Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,429
Hads: 6,867
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 238
Gots: 1,064 | FT: 6
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 mooseisloose
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of an assorted six pack that I picked up for a song. Looks like this may be the mother lode, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very complex aroma of molasses but not much hops, odd referencing the name. Pours to a red golden color with a pillow foamy beige two finger head. On the taste the complexity continues, this brew is almost imperial ipa-esque in its existence. The taste starts thick and syrupy with an apparent high ABV, it the transitions into nice deep hop kick with a yet strong malted background. The finish is a growing bitter aftertaste that yearns another sip. A great selection from Victory. I will seek out. (644 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange, tan with a creamy 1/2 inch that died pretty fast

Smell - Hops, malts, cherry, citrus, carmaels, some alcohol

Taste - Really nice grapefruity hops mixed with some added sugars. This beer has incredible balance, and really easy to drink. Has a solid caramel backbone that works well to sweeten up the bitter grapefruits to balance out everything. Some minor citric fruits like orange and cherry also are noticeable.

Mouthfeel - From first sip, tongue gets the hoppy fruits and malts. Palate gets more of the same along with some spices and sugary fruits. The aftertaste is grapefruity, malty and sweet.

Drinkabilty - I recommed this beer to everyone. It has plenty of flavor, just enough hop kick, nice smooth malts, and light alcohol at the finish. Balance is amazing, drinks very easy and very affordable. This is a classic example of a beer that gets overlooked cause its been around for awhile, made year round, and is always avaible around here. Truly world class, glad I revisited this one. (1,055 characters)

Photo of horshamguy
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle popured into a tulip glass.
A--Deep copper, hazy, Copper bleeds into the thick head, making it not white, which is a truly uncommon thing. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin coating on top of the beer and nice lacing. It would be a much better world if every beer looked like this.
S--Very hoppy, Some citrus & flowery notes. Nothing outstanding by itself, a nice balance all around.
T--Maltiness is present almost enough to balance out the high level of hoppiness. Citric and a tiny bit of spice to make you wonder what the whole thing comes to. Hint..it comes to awesomeness.
M--Creamy, satisfying with an extra full body. Again, the world would be a better place if all beers were like this.
O--An excellent hop monster. But there's more than just the hops here; it's an excellent beer overall as well. (825 characters)

Photo of otterbearfla
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium Amber Orange with moderate opacity

Two finger head reducing to one in a minute.

Bright grassy and hoppy aroma

Strongly hopped, tart almost an asafetida fore taste; anise, white pepper, grapefruit middle; lightly bitter aftertaste with salt and garlic at the roof of the mouth

Juicy and spicy with a slight effervescence

A good strong hopped ale suitable for pork, spicy foods like jerk or Thai, or BBQ sauced burger. (428 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory finally ships to AL, so this is my first brew from Victory

A-Pours a vibrant golden brown color with yellow hues. Pretty clear all the way through and not very full. Head is a finger width and a nice soft, white color with good retention. Foam leaves a bit of lacing on the sides.

S-Grapefruit, pungent floral hops, lemongrass, some herbal spices, citrusy tart fruits

T-Sour lemon plays on the front of the palate as it fades nicely into an herby and floral hop middle with a nice bready finish. Well balanced between the hops, fruits, and grain based flavors. Leaves an astringent aftertaste of citrus fruits and hops with a lingering note of breadiness

MF-Creamy with a full body and a semi-dry finish.

O-Pretty damn good. Nothing too special, but definitely one of my favorite IPA's. Appearance and nose are a bit underwhelming, but I like how nuanced it is and the balance between hops, fruits, and bready malt is satisfying. (942 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber tone to it with 2 finger head.

S: Orange zest, slight citrus presence, and hoppy aroma.

T: Hoppy taste, some citrus, orange zest presence, and a slight bitterness. Very smooth and enjoyable.

M: Medium body with slight bitterness.

O: Very favorable, and enjoyable. Well-balanced, no aftertaste, and very smooth.This bottle was part of a sampler 6 pack. Will buy more in the future. (398 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Initially tropical fruity aroma but then fades away to piney with toasted malts. Hints of resin and caramels.
Good bitter taste of grapefruit mostly offset by sweet punch of toasted malts. Notes of pine, caramels and condiments. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Good IPA, full of character, being very malty and bitter, and still easy to drink. Victory did a good job balancing strong flavors. (513 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint.

