Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,826 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,826
Reviews: 2,480
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 234
Gots: 1,027 | 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 Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is simply fantastic. The beer appears transparent and amber / orange in color, with nearly two inches of dense, creamy head that coats the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.

The aroma brings a balance of hops and malts, along with some toasted notes.

The flavor is tangy and bitter, with malt in the driver seat more so than hops. Very fresh, crisp and clean on the palate, as this growler was just filled. While I appreciate balance and realize that a beer doesn't have to be over the top to be a good brew, HopDevil just lacks the hop presence required by the style.

The feel is decent enough, but I find myself distracted by the hop to malt ratio.

Overall, a middle of the road offering. There are many better IPAs that are easily accessible.

Photo of Gavage
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange / amber color, with a thick head. The floral nose is extremely prevelant, with hints of sweetness. Extremely well balanced, the malt and hops dance together on the tongue, producing a crisp bitterness that slowly fades after swallowing. The glass develops nice lacework as the liquid is emptied. Extremely smooth and drinkable. The consistancy of this product over the past few years has been incredible, and this is an IPA others should try to emulate.

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gee, Hop Devil gets reviewed so seldom that I am anxious to get one posted. Ha! Instead, I want to indulge in a little bit of (not really) frivolity.

Ode to Hop Devil

O, great Hoppus Maximus!
You were my first love.
I discovered you early on
And although I have had others
You remain the one that converted me.
Once, I embraced Rolling Rock,
But the pony left me behind.
Then, I received your kiss,
And I was won!

My mentor, Lew, puts it so well:
You are the perfect marriage of malt and hops
And who am I to disagree?
Your tawny beauty is breathtaking
But so is your tannish head.
Some find you indescribable
But I must disagree!

You, dear Hop Devil, are the beer for me.
Rotsaruch, Maybrick, Shapudding, favorites all,
But you, Hop Devil, make me sit up tall.
Your sticky lacing,
Your thick, full mouthfeel,
Your bitter start,
Your sweet end,
Your reddishness,
You, baby, are my dream.

They say that the devil is male,
But you give that supposition the lie.
Hop Devil, you are as sensuous as any woman.
I will love you until the day I die.


My apologies if that seems rambling or silly, but it was heartfelt. May my Karma be struck dead.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a mountain of off white, dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has floral, piny hop aromas as well as some some bready, malty notes. The taste is bready, biscuity, doughy up front with some bitter, piny, pineapple-like, citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

The flavor profile here is complex and intense. The hops reach every spectrum and the malt is complimentary and reaching in its own right. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle

A: Red amber with thick white head, good lacing.

S: Biscuity malt with piney hops, not a hop bomb, but a very good smell.

T: Pine, resin, tree sap upfront, with a good backbone of caramel and toffee malts.

M: This is the type of mouthfeel I look for in an IPA. Incredibly smooth and well-balanced, full-bodied, creamy, and robust.

D: Very balanced, incredibly drinkable, a great East Coast IPA; make a deal with the Hopdevil, you won't be dissapointed.

Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark auburn, with a puffy off white head. frothy, leaves a ton of lace. On cask , so the mouthfeel was very soft and smooth. very pleasant. Sweet malt on the tongue, back ground of citrusy hops. Grapefruit. Flavors are vibrant and well defined. This beer tasted FRESH. Well crafted and served. well worth the high marks it receives.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass. Have not had this in years.

A- Hop Devil pours out the standard copper/bronze color with bubbles seen rising to the top. This yielded an inch white foamy soapy looking head that left with the quickness. It did leave nice lacing though.

S- This IPA has a very faint hop scent with the traditional malt backing with the latter taking the lead. Not very pungent with some pine scents and a twinge of bitterness.

T- I get a bunch of sweet malts in the beginning but after time on the tounge the hop punch came through, although this punch was more like a push being not to dominate. Very light citrus flavors with some breadyness.

M- It really took some time in the mouth to get the full appeal of the hops used which was not much. After some time on the tounge the hops came through with slight bitterness. A step below medium bodied with good carb going for it.

