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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,705
Reviews:
1,898
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
274
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mtyrrell
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, golden color, half inch to one inch off white head that receded pretty quickly leaving some patches fluffy foam and lacing.

S- Floral and earthy hops, grainy but with some citrus and other fruit

T- Bold and bitter, not much in the way of a malt to balance

M- medium body, lots of carbonation

D- Packs a punch of hops and leaves a long bitter aftertaste

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Photo of masikon
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy "longhorns" orange with lacy, sticky white on top. I found the nose to be surprisingly subtle with juicy citrus dominating. Taste is of course heavy on spicy, piny hops that tickle the toungue and cheeks. Alcohol is definitely present but never diminishes the enjoyment of the great hop flavors. Drinkabiliy I found high, after the first few swills it starts going down faster and faster, you have to be careful at 8.5%

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Am a fan of Hop Devil and was keen to see how the big brother (in essence) stacked up.

Old gold colour appearance with a white head of foam that settles to a level of a quarter of an inch and grips the glass as it empties.

Not a huge smelling DIPA, but still a bit there. Mostly floral, with some pint and light fruit.

Plenty of hop flavour and a solid dose of bitterness hit the mouth. The hop flavour isn't over the top, the bitterness surprises, especially late. Flavours are of pine and some malt to back it up.

You certainly wouldn't pick this to be 8.5% ABV. Well balanced, the late bitterness keeps things in check. Body is in line with the style. Nice coating of the mouth and the bitterness can linger.

A very drinkable DIPA. Not the most hoppy, not the most bitter, not the biggest there is, but one that is sessionable which some seem to forget. I'm liking what these guys do more and more.

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Photo of wspscott
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)

A: Crystal clear deep gold color, thick fluffy white head, lots of lace.
S: Lots and lots of hops, no hint of malt, needs more aroma hops
T: Sharp bitterness, piney hops as it warms up, no hint of alcohol, needs more late addition hops.
M: Oily hops and lots of carbonation make for a good mouthfeel for the style.
D: A hophead's dream, lots of bitterness, but very smooth. I like that it is not overly dominated by caramel malts like some DIPAs. Goes down too easy given the alcohol level, I'm ready for another one, could be dangerous. This would be an amazing beer with more late addition hops or ideally a ton of dry hops. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of boogyman
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light gold to a yellow color with a good 2-3 fingers of frothy white head. The retention looks to be fairly epic. Lacing is good and sticky.

S- Right off the bat I get lots of citrus. Grapefruit lemony goodness that should be in any good Imperial IPA.

T- Definitely a strong bitter hoppy flavor in the beginning. Also got some nice citrus flavors from the nose. I am drinking this beer a bit warm on purpose and I am getting a lot more bitter hops then fruit flavors, which I am not surprised about, but I am still loving this brew.

M- Bitterness lingers on the toungue for a good long time. Goes down fairly smooth even with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Definitely a two bottle'r on a good night. Not as floral and citrusy as some but definitely a good brew.

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Photo of carln26
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There has been so much hype about this beer, so I couldn’t way to try it when I saw it on tap today at RedBones. It has a bright gold to copper with a white head and a surprising amount of champagne bubbles. Bright floral citrus aroma. The taste is indeed a wallop from hops, a real bitterness force. There is also a mild sourness. Not unpleasant, just there. Lace is left on the glass for each drink. It has a great mouth feel and is very drinkable for this bitter a beer. Does the beer match the hype, sorry. Not in my opinion. Good beer, not a great one.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear pale orange color. Two fingers of some of the creamiest head I've seen in a while. Good retention and lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Big on hops (big surprise, I know). Orange flavor citrus and some woody pine. No overpowering aromas, just plain goodness.

4.0 T: Really good. Sort of reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA, which is one of my favorite beers, but is lacking something in the way of cohesiveness. Very fruity with mainly tropical fruit hops. Big wood flavor as well.

4.0 M: Medium-heavy body. Very smooth, good carbonation. Good creaminess.

4.5 D: Very drinkable, I'm gonna have another.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A glowing, hazy yellow-orange color with a relatively large, creamy off-white head with great retention. Lacing is impressive.

S: Thick, vibrant orange/tangerine citrus aromas up front. Some piney notes also evident. A sweet, vaguely bready nose as well.

T: A big, big smorgasbord of hop flavor up front. Grapefruit and bitter orange, resiny pine, and some bitter earthiness is all present. There is a nice underlying sweetness up front, somewhat bready/biscuity, but it is quickly swallowed by the layers of hops. A lengthy hop bitterness lasts and lasts. Some alcohol is also detectable, but it's masked well for 8.5%.

M: Oily hops, with a smooth mouthfeel overall. Carbonation somewhat subdued. A riding dry bite, as expected.

D: This is well done. Balanced? Not really, but they managed to pack a lot of flavor in without relying only on overwhelming bitterness. It's certainly a big beer, but it drinks pretty well all things considered.

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Photo of djhowell
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy golden body with two fingers of fluffy bright white head that retains pretty well and leaves lacing all the way down.

