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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
92
outstanding

6,359 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,359
Reviews: 2,397
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 174
Gots: 632 | 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 daftafne
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to the a little release party for victory in Indiana at Rich O's tonight in New Alabany and had a flight of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey.

Was a clear carmel brown color and had a nice floral smell. Like the smell, it tasted of aromatic flowers and had a lingering hop bitterness. Smooth and creamy, a good, well-rounded beer.

daftafne, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Mauidan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Mauidan, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of imanidiot777
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark amber color and had a good head that lasts for awhile but not as long as others I have seen.

S: Not good at picking out individual smells but there is nothing unappealing about it. Smells great.

T: Citrus tasting, good hope bite and malty aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation level, a nice kick it adds.

D: Goes down smooth with a strong aftertaste.

imanidiot777, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of bucketofheads
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bucketofheads, May 07, 2013
Photo of Tsrohnek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Tsrohnek, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of JohnSlaney
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

JohnSlaney, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Pluemer2
4/5  rDev -2%

Pluemer2, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of roastTHEmost
3/5  rDev -26.5%

roastTHEmost, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Snapps
4/5  rDev -2%

Snapps, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of cunninsa
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cunninsa, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of PittsburghHopHead83
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

PittsburghHopHead83, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of BrewsandBlues
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

BrewsandBlues, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Jetfan247
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%

Jetfan247, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Aosemidey
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Aosemidey, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of JT23
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JT23, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Hops4Pops
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 12 oz bottle at a supermarket to try it.
Chilled to 45 degrees F.
Poured into a Saint Arnold's 12 oz clear taster glass.
This beer is a sleeper. I was expecting a stronger nose given the style. What I did smell was very pleasant in a subtle way. I had to sniff it a few times to get a good olfactory reading. Nice. Almost no head. Rapid disappearance. Nice carbonation. Small, lightly populated trails of bubbles reaching the surface. Nice sticky lacing lasting till the end of the glass. This beer has a wonderful and interesting flavor. It does not come on as strong as many IPAs and yet as it lingers on your tongue you taste more and more flavors that entice you to raise the glass to your lips again.
I definitely like this beer. If you are hesitant to drink an AIPA, try this one.
A very pleasingly-smooth presentation of this style.
Worth storing a few. I am curious how it ages.

Hops4Pops, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of HOPHEADNATIONMATT
3/5  rDev -26.5%

HOPHEADNATIONMATT, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of JasW
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JasW, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Gavilan
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%

Gavilan, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of robocrouch
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a very deep brown color with a decent white head. Some lace.

S: This beer smells really good. Sour grapefruit and some sweet fruit and fresh hops are present.

T: The hops are the stars in this beer. You get hit with a wide array of varying hop flavors. This beer kicks your ass but is still sweet enough to put a smile on your face. The one thing that to me is amazing is how creamy it is for such a hoppy beer.

D: Overall a great beer that does the style justice. Highly Recommended.

Two Thumbs Up

robocrouch, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of AshevilleSippin
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Short Version:
Outstanding brew with forward hops, remarkable balance, and smooth drinkability that's hard to beat. A bit too balanced for a true IPA in my opinion.

Details:
This beer was a nice surprise. Picked it up at Ingles as part of a mix-n-match 6 packer. Great new system they have there. HUGE thumbs up to Ingles.

Attractive bottle with clever hop-flower looking like a friendly devil. I expected an insane one-dimensional hop bomb. I was pleasantly wrong.

This beer poured a semi-cloudy copper-amber color. Bold 3-finger creamy yellowish-tan head with notable endurance. Finally dropped to a thin film with active volcanic island activity after several minutes.

Strong hops on the nose with maybe some mild citrus notes. Some subdued herbalness perhaps. Very fresh smelling.

I get an earthy/dirty hop flavor with remarkable malt balance. Hops win... but not by as much as you'd expect. Strong but not overwhelming. Appetizing and delicious. Bright fruity esters on the back palate but not sweet. Can't quite place them.

