Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,704
Reviews:
1,898
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
136
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274
For Trade:
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Photo of timbro81
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi cloudy straw yellow with a small frothy head fed by intense carbonation. Good lacing. Smells of juicy citrus hops backed by a good dose of light malts. Intense hoppiness right away upon first sip and throughout for that matter. Light mouth feel that tingles the tongue for quite a while. Bready malts peak out from the back. Good hoppy finish. Hides the 8.5% well. Impessed.

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Photo of morimech
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a one inch white head that quickly settles to a thick cap. Moderat amounts of lacing is left on the glass.

Has a decaying sweet smell I believe is the combination of the malt and citric hop aroma. Not something that really tells me to drink this.

It is a hoppy ale but it isn't an all or nothing hop bomb. It does have a solid malt background but overall it is a very sweet flavor. I think my sample is past peak in terms of freshness so it may have lost some of the special hop bite that is important to hop bombs.

Has a very robust body that I would say is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is good and not harsh.

Not a beer that I would drink more than one a night. Very heavy and high ABV limits drinkability. I think this is worth seeking out if fresher.

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

Thanks to Beertruth, beer is the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

Pours a light colored lemonade looking with a big head that disappears but has nice lacing. Not that normal hazy deep middle hue you get with a DIPA.

Smells like a DIPA! Nice floral scent, some fruityness. Sweet malts round up the quaff.

Nice taste, a little thin. Sweetness up front gives way to resiny pine hops. Some citrus tastes.

Resiny aftertaste, but weak.

Solid offering, a little weak though compared to other DIPA's.

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Photo of kevinglin
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided glass. No date on bottle.

Very clear, golden in color, with a tight-knit off white head that laced the glass and stayed around for quite a while.

Spicy, floral pronounced hop aroma - what did you expect from a "Hop Wallop"?

Taste - a bit of toasty/breadiness in the malt that is strong enough to stand up to the strong hop presence. Hops dominate, but nicely balanced by the malt backbone.

Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth moutfeel that belies the 8.5% ABV.

I'd definitely reach for another Hop Wallop - recommend.

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Photo of albern
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an eminently drinkable and enjoyable IPA. The beer has a nice creamy consistency, medium bodied, loads of hop, and a nice pungent and mouth puckering tartness. The hop is resinous, oily, piney, and tart. There is some florals and grapefruity pungency that made the experience all the better. I appreciate the bready, biscuity malty creaminess in the rear. The lacing, appearance, aroma, finish, and aftertaste are all worthy of a fine IPA. The went down very smoothly on a hot summer day and the high ABV was well masked. L'Chaim.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in a specialty shop. $2.65 a bottle. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a deep copper/gold color and is hazy. Foamy off-white head is fairly resilient, and laeves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is very faint, and not what I expected. Some faint pine scents, and that is about it.

Taste is predictably hoppy. There is a little sweet malt presence, but you have to feel for it. Taste is a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit syrupy, with an absence of carbonation. A little heat in the aftertaste.

Not the most drinkable brew, but double IPAs rarely are. The ABV is too high to be sessionable, and the taste is not particularly interesting beyond the "pucker factor." If you are a hop head you'll love it, if you are not in to extremes you might prefer something else.

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

This is one of my favorite beers! I drank it first right at the Victory Brewing Company several months ago (before they close for renovations), so I bought a case. This beer is just so full of hops and it can't be compared with anything else.

Go buy this beer right away you will love it.

Just tried it on cask at Victory and I liked it even more then out of a bottle as a result raised my scores.

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

from a bottle and poured into a Tulip glass

A - golden yellow that is rather clear and clean looking. Can see a never ceasing trail of bubbles floating upwards. One finger clean and bright white head that pours to a finger and settles there for most of the beer.

S - The nose at first smells rather floral to me. However, it does seem to have big hints of tropical fruits as well as I noted pineapple and mango in there. There is also a small hint of pine that I notice that makes the beer smell a bit like a tropical Christmas tree.

T - At first, I got a bitter punch of pine hops that hit the tongue.That first note of hops is the main time the hops and bitter flavors of the beer come in. Also notice the sweet taste of fresh mango that comes in to calm the taste of the pine. I should note though that this beer definitely is not sweet though despite the sweet taste of the mango as it has a nice balance between the two flavors. I thought that the beer has a nice balance; however it seemed a bit muted for the ABV

MF - I would say that on the whole this was the best aspect of the beer IMHO. The body was full without being overly heavy. There was not stickiness at all but instead the beer was rather creamy and smooth. It just comes in rolls over the tongue before leaving you with a hop resin residue that remains lingering on your taste buds.

D - Overall a nice beer that I can't believe is 8.5% as you really get no hint of the alcohol anywhere .The flavors is nice and balanced and the mouthfeel is perfect. If it were not for the ABV, I could easily see myself sucking down a few of these in a night. Yet, no matter how much I might want to do that, the ABV would make it one hellish night if I did.

