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Hop Wallop - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,588 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,588
Reviews: 1,892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 115
Gots: 169 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2003)
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden with a one fingered head that has a very long retention. Carbonation is constantly flowing like crazy. These Sam Adams sensory glasses work wonders.

Smell is as expected a hoppy mother. Citrus and pine strike, though more may be present under the radar. Lemon strikes upon the second smell.

Taste is not nearly the wallop I was expecting. Hops are actually mellow and balanced to the point where well, yes this is a hoppy beer, but maybe even a good into to the world of hops for those afraid of an IPA. Alcohol is well hidden. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel is good, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Right for this taste.

Drinkability. I would absolutely buy this again and hope I could find some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 03:56:21 | More by sonicdescent
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Stoutlad

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-08-2013 22:37:38 | More by Stoutlad
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a see-through pale orange colour, with a nice creamy head that recedes to a 1/2" after a few minutes.

S- Nice citrusy hops. Grassiness, and a bit of pale malt with some lemon character.

T-Citrus and grapefruit. Big dry-hopped taste. A bit of alcohol is evident as it warms, with a citric orange aftertaste.

M-Oily, yet carbonated enough to balance it out pretty well.

A good DIPA, although I was not all that impressed.

EDIT: Tasted this recently, and it had a interesting and enjoyable "grape-y" quality to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 05:52:02 | More by darklordlager
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-31-2013 04:16:24 | More by shagal
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

09-22-2012 22:29:08 | More by circus_cat
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HopGrazer

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-07-2013 04:36:15 | More by HopGrazer
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dvmky

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-05-2013 17:36:40 | More by dvmky
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up the other week when I was missing the US and wanted a crazy high octane hop bomb.

A - Bigger head than I remember, at least 2-3 fingers worth. light orange to dark hay color. small amount of lacing left as the head dissipates.

S - HOPS! ! ! Citrus, Resiny Pine HOPS HOPS HOPS! I'm excited.

T - Yep, Grapefruit citrus piny hops with a hint of a grass. I know there is malt in there somewhere, but it never stood a chance.

M&D - this may be where the beer is lacking, but I didn't buy more than one because I knew I would not want more than one. It is what it is, very sticky with good carbonation, but it does wreck the palate. This has to be my only or my last beer of the night. BUT it was just what I wanted!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 11:37:22 | More by thepeter
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hopsbreath

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big on hops, sweet taste and smell, low on the citrus with more of a piney resin, slightly thin mouthfeel, long lingering bitter finish. Seems a little light to be considered a DIPA. I was not crazy about this one but to be fair I have been drinking a lot of DIPA's lately and this bottle is a few months old. I will have to try it again if I see it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:40:44 | More by hopsbreath
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modernartblues

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

as a hophead, I couldn't resist giving this one a try.

the appearance is yellow-orange and closer to a lager look than I would expect for an IPA

the smell is also pretty average imo, it doesn't have that hop smell coming from across the room

overall, I was a little underwhelmed by the beer, but I liked it more on multiple tastings, and by the end of the six pack might even call myself a fan. Though it is still not my favorite IPA by any means.

Edit: After a bit more experience, I'm guessing this beer was past its prime freshness date. Maybe some yeast problems accounting for what my newbie palate called a Belgian like taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:27:37 | More by modernartblues
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aslamm75

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

04-01-2013 22:09:49 | More by aslamm75
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Trilogy31

California

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale clear old gold with a creamy finger full of off white cap, nice clarity - leaving sticky lacing and a pretty beer so far - best buy date of 5.16.12. Nose is pure piney bitterness upfront with a nice malt character along with a floral edge to it. The taste is just pure pure bitterness along with a floral almost chamomile quality. Refreshing though i cant feel my tongue and nice carbonation. An interesting and tasty beer but wow is it bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 04:48:39 | More by Trilogy31
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Gehrig13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-25-2012 00:33:06 | More by Gehrig13
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

07-18-2013 17:11:18 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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quasimoto

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light cloudy golden yellow with a nice head that laced nicley.

S - Strong hops, (duh!) But they were sweet, I liked it. Very pleasant

T - Strong hop flavors, followed by very minimal malt flavors. Almost a let down.

M - There is no bitterness at all. Well very minimal.

D - It a very drinkable beer, but a little lacking in flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 17:46:21 | More by quasimoto
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Yoda22

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear gold with 3 fingers frothy white head that lingers and laces like a champ. Doesn't leave anything to be desired.

S- Fairly faint earthy/grassy hops and some malt. Good balance but would prefer some more up front hops. Not sure how recently this was bottled, maybe been on the shelf a while and lost some hops.

T- Good bitter "hop wallop" as advertised both up front and on the finish. There IS some sweetness mixed in there though so it's not too punishing. I detect a little citrus/grapefruit along with some grassy character.

M- Medium body and good mid to high carbonation. Smooth drinking though a little dry on the finish (amplified by the bitterness).

O- A solid easy drinking IPA with a hop bite. It's not my favorite collection of hops (pine/citrus) but definitely would drink again. P.S. 8.5% ABV!? You would never know from the taste!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:01:10 | More by Yoda22
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lucas1801

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

07-23-2013 10:09:00 | More by lucas1801
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

06-18-2014 00:10:26 | More by PTEdelman
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xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

11-21-2013 02:45:23 | More by xbrettfavrex
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blackcompg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of fluffy, bumpy off-white eggshell head, color of the beer is a glowing hazy golden lite orange color. Some very nice lacing is left when finished.

Smell - Whoah, orange, mango, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, and sweet lemon - such phenomenal citrus smells!

Taste - Just like the nose, all of these wonderful citrus and tropical flavors come together with a natural citrus sweetness, along with some big green and floral hop flavors. There is a wonderful malted biscuit backbone in the background, and the finish is slightly bitter and dry with wonderful dried grapefruit peel and a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium+, very smooth, and some juiciness. Carb is on the lower side, but adds some tingly edges along the sides of the tongue, but not enough to "cleanse" the palate, you're left with some nice lingering citrus flavors between sips, with juicy pockets in the corners of the mouth. The finish is just slightly dry and bitter.

Overall - A really nice citrussy and floral DIPA. The sweetness is all from the citrus, and is not overly sweet at all, and doesn't come across as honey or carmel or hard candy as in other DIPA's. A very nice DIPA, and one that I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:25:21 | More by blackcompg
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jackrodgers77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

11-22-2011 01:22:28 | More by jackrodgers77
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DanE

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

05-26-2013 19:54:09 | More by DanE
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GMB

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-20-2012 23:06:40 | More by GMB
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silenius

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very slightly hazed gold with a nice creamy head that lasts a long time. Pinpoint carbonation continually floats to the top.

Smell is nicely floral and malty with a load of grapefruity pith hops. Well balanced.

Taste begins on the bready and sweet side and quickly shifts gears into full on grapefruit hops. Again, well-balanced for such a hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with scrubbing bubbles.

Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 21:03:40 | More by silenius
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Desaparecido

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-17-2011 18:07:11 | More by Desaparecido
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,588 ratings.