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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,538 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3538
Reviews: 1888
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%


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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Greywulfken

New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: in the pint, deep gold body, slight haze, ivory tower head, persistent cap, lace striations

S: semi-sweet malts strain to escape the citrus, pine, and flroal aromas from this beer

T: malts suggest butterscotch caramel beneath the hop barrage of citric, bitter, and crisp impressions

M: smooth, but under a bittering hop-load, medium-full body, slightly slick and slightly coating

O: fairly lush and creamy but powerfully hopped and bitter - the malts do their job supporting the heaving hop "wallop" this beer brings. No doubt something any D/IPA fan should try. Not as hyped as some other brewers' D/IPAs, but certainly a strong example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 20:47:46 | More by Greywulfken
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nmatros

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Excellent froth head retention.

Smell- some citrus and some funk from the hop

Taste- I picked up some very strong initial caramel from the malt and just when I'm ready to say it's too much like candy the bitterness of the hops comes in and bites it off. I don't get walloped by the hop, but the fresh hop does come through, adding a bit of a floral grassy finish to the candy bar start.

Overall- I just returned to this one after finding it available at the distributor for 3 bucks less than the Fairway price. While it doesn't really sound like its name (there are much more face-puckering hop punches available to smack you around out there), this achieves its wallop more subtly, and therefore provides a complexity that makes me want to keep coming back.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:48:50 | More by nmatros
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barczar

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden color, with a frothy one inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit, dank cannabis, resin, and pine form the initial aroma. There's a toasted caramel malt backbone. Earthy, minerally notes emerge as it warms, along with a hint of floral hops.

Flavor is fairly bitter and very resiny. Minerally, earthy tones dominate, with underpinnings of grapefruit and pine adding complexity. The slightly sweet, toasted malt backbone weaves throughout, providing respite from the bitter hop barrage.

Body is moderate and smooth, with carbonation a touch on the high side, and moderate alcohol warmth.

Very earthy, resiny, and bitter. Definitely not for the faint of hop. Unfortunately, it's not my cup of tea, but it's fairly interesting. Wish the citrus flavor were more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 21:02:27 | More by barczar
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RaulMondesi

California

3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not too pumped. Not too pissed, but not too pumped. "Hop?" "Wallop?" More like "Beanie Bop" and, uhhhh, not "Wallop." This thang, this thang reminds Raul of this chicken head he dated back n 2008 (you know who you are, girl) - it's just a thang; there to exist, but not impress.

Raul don't like that lack of sentiment, Raul don't like it at all.

Ok, but it just "exists."

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 06:12:09 | More by RaulMondesi
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Clear golden orange with a thick fluffy white head. I can smell it already as I pour it; getting some wafts of alcohol and something like wine almost. In the glass it smells a lot more yeasty than I was expecting, with piney hops in the background. Taste is the same, I'd almost think it had Belgian yeast involved somewhere. I think that confusing flavor may be coming from the combination of incredibly bitter hops and less malt presence. Smooth and yeasty?, with hops coming in and finishing very bitter. I appreciate how complex this DIPA is. It's a nice turn from the usual (malt)HOPSHOPSHOPS. Mouthfeel is a little thicker and...fluffier? than expected as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 00:49:16 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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dar482

New York

3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a wonderful deep gold, orange color that is very hazy as you cannot see through it.

The aroma is of huge tropical fruits. Pineapple, orange, mango with a bit of a bready note. It’s very juicy. There is just a fantastic aroma on this.

The flavor does not match the aroma. It starts off with some grapefruit and then goes with some piney flavor. It just punches you with a huge hop astringent bitterness that really sticks on the front of your tongue. One of the bitterest beers I have had. The middle has a bit of maltiness to it that carries the beer along before the smack of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium.

