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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

6,236 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,236
Reviews: 2,388
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 170
Gots: 581 | 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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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained from a trade. This beers pours a hazy orange with about a one finger head. The head doesn't retain for very long. I thought this beer would reek of hops, but not much really jumps out at me besides a sweet smell. The bitterness in this is upfront and very prominent. Seems slightly unbalanced. Low levels of carbonation and a medium body to this. It's pretty good and I'd definitely drink it again.

DontCallMeSurly, May 28, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to disagree with the experts on this one. This just didn't quite do it for me and I was dissapointed and felt the hophead experience wasn't there. That's what I get for looking at the "RateBeer" rating that many retailers are now posting in the beer cases next to the beers. For my palate, I think Troeg's Hopback Amber Ale is a better pick in this category. Just not hoppy enough for what I consider to constitute a great American IPA. I think this beer is *much* better on tap than in the bottle. With a name like "HopDevil" this beer should be sinfully hoppy!

Don't get me wrong - this was OK and quite drinkable, but compared to other offerings out there in the American IPA category, this one comes up average across the board to my taste buds. Again, a fine beer, but the line of better American IPAs is long and getting longer!

Hoppington, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of saradad
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle. So this is my first experience with an IPA, the color is a beautiful dark amber with some visible carbonation under a light tan head that quickly fades to almost nothing. The nose is grapefruit. Period. So is the taste. Somewhere in there is a light malt, caramel maybe? Very faint but there nonetheless. The feel is rather thinner than I was expecting yet not bad. The drinkability is rather fair in my opinion, not something I'd run out for but it's pleasant enough that a coupla these aren't the worst thing that could happen to a person at the end of the workday. Sayonara.

saradad, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of aaron12
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a pretty amber, with almost no head. the smell is my favorite thing about this beer. hoppy/herbal sweet-citrus, tea and grass. smells great, no joke. now, i'm not sure why i'm not as into this as much as other beer heads. maybe cause of how wet it tastes, it has a syrupy mouth feel after sips, i don't really dig that. i like the first hit of hops, but i like my ipas dry. this one ends so wet and malty. also the fatty mid-pallet, (i feel), gets drowned out with the sour syrupy finish.

aaron12, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of dbauer
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

dbauer, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of enginero
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

enginero, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of tattoopunk031
4/5  rDev -2%

tattoopunk031, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber color with orange edges, a thick, fine, creamy head, and beautiful sheets of lace.

Aroma: Citrusy hop aroma of overripe stone fruit, like peaches, or apricots. The hop character is a bit funky, like the fruit is slightly too far gone.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The medium bodied texture carries light, sweet, fruity flavors, and green, fresh hops on the tongue. The fruity sweetness combined with the grassy hop create the overripe stone fruit/peach character, with the finish presenting full, biscuity malt flavor, subtle pear, and spicy hop. The hop bitterness is well balanced throughout, but shows a bit too much resiny bitterness on rest (about 5-10 seconds after you’ve swallowed).

Final Word: This is a great IPA! It carries plenty of hop flavor, but offers a unique spicy, peachy, grassy profile instead of your typical grapefruit/bitterness combo found in many IPAs. While the bitterness was a bit too unpleasant after swallowing, it merely kept the beer from being perfect, not from being excellent. The texture and balance made for an extremely drinkable IPA, while still offering enough complexity and nuance to please any drinker. I particularly enjoyed the hint of pear in the finish, as it followed this beer’s trend of surprising you with many atypical flavors. This beer is a must try for any IPA lover, and should only be avoided by those that aren’t used to hoppy beers yet.

Louisville-Beer-Reviews, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of MTMugs
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the hops! Looked good, poured nicely and the first taste was great - nice and dry. But it had a funny finish - a little too fruity for our taste. But for a bottled IPA, not too bad.

MTMugs, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of jward
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color, with rings of off-white lace down the side of a HopDevil pint glass, which announces that this is a "Champion Beer." Indeed, the title is well deserved! The nose presents fragrant flowery hops, fruity with hints of pine and butterscotch. The strong citrusy hops dominate the flavor, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. But they sit atop a wonderful caramely malt backbone, rendering this beer well balanced and quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is sturdy and appealing.

This one is even better on cask. Bravo Victory!

jward, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of maristfan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

maristfan, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: A rich mahogany color with a half-inch head that dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell: A pleasant mixture of citrus and dewy grass.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I was expecting a big hop hit from this beer, but didn't get it. Instead, the hop flavor was a constant, yet understated presence, acting almost as a foundation for the various flavors up front, which went from bitter, to sweet, to lemony, to alcoholic, which left a pretty strong aftertaste. Really flowed well. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Went down very easily, aside from the 6.7% ABV, would have no problem drinking this throughout a hot afternoon.

