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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,684 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,684
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 219
Gots: 903 | FT: 7
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 Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. pour at the Food Shack in Jupiter, FL.

Appearance - Two finger off-white head atop a deep amber body. Pretty clear with good lacing. Dark for an IPA, but otherwise nice looking.

Smell - Not a lot of aroma. Some piney hops and a bit of bready malt. Sometimes I have trouble getting good aromas when I get a beer on tap, but this is even lower in aroma than that.

Taste - Piney hops first with a toasty malt midrange. I wish it was hoppier, especially because there isn't a lot of citrus to it. The piney hops make it feel less... brisk? A long, almost smokey bitter finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and medium bodied. It's easy drinking and tasty.

Overall - Not bad, not great. Hardly this side of good, really. I'd drink it if nothing else were available.

Photo of mooselvlt
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear amber color. Nice 2 finger tan foamy head that has great retention. Slowly fades, with very good sticky lacing

S - Subtle. Pick up some piney hops with a light malt backbone.

T - Starts off with some biscuity malt which is quickly overtaken by the piney hops. Like the nose, only stronger.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat oily texture. Smooth. The bitterness grows and grows on the tongue.

O - The nose doesn't do the rest of the beer justice. Overall, its a pleasant IPA that I can see myself enjoying again in the future.

Photo of Noxious26
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle poured in a pint glass. Bottle is stamped "Best before Aug 28, 2011." Purchased from Knightly Liquors in Orlando.

Off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge with a few islands of head. Little strings of lace here and there. Clear, orangey-coppery-reddish colour.

Aroma is pretty subdued. What can be found is mostly hops with a touch of malt.

Strong hop bite throughout. Almost no presence of malt detectable. Strong pine with hints of grapefruit. Bitter hop aftertaste is long lasting.

Oily mouthfeel with little carbonation.

Overall it's ok but not great. Pretty average unless you just like straight hops flavour with no complexities or malt backbone.

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

A - Pours a deep ruby color, or possibly a rich rich amber. No visible carbonation, but there is good head retention; approximately 2 fingers of off-white (slightly tan) head. True to the name, the hop resins create a nice thick sticky lacing around the glass.

S - This beer smells pretty darn good - spicy, piney hops and some caramel malts come through. The malts give it a nice sweetness that is definitely not present in all IPAs. The smell is somewhat understated for an IPA, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

T - The hops definitely come through in a few ways in this beer. There is a certain earthy, piney and spicy (almost peppery) taste to the hops, which really comes through well and adds a degree of complexity not there in some of the purely hit-you-over-the-head-with-bitterness hoppy IPAs. There is a solid caramel malt backbone, which holds everything together nicely and offsets some of the hop bitterness nicely. Having said that, there is a lingering bitterness that bites for just a BIT too long for me. Other tastes are slightly bready and citrusy, but nothing I can outright identify. This beer also doesn't hide it's ABV very well; I would've guessed it to be a higher ABV if I was judging on taste alone.

M - This beer is thick, almost creamy for an IPA. The name again is alluded to with the mouthfeel, as the resins coat your mouth and keeps a layer on your tongue throughout the experience. This beer has an almost oily quality to it, which suggests a long boil with the hops.

O - Definitely give this beer a shot if you love hops, it will give you a pretty unique experience with some of the spiciness that it brings to the palate. I would buy this every now and then and break them out to two beers per time that I drank; this is definitely not meant to be put back all night (especially at 6.7% ABV).

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

12oz bottle into tulip. Best buy July 14 2011 - BT6

A: The pour builds a two finger head that is a light khaki in color and holds a good frothy retention. The body is a deep ruby hue, with good clarity. The lacing is sticky and plentiful. Low levels of carbonation are seen.

S: the aroma is a very hop forward notion, but there is a nice subtle balance of malts. The malt gives off a warming character. The hops are high pungent West Coast citrus flavors, as well as a piney, resin flavor.

T/M: The flavor is very resiny, with good malt backbone. Give the beer depth and complexity. The hops do a nice job at bitterness, but fall a bit short in the floral flavor department. The mouthfeel is full for the style and the lingering finish is very full of hop bitterness. Flavor resemble the character of a German Bock. Well rounded taste.

