Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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 yankeeheel
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultraclear yellow with a very billowy cream white head. Head remains thick and sticks around a long time. Smells nicely piney, yet doesn't give away it's hop bomb secret. Perhaps 1/10th of a second of malt is detected and then it happens....you run in to a wall of tarry, piney, citrusy hop. Instantly bitter, then slightly orange, then and incesant slow long burn of citirc acid. It's not my cup of corn but I'm sure others dig it. Moderate body and drinkable if this is your style.

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Photo of shippos
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a hazy yellow golden color witha a small fluffy white head. soft hop aroma, citrusy and a bit (can't read my own writing on my notes here)...and some lemon zest. soft taste of citrus foloowed by a immediate hit of malt at the center then a wallop of hops in the finish. very nicely balanced aromas and a bit of a creamy finish.
very nice, but it's need another try.

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Photo of winomark
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium gold with a slightly sticky off white head. Lots of streaming bubbles. Hop citrus and spice control the nose. Some resiny notes. Some sweet malt noticable/ Bracing hop bitterness and a dry, astringent palate. Very tannic finish. Dry mouthfeel. Very hoppy and no malt noticable. A good beer for hopheads, but it needs more malt present to offer a bit of balance for me. Still, worth a try any time.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color with a small head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is much more subdued than I expected. Lots of hops - floral and pine mostly. The flavor has a spicy tone and lots of hop flavors. Very nice. This is one of the nicest double IPA's I've ever had. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of oggg
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to IrishRedRock for this super IIPA

This beer pours a beautiful golden orange with a creamy white head of foam that sits pretty and leaves a clingy Belgian lace. There is a small haziness which I think could be chill haze. The aroma is refined. Not the huge hop aroma that most IIPAs have. This could be due to the bottle serving, as Alpine's Pure Hoppiness also has a relatively subdued aroma compared to the tap version. The aroma is sweet caramel, then some citrus rind. Good carbonation level. The hop bitterness is very smooth. It really sneaks up on you with its bitterness. In fact, this is probably the mellowest bitterness I've encountered in an IIPA -- on the opposite side of the spectrum would be Pliny and Ruination. It really doesn't torture the hop buds on the tongue enough. Columbus I would guess. More grapefruit and citrus. A little spiciness. Rich caramel and then intense biscuit add tremendous balance and complexity. Alcohol is noticeable but does not detract. Very very smooth. Full bodied. I need to get more of this brew!

Overall: Mellow bitterness, great complexity.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, completely clear with a bubbly, rocky head and steady champagne-like streams of carbonation.

Nose is grapefruit pith followed with fresh-cut grass and pine sap.

Body is grassy and piney with turbinado sugar sweetness and a finish of grapefruit. Some degree of malt evident, perhaps a pilsner malt backing? Ligering malts and a slightly citrusey bitterness round out the beverage.

This is almost one-dimensional. It's a nice dimension, and I'd be glad to have this around more often but it's lacking the malt back-bone and the body I'd expect from a DIPA or even from a IPA. The lable says it's a "Very Hoppy Ale". That's more acurate. It is damned easy drinking for a 8.5% beer.

Far from the exceptional ale it's made out to be, but still rather nice. I'm glad to have had it and I wish it was available more often.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not too amber not too golden color. Little head to speak of but a good carbonation level. Nice big hop aroma-a great malty sweetness comes thru as well-very nicely balanced. This is one of those beers where the aroma is perfectly carried over into the flavor. A great big hop flavor but excellently balanced with the malt. Really a great pairing of the two. Wonderful body-velvety smooth. None of the pucker of some of the other American Doubles. A very drinkable beer. Take this over the Hop Devil any day.

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

Although this beer has a rather lackluster appearance (alot less than I would expect from a beer with such a full flavor) other things make up for its defficiency in that department. The smell is strong with honey sweet pines and hops. Small hints of malt linger behind but are subservient to the hops. The taste is very sweet, and full, with a nice bitter back with hints of burn malts. The beer goest down very smoothly, totally fooling me into thinking it was your averate 6% ABV IPA type. I was surprised to see that it was as high as 8.5%. That boosts the drinkability points for this beer definately. Quite a beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy white head with very good retention. Thin and ringed lacing with great strength. Hazy golden0light orange in color with noticeable carbonation.

Pine, hop oils, and light bubblegum. Very pronounced and tempting hop aromatics.

Pine and bubblegum at first; vinous and very oily. The hop profile is huge but not as grainy and brash as other double hop monsters. A big bitterness that's followed by a citrus, pine, and oily aftertaste.

