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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,239 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,239
Reviews: 2,388
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 169
Gots: 581 | 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 eman245
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really great IPA. Personally I have enjoyed nearly all of Victory's brews, great stuff in general.
Not as aromatic as some ipa's but, just the right amount of smell.
Not as hoppy as some stronger ipa's, but a really good amount. Tastes bitter yet still a little hint of sweetness.
Goes down easy, and the not overly bitter taste resides in the mouth for a good while.
Very drinkable, I kinda want another one. Really enjoyed this beer, definitely going to get a 6-er next time I visit the store.

eman245, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of mklinger
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Very substantial head, at least 3 fingers going 1/2 an inch over the top of the glass. Lovely light amber , nice clarity and pretty carbonation.

Aroma was a bit muted for an IPA. Some citrus and a bit of dank earthiness. Not my favorite combination of aroma hops. It's not highly flawed but it doesn't resonate with me.

Flavor was fairly balanced for an IPA. Nice malty richness, some toastiness in the malt with a touch of sweetness. Good bitterness follows. The Victory website says there's Tettanager hops in here and that just doesn't seem to fit view of what an IPA should taste like -- there's an earthy herbal quality here that's just as assertive to me as the more common citrus qualities & I'm just not crazy about the earthiness & herbal qualities here.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are still very good here. This is an extremely well-brewed beer. I'm just don't like the recipe as well as I thought I would. I've had 4 HopDevil's now & it's a good beer that many will like & I can see why. It's just not for me.

mklinger, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of wspscott
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (no date)

A: A dark copper color with a little bit of haze, darker than the usual American IPA, off-white head leaves lots of lace.
S: Relatively muted nose, a little bit of pine, not much else. As it warms, a little bit of yeasty fruitiness
T: Lots of bittering hops, seems to be lacking in flavor/aroma additions, a little bit of caramel.
M: Lots of carbonation, on the high side for the style, well attenuated, crisp
D: A nice example of the style, but not a great one. Worth trying, but I am puzzled by all of the high reviews. I would not buy again given the price.

wspscott, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: Deep dark but crystal clear mahogony color. Just barely off white head that dwindles down and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Amazing balance of malty and hoppy notes. mostely citrus hops comming through.

Taste: Very bitter. All grapefruit on the palate. Malt doesnt balance out the hops on this one and for the style it should.

Mouthfeel: perfect carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Creamy midpalate.

Drinkability: Pretty good American IPA. I am not sure the difference between this and an APA but im assuming these are more bitter. Would try again for sure

Augustiner719, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle right out the fridge into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful hazy, deep copper color, almost glowing. Apricot-colored when held to the light. Stream of bubbles up the center of the glass. Two fingers of off-white head with decent retention and little lacing.

S - Faint, spicy hops.

T - Sweet, toasted malt with slight biscuit flavor. The malt is substantial but not in balance with the spicy hops that dominate. Hops are much stronger than the smell indicated and linger in the finish.

M - Decadently creamy and frothy at first. Light-bodied after the carbonation leaves.

D - Very delicious. Surprisingly drinkable considering the strength of the hops. Really disappointed I don't have another one. I could easily drink three.

jwillcourt, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory is new to Florida. This is their first beer for me.

Amber in color with an off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin layer, but with nice sticky lacing.

It has a very light hop aroma.

The taste is bracingly bitter. Tea-like hop flavors mix with tastes of biscuit from the malts. The finishing hop flavor is earthy and almost smoky. Very nice.

The body is slick and glassy.

This is a fine American IPA that will appeal especially to hopheads.

Shaw, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had most of Victory's offerings but for some reason always skipped this. Finally bought a sixer and had a couple the other night.

Poured into a pint glass, this copper hued beer has a large light tan creamy head with pretty good retention. It leaves nice rings of lacing around the glass.

The nose at first is dominated by hops, but as it warms the malts come out in force and eventually take over completely. This is a malty IPA in my opinion.

Taste is definitely dominated by a heavy caramel malt backbone with spicey and citrus hops sprinkled in for texture. Pretty good tasting, but sub par compared to some of the great IPA's out there.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is ok, the ABV is a little high for a session beer but I could easily have mutliple of these in a night.

Not a bad IPA, just not a great one. I'm not really disappointed, just sort of nuetral. Victory is still a solid brewery in my book.

