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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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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Perfect pairing for wings and baseball.

A - A shade or two darker than orange. Has a fat white head. Nothing stunning, but clearly well-done.

A - Honey-like malt, a little toast. Lots of floral hops. Pine and Citrus follow. This beer could be an air-freshener, still it's not the blast I recall. Could be the moment. Could be the beer. I know I've been more blown away; not just by other beers, but also other samplings of HopDevil.

T - sweet and chewy, with some very strong citrus notes present. This never becomes as spicy as a recall. There've been times when I drank this beer and a 16oz was way too harsh and gritty to finish. This beer came out smoother, though the bitterness mounted as the glass finished.

This beer definitely throws a more interesting malt backbone than average. It's not as dry, but it's also not as sweet as many other hoppy beers. Picking a camp for it is hard to do. That's why I think the Vienna malt is such a good choice for basemalt... and hops up well to the blast of Centennial and Cascade.

M - thick, but occasionally creamy. It's not one to pound. take your time.

O -I often feel the venue matters a lot. Certain places get there hands on quality product, but don't handle it well. Had this one at Buffalo Wild Wings. I recall their Centennial IPA also waned over the course of months they offered it. Maybe it's me, maybe I am right. I dunno.

Regardless, this is an IPA that deserves to be counted among the national greats. Some may prefer others, but this has a deserved placed in the the pantheon. A little more rugged and a little thicker than average, this is a treat and a challenge in one package.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2012 05:32:34 | More by MONKandTUCK
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JizackFH

New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice clear perfect copper color. It has a fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has excellent retention, and leaves a nice layer of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smells of toasted malts, and also has a very nice hop character. There are notes of tropical fruits, as well as some citrus.

T - This starts off with a nice toasted malt background. There is a big burst of juicy bitter hops. I am also getting notes of caramel, fruit, some breadiness, and some citrus. The finish has a big hop bitterness that sticks to the palate and slowly fades.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It coats the mouth nicely and really lets you taste all of it. There is a big hop bitterness that sticks to the palate, which is a great thing for this style.

O - This has great drinkability. I really think it is a great example of an American IPA. I could easily drink a bunch of these, I'm on my third glass as I write this. Overall, I thought this was an awesome beer, and I will definitely drink it again. I recommend trying it if you haven't.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2011 08:09:56 | More by JizackFH
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is simply fantastic. The beer appears transparent and amber / orange in color, with nearly two inches of dense, creamy head that coats the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.

The aroma brings a balance of hops and malts, along with some toasted notes.

The flavor is tangy and bitter, with malt in the driver seat more so than hops. Very fresh, crisp and clean on the palate, as this growler was just filled. While I appreciate balance and realize that a beer doesn't have to be over the top to be a good brew, HopDevil just lacks the hop presence required by the style.

The feel is decent enough, but I find myself distracted by the hop to malt ratio.

Overall, a middle of the road offering. There are many better IPAs that are easily accessible.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 00:29:07 | More by Huhzubendah
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Lunch

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a fresh growler of this from the brewery as a gift. Served in my Victory HopDevil imperial nonic glass.

Pours darker than many IPAs with a nut brown with some ruby hues.

Aroma is mainly malts with some nut notes and some grassy and earthy hops.

This certainly not a hoppy IPA, but the taste is nice and it is extremely drinkable. There is some slight bitterness and hints of earthy hops, but the malt shine through. This is a balanced IPA, but I prefer my IPAs to be unbalanced with a massive amount of hops.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2011 00:52:33 | More by Lunch
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikereaser for the opportunity.

Pours a clear coppery amber. A goodly amount (~2 fingers) of off-white head falls leaving a good amount of lace. Obvious trails of bubbles make their way up through the brew.

Aroma is a smack of citrus hops when poured. Resinous. A little caramel malt in there as well. Pretty simple.

It takes less than half a second for the hop bitterness and flavor to dominate the initial sip. Flavor presents a stronger floral note than the aroma. Long lasting steady bitterness in the finish. The malt becomes more apparent through the course of a pint, while still . Due to warming or palate habituation to the bitter kick? Don't know, just know I like it.

Suitable body with lots of nice carbonation.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2009 19:57:06 | More by goatgoat
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gellmeister

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this IPA from both a bottle and a growler, since one of my friends lives right near the brewery in Downingtown, PA. This review was written during/after several glasses that I poured out of growler transported from Downingtown to State College, PA.

