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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,814 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,814
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 142
Gots: 413 | 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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ccm414

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clean golden amber. Only about a 1 finger head that does not seem to linger too long, but never fully disappears. The lacing it leaves is very good around the entire glass.

S- Very hoppy/piney scents. Some sweeter floral notes are also present with a little citrus. Not overpowering for an IPA, very balanced. I LOVE the scents this beer gives off, simply enjoyable.

T- The hops give off a great bitterness that is complimented with the sweet malt, much caramel noticed as well in the sweetness. It lingers with some spice flavor. This beer really does give a little something more with each taste, fantastic! The finish of this beer has a great bitterness, nothing that lingers really leaves a bad taste.

M- The carbonation is lightly tingling. More of a medium-to-light bodied beer here. Very pleasant.

D- I have become a fan of this from Victory. This a very drinkable IPA. Drinks like an 'all-purpose' IPA, but there's just more to this one. A good beer to frequently reach for.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 01:07:42 | More by ccm414
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Lunch

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a fresh growler of this from the brewery as a gift. Served in my Victory HopDevil imperial nonic glass.

Pours darker than many IPAs with a nut brown with some ruby hues.

Aroma is mainly malts with some nut notes and some grassy and earthy hops.

This certainly not a hoppy IPA, but the taste is nice and it is extremely drinkable. There is some slight bitterness and hints of earthy hops, but the malt shine through. This is a balanced IPA, but I prefer my IPAs to be unbalanced with a massive amount of hops.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2011 00:52:33 | More by Lunch
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madvermin

California

3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appears a slightly hazy orange red, looking pretty much exactly like tree sap. Head is fluffy and a bit off-white, with below average retention and inconsistent lacing around the glass.

Smells tropical at first, with pineapple and mango coming to mind, and then leads to an overripe sticky fruit sugar smell. An herbal dry bitterness lurks in the background, and while it doesn't go particularly well with the tropical forefront, it is something different and nice nonetheless.

Taste changes gears a bit, as the front is quite a bit more bitter than expected, and is composed partially of citrusy rind. The malt stickiness detected in the nose doesn't really come out to play at all in this beer. The tropical flavors are very subdued on the tongue, and the herbal, leafy hop oils dominate overall. I don't particularly like the character of the herbal notes for the hops in this case, as I find them a bit harsh and unbalanced, but I can appreciate how well their specific taste has been brought out. I would have liked a bit more malt character from this though. It isn't so much a "too bitter" situation as it is an unpleasant bitter situation. Citrus comes out near the end again under the tongue, sour orange in particular, which is a nice saving grace. However, the utter lack of flavors behind the hoppy bitterness is a real letdown, as I was expecting so very much more.

Mouthfeel is very good, with the beer flowing easily and staying crisp and refreshing the whole way through. The drinkability is helped by the dry nature of the finish, but hurt by the lack of balance in the beer. Abv of 6.7% is respectable for the strength of flavors in the beer, but in this case I think those flavors just aren't compatible with my palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 08:49:20 | More by madvermin
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Round two with this beer; moderately enjoyed it last time, so the fact that this bottle was best enjoyed by today shouldn't impact the review negatively. Poured into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber-reddish color with one finger of dense off-white head, and tons of carbonation bubbles flowing up through the glass.

S: Floral and some citrusy, grapefruit hops, alongside a huge dose of sweet bready malts. Not particularly complex, but well balanced and enjoyable.

T: Heavy, heavy presence of caramel and bready malts here, along with a good deal of tangy citrus hop flavor. Nicely balanced once again, even if the flavor isn't quite as outstanding as I was hoping it would be. This tastes quite a bit like a hopped up Oktoberfest/Märzen.

M: Medium-thick body (thick at least for the style), with moderate carbonation. Smooth and sticky.

D: Will probably find myself picking this one up again in the future, even if I'm not a huge fan of it. Easy enough to drink, with props to the mouthfeel making this one go down faster than the taste alone would cause.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 07:14:46 | More by AwYeh
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diddyb

Pennsylvania

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

This was a 12oz bottle from a case I picked up at Tanczos in Bethlehem. There was no bottled date, but it is clearly labeled on the bottle and the case to drink by 6/14/11. Opened with my trusty Homer Simpson bottle opener and poured into a pint glass.

A- Slight head with a very nice copper color. Small carbonation bubbles rise to the top throughout the duration of the drink

S- Citrus scent of hops and a hint of sweet malts

T- an abundance of flavors. Hop flavor throughout is balanced nicely with the sweetness from the malts. Surprisingly complex. I get a little something different from this each time I drink it

M- medium bodied and quite smooth

D- Solid overall. These always go down quite easily. I'd have no problem tossing back several of these at a time (trust me, I have).

