Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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91
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6,472 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,472
Reviews: 2,402
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 188
Gots: 686 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Simply a world-class beer and a world-class IPA. Pours perfect dark amber and has a nice off-white head. Plenty of delicious hops and perfect taste of a IPA. Some IPAs do not have enough good malt backbone, but HopDevil has it.

One of my desert island beers.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a treat it is to have Victory's beers available on our shores. I've had everything from their range that we get out here multiple times, and it's pretty much uniformly terrific. Summer, while officially over, shows no sign of relinquishing it's sticky grip on this part of the country, and if I had my druthers I'd have a fridge full of Prima Pils and maybe a couple of Helios saisons with which to ride it out. This beer, also, is really fucking good.

Pours a red-tinted orange with a wispy tan head. Still and maybe a bit flat, but gosh it's a pretty colour. Pretty standard nose of pine needles and caramel.

Big malt presence, more than even the nose lets on. Bread dough, caramel, maybe a bit of honey. At the same time the hops are going to work too. Pine, citrus pith, some earthy/herbal flavors. Not super-complex, but strikes a really good balance. Incrediblly full and silky mouthfeel. After each sip your palate feels properly coated with goodness.

Textbook US IPA. I like it an awful lot.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a luscious, clear, bright reddish-orange color with a nice layer of tan foam. Nearly 2" to start, it drops fairly fast to a 1/2" layer with really good retention.
Smell is rich with citrus and piney hops balanced somewhat with malt.
Taste is very much as expected, hop heavy, piney but not bitter, with a minor note of malt behind it. Not much else there, a bit of citrus, maybe a hint of vanilla?
Fairly full-bodied with a surprisingly restrained effervescence for the style. Drying finish. A much nicer IPA, much more balanced than so many others, not all hops with nothing else, well worth drinking.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

A - Pours a copper colour with an off White head that retains well

S - Quite piney on the nose with some grapefruit and a little malt.

T - HAs a nice piney flavour up front. Followed by some grapefruit and then some bready and caramel malts.

M - Body is medium and a medium carbonation.

O - Would have liked to have seen less malt in this beer with a little more hop punch. Nonetheless a flavoursome drop.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried this fresher, but still not terribly impressed. This bottle best by 4/12.

Pours a clear copper color with an ivory, solid one finger head that lingers and leaves light lacing.

A caramel, bready malt backbone supports hop aromas of grapefruit, lemon, and resin. There's a toasted note at the finish. Pine comes out as it warms.

Flavor is bready malt initially, with a nutty, toasted character in the slightly bitter finish. Grapefruit, pineapple, and bitter resin are interwoven in the profile.

Body is moderate with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

Overall, a more malt forward ipa than the moniker might suggest. A bit more hop complexity would really make this exceptional, as well as a tamer toast character.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Enjoy by April 30 2012...pretty fresh.

A: Pour down the middle produced a half-finger head which didn’t last very long. Left a small cap in the center that eventually spread over the whole glass and a sizable ring around the edge. Body is a slightly brownish-red with a some haziness. Lacing is spotty throughout.

S: A mix of mostly pine and some citrus and a solid slightly-sweet malt backbone. There’s also a candy-like characteristic reminiscent of Smarties.

T: The taste mirrors the nose but adds a good amount of woody pine complexity. There is also some crusty bread and a dose of caramel malt.

M: Medium to heavy body. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and soft. Carbonation is obviously there, but pretty low for an IPA.

O: The hops are nice but this doesn’t have a whole lot of complexity. Being more of a fan of citrusy IPAs than pine-centric IPAs, I didn’t go ga-ga over this. However I can appreciate that it is a finely crafted beer and would happily grab a sixer of it in a pinch.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved Victory’s Prima Pils, so this one is a must-try. It’s been a little tough to find “in season,” but I’m glad to have a current bottle.

“Enjoy By: May 30 2012” on the label. Good enough for me.

A: A full, shimmering amber-orange color – orange Jolly Rancher shine, though a little darker. Off-white, micro-bubbled head, a silky finger-and-a-half. The lacing wraps all the way around the glass, beautiful all the way to a light retention. Type “amber beer” in to Google and you’ll find a picture that looks quite a bit like this. Near-perfect.

S: Hops aren’t too strong here – a mild mix of floweriness and bright citrus before the generous grain bill. These malts are moderately thick, showing aromas of toast, pale malts, ginger, and peach. Rounded out with an earthy resin scent; mild, again, but nice.

T: Malty goodness overflowing from first sip to last, doughy, toasty, spiced bread (like rye), and mildly tropical fruit flavors. It’s deliciously sweet, earthen, and bready, with a hint of farm-freshness to give this one a good dose of that genuine IPA taste – you know, the other flavor besides bitterness that defines an India Pale Ale. And then here come the hops: orange peel, grapefruit, lemonade, floweriness, and a hint of pine sap. The kick is not overwhelming, but not stingingly bitter; what balance! Aftertaste, then, is dry and sweet, with lightly astringent alcohol. This is an IPA undoubtedly built for me – delicious!

M: Light, like most Victory beers, though with a solid oily touch. Thick enough to notice the crisp bubbles at the start of each sip, as well as the slow astringency of the aftertaste.

O: Sipping this brings me back to Sierra Nevada’s Celebration, but without the intense hoppiness. There’s a certain balance to this beer that brings these flavors to a place I wish every IPA could go to: smooth, complex, and with a drinkable hop presence. Victory has seriously bottled excellence here.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden brown with a finger of sticky head. Looks gorgeous. Laces nicely all the way down.

Smell: Some sweetness at the front, with some definite floral notes following. Nothing complex or over powering, smells like an IPA.

Taste: I get an immediate kick of the hops, which works well with the carbonation. It finishes a bit sweet, almost honey like. There's some grapefruit-like taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and crisp, leaves a good taste in the mouth. Leaves you wanting more.

Overall: A very interesting IPA indeed. It doesn't finish with a strong bite like you would expect, rather it hits you right up front and fades into a bubbly sweetness. I got this in a make your own 6 pack, and I'm glad I did. Not sure if I'd go for a 6 pack of this by itself though.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,472 ratings.