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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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2,472 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,472
Hads: 7,082
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 267
Gots: 1,285 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Reviews: 2,472 | Hads: 7,082
Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours dark orange with a thin off-white head that quickly faded into a thin collar that left pretty good rings of lacing around the glass.
S: Smells of an interesting combination of orange-mint-bubblegum. There are some subtle spices to the mix as well that remind me of a winter warmer.
T: Pretty decent punch of sweet doughy crackery malt and orange zest hits your palate first followed by a light herbal and spicy hop punch. Finish is sweet and lightly bitter and oily. Aftertaste is earthy with hints of tobacco.
M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. The finish, however, is a touch syrupy and sticky which takes away from the crispness.
D: A fairly balanced to malt forward IPA. For those of you who like that, this one's for you. For those like me who like the enamel stripped from their teeth and despise balance, pick something else.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich and seriously hoppy. More malt and roasted flavors than most IPAs. Seems more powerful than the ABV would indicate. Attractive clear dark amber in the glass. Light bodied. Enough foam and carbonation in the mouth. Some spice in the hoppy aroma.

Bitterness is more in check than a lot of IPAs, but it does end on a dry and bitter lingering note. Some tartness. Surprising dark notes. A lot of grain flavor. A touch of flowers but more resiny and dark caramel. A clean and well made brew that should appeal to the IPA enthusiast.

12 oz bottle from Best Damn in San Diego.

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Photo of MTMugs
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the hops! Looked good, poured nicely and the first taste was great - nice and dry. But it had a funny finish - a little too fruity for our taste. But for a bottled IPA, not too bad.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in a 12 oz amber crown cap bottle
Served at fridge temp about 35F
Attractive California hop aroma at the bottle neck
Pours with a thick body, producing a firm, persistent off white head.
Appearance: Medium-dark amber, slightly hazy, leaves excellent lacing.
Taste: Loads of bitterness paired nicely with a dark crystal maltiness, but weak on hop flavor. Excessively earthy.
Drinkability: Medium light mouthfeel. Great balance of hops and maltiness makes for a good example of an American style IPA. Highly recommended for hop heads.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark orange with a thick soapy head.

Smell is more floral than citrus hop. Toasted malt undertones.

Taste is bready toasted malt. Strong floral hop flavor. Very green, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is a good, but not great offering. There is more malt here than I would normally look for in an IPA. That said, this is a drinkable brew that is well worth a try.

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Photo of mschind
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a September 20 best by date. If that means 2012, this one might be pushing it.

A- Clear to brilliant light amber. Two inch head the color of coffe foam, not much retention, some lacing.

S- Toasty grain and hops.

T- Bittnerness dominates with some bready malt and some alcohol astringency in the finish.

M- On the light side of medium with lower carbonation than I expected.

O- A good hop forward IPA but I'm thinking this bottle was bit too old to be at its prime. This is one I'll have to try again.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle with a June 2011 'best by' date.

pours a deep-orange to copper color, slightly underwhelming carbonation and head retention. the aroma is a bit less than i expected. nice toasty malt, with some all-to-subtle hop notes.

taste follows the nose - somewhat uninspiring. the malt profile is quite assertive but still a nice tight finish; however, hops apparently don't do so well in hades, as the hop assertiveness is lacking for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is good - nice balance between the flavors, and this is certainly a beer you could work with all night.

bank on it - the more a brewery brags about hoppiness with a beer's name, the more underwhelming the actual hop profile will be.

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Photo of kyleelton
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into a Rahr and Sons Pint glass.

Clear orangy color. Beautiful thin, creamy head that laces nicely.

Floral hops nose. Lovely. Not overwhelming, but I can tell it's there.

Hops, of course. There's a lot of bitterness, but not very malty. The hops definitely overpower. Victory really wanted this to be hoppy.

Bit of an alcohol sting at the back. Good, thick, creamy body.

