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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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6,213 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,213
Reviews: 2,386
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 169
Gots: 571 | 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%

NHSTEVE, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ng85, Feb 17, 2012
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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

A - 12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass. The beer has a hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that clings viciously to the glass as it recedes to a nice layer of suds sitting on top of the beer. As the beer goes down it continues to cling to the glass.

S - Piney grapefruit hop smells dominate the nose with sweet malt mixed in, although the hops are the most prominent smell.

T - Citrus hops dominate this beer entirely. There is malt sweetness mixed in there somewhere, but the hop flavors overpower... in a good way. The hops linger on the taste bud long after the beer is gone. In that sense it's not entirely balanced, but is instead a tasty hop bomb.

M - Creamy smooth across the tongue with tingly carbonation.

D- Highly palatable IPA as I'm someone who loves heavy citrusy hoppy beers. Very refreshing, but the ABV keeps this from being highly sessionable.

Overall - I can't find one thing that I do not like about this beer. It tastes very similar to the Stone IPA and Smuttynose "Finest Kind" IPA and is definitely now, along with those two, one of my favorite American IPAs. Unbalanced when considering the style, but personally I love the dominant flavors.

Sam21, Feb 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

hoptitsbrews, Sep 17, 2012
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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

Pours a dark copper color with a very nice two fingerhead thats very dense and sticky. Looks so damn appealing!

bitter, spicey hops in the smell, spice, floral esters, spice..

Taste is perfect. Its nicely balanced with a slam of hops in the beginning. Very spicy, bitter and earthy hops.
Nice malt background with a bit of caramel.

Finishes a bit grainy and has a very nice medium body.

Definitely one of my favorites...Not the 1st time Ive had it.

jhammel01, Oct 28, 2009
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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

Pours a nice copper orange color and is a bit hazey.
Yup, definately an IPA, very nice hop smell, sweet, and citrusy.
It's taste matches its smell, with a spicey element and a nice balanced malt character. The aftertaste leaves you with that spice and a fine alcohol warming. I would suggest that this beer is a hoppier IPA than some but is done tastefully and very well. Really a fine tasting beer. It has become a regular in my fridge and I highly recommend it.

Matthew, Oct 31, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

pschul4, Dec 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Syncro-Vox, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

RollTide7, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Unsure of age. (Enjoy by 2/15/07? Can't really read it)

A: Had to pour slowly so the head wouldn't overwhelm my glass. Translucent deep ruby color. I'm actually surprised at how clear this is. Small amounts of lacing remain on the glass.

S: While pouring, could smell the hops easily with the glass being over a foot from my face. After the head settled though I couldn't detect much.

T: Quite hoppy, but definitely not overpoweringly so. Almost spicy on the front end with a hop finish that sticks in my mouth for several minutes

M: Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Any more carb and it'd be too much, any less and it'd lose its spiciness.

D: It may be a good thing that I can't get this locally, because I could see myself drinking alot of these. Perfectly balanced and would make for a dangerous session beer.

whatsleftofyou, Oct 17, 2007
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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

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber color. Head disappeared pretty quickly, little lacing.

Smell: I was expecting an overwhelmingly grapefruity smell but was surprised at what I actually smell. Grapefruit, raisins, a little spice. Very nice.

Taste: Nicely bitter, hoppy, finishes with a nice bit of sweetness. Alcohol taste is just right.

Mouthfeel: Very full, not too overpowering, Carbonation is near perfection. Pleasantly warm on the way down.

Drinkability: it's up there, I've not been a fan of this type of beer until now.

I am pretty impressed as I sit here tasting this lovely brew. I can see why it's a top 50 beer. Very nice.

JackTheRipper, Jan 12, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Boone757, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Brewman7284, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

rogueleonardi, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hopdevil ale pours a medium amber with a nice lacy head that clings to the glass well. aroma is super hoppy and citrusy. taste is an almost carbon copy of the smell. again, extemely hoppy with a grapefruit citrus flavor. subtle maltiness brings up the rear. mothfeel is a slick, oily, slighty sticky carbonated masterpiece. drinkability is good for 6.7% abv... almost too good. also had this in cask - terrific. wish i had made some notes. awesome ale.

ramrod666, Jul 11, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

PaulMc, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

cjohns73, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

tbeer40, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

kbrown, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

rphbrew, Apr 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

NateMac13, Dec 20, 2012
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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

This was an extra cask that was put on the bar at the Firkinteeth event at the Grey Lodge. Good thing, too since it was fairly early and there were only two casks left out of the original eleven! This version of Hop Devil poured out a murky amber copper color and was topped with a small creamy white head. Beautiful aroma of flowery hops and a nice maltiness. Taste was very creamy. Nice bitterness with the presence of alcohol. Perfect blend once again of malt and hops. Very flavorful. I have had this beer many times in different forms over the years and this was another excellent version.

pezoids, Jun 17, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

monriverrat, Jan 08, 2012
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Seefeldt, Oct 17, 2012
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, Jul 27, 2012
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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