DocLock (8346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
rajendra82 (973) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, it’s like chewing pine cones and hops while swilling back Hop Wallop. I kept looking in the bottle for fragments of hops.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This IIPA pours with an amber-orange body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, grapefruity and slightly piney with a slight maltiness and a touch of other tropical fruits. The flavor is slightly sweet but very bitter, piney and hoppy with notes of citrus and a touch of malt. Meduim to full bodied and very dry.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. The aroma is grassy, citrusy, with notes of bergamot. The taste is lightly sweet with an underlying toasted biscuit malt flavor. Of course this beer is hop dominated, but I like that I was able to get some maltiness up front. There is an astringent grassy note to the bitterness, as well as a resinous citrus/ pine hop note. This finishes with a solid slightly mouth-puckering bitterness. The key to to this beer is to drink it on the warm side of cool, so that the malt notes come out. Overall this is quite good, I just wish it was slightly more integrated, it needs a bit of smoothing out of the astringent notes. Still this is definitely a hop monster, and is a must try for hop heads.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a fine looking ale with a golden color tinged with a bit of brown. The head is off-white and fluffy.
Nose is pure hops, as expected. A grainy, sharpness and a good amount of citrus sting the nostrils, and these hops smell fresh. Taste is full flavored, big hops riding on firm, yet yielding malt backbone. This is more than I expected, and I have to hand it to Victory on the quality of this brew in what is becoming a common style. Piney like a christmas tree, these hops offer some grapefruit notes and are followed by a strength of alcohol. NIcely done.
PisskyNight (13) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
ahhh....finally ... I can’t say much more or even well enough in summary as well as rich has said but here goes
Appearance: Nice bright gold hue....the body has a good 1/3 inch white frothy head....the head is near a sappyness in that it clings to the glass walls pretty nicely....
Smell: Great sweet apple/star-fruit/mellon aroma...hints of floral pine but a great overall nose satisfication
Taste: Great sweet delicate grapefruit taste without any bitterness....not sure how they did that...jolly rancher apple bursts...pears and mellons seem to be the underlying additive....great balance and depth...no malty backbone as rich has stated...nice hop punch... not as overwhelming as I was prepared for....but I like it that way
Notes: I am amazed with this limited release...there were only 32 cases I blieve that night and I am happy to say I have one of them...great stuff
: Reviewed this one again...I realised that my score was too low after drinking many of these for different reasons...possably a fealing of awe while scribbling on a hopdevil coaster