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

12oz bottle into a tulip glass
A--- Poured a polished gold with a thick white head. Head collapsed rather quickly leaving some lace and legs.

S--- West coast hops dominated the aroma. I could not detect any malt only citrus hops.

T--- Grapefruit, orange and piney hop flavor upfront. Smooth bitterness and a warming alcohol followed. It finished with a nice blend of hop flavor.

M--- Medium bodied

D---I really enjoyed this because it was well attenuated and digestible like a Belgian with a solid hop presence.

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

Poured a surpisingly bright and clear gold for a DIPA. Interesting head formation - formed no head during the pour, but, after a second or two, a nice fluffy head suddenly appeared with vigorous carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. Sturdy malt base to carry the hops, which were bluntly bitter, without particular floral or citrus notes, and married well with the touch of caramel in the malt. The abv was well interlaced in the flavor.

Thanks to far333 for sharing this beauty.

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Photo of Teke0611
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Looked (and smelled, at first) very similar to a Stella Artois, but a bit more yellow in color. Very clear. Not much head. Seems like this beer, ignoring its title, is a barely-over-the-top hop head beer. While I didn't dislike it, I'm not entirely convinced that I would seek it out next season. The hops are quite bitter, and there seems to be a bit too much alcohol present in the smell and taste. Nothing like 120min or Utopia, but none the less it could be toned down just a hair for better drinkability.

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

Poured a dark cloudy yellow with a thin fizzy head quickly turning into a small soapy ring. No lacing at all.

Smell had a slight bit of spicy pepper and butter with a strong bit of grapefruit.

The taste did have some nice semi sweet malt flavors, although they were quickly overpowered by the strong grapefruity hops that left a strong mintyness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was full and oily and gave my tongue a good coating.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, a nice treat for a hophead.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow, with a large white head. Surprising to see something this light.

Smells slightly musty, otherwise muted grapefruit.

Flavor is based on unripened grapefruit and their rinds. It lives up to its name of wallop as it assaults your senses with everything hops. I found little to no supporting flavors to help balance this out. It also irritated the back of my throat - which usually means I could be getting sick, but more likely because I haven't had any sleep all week. The aftertaste was quite strong of hops and reminded me of a copper penny.

Mouthful was decent. Well carbonated, medium-light heaviness. A real mouth pucker, though.

Drinkability is a mixed bag for me. Grapefruit and piny hop fad isn't really for me, but I have found over-hopped beers that are enjoyable. In every case it was because it was balanced with other pleasing flavors. This didn't have any, and it irritated my throat. All the burning I felt might not be attributed to the hops though, I was quite surprised to see the high ABV. I never would have guessed. I was too busy being walloped. Solid, but unbalanced beer.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 brewing. Served in a tulip.

This double poured a very hazy light orange. Medium fluffy white head comprised of very fine, tight bubbles. The head leaves a scant coating of thin spotty lacing.

The smell is dominated by citrus overtones. Resiny hops with a faint smell of salt water.

The initial flavor is grapefruit rinds. Very bitter piney hop resins followed some suggestions of canned pineapple. Some slight sweet malts in the background with the barest hint of alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a bit of an oily feel on the tongue.

Above average drinkability considering the higher abv. Excellent flavor, yet the high ibu's can be some what numbing to the tongue and palate.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden beer with some random bubbling and a quarter-inch white head that loads up the glass with sticky lacing. Smell is sweet and thick with hops of the pine and citrus variety. An inviting little whiff of the alcohol, too.

Taste is pretty straightforward. It's bigtime hops -- syrupy pineapple and sour grapefruit with a pretty serious aspirin bitterness that carries along for some time n the aftertaste. Spicy alcohol bite. Thick and smooth moutfeel with light carbonation.

I'm torn. I don't know that I would sit down with more than one or two of these. There is not much malt presence in this beer, making it more of a hophead's delight and less my kind of more balanced DIPA. But I like it all the same.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Wallop was my first ever beer review, and was my highest rated beer for quite some time. I thought I owed it to myself to re-review it now that I have a good handle on the reviewing process.

So anyways, I finally found this year's release and picked it up.

