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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,632 Ratings
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.02/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang 10 year anniversary tulip. Enjoy by Mar 18 2011.

Appearance: Pours a decent head, nothing spectacular, not bad either. Receding quickly. Dark orange and cloudy, not a lot of carbonation activity.

Smell: Light citrus on the nose. Not overwhelming. I can smell a little alcohol, like what I would expect from a Winter Warmer or something.

Taste: Definitely a bitter beer, but not quite the piney bitterness I was expecting/hoping for. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on a distinctive taste.

Mouthfeel: I'm disappointed. It is very watery and the carbonation is almost non-existent. It tastes/feels almost flat (and this is the second one I've tried tonight).

Drinkability: No problems here, but based on everything else, I'm not sure I want another.

Overall: This came as a recommendation from a friend when I told him I was picking up some Prima Pils. I want to enjoy Victory's offerings, as it is a relatively local brewery, but I seem to have a hard time finding really fresh tasting examples.

Photo of sturner26
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Service Type: Bottle into a pint.

Appearance: A relatively clear amber/dark orange color with a one and a half finger head that lasted almost the entire beer; it left significant lacing behind.

Smell: A wonderful citrus hops that was never off-putting and always appetizing.

Taste: I was surprised to first taste an initial sweet malt up front before the hops began to assert themselves in a way traditionally associated with IPAs. The malty notes remained throughout the drink but did not overshadow the star of the beer, the hops. In general there was a nice balance between the sweet malt and the bitter hops, with the hop flavors remaining dominant throughout.

Mouthfeel: I found this to be medium to full bodied without being overwhelming. There was also moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a great example of a balanced IPA; a strong but not overwhelming bitter flavor with nice malty undertones to make it more drinkable than many other IPAs. My favorite IPA to date.

Summary: Will definitely drink again.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Enjoy by date inked on front label. A leafy devil smirks at you from the artwork.

Pours a dark, dark amber, slightly cloudy. A tannish head dissipates quickly. Carb trailer bubbles are slow and tiny. Smell is resinous, and a bit chemical/solvent-like. Taste starts off with a hint of malt sweetness, but then the feeling delves right into assertive hops. Some of grapefruit, some of pine, some that should probably have an MSDS tag on them. A lot of spice on the backend, with a bitter, spiky aftertaste that last for a while. In my eyes, this is a menacing IPA indeed. Good.

Photo of beercat11
1.99/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this beer many moons ago and enjoyed it much. I recently bought it again due to slim selection. This beer is not what it used to be. I am seeing more and more that companies that have had a good history of serving up great beers are falling short more and more. I guess nothing is sacred anymore, even good beer in the current world of greed and corner cutting. Thanks alot Victory. Count me out.

Photo of Ty1erC
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: it's an amber-colored ale with great retention and thick lacing.

s: smells of grapefruit and pine. lots of hops here.

t: again, true-to-style hop heaviness. there is also a peculiar tobacco-ish aftertaste.

m: medium-bodied, perfect carbonation.

d: this stuff goes down very quickly. i'm sure i could drink more of it than i should.

Photo of bosox941827
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (w/date) into imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as tasted
A - Pours a cloudy amber/orange w/thin head; cloudiness leaves as beer warms
S - A bit of hops, but I get mostly a burnt toffee whiff from this one
T - A bit of caramel off the top which blends into that burnt toffee flavor and then is replaced by a soapy hop flavor. Also a bit of orange rind with a touch of alcohol, especially as it warms up. A real lemon earthiness to this at the end too and the linger is fairly long. Not an overly bitter in-your-face IPA at all and quite pleasant.
M - Smooth and not a heavy/syrupy feel; smooth.
D - Easily sessioned as it is not a full-on hop assault.
This is a nice beer; fairly tame by today's IPA standards but well-done.

Photo of chaz410
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a light orange amber body with a full white head that's about a finger in width.
Smells of fresh pine with hints of citrus and a little grassy hops.
Taste of pine and caramel malts. Has a bold sugary body but is overwhelmed by spicey and piney hops.
There's a clean and crisp finish that has little to no burn.

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

Bottle into a mason jar.

Hop Devil has a great amber color with decent depth, just slightly hazed. Creamy, looser head with a nice off-tan/white hue, decent lacing. Great looking IPA. Smell is a powerfully juicy citrus hop aroma with a solid caramel, sugary sweet malt. Wonderful aroma. Taste is classic IPA, with a moving hops complexity. Again, good balance (for an IPA), interplay with the richer malts. Quite aggressively hopped. Feel is rough, a little too much "buzzsaw" feel with the hoppiness. Appropriate thickness, but the alpha oil burn is distracting and just a bit uncomfortable. Drinkability remains good, from the aroma alone. A solid East Coast IPA, another solid brew from Victory. Nice work!

