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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,302 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5302
Reviews: 2355
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%


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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dancaplette

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pint glass. I would call it not so much copper but a light bronze

it smelled of hops, but with a sourdough bready aroma, with a slight aroma of pine needles coming in late. and a sweetness from the malts as the beer reached more towards room temperature.

you can taste the bitterness in your first sip, but then it disapates and comes back again as you swirl it in your mouth. you get a yeast full bready taste, also a slight sweetness from the malt

m- it has a rich full bodied feel with slight carbonation, you can definitely sense a high abv, but, not overpowering. wouldn't kick this beer out of the fridge, can drink it everyday.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:51:46 | More by dancaplette
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, floral hops, some pine, sweet bready malts and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, floral notes, a bit of pine and sweet bready/caramelly malts to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 21:36:19 | More by SebD
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a pint glass. Awesome beer to have in the Spring or Fall months, but really any time of year. Super crisp, outstanding flavor of hops and citrus (especially big on the hops as the name would lead you to believe). Really nice copper color with a whitish foam head. Just enough boozy flavor to let you know it's there without getting into the range of an imperial or anyhting like that. One of the best offerings I've had from Victory, very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 17:02:42 | More by MarkQ617
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*March 23rd review from RateBeer*

First off, this bottle says best by March 18th 2013, so it’s about a week past its prime.

Appearance: Pretty clear beer with some small particles floating around. Two fingers worth of head that stays at about one through the glass. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is of spice and malt with hops there, but definitely in the background and more subtle (I presume because of the age of this beer).

Taste: The taste is... interesting. Truth be told, it tastes like V8 juice to me as far as the "spice" is concerned, but without any vegetable notes (thank God). Sweet through the front of each sip, with a slightly bitter, spicy finish. Really, I get a LOT of peppery notes in HopDevil, and I don’t mind. The mouthfeel is smooth, and a slight coating is left in the mouth on each sip.

HopDevil’s a very good beer, and this one’s not even fresh. I would try this again out of a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 00:58:29 | More by Alextricity
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Roman5150

Spain

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottl into snifter

Appearance: dark amber/mahogany, thick white head

Smell: you can smell the bitterness, earthy floral hops, minor fruity notes, pineapple and citrus

Taste: very smooth, less bitter than the nose and name would imply. Extremely well balanced, very resinous earthy hay undertones with a sharp citrus backbone. Alcohol and malt are pretty well disguised by hops. One of the more balanced ipas ive had.

Mouthfeel: not much carbonation

Overall: a very well balanced ipa with loads of hops but not super bitter like i expected. Truy an amazing beer, will be buying again. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 01:20:42 | More by Roman5150
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.
Appearance - a dark rye, amber looking brew. A lot of carbonation that forms a huge, frothy beige head that remains throughout! Decent, but splotchy lacing.
Smell - Earthy, piney, some grass. Biscuit, caramel malt is present.
Taste - Hop forward with exceptional balance; this tastes like a perfect Fall IPA! Hops want to dominate, but malts come in to help settle it down. Hops eventually win out in the mouthfeel.
Feel - grapefruit bitterness, but paired nicely with caramel-like malt!
Overall - Very well done, a lot going on here!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 21:05:38 | More by DenverHopHead
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Vox

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: lovely coppery red. Off white head with nice retention. Lacing leaves a great sponge patterned lacing.

S: stale, bread, slightly skunky with a hint of pine, honey and floral undertones.

T: Wonderful hop bitterness quickly followed by pine and finished with a bread floral aftertaste.

M: smooth, nicely carbonated.

O: Enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:25:48 | More by Vox
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Devil IPA has a thick, spongy, khaki head, a semi-clear, orange appearance, a few streaming bubbles, and a good amount of sporadic lacing left behind. The aroma is of hop oil, flowers, some pine, and sweet, white bread. Taste is of all those, plus citrus rind, sugar, citrus juice of some sort, hearty (but, not harsh) bitterness, and no alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, soft, and oily, and Victory Hop Devil IPA finishes mostly dry, refreshing, sweet, and quite drinkable. This is a super IPA, and I say it's one not to miss.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 17:29:45 | More by RonaldTheriot
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rosewood Grill, Hudson, OH. Served in a Shaker Pint Glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper. Plenty of thick sheets of lacing and lots of persistent strands. Thin foam across the top (off white, slightly orangish) that lasted the whole way down the glass.

Smell: Herbal, slightly cheesy smell, odd, but this went away as it warmed up and the beer approaches room temp. At that point, the smell moves over to floral and citrus.

Taste: Very hoppy through and through. Bitter up front taste, moving into buttery caramel malt sweetness middle, and then more of a bitter finish. Bitterness had aspects of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, good carbonation to counter it. Hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A good AIPA, but not a great one. The aroma makes wonder if this one had been in the keg a bit too long (it had been awhile since they changed out the keg). By itself nice, but not wow. Went well with food (walleye) and okay drinkability, but without food, I think I would have stopped at one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 01:49:51 | More by damndirtyape
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a wonderful translucent orange/red with one full finger of off-white head. The foam take a bit to settle, leaving massive lacing along the glass and a nice bubble cake on the top of the beer.