Mistofminn, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber opaque - slight but prominent head

nose is caramel malts and dry floral perfumy hops

taste is strong bitter grapefruit with some strong sweet fruity malts

mouthfeel is thick and drinkability is good a nicely flavoured malt driven east coast ipa

benclimbs, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of thartman
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an old stand-by when I need hop fix... always delivers. Pours a deep golden copper color with a nice froth. Floral hops and citrus dominate the nose. Nice hop and citrus bite, crisp, and bitter, some toasted malts, and grapefruit mixed in.. excellent with spicy wings!

thartman, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: copper with thick lace

Nose: flowers, hops, spicy

Taste: smooth with a crisp finish, heavy hop in the end with a spicy part

Mouthfeel: smooth start and crisp finish

Drinkability: This is a beer that you can spend an evening with. It would pair well with spicy Asian food or rich and thick foods as well. The high quantity of hops has the ability to cut through spicy and decadent foods well.

ClavisAurea, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hand pumped into a pint glass.

A: Average head as expected. Light brown and frothy. Very bubbly. The medium brown body is a bit tawny and has tints of orange. Incredibly murky from the cask conditioning.

S & T: Beautiful aromatics and flavor. It's freshness is noticeable from the onset. The sweet grainy malts are present but know their place and keep a minimal profile making way for the heavy handed hops. Very floral and very piney, like fresh cut lumber, also grassy and mild grapefruit. Sour applesauce flavor. Light yeast notes of leaves, earth and fragrant hand soap. This brew really shines on cask.

M: The mouthfeel is exceptional and very restrained. Medium body is so smooth and creamy. The carbonation pleasantly soft; the finish bitter.

D: Nothing better than a well-done cask conditioned brew. There was only one thing that could tear me away from this treat. You guess what it was...

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper color which is clear and crowned with a very thin lacy white head. The head dissipates fast but gives off a mouth-watering aroma of citrus and earthy hops. The flavor is slightly tart and filled with earthy hop bitterness. There is a slight malt presence in the background of the light bodied brew with moderate carbonation levels, leading to a well balanced brew. The finish is bittersweet with the continued earthy hop bitterness.

manahansf, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a pillowy, tan head that clung to my glass. It is copper in color and hazy. The aroma is of pine and citrus. It smells quite good. The taste is mostly bitter. I really don't get too much citrus, and the bitterness masks the malts. I prefer more balanced IPA's. It is hitting the spot since I had a craving for a bitter beer but I prefer other examples of this style.

Cheers!

buschbeer, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Doodler
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Goldish brown body. Thick creamy head that slowly fades. Good lacing overall.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and grapefruit aroma, a little pine and hops.

Taste: Starts sweet , followed by a biting hoppy bitterness. Not was I was hoping for, but pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: Not as smooth as I hoped for this brewer Good carbonation. Somewhat bitter with citrus overtones.

Overall, a decent IPA for the price ($8.49 a sixer). I prefer more balanced IPAs with decent hoppiness, but still pretty good overall.

Doodler, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an amber-orange color with a two finger off-white head that has decent retention. The top of the head is pretty creamy and has large bubbles where it touches the glass. Thick lacing starts to be left on my glass almost immediately. Smells of bitter, piney hops and sugary amber malts. The balance is pretty nice here and the strength is not bad for either element. I like my beer to have a strong nose, this one is rather fulfilling. The malt element is a bit too sweet to blend in very well, still a good nose though. The hops are also a bit one dimensional. The taste is strange in this beer. It is not the hoppiest beer I have had by far but the hops are incredibly bitter and piney. I also get some orange peel and citrus notes. They dont mask the malts completely but the hop profile itself isn't balanced enough. I still enjoy the beer but it is definitely performs a beat down on my taste buds. Also, they obviously meant for this to have a huge hoppiness. Mouthfeel is rather nice, the body is moderate and the carbonation is appropriate for the taste. The only thing here is the relentless bitterness attack on the tongue. No warming to speak of. This one would be hard to session for me because of the bitterness on the tongue. The price is not too bad at all.

cbutova, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of fastsrt
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured for bottle to tulip looked of honey and raised a off white head it had a floral hoppy aroma with a bit of a sweaty note. a bit toasty for just a split second then the bitterness of the hops takes over finishing dry bitter and crisp. there were notes of citrus, mostly floral though. good ipa that is well hopped when compared to the strength of the malt. not as drinkable as other ipa's that i have had.

fastsrt, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 6.7%. Has an enjoy by date of 2/14/10.

A-Pours a clear amber with a two finger off white head that sticks around. It has a nice glow when held up to the light. Lots of visible bubbles can be seen. Leaves some nice lace.

S-It reminds me more of a pale ale than an IPA. It is a blend of grapefruit, grassy hops, and pale malt.

T-It starts with grassy and grapefruit hop flavors. Pale and sweet malt follow and cut out some of the initial bitterness. The grapefruit and grasy hop flavors return at the end and leave some lingering bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and creamy from the head.

D-It goes down easily enough. Not sure it is an IPA.

