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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,097 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,097
Reviews: 2,381
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 159
Gots: 538 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

pottergator, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Could not locate a bottling date on the label or the bottle. Other bottles in the sixpack say enjoy by 1/16/14, and since Victory recommends drinking them within five months, they would have been bottled 8/16/13, about two and a half months ago.

Original 9/15/13 review of another bottle purchased earlier:
Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass
a: Clear amber with a huge and stubborn 2 inch tall off white head which eventually receded to very heavy surface foam and extensive even lacing. Awesome!
s: Caramel! Unusual!
t: Bitter hops over very distinctively dark caramel malt with strong coffee undertones! Breakfast IPA, anyone? Coffee tones did tend to decline near the end, but left a slightly bitter aftertaste towards the entire back of the tongue. Refreshingly heavy carbonation.
m: Medium. Blindfolded, I might mistake this for a light breakfast stout!
o: A most unusual IPA, and one I need to try again to confirm this bizarre but very enjoyable profile.
My experience seems quite different from other recent reviews described below. I did not get either the citrus or overpowering hops, but rather caramel/coffee under moderate hops.. I loved it as it was, Definitely will buy more to see if that's how my palate reports it again.
Original ratings were a:5 s:4.75 t:4.75 m:4.25 o:4.75

NEW REVIEW 10/27/13: Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass
a: Clear amber with a huge and stubborn 2 inch tall off white head which eventually receded to even surface foam film and some semi-patterned lacing.
s: Pine
t: Very hops dominant, light malt underneath. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.
m: Moderate with good body. Quite smooth,
o: Excellent IPA, bordering on a double and might pass for such.

scotorum, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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BillRoth, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MAJ85, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

FATH3RH0P5, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Ginepiece, Apr 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

blackmathdavey, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

callmeoz, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Danno48, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mrg98648, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Furley80, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Mullinger1980, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bobv, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

doyle138, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the background plays Richard Strauss' "Thus Spake Zarathustra Overture" (a.k.a. the theme song of 2001: A Space Odyssey) as a 12 oz. Hop Devil bottle gently flows into my crystalline pint glass. Ah-men! No ONE beer is my favorite, but THIS is ONE of my favorites. Yummy. A nearly perfect two finger frothy, sticky head salutes the pour, which, alone, stands up to legendary status among men. Damn the torpedoes and the 300+ BA reviews, for another can only do her justice. This baby is all golden ruby amber hue of perfection. Champagne bubbles roll on and up. Olfactory senses beware: Aromatic, heavenly hops tickle before the beer hits the tongue. Sweet, heavy beauteous hop aroma drips from my nostrils with each waft, like the smell of pancakes, butter and syrup on a hung over Sunday morning. Mmmm.

Taste? Ambrosia, yes, as in 7th grade Latin class: Food for the gods. Honey suckle hops as golden in flavor as the brassy hue. Solid flavor through the cool to warmed temps. This girl can go the distance. Yum. Do I like hops? Taste and appearance of 5's for the first time in my reviews.

If I drink more than three, the thick sweetness clings. Malts? We don't need no stinking malts! Can't drink up these all night or I'd be tunafied! Too tasty? Hmm. Maybe. Like a Philly Tastey-cake too tasty. Could you eat Krimpets all night? Well then. Thought not.

Price: 10 miles from Victory, in the land of the Yuengling, we get 'em $25 beans a case. et tu?

P.S. Brewmaster Chris Firey from Old Dominion-Tupper's Hop Pocket and Victory-Hop Devil fame is anoited as brewmaster at Manyunk Brewery as Brewmaster now. C-ya there, Philly. How YU doin'?

*** RE-REVIEW ***
New version 2005 off of the new system is more malty, less hoppy, but still decent, however this took a stumble. Also, found out the mystery hop in Hop Devil.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 03, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JT23, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JohnG190, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent IPA..right up there with, but not better than, Bell's Two Hearted Ale....It pours a rich, deep copper with a litte white lace..the nose is a wondefull mix of floral and spicy hops...the taste is bitter grapefruit style hops along with some decent malt to balance...I'd love to see the bittering units on this as it is very high I'm sure...but at the same time it is relatively balanced....Definitely west coast style..some great hop flavor to this....a very good/borderline great IPA...I love this Brewery...they rock!!!

ZAP, Sep 10, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat cloudy redish orange color. Two finger head with excellent lacing.

S - Citrus hops dominate, not much else noticed.

T - Strong hop bitterness. Grapefruit citrus taste. Some light malt backbone to it. Enough to provide a small semblance of balance to the beer.

M/D - Excellent all around. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. The bitterness is the only thing holding it back on the drinkability, but I think that is a good thing.

ckeegan04, Apr 15, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Stinger80OH, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A refreshing, light, and effervescent IPA, the hopdevil is great for one of those warm late sping evenings. I can almost hear the birds chirping as I pour this dark caramel (with a russet tint) brew. The head disappeared quickly, and I noticed not much lace as it receded. The smell is of rolling hills of hops with a hint of the citrus groves wafting in on a light breeze from over the hill. There's noticeable carbonation, but for this kind of day, it's perfect (I just came in from a five-mile walk). This stuff goes down fast, or maybe it's late May and I'm just plain ready for summer.

longpondbeerman, May 27, 2003
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,097 ratings.