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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

5,941 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,941
Reviews: 2,374
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 151
Gots: 471 | FT: 5
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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scootpolute

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint glass-cone.
A - Carmel-Amber, light haze with a great bubbly lace.
S - Spicy herbal and balanced, pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily.
T - YUM! Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a light hints of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a malt sweetness that sneaks in towards the finish.
M - Great carbination balance with A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - Wow, I 'thought' I've had this one before...MUCH better than I was expecting!!!A tasty and balanced IPA, AWESOME!

11-04-2011 23:13:21 | More by scootpolute
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djbreezy

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA.

appearance - copper, foamy head, good lacing

smell - hop forward nose, pine, resin

taste - very piney hop profile, bold and a bit on the bittering side of things

mouthfeel - medium body with solid carbonation

drinkability - a very potent and hoppy brew

11-04-2011 22:41:25 | More by djbreezy
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

The aroma delivers on the hop promise but there’s more to it than just hops. Lemon and toast, as well. The flavor is big with hops, but thankfully not overpowering. Loads of citrus and pine, but a hefty amount of malt gives this beer a very nice body. The finish is dry, almost bitter enough to make your eyes water, and it’s got some staying power. Hop heads won’t be disappointed with this one.

I enjoyed it. Not for the weak palated!

11-01-2011 02:18:27 | More by McNealc31
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doubledteague

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Beautiful amber color, but unlike other review I hac very very little head that dissipated very quickly.

S- Very hoppy, piney, and a slight hint of citrus.

T- BOOM!!! Hit hard with the hops, and pines, never got the citrus.

M- Very very dry. Heavy carbonation, or maybe thats just the hops.

O- Im a little unsure. Its good for an IPA, but I think its a little too heavy on the hops for my own personal taste. Just my opinion though.

Tasted and Reviewed 1945-2015 10/31/11

11-01-2011 01:13:33 | More by doubledteague
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a pure clear amber with full finger light tan head.

Citrusy orange rind with a light caramel sweetness in the nose. Pine.

Caramel mixes with the citrus well, has a good pine/earthy feel too. Finishes with a fairly smooth bitterness that blends with the spice.

Spicy and dry in the mouthfeel, light medium body with good carbonation.

Very good american ipa. Great mouthfeel.

10-29-2011 08:12:08 | More by Sensaray
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MakeshiftBrew

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance: Well carbonated deep orange copper color with a dense white head. Relatively clear, it seems to glow.

Nose: Robust pine with citrus undertones and a few earthy notes. It smells sweet and lightly caramel. Like hope candy.

Taste: medium bodied, pale and toasty malt taste with a subtle grainy character. Hop flavor coats the palate as it moves through the mouth, the aromas float off the tongue and match well with the nose. Leaves a bitter tingle throughout the mouth as the sharper hop characters settle in.

10-28-2011 18:05:41 | More by MakeshiftBrew
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Golden brown almost amber color. One inch of creamy frothy head. Left a lacy sort of webbed ring of head all the way down the class.

S - Hoppy, malty, earthy. This beer smells amazing.

T - Amazing hop characteristics with malty undertones. it even has a faint sweet finish that pulls everything together.

M - Nice hop and malt balance on the toungue.

O - This beer is from the Gods (I've been watching alot of Spartacus). I put this up there with the best American IPA's I've ever had. This is a must have if you haven't already tried it.

10-28-2011 00:32:17 | More by andrewjraab
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.55/5  rDev -13%

Thanks to markwise for the extra

Look: Pours a copper color with a lighter shade of orange at the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch off white head and no retention

Smell: Notes of citrus upfront with a hint of caramel and candy sweetness

Taste: Very sweet and candy like upfront. Almost taste like bubblegum flavored hops

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with quite a bit of carbonation and a dry sticky finish

Overall: Not the best IPA i have ever had. Not a huge fan of the flavor and overall feel of the beer would like the body to be a bit lighter

10-25-2011 04:01:09 | More by DarthKostrizer
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dcook11

California

4/5  rDev -2%

Poured into a mug. Oddly enough, the beer said to enjoy by mid september, but ended up being one of the most piney, hop forward beers ive had.