I haven't had this in two years, but this bottle was better than what I remembered. It is a well crafted beer and a good six pack to last through the night.

mjl21, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brown with amber edges, spotty lacing. Smell: tea, nectarine, floral, lemony and a hint of grapefruit, lightly toasted, background toffee. Taste: spicy, lemon rind, tea, a little grapefruit, toasted, grainy. Light to medium bodied, aggressive carbonation. There is a decent amount of citrus peel, but it's really more about the grainy, spicy bitterness than the citrus.

Edit: have had more of these recently. Way more tea, toffee, and grain than citrus. American IPA so adjusting downwards...

babaracas, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of mtyrrell
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours out a nice clear/dark reddish copper color with a 2 finger foamy tan head that recedes very slowly, eventually leaving a patch in the middle and a ring of foam that clings to the sides of the glass.

S- A very strong grapefruit smell, with orange zest and dark caramel malt. Very nicely balanced.

T- Just like the nose, alot of grapefruit (maybe a tad too much for my taste), orange zest from the hops, and a dark caramel taste from the malts. Bitter at first taste, then the malt evens the taste, and then again, a pretty bitter yet delicious finish and aftertaste

M- Medium body, and a pretty good amount of sharp carbonation. Dry, bitter, citrus aftertaste that stays around for a good while, especially in the back of your mouth.

D- Fresh and well balanced. This is a bitter beer with malt sweetness to balance it out. I have had several of these in the past that have had less of a grapefruit taste, so that may have just been this bottle. Overall a great IPA for those who like hoppy bitter IPA's with a good but not overpowering malt background.

mtyrrell, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass. Rich hazy orange color with a moderate white head. Some slightly cascading lacing. Nose is citrus and hops, with the taste bringing the same. The hop bitterness isn't overwhelming, but it's certainly there. Fairly medium bodied and appropriately tame carbonation - pretty silky smooth. Drinkability is good. Fairly well-rounded in every way, but I'm not sure it really excelled.

Mavajo, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Travlr
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange color with a meium white head that disappears quickly and leaves little lacing.
S: Citrus nose with some banana and black pepper.
T: Immediate hops, but not overwhelming; nicely balanced.
M: Good body, more than most IPAs.
D: Decent brew, tasty enough to go back for more.

Travlr, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of climax
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopdevil poured a real bright burnt orange. Head was foamy and large, stuck around for quite a while, leaving a sticky bubbly lace.

Hop oil was definitely good and strong in the nose. Floral and citrus hops were backed lightly by a semisweet toasty malt backbone.

Even better is the taste.... it was as good as I was expecting. The oily hop profile was very multidimensional; grassy, floral, and citrus. Malt was weak in comparison, but was right where it should be in an IPA IMO. A nice sweetness and buttery notes help add another layer to an already complex resume.

Feel was smooth as the carbonation was just enough to add the crispness needed. The hops definitely made my cheeks pinch and pucker a little, letting me know I WAS drinking a real IPA. But it wasn't too soapy or offensive that a non-hophead would complain about their tongue melting away.

A pretty awesome IPA I think, to back an already stellar reputation.

climax, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- citrusy hops

Taste- very hoppy, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very nice and refreshing, hit the spot

Drinkability- Excellent, This is a wonderful beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

jeffjeff1, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of joshstevens87
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-this beer pours an a dark orange slightly amber color with a generous head which dies a little while drinking and leaves behind an excellent lacing
S- citrusy hops up front with a straw and toasted malt smell lingering in the background, overall not a very dominant smell
T-very strong hop presence (as the name would imply) but really not as hoppy as many double ipa's to be honest the malt is very refreshing with a citrusy, straw slightly toasted character, very delicious but still rather typical for an ipa which is not an insult by any means, but with a beer name such as hopdevil i thought it could deliver a bit more
M/D- medium body very dry bitter finish, very refreshing, very delicious, though the bitterness may turn some people off it certantly isn't a beer that is too heavy or too alcoholic to be enjoyed all night

overall while i thought it was a delicious beer and one i would pick up again it wasn't quite what i was expecting, a excellent beer yes, but not one that may be too much so or too heavy in a way that it limits you from enjoying more than a few (i.e DFH 120 min IPA)

joshstevens87, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of JTahoe
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours slightly hazy shinny orange with one finger off-white head that clings in big slow-melting sheets all over the glass.

S - Not as big as I was expecting, but good. Lightly fruity with faint bready grains.

T - Hoppy as expected, but not overly so, there is quite a bit of malt providing near balance for an IPA. Citrus juices with hints of orange peel, some grass, and a bit of saltiness. The toasted grain background exposes some caramel and honey.

M - Medium body and ever so slightly dry. Pretty smooth all things considered.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable. This is not the big west coast style that I usually enjoy, but I would certainly drink this again, and hope to find on tap and cask.

JTahoe, Dec 10, 2009
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,239 ratings.