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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,446 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,446
Hads: 6,926
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 243
Gots: 1,106 | FT: 6
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: 2,446 | Hads: 6,926
Photo of chodinheaven
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly it's hard to find anything wrong with this beer. Looks great, being a deep orange color with a smallish nearly white head. Expected a larger head right out of the pour, but it leaves lacing on the glass without exorbinant head retention. Smells chock full of bold, full-flavored, resiny hops just assaulting the nose.

Taste follows suit and if your a hop head, you'll have a hard time not liking this one. It's meant to be super hoppy obviously, and it succeeds, but it also remains balanced throughout the whole taste and leaves behind a pleasant bitterness. Manages to feel creamy on the palate yet crisp in the finish.

The 6.7% ABV is hidden well, making this somewhat dangerously delicious. I'd be interested, purely out of curiousity, to see what would happen with just a tad more carbonation, although I think its pretty damn near perfect the way it is. For someone who loves a good hoppy beer, this is up there with the most solid of them all. And at a very reasonable price there's really a lot to love.

Superb beer. (1,037 characters)

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

now this is what i am talking about! this is one damn fine hopped beer. poured nice into the tulip glass. nice light orange color. about one inch of head that settled to about a quarter inch. good carbonation. the aroma...ah the aroma, excellent smell and a taste to match. this is in my opinion an almost perfect IPA. nice look with steady carbonation and very nice lacing down the glass.

as a hop head it is lovely!

suckem up and movem out.

giblet (452 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am partial to this beer because it is a local favorite of mine. Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick, foamy white head that settles into a slight lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus and earthy hops with slight roasted malt hints. Very well-balanced quaffable IPA with a nice malt backbone to counter the bitterness from the hops. (338 characters)

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. (846 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12 oz and into a pint glass.
Appearance- yellow amber color with medium carbonation.
Smell-citrus hops and malt.
Taste- notes of grapefruit, pine Nd malt.
Mouthfeel- pleasant nice acidity with the notes of grapefruit coming through.
Overall- this is one of my favorite beers and is readily available where I live, it does not taste like every other ipa, thi an ipa for those of us who like hops and lot of em! (426 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brass Copper color with a slight head with pout. Leaves notching as you consume and holds well over time.

Smell: Pine, slight malts and earthy base.

Taste: Nice bitterness with a spice kick that is difficult to pinpoint. Pine and slight roasted character. A rounded balance with a nice little kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good balance of body with slight carbonation.

Overall: This is my go-to IPA (412 characters)

Photo of fes1
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Devil made me do it. Victory Hopdevil is a exceptional IPA,
the hoppy flavor is may be overpowering to a drinker of the big boy brews but a true beer drinker will appericate the taste of this superb beer.

The color, the taste, and the aroma will have you say
The Devil made me do it too. (297 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark color... simliar to watered down honey. It's a light brown with hints of yellow. Nice head rises from the liquid after the pour. Loads of lacing down the glass. Plenty of hops on the nose that are very citrusy. Hint of grainy malt. There's something else that's sweet. Perhaps it's just the malt. Hops steal the show from the very beginning of the taste. They are very spicy and a tad fruity. There's really not enough malt flavor to mention. I don't give a damn though because this beer is tasty enough without perfect balance! Creamy mouthfeel with absolute bitterness in the finish. Immediately after swallowing the hops are easy and not too bad but you wait five seconds and they attack. Wow. This is a great beer. Victory has brought me so much hoppy delight lately. I feel like I should give them something in return. (828 characters)

Photo of pandashaver
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep reddish brown hue that sets it apart from other IPAs. Head is nice and foamy but not massive, lasts a while but could be longer.

S - Very zesty floral spices.

T - Hoppy, but not as ridiculous as the name implies. The balance with smooth spice and some sweetness is tough to achieve. There is bitterness right up to the point of being almost edgy, but then it gets sweet and is smooth the whole way. Congrats.

M - Medium-bodied, sticks to the palate a good amount. You enjoy this one before, during, and after taking a sip.

D - Very drinkable due to the restrained, yet ever present, IPA hop character. Have had multiple times on draught and bottled. Will buy every now and then because it's "menacingly delicious". (737 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good...and it does live up to it's name HopDevil. Amber color is darker then SN-pale ale, with a bit more bite on the mouth. Very hoppy indeed! The malt is very nice too, its sweetness balancing the hop bitterness. A bit of warming in the belly in the finish. Defines the true American style IPA! Cheers! (311 characters)

Photo of HugoGrim
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Freshness date says "enjoy by 22 2006" which is three months from now. I assume it is very fresh, because it is from a six pack I purchased from the Victory brewery along with a pack of Storm King Stout which says it was bottled 12/13/2005 (2 weeks ago).

The body is a deep orange/red color, much darker than other IPAs I've had. Quite cloudy. The head is very thick and foamy and leaves very nice lace down the glass.

