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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,688
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 220
Gots: 902 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 6,688 | Reviews: 2,451
Photo of Running4beer
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date of 06/14/03
Pours out a hazy copper/orange color with a medium white head that reduces to a thin sticky layer. Smell was of floral hops and malts, they both jump at you. Obviously a taste of hops is going to be in there and then the malts made just as strong a presence as the hops, a slight spicy taste also was in there. Mouthfeel was smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability is devilish in a good way cause this can kick you ass being so easily drinkable.

Cheers

Photo of MOB210SA
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 finger creamy head, retains nice and not too much action happening. Very nice. After a while a good ring with some large bubbles and nice creamy thin overing top. Deep red honey in color.

Delicious. Intoxicating sweet hops with sweet caramel malts. Smells awesome. Some what piney and malty and refreshing. Super sweet and I could probably smell this all day.

This is a delicious sweet hop nectar with a caramel malt sweetness. Just absolutly amazing. Well maybe not AMAZING! but really an awesome tasting hoppy caramel candy. I see this beer all the time, but Ive never picked it up until now. Glad I did and I will grab this next time Im having hop withdrawls.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, with a nice lasting hop bite. A sweet caramel dry finish. I will buy again.

As soon as I popped the cap and took a smell I knew I was in love.

Photo of grayburn
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

She pours a nice light copper with a smallish head that dissipates to a little ring rather quickly.
The smell is nice and hoppy, pine and citrus like a good little a ipa should be. There is a little malty backbone for the lupulus to lean on.
The taste follows suit, with hops strong in the front, leading the way for a bit of malty alcohol finish. Very nice and well balanced.
The mouthfeel is nice, my only complaint would be a bit overcarbonated. The bitterness is perfect, the body is definitely just right.
The drinkability is very nice, I can toss back quite a few of these without my mouth feeling overwhelmed.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice pale amber color with a finger and a half of head that falls to barely cover the beer. The nose is very earthy piney hop with an almost smoked caramel sweetness from the malt. The hop is not quite as strong as I would want in the flavor. The flavor is just a bit flat overall. I have to say I'm a slight nit disappointed with this. The beer is moderate to thick. Drinkability is actually very high on this, but it is due to the sacrifice in flavor. I want to try this one again, as I assume that this bottle is a bit past date, because the hop just should be more in this beer. I'm convinced of it.

Edit: I picked up a fresh bottle of this, so heres what I find different. The nose is a bit more hop than I remember, with some citrusy grapefruit in there. I like it. The flavor is pretty nice as well. The hops carry through well. I like it. I'm more impressed with this beer this time.

Photo of Fitzgerald
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Had a goblet of this on tap at the Muddy Pig, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Served with a nice two inch creamy head and a bronze color.

S-Nice pine and citrus scent, hops really coming through, living up to its name.

T-Very refreshing ale, citrus, grapefruit maybe, fairly sweet.

MF- A lot of carbonation up front and nice dry finish.

D- I am really liking these hopped up beers, even with the higher abv of HopDevil, I could sit and drink a few of these in a row.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting an old friend. If memory serves correct, I believe this was one of, if not my very first, IPA.

Hazy amber with a sticky inch high head.
Thick hop aroma and some biscuity malt behind it.
Devil-ishly hoppy, but balanced with a strong malt back. Enough hop bitter to satisfy west coast cats, and enough balance for others to appreciate.
A truly delicious IPA. The reason I've liked IPAs for 7 years.

Photo of tigerpaws
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hopheads delight! Poured a very dark coppery color with a nice head and decent lace as you drank it. Definant hoppy aroma but not overly so, just right IMO. Had a great but powerful hoppy taste but also smoothed out on the tongue with a nice malt taste. I would drink this beer over and over again...............CHEERS

Photo of ajr24
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Victory Brewpub- straight from the source.

Foresaid- always worth a trip to Victory.

The appearance was poured into a pint as a deep orange and burnt copper color with an off-white thick and creamy head that left resilient lacing.

The smell was powerfully hopped (living up to the name of the beer). More citrusy undertones rather than piney...