S: The nose is a mix of malt and pine hops. I think this beer might be a bit old. I'm getting a touch of grass and dirt in here as well.

T: It starts out sweet and malty with a bit of pine hops coming on a second or so later. As the beer moves into the middle I get butter, and dirt. This beer is definitely old. Too bad.

M: Medium bodied beer. It has some heft, it's coats the palate, and it lingers for awhile after the beer is gone.

O: I wish this beer wasn't an old bottle. I have had this beer many times in the past and my rating will not do it justice in the long run. It's a solid IPA with big hoppy feels ans a rounded out malt bill. An east coast IPA standard.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 20:21:12 | More by trxxpaxxs
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck

A) Pours with a two finger head that is off white in color. Slowly settles to a big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. A clear bronze body.
S) Pleasant, sweet floral aroma. Hints of caramel and butterscotch.
T) Bold hop bite from the beginning lasting to the finish. A well balanced mix of hops and malts. Peppery. Hints of spruce. Mellow caramel notes.
M) medium body. Clean. Crisp. Mellow hop tannins in the finish.
O) A delicious IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:11:30 | More by u2carew
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass give a large fluffy/bubbly head that is slightly off-white in color. The beer is a dull orange-brown color and is very hazy. Head slowly recedes to leave a small film on top with moderate-heavy lacing.

The smell is not very strong and has light and sweet malts, bread, and floral hops. Taste is similar to the nose but with a large addition of spicy hops. Starts with malt and white bread, then floral hops, followed by a rush of spicyness. Ends with spice and grapefruit. Very crisp finish. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 22:23:41 | More by JG-90
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pixieskid

Germany

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this several times over the years but it had been a while and I happened to find it available on tap in the Philly airport last week. So, consider I was in PA, just arrived in the states, figured this would satisfy my IPA needs.

Poured a rusty copper color, thin white head.

Nose; floral hops, bready malts, that's about it.

Taste; way too much malt character. Overpowered what little hoping there was. Now, I know this was served in an airport (thankfully in a Sam Adams perfect pint by my request) but wow, this beer is not at all what I remember. Could have been a freshness issue but I don't really think so considering I was in it's home state and from what I would guess, international airports serving local beer should be running through the stuff fairly often so the keg couldn't have been that old.

Mouthfeel; clean but a bit slick.

Overall; it worked in a pinch but the last time I was in the Philly airport, I had a much more enjoyable layover beer in Yard's IPA...

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 06:50:15 | More by pixieskid
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smooth_aleing

New York

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

A wonderful IPA, one of the better ones I've had.

A= beautiful, glass-like amber color. Froths up to a nice head upon pouring, with good lacing throughout.

S= Spicy, hoppy, mossy, woodsy smell fills the nose.

T= Floral and woodsy. Excellent hop notes, with a good bitterness lingering throughout to balance the initial smoothness and sweetness. Light, but with a bit of weight to it.

M= Nice bitterness, but light. Doesn't linger too long on the tongue.

O= Great IPA, a welcome challenge to Dogfish and other American IPA's. Well happily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 19:40:39 | More by smooth_aleing
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Act25

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle - Downington PA

Appearance: CLEAR amber / copper with few bubbles, providing a rich, off-white thick foam head that laces the glass. Perfect color.

Smell: Prominent grapefruit hop, very spicy. Spiciness is dominant in a good way, with background balance of sweet malts and bready, biscuity aroma. Clean, welcoming IPA.

Taste: initial hop intensity. Original in being spicy, stinging and salty. Earthy grass flavors start, then followed by distinct spiciness. Way in background there's sweet toasty malt with bready and honey flavors. Provides a strong finish of stinging, refreshing, hops. All the precarious, see-saw balance and spiciness make it a great food beer (tonight with burritos and provolone and mozzarella) (NJ Mexican).

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, full body, smooth and creamy with a maltiness tone

one of my favorite american IPAs, sure to please. On the stinging, spicy, tingling hop forward end of the spectrum. A must try. And a regular for me up there with Dales Pale Ale and Great Divide Titan.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:46:56 | More by Act25
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Bauzen

New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a mature dark-amber in color. The head is fluffy and aromatic and it leaves lacy residue along the glass on it's way down.

Aroma is bold and bitter. Slight floral and citrus notes, mainly grapefruit and sharp malts.

HopDevil serves as a great departure from my steady stream of IPAs. It's hoppy, but well balanced with intelligent use of malts making it bold and unique with bitterness, but refined with lasting finish. Your mouth will feel and taste this beer long after you're done drinking it.

