Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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6,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,472
Reviews: 2,402
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 187
Gots: 683 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly,hazy rusty amber with a sturdy and resilient 2 finger chalky white head that left decent sheets of lacing.

S-Tangy and floral hops,concentrated citrus and brown sugar/caramel malt.Smells relatively sweet and a touch grainy.

T-The hop presence is flowery,almost perfumey,with some grapefruit and pine but a considerable amount more malt detectable than I expected.

M-Medium bodied with good supporting carbonation.Sharp and unctuous with a pleasant bitterness.

D-I enjoyed this beer but I would've enjoyed it a little more as an IPA if the malt was toned down a bit.

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is dominated by aromas of pine resin hops and there are also some notes of caramel malts.
T: There is a good balance between the flavors caramel malts and hops; there is a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops but this isn't very overpowering. Bitterness really stands out in the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable - I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A fairly transparent orange rust that has a generous off-white head that lasts.

S - Not as aromatic as I expected, but a breadiness from the grain bill. When it is allowed to breathe, the earthy/vegetable aroma of the hops really comes through and some floral notes as well.

T - The sweetness from the malt bill is what you taste first at the front. It is subtle, but then segues into a earthy/floral hop flavor and a hint of fruitiness (pears). And finally, the bitter coats the back of your throat.

M - The mouthfeel is a really great balance between the creamy head and the light body.

D - Despite the bitter finish, I could drink a lot of these in one night due to the lowish abv.

Photo of majesticsock
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy Hops, Batman! This beer is insane in the membrane. It looks OK, it smells OK, but the initial sip sent sent me on a spin. The aftertaste is nothing but pure hoppyness. Even after it goes down the hatch, the hops linger behind and are 2 legit 2 quit.

Photo of gopens44
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - love the color of this. Deep coppery red with a half inch of cream colored head that gives way to a lacy pool with a bubble island.

S - hop presence wasn't as overwhelming as I thought it would be, but the balanced smell gave way to a pleasant citrusy scent as well.

T - bites at first but the strong hop presence gives way to a sweet malty taste to balance out the bitter. Very nice.

M - thin, dry and moderately carbonated with an expectedly lingering bitter aftertaste.

Very drinkable when you wish to jump start your drinking fun with something hoppy yet well balanced and trouble free.

Photo of JMad
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
The color is dark copper, had a huge cloudy white head.
Smells sweet and malty with some earthy hops.
Tastes piney, hoppy, sweet malt, and a hint of pepper.
It's medium bodied and very smooth.
This is pretty tasty, giv e me a hop wallop though.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the glass it was a nice cooper with a white head, good lacing.

In the nose it was fresh citrus - sweet & bitter - and an orange floral scent. Really a lovely bouquet.

Sweet orange hit up front, followed by the fresh citrus, finnishing with bitter grapefruit. Just enough sweetness lingers as not to overwhelm with the bitter dominance.

Photo of CascadeConan
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hop Devil pours a wonderful red-tinged-orange, with a sticky white head with decent lacing.

The nose is much heavier on the malt than I initially expected with roasty and carmel notes dominate and then relinquish a small amount of citrusy hops.

On the first taste I experience kind of what the nose was whispering to my ears, sweet grain bill and a uniform bitter from the hops but nowhere near the character I expect from that style.

The carbonation is decent and ties things together but overall not an epiphany kind of beer.

I should have had a more level head going into this review, but from the small amount of hype surrounding this beer I had my hopes set on hops. I recommend picking up a loose 12oz bottle from you local grocer as an entire sixer of this stuff will put a dent in your wallet.

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in pint glass.

A - scant head quickly dissipates. Nice but slightly cloudy orange-amber color.

S - sweet hops, but not as much as one might expect for a beer called HopDevil.

T - perhaps less hoppy than expected, given Hopdevil label and "American IPA" style, but more pronounced flavor than the aroma leads one to expect. Smooth, with nice finish. American hops.

M - good carbonation level

D - good hoppy session beer

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

Pours a dark copper with some orange/amber highlights with a full khaki head.
Sweet caramel malt in the nose with some bright hop fruitiness and pine. Apricot, pineapple, mango and earthy hops are most noticeable.
The caramel sweet transfers from the nose and into the flavor with bready malt upfront which then transforms to a moderately piney and floral hop that fades into a bitter and lasting, dry finish.
Nice bitter hop and sweet malt flavors gives a nice even balance and makes for a tasty IPA.

