Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,946 | Reviews: 2,374 | Display Reviews Only:
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
Poured into my favorite tulip glass. Enjoy by July 14, 2011.
A: Deep copper/burnt orange with a hint of ruby, clear as day, with a tight 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Looks like a million bucks in my tulip!
S: Loads of grapefruit, flowers, a little spice, and sweet caramel malt goodness. The aroma is very nice but it's just a little weak. I have a feeling this would be dynamite fresh on tap.
T: This IPA is just bursting with flavor. Explosion of bright, juicy grapefruit & citrus hops, a little floral, grassy, and resinous as well, flowing beautifully into the rich malts - sweet, caramely, a little buscuity and just a touch of spiciness from the alcohol. Finishes long and smooth with just the perfect amount of bitterness to keep you coming back for more. Fantastic.
M: Thick and chewy, oily and a little puckering. Medium carbonation keeps it smooth and full on the tongue.
O: Probably one of, if not -the- best "single" IPA I've had yet. Incredibly flavorful and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Incredibly drinkable and exceptionally well-crafted.
04-11-2011 04:19:28 | More by machostacos
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Let's just cut to the chase. Sometimes you know from the first sip when you have heaven in a glass.
An ideal pour that has a nice head and laces all the way to the end. The appearance is nice and thick with a light coppery color.
I like 'em hoppy, but some IPAs go too far and pick up a aspiriny flavor. This comes right to the edge, letting the full flavor of the hops come through.
The mouthfeel is, without the hyperbole, the best I have ever experienced. Full and thick feel, with a somewhat oily finish that goes down the hatch perfectly.
This is a beer that could get me in a lot of trouble if I let it. Just one more reason why I think Victory has the best lineup from top to bottom.
04-10-2011 03:28:18 | More by beerinmorning
2.9/5 rDev -28.9%
Head was medium lasting and steady.
Color was light redish brown slightly cloudly.
Smell was a sour grainy grapefruit.
Inital taste had a a byte at first but soon faded away had a grainy tatse similar to the smell with a long lasting after taste.
The body was medium to lite with average carbination.
Bought a 6 pack at the cork and cap in fot wayne IN i thought it was kind of expensive. wouldnt try it again.
04-08-2011 23:48:32 | More by bowz32
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Another solid performer from Victory Brewing.
Pours a golden bright sunny color, bursting of citrus and hoppy aromas. A bit of flowery scents on the nose.
Taste is a strong IPA, very hoppy and plenty of alcohol in there. Citrus flavor becomes more evident as it goes down.
Pretty serious IPA. Very enjoyable.
04-08-2011 17:00:31 | More by devinoconnor
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Best before Jul 1, 2011
A: Gentle pour produces about a finger of off white head which doesn't stick around long or leave much lacing. Nice amber color. This beer is very clear.
S: Mostly piney hops and bready aromas. Some sweet malt is present as well.
T: Pretty balanced as the smell would suggest. Malty finish balances out the hop bitterness. Green apple after taste.
M: Tingly and light to medium body.
O: One of the better Pa IPAs. Bitterness hides the ABV quite nicely. This is a session beer for me.
04-05-2011 04:21:07 | More by IdrinkGas
4.65/5 rDev +14%
Poured into a Victory Tulip glass.
A: Gorgeous dark red/light brown/toasty orange (all three of those colors had sex and created Hop Devil's wonderful shades).
S: Piney and floral with maybe some citrus biting through in the aroma. I think the several PBR's before this are numbing my senses a little.
T: The perfect blend of malt backbone with hop bitterness. Mildly floral and citrusy. Certainly not too much that an average macro drinker couldn't be swayed into appreciating heaven here on earth.
M: It is a somewhat creamy with a rather mild carbonation. I think it suits this beer well.
O: This is my go-to beer. I drink more of this than anything else. In my opinion, its the best readily available beer at a decent price where I live (central PA) and I think everything about it rocks. Great taste, great aromas (when Pabst aren't killing your senses), and a great value. Hell, even the devil with a hop for a head looks righteously awesome.
04-04-2011 19:11:14 | More by jifigz
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle with a "fresh by" date of June 2011 into a pint glass at a temperature of roughly 45 degrees.
Appearance: Poured a light amber color with very little head and specks of lacing as the glass empties itself.
Smell: Immediately a trifecta of hops, malt, and roast make their way permeating and enticing my senses. The malt makes a large, sweet presence balancing the grassy, floral hop aroma with a hint of roast barley and alcohol to round out the nose.
Taste: Very sweet caramel lends itself, used to be enhanced by the delectable essence of hops. This devil is spicy. An alcohol presence presents itself only to be taken over by the malt and hops. To finish, there is a bitter bite of hops, a good cadence to bring about the end of a tremendous symphony of flavour in this beer.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, pliable, it works itself into every crevice of your mouth and a bit dry.
