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RATINGS: 1847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 ale, Hop Wallop lives up to its name and legacy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9267) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Pours a dark orange with large head. Big aroma of hops, cirtus and pine, with some sweetness present. Flavor leaned big toward bittering hops with citurs flavor as well. Some fruity sweetness also mixed in. The beer finished dry and thin on the malt side leaving you with a mouthfull of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3442) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Wallop enters the glass with a a big sticky head over a cloudy orange/gold body. Big floral aroma backed by a strong malt presence. The flavor is bitter followed by the malt in a nicely balanced way. The bitter finish is appropriate, not over powering. A brew for hop lovers for sure, but not just another hop juice. This one is very well done. On a par with Marin Eldridge White Knuckle. Thanks to CaptainCougar for this rare treat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Thanks to Eric (egajdis) for tipping everyone off in the forums that this was on tap. I’ve been waiting almost a year to try this, and I wasn’t disappointed. The only bad news was that they wouldn’t let me growler it! Oh well. The beer was semi-turbid light orangish/canteloupe colored, with medium white head. The aroma was great...a mix of hops, citrus, florals, and some spiciness. The taste blew me away...very hoppy, very fruity, with tons of florals and spice elements at the finish. The palate was medium, very smooth. This reminded me a little of 90 minute IPA, a little of Rogue Brutal Bitter, and a little of Dreadnaught. Very well hidden alcohol. I think if you mix one part of each of the 3 beers listed above, and then Randallize it, you’d have something approximating this beer. Definitely unique and complex, definitely not one-dimensional, and definitely among my upper echelon of beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1044) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 The beer came in a 12 oz. brown bottle with a brewed on date of December 30, 2003. The bottle had the legend of “Hop” Wallop printed in nearly unreadable font, but who buys bottles for light reading anyway, so I moved on to the main attraction. The body of the beer was apricot orange in color with a lot of cloudiness as a result of my preference of pouring the yeast in an IPA into the glass. The head on the beer was tall and crowning, and made it look a bit over carbonated. The head died down in a little while and left a lot of sticky lace on the sides of the goblet. The aroma was powerful green spicy hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. The taste was sweeter than I anticipated, with a lot of orange, peach, candied apples, and apricot fruitiness. The hop bitterness was quite subdued (which may have been the result of aging). The mouthfeel was soft and chewy and a lot “wetter” than most other beers in the style. There was some peppery spiciness in the aftertaste, but under the sweet coating that the beer put on my throat, it too was also quite secondary. This beer hides the 8.5% ABV alcohol very well under the rich malt, and is quite an approachable double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Light orange, golden body. Aroma is sweet, tart citrus with a hint of pine tar resin. Taste is, of course, extremely hoppy -- grapefruit and pine. Dry with a monster bitter hop finish. I like this but it may be a tad overrated as it is a little one-dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4614) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sample at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Cloudy, bright golden, big sweet fruity nose, orangy-citrusy in the body, could be fuller...seems a bit dry and dessicated at the end. Not bad, but either not at its best or significantly overrated, to my mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Pours orangey-amber with a creamy head that diminished leisurely and left some lacing. Aroma and flavor are both dominated by hops. This developed much more of a malt richness as it warmed, turning a pretty one-dimensional flavor into a much more complex and enjoyable beer experience. I found it best at about 60 degrees. Lots of piney and citrus hopiness with a lingering grapefruit rind finish. Medium to full body and mild carbonation.

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