Hop Wallop.... Where have you been?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by GardenWaters, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    Got a call today from my bottle shop..... the Hop Wallop I requested finally came in. They were having a hard time getting this brew for some reason, despite having HeadWaters PA, Golden Monkey, Prima Pils, Storm King and Hop Devil constantly available. This has gotta be one of the juiciest DIPA's I've ever had. I also like the fact that it's bottle conditioned, because I plan on storing a few of these for a sunny day.
     
  2. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,657) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    For some reason, I find Hop Wallop to be better with a little age on it.

    Fresh, it has a slight dish soap vibe to it. Aged about 6 months, it goes from slightly soapy to delicately grapefruity.
     
  3. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,287) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    I don't have a problem finding it around here; either in bombers or 6 packs. Then again it is a local brewery for me.
     
  4. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    I live in FL and my liquor store down the road usually always has a 6 pack. Love that beer
     
  5. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,357) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    This is on my to get list. Can't wait to try it.
     
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  6. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    So quick question, I am always hesitant to buy Hop Wallop with more then a few months on it. I know it has a year shelf life, but being a DIPA I always thought that was a little long. So any of you that have had it with more then a few months on it, How does it taste? Can it really be good up to a year?
     
  7. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Disciple (305) Dec 22, 2012 Missouri

    I just got some a week before expiration and it is still pretty dang wallopy
     
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  8. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,357) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    ThisWangsChung seems to like it better at 6 months. Save one if you can for this summer.
     
  9. Star80

    Star80 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2005 Illinois

    Great beer, can hang with any DIPA's out there!
     
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  10. bman_85

    bman_85 Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2012 Wisconsin

    Bought one the other day off the singles shelf. One drink and down the drain it went. Not sure of the age on it but won't buy again unless I know it is extremely fresh
     
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  11. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (2,949) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    It can be good up to a year, just not as bitter as when its is fresh. Victory uses a high-end dual pre-evacuation bottling line that removes more oxygen and gives them about double the shelf life compared to a regular bottling line. So Hop Wallop has a shelf life of a year rather than 6 mos.
     
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  12. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (2,949) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Good idea, in many places, buying singles off the shelf can be a crap shoot. Often the bottle is old and has been sitting out for quite a while.
     
  13. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    It's been sitting on shelves in NY collecting dust for quite some time now. Pass!
     
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  14. bman_85

    bman_85 Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2012 Wisconsin

    Risky but only out 1.50. Better than 10.00 for a sixer. Tasted somewhat like a heineken
     
  15. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (198) Jan 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    You don't know where it's been, so don't put it in your mouth. Send it to me instead. I'll dispose of it safely.
     
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  16. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    I work at a store that hasnt gotten it in in quite a while. I'll ask the salesman for the Victory distributor whats up and report back with anything i hear.
     
  17. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    Sorry, but I've not been able to appreciate anything much from Victory. No Hop Wallop will be found in my house.
     
  18. Schmuck82

    Schmuck82 Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2008 Texas

    Where have you been? To quote Fat Bastard from Austin Powers "In my belly!".
     
  19. whiterabbit

    whiterabbit Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2010 Ohio

    Love Victory, good solid brewery. But am opposite on Hop Wallop. Bought a case in PA, brought it home, drank 2 sixers fairly quickly, and LOVED the stuff. The other two sixers sat in storage about 6 months, and were not the same at all. Taste flattened out to me, and lost some of the character. I will look for it, but will not cellar it.
     
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