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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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3,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,614
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 186 | 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 lordofstarside
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to snifter, enjoy by 9/13 date

Pours a straw gold with two and a half fingers of foam. A couple minutes now and it's died down to a finger with some good lacing. Moderate carbonation and a good deal of transparency. A little darker color and a bit more clarity would have this one perfect. Smells of strong citrusy hops, grapefruit, and a splash of alcohol melding with a sweet malt. Tastes a little short of the hop, focuses on the fruit flavors coming together with the malt. Not what I'm used to with a double ipa but it's pretty interesting, very tasty. Feel is a nice crisp medium body, sticky, and pretty drinkable. Overall this stuff is different but good. I should have opted for the six pack instead of bomber

lordofstarside, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of sgoodship
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Light orange amber. Quite clear with a little haze. Slow moving carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Gave a nice yellowy white fluffy one finger head. Immediate lacing.

S: Big hop. Some grapefruit, some floral and pine. I was expecting a more powerful nose.

T: Pretty aggressive hop in this brew. Not that I am complaining. I had a HopSlam earlier in the evening and they are very different. The front is sweet malt influenced grapefruit and the back is more of a floral with a strong piney bite that lasts well into the aftertaste. There's a hint of soapiness but not in a bad way. It's a "no messin' around" type beer. I think it is meant to be explicit in it's delivery of hopness. Pretty darned good in my book! The alcohol is pretty well masked. It sneaks in here and there.

M: The light side of medium bodied. The bite and medium carbonation deliver a nice thirst quenching dry crispness.
D: I like this beer a great deal. I think it's a great way of getting your hop fix on. If you don't like an aggressive hop bite, this may not be the one for you. I'd be happy to recommend it and pick it up again.

sgoodship, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is no best by date on the bottle as far as I can tell.

The beer pours a straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get a lot of pineapple and mangoes as well as some other fruit notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. The main flavor is oranges, but I also get some mangoes and some biscuit malt. The beer is fairly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I know they are not the same style, but I prefer this to Hop Devil.

Mora2000, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy, yellow-gold with thick stark white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet orange and spicy hops dominate. Not much else, but that is fine.

Taste: Orange-driven hops are the showcase here. There is an underlying sweet maltiness that provides strong balance. Turns sharply spicy and bitter on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with an extremely smooth and creamy body and a very dry finish. One of the creamiest DIPAs I have tried and definitely the highlight of this beer.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking, as it seems more like a standard IPA but with an incredible mouthfeel. Not one of the best DIPAs but still damn good.

bsp77, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucid gold, hazy, but not too much.
Small, large-pocket white head.

We all know the drill with DIPAs, right? They're like bonging a shitload of pine sap, grapefruit, then chasing with maple and/or brown sugar. Resiny, but sweet, mouth-raping little suckers, and we all love them.

Ok, so what the fuck is this then?

A maltiness that teeters between shortbread and graham crackers, then dries further to simply saltines. Yeasty breadiness kicks up in the middle. Fleeting anjou pear notions. Hops strike with a searing herbal bitterness that is far more German-seated than I was prepared for. Blisteringly peppery. Notions of lime rinds. Lightly tart. Rose petals and lilacs on the swallow. Just an obligatory wave towards pine. This has bitterness to spare, despite its lack of typical American Double IPA goo and resin.

Medium of build, with light but steady carbonation. It harkens closely to Rogue's Imperial Pils.

It's biggest assest is its downability.

I'm fond of it....but not in love. Though I'd gladly have at it again.

Thanks for 'em, Hugey.

cokes, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. Enjoy by date reads "April 16, 2010."

Orange peel body with amber highlights, topped by a slender finger of ivory foam that recedes to a thin island fenced in by sticky lacing. Decent legs, brilliant clarity.

Nice "East Coast" hop profile with an emphasis on esters and fruit over pine and pungency. Orange, nectarine, dandelion greens, along with some "air freshener" scents (reminds me a little of clay-based cat litter actually). Slight background of toast.

