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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,465 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,465
Reviews: 2,401
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 676 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a medium abmer colour with one finger of foamy white head.

S - The nose is very hoppy but not the typical graprefruit hop bomb. The hop nose is earthy with some pine. There is also a visible malt nose that is somewhat sweet.

T - Earthy hops with sweet caramel malts. More balanced than I expected. The bitter hop profile comes through but a lot of malt does too. Not exactly what I expected from a beer called "Hop Devil."

M - Medium body with a bit of chew. A nice mouthfeel.

D - A good beer, but not a great beer.

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

A - nice pour from the taps at 27 Mix in Newark. Medium amber-orange, moderate head with good retention and a great sticky head.

S - tasty base of caramel malts with lots of varied hop characteristics layered on top: grass, clove, orange peel, cardamom

T - all of the above come together nicely. Consistently bitter from start to finish, but not excessively so.

M - medium body, quite sticky for something only in the 6-7% range

D - the perfect session IPA? If this ain't it then I don't know what is.

Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear orangey/coppery amber with a 1-finger light-khaki head. Good rings of lace.

S: Hops. Juicy, citrusy -- orangey -- hops. Some caramel malt underneath providing foundation.

T: Sweet toffee and caramel malt underneath. Candied orange hops. Some juicy, slightly resinous hops and hop oils. Lingering drying bitterness on the palate. Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: Good creaminess. Medium in heft.

D: Very good. This is a nice "east coast" American IPA -- i.e., more balanced than the west coast varieties.

Photo of jmerloni
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper orange that's pretty deep and rich. Off-white head that's nice and sticky. Nice!

S - Loads of earthy hops! Citrus, lemongrass, juniper. Spices!

T - Fantastic and even better than it smells. SO hoppy! Sweet cirtrusy orange with some rind in there and pine on the afterbite that finishes as crisp as you've ever had.

M - Medium bodied and pretty carbonated. The hops hammer the tastebuds after a short while.

D - What a brew. One of the brews that I turn to when I'm in the store and can't decide what to get. One of my true ole' reliables. Also very drinkable and pretty much sessionable. Haven't had Wallop still, but I'm curious.

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

Pours an orange/copper color with a slight haze to it. Some lazy bubbles floating up to the surface. A fluffy cream colored head with some nice lacing on the glass.

Has a very strong spicy pine aroma with a little sweet bready caramel backing it up.

A complex mix of spicy pepperiness, piney hops with a little orange peel and lemon mixed in. There's some light malty caramel and toasted bread in the background and a hint of honey. The hops are most prominent, but not overwhelming - a very nice bitterness.

Medium body with prickly, but not sharp, carbonation. Only moderately dry but it lingers for a little while.

A very nice IPA - bitter for sure, but not harsh. The light citrus notes and subtle maltiness hiding in the background make this a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of cooncat
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review after pouring a bottle right from the fridge into my SA glass. I was looking at all my reviews, and noticed I'd never reviewed this beer, which I've been drinking for over ten years ... how could I be so remiss?

I had to moderate my pour in order to fit the entire bottle into my SA glass. This produced a nice orange-copper ale, with 2 fingers of stiff foamy head the color of orange rind. Very nice looking, and some nice lacing develops.

The nose is a little weak, but perhaps its because this isn't a really fresh bottle (label shows it to be a month past "Best by" date). Citrus hops come to the fore of the nose, but caramel malt is well supported as well