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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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5,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 5280
Reviews: 2353
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%

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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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep copper with about a one-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Strong hops are foremost, but a darker malt tone is also noticeable.

Taste: Easily lives up to the 'HopDevil' name, as hops are what dominate the flavor. It might have been a wise move on the part of Victory not to make this stronger alcohol-wise, because it's quite potent already because of taste alone. This beer accomplishes balance while also showcasing a specific element, something many others do not. As the bitter hops occupy most of the palate, there is yet that undercurrent of malt I mentioned when describing the scent. If one holds the liquid on the front part of the tongue, the malts are easily taste-able, revealing a very subtle sweetness; as the beer moves towards the back of the tongue, the hops assert themselves powerfully.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Actually, I don't really know what to say about this part, because the flavor is so distracting. (No, that's not a problem.)

Drinkability: I seem to recall drinking these in succession; right now, I only have this one, so I can't see how many I can drink. But I would drink more than one a night, yes.

For all you hop-heads: bottoms up! HopDevil is an absolute winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 22:46:50 | More by Thiestru
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S: Very bready in the nose. Dark, biscuity quality. Hops are present, leading to a slight floral edge with a big shot of fruitiness. Mostly stone fruit, with some berry characteristics.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,280 ratings.