I've had this on tap and the smell is not as full out of the bottle, but it is still sporting a rich hop and flowery aroma.

Flavor can be described in one word... intense. The name says it all, this beer is all about hops. Spicy, acidic hops dominate your mouth. The bitterness starts moderate and grows until the finish which ends even stronger than it started. Carries a slight dryness which I really enjoy.

Drinkability is near perfect. It's a very intense flavored beer, which usually is not a great thing for drinkability, but this doesn't seem to be the case here. The ABV is near perfect in my opinion at 6.7%. (1,094 characters)

Photo of RJay
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazy but beautiful copper/amber color. The head was an off white color and not very thick, fizzled away into a ring that left very little lacing.

Smell: Strong hops smell, very citrusy. Smells fantastic.

Taste: Just as it smelled it has a strong hops flavor with some spice. Very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and clear, not gritty or overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a terrific beer and easily sessionable. I will be adding HopDevil to my line up of favorite brews. (512 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a beautiful amber with a slightly off white 2 finger head. Great smell of hops.Taste is hops but in no way overbearing,beautifully balanced with malt side just as powerful. A great session brew for me,,a must to keep in stock.A+ (252 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint glass-cone.
A - Carmel-Amber, light haze with a great bubbly lace.
S - Spicy herbal and balanced, pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily.
T - YUM! Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a light hints of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a malt sweetness that sneaks in towards the finish.
M - Great carbination balance with A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - Wow, I 'thought' I've had this one before...MUCH better than I was expecting!!!A tasty and balanced IPA, AWESOME! (542 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.79. There was an "enjoy by" date of July 16, 2O1O on the front label, but it's so small you will need a magnifying glass to read it.

The beer poured a hazed orange color and made a 1 finger off-white head that lasted a few minutes before fading back to a thin rim. It's a nice bright orange when held to the light. Tons of lacing clings to the glass with each sip.

The smell was an array of floral, piny, and citrus hops. I can't wait to taste this.

This is delicious. Tons of bitter hops in here but it's really not that bitter, if that makes any sense. All the hop flavors are tamed by a mildly sweet malty backbone. You can taste the pine, the orange-grapefruit citrus, and the flowery hops, but it's not so hop overloaded that it hides the malt. It's a beautifully balanced beer with great taste.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel with medium to moderately high carbonation. I love the way this beer feels in the mouth, especially after it warms up a bit.

This is an excellent IPA. I'm going back to get the whole 6 pack as one is not enough. (1,133 characters)

Photo of buckiflyer
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you North Carolina for popping the beer alcohol limit cap. Poured a reddish oragne tint, 3 fingure light brown head with lacing. Strong hop smell. Smooth taste with a great intense hop finish. Refreshing. This is what I look for in an American IPA. Could only drink about 3 in one sitting. (295 characters)

Photo of leansean88
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A promising head that will not leave easily. Cloudy and amber.

S - Very up front, in a good way. You can certainly smell the hops, but there's something much more there.

T - Huh... that's beyond belief. Never have I had an IPA so smooth, so perfectly balanced between hops, malt and alcohol. It's a beautiful thing... it really is.

M - Fantastic. An absolutely awesome feeling.

O - BEST. IPA. EVER. Well best one that I've had, but I must say, it'll be hard to beat this one out.

Await trying it on tap some day... (523 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Um, where do I start? Mr. T comes to mind because as corny as it sounds, I pity the fool who hasn't had HopDevil. I also pity the fools who have had it in the bottle and think it is anywhere remotely close to being what it is on tap. THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT BEERS. Well, not by name, but certainly by taste. The bottled one is good. Not great by a long shot. It's too over the top hoppy, which may appeal to some but not to most. It's one big pine tree, with miniminal malt and lackluster everything else. On tap, its a whole different story. Deep red brown, and tan head (not white!). MALT. Sweetness. Citrus. Faint bitterness, but not the atypical "hop flavor". Complex malt, that hides the hops initially. One sip and you may say, "Yum. Tasty. But, what the hell? Who calls this an IP----whoa!!! There they are!!" The hops are there, and they reveal their character long after the beer has been sipped and swallowed. They dance on your tounge. The malt lingers, and the hops, they bite and frolic and play dirty tricks on you. I love it. It's art. It's ectasty. It's by far the best IPA in the country if not for the skill that is takes to make the flavors interact the way they do. And its not fair to call it the same thing as what Victory is sending out to Joe Yutz in South Dakota. Come to PA for if nothing else, the Eagles and HopDevil on tap.

