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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

5,666 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,666
Reviews: 2,365
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 133
Gots: 348 | 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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climax

Missouri

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

Hopdevil poured a real bright burnt orange. Head was foamy and large, stuck around for quite a while, leaving a sticky bubbly lace.

Hop oil was definitely good and strong in the nose. Floral and citrus hops were backed lightly by a semisweet toasty malt backbone.

Even better is the taste.... it was as good as I was expecting. The oily hop profile was very multidimensional; grassy, floral, and citrus. Malt was weak in comparison, but was right where it should be in an IPA IMO. A nice sweetness and buttery notes help add another layer to an already complex resume.

Feel was smooth as the carbonation was just enough to add the crispness needed. The hops definitely made my cheeks pinch and pucker a little, letting me know I WAS drinking a real IPA. But it wasn't too soapy or offensive that a non-hophead would complain about their tongue melting away.

A pretty awesome IPA I think, to back an already stellar reputation.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 22:48:59 | More by climax
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jeffjeff1

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- citrusy hops

Taste- very hoppy, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very nice and refreshing, hit the spot

Drinkability- Excellent, This is a wonderful beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:10:54 | More by jeffjeff1
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joshstevens87

Pennsylvania

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

A-this beer pours an a dark orange slightly amber color with a generous head which dies a little while drinking and leaves behind an excellent lacing
S- citrusy hops up front with a straw and toasted malt smell lingering in the background, overall not a very dominant smell
T-very strong hop presence (as the name would imply) but really not as hoppy as many double ipa's to be honest the malt is very refreshing with a citrusy, straw slightly toasted character, very delicious but still rather typical for an ipa which is not an insult by any means, but with a beer name such as hopdevil i thought it could deliver a bit more
M/D- medium body very dry bitter finish, very refreshing, very delicious, though the bitterness may turn some people off it certantly isn't a beer that is too heavy or too alcoholic to be enjoyed all night

overall while i thought it was a delicious beer and one i would pick up again it wasn't quite what i was expecting, a excellent beer yes, but not one that may be too much so or too heavy in a way that it limits you from enjoying more than a few (i.e DFH 120 min IPA)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 21:48:58 | More by joshstevens87
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JTahoe

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours slightly hazy shinny orange with one finger off-white head that clings in big slow-melting sheets all over the glass.

S - Not as big as I was expecting, but good. Lightly fruity with faint bready grains.

T - Hoppy as expected, but not overly so, there is quite a bit of malt providing near balance for an IPA. Citrus juices with hints of orange peel, some grass, and a bit of saltiness. The toasted grain background exposes some caramel and honey.

M - Medium body and ever so slightly dry. Pretty smooth all things considered.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable. This is not the big west coast style that I usually enjoy, but I would certainly drink this again, and hope to find on tap and cask.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 04:49:16 | More by JTahoe
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ibbjamin

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Festival Foods in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

A large head of about two inches; wish I was more gentle on the pour here. Head is off white and quite pillowey. Transparent and copper in color with minimal rising carbonation bubbles. Nice retention and lacing.

A nice hop bouquet which leans more towards the balanced side for its style. Almost perfumy hop aromas of citrus, apricot and peach yet with a nice malty backbone.

Much more hop forward than I was expecting, this really is well above average for its style. Takes on a much more sticky pine character in the mouth with tropical fruits adding a welcomed layer of flavor.

Very drinkable with a superb mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated, medium body, medium finish and quite oily.

Being a sucker for a west coast IPA, I must admit that my expectations were lower than my current perception of this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 03:28:29 | More by ibbjamin
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patobandito

New Mexico

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

Pours a deep copper brown color, very nice. Smells extremely hoppy, just like a beer named "Hop Devil" should. taste is interesting. Starts fairly mild and then the hops just grow and grow to a lovely bitterness. Very full tasting beer, great for sating that hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 05:27:11 | More by patobandito
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wahhmaster

Virginia

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber-brown color. It has a foamy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells hoppy. Has earthy and piney notes to it and just a slight bit of citrus fruitiness.

Taste: Nicely hopped. Not overwhelmingly hoppy like many American IPAs but enough hops to give it that signature American bitterness and flavor. Hits you softly up front but the hops really come out strong towards the back. Leaves a kind of earthy aftertaste with grapefruit-tasting burps. Nice...

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a bit of a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A very nicely done IPA. Not the hoppiest but definitely one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 14:56:30 | More by wahhmaster
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MrStark

North Carolina

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

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

Appearance is a somewhat hazy orange amber with a frothy two-finger off white head with pretty good retention and nice lacing.

Smell is floral citrus, hops and a little hint of malt in there as well.

