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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,094 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,094
Reviews: 2,380
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 159
Gots: 537 | 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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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good, solid IPA. I've had this beer through three different sources now, two from trades and a six pack now that Victory distributes to my area. I guess I let the hype get to me because I'm still a bit disappointed. I even refused to review the first two times I tried it, thinking that the bottles weren't fresh enough, but, alas, it's a good IPA that still doesn't knock my socks off. There's a fairly strong malt backbone and a healthy hop bitterness, but neither element is extraordinary. If you're into balanced bitterness, this is probably your thing. For me, it lacks the delicate hop flavors that I really love in an IPA. That's certainly not to say that HopDevil is a bad beer. It nearly has the malt backbone of an amber ale. The hops are fairly strong, if a bit one note. It's easy to drink and quite pleasant.

popery, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear true copper hue. Head is a very pale yellow with a variety of small and large bubbles. Head falls to a fine net of tiny bubbles that cover the beer, Good Lacing. Plenty of carbonation races up the walls of the glass.

S - Amazing Smell. Lots of sweet grape fruit up front with a more of a pine finish. Complementary caramel malt accentuated the bitter hop aroma at the end. Slight malt undertones.

T - Simply amazing. There is a very powerful citrus hops up front that seem to be sweetened by the malts. The taste moves towards a hint of a yeasty sweet bred towards the middle. And finishes clean on the palette with a Spicy bitter taste that doesn't linger too long. The malt doesn't seem to separate its self ever from the Hops, it's a cohesive taste the whole way through.

M - Medium Bodied finish very light and dry with an ever so slight warming feeling. Awesome carbonation, just right.

O - It just doesn't last long enough. The first impression is of IPA is that its not overpowering enough, then after a few sips the beer becomes perfectly balanced with malt and just the right amount of hops. Its getting a 5 on Overall impression because it improves with each sip, rather then hit you up front and leave you numb towards the end. Perfectly balanced.

DwnTwnBwn, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of giblet
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

now this is what i am talking about! this is one damn fine hopped beer. poured nice into the tulip glass. nice light orange color. about one inch of head that settled to about a quarter inch. good carbonation. the aroma...ah the aroma, excellent smell and a taste to match. this is in my opinion an almost perfect IPA. nice look with steady carbonation and very nice lacing down the glass.

as a hop head it is lovely!

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Bud (woo!) pint glass at the Kuzma's.

A: Poured a bright, hazy and clear orange amber color with a frothy, two-finger head of ivory foam. Carbonation was nil yet suspended compounds were entrancing.

S: Smells slightly spicy and alcoholic with a nice zesty, floral hop aroma and a little breadiness.

T: Taste is not as overly pungent with hops as expected, but rather it is clean, smooth and malty to start, with a good crisp, bready caramel flavor. This gives way to a nice bouquet of acidic citrus and herbal hop flavors. A smooth, dry finish earmakrs this as a nice, clean session IPA.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth and medium bodied with a clean and satisfying finish.

D: A very drinkable and well crafted IPA by Victory. I was expecting sinister hop flavors but this was more demure and balanced. Intentional by the brewery? I think so - session gold.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with copious carbonation, and a small white head, quickly fading to a thin film. Aroma is more malt than hops. Bitter with nondescript hopping. Medium mouthfeel. Except for the bitterness, it doesn't strike me as an IPA. More like a hoppy American Amber.

LittleDon, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of ditch
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! This was way more than i was expecting. Probably the most intense hop flavor i've had to date.

Pours a hazy ale orange, with a yellowish head that lingers for a bit. Lacing on the side of glass hangs around for a bit before fading.

Smell is of a hoppy grapefruit. Little bit of spice in there too.

Now the taste! Wow! In your face! My tongue is assaulted with a bitterness then followed my a malty, grainy, almost bready citrus. Maybe a little pepper in there too...

I've seen this beer on the shelf numerous times, but for some reason never picked it up. Worth checking out. Something to share with friends. Won't be on my everyday drinking list because of it's bold flavor. But is one to have around for others to try!

ditch, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of six-pack bottle last night during our IPA tasting night. Poured into a pint glass and away we go.

