Hop Wallop
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #163
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,843
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 11.89%
Reviews:
1,926
Ratings:
3,809
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Hop WallopHop Wallop
Notes: Citra and Simcoe Hops impart fruity and earthy notes for a new twist on a flavorful friend. This IPA packs a hoppy wallop.
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Photo of PathofChaos
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Liquid gold. Pure, clean, and translucent. Looks like an ale you'd expect to see in the tavern of a great dwarven kingdom, just don't drink too deeply, or too greedily. Puffs up a layer of choppy white foam that disappears after introductions are over, living on only as a pattern of sticky, striated lacing.

Bouquet:
Floral, earthy notes but their aroma is dainty and distant, like flowers far away on a mountain. Traces of dried pine occasionally waft in on that far-off mountain breeze. Pleasant, but falls profoundly short of being impressive.

Feel:
A cold, babbling brook of bubbles cascade gently on this light-bodied ale. Crisp with a dry, tangy finish that promises to linger but ends up dipping out early.

Taste:
Bright, semi-sweet pine, quiet notes of pepper, and a wisp of lemongrass all stand before a crackery malt backbone.

Overall:
Meh? It’s pleasing, refreshing, and there's nothing wrong with it but it’s meek and doesn't add anything new to the genre. A serviceable, middle-of-the-road IPA that'll never stand out but sometimes that's just what the menu calls for.

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Photo of Peach63
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a 2 inch white head with good retention. Heavy lacing to end.

Strong aroma of pine, grapefruit, earthy, floral.

Taste is resiny, pine, slight spiciness, including pepper.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

This is a damn good IPA! One of the best.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this several times before my dad gave me a 6-er about two weeks ago. I have one of these left but here are my thoughts now.
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-dark yellow branded color with some transparency about it. Some carbonation seem rising at a modest pace. Lace coats in a semi-dusty way but clingy.
The aroma had a strong citrusy pithy/bitter rind character strolling in for a balance with some bitter piney hop tones. Malts seem barely there.
The flavor leaned towards the bitter side with a touch of sweet pine dry needles arranging underneath. Mild pine tree aftertaste, fairly dry.
The mouthfeel was pretty dry running along my tongue. Holding it's own as its scraping like what I remember of old school IPA's/DIPA's. Sturdy carbonation and good for the style. Sure is a sipper. Finishes bitter through dry pine tree notes.dry
Overall, not for the faint of heart, this is what old school DIPA's seem to have started out as. This is one I would come back to preferably for me.

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Photo of DavetotheB
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle dated enjoy by 5/6/20. Pours a golden translucent yellow with about two fingers of white fluffy head. Moderate retention, decent lacing. Smells of fresh cut grass. Not picking up much else. Taste is similar to the nose. Grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is dry with a bitter aftertaste. This a palate wrecker. Overall, not picking up the fruitiness described on the label, but it's not awful. Pretty much a hop bomb. Price point is favorable as well, less than $11 for a 6er.

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Photo of Danzifer
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It pours clean, retains a slight head with fine lacing, looks decent, gold with very few particles, it smells nice and naturey but I couldn't taste anything! Nothing except a very slight sour pinch from tropic fruits and tiny bit of bitter. Interesting... For a beer that has "Hop" in the name I figured it'd be like most IPA's but this one is extremely unusual. I guess it's ok, goes down easy and has high ABV. Hell, I'd try it again just to see if it really doesn't have any taste.

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Photo of cjeep
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

big fan of the brewery but this one is not fully working for me. i haven't had this one in a few years and i think they made some changes that i don't find
L: looks fine
S; some citrus and grass
T: this is where it goes awry for me. strong lemony taste that is just distracting. all i get beyond it is the bitterness. just not a pleasant combination.
F: smooth with medium carbonation
O: sorry - i wanted to like it much more but i'm not feeling it.