In the snifter It is golden with thin white head.

The nose is MUCH more defined than what I picked up the first time, citrusy, limey, basically intense hops.

On the tonuge once again it's the bitterness that comes through the most at first. A subtle hint of the citrus from the nose, but the bitterness finishes and lingers.

It's a fairly light, smooth body. And of course I'd gladly have another.

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Photo of Abita45
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been keeping an eye out for this and picked up a six pack from Capone's, a resturant/outstanding beer take-out place on Germantown Pike near Norristown (learned of this place from BA's calander).

Pours to a very nice cloudy straw color. Rather than the straw color most associate with macro-lights, this is a more dense straw, though not deep enough to be called gold. It has a nice head, that reduces relatively quickly but there is foamy lacing on the glass and a thin head endures for most of the beer. The aroma is immediate and, as one would expect, sweetly hoppy and citric.

The taste mirrors the aroma as it is a strongly hopped beer with a prominent floral flavor and a more subtle citric tone. While it is a heavily hopped beer, it also has a very clean taste without the astringency or dryness usually found in some IPA's or double IPA's.

Victory makes some good beers, and I am very much a fan of this one. It has a nice biting taste to it, but it is not overwhelming. The hops are loaded up just for the sake of bitterness, but really add to the beer and make it flavorful. An excellent double IPA.

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

Wow! I think I'm slowly becoming a hop-head. I was fighting it, not wanting to join the darkside.
This beer pours a golden amber with only a slight head forming on the glass. Very good lacing throughout the entire glass.
The smell is, would you guess it, hops. Plenty of hops and all kinds of hops. I'm getting some citrus smells as well as some resiny floral hops.
The taste is very close to the smell. An all out attack on the taste buds with some overly bitter hops controlling all senses of taste. The bitterness is only during the sip though. No lip puckering or squinting coming as a result of this beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a nice two-finger head, a lovely light bronze, crystal-clear and with steady, light carbonation supporting the durable, sticky lace.

Nose shows off what's to come - hop, hop, hop. Plenty of citric and resin textures in there, some grapefruit all the way to pine bark, with a bit of a hop "musk," if that makes sense. In the mouth, very slick and oily, a bit lighter than expected, with all the hops you could hope for. Lots of bitterness, a little bit of that citrus character, an almost minty herbal note somewhere in there. It's hard to concentrate on the flavors through the assault. Kind of puckering in the finish, and the alcohol doesn't hide too craftily.

Intense, and should be reserved for a serious hop jones. Wouldn't want to tackle more than one in a sitting, but it's worth trying for the novelty of unadulterated hop juice.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you like hops, welcome to the party!

Pours a gold color with a bubbly white head that quickly recedes to a foamy ring. Stratified lacing is plentiful on the glass. The aroma is redolent with sweet fresh pineapple juice with some grapefruit and pine bitterness on the edges.

The taste is very different to the nose, less pineapple, sweet hops and more brash grapefruit. There are some piney notions are in the background but this beer is a grapefruit bomb. Malt flavors are very subdued under the barrage of hops. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden, revealing just a bit of warmth on the swallow. The mouthfeel is light and very puckering from the hop oils. The finish is extremely bitter.

This beer is heavenly. So much hop flavor, so much bitterness. What more could you want?

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Photo of jswigart
2.82/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am flat-out disappointed by this beer. I am normally a fan of Victory Brewing (Storm King is one of my favorite beers) and I am normally a fan of really hoppy beers (Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA comes to mind, even Hop Devil from Victory)... So I expected that I would really like this... So much so, I bought a whole keg... Oops. Bottom line? The things that I think of when I drink this beer are grapefruits (citrus), multi-vitamins (herbs) and alcohol. I know this is supposed to be hoppy, but to me, the beer is out of balance... Like the brewer, like the style, don't like the beer.

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

Beautiful clear, golden amber body with a generous two fingers of head.

Hops are undeniably at the forefront of this brew (the piny variety) but it's the sophisticated malt profile that impresses; buttered bread, cloves and amber malt carry the aroma. Nice.

