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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,646 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,646
Reviews: 2,364
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 131
Gots: 345 | 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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GPHarris

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a tumbler that left sticky lace and sheeting throughout. the body was a clear and bright amber color.
s - grapefruit with some bready maltiness.
t - same as above though the hops are more pronounced.
m - creamy and smooth. medium thickness.
d - one of the hoppiest AIPAs i've had and it's still one of the most drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 04:23:06 | More by GPHarris
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (355ml) bottle purchased from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, Michigan. Pours a deep copper orange with a thick ring of cream white head and strands of stringy lacing on the tulip. Smell is sweaty and doughy yeast (similar to the Prima Pils), barley, blood orange, red grapefruit, floral notes, taffy, and a small hint of lime. Some unusual aromas for an IPA but enticing nonetheless. Flavour is pine, caramel, slight woodiness, spicy and grassy hops, firm malt sweetness, bitter and citric finish, somewhat astringent. IBUs are apparent on the palate. Mouthfeel is prickly spiciness upfront, medium body, crisp carbonated bite with a juicy and lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. A solid candidate for a session, even if it's not the most intricate example of the style. I would grab this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 19:40:00 | More by cratez
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FosterJM

California

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

65th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- Dark caramel brown a bit of orange highlights as well as a thin 1/4" in eggshell head. Dissapaited quickly.

Smell- Not overly complex a mild hoppy citrus.

Taste- The taste for me was very hoppy with a small citrus and spice note. Wasn't as big a taste as I thought it would be.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a nice balance on the palate.

Drink- Pretty good. I like the spice notes. It was a nice smooth drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 03:41:12 | More by FosterJM
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BDJake

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent copper-amber color with a crown of off-white head that left decent lacing despite dissipating quickly

S- pine and mild citrus from the hops, but not too complex

T- it wasn't total one-dimensional hoppiness, but it did not have the complexity i truly expected; the hops were nicely on the forefront of the palate and the bite surrounded the malts fairly well

M- low carbonation for it's light-medium body, with nice bitterness from start to finish

D- overall it's a pretty solid brew, if not necessarily one of the best- i may be a slave to west coast ipa's but this one is still very enjoyable and worth adding to any sixer

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 15:12:39 | More by BDJake
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into beer glass -exp date Jan 02 2011

Poured a cloudy light amber with two finger head that dissipated quickly , light lacing with moderate carbonation.

Smell was very light citrus with light pine and hops.

Taste had some spice notes with mild citrus (apricot) hints, lots of pine and Hop flavor,

Very good feel , I would hold a drink for at least a minute to savor it's flavor.

Drinkabilty - was smooth from start to finish, You know it's an IPA but it's not overpowering hops in your face, It is very drinkable and has a nice finish and aftertaste.

I would recommend this and will be on the look out for another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:27:30 | More by InebriatedJoker
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

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

On cask at Village Whiskey in Philadelphia.

Hop Devil is one of my all time favorite beers. This was the first time I had it on cask, so I had review it.

Pours a cloudy, copper color with a very thin head. The nose is strong on flowery hops and a delightful pine scent. The taste was a mellow version of Hop Devil. It's as is being in the cask took the rough edges of Hop Devil and sanded them down to a wonderfully smooth taste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a slightly less than normal level of carbonation. This was a real beauty of a pour, I could have sat at the bar all day if only I could have gotten out of life's obligations.

Serving type: cask

11-13-2010 00:25:51 | More by pburland23
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knephews

Pennsylvania

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

I've had this beer on tap in different bars across Pennsylvania and it never disappoints.
It pours a medium orange/copper/rust color with a slight frothy head. The scent is pure IPA: citrus & hops.

What sets this beer apart from the other IPA's is the taste...You get that hops kick in the front, not overpowering (which is good) and then finishes with a very slight malty sweetness.

Some IPA's are either overpowering with the hops (which is fine, depending on what you are thirsting for at the moment) or finishes with a sweetness which overpowers the hops. This one, in my opinion, has the right mix in the right order.

This beer will have you wanting more but be careful, at 6.70% abv, it sneaks up on you!

It's one of the best IPA's out there and one of my favorites. I'm lucking to have this brewed in my home state.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 17:52:09 | More by knephews
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark orange/copper color, with a tan, frothy, one-finger head. Beer is slightly hazy and contains only a few streams of visible carbonation. Retention is good and lacing sticks like glue to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hop aroma is pretty sweet and tropical. Pineapple, mango, peach, and orange are the dominant scents. There is also quite a bit of malt in the nose, as well as a touch of bready yeast that is a nice compliment to the hops.

Taste: Very creamy texture and a big punch of hop bitterness. The hops are definitely dominant from the start, but the malty body detected in the nose finds its way into the mix towards the end. I'm definitely getting more pine and citrus than I got in the nose. I really enjoy how the smell of this beer takes you to one end of the spectrum, but the taste sends you cascading towards the other!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a creamy finish offset by a bitterness bomb. Decent malt backbone, but I'd say the hops run the show here.

