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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,632 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,441
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 215
Gots: 848 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of fox227
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll come right and and say that this is one of those 'balanced' IPAs that I don't drink a whole lot of. I'm much more of a fan of hop-forward brews where the malt just kind of peaks through and says "hello" and then goes away. With this beer, the hops just kind of say "hello" and then the malt takes over things. This results in a more drinkable brew for most people.

A: Nice dark golden/red color with a cream one fingered head.

S: I don't get much from the smell at all, just a bit of bready malts.

T: The hop presence is sufficient, but no where near dominate. Thankfully the malt character is excellent, featuring sweet biscuit, caramel, and a bit of black tea like bitterness. The balance between sweet and hoppy is spot on, so the brew doesn't devolve into syrupy territory at all. Well done!

M: Nice carbonation tickles the tongue and sharp bitterness numbs for just a second or two - not too intense. The head is creamy and smooth. Impressive.

O: This is a fine IPA that I would drink any time, even though it's not exactly my favorite example of the style. It does what it intends and does it very well.

Photo of edthecat
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This showed up at my local liquor store so I decided to try it out.

Served from a bottle to a chilled pint glass

A - Beautiful golden/red coloring, slightly cloudy. Head on this is about 1/2 inch thick and frothy/bubbly. Nice lines of carbonation running up from the bottom of the glass to the top...Spectacular looking beer. Lacing down the glass with every sip.

S - Citrus and hops, but not overpowering... they are subtle. Traces of clove... may be? Sweet and aromatic.

T - Just, phenomenal. What you would expect from a "hoppy" beer, but the hops don't smack you in the face. Some grapefruit in the aftertaste... a refreshing and delicious beer. One of the best tasting American IPA's I have ever had. The malts smooth out the power of the hops ever so elegantly...

M- Smooth... easy to go down... with good after taste, but not residually "sticky". Certainly not a beer you need to chew, nor one that you need a chaser for... and the "after sip" is pleasant enough that you can further enjoy the beer.

O - One of the best American IPA's I've ever had.... if not one of the best beers I've ever had. Well balanced and delicious. At the end of the day... it comes down to "do I enjoy drinking this beer?"... and this one... is a the top of my must have list.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color with a slight reddish tint. There is an off-white head which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving solid lacing.

S: Smells overwhelmingly of citrus and hops. There is light pine bitterness behind a range of tropical fruit flavors. I’m also getting a bit of a grape smell.

T: Upfront it is very sweet and fruity. It tastes very citrusy, even orange-like. This quickly fades to an herbal flavor. There is a little light malt flavor that lends a little bit of balance to the drink. There is a strong bitterness that develops mid-sip and persists long into the aftertaste.

M: Relatively thin and well carbonated.

O: A decent IPA. It is both fruity sweet and hoppy bitter. Fairly drinkable save for the bitter aftertaste.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very orange brew with an ivory head that lingers. Lacing is sticky and plentiful.

The aroma leans more toward the caramel malts than the hops. The tastes follow suit. This is usually the opposite of my preference in an IPA, but it works magnificently here. In fact, I was looking for something with a nice caramel malt flavor when I made the purchase. I had it between Dale's Pale Ale and Victory Hop Devil.

The mouth feel is flatter than I remember, but not to be considered a fault.

Hop Devil is a well conceived and a delicious IPA that I return to quite often, particularly when I'm looking for a great caramel taste. I feel fortunate to have the Victory products available here in Georgia.

Photo of Brunite
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice deep copper color. A tan, fluffy head that recedes to leave major lacing.

S: Nice aromas here. Citrus...bold hops....very little malt.

T: This is it. A great IPA. Juicy grapefruit flavors abound. A tad bit of pine but citric notes rule. Delicious.

M: Medium body with just a slight bit of hop resin coating the mouth.

O: A great IPA.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before July on the label.

Nice dark amber color with a two finger off-white colored head that leaves very nice lacing.

Smells of a nice mild hop note with some caramel underneath.

