Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

3,704 Ratings
Hop WallopHop Wallop

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of deereless
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The thinnest layer of head with a single patch of frothy foam in the center, golden lemon in color, lots of lacing on the glass - 4.00, S: Extremely strong citrusy hops, some thick overripe pineapple aromas, hard to get much in terms of malt - 4.00, T: A tongue shredder of a beer, hops dominate, extremely resiny, lots of pine and touches of citrus, though I dug into the depths of this brew for signs of malt the hops overpower it - 4.50, M: 4.00, D: Double IPAs have certain developed a following, and this one is top tier - an exceptional double IPA and one that all hopheads must try - 4.50

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Photo of kinger
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit galore, the name isn't misleading hops, hops, hops!!!...but where is the body the malt the life blood of a good beer? Fantastic citrus aroma chock full o' grapefruit from the hops, it's killer and nice to sniff. Light golden pour with a marshmellowy head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel is extremely bitter and rather light. Flavor is basically grapefruit, very bitter and hoppy. It's a good IPA but there really needs to be more malt to thicken this guy up.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle aquired via trade with Ty. The appearance is golden with a decent, though short-lasting head. The taste is great: a strong wallop of bitter hops, grapefruit, and some sweet malt. A real great drink. Smooth-amazingly smooth. 8.5%-no way. Wow! Yet another beer I wish I could get locally.

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Probably the clearest DIPA I've ever seen. Not a cloud in the pint glass. Poured a nice light amber color with about 2 inches of head that laced the entire glass throughout.

S- Citrusy hops! Not much malt in the scent, but plenty of hoppy goodness.

T- Delicious. Fresh grapefruit citrus was the initial taste I got from this beer followed by a huge hop punch. Upon swallowing this beer the hop taste was even more outstanding.

M- A bit oily and left a nice aftertaste in the mouth.

D- Probably a bit too high on the alcohol side to be a session beer, although is a wonderful beer for a relaxing night and having one or two.

I absolutely love this beer and will be drinking it again.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptionaly well beer. It is too bad that this is only a seasonal brew cause i could drink this all the time. It pours a hazy caramel color with an easy two finger of white head. There is amazing lacing that lasts the beer.

The aroma is of a delicious hoppy nature with hints of citrus to it. As for the taste, hello hops. Not that bitter with a slight hint of citrus as an aftertaste.

I love this beer, it is everything that i could have ever dreamed for in a beer. Excelent drinkability and an incredible mouthfeel.

You just have to try this one.

Also had it on tap but was way better out of a bottle.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Brew Thru pint glass.

A: Poured a nice, golden amber color with a bit of light orange tint and great clarity. Some lazy carbonation can be seen flitting towards the sticky one-finger head of white foam.

S: Smells of resinous and herbal hop aromas, a bit of spice and musty citrus fruits.

T: Tastes of sweet citrus begin at the front of the palate where a toasted malt and grain flavor is quickly washed over by a rush of pine and grapefruit hoppiness. The finish is slightly bittersweet with a residual pine and lemon flavor. Hops are quite fresh tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a nice snap of hops to smack the sense out of your taste buds.

D: A pretty easy-drinking DIPA and one of a good enough balance to mask any phenol alcohol flavors. A good, sturdy pine and quite apparent citrus flavor combine well to make this a sessionable DIPA.

Beware of the "sessionable DIPA" tag; it'd be tough to go to other beers after a few of these. In fact, it'd probably be tough to do a lot of things after a few Hop Wallops. A nice DIPA offering from Victory.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured into a 20 oz. glass mug. Decent clarity on a yellowish orange body. A good amount of head sticks around.

S. This is where the beer takes a literal nose dive. Smells a bit off. Definately some hops but also some unpleasant gassy fumes.

T. Luckily the hop taste was there, albeit a bit less so than expected. Piney resinous cones, paired with overripe citrus fruit. Soft oranges and lemon grass. Pine needle hop flavor.

M. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Semi dry finish.

D. A hop head legend for sure. Not as good as in years past. Still, a good healthy dose of hops. Wish it was a bit more inviting, but this is still a take no prisoners D-ipa.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

almost too hoppy, and for me to say that is rare! I LOVE HOPS

Looks good as it pours into my trusty sam adams beer glass. A cloudy golden

The smell is good, has a hop overtone, with little or no citrus to it

The hops take over, and don't let go, it's almost too much!

the mouthfeel is good, but not great

this is pretty drinkable provided you enjoy hops, A LOT!

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

poured from 12 0z. bottle into pint glass

Very hoppy and very tasty beer, nice thick head with lots of lacing, beautiful golden color, smells very citrusy and the hops just kick you in the teeth when you drink this but its not so bad you cant drink it...this is a great beer

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Photo of roadhouse
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a crystal clear golden orange color with a thick off-white head that has some soapy looking bubbles on top.

