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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,577 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,577
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 164 | 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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cleeze

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 19:10:38 | More by cleeze
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 01:09:46 | More by TheHoppiest
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zoso493

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 00:37:39 | More by zoso493
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dcgrp

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 17:47:13 | More by dcgrp
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coastiefish

Oregon

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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 23:56:18 | More by coastiefish
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BMoney575

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:24:33 | More by BMoney575
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Lolli1315

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:45:25 | More by Lolli1315
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle poured into SA glass. Date is smudged- ? 25,'08

A: golden orange with nice 2 finger white head with good retention. attractive lacing.

S: Wow! Strong citrus, oranges and pine

T: The bitterness found in fruit salad. grapefruit. malt balances this fine offering

M: medium body, kind of low carbonation. some bitterness lingers on the tongue. 8.5%. Where?

D: I could certainly have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 21:47:29 | More by Rainintheface
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clabaugh

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: A hazy yellow, with lime-like hints. Pours a foamy head with a pristine whiteness. The lacing is bubbly, and remains steadily throughout the beer.

Smell: Floral hops invade one's nostrils. The hops do pack a wallop as the name implies, but it's an inviting wallop. I'm reminded of a porch full of chrysanthemums during fall. Despite the intense hop presence, sweet malts also reveal themselves. A bready flavor, even a pastry flavor, fight through the power of the hops.

Taste: The hops are the dominant flavor, with a bitter floral sensation taking precedence. A nice spiciness reveals itself as one partakes. The malts provide a welcome sweetness that balances the hops to produce a fine flavor. A bitterness that is pleasing to the tastebuds exudes itself.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with some formidable carbonation. A lingering aftertaste stays with one, allowing one to savor the beer.

Drinkability: The bitterness accumulates after a period of time with the beer. But as well-balanced as it is, this beer is certainly drinkable to a great extent. Intensely hoppy in character, while presenting adequate sweetness, Hop Wallop is another victory for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 04:01:03 | More by clabaugh
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pbvikesfan

Virginia

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

Appearance - Nice cloud, but surpisingly yellow for my liking.

Smell - Good citrusy smell.

Taste - Good taste, first time I've actually tried the beer. I like a little less citrus in my double IPA's, but pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel - Like other reviewers have said, the fruit/citrus stays with you, but is not overbearing.

Drinkability - I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. Hope so, I have a great 6-pack in the fridge.

Overall, little too light in color and a little too citrus flavored for me. I'm a West Coast DIPA lover, so I'm a little biased but overall, a good beer and I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 19:05:11 | More by pbvikesfan
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mactrail

Washington

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

Hugely spicy crazy stuff. But it's a very soft wallop with waves of tangy aromatics. Beat me with your lips!

Looks nice in the Pilsener glass with golden amber color and a fine white head. Nicely sudsy on the tongue. Medium body with a snap of tangy carbonation. Truly a big perfume in taste as well as smell, but it's a fine mellow fog. Countered by the crisp touch of acidity. Bitterness is a nice part of the flavor, but it's very rich and malty in the aftertaste. Long nose of apples and flowers (stocks?).

Would be educational to see exactly what they put in this. Such a nice blend of aromatics and bittering hops, but always a gentleman's agreement. Yet another reason to just buy whatever Victory hauls out of the old oaken bucket.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 06:39:28 | More by mactrail
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

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

a: Pale yellow, slightly cloudy. Fluffy white head with nice lacing

s: Strange but pleasing savory aroma along with pine, citrus, and spice.

t: Light toasted malt is swallowed up by hop bitterness. Waves of pine and citrus.
Not much balance, but who cares?

m: Sticky, chewy texture. Coats the tongue with hop oil.

d: Another good DIPA. Hop flavor is different than most, though I can't explain how. An enjoyable beer, but with all the great DIPAs out there, this one is short of outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 06:17:13 | More by BradLikesBrew
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ToasterChef

Maine

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

I jotted down a few notes on the second day of the NERAX @ Novare cask festival, which is where I sampled this beer. I have previously had this beer in a bottle, but never reviewed it. This time around, on cask, it has a dirty hop flavor. The color is golden with a soapy white head. There is a foresty pine scent. Serving this beer mostly flat and warmer than normal still produces a yummy treat. The alcohol and bitterness add a touch of heat that I like. It retains its medium/full bodied feel. There is still a coat as well that has a little bit of the hop flavor. It's very drinkable and appealing to me right now, but everything else I've had at the fest so far this day has been low-hopped. Having this glass reminds me to get another bottle of this one soon.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2010 13:11:00 | More by ToasterChef
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jkdrummer

Washington

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

A: Pours a nice golden color with a nice white head. Settles down to a creamy lace/foam

S: Citrus, grapefruit and some pine.

T: A fantastic example of an APA. Dry hopped characteristics, sharp hop on the tongue but oh sweet in the after taste. Crisp and excellent quench on a hot day.

M: Light with bite. Some creaminess too.

Someone clued me into the Victory ales and let me tell you, for the price, and taste they're winners!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 21:26:07 | More by jkdrummer
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Murky, between straw and honey, small head, medium, sticky but sparce lacing.

S - Sweet malt and citrus.

T - Hot Damn! I swear I just bit into a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. Malt mingles nicely with the hops.

