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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,778 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,778
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 137
Gots: 393 | 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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samyoung

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory makes some excellent brews - this review has been a long time coming.

A - Bold reddish, orange.
S - Fruit with pine.
T - Tinny hops taste with pine and citrus notes.
M - Adds a nice coating.
D - Unique and refreshing; very drinkable.

Nice IPA effort from Victory. Seems to be a standard east coast style: high on the hops with little citrus goodness.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:20:05 | More by samyoung
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Hellabeerguzzler

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears as a nice amber color you'd expect with a beer of this sort, nice light caramel-colored head, with really impressive lacing that lasts all the way until finish and then dries on the side of the glass!

Smell is hops, piney (good) w/alcohol (sadly). I like a well-hidden ABV but all things considered this is nothing to prevent a hopehead from wanting to try this beer as it is far from boozey in flavor.

Taste is lightly piney hop forward, and finishes off chewy with more citrus notes and some other notes. This may have been a little too cold when I started and got better as it warmed slightly.

Mouthfeel is average. Nothing bad mind but nothing spectacular. A little hard on the palate but it's called Hopdevil so what do you expect?

Drinkability is average. Again, just nothing really spectacular about it. I'll say this: there are many IPAs on the market and many of them are good and this is as good as any of those.

This does not classify as world-class or excellent but like I mentioned, is perfectly refreshing and nice and I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 21:10:43 | More by Hellabeerguzzler
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Auracom

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From notes. 12 oz. bottle on January 29th, 2011 in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Standard IPA golden coloring, very very thin head with a quick, white, foamy lacing.

S - Good acidic aromas - orange and lemon. Spices. Not much pine in this one.

T - Hops seem a bit laid back and feel controlled. Again, spices. The malts balance the brew out pretty well.

M - Not a fan here. Bitter coating left over on the tongue. Carbonation sucked, not at all enough. Feels much too thin.

D - Eh, overrated. Mouthfeel was big letdown after a pretty nice smell and well-balanced taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 18:30:58 | More by Auracom
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: big fluffy white head on a clear-copper body. beautiful color. some sporadic carbonation. solid looking beer.

S: sweet caramel malts work their way through a steady hop aroma. maybe it's me, but not as pungent as expected for an AIPA.

T: a chalk like hop bitterness. dry and bitter. a little bit of alcohol/sweetness at the tail end of the sip. cloying residual bitterness reinforces the style. here's that AIPA characteristics i was expecting.

M: good carbonation, just a hair too hard for the body.

D: a solid hoppy brew with a great sweet aspect for balance. nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:02:50 | More by Jimmys
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe I've not reviewed this beer yet...

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice white thick head, lacing is great on this beer. Color is a deep amber.

Smell is a nice roasted, caramely malt but clean and not sweet, a great piney hop scent, nice a aromatic.

Taste is a smooth nice roasted malt, slightly caramely, great hop flavors, mostly piney but a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, great for an ipa of this flavor and strength.

A superbly drinkable beer, one of my favorites all time.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:28:23 | More by mvanaskie13
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MattMcGinnis

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this on cask at The Long Room pub in NYC.

Look: Shiny penny copper with a creamy smooth head, the kind that gives you a "milk" mustache

Smell: Shy nose of citrus and hops doesn't come on nearly as strongly as it tastes.

Taste: This cask pulled beer has low carbonation and is served at room temperature to let the full hops flavor of the IPA to come through. Its starts off floral and citrus, builds to a round, toasty biscuit followed by bitter pine.

My full review is here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2010/11/where-are-you-drinking-in-new-york-the-long-room-irish-pub/

Serving type: cask

01-31-2011 18:24:30 | More by MattMcGinnis
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good tan foam to start. Glowing copper in color. I'm not that exciting about the lack of carbonation. In short, this stuff just looks too darn flat. Nice color as I said though.

Smell: Very nicely nuanced. Definitely caramel malt that balances the pine hops. One of the best smells in an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell for taste...This stuff is pretty delicious. Mouthfeel is a bit watery in comparison, but not too much that it ruins everything else.

Drinkability: Too well balanced not to enjoy.