Lacy head, pours one to two fingers out of the growler - a bit more if you mistakenly pour too fast.

Orange amber color is nice, although I prefer unfiltered offerings and this one seems to be partially filtered.

Fruity/citrous overtones are present, in addition to the ever present hop scent, which makes this one of the better smelling beers that I consume on a regular basis.

Nice hoppy taste, but not overpowering, as in some IPA's or DIPA's. The citrous comes through only vaguely during consumption. This is clearly not a fruity wheat beer with hops added as an afterthought.

The aftertaste of this beer is most pleasing to my palate. It's not an overpowering hop flavor, but the hops are clearly evident long after you've put the glass down!

I could drink many glasses of this without batting an eye. I can't say that for a lot of other IPA's that I've tried. For an East Coast person that has limited access to West Coast IPA's, which are more numerous and generally higher in caliber, this beer is a winner. It ranks up there with Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA as my favorite "local" IPA. I also recommend Troegs Hopback Amber Ale.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2009 18:57:24 | More by gellmeister
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LennyV

New York

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchase at halftime. Pours a burnt oragne color onto my Ommegang glass. Nice 2 finger creamy head, little to no lacing.

Smells of bitter citrus.

Taste starts off sweet and citrusy but is quickly followed by hop bitterness.

Carbonation is good with medium body.

This is a bit to bitter for myself. I prefer a little more sweetness balanced with hops. If you like hops then this beer id for you.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2009 01:49:03 | More by LennyV
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Gilgemesh

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I am changing the format of my reviews:

A- A deep amber with a slight reddish tint. The lacing is excellent with an off white head..

S- You really get the hops. Pungent and sweet..

T- Great hoppiness all the way through this. With subtle up front flavor strong middle tones and a nice finish.

M- Light carbonation and even a subtle pillowy feel as it moves through your mouth.

D- A very nice hoppy beer. We drank it while we built the new kegerator.

Packaging - Med brought this one over in a German style growler. I really like the German style. The sealable top and the new system over at Liberty, where they flush with CO2 before filling will make these last a good amount of time. Much better than the screw off caps.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2008 21:15:43 | More by Gilgemesh
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Biegaman for sharing this growler with me. I've enjoyed it now over three days although loathe to write a review since I've been struggling with a bad cold. The colour is copper to chestnut brown with a tan head that thins out but produces good lacing and lots of wispy film. Well carbonated. The nose is distinct pink grapefruit with a spicy citrus rind backdrop and maybe a hint of pine needles. The alcohol is well hidden with a sweet grapefruit taste, assertive hops, flashes of butterscotch. The mouthfeel throughout remains hoppy and crisp with a bitter-sweet lingering finish. This is a great beer drinking experience and one I'll hope to repeat often in the future.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2007 23:26:01 | More by ThatWineGuy
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Halloween 2007. Fresh growler fill via Consumer's Beverages on Elmwood, in Buffalo.

A stiff pour would conjure an average level of tanned white head. This would eventually fade in the middle, part strictly to the sides and then, after a good run, give out entirely around the halfway point of the pint. One element never compromised, however, is the colour; a toasted copper that glows ruby when examined at different angles, it is lovely-looking from each and every angle I inspect it.

The aroma is a fleshy concoction of zesty, eyebrow raising hops. Although C-hop dominated (meaning it boasts dynamic, domineering scents of pink grapefruit and pineapple), the bouquet also consists of rotting flowers, bubblegum, pine serum and a long list of other freshly squeezed citrus fruits. Despite all this the aroma is, believe or not, surprisingly balanced by a biscuity, toffee-like maltiness.

Hop Devil is liquid hop candy. Plain and simple. As well as overtones of spruce and pine, the flavour contains notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lime, lychee and so on and so on and scooby-dooby doo. It is a citrus convention. But chaperoning all this are the aforementioned malts, which, if you care to notice, are bready and sweet (doubt you can though as the finish has an enduring mintiness).

Although almost 7%, the extra alcohol is, for the most part, unnoticed (and in any case the beer remains incredibly quaffable). It has a smoothing, toasty, biscuity maltiness as well as a leafy earthiness, the two infused and enlivened by well-integrated acidity. The bitterness seems to clamp onto the tongue for a long, rewarding aftertaste and really rams those pine-y, citrusy notes in.

