Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,472 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,472
Reviews: 2,402
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 187
Gots: 683 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of blvdlover
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MIKESTARR01
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mickstepp
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! The hops just explode on the palate. Lovely reddish brown color. Nice creamy head but doesn't last long. Leaves a decent lace. I love the pungent hoppy aroma and the faint citrusy notes. Exceptional finish, you get a nice hop burn long after the last sip has gone down. One of the 5 best American Pale Ales I have ever had. Oddly, it's not that easy to find in neighboring Ohio. I hope I can track down Victory's other offerings.

Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPA's in the country. I've had it in bottles all these years but somehow have never rated it. I'm glad I finally got to sample it on tap last month at the Victory Brewery in Downingtown, PA. It's copper in color, and in terms of IPA's, it has one of the best and unique blends of malt and hops that bite with an oustanding hoppy bitterness and sweet malt taste. It's nearly perfect in every respect. It won our blind taste test in 2002 of mostly New England IPA's. It's got great lacing on the pour. What more is there to say?

Photo of mydeadguy
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on cask at Sunset in Allston.

Haven't had the bottled version in a while (and liked that quite a bit), but this beer is absolutely fantastic in a cask.

Poured a clear, deep golden orange, with little to no head. The scent was remarkable, hop resins, pine, citric acid, slight alcohol.

Taste was phenomenal. hoppy, but not overdone or out of balance, resinous, slightly astringent, a slight warming from the alcohol. Really, I cannot say enough good things about this.. Medium bodied, smooth, refreshing, a joy.

Drinkability, let's just say they could park my barstool next to the beer engine and I would pour this one all night. Get your ass to Sunset, even if you hate the place, because I don't know of anywhere else in boston to get this amazing beer..I'm getting thirsty just typing about it..

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

Found this one on tap. The color was a nice light amber with a decent head. The smell was fantastic. I usually have to try real hard to pick up on the sublte aroma in most beer but this one was loaded with it. Very nice hop/citrous smell. The taste was also fantastic. Well balanced maltiness with a good strong hop flavor. This beer was delicious. I could really enjoy several of these. This style is generally not my favorite but I really enjoyed this.

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

Pours a very clear rust shade of amber with a slighty off-white 3/4" head.

The aroma is more of an orange, rather than citrusy-hops.

Very well balanced and not overly bitter. Sweeter than was expected. A sweet, fruity, orange taste in place of the hop explosion that I expected from the name.

If looking for serious hops try Stone Ruination or S.Adams Imperial Pilsner (if you can still find one); but, otherwise this is a tasty brew that I will gladly pruchase again.

Photo of brushpig
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Hopleaf bar in Chicago, served in a pint glass.

Orange, redish hue in color, cloudy with a off white small head.

Intense hoppy aroma with citrus and spices. Slight bready malt sense.

The taste is very bold, the hops knock you over( in a good way).
Slight citrus flavors with nice spices.For how bold the hops are, is still a nice well balenced beer. Sweet malts , grasses in the finish.

This a very good beer, but you have to love the intense hops. Otherwise you might feel they are overwhelming. Not me I love it!

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

Presentation 12 oz longneck bottle poured into my pint glass.

Apperance: Luxirious amber pour that creates a lavish cream heading that sticks to my glass.

Smell: Hops hops and hops! need I say more?

Taste and moutfeel: A bit famililar but that's not a bad thing it hits the palate nice and creamy with a bite of bitterness for hop lovers like me an extravagant ale that goes down smooth and clean I recommend this brew to people who enjoy good beers.

Photo of bigeyedfish
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, drink by 11 February 08 into a pint glass.

Once in pint glass, the beer comes with a really nice, foamy mother of pearl head, which starts receding quickly, but not at an alarming rate, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. The color is somewhere in between medium to dark orange and ruby red; in short, an awesome looking beer.

When put to the nose the beer comes off with pine, pine, and more pine. Not exactly the balanced IPA, but not a super dry pine smell either. It's a more complete, deep pine (assuming, for the minute that Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe is the dry pine). It's piney, but it's deep and inviting at the same time. It's unassumingly intimaditing. There's something else on the nose too, besides pine; I can't pin point it exactly, but the best I can say is that it smells like carrots. This aroma isn't until the head is almost gone, save for a thin shean on the top and aromatics have been taken for a minute to a minute and a half. But the pine definatley recedes over time, and leaves carrots. Interesting.

A lot of pine, a lot of cedar. The finish is huge(after more than :30 seconds it's still there.) There's a lot in the end, but that's produced with the front and mid-palate being sacrificed to the Gods of Pine in the end. There's a little transition in the mid-palate, a little nice hint of mint and pine, nothing to get excited about, but that's it for first and second flavors. You don't really get into the flavors until you really get deep into this beer- at first glance the strong finish makes you think it's a full flavor, but after inspection, it proves to be just a super big finish with everything else a little lacking. Kind of dissapointing, actually.

