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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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2,487 Reviews
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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,487 | Ratings: 7,140
Photo of purplehops
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap HopDevil pours a hazy beautiful copper-orange. The head is off-white and made of very fine bubbles. A nice lace pattern was left on the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy hops with a hint of malt in the far away background. On tap the taste is like that of the bottle version only it seems brighter and more defined on tap. The battle between the bitterness of the hop and the sweetness of the malt is more in balance in the tap version. They are not so much fighting each other as they are working together in a bliss of malty bitterness. The finish is also smoother with a softer carbonation and a more floral hop flavor. Aftertaste leaves you with a smile and a desire for more and more and more. The alcohol seems almost imperceptible.
Overall an excellent IPA on tap for the hop head. Malty, medium bodied, and hoppy to perfection.

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

Like the Pils, a very cool label. It pours a much deeper color - rich amber, and it foams like a wild beer might. The smell obvious; nice and fresh. The darker color is correct in suggesting this is a bigger beer than most IPAs in the malt department. Its got a meaty, rusty flavor very reminicsent of olde style Bitters, almost of an ESB, but a much more pronounced hop flavor. Its a very nice beer, though its vitals make it somewhat difficult to drink another. After finishing, there's almost the same resiny feeling I get after sampling my wort. Sweet and filling.

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Photo of Mustard
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with, god bless Victory, a friggin' "enjoy by" date. Freaky little portrait of the Swamp Thing on the label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copperish, burnt-orange hue; fine, one-fingered head; moderate -- albeit scattered -- lacing.

Aroma: Mild notes of malt sweetness smothered under a blanket of citrusy hops.

Taste: A solid, biscuity malt character quickly gives way to a citrusy, floral hop rapist. Aftertaste reverts back to a subdued maltiness.

Mouthfeel: A thick -- almost chewy -- malt body.

Notes: Consumed this after a dark lager and had a good time. Mustard recommends this beer, but cannot support the notion that this is a top twenty-five brew. Good times.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a great brew. The aroma is excellent, and with the first pour i noticed the head had a lot of staying power for an ipa. As expected, the hops hit and they hit hard. The mouthfeel however was a little thinner than expected, but still good. It left a very interesting grapefuit aftertaste in my mouth. All in all a very very drinkable beer, make sure to wait a few between your first and second ones so that you can appriciate it more.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, mahogeny hue, nice thin, but well retaining head. Massive, sticky lacing, floral hops and fresh flowers noted on the nose, a very clean, inviting aroma. A blast of invigorating hops, some spices and an immediate warming effect, esters noted, although in the background. Some grapefruit noted throughout, medium to full bodied, extremely dry and some bitterness noted towards the finish. Clearly a top shelf IPA.

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Photo of avylover
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/golden, almost mahogany color with a nice foamy light tan head. Very inviting looking beer, especially during the pour with a tornado of golden carbonation. Smell is florally hoppy right away, then some good citrous hop notes come through and some malt is back there too. This beer has a zingy floral hop flavor throughout, but the nice buttery-bready maltiness in the background sets this brew apart from other IPA's.Very crisp and drinkable despite a relatively thick consistency. The bitterness destroys any syrupy mouthfeel that may have lingered otherwise. A good american IPA that lives up to it's name. Pretty much what an IPA should be IMO

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Photo of Boto
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew! The beer is a amber (maybe orangish) color, with a quick-dissapating head. The aroma is fantastic. The hops are strong. Fairly good whiff of grapefruit/citrus to it. The taste is equally good. The hops are VERY strong, but there is an exquisite balance to them. They aren't strong for the sake of being strong. Decent amount of body to the beer. I had this with a friend the other night, and his initial reaction was "WOW".

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Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at home out of a Victory variety case. Appearance was amber, with a bit of head retention. Smell was heavily hoppish. The taste was well............very hoppy as well. Mouthfeel was very smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Drinkability-wise, this is certainly another I could have all day!

The Victory HopDevil is truly one of the American classics of IPA, and is surely one that I would have around in the future!

