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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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5,663 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,663
Reviews: 2,365
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 133
Gots: 348 | 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.

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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-red, slightly brownish color from a cool 12oz bottle with a green "hop-devil"... No real head, but a nice colored appearance which reveals a strong aroma of hops bursting through... there's no denying it... this beer is built on hops and the strong aroma and flavor is very evident from the first sniff to the first sip... Another solid offering from a company that I've really taken a liking to... I haven't been dissatisfied with any brews from Victory... Great stuff with an equally good mouthfeel... with such a strong suggestion of hops, this beer wasn't as bitter as I thought it would be... a nice flavor with a warming alcohol glow... Certainly recommended - this beer is all hops...

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 23:44:58 | More by dsa7783
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timbro81

Oklahoma

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

Thanks to evolbob for getting this to me.

Best before Feb '08 on the label. Pours a very slight hazy liquid gold with a small head that fades quickly. Smells of fresh oily hops piney with a touch of floralness. Good carbonation throughout. Big mouth feel. Impressive malt foundation with a superstructure of hops on top. Caramel malt also prominent. Superbly balanced. A crisp spicy assault of the mouth. Aftertaste lingers around and offers a nice warming effect. Very Highly Recommended, never run out.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 02:35:51 | More by timbro81
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MrHolland

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at an ingles while I was in NC, but I have seen in around the Charleston area.
Appearance is a beautiful dark golden brown color with a thick lace that sticks to glass the whole way through.

Smell is very piny with an overabundance of hops with a little citrus smell as well.

I love the taste it is pure hops , very bitter. Cannot really pick up any malts but I am sure they are there.

This beer has a great mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Very good beer, will buy this on nights when I might want something a little more hoppy the my usual Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 01:32:20 | More by MrHolland
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tfuchs

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle I picked up at TotalWine in Annandale poured into a heavy 14oz mug. This is the second or third time I've had the Hop Devil.

Hop Devil poured a beautifully consistent amber. A very thin head dissipated quickly, but that could be as much the fault of my dishsoap as poor retention.

The pine and cream aromas hit first, and with some searching, the pale malts filled out the tail. Good, indicative aromas for a balanced IPA.

The taste was clearly pine and citrus, mostly lemon, but next up I was stung with the sharp taste of copper. Not awesome, but it did fade after the first sip.
To fast forward, that's probably the only negative on this one. Otherwise, well balanced for an IPA named Hop Devil. Again, for the style, there was plenty of light caramel and cream in the backseat to add to the depth and balance of the Hop Devil - the biggest little beer in America, err something.

It's embarrassing, but in my notes I actually wrote "superb" when I turned my attention to the texture and mouthfeel. But yeah, it was. Understandably thick for the ABV and depth typical of the heavier IPAs. Carbonation was complementary, just enough to cut the texture and tickle the tongue.

Anyone like me that holds a special place in their heart / brain / stomach for DIPAs will probably find the Hop Devil quite drinkable and come back for more. And if you like IPAs, but are more moderate (balance is paramount) Hop Devil could be a weekend fling. And if you don't like heavy hops, well, it's called Hop Devil. Yeah.

Despite the fact that it made me use words like superb, tickle, and special place, I really like the Hop Devil. The copper tinge wasn't enough of a problem to ruin the taste, and that's not something I've noticed when I had had it before. A very good heavy IPA.

I need to sit down and pit the devil against Troegs HopBack. A Susquehannan backyard brawl of sorts. The HopBack is dubbed an amber ale, but whatever, these two beers have a lot more in common than geography.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 14:44:45 | More by tfuchs
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Victory is becoming on of my favorite American breweries. Hop Devil pours with a pillowy white head. The lacing stick to the glass after each sip. Has a clear amber color.

The nose is extremely balanced. Lots of bread and caramel malt to equal the piny and citrusy hops. But it's just to laid back to make it outstanding.

Tastes of bitter piny hops, orange, a bit of grapefruit and a solid amount of lightly toasted malt. Very well made and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 07:02:19 | More by irishkyle21
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent offering from Victory, HopDevil is a full-frontal hopped-up assault on the taste buds. Good, strong presentation, with one and a half fingers topping off a rich, cloudy amber body. The nose was good, full of hops and a whiff of fruit. The taste was bold, hopped, a bit grainy, yet smooth overall.

