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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
91
outstanding

2,446 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,446
Hads: 6,928
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,111 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 2,446 | Hads: 6,928
Photo of bmills1608
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wha-wha-WHAT!!!

First and foremost, cask conditioned HopDevil is totally different then on tap or the bottle. It's almost like a totally different beer, wow, I was very surprised at how this tasted.

Served in your typical, chunky American pint glass. A rather murky light brown color. The bar was dim, so judging the color was a bit tough, but cloudy and murky for sure. Head was off white, frothy, thick and creamy as hell. Sheets of lace were left on the sides of the glass as I drank.

Taking a smell, I was initially confused, "where did the cascades go?". Aromas of sweet bread, tons of herbal smelling hops, rich, almost fudge-like malts and exotic fruits exploded from the glass. The floral/herbal aroma is what I think surprised me more then anything. No citrus/grapefruit this time around.

Taste was above all - fruity. Melons, oranges and herbs danced around on a thick and solid foundation of malt. The malt character, like the other versions of HopDevil, had a big say in the cask version as well, but this time, it was even heavier handed, slapping the hops around and making it clear to them that in this version, malt rules, but only by a nose. The hop character is there, just more mellowed and less brittle and crunchy hard as in other versions. The citrus hammer that bottled or tap versions of HopDevil usually wield, was just not here. The finish was herbal and smoldering with soft bitterness. Mouthfeel was rich, smooth and fantastic, so creamy and rich.

Overall impression - This just goes to show you the huge difference cask conditioning can make in a beer. This beer was young and ALIVE. Fantastic. (1,640 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid pale ale. The pour is decent, leaves enough head to sip through for a while -- nothing spectacular. A nice, rich amber brown body. What you would expect from a pale ale, but well done anyway.

The nose is this beer's best trait. It perfectly resembles the taste of the beer. I won't go into the nose in detail, just assume that everything I say I taste, I smell. A noteworthy achievement.

Taste/Drinkability: Very hoppy, but not difficult. The IPA that got me loving IPAs was Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, but many complain of its power. Though I like that about Dreadnaught, I can see why some would find it off-putting. HopDevil lacks that devestation. This is much easier to drink on a regular basis. The grapefruit hop kick dries out as expected on the back of the tongue (and STAYS there), but also gives way to a very mild, easy to miss estery sweetness. Also some black pepper.

I like what the malts are doing here. Yes, they are difficult to detect because of the necessary hop focus, but they add a lightly creamy body with just a pinch of sugars. Combined with the yeasts and what can only be assumed as expert brewing techniques, a light flower taste comes out from deep in the background -- natural and not perfumey, it's a great touch. Overall, tangy, but very manageable.

This is a true pale ale. Three Floyd's fans could especially appreciate it. Though strong in flavor, as IPAs are, it's complex and layered.

HopDevil is a no fuss pale ale and, because of that, I will keep it on hand. I wish I could rate it higher. It is what it is. Unpretentious and, so, quite appealing. If there is such a thing as a session IPA, this is it. Alcohol's just low enough, barely I think, to let you kick back a few (at least it seems that way).

Relax, relax.
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Photo of kevinl6
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine ale indeed from Victory. This one pours a combo Golden/amber/orange color with an almost 1 finger deep silky head. A very pleasing brew to the eye. Smell is nice also: hoppy (of course), fruity....citric? Taste is very hoppy as well, with a blend of fruit, a nice combination of flavor. Mouthfeel is very soothing for an ale, it is pleasant on the palate. A very drinkable beer, I want another...and another....and another!! (431 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After wanting to try this much acclaimed beer for quite some time, I was delighted to finally run across a bottle. Had I first sampled this a few years ago in my pre-hophead days, I'm sure I would have been blown away. But, having been amused and abused by such hop tonics as Stone Ruination, Dogfish 90 min. and Rogue I2PA, I met this beer on a level playing field.

