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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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5,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,790
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 140
Gots: 398 | 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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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured in a sampling glass.

Pours a deep golden color with hints of red. A small head with a bit of lacing on the pour. Aroma is a bit malty with some earthy hops to it, very good for an IPA.

Taste is rather surprising, very malty but it's still got a good amount of hops to it. Slightly sweet, and a solid bitterness that lingers for a bit. The mouthfeel is phenomenal, very full and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a very solid IPA in a sea of Imperials & Doubles, it's nice to have a real solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:19:28 | More by kingcrowing
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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

Poured from my bottle into my glass the beer is dark orange. With little to no head. The aroma is strong hops a touch of ctirus and malt. The flavor is very nice. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be considering the menacing looking hop cartoon on the bottle. This beer seems to be balanced nicely with malt flavors and a major hop blast. The hop bitterness slaps your taste buds then the malt comes in and smooths things over. Perfect balance. Medium body with fairly mild carbonation. No real sticky hop after taste. This is a top notch IPA. I would highly reccamend this to all my friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 23:13:05 | More by beerwolf77
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Gtreid

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber color. A smooth pour produced about one finger of cream colored head that left some nice lace.

A: Nothing too overpowering here, I get the pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, and grass. The malts actually balance this quite well IMO.

T: Again very similer to the aroma. I am pleasantly suprised to find how balanced this is. The hops are very prominent, but the brewers uses the malt nicely.

M: Medium body, very carbonated. Comes with a bite.

D and overall impression: Good scores on drinkability here. 6.7% ABV coupled with the balance of the brew, means I could drink quite a few of these. Overall, another soild offering from Victory. This bottle was pretty fresh, but I would really like to try this on tap to experience Hop Devil at it's freshest. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 17:31:41 | More by Gtreid
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

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

Pour clear burnt orange
Cream frothy head, some lacing
Head is not huge, but creeps patiently
Floral Hops permeate the nose
some sweet raisin malts
First to hit the palate is malts, sugar
this is surprising
Hops come in soon after and wow
I like the balance of hops variety
nothing overpowers the other
The hops are definitely showcased
good supporting cast of sweet malts
Mouth is pretty sticky
Feels quality in the mouth
Very drinkable
Lives up to reputation
Nice beer

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:37:11 | More by JohnWaynes44
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cavedave

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, not-quite-clear, dark amber, with a thick beige head of lasting spume that fades to a pretty cap and leaves continents of lace.

Smell is effervescent orange peel, pine, earth, with a mild spiciness and florality. Very alive smell.

Taste is a sweet and bitter blast that ricochets through a blitzkrieg of fine flavor. Toasted notes, caramel, citrus, pine, inflict delicious pleasure. The finish is thick, sweet, earthy, bitter, and long.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, medium bodied but drinks slightly thicker, perhaps a touch too carbonated, good retention, decent clear out.

Drinkability is very good, but I wouldn't say spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:02:03 | More by cavedave
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with nice ditty about the beer and a clearly marked freshness date

Appearance: Bright amber beer with lazy carbonation and medium dark ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film

Smell: Nice herbally/grapefruit hop notes, backed with medium caramel malty aromas

Taste: BIG hop presence...there's a fairly high level of bitterness, lots of fresh pine taste, and a touch of prickly alcohol...this is fairly simple but nice...it's definitely got a kind of "kick you in the face" vibe...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Nice, kick you in the face IPA...perfect for when I'm looking for that style of beer, but a bit over-the-top for an every day IPA for me personally

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 06:13:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

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

I have been a big Victory fan for awhile, but never got around to reviewing any of their beers. I consider this my go-to Victory beer. Here is my review:

A: Pours a real deep amber color. Pretty dark for an IPA. Very clear with a nice tan head. Dissipates to a film over the top of the beer. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of fruit and hops on the nose. Quite piney. Smells nice.

