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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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2,472 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,472
Hads: 7,079
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 267
Gots: 1,282 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of sweemzander
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by date of 09-16-2009.

(A)- Pours a red amber color with tiny floating particles. 2-finger head dissipated down to a solid layer of tan foam on the surface that is still present even with the last drop. Some lacing.

(S)- Creamy pine with citrus of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malty background evident. Almost has a peach/floral aroma in there too.

(T)- Again, super creamy citrus of pineapple and grapefruit. Good hop bite that is balanced nicely with a malty sweet finish.

(M)- A nice creamy citrus mouthfeel that moves into the bitterness of hops and then you experience the slightly sweet malts at the end. This beer is really nicely balanced and the flavors are layered in such a way that you get one after another. Solid carbonation.

(D)- A great and enjoyable IPA that has a bit more malt to it than most, but I really enjoy it. A really creamy taste and mouthfeel is very appealing as well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Idle Hour in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a hazy dark orange, with a towering 3 inch head. Visible carbonation. Foamy, strong lacing.

Smells like very strong pine, and lemon.

Tastes pretty similar, earthy dank spicy pine flavors, grapefruit, with some unexpected black pepper, and strong bitterness. Present but not overwhelming caramel malt flavors.

Full, creamy mouthfeel on this one- very interesting for an IPA. Well carbonated.

Victory's original IPA, before Dirt Wolf and Hop Ranch came on the scene and stole the show. It still holds up, though.

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

Pours a deep copper color with a slight head. Nice pungent/oily/flowery mix in the aroma. This is a decent brew. Pretty solid caramel malt backing. Good hop flavor, but again, I'd prefer more bitterness. Easy drinking for an IPA. There's no signature taste here that really stands out. This is another IPA that everybody else seems to die for and I just think it is plain good, but not great.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark orange with a dark yellow-cream colored head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Sweet malts mostly, some citrus tones as well.

T - Oranges, grapefruit, and again some malts.

D - Average carbonation, slightly thick body.

O - A sweet, hoppy ipa.

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

What an overrated IPA from the East Coast. Its not bad, but boy, is it overrated. I think this is probably middle of the road at best for a California IPA.

Something weird about Victory's hoppy beers (this one and Hop Wallop). . . they seem more like English IPAs with a higher amount of hops. Rather than the usual hop character used out West, these ones seem to just load up on whatever Euro style hops (E. Kent goldings, Hallertau, Saaz) as opposed to some of the higher alpha acid hops out West.

Beer looks decent, nice amber goldness, smells like a minimal hop bouquet of some of those other hops, taste dissapates too quickly. Just expected more from the label and reputation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange amber in color. The carbonation is spot on with another half inch of head. Poured just right!

S - Aggressive hops with bitter pine and grapefruit. I get a mild malt but indeed it smells hop forward.

T - It quite good in fact. I do wish the malt profile was a bit stronger to balance the intense hop blast on my tongue but with a name like Hop devil it's indeed hoppy. Malt is there to balance and make it drinkable but it really wasn't too balanced still enjoyable.

M - Light to medium the bitterness was spot on.

Overall I liked this beer. I found it even more hop forward than my current favorite DIPA Mojo Risin. Well done victory!

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a decent reddish-copper color with a one-finger head that quickly fades.

Aroma: Smooth and very hoppy on the nose. Malty too.

Taste: Starts off smooth and malty and then the hop bitterness kicks in with mild citrusy notes. It's smooth and not overly bitter. Feels balanced on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Decent hop bitterness. Good malt backbone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an IPA. It does remind me a bit much of an APA but the hop bitterness alone makes up for that.

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

A-Dark amber with a small bubbly head.

S-Not as pungent as I remember. Floral hops. Malty sweetness. Slight booze. Spiciness.

T-Better than the smell in my opinion. Floral and pine hops overpower the slight caramel malt. Spice is apparent; booze is better masked in the taste.

M-Light to medium bodied. Smooth and mildly slick.

D-Easy drinker especially for 6.7%. Easy to drink a 6er of this.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried this fresher, but still not terribly impressed. This bottle best by 4/12.

Pours a clear copper color with an ivory, solid one finger head that lingers and leaves light lacing.

A caramel, bready malt backbone supports hop aromas of grapefruit, lemon, and resin. There's a toasted note at the finish. Pine comes out as it warms.

Flavor is bready malt initially, with a nutty, toasted character in the slightly bitter finish. Grapefruit, pineapple, and bitter resin are interwoven in the profile.

Body is moderate with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

Overall, a more malt forward ipa than the moniker might suggest. A bit more hop complexity would really make this exceptional, as well as a tamer toast character.

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with futura123. Thanks Will.

Clear amber colour with a smooth, foamy light tan head. Fair head retention.

Smooth malty aroma with some resinous herbal hops. Slightly grassy with a touch of pine.

Malty with a heavy dose of bitter resinous hops. Not all that bright and fruity but still nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid East Coast IPA which, while maltier than I like, is still quite drinkable and a nice beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Downingtown, PA. Not at the brewery itself, but close enough. Anyway...
Pours a nice copper color with an off white head and some lace rings as it goes down.
Aromas begin with a good amount of pine and floral hops as well as a bit of citrus.
The tastes add some caramel but is mostly pine and floral hops without too much bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly dry.
Overall it is good, but forgettable in a sea of IPAs which exist in today's market. Good to find on tap amongst the other domestic swill my hotel had on tap.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle has a Best By 12/10/13.

The beer comes in a deep red ruby color with a bit of brown in there. It has a frothy creamy white head.

It doesn’t have much of an aroma. Fresh hops and a malty sweetness.

