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:
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Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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 ClavinCliff
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Name says it all. Pours very clear, mostly golden in color with a hint of copper hue. Smell is hops, with a dash of hops and a slight hint of hops. Head pours out very well, sticky and hangs around for a bit. Taste, hmmm hops maybe? Hops up front, in the middle and at the end. You can feel the beer on your teeth. Slight hint of some malty sweetness towards the end but not much. A true hop head beer. An excellent selection.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A huge four finger head builds up over this clear apricot-amber brew. Lots of really nice arcs of lace stick diligently to the glass. This stuff looks sticky!

S - Big time zesty and zingy fruit on top of massive hops. Apricot, lime, canned mandarin oranges, and blossoming flowers. This has a really lively and summery aroma that reminds me of what melting Skittles smell like. Remember those fruit shaped candies that require you to pump a quarter in a gum ball type machine to get like five little pieces? This smells like those little colorful hard candies. This could almost be marketed as a summery fresh laundry detergent scent. I'd buy it.

T - Zesty lime spritz is the first thing I taste. This is followed by massively citric hops that retain some semblance of pine, while being made up almost entirely of lime and orange rind flavors. I like this, but while it made the nose lively and exciting it makes the flavor a little bit awkward. I'm nitpicking here, because this is a damn tasty brew.

M - Extremely viscous and full bodied. This feel is nice, but almost seems to contradict the summer fruity flavors...even if those summery flavors are riding a wave of serious hop muscle. After the initial tart-sweet citrus, the mid palate is a very bitter "chewing on orange rind" flavor, while the finish is more traditionally hoppy and dank.

D - Not in the top tier of DIPAs, but IMO most DIPA's are top tier beers in their own right as this is one of my favorite styles. I wouldn't choose this as a session tool, but I'd buy this again for sure. I find DIPAs ...including this one...to be very nice sipping beers.

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Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out yellow to abmer/ornage with just a hint of white suds. Good lacing.
Smell is hops and more hops. Very sweet hops as opposed to the Three Floyds Dreadnaught. These hops aren't as grapefruity but more mellow.
Taste is very mellow for this good smelling of an IPA. Sweet maltyness followed by a bitter hop slam and finally the alcohol feel in the back of the throat. Very good.
Mouthfeel is just a little oily and not really enough pine for my taste.
Great beer but a little strong to be sessioning a bunch at a time.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Somewhere between clear yellow and amber, with a nice 2-3 finger head. Decent retention before falling to a thick white cap and great lacing.

S - Very unique. Familiar leafy/slightly piney hops, but there's also a blast of fruit in here as well. Stone fruits stand out, particularly apples with some pineapple or perhaps banana coming through. A nice mild butter/caramel aroma from the malt provides a backbone for the hops.

T - Completely not what I expected, nothing like what I'm used to, which is probably what makes this absolutely amazing and hands down one of the best five brews I've ever tasted. Big pine flavor starts things off, and veers to a mild earthy note. Suddenly, all the fruit from the nose kicks in and there's a definite tropical presence, lychees and pineapples stand out, mingling with a vanilla-like biscuit flavor from the malt. Arguably the most beautiful part of this beer. Very slight but noticable alcohol component and a quick grapefruity bitterness which all too often dominates hoppy beers is only present for a moment near the finish, and a slight bitterness carries over to the aftertaste just as a reminder of what this brew really is.

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a nice medium body. Excellent.

D - I'm used to DIPAs being a little thicker and darker, but this is in a whole different league. It doesn't taste like any other DIPA I've had. This is one of my new favorite beers. It's fairly mild for an "extreme style" yet does things in the realm of taste that I could only imagine. An exceptional beer.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden in color with fuzzy head that is slow to dissipate. Lacing remains in glass.
Smell: Piney and earthy hop aroma dominant, some citrus also. A trace of malts present-caramel taste noted.
Taste: Hops kick ass immediately, though not overly bitter. Piney/citrus taste noted in the hops. Malts keep this brew very smooth and help balance out the hops nicely.
Mouthfeel: Ultra-smooth feel.
Drinkability: Great especially for the hop fans, though the ABV and nature of the beer may limit the drinker to only a couple per session.

