Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,429 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,429
Hads: 6,867
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 239
Gots: 1,067 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of TubaManJack
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An orange hue with a head of pale orange/amber tint. The nose is strongly hops,with a hop "holiday spice" note.

The flavor of at least two hops and mild malt notes. A full bodied mild easy drinking beer. It has a complex taste that has about 3 levels- hops, malt, hops. Its a great beer and the most friendly IPA I have encountered so far. (340 characters)

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

I think this is my favorite way to enjoy HopDevil. I had it up at Zeno's in State College, PA. The lack of carbonation makes this particular devil particularly smooth and definately TOO easy to imbibe. Excellent hoppy beer. Lots of american hops, citrusy etc. But the malt profile of this beer is also remarkable. A very complex malt flavor that adds to this beers overall pleasantness. (386 characters)

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

HopDevil pours a dark amber, and is capped with a thin, off-white colored head - decent lacing. An amazing bouquet of hop aromas greet the nose. Grapefruit and other citrus notes, as well as floral and pine resiny aromas round out with a slight caramel malt hints. Hops dominate on the pallet as well, with citrus flavors clearly standing out before a caramel and toffee malt backbone balance it all out. Crisp, and smooth, HopDevil is medium in both body and carbonation, and is also superbly balanced. Simply a fantastic IPA! (527 characters)

Photo of manahansf
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper color which is clear and crowned with a very thin lacy white head. The head dissipates fast but gives off a mouth-watering aroma of citrus and earthy hops. The flavor is slightly tart and filled with earthy hop bitterness. There is a slight malt presence in the background of the light bodied brew with moderate carbonation levels, leading to a well balanced brew. The finish is bittersweet with the continued earthy hop bitterness. (457 characters)

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. (829 characters)

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

Appearance: Deep, dreamy amber. Great head that sticks around awhile, and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Licorice, hops, little honey, little citrus.

Taste: Great balance between maltiness & hoppiness. Citrus on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Love the maltiness. Super-smooth with a dry hoppy finish.

Drinkability: The word quaff comes to mind. Very user-friendly without sacrificing character. Be careful, though. It's real easy to forget this baby's 6.7... (462 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Hop Devil simmers in the glass, as golden as the final rays of a sunset, and an aggressive pour yields a cumulonimbus of a head, fluffy and tan. The carbonation lends to a slightly cloudy appearance. A fruity bouquet is a very gentle accompanyment to the reddish golden hue. A good looking beer.

The stuff goes down easy, fruity with a sharp, but not overpowering, tang to it. It is very smooth, the tangyness being the only thing that would prevent me from drinking a few. Oh, that and the pretty decent alchohol content. This a beer that can really sneak up on you, the sweetness and smoothness hiding the punch. That makes two of the Victory beers, and neither disappoints. Can't wait for next season's beer. (718 characters)

Photo of Erix
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential IPA in my book. Heavy hops create a very spicy, qrapefuity beer. If I had one in hand I could review better, but being at work right now... I have to say the only IPA I've had which I could say for sure was better than HopDevil is cask conditioned hopdevil. The cask conditioning seems to mellow out the hops a decent amount by taking a tiny bit of the bite off, without compromising that awesome spiciness. Works even better at celler temps when cask conditioned than when poured from a bottle. (514 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a half inch of foamy off-white head, some lacing.

Scent is of citrus and some grains.

Spicy hop taste, citrus, some alcohol, bready malts, and maybe some light honey taste.

Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy feel.

Very drinkable beer, maybe my favorite IPA to date. (303 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a big pillowy offwhite head and a bit of lacing.

Smells good, mellow maltyness with a subdued earty hoppyness.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with bitter finish.

Taste is awesome, very smooth and balanced. Sweet maltyness and bitter hops blend very well and neither one seems overly noticable. Aftertaste has very intense hop bitterness flavor without being overly harsh.

In a word, smooth. After trying a few of their beers I have extreme respect for Victory. (487 characters)

Photo of LusciousJackson
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Against my better judgment but at the recommendation of some respected BAs, here's my first review.

12 oz bottle poured into my New Belgium balloon. "Enjoy by Sept 14, 2011" so I'm on time. I'm greeted by about a finger of cream colored head. Looks thick and dense, but doesn't last long. Nothing exceptional in the lacing dept. Laser etched bicycle at the bottle of the glass is trickling bubbles through the gorgeous amber/orange maintaining a thin layer of head throughout the full tasting.

The aroma is more pine than citrus to me. A bit of the sweet malt comes through as well. For lack of a better term, it smells balanced.