D- A step above sessionable this devil is quite drinkable while not being to forward with any ingredient. The name suits the drink, as if this were called hoppy devil, the outcome might be misleading. A good local to go to from time to time. I can't wait for wild devil.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Somewhat cloudy dark gold/orange in hue. A nice head appears and retention is good. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S. Some earthy hops and some malt.

T. Absolutely splendid. Alot going on here as well. Floral hops in the forefront with a caramel malt backbone that is very delicious. Despite being an IPA, this is not overly hoppy. Very well balanced indeed.

M. Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation. Smooth and delightful to the palate.

D. Very drinkable despite the high ABV. Cheers!

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a dark amber color with a slight red tint to it. It started with a moderate sized, sticky white head to it which lasted pretty well into drinking it. I love the color.

The aroma shows a lot of bitter, citrusy, grapefruit, hoppy flavors to it. Behind that I get some sweeter, slightly caramel like malts peeking through. It doesn't feel sweet at all even though you seem to get a pretty strong malt presence.

The taste shows more of those bitter, citrusy, juicy, hop flavors throughout the beer. I get grapefruit being the most present, with some orange flavors coming through as well. Again the malt comes through pretty well, but manages to show little sweetness. The finish is dry and bitter with more of the grapefruit flavors lingering.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it's a pretty solid beer with a bold bitter, hop profile to it. Very drinkable and flavorful beer.

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

Beautiful copper body with tints of red and orange. Topped with a fluffy white head that left chunks of foam in the middle of the brew.
Pine and orange peel dominate the aroma with some floral and grass touches.
Taste starts with some sweet malt, very quickly, then the hops kick in. Citrus, grass and young pine are present here. Bite starts off hard, but dwindles down. The alcohol becomes present, yet sublte.
Clean finish. Crisp. Drinkability overshadows the taste, it'll hook ya.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the offerings I had at the Stone World Bistro, on to the beer:

Dark amber to orange in color with rings of lacing sticking to the glass as its consumed. Being an IPA brewed on the East Coast, it's a little more balanced to boot. Citrus. grapefruit and piney notes run aorund with the flavor with a kick of malt. It didn't taste that bitter at all, making it quite drinkable.

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er while a pizza cooked in the oven and man was this a treat.

Beautiful golden body with a 2" head that left a lot of lacing and retained some head all the way down.

Hops and spice in the aroma, could be a little stronger

Like the smell, a spicey hops bitterness that really hits the spot. I was hoping for a little more kick in the flavor, but it this is a well rounded, long lasting taste. MMMmmm.

Really pleasant in your mouth. It's got a little body to it and the carbonation is really on.

6.7%? You're kidding me. A nicely balanced drink that goes easy and tastes great. Consider for a hophead session.

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

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by Aug 29th 2011, we shall do so hence forth.

A nice big off white finger head that is slightly soapy and has some pretty good sized bubbles. Body is a basic clear amber getting more into dark brown with some very tiny small rising carbonation from the bottom. Simple, and good looking with next to nothing for lacing.

Bouquet is just standard and solid. Muted but noticeable hop presence that has a kind of malt dryness. Some type of dry grain powdery malt sensations, but with an almost grassy feeling left behind.

Taste is good bodied, somewhat syrupy but all the taste and flavor is in the aftertaste and finish, and it's quite enjoyable. Great baked brown dough bread and spiced hop, slowly building on the swallow. Repeated sips bring out some orange, but then the swallow still brings the lingering aromatics. Big but not overpowering, dry, with a husky sense almost.

This will do in a pinch it's quite tasty and I never seem to complain if there is any to go around. Seems like now was a good time to giving it some thought.

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

On cask through the handpump at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a dark amber that is a bit hazy. The beer has a wonderful head, especially for cask ale, huge and creamy and off white that leaves some nice lacing. Smells bitter with leafy hops and a rich bitter earthiness, and a touch of grainy sourness. The taste exhibits a nice deep bitterness and an earthy richness as well as a hoppy, creamy finish which is unique to the cask in my estimation. Nice mouthfeel, creamy and dry with a slight graininess. Absolutely delicious, and even better on cask.