T: A very balanced and tasty IPA. The initial flavor is pine and earthy hops. Then, mid-palate, a unique fruit character comes in. Taste reminds me of a pear or apple. Then the malt comes through with a nice toasty and caramelly flavor. Finish is both bitter and sweet. A very good tasting IPA, but not great.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Drinks very well with a nice lingering bitterness. Could easily session this beer. Not the best tasting IPA around, but never disappoints and is always enjoyable.

I enjoy this IPA quite a bit from Victory. This has just as much emphasis on the malt as it does the hops. Extremely balanced and drinkable, this is well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 23:51:35 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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DanielClouser

Georgia

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

12 oz bottle into shaped Dogfish Head pint glass (my new go-to glass for IPAs, since I got it for free at a bar on a trip to Pittsburgh).

HopDevil is the beer that made me love beer. While many craft beer drinkers graduate from macros to quality brews, I couldn't stand beer until I accepted a HopDevil just to be polite... then rudely demanded several more!

A--Decent head, though one must pour just right to get the full effect. When poured so that it billows above the rim of the glass, it laces admirably down the glass. Color is right on target for the style.

S--Hops in the nose, obviously, but there's a nice complexity here, with fruity esters and a nice malt presence. It all blends into a singular aroma that really distinguishes the beer.

T--Classic East Coast IPA--a deep, clean bitterness, with pine-y and floral hops flavors that mesh nicely with fruity esters and malts that announce their presence without becoming assertive, suggesting caramel and even chocolate.

M--Good carbonation, etc. Mouthfeel isn't a huge category for me, unless I find it unbelievably amazing or just awful. HopDevil's mouthfeel is right for the style, so everything is good.

D--The 6.7% ABV may take this one out of session range, but apparently no one told my tongue, 'cause I can drink HopDevil all night. Even if you've had too many to appreciate its nuances, it remains agreeable, with a bitterness that lingers pleasantly (a contrast to some of the tongue rapings I've gotten from some other hoppy American brews).

I really love this beer. I will say that it's nothing special when it's past its prime, but fresh--as this particular batch is--it's great. Try it!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:33:22 | More by DanielClouser
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gixxerrider21

Wisconsin

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

Poured a beautiful medium amber color with about an inch of white to off-white head. The hop smell is not overpowering, and has a nice sweet/fruit smell, like that of grapefruit possibly a hint of honey. The head reduces to about 1/4 inch as you drink, with a nice amount of lace down the side of the glass. The taste is smooth with a good mouth feel. The hop flavor hits midway through the drink, and continues to the end, leaving a nice hop taste on the back of the tongue. Overall a well done IPA, this beer is drinkable with an ABV of 6.7%, versus other IPAs of the sort that have ABV's of 8% or higher.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 03:29:48 | More by gixxerrider21
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JMD

Connecticut

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

A: Rich copper color wtih ruby tones. Thick off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops. Toasted malt and carmel. Earthy, grassy resin and a faint hint of alcohol.

T: Nicely balanced with sweet carmel malt upfront. Toasted bread and cereal. Followed by sharp hop bite. Piney resin, grapefruit and lemon zest. Nicely crafted IPA.

M: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

D: Great balance, and exceptional drinkability. Another great offering from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 00:38:12 | More by JMD
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had Victory Hop Devil at a bar in the Philidelphia airport. It was on tap and for a beer at 9am served with a breakfast of greasy sausages and eggs it went down pretty well. Today I'm reviewing the bottled version which tastes remarkably similar.

It pours a clear but medium caramel colour body and a small offwhite head that settles to practically nothing in just a few minutes.

The smell is mostly of fruity sweet malts with some hops mixed in.

The taste is very hop dominated.. strong hops, pine and grapefruit hit you and overwhelm the taste. Where are the sweet malts? Where are the fruity yeasts? Not here unfortunately. I enjoy hops as much as the next hop head but nothing but hops isn't terribly rewarding.

