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Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,899
Ratings:
3,705
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
270
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,899 | Ratings: 3,705
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, bold. Pine. Some high alcohol. Sweet and citrussy lemon and grapefruit. A lemon and a white head. Dry bitter aftertaste.I've of course had it since, including 8 years later. A nice drinkability, despite the IBU. Not much retaned head. A classic.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small island of foam on top of the beer. A latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, malt, and alcohol. Taste is pretty sweet and is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a malty finish. There is a fairly high level of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival 6/13/09 ON TAP

Pours amber with a nice big and thick white head.

Nose of floral perfume and corn tortillas. Assertive nice yeast.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and with huge grapefruit flavors, followed by pine and then resin. Beautifully balanced.

The gigantic grapefruit hop bitter finish may be one of the longest ever experienced. Literally goes on for minutes.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head, tons of frothy lace. Clear golden with crimson hues.

S: Mostly grapefruit but more on the sour side, biscuity and some hop notes.

T: Light citrus initially, alcohol is well-masked. Finish is lots of pine and hops with a lingering sharp bitterness that is more of a citrus bitterness ass oppose to pine.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Excellent DIPA. The lnegth of time the bitterness sticks around is a little much for me but otherwise a very good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I remember being blown away by this a number of years ago, like, completely floored. ive since changed my mind, as my palate has evolved, my tastes have matured, and ive had about a million big ipas. this one seems a little less complete than it used to, but it was ahead of its time, and deserves credit for that. it pours a light straw color, mostly clear, with a huge fluffy white head with good lacing and retention. the nose is really bitter, with a pine complex. the flavor is balanced by some light pale malts which give the faintest hint of sweetness, and the bitterness takes on a lovely fruity character towards the finish. the swallow is a little hot from the alcohol, which is exacerbated by the thin body. ive come to expect a little more meat on the bones of these beers, but this one is fairly thin. the carbonation is nice though, and almost makes the bitterness sting in the aftertaste. overall a little weak on body and a little more intensely alcoholic than necessary, but a delicious beer that I can credit with turning me onto the genre way back when.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop poured out as a yellowish copper color, the head was creamy looking as semi-thick. The smell of the beer is hoppy but I have a feeling that the cask may have muted some of the aromas in this one. The taste of the beer is hoppy also had a nice tasting bitter finish to it. The mouthfeel of this beer was silky smooth from the cask. This beer didn't last me very long, it was in my belly shortly after it was given to me. Overall I am looking forward to trying this from a bottle to see how much it differs, I've got a 6 pack waiting to go in the fridge right now. All in all it's a good IIPA that teams well with the HopDevil.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a small white head that quickly faded away into lacy patterns of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of both citrus and pine resin hops. There is a lot of bitterness (particularly in the finish) but it's not overpowering; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to consume because the alcohol is well masked and the bitterness isn't overpowering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A terriffic IPA! It has all of the hop bittering, flavor, and aroma that I'll ever want. Very spicy, floral, and earthy. Not vegetable or overly sweet. Has a solid barley malt character, but there is no conflict with the hops. The hops are pronounced in the nose and dominates through to the finish. Body weakens a bit in the finish, providing a easy drinker and allowing the hops to dominate one last time before the next sip. The hops are way out of balance from the malt--and it should! Thanks kmpitz2!

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Dyan, as usual. Best by May 05, 2009.

Appearance: Light amber, brilliantly clear, with a frothy three finger head that rises above the glass for a moment before slowly settling, leaving a ton of lace behind as it falls.