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

Pours a golden orange color. Big two and a half finger fluffy white head. Leaves a nice white cap with moderate lacing.

Hop oil on the nose. Wow. Piny and citrus hops. Great aroma.

Piny hops flavor and surprisingly enough some malt up front. It's nice to taste the malt as the rest of the flavor is dominated by the hoppiness. Biscuit malt flavor, slightly sweet but does not over do it.

Medium mouth feel, not rather crisp but none the less enjoyable.

A drinkable as a DIPA comes. Very nice brew.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice looking beer, golden in color with a thin head. The head left a great lacing. Slight activity in the beer as far as carbination goes.

S- There is a nice sweet hoppy aroma. I really can't smell much other then that.

T- The hop taste is nice and sweet. I can taste a sort of bread taste for the maltyness.

M- This is a bit chewy and it definitely allows you to spit good loogies when you are done.

D- Easy to drink, nice solid beer.

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Photo of Packforever1976
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with ckeegan04.
Pours a light amber with a big white head that goes away rather quickly, but leaves some nice lacing. I taste a big, malty sweetness up front, then the hops kick in. A little strong at the end for me as far as alcohol burn, but still a solid DIPA. Thanks again for the extra, Chris!

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio. Poured into a snifter.

A - Poured a deep, clear orange with a foamy white head that gradually disappeared completely. Plenty of lacing though.

S - Pine for the most part, with a touch of sweetness.

T - The strong malt backbone makes its presence known up front with plenty of hops coming through in the finish. Flavors include pine, grapefruit, and maybe a touch of lemon. The alcohol hides itself very well.

M - Medium-bodied, wet finish, the hops leave a bitter citrus aftertaste. Again, the alcohol remains hidden.

D - An incredibly well-balanced beer, probably one of the most balanced double IPAs I've had. I could drink this all night if it weren't for the 8.5% alcohol.

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Photo of joezak5
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; a cyrstal clear orangey gold, three finger dusty white dense head, decent retention and lacing

Smell: Very hoppy with undertones of oats and cookie dough. Nice citrus action as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation.

Taste: Dry hop overload... hoppy and straightforward... slightly astringent and maybe even a little soapy. Gingerbread spiced cookie feel at the end.

Drinkability: I got a single and am glad I tried it but wouldn't have another. I'll stick with DFH 90min or Stone Ruination. I'd like a little more sweetness and oiliness.

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Photo of mike24
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours hazy yellowish orange with a thin white head.

S: Huge citrus hop blast

T: Woah, this beer has some serious flavour. sweet and effervescent up front with some big time citrus flavours that evolve with some alcohol warmth to finish with a drying bitterness

M: fairly thick bodied, creamy even but with nice carbonation to back it up.

D: Well, like the name suggests, this beer packs a wallop, careful now.

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Photo of UA8
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a radiant copper with a finger of dense white head

S- Scents of mango pineapple and tangerine and grapefruit hops waft from the brew. Also a light doughy malt scent.

T- Tastes of Grapefruit, oranges and pine hops, finishes hop heavy.

M- Somewhat heavy in the mouth due to high amount of very fine carbonation.

D- Great beer especially for the price. It runs directly in line with the label which describes " A Very Hoppy Ale." For those who enjoy a slightly more hop centric DIPA without it being overwhelming this would be ideal. Definitely a beer I'll be having more of.

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Photo of Radar
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, isn't that an experience?

The color is a nice mild amber for an IPA, with a good head and a pantload of lacing. Seriously, I can't remember a beer that coats the glass like this. The smell... wow. Strong hoppy pines, and a bit of citrus, plus a lot of malt that smells like... I can only call it raw dough. Not in a good way. Look at the label. It's the dough that guy would make without access to the things you'd need to make dough. Damn near put me off the beer altogether. Good thing I tasted it.

The hop hits beautifully, nice piny flavor, moves to citrus, then back to the pine. It finishes with a twinge of that dough flavor, but... it works perfectly, somehow. I don't think I've ever hated the way a beer smells and then loved the way it tastes like this before. It's almost better because it smells so bad.

