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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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2,451 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,451
Hads: 6,966
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 250
Gots: 1,162 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of JohnMalone
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This nitro version of the well known and loved classic Hop Devil is outstanding. I'm a big fan of Guinness so I love the pour and have no problem waiting for it to 'cook'. The aroma is very much Hop Devil but the mouthfeel is so smooth you have to control yourself not to finish it off on the first taste. If you've in Downingtown stop in Victory ask for a taste of both the nitro version and the normal tap style.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Much darker than the ipa's I typically perfer, looks much more amber than ale.

S-Underwhelming on the hops, got mostly fruit.

T-Definitely east coast style, very piny.


O-Overall a good very complex east-coast style ipa, but this just isin't my type of pale. However, this is my first taste of Hop Devil and I will definitely be trying more and hope it grows on me!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark orange, somewhat cloudy, moderate head of white, fast fade, but with a remainder that produces considerable lacing.

S - Floral hops, with malt sweetness, with subtle grapefruit and other citrus.

T - Malty sweetness couples with a big pine and grapefruit pith hop hit, closing down with bitterness that rules the close until, in the final trail off the malt and sweetness remains.

M - There is mild drying, moderate carbonation, and a bit of build on the tongue, but all very manageable.

O - An IPA designed primarily for balance. With the big hop flavors is a strong malt backbone. The overall result is delicious.

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Photo of Ed2
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Chickee's and Pete's during a rained out Phillies game. Paired with seafood, mussels - white with garlic... Nice local beer. Dark body... Deep amber, small white head, less than a finger. Smell-hopolicious!
And tasted the same... Crisp tight and well worth the wait.

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Photo of dank203
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color, floral hop aroma and good amount of bitterness on the taste. well balanced, solid malty backbone. pretty perfectly balanced IPA and one of the most consistently decent ones out there. wouldn't take it over a lot of others but its always available and fresh

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Photo of rawfish
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear deep amber, striking for an IPA with a sepia head, rocky, 2 and a half digits high. Brilliant rings of lacing down the glass.

Nose is a bit muted but a good waft of citrus and grapefruit hops with a solid malty backing and a spicy note. The malt bill here is in full force, reminds me alot of a hoppy American red ale.

Even with the ever evolving world of IPAs changing perception of taste it's still a assault of hops on the palate. Not hugely bittering but large amounts of tart grapefruit and pine resin. The malts are a big player, caramel, bready and a solid balance, somewhat spicy. Dries rather well despite the darker malts.

Good carbonation and body, the malts kept a bit of sticky sweetness on the finish, I think this could finish a little crisper and less grainy.

Despite its presence in the Victory line-up for such a long time it's still extraordinary, I'll take it when I can find it. I love the darker malt bill and still in my top 10 when I can get it fresh.

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Photo of McStagger
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/9/14. The best buy date is borderline microscopic. What the hell, Victory. What the hell.

A: Pours a fairly dark copper. This one seems more like an amber than a pale. Finger and a half off white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Very bready in the nose. Dark, biscuity quality. Hops are present, leading to a slight floral edge with a big shot of fruitiness. Mostly stone fruit, with some berry characteristics.

T: Starts off with the rich copper malts. Again, doughy and biscuity like. Hops take over mid palate and shoot up a quick. Big burst of key lime and kumquat. Finishes with a nice, almost peppery/ginger note that carries through into the aftertaste. Takes a turn for the resinous, but the malt balances it wonderfully. Hints of lemon and pine in the finish. The malts give the citric taste an almost candied quality. Finishes fairly dry, and amazingly fruity.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is in no way distracting. Even comes off as slightly creamy.

O: Very, very good. I think I still prefer the hop monster west coast IPA's, but this one can hold its own with anybody. Great nose and truly exceptional flavor.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting IPA. Pours darker and amber like a red ale. Some fruit hops but more bready and malty grains than others of the style. A little sweetness from the malt offsets the bitterness. A well balanced beer, but it doesn't have the big fruit and hops that I prefer in an IPA. We'll worth a try and a solid overall offering.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I always try my beers for the first time in a glass pint tumbler. I know it doesn't do certain styles justice, but it creates a controlled medium IMO

S-Grassy/Floral Hops. I sniffed hard out of the bottle, so it was followed by a burning alcohol, then the citrusy aromas came through

A-Amber. some off white head dissipates quickly, clear, small carbonation bubbles, leaves only a small amount of lacing

t-grassy/floral hop oils roll across the tongue, transitions to a well balanced and pleasant bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue, bready malts, citrus, hint of tropical fruit, hop oils remain on the back of the tongue, building up to a nice hoppy and citrusy flavor that lingers for a while after the drink. Definitely need a palate cleanser if you're tasting a variety of beers after this one

m-light/tingling carbonation, hop oils provide a smooth and rich texture

o-Excellent well balanced IPA. Not quite as intense as other IPAs that use the word “Hop” in their title; nonetheless, this is an awesome beer.

