Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 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

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

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

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.).

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

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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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden color, with a frothy one inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit, dank cannabis, resin, and pine form the initial aroma. There's a toasted caramel malt backbone. Earthy, minerally notes emerge as it warms, along with a hint of floral hops.

Flavor is fairly bitter and very resiny. Minerally, earthy tones dominate, with underpinnings of grapefruit and pine adding complexity. The slightly sweet, toasted malt backbone weaves throughout, providing respite from the bitter hop barrage.

Body is moderate and smooth, with carbonation a touch on the high side, and moderate alcohol warmth.

Very earthy, resiny, and bitter. Definitely not for the faint of hop. Unfortunately, it's not my cup of tea, but it's fairly interesting. Wish the citrus flavor were more pronounced.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not too pumped. Not too pissed, but not too pumped. "Hop?" "Wallop?" More like "Beanie Bop" and, uhhhh, not "Wallop." This thang, this thang reminds Raul of this chicken head he dated back n 2008 (you know who you are, girl) - it's just a thang; there to exist, but not impress.

Raul don't like that lack of sentiment, Raul don't like it at all.

Ok, but it just "exists."

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Clear golden orange with a thick fluffy white head. I can smell it already as I pour it; getting some wafts of alcohol and something like wine almost. In the glass it smells a lot more yeasty than I was expecting, with piney hops in the background. Taste is the same, I'd almost think it had Belgian yeast involved somewhere. I think that confusing flavor may be coming from the combination of incredibly bitter hops and less malt presence. Smooth and yeasty?, with hops coming in and finishing very bitter. I appreciate how complex this DIPA is. It's a nice turn from the usual (malt)HOPSHOPSHOPS. Mouthfeel is a little thicker and...fluffier? than expected as well.

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Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a wonderful deep gold, orange color that is very hazy as you cannot see through it.

The aroma is of huge tropical fruits. Pineapple, orange, mango with a bit of a bready note. It’s very juicy. There is just a fantastic aroma on this.

The flavor does not match the aroma. It starts off with some grapefruit and then goes with some piney flavor. It just punches you with a huge hop astringent bitterness that really sticks on the front of your tongue. One of the bitterest beers I have had. The middle has a bit of maltiness to it that carries the beer along before the smack of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium.

In the end, I wish it had more grapefruit fruitiness to match the fruits on the nose. The bitterness overpowers the beer. It's also the hop profile that isn't really for my suiting. I prefer a dry finish that has that fresh grapefruit peel flavor. It's more of a piney, resiny, earthy, flora finish on the end. This just is slightly off in a confusing sense that isn't quite right. If it was toned down a bit, I would like it a lot more with its beautiful hazy color and maltiness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and blue branded standard pressure cap acquired at the Cap N Cork liquor in Los Feliz for a scant $3.99 USD and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired earlier tonight. Expectations are through the roof given its current ratings; Victory is growing on me as well. No visible bottled on or best before date.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Appears extremely overcarbonated, pouring an eight finger head. White in colour. Good thickness, nice froth and cream. Excellent (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent yellow; looks more like a pilsner than an IPA. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty appealing for the style, but far from ideal. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Pale malts. Grassy malts. Some graininess. Floral hop character is shockingly restrained. It smells like a hoppy pilsner, to be honest. No bold hop character here. No yeast character nor any alcohol is detectable. Clean, crisp, fresh, and appealing. Not the aroma I'm used to for the style, but I'm intrigued. Mild in strength. Some straw. Lemon zest. Lemon grass. Surprisingly lemony for an IPA.

T: Prominent floral hop character suits the simple clean pale malt foundation nicely. Lemon grass and lemon zest surface. Pleasant and approachable, if simple. Some straw notes. Crystal malt. Grassy malts. The hop character isn't particularly deep or diverse, but the balance is lovely. It flirts with hop bitterness but none ever really surfaces. A tasty IPA, if a strangely built one. I do like it, but it's not what I expected.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Good thickness. Nice body. Suits the flavour profile pretty well. Pretty good presence on the palate. No overt flaws. Quite light on the palate considering the style and ABV.