Photo of corby112
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am partial to this beer because it is a local favorite of mine. Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick, foamy white head that settles into a slight lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus and earthy hops with slight roasted malt hints. Very well-balanced quaffable IPA with a nice malt backbone to counter the bitterness from the hops.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. pour at the Food Shack in Jupiter, FL.

Appearance - Two finger off-white head atop a deep amber body. Pretty clear with good lacing. Dark for an IPA, but otherwise nice looking.

Smell - Not a lot of aroma. Some piney hops and a bit of bready malt. Sometimes I have trouble getting good aromas when I get a beer on tap, but this is even lower in aroma than that.

Taste - Piney hops first with a toasty malt midrange. I wish it was hoppier, especially because there isn't a lot of citrus to it. The piney hops make it feel less... brisk? A long, almost smokey bitter finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and medium bodied. It's easy drinking and tasty.

Overall - Not bad, not great. Hardly this side of good, really. I'd drink it if nothing else were available.

Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing amber with small amounts of carbonation escaping from the bottom. The nice frothy one finger white head soon lays out to a thin film and leaves lots of nice lacing.
Smell is of a mild mix of citrus and pine hops backed with some sugary malt.
Taste is of creamy malt and lots of infused hops including a sugary grapefruit and a nice array of maltiness that balances this brew.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy and runs over the palate nicely. Mild cask carbonation makes this seem like a completely different Hop Devil but in a good way.
Drinkability is superb as the cask seems to mellow out some of the bite of the hops and the sting isn't noticible. Sticky, resinous hops stay on the lips making me want more of this treat.

Finger licking good.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a pleasantly hazed deep amber, with flashes of red to it. Head is full, frothy and reasonably persistent, maintaining the majestic crest synonymous with a good IPA. Lacing is sketchy and sticky. Looks good.

Nose is a pleasant mildly fragrant, slightly fruity hop bonanza, giving a fresh (if generic) American hop aroma. Looking underneath, there's a slight meaty savouriness to the malt and even a weird salty or smoky hint. This is a very, very subtle character, however, but it's what sets it apart—mostly this falls squarely in "generic IPA" territory.

Taste is light, nutty and clear, with a mild bitterness through to the back, and a fragrant if slightly muted and stilted hop character. Finish has hints of pine and lavender, giving a clear bite to the aftertaste. Feel is smooth and supple. The taste is, however, quite generic, and it feels slightly flat, as if it has been cut through and dynamically shortened.

A decent brew, but not one of the best IPAs I've had. It just feels a little flatter and more generic. Despite the intrigue promised on the nose, this really ended up being "just another IPA".

Photo of Zorro
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy red colored ale with a fair tan head. I could almost call this amber but it is more red than that.

Smell is LOTS of citrus hops with a fairly strong sour note from them. Little bit of bready malt scent is there but the hop scent simply dominates this beer. Little bit of oak scent in this.

Taste is very mildly sweet with a slight sour note and lots of hops. First sensation I get here is smoke, and it is very pleasant. The smokiness reminds me of a good Scottish wee heavy. Strong oak and grapefruit are the next hop flavors to make themselves known. Fairly bitter without getting harsh this is a great IPA that pulls off that trick very well. Strong hop oil slickness on the teeth and tongue.

Mouthfeel is good rich without going to far.

Super drinkable for a very strong IPA. This an excellent beer with only one fault, the 6.7% ABV makes this a bit strong for drinking one after another. Great beer that I can recommend.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with a white head that lasted throughout. The nose is hops with some pine and citrus. The beer is smooth and the hops really come through. Very bitter towards the end. I enjoyed it but I don't think I could have more than a couple in one sitting because it's so dry at the end. Not as hoppy as I thought and the bitterness killed it for me. Wanted more hops, less bite.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light copper crystal clear body with a very gentle carbonation. The head is a creamy off-white that slowly turns to a thin film.

S- The smell of big bold juicy hops has hints of pineapple, resin and grass. The smell of pale malt gives support to the big hops.

T- The hops have a fresh juicy flavor with notes of fruit, citrus and some pine flavors. The malt flavor has some pale malt qualities but there is also some toasted notes aswell. The finish has a soft yet tangy hop bitterness that hands on your breath.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a smooth texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is about hop flavor. There is not a lot of bitterness and the hops have a fruity flavor that is unusual. Smooth hoppy beer.