The taste was hops, citrus, and some notes of buttery biscuit on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is very satisfying for this hoppy and citrusy beer. The carbonation and alcohol also check each other.

Overall this beer is greatly drinkable, each one is maintained by the other.

Photo of oggg
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange color with good clarity. A large dense head forms but recedes fairly quickly. Strong floral hop aroma with hints of citrus. Hop flavor is similar but hugely complex. Wonderful smooth hop bite. Great biscuity malt backbone. Alcohol is noticeable but less than, say, SNCA. Medium to full body. The complexity of the flavors makes this beer highly drinkable.

Overall: an excellent complex IPA with smooth bitterness.

Photo of stonermouse
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Rattle 'n Hum, and previously in bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

HopDevil pours nicely cloudy and copper-colored, with a nice and steady head.

The hop forward nose is quite pleasant, whether poured from the bottle or from cask. From the cask it was poured into a tulip, which trapped the aroma and made every whiff delightful.

The taste is great out of the bottle, and fantastic from cask. The cask added a bit of depth to all of the flavors, as expected, but the flavors themselves were similar. Nice fruity hops, slightly bitter on the back end but cleans up well and doesn't stick too much. This is some buscuity flavor throughout, but it doesn't interfere or compliment. It's just there.

The mouthfeel was superior on cask, but ever so slightly. The bottle is no slouch. Good and crisp, belying the cloudy look.

Drinkability is fantastic. ABV is no joke, but the flavor is good, and you'll thirst of this one.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is in my top 5 for favorite beers all time for sure. Just a wonderfully crafted IPA that is available everywhere in my area for about $8-9/6 pack. It's a hop head delight with nice bitterness and such. It's well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden its scary. If you haven't tried this yet, please do. Also, sweet logo on the bottle.

Photo of danielharper
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent orange-red body, moderate white heat full of bubbles. Very slight effervescence. Head leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, grapefruit-laced, with a strong citrus aroma. This is followed quickly by the refreshing scents of crisp white hops.

Taste: Now the hops are up front. Crisp floral hoppy flavor, followed by a mellow, sweet middle and a dry finish. Clean and refreshing. Despite the name and reputation, seems to be a pretty well-balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, low carbonation, heavy with hops. Goes down clean and smooth.

Drinkability: A very nice IPA, well worth its reputation.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a pretty sanguine amber color with a medium and clingy off-white head. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma is heady floral hops. Medium-bodied and crisp with a near-perfect level of hops in the flavor. There is a hint of citrus (lemon/grapefruit) and grass as well. The finish falls off just a little toward the end but overall this is a very good beer.

Photo of Maestro
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is truly incredible. The hops are so well balanced even though there are way more than the average IPA. This ale has quite a smooth taste and is very mellow despite its extreme hop characteristics. The nose is very hoppy but the malts sneak through as well as some citrus hints. The taste is very clean but it has a little bite. The head is not too strong but it leaves quite a nice foamy lacing on the glass. There seems to be a slight hint of apple in the middle of the beer. There is substantial carbonation throughout the beer. The malts come out at the finish line making this orange/red ale quite a find.

Photo of Baraka
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a solid sustained head. Nose is filled with citrusy hops: some mango, maybe some pineapple, ect. Solid nose for sure. Very forward on the hop bitterness, but also has a solid malt presence that adds some complexity. The hops still dominate, of course, and we get many of the same citrus flavors present in the nose. Ends with some lasting bitterness. Really tasty beer; I would certainly have another.

Photo of brewnut11
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah.. the appearence. This brew is a amber color with a nice white head the laces on the side of the glass. The appearence jumps out and says drink me. The aroma of hops explodes out of this bottled beer. It smells like American hop varieties (which I believe are the best) and has much greater aroma than the average IPA. The aroma adds to the taste which packs alot of flavoring hops into this beer. The bittering hops are balanced nicely with the malt and it makes the brew a very drinkable ale.

Photo of JonMich13
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Nice copper amber, no head and no lacing.