Appearance: Orange-brown-gold with a nice, billowy white head that maintains its form well and stays true to the style with a nice lacing as it goes down. Very nice bottlework too.

Smell: Slightly grapefruity with some malty tones in the nose as well. You can also pick up a bit of the prickly and spicy alcholic notes as well, leading to the impression of a fairly balanced IPA (and by balanced, I mean West-Coast balanced. It's almost its own style anymore).

Taste: The smell in liquid form. Solid hops with more bitterness than I was expecting, Alpha-Acids are definitely at work here in their bittering role, with a nice malt foil at work against the hops, leading towards a more synergized and balanced. The grainy taste as well works as the more secondary and smoothing finish as well. Alcohol is there as well and will not be written off, providing a slight spiciness that adds a little something extra too.

Mouthfeel: Amply carbonated and bitter upfront, leaving a nice, full-bodied aftertaste that coats the mouth until the next sip. Not too resinous or damp, but not dry either. Pleasant.

Drinkability: I prefer my IPAs to be a bit hoppier to be completely honest, but this is by no means something I wouldn't like to drink. It's an enjoyable East Coast IPA, which is saying something for me as my preference is definitely the San Diego / West Coast style. It's not my ace-in-the-hole IPA so to speak, but it's one that when cooking, I'll keep in mind for something a bit spicier, as the taste would be great with some Thai food. Yummm.

nomomentwasted, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orangey/amber color that produces a nice off-white head that leaves amazing lacing along the pint glass. Nice looking pour, as always, from Bell's brews

S: Super hoppy nose! Caramel or amber malts in the background balance this pretty well. The hop profile is more bittering than floral in my opinion, which is not something I generally like, but the malts balance well enough to make up for it.

T: Very citrusy hops dominate the profile. Grapefruit, lemon peel, and bitter hops. Malts are present in the background but do not balance the beer as I wanted them too. Truly a hop-head's delight, but I tend to be more about balance than to let hops run rampant- super bitter. There is also a slight wet wood note

MF/D: A little fizzy carbonation wise, bitter/dry finish that lingers pretty well.

scottyshades, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of auroracrisis
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color. Very standard looking with a one and a half finger head that dies down to about half a finger in about a minute. Pretty good looking beer, no flaws but it's not incredible.

Smells piney with malts. Pretty standard as welll. Nothing too intriuguing. Kinda wish there was more nose in this one but that's okay.

Taste is good. Piney hops with some caramel malts. The hops of course are front and center but not overwhelming. Not very complex, was hoping for more here. But overall, a good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is generic. I don't mean that in a bad way, it's definitely a good feeling to roll this around in your mouth a bit but it's not creamy or anything. Goes down smooth, decent amount of bubbles, kinda lighter but true to the style.

Drinkability is rather high since it is a normal ABV beer and tastes pretty good. This wouldn't be my first choice in American IPAs but certainly wouldn't be my last.

Overall, a good beer. Definitely ont hat shouldn't be overlooked.

auroracrisis, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orangy copper color hazy liquid. Light amber at the bottom of the glass. A finger width creamy colored head.

S: Nice combo of maltiness, sweet caramel and hop aggressiveness.

T: Solid bready malt with a really nice piney hop bite. Really satisfying breadiness in the finish with a lasting bitterness.

M: Light side of medium bodied. Medium carb.

D: Really drinkable IPA. Very enjoyable. Hard to have just the one. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this.

sgoodship, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat bottle art. Dark, clear amber with a decent white head. Ample lace and retention. Looks like an IPA to me.

Juicey Fruit phenols and tobaco spice.

Sugary grapefruit up front followed by an aggressive tobacco hop bitter. Tobacco hop oil lingers for awhile. Interesting balance between sugary malt and tobacco bitter. I like it.

donkeyrunner, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark orange amber, almost reddish. Clear with tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Hops are are up front but not overpowering. Well balanced with florals and a minimal pine scent. Not as strong scented as most IPA's.