Aroma is filled with citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit and tangerine. Some piney notes are definitely in there too. Even some sweet caramel malt manages to make it through.

Taste is absolutely delicious. Some sweet caramel flavors at the start blend with some fruitiness then the hop wallop starts and we're handed a big dose of citrusy and piney hop flavors. The bitterness here is very smooth and not at all harsh like some DIPAs tend to get. Huge hop flavor though it seems to taper off a bit at the finish which stops me from scoring it perfect.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty smooth with the bitterness and a dry finish. This has to be the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had.

This was a fantastic DIPA. One of the best I've ever tried.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick whipped cream type head formed atop this beer. The head slowly faded and began to leave lacing all over the inside of the glass. The beer was an orange/amber color that was a bit like honey. Hazy/clear with some tiny carbonation bubbles visible.
Lacing was aggressive.

Aroma was nice and a good combination of sweet ripe fruits and floral notes with pine. There was also a spicy nature to the aroma.

Taste is real nice. The alcohol is there but rather well hidden . Ripe fruits start with some ripe pineapple or papaya. Then some sweetness pops in before giving way to the hop bitterness and the pine/grapefruit flavors. You can sense the hop oils on your tongue. Near the end you are left with a spicy, white pepper sensation and the lingering hop bitterness. Quite nice.

Not a session brew, you should savor this baby. The mouth feel is medium bodied and a both syrupy. There is a nice tingle from the carbonation.

For an 8% ABV this is quite drinkable

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Photo of erosier
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that fades somewhat quickly while lacing down the glass very nicely.
S: Smells of sweet malts and then a big citrisy/earthy/floral hop aroma.
T: Tastes of nice sweet malts up front then follows with a big citrisy/earthy/floral hop flavor that is actually really nice. It's not too bitter and it's not too acidic.
M: Very crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, I was surprised to find out how alcoholic it was when I tried it because I didn't feel like it was that big of a beer. All of the flavors blended really well and this is definately one to go back for.

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

Where's the "5" for name at? Got this as an extra from Kadonny. Had it once on tap at Hollingshead's and really wanted to try it again some day. Well some day be today.

A medium shade of orange throughout. A small cadre of anti-paratroop bubbles. Medium head faded to beer level.

Smells of a grassy sort of hop. Some grapefruit? Hay?

Very hoppy flavored ale. Rind in the hop profile. Faintest hint of orange. And of course Daddy loves a generous 8.5%

Overall: it's a hop wallop

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Photo of hwwty4
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to julian for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours an amber, hazy straw with a nice 2 finger white head that left amble lacing. The smell is piney hops with a nice sweet malt backbone. As a side note, there is a musty sent to it, almost cheesy hoppy scent. If the hop presence weren't so upfront, I would think this would have been an old bottle but with its hops I'm fairly positive that it's pretty fresh. The taste is piney all the way through. There is a very bitter aftertaste and not in a good way. It seems almost to have a medicinal taste to it. Like sucking on an uncoated aspirin. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, not much body to it and also a bit boozy. While a decent DIPA, I don't think that I will be revisiting it.

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Photo of tjbartjr
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draught last night, in an 11 oz glass, and while it was indeed delicious, it didn't pack the hop wallop I was expecting. This would be a dangerous session beer, as it is highly drinkable, but the mellow hops hide the 8.5% alcohol!

Appearance was a nice & hazy golden yellow, and it left behind quite a bit of lacing as the beer magically disappeared.

I thought it had a strong hops scent, but the taste was quite a different story. The bite I was expecting was replaced by a mellowness, and a smoothness, that really allowed me to hhold the beer in my mouth to really savor and enjoy the fine taste.

Overall an execellent beer. Highly drinkable. Would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy aged wheat color. A very deep golden color with a tan off white head that has some nice lacing. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell is of musty aged hops. Not the wallop I was expecting. After quickly looking for a best of date, I notice none and now start to wonder the freshness of this beer. There is also a malt scent but its not as full as I hoped.

Taste is slightly above average. There is a nice toasty malt flavor with a strong astringency. The bitterness is up there but there is no great hop flavor. A little oily pine taste is there but not a citrus hop wallop. Lame.

I'm kind of disappointed in this beer. It has a big ABV but not a great flavor. This one I thought was fresh but maybe its a little old, other reviews has this one in high regards. To me this tastes more like an average pale ale rather then an American Double or Imperial IPA.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Aprilluvsbeer. This one was superb!

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale gold, with no apparent carbonation. Weird looking, especially for a double IPA. Head is loose and soapy, and drags extremely clumpy lacing behind it.

Smell: Honey and sweet, toasty malts. Floral hops (pretty light though). Caramel, molasses, citrus, melon? Green apple. Chocolate and nuts? The smell is quite sweet - very tantalizing. Really complex; I just can't seem to put my finger on what's in there, but I LOVE IT!

