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:
3,705
Reviews:
1,898
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
274
For Trade:
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Photo of SaucyA
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first offering from Victory has proven to be a good one.

Poured into a standard pint glass with a Dragonmead logo

Pours a golden orangey-yellow with a creamy white one-finger head. Lacing is great, as it should be. Looks thin and quite effervescent.

Smell is firstly hops.. the grassy, green, flowery hops. So wonderful. Caramel, molasses sweetness comes through at the end.

It tastes like a double ipa should, and is definitely a hop wallop. I was honestly expecting it to finish a little more bitter than it does, and for that I'm slightly let down. Piney hop profile as opposed to incredibly citric. Slight malty sweetness as you swallow, but tastebud-numbing hop oils remain.

It's a little thin, and quite carbonated, but the drinkability is through the roof for it being so "light". The abv doesn't play a role on the taste, so it's quite deceiving!

It's a good beer that I would definitely revisit.

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

Poured into my nice Samuel Adams glass. Beautifully clear golden straw color. Slow rise of carbonation from the bottom of the glass to the white capped head. Nice pillow fluffy stark white head one strong finger thick sits atop the body and holds strong.

Smell is very fragrant with citrus and hops. (sorry guys I've got a cold so my sniffer is a little weak) I do pick up some of the alcohol content and the flowery notes.

Taste is aaaahhh just what I was looking for tonight. Full force hop bitterness that makes the taste buds on the back of your tongue rise and applaud. High acidity and slight sour tinge slide across the front of the tongue. Alcohol again is not hidden but a welcome attribute.

Mouthfeel is amazingly rich and smooth. Full of texture and weight.

Drinkability is wonderful. I just wish this wasn't a winter seasonal because I wouldn't mind this on a hot summer day after work by the BBQ.

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

2007/08 Edition. Sample from the bottle poured into my Duvel glass on January 2nd 2008. Bottle states: "enjoy by 10-30-08" I think i made it.

A-Slightly hazy but clears as it warms. Really nice lace is left after the long head retentionfinally receedes also leaving a tall collar and consistent thickish coating.

S-Aroma is suprisingly mild but what is there is realy nice. grapefruit hops jump out and piney ols fill the middle, the finish is of sweet caramel malts and simple syrup.

T&M-Caramel and biscuit malt hit up front but are quickly pushed back by a brash hop bitterness. When I say brash un mean unabashed baby these things hit hard. Not harsh but brash. A big dose of grapefruit is the 1st punch, this is followed by a big left hook of bitter greens, the final blow is the pine. This one is the best leaving a really nice oily mouth coating. The body is medium and carries the flavor well. The carbonation is fizzy which reaks havoc on the pallet as the bitterness and popping bubbles interplay. Not that this is bad thing, just look out baby, your not going to taste the next beer if you change to something of less hop bombness.

D-The drinkability is quite high. The 8.5% is well hidden and i could dangerously have 3 or more.

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

a: Pale yellow, slightly cloudy. Fluffy white head with nice lacing

s: Strange but pleasing savory aroma along with pine, citrus, and spice.

t: Light toasted malt is swallowed up by hop bitterness. Waves of pine and citrus.
Not much balance, but who cares?

m: Sticky, chewy texture. Coats the tongue with hop oil.

d: Another good DIPA. Hop flavor is different than most, though I can't explain how. An enjoyable beer, but with all the great DIPAs out there, this one is short of outstanding.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden orange with a 1 finger white head. Leaves ample lacing throughout. Smell is a total bouquet of floral and citrus hops. Taste is very piney and citrusy. A very nice hop bitterness stays on the palate long after you finish. Carbonation is very suttle and soothing. Very well done and a refreshing. Probably could be considered an IPA instead of a DIPA. But it's a very good brew anyway.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

Orange body with a small white head.It looks like its gonna leave some nice lacing.

Grapfruity,piney notes.

Nice and grapfruity with some nice bittering at the end.

