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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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5,798 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,798
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 141
Gots: 401 | 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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Photo of wallaceandvomit


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
Photo of otersen73


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
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I usually stay away from IPA beer but my friend had some of these so I thought to give it a try.

It poured a pale murky yellow with a nice head and decent retention. The smell was almost all citrusy hops and then the taste....not something I enjoyed. Almost no malt flavors just powerful lemon rind hop bitterness with a sharp dry to dehydrating finish. Very unbalanced, tasted like sucking on a hop pellet. I know this is an IPA but damn, just over the top and lacking any complexities. Anyone could over hop a beer and produce the same result. The mouthfeel was very crisp, loose and dry, about what I would expect for the style. I will praise this beer for its drinkability though. Despite its obnoxious hoppyness, it's surprisingly easy to drink and that is quite remarkable in itself.

This really wasn't an awful beer but like so many of this style it seems to have lost touch with what a beer really is, a malt beverage, hops should be used mainly for the preservative qualities and complement the malts. I guess I'll never understand the whole IPA hype.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 07:07:23 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of NODAK


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

Aroma is a mix of floral hops and a definitely sweet malt base. A little bit of fruitiness and caramel coming together.

Taste starts out fairly heavy on the floral hops, punching me in the mouth a bit but not abrasively. Behind that is a nice malt sweetness with a fruitiness to it as well as a definite earthiness to it as well. It's pretty well balanced, though certainly on the side of the hops as it should be. Finishes a bit resiny that lingers a while after the swallow. Clean. Good.

My verdict on this one is that this is a very drinkable IPA, and one that would placate both hopheads and those who would like some malt balance in an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:51:27 | More by NODAK
Photo of bierguru


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -
body is a orange but not really copper color head is a creamy white that stays very well

S -
right up front you get hit with a grapefruit smell along with slight hints of malt and biscuit and finishes with a smooth hop smell

T -
grapefuit right up front and some other citrus herbal taste then finishes with a strong but smooth hop taste

M -
some bite on the tounge from the bitterness from grapefruit and hops but nothing annoying very smooth

D -
this is my favorite American IPA its bitter but its a really smooth bitter and very tasty

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 03:45:39 | More by bierguru
Photo of velosuds


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by Jan 4 2011. Single purchased for $1.85 at John's Market.

A-Poured a beautiful copper amber hue with a two finger bone white head with nice retention and sticky lacing.

S-Nose is predominantly earthy and spicy English style hops.

T-Taste is hoppy, but more like a supercharged ESB than an American IPA. Not enough malt in the flavor.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down easily enough, but this is not close to what I prefer in an IPA. Perhaps this is more East Coast in style. If so, I definitely favor the West Coast interpretation. Taste improves as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 04:15:02 | More by velosuds
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Super fresh at the brewery. Nothing like a good hoppy beer straight from the source. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice copper color with an off white head and some lace rings as it goes down. Nose brings a good amount of pine and floral notes as well as a bit of citrus. Taste adds some caramel but is mostly pine and floral hops without too much bitterness. Medium body and slightly dry. The first few times I had this I was not a huge fan but it has really grown on me over time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 12:26:20 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of SuperNova777


3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/17/10

A:Pours a copper/amber color with a small head that falls rather quickly, decent lacing
left down the glass

S:Smells of a spicy hop character with a little but of bready malts in there as well

T:Not sure what they have going on here but I get that spicey hop flavor again with
a little balance out from the malt in the middle but that spiciness lingers on the tongue.

