Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,834 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,834
Reviews: 2,482
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 235
Gots: 1,036 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,834 | Reviews: 2,482
Photo of AbePhroman
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A creamy head covers the dark amber color of this brew. It smells strong of hops and tastes the same. A bitter brew but not as much as other IPAs. This American IPA is probably one of the best I tasted. It is pretty awesome and my favorite Victory brew. 6.7% is a good amount of alcohol and will surely be enjoyable.

Photo of yesferro
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Servingtype: bottle

Appearance: Dark golden fizzy goodnes

Smell: wow! Spicy citrus with extra spice, this beer has an excellent citrusy aroma

Taste: The hop flavor hits you right in the face but in a very gently and loving way, once again, citrusy, maybe some lychee and a slight bit of pepper

Mouthfeel, nothing devillish about it, goes down really smooth

Drinkability: very easy to drink

PS: I wish this beer was legal in MS

Photo of alexgash
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper kettle body with a bright, clear sheen. Thick, substantial, dirty sand head. Nose is huge caramel cookie dough malts. A little toffee in there too, and some charred brown sugar. Bracing hop profile is sappy, resinous, bitter, and mesmerizing. Rich toffee malts are sweet and delicious. Hops come on strong: resinous and bitter. Good balance. Finish dries out with faded cookie malt. My tongue is hop-numbed. Medium to full body, with a creamy feel up front that moves to almost oily. An amazing classic that has yet to disappoint me (even old bottles!).

Photo of inebrius
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It seems the folks at Victory have perfected mouthfeel. This brew is muy smooth. Loaded with hops and a rich malt spine, HopDevil is a world class beer.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

Photo of J-EKoslosky
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This may be THE classic American IPA (at least for us East Coasters). Big hops in your nose and rolling across your tongue, but a nice malty backbone to support it. It's closing in on 20 years since I drank my first bottle of Hop Devil and crowned it the best India Pale Ale I'd ever had, and it remains one of my favorite IPAs still today.

Photo of machostacos
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite tulip glass. Enjoy by July 14, 2011.

A: Deep copper/burnt orange with a hint of ruby, clear as day, with a tight 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Looks like a million bucks in my tulip!

S: Loads of grapefruit, flowers, a little spice, and sweet caramel malt goodness. The aroma is very nice but it's just a little weak. I have a feeling this would be dynamite fresh on tap.

T: This IPA is just bursting with flavor. Explosion of bright, juicy grapefruit & citrus hops, a little floral, grassy, and resinous as well, flowing beautifully into the rich malts - sweet, caramely, a little buscuity and just a touch of spiciness from the alcohol. Finishes long and smooth with just the perfect amount of bitterness to keep you coming back for more. Fantastic.

M: Thick and chewy, oily and a little puckering. Medium carbonation keeps it smooth and full on the tongue.

O: Probably one of, if not -the- best "single" IPA I've had yet. Incredibly flavorful and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Incredibly drinkable and exceptionally well-crafted.

Photo of VictorWisc
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 10 oz Leviathan glass.

Pours clear dark amber, almost cherrywood color, without any hint of cloudiness noted in other reviews. Plentiful soft cream-colored head, substantial lacing.

Citrus (orange), pine and fresh laurel on the nose, soon followed by malt and yeast notes. More esters than most IPAs. Distinct alcohol punch once the head recedes--perhaps the only negative.

A big mouthful of candied orange peel (basically a blend of orange rind and burnt sugar, but more complex) and pine, a lot of floral and herbal notes, cloves, laurel and green tea. Nice resinous bitterness rounds off the initial shot, then lingers in the mouth, complemented by developing malt note, slight acidity (likely from carbonation) and a hint of apricot. The yeast and alcohol less pronounced on the tongue than they are on the nose.

Medium body with distinct maltiness, but not syrupy or sweet. The beer is smooth, but does coat the back of the tongue, which helps to extend the finish. A bit boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation is light to moderate, with fine structure, resulting in a slightly salty/minerally effervescence. A good balance between malt, yeast and hops, with the heat likely smoothing out with a couple more weeks of aging (if it came to that).

