Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Did some back-to-back sampling of the regular tapped version and the nitro-tapped version. The scores apply to the higher of the two versions - which in this case is the regular.
Appearance is copper with almost a finger of head that lingered a bit and left nice lacing on the glass. The nose is a potent combination of hops and grapefruits. There is an excellent blend of malt and hops upfront with a hop bitterness on the finish that ranks with the best single IPAs out there.
This is an East Coast IPA all the way, and a damn fine example of one if I might say so!
The nitro version made for an interesting sample, but I would not want to drink Hop Devil this way more than once. Of course, the head is fluffier by far and the "rings" that are most often identified with nitro stouts appear on the glass as this offering goes down. That said, the best parts of an IPA are sadly muted by the nitro. The nose is nearly non-existent and the bitterness is curbed to the point of boredom. It certainly was smooth and creamy, but I am not sure I fancy smooth, creamy IPAs.
This seems to me to be a poor style to pump nitro into.
Serving type: on-tap
03-07-2013 00:14:37 | More by 57md
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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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