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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,685 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,685
Reviews: 2,366
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 134
Gots: 355 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a a somewhat hazy amber/orange color with a small head. There is some nice lacing that clings to the side of my glass.

S: A really great nose on this beer. A pretty strong grapefruit up front from the hops and sweet malty aroma on the back.

T: This beer tastes great, it has a nice hop taste on the front along with the grapefruit/citrus from the nose. There is some toasted malt in the middle and it finishes with a nice IPA bitterness that remains on your tongue until the next sip.

M/D: It is very smooth and is easy drinking. A very nice IPA that I will certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 00:34:20 | More by mdaschaf
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dwilson01

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. A nice creamy off white head leaves nice lacing from an initial 1.5 finger height. Nice carbonation rising through the orange amber colored body.

Smell is mainly citrus, some hints of spices as well but it doesn't really lend much on the aroma hopping side. Pretty sweet, potentially great malt backbone in this brew, the sweetness almost reminds me of a scone, bready and not too overpowering.

Flavor is great, super hop forward there is so much mixing around in my mouth it's definitely a party. Definitely picked up the orange citrus, I get some woody hop flavors as well which give it some nice bitterness, mainly pine (douglas fir for sure). I got a brief blast of sweeter pineapple, the tropical fruits are there as well as citrus for sure. Balanced spicing is present as well, definitely nutmeg, mace, a tiny amount of fresh herbs of the pungent variety mixed with some refreshing mint. The aftertaste is straight bitterness that grows the longer you wait between sips, sticks with you and I love it.

Although the flavoring defines this brew it wouldn't work without all the malt backbone they threw in here to back up their massive hoptastic concoction. This imparts a nice thick bready mouthfeel to the beer, like a multigrain toasted dinner roll. Gives you something to bite into while you mull over all the different flavors that slap you around.

Definitely drinkable, one of the first things I noticed was the refreshing feeling I got after cracking a cold one. To be fair I had a long day but seriously, it's refreshing and begs you to take on the devil

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 03:33:08 | More by dwilson01
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DAllspaw

Indiana

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

pours a deep amber with solid off-white head that you can float a quarter on. Great color to this beer. Good lacing after head diminishes.

Aroma is more piny, grassy than citrus. Solid, not overwhelming.

Taste is mostly malt at first, but hops quickly kick in with very nice bitter/tannin finish you'd expect from good IPA. Really good beer, will certainly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 02:45:56 | More by DAllspaw
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alli4051

Colorado

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Had a real hard time coming up with a review for this one. I really liked this beer, but I'm not sure I liked it as an IPA. Pours a deep copper color with a white head that leaves little lacing. Scent was appealing, but primarily malt, not picking up any hops really here. Taste was kind of sneaky hoppy. Lots of malty sweetness up front with some residual bitterness. There was enough hop bitterness but not a whole lot of hop flavor, which I found disappointing. Since I am drinking this in Colorado I'm sure its not as fresh as it could be; however, it was consumed by the July drink by date on the bottle. Maybe I'm biased by all the west coast hop bombs here, I don't know. Was definitely a very drinkable brew, will most likely be drinking this one again even if it isn't my ideal IPA.

Edit: Got the chance to try this again on tap while in the Philadelphia airport. I have to say having it fresher was definitely better. Most of my review stands but this second tasting had a little more of that hop flavor I was looking for and deserved a bit of a bump up in the taste department.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 05:23:07 | More by alli4051
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greenbean3

Tennessee

1.7/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Used to love this beer while living in PA. Don't understand what happened to this beer. Apperance: great. An aluring dark amber color. Smell is also good. Taste: nasty metallic after taste. What happened to this beer? Definitely down hill from previous offerings. What went wrong?

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:29:40 | More by greenbean3
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bundy462

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with an off white head that clings to the glass.

S: Very hoppy and spicy, slight grain. Pine for sure.

