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Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fluffy white head on a golden body with minimal carbonation. Bright.

S - Very strong aroma. Really rich, juicy hops. Lot's of pineapple and citrus fruits.

T - Great hop strength with great balance. Not overly malty but good enough to provide significant balance to create a hell of a strong beer.

M - Minimal carbonation. Just enough to keep things moving. Medium to full bodied. Not an overly bitter finish but decent for the style.

D - High. Superb hop shot but could use a tad bit more richness in the malt bill.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper appearance with small amount of white lacing. Very sweet smell of apricots, peaches, grapefruit. Taste is loaded with hops.. very bitter but can still pick up on some of the apricot and peach. This is not too overpowering and very drinkable for a DIPA, but on the high end in terms of sheer bitterness.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a tiny head, but has little clusters of bubbles that often happens with hoppy beers. The smell is sweet, the hops aren't too over powering and there is a hint of spice to it. The taste is big. A little cluttered in the first sip, with alcohol being the most potent taste. Much more carbonation than I expected, especially to a big fan of Victory's Hop Devil. Its hard to get a handle on the hops, as they balance out nicely with the spice. The absence of any one substantial taste makes this a very drinkable beer, and makes the mouthfeel pleasant.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. The aroma is grassy, citrusy, with notes of bergamot. The taste is lightly sweet with an underlying toasted biscuit malt flavor. Of course this beer is hop dominated, but I like that I was able to get some maltiness up front. There is an astringent grassy note to the bitterness, as well as a resinous citrus/ pine hop note. This finishes with a solid slightly mouth-puckering bitterness. The key to to this beer is to drink it on the warm side of cool, so that the malt notes come out. Overall this is quite good, I just wish it was slightly more integrated, it needs a bit of smoothing out of the astringent notes. Still this is definitely a hop monster, and is a must try for hop heads.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of 10/25/2007 printed on the label, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy/cloudy light gold color, completely opaque. The Head formed about 1-2 fingers thick and faded quickly into a thin layer, along with some lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops, quite strong, almost overpowering.

Taste: Wow is this stuff good. The hop bitterness never lets anything from the malts come through at all. Piney at first, more citrus towards the end. The finish, predictably, is bitter and hoppy, and lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth for such a strong beer, medium body. The carbonation was in good balance as well.

Overall: An excellent version of the American Double IPA, very little hint of the high alcohol percentage. If you, like Hop Wallop, think that hoppiness is happiness, grab one of these as quickly as possible.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and clear honey color Double IPA from Victory, the head is small less than one finger. Smell has a piney/tar hop aroma, kind of earthy smelling. The taste is heavy on the bitter hops with that pine/woody flavor, seems pretty highly carbonated even though it didn't have a huge head, steady malt backbone. Mouthfeel is carbonated, pretty bitter, with some other nuances of flavor that I haven't experienced in a double IPA. Drinkability is good, decent double IPA.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bocktown tonight. I have tasted (1 oz sample) this brew at least 3 times before.

A- This beer looks like the perfect pilsner. Crystal Clear bubbly champagne colored body that is served with a good 2 finger foamy head. Head slowly subsides to a beautiful 1 finger and is retained perfectly from there. Lots and lots of lacing left behind in the glass. Beautiful...I would just expect a medium amber hue and a touch of cloudiness.

S-Wow. Hop Wallop it is. A very sweet pink grapefruit comes through first and most prominently followed by a big pine sting. These are the two most notable aromas. In the background is also wonderful spicy hop and a hint of herbal hop aromas as well.

T- Upfront is sweet...almost too sweet. A big dose of sweet, juicy pink grapefruit with maybe a hint of sugar initially. As the flavor progress one can detect a deep spiciness in the background which is barely present initially but grows for the finish and is immediately overshadowed by a big piny hop refreshing presence which seems to be the dominant character overall and it lingers...but as it lingers a huge citrus rind bitterness overshadows all as hints of piny and spicy hop flavors fade away in the background. Very interesting how this incorporates several hop characters at once and they fight for dominance...all seeming to have an almost extreme character.

M- As the appearance would suggest the body is very light and has medium to high carbonation. A slightly oily carbonation and a refreshing light character.

D- The first few times I tried this beer I did not like it at all-and I really enjoy Victory beers. I'm not sure if I can attribute the positive change toward this batch, the earliness of the hop wallop season, my changing tastes, or a combination thereof...but I am digging this beer this year. Its interesting how just as one flavor starts to get obnoxious it fades just in time to highlight another. This is an interesting well crafted brew that I am looking forward to having again this season. No ABC detected

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangy in color. A not quite white creamy looking head.

Immediately I find the smell powerful and delicious. I haven't even put my nose to the glass and I can smell citrousy hoppy goodness.

Very apparent bitterness, delicious hop qualities. Nice alcohol to compliment the bitterness. Powerful hoppy flavors and smells going on. Extremely flavorful while retaining a quality mouthfeel. A very balanced American Double IPA, often not the case with this style.

Lingering flavors. I assumed the A.B.V. was 6-7 and found it to be 8.5. Beer is very well attenuated, tastes great considering ethanol content.

once again, compliments to the chefs. cheers

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful balance of hop strength. Firm, spicy malt background to support loads of floral hops. Sits light copper, stunning foamy head, an aroma to die for. Light bitter oils that finish malty sweet. A ground of chewy, toffee pudding turned hop cake. A refreshing alternative to the other belly busters in the Imperial IPA family.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a little over a half inch of off-white head. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, dominate the aroma. Orange, grapefruit with some lemon on the finish, virtually no malt backbone to speak of. Moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation. Fairly drinkable considering the bitterness and ABV. Definitely hop-forward, as expected, but with virtually no malt flavor to speak of. A must for hop-head, especially for those who like citrussy American hops, and a solid brew.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

The beer is medium gold with a decent white head, decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy, not much citrus.