A - Rich copper hue with a sizable ivory head. Good retention.

S - Sweet fruity hops fill the nose alongside slightly-spiced biscuits.

T - Loads of grapefruit bitterness here amongst a plethora of hops and notes of subtle sweetness. Biscuit flavors come through with a touch of caramel for a sense of balance.

M - Warm medium body with big carbonation.

O - A solid IPA from Victory with a bit of spicy heat to make this one unique! (455 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. It's been a long time coming since I've last had this beer, over a year now at least. I'm interested to see what I think of it now after all that time, since I remember enjoying it. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a coppery burnt sienna orange colored body with about a finger of doughy khaki colored head. Some thin wispy cavernous lacing.

S - Smell is of amber malts, breadiness, some cream, metallic / copper presence, and a dirty herbal earthy hoppiness. Definitely not the fruity hop bomb that I usually expect from an IPA nowadays. Has that nasty dirty sock sort of smell that I sometimes find.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweet grainy maltiness, white bread, a metallic coppery mineral crispness, and a dirty earthy twiggy hop presence. More malt forward than hop bitterness, I'd say. Some spicy hop bitterness is present and some sugary green apple skin sweetness in the finish.

M - Feel is crisp, carbonated, dry, and bitter with sticky overripe green apple skin.

Overall, not my ideal American IPA. Way more malt forward than I like my IPA's, and definitely not as bitter as I thought it once was. Perhaps it would be a good starter IPA for people new to the style. A good beer, but not one I would actively seek out.

Victory Hop Devil ---3.5/5 (1,338 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, ~16oz glass jar, best by 10/06/13.

The color is a satisfying slightly hazy rich copper. The head is medium tan and quick thick.

While there is a fairly pungent herbal and orange peel hop side, what seems to me like Vienna or Munich bready malt has a large role in the aroma.

Flavor is a rich, thick, bitter orange peel, like orange marmalade on very grainy bread.

Full and bordering on roughly bitter. Carbonation stands up to this.

This beer knows what it is and is quite refined. It's not a West Coast IPA, but it is delicious. (552 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is our last beer from Victory. I landed this beer in a trade since Victory beers are not distributed out here. We could easily get them in Indiana, but Indiana is a lot closer to Pennsylvania than Arizona. I am a big fan of this brewing company, too. I didn't realize the guy behind it were beer nerds and studied beer in Germany. I hope this beer stacks up.

I have had this before, but not in a long time. I think the last time I had this was in Indianapolis at a beer festival. Oh, and I love the label. The little hop devil… cute!

In the Glass: The beer, for being an American IPA, has a nice creamy head. The lace is really nice, too. I would use the word, "sticky" to explain the lace. The beer is also quite cloudy. Makes me think of an unfiltered wheat beer. Maybe that is the German training these brewers had. Let's see what she smells like.

Nose: There is a ton of orange zest on this one. The tasting notes mentioned a lot of pine, but I am not getting much, if any, pine here. That's good, because it's hot outside. I like nice citrus forward beers during the hot summer months. Save pine for the wintertime. Well, the 65 degrees we get here in the desert! There might be a hint of pine there, but the sweetness of the malts really tames it down. Let's see what she tastes like.

Flavor: There is more pine on the palate. A lot more pine. The beer also has a weird mouthfeel, but we will get to that. The flavor profile doesn't really match the aroma whatsoever. That's not a bad thing, as that allows you to experience a wide range of hop character in a single bottle. I haven' had their lineup in a while, but I wonder if all their beers have a similar hop profile. Think Stone Brewing Company.

Mouthfeel: Flat. If I didn't know any better, I would say this beer was flat. It's not, but it has a very flat mouthfeel. I don't know what other words to use to describe it… it's not thin, but that is the word that comes to mind.

