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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

5,777 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,777
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 137
Gots: 393 | 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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Lepley

Pennsylvania

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

A: Deep reddish-orange, cloudy, one finger of head with little retention, a little lacing.
S: Hoppy, sweet, fruity, floral.
T: Bitter from the get-go, very hoppy. Strong citrus flavors; orange, lemon grapefruit. Spicy sweet. Slightly boozy. Incredible hop flavors.
M: Good carbonation, smooth.
D: This a great IPA, one of the best I've tried. Easy to drink and full of flavor and character.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 02:58:24 | More by Lepley
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farrago

New Jersey

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

Beautiful amber-orange color with a frothy head and lots of lacing, bubbles mildly active and slight cloud to it. Sweet nose of spices, cooking bread, mandarin orange, turns hoppier as it warms, deep but not especially penetrating feel. Full-bodied, bitter in spite of a softer underbelly, hops still outdistancing the malts, albeit some roasty notes appear at the end. Orange and white grapefruit citrus with fewer baking spices here. Suggestion of pine tar along with generalized herbaceousness. Carbonation goes a long way to making a whole glass drinkable. Intensely aggressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 00:36:43 | More by farrago
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

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

pours a clear amber color with an off white heading. This brew is alive ladies and gents.Very nice carbonation and great lacing. Grapefruit is immediate up front with very dry citrusy hops. Taste is dry and bitter but not overpowering also a kind of nutty aftertaste. A highly recommended IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 03:48:56 | More by TheFightfan1
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: A somewhat hazy orange-red with a decently-sized, creamy off-white head with good retention. Lacing is great.

S: Citric/grapefruit aromas are most prevalent. Some bready, biscuity malt sweetness as well. Some fruity and floral hints as well.

T: A big splash of hop bitterness up front, with a grapefruit/orange rind character. This fades into a strong, somewhat sweet floral hop flavor. A balancing dose of sweet, yeasty malt keeps this from being out of whack. Faint alcohol taste as well, but it's hidden pretty well.

M: Medium bodied and very creamy, with medium-light carbonation. Bitter, but not nearly as dry as many of its IPA brethren - an oily, somewhat slick feel that goes down easily.

D: Another fine offering from Victory. I like this one, but it just doesn't seem to add up to the sum of its parts. That's not to say it isn't a great beer, but it seems a bit more like an aggressively hopped English IPA. Not a bad thing, but not quite what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 04:59:29 | More by Clydesdale
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thespaceman

Connecticut

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Dark orange in color, pours a beautiful head with decent lacing.

Smell: A thick backbone of maltiness combined with some residual hop flavor up front blends perfectly. This one smells a bit like some citric fruit paired with some biscuit like maltiness in the profile.

Taste: Hops are evenly displaced to the maltiness, I think without the malt tinge this beer would be overwhelming. Grapefruit, citrus elements and some dry hop spice are easily found upon first sip, finishing off with just enough robustness to keep it from being overbarring.

Mouthfeel: With any high hopped IPA, your going to get some good carbonation, the bitterness is well deserving, and the maltiness adds some extra pop to the overall finish in the beer.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable IPA for 2 reasons, the obvious addition of good malt adds to the spark of this beer, it's not just some overly hopped brew that is going to burn the back of your throat, and the brew has some good characteristics taste wise to keep this beer interesting. An excellent interpretation of the IPA style and I will defintley look for more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 19:49:36 | More by thespaceman
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SeanRedd

New Jersey

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

Thick, fresh cask of hops. Chilled wort... flame out and/or dry hopped? Heiroglyphic cling around the pint glass with a juicy, Mars surface head. Spicy aroma above a crystal clear, dark amber body. Efficient retention. Malt body appears then disappears into a warming, light booze. A dark, sharp cherry appears with the ABV. A bitter bite as it warms. The devil would have the best of me during a session. Proud American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:50:50 | More by SeanRedd
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katan

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

A - Light brown in color. Little head formation, which really only was a film. The beer has some clouding.

S - Grapefruit and sweet hop flavors. Floral. Good alpha acid base here. Some malty notes in the background.

T - Early flavors are not all that defined. Bitter and biting - immediately puckers me up. Not as much hop flavor. Does start to develop some balance towards the end of the flavor. The after taste is very bitter, dry. Bitter forward beer for sure.

M - The beer is light to medium bodied. Lighter than I would have expected for this kind of beer. Leaves one heck of a thick oily film on the tongue. Little carbonation bite.

D - The bitterness is just a bit too strong to be a session beer. The ABV is on the higher side, but not to the point that I would find this hard to drink more than a few. The beer is not really all that filling fortunately.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:03:01 | More by katan
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into an SA lager glass.

Body pours a peanut butter to mahogany - with not much head and okay lacing. Nose is fairly mild, but opens up while you're consuming. Light - earthy hops.

