Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by bmills1608:
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
First and foremost, cask conditioned HopDevil is totally different then on tap or the bottle. It's almost like a totally different beer, wow, I was very surprised at how this tasted.
Served in your typical, chunky American pint glass. A rather murky light brown color. The bar was dim, so judging the color was a bit tough, but cloudy and murky for sure. Head was off white, frothy, thick and creamy as hell. Sheets of lace were left on the sides of the glass as I drank.
Taking a smell, I was initially confused, "where did the cascades go?". Aromas of sweet bread, tons of herbal smelling hops, rich, almost fudge-like malts and exotic fruits exploded from the glass. The floral/herbal aroma is what I think surprised me more then anything. No citrus/grapefruit this time around.
Taste was above all - fruity. Melons, oranges and herbs danced around on a thick and solid foundation of malt. The malt character, like the other versions of HopDevil, had a big say in the cask version as well, but this time, it was even heavier handed, slapping the hops around and making it clear to them that in this version, malt rules, but only by a nose. The hop character is there, just more mellowed and less brittle and crunchy hard as in other versions. The citrus hammer that bottled or tap versions of HopDevil usually wield, was just not here. The finish was herbal and smoldering with soft bitterness. Mouthfeel was rich, smooth and fantastic, so creamy and rich.
Overall impression - This just goes to show you the huge difference cask conditioning can make in a beer. This beer was young and ALIVE. Fantastic.
Serving type: cask
08-05-2003 17:22:42 | More by bmills1608
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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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