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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,893 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,893
Hads: 3,664
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 128
Gots: 229 | 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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Reviews: 1,893 | Hads: 3,664
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Clear amber color ale with huge head with pretty good retention. Aroma of bitter and somewhat floral hops is definitely present. Taste is dominated by bitter hops as expected mix with very subtle sour ending which was enjoyable. Body is full ands carbonation is good which is more then I can say for other Victory products. Not over the top as other Imperial IPA and very well balance. Nice beer that I wouldn’t mind revisiting again. (443 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Dyan, as usual. Best by May 05, 2009.

Appearance: Light amber, brilliantly clear, with a frothy three finger head that rises above the glass for a moment before slowly settling, leaving a ton of lace behind as it falls.

Smell: Caramel wafers, primarily. Very candy-like and sweet. There's a bit of aromatic hops in there as well, faintly citrusy, but it takes a backseat to the big malt body.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet candied grapefruit, ripe nectarine, caramel malt. Very sweet and malt-forward for the style, but thankfully not too heavy or boozy. Bitterness is ample, but not over the top. Despite that, this one's a lot heavier on the bittering hops than the flavor and aromatic hops. This is good, but it's not my favorite style of DIPA. Give me a dry, aromatic IPA any day over these East Coast malt bombs. (833 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured during a trip last month to, um, interesting, metro Detroit.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice array of various forms of webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitter citrus, milder pine, soft caramel, and more prominent crackery malt. The taste is bready, crackery malt, bitter citrus peel, a bit of pine resin, and emerging sweet booze. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a wavering medium weight, a tad prickly, but smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, with a decently strong uptick in generic leafy, piney bitterness.

An agreeable DIPA, one which borders on the IPA fringe, in terms of flavour - no big malt/hop showdown here, just a nice hop-forward brew, the extra booze warming well subdued, that is until the temperature effect takes hold. (888 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a dry pint glass with several fingers of foam, it settles into a compact and fluffy head. Rings and wisps of foam, it's a nice pint to look at. The color is an amber jewel tone, with a few lazy upward-moving bubbles.

Aroma is heavenly...fruity and juicy like Amarillo, clean and grassy like Saaz. The aroma doesn't hang around long enough, but that initial blast is really something. Malt is in there too to back it up.

Light mouthfeel, but bigger than your average IPA or pale ale. Mild astringency/bitterness at first, pink grapefruit pith, descending into more pale malt flavors, before a bracing finish. Very long, and bitter end. Reminds me of the aftertaste after tasting a fresh hop cone, that bitterness that just never fades. Light suggestion of honey a few minutes after the swallow, once the bitterness subsides.

Fairly easy to drink, especially so in warmer weather i'd imagine. Highly recommended for hop heads. (940 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Significantly hazy rich golden amber with just the barest hint of orange. The head is cream in color, large and stickyfirm. It persists for a very long time, eventually falls to a thick disk and leaves chunky lace in no discernible pattern.

Hop Wallop smells incredible! It's chock full of wall-to-wall citrusy hops that are more tropical than is usual for the style. This beer has one of the best noses (top 3 at least) of any of my 125 reviews. Candied lemon peel, grapefruit and passion fruit burst out of the glass and bowl me over with their magnificence. I just know that the flavor is going to be out of this world as well...

...and it is. This is the closest--along with Ruination--to pure hop juice in a glass that I've ever had. Make no mistake, that's a good thing. This baby is one big, bold, intensely hopped DIPA, yet the bitterness is well supported. The IBUs must be off the charts, yet there's not a sharp edge in sight; nothing but pure, clean, intense hoppy goodness.

The hops are of the pungeant, piney, citrus fruity (grapefruit and orange) variety. Right up my alley in other words. The body/mouthfeel is impressively big as well. It's full, chewy, sticky, sappy and sweet; the better to hold the beer in close contact with my tastebuds all the way to and through a long, lingering, seemingly never-ending finish.

This is a beer to savor. It just begs to be drunk though and the bottom of the glass is fast approaching despite my best efforts to make it last. The hype surrounding HW was greater than anything that I've ever seen in my (still somewhat limited) time on this site. I bought into that hype since I love IPAs and I've spent a lot of time and effort trying to acquire this beer. Believe me, it was worth it. If you love hops, you must get ahold of Hop Wallop.

I owe a special debt of gratitude to gueuzegeek who provided me with this (my original) bottle. I also want to thank Dantes who made it possible for three more to find their way into my possession. It'll be tough making them last until fall when I hope to buy this hop nectar by the case. "Hoppiness is happiness". (2,127 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops. There was also a pine-like aroma.

T - It tasted of very spicy hops. Also, a good dose of sweet, roasted malt.

