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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,284 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5284
Reviews: 2353
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%


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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pkalix

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tan-nish kind of head, dark caramel color and no carbonation.
hop aroma but not pungent or strong.
taste is mildly sweet with a biscuit flavor within the hop. I cannot find a date on the bottle, as someone else alluded to, but there does seem to be some hop blandness due to time on shelf going on.... a very nice brew, for sure, but not seeing the 'wow' as others have explained....

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:16:11 | More by pkalix
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by 5/9/14)

A: Hazy, copper colored body. Almost no lacing and only a pencil head.

S: A nice, pine malt body, with an almost caramelized sweetness in there. I even get a bit of onion/garlic in there.

T: So, apparently this is 3 months old since it expires in 2 months and they date Hop Devil with a 5 month shelf life. Whoops. The hops have really died out. All malt here. Light and piney. Piney hop aftertaste. A bit watery even.

M: Prickly, coarse and rough. Gets smoother as it warms up.

O: I will try to get it fresh, but I have had older IPAs that have tasted better than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:34:53 | More by gillagorilla
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: copper, amber. 1.5 finger head nice lacing. Dark color for an ipa.

S: mmm citrus and pine

T: east coast ipa taste where the taste is primarily pine. But there is a citrus undertone of mostly grapefruit and the caramel malt sweetness nicely balances the beer.

M: pretty light bodied

O: a great beginner ipa but I revisit it often... Because it's great. A perfect example of an east coast ipa

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:24:49 | More by Givemebeer
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JOHNKNEEGEEZ

Maine

4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pour glass.
A: Aggressive pour yielded an inch thick creamy head that laced quite nicely. This IPA is a rich copper.
S: Earthy, mostly, but also citrus and slight pine.
T: Spice, earthy, floral, citrus and piney tones from hops balance nicely with biscuit and caramel flavors from malts. Finishes on the palate with a very unique taste; earthy is the word I would use I guess.
M: Medioum-bodied.
O: This a well thought out and well built IPA. Hop bitterness is present, but not does not takeover. Likewise, the malt is there but not that over-powering malt backbone that can take away from an IPA. Highly drinkable representation of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:07:21 | More by JOHNKNEEGEEZ
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Nice clear dark copper color with a wispy one-finger white head. Patchy lacing.

S - Healthy scent of fresh earthy hops, a tiny bit of grass, and almost toffee like malt. Great combination.

T - Hop forward; with the hops flavorful without being overly alpha-acidic or harsh. Hints of pine, lime, and tangerine, but overall more earthy than citric or sprucey. Guessing they used more than the "C" hops here. Really nice caramel malt underbody. Slight mineral note in finish, but stops short of being "metallic" (more like salt). Nicely balanced. Tasty.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Nice fit for the style.

O - A quintessential East Coast IPA. I immediately wished I had another on hand. Well put together on all levels.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:02:51 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Auraan

Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich, clear reddish amber with a thin ring of fluffy off-white head. It looks quite nice, though more head formation would be nice. Scents of sweet malt and abundant floral hops upfront, aromas of honey and jasmine are also present, as well as some earthy notes and fainter notes of citrus and pine. Quite well rounded and appealing, very well done aroma in the East Coast style. Flavor begins with a big burst of floral hops and hop bitterness, as well as some caramel malt sweetness backing the hops. In the middle and finish more pine resin flavor comes out, alongside some citrus peel, still backed by a modest level of caramel malt. The finish is mostly pine resin and a bit of caramel malt. Aftertaste is bitter pine resin, floral flavors and grainy malt. The flavor profile is quite nice and balances hop bitterness with malt sweetness quite well. Very fitting for an East Coast IPA and quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly sticky and resinous mouthfeel. It is quite easy to drink and very pleasant. Overall this is a good East Coast IPA. It has the aroma, flavor and mouthfeel I expect from the sub-style and it matches quite well with, though not quite as good as, Bell's Two Hearted. Still, it's a good IPA and I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 06:34:08 | More by Auraan
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly not pale, but copper in color. A nice, two-finger head forms, with good retention and some sexy lacing. Aroma features mostly herbal and grassy notes along with a solid toffee note. As an IPA that's been around a while, the great aromas lent by "new school" hops are not present.