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

Had not had this beer in some time, but saw it on tap at the Judge's Bench last night, and figured why not.

The beer pours a rich copper color, with pretty good head retention and lacing. This beer really doesn't look like an IPA, but it sure smells and tastes like one. On the nose, I get some light bitterness and pepper, with a hint of underlying malt. The beer smells as if it will be on the dry side, which in fact it is. On the palate, the beer is a little heavy handed in the malt department, but there's pleny of hoppy bitterness to balance it. In fact, I think the excellent balance in this beer is probably its best feature. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good. The finish is relatively dry with the alcohol very well disguised.

While nothing exciting, this is still a good solid IPA, one that is very easy to drink with relatively low alcohol. Unfortunately, there are just too many better IPA's on the market these days, for me ever drink this on more then an occasional basis. Nevertheless, this is still a solid IPA.

Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pint glass hand-pulled at the brewery in Downingtown, PA.

A: The ale is a brilliant amber color, the color that all good beer should aspire to, dark and mysterious but light enough to allow you to peer through it as you ponder its greatness. Capping off this magnificence is a billowy white head, full of dense bubbles that lasts nicely through the pint.

S: The nose has the big bite of HopDevil mixed with a creamy maltiness. The hops are still big and bold though, make no mistake about it.

T: The taste nicely combines the big hops with a subtlety that comes from the cask. The hop body is still big and American, grapefruit with an earthy undertone, but it was relaxed a bit, taking on a softer more concentrated body. The creamy head atop the beer is a sweetness that matches the grainy biscuit body nicely. The hops deliver a long biting finish that remains bitter long after the sip is a memory.

M: The cask has smoothed out the beer, mellowing the hops and accentuating the malts. The effect is a great drink, smooth and bitter.

D: HopDevil on cask was a revelation, robust and delicious. If you love HopDevil from a bottle, you'll flip for the cask.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper color with a thin off white head that leaves some lace on the sides. Aroma hits you with hops; pine and grapefruit, but there's also some malt in the background, a bit of caramel. Taste assaults the the taste buds with hops, much like the smell. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected and is a bit dry in the finish, no lingering hops on the palette. Great brew, not as hoppy as some out there, but certainly very drinkable. I taste no alcohol and could easily drink to many of these.

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

Halloween 2007. Fresh growler fill via Consumer's Beverages on Elmwood, in Buffalo.

A stiff pour would conjure an average level of tanned white head. This would eventually fade in the middle, part strictly to the sides and then, after a good run, give out entirely around the halfway point of the pint. One element never compromised, however, is the colour; a toasted copper that glows ruby when examined at different angles, it is lovely-looking from each and every angle I inspect it.

The aroma is a fleshy concoction of zesty, eyebrow raising hops. Although C-hop dominated (meaning it boasts dynamic, domineering scents of pink grapefruit and pineapple), the bouquet also consists of rotting flowers, bubblegum, pine serum and a long list of other freshly squeezed citrus fruits. Despite all this the aroma is, believe or not, surprisingly balanced by a biscuity, toffee-like maltiness.

Hop Devil is liquid hop candy. Plain and simple. As well as overtones of spruce and pine, the flavour contains notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lime, lychee and so on and so on and scooby-dooby doo. It is a citrus convention. But chaperoning all this are the aforementioned malts, which, if you care to notice, are bready and sweet (doubt you can though as the finish has an enduring mintiness).

Although almost 7%, the extra alcohol is, for the most part, unnoticed (and in any case the beer remains incredibly quaffable). It has a smoothing, toasty, biscuity maltiness as well as a leafy earthiness, the two infused and enlivened by well-integrated acidity. The bitterness seems to clamp onto the tongue for a long, rewarding aftertaste and really rams those pine-y, citrusy notes in.

Victory's Hop Devil was one of the first American IPAs I tried (and consequently one of the first beers to turn me onto bombastic hoppiness). It has been around for some time and remains a wonderful IPA, arguably still among the best the East Coast has to offer in the style. Right down the checklist, it fits all the criteria. It is, without doubt, a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,826 ratings.