The taste is hop forward without being overpowering. I get the citrus being mentioned in other reviews. Sweet malt comes through after the initial prickle of the hops wears off. The aftertaste is bitter, begging for another taste. The mouthfeel is what impresses me the most. It's creamy. Thick, but juicy. Love it, but playing devil's advocate it may not suit every situation.

This is a great balanced IPA that I don't feel like I have to concentrate on to enjoy. No feature overpowers the other leaving a very easy to drink beer that doesn't leave you wanting. A beautifully crafted favorite. (1,228 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally tracked this beer down in TO. They have it at the great Cafe Volo.

It poured a brilliant copper red color with a respectable sized frothy head that left loads of lace trails. The aroma is of citrusy, piney hops up front, but also a competent honey nutty maltiness. The taste is a mass of layered hop flavors, very floral, piney, citrusy and resinous. Its definitely less focused on the Grapefruity Cascades than Liberty Ale (one of the only other APAs Ive tried). The intense hoppyness is kept to heel by a big bold maltiness, theres graham crackers and a nuttyness in the malt profile. The carbonation is soft making for a very subtle medium bodied mouthfeel. The finish is very bitter and lingers for a while. This beer is infinitely drinkable and refreshing. (774 characters)

Photo of silver1audi
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was so excited to finally see this beer on shelves near me. I have been keeping an eye out for it for quite a while and just randomly happened to notice it today. I can't get enough hops so a name like 'hopdevil' caught my attention the first time I heard about it. Upon cracking the bottle, I could immediatly smell what else, but hops. Hops and some citrus. It looked great in my glass; it poured a nice hazy amber color which is exactly how I like an IPA to look. First taste was great, a little malty taste for the first instant but then HOPS. A truly awesome beer, the type of IPA I have been looking for. I think I might have a few more after this one as I find it to be highly drinkable (although I can see how lesser fans of hops might not) but I think I'll save a few because they were pretty expensive at $8.69.
A great beer. If you like hops and well balanced but complex IPA's, pick this up! (906 characters)

Photo of aeminter
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/amber color with a thick foamy off white head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice balance between the hops and the malts. Hops are on the citrus and floral side. (this is an old bottle so the hops are not as pronounced as they usually are)

T/M - Slightly sweet up front with a nice complex lingering bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced in terms of the style. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer! (431 characters)

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright orange-amber pour. Thick, frothy, lacy light-tan head subsides quickly but not completely.
Smell: Flowery intense cascade hops, sweet malt background. Perhaps the standard for American-style IPA nose.
Taste: Exceptional balance between hops and malt. Sweet caramel malt followed by acidic hop bitterness concluding with a crisp, dry flower/citrus finish.
Mouthfeel: Just slightly thin. Malt is slick and hops are delightfully oily and drying. Carbonation is crisp and helps deliver the hoppy oiliness to the old tastebuds.
Drinkability: A super IPA. (586 characters)

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

First bottle of this ever and all I can say is WOW.

Appearance: Least impressive thing about this beer. Not much head but that doesn't always reflect on the quality of the beer.

Smell: This is what an IPA should smell like. Permeates a rich and sweet hoppy aroma with a hints of caramel malt and wheat barley

Taste: Is a little offsetting at first because of the rich notes of Wheat and Earthy Hops but grows quickly as the glass empties. A little more bitter than your regular IPA. Caramel is very tasteful in its presence and complements the wheat/hops taste. Think I tasted a hint of Vanilla but maybe I'm dreaming. Still the best IPA taste-wise I've had.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth and elegant. Very swishable but yet a beer you want to drown in.

Overall: Victory does know how to brew an IPA. This is a rich and hoppy brew that will be a constant favorite. Not necessarily a novice IPA but that is probably a good thing. The Caramel tones are second to no other IPA. (980 characters)

Photo of Ds0589
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Shannon Rose in Woodbridge,NJ. Appearance is a hazy copper. Retains some head throughout with some bubbles.

Smell is more woodsy. A lot of citrus. The lime and orange are what stands out the most to me.

Taste is spicy. Seems like a more bitter Sierra Nevada. Big hops and the citrus blends very well with them. Get a lot of orange in the taste.

Mouthfeel is that its a moderately heavy beer. For 7 percent the alcohol hides very well. The aftertaste lingers for a while but its pleasant.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Good balance of hops and citrus. The alcohol isnt too powerful. Victory is close to me. Havent really explored there variety but might have to after trying this one. (699 characters)

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

I have purchased this wonderful over-the-top brew many times. When I am looking for a fix of heavy in your face hops (and when am I not?) this is one of the staples to which I turn.

