Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by ngandhi:
4/5 rDev -2%
Very solid pale ale. The pour is decent, leaves enough head to sip through for a while -- nothing spectacular. A nice, rich amber brown body. What you would expect from a pale ale, but well done anyway.
The nose is this beer's best trait. It perfectly resembles the taste of the beer. I won't go into the nose in detail, just assume that everything I say I taste, I smell. A noteworthy achievement.
Taste/Drinkability: Very hoppy, but not difficult. The IPA that got me loving IPAs was Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, but many complain of its power. Though I like that about Dreadnaught, I can see why some would find it off-putting. HopDevil lacks that devestation. This is much easier to drink on a regular basis. The grapefruit hop kick dries out as expected on the back of the tongue (and STAYS there), but also gives way to a very mild, easy to miss estery sweetness. Also some black pepper.
I like what the malts are doing here. Yes, they are difficult to detect because of the necessary hop focus, but they add a lightly creamy body with just a pinch of sugars. Combined with the yeasts and what can only be assumed as expert brewing techniques, a light flower taste comes out from deep in the background -- natural and not perfumey, it's a great touch. Overall, tangy, but very manageable.
This is a true pale ale. Three Floyd's fans could especially appreciate it. Though strong in flavor, as IPAs are, it's complex and layered.
HopDevil is a no fuss pale ale and, because of that, I will keep it on hand. I wish I could rate it higher. It is what it is. Unpretentious and, so, quite appealing. If there is such a thing as a session IPA, this is it. Alcohol's just low enough, barely I think, to let you kick back a few (at least it seems that way).
08-04-2003 00:00:19 | More by ngandhi
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev 0%
First of the Victory line I have tried and I came away very impressed.Now Iam not a hop-head but this beer has a nice balance to the hoppiness.Poured a real nice rich copper color with a pillowey head,the aroma of hops hits ya from almost a foot away.Taste is herbal hoppy with a nice nutty malt background.Had this at a pub in Blue Bell not far from my new place.
05-07-2003 10:41:34 | More by oberon
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
A beautiful amber pour with a small head. The nose was ripe with hoppiness. And i mean lots of hoppiness. There was a small fruitiness in the nose as well. The taste was also super hoppy which was great and balanced out nicely with my thai curry chicken. There was also a rich maltiness that gave this beer enormous backbone. The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and moderatley creamy. A great combination of hops, malt and light fruitiness gave this beer exceptional range. Fantastic. My favorite IPA around.
01-17-2004 17:29:58 | More by Popsinc
4.53/5 rDev +11%
Appearance This was a work of art. The body was a gorgeous, deep dark orange with a monster head that rose and rose. I couldnt stop staring at the lacing that it left when it finally went down.
Smell Extremely complex hop profile. I think just about every type of hop must be represented in this ale. Theres also a subtle yet distinct malt balance, but this one is all about the beautiful hop scent.
Taste The complex aromas found there way into the taste. The hops were very well balanced, and made this one a pleasure to consume. The malt backbone was enough to balance, but this one certainly is all about the hops.
Mouthfeel Medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation. The exceptional balance of this ale made it feel terrific in the mouth.
Drinkability This was a terrific IPA that was exceptionally smooth, tasty, and exciting all at the same time.
Update – I thought I’d revisit my review 10 years later. The incredible mouthfeel stands out to me again. It is so smooth it just disappears from the glass. This one will never grow old.
10-08-2003 03:35:12 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Typical looking hazy orange ale with a better than average white head. Strong toasty gin aromas. Taste is junipered with healthy dollops of grapefruit and spice. Bready, chewy, earth and citrus. Lots of hops and therefore well serving of its title. So well balanced. Very drinkable.
02-06-2006 02:59:03 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.76/5 rDev -7.8%
I'm not a fan of hoppy beer. There I said it. But I still want to try them out to change my perception of them. I had an IPA so hoppy, bitter, and similar to a pine cone that I decided not to try them for a while (I think it was Sierra Nevada's Torpedo).
This beer definitely has hops galore but without a mountain of bitterness. Is there bitterness? Yes absolutely, but I've experiences much worse. Was there a pine taste to it? Yes, unfortunately there was but it wasn't overwhelming.
For an IPA this is pretty nice and I like the price of $1.79 per bottle. But as a beer I'd rank this beer low since I'm not a fan of IPAs. I hear of these mythical fruit and hoppy beers... maybe I'd be into those. Too much pine and bitters, but maybe that's all they will ever be. Meh. I just don't understand how people can pretend to like beers like this.
