THE EDITOR’S DESK :: Recommended – Victory Hop Wallop

by Harvey Gold on April 18, 2012

I recently wrote, refering to offerings from Thirsty Dog and Hoppin’ Frog, that it’s not so often we run into a really different IPA… something they have both, notably, accomplished!

Victory’s Hop Wallop isn’t one of them, but is a terrific brew in that it joins the not-as-long-as-we’d-all-like list of big Imperial IPAs that really do the trick, IPAs that are FAR more than just a lot of hops, despite what those crazy yet humble Victory brewmasters say below!

A nice pour, rich amber with a substantial cream head, the nose, huge and floral, leading to that first sip. This is smooth, flavorful, with a lovely mid tongue sweetness, the bitter balanced throughout, as opposed to spiking the sip at the end. But it’s a solid and present bitter that worked it’s magic with the spicy meal we had:

Beef dogs on the grill slathered with the DolliMama’s simple, faithful, and totally tasty Coney Sauce, a heap of onions and just under a gallon Zydeco Gator Garlic Fire Sauce.

Victory Hop Wallop is a finely crafted brew offering more than just a bucketload of hops and an 8.5% ABV, joining such YBN faves as Bell’s Hopslam, Avery’s Maharaja , Buckeye’s Aquarius (RIP), Founders’ Double Trouble, Hoppin’ Frog’s Mean Manalishi, and Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial as big bad and delicious Double/Imperial IPAs. Well done.


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Carol, the beer doctor April 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Hop Wallop is one of my local favorites, made by Victory Brewing company in Downington, PA, and often available here on draft. Like a lot of mid-Atlantic breweries (Dogfish Head, Harpoon), Victory really knows how to make a flavofrul & balanced hoppy beer. You probably picked up on the unique flavor of WHOLE HOP FLOWERS. Love it. If the 8.5% ABV is too difficult, try Victory Hop Devil, also flavored with whole, fresh hops. Highly recommended. Good pick!


Susan December 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm


I came across your article and video on Victory Hop Wallop above, when I was searching online for Zydeco Gator Garlic Fire Hot Sauce. My apologies for the off topic comment but I’m having a ridiculously hard time finding any more of it. Any chance you could share where you found the gallon on the beef dogs above?

Thank you!


admin December 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Sorry Susan – As an unapologetic tourist, I bought that hot sauce at a gift shop in the French Quarter when visiting New Orleans. I did a quick Google search, which you, no doubt, did as well, and I think, with some serious digging, it might be found, but while there are lots of Zydeco references, lots of ‘Gator references, and lots of hot sauce references, no clear “Here’s the sauce you’re looking for” answers popped up. Much luck in finding it. It was some good eatin’ hot sauce.


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