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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,075 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,075
Reviews: 2,378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 160
Gots: 527 | 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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Photo of doctor333
4/5  rDev -2%

A - dark golden color with 1 finger head that fades over time, alot of lacing.

S - smell is of sweet malts and some citrus hops.

T - citrus grapefruit hops. Slight bitter finish that goes away after a short while.

M - Full body beer with medium carbonation, feels good in the mouth.

O - Very good beer, with a good balance of flavors. Very lucky to live near the brewery. Picked up a 1/6 keg for the first time. Enjoyable.

doctor333, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of aorloski
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

A- a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL golden brown/yellow, true to the style

S- Wow, big juicy grapefruits, pine needles, apricots.

T- Follows the nose, a little bread but definitely hop forward, Big fruit characteristics, juicy grapefruits and lucious peach. An incredibly delicious beer.

M- Bubbly, light, carbonated, perfectly balanced.

O- Living near victory, i am lucky enough to fill growlers of this stuff constantly. I am spoiled. This is such a great beer fresh, i must pat victory on the shoulder and maybe even give them a hug, i love this beer so much.

aorloski, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Amber color with a white head that fades into a film and then into a ring around the glass.

Citrus piney hop aroma all the way! Some subtle bready yeast.

Citrus and pine immediately! Some floral mixing with a bready- buscuity taste, also a sweet caramel that balances it out at the very end with a lingering slight bitterness.

Carbonation is about medium. Refreshing -- spite the bitterness, I could drink this all night.

This a very tasty, well balanced IPA. A hint of alcohol is noticeable. I am definitely going to try this in a six pack -- very easy and enjoyable to drink.

9InchNails, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Jerone
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Slightly hazy and dark golden color with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top and a tan creamy 1 finger head that fades over time, tad bit of lacing.

S - smell is of sweet malts and some citrus hops.

T - Taste is of sweet and bready malts and citrus grapefruit hops. Slight bitter finish that goes away after a short while.

M - Medium body beer with medium carbonation, feels good in the mouth.

O - Very good beer, with a good balance of flavors.

Jerone, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance is copper under a big billowy off-white head. The head stays in place for a long time, and leaves lots of lacing. A very handsome beer. The scents of caramel and citrus make for a very enjoyable smell. Malts are surprisingly dominant in the taste, for an IPA. Caramel sweetness is most prominent, with a grapefruit bitterness in the finish that's enough to keep hop heads happy. Nice complexity and good mouthfeel. Not what I was expecting from this IPA, but definitely a pleasant surprise.

DeltaGolfSierra, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of iSip
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

Victory Brewing Hop Devil IPA: It’s time to discuss variety, supposedly the spice of life. Do you try a new beer or go with a tried and true beer, which you know is good. Is the reward of discovering a new great beer worth the risk of having a six pack in the fridge that turned out to be a dud? I have decent list of known great IPA’s. Why try yet another, like the Hop Devil? Well I did. The Hop Devil, once in the glass, has a brown color, very dark for an IPA, and an off-white head. The aroma is more of roasted malt than aromatic hop. The flavor has a back bone of roasted malt, but prominent throughout is a lot of hop bitters. It’s a good IPA, but not as balanced as others and missing the really aromatic flavorful hops that I prefer to have come out in an IPA. So in this case, I should have stayed with one of my tried and true standards in the IPA world. Such are the risks of beer exploration.

iSip, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a burnished copper colour with gorgeous gushing head that retains a couple of fingers of beige foam, and sticky lace. No real bead but all the action's up top. Looks great.

Smell is fresh and delightful. Lots of sweet caramel malt underlying, hint of bread grain, but largely just light floral hops, hint of lemon zest, rosewater and fresh pineapple and a touch of resinous bitterness as well. Bit subdued, but otherwise ideal.

Taste hits you with those hops right away. Resinous notes and a touch of fresh pine that develops malty notes as an afterthought for the mid. Touch of barley, English toffee and lemon curd, before hops take over for the finish. Slight tartaric sherbety twang gives a nice lightness, but the bitterness is separate, resinous and quite drying at the back. Still a nice blend between those different hop characters and the pleasant malt base. I likes.

Fairly full body but a slight harsh back as it goes down. It could be carbonation but I think it's more likely hop oils sharpening the finish. Not bad.

I won't lie and say I haven't had better IPAs, but I certainly haven't had a better IPA from Victory. Or even from Pennsylvania.*

* I haven't had any others.

laituegonflable, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of BeerNutz324
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

AP- Classic deep amber in color. A clear beer with a 1/2 inch head with good retention

Ar- Roasted malts followed by citrusy hops with a little bit of pine.