Smell: Caramel wafers, primarily. Very candy-like and sweet. There's a bit of aromatic hops in there as well, faintly citrusy, but it takes a backseat to the big malt body.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet candied grapefruit, ripe nectarine, caramel malt. Very sweet and malt-forward for the style, but thankfully not too heavy or boozy. Bitterness is ample, but not over the top. Despite that, this one's a lot heavier on the bittering hops than the flavor and aromatic hops. This is good, but it's not my favorite style of DIPA. Give me a dry, aromatic IPA any day over these East Coast malt bombs.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear golden body color with just a hint of amber; the fluffy head retains well and leaves very good lacing

Smell: Primarily spruce and pine, but a bit of grapefruit citrus and floral qualities as well

Taste: From the start, there is a brief neutral holding pattern of pale malt flavor while the hops rev their engine and take over the taste buds; very piney and bitter/lemony on the finish, there is a tingling sweetness on the tip of the tongue; a bit of alcoholic warming on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike Hop Devil, which is assertively malty and hoppy, this beer is all about the hops

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Clear amber color ale with huge head with pretty good retention. Aroma of bitter and somewhat floral hops is definitely present. Taste is dominated by bitter hops as expected mix with very subtle sour ending which was enjoyable. Body is full ands carbonation is good which is more then I can say for other Victory products. Not over the top as other Imperial IPA and very well balance. Nice beer that I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.

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

12oz bottle, procured during a trip last month to, um, interesting, metro Detroit.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice array of various forms of webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitter citrus, milder pine, soft caramel, and more prominent crackery malt. The taste is bready, crackery malt, bitter citrus peel, a bit of pine resin, and emerging sweet booze. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a wavering medium weight, a tad prickly, but smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, with a decently strong uptick in generic leafy, piney bitterness.

An agreeable DIPA, one which borders on the IPA fringe, in terms of flavour - no big malt/hop showdown here, just a nice hop-forward brew, the extra booze warming well subdued, that is until the temperature effect takes hold.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big white head just sort of sits there, as it slowly decides to fall into a clear rich golden colored beer it leaves bits of its lacing on the glass.

A light citrus to piney hops aroma with a slight sourness to it.

Citrus to piney hops with a slight bitterness to sourness taste.

A medium bodied beer that leaves a slight bitter/sour aftertaste that is quite dry.

Cool looking bottle, cool name, was hoping for more.

This is a decent IPA but to me it doesn't quite live up to the standard of other Victory beers I've tried.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a dry pint glass with several fingers of foam, it settles into a compact and fluffy head. Rings and wisps of foam, it's a nice pint to look at. The color is an amber jewel tone, with a few lazy upward-moving bubbles.

Aroma is heavenly...fruity and juicy like Amarillo, clean and grassy like Saaz. The aroma doesn't hang around long enough, but that initial blast is really something. Malt is in there too to back it up.

Light mouthfeel, but bigger than your average IPA or pale ale. Mild astringency/bitterness at first, pink grapefruit pith, descending into more pale malt flavors, before a bracing finish. Very long, and bitter end. Reminds me of the aftertaste after tasting a fresh hop cone, that bitterness that just never fades. Light suggestion of honey a few minutes after the swallow, once the bitterness subsides.

Fairly easy to drink, especially so in warmer weather i'd imagine. Highly recommended for hop heads.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours straw with a white head and a bit of lace. Plenty of visible carbonation. Nose is highly grassy and floral with a good amount of citrus as well. Not much backing malt. Taste is quite hoppy and bitter although I don't get much actual flavor, just the bitterness. Feel is light to medium and a bit dry. Drinks well and i'm glad they started doing this year round.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and blue branded standard pressure cap acquired at the Cap N Cork liquor in Los Feliz for a scant $3.99 USD and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired earlier tonight. Expectations are through the roof given its current ratings; Victory is growing on me as well. No visible bottled on or best before date.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Appears extremely overcarbonated, pouring an eight finger head. White in colour. Good thickness, nice froth and cream. Excellent (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent yellow; looks more like a pilsner than an IPA. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty appealing for the style, but far from ideal. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Pale malts. Grassy malts. Some graininess. Floral hop character is shockingly restrained. It smells like a hoppy pilsner, to be honest. No bold hop character here. No yeast character nor any alcohol is detectable. Clean, crisp, fresh, and appealing. Not the aroma I'm used to for the style, but I'm intrigued. Mild in strength. Some straw. Lemon zest. Lemon grass. Surprisingly lemony for an IPA.

