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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,635 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,635
Reviews: 2,442
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 215
Gots: 853 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of cktison
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with best by Sept 23 07 on side. Into pint glass.
A: Beautiful, frothy head with nice retention. Moderate lacing. Clear, dark amber with beautiful hue.

S: Hoppy, pine, sweet, slight bit of alcohol is apparent. Citrus and grapefruit are of course present.

T: Great. Well-balanced, hoppy, bitter (but not too) ale. Nice malt backbone with hops and citrus that really come through. A bit sour, citrusy, nice clean finish. Orange and grapefruit dominate.

M: Nice carbonation, smooth, very light alcohol present - great.

D: This is a great, easy drinking IPA. It's not the hoppiest, spiciest, or best - but as far as a session IPA - this is about as good as they come. Great.

Photo of irishman14
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy with two fingers head good lacing

S: piny, citrusy, refreshing

T: Little bite in the front that mellows with hoppy-ness throughout, well balanced, keeps you interested

M: coats without being too sticky, wakes you up

O: a delicious brew, not too hoppy despite the name, but hits on all the right notes

Photo of aorloski
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL golden brown/yellow, true to the style

S- Wow, big juicy grapefruits, pine needles, apricots.

T- Follows the nose, a little bread but definitely hop forward, Big fruit characteristics, juicy grapefruits and lucious peach. An incredibly delicious beer.

M- Bubbly, light, carbonated, perfectly balanced.

O- Living near victory, i am lucky enough to fill growlers of this stuff constantly. I am spoiled. This is such a great beer fresh, i must pat victory on the shoulder and maybe even give them a hug, i love this beer so much.

Photo of Mojo
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one good IPA. It pours up a cloudy apricot color with a one finger head and beautiful lacing. Smell is pine, floral, malt, biscuit, and citrus. Taste pretty much follows the nose. I get a nice spicy flavor up front followed by a dry hoppy finish. The aftertaste lingers a little too long and is fairly strong. A solid IPA which is recommended.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not too up on the label of this beer and almost caused me from buying...smells of spicy hops, a little grainy...poured a dark reddish orange, clear, with constant bubbling...the taste is what makes this beer stand out...distinct americanized hops, a tad spiced, and extremely delicious...very bold, especially with only a 6.7% ABV...thorougly enjoyed its crispness and provides a great kick in the ass...overall moderate body but again very bold in flavor...

highly encourage you to read this review if you'd like to try an american ipa you've never had (despite its horrible labeling)...you'll appreciate this beer and would advise ordering at least 3 to fully enjoy what hopdevil has to offer...

Photo of disastermouse
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Coppery golden-brown. Thin head dissipates quickly.

S - Malty and hoppy - like a burnt bitter, in a good way.

T - Wow! I would not have expected such a perfect balance. With a name like 'Hopdevil', I expected the malt to be completely drowned out by the hops. Oddly, the malt hits first, lightly with the carbonation, before the hops swoop in and take it down your throat. This is unexpected for an IPA (American or otherwise)- a style that I did not appreciate until fairly recently.

MF- Sharp and cutting, not at all cloying or sticky.

D - This is a beer that could tempt you to have one too many. A moderate alcohol content is hidden by the hops, though. It's crisp and clean and if the hop bitterness doesn't overwhelm your palate, you'll drink more than one. This is also a good beer to introduce the IPA style to the uninitiated - it has all the hoppy goodness, but the moderate malt flavor may prevent one from equating 'IPA' with 'soap' as I once did.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Victory Brew-pub in Downingtown, PA.

A nice dark red with a finger of nice, off-white head. Decent lacing.

Hoppy smell, very flowerly.

Very balanced taste. Up front is a large, floral taste with some malt backbone. Finishes very dry with a nice hop flavor.

Good mouthfeel, very light.

Greeat drinkability, a beer you can drink all night.

