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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,935 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,935
Reviews: 2,373
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 151
Gots: 470 | FT: 5
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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

A-pours a beautiful amber, nice white head...good looking IPA

S-a fair amount of citrus and hops, i get a small amount of clove honey as well

T-wow this is a very well balanced IPA. hops and citrus come in and out very nicely. a good bitterness at the end, there's a good sweetness to it as well.

M-yea as far as mouthfeel goes, this has what all brewers should aspire to match. medium carbonation and extremely creamy, just wonderful!

D-somehow this beer just tastes better the more you drink. its just beautiful. i could drink enormous amounts of this. i look forward to having another!

11-07-2010 22:38:47 | More by AdamBear
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%

Taken from notes from 9/26/10

Upon pouring the beer, it pours a deep amber, mahogany color with lots of natural carbonation. It builds about a 2-finger head, but that dissipates relatively quickly. The smell is a bit weak, but you get the usual fragrances familiar to other IPAs such as pine and hops, with a little bit of citrus. However, it doesn't have much oomph.

Once I dove into this beer and finally tasted it, I was a bit surprised. For being a 6.7% IPA, it is surprisingly refreshing. It feels light in the mouth and goes down very easily. However, the downside is that there is a disappointing amount of body. The flavor is there, but it fades quick and is relatively forgetful. The initial impression that I got from this beer is that is just feels kind of "weak".

Not to say that it is bad, necessarily. Just that from a beer called "HopDevil", I was expecting something with a bit more of a punch. I feel that if I were just getting into the IPA style, this would be an excellent jumping off point, but for someone who has explored many IPA's, this is one that falls a little short. If it were a bit cheaper, it would definitely be one of my go-to IPA's however, due to its great refreshing taste.

Would buy again, but wouldn't go out of my way to search for it.

11-07-2010 17:22:21 | More by nhindian
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

On cask at Rattle 'n Hum, and previously in bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

HopDevil pours nicely cloudy and copper-colored, with a nice and steady head.

The hop forward nose is quite pleasant, whether poured from the bottle or from cask. From the cask it was poured into a tulip, which trapped the aroma and made every whiff delightful.

The taste is great out of the bottle, and fantastic from cask. The cask added a bit of depth to all of the flavors, as expected, but the flavors themselves were similar. Nice fruity hops, slightly bitter on the back end but cleans up well and doesn't stick too much. This is some buscuity flavor throughout, but it doesn't interfere or compliment. It's just there.

The mouthfeel was superior on cask, but ever so slightly. The bottle is no slouch. Good and crisp, belying the cloudy look.

Drinkability is fantastic. ABV is no joke, but the flavor is good, and you'll thirst of this one.

11-05-2010 18:35:31 | More by stonermouse
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Victory Hopdevil is one of the best Ipa's I have tried in a long time. Its appearance was very orangey with a great look to a beer drinkers eye. The smell of the beer was wonderful, with a rich smell of lots hops. The first taste of this beer was awesome, great rich flavor with great hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability is something that I take into great consideration with this beer, it was a wonderful feeling at first taste and definitely a beer that I will drink in the future.

11-04-2010 03:47:48 | More by thedoubler55
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DrewZ926

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

a- pours a deep amber with about a finger of head that recedes quickly

s- that nice victory hoppy smell, similar to hop wallop. very fresh and citrusy, lemon and pine are most prominent

t- very balanced taste but a little sweeter than its cousin hop wallop (which i prefer). tastes of caramel are balanced out by the bitter piney hops. very solid ipa.

m- again, well balanced, mild carbonation allows for a lot of flavor to come through.

d- glad i invested in a 6 pack. great for a warmer day. highly sessionable. good choice for a go-to brew that you can always have in the fridge. however, if choosing between hop wallop and hopdevil, go with the former.

11-03-2010 18:22:25 | More by DrewZ926
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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

A- Amber in color with decent lacing and an inch of head that didn't stick around too long.

S- The smell is faint but I picked up on traces of citrus and flowered hops lingering throughout.

T- At first you're hit with a floral/hoppy blast that isn't too bitter and soothes the palate. there is minimal carbonation and could use a bit more.