Overall: See drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 06:57:36 | More by tjsdomer2
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours amber-gold, with rosy highlights. The beer has a thick, foamy cream head that sustains while drinking. Smells of cream and hops, smoke and toffee. Taste is slightly sour, with sweet malty overtones. The beer has dominant hoppy notes, and some peppery characteristics. The spice is present in the aftertaste, and the finish is smooth and creamy. Light hops are consistent throughout the beer, helping to balance the other flavors. Smooth and easy to drink, and the low ABV allows for multiple follow-ups without doing too much damage.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 06:35:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is difficult for me....it smelled well....pukey. The Devil come strong with the hop and then leaves the palate dry and with a sour finish. The alcohol content with the hops makes it bitter, but not to bitter for this guy. It would be a tough session beer, but if on a dare I would go for it!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 19:07:15 | More by WoodBrew
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a slightly hazy, like amber golden color with a nice amount of foamy slightly off white head that lingers, medium lacing

S: very nice hop notes, great citrus and grapefruit notes

T: interesting taste, nice hop notes, slight citrus flavor, something lingers on the palate that is almost like a slight skunkiness

D/M: medium carbonation, smooth drinking, sits a little heavy, lingering taste on the palate is not the best

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 23:33:05 | More by BigPlay1824
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass and sometimes from tap. Pours a cloudy copper with a creamy beige head, low carbonation. Shows creamy body, mellow hops, a wonderful lasting hop finish. Picking up some grapefruit, lemon seed and quite floral in the aroma. Rich malts tie it together. Good balance for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:54:34 | More by CuriousMonk
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danronian

Virginia

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

Medium amber appearance with a small head that disappears quickly. Smells somewhat sweet with a pine and citrus backdrop.

Tastes sweet at first with a somewhat bitter mouthfeel and with a tart aftertaste.

The balanced taste with a smooth initial taste and pleasant aftertaste along with a not-so heavy body makes me love drinking this beer. One of my favorite hoppy brews for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 22:53:27 | More by danronian
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

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

Appearance- orange amber in color, small head that doesn't hang around too long.

Smell- not too pungent but getting some citrusy hops, maybe grapefruit. Light malt note.

Taste- nice bitterness off the bat. Sweet and bitter grapefruit that lingers. Sharp and tart.

Mouthfeel- nice and smooth, decent carbination feels good

Drinkability- very drinkable. Well made ipa

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 23:21:31 | More by Gushue3
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beersensei305

Florida

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

Live

A: Amber orange in color hairly clear, foamy cream head lays big then leaves nice lacing

S- Malty with grapefruit notes

T- This beer has a malt body with tartness of grapefruits in the back. Overall its juciy with a little dryiness in the cheeks. Bitterness from the hops isn't overwhelming. as the brew warms up the toasted notes come out as well as more tartness from the hops Nice balanced IPA

M- medium bodied with low carbonation. nice balance

D- Very good balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 22:40:01 | More by beersensei305
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#72. Very much looking forward to my next Victory Brewing following their wonderful translation of the Saison Du Buff Brew that took me by surprise a couple of weeks ago. Victory claims by the label that the HopDevil is the real deal; "Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious". I'm ready to check that for myself...

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a mug at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy 1.5 finger depth head. Retention is above average; it gradually dies down but slows as it reaches the surface, leaving a consistent shroud of appealing thick to thin foam on the surface. It doesn't break until my first sips, very nice. Lacing is certainly there, medium thin, rough and sticky; really good qualities. Color is a deep copper orange and considerably clear concerning the fuss about hazy consistency. Very small but plentiful carbonation can be seen throughout the glass. This beer looks to have some bold substance and an abundance of character; i'm genuinely intrigued. 4.5

(Smell) A markedly sweet aroma complete with very noticeable light low-acid citrusy fruit smells, like grapefruit mostly. Hops aren't nearly as bold as I had anticipated for something claiming itself the "Hop Devil', but the combination gives a pretty fair representation of both characteristics of the American IPA. Beyond that lies a fainter smell of sweet malt. Hops smell especially floral and sweet in this brew. Biggest critique? Not pungent enough. The hops don't really punch through the smell, leaving no strikingly audacious notes to be recognizable. The smell is incredibly friendly and really companionable for sweet beer drinkers desiring light tastes and smells. My opinion: turn up the nose! 4

