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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

5,997 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,997
Reviews: 2,376
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 155
Gots: 490 | FT: 5
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.

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markskar

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

Pours nice orange color, heavy carbonation at first but little head retention, perhaps due to refrigerator set too cold. Chill haze. Nice hop aroma.

Tastes spicy, with a little bit of lemony fruitiness. Nice hop bite, but not overbearing. Moutfeel is very crisp, dry. Very drinkable, nice abv% for the style.

Not the best IPA I've ever had, but a pretty damn good rendition.

03-28-2009 18:47:50 | More by markskar
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shanem

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%

While I'm not a huge IPA fan, I really tried to judge this on the style, but just thought it was unbalanced and just an overload of hop bite

A: Transparent orange/amber with 3/4 inch of slightly off white head

S: hops, maybe a bit of citrus but just overpowered

T: just overpowering hops

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, nothing bad, nothing great

D: Hard to put a whole 12oz down. If you are a serious hop-head, go for it, I just just found the bitterness far too dominating to enjoy

D

03-27-2009 22:53:42 | More by shanem
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass, just because. Color is a lighter shade of amber. Head is about an inch thick and hangs around for a while, as does the lacing. Smells balanced between hops and malt. Noticable floral and citrus aromas. Tastes really good. Hoppy like an IPA should be. A definite citrus taste to it (grapefruit). A nice pine taste as well. Not a real strong hoppy bite, but plenty of hops in there. A nice bitterness rounds out the taste. Medium mouthfeel. A bit fizzy. A bit sticky. Leaves my teeth chomping for more. Goes down nice and easy. A very drinkable beer and quite enjoyable.

03-26-2009 21:28:05 | More by mtbbaboon
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Out of a bottle this beer was an orange-amber color with good clarity. The head was beige, rather small and didn't display very good retention and only spotty lacing. The aroma was excellent for the style, lots of herbal and citrus hops with a pale malt backbone. The flavors were at first notably bitter, with lots of orange rind and grapefruit notes, but behind that lurked the flavors of other hops clearly reflecting the multiple additions used. As it warmed I tasted more of the doughy malt along with some crystal malt and the herbal elements of hops that came through. Acidic and a little biting; great for hop heads. The body was medium, the carbonation very good and the mouthfeel soft and just a little oily. Distinctly bitter but sessionable and a good All-American example.

03-25-2009 18:39:03 | More by thekevlarkid
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -24%

On-tap at Ed's (No Name) Bar

A: Pours a copper body with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head has decent retention but only lacing from the head initial dissipation.

S: Smells very strong of hops with grapefruit peel and some caramel malt character.

T: Wow, very heavy on the hops. There's a strong hop character that gives way to a small amount of malty caramel which turns again into a sharp grapefruit peel finish with a bitter sting. It's not that I dislike a hoppy IPA, I actually usually love some of the unbalanced ones. For the Hopdevil it was just the flavor of the hops that I dislikeed.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, well carbonated with a bit of oiliness. Drinkability is a bit down for me due to the overwhelming unpleasant hop flavor which I personally found to be unappealing.

03-24-2009 20:53:10 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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JonMich13

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

A = Nice copper amber, no head and no lacing.

S = Beautiful honey, floral, citrus, and malt medley that harmonizes perfectly.

T = Taste nearly mirrors the smell, only not quite as impressively, but outstanding nonetheless. Love the balance between the sweet malty beginning and the pine/citrus hops that slowly blossom through the middle and end.

M = Nice medium mouth with ample carbonation and not overwhelmingly lingering bitterness.

D = I find this very drinkable, both in its taste and mouth profile as well as its ABV.

Overall not a huge fan of the whacked out mega-hop beer craze, so I came in skeptical. However, I really enjoyed this beer. It seems the hops were added to a level that enhances the beer, not just to claim a high IBU to keep up with the Joneses. Well done brew!

03-23-2009 22:47:14 | More by JonMich13
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magine

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

Poured the bottle into a Victory pint glass.

The beer pours a nice copper appearance with an off white head. The head fades after as you drink it but the lacing is nice and a tiny bit of head remains.

The smell is of hops an almost a citrus backbone - some floral.