Drinkability: Sensational, this beer excels in it's ability to be consumed. A beer that could be had any time of the day, any day of the year, a great offering from Victory.
04-03-2011 01:18:07 | More by RppIII
3.43/5 rDev -15.9%
A: Poured an amber caramel color with virtually no head. No lacing to speak of.
S: Grassy hops mixed with very sweet malt notes. Apple juice and caramel come to mind. Not much else here.
T: Lots of malt and bitter grassy hops. The sweetness of the malt dominates this beer with flavors of caramel apple. The bitterness comes in a very grassy earthy form but comes across as watered down.
M: Very good mouthfeel, the brew is thick and full.
O: The strong malt profile of this beer mixed with the grassy hops makes for an interesting take on the IPA. For me it was too sweet and the mix of grassy bitterness was not too enjoyable. But for those that like malt or ambers, this might be your beer.
04-01-2011 20:21:55 | More by legalpete19340
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
The appearance is simply fantastic. The beer appears transparent and amber / orange in color, with nearly two inches of dense, creamy head that coats the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.
The aroma brings a balance of hops and malts, along with some toasted notes.
The flavor is tangy and bitter, with malt in the driver seat more so than hops. Very fresh, crisp and clean on the palate, as this growler was just filled. While I appreciate balance and realize that a beer doesn't have to be over the top to be a good brew, HopDevil just lacks the hop presence required by the style.
The feel is decent enough, but I find myself distracted by the hop to malt ratio.
Overall, a middle of the road offering. There are many better IPAs that are easily accessible.
04-01-2011 00:29:07 | More by Huhzubendah
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A slow pour yields a huge 2.5-finger pillowy off-white head. The body is a clear new panny copper with a light amount of rising bubbles. After a few minutes, the head recedes to a light covering but leaves decent lacing throughout consumption.
Spicy and floral hops scents explode from the head. A light maltiness is also noticable. Fresh and strong, the hop scents do a good job of preparing you for the flavors awaiting.
Strong spicy hops hit the tongue and refuse to let go until they are pushed away by a nice lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue. Like the nose, a light maltiness is also there, but not to balance the hops. Instead, the malt compliments the hops and let's them do what they do best.
Light bodied with nice carbonation. This beer coats every bit of your mouth, helping the hops to do their job.
This beer is rather straight-forward and doesn't leave much complexity to be disected. Instead, it excels in drinkability with a decent bitterness that isn't overly strong. Definitely a good bitter for accompanying a meal (for those that like an IPA for lunch/dinner).
03-29-2011 23:39:08 | More by output01x
3.1/5 rDev -24%
pours a pretty amber, with almost no head. the smell is my favorite thing about this beer. hoppy/herbal sweet-citrus, tea and grass. smells great, no joke. now, i'm not sure why i'm not as into this as much as other beer heads. maybe cause of how wet it tastes, it has a syrupy mouth feel after sips, i don't really dig that. i like the first hit of hops, but i like my ipas dry. this one ends so wet and malty. also the fatty mid-pallet, (i feel), gets drowned out with the sour syrupy finish.
03-29-2011 01:27:52 | More by aaron12
5/5 rDev +22.5%
Looks like a pretty malty IPA. I smell hop fruitiness that reminds me of the Cascade hop with a grapefruit like fruitiness. I also get an amazing tropical smell reminiscent of mango with some sweetness from the malt. The taste is just as awesome that starts with a spicy hop bite that quickly gets run over by the burnt caramel malt and then the dry bitterness comes through with that grapefruit like fruitiness from the hops.
I'm glad they decided to pick this beer to have the different malt backing to balance the hops out. This malts remind me of a lighter Yakima Glory so that the hops shine through more. It's actually an interesting take on an IPA because of that burnt, roasted caramel malt taste that goes along with the whole flowers they use. I love that they use whole flowers in their beer it gives all of them a distinct Victory taste... this one being one of their very best. Another A plus for Victory.
03-29-2011 01:15:05 | More by thebrood1987
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a slightly hazy, orange to amber color, developing a 1/4-inch, cream colored head that dissipates quickly to a sudsy ring, that leaves a fair bit of lace.
Aroma has a very nice hop character, some tropical fruits and citrus with a slight herbal aroma. Some malt character is evident in the way off toffee and bread-like graininess.
The flavor seems to be a bit less hop forward than the aroma. Either way flavors are definitely tasty, with some more herbal hop characater, as well as a hint of citrus. Some nice caramel flavors follow through, ending on pleasant, slightly bitter note.