Cascades juice? Not quite, but not far away. Big malt backbone carried the hops load quite well. My first impression was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on steroids. The hops flirt with harsh acidity, but manage to pull back just enough. Certainly a top-flight APA. (626 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The malty hoppy IPA that keeps you begging for more. Not being a hophead this is actually an ale that I can drink a full glass of without tossing. The amber/copper color as well as the floral head and nose make for a stunning bouquet. Taste is well balanced and very enjoyable.. especially if you love hops. (307 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great amber color and a full one inch head with staying power that lasted most of the glass. Spicy hops with small hints of citrus in the aroma. The taste was excellent, I haven't had many IPA's but if this represents the style, wow. Bitter but perfect as it goes down, slightly malty with the hops coming on strong about 90% of the way through the drink. Very drinkable, I will have this again and hopefully soon! (414 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled many moons ago. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a world class IPA. In my humble opinion, it is in the same class as Stone's IPA and Kalamazoo Bells Two Heart. It's appearance is a copper body w/ an offwhite head. The nose and flavor are those wonderful citrusy hops. Great brew (312 characters)

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. (360 characters)

Photo of WaltTrombone
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my recent scary experience with an over-the-top hop monster (SN Bigfoot 2003), I was a little nervous about trying HopDevil, but I'm glad I did. For me, it's a good summertime beer, lighter than my usual stouts.

It poured an orangey red, with a chunky beige head. The aroma was faint, malt, caramel and hops. The taste was an initial blast of malt and caramel, purged right after with a steamroller's worth of hops. Mild hops, though, not anywhere near as mouth-puckeringly bitter as the previously mentioned Bigfoot. (Still maybe a bit too hoppy for a recent convert from macros. For them, try a Brooklyn IPA, just as good as HopDevil, but not as hoppy. Review coming soon...) As the beer warms, the taste blossoms into bursts of honey, cola, prunes. In retrospect, I've been drinking this too cold, try chilling this for a short while so that it's in between cellar and fridge temps. Mouthfeel was creamy smooth, with just enough carbonation to stand up to the jambalaya I had it with tonight. Finish was mild, just a faint mellow hop tang.

Thanks to Victory for enlightening me to the hoppy truth; hoppiness doesn't have to mean bitter and nasty. (1,161 characters)

Photo of purplehops
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap HopDevil pours a hazy beautiful copper-orange. The head is off-white and made of very fine bubbles. A nice lace pattern was left on the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy hops with a hint of malt in the far away background. On tap the taste is like that of the bottle version only it seems brighter and more defined on tap. The battle between the bitterness of the hop and the sweetness of the malt is more in balance in the tap version. They are not so much fighting each other as they are working together in a bliss of malty bitterness. The finish is also smoother with a softer carbonation and a more floral hop flavor. Aftertaste leaves you with a smile and a desire for more and more and more. The alcohol seems almost imperceptible.
Overall an excellent IPA on tap for the hop head. Malty, medium bodied, and hoppy to perfection. (846 characters)

Photo of freed
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like the Pils, a very cool label. It pours a much deeper color - rich amber, and it foams like a wild beer might. The smell obvious; nice and fresh. The darker color is correct in suggesting this is a bigger beer than most IPAs in the malt department. Its got a meaty, rusty flavor very reminicsent of olde style Bitters, almost of an ESB, but a much more pronounced hop flavor. Its a very nice beer, though its vitals make it somewhat difficult to drink another. After finishing, there's almost the same resiny feeling I get after sampling my wort. Sweet and filling. (568 characters)

Photo of Mustard
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with, god bless Victory, a friggin' "enjoy by" date. Freaky little portrait of the Swamp Thing on the label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copperish, burnt-orange hue; fine, one-fingered head; moderate -- albeit scattered -- lacing.

Aroma: Mild notes of malt sweetness smothered under a blanket of citrusy hops.

Taste: A solid, biscuity malt character quickly gives way to a citrusy, floral hop rapist. Aftertaste reverts back to a subdued maltiness.

Mouthfeel: A thick -- almost chewy -- malt body.

Notes: Consumed this after a dark lager and had a good time. Mustard recommends this beer, but cannot support the notion that this is a top twenty-five brew. Good times. (715 characters)