O: A very nice IPA offering from Victory, but within the freshness code, the hops have lost a touch of there flavor. I can recall having this brew and noting that the hops had a more active roll in the overall taste. None the less, a solid brew.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Devil pours out a golden copper color with a decent foamy white head on it. The head gives off a good lacing down the glass that sticks for just about the entire time you have it. The smell has a wonderful aroma of hops spewing from it. The taste of the beer has an interesting spicy hoppiness to it. There is a light maltiness in the flavor as well but mostly a very strong hop flavor throughout. The mouthfeel was is medium bodied and has a nice stinging on the tongue from the carbonation and hops. Overall it's an impressive IPA and really worth looking into.

Photo of cosmo4u
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased a six pack at joe canals in egg harbor township nj 6/4/11

This is a far more than solid craft beer here. It features the typically hoppy bitterness and a citrus grapefruit tinge as well. But adding to that, I sense a certain heavier "spiciness" of some sort that I've just never placed in a previously sampled India Pale Ale. What that spiciness is, I just can't put my finger on it, at least not just yet. Maybe it's only my imagination but I get the impression that it's a unique style of IPA, almost like a "winter warmer" with its spiciness.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours sweet tea-brown with a finger of off-white head. The lacing is considerable.

S: Caramel malts are strong (only 3 months old), piney hops, and rye.

T: Strong maltiness, some citrus, floral and piney hoppiness, and rye. It's akin to Founders Rye P.A.

M: It has medium-light thickness with stronger-than-average carbonation.

O: This is a good East Coast IPA but it doesn't distance itself from other IPA choices.

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

Enjoy by Sept 8 2011. 12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Sightly hazy amber red body.

Smell - Slightly hoppy. Mild. No sharp notes.

Taste - Smooth bitter hop. Slightly stale aftertaste. Dry. Alcohol isn't really noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Lots of body and foaminess in the mouth.

Overall Drinkability - Smooth session IPA. Enjoyable but didn't wow me like I thought it would based on the average rating.

Photo of fank2788
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright reddish copper, quite clear with a big white head which laces a lot. The smell is of rich hoppiness. The majority coming through as citrusy grapefruit along with a touch of pine and floral characteristic in there as well. The taste matches the smell with a ton of bright hops coming through with flavors ranging from citrus to pine and floral. Despite the hop centric focus this beer is amazingly well balanced. The hops are backed by a solid maltiness with enough sweetness to match the high IBUs. Body is medium to full with a dry bitter finish that lasts. Overall a very good IPA, one I'd passed over in the past. I guess I didn't know what I was missing.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by Aug 29th 2011, we shall do so hence forth.

A nice big off white finger head that is slightly soapy and has some pretty good sized bubbles. Body is a basic clear amber getting more into dark brown with some very tiny small rising carbonation from the bottom. Simple, and good looking with next to nothing for lacing.

Bouquet is just standard and solid. Muted but noticeable hop presence that has a kind of malt dryness. Some type of dry grain powdery malt sensations, but with an almost grassy feeling left behind.

Taste is good bodied, somewhat syrupy but all the taste and flavor is in the aftertaste and finish, and it's quite enjoyable. Great baked brown dough bread and spiced hop, slowly building on the swallow. Repeated sips bring out some orange, but then the swallow still brings the lingering aromatics. Big but not overpowering, dry, with a husky sense almost.

This will do in a pinch it's quite tasty and I never seem to complain if there is any to go around. Seems like now was a good time to giving it some thought.

Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a finger of sticky pale yellow-orange head. Nice lacing.

Smell. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, caramel and toasty malt.

Taste. Toasty grain and citrusy hops. Grapefruit, and a little pine with that nice toasty, caramel base.

Mouthfeel. Almost a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice ips. Good tasting malt is stronger than I usually like, but I really enjoy this one.

Photo of Swedes21
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - beer pours an ale/coperish in colour, very nice off-white head that is very foamy. little hazy with minimal carbonation.

Smell - malts, some hops, some earthy tones. very simple, mostly malt dominated

Taste - malts, some metallic, very dry. little bitterness near the end, but mostly a smooth beer.