Photo of Erish
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: cloudy orange-gold, the thick beige head slowly folds into a thick cap, the lacing is outstanding.

S: grapefruit, orange, floral hops.

T: simple, clean flavors, the citrus bursts up front, the piney/floral hops release in the middle and the finish is hoppy and very piney/grassy.

M: light bodied, moderate carbonation, off-dry.

D: As a good-old-fashioned American IPA, this is a standout. Simple, clean, bold, but not overdone. Well done.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

Amber/copper color. Off white head with good retention and good lacing. Citrus hops dominate in the nose with some maltiness but not much. Flavor wise, all hops all the time and similar to the nose. Carbonation is pretty full and the body is on the lighter side. Drinkability is also very high and this is an easy drinking beer.

Overall, its interesting but not something I would really reach for again. Worth a try though.

Photo of foogerd
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear copper body eggshell head
S- oily bitter hops backed up by sweet bready malts
T- initial bready sweet taste from the malts followed by bitter acidic hops nothing overpowering pretty balanced
M- nice smooth thickness
D- very drinkable hops dont get tiring here no detectable alcohol
Very tasty IPA paired excellently with some spicy cheese

Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent amber ale. Smooth and creamy off-white head with excellent retention and patchy lace.

Citric hops dominate the nose. Some pine and grains in the mix also.

Huge hop flavor of lemon, orange and pine. Some grassy, earthy hop notes also. Bready malt with a hint of rye. Just a touch of caramel sweetness brings it to a satisfying finish.

Drying on the palate. Solid medium-body and well-carbonated.

Flavors are delicious and very well balanced. Exceptional drinkability for an IPA. I could definetly drink a couple of these to kick off the night.

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

Deep orange with a red hue, a slight haze and no head. Decent lacings on the glass. Big citrus and tropical aromas with a hint of sweet maltiness. Very smooth and mellow feel. More mellow than the bottled version. Low carbonation. Tropical citrus flavors overwhelm this IPA. Difficult to detect any malt character. Hop flavors taper from tropical fruit to pine at the finish. Very smooth and mellow with tons of hop punch and it went down pretty easy.

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, 12oz'er poured into a tulip. Thanks again Jon, BBD of November 15th, 2010.

Appears a rusty golden brown, relatively translucent with only about a finger or so of head even with some aggression on my part. Thin layer of head, sticky lace. Aroma is very nice, well rounded out with a ton of different citrus notes, lots of pineapple, lemon zest, a bit of grapefruit initially, some peach and as always, yer usual rich, and sweet caramel malt. Nice stuff, even for something not as fresh as it probably should be. Taste is quite bitter up front, and the hops are well known. More citrus here, and at points I want to think the bitterness borders on something potentially enamel ripping when fresh (for an IPA at least). Similar hop profile to what I've noticed in a variety of Victory beers (at least in Prima Pils and Hop Wallop at this point). Long bitter and drying finish. Good drinkability as I can't detect the alcohol, but the bitterness of this would likely prevent from several in succession.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's Victory day. First up HopDevil.

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IPA pours an unusual rustic brown with a darker tan fluffy and frothy head that refuses to dissipate and is about 2-3 inches thick.

S: The aroma is really just above average. Toasty caramel malt is present. The hops are not piny nor fruity. Maybe some fruit notes are poking through, but not much.

T: The flavor profile follows suit. The malt shines trough and is very toasty and roasty. The hops add bitterness that complements this. Bitter roasted caramel malt is the best way to describe this brew.

MF: Carbonation is full, but the body itself is a little light. Not bad.

D: Drinkability is good too, but this brew isn't as satisfying as I was hoping.

Overall, HopDevil is an interesting little devil. Absolutely fresh, I'm sure it's much better. This bottle is a few months old. This brew is really drinking closer to a light barley wine, than an IPA. Really, it wouldn't make a bad barley wine, and I can even imagine an ASDA spin off on this.

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best buy Dec. 9th 2010

A: Hazy light amber with red/orange hues. One finger head. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Hops mainly citrus, tropical. Some sweetness from the malts.
T: Slightly sweet, citrus, some grassiness. Nice lingering bitterness.
M: Smooth and bitter. A bit creamy as an IPA should be.
D: This is a nice drinkable IPA. 6.7% ABV.

