Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,997 | Reviews: 2,376 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +22.5%
Two words to describe Hopdevil COMPLEX yet BALANCED!
Its hard for me to give a perfect rating, but this beer really does have it all. Its a rollercoaster ride for your tastebuds. Victory does not over hop this IPA to make a name for themselves, (ex. 90minuteIPA or Ruination) they just made the perfect beer.
09-24-2002 20:37:13 | More by boblinneman
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
This beer lasts a *long* time.
I got to a 20-count at times.
Fills your mouth.
But not very heavy.
I had seen it before. Nice packaging, Tried it because I saw it on this site.
I will buy it again.
Adding to the review eight months later: I have bought this beer several times since my original review, and I continue to find it a good change of pace. It is a very full beer, you have to pay attention when you drink it, but it's worth the attention.
10-12-2002 20:22:00 | More by LiamStLiam
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a dark reddish-amber with about an inch and a half of head, and a nice little bit of carbonation bubbles coming up through the beer.
Very nice smelling beer with a spicy and (unsurprisingly) hoppy nose.
Very hoppy, a little too so for my liking, but not so much as to be overwhelming. A pretty strong bitterness comes with the hops, and maybe just a hint of malt sweetness to finish. Fairly spicy.
Medium bodied mouthfeel; nothing incredible.
I found this pretty drinkable, even though I don't love this style. Not my favorite pale ale I've had this evening, but certainly a respectable offering from Victory that people who like IPAs will undoubtedly enjoy.
03-31-2008 04:44:19 | More by cjohnson
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
Bottle poured into a generic pint glass. I love the label on the bottle.
A- Nice dark amber color with a slight off-white head. Nice lacing around the glass
S- Great hoppy scent. Picking up notes of citrus and some malts.
T- I love how the hops hit you, with a nice balance of spiciness and bitterness. Taste mellows out with some nice malty flavors.
M- medium bodied with some mildly-strong carbonation.
D- overall, a great beer and could easily put back a few in one sitting. A great IPA to definitely keep on hand.
06-08-2010 23:22:49 | More by JDH2000
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
12oz to glass
A- Clear amber color, with two fingers of off-white head, good retention and lacing.
S- Caramel, chocolate, floral hops, alcohol is present but not overpowering. Nice malt presence.
T- Smooth hopiness, warm malt tastes. Something of a sour citrus, not really lemon though. Molassas and carmel come out in the end, with the hops kicking back in the aftertaste. Very good.
M- Solid carbonation, nice and creamy, full bodied.
D- Not wonderful, average.
07-31-2010 07:26:24 | More by mash4077
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance: Orange and amber colored ale. looks still. Has a medium off-white head that seems like it sticks.
Smell: Strong hops and and a bit of malts in the nose. I also smell some citrus and fruity esters.
Taste: Bold hops flavors here. Lots of bitterness and lots of hops. This beer's smell and taste go together so well. The aroma makes you look forward to that next sip and the taste delivers.
Mouthfeel: Feels a little thicker than most IPA's I have had.
Overall: One of my favorite IPAs right now.
04-12-2011 18:52:10 | More by thatlongname
3.76/5 rDev -7.8%
Appears opaque, dark amber. Off-white cap peters out rather quickly. Nice spots of lacing. A little dark for the style IMO.
You can definitely smell the fresh hop aroma, but it is not as strong as I would expect from a beer called "Hop Devil." There is not much of a spicy, citrus component like many beers of the style. It is more malty and bready, with hints of sweet fruit like apricot or blueberry.
Taste is complex and pleasant. There is more of a malt component on the front end, and it transitions toward bitterness after the swallow. Hops and bitterness linger into the aftertaste, and there is also a bread-like component to the aftertaste.
MF is silky and moderately carbonated. Medium bodied.
Overall this is a pretty good beer. If you like an American IPA with plenty of malt in the backbone, you will like this. I was a little surprised, based on the namesake, that this beer was not a clear showcase of hops in both the aroma and taste. IMO they did not stand out any more than the malt.
09-22-2013 22:09:54 | More by youngs11
4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
i had this at the Connecticut real ale festival and it was wonderful a stand out among standouts a true historically correct IPA with great body mouth feel and balance.hop heads and malt freaks alike will love this one. if you can find it on cask its a must!!!
05-03-2003 18:50:09 | More by beerman599
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
A fine ale indeed from Victory. This one pours a combo Golden/amber/orange color with an almost 1 finger deep silky head. A very pleasing brew to the eye. Smell is nice also: hoppy (of course), fruity....citric? Taste is very hoppy as well, with a blend of fruit, a nice combination of flavor. Mouthfeel is very soothing for an ale, it is pleasant on the palate. A very drinkable beer, I want another...and another....and another!!
08-03-2003 02:40:01 | More by kevinl6
4.68/5 rDev +14.7%
The american IPA has finally reached the pinnacle of its evolution, and its name is Hopdevil. This was my second encounter with the Hopdevil, having visited the brewery in 2001. It was even better than I remembered. A blast of citrusy american hops assaults one upon opening the bottle - definitely some Cascade, and I wouldn't be surprised if some Centennial was lurking in there as well. It pours a dark golden brown with a rich white head. The flavor is the perfect union of sharp hops and crisp maltiness. Naturally, it is out of balance and strongly weighted towards the hops, but the hops do not suppress the other complex flavors in the beer. Any idiot can fill a brew kettle to the top with hops and call it an IPA, but the skill of the brewer is revealed by brewing a beer that satisfies the hopheads and still has loads of malt character. In my opinion, this is one of the top five craft brews that I have tasted.
10-22-2003 00:14:24 | More by soilguy
3.03/5 rDev -25.7%
I picked this up in a mixed six pack from Total Wine. This beer 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.
10-14-2007 19:23:28 | More by brewshakes
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours hazy coppeer with 2 fingers of fluffy light tan head, very little lacing. With a beer named Hopdevil I was definately expecting more hops from my first wiff. The scent was a bit weak and balanced by sweet malt. Taste is also more balanced than expected. Definitely bitter and filled with citrus and spicy hops, but there is quite a bit of malt complexity. Finishes with a blunt bitterness and peppery spice. Mouthfeel leaned toward dry and thin. Not hard to drink but I wouldn't care for two of these in a row.
01-17-2010 02:25:48 | More by MURF0320
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
A - Nice copper apperance, red tint, good creamy white head.
S - Good floral armoa, with a tad bit of citrus, mildly sweet smelling.
T - Nice and blanced flavors of hops and malts, the hops do not over power the malts, mild bitterness left on the tounge for a lingering after taste but overall a very balanced ipa.
M - Medium bodied beer, nice cabination, tingly, mildy spicy shock that dissapates very quickly.
D - Good IPA, for beginner hopheads this is a nice balanced mildly hoppy IPA that would a good starting point on your journey to find the greatest IPA around (IMO) Not my favorite but it will not be the last time I dance with this devil. Cheers
08-12-2010 13:42:45 | More by CONOR8832
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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