T&M: Very smooth, medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation. Crisp and dry finish. Perfectly balanced floral hops and minimal sweetness. Slowly fades with slightly bitter hop taste.

This is probably one of the best IPA's I've ever tasted. Have also had this on tap and it's just as good.

cdizinno, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown and hazy with an off-white head. the head looks sticky.

smells a little piney, grassy, and maybe a bit of wet hay. some citrus notes thrown in there too.

touch of malty sweet amongst pine and resin flavors. relatively subdued but well balanced.

fullbodied but not overly mouthy. good drinkable ipa.

skrib09, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of mmmmmbeeer
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH Signature Glass -- Best By 16 Sep 09

Appearance -- A nice copper with soapy head on the pour giving way to a thin head with nice vanilla colored lacing

Smell -- Not at all what I expected considering the name and label. The sweet malts really jump out at me with very little citrus or pine.

Taste -- Again, much like the smell, the malt really jumps on my palette at the start. As a newer IPA fan I've found that I'm a big fan of the west coast style IPA with heavy Cascade and Columbus hops...this beer really pointed out the big difference between east and west coast as the hops really kicked in on the backside with a nice bitterness to clean some of that malt off my palette. Totally different experience but not all that bad.

Mouth Feel -- the moderate level of carbonation is a great complement to the sequence of flavors of the beer.

Drinkability -- At a moderate ABV and good mouth feel, this one goes down preettttaay, prettttaaay, pretty good. I'll probably purchase this one again.

mmmmmbeeer, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of jwhancher
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply...my favorite beer. Great appearance, awesome hoppy smell, excellent taste, superb mouthfeel, and a drinkability that can go down for the ages. A++ for this beer!!! Quite simply, among my favorites for the regular rotation in my fridge. Not to mention, this brew tastes 10x better coming from a cask conditioned pump straight from the source.

jwhancher, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of dac0152
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange copper color with almost a 1 inch head, which is slightly tan.

Smells just like I expected, citrus hops, small amount of sweetness from the malts.

This beer is amazing to just kick back to after mowing the lawn, or going for a run, it goes down so smooth and tastes delicious. The hops are definitely present, but there is absolutely a sweetness that balances this IPA very well. Maybe not enough hops to satisfy DIPA lovers, but definitely get the job done for me. Malts seem to kick in more after drinking for a while.

Great carbonation, but nothing absolutely amazing. Just smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability is great for this beer. The only thing that keeps me from drinking a sixer at a time is the ABV, but even it isn't too high at 6.7%.

Just a solid offering.

dac0152, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

great label, with exp date of 9/30/09 on the front.
pours a pretty true dark orange with a lightly tanned head that pours pours bubbly until it settles to a foamy 3/4 of an inch that stays for a while. and the lacing looks great.
smells of orange and citrus fruits, pretty floral hoppiness as well, of course.
this is a good tasting ipa, i'm still new to them, but i am enjoying it nonetheless. i taste the citrus and hops. thats the basic gist of it.
its pretty smooth, light bodied, can definitely have a few of these.

I purchased this along with a hop wallop and a storm king, and i look forward to tasting those and more of what victory has to offer.

JordonHoltzman, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes a medium copper color that leans towards orange on the spectrum, it is clear yet not easy to see through. Has a nice tan head too.
Smells of toasted malts covered up by a mild aroma of coarse citric hops.
Tastes likewise, more pronounced than the smell, but still not as potent as what I was hoping for in this brew.
Creamy and smooth with a good balance and well carbonated.
Very drinkable yet I will try Victory's other offerings first before I revisit this one.

ThickestHead, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with freshness date

App: Dark amber, chesnut brown. 2 finger off-white head

Smell: Mostly north american hops. Half floral half dense fruit. Perhaps a bit of citrus.

Taste: Starts with a bitterness. Perhaps a light toasty malt flavor peeks out once in a while, but this beer is dominated by hoppy bitterness. Ends with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Overall, a pleasing bitterness, but not a memorable flavor.