On the palate there's more balance between malt and hops than many IPAs. Still, perceived bitterness is in IPA territory and there are some nice, though vague hoppy flavor notes. Despite the maltiness, the flavor is dry. Pronounced citric hop bite. The soft, fine carbonation works very well.

This really blurs the line between IPA and an amber/red ale due to the balance between the strength of the hop flavors and the malt body (plus it's got an amber color). Hop Devil ultimately stands out as a malt-forward IPA that's quite good, if not quite a stand-out in an increasingly crowded market.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 00:12:59 | More by gr0g
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glass_house

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Mostly clear deep amber with two fingers of frothy cream-colored head that leaves a thin cap and moderate lacing. Smell is dominated by sweet bready caramel malt with a faint earthy hop bitterness in the background.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose would suggest. There is definitely some toasty caramel present, but it takes a backseat to the pine, grapefruit and lemon peel. Not that impressed with the quality of flavors in the hop profile, but it's well balanced so it works. Just on the light side of medium-bodied, with smooth crisp carbonation.

If you're In the mood for an IPA with relatively strong malt support, this is an adequate option. Never my first choice, but never disappoints either.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:05:54 | More by glass_house
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp looking amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and ripe hoppy aroma with good hints of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront scent of earthy hops with hints of grass and a little pine. Juicy citrus fruit presence with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Solid sweet malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A balanced and pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a ripe juicy and fairly earthy IPA taste with good notes of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront mix of hop flavors with earthy notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, lemons, mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Good malt balance with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely juicy and drying. A very solid IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily and sticky. Finishes dry and smooth.

Overall: A very solid American IPA. Good juicy hop notes with a nice caramel malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 08:58:53 | More by MattyG85
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter at about 45°F

Appearance: Darker than most IPAs. Amber red with a one finger off white head. You can tell that they probably used a good amount of malts in this one.

Smell: Citrus grapefruit, caramel malts, spices. Intriguing

Taste: Similar to the smell. Nice balance between citrus hops, caramel malts, and spices. Complex

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full mouthfeel for an IPA and not overwhelmingly bitter like a lot of IPAs are guilty of.

Overall: Hop Devil stands out among most IPAs I come across. It's unique in its own way with a healthy amount of malts and spices. An excellent example of an East Coast IPA. Not my favorite IPA, but one of them. And a great go to as I reside in PA. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 09:07:12 | More by Bone53
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous red color with thick, creamy rich head on top. Beautiful. Bready aromas on the nose in addition to dark fruits & pine. Palate offers a wonderful balance of malt with bitterness and prickly citrus flavors. Finish through to the aftertaste is bold, grabby hops with still that nice lingering malt component. Excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 00:25:26 | More by yemenmocha
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint. Color is a reddish amber and has a good head with some staying power. Lacing that was left was good and abundant.
Aroma was pine and maybe some citrus.
Taste is more complex than aroma. Slight malt in background. Hops front and center. Pine grapefruit and more green notes are predominant. Mouth feel is pretty clean and is a little on the lighter side considering.
Overall this is another very good IPA from Victory. Great beer overall and good, true to style, character.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:33:00 | More by dexterk1
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lochef81

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first experience with Victory. From the first moment with this ale it is clear that it is not your typical American ipa. It pours a deep red amber color with a thick deep cream head that lasts well into the beer. And leaves a thick lacing of off white foam. The aroma is very complex and not reminiscent of most hop heavy ipas. There is a strong presence of malts, some coffee and caramel notes. There are also citrus and pine notes but they are subtle in relativity to the malt. It is very complex and unexpected fir such an unassuming ipa. The flavor is very similar. Im beginning to well respect the east coast for their very complex and deep ipas. Not just the single note hoppy ipas if the west coast. Looking forward to sampling Victory's hop ranch tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 04:45:27 | More by lochef81
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craftbeerbyob

