Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,430 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,430
Hads: 6,874
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 239
Gots: 1,073 | 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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, front of label says best before 4/21/07, so I'm late by about a week, no big deal. Head retention is good, lacing just OK. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a red/orange color with about an inch off-white head. It smells like pine and citrusy hops. The taste is citrusy and pine hops (grapefruit) with a bit of malt, but it's the hops that are the most noticable. Very nice bitter taste too. Mouthfeel is medium, with it being a bit creamy and oily/slick. Drinkability is good, it's even better if you're a hophead. Overall I think it's a pretty decent IPA. (577 characters)

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. (371 characters)

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. (839 characters)

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. (550 characters)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange colour with a very large frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, caramel, citrus zest, a nuttiness, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer is perfectly carbonated and it feels very smooth and creamy on the tongue. It has a sweet malt taste with lots of hops and caramel. There is also lots of citrus taste and some notes of pine. I'm also picking up on some fruit esters. It finishes with a sugary sweet then bitter hop aftertaste that you can feel in your cheeks even after a few seconds have passed.

Drink - A good that I'll be happy to have again. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and this is a highly drinkable beer. It's really tasty and worth seeking out. (925 characters)

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. (767 characters)

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! (655 characters)

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. (264 characters)

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.

Cheers,

The CPJ (275 characters)

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. (541 characters)

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 (700 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an impy pint glass, Hop Devil is clear copper with a tight, creamy khaki head that is long lasting, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is softer floral, citrus hops, fairly spicy.

Taste very well balanced for a big IPA, my favorite thing about this beer, which I've had many, many times. I really like how floral the hops are, big but subdued at the same time, a much different hop profile then the pine/grapefruit combo I've become so accustomed to here in the NW. Smooth semi-sweet malt is countered by a very firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel oily, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is high. Hop Devil keeps it smooth while still delivering a very sophisticated hop fix, with almost no indication of the robust ABV. This is so anti-west coast, I love it! Brings but great memories of my 10 years in Pittsburgh. (839 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date poured into pint glass

Pours a slightly hazed auburn with golden tones. A light head dissipates leaving sparse film and lacing.

Some caramel and roasted malt in the nose along with a flair of bitter hops.

Biting hops right up front explode into a large amount of citrusy flavor. Grapefruit and orange are present, with a bit of sweetness creeping in. The malt backbone is apparent on the back end, with some caramel and bready qualities. Finishes with further piny hoppiness and some lingering dryness.

Medium bodied, higher on the carbonation, and a little dry. Easy drinking, quality flavor profile, and the alcohol is masked well. A pretty solid beer from Victory, but there's some better IPAs around for sure. (753 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.7% ABV, Enjoy by Oct 29th 2013

A - Dark orange rind amber hued, HopDevil's strong carbonation keeps floating particles in suspension while feeding the low creamy, off-white head. Sticky lace is left behind, circling the pint in rings.

S - Strong floral hops greet the olfactory right away and are backed by juicy tropical fruit notes and a faint hint of pine. Robust maltiness balances the hop-leaning aroma with toast and brown breadiness for an inviting nose.

T - Chewy caramel-drizzled warm, thickly sliced bread has a stranglehold on the beer but is briefly dethroned by smooth floral hops with a citrus, tropical fruit bite and earthy pine finish.

M - HopDevil's bolder maltiness gives the beer a heavier feel with sharp carbonation and dry hoppiness coming in on the bitter finish.

O - HopDevil is decidedly hoppy with plenty of floral, citrus, and pine notes and a bitter finish but the hops seem to do more work balancing against the big malt body of the beer rather than the other way around but, HopDevil remains a powerful beer regardless. (1,114 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy dark amber, barely transparent, with a thick beige head. Decent aroma is hoppy and has evergreen and yeasty tones. Flavor is fiercely hoppy with a considerable yeasty overtone, not too much bitterness, and even a sweet hint. Texture is smooth and lively, leaving a satisfying finish. (298 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seethur ruby brown with good head and lacings. A large hoppy aroma of dark fruit and some gran/bread malt in there. The hops catch the tongue immediately, with hints of citrus and an earthy flavor and some malts. But it is pretty much hops - and very smooth. I thought that was nice, and I am not a hophead so it was appreciated. A little dry for my liking, but all in all a good beer and a must for hops lovers. (414 characters)

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

A clear caramel color brew with a medium off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is mild citrus hops with a firm yeasty malt base. The flavor is nice orange peel hops with a bit of malt blended in. A smooth mid-bodied beauty that is very drinkable. Pleasantly carbonated, just an overall agreeable choice with fair hops presence to appeal to most anyone that appreciates some bitterness to their beer. Recommended. (416 characters)

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

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. (396 characters)

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. (855 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby color and is mostly clear. Fat 2 finger head collapses slowly to a rocky, pillowy light beige mountain range. This is a good looking beer.

What a surprise, I smell hops first...but they are not overbearing, more like a light west coast grapefruit hoppyness. I can definitely identify a slightly sweet maltiness as well. A pretty complex little IPA here.

Yes, the malts are readily on display as well as the bitter, citrusy hops. Dont get me wrong, this is quite a hoppy beer, but there is more to it than just the alpha acids. Caramel and toasty malt flavors really impress.

A pretty damn good IPA, but not quite great. Sure to revisit this one sometime down the road. (684 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep amber orange color. A small white head forms and leaves spotty lace.
S: Floral, piny, and grapefruit hops. Lots of bitter hops and not much malt detected.
T: Bitter hops of grapefruit and citrus. Almost no malt balance whatsoever.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp snap of carbonation. The bitterness makes this hard from me to drink and session.

I am not a big fan of IPA's, though there are some I enjoy. This is not one of them. Not the worst beer or IPA I have had, but I was not very impressed. Lots of bitterness and no depth IMO. (551 characters)

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. (689 characters)

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. (396 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - bright amber with 1 finger white frothy head with good retention and great lacing.

S - Citrus, grassy, a touch of pine, malt

T - A well balance IPA with high citrus character but well balance with malt, alcohol, and other hop notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O - Well balance citrus, the way I like um. (362 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden copper colored beer with lots of small particles floating around giving it the appearance of cloudy. The head is off white, thick, decent retention, and leaves a nice lacing.

S-lightly toasted malt, grainy, and pale malts kick off the nose. Hops come in next bringing apricot and honey

T-very grainy and lots of pale malts, light floral esters and a touch of apricot and honey, finish brings a lot of bitterness

M-good body, lighter end of medium, very smooth and a little syrupy. Coats the throat a little bit; but not overtly.

D-3.5 not super easy drinking with all the bitterness and lacks the big tropical fruit hop presence or pine, mainly malt and bitter. (674 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,430 ratings.