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Photo of Stingray5
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to be enjoyed by Oct 08 03. Pours a beautiful dark copper with a perfect fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy hops, but with nice toasty malt notes, too. Very full bodied, this IPA delivers the hops. Sniff, hops. Taste, hops. Burp, hops. Just the way I like it. Spicy, bitter, citrus, all the good stuff. Finish is dry hops with a nice sticky sweet malt balance. Slightly reserved at the finish, which is a good thing because it doesn't send me into a hop-induced coma. Victory has managed to take an IPA, hop it to hell and back and still manage to produce a well balanced brew.

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Photo of edchicma
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Some IPAs just bite you and are sometimes hard to swallow. This offering has an excellent amber appearance that leaves a clinging lace all the way down the glass. Smell is floral and not overpowering. The taste has a floral quality that is absolute perfection, just enough to add to the character, but not overpowering. The mouthfeeel is outstanding. It goes down easy and leaves a reminder of its hopping in a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Suprisingly, this brew is very drinakable, even though the ABV is up there. Of all the IPAs I've tried, by far the best.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got my hands on an IPA that everyone has been raving about. Beverage poured with a wonderfully thick head. Strong clean amber color. Hints of grapefruit tickled my nose. Not much lace sticks around to show off the fact that you had a wonderful beverage. A nice bitter taste to it that is not too over-the-top like some IPA's can be.

Is it good? YES!! Is it one of the best IPA ever?? Not quite, but it sure is in my top 5 list.

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Photo of pezoids
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an extra cask that was put on the bar at the Firkinteeth event at the Grey Lodge. Good thing, too since it was fairly early and there were only two casks left out of the original eleven! This version of Hop Devil poured out a murky amber copper color and was topped with a small creamy white head. Beautiful aroma of flowery hops and a nice maltiness. Taste was very creamy. Nice bitterness with the presence of alcohol. Perfect blend once again of malt and hops. Very flavorful. I have had this beer many times in different forms over the years and this was another excellent version.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with tan head.
Aroma is mild with a sweet citrus that is nice.
The flavor is excellent i love the intensity but it is blended well so that it is not too bitter.
The mouthfeel is light and belies the higher alcohol content.
A nice beer to go with saly or spicy foods and a nice beer to finish off a long day at work.

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Photo of philipt
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a must for any hops lovers. Hopdevil is not overwhelmingly hoppy, but is actually well-balanced. Of course the emphasis here is on the hops qualities.

Somewhat dark copper in color with a reasonably sized cream colored head. The aroma is of very fresh hops--citrus, pine, and spicy. Taste is initially malty but very quickly changes to powerful (but not overwhelming) hops.

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Photo of Elemental
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty big beer. The color is pale amber color like an ESB rather than a IPA. But it has a great aroma of various hops as expected. After pouring there is about 1cm of head that slowly dissapated to a light head. The taste is good with a lot of hops to please the mouth. A well balanced bitterness to match the maltiness of the beer. You can definately tell that this was run through a hopback. Its slightly spicy with a bit of sweetness.
Bottoml line: if you like hops and malt (as a BA should), you'll like this beer.

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Photo of BierReise
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not one of the best IPA's I've had and certainly nothing compared to some of the California IPA's. Poured a amber/copper color with very small head. Head dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is nice but more like an APA than an IPA. Smooth on the palate and slightly crisp. Flavor is a good balance but in my opinion just an average IPA. Also bottle could use a make-over.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one in a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a reddish-orange with 2 fingers of head and decent lacing. The smell is very subtle, a little citrus tone, not too much of a hops smell present, which is weird for an IPA. The taste is a mix of citrus and spice, with just a bit of hops at the end. Very balanced for an IPA. Doesn't have the hops meanness of a ruination or a 90 minute. The mouthfeel is pretty strong and really smooth. The drinkability is also fair. This sure has some hops to it, but I'm just not sure that it lives up to its name.

Edit: After reviewing another sample, I found that I like this far more than what I scored for. The first bottle might have been a little off. The second time I had it, it was more true to the name and style, very nice.

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Photo of bditty187
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent amber-bronze hue, modest off-white head (less than a ½ inch), fair retention, soapy, minimal unorganized lace. Mouthwatering nose… oh, the invitation is incredible, plenty of piney/citrusy hops… plenty of depth but little complexity though. The palate has plenty of piney hops, prickly bitterness, raw citrusy hops undercurrents, leafy, dry. Very minor caramel malt hints, just enough for “balance.” The impact of the alcohol on the palate (and mind) is ideal. Tremendously dry & bitter finish, rather long too. Moderate carbonation. Medium body. It is awfully damn easy to drink and gratifying too. I wish HopDevil was available locally… recommended!