A-Light iced tea hue, ample carbonation, thick off white head. Sticky sea foam lacing.

S- Pine. Hop. A touch of caramel sweetness.

T- Very hop forward. Piney, resinous, with a touch of caramel sweetness at the finish. Very dry.

M- Medium bodied.

O- A very good IPA. Very solid. Would have liked a little more citrus notes to balance out the pine. Huge huge Pine bomb.

10-24-2011 08:27:33 | More by dcook11
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draheim

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

12oz bottle (enjoy by 11/30/11) poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber color with a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is caramel malt and some unidentifiable fruit, maybe some brown sugar. Not much hop presence at all on the nose.

Taste is really malt-forward. Sweet with a little bitter hoppiness on the finish, but nothing to justify the name. Otherwise, just a dank malty caramely bready beer that I'm really not enjoying very much. There's a slightly burnt/roasted taste that I can't quite nail down.

Mouthfeel is the one plus here - it's really smooth and creamy. But overall this is not an IPA I have any desire to try again. Maybe if this were an English IPA I could judge it differently, but I wouldn't enjoy it any more.

Frankly I'm at a loss to understand why other people evidently like this one so much.

10-22-2011 06:19:13 | More by draheim
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Heatwave33

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Amber with an off white head.

Smell: Hops, citrus, sweet.

Taste: Hops, pine, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth, dry.

Overall: The smell was fantastic but did not transfer over to well to the taste. Not too big on the mouthfeel either. Seemed too dry for my taste in an IPA. The warmer it got the better it tasted. Next time I wll definitely let this sit for about 20-30 minutes before drinking. The citrus and hops came out more. Cheers!

10-19-2011 16:47:22 | More by Heatwave33
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA. Bottle notes 'Enjoy by Jan 11.' I'm confused as to how this is so past it's prime. From notes.

A - Poured a copper colour with nice streams of carbonation coming up. Bright. Two finger cream coloured head with a creamy texture and lot's of chunky lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrusy, floral, bready.

T - Grapefruit, bready, caramel, citrus, resins. Seems a little weak, which is to be expected for the date. Malt offers more balance than is typical for the style.

M - Medium bitterness, dry, good carbonatgion, medium to full body.

O/D - Not sure how I should rate this. I enjoyed the beer but I understood the potential of it had it not been so out of date. I can see the potential for it's IPA hop profile to shine through more heavily, however it didn't on this sample. Still a good beer this time 'round.

10-17-2011 18:28:51 | More by tbeckett
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ckollias

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Orange-amber brew with blonde highlights that a sold, white, one-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace and leaves a great trail down the whole glass.

S: Huge pine and citrus hops overwhelm the nose. Every sip is as hoppy as the last.

T: Loads of malt sweetness hit you up front followed by the grassy, citrusy hops. Slightly spicy and smooth finish. Alcohol is present by masked by the hops.

M: Medium body and thin carbonation

O: This beer rocks! Thoroughly enjoyed every sip of this brew. Great balance between the hops and malt.

10-16-2011 01:48:27 | More by ckollias
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Holland

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

BBD: 10/18/2011 - very close to today.

A: looks delicious and thick with a brownish orange color and good head, then great lacing.

S: bitter, earthy, and pine-like hops. Decent malt profile with pale and caramel.

T: same as the smell, and tastes a bit old. This was surely better 2 months ago.

M: medium body, good carbonation. Smooth, then crisp. Nice.

O: solid beer, too bad I got an old version. I'll try it again some time and pay more attention to the best by date.