Way delicious, and more than makes up for some flat mediocrity from Breckenridge that preceded it. Stellar IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 06:35:55 | More by Gehrig
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The drink had a red-dark amber appearance with a thin head. Although the appearance made it tantalizing, the rest of the drink was a bit average. Its faint hop smell had some sweets to it, but lacked any spectacular features. The taste was somewhat thin but the aftertaste had a good bitter-sweet balancing going for it. This IPA also had a low-medium body to it, making it not as carbonated as I hoped. Overall it was decent and not overpowering, but that also hindered it from being great.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2007 19:31:44 | More by fitzy84
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brucer1

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rich, opulent copper in color with a wonderful two finger head. good lacing as i finish it off. i can easily smell the wonderous hops in this great effort by victory. the complexity of flavors in this beer is, for me, what makes it one of my favorite beers. starts bitter ends with a touch of sweetness that ends it off, marvelous! damn near perfect in it's balance of moderate alcohol content and how it feels, no hint of a burn. i will easily finish the six pack i just bought so for me, it's a good session beer. Beware of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 02:35:54 | More by brucer1
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AlephNull

Delaware

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy dull copper color with very active carbonation visible. The chunky white head disipates to a film but leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Umm... maybe slightly hoppy.. no just kidding it's EXTREMELY HOPPY. Smells more grapefruity than a grapefruit and a bit of pine. A little bit of a background of some malt, but did I mention hops.

T - Well, you get what's advertised. I enjoy it, though I can't say it's very well ballanced, the hops are really out in the forefront here with a crisp and piney flavor... a really wide range of hops flavors. Theres a kind of base malt flavor here, but the hops roll over that.

M - A malty fairly thick body... almost creamy in consistency. Fairly active carbonation, but not really noticeable with the heavy body.

D - For something so over the top, it's actually very drinkable for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 03:40:01 | More by AlephNull
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PorterLover83

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy gold color. Not too much head or lacing to be seen. Had a real hoppy smell with a slight flowery hint. Not too much in the taste though. My it was just the aroma hops? Taste followed suit with the smell and had a pretty hoppy presence in it with just a little bit of malt. Had sort of a lighter mouthfeel to it. Not as hopped up as I expected from the name and the style but I feel it was a pretty good offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 18:57:21 | More by PorterLover83
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy copper amber with a long lasting orange tinged head about half an inch thick. Prominent lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus. Moderately sweet biscuit taste with substantial mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. I would drink this again. Overall a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 23:04:06 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

Served on cask at Victory Brewing Co.

A - Hazy orange body with traces of red, copper and rust. Large, two-finger creamy white head that fully diminished. Beautiful lacing decorated the glass as I drank. This beer looked absolutely amazing when it was served!

S - Moderate bready maltiness in the nose with a fairly heavy perfumy hop aroma and some cask wood. Not quite as hoppy in the nose as I had anticipated.

T - Initial flavor was moderately bitter, followed by an average finish. Much better on cask that in the bottle! Overall, not as hoppy as I was expecting. Hops are definitely more floral than citrus.

M - Medium body with a very creamy texture and virtually no carbonation. This brew felt amazing in the mouth. Cleaner, more creamy mouthfeel and not quite as bitter as the bottled version. Not very sticky for an IPA, but very creamy.

D - Fantastic cask offering from Victory! I could drink one or two of these on every visit to Victory. This is an all-around fantastic IPA that is so much better on cask.

Serving type: cask

11-20-2007 02:19:26 | More by ffejherb
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buzzworthy

New York

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

HopDevil Ale pours an amber-orange out of the bottle with a cool looking hop devil on the label. Not surprisingly, hops are in charge here. There is a pleasant citrus, grapefruit, orange hopiness that predominates with only a hint of malt in the background. Dry on the finish with more hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 05:27:06 | More by buzzworthy
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StarSAELS

Georgia

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

I swear... I saw it. It was in that fraction of a second between the fridge door opening and the light coming on when I saw it... a little green hop devil. I'd heard they could phase through glass and infuse the all the beer in your fridge with pine, fruity hop oils. But I'd never seen one...