T: BOLD! Huge hop kick, pretty extreme with a spicy sting. Malt presence that gets beat down by the hops.

M: Creamy and full bodied, nicely crafted. Goes down smooth.

O: Nice drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 03:19:22 | More by bundy462
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dasenebler

Maine

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

Surprised I haven't reviewed the HopDevil. I've had it several times, both out of the bottle and on-tap.

Pours a clear, medium amber hue with a nice creamy head. Good lacing and decent retention. Aroma is of sharp, piney hops and full of earthiness.

Flavor is definitely on the maltier side of the IPA spectrum. Full bodied with a toasty-caramel malt character. Typical PA/east coast, really. Don't get me wrong: the hops are there, and this is definitely more of an IPA than an amber. The hop flavor is big and bitter, with tons of pine and just a hint of citrus. But then again, HopDevil is not dry or "west-coast." This beer succeeds in combining a smooth, lager-like malt base with bold American hops to create a very drinkable and satisfying hoppy beer.

A sturdy, malty IPA. Good, but probably better on-tap for hop freshness.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 21:29:50 | More by dasenebler
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mjaskula

New York

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. the beer is a clear amber with a thin off white head that thins to a film and leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma out of the bottle is thick and floral and a bit citrusy. But that quickly fades. The remaining aroma is thinly hoppy and slightly vegetative. The flavor is fairly one dimensional, only piney hop bitterness stands out. The small malt backbone is bready and muted.

Carbonation is fine but the bitterness lingers in the mouth unpleasantly long. This isn't my kind of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 01:48:09 | More by mjaskula
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mullenite

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red color with a two and a half finger white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Would probably have gotten a 5 for appearance if the head had lasted just a little longer. Still a very nice looking and very clear beer.

Smell has a slight American hop aroma with some citrus. There is also a distinct malt aroma that provides some sweetness as well as some honey in there.

A little heavy on the malt and a little sweeter than I usually like. There are no definable hop characteristics outside of the lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue. The malt flavor is nutty and a little grainy. Not bad, but not what I would normally want from an IPA either.

Medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation. A little residual sweetness hurts this but it's really a nice feeling beer.

Now that I know what I am getting in to I would probably get this again but not when I want a hop bomb. It's strange because I really enjoyed Hop Wallop and would drink that regularly but this one is just meh.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 18:03:39 | More by mullenite
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blackc5

Washington

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at 49F into a tulip. Oh, and hey, review #100.

A - An aggressive pour netted a substantial, 2+ finger head that stood tall for quite some time. Nice billowy look, and good lacing to boot.

S - Fairly sweet and quite malty, with a large dose of caramel. The hops are there too, but actually, surprisingly given the name, hide a bit in the background.

T - I have to admit, again given the name, I was expecting an all out hop bomb. Instead, I got a very well balanced east coast IPA that is quite malty. Lots of caramel and a bit of biscuit.

I do appreciate a good east coaster as much as the hoppier west coasters, and maybe this does qualify as a 'HopDevil' out east, but surely not here. That said, it is still quite tasty and this has a fair amount of complexity. The hops themselves are mainly herbal and piney - not so much on the citrus.

M - Quite rich and full. A substantial texture on the tongue, and well (moderately) carbonated. Well done for a balanced IPA.

D - Quite drinkable. Pleasant aftertastes, and it goes down easy enough. I bought this as a single, but could see buying a sixer. Wish it was a bit hoppier yet, but I still enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 03:26:23 | More by blackc5
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goldbot

District of Columbia

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

12 oz bottle, enjoy by: Sept. 6, 2010. Reviewed on May 6, 2010, from notes.

Coppery amber in color. Very clear with medium off-white head. Good lacing on the glass.

Citrus and pine hop aromas with some sharp herbal/planty notes. A touch of caramel malt in the background.

Pine-y hop taste with less citrus. A touch spicy. Nice and bitter up front becoming sweeter and maltier at the back end.