S
Lots of pine hops, some citrus notes as well. Lots of hops, period.

T
Even more pine flavor than I expected. This beer is a hop head's dream. Very bitter but not overwhelming because of a nice sweet malty notes in the background.

M
Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and crisp with a nice bitter finish. The bitterness sticks around after each sip.

D
The way it sticks around in my mouth leaves me wanting another but I could probably only have a couple before I needed to change things up. It's a very well made beer and it definitely satisfies the craving when you're looking for a hoppy ale.

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Photo of DeaconBluez
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks mtnlover on this one.

poured a dark golden color almost brass like. 1 finger head with plenty of lacing

smell: i was hoping for a little more smell on this. nothing more than hops.

tase: is very hoppy (what did you expect??) citrus taste. very piney. there is almost a pineaple taste to it.

mouthfeel: very clean and bitter.

i found this to be a very drinkable beer. i could session this brew. the alcohol is not very predominant on it. i really wish this brew was available in my neck of the woods, because i would buy this quite frequently.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Bruery snifter...

A - Pours golden with a two finger off white head. Head retention is decent and there is some sticky lace that clings to the glass...

S - Citrus fruits and sweet malt. Scent comes across very well balanced...

T - Grapefruit, lemon and a hint of caramel. Finishes with pine and some lingering garpefruit. This one has alot more of a hop presence than the nose led on. Abv is well hidden...

M - Really smooth. Medium bodied with the carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum...

O - Very solid IIPA. Definitely something I will be picking up again in the near future...

Cheers...

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Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer arrived in a trade with BeerTruth, Thanks.

A: Nice honey yellow color with a billowing head at the pour. The head fades to a nice ring circling the brew as it is continually fed by a steady rush of bubbles to the top. Sticky lacing is left behind as the contents disappear. A nice looking DIPA.

S: Has a nice citrus aroma to it. I smell grapefruit mainly, not much else. Pretty mild compared to other reviews.

T: A nice DIPA. Starts off pretty mild with a light sweetness about it. Then you are hit with the punch of hops. Sharp, acidic hops, a nice taste that is different from any other DIPA I have tried before.

M: This one is pretty full bodied. It has a syrupy quality to it.

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA. There is no hint of the high ABV and it goes down smooth and refreshing.

Overall: A good DIPA. This is the first beer I have ever enjoyed from Victory and would like to try some more. Not sure if this one is fresh or not, I have the feeling its not. The aroma is mild and I think the hoppiness may have been muted in this one due to age. I think it tastes a little milder than a fresh one would, but it’s a great tasting DIPA nonetheless. I finished off the bottle rather quickly and wish I had another one to follow. I will seek out another in the future to see how this one compares to one fresh from the brewery.

The bottle notes hoppiness is happiness... I have to agree!

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Photo of wknight167
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger white head that has respectable staying power and leave nice lacing.

Nose- Candied citrus, mainly grapefruit and lemon, malt sweetness is evident, though subtle.

Palate- Good solid rounded bitterness. Orange, grapefruit and pine all represented here. Malt is not forgotten here, but it barely manages to make an appearance against the hops. Alcohol is well hidden

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Very high for this style.

Overall- I will definitely try this one again.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Perfectly clear golden yellow with 1 finger of thick foamy white head. No visible rising carbonation.

S - Pine mostly with hints of orange citrus and grapefruit. Sweet malts come through a bit, but not much.

T - Hop bitterness, and a lot of it, is the dominating flavor in this. After that you get citrus notes such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, also a bit of the pine notes found in the aroma. There's so much bitterness in this that there really isn't much malt that comes through, but that's not a bad thing.

M - Medium body, fairly sticky, coating your mouth with pure hop resin. Finish is bitter with pine hop flavors.

O - Definitely lives up to it's name. One of the most bitter IPAs I have had, at least in the sense of domination over the sweeter malts. Glad I finally got my hands on this.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange/yellow with a little bit of haze, big frothy head.

Smells like pungent piney hops. There's an interesting earthiness in the smell unique to this IPA...Very citrusy..Fresh cut grass mixed with pine resin and tropical fruits

The earthiness carries into the taste with a palate smackin hop bitterness and nice balance with lightly sweet malt. Big dry bitter finish

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little under-carbonated.

Overall this was a one of a kind DIPA. Definitely trying this one again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Hazy golden yellow appearance with sticky 1-finger foam.

I have a hard time comparing some of the IPAs or DIPAs because most of the smell and taste is hops. This one is world class, very similar to Stone IPA or Alesmith IPA in aroma, flavor, and texture.

It's very good but Stone is cheaper. So Stone's my pick.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This rare treat pours a very pale orange color, the utter clarity of this beer is impressive. On top it is crowned with a thick frothy head that is tightly bubbled and goes nowhere for quite some time. Leaves plenty of thick, clumpy lace in rings around the glass, as the lace is thick wide and slow to fall. This beer is a feast for the eyes and a real treat to gaze at.

