Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Hop WallopHop Wallop
BA SCORE
84.4%
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4.1 w/ 3,704 ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1,898
Ratings:
3,704
Liked:
3,127
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
11.95%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
274
Trade:
1
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Photo of goldbot
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle; best by Nov. 2010.

Pours a straw yellow and slightly hazy with thick, white frothy head which stays consistently thick. Some carbonation, lots of lacing.

Planty and grassy aromas, with an even mix of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. A nice fresh hop aroma without being overpowering. There is also a small, doughy malt aroma which is just noticeable.

A very bitter taste, but lacking in a lot of the aromatic hoppiness. some floral notes with even less citrus. Malt is there as well but hidden behind the huge hop bitterness.

Big body from the bitterness with a sticky hop feel. The carbonation creates an airy, slightly biting feel on the tongue.

Overall a great DIPA in my opinion. Plenty of bitterness and hop presence. I only would have liked to see more of the hop aromatics carry over to the flavor, which I think would have made this a truly world class beer.

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

Tasted on August 28h, 2009.

The color is pale yellow with a nice head that looks like clouds. The beer is slightly hazy. The aroma is hops... very aggressive hops and there is a dryness in it. On the taste, it's very hoppy. Piny hops which prick a little. Nice. A very unique beer based on my little experience. A very good beer IMO. Very drinkable for the experience hop-head. The taste stays in the mouth for a little time, feel good. I would prefer it to linger more longer...

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass; nice thick and creamy head. Excellent lacing down the glass. Smell was pure grapefruit-grass-weed; hops baby. Taste was very hoppy, all good, but without the extreme bitterness that some IPS's have on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste. A very approachable IPA I would think, but I love them anyway. Mouthfeel was nothing spectacular, but par for the course with an IPA. Drinkability is good due to the lack of big bitterness and the delicious smooth hop aroma and taste.

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

A: Hazy light orange with a 2 finger had. Head dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Nice floral/citrusy hop aroma. Citrus notes with a nice malt undertone. Definitely hoppy. Some orange and grapefruit with a little pine.

T: Nice fresh hop taste. Nice solid flavor that is very hop forward. I get some grapefruit and some orange in this.

M: Nice and clean. Good bitterness and a nice finish.

O: Nice IIPA.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light and hazy copper hue with a one finger foamy head. Suprisingly light in color for a DIPA. There was good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell was very much dominated by a grapefruit hop aroma and a bit of a cannabis scent. Suprisingly there was a noticable malt presence.

The taste was very dry and very citrusy grapefruit. Again some malt body detected, but the hops really overwhelmed the flavor.

The mouthfeel was full and dry. The high hop profile left a nice tingling sensation.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable DIPA. The ABV was nicely hidden by the abundant hop flavor.

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

Time to get walloped, thats for sure.

appearance is a nice dark golden hue with a light fluffy head and some bad ass lacing. And I love the bottle. That little gnome guy is sick!

After smelling this beast, the 1st thing that came to mind was HOP BOMB, BITCHES! Almost stung the nose. STRAIGHT HOPS TO YOUR DOME PIECE!

TASTE AGAIN IS PURE HOPPINESS! with a mixture of pine up in there as well. Deffinatly makes you pucker.

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

Have had this a few times now from a bottle. Poured this time into a snifter. Pours a gold yellow, with 1/4" head that quickly reduces.

Has a tart citric smell, like white grapefruit. Hoppy, but not overly-so.

Is very crisp in taste, with strong pine and evergreens. Tobacco and grass follow down the throat, with nice bitterness surrounding the tongue. Definite hops in this one!

Can seem a bit harsh at first in the mouth, but it mellow as it warms.

Overall a decent IPA I will continue to enjoy going into the future.

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Photo of zoso493
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

Appearance: Hop Wallop pours a bright, radiant golden-orange color that is much less hazy than your average DIPA. It's not transparent, but it does have much more of a straw tone to it than a typical IPA. Already I can see there's loads of carbonation contributing to a healthy and thick two-finger head that looks like it's about to unload with lacing on the glass.

Smell: This is a beautifully scented IPA. It's got a big juicy and floral hop character right up front that is exactly what you want in a DIPA. Victory chose to give this one the signature caramel goody malt for this one, which is just fine for my liking. Definitely smells like it deserves a sip.

Taste: This is a bitter beer to be sure, as the hops come right out immediately in the taste. The tastes seem a bit jumbled, though, and it's hard to pick out much besides bitterness. The malts are also far less present in the taste than they should be, which leads to a bit of a soapy taste. I'm a huge advocate of immensely hopped beers, but this one needs some balance to relieve the cloying. Still, a good fix for a hop head.

Mouthfeel: Hop Wallop is certainly adequately thick for a DIPA despite being pretty highly carbonated. This carbonation, though, doesn't serve to wick some of the cloying sensation of the palate, which goes to show how over-hopped this beer really is.

Drinkability: While the alcohol is very tidily masked in this brew, I couldn't have more than a couple. Still, I am enjoying this bottle and would definitely like to try it again.

