Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot color with a big off-white creamy head, good carbonation, and nice sheets of lace. Big resiny pine hop aroma and flavor ... bitterness abounds. Has a nice light hoppy fruity character too but maybe that's just the ale talking. Full-medium bodied and creamy with a big dry bitter finish.

Typical Imperial IPA.

Enjoy By: 06/02/05
Tasted: 06/21/05

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by May 22, 2005, drank on Jan 2, 2005. So reasonably fresh, I guess.

First impression: Rather yellow, but with a big head. Very piney. Smooth with expected IPA bitterness. Some oil in the mouth.

Nice thick, puffy head, but suprisingly yellow. Thick ragged lace. Cloudy.

a good, piney hop scent, but evidently nothing remarkable, according to my notes, that now seem rather sparse.

not nearly as hoppy as expected, or as I would have liked. A good beer, but not a 'hop wallop'.

pleasingly full bodied, very very smooth. Thick, oily mouthfeel.

Smoothness and taste=easy sipper.

Overall, a disappointment. I think Hop Devil is a better double IPA than Hop Wallop, and it isn't even a double. Perhaps another tasting is in order...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Clear amber color ale with huge head with pretty good retention. Aroma of bitter and somewhat floral hops is definitely present. Taste is dominated by bitter hops as expected mix with very subtle sour ending which was enjoyable. Body is full ands carbonation is good which is more then I can say for other Victory products. Not over the top as other Imperial IPA and very well balance. Nice beer that I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this beer in a pint glass -- poured a hazy straw yellow with a creamy slightly off-white head that laced the glass.

HOPs, Hops, hops...contributed at every step. A strong fruity aroma...dominate hop flavor...hugely bitter...enjoyable hop aftertaste. There is definitely malt in this beer and it is noticable and it does provide a good balance; but this is a beer dominated by hops.

Certainlhy hangs with the better big IPAs around, but today I would favor a Celebration over this.

I only had one bottle, so I'm searching for more!

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Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for this.
Appears a light golden yellow with a dense 2 inch head with tons of spotty lacing.
Smell is of hearty hops, caramel malts, and corn syrup.
Taste is all of the aforementioned smells with a sugary start and an awesome hop explosion.
Mouthfeel is starchy and sugary which levetates towards the hops indulgance on the back of tongue. Man, this is much better than the draft versions I remember having for the past two years.
Thanks again, Tom!

Finger licking good...and then some!

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Photo of Wonka
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkinteenth @ Grey Lodge Pub 5-13-05

Appearance – the big creamy white head held on longer on the cask; the usually clear gold body in bottle moved aside for a very cloudy cream yellow body with particulates everywhere; lacing was admirable

Smell – powerful grapefruit rind; a kick up from the bottle

Taste – bitterness seems to be a bit higher than the bottle but there's some malt back there; the flavors were certainly exploding; bitterness holds for the aftertaste

Mouthfeel – much thicker than bottle; late in the cask, it was hop syrup

Drinkability - early in the cask, Wallop was smoother and much more pleasurable to consume; late, it could have almost been used to finish the tiles in your bathroom; of course, timing for the ultimate product is key

I had 3 samples and it was a great experience to run with the transitions of the cask.

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Photo of Foxman
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured a deep gold, a shade short of orange, hazy with floaties. A dense finger of stiff white head lingered long before fizzling to pockets of froth. Smiles of lacing clung to the glass.

Pine and citrus and flowers came blasting into the air, with tendrils of alcohol darting hither and yon. A veritable malt sweetnes, with hints of berry, backed up the measure of the aroma.

The first sip washed a wave of toasted malt sweetness across the palate, complete with a lightly grassy series of berry fruit notes. The malt was quickly laid waste by the over-the-top resinous slick of hops bitterness carrying flotsam of pine and zesty citrus. Alcohol dares pop its head up throughout, when the hops let it. The finish is dominated by a mouth-numbing bitterness held steadfastly in place by the hop oils, and lingering especially long.

Medium bodied, the thick hops presence renders any sweetness a non-entity and clings tenaciously to the entire inside of the mouth. To say the palate glows would be an understatement.

The malt takes a stab, but the hops quickly lay claim to most of what this beer is, and the IBU's come off as damned close to overbearing. The ABV is very real and present, but it is the lesser culprit in limiting the drinkability. In fact, it is the cumulative, enamel-eating bitterness lingering dense in the mouth that makes many more of these a rather daunting task. And I love hops, but the bitterness ends up obliterating the taste buds, rendering them useless for a time. A more inimicable lupulophile than myself might drink these willy-nilly, but I just don't measure up. However, it's certainly something you want to experience from time to time.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a nice yellow and gold color, with a small head that lasted well and left some good lace too.

However, the malts are simplistic and the hop profile just doesn't work out that well. The drinkability and mouthfeel are reasonable, but the flavors present aren't as good as the competition. There's too much pine and not enough of anything else.

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Photo of jimdkc
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey-gold color, slightly hazy, with a decent white head. Head is not long-lasting, but does leave some chunky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is amazing! Piney, citrus, floral, glorious hops!

