Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop WallopHop Wallop

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was one of my go to cases of beer. This was before Giant Eagle sold 6 packs. Just a quality IPA. The taste is the same as I like my women, bitter. I was disappointed when they discontinued this beer. The price was right.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Both darker and with more haze than average. Mild 1/3" head. Aroma was not as hoppy as I expected, some residual sweet notes.

Can't figure out why this seems so sweet. Has the bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor. Interesting hop choice on this one. Never struck me as a hop wallop, struck me more like someone wanted to make a Hopslam, amp up the honey at the expense of the hops, and instead of using tried and true proprietary, went with more noble like hops and experimental stuff.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours clear as day, a splash of orange in a golden lake. A bit of froth around the lake, nothing outrageous but present. Agitate the lakes and the froth bubbles; leave it alone it will stick to the shore.

The nose speaks more to the growth around the lake, vegetal, slightly flowery, maybe a hint of fruit are all growing nearby. I get an oniony note in some sniffs that has me wondering. Definitely more herbal as my nose approaches the shoreline.

Clean opening with a honey and lightly metallic opening which to me indicates something "noble" in the depths of this beer. Almost too clean, I though initially. But the evidence of the shore vegetation seeps into the taste, more herbal and grassy than vegetal.

The rolling of the beer is nice, enough rocking to make it an interesting ride, but not enough to toss the boat. The break between the choppy opening and the bitter end is nice. A little drying from resin and alcohol keeps the beer in below its flood stage.

Ok-that was fine trying to keep up the metaphor. But this was a beer that I started out thinking - eh, it's decent but nothing special. I can view this as a more classic east coast DIPA, and a good version of it. Subtle in its nature, especially compared to newer hop bombs, but enough clean malt and sneaky bitterness here to be quite enjoyable.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

super clear and yellow with big frothy head that put up the good fight. citrusy smell with lots of grain and hops. taste follows the smell with loads of citrus and grain and a little booze, but just enough to give a nice dry finish. probably my favorite offering from this brewer.

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Photo of Lobina
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft last night. Good color and decent aroma. Not too hoppy and fairly smooth. Would have it again on draft. Haven't seen it around here in bottles

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Photo of rjd722
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very happy that this one made a comeback, even if only for a short while. I never had the chance to try it before Dirt Wolf took the DIPA spot for Victory.

Look: On tap at the Pour House in North Wales. Appearance is that of a Pilsner, slightly deep golden straw with a nice foam and solid lacing.

Aroma: Extremely clean aroma full of grass, pine, and some citrus. It's almost of if you're walking through an evergreen forest in the early morning, really great stuff.

Taste: While the aroma isn't overly hoppy, the taste is where you definitely get "hop walloped". Citrus, piney resin, and dank bitterness are all out in full force.

Feel: A well balanced bitter coating is left after each sip, very refreshing. Excellent Victory IPA, add it to the list!

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I struggled through a case of this, enjoying it but finding it just a bit too much, not too hoppy, just too citrusy, heavy, and bitter. One was pleasant, two began to wear thin. So a case lasted months in my fridge. Recognize that it was a fine beer, but it just had too much attitude. I understand that it was retired in favor of Dirt Wolf. I have to say, I've recently taken a chance and grabbed a case of Dirt Wolf. It has all the best qualities of Hop Wallop without the excess. Whatever the folks at Victory did, it worked, and I commend them. Two Dirt Wolves go down like ice water. Ice water with a hop dance. Well done.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant amber gold under a 2” finely bubbled white foam collar. S: Earthy hops, citrus and biscuit aromas rise from the glass. T: A big hop fest on the palate with more flavor than bitterness. It starts with rich malt and citrus with an orange-grapefruit rind bitter. F: Creamy and smooth medium to medium full body and medium to medium low carbonation. O: this is one fine beer that never should have been retired.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Victory Brewery and in bottle many times.

L: Pours a deep golden, semi-opaque, with thick white head that falls quickly and laces the glass.

S: Evergreens and citrus. Hops! Lots and lots of hops.

T/F: This is a finely balanced imperial IPA. Nice malt backbone followed by a nice bitter hop profile. Pine and citrus predominate and it's a bit zesty. Love the clean bitter finish. A little zesty, and definitely a sipper.