All in all, Hop Wallop is a very good DIPA. I can't stress enough the need for a little bit more malt balance. It takes a lot for a hop head to say something like that, but it's true. My only other gripe with this beer is that I can't find a bottling date on it for the life of me, which is pretty critical for an IPA. It is, though, a very nice brew and one that I would love to have again, especially if I found it on tap.

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

A - An interesting golden. Nice light fluffy lacing

S - I really enjoy the nose on this, a bit grainy, but great esters, a bit floral as well.

T - Taste was a bit sweet for my palate. Also syrupy, which I am not partial to in an IPA

M - Real nice body, but the syrup carries through in the mouthfeel which isn't really doing it for me.

O - I like the beer. However, it is definitely not a favorite as far as an IPA goes. Would I get it again? Sure, but not if there is a palate wrecker on the taplist.

Thanks for reading!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-27-09
Best before 10-13-09

Pours a cloudy pale orange, with a stick white head that fades to a thin layer. Huge rings of lacing line the glass.

Smell is big, grassy hops, sweet , with a great pineapple aroma. Very enjoyable.

Taste is all light, grassy hops, tremendously bitter, with a very bready finish. Alcohol is there in the aftertaste, but in a hop-adding way.

Mouthfeel is good, very thick, a great contrast to the lighter flavors.

Drinkability is pretty good, very light and easy for a double IPA.

Overall, better than other times I've had this. Not my style, but a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to abankovich for the trade on this one.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with two fingers of fluffy white head. It left sheets of lacing on my pint glass. The nose is packed full of citrus hops scent. There is a subtle earthiness mixed, but I cannot pickup any malt background. I almost smell a bit of candied fruit as well. The flavor profile is heavy on the hops with flavors of ripe pink grapefruit and resinous pine dominate without much of a malt base to round things out. The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation that left a very dry finish on the back of my palate. I would certainly purchase this beer again, but the unbalanced nature of the beer wouldn't make it part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An orange yellow color that is slightly hazy. Less than a finger of patchy white head that forms a nice ring around the glass. The little amount of head there is holds decently with moderate lacing.

S- A nose full of lemon and citrus that is followed by a slight piney hops with a slight alcohol finish. The mix of citrus and hop oils mix great.

T- Slight sweet malt before the beer turns to sharp piney bitterness. The citrus that was evident in the smell nowhere nearly as strong in the taste as once the pine hops hit they don't go away. Slight alcohol bite towards the ends out the beer, but just like the rest of the beer bitterness rules the aftertaste as well.

M- Relatively thick mouthfeel with a certain syrupy feel to it. Thin to medium amount of carbonation, seems to be the area where it is lacking.

D- The bitterness hammers the mouth quite a bit, covering up most other flavors taking back from the drinkability somewhat. Still a great beer though.

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

We pour a brew the color of darkened raw honey. The head is minimal, and sits an off-white color, receding into spots of foam across the glass. Lacing is light and sticky but, again, is minimal. Carbonation appears average, and there is a thick murkiness about the glass, despite an absent of visible sediment. The aroma is very fresh. It sings loudly with fruit and hops, and more specifically of peach and nectarine. The smell is “golden”, with light metals and huge, fresh soapy hops. Within the hop dominance there are citric and floral inclusions. Malts are sweeter, but not quite dark or caramel. As we sip, the taste kicks off with sweet and malty introduction. There is apricot and honey sweetness. Hops also begin early, with sweeter citrus, and a quickly bittering hop transition into the middle. Here the hops are bitter, herbal, and earthy. They own the middle, with the end showing a revival of smooth malts that hold a light toast. Here, too, there is a tiny bit of booze and a vegetable metallic flavoring. Monstrous soapy hops swoop in for a clean and balanced finish. The aftertaste breathes of more huge hops and soap. There is also a fruitiness of strawberry and apples, with a hollow booziness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. At the start the feel seems thin, but with warmth there brings an improved syrupy quality to the table. There is decent slurp and froth, and a drying from such bittering hops. The mouth is ultimately left cooled and coated. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we found to be best about this brew was how the bittering hops take center stage. This aspect is so unique with the huge bitterness, yet huge soapiness, which we found to be pretty ballsy. While this component was so present it blended well with the rest of the flavors. In the end, this is a wonderfully balanced DIPA.

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

Pours golden with about a one finger head that dissappeared rather quickly. Just a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

I am not getting a strong smell, but what I get seems to be a sweet smell.

Has a nice balanced hop and malt character. I would say the mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy given the golden coloring. Very drinkable given the 8.5% ABV. Very well balanced so the hops don't just kick you in the face.

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

12oz bottle poured into SA glass. Date is smudged- ? 25,'08

A: golden orange with nice 2 finger white head with good retention. attractive lacing.

S: Wow! Strong citrus, oranges and pine

T: The bitterness found in fruit salad. grapefruit. malt balances this fine offering

M: medium body, kind of low carbonation. some bitterness lingers on the tongue. 8.5%. Where?

