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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Halloween 2007. Fresh growler fill via Consumer's Beverages on Elmwood, in Buffalo.

A stiff pour would conjure an average level of tanned white head. This would eventually fade in the middle, part strictly to the sides and then, after a good run, give out entirely around the halfway point of the pint. One element never compromised, however, is the colour; a toasted copper that glows ruby when examined at different angles, it is lovely-looking from each and every angle I inspect it.

The aroma is a fleshy concoction of zesty, eyebrow raising hops. Although C-hop dominated (meaning it boasts dynamic, domineering scents of pink grapefruit and pineapple), the bouquet also consists of rotting flowers, bubblegum, pine serum and a long list of other freshly squeezed citrus fruits. Despite all this the aroma is, believe or not, surprisingly balanced by a biscuity, toffee-like maltiness.

Hop Devil is liquid hop candy. Plain and simple. As well as overtones of spruce and pine, the flavour contains notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lime, lychee and so on and so on and scooby-dooby doo. It is a citrus convention. But chaperoning all this are the aforementioned malts, which, if you care to notice, are bready and sweet (doubt you can though as the finish has an enduring mintiness).

Although almost 7%, the extra alcohol is, for the most part, unnoticed (and in any case the beer remains incredibly quaffable). It has a smoothing, toasty, biscuity maltiness as well as a leafy earthiness, the two infused and enlivened by well-integrated acidity. The bitterness seems to clamp onto the tongue for a long, rewarding aftertaste and really rams those pine-y, citrusy notes in.

Victory's Hop Devil was one of the first American IPAs I tried (and consequently one of the first beers to turn me onto bombastic hoppiness). It has been around for some time and remains a wonderful IPA, arguably still among the best the East Coast has to offer in the style. Right down the checklist, it fits all the criteria. It is, without doubt, a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous citric and piney hop and not much else.

The taste was upfront raw spicy hops. Biting citrus and pine flavors dominated. Solid grainy malt as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop driven ale.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask through the handpump at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a dark amber that is a bit hazy. The beer has a wonderful head, especially for cask ale, huge and creamy and off white that leaves some nice lacing. Smells bitter with leafy hops and a rich bitter earthiness, and a touch of grainy sourness. The taste exhibits a nice deep bitterness and an earthy richness as well as a hoppy, creamy finish which is unique to the cask in my estimation. Nice mouthfeel, creamy and dry with a slight graininess. Absolutely delicious, and even better on cask.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had not had this beer in some time, but saw it on tap at the Judge's Bench last night, and figured why not.

The beer pours a rich copper color, with pretty good head retention and lacing. This beer really doesn't look like an IPA, but it sure smells and tastes like one. On the nose, I get some light bitterness and pepper, with a hint of underlying malt. The beer smells as if it will be on the dry side, which in fact it is. On the palate, the beer is a little heavy handed in the malt department, but there's pleny of hoppy bitterness to balance it. In fact, I think the excellent balance in this beer is probably its best feature. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good. The finish is relatively dry with the alcohol very well disguised.

While nothing exciting, this is still a good solid IPA, one that is very easy to drink with relatively low alcohol. Unfortunately, there are just too many better IPA's on the market these days, for me ever drink this on more then an occasional basis. Nevertheless, this is still a solid IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep tawny-orange color with a finger of ivory head. This is an appetizing-looking brew.

Smell: rich aroma is surprisingly malty, given the name, but also has a nice amount of earthy hop to it. There's also an almost peppery character that works well here. Overall, I rather like it.

Taste: relatively sweet malt flavor with hints of caramel. Hops are earthy and bitter with some floral characteristics up front. This doesn't seem to me to be crazy-hoppy or super bitter, but I like it; it is actually rather well-balanced in my opinion. I'd definitely have this again.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a nice level of carbonation for the style. The body has a little bit of a syrupy consistency which I think works here; it's silky but sticky enough to let the flavors linger.

Drinkability: I think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts here. I would gladly drink this again, one at a time or in a session.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty orange/amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a touch of citrus. Taste is also quite the hop bomb. A touch of citrus, no malts to speak of, very bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A high quality, middle-of-the-road contemporary IPA, and by that I mean it’s highly hopped but not so much that it’s not totally drinkable, a palate smasher, or likely to please fans of the super hop bombs. It’s also very nice on draft, with a slightly smoother, stickier feel and somewhat lower carbonation on a medium body. It’s nearly clear, copper with a slight reddish tint, and has a good-sized fluffy head as well as nice retention and lacing.

