Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 1,914 | Ratings: 3,773
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presented from the hand pump with a finger of bone-white head with great retention, given my (slow) rate of consumption. The color was a rich, gold, such as Croesus might have had between his fingers. The clarity was phenomenal - well beyond NE-quality, allowing me to peer across the room and nearly through the wall, x-ray spex style. The nose was of freshly-squeezed Florida grapefruit on a huge scale. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, running down my gullet slick as a whistle. The hops were more muted than the in-your-face, mofo! taste that I have experienced in its CO2 draft version. I really liked the citrusy play on my tongue. It tickled! No, really, it scrubbed my palate clean and opened my heretofore stuffy sinuses. The finish was muted, compared to the CO2 version, but it had a pleasant citrusy aftertaste. Yum!

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with great label for the season, and the story of Horace "Hop" Wallop ending with "Hoppiness is Happiness" Oh so true.

Pours a wonderful creamy thick off-white 1" head. Colour is beautiful in a balloon glass. Clear amber/golden hue. Held this up in front of a fire in my fireplace on the first snow fall here in Harrisburg, PA. Perfect day for this perfect Hoppy Ale.

Sweet grapefruit, bitter grapefruit rind, touch of mango, and spicy pine on the nose. I must of had my nose in the glass for a good 15 minutes before taking a sip. Such a great thick aroma!!

Perfect smooth, creamy mouthfeel then unleashes the slick grapefruit rind hop oil that is intense yet tame. Just right, in fact in my opinion "PERFECT." Hops win over, but in the end a very slight caramelly sweet malt with the warming alcohol going down to the maw. The 8.5% is well masked, and creepy.

On the 3rd one I paired with my Wife's pork bbq that she made with 85 IPA from LBC. These are very drinkable, and after the 5th one I was sawin' logs on the couch in front of the fire.

Victory is just Awesome!!!!

I tried this for the first time with great food, football, on a snowy day in front of the fire. "It doesn't get any better than this." Great day with a Perfect Brew!

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Photo of Holmes698
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has all been said prior to my post.

...in the end this is my #1 overall beer followed closely by Troeg Nugget Nectar. This beer is now available year round and that is a great thing. Great complex hop flavor, fantastic mouth-feel, light orange color and a head that is good to the last drop.


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Photo of Dmann
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can really find nothing wrong with this beer! Beautiful pour with an inviting golden color coupled with a nice white head producing a lot of lace. Great citrus and pine notes in the scent with a very clean malt in the background. Flavor was perfect for a DIPA with wonderful citrus hops and clean malt to balance everything out. A nice dry finish with great mouthfeel rounds out this winner. Go and get some now!

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Photo of frognot
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale gold with a pure white fluffy head.

Smell: Lots and lots of pine with just a wee hint of citrus. An aroma that says "Prepare to be walloped with hops!"

Taste: Crisp, clean with the strong bitterness is buffered with the perfect touch of malt. It goes great with all kinds of food, especially something spicy (or it's good by itself).

Mouthfeel: A refreshing wake-up of hoppy goodness.

Drinkability: I have to remind myself that the ABV is 8.5%. Very drinkable but packs a punch.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! A phenominal ipa, this is one for the ages. Pours out a nice darker golden color with a white head that leaves a beautiful amount of lace, i mean its a work of art in its own right. The smell is overwhelmingly citrusy, wit ha hint of alcohol and very little malt. The taste, ohhh the taste, hops hops and more hops. The malt is light in character and doesnt have too much presence. Its a bit sweet up front and then you "get walloped" bith a citrus blast of hops towards the end all followed up with a touch of alcohol. Perfect Perfect Perfect.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a 12 oz. bottle leaving a 2 inch head at first then settling into an inch, than 1/2 inch by halfway down and leaving a thick lacing all the way. Color was a hazy yellow (more yellow than the typical orange of IPA's ). Aroma- PINEY !! and citrus- that could by detected with glass at arm's length! No hint of malt , but then, none was really expected from this. Taste- a big, big, wonderfully bitter hop bite of pine and citrus (grapefruit) !! The malt was hardly there, but there enough to support the massively and wonderfully bitter finish of more pine and citrus !! Mouthfeel was smooth and full. Drinkability- this is excellent, and will be enjoyed as often as possible.