Mouthfeel is good and the carbonation is refreshing. Drinkability is better than average.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 21:07:54 | More by Ralphus
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served on cask at the victory brewpub in Downingtown, PA.. Ultra smooth and creamy.. the carbonation is totally mellowed out. Huge, big fluffy head is very nice gives you a beer moustache. Aroma is subtle but certainly hoppy. Fresh and a bit sweet. Taste is very creamy, hoppy but very mellow with a clean finish and malt sweetness apparent right behind the hop. Mouth is silky, not heavy at all. The creaminess is quite delightful. It drinks very smooth and is delicious. Becomes a bit filling (especially if drank with food) but is definitely awesome.

Serving type: cask

07-26-2009 18:46:30 | More by BirdFlu
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wingman14

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and orangish red with a small white head, with nice clarity. The smell is sweet upfront with tons of hops and some nice subtle citrus notes. Not a very potent smell for an IPA. The taste is bigger than the smell would suggest, hops up front, then some sweet notes, followed by a nice bitter hop flavor. The bitter aftertaste sticks around for awhile. The mouthfeel is smooth, nice carbonation, the flavors have a good balance and are well layered. This is a nice IPA, the bitter doesn't over power or annoy, a nice hophead beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:09:08 | More by wingman14
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lenzj247

Pennsylvania

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

A - Rich bronze color with a nice thick head that disspates and leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Hoppy! You can smell malt, but there is definitely a lot more hops.

T - Starts out with malts but attacks the back of your tongue with hops.

M - Perfectly carbonated and balanced

D - High, but my tongue went numb after 2-3, maybe it's cause I am not used to such hoppy beers.

Overall, a fantastic IPA that I will definitely drink again. Would not recommend to someone as their first IPA, but a fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 22:21:35 | More by lenzj247
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Good copper color that is accompanied by a white sticky head that fades into a patchy disk.

S: Hoppy but not pungent. Smells like a grapefruit muffin.

T: The smell does little to prepare you for the hop blast you get with this beer. Although the initial focus is on the hops, this is a very smooth beer with a full creamy body and very malty base to it.

M: This sticks with you. You will get the smooth and almost sour taste that lingers and puckers your mouth for a few minutes after consumption.

D: Very. Just...very.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 18:52:32 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

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

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger fluffy cream colored head that stays awhile, head clings to glass on the way down, deep clear brown coloring, wonderful lacing that lasts the whole beer, really attractive, not to mention the hop devil logo is badass.

s- nice floral hops, theres a good bit of caramelly malt as well, little bit of citrus.

t- nice balanced caramelly malt with great floral yet earthy hops, citrus, pine, malt hits upfront, spicy hops hit the back of the mouth, no trace of the 6.7%.

m- great medium bodied brew.

d- super drinkable and crazy tasty, i could session this easily, although it's got the higher abv it goes down almost too easily, great local beer, definately worth the buy, love this.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:29:57 | More by thecarster1
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Haven't had a HopDevil in forever, was my go-to when I was living in Philly. It really is a great beer. Nicely oaky, woody, almost earthy malt balance to the floral hops that make it more naturally an IPA. Definitely not a hop bomb, but a nice drinkable beer. I'll try and grab this more, now that I've remembered the deliciousness...

Wine Specialist/$10/Six-pack

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:09:18 | More by soupyman10
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imanidiot777

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark amber color and had a good head that lasts for awhile but not as long as others I have seen.

S: Not good at picking out individual smells but there is nothing unappealing about it. Smells great.

T: Citrus tasting, good hope bite and malty aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation level, a nice kick it adds.

D: Goes down smooth with a strong aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 22:12:23 | More by imanidiot777
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by date of 09-16-2009.

(A)- Pours a red amber color with tiny floating particles. 2-finger head dissipated down to a solid layer of tan foam on the surface that is still present even with the last drop. Some lacing.

(S)- Creamy pine with citrus of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malty background evident. Almost has a peach/floral aroma in there too.

(T)- Again, super creamy citrus of pineapple and grapefruit. Good hop bite that is balanced nicely with a malty sweet finish.

(M)- A nice creamy citrus mouthfeel that moves into the bitterness of hops and then you experience the slightly sweet malts at the end. This beer is really nicely balanced and the flavors are layered in such a way that you get one after another. Solid carbonation.

