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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,809 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,809
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 141
Gots: 409 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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irishman14

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy with two fingers head good lacing

S: piny, citrusy, refreshing

T: Little bite in the front that mellows with hoppy-ness throughout, well balanced, keeps you interested

M: coats without being too sticky, wakes you up

O: a delicious brew, not too hoppy despite the name, but hits on all the right notes

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:43:05 | More by irishman14
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Crisp floral hops, some citrus, grassy. Some light and caramel malts.

Appearance: Amber-brown color. Not cloudy, but difficult to see much light through the glass due to the dark color. Thick off-white head, ends up a thin creamy layer. Impressive lacing.

Flavor: Much more malty than expected from the smell. the hops are a bit more piney/grapefruit than the smell indicated. I was expecting floral / light citrus. Finish is very clean.

Mouthfeel: Near-perfect. Medium body. Alcohol and hops tingle on the tongue just a bit. Medium oily, moderately carbonated.

Overall: Very drinkable. Very drinkable. Nice sweet malts followed by clean piney/grapefuit hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:32:04 | More by soulfly1492
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty orange/amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a touch of citrus. Taste is also quite the hop bomb. A touch of citrus, no malts to speak of, very bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 15:00:34 | More by tone77
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kojevergas

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of good thickness, decent cream, and pretty good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-gold. Generally appealing.

Sm: Very hoppy (shocker). I suspect they dumped a bit too much cascade into this one. Some bittering hops are present, but it smells tame enough. The aroma is mild in strength.

T: A very pleasant full barley foundation is well hopped, but fortunately the bittering hops are not overdone. To its credit, it's quite well built, but the problems emerge when considering the balance. It feels like they created a bland barley foundation and just dumped hops into it. It works to a point, but has drawbacks. The primary issue is that the open and close have minimal flavour while the body carries everything. Strucuturally, it's problematic, but it does work. I do like it (which is relatively rare for me when I drink IPAs), but there's work to be done.

Mf: Smooth and wet - perchance a bit too wet for the style and flavours it's meant to complement.

Dr: Very drinkable. It avoids the two common pitfalls of IPAs: it's neither too coarse nor too bitter. I'd recommend it to fans of the style as a rare example of a well done IPA. That said, there's work to be done. I look forward to trying more beers from the same brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:14:15 | More by kojevergas
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curasowa

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with 1 finger of head that fades slowly to a thin cap with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Toasted, slight bready malt with earthy, mildly spicy hops in the background.

Taste: Strong bitterness throughout that is real dirty and resinous, with some nice, nutty malt in the middle and a surprisingly fast finish with some residual bitterness.

The Rest: Medium bodied, great flavor and its on tap all over Rochester. This is a great stand-by beer if your out and nothing else strikes your fancy. A solid, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:39:58 | More by curasowa
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at a friend's house

A staple of the Philly area, VHD is a common find and on average a very good beer overall. A reddish amber color with a nice white head, varying in size, but generally well-retaining and well-lacing. Fruity, happy hop nose with a well-defined bready malt base. Crisp bready malts in the taste, sweet, with an influx of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest. Medium-bodied, well-balanced, a little bitter in the finish, but overall a fine quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 14:53:30 | More by Rifugium
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miadw3

California

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber-red with minimal head. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet malt with a slight note of bitter hops.

T - Taste of sweet malt and caramel, but not much hop notes. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Perhaps the bottle was not fresh, but this was a malt bomb for me. Very little hop presence and tons of sweet malt. Enjoyed Hop Wallop MUCH more.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:50:31 | More by miadw3
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice amber color body with a 1" creamy head on top. The smell is kinda weak, but the hop smell and malt comes through. The taste is outstanding, great hop flavor up front and linger through, and very nice spice taste also. Very crisp and smooth off the tongue. Overall this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:46:08 | More by chefhatt
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored ale with about an average off white head, fading to a thick foam collar.
Good but lite carbonation.