I will mention this beer is NOT right out of the fridge. I took this beer out and let it warm up a little. Some of the mouthfeel changes might be coming from that. I wonder if Sheryl noticed.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste also has a lot of pine in it. It is somewhat drying, and leaves me wanting another drink. The ABV on this bottle would allow me to drink 3 or 4 without even really taking note. Speaking of their other beers, their Storm King and Golden Monkey are two of their best beers. They also produce a weizen bock that I have never had. I am not sure I have even seen the bottle.

This is a good beer. For a basic IPA, I would totally put this in my rotation. It has just enough hop character to appease the hop head in me. Sheryl isn't a big fan of hops, but yesterday ordered the new Enjoy By from Stone. We were at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas celebrating my birthday, and they had the new one on tap. It was good; lots of fruity flavors.

If you like a good American IPA, give this one a shot. Cheers! (2,974 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark amber with hints of brown. Generous head filled my Sam Adams pint glass to the very top and it retained well throughout, leaving thick lacing down the glass. Really nice presentation.

S - Followed the color of the beer. It was a darker, earthier smell. Fairly faint.

T - Follows the nose. I didn't detect much of the citrus that others seem to see. Mostly I just got the earthiness and a really well-done bittering sensation.

M - Nice medium-bodied. It hangs on to the tongue long enough to let the bitterness sink in, but not enough to make it an unwelcome guest. Relatively clean finish.

O - Good enough IPA, but I confess that my personal tastes lead me towards the lighter, more citrusy flavored ones. Still, nice East Coast IPA. (761 characters)

Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of wogreen
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a copper red, decent lacing; a tad cloudy
S - faint hoppy aroma
T - definitely a nice earthy hop profile upfront, but a lagery zest towards the back that has got a little sweetness
M - smooth upfront, tends to coat the back
O - a unique and flavorful ipa. the hops are dissimilar than many of the IPA's ive had recently but in a nice earthy way. the bittering hops are done phenomenally well and perhaps standout to me a bit more than the aroma or flavoring hops. (474 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Poured in Tulip Shaped Glass

Appearance: dark, reddish amber, with a thick white head.

Smell: Piney, citrusy, hops is the dominant aroma with a hint of grapefruits and tropical fruits.

Taste: Piney, Citrusy, and hoppy on the forefront, sweet grapefruit towards the middle and earthy hoppy towards the end.

Mouthfeel: medium boddied with moderate carbonation and a piney bittery dry finish.

Overall: This is a great beer! There is more hops in this than what more than what I expected. This is probably one of my favorite IPA's. I would definitely buy this again! (574 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with medium off white slowly fading head, some lacing. Aroma and Taste is of floral citrus hops, caramel malt, some yeast and fruity esters. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finishes with caramel malt, yeast and fruity notes, along with some moderate hops bitterness for balance. Overall a good drinking session brew. (352 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a finger of whiteish head, very slight haze.

Smell is pine, citrus, caramel malt, grapefruit

Taste is great, really good balance to this one. Citrus, pine, grapefruit all come through huge but then it is cut back by a caramel cracker malt back bone. WOW is all I can say. I always have Hop Wallop in the fridge. Do not know why I do not pick this one up more often. That is going to change that is for sure!

Mouthfeel is standard medium with average carbonation as with most ipas. Finishes nice and dry with a biscuity piney bitterness.

Will for sure be grabbing this a lot more in the future! Really nice stuff, really good balance. I like this kind of IPA! (687 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a mostly transparent, reddish amber.

Smell is earthy, citrus, sweet malts.

The taste is citrus flavours, not very bitter or complex.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily with medium carbonation.

Overall a decent but not great ipa, not very complex or bitter. (278 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Enjoy By Jul 19 2013.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and small specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving a jagged ring behind.

S- Zesty, semi-citrusy hop aroma with a sturdy malt backbone. Somewhat sweet-smelling.

T- Moderate bitterness with some grass and pine notes. The substantial amount of malt is unusual for an IPA and very welcome since it provides a nice balance as well as some biscuity tones.

M- Pretty sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A quintessential east coast IPA. One that's just as enjoyable now as it was many years ago when I first had it. (795 characters)

Photo of VictorWisc
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 10 oz Leviathan glass.

Pours clear dark amber, almost cherrywood color, without any hint of cloudiness noted in other reviews. Plentiful soft cream-colored head, substantial lacing.

