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Victory Hop Wallop

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RATINGS: 1834   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2004 This beer is awesome. It packs a manly wallop of hops that I find pleasing. PETE LISTEN UP MAN, YOUR TIME IS OVER. I’M GOING STRAIGHT TO THE TOP, NO SLEEP TILL 500. This beer is actually quite light for such a wallopy brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (2485) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Pours out a dark amber color with an almost pine/citrus aroma. The taste is very hoppy with some nice spice notes of pine and grapefruit. A really good double IPA, personally like it better than a lot of the others I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Finally got a bottle of the coveted hop wallop today. Opened it at room temp, hop aromas abound in the pour. This is fresh as it gets by way of a bottle version. Most higher abv double IPAs have a tendancy to be sweet to balance the alcohol. This one is hoppy and a bit hot right now, but I expected it. Slight malt backbone, but mostly hops and alcohol at this point. This will be perfect in a few weeks.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 So I come home from work today and my wife says there is a surprise in the fridge. I open the fridge up, and there is a growler of Hop Wallop. She also bought me 2 cases of it and a T-Shirt. What a wife! Rating from Growler. Poured a dark orange color with a large white head. Aroma of pines, citrus, grapefruite and hops, hops, hops! Some malty/sweet balance to go along with the hoppy aroma and tastes. Re-rate from bottle. I may have originally given this a few more points due to the anticipation of wanting it for a while. I had to honestly knock it down a little.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2004
On tap. Yellow golden orange color with frothy white head. All hops in the aroma, pine, grapefruit, earth. Medium body, overwhelming hoppiness that gets more bitter with each sip. This isn’t quite as overbearing as some other hoppy brews, and there’s enough of those wonderful Victory malts to balance things out. I would still take HopDevil over this, though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Here’s a brew that was promised me in a previous trade and never materialized,but Thanks to Jpdipso i can finally get a chance to try it. Cloudy golden color,small white head that had a decent hangtime then faded slowly to a small lace.The aroma was sweet grapefruit and hops with a slight spicy side.Very nice floral flavor with a very good hop side nice non over powering bitter side,grapefruit and just all around damn fine IMO.The after taste lasts for quite a while with it being a nice bitter hoppy grapefruit.This is a fantastic brew that is fairly easy to drink and keeps the alcohol very well hidden another winner from John.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 Pours a light peach. Pretty light in color but still quite enchanting. The head is white in color and is initially frothy and well developed but then subdues into a creamy top layer that laces very well. Very pungent aroma. Smells very juicy and fresh. Grapefruit, spicy alcohol, pine needles and lemon in the nose. This smells delightful. Pleasantly hoppy (not as hoppy as I would have liked). The hops are very juicy and showcase lots of tangerines, pineapple and grapefruit. This beer is starting to grow on me. Solid malt body but mainly just hops. Vanilla Cake sneaks in. Very resiny, juicy, piney and lingering on the finish. The beer has disappeared.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Sweaty Cs extend their citrusy wealth throughout the brew and plant a few resinous roots here and there on the tongue...This orange, lemon and grapefruit assault remains very well in-style, latching on to cracking biscuity malts...To me, this is the quintessential American Double IPA, featuring all of the wonders of the citrusy hop varieties one can find there... The only reason I can’t give this is a 4.0 is that I find it a little too harsh to be super drinkable throughout...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
Sweaty, big ’C-Hop’ pine nose. Hazy, yellow-gold with white head that recedes to cover. Orange/grapefruit/lemon citrus explosion. No malt balance. Intriguing hop flavour but certainly unbalanced and nowhere near enough malt to carry the hops. Body is on the thin side though just a touch. Palate is refreshing. Hop flavour endures on the roof of the mouth. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
The pour is a clear gold. Head is small and white. Pretty direct citric aroma with various lemon, grapefruit and hop concentrate notes. Alcohol is very well hidden though. Juicy mouthfeel, light to medium body feels mostly thin compared to the flavors’ intensity. Plasticy citric taste. Quite tart, very bitter. Feels mostly one-dimensional toward the citrusy/orange assortment and lacks any convincing malt department to be outstanding. Fairly well-made in the hop juice category. Thanks TAR.


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