Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Hop WallopHop Wallop
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 seaoflament
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden and copper color with about a half inch of foam.

The initial smell is of citrus peel and pine. Toasted malts and a few bread notes. Not as floral as other hop bombs. Some hints of caramel, orange, mango and apricot make their way as the beer begins to settle. I also get an odd sweet/wet grain aroma which will hurt this one in points.

That odd aroma is also present in the taste, grainy and bitter. Some lemon and orange, toasted malts are also in the flavor.

There are some flavors that seem a bit off, a bit of a mess in my opinion. Still, it’s easy to finish a 12oz bottle but there are much better DIPAs out there.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on cask at Fatheads in Pittsburgh.

Lots of lace is left behind as this brew quickly disappears into my belly. Scents are citrus heavy and hit the front of the nose heavily, but not with the brutal smack of many other offerings.

Taste is exceptional. Theres malt there but subdued. Theres much more depth to the hoppy flavors of this offering compared to many other DIPAs.

Cask = natural carbonation & appropriate temperature.

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Photo of csmiley
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy golden yellow with very little head. Lacing was average.

S - The biggest part of the smell was an earthy hop aroma. There might have been some sweeter notes in the background but they were eclipsed by the hops.

T - Hops are #1 in this brew. Seems to stick with an earthy hop in the flavor. Alcohol makes a mark in the flavor as well. There is a hint of sweet malt that balances the overall flavor nicely.

M - This is medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Packs a nice hop "punch" and finishes dry.

D - This is a good beer that comes across as pretty smooth considering the style. It deserves a thumbs up from me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded gold with little head. Nose is strong with a floral hoppy tone and almost a yeasty presence as well. Flavor is salty. Almost like I am taking a sip of the ocean. Noticable hop presence, but like the nose, it is more of a gentle type of hop. Not the overpowering mouth kicker that so many go for. Feel is low on bubble and carries a decent liquid feel. Drinkable, yes. But I wouldn’t consider it a top DIPA. Seem to be better examples out there.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Nice golden amber color with descent white head that stays for a while.

S - Piney hops is the biggest smell but there is also a very cirtusy scent.

T - Great hops flavor, duh. But there is a good citrus flavor to add more character to the beer than just hops.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. If you like ipa's than this a the beer for you.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Nice clear amber, not much head, little lacing.

S- Smell dominated by piney hops

T- A wallop of hops (as expected) tasted both piney and floral to me. Very nice blend of hops. The malts were understated. This making the beer seem one dimensional to me.

M- Light, with good carbonation

D- High in alcohol, making it not very drinkable.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Lots of citrus with a bit of pine mixed in as well.

T: A very good DIPA. Nice blend of citrusy flavors with a solid malt backbone. The piney flavors come through at the end with a very pleasant bitter hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation a little on the low side.

D: A very good DIPA, easy to put down a few of these.

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Photo of Slynger
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a slight orange tinge and a creamy white head that disappears slowly leaving some fine-assed lacing around my glass.
The nose is nice and big. Piney and citrusy hops. Lemon, grapefruit, and pine needs upfront with an earthy malt backbone.
Mmm, tasty, chewy, and solidly full in the mouth. This one tastes of lightly sugared grapefruit and orange backed up by a piney bitterness and slight alcohol warming.
The massive hop presence of this one makes it deceptively refreshing and drinkable for its ABV. Very good.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to stuartcarter

a - poured a two-fingers thick, white fluffy head into a snifter. this really coated the glass and left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a bright amber color, nice contrast to this brew.
s - strong aromas of sticky hops and grapefruit with an underlying malt sweetness that really balances this out well.
t - well-balanced again. nice maltiness with hints of citrus and pine.
m - very creamy and smooth, this is top notch.
d - goes down so easily, really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Bright gold appearance with plenty of carbonation. Poured a fluffy, two-finger head that stuck to the glass.

Like the name of the beer, the nose is a tower of sweet hops: orange, lemon, and notes of what can only be described as a sour cream cake-icing type of aroma.

When drank at a cooler temperature (40-45') the beer is more crisp and with an assault of hops which accompanies far more bitterness. When the beer warms it becomes more earthy and presents more toasted malt and softening the hoppy bitterness. Slick mouth feel initially that leaves the staple dryness of a DIPA.

Outstanding beer and a must have for the lover of hops. I am looking forward to sharing these with visiting family tonight & buying a lot more. Nice work Victory.

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Photo of bboven
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold clear body with a thin but lasting head and lots of lacing.

Big piney hop aroma that hides the alcohol well. Pinch of malt, but this one is all about the hops.