M - Very crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good DIPA. Tons of hops blended very well with a good malt flavor. (394 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow, with a small white head that quickly faded. Smell was Pine, Citrus, pineapple maybe and a bit of gras. The taste was very hoppy. Almost a liquid pine type of taste with very dry finish, right up my alley. Not very carbonated. Very Drinkable brew, this goes down much easier then the ABV would suggest. I could see myself putting down quite a few of these. Very pleased overall. (399 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a fluffy two finger head atop that settles nicely leaving a sheet of lace behind,big brassy hop in the aroma and quite herbal that really sticks out a touch of pineapple is there but the pine is the most noticable here.Well if you like hops this is it for you,herbal and piney with a nice underlying citrus zest a lightly sweet malt backbone appears but is small compared to the big hops.Wow the alcohol is prevalent here mainly in the finish quite zippy and stronger as the beer warms.A big flavorful IPA in your face the alcohol keeps me from wanting to drink much though. (597 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By: Oct 18 0... argh, the last digit didn't quite come out. It remains a mystery!

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Meager maltiness dressed with hop scents of lemon, grilled pineapple rings, and pine.

Taste: Solid, sweet maltiness (though not exactly overabundant) initially. Sweetish blend of pine resin, lemon juice, and pineapple hop flavors. Medium-high bitterness. Chunks of white peach emerge upon warming. Flourishing, lasting spiciness. Finishes dry and bittersweet with just a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Just a smidge above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very light stickiness on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Dagnabbit, now I'm curious to know if I snatched up an old bottle or not as it just didn't deliver the wallop I was hoping and waiting for. Personally, I'd prefer a HopSlam. In fact... that's not a bad idea. (904 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good clarity with a two finger, off white head and a golden-copper body. Good head retention and lace.

S - Fruity hops; pineapple, clove, and mango. Sweet malt and some light caramel. Pepper and slight clove from the yeast.

T - Sweet malt with lots of toast and biscuit character. Floral hops in the middle with pineapple notes. Spicy hop bitterness in the finish with some tobacco and slight astringency.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet, astringent finish.

D - Great hop character in the aroma, though the flavor is somewhat weaker and the balance is a little off in the finish. A nice, drinkable DIPA, but not quite as good as Hopslam. (680 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at ChurchKey.

I've been promised wallops of hops before...we'll see. This contender pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger (at best) of white foam. The nose comprises earth, florals, and a bit o' toffee. A little simplistic and not very hoppy. The taste holds some heavy floral and citrus hops, backed by a comparatively meek bit o' caramel. Alright, I'll admit the hops' supremacy...but I don't know if I'd go so far as a wallop. They are pretty strong, though... The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Not a bad DIPA overall, but not quite as strong as expected. Its lack of balance keeps it from attaining any measure of real greatness. (714 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the VBC.

Pours a cloudy, golden caramel color with a big creamy, vanilla white head that left some excellent lacing down the glass. Aroma is prominent floral hops and citrus with a slight undertone of sweetness and heat.

Taste is a bitter hop bomb throughout highlighted by a very strong floral citrus character. Underlying sweet maltiness is present but gets overpowered way too easily and seems to be there just for the hops to ride along on. Bitterness and alcohol just coats your palette in the finish, in an ending that you wont soon forget until the next sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth, and delicous.

Wow, this was my first experience with this beer on cask and it was quite a memorable one. Not for the hoppy faint of hearted but ectasy for serious hop heads. Unfortunately that combo of hops and alcohol make it a serious sipper and I seriously doubt that I could (or would) want more than one in a sitting, so it takes a hit in the drinkability department. If your able to find this guy on cask outside of the brewery, do yourself a favor, batten down the hatches, and set sail for one hoppy ride. (1,138 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This was the stand-out for me at the 13 May 2005 Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge! Absolutely amazing! All of the rich maltiness was there, and it even appeared fuller because of the softer mouthfeel. It was the only beer I had all night (apart from Heavyweight's Hoppy Saison) that held a head and left lacing about the glass. The hop aroma didn't seem any fuller than usual, but it really didn't have to be. The hop flavors seemed to sink into the maltiness a bit more, and it was much rounder and incredibly drinkable! Of course, at 8.5% you are limited.... but I'd have drank it all night if I could (and almost did!). (636 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a slightly cloudy gold color with a white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace.

S: Heavy hops smell with some citrus & malt sweetness and bit of alcohol.

T: Strong, bitter hops bite hits you right away (hence the name) and certainly doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells. It leaves a bitter hops after-taste, but it’s not as strong as you would think.

M: Very crisp and smooth as well, with a medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.

D: This is a drinkable beer, especially if you’re into the hops bitterness. The alcohol is hidden pretty well without using sweetness to do it and it's not very filling. It’s just not quite as balanced as I would prefer. (754 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big white head just sort of sits there, as it slowly decides to fall into a clear rich golden colored beer it leaves bits of its lacing on the glass.

A light citrus to piney hops aroma with a slight sourness to it.

Citrus to piney hops with a slight bitterness to sourness taste.

A medium bodied beer that leaves a slight bitter/sour aftertaste that is quite dry.

Cool looking bottle, cool name, was hoping for more.

This is a decent IPA but to me it doesn't quite live up to the standard of other Victory beers I've tried. (528 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Market Cross pub & inn in Shippensburg, served at cask temp in an imperial pint.