Mouthfeel is really nice- big, luscious and definatley a coating of bitter hops. A little carbonation floating around, and the beginning sip is a little tough with the bitterness, it's almost too much at first. The bitterness dissappears around mid-palate and comes through big time at the end, with the explosion of pine. But really, a pleasant beer to drink. There are a lot of people who would be offended by this beer, but if you're used to the style it'll be something to take notice of, and then in turn to settle into; there might some people who like IPA's may not like this beer, but it won't be because of the mouthfeel. The first sip is a bit of a shock, but after that, you know what you're getting.

I'm not sure where I want to go on the drinkability on this one. On one hand, it's an absolute palate bomb that will destroy your tastebuds and it's hard to forsee drinking more than one of these while still being able to taste anything, not to mention the almost 7% alcohol which means you're looking at 4/5 being a very good night. On the other hand, after one to one and a half there's not much you can taste besides this, so really, it only gets easier to drink after teh first one (if you ever had more than one Festina Peche in the same night, with the second one being easier to drink- it's kind of like that). With all that said I can remember a handful of nights where this ran the gauntlet- first beer of the night, holding its own with a strong, full bodied cigar (even danced brilliantly with a La Flor Dominicana Coronado, which is known for it's pineyness) and can be something that after 5/6 you can still drink standing up; in it's body it's a DIPA- in its drinkability, it's an IPA.

This probably is the marijuana of IPA's; that gateway version of the style that fans of the more classic IPA's (Bell's Two Hearted immediatley comes to mind) can use to get into bigger IIPA's(with the afformentioned Weyerbacher Double Simcoe proving to be a natural progression from this) while still having the IPA abv; a classic within the style, but not a classic example of the style.

Photo of weiserr
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a great divide pint glass. one of the coolest beer labels in rotation. i've "danced w/ the hopdevil" on several occasions, but this is my first official review.

clouded amber w/ a pronounced, rocky head. not as much lacing as i'm used to, but it could be this particular offering. still, this is an above-average pour.

sense of smell is overwhelmed by grapefruit, grass, spices and an aggressive, yet pleasant surprise of biscuity malt.

stand back!!! this is a full-scale hop assault. seamless combination of citric flavors and semi-sweet malt. a masterful balance of ingredients lends to incredible taste and texture. the aftertaste has staying power, but the control of the myriad flavors does nothing to negatively affect the palate.

this is pretty much bulls-eye for an american IPA, and certainly a juggernaut in its class. could be a bit aggressive on the hops for the casual drinker, but i'm sure those looking for a break from the norm will appreciate this banner offering from victory. it's easy to enjoy a few of these, even at 6.7% abv.

stellar.

Photo of ken2cart1
2.03/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- light mahogany, lbig 1 inch frothy head

S- def a solid caramel backbone, fruit hopsmell in there, but not as much hop smell as an ipa should

T- wheres the hops? decent bitterness, but no hop flavor, watery, matallic taste, HAS THIS BEER GONE BAD?

m- WATERY

D- not enjoyable at all

Photo of FACEMEAT
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber with a thin head that quickly disappears inot nothing. Zero lacing.

S: Floral, citrusy hops with bready malt in the background.

T: Vibrant citrus sourness dominates in the most pleasant way. There's the typical IPA hop bitterness and caramel malt flavors. It's the citrus acidity that pulls these two sensations together with delicious results.

M: Medium-heavy with moderate carbonation.

D: Gimme more.

Photo of shanem
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I'm not a huge IPA fan, I really tried to judge this on the style, but just thought it was unbalanced and just an overload of hop bite

A: Transparent orange/amber with 3/4 inch of slightly off white head

S: hops, maybe a bit of citrus but just overpowered

T: just overpowering hops

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, nothing bad, nothing great

D: Hard to put a whole 12oz down. If you are a serious hop-head, go for it, I just just found the bitterness far too dominating to enjoy

D

Photo of tonyclifton36
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pierceska
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JustinTauscher
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Boosnell
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MaltyMates
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Sunrays
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SSS
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

S-nice subtle hop aroma, sweet and crisp
A-yellow color with off white head that dissipates soon after poured
M-nice light crisp feel, carbonation is on the lighter side
T-bitterness hits the tongue first then a mellow sweetness, followed by a lingering bitterness, definitely an easy coast IPA.
O-a nice IPA, give it a try, I'd say good middle range, sorry Victory I prefer Dirt Wolf

Photo of g1lgamesh
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of gambreeno
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of AbePhroman
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A creamy head covers the dark amber color of this brew. It smells strong of hops and tastes the same. A bitter brew but not as much as other IPAs. This American IPA is probably one of the best I tasted. It is pretty awesome and my favorite Victory brew. 6.7% is a good amount of alcohol and will surely be enjoyable.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,472 ratings.