Photo of mbusster88
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.

A: Orange amber color with small off white head. Very small bubbles in the head, but it doesn't stay around long. Some carbonation coming off the glass but not very much at all.

S: Very big pine character in the nose. But also get the malty notes of toffee and caramel. Not sure if this bottle is really fresh or not.

T/M: Very good east coast ipa taste. Really get pine and some astringent flavors in the mouth. However I also get a lot of malt and caramel notes. Good mouth feel makes this rather enjoyable.

D: Good IPA, not sure if it was the freshest bottle, but still good. I think I would get this again but I definitely wont be running around looking for it. I might get some more if I find it fresher to double check.

Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sending this one as an extra. I tried it quite some time ago, when I first started getting into beer, so it is nice to revisit this beer.

A: The pour is a clear amber color which is, sort of dark for an IPA, I must say. There's a thin off-white head to go with it.

S: Certainly some hops on the nose. Much more toward the sweet, fruity side of things with notes of mango, tangerine, orange, and overripe pineapple. Some caramel maltiness is in there as well.

T: Surprisingly bitter for such a sweet nose. Quite a bit of pine with a bit of a citrus peel bitterness, too. Some lemon zest and maybe a little bit of soap? A touch of bread and slightly burnt toffee, as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Maybe not quite as good as I had remembered it being a couple years ago, but still a pretty good and readily available IPA from Victory.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

victory hopdevil, best by March 25 2011. in mixed from festival, fond.

a 4 clear ruddy amber with an inch of yellowish white foam atop. decents rings of lace are left in its wake, at least at first.

s 3.5 would prefer a much bolder nose in an ipa.

t 3.5-4 soapy tasting, lemony. solid malt backing, but these hops are not all that tasty playing on a stage of pale and caramel maltiness. lingering pithy bitterness and something almost like coffee. yet it gets better as the beer warms a little.

m 4-4.5 ample carbonation, very creamy, almost overcarbonated (though that's easily remedied). soft medium body.

d 3-3.5-4 not much to my liking despite some redeeming qualities. really expected to enjoy this one much more, but am willing to try another specimen on another day. did improve a bit toward the end of the glass, enough to up some scoring.

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber-reddish body with a two finger head which slowly dissipates to a thin layer of foam. Smells of cone hops-slightly cedarish with hints of nuts and citrus. Tastes wonderful-unlike other IPA's which simply try to blow you away with hops, this IPA has a strong hop presence but enough malt backbone sweetness to compliment the hoppy bitterness. Overall an excellent brew and quite possibly my favorite IPA.

Photo of random846
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark gold/amber color with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Floral, citrusy, hoppy. Smells great.

Taste: A good bitter taste, not too overbearing. Really like the hops. Nice finish. Some sweetness from the malt throughout.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, medium body, crisp.

Drinkability: With a good taste and mouthfeel this is a beer that I can drink over and over.

Photo of yankiac
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber in color with orangish-red hues with a nice foamy lace to top it off.

S - Sweet with a mix of floral aroma's

T - Very much like it smells. Some sweet malt flavors complimented by citrus and floral hops.

M - Full bodied yet remarkably smooth and easy to drink. Leaves your mouth satisfied.

D - Extremely drinkable. Could have a few of these very easily.

Photo of juhl31
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-it's got that newer, undefinitional (yup!) IPA color. auburn/dark gold. smaller white head and takes a bit to see through

-good mix of hops and malt. a bit piney, a bit floral

-big pine hop taste which leads to a pine malt taste as well. some dark caramel melts into the back as well

-pretty thick for an IPA. the carbonation gets a bit bitey towards the end

-i have always enjoyed this beer. i like the pinier style hops a good amount. a nice change of pace IPA. would and have bought repeat 6ers before which says something

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

Look is gold amber with a generous head that's creamy colored and this does a good lace.
Aromas feature a herb resin whole cone hop scent and some citrus. Good and rather inviting
Flavors are not quite the hop array of it's big brothers,Hop Wallop and Yakima Twilight . This has a soft caramel supporting a hop side that has some citrus-grapefruit,a sort of english oak,and a bit of pine resin. Finishes rather dry with a lingering multi-hop aftertaste. There is less of that " dank buds" to this hop profile than in Yakima Twilight,though there's a resinous pine thing.

Mouth...The light toast caramel malts can't subdue the hop devil,but we don't ask for that. Instead they provide a sense of substance so the zingy hop show never gets watery. Just right carbonation and a fine lingering finish make for a brew that's drinkable in general and a joy on a hot day. Has just enough balance and restraint to keep a whole beer nature.

