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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

6,366 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,366
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 175
Gots: 629 | 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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Photo of doubledteague
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Beautiful amber color, but unlike other review I hac very very little head that dissipated very quickly.

S- Very hoppy, piney, and a slight hint of citrus.

T- BOOM!!! Hit hard with the hops, and pines, never got the citrus.

M- Very very dry. Heavy carbonation, or maybe thats just the hops.

O- Im a little unsure. Its good for an IPA, but I think its a little too heavy on the hops for my own personal taste. Just my opinion though.

Tasted and Reviewed 1945-2015 10/31/11

doubledteague, Nov 01, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

BogAl, Aug 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

DrunkenMonk, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of The_Beer_Shark
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

The_Beer_Shark, Oct 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

joewheeler06, May 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Thehopluver, Jun 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Jerid, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Jun 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Aprice34, Nov 04, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Rice_Nate_25, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Weisseguy1
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Weisseguy1, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of TEKNISHE
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

TEKNISHE, Aug 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

m0ntels, Apr 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

rgille2, Apr 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

SoupKitchenBeerSnob, Apr 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

ctrevino, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of DuffMan23
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%

DuffMan23, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of tigg924
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark-amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and a bit of caramel

Taste: citrus and pine hops with a touch of caramel--once this one warms though all I can taste are IBUs

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, sweet start with a bitter back and finish--once I ate food this became super bitter

Overall: Before food, this was fine..After food--just a big hoppy IBU monster. A must do for hopheads, but one I could not finish. I appreciate the veracity of the hops, but I wanted something just a bit less bitter.

tigg924, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear amber, no visible carbonation, a brief and nearly non-existent head and no lacing.

S: sweet floral hops, roasted malt, a little funk. It actually smells a little bit like dog food, not sure what that means...

T: a little malt sweetness up front then a kind of generic hop taste, a little stale even. Super strong, dry, bitter finish. Kind of makes me go "ackkk." I have a taste in the back of my throat the tastes like bile.

M: very low carbonation, medium but almost syrupy body. A finish that is dry as a desert.

D: this made me a little sick. It's got a bitter finish that I just can't shake.

nickhiller, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of marvin213
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had I reviewed this before joining BA, it would most assuredly end up 4+. Having had it last night, however, I'm relatively disappointed. In fairness, I may be teetering on "snob" instead of "advocate" because few things really wow me anymore.

The beer looks good, as it's a hazy bronze. Head coulda lasted a little longer (almost always, I know). Smell ain't even close to what I consider hoppy anymore. I bought a sixer yesterday at Lowes OIB, and as soon as I smelled my first one, I thought "of fuck, another malt bomb!" :-(

Unfortunately, my taste buds confirm my suspicions. I really used to enjoy this beer--long before I got into locals--so this experience is a real-life experience in disappointing realism and the apathy of nature. Only because I used to enjoy this beer do I not rate it lower.

It's malty--feels like it, tastes like it, etc. It's just a disappointment--where are the yummy, citrusy hops to which I've become accustomed? This malt bomb is no hop devil! To hell with this devil!!

marvin213, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of hyland24
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall pilsner. The beer poured a clear amber red with a nice looking 2 inch off white fluffy foam head leaving rings of lacing behind after each sip. The smell was impressive with strong piney hops jumping out of the glass followed by a faint hop smell. Full flavored with bitter hop spice bite followed by a not so pleasant tinny metallic taste. The beer finishes even more bitter than it begins. The beer was well carbonated leaving behind a slick piney feel. Sorry to say a was a bit disappointed by this one. Looked forward to it after all the good reviews but was not blown away. Unfortunately I think Troegs has set the bar a little too high with Nugget and even Hopback Amber. All the other hop selections have fallen short. Worth trying but not what its hyped up to be.

hyland24, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is difficult for me....it smelled well....pukey. The Devil come strong with the hop and then leaves the palate dry and with a sour finish. The alcohol content with the hops makes it bitter, but not to bitter for this guy. It would be a tough session beer, but if on a dare I would go for it!

WoodBrew, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of semihobo
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle bears a faded mark, "Enjoy By Dec 17 08." Pours with a powerful ecru head, very fine bubbles on top, looks marvelous. Lace starts sticking the place up immediately as the head dies A clear dark cherry red color.

Resinous, high-powered hops on the smell. This is projecting a very tarry hop taste. Sweet malt background like digestive cookies (they are great if you don't know what I'm talking about) is perceptible as well. Low on citric characteristics, more of an earthy, syrupy hop scent.

After the warm up act by the smell, the taste continued in the same hop juice vein. Shudder inducing bitterness on the finish. The hops are rough and coarse and very bitter. Centennials? A little smoky and astringent.

Thick, juicy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with soft bubble texture. Syrupy finish.

Clearly brewed by people who know what they're doing, it looks great and has a nice subtly crafted mouthfeel. Still, too much of a one-note IPA for me. Beats you over the head with the bitterness, would prefer more balance between hop flavor and sheer power. Don't really want another one.

semihobo, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of westweasel
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. The beer poured out a very clear, dark
copper color with an off-white 1/4 inch head. The aroma was
dissapointing.I was expecting a strong hop scent. Instead this beer
has a very light, barely noticeable hop aroma. More floral than citrus.
Also a very, very light malt scent.

The taste was pretty much just hops. It was a bitter taste - which I
usually enjoy. But this one was fairly uninteresting. Like one strong
bitter flavor - not a mix of flavors.

The mouthfeel was light-to-medium with a bitter, dry finish. The
drinkability was good. The first glass was enjoyable. The bitterness
would probably limit me to two in one sitting.

westweasel, Jul 22, 2006
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,366 ratings.