Aroma here is the weaker point, I think with aromatics coming through softly.
You do smell floral hops, you do smell sweet malts and you get sutle spiciness.

Taste is balance nicely with fresh floral hops with some earthy undertones. Malts are sweet and have a slight biscuit taste to provide just enough backbone for the hops.

Your mouthfeel is basic medium body with a touch of bitterness and a clean finish.

A good non threatening IPA here with just enough alcohol thats perfect for a lively weekend session. No mouth puckering bitterness and slap your face you fool alcohol numbness.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:49:30 | More by micromaniac129
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark-amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and a bit of caramel

Taste: citrus and pine hops with a touch of caramel--once this one warms though all I can taste are IBUs

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, sweet start with a bitter back and finish--once I ate food this became super bitter

Overall: Before food, this was fine..After food--just a big hoppy IBU monster. A must do for hopheads, but one I could not finish. I appreciate the veracity of the hops, but I wanted something just a bit less bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 03:27:06 | More by tigg924
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory HopDevil Ale is a buttery IPA that is strong enough that it is very nearly a mellow double IPA. Very nice and very drinkable.

A: Orange colour with a 15 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Smells of floral hops and maple syrup. Yum. 4.5

T: Buttery, floral hops over solid malty base. This is pretty much a mellow double IPA. Very nice 4.5

M: Slightly foamy. 4

O: Very nice. 4

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 03:46:46 | More by vandemonian
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the draught at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a pint glass a toasted amber color. The head was frothy, the color of a latte. This left spotty lacing and demonstrated decent retention. Once it receded we were left with an accordingly spotty film over the beer for the remainder of the glass. Carbonation appeared to be average, and no sediment was noted. The aroma sung of sweeter hops. Within, there were bright florals that took a trip close to the border of citric territory. From this citrus there was a slight bittering, of lemon and grapefruit rind. There was also a spice noted, with a peppery booze and sting of ground mustard. Malts here were a bit darker, with a light toasting to them. As we sipped, the flavoring began with sweet hops. This did also include a citric quality, but here it was of lime. The beginning also boasted of a bright honey, adding further sweetness. The middle moved forward with darker grain that had a solid cooked feel to it. This section was otherwise grainy and steely. The end offered even darker malts, with a renewed sweetness and black tea tannin-like quality. The finish was also peppery, with faint washes of booze to clean the palate. The aftertaste was of grassy hops, coppery malts, and a faint toast. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium to high. The feel to each sip was deliciously cooling and coating, with no real drying character. The frothy film left helped impart a nice creaminess to the mouth. The abv was appropriate and this was a highly drinkable beer.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the darker feel to the malts in the taste. This remained so without crossing over into the realm of the Black IPAs, which can have the malts overshadowing the necessary hoppy components themselves. This brew did exactly the opposite, in that all the flavors of the traditional IPA were retained, with big hops being showcased. Additionally, the aroma was clean throughout, and the tannin like slickness at the end helped to put this beer above the competition.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 16:39:53 | More by TheBrewo
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omniscientcause

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one awhile back, thought I would give it another shot. Now I remember why I haven't had it in awhile.

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark Amber with a small white head.

S: Bitter smell of hops which is mostly masked by sweet malt.

T: Not as hoppy as anticipated. For me this was dominated by malt.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: I don't think this was as fresh as it could have been...the best drink date is several months away but this was mostly dominated by malts and not the hops I was lookign forward to. Will probably revisit this beer 6 months down the road.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 14:54:41 | More by omniscientcause
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mystery Beer at Mellow Mushroom, served in pint glass

A: Dark amber with little head when I received it.

S: Citrusy Hops, Grapefruit

T: HOPS! Nice citrusy, fruity hops, very bitter (in a good way) after taste that stays with you.

M: Fairly smooth, with medium carbonation.