Flavor is very well balanced between clean malt (brings to mind a young, sherried single malt in fact) and fruity/bitter hops. Very long finish, dry and bitter - like grapefruit marmalade on toast. A little lacking in complexity or intensity compared to some Double IPAs I've tried.

Medium-light bodied, with sufficient carbonation. Slightly warming, but alcohol is well hidden.

A very good, very drinkable Double IPA, though it could get lost in the crowd of this very popular style as it isn't as superlative as the very best examples.

augustgarage, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Rootdog316
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue with a small but sticky white head which leaves a little bit of lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles are present. Smell is very sweet and malty with hints of piney hops in the background. Taste is very hop forward, with a candy sweet maltiness hiding in the background. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. Very carbonated and a lot thinner than I was expecting from the nose. Very hoppy finish as well....great beer.

Rootdog316, May 08, 2008
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 beveritt
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts the head of a bearded man, tongue sticking out and bubbles coming out of his mouth. A short story/description is on the side. Drink by date is hard to read ?? 13 09.

Appearance: Initially pours with a huge, white head, 3/4 of the glass in fact. This settles to a reasonable 4 fingers, which itself eventually falls to still substantial coating of foam. Nice, white, sticky lacing is left behind. The beer itself is medium yellow, with just the slightest chill haze. Moderate activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Grapefruit aroma upfront, coupled with a sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Initial piney and citrusy hop flavor. Very sugary sweetness in the finish, with a solid hop bitterness which lingers well.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly lower than average carbonation. Just a shade less carbonation and this would be an overly syrupy beer. Body is good.

Drinkability: Well, it is what it is. A hop bomb, with lots of dry hopping and boil additions. Maybe a little too sweet, this one is border line syrupy.

beveritt, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle; best by Nov. 2010.

Pours a straw yellow and slightly hazy with thick, white frothy head which stays consistently thick. Some carbonation, lots of lacing.

Planty and grassy aromas, with an even mix of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. A nice fresh hop aroma without being overpowering. There is also a small, doughy malt aroma which is just noticeable.

A very bitter taste, but lacking in a lot of the aromatic hoppiness. some floral notes with even less citrus. Malt is there as well but hidden behind the huge hop bitterness.

Big body from the bitterness with a sticky hop feel. The carbonation creates an airy, slightly biting feel on the tongue.

Overall a great DIPA in my opinion. Plenty of bitterness and hop presence. I only would have liked to see more of the hop aromatics carry over to the flavor, which I think would have made this a truly world class beer.

goldbot, Feb 21, 2010
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with almost a layered look untill it settles into a two finger light tan head that sits on top of a straw colored body. Leaves a slight scatty lace on the glass. Fragrent zesty hop character on the nose includes grassey sweet citrus notes. Sharp bitter bite attacks the tongue as soon as it hits the mouth. Mellows a bit on the palate and turns almost syrupy long with a hint of sweetness. Bitter comes back to highlight the mouthfeel, but not harsh. Welcomed hop-head style.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of BeTheBall
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass; nice thick and creamy head. Excellent lacing down the glass. Smell was pure grapefruit-grass-weed; hops baby. Taste was very hoppy, all good, but without the extreme bitterness that some IPS's have on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste. A very approachable IPA I would think, but I love them anyway. Mouthfeel was nothing spectacular, but par for the course with an IPA. Drinkability is good due to the lack of big bitterness and the delicious smooth hop aroma and taste.

BeTheBall, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of gratefuld
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light orange with a 2 finger had. Head dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Nice floral/citrusy hop aroma. Citrus notes with a nice malt undertone. Definitely hoppy. Some orange and grapefruit with a little pine.

T: Nice fresh hop taste. Nice solid flavor that is very hop forward. I get some grapefruit and some orange in this.

M: Nice and clean. Good bitterness and a nice finish.

