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Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Photo of ATPete
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by OCT-9-09

Pours a glowing orange color with a small rim of white foam. Piney hops and a large malty, sweet, brown sugar cookie character underlying in the nose, dont really know what all thats about. Resinous, oily hops invade without any true distinction, i cant get over cake-like malty sweetness going on here, the dreaded gym sock smell picks up later in the glass, the quaff ends very bitter and with a slight breath of alcohol. Medium bodied, with some rather weak carbonation. I've never been a diehard Hop Wallop guy but of course the first time i go to review a bottle i get the worst one ive had yet.

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Photo of drnknmnky
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in a blue moon 22oz glass

A - gold color, two finger head that stayed the whole time nice lacing

S - malts, pot (or hoppy), piney, grapefruit

T - follows the nose grapefruit, piny, and lots of hops. Hoppy bitter aftertaste; small trace alcohol, but not bad. nice carbonation, good beer

IPA's aren't really my style but this is good, reminds me of Hop devil slightly.

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Photo of Frosty80
2.92/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: clear; golden, light brown

Smell: little bit of alcohol and hops. other than that, nothing striking

Taste: slight bitter finish. pretty clean throughout. again, nothing too striking

Mouthfeel: smooth. low carbonation. little tingle on the front of the tongue.

Notes: certainly NOT a wallop of hops. no complexity. though this is Hop Devils slightly bigger brother, its still not impressive. with its good mouthfeel and low bitterness, i would say this would be a great introductory IPA for those not familiar with the style.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 inch head that stayed through out whole time. Golden honey in color, bubbly, and had nice lacing all the way.

First smell is of some sweet malts, pine trees , grapefruit and lots of hops

Taste is similar. Some grapefruit, piny, and lots of hops. Bitter aftertaste with some alcohol at the end but not as much as expected. Almost no malt flavors though

Nice balance of carbonation, thick, smooth, body. Leaves a bitter taste in mouth though

Over all, high in hops, nice masking of the alcohol flavor. Not a big fan of IPAs but i did find this one more drinkable than most.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden with a one fingered head that has a very long retention. Carbonation is constantly flowing like crazy. These Sam Adams sensory glasses work wonders.

Smell is as expected a hoppy mother. Citrus and pine strike, though more may be present under the radar. Lemon strikes upon the second smell.

Taste is not nearly the wallop I was expecting. Hops are actually mellow and balanced to the point where well, yes this is a hoppy beer, but maybe even a good into to the world of hops for those afraid of an IPA. Alcohol is well hidden. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel is good, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Right for this taste.

Drinkability. I would absolutely buy this again and hope I could find some more.

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Photo of jcompton
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: light brown with a one fingered head that relatively quickly settles into the beer. lacing around the goblet

smell: definite hop up front, but not as prominent as i would think after taking a sip.

taste: immediate hop jab you in the taste buds. then as the brew goes down your throat that bitterness of the hops throw a couple of haymakers, making this quite a bitter hopbomb.

mouthfeel: just the right amount of carbonation. not too syrupy or too thin

drinkability: drinkability a notch above average. this isn't one of my favorite DIPAs due to the extreme one sidedness, but still a fine brew

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Photo of epk
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass (tulip style)

At first site this brew is fairly pale and golden. The head pours thick and though it dissipates soon it also retains a nice wet lace. It's aroma is summed up in one word, "Hops" and you can smell it as soon as you pour. Defiantly earthy.

At first sip the hops are evident yet not too over powering which is fairly pleasing. Towards the aftertaste and with a proper mouthful the hops shine, giving you the taste you expect from a beer called "hop wallop". The higher abv is fairly covered by this wallop.

I would rate drinkability high. My wife, not a fan of the more hopsy beers, took a sip and still said she liked it which I can only attribute to that initial easy sipping smooth taste. As far as Victory goes, I may recommend HopDevil before Hop Wallop but this is still goodie.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Pale orange-gold. Lighter than I expected. Slightly hazy. Poured with a one-finger white head. The head dissipated after one or two sips, but left a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: Grassy, earthy, and hoppy. Hints of citrus as well.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness dominates, with a nice hint of citrus in the background. There wasn't that initial sharp hop bite that I've come to expect from IPAs, so despite the bitterness, it was surprisingly smooth (if that makes sense). A slight citrus note in the background, that helped smooth out the aftertaste. The hops lingered for awhile in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than I expected for an IPA, but in a good way. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: I'd definitely get this one again. Despite the bitterness, there was something smooth about it that made it very easy to drink. A very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of yossarian14
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the DIPA I've been looking for. That's my personal take on the pungent hop resin aroma and taste. A better smelling bottled hop I have not found and at a reasonable price, I'll be getting more of this.