I didnt think this beer wasnt that good 5 beers ago but it is [email protected] awesome now.Love it!

edit: this beer was in a bottle but I couldnt review the same beer in the same container.

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

Pours a light yellow, gold with big pillow head.

Smells citrusy, piney and very good. Tastes like pine, grapefruit, some light malt for balance. No detectable alcohol. Almost refreshing. Nice carbonation and pleasant aftertaste.

A nice beer. A little weak for a IIPA, but very very good and worth buying more than a couple times.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of joeybeerbelly.

Pours a hazy orangish-yellow with a very fluffy white head. Looks fairly hazy.

Smells extremely hoppy and sweet. Nice mixture of citrus and pine hops blast the sense of smell.

Wonderfully hoppy sweet taste that is present in the true elite IIPAs. This is one tasty beer. I think it belongs with the true heavyweights in the style.

Got one more bottle left and I'm stoked. Thanks, Joe!!

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Photo of Atron67
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a huge fluffy white head and a crystal clear bottom. huge lacing throughout

S- huge citrusy sticky piney hops quite delicious,

T- piles of hops layered on top, awesome sticks with you throughout. clingy

M- medium carbonation, solid body

D- awesome, i shoulda picked up alot more

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Photo of Lothar666
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden amber body, very cloudy with a tinge of orange. Head was foamy, creamy and three full fingers thick. This one displayed excellent head retention, leaving a thick sticky lacing around the edges of the glass.

S- Strong Citrus and floral accents; grapefruit, a bit of orange and lemon, and a strong presence of the hops that give this one its name.

T- Grapefruit and uber-strong hop bitterness right up front- so much so that the first sip almost numbs the pallet, making it neccessary to really search for those complex malt notes hidden in the background. These become apparent as the beer warms and can be best appreciated by holding a sip in ones mouth for about 3 seconds and then giving a gentle swish. Delicious!!

M- Somewhat dry and very refreshing- the abundant hop presence gives the mouth a pleasant tingle like a good IPA should.

D- Very drinkable for those conditioned to love the "Hop Wallop" that this brew is named for. Those new to IPA's or who don't enjoy what I call the "Kick you in the teeth with hops" effect that comes with super hoppy american style IPA's would do better to start with something a bit more tame and work their way up.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a decent pure white head that left a nice curtain of lacing on the glass. The smell is disappointing. Some nice grapefruit hop aroma but it is not as strong as I would expect a DIPA to smell. A nice piney and grapefruit hop blast to start things off. Which is followed by a light honey like malt. Definitely not a huge sweet malty presence like most DIPAs, which in my book is good as you get to taste the hops. The taste profile is more online with Stone Ruination, but not quite as hoppy. The feel is moderate with lively carbonation and finishes slightly sweet and quite bitter. I appreciate the 'not over the head malty sweetness' in this brew. It lets the hops be hops. This seems to me to be more of a serious IPA then a malty sweet DIPA.

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A greap IIPA for all the hopheads out there.

A:Yellow/golden to light with close to no head.
S: Bitter hops... that's all I got.
T: Candy/butterscotch, while hopped and bitter.
M: Slicked down with hop bitters left behind (at lots of it).

Very nice and over hopped (if you like it like that). IPA lovers rejoice!!

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Photo of m1ked
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden with a fine white foam. Notice alot of tiny bubbles streamers.

S- Grains. I smell wet barley, biscuity. Light alcohol.

T- Sweet caramel biscuit, followed by bitter hops.

M- Almost creamy.

D- Very enjoyable. I have really grown to like this style. This would be a multiple offender in the future.

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Photo of dgallina
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce standard bottle without obvious dating.

