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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,644
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 201 | 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 NearerMyBeerToMe
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely; an initally well-bolstered eggshell-white head evaporates dissapointingly quickly to about a quarter inch of foam, although with significant clumping and tenacious crusting in the process. A handful of streamers mosey up through a dull, matte bronze-colored liquid; when held to light, copper highlights strain to shine around the edges of a glass murky with floating sediments. Served cool, the aroma starts by rolling up sharp and fruity (citrus: orange more than grapefruit), lingers with a body full enough to be called "fleshy" and nectarine-ish, and tapers off tartly. Too much body in the nosefeel to be called "floral," but with warmth, suggestions of pollen and pine (minus the "snap" of pine) emerge. Flavor is deeply balanced, with sourish hops dominating over a rugged maltiness suggestive of brown or raw sugars. With time, hops get harsher, with a poignant, punchy bitterness high and at the roof of the mouth pushing maltiness first to the sides of the palate and eventually off the edge. A hint of clover, even? Mouthfeel is well-rounded, with hop flavor sticking smoothly, solidly to palate after each sip; lacks the "shellacky" quality of some of the other boundary-pushing IPAs. I'm ready for another, but I think more than two bottles in one sitting would be too much (in terms of both palate fatigue and alcohol content). This sample was six months old; I think that after aging, the beer's remarkable balance may have been achieved at the sacrifice of the initial flavors' intensities. I greatly look forward to tasting a fresh sample. Good stuff.

Photo of Douglas88
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle aquired via trade with Ty. The appearance is golden with a decent, though short-lasting head. The taste is great: a strong wallop of bitter hops, grapefruit, and some sweet malt. A real great drink. Smooth-amazingly smooth. 8.5%-no way. Wow! Yet another beer I wish I could get locally.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Nice golden amber color with descent white head that stays for a while.

S - Piney hops is the biggest smell but there is also a very cirtusy scent.

T - Great hops flavor, duh. But there is a good citrus flavor to add more character to the beer than just hops.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. If you like ipa's than this a the beer for you.

Photo of mikeys01
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Hop Wallop tonight, courtesy of a recent trade with Francisweizen. Pours out a light shiny copper penny color, capped with a frothy just barely off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a very clear beer. Aroma is fairly fruity hoppy, but not frighteningly so, and is mixed with a pleasant malty sweetness. Taste is at first a sharp blast of floral and citrusy hops, but quickly develops into a pale malt sweetness with nice caramel notes. The finish comes back big and bitter however, and the bitterness stays with you for the rest of the ride, a much more piney flavor than the initial bite. In my homebrew I'd say this was almost a "green" beer, the Hop Wallop dares to go where few beers go before...and succeeds quite well. Mouthfeel is quite full to almost syrupy. Moderately drinkable, a 12 oz bottle is more than enough at one sitting. Alcohol is fairly subdued in character, but noticeable in effect!

Photo of goblue3509
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangish yellow color with a thick creamy two to two and a half finger head with gives way to some nice lacing. The aroma is of a flower shop with big floral hop aroma over a sweet malt backbone. The taste is of floral hops with a nice big hop bite the encompasses the entire sip of the beer. There is also a hint of some citrus fruits as well. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable double, the ABV is lower than some in this class but it is well hidden. The beer is smooth and stays consisent. You could easily have a sixer of these. Solid double for someone who likes a hop bite.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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 draheim
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (best by 11/17/2012) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear golden color w/ a monstrous fluffy head, light carb, good retention, big sticky chunks of lacing.

Aroma is tangerine, pineapple, and other tropical citrus. Nice fresh hoppy aroma, some fusel alcohol.

Taste is pale biscuity malt laced with a honey sweetness, booze, and tropical bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, chewy. Coats the tongue, finishes sharp and bitter.

Overall a pretty solid DIPA. Booze not hidden especially well and just a tad malt-forward for my taste, but still unquestionably an enjoyable, well-crafted beer.

Photo of abuliarose
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass of the alma mater. Golden hues support a fine, persistent head (right down to the end of the glass) with lots of bubbles, smelling a little sweet, a little fruity and hoppily floral.

Now, admittedly I will first reach for almost anything over an IPA (90 min being a notable exception), but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate my hops in due course! The very first taste surprises me with malt, how sweet and light it is, followed immediately by that heavy bitterness that body slams your tongue and lies there for a long time after. It deserves its name, for sure. Some light citrus eases through all the hop, but after the first few sips my tongue is too walloped to remember the malty sweetness. Otherwise, the beer is crisp, decently smooth and overall quite drinkable. A great choice for pairing with food you would rather not taste.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Bruery snifter...

A - Pours golden with a two finger off white head. Head retention is decent and there is some sticky lace that clings to the glass...

S - Citrus fruits and sweet malt. Scent comes across very well balanced...

