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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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91
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6,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,688
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 220
Gots: 902 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,688 | Reviews: 2,451
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Tried this at my local pub, and was so blown away that I was forced to take a road trip to Downingtown to visit Pennsylvania's beer mecca. This is a hopheads dream. The taste is like a punch to the face, but still absolutely drinkable. I've had quite a few IPAs since but have yet to find one that measures up Victory's brew.

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

HopDevil pours clean into a pint glass with a considerable pillowy off-white head nearly two-fingers thick, and remains about ½-finger thick from start to finish.. The color is reddish brown, like cinnamon.

In the nose, the aroma has hints of malt, raspberry and caramel, all of which are present bringing the aroma into the mouth. It is surprisingly complex.

The first sip offers an expected but pleasantly strong floral hop character. What I do not expect is the malt: it's very evident and underpins the hops perfectly. It has a very light mouthfeel, which is an achievement given the strong malt character, and the carbonation is spot on for the style: medium-to-high and very crisp. At its coldest, it doesn't appear too complex: the malts and hops are dominant and at first do not offer any other characteristics. As it warms mid glass, the above-average alcohol becomes evident, but balances perfectly with the malts and hops. Orange zest flavors start to sneak in at the finish.

Photo of MrHolland
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at an ingles while I was in NC, but I have seen in around the Charleston area.
Appearance is a beautiful dark golden brown color with a thick lace that sticks to glass the whole way through.

Smell is very piny with an overabundance of hops with a little citrus smell as well.

I love the taste it is pure hops , very bitter. Cannot really pick up any malts but I am sure they are there.

This beer has a great mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Very good beer, will buy this on nights when I might want something a little more hoppy the my usual Sierra Nevada.

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

A: Red to gold spectrum. Clear. Off white head. Very inviting, but nothing too remarkable.

S: Citrus, pine and biscuit. I like it.

T: Hops first...then malty biscuit, then hops again. Tastes more like an English IPA though. Not your regular C-Hop High Alpha profile.

M: Great oily hops, tingly carbonation, drying on the finish.

D: Oh yeah! This is kind of underrated. If you want to get away from the citrus hop-bombs without departing from the IPA style. This is worth checking out

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4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MaltFrazier came through with yet another good batch of various brews for me to try.... this was one of them....

A- Dark Amber/ Copper in color... Nice robust 2 finger head... some light sediment floating around... intricate lacing on the inside of the glass

S- Mmmm... Hops... super piny hop oil... stings the nose.... This is the epitome of what an IPA should smell like!

T- Very hoppy... mostly pine, but a little citrus peeks through to say hello. There's a malty backbone that disolves quickly, this brew is all about an overload of hops! Delicious!

M- Light/Light-Med body... hop bite on the tongue... perfect carbonation... nuff said

D- Mmmhmmm... if you're in the mood for a super hoppy IPA with flavor to get you through the night, then this is a fine choice. Drink up!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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

Served out of a 12 oz and into a pint glass.
Appearance- yellow amber color with medium carbonation.
Smell-citrus hops and malt.
Taste- notes of grapefruit, pine Nd malt.
Mouthfeel- pleasant nice acidity with the notes of grapefruit coming through.
Overall- this is one of my favorite beers and is readily available where I live, it does not taste like every other ipa, thi an ipa for those of us who like hops and lot of em!

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Poured in Tulip Shaped Glass

Appearance: dark, reddish amber, with a thick white head.

Smell: Piney, citrusy, hops is the dominant aroma with a hint of grapefruits and tropical fruits.

Taste: Piney, Citrusy, and hoppy on the forefront, sweet grapefruit towards the middle and earthy hoppy towards the end.

Mouthfeel: medium boddied with moderate carbonation and a piney bittery dry finish.

Overall: This is a great beer! There is more hops in this than what more than what I expected. This is probably one of my favorite IPA's. I would definitely buy this again!

Photo of maedhros09
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Lovely bright clear amber with two fingers of white head that settle to a film with minor lacing.

Smell: piney and citrus hops

Taste: Fairly traditional American IPA palate with strong caramelly malt sweetness that nearly balances the strong piney lemon tangerine hops. Lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Feel: Light to medium body and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A well-crafted traditional IPA. However, the sweetness approaches excessive for my taste, and the hops while good are nothing to rave about. Although it would have stood out on the shelves 10 or 15 years ago, there are enough interesting alternatives out there now that I don't see myself returning to the Hop Devil.

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4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply my favorite beer in the world right now. It is so bold but yet devoid of the taste of a contrived gimicky beer, which I have found ot be the case with some hoppy beers. These guys know how to brew a super-hoppy beer, no doubt about it. The aromas and flavors that this beer will fill you with are unparalleled. It is such a clean drink with such a wonderful aftertaste that I frequently find myself craving it.

The color is drop dead gorgeous.... the taste is out of this world.... if I could walk around with this beer in my mouth all day long I would be the happiest man alive, who needs to eat and talk anyway.

Photo of NolateM
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Pretty dark for an IPA - it's almost brown, slightly orange-amber, and you can just barely see through it. Pours a fairly generous, off-white head. Not much lacing.

The aroma is wonderful... you can smell its strong hop character of course, plus some citrusy tones. The taste is pretty much the same. Starts off kind of bitter (in a good way) and hoppy, and then there's this refreshing citrus tinge at the end. Not quite as acidic as an IPA like Smuttynose, but still got a bit of it on the finish. Quite well-carbonated. Very easy to drink, even though you can kinda taste the 6.7%-ness.

This is definitely one of my new favorites. If you're into IPAs, you damn well better love this beer.

Photo of rugerj
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an amber color with a 1 finger head that fades quickly, some lacing present in glass. Upfront smell is of mild hops and slight malt. Taste of hops is good and is preceeded by slight malt taste, balanced but leaning more to the hop side, which is not a bad thing.

A good brew but not outstading. Hops do not flow together with the sweeter malt the is present as one might expect from a IPA with it's color and malt profile and tend to be more on the harsh end.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tadowdaddy
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear, dark copper color. Poured with about a 2 finger head, one of which remained. Nice lacing throughout the beer.

S - Very strong citrus smell with a very faint caramel malt scent.

T - Medium citrus hop flavor followed by strong caramel malts. Not over powering on the hops. Delicious hop and malt aftertaste that lasts quite some time. Lack of hops disappoints me.

M - Decently thick in the mouth. The citrus in this one makes my tongue tingle. I enjoy the aftertaste, as it is accompanied by an oily feeling that sticks around for quite a while.

D - I think it's pretty easy to drink, due to my love for stronger DIPA's. For an IPA though, it does leave me nice and warm feeling on the inside. We'll see how I'm doing after I have a couple more.

A very nice IPA overall!

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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