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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
92
outstanding

6,385 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,385
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 176
Gots: 638 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. (Given how many of these I've had over the years I was surprised to find I had not reviewed this one yet.)

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark reddish copper color with a 1" fluffy light tan head that recedes slowly leaving dimples in the head and rings of lacing around the glass. Eventually the foam recedes to a ring around the glass with a patch of foam in the middle before it all disappears. From the start sipping leaves speckles, lines and a spider-web of lacing on the sides of the glass. Even as the beer is almost gone sipping leaves lines and occasional speckles of lacing.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle an aroma which seems an equal mix of dark caramel malt, grapefruit and orange zest fill the air and the nose making this one quite nicely balanced IPA.

Taste: The flavor contains major components of grapefruit and orange zest from the hops and sweet dark caramel from the malt all initially in balance. Then the malt ramps up to soften the bitterness but before long the orange zest and grapefruit bitterness come sliding back in to reassert themselves again.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium or medium-full bodied and has fair amount of prickly carbonation. The finish is long and begins with some caramel malt sweetness but then the dry citric bitterness chimes in, takes over, and goes on and on and on, particularly in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite IPAs. Not only is it local it is always fresh and well balanced. I could drink more than one of these a night and have lost track of how many I've finished off the last few years. If what you are looking for is an IPA without a strong malt backbone look elsewhere, but if you favor IPAs with both bitterness and malt sweetness to balance against the hops, look no further.

drtth, Jun 21, 2009
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The picture of The HopDevil on the label is very well done, great concept.
The pours a deep copper color with slightly off white head that sticks around for a while, then leaves sparse spatters of sticky lace.
Nice hop variety goes right to the nose: citrus, grassy, and piney aromas are all there.
The first thing that I notice about the flavor, well first thing after the hops, is that the malt presence is actually there. All of these wonderful hop qualities are kept in balance by sweet malt; they compliment each other very well and make this a very enjoyable brew.
The mouthfeel is medium with an almost perfect carbonation.
The drinkability is unbelievable, this well-balanced IPA comes in at 6.7%, which in my opinion isn't very high, but high enough to get the job done and low enough to not over do it. Great IPA....

irishmoss, May 18, 2004
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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,385 ratings.