Dr: A rather drinkable IPA from Victory that hides its ABV impressively well. I'd have it again. Well worth trying, and priced extremely well for its quality. Victory is rising fast in my estimation of quality. Quite tasty stuff. Not a conformist IPA; it does its own thing and I respect that. I'd recommend it to friends. Well worth revisiting.


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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops, not much else. Taste is bitter, hoppy, piney, a bit minty, some malts are present to balance it out. alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ok Victory, I'm all in! First Storm King completely caught me off guard, then Hop Devil really caught me by surprise. Hop Wallop, though the label and back story are cheesy, is the best brew out of the three. Gorgeous thick head with solid lacing, grab your attention smell, easy to drink and smooth, and the hops dance along the palate. Fantastic!

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

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold with one anf a half full fingers of pure white head. The foam fades quickly and leasing a thin ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is candy cigarettes, bubblegum, mild spice, and light lemon. I get a touch of alcohol, but nothing too overwhelming.

T: The flavors in the beer start out sweet with that bubblegum and candy cigarette taste. As it move to the middle I get some spice and a good helping of citrus hops. The hops never dominate, but sit well on the palate. The finish is more chalk and sweetness with some spice.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start with vibrant flavors. It gets spicy in the middle. In the finish it's sweet spicy and drying.

O: This is a really nice beer. I haven't had this beer in quite some time, but I'm into it. It gets better as it warms and the bubblegum and candy cigarettes are wonderful in this beer. I'd buy this again if I were in the mood for it. Solid brew.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy orange with a very small white head. Smells of floral hops, not overly strong. Tastes of nice piney hoppy goodness with a grain aftertaste and a tad of alcohol. Beer went down well, good medium body, good carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Tulip with an enjoy by oct 2013 on the bottle.

Appearance- Deep gold, slightly hazy, big white head that fell fast, some good lacing sticking on the glass.

Aroma- Very interesting Hops that fly out of the glass. Pine, spicy herbal, candied fruit, Lime, citrus, slight pineapple. Sweet malt in the background. alcohol shows up as it warms.

Flavor-A lot of resiny pine, some vanilla, orange, strong bitterness throughout, but malt sweetness that keeps it in balance present. warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy bodied moderate Carbonation, alcohol present, smooth

Overall- Very Tasty, I have returned to this a few times and never feel let down. Its not the greatest Double IPA out there but its a damn good one.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A hazy, golden color with a a 1 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates to a white film across the top with great lacing down the sides throughout.

Smell: The hops in this are so ridiculously sweet its incredible. Citrus and somethin funky as well.

Taste: This is fantastic. I was expecting wayyy more bitterness than what came across. Still some mild bitterness, but the sweetness and tangyness of the hops are the complete winners in this.

Mouthfeel: My tongue is going numb from this explosion of hops! Holy crap this is awesome! One of my favorites in this category I have yet to have. Actually, it is the only one that stands out in my mind.

Overall: Just a great beer that anyone and everyone who loves hops MUST try. Now.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I remember being blown away by this a number of years ago, like, completely floored. ive since changed my mind, as my palate has evolved, my tastes have matured, and ive had about a million big ipas. this one seems a little less complete than it used to, but it was ahead of its time, and deserves credit for that. it pours a light straw color, mostly clear, with a huge fluffy white head with good lacing and retention. the nose is really bitter, with a pine complex. the flavor is balanced by some light pale malts which give the faintest hint of sweetness, and the bitterness takes on a lovely fruity character towards the finish. the swallow is a little hot from the alcohol, which is exacerbated by the thin body. ive come to expect a little more meat on the bones of these beers, but this one is fairly thin. the carbonation is nice though, and almost makes the bitterness sting in the aftertaste. overall a little weak on body and a little more intensely alcoholic than necessary, but a delicious beer that I can credit with turning me onto the genre way back when.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Overall: Victory took the hop gauge on this one, turned it to full and then ripped it all the way off. Hop Devil is a personal favorite of mine but the Hop Wallop does exactly what the name implies: knocks your hop register off the charts.