Drinkability: If it is hops you seek, then look no further. Hides the ABV really well and is a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 01:50:57 | More by BuckyFresh
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scottfrie

California

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours dark orange with a thin off-white head that quickly faded into a thin collar that left pretty good rings of lacing around the glass.
S: Smells of an interesting combination of orange-mint-bubblegum. There are some subtle spices to the mix as well that remind me of a winter warmer.
T: Pretty decent punch of sweet doughy crackery malt and orange zest hits your palate first followed by a light herbal and spicy hop punch. Finish is sweet and lightly bitter and oily. Aftertaste is earthy with hints of tobacco.
M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. The finish, however, is a touch syrupy and sticky which takes away from the crispness.
D: A fairly balanced to malt forward IPA. For those of you who like that, this one's for you. For those like me who like the enamel stripped from their teeth and despise balance, pick something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 18:40:55 | More by scottfrie
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yapi

Belgium

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks Riggsy for this one!

Smell & taste is pronounced hop, citrus, bitterness; but not overly done. Mouthfeel was good, not too dry. I assume this is a nice example, a nice step up to your first IPA. I really enjoyed this one, but I drank this one starting from 50°, it could have used a bit more freshness... my mistake. Certainly gives me a longing for some of the other IPA's I have in my fridge, which are supposed to be even better...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 13:05:24 | More by yapi
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy peach skin, orange hues around the sides. Looks like an IPA should. Slight off-white head, dissipates fairly early.

S- Smells like dry crushed up hops. Not strong though. Slight fruity aromas, mostly peach.

T- Bitter hops up front. Pale malt finish. Then a citrus hop taste lingers on in the after for a bit.

M- Slightly prickly in the beginning, then becomes smooth at the end. A little drying.

D- Overall a good IPA. I prefer their hoppier relatives with the D prefix, but this is acceptable. Definitely drinkable too, can't taste the alcohol. Only thing with this style is it doesn't mix well with others as it will conquer your palatte. But if your in the mood for hops, a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:53:55 | More by haazer
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a beautiful amber, nice white head...good looking IPA

S-a fair amount of citrus and hops, i get a small amount of clove honey as well

T-wow this is a very well balanced IPA. hops and citrus come in and out very nicely. a good bitterness at the end, there's a good sweetness to it as well.

M-yea as far as mouthfeel goes, this has what all brewers should aspire to match. medium carbonation and extremely creamy, just wonderful!

D-somehow this beer just tastes better the more you drink. its just beautiful. i could drink enormous amounts of this. i look forward to having another!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:38:47 | More by AdamBear
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes from 9/26/10

Upon pouring the beer, it pours a deep amber, mahogany color with lots of natural carbonation. It builds about a 2-finger head, but that dissipates relatively quickly. The smell is a bit weak, but you get the usual fragrances familiar to other IPAs such as pine and hops, with a little bit of citrus. However, it doesn't have much oomph.

Once I dove into this beer and finally tasted it, I was a bit surprised. For being a 6.7% IPA, it is surprisingly refreshing. It feels light in the mouth and goes down very easily. However, the downside is that there is a disappointing amount of body. The flavor is there, but it fades quick and is relatively forgetful. The initial impression that I got from this beer is that is just feels kind of "weak".

Not to say that it is bad, necessarily. Just that from a beer called "HopDevil", I was expecting something with a bit more of a punch. I feel that if I were just getting into the IPA style, this would be an excellent jumping off point, but for someone who has explored many IPA's, this is one that falls a little short. If it were a bit cheaper, it would definitely be one of my go-to IPA's however, due to its great refreshing taste.

Would buy again, but wouldn't go out of my way to search for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 17:22:21 | More by nhindian
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Rattle 'n Hum, and previously in bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

HopDevil pours nicely cloudy and copper-colored, with a nice and steady head.

The hop forward nose is quite pleasant, whether poured from the bottle or from cask. From the cask it was poured into a tulip, which trapped the aroma and made every whiff delightful.

The taste is great out of the bottle, and fantastic from cask. The cask added a bit of depth to all of the flavors, as expected, but the flavors themselves were similar. Nice fruity hops, slightly bitter on the back end but cleans up well and doesn't stick too much. This is some buscuity flavor throughout, but it doesn't interfere or compliment. It's just there.

The mouthfeel was superior on cask, but ever so slightly. The bottle is no slouch. Good and crisp, belying the cloudy look.

Drinkability is fantastic. ABV is no joke, but the flavor is good, and you'll thirst of this one.

Serving type: cask

11-05-2010 18:35:31 | More by stonermouse
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Hopdevil is one of the best Ipa's I have tried in a long time. Its appearance was very orangey with a great look to a beer drinkers eye. The smell of the beer was wonderful, with a rich smell of lots hops. The first taste of this beer was awesome, great rich flavor with great hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability is something that I take into great consideration with this beer, it was a wonderful feeling at first taste and definitely a beer that I will drink in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:47:48 | More by thedoubler55
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DrewZ926

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a deep amber with about a finger of head that recedes quickly

s- that nice victory hoppy smell, similar to hop wallop. very fresh and citrusy, lemon and pine are most prominent

t- very balanced taste but a little sweeter than its cousin hop wallop (which i prefer). tastes of caramel are balanced out by the bitter piney hops. very solid ipa.

m- again, well balanced, mild carbonation allows for a lot of flavor to come through.

d- glad i invested in a 6 pack. great for a warmer day. highly sessionable. good choice for a go-to brew that you can always have in the fridge. however, if choosing between hop wallop and hopdevil, go with the former.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 18:22:25 | More by DrewZ926
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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber in color with decent lacing and an inch of head that didn't stick around too long.