Surprisingly, a sweet malt taste hits first... followed by the onslaught of hops. There is a full, round bitterness that lingers for a while, but it's not really overpowering. Hop flavors of grapefruit and pine dominate. Some alcohol warmth is apparent on the swallow. Leaves an almost tea-like aftertaste.

I really liked this! Does that make me a hop head? Maybe not one of the highest ratings I've given a beer, but it's definitely a worthwhile, unique experience that I'll look forward to experiencing again!

Thanks to Higravity and BIF 20 for the sample!

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

Wow! This was the stand-out for me at the 13 May 2005 Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge! Absolutely amazing! All of the rich maltiness was there, and it even appeared fuller because of the softer mouthfeel. It was the only beer I had all night (apart from Heavyweight's Hoppy Saison) that held a head and left lacing about the glass. The hop aroma didn't seem any fuller than usual, but it really didn't have to be. The hop flavors seemed to sink into the maltiness a bit more, and it was much rounder and incredibly drinkable! Of course, at 8.5% you are limited.... but I'd have drank it all night if I could (and almost did!).

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

from the bottle, poured a slightly hazy golden color with a off white head, and some lacing. aroma, grapefruit with sugar on it, caramel, hops, green apples, alcohol, grassy. flavor, grapefruit, honey, hops, nice mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol. this took re of my hop craving I had.

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Photo of Star80
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before April 28th, per the bottle dating. Beer is pretty light colored with a slight haze, probably from all those hops! Not a huge head for so much hops and isn't lacing this glass which seems to always happen when I use the dishwasher so it's not the beer. Smells like citrus, pineapple, and some other weird fruits. Smell is also a bit like grain alcohol. Tastes a lot like what I remember DFH 90 minute IPA was like. Hops have mellowed a bit with age but they are still there in spades. I can now taste a bit of the pale malts in the the middle. They are actually quite good. Mouthfeel is heavy for such an innocent looking beer. Hmm. I don't find this beer to be highly drinkable. This is probably due to my disliking of some of the wild ass tasting hops and alcohol presence in this beer. Overall it is decent beer but I won't be buying as much next time.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a good workout on the treadmill and going to have a beer for the second half of the ncaa final. Looking for something refreshing so am going to try the victory hop wallop sent to me by sully.
an absolutely beautiful cloudy orange with tiny particles suspended. A creamy white head an inch plus thick that leaves nice lacing until your beer is done. A really unique orange citrus colour.

a light fruity, floral aroma. Citrus is predominant.

Initial taste is hoppiness and fruit juice even a little lemon as it washes over the tounge.
An acidic zing in the aftertaste, kind of like a bitter lemonade.

incredible drinkablity. This has to be one of my new favorites.
I am conciously trying to nurse it a little as i only have one... so sad.

This is an AMAZING beer.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle...courtesy of Higravity.
Pours a nice, hazy, golden orange with 2 finger, bone-white head. As with most IPAs this has great lacing and retention.
Smell is that of faint malt, caramel sweetness. Hops figure (obviously) promanently in the aroma as well. A very strong grassy, earthy, citrusy hop aroma. This smells pretty darn good.
Wow, for the smell, I was expecting this to be a lot more bitter than it actually is. Oh, don't get me wrong, it's definitely hoppy as all get out, but it's not really "BITTER." Fruity (citrus, sorty of white winey), caramel, toasty malt, and hop flavor dominate. There is also a very slight warming sensation as this one makes it's way down.
Overall, a wonderful example of a DIPA. I would say my only qualm with this one is the mouthfeel, it's a little slick for my tastes, but still a damn fine beer. I now know what the fuss is about.

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

Pours out a cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Some sheet of lace where left as I drank this. Aroma is a combination of citric hoppiness and a strong alcohol scent. The alcohol really doesn’t let the hops shine through like they should in the style. Taste is very similar with citric and earthy hops being big up front. The alcohol unfortunately is a big part of the taste, and not in a good way. Mouthfeel is about average with ok drinkability. I was expecting a lot more of this when it came out after the rave reviews last years version had. This one fell short and I regret buying a case before I tried it. When it was fresh the same problems stood out so I gave it some time and it still seems to have an overpowering alcohol presence. Hopefully this years version will be better.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a 1+ finger off white head and a little bit of lacing. Smell is mainly of citric hops with some grassiness and spicy notes. The taste is citric hop bitterness up front, some piney notes ( not as prominent as some other IPAs), and a spiciness that I normally associate with pilseners and Saaz hops. Very nice. The finish is relatively dry with a light but lingering bitterness and a soft alcohol warmth. This is a very good session beer, but not the enormous hop bomb that typically defines the style. A sixer is easily drinkable.

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Photo of Kwak
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color thick rich head that stuck to the side of the glass almost staining it. Almost sweet smell maybe a little hint of pine. Nice citrus taste butt the hops were almost overpowering at first butt after a few seemed to flow nicely. not a bad beer even when it warmed up still had a nice flavor!!

