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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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 11, 2004
Crystal clear almost neon gold with thick white head. Hops on the nose...well that’s 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!

3.8
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Typical light copper clear color with a thin head on top. The aroma is intense with serious hoppyness. It doenst present such a strong floral or citrus smell as most IPA’s, but a serious kick of sweet grassy/leafy bitterness. The flavor is much more intense. As soon as it hits the middle of my mouth, it makes my jaw wince in over-the-top-hop-ness. Even after its left my mouth, its still hopping. Intense beer, which is right on par from the good ol’ folks at Victory.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Crazy bottle cover. Hop Wallop is elvetastic. Deliciously hoppy and it filled me with hoppiness. Delicious beer that is remniscient of the Stoudts double IPA and the 90 minute. Great job.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
11.05.04 This beer had such a devilish power of hops that it chokeslammed me down onto the table and grunted "DRINK ME HARDER". Lit my fire like gasoline and a match

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, 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 (2587) - 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 (9270) - 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.


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