M:Body is fairly thinner than medium with not much carbonation

D:This is a all right brew, the spiciness kinda of threw me off of it thou. I not really a big spicy fan so this one did not sit to well for me, but if you like that kind of action I would say you should seek this one out

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 14:57:07 | More by SuperNova777
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

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

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a nonik pint glass. enjoy by nov 16 2010.

pours a beautiful looking dusty orange color with about a one finger of slightly off white creamy head, some big bubbles within the creaminess. pretty decent retention with small bits of sticky lace.

dank resinous skunky hops rules the aroma. notes of pine, citrus and a candied caramel malt in the background. bits of fiery alcohol heat.

the taste seems to have much more than what i thought the aroma was offering. lots of bitter hops attack the palate, well still achieveing a little bit of a balance. lots of grapefruit citrus, a little pine, tropical fruits, and some grassiness. some alcohol creates a spiciness when paired with the hops. a light candied caramel malt blends in nicely on the backend of the sip.

medium bodied. lots of sharp bitterness during and exspecially after each sip. wrecks your palate in a good way.

a nice sessionable ipa with big hops, big flavors, and a delicious light malt balance. ill be sure to meet up with this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 02:09:38 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


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

Poured from a bottle into a standard Full Sail pint glass.

A: Pure, clear copper with barely any head but retains wonderfully. Lacing nicely down the glass. Sticky and draping.

S: Pure hop greatness with a distinct Smarties note up front. Yes, like Smarties candy. A bit of sour mash and a light grainy presence, which is welcomed. Light blended whiskey in there somewhere.

T: Slick mouthfeel with a eucalyptus hint right up front. Hoppy middle, piney mostly. Finishes smooth and malty. Bitter aftertaste. Biscuits and crackers both. A complex beer for sure.

D: Not sure I will be having more than one or two outta this sixer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 00:34:37 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of StaveHooks


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruby amber with a thin head that dissapates quickly to form a razor thin collar.

S - Concentrated grapefruit rind dominates. Sweet caramel malt. Slight booze.

T - Astringent citrus hops attack the mouth with stinging barage of bitterness. The hops turn to a spice and salty character that doesn't back down. Throughout all this hop extravaganza, a pleasant fruitiness comes out and adds dimension. Malt fights it's way through the bounty of hops to the make this

M - Creamy with moderate carbonation.

If hops is what you seek, you will find it in Hopdevil. I would recommend you try as many IPA's as possible before trying this one. Because after you drink this you'll compare the hop content of every IPA, as most everything else you'll think is "light on the hops".

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 04:35:55 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Mora2000


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

Best by date of 11/7/10.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a variety of hop aromas including orange, pine and earth. I also get something that smells like iced tea and some biscuit malt. The flavor is heavy on the citrus, but it is very bitter. I also get some earthy hops and bready malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I have had this beer numerous times and don't remember it being this bitter, but this was also the first time I have sat down in a controlled environment to drink and rate the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:15:45 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Homebrew35


3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice stable one and a half finger, white head which slowly fades to a solid cap that sticks to the edge if the glass to the end. It has a nice clear dark orange/red color. Smells very faintly of citrus hops and mildly sweet. Tastes of sweet with a citrus twinge, that finishes medium dry. Then some sort of funny after taste comes on, can't figure this one out. Not very drinkable for me. I didn't finish it. But I did like the " drink by ######" on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 14:07:12 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of Arithmeticus


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

Poured in a restaurant in Philly.

A: amber orange, not much head (might have been the server)
S: complex, piney, a bit of bleu cheese
T: very hoppy, complex, but also sweet; compares nicely to the Dogfish 60 IPA
M: silky, smooth
D: very inviting

Very solid IPA--cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 15:30:18 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of 007


4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- dark amber, lasting head, delicate ephemeral lacing
S - piney, citrusy
T - bitter...no sweet...no spicy...no, wait bitter again...
M - smooth, balanced carbonation, clean finish
D - 5.0 exceptional, never disappointing

With apologies to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...

To 007, she was always the beer. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her style. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for HopDevil. All emotions,and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a beer-lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer.

They were admirable things for the observer -- excellent for drawing the veil from beer's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted palate was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his results. And yet there was but one beer to him, and that beer was the great HopDevil.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 13:57:08 | More by 007
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the first craft beers I really got into, almost 10 years ago. Could be the weaning or a regional bias, but I find HopDevil to be one of the top 5 most-drinkable brews in my life. I love it swilled out of the bottle, in a plastic cup at Phils' games, or the "correct" way - poured into a pint.