This was completely new for me. I wasnt aware Victory was avalible in Michigan. This was a very good IPA but not outstanding.

Photo of jsprain1
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep orange, almost amber. Thin head, but not disappointing.
S- Good and malty, but lots of hops as well. It's almost as though it exists as two seperate smells one after the other, rather than coexisting. Interesting.
T- Malty for an American IPA, but the hops were still very previlent. Very citrusy. The hops exist most in the finish.
M- Full bodied for an IPA, and dry in the finish. Carbonation is perhaps a tad low, but not shabby.
D- A very good IPA from Victory. While Victory probably doesn't have any beers in my top 10 favorite, it's in the top couple breweries, because they simply don't make bad beers. This is a borderline great IPA. A definite recomend.

Photo of camp0474
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazed orange copper color with a tan head.

S: Piney and citrus hops with a slight sweet malt backbone. Mostly the hops up front.

T: Hops up front. The piney spicy hop bitterness hits the tongue first. Earthy hops a bit later. Hard to detect the malt in background with the overwhelming hop attack. Fairly one sided. I prefer a more balanced IPA.

M/D: Medium body and carbonation. A bit to unbalanced hops make this one hard to drink multiple at a time, but good IPA when you want full on hops.

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

Poured into a tulip pint: A finger of thick, beige head that retains well & leaves webbed lacing at the top. Bright, rusty body, like tea. Hazy but translucent.

Smell is somewhat balanced between mild, toasty malt & a lemony smell. There's also a leafy, tea-like note that actually makes it kind of like an Arnold Palmer. After a while a slight organic, blue cheese smell develops -- different.

Plenty of lemon & orange flavors up front (zest & all), with a restrained tea coolness, turning just a little biscuity & ending with that bitter citrus zest again. Nice, not too sweet.

Medium-bodied, very smooth with a "cool" feel that comes with a mild tannic dryness.

Overall very nice: good hop flavors without being overly bitter. Also, the malt is just enough to balance -- too much malt or caramel in an IPA is a turn-off for me. Very good drinker. HopDevil was the first IPA I ever had, before I even knew what was supposed to characteristic of an IPA. It had been a while since I'd had a HopDevil, & I'm happy to report that it's a really quality example of the East Coast style.

Photo of grizzly700
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into 22 ounce glass.. Slight head that remained in this light copper coloured beer.. Has hoppy taste that is not too bad overall.. Lace left on glass after finishing, leaves slight after taste... Will buy again next year in a six pack..

Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I generally favor darker beers, but I kind of liked this. It's a dark copper, just dark enough to not be able to see thru.

Pine and esters fill the nose. Was hoping for some citrus, but never found it. Regardless, smelled like I was in for something impressive.

Tastes like it smells. An earthy pine fills the mouth. A bit flowery, but nothing unexpected for an IPA.

This wasn't overly bitter like I expected. There's a crispness to it and certainly some hoppy bite, but it's actually pretty gentle.

I generally stop at one IPA at a time, but this went down pretty well for such a hoppy beer. Good alcohol, a nice bit, would pair nicely with a variety of foods, or just kicking back with a bag of chips.

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

Pours copper with a solid sustained head. Nose is filled with citrusy hops: some mango, maybe some pineapple, ect. Solid nose for sure. Very forward on the hop bitterness, but also has a solid malt presence that adds some complexity. The hops still dominate, of course, and we get many of the same citrus flavors present in the nose. Ends with some lasting bitterness. Really tasty beer; I would certainly have another.

Photo of gtershel
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy "Hoppy" beers. This is one of those beers . This beer is not trying to be your friend either you like it or you don't.

Great appearance, strong amber color, light head that tends to stick around. Great label very indicative of what inside.

The smell was the weakest point of this ale. Maybe because the head stuck around and trapped in the aroma I was not prepared for the taste. The smell was weak. I did not expect this from an ale so strong in hops.

Wow this is a strong hop filled beer with a dry finish. No doubt about it. Solid from start to finish. I might even call it angry at the start but balances as you drink through the first glass. Light sweetness to the taste and lingers through the finish.

Drinkability is a personal taste. I enjoy sipping a beer and not worrying if it is warm by the end. If I finish a couple of beers over a few hours I had a great night. If you take your time, enjoy the flavor, intensity of the flavor and the richness of the hops this is your beer.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,472 ratings.