Hops once again lead, although this time it's all spice and grapefruit. A rich rye flavor prevails post-hops and a lovely bready quality lingers on the long finish. Excellent.

Although the body is appropriately balanced there is an unmistakable oiliness to the finish. I love drinking this brew although the palate-busting nature of the oily hop residue somewhat diminishes the drinkablity.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 1/4" white head on a pretty clear golden body.
S- Grapefruit and a bit of orange citrus hops. A good helping of piney hops too.
T- Citrus and piney hops balance them selfs out with each other. Hops just fill the mouth with a very little pale malt back ground. Grapefruit just blends with the pine flavor very well. Alcohol also comes in and tingles the tongue a little and then warms up the back of the throat. Hints of a few other fruits like oranges and lemons. Has a great complex hop aroma and flavor.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- This is a really good DIPA. It really does make its self stand out amount all the other DIPAs that are good just kind of blend together in memory. I think it really takes DIPAs to a new level. It must be one of my favorite DIPAs and maybe even one of my favorites that memory can recall right now.

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

appearance: orangey golden with creamy white head. good lacing

smell: a little like rain...and lime zest and pine, grapefruit. smells a little like a pilsner. (saaz hops?) something else is there--ginger?

taste: very well-balanced sweet, biscuity malt and candy-ish quality (again, ginger? or vanilla?) with a sharp clean grassy, grapefruity hops. hops seem different from other double ipa's. more like a pilsener.

mouthfeel: remarkably creamy and smooth. wonderful

drinkability: pretty refreshing for 8.5%.

a very distinctive double ipa from victory. reminds me a little of belgian ipa's like houblon chouffe and de ranke xx bitter. a beautiful beer.

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Photo of montageman
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The old dude on this bottle looks so inviting, like this is Pappy's brew of choice. Poured aggresively into a pint glass - not much head at all and it goes away fast leaving some sturdy lacing both on the surface and on the sides of the glass. Cloudy pale yellow/orange in color, this is one pretty looking beer. Smells like apricot, spruce, and citrus - very crisp. Hoppy bitterness throughout the taste (big surprise) with some citrus undertones and a dry, clean finish. There's a little too much carbonation here, but it's necessary in order convey these flavors. Still, a bit too dry on the finish. Regardless, this is an all night beer if you ask - very refreshing. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with about a half inch of white bubbly head that had very little retention. Left small amount of lacing on my glass. Smelled nicely of bitter hops , grapefruit juice, pine and maybe some lemon zest. Had a very malty, hoppy , citrus like taste with little carbonation. The hops pretty much dominate this beer from front to back and disquise any alcohol totally. The hops are a little on the overwhelming side and aren't balanced well with the rest of the flavors, but was rather smooth. Bit of a sipper in my opinion. Not as drinkable as some other D.I.P.A's , but not too bad.

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Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle states... "Enjoy by 11-16-06"

Pours a bright and hazy light gold color. Head is quite faint. This actually looks kind of like a hefeweizen.

Aromas are really faint, and what I notice is bitter and citrus like.

Flavors are interesting. Beer has a nice bitter citrus hop finish, but it lacks a bit up front except for a dry character. Also noted a bit of a metallic and an asprin like character.

Mouthfeel is a bit above average... but nothing special. This beer tends to be a bit weak up front.

This is an odd DIPA. It seems to be out of balance. Not much malt flavor... hops are there, but not quite right either. (and I really like hoppy beers...) This is drinkable, but it strikes me as being an average DIPA. I think Victory has some very good beers, but when it comes to their "Hoppy" beers... they aren't anything special.