In the end, I wish it had more grapefruit fruitiness to match the fruits on the nose. The bitterness overpowers the beer. It's also the hop profile that isn't really for my suiting. I prefer a dry finish that has that fresh grapefruit peel flavor. It's more of a piney, resiny, earthy, flora finish on the end. This just is slightly off in a confusing sense that isn't quite right. If it was toned down a bit, I would like it a lot more with its beautiful hazy color and maltiness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 22:54:38 | More by dar482
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kojevergas

Texas

3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and blue branded standard pressure cap acquired at the Cap N Cork liquor in Los Feliz for a scant $3.99 USD and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired earlier tonight. Expectations are through the roof given its current ratings; Victory is growing on me as well. No visible bottled on or best before date.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Appears extremely overcarbonated, pouring an eight finger head. White in colour. Good thickness, nice froth and cream. Excellent (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent yellow; looks more like a pilsner than an IPA. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty appealing for the style, but far from ideal. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Pale malts. Grassy malts. Some graininess. Floral hop character is shockingly restrained. It smells like a hoppy pilsner, to be honest. No bold hop character here. No yeast character nor any alcohol is detectable. Clean, crisp, fresh, and appealing. Not the aroma I'm used to for the style, but I'm intrigued. Mild in strength. Some straw. Lemon zest. Lemon grass. Surprisingly lemony for an IPA.

T: Prominent floral hop character suits the simple clean pale malt foundation nicely. Lemon grass and lemon zest surface. Pleasant and approachable, if simple. Some straw notes. Crystal malt. Grassy malts. The hop character isn't particularly deep or diverse, but the balance is lovely. It flirts with hop bitterness but none ever really surfaces. A tasty IPA, if a strangely built one. I do like it, but it's not what I expected.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Good thickness. Nice body. Suits the flavour profile pretty well. Pretty good presence on the palate. No overt flaws. Quite light on the palate considering the style and ABV.

Dr: A rather drinkable IPA from Victory that hides its ABV impressively well. I'd have it again. Well worth trying, and priced extremely well for its quality. Victory is rising fast in my estimation of quality. Quite tasty stuff. Not a conformist IPA; it does its own thing and I respect that. I'd recommend it to friends. Well worth revisiting.

B-

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:01:11 | More by kojevergas
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops, not much else. Taste is bitter, hoppy, piney, a bit minty, some malts are present to balance it out. alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 16:27:23 | More by tone77
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok Victory, I'm all in! First Storm King completely caught me off guard, then Hop Devil really caught me by surprise. Hop Wallop, though the label and back story are cheesy, is the best brew out of the three. Gorgeous thick head with solid lacing, grab your attention smell, easy to drink and smooth, and the hops dance along the palate. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:33:58 | More by DenverHopHead
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold with one anf a half full fingers of pure white head. The foam fades quickly and leasing a thin ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is candy cigarettes, bubblegum, mild spice, and light lemon. I get a touch of alcohol, but nothing too overwhelming.

T: The flavors in the beer start out sweet with that bubblegum and candy cigarette taste. As it move to the middle I get some spice and a good helping of citrus hops. The hops never dominate, but sit well on the palate. The finish is more chalk and sweetness with some spice.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start with vibrant flavors. It gets spicy in the middle. In the finish it's sweet spicy and drying.

O: This is a really nice beer. I haven't had this beer in quite some time, but I'm into it. It gets better as it warms and the bubblegum and candy cigarettes are wonderful in this beer. I'd buy this again if I were in the mood for it. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 21:31:10 | More by trxxpaxxs
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy orange with a very small white head. Smells of floral hops, not overly strong. Tastes of nice piney hoppy goodness with a grain aftertaste and a tad of alcohol. Beer went down well, good medium body, good carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:29:58 | More by cyclonece09
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Tulip with an enjoy by oct 2013 on the bottle.

Appearance- Deep gold, slightly hazy, big white head that fell fast, some good lacing sticking on the glass.

Aroma- Very interesting Hops that fly out of the glass. Pine, spicy herbal, candied fruit, Lime, citrus, slight pineapple. Sweet malt in the background. alcohol shows up as it warms.

Flavor-A lot of resiny pine, some vanilla, orange, strong bitterness throughout, but malt sweetness that keeps it in balance present. warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy bodied moderate Carbonation, alcohol present, smooth

Overall- Very Tasty, I have returned to this a few times and never feel let down. Its not the greatest Double IPA out there but its a damn good one.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:06:36 | More by LI_PO12
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A hazy, golden color with a a 1 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates to a white film across the top with great lacing down the sides throughout.

Smell: The hops in this are so ridiculously sweet its incredible. Citrus and somethin funky as well.

