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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sprackops
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy bright orange with numerous bubbles floating up the sides to a moderately sized white head. Like carbonated apricot juice, as strange as that would be.

Smell: Mainly pine and sweet citric aromas. Yes, there are a lot of hops in this stuff. Despite the ABV, there is no scent of alcohol.

Taste: As advertised, hops are clearly in the driver's seat. Unlike other beers of the style, however, the malt content isn't relegated to the role of a mere hop juice delivery system. While I'd hesitate to call this balanced, the Wallop is the closest I've tasted in a double IPA. As to specifics, I was immediately hit by a huge grapefruit and pine needle flavor, no doubt courtesy of Pacific Northwest hops. There is an undercurrent of honey-like malt character, gently leading the imbiber to a bitter end.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied and creamier than the appearance suggests, as if it were an IPA crossed with a Belgian tripel.

Drinkability/comments: While I wasn't lucky enough to taste last year's version, which many claim was much better, I'd have to say this is the best double IPA I've had thus far. Over time I've had quite a few, and through intensive scientific analysis have concluded that it is very quaffable.

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Photo of Ale4Tyndale
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy hops!
Lesson learned from Victory's Hop Wallop: do not eschew trying new beer simply because the label pic evokes Saturday morning cartoons of yesteryear. That said, Victory, you might want to reconceptualize the design if you ever rerelease. Yumm!

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Photo of copasetic
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour of this crystal clear golden beer yielded an inch tall frothy head that quickly diminished. The smell is rich, resiny, and very raw and hoppy. It's almost like I imagine a beer would smell if I dry hopped it right before I drank it. The taste is amazing! Very bitter, but balanced between the maltiness and the sweet piney flavors and aromas of hops. It's a tongue-coater for sure --heavy, oily, and chewy.

A keeper. Those who aren't overly enthusiastic about hops need not apply. And yes, despite its strong flavors, I could drink several of these on a warm spring evening, at least until my tongue went numb.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop, I have so long awaited to try you.
The zest, caress.
Fading, right beside you.

At last, the Wallop. Poured into the glass carefully.
A golden body, with shades of orange. Shining above, and gleaming. Vested, and tall, the heavens above. Frothy clouds of 1 inch or above.

Delicate smells of great amounts of citrus and rind. Grapefruit is pleasant, effervescent unlike wine.
My mind in a haze, with the pleasant aroma. Smell this too long and you'll end up in a coma.

Taste is unreal, and exactly the style. A pleasant surprise, and beat the hype by a mile.
A large amount of hoppiness, with the backing of malt to follow. Unexperienced palates might experience something hollow.
Victory scored on this DIPA, as this is the best raw hop character to date. Unforgettable, and always worth a date.

"Hoppiness is Happiness"

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Photo of scottyshades
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask version from Victory's brewery/pub

A: Pours a light, but cloudy semi-transparent gold color with a creamy white head. Retention is good.

S: Wow, just wow. Tropical fruits right off the bat (pineapple, mango), some tangerine, and just delicious hoppy goodness. Malts seem to balance

T: Not really all-too-bitter. Tropical fruits are dominant and juicy, slight pine and citrus as well. Malts give a nice but light balance to this big beer.

MF/D: Cask makes this smooth and creamy, velvety going down, lingering tropical fruit finish

Notes: Must..fill...a...growler...

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at Local 44 in Philly. Very golden color with frothy white head that did not linger long. Fruity but biting, almost acidic smell. Very smooth with a fruity and bitter body with lingering bitterness and a mellow and bitter finish. Great beer, but a little more biting than some would like.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smells like the Hopdevil but this has more of a fresh grapefruit smell from the hops and smells more pungent.The taste is fantastic it hits you with crisp hops a touch of sweet biscuit malt in the middle and a long ending bitter dry finish. You wouldn't pick it up that much in the smell but the high bitterness definitely can pretty much hold up with the West Coast IPA's.This has that same pine resin bitterness which makes the west coast IPA's amazing but also with that classic grapefruit citrus taste of the East Coast IPA's. I'd like to say the perfect way to describe this beer is East Coast IPA meets West Coast IPA meets German malts. If you are in search for that hop bite go for this one. The thing that is unique about this is that its a double IPA. A lot of double IPA's are sweeter and balance the hops out more but not this one. This one still maintains a low malt profile to let those hops really shine through. It really reminds me of an amazing regular IPA with a higher alcohol content that in my opinion is so well masked by the bitterness pine grapefruit taste from the hops. The mouth feel is incredibly smooth and still maintains that fuller mouth feel that a double IPA should have. My favorite beer from Victory. This is better than the Hop Devil because they lower the malt to let those resinous hops shine through a lot more. Yet the malt bill is amazing for the bitter hops. My favorite Victory beers 5. Old Horizontal 4. Prima Pils 3. Hop Devil 2. Yakima Glory 1. Hop Wallop.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very bright gold-orange color with less than one finger of white fluffy head.