Very sweet/mild IPA. Bready and caramel malts start things off. Finishes with a balanced hop note that is fruity with some lingering pine.

Neutral mouthfeel with a low end of medium bodied.

An excellent session, everyday IPA. Pretty balanced and on the sweet side of things. Good value.

Photo of loveingminor
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured into my yuengling beer glass, and it is a nice caramel color. Had a head, but I let it warm up a little (so I could taste even more hops), and the head is gone now.

Smell: pleasing. Slight smell of hops, which does not act as false advertising.

Taste: a delightful, balanced flavor of hops and malt. It doesn't have an overpowering flavor of hops (see Stegmaier IPA), but the hops presence is definitely there, even to my sometimes shoddy tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: not a light beer, I probably wouldn't want to enjoy this outside on a hot summer day, but it's a good beer to drink here in my apartment.

Overall: Stan recommends.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting an old friend. If memory serves correct, I believe this was one of, if not my very first, IPA.

Hazy amber with a sticky inch high head.
Thick hop aroma and some biscuity malt behind it.
Devil-ishly hoppy, but balanced with a strong malt back. Enough hop bitter to satisfy west coast cats, and enough balance for others to appreciate.
A truly delicious IPA. The reason I've liked IPAs for 7 years.

Photo of kyleelton
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into a Rahr and Sons Pint glass.

Clear orangy color. Beautiful thin, creamy head that laces nicely.

Floral hops nose. Lovely. Not overwhelming, but I can tell it's there.

Hops, of course. There's a lot of bitterness, but not very malty. The hops definitely overpower. Victory really wanted this to be hoppy.

Bit of an alcohol sting at the back. Good, thick, creamy body.

This isn't my favorite IPA. It's a little uneven, and bites in an unpleasant way. But, it's hoppy, which I love and would definitely recommend it to any hophead out there.

Photo of Bfarr
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear red amber with big foamy brown head with okay retention and spotty lacing. Peppery lager aroma. Super spicy hop front evened out nicely but quickly to malt sweetness. Light pepper linger and a hint of European hops. Smooth, even mouthfeel.

Good peppery flavor in this one, balanced and tasty. It’s mostly one dimensional that’s a good easy drinker. Without a big hop character or any outstanding flavor it’s a well-crafted good IPA. I would like to try fresh whenever possible.
Enjoy by June 2011 on the bottle

Photo of Jesse13713
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A crisp amber-golden brown. Reminds me of the leaves in the fall. Appears very citrusy with average carbonation.

Smell - A slightly milky citrus. Hoppy and floral.

Taste - Bursting with floral notes, citrus and lemon zest. Bitter and very 'springy'.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied and easy to drink. Delicious all throughout and it kept me entertained. I know this is a short review, but I liked the beer quite a bit.

Photo of Thads324
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a lovely golden amber with a thick and frothy off white head that clings to the top of the brew.

S : a malty backbone that has an aroma mix of biscuits and honey hints. The hop is forward, with a mix of slight minty pine and a citrus back. The finish of hop is quick and light.

T : Starts with a fresh baked bread malt that blends into a hoppy middle. The hops are piney and have a tingling sensation (fresh!). The finish is like the smell, with a quick hop that is slightly citrus flavored, but not overwhelming or even prominent. Really light finish that is crisp and enjoyable.

M : not much lingering besides that tingling from the fresh hops. even feel and good body that ends a little fast.

Overall a pretty good ipa, but not overwhelmingly hoppy. The bitter could be upped and the flavor could be prolonged both in the middle and back end. As far as drinkability, this beer gets an A.

Photo of thatlongname
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange and amber colored ale. looks still. Has a medium off-white head that seems like it sticks.

Smell: Strong hops and and a bit of malts in the nose. I also smell some citrus and fruity esters.

Taste: Bold hops flavors here. Lots of bitterness and lots of hops. This beer's smell and taste go together so well. The aroma makes you look forward to that next sip and the taste delivers.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thicker than most IPA's I have had.

Overall: One of my favorite IPAs right now.

