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:
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Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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3,704
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Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
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Photo of ITK4ever
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I couldn't wait for this guy to come out this year with my newly acquired taste for "extreme" hops, and Hop Wallop did not disappoint. Cascade hops on the nose...quality cascade. Clean, refreshing. Pours an awsome clean amber with not much of a head. Upon pouring, the nose really opens up, but the taste is what "wallops" you...but not in a bad way. Alcohol is covered nicely, and there's still balance with the malts. I love all Victory's offerings, but this one makes me wanna dry-hump the old dude on the bottle it's that good. Love, love, love this stuff!!! Way to go Victory!!! Job well done with this 2005 batch.

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Photo of jp32
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a nice off-white colored head. The foam has a near yellow/orange tint to it. Strong lacings.

S: The smell is heavy of hops. It has a nice balance of sweet hop and bitter hop aromas. Citrusy and a little floral as well. Everything I could expect, and a nice job of it.

T: Holy hop-wallop is right. I think I got one stuck in my teeth. Very Hearty. Probably one of the hoppiest beers that has ever graced my lips. Citrusy, sour, and bitter throughout. Pine. They didnt over-do the bitter or sourness, but definitly enough to keep me pleased. Nice kick in the finish. The alcohol is warming also.

M: The mouthfeel is full, maybe not as heavy as the taste that comes along with it, but still quite nice.

D: A very drinkable beer. I'm not sure I could handle them after 3 or 4 or so, but I'm damn pleased with the first few.

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

As a Hop Head have been anxious to review this beer for quite a while. Hop Wallop pours a light orange color with a pretty full white head and good lacing. Smells of hops, citrus and pine aromas. Very nice, full and crisp in the nose. Tastes strong and bitter. Citrus is also present--dominated by grapefruit. High alcohol per volume is also obvious. Floral hops stringency is also noted. In the mouth H.W. is biting. It is full on the back of the swallow and its overall bitterness has a very strong feel on the tongue. Overall, this beer is too drinkable for one of such a high amount alcohol. Yet, the hop bitterness would probably slow down even the most avid hophead after two or three. On the whole most impressive and more than worth a try.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a surprisingly light golden yellow color that is a little on the hazy side. Develops a short-lived half finger head that dissipates into a modest lacing. Low to medium carbonation. Aroma is nothing but hops, intensely piney and super strong. If you jammed raw hop cones into each nostril I don't think the aroma would be any more intense! Taste is just what the aroma advertises, all hops, all the time. Hops on the front of the tongue, hops on the sides, hops in the middle, hops in the back, with a thick, lingering coating of hops on the swallow. If you let a mouthful linger a little while the bitterness does seem to give way (either that or the tastebuds just go numb) to something resembling a hint of...malt? There's not even an attempt at balance, this is raw hop juice, plain & simple. We've all had malt liquor, this may be the world's first Hop Liquor!! Just a little too overpowering, i'm not a real fan of the 10 megaton hop bomb. Gimme a HopDevil instead!!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been confirmed. I'm a hop head, and I love this beer. Pours out to a slightly hazy yellow orange color with a nice head that calms to a thin layer of foam over the beer. Lacing is present and abundant. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of hops are dominant, along with hints of yeast and bread. Taste is similar; flavors of hops and zesty malts, with bread dough and fresh green earth. Nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Good drinkability. The more Victory brews I sample, the more I like them. Recommended.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Odd color for a DIPA. Golden clear straw colored, more reminescent of a pilsner. Pretty pathetic head with average lacing.

Smell = Weird smell for a DIPA also. Hopped up but smells more like a lager injected with hops- mostly citrus fruits, apricots and peaches dominate. It's just an odd mixing although pleasant.

Taste = The peach and apricot flavors dominates which are fueled by some coarse hops. There's an interesting smokey aftertaste that tastes strangly like the smell of a darn good pipe tobacco. It's extremely unique but gets a bit tiresome after awhile. Alcohol is present and the 8.5% isn't hidden well. This is a very unique and bizarre DIPA. Not as balanced as some of the better ones I've tried. Still the overall flavor is good, I'd just rate the drinkability much lower.

Overall = Good tasting, very unique beer. I can't say the drinkability is too high though as I wouldn't want more than one of these. I'm glad I tried it and recommend any fans of this style give it a shot. It just can't stack up to the better DIPAs out there (90 minute, Ruination) though.