I swear... I saw it. Just a little green shimmer and then it was back in the bottle. And a minute later, lounging on the thick, frothy ivory head.

Oh, the aroma--piney and citrusy! Oh, the color--rich amber caramel! Oh, the taste-- tantalizing twists of citrus and pine with a caramel smoothness and a rich malty tone.

Oh, the beer--pure bliss!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 02:43:53 | More by StarSAELS
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czfreeman

Michigan

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

12 oz bottle. Nice caramel color, very frothy head, good retention. smells like like grapefruit,raisin, pine,lots of citrus! bicuity taste, bitter finish. pretty sweet tasting. carmel flavors come through. bitter notes at the end predominate the flavor of each sip. nice thick mouthfeel that really clings to your mouth. This beer is nice to sip on slowly due to bitterness levels, but a really enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 05:32:39 | More by czfreeman
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ohoove

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only returned to a handful of ipa's with such an abundant selection on the microbrew scene and this is one of them.
The heavy pine and citrus/grapefruit tones that tease the nose and stick to the palate jump out and say " I mean business " . A mouthful of malt up front with the thick ipa finish is blended nicely with the soapy sudsy finish. Victory?-absolutely!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 00:37:56 | More by ohoove
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ajr24

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Victory Brewpub- straight from the source.

Foresaid- always worth a trip to Victory.

The appearance was poured into a pint as a deep orange and burnt copper color with an off-white thick and creamy head that left resilient lacing.

The smell was powerfully hopped (living up to the name of the beer). More citrusy undertones rather than piney...

The taste was hops, citrus, and some notes of buttery biscuit on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is very satisfying for this hoppy and citrusy beer. The carbonation and alcohol also check each other.

Overall this beer is greatly drinkable, each one is maintained by the other.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2007 05:36:07 | More by ajr24
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer was an amber color with a large, creamy, off-white colored head. Left nice lacing around the edge of the glass.

Aroma was sweet malts, caramel, nuts along with citrus and hops. Kind of a mild aroma. I expected it to be more aromatic.

Taste was hoppy and spicy with a long, bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. A really great beer, that hides it's alcohol well. High drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 23:08:15 | More by drumrboy22
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shabbtastic

New York

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

Recommended by a friend, and was not disappointed at all. Being a huge fan of IPA's this one is very tasty.

A - A good two finger head which lasted a bit. Hazy amber color. The lacing on this beer was magnificent, lasted all the way down, very impressive.

S - Reeked with Hops. Definitely lives up to its name.

T - The hops in this are not shy at all. Hits you and hits you hard with a nice citrus companion.

M - Excellent carbonation, a bit of fizzle on the back of the palette.

D - Nice to enjoy a few, wouldn't classify as a session brew. Nice follow through leaves you urning another gulp!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 17:55:31 | More by shabbtastic
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Tolann

Colorado

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

A - Pours nicely into a pint glass with a cloudy amber color and light head.

S - I can smell the sweet hops from here and my glass is still next to me on the table. There's no hiding from the hops here! Hop smell is sweet and floral. A little bit of citrus also hiding in the nose as well; maybe a soft orange.

T - Bitter at first hit and sweet aftertaste that lingers at the back of your tongue. The bitterness hangs on your breath at the back of your throat. The hops is an earthy taste I can't quite pinpoint.

M - Smooth, not too carbonated or lively. Heavier than many other IPAs I've had, but I certainly wouldn't call this beer thick; after all it is still an IPA. It's near a medium mouthfeel.

D - I really like this beer. Its a drink you enjoy over time and not drink too quickly for an IPA. The heavy feel of the IPA I think will keep you from downing this beer too fast; it will fill you up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 02:55:45 | More by Tolann
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bigeyedfish

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, drink by 11 February 08 into a pint glass.

Once in pint glass, the beer comes with a really nice, foamy mother of pearl head, which starts receding quickly, but not at an alarming rate, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. The color is somewhere in between medium to dark orange and ruby red; in short, an awesome looking beer.