Any time I have it out of a glass/cup, whether from draft or from bottle, there's always a beefy head - product of the hops used maybe, I don't know for sure. Fairly clean-filtered look, but an awesome deep reddish-orange hue - reminiscent, sort of, of the color of certain doppelbocks or maybe a Vienna lager.

The aroma is unmistakable - a little fuzzy-piney, quite pungent citrus, and perhaps a punch of malty sweetness rounding it out. Could be getting some toasted notes as well. Mouth-watering.

The citrus element bursts forth in the taste, taking on subtle grapefruit notes. A bold, spicy, vaguely peppermint, jolt invigorates (then scrubs) the tongue and a moderately sugar sweet malt base brings everything together (Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale exhibits similar characteristics). Hardly crisp or dry throughout - drinks a bit like IPA soda pop.

I've never had a moment with this beer where I wasn't in mad lust. Helps living in the area, where the price for a six-pack seems chucklingly low. I love it. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 05:13:27 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of zhanson88


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

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with nice ruby/amber highlights and a couple fingers of off white head. Very nice fine lacing that clings all over the glass.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit are present, but piney hops are what is shown off the most in this smell. Very crisp, clean smell that leaves no doubt that this is an IPA.

Taste: I get a bit of caramel malt backbone up front, but citrus, grapefruit, especially piney hops are present on the back end. The hoppy bite is just glorious. This beer is everything an IPA should be.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but the carbonation is nice and fine, making this a pretty smooth drinking beer. This beer is almost 7% alcohol, but the great flavor plus smooth feel makes this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 03:34:33 | More by zhanson88
Photo of jmdrpi


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

poured into pint glass, it appears orangish copper in color. nice cream-colored head. nice lacing. smells of piney hops, with just a little sweetness.
taste is a big hop bite as expected, but is balanced enough to finish fairly clean. as I am not a huge hop-head, I let these sit in my fridge a little longer to balance things out.
higher carbonation, with medium body. I find this IPA more drinkable that most.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 23:15:47 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a deep orange. Filmy, thin head. Spotty lacings. Slow moving carbonation.

Big nose of orange and grapefruit with a bit of resinous pine thrown in. Just the slightest whiff of toffee.

Big and brash. Immediate bitter assaut overshadows the citrus and pine flavours. The bittering hops are the show here. There's citrus floating around in there, but your tongue is pretty occupied. Bitterness lasts long into the finish. A nice wet quenching finish leaves you wanting more.

Fine smooth mouthfeel.

A good beer. It's as advertized, a hop bomb, and you can't fault it for delivering.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 19:09:53 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of jamex


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

Poured into a pilsner glass. Bought a 6-pack for $9.99 in San Diego. Bottle states: "Enjoy by Jan 2, 2011."

Poured an amazing orange. Smells of pine, honey, hops, tangerine, melon and orange rind. Outstanding.

Taste is like the smell; hoppy, orange...for some reason I'm getting very slight strawberry. The bitterness fades very quickly and is amazingly drinkable. A mellow yet delicious hop presence. Very fresh taste - I wonder when this was bottled?

This is my second Victory beer and I'm quickly becoming a fan. Goes great while sitting in the sun.

note: I just had my teeth cleaned at the dentist. How this plays into this review, who knows..

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:50:18 | More by jamex
Photo of shand


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug, marked "Enjoy By Dec 15 2010".

Appearance: A nice golden orange-brown with a fingers worth of head. The head doesn't stick around for long.

Smell: Piney hops dominate the smell. A bit of the yeasty Victory signature is also present.

Taste: Hits the tongue almost tasteless, but then some hops and malts come through. The malts don't last long though, the aftertaste is almost completely pure, delicious, piney hops.