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Photo of sopor
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant, clear, light amber with a finger of dimpled sheep’s wool head. Just a hint of “stink” buried in a nose otherwise dominated by crisp hops.

The flavor is almost all hops, a light malt to match the color is almost totally hidden under the abrasive and tar-like hops, with a very strong medicine-like aftertaste. Hops taste like a noble variety, making this like a “Imperial India Pilsner” or something. Either way, it works pretty good, but I am a hophead. If you’re not a big hop-fan, this is not for you.

Fuzzy (as opposed to stinging) carbonation adds to an already pleasant, middle of the ground body. Not a tosser due to the abv, and slightly the hop, but well worth starting the night out with!

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Photo of bruachan
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

all those hop oils keep a thick foamy crest alive, adhering some of it to the glass. descends eventually into a spongey/coral-ish texture. super smooth texture slips seamlessly into a whallop bitterness kick that has woody staying power. some lemon lingers as well
the aroma is big but level: floral, no big resiny punch

malt does come through, both in the aroma and flavor, but is relatively uninteresting to let hops wallop. the official website mentions that the malts are all german...i imagine there might be a touch of munich to add some body. some simcoe sweetness too?

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

Poured into a snifter, the beer presented itsel clear, bright, and golden. The head, though not large, was an off-white cream. As the head dissipated, the lace ringed the glass, unbroken. Carbonation was slight, languid.

Hoppy? You bet. Citrusy, with resinous overtones. Although the beer's temperature was within the recommended drinking range, the ability to pick up minor nuances might have to wait until the next, warmer, beer.

Yes, the citrus is hard to miss. For my palate, it was grapefruity, and pleasantly so. The malt's in there but never made a grand entrance nor made a prolonged stay. Oh, yeah...Hop Wallop. The grapefruit reasserted itself and stayed 'til the end, lingering, gently fading.

The mouthfeel was right there - not too thin, never thick. It was flat dog, just right!

Higher marks for drinkability, the 8.5% never really making a nuisance of itself. But beware.

This is one brew that I'll stock. I think that I can make a case last for two years....hopefully.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a creamy, stark white head that has good staying power. Aroma of spicy floral hops, a bit of light malt, and notes of pine and grapefruit. Palate is dominated by spicy floral hops, only slightly balanced by the lightly sweet malt. Pine, grapefruit, and a light biscuit character can be detected. Finish is pure lupulin, yet more bitter than other strong IPAs (90 Minute, for example). Body is smooth and full, yet still easy enough to drink. Maybe it's the choice of hop varietals, but this doesn't seem like an exceptional beer to me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.81/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden starw color with a hint of amber and a two-finger head. Smelled very earthy, not as much hops as I expected.
Taste started out overwhelmingly grassy, but finally finshed with the hops bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol helped the palate warm up and relax after it was put through the odd splash of earthy flavors. Not counting what I tasted, the beer would go done pretty easy even with an 8.5% abv.

Was very surprised by the flavors that assaulted my senses. I like Like IPAs of all kinds, but this one just didn't taste right.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with about nice head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: As soon as I poured this beer my nose was assaulted with the smell of hops. I am picking out citrus and pine smells along with a slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Just like the name indicates my tongue is assaulted with hops. There are hints of orange and pine from the hops. The beer finishes with malt sweetness that balances that hop flavor out great. There is also a slight alcohol warming and some graininess.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could probably have one or two of these due to the insane amount of hops and the higher ABV.

Yet another great beer from Victory brewing. This is a great double IPA with a lot of hop flavor but it is still balanced with malt sweetness. Great Job!!!

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Photo of rousee
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold color with a 3 finger head. Most of the foam diminishes immediately but there is still a nice amount that remains. Very nice carbonation amd beautiful lace.

Smell is fairly gentle for a IIPA. The taste is excellent and more balanced than many other IIPAs I have tried. It still delivers a real hop punch or wallop as the name suggests. The hoppiness has a certain sour character to it but it is still quite nice. An excellent beer. This might be my favorite offering so far from Victory.

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Photo of MarineHokie
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden color, with orangish tint, two finger white head, fades slowly to a thick island with varying bubble sizes, thick sticky lacing.

