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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

5,670 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,670
Reviews: 2,365
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 133
Gots: 351 | 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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cjohnson

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-amber with about an inch and a half of head, and a nice little bit of carbonation bubbles coming up through the beer.

Very nice smelling beer with a spicy and (unsurprisingly) hoppy nose.

Very hoppy, a little too so for my liking, but not so much as to be overwhelming. A pretty strong bitterness comes with the hops, and maybe just a hint of malt sweetness to finish. Fairly spicy.

Medium bodied mouthfeel; nothing incredible.

I found this pretty drinkable, even though I don't love this style. Not my favorite pale ale I've had this evening, but certainly a respectable offering from Victory that people who like IPAs will undoubtedly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 04:44:19 | More by cjohnson
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horshack7

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a light foamy head. With slight orange hues.

Aromas: The hop nose is big on this one. Light hints of caramel malts.

Taste: It starts off with a bit of crisp mouthfeel. The hoppiness of this one has a great bite to it along with a spice to it as well. There is slight sweetness to it. It's not has hoppy as I thought it might be but it's good.

Notes: This is my second offering from Victory and it's a tasty one. This certainly is a beer that can be enjoyed year round. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 02:52:06 | More by horshack7
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: A darker amber, reddish with a nice forming, long lasting off-white head.

S: Quite a floral hop nose, with citrus notes and a little spiciness and grassiness.

T: Citrus peel and some evergreen resins, balanced nicely for the style with a bit of a burnt malt in the front.

M: A medium, well rounded body with a little stickiness on the teeth. A nice finish, imparting a nice lingering flavour with a slick oiliness.

D: A higher ABV as per the style make it a slower drinker, but easy enough to drink. Ended up pairing it with a bison burger, and they went together quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 22:47:16 | More by Proteus93
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (with an awesome piece of cover art) into a pint glass.

Appearance: A honey-amber/orange brew, hazy, with aggressive carbonation and sticky lacing. Nice.

Smell: Floral, earthy, and sweet! Citrus (grapefruit and orange rind) and floral hops mingle with a rustic and bready but nonetheless saccharine and honey-like malt profile. A slight whiff of alcohol finishes off the nose.

Taste: Sweet honey, largely in balance with aggressively, grassy, rustic, and bitter hops. A really nice balance, actually - it's not an "even" balance, but it's right about where it should be. The bittering hops leave quite a stinging finish, but it's not one that stays for too long. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming - it's slightly spicy, but that's largely overwhelmed by the hops. A relatively simple flavor profile, but a well-balanced albeit strong one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy velvet with a medium, oily body. A great carbonation profile. It lingers, but not oppressively so.

Drinkability: Mild alcohol content at 6.7%, a great taste (so balanced) and mouthfeel (so creamy), and no funny, lingering aftertaste, besides the dull, bitter sting left by the hops. What's not to love?

A really great overall beer, that (for me, at least) strikes a really good balance between bitter hoppiness and sweetness. Not my favorite IPA, but definitely up there. I purchased the single for $1.70, which means a sixer probably rolls in at around 9 bucks, which is perfectly reasonable for an IPA sixpack.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 16:45:50 | More by CrellMoset
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ccrida

Oregon

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an impy pint glass, Hop Devil is clear copper with a tight, creamy khaki head that is long lasting, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is softer floral, citrus hops, fairly spicy.

Taste very well balanced for a big IPA, my favorite thing about this beer, which I've had many, many times. I really like how floral the hops are, big but subdued at the same time, a much different hop profile then the pine/grapefruit combo I've become so accustomed to here in the NW. Smooth semi-sweet malt is countered by a very firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel oily, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is high. Hop Devil keeps it smooth while still delivering a very sophisticated hop fix, with almost no indication of the robust ABV. This is so anti-west coast, I love it! Brings but great memories of my 10 years in Pittsburgh.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:16:43 | More by ccrida
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ATPete

New Jersey

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

capped 12 oz bottle

i bought a case of this classic IPA when it went on sale recently in my local store.

A- Red Amber, big white head, rapid fire carbonation

S- Hoppy, piney with nice citrus notes, subtle malt

T- Very fresh hops come through, a lot of nice fruit blasts as well, it sports a nice crisp dry pilsner like finish.

M- The Hop Devil bites. Very pilsner like in body which in turn makes it dangerously drinkable.

IPA fans that havent tried this yet...what are you waiting for?

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 00:00:53 | More by ATPete
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rgb2807

New York

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

This beer is a different animal when you get it cask, and I guess that holds true for a lot of beers, but I have never tried a cask beer that I had a lot experience with from the bottle.

The hops come through in a much more subtle way. They are not as overpowering as with a bottle. (I still love bottled/tap hop devil though) And its room temperature serving makes its citrusy flavors come through a lot more.

