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RATINGS: 1845   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Horace ĎHopí 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, Hopís hunger and thirst got the best of him. Two fistfuls oí 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 ígreen goldí 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 ale, Hop Wallop lives up to its name and legacy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Light golden color with tight head and a touch of lace. Spicy hop aroma, but isnít quite as pungent as one would expect. Flavor is exceptional, rich flavor of malt, fruity with sweet oranges, lemony hops and slight touch of pine. Very crisp and refreshing. Only taste of alcohol is at the finish. A nice brew all around. Thanks to Santa (Doclock)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
This one deserves a special rant. I was looking forward to this one forever, and was afraid I never would get the chance to experience this legendary, annual November release. I love hops, so this one got my hopes to astronomical levels. Lets just say although it missed the mark (which would have been putting this one at the top of my list), this still was excellent. Provides more of a punch than hop devil, the hops doiminate and linger on the palate for the entire experience. Flavoring is not smooth, but a mish mash of great tastes with an explosive finish. Extremely complex and delivers on the promise of providing unparallel hopiness. Overall could have been more balanced, but thatís my only real complaint. Horace "Hop" Wallop, I salute you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2004
A beautiful gold brown beer with nice bubbles. Really looks good. Smells sweet with citrus hops and perhaps cedar or hay. Tastes of hop goodness. Grass at first and moving to straight out bitter. Sweet grapefruit and a bitter orange peel flavor that lasts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1524) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2004
clear, copper color, head is big frothy, white, somewhat lasting. aroma is dominated by the citrus hops, with a pleasant funk from the yeast iíd imagine. aroma has modest maltiness at best. flavor is surprisingly more bitter than i would have gathered from the aroma. obviously lots of citrus, and what i call the perspiration effect. clearly has some similarities to hop devil in that the malt and hop flavor profiles are not THAT different. this beer has quite a bit less sweetness than hop devil, and frankly, at times, seems a bit thin compared to its IIPA brethren. still great though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Straw body with lots of rising carbonation, dense, medium-sized white head, PNW hops and a slight sweetness in the nose. Bitter, somewhat fruity, bitter, citrus notes, bitter. Rather thin mouthfeel. Bitter. RERATE: Mouthfeel improves as it warms; some sweet malt emerges; bitterness is slightly attenuated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2004
(Best by May/04/2005) The nose is very hoppy, duh. The palate is first bitter then it gets a bit alcoholic. The palate is very full and fruity with loads of citrus hop flavors. The finish is like grapefruit juice in the morning. I think if Victory brought the gravity down a little bit that this beers rough edges would come together and make for a better beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2004
very light amber-gold color, very creamy/rocky lasting off-white head. thick lacing. tons of fizz through the body. floral grapefruit aroma, but nothing more. flavor is hoppy, but surprisingly mild for an IIPA. rating are reading like a skipping CD, huh? reminds me a little of the sierra nevada harvest ale. kind of how I like regular IPAs, even though Iím back from CA. enough malt but not sticky or too sweet. well hidden alcohol. medium mouthfeel, lively carbonation, slightly sweet and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2004
poured a orange-gold color with barley any head. I expected this beer to have more of an amber color but it turned out not to happen. Nice hoppy aroma with some bread like malts but hops were the main event. Hops in the flavor but not over-powering. A little light on mouth feel and stomach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2443) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Interesting. A harvest ale with earthy, mineral and bushy hop flavors. I like the lackof thick carmels that most brewers employ to counter or "balance" hop flavors. Full but not extreme bitter. Strange malt aroma thatís reminescent only of Coors. Packs a wallop for certain. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Pours like a typical pilsner; nice golden color, minimal head, better lacing than usual... Not much special going on here. Aroma is quite hoppy to say the least. Damn it seems like a pils other than the extra hops. You sure this is an ImpIPA? Smells great, but not what Iíd expect from an IIPA. Flavor is good. Very hoppy, indeed. But damn, itís not an IIPA. I donít know where Iíd put this, to be honest, but not here. Itís a great beer, but damit, I try to rate to style and if Iím doing that this is lacking. So, itís very well balanced with malt sweetness, (unlike most IIPAs). A bit of sharp fruits although I canít put my finger on it (apricots?). Itís not quite citric but damn near. Palate is thicker than a Pils for sure; more like an IPA. Very crisp and cleansing like an IPA and very thick, but not to the IIPA style. Nice, but no cigar. Overall this is an awesome beer and should be sought out, but, you know, itís not an IIPA.

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