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Photo of jkblr
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle enjoy by 06 May 2020 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours bright light amber with abundant off white head. The head slowly settles to thick cap leaving the glass covered in lacing. The aroma dank and earthy predominantly with notes of citrus and pine underneath. The taste is more of the same with citrus and pine given the heavy hitting Simcoe punch over a pleasant light malt body. Heavily bitter throughout (no surprise). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good, but not in my taste preference. I'm not a big Simcoe fan and it dominates this beer IMO. Still very well made and a nice reminder of this beer blowing my mind years ago.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi translucent light honey color with a foamy white head , which dissipates quickly. Smell is reminiscent of citrus,mild toffee, (never used that description for an IPA), hay and earth. Taste is some fruitiness and some dank earth flavor.Mildly astringent. Surprised at the large malt bill, hops get washed away too quickly by a malt rush. (Uneven?) Feels well carbonated, medium body,finishes juicy. Overall if it did not have such an edge the malt bill could be reduced in my opinion. Seems the added malt was necessary because of the beer's astringency. Definitely get walloped by the hops. Good beer

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Photo of gcasher
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle fresh
Poured about 20oz in a nice tall ale glass
Beautiful classic appearance of clear and golden ale with a big foamy white head that sticks around.
The aroma is not overpowering, but very pleasant of citrus and tropical fruit and some biscuit
the flavor starts with the biscuit malt and is quickly surpassed by bitter grapefruit from the hops. There is some caramel from the malt and some sweet mango at the end.
This is a superb IPA and the price point is fantastic at $10/six.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. A beer I used to drink a long time ago and never reviewed. Pours clear golden. Smells of light orange, biscuit malt, and some grapefruit. Hints of garlic and onion hops. Tastes of grapefruit hops, light malt sweetness, biscuit and cracker malt, and a chewy grapefruit back end. A bit heavier than medium bodied. Drinks just a little slower than most IPAs. A tasty beer and no wonder I used to enjoy this way back in the day.

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Photo of Sandgrounder95
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
L - Beautiful golden color with a thick white head and good lacing
A - Pine and fruit, complement looks to make for an inviting IPA
T - Hops abound, same as the smell. Piney and citrusy, with underlying malt
F - Coats the mouth, and is very refreshing for sure
O - Enjoyed this beer a lot, and would recommend it to friend's

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop brewed by Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, with an ABV of 7.50% The brew pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. This American IPA pours out a nice deep golden amber color with a nice thick white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Hop Wallop is rich with hop bitterness, mixed with lots of earthy tones. The is a nice amount of earthy grains and malts in the smell mixed with a slight sweetness. So far Hop Wallop has the look an smell of most IPA'S on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. This is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with hop bitterness at first, then it sticks around. You also pick up on nice smooth earthy grains and malts to tie it all together. The body is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. Hop Wallop IPA would go nice with dinner. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Rich, Clean Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Hop Wallop a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity too. Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, did a real nice job with this American IPA.

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Photo of hman43
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus and pine which are quite high. There is also a back ground grainy sweet element.

Taste: There flavors are centered around the citrus with some pine in support. There is a low level of floral and slight spiciness with a little git of grainy sweetness.

Feel: It has a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, the hops is this beer are quite intense and work well together.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 5/11/19

Pours a crystal clear dirty gold with a small but persistent off-white head; decent retention yields plenty of speckled lacing holding to the glass alongside a faint collar with solid longevity.

Aromas of deep, almost sweaty notes of dank hops, grapefruit rind, and dense pine balanced only by a stiff, crackery malt backbone.

Taste brings further grapefruit-influenced pine and heavy, sweaty hop tones; finish is balanced by the crackery malt backbone, but remains overarchingly hoppy with an abundance of herbal and dank floral tones.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, snappy, and with no shortage of weight to it on the swallow; not bitter, not overly malty, just excellent balance on the palate while maintaining a consistent strength. Light-medium body on the palate is bolstered by medium, excellently balanced carbonation.

The hops here are so aggressive and yet well-tempered, this is at incredible level as far as sessionable, old-school IPAs go; where the hops are aggressive, all other elements are refined for drinkability, resulting in the type of beer I’d take pleasure in drinking frequently.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: predominantly pine with a little lemon in the backgoround;

T: a lot of malt here; the hops ping pong back and forth between lemon and floral; a little sweet throughout with mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: nicely done; a little too sweet for my taste;

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Photo of Ronl12
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into IPA glass. No date.
Look fairly clear golden orange. Smell is light citrus orange. Taste follows and ends with little dank grapefruit. Feel is fairly light. Overall a nice IPA that I would drink again but maybe not seek out.