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Photo of hopheadsal
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As soon as I opened this one up I knew it was going to be good. Smelled the hops as soon as the bottle cap was off. Appearance was good, poured well and almosted cascaded. Taste was good too, the higher alcohol content didn't over power the intense hops.

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Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured an orange/amber color with a decent sized head of white foam and good lacing throughout.

S - Very floral with definite aromas of pine and grapefruit.

T - Slightly malty up front. Definite flavor of pine, grapefruit and pineapple in there. Finished off slightly dry.

MF&D - Good overall mouthfeel. I wish this one was a little more oily. I would definitly drink this one again, and again.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Victory

Poured a hazy straw amber color with 2 fingers of creamy bright white head, great retention and terrific lacing. Smells of pine, grapefruit, oranges, lemon, caramel, and slight biscuit notes. Tastes of sweet honey and thick caramel with lots of grapefruit along with some citrus rinds like orange and lemon with a pine dry finish and some alcohol. Medium in body with perfect carbonation for a cask. Really sweet and bitter with a nice dry finish and some alcohol presence, but not too strong or commanding. A great IPA almost always tastes better on cask and this one is no exception. Lots of great hop flavors but not nothing but hops.

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Photo of tayner
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

poured golden color with a big, white sticky head that laced nicely.

Smell was an earthy and floral hop profile with some sweet malts.

Taste was mostly earthy hop, but well balanced with some mild maltiness. THere was a finish that was a bit more citrusy hop. It seems to be one of the most mild double ipas i have had.

This had plenty of carbonation and was light to medium body without being watery. very nice hot weather beer

I could drink these all day long, but the 8.5% would catch up to me. It is one i need to get more of soon though.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory has always produced good beer. This one is great, but it still has it's flaws.
The beer pours a clear golden color, with good carbonation at first. However after dissipation of the head, tiny champagne-like bubbles are all that remain. On the nose is white cedar and pine nuts, followed by a hint of citrus.
While not nearly as hoppy as other double IPAs I have sampled, it definitely shows some potential. Upon contact with the tongue, there is a slightly bitter floral flavor finished by a light hint of lemon peel.
Most of the double IPAs I have tasted are very intense while young, and benefit with age. The Hop Wallop is one I would suggest drinking right away. It is mellow, yet intense enough to please those who love hops. It's at its peak upon release. Bill and Ron produce some great brews, and this one is amongst the best they have done to this day. However, It has not yet been perfected. The best thing about this beer is the fact that since it's first release they have not changed much about it. Unlike other double IPAs that have been "Honeyed up".
For those who want to try something new and very good right off the bat, I definitely reccommend trying this beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Maybe an ever-so-slight haze on a gold liquid. Head is dense and copious. Laces well as well.

S - Slight funk in this, with a sweet malt underneath. Surprisingly, hop aroma is muted and a strong alcohol comes through.

T - Wallop indeed. Ridiculous hoppiness, raw but not coarse. Pine and citrus by the bucketload. Also here is spades is alcoholic complexity and just enough malt to balance out the two.

M - Slick, substantial mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D - Way too drinkable for such a big brew. One of the best DIPAs I've had. Victory is definitely becoming my favorite brewer. My only complaint would be the lack of hoppiness in the nose. Dunno how that an be given the flavour, but there you have it.

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one! Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass. A nice golden color with a two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a thing ring of foam. Aroma of resiny hops, grapefruit, and some alcohol. Taste hits with you resiny hops, citrus hops, and a little malt sweetness underneath. Mouthfeel is right in the middle and coats my mouth nicely. This goes down quite easy for a DIPA, making it pretty drinkable. Overall this a beer that starts off hoppy, but ends up being quite balanced. I'm into it.

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Photo of Jayli
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at a local liquor store.

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thin and foamy white head to it. Upon first opening of this beer, you could smell the Hops right away! The taste follows through, though it's not TOO overpowering. This is a fantastic beer that I would certainly drink again...and again.

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Photo of Hokies
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass. Pours a deep gold color and appears darker than other Doubles with a one inch head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Awesome floral aroma of citrus hops with a hint of grapefruit and pine.

T: Very intense at first as the hops wack the pallet. The pine and the citrus hops hit you right away but the taste becomes a little less intense as the malt kicks in. Finishes nice with a decent bitter after taste.

M: Nice carbonation with an oily feeling.

D: One of these is nice but I think it would be tough for me to drink more than one.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north. Slightly paler than most IIPAs with its brilliantly clear golden body. Capped by a nice two and a half finger off white head that wants to stick around and leave sticky gobs of lace, which it gladly does as i enjoy my brew.

Aroma is a bit of a let down, then again was probably fresher and hoppier in the fall versus now. Biscuit and caramel, hints of grapefruit, pine and a touch of a slightly rank musky smell.

Some toasty malts also make their way into the biscuity malts along with the touch of caramel. Despite the pale colour the malts are solid in this brew, but are overpowered by the hops. Will be keeping my eyes open to try a fresher sample next fall. Still a fairly hoppy brew, almost resinous, with a decent amount of white grapefruit and pine.

