rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hops glorious hops! Grapefruit, caramel-malt with huge hops. Lemon grapefruit finish. Slight alcohol burn. Creamy body. Spicey/piney. Nice.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too much anticipation may have spoiled this one. Cloudy amber with ample off-white head. The aroma was hoppy as expected, grapefruit, Christmas tree, spices. Medium body, smooth feel, mild carbonation. The taste was citrusy, spice infused. When I think of an Imperial IPA, especially one calling itself Hop Wallop, I expect to be smashed in the face with it like a Dreadnaught or a La Conner (Bottleworks), or a Ruination, or Hercules. This was a good IPA, drinkable, enjoyable, but it didn’t impress me as a double or imperial.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light golden color with tight head and a touch of lace. Spicy hop aroma, but isn’t 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)!
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 that’s my only real complaint. Horace "Hop" Wallop, I salute you!
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
igneous1 (1531) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear, copper color, head is big frothy, white, somewhat lasting. aroma is dominated by the citrus hops, with a pleasant funk from the yeast i’d 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.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 I’m back from CA. enough malt but not sticky or too sweet. well hidden alcohol. medium mouthfeel, lively carbonation, slightly sweet and hoppy finish.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.