O: Nice IIPA.

gratefuld, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Tomdee74
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to trying this.. it is available at a package store rite next to me that really doesn't carry much of craft brew selection so i was hesitant to try this. thanks to smutty33 for goin half on a sixer to split with me..

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow color.. a little lighter than a lot of double ipa's.. i poured into a tulip glass quite agressively and only produced a modest head but pretty good lacing.

S - smells pretty good.. like a decent dipa.. not too heavy.. fruity and floral hop smelling.. not a very strong intense smell but the smell is there and is pretty good..

T & M - surprisingly better than i would've thought. i'm glad i tried this one i may give it another shot at some point as it is right near me.. the taste is not over the top i probably prefer a bit more hoppiness but it's not fair i'm thinking of a PTE or hopslam.. i'm glad this is available around here although it's only seasonal.. i want to try the hop devil but i'm afraid that may not be hoppy enough for me.. this is good; however, does feel just a tad thin but i won't complain too much... the hoppy taste almost reminds me of a leatherlips ipa.. the same kind of hoppiness...

D - This is where i would give this higher points. because it is not so intense and a decent abv for a dipa i rate it higher here.. i could drink a couple of these no problem.. i'm glad i tried this.. the more i'm drinking it the more i'm liking it.. maybe as it warms it just gets better...

Tomdee74, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light and hazy copper hue with a one finger foamy head. Suprisingly light in color for a DIPA. There was good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell was very much dominated by a grapefruit hop aroma and a bit of a cannabis scent. Suprisingly there was a noticable malt presence.

The taste was very dry and very citrusy grapefruit. Again some malt body detected, but the hops really overwhelmed the flavor.

The mouthfeel was full and dry. The high hop profile left a nice tingling sensation.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable DIPA. The ABV was nicely hidden by the abundant hop flavor.

plaid75, May 17, 2006
Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite east coast double IPA's and I think I like the draft a little better than the bottle.

It has a very good carmel color and intense pine aroma. The flavor is a little "sticky" and the alcohol is a bit too present but in general this is one to get, particularly if you haven't tried it before.

david18, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Absumaster
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jasonm for this!

A golden, yellow beer with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell is citric hoppy (oranges) with blackberries, some fruit and hard candy. Light grapefruit and in the back some moist basement smell. I didn't know how to descirbe this in a better way.

Taste is bitterrrr, like raw hops resulting in a resinous, piney and oily hoppiness. There is very little malt to be tasted, this beer is 99% about hops. The remaining 1% is slightly biscuity and bready. I like it to be a little more malty. Some blackberry and red fruit add a nice touch to an otherwise somewhat one-dimensional beer. Mouthfeel is mild.
Drinkability is very good, once my mouth got used to the bitterness (numbed), it went down easily.

Absumaster, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of cleeze
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to get walloped, thats for sure.

appearance is a nice dark golden hue with a light fluffy head and some bad ass lacing. And I love the bottle. That little gnome guy is sick!

After smelling this beast, the 1st thing that came to mind was HOP BOMB, BITCHES! Almost stung the nose. STRAIGHT HOPS TO YOUR DOME PIECE!

TASTE AGAIN IS PURE HOPPINESS! with a mixture of pine up in there as well. Deffinatly makes you pucker.

cleeze, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times now from a bottle. Poured this time into a snifter. Pours a gold yellow, with 1/4" head that quickly reduces.

Has a tart citric smell, like white grapefruit. Hoppy, but not overly-so.

Is very crisp in taste, with strong pine and evergreens. Tobacco and grass follow down the throat, with nice bitterness surrounding the tongue. Definite hops in this one!

Can seem a bit harsh at first in the mouth, but it mellow as it warms.

Overall a decent IPA I will continue to enjoy going into the future.

TheHoppiest, May 11, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

Appearance: Hop Wallop pours a bright, radiant golden-orange color that is much less hazy than your average DIPA. It's not transparent, but it does have much more of a straw tone to it than a typical IPA. Already I can see there's loads of carbonation contributing to a healthy and thick two-finger head that looks like it's about to unload with lacing on the glass.