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Photo of stewart124
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a grand golden color with a thick foamy white head and as you drink this there are absolutly beautiful laces that leave rings the whole way down the glass. The smell is a very aromatic blend of hops and a floral note. The taste is an outstanding mix of citrusy flavors and a bit of pine. The hops out do the malts but it's worth it. My tastebuds were taken for a ride and then crushed into submission. This has a dry bite to it but leaves a very distinct aftertaste of those hops. Extremely drinkable and goes down very well considering it's 8.5%. Simply delicious and thankyou Mr. Horace "Hop" Wallop!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this one in the cellar waiting for a special occasion, and seeing 20,000 BeerAdvocate.com members seems like a special occasion indeed.
A: Hazy golden amber in color. Head was initially about a fingers worth of a light tan suds, it's now about a quarter inch of a creamy looking foam. Some sediment is noted in the glass.

S: From this day forward, this is what will come to mind when I think of a Double IPA. Smells are a sweet grapefruity hop aroma at first. Not bitter in smell at all, but a solid hoppy aroma (I wish I knew what sort of hops they use). Nice malty bread smell underneath the hops. Brilliant.

T: Taste is a smart hop flavor that is surprisingly mellow at first, letting me get a nice feel for the malts used. There's a quick flash of a sweet flavor, but that gives way to a hoppy acidic twang that doesn't punch you, it seems to build on itself and grow into it's full hoppy glory. Finish is a long lingering sharp citrus flavor.

M: Super smooth, it's from a bottle but feels more like a cask conditioned. Full bodied, carbonation can't get any better, and the alcohol is nicely warming but very well masked.

D&N: As near to perfection in an IPA as I can imagine. I realize that five's should be rare, and this one got fives across the board, but I think that letting this beer age for a few months really let the flavors and aromas mature into a pretty perfect IPA. I've had many in bottles fresh from the brewery and they just didn't have the depth and character that this one does.

Edit to add: when this one comes out again, I'm thinking that putting a case or two in storage rather than two bottles would be a good idea. This beer rocks.

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Photo of stirgy
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a fine beer. I love hops and usually don't like overly sweet beers, so this beer and me, I feel were made for eachother. The smoothness, oh the smoothness... It's really incredible. Extremely creamy, chewy and yes, smooth with a solid maltiness underneath. Cloudy golden orange in color and was topped off by a layer of creamy white foam. The aroma was highly lemony, perfumey, estery. Perfect bitterness in the finish and the alcohol is completely hidden. This was a special treat, thanks Victory!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A crystal clear see-through golden hue; a thin pasty head that will grab to the glass until it is washed – twice. Pink grapefruit juice and fresh pine and a blast of hops on the nose; could become a hop-head air freshener! Up front, a textbook definition of a full bodied beer, as it should be. Very citrus-like in flavorings, with an absolute on-slaught of hops. Extreme on all ends, and the sweet department is no exception; has a candy like sweetness and the malt neighbor is there as it should be. Piney and citrus flavorings; grapefruit juice, orange and lemon notes are buried and burnt onto the palate; a massive hop based body that is too welcoming; a warming at 8.5% that can slap you from your stool. Very creamy, twangy and incredibly tasty. Live well and seek out this monster; what a beauty! Now available in the Midwest; are you kidding me?

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Photo of Duhast500
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pick this up from suggestions of other BAs.

Color is a yellow gold color with a light white head. The brew is well carbonated is quite clear.

Smell is a extremely deep hop smell. There is a slight malt smell in the background to level off just slightly, the hoppieness of this brew.

Taste is so full of hops it is almost blocking out the other flavors but there is also a slight pine taste. A hint of malt is in there with the wall of flavor.

Very tasty and a good beer overall. It will take an unexpected pallet to really get into the flavor. I am a big fan of hops and it was still a shock to the system.

Pick this beer up if you are ready to have your taste buds for a ride.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a nonic pint glass at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. The color was copper, with an excellent head. The smell was a nice hoppiness. The taste started off with a grapefruit blend of hops (which I have no idea how they got, but was glad they did), with a very nice piney, fruity aftertaste, and the alcohol was unnoticable...I wouldn't have believed this beer was 8.5%! Mouthfeel was just right. Drinkability-wise, I could absolutely have this one one after the other after the other...

What an amazing brew to enjoy for my 300th review. As complex an IPA as I've ever had in my life; hops that certainly delivered a nice bitterness but somehow managed to balance the beer out. This may have surpassed Ruination as my favorite IPA, and is certainly a beer I will have again in the future, hopefully as a non-seasonal!!!!