Taste: Caramel, toasted malts, alcohol, woody molasses, and a grassy hop finish. Now normally I love big, bold, I2PAs, and while this one is more on the mild side (especially in terms of hops), I fucking love it! Great job Victory!

Mouthfeel: This is so creamy. Man! This is awesomely good! Anyhoo, this pup is pretty slick, with low carbonation, medium body, and a fantastic caramel malt and hop aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would drink this beer all day. Not as powerful (in terms of hoppiness) as I would normally expect for an I2PA, but this shit is delicious. Really smooth too. Drink up my brethren!

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Photo of benmiliron
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love the bearded old guy on the bottle. Pours a beautiful white head, chunky, good lacing. Smell is incredible - perfect floral aroma. Taste is exquisite - good malt with very strong hops but well done - not overly acidic or bitter. It's like liquid hop aroma with all malt in the taste. I don't know how they did this. Gravity, small & soft bubble, & stickiness all come together on this one for the mouthfeel. Just beautiful.

This one's a classic. I should drink more of it. One of the best IPAs in existence.

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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 Mauerhan
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

stopped by hollingshead's in orange to grab a sandwich and they had this on tap so i had to try. before i tried it kenny tells me that its a east coast double ipa. so it wasnt going to be as hoppy as some of the stuff out here but still "an excellent beer"

poured a nice orange color with a nice creamy white head that retained quite well and left a decent amount of diamond like lacing.

i smell a bit of hops on the smell. but i get a bit of citrus, strangely the majority of the scent seems to come from the malts. i can smell rich maltyness.

taste is nice. kenny was right when i should not expect alot of hops, i wouldnt say that i was walloped by hops but they were there. and i guess it was alot for an east coast ipa. i get alot of citrus and the sweetness off the malts. overall a nice tasting beer. the finish is dry but leaves you with a pleasant aftertaste.

pretty nice mouthfeel. a little syrupy. but not to bad. i think that is in part of the malty sweet of the beer. decent amount of carbonation.

im pretty satisfied with this brew. i would like to continue to drink it. so if you see it give it a shot. you shouldnt be disappointed.

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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very slightly hazy, pale orange-gold color with a beautiful 1.5" snow white head. The head slowly dropped to a 1/4" and there was a lot of active carbonation release throughout. Nice web-like lacing down the glass.

S= This was a very biscuity and citrusy smelling ale. I found bitter and tart aromas of oranges, grapefruits, and lemons alongside piney scents and bakery malt sweetness. The constant carbonation release made this a very aromatic experience.

T= Believe it or not, the sweet biscuit maltiness actually shared the front of the stage with the citrus and pine hop bitterness. I found this to be way more balanced than I expected from the reviews! The middle was almost all hop flavor and bitterness, and the finish was dry, estery, and full of alcohol warmth. Sort of an unpleasantly dry and bitter aftertaste made me want to keep drinking to get more of the "front end" of this ale.

MF= Medium bodied and not too syrupy like some other DIPAs can get. Despite the nearly constant and huge carbonation release, this ale was soft on the tongue and lacked the crispness I was hoping for (dead on for the style however).

D= I think Victory does hoppy beers extremely well, and this one did not disappoint. Outstanding - I recommend it highly!

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

Thanks to chefnash for this one.

Poured from bottle into a victory pint glass

A - Light golden orange in color. A fluffy off white 2 finger head. Really great lacing.

S - Summery citrus smell. A little earthy and bready.

T - Piney hops that give way to fruitiness and alcohol taste and ends with a grapefruity hop bite.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA. I could go for two but I don't know if I would want more than that.

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

A golden amber color, with a inch white colord head, that laces slowly along the glass. A strong grassy fragrance hits the nose at first. That is followed by a light citrusy aroma, then the sweet scent of some malt, with a touch fruitiness comes through. The malt makes a cameo appearance at first taste, that is soon overtaken by strong hop flavors. Grapefruit citrus, grass, and earthy flavors take over for the malt and stay there till the very end. A medium bodied feel, that stays very balanced till it reaches thr back of the palate. That is where it seems to gain some weight and feels a little like a light oil. A very complex beer, with an invitng aroma, incredible taste, plus it is not an alchol bomb. It brings alot of extreme elements to the table, but alchol is not one of them, and that makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of changeup45
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC. Golden colored with a hint of amber in it. Nice head and some retention for lacing. Aroma is pine needles and grapefruit hops, nice, but not potent. Citrus and piney hoppy flavors are strong up front. Nice crisp bitterness with just a little malt backing. Not one of those in your face IIPAs and seemed a touch light for the style. Nevertheless this is quite good and enjoyable.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,704 ratings.
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