Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Clowerweb:
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy By: Feb 01 2012".
A: Goldish amber orange color. Two finger white head, respectable retention and lacing. Mostly clear, a bit of cloudiness.
S: Very fruity and citrusy. Smells of pineapple, maybe apple and/or grapefruit, notes of pine, maybe some orange peel. Light on the hop aroma. The nose is not too light or too pungent on this one, pretty much just right on the aromatic strength scale.
T: Better than your average IPA in my opinion, though I'm admittedly not much of an IPA guy. Starts citrusy, notes of fruit in the mid palate, consistent with the aroma - maybe pineapple, apple, pear, banana, grapefruit, orange peel, it's hard to tell, but definitely a tropical fruity flavor. A decent hit of classic IPA pine comes through between the mid palate and the finish. Finishes dry with some nice bitter hops. Almost reminds me of a tamed Double Bastard.
M: Higher carbonation, medium bodied, slightly chewy, some watery feel but not much.
O: This is a very drinkable IPA, even for those who aren't much into IPAs. I expected it to be a little more hoppy given it's name. Doesn't overload you with a bombardment of pine, which was a nice change for a craft IPA, and the tropical fruits are a nice touch.
Solid IPA, probably not the best of the best, but definitely a breath of fresh air for those like me who gravitate more toward dark stouts and porters. Worth a try for any craft beer lover!
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2012 23:45:50 | More by Clowerweb
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3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by 5/9/14)
A: Hazy, copper colored body. Almost no lacing and only a pencil head.
S: A nice, pine malt body, with an almost caramelized sweetness in there. I even get a bit of onion/garlic in there.
T: So, apparently this is 3 months old since it expires in 2 months and they date Hop Devil with a 5 month shelf life. Whoops. The hops have really died out. All malt here. Light and piney. Piney hop aftertaste. A bit watery even.
M: Prickly, coarse and rough. Gets smoother as it warms up.
O: I will try to get it fresh, but I have had older IPAs that have tasted better than this.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 03:34:53 | More by gillagorilla
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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