Mouthfeel - very good mouthfeel, a lot added and very filling. the bitterness last longer, can pick up the grassy tones a lot more.

Overall - for my 200th beer this was decent, nothing out of the ballpark but i am happy i tried it and would drink it again!

Shouts to SpinRSX for all his instruction and wisdom sharing!

Photo of spree92
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep golden ale that is very bubbly. Thin, thigh head that has some retention and little lacing.

S- Faint hops but a very malt forward beer. A little grass but mostly oaky, roasted malts.

T- More malt heavy than smell leads you into. I have no hop character at all. Munich malts are prevalent as is a oak/wood finish.

M- Has a heavy feel in the mouth that is sticky and dry. Very easy to drink and could consume a couple rather quickly.

O- Strangely, I am really enjoying this beer, just not as an IPA. Has characteristics of amber ale and pale ales from Europe. I opened this Expecting an IPA and am disappointed by what I got. I will, though, try more of Victory's beers.

Photo of cudmud
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer has a wonderful, deep copper color with a thick off white head. The head produces solid lace. Plus, this beer is cystal clear with a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell: The beer has very floral aromas; however, I was expecting more intense hop smells.

Taste: This beer teases your tongue with a slight hint of sweet malt then it nails with a major blast of hops. This beer really playes with the flavors. After the the hop attack, the flavors develop into a wonderful, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full body and creamy

Overall: This is an awesome beer. You can chew the hops.

Photo of atowle25
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a fairly good sized head. Smells very floral, a little bit of pine, and it's very clear from both the look and the smell that it has a decent malt backbone to it. The taste has a fairly strong bitterness to it which is balanced with a caramel finish. It's a nice, balanced IPA. Not really my favorite, but I also don't think it was as fresh as I'd like. Too much malt for me, not sure if that was due to the hops fading or not.

Photo of Keffa
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review.

Bottle poured into my Hennepin glass.

A: Pours a bright and clear golden orange, 2 finger off white head settles into a small ring and film, and leaves some small, patchy lace. Lace is decent, but not the best I've seen on an IPA.

S: Pine, herbal, floral, and slight orange hop all battle while caramel comes in and slides in and out of all of it. A little spice note here and there as well.

T: Lightly bitter, mostly spicy and herbal/pine hops, doughy malt, and a little chalkiness from the yeast. Not bad.

M: Thin side of medium, decent carbonation, slick and oily on the palate.

O: Not bad. I don't think this is anywhere near the beer people make it out to be, but it's a decent IPA.

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

12oz bottle with 1 month until best before date...

Appearance: Cloudy orange/copper with minimal head and minor lacing.

Smell: Beautiful hop smell is immediately noticed with floral and citrus hints.

Taste: Amazing! It comes across with exactly what an IPA lover expects but not overpoweringly so. The hops are predominant with malts also making an appearance on the palate.

Feel: Medium carbonation for a medium body. Well balanced.

Overall: Go get this one! Prosit!!

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

A- 4 Transparent burnt orange color, with a bubbly 1 finger eggshell head on the pour. That settles to 1/4" throughout. The lacing is nice and fairly sticky.

S- 4 This smells nice but I wish it were a little more pungent. That said, I get hops and pine at first and then a bit of a sweetness almost like butterscotch from the malt.

T- 4 Hop Devil tastes of hops up front and they have a spiciness to them which is nice and somewhat unique from what I've experienced. There's a malt backbone that balances the hops pretty well, but the aftertaste is still fairly bitter. *Note- the bitterness does mild as the brew warms.

M- 4.5 This is medium in body with a nice carbonation. It is crisp and smooth, but leaves me a little dry.

D- 4 Overall a good, solid IPA, Hop Devil is certainly drinkable. It is a tad more bitter and dry on the finish than I'd ultimately prefer, and thus I could see myself enjoying 2-3 of them in a sitting. Definitely a brew worth trying for IPA fans.

Photo of JizackFH
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice clear perfect copper color. It has a fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has excellent retention, and leaves a nice layer of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smells of toasted malts, and also has a very nice hop character. There are notes of tropical fruits, as well as some citrus.

