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RATINGS: 1850   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2004
On tap. Yellow golden orange color with frothy white head. All hops in the aroma, pine, grapefruit, earth. Medium body, overwhelming hoppiness that gets more bitter with each sip. This isn’t quite as overbearing as some other hoppy brews, and there’s enough of those wonderful Victory malts to balance things out. I would still take HopDevil over this, though.

4.3
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Here’s a brew that was promised me in a previous trade and never materialized,but Thanks to Jpdipso i can finally get a chance to try it. Cloudy golden color,small white head that had a decent hangtime then faded slowly to a small lace.The aroma was sweet grapefruit and hops with a slight spicy side.Very nice floral flavor with a very good hop side nice non over powering bitter side,grapefruit and just all around damn fine IMO.The after taste lasts for quite a while with it being a nice bitter hoppy grapefruit.This is a fantastic brew that is fairly easy to drink and keeps the alcohol very well hidden another winner from John.

3.5
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 Pours a light peach. Pretty light in color but still quite enchanting. The head is white in color and is initially frothy and well developed but then subdues into a creamy top layer that laces very well. Very pungent aroma. Smells very juicy and fresh. Grapefruit, spicy alcohol, pine needles and lemon in the nose. This smells delightful. Pleasantly hoppy (not as hoppy as I would have liked). The hops are very juicy and showcase lots of tangerines, pineapple and grapefruit. This beer is starting to grow on me. Solid malt body but mainly just hops. Vanilla Cake sneaks in. Very resiny, juicy, piney and lingering on the finish. The beer has disappeared.

3.9
MartinT (9852) - 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...

3.2
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, 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.

3.3
Rastacouere (6177) - 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.

3.7
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.

4
SpringsLicker (3616) - 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!

4.5
DocLock (10652) - 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.

4.3
rajendra82 (1078) - 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.


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