Sunday, January 20, 2013

Victory Hop Wallop Ale

 As beer lore will have it....

 Horace ‘Hop’ Wallop headed West a broken man. For in the City of Blues it was one 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." 

For as magical as this tale is, so is this ale. Victory Brewing's "Hop Wallop Ale" is a grandiose hop filled Double IPA born from Victory's faithful fans who demanded "MORE HOPS!". Wallop pours a mild hazy yellow gold with a frothy white head. It's aroma is piney with a wonderful contrast of fruity citrus notes. This beers light malt canvas is accentuated by a resinous stickiness which can likely be attributed to the massive amounts of hops used to produce Wallop. As with all of Victory's beers, whole leaf hops are used to derive the maximum amount of "hop love". And in this beer, that's enough to capture any hophead's heart. Try as I may, I couldn't find any information on the hops used to make this beer. Very likely a calculated strategy on the part of Victory's founding fathers Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski. So folks, the best I can tell ya is: American whole flowers paired with imported German malts. Drink with caution my friends as this one tops the charts at 8.5% ABV, which is a Wallop in itself. Originally a seasonal release, Hop Wallop was such a hit that it's now one of Victory's year round offerings. Grab it if you can and demand it if you can't. Cheers!

For more Victory info visit: Victory Brewing Co.

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