The taste is nice a little sweet to start with a great hop finish.

The feel is nice, great drinkability.

Pretty good ipa, but nothing super special.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Oct 04 2012 stamped on bottle

A: Thin white frothy head from a not very vigorous pour, nice golden/yellow orange hazy color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Very appealing aromatic hops, citrusy with tropical fruits

T: First sip was hella bitter, bitter from start to finish, citrus, a touch of sweetness in the middle, bitter bready aftertaste

M: Good medium mouthfeel, smooth, good carbonation, tangy, dry finish

O: Good Double IPA, I think the great smell had me expecting a touch more from the taste, but still good nonetheless, will drink again

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Photo of dgherm
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden orange-yellow clear ale. Nice creamy white head that left beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Smell was all hops to me. Citrusy grapefruit hops that is.Taste started off as slighty sweet grapefruit and ended bitterly with hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. The ale was nicely carbonated. I found the brew very drinkable. I liked it because the alcohol taste was not as prevalent as other Double IPAs I have had.

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Photo of Gmartin75
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a thin white head that hangs on for the duration.

The smell is of strong citrus. Musty, a flash of alcohol.

The taste is of chewy, citrusy hops all over the place - grapefruit and orange. Some floral notes. Malt is subdued, but enough to tie the hops together. Sharp alcohol comes through, which often detracts, but in this case adds a zesty spiciness

Hops and alcohol in the raw. The flavor lingers. Long, dry finish.

A slow sipping brew. Hopheads rejoice, others beware.

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Photo of dball
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I write this I'm thinking about how many IPAs there are and how many are great and how many are really good. There are minor subleties that distinguish the great IPAs and I think this beer deserves that designation. It is a pretty straight forward imperial IPA with a true wallop of hops. It is not too fruity and looks beautiful poured into a pint glass. One particularly distinguishing character of this brew is the appearance. It has a deep and bright golden color that looks as tastey as it is. It has a solid two finger head and laces all the way down to the end. The only shortcoming on this brew is the smell. I found it not to be as bountiful in the nose as I expected. Give it a shot but watch out for the price tag.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a fairly small head that leaves surprisingly solid lacing. Nose is fairly mild, some light fruity hops and a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is a little bit more impressive: crazy hops. They're straight bitter, drying and floral. The light sweet malt of the nose shows up again, but again it's very mild in the face of the extremely hoppy flavor. Strong and lingering aftertaste. Body is medium and perfectly carbonated. Overally, this is a very good beer, and although it's extremely bitter, it doesn't really seem too much more hoppy than the Hop Devil. Probably a good introduction to DIPAs.

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Photo of Briken
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with big foamy off white head. A somewhat light resinous pine aroma. Huge hops upfront of pine and grapefruit with just a touch of barley sweetness. Smooth soft feel with a big bitter linger.

This is just big hoppy DIPA goodness. Not too much complexity although I did love the distinct yet subtle barley flavor that became much more apparent and pleasant as the beer warmed.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color w/ 2 fingers of creamy white head. Excellent lacing cascading down the glass

S: Very hoppy, pine and citrus mix. Barely any maltiness in the nose

T: Strong pine citrus flavors that finish clean. potent brew that the natural hop flavors mask well. A twinge of a wine like finish is slightly noticeable.

M: Medium body with a foamy carbonation.

D: Very smooth drinkable beer.

Had to try this after being a fan of the Hop Devil from Victory. I like this brew much better. In your face hops that finish clean, a great IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Light orange amber. Quite clear with a little haze. Slow moving carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Gave a nice yellowy white fluffy one finger head. Immediate lacing.

S: Big hop. Some grapefruit, some floral and pine. I was expecting a more powerful nose.

T: Pretty aggressive hop in this brew. Not that I am complaining. I had a HopSlam earlier in the evening and they are very different. The front is sweet malt influenced grapefruit and the back is more of a floral with a strong piney bite that lasts well into the aftertaste. There's a hint of soapiness but not in a bad way. It's a "no messin' around" type beer. I think it is meant to be explicit in it's delivery of hopness. Pretty darned good in my book! The alcohol is pretty well masked. It sneaks in here and there.

M: The light side of medium bodied. The bite and medium carbonation deliver a nice thirst quenching dry crispness.
D: I like this beer a great deal. I think it's a great way of getting your hop fix on. If you don't like an aggressive hop bite, this may not be the one for you. I'd be happy to recommend it and pick it up again.

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Photo of Duster72
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a half finger white head that has good retention. Aroma is pleasant citrusy hops and sweet malts. Taste is typical DIPA with nice balance of earty hops, citrus hops, and pleasant sweet malts. Mouthfeel is very nice. Very drinkable DIPA and one I would buy regularly if available in my area.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy, yellow-gold with thick stark white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet orange and spicy hops dominate. Not much else, but that is fine.

Taste: Orange-driven hops are the showcase here. There is an underlying sweet maltiness that provides strong balance. Turns sharply spicy and bitter on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with an extremely smooth and creamy body and a very dry finish. One of the creamiest DIPAs I have tried and definitely the highlight of this beer.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking, as it seems more like a standard IPA but with an incredible mouthfeel. Not one of the best DIPAs but still damn good.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,704 ratings
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