This is a very sophisticated ale, after drinking the cask, it makes the bottled stuff taste better too because I am way more aware of all of the flavors interacting instead of just hop flavor.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2008 18:35:47 | More by rgb2807
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tpd975

Florida

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

Wow very nice. I enjoyed the Victory Hop Devil on cask at the Hop Devil Bar in NYC. How fitting.

A: Nice orangish gold color with little to no head. Little to no lacing noted.

S: Nice hoppy aroma. Tons of grapefruit with mild touches of nutty toffee malt.

T: In the bottle it took a bit for the hops to kick in. On cask I tasted wonderful grapefruit hops right from the start. There was a wonderful malt backbone to even things out making this one enjoyable brew.

M: Medium bodied and ultra crisp on the palate.

D: Nice drinkable brew, on cask this one is down right sessionable.

Overall: Nice aggressive IPA. Perfect balance between hop and malt. If your a hophead you will enjoy this one no matter if its on cask or in the bottle.

Serving type: cask

03-27-2008 19:54:30 | More by tpd975
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jkdrummer

Washington

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

Pours a nice surprisingly amber color. Rich head fades a nice creamy lace. Initial taste is a well balanced malt with a bitter aftertaste, with a little citrus and honey. A lot more mild then the Victory Hop Whallop but this is more of an amber to me. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 01:11:02 | More by jkdrummer
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most balanced ipa's that I have ever had. There's a big hop presense, but Victory has added enough malt to make this very drinkable with a great mouthfeel.

Orangy copper with a tan head. A tad overzealous pour on my part (couldn't wait to try maybe?) resulted in a couple inches of foam. No biggie.

Aroma and taste are similar. Hops (spicy, piney)and caramel-flavored malts take turns assailing your senses.

In one sip, I noticed the hops and malt each poke through atleast twice during the taste, from beginning to finish.

Drinkability? Oh yeah!

Light astrigent alcohol presense, but otherwise a great brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 23:12:01 | More by SurlyDuff
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mithrascruor

California

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

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours an amber-red color with a big off-white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Smells of citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and pine. Taste is similar, but with a sharper hop bitterness towards the finish (though not too astringent). Generally light-bodied, with moderate carbonation. A nice and drinkable IPA offering.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2008 16:36:03 | More by mithrascruor
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear deep amber color with reddish hues. One finger of medium foam off-white head has ok retention and some good sticky lacing. Smells of malt and spicy, earthy hops with some citrus notes like orange. Taste is of floral hops up front followed by a solid malt backbone and a nice spicy dry hop finish. Not as prominently hoppy as the West Coast Style, more of a blending of British IPA and APA. Medium in body with good carbonation and a good overall balance. Not overly hoppy, meaning it won't ruin your taste buds and quite sessionable. Could drink several of these at a sitting and not be bored.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 23:08:33 | More by HopDerek
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

A seethur ruby brown with good head and lacings. A large hoppy aroma of dark fruit and some gran/bread malt in there. The hops catch the tongue immediately, with hints of citrus and an earthy flavor and some malts. But it is pretty much hops - and very smooth. I thought that was nice, and I am not a hophead so it was appreciated. A little dry for my liking, but all in all a good beer and a must for hops lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 02:04:31 | More by clayrock81
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper color with a thin off white head that leaves some lace on the sides. Aroma hits you with hops; pine and grapefruit, but there's also some malt in the background, a bit of caramel. Taste assaults the the taste buds with hops, much like the smell. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected and is a bit dry in the finish, no lingering hops on the palette. Great brew, not as hoppy as some out there, but certainly very drinkable. I taste no alcohol and could easily drink to many of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 02:51:50 | More by johnnnniee
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from Abankovich in trade. Thank you.

This beer pours a deep amber with one finger of white head. This is a deeper color than most other IPA's I've encountered. It does leave very good lacing on my pint glass. Hops are the only thing I smell on this beer, but that isn't really a good thing. The hop scent is rather muted and not as bold as I was expecting. I don't really pick up any other secondary scents as well. The taste is very sweet upfront with a bit of caramel before the hops take over and assert themselves, but the hops fizzle out rather quickly and leave a tea-bitterness for the rest of the beer. I am rather unsatisfied with each passing drink. The mouthfeel is rather thin, but there is quite a bit of astringency that normally isn't found on IPA's.

I am not sure what I am missing on this one, but I am rather let down.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 02:04:58 | More by TheodorHerzl
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Kraken

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at the corner store . This was my first experience with a victory brew overall I came away satisfied. Beer poured into DFH pint glasss minimal head, no lacing. Nice hop and amalt aromas . Pours nice and dark for an IPA. Very hoppy first tasete balanced with some maltiness very dry bitter finish . mouthfeel is very thin. Was expecting somthing more inlight of the $11.00 I spent. However this would be an epic session beer if available at happy hour prices . Additionally I think that the abv is overrated in BA description.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 05:44:17 | More by Kraken
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gkatsoris for this extra.

