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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
Reviews:
1,898
Ratings:
3,705
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
137
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274
For Trade:
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Photo of Scrapss
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 tmm313
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, golden amber color with creamy, quickly dissipating, 1 finger head. Excellent lacing.
S- Pine, roasted malt, bread and straw up front. Citrus and caramel in the back. As it warms, it reminds me more and more of a Pilsner.
T- Orange and pine in the beginning with a nice burst of caramel and roast in the middle. Tropical fruit comes in just before the pine and bitter grapefruit finish.
M- Creamy and light on the tongue with good carbonation. Oily, bitter finish with a piney, sweet aftertaste.
O- I enjoyed this beer. The pine and citrus hops and caramel backbone were very well balanced and flavorful. I'll definitely be having again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 2013-03-24
Glass: Tulip

Victory's Hop Wallop is definitely hop forward, but in a non-tropical fruit way, making this DIPA differ from many other recipes currently in production. The hops supposedly change each year, and this year there seems to be a C-hop meets Germanic hop pairing, which generally works fairly well. The brewers could reign in the ethanol obviousness a bit, and the hops tend to have a slightly harsh quality to them in the close, but this is still a surprisingy drinkable ale that I was expecting much less from. If this were not going out of production, I could see myself picking up an annual six-pack of this.

Pours a voluminous head of apparently as many centimeters as you'd like, this one being around 3cm. Foam is made up of small-sized bubbles, fairly dense and frothy. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting over two minutes in a decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that lasts for the duration of the drink. Lacing is also excllent, with thick, wide rings of foam clinging to all sides of the glass. Bod is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out much brighter golden orange hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the hazy (50% opacity) body, quite numerous and active.

Aroma is of musty grapefruit and pine, with light dried grass and perfume-like floral characters. Somewhat like a blend of Cascade with some German varieties added in as well.

Front of palate finds modest pale malt sweetness with dried grass and grape-like flavors, also hints of musty grapefruit. Mid-palate picks up strong musty grapefruit, dried grass, perfume-like floral characters, mild pine, modest ethanol, and strong hop bitterness. Back of palate experiences dried grass, herbal, and slightly harsh hop flavors with hints of musty grapefruit and strong bitterness. Aftertaste of slightly harsh herbal hops with continued strong hop bitterness and lesser dried grass and musty grapefruit flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that is soft and foamy on the palate (3/4) with some smoothness as well (1/4); definitely a good feel. Ethanol is felt in the nostrils and back of throat, but not terribly so for a 8.5% beer. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness on the lips and palate.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/21/2014. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop and light malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of scotorum
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ORIGINAL REVIEW, 6/28/13: Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: 4.0 Yummy deep clear gold. Finger thick head dissipated to a light even surface foam, a thin ring and heavy lacing which hung on for most of the consummation.
s: 3.75 Vaguely citrus.
t: 4.25 Intense orange-pine hops.. More on the pine side as it warmed, and more deliciously so.
m: 4.0 Medium due to the hop bite. Savory to sip.
o: 4.0 Lived up to its name! A wonderful summer sipper which held its own beside the cigar I smoked while drinking it. Delightful.

UPDATE 10/30/13: Found some leftover bottles to try again. Especially wanted to do a side by side with the new DirtWolf which is replacing it. Will have a DirtWolf in a bit and do a comparison review under DirtWolf.

NEW REVIEW: Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 12 oz. bottle. No dates on the bottle or label, but I presume this has a few months on it by now.

a: Clear gold. Brisk pour produced a huge three inch dense white head which almost spilled over the top of the glass but held a wondrous curve a quarter of an inch above the rim. Eventually receded to lumpy surface foam and excellent patterned lacing. A bottle conditioned gem!

s: Moderate citrus and pine,.

t; Pine and citrus flavor without much of the promised hop wallop forward. Its age could be showing. More like a good strong single than a double. Later, the hop presence built. Dryish finish with some hop bite at the sides of the tongue. High ABV was not very evident.

m: Smooth medium. Adding the dregs after the halfway mark boosted the body even more.

o: Reconfirmed my earlier review of this as a great summer sipper. Tasty and refreshing, but now definitely coming up a bit short in the hop wallop dept., at least early on. Still a tasty, very drinkable high ABV DIPA.