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Photo of Seanem44
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper/orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates into a nice creamy texture,

S: Very pleasant smelling. Fruity with dank hops. Not too overwhelming though. Well balanced.

T: Very hoppy. The fruity smell does not translate over into taste. Lingering bitter after taste with a slight taste of alcohol.

M: Just didn't do a lot for my mouth. It did not make my palate come alive as other IPAs have.

O: A solid IPA. I'd say its on the lower end of the top tier. Does drink very easy for being almost 7% ABV. I'd definitely drink it again, but only if I didn't have better options.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles in early February from Total Wine for $1.99 each. Enjoy by 4-20-14.

Beer poured an amber-orange with not much of a head but the clarity is spot on.

Not catching a whole lot of hop power as this is mostly biscuity with some citrus.

In the world of IPA's which most are west coast hop monsters this one is balanced, as far as an IPA can be. Caramel and biscuity malts are prevelant at the start. Citrus, pine, and a hint of mango meld nicely with the malt base. Pine tar lingers on the palate just to let you know this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated for a refreshing presentation.

Overall a solid beer that i will enjoy again at some point in the future.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with very little head and moderate lacing.

Smells like hops, but a fairly mild scent.

Tastes like piney hops and some grapefruit, and is balanced out nicely with toasted and grainy malts, although the bold hops clearly dominate in flavor. It's not an overly powerful IPA, and goes down very smooth.

A very solid IPA overall. One of my favorite summertime IPAs because it goes down so smoothly, but still perfectly acceptable in the winter as well.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown hued with a quarter inch head of beige foam with vibrant carbonation bubbles. Brussels lacing. Aroma of pine like hops is prevalent. The pine like hop bite is very strong on the front of the palate. The backbone is of light malt and then I get a rush of pine like hops on the fade. The mouth is fairly dry and refreshing.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 6.7% abv.

Appearance- A brilliant and clear dark red amber with a massive foamy head on it.

Smell- Citrus; orange and grapefruit. Not much else....did I mention citrus? lol

Taste- A dual blast of malt and hops. The initial malt blast is somewhat of a toasty bread character. The hops remain through the whole flavor profile until a spicy hot finish. Notes of grapefruit along with hints of sweet caramel too. Wickedly complex.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body of which is thick and creamy.

Overall- A solid example of a great IPA. This was the first craft beer I tried years ago so maybe it has a sentimental impression on me, but nevertheless, it is damn good if you dont mind a complex bitter blast. The hops linger as much as any other IPA. A must try if you're a hophead.

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Photo of pkalix
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tan-nish kind of head, dark caramel color and no carbonation.
hop aroma but not pungent or strong.
taste is mildly sweet with a biscuit flavor within the hop. I cannot find a date on the bottle, as someone else alluded to, but there does seem to be some hop blandness due to time on shelf going on.... a very nice brew, for sure, but not seeing the 'wow' as others have explained....

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by 5/9/14)

A: Hazy, copper colored body. Almost no lacing and only a pencil head.

S: A nice, pine malt body, with an almost caramelized sweetness in there. I even get a bit of onion/garlic in there.

T: So, apparently this is 3 months old since it expires in 2 months and they date Hop Devil with a 5 month shelf life. Whoops. The hops have really died out. All malt here. Light and piney. Piney hop aftertaste. A bit watery even.

M: Prickly, coarse and rough. Gets smoother as it warms up.

O: I will try to get it fresh, but I have had older IPAs that have tasted better than this.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: copper, amber. 1.5 finger head nice lacing. Dark color for an ipa.

S: mmm citrus and pine

T: east coast ipa taste where the taste is primarily pine. But there is a citrus undertone of mostly grapefruit and the caramel malt sweetness nicely balances the beer.

