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 SaCkErZ9
2.71/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in an imperial pint glass from a 12oz bottle with Enjoy by Oct 18 06 date imprinted just below the beard of Horace Hop Wallop. Appearance is a medium darkness golden hue. Tons of little tiny bubbles rise to the top to keep the head in full formation. Tons of lacing is left behind. Great appearance. Downhill from there on; as if I were skiing the Super G down a slope in Switzerland downhill.

Smells just like freshly sliced South Carolina peaches. I can see the red inards of the peach as I slice it in half and nibble on the pit for a bit. Of course I am assuming this is the hops. There is a bit of a burnt tire rubber smell as well that is a turn-off. The aroma then morphs into another citrua fruit; definitely grapfruit. But I love that peach smell.

At first sample, the beer is extremely bitter. Too bitter. The beer is not balanced and the hop bitterness is too much for my buds to take. I typically like DIPA but I havent had one with this big of a hop profile yet. Not my cup of tea. I really cant taste much besides the hops. As I drink the beer more, the mouth puckering effect diminishes a bit I guess due to my body getting used to the high hop rate.

Body is a bit emaciated as well. Puckering mouthfeel that is reminiscent of lemon rinds or fresh lemon juice sucked right from an underipe lemon one receives in ones sweet tea. Not really enjoyable. I will cellar two and revisit this bad boy in one year and two years.

Well, after a year of cellaring, I thought I would give this one another go. The ratings numbers above are based on my original review and will not change with subsequent reviews.

Appearance is nearly identical with one exception: No head retention or lacing. Carbonation seems to have ceased quite a bit. A- 2.5

Aromas are mostly orange rind and grapefruit. Some slight hay characteristics but mostly citrus fruits. S- 3.5

Bitterness has certainly decreased and has become quite enjoyable. Nice hop flavor with some malt body to back. That year certainly helped tone down the hop wallop that I so despised the last go round. T- 4.0

Mouthfeel is quite perfect indeed. Nice carbonation even though the appearance seems to dictate otherwise. Medium to full bodied and very well rounded. M- 4.5

Overall impression is that this is a nice beer with a year on her. Certainly some would like that hop power as it is fresh but for me, I like it a bit older. This was certainly worth the wait. One more in the fridge for next year; lets hope she lasts. D- 4.0
Overall 3.65

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Photo of Calico
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, mellow tone. Good head. Two fingers of foam at first, subsiding to one finger that lasted quite a while.

Strong hop aroma; smells like boiling wort after the last hop addition.

Pine hits upper palate first. A little astringent. Alcohol warming, some maltiness to balance the strong hop character. I've had this on tap and prefer it that way, unlike the Storm King which I actually prefer from a bottle.

Mouthfeel: hop astringency mars the drinkability of this one. Almost a chalky feel. Very carbonated.

A little pineapple in finish. This is actually one of my favorites but I prefer it on draught.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy and straw colored beer. Big time hops in the nose and a slightly "baked" malt smell. Tons of bitterness that borders on astringent. A very sweet finish and a touch of tingly numbness on the tip and sides of the tongue. Good creamy body.
Really, I'm impressed with the amount of malt there is present to try to balance the bitterness... just needed a little more to be truly great.

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Photo of dawg
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

OK. I just poured one of these into a stout glass to see if this helps. This one pours with a soft and creamy head. Very clear, very, very, nice aroma. I tried the stout glass since I was not impressed with the overall taste in the bottle. The glass seemed to help open up the beer. In the bottle the beer carried a flatter and sour or tart taste to me (if that makes sense). In the glass the bubbles (still rising) seem to really release the hoppy aroma and make this one more complex and with a cleaner taste than right from the bottle.

Bottom line. I really like Victory's hop devil. However there's something with the hop wallop that I am not sure of. Maybe I need to try another glass style since the stout glass helped.

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Photo of Gritsak
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light hazy straw color with a nice white head. dissapated to a thick flim that laces down the glass.

S- citrus, spice, lots of fruit, tangerine, grapefruit

T- starts out very smooth and malty..leads to a slight hop presence which a very citrusy finish that is dominated by grapefruit. overall extremely balanced flavor.

M- medium body, very creamy and smooth...light carbonation.

D- very well balance and easy to drink.

overall- this is nothing like i expected. right off the bat i was shocked by the paleness of the body. the smell isnt totally dominated by hops like i expected, nor is the flavor. i dont know if im dissapointed or impressed. not your typical DIPA at all.

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

This brew pours a hazy pale golden color. The head small, white and creamy. The aroma is of juicy citrus, and pine. The taste is of pine with some citrus. There is also some nice bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is rather smooth, full bodied, and has a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, but nothing in it stands out to me.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear golden body color with just a hint of amber; the fluffy head retains well and leaves very good lacing

Smell: Primarily spruce and pine, but a bit of grapefruit citrus and floral qualities as well

Taste: From the start, there is a brief neutral holding pattern of pale malt flavor while the hops rev their engine and take over the taste buds; very piney and bitter/lemony on the finish, there is a tingling sweetness on the tip of the tongue; a bit of alcoholic warming on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike Hop Devil, which is assertively malty and hoppy, this beer is all about the hops

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Photo of delicious
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle.