Overall a well-balanced, excellent IPA, even if its popularity might have waned a bit in the last decade. I would rate it exceptional (working on the fourth mixed 12 over the last two months, and have similar opinions of other contents). The interplay between hops and malt is simply beautiful, which likely means that it rates too malty for many hopheads. Heat is the only real downgrade. Obviously would buy it again... and again, and again...

PS: There is a distinct possibility that age plays a role in the reviewers' reaction, so I'll try to come back to it again after a few weeks.

Photo of SchluessMuenster
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No matter how many amazing, hop-heavy beers I try, I will always remember that this is the one that put me on the IPA train. Love this beer, will always be one of my favorites.

Photo of tweeder263
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a beautiful amber with a slightly off white 2 finger head. Great smell of hops.Taste is hops but in no way overbearing,beautifully balanced with malt side just as powerful. A great session brew for me,,a must to keep in stock.A+

Photo of scootpolute
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint glass-cone.
A - Carmel-Amber, light haze with a great bubbly lace.
S - Spicy herbal and balanced, pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily.
T - YUM! Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a light hints of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a malt sweetness that sneaks in towards the finish.
M - Great carbination balance with A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - Wow, I 'thought' I've had this one before...MUCH better than I was expecting!!!A tasty and balanced IPA, AWESOME!

Photo of matjack85
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.79. There was an "enjoy by" date of July 16, 2O1O on the front label, but it's so small you will need a magnifying glass to read it.

The beer poured a hazed orange color and made a 1 finger off-white head that lasted a few minutes before fading back to a thin rim. It's a nice bright orange when held to the light. Tons of lacing clings to the glass with each sip.

The smell was an array of floral, piny, and citrus hops. I can't wait to taste this.

This is delicious. Tons of bitter hops in here but it's really not that bitter, if that makes any sense. All the hop flavors are tamed by a mildly sweet malty backbone. You can taste the pine, the orange-grapefruit citrus, and the flowery hops, but it's not so hop overloaded that it hides the malt. It's a beautifully balanced beer with great taste.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel with medium to moderately high carbonation. I love the way this beer feels in the mouth, especially after it warms up a bit.

This is an excellent IPA. I'm going back to get the whole 6 pack as one is not enough.

Photo of buckiflyer
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you North Carolina for popping the beer alcohol limit cap. Poured a reddish oragne tint, 3 fingure light brown head with lacing. Strong hop smell. Smooth taste with a great intense hop finish. Refreshing. This is what I look for in an American IPA. Could only drink about 3 in one sitting.

Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer!!!! Like all Victory brews this leaves a mark, you never wonder who makes it. A keeper.

Photo of leansean88
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A promising head that will not leave easily. Cloudy and amber.

S - Very up front, in a good way. You can certainly smell the hops, but there's something much more there.

T - Huh... that's beyond belief. Never have I had an IPA so smooth, so perfectly balanced between hops, malt and alcohol. It's a beautiful thing... it really is.

M - Fantastic. An absolutely awesome feeling.

O - BEST. IPA. EVER. Well best one that I've had, but I must say, it'll be hard to beat this one out.

Await trying it on tap some day...

Photo of frankwoj
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IPAs ! Great Beer!

Photo of 99bottles
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Um, where do I start? Mr. T comes to mind because as corny as it sounds, I pity the fool who hasn't had HopDevil. I also pity the fools who have had it in the bottle and think it is anywhere remotely close to being what it is on tap. THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT BEERS. Well, not by name, but certainly by taste. The bottled one is good. Not great by a long shot. It's too over the top hoppy, which may appeal to some but not to most. It's one big pine tree, with miniminal malt and lackluster everything else. On tap, its a whole different story. Deep red brown, and tan head (not white!). MALT. Sweetness. Citrus. Faint bitterness, but not the atypical "hop flavor". Complex malt, that hides the hops initially. One sip and you may say, "Yum. Tasty. But, what the hell? Who calls this an IP----whoa!!! There they are!!" The hops are there, and they reveal their character long after the beer has been sipped and swallowed. They dance on your tounge. The malt lingers, and the hops, they bite and frolic and play dirty tricks on you. I love it. It's art. It's ectasty. It's by far the best IPA in the country if not for the skill that is takes to make the flavors interact the way they do. And its not fair to call it the same thing as what Victory is sending out to Joe Yutz in South Dakota. Come to PA for if nothing else, the Eagles and HopDevil on tap.