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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 nickapalooza86
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy yellowish orange, finger of white head.

Smell is huge orange peel, pine needle, floral resiny notes, a lot of citrus and tropical fruit notes, sweet underlying malt.

Taste is sweet tropical fruits, a lot of citrus peel flavors, orange being the stand out. Sweet malts balance the fruit notes nicely, finishes with a lot of bittering grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good dose of carbonation.

Well this is just a class act of a DIPA, so good. Thought I should change my had and write a full review since its goin on hiatus. I hope its successor is as good as the Hop Wallop.

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Light yellow, thick billowy 2 finger head with nice lacing.

s: I'm not sure what hops this beer actually uses, but smells a little European/ flowery. The alcohol comes through as well.

t: Balanced, but lower alcohol than most of the newer doubles, still the alcohol is less hidden. Fairly hoppy, but much less so the it smells.

m: Very easy drinking actually a little thin.

o: Very good beer, I'm glad I tasted it before they stopped making it, but I can see why it was time for an update.

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Photo of jhawth
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a shaker. Pours a hazy light yellow with a seriously foamy two-finger head. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A massive amount of tropical fruit hop notes, followed by a perceptible malt sweetness.

Taste: Malt sweetness and tropical fruit notes up front, then a sizable blast of hop bitterness. Pretty intense sweetness continues with the bitterness riding on top, finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: A surprisingly sweet DIPA, with great tropical fruit hop notes and an interesting interplay of hops and malts. Borders on being cloyingly sweet, but provides the necessary hop bitterness to keep things balanced.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, straw yellow with a creamy 1 inch head and nice lacing.

Smell - Orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine. Some sweet yeasty sugars, added spices and a little alcohol at the finish.

Taste - Nice blast of citric and bitter hops at first sip. Plenty of orange and grapefruit with some pineapple. Sweet sugars add a little sweetness to mellow some of the bitterness. Has some alcohol warmth and minor malts at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops bitter tounge, palette and coat mouth. Yeasty sugars add some sweetness, Alcohol is present but not too overpowering.

Overall - A nice hoppy dipa. A real balanced mix of hop bitterness, sweet citric fruits and yeasty sugars. Has great flavor and really drinkable for being 8.5% and id guess 100+ ibu's. Very affordible and well done.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, "Enjoy By May 24 2014" printed on the neck of the bottle
A - hazy tangerine body, rocky off-white head, great head retention; thick, chunky lacing is left on the glass as it slowly fades
S - fruity, tropical nose, mango, pineapple, mandarin, caramel
T - tropical again, but pungently bitter with mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, honey, biscuit; nice complexity
M - resiny yet creamy, medium-full body, moderate carbonation
O - wow, over 4 years since I had this one and it's even better than I remember. With all the hype surrounding new beers, big beers, new breweries, etc...it's nice to go back to a craft beer staple - Victory Brewing Co.

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Photo of Zackcavalier
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

East coast imperial IPA...sign me up. My initial excitement was short lived as this beer did not fit together well for me.

A- certainly the best characteristic for me. Poured into a pint glass, the head was about 1.5 fingers, off white/white. Lingered on to of the beer, but not completely covering it.

S- the hops are there, right up front. Might smell a bit wet-doggish and earthy. Subtle citrus, but fairly unremarkable to my nose.

T- some malt gets on my tongue early but is very quickly overwhelmed by hop bitterness. Finish is bitter, but not hop-bitter...almost metallic bitter. Some of the earthiness that was present in he smell is also present here.

M- harsh. When I taste for feel, I will often hold my mouth closed without breathing and let the beer rest on my tongue. I was unable to do so with this beer. The metallic bitterness was so pronounced that it literally overwhelmed THE FEEL. A little bit of carbonation can be felt, and you definitely now you have a mouthful of beer.