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Photo of kmo1030
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

has nice coppery color in the glass, good sized head which leaves lace most of the way down. hopdevil smells really good, with fresh smelling piney spicy slightly citrusy hoppiness. a little fruity and bready too...
this is a really exellent tasting IPA. it's loaded with grassy citrusy hops, but it also is rounded out with some nice caramel malt flavor and a little bready yeast, not hugely complex, but well balanced and great tasting. thicker side of medium bodied with middle of the road carbonation. i could drink this stuff all night. when fresh, this stuff is great.

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Photo of rugbycritic
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is absolutley one of my unabashed favorites. As a unredemptive hophead, it doesn't get much better (bitter?) than this. A fantastic expression of the brewer's art; an apoplectic melding of malt sweetnes with lupulus bitternes and aroma. The cask conditioned presentation steps this one up into the valhalla of brewing. If you've only had the draught version of this wonderful brew, the cask is just that more so. The lower conditioning level lets the melange of flavors burst forth on the palate, unencumbered by the bubbliness of carbonation.

As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan. This merits the 5 x 5 as indicated above. I really don't think that there is much room for improvement on this one.

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Photo of Hobbz
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: light rusty-red hue, ‘foggy’ twinge with a very thin complement of lacing.

Smell: somewhat strong, cutting aroma of caramel malt sweetness (surprising to me for something called Hopdevil); piney hop profile is there, but it doesn’t steal the sole of what’s present.

Taste: not your typical American IPA, and I really like it that way (nice change of pace)... this beer does not assail your tastebuds solely by over-hopping. i can imagine plenty of fresh hops, yet there is such a malt profile that all comes to taste so swell together and this ups the drinkability scale for me.

Overall: there are other beers i would go to for a hop-fix... yet this beer impresses.

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Photo of shirfan
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is perhaps the most balanced IPA I've sampled yet. A huge dose of hops to be sure, but an equally powerful malt presence keeps everything in check.

Pours true copper with a fairly retentive off-white head; aroma is rich with citrusy hops and...gingerbread.

Taste is crisp, clean, but full at the same time. Not a trace of my old nemesis, ringwood yeast. Starts with sweet malt, a touch of carmel/ginger comes through. Hops take over in due course, adding a strong, satisfying citrus bite, but never getting into the bitter resin-like realm of over-the-top IPAs. This goes down exceedingly smooth for all the flavors going on, with very little stickyness.

Yet another excellent offering from Victory.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply my favorite beer in the world right now. It is so bold but yet devoid of the taste of a contrived gimicky beer, which I have found ot be the case with some hoppy beers. These guys know how to brew a super-hoppy beer, no doubt about it. The aromas and flavors that this beer will fill you with are unparalleled. It is such a clean drink with such a wonderful aftertaste that I frequently find myself craving it.

The color is drop dead gorgeous.... the taste is out of this world.... if I could walk around with this beer in my mouth all day long I would be the happiest man alive, who needs to eat and talk anyway.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A refreshing, light, and effervescent IPA, the hopdevil is great for one of those warm late sping evenings. I can almost hear the birds chirping as I pour this dark caramel (with a russet tint) brew. The head disappeared quickly, and I noticed not much lace as it receded. The smell is of rolling hills of hops with a hint of the citrus groves wafting in on a light breeze from over the hill. There's noticeable carbonation, but for this kind of day, it's perfect (I just came in from a five-mile walk). This stuff goes down fast, or maybe it's late May and I'm just plain ready for summer.

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Photo of aaronh
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at the Pennsylvania microbrewery festival, and I was very impressed. I'm a fan of IPA's and this is by far the best I've had. It seems to let some maltiness through, but with a great hop aroma and finish. Trying in bottles soon(got a six in the fridge).

5-18-03

Updated my review to reflect my comparative experiences since my first review, which was my very first review as a BA (originally a 4.95!). It does have a great malty presence on draft, with a very smooth hop profile as well. This is much better on tap, as the bottles develop a bit of a harshness and do not compare to Two Hearted or Stone IPA bottles. Still a very fine beer though that is a regular in my house.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,487 ratings.