When put to the nose the beer comes off with pine, pine, and more pine. Not exactly the balanced IPA, but not a super dry pine smell either. It's a more complete, deep pine (assuming, for the minute that Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe is the dry pine). It's piney, but it's deep and inviting at the same time. It's unassumingly intimaditing. There's something else on the nose too, besides pine; I can't pin point it exactly, but the best I can say is that it smells like carrots. This aroma isn't until the head is almost gone, save for a thin shean on the top and aromatics have been taken for a minute to a minute and a half. But the pine definatley recedes over time, and leaves carrots. Interesting.

A lot of pine, a lot of cedar. The finish is huge(after more than :30 seconds it's still there.) There's a lot in the end, but that's produced with the front and mid-palate being sacrificed to the Gods of Pine in the end. There's a little transition in the mid-palate, a little nice hint of mint and pine, nothing to get excited about, but that's it for first and second flavors. You don't really get into the flavors until you really get deep into this beer- at first glance the strong finish makes you think it's a full flavor, but after inspection, it proves to be just a super big finish with everything else a little lacking. Kind of dissapointing, actually.

Mouthfeel is really nice- big, luscious and definatley a coating of bitter hops. A little carbonation floating around, and the beginning sip is a little tough with the bitterness, it's almost too much at first. The bitterness dissappears around mid-palate and comes through big time at the end, with the explosion of pine. But really, a pleasant beer to drink. There are a lot of people who would be offended by this beer, but if you're used to the style it'll be something to take notice of, and then in turn to settle into; there might some people who like IPA's may not like this beer, but it won't be because of the mouthfeel. The first sip is a bit of a shock, but after that, you know what you're getting.

I'm not sure where I want to go on the drinkability on this one. On one hand, it's an absolute palate bomb that will destroy your tastebuds and it's hard to forsee drinking more than one of these while still being able to taste anything, not to mention the almost 7% alcohol which means you're looking at 4/5 being a very good night. On the other hand, after one to one and a half there's not much you can taste besides this, so really, it only gets easier to drink after teh first one (if you ever had more than one Festina Peche in the same night, with the second one being easier to drink- it's kind of like that). With all that said I can remember a handful of nights where this ran the gauntlet- first beer of the night, holding its own with a strong, full bodied cigar (even danced brilliantly with a La Flor Dominicana Coronado, which is known for it's pineyness) and can be something that after 5/6 you can still drink standing up; in it's body it's a DIPA- in its drinkability, it's an IPA.

This probably is the marijuana of IPA's; that gateway version of the style that fans of the more classic IPA's (Bell's Two Hearted immediatley comes to mind) can use to get into bigger IIPA's(with the afformentioned Weyerbacher Double Simcoe proving to be a natural progression from this) while still having the IPA abv; a classic within the style, but not a classic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 02:44:29 | More by bigeyedfish
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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

The hopdevil comes with a cool label of a devilish looking hop and a consume by date. Nice. It pours a clear amber with a nice foam head the leaves some money web lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy with a tiny maltiness. The taste of the brew is not overwhelmingly hoppy for an IPA. You get a whoppy spiciness at the end of the drink in the back of your mouth. It tasted to me like there was a strong hop talent to it with a balance of malt in the background. Very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 04:19:51 | More by cswhitehorse
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

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

Copper coloured , clear, with full head, lot of carbonation. Pronounced hoppy bitterness in a classical way (reminiscent of Sierra Nevada) before all the over-the-top super-charged beers. Nice finish with lingering hoppiness. Excellent in the middle of the range bitter beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 03:57:07 | More by AylwinForbes
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Folderol

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McIntyre's in Toms River.

I'd say the most impressive aspect of this beer was the head. It's thick, full and cream-colored, not what I'm used to seeing on an ale. Smell is of hops, but not the piney stuff I'm used to finding. I couldn't quite place the flavor either; it's hops, but there was something unique about it. Overall, a well-balanced beer, not overwhelmingly hoppy but definitely sturdy. Drinkability was quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2007 20:51:37 | More by Folderol
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jhu1995

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep orange/amber color with a thick off-white head and lots of sticky lacing. Smell is flowery hops to the core. Taste follows suit, but is not overpowering. Seems to be on the lighter side with regard to body. Nice crisp finish and very tasty. A very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 01:39:55 | More by jhu1995
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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