S - Aroma adverstises immense hop flavor to come, hints of grainy sweetness fight through.

T - Crisp, grainy, bitterness with a solid light malt backbone, finishes bitter with notes of pine/grapefruit. Slightly sweet malt fights through at the end, leaving a nice balance on the palate.

M - Medium body, crisp but full mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, but maltiness through the hops gives away the relatively high alcohol content.

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Photo of jslot38
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed, orange copperish golden colour. Head is a bit frothy, with some bubbles, pours to two inches, quickly disappates to half an inch.

Smell: Yeah... you can smell the hops. A bit of a citrus, orange peel, background to it.

Taste: "Holy hops" where the first two words that I muttered outloud after my first sip. And it holds true, I wasn't wrong. Hops are quite simply all over the place. But to disect the hops for a moment: slight pine grass, sappy hops, with detectable oils. But thats not all, there are a few lingering citrusy notes to it as well. A beautiful blend of hops, thats for sure. Malt backbone is virtually non-existance but slowly helps in revealing a nice lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Certainly a bit harsh on your tounge, but with the hops it also allows for a slick oily down going.

Drinkability: Couldn't take more than two of these, too much hops for me. Certainly the hops add to the beer, and make it uniquely good, but more than two and I'd be down for the count with hops.

Notes: For the true hophead in all of us, good work Victory brewery in quenching all my hops needs... maybe for a few weeks.

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Photo of pbr85
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a 12oz pint glass
App: pours a pale yellow, not as pale as a macro brew but close. head is about an inch and disappears slowly. lacing holds well.
smell: hops gallore, which is expected. piney or sappy, i can't put a finger on it. it has a resin smell also, and some hints of citrus or grapefruit.
taste: hops are everywhere. you can almost taste the leaf on your tongue. its difficult to detect the malts, but i would say rye? that might just be the bitterness taking over though. very refreshingly bitter
mouthfeel: chunky. the hops grab your tongue and spank it.
drinkability: hops completely hide the alcohol. even at 8.5% you can't taste anything. i could definetly drink a few of these in a night, though the bitterness might get to me after a while

notes: though i didn't like the smell at first, by the end i was savoring it. this was the first double IPA i've had, but i am looking forward to trying more of them.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy yellow, with lime-like hints. Pours a foamy head with a pristine whiteness. The lacing is bubbly, and remains steadily throughout the beer.

Smell: Floral hops invade one's nostrils. The hops do pack a wallop as the name implies, but it's an inviting wallop. I'm reminded of a porch full of chrysanthemums during fall. Despite the intense hop presence, sweet malts also reveal themselves. A bready flavor, even a pastry flavor, fight through the power of the hops.

Taste: The hops are the dominant flavor, with a bitter floral sensation taking precedence. A nice spiciness reveals itself as one partakes. The malts provide a welcome sweetness that balances the hops to produce a fine flavor. A bitterness that is pleasing to the tastebuds exudes itself.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with some formidable carbonation. A lingering aftertaste stays with one, allowing one to savor the beer.

Drinkability: The bitterness accumulates after a period of time with the beer. But as well-balanced as it is, this beer is certainly drinkable to a great extent. Intensely hoppy in character, while presenting adequate sweetness, Hop Wallop is another victory for Victory.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Much lighter than I expected. A deep, rich yellow, with a 1/2" white head. Looks like the color of the sun, if you could look at the sun.

S: Hops, grapefruit, cotton candy maybe?

T: I had heard so much about how hoppy this brew was, but I really didn't get that from it. I actually thought the hops were very nicely balanced with a strong malt backbone and some sweet citrus.

M: Light, almost like a hefe. I feel like most double IPA's are good winter beers - this might break the mold and be a helluva beer to sip out on the beach, or on a lazy river ride.

D: Soooo drinkable - almost evil. At 8.5% this thing goes down so easy. I am having to restrain myself from finishing these bad boys off in one night.

All in all, its a good DIPA, however I think the sweetness overbears the hops. I might even classify it is a Double Pale Ale - if that makes any sense. The alcohol presence is there, but certainly not a hop explosion like Ruination or hop rod.

