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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Victory Hop Wallop

Victory Hop WallopVictory Hop Wallop:

The first time I had Hop Wallop (a few years ago now) I had it in my head that this beer was a bit too much. A little too bitter, a touch too hoppy, a tad too strong, a mite to dry, an aftertaste that lingered a second too long...

Well Victory Hop Wallop is more than I remembered. It's hoppier, spicier, bitterer, drunkier...Basically better than I remembered.

If Hop Devil has a crazy uncle chained up in the attic, Hop Wallop is that uncle. The body is pretty light considering its 8.5% abv and generous hoptastic shenanigans. Not syrupy at all -- very crisp. Opens up nicely in a glass, but Hop Wallop is drinkable right out of the bottle (if you're into that kind of thing). Many IPAs would be a little stifled in a bottle, but Victory makes a mean brew with just enough balance to satisfy anyone thirsting for serious hop satisfaction.

Hop Wallop is not for beginners... Intermediate level at least. Andvanced students of hoppery will continue to be challenged by the relentless finish of Victory's craziest old coot -- Horace "Hop" Wallop. Use this bitter beer to spice up some tame fare. I only suggest this because I tried using it to wash down a spicy chile green salsa and the flavors kinda clashed. Too much.

Victory Hop Wallop:

Representation: 1.0
Accessibility: .90
Style: 1.0
Personal Preference: 1.0

Total Score: 3.9 Flags


Sugarmouth O'Riordan said...

I'll have to keep my eye out for this one...I am all about maximum hop with minimum syrup.

PS: Has anyone ever told you you bear a passing resemblance to the Rogue Mocha Porter Guy?

Ferment Nation said...

Yeah, it's a bang-zoom hop ale. See if you can get a hold of Stone brewery's IPA or better yet, their "Ruination" IPA. Holy Crap.

Ferment Nation said...

By the way, thanks for the compliment. Rogue Mocha Porter is a handsome beer...

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