Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,946 | Reviews: 2,374 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
An amazing brew. A redish colour with a retaining head. Pleasant aroma, great choice late afternoon and before dinner as so tasty and inetresting on its own. A wake up call to the senses from the hops. Very popular with my mates. We all will have it again. Will tingle and numb the tongue. Was hoppy but mellower when had a year later on tap at Clark's Ale House.
01-13-2004 03:44:36 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev -11%
Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and some caramel aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and a slight brown sugar/caramel flavor on the finish. There is an astringent hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but I am not a fan of the astringent bitterness on this one.
09-07-2012 05:50:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Super fresh at the brewery. Nothing like a good hoppy beer straight from the source. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a nice copper color with an off white head and some lace rings as it goes down. Nose brings a good amount of pine and floral notes as well as a bit of citrus. Taste adds some caramel but is mostly pine and floral hops without too much bitterness. Medium body and slightly dry. The first few times I had this I was not a huge fan but it has really grown on me over time.
10-20-2010 12:26:20 | More by Thorpe429
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
A: The beer is light amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is dominated by aromas of pine resin hops and there are also some notes of caramel malts.
T: There is a good balance between the flavors caramel malts and hops; there is a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops but this isn't very overpowering. Bitterness really stands out in the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable - I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.
09-28-2010 00:54:28 | More by metter98
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Slightly cloudy orange-amber, more orange than most. The head is pale orange to light toffee in color and leaves wisps and small sheets of sticky lace as it falls. The nose is hoppy, but it isn't one-dimensional. Malt is appreciated, as is a certain spiciness.
The flavor is of hops and caramel malt. The hops win comfortably, but there's more malt than I'm used to in an American IPA. Those of you who like a strong malt presence or a balanced character in your IPAs will love it. Citrus fruit is front and center, especially grapefruit and orange peel.
The body/mouthfeel is medium-full and is nicely done. It's very slightly dry on the finish, which is where the hops assert themselves to an even greater extent.
Even though I like my IPAs to be slanted a little more toward the hoppy end of the scale, this is a very good beer and is one that I'll buy whenever I have the opportunity. Love the HopDevil on the label.
01-07-2004 18:49:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.21/5 rDev +3.2%
Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a one finger head that hangs around for a while; leaves quite a bit of lacing behind, too
Smell: Lots of grapefruity aromatics, with an underlying biscuity malt aspect
Taste: After the initial sweet malt front end, it doesn't take long for the hops to assert themselves, with a blast of citrus fruit (grapefruit and lemon) bitterness; nicely balanced into the finish go both the sweet biscuity malt and the bitter hops, with the hop flavors winning out at the end
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: This is a very nice example of a balanced IPA; plenty of bitter flavors but a nice malty backbone to make it more drinkable
08-12-2005 22:40:04 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Pours a rich copper with a nice creamy colored head and significant lace. Looks great. Smell is richly hopped , with even a bit of a sugary presence. Taste was very nice, not overly upfront with the hops, but it will catch you on the back end. Nice dry finish. Again that almost caramel malty taste rounds this out very nicely. Very smooth as well. This is a good IPA that is not Crazy Hopped, although I do prefer insanely hopped beers. Overall very nice.
11-22-2006 23:54:57 | More by mikesgroove
4.21/5 rDev +3.2%
Devilishly deliciousness is what comes from the depths of Pennsylvanian brewing to reward all area hop-heads with a sharp and citrusy bitterness, backed by the malty tendencies that give east-coat IPA their uniqueness.
Its deep amber hue foreshadows its malt balance just as the sweetness hits the tongue and its savory and crusted aromas begin to satisfy the savory seeking senses. But the quick rebuttal from hops suggest a stern counter taste with its own grapefruit, orange and pine flavor.
And with those graham cracker and caramel sweetnesses smolder underneath, the middle palate shifts to hop flavor. Its sharp and acidic flavors of pink grapefruit, ripe orange peels and sappy pine needles frame a hop dominance to command the beer's taste thereafter.
As the malt continues its decline, the hops turn deeply resinous and bitter- cleaning the taste and drying it simultaneously. Its mild warmth is hidden by hop flavor as the ale concludes with peppery bite and a pep of ginger.