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Photo of deliriumtremens
1.7/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hmm... interesting smell, I thought. A sweet lager-type of aroma, with just a hint of something that reminds me of macro adjuncts. Then I tasted it. This is one of the few beers that I have ever poured out for any reason other than being too drunk to finish it. The sticky-sweet canned pineapple taste is overwhelming, and nearly made me retch right there, but then the hops came rumbling in. Normally when I think of hoppy beer, I think of Sam Adams or Goose Island or Sierra Nev PA - a little harsh and painful on the jaw after drinking several, but overall well-balanced and non-offensive - they taste good. Hop Wallop doesn't have that kind of hop flavor. The hops are bitter, aggressive, and overall very nasty.

The best thing I can say about drinking this is that it tastes like Pineapples smothered in salt and Crisco.

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

Crystal clear amber light copper sheen revealing no carbonation bubbles topped off by a statuesque ivory off white 1/2 " cap is going nowhere fast. Tons of foamy lace. One slight swirl in the glass erupts a frothy foam.

Head cap almost detracts from the aromas of hops (not sure which are used) and some vanilla ice cream malts.

First swigs: Liquid hop lurking in the front with a malt back peeking out. 8.5% ABV is detectable. Sweet grassy pine notes. Bone dry aftertaste and tea leaf hop oil sizzle.

Feel is medium with sticky sweet hop oil but not quite a hop magnet. Plenty of sizzle.

Last swigs: Barely a double IPA. Forgo the "last year" hooey. This year is grass hops like 90 minute w/out the malt back. Kicked in $5 a pint at local Union Jacks.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smelled very crisp from the moment I opened the bottle. High-hop beers always seem to have a "clean" scent cutting right through any flavors I may have had in my mouth recently. The beer was a deep gold with a just-barely-offwhite head that lasted quite a while and laced firmly to the glass. On my lips I can taste the plant-like sweetness that I dislike in a beer like Dogfish's 120 Minute, but it immediately gives way to the biting, fresh taste of hops (wish I knew my hop varietals a little better). I can taste a citrusy flavor at the top of my mouth (but it's not oranges... maybe grapefruit? I don't know--I don't eat grapefruits). The beer fills my mouth without being too heavy or cloying, and the alcohol warms the palate quite a bit. Aftertaste reminds me of white grape juice with some of the sugar removed.

I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely buy it again.

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

Pours a cloudy light amber with a sticky white head.

Citrussy hop nose with fruity hints. Not nearly as hoppified as I expected.

Starts out hoppy enough, with a healthy dose of malty sweetness, then comes a hard-nosed, full-on grapefruit hop pounding. Ah, that's the wallop apparently. Cool.

Crisp on the tongue and oily at the finish. This beer seems to have two stages of everything.

Pretty easy to drink, but I wouldn't try pounding these down all day long.

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Photo of TheGipper
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted a glass at the Victory event in NYC. I was looking forward to getting my hands on this ale, and I ended up somewhat disappointed. There was a lack of body, a thinness, which made the hoppiness evaporate after the first moments of sipping. Nice aroma, but the flavor just did not follow through. I'd call this more drinkable if it wasn't so high in alcohol. Not bad, but not what I expected.

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Photo of sprackops
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy bright orange with numerous bubbles floating up the sides to a moderately sized white head. Like carbonated apricot juice, as strange as that would be.

Smell: Mainly pine and sweet citric aromas. Yes, there are a lot of hops in this stuff. Despite the ABV, there is no scent of alcohol.

Taste: As advertised, hops are clearly in the driver's seat. Unlike other beers of the style, however, the malt content isn't relegated to the role of a mere hop juice delivery system. While I'd hesitate to call this balanced, the Wallop is the closest I've tasted in a double IPA. As to specifics, I was immediately hit by a huge grapefruit and pine needle flavor, no doubt courtesy of Pacific Northwest hops. There is an undercurrent of honey-like malt character, gently leading the imbiber to a bitter end.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied and creamier than the appearance suggests, as if it were an IPA crossed with a Belgian tripel.

Drinkability/comments: While I wasn't lucky enough to taste last year's version, which many claim was much better, I'd have to say this is the best double IPA I've had thus far. Over time I've had quite a few, and through intensive scientific analysis have concluded that it is very quaffable.

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Photo of horndecker
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ouch! That hurts.
Well, it has a nice look to it. Golden yellow with a big creamy head. The aromas are intense and interesting. Grassy and herbal, piney and unrelentingly hoppy. What a surprise. I swear I can almost see resins beginning to crystalize on the lip of the glass.
The first sip is overpoweringly medicinal. Actually unpleasant. For me this wallop is way over the top, all out of balance. Although I love a good IPA, I suppose I'm not a hophead. However, I'm open-minded and I'll try this again, along with others of the ilk.

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

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date printed on label.

Pale straw gold in colour. Dense, creamy looking white head that will no quit. Sheets of sticky lace decorate the glass.

Sticky pine & aromas of orange fill the nose.

Subtle hints of biscuit pass by in a flash. Resinous pine & loads of citrus take over. Splashes of fruit work in & out. Somewhat green & vegetal aftertaste lingers briefly. Medium fbodied, smooth, moderate carbonation. I think I'll go pick some hops leaves out of my teeth now.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,707 ratings