Big complex hops in the front, even some sweetness. Turns ridiculously bitter really quickly, though. Great stuff.

Slick mouthfeel, highly carbonated. A little sticky at the end, but then, there are a lot of hop oils in here.

Great beer. I hope this kind of stuff doesn't disappear over the next couple of years with the shortage and all.

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Photo of drseamus
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light amber body. It is topped with a nice white head with tons of visible carbonation.
The aroma is filled with a bunch of grapefruit; just like I like it. It is also nice and crisp.
The flavor is a wallop all right. Nice bitterness up front fading into a bitter grapefruit with some hints of pine. It's a great taste but ultimately lacking any malt profile. I would have liked some caramel or any malt really.
Decently heavy body but great for what it is.
The bitterness is a bit much to drink a bunch, but it's good for a glass.

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Photo of Tolann
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Lighter in color and a small dense head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Color is not quite copper, but definitely not blond. Somewhat amber in color

S - Hops, hops, and more hops. Kinda piny. A little citrus sweet with maybe grapefruit. Mostly tho piny and grassy hops and a lot of them!

T - Wow great hop taste! Not harsh, but BIG. Grassy hops and sweetness. This is yummy! Little bit of orange and grapefruit citrus taste, maybe a little bit of lemon, but lots and lots of hops! Its a good balance and very enjoyable.

M - Drinks smooth, isn't too fizzy, and the hops lay on your pallet after every sip. It's awesome.

D - For the amount of hops, I find this very easy drinking. This would be a good session beer if it hadn't cost me over $10 for a 6pack! Very good tho, and I will look for it again!

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't get too many easy coast crafts out here, so when I saw this had to get it. Let's see how it compares to my beloved west coast DIPA's.

A: Hazy yellow with some orange streaks. Pretty typical color, maybe ligher than I'm used to. Lots of sediment but probably my fault from the pour. Not much head at all here.

S: Very bitter scent, lots of hops, smells a bit like really hoppy iced tea. Seems mostly pine, but I can detect some citrus. Or not. I have a cold, at any rate.

T: Really interesting flavor. Very very bitter obviously, but a big sweet base surrounds it. Seems like sweet citrus or maybe passion fruit. Not really malty sweet. Finishes with a big hop blast, but the hop flavor gets a bit drowned out by the sweetness.

MF: Very smooth and syrupy. Much less carbonated than other DIPAs I've had. Alcohol is very masked.

D: Mixed feelings about this one. The flavor is good overall, but I don't like the fact that the sweetness masks the hop character. Just kinda ruins it a bit for me. But that being said, this is very hoppy and very good. For me, with DIPAs, I like a little less balance than this has.

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Photo of redmagik99
2.41/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK i dont know if this is a bad bottle or what but this beer has gone horribly awry. DIPAs are normally my favorite style but this beer just doesnt make sense to me. i knew immediately from the smell that it was gonna be funky. its not oxidation. its kind of like some weird hard candy. Or the taste of advil when u let it stay in your mouth too long? Definite medicinal qualities. The alcohol is not hidden at all. The taste is just alcohol and some hops with cough medicine. Its bitter as fuck and not in a good way. im not gonna denounce victory because i know first hand that they are a more than respectable brewing company, and it may just be that i got a bad bottle, but this hop wallop was just not up to par.

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Photo of dbatch
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 edition, twelve ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a fine copper color, very clear, with a good white head, not a ton, and the head is a fine.

S: Strong malt aroma up front, but balanced by the hops. The hops show a nice blend of pine and citrus aromas. A bit soapy as well. Not overwhelming, but the hops let you know they are there.

T: It bites you right up front with the hops, very strong citrus flavor, grapefruit especially, followed by a soapy flavor that leads you to a pretty strong alcohol taste. This beer shows you its good side up front, and gives you a kick in the mouth as it finishes.

M: Strong bite at first taste, very carbonated, leaves very dry like many DIPA's. Also leaves a bit of a soapy aftertaste.

D: I gotta say I'm one and done with this one in one sitting. Its good, but I think earlier editions of this beer were better.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured a dark straw color with a two and a half-finger fluffy head. The smell reminds me of citrus and maybe even a little pineapple. The taste begins hard with some very piney tasting hops that give away to a little bit of lemony citrus and a rather strong hop bite that doesn't linger in the mouth. The beer has a lot of presence and I couldn't imagine drinking more than one bottle at a time, but it's definitely something worth trying for the hops lovers.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strong citric hops float happily into my nose. Deeper I discover some flower and a little pine. Minimal malt aromas – whoeee! Not balanced I guess, but I like it.

