Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,704
Reviews:
1,898
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
274
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 3,704 |  Reviews: 1,898
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, pale, gold color with a nice white head. Head has ok retention, but forms a layer of bubbles that coat the top of the brew and leave some nice layered lacing.

S- Smells of piney, floral, and just a bit of tropical fruits. This one reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Commodore Perry not sure if its fuggit hops or what.

T- Quite a bit of a tropical fruit here grapefruit and orange. For sure reminds me of some Great Lakes brews right between CP and Monster. A bit of a caramal malt toward the end but this one is all hops.

M- Medium in body and bit higher in carbonation.

D- I like this one quite a bit. I find it easy to drink and very hoppy which is what I like.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange color with thin white foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S - Fruity hops. Almost tropical smelling more so than the normal citrus smell you get from so many IPA's.

T - Very well balanced malts and hops. Fruity sweetness up front quickly overwhelmed by some nice hops bitterness. Wasnt very impressed with the taste at first but as it warmed it quickly got better.

M/D - Full mouthfeel and very well balanced between the hops and malts. Makes for a drinkable beer.

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Photo of erikm25
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Head is a medium off white dense cap of bubble. Retention is very good. Pointy lacing clings to the glass like a Seurat painting. A sludgy honey as it finally rests in the glass.

S: Emerald hops. Massive juiced lemons and saccharine tipped flowers. Orange and apple juices mixed together with a gaggle of grapefruit and grass. Pineapple and pine trees. Berried spices.

T: This is a blast of hops. Big orange tang and tangerine bite. Mango spiced rye and burnt pined grapefruits. As to be expected there is no real balance or complexity here just blistering hops. Medicinal and herbal zests.

M: Decent medium mouth feel. Moderate carbonation.

D: There are two types of green gold and hoppy beer is one. I have not tried a lot from this brewery but this impressed me. We all know that the Miller Lite beer from the constant ads during the 2009 NCAA Tournament would lay neutered and slain from this mighty hops sword. I could not session this though it would be worth grabbing a six pack to try.

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Photo of dnichols
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to abankovich for a great trade. I poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: It poured a hazy and orangeish golden body with a carbonation fed modest white head that retained well and left clumps of lacing that fell back into the liquid.

S: It had a powerful hop profile that was rich with pine and citrus. There was a recessive aroma toasted malts and white fruit and spices.

T: It hit with a hop bomb composed of pine and grapefruit. There is no doubt this is an Imperial IPA. After the hops receded there was a undercurrent of tasted malts and tart white fruits (white grapes and pears).

M: It was a medium bodied beer that despite its hop dominance was smooth and refreshing. It had a nice clean finish with just hints of sour aftertaste.

D: I'm not a hop head but this goes down pretty good. Decent management of hops but perhaps a bit over the top. A bit more balance would have improved the experience.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter golden amber color with a huge foamy white head that resists fading. Nice lacing patterns. The smell is a flowery pine and citrus hops. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied with a nice balance of hop tingling bitterness and malty character. Full flavored, the taste is really hoppy with solid citrus wonder that finishes with a lesser sweetness. A real nice drinker. The 8.5 % ABV isn't exactly a session beer, but it's arrival is just in time for the holidays.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with a 'Drink By' date of 5/16/2012...sweet, this thing must be fresh! Big thanks to Aaron for this extra straight off my 'Wants'. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours the color of honey, somewhere between gold and straw. Chill haze keeps me from seeing the clarity...the soapy white head settles in a ring and leaves lacing as well as alcohol legs on the glass.

S: Fruit and flowers, sugary, bitter & hoppy with a biscuity malt character thats dry and bready. Pineapple, pine, a touch of citrus rind, and just a hint of booze. Pretty malty and sweet.

T: Good upfront bitterness as the hops go to work...I get sugary dried pineapple, mango, papaya, pine cones, hop leaves, flowers, and lots of sweet caramel, candi sugar and grain...even some spices and herbs.

