Hop Wallop | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

3,704 Ratings
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 sponberg
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Wallop - almost sounds like one of those "what the...?" Pennsy town names like Meshoppen, Conshohocken, Shickshinny, Shamokin... 12 oz. bottle, guy who looks like the offspring of Snuffy Smith and Gabby Hayes on a bender on the label. Pours bright gold with a fluffy head chock full of staying power.

Holy cats. Then I wash my hands and sniff again. Yep. Holy cats. Thought I had grabbed a juniper bush. Massively catty, piney, grapefruit-rind-y aroma. I get comfortable and start to sip...

Ever have a really good, sharp, spicy Gewurztraminer? One that starts out with grapefruit and apricot, maybe some pear, then gets spicy as hell? This iis the beer equivalent. The start of this beer is a-freakin'-mazing. Fruity malt (apricot, pear) with a background bitterness that *just* *keeps* *building* until it finishes with a resinous hop bite of epic proportion. 8.5%? Can't taste it. The aftertaste is like a morning grapefruit. Forget the hype, etc. - this is one impressive brew.

Many thanks to BA jackson for the bottle!

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Photo of jdg204
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After hearing many great stories of Victory's Double IPA, I was thrilled to get a 6-Pack when it came out this winter. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.

Appearance - Interesting clear, golden color. I have to say it caught me off guard and worried me that the beer wouldn't be as robust as I hoped, thankfully I was wrong.

Smell - Really nice citrus with a note of spice. Smell could've been a bit more powerful thugh.

Taste - The strong citrus flavors come first and do a good job of balancing the hops. The hops in this beer are fantastic in both strength and character. The bitterness/ savory of these particular hops is definetly puts them in a class by themselves

Mouthfeel - The immense flavor of this beer leaves the taste buds tingling and these unique hops leave the mouth extremely satisfied enjoying a great aftertaste.

Drinkability - I just flat out loved this beer! Victory was really my first venture into the Micro world and I am amazed at another of their fine creations. The unique hops will leave true hop heads satisfied for days. I look forward to adding this brew to my collection each year when the Seasonal offering arrives.

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Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Buster
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of blameo
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of frankthetank86
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JWalterWeatherman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Redwood21
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with a white 1 finger head that shrinks fast. noticeable bubbles.

S: sweet, sweet, sweeet There is a prominent citrus sweetness, with some hoppy aroma as well

T: almost too sweet fo rme. there is hops, bitterness, sweetness. its good, but i wish it was a lil more balanced. a quick swash in the mouth creates a dry bitter taste throughout my mouth, this style would probably go very good with greasy food as most ipas, dipas do. when the beer warms a bit, the flavors become more gentle, more balanced. but i still wish for a bit more, this is enough to bump taste to 4 though

m: had to lower the boom on mouthfeel because im not a fan of a dryer beer. i know a lot of ipas, dipas are dry by nature, but ive had ones that balance it better. this dryness however would go great with food, but i would like the beer to stand alone.

D: would be higher, if as i stated at least twice now this beer could stand alone better. i think this beer would be great with burgers or pizza, or similar fair, but as a beer to just sit back and enjoy, its a bit too unbalanced and dry for me. still a very good beer though.

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Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of alkemy
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was pretty disappointed in this beer. If your going assign the name of "Hop Wallop," then it should wallop my taste buds with hops. However, this was not the case. The scent was a very subdued pine with maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste was more of a "hop tap on the shoulder" than a wallop to the palate. I split a sixer of this with a fellow BA'er and his reaction was quite similar. There are may other Imperial IPA's I'd recommend over this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lightly murky gold with straw highlights. A large white head makes some nice lacing.

Smell is tropical fruit and citrus hops. Big and bold.

Flavor is crisp bitter citrus up front which tails of to the suggestion of malt. A bitter finish rounds out the taste.

Texture is clean with high carbonation that has some sting and tingle.

A great beer, bold in flavor, aroma and texture. I will enjoy this again.


