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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

5,802 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,802
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 141
Gots: 403 | 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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TheSSG

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a big, off-white, resiny head. Bright, floral, citrus hop aroma with maybe a touch of buttery esters underneath. Amber-gold color. Starts off very bitter with an underlying sweetness (that buttery caramel), builds into a pine-sap hoppiness with prominent notes of grapefruit. Finish is hop bitter and sticky pine sap flavor, and then the malt comes through in a biscuit like quality under this, and the resin begins to take on an almost soapy flavor as it fades from my palate.

Not bad, overall. I'm not a big fan of that buttery caramel aspect, which I presume is here to lend a more authentic English characteristic to it. The smell started off FANTASTIC, but as the head faded, and the buttery caramel became more pronounced, I began to really hate the smell.
Maybe I'm overly sensitive to diacetyl (that buttery caramel)....I do tend to have a visceral, negative reaction to it. If this were on tap, I'd blame a dirty line...
Looking at the lower reviews, that seems to be a re-occuring issue for a few of us. I tend to favor the aromatic IPA's over these aggressively bitter ones (they're a fun novelty, but they get tiring).
I found the "drink by date" and I still have a month before that date, so I know this isn't ancient and stale.

I am pairing it with Prairie Breeze cheese, and that's working quite well. Hoppy bier + Cheddar (or cheddar-like) cheese = Win!
(It's also making this one easier to finish for me)

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:23:01 | More by TheSSG
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy By Mar 29 2013

A: Pours a a golden amber color with a fingers worth of sticky bubbly head

S: Citrusy and spicy hops jump right out, with a good amount of biscuity malt to back it up

T: Same as the nose. Starts off with the citrusy hops and then goes into some spiciness from a combination of the hops and malts. Finishes a bit bready with some bitterness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and oily

O: A solid IPA that definitely gets thrown into the mind-numbing multitude of IPAs out there. Nothing that really stands out, but it's definitely solid

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:46:12 | More by BEERMILER12
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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JLapadura

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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Cardmarauder

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,802 ratings.