Man, I need to find some of this fresh. Granted, it is only a couple months old, but I think the hop flavor would be far more satisfying with a fresh bottle. That said, I still really enjoyed Victory's HopDevil. Some nice, clean flavors and a decent finish makes for a damn fine IPA.
03-27-2011 19:06:33 | More by Soneast
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
A - Pours a beautiful honey golden amber color. Crystal clear with very few carbonation bubbles. Head is off white and very bubbly with a bit of lacing sticking around.
S - A malty and light roasted smell comes up front. Very sweet on the nose with maybe a sort of floral hops aroma in the background?
T - Sweet and bitter comes up on the nose, first thing. The taste is very cracker like with more on the side of roasted flavor. It's very balanced yet not quite as hoppy as I was imagining it to be.
M - Light bodied, good light carbonation.
D/O - It's a nice balanced session sort of beer. It's not too hoppy but not too malty. It's a great craft beer choice to session on.
03-26-2011 21:00:57 | More by Transatlantic
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Dark burnt orange, medium carbonation bubbles. A thick finger and a half head that is a little off white in color and is frothy looking. Lace is not sticking very well.
Smell is mainly of yeast or bread. Maybe a hint of citrus. A bit sweet.
Taste is like the smell but not so yeasty. The malt sweet comes first and then the very mild citrus hop flavors of maybe a tangelo or some other sweet citrus fruit. Then the yeast.
Mouth is good. The carbonation never leaves this and the malt bill keeps this silky rich to the end.
This bottle is dated "Enjoy by 05/23/11" So it's probably fairly fresh. I don't know when it was bottled but I wouldn't push this one to the end. It is not the huge hop punch that I like, but I do think this one is worthy of a try, and would be happy for another. Thanks to turfy for this one. Recommended!!
03-25-2011 06:27:29 | More by azdback
4.78/5 rDev +17.2%
A-Unlike other reports, I did not get much head from my pour. The beer has a beautiful hazy copper color.
Smell-Has a delicious sweet hoppy smell.
Taste-One word delicious. This beer tastes smooth and creamy with a hint of malt. Then the hops take over and give you and leave you with that awesome hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel-Smooth, slightly creamy, hoppy, slight carbonation.
Drinkability-Because this beer does not have that heaviness of other IPA's, I could drink this all day.
March2011 I need to update this score. After going through many more beers, this has ended up one of my top beers. It is a well balanced beer. Creamy, malty, sweet and hoppy. A++
03-23-2011 23:32:52 | More by mweso2000
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Best before date March 30/2011 (coming up fast!)
A - clear copper ale with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing behind
S - lots of grassy hops on the nose
T - lots of grassy hops but not overly bitter, a slight hint of citrus and all resolving with a balanced end thanks for some malt finesse with just a hint of enduring bitterness
M - very slight oiliness but overall very light with a bit of carbonation around the edges
D - very drinkable for any hophead; not overpowering, but pleasingly bitter
Overall a very solid IPA - should be a relative staple.
03-22-2011 04:49:30 | More by DoktorZee
4.95/5 rDev +21.3%
Appearance-A beautiful medium copper color, very appealing!
Taste-This is where this beer really shines. It's an IPA, so you obviously expect lots of hops. And you do get lots of hops, but it's VERY well balanced with maltiness and LOTS of flavor! The hops aren't overwhelming which I really like. The flavor is complex, but stay extremely drinkable. I had about 3 in a row, with little fatigue compared to other hoppier beers.
Mouthfeel-I've had this beer a few times. It comes off as less carbonated feeling than most beers.
Head-Good head, but like I said, it doesn't feel very carbonated, even with fairly aggressive pouring (I've had bottle too).
Overall-One of my absolute favorite beers right now. I brought some to a party for me and a friend to enjoy, and it was highly entertaining. Lots of character to this beer.
03-20-2011 18:50:14 | More by jcw122
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
12oz bottle poured into a Victory tulip. Haven't had this in years, but I loved it even before I got into "craft beer". Best by date of 6/21/11.
A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a creamy, off-white head that eventually settles down to a thick ring and slight haze.
S - Pine resin and spicy grapefruit hops dominate the aroma with some sweet caramel malt for a backbone. Very crisp and clean.
T - More spicy and earthy hop aromas of grapefruit and pine resin stand out, along with a rather generous helping of caramel malt. Definitely on the maltier side of the IPA spectrum, but that's always really made this brew stand out.
M - Very slick, with a medium body and medium-light carbonation. The mouthfeel works perfectly with this beer, which is odd since I usually appreciate a "crisper" feel in my IPAs.
O - Such a wonderful and unique example of an American IPA, I'm glad this is as good as I remember!