10-15-2011 16:53:26 | More by Holland
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smellandsip37

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev 0%

Poured at 45F into a pint glass, BBD of 12/29/2011

A - deep copper color with a 1 finger head that held to a skin, good lacing and builds back when swirled

S - litle bread/malt, hop spice and bitterness

T - grapefruit, some pineapple citrus, it lingers for a bit and then malt takes it away, and then its back again, such a balanced beer

M - not too slick, plenty of carbonation for this style, not too much but enough to keep it lively

O - Great example of a great american IPA, I like that balance and the hopping is just right too, enough to keep me sipping for a good while. I wish the ABV was a little lower, would make a great session IPA

10-13-2011 15:57:02 | More by smellandsip37
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%

From the recently discovered journals of a beer lover.

Years ago before I was into beer tasting, I forgoed picking up a sixer of this for the more familiar and fantastic Stone IPA. Gargoyles, guardians against evil, must have protected me with their bright citric West coast flavors. Then, it vanished from the shelves. Lurking beneath the surface of a budding america beer culture the beast from the east planned its victory like Lovecraft's Cthulu. Now that its back. The hopdevil has me. I'll drink it likes its my last. Like their is a hellhound on my trail...

This beer unleashes demoniac lupulin lust while satiating my desire for morose malts. So sinful yet so delicious, its our nature to love the drink and this beer pulls that yen right out of me. Thick with a blood red undertone. Thick creamy satanic head locks in the flavors.

I smell dough. Baked fresh from the ovens of Babylon. Something smells of beer's most ancient secrets. Sinister yet delectable. A danky and oily tincture of hops stews sinisterly with roasted malts of the most english character. That seducer of women chocolate lurks in the background.

I am awed by the diverse hop flavors. They taunt me, the lupulin lover I am with their phantasmagoric sleep of floral, herbal and danky character. Truly the beast of sleep. This rough beast slouches with a doughy and biscuity English malt spine. Dark fruits howl "plum, apricot, raisin."

This thick elixir both pulverizes and perfects me. I am energized by the refreshing healthy malts but my love for this potent hop madness pulls me into a daydream.

I dream that all beer can be this good.

10-11-2011 05:48:44 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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doctor333

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

A - dark golden color with 1 finger head that fades over time, alot of lacing.

S - smell is of sweet malts and some citrus hops.

T - citrus grapefruit hops. Slight bitter finish that goes away after a short while.

M - Full body beer with medium carbonation, feels good in the mouth.

O - Very good beer, with a good balance of flavors. Very lucky to live near the brewery. Picked up a 1/6 keg for the first time. Enjoyable.

10-10-2011 17:46:01 | More by doctor333
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

A- a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL golden brown/yellow, true to the style

S- Wow, big juicy grapefruits, pine needles, apricots.

T- Follows the nose, a little bread but definitely hop forward, Big fruit characteristics, juicy grapefruits and lucious peach. An incredibly delicious beer.

M- Bubbly, light, carbonated, perfectly balanced.

O- Living near victory, i am lucky enough to fill growlers of this stuff constantly. I am spoiled. This is such a great beer fresh, i must pat victory on the shoulder and maybe even give them a hug, i love this beer so much.

10-09-2011 21:12:00 | More by aorloski
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9InchNails

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Amber color with a white head that fades into a film and then into a ring around the glass.

Citrus piney hop aroma all the way! Some subtle bready yeast.

Citrus and pine immediately! Some floral mixing with a bready- buscuity taste, also a sweet caramel that balances it out at the very end with a lingering slight bitterness.

Carbonation is about medium. Refreshing -- spite the bitterness, I could drink this all night.

This a very tasty, well balanced IPA. A hint of alcohol is noticeable. I am definitely going to try this in a six pack -- very easy and enjoyable to drink.

10-09-2011 07:40:40 | More by 9InchNails
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Jerone

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Slightly hazy and dark golden color with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top and a tan creamy 1 finger head that fades over time, tad bit of lacing.

S - smell is of sweet malts and some citrus hops.

T - Taste is of sweet and bready malts and citrus grapefruit hops. Slight bitter finish that goes away after a short while.