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 10:00:04 | More by diddyb
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ILikeBeer13

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear, amber...not much action in it.

S - a bit resiny for me.

T - very crisp, some sharp hop flavors and a hint of pine. NO lingering aftertaste, which is OK by me.

M - Lighter on the tongue thane expected, perhaps a but flat.

D - I prefer a little more body and smoothness of my IPA, but certainly a better than average one. I would keep this is my fridge for an all-purpose beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:23:36 | More by ILikeBeer13
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beerdown77

North Carolina

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

Pours dark peach with one finger of foamy head that doesn't last too long, but there is some lacing left behind. Fist thing I notice is the graininess in the nose, along with some some dark sweet smells. The taste is heavier on the malt than hops, but this beer also has a nice bitter bite to it. For the heavy malt variety of IPA (as opposed to citrusy), this is excellent. The taste is better than the smell. Medium bodied, give me another.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 22:49:08 | More by beerdown77
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hattingc

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark copper appearance.

Not a strong smell but still nice.

You can really taste and enjoy the hops. They created a flavorful brew with some floral hops. It is very drinkable.

It has a great flavor for the style. Very easy to drink.

Had it in a glass...

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 14:18:42 | More by hattingc
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

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

Picked up as a single, poured into a NB globe. Enjoy by June 3 2011 printed on the bottle.

A - HopDevil pours a slightly cloudy but nice copper color with a very thin white head. Nice lacing is left along the glass as well. Looks are on par for the style.

S - Good amount of floral hop aromas on the nose. Good amount of malt in there balances the nose out nicely.

T - Right on for the style. A very nice balance of malt and hop that makes for a very pleasing beer. Hops are a bit on the piney side. A touch of bitterness from the hops at the end rounds out the beer.

M - Good amount of carbonation with a body on the medium side.

D - Overall a very solid take on the style by Victory. I would recommend this to other IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 05:19:00 | More by BennyL1
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Golden Orange Red with 1 finger white head

Smell: citrus, hops, sweet malts,

Taste: piney, citrus, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, bitter,

Drinkability: a very nice ipa. could definitely drink a few of these.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 22:07:03 | More by THECPJ
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legatovibrato24

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a unibroue snifter. Translucent amber in color with a fine, lacy head that lingers only to fade into a glass lacing fine layer. Smell is along the lines of dogfish head 60 minute. Citrusy and earthy hops almost smells like the air in an open field after a long steady rain.

First sip and initial impression is right in the ballpark of DFH 60 min. However similar the hop profile seems to dogfish head, there is a difference that pushes it over the top. At first it was hard to place, but about halfway through i figured it out. The HopDevil doesn't hold back, from the initial taste to the lingering finish, it's hops dominated, all the way.

While this is not a beer for those new to hoppy beers, it is one that any IPA lover should give a shot, especially if they enjoy the dogfish head and sierra nevada torpedo hop profiles.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:20:57 | More by legatovibrato24
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HopDevil pours a pretty copper-gold color into my large snifter glass. Its head is a thin, one finger tall from an agressive pour and is the lightest shade of khaki. The body is just a hair cloudy with copious carbonation bubbles moving quickly upward. The lacing left on the glass is fine and curvy- Tolkien Elvish style.

My buddy, who lived in PA for 3 years, told me that this was brewed with German malt and I swear I can smell a bit of a Dormunder-esque aroma to the bouquet. This blends with spicy, earthy American hops for a very unique IPA aroma. Herbal and floral scents are prevalent, although I also smell a touch of sweet citrus when I breather in deeply.

The taste is rather similar to the smell with the German malt harmonizing well with the earthy, spicy hop presence. Very faint flavor of citrus introduce themselves mid-sip. The finish knocks the grade down a notch for me, as an extremely earthy, resiny, metallic bitterness lingers on my palate without any malt sweetness to counteract it.

The hop float really leads the mouthfeel parade. The bitterness from the beer somehow hits more points on my palate than any other IPA I've had. It's probably on the light side of medium bodied, but its quite hard to tell because the puckering nature of the hops dry out my palate so completely.

I feel like I am being a wuss. I love bitter IPAs, but I am really just not loving the way in which HopDevil is bitter. That is, the finish is so earthy, grassy, resiny, and metallic that I don't love how the bitter flavor compares to bitter flavors of other IPAs. If this had just a little more malt balance and a little more of a citrus presence, I would like HopDevil considerably more.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:29:45 | More by TCHopCraver
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SuperSpy

Georgia

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 04/13/2011.

