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Victory Hop Wallop

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RATINGS: 1839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours golden. This is a hoppy beer, but without the hops completely dominating the taste and aroma of the beer. One that I would definitely drink again and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Flowery and hoppy aroma. Golden body, with a small white head. Nice bitterness, hoppy, some malt underneath. Very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10524) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2004
Bottled: Unclear orange coloured. Off white small head. Hops, fruit, sweetness and some flowery notes in the aroma. Flavour is equally hoppy and flowery. Has some herbal and light spice notes as well. This is a delicious 2IPA. Ends on a remarkable and long bitter note. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2004
On tap at Redbones: Clear orange with a thin persistant head, huge citrus nose that is noticeable from far away, full bodied with good carbonation, starts bitter and becomes very bitter and as you might imagine ends with a long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Pours deep golden with a fine white head. Oh the aroma. So nice I get floral, pine resin, citrus, and a good amount of malt. Once I take a sip though I feel like I am hit with a blast of hops, flavor, aroma, and bitter. The bitterness just lingers for a long time. I think that with some time in the bottle, the malt will assert itself. Even though the bottle say to drink by April, I will probably keep at least a 6er for a year to see how it evolves. If it is as I expect, I believe that this will evolve similar to Bigfoot, but will have a shorter time frame

   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 (1277) - 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 can’t 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 (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle, from Julio’s. 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. Didn’t 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 (1556) - Ashburn, 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 I’ve 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.

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