ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle...clear amber pour with a generous puffy off white head. Cascade (?) hops in the aroma, floral and piney. Nicely floral and sweet to start, the middle starts to hit the pine a little. Finishing with a nice lingering bitterness. Definately not as hyperhopped as I thought by the nose. The sweetness is very pleasant and overall, this beer is delicious.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [12 oz. bottle - 2004 vintage] Nice dark gold color with a thin head. As soon as you get the glass near your head, hops hit you right in the nose. I’ve never smelled that many hops in one brew in my entire life. So much pepper and hop and citrus I almost had second thoughts. Once I got past this, the taste really wasn’t as hoppy as I thought it would be. There were lots of hops and a lot of pepper. The flavor is blended extremely well so one hop doesn’t overpower any of the other ones. The finish is slightly tart and bitter but the aftertaste doesn’t linger that long. Very good beer.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The name says just about all there is to say about this copper-coloured beer. Very insistent hop presence at all levels. Citrus, pine, resin, orange peel and the rest. Fresh and juicy. Some might find it rather aggressive and it’s a touch sharp on the finish. However, it’s undeniably a massive beer and I enjoyed it enormously. Subtlety is not a strong point. O tap at the Green Leafe Cafe, Williamsburg.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ozone, grapefruit, fruity hops. Hop oil. Pineapple. Cloudy butterscotch amber, with thin lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Mild malt, with huge hoppy bitterness from start to finish. Big hops, fruity and bitter. Great ale.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 12oz bottle. At about 46 degrees. Best buy 5/22/05 (my 30th b-day).Served in NB "worthy" tulip-style glass. Light orange with a modest off white head. Lots of lacing and nice "legs." It’s maybe a little lighter than the usual beers I drink because I notice all the fine bubbles rising to the top. Floral smell with some honeyish notes. The aroma is almost identical to the Victory Hop Devil. The taste is similar to the Hop Devil at first with the sweet honey flavor, but then it becomes the beer that I expected out of the Hop Devil, when it turns the corner with an assault of hops. The hops are pretty intense (at first) and very dry. After a few sips, you get adjusted to the hops and are able to taste a little more. Nice dry finish. I wish the hops flavor had more to it. It seemed like it lacked a bit of character. I have another that gets to enjoy some cellar time. Thanks Clark and Bert!
ADDITIONAL NOTES: I am having the other bottle that I got in Dec’04/Jan’05 and that has been cellared for a year+. BB Apr 26, 2005. I am suprised by the hops level, it is still pretty powerful and hops weighted. The hops are mostly piney and resiny, not too much else going on with them. This is a tasy beer and I am glad I had another one to drink a year later. Thanks again guys; Clark and Bert are both world class traders.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured golden with nice head. Much less hop aroma and bitterness than I would have thought from the name and description.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color, lasting white head. Fruity citrus hops all over. Has a rounded creamy feel with a bitter lingering finish. Thanks for going to PA Drew!
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Poured nice with a fluffy head. Lacing is good and it has some good IPA taste to it. Good hops, but not enough to call it wallop! Citrus flavor with a bit of pine and little malt.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber with a thick white head which left thick lacing on the glass. Strong IPA aroma. Good citrusy IPA flavor with a good malt backbone. Decent mouthfeel.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was an alright IPA, but a bit of a diappointment by Victory’s usual high standards. I thought the nose was terrible, with a slightly fishy, perfumy quality to it. The taste was better, although it did not pack the kind of bitter hoppiness that one would expect from a beer called Hop Wallop. It was almost a bit sweet, and the perfume still lingered a bit, as well as the hops, which were present but not overwhelming, which is not what I expected. I think I may have gotten a bad bottle, but until I am proven otherwise, this was a major disappointment.