(Taste) Not as expected at all! Hops shine through on all courses in different ways. First impressions gather some piney and floral hops tied with some fruit notes and some roasted grainy textures. The balance is wondrous. Finish is very hoppy without becoming draining; when paired with the more subtle grapefruit tones, this beer begins and finishes with intriguing interest and complexity. Even more entertaining are the roasted and toasty malts that peek in in the very end of the brew as the hop intensity regresses. Taste is wonderful and complex. This may not be the king of hop city, but it is evident that some considerable hop quantities went into this brew with respect to the balance of flavor, none of which are underrepresented in this brew. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Little carbonation influence leaves the first impressions smooth. Texture is very light grainy with consideration to the medium body taste this beer certainly has, much of the subtle sting to the tongue comes in on the finish, which is characteristically crisp and dry. Nothing overly sweet nor sour in this beer, but all flavors and senses have a fair representation and balance throughout. 4

(Drinkability) Medium body and an enormously complex taste make this beer very nice to drink, but the hop presence may slow speed down a bit. Regardless, a fair 6.7% ABV and consistent balanced mouthfeel makes drinking this beer a nice luxury. It is worthy of at least a second round, a sixer on a good night would be well satisfying with a friend or partner nearby. Perhaps not party worthy, but this beer has far too much character and flavor diversity to play pong or quarters with; it is easily one of my favorite commonly available American IPAs. 4.5

Verdict: No doubt a wonderful IPA, especially when it rears its head in a common grocer store, it's a no doubt take home winner; A wonder to behold and consume. Worthy for anybody who drinks beer both as a habit and as a hobby. I'd go for at least a sixer; you won't regret the purchase. A (4.35)

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:53:12 | More by Jadjunk
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a deep copper, clear, with half a finger of a grainy-cream colored head. I really like the color and the lacing is nice.

S - Grassy and grapefruit hops with a hint of sweetness. some grainy malt and sweet malt in the background.

T - Sweet and bitter. Hoppy pine and grapefruit with a touch of grass. Some malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit plain. I remember it being much better and hoppier on draft.

M - Medium body with nice active carbonation.

D - Slightly disappointing, but very tasty and drinkable overall. I remember it being far far better on draft, so perhaps the bottle is a bit old and out of its prime.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:42:46 | More by greenmonstah
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ElliotNess

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lot of IPA's try to distinguish themselves, Don't expect this one to stray from the good 'ole harsh bitterness and ever lasting hop aroma. Good beer for a dry mouth on either a cool night or an afternoon of football. Not as drinkable as some IPA's but the Hopdevil definitely doesn't disappoint the hop heads.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 22:35:43 | More by ElliotNess
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gregshead

California

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a thin, less than half finger of head.

S: Some citrus pine along with a sweet caramel of toffee aroma.

T: Pine bitterness much more pleasant than the smell. Good amounts of caramel and hints of both orange/lemon bitterness. Some toffee sweetness exist in there too. There is a good astringency as this one warms up too.

M: A little low on the carbonation but it might be this particular bottle. Not overly thick considering the caramel/toffee flavors.

D: It's a well put together IPA but nothing puts it over the top of makes it stand out. With all the other choices in this category, I'm not upset to see it or drink it again but it won't make the rotation for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 06:03:35 | More by gregshead
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

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

12oz bottle (enjoy by 5/8/11) poured into a Duvel glass

A: Orange-amber, little hazy and mostly opaque. 1 finger white frothy had that slowly dissipates. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: Grapefruit with a little pine behind it, sweet bready malt, a little spicy. Smells very faintly musty.

T: Tons of grapefruit with plenty of other citrus notes I can't quite discern. There's a pine background that gives a little bitterness. The malt character is fairly strong and sweet and does a great job balancing out the bitterness and puckering of the hops. Grains are nice clean and golden. There's a decent amount of spicy alcohol that really plays into the hop bite. Finish is golden grains, a little pine, and grapefruit.

