Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
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 wouldnt mind revisiting again.
06-03-2005 17:44:50 | More by Phyl21ca
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
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!
12-22-2005 21:20:52 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
12-27-2006 01:41:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival 6/13/09 ON TAP
Pours amber with a nice big and thick white head.
Nose of floral perfume and corn tortillas. Assertive nice yeast.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and with huge grapefruit flavors, followed by pine and then resin. Beautifully balanced.
The gigantic grapefruit hop bitter finish may be one of the longest ever experienced. Literally goes on for minutes.
06-14-2009 05:39:01 | More by GRG1313
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
A: 2.5 finger head, tons of frothy lace. Clear golden with crimson hues.
S: Mostly grapefruit but more on the sour side, biscuity and some hop notes.
T: Light citrus initially, alcohol is well-masked. Finish is lots of pine and hops with a lingering sharp bitterness that is more of a citrus bitterness ass oppose to pine.
M: moderate carbonation and medium body.
Overall: Excellent DIPA. The lnegth of time the bitterness sticks around is a little much for me but otherwise a very good beer.
10-08-2011 23:41:49 | More by kylehay2004
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
03-02-2009 02:02:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.79/5 rDev -7.6%
Hop Wallop poured out as a yellowish copper color, the head was creamy looking as semi-thick. The smell of the beer is hoppy but I have a feeling that the cask may have muted some of the aromas in this one. The taste of the beer is hoppy also had a nice tasting bitter finish to it. The mouthfeel of this beer was silky smooth from the cask. This beer didn't last me very long, it was in my belly shortly after it was given to me. Overall I am looking forward to trying this from a bottle to see how much it differs, I've got a 6 pack waiting to go in the fridge right now. All in all it's a good IIPA that teams well with the HopDevil.
06-07-2011 17:23:25 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
11-20-2005 00:09:57 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
07-17-2010 01:36:33 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
11-29-2007 00:06:05 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
06-05-2007 17:24:29 | More by zeff80
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
09-10-2008 00:12:38 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-30-2011 01:30:57 | More by biboergosum
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
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!).
05-14-2005 14:53:27 | More by NeroFiddled
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
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 wouldnt consider it a top DIPA. Seem to be better examples out there.
12-31-2007 00:58:08 | More by RblWthACoz
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-30-2006 05:23:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.1/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-23-2009 03:15:55 | More by nickfl
4.9/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
12-24-2003 06:35:39 | More by WVbeergeek
4.47/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-31-2004 11:56:57 | More by Jason
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
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