The beer tastes very hoppy, but very balanced - I'm not a huge "hop head" but this beer is a good bang for your buck in the hops department. Detect some bitter floral flavoring. The beer almost sizzles the palate.

This beer is very drinkable, I am not a huge "hop head" as I stated before, but I could enjoy a few of these in a mixed case. I am not sure I would buy an entire case of it though. But for me I am not that into hoppy beers - they tend to have me burping all night.

I paired this beer with some chicken quesadillas, went great with the meal.

I enjoy Victory's beers, and this is yet another great brew.

03-23-2009 22:44:16 | More by magine
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TheNightbird

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

A- Copper, orange and deep amber

S- Hoppy aroma that is floral, piney and citrusy. Mixed with a carmel and slight toffy smells.

T- Piney hops dominate the taste. With a mild bitterness that is balanced well with the malts. At the end a carmel and bitterness carry to the aftertaste.

M- Medium to thin body with a nice carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable.

03-23-2009 20:48:30 | More by TheNightbird
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%

pours vigorous, laces insanely...clear amber with a head that settles to a think veneer after 5 minutes or so.

super floral punch in the nose...like being horsewhipped with a garland of hops and blackeyed susans...! there is ALOT going on here. herbal twangs of...LEMONGRASS? i thought there was something Thai going on here...surprised i got that sense and recognized it so quickly. i feel like i am about to eat some Tom Gha.

(another later smell reveals, pleasantly, something like the smell when you go into a bicycle store...new rubber tires?)

hoppy, bitter, slight malty flavor that isn't quite as complex as the nose (initially), but this is supreme stuff for sure. very well balanced, the maltiness finally asserts as it fades on the sides of the tongue. i would actually expect and like this to be creamier...chewier...yet, for it's crispness, it becomes that more drinkable...5.0 for most hopsters i imagine, but still, for all it's 'thinness' and moderately higher ABV, this isn't quite a session brew. it's got too much character to want to be slammed without being appreciated on a nice cool spring or fall day...

and yes, LEMONGRASS!

also, creaminess not noted earlier came forward as it warmed.

an A+ beer for sure

03-22-2009 01:05:29 | More by mempath
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Jimbo87

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

In a US pint glass.

Coppery clear amber, pale copper head.

Smells fruity, floral. Sweet malt, slight caramel, bread. Malt gets bigger as it warms.

Pretty tasty malt, nice floral/piney hops. Pretty bitter. Hops also a bit spicy. Maltier as it warms.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I remember liking this more, and I know this bottle got hot for a couple hours in my car, and that could have messed it up. So I'll rereview it if I like it better next time.

03-21-2009 15:16:13 | More by Jimbo87
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grayburn

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

She pours a nice light copper with a smallish head that dissipates to a little ring rather quickly.
The smell is nice and hoppy, pine and citrus like a good little a ipa should be. There is a little malty backbone for the lupulus to lean on.
The taste follows suit, with hops strong in the front, leading the way for a bit of malty alcohol finish. Very nice and well balanced.
The mouthfeel is nice, my only complaint would be a bit overcarbonated. The bitterness is perfect, the body is definitely just right.
The drinkability is very nice, I can toss back quite a few of these without my mouth feeling overwhelmed.

03-19-2009 05:52:22 | More by grayburn
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jeffpip

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

A- Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. True amber in color with good amount of head.

S - First smell is hops with a sweetness on the background. Very nice

T - Spicy hops that mellow down to a smooth malty taste as it slides down the tongue.

M - Not over carbonated. Smooth balance between the hops and malt flavors. The aftertaste picks up some spice and pine from the hops, but not overwhelming

D - The balance and lightness of this beer make it very very drinkable, not to mention refreshing. I highly recommend this beer, one of the better I have had in a while.

03-14-2009 19:27:08 | More by jeffpip
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip the beer was a dirty penny copper with about two fingers of just off white fluffy head that retained very well throughout the whole sample and left a thick sheet of lacing. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom and sides of the glass.

The nose smacks with hoppy aromas. Piney and citrusy, slight grapefruit, and an ever so soft bready malty aroma. Hop aromas dominate this one with pine cones coming through.