Photo of Ianhockey91
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a great brew. The aroma is excellent, and with the first pour i noticed the head had a lot of staying power for an ipa. As expected, the hops hit and they hit hard. The mouthfeel however was a little thinner than expected, but still good. It left a very interesting grapefuit aftertaste in my mouth. All in all a very very drinkable beer, make sure to wait a few between your first and second ones so that you can appriciate it more. (443 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, mahogeny hue, nice thin, but well retaining head. Massive, sticky lacing, floral hops and fresh flowers noted on the nose, a very clean, inviting aroma. A blast of invigorating hops, some spices and an immediate warming effect, esters noted, although in the background. Some grapefruit noted throughout, medium to full bodied, extremely dry and some bitterness noted towards the finish. Clearly a top shelf IPA. (421 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/golden, almost mahogany color with a nice foamy light tan head. Very inviting looking beer, especially during the pour with a tornado of golden carbonation. Smell is florally hoppy right away, then some good citrous hop notes come through and some malt is back there too. This beer has a zingy floral hop flavor throughout, but the nice buttery-bready maltiness in the background sets this brew apart from other IPA's.Very crisp and drinkable despite a relatively thick consistency. The bitterness destroys any syrupy mouthfeel that may have lingered otherwise. A good american IPA that lives up to it's name. Pretty much what an IPA should be IMO (664 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew! The beer is a amber (maybe orangish) color, with a quick-dissapating head. The aroma is fantastic. The hops are strong. Fairly good whiff of grapefruit/citrus to it. The taste is equally good. The hops are VERY strong, but there is an exquisite balance to them. They aren't strong for the sake of being strong. Decent amount of body to the beer. I had this with a friend the other night, and his initial reaction was "WOW". (446 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at home out of a Victory variety case. Appearance was amber, with a bit of head retention. Smell was heavily hoppish. The taste was well............very hoppy as well. Mouthfeel was very smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Drinkability-wise, this is certainly another I could have all day!

The Victory HopDevil is truly one of the American classics of IPA, and is surely one that I would have around in the future! (422 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to be enjoyed by Oct 08 03. Pours a beautiful dark copper with a perfect fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy hops, but with nice toasty malt notes, too. Very full bodied, this IPA delivers the hops. Sniff, hops. Taste, hops. Burp, hops. Just the way I like it. Spicy, bitter, citrus, all the good stuff. Finish is dry hops with a nice sticky sweet malt balance. Slightly reserved at the finish, which is a good thing because it doesn't send me into a hop-induced coma. Victory has managed to take an IPA, hop it to hell and back and still manage to produce a well balanced brew. (588 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Some IPAs just bite you and are sometimes hard to swallow. This offering has an excellent amber appearance that leaves a clinging lace all the way down the glass. Smell is floral and not overpowering. The taste has a floral quality that is absolute perfection, just enough to add to the character, but not overpowering. The mouthfeeel is outstanding. It goes down easy and leaves a reminder of its hopping in a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Suprisingly, this brew is very drinakable, even though the ABV is up there. Of all the IPAs I've tried, by far the best. (566 characters)

Photo of sinistersteve
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got my hands on an IPA that everyone has been raving about. Beverage poured with a wonderfully thick head. Strong clean amber color. Hints of grapefruit tickled my nose. Not much lace sticks around to show off the fact that you had a wonderful beverage. A nice bitter taste to it that is not too over-the-top like some IPA's can be.

Is it good? YES!! Is it one of the best IPA ever?? Not quite, but it sure is in my top 5 list. (442 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with tan head.
Aroma is mild with a sweet citrus that is nice.
The flavor is excellent i love the intensity but it is blended well so that it is not too bitter.
The mouthfeel is light and belies the higher alcohol content.
A nice beer to go with saly or spicy foods and a nice beer to finish off a long day at work. (337 characters)

Photo of philipt
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a must for any hops lovers. Hopdevil is not overwhelmingly hoppy, but is actually well-balanced. Of course the emphasis here is on the hops qualities.

Somewhat dark copper in color with a reasonably sized cream colored head. The aroma is of very fresh hops--citrus, pine, and spicy. Taste is initially malty but very quickly changes to powerful (but not overwhelming) hops. (384 characters)

Photo of Elemental
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty big beer. The color is pale amber color like an ESB rather than a IPA. But it has a great aroma of various hops as expected. After pouring there is about 1cm of head that slowly dissapated to a light head. The taste is good with a lot of hops to please the mouth. A well balanced bitterness to match the maltiness of the beer. You can definately tell that this was run through a hopback. Its slightly spicy with a bit of sweetness.
Bottoml line: if you like hops and malt (as a BA should), you'll like this beer. (530 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not one of the best IPA's I've had and certainly nothing compared to some of the California IPA's. Poured a amber/copper color with very small head. Head dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is nice but more like an APA than an IPA. Smooth on the palate and slightly crisp. Flavor is a good balance but in my opinion just an average IPA. Also bottle could use a make-over. (379 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,446 ratings.