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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,448 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,448
Hads: 6,935
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 246
Gots: 1,123 | 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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Reviews: 2,448 | Hads: 6,935
Photo of Hops4Pops
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 12 oz bottle at a supermarket to try it.
Chilled to 45 degrees F.
Poured into a Saint Arnold's 12 oz clear taster glass.
This beer is a sleeper. I was expecting a stronger nose given the style. What I did smell was very pleasant in a subtle way. I had to sniff it a few times to get a good olfactory reading. Nice. Almost no head. Rapid disappearance. Nice carbonation. Small, lightly populated trails of bubbles reaching the surface. Nice sticky lacing lasting till the end of the glass. This beer has a wonderful and interesting flavor. It does not come on as strong as many IPAs and yet as it lingers on your tongue you taste more and more flavors that entice you to raise the glass to your lips again.
I definitely like this beer. If you are hesitant to drink an AIPA, try this one.
A very pleasingly-smooth presentation of this style.
Worth storing a few. I am curious how it ages. (903 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.7% ABV, Enjoy by Oct 29th 2013

A - Dark orange rind amber hued, HopDevil's strong carbonation keeps floating particles in suspension while feeding the low creamy, off-white head. Sticky lace is left behind, circling the pint in rings.

S - Strong floral hops greet the olfactory right away and are backed by juicy tropical fruit notes and a faint hint of pine. Robust maltiness balances the hop-leaning aroma with toast and brown breadiness for an inviting nose.

T - Chewy caramel-drizzled warm, thickly sliced bread has a stranglehold on the beer but is briefly dethroned by smooth floral hops with a citrus, tropical fruit bite and earthy pine finish.

M - HopDevil's bolder maltiness gives the beer a heavier feel with sharp carbonation and dry hoppiness coming in on the bitter finish.

O - HopDevil is decidedly hoppy with plenty of floral, citrus, and pine notes and a bitter finish but the hops seem to do more work balancing against the big malt body of the beer rather than the other way around but, HopDevil remains a powerful beer regardless. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a lighter amber 2 fingers of white soapy head, medium thick lacing
S - Lots of pine, and some citrus, grapefruit, big biscuit and caramel malt, a touch of spice.
T - Big flavor, malts are forward in this beer, caramel and biscuit, then you get a big pine bite with some light citrus tartness finishes very dry, and kind of papery (?)
M - Chewy at first, then dry, but goes down easily.
O - Its the American IPA that's been around forever, and it still holds strong to this day, lots of big bitter hop bite, but not sacrificing flavor. (576 characters)

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

The coloring is coppery, clean and clear, with an off white head that stood tall, fizzy but thick.

The scent is heavy on the rye, with a stiff malt backbone. The hops are more floral, earthy, piney and onions. I smelled orange at times, even a bit of lemon but the floral hops hold closer to the front.

The flavors are spot on the scent as I catch a heavy rye malt. The hops are certainly at the front with earth tones, pine, chive, and even lemon. The rye subsides a bit and gives off a caramel malt finish.

This is a very good IPA, with flavors bouncing all over the place, but I think that it is simply my palate that enjoys the overwhelming fruit that this does not provide. (681 characters)

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

a- rich amber, not too much head except for thin lacing at top. the look of this beer is just begging for it to be consumed.
s- allergies are keeping me from indulging my nose into this.
t- big hops at the beginning that mellow nicely into a great taste. the hops at the front are very heavy but don't dominate the taste.
m- medium feel, not too heavy.
o- this beer is awesome. only the second american ipa i've had, but it definitely beats Inversion from Deschutes. enjoyed drinking this beer and definitely will try this again. (530 characters)

Photo of arc3636
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - bronze with solid head that hung around until beer was gone

S - amazing aroma from citrus hops, felt like I had a glass of orange juice

T - floral, citrus, fruity hops all here

M - on the thin side, but nice spicy aftertaste

O - wonderful IPA, wish I would have bought a few more (287 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass. No date on bottle.

A - Reddish amber hue. Gentle pour yielded only the faintest head. Heavy carbonation. Clear/no cloudiness or sediment. Lacing disappears as the beer recedes.

S - Somewhat fragrant, although lacking in complexity. Strong rye and spice with hints of peach and apricot.

T - Rye, spice, orange rind, and some lemon tartness with a bitter rye finish. Strong malt backbone.

M - Heavy carbonation but lightly bodied. Carbonation hides complexity of mouth feel. Yields some foaming in the mouth. Clean and crisp.

O - Is this a Rye Pale Ale? In a blind taste test, I wouldn't call this an IPA. I will not repeat this purchase. (681 characters)

Photo of Knox_Worrell
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle of this ever and all I can say is WOW.

Appearance: Least impressive thing about this beer. Not much head but that doesn't always reflect on the quality of the beer.

Smell: This is what an IPA should smell like. Permeates a rich and sweet hoppy aroma with a hints of caramel malt and wheat barley

Taste: Is a little offsetting at first because of the rich notes of Wheat and Earthy Hops but grows quickly as the glass empties. A little more bitter than your regular IPA. Caramel is very tasteful in its presence and complements the wheat/hops taste. Think I tasted a hint of Vanilla but maybe I'm dreaming. Still the best IPA taste-wise I've had.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth and elegant. Very swishable but yet a beer you want to drown in.