Its fresh hops from start to finish, but it does get a little syrupy as it warms. There is a sweetness to the malt that makes it a little less bitter. You wouldn't know it from the nose. This might be the first beer I actually took more sniffs than sips. At 8.5% its surprisingly drinkable, but worth savoring.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoy By Oct 13 09

Pours a relatively clear orange-gold in color with maybe a half finger of off-white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is pretty good, all hops. There is a quite strong grassy aroma with resinous and citrus notes as well. Taste is pretty good, very hop forward but with a nice malt backbone. The grassy notes that are present in the aroma and missing from the flavor. Resiny/piney hops dominate the flavor with hints of citrus. Hop flavor and bitterness both build throughout and reach a crescendo then segue into a long hoppy, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, medium+ body, moderate carbonation, very resiny, probably a bit too much. This is a bit too thick in terms of body. Drinkability is ok. I enjoyed it but I don't automatically and immediately want another.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass; nice thick and creamy head. Excellent lacing down the glass. Smell was pure grapefruit-grass-weed; hops baby. Taste was very hoppy, all good, but without the extreme bitterness that some IPS's have on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste. A very approachable IPA I would think, but I love them anyway. Mouthfeel was nothing spectacular, but par for the course with an IPA. Drinkability is good due to the lack of big bitterness and the delicious smooth hop aroma and taste.

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Photo of phantomwyse
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slow building patchy-foamy head of off white coloration. Copper/honey colored body with active carbonation. Sanskrit lacing.

S: A cornucopia of hops smells -- fresh pressed citrus and rinds, juicy pine aroma, light ruby red grapefruit and cake-like, but just there, malts.

T: Beautiful bitterness at the onset. Lush pine, deep grapefruit, a touch of lemon. Baked bread malts at the edge of the hops huddle saying "Hey, I'm here, too!" -- but, the varsity hops don't pay him any real attention. Lots of bitter aftertaste.

M: Buttery with drying carbonation.

D: For a DIPA/Imperial IPA, very -- it's just mouth-wateringly good for those seeking a hop fix.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with about a one finger head that dissappeared rather quickly. Just a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

I am not getting a strong smell, but what I get seems to be a sweet smell.

Has a nice balanced hop and malt character. I would say the mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy given the golden coloring. Very drinkable given the 8.5% ABV. Very well balanced so the hops don't just kick you in the face.

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

Time to get walloped, thats for sure.

appearance is a nice dark golden hue with a light fluffy head and some bad ass lacing. And I love the bottle. That little gnome guy is sick!

After smelling this beast, the 1st thing that came to mind was HOP BOMB, BITCHES! Almost stung the nose. STRAIGHT HOPS TO YOUR DOME PIECE!

TASTE AGAIN IS PURE HOPPINESS! with a mixture of pine up in there as well. Deffinatly makes you pucker.

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Photo of SerieDNo3
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful dark gold, with a fluffy white one-finger head. The head recedes to a thin film and a ring around the glass, and leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Hops. The aroma is straight up hops: very bitter and almost puckering even before tasting it.

T: More hops, with just enough malt to rein it in. This is the first time I've had it fresh; when I'd had it before, I thought it almost like a double ESB, with a very pronounced bready character. This time it's just hops, with a slight quinine-like flavor.

M: Mildly syrupy, but not terribly so. Fairly crisp.

D: I can't decide: on the one hand, it should be a sipping beer. But I can't stop drinking it. I'm normally a Ruination type of guy, but this is a damn good alternative for a few bucks less. Fresh, it's pretty drinkable. Less fresh, I remember it being even more drinkable, but with less of a hop character.

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Photo of Soneast
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a crystal clear, light golden color with a fairly large, white head that left lots of goodies on the glass.

Pure hop on the nose. Smells like I stuck my face in a resiny pine bow. Can pick up some orange citrusy notes as well.

The taste is similar to if I stuck a hop cone directly into my mouth and munched on it, then squirted some orange juice on a pine cone and took a big bite of that. This leaves a crazy bitter hop after taste on the palate. I was burping up hops all night long.

The mouthfeel is quite light, the carbonation was lacking, however, IMO with the amount of hops in this you really do need more of a sparkling carb factor. For those of you who have seen the movie "Me, Myself and Irene," picture the scene where Jim Carey walks into the police station with horrible cotton mouth: the white, chalky lips drawn tight over his teeth with that ridiculous sneer...that's how my mouth felt after this beer.

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Photo of youngblood
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy smokes! This one does pack a wallop! I poured it out of the bottle into a tulip glass. Beautiful two finger head that remained for five minutes. Color is the most wonderful caramel color. Simply lovely. The smell is comparable to smelling a pine tree. Strong hops presence. Citrus and pine mostly. The taste takes a person a bit off guard if not prepared for it. Strong hops presence as indicated by the smell. Almost no malt detected. Very refreshing, but at 8.5% this one would do ya in quickly.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear golden beer topped with a pale white head. Attractive, rather extensive lacing.

S-Some citrusy notes quickly turn to heavier piney character with hints of light grapefruit. Little to no malt character is evident.