Flavor is great. Great hop flavor - not overly bitter at all. Earthy, resiny, nutty, with a sweet kick. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy - reminiscent of a mild Ruination.

i dig this brew. Heck yes.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 01:52:39 | More by bigkahunas4
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/9/09

Appearance: This beer poured a deep, clear ruby red with a 1" off-white head that left ample lacing in my tulip glass. Head retention was decent and supported by continuous streams of bubbling from the apex of the glass. Swirling left to regeneration of the head. Small bubbles create a decently creamy head. 4/5

Smell: Hops are definitely the forefront of the nose. A few layers of complexity starting with very citrusy and piny aromas. Pine resin and grapefruit dominate the bouquet, followed by a hint of earthiness and finally, a nice caramel and cereal backbone to support the floral activity. 4/5

Taste: The caramel and malt sweetness is more pronounced here and lends a stepping stone to the big hop presence. The fresh grapefruit and pine flavors explode on the palate but quickly fades to an herbal bitterness in the finish that melds with the caramel and mild robustness of the malt. Bittersweet finish and not too dry at all. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: A moderate bodied beer that is well carbonated to smoothness. Carbonation dances on the palate but is not overdone. Pretty crisp. 3.5/5

Drinkability: Quite a good beer for everyday drinking. Considering the price, it's a delicious quaff that should be a staple in any hop lover's fridge. 4/5

Overall: This is a well made American IPA by Victory Brewing Company. Their interpretation works well to pair with many occasions and foods. A great IPA to enjoy while watching the game, with some barbeque, or for a quick hop fix!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 05:49:48 | More by DmanGTR
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Bagman007

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy brown coloring with about two fingers of head.

S- Very hoppy scent dominates this beer. Can also detect some spices as well.

T- This is a beer that is bitter from the time it enters your mouth to it's finish. VERY hoppy beer. Can definitely taste some spices as well.

M- Very hoppy beer with a very dry finish.

D- It's definitely extremely hoppy, but it is certainly very drinkable.

Overall a very solid IPA from Victory. Hoppier than I expected it to be. Very good beer though. Definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:17:22 | More by Bagman007
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reppertmr

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Finger head with a small bit of lacing.

Smelled very heavy of hops.

Taste was full of hops, almost overpowering.

Offers a good mouthful.

Have to be a hop lover to truly enjoy this beer.

Would only buy if I were in the mood for a hoppy evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:05:02 | More by reppertmr
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Quej

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange, little head quite carbonated.
S - Smells very hoppy, but overpowering, and also has some sweet malt notes.
T - Quite hoppy, very bitter and a slight sweetness malt balances it. It lingers a long dry bitter aftertaste.
M - Very drying and puckering even, a very light body and nicely carbonated.
D - Great.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 10:19:55 | More by Quej
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - coppery orange with some red hues, crystal clear, off-white creamy head, good retention and leaves a web of lacing.

S - hint of bready malt, grapefruit, sweet citrus, not overly powerful, but nice and clean

T - lots of grapefruit greets the tongue, and carries all the way through, bit of doughy malt at the end, enough sweetness to balance, lingering bitterness

M - oily hops to start give it some body, creamy in the mouth, med low carbonation, resinous dry finish, no alcohol

D - goes down easy, with lots of hoppy bitterness in the finish

Very tasty, the nose is not quite as powerful as it should, but plenty of bitterness to back it up. Seems pretty straight up, no crazy malt character or hop profile, but well done. Should satisfy most hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 02:24:47 | More by markaberrant
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hops4me

Virginia

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

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. This is a long time favorite of mine. I find it nicely balanced and bold at the same time. There is the malt sweetness and toasted grain aromas. This is countered with the grassy and pine smell from the hops. The taste is the same. Caramel sweetness and slight roastedness appear up front but this quickly takes a back seat. Stepping up are the hops. Spicy hops and earthy flavors from the hops take over in the aftertaste. The body is medium which is what you would expect from the style. This beer is a staple of sorts. Always easy to reach for when not sure what to get.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 05:14:04 | More by hops4me
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Durge

Connecticut

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

A clear caramel color brew with a medium off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is mild citrus hops with a firm yeasty malt base. The flavor is nice orange peel hops with a bit of malt blended in. A smooth mid-bodied beauty that is very drinkable. Pleasantly carbonated, just an overall agreeable choice with fair hops presence to appeal to most anyone that appreciates some bitterness to their beer. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 04:56:14 | More by Durge
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a dark orange bordering on red with a nice two finger head that quickly dissapated and left no lace on the glass.

The smell was hoppy up front with earthy undertones, slight citrus hidden but hops rule the nose.

The drink starts with a kick of mild hops followed by a citrus flavor and finishes with lingering hops. The finish was quite nice even though the hops linger they are not oily.

