Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by blackheartbilly:
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Funny story, one night after a very long pub crawl I stole a pint glass from a certain bar in Allston. It was a Hop Devil glass. Recently I found a place that sells it in Plymouth, and I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my liberated Hop Devil pint glass.
A - Copper, but almost orange in appearance. There wasn't much of a head and couldn't any head at the half glass mark.
S - Obviously heavy hop presence, fruity and maybe a wee bit of a malt smell.
T - The aftertaste of hops over-shadowed any of the malt that I thought I tasted. I thought this was very strong for what I thought was a normal IPA. Then I saw the 6.7% ABV, great taste, alcohol does not overpower the wondeful hop aftertaste, cascade hops maybe?
M - Not too acidic, but very strong for an IPA. Sort of bitter, but in a good way.
D - I will buy this again. I am recently buying more IPAs because they don't make me feel as full as the stouts and porters I usually like. Definitely try this IPA, even though it can be hard to find. But I do know a bar in Allston that serves it, haha. cheers!
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2007 02:57:46 | More by blackheartbilly
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Clear amber color with orange edges, a thick, fine, creamy head, and beautiful sheets of lace.
Aroma: Citrusy hop aroma of overripe stone fruit, like peaches, or apricots. The hop character is a bit funky, like the fruit is slightly too far gone.
Taste & Mouthfeel: The medium bodied texture carries light, sweet, fruity flavors, and green, fresh hops on the tongue. The fruity sweetness combined with the grassy hop create the overripe stone fruit/peach character, with the finish presenting full, biscuity malt flavor, subtle pear, and spicy hop. The hop bitterness is well balanced throughout, but shows a bit too much resiny bitterness on rest (about 5-10 seconds after you’ve swallowed).
Final Word: This is a great IPA! It carries plenty of hop flavor, but offers a unique spicy, peachy, grassy profile instead of your typical grapefruit/bitterness combo found in many IPAs. While the bitterness was a bit too unpleasant after swallowing, it merely kept the beer from being perfect, not from being excellent. The texture and balance made for an extremely drinkable IPA, while still offering enough complexity and nuance to please any drinker. I particularly enjoyed the hint of pear in the finish, as it followed this beer’s trend of surprising you with many atypical flavors. This beer is a must try for any IPA lover, and should only be avoided by those that aren’t used to hoppy beers yet.
Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2014 18:03:03 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.13/5 rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I love Victory DirtWolf so I had high hopes for this brew. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel was all good, but I was disappointed in the taste.
However, I then remembered that DirtWolf was a DIPA, and comparing wasn't fair, nor the intent of these reviews.
As a IPA, this was a good beer. No citrusy taste, but good hops and flavor.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 22:56:26 | More by Scipio3
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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