Taste: This is fantastic. I was expecting wayyy more bitterness than what came across. Still some mild bitterness, but the sweetness and tangyness of the hops are the complete winners in this.

Mouthfeel: My tongue is going numb from this explosion of hops! Holy crap this is awesome! One of my favorites in this category I have yet to have. Actually, it is the only one that stands out in my mind.

Overall: Just a great beer that anyone and everyone who loves hops MUST try. Now.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:11:45 | More by alex_hart
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I remember being blown away by this a number of years ago, like, completely floored. ive since changed my mind, as my palate has evolved, my tastes have matured, and ive had about a million big ipas. this one seems a little less complete than it used to, but it was ahead of its time, and deserves credit for that. it pours a light straw color, mostly clear, with a huge fluffy white head with good lacing and retention. the nose is really bitter, with a pine complex. the flavor is balanced by some light pale malts which give the faintest hint of sweetness, and the bitterness takes on a lovely fruity character towards the finish. the swallow is a little hot from the alcohol, which is exacerbated by the thin body. ive come to expect a little more meat on the bones of these beers, but this one is fairly thin. the carbonation is nice though, and almost makes the bitterness sting in the aftertaste. overall a little weak on body and a little more intensely alcoholic than necessary, but a delicious beer that I can credit with turning me onto the genre way back when.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 20:11:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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SavvyStudent

Texas

4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Overall: Victory took the hop gauge on this one, turned it to full and then ripped it all the way off. Hop Devil is a personal favorite of mine but the Hop Wallop does exactly what the name implies: knocks your hop register off the charts.

Taste: This plays right to the IBU level with the hoppy bitterness. You can pick up some citrus and slight honey in the profile

Smell: Citrus, Mango, piney and everything else you would want in a hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road on both carbonation and body

Appearance: This beer pours with a slight head (1/2 a finger) and leaves minimal legs around the glass. It has a nice copper color and low clarity cloudiness.

Season: Year-Round

Serving Glass: Tulip Glass/Wine Glass/Any thing that has a nose to it

ABV: 8.5%

IBU: 90

Malt: 2 Row

Hops: Whole Flower American and English Hops

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 13:06:44 | More by SavvyStudent
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a a nice copper color into my IPA glass with a two-finger off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving lacing along the edges of the glass.

Smell: Citrus and slight hoppiness, some earthy and resinous qualities from the hops comes to the nose.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness and also some of the citrus that came out in the nose. Nice grapefruit flavors with some sweet malt balancing out the hops.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and medium bodied with some hop bitterness without be overly bitter. A nice balance is struck between the hops and the malt sweetness to create a pretty easy drinking DIPA.

Overall: This is quite good for a DIPA although certainly not my favorite. I would definitely drink some more of this but it is not the first DIPA I would buy.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:52:32 | More by Mikecap
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into tumbler with a nice head that was reasonably well maintained. Cloudy hazy golden beer.

S - hoppy & citricy

T - Hoppy & citricy. sure wish this site had spell check. I just went brain dead

M - just the right amount of carbonation

O - worth buying again

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:18:55 | More by Segelstrom
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smooth_aleing

New York

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle.

A= Rich, dark amber. Very nice lacing, stays throughout rim and lip of glass. Excellent one/two finger head upon pour, dies down to a clean layer of froth.

S= Pine, pine, pine. Very nice and strong woodsy smell.

T= Truly worthy of the hop, a potent punch of hops, with lingering bitterness. Very slight alcohol aftertaste, though not enough to be overwhelming. Underlying notes of honey and citrus.

M= Lingering bitterness throughout the tongue, with very good carbonation. Nice frothy tingle, heavily acerbic, which I like.

0= An excellent DBL IPA. Refreshing and crisp, yet challenging to the palate with a potent hop kick. Definitely will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 18:39:24 | More by smooth_aleing
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing Company - Hop Wallop - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours hazy golden with a tiny of amber (basically orange). Medium, foamy head that sits for a bit. Good lacing. Moderate carbonation. Nice label.

Smell - Remarkably sweet bready caramel malts with faint citrus (and some pine) hops. Not DIPA in the aroma, not what I expected at all. I was concerned at this point.