Taste is pretty refreshing. Citrus upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness and a fairly sweet malt in the back as well. Not quite as hoppy as the name would lead me to think but a pretty well balanced and tasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and crisp.

Drinkability is great! Goes down easy and is pretty tasty. Very nice choice for a session beer and something I certainly plan to have again. Overall quite a nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 02:51:50 | More by MrStark
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ottobon100

Virginia

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

I liked this one. Nice deep copper color. Nice head and great hoppy smell. The hoppy fragrance got me. I first had this on tap in Harrisburg, PA and just found it here. Not my favorite IPA but my selection of IPA's here in VA is somewhat limited. This is one of the better ones available to us. I'll definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 02:02:44 | More by ottobon100
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-nice three finger head that lasted a good while..excellent lacing...nice cap that stayed on the beer...decent carbonation

s-floral hops a little citrus...malt is def there....slight medicinal smell

t-whoa...where are the hops...hiding behind that bitter acrid bite??? malt is huge...and tastes very soapy in end..

m-thin water and tad over carbonated to me..

d-would not drink this again even though ive had it before and dont remember it being this bad..

a big let down.. i really dont remember this beer being that bad in past..oh well...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 22:42:41 | More by stoutfiend27
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in 16 fl.oz. pint (tulip) glass at Goose Island - Clybourn, (November 24, 2009).

Eyes: Amber gold, a nice head with good lacing.

Nose: A suggestion of malt, but dominated by the grapefruit, oily hop aroma. Quite interesting.

Tongue: The citrus/floral hops appear strong and bitter, quite complex and interesting. No malts to speak of. I must admit that I like the profile here, but I'm a shade underwhelmed. Good, but the brew does not do enough with the bitter hops, I'm left expecting more.

Mouth: Smooth carbonation, crisp bitterness, but it doesn't linger very long.

Libation: Pretty good IPA. With something called "HopDevil" you'd expect a real hop bomb, but it's quite reasonable. It's interesting, easy drinking, a solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 09:27:51 | More by OttoBomb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

What an overrated IPA from the East Coast. Its not bad, but boy, is it overrated. I think this is probably middle of the road at best for a California IPA.

Something weird about Victory's hoppy beers (this one and Hop Wallop). . . they seem more like English IPAs with a higher amount of hops. Rather than the usual hop character used out West, these ones seem to just load up on whatever Euro style hops (E. Kent goldings, Hallertau, Saaz) as opposed to some of the higher alpha acid hops out West.

Beer looks decent, nice amber goldness, smells like a minimal hop bouquet of some of those other hops, taste dissapates too quickly. Just expected more from the label and reputation.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 00:22:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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alkemy

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very slightly hazy copper/orange with a solid cream colored head that looked impressive, but faded quickly. Left quite a bit of lacing. Lots of floral hops. Burnt sugar and some bready caramel malts are also there along with a very slight hint of citrus. For the taste, the citrus comes across more as a zest of grapefruit and orange. Hops are just not as powerful as I was hoping. Lots of the burnt sugar sweet malty notes. I did like the dry bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 00:10:30 | More by alkemy
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Mosstrooper

California

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into really, really fancy wine glass (the only "proper" glassware I could find at my girlfriend's)

Appearance: Pours clear light copper with literally no head.

Smell: Toasted malts with earthy and slightly spicy hops and a hint of nut.

Taste: Begins bready, finishing with a very nice hop profile that gets more bitter as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation up front that fades quickly. Dry finish.

Drinkability: A good IPA- complex hop flavors without being overpowering like many IPAs are (please send any criticisms of that last comment to my beermail).

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:53:35 | More by Mosstrooper
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jantonius

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Victory's HopDevil IPA. By far my favorite IPA. Great to see such great beers coming from my Hometown!!!

A: Amber

S: Hoppy and Citrus

T: Well balanced hops with a grapefruit finish

M: Light and bubbly

D: This is my absolute favorite American IPA and raises the bar to the California Pale Ale's

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:47:38 | More by jantonius
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Blitzstyle

Florida

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Perfect amber hue to this brew, nice head with some good retintion.

Strong hops smell but yet I can get the malt to, I expected the hops to just dominate.

Very nice citus notes to the hops also a floral finish. Semi sweet malts and some spices do some balanceing work to the beer, but the after taste on your tounge is very pungent straight up delicious hop juice. Not overly bitter but fantastic hoppyness to this beer.

You can feel the bitterness on the back of your tounge for a few seconds but it slowy dies down. Medium body bring me another round please!!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 04:19:32 | More by Blitzstyle
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on draft with dinner. Served in a pint glass. Beer is red and clear. Yellow head made up of medium bubbles, carbonation low to moderate.