T - This starts off with a nice toasted malt background. There is a big burst of juicy bitter hops. I am also getting notes of caramel, fruit, some breadiness, and some citrus. The finish has a big hop bitterness that sticks to the palate and slowly fades.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It coats the mouth nicely and really lets you taste all of it. There is a big hop bitterness that sticks to the palate, which is a great thing for this style.

O - This has great drinkability. I really think it is a great example of an American IPA. I could easily drink a bunch of these, I'm on my third glass as I write this. Overall, I thought this was an awesome beer, and I will definitely drink it again. I recommend trying it if you haven't.

Photo of rzoq
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz into a frozen pint.

Short, active head that dissipated fast. Smells like a boatload of hops with some malty backnotes. Comes across like an autumn beer.

Tastes quite the opposite. Hops to the face! Full on hop flower flavor that lingers long and smooth. Supreme lacing for the style. Burns a bit, in a good way. Astringent almost. Not getting many flavors besides the hops, but... el diablo, right?

Nice with spicy food. Or a sox/yankees game. Start with something less hoppy and ease into this one =)

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

Clear dark orange color with a tall off white head from an aggressive pour. Spotty lacing to the finish.

The smell is earthy and some citrus hops with some sweetness from malt.

Floral, earthy, and spicey hops define the flavor. There is a light balance from the malt. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Pefect medium body.

Overall, this goes down extremely easy. This is a classic IPA that I revisit frequently.

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a dark amber color with a slight red tint to it. It started with a moderate sized, sticky white head to it which lasted pretty well into drinking it. I love the color.

The aroma shows a lot of bitter, citrusy, grapefruit, hoppy flavors to it. Behind that I get some sweeter, slightly caramel like malts peeking through. It doesn't feel sweet at all even though you seem to get a pretty strong malt presence.

The taste shows more of those bitter, citrusy, juicy, hop flavors throughout the beer. I get grapefruit being the most present, with some orange flavors coming through as well. Again the malt comes through pretty well, but manages to show little sweetness. The finish is dry and bitter with more of the grapefruit flavors lingering.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it's a pretty solid beer with a bold bitter, hop profile to it. Very drinkable and flavorful beer.

Photo of LusciousJackson
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Against my better judgment but at the recommendation of some respected BAs, here's my first review.

12 oz bottle poured into my New Belgium balloon. "Enjoy by Sept 14, 2011" so I'm on time. I'm greeted by about a finger of cream colored head. Looks thick and dense, but doesn't last long. Nothing exceptional in the lacing dept. Laser etched bicycle at the bottle of the glass is trickling bubbles through the gorgeous amber/orange maintaining a thin layer of head throughout the full tasting.

The aroma is more pine than citrus to me. A bit of the sweet malt comes through as well. For lack of a better term, it smells balanced.

The taste is hop forward without being overpowering. I get the citrus being mentioned in other reviews. Sweet malt comes through after the initial prickle of the hops wears off. The aftertaste is bitter, begging for another taste. The mouthfeel is what impresses me the most. It's creamy. Thick, but juicy. Love it, but playing devil's advocate it may not suit every situation.

This is a great balanced IPA that I don't feel like I have to concentrate on to enjoy. No feature overpowers the other leaving a very easy to drink beer that doesn't leave you wanting. A beautifully crafted favorite.

Photo of Aircow86
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: 3/4 a finger of head, I must admit it was a weak pour so I fault myself for that. Receded quickly but left some nice lacing down the glass. A darker amber color, one of the darkest IPAs I've seen.

Smell: Hops in the forefront, nothing too special. I smell some strong and sweet caramel malt, more than I like in my IPAs.

Taste: Again, nothing too special. This is tasty beer but nothing stands out to me, some light citrus hop flavors up front. The caramel malt is too strong for my liking here, a little sweet on the aftertaste.

Overall: A solid IPA but frankly, I expected more. I understand this is a matter of personal preference, but I just don't like such a strong malt presence in IPAs. I also have some Hop Wallop I'm waiting to try, I hope the malt there is more toned down than this.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,684 ratings.