Taste: This plays right to the IBU level with the hoppy bitterness. You can pick up some citrus and slight honey in the profile

Smell: Citrus, Mango, piney and everything else you would want in a hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road on both carbonation and body

Appearance: This beer pours with a slight head (1/2 a finger) and leaves minimal legs around the glass. It has a nice copper color and low clarity cloudiness.

Season: Year-Round

Serving Glass: Tulip Glass/Wine Glass/Any thing that has a nose to it

ABV: 8.5%

IBU: 90

Malt: 2 Row

Hops: Whole Flower American and English Hops

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Photo of Mikecap
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a a nice copper color into my IPA glass with a two-finger off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving lacing along the edges of the glass.

Smell: Citrus and slight hoppiness, some earthy and resinous qualities from the hops comes to the nose.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness and also some of the citrus that came out in the nose. Nice grapefruit flavors with some sweet malt balancing out the hops.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and medium bodied with some hop bitterness without be overly bitter. A nice balance is struck between the hops and the malt sweetness to create a pretty easy drinking DIPA.

Overall: This is quite good for a DIPA although certainly not my favorite. I would definitely drink some more of this but it is not the first DIPA I would buy.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into tumbler with a nice head that was reasonably well maintained. Cloudy hazy golden beer.

S - hoppy & citricy

T - Hoppy & citricy. sure wish this site had spell check. I just went brain dead

M - just the right amount of carbonation

O - worth buying again

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Photo of smooth_aleing
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle.

A= Rich, dark amber. Very nice lacing, stays throughout rim and lip of glass. Excellent one/two finger head upon pour, dies down to a clean layer of froth.

S= Pine, pine, pine. Very nice and strong woodsy smell.

T= Truly worthy of the hop, a potent punch of hops, with lingering bitterness. Very slight alcohol aftertaste, though not enough to be overwhelming. Underlying notes of honey and citrus.

M= Lingering bitterness throughout the tongue, with very good carbonation. Nice frothy tingle, heavily acerbic, which I like.

0= An excellent DBL IPA. Refreshing and crisp, yet challenging to the palate with a potent hop kick. Definitely will drink again.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing Company - Hop Wallop - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours hazy golden with a tiny of amber (basically orange). Medium, foamy head that sits for a bit. Good lacing. Moderate carbonation. Nice label.

Smell - Remarkably sweet bready caramel malts with faint citrus (and some pine) hops. Not DIPA in the aroma, not what I expected at all. I was concerned at this point.

Taste - Carbonated sweet malt rush immediately pushed aside by citrus (grapefruit) bitter hops. Smooth and pretty crisp but more like a pale ale.

Mouthfeel - Sweet but dry feel. A little boozy but pretty drinkable.

Overall - Not bad, worth a drink at least once. Smooth but a little boozy. More of a boozed up pale ale than a DIPA IMO. Would not get this one again but unique in a sense.

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Photo of billybob
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright gold color not much head but some lace sticking on the way down the glass. strong aroma of sweet pine and some fruit and alcohol. slam bam hops front to finish with the alcohol coming in at the end but it has a very smooth creamy medium body mouthfeel . overall i would buy again but i would limit it to a couple at any one time.

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Photo of BrianScottK
2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I love an IPA as much as the next guy, but personally, this is a bit much for me. "Hop Wallop" isn't just a clever name. The hops hit you hard on the tongue, and stay around 'til last call on the finish. It's all hop and little else. All in all, an average IPA by my accounts. Would have liked a bit more balance to the flavor.

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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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