Citrus (orange), pine and fresh laurel on the nose, soon followed by malt and yeast notes. More esters than most IPAs. Distinct alcohol punch once the head recedes--perhaps the only negative.

A big mouthful of candied orange peel (basically a blend of orange rind and burnt sugar, but more complex) and pine, a lot of floral and herbal notes, cloves, laurel and green tea. Nice resinous bitterness rounds off the initial shot, then lingers in the mouth, complemented by developing malt note, slight acidity (likely from carbonation) and a hint of apricot. The yeast and alcohol less pronounced on the tongue than they are on the nose.

Medium body with distinct maltiness, but not syrupy or sweet. The beer is smooth, but does coat the back of the tongue, which helps to extend the finish. A bit boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation is light to moderate, with fine structure, resulting in a slightly salty/minerally effervescence. A good balance between malt, yeast and hops, with the heat likely smoothing out with a couple more weeks of aging (if it came to that).

Overall a well-balanced, excellent IPA, even if its popularity might have waned a bit in the last decade. I would rate it exceptional (working on the fourth mixed 12 over the last two months, and have similar opinions of other contents). The interplay between hops and malt is simply beautiful, which likely means that it rates too malty for many hopheads. Heat is the only real downgrade. Obviously would buy it again... and again, and again...

PS: There is a distinct possibility that age plays a role in the reviewers' reaction, so I'll try to come back to it again after a few weeks. (1,863 characters)

Photo of devlishdamsel
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a keeper. I usually find myself not returning to Ipa's with the "piney" bitter aftertaste. This one is an exception. Poured into a teku, this has seriously awesome creamy head for an ipa and it retains well. Most ipa's have head which dissipates, but not this beer. The color is deep amber, almost red, full of dancing bubbles. The scent at first is piney and spicy but halfway through mellows out and a deep jasmine scent dominates. Quite lovely really. Perfect carbonation: not too much, not too little. A mellow yet spicy and resin like taste which rounds out to slight bitterness lingering on the back of the tongue, maybe a bit grapefruit like? A bit of hotness I suppose, but this is probably just accentuated by the bitterness! This is like drinking a juicy hop!, and an extremely drinkable one at that! I cannot wait to try this on tap! (852 characters)

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

Appearance: Crystal clear deep amber, solid thick head that fades after about 5 minutes with a little lingering on the beer surface. Beautiful.

Smell: Very floral, almost reminds me of a quick whiff of rose with some lemony citrus to balance. Very nice. A little bit of malty sweetness.

Taste: Well balanced bitterness and malt profile. Grapefruit and citrus flavors up front. A little bit of pine or resin notes. A touch herbal. Noticeable alcohol. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, although as mentioned above, noticeable alcohol.

Overall: Very good. No upfront flaws apparent outright. Really enjoyable, it would be easy to drink a few of these. A well balanced IPA, which isn't always easy to find. Highly recommended. (724 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear and vivid orange with a decent head that fell down reluctantly. Chunky lacing. Bright hops nose with lots of slick pine and sweet citrus. No malt to speak of on the nose. On the palate it’s got medium body and good carbonation. It’s bedeviled with hops but lacking in balance without a bigger malt character to back it up. Goes down oily with a good bitter aftertaste. A very plucky ale. Easy to drink and a clean, long finish. (446 characters)

Photo of apants007
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

cold bottle to pint glass-

pours golden brown with a nice foamy white small bubble head that leaves nice lacing going down the glass.

has a nice bitter citrus aroma.

has dry grapefruit as the dominant flavor... nice well rounded bitterness with just enough sweetness to keep the funk in check.

coats the tongue nice and slow and has a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

grabbed this guy on accident... I had always been turned off by the label! I was pleasantly surprised . I will most likely drink this again soon. on purpose next time even! (543 characters)

Photo of olivianjeremie
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer had a great hoppy flavour, but not too hoppy. It had a great golden brown color, like an ale. It had good mouth feel and a good smell. It had a pleasent aftertaste. If you like a hoppy beer, this could be your beer. Enjoyed this beer on tap in Rochester (263 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.