Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,802 | Reviews: 2,367 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by danronian:
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Medium amber appearance with a small head that disappears quickly. Smells somewhat sweet with a pine and citrus backdrop.
Tastes sweet at first with a somewhat bitter mouthfeel and with a tart aftertaste.
The balanced taste with a smooth initial taste and pleasant aftertaste along with a not-so heavy body makes me love drinking this beer. One of my favorite hoppy brews for drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2011 22:53:27 | More by danronian
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4.39/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz. bottle poured into pub glass.
*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.
M: Viciously smooth with a thick, creamy body. A light carbonation slightly tingles the tongue, but keeps things very subtle and gentle, which really allows those wonderful flavors to shine. A bit of tingling in the throat from the alcohol reminds you that this is no light lager, but this one is oh-so-drinkable and goes down easy. No need to alter this section; HopDevil benefits from a consistent mouthfeel.
O: HopDevil was, and currently is still, my go-to local beer. I drink it several times a month and could probably pick it out of a line-up in my sleep. I decided that now's a good time to update my review, as this is the freshest batch I've ever tasted (basically snagged the six pack right off the truck). You would think that my score would diminish, having been exposed to so many more incredible beers since my initial review, but that's not the case here. HopDevil remains consistently remarkable. It's one of the few IPAs I've had that come dangerously close to DIPA territory in terms of flavor. Boisterous hops provide a wonderfully complex display of juiciness, bitterness, and Earthiness, with a lingering spice in the finish. To me, this is a humble, yet world-class IPA that might just be Victory's magnum opus.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 23:50:44 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,802 ratings.