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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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91
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6,556 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,556
Reviews: 2,423
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 202
Gots: 768 | 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 pcsnyder
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly not pale, but copper in color. A nice, two-finger head forms, with good retention and some sexy lacing. Aroma features mostly herbal and grassy notes along with a solid toffee note. As an IPA that's been around a while, the great aromas lent by "new school" hops are not present.

On the palate there's more balance between malt and hops than many IPAs. Still, perceived bitterness is in IPA territory and there are some nice, though vague hoppy flavor notes. Despite the maltiness, the flavor is dry. Pronounced citric hop bite. The soft, fine carbonation works very well.

This really blurs the line between IPA and an amber/red ale due to the balance between the strength of the hop flavors and the malt body (plus it's got an amber color). Hop Devil ultimately stands out as a malt-forward IPA that's quite good, if not quite a stand-out in an increasingly crowded market.

Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of czechsaaz
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice grassy hop nose with hints of citrys. But the hops overpower any other aromatics. I get no malt or yeast character through it. It's a pleasant smell, but I want more complexity.

Nice amber color with incredible clarity. A little rising carbonation with a big frothy head that fades quickly to a thin solid layer.

Flavor is powerfully hop bitter. Then comes a grassy hop flavor and then more hop aftertaste. It isn't until the long ligering effects of aftertaste that I can pick up some malt profile. Basically, this is a throw handfuls of hops in a batch beer. Which makes it not to my liking. There's more to beer than straight alpha acid.

Decent body with a nice carbonation level. So bitter though that it feels dry and a little astringent.

I'm not really impressed. For me this falls into the category of beers that have no finesse, only hops. Maybe with the right insanely spicy food this would work better but for straight drinking it is completely one dimenstional.

Photo of twenteone
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Steve_Oldrati
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jmw4437
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Duvel
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Brinks
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of epyon396
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

12oz bottle courtesy of fisherman34, thanks Kris! Poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour reveals a full inch of head, lots of webby lacing. Mild, lazy carbonation floats though a dark coppery-red brew. A bit of chill haze as well. Smell is full of floral and citrus hops, but they don't overwhelm the generous biscuity and bready malt aromas that linger in the nose. Great balance, very lovely aroma on the whole.

Taste is piney off the top, then mellows a bit into the more floral aspects. Acidity is less citric than sprucey. Herbal and curative in its assertiveness. Highly acidic, this is a bit of a palate-scorcher to be sure. Toasty caramel maltmakes an entrance in the background, along with a bit of vanilla and yeasty breadiness, but the malt is definitely playing second violin here. Less balanced than I would have hoped, but it's not a huge criticism really. Mouthfeel is buzzy due to the high acid levels, not so much from the carbonation, which is medium at best. Medium body, nice and sticky going down. This is drinkable, but in small sips and you want to savour every one.

Photo of vtfan77
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange-red with surprisingly little head or lacing. Looks kind of hazy.

S- Very sweet-smelling with caramel malt and citrusy hops.

T- Malt presence is quite strong here. Toasted, caramelly flavors abound. Hops are certainly there with an orangey flavor, but are not as prominent as I was expecting. Alcohol pops up every once in a while too. Fairly high bitterness on the finish.

M- Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty strong here.

D- Good drinkability, not great, but good. I could put down a couple of these, but not more than that.

Eh, I wasn't that impressed with this one. I was expecting more. The hops weren't as prominent as I had hoped. The balance between malt and hops was good no doubt, but the hop flavor was rather nondescript. It's alright, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. I had it on tap once and it was much better.

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

Easily a winner of a beer. Pours with a bronze body topped by a thick creamy head. Nose is pineapple and grapefruit mingled with pine. Taste is more of the same but with added toasty malt. This is really good!
Mouth is nice and creamy. I really like this brew and am looking forward to the day that Victory is distributed in WA again.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Kclinger's in Hanover...

This is definitely a hoppy beer, but it doesn't kick you in the taste buds like some other IPAs, as I expected. Smells spicy with a hint of citrus...maybe a grapefruit?? It was a good choice on a humid day like today, but I would be more likely to try another IPA.

Photo of Sipchue
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8/4/08

Poured into a pint glass. Deep golden color with 1 finger off-white head. Nice and thick head that eventually fades to about 1/2 finger.

Smell is great. Nice citrus aroma. Good amount of sweetness.

Taste is crisp and bittering. Nice amount of finishing dryness. Mild caramel sweetness to back it all up. Good combination of spice and citrus.

Mouthfeel is nice, light and crisp. Mily oilyness.

Drinkability is very good. Overall it's well balanced.

An excellent well-balanced IPA.

Photo of SamN
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into a mason jar.

Hop Devil has a great amber color with decent depth, just slightly hazed. Creamy, looser head with a nice off-tan/white hue, decent lacing. Great looking IPA. Smell is a powerfully juicy citrus hop aroma with a solid caramel, sugary sweet malt. Wonderful aroma. Taste is classic IPA, with a moving hops complexity. Again, good balance (for an IPA), interplay with the richer malts. Quite aggressively hopped. Feel is rough, a little too much "buzzsaw" feel with the hoppiness. Appropriate thickness, but the alpha oil burn is distracting and just a bit uncomfortable. Drinkability remains good, from the aroma alone. A solid East Coast IPA, another solid brew from Victory. Nice work!

Photo of Andonato
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NoProblem
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of TequilaTom
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Berg77
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cameraman
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color with a two finger thick head, off white in color, that has good retention. The scent starts out with good malt fragrance, then a combination of grassy, earthy, and pine scents dominate the fragrance. The flavor comes out with the malt, that gives it slight bready taste. Then a herbal bitterness of grass and pine comes in midway, leaving a a bit of an after taste. A medium bodied feel is consistant all the way through, but it does leave an oily feel at the back end. This is a very easy to drink beer, impressive in the flavor and aroma, though the feel was very good, the oily texture was a sligtht tyrn off. This is is still an excellent beer, I just want to go get another one.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,556 ratings.