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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

6,094 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,094
Reviews: 2,380
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 159
Gots: 537 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

pagesofphotographs, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of sloejams
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had so many people tell how much they enjoyed this beer and now I see it has a "Outstanding" 90 rating here. I've had this several times, including a quite a few recently. Am I missing something?

To start, it's a fine beer, a quality IPA that was quite enjoyable. But with the accolades this gets I expect it to be something spectacular. Even more so since it's an IPA, one of the finest styles around, in my opinion.

I guess the main missing link for me is the use of hops. This has never hit me as an absurdly hoppy beer. I fucking love hops. This falls more into citrus hopland, and I'm a piney / floral kinda jabroni.

Definitely worth trying for yourself, it's a good beer and others seem to dig the shit outta this.

sloejams, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of rkf1976
4/5  rDev -2%

rkf1976, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of CBFanWish
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good brew. Not my favorite, but pretty good, none the less. It had a nice orange color pushing a well lacing head. The smell was that of flowers. I don't know why, that's what I got. A hoppy taste, but at the same time it was very malty. Kind of its own contradiction. There was more than enough in it to balance things out. It was a good beer. I like it.

CBFanWish, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of ralree
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A nice tan-red. Head is glorious - 2-fingers with nice dissipation and brilliant lacing.

S: Really sugary malt, caramel. Hops are there. A little grapefruit.

T: Nice sweet pink grapefruit flavor made even sweeter by the caramel malt. Not cloying - enjoyable! Hops taste great. Grapefruit lingers in the aftertaste, along with some hops, but not much.

M: Non-astringent, medium-light bodied, a little oily. Carbonation perfect.

D: Goes down smoother than many of this style. I will be buying this again to drink often.

ralree, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of josefnewsong
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark golden/copper color with soapy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing
S - didn't get much here, a little sweet maltiness and some hops
T - citric hops with some floral notes, really sweet substantial malt backing, very well-balanced
M - medium-bodied, not as full-bodied as one might expect from the sweet malt flavor, slightly sticky, goes down really smooth despite the hop bite
D - definitely drinkable and definitely tasty. I can't pinpoint why but I don't think I'd want to toss back more than one or two in a sitting.

josefnewsong, Mar 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2%

baybassboy, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rypkr, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

brett606, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of MJR
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange/reddish color with great clarity. A good-sized head stays pretty well and has a nice sheeting effect down the side of the glass.

Smell: Cascade hops and all the wonderful scents that come with them: pine, grapefruit, citrus... A touch of sweet malt too. Great aroma!

Taste: A skillful balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness and flavor. The cascade hops certainly make themself known. Lots of pine, grapefruit, a touch of pineapple, a bit of a flowery taste, and a bitterness that finishes out strong. I pick up on a touch of toffee throughout as well. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and rounded, with a smooth, medium thickness.

Drinkability: Good. Some American Pale Ales knock you over with hops...this one has just as much as the next one, but in a beautiful balance with the malt flavors.

MJR, Dec 01, 2002
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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap last night at Thinking Man Tavern. Very bright, reddish looking ale with a nice frothy 2 fingers of head. Aroma of faint hops, more malt. Perhaps English? Taste was good, mild hops for a beer named HopDevil. A bit restrained for my liking. Pretty malty...reminded me of a Bass on some hormones. Dry-hop finish. My wife liked it more than me.

I have had this beer a few times in the bottle and was not impressed. Last night proved to me that I am not a fan. The beer was not terrible, by any means.

RustyDiamond, Aug 09, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Metaltildeath, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

let8it8grow, Feb 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

visualmartyr, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cw13, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

dsnyder61, Jun 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jaemeno3, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of auroracrisis
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color. Very standard looking with a one and a half finger head that dies down to about half a finger in about a minute. Pretty good looking beer, no flaws but it's not incredible.

Smells piney with malts. Pretty standard as welll. Nothing too intriuguing. Kinda wish there was more nose in this one but that's okay.

Taste is good. Piney hops with some caramel malts. The hops of course are front and center but not overwhelming. Not very complex, was hoping for more here. But overall, a good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is generic. I don't mean that in a bad way, it's definitely a good feeling to roll this around in your mouth a bit but it's not creamy or anything. Goes down smooth, decent amount of bubbles, kinda lighter but true to the style.

Drinkability is rather high since it is a normal ABV beer and tastes pretty good. This wouldn't be my first choice in American IPAs but certainly wouldn't be my last.

Overall, a good beer. Definitely ont hat shouldn't be overlooked.

auroracrisis, Aug 21, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber opaque - slight but prominent head

nose is caramel malts and dry floral perfumy hops

taste is strong bitter grapefruit with some strong sweet fruity malts

mouthfeel is thick and drinkability is good a nicely flavoured malt driven east coast ipa

benclimbs, Jan 03, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours vigorous, laces insanely...clear amber with a head that settles to a think veneer after 5 minutes or so.

super floral punch in the nose...like being horsewhipped with a garland of hops and blackeyed susans...! there is ALOT going on here. herbal twangs of...LEMONGRASS? i thought there was something Thai going on here...surprised i got that sense and recognized it so quickly. i feel like i am about to eat some Tom Gha.

(another later smell reveals, pleasantly, something like the smell when you go into a bicycle store...new rubber tires?)

hoppy, bitter, slight malty flavor that isn't quite as complex as the nose (initially), but this is supreme stuff for sure. very well balanced, the maltiness finally asserts as it fades on the sides of the tongue. i would actually expect and like this to be creamier...chewier...yet, for it's crispness, it becomes that more drinkable...5.0 for most hopsters i imagine, but still, for all it's 'thinness' and moderately higher ABV, this isn't quite a session brew. it's got too much character to want to be slammed without being appreciated on a nice cool spring or fall day...

and yes, LEMONGRASS!

also, creaminess not noted earlier came forward as it warmed.

an A+ beer for sure

mempath, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Zimbo
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppily smooth savoury sweet smell instantly impresses and is supported by a browny orangy haze with some bright orange sparkles. Thick dense slightly rocky and glossy off white head which inspires rings of lacing with every sip. SOme fizz in the middle but a very bitter end for the style which is fiesty and certainly blunt. Sort of unsophistaicated and rough for the style but forgetting those constraints this is a very likeable beer which i would gladly have again and again.

Zimbo, Apr 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

sachie23, May 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,094 ratings.