Pours into the nonic pint a clear filtered gold color. Little head evident, but decent sticky lace hangs around. The beer smells crisp and fruity; bursting with complex mixed peach, grapefruit, pear, and pine hop notes. The flavor is equally refreshing for something so relatively strong. Initial earth and pine tastes turn into a peachy fullness in the center. Finishes medium-dry with alternating touches of hop bitterness and ongoing fruitiness. Some light alcohol vapors sneak in at the end. Coats the mouth with medium slipperiness and tickles the tongue all the way through. Surprisingly quaffable and quenching!

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

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty pint glass on 1/28/08. My 100th beer review. Thanks to BA Deuane for this one!

A - Poured a clear, pale golden/amber colored body with mammoth two-finger rocky white head. Bubbles vigorously swirled to the top of the glass. Solid head retention and some very thick, ornate lacing.

S - Very pleasant bready malt aroma with some biscuity quality, sweet caramel and fruity citrus hops reminiscent of pineapple, grapefruit and orange. Some piney hops in the back, but overshadowed by the juicy fruit aroma and sweetness.

T - What a wonderful explosion of flavors! There is a brief sweet caramel and fruity aspect that quickly segues into a powerful citrus hop presence that is extremely well-balanced by a sturdy malt backbone that is sweet, bready and biscuity. Amazing!

M - Medium to full body with a warm, creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness to the mouthfeel. Sharp, bitter finish bites the tongue, but in a good way. Bitterness sticks to the tastebuds and is with you for the long haul.

D - I had this on tap at the Victory brewpub over a year ago, and didn't really care for it. What was I thinking? This beer is up there with Nugget Nectar... not quite as earth shattering, but certainly a worthy competitor. This is one tasty hop bomb!

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

A- Bright yellow and golden color with light orange hues. Head is 2 fingers of rocky white head after an agressive pour. While drinking down, it leaves very sheety/sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Piney and Citrusy hops are the strongest smell. A little deeper and you pick up some butter like smells that smooth it all out.

T- Buttery caramel taste with bittering hops. The hops are citrusy and floral and leave the mouth dry and bitter.

M- Relativiely high carbonation and a sticky/oily mouthfeel.

D- Better take it easy on this one because it is very drinkable for a high ABV beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall- One of my favorite of this style. Very hoppy, but refreshing at the same time. Complex tastes, but is very well rounded. This will continue to be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the name implies, there are some serious hops in this beer.

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the citrusy smell that emanates out of the bottle when it's opened. Tastes much like it smells. It's a bready, floral, citrus senstation that covers all bases of the DIPA. Absolutely outstanding. On a Friday or Saturday night, I can see myself polishing off a few of these.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-light copper to deep straw for color, 2 fingers of fluffy white head hold expertly, soapy lace rings line the glass

S- floral and citric, with sweetbread malts...mellow but pleasing

T- great balance, honey sweetened bready malt makes a pleasing backbone (and great aftertaste) for hops which taste of citrus rind and have spicy hints

M- smooth until the hops make their presence felt

D- one of the best, if not the best, double IPA's i've ever had, truly an amazing brew, try this immediately!!!!

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice light copper with a very white head that sticks to the glass all the way.
Very good aromas of pine and floral hops, strong and inviting.
Tastes are of Floral and spicey hops, not my favorites, but this was a good combonation none the less, nice malt backbone, but not as sweet or balanced as a typical DIPA.
Great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated with a nice chewy, creamy coating, I could sit and have a few of these, in fact I had three last night. Very good beer.

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Photo of TheLiterati
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warning: If you don't like the smell - or taste - of grapefruit, then I'd suggest you back away from this monster.

To be honest, I was a bit put off by the mostly golden color of this ale as I poured this baby into my glass. I guess I was expecting something with a bit more of an amber hue. Still the ivory head and nice lacing was encouraging so I went on to take a sniff.

Wow.

Pine and grapefruit - and a lot of it too, along with some spice.

The taste absolutely doesn't disappoint. Along with the citrus and pine, there's a peppery finish that has something of an after burn to it.