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pint I sampled was hand pumped from a cask.
A- Opaque golden amber in a pint glass. Lace was rough with lareger bubbles in the ivory/tan foam and clung to the glass pretty thickly.
S - Very fresh hops and spices on the nose - love it!
T - hops tasted fresh picked and though bitter had a soft edge to them and lasted through the finish. Couldn't taste much malt to balance, but this is so good that their presence was not missed. Hops ere very piney tasting with floral oils (i know this sounds like a smell, but I swear I tasted it!)
M - Pretty viscous but refreshing.
D - Great, though the bitter finish does stay with you for a while.
I will say that I probably enjoyed this more than itams bottled counterpart, but it was more bitter.

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Photo of markskar
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yee-haw!!! Gold!!! Eureka!!! No wonder the label features a old prospector-looking fellow. Alas, it seems that I tend to review mostly beers I love, so my ratings are often high, but this one gets a near-perfect rating in my book.

A: 24K, Luminescent Gold. Crystal clear. Nice two finger head with amazing lacing for something with such a high level of clarity. No chill haze whatsoever.

S: Wonderful citrusy. Outstanding display of west coast hop aroma. Can't detect any indication of the high abv (8.5%) due to the overwhelmingly pleasant bouquet of glorious American hops (wtf did they use, Cascade? Chinook?? Yakima??? Poster below says Centennial, but there must be more to it...I need to know damn it!!!).

T: Delicious light malts and a boatload of hops. This wonderful ale is not "over-hopped", however, as it is well balanced with a high abv% that is barely detectable behind the stunning hop flavor.

M: Heady and dry, with a nice, lingering hop tingle. The FG must be quite low, as it could certainly be a little bit smoother on the palate, but I really can't complain about the end result here. Doesn't burn the tongue, but stings just enough to make sure you remember it.

D: See above. I've always had trouble with this category unless dealing with a thick brew (like a porter or stout), or a brew that's total crap. I love this stuff, could drink it 'til I pass out, but that is not the goal here. It's as drinkable as possible, unless you over-do it and end up in a blacked out drunken stupor. That's personal choice, however, so I have to give it a perfect 5 for drinkability as a Strong Ale (or DIPA, or American Barleywine, or whatever they want to call it--doesn't matter to me so long as they keep making it).

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Photo of mcowgill
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer that I'm finally getting around to giving a proper review. Hop Wallop is the perfect name for this beer. It pours a hazy yellow with a smallish head with lots of lacing. The appearance doesn't warn you for what you are in for. The aroma is strong of grapefuit and pine hops. Simply amazing! The taste is a hop explosion. The malts don't stand a chance here. This medium bodied beer is extremely drinkable considering the alcohol content and amount of hops. I've had many of these this winter and I've looked forward to each one. I can't wait for next winter's batch!

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Photo of mschofield
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange-amber with particles floating around, topped with a two finger creamy off-white head, leaves webs of lace.
Apricot and citrus aroma, full of juicy pink grapefruit, spruce tree, floral.
Very hoppy taste, hitting just about all the notes, citrus, floral, earthy, caramel and nutty notes as well. A bit peppery from the alcohol.
Medium feel, a bit oily.
Goes down smooth and quickly, I could probably go through a sixer if I had one. The bitter fruit-pit aftertaste sticks with you.

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Photo of JoeySocks
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear golden amber-yellow. The hop smell wallops the nose with a sweet, citrus scent.

There wasn't much of a head but the lacing stayed around.

The taste is amazing - somewhat sweet, bitter, hoppy with grapefruit, citrus, and pine. With an ABV of 8.5%, it was surprisingly smooth and not overpowering.

I purchased a case of Hop Devil after this (it was $10 cheaper) and after that case, went back to get the Hop Wallop. I'm hooked.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I couldn't wait for this guy to come out this year with my newly acquired taste for "extreme" hops, and Hop Wallop did not disappoint. Cascade hops on the nose...quality cascade. Clean, refreshing. Pours an awsome clean amber with not much of a head. Upon pouring, the nose really opens up, but the taste is what "wallops" you...but not in a bad way. Alcohol is covered nicely, and there's still balance with the malts. I love all Victory's offerings, but this one makes me wanna dry-hump the old dude on the bottle it's that good. Love, love, love this stuff!!! Way to go Victory!!! Job well done with this 2005 batch.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(had this on cask, but have also had it on tap and out of the bottle, with near-identical results)