Smells of crystal and pale malt with strong fruity and floral notes surrounding, well nigh attempt to obliterate any vestige of malt almost choking it with extreme hoppiness - scents of grapefruit, tangerine peel, and sharp floral accents. Earthy aromas and herbal notes come to the fore eventually yielding to the aromas of malt come through in due course. A very hoppy nose indeed.

Tastes of straight hop flavors: grapefruit, orange pith with attendant citrusy bitterness, an flowery hop presence, and yet more citric spikes and floral notes. A small dried apricot presence comes to the fore here and there, and there is some but not much as far as balancing sweetness. Way in the background you can taste pale malt holding court but is vastly overwhelmed by the agressive hoppines. I could feel the warmth of alcohol down to my stomach. The medium/heavy mouthfeel is slick llike kool-aid and not quenching at all in the traditional sense.

The finish, which is only moderately bitter in the far back of the mouth, lingering for some time but with much reduced strength.

I am not a hop head but needless to say, I found this to be an immensely drinkable beer.

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Photo of daledeee
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice yellow/orange clear color and a very nice head with lace to match. The nose is quite fresh, mostly floral.

Taste is quite delicate. Good hops up front which diminishes almost immediately to a citrus and more gentle hop approach and then ends with a little oily finish.

This is one of the more enjoyable balanced IPA style beers I have had in quite some time. AS the head went away a quick swirl of the glass gave a renewal of the wonderful head and a nice foamy flavorful treat. Alcohol is hidden quite well.

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Photo of garuda
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter gets about a finger of white head with little retention. Surprisingly, however, there is some decent lacing down the glass. Color is a nice looking, clear amber/ orange.

S - Not a very strong aroma. Some sweet malts come through, along with some citric hops and a little alcohol toward the back end of the palate.

T - Quick hit of sweet malts, then some heavy citric hops overwhelm the palate, mostly with grapefruit tastes. More sweet/ honey flavored malts get stronger about mid palate.

M - Medium to full bodied, lower in carbonation. Makes a good mouthfeel for me for a DIPA. Prickly across the tongue from the hops, dry finish from the alcohol, but still a bit sticky.

D - Based on the taste and the hops, I could drink the whole growler no problem. The abv, however, kind of limits that.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to snifter, enjoy by 9/13 date

Pours a straw gold with two and a half fingers of foam. A couple minutes now and it's died down to a finger with some good lacing. Moderate carbonation and a good deal of transparency. A little darker color and a bit more clarity would have this one perfect. Smells of strong citrusy hops, grapefruit, and a splash of alcohol melding with a sweet malt. Tastes a little short of the hop, focuses on the fruit flavors coming together with the malt. Not what I'm used to with a double ipa but it's pretty interesting, very tasty. Feel is a nice crisp medium body, sticky, and pretty drinkable. Overall this stuff is different but good. I should have opted for the six pack instead of bomber

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is no best by date on the bottle as far as I can tell.

The beer pours a straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get a lot of pineapple and mangoes as well as some other fruit notes.

The flavor is also very fruity. The main flavor is oranges, but I also get some mangoes and some biscuit malt. The beer is fairly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I know they are not the same style, but I prefer this to Hop Devil.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue with a small but sticky white head which leaves a little bit of lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles are present. Smell is very sweet and malty with hints of piney hops in the background. Taste is very hop forward, with a candy sweet maltiness hiding in the background. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. Very carbonated and a lot thinner than I was expecting from the nose. Very hoppy finish as well....great beer.

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

Finally gots me some Wallop! Pours into the Duvel tulip with a stealthy just off white tall collar of foam that settles on top of clear bracing gold/orange liquid. Nose is very pungent and fresh hop aroma. I'm sure I smelled some malt in background there too. The taste is a blast of floral yet very very bitter hoppiness, with some malt sweetness popping in briefly, then some walloping alcohol flavor takes the stage. Light biscuity malt notes appear quickly as well. Finishes...well let's just say if you love hop bitterness, you're gonna love the finish on this ale...just long, long, long! A bit of fruitiness is sensed before being whisked away by the dominating bitterness. Very good! Let's see how ol' Hop Wallop ages, eh???

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Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I come here to review this beer and find that it's retired so I surmise that my bottle is old. That said I would love to have had this fresh because it still has tons of hop character. The aroma is more to the fruit with tangerines, grapefruit and orange. The malt was obviously stronger as it gets older but I'm impressed with what I had.

The flavor also retained great hop properties with a strong tangerine flavoring, tinge of grapefruit, earthy floral, and piney resin. The malt is subdued. There is some onions flavor or chive but it's not too bad. I catch a bit of spiciness, maybe an earthy kick of pepper.

The feel is a touch thin and astringent but overall I'm so impressed with this and am sorry I missed this when it was running.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 18, 2010. It pours a cloudy pale yellow with about a quarter inch long lasting fizzy white head. The aroma is extremely hopped with a slight hint of yeast and malts in the background. The texture is both creamy and smooth. The taste is highly hopped and lip-puckering bitter. But it is also balanced off by a kind of sugary sweetness that is not overbearing.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,705 ratings.
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