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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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2,452 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,452
Hads: 6,967
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 250
Gots: 1,162 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,452 | Hads: 6,967
Photo of canoehornpoint
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with an off white thick head that sticks to the sides well. Has a good spicy floral aroma. Starts with a quick jolt of spicy hop bite that works it way into a sweet maltiness and finishes out with a hop bite that just keeps going. This beer drinks well.

On a personal note, I would prefer a bit more bitterness. The spiciness is good but i prefer a bit more citrus flavor to round it out.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap this beer is hoppier then out of the bottle. Copper with a creamy white head that smells earthy and hoppy. Tastes initially extremely hoppy but as it flows across your tongue you get nice kick of malt goodness. Hops are the overwhelming flavor with a slight warmth from the alcohol in your stomach but its barely noticeable. Nice thirst quencher and is also highly drinkable do to its unique but not overwhelming flavor.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle.

For the hop heads. I just love this IPA. Problem. I only found it at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa. I have not seen it in L.A. or Santa Monica yet. Depressed.

Pours a great copper color. Clear and bubbly. Head was minor and not much lacing. Scents were strong with pepper, spices, hops and a malt for balance.

Flavors reflect the scents in many ways. A lot of spices incuding pepper, rind and a grassy bite. The hops are bitter and heavy but not fruity. There is an earthy quality and this IPA is bitter. The malts are present but they do not provide much balance. Some molasses but nothing to invade the presence of hops. They dominate this IPA.

It feels great and there is a smooth drinkability to this one. It goes down real easy. I want to try this from a cask some day. I bet it is just out of this world.

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

This pours a nice, bright amber highlighted by hints of red with a moderate pale tan head that dissipates very slowly. In the nose there is a great balance of robust malt with a bit of caramel and bright, barely citrusy, hop aroma. The first sip hits you with a well-bodied base of the same, somewhat caramelly, maltiness that was in the aroma and a perfectly balanced medium bitterness. As the malt fades, the bitterness remains and a great hop flavor emerges, which is a touch spicy for a moment, then fading to a mostly round noble-type flavor with only a barely-perceptible spiciness. And the hop flavor seems to go on and on...

This is a very refreshing, wonderfully hopped beer, with a great malt base and piles of flavor and interest. It's a great beer for nearly any occasion or mood, and enough amazing taste and character to come back to again and again.

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Photo of marburg
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shock and awe: That's what just happened to my palate.

I'm glad I didn't plan on drinking anything after this; it's flavor and residual bitterness lingers with an incredible intensity 20 minutes after consuming it.

Color is full of warm tones. Orange, red, copper hues shift in the light. Breakfast assortment of aromas. Honey, grapefruit, citrus, herbal tea. Honey-sweet malt backbone gets slapped aside quickly by an overwhelmingly bitter hop presence. This beer represents the bitter equivalent of some of the more extremely sour Belgian brews. Pleasingly, this brew's immense hop presence doesn't completely destroy its subtle aromas. A little too far out there on the hop spectrum to really be considered exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of taez555
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very thick orange/tannish head with a very clear reddish amber body.

The nose was pure hops, yet not as overpowering as you might expect. Some slight malt, but mostly a very subdued citrus, spice, slight peppery hop smell.

The taste started very malty. Full bodied. Some caramel malt flavor. Quickly followed by this big, very tight, citrus/black pepper hop burst. A nice intence but balanced bitterness. Then it ended on a very slow smooth bitter hop finish.

What I found really interesting about this beer is how perfectly balanced it is. It's not your typical over hopped, floral, american IPA. It's overlly hopped and in your face, but the hop flavors are mellowed just enough to balance it and make it very drinkable. Not as if you're drinking a beer soaked in hops.
On top of that the hops are very tight and sharp. Almost like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, but for everyday drinking.
A very nice beer.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


First and foremost, cask conditioned HopDevil is totally different then on tap or the bottle. It's almost like a totally different beer, wow, I was very surprised at how this tasted.

Served in your typical, chunky American pint glass. A rather murky light brown color. The bar was dim, so judging the color was a bit tough, but cloudy and murky for sure. Head was off white, frothy, thick and creamy as hell. Sheets of lace were left on the sides of the glass as I drank.

Taking a smell, I was initially confused, "where did the cascades go?". Aromas of sweet bread, tons of herbal smelling hops, rich, almost fudge-like malts and exotic fruits exploded from the glass. The floral/herbal aroma is what I think surprised me more then anything. No citrus/grapefruit this time around.