Pours hazy golden-orange, with a finger of white head, and excellent lacing. The smell was pink grapefruit, lemon, pine, maltiness, grass, and floral herbs. The flavor yielded all of the above in generous amounts, dissolving mid-palate to a more grassy/herbal/woodiness, and then finishing a pleasant dry bitter, with bitter/grapefruit/pine aftertaste hints. The body was medium, with subtle carbonation, even from the cask (must've been a fresh tapping). Despite the strength, the flavor beckons you for more, and before you know, it's a session. Thank the beer gods (and Victory) for making this a year-round offering.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden peach crystal clear color with lots of little bubbles in the glass.. Beautiful jewel (it shimmers in the glass) of a beer. Rich thick white head on the pour leaves within 5 minutes (due to abv). But there is a constant white sheen and nice lacing effect on the glass at all times. Fresh grapefruit rind and orange peel nose. Smells like you are in a citrus grove in Florida. The inital smooth sweet malt taste is quickly slammed on the tongue by a huge excuse the expression "wallop of grapefruit hop juice". If you were not a hop fan like myself you would freak.. The grapefruit sting then is mellowed in the finish with a touch of lemon and a malty smoothness comforts the abused tongue. Balence in the abuse. Medium to fuller body with a nice smooth lively mouth. Very flowery and floral upfront as well.

This brew lives up to the talk... Victory please don't change a thing, except offer it for wider distribution... It was worth my quite long drive to get it.... A very pretty, flavorful, satisfying brew.

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Photo of santanas95
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this, I didn't really care for it... and I still drank the full sixer. That should tell you a bit (either about the beer, or my unwillingness to give away beer I don't like).
That being said, I decided to be a bit more objective. I love this style, and wanted to give this beer a fair shake. After all, how many bad beers have you ever heard of coming from Victory?
Poured a nice clear honey color into my pint glass. Nice 1 inch head that quickly disappeared, but left a good sticky lacing down the side of my glass.
The six-pak holder claims this to be "A very hoppy beer" with contents of "hops, hops, and more hops". One sniff into my glass, and the miner guy was smacking my in the face saying "I told you sonny!" Very hoppy beer... no shite. I got nothing but hops from the aroma.
Let's try tasting this again... high puckering bitterness and hop flavor. Almost like drinking diluted grapefruit juice. Slightly piney (actually more like spruce). The first time I tried this was like drinking spruce sap (and I have). Luckily, this time that taste was not present so much. I enjoy a good hop-alicious beer every now and then. I wish this were a year round offering. I wondered if they used any malts at all, then midglass, the hops settled down, and I got a little malt and pseudo honey backdrop to the hop craziness. Does the label really say 8.5% ABV?, because I can't taste it at all.
Carbonation was perhaps a bit understated. I found no alcohol in either the flavor or mouthfeel. That's dangerous for this beer, especially if you enjoy an in your face hop bomb such as this. Must... force... myself... not... to... drink... entire... six... pack...at... once. The only thing I could recommend to a hophead that would be close it to actually chew on an ounce of hops... like Chinook .

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber color with crazy head and ridiculous retention that rapes my glass.

Smell is of fresh hops that are flowery and citrusy. I just beergasmed. Don't read this review, go and drink it and see for yourself!!!

Taste: sweetness from pale malts and some mild caramel malts with a fresh hop bitterness to balance. This is what fresh hop beers are all about. The flowery hop flavor is beergasmtastic. I wish fresh hop ales were available year round. It's not fair!!!

Mouthfeel is full and crips and refreshing. Could be a little bit fuller, but it is still very good.

I could drink this forever. I want this beer forever and forever. Why are you reading my review?!?!? Go drink this beer already.


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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
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".

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Photo of BigDRS
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Hop Wallop is a very clear light gold with an off-white head. There's very little carbonation visible and the head eventually falls into a film and leaves a bit of lace.

The smell on this beer is amazing. There's a ton of hops. Citrus and pine scents dominate the nose. There's just a touch of a tropical twang ... mango or something close to it.

One sip of this beer and I'm hooked. If you want a hop bomb, this is it, start to finish. The lingering aftertaste is one of the best I've experienced. There's a bit of hop taste that comes up after each sip accompanied by an intense bitterness. It's flat out awesome.

Mouthfeel on this beer is also great. There's a sticky/syrupy character to it that I really love in a DIPA. Carbonation is just right.

Victory hit this one out of the park. Not only is this an awesome beer, but it's available year round AND it's only $10 for a 6 pack. This is going to become a regular in my fridge.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,773 ratings