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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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5,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,814
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 141
Gots: 412 | 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 riored4v


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

Reviewed on 8/4/08

Poured into a pint glass. Deep golden color with 1 finger off-white head. Nice and thick head that eventually fades to about 1/2 finger.

Smell is great. Nice citrus aroma. Good amount of sweetness.

Taste is crisp and bittering. Nice amount of finishing dryness. Mild caramel sweetness to back it all up. Good combination of spice and citrus.

Mouthfeel is nice, light and crisp. Mily oilyness.

Drinkability is very good. Overall it's well balanced.

An excellent well-balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 18:11:16 | More by riored4v
Photo of xsists


3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber color, almost redish. My pour had a half finger head that stayed throughout the glass.

S - I am getting a strong grapefruit, faint caramel and faint roasty smell.

T - Big hop flavor. Not over powering and quite smooth. Nice and dry finish.

M - Medium body, creamy feel. Slight alcohol sting after swallowing.

D - Midway through this beer I got the warm feeling. I could drink a few of these but then I would be intoxicated.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 03:34:14 | More by xsists
Photo of nrpellegrini


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

Not a big fan of IPA's but this was good.

Pours a golden hazy orange color with a nice white head that stuck around until the end. Smelled of citrusy hops. Tasted about the same as the scent, a very smooth and crisp hop taste with some good background citrus flavors. Small hop bite on the tongue as it finishes, with a decent aftertaste.. not the best. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is good, a small zing on my tongue but nothing unexpected. Overall I like this IPA compared to most others.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:45:54 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of HopEnthusiast


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

This is one of my favorite American IPA's. It is absolutley delicious. Pours a dark copper, almost red with an awesome white head. This beer has excellent lacing to it also. Has an strong aroma of citrus and hops and has a very slightly bitter taste that is perfect. This beer has an awesome drinkability. Nice burpability also. Great over all beer a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 23:15:23 | More by HopEnthusiast
Photo of TubaManJack


4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An orange hue with a head of pale orange/amber tint. The nose is strongly hops,with a hop "holiday spice" note.

The flavor of at least two hops and mild malt notes. A full bodied mild easy drinking beer. It has a complex taste that has about 3 levels- hops, malt, hops. Its a great beer and the most friendly IPA I have encountered so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 03:44:28 | More by TubaManJack
Photo of Greggy


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

A- Pours an amber color, crystal clear, with a 2 finger white fluffy head with nice retention. As it slowly recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- The nose is a bit tight for me but there is definite grapefruit, and almost a munich malt note in there along with some biscuit.

T- Starts off with a very smooth maltiness with notes of biscuit and caramel then moves into a nice long dry finish.

M- This is smooth and the Alcohol is well hidden.

D- It's to bad this isn't 5%, as it'd be one hell of session beer. Regardless, this is very tasty. It wasn't much of an IPA, but definitely a tasty pale.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 03:03:51 | More by Greggy
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm just starting to get back into IPAs and this is one I probably won't be buying again. It's a pretty, fragrant, cleanly brewed hop water if you ask me. There is almost no balance to this thing whatsoever. It definitely has all the hops you could want, but I just get the feeling that I'm drinking some bitter, fermented dextrose.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 04:42:36 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of DIM


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

a: This was a slightly hazy copper color. It was served to me with a sticky, craggy head.

s: Balanced pretty nicely between to extremes. Big, sweet aromas of brown sugar and caramel. Huge hop notes of resiny pine.

t: Pretty much mirrors the smell. Balanced, but not in a small way.

m: Good body and carbonation, the sweet aftertaste is a little distracting.

d: Used to be one of my favorites, this was my first one in long time. I still like it but I prefer a little less maltiness in my IPAs now.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 18:18:07 | More by DIM
Photo of josiahschlender


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

Pours a hazy red/amber color with an orange twinged adequate cap of foam. Some lacing. Sweet hop devil on the label.

Very pleasing, intense aroma. I like the multidimensional hops and malt. Definitely citrus and floral notes coming from the hops, with sweet caramel malts.