Medium bodied, decent tea like astringency, and a decent amount of hops, with a nice balance of flavour and bitterness despite being a few months away from a fresh sample. Difficult to read the enjoy by date, but this bottle is still within the time frame.

Goes down very easily, only a hint of alcohol warmth betrays its 8.5% abv. A solid IIPA that reminds the drinker that beer is made form malted barley too, but certainly focuses on the the hops. A solid IIPA that is well worth trying, i dont mind the cat pissy skunkiness that comes along with the wallop.

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Photo of genog
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hop wallop

pours a bright golden color with plenty of white head that lingers around for a good amount of time. Aroma is strong on pine and some lemon citrus zest. There is a little bit of a rubbing alcohol smell that was a little off putting. Taste is a little better with a strong grain sweetness and the bitter hops. Mouth feeling is very oily from all the hops punching your senses.

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

This beer is a nice deep gold color, clear with a huge white head that does not relent. Nice looking beer for sure.

Big citrus blast in the nose, with some mildly sweet malt hiding behind but not totally lost. A stroll through the grapefruit orchard after an electrical storm, the air is alive with citrus making the nose hairs tingle with joy.

Big citrusy hop flavor as well...pick up a fallen fruit from the above mentioned orchard. Bite through it rind and all. Mmmmm. All the while the citrus is hitting me the malty good smoothness is standing behind me poking me, saying "I'm still here too". Easy to lose it but when you look for it it's there. Hard to call this balanced considered the name, but it is by no means hop juice either. The hops are bold and in your face, but this is not a one horse show. good long bitter hop finish. You can feel the hairs on your chest growing. Each and every one.

Nice body and feel in this beer, smooth despite the bitterness.
Drinkable? Of course, I drank this one. I'd nurse a second but would not go beyond in a single session.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue with a small but sticky white head which leaves a little bit of lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles are present. Smell is very sweet and malty with hints of piney hops in the background. Taste is very hop forward, with a candy sweet maltiness hiding in the background. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. Very carbonated and a lot thinner than I was expecting from the nose. Very hoppy finish as well....great beer.

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

A: Golden-bronze with an off-white head; some retention & lace.

S: Floral, citrus & piny hops, slight earthy mineral.

T: Pine & grapefruit from the hops, biscuity malt, light cotton-candy fruityness, slight toffee sweetness followed by a good bitterness. Alcohol is really well-hidden. It's not as bold as some, and although there's a hop wallop, some quality malt does come through.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated & smooth, with plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.87/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden yellow, with a decent white head to it. Nose was citrusy and floral with somethign astringent. The taste was slightly citrus, floral notes, bitterness, off balanced not malty enough nor hoppy enough for a IIPA. Not a fan of this one at all.

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

A- surprisingly clear and light in color, a shiny brass or light honey, similar to an imperial pilsener. head is off-white and dense and is already leaving creamy waves of lace just from the pour. a few bubbles rise here and there and the foam falls fast to a very thick ring of melted ice cream. one thing i like is the fractal patterns of lace that slide down as i tilt the glass to drink. it's a surreal little ring of constantly morphing bubbles that ultimately meet their demise in the sea of hoppy insanity.

S- seriously fruity and herbal, red grapefruit, tangerine, rosemary, passionfruit, unripe melon, guava, and fresh pineapple. there's a lightness to the malt aroma with a lack of caramel, possibly due to the german malts used. doesn't bother me at all, because the hops are clearly showcased here. there is a toasted bread/biscuit quality with notes of earthy dried wood.

T- and what a wallop it is. it really fells as if i just drank straight hop juice. a nice cracked grain/cereal taste comes on in the beginning but is soon overtaken by some alcohol and a big slam of herbal resinous hops, possibly of the columbus variety? you only get a quick taste of the fruity aroma before the bitterness shuts down the whole system leaving only a faint graininess behind. the finish is long and progressive moving from insanely bitter to malty to woodsy to pine, and some of the citrus flavors finally make their way back out.

MF- astringent, dry, and warm in the mouth, but a little lighter than i expected. i typically think of imperials as being thick and murky, but this is a nice change from the ordinary, and gives the beer a more refined feeling. medium carbonation is light and prickly and dissipates fast, and is perceivably the vehicle that carries the malt flavors, because as the bubbles fade on the tongue, they do too. finish is dry and alcoholic and a little oily, and anyone who loves the world's tastiest vine will appreciate it.

D- dangerous D. with all the tropical fruitiness goin on, the rest of the flavor profile has a clean crisp lager character to it, and if one is not overwhelmed by bitterness, he might find himself treating old horace as a gulper, not a sipper.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange color with thin white foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S - Fruity hops. Almost tropical smelling more so than the normal citrus smell you get from so many IPA's.

T - Very well balanced malts and hops. Fruity sweetness up front quickly overwhelmed by some nice hops bitterness. Wasnt very impressed with the taste at first but as it warmed it quickly got better.

M/D - Full mouthfeel and very well balanced between the hops and malts. Makes for a drinkable beer.

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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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