Aroma and taste are very much in line; bitter citrus and pine resin hops; faintly floral notes, caramel malt that’s a bit sweeter in the taste than in the nose but doesn’t overshadow the hoppiness. The flavors are really detailed and not just bitter; finishes semi-dry, with a kiss of sweetness and lingering bitterness. Again this won’t blow any major hopheads away in today’s IPA scene but it’s a very well-made and dependable beer that easy to drink, easily found, and an easy answer when you want a nice hop fix.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing amber with small amounts of carbonation escaping from the bottom. The nice frothy one finger white head soon lays out to a thin film and leaves lots of nice lacing.
Smell is of a mild mix of citrus and pine hops backed with some sugary malt.
Taste is of creamy malt and lots of infused hops including a sugary grapefruit and a nice array of maltiness that balances this brew.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy and runs over the palate nicely. Mild cask carbonation makes this seem like a completely different Hop Devil but in a good way.
Drinkability is superb as the cask seems to mellow out some of the bite of the hops and the sting isn't noticible. Sticky, resinous hops stay on the lips making me want more of this treat.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a pleasantly hazed deep amber, with flashes of red to it. Head is full, frothy and reasonably persistent, maintaining the majestic crest synonymous with a good IPA. Lacing is sketchy and sticky. Looks good.

Nose is a pleasant mildly fragrant, slightly fruity hop bonanza, giving a fresh (if generic) American hop aroma. Looking underneath, there's a slight meaty savouriness to the malt and even a weird salty or smoky hint. This is a very, very subtle character, however, but it's what sets it apart—mostly this falls squarely in "generic IPA" territory.

Taste is light, nutty and clear, with a mild bitterness through to the back, and a fragrant if slightly muted and stilted hop character. Finish has hints of pine and lavender, giving a clear bite to the aftertaste. Feel is smooth and supple. The taste is, however, quite generic, and it feels slightly flat, as if it has been cut through and dynamically shortened.

A decent brew, but not one of the best IPAs I've had. It just feels a little flatter and more generic. Despite the intrigue promised on the nose, this really ended up being "just another IPA".

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Photo of corby112
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am partial to this beer because it is a local favorite of mine. Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick, foamy white head that settles into a slight lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus and earthy hops with slight roasted malt hints. Very well-balanced quaffable IPA with a nice malt backbone to counter the bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with a white head that lasted throughout. The nose is hops with some pine and citrus. The beer is smooth and the hops really come through. Very bitter towards the end. I enjoyed it but I don't think I could have more than a couple in one sitting because it's so dry at the end. Not as hoppy as I thought and the bitterness killed it for me. Wanted more hops, less bite.

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bronze (a little darker than the average IPA), with an off-white head. There's a little retention & lace.

S: Mostly citrus and pine, with a little sweet malt in the background.

T: Lots of American hop flavour here, but it's a nice blend (citrus, floral & pine with a little earth in the aftertaste). There seems to be an underlying malt sweetness, but this ones certainly balanced to the bitter side. Quite refreshing, and I wouldn't have suspect the alcohol was this high.

M: Moderate body is a little oily & acidic. Moderate carbonation has a prickly, thirst-quenching feel.

D: As long as you like American hops, this is very drinkable. The alcohol content will catch up to you though!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light copper crystal clear body with a very gentle carbonation. The head is a creamy off-white that slowly turns to a thin film.

S- The smell of big bold juicy hops has hints of pineapple, resin and grass. The smell of pale malt gives support to the big hops.

T- The hops have a fresh juicy flavor with notes of fruit, citrus and some pine flavors. The malt flavor has some pale malt qualities but there is also some toasted notes aswell. The finish has a soft yet tangy hop bitterness that hands on your breath.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a smooth texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is about hop flavor. There is not a lot of bitterness and the hops have a fruity flavor that is unusual. Smooth hoppy beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pint glass hand-pulled at the brewery in Downingtown, PA.

A: The ale is a brilliant amber color, the color that all good beer should aspire to, dark and mysterious but light enough to allow you to peer through it as you ponder its greatness. Capping off this magnificence is a billowy white head, full of dense bubbles that lasts nicely through the pint.

S: The nose has the big bite of HopDevil mixed with a creamy maltiness. The hops are still big and bold though, make no mistake about it.

T: The taste nicely combines the big hops with a subtlety that comes from the cask. The hop body is still big and American, grapefruit with an earthy undertone, but it was relaxed a bit, taking on a softer more concentrated body. The creamy head atop the beer is a sweetness that matches the grainy biscuit body nicely. The hops deliver a long biting finish that remains bitter long after the sip is a memory.

M: The cask has smoothed out the beer, mellowing the hops and accentuating the malts. The effect is a great drink, smooth and bitter.

D: HopDevil on cask was a revelation, robust and delicious. If you love HopDevil from a bottle, you'll flip for the cask.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear apple-cherry color with a foamy 1 finger beige head that displayed excellent retention through most of the drink. A nice sheet lacing was left behind.

S: The nose yielded bright citrus, light pine and dry grapefruit.

