Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,705
Reviews:
1,898
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
274
For Trade:
1
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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 Timtac
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMc8ride
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sooty1432
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dag1991
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psumjl269
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doppel
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrMindbender
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

This is what an IPA is supposed to taste like. Love the bitterness and the grapefruit finish.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wheels2532
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhilMiller
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bdilly
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
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 gustavmahler-09
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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