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

Pours a clear, lively golden amber with a very pleasant white capped head constructed of tightly wound bubbles. Smells wonderfully hoppy! Big juicy citrus (grapefruit, orange zest and juice), spearmint, nice and chewy! Taste is just as wonderful. A slight biscuitty malt struggles to keep the grapefruit dominating hops in check! Finishes dry and clean. Just a wonderful double IPA... the drinkability is masked so well. Have to watch myself on these as they will catch up on me.

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

I like Victory a lot but this one misses the mark a bit.

Looks fine, but thats not a tall order for a ipa or dipa. Not quite big enough in the nose and not enough of the hop smell I like so much. Tastes similarly lacking in the fruity hop department. I mean the hops are there but mostly for weight and bitterness - not enough citrusy tastes. More noticeable malt precence than typical for the style. This grows on me a bit as I finish the glass so I have to give it better marks than I would have thought for drinkability. All in all not a bad beer - I'll drink it again, but I think Victory can do better.

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Photo of slatetupelo
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very light transparent copper with very little white head and just as much carbonation.

S - My nose is f'd up and I can't smell shit but I do smell something slightly fruity.

T- It actually tastes light for a DIPA. The presence of hops of citrus dominate with a great fruity aftertaste. Goes down smooth and the alcohol in hidden well. It's not that bitter compared to other IPAs an DIPAs.

D - I really enjoyed this. For a high alcohol beer I could drink quite a few of these. I could drink these as though they were just an IPA.

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

Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass with copper orange color, good clarity, and very little head. What does form on top is gone quickly.

Aroma is hops, hops, and more hops. Nice spicy/piney hop smell.

Flavor is super hoppy as well. Nice and fresh, loads of pine. Plenty bitter and the malts don't go very far towards balancing it out. Pretty much a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good but with something so hoppy and high in alcohol, it's unlikely anyone would have several of these in a sitting.

A good double IPA but I think the hop profile seems one dimentional. It's huge and bitter, that's for sure.

Edit: This makes 1,000 reviews for Hop Wallop!

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

12 oz bottle, dated 11/13/2008 (a little late). Just cleaned my palette with a little Maytag blue cheese.

A - A light golden color. Light head that is white in color. Just a small hair of hazing on the inside. Beer is filtered.

S - A combination of floral, fruity, and piney hops with a fair amount of sweet maltyness. Lots of citrus sensation to the scent.

T - Starts off with a very balanced combination of hops fruitiness and malty sweetness. Some bitterness forms mid-stream. Finishes with a light malt note. Aftertaste is pleasantly non-existent. There is some alcohol warmth. Surprisingly light in flavor for a DIPA.

M - Moderate in body - not watery and not heavy. I would have to say that this beer is light in comparison with other DIPAs. Carbonation bite is light.

D - This beer is sneaking up on me in terms of alcohol. On a positive note, the beer is not filling nor is the flavor so potent that it prevents this beer being drank more than once in a session.

It seems more malt forward than other DIPAs I've had. A solid offering, but I'd probably lead towards Hop Slam, 90min, of Ruination instead.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Wallop is a crystal-clear golden ale with a fluffy, waxy off-white head. It has excellent lacing and retention. The aroma is very fresh and hoppy-- mostly pine needles and tangerine peel. There is a slight wave of sweetish malt. It has a smooth, medium body. It's a little foamy and the finish is dry. It tastes pretty much like the aroma-- all hops, as advertised.There is a wooden element to it, but mostly it's just nice and bitter. Good stuff!
(rated Mar 11, 2008)

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Photo of Duhast500
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pick this up from suggestions of other BAs.

Color is a yellow gold color with a light white head. The brew is well carbonated is quite clear.

Smell is a extremely deep hop smell. There is a slight malt smell in the background to level off just slightly, the hoppieness of this brew.

Taste is so full of hops it is almost blocking out the other flavors but there is also a slight pine taste. A hint of malt is in there with the wall of flavor.

Very tasty and a good beer overall. It will take an unexpected pallet to really get into the flavor. I am a big fan of hops and it was still a shock to the system.

Pick this beer up if you are ready to have your taste buds for a ride.

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Photo of GJ40
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased from Sam's in Durham, NC.

A - Golden and quite clear with a thick, white head. Very nice lacing.

S - Fruity and floral with an underlying foundation of malt.

T - Great hop flavor and bitterness with some grapefruit, just enough malt to balance everything out and an intermittent kick of alcohol.

M - Good consistency with a silkiness seemingly from the hop oils. Good moderate carbonation.

