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RATINGS: 1847   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - 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) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2004
11.12.04 12 oz bottle. Iím so pleased to finally get to try this highly anticipated brew and Iím so aware of the potential for a let-down. Refusing to give in to the hype yet fully aware of its high regard, I dive in to my first glass. Slightly orange, auburn, golden pour with medium white head that lingers in wisps. Palate is cleansing, softly eff, finishes sharply bitter but jovial. Could use more presence from the 8.5%, but only to remind me to slow down. This brew makes me smile. The flavors are impeccably balanced, a somewhat more hoppy 90min is the closest comparison. Citrus, juicy and sweet pink grapefruit, late summer floral. Itís fresh and young, yet still deep and deserving of my pensive moment. Absolutely fantastic beer thatís over the top, but built within reason. So worth the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1247) - USA - NOV 12, 2004
The name just about says it all, the first and most lasting impression is the hops. It has a clear golden appearance with a fair head. Taste is aggressive but with a light, almost fruity backing. Overall its the hops that characterize this brew, and it definitely packs them in.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 Bright burnished gold appearance, nice head that lasted well. Aroma was of grapefruit hops, followed by some hop aromas that were vaguely reminiscent of a pepperoni pizza. Odd, but good. There isnít any clear malt flavor per se, just enough body to keep things from appearing to be thin in any way. ABV totally camouflaged. Hop aromas are initially of piercing grapefruit, followed by a complex blend of earth, spice, and pine. Well done, quite enjoyable. NOTE: sampled again, on cask at Commercial Taphouse. Numbers stay the same overall, perhaps I would have dropped 1 point on aroma and added one point on appearance. Quite pale. But the hops were wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4853) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Original Rating 11/12/2004: Clear gold color with a frothy head. Interesting aroma of hops... not nearly as pungent as I would expect. Oddly sweet tasting hit of hops on the tongue. Just a slight bit of that pine nature that seems too prevalent in IPAs, especially IIPAs. Quite nice! 7/4/8/4/17 ReRate 1/17/2008: Gold color with a large head. Strong English hop aroma. The taste seems to be a blend of English and German hops. Lots of them, but it doesnít seem very bitter at all. Apparently, my review is the same, but the score is going to be lowered. A casualty of changing tastes, I suppose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 Best before 5-4-04.Aroma is of a pleasant German nature(except for the abundance of a finely tuned hop content),bready yeasty,almost toffee sweet malts,and the hops are grassy,citric,and pretty plentifull.The appearance is a solid gold,nice white head,very nice lace.The hops are piney and somewhat citric(I sense some columbus hops?)and maybe even some Noble varietys?The palate is nice and lively(bitter)and of a nice healty medium body.The finish lingers perfectly,the hops and malt are a fine pairing,very artistic in their attack.Like and Imperial pils in a way but this is the heady stash right here.Itís a tad hot right now but itís still in a good fresh enjoyable state.Well executed to say the least. Did I mention the drinkability and well hidden strength? A must to experience, if your loving the hoppy golden ales of the future.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 11, 2004
Crystal clear almost neon gold with thick white head. Hops on the nose...well thatís an understatement...peach pine and hops. Heavy mouthfeel with bitter lingering finish. Rich peach, apricot, pine resin, soap, and sweet honey in the mid palate. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish though not distracting. Nice brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Draft at the Grey Lodge and Druids Keep; bottle found in NJ. Sublte floral bouquet. Thick head at Grey Lodge; not much bottled or at DK. Awesome lacing. Big bitter bite, and even bitterer finish. More like a super german pilsener than an ale. High hopes for this one, but a bit disappointed (buyers remorse?) Anyway, the DK barman says this will get you where you want to be real quick.

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