T: Prominent floral hop character suits the simple clean pale malt foundation nicely. Lemon grass and lemon zest surface. Pleasant and approachable, if simple. Some straw notes. Crystal malt. Grassy malts. The hop character isn't particularly deep or diverse, but the balance is lovely. It flirts with hop bitterness but none ever really surfaces. A tasty IPA, if a strangely built one. I do like it, but it's not what I expected.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Good thickness. Nice body. Suits the flavour profile pretty well. Pretty good presence on the palate. No overt flaws. Quite light on the palate considering the style and ABV.

Dr: A rather drinkable IPA from Victory that hides its ABV impressively well. I'd have it again. Well worth trying, and priced extremely well for its quality. Victory is rising fast in my estimation of quality. Quite tasty stuff. Not a conformist IPA; it does its own thing and I respect that. I'd recommend it to friends. Well worth revisiting.

B-

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops. There was also a pine-like aroma.

T - It tasted of very spicy hops. Also, a good dose of sweet, roasted malt.

M - Very crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good DIPA. Tons of hops blended very well with a good malt flavor.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My go to package store finally got this in stock so I was pretty psyched.

As expected it was a very hoppy beer in both aroma and taste. It's well balanced and smooth and for such a high ABV the alcohol is hidden well. I felt there was a lack in appearance but the beer was well above average in just about every other category.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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 Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the VBC.

Pours a cloudy, golden caramel color with a big creamy, vanilla white head that left some excellent lacing down the glass. Aroma is prominent floral hops and citrus with a slight undertone of sweetness and heat.

Taste is a bitter hop bomb throughout highlighted by a very strong floral citrus character. Underlying sweet maltiness is present but gets overpowered way too easily and seems to be there just for the hops to ride along on. Bitterness and alcohol just coats your palette in the finish, in an ending that you wont soon forget until the next sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth, and delicous.

Wow, this was my first experience with this beer on cask and it was quite a memorable one. Not for the hoppy faint of hearted but ectasy for serious hop heads. Unfortunately that combo of hops and alcohol make it a serious sipper and I seriously doubt that I could (or would) want more than one in a sitting, so it takes a hit in the drinkability department. If your able to find this guy on cask outside of the brewery, do yourself a favor, batten down the hatches, and set sail for one hoppy ride.

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Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugely spicy crazy stuff. But it's a very soft wallop with waves of tangy aromatics. Beat me with your lips!

Looks nice in the Pilsener glass with golden amber color and a fine white head. Nicely sudsy on the tongue. Medium body with a snap of tangy carbonation. Truly a big perfume in taste as well as smell, but it's a fine mellow fog. Countered by the crisp touch of acidity. Bitterness is a nice part of the flavor, but it's very rich and malty in the aftertaste. Long nose of apples and flowers (stocks?).

Would be educational to see exactly what they put in this. Such a nice blend of aromatics and bittering hops, but always a gentleman's agreement. Yet another reason to just buy whatever Victory hauls out of the old oaken bucket.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By: Oct 18 0... argh, the last digit didn't quite come out. It remains a mystery!

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Meager maltiness dressed with hop scents of lemon, grilled pineapple rings, and pine.

Taste: Solid, sweet maltiness (though not exactly overabundant) initially. Sweetish blend of pine resin, lemon juice, and pineapple hop flavors. Medium-high bitterness. Chunks of white peach emerge upon warming. Flourishing, lasting spiciness. Finishes dry and bittersweet with just a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Just a smidge above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very light stickiness on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Dagnabbit, now I'm curious to know if I snatched up an old bottle or not as it just didn't deliver the wallop I was hoping and waiting for. Personally, I'd prefer a HopSlam. In fact... that's not a bad idea.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This was the stand-out for me at the 13 May 2005 Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge! Absolutely amazing! All of the rich maltiness was there, and it even appeared fuller because of the softer mouthfeel. It was the only beer I had all night (apart from Heavyweight's Hoppy Saison) that held a head and left lacing about the glass. The hop aroma didn't seem any fuller than usual, but it really didn't have to be. The hop flavors seemed to sink into the maltiness a bit more, and it was much rounder and incredibly drinkable! Of course, at 8.5% you are limited.... but I'd have drank it all night if I could (and almost did!).

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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