Photo of psugrad98
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great golden amber color. Lazy bubbles and moderate head. Quick and intense hop burst, with rich bitterness that clings to mouth and continues through to the aftertaste. Good herbal bouquet, slightly fruity. This one makes you pucker!!

Photo of edchef1850
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I never consider myself a hop head. I am not a big fan of overly hopped beers, as i feel they lack balance. That being said , i have been seduced by the mystical hop devil!. Victory Brewing is a top notch brewer. They really work hard to produce beautiful beers, and hop devil is no exception. I love the balance of this beer, you cant miss the big hops in the glass, rich amber color and floral bouquet, the smell of hops wafting from my glass. But the balance in the mouth is perfect. This beer is a winner all around. You can feel the love that the 2 brewmasters from victory put into there craft. Good job fellas!

Photo of Vancer
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yepper, great IPA ! From a beautiful amber orange pour, small tan head, to the lavish pull on that hoppy, faint floral & grassy, nothing but pleasure. The tangy mouth followed by tasty burps could last all night. Thought this one was much better that the Two Hearted.

Always thought malts would be my luv, nowI have a new mistress hop-devil to contend with.

Photo of gcarl
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far the best example of an American IPA I have found. One of the beers that I have been drinking for years and finally decided to give it the review it deserves.

Pours a pretty dark amber, fluffy white head. A nice strong fresh hop smell. A nice strong fresh citrus hop taste. Carbonation is perfect, drinkability is unmatched.

The Hopdevil tops the charts when it come to balancing the hops and malt that makes a good IPA great.

Try one, another IPA will never match the glory that is the Hopdevil!

GC

Photo of AdamBear
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a beautiful amber, nice white head...good looking IPA

S-a fair amount of citrus and hops, i get a small amount of clove honey as well

T-wow this is a very well balanced IPA. hops and citrus come in and out very nicely. a good bitterness at the end, there's a good sweetness to it as well.

M-yea as far as mouthfeel goes, this has what all brewers should aspire to match. medium carbonation and extremely creamy, just wonderful!

D-somehow this beer just tastes better the more you drink. its just beautiful. i could drink enormous amounts of this. i look forward to having another!

Photo of indiapaleale
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I went to the horse's mouth for this one. Straight from the tap at the brewery. Its just a great IPA, nothing fancy, nothing too crazy. It looks like an IPA, light in color and citrusy in smell. It is very crisp and has a bit of a bite on your tongue. What it isn't is one of those watery IPA's that is lacking the hopitude to make it true. Its great from a bottle as well. My advice is to go to the brewery and get a growler, they have the old fashioned metal handle ones!!

Photo of ski271
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While this beer, when on cask is quite possibly my favorite beer ever, it's missing a little something in the bottle. No real surprise. In bottle it still is one of the staples in my fridge. Still a beautiful beer, still that wonderful citrusy hops aroma backed by solid malts and some pine, and the taste is nicely well-rounded and balanced. But it's not the same as the hand-pulled version that wows me.

Photo of TheGipper
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this during the Victory event at the Blind Tiger. Among the 4 styles of Victory I tried, the good ole' HopDevil still stole the night. I've had The Devil countless times in a bottle and on tap, and even a couple of times from a cask, but it was especially good this time, perhaps because of its freshness. In addition to the lovely hops, this almost perfectly balanced ale has a crisp, slightly burnt maltiness coming through the strong, earthy body. This tasting proved again to me that you just can't go wrong with the Devil.

Photo of donaldchapman
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper to brown with a long lasting off white head.
S - Citrus and earthy hop aromas as well as a pronounced caramel, toffee malt aroma.
T - Sweet caramel and toffee malt followed by pronounced citrus and earthy hop flavors, backed up by a substantial bitterness.
M - Medium full body, with smooth hoppy finish, lasting flavor, and crisp.

This is a great beer, The hop is the focus but the body is right there to back it up, great IPA.

Photo of coalcracker
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with an 'enjoy by' date of 4/7/07.

