Hop Wallop
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #505
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,426
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.98%
Ratings:
3,822
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 05, 2021
Added:
Dec 17, 2003
Wants:
  136
Gots:
  297
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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4.21 by Resistance88 from California on Dec 05, 2021
 
4.13 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 11, 2021
 
2.49 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2021
 
4.1 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jun 17, 2021
 
2.75 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brewme from Massachusetts

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Surprised that I have not reviewed this before, have probably had a case of this. Miss this beer.

Mar 20, 2021
 
4.02 by mltobin from Connecticut on Mar 19, 2021
 
3.91 by micada from New York on Mar 18, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 1009 from Massachusetts

A smooth drinking IPA that pours into a gorgeous golden haze with about a 2 inch white frothy head. The head lingers for a while in the glass which is great. The beer gives off wonderful hoppy.earthy aromas with a tropical twist. The taste follows the nose giving pine and floral like notes, but with some tropical fruit notes too. This definitely packs a wallop at 7.5%, but does drinks more like a session. Could definitely have more than one, but I would not advise, as the alcohol could sneak up on you. Enjoy the drinkability and smoothness of this wonderfully crafted IPA!

Feb 12, 2021
 
4 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Jan 30, 2021
 
3.8 by ConnorSimpson41 from Pennsylvania on Aug 02, 2020
 
4 by fthegiants from California on Jul 14, 2020
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4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by GaBeerGarden from Georgia

I’ve been saving this bottle for a few years only to pull it out after a Hop Devil. It is still one of my favorites. Great flavor, color, nose, and flavor. Victory excels again.

May 25, 2020
 
3.77 by Khaack from New York on Apr 26, 2020
 
3.82 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Mar 27, 2020
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3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by PathofChaos from Maryland

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.

Mar 27, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Peach63 from New York

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.

Mar 14, 2020
 
4.06 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Mar 09, 2020
 
4 by Manthon from Pennsylvania on Mar 08, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Mar 08, 2020
 
5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 04, 2020
 
4.02 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Mar 01, 2020
 
4 by Stevedore from Oregon on Feb 28, 2020
 
3.53 by chris826 from Mississippi on Feb 24, 2020
 
4.09 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Feb 22, 2020
 
3.74 by Fr33man from Maryland on Feb 20, 2020
 
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 19, 2020
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3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Pretty awful. I love a bitter west coast IPA but this is like licking dirt. Theres no redeeming malty balance
Its pithy and downright awful imo.

Feb 17, 2020
 
3.81 by MJ64 from Mississippi on Feb 09, 2020
 
4.25 by trickynicky from Maryland on Feb 09, 2020
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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 08, 2020
 
3.92 by florisj135 from Virginia on Feb 05, 2020
 
4.32 by 61Fergus from Maryland on Feb 01, 2020
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3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Danzifer from Ohio

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.

Jan 30, 2020
 
4.1 by Genx from Georgia on Jan 26, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 20, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

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.

Jan 19, 2020
 
4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 18, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by deleted_user_995920

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

Jan 18, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by gcasher from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 17, 2020
Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 3822 ratings