But beware - if you are not a serious hophead, or you're just beginning to appreciate the beautiful bitterness this flower has to offer, get ready to be absolutely pounded by a wave of flavors.

Sip to fully appreciate, allowing the complex flavors to slowly wash over your palate.

Definitely drinkable – again slowly and in moderation - as this ale packs a serious wallop!

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy golden hue with thick, rocky, off-white head with lace that sheets the glass if left for a few minutes

S: Citrus and pine mix with slightly sweet malts to create a pleasant blend. No alcohol in the nose.

T: More malty than I expected at first, but then the citrus and pine hops flavors take over. For a Double IPA, the balance is amazing yet it still retains the severe hoppiness you'd expect in a double IPA. The alcohol is evident but not at all prominent or overwhelming.

M: Very slick, medium-bodied, low-carbonation, and delicious, long hops aftertaste.

D: One or two is appropriate, but more than that and you could be in trouble at this ABV. Yet another exceptional creation by Victory.

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Photo of ziggy13
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to finally review this one after sitting down to a nice bottle on a very boring Tuesday. Always a great seasonal from Victory. Here we go.

A - Light, golden orange in color. Very transparent with small fizzy bubbles of effervescence throughout. A very good looking brew.

S - Not as potent as I might like. I expected an almost overwhelming bouquet, but all I got was some light hop notes. It doesn't really give the proper idea as to what is coming next.

T - An abundant of hops dances on the palate. They didn't skimp on anything here. Very piney notes but the finish is a little grating. The pine notes linger a little longer than I would like. It really tastes like I'm biting into a hop flower. Very interesting indeed.

M - Medium bodied. Not too thick, not too thin. With each sip a little of the beer stays on your tongue giving you an intense experience.

D - Like most Double IPAs, i can really only have a few in a sitting. This one stands up well though and I think the second is always better than the first after your palate adjusts to the hopification. Really a great beer for its style but not my #1!

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

12oz bottle poured into SA glass. Date is smudged- ? 25,'08

A: golden orange with nice 2 finger white head with good retention. attractive lacing.

S: Wow! Strong citrus, oranges and pine

T: The bitterness found in fruit salad. grapefruit. malt balances this fine offering

M: medium body, kind of low carbonation. some bitterness lingers on the tongue. 8.5%. Where?

D: I could certainly have a few of these.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copped a single 12 oz bottle from Total Wine and More in West Orange... As a big fan of almost all Victory brews, had high hopes from this one and heard a lot of good things... didn't disappoint... I would consider this the bigger, badder, older brother of Victory's Hop Devil... this one picks up where it left off, with a super-size serving of fresh hops that are immediately noticeable upon popping the top... rich, thick, pure hop flavor abounds with a candied-like bitterness that lingers on the palate... appearance is light bronze with visible carbonation... Aroma, as expected, is bursting with hops... good mouthfeel and didn't encounter the bitterness that I had expected... sweet finish with a pleasing after-taste... surprisingly easy drinkability for an 8.5% ABV, and as an Imperial IPA, this is certainly one of the better ones out there... Recommended...

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Photo of dfillius
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served in a pint glass on Jan 12, 2008 and straight from the bottle on Jan 20, 2008. Bottle says enjoy by 11/8/08.
A: Light golden, one finger of head after modest pour. Tight head. I would like/expect a darker color for an IPA.
S: Bready maltiness with a pungent hop aroma. A little alcohol comes through upon closer sniffing.
T: Hops bite at first, then the malty sweetness erases all bitterness. Hops jump back in the ring to remind me that this is an IPA, then a balanced flavor of bread and grassy hops. At 8.5%, where is the alcohol? As a DIPA, where are the hops? This tastes more like a single AIPA, but a great one at that! However, when I drank it from the bottle, I tasted much more hops and much less malt. I enjoy it better from a glass as a more balanced flavor.
M: Drying from hops, but maltiness moistens. An interesting dichotomy.
D: Dangerously drinkable!

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,705 ratings.
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