O: A very strong Imperial IPA from Victory and a shame it was discontinued. Although I do enjoy the 'Dirt Wolf' my heart will always be with the Hop Wallop.

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Photo of benloho
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is technically past its prime, but I saw it on the shelf and knew I needed to grab one while I could.
A: It's a beautiful beer. Pours a bright tangerine color. Pretty clear, maybe a little chill haze. Two fingers of head that slowly dissipates. Awesome lacing on the glass.
S: For an old bottle the hops are still very present in the aroma. Powerful citrus and pine. There's almost a hoppy sweetness in the nose.
T: Yep, awesome beer. It lives up to the hype for me. Strong hop characteristics of pine, citrus, and floral notes. Slightly resinous. There's actually a very slight sourness to it like a strong belgian pale. Perhaps that's from the age.
MF: There's a great malt character that keeps this beer pretty balanced for all the hoppyness it provides. Very carbonated, again almost like a belgian strong ale. The alcohol is very present, slightly warming.
O: An awesome beer. I wish there were more than one of these at the bottle shop. Great balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. I think I would describe this as straight up hop juice.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Enjoy by 6/21/14)

A: Hazy copper-tinged straw body with ok lacing and a slight residual head. Good level of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great head on this that is thick and foamy (one finger).

S: Decent hop level for the age on this. Slight fruitiness that is more floral than piney.

T: Slight hop flavor to this, but I know this beer is past its prime (even though they give it a year due to the bottle conditioning). Decent enough for the age, and quite piney. Even a bit of a spice on the end. Easy drinking and not super bitter.

M: Good level of carbonation, that is subtle and soft. Not crisp or harsh at all.

O: I had to get this before it was gone from shelves, but it is definitely past its prime. They shouldn't give this a year shelf-life.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Note: Best By Date - Sep 13, 2013; Drank on Date - Apr 23, 2014 so the scoring may be lower than what it would be if these were fresh.

Appearance is an enticing bright rusty orange and poured a very thin head from a 12oz bottle.

Smell is bright and hoppy, with a little booze, probably from the age.

The taste is a mighty fine hop bomb with very prevalent citrus notes. The citrus flavors seem a bit dull for a brew this hoppy, again I believe due to the age of this beer those flavors have probably faded over time.

Mouthfeel is a delight, slightly too boozy, but again probably only to do with the age.

Overall this is a marvelous brew and I only wish i would have picked it up 7 months before it's "best by" date. Oh well.

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Photo of Ale4Tyndale
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy hops!
Lesson learned from Victory's Hop Wallop: do not eschew trying new beer simply because the label pic evokes Saturday morning cartoons of yesteryear. That said, Victory, you might want to reconceptualize the design if you ever rerelease. Yumm!

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Photo of JWQ
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Usually have this on tap at Victory, but found the bottles at my local craft beer store. Pours a nice golden color. Compared to the draft pour it is much lighter and less hoppy, but a slight piney hop flavor. Not a fan of it on bottles.

Somewhat bitter. Light on the front end. Not a huge fan of its replacement, Dirtwolf. I will just wait for now on to drink this at the brewery.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Knew this beer was retired about 6 months ago in favor of DirtWolf so when I saw a bottle at the local store, I figured it was about time I finally try this.

Hop Wallop poured a hazy and cloudy gold yellow hue with a two finger white soapy head. The lacing sat in rings as I took each sip.

The smell was almost none existent for me. Resinious hops and bready malts were the only faint things I picked up.

The taste was the best part of this beer. It was dominated by the dank piney hops and a layer of toasted malts on the tongue. At the back end, I tasted orange (it was subtle) but the bitterness kept coming.

I think this beer needed a stronger malt backbone to intensify the hops. Overall not my favorite from Victory. DirtWolf is a big improvement.

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Photo of Maurizio
2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mixed dank and citrus nose. Mildly oxidized aroma. Taste is similar: a hint of oxidation, mild dank, and moderate citrus. Mildly astringent as well. Thin head, with good lacing. Mouthfeel thin-medium. No heat. I generally like Victory beers, and was pretty disappointed with this one.

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Photo of jpro
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz from Northbridge Pig’s closing sale. Poured into a Duvel tulip...