S = Beautiful honey, floral, citrus, and malt medley that harmonizes perfectly.

T = Taste nearly mirrors the smell, only not quite as impressively, but outstanding nonetheless. Love the balance between the sweet malty beginning and the pine/citrus hops that slowly blossom through the middle and end.

M = Nice medium mouth with ample carbonation and not overwhelmingly lingering bitterness.

D = I find this very drinkable, both in its taste and mouth profile as well as its ABV.

Overall not a huge fan of the whacked out mega-hop beer craze, so I came in skeptical. However, I really enjoyed this beer. It seems the hops were added to a level that enhances the beer, not just to claim a high IBU to keep up with the Joneses. Well done brew!

Photo of QXSTER1
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Hop Devil numerous times in the bottle but never on cask. It's a different animal altogether. Even poured a lighter copper than the bottled version. Nose was of subtle hops but not overpowering and the head was a perfect white, dense, creamy wonder that stuck to the glass leaving tons of lace.
The taste at cask temperature seemed softer and more sophisticated. The hops were still featured but with more nuance and complexity. The firm malt background folded into the rounded citric character of the hops moreso than the bottled version. It was definitely like drinking a different beer with both being outstanding. The bottle version is an in your face hophead's delight while the cask was it's more profound cousin.

Photo of cubedbee
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear orange with a medium sized lasting head. Smells of citrus and hops. Taste is wonderfully balanced, with the hops taste being clear but never overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is one of the best and most drinkable IPAs out there.

Photo of fps_dean
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with very little head and moderate lacing.

Smells like hops, but a fairly mild scent.

Tastes like piney hops and some grapefruit, and is balanced out nicely with toasted and grainy malts, although the bold hops clearly dominate in flavor. It's not an overly powerful IPA, and goes down very smooth.

A very solid IPA overall. One of my favorite summertime IPAs because it goes down so smoothly, but still perfectly acceptable in the winter as well.

Photo of foureyedgeek
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottler with an 'Enjoy by Apr 28 07' date.

Pours a gorgeous clear amber wit 2 fingers of off-white foamy head, leaves clinging lacing, with great retention.

Smell is both sweet and hoppy, caramel and pine.

Mmm, so tasty, this is such a well balanced IPA, the sweet maltiness, caramel-toffee and that great citrus and pine hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and slightly creamy.

Drinkability is huge. This beer is one of my favorites. I could, and have drink this all night!

Photo of jdklks
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was the highlight beer of a vacation i took back east recently. a nice, amber/copper body with a tan head. smell is citrusy, piney, hoppy all around. taste is very similar. hop-dominated, and VERY refreshing on a hot day. Some fruit sweetness up front, but the finish is all hops. mouthfeel is nothing special, but the drinkability is through the roof (had 3 during an hour lunch with the family, and could easily have had 3-6 more).

overall great beer, and one of the most refreshing I've ever had.

Photo of Quasmo
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring the beer into my pint glass, the beer pous clean and smooth with not much head.

The smell of hops and citrus is apparent fresh, smells light.

The beer has a full good IPA taste and it tastes great.

It has a VERY smooth taste in your mouth. Very crisp, I love it.

I really like this IPA, I will definately be looking for it again.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear blood red color. The large, creamy head is white with reddish hues. The aroma is brash and hoppy, floral. The malt fights through the hoppy and peaks through adding complexity to the aroma. The taste gives the illusion of being balanced during the sip. The aftertaste, however, show this brew's true nature. Nice and hoppy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little lighter than other IPAs I've had. Not that that is bad. It seems to call for you to drink more than one. Overall, this is a very good IPA. A very good beer in general for that matter. This brew has found a permanent stop in my refrigerator.

Photo of danronian
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium amber appearance with a small head that disappears quickly. Smells somewhat sweet with a pine and citrus backdrop.

Tastes sweet at first with a somewhat bitter mouthfeel and with a tart aftertaste.

The balanced taste with a smooth initial taste and pleasant aftertaste along with a not-so heavy body makes me love drinking this beer. One of my favorite hoppy brews for drinkability.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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