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RATINGS: 1834   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 (8.5% a.b.v.) ale, Hop Wallop lives up to its name and legacy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Sweet perfume hop can be smelled an inch above the glass. Thick clear gold appearance with minimal white head. Powerful hop blast smoothed out with a blanket of malt that prevents the palate from being scorched and provides a silky mouthfeel. IMO this is more balanced than 90 minute- less boozy and less caustic. Great homage to the almighty hop!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Light golden amber. Orangey citrus hop aroma, medium intensity, some earthy flowery components as well. Moderate bitterness, heavily orangey hop flavor. Moderate bodied. I canít help wanting something a bit more intense, both in the aroma and flavor departments. Maltiness balances what is there just fine. Orangey hops grow a bit tiring in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2596) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle, from Julioís. Good aroma, nutty citrusy. Almond, orange, carmel, ABV. Clean golden orange color. Small head that faded to a ring. Bitter flavors, Grapefruit, almonds,hints of carmel. Medium body, syrupy creamy mouthfeel. Little burning as it rolls on the tongue. Bitter finish. Warming too. Seems familiar. Maybe I heard too much about this one. Damned tasty though. Didnít think nose was as good as most seem to. Had to dig for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 Pours a nice clear golden with a thick white head. Aroma is very hoppy and floral. Lusciously sharp biting hops with a ton of grapefruit, citrus and pine. The taste and body is much more malty than the light, crystal-clear appearance would make you think. Very sweet and very bitter in the most pleasurable way. Beautifully balanced. Mouthfeel is full, round and silky smooth with subtle carbonation - medium body. The lacing hangs on the glass in thick sheets with great head retention. Very smooth and quaffable I2PA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Update: Let this beer sit for a few months. Those that Iíve been drinking in the last few weeks are about 3 months old. The flavor has opened up unbelievably, as has the aroma. What was once constrained and "tight" is now flowery, fruity and in perfect balance. But completely explosive. What I like best is that the malt gets completely out of the way of the hops. While I like malt a lot, it has no place in this style. Easily the best IIPA I have yet had. Old: 3.9 The first six pack of this I tasted was disappointing. The flavor was lacking. The second six pack was quite nice, really. The flavor was reminiscent of the current DFH 90--a lot of herbal, woodsy hops, but Hop Wallop added a very nice peachy element to it. And a tiny bit more citrus hops, as well. I like it quite a bit, though I have had better IIPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2004
tap. deep brownish/amber color... suprising mild aroma... complex flavors: caramel, hops, salt, spice, alcohol, citrus... iím amazed i enjoyed this so much seeing iím not a big fan of the super hopastic brews... well balanced, well done... dare i even say..."yum"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Dark copper color, clear, with white head. Aroma is fruity (mainly exotic fruits: mango, litchis, passion fruit) and flowery. Flavor is of course very hoppy at first, some herbs, pine, and a LOT of grapefruit. Finish is a bit sweeter with malts kicking in, and the warming alcohol. Nice mouthfeel, a little thicker than I expected. Iíd have loved some more malt to balance out the whole thing, but itís already pretty good as it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 Clear golden/orange color with a good sized white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Strong hop aroma with a backgroung of grapefruit and malt. Bitter hop flavor dominates at first, followed my the malt backbone and the alcohol. Nice warming finish. Could use a touch more malt for balance IMO but excellent anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 orangish with small white head...not as much aroma as i expected,,Some bottles are Very well balanced...smooth flavor. Others are Overpowered by hops, which i dont mind. good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 12, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Best before May 04, 2005. Very fresh. Poured out a pure yellow gold color, with a sticky white head. The head left a more than generous lacing on top of the beer itself. Aromas are of piercing hops, sweet malts, fresh cut hay, and an earthy quality thatís hard to point out. Flavors are of stingingly sharp hops, then a grapefruit quality appears for a brief moment. Resinous, piney hops finish out the hops bite, then the sweet malts kick into high gear. Alcoholic bite as itís drank, followed by a very warming sensation. The alcohol sneaks in with a vengeance while the hops distract your taste buds. Hits you up side the head with a "Wallop". Medium mouthfeel, rich & satisfying. Finishes about like youíd expect. Hoppy, and bitter. A top notch Double IPA from Victory.

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