T- Roasted malt backbone followed by hops (not intense). Really nice balance between the malt and the hops.

M- light body, good carbonation leaves a good oily hop aftertaste.

O- A very enjoyable IPA with great balance. I would definitely buy this stuff again. I expected a lot more "hop" flavor with a name like "Hopdevil" but I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors.

BeerNutz324, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of hmf05
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a beautifully clear amber with a two finger head that sticks around. There are tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top. A beautiful spectacle indeed! The aroma is caramel, molasses, citrus, and some pine. Nothing overwhelming, but nice nonetheless. The taste is pine and citrus. I can't really pinpoint what kind of citrus I am tasting, but I am not getting grapefruit. This is a pretty bitter beer, but the malt sweetness really balances it out. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation is medium. Overall, one of the best IPA's out there. My only complaints is the mouthfeel. I prefer a thicker mouthfeel. The taste is spot on for the style and there are very few IPA's in my area (South Florida) that top this one. Extremely drinkable and highly recommend.

hmf05, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of ADZA
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a slightly hazy copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that stays and leaves nice clingy lacing,the smell is floral and piney hops mixed with boiled candy and caramel,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of grapefruit,caramel/toffee,boiled candy,a touch of pineapple and finished with a resiny piney hop finish and overall i like the drinkiability of this drop as it still packs a punch but could drink all night cheers.

ADZA, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into American pint glass. Pours a dark copper with hints of red. Relatively thin white head, though it does last.

The smell is surprisingly sweet for an IPA, or I've just been downing to many imperial and double IPAs lately. Floral with sweet caramel malt. Very nice balance, though I prefer a slightly stronger hop aroma from my IPAs.

Great balance between the hops and malts, though the hops really shine through. Starts off with the sweetness of the malt, caramel notes and finishes strongly with floral and pine notes from the hops.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Nice beer.

3rdRowTailgater, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Vengeance526
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a dark copper color with a small off-white head that quickly subsides to a small ring and leaves light lacing.

Nice aroma of citrus and piney hops upfront with clear hints of caramel malt in the back.

Taste starts off with notes of fresh pine and grapefruit then gives way to the caramel malt creating a surprisingly balanced IPA.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts off very hoppy but is quickly balanced out nicely with the malts. Very drinkable.

Vengeance526, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance - orange copper color. Not as clear as many Ales but this one is slightly murky. Very nice 2 finger head with good lacing and retention.

Smell - A very pleasant aroma with the balance of pine and citrus.

Taste - Wow. This is very nice on my palet. This isn't nearly as bitter or dry as I was expecting. There is some hop bite, but the flavors are so well crafted around the hops that its superb to me.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and just right.

Overall - This is yet another home run for Victory brewing. A great well balanced beer, with just the right ABV level at 6.7% to make it punchy yet not too strong at all. Its wonderful. Enjoy!

bubseymour, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev -2%

Nice clear amber color with a nice light tan frothy 1 finger head. Pretty good retention and ok lacing.

Floral hops on the nose are most prevalent, kind of like potpourri and an almost soapiness there. Faint caramel malt trying to show up.

Flavor is good with pretty good balance. Floral and mild pine hops notes with solid hop bitterness are the defining characteristics with an underlining mild caramel malt body.

Medium bodied mouthfeel due to the bitterness. Fairy fresh and crisp with med-high carbonation.

Overall it's a good, pretty highly drinkable IPA. Nothing mind blowing by any means. I think it's a little heavy on the buttering hops and could use a little more flavorful finishing hops. But it's a solid IPA.

MrVonzipper, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

This one will always have a special place in my fridge. Picked up a 6-pack of this from La Bodega. Appears that Victory has made it to Alaska. 12 oz bottle with a best b date of Oct 18, 2011. Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like a pine forest with some aromas of sweet/caramel malts.

Taste is just a perfect balance of hops and malt. Upfront I get that delightful piny resin bitterness that moderates with the follow through of sweeter malt flavors. Some hints of caramel. Lingering lip-smacking bitterness from the pine-delivering hops. I can pick up some citrus on the back of the tongue. One thing that really sets the taste apart here is a delightful spiciness. Very bitter with a spicy kick. Strong malt bread-like backbone for superb balance.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisp--well carbonated with the hops keeping things lively. Also some slickness from the hop oils. Never a dull moment in the mouth with this beer.

Overall, a sentimental favorite, so I'm somewhat biased on this one. But I think it deserves it. Really. A great beer to display the fine qualities of American IPAs.