(D)- A great and enjoyable IPA that has a bit more malt to it than most, but I really enjoy it. A really creamy taste and mouthfeel is very appealing as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 21:56:59 | More by sweemzander
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but clear amber with a finger's worth of oat colored head. Dissipates slowly to a bit of lacing.

Smells hoppy and floral. Very potent. The hop aroma is fresh (not dry at all) and overpowers anything else that is there.

The taste echos the smell. Very potent floral hops with the expected hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Again, the hops take center stage and make it difficult to sense anything else, but there is a light sweetness in there as well, like a bit of honey.

The mouthfeel is smooth, not thin, and slightly carbonated. The balance is very good for the style.

I'm really just not a big fan of hoppy beers. However, as far as they go, this one of the ones I've enjoyed the most. The floral taste and aroma goes a long way in mitigating the bitter aftertaste for me. I can imagine that this is an absolute gem for hopheads. If I had to drink a hoppy beer, this would be among my top choices.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 00:05:06 | More by Cylinsier
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angelmonster

Colorado

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

Pours a big 3 finger beige head. Body is a honey amber color and translucent. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell is big on resiny, piny hops. There is also a sweet, honey like smell to the malts

Taste is hop forward but the malt is still therel. Hops are pretty bitter and on the piny side.

Mouth feel is slightly on the light side. Carbonation is also there but not too much.

Drink ability is pretty good. For 6.7 it is pretty session able. Overall it is a good IPA, would buy again

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 04:42:38 | More by angelmonster
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runesead

Pennsylvania

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

This is for the version of HopDevil that was on cask at Victory.

Appearance: Good head retention, perfect carbonation, beautiful amber color

Smell: Tangy and floral, hoppy to the nose

Taste: subdued hoppiness filled with wood notes and a floral blossoming.

Mouthfeel: Lingering notes of hops and slight maltiness, a good aftertaste that progresses well.

Drinkability: I downed this beer faster than I do with other beers. Perfect temperature, a fantastic beer, and a taste that does not get old.

Serving type: cask

07-14-2009 00:50:43 | More by runesead
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a one and a half finger head. The smell is of hops, piney and earthy hops. The scent of hops is almost overwhelming. The taste is a very strong hops the hop taste is more earthy piney hops as opposed to citrus hops. The mouthfeel is dry with little carbonation. Drinkability wise if you really like IPA's you would like this beer. If you are new to IPA's then this ipa isn't for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 23:58:28 | More by goblue3509
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northaustin

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into a schnifter. a dark copper with a generous white head. slight spotted lacing.

smell is that of a hop bomb. the kind that when you come home your house is all messed up. very piney and enticing.

taste is bitter with big hop flavor. some sweetness here but the hops are dominant.

if you arent a fan of that bitter dry mouth feeling this one might not be for you. it leaves your mouth very dry and the bitterness lingers for quite some time.

for the price and quality this is one of the most drinkable ipas available in my area

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 21:45:08 | More by northaustin
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Smallish head compared to other IPAs Ive seen. At its fullest its a little less than a finger high. It dissipates into a thin patchy film. There is some nice lacing, however.
Devilish burnt orange in color, this beer is on the darker and redder side of the style.

S- The smell alone is thirst quenching. Floral hops over top some biscuity malts and some honey. The nose is nice but it is not powerful as it could be.

T- The biscuity/nutty malts are there underneath the bite of the huge hops. The malts make this go down very well with an almost creamy smoothness at the back of my mouth. The finish is bitter and dry with some slight medicinal tastes left on the tongue, but nothing unappetizing.

M- Medium body, smoothed out from lower carbonation and a creamy malt backbone. You can feel this one washing away your thirst like a broken levee.

D- The ABV is average for this style which is really meant to be a highly sessionable and thirst quenching. HopDevil hits this aspect of the american IPA right on the head.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 21:30:37 | More by MbpBugeye
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,790 ratings.