Victory's Hop Devil was one of the first American IPAs I tried (and consequently one of the first beers to turn me onto bombastic hoppiness). It has been around for some time and remains a wonderful IPA, arguably still among the best the East Coast has to offer in the style. Right down the checklist, it fits all the criteria. It is, without doubt, a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2007 05:01:40 | More by biegaman
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Rudgers73

New York

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

Poured into a pint glass from my D'saur BBQ growler.

A- Bright amber/orange. Nice thick foamy head. Lacing left when settled. Moderate carbonation.

S- Hops. That's it... Well, there are some sweet notes hidden in the back. Sticky sweet, brown sugar notes. If you eat something really spicy you can smell it better.

T- Nice and hoppy all the way through. Starts out sweet and then turns right into an aggressively hopped taste. Bitter aftertaste. Definite pine taste to the hops.

M- Dry. The carbonation is almost undetectable through the dryness from the hops.

D- It was good with my tacos tonight. Good anytime. Not quite a session beer with the 6.7% abv.

I've had this beer and the storm king stout from victory so far. They seem to have a common theme of going overboard for a really bold and memorable product. Good job so far.

Serving type: growler

11-01-2006 23:47:45 | More by Rudgers73
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice grassy hop nose with hints of citrys. But the hops overpower any other aromatics. I get no malt or yeast character through it. It's a pleasant smell, but I want more complexity.

Nice amber color with incredible clarity. A little rising carbonation with a big frothy head that fades quickly to a thin solid layer.

Flavor is powerfully hop bitter. Then comes a grassy hop flavor and then more hop aftertaste. It isn't until the long ligering effects of aftertaste that I can pick up some malt profile. Basically, this is a throw handfuls of hops in a batch beer. Which makes it not to my liking. There's more to beer than straight alpha acid.

Decent body with a nice carbonation level. So bitter though that it feels dry and a little astringent.

I'm not really impressed. For me this falls into the category of beers that have no finesse, only hops. Maybe with the right insanely spicy food this would work better but for straight drinking it is completely one dimenstional.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2006 04:51:18 | More by czechsaaz
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Ed2

Delaware

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

Had at Chickee's and Pete's during a rained out Phillies game. Paired with seafood, mussels - white with garlic... Nice local beer. Dark body... Deep amber, small white head, less than a finger. Smell-hopolicious!
And tasted the same... Crisp tight and well worth the wait.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 23:40:16 | More by Ed2
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dank203

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color, floral hop aroma and good amount of bitterness on the taste. well balanced, solid malty backbone. pretty perfectly balanced IPA and one of the most consistently decent ones out there. wouldn't take it over a lot of others but its always available and fresh

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:54:20 | More by dank203
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rawfish

California

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear deep amber, striking for an IPA with a sepia head, rocky, 2 and a half digits high. Brilliant rings of lacing down the glass.

Nose is a bit muted but a good waft of citrus and grapefruit hops with a solid malty backing and a spicy note. The malt bill here is in full force, reminds me alot of a hoppy American red ale.

Even with the ever evolving world of IPAs changing perception of taste it's still a assault of hops on the palate. Not hugely bittering but large amounts of tart grapefruit and pine resin. The malts are a big player, caramel, bready and a solid balance, somewhat spicy. Dries rather well despite the darker malts.

Good carbonation and body, the malts kept a bit of sticky sweetness on the finish, I think this could finish a little crisper and less grainy.

Despite its presence in the Victory line-up for such a long time it's still extraordinary, I'll take it when I can find it. I love the darker malt bill and still in my top 10 when I can get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:38:10 | More by rawfish
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McStagger

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/9/14. The best buy date is borderline microscopic. What the hell, Victory. What the hell.

A: Pours a fairly dark copper. This one seems more like an amber than a pale. Finger and a half off white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Very bready in the nose. Dark, biscuity quality. Hops are present, leading to a slight floral edge with a big shot of fruitiness. Mostly stone fruit, with some berry characteristics.