Body is on the robust side of medium. Again, lacey and fresh in the glass and on the palate. Label calls this an India Pale Ale but it's a bit too balanced in my opinion to fit that bill. I expect my IPA to be bold and lopsided.

The finish is soft and fragrant with a pleasant maltiness that outlasts the hops.

Drinkability is through the roof.

This bottle is dated Jan 9, 2008 so a tad past it's prime. I'd give a case of about anything to try one of these fresh on draft. If it's this good a month past due out of a bottle... just imagine.

Ingredients: American hops. According to the label.

AshevilleSippin, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of Ben4881
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory HopDevil Ale
Victory Brewing Co.

Appearance:
This beer pours hazy amber with a barely-off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving sticky, spotty lace. As the beer drains, all the lace succumbs to gravity and rejoins the brew at the bottom.

Smell:
Certainly smells like hops, but not an overwhelming punch. There is some sweet malt smell in the background as well, but mainly hops and not all that strong. After a taste, however, the organic, plant-like hop aroma is much more prevalent.

Taste:
What the hops lack in odor, they make up in taste. From the very beginning, the hop flavor tickles the front of my tongue. Then, the sticky, oily, bitterness hits the back of my tongue. The aftertaste is a dry and fiery hop flavor worthy of the name HopDevil. Then, the aftertaste slowly transitions into something subtly warm and piney.

Mouthfeel:
As the hazy appearance would indicate, this beer has some body to it. It is thick, but not chewy. For me, the carbonation level is adequate and appropriate. I can feel bubbles dancing on my tongue, but they do not take much away from the taste.

Drinkability:
I could definitely find a groove with this beer. The body is just right and my tongue is not completely body slammed by the hops. It has the perfect combination to drink more than one in a session. Victory hit the mark with this creation.

Ben4881, May 05, 2008
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears as a nice amber color you'd expect with a beer of this sort, nice light caramel-colored head, with really impressive lacing that lasts all the way until finish and then dries on the side of the glass!

Smell is hops, piney (good) w/alcohol (sadly). I like a well-hidden ABV but all things considered this is nothing to prevent a hopehead from wanting to try this beer as it is far from boozey in flavor.

Taste is lightly piney hop forward, and finishes off chewy with more citrus notes and some other notes. This may have been a little too cold when I started and got better as it warmed slightly.

Mouthfeel is average. Nothing bad mind but nothing spectacular. A little hard on the palate but it's called Hopdevil so what do you expect?

Drinkability is average. Again, just nothing really spectacular about it. I'll say this: there are many IPAs on the market and many of them are good and this is as good as any of those.

This does not classify as world-class or excellent but like I mentioned, is perfectly refreshing and nice and I'd drink it again.

Hellabeerguzzler, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of kdpark
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.24.10 Single Bottle, Best by 9.25.10

I would almost call this an Amber IPA, in terms of balance, it had a much bigger malt backbone than any IPA I've had.

A: Copper, clear, head with staying power

S: Pretty much all malt, not getting much hops, less than you would expect from an IPA anyway

T: Huge malt, lots of toast and caramel, almost to a fault, then plenty of hops to back it up, really great sipper.

M: Medium to heavy, nothing harsh about the hops, just pleasantly bitter, the malt may be a little overbearing to some, but I like it

D: A beer I will likely buy again to enjoy one at a time

kdpark, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of mikel52588
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep amber hue with about a finger head, leaves a thick lacing that slides down the side of the glass

S: smells really good, sweet and piney, with some floral qualities

T: Delicious. A nice smooth blend of hops and malty goodness. Its clean and crisp to a bitter sweet perfection.

M: Its lightly carbonated smooth with only a slight bitter aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

D: This beer is definitely worth the try. Its delicious and whole. I could drink this beer anytime, its not to light, not too heavy.

mikel52588, Aug 31, 2009
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,359 ratings.