Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Citra and Simcoe Hops impart fruity and earthy notes for a new twist on a flavorful friend. This IPA packs a hoppy wallop.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,915 | Ratings: 3,774
Photo of gillagorilla
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
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 +5.6%
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 +16.4%
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 +8.8%
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 -10.5%
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 Dogjam
2.58/5  rDev -36.9%
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 -30.3%
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 -2.2%
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 -27.1%
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 +5.1%
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 -4.2%
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 +0.7%
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 +6.1%
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 -8.1%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of scotorum
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ORIGINAL REVIEW, 6/28/13: Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: 4.0 Yummy deep clear gold. Finger thick head dissipated to a light even surface foam, a thin ring and heavy lacing which hung on for most of the consummation.
s: 3.75 Vaguely citrus.
t: 4.25 Intense orange-pine hops.. More on the pine side as it warmed, and more deliciously so.
m: 4.0 Medium due to the hop bite. Savory to sip.
o: 4.0 Lived up to its name! A wonderful summer sipper which held its own beside the cigar I smoked while drinking it. Delightful.

UPDATE 10/30/13: Found some leftover bottles to try again. Especially wanted to do a side by side with the new DirtWolf which is replacing it. Will have a DirtWolf in a bit and do a comparison review under DirtWolf.

NEW REVIEW: Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 12 oz. bottle. No dates on the bottle or label, but I presume this has a few months on it by now.

a: Clear gold. Brisk pour produced a huge three inch dense white head which almost spilled over the top of the glass but held a wondrous curve a quarter of an inch above the rim. Eventually receded to lumpy surface foam and excellent patterned lacing. A bottle conditioned gem!

s: Moderate citrus and pine,.

t; Pine and citrus flavor without much of the promised hop wallop forward. Its age could be showing. More like a good strong single than a double. Later, the hop presence built. Dryish finish with some hop bite at the sides of the tongue. High ABV was not very evident.

m: Smooth medium. Adding the dregs after the halfway mark boosted the body even more.

o: Reconfirmed my earlier review of this as a great summer sipper. Tasty and refreshing, but now definitely coming up a bit short in the hop wallop dept., at least early on. Still a tasty, very drinkable high ABV DIPA.

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Photo of John1985
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from Growler; Beautiful golden color with white one inch head. Aroma of fragrant pine and earthy hops, full flavored yet light on the palate, enjoyable bitter finish. Excellent double IPA but be wary of the ABV! So glad to see this one back!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I come here to review this beer and find that it's retired so I surmise that my bottle is old. That said I would love to have had this fresh because it still has tons of hop character. The aroma is more to the fruit with tangerines, grapefruit and orange. The malt was obviously stronger as it gets older but I'm impressed with what I had.

The flavor also retained great hop properties with a strong tangerine flavoring, tinge of grapefruit, earthy floral, and piney resin. The malt is subdued. There is some onions flavor or chive but it's not too bad. I catch a bit of spiciness, maybe an earthy kick of pepper.

The feel is a touch thin and astringent but overall I'm so impressed with this and am sorry I missed this when it was running.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy yellowish orange, finger of white head.

Smell is huge orange peel, pine needle, floral resiny notes, a lot of citrus and tropical fruit notes, sweet underlying malt.

Taste is sweet tropical fruits, a lot of citrus peel flavors, orange being the stand out. Sweet malts balance the fruit notes nicely, finishes with a lot of bittering grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good dose of carbonation.

Well this is just a class act of a DIPA, so good. Thought I should change my had and write a full review since its goin on hiatus. I hope its successor is as good as the Hop Wallop.

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Light yellow, thick billowy 2 finger head with nice lacing.

s: I'm not sure what hops this beer actually uses, but smells a little European/ flowery. The alcohol comes through as well.

t: Balanced, but lower alcohol than most of the newer doubles, still the alcohol is less hidden. Fairly hoppy, but much less so the it smells.

m: Very easy drinking actually a little thin.

o: Very good beer, I'm glad I tasted it before they stopped making it, but I can see why it was time for an update.

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Photo of jhawth
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a shaker. Pours a hazy light yellow with a seriously foamy two-finger head. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A massive amount of tropical fruit hop notes, followed by a perceptible malt sweetness.

Taste: Malt sweetness and tropical fruit notes up front, then a sizable blast of hop bitterness. Pretty intense sweetness continues with the bitterness riding on top, finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: A surprisingly sweet DIPA, with great tropical fruit hop notes and an interesting interplay of hops and malts. Borders on being cloyingly sweet, but provides the necessary hop bitterness to keep things balanced.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, straw yellow with a creamy 1 inch head and nice lacing.

Smell - Orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine. Some sweet yeasty sugars, added spices and a little alcohol at the finish.

Taste - Nice blast of citric and bitter hops at first sip. Plenty of orange and grapefruit with some pineapple. Sweet sugars add a little sweetness to mellow some of the bitterness. Has some alcohol warmth and minor malts at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops bitter tounge, palette and coat mouth. Yeasty sugars add some sweetness, Alcohol is present but not too overpowering.

Overall - A nice hoppy dipa. A real balanced mix of hop bitterness, sweet citric fruits and yeasty sugars. Has great flavor and really drinkable for being 8.5% and id guess 100+ ibu's. Very affordible and well done.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, "Enjoy By May 24 2014" printed on the neck of the bottle
A - hazy tangerine body, rocky off-white head, great head retention; thick, chunky lacing is left on the glass as it slowly fades
S - fruity, tropical nose, mango, pineapple, mandarin, caramel
T - tropical again, but pungently bitter with mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, honey, biscuit; nice complexity
M - resiny yet creamy, medium-full body, moderate carbonation
O - wow, over 4 years since I had this one and it's even better than I remember. With all the hype surrounding new beers, big beers, new breweries, etc...it's nice to go back to a craft beer staple - Victory Brewing Co.

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Photo of Zackcavalier
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

East coast imperial IPA...sign me up. My initial excitement was short lived as this beer did not fit together well for me.

A- certainly the best characteristic for me. Poured into a pint glass, the head was about 1.5 fingers, off white/white. Lingered on to of the beer, but not completely covering it.

S- the hops are there, right up front. Might smell a bit wet-doggish and earthy. Subtle citrus, but fairly unremarkable to my nose.

T- some malt gets on my tongue early but is very quickly overwhelmed by hop bitterness. Finish is bitter, but not hop-bitter...almost metallic bitter. Some of the earthiness that was present in he smell is also present here.

M- harsh. When I taste for feel, I will often hold my mouth closed without breathing and let the beer rest on my tongue. I was unable to do so with this beer. The metallic bitterness was so pronounced that it literally overwhelmed THE FEEL. A little bit of carbonation can be felt, and you definitely now you have a mouthful of beer.

O- I found this beer to be out of balance. The hop notes, while expected, were not supported by the other attributes of the beer. This reminds me of some over the top west coast style all hop ipas I had when I was in California. Maybe I had a bad beer, but the enjoy by date was April 2014, and I was drinking it in September of 13. I guess the fact that I was half gassed after one beer should have been consolation enough.

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Photo of stacket1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark gold, fizzing

Smell: strong obvious hops to come

Taste: a tad harsh from hops and obvious ABV. Maybe a little petey. Rugged.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, but was not as perky as many IPA or as robust as imperial IPA

Overall: decent for a first try, expected either more liveliness or more intensity in flavor but instead this was a fat beer with felt heavy not happy

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,774 ratings