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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,684 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,684
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 217
Gots: 903 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,684 | Reviews: 2,451
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Unsure of age. (Enjoy by 2/15/07? Can't really read it)

A: Had to pour slowly so the head wouldn't overwhelm my glass. Translucent deep ruby color. I'm actually surprised at how clear this is. Small amounts of lacing remain on the glass.

S: While pouring, could smell the hops easily with the glass being over a foot from my face. After the head settled though I couldn't detect much.

T: Quite hoppy, but definitely not overpoweringly so. Almost spicy on the front end with a hop finish that sticks in my mouth for several minutes

M: Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Any more carb and it'd be too much, any less and it'd lose its spiciness.

D: It may be a good thing that I can't get this locally, because I could see myself drinking alot of these. Perfectly balanced and would make for a dangerous session beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DanielGJ0
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of Stopper
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a nice, bright amber highlighted by hints of red with a moderate pale tan head that dissipates very slowly. In the nose there is a great balance of robust malt with a bit of caramel and bright, barely citrusy, hop aroma. The first sip hits you with a well-bodied base of the same, somewhat caramelly, maltiness that was in the aroma and a perfectly balanced medium bitterness. As the malt fades, the bitterness remains and a great hop flavor emerges, which is a touch spicy for a moment, then fading to a mostly round noble-type flavor with only a barely-perceptible spiciness. And the hop flavor seems to go on and on...

This is a very refreshing, wonderfully hopped beer, with a great malt base and piles of flavor and interest. It's a great beer for nearly any occasion or mood, and enough amazing taste and character to come back to again and again.

Photo of JonMich13
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Nice copper amber, no head and no lacing.

S = Beautiful honey, floral, citrus, and malt medley that harmonizes perfectly.

T = Taste nearly mirrors the smell, only not quite as impressively, but outstanding nonetheless. Love the balance between the sweet malty beginning and the pine/citrus hops that slowly blossom through the middle and end.

M = Nice medium mouth with ample carbonation and not overwhelmingly lingering bitterness.

D = I find this very drinkable, both in its taste and mouth profile as well as its ABV.

Overall not a huge fan of the whacked out mega-hop beer craze, so I came in skeptical. However, I really enjoyed this beer. It seems the hops were added to a level that enhances the beer, not just to claim a high IBU to keep up with the Joneses. Well done brew!

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

I've been slowly picking up Victory beers now knowing that I want to try and enjoy them over time, HopDevil didn't let me down.

Freshness date on the bottle was Apr 14 08, so I'm glad I got this one when I did...a bit old however.

Pours a nice copper that has some dark orange highlights when held to the light. A big off white head climbed up and mounted the sides of my clean pint glass with uneven bubble sizes that formed small mountains as it subsided and started to lace down the edges. Smells of citrus immediately rose up out of this beer; grapefruit and oranges with hints of bready malt. This beer has a really stiff malt backbone, which I really like with this level of hops. Sweet and bready malts abound but quickly taken over by citrus, black pepper, and some green grass notes. Finish is lingering with much the same...sweet malts and spicey hops and a slight warming near the end of the fade. The mouthfeel is just smooth for the AA's present, really drinks quite well.

Yet again I've been very pleased with another Victory brew. Hop heads rejoice and give thanks.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber pour with a medium sized off white head. The power is in the spices here, big spicy flavor right up front fading to a hoppy finish in the back end. Also one of the best smelling IPAs I've ever had. A glorious winner all around, all hail Victory!

Photo of shertz
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from fellow BA. Poured into a Pint Glass at 45 degrees. The bottle is dated best by Nov 11 07, plenty of time left on this one.

A- Two finger head goes away pretty quick. A hazy amber color with a little foam left on top. Some bubbles are spotted rising to top.

S- Citrus hops and some sweet malts. Smell of these hops are pretty strong as I was able to get a whiff during the pour. Smells yummy.

T- Obviously the taste is full of dry hops. Last night I reviewed a Stone's IPA and I feel like this one is a little less hoppy than that one. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice IPA though.

M- Medium carbonation but little tingling left in my mouth that you usually get from a hoppy IPA. Still nice.

D- This is a nice, close-to sessional as I can get. It's local for me and well-done, but much better on-tap. Another nice one from Victory.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,684 ratings.