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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

6,080 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,080
Reviews: 2,378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 160
Gots: 529 | 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%

Eddsdds, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

JRoPA, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of copasetic
4/5  rDev -2%

Pours a slightly hazy amber, darker than many IPAs I've tried. A small head fades quickly. The aroma is complex --somewhat floral and less citrusy than American IPAs tend to be. There's also a hint of baked cookie sweetness. This taste comes through in the flavor, which is just a bit sweet and also more piney than I expected. This aspect, plus the vaguely British-seeming malt backbone made me wonder whether I was drinking a US or UK IPA. Whatever it is, it's complex and tasty. The finish is thin with a bitter hop tingle.

Yeah, I could drink this all night. Complex enough to be a beer snob and straightforward enough for a solid session beer.

copasetic, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of jdskinns
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Bottle. Pours about an inch worth of creamy white head that sticks around. Transparent orange color. Smell is soapy, piney, and a little citrus hop aroma. Slightly sour taste with some pine and hop flavor. Not a bad tasting beer. Very drinkable and pretty good.

jdskinns, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of blackheartbilly
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Funny story, one night after a very long pub crawl I stole a pint glass from a certain bar in Allston. It was a Hop Devil glass. Recently I found a place that sells it in Plymouth, and I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my liberated Hop Devil pint glass.

A - Copper, but almost orange in appearance. There wasn't much of a head and couldn't any head at the half glass mark.

S - Obviously heavy hop presence, fruity and maybe a wee bit of a malt smell.

T - The aftertaste of hops over-shadowed any of the malt that I thought I tasted. I thought this was very strong for what I thought was a normal IPA. Then I saw the 6.7% ABV, great taste, alcohol does not overpower the wondeful hop aftertaste, cascade hops maybe?

M - Not too acidic, but very strong for an IPA. Sort of bitter, but in a good way.

D - I will buy this again. I am recently buying more IPAs because they don't make me feel as full as the stouts and porters I usually like. Definitely try this IPA, even though it can be hard to find. But I do know a bar in Allston that serves it, haha. cheers!

blackheartbilly, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of CAP1868
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Wasabi 88 pint glass.

A-Pours a light copper colored color, decent head on it with good lacing throughout consumption.

S- Smells of hops very florally, fruity maybe grapefruit.

T- Excellent very well balanced hops hit the palate but not overwhelming. Like previous reviews leaves a lingering of hops and grapefruit taste on the back of your tongue. Very good.

M- Medium bodied decent carbonation, again very well done here.

D- Very drinkable, at 6.7% it can get on you quick, but overall a great Pale Ale. East Coast steps their game up with this brew. A great introduction to your busch light drinking friends.

CAP1868, Sep 12, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Victory HopDevil Ale serving type: bottle

A: Has a redish, amber apperance to it. Minimal to no head. The lacing is very apparant and continues to stick to the glass as you drink it.

S: Has a very hoppy and wheat smell. the smell is not to over powering, but it is still noticable.

T-M: Has a spicy hops taste. The taste is bitter and kind of sweet. Kind of like a less potent hop slam beer.

D: The beer goes down very smooth. Leaving you with the sensation of satisfaction.

chasebrownyeah1, Oct 06, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

minnemts, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of kyleelton
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%

From the bottle into a Rahr and Sons Pint glass.

Clear orangy color. Beautiful thin, creamy head that laces nicely.

Floral hops nose. Lovely. Not overwhelming, but I can tell it's there.

Hops, of course. There's a lot of bitterness, but not very malty. The hops definitely overpower. Victory really wanted this to be hoppy.

Bit of an alcohol sting at the back. Good, thick, creamy body.

This isn't my favorite IPA. It's a little uneven, and bites in an unpleasant way. But, it's hoppy, which I love and would definitely recommend it to any hophead out there.

kyleelton, Apr 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

webb534, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of knm
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

When I started the pour it looked really light, but once in the glass in darkened to a smooth amber. The medium brown head dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing.
The smell of this beer is grand, not the typical sour hops variety. This is actually one of the sweetest IPA's I have ever sniffed!
The taste is quite smooth also, nothing popping to hard. Good hops immediately, with nice caramel undertones. A little piney twang as well.

knm, Feb 22, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

12 ounce bottle popured into a tulip glass.
A--Deep copper, hazy, Copper bleeds into the thick head, making it not white, which is a truly uncommon thing. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin coating on top of the beer and nice lacing. It would be a much better world if every beer looked like this.
S--Very hoppy, Some citrus & flowery notes. Nothing outstanding by itself, a nice balance all around.
T--Maltiness is present almost enough to balance out the high level of hoppiness. Citric and a tiny bit of spice to make you wonder what the whole thing comes to. Hint..it comes to awesomeness.
M--Creamy, satisfying with an extra full body. Again, the world would be a better place if all beers were like this.
O--An excellent hop monster. But there's more than just the hops here; it's an excellent beer overall as well.

horshamguy, Aug 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

jdl55, Dec 05, 2011
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1/5  rDev -75.5%

TikiD, Feb 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

TWBirmingham, Aug 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Wally, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

plasticfantastic, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dwhitey517, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

March_of_99, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Tyler523, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

Bought as a single bottle, poured into a pint glass

Full disclosure - I am not typically a hoppy beer guy, bought it as a recommendation

A: orangish, decent lacing, about 1-2 cm foamy head

S: hoppy - citrus-y

T/M: First is the hoppiness assault on the palate, but the second wave is sort of a slightly sweet, maybe bready phase that balances out the hops quite nicely, there is an aftertaste that, for me, is difficult to define but is extremely pleasant. The carbonation is medium. The astounding aspect of this beer is that the hop flavor is so well counter balanced but it's still strongly pleasant that makes me wonder why I haven't tried more IPAs

O: excellent beer, again, not my beer style preference, but if more IPAs are built with this level of complexity, I might have to branch out

Cheshire_Crew_Al, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Vintarabo, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

JFear, Jul 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

arini10, Monday at 01:15 AM
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,080 ratings.