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:
135
Gots:
274
For Trade:
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Photo of SirSaranac
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to MaltFrazier for this brew! There's a great lookin cartoon character on the front of this bottle with a great story. *gold star

A- 12 ouncer pours light golden bronze... 2 finger fluffy head.... Great lacing.

S- Floral hops... piny notes... very earthy... citrus

T- Incredible taste... very complex... very well balanced hops. The malt catches your attention, yet doesn't pull you away from the delicious hops. Not quite as hoppy as say Dogfish Head...but for a double IPA I think that this is much more tasty than other doubles. The 8.5% ABV is NOT noticeable at all!

M-light/medium body... low carbonation that works because it interferes less with te taste.

D- Need I say more? The 8.5 will knock you on your butt before you ever taste it.... GREAT drinkability.

Try this!... If you like IPA's you'll LOVE this!

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Clearish but bright orange/yellow color. Plenty of bubbles rising quickly to the top, producing a full and bubbly white head that actually retains for awhile. Very slippery lacing that slides into the beer.
S: Piney hops with a tangy citrus sweetness. Dry roasted sugars. Grassy, almost like straw. Nice hops, but not much to back it up.
T: Calm pine and citrus up front. Middle is a continuation of that with a hint of sweetness. Finish actually lets out a tiny bit of malt that I hadn’t noticed before, but the lingering taste is the same hops from the beginning.
M: Dryish and hoppy/tingly but not biting.
D: Okay. I suppose it’s easy to drink for a DIPA, but there’s some alcohol tingle to it.
Overall, an okay IPA, and it doesn’t even feel like a double except for the afterfeel in the throat of the 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of Ryanbob
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice golden orange with a small but clingy head. I can smell hops, obviously, but also sweetness as well. Its taste is immediately hoppy with citrus and piney flavors at the forefront. However, after the first hop-shock the flavor mellows quite nicely with a buttery smooth finish leaving little bitterness on the tongue.

As DIPAs go this is a pretty good one. I think I would take Great Divide's Hercules over this one, but this brew is pretty damn good. Hoppy, not harsh, and exceedingly drinkable for an 8.5 ABV. Pace yourself hopheads...

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Photo of animal69
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My local grocery chain just got this one in ; pours a clear, light golden-yellow w/ a slightly thin head which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lacing in my snifter ; a powerful hop smell, piney and "cattish" w/ some grainy malts & alcoholic fruitiness buried under the hops, a unique undertone reminiscent of high-grade marijuana also detected ; a strong hop flavor as well, mainly floral-type but also a bit of citrus notes in there too, has a decent malt profile, it's just hard to find under all the hops, i get an almost "seafood" type flavor in the finish as well ; a dry, med bodied brew, has a fair co2 level, could use more however, it seems just a tad too thick with all the flavor ; a very drinkable beer, esp. for for 8.5 ABV, my best DIPA to date....

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Photo of Morey
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd like to state up front that this review is from back when this was still a seasonal November release. Since Victory has gone year round with this beer, I've noticed a significant drop in freshness, and therefore the overall quality of the beer.

This beer produces a very nice 2 finger head when poured with a medium-agressive pour. Very pale, almost yellow Double Ipa with a slight haze to it. The head on this beer leaves nice circular rings around the inside of the glass as you drink it...very impressive!

Smells of pine and citrus fruits fill the nose.

The hops greet you at the door and never leave your palate. Very little in the way of a malt backbone or sweetness here.
I love this beer!

Morey's Bottom Line: There is something refreshingly unique about this beer, without a doubt one of my favorite DIPA's on the market. A must buy every year. Highly recommended to hopheads!

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

Pours an interesting amber color, with 3 fingers head. Lacing is off the charts. The smell is riddled with grapefruit and hop bite, and a hint of malt. Pine and citrus hops rule the flavor with grapefruit again being prominent. Some malt backbone, but this is still pretty much a hop bomb. The mouthfeel is right where it should be, as is drinkability. One of the better Dipa's i have had. Per usual an impressive brew from Victory

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Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice goldenrod color with a perfect 2.5 finger head. The foam is very sticky on the glass and the retention is spectacular.

Aroma is of pungent tart grapefruit, some lemon tanginess, and a hint of malt sweetness.

A sip reveals the inevitable: this is a hop bomb. The citrus hops come out first, with faint toasty malt sweetness in the middle, and a wonderfully bitter finish.

Smooth, crisp, dry finish. Medium bodied, nice dense fine carbonation.

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

Appearance: A medium colored Gold or copper, this beer looks proper. Memorable Lacing. A little light for an IPA. 4.5.

Smell: A astonishing smell with lots of Tenacity, much like Patrick Ewing. I immediately smelled apricot, a sense of floral hops...I give this beer props. 5.0

Taste: The taste is not overwhelming, and not what I expected from an IPA. It's sweet and delicious hops tingle the senses. Great cohesiveness and continuity throughout the bottle. Great aftertaste. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Could be better, pretty light and watery, not much carbonation, no malt feeling. 4.0

Drinkability: I can drink these while I cover Knicks games! Lord knows I need it too, an excellent combination of hops and sweet taste that lingers and keeps you aspiring for more. 4.0

Sorry for the quick review....but I want to get back to this impressive IPA.