Feel is smooth and quite creamy. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:01:11 | More by goldbot
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rdub

Pennsylvania

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

From a fresh Victory sampler case. Had this awhile back before I knew what I was doing. This time I knew the caramel color and one finger white head with a bit of lacing was a thing of beauty. Piney grapefruity hops up front with a tiny bit of alcohol and malt in the back of the scent. Taste was delicious with a surprisingly nice malt presence despite the heavy hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability were right there for the style. This is a good gateway into the wide world of hops. Not a west coast hop bomb but still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 01:12:35 | More by rdub
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pastradul

California

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

Shout out to Plenum for throwing this in the trade box!

Pours a carmel with a small amount of head on it. The aroma is a good amount of medium roast sweet malt. Not to sweet though, not butterscotchy at all. The mouth feel is good. Just enough carb to cut the sweetness down a bit. The hop profile is medium, it isn't in your face but it isn't mild by any means. Backed up by a solid malt backbone. With a nice bitter after taste that lets you know this is an IPA.

I would call this a session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 02:12:16 | More by pastradul
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish-gold color with a somewhat soapy white head. This one is surprisingly malty on the nose, with hints of caramel and toffee, along with somewhat muted hops. This is a very balanced beer, almost more malt than hops. Having had this one a number of times I still don't get all the hype. Not bad, but nowhere near the level of the west coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 03:09:35 | More by emmasdad
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copyguyadam

Minnesota

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

Bottle into pint glass. Great looking beer!

A - Almost a 1" head on this caramelish dark looking IPA
S - This asks you to take a drink... really nice hoppy smell to this one.
T & M - Hops coat the mouth and last for a perfect amount of pleasure before taking the next sip.
D - Will pick it up again if I see it.

Nice to know Satan is growing good hops and has a knack for brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:05:57 | More by copyguyadam
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ebby82

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Aroma- Spicy Hops, more subtle than overwhelming. Hard to detect any other obvious aromas.

Appearance- Light amber in color. Minimal head.

Taste- Prominent hop flavor. Definitely well balancedl with whatever malt is used.

Drinkability- Very quaffable. It manages to be almost light and refreshing despite it's 6.7 ABV. This beer could easily be a session beer, and even those who don't traditionally love hops might enjoy it. However, I might only feel this way after drinking so many phenomenally hopped beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 15:04:06 | More by ebby82
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rootbeerman

Virginia

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

had at Capital Ale House Midlothian

A: arrived in a pint glass with a finger and a half of off white head. dark amber/copper body. small amounts of lacing with a quarter finger of head that lingered til the end.

S: mostly malty, not much hops, have no idea how long the cask has been tapped. very light pine aroma.

T: lightly sweet, more malty than hoppy, pine and floral hops.

M: amazingly smooth, seems to linger long on palate. no carbonation. its cask ale.

D: very easy to drink, leaves me wondering why i waited so long to try a cask ale.

Serving type: cask

05-19-2010 00:40:11 | More by rootbeerman
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

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

On-tap at the Lucky Dog.
Standard shaker glass with a small head cap. Copper in color with amber hues. Head was small but retained very well and left a trail of lace rings in it's wake. Fresh nose of pine and citrus. Malt hits up front followed by citrus and piney hops. Finishes bitter and dry and leaves you wanting more. Solid drinkability if your a hop fan. A well made IPA from Victory.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 00:44:44 | More by JunkYardJake
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Victory HopDevil poured an amber color, with no head. It smelt of one thing, hops. It tasted just of liquid hops. It was not the easiest to drink, but overall a fantasitc beer, very hoppy, and worth a try, but this wouldnt be a beer for everyone, but a real beer fan would enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 07:26:14 | More by vette2006c5r
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear ruby color with one finger of creamy, sticky eggshell white head.

Scent of sweet caramel malts, light sugars, and sweet, leafy hops. A nice, sweet juicy smelling IPA, but the malts to overpower the hops slightly.