Cheers! (1,362 characters)

Photo of biker30x
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint. Hazy golden-orange with a medium sticky head. Opening the bottle releases the full aroma of pine resin and grapefruit citrus, it intensifys through the pour. Nosing the glass reveals a slight vegital earthiness. The first sip hammers the mouth with hoppy spice which competes with a sweet side of citrus and burnt brown sugar. There is also a hint of yeasty rustic bread. Did I mention the deep pine burn of the hops? Crisp in the mouth, neither thin nor overly thick, the overall drinkability belies the 6.7abv. For an extreme hophead, this is a session beer. (594 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Moogly-Googly! What a beer! Poured an amber-orange color with a beautiful head and good lacing. Very hoppy-floral aroma. Good rich mouthfeel. The taste was complex with a vicious malt vs.
hop battle waging with the ultimate winner being your tastebuds. I don't think I've had a more balanced IPA. Very drinkable, highly recommended and certainly worth seeking out. (370 characters)

Photo of Gritsak
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy mahogany with a big thick light tan head. laces extremely well.

S- lots of citrus hops as well as pine.

T- wow this stuff is perfect here. perfect balance of hops with subtle carmel hints. hops are strong but not overpowering.

M- nice creamy body. light-medium carbonation.

D- dont sit down with a 6pack in front of you because it will be gone without you knowing it.

overall- i reviewed this over a year ago and wasnt all that impressed. but as my tastes have matured, this is now one of my favorites. dont pass this one up. (549 characters)

Photo of HopheadEd
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally, I did not want to review this ale, as everyone before me has done an excellent job. But with a screen name like mine, I thought I must. Cloudy, amber color, which in my opinion is the true color of beer. The head is white, frothy and lasts throughout the pint. The lace rings a perfectly spaced layer until the bottom. Your first smell is pure heaven, as there is no better aroma then that of hops. Strong but not overwhealming. The taste is so well balanced you don't know which comes first, though I know it's the hops. Nice malt taste is there, mellow, bringing up the rear as it were, again balancing the hops. Don't let the name fool you, it's hoppy, but not to the point where you are scraping your tongue. Absolutely one of my favorite beers, and a standard in the fridge all year, especially in the summer. (826 characters)

Photo of J-EKoslosky
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This may be THE classic American IPA (at least for us East Coasters). Big hops in your nose and rolling across your tongue, but a nice malty backbone to support it. It's closing in on 20 years since I drank my first bottle of Hop Devil and crowned it the best India Pale Ale I'd ever had, and it remains one of my favorite IPAs still today. (340 characters)

Photo of machostacos
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite tulip glass. Enjoy by July 14, 2011.

A: Deep copper/burnt orange with a hint of ruby, clear as day, with a tight 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Looks like a million bucks in my tulip!

S: Loads of grapefruit, flowers, a little spice, and sweet caramel malt goodness. The aroma is very nice but it's just a little weak. I have a feeling this would be dynamite fresh on tap.

T: This IPA is just bursting with flavor. Explosion of bright, juicy grapefruit & citrus hops, a little floral, grassy, and resinous as well, flowing beautifully into the rich malts - sweet, caramely, a little buscuity and just a touch of spiciness from the alcohol. Finishes long and smooth with just the perfect amount of bitterness to keep you coming back for more. Fantastic.

M: Thick and chewy, oily and a little puckering. Medium carbonation keeps it smooth and full on the tongue.

O: Probably one of, if not -the- best "single" IPA I've had yet. Incredibly flavorful and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Incredibly drinkable and exceptionally well-crafted. (1,124 characters)

Photo of VictorWisc
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 10 oz Leviathan glass.

Pours clear dark amber, almost cherrywood color, without any hint of cloudiness noted in other reviews. Plentiful soft cream-colored head, substantial lacing.

Citrus (orange), pine and fresh laurel on the nose, soon followed by malt and yeast notes. More esters than most IPAs. Distinct alcohol punch once the head recedes--perhaps the only negative.

A big mouthful of candied orange peel (basically a blend of orange rind and burnt sugar, but more complex) and pine, a lot of floral and herbal notes, cloves, laurel and green tea. Nice resinous bitterness rounds off the initial shot, then lingers in the mouth, complemented by developing malt note, slight acidity (likely from carbonation) and a hint of apricot. The yeast and alcohol less pronounced on the tongue than they are on the nose.

Medium body with distinct maltiness, but not syrupy or sweet. The beer is smooth, but does coat the back of the tongue, which helps to extend the finish. A bit boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation is light to moderate, with fine structure, resulting in a slightly salty/minerally effervescence. A good balance between malt, yeast and hops, with the heat likely smoothing out with a couple more weeks of aging (if it came to that).

Overall a well-balanced, excellent IPA, even if its popularity might have waned a bit in the last decade. I would rate it exceptional (working on the fourth mixed 12 over the last two months, and have similar opinions of other contents). The interplay between hops and malt is simply beautiful, which likely means that it rates too malty for many hopheads. Heat is the only real downgrade. Obviously would buy it again... and again, and again...

PS: There is a distinct possibility that age plays a role in the reviewers' reaction, so I'll try to come back to it again after a few weeks. (1,863 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,446 ratings.