M- Again, the low carbonation is present but with the all the hoppiness, it makes for a pretty good mouthfeel. Clean and isn't too thick

D- Six pack all day. This is at a decent ABV and goes down smooth making for a pretty good IPA.

Would seek this out again but I'm gonna try out some others before doing so.

11-02-2010 20:10:23 | More by ChugginOil
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nickhiller

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -31.9%

A: clear amber, no visible carbonation, a brief and nearly non-existent head and no lacing.

S: sweet floral hops, roasted malt, a little funk. It actually smells a little bit like dog food, not sure what that means...

T: a little malt sweetness up front then a kind of generic hop taste, a little stale even. Super strong, dry, bitter finish. Kind of makes me go "ackkk." I have a taste in the back of my throat the tastes like bile.

M: very low carbonation, medium but almost syrupy body. A finish that is dry as a desert.

D: this made me a little sick. It's got a bitter finish that I just can't shake.

11-01-2010 04:56:39 | More by nickhiller
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taigor

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear copper orange color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around edges of the glass.

S - Very hoppy and citrusy with slight hints of bread and caramel.

T - Hoppy bitterness from start to finish with spices, citrus fruits and slight malts. All flavors are balanced very well.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very good and enjoyable IPA. Definitely try to get it draught instead of bottle. Heard that draught is a lot better.

10-31-2010 21:29:55 | More by taigor
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz bottle with freshness date poured into pint glass

Pours a slightly hazed auburn with golden tones. A light head dissipates leaving sparse film and lacing.

Some caramel and roasted malt in the nose along with a flair of bitter hops.

Biting hops right up front explode into a large amount of citrusy flavor. Grapefruit and orange are present, with a bit of sweetness creeping in. The malt backbone is apparent on the back end, with some caramel and bready qualities. Finishes with further piny hoppiness and some lingering dryness.

Medium bodied, higher on the carbonation, and a little dry. Easy drinking, quality flavor profile, and the alcohol is masked well. A pretty solid beer from Victory, but there's some better IPAs around for sure.

10-30-2010 06:36:22 | More by xnicknj
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Bonis

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Amber in color with a small white head that fades rather quick, but leaves a fine lace.

S - Very hoppy in a floral way. A faint dose of citrus as well as a little sweet malt and surprisingly some metallic notes. Smell is somewhat sweet for an IPA, but decent overall.

T - Again, a little on the floral side, which I'm usually not wild about, but at the same time malts come through and no astringent bitterness that I find with some IPAs. It really works for me. There is a touch of spice as well. This isn't real flavorful for an IPA, but very very good nonetheless.

M - A bitter bang up front but smooth in the end. Bitterness fades quickly, which is a plus for me. Pretty low bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - All in all, this was surprisingly better than I expected. Not something I'll go out of my way to buy, but definitely worth a try. Masks the alcohol very well, so highly drinkable. Finished my bottle in no time.

10-29-2010 23:55:05 | More by Bonis
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

Hop Devil pours a dark copper color and has a strong scent of hops. There is a very strong robust flavor to this ale as well as a fairly bitter taste. Fairly nice to try but not something I will be able to drink 2 in a row of. An entree of a steak would pair very nicely with this beer.

10-28-2010 17:45:04 | More by Lemke10
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice light orange color with a small head. Very light lacing.

Good hop aroma with some pine resin and citrus/grapefruit notes.

Solid hop flavor with a tasty hop/bitter taste and very little malt balance. Works well for this offering.

Solid IPA leaning more toward the hoppy side vs. the malty side. Enjoyed enough to order a second one at the restaurant. IPA lovers should give this a try.

10-28-2010 02:32:06 | More by FanofHefe
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wallaceandvomit

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

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

10-27-2010 00:03:33 | More by wallaceandvomit
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otersen73

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +11%

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.

10-26-2010 20:26:38 | More by otersen73
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

3/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

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

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

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

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

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%

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

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

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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
drinkable.

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".

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

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

10-13-2010 14:07:12 | More by Homebrew35
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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