Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,473 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,473
Reviews: 2,403
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 188
Gots: 691 | 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 GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Best by Aug 19 '08.

Appearance: Beautifully clear amber, darker in color than most IPAs. The head leaves a bit of wispy lace as it descends into a ring.

Smell: Earth, pine, grapefruit and caramel with some herbal notes. Unusual for the style but very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Juicy grapefruit, pine and bitter herbs with an earthy malt backbone. This is drier than the nose implies; sweetness is low, serving as more of a subtle undertone than a balancing element. The finish brings out a deep resiny hop flavor, though bitterness never becomes overwhelming.

Notes: Got this one from dyan - thanks! I've had this several times in the past but never fresh. Until now, that is.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought home a bottle of this from a recent visit Stateside, due to its location of origin (never had a Pennsylvanian IPA before), and let's face it, the overtly pandering label art. Hey, it stood out from the multitude of IPAs available on the shelves during that particular shopping trip.

This beer pours a light, clear orange amber colour, with a few fingers of pillowy white head, which sticks around for more than a few minutes, and leaves a fair amount of soap bubble lacing around the glass. It smells faintly of grapefruit hops, and not much else, even as it warms. The taste starts with a grassy, flinty hop dryness, that moves to include more resinous pine bitterness, before washing over a thin caramel malt backbone to the lip-smackingly dry hop finish. The carbonation is understated, allowing the hops to remain the star of this show. The body is a wee bit less than full, but, for the style, I suppose it is just right. There is no noticeable warming from the elevated alcohol. For the strong, but not overpowering, hop goodness, and the smooth mouthfeel, this is quite a decently drinkable IPA.

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised that I haven't reviewed this yet...
Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for throwing me this extra in trade!

Attractive reddish-amber tone, fluffy head of foam. It leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass. Obviously well carbonated, with a slight haze of suspended micro-sediment.

Aroma is spicy and bready, it seems more malty than most US IPA's. Flavor follows suit, very malty with spicy hop accents. A little grassy, with an herbal hop aftertaste. Bready malt has some light buttery character. Really easy drinking, fairly mild for an IPA, meaning it's not too amped-up and aggressive. Very accessible IPA from Victory.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

famous for a reason,but really the first of its kind... a big bold merger of a red ale and an ipa. pours redish with plenty of head, smells like an ipa, but add some malty sweetness a la american red/amber ale. makes for a really nicely balanced flavor profile with the hops still dominant. bitter but not brital finish. medium body and good carbonation make it plenty drinkable. goes great with grilled chicken, and gets a nice warm buzz on

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy/bronze color with a foamy, creamy, small, off-white head. It left sticky, sheeets of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, roasted caramel malt and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sharp, bitter hops with a very solid caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee emerge as the beer warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fizzy. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a great IPA with a sharp hop character and a smooth maltiness.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what cask conditioning can do! I'll assume everyone is familiar with the standard Hop Devil (if not, check out the standard reviews first). The color remains the same, but the head holds to the end of the glass and gives a solid wall of lace. The cask version also has a much lighter nose - I guess that's mainly because the limited carbonation brings it up less. Smooth hop & malt aroma. It has a light silky mouthfeel. The flavor expresses a soft malt of light, sweet biscuity caramel, and a more balanced grassy hop flavor and bitterness. So English! A totally different beer! You wouldn't think the bottled version could do this. Similar, in many ways, to Young's Dirty Dick. I'm sure that the standard draft or bottled version would stand up to some spicy fries, but the cask version gets a little lost. Absolutely worth trying. No wonder it did so well at the 2002 GBBF!

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,473 ratings.