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

Appearance: Dark gold, light amber color, with a modest amount of head which dissipates relatively quickly. Not much lacing but a very thin fine layer stays on top all the way down.

Smell: Deep herbal pungent hops, with malt in the back

Taste: Malty backbone comes up first but is quickly overtaken by a strong hop bitterness, fading out with more hops, borderline piney, herbal tasting hops. The bitterness does not leave the tongue quickly.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation blending into a full, creamy body. Well done.

Drinkability: Fabulous beer, but I probably wouldn't have more than one in a night, due to the assertive bitterness. Strange cause I tolerate many other high IBU beers better. A delicious DIPA, and definitely a departure from the citrusy west-coast DIPA's that I am used to.

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Photo of dac
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
Hazey blonde in color with a creamy head which quickly recedes into a thin lace.

Big citrus hop aroma.

Nice balance between hops and malt. While this is a big hoppy beer is does not seem too

extreme. Grapefruit, lemon hop flavors predominate, and the sweetness from the malt does

come through especially when the beer is allowed to warm up a bit.

Missing some of the complexities such as caramel malts and an intense bitter hop foundation

of other double IPAs. Body and mouthfeel is on the light side.

A very drinkable beer

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

i love this beer!

it pours looking like a pilsner with a two finger fluffy white head.

aroma is clean and beautful. loads of rich tropical fruits, a whiff of grapefruit and some mint/piny-ness. awesome.

across the palate it glides, grabbing hold of every tastebud along the way and giving them personalized rugburn. the hop bitterness is intense and stubborn, blocking out almost every sense of maltiness this beer might offer, save for a slight touch of caramel/honey. broad and powerful.

it has a fantastic texture for it's strength and the alcoholic power is hidden well. the balance is more wine-like in it's richness and length and the complexity is just great.

drinkability is phenomenal, if you like strong hoppy beers.

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

The name says it all on this beer. It has the typical citrus lemon and green hop flavors but a few other characteristics come out as well. It almost has a sour apple tartness to it. This beer kind of reminds me of sour patch kids the candy. The alcohol is put just right at 8.5% and is not over powering. This beer is hard on the palate. Don’t plan on tasting a whole lot after this. The overwhelming amount of hops in this beer is great for all hop heads. I find it odd this being a winter release.

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Photo of ttu94
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this is a fine brew! Clear yellow with a decent head and it leaves a plethora of lace all down the glass. The smell is absolutly wonderful. Full of hops. This beer may be the reason for the hop shortage it is so loaded with them. The hop flavor is very pine forest like (amarillo I guess). Leaves a little higher than normal bitterness but all in all a very highly drikable beer for a Double IPA.

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Photo of Deuane
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Slighty cloudy golden yellow/orange with a thick, fluffy white head

S-Nice slight grapfriut hoppiness. The lack of a complete nasal hop attack hides what comes next.

T-WHOA! What a freakin' hop bomb! Not having this for some time on cask this is WAY bigger than I remembered! The malt does back this one up...but barley...but then again who cares!

M-Rich, creamy and HOP-A-LICIOUS! This is one mouthfull of humulus lupus!

D-This is one mutha of a hop load. Huge hops and the big ABV will keep the limits down on this one...even though I want more, more more!

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

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub.
Served as a cloudy medium amber colored beer with sparse white head. Lacing was modest.
Smell was pleasant. Strong notes of piney, citrusy, and grassy hops abound.
Taste took things to the next level.The hops are there and strong, but not overly bitter. The malt seems stronger than in the bottled version, and blends with the hops perfectly.
The hops are more tasty than bitter and present a nice ending to this beer.
I was very happy to find this on cask today. Worth a try if you ever see it served this way.

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Photo of marcpal
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After only having this beer from bottle, thought be a good time to review after having it on tap at Old Bay in NB. The hops are a bit overpowering in this form, may just be my imagination.

A: Light golden color with a cloud white head.

S: Citrus and flower hops. Not much else and not much else really expected.

T: Citrus hops and more flowery hops. This is just mind blowing hop flavor with the oily texture to match. The hopdevil on HGH.

M: Mild carbonation, fairly high for the style but insanely oily to the mouth.

D: Barely negligible alcohol level but the hop intensity does become burdensome.

This was not as good as previous experiences with this beer, just overdoing a bit on the hops with not as much balance as I was accustomed to. I still prefer the HopDevil but this beer will still be a seasonal pleasure.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, says enjoy by 11/13/08. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a gold/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is very good. Aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops along with some lemon peel. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of a grainy taste to the beer. But the hops are in charge of this brew, and it doesn't seem to have much malt at all to balance things out. Finishes with a lingering hoppy bitter aftertaste. Seems a bit harsh at times, it could use aging or mellowing a bit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is average. Overall I think it's a decent DIPA, but there are other DIPA's I would pick before this one. But I'll make sure to revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber body with a solid, off-white head. Decent retention. Slows to a nice lacing along the top of the beer with nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A decent hoppy smell, but nothing of great significance. Most likely was not dry-hopped, so this might be solely from the hops within the beer.