O- I found this beer to be out of balance. The hop notes, while expected, were not supported by the other attributes of the beer. This reminds me of some over the top west coast style all hop ipas I had when I was in California. Maybe I had a bad beer, but the enjoy by date was April 2014, and I was drinking it in September of 13. I guess the fact that I was half gassed after one beer should have been consolation enough.

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Photo of stacket1
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark gold, fizzing

Smell: strong obvious hops to come

Taste: a tad harsh from hops and obvious ABV. Maybe a little petey. Rugged.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, but was not as perky as many IPA or as robust as imperial IPA

Overall: decent for a first try, expected either more liveliness or more intensity in flavor but instead this was a fat beer with felt heavy not happy

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Photo of lsummers
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw color with some great two finger tall frothy bone white head. A very nice stream of carbonation that is keeping the head alive.

Smells absolutely fantastic with large amounts of earthy pineapple and grapefruit with those great grass notes. Almost slightly herbal but the pine/forest/tropical fruit notes keep it smelling fresh. From the smell I expect a nice malty/hop balance and some high bitterness to boot.

Taste is initially very nicely balanced with the large cracker like malt backbone and some huge pine/spice/rye/grass and tropical hop flavors. Then the bitter bite kicks in towards the middle of the taste. Leaves you smacking your lips and wanting more. Ends with a strong hop/rye/bitter afernote. Very pleasant taste the entire way through.

Mouthfeel is nicely viscous yet moderately carbonated so it doesn't feel too thick. Has some great body and feels full and round. Nice amount of drinkability considering the high abv.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA. One of the top east coast DIPA's I've had so far. Excited to try this again, and again.

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Photo of Walletsworth
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass with little head. Nice lacing. Not a strong smell but a great hoppy taste without any sharp aftertaste. This is the first beer from Victory I've tried and I can't wait to try more.

Very good beer. Definitely would recommend.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very clear golden straw color. Nice thick creamy head that maintains well and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of active carbonation visible.

S - Subdued, but clearly defined sweet, bready malts and citrusy hops.

T - Nothing that is going to punch you in the mouth, just a really nice, balanced double IPA. Equal helpings of malt and hops, and an ever so subtle bit of alcohol. I find this range of flavors to be right in my wheelhouse as far as IPAs go.

M - On the full side of medium bodied, but with enough carbonation to lift this beer up. Pleasure to drink.

O - I thought this would be more like Hop Devil, with more of a dank, earthy feel to it. It surprised me at every turn. I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of MWolverines66
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Arlington VA, pours a cloudy orange color with very little foam at the top, not too much carbonation. Smell of citrus fruits and pine. The taste is extremely well balanced, orange, pineapple and a little grapefruit, but with a nice portion of hops. It has a nice clean bite of hops that makes it very enjoyable to drink. A very good IPA for sure and would definitely recommend

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Photo of lehueve
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bottle, poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Slight hazy gold-orange, 1 finger of a white foamy head, looks very refreshing. It says enjoy by 9/10/13 on the bottle.

S - Very sweet but at the same time I get strong hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe some grapes, very citrusy.

T - Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, citrusy, lots of grapefuit, oranges, pineapple, well balanced with sweet malt coming through to kind of hold the bitternes, bitter but not overpowering. Very pleasant.

M - Very smoth, refreshing, a little more to the bitter side, definitely the hops win the battle against the sweet malt but still a very well balanced beer.

O - By not being my favorite style at all, I was very surprised by this beer. I don't know if the weather has something to do with this but I'm really enjoying this one. I definitely get the hops but right after I get this sweet malt that kind of balance the flavor. Do not taste the 8.5% abv at all. Very refreshing. Definitely one of my favorite IPA's so far, just behind Stone Ruin Ten and Samuel Smith IPA. Very good.

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

I just bought this beer and because it's bottle conditioned the expiration is not until jun of 2014. Goodness!

Pours hazy orange amber You can just make out a few bubbles coming up lazy like from the bottom. Soft, pillowy off white foam that fell slowly and clung to the glass leaving scads of thick lace. Few islands on top and a thick ring.