True to its' name, this baby delivers the goods. Hops out the wazou. Even though it is over the top the way none of the imports are (yet), it is very drinkable. I could have several of these, although I usually savor them!

The cooked in and finishing hops are all very strong. If you didn't get that from the name, beware (you must really need more warning then, I guess). (556 characters)

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". (446 characters)

Photo of Rhynes2
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice darker color for an IPA. Only got a small head built up but great lacing down the glass. Smell is piney with a hint of malt sweetness. Great hop taste with this one. For a hop centered beer they keep everything in check. It's hop dominated but very well rounded. I like a beer that goes overboard with hops but I know a great balance as well. Great beer and for sure one to put on your list of beers to try. (420 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a sixtel on tap on my draft system poured into a SA glass.

Clear with a slight haze,coppery color,dense/creamy off-white head with execellent retention slowly decends into a nice pillowy layer. Lots of carbination as well.

A good assertive piney/resiny aroma up front,very clean and inviting,carmelized maltiness with slightly burnt notes and a nice toastness in there also. Citrusy hop aromas in the background.

Strong hop tastes, lots of pine with a leafyness,as grapefruityness comes through towards the finish. Excellent balance With a sweet carmell maltiness.

A good full mouthfeel with a twangy feel. On of the first ipa's iv'e ever had and still one of the best. Without a doubt the most drinkable as well. The one never lasts long at my house. An absoulte must try ipa, has to be a classic. (806 characters)

Photo of far333
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an nviting golden color, with a white and long lingering head. Noticeably hoppy smell of citrus and pine, followed by a very strong hop flavor that rolls over the entire tongue from front to back. This is a great beer, with a tremendous and intense hop flavor. (266 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HopDevil (cool name, and cool bottle) pours a deep redish-bronze to amber with a one finger head that recedes to a thin soapy film. A bit of lacing sticks to the glass, and stays put.

The nose is full of grassy, musty, floral, and citrus (particularly grapefruit) notes. I dig the outdoorsy smell going on here....like after it rains in the spring. It smells...zesty and fresh.

Oh yeah! That's goood! Grassy vegetal sweetness (like flowers maybe?) predominates along with a fresh mouthfeel. Then, the sweetness turns to bitter grapefruit mid-sip followed by a bitter alcohol punch. I can taste quite a bit of malt for an IPA....and for me that is a good thing. IMO this is a very balanced beer (for the style at least).

I really like the nature-y fresh zest and the sweet and sour combo on the tongue. For me, this is very very drinkable since it has that hop heavy kcik that I crave, but the sour pucker is not at all overwhelming even towards the end of the glass! I could session quite a few of these babies! (1,021 characters)

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear true copper hue. Head is a very pale yellow with a variety of small and large bubbles. Head falls to a fine net of tiny bubbles that cover the beer, Good Lacing. Plenty of carbonation races up the walls of the glass.

S - Amazing Smell. Lots of sweet grape fruit up front with a more of a pine finish. Complementary caramel malt accentuated the bitter hop aroma at the end. Slight malt undertones.

T - Simply amazing. There is a very powerful citrus hops up front that seem to be sweetened by the malts. The taste moves towards a hint of a yeasty sweet bred towards the middle. And finishes clean on the palette with a Spicy bitter taste that doesn't linger too long. The malt doesn't seem to separate its self ever from the Hops, it's a cohesive taste the whole way through.

M - Medium Bodied finish very light and dry with an ever so slight warming feeling. Awesome carbonation, just right.

O - It just doesn't last long enough. The first impression is of IPA is that its not overpowering enough, then after a few sips the beer becomes perfectly balanced with malt and just the right amount of hops. Its getting a 5 on Overall impression because it improves with each sip, rather then hit you up front and leave you numb towards the end. Perfectly balanced. (1,284 characters)

Photo of jamex
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Bought a 6-pack for $9.99 in San Diego. Bottle states: "Enjoy by Jan 2, 2011."

Poured an amazing orange. Smells of pine, honey, hops, tangerine, melon and orange rind. Outstanding.

Taste is like the smell; hoppy, orange...for some reason I'm getting very slight strawberry. The bitterness fades very quickly and is amazingly drinkable. A mellow yet delicious hop presence. Very fresh taste - I wonder when this was bottled?

This is my second Victory beer and I'm quickly becoming a fan. Goes great while sitting in the sun.

note: I just had my teeth cleaned at the dentist. How this plays into this review, who knows.. (651 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.