Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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1,892 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,892
Hads: 3,658
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 127
Gots: 227 | 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 lsummers
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw color with some great two finger tall frothy bone white head. A very nice stream of carbonation that is keeping the head alive.

Smells absolutely fantastic with large amounts of earthy pineapple and grapefruit with those great grass notes. Almost slightly herbal but the pine/forest/tropical fruit notes keep it smelling fresh. From the smell I expect a nice malty/hop balance and some high bitterness to boot.

Taste is initially very nicely balanced with the large cracker like malt backbone and some huge pine/spice/rye/grass and tropical hop flavors. Then the bitter bite kicks in towards the middle of the taste. Leaves you smacking your lips and wanting more. Ends with a strong hop/rye/bitter afernote. Very pleasant taste the entire way through.

Mouthfeel is nicely viscous yet moderately carbonated so it doesn't feel too thick. Has some great body and feels full and round. Nice amount of drinkability considering the high abv.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA. One of the top east coast DIPA's I've had so far. Excited to try this again, and again. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Walletsworth
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass with little head. Nice lacing. Not a strong smell but a great hoppy taste without any sharp aftertaste. This is the first beer from Victory I've tried and I can't wait to try more.

Very good beer. Definitely would recommend. (249 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very clear golden straw color. Nice thick creamy head that maintains well and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of active carbonation visible.

S - Subdued, but clearly defined sweet, bready malts and citrusy hops.

T - Nothing that is going to punch you in the mouth, just a really nice, balanced double IPA. Equal helpings of malt and hops, and an ever so subtle bit of alcohol. I find this range of flavors to be right in my wheelhouse as far as IPAs go.

M - On the full side of medium bodied, but with enough carbonation to lift this beer up. Pleasure to drink.

O - I thought this would be more like Hop Devil, with more of a dank, earthy feel to it. It surprised me at every turn. I enjoyed this beer very much. (746 characters)

Photo of MWolverines66
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Arlington VA, pours a cloudy orange color with very little foam at the top, not too much carbonation. Smell of citrus fruits and pine. The taste is extremely well balanced, orange, pineapple and a little grapefruit, but with a nice portion of hops. It has a nice clean bite of hops that makes it very enjoyable to drink. A very good IPA for sure and would definitely recommend (395 characters)

Photo of lehueve
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bottle, poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Slight hazy gold-orange, 1 finger of a white foamy head, looks very refreshing. It says enjoy by 9/10/13 on the bottle.

S - Very sweet but at the same time I get strong hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe some grapes, very citrusy.

T - Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, citrusy, lots of grapefuit, oranges, pineapple, well balanced with sweet malt coming through to kind of hold the bitternes, bitter but not overpowering. Very pleasant.

M - Very smoth, refreshing, a little more to the bitter side, definitely the hops win the battle against the sweet malt but still a very well balanced beer.

O - By not being my favorite style at all, I was very surprised by this beer. I don't know if the weather has something to do with this but I'm really enjoying this one. I definitely get the hops but right after I get this sweet malt that kind of balance the flavor. Do not taste the 8.5% abv at all. Very refreshing. Definitely one of my favorite IPA's so far, just behind Stone Ruin Ten and Samuel Smith IPA. Very good. (1,075 characters)

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

I just bought this beer and because it's bottle conditioned the expiration is not until jun of 2014. Goodness!

Pours hazy orange amber You can just make out a few bubbles coming up lazy like from the bottom. Soft, pillowy off white foam that fell slowly and clung to the glass leaving scads of thick lace. Few islands on top and a thick ring.

Nose is bright and sweet fruit. Smells wet like dew in the morning. Pine and tropiical fruit. Grass citrus and malt that 's dripping with honey. Candied fruits like orange and lemon with tart grapefruit to contrast and to make your mouth water.

Taste is off the chart. Good, sweet, clean, pungent, intense. Tart grapefruit and fresh sliced orange. Sticky with sweetness and pine resin. Finishes dry with a spruce aftertaste and the hop cone itself at the back of the throat. Floral and lemony in the finish. It's a hop wallop indeed. Pale malt hold it all together and brings terrific light biscuit across the palate. It tingles at the back palate. Body is full and has a forceful abv.

This is a wicked tonic that you can easily embrace. It has just what you need if hops are what you love. Fearless. (1,150 characters)

Photo of ghengisflan
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear, maybe slightly hazy copper with a thin white head.

Smell - Delicious blend of hops - resin, citrus and grass. There is also a subtle underlying malt sweetness.

Taste - Tastes as it smells.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special here.

Overall - It delivers on what it promises. Hop wallop is an interesting blend of hops. (333 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark golden orange, with some carbonation present. A huge off-white head developed, had to pour more slowly on the second glass.

S - Lot's of malt and hops up front. A suprising amount of malt for a DIPA. Also detected a general fruity smell, as well as a small touch of pine.

T - The malt and hops are noticeable in large amounts. A fair amount of grapefruit is present, too. The only drawback is a slightly unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness doesn't bother me at all, but this tasted slightly off. Sort of like a dirt bitterness. Still though, a very good tasting beer.

F - About average for an IPA. Slightly thick and very slightly stickly. Not real dry though, which was nice.

O - A pretty good DIPA. A ton of very good flavor, and they mix well. Only reason the beer isn't rated a bit higher is because of the bitterness. Again, it's a strange bitterness that tastes a bit like dirt, rather than hops. This is the only drawback of the beer. I recommend this beer to any IPA/DIPA fans, or any extreme beer in general fans. (1,065 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy light orange with a one-finger white head.

S - Piney hops with lots of citrus - grapefruit, mango, and orange.

T - Nice big hops right upfront. Good amount of bitterness. A nice sweetness from the malts really rounds out the flavor. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonatio. Very smooth mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty DIPA. A must try for any hop fan. (390 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours a nice and thin white and creamy head. The beer itself is a clear and medium orange with hints of brown.

Smell:
The malts dominate the smell. The malts give the beer a slightly sweet and bready smell with undercurrents of piney hops and mint.

Taste:
The hops are floral in taste with a slightly minty and piney bitter aftertaste aftertaste. The caramel malts are a little bit heavier than hops and give the beer a sweeter than usual flavor (could also be that the hops have gone down a bit.).

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied and a little bit sticky but not too bad. Leaves the mouth wet and not very dry.

Overall:
Not the best DIPA but definitely a good one worth buying again. I though that this one was a particularly complex DIPA when compared to the others. (784 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of nmatros
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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. (841 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.36/5  rDev -17%
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." (374 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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- (2,336 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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! (348 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of alex_hart
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
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 (839 characters)

Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.