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 Rudgers73
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just like all of the other Victory products I've had: True to the style that it holds. This is definitely a double IPA, and definitely an American IPA. The appearance is thick and rather yellow. Slight cloudiness. The smell is full of resiny, piny, chlorophyll-ed hops. The taste is pungent with hoppiness. A little much, but definitely a wallop as it says on the label. This beer is bold, rich, and it doesn't taste cheap in any way. Good job Victory, what will I review from you next?

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Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Thin head, with decent retention,and lacing. Smell was nice,but not as strong as I expected. Citrus,with a earthy undertone. Taste...double IPA indeed! Hopped all the way through. Sweet up front,but with a bitter finish. Grapefruit,and citrus throughout. If you like hopped, this is it!

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a honey shaded amber orange. A small head, but not too bad. A little disappointing for a DIPA, but still looks pretty good. Smell is citrusy, lemons and grapefruit. Taste is great, pretty typical. Mouthfeel is good. Very drinkable. Great beer, but nothing extraordinary.

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

Crystal clear golden color that appears to have no body whatsoever. Looks like a Molson or Coors. The head does indicate that it's a better, thicker beer than the color would suggest. Decent lace.

Interesting grassy hop smell. Heavy hops but with a slightly sweet balance. Tiny yeast hit. Hops are somewhat understated considering the name.

Massive hop hit on the tongue. A colossal, bitter hop blast. Very woodsy flavor.

Creamy and thick. Serious bitter hop aftertaste. Leaves a very bitter ending; the tongue needs time to recover. So damn hoppy, it might be hard to have more than one. But that *one* is delicious.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of 2006 Hop Wallop, nice and fresh. I had this aged a year a while ago and after trying it fresh, good god the difference is amazing.

Poured into an oversized wine glass, my stand-in for a goblet. The beer is a golden color with a bit of a haze to it, foamy white head that fades almost instantly to a peninsula of bubbles floating off of western side of the glass. Only slight lacing, that disappears for good when I swirl my glass, though the swirl brings back a nice layer of foam each time.

Smell is huge with hops. Floral, fruity as well as hints of sweetness, almost like pineapple. Delicious to my nose.

Wow, this is STILL a bitter beer, but fresh it tastes like I'm drinking distilled grapefruit juice. The high ABV is apparent, but its masked nicely by the bitterness here. The sip goes from a touch of sweetness, to that grapefruit flavor to the taste of raw hops in the finish. This seems like what hop juice would taste like. Intense. As it warms, the bitterness seems to mellow out, bring out a lot more fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and definitely drying. Pretty light in body and not sticky or cloying at all.

This beer's a sipper, both due to flavor and high ABV. This beer (when FRESH!!!) is great when you're looking for a bitter, heavy-handed-hop-hammer DIPA.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow gold. Hazy with a snow white head. Herbal hops in the aroma and not much else.

Flavor is dominated by the hops. No malt profile to speak of. The lack of malt balancing leaves this beer tasting thin, one-dimensional and heavy handed. The hops it delivers but ends up a bit harsh and metallic due to lack of balance. Mouth is medium to thin. Aftertaste is dominated by bitter hops. This is not a bad IPA but could be much better. Give me the tasty Hop Devil from Victory any day over this one.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy lemon yellow with a generous white head that doesn't stick around long. Very slight lacing.

Smell is crisp, piney, and a little on the sweet side. Overall, the aroma profile is a little thin.

Taste is smooth and sweet up front. Then a massive blast of floral and grassy hops takes over. Surprisingly strong bitterness that lingers throughout the finish. Definite warming alcohol. Very dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Sticky and resinous.

A must try for a hop head. But for me this DIPA was too one dimentional. Massive hops are great, but I would have enjoyed something to balance it. A little more 'juicyness' and a stronger malt backbone for complexity would have been appreciated. The Massive hop flavor is extremely dry with cloying sweetness. Not my favorite.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle of beer at Breeze-Thru in Wauwatosa, WI.

This beer pours a bit paler than other DIPAs I've had, but has abundant head which started to form really sticky lacing before my first sip. The smell is a piney hop, and wonderful. This beer is extremely hoppy but definitely has a different quality than many other very hoppy APAs and DIPAs. I didn't find this beer to be extremely citrusy, but rather had pine flavor notes that I found to be extremely crisp and delicious. This piney-nous makes the beer very drinkable while still being very bitter. Mouthfeel is not as sticky as some of the super-citrusy pale ales I've previously tasted. I really enjoyed this beer and thought it highly drinkable.

Another a great product by Victory. Unlike many other fine craft brewers, I've yet to have a Victory beer I didn't like tremendously.

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Photo of jbramley
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice crisp straw color with a thin head. Decent lacing as the beer went down. The smell is intense--a shock of ruby red grapefruit confronts the nose. When tasting, there is a hint of alcohol characteristics near the front of the tongue, followed by a brief jaunt into sweetness. The mouth is then walloped by the grapefruit flavors of the hops. The beer mellows a little as it comes up to room temperature, and sweetens a little as well. After it leaves the mouth, there is a hint of bitterness mixed with some tartness on the tongue.