This isn't my favorite IPA. It's a little uneven, and bites in an unpleasant way. But, it's hoppy, which I love and would definitely recommend it to any hophead out there.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber body wearing a thin sticky off-white head. Aroma is bready, toasty not unlike a good pilsner's, but with a huge cascade profile (grapefruit, orange) and traces of earth and honey. Taste is typicla to high alpha-acid hops IPA, very lemony, grapefruity. A tart and bitter mix with no stand out quality. Body is clean, rather thin with a biting carbonation. Overrated from my perspective, not even among my favorite half of the style I believe, but the aroma is good and quite complex. Thanks to The_Beer_God though!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark orange with a dark yellow-cream colored head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Sweet malts mostly, some citrus tones as well.

T - Oranges, grapefruit, and again some malts.

D - Average carbonation, slightly thick body.

O - A sweet, hoppy ipa.

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Photo of camp0474
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazed orange copper color with a tan head.

S: Piney and citrus hops with a slight sweet malt backbone. Mostly the hops up front.

T: Hops up front. The piney spicy hop bitterness hits the tongue first. Earthy hops a bit later. Hard to detect the malt in background with the overwhelming hop attack. Fairly one sided. I prefer a more balanced IPA.

M/D: Medium body and carbonation. A bit to unbalanced hops make this one hard to drink multiple at a time, but good IPA when you want full on hops.

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Photo of saradad
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle. So this is my first experience with an IPA, the color is a beautiful dark amber with some visible carbonation under a light tan head that quickly fades to almost nothing. The nose is grapefruit. Period. So is the taste. Somewhere in there is a light malt, caramel maybe? Very faint but there nonetheless. The feel is rather thinner than I was expecting yet not bad. The drinkability is rather fair in my opinion, not something I'd run out for but it's pleasant enough that a coupla these aren't the worst thing that could happen to a person at the end of the workday. Sayonara.

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Photo of dvdov
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light amber/dark orange color, very transparent when under light. Small amount of head that dissipates quickly.

S - Not very powerful. Little bit of caramel, little bit of citrus.

T - Very hoppy at first but calms down and finishes very smooth. Slight caramel taste. Not as bitter as you'd expect, flavor is more subtle than aggressive.

M - Pretty great. Almost no noticeable carbonation and feels very full even though the taste doesn't entirely back it up.

O - Pretty good, not my favorite from Victory. I do prefer its calmer flavor to a more aggressive IPA. Not often that I'd rank mouthfeel and appearance higher than something like smell - almost as if all components don't really come together.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always thought this one was a little over-rated and that it pales in comparison to most other american ipas I've had.
Appearance: Pours an awesome golden color with around .5" of head and it left great lacing.
Smell: Over- powering maltiness with some citrus and hop bite to it.
Taste: The same as the smell. The maltiness is over-powering to me, and it puts all of the other flavors on the back burner. There is some nice citrus flavor though.
Mouth: Medium carbonation with a med ium body.
Overall: Its not a terrible beer, but it is not the IPA for me. I believe this one defines the east coast IPA, but I like the west coast style a lot better.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper apperance, red tint, good creamy white head.

S - Good floral armoa, with a tad bit of citrus, mildly sweet smelling.

T - Nice and blanced flavors of hops and malts, the hops do not over power the malts, mild bitterness left on the tounge for a lingering after taste but overall a very balanced ipa.

M - Medium bodied beer, nice cabination, tingly, mildy spicy shock that dissapates very quickly.

D - Good IPA, for beginner hopheads this is a nice balanced mildly hoppy IPA that would a good starting point on your journey to find the greatest IPA around (IMO) Not my favorite but it will not be the last time I dance with this devil. Cheers

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Photo of haazer
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy peach skin, orange hues around the sides. Looks like an IPA should. Slight off-white head, dissipates fairly early.

S- Smells like dry crushed up hops. Not strong though. Slight fruity aromas, mostly peach.

T- Bitter hops up front. Pale malt finish. Then a citrus hop taste lingers on in the after for a bit.

M- Slightly prickly in the beginning, then becomes smooth at the end. A little drying.

D- Overall a good IPA. I prefer their hoppier relatives with the D prefix, but this is acceptable. Definitely drinkable too, can't taste the alcohol. Only thing with this style is it doesn't mix well with others as it will conquer your palatte. But if your in the mood for hops, a good choice.