Taste - Carbonated sweet malt rush immediately pushed aside by citrus (grapefruit) bitter hops. Smooth and pretty crisp but more like a pale ale.

Mouthfeel - Sweet but dry feel. A little boozy but pretty drinkable.

Overall - Not bad, worth a drink at least once. Smooth but a little boozy. More of a boozed up pale ale than a DIPA IMO. Would not get this one again but unique in a sense.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 21:38:06 | More by JMScowcroft
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright gold color not much head but some lace sticking on the way down the glass. strong aroma of sweet pine and some fruit and alcohol. slam bam hops front to finish with the alcohol coming in at the end but it has a very smooth creamy medium body mouthfeel . overall i would buy again but i would limit it to a couple at any one time.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 21:06:30 | More by billybob
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BrianScottK

New York

2.89/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I love an IPA as much as the next guy, but personally, this is a bit much for me. "Hop Wallop" isn't just a clever name. The hops hit you hard on the tongue, and stay around 'til last call on the finish. It's all hop and little else. All in all, an average IPA by my accounts. Would have liked a bit more balance to the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 19:24:17 | More by BrianScottK
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Roman5150

Spain

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Total Beverage in Murfreesboro, TN

Appearance: Very orange, pretty clear. Large 2 finger white fluffy head.

Aroma: Not the best aroma, smells sort of like bread and hops, but not very pleasant.

Taste: For a really hoppy pale ale, it doesn't seem to have the overly aggressive hop bite I was looking for. Not a huge pale ale fan, but for the style this is very good. Bitter aftertaste you would expect, i would compare this to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but with added flavor due to the extra hops.

Mouthfeel: A little too carbonated, but satisfying finish. Pretty dry.

Overall: This packs a lot of bitter piney hoppiness into a standard pale ale, but not the flavor i was expecting. I'll probably re-review this after I drink some more.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:09:38 | More by Roman5150
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tviz33

New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip.

A- An overly aggressive poured left me with a huge, rocky, three-finger head that even went over the sides. There's tons of super sticky lacing. The body of this brew is a semi-transparent golden orange.

S- I'm not overly impressed with the aroma here. Biscuity malts and something part floral, part citrus, part puke. I'm not sure what's going on.

T- It doesn't taste like puke, thank God. However, it is still not my favorite DIPA. There's some sort of disconnect between the hops and malt. Anyway, this beer is very bitter, and doesn't have the malt profile to balance it.

M- Medium bodied and well-carbonated. Not a bad feel.

O- I expected a lot out of this beer, but was pretty disappointed. It's definitely not a drain pour, but I won't be seeking this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 04:45:23 | More by tviz33
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A nice cloudy amber with small bubbles on the frame, head subtle considering the pour but rose to about half an inch coming off-white in color.

Smell: Rich hops that come off very floral. Strong scent in the beginning but disapears from the nostrils pretty quickly. Doesn't stop you from inhaling this brew.

Taste: Bitter wet hops, very floral. It is quite addicting with an after caramel feel. Lightly spicy in a weird kind of way but it heavy floral finish offsets it just right.

Mouth: If you ask me incredible smooth, with medium carbonation.

Overall: I have been drinking Hop Wallop for a couple of years and to think I haven't written a beer review is absurd. It isn't that hard to find and believe me it delivers. Drink up and enjoy....Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 05:48:20 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two solid fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A big zesty hop forward aroma with lots of tropical citrus esters. Big citrus fruit esters upfront with hints of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, peach, and lemon zest. Earthy, herbal hops with hints of pine and grass. Soft bready malt background with hints of biscuit, grain, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Aroma is very citrus hop forward with a dry bitter smell. Pretty good.

Taste: Follows the nose well with a big juicy tropical citrus hop taste. Citrus hops upfront with a big taste of juicy orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, peach, melon, and lemon zest. Also some floral, herbal earthy hops with notes of pine and grass. Solid bready malt backing with notes of soft biscuit, wheat grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Not a overwhelmingly bitter taste but nicely juicy and drying.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and somewhat chewy. Pretty drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A really solid Double IPA. Big citrus flavor with a nicely smooth dry bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 06:31:29 | More by MattyG85
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,538 ratings.