M: Medium-light carbonation, medium body that is nice and smooth. Has a little bit of chewiness, but not enough to disturb the velvety texture. Only improvement would be a slightly more viscous body.

D: I could drink this thing as fast as a glass of water, but it's something you want to savor. This is an IPA done right, take the time and enjoy, but it sure isn't a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 04:00:19 | More by Satchboogie
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark amber with a small fluffy white head. The lacing of this one is very nice, all over the glass.

S - Citric hops backed nicely by biscuity malts. Nothing too exciting here.

T - Sweet, succulent hops followed by sweet, succulent malts. A nicely balanced IPA for being American. Still bitter enough to warrant a pucker from the inexperienced.

M - Medium body and carbonation, slides down the throat easily.

D - A pretty easy to drink beer, but that being said it is a little light on the hop florals for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 03:13:27 | More by LiquidCucumber
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang 10 year anniversary tulip. Enjoy by Mar 18 2011.

Appearance: Pours a decent head, nothing spectacular, not bad either. Receding quickly. Dark orange and cloudy, not a lot of carbonation activity.

Smell: Light citrus on the nose. Not overwhelming. I can smell a little alcohol, like what I would expect from a Winter Warmer or something.

Taste: Definitely a bitter beer, but not quite the piney bitterness I was expecting/hoping for. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on a distinctive taste.

Mouthfeel: I'm disappointed. It is very watery and the carbonation is almost non-existent. It tastes/feels almost flat (and this is the second one I've tried tonight).

Drinkability: No problems here, but based on everything else, I'm not sure I want another.

Overall: This came as a recommendation from a friend when I told him I was picking up some Prima Pils. I want to enjoy Victory's offerings, as it is a relatively local brewery, but I seem to have a hard time finding really fresh tasting examples.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:39:49 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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sturner26

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Service Type: Bottle into a pint.

Appearance: A relatively clear amber/dark orange color with a one and a half finger head that lasted almost the entire beer; it left significant lacing behind.

Smell: A wonderful citrus hops that was never off-putting and always appetizing.

Taste: I was surprised to first taste an initial sweet malt up front before the hops began to assert themselves in a way traditionally associated with IPAs. The malty notes remained throughout the drink but did not overshadow the star of the beer, the hops. In general there was a nice balance between the sweet malt and the bitter hops, with the hop flavors remaining dominant throughout.

Mouthfeel: I found this to be medium to full bodied without being overwhelming. There was also moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a great example of a balanced IPA; a strong but not overwhelming bitter flavor with nice malty undertones to make it more drinkable than many other IPAs. My favorite IPA to date.

Summary: Will definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 13:12:03 | More by sturner26
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

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

12 oz bottle. Enjoy by date inked on front label. A leafy devil smirks at you from the artwork.

Pours a dark, dark amber, slightly cloudy. A tannish head dissipates quickly. Carb trailer bubbles are slow and tiny. Smell is resinous, and a bit chemical/solvent-like. Taste starts off with a hint of malt sweetness, but then the feeling delves right into assertive hops. Some of grapefruit, some of pine, some that should probably have an MSDS tag on them. A lot of spice on the backend, with a bitter, spiky aftertaste that last for a while. In my eyes, this is a menacing IPA indeed. Good.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:02:38 | More by sixerofelixir
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beercat11

New York

1.9/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this beer many moons ago and enjoyed it much. I recently bought it again due to slim selection. This beer is not what it used to be. I am seeing more and more that companies that have had a good history of serving up great beers are falling short more and more. I guess nothing is sacred anymore, even good beer in the current world of greed and corner cutting. Thanks alot Victory. Count me out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 21:18:08 | More by beercat11
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Ty1erC

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: it's an amber-colored ale with great retention and thick lacing.

s: smells of grapefruit and pine. lots of hops here.

t: again, true-to-style hop heaviness. there is also a peculiar tobacco-ish aftertaste.

m: medium-bodied, perfect carbonation.

d: this stuff goes down very quickly. i'm sure i could drink more of it than i should.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:27:23 | More by Ty1erC
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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