Taste was above all - fruity. Melons, oranges and herbs danced around on a thick and solid foundation of malt. The malt character, like the other versions of HopDevil, had a big say in the cask version as well, but this time, it was even heavier handed, slapping the hops around and making it clear to them that in this version, malt rules, but only by a nose. The hop character is there, just more mellowed and less brittle and crunchy hard as in other versions. The citrus hammer that bottled or tap versions of HopDevil usually wield, was just not here. The finish was herbal and smoldering with soft bitterness. Mouthfeel was rich, smooth and fantastic, so creamy and rich.

Overall impression - This just goes to show you the huge difference cask conditioning can make in a beer. This beer was young and ALIVE. Fantastic.

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Photo of ngandhi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Relax, relax.

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Photo of kevinl6
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine ale indeed from Victory. This one pours a combo Golden/amber/orange color with an almost 1 finger deep silky head. A very pleasing brew to the eye. Smell is nice also: hoppy (of course), fruity....citric? Taste is very hoppy as well, with a blend of fruit, a nice combination of flavor. Mouthfeel is very soothing for an ale, it is pleasant on the palate. A very drinkable beer, I want another...and another....and another!!

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Photo of Brent
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After wanting to try this much acclaimed beer for quite some time, I was delighted to finally run across a bottle. Had I first sampled this a few years ago in my pre-hophead days, I'm sure I would have been blown away. But, having been amused and abused by such hop tonics as Stone Ruination, Dogfish 90 min. and Rogue I2PA, I met this beer on a level playing field.

Cascades juice? Not quite, but not far away. Big malt backbone carried the hops load quite well. My first impression was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on steroids. The hops flirt with harsh acidity, but manage to pull back just enough. Certainly a top-flight APA.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The malty hoppy IPA that keeps you begging for more. Not being a hophead this is actually an ale that I can drink a full glass of without tossing. The amber/copper color as well as the floral head and nose make for a stunning bouquet. Taste is well balanced and very enjoyable.. especially if you love hops.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great amber color and a full one inch head with staying power that lasted most of the glass. Spicy hops with small hints of citrus in the aroma. The taste was excellent, I haven't had many IPA's but if this represents the style, wow. Bitter but perfect as it goes down, slightly malty with the hops coming on strong about 90% of the way through the drink. Very drinkable, I will have this again and hopefully soon!

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Photo of jcalabre
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled many moons ago. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a world class IPA. In my humble opinion, it is in the same class as Stone's IPA and Kalamazoo Bells Two Heart. It's appearance is a copper body w/ an offwhite head. The nose and flavor are those wonderful citrusy hops. Great brew

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a pretty sanguine amber color with a medium and clingy off-white head. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma is heady floral hops. Medium-bodied and crisp with a near-perfect level of hops in the flavor. There is a hint of citrus (lemon/grapefruit) and grass as well. The finish falls off just a little toward the end but overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my recent scary experience with an over-the-top hop monster (SN Bigfoot 2003), I was a little nervous about trying HopDevil, but I'm glad I did. For me, it's a good summertime beer, lighter than my usual stouts.

It poured an orangey red, with a chunky beige head. The aroma was faint, malt, caramel and hops. The taste was an initial blast of malt and caramel, purged right after with a steamroller's worth of hops. Mild hops, though, not anywhere near as mouth-puckeringly bitter as the previously mentioned Bigfoot. (Still maybe a bit too hoppy for a recent convert from macros. For them, try a Brooklyn IPA, just as good as HopDevil, but not as hoppy. Review coming soon...) As the beer warms, the taste blossoms into bursts of honey, cola, prunes. In retrospect, I've been drinking this too cold, try chilling this for a short while so that it's in between cellar and fridge temps. Mouthfeel was creamy smooth, with just enough carbonation to stand up to the jambalaya I had it with tonight. Finish was mild, just a faint mellow hop tang.

Thanks to Victory for enlightening me to the hoppy truth; hoppiness doesn't have to mean bitter and nasty.

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Photo of purplehops
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap HopDevil pours a hazy beautiful copper-orange. The head is off-white and made of very fine bubbles. A nice lace pattern was left on the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy hops with a hint of malt in the far away background. On tap the taste is like that of the bottle version only it seems brighter and more defined on tap. The battle between the bitterness of the hop and the sweetness of the malt is more in balance in the tap version. They are not so much fighting each other as they are working together in a bliss of malty bitterness. The finish is also smoother with a softer carbonation and a more floral hop flavor. Aftertaste leaves you with a smile and a desire for more and more and more. The alcohol seems almost imperceptible.
Overall an excellent IPA on tap for the hop head. Malty, medium bodied, and hoppy to perfection.