T: A nice, earthy, hoppy taste that was well-balanced by a malty aftertaste. A very, well-rounded beer.

M: A nice, full-bodied, crisp mouthfeel that was fairly smooth.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. A well-balanced hop and malt taste along with a crisp, velvet mouthfeel makes this beer very good.

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

Holy Hops, Batman! This is easily one of the three most hopped beers I've ever had, living up to its name and then some. Hop Wallop is a slap upside the head DIPA, an incredible beer. Trying this for the first time at the outstanding Pizza Plant on Transit, I was totally impressed with it. It pours a medium amber-golden body, with two finger of white froth capping the 10 oz. glass, while amply lacing the glass as it proceeds. The smell and taste are a full-frontal hopped-up assault on the olfactory, with the taste also bringing subtle but present fruit--some grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The hops coat the tongue afterward, making this a highly drinkable DIPA.

Just dynamite!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JCB for this extra.

Pours a clear orange/yellow with good fluffy head. the nose is of english hops with some barnyard funk. Really tastes like english hops in this brew to me. reminds me of meantime but better. Good piney american flavors toward the end though. A good solid IPA and a unique offering from victory. Very drinkable. especially for the 8.5% would never have guessed it was this heavy.

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Photo of Hoppington
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah! A fine double IPA offering from Victory. Citrusy yuzu notes with a medium bitter floral. Wayyyy better than HopDevil! Forget HopDevil. This is the the beer you should go for. I wouldn't say this is a hop "wallop" per se, but I did feel it on the jaw! Nice, crisp and bitter. Good stuff!

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a clear golden straw color with a slightly off-white head that leaves some thick, sticky lacing.

S- This is a really unique aroma for a DIPA. This beer smells mostly of pine with a very musty and earthy hop bitterness. There are grassy and floral aromas along with faint citrus notes.

T- The intense and earthy hop bitterness dominates but with a slight grainy malt character to back it up. There is a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue and the alcohol is slighty noticeable. Not much else going on here, but I like it.

M- The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a DIPA, with little carbonation.

D- The ABV is too high to have a few of these in one sitting, but I found this to be light and refreshing for the style.

I really enjoyed this beer. This seems like it could be a great summertime Double IPA because of the grassy aroma and the light mouthfeel. This beer sometimes gets a bad rap for being unbalanced, but I think it's delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a long and dreadful night of work on New Years Eve, I decided to crack open a few of these beers from Victory. Poured in to my Samuel Adams pint glass a somewhat boring clear orange, but the heading is fantastic in that it is white, thick, creamy and holds on to the sides of the glass. Aroma leaves something to be desired, however the fact that mine has been sitting on the back porch all night might have something to do with it. Either way, what I picked up on was a weak citrusy/piney hop smell. Taste is a totally different story in that it has a nice bitter, resiny hoppyness that sort of makes me feel like I am really tasting something that is really meant to resemble hop liquid. The malt is there, but only in the background, as those bitter hops roll around the palate. A middle of the ground beer as far as body, which adds to the drinkability. Alcohol is also a factor that makes it quite drinkable in that it is practically undetectable. Even for a beer this size in ABV, i still might say it would make a good session beer if you spanned it out a bit. As with Hop Devil, Harvest Pilsner, and Prima Pils, Victory shows an almost poetic approach to how they hop this brew. Probably my second favorite from this brewery, with Moonglow Weizenbock coming in at first. Cheers, and Happy New Years.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear light orange hue, frothy white head that dissipates to a thin layer, sticky lacing
S- Dominant pine resin, filled out with earth and grass tones, hints of sweet citrus and toasty malts
T- A unique blend of bitter pine resin hops and toasty bread malts, the malt presence is surprising for this genre but not unpleasant, citrus flavors, finishes very bitter and dry
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the mouth, mild carbonation
D- Smooth DIPA with a surprising amount of malts, it is always an experience to taste East Coast hop beers and I try to rate them separate from West Coast beers, overall this stands up as an interesting malty DIPA with good flavor and balance

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

Enjoyed on-tap at Victory Brewing Company, this Double IPA pours a mostly translucent pale sunny gold. The frothy eggshell white head retains pretty well and leaves some sizable walls of lace.

Primarily big hops and citrus in the nose. Sharp and bitter with pine and grapefruit. Juicy sweet and bitter. Slightly yeasty and malty as well. Clean and crisp.

Bright and clean in flavor with lots of bitter/dry hops. Sweet honey and caramel malt provide a nice backbone but definitely plays second fiddle to the sizable hops. Some more fruit comes out in the finish, mostly citrus and a hint of pine. Some dim spice comes through as well.

Bright, effervescent and medium bodied with a semidry finish and lingering hops. All together different but on-par overall with the Hop Devil (that's a compliment). A really underrated brew.

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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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