The first sip has carbonation grab the palate right away with a prickly impact that soon gives way to a dry bitterness on the back of the tounge. Taste mimics the smell as you not only sense the bitterness but also "taste" the hop aromas of pine and graperuit. The balance actually comes through as the beer rests for a moment. A semi-firm malt backbone is present and serves to cut through the hops just slightly. Hop flavor still dominates, but the beer is not without balance. I remember the beer being less balanced in the past. The finish is dry, crisp, and resony hops coming back through.

Medium body with a good amount a carbonation. Prickly, dry and crisp with each sip.

The beer has always been a solid and afforable choice for an IPA. I recall the beer being less balanced in the past; perhaps my affinity for hops has made even those beer which pack a punch seem less agressive than they once did. Either way, still an excelent beer that I return to often.

03-14-2009 17:15:51 | More by Sycodrummer
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

Found out Victory is distributed by me now so I picked up a sizer of this and storm king.

Pours a cool looking red color with a nice looking head. Decent lacing but not a ton.

Smell is pretty hoppy but the hops smell nice. Kind of earthy smelling hops with a nice malt smell too.

Taste is great. It tastes sort of like a malty Irish red with IPA hops. I think it's very tasty. Glad I bought a 6er.

Mouthfeel is good. There is a sort of weird feeling in your mouth in the end but that kind of tastes like rye.

Overall I will buy fresh ones of this as long as I can get it. A very good IPA.

03-14-2009 07:04:00 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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chilly460

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%

A - Amber with a tan head. Decent head

S - Earthy, grassy hops with some sweet maltiness in background. Not much punch to the aroma.

T - Smooth malt/hops balance at first. Grassy hops, quite a bit of spicy prickliness in the back of the throat. Sweet caramel malts, very sweet.

M - Medium to heavy, quite chewy.

D - I don't particularly like the grassy, spicy hop profile here. Quite a bit of very sweet malts, not a very pleasant balance.

03-14-2009 03:49:47 | More by chilly460
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rwdkosak

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured into tulip glass with a 1cm head that lasted for only a short time. A nice color, soft amber, just a bit cloudy.

Nose was slight but stands up to typical IPA standard. Taste-wise was quite good with the second sip of the session better than the first. Citrus and slightly bitter, nice hop-flavor and enjoyable to drink.

03-12-2009 03:18:24 | More by rwdkosak
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dpuia

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Drank from a standard pint glass from a home keg dispenser. Pours a full head with lasting lacing. Colors is a dark amber. Smell is hoppy, and burnt. After the smell you would think it would be quite strong, but the back-end taste is exceptionally smooth.

As for an IPA I would suggest, and rate quite high.

03-11-2009 03:44:18 | More by dpuia
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brow1901

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

A- Pours a clear golden red color, light cream colored head is large but dissipates rather quickly. A very thin layer of sticks around and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Mostly of malt, not heavily roasted malt but rather the fresh baked bread malt smell. I catch a slight whiff of some sort of spices maybe pepper. And definitely plenty of hops.

T- Taste is excellent, great balance of strong malts to hops. Some of the spices shine marvelously. The only thing I would ask for is a more defined hop character, something with a citrus or pine taste would seem a good fit. The hop character breaks away from the malty sweetness in the aftertaste.

D- The beer is incredibly drinkable, perfect light carbonation blends with the great taste to make a super smooth beer. Hopdevil goes down easy.

03-11-2009 02:47:19 | More by brow1901
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

Acquired in a trade with Pudge43 - I believe (lots of trading going on these days).

Upon first site I have to say that it looks fairly average. Really it has a much darker side than many IPA's - this is a ruddy brown color. The head is off white. Poured into a Duvel glass.

The aroma is of massive malt. It's almost like a mash tun with massive amounts of barley rolling around! This smells juicy.

The first taste confirms why this beer is called HopDevil. There is a very unique hop flavor. There is almost a component of tannin or acid that gives this beer a sour flavor - very good. I must say that this beer is extremely dry/attenuated. I really am loving this.