Medium bodied; smooth and mellow yet quite a mouthful of hops. For the style, this is a crisp and unbelievable well balanced ale.

Great flavor, well balanced, and at 8.5% abv this one packs a punch! For a double IPA this would make a great session beer if you're really into hops. Another great beer from Victory.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop

enjoy by may 4th 2005

Appearance- hazy orange with a decent frothy head.
Smell- Very strong citrus hops. Grapefruit/ lemon/ orange rind citrus.
Taste- strong grapefruit citrus hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- very clean and smooth. An initial bitterness but your palatte will quickly adjust. Goes down well.

Overall- a very good ale that rivals Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Hop Wallop is a little stronger though.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I agree very much with the review two below this one.. Good if you're a hophead, danger if you're not. I'm not. Still, I'd like to say some positive things as well. The taste has been beaten to death, so let me take a crack at a new approach:

Advantages: More flavor and aroma than last year's batch. More fruity aromas and complexities to a rather overpowering taste. With a whole lot of imagination, you can pull different flavors out of this brew like orange and bread that were not as present last year.

Disadvantages: After you drink this, your palate is shot for the night. It is the hot sauce of beers. The lingering bitterness is a hophead's dream but the belgian man's nightmare.

It looks good, it smells damn refreshing, but the taste is a polarizing killer.

Victory rarely disappoints, and this is a novelty, extreme-specialty beer. I'm sure those for whom it was made will love it.. it's not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, bold. Pine. Some high alcohol. Sweet and citrussy lemon and grapefruit. A lemon and a white head. Dry bitter aftertaste.I've of course had it since, including 8 years later. A nice drinkability, despite the IBU. Not much retaned head. A classic.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a creamy white head and absolutely no carbonation. Head subides quickly with faint traces of lace spatterings.

Aroma is unique ; herbal and pungant but not the citrus and pine Ive come to expect from these hop exstravaganzas. Hop varieties to me smell German- a definate departure from the norm these days.

Flavor is obviously hop dominated and while this beer was only slightly below room temp., it was difficult for any malt to make its presence known. Faint and unimpressive sugary sweetness for a split second up front, but then husky grain flavor is the only evidence of barley I could find . More grassy and herbal hop flavors grab the tongue but then dissapear abruptly leaving a surprisingly mild bitter finish. This beer really lacks balance and screams for more malt and a higher ending gravity IMHO.

The most interesting thing about this beer is the lack of overwhelming hop bittering at the finish. Most of the hop character is found in the flavoring and sharp bite before the swallow. I would be interested in the hop varieties used as this beer is quite different from the plethora of Double IPA's available lately.

A nice beer and a different twist on a " new" style, but I dont get all the hype. Give me a Hop Devil anyday over this.

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Photo of xforce
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good beer, although a bit strong to drink a lot. golden straw like in color with a nice white head, about 3 fingers from a fairly aggressive pour. hops are good in the aroma: piney, grapefruit. high bitterness levels, with a strong sweetness from adjuncts (seemingly lots of them, like corn sugar or something). good beer, but i think i liked it better last year.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden hue with a terrific looking large, white head and lot’s of lacing. Grapefruit aroma along with loads of hops. The taste is sweet and hoppy. Little malt flavor, but plenty of hops. Bitter finish. Medium to full mouthfeel. Oily feeling in the mouth. High level of carbonation. At 8.5%, the alcohol is very noticable. Flavorful, but not complex. A good choice if you love hops.

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Photo of necoadam
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out an orange/dark gold color with a decent size head that left a good about of lacing around the glass. Wasn't cloudy at all, I could see through the glass.

Smell was all hops. Lots of pine aromas along with a good dose of citrus aromas. It's a bit on the sweet side, but nothing to complain about. A hint of grapefruit and orange hangs around in the background.

Taste was good. Lots of flavors, but oh so subtle and soft. My kind of Double IPA. Floral, citrusy, juicy hops attack the palate, but again, it's soft, but very flavorful. Malts come in the middle and balance it out pretty good. Finished with some piney flavors.

Mouthfeel was very good in this beer. It was very soft and gentle on the palate, and quite smooth and creamy. Carbonation is controlled.

One of the better double IPA. Everyone should try this beer once.

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Photo of maltedmilk
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours clear and golden with a beautiful white head. The first smells are interesting , a little fruity. But the taste is overwhelmingly bitter and hoppy ( but what would you expect ?).