Nose is bright and sweet fruit. Smells wet like dew in the morning. Pine and tropiical fruit. Grass citrus and malt that 's dripping with honey. Candied fruits like orange and lemon with tart grapefruit to contrast and to make your mouth water.

Taste is off the chart. Good, sweet, clean, pungent, intense. Tart grapefruit and fresh sliced orange. Sticky with sweetness and pine resin. Finishes dry with a spruce aftertaste and the hop cone itself at the back of the throat. Floral and lemony in the finish. It's a hop wallop indeed. Pale malt hold it all together and brings terrific light biscuit across the palate. It tingles at the back palate. Body is full and has a forceful abv.

This is a wicked tonic that you can easily embrace. It has just what you need if hops are what you love. Fearless.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear, maybe slightly hazy copper with a thin white head.

Smell - Delicious blend of hops - resin, citrus and grass. There is also a subtle underlying malt sweetness.

Taste - Tastes as it smells.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special here.

Overall - It delivers on what it promises. Hop wallop is an interesting blend of hops.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark golden orange, with some carbonation present. A huge off-white head developed, had to pour more slowly on the second glass.

S - Lot's of malt and hops up front. A suprising amount of malt for a DIPA. Also detected a general fruity smell, as well as a small touch of pine.

T - The malt and hops are noticeable in large amounts. A fair amount of grapefruit is present, too. The only drawback is a slightly unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness doesn't bother me at all, but this tasted slightly off. Sort of like a dirt bitterness. Still though, a very good tasting beer.

F - About average for an IPA. Slightly thick and very slightly stickly. Not real dry though, which was nice.

O - A pretty good DIPA. A ton of very good flavor, and they mix well. Only reason the beer isn't rated a bit higher is because of the bitterness. Again, it's a strange bitterness that tastes a bit like dirt, rather than hops. This is the only drawback of the beer. I recommend this beer to any IPA/DIPA fans, or any extreme beer in general fans.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy light orange with a one-finger white head.

S - Piney hops with lots of citrus - grapefruit, mango, and orange.

T - Nice big hops right upfront. Good amount of bitterness. A nice sweetness from the malts really rounds out the flavor. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonatio. Very smooth mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty DIPA. A must try for any hop fan.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours a nice and thin white and creamy head. The beer itself is a clear and medium orange with hints of brown.

Smell:
The malts dominate the smell. The malts give the beer a slightly sweet and bready smell with undercurrents of piney hops and mint.

Taste:
The hops are floral in taste with a slightly minty and piney bitter aftertaste aftertaste. The caramel malts are a little bit heavier than hops and give the beer a sweeter than usual flavor (could also be that the hops have gone down a bit.).

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied and a little bit sticky but not too bad. Leaves the mouth wet and not very dry.

Overall:
Not the best DIPA but definitely a good one worth buying again. I though that this one was a particularly complex DIPA when compared to the others.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: in the pint, deep gold body, slight haze, ivory tower head, persistent cap, lace striations

S: semi-sweet malts strain to escape the citrus, pine, and flroal aromas from this beer

T: malts suggest butterscotch caramel beneath the hop barrage of citric, bitter, and crisp impressions

M: smooth, but under a bittering hop-load, medium-full body, slightly slick and slightly coating

O: fairly lush and creamy but powerfully hopped and bitter - the malts do their job supporting the heaving hop "wallop" this beer brings. No doubt something any D/IPA fan should try. Not as hyped as some other brewers' D/IPAs, but certainly a strong example of the style.

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Photo of nmatros
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Excellent froth head retention.

Smell- some citrus and some funk from the hop

Taste- I picked up some very strong initial caramel from the malt and just when I'm ready to say it's too much like candy the bitterness of the hops comes in and bites it off. I don't get walloped by the hop, but the fresh hop does come through, adding a bit of a floral grassy finish to the candy bar start.

Overall- I just returned to this one after finding it available at the distributor for 3 bucks less than the Fairway price. While it doesn't really sound like its name (there are much more face-puckering hop punches available to smack you around out there), this achieves its wallop more subtly, and therefore provides a complexity that makes me want to keep coming back.

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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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