D - Great stuff. This is an outstanding beer and one of the few from the east coast that I truly cherish.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden orange burnt amber color, nice light 1 finger head rests on the top. Light bubbly carbonation rising through the glass,nice residual lacing.looks great.
Smells of piney citric hops, huge amounts of grapefruit,orange,citric bitterness. Light sweet maple-like malts come through to add in the balance.
Taste is awesome. Huge malts up front,loads of grapefruit,tangerines,lemony malty tones,long sweet yet warming finish. The finish is hoppy,but the flavor is a huge mouthfull of grapefruit-orange dominance. This beer definatley is one of the most citric tasting IPA's Ive ever had. The alcoholic warmness is very nice in the throat.
Mouthfeel is full, yet tart and finishes nice. This goes down extremely well, Victory did an excellent job of incorporating and masking the ABV. Will buy this one again

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Photo of brandoneast
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours golden and expecting a deeper hue - fluffy white head with amazing retention. smell is hop oil mist of cannabis, pine, sweet fruit maybe pear . taste brings shovel full of hops that lingers and hangs with a flavor profile of sweeter fruit and over shadowed malt character that finishes slick yet clean.

in love with this years hop wallop - drink now

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

On draught at the Jet Rock in the philly airpot, served in a 22oz pils glass Hop Wallop is a clear, burnt gold with a small white head that leaves pretty heavy, foamy lace.

Smell is a big blast of resinous, earthy hops. Dank!

Taste is also heavy on the hops of course, with light bready malt back bone, very bitter, lingering finish. Heavy on the pine resin, a hint of citrus, bittersweet, with a fresh mint hop flavor coming though as it warms up a bit. This one's an enamel stripper for sure, love it, one of the only things I miss about PA!

Mouthfeel is very oily, full carbonation with crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty high if a hophead like myself. I could use a little less bitterness tough, it's a palate buster and not a good session beer unless you're a real glutton for punishment. Still, the ABV is well hidden, and it really satisfies my hop fix.

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Photo of kush6875
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer is pale yellow in color, with strong piney and fruit scents. this beer is a hop bomb with just a little malt presence to attempt to balance things out. this is a must try for a hophead. imo this beer is best fresh! mine says enjoy by 11/24/09. abv is 8.5 % and is very well hidden. this is a very drinkable dipa!!

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Photo of caskstrength
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop heads are going to want to try Hop Wallop, right?

Pours a nice light golden color, can't quite see through it.

Has a piney smell, which we're looking for. But I was hoping for something more intense.

Easy to drink ,smooth, not as much as a bitter/hoppy/piney/citrus vibe as I was hoping for. Decent IPA overall.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a frothy white head. Crisp, floral hop aroma of pine, pepper, grapefruit, celery, and grass. More of the same in the taste, but it leans toward the English IPA hop bitterness. More metallic sharpness than expected. Biscuit malt in the end tempers the bite and sweetens the finish. This is a really, really good IPA, but as an Imperial? Not that impressive.

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Photo of jdgainor
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of the hops so it was no surprise that I loved this one. I had it in a pint glass at the Brewhaus Grille (best beer selection in central Pennsylvania). It is nicely hopped and has a smoother taste than their Hop Devil (also excellent). So drinkable that its ABV can easily catch up with you.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with minimal head, but plentiful carbonation.

Scent of strong hops, caramel and some fruitiness. No notes of alcohol, which is very nice.

Taste of strong piny hops, a slight earthiness, and caramel. Finishes with a lasting taste of hops. Alcohol is hidden very well here too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, but light enough to be drinkable.

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

12oz to tulip glass, pours a golden hazy peach, creamy white head fades to excellent lacing

smells of caramel malt, grass, sweet citrus, hops ++

taste is of sweet citric hops, bitter, very well balanced, heavy biscuit caramel malt, alcohol is hidden well, nice flavors! yum!

mouthfeel is super heavy bitter lingering pine resin, but still easy to drink at the level of alc

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Photo of jkendrick
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very clear golden-orange color with a pillowy white creamy head. The head recedes moderately fast and leaves chunky lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Not as powerful an aroma as I expected. What's there is, of course, hoppy. There is pine and some citrus. It almost reminds me of the aroma of marijuana, although not as strong.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth carbonation with a medium body. There is an oiliness that coats the mouth, but its not as sticky as many DIPAs.

Taste: Very hoppy and not as balanced as I'd hoped. It's still good, but it has bit too much of a bite and the bitterness is palette-numbing. It's difficult to pick out the flavors over the pure bitterness, but in the finish I detect grapefruit and pine. The finish is more of the same: very bitter with a not-too-pleasant aftertaste.

Overall impression: Well there's truth in advertising. It is a hop wallop. Unfortunately, for me it is just more bitter than balanced and what complexity may be there is lost due to the overwhelming bitterness. DIPAs are my favorite style, but this one just doesn't have it for me. It's not bad but it is definitely not one I'd buy again.

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Photo of Yesac
2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow. Small/medium size white bubble head that is pretty organized.

S - Big fresh hop smell and a nice malt balance presence as well. Small sourness smell at the end.

T - Whoa big spice punch up front, to much for my taste. Whatever this spice is, it's way to much. Maybe this is a bad bottle? Anyway there is also a bready/wheat taste on the finish. The 8.5% is absolutely no where to be seen, awesome job in hiding that.

