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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
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5,685 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,685
Reviews: 2,366
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 134
Gots: 355 | 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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drinkAK

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-24-2013 23:02:03 | More by drinkAK
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mbw314

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

04-13-2014 22:34:17 | More by mbw314
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robertjskelton

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2%

02-13-2014 01:56:57 | More by robertjskelton
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass orange color with a thick off white head. Ok lacing. Smell isn't too terribly strong. The taste has a nice hop bite upfront that balances out very nice. In fact, the hops kinda burned my lips because of the BBQ I was eating along with it. Overall, this is a very good AIPA with no bad aftertastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 22:43:24 | More by whoneeds8
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jlenik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-26-2011 23:03:13 | More by jlenik
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-16-2013 01:13:19 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

06-29-2014 02:14:52 | More by Walkerjgt
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a fluffy white head. Lacing that is as thick as the head.

Lots of orange and pine resin in the nose. Malt aromas present but understated.

A flash of nutty/carmely/biscuity malt flavors that finishes with candied orange, grapefruit rind, and earthy pine cone. Noticeably high IBUs. Very tasty.

Medium body with an oily mouthfeel from hops. Nicely carbonated.

Good IPA probably the best I have had that was made east of the Rockies. Nice balance, flavor, and drinkability. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 04:10:10 | More by bosco7
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kb2250

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

04-16-2012 21:56:39 | More by kb2250
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Buttermilk

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-04-2013 02:45:45 | More by Buttermilk
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Los1324

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

10-18-2013 23:46:49 | More by Los1324
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-21-2012 19:57:00 | More by reitzbrewing
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: copper, amber. 1.5 finger head nice lacing. Dark color for an ipa.

S: mmm citrus and pine

T: east coast ipa taste where the taste is primarily pine. But there is a citrus undertone of mostly grapefruit and the caramel malt sweetness nicely balances the beer.

M: pretty light bodied

O: a great beginner ipa but I revisit it often... Because it's great. A perfect example of an east coast ipa

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:24:49 | More by Givemebeer
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-31-2013 12:19:08 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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freshflesh

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-27-2013 10:04:41 | More by freshflesh
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can tell this is a different dog right from the pour.

When I think hoppy I have a pre-concieved notion of a yellow or plae ale. Not so here. Pours a beautiful amber with an appropraitely amber head. Lots of retention and lacing.

There is a distinct soapy-hoppy aroma that greets the nose but it doesn't scream out hops like I expected. The taste is what a well balanced beer is all about. There is a fair amount of caramel malt up front with a bold toasty middle with the hops waiting till the end to reveal themselves. Then they come in droves. It's almost a delayed hop bomb. They are slightly bitter, but not unpleasent.

The best hoppy beer I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 00:31:41 | More by yankeeheel
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Phocion

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber with a frothy beige head with amazing retention. Exactly what I expect an IPA to look like... so far, so good.

The nose is dominated by the aromas of grapefruit and orange. A hint of spiciness as well, and although I can't definitely place it I want to say coriander. Surprisingly heavy malts as well, with a whiff of heavy caramel hiding right behind the citric hops.

Very earthy flavor. The hops are somewhat disappointing for an IPA and along with a toasted malt taste my mouth is filled with an almost burnt aftertaste.

Clean and dry mouthfeel with healthy carbonation. It's not bad and it's better balanced than most IPAs, but when I buy a bottle with a picture of a demonic hop flower on the front I expect a bit more in the way of bitterness. Still, I won't have a problem finishing off the sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 23:53:19 | More by Phocion
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-17-2013 01:23:32 | More by pastramionrye7
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-29-2013 01:42:41 | More by yossarian14
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paresis

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-26-2013 00:42:17 | More by paresis
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SitkaSteve

Alaska

4/5  rDev -2%

05-21-2014 04:53:43 | More by SitkaSteve
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a big, off-white, resiny head. Bright, floral, citrus hop aroma with maybe a touch of buttery esters underneath. Amber-gold color. Starts off very bitter with an underlying sweetness (that buttery caramel), builds into a pine-sap hoppiness with prominent notes of grapefruit. Finish is hop bitter and sticky pine sap flavor, and then the malt comes through in a biscuit like quality under this, and the resin begins to take on an almost soapy flavor as it fades from my palate.

Not bad, overall. I'm not a big fan of that buttery caramel aspect, which I presume is here to lend a more authentic English characteristic to it. The smell started off FANTASTIC, but as the head faded, and the buttery caramel became more pronounced, I began to really hate the smell.
Maybe I'm overly sensitive to diacetyl (that buttery caramel)....I do tend to have a visceral, negative reaction to it. If this were on tap, I'd blame a dirty line...
Looking at the lower reviews, that seems to be a re-occuring issue for a few of us. I tend to favor the aromatic IPA's over these aggressively bitter ones (they're a fun novelty, but they get tiring).
I found the "drink by date" and I still have a month before that date, so I know this isn't ancient and stale.

I am pairing it with Prairie Breeze cheese, and that's working quite well. Hoppy bier + Cheddar (or cheddar-like) cheese = Win!
(It's also making this one easier to finish for me)

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:23:01 | More by TheSSG
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoy by: Sept. 6, 2010. Reviewed on May 6, 2010, from notes.

Coppery amber in color. Very clear with medium off-white head. Good lacing on the glass.

Citrus and pine hop aromas with some sharp herbal/planty notes. A touch of caramel malt in the background.

Pine-y hop taste with less citrus. A touch spicy. Nice and bitter up front becoming sweeter and maltier at the back end.

Feel is smooth and quite creamy. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:01:11 | More by goldbot
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quine

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%

12-08-2011 21:10:37 | More by quine
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ronin926

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

06-20-2013 04:28:56 | More by ronin926
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,685 ratings.