Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by bmills1608:
4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
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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3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by 5/9/14)
A: Hazy, copper colored body. Almost no lacing and only a pencil head.
S: A nice, pine malt body, with an almost caramelized sweetness in there. I even get a bit of onion/garlic in there.
T: So, apparently this is 3 months old since it expires in 2 months and they date Hop Devil with a 5 month shelf life. Whoops. The hops have really died out. All malt here. Light and piney. Piney hop aftertaste. A bit watery even.
M: Prickly, coarse and rough. Gets smoother as it warms up.
O: I will try to get it fresh, but I have had older IPAs that have tasted better than this.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 03:34:53 | More by gillagorilla
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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