M - Medium but lots of body. Good carb, great coating and nice balance.

D - In spite the well hidden ABV, I would session this sucker.

Good work!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 04:39:41 | More by srandycarter
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orfeu

New Mexico

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

Amber peach juice with a thin foamy cap and kick-ass sticky lacing. The nose is a big ol' smack of piney hops witha juicy tangerines and grapefruits lingering underneath. Biting and bitter grapefruit flavor with little malt sweetness. Kind of like if SN Celebration got kicked up stylistically to a DIPA, but without raising the malt level of the original. Unexpected metallic twang at the finish. Not a trace of alcohol. Smooth, juicy mouthfeel. Crushing drinkability as the 8.5% abv is nowhere to be found. I'd prefer less metal and more malt balance, but this is certainly a fine-ass brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 06:36:53 | More by orfeu
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aubuc1

Florida

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

22 oz bomber dated best before march 4, 2010 poured in to a shaker pint.

Pours a clear dark yellow/light amber with a thick sticky white head.

Big piney sweet smell and strong grapefruit.

Taste of smooth hop. bitter pine, but not as strong as the taste. Very nice.

Full mouthfeel and the good taste (not too bitter) keeps it easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 22:33:05 | More by aubuc1
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 03:45:30 | More by tomthumbsblues
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mmcave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a tulip glass, thick white head that dissipates at moderate speed and leaves lovely sticky lacing. The body is a musty yellow, orange with blonde highlights. The sent is familiar, yet odd, lots of fresh citrus( grapefruit, lemon, orange peal, lots or rinds) and hop funk a little more sharp and thin then I’d prefer, but still pleasing. The malt is present and helpful, but something seems a shade unbalanced or off to me, it’s possible the hop choice is not quite what I’d want. As it worms up it even has wine like smells or Welch’s grape juice. The taste is fresh with definite hop bitterness a shade too unbalanced for me, but still very refreshing and tasty. It could also possibly be that the malt is not up too the same task that I look for in my Imp. IPA. I’m even thinking they might have used some pilsner malt, I’m not sure but something is very different from my other experiences with Imp. IPA. The mouth feel like I said is refreshing and bitter. Honestly for me this is an a-typical Imp. IPA, for me this is more a summer drink. Its worth a try, but be warned.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 20:46:27 | More by mmcave
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BEERMILER12

Maine

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

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly

S: Fruity and earthy hops are at the forefront, along with some malts. Hops anyone?

T: A smattering of fruity and grassy/earthy hops are the main focus, with a light malt backbone that provides just enough to undermine the hop bomb. Bitter well into the finish

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Really brings out more of the hop character

O: What more could you want out of a hop-forward beer? Provides plenty of juicy fruity hops with more than enough bitterness. The malts are barely a player in this beer. Victory achieved exactly what they set out to with this beer. Well done

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 20:10:53 | More by BEERMILER12
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vfgccp

New York

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

A - Clear, light golden color. Nice retention and lace on the head.

S - Mellow citrus, apricot, tangerine. Relatively light.

T - Hug hop character. Herbal rosemary and green wood. The flavor profile holds steady throughout the drink, ramping in intensity over time.

M - A huge bitterness ramps deep into the aftertaste. Medium/light body. Semi-sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 20:51:41 | More by vfgccp
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear copper color with 2 inches of white foam that faded leaving alot of lacing down the glass
balance between malty sweet and floral hop aroma
Taste is just like the aroma, malty sweet with a nice floral hop taste
medium bodied with good carbonation, very easy to drink and something i could have multiple of.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 03:45:12 | More by mikereaser
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Fluffy white head on a golden body with minimal carbonation. Bright.

S - Very strong aroma. Really rich, juicy hops. Lot's of pineapple and citrus fruits.

T - Great hop strength with great balance. Not overly malty but good enough to provide significant balance to create a hell of a strong beer.

M - Minimal carbonation. Just enough to keep things moving. Medium to full bodied. Not an overly bitter finish but decent for the style.

D - High. Superb hop shot but could use a tad bit more richness in the malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:53:43 | More by tbeckett
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webmanspidey

Michigan

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

Golden copper appearance with small amount of white lacing. Very sweet smell of apricots, peaches, grapefruit. Taste is loaded with hops.. very bitter but can still pick up on some of the apricot and peach. This is not too overpowering and very drinkable for a DIPA, but on the high end in terms of sheer bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 03:06:06 | More by webmanspidey
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

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

In the glass it is pale orange/golden straw colored with a white fluffy head and moderate retention.
Sweet pale malt kicks off the smells and then fruity, citrus hop notes fill out the aroma.
Nice creamy sweet malt flavors roll in, followed up by a fruity then bitter hop bite. Biscuity, bready and buttery malt flavors and piney, bitter grapefruit hop flavors combine to make a nice hoppy beer with a strong malt backbone.
Very interesting taste, with an intriguing balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. The balance allows for minimal palette fatigue, which makes this a very drinkable beer.
The flavors give the devoted hophead what they want but the malt adds dimension to keep you filling up your pint with this delicious brew.
A good afternoon beer to have with lunch, especially a hearty meat and cheese sandwich. Take it to a picnic or keep it with you as you grill or barbeque.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 00:53:43 | More by Lldeegan
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,577 ratings.