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RATINGS: 1844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Horace ĎHopí 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, Hopís hunger and thirst got the best of him. Two fistfuls oí 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 ígreen goldí 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
This one pours with a golden hazy appearance. It has some nice residual lacing and a tiny rim of foam. The aroma is slightly astringent, but tastefully hoppy, with some light acidity and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is bittersweet and hoppy with lots of cascade in the taste. Bready and biscuity tasting with a nice malt backbone, but definitely dominated by the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Bottled - clear golden color, thin white lacy head, lots of hops in the nose, very little by way of malt so the balance was a bit off, bitter hoppiness in the flavors, dry & spicy finish, a tad disappointing from all the hype surrounding it but a very good IPA nonetheless

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Wow. Lots of hops. good beer from Victory. Golden in color. Some malt but very subtle. the hops are more apparent. pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 ReduxWanted to up it from a 4.0 to a 4.2. Really nice spicy hop nose. Bold hoppy flavor, that just isnít overwhelming, yet huge at the same time. This is well balanced and kinda reminds me of Ruination.

Tap, at the Which Brew, Easton, PA. Golden and clear, with white head. Good hop nose with fresh dry hop overtones, similar to the DFH 90 Min IPA. Big all hop flavor with a subdued malt. Suprisingly drinkable hops, as to not be an overwhelming American crazy salty bitterness Grapefruit Rogue beer. There is some malt sweetness there, but the late addition hops eat it up. I like it, and this is definitely a good way to put on a buzz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Ok - I'm a huge hophead and Imperial IPA is my current favorite style. When I saw this from my local Victory I was thrilled - they do big beers so good, this has got to be good. I've now had a chance to try 3 or 4 different bottles from different batches, and sadly, I'm not impressed.
My main issue is the choice of hops - these taste like traditional noble hops - more at home in a Pilsener than an IPA. Yes, I get the strong acidic grapefrutiness, but the strong earthiness and pepperery flavors (almost musty) of these hops overpowers everything else. Tastes more like an imperial pilsener. Has some toastiness in the body that adds to the flavor confusion.

I can't believe I'm giving a low rating to a victory beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark golden color with a large white head. Had a nice grapefruit aroma and a big hoppy taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Golden hue with frothy white head and very good lace. The aroma hints of pine sap, grapefruit, apple, toasted bread and grains, white pepper, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is so unique, bounces back at forth between big piney hops and sweet smooth malts. The finish displays a full grapefruit and bitter nature, no such thing as sublime here. Lingering peppery spice tones as well. The mouthfeel is aggressive and astringent, heavy with a serious bite towards the end. This is a beer for hop-heads and IPA lovers. Enough malt to keep this somewhat balanced, somewhat. Wow, a top 10 IIPA for sure, get you some. I did from egajdzis, thanks !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Beer pours dark golden with a big fluffy white head that is fully retained. Aroma is nicely IPAish with prominany though not huge hop aroma that is a little grapefruity but mostly piney. Flavor is an essay in hops. Flavor is initially hoppy bitter then the finish kicks the hop bitterness into the stratosphere with a massive burst of what could pass for grapefruit juice. In my opinion this should be required rating for all certified hop heads.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10085) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Lightly hazy, orange ale. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Zap! Gone in a flash, but leaves sporadic, gluey lacing. The nose is so complex, so rich, so earthy, so biting. The peppery hop mist rising from the beer gets in my eyes and makes them water. Spicy, floral and citrusy nose with notes of sweat, leather, habenero and citrus fruit. Lots of caramel and fresh, juicy hops. Flavorful and spicy hot with a blast of bitter grapefruit rind. Full-bodied with a heavy, creamy, then resiny mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, astringent finish. I really dig this one. Thanks to egajdzis for the bottle. World class brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Yes! Beautiful orange to golden color, thick foamy white head. Looks great. Nose sings of sweet malt and hops. Taste is bitter, then malty, then dry and hot, then bitter again, with a long bitter finish. As Iíve said of their Hop Devil, "Balance? We donít need no stinken balance!" This one is even better, better mouth feel, better hoppy finish. Maybe, just maybe, it comes close to too much. But itís great, and would stand up to a pizza like bacon and hash browns meeting an egg! // OK, I keep coming back to this one. To me itís just what an American ale should be. // OK ... this one is not an entirely fair comparison but I had it cask conditioned at the brewery today. Cask stuff at Victory is usually magnificent and this was no exception. A dense tight foam, great lacing, great mouth feel. Usual great slam of bitter grapefruit and menthol. This was wonderful.

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