The scent is of very strong citrus and notes of pine hops.

The taste is also very strong of citrus, especially grapefruit. There are is also a presence of lemon and orange peel. The hops are only moderately bitter but the hop flavor is very strong. The alcohol is unnoticeable.

Medium body, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This might be one of the most flavorful beers I've had. I would definitely go for this again.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden-kind-of- pale yellow. This is a DIPA?...really? did I get the wrong beer? Not at all the appearance I imagined! Head retains nice and thick for quite a while and lacing stays around until the end.

Smells like your typical DIPA (or IPA) Citus, HOPS, grapefruit. Very nice..

The taste! wow. Of course the hops are there 1st and foremost! Also some light twang of lemon. finishes a bit acidic with carbonation and more hops attacking your tounge.

Mouth feel is a bit on the medium side. Not as "creamy" as some other IPAS I've had.

Can't see myself savoring this beer as I would like it to be..its damn good! Definitely fixed my hop craving.
I do feel like its not as balanced as, say Hop Devil, but I dont feel that too many of this type are too balanced. Not a bad thing at all...Another awesome beer from one of my favorite local breweries!

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Photo of berpwillie
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't think they could have picked a much better name for this beer. Maybe smack you in the face hops would do the trick. none the less a really good beer. Nice golden pour with a good bit of head, can't miss the hoppy smell or taste. Slightly bitter. It took me a while to begin to really enjoy hoppy beer, and now that i do this is definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of KuehneBe
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a beauty of gold and amber, slightly less dark than expected. A gorgeous, small head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Oh the hopsmanity!
Such a delicious smell that I must admit, my mind and nose were blown. Hops, some flowery notes that reminded me of tea, I think? One of the most mouth-watering beers I've ever smelled.

Damn, this is mind-blowing. A very hoppy brew with some strange, exciting sweetness. It reminded me of Deschutes' Hop Henge, but slightly less sugary.

Refreshing but strong, the flavor lingers and just makes you want to ... no ... makes you HAVE to keep lifting the glass to your lips. Man, this is a near-perfection brew.

I've never really been into IPAs, but this beer is a perfect example of why I keep coming back to them.

Bubbly, the alcohol becomes slightly more apparent

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Photo of pheurton
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

on cask at Victory, 2004 philly rally: cloudy golden orange with sheets of cascading foam that settles to a 1/2" of a creamy slightly off-white head. lace stuck to the glass in a way i've never seen with any other beer...almost left the glass opaque as the beer was consumed. flowery pungent hop aroma of pine needles and lemon zest...just unbelievably fresh and intoxicating. relatively low-level of carbontaion and super-creamy full mouthfeel. so goddamn smooth it's almost unreal. huge resinous chewy hop flavor with much more of christmas tree character than i remember from the bottled version. remains juicy and still somehow retains a note of sweetness, which comes in as over-ripened pear and other light fruit flavors. finish is long and wonderfully bitter. this beer is at it's best when it gets to near room temerature and the softness of the hops really come out. as good as the bottled version was, the cask-conditioned version one-up's it. as close to perfection as i've ever encountered. unreal.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you like hops, welcome to the party!

Pours a gold color with a bubbly white head that quickly recedes to a foamy ring. Stratified lacing is plentiful on the glass. The aroma is redolent with sweet fresh pineapple juice with some grapefruit and pine bitterness on the edges.

The taste is very different to the nose, less pineapple, sweet hops and more brash grapefruit. There are some piney notions are in the background but this beer is a grapefruit bomb. Malt flavors are very subdued under the barrage of hops. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden, revealing just a bit of warmth on the swallow. The mouthfeel is light and very puckering from the hop oils. The finish is extremely bitter.

This beer is heavenly. So much hop flavor, so much bitterness. What more could you want?

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 1/4" white head on a pretty clear golden body.
S- Grapefruit and a bit of orange citrus hops. A good helping of piney hops too.
T- Citrus and piney hops balance them selfs out with each other. Hops just fill the mouth with a very little pale malt back ground. Grapefruit just blends with the pine flavor very well. Alcohol also comes in and tingles the tongue a little and then warms up the back of the throat. Hints of a few other fruits like oranges and lemons. Has a great complex hop aroma and flavor.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- This is a really good DIPA. It really does make its self stand out amount all the other DIPAs that are good just kind of blend together in memory. I think it really takes DIPAs to a new level. It must be one of my favorite DIPAs and maybe even one of my favorites that memory can recall right now.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass:

I love this beer. The represents the best in DIPA's in my opinion. Absolutely perfect balance with tremendous hops presence and the 8.5% ABV is very well hidden. Some hint of citrus to go along with the piney hops. As good as Founder's Double Trouble. a little better balanced and the drinkability of the Victory is off the charts. My favorite DIPA up to this point. Pick one up, you will not be disappointed. Awesome!!