Overall: Victory does know how to brew an IPA. This is a rich and hoppy brew that will be a constant favorite. Not necessarily a novice IPA but that is probably a good thing. The Caramel tones are second to no other IPA. (980 characters)

Photo of mikethebeerguy
2.2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

All in all not a great taste. They threw a ton of spices together and prayed... an overpowering taste of hops. Very heavy flavor. I guess a lot of people are into that though. Not me though, not a smooth beer and certainly not good flavor. I would not recommend this overpriced and overrated beer to anyone. (307 characters)

Photo of youngs11
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears opaque, dark amber. Off-white cap peters out rather quickly. Nice spots of lacing. A little dark for the style IMO.

You can definitely smell the fresh hop aroma, but it is not as strong as I would expect from a beer called "Hop Devil." There is not much of a spicy, citrus component like many beers of the style. It is more malty and bready, with hints of sweet fruit like apricot or blueberry.

Taste is complex and pleasant. There is more of a malt component on the front end, and it transitions toward bitterness after the swallow. Hops and bitterness linger into the aftertaste, and there is also a bread-like component to the aftertaste.

MF is silky and moderately carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. If you like an American IPA with plenty of malt in the backbone, you will like this. I was a little surprised, based on the namesake, that this beer was not a clear showcase of hops in both the aroma and taste. IMO they did not stand out any more than the malt. (1,005 characters)

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Nice 2 finger head, copper colored with some patchy lacing.

s: Nice west coast hop scent, very forward cascade hop smell.

t: Balanced, bitter on the front of your tongue, but fades quickly, very little aftertaste.

m: Chewier than expected, bigger body than the color would suggest.

o: Awesome beer, not the best IPA I've ever tasted, but a good deal and definitely worthy of a daily drinker. (448 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is okay. Lacing is decent. Has a piney, citrus, slightly apple aroma. Hints of caramel malts. Caramel malty taste with a moderate piney hop, giving to a floral moderately bitter aftertaste. Good beer. A little much on the malts but very tasty none-the-less. (341 characters)

Photo of herr_fish
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint
app-nice orange color, more than their pale ale, thin white head, goes away quickly
smell- smells wonderful, right on target for an ipa, reminds me of some dipas
taste- not disappointed has what we are looking for nice hop punch outpaces the malt, but not out of balance, again reminds me of some doubles, let's call it a 1.5 ipa
mouthfeel-has some of a oily like feel that i enjoy from an ipa, i like it
overall- i am a fan, will be having this one again, not a life-changing beer, but can't pick out anything wrong with it (555 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - copper amber clear coloring. Nice lacing on the glass. Head dies down to a thick film of bubbles.

S - grapefruit, pine, lots of hops, with lots of bready malts in the background

T - not that great, super malty, with piney/grapefruit hops in the background. It has a wierd taste to it that I noticed in Hop Slam this year too.

M - light to medium, bitter grapefruit aftertaste, alc covered

O - nothing amazing, good though, pretty standard east coast american ipa. I'm starting to notice that I like the east coast IPAs a lot less. They're always too malty. Stone ipa is widely available and much better. (612 characters)

Photo of shagal
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had been wanting to try this. Maybe should call this Malt Devil, as the flavour you come away with is malt defined.

More taste and mouthfeel of a barley wine rather than an IPA. Still quite fragrant of hops though the malts shines through and I love barley wines. (265 characters)

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have little to say about this beer aside from the fact that it is one of the best, well-rounded IPA's I have had, especially tapped... NITRO! I don't have much else to say about this beer aside from the fact that the Pour House located by Doylestown, PA is where I first had the beer and the food I had with is was just as good. A bacon cheese burger topped with a smear of blue cheese- goo. Sooo tasty! (405 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #34 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Well, this is a modern classic, from what's probably the best brewery (at least in my opinion) in the Philadelphia area -- which is a great area for beer all around. It's one of the standout American IPA's being produced.

Gets the pour pretty much perfect -- an enviable reddish gold with a head that lingers substantially. The nose is a blast of citrusy/lemon hops with just enough with just enough bitter grassiness from the hops to give the nose a bit of backbone -- it's not just pure lemon.

The mouthfeel is near perfect, it's brewed at a certain density to stand up to all the flavors here. And make no doubt, there's a lot of flavor here: this is (as you might expect, I guess) a hop showcase. I don't know if I'd call it especially deep, it's a pretty basic strong American hop presence, but it's a long, deep solid blast of it, is the thing. And just when you finish up the swallow a sneaky little finish skirts around and gives you an echo of what you just swallowed. Really exceptionally well constructed beer.

One of the best of the beers I've reviewed here, I don't know if it's my favorite American IPA but it's certainly in the running. A must-try, and I suspect on draft (I've never had it on draft) even better. (1,329 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite east coast IPAs. It has almost a rust or copper color to it. The head disappears rather quickly. It has a balanced hop aroma. The taste is where this beer shines. It starts off like an orange zest, then moves to some floral notes and finally finishes with a bready side.
Hop Devil doesn't get enough credit for being a very strong representation of an American IPA. Extremely delicious. (413 characters)

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)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.