If you like over-the-top pale ales, this is not the beer for you. It is, however, a great example of Victory's boldness in producing a unique, hop-heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:50:20 | More by Bauzen
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ChugMan

Washington

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Orange gold body with some bubbles. Fluffy head settled to thin layer which left some really wonderful lacing.
S - Soft but thick sweetness, very much like strawberries and cream oatmeal or cereal. Light spice as well.
T - Some nice floral flavors here, and also a very fresh citrus flavor as well, sweet grapefruit and clementine orange. Maltyness gives just enough definition to the body to smoothly tie it all together. Definitely tastes fresh and authentic, nothing forced. Gives the nose a lot to think about!
M - Fairly steep bitterness throughout the mouth giving that citrusy rind sensation. Not quite as potent as I was expecting, as it still goes down pretty easy. That bitterness sure isn't going anywhere soon though, so hop-haters beware!
O - This is a good beer. Really nice floral and fruit flavors, just missing some of the wow factor I was hoping for given the name. Having said that, this might have the most appealing floral flavor I've experienced.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 06:28:28 | More by ChugMan
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Greywulfken

New York

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber with orange highlights in a nonic pint; off white foma head that persisted and laced nicely.

S: I get a lot of the malt, and the hops are a nice mesh of pine and citrus

T: flavors are of bitter hops, in a resiny pine and citric pith kind of way, the malt is very present but its sweetness is subdued. Drinks fairly clean and finishes crisp and hearty at the same time.

M: light-to-medium, good carbonation, leaves a rich bitter coat - very lively - evaporates

O: a very well-done beer. The malts are in strong competition with the hops, but don't use sweetness to catch your attention. This feels stronger than 6.70 abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:54:02 | More by Greywulfken
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Murrhey

Montana

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a shaker pint glass. No best-by date. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white head. Surprisingly thin, actually. Long retention for what is there. Amber-honey color with high clarity. Sudsy lacing up the sides. Decent looking brew. Wish the head was nicer though.

S- Slightly funky citrusy and pine. Some sweet malts, but mostly the aromatic and earthy hop character. Honey, grapefruit, pine.

T- Spicy and earthy hops with a caramel malt backbone. Strong citrus and hop acid. IBUs must be relatively high on this badboy. Good flavor, not a smack in the face while still being bitter.

M- Medium bodied, sticky and dry. Great feel.

O- Honestly let down a little. Not bad, above average for an IPA, but not as good as the score might lead me to believe.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 03:42:32 | More by Murrhey
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CaptainSloose

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: a deep copper colored ale

S: caramel and pine, a tiny bit of chocolate

T: lots of upfront bitterness that lasts throughout the sip,

M: the caramel is very big in this beer, but not a whole lot else going on

O not bad, I venture to say my beer wasn't as fresh as one would desire. Lots of hop oils left on the back of the tongue. Probably will not buy again. I taste lots of centennial bbut not much else. I've had and made better.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:16:47 | More by CaptainSloose
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Bills453

Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - oh man what a delicious looking beverage to consume on this glorious St. Patty's Day! A beautiful red-orange color with a two finger white head that is lasting quite awhile.

Smell - citrusy! Seriously smells like I'm smelling a fresh cut grapefruit or orange. These hops are crushing my nostrils and I'm loving it.

Taste - a great hoppy, flavorful beer. What a nice ale.

Mouthfeel - bien!

Overall - one of Victory's best offerings. I truly enjoy this beer and would recommend to hop lovers everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 15:27:02 | More by Bills453
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3beerdudes

Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer dude # 2 reports the beer dudes enjoyed the rich hoppy aroma along with the reddish yet clear appearance. The beer dudes like the just right hoppiness with the lasting after taste. The beer dudes recommend this beer as a good staple to have in the fridge for an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 17:45:56 | More by 3beerdudes
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GuzzLah

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a clear, light orange with a medium head. Low bubbles. Some lace.

S - mild for an IPA, citrus, pine and floral. Soft malt. A little soapy.

T - same as the aroma. Grapefruit is prominent. Not intense or special, but it does it have a nice flavor. This is a soft IPA. Drinks like a hoppy pale ale.

M - light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Low-medium bitterness for an IPA. Mild malty sweetness.

O - not a super hoppy IPA. Conservative, easy to drink and well made. Would drink again, but I wouldn't rave about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:12:59 | More by GuzzLah
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Did some back-to-back sampling of the regular tapped version and the nitro-tapped version. The scores apply to the higher of the two versions - which in this case is the regular.

Appearance is copper with almost a finger of head that lingered a bit and left nice lacing on the glass. The nose is a potent combination of hops and grapefruits. There is an excellent blend of malt and hops upfront with a hop bitterness on the finish that ranks with the best single IPAs out there.

This is an East Coast IPA all the way, and a damn fine example of one if I might say so!

The nitro version made for an interesting sample, but I would not want to drink Hop Devil this way more than once. Of course, the head is fluffier by far and the "rings" that are most often identified with nitro stouts appear on the glass as this offering goes down. That said, the best parts of an IPA are sadly muted by the nitro. The nose is nearly non-existent and the bitterness is curbed to the point of boredom. It certainly was smooth and creamy, but I am not sure I fancy smooth, creamy IPAs.

This seems to me to be a poor style to pump nitro into.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 00:14:37 | More by 57md
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 20:25:44 | More by GreesyFizeek
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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