M - Medium body beer with medium carbonation, feels good in the mouth.

O - Very good beer, with a good balance of flavors.

10-08-2011 21:23:36 | More by Jerone
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DeltaGolfSierra

Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance is copper under a big billowy off-white head. The head stays in place for a long time, and leaves lots of lacing. A very handsome beer. The scents of caramel and citrus make for a very enjoyable smell. Malts are surprisingly dominant in the taste, for an IPA. Caramel sweetness is most prominent, with a grapefruit bitterness in the finish that's enough to keep hop heads happy. Nice complexity and good mouthfeel. Not what I was expecting from this IPA, but definitely a pleasant surprise.

10-01-2011 00:32:55 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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iSip

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

Victory Brewing Hop Devil IPA: It’s time to discuss variety, supposedly the spice of life. Do you try a new beer or go with a tried and true beer, which you know is good. Is the reward of discovering a new great beer worth the risk of having a six pack in the fridge that turned out to be a dud? I have decent list of known great IPA’s. Why try yet another, like the Hop Devil? Well I did. The Hop Devil, once in the glass, has a brown color, very dark for an IPA, and an off-white head. The aroma is more of roasted malt than aromatic hop. The flavor has a back bone of roasted malt, but prominent throughout is a lot of hop bitters. It’s a good IPA, but not as balanced as others and missing the really aromatic flavorful hops that I prefer to have come out in an IPA. So in this case, I should have stayed with one of my tried and true standards in the IPA world. Such are the risks of beer exploration.

09-30-2011 20:01:05 | More by iSip
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a burnished copper colour with gorgeous gushing head that retains a couple of fingers of beige foam, and sticky lace. No real bead but all the action's up top. Looks great.

Smell is fresh and delightful. Lots of sweet caramel malt underlying, hint of bread grain, but largely just light floral hops, hint of lemon zest, rosewater and fresh pineapple and a touch of resinous bitterness as well. Bit subdued, but otherwise ideal.

Taste hits you with those hops right away. Resinous notes and a touch of fresh pine that develops malty notes as an afterthought for the mid. Touch of barley, English toffee and lemon curd, before hops take over for the finish. Slight tartaric sherbety twang gives a nice lightness, but the bitterness is separate, resinous and quite drying at the back. Still a nice blend between those different hop characters and the pleasant malt base. I likes.

Fairly full body but a slight harsh back as it goes down. It could be carbonation but I think it's more likely hop oils sharpening the finish. Not bad.

I won't lie and say I haven't had better IPAs, but I certainly haven't had a better IPA from Victory. Or even from Pennsylvania.*

* I haven't had any others.

09-29-2011 03:31:35 | More by laituegonflable
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BeerNutz324

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

AP- Classic deep amber in color. A clear beer with a 1/2 inch head with good retention

Ar- Roasted malts followed by citrusy hops with a little bit of pine.

T- Roasted malt backbone followed by hops (not intense). Really nice balance between the malt and the hops.

M- light body, good carbonation leaves a good oily hop aftertaste.

O- A very enjoyable IPA with great balance. I would definitely buy this stuff again. I expected a lot more "hop" flavor with a name like "Hopdevil" but I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors.

09-28-2011 20:48:52 | More by BeerNutz324
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hmf05

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a beautifully clear amber with a two finger head that sticks around. There are tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top. A beautiful spectacle indeed! The aroma is caramel, molasses, citrus, and some pine. Nothing overwhelming, but nice nonetheless. The taste is pine and citrus. I can't really pinpoint what kind of citrus I am tasting, but I am not getting grapefruit. This is a pretty bitter beer, but the malt sweetness really balances it out. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation is medium. Overall, one of the best IPA's out there. My only complaints is the mouthfeel. I prefer a thicker mouthfeel. The taste is spot on for the style and there are very few IPA's in my area (South Florida) that top this one. Extremely drinkable and highly recommend.

09-28-2011 01:41:10 | More by hmf05
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,941 ratings.