Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dubblebock:
4.13/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
HopDevil was my introduction to the Victory Brewing Company, and I'd like to take the opportunity to thank them for entering the Texas market. I've been reading about their beers for quite a while here on BA, and I've always wanted to give them a try. This was definitely a case of the reality living up to the anticipation. HopDevil comes with a beautifully crafted label, the smiling HopDevil fashioned out of hop leaves beckoning forth and tempting the drinker. Nice touch. The beer ain't bad, either.
HopDevil poured with a more than adequate head of froth, and a deep amber coloring. The nose was all hops, clean and refreshing.
The taste was also full of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. This wasn't an outright hop bomb along the lines of SNCA. No, this was more like a Stone IPA, although not quite as balanced. The hops take the forefront of the flavor, but the beer did have a well-developed malt backbone to keep things from getting out of hand. Incredibly clean and fresh taste. Nice citrus notes, almost a fruity complexion behind the hoppiness. Beautifully done, and very interesting.
The mouthfeel was great, the carbonation was excellent. The drinkability was high, as this is a perfect summertime quaffer. I'll pick the HopDevil out of a crowd again the next time that I'm looking for a good summer beer with some bite.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2005 01:42:26 | More by Dubblebock
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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
91 out of 100 based on 5,118 ratings.