It's got an oily feel, even for an IPA, but again, somehow it works. I wouldn't call it a session beer, I'd go with Hop Devil for that, but it's a damn nice beer and conversation piece. I feel like I'm rating it low for as much as I enjoy it, but everyone should be warned that there may be parts of this brew that you'll have to fight your way through to get to the good stuff.

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

12 oz bottle thanks to BamaBeerBuff and AmishT. Poured into my DFH shaped pint.

A: Poured a nice dark yellow/light orange, a huge fluffy white head with amazing sticky lacing. This is a fine beer to look at. Crystal clear.

S: Smell is of fresh hops, grapefruit, other citrus, sweet bready malt. Very nice. I want to drink it.

T: And I did! It tastes of citrus and earthy hops, bready malts, grapefruit, orange rind and maybe a touch of honey. When the beer finishes, all you taste is crisp clean water. Friggin Amazing.

M: Medium bodied brew that is very creamy. The brew really lets you know the hops are there by letting them mingle in your mouth throughout the brew. Even when it finishes of clean water, the brew leaves a nice hop aftertaste. There is some alcohol burn though, watch out.

D: Very good brew all in all. Tastes great, smells great. It is a bit heavy in ABV, so you probably don't want to kill a sixer in a night. Still will have to pick up a sixer to keep in the house when I want a nice, balanced hoppy brew.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The famous Hop Wallop, via trade.

A - Pours with a very nice, active head. Retention and lacing top-notch. Color looks really light for a double IPA, at least the double IPAs I'm used to. Something tells me this really is going to be a hop wallop.

S - Hoppy, but not ridiculously so. Some minor notes of sweetbread.

T - Juicy hop noticeable - but this is not really anywhere near as unbalanced as I thought it might be. There's a definite slug of malty sweetness. In fact it's quite sweet. No worries, though, the bitterness doesn't waver.

F - I like the feel. Ample but very soft carbonation, and little to no hop astringency.

D - It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to go for another one. Like many DIPAs, the alcohol doesn't really rear its head at any point.

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

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Deap golden yellow but with a great clear quality to it. Large white sticky foam head that left some very impressive lacing. Smell was very citrus, mainly grapefruit, and piney with hints of grassy hops as well as some alcohol on the back end. Tastes like sour grapefruit in a good way with the malts trying to fight through but getting washed away with bitterness throughout. Some grassy notes on the back end as well as an alcohol hit. Slick mouth feel whith medium body and over all a drinkable beer for what it is.

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

A: snifter. pours a good clear yellow color with a slight orange hue. solid white head. great retention and great lacing.

S: strong citrus aroma with some big earthy tones, mostly pine. nice grapefruit smell as well. beautiful.

T: wonderful flavors. nice sweet malts, smothered with huge hop flavors. citrus is the lead, mostly oranges, followed by some hints of pine. nice mellow aftertaste.

M: some acid burn, but subtle. warming. perfect carbonation. very smooth and slightly creamy. very well-balanced.

D: exceptional DIPA. wonderful flavors and characteristics. get this one again.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle with ol' Hop on the label, poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear amber body capped with two fingers of fine-bubbled white foam that retains at a fat sheet and leaves a field of speckled lacing on the glass.

Smell is hoppy-- piney, citrusy, and clean. Thin pale malt caramel sweetness lurks behind the hoppy bouquet, but never attempts to break their stronghold on the nose.

Taste is rich with caramelly pale malt up front, blown out of existence by hoppy orange, dried tangerine, sticky-green, pine-sappy oily hop flavors. A bold bitterness near the finish yields to a peek of creamy caramel.

Medium-bodied and mildly-carbonated, this is a very drinkable, very hoppy beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/02/08.

Pours a bright golden color with about one finger of off-white head which settled pretty quickly leaving little lacing. Strong aromas of grassy hops mixed with sweet malts.

Taste is very hoppy, both grassy hops and citrus hops. Lots of citrus flavor, especially grapefruit. Slightly sweet malty biscuit flavor up front. Very bitter hop flavor on the back end. Not the most balanced beer, but pretty good.