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Photo of jdgainor
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of the hops so it was no surprise that I loved this one. I had it in a pint glass at the Brewhaus Grille (best beer selection in central Pennsylvania). It is nicely hopped and has a smoother taste than their Hop Devil (also excellent). So drinkable that its ABV can easily catch up with you.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say...ABV low end for DIPA. Does make it quite sessionable to a point. Golden and bright in appearance. Bubbles on the move. Sustaining head.

Everything in the nose an American IPA should have ...plenty of hops, little malt character and some alcohol heat that dosn't scare me.

Taste: All hop...both bitterness and flavor...needs a little more malt background. It does comes as it warms up.

I prefer the paler IPA/DIPA and this is one of the bigger ones.
It's "pilsner" like qualities are attractive for certain dishes as well. On the hotter/spicier side.

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Photo of Keyportnick
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Dated on label enjoy best by may 30 2013.

A- pours a light golden pale with no haze. Pure white head that fades to one finger but holds on about half way through

S- I could smell the hops as I poured it. Nice bright grapefruit with spice. Rounded out by some dull pineapple and deep earth wet hop.

T- lives up to the smell, nice rich grapefruit, pineapple, mango, spice and bright green hops. out by a well balanced hop bitterness that hits the back of the pallet just right and doesn't hang around to long. The 8.5% is no where to be found either.

M- Nice and smooth light fluffy body with a low carbonation that floats right over the tongue.

O- overall I think this is one of my favorite American double ipa's. The flavors of the fresh fruits in the hops combined with the way the bitterness goes as fast as it comes but has enough time to really taste the bitterness makes it insanely drinkable. The light fluffy body and how this beer coats the mouth is very pleasing. Just wish I would of bought more than one bottle in a mix a six is my only fault with this beer.

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Photo of rodcom
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers! I drank it first right at the Victory Brewing Company several months ago (before they close for renovations), so I bought a case. This beer is just so full of hops and it can't be compared with anything else.

Go buy this beer right away you will love it.

Just tried it on cask at Victory and I liked it even more then out of a bottle as a result raised my scores.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body with a couple of fingers of bubbly off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Aptly named, this beer smacks you right in the face with citrusy and piney hops. Underneath, good malt and lots of booze. This is terrific.

Taste: Flowery, juicy, and citrusy hops explode right off the bat. Towards the end, a solid malt backbone takes command. Assertively bitter, yet balanced and smooth - everything just meshes right. Some booze towards the end, but the bulk remains hidden well. The aftertaste is of fresh hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a long, dry finish.

Drinkability: Considering the style (and alcohol content), this has superb drinkability.

Verdict: If you're a hophead, Hop Wallop is simply a terrific experience. While it's no doubt a hop-bomb, I find it relatively balanced and quaffable. I've only had two Victory brews, this and HopDevil, and I must say I'm already quite enamored with this brewery.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to the bar a clear lighter golden color with a good amount of head. The smell was a good crisp and spicy hopppiness. The taste was great. Tons of hop flavor that sticks to the tongue. THe mouthfeel was moderately thick. In my opinion, this beer is right up there with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA. I will definitely go for this beer again.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A kicking IIPA, great balance and flavor.

Amber orange highlights shine through an almost clear body. Sticky lacing all along the edges of my glass.

Aroma is of 'fresh squeezed hops', as I've put it before. Bright grapefruit and fresh citrus.

Strong pine. Reminds me of hiking through the Cascades and finding a campside hidden away in some valley. grapefruit, citrus, cannabis, and florals mixed in there too. Wonderful.

Crisp and medium body. Strong alcohol, but it's hidden nicely. Drinkability is there. This is a sipper though, at 8.5%, it's definitly not a session beer by any account. It'll wallop you!

One of my top 5 beers! Great job Victory!

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Photo of guitarmage
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Vivid golden yellow, cloudy chill haze, the beer is still and bright. The head isn't huge, but there's a thin bubbly lacing, very white.

Smell: Fruity hop profile, juicy hops are complimented with pineapple and pine trees. Unlike other DIPAs, there is no trace of brown sugar/molasses. Also some notes of hay.

Taste: The beer slides on to the palate with a citrus sweetness, pineapple, orange rind, light malt on the tip of the tongue, hop profile then takes over. Hops are tangy and big, they linger, dry, citrus. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium smooth body, juicy, solid medium carbonation, prickly, clean and crisp.

Drinkability: I've never had a beer like this. It's not big and sweet and alcoholic like other DIPAs, clean and crisp with a huge dose of hops and citrus - very refreshing and easy to drink. Cleansing.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color, "1 of slightly off white head, sticky lacing. Pure hop spiciness in the nose, slightly floral, slightly citrus, smells almost cinnamon. Taste is of the wall hops. They are everywhere. Not much of a noticable malt presence, because of the invasive hops. Aftertaste is pure hops, slight alcohol burning. Not as hoppy as Rogue's I2PA, but still sates my hopcraving.

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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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