Flavors follow suit. After drinking a lot of one-dimensional hop bombs from the NW, I appreciate the balance of malt and hops. While they're good, the flavors aren't mind-blowing to me, not quite bringing the intensity of the aromas. Mouthfeel is excellent, full bodied and creamy with a moderately long, dry, finish. Lots of bittering hops at the end.

If this beer was more easily found here in Portland, and a couple bucks cheaper it'd be standby for me, probably. However its price affects my drinkability score a bit... I'll probably wait until this one goes on sale again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 06:14:31 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of twiggamortis420


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

Pours a ruby color and is mostly clear. Fat 2 finger head collapses slowly to a rocky, pillowy light beige mountain range. This is a good looking beer.

What a surprise, I smell hops first...but they are not overbearing, more like a light west coast grapefruit hoppyness. I can definitely identify a slightly sweet maltiness as well. A pretty complex little IPA here.

Yes, the malts are readily on display as well as the bitter, citrusy hops. Dont get me wrong, this is quite a hoppy beer, but there is more to it than just the alpha acids. Caramel and toasty malt flavors really impress.

A pretty damn good IPA, but not quite great. Sure to revisit this one sometime down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 19:26:48 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

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

HopDevil is Victories IPA, I had this one at a bar in a room temperature glass.

This beer is darker than some of the other IPAs I have enjoyed recently. The smell is great, you can smell the hops, and notes of other things like caramal etc

This beer doesn't finish with a citrus aftertaste as some of the other IPAs do, it leaves you with the taste of hopps, and flavor, nothing fruity here!

The mouth feel of this beer is great, it is not overly heavy, and not overly boddied for an IPA, it is very drinkable, and I enjoyed this one very much!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 18:57:24 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of eljefe21


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

A: Pours to a nice 1 finger head. Redish-copper in color.

S: A strong citrus/pine hop smell.

T: Beautiful hop bite with a slight malt balance.

M: A little carbonation up front, followed by a smooth middle, and a wonderful spicy, dry aftertaste.

D: One of my standard beers. Crisp enough for the warm months, warming enough for the cold months.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 00:32:50 | More by eljefe21
Photo of NoahSYGG

New York

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

this is a good ipa. I had it on cask at the victory brewpub. It had a nice coppery color. low carbonation due to the cask. thin head which disappated quickly. The aroma was a piney hop scent, nothing else. Taste was warm but over the top hop flavor. that resiney hop flavor that makes you pucker like kissing your grandma. thick mouthfeel with medium drinkability. a good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 03:13:42 | More by NoahSYGG
Photo of chiefydawg


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

Clear orange-bronze. One finger head subsides quickly but clots nicely at the top and leaves a nice almost crusty lace towards the top. Medium carbonation.

Orangy-grapefruit crisp hop readily apparent with some sweet dinner roll hanging tough with it. The citrus and malt blend well here.

Ditto on the taste, which still showcases the hops but never lets them run away or hog the scene. Toffee and sweeter fruitiness sorta keep the citrus honest yet know their place here. That said, this hoppy treat is just an IBU away from true bitterness. Catching some yeast and an almost wheat spiciness in there that may not actually physically be there. Alcohol is incredibly masked for 6.7%.

I'm amazed at the balance. This is quite hoppy but somehow has a mild caramel sweetness; and neither detracts from drinkability, together or individually. Medium bodied with a lingering sweet floral finish. Only catching the slightly breath- warming alcohol at the end after the last few swallows.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 01:24:43 | More by chiefydawg
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Pours a clear amber color with a good sized head, fades fast though and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is not as hoppy as I thought but there is substantial hop aroma balanced with a strong caramel malt backing, slight citrus and pine presence.

