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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

6,080 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,080
Reviews: 2,378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 160
Gots: 529 | 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 beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Poured a clear apple-cherry color with a foamy 1 finger beige head that displayed excellent retention through most of the drink. A nice sheet lacing was left behind.

S: The nose yielded bright citrus, light pine and dry grapefruit.

T: sweet and citrusy with pine with a dry flowery hopping. There was a huge, dry munich malt backbone and dry hopping in the middle of the palate. On the finish was dried grapefruit, dry flowers with a good carbonation bite. Overall a very nice, dry flowery hopping that coats the tongue with bittering success.

M: a medium fullness and creminess with a nice carbonation presence.

D: A great citrusy and dry flowery hopped ipa backed by an equally huge dry toasted munich backbone makes this a standout. Leaves your tongue dry and anxious for the next sip.

beerthulhu, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a pale amber with a mountain of off white, dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has floral, piny hop aromas as well as some some bready, malty notes. The taste is bready, biscuity, doughy up front with some bitter, piny, pineapple-like, citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

The flavor profile here is complex and intense. The hops reach every spectrum and the malt is complimentary and reaching in its own right. Definitely worth checking out.

tdm168, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Kelp, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a hazy brown/red, thick off white head forms, lots of lacing and good retention, head lasts until the end. Smell is sweet and malty, lots of toffee, but with nice floral/pine hops, good balance. Taste is sweet toffee, some grains, lots of floral hops, little bit of pine, clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great IPA, superb balance, easy drinking. Thanks for the bottle DrJay/or Dan.

Viggo, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev -2%

sendbeer, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a dark amber color with a slight red tint to it. It started with a moderate sized, sticky white head to it which lasted pretty well into drinking it. I love the color.

The aroma shows a lot of bitter, citrusy, grapefruit, hoppy flavors to it. Behind that I get some sweeter, slightly caramel like malts peeking through. It doesn't feel sweet at all even though you seem to get a pretty strong malt presence.

The taste shows more of those bitter, citrusy, juicy, hop flavors throughout the beer. I get grapefruit being the most present, with some orange flavors coming through as well. Again the malt comes through pretty well, but manages to show little sweetness. The finish is dry and bitter with more of the grapefruit flavors lingering.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it's a pretty solid beer with a bold bitter, hop profile to it. Very drinkable and flavorful beer.

billab914, May 13, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%

served in pint glass.

A - scant head quickly dissipates. Nice but slightly cloudy orange-amber color.

S - sweet hops, but not as much as one might expect for a beer called HopDevil.

T - perhaps less hoppy than expected, given Hopdevil label and "American IPA" style, but more pronounced flavor than the aroma leads one to expect. Smooth, with nice finish. American hops.

M - good carbonation level

D - good hoppy session beer

chinchill, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

Bighuge, Apr 19, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

It had been a while since I tried this beer, so it seemed like a good place to start on my first trip to the Victory brewpub since moving to the area (yesterday). And how was I going to say no to it on cask?

It produced superb, thick rings of lace and was a rich amber colour, but a little on the murky side. The grapefruit aroma was very pronounced and a little sharp compared to what I remember from the bottled version. The same grapefruit character was in the flavour as well, along with a very solid, caramel, malty backbone to balance the ample bitterness. It felt very full in the mouth as well - I was a little surprised since many beers I've tried on cask seem a little thinned out without the extra carbonation. Overall, quite excellent! I'm sure the guys back in Toronto will be jealous.

DrJay, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -2%

dmorgan310, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -13%

12 oz received from seanpachefddfa and the East Coast Beer Tour LIF.... poured into my shaped SA glass. thanks Sean.

2 finger head disappears quickly.... no lacing.. descent cap.. brew is a hop hazed sunset orange.

aroma is fairly muted.. some citrus and spicy hops are noted.. but there is quite a bit of malt going on here.

fairly bitter out of the gate melts into the thick pale and light caramel malts... hop flavors are a pithy grapefruit.. resinous yet earthy hoppiness.. body is pretty standard for an AIPA.. so is the carbonation... finish is long and fairly harsh bitterness.

Not bad.. just not great.. seems sorta one dimensional.

Thanks again Sean!

3.5/3.5/3.5/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -2%

Zaphog, May 04, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +22.5%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, 12oz'er poured into a tulip. Thanks again Jon, BBD of November 15th, 2010.

Appears a rusty golden brown, relatively translucent with only about a finger or so of head even with some aggression on my part. Thin layer of head, sticky lace. Aroma is very nice, well rounded out with a ton of different citrus notes, lots of pineapple, lemon zest, a bit of grapefruit initially, some peach and as always, yer usual rich, and sweet caramel malt. Nice stuff, even for something not as fresh as it probably should be. Taste is quite bitter up front, and the hops are well known. More citrus here, and at points I want to think the bitterness borders on something potentially enamel ripping when fresh (for an IPA at least). Similar hop profile to what I've noticed in a variety of Victory beers (at least in Prima Pils and Hop Wallop at this point). Long bitter and drying finish. Good drinkability as I can't detect the alcohol, but the bitterness of this would likely prevent from several in succession.

liamt07, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

glid02, Aug 16, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear copper color with a head that was just off-white and had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was nicely balanced between the hops and malt, with traces of pine, citrus and floral notes all apparent. The flavor was very similar and had many of the same features, with a nice dry finish.

The body was very good, smooth and nicely coating without being overly sticky. Drinkability was also very good, for a hoppy beer it goes down smoothly and having several is a joy.

Overall, a very good example of the style that is certainly worth your time.

beertunes, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev 0%

A: Bronze (a little darker than the average IPA), with an off-white head. There's a little retention & lace.

S: Mostly citrus and pine, with a little sweet malt in the background.

T: Lots of American hop flavour here, but it's a nice blend (citrus, floral & pine with a little earth in the aftertaste). There seems to be an underlying malt sweetness, but this ones certainly balanced to the bitter side. Quite refreshing, and I wouldn't have suspect the alcohol was this high.

M: Moderate body is a little oily & acidic. Moderate carbonation has a prickly, thirst-quenching feel.

D: As long as you like American hops, this is very drinkable. The alcohol content will catch up to you though!

Derek, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours amber-gold, with rosy highlights. The beer has a thick, foamy cream head that sustains while drinking. Smells of cream and hops, smoke and toffee. Taste is slightly sour, with sweet malty overtones. The beer has dominant hoppy notes, and some peppery characteristics. The spice is present in the aftertaste, and the finish is smooth and creamy. Light hops are consistent throughout the beer, helping to balance the other flavors. Smooth and easy to drink, and the low ABV allows for multiple follow-ups without doing too much damage.

GarthDanielson, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Gusler, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper color with a thin off white head that leaves some lace on the sides. Aroma hits you with hops; pine and grapefruit, but there's also some malt in the background, a bit of caramel. Taste assaults the the taste buds with hops, much like the smell. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected and is a bit dry in the finish, no lingering hops on the palette. Great brew, not as hoppy as some out there, but certainly very drinkable. I taste no alcohol and could easily drink to many of these.

johnnnniee, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Brad007, May 26, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,080 ratings.