Double/Imperial IPA

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Victory Hop Wallop

Beer No. 7 – Victory Hop Wallop

What a relief. This better-than-expected brew makes me happy on a sleepy Sunday. Put your nose into it, then slowly sip the day away.

STYLE: Double/Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Musty orange, cloudier than expected. Off-beat peanut. The carbonated but creamy head dissolves nicely with above-average lacing and retention.

NOSE: The gem. Floral, orange peel, sweet tangerine, grapefruit. I’m glad I skipped that afternoon nap in favor of this tasting session. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t do it now. The sweet, piney, hop-filled aroma has me alive and well.

MOUTH: Candied orange slices with a lemon-pine spritz. The grapefruit comes to the fore as it warms. I recommend letting this one sit for a few minutes before imbibing. The hoppy, floral notes are stronger on the nose than in the mouth. The 8.5% ABV is well masked by a refined, almost idyllic, finish. You don’t want it to linger any longer, and it doesn’t.

Beeradvocate Rating: 91

Hayward Abbey Rating: 92