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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

5,758 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,758
Reviews: 2,366
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 135
Gots: 384 | 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.

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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
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Intimidtor

Ohio

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

Picked up a couple single IPAs while at the beer store. This one looked interesting and my buddy has told me about Victory beers. So I purchased for about 2 bucks a bottle and took it home. Poured into a 12 oz. snifter with little to no head. Aroma that I would expect from an IPA and nice appearance. Taste as good but mouthfeel seemed a little dry and off. I could only drink a few of these in a sitting. Should defintely try if your an IPA lover like me.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 23:11:30 | More by Intimidtor
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

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

"Menacingly delicious"

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with one of the coolest looking labels around into a tulip glass.

A blood red color with some dark orange highlights. A nice two finger tan head on top. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is hops and dark malts. The hops win out but not my much. Its pretty even as far as aroma.

With the name hopdevil, one would think this one would be a total hop bomb. Thats not the case. Hopdevil is pretty evenly balanced. Bitter hops and a spicey maltiness are the predominate flavors.

Mouthfeel is really good. Smooth and clean.

Overall i like my IPA's a lot more hoppy then malty. But Hopdevil is a real good beer. One of my early favorites when i got onto the craft beer scene.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:07:27 | More by BigMike
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

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

had this on tap at a phillies-yankees world series game.

Poured a deep goldeny copper color, with a two finger white head that hung around nicely and left some solid rings of lacing around the cup.

Smells very hoppy, with some citrus coming through with the hops. Not much malt in the smell, but I'm a far bigger fan of hops anyway.

Tastes, again, very hoppy, Has some very nice citrus notes in the hops, with some grapefruit hops in the tail end of the flavors. Also can notice some maltiness in the end of the tasting that I didn't catch in the aroma. In my opinion, fantastic flavor.

Soem nice carbonation, not too horribly bubbly but also not flat or skunky. Makes me want to have more. Also has that bitter hoppy aftertaste that I love.

Overall I think that this was a great beer. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 06:41:27 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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TommyW

Massachusetts

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

A- Fairly clear, gold with amber tints. Big, white, bubbly head that sticks nicely.

S- Brief hint of malt then just dominated by floral, oily hop aroma.

T- Don't really get any malts here. There is lemon/orange rind taste that starts this one off; followed by the floral hops. Leaves a strong, lingering bitterness.

M- Medium to slightly full with a smooth carbonation.

D- Pretty good IPA. The lingering bitterness is a little stronger than in most IPAs, but I don't mind that at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 12:53:17 | More by TommyW
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Color was a medium-to-dark copper.
Head was two-finger in size and fluffy before fading to a film after a couple sips.

Aroma is definitely dominated by hops. While the hops aroma is strong, it doesn't entirely overpower. I smell some sweet malts trying to come through but they're primarily overwhelmed by the hops.

The taste is a reflection of the aroma - the hops are huge, but they taste organic and real. Semi-sweet malts help to balance off the hops on the tongue (a little bit), especially at the end so the aftertaste isn't nearly as bitter as I expected it to be.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisp but smoothes out. Your tongue feels the bitterness at first, but it doesn't last long, which makes this a pretty drinkable hop-focused beer.

I think the malts in this one make the heavy hops tolerable, therefore an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:41:07 | More by jbertsch
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jhammel01

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a very nice two fingerhead thats very dense and sticky. Looks so damn appealing!

bitter, spicey hops in the smell, spice, floral esters, spice..

Taste is perfect. Its nicely balanced with a slam of hops in the beginning. Very spicy, bitter and earthy hops.
Nice malt background with a bit of caramel.

Finishes a bit grainy and has a very nice medium body.

Definitely one of my favorites...Not the 1st time Ive had it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:10:21 | More by jhammel01
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a stemless red wine goblet, beautiful red hued amber deep copper color, nice 2 full fingers of frothy caramel colored fresh head.

S- Great bitter hop aroma, nice citrus, floral, some sweet alcohol, very mild clean malty balance, some sweet caramel. A nice swirl as it warms up, really releases that buttery sweet alcohol aroma.

T- Nice bitterness, grassy, fresh, tart, malt balance, citrus, toasty butter nut, love that hop acidity.

M- Great texture, well balanced, crisp, medium texture, with a fresh, lingering bitterness on tongue.

D- A very drinkable beer for me, lingers and refreshes, clean, makes me want another each time I have one, and a great East Coast style American IPA...

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2009 05:44:06 | More by mwagner1018
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vdread

Texas

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

Victory HopDevil Ale
bottle to glass

it's a nice dark amber color with a thick two finger off white head that leaves a decent amount of lace and keeps a thick collar to the bottom of the glass. it smells of spices, hops, and strong malts. the grapefruit/citrus of the hops is flavorful but weak. there is an ample amount of caramel malt that possibly overpowers the weak hops. the moderately full mouthfeel and high carbonation make it easil drinkable. caramel malt sticks to the palate.

this was a decent beer. i could drink it again, but it's too malty and one dimensional for my tastes in an IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 21:55:33 | More by vdread
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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