A - The beer is a mostly clear, orange-amber color, with an off-white, two-finger head. The head dies down pretty quickly but a small amount of rising bubbles ensures that a nice cap of foam remains. As the head lowers it sticks to absolutely every interior surface of the glass. This doesn't just look like a good IPA, it looks like a great beer.

S - There is a hint of toast with a sweet citrusy hop aroma that really takes the show. The citrus aromas are lemon, grapefruit, and dried herbs with a bit of pine hidden in the background. I could get more descriptive but I really want to move on to drinking this beer so I'll just say that this aroma is very, very good.

T/M - The beer has an incredibly smooth medium body. This beer is almost creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation. The immediate flavor is citrusy with ruby red grapefruit and fresh lemon. Pine is also there but the fruit is most evident. The mid-point flavor gives way to floral, herbal, and earthy hops that ride in on a magic carpet of biscuity malt. The finish is earthy, a little spicy and dry. It seems like with every other sip I'm finding some new element to the hop flavors. This is definitely a beer that will keep you coming back.

D - Drink this beer. I always wondered if this beer was really as good as all the hype claimed. I have to say that although the hype is really high, there is a reason for it, and this is a very well executed IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:31:50 | More by SuperSpy
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generallee

New York

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 6.7% and it gives a nice description of the beer. No freshness date is listed.

Appearance: The body is clear with a deep orange amber glow. On top I got two fingers of light beige foam. This head has good retention and manages to keep a thin covering to the last sip and make some nice sticky and slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up notes of lemony citrus and pine floral hops with a deep sweet and malty underline character.

Taste/Palate: I get the same lemony citrus and pine like hop notes from the nose. They are up front and center on the tongue with a rich bready and brown sugary sweet malty backbone. Firm herbal hop bitterness slowly builds up on the tongue and slowly fades back off into the long finish. It has a solid medium body with a smooth feel and balanced carbonation.

Notes: This beer works a nice balancing act with supportive malt sweetness and hop flavor/bitterness. Very well done!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 13:05:59 | More by generallee
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful dark copper with nice clarity and a one finger off white head that fades fast but leaves beautiful creamy walls of lace. Wish it had more retention.

The smell is fainter than expected. Mild but dominate hops. Sweet malt is not covered up. Nice balance. Pine and floral accents with a grassy and slightly citrus presense. A little lemon zest.

The taste is more hoppy than the smell. On the bitter end, but not extremely. Grapefruit and pine are in there with some floral and grassy elements too. Malt plays background music here but overall its balanced nicely for the style. Mild on the hops for the style which makes it very drinkable.

Its on the dry and bitter side with a slight watery character. Some of the flavors are muted and become hints. There is a bitter aftertaste that is medicinal like asprin.

Awesome for the style. On the dry end of a hoppy beer. Enjoyable. Easy to drink. Not my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:41:59 | More by JayS2629
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knm

New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I started the pour it looked really light, but once in the glass in darkened to a smooth amber. The medium brown head dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing.
The smell of this beer is grand, not the typical sour hops variety. This is actually one of the sweetest IPA's I have ever sniffed!
The taste is quite smooth also, nothing popping to hard. Good hops immediately, with nice caramel undertones. A little piney twang as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:02:01 | More by knm
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billiambomb

New Jersey

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

A: Dark amber color pour with very light head volume

S. Wonderful strawberry accent and mix fruit note (a lighter version of Founders - Double trouble). Good amount of hop fragrance.

T: Good balanced flavor, light sweetness in the beginning and a gradual light bitter finish.

M: Subtle dry grapefruit like mouth feel at the end.

D: An overall delicious drinkable beer.

Serve type: Bottle in a Stella Artois glass

Overall: Very good beer and at a very reasonable price for the amount of hops flavor. Definitely one for IPA/hop lovers to try. Also pairs well with snacks (chips and peanuts).