Photo of machostacos
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite tulip glass. Enjoy by July 14, 2011.

A: Deep copper/burnt orange with a hint of ruby, clear as day, with a tight 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Looks like a million bucks in my tulip!

S: Loads of grapefruit, flowers, a little spice, and sweet caramel malt goodness. The aroma is very nice but it's just a little weak. I have a feeling this would be dynamite fresh on tap.

T: This IPA is just bursting with flavor. Explosion of bright, juicy grapefruit & citrus hops, a little floral, grassy, and resinous as well, flowing beautifully into the rich malts - sweet, caramely, a little buscuity and just a touch of spiciness from the alcohol. Finishes long and smooth with just the perfect amount of bitterness to keep you coming back for more. Fantastic.

M: Thick and chewy, oily and a little puckering. Medium carbonation keeps it smooth and full on the tongue.

O: Probably one of, if not -the- best "single" IPA I've had yet. Incredibly flavorful and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Incredibly drinkable and exceptionally well-crafted.

Photo of beerinmorning
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let's just cut to the chase. Sometimes you know from the first sip when you have heaven in a glass.

An ideal pour that has a nice head and laces all the way to the end. The appearance is nice and thick with a light coppery color.

I like 'em hoppy, but some IPAs go too far and pick up a aspiriny flavor. This comes right to the edge, letting the full flavor of the hops come through.

The mouthfeel is, without the hyperbole, the best I have ever experienced. Full and thick feel, with a somewhat oily finish that goes down the hatch perfectly.

This is a beer that could get me in a lot of trouble if I let it. Just one more reason why I think Victory has the best lineup from top to bottom.

Photo of bowz32
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head was medium lasting and steady.
Color was light redish brown slightly cloudly.
Smell was a sour grainy grapefruit.
Inital taste had a a byte at first but soon faded away had a grainy tatse similar to the smell with a long lasting after taste.
The body was medium to lite with average carbination.

Bought a 6 pack at the cork and cap in fot wayne IN i thought it was kind of expensive. wouldnt try it again.

Photo of devinoconnor
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another solid performer from Victory Brewing.

Pours a golden bright sunny color, bursting of citrus and hoppy aromas. A bit of flowery scents on the nose.

Taste is a strong IPA, very hoppy and plenty of alcohol in there. Citrus flavor becomes more evident as it goes down.

Pretty serious IPA. Very enjoyable.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Best before Jul 1, 2011

A: Gentle pour produces about a finger of off white head which doesn't stick around long or leave much lacing. Nice amber color. This beer is very clear.

S: Mostly piney hops and bready aromas. Some sweet malt is present as well.

T: Pretty balanced as the smell would suggest. Malty finish balances out the hop bitterness. Green apple after taste.

M: Tingly and light to medium body.

O: One of the better Pa IPAs. Bitterness hides the ABV quite nicely. This is a session beer for me.

Photo of jifigz
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Victory Tulip glass.

A: Gorgeous dark red/light brown/toasty orange (all three of those colors had sex and created Hop Devil's wonderful shades).

S: Piney and floral with maybe some citrus biting through in the aroma. I think the several PBR's before this are numbing my senses a little.

T: The perfect blend of malt backbone with hop bitterness. Mildly floral and citrusy. Certainly not too much that an average macro drinker couldn't be swayed into appreciating heaven here on earth.

M: It is a somewhat creamy with a rather mild carbonation. I think it suits this beer well.

O: This is my go-to beer. I drink more of this than anything else. In my opinion, its the best readily available beer at a decent price where I live (central PA) and I think everything about it rocks. Great taste, great aromas (when Pabst aren't killing your senses), and a great value. Hell, even the devil with a hop for a head looks righteously awesome.

Photo of RppIII
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle with a "fresh by" date of June 2011 into a pint glass at a temperature of roughly 45 degrees.

Appearance: Poured a light amber color with very little head and specks of lacing as the glass empties itself.

Smell: Immediately a trifecta of hops, malt, and roast make their way permeating and enticing my senses. The malt makes a large, sweet presence balancing the grassy, floral hop aroma with a hint of roast barley and alcohol to round out the nose.