T: sweet and citrusy with pine with a dry flowery hopping. There was a huge, dry munich malt backbone and dry hopping in the middle of the palate. On the finish was dried grapefruit, dry flowers with a good carbonation bite. Overall a very nice, dry flowery hopping that coats the tongue with bittering success.

M: a medium fullness and creminess with a nice carbonation presence.

D: A great citrusy and dry flowery hopped ipa backed by an equally huge dry toasted munich backbone makes this a standout. Leaves your tongue dry and anxious for the next sip.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 3, 2013.

It pours a slightly medium amber color with a a fog and a short-lived cream-colored head that fades rather quickly.

The aroma has a nice earthy and piney hop sensation along with some spice and toasted pale malts but there is also a kind of buttery sensation in there that I cannot quite explain.

The body is medium and rather astringent or carbonated.

Earthy and piney hops are the flavor of the day when I take that first sip and those esters linger on for a little while at the end. Mild to moderate hop bitterness. It had some fine IPA characteristics.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Idle Hour in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a hazy dark orange, with a towering 3 inch head. Visible carbonation. Foamy, strong lacing.

Smells like very strong pine, and lemon.

Tastes pretty similar, earthy dank spicy pine flavors, grapefruit, with some unexpected black pepper, and strong bitterness. Present but not overwhelming caramel malt flavors.

Full, creamy mouthfeel on this one- very interesting for an IPA. Well carbonated.

Victory's original IPA, before Dirt Wolf and Hop Ranch came on the scene and stole the show. It still holds up, though.

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Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear copper color with a head that was just off-white and had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was nicely balanced between the hops and malt, with traces of pine, citrus and floral notes all apparent. The flavor was very similar and had many of the same features, with a nice dry finish.

The body was very good, smooth and nicely coating without being overly sticky. Drinkability was also very good, for a hoppy beer it goes down smoothly and having several is a joy.

Overall, a very good example of the style that is certainly worth your time.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, and some floral and citrusy hops. The taste starts off smooth and malty with the citrusy hops kicking in to make a nice bitter finish. This is not an extremely bitter IPA like I was expecting from the name, but it is pretty well balanced. Overall, HopDevil is a solid IPA that is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys IPAs.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seethur ruby brown with good head and lacings. A large hoppy aroma of dark fruit and some gran/bread malt in there. The hops catch the tongue immediately, with hints of citrus and an earthy flavor and some malts. But it is pretty much hops - and very smooth. I thought that was nice, and I am not a hophead so it was appreciated. A little dry for my liking, but all in all a good beer and a must for hops lovers.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear dark amber/gold with a great head of foam with the accompanying nice lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of citrus(very wet hop like) and sweet and bready malt.

The taste is equally nice or more so.. I get my hop fix and my malt fix all in one. Nice notes of grapefruit and other hop tastes that remind of wet hopped; solid and equal to the task malt presence that makes this a joy to drink. I love it.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation work very well giving me a great mouthfeel and this is so darn easy to drink. It's about time I got to drink this again.(it's been many years)

Thanks again, Joe!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: It pours brilliant amber under a 1” off-white foam collar that dissipates to a thick film. S: Citrusy grassy hops with some biscuit aromas rise form the glass. T: Rich hoppy palate with spices that suggest oregano season a biscuit malt backbone. F: Creamy medium body and carbonation. O: An outstanding American IPA.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle has a Best By 12/10/13.

The beer comes in a deep red ruby color with a bit of brown in there. It has a frothy creamy white head.

It doesn’t have much of an aroma. Fresh hops and a malty sweetness.

The flavor has a pop of grapefruit and bitter tea. Then the malt is a bit grainy actually, but also with some caramel sweetness. The finish is an earthy piney finish. It almost has that resiny dank bitterness like marijuana. It’s pretty dry and bitter on the end.

This is a very well done IPA. It actually reminds me a slightly smaller Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange colour with a very large frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, caramel, citrus zest, a nuttiness, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer is perfectly carbonated and it feels very smooth and creamy on the tongue. It has a sweet malt taste with lots of hops and caramel. There is also lots of citrus taste and some notes of pine. I'm also picking up on some fruit esters. It finishes with a sugary sweet then bitter hop aftertaste that you can feel in your cheeks even after a few seconds have passed.

Drink - A good that I'll be happy to have again. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and this is a highly drinkable beer. It's really tasty and worth seeking out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a small bubbly head.

S-Not as pungent as I remember. Floral hops. Malty sweetness. Slight booze. Spiciness.

T-Better than the smell in my opinion. Floral and pine hops overpower the slight caramel malt. Spice is apparent; booze is better masked in the taste.

M-Light to medium bodied. Smooth and mildly slick.

D-Easy drinker especially for 6.7%. Easy to drink a 6er of this.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.