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Photo of Chaz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale golden in color, head is a frothy off-white finger. Hop Wallop appears rather clear, but is actually slightly hazy, and shimmers lazily amid the bar's diaphonous phosophorescent murk, much like iron pyrite in a muddy riverbed, and it's an apt (if overly poetic) description given this beer in its humble surroundings here in a familiar-yet-unnamed drinking emporium. The nose is perfumey from half a meter, even despite the trademark funk of the place, a familiar melange of spent yeast, live bacteria, and bleach. Kudos to the folks at Victory for producing a beer that outperforms this epic funk! The head settles unhurriedly, with notable retention and lacing. The nose is piney -citric and quite bitter. Malt? Sure, it's in there somewhere, but it is completely sublimated on the nose by way of the hop profile. In fact, for many unfamiliar with the style the nose may come of as slightly harsh, but I find it to be on-style as such. Yikes! Pineapple/grapefruit with equal parts sweet/tangy/sharp hop overload, hell of a first sip, and should scare off the timid and unfamiliar. Second sip proves this to be juicy, dry and cleansing . . . if I said slightly abrasive / palate-scrubbing would you hold it against me? Didn't think so, but it' all there, and as I type this review some 135 minutes after drinking my first sip I know there's some serious alpha acid action going on here in Hop Wallop '06. Seems a bit too thin, a bit too light in body, and that makes it a bit too drinkable for it's own good - definitely "dangerously drinkable". Highly astringent, but all from the hop - there's no trace of lactic-sour contribution here. Slightly one-dimensional until it warms up a bit, at which point the malt backbone begins to appear from behind the woodshed ready for the final pigpile/melee at the end. Fruity qualities to the malt? Sure, but only after it warms about ten or fifteen minutes . . . think Hi-C fruit punch cut with some fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit, but in a dialed-down from 10 to 3 sort of proportion. A true sipper, and reminds me favorably of DF 90" IPA straight from the corked 750, in the best possible sense.

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Photo of Risser09
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage • 12oz bottle poured into a tasting glass

Appearance: Yellow and golden clear liquid pours into the glass and gives a generous 2 inch head that slowly falls. Some lace remains.

Smell: Floral and piney. Did somebody just chop down a Blue Spruce? Very full bodied aroma.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine and citrus. Very, very, very bitter. The most bittering hop flavors I've ever tasted in a beer. The finish of the beer is quite bitter and drying. Impressively long and drawn out. Could last an hour if you don't eat or drinkn anything else. Not incredibly complex.

Mouthfeel: Cloyingly dry. Alcohol is present and presents some warmth.

Drinkability: Wow. This is not a session beer. It is very bittering and pleasant but it would be hard to have several in one sitting. I would love to cellar this beer to see what it tastes like as the hops die down. I bet it would do very well.

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Photo of IPALOVER
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hello, Hop Wallop! I was excited to see this offering by Victory, since I am a big fan of the Hop Devil.

I was surprised when I poured the beer into a pint glass-- it was much lighter in color than I thought it would be. When I put my nose into the glass the aroma made me want to taste the beer-- nice and hoppy!

I love the fact that this is not as citrusy as other strong IPAs. It goes down VERY easily for an 8.5%ABV brew. The mouthfeel is actually lighter than I would expect for an IPA.

This beer is all about hops. If you love hops (like I do), this is a fanastic beer for you. Great job, Victory!

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Photo of pmatz2
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an off-yellow about 1 finger of white head. Lacing lasted through the entire beer,

Smell: smells of pink grapefruit followed by a slight malty smell

Taste: Starts off sour. Reminds me of pink grapefruit for breakfast. Finishes very bitter. There was no balance to the beer. No hint of the slight maltiness of the aroma. It was pink grapefruit then a puckering bitter finished

Mouthfeel: Medium body that you would expect from a highly hopped beer. There was very little carbonation.

Drink ability: Not great not bad. I think the overly puckering finish had me reaching for another sip.

Don't think I would purchase this again

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow, with a small white head that quickly faded. Smell was Pine, Citrus, pineapple maybe and a bit of gras. The taste was very hoppy. Almost a liquid pine type of taste with very dry finish, right up my alley. Not very carbonated. Very Drinkable brew, this goes down much easier then the ABV would suggest. I could see myself putting down quite a few of these. Very pleased overall.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a clear yellow gold wtih a whopping white head, good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is hops hops hops, hop cones, hop oils, hop citrus, just delicious. In the mouth, really full bodied and creamy smooth, making it a fantastic drinker, and the boatload of hops are counterbalanced ever so slightly (in my book, though, not enough) by a malty backbone. I should write more about it, but I think I'd like to enjoy it more....

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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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