06-09-2014 00:36:03 | More by Fear4Beer
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Had this in Atlantic City at the Borgata in the Fornelletto restaurant. Menacingly delicious, with the powerful, aromatic punch of whole flower American hops backed up by rich, German malts. HopDevil Ale offers a roller coaster ride of flavor, coasting to a smooth finish that satisfies fully.
Malts: Imported, German 2 row
Hops: American whole flowers
Alcohol by volume: 6.7%
09-27-2009 03:52:21 | More by ExtraStout
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
HopDevil pours a pretty copper-gold color into my large snifter glass. Its head is a thin, one finger tall from an agressive pour and is the lightest shade of khaki. The body is just a hair cloudy with copious carbonation bubbles moving quickly upward. The lacing left on the glass is fine and curvy- Tolkien Elvish style.
My buddy, who lived in PA for 3 years, told me that this was brewed with German malt and I swear I can smell a bit of a Dormunder-esque aroma to the bouquet. This blends with spicy, earthy American hops for a very unique IPA aroma. Herbal and floral scents are prevalent, although I also smell a touch of sweet citrus when I breather in deeply.
The taste is rather similar to the smell with the German malt harmonizing well with the earthy, spicy hop presence. Very faint flavor of citrus introduce themselves mid-sip. The finish knocks the grade down a notch for me, as an extremely earthy, resiny, metallic bitterness lingers on my palate without any malt sweetness to counteract it.
The hop float really leads the mouthfeel parade. The bitterness from the beer somehow hits more points on my palate than any other IPA I've had. It's probably on the light side of medium bodied, but its quite hard to tell because the puckering nature of the hops dry out my palate so completely.
I feel like I am being a wuss. I love bitter IPAs, but I am really just not loving the way in which HopDevil is bitter. That is, the finish is so earthy, grassy, resiny, and metallic that I don't love how the bitter flavor compares to bitter flavors of other IPAs. If this had just a little more malt balance and a little more of a citrus presence, I would like HopDevil considerably more.
03-01-2011 23:29:45 | More by TCHopCraver
3.05/5 rDev -25.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a rocks glass a auburn hue with brief white head. There is a floral hoppiness balanced by a decent amount of malt. The brew could be a little more substantial on the body side of things but is average. Too much malt for my expectation of a "hopdevil". I expect a lot from AIPAs as they are often synonymous with DIPAs. There is not a substantial level of hop character and what hop character is present is diminished by the malt content. The malt sweetness is a disappointment for me in this interpretation.
08-10-2009 02:11:38 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Victory HopDevil IPa. 6.7% alcohol.
A- Pours a radiant hued amber-orange colored fluid with light quarter inch head that falls into mild frothy ring around glass. Leaves excellent stick lacing on rim of glass.
S- Fresh grass, citrus, grapefruit, light malt and a small dose of alcohol on the nose. Very revitalizing to the scenses.
T-M- First is a well balanced citrusy hop bite with even malt flavor. Second is a mild bitter bomb to the tongue and mouth that tends to stick around for awhile. Great finish with light carbonation that allow the beer to roll back with no problem at all. Some danky hops are leftover after swallowed but pleasent bitterness.
D- I could drink the hell out of this beer! excellent balance and flavor make this one a winner. Bro approved... chasebrownyeah1
10-06-2009 14:57:27 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
A: Orangy copper color hazy liquid. Light amber at the bottom of the glass. A finger width creamy colored head.
S: Nice combo of maltiness, sweet caramel and hop aggressiveness.
T: Solid bready malt with a really nice piney hop bite. Really satisfying breadiness in the finish with a lasting bitterness.
M: Light side of medium bodied. Medium carb.
D: Really drinkable IPA. Very enjoyable. Hard to have just the one. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this.
08-19-2009 02:13:33 | More by sgoodship
4.53/5 rDev +11%
I'm a fan of hoppy beer and this is one of the best I have ever had. If there was one thing that struck me about this beer is that there was a presence of hops through the entire tasting experience. The bouquet was soft and floral and the first sip matched well, unlike some other hop-heavy brews that tend to be sharp and oily. Great medium weight body and mouthfeel. The finish was just as even and smooth as the first parts of the experience. Fantastic!
Special thanks to Aaron for spotting this one for me!
01-30-2008 01:25:42 | More by SIRIUS2
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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