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

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Added by Todd on 12-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1,898
Ratings:
3,704
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 3,704 |  Reviews: 1,898
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Wallop poured out as a yellowish copper color, the head was creamy looking as semi-thick. The smell of the beer is hoppy but I have a feeling that the cask may have muted some of the aromas in this one. The taste of the beer is hoppy also had a nice tasting bitter finish to it. The mouthfeel of this beer was silky smooth from the cask. This beer didn't last me very long, it was in my belly shortly after it was given to me. Overall I am looking forward to trying this from a bottle to see how much it differs, I've got a 6 pack waiting to go in the fridge right now. All in all it's a good IIPA that teams well with the HopDevil.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My go to package store finally got this in stock so I was pretty psyched.

As expected it was a very hoppy beer in both aroma and taste. It's well balanced and smooth and for such a high ABV the alcohol is hidden well. I felt there was a lack in appearance but the beer was well above average in just about every other category.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a small white head that quickly faded away into lacy patterns of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of both citrus and pine resin hops. There is a lot of bitterness (particularly in the finish) but it's not overpowering; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to consume because the alcohol is well masked and the bitterness isn't overpowering.

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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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured during a trip last month to, um, interesting, metro Detroit.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice array of various forms of webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitter citrus, milder pine, soft caramel, and more prominent crackery malt. The taste is bready, crackery malt, bitter citrus peel, a bit of pine resin, and emerging sweet booze. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a wavering medium weight, a tad prickly, but smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, with a decently strong uptick in generic leafy, piney bitterness.

An agreeable DIPA, one which borders on the IPA fringe, in terms of flavour - no big malt/hop showdown here, just a nice hop-forward brew, the extra booze warming well subdued, that is until the temperature effect takes hold.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

B-

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a dry pint glass with several fingers of foam, it settles into a compact and fluffy head. Rings and wisps of foam, it's a nice pint to look at. The color is an amber jewel tone, with a few lazy upward-moving bubbles.

Aroma is heavenly...fruity and juicy like Amarillo, clean and grassy like Saaz. The aroma doesn't hang around long enough, but that initial blast is really something. Malt is in there too to back it up.

Light mouthfeel, but bigger than your average IPA or pale ale. Mild astringency/bitterness at first, pink grapefruit pith, descending into more pale malt flavors, before a bracing finish. Very long, and bitter end. Reminds me of the aftertaste after tasting a fresh hop cone, that bitterness that just never fades. Light suggestion of honey a few minutes after the swallow, once the bitterness subsides.

Fairly easy to drink, especially so in warmer weather i'd imagine. Highly recommended for hop heads.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear golden body color with just a hint of amber; the fluffy head retains well and leaves very good lacing

Smell: Primarily spruce and pine, but a bit of grapefruit citrus and floral qualities as well

Taste: From the start, there is a brief neutral holding pattern of pale malt flavor while the hops rev their engine and take over the taste buds; very piney and bitter/lemony on the finish, there is a tingling sweetness on the tip of the tongue; a bit of alcoholic warming on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike Hop Devil, which is assertively malty and hoppy, this beer is all about the hops

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Clear amber color ale with huge head with pretty good retention. Aroma of bitter and somewhat floral hops is definitely present. Taste is dominated by bitter hops as expected mix with very subtle sour ending which was enjoyable. Body is full ands carbonation is good which is more then I can say for other Victory products. Not over the top as other Imperial IPA and very well balance. Nice beer that I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops. There was also a pine-like aroma.

T - It tasted of very spicy hops. Also, a good dose of sweet, roasted malt.

M - Very crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good DIPA. Tons of hops blended very well with a good malt flavor.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big white head just sort of sits there, as it slowly decides to fall into a clear rich golden colored beer it leaves bits of its lacing on the glass.

A light citrus to piney hops aroma with a slight sourness to it.

Citrus to piney hops with a slight bitterness to sourness taste.

A medium bodied beer that leaves a slight bitter/sour aftertaste that is quite dry.

Cool looking bottle, cool name, was hoping for more.

