/orange -- very hazy with active carbonation. A big hop nose that reminded me of Rogue's I2PA. The mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and full. The taste is pretty much what the name implies -- a hop wallop. Its great if you like hops, but if you have any hop-aversion, you might not like this brew. The aftertaste is very dry and somewhat bitter. Despite the "bigness" of this brew, it is fairly easy drinking. Another winner from Victory.
03-10-2004 03:48:03 | More by jtfest
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
Package: 12oz. crowned, brown bottle. Vibrant cartoon character of Horace “Hop” Wallop. “Bottled on 12 30 03” Inventive story on the side of the label.
Cost: $32 a case
Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint at ~50º.
Appearance: A bit paler than most Imperial IPA’s I’ve had, although there are some ruddy copper notes. Close inspection reveals a colloidal suspension of fine brown particles. This is meant to be the “dry hopped” version of HW, so perhaps these are the artifacts of that process. A strong pour generated a sturdy, dryish white head that didn’t last quite as long as expected, resolving down to a modest skim with moderate lacing. Overall, a fairly rich, rustic appearance.
Smell: Very floral and surprisingly nuanced. I expected a bit of a giant-killer, but as this falls somewhere between some IPA’s and some monster Imperials, I guess this is to be expected. The expected mentholated pine and citrus elements predominate, but are leavened by some pineapple and lichee fruitiness and a touch of malt background. Vibrant but not harsh.
Taste: Confirms much of what the nose promised. The fruitiness is complex, balancing the heavy hop oil elements of pine and grapefruit. Definitely bitter enough to earn its classification, but not in a one-note way. The alcohol is well-integrated into the whole. Warming but not oppressive. The finish is full, but not quite as long as I expected.
Mouthfeel: Not quite as full-bodied as Dreadnaught or 90 Minute IPA. The carbonation is more lively and the texture lighter. I never had the opportunity to have this on draught, but I expect it might be flatter, thinner, and more bitter tasting without the hop percolation provided by the strong carbonation.
Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, almost achieving “session Imperial” status. Great value too.
Backwash: I’m writing this review after a lot of samples, because I wanted to have a complete picture. My first bottle (after much travail) was inevitably a bit of a let-down (how could it not be?). Drinking through many bottles over the last couple of months has allowed me to be more objective about it. So, let me say, this an excellent beer, bordering on great. First, this particular brew falls somewhere between the bigger Imperials like Dreadnaught and 90-minute and bigger IPA’s like Alpha King and Stone. I felt it was a bit less balanced than my favorites to date, Dreadnaught and 90 Minute. This probably edges those out in aroma, but is less flavorful and not quite as hefty in malts. That said, especially at $32/case, this SCREAMS to be added to the regular lineup (but begs the question as to why some other Victory brews are more expensive). I would buy this regularly if it were available.
03-08-2004 18:26:17 | More by Dantes
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
I often go to MacGergor's in Hennrietta to enjoy the atmoshere, the people and to try new beers. Yesterday was a great day for that. It was cold, rainy, and just plain gross. In other words, a great day to try a new beer or two.
Vicitory Hop Wallop was the first beer I sampled. A hazy orange/yellow colour with a small, quickly disapating head, I was unsure what to think. But I know that a book can't be judged by its colour.
The aroma was heavy on the pine and fruit side. A strong scent of citrus hit me as soon as the beer was handed to me. It was much like eating an orange in a pine forest.
The taste was not as hoppy as I had expected, but it was wonderful. It followed the scent perfectly with a small, yet nice bitter kick in the end.
It went down smooth for a very good all around experience. I will drink this again.
03-08-2004 13:15:47 | More by CBFanWish
3.65/5 rDev -11%
12 oz bottle served lightly chilled in a pint glass. Bottled on December 30, 2003.
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark yellow topped by a healthy offwhite head. Recedes to a healthy layer after a minute or so and left an adequate amount of lacing, but I've seen much much better from IIPA's before.
Smell: Lightly floral and sprucy hops. Whiffs of orange and grapefruit citrus. Not as fragrant or as dense as I've come to expect from an exemplar of this style, though.
Taste: Initial pale malt sweetness, hearty enough to handle the melange of hop flavors that follow. Bitter pine sap followed by mild grapefruit tartness. Not as mind-boggingly great as Dreadnaught.
Mouthfeel: Chewy medium bodied ale with some long-lasting aftertastes. Hop burps aplenty. Quite a palate cleanser.
Drinkability: A textbook, and well-made, IIPA. I'd definitely have more if I had it. However, I kinda think this sucker got overhyped, IMHO. This is not Dreadnaught, and not even DFH 90 minute. Still, it's a damn fine beer. Should Victory make this a regular seasonal, I would probably pick it up.
thanks for francisweisen for the trade.
03-04-2004 02:01:06 | More by ManekiNeko
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
This is probably the most overhyped brew I have ever encountered in my young life. Nonetheless, I am extreamly excited to try this right now and see what the big deal is. Bottled on December 30th, 2003. I believe this is the dry hopped version but I could be wrong.
Pours a light peach. Pretty light in color but still quite enchanting. The head is white in color and is initially frothy and well developed but then subdues into a creamy top layer that laces very well.
Very pungent aroma. Smells very juicy and fresh. Grapefruit, spicy alcohol, pine needles and lemon in the nose. This smells delightful.
Pleasantly hoppy (not as hoppy as I would have liked). The hops are very juicy and showcase lots of tangerines, pineapple and grapefruit. This beer is starting to grow on me. Solid malt body but mainly just hops. Vanilla Cake sneaks in. Very resiny, juicy, piney and lingering on the finish. The beer has disappeared.
03-02-2004 06:40:02 | More by Crosling
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,596 ratings.