S- The smell is faint but I picked up on traces of citrus and flowered hops lingering throughout.

T- At first you're hit with a floral/hoppy blast that isn't too bitter and soothes the palate. there is minimal carbonation and could use a bit more.

M- Again, the low carbonation is present but with the all the hoppiness, it makes for a pretty good mouthfeel. Clean and isn't too thick

D- Six pack all day. This is at a decent ABV and goes down smooth making for a pretty good IPA.

Would seek this out again but I'm gonna try out some others before doing so.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 20:10:23 | More by ChugginOil
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nickhiller

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear amber, no visible carbonation, a brief and nearly non-existent head and no lacing.

S: sweet floral hops, roasted malt, a little funk. It actually smells a little bit like dog food, not sure what that means...

T: a little malt sweetness up front then a kind of generic hop taste, a little stale even. Super strong, dry, bitter finish. Kind of makes me go "ackkk." I have a taste in the back of my throat the tastes like bile.

M: very low carbonation, medium but almost syrupy body. A finish that is dry as a desert.

D: this made me a little sick. It's got a bitter finish that I just can't shake.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 04:56:39 | More by nickhiller
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taigor

New York

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

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear copper orange color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around edges of the glass.

S - Very hoppy and citrusy with slight hints of bread and caramel.

T - Hoppy bitterness from start to finish with spices, citrus fruits and slight malts. All flavors are balanced very well.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very good and enjoyable IPA. Definitely try to get it draught instead of bottle. Heard that draught is a lot better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 21:29:55 | More by taigor
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date poured into pint glass

Pours a slightly hazed auburn with golden tones. A light head dissipates leaving sparse film and lacing.

Some caramel and roasted malt in the nose along with a flair of bitter hops.

Biting hops right up front explode into a large amount of citrusy flavor. Grapefruit and orange are present, with a bit of sweetness creeping in. The malt backbone is apparent on the back end, with some caramel and bready qualities. Finishes with further piny hoppiness and some lingering dryness.

Medium bodied, higher on the carbonation, and a little dry. Easy drinking, quality flavor profile, and the alcohol is masked well. A pretty solid beer from Victory, but there's some better IPAs around for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 06:36:22 | More by xnicknj
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Bonis

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a small white head that fades rather quick, but leaves a fine lace.

S - Very hoppy in a floral way. A faint dose of citrus as well as a little sweet malt and surprisingly some metallic notes. Smell is somewhat sweet for an IPA, but decent overall.

T - Again, a little on the floral side, which I'm usually not wild about, but at the same time malts come through and no astringent bitterness that I find with some IPAs. It really works for me. There is a touch of spice as well. This isn't real flavorful for an IPA, but very very good nonetheless.

M - A bitter bang up front but smooth in the end. Bitterness fades quickly, which is a plus for me. Pretty low bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - All in all, this was surprisingly better than I expected. Not something I'll go out of my way to buy, but definitely worth a try. Masks the alcohol very well, so highly drinkable. Finished my bottle in no time.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:55:05 | More by Bonis
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

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

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

Hop Devil pours a dark copper color and has a strong scent of hops. There is a very strong robust flavor to this ale as well as a fairly bitter taste. Fairly nice to try but not something I will be able to drink 2 in a row of. An entree of a steak would pair very nicely with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 17:45:04 | More by Lemke10
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice light orange color with a small head. Very light lacing.

Good hop aroma with some pine resin and citrus/grapefruit notes.

Solid hop flavor with a tasty hop/bitter taste and very little malt balance. Works well for this offering.

Solid IPA leaning more toward the hoppy side vs. the malty side. Enjoyed enough to order a second one at the restaurant. IPA lovers should give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:32:06 | More by FanofHefe
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wallaceandvomit

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- really nice opaque orangish-light brown, not much of a head really, small white, short duration, minimal lacing around the outside
s- sort of mildly scented but still really good, nice citrus smell with a little pine and maybe some sweet malt
t- some nice medium hopbite with citrus and hints of pine and flowers, maybe a little caramel, so far the best part of this beer, very nice, slight hops aftertaste
m- sorta thin for an ipa but not bad, nice slight creamy/oily feel
d- it's a delicious beer for sure, one of the better ones i've had, must have for ipa fans

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 00:03:33 | More by wallaceandvomit
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otersen73

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Small, thin, off white head that retreated quickly. Great deep copper color.

As with most IPAs, citrusy and piney notes prevail...very pleasant.

Taste was exceptional! Huge caramel malt backbone that is quickly balanced with bitterness from the hops. Long, dry finish with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was a little chewy. Mediocre carbonation but not bad.

I would have more than one of these in a row. Very satisfying and the somewhat high ABV is well disguised by the thick malty character and the high hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 20:26:38 | More by otersen73
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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