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Photo of VABA
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 1/11/20

A-Pours a clear golden color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with an abundant hoppy and bitterness flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Imperial IPA

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'd call this a throwback IPA, as it really reminds me of what I was looking for back in the 90s. Bitter, somewhat hoppy nose, old school flavors. The nose is probably the least interesting part of the beer. Pine and a little citrus along with some earthy and herbal notes. A bit of a mish-mash. Taste has a big malt backbone, which I think is fine (I'm not so sure why so many people hate any malt in their IPAs). But the hops are really bring bitterness as opposed to flavor here. Again, more of an old school pine thing going on. Overall, decent but not interesting or exciting. I didn't rate Dirt Wolf as high as most either, so maybe this brewer's IPAs just aren't for me.

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Photo of scream
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was quite looking forward to this when I heard it was being released.
Look-medium copper color
Smell-a light resinous smell to it
Taste-has a good hop bite to it, little malt detected
Feel-aside from the hop bite a bit on the lighter side.
Overall- certainly a decent beer. Given my choice I'd have a Dirt Wolf 1st.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a "snulip" glass.

L---Crystal clear, deep golden color. With a medium head. Little retention, but very good lacing.

S---Well, it's hoppy, as advertised. Pine & citrus are dominant.

T---Hop dominant. Pine & citrus are up front as in the nose. There's both a sweetness and an astringent bitterness. Nicely balanced.

F---Medium-full mouthfeel. Not particularly well carbonated. Alcohol is present, but it's not boozy.

O---A good IIPA, but not a classic or anything. I'd get it again if I come across it, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's sporting a two finger thick off-white head, webbed lacing, and a clear medium-light amber body.

I smell plenty of pine, citrus, and tropical aromas from the hops and a big, sweet honey biscuit malt backbone.

Tastes like a nice heap of the hops mentioned above that. The malt sweetness is somewhat muted by the expected bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Definitely has a lingering hop aftertaste that usually comes with the style of beer.

Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown gets a 4 out of me.

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Photo of tjwarren
2.74/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am a huge fan of Victory. That being said... what they did to Hop Wallop is a crime. I was ecstatic when I learned of its re-release. I gasped when I found it. But, let’s get serious Victory, this is not Hop Wallop. This a a sweet beer that tastes almost like a rye beer. It should be called Malt Wallop. It is not a horrible beer in and of itself it is just not what is says it is. I have trouble even calling it an IPA. It is a beer, I am just not sure what kind of a beer it is. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. I miss the soul crushing, pallet wrecking bitterness of the old Hop Wallop. I feel the people who bought this based on legacy are owed an explanation. Or a refund.

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Photo of Wexfordbeer
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is quite hoppy. I like hop but this might be just a bit too hoppy for me. It is a good beer but it's tough for me to taste anything but the hop. The bottle I have is different with a lower alcohol content 7.5%

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Photo of thebeers
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with good effervescence and three fingers of creamy off-white head that last a good while and leave heavy lacing.

Skunky pine, forest floor, flowers, apple juice, pineapple and biscuity malt in the nose.

A little residual fruit juice and white wine sweetness in the taste, with strong floral and pine hops in the finish — but not exactly the wallop I remember from twelve years ago. The aftertaste is a really nice mix of pine hop bitterness and that light sweetness.

Sticky, syrupy, medium-bodied feel with moderate carbonation. The beer really coats and sticks to the mouth, letting the flavors linger.

Not quite the palate wrecker I remember, but still a real treat. Would love this as a seasonal release for the Eagles postseason.

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Photo of mickey72
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The closest East Coast beer to Pliny the Elder. One of the greatest Double IPAs to come out of the Northeast. Smooth, refreshing, and the perfect balance of hops. Why Victory chose to retire this legend is a mystery...

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 3809 ratings