This devil pours a nice transparent amber/orange with good white head and nice lace. Smell is of spicy english hops. The taste follows with english like hop flavors, very spicy hops as opposed to the mouth ripping west coast citrus hops. This is a very balanced IPA with malts defenitely making their presence known. The mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery but still above average. Drinkability is good, very balanced. Overall this is a good IPA but I prefer a slightly different style, more often found on this west coast. But don't get me wrong, I would drink this beer over many other IPAs out there. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:48:39 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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toolbrew

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer on a whim because I like my hops.

It poured a nice clear golden brown, almost honey color with a thick white head.

The scent wasn't too strong with any flavor. Slightly hoppy aroma.

The taste was a little watery but you could tell that it's an IPA.

Mouthfeel is nice for an IPA. Not too overwhelming in any particular area. Not too watery and everything fits into place.

I could see myself drinking a few of these at a time. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 04:31:14 | More by toolbrew
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, best before April 14 08 stamped onto the side of the bottle.

A: Pours a very appetizing dark and clear mahogany or any other looking kind of finished wood. Pours a rocky off white head one inch thick with a promisingly sticky looking bubble down but the head disappears entirely in a few minutes. Great sticky lacing now that I've had a chance to drink this beer though and what saves the appearance along with the nice color on the beer.

S: I was expecting more of a hop explosion but this one is a bit more balanced, don't get me wrong the hops are still there in spades but a nice dextrose malt aroma keeps things all nicely balanced. Not as fresh and clean smelling as I would have hoped for though

T/MF: Again not at all as hoppy I was expecting not as citrusy and juicy, nutty and piny to be sure, not sweet, not overly bitter but still leaves a cloying drying sensation on the back of the tongue and some additional prickly malt bitterness on the roof of the mouth, exceedingly complex but tastes and feels a little flat and watery in the mouth.

D: To be honest I was a bit disappointed in this beer, especially at 10.99 a six pack, maybe this one suffers from being close to the expiration date but as it stands this beer seems only average to the lush array of other American IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 03:34:56 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Hoagie1973

New York

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice looking beer. Robust amber color with thin white head.

Aroma and flavor just hops and not much else. I'll admit IPA's aren't really my thing so it's hard to accurately rate this beer. I guess it's well crafted for what it is.

Mouthfeel is smooth to start, with a biting hop finish.

Overall impression.... eh.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 09:05:43 | More by Hoagie1973
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Victory Brew-pub in Downingtown, PA.

A nice dark red with a finger of nice, off-white head. Decent lacing.

Hoppy smell, very flowerly.

Very balanced taste. Up front is a large, floral taste with some malt backbone. Finishes very dry with a nice hop flavor.

Good mouthfeel, very light.

Greeat drinkability, a beer you can drink all night.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2008 05:56:34 | More by Hojaminbag
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

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

Victory HopDevil Ale pours a light copper, crystal clear with a nice head. I smell nice caramel malt paired up with citrus and resin hops hinting at plenty of bitterness. A sharp bitterness comes first in the flavor followed by a lot of spicy, citrusy hop flavor. The malt sweetness sticks its head out for just a second, but is instantly covered by more bitterness. Overall, a nice solid IPA, makes me want to spend more time in Downingtown.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 01:52:26 | More by ericj551
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jwolfie70

California

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Fox and Barrel in Malvern, PA. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a copper brown, with little head. Smelled of dry citrusy hops. Taste was also dry, bitter, citrusy hops. Not very much malt presence at all. Needs a little bit more balance.

I was really excited to see this beer mixed in with a rather pedestrian selection (pretty much all BMC), and was glad to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 00:48:48 | More by jwolfie70
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ricchezza

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear rust shade of amber with a slighty off-white 3/4" head.

The aroma is more of an orange, rather than citrusy-hops.

Very well balanced and not overly bitter. Sweeter than was expected. A sweet, fruity, orange taste in place of the hop explosion that I expected from the name.

If looking for serious hops try Stone Ruination or S.Adams Imperial Pilsner (if you can still find one); but, otherwise this is a tasty brew that I will gladly pruchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:37:57 | More by ricchezza
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JackWeizen

Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Hop Devil pours a coppery red color, and with a little help, forms a nice 1 finger medium bodied head. There is some nice lacing that looks like ink blots forming down the side of the glass as I sip.

The beer smells delicate with some hints of orange. It tastes bitter. Lemon a grapefruit dominate. Malt is hard to detect, but I taste some caramel in the background. To me, this beer does not have enough character to back up the smooth bitterness. It leaves a dry metallic sensation on my tongue. The mouthfeel is a tad thin and slightly under carbonated.

I will have no problem enjoying the rest of my 6 pack, but I had higher expectations of this beer. I'll give it another try in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 20:12:25 | More by JackWeizen
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,670 ratings.