M: pretty light bodied

O: a great beginner ipa but I revisit it often... Because it's great. A perfect example of an east coast ipa

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4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pour glass.
A: Aggressive pour yielded an inch thick creamy head that laced quite nicely. This IPA is a rich copper.
S: Earthy, mostly, but also citrus and slight pine.
T: Spice, earthy, floral, citrus and piney tones from hops balance nicely with biscuit and caramel flavors from malts. Finishes on the palate with a very unique taste; earthy is the word I would use I guess.
M: Medioum-bodied.
O: This a well thought out and well built IPA. Hop bitterness is present, but not does not takeover. Likewise, the malt is there but not that over-powering malt backbone that can take away from an IPA. Highly drinkable representation of IPA.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Nice clear dark copper color with a wispy one-finger white head. Patchy lacing.

S - Healthy scent of fresh earthy hops, a tiny bit of grass, and almost toffee like malt. Great combination.

T - Hop forward; with the hops flavorful without being overly alpha-acidic or harsh. Hints of pine, lime, and tangerine, but overall more earthy than citric or sprucey. Guessing they used more than the "C" hops here. Really nice caramel malt underbody. Slight mineral note in finish, but stops short of being "metallic" (more like salt). Nicely balanced. Tasty.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Nice fit for the style.

O - A quintessential East Coast IPA. I immediately wished I had another on hand. Well put together on all levels.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - copper Amber color with a slight white head and leaves thin lacing.
Smell - spiced pine grapefruit sweet malt smell.
Taste - great hoppy pretty spiced and slight citrus but with a great malt backbone.
Feel - smooth medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall - great beer if I'm looking for a bitter spiced beer.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich, clear reddish amber with a thin ring of fluffy off-white head. It looks quite nice, though more head formation would be nice. Scents of sweet malt and abundant floral hops upfront, aromas of honey and jasmine are also present, as well as some earthy notes and fainter notes of citrus and pine. Quite well rounded and appealing, very well done aroma in the East Coast style. Flavor begins with a big burst of floral hops and hop bitterness, as well as some caramel malt sweetness backing the hops. In the middle and finish more pine resin flavor comes out, alongside some citrus peel, still backed by a modest level of caramel malt. The finish is mostly pine resin and a bit of caramel malt. Aftertaste is bitter pine resin, floral flavors and grainy malt. The flavor profile is quite nice and balances hop bitterness with malt sweetness quite well. Very fitting for an East Coast IPA and quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly sticky and resinous mouthfeel. It is quite easy to drink and very pleasant. Overall this is a good East Coast IPA. It has the aroma, flavor and mouthfeel I expect from the sub-style and it matches quite well with, though not quite as good as, Bell's Two Hearted. Still, it's a good IPA and I'd have it again.

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Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly not pale, but copper in color. A nice, two-finger head forms, with good retention and some sexy lacing. Aroma features mostly herbal and grassy notes along with a solid toffee note. As an IPA that's been around a while, the great aromas lent by "new school" hops are not present.

On the palate there's more balance between malt and hops than many IPAs. Still, perceived bitterness is in IPA territory and there are some nice, though vague hoppy flavor notes. Despite the maltiness, the flavor is dry. Pronounced citric hop bite. The soft, fine carbonation works very well.

This really blurs the line between IPA and an amber/red ale due to the balance between the strength of the hop flavors and the malt body (plus it's got an amber color). Hop Devil ultimately stands out as a malt-forward IPA that's quite good, if not quite a stand-out in an increasingly crowded market.

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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A different IPA in that is takes a big floral component, lots of smooth fine carbonation, good citrus bite to it, a nice refreshing bitter IPA, would highly recommend and look forward to having it again, some pepperiness to it, an intoxicating smell of complex floral and hop aromas, body is smooth and nuanced, good all-rounder.

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Photo of glass_house
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Mostly clear deep amber with two fingers of frothy cream-colored head that leaves a thin cap and moderate lacing. Smell is dominated by sweet bready caramel malt with a faint earthy hop bitterness in the background.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose would suggest. There is definitely some toasty caramel present, but it takes a backseat to the pine, grapefruit and lemon peel. Not that impressed with the quality of flavors in the hop profile, but it's well balanced so it works. Just on the light side of medium-bodied, with smooth crisp carbonation.

If you're In the mood for an IPA with relatively strong malt support, this is an adequate option. Never my first choice, but never disappoints either.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Pours a crisp looking amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and ripe hoppy aroma with good hints of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront scent of earthy hops with hints of grass and a little pine. Juicy citrus fruit presence with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Solid sweet malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A balanced and pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a ripe juicy and fairly earthy IPA taste with good notes of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront mix of hop flavors with earthy notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, lemons, mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Good malt balance with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely juicy and drying. A very solid IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily and sticky. Finishes dry and smooth.

Overall: A very solid American IPA. Good juicy hop notes with a nice caramel malt backbone.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,451 ratings.