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance is a little more redish/brown than typical IPAs but is very clear. I was not too impressed with the smell. There is a strong pine nose with hints of hops. The taste is extremely complex with a great spice. The mouthfeel was crisp and easy drinking, not too heavy. This is not my ideal IPA, prefer West Coast IPAs, but think it is an overall great beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 07:06:57 | More by craftbeerbyob
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle enjoy by 5/9/14 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a great amber color with a slight ruby cast. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates with normal lacing.

S-Very nice nose of grapefruit and pine hops.

T-Taste is like the nose, mostly hops with grapefruit in the front.

M-Mouthfeel is medium body and smooth. Carbonation is normal. Finishes smoothly with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness that lingers.

O-I really enjoy this IPA, great hops and grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 14:10:57 | More by reebtaerG
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into pub glass.

A: A hazy copper color that's deep in the middle, but lighter around the sides. A large, frothy cream-colored head sits on top and retains for quite a long time before deflating to a pinky-thick head that sticks around until the end. Lots of thick, sticky lacing left all down the glass.

S: Lots of piney notes with a very prominent hop/citrus aroma. A little bit of alcoholic spice comes through. There's not a whole lot of sweetness to be found here. Very earthy, very hoppy. Very nice.

T: The bitter characteristics of this are absolutely beastly. The hops absolutely dominate your palette initially with little mercy spared by the malty, honey-like sweetness that creeps in the background. As the beer swishes through your mouth, some earthy, piney, and grassy notes sneak in and compliment the prominent citric profile. A little spice from the alcohol lingers in the end, along with some hop bitterness.

M: Viciously smooth with a thick, creamy body. A light carbonation slightly tingles the tongue, but keeps things very subtle and gentle, which really allows those wonderful flavors to shine. A bit of tingling in the throat from the alcohol reminds you that this is no light lager, but this one is oh-so-drinkable and goes down easy.

O: I find myself grabbing this treat from Victory Brewing on many, many occasions (Victory is local). Lots of complex and pleasant flavors with a respectable, but not over-the-top, ABV make this one a favorite of mine when it comes to sessioning or just relaxing with a brew. I still prefer Stone's take on the American IPA, but Victory Hop Devil Ale is nothing to be overlooked. Truly a fine example of the style and a treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:27:41 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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HarryPotHead

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good brew...my first from Victory. Met some folks at a local watering hole who highly recommended so I thought I would give it a shot. Definitely not dissapointed.

Nice rich amber color although a bit cloudy. Thick sticky head gets extra points.

Pine and citrus on the nose as you would expect, but kinda subdued...def not overpowering. An off note mixed in as well.

Something missing on the palate...not sure what it is. Game on bitterness with punch and hop loaded for sure but its missing a level of complexity seen in other competing brews of the same style. This is definitely a well crafted and tasty beer, but falls just short of the top tier for the style. For east cost offerings I'd stick with DFH or Troegg's Nugget Nectar although you will pay slightly more for each.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 18:47:17 | More by HarryPotHead
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 3/20/14. Amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Nice head that dissipates with normal lacing. Very nice nose of grapefruit and pine hops. Light medium body and a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is below normal. Taste is like the nose, mostly hops with grapefruit in the forefront. Finishes smoothly with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness that lingers

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 21:02:14 | More by tillmac62
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, one-finger head
S: Somewhat subtle but complex mix of citrus/pine hops, caramel, yeast and melon
T: Again this isn't in your face but really makes you stop and think about it. The palate also is hop-forward but also has a nice primary earthy component. The bready/yeasty notes from the male take second stage. Long finish, good complexity
M: Medium-bodied, long finish, light carbonation
O: This is one that stops and makes you think, which I really appreciate. Certainly an IPA, definitely tasty, just different enough that it's quite intriguing

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 06:49:48 | More by ONUMello
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid IPA. My first offering from Victory. Interested to see how it compares to some of the better Michigan IPA's I've tasted.