T: Starts off with the rich copper malts. Again, doughy and biscuity like. Hops take over mid palate and shoot up a quick. Big burst of key lime and kumquat. Finishes with a nice, almost peppery/ginger note that carries through into the aftertaste. Takes a turn for the resinous, but the malt balances it wonderfully. Hints of lemon and pine in the finish. The malts give the citric taste an almost candied quality. Finishes fairly dry, and amazingly fruity.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is in no way distracting. Even comes off as slightly creamy.

O: Very, very good. I think I still prefer the hop monster west coast IPA's, but this one can hold its own with anybody. Great nose and truly exceptional flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 05:59:42 | More by McStagger
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RobbDogg

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting IPA. Pours darker and amber like a red ale. Some fruit hops but more bready and malty grains than others of the style. A little sweetness from the malt offsets the bitterness. A well balanced beer, but it doesn't have the big fruit and hops that I prefer in an IPA. We'll worth a try and a solid overall offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 21:12:12 | More by RobbDogg
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Rbroccoli

Alabama

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I always try my beers for the first time in a glass pint tumbler. I know it doesn't do certain styles justice, but it creates a controlled medium IMO

S-Grassy/Floral Hops. I sniffed hard out of the bottle, so it was followed by a burning alcohol, then the citrusy aromas came through

A-Amber. some off white head dissipates quickly, clear, small carbonation bubbles, leaves only a small amount of lacing

t-grassy/floral hop oils roll across the tongue, transitions to a well balanced and pleasant bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue, bready malts, citrus, hint of tropical fruit, hop oils remain on the back of the tongue, building up to a nice hoppy and citrusy flavor that lingers for a while after the drink. Definitely need a palate cleanser if you're tasting a variety of beers after this one

m-light/tingling carbonation, hop oils provide a smooth and rich texture

o-Excellent well balanced IPA. Not quite as intense as other IPAs that use the word “Hop” in their title; nonetheless, this is an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 13:36:45 | More by Rbroccoli
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Seanem44

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper/orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates into a nice creamy texture,

S: Very pleasant smelling. Fruity with dank hops. Not too overwhelming though. Well balanced.

T: Very hoppy. The fruity smell does not translate over into taste. Lingering bitter after taste with a slight taste of alcohol.

M: Just didn't do a lot for my mouth. It did not make my palate come alive as other IPAs have.

O: A solid IPA. I'd say its on the lower end of the top tier. Does drink very easy for being almost 7% ABV. I'd definitely drink it again, but only if I didn't have better options.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:50:08 | More by Seanem44
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arizcards

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles in early February from Total Wine for $1.99 each. Enjoy by 4-20-14.

Beer poured an amber-orange with not much of a head but the clarity is spot on.

Not catching a whole lot of hop power as this is mostly biscuity with some citrus.

In the world of IPA's which most are west coast hop monsters this one is balanced, as far as an IPA can be. Caramel and biscuity malts are prevelant at the start. Citrus, pine, and a hint of mango meld nicely with the malt base. Pine tar lingers on the palate just to let you know this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated for a refreshing presentation.

Overall a solid beer that i will enjoy again at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:55:04 | More by arizcards
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fps_dean

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with very little head.

Smells like hops, but a fairly mild scent.

Tastes like piney hops and some grapefruit, and is balanced out nicely with malts. It's not an overly powerful IPA, and goes down very smooth.

A very solid IPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 06:44:41 | More by fps_dean
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown hued with a quarter inch head of beige foam with vibrant carbonation bubbles. Brussels lacing. Aroma of pine like hops is prevalent. The pine like hop bite is very strong on the front of the palate. The backbone is of light malt and then I get a rush of pine like hops on the fade. The mouth is fairly dry and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:36:30 | More by Franziskaner
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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 6.7% abv.

Appearance- A brilliant and clear dark red amber with a massive foamy head on it.

Smell- Citrus; orange and grapefruit. Not much else....did I mention citrus? lol

Taste- A dual blast of malt and hops. The initial malt blast is somewhat of a toasty bread character. The hops remain through the whole flavor profile until a spicy hot finish. Notes of grapefruit along with hints of sweet caramel too. Wickedly complex.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body of which is thick and creamy.

Overall- A solid example of a great IPA. This was the first craft beer I tried years ago so maybe it has a sentimental impression on me, but nevertheless, it is damn good if you dont mind a complex bitter blast. The hops linger as much as any other IPA. A must try if you're a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:33:24 | More by PA-hunter
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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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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,284 ratings.