T - Grapefruit, lemon and a hint of caramel. Finishes with pine and some lingering garpefruit. This one has alot more of a hop presence than the nose led on. Abv is well hidden...

M - Really smooth. Medium bodied with the carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum...

O - Very solid IIPA. Definitely something I will be picking up again in the near future...

Cheers...

Photo of thecarster1
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, beautiful bright gold color, half finger head (in all fairness this was my first time pouring into a maybe five oz snifer and i didn't do the best pour haha), slight lacing over the top with a ring around the glass, several steady streams of bubbles.

s- lots in the nose, loads of fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, nice hops, slight biscuit, never smelled a beer like this before (partly because this is also my first dipa).

t- wow, grapefruit and pineapple pop, deliciously bitter, bitter hits the extreme back of throat and salivary glands, alcohol is masked very well, just a slight wiff on the backend, this is everything i was hoping a dipa would be, faint hop resin lingers long after sipping.

m- nice medium body, little slippery in the mouth, slight resin coating in the mouth after drinking.

d- now i see the appeal of dipas, i'm not sure how many i can have just cause there is so much flavor going on here, and because of the 8.5%, for me, it's a sipper, then again it's only my first dipa, so i need to get used to them a bit more.

Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

all those hop oils keep a thick foamy crest alive, adhering some of it to the glass. descends eventually into a spongey/coral-ish texture. super smooth texture slips seamlessly into a whallop bitterness kick that has woody staying power. some lemon lingers as well
the aroma is big but level: floral, no big resiny punch

malt does come through, both in the aroma and flavor, but is relatively uninteresting to let hops wallop. the official website mentions that the malts are all german...i imagine there might be a touch of munich to add some body. some simcoe sweetness too?

Photo of Lothar666
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden amber body, very cloudy with a tinge of orange. Head was foamy, creamy and three full fingers thick. This one displayed excellent head retention, leaving a thick sticky lacing around the edges of the glass.

S- Strong Citrus and floral accents; grapefruit, a bit of orange and lemon, and a strong presence of the hops that give this one its name.

T- Grapefruit and uber-strong hop bitterness right up front- so much so that the first sip almost numbs the pallet, making it neccessary to really search for those complex malt notes hidden in the background. These become apparent as the beer warms and can be best appreciated by holding a sip in ones mouth for about 3 seconds and then giving a gentle swish. Delicious!!

M- Somewhat dry and very refreshing- the abundant hop presence gives the mouth a pleasant tingle like a good IPA should.

D- Very drinkable for those conditioned to love the "Hop Wallop" that this brew is named for. Those new to IPA's or who don't enjoy what I call the "Kick you in the teeth with hops" effect that comes with super hoppy american style IPA's would do better to start with something a bit more tame and work their way up.

Photo of doho95fu
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from one of the most consistent brewers in my opinion. I love hops, so i was excited to try this beer. It pours thick cloudy orange and to be honest I did not get much in the way of aroma. Bits of citrus and of course ... the hops. Soon as the glass hits your lips, you know the hops are coming and they do. Solid, not over the top with a strong finish. The beer is exceedingly smooth for such a strong sided brew. Sorry to hear this one won't be around all year.

Photo of ypsifly
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz with an illegible Enjoy by date of Oct-29-??, poured into a pint glass.

Clear gold with a small head of white that after a few minutes settles to a thin layer of foam with wispy lace. Almost looks...macro.

The smell is all sweetend grapefruit. The little extra sweetness might be from the malts, but my nose is telling me to get ready for a hop assault!

The taste follows along the same lines, but the hop profile is not overbearing. It all but conceals the biscuit like malts. Again, juicy, sweetend grapefruit is what's going on. This is a real DIPA and not some poorly disguised BW. Lingering fruity hop goodness in the after taste.

For style, the mouth is a bit light. More carbonation might help this out. A fun beer, I could keep drinking this until I got too buzzed.

Photo of Kitt
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice rich & sweet malty aroma eminates from a light ivory head atop a deep golden-amber brew.

Mouth palette greated with an eclectic blast of bitter hops of rich citrus/pine. A hint of apricot among a sweet malt backbone balancing the bitter hop taste almost to perfection. Hop linger time is just about right - dissappating right before you're ready for another blast.

Mouthfeel smooth - a thick liquid that persists -somewhat buttery but without an oily feel.

Drinkibility excellent - many heavy hopped beers are just that: heavy. Not the case here, this beer is not overwhelmingly filling.

I've had this as a draft too - many times - and I must say the bottled version does do the brew justice as well.

Photo of YankChef
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass ( i dont know why) Enjoy by Nov 6. printed on the bottle, so im guessing its aged a good 6 monthsish

Appearance: Very pale golden orange with a half inch fluffy white head and very nice lacing.

