Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
02-21-2009 03:57:29 | More by Georgiabeer
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
08-17-2007 00:54:23 | More by akorsak
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
Served in a bottle at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white to light beige head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.
S: The smell starts with some light caramel malt sweetness but is quickly dominated by the citrus hops, pine/resin hops, and some very light yeast spices.
T: In the taste the hops dominate, first with the grapefruit + citrus flavors and then followed by the pine/resin flavors. There is a light presence of yeast spiciness (mostly pepper) and a lasting bitterness on the tongue.
M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly coats the inside of your mouth.
O: As good as I remember this beer from the early 2000s, it has really stood up through the test of time (and that was when there were not a lot of aggressively hoppy beers being produced on the East Coast). The beer has nice balance and complexity and is very enjoyable. Might be a little too intense for a session beer.
04-07-2012 12:32:20 | More by dbrauneis
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
(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.
01-07-2006 23:53:44 | More by rhoadsrage
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
Pours a slightly hazy red colored ale with a fair tan head. I could almost call this amber but it is more red than that.
Smell is LOTS of citrus hops with a fairly strong sour note from them. Little bit of bready malt scent is there but the hop scent simply dominates this beer. Little bit of oak scent in this.
Taste is very mildly sweet with a slight sour note and lots of hops. First sensation I get here is smoke, and it is very pleasant. The smokiness reminds me of a good Scottish wee heavy. Strong oak and grapefruit are the next hop flavors to make themselves known. Fairly bitter without getting harsh this is a great IPA that pulls off that trick very well. Strong hop oil slickness on the teeth and tongue.
Mouthfeel is good rich without going to far.
Super drinkable for a very strong IPA. This an excellent beer with only one fault, the 6.7% ABV makes this a bit strong for drinking one after another. Great beer that I can recommend.
11-12-2005 02:06:54 | More by Zorro
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
One of the offerings I had at the Stone World Bistro, on to the beer:
Dark amber to orange in color with rings of lacing sticking to the glass as its consumed. Being an IPA brewed on the East Coast, it's a little more balanced to boot. Citrus. grapefruit and piney notes run aorund with the flavor with a kick of malt. It didn't taste that bitter at all, making it quite drinkable.
09-21-2007 21:32:01 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Glass
Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy and fizzy yellowish-cream colored head. Great retention and amazing lace walls! This really makes the beer look excellent. Solid flow of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Color is clear dark ruby/golden bronze.
Aroma: I really pick up the bready malts here. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Floral hops stand out the most. The citrus level is fairly low for an IPA. This is a fairly solid IPA.
Taste: the floral hops are not as pronounced here. There seems to be more fresh earthy hops mixed in. The same bready malts are here. A little booze shines through. ALso there is a mixture of citrus present.
Mouthfeel: Bitter. The booze shines through after left in the mouth for a while. Medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation as well. Leaves a mouth full of floral hops for an aftertaste. Very sticky and dry.
Overall, this was a good IPA for a change. Normally it is all of these DIPAs that are coming out and I hardly drink regular IPAs, so it was nice to get to have one of these. A really good representation to the style and worth a try. I will drink this again.
06-12-2009 21:24:03 | More by mothman
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass. Have not had this in years.
A- Hop Devil pours out the standard copper/bronze color with bubbles seen rising to the top. This yielded an inch white foamy soapy looking head that left with the quickness. It did leave nice lacing though.
S- This IPA has a very faint hop scent with the traditional malt backing with the latter taking the lead. Not very pungent with some pine scents and a twinge of bitterness.
T- I get a bunch of sweet malts in the beginning but after time on the tounge the hop punch came through, although this punch was more like a push being not to dominate. Very light citrus flavors with some breadyness.
M- It really took some time in the mouth to get the full appeal of the hops used which was not much. After some time on the tounge the hops came through with slight bitterness. A step below medium bodied with good carb going for it.