A: Deep gold; creamy, three-finger head; a few rings of lace.

S: Pungent... oniony hops; not particularly good.

T: Thank goodness, not like the smell; heavy grapefruit rind, but still not great; kind of harsh.

M: Medium feel, moderate carbonation.

O: Hopefully Dirtwolf is better.

(maybe this bottle was old / past its prime)

*from notes 10.16.13

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Fairly translucent golden with a creamy, foamy tan head.

S: Sweet mango, nectarine, pineapple, pine and other floral notes in an excellent, though a touch weak, nose.

T: Taste is much more floral, unfortunately, but still has some citric, though not acidic, notes. Pine and other floral notes are much more harsh.

M: Carbonation is like a typical IPA, not so much like a double IPA, but really, at 8%, it's more of a strong IPA than a DIPA. Medium bodied.

O: Taste was disappointing after the nose, but it was a decent beer. Somewhat recommended.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a dense white head of about 2 fingers. As the haze settles, it gives way to a clean gold.

S- Straw, some pine, and light floral notes. Not as assertive with the citrus American hops as most of the style. Almost as though it has a pilsner malt.

T- The proclaimed west coast hops begin to have an impact on the taste. Hop forward with sharp, toasted malt (only a slight touch of caramel) begins to even things out. The finish is somewhat disappointing as the lingering bitterness is spicy, yet lackluster in continuity. An unwelcoming bitter char lays on the tongue.

M- Drinkable with a crisp, snappy bite. Alcohol is fairly present, but not hot by any means.

O- Fair. Not in love with the idea that I ordered a 6 pack of this one. But glad I was able to give it a shot before it is impossible to find with production coming to an end. Just doesn't do it for me as the flavor profile attempts to be complex but seems more all over the map to me. Better suited for those that really enjoy earthy/herbal type IPAs.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler. Newest zombie release from Victory winter 2015. Color is deep gold, very clear. Thin white head with decent retention and lacing. Smell was great, citrus and pine. Initial taste is a wave of citrus and pine, washed out with a flush of sweetness from the malt. The finish is bitterness and booze. Tastes and feels bigger than its 8.5%.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Horace 'Hop' Wallop headed West a broken man. For in the City of Blues a Miss LuLu Belle Lager had left him thirsting for more. Drawn by wild tales of riches to be had in the gold mines, Hop pressed on westward. His last nickel spent on a prospecting pan, Hop's hunger got the best of him. Two fistfuls of barley and three of some wild and wayward hops tossed in a pan with some clear water was to be his meal. But sleep overcame him and he later awoke to a bubbling, cacophonous concoction. Overjoyed with the beautiful ale he had made, Hop realized the secret of the green gold he had discovered in those fresh hops. Celebrated far and wide, Hop Wallop lives on in this vivid ale with his words, 'hoppiness is happiness.' Enjoy!" Brewed in the style of an Imperial India Ale. Previously a year round 6 pack, Hop Wallop was recently discontinued in lieu of Victory's new 4 pack offering, the Dirtwolf DIPA. Always available as a common find in the local area, this can still be found in a few spots around town, even months after retirement. This is my send off review.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium-thick creamy froth head of a golden cream color over a very hazy unfiltered deep amber body. Plenty of sediment lies in suspension and carbonation is modest. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Biscuity pale and caramel malts with a soft peppery, grainy edge. The hop profile has faded, but what remains is a blend of floral, lemony and tropical fruit notes with a medium bitterness. A mellow yeast profile provides subtle esters and fruity notes that round out the aroma. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Based on the aroma, one would expect this drink to be much lighter drinking. Spicy biscuity malts and peppery grains are amplified tremendously in the flavor, up front-and center and provide a robust body without an overbearing sweetness. Hop flavors are subdued in depth and complexity, but do generate a significant bitterness to counter the flavors. Very tasty and aggressively-flavored Imperial India Pale Ale. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, grainy, mildly chewy with a light syrup drizzle. Carbonation adds some crispness and spritely textures for a charismatic texture collectively. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium. The balance is in favor of bitterness, and the earthy grain notes build it up further. Finishes very mildly dry with a dash of citrus juice. 3.75

(Overall) I love the assertive malt profile in this beer as it really makes this Double IPA a memorable one for me. While it is edgy in places it's not too harsh to enjoy nor is it too light to sip delicately. Bitterness is enthusiastically bold in this beer and the flavors make it very enjoyable and filling. I miss it already. I can only assume that this should return in the near future, even if it were a seasonal, this is a very enjoyable India Pale Ale. 4

Victory Brewing Company's
Hop Wallop Very Hoppy Ale

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Photo of Scrapss
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop. The brew with the funny old miner on the label. The funny ol' miner is on to something. Too bad he has been downsized.

