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Victory Hop Wallop

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RATINGS: 1838   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 WCC2-Poured a light gold color with a sticky white head that wouldn't let go for anything. Swet citrusy hop aroma. Refreshing citrus fruit taste with a smooth malt finish. Great IIPA! I had one of these at the brewery when they first came out. Not knowing the small size of the batch at the time, I didn't rate it right away and was really sorry I didn't. Thanks egajdzis for a beer I've been looking for ever since.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2004
(WCC2) Cloudy golden with medium-large off-white head. Aroma is pine, crisp, mild lemon. Taste is mild sweet, pine/grapefruit, light lemon. Medium body, chewy. A delightful one-dimensional beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2004
Lovely hoppy aroma. I've gotten away from my hophead roots lately, but this reminds me of why I like hoppy beers. Golden color with a head that dissipates quickly, but the bubbles float on top for a while. Lovely hoppy flavor, as well. Not too bitter, rich, citrusy (a little orange, a little lemon). Well balanced and clean finish. A very very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2004
Bottled. Finally a good hoppy none west coast beer. Nice flowerly smell to it. Nice hope bite and bitternes

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Just cracked the crown on this eagerly anticipated bottle of ale, bottled 12-11-03, and already the sweet, citric aroma wafts out to please the senses, a promising sign. Fantastically hazy, thrillingly golden, with a mammoth head, pearly-white, bubbly, fluffy-as-a-cloud, very slowly drifting down in size. Now to check this aroma out, up close: OW-Weee!! there's pine up there, floral a bit, and fruity aplenty, spruce, herbs, this is primeval stuff, potently herbaceous, brilliantly bristling, beyond "bitter". Citrus fruit notes, too, a touch of grapefruit, a faint suggestion of pineapple, peach, but the sharp pine-tar factor looms largest. Past the lips and onto the tongue, it's surprisingly smooth. Huge hoppiness swims all about the senses, but is, incredibly, never too bitter, and lays on the palate just long enough. I'd call the body medium, and finsh is fruity, tangy, and lastly dry, and of perfect length, for it fades off just as it's time to raise the glass anew. Malt is in excellent supply here, and provides one perfect backdrop, just thick and sweet enough to make the bitter hop bouquet so wonderfully palatable. Hop taste hangs in the mouth happily and long, and the sweetness from the ample malt makes a well-balanced, utterly drinkable, Super IPA. Sure wish I had me a case of this stuff, or 2 or 3, instead of just a few bottles. Where I don't think it's the most incredible Double IPA (3 Floyds, Rogue, Midnight Sun and more vie for that spot), or most delicious IPA of any kind (Town Hall's Masala Mama is still my sweetie, and Bell's TwoHearted can't be beat, especially on tap), it's really a seducer, with a quality that can surely become addicting. Who knows, maybe someday they'll send it out beyond Pennsylvania and I won't have that problem. As it is, not quite done with it, and I wish I had a few more to keep this hoppy happiness happening.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Bottle. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, grass), moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pretty disappointing. Soapy, yeasty nose detracts from the other elements, and it’s somewhat crude and rough in the mouth as well. It’s becoming pretty clear that Victory is not what it once was.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2004
The aroma, to me, is pure pine. No earth, no citrus - this is as flat out pine as I've ever experienced. Highly carbonated, deep golden orange with lots of floating sediment. Some slight sweet fruitiness in the flavor, but very bitter. Not over the top on the sweetness, which I personally like a lot. Malt is subdued, not all that detectable. Damn drinkable, and yes, unbalanced. In this case, though, I like it very much. I owe a huge debt of graitude to pabobcat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 Medium creamy head with good lacing, head mostly lasting. Beautiful shiny and clear golden/amber body. Nice full aroma of fresh grapefruit and banana. Taste has some peppery sweet grapefruit. Feel was ok. Overall it was a really good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2004
What's the fuss about this? Granted, I tried some of the top beers in the world on the same night, so it was up against some strong competition, but this struck me as an extremely regular, though obviously heavily-hopped beer. The underlying flavors don't produce much complexity or excitement.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8236) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Clear dark yellow. Big time hop aroma with some pine and butter. Flavor is hoppy and dry, without much complexity. Butter, pecans, and bread in the finish, but this one lets me down as just a super-hopped, marginally-flavored IPA. Beat out easily by Bert Grants Hopzilla when tasted side by side.


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