Unlike many of the more "West Coast" varieties, Victory Hop Devil targets hop-heads with a sensibility for balance. A delightful taste for any hop lover.
06-13-2014 05:41:29 | More by BEERchitect
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown beer with a nice head with above standard retention. Aroma is quite nice with the hops defiantly in evidence. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dosage of hops leaving a very enjoyable bitterness on my tongue. Full body without a hint of the alcohol showing. Great one for Victory.
08-04-2004 19:45:24 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Thanks to Jason for sending this one as an extra. I tried it quite some time ago, when I first started getting into beer, so it is nice to revisit this beer.
A: The pour is a clear amber color which is, sort of dark for an IPA, I must say. There's a thin off-white head to go with it.
S: Certainly some hops on the nose. Much more toward the sweet, fruity side of things with notes of mango, tangerine, orange, and overripe pineapple. Some caramel maltiness is in there as well.
T: Surprisingly bitter for such a sweet nose. Quite a bit of pine with a bit of a citrus peel bitterness, too. Some lemon zest and maybe a little bit of soap? A touch of bread and slightly burnt toffee, as well.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Maybe not quite as good as I had remembered it being a couple years ago, but still a pretty good and readily available IPA from Victory.
01-07-2011 04:36:08 | More by womencantsail
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
Appearance: Pours a medium copper-amber body with a dense, creamy off-white head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, floral aroma with some citrus and brown sugar. Also, there's a fruitiness to it, but beyond some peaches its more of a vague fruitiness for me, like standing with your back to a fruit platter at a party.
Taste: Soft flavors throughout, be it the toasty malts, grapefruit, or the single drop of caramel sweetness, and though the finish is light in its bitterness, there is an acidic flare-up right on the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a lively carbonation. Slight warmth from the alcohol.
Drinkability: Overall, its a fairly easygoing IPA, with none of the flavors ever really pronouncing themselves, leaving the experience a bit lacking.
05-19-2007 20:22:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.5/5 rDev -38.7%
Pours a medium copper color with a nice short but firm white head.
Nose is Sweet malt and ripe peaches (no hop character in nose) but a very pleasant almost assertive "good Belgian" nose.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, no creamy character but with huge hop bitter flavors with underlying lightly sweet malt. Bitter hops and malt to not juxstapose well; not well balanced and the layers are not integrated. Very bitter pine resin flavors that are inconsistent with the nose that is not the floral dry hop character or the pineapple character of a big hoppy beer but more candi sugar.
Flavors are not consistent with nose at all. There is no bright character, no crisp, clean or desireable character to the flavors of this beer. It's sort of "bitter for bitter's sake."
Finish is the biggest bitter (unpleasant) pine resin character I've had to date, and not a good bitterness but a "chemical" or synthetic bitter character. I can't see this being a beer to drink.
03-13-2010 09:03:23 | More by GRG1313
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Two finger head, Smell is hoppy, pine-like and not overwhelming. Taste is spicey, with hints of caramel. Full bodied and dry aftertaste. The hoppiness is very strong on the initial taste and there is no letting up from there on. I think the A+ given by "The Bros" is generous. The beer is very good but not A+ good.
06-26-2011 22:17:27 | More by kylehay2004
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Hop Devil pours out a golden copper color with a decent foamy white head on it. The head gives off a good lacing down the glass that sticks for just about the entire time you have it. The smell has a wonderful aroma of hops spewing from it. The taste of the beer has an interesting spicy hoppiness to it. There is a light maltiness in the flavor as well but mostly a very strong hop flavor throughout. The mouthfeel was is medium bodied and has a nice stinging on the tongue from the carbonation and hops. Overall it's an impressive IPA and really worth looking into.
06-07-2011 15:43:27 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev 0%
First of the Victory line I have tried and I came away very impressed.Now Iam not a hop-head but this beer has a nice balance to the hoppiness.Poured a real nice rich copper color with a pillowey head,the aroma of hops hits ya from almost a foot away.Taste is herbal hoppy with a nice nutty malt background.Had this at a pub in Blue Bell not far from my new place.
05-07-2003 10:41:34 | More by oberon
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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