Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by jameswaldo:
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This is a steady favorite, one of five or six I like to have cold in fridge at all times. Pours into pint glass to form beautiful fine-bubbled foam that crashes fast but leaves lace.
Not as hazy as you'd expect from such a hoppy brew; wonder if they filter it?
Smell every kind of hop you could imagine, as well as mighty fierce ethanol. You might wonder if hops could possibly smell any better. I grow them in backyard garden; IPA like this is where hops belong.
Taste could maybe use a bit darker malt roast, as hops are so potent it's hard to taste anything else. But I really love it anyway.
Mouthfeel is greasy with hop resins, yay! Hop bitter aftertaste and really volatile floral hopblossom back up your nose when you hang onto your glass wondering if you want another swallow yet makes this a have your ale and swallow it too sort of gift to mankind.
Drinkability is limited by what feels like more alcohol than the supposed 6.7%. Maybe the huge hoppiness makes you imagine this brew will get you drunk too fast? Also it's a bit pricey for my budget, so no more than one a day, please.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2010 16:08:41 | More by jameswaldo
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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
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