Mouthfeel - Feels almost a little too light for the pine flavor this has. I expected it to be a bit thicker due to the smell. It still feels great though. Perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability - Very drinkable for an IPA. I like to pair this with the Korean treat Shin Ramyun - I love drinking IPAs and eating Shin Ramyun. A guilty pleasure.

Thiis is a great IPA. There's nothing absolutely exceptional about it, but it's a very solid, widely available choice that I'll surely reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 01:15:36 | More by shand
Photo of hosehead83


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Burnt-orange in color, with a rather short, but frothy head of foam.
Aroma-Piney hops, citrus notes
Taste-Initial taste of spicy malt, caramel, then a blast of piney, resiny hop bitterness that follows you to the bottom of the glass. Nicely balanced between the spicy malt sweetness, and earthy, piney hop bitterness. Very nice IPA!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 22:07:06 | More by hosehead83
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle marked "Enjoy By Sept 19, 2010" enjoyed a few days late on 10/2/10. Into my Sam Adams glass (Thanks, guys!), this one is a slightly hazed orange color with plenty of precipitating carbonation. Thin pale foam cap fades fairly quickly leaving minor lacing. Nose is pretty nondescript even after warming for a bit. There's definitely something hoppy going on there but it's more bready than anything. It's smelling more like an APA than anything at this point. Without checking, I'm guessing this is an English IPA, but then when I taste it... yep, definite biting citrus and piney hops. Now I'm scratching my head. This beast is definitely an IPA but it's not fitting neatly with my experiences with IPA's. A bit more sniffing and tasting and I unravel this beer a bit more. More sweet malt on the palate but there's a definite underpinning of bitter hops. Just a touch of boozy alcohol is there as well. Finishes dry and bitter, one part grapefruit and one part burnt toast. Throughout the mouth remains quite crisp and fresh, very complementary. The little bubbles that are visible in the glass translate nicely to the palate, keeping things crisp and lively. Drinkability is quite good; if not for the 6.7% ABV, I'd be tempted to call this one "sessionable," though only for those who like their brew hops-forward.

Overall: A competent IPA, nicely crisp and enjoyable, rather in the middle of the road of the style. Definitely hoppy but plenty of malt balance there, too. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:21:06 | More by jettjon
Photo of JoEBoBpr


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

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice bright pour golden and orange amber. Very clear and bright. There is a nice thin white head that recedes fairly quickly.

S - Delicious pine hop resin. Wow the oil-like resin in this aroma is unlike any other I've had. Nice piney sap aroma. Quite grassy as well. In the back there is a nice and quite noticeable grain bill that balances the strong hop presence. Nice spice permeates all over as well.

T - Wow. Very interesting. I must have gotten a fresh, fresh batch because the hop character is insane in this beer. Starts off with some nice grassy and almost dry hopped spice and hop burn. Slight citrus but overall grassy and of course piney. Very much an East Coast type IPA. Upon further inspection the malt shows up intermittently with the hop character. There is a slight sweet nature to it and some earthy tones but the hops dominate intensely. There is also some nice spice character in this beer that works well and together with the hops.

M - It is crisp and slightly oily but finishes nice clean and dry and bitter. Very great example of an East Coast IPA.

D - Delicious! Bring Victory to Missouri!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 20:33:02 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of garuda


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

A - A mostly clear deep amber with a fluffy, one inch, white head that has good retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Prominent pine and floral hops balanced out by a toasted and sweet caramel malt background, and a touch of butter.

T - Big, bold spicy hops up front, then toasted malts mid palate and a strong, bitter floral hop finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy going down, and leaves some residual hop oils coating the mouth.

D - Great local choice that got me into the craft scene years ago. This bottle was consumed approximately two weeks after bottling, and in my experience I notice that it starts going in a different, malty direction after about a month and a half or so. Grab it fresh, and its outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 19:45:39 | More by garuda
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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