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Photo of Drew966
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Devil Ale pours a hazy orange with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is fairly mild and hoppy, citrusry. The flavor isn't the hoppiest and the balance with the malt is so so. A decent beer, but there are a lot better IPA's out there these days.

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Photo of xsists
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber color, almost redish. My pour had a half finger head that stayed throughout the glass.

S - I am getting a strong grapefruit, faint caramel and faint roasty smell.

T - Big hop flavor. Not over powering and quite smooth. Nice and dry finish.

M - Medium body, creamy feel. Slight alcohol sting after swallowing.

D - Midway through this beer I got the warm feeling. I could drink a few of these but then I would be intoxicated.

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Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Semi opaque, orange/red with a head and lace that last.

S: Hoppy nice aroma.

T: Too hoppy. Very intense.

M: The hops shoot to back of my throat.

D: Just has too dominant of one flavor.

Has flavor, but it has too dominant of one flavor rather than a pleasant blend.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy amber color with a nice head which faded quickly.

Heavy hops with a combination of citrus and grass.

Hops of course with a bit of malt and bitterness towards the end.

Clean and smooth with moderate carbonation.

I was anxious to try this beer from all I had heard about it. Sad to say I was disappointed by the lack of a hoppy punch compared to say...Hopslam, Two-Hearted or Great Divide Titan. Still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of eballard
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy brown amber color with a light head that settles into a nice lacing. It has a sweet malted hops smell with a slight sent of spice. The flavor is what really hits you about this beer. It’s a strong spice with a heavy bite. The aftertaste is a little bitter but over all it’s got a good taste. This is one bold beer. The beer goes down smooth with a slight aftertaste. In all this is an interesting beer and worth a try. It’s not my favorite IPA but it is worth trying.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.25 - Pours a nice caramel orange color. Forms about a finger of lightly yellowed white head. Medium head potential and retention. Spotty lacing.
S - 3.5 - Nothing too wild here. VERY light hop aroma, a touch of spice and a strong herbal note.
T - 3.25 - A little on the weak side for me. Very lightly sweet arrival which quickly fades into a quite weak bitter hop ending.
F - 4 - Good smooth and decently oily mouthfeel.
O - 3.5 - This is what I call a food pairing beer and a shower beer. This would make a fine transitional brew for beginners, but experienced IPA drinkers may find this a bit weak due to its lack of bitterness and other flavors. A decent little session IPA, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rmaste6282
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this 12oz beer at Pizza Port bottle shop.
A: Looks like an amber, darker than I expected, not much head, maybe 1/2 finger width.
S: Spice, pumpkin, toasted malts
T: Definately taste the toasted malts, reminds me of a full bodied amber ale. It says India Ale on the label.
M: Pretty average
D: Decent brew, if you like amber's, this is a decent one.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears as a nice amber color you'd expect with a beer of this sort, nice light caramel-colored head, with really impressive lacing that lasts all the way until finish and then dries on the side of the glass!

Smell is hops, piney (good) w/alcohol (sadly). I like a well-hidden ABV but all things considered this is nothing to prevent a hopehead from wanting to try this beer as it is far from boozey in flavor.

Taste is lightly piney hop forward, and finishes off chewy with more citrus notes and some other notes. This may have been a little too cold when I started and got better as it warmed slightly.

Mouthfeel is average. Nothing bad mind but nothing spectacular. A little hard on the palate but it's called Hopdevil so what do you expect?

Drinkability is average. Again, just nothing really spectacular about it. I'll say this: there are many IPAs on the market and many of them are good and this is as good as any of those.

This does not classify as world-class or excellent but like I mentioned, is perfectly refreshing and nice and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy copper colored hue. Nice inch high head, good lacing.

Smell, and taste, is pure hops. Some grapefruit , some grassy flavoring ...maybe a bit of pine. No real malt or fruit flavors to balance it out.

Considering that I loved, loved, loved the Hop Wallop, I was expecting to enjoy this more. It's a good beer, but for a "hop bomb" it lacks the complexity or drinkability of the Ballast Point or Stone brews I keep returning to.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,472 ratings.