O: A great find at Mellow Mushroom, this beer kept me wanting more. If you like Hoppy beer, you will want to give this a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 09:09:00 | More by Josiah2729
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ChrisSimpson1968

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful yeasty-hazed amber into the glass with a thin head, retaining to the very last pull. Cascade hops and grapefruit to the nose. Nice deep hoppiness that leaves the mouth pleasantly satiated. Leaves a "peppery" good medium-lasting bitter finish. For an IPA, the hops are worked in nicely, and not overwhelmingly off-balance in any way. Nice job here. I wish it were a bit more complex in the taste dept., but it’s definitely a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 20:49:23 | More by ChrisSimpson1968
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to tell people that I though this was a very overrated beer. Well, I hadn't had it in a while, had it on tap tonight with dinner, and discovered I actually enjoyed it. Cool!

A: Gold-red hue... almost an amber actually, fairly translucent, and with a decent frothy that started as a 1/2 head or so.

S: Fruity, floral, but not too powerful overall. Some grapefruit and orange in there for safe measure as well.

T: The fruit meshed well with Victory's yeasty taste profile, and the fruit quality hit the palate upfront and stay through the mid-palate section. The finish was bitter, but of the crisp, palate stimulating variety.

M: Just the right amount of prickle, fruity, but not syrupy, and a nice bitter kick to the end. The lacing was moderate.

O: I can't imagine how many test batches they did to get this one just right, but I'll bet it was a lot. Nice IPA for sure!

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 01:09:32 | More by Chaney
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DrewV

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at 45 degrees F into a Nonic glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a solid 2-finger off-white creamy head. Lacing his generous.

S: Powerful citrusy, red grapefruit aroma with a detectable malt backbone. A bit on the "sour" side, but nothing offensive at all.

T: A good IPA -- solid malt backbone sits underneath the citrusy hops, which are ample.

M: Creamy, yet adequate carbonation. Slightly oily but finishes dry. No aftertaste.

O: A well-crafted brew, for sure. A solid middle of the road IPA that satisfies. Alcohol is completely hidden. A B+/A- in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 23:18:49 | More by DrewV
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: HopDevil is a good looking golden ale. It has a darker orange body and almost ruby highlights, really cool to look at. Healthy doses of carbonation under the one finger head.

With all this activity I’m very surprised this head isn’t more impressive. The white head leaves only a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The bitterness of the hops is very present on the nose. Some real snap to this devilish drink. The flavor profiles are all similar though. Just some notes of orange zest, lemon, and a little bit of a floral note.

Taste: Interesting peppery spice to the drink on top of the hops. It finishes with a pronounced wheat flavor, although it isn’t cereal tasting like adjuncts. This demon is not scaring me off very well.

Hops are very present, but they aren’t bold. This IPA has the hop flavors, but not the zing or bitterness that should accompany it. The malts aren’t really there. The orange is most pronounced with the floral and herbal flavors. It is still a good drink.

Mouth feel: Probably the best part of this beer. It is incredibly creamy and rich. Just a slight amount of bitterness prevents the dryness to mess with the feel. Almost chewy, really, it is that big.

Overall: While the flavors aren’t nearly robust enough to make a “devilish” hop profile, it is still an enjoyable beer. Alcohol content is a little high for sessioning…Ah well, what the heck, maybe this is the devilishness Victory is really talking about.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:19:29 | More by Pintofbrown
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

1.35/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a cloudy rust color with no head or lacing. The aroma is of caramel and fruity hops. The flavor leads with caramel and citrus notes but is followed by nothing but overwhelming hop bitterness. It's got a thick mouthfeel and leaves a very bitter aftertaste that lasts way too long. Victory HopDevil is a pure hop bomb, it fits the style but the bitterness is over the top. Not recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:31:25 | More by B967ierhunter177
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brian44556

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. Enjoy by October 20 something, 2011.