A - A very clear golden w/ highlights the color of amber honey. The cap of cream is small but clings as lace in rings

S - A sweet tropical fruit hint w/ a high amount of pineapple and grapefruit w/ alcohol very noticeable in the nose w/ mild malty sweet caramel tinges

M - A hint of spice goes right to the astringent drying texture, mild grapefruit and alcohol w/ a light creamy sweet edge

T - The taste is strong of citrus and dry leafy flavors w/ lots of astringency and light medicinal taste as the alcohol overtakes the malt in the transfer of hops to malt. The taste is very bitter which seques into the flavor of alcohol and mellows w/ slightly sweet malt in the finish

D - Not an easy to drink cask ale, but I don't remember tasting it in this format before so it piqued my interest. The drinkability is better than average w/ good taste and alcohol is very well matched for the style. I would prefer this on draft or a fresher cask possibly. (1,059 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My go to package store finally got this in stock so I was pretty psyched.

As expected it was a very hoppy beer in both aroma and taste. It's well balanced and smooth and for such a high ABV the alcohol is hidden well. I felt there was a lack in appearance but the beer was well above average in just about every other category. (328 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely amazing! The lace from the cask pour and the insane amount of hops was leaving thick rings all the way down the glass. Sweet pine and spice aroma, fruity esters and a mild higher alcohol in the nose. So smooth on the palate with a biting hoppiness with a continuation of that with the alcohol in the finish. Every time the malt wanted to break through the hops beat it back down. The alcohol was a bit too much though this is thoroughly a sipping beer to begin with @ 8.5% abv. (488 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded gold with little head. Nose is strong with a floral hoppy tone and almost a yeasty presence as well. Flavor is salty. Almost like I am taking a sip of the ocean. Noticable hop presence, but like the nose, it is more of a gentle type of hop. Not the overpowering mouth kicker that so many go for. Feel is low on bubble and carries a decent liquid feel. Drinkable, yes. But I wouldn’t consider it a top DIPA. Seem to be better examples out there. (461 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours shimmering bronze with 2+ fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Lemons & pineyness in copious amounts

T: Lemons & grapefruit, with kiss of honey malt then loads of pine up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes with an all out hop assault, too much grapefruit for my tastes

MF: Medium-bodied, a bit oily with low carbonation. I'd preferred a bit more maltyness

Drinks good, but not a huge fan on the OTT grapefruit hoppyness. Hopheads might want to hoard this before the price rise hits, pricey enough as is. Not a bad DIPA, but plenty better out their IMO (619 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Gullifty's, Wayne, PA

Another great choice. I'm beginning to think that Victory might be one of the most consistently good quality breweries around.

A golden yellow beer with a nice white head that typically displays good retention and lacing. Fresh hops in the nose, citrusy, and piney--a quality that distinguishes it from the Hop Devil--with a sweet biscuity malt base. Aroma follows through into the taste, with a sweet malt base generously overlaid with piney hops; lemony, with an alcohol drying finish. Light-medium body, tasty, and quite drinkable. (580 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 WVbeergeek
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's definitely alot of hype behind this brew, I found myself very fortunate to obtain a case of this beauty after there being somewhat of a shortage in the Pittsburgh beer market. Tasted my first bottle at D's sixpack, then I moved on to seek it out on draft at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse where I learned it wouldn't be tapped until the next day. Now let's take a look at this brew what does it do for me and how does it compare to the other bigger IPAs out there. Appearance: Amber with tiny hop particles spread throughout in a suspension like fashion forms a two finger depth head which lasts for quite some time when it does dwindle beautiful even bands of lacing nice. Aroma: Amazing blend of pine cone scented hops with citrusy grapefruit in nature hop dosage a candy like sweet finish to the nose this is nice I am loving it. Taste: Hops are there and in number they do give a burst of hops, but the great part about this beer is that it doesn't overdo it remains hoppy as all hell but allows different flavors to come and share the stage first off grapefruit sweetness is there with a sugary sensation that is straight up unique and tasty. I feel like I am partial to Victory but this one does live up to the load of hype that came with it, for me this is one of my favorite IPAs available today second to maybe only 3F's Dreadnaught IPA which has shown me the light not to overlook any small micro out there. Mouthfeel: Sticky texture to this medium body hop resin filled glass of ambrosia it's true "hoppiness is happiness". Drinkability: Amazingly easy to consume I can't picture this beer being 8.5% abv it just doesn't seem that way to me. Can't wait to get a taste of this one on draft I'm sure it will deliver on every level as well, and then maybe more so. (1,775 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very powerful beer--high in alcohol and VERY high in hop. The on-tap version pours slightly cloudy, golden with a nice head.

The aroma is largely flowery hop. My daughter thought it smelled like oatmeal...hmmm, I don't think so.

Flavor wise, you better like bitter, bitter beer. The hop is overwhelming. The only way I knew there was malt was from the alcohol and the color. The beer is surprisingly rich given the flavor. The carbonation is expectedly high as a balance to the richness. I would not categorize this beer as "drinkable" simply because it lies on the outer extreme of an extreme category. If you're looking for something different and special, try this one. (688 characters)

Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.