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Photo of genog
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hop wallop

pours a bright golden color with plenty of white head that lingers around for a good amount of time. Aroma is strong on pine and some lemon citrus zest. There is a little bit of a rubbing alcohol smell that was a little off putting. Taste is a little better with a strong grain sweetness and the bitter hops. Mouth feeling is very oily from all the hops punching your senses.

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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 callmescraps
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a huge beer haul. I'm starting small and will work up.

Appearance - Surprisingly clear and light. Sort of a pale copper, with an inch of soapy head. Almost dirty straw color. Very clear. Looks more BMCish than expected.

Smell - Very nice hops up front. Some good grapefruit and citrus. Touch of candied malt behind it. Mostly those sweet hops with a touch of the pine. Smells good.

Taste - Yum. Nice sharp grapefruit hops. Some real bread yeastiness as well. Almost sweet, but then the hoppy citrus bitterness on the follow. Pretty tasty, but seems to be lacking that extra layer the great ones have.

Mouthfeel - A touch thin, although the beer lingers nicely. Maybe a hint more carbonation would do the trick.

Drinkability - Pretty nice. A hoppy beer that isn't a palate destroyer. I'd have another.

This is a very nice, solid beer. Reminds me of Torpedo in the "a real solid strong IPA/DIPA that I'd happily keep on hand" range. Certainly up there with the biggies, but a good beverage to have around. Also won't break the bank. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a hoppy one.

Oh, and the dude on the bottle is great.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a straw color with a 1 inch off-white head that slowly reduces to a heavy lacing. Moderate carbonation is noticed and no sediment.

The aroma is primarily that of hops with more citrus notes, than pine. There is also a strong component of sweetness.

The taste includes another healthy dose of hops, primarily citrus again, with grapfruit components. Just a brief glimpse of sweet malts present at the beginning and a nice bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is good for the flavor. A pleasant dryness is present at the finish, all combined to make a smooth beverage.

Overall, this is a very good beer. There are areas for improvement but this can hold its own and compete with some of the better IPAs. I will definitely keep my eyes open for it.

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Photo of baconman91
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of fluffy, bumpy off-white eggshell head, color of the beer is a glowing hazy golden lite orange color. Some very nice lacing is left when finished.

Smell - Whoah, orange, mango, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, and sweet lemon - such phenomenal citrus smells!

Taste - Just like the nose, all of these wonderful citrus and tropical flavors come together with a natural citrus sweetness, along with some big green and floral hop flavors. There is a wonderful malted biscuit backbone in the background, and the finish is slightly bitter and dry with wonderful dried grapefruit peel and a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium+, very smooth, and some juiciness. Carb is on the lower side, but adds some tingly edges along the sides of the tongue, but not enough to "cleanse" the palate, you're left with some nice lingering citrus flavors between sips, with juicy pockets in the corners of the mouth. The finish is just slightly dry and bitter.

Overall - A really nice citrussy and floral DIPA. The sweetness is all from the citrus, and is not overly sweet at all, and doesn't come across as honey or carmel or hard candy as in other DIPA's. A very nice DIPA, and one that I would try again.

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Photo of TommyW
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear gold with some amber tints; medium white head that sticks pretty well.

S- Piney/floral hops and sweet hay-like malt.

T- Pine, citrus and flowery hops with some sweet, honey, malt flavor. Finish is very floral and slightly bitter.

M- Medium body with an easy carbonation.

D- For a DIPA I find this one is very well-balanced; would almost make for a nice session beer were it not for the abv. The level of the lingering bitterness is just right for me right now.

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Photo of GMan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lush light gold into my pint glass with about an inch of head that dissipates to leave a nice little ring and shows pretty nice lacing.

S - Piney hops and citrus, more lemon than grapefruit in this one. Really great smell, but not too overwhelming.

T - Full of pine and citrus. Truly is more lemony than grapefruit which is not that common from my experience. Bitterness is a little more intense than some, but I would still say it's well balanced.

M - Lacks in carbonation. Pretty light, but not nearly as crisp as I would like.

D - Overall really great, I could and would drink several without any complaints whatsoever!

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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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