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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

5,978 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,978
Reviews: 2,375
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 152
Gots: 481 | FT: 5
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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diamondc

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -27%

Picked up a single for $1.99. Best By Nov. 29 09

So much for the 'pale' part of India Pale Ale. More of a burnt orange, copper color appearance. A nice foam of head that leaves some light scattered lacing.

Smells like burnt toast, old pine trees, talcum powder. Nothing really floral or grapefruit-y here.

Taste is just intense pine tree sap, spicy herbal-ness, warm grapefruit juice. No real sweetness here, just that intense dry after taste from the hops that is really unappealing.

I think the beer is too unbalanced for my tastes. Glad I only bought a single.

10-13-2009 03:29:26 | More by diamondc
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -26.5%

06-29-2013 19:48:40 | More by SuomiHobbit
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bigdipip

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-20-2011 16:35:40 | More by bigdipip
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Skye1024

Indiana

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-17-2011 22:37:30 | More by Skye1024
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.5%

09-22-2013 23:47:06 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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MNMike

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -26.5%

03-20-2014 02:52:04 | More by MNMike
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Ynextmc


3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-25-2012 01:05:06 | More by Ynextmc
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skillerified

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Nice color. Paints the glass in delicious looking amber, red and orange hues. About a finger on the head and it seems to be sticking around. Solid lacing. Some slow moving carbonation is visible too. About as appetizing looking a beer as I can remember. Seems a little darker than some other IPAs I've tried.

The sniffer likes this one. A good balance of pine, lemon and other citrus scents. A distinctly hoppy scent. Just a hint of spice too. Smells delicious.

Taste somehow seems really weak to me. I'm not getting much beyond a faint caramel flavor at the finish. Just a hint of pine spice in there too. Am I missing something? This doesn't seem right. It's not that it tastes bad, it just doesn't taste like much of anything. Quite a disappointment.

Extremely smooth and mellow mouthfeel. I was really surprised by that. A good balance of bitter and sweet. Not much finish though.

I can't help but feel I've missed something in the taste department. I have another bottle that I'll use as a comparison later and edit this if necessary, but there's just nothing there. Really disappointing. I really like the mouthfeel. It's surprising for an IPA, but is that enough to keep drinking these? I doubt it.

01-29-2006 09:54:34 | More by skillerified
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-01-2013 18:24:29 | More by schmidtmattsays
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penguinstout

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.5%

04-12-2013 19:41:13 | More by penguinstout
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-16-2013 19:49:16 | More by timjim1327
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jdougherty

California

3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-03-2012 06:53:44 | More by jdougherty
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Plissken

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.5%

03-23-2014 05:38:27 | More by Plissken
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TooGood

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -26.5%

03-16-2014 12:31:36 | More by TooGood
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kdwruck

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

07-18-2013 00:57:18 | More by kdwruck
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.5%

09-03-2013 06:50:35 | More by 100200300
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gspeicher

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-07-2013 13:00:34 | More by gspeicher
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dhep16

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

03-08-2012 05:37:15 | More by dhep16
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-30-2013 19:47:27 | More by BGsWo22
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immobileman

Alabama

3/5  rDev -26.5%

10-25-2013 06:10:50 | More by immobileman
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SeanDolan

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-26-2013 01:20:46 | More by SeanDolan
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Hoppington

New York

3/5  rDev -26.5%

I have to disagree with the experts on this one. This just didn't quite do it for me and I was dissapointed and felt the hophead experience wasn't there. That's what I get for looking at the "RateBeer" rating that many retailers are now posting in the beer cases next to the beers. For my palate, I think Troeg's Hopback Amber Ale is a better pick in this category. Just not hoppy enough for what I consider to constitute a great American IPA. I think this beer is *much* better on tap than in the bottle. With a name like "HopDevil" this beer should be sinfully hoppy!

Don't get me wrong - this was OK and quite drinkable, but compared to other offerings out there in the American IPA category, this one comes up average across the board to my taste buds. Again, a fine beer, but the line of better American IPAs is long and getting longer!

01-02-2008 00:47:59 | More by Hoppington
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BushwyckCraft

New York

3/5  rDev -26.5%

04-04-2014 02:50:56 | More by BushwyckCraft
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-29-2013 17:39:47 | More by LooseMoose1978
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-04-2012 18:02:46 | More by AWS2111
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,978 ratings.