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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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Ratings: 3,704 |  Reviews: 1,898
Photo of famous_mortimur
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Rootdog316
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue with a small but sticky white head which leaves a little bit of lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles are present. Smell is very sweet and malty with hints of piney hops in the background. Taste is very hop forward, with a candy sweet maltiness hiding in the background. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. Very carbonated and a lot thinner than I was expecting from the nose. Very hoppy finish as well....great beer.

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Photo of sacfly
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by Oct 11 06

Pours a crystal clear, light yellow/straw color. Almost looks like your average BMC. Thick, ivory white head. Aroma is an intense but well rounded citrus and pine hops.

First taste is awesome. Pine and orange peal dominate. A little sweetnessÂ… just enough to let you know there is something other than hops in there. Better mouth feel and body than expected from looking at it. Lingering, but not harsh, bitterness in the aftertaste.

Much better than I remember last yearÂ’s version. Highly recommended.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a cloudy orange color. Head is off-white, frothy, and has amazing retention. Also getting substantial lacing.

S - Tons of tropical fruit in the nose. Getting lots of sweet pineapple, orange, apricot. Citric and floral hops are present. Just very aromatic and pleasant.

T - Straight up bitter to start. Still getting the sweet tropical fruits. Mainly oranges. Finish is bitter and lingering. Not a complex taste by any means but damn tasty. Simple and satisfying.

M - Smooth. Medium bodied, fine carbonation.

O - This one is very tropical and very bitter. I love it. This one doesn't get enough attention from me.

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Photo of jaluria
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very pale straw color with white colored head that leaves behind nice lacing. The color was not at all what I was expecting for this style...looked rather watered down. The smell contained alcohol and hops but not much else. The taste is above average, but not grand or intense like most other DIPAs. The malt character in this brew is really suppressed and that prevents the beer from being as complex and rich as it would otherwise with more malt character. The hops are right there in the very first sip, but I'm expecting something more in the aftertaste, but it's just not there. The sourness in my throat is alright, but it is a bit astringent and unpleasant over time. The one redeeming feature of this beer is that it masks the high ABV (>8%) very well. But, overall this beer is not all that it can be or that it should be, especially since it's a product of Victory Brewing Co...an excellent brewery.

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Photo of grayburn
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really impressed me, a light amber pour with a decent sized soapy head. A slight oily haze.

The smell and taste are both spot on to the style, with a strong citrus mint hop flavor that blends remarkably well with the bitterness. A moderate malty backbone hides any alcohol. Nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, just enough carbonation to complement the astringency.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, could have had a couple more. Another excellent beer from Victory.

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Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Durb777
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Am a fan of Hop Devil and was keen to see how the big brother (in essence) stacked up.

Old gold colour appearance with a white head of foam that settles to a level of a quarter of an inch and grips the glass as it empties.

Not a huge smelling DIPA, but still a bit there. Mostly floral, with some pint and light fruit.

Plenty of hop flavour and a solid dose of bitterness hit the mouth. The hop flavour isn't over the top, the bitterness surprises, especially late. Flavours are of pine and some malt to back it up.

You certainly wouldn't pick this to be 8.5% ABV. Well balanced, the late bitterness keeps things in check. Body is in line with the style. Nice coating of the mouth and the bitterness can linger.

A very drinkable DIPA. Not the most hoppy, not the most bitter, not the biggest there is, but one that is sessionable which some seem to forget. I'm liking what these guys do more and more.

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Photo of zapahoppa
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
(warning this bottle is a few months old at least, not sure how much fading has occurred)

A: Way lighter than expected, golden yellow with a hint of orange in it, super light for the style, head was nice and light but foamy and somewhat frothy, looks different and very nice

S: Smells typical for the style, deliciously juicy fruity hops, actually has a pretty spicy note (maybe alcohol), not quite as malty as others, a tiny hint of malt sweetness but doesn't taste big caramel

T: Starts with a nice sweet malt note, but again is a little short of caramel, complimented by juicy floral hops, not super fruity tasting but def. floral, has a nice strong bite that peaks with the flavors so it doesn't overwhelm, that hop bite lingers in your mouth too and you'll taste it randomly after you've stopped drinking

M: Fairly dry but not overly so, fairly light body too, not over med at all, bite and dryness give it a chewiness

D: High, its just as drinkable as any other DIPA, but stays way lighter because of its lightness (both color and body)

Notes: While the taste isn't quite as huge and delicious as others, it is very good. The hops have definitely faded a little but it retains its original character. It is still incredibly bitter and flavorful. However as far as taste go, for the style I have had better. What is so unique about it is its light quality for a big beer.

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Photo of MWolverines66
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Arlington VA, pours a cloudy orange color with very little foam at the top, not too much carbonation. Smell of citrus fruits and pine. The taste is extremely well balanced, orange, pineapple and a little grapefruit, but with a nice portion of hops. It has a nice clean bite of hops that makes it very enjoyable to drink. A very good IPA for sure and would definitely recommend

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date printed on label.

Pale straw gold in colour. Dense, creamy looking white head that will no quit. Sheets of sticky lace decorate the glass.

Sticky pine & aromas of orange fill the nose.

Subtle hints of biscuit pass by in a flash. Resinous pine & loads of citrus take over. Splashes of fruit work in & out. Somewhat green & vegetal aftertaste lingers briefly. Medium fbodied, smooth, moderate carbonation. I think I'll go pick some hops leaves out of my teeth now.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautifully light golden color with a touch of amber. A thick, sticky head leaves wondrously thick walls of lace on my glass.

S: Bursting with sweet citrus--light lemon, grapefruit, and orange. There isn't really any pine aroma in this one, it's all about the fruit. Big time nose for a big time beer.

T&M: Yummy. Piney citrus flavors abound with a slight underlying maltiness that holds everything together well. Body is full enough with a sticky, chewy, and savory feel. The finish is long and mouth-watering. This is a top quality beer for sure.

D: It's easy to get down, that's for sure. Too bad the ABV is so high--it would be so nice to drink this beer all day.

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Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cclark67789
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of PTEdelman
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of pmccallum86
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow let me start by saying as soon as you pour this beer you smell a beautiful hoppy aroma. It pours very smoothly and gives nice dark white head. The smell of this bad boy is exceptional. One of the best smelling DIPA's I have come across. Very hoppy aroma with a slight scent of alcohol. The taste is initially pure hop with somewhat of a bitter after taste. There is a small amount of caramel malt detectable as well. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous but in a good way. You can really detect the hop acidity. I could drink a few of these, but it is in no way sessionable. However no good DIPA is. Great beer I really love it!

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Photo of jivex5k
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Stoutlad
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Bagman007
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Fairly clear, yellow coloring with a lot of head.

S- Extremely hoppy scent as one would expect based on the name of this beer. You can definitely smell the alcohol in this as well.

T- It's definitely a hoppy beer, but it is not as overpowering as I thought it would be. The high alcohol content is fairly well hidden. There is also a hint of sweetness as well.

M- Surprisingly smooth going down. Sort of a dry finish, but not as dry as you would expect from this beer.

D- Much more drinkable than I originally thought it would be. It's definitely a hoppy beer, but very drinkable.

Overall an excellent beer. Hoppy, without being too hoppy. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Pensfan0782
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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