A: Pours a nice, amber color with adequate head that left lacing throughout consumption.
S: Fantastic indication of what you're in for! Strong, flowery scent with grapefruit and spice mixing in. Strong, pleasant aroma...
T: First taste reveals a sharp, but manageable hop bite- not the kind of 'hop-bite' to cringe over. Malt is there somewhat to balance this beer, but the hops are certainly king. Aftertaste is mild.
M: Smooth once the 'bite' leaves your tastebuds. This beer seems to smooth out even more as it warms.
D: Very drinkable for hop fans, though I prefer to drink this one slowly while enjoying a good book or just kicking back after a hard week. I just don't see this as a typical session beer.

Overall, wonderfully hopped beer with well-rounded attributes. Strong, yet not challenging to drink. Seems to taste a bit better on tap, as I recall.

Photo of adamks
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours hazy copper/orange with a sticky, long-lasting, lacing one-finger head.

s: spicy hops, citrus, pine, hints of sweet malt buried under the hops.

t: hops up front, then the sweet malt with citrus notes, then swinging back to hops on the finish. great play between the malt and hops.

m: lighter body, medium carbonation, with that wonderful hoppy coating after you swallow.

d: great balance of malt/hops, still strong on hops but malty enough to drink multiples of. one of my favorite IPAs, this is one i should always have on hand.

Photo of otersen73
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Small, thin, off white head that retreated quickly. Great deep copper color.

As with most IPAs, citrusy and piney notes prevail...very pleasant.

Taste was exceptional! Huge caramel malt backbone that is quickly balanced with bitterness from the hops. Long, dry finish with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was a little chewy. Mediocre carbonation but not bad.

I would have more than one of these in a row. Very satisfying and the somewhat high ABV is well disguised by the thick malty character and the high hop presence.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had at Capital Ale House Midlothian

A: arrived in a pint glass with a finger and a half of off white head. dark amber/copper body. small amounts of lacing with a quarter finger of head that lingered til the end.

S: mostly malty, not much hops, have no idea how long the cask has been tapped. very light pine aroma.

T: lightly sweet, more malty than hoppy, pine and floral hops.

M: amazingly smooth, seems to linger long on palate. no carbonation. its cask ale.

D: very easy to drink, leaves me wondering why i waited so long to try a cask ale.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper with some orange/amber highlights with a full khaki head.
Sweet caramel malt in the nose with some bright hop fruitiness and pine. Apricot, pineapple, mango and earthy hops are most noticeable.
The caramel sweet transfers from the nose and into the flavor with bready malt upfront which then transforms to a moderately piney and floral hop that fades into a bitter and lasting, dry finish.
Nice bitter hop and sweet malt flavors gives a nice even balance and makes for a tasty IPA.

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

A beautiful amber pour with a small head. The nose was ripe with hoppiness. And i mean lots of hoppiness. There was a small fruitiness in the nose as well. The taste was also super hoppy which was great and balanced out nicely with my thai curry chicken. There was also a rich maltiness that gave this beer enormous backbone. The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and moderatley creamy. A great combination of hops, malt and light fruitiness gave this beer exceptional range. Fantastic. My favorite IPA around.

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

12oz brown bottle with a very cool label ... it's a devil face made out of hop leaves.

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Whoa! This is one bold, dangerous and outrageous beer! Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: This is a very hyped-up beer, and it should be as it is an absolutely marvelous beer for all the hop-heads out there, albeit very daunting for those who are not into hops to the extreme. For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 6.7 % abv.

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

On-tap at the Innsbrooke Capital Ale House.

A kick-ass beer. Everything you want in an AIPA. Hops, a bit of sweet honey, and a long-lasting bitterness. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. Resinous pine hops everywhere on the palate. Beautiful appearance. A staple in my beer fridge.

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

Poured a darker copper color with tons of fluffy tan head.

Smells nice and hoppy.

Taste is bitter throughout with some malt undertones. Nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a very smooth drinkable beer.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA and would definitely go for it again.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,635 ratings.