The mouthfeel is light despite the massive malt nose. It's great to get a chance to appreciate a regular IPA. I've been drinking so many Double IPA's that it's almost been too much. I do enjoy this one.

I would call this beer very drinkable. I would have no problem sitting through an afternoon of these. The hops are a bit over the top - but in a good way. Cheers!

03-08-2009 02:56:24 | More by PerzentRizen
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pours a crisp, clean coppery amber body with a one and a half finger off-white head leaving patching lacing.

S: Fresh squeezed grapefruit, pine sap, bold orange juice. Sweet malt interplay with the hops with traces of brown sugary breads and buttery, syrupy pancakes.

T: Initially good bitterness in front, grapefruit and wet pine. Following are balancing malts baked quick breads. Muddled in with the malt and hop balance is an underlying spiciness, dry and peppery. At the end, there's decent residual bitterness, very piney and somewhat astringent.

M: Solid medium body, crisp, and leaves off slightly slick.

D: A standard, now, among American IPA's, enjoyable through and through.

03-03-2009 23:33:35 | More by phantomwyse
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jkendrick

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%

A: Clear but amber and much darker than other IPAs. A slightly off-white head rises in as fine and pillowy and leaves just a touch of lace

S: Limited aroma, maybe just a very faint citrus

MF: Medium body with nice carbonation, but a bit dry feeling

T: The hops are astringent and biting, but quickly balanced by the malt. The hops flavors are indistinct due to the dominant biscuity malt.

D: I could probably drink more of these due to the malt backbone preventing undue palette crushingness, but it isn't what I look for in an IPA

03-03-2009 16:23:55 | More by jkendrick
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass. Have not had this in years.

A- Hop Devil pours out the standard copper/bronze color with bubbles seen rising to the top. This yielded an inch white foamy soapy looking head that left with the quickness. It did leave nice lacing though.

S- This IPA has a very faint hop scent with the traditional malt backing with the latter taking the lead. Not very pungent with some pine scents and a twinge of bitterness.

T- I get a bunch of sweet malts in the beginning but after time on the tounge the hop punch came through, although this punch was more like a push being not to dominate. Very light citrus flavors with some breadyness.

M- It really took some time in the mouth to get the full appeal of the hops used which was not much. After some time on the tounge the hops came through with slight bitterness. A step below medium bodied with good carb going for it.

D- A step above sessionable this devil is quite drinkable while not being to forward with any ingredient. The name suits the drink, as if this were called hoppy devil, the outcome might be misleading. A good local to go to from time to time. I can't wait for wild devil.

03-02-2009 05:07:13 | More by BARFLYB
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

I love a good IPA so was anxious to try this one.
Starts out with a real thick foamy head, then develops good lacing. Great Copper/red color. Nice Grapefruit/hoppy smell. A nice IPA but I think with the name I was expecting more Hops.
Its still a very satisfying IPA, very drinkable. A good session IPA. Has a dry mettalic mouthfeel.
Goes down very easy.
This is my first product from Victory, will definately try some others.

02-27-2009 00:33:27 | More by Liverpool08
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Jasel

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -35.5%

Not my kind of beer...but I'm not a huge IPA fan. Maybe it was skunked? Still learning.

Consumed with a pilsner glass.

Appearance - A great tannish, to dark brown. A 1 finger head, I don't know about lacing because I just couldn't drink it.

Smell - Decent traditional IPA smell, with some funk our sourness.

Taste - Metallic smell with a hops, hops, hops.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy with a harsh sourness that gave me shivers every time.

Drinkability - Could get past the first few sips let alone a whole beer.

02-25-2009 21:49:24 | More by Jasel
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

On tap, from notes. Finally had the pleasure of trying this one. Pours clear deep copper, thick head, some retention, good lacing.

SMELLS citrusy and floral hops, has some legs, malty support in the background.

TASTE is grapefruity and floral hop flavors in the lead, rich sweet malty base backs the hops, medium bitterness through the middle. Largely smooth and balanced, some lingering bitterness after the finish.

FEEL moderate carbonation and tingles, medium body, some lingering bitterness.

OVERALL very easy drinker, but a little thin in flavor. Sessionable.

02-22-2009 05:33:33 | More by sprucetip
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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