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:04:21 | More by billiambomb
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

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

I was not really sure how to rate HopDevil since this is from a growled of cask beer, but I think this beer is more representative of the beer on cask. I don't know how many tmrw I've had hopdevil, but each for some reason I get surprised by how good it is compared to the big west coast IPAs I've been drinking. The beer is definitely redder than most Ca IPAs meaning it has more caramel and toasty malt flavors. The hops though really sing, they have a rich woody and earthy edge, probably from the cask dry hopping, and it is just a strong manly flavor. If they made a cologne from this beers bouquet I would buy it. It has the citrus peel, freah cut grass, and damp oak leaf thing going one. The malt sweetness and crackery toast provide the perfect counter balance to the beer. Even though the beer was definitely undercarbed it still had great texture and wasn't the least bit syrupy. Really great

Serving type: cask

02-20-2011 05:32:32 | More by Soonami
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patriot76

New York

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A- Deep reddish in color with a 2 finger head that is dense and stands up well. Nice amount of bubbles from the bottom as you see through the beer. Top notch lacing.

S- Deep malt and subtle floral hops are perfectly balanced in the nose. Citrus and a little alcohol in nose as well along with pine notes.

T- This full bodied IPA dominates your palate with a very nice balance of citrus, malt and piney floral hops. Very intense, yet smooth if that makes sense. Nice bitterness throughout that lingers perfectly. I really like this brew. The best all around American IPA I've had.

M- Surprsingly a creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- This I would have to say is the most well balanced American IPA I've had. It is extemely drinkable due to the fact that the malt lingers with the hops at the end...no cotton mouth here. Some other brewers should take notes, outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:36:44 | More by patriot76
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nickshep7

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two finger deep off-white head w/ nice retention, very nice. The Base of the beer is a strong amber color. Fresh Bread and nutty oils on the smell. Nice balance between hops and malt on the mouth. Taste is ver similar to the smell. This brew reminds me a bit of a more drinkable version of DFH 90. Overall, I like this brew and will seek it out again. By no means blowing me a away, but solid...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:21:10 | More by nickshep7
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru amber with a generous cap of creamy foam that sticks around for a bit, settling into a thick skim. Nice lacing up top that quickly peters out a half inch down.

Grapefruit zest and flesh aromas put up a strong fight to get through plentiful bready and sweet malts. Impressive assortment of hop flavors- spicy, pungent, earthy and citrusy at once. Quite bitter, too. It's a bit boozy and the malt profile is a little heavy for my taste, mainly bready and toasty (oddly the lingering flavors are chiefly toasted malt, not hops

Overall impression: Not bad, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 18:48:49 | More by PDXHops
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bgildea

Virginia

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

A: Pours a nice amber color with a small pure white head.

S: Smells as you'd think a beer called "Hop Devil" would smell - Hoppy. Slight hints of barley in the background.

T: Really nice flavor. Starts off with a slight sweet taste with hints of hops in the background. The flavor progresses into a strong hoppy aftertaste which lingers nicely.

M: Decent amount of chew for an American IPA. Pleasantly surprising.

D: The beer is very drinkable. If you're a hop lover, you'll love this beer.

Overall: The beer is very good. The nice sweet flavor up front really balances well with the beer's strong hop flavor. If you're a hop-head, I highly recommend trying this one - You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 00:31:21 | More by bgildea
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a dark caramel color, clear with a finger worth of white head. There is a little creamy lacing and the retention is okay.

It's hoppy as it should be... more of a citrus hop flavor as opposed to a piney west coast IPA.

The flavor is similar... a little malt balance in there too almost like an APA. It's a good beer, an easy drinking IPA for sure.

It's not as bold as I was hoping for something called HopDevil, but I'm still a fan.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:35:58 | More by theboozecruise
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

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

Literally stunned when I realized I hadn't reviewed this before. One of my favs for sure.

a-pours a clear dark amber colour. Head no lasting too long...could be my glassware.

s-nice citrus hops evened out by some sweeter malt flavours

t-hops come to the front right away. Very slight malt flavours come to the rescue to balance this beer. Very nice.

m-solid for abv..heavier in keeping with 6+ %

d-dangerously so....don't walk after having about six of these...LOL

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:09:01 | More by Mit
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

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

A - Pours a deep reddish amber, foamy 2.5 finger head with thick lacing

S - Decent amount of piney hops with some nice sweet malt in the background. Almost a bit of grape in the scent.

T - A decent hop character but nothing fantastic. Certainly expecting something more foward, almost a tad weak. Hops fade quickly into some roasted malt. After a few sips the balance seemed to come out a little more.

M - Decent amount of carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is a bit thin, actually.

D - Goes down very smooth. Incredibly drinkable. It wouldn't be hard to put a few of these down.

Overall, it was a pretty decent IPA, but I felt like something was missing. In a way it was a little weak for my tastes. Again, a good beer, just not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 14:15:05 | More by BeerBuckeye
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,814 ratings.