Aroma is mostly malt with a mild pine hop aroma. I was expecting more hops and less malt.

Low hop bitterness witht his beer, high hop flavor, mostly pine. Medium body, drinkability moderate. Bitterness builds as you drink. There is a mild bitter aftertaste that gets progressively worse the more you drink, affects drinkability a lot. The hops slowly coat your mouth. This beer is deceptively bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 19:59:26 | More by drabmuh
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polygman

California

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass. Great head and carbonation. Its color is quite amberish with a slight orange hue. Much darker than some IPAs. Smell is a bit of a let down, has the typical IPA citrus smell but its not very strong and am really not getting much from it. Taste - alright were getting there, lemon rind, sharp bitterness and spicy pepper finish. Finish is sweet and lingerers on the mouth for a long time. Not a bad IPA, pretty solid in drinkability and could see drinking a few. Really nothing spectacular though, there are certainly other IPAs that I would rather drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 19:15:32 | More by polygman
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cagocubs

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had taken a long break from writing reviews. This beer brought me back. I was thoroughly impressed with Victory's HopDevil IPA.

A: Nice amber with shades of brown. Nice biege head with lacing around glass.
S: Hops, Caramel, and Citrus- Good stuff.
T: Surprisingly not as overpowering as I had imagined. With 6.7, I found this to be refreshing as the citrus prevailed. You still get the IPA hop bite in the aftertaste.
M: Good carbonation, fairly light texture.
D: high, I can drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 03:57:53 | More by cagocubs
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jdskinns

Illinois

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

Bottle. Pours about an inch worth of creamy white head that sticks around. Transparent orange color. Smell is soapy, piney, and a little citrus hop aroma. Slightly sour taste with some pine and hop flavor. Not a bad tasting beer. Very drinkable and pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 03:25:13 | More by jdskinns
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a sniffer. Very nice in appearance. Golden orange with a rather respectable size creamy white head.
Aroma is very pleasant and strong. Spicy and the bitters are definately picked up imediately.
Taste very true and full to the IPA brew style. Not overwelming...a pleasant mixture of bitterness and sweet malts. Better when cold with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 04:37:23 | More by ShadesOfGray
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constahoogan

California

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

Deep amber orange body with a hint of brown that produces an extremely light brown tan bubbly head the size of 1.5 fingers. Very attractive thick earthy lacing as the head mellows.

Dude, this ale smells totally awesome. Spicy pine-like hops that entices me to hoover one huge gulp. First, the caramel malt comes to play. The spicy pine hops are introduced mid-way and just overtake any malt presence. As the brew rises in temp, the hop spice accentuates.

This beer is pretty 'sharp' in terms of mouthfeel. That hop bite is very assertive when it comes down to crispiness. This brew is just friggin' tasty. It surely hits the spot, very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 09:26:03 | More by constahoogan
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Lambstrong

Virginia

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

Appearance: Nice copper color. Thick tan head. Resilliant lacing that sticks to the walls of the glass all the way down.

Aroma: Lots of citrus. Tons of Grapefruit with a little pine.

Taste: Upfront citrus notes. Bitterness follows in aftertaste. Perhaps not as balances as it should be.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. Hard to tell with high citrus notes. Light on tongue.

Overall, a good hoppy beer if you like extreme IPAs. However, I would have appreciated a more balanced beer. A higher gravity could have helped here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 21:15:40 | More by Lambstrong
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up just to review it on here! I love my IPA's and this one is certainly worthy of the style as it's pretty hoppy. Not as good as the West Coast versions of this style but it fits the bill and is sure to please any hophead!

The pour was nice - a dark amber hue, plenty of head, and a moderate amount of lacing on my glass. A good smell to it as well with the floral notes standing out. There's very little carbonation to this but the taste works out nicely regardless, with an oily resin holding the dry hopped taste and the oily resin consistency together. It's not as bold as other beers I've had in this style because the mouthfeel is a bit more balanced.

This beer doesn't taste or feel strong and I was surprised to see how strong the ABV% was. It doesn't go down that fast but it goes down pretty easily and once again, Victory has a winner here. It's only a step or two behind the leaders in this category and certainly worth a try if you're a fan of this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 08:20:11 | More by JerzDevl2000
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RJay

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy but beautiful copper/amber color. The head was an off white color and not very thick, fizzled away into a ring that left very little lacing.

Smell: Strong hops smell, very citrusy. Smells fantastic.

Taste: Just as it smelled it has a strong hops flavor with some spice. Very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and clear, not gritty or overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a terrific beer and easily sessionable. I will be adding HopDevil to my line up of favorite brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 01:42:07 | More by RJay
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,666 ratings.