This is a decent IPA but to me it doesn't quite live up to the standard of other Victory beers I've tried.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Dyan, as usual. Best by May 05, 2009.

Appearance: Light amber, brilliantly clear, with a frothy three finger head that rises above the glass for a moment before slowly settling, leaving a ton of lace behind as it falls.

Smell: Caramel wafers, primarily. Very candy-like and sweet. There's a bit of aromatic hops in there as well, faintly citrusy, but it takes a backseat to the big malt body.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet candied grapefruit, ripe nectarine, caramel malt. Very sweet and malt-forward for the style, but thankfully not too heavy or boozy. Bitterness is ample, but not over the top. Despite that, this one's a lot heavier on the bittering hops than the flavor and aromatic hops. This is good, but it's not my favorite style of DIPA. Give me a dry, aromatic IPA any day over these East Coast malt bombs.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This was the stand-out for me at the 13 May 2005 Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge! Absolutely amazing! All of the rich maltiness was there, and it even appeared fuller because of the softer mouthfeel. It was the only beer I had all night (apart from Heavyweight's Hoppy Saison) that held a head and left lacing about the glass. The hop aroma didn't seem any fuller than usual, but it really didn't have to be. The hop flavors seemed to sink into the maltiness a bit more, and it was much rounder and incredibly drinkable! Of course, at 8.5% you are limited.... but I'd have drank it all night if I could (and almost did!).

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear bright yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense beige head that slowly reduces to a very dense finger tall head covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - stronger citrus and a slightly lighter presence of pine resin.

T: Some initial caramel malt sweetness but the flavor is quickly dominated by citrus and pine resin hops. The beer has moderate to strong bitterness that lingers but is not overly aggressive.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: This beer has a very enjoyable flavor and aroma while looking great. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the bitterness is not overly aggressive. Easy to drink as a sipping beer but not sessionable (too intense).

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in pint glass

A - hazy yellow/orange capped with medium eggshell head. Head has modest retention. Ample, fine carbonation.

Aroma of citrus hops and malt. Mild aroma for style and taste.

T - "Hop Wallop"? Yes, but amply tempered with a generous load of caramel malt. Has bitter (lemony grapefruit) hop finish and aftertaste true to style. Pronounced citrus and pine notes to hops.

M - brisk and a bit tingly; medium body;

D - a good sipper, although I notice it is disappearing rather quickly; a good session beer too, but watch out for that 8.5% ABV which is not obvious via aroma or taste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a slightly cloudy gold color with a white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace.

S: Heavy hops smell with some citrus & malt sweetness and bit of alcohol.

T: Strong, bitter hops bite hits you right away (hence the name) and certainly doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells. It leaves a bitter hops after-taste, but it’s not as strong as you would think.

M: Very crisp and smooth as well, with a medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.

D: This is a drinkable beer, especially if you’re into the hops bitterness. The alcohol is hidden pretty well without using sweetness to do it and it's not very filling. It’s just not quite as balanced as I would prefer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a fluffy two finger head atop that settles nicely leaving a sheet of lace behind,big brassy hop in the aroma and quite herbal that really sticks out a touch of pineapple is there but the pine is the most noticable here.Well if you like hops this is it for you,herbal and piney with a nice underlying citrus zest a lightly sweet malt backbone appears but is small compared to the big hops.Wow the alcohol is prevalent here mainly in the finish quite zippy and stronger as the beer warms.A big flavorful IPA in your face the alcohol keeps me from wanting to drink much though.

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

A - Good clarity with a two finger, off white head and a golden-copper body. Good head retention and lace.

S - Fruity hops; pineapple, clove, and mango. Sweet malt and some light caramel. Pepper and slight clove from the yeast.

T - Sweet malt with lots of toast and biscuit character. Floral hops in the middle with pineapple notes. Spicy hop bitterness in the finish with some tobacco and slight astringency.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet, astringent finish.

D - Great hop character in the aroma, though the flavor is somewhat weaker and the balance is a little off in the finish. A nice, drinkable DIPA, but not quite as good as Hopslam.

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Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,704 ratings
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