Medium straw / pale gold with good clarity and a head to die for – creamy and large and off-white and large – looks kind of like meringue. I wish meringue smelled like this though.

Rich dense roasted malty malt in all its thick viscosity hits me first. Then the flavor spout give way to hops with unexpectedly equal magnitudes of bitterness and flavor. The flavor is centered around flowers, plants, and perfume/herbs. So nice. The bitterness comes and goes, but at its peak it’s almost, not quite, numbing. So nice. All the meanwhile I still have all that thick malt, a good deal of sickly sticky sweetness, and a nice little soft carbonation. Finishes dry with plenty of hop bitterness.

Ah yes, this is a beer. Thank you Victory. This brew’s head is still there and it’s left nasty trails all over the glass. How nice; and how rare to have a beer whose head stays for the entirety of the consumption process. Also, and maybe more impressively, what a wonderful balance Hop Wallop exhibits – the hop and malt flavor magnitudes are huge and wonderful each, yet they remain in a grand harmony. Yes, how rare indeed.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA.

A - amber, clear, nice white head

S - citrus, hoppy

T - hops!; others have noted grapefruit in their reviews and that really shows through now that I think about it

M - medium, smooth, carbonnated, nice bitter aftertaste

D - excellent! I love this beer! Strong, bitter, yet so drinkable. I could rock this all night (and have). If you can find it get it!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz 2007 bottle

A: Pours a clear, deep golden color with a finger width thick fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a film and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Persistent small carbonation bubbles rising to the top. It looks amazing IMO.
S: Very rich, hoppy with background malt, also a piney smell that I associate with Christmas trees and always makes me skeptical of beers, but in this case not strong enough to bother me
T: A very forward hop taste, but not as bitter as expected and finishes with piney/grapefruity taste.
M: Very smooth and highly carbonated, finishes with a dry, grapefruit taste (and some hops naturally). A little to harsh in the finish to be rated higher
D: I really like this, more so than Hop Devil, disagreeing with most of my friends. Just because of the high alcohol which catches up with you after more than one, I don't rate the drinkability higher.

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Photo of holzmann
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thin yet rich head. This one's got a very unique nose. Very hoppy with slight citrus notes but dominated by a unique spiciness which only after tasting did I realize resembled a pine flavor. Feels full and smooth on the mouth. The taste sets in late but kicks you with a STRONG hop flavor that is very bitter, yet still smooth. Finish is completed with same spicy pine notes over a slight malt flavor that if anything reminds you a little of the gravity of this beer. Very bitter (in that hoppy good way) but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Wallop pours with a fluffy white head great retention and lacing. Has a clear golden color. I can't get over how good this beer looks to give it anything less than a 4 would be like saying the Leafs are a good hockey team.

The nose is more piney than citrusy (IMO) but they both blend together nicely. There's also some floral notes and lots of tropical fruits. Great nose. Swirl, sniff and repeat often = happy.

Tastes of piney and citrusy hops, very bitter but I love it, some malt in there as well. I am very happy to say I still have 23 more to go!

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Purchased at Joe Canal's on Fire Rd in EHT, NJ.

Appearance: Clear golden. Small white head settled quickly into a white bubbly film. A lot of carbonation rising in the glass. Some lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: All hops. Grapefuit and pine fragrances.

Taste: Again, all hops. Bitter grapefruits and pine.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Bite fromt he carbonation.

Drinkability: Could drink a few of these in a sitting. Very refreshing.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber color with crazy head and ridiculous retention that rapes my glass.

Smell is of fresh hops that are flowery and citrusy. I just beergasmed. Don't read this review, go and drink it and see for yourself!!!

Taste: sweetness from pale malts and some mild caramel malts with a fresh hop bitterness to balance. This is what fresh hop beers are all about. The flowery hop flavor is beergasmtastic. I wish fresh hop ales were available year round. It's not fair!!!

Mouthfeel is full and crips and refreshing. Could be a little bit fuller, but it is still very good.

I could drink this forever. I want this beer forever and forever. Why are you reading my review?!?!? Go drink this beer already.


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Photo of twbrewer
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold color with a 1/2" of thick foam leaving a nice layer on top after settling for a few minutes.

S-All hops! The smell is of orange juice and sweet grapefruit.No malts seem to be present.

T-Just like the smell,huge hops.The taste is all grapefruit with a great citrus bite.It is sweeter than I expected it to be.

M-Light/medium body,good carbonation.Sharp on the palate but not dry,but refreshing.

D-Very drinkable,huge hops and great flavor make this beer very easy to drink.If it is 8.50% like the bottle says it is very well hidden. This beer is toward the top of my list in IPA/DIPA styles.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,704 ratings
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