Smell: Grassy smell, pine and hop oils. Subtle aroma of stone fruit

Taste: BITTER, this truly is a wallop of hops, a little bit more mild than bottles ive had that were fresher but still real strong. Citrus rind up front and almost a subtle peachy kind of sweetness. Gives way to a truly tounge destroying bitterness, grapfruit, juicyfruit.grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-Medium bodied with moderate medium carbonation. Really slicks and coats your tounge, making it feel almost numb. Awesome

Overall: Obviously a kick ass IPA, being a native Pennsylvanian this one makes me proud. If you like hops this is on your must drink list, and for 10 bucks a 6 pack this is a freakin bargain.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikeyv35 for the tasty extra...
Pours a heavily veiled amber with a thick pillow of head that coats as it relieves.

The smell is a bit different for the style: I get a lot of the peach / mango hop scents, but almost no pine and just a bit of malty raisin in the background.

Mouthfeel is about where it should be: medium bodied, but with enough carbonation to complement some of the hop crispness that appears toward the end.

The taste is really complex; every sip can lead to a new flavor. Things actually start out on the sweet side, with a veritable fruit salad (mango, pineapple and fresh apricot). That combines with a bit of sweet cream from the malt, providing a very interesting opening for a DIPA. But the bitterness will not be denied... The sweetness segues gradually into a low earthy bitterness and, towards the end, a crisp hop snap at the back of your throat. If you like your DIPAs complex and well-balanced, this should be on your list.

Photo of Martin2D
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow with a large white head

S - Weak aroma, can't perceive much

T - Rich malts on forefront followed by a strong hop flavor. Balance of hope bitterness with a slight citrus flavor.

M - Medium carbonation and body

D - Very drinkable. The malt and hop balance is spot on. The appearance is misleading, as it is very light even for a IIPA. Great beer, will drink this winner from Victory all the time.

Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer not as easy to find here due to the distributor, but always glad on the rare occasion I find it. This beer poured a clear golden color and formed a large foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A large amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus, pine, caramel and pepper. The flavor was of hops, citrus, caramel and pepper. The body was medium light while the finish was slightly astringent yet sweet. A little sweeter than I like my IPAs, but still a very good beer.

Photo of Patchmaster
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was craving a good DIPA at the store and didn't want to go with the 22oz bomber. So decided I would go with the pick 6. The hop wallop was part of the mix and thought I would try it out first.

A - Nice cloudy orange color with a thick head. Some decent lacing.

S - Very hoppy, but mostly pines and maybe some citrus.

T - Mostly pines on the taste and a little citrus. Definitely gets your mouth going. Would have preferred the citrus to take over.

M - Pretty boozy after taste. Mostly the pine stuck around.

D - Overall a very good beer. An enjoyable experience and a good summer beer. Has a strong finish with a solid beginning. A great DIPA for the price

Photo of Scrapss
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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 MagicJeff
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Dark Gold. Solid one inch head. Lots of lacing on glass.

S: Piney with citrus notes. Scent is very subtle

T: Sweet grapefruit and pine. Refreshing. Don't taste much alcohol until finish.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is there. Drinks very easy for an imperial

Overall, I definitely enjoy this beer. A solid IPA and reasonably priced for buying in the South.

Photo of lovindahops
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 ounce bottle into pint glass

A- has that straw yellow look with a minimal head. Wicked carbonation arises from the glass. Has a hazy hefe-look... the hops are calling

S- massive pine attributes on this bad boy. The bitterness is all over the surface of this beer. There is some sweet malty flavor that accompanys the essence of the brew. That materializes as the typical characterisitics of a DIPA

T- THAT IS SOME PINEY HOPS! Great! It really characterises the body of HOP WALLOP. The taste is very dry and bland... but that no doubt embodies the bitterness of the brew. I like it

M- full bodied and oh course carbonated. Flavor clings to the mouth and leaves the same coated theme

D- sip, sip, sip. A little dry for me, but it is still tasty. I will recommend this beer to anyone. I love victory... I just want to say be careful with this one

Photo of riversider76
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Thin head, with decent retention,and lacing. Smell was nice,but not as strong as I expected. Citrus,with a earthy undertone. Taste...double IPA indeed! Hopped all the way through. Sweet up front,but with a bitter finish. Grapefruit,and citrus throughout. If you like hopped, this is it!

Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold with a thin cap of fine, white head. Fairly solid lacing with decent retention, even after settling to a thin skim of bubbles. Pungent grapefruit aroma, pine resin, juicy, and kind of catty. Mild maltiness peeks through, but is basically overwhelmed by the hops. Sharp bitterness to start, but this fades quickly to let biscuity malt sweetness to come forward. Hop flavour is still grapefruit, but not as catty as in the aroma. There's a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish that accompanies an intense, lingering, piney bitterness. Medium bodied, well attenuated, moderate carbonation. Solid texture overall, with a little dryness. Pretty good. I really liked the flavour, but the aroma put me off a bit at first. I warmed up to it by the end of the glass though.

Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,644 ratings.