Taste: Very sweet caramel lends itself, used to be enhanced by the delectable essence of hops. This devil is spicy. An alcohol presence presents itself only to be taken over by the malt and hops. To finish, there is a bitter bite of hops, a good cadence to bring about the end of a tremendous symphony of flavour in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, pliable, it works itself into every crevice of your mouth and a bit dry.

Drinkability: Sensational, this beer excels in it's ability to be consumed. A beer that could be had any time of the day, any day of the year, a great offering from Victory.

Photo of legalpete19340
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured an amber caramel color with virtually no head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Grassy hops mixed with very sweet malt notes. Apple juice and caramel come to mind. Not much else here.

T: Lots of malt and bitter grassy hops. The sweetness of the malt dominates this beer with flavors of caramel apple. The bitterness comes in a very grassy earthy form but comes across as watered down.

M: Very good mouthfeel, the brew is thick and full.

O: The strong malt profile of this beer mixed with the grassy hops makes for an interesting take on the IPA. For me it was too sweet and the mix of grassy bitterness was not too enjoyable. But for those that like malt or ambers, this might be your beer.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is simply fantastic. The beer appears transparent and amber / orange in color, with nearly two inches of dense, creamy head that coats the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.

The aroma brings a balance of hops and malts, along with some toasted notes.

The flavor is tangy and bitter, with malt in the driver seat more so than hops. Very fresh, crisp and clean on the palate, as this growler was just filled. While I appreciate balance and realize that a beer doesn't have to be over the top to be a good brew, HopDevil just lacks the hop presence required by the style.

The feel is decent enough, but I find myself distracted by the hop to malt ratio.

Overall, a middle of the road offering. There are many better IPAs that are easily accessible.

Photo of output01x
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A slow pour yields a huge 2.5-finger pillowy off-white head. The body is a clear new panny copper with a light amount of rising bubbles. After a few minutes, the head recedes to a light covering but leaves decent lacing throughout consumption.

Spicy and floral hops scents explode from the head. A light maltiness is also noticable. Fresh and strong, the hop scents do a good job of preparing you for the flavors awaiting.

Strong spicy hops hit the tongue and refuse to let go until they are pushed away by a nice lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue. Like the nose, a light maltiness is also there, but not to balance the hops. Instead, the malt compliments the hops and let's them do what they do best.

Light bodied with nice carbonation. This beer coats every bit of your mouth, helping the hops to do their job.

This beer is rather straight-forward and doesn't leave much complexity to be disected. Instead, it excels in drinkability with a decent bitterness that isn't overly strong. Definitely a good bitter for accompanying a meal (for those that like an IPA for lunch/dinner).

Photo of aaron12
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a pretty amber, with almost no head. the smell is my favorite thing about this beer. hoppy/herbal sweet-citrus, tea and grass. smells great, no joke. now, i'm not sure why i'm not as into this as much as other beer heads. maybe cause of how wet it tastes, it has a syrupy mouth feel after sips, i don't really dig that. i like the first hit of hops, but i like my ipas dry. this one ends so wet and malty. also the fatty mid-pallet, (i feel), gets drowned out with the sour syrupy finish.

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like a pretty malty IPA. I smell hop fruitiness that reminds me of the Cascade hop with a grapefruit like fruitiness. I also get an amazing tropical smell reminiscent of mango with some sweetness from the malt. The taste is just as awesome that starts with a spicy hop bite that quickly gets run over by the burnt caramel malt and then the dry bitterness comes through with that grapefruit like fruitiness from the hops.

I'm glad they decided to pick this beer to have the different malt backing to balance the hops out. This malts remind me of a lighter Yakima Glory so that the hops shine through more. It's actually an interesting take on an IPA because of that burnt, roasted caramel malt taste that goes along with the whole flowers they use. I love that they use whole flowers in their beer it gives all of them a distinct Victory taste... this one being one of their very best. Another A plus for Victory.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.