D- A step above sessionable this devil is quite drinkable while not being to forward with any ingredient. The name suits the drink, as if this were called hoppy devil, the outcome might be misleading. A good local to go to from time to time. I can't wait for wild devil.
03-02-2009 05:07:13 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev -2%
Pours a golden/amber color, nice carbonation, small thin head, some nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malt, citrus, and caramel. The taste is very hoppy with a little bit of a malt taste, has a very nice bite at the end. Medium body. This is a very nice IPA from Victory, do they make anything bad, lol. Very drinkable at the ABV, very hoppy, highly recommended.
11-23-2005 00:54:35 | More by Wasatch
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 5/22/2012. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with awesome retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. A fair amount of soapy lacing down the glass, with some carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, biscuit, orange, and a touch of toasted malt. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, pine, floral, caramel, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, biscuit, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Very nice malt backbone to balance it out, but still has plenty of bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable at 6.7%, with hardly any alcohol warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA; with great balance, drinkability, and great spicy/citrus hop flavor.
03-03-2012 07:44:13 | More by superspak
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Somewhat cloudy dark gold/orange in hue. A nice head appears and retention is good. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.
S. Some earthy hops and some malt.
T. Absolutely splendid. Alot going on here as well. Floral hops in the forefront with a caramel malt backbone that is very delicious. Despite being an IPA, this is not overly hoppy. Very well balanced indeed.
M. Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation. Smooth and delightful to the palate.
D. Very drinkable despite the high ABV. Cheers!
06-26-2008 15:19:03 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
The appearance is simply fantastic. The beer appears transparent and amber / orange in color, with nearly two inches of dense, creamy head that coats the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.
The aroma brings a balance of hops and malts, along with some toasted notes.
The flavor is tangy and bitter, with malt in the driver seat more so than hops. Very fresh, crisp and clean on the palate, as this growler was just filled. While I appreciate balance and realize that a beer doesn't have to be over the top to be a good brew, HopDevil just lacks the hop presence required by the style.
The feel is decent enough, but I find myself distracted by the hop to malt ratio.
Overall, a middle of the road offering. There are many better IPAs that are easily accessible.
04-01-2011 00:29:07 | More by Huhzubendah
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Beautiful copper body with tints of red and orange. Topped with a fluffy white head that left chunks of foam in the middle of the brew.
Pine and orange peel dominate the aroma with some floral and grass touches.
Taste starts with some sweet malt, very quickly, then the hops kick in. Citrus, grass and young pine are present here. Bite starts off hard, but dwindles down. The alcohol becomes present, yet sublte.
Clean finish. Crisp. Drinkability overshadows the taste, it'll hook ya.
12-17-2006 03:15:31 | More by Mebuzzard
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-13-2007 05:01:40 | More by biegaman
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
06-06-2009 14:48:48 | More by John_M
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by Aug 29th 2011, we shall do so hence forth.
A nice big off white finger head that is slightly soapy and has some pretty good sized bubbles. Body is a basic clear amber getting more into dark brown with some very tiny small rising carbonation from the bottom. Simple, and good looking with next to nothing for lacing.
Bouquet is just standard and solid. Muted but noticeable hop presence that has a kind of malt dryness. Some type of dry grain powdery malt sensations, but with an almost grassy feeling left behind.
Taste is good bodied, somewhat syrupy but all the taste and flavor is in the aftertaste and finish, and it's quite enjoyable. Great baked brown dough bread and spiced hop, slowly building on the swallow. Repeated sips bring out some orange, but then the swallow still brings the lingering aromatics. Big but not overpowering, dry, with a husky sense almost.
This will do in a pinch it's quite tasty and I never seem to complain if there is any to go around. Seems like now was a good time to giving it some thought.
05-28-2011 22:31:40 | More by smakawhat
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-16-2008 17:57:46 | More by plaid75
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-26-2008 16:18:14 | More by beerthulhu
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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