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Victory Hop Wallop

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RATINGS: 1844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Horace ‘Hop’ Wallop headed West a broken man. For it was a certain Miss LuLubelle Lager that had left him, thirsting for more. Drawn by wild tales of the riches of the gold mines, Hop pressed on westward. His last nickel spent on a prospecting pan, Hop’s hunger and thirst got the best of him. Two fistfuls o’ barley and three of some wild and wayward hops tossed in the pan with some clear water was to be his meal. But sleep overcame him and he woke to a bubbling, cacophonous concoction. Overjoyed with the beautiful ale that he had made, Hop realized the secret of the ’green gold’ he had discovered in those fresh hops. Celebrated far and wide, Hop Wallop lives on in this vivid ale with his words, "hoppiness is happiness." As our annual homage to the fresh hop harvest, Hop Wallop is a fragrant experience that delights the tastebuds. Pure gold of color, this ale offers its heady bounty of hops to the adventurous of taste. Bold, bracing and surprisingly refreshing for a strong (8.5% a.b.v.) ale, Hop Wallop lives up to its name and legacy.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Hazy golden orange with a large frothy off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, pine/resin, toast and honey. Medium velvety body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of resin/pine, grapefruit, honey and toast. Lightly alcoholic. Long bitter finish. A little overdone, but I guess that was to be expected. Hop Devil is much better. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Bottle. Pours a translucent yellow/orange with a minimal head. Aroma is big and citrus. Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation, taste starts bitter and becomes very bitter and as you might imagine ends with a long bitter aftertaste. I don’t know about this one. I’d like to think of it as a slightly over the top IPA because it’s not up there with the best of the I2PA’s....not even close.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Not near enough hops. this is an IPA definitely not a double. very dissapointing beer nice malt very clean but just not very hop forward.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 25, 2005
light herbal hops with a light dry carmelly malt aroma. Pale orange color, mildly cloudy. Very Orange, glowing, light crystal, very citrusy, mildly bitter, very late vanilla. Round even taste, beautifully crafted. Very soft sweetness lingering beneath the big hops, nice body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Clear golden color with a large white head. Aroma has hints of grass and hay as well as some apricots. Mild malty sweetness, quickly diminished by a big bitterness. Some citric orange notes. Finishes quite bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
(bottle) Medium gold with large white head. Hops aroma. Flavor is citrus hops--grapefruit mostly. Enough malt for balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2005
Golden, fluffy white head. sweet and fruity aroma of oranges and red apples. Hop bitter aftertaste. Full bodied. Hints of alcohol and butter. Very bitter aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2005
BB date just a couple mos away. Found a case of this on the shelf that had been forgotten in the back storage room. Not as impressive as I thought it would be. A nice mix of hops and mild malt,easy to drink but nothing special.I’ll do an update in 6 mos or so.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Tempered gold color with a nice cap of creamy head that spackles the edge of my tulip with lacing. Bright blend of traditional U.K. and cutting edge U.S. hops mix with resinously sweet malts with a pin prick of alcohol. The balanced body shows up first with a good dose of umami (tastiness) & the bitter sweet reminder of both the hopping rates and the malt bill. As for the hidden treasures, here’s my list of plunders: celery, potato starch, lemon zest & capers. Worth the 259 rating (as of rating) count before trying. Straight forward but unique, both desirable traits.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AZeagle (11) - Cave Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2005
The hop aroma hit me the second I opened the bottle. I knew it was going to be enjoyable. It poured out a nice clear light amber with a fluffy white head which stayed with it throughout. The flavor was strong on hops but not overpowering. The aftertaste stayed with me for quite a while, which was not necessarily a bad thing. Overall a great experience, I can’t wait to get back East to get some more.


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