T-Bitter and earthy hop character which is quickly overwhelmed by thick piney/resiny hops. The aggressive bitterness retains its strength as some bready and almost sweet malts come through. Finishes dry, very bitter.

M-Medium-full body, thick with hop bitterness and flavor. This beer is slow-moving and sticky through my mouth.

D-Good beer, very bitter, as it should be. Pretty complex, as well, with a hop-centric flavor backed by enjoyable malts. Get this one when you can.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"hoppiness is happiness."

See-through honey colored brew with a huge white head. Great retention that left a snow squall all over my glass.

Smells fruity; mainly pears and green grapes.

This beer has just about every hop flavor I can think of. There's some piney hops that lead into bitter, leafy, and herbal hops. Then the bitterness fades and some of the abovementioned fruits step in. Hop Wollop is hop exhaustive. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Only negative I can say about this beer is the alcoholic dryness after swallow.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a hazy, straw color. Nice white head, lacing and carbonation.
Smell was great, grapefruit hoppiness, malts intermingling and tickled the nostrils.
Taste as well was a hop bomd. Big citrus notes from the hops. Grapefruit, orange and pear. Big on the grapefruit. Malt provided a nice backing.
Very nice, big mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a huge thanks to kadonny for this gem
A= typical macro color only this one has a huge head that leaves behind sime spotty lacing on my glass
S= I got the hops but not as much as I expected. Citrus notes with some pine as well but what confused me most was some butterscotch in the nose. Not unpleasant but interesting
T= pine and citrus of course lots of grapefruit. There is also some of that delicious butterscotch.
M= smooth and bitter. A little heavy but still nice. Great carbonation
D= very high I can feel the alcohol in my belly though which could prove to be trouble later. Very delicious though.

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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 MinorThreat
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served From a 12oz bottle

A-Perfectly clear golden straw with a nice rich white head and awesome lacing

S- Lemongrass, lemon, grapefruit, not much in the way of yeast and malt. All finishing hops.

T-The initial hit of the hops is softened by a great malt sweetness that gives way to an awesome spicy grapefruit bitterness. This has Yakima hops written all over it, spicy, citrusy somehow sweetly bitter.

M-Great, thick but still washes over the tounge like concentrated hop oil.

D- Very high. I have to limit my hop wallop intake, very sessionable despite the ABV%

If you like the west coast take on IIPA (Green Flash, Moylan's, Pliny) this is your brew. Not as balanced as 90min IPA but also not going for that. Damn good beer.

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Photo of gibby
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally bought some 2008 batch hop wallop. Pours a golden yellow with thick foamy head. Smells of citrus, pine and big hops. I think this is an excellent beer and I look fwd to it every year. Only marked drinkability at a 4 b/c @ 8.5% its an ass kicker for sure. They go down way too easy.

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Photo of mdalston17
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle Poured into Ice-Cold NC STATE WOLFPACK pint glass from the freezer. 12/23/08. Last night before headed home for Christmas. Girlfriend gone home. Roommates gone home. Work on the 24th? Feeling lonely? Have an 8.5% beer to settle the woes! Here goes.

Listening to Howlin' Rain's self-titled debut, staring at my pet turtle chasing minnows. He gets dinner, I get a cold glass of beer. Merry Christmas.

Well, the freezer left a tiny ice chunk in the bottom of the glass. Noticed on pour but not before. Pours a 1/4-inch think white head that settles but won't disappear completely. Nice. Beer is clear but not as clear (which is to say crystal) as I'd remembered from dropping a couple of these between eggnog sessioning last weekend. (Note: this beer goes GREAT with rum!) Tiny bubbles keep rising to the top of the glass. Nice, twice. Clearer and lighter and more straw-colored than other DIPAs I've had. Hey! The bubbles just shot my ice chunk to the top of the glass. This beer is earning high marks already.

As I drink this, I don't quite get a sip-o-meter, but lacing is nice.

The first thing that pops in my head is, strangely, Delerium Tremens. This is not that, though. I smell orange/grapefruit and under what is certainly a lot of hop-oil aroma I can make out the smell of our culprit, the 8.5% of booze hiding in there. Not overwhelmed/excited by any of this. Smells unbalanced.

The alcohol is in there, and I can taste it. All bittering and no finishing, I'd say as an extremely amateur reviewer. Overly sweet, and I taste all citrus but very little flower or pine. OK, a little pine. This tastes ... less American in influence than other DIPAs I've had. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness both appear and feel disparate and independently large rather than complementary.

Marks for this, though. I like the level of carbonation and while I was harsh on taste, this is a highly-sessionable beer as far as weight is concerned. It just has to be your mug 'o beer, so-to-say.

See mouthfeel. I am pounding this beer, middling as I may find certain aspects of it..

Consensus: There are better DIPAs, and there are better high-gravity offerings from Victory. Will try again, though. Very easy-drinking despite its aroma and flavor. Before I joined beeradvocate, I didn't think that sentence could exist and make sense.

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