Feel is a bit thin but still medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. It leaves a bit of stickiness on the tongue. Drinkability is decent. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the stickiness and aftertaste start to build up after awhile. I probably couldn't drink more than one or two of these.

Overall, a pretty good IPA. Plenty of hops and decently balanced.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to have one of thses on cask at the Brick Store recently, and Man oh Man, this stuff is even better that way. Pours about the same as on draft, golden with a decent head, but the cask head is a bit rockier. The smell and taste are about the same as well, with delicious citrusy hops and enough malty sweetness to underline the hops and contribute its own juicy fruitiness to the equation. The smoothness imparted by the cask, however, is out of this world! I wanted to gulp this stuff and drink glasss after glass. I definitely had a bit more than I was planning to, its just that good. The creaminess and lower carbonation of the cask really allow the juicy flavors to shine. What a beautiful experience. Yaay Cask!

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

A toxic toned complexion misted in gentle orange haze; something like an orange juice with the pulp. What looks like a vibrant colour trying to shine through is stuck in overcast. The head just can't support itself and collapses instantly after swirling. All considered, the beer seems dismayed.

The aroma smells more like a German pilsner; my nose is most certainly not walloped with hops. Sugary, caramel laced malts yes; but tangy, fruity zesty hops, no. This might be welcome to a lager, but a DIPA? Ouch, my feelings are hurt, I've been terribly mislead.

The body has a lot of sticky, residual feeling from both the hops and malts. A vinous, plant type astringency leaves a zesty imprint from the hops while the heavily toasted malt carries a burnt toffee like texture. This being said, the one aspect that is still, strongly, working in the beer's favour is drinkability. It keeps the alcohol hidden and disappears fast.

While drinking the beer is no problem, finding much flavour can be a hard task. Foremost is a biscuit, cookie like malt bill, more common in English Pale ales. The hops are faint and have none of the tangy, piney, citrus fruity element that I remember so well.

Hop Wallop was originally one of my favourite DIPA's. While it has been some time since I first tried it, I don't think my expectations could have changed this much! I could do nothing but praise this beer, now I can do nothing but scratch my head...

Perhaps this is a case of a new brewer and the 'newer batches aren't as good the older batches' grievance; or more likely this bottle is simply out of date. Maybe still, newer bolder brewers have since last raised the bar and augmented expectations for the style...

Whatever the case - this is most definitely not how I remembered it. "Hoppiness is Happiness" may indeed be true, but I seem no longer to find it in the Hop Wallop...

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Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange ale... Pours w/ 1 finger of foam which recedes, but leaves a nice head... Mild carbonation... Nice lacing...

S - Citrus hops... grape fruit... more hops...

T - Hops... Well balanced and not overwhelming... A slight wheat / grain feel on the backside before the hops kick back in...

M - Smooth... Rich... Slightly tart...

D - Solid double IPA... I would seek out again in a heartbeat... One or two per sitting... A pleasure to drink

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Photo of MDekker
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear dark gold, with some head. Not much action inside. No floaties. The aroma is dominated by hops - notes of flowers, evergreens, and citrus fruit. The taste is fresh and lemony without much in the malty spectrum, and of course ends with an intense, but not overpowering, hop finish. The aftertaste lingers forever and eventually becomes a burden. It's nice and smooth in the mouth. Overall, I couldn't pack in more than one, given the aftertaste and the relatively high alcohol.

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

A handpumped tumbler glass served at the brewpub in Downingtown.

A: The ale is a goldenrod color, a pale amber color that shows off more yellow than orange. A thick foamy head coats the top of the glass and laces in strata as I consume it.

S: The aroma is peppery with lots and lots of citrus. The cask has softened up the hops but they are still the focal point of the ale.

T: The ale is quite piquant, spicy and delicious with an intense hop presence. The cask has softened up the initial bite without detracting from the overall hop profile. The hops are citrusy with a lasting flavor that can't be avoided. The caramel malts nicely support the hops without getting in the way.

M: Mmmm, hops. This is by far Victory's hoppiest ale and what a great taste it has. Thick and resiny, coating the mouth with lupulin goodness.

D: The ale is a little too heavy to pound, so the one glass, especially on cask, was a treat.

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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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