The flavor has a pop of grapefruit and bitter tea. Then the malt is a bit grainy actually, but also with some caramel sweetness. The finish is an earthy piney finish. It almost has that resiny dank bitterness like marijuana. It’s pretty dry and bitter on the end.

This is a very well done IPA. It actually reminds me a slightly smaller Arrogant Bastard.

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

This has been one of my favorite IPA's for about a year, but somehow I've never rated it until now.

I usually drink this straight from the bottle, but last night poured one into a glass. The color was darker orange than I expected. Decent head too. Smells and tastes hoppy but without an overly bitter after-taste. It reminds me most of Stone IPA. Nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a bright amber color and a somewhat cloudy texture. There was an inch of head that dissipated quickly.

S: Floral hops, a bit of malt and something sweet in this area.

T: Naturally, as the name would imply, the hops were front and center. There are also some caramel(?) flavors, as well as malt.

M: There was a good amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish here.

D: Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. The hops provide a sharp bitterness, but it's a well-balanced flavor.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a light amber with a decent white head that lasts about 1 minute, light lacing.

The smell is all hops, nothing else on the nose.

The taste is ok, nothing but hops again. Not a great finish. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Trappeze in Athens.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of moderately grainy caramel malts with good amounts of floral and light pine hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more earthy as the spruce notes fade, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was expecting more of this beer after having Hop Wallop a few times but the hops were surprisingly faint. A nice beer but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA. Bottle notes 'Enjoy by Jan 11.' I'm confused as to how this is so past it's prime. From notes.

A - Poured a copper colour with nice streams of carbonation coming up. Bright. Two finger cream coloured head with a creamy texture and lot's of chunky lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrusy, floral, bready.

T - Grapefruit, bready, caramel, citrus, resins. Seems a little weak, which is to be expected for the date. Malt offers more balance than is typical for the style.

M - Medium bitterness, dry, good carbonatgion, medium to full body.

O/D - Not sure how I should rate this. I enjoyed the beer but I understood the potential of it had it not been so out of date. I can see the potential for it's IPA hop profile to shine through more heavily, however it didn't on this sample. Still a good beer this time 'round.

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Photo of Gusler
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s been almost a year since I sampled this “Elixir of Life”, and Victory is in my top 10 all time favorite breweries, just so damn many fine beers, and only one mouth.

An unclouded deep amber to copper color as it mellows away in my glass, the head portly in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a beauteous light tan with the resultant lace a satin like sheet to cover the glass. The rich aroma of the hops, crisp and fresh with a sweet malt backing, what a treat for the senses, start is rich in malt, sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is peacefully acidic, the hops masterful in their spiciness, dry as a desert bone aftertaste that takes the hops till the very last drop, one damn fine brewery, one double damn good beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper orange in color. Thin white head, nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops with a faint malt background.

T - First taste is sweet citrusy hops and bready malts. Bitter zing follows and dwindles in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Sticky.

D - Good quality east coast IPA. Not as powerful as the West Coasters, but sometimes i prefer this balance when it comes to drinkability.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy copper with a half inch frothy, off-white head the bubbled and effervesced right below the cap; good head retention with spotty bands of lacing as the brew recedes. Nose suggests some grapefruity hops, with caramel on a malty backbone, suggesting sweet flavors in the mouth. Taste consistent with nose - some hops upfront, but finishes malty sweet with just a light bitterness that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied with a pleasant, consistent background effervescence. Nice drinkability, but this is not your typical IPA. It's a bit too malty and less hoppy than I appreciate in the style.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Golden Orange Red with 1 finger white head

Smell: citrus, hops, sweet malts,

Taste: piney, citrus, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, bitter,

Drinkability: a very nice ipa. could definitely drink a few of these.



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Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 04 JAN 16; it's been a few years since I had this one. Definitely time to try it again
A - fluffy ivory head holds great retention atop a copper colored ale
S - grapefruit zest, caramel, bread crust, pine
T - nice grapefruit and pine for hop flavors, heavy malt backbone of caramel, bread, and toasted grain
M - smooth and creamy, fuller body, quite resinous with hop oils sticking to the palate, finishes moderately bitter with pine and grapefruit lingering
O - always a good IPA to come back to. It's been a few years for me, but it's just as good as I remember.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bought a 6 pack at Brawleys in Charlotte

appearance: hazy copper with a foam white head and impressive lacing

smell: mmm, hops. a bouquet of floral citrus hops backed by sweet malty aromas. dominated by beautiful hops

taste: a brilliant hop profile...not terribly bitter due to a nice balancing effect from the sweet malts. tangerine citrus flavors dominate the tongue

mouthfeel: nice carbonation, medium body, oily hop feel

drinkability: as is the case with many hoppy ipa's i like to enjoy them 1 or 2 at a time

victory is an exceptional brewery, too bad their stuff isn't available in Wisco. Hop Devil is my kind of IPA and I will look for this stuff when home in NC

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a deep orange amber with a good amount of carbonation. A fluffy, slightly off-white two finger head bubbled up after a steady pour and had excellent staying power and significant lacing. Pretty.

The nose is full of sweet toasted crystal malt and grapefruit. Pretty much a 50/50 split here. Perfectly balanced.

The taste mimics the nose. Solid grapefruit hops and toasted crystal malt, very well-balanced. Leaves a slight sweet finish in its wake.

Medium bodied with that typical elite IPA creaminess.

The alcohol is well-hidden in this IPA. Absolutely buried. A very drinkable beer.

This became a favorite the first time I had this beer about 9 years ago. It was love at first sip. It was a must at my wedding.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper, amberish color with a light tan head. Huge grapefruity citrus hop aroma ! Hop flavors are very high with an assertive hop bitterness. Medium bodied (leans light) and smooth. I tasted little malt character but this beer was not overly bitter to me since the hop character is so citrusy pleasant.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,472 ratings.