Taste is very similar to the smell department, a hoppy beer that is well balanced with caramel malt, good carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 23:19:47 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of nc41

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For whatever reason the nose puts me off a little. Pours nicely and retains it's head till the end. Malty, and nicely bitter, with no overwhelming floral overtones.You like Resiny, piney IPA's this one is that. Always good, always drinkable, and having one on tap is the rel tribute to this brew. I'm not sure what the original IPA brewed in England tasted like, but I suppose this one might be close. Any Philliies fans out there, you know you can get it on tap in Ashburn Alley and behind Sec 210 in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 19:07:16 | More by nc41
Photo of Pleepleus

New York

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass a cloudy amber orange color with a half inch white foam head that reduces to a minimal sheen and some spotty lacing. I could smell the sweet fruity hopspice when I poured it. The taste is a battle between the hops and sweet malts that is easily won by the hops. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste but just enough to send you back for another sip of sweet nectar. Has a medium feel and a fantastic balance. I will buy this again and drink many, many more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 02:10:59 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of Zadok


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

Poured a deep amber copper with a thin head and doesn't look to have any lacing.

Great sweet hop aroma, kind of a mixture between a floral and piney Christmas wreath.

Very smooth hop flavor, floral fragrance is the overwhelming backdrop. Great flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel, relatively low carbonation. Seems to have a pretty simple hop bite.

Without a doubt a very enjoyable brew. The quality IPA's that I have had in the last couple weeks have almost turned the style into my new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 17:37:27 | More by Zadok
Photo of Chinon01


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

Tan-peach color minimal head opaque. Nose is honeyed malt and hop bitterness. Taste is similar with some apple orange citrus. Hop bitterness in finish. Mouthfull is full but very carbonated Drinkability is moderate due to significant hop presence in finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 03:48:02 | More by Chinon01
Photo of oriolesfan4


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

This beer is in my top 5 for favorite beers all time for sure. Just a wonderfully crafted IPA that is available everywhere in my area for about $8-9/6 pack. It's a hop head delight with nice bitterness and such. It's well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden its scary. If you haven't tried this yet, please do. Also, sweet logo on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 22:36:42 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of thain709


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

A - great color, shades of caramel, perfectly between a light beer and a stout.

S - hops, hops, hops

T - a littler bitter in taste, hoppy and malty flavors

M - very rich in flavor, smooth and creamy going down

D - wonderful tasting IPA, warming for the winter months coming up, I would session with this beer

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 20:04:55 | More by thain709
Photo of Seanibus


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

The definitive malty East Coast IPA. This beer will surprise many IPA drinkers, particularly those accustomed to the paler West Coast style hop bombs, because it is dark, amber and highly malty. But it is beautifully balanced and highly drinkable.

Pours a hazy copper with a big fluffy head (This beer can be a bit frothy) and great lacing. The aroma is malty with a hint of floral hops. The flavor is deeply malty, smooth and rich, with a sneaky blast of delicate floral hops that comes on the back end, along with a bite of bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and clingy, leaving a pleasant layer of malt and hop bitterness clinging to the palate. Highly drinkable despite its relatively powerful alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 14:26:44 | More by Seanibus
Photo of jwinship83


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

A- dark caramel, bordering on ruby colored body with a finger of sticky white head.

S- strong odor of hops and a lesser amount of caramelly malts.

T- lots of citrus hops with a balance of malts. very nice.

M- thick feeling and mouth coating.

D- another solid victory brew. a great year round IPA that ill have again and again. i would be content having this one all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 02:23:52 | More by jwinship83
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a burgandy/bronze color with a foamy, creamy, small, off-white head. It left sticky, sheeets of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, roasted caramel malt and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sharp, bitter hops with a very solid caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee emerge as the beer warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fizzy. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a great IPA with a sharp hop character and a smooth maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 21:52:25 | More by zeff80
Photo of drxandy


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

12oz to standard pint, pours a nice reddish amber shade, cream colored head fades eventually

smells of spicy pine, citrus, breadiness, nice hop blend

taste is of bitter delicious hops from the start, good crisp carbonation, bready, pine, orange peel, earthy wood, sweet honey flavors, great balance and flavor combos

mouthfeel is bitter, highly drinkable, loads of good ipa flavors, lingering hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 04:18:56 | More by drxandy
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