Pours a medium to dark amber shade with a nice sticky, white head. As the head dries out a foamy ring is left around the sides of the glass. Smells of bread, malt, caramel, and a hint of bitterness. Didn't catch much hop aroma as I would expect from an IPA. The taste is spot on for a good balanced IPA. Upfront you get a sweet malty taste that is balanced very well with a bitter backbone. Mouthful seems fine, good crisp finish and good carbonation. Overall a damn good beer. Great staple beer to keep in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 15:22:34 | More by brian44556
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber in color with about a fingers worth of foamy head that lasts. Nose is big. Toasty caramel malt sweetness and some grapefruit/orange hops. Flavor is smooth and creamy. Similar to the nose. Sweet and fruity. Sugary caramel malt and grapefruit with a bitter but smooth finish. The bitterness is smoothed out by such a big malty body and fruity aroma hops. I had to be careful with this one the other night. 6.7% and such a smooth body and fruity character it went down fast.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:14:01 | More by DrinkingDrake
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Star80

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before October something, tastes fresh to me out the fridge at the store. Color is a nice toasty copper color with a cream head. The smell is of resinous piney hops, and citrus (grapefruit/lemon) zest. Taste is a deep herbal citric twang with a resinous and gloriously bitter aftertaste, with some toasty malts. Wow, what a nice balance. Not too little, and not too much of anything. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy, and compliments the wonderful hop nose and long puckering aftertaste. I think when fresh this is certainly one of the best American IPA's that money can buy. Another high quality beer from Victory brewing co. Hmm, what could be better, maybe Hopdevil on cask?!? Time to take a trip to PA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:11:44 | More by Star80
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jpro

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Closed for Business. Served in a shaped pint glass...

A: Pours a nice, clear amber with about a half-inch of off white head; leaves some nice sheets of lace.

S: Grapefruit rind; resiny hops... that’s about it - maybe some faint notes of malt in the background.

T: Dry grapefruit pith and heavy citrus hops; some toasty, caramel malt sweetness on the end.

M: Lighter than expected; light-medium body, with a high carbonation; dry but not too bad... not quite a tonsil puckerer.

O: A classic American IPA; very flavorful; very drinkable; good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 17:48:46 | More by jpro
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours into my nice new Victory pint glass (Thanks again Tom!) with a 2 finger high, foamy white head, some moderate lacing, and a color of slightly hazy deep orange/amber.

Smell - Mostly getting grapefruit, pine, citrus, and grassy hops along with nice some sweet malt, caramel, and a bit of bread.

Taste - Follows the taste pretty closely with grapefruit, pine, grassy, and some citrus hops. A bit of spice almost like there's some rye used in this. A decent malt backbone provides a nice balanced taste, adding some sweetness, caramel malt, and again a bit of beady flavor. Malt is nicely done, keeps the hops from being too crazy bitter. Not my favorite, but a nicely done IPA all the same.

Mouthfeel - Mouth is generally medium. Consistency is smooth, carbonation is medium, body is light-medium, and the finish is pretty crisp and a little dry.

Overall - This is a good IPA from Victory. Like I said, not quite my favorite IPA but one that I'd drink again if I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 06:43:24 | More by matttttYCE
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marvin213

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had I reviewed this before joining BA, it would most assuredly end up 4+. Having had it last night, however, I'm relatively disappointed. In fairness, I may be teetering on "snob" instead of "advocate" because few things really wow me anymore.

The beer looks good, as it's a hazy bronze. Head coulda lasted a little longer (almost always, I know). Smell ain't even close to what I consider hoppy anymore. I bought a sixer yesterday at Lowes OIB, and as soon as I smelled my first one, I thought "of fuck, another malt bomb!" :-(

Unfortunately, my taste buds confirm my suspicions. I really used to enjoy this beer--long before I got into locals--so this experience is a real-life experience in disappointing realism and the apathy of nature. Only because I used to enjoy this beer do I not rate it lower.

It's malty--feels like it, tastes like it, etc. It's just a disappointment--where are the yummy, citrusy hops to which I've become accustomed? This malt bomb is no hop devil! To hell with this devil!!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 19:10:10 | More by marvin213
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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