This beer is great, but I want to let it cellar for a bit and try it again to see if it's smoothed out any.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 10/25/07

AP: Pale Golden color, clear white head that sticks around and creates some thick lacing all around the glass. Good look for the style.

Nose: This is an extremely aromatic herbal, earthy with cloves type hop scent. Mldly sweet malt scent way down.

Taste: A hearty herbal, earthy, hop flavor that is rather bold and complex. The hop flavor is a diverse array of earthy, bitter and leafy flavors. It never really becomes fruity or citrusy, there is no tangy edge to this hop just a robust heartyness with a wheaty and herbal overall effect. There is a mildly sweet malt tinge but certainly dominated by the hops.

MF: Light, crisp and clean with a medium body for the style.

DA: At 8.5% ABV this is not a sesssion beer, but it's only mildly detectable in the flavor. "Green Gold" is notm an exaggeration.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Victory special release. Best before Oct 2007. Pours a bright gold, much lighter than expected for a DIPA. Slight chill haze, head is a decent half-inch of fine bubbles that holds up well enough. Bright citrus hops in the aroma, mostly orange and grapefruit. The nose is very tangy with a floral pungence also, not much here from the malt.

The taste is very much the same blend of citrus hop flavor, except it carries a slight sour astringence accompanying the bitterness at the end. It's unfortunately a bit unpleasant and overpowers the other flavors to a degree. Also, there isn't much to experience as the taste is relatively the same from the start to finish. The body is somewhat light, with a fairly strong carbonation.

I was expecting alot more from this beer but it let me down some. The bitterness rides high on the tongue, and isn't the same lasting pleasant sensation you get from many great IPA's. I might try this beer again. Perhaps another batch would change my mind...

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Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a light golden coloration. The head was two fingers high with a biege coloration. The head has great retention. Thick rings of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: Piney hops and sweetned grapefruit and citrus zest.

Taste: The beer delivers a pine oily hop intially. This gives way to grapefruit and grassy hops. The hop flavor spans the entire flavor of the beer. In the middle of the taste is a malty sweetness backing up the hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a buttery hop oily mouthfeel. The body of the beer is medium plus. This is a very smooth beer. This is a beer I could sit down and drink several of in a session. It is almost 9% ABV but man is it well incorporated.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(best by Oct 25 2007) a slightly hazy straw gold with a large head of foam that slowly dissipated but was there for the entire session. Nice lacing too. ;^)

The smell is hugely hoppy. Lot's of grapefruit in the nose that is very nice.

The taste is very big on the hops at first sip, grapefruit and a bit of grass, but after a few more sips, there is a definite malt presense that somewhat balances out the flavour. This is yummy. I really like the fact that the DIPAs I've tried can be so different in their interpretation and *still* all be pleasing to my palate. The finish, for me, is where the malt hit its crescendo. Damn. A very nice example of the style and one that I'd be glad to buy again.

Bottom line: I've been eyeing this brew for a long time. I'm glad I finally got to try it. Another winner for the folks at Victory Brewing!

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Photo of jwc215
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a thin white head that hangs on for the duration.

The smell is of strong citrus. Musty, a flash of alcohol.

The taste is of chewy, citrusy hops all over the place - grapefruit and orange. Some floral notes. Malt is subdued, but enough to tie the hops together. Sharp alcohol comes through, which often detracts, but in this case adds a zesty spiciness

Hops and alcohol in the raw. The flavor lingers. Long, dry finish.

A slow sipping brew. Hopheads rejoice, others beware.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a nice white head and sticky lacing. Smells at first of hops, not sure what kind, but tons of them. Taste is bittering hops, very little sweetness, long aftertaste of bitter hops. This is a hop monster, exactly what the label says it is. Slight citrus, moderate pine and grass. Sticky on the lips. Drinkable only if you love bitter hops.

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Photo of MVassar
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful. A clear, light gold color, and an impressive, bright, barely off-white head. Lacing lasts and lasts.

Moderate nose is dominated by hops, with some pine, and a hint grapefruit peel.

Taste is extremely hoppy, with huge pine and citrus peel flavors. Only a hint of sweetness which is quickly overtaken by the hops. (The label does say Very Hoppy Ale, after all.)

A touch of alcohol heat, and a crisp bite on the tongue, balanced by an oily, creamy texture. Long, delightfully bitter finish.

The intense hops might be a bit much for some palates, but this beer is right up my alley.

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

Pours a somewhat hazy gold color with a fine head. Nice lacing after each drink. The aroma is amazing. Clearly loaded with hops with citrus, pine and even floral notes making their way in.

First sip immediately bombards you with all hop sensations. Suffice it to say you get all variants of hop flavors, but a hefty malt background provides a solid backing. Medium-full in body with a smooth presence on the palate. Alcohol peeks in as it warms, but it is not overly oppressive as some double IPAs can be. Truly a beautiful creation.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a bubbly, clear, golden color with a quickly-dissipating white head. Sticky lacing follows the whole way down.