Pours a white head that leaves rings of lace down the glass as the clear yellow body is consumed.
Smells strongly of apricot and tangerine.
Very fruity hop taste of mandarin oranges and grapefruit followed by a bitter feeling after the swallow — like chewing on a grapefruit rind. Both the smell and the taste assume more ruby red grapefruit qualities as it warms.
The hops conceal the 8.5%ABV and induce a kind of infatuation that really boosts the drinkability. Everything after that first sniff was hop-heaven, and the end bitterness got me securely hooked and wanting more.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a pale yellow crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The smooth creamy pure white head turns to a thin film.

S- The smell of green floral hops have an earthy, pine and pineapple qualities. There is a hint of fresh pale male in there also.

T- This beer has a nice juicy hop taste with notes of pineapple and floral green hops. There is a soft pale malt flavor that really compliments the hops. The finish is a nice hop bitterness with a hint of alcohol and white pepper.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a faint alcohol warmth after the finish.

D- Nice juicy hops are supported by alcohol and some malt flavors to really boost the hops even more.

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Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber peach juice with a thin foamy cap and kick-ass sticky lacing. The nose is a big ol' smack of piney hops witha juicy tangerines and grapefruits lingering underneath. Biting and bitter grapefruit flavor with little malt sweetness. Kind of like if SN Celebration got kicked up stylistically to a DIPA, but without raising the malt level of the original. Unexpected metallic twang at the finish. Not a trace of alcohol. Smooth, juicy mouthfeel. Crushing drinkability as the 8.5% abv is nowhere to be found. I'd prefer less metal and more malt balance, but this is certainly a fine-ass brew.

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

Pours a pale, hazy orange with a one finger head that settles quickly to a thin cap with retty nice lacing.

Smell; wow, lots of grapefruit, a little orange peel and just a hint of pine trees.

Taste; the grapsfruit really stands out in this, with a pretty nice malt backbone, followed by some orange zest and piney flavors. There's less bitterness than I was expecting for a double IPA, and I get absolutley no alcohol as I drink this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit oily. This goes down way to easy for such a high abv.

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Photo of IceAce
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with 'Enjoy by Oct 18 06'

Pours a hazy yellow / gold with a full finger of dense off-white foam. Aroma is bright with citrus and syrupy with alpha acid promise. This is without a doubt the most unique and hardest nose to describe that I have ever come across.

Entry is anything but subtle as perfect carbonation caresses the tongue as the alpha-attach begins. First victim of the unceasing thrust / parry is the roof of the mouth and it simply collapses under the weight of the hops. Midtaste sees the tongue quite literally crushed within the vice-like Humulus Lupulus.

The finish begins with a fleeting glimpse of the sturdy malt before the enamel is stripped from the front teeth. Mouthfeel is superb for this truly one of a kind brews.

Many thanks to Secret Santa froggyfrog for this gem!

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

A: Burnt orange with fluffy white head

S: Hoppy and citrusy with orange peel and lemon zest. Smell's like a mix between an IPA and a Belgian

T: Nicely hoppy but not too extreme. Malt in the background wants to push through but never does completely. Heavy citrus. Very little alcohol perception and nicely balanced for a DIPA.

M: Maybe a tad lighter than I'd like but perfect carbonation.

D: Very good.

Ovr: Definitley a very nice beer. Not massive enough to crak into my top IPA's, but something I'd definitely drink again when I have the chance. My favorite victory brew.

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Photo of Bones54
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 Cheers to Victory! HOP-HOP-Hooray, HOP-HOP-Hooray, HOP-HOP-Hooray!!!

In one corner we have Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and in the other we have Victory Hop Wallop, truly a battle to close to call. This is the first IPA that I've had that can be mentioned in the same breath as 90 Minute. Hops gallore and just the right amount of alcohol make this one of the most drinkable IPA's around. Plus the label is one of my favorites!

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Photo of quasimoto
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light cloudy golden yellow with a nice head that laced nicley.

S - Strong hops, (duh!) But they were sweet, I liked it. Very pleasant

T - Strong hop flavors, followed by very minimal malt flavors. Almost a let down.

M - There is no bitterness at all. Well very minimal.

D - It a very drinkable beer, but a little lacking in flavors.

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

A: Pours a golden color with an orange hint, small almost non existent head.

S: Aromas of citrusy hops. you can smell that there are hops in there. Hint of pine also!

T: Very PINEY but also some citrus in there. nice piney aftertaste--I feel I like I just ate pine needles. Definately hop hop hoppy! Tastes much different than the smell.

M & D: Mouthfeel is very good--love the taste of this one, especially the piney taste. Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be--smooth with a nice consistency and well balanced. Emma didn't appreciate it as much as I did.