Full feeling medium body.

emsroth, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a rocks glass a auburn hue with brief white head. There is a floral hoppiness balanced by a decent amount of malt. The brew could be a little more substantial on the body side of things but is average. Too much malt for my expectation of a "hopdevil". I expect a lot from AIPAs as they are often synonymous with DIPAs. There is not a substantial level of hop character and what hop character is present is diminished by the malt content. The malt sweetness is a disappointment for me in this interpretation.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of ken2cart1
2.03/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- light mahogany, lbig 1 inch frothy head

S- def a solid caramel backbone, fruit hopsmell in there, but not as much hop smell as an ipa should

T- wheres the hops? decent bitterness, but no hop flavor, watery, matallic taste, HAS THIS BEER GONE BAD?

m- WATERY

D- not enjoyable at all

ken2cart1, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanx to brairscratch for the bottle.

A - deep burgundy w/ 2 finger biege head that shrinks to nothing more than a flim across the top of the beer

S - caramel malts, citrus hops and some biscuit. pretty straight forward IPA

T - very bitter w/ some breadiness on the follow-through. again, not bad but just nothing special

MF - medium carbonation and body w/ a oily feel

D - not too shabby, solid IPA though nothing to write home about

perhaps I was expecting too much after loving the hell out of Prima Pils and HopWallop, i guess i figured this one would be of the same 'above average caliber'. i was wrong.

bonsreeb85, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Pours a rich honey color with good clarity. The cream-colored head is sizable at 1 1/2 fingers with rocky lacing.

The aromas are very, very muted for some reason. Some weak cracker malt smells and light grassiness are all that I get. This bottle expires on 10/13/09, so the hops shouldn't have faded out completely... no choice but to score it low.

Ah, that's better. The hops haven't faded, evidenced by the floral hit of flavor at the tip of the tongue. The gentle hop kiss informs the generous malt bill. This isn't a malt bomb, but the caramel and slight toasted malt flavors are highly assertive. The hops take over on the finish, delivering a blast of pine and grapefruit alpha acid yumminess on the back end of the drink. The lingering aftertaste is very gentle; just a trace of bitterness. Ultimately, this is a very balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little too watery for my tastes; I noticed the "watery" quality from the very first drink. Drinkability, however, is excellent. The predominant feeling of balance -- good malt tastes not being overpowered by the nice hopping -- makes this a beer that you can drink as much of as you would like to. The relatively low ABV% of 6.7 helps in this regard, too.

I can't buy beers from Victory in MO (where I live). If I could, I don't think that I would buy HopDevil over other, more local, options for a balanced IPA. I think that I brought home the wrong six pack of Victory product with me from Illinois. That said, this is a solid beer with a lot of positive attributes going for it. If you want a balanced IPA over an intense hop bomb, then you could do a lot worse than HopDevil.

Reaper16, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brownish orange color not normally seen in most IPA's with nice sudsy one finger head in light tan. Leaves some sticky lace.

Sweet malt, fruity, citrus hops.

This is a balanced IPA. There is almost more deep roasted malt here than hops. Piney and biting hops come in at the end. Some citrus peel is also present. Hops are starting to emerge more as I drink on.

Medium bodied, nice velvety carbonation lends to a pleasant mouthfeel.

Due to the balance, this is a really drinkable IPA. I would have this one again.

jera1350, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of bjacobsen
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone AB pint glass.

A- Orange meets Amber color with a thick 1 inch head. Sufficient lacing to stick to the sides as it dissipates.

S- Hops and spice on the nose up front. Some caramel malt is present as well.

T- Nice. The hop presence is totally put in check by the malty middle. Bittersweet dry finish. After a few minutes, and a few sips, the malt becomes more pronounced. Balanced and subdued flavor profile, but masterfully achieved.

M- Medium bodied.

D- One of the more drinkable IPA's I've had in a while. As a southern california resident, I enjoyed the restrained hop profile of this nice IPA as a nice change of pace from the extreme (but tasty) DIPA's that seem to be everywhere out here. Certainly more sessionable.

bjacobsen, Aug 07, 2009
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,094 ratings.