I like it but I don’t know if I could drink too many in one sitting.

This beer will warm you up quickly.

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

On cask. An amber yellow color, rich fluff of white turns into rings of lace as I drink the glass down. Real hoppy smell, like a flower garden. Taste is smooth, lots of hops with a bit of malt to maintain a delicious balance. Not so easy to drink a lot of these, its pretty strong but a great beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My long awaited first Hop Wallop...here it goes!! Pours a shiny golden neon orange with small white head. Citrusy, fresh cut grassy hoppiness with hints of lemon, orange and grapefruit.

First sip is a nice shot of citrusy, grassy/piney hops. A swirling blend of orange and graperfruit notes dance across my palate before the biterness hits on the back. A nice caramel biscuity malt attempts to break out through the hops. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is nice with a creamy texture...but a little thin for me. I look for a bit more body in my double ipa's. Drinkability is excellent...a tasty brew that I could easily make a session out of. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the opportunity.

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Photo of markman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Wallop:

Crystal clear gold pour under a two inch head that looks just so fine. I can read this review through the glass…inverted, but clear as the Connecticut winters are cold. Citrus hop aroma is unmistakable. I can’t freakin’ wait to taste this…mmm oily, hoppy and WOW- good. Where to start? First of all, I cracked this beauty at about 57 degrees. And damn, the oiliness leaps onto the tongue and just hangs there with the viscosity of warm tupelo honey…is there any other? Grapefruit rind hoppiness is big and bold. There may be a hint of malt here, but I think it is just a fuckin’ hop in disguise. This is HopDevil on freakin’ steroids…seek it, buy it, drink it, love it.


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Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first bottle I had was after a few Bitter Woman's and Celebration's and I thought the hop load was disappointing..I opted to not review that night for fear of a blasted palate and that was probably wise...this has plenty of hop goodness to it...not the most amazing creation on earth but enjoyable...bottle says best by April 05...

Pours a very clear, light yellow..nose is pungent...leafy...tobacco..canibus...flavor begins sweet and floral..backed by almost a candy like sweetness..the long finish has a good hit of piney tight hops...body is medium..perhaps on the lighter side of medium..for a DIPA this is not particularly hefty (which is OK by me)...

Really a nice bitter finish...relatively complex....interesting for sure...I'd enjoy a six pack of this every year but would chose the west coast offerings over this if push came to shove.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an utterly standard gold color. Fair amount of lacing. Smells hoppy, natch, mostly pine and grapefruit. Taste is the same, very hoppy, with mostly bitter grapefruit flavors dominating. Alcohol is quite present.

I hate to say it, but I'm not impressed with this beer. It's just too bitter, but not in a lipsmackingly good way. I won't be buying this one again.

I love the label though.

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

Bought a case of this as I didn't want to miss out on this seasonal brew, and it appeared that it was quite limited last year. Label says enjoy by April '05.

From the bottle it pours a light golden body topped by a thin white head. Side by side comparison shows it lighter in color to its Hop Devil sibling which is more amber.

This brew smells like a what it might be like to be lost in a hop forest. From the first whiff I can tell this is a double IPA.

Taste: Malt, not so much, hops -> ummmhmmm. Considering the high ABV of this beer it doesn't taste like that, and that's a good thing. I am a big fan of Victory's Hop Devil and this is like Hop Devil that's been brewed at BALCO. JUICY!

Overall, it is a very enjoyable beer and I would order this first if I saw it on tap 4 out of 5 times, but I don't think I would want to drink more than 2 pints of this brew as far as drinkability goes.

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Photo of WesWes
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a pale malt scent along side of a kick ass hop aroma. It has an intense citrus hop aroma. The taste is perfect. It has a rich pale malt flavor with a very bitter hop aftertaste. It goes down easy and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is excellent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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

Had this on tap the other night while at Mahar’s. The brew poured to a cloudy golden color with a nice thick head that left light lacing through out the brew. The aroma is over the top with Hop! Holy cow, the people with me could smell the hops and they where across the table! The aroma’s are of pine, grapefruit and lemon with a light alcohol smell. Not a bad smelling brew but probably has the most hop smell that I have come across yet. The taste is similar to the aroma’s, the hop flavors knock you for a loop and I can’t say that I picked up much of a malt flavor, but did notice a alcohol type after taste. All I can say is that I am glad that this was my last offering of the night because for the next few hours all I could taste was hop residue! A good brew, but not completely what I am looking for. Glad I was able to give it a try and will have it again!

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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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