JohnnyP3, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of irishman14
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

A: hazy with two fingers head good lacing

S: piny, citrusy, refreshing

T: Little bite in the front that mellows with hoppy-ness throughout, well balanced, keeps you interested

M: coats without being too sticky, wakes you up

O: a delicious brew, not too hoppy despite the name, but hits on all the right notes

irishman14, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of soulfly1492
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Aroma: Crisp floral hops, some citrus, grassy. Some light and caramel malts.

Appearance: Amber-brown color. Not cloudy, but difficult to see much light through the glass due to the dark color. Thick off-white head, ends up a thin creamy layer. Impressive lacing.

Flavor: Much more malty than expected from the smell. the hops are a bit more piney/grapefruit than the smell indicated. I was expecting floral / light citrus. Finish is very clean.

Mouthfeel: Near-perfect. Medium body. Alcohol and hops tingle on the tongue just a bit. Medium oily, moderately carbonated.

Overall: Very drinkable. Very drinkable. Nice sweet malts followed by clean piney/grapefuit hops.

soulfly1492, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -13%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty orange/amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a touch of citrus. Taste is also quite the hop bomb. A touch of citrus, no malts to speak of, very bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of good thickness, decent cream, and pretty good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-gold. Generally appealing.

Sm: Very hoppy (shocker). I suspect they dumped a bit too much cascade into this one. Some bittering hops are present, but it smells tame enough. The aroma is mild in strength.

T: A very pleasant full barley foundation is well hopped, but fortunately the bittering hops are not overdone. To its credit, it's quite well built, but the problems emerge when considering the balance. It feels like they created a bland barley foundation and just dumped hops into it. It works to a point, but has drawbacks. The primary issue is that the open and close have minimal flavour while the body carries everything. Strucuturally, it's problematic, but it does work. I do like it (which is relatively rare for me when I drink IPAs), but there's work to be done.

Mf: Smooth and wet - perchance a bit too wet for the style and flavours it's meant to complement.

Dr: Very drinkable. It avoids the two common pitfalls of IPAs: it's neither too coarse nor too bitter. I'd recommend it to fans of the style as a rare example of a well done IPA. That said, there's work to be done. I look forward to trying more beers from the same brewery.

kojevergas, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance: Copper color with 1 finger of head that fades slowly to a thin cap with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Toasted, slight bready malt with earthy, mildly spicy hops in the background.

Taste: Strong bitterness throughout that is real dirty and resinous, with some nice, nutty malt in the middle and a surprisingly fast finish with some residual bitterness.

The Rest: Medium bodied, great flavor and its on tap all over Rochester. This is a great stand-by beer if your out and nothing else strikes your fancy. A solid, tasty beer.

curasowa, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

First had: bottle at a friend's house

A staple of the Philly area, VHD is a common find and on average a very good beer overall. A reddish amber color with a nice white head, varying in size, but generally well-retaining and well-lacing. Fruity, happy hop nose with a well-defined bready malt base. Crisp bready malts in the taste, sweet, with an influx of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest. Medium-bodied, well-balanced, a little bitter in the finish, but overall a fine quaff.

Rifugium, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of miadw3
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber-red with minimal head. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet malt with a slight note of bitter hops.

T - Taste of sweet malt and caramel, but not much hop notes. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Perhaps the bottle was not fresh, but this was a malt bomb for me. Very little hop presence and tons of sweet malt. Enjoyed Hop Wallop MUCH more.

miadw3, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice amber color body with a 1" creamy head on top. The smell is kinda weak, but the hop smell and malt comes through. The taste is outstanding, great hop flavor up front and linger through, and very nice spice taste also. Very crisp and smooth off the tongue. Overall this is a great beer.

chefhatt, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Clear amber colored ale with about an average off white head, fading to a thick foam collar.
Good but lite carbonation.

Aroma here is the weaker point, I think with aromatics coming through softly.
You do smell floral hops, you do smell sweet malts and you get sutle spiciness.

Taste is balance nicely with fresh floral hops with some earthy undertones. Malts are sweet and have a slight biscuit taste to provide just enough backbone for the hops.

Your mouthfeel is basic medium body with a touch of bitterness and a clean finish.

A good non threatening IPA here with just enough alcohol thats perfect for a lively weekend session. No mouth puckering bitterness and slap your face you fool alcohol numbness.

micromaniac129, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of tigg924
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark-amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and a bit of caramel

Taste: citrus and pine hops with a touch of caramel--once this one warms though all I can taste are IBUs

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, sweet start with a bitter back and finish--once I ate food this became super bitter

Overall: Before food, this was fine..After food--just a big hoppy IBU monster. A must do for hopheads, but one I could not finish. I appreciate the veracity of the hops, but I wanted something just a bit less bitter.

tigg924, Aug 28, 2011
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,075 ratings.