Cheers!

Photo of biker30x
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint. Hazy golden-orange with a medium sticky head. Opening the bottle releases the full aroma of pine resin and grapefruit citrus, it intensifys through the pour. Nosing the glass reveals a slight vegital earthiness. The first sip hammers the mouth with hoppy spice which competes with a sweet side of citrus and burnt brown sugar. There is also a hint of yeasty rustic bread. Did I mention the deep pine burn of the hops? Crisp in the mouth, neither thin nor overly thick, the overall drinkability belies the 6.7abv. For an extreme hophead, this is a session beer.

Photo of rkhaze
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Moogly-Googly! What a beer! Poured an amber-orange color with a beautiful head and good lacing. Very hoppy-floral aroma. Good rich mouthfeel. The taste was complex with a vicious malt vs.
hop battle waging with the ultimate winner being your tastebuds. I don't think I've had a more balanced IPA. Very drinkable, highly recommended and certainly worth seeking out.

Photo of AllDayAdams
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorite victory beers made. Hops are strong and taste amazing.

Photo of Gritsak
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy mahogany with a big thick light tan head. laces extremely well.

S- lots of citrus hops as well as pine.

T- wow this stuff is perfect here. perfect balance of hops with subtle carmel hints. hops are strong but not overpowering.

M- nice creamy body. light-medium carbonation.

D- dont sit down with a 6pack in front of you because it will be gone without you knowing it.

overall- i reviewed this over a year ago and wasnt all that impressed. but as my tastes have matured, this is now one of my favorites. dont pass this one up.

Photo of HopheadEd
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally, I did not want to review this ale, as everyone before me has done an excellent job. But with a screen name like mine, I thought I must. Cloudy, amber color, which in my opinion is the true color of beer. The head is white, frothy and lasts throughout the pint. The lace rings a perfectly spaced layer until the bottom. Your first smell is pure heaven, as there is no better aroma then that of hops. Strong but not overwhealming. The taste is so well balanced you don't know which comes first, though I know it's the hops. Nice malt taste is there, mellow, bringing up the rear as it were, again balancing the hops. Don't let the name fool you, it's hoppy, but not to the point where you are scraping your tongue. Absolutely one of my favorite beers, and a standard in the fridge all year, especially in the summer.

Photo of fes1
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Devil made me do it. Victory Hopdevil is a exceptional IPA,
the hoppy flavor is may be overpowering to a drinker of the big boy brews but a true beer drinker will appericate the taste of this superb beer.

The color, the taste, and the aroma will have you say
The Devil made me do it too.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark color... simliar to watered down honey. It's a light brown with hints of yellow. Nice head rises from the liquid after the pour. Loads of lacing down the glass. Plenty of hops on the nose that are very citrusy. Hint of grainy malt. There's something else that's sweet. Perhaps it's just the malt. Hops steal the show from the very beginning of the taste. They are very spicy and a tad fruity. There's really not enough malt flavor to mention. I don't give a damn though because this beer is tasty enough without perfect balance! Creamy mouthfeel with absolute bitterness in the finish. Immediately after swallowing the hops are easy and not too bad but you wait five seconds and they attack. Wow. This is a great beer. Victory has brought me so much hoppy delight lately. I feel like I should give them something in return.

Photo of pandashaver
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep reddish brown hue that sets it apart from other IPAs. Head is nice and foamy but not massive, lasts a while but could be longer.

S - Very zesty floral spices.

T - Hoppy, but not as ridiculous as the name implies. The balance with smooth spice and some sweetness is tough to achieve. There is bitterness right up to the point of being almost edgy, but then it gets sweet and is smooth the whole way. Congrats.

M - Medium-bodied, sticks to the palate a good amount. You enjoy this one before, during, and after taking a sip.

D - Very drinkable due to the restrained, yet ever present, IPA hop character. Have had multiple times on draught and bottled. Will buy every now and then because it's "menacingly delicious".

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good...and it does live up to it's name HopDevil. Amber color is darker then SN-pale ale, with a bit more bite on the mouth. Very hoppy indeed! The malt is very nice too, its sweetness balancing the hop bitterness. A bit of warming in the belly in the finish. Defines the true American style IPA! Cheers!

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,834 ratings.