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

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a golden hue with a nice 1" densely foamed white head. Decent head retention and ample lacing line the pint glass.

Smell: Loads of citrusy hops and pine like scents. Hints of fresh cut grass, herbacious.

Taste: Hops, Hops and more Hops. Begins somewhat mellow, sweet and herbal then transitions to a big time, grapefruity hop bomb. Very long, bitter, dry finish. No hints of alcohol but I feel its warmth.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat slick and oily, plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one of the seasonals that I can't wait for from Victory. If big, juicy, citrusy hops are your thing then Hop Wallop is a must try. I could definitely drink a few of these, but its not a session beer by any means and if you plan on having anothe style of beer after a few Hop Wallops, think twice. A few of these could wreak havoc on some taste buds. Overall, a fantastic, big, hoppy DIPA that is a must try. Glad that its readily available in my area. Seek and enjoy.

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Photo of Enola
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a decent sized head. The color is a cloudy orangish yellow. The smell is a bitter hoppy smell. The taste is very fruity. The mouthfeel is a bitter-sweet texture. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Victory's Hopdevil tastes more potent than this. I *could* drink these one after the other but I'm not sure I could make that many trips to the fridge before my legs got unusable. This is a beer that has the potential to sneak up on you.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Victory brewery.

Thick head, with lace down the entire glass. The body is crystal clear and golden in color.

Scent is mostly citrus with a strong piney hop oil kick.

As almost everything from Victory, you can't go wrong if you love hops. Nothing else really comes through, but nothing else needs to. The hop flavor stood up against a spicy/sweet barbecue pork sandwich, which is saying something. Sports a dry finish.

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

I had to try this one. With increasing availability of easily drinkable high alcohol beers, I was exicited. Very nice straw looking brew, with good head, but not too much to take away the flavor. You can smell that is an extreme IPA a foot from the glass. It has a distinct flowerly aroma. Flavor is not something to worry about here- loads of it in the hops. The bitterness hits hard, but is easy to adapt to. This beer cuts through everthing. I have a feeling you could be eating chocolate, and this beer would still come through. Overall an very enjoyable brew that also happends to pack a punch.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A terriffic IPA! It has all of the hop bittering, flavor, and aroma that I'll ever want. Very spicy, floral, and earthy. Not vegetable or overly sweet. Has a solid barley malt character, but there is no conflict with the hops. The hops are pronounced in the nose and dominates through to the finish. Body weakens a bit in the finish, providing a easy drinker and allowing the hops to dominate one last time before the next sip. The hops are way out of balance from the malt--and it should! Thanks kmpitz2!

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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a hop head i really looked forward to finally having this one.

A - a golden honey color with a rather thin white head. Lots of bubbles coming up the glass which was very nice.
S - Definitely hops here of pine and green vegetation ending on some bready notes.
T - Bitter pine resin hits the palate. Somewhat raw and herbaceous then it seemed to stop there. I love hops but it seems this brew was in need of more malt backbone to bring out and carry the hops. Kind of like a cake needs some salt to enhance the sugar. Well, this one was like hops were just discovered so bunches were tossed in. A bit astringent.
M&Dr - Bordered on the dry side and good carbonation. I dont care for this one enough to continually drink it.

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

Very slightly hazed gold with a nice creamy head that lasts a long time. Pinpoint carbonation continually floats to the top.

Smell is nicely floral and malty with a load of grapefruity pith hops. Well balanced.

Taste begins on the bready and sweet side and quickly shifts gears into full on grapefruit hops. Again, well-balanced for such a hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with scrubbing bubbles.

Highly drinkable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light lemon/straw color with some light haze. Soapy half-finger of head retains and laces well and does a good job of holding the aroma.

Aroma - all business. Minimal florals, the Wallop concentrates on the piny aspect of the hops to the point of having a slight skunk/metal trace. This beer is wound tightly around the performance of the hops and will live or die by it.

Taste - true to the nose, the taste is the bitter side of the hop, no citrus or florals to be found. Loads of pine and grapefruit rind smother the palate. This is indeed a 'very hoppy ale' as the label dictates and should please hopheads more often than not. Considering the brewer, they obviously hit their mark. Ends dry and bitter, no other flavor stands a chance.

Mouthfeel - very lively and gassy, keeps the hops 'dry and tight' as intended.

Drinkability - worth the price of the sixer but not my everyday beer.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the beer engine at Capital Ale House.

Cloudy bright apricot in color. Thick, sudsy white-colored head. Astounding amounts of lace on the glass....big, thick globs of lace. Aromas, though somewhat softened from what I recall, still resonate with esters of citrus fruit and raw pine oils. Flavor is ever so slightly smoothed around the edges vs. the bottled version. Copious backbone of malt pairs nicely with the inevitable onrush of hops. I didn't perceive the ABV as much with this serving type. Smooth fininsh of lingering juicy-bitterness. Amazing how the first (and second) pints disappeared. Awesome stuff, now easily available in the RIC. Giddyup.

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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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