A: Nice clear amber color with a slight off white head. Aggressive pour into a pint glass drives a 1 1/2 inch head. Slowly dissipates and leaves solid lacing on the glass.
S: Slightly less hoppy aroma than I expected. I pick up some mild citrus and pine notes.
T: Nice! there's the hops I've been craving. Minimal malt flavor in the back ground.
M: Nice solid mouth feel, not chewy, with a solid bitter tang on the tongue.
O: A very drinkable IPA. Not quite up to a Two Heart but compares favorably to Founders Centennial or Dark Horse Crooked Tree. I'd rate this above Short's Humalupalicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 19:57:35 | More by BreakfastStout
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. Best by date 3/30/14

A Poured pretty aggressively into 16 oz snifter. This produced a fairly thick off white head that didn't last too long but produced a thick lacing that held. Color is transparent dark amber, very close to ruby.

S Musty, floral, and fruity. Hints of citrus and just a faint hint of hops.

T Taste certainly does not mirror the smell. Very hoppy. Right of front and thick and lingering at the back end. In between there is caramel/malt tinge of sweetness.

M Full for the style. Has backbone. Creamier than most IPAs. Finish is rough, but not bad, due to the bitterness.

O Pretty good if not a bit inconsistent. It is bitter and hoppy. I like that. However, there just seems to be something lacking. I am not talking balance. I don't need equal malt in an IPA. There just doesn't seem to be any complexity of mixture of flavors. I wish I could put my finger on it, but it's just lacking. Not bad at all, but just seems that it could be much better. Weird.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:34:31 | More by PieOhMy
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arthuro11

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a just off-white head, leaves great lacing on the way down.

Smell is very nice, pretty hoppy and citrusy, exactly what you'd expect for an IPA, with some piney notes.

Hits the mouth fantastic, really nice flavor, especially in conjunction with smell. Lip smacking. Aftertaste was too bitter for my tastes though, seemed like a bit of overklll.

Another fine Victory beer, I would definitely buy again even if the aftertaste pulled down the overall experience. Would definitely try it on tap if I could find it in my neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 06:28:05 | More by arthuro11
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a light orange color. pretty good clarity. two fingers of a foamy head that fades at a decent rate to a spotty lacing

Smell: hoppy, slight citrus and a bit of spice. very resiny. light toasted malts.

Taste: opens up with citrusy hops. some spicy hops follow. lots of resiny hops throughout. toasted bread throughout.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation but not quite crisp. lots of lingering bitterness. good medium feel.

Overall: a tasty super hopped ipa. not my usual style of ipa but still very good. my first victory beer that has scored in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:57:35 | More by SportsandJorts
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cambabeer

Florida

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really into IPAs and as far as American IPAs this is one is fantastic.
Nice opaque gold brown color with a very small white head and thin lace.
The aroma is very clean and grassy. The hops smell is very citrusy like an under ripe orange. There's also a real sent of apple like esters in there.
The taste follows the scent well but the fruitiness and malt flavors, which has a little honey to it, only really come through in the after taste, after the hops have had there time to wage war on your mouth. Which they do. The bitterness smacks your tongue and sits on the very back on your throat for a good while. This all done very well with a creamy mouthfeel and great drinkability. Beer is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 21:25:25 | More by cambabeer
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber, slightly hazy; small frothy head; slight lacing

Smell: sweet, bready malts with a big whiff of citrusy hops

Taste: Juicy malt with a big hit of hops; finishes with piney notes and a dry, lingering aftertaste

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy

Remarks: don't like the hop flavors in this one; it would probably be a decent IPA if I liked American hops

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 22:51:56 | More by IchLiebeBier
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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