Taste of bitter, sweet, earthy, lightly grassy hops, and clean sweet, grainy malts. A balanced IPA, but with a nice depth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pinching and somewhat drying alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:07:13 | More by paco1029384756
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samie85

Illinois

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

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 5/06/10.

A-Pours a clear reddish amber with a two finger, eggshell head.

S-Caramel and bready malt notes with herbal and floral hops.

T-Piney, herbal bitter hop notes upfront with some bready malt and spicy, bitter finish.

M-It's on the light end of medium bodied with high carbonation.

D-Wasn't really a huge fan of this one. The hops just weren't to my taste, and I like my IPA's a little less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 05:40:40 | More by samie85
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ABOWMan

Ohio

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

This ale poured a nice golden copper color with near perfect clarity. There was an ample two fingers of fine whitish colored foam for a head which also left nice lacing on the walls of my pint glass.

The aroma was of sweet fr;uit, bubble gum and pine.

The flavor was a beautiful balance of bitter hops and sweet malt with background notes of grapefruit and orange blossom.

The mouthfeel was rich and full on my palate but not overbearing.

Drinkability is very good considering the abv and boldness of flavor. All-in-all, a very desirable American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 17:26:27 | More by ABOWMan
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Pours an amber copper color with what is initially a 3 cm. frothy off-white head. After a few moments, it drops to a thin film. A modest amount of sticky lace forms on the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong grapefruit hops provide the primary aroma. Bready malt and spicy notes in the background.

Taste: Very hoppy from the start. A tasty blend of citrus hops with a softer caramel sweetness behind it. Grapefruit, orange peel, with some unplaced spiciness as well. Hoppy, but relatively well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy feel for an IPA, with a great smoothness. Bubbly carbonation raises the hop oil off the tongue a bit, suspending the flavors in my mouth.

Drinkability: Tough to complain with a few of these in front of me. Smooth, classic taste. There is always room in my fridge for a balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 02:33:59 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Echosolace

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Carmel-colored in appearance. Effervescent but not overly so. I'd think a shitty beer would bubble up too fast and lose its carbonation. Head is sustained for a decent amount of time. Lacing strong even in just the head.

S: Light and hoppy, but I think maybe my glass smells a bit wierd. Its been in my fridge for a while.

T: It would be a nice beer to pair with some kind of food. Some pasta or salad I think. It doesn't have the bite I like in a strong IPA, but solid nonetheless.

M: Balanced. Doesn't really blow up in your mouth like champagne, but keeps its bubbly for a while and is fun to strain over the tongue. I like this about it quite a bit. I think it's the strongest point about this beer.

D: Yeah, it's really good. It's a fine beer and I wouldn't mind making it a staple of my fridge if I wasn't so into variety. I'd think of it as a good average or median of what an IPA should be for the beer uninitiated. I actually had a person drink this along with Victory's Golden Monkey to see where they stood on the malt/hops scale. Turns out he didn't like either, but I think this was actually a good way to find out. Yumm yumm

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 22:05:55 | More by Echosolace
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jpittman80

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear copper with small off-white head, which fades to the edge of the glass but does leave some lacing.

S - Faint citrus hop aroma.

T - Outstanding. One of the best balanced American IPAs I've had. They don't try too hard on the hop bitterness, but it is subtle and lasting, mingling well with the malt back that is present but I wouldn't call sweet. With a subtle hop bitterness and aroma, it seems like they really punched it up on the flavor hops.

M - Nice medium body and soft carbonation.

D - Very refreshing. I had to pace myself because it was going down so easily.

Thank God there's an American IPA out there that doesn't feel the need to kill you with bittering hops. Not that it's bad, it's just a nice change of pace. Very, very flavorful. I guess my only complaint is the very faint hop aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 21:34:47 | More by jpittman80
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91 out of 100 based on 5,685 ratings.