Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by EPseja:
3.6/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I can't believe it's taken so long for me to get around to rating this beer. Served from a 12oz. bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.
A - Vibrant, slightly hazed tarnished orange with a fairly viscous pour and a thick but frail butter cream head that slowly diminishes to a thin veil atop the liquid. Head retention and lacing are both fair.
S - Summery, green hops -- juicy citrus like honeyed grapefruit. Dried hop pellets swirling in cold wort. Pretty straightforward and pleasing.
T - Lightly sweet with caramel maltiness that soon gives way to a spice-laden hoppiness and a spritz of alcohol. Really gets dry in the middle and end, and the aftertaste is green and slightly astringent.
M - Cohesive and substantive. Tingly without being tongue-numbing, and puffing in the mouth to a soapy froth. Swallow is a wash of suds that is lightly belly-filling from the carbonation.
D - A good AIPA, but to me, not the best showcase of the style. Could use a smidge more malt up front to give a better initial footing on the journey into bittnerness. Tasty, but it doesn't leave me aching for another.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2008 02:55:02 | More by EPseja
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4.39/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz. bottle poured into pub glass.
*Re-reviewed based on more recent experience* Reviewed on 7/26/2014. Bottled just barely 2 week prior to drinking.
A: A hazy copper color that's deep in the middle, but lighter around the sides. A large, frothy cream-colored head sits on top and retains for quite a long time before deflating to a pinky-thick head that sticks around until the end. Lots of thick, sticky lacing left all down the glass.
S: Lots of pine resin with a very forward citric zest. A little bit of alcoholic spice comes through. There's not a whole lot of sweetness to be found here. Very earthy, very hoppy. Very nice.
T: The initial bitter characteristics are rather merciless, no doubt a result from how fresh this batch is. The hops have not yet been tamed by time and absolutely dominate your palette with little mercy spared by the honey-like sweetness that creeps in the background. As the beer swishes through your mouth, some earthy, pine resin, and grassy notes sneak in and compliment the prominent grapefruit/orange profile. A little spice from the alcohol lingers in the end, along with some hop bitterness. Flavors flow wonderfully along the spectrum, ranging from bitter, to semi-sweet, to spicy.
M: Viciously smooth with a thick, creamy body. A light carbonation slightly tingles the tongue, but keeps things very subtle and gentle, which really allows those wonderful flavors to shine. A bit of tingling in the throat from the alcohol reminds you that this is no light lager, but this one is oh-so-drinkable and goes down easy. No need to alter this section; HopDevil benefits from a consistent mouthfeel.
O: HopDevil was, and currently is still, my go-to local beer. I drink it several times a month and could probably pick it out of a line-up in my sleep. I decided that now's a good time to update my review, as this is the freshest batch I've ever tasted (basically snagged the six pack right off the truck). You would think that my score would diminish, having been exposed to so many more incredible beers since my initial review, but that's not the case here. HopDevil remains consistently remarkable. It's one of the few IPAs I've had that come dangerously close to DIPA territory in terms of flavor. Boisterous hops provide a wonderfully complex display of juiciness, bitterness, and Earthiness, with a lingering spice in the finish. To me, this is a humble, yet world-class IPA that might just be Victory's magnum opus.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 23:50:44 | More by ThePaintedGrey
4.76/5 rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
From a bottle into a pilsner glass. Bought this bottle yesterday couldn't wait to crack it.
A: deep gold with a burnt orange hue. Not much light penetration. Little head and no lace to speak of. I can see the carbonation rising rapidly in the glass.
S: pungent hops with light citrus aroma on the tail end.
T: bitter and hoppy from start to finish. The citrus smell carries over to lemon notes mixed with those hops.
M: fantastically smooth for such a bitter bomb in flavor. I could drink this all day.
O: I find myself wondering how I waited so long to pick this up and give it a try. If you an IPA/DIPA drinker this is a must try.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 16:09:30 | More by Gear54
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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