M - A spice tang is left on the back of the palate, but its an overall clean feeling.

D - I hope this is a bad bottle because this is way spicy and very hard to get through the bottle.

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Photo of Itoclown
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't impressed by this beer. Being a hophead I thought I'd love this beer. It was not the case. I felt like it was trying too hard(doesn't make sense but whatever). I was hoping for a Hopslam or Huma-lupa-licious taste.

Look: Brown, slight haze
Smell: Heavy hops. It almost felt like I was drinking barleywine.
Taste: Very bubbly and hoppy, leaves heavy hop scent on pallet. Fumes out of your nose.

Although I wasn't a huge fan of this beer, I have the utmost respect for this brewery and will try this beer again along with all of their other brews. I still highly recommend Hop Wallop.

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Photo of Pinto21
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours out a very pale gold with decent off white head.

As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell hops. Smelled of strong grapefruity hops with a little pine to it.

taste is a bang of bitter grapefruity hops. There is more malt to it then you would think from the color. It's enough to make the hops from knocking you out. The alcohol is a detectable but not bad at all. It helps to balance out all those tasty hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, kinda what is expected. The drinkability is more than any DIPA I've had, but I wouldn't be able to handle many of these anyway.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 2008 release. 12 oz. brown bottle with a green label and an illustration of a hillbilly who is in dire need of a rabies shot.

Pours a brilliant golden/ tangerine with a creamy layer of off-white foam and nice lacing, nice strings of fizz.

Awesome hop aroma Large grassy/herbal hops dominate the smell of the brew. Pale malt and of honey, just a touch of maraschino cherries.

Large sweetness upfront caramel/honey flavor really difficult to pinpoint because the hop flavor and bitterness take hold aggressively. Hops are a bit herbal and grassy in flavor that swiftly moves to an earthy/piny/citrus bitterness that envelopes the entire palate. I am left with a severely dry palate as if I just took a massive chomp out of a grapefruit, peel and all! I need to take another sip.

Rather full-bodied with a slickness in texture, nice fizz sting.

This beer is very good and really shows off the capabilities of the hop!

8.5% ABV feels great, Cheers!

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass; "best by" date clearly marked Oct. 03, 2009

P: Hop Wallop pours out of the bottle deep-straw to light gold in color and creates a nice cascading effect. Looks good in the glass as it sits an orangish-amber colored liquid, topped off by a pearly-white 2 fingered head that's densely packed with tiny bubbles. Displays okay retention and leaves nice patches of webby lace upon retreat.

A: Needless to say, the hops bombard the nostrils with scents of citrus; slightly reminscent of orange rinds and huge doses of lemon zest. Beneath the huge waves of citrusy hops there is a toasted bready malt presence that rounds out the nice, but not very complex, aroma.

T: Whew! This is the definition of a palate-smacking hops flavor. While they do rule the palate with an iron fist, the toasted malts produce a bready flavor that attempts to lead an uprising, but resistance is futile. The sweet/lemony hops-heavy profile continues to lay the law. Even though it gets a little unbalanced at times, being the hops-head that I am, I love it. Bittering hops just sandblast the palate on the finish to leave a pleasantly-sour aftertaste that lingers for a while.

M: Has a nice medium-bodied feel to it. Aggressively carbonated with a carbonic "bite" that really pops on the tongue. Really clean and smooth.

D: Personally, I could make this one a session beer, even though it's packing an 8.5% ABV. Really good taste, but the huge wall of hops would probably begin to overwhelm the palate after awhile.

Notes: It really lives up to its name. This one is purely for hop-heads only! All others should probably steer clear of the Hop Wallop. The flavor profile is tight & clean, and leaves you feeling refreshed. If you'd like nothing more than a huge dose of hops in your beer (and believe that "hoppiness is happiness") then I recommend you try this one! A solid DIPA for sure.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the single 12 oz bottle from Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours an orangey amber color with a light white head. A little lacing on the glass.

S: Hops and a little rye/pine smell.

T: Same as the smell except I can taste the rye/pine more, slight bite from it. This beer isn't as sweet as I expected and hoped.

M: Good amount of carbonation, not watery or creamy...pretty normal.

D: Drinkability is pretty good, but the rye/pine I pick up in here makes it less enjoyable for me personally.

The rye/pine in here makes this have more bite and there isn't as much sweetness as I'd hoped, which makes this just one of those beers I don't dislike, but don't really prefer.

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Photo of happybear
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing as how I love this beer and when it is available in the late Fall, I happily purchased my case and brought it home. Orangey head about 1" thick and strong pine and grapefruit smell. While still the flavorable hop offering from Victory, I was disappointed with this years batch. The mouthfeel is thin and the taste is watery from memory of years past.

Still worth it but I felt last years offering had a better taste and mouthfeel.

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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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