D: I could certainly have a few of these.

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

Appearance - Nice cloud, but surpisingly yellow for my liking.

Smell - Good citrusy smell.

Taste - Good taste, first time I've actually tried the beer. I like a little less citrus in my double IPA's, but pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel - Like other reviewers have said, the fruit/citrus stays with you, but is not overbearing.

Drinkability - I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. Hope so, I have a great 6-pack in the fridge.

Overall, little too light in color and a little too citrus flavored for me. I'm a West Coast DIPA lover, so I'm a little biased but overall, a good beer and I will buy it again.

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

Hugely spicy crazy stuff. But it's a very soft wallop with waves of tangy aromatics. Beat me with your lips!

Looks nice in the Pilsener glass with golden amber color and a fine white head. Nicely sudsy on the tongue. Medium body with a snap of tangy carbonation. Truly a big perfume in taste as well as smell, but it's a fine mellow fog. Countered by the crisp touch of acidity. Bitterness is a nice part of the flavor, but it's very rich and malty in the aftertaste. Long nose of apples and flowers (stocks?).

Would be educational to see exactly what they put in this. Such a nice blend of aromatics and bittering hops, but always a gentleman's agreement. Yet another reason to just buy whatever Victory hauls out of the old oaken bucket.

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

Not Victory's best but fairly good...

A-Nice golden color but heavy on the head. A little too much.

S-Typical scents of pine and aroma but still pleasant.

T-Pretty good! Nice hoppy flavor and very light on sweetness. Descent aftertaste.

M-Too much carbonationnfor my liking. I found this beer to very filling.

O-I am a fan of Victory Brewing however this is not one of there best, if I am feeling like an ale from Victory, it will be Headwaters or Hop Devil.

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

a: Pale yellow, slightly cloudy. Fluffy white head with nice lacing

s: Strange but pleasing savory aroma along with pine, citrus, and spice.

t: Light toasted malt is swallowed up by hop bitterness. Waves of pine and citrus.
Not much balance, but who cares?

m: Sticky, chewy texture. Coats the tongue with hop oil.

d: Another good DIPA. Hop flavor is different than most, though I can't explain how. An enjoyable beer, but with all the great DIPAs out there, this one is short of outstanding.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber dated best before march 4, 2010 poured in to a shaker pint.

Pours a clear dark yellow/light amber with a thick sticky white head.

Big piney sweet smell and strong grapefruit.

Taste of smooth hop. bitter pine, but not as strong as the taste. Very nice.

Full mouthfeel and the good taste (not too bitter) keeps it easy drinking.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop. The brew with the funny old miner on the label. The funny ol' miner is on to something. Too bad he has been downsized.

A: deep yellow, clear. Absolutely no haze whatsoever. Big carbonation. Three finger head that only reduces to a 1 finger head that lasts and lasts. moderately active.

S: Big pine and lemongrass shine. at 3 months until death-by-date, the hop bill has mellowed. Big caramel and other assertive two row malts punch through. Months have put some balance into this huge-when-fresh-hop-blaster. Has some musty grapefruit funk still. Age has made this better IMO.

T: now that it has some months on it, it is fantastic instead of a hoppy, resiny mess. Grapefruit is a bitter citrus and muted nicely. spicy malts start saying "hey, I was here all along....but those darn hops were so strong I didn't have this chance 3 months ago!"

M: Smooth and creamy due to apparent carbonation. this is smooth on uptake. creamy mid palate. then it has a balanced punch of bitter citrus and sharp, caramel malts at ultimate finish and boozy at outbreath. This brings the heat but it was expected for this DIPA.

O: Insanely good at what I understand to be 9 months old. It must have been well taken care of. Would recommend at this stage. Earlier Hop Wallop was way hop forward and out of balance. Any later would be too malty for a DIPA. This is the Goldilocks of beer now. And it will never be at this state again. Because I hear this is not being made again.. A shame.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly

S: Fruity and earthy hops are at the forefront, along with some malts. Hops anyone?

T: A smattering of fruity and grassy/earthy hops are the main focus, with a light malt backbone that provides just enough to undermine the hop bomb. Bitter well into the finish

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Really brings out more of the hop character

O: What more could you want out of a hop-forward beer? Provides plenty of juicy fruity hops with more than enough bitterness. The malts are barely a player in this beer. Victory achieved exactly what they set out to with this beer. Well done

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy golden hue with a moderate head that leaves rings of white lace down the side of the glass.

S: Citrus hops and pine needles with bold assertions of ruby red grapefruit and orange peel rind.

T: Taste packs a hoppy wallop and parallels the aromatics: big hits of citrus hops and pine resin upfront, followed by blasts of grapefruit pith and orange rind. Finishes with an intense bitterness and a smack of salt that wipes out all previous taste memories. Extreme to be sure, but never overpowering.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of a prickling quality. Slick hop oil coats the palate.

D: Hoppiness is happiness, but more than two bottles of Wallop is pushing it for this self-proclaimed HopHead.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84.4% out of 100 with 3,704 ratings
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