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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

6,632 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,442
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 215
Gots: 851 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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 miadw3
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber-red with minimal head. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet malt with a slight note of bitter hops.

T - Taste of sweet malt and caramel, but not much hop notes. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Perhaps the bottle was not fresh, but this was a malt bomb for me. Very little hop presence and tons of sweet malt. Enjoyed Hop Wallop MUCH more.

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

A - Pours a deep reddish amber, foamy 2.5 finger head with thick lacing

S - Decent amount of piney hops with some nice sweet malt in the background. Almost a bit of grape in the scent.

T - A decent hop character but nothing fantastic. Certainly expecting something more foward, almost a tad weak. Hops fade quickly into some roasted malt. After a few sips the balance seemed to come out a little more.

M - Decent amount of carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is a bit thin, actually.

D - Goes down very smooth. Incredibly drinkable. It wouldn't be hard to put a few of these down.

Overall, it was a pretty decent IPA, but I felt like something was missing. In a way it was a little weak for my tastes. Again, a good beer, just not fantastic.

Photo of twenteone
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Cvescalante
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of core42
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of TEKNISHE
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Jesse13713
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A crisp amber-golden brown. Reminds me of the leaves in the fall. Appears very citrusy with average carbonation.

Smell - A slightly milky citrus. Hoppy and floral.

Taste - Bursting with floral notes, citrus and lemon zest. Bitter and very 'springy'.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied and easy to drink. Delicious all throughout and it kept me entertained. I know this is a short review, but I liked the beer quite a bit.

Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Seaba
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of freshcarl
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Number3red
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of ronin926
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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

I have heard so much about the vaunted HopDevil, that I knew that I must make a foray into hop hell. But after trying it, I'm thinking this is closer to heaven.

Pours a slightly orange copper, with a persistent white head that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is very fruity... orange rind, grapefruit, carmel... with some floral notes. Flavor begins with some caramel, and finishes with a somewhat acidic grapefruit... and a fair amount of bitterness... although it's nicely balanced by the malt. Somewhat prickly with a medium body. I can see why this one is highly regarded! A great beer for the hophead.

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

Not a huge hop fan as of yet, but slowly becoming one. This beer poured into the glass a bright amber/copper color. There were slight bubbles as you peered into the glass. The head seemed quiet thick and white. The lace clinged to the sides dragging the whole way down. The aroma was dominated by the hops. There were hints of citrus and sweet malt as well. The taste was big. Much like the aroma the hoppy taste was present. But through the hops you notice slight fruit like grapefruit. You also notice hints of a toasted malt. A good beer, a bit strong if you are just starting to review hoppy beers, but I would come back, and try more.

Photo of Nipitato
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Brookline Liqour Mart in Brighton

A: Copper hue. Poured with a vigorous head that disappated to less than a quarter of an inch. Left a nice lacing on glass. Brilliant clarity.

S: Piney intense floral aroma with a little fruity citrus thrown in there to boot.

T: Ardent hoppy flavor. Piney, cloyingly hoppy bitter taste up front and carried through to the end. A slight malt base is hiding out behind all those hops but comes nowhere near balancing out the aggressive hoppy taste of this beer and that is fine with me.

M: Moderate body slightly resiny. Hoppy astringency makes this a thirst quenching brew.

D: Probably one of the best examples of an American IPA out there. An acquired taste but once acquired you will keep coming back for more.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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

This is one of the best beers brewed in the U.S. It is a big, hoppy beer. The flavor of hops comes through clean and pure. Although I typically don't enjoy beers over 6% ABV (unless from Belgium) this beer does not have that alcohol flavor so many American IPA's have. I definitely need to visit the brewery for a fresh sample, but doubt it could be any better.

Photo of drewbage
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12 ounce brown bottle with no freshness date.

Beer pours bright orange with minimal haze with a large white fluffy head that sticks in the glass.

Aroma is spicy with sandalwood and mildly citrus hop with a dustiness in the end.

Flavor is sharp and resinous with a pleasant approach of hops that is balanced with a medium weight body that tastes like a good handful of biscuit malt and lends a large residual sweetness that is swept back off the tongue by a carbonation enhanced hop. Finish has a sharp acidic touch on the front of the tongue with a dollop of honey on the end of the tongue.

Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cambabeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really into IPAs and as far as American IPAs this is one is fantastic.
Nice opaque gold brown color with a very small white head and thin lace.
The aroma is very clean and grassy. The hops smell is very citrusy like an under ripe orange. There's also a real sent of apple like esters in there.
The taste follows the scent well but the fruitiness and malt flavors, which has a little honey to it, only really come through in the after taste, after the hops have had there time to wage war on your mouth. Which they do. The bitterness smacks your tongue and sits on the very back on your throat for a good while. This all done very well with a creamy mouthfeel and great drinkability. Beer is good.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.