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Photo of putnam
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Candy yellow/gold colored. Little curdling. Aromas of cut grapefruit and little else. Flavors of ruby red grapefruit and little else. Bitterness is grapefruit rind and grapefruit pith flavored. Wheezes of lemon and minty herbs are dominated by grapefruitiness. The texture is nicely proportioned, validating the impressions of honey taken from the color of the liquid. I can't imagine what anyone could possibly say about this beer except that it tastes precisely like grapefruit. Not interesting and not quite drinkable.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle with the story of a gold miner falling to sleep and discovering his fresh hops.
A: Golden colored. Bottom of the glass is the color of the sun. Thinner head than I expected that left puddles of foam on the top of the beer. Lightly laced.
S: Smell is of citrus fruits, lemon, lime, grapefruit with some hop bitterness.
T: The hops dominate the taste, but it has a nice complexity. Sour citrus fruits, grapefruit is noticable. Has a nice bananna like aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.
M: Feels a bit thin, but has that nice bitter hop bite. Burns a little in a good way.
D: This is a very tasty beer but one or two of them would be enough for me. Mainly because of the 8.5% and hoppiness.
I would recommend this to anyone that likes hoppy beers.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a small white head. The smell is awesome, piney, some citrus, and a bit of biscut in the background. The piney nose is amazing. The hops are all over this one. Resin sitting on the tongue leaving a piney bitter taste, the malt is trying to wash the taste away but it can't. Good medium body, a bit too much carbonation. It drinks real easy, the aftertaste is almost as good as the real taste.

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Photo of nortmand
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber with an inch of white foam. Minimal lace.

Nice huge hoppy smell, but typical cascade citrus. Some "rarer" hops would have been perfect. Rich malty backbone and some alcohol in the nose.

The flavor of this beer way outdoes the smell. Wow! The citrus hops are there, but also some smooth raisiny caramel. Very good. Slight alcohol burn. Leaves a spicy burn long after the swallow.

Smooth, round and full mouthfeel. Very dangerously and expensively drinkable.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with great label for the season, and the story of Horace "Hop" Wallop ending with "Hoppiness is Happiness" Oh so true.

Pours a wonderful creamy thick off-white 1" head. Colour is beautiful in a balloon glass. Clear amber/golden hue. Held this up in front of a fire in my fireplace on the first snow fall here in Harrisburg, PA. Perfect day for this perfect Hoppy Ale.

Sweet grapefruit, bitter grapefruit rind, touch of mango, and spicy pine on the nose. I must of had my nose in the glass for a good 15 minutes before taking a sip. Such a great thick aroma!!

Perfect smooth, creamy mouthfeel then unleashes the slick grapefruit rind hop oil that is intense yet tame. Just right, in fact in my opinion "PERFECT." Hops win over, but in the end a very slight caramelly sweet malt with the warming alcohol going down to the maw. The 8.5% is well masked, and creepy.

On the 3rd one I paired with my Wife's pork bbq that she made with 85 IPA from LBC. These are very drinkable, and after the 5th one I was sawin' logs on the couch in front of the fire.

Victory is just Awesome!!!!

I tried this for the first time with great food, football, on a snowy day in front of the fire. "It doesn't get any better than this." Great day with a Perfect Brew!

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with a small white head that dissapears quickly. Medium level of carbonation bubbles. The piney hops smell just blows you away. It almost smells sticky with hops juices and oils. The taste dosen't dissapoint, this is definately a hop wallop. I just can't get paste the piney hops flavor to get much of anything else. Bitter aftertaste that is not too harsh but sticks around for a while. The hops hides the alcohol and everything else. Something nice as a once a year kind of thing but not a beer i would want to drink all the time.

Kind of reminds me of what Weyerbacher is trying to do with hops infusion only much better. As my friend burd man put it; "hops infusion is a punch in the face by a huge drunken lineman at a bar; hop wallop is a slap in the face by a hot chick! Both get your attention, but one's kind of fun"

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Photo of sacfly
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by Oct 11 06

Pours a crystal clear, light yellow/straw color. Almost looks like your average BMC. Thick, ivory white head. Aroma is an intense but well rounded citrus and pine hops.

First taste is awesome. Pine and orange peal dominate. A little sweetness… just enough to let you know there is something other than hops in there. Better mouth feel and body than expected from looking at it. Lingering, but not harsh, bitterness in the aftertaste.

Much better than I remember last year’s version. Highly recommended.

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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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