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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,647 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,647
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 124
Gots: 210 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of zoso493
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of coastiefish
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of BMoney575
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to abankovich for the trade on this one.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with two fingers of fluffy white head. It left sheets of lacing on my pint glass. The nose is packed full of citrus hops scent. There is a subtle earthiness mixed, but I cannot pickup any malt background. I almost smell a bit of candied fruit as well. The flavor profile is heavy on the hops with flavors of ripe pink grapefruit and resinous pine dominate without much of a malt base to round things out. The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation that left a very dry finish on the back of my palate. I would certainly purchase this beer again, but the unbalanced nature of the beer wouldn't make it part of my regular rotation.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of darkened raw honey. The head is minimal, and sits an off-white color, receding into spots of foam across the glass. Lacing is light and sticky but, again, is minimal. Carbonation appears average, and there is a thick murkiness about the glass, despite an absent of visible sediment. The aroma is very fresh. It sings loudly with fruit and hops, and more specifically of peach and nectarine. The smell is “golden”, with light metals and huge, fresh soapy hops. Within the hop dominance there are citric and floral inclusions. Malts are sweeter, but not quite dark or caramel. As we sip, the taste kicks off with sweet and malty introduction. There is apricot and honey sweetness. Hops also begin early, with sweeter citrus, and a quickly bittering hop transition into the middle. Here the hops are bitter, herbal, and earthy. They own the middle, with the end showing a revival of smooth malts that hold a light toast. Here, too, there is a tiny bit of booze and a vegetable metallic flavoring. Monstrous soapy hops swoop in for a clean and balanced finish. The aftertaste breathes of more huge hops and soap. There is also a fruitiness of strawberry and apples, with a hollow booziness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. At the start the feel seems thin, but with warmth there brings an improved syrupy quality to the table. There is decent slurp and froth, and a drying from such bittering hops. The mouth is ultimately left cooled and coated. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we found to be best about this brew was how the bittering hops take center stage. This aspect is so unique with the huge bitterness, yet huge soapiness, which we found to be pretty ballsy. While this component was so present it blended well with the rest of the flavors. In the end, this is a wonderfully balanced DIPA.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A terriffic IPA! It has all of the hop bittering, flavor, and aroma that I'll ever want. Very spicy, floral, and earthy. Not vegetable or overly sweet. Has a solid barley malt character, but there is no conflict with the hops. The hops are pronounced in the nose and dominates through to the finish. Body weakens a bit in the finish, providing a easy drinker and allowing the hops to dominate one last time before the next sip. The hops are way out of balance from the malt--and it should! Thanks kmpitz2!

Photo of brewintheLou
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with about a one finger head that dissappeared rather quickly. Just a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

I am not getting a strong smell, but what I get seems to be a sweet smell.

Has a nice balanced hop and malt character. I would say the mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy given the golden coloring. Very drinkable given the 8.5% ABV. Very well balanced so the hops don't just kick you in the face.

Photo of Rainintheface
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of clabaugh
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of pbvikesfan
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of AndersonGT
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not Victory's best but fairly good...

A-Nice golden color but heavy on the head. A little too much.

S-Typical scents of pine and aroma but still pleasant.

T-Pretty good! Nice hoppy flavor and very light on sweetness. Descent aftertaste.

M-Too much carbonationnfor my liking. I found this beer to very filling.

O-I am a fan of Victory Brewing however this is not one of there best, if I am feeling like an ale from Victory, it will be Headwaters or Hop Devil.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of aubuc1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Scrapss
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop. The brew with the funny old miner on the label. The funny ol' miner is on to something. Too bad he has been downsized.

A: deep yellow, clear. Absolutely no haze whatsoever. Big carbonation. Three finger head that only reduces to a 1 finger head that lasts and lasts. moderately active.

S: Big pine and lemongrass shine. at 3 months until death-by-date, the hop bill has mellowed. Big caramel and other assertive two row malts punch through. Months have put some balance into this huge-when-fresh-hop-blaster. Has some musty grapefruit funk still. Age has made this better IMO.

T: now that it has some months on it, it is fantastic instead of a hoppy, resiny mess. Grapefruit is a bitter citrus and muted nicely. spicy malts start saying "hey, I was here all along....but those darn hops were so strong I didn't have this chance 3 months ago!"

M: Smooth and creamy due to apparent carbonation. this is smooth on uptake. creamy mid palate. then it has a balanced punch of bitter citrus and sharp, caramel malts at ultimate finish and boozy at outbreath. This brings the heat but it was expected for this DIPA.

O: Insanely good at what I understand to be 9 months old. It must have been well taken care of. Would recommend at this stage. Earlier Hop Wallop was way hop forward and out of balance. Any later would be too malty for a DIPA. This is the Goldilocks of beer now. And it will never be at this state again. Because I hear this is not being made again.. A shame.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy golden hue with a moderate head that leaves rings of white lace down the side of the glass.

S: Citrus hops and pine needles with bold assertions of ruby red grapefruit and orange peel rind.

T: Taste packs a hoppy wallop and parallels the aromatics: big hits of citrus hops and pine resin upfront, followed by blasts of grapefruit pith and orange rind. Finishes with an intense bitterness and a smack of salt that wipes out all previous taste memories. Extreme to be sure, but never overpowering.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of a prickling quality. Slick hop oil coats the palate.

D: Hoppiness is happiness, but more than two bottles of Wallop is pushing it for this self-proclaimed HopHead.

Photo of tbeckett
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a tiny head, but has little clusters of bubbles that often happens with hoppy beers. The smell is sweet, the hops aren't too over powering and there is a hint of spice to it. The taste is big. A little cluttered in the first sip, with alcohol being the most potent taste. Much more carbonation than I expected, especially to a big fan of Victory's Hop Devil. Its hard to get a handle on the hops, as they balance out nicely with the spice. The absence of any one substantial taste makes this a very drinkable beer, and makes the mouthfeel pleasant.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of 10/25/2007 printed on the label, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy/cloudy light gold color, completely opaque. The Head formed about 1-2 fingers thick and faded quickly into a thin layer, along with some lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops, quite strong, almost overpowering.

Taste: Wow is this stuff good. The hop bitterness never lets anything from the malts come through at all. Piney at first, more citrus towards the end. The finish, predictably, is bitter and hoppy, and lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth for such a strong beer, medium body. The carbonation was in good balance as well.

Overall: An excellent version of the American Double IPA, very little hint of the high alcohol percentage. If you, like Hop Wallop, think that hoppiness is happiness, grab one of these as quickly as possible.

Photo of rmaste6282
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and clear honey color Double IPA from Victory, the head is small less than one finger. Smell has a piney/tar hop aroma, kind of earthy smelling. The taste is heavy on the bitter hops with that pine/woody flavor, seems pretty highly carbonated even though it didn't have a huge head, steady malt backbone. Mouthfeel is carbonated, pretty bitter, with some other nuances of flavor that I haven't experienced in a double IPA. Drinkability is good, decent double IPA.

Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,647 ratings.