Smell: This is a beautifully scented IPA. It's got a big juicy and floral hop character right up front that is exactly what you want in a DIPA. Victory chose to give this one the signature caramel goody malt for this one, which is just fine for my liking. Definitely smells like it deserves a sip.

Taste: This is a bitter beer to be sure, as the hops come right out immediately in the taste. The tastes seem a bit jumbled, though, and it's hard to pick out much besides bitterness. The malts are also far less present in the taste than they should be, which leads to a bit of a soapy taste. I'm a huge advocate of immensely hopped beers, but this one needs some balance to relieve the cloying. Still, a good fix for a hop head.

Mouthfeel: Hop Wallop is certainly adequately thick for a DIPA despite being pretty highly carbonated. This carbonation, though, doesn't serve to wick some of the cloying sensation of the palate, which goes to show how over-hopped this beer really is.

Drinkability: While the alcohol is very tidily masked in this brew, I couldn't have more than a couple. Still, I am enjoying this bottle and would definitely like to try it again.

All in all, Hop Wallop is a very good DIPA. I can't stress enough the need for a little bit more malt balance. It takes a lot for a hop head to say something like that, but it's true. My only other gripe with this beer is that I can't find a bottling date on it for the life of me, which is pretty critical for an IPA. It is, though, a very nice brew and one that I would love to have again, especially if I found it on tap.

zoso493, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of dcgrp
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good double. Initial smell was a little skunky. Could be my nose. Smell after a few minutes is great. Hops! Lots of hops. Smells wonderful now.

Taste is pretty good. Smooth and hoppy. Not the best double in the world, but definitely a solid beer. Will easily be finishing off the six pack in the coming week.

dcgrp, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of coastiefish
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An interesting golden. Nice light fluffy lacing

S - I really enjoy the nose on this, a bit grainy, but great esters, a bit floral as well.

T - Taste was a bit sweet for my palate. Also syrupy, which I am not partial to in an IPA

M - Real nice body, but the syrup carries through in the mouthfeel which isn't really doing it for me.

O - I like the beer. However, it is definitely not a favorite as far as an IPA goes. Would I get it again? Sure, but not if there is a palate wrecker on the taplist.

Thanks for reading!

coastiefish, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
4.1/5  rDev 0%

rkarimi, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of BMoney575
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-27-09
Best before 10-13-09

Pours a cloudy pale orange, with a stick white head that fades to a thin layer. Huge rings of lacing line the glass.

Smell is big, grassy hops, sweet , with a great pineapple aroma. Very enjoyable.

Taste is all light, grassy hops, tremendously bitter, with a very bready finish. Alcohol is there in the aftertaste, but in a hop-adding way.

Mouthfeel is good, very thick, a great contrast to the lighter flavors.

Drinkability is pretty good, very light and easy for a double IPA.

Overall, better than other times I've had this. Not my style, but a great beer nonetheless.

BMoney575, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An orange yellow color that is slightly hazy. Less than a finger of patchy white head that forms a nice ring around the glass. The little amount of head there is holds decently with moderate lacing.

S- A nose full of lemon and citrus that is followed by a slight piney hops with a slight alcohol finish. The mix of citrus and hop oils mix great.

T- Slight sweet malt before the beer turns to sharp piney bitterness. The citrus that was evident in the smell nowhere nearly as strong in the taste as once the pine hops hit they don't go away. Slight alcohol bite towards the ends out the beer, but just like the rest of the beer bitterness rules the aftertaste as well.

M- Relatively thick mouthfeel with a certain syrupy feel to it. Thin to medium amount of carbonation, seems to be the area where it is lacking.

D- The bitterness hammers the mouth quite a bit, covering up most other flavors taking back from the drinkability somewhat. Still a great beer though.

Lolli1315, Jul 15, 2010
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,614 ratings.