A: deep yellow, clear. Absolutely no haze whatsoever. Big carbonation. Three finger head that only reduces to a 1 finger head that lasts and lasts. moderately active.

S: Big pine and lemongrass shine. at 3 months until death-by-date, the hop bill has mellowed. Big caramel and other assertive two row malts punch through. Months have put some balance into this huge-when-fresh-hop-blaster. Has some musty grapefruit funk still. Age has made this better IMO.

T: now that it has some months on it, it is fantastic instead of a hoppy, resiny mess. Grapefruit is a bitter citrus and muted nicely. spicy malts start saying "hey, I was here all along....but those darn hops were so strong I didn't have this chance 3 months ago!"

M: Smooth and creamy due to apparent carbonation. this is smooth on uptake. creamy mid palate. then it has a balanced punch of bitter citrus and sharp, caramel malts at ultimate finish and boozy at outbreath. This brings the heat but it was expected for this DIPA.

O: Insanely good at what I understand to be 9 months old. It must have been well taken care of. Would recommend at this stage. Earlier Hop Wallop was way hop forward and out of balance. Any later would be too malty for a DIPA. This is the Goldilocks of beer now. And it will never be at this state again. Because I hear this is not being made again.. A shame.

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Photo of tmm313
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, golden amber color with creamy, quickly dissipating, 1 finger head. Excellent lacing.
S- Pine, roasted malt, bread and straw up front. Citrus and caramel in the back. As it warms, it reminds me more and more of a Pilsner.
T- Orange and pine in the beginning with a nice burst of caramel and roast in the middle. Tropical fruit comes in just before the pine and bitter grapefruit finish.
M- Creamy and light on the tongue with good carbonation. Oily, bitter finish with a piney, sweet aftertaste.
O- I enjoyed this beer. The pine and citrus hops and caramel backbone were very well balanced and flavorful. I'll definitely be having again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 2013-03-24
Glass: Tulip

Victory's Hop Wallop is definitely hop forward, but in a non-tropical fruit way, making this DIPA differ from many other recipes currently in production. The hops supposedly change each year, and this year there seems to be a C-hop meets Germanic hop pairing, which generally works fairly well. The brewers could reign in the ethanol obviousness a bit, and the hops tend to have a slightly harsh quality to them in the close, but this is still a surprisingy drinkable ale that I was expecting much less from. If this were not going out of production, I could see myself picking up an annual six-pack of this.

Pours a voluminous head of apparently as many centimeters as you'd like, this one being around 3cm. Foam is made up of small-sized bubbles, fairly dense and frothy. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting over two minutes in a decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that lasts for the duration of the drink. Lacing is also excllent, with thick, wide rings of foam clinging to all sides of the glass. Bod is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out much brighter golden orange hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the hazy (50% opacity) body, quite numerous and active.

Aroma is of musty grapefruit and pine, with light dried grass and perfume-like floral characters. Somewhat like a blend of Cascade with some German varieties added in as well.

Front of palate finds modest pale malt sweetness with dried grass and grape-like flavors, also hints of musty grapefruit. Mid-palate picks up strong musty grapefruit, dried grass, perfume-like floral characters, mild pine, modest ethanol, and strong hop bitterness. Back of palate experiences dried grass, herbal, and slightly harsh hop flavors with hints of musty grapefruit and strong bitterness. Aftertaste of slightly harsh herbal hops with continued strong hop bitterness and lesser dried grass and musty grapefruit flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that is soft and foamy on the palate (3/4) with some smoothness as well (1/4); definitely a good feel. Ethanol is felt in the nostrils and back of throat, but not terribly so for a 8.5% beer. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness on the lips and palate.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/21/2014. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop and light malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,705 ratings.
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