RATINGS: 1850   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, Hops 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle: Golden color with a medium white head that fades over time. Tons of hops in the aroma, pine, grassy grapefruit, citrus, and actually a little light malt in the aroma. Taste is hop juice, wet grass, grapefruit, pine, citrus, with a nice sweet malt that sticks all the way through and gives it a medium body. A solid offering for an Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Deep golden hue. Big creamy almost white head, leaves a nice thin sheet of lace. Nose is a big pine forest, with citrus, grassy green notes. Nimble palate, steady carbonation, great finesse for 8.5% A glimpse of pale malt, then a huge hop insurgence. All grapefruit, pine resin, nig sticky grass and citrus. I thoroughly enjoy this, and I feel its one of the better Imperial IPAs that I have had the pleasure of tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3686) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Quite a piney grapefruit PNW hoppy aroma. Sweet notes in the aroma as well. Transparent light copper with a frothy white head. Gorgeous lacing. Slightly sweet to start, turning rather bitter and hoppy. Lots of grapefruits and more PNW hoppiness. A little harsh...it is an imperial IPA though. A quality beer, but if given the choice, Id take hop devil instead.(7/4/7/4/15)--RE-RATE� that is 3 weeks old. The aroma on this is somewhat muted with a ton of herbal, minty spicy notes, which screams Chinook. Moderately hazy golden body with a frothy white head. Good lacing. This has a very herbal and oniony flavor. Mouthfeel is nice, and this is well-balanced, but I absolutely hate the hop profile on this. Too much Chinook and onion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2497) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bought in a 12 oz bottle. Poured into the glass, this is a slightly lighter orange than the typical IPA, a tiny pure white head lasts for a minute then is gone ,leaving minimal laceing. A most pleasant aroma from this one, very aromatic and hoppy.Quite fresh or so it seems. Taste? 100% hop juice!!,very bitter aftertaste, though now and again flashes of sweetness and malt show through, despite thehigh alcohol volume, it really is not noticed. Pretty nice on the palate for one so hoppy. A most drinkable beer ,i dare say a hopheads dream!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
A golden colored beer with a white, creamy head that lasted longer than I expected. Medium-bodied with citrus and pine flavors and a nice sour after-taste. A good beer but I prefer Victorys Hop Devil. But ... Ive never had a bad beer from this brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Clear golden pour with slight copper tint and minimal head and lacing - huge, mouth-watering aroma of heaps of fresh hops, citrus, pine, and just a hint of malts - some raters complain that its not quite a "hop wallop," and while I suppose thats valid, must we be subjected to so many hops that all other flavors become subdued? - I sure hope not, because the makers of this beer sure dont think so - there are plenty of juicy hops, but they are perfectly integrated into an overall flavor that is just as heavy on the malts, with buttery, grainy flavors, and a mild sweetness with just a hint of wild berries - this is remarkably well-balanced, and, in most respects, is very much like 90 minute IPA - ranks right up there with the best imperial IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Clear amber body with a thick, pillowy white head. Aroma of fresh hops. Flavor is hoppy, but not hearly what I expected of a hop wallop. Instead, it is rich and malty, with the peppery hops taking almost a back seat. Still, its a tasty beer, just not quite a hop lovers dream.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Rich amber color with a minimal head. Fresh hop aromas abound - piney and citrusy. I wouldve never guessed this was 8.5%abv. Big hops, well rounded body, no hint of alcohol. Malt backbone wasnt as strong as some other big IPAs - this is more reminiscent of the Hop Pocket model of more subdues malt qaulities. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Decent sized head with light carbonation. Reduces to a dense foam. Nice bright white lacing. Big juicy aroma of grapefruit, citrus, pine and light malts. Color is a medium golden amber with great clarity. Flavor is crisp and bitter. More citrus and pine. Light bodied. Finish is bitter and slightly puckering. Leaves a thin dry film in the mouth. A good bitter IPA but not as "special" as I would have expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 Bottle pours a lighter amber color with a monster head and lots of lace. The aroma is of fresh cut lemons and a pine forest. I could smell this one all day - but I wont. The flavor is sweet in the foundation, citrusy, pine tree resin, with a full and crisp body that holds up to the flavor. Overall, this is very nice.

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