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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,789 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,789
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 140
Gots: 398 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Reviews by RunawayJim:
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RunawayJim

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As this is one of my favorite IPA's, I figured I needed to make another review of it for the serving type I normally get... the bottle.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it's a deep amber color, and a bit cloudy as well. The carbonation can be seen rising to the top. The beer poured with a thick 1.5 finger white-ish tan head that hung around for a bit and then slowly shrank. The beer leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

It smells mostly of citrusy piney hops, not much else can be detected. You can tell just from the smell that this will be a hoppy beer.

The beer immediately tastes of those hops and has a bit of a bite to it at the start, but the flavor gets a little more balanced as you go down, but it's pretty much all hops all the way. It leaves a very strong hoppy aftertaste. You can feel the carbonation in your mouth.

The drinkability takes a bit of a cut on this one, mainly because of the super duper hops bite, but also because of the carbonation, which seems a little more on the excessive side.

I previously reviewed this beer on cask. The bottled version is nowhere near as smooth and tastes a bit hoppier than from the cask, but that does not make this an undrinkable brew. This is still a top notch IPA, and as with most Victory beers, it doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 22:11:30 | More by RunawayJim
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*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.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,789 ratings.