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Photo of freed
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like the Pils, a very cool label. It pours a much deeper color - rich amber, and it foams like a wild beer might. The smell obvious; nice and fresh. The darker color is correct in suggesting this is a bigger beer than most IPAs in the malt department. Its got a meaty, rusty flavor very reminicsent of olde style Bitters, almost of an ESB, but a much more pronounced hop flavor. Its a very nice beer, though its vitals make it somewhat difficult to drink another. After finishing, there's almost the same resiny feeling I get after sampling my wort. Sweet and filling.

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Photo of Mustard
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with, god bless Victory, a friggin' "enjoy by" date. Freaky little portrait of the Swamp Thing on the label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copperish, burnt-orange hue; fine, one-fingered head; moderate -- albeit scattered -- lacing.

Aroma: Mild notes of malt sweetness smothered under a blanket of citrusy hops.

Taste: A solid, biscuity malt character quickly gives way to a citrusy, floral hop rapist. Aftertaste reverts back to a subdued maltiness.

Mouthfeel: A thick -- almost chewy -- malt body.

Notes: Consumed this after a dark lager and had a good time. Mustard recommends this beer, but cannot support the notion that this is a top twenty-five brew. Good times.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a great brew. The aroma is excellent, and with the first pour i noticed the head had a lot of staying power for an ipa. As expected, the hops hit and they hit hard. The mouthfeel however was a little thinner than expected, but still good. It left a very interesting grapefuit aftertaste in my mouth. All in all a very very drinkable beer, make sure to wait a few between your first and second ones so that you can appriciate it more.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, mahogeny hue, nice thin, but well retaining head. Massive, sticky lacing, floral hops and fresh flowers noted on the nose, a very clean, inviting aroma. A blast of invigorating hops, some spices and an immediate warming effect, esters noted, although in the background. Some grapefruit noted throughout, medium to full bodied, extremely dry and some bitterness noted towards the finish. Clearly a top shelf IPA.

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Photo of avylover
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/golden, almost mahogany color with a nice foamy light tan head. Very inviting looking beer, especially during the pour with a tornado of golden carbonation. Smell is florally hoppy right away, then some good citrous hop notes come through and some malt is back there too. This beer has a zingy floral hop flavor throughout, but the nice buttery-bready maltiness in the background sets this brew apart from other IPA's.Very crisp and drinkable despite a relatively thick consistency. The bitterness destroys any syrupy mouthfeel that may have lingered otherwise. A good american IPA that lives up to it's name. Pretty much what an IPA should be IMO

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Photo of Boto
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew! The beer is a amber (maybe orangish) color, with a quick-dissapating head. The aroma is fantastic. The hops are strong. Fairly good whiff of grapefruit/citrus to it. The taste is equally good. The hops are VERY strong, but there is an exquisite balance to them. They aren't strong for the sake of being strong. Decent amount of body to the beer. I had this with a friend the other night, and his initial reaction was "WOW".

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Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at home out of a Victory variety case. Appearance was amber, with a bit of head retention. Smell was heavily hoppish. The taste was well............very hoppy as well. Mouthfeel was very smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Drinkability-wise, this is certainly another I could have all day!

The Victory HopDevil is truly one of the American classics of IPA, and is surely one that I would have around in the future!

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Photo of Stingray5
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to be enjoyed by Oct 08 03. Pours a beautiful dark copper with a perfect fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy hops, but with nice toasty malt notes, too. Very full bodied, this IPA delivers the hops. Sniff, hops. Taste, hops. Burp, hops. Just the way I like it. Spicy, bitter, citrus, all the good stuff. Finish is dry hops with a nice sticky sweet malt balance. Slightly reserved at the finish, which is a good thing because it doesn't send me into a hop-induced coma. Victory has managed to take an IPA, hop it to hell and back and still manage to produce a well balanced brew.

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Photo of edchicma
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Some IPAs just bite you and are sometimes hard to swallow. This offering has an excellent amber appearance that leaves a clinging lace all the way down the glass. Smell is floral and not overpowering. The taste has a floral quality that is absolute perfection, just enough to add to the character, but not overpowering. The mouthfeeel is outstanding. It goes down easy and leaves a reminder of its hopping in a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Suprisingly, this brew is very drinakable, even though the ABV is up there. Of all the IPAs I've tried, by far the best.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.