Notes: What a tasty, refreshing beer! An IPA a non-hop head could love.

bklynbeerbaron, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of IceTrey9785
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack for $8.99 -- pretty good for an American IPA.

A: Nice amber color with a great pearl head. The retention was really good -- it just looked like a beer that I wanted to drink. Fairly medium-bodied (not thick and syrupy like Dogfish Ales).

S: Abundance of citrus-hop aromas. Actually reminded me of the hops found in a lot of New Zealand ales. Orange zest and pine, with a touch of brown sugar.

T: You'd expect a really bitter beer, but the guys at Victory have done it again -- a rather creamy, but spiced beer. Layers of toasted malt really compliment the zesty hops in the brew. I wouldn't say it is "well-balanced" -- you have to love hops to love this one. The taste of the hops almost hints at blood orange and basil when it reaches room temperature. So complex and satisfying -- definitely a keeper.

This is a fantastic beer. Thankfully, at least ONE micro-brew in the country understands that you can have a nice IPA without jacking up the alcohol and sugar to bring it into balance. I enjoyed this with some excellent Thai cuisine, and I would gladly drink it on its own anytime! Great job -- highly recommended!

IceTrey9785, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of yankiac
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber in color with orangish-red hues with a nice foamy lace to top it off.

S - Sweet with a mix of floral aroma's

T - Very much like it smells. Some sweet malt flavors complimented by citrus and floral hops.

M - Full bodied yet remarkably smooth and easy to drink. Leaves your mouth satisfied.

D - Extremely drinkable. Could have a few of these very easily.

yankiac, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of pandashaver
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep reddish brown hue that sets it apart from other IPAs. Head is nice and foamy but not massive, lasts a while but could be longer.

S - Very zesty floral spices.

T - Hoppy, but not as ridiculous as the name implies. The balance with smooth spice and some sweetness is tough to achieve. There is bitterness right up to the point of being almost edgy, but then it gets sweet and is smooth the whole way. Congrats.

M - Medium-bodied, sticks to the palate a good amount. You enjoy this one before, during, and after taking a sip.

D - Very drinkable due to the restrained, yet ever present, IPA hop character. Have had multiple times on draught and bottled. Will buy every now and then because it's "menacingly delicious".

pandashaver, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of ZorroZ
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

ZorroZ, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Clowerweb
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy By: Feb 01 2012".

A: Goldish amber orange color. Two finger white head, respectable retention and lacing. Mostly clear, a bit of cloudiness.
Beautiful color.

S: Very fruity and citrusy. Smells of pineapple, maybe apple and/or grapefruit, notes of pine, maybe some orange peel. Light on the hop aroma. The nose is not too light or too pungent on this one, pretty much just right on the aromatic strength scale.

T: Better than your average IPA in my opinion, though I'm admittedly not much of an IPA guy. Starts citrusy, notes of fruit in the mid palate, consistent with the aroma - maybe pineapple, apple, pear, banana, grapefruit, orange peel, it's hard to tell, but definitely a tropical fruity flavor. A decent hit of classic IPA pine comes through between the mid palate and the finish. Finishes dry with some nice bitter hops. Almost reminds me of a tamed Double Bastard.

M: Higher carbonation, medium bodied, slightly chewy, some watery feel but not much.

O: This is a very drinkable IPA, even for those who aren't much into IPAs. I expected it to be a little more hoppy given it's name. Doesn't overload you with a bombardment of pine, which was a nice change for a craft IPA, and the tropical fruits are a nice touch.

Solid IPA, probably not the best of the best, but definitely a breath of fresh air for those like me who gravitate more toward dark stouts and porters. Worth a try for any craft beer lover!

Clowerweb, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of kenmyers70
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

kenmyers70, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of turtlemead
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

turtlemead, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of AdamPenna
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

AdamPenna, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Joelski
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Joelski, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Ethanol4one
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The comic, eye catching label and name do not disappoint, as this beer delivers a big frothy head with strong citrus hops on the nose even out of the bottle. Almost seems like Tap beer out of the bottle... (well more than a certain stout with a certain storied can that injects nitro into it).

Hop Devil's orange, rusty color promises what it does in fact deliver on the malt side too, a light sweet, spiced backbone that keeps the high alcohol level beside the point. It also balanced well against the strong hop aromas and bitter hops to the taste. It has a light caramel flavor, but well in the background, like a chubby wall flower hiding out at the 8th grade prom.

I like it with spicy food because it steps right up and slaps the heat off your tongue-- like a boss; so if you're thinking of take out at the ethnic restaurant, this could be the tonic to wash it back.

I know there is a lot of talk about the countless IPAs out there, but this one stands out enough in every way for me to remember and seek it out.

Ethanol4one, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of hoppyhoppy
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%

hoppyhoppy, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Millax25
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Millax25, May 20, 2014
Photo of H0PHead108
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

H0PHead108, Sep 21, 2014
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,236 ratings.