S - Strong scent of piney grapefruit and lingering hops. Grassy hints follow.

T - As powerful as the hops are, they are equally balanced by pine and fruit. Sweet orange and tart grapefruit pack quite the punch. Not overly bitter, but the extra-hoppy punch does follow the fruity flavors. Finishes very grassy with a slight alcohol presence. Complex to say the least, but has several very good combinations working together.

M - Medium, bubbly body that finishes with a crisp bitterness.

D - A very good example for a DIPA, but not in my top 3. Still, I love it and look forward to another in the very near future. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two figer white head and some very good lacing.

Smell is of spicy and floral hops. Note a very strong aroma here.

Taste biscuity malt up front. Then comes the hops. Lots of citrus here with a strong grapefruit flavor a little spicy too. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice level of carbonation.

A pretty drinkable beer. While not the best Double IPA I have had, this is still a very solid beer.

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

Very light golden in color, thin off white head mainly formed a ring and film. The aroma is filled with an array of hops, fresh floral, juicy citrus with tons of grapefruit and orange, but I felt this differed from some American DIPA's in that the aroma was dominated by skunky (in a good way) resinous hops. You definitely get walloped by hops in the taste too, tons and tons of hops, skunky, musty, and resinous are most noticeable, but packed with grapefruity citrus as well. Typical malt body for lighter colored American DIPAs, quite sweet. Tangy, taste bud stripping mouthfeel.

Verdict: one of the best of the style. This one is definitely not for the light of hop-heart though, it leans more to the very not balanced side, hop bitterness can get to be too much after a couple. I would love to try it aged or especially on cask with the bitter aspect mellowed a bit.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from Kunda Bev, in King of Prussia, Pa. I poured into a pint glass and really enjoyed. It didn't pour much head at all, and the retention of what was there was weak. The was a fair amount of lacing, but most of it left fast. The color was a very pale yellow. The smell was oh so hoppy. The taste was even better. The mouthfeel was a bit ridged, but still worked well this the wonderfully hoppy character. This is a super brew. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of tcfishler
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, glowing golden orange. Sizeable white head leaving a sticky lace.

Expressive, sweet but bright, citrus-dominated aromas, with floral notes adding a bit of complexity.

Fruity sweetness on the hits the palate first, then slowly dries out into a persistent and powerfully bitter finish. Hop profile is mainly grapefruit. Alcohol is almost entirely hidden. Body is medium, while carbonation is a little low.

Delicious and dangerously drinkable DIPA, distinctive for its fruity sweetness and intense grapefruit character.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
2.47/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale straw yellow with a small white head.

The aroma didn't really have any hops in it. I was surprised that it smelled mostly of pilsner malt with some light grainy notes.

The flavor of the beer was pretty hoppy. Mostly floral hops - not the typical citrusy/resiny Pacific NW flavors. The maltiness was light and biscuity. There didn't seem to be any fruity flavors that are typical of ales.

The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation was good. This beer was remarkably dry for being 8.5 percent.

But overall this beer didn't taste like a double IPA. In fact, it had few characteristics of any American-style ale. If this were a blind taste test, I'd peg this beer for an imperial pilsner, and not a good one at that. In fact, this beer sucked. What a disappointment from the brewery that makes my favorite pilsner.

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Photo of briscott99
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear bright yellowish hue, no yeast floaties, short head, leaving lacings along glass.

Nose: Citrus, hops, faint sweet malt in there too. I smell green things in there, but can't narrow it down... pine, sharp smelling grass, or something along those lines.

Taste: Very bitter, wonderful grapefruit taste. The wallop has arrived and it's good. Bittering hops close in fast and hang on into a long finish. Not too much malt in there.

Mouthfeel: somewhat light bodied, low carbonation. For me it goes down easy despite the high ABV.

Overall: A good beer for hop lovers. As the title suggests, hops are the main attraction here, and I think they overwhelm the malt character of the beer a bit. But, oh well, I think it's a really good beer nonetheless. Will definitely give this one another go-round or two or three....

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Photo of GbVDave
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Clear honey colored. Two finger head that quickly disappears. Mild carbonation. Lace stuck all over the glass.

S: Hoppy nose that smells of grapefruit, lemon, and something sweet like apples.

T: Lots of hops and grapefruit with a slight piney quality. Grainy malt profile. Finish is bitter, tart, and slightly medicinal. Bitterness barely cloaks the alcohol flavor.

M: Sort of thin but the hop flavors coat everything in my mouth. Astringent quality of the hops gives the impression that it strips the tongue making my mouth feel dry.

D: This one seems a little unbalanced (towards the hop side of things) and one dimentional. Drinking one always leaves me with a feeling of minor heartburn (!). Definately needs more balance. Not bad, but I've had many better DIPA's.

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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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