Not a bad beer at all. Really a good IPA to bring a newby in on, quite mild. I just didn't care for the earthy smell it carried with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 02:11:09 | More by coasterfreak75
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yesferro

Mississippi

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Servingtype: bottle

Appearance: Dark golden fizzy goodnes

Smell: wow! Spicy citrus with extra spice, this beer has an excellent citrusy aroma

Taste: The hop flavor hits you right in the face but in a very gently and loving way, once again, citrusy, maybe some lychee and a slight bit of pepper

Mouthfeel, nothing devillish about it, goes down really smooth

Drinkability: very easy to drink

PS: I wish this beer was legal in MS

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 14:45:19 | More by yesferro
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Wackyfoot

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber pour with a medium sized off white head. The power is in the spices here, big spicy flavor right up front fading to a hoppy finish in the back end. Also one of the best smelling IPAs I've ever had. A glorious winner all around, all hail Victory!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 06:26:30 | More by Wackyfoot
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thekanna

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Teaism in Penn Quarter, Washington D.C.

Appearance: Nice bright orange copper with a thin layer of white foam to cap it off.

Smell: Clean and fresh. Slight citrus notes in the background; like well done dishes, but without the soap taste.

Taste: Wow, this is like a hop slap in the face. Rather, someone put hops in a cannon and shot you in the face with them. The characteristic flavor of hops (lychee, longan, a couple other tropical fruits...) is strong with this one. Bitter bite tops it off.

Overall: If you like the flavor of hops, this is the way to go. Nice, refreshing beer that can cut through practically anything. Like paint thinner... FOR YOUR MOUTH.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 06:52:44 | More by thekanna
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BeanBone

Texas

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

Appearance: A somewhat hazy burnt-orange body with a solid finger of off-white and bubbly head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Floral, spicy, and citrusy hops balanced by a brown-sugary malt body. A bit of booze is lurking around the edges.

Taste: Spicy, grapefruity hops dominate at first and are decently bitter. There's a solid biscuity, sweet, and nutty malt backbone bringing up the rear, well up to the challenge put forth by the hops. The booze is there, but stays in its place. Everything meshes well and is perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes back easily enough given the style and alcohol content. A good session IPA.

Verdict: With a solid malt backbone balanced perfectly with brilliant hops, HopDevil is one of the best IPAs that I've tried yet. I'm very much looking forward to trying the other Victory offerings I can get my hands on here in Houston.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 20:39:25 | More by BeanBone
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WakeandBake

Michigan

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

A clear copper color pour.with a generous white head that receded slowly and left rings of lacing. The aroma was butter, caramel, citrus and pine with citrus being the most dominant fragrance. The flavor was more malt forward than I anticipated, mostly caramel but overall it was nicely balanced against the citrus and pine hops. Mouthfeel was very nice,good crisp finish,drinkable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 16:02:40 | More by WakeandBake
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

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

A- pours a very nice yellow with a small off white head and ALOT of lacing
S- hops,hops, pot, honey, very fresh smelling
T- obv hops, some grains , not overly bitter, very pleasant
M- really smooth, very creamy, goes down very nice
D- very good, but the 6.7 abv can sneak up on you.. be warned

I have had this beer many times, just writing a formal review tonight

a great borderline session beer for anyone, and a great beer for people that wanna get more into IPA's and DIPA's... really good on the pump too

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 06:56:53 | More by gdfan47
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a clear apple-cherry color with a foamy 1 finger beige head that displayed excellent retention through most of the drink. A nice sheet lacing was left behind.

S: The nose yielded bright citrus, light pine and dry grapefruit.

T: sweet and citrusy with pine with a dry flowery hopping. There was a huge, dry munich malt backbone and dry hopping in the middle of the palate. On the finish was dried grapefruit, dry flowers with a good carbonation bite. Overall a very nice, dry flowery hopping that coats the tongue with bittering success.

M: a medium fullness and creminess with a nice carbonation presence.

D: A great citrusy and dry flowery hopped ipa backed by an equally huge dry toasted munich backbone makes this a standout. Leaves your tongue dry and anxious for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 16:18:14 | More by beerthulhu
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dakid618

Illinois

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

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a deep red with very little head. Some retention on the glass but not much. Very citrusy hoppy smell. Taste is very hoppy with citrus undertones. Dry mouthfeel with lingering sour hop aftertaste in a good way. Very drinkable, will buy again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 02:46:35 | More by dakid618
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought home a bottle of this from a recent visit Stateside, due to its location of origin (never had a Pennsylvanian IPA before), and let's face it, the overtly pandering label art. Hey, it stood out from the multitude of IPAs available on the shelves during that particular shopping trip.

This beer pours a light, clear orange amber colour, with a few fingers of pillowy white head, which sticks around for more than a few minutes, and leaves a fair amount of soap bubble lacing around the glass. It smells faintly of grapefruit hops, and not much else, even as it warms. The taste starts with a grassy, flinty hop dryness, that moves to include more resinous pine bitterness, before washing over a thin caramel malt backbone to the lip-smackingly dry hop finish. The carbonation is understated, allowing the hops to remain the star of this show. The body is a wee bit less than full, but, for the style, I suppose it is just right. There is no noticeable warming from the elevated alcohol. For the strong, but not overpowering, hop goodness, and the smooth mouthfeel, this is quite a decently drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 07:28:24 | More by biboergosum
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,777 ratings.