MF: Pretty light feel for an 8.5%...good carbonation and dryness.

O: Very nice IIPA, though I think it's older than I thought it might be...for the hops to have this much floral presence it must be a beast fresh. Aaron, much thanks!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Wallop is a crystal-clear golden ale with a fluffy, waxy off-white head. It has excellent lacing and retention. The aroma is very fresh and hoppy-- mostly pine needles and tangerine peel. There is a slight wave of sweetish malt. It has a smooth, medium body. It's a little foamy and the finish is dry. It tastes pretty much like the aroma-- all hops, as advertised.There is a wooden element to it, but mostly it's just nice and bitter. Good stuff!
(rated Mar 11, 2008)

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Photo of beerman207
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - quite nice - 1 finger head and soem lacing left all around the glass. This has a light copper color to it and is quite inviting - 45
S - apples, grapefruit, caramel (slight). Also some biscuit in there.
T - Whow - it does pack a hop whallop to steal their name for the descriptor. Definately has a bitterness that lingers but in a good way. The alcohol is definately present in the taste in the backend but has a nice warming feeling in the throat. This one is going to be a sipper for sure.
M - Love the feel of this beer. It has excellent balance
D - Can't give it too high of a score here as it isn't very sessionable due to the ABV and the bitter factor which is large and in charge for this one. It's quite an enjoyable beer but I don't think I'd sit down with more than 1 or 2.

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Photo of Gmartin75
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a thin white head that hangs on for the duration.

The smell is of strong citrus. Musty, a flash of alcohol.

The taste is of chewy, citrusy hops all over the place - grapefruit and orange. Some floral notes. Malt is subdued, but enough to tie the hops together. Sharp alcohol comes through, which often detracts, but in this case adds a zesty spiciness

Hops and alcohol in the raw. The flavor lingers. Long, dry finish.

A slow sipping brew. Hopheads rejoice, others beware.

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Photo of dball
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I write this I'm thinking about how many IPAs there are and how many are great and how many are really good. There are minor subleties that distinguish the great IPAs and I think this beer deserves that designation. It is a pretty straight forward imperial IPA with a true wallop of hops. It is not too fruity and looks beautiful poured into a pint glass. One particularly distinguishing character of this brew is the appearance. It has a deep and bright golden color that looks as tastey as it is. It has a solid two finger head and laces all the way down to the end. The only shortcoming on this brew is the smell. I found it not to be as bountiful in the nose as I expected. Give it a shot but watch out for the price tag.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a fairly small head that leaves surprisingly solid lacing. Nose is fairly mild, some light fruity hops and a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is a little bit more impressive: crazy hops. They're straight bitter, drying and floral. The light sweet malt of the nose shows up again, but again it's very mild in the face of the extremely hoppy flavor. Strong and lingering aftertaste. Body is medium and perfectly carbonated. Overally, this is a very good beer, and although it's extremely bitter, it doesn't really seem too much more hoppy than the Hop Devil. Probably a good introduction to DIPAs.

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Photo of Briken
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with big foamy off white head. A somewhat light resinous pine aroma. Huge hops upfront of pine and grapefruit with just a touch of barley sweetness. Smooth soft feel with a big bitter linger.

This is just big hoppy DIPA goodness. Not too much complexity although I did love the distinct yet subtle barley flavor that became much more apparent and pleasant as the beer warmed.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color w/ 2 fingers of creamy white head. Excellent lacing cascading down the glass

S: Very hoppy, pine and citrus mix. Barely any maltiness in the nose

T: Strong pine citrus flavors that finish clean. potent brew that the natural hop flavors mask well. A twinge of a wine like finish is slightly noticeable.

M: Medium body with a foamy carbonation.

D: Very smooth drinkable beer.

Had to try this after being a fan of the Hop Devil from Victory. I like this brew much better. In your face hops that finish clean, a great IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of goldbot
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,704 ratings.
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