---catching up posting reviews I'd written...

Photo of LacquerHead
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It had a floral hops smell mixed with something citrus. The aroma was a tad bit weak to me. It didn't have that commanding hops aroma I was expecting.

Nonetheless, the taste was very satisfying. It had a floral hops taste. I couldn't point to anything specific as far as the hops goes. It was like a blend of citrus, pine, & flowery hops. There was a dryness to the flavors. It also had a smooth taste, possibly from the malts.

M/F: dryness with a fizzy carbonation. Very smooth on the palate

D: very drinkable. To me it had a soft dry taste that made me want to keep drinking.

Conclusion: I would buy this again. I didn't think this was as hop intensive as other AIPA's I've had, but still it think it could satisfy someone with a hops craving. In the widely available craft beer category, I would say this is a solid purchase.

Photo of SHODriver
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: gorgeous bronze color with a decent amount of thick white head
S: my nose isn't doing well at the moment but I'm getting a lot of malt smell from it. Very sweet and misleading. The smell burns a little toward the end so you can tell there's some hoppiness going on.
T: Very good flavor starts off with some caramel sweetness to kick things off which quickly fades to the hoppy side of things with a good transition to some earthy spicy notes. It finishes at the swallow with an oily hop finish that coats the mouth and leaves you wanting more.
M: Good carbonation that may be a little on the heavy side which leads to the mouthfeel being a touch on the thin side but not bad.
D: I really like beers like this so I could see myself drinking a few of them. It certainly won't be hard to finish it off.

Overall: a very good beer for you to get a hop fix. the only bad thing is the oily hop flavor seems to coat a little too well to after a couple sips you can't appreciate all the flavors. Instead of the up front sweetness it just tastes sort of watery until a new wave of hop flavors come roaring in. Still a good beer considering that though.

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

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is a really nice dark gold color with a very nice white head.

Smell is huge with hops and citrus.

Taste is a blast in the face of hops. Love this beer. Finishes smooth enough to leave you wanting more but with enough of that sting of hops to know you're drinking an IPA.

Mouthfeel is nice but a little big to crush more that 2 or 3.

Photo of roddwolff
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken in july 2010 in a tonic glass victoria. Look: Amber opaque dead color, fat yellow head, excellent lacing. Smell: Blend of earth hops and cookie malts. Taste: Earth, pine, wood, floral and probably spicy hops with scents to ashes and snuff. Mouthfeel: Clean, extra body and very bitter, the bitterness is like a bomb on the palate, creamy body with high carbonation, a victory for the drinker.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color from a 12 oz bottle with the ABV and 'best-by' date on the label. Thin head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of hops with hints of malts and some sweetness (bread/yeast).
Taste is delicious blend of, beautiful hoppy bitterness interlaced with hints of malt. A very smooth, crisp brew; very good mouthfeel with decent lacing along the glass.
All in all, a solid ale from Victory Brewing.

Photo of mjurney
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep amber color, crystal clear. Tons of fine bubbles. Head looks thick. Lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Aroma:
Caramel malts and floral hops, touch of earthy.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Very malty up front, caramel, hint of nutty. Hop character is present, I get floral-earthy with touch of resin. There some hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Body is pretty creamy.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Floral hop finish, slighty sweet aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
It's more like an Amber Ale than IPA, otherwise it's pretty good brew.

Photo of JMD1970
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly same as other reviews posted. However, the middle and the finish were about the same I thought, nice and smooth. Hoppiness seems to hit you up front in the beginning (just barely) but I think that's moreso of the expectation of extreme hoppiness with a name like HopDevil. The name and the smell will make you think it's a strong Ale, but it's actually not...nice little suprise. A good drink.

Appearance: orange/brown

Smell: Strong, earthy, hoppy

Taste: Smooth, picked up the citrus at the finish

Mouthfeel: perfectly smooth, not what I was expecting at all

Drinkability: Was a little nervous at first, I like strong Ales but the initial bitterness usually gets to me, until I have a few more drinks. I was expecting a strong/heavy/hoppy Ale but was pleasantly suprised at how smooth it turned out. I will definitely have another.

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

Pours an orange red color with a medium sized white head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells of pine and some citrus and some actual hop bitterness. Tastes very well balanced. Citrusy hops up front and they dominate most of the experience. Some malts and some citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Fairly easy to drink.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a copper red, very nice, little head

S- hopsss, piney

T- very good, a strong bite at the end, hops and a hint of malt

M- good mouth feel, little carbonation, light on the palete

D- very drinkable

overall, great IPA, i would buy this again...it was smooth and a delicious beer, no complaints

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