03-20-2011 01:36:06 | More by jsanford
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Victory brewing has not been readily available in areas that I have lived, so my experience has been limited. Lately I have been trying some more from them and they have been very good. I picked this one up at the local store and poured it into a DFH snifter. At a glance, it is a dark orange color with a small white head crowning its impressive contrast. The head dies rather quickly but a small amount lingers, and not much lacing is present. Upon smelling the beer, a rich scent of pine hops and a faint bit of citrus hops are present. Underneath these impressive notes is a slight rich amber malt smell, that balances rather well with the others.
Like most great beers, the smell mimics the taste well. The nose tastes mostly of the amber and pale malts, with a slight bit of citrus and mostly pine hops. These hops begin to take over in the finish and do not go away. This quality of lingering hop taste has come to be a determining factor in an IPA for me. I find myself missing it when other IPAs are lacking. The reminiscent hop taste after the beer is swallowed leads into the next sip, and thus accentuating the excellent bitterness.
Overall, it feels pleasant on the palate, and the carbonation is just enough to compliment the flavors and bring them out. Victory keeps impressing me, and those who enjoy that level of bitterness between IPAs and DIPAs will enjoy this a lot. It would also be a great transition to those who are timid to enter a world of bitter hops in well crafted American IPAs. Cheers!
03-19-2011 22:26:42 | More by Boitnott
4.08/5 rDev 0%
A: copper/amber body, 1 finger head, slight patchy lacing
S: surprising sweet malt in harmony with big grassy/pine clean fresh aroma, mild lemon zest.
T: sweet malt, earthy pine middle into a big long bitter finish
M: medium body, slight sticky/oily on palate, good tongue prick
D/O: Once again, Victory delivers the goods.
Damn fine American IPA! Hop heads will love this; more on the malt, earthy/pine side of IPA's very little citrus from it.
I love kind's of beers, enough flavor to be a sipper, but not over the top ABV so you could have more than a few.
BOW DOWN TO THE HOP DEVIL!!
03-19-2011 17:44:54 | More by BeerLover99
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance: Reddish orange
Head: Nice white head and lace that sticks to the sides of my glass
Smell: Malty sweet citric hops
Taste: Very sweet dark citric floral notes going on grains mix in nicely
Weight: Light to medium body
Finish: Hop blanket the cheeks, malty sweetness is still present
03-19-2011 04:44:24 | More by Snow81
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
This has been a go to IPA of mine for years, finally getting around to reviewing it!
A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby amber with a one finger light tan head. Lacing is not very sticky but there is good retention on the head.
S - Hops with some kind of funky bitter aroma that is hard to identify as noted in other reviews. Noticeable caramel as well.
T - Sweet caramel up front followed by a good amount of bitter, earthy hops. Not very much fruit/citrus going on in this IPA, it is more of a bitter and floral IPA. Very well balanced nonetheless with a crisp, dry finish. Not as hoppy as I usually like in my IPAs, it is a bit darker and sweeter but I do really like it.
M - Just a tad undercarbonated but very smooth and crisp. Not too oily or sticky on the lips.
D - The alcohol is well hidden and it tastes like more of an English style pale ale than an American IPA. I could drink several.
Overall, probably not what you would expect if you have tried Victory's Hop Wallop. Still very enjoyable and worth getting in a sixer. Still, I found the hop profile to be rather underwhelming given that the beer is named HOP Devil. A bit misleading for what you actually get.
03-18-2011 01:43:28 | More by BeerPhan86
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Dark orange amber in color. The carbonation is spot on with another half inch of head. Poured just right!
S - Aggressive hops with bitter pine and grapefruit. I get a mild malt but indeed it smells hop forward.
T - It quite good in fact. I do wish the malt profile was a bit stronger to balance the intense hop blast on my tongue but with a name like Hop devil it's indeed hoppy. Malt is there to balance and make it drinkable but it really wasn't too balanced still enjoyable.
M - Light to medium the bitterness was spot on.
Overall I liked this beer. I found it even more hop forward than my current favorite DIPA Mojo Risin. Well done victory!
03-18-2011 00:18:54 | More by DrDemento456
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Glassware: Pint glass
Appearance: Orange amber color with a head that stuck around for little bit of time
Smell: The smell is chock full of hops but also with some other smell I can't quite put my finger on.
Taste: Definitely a good amount of hops along with some sweetness after swallowing, I can taste a little bit of raisin and some other sweetness.
Overall: A balanced beer with some good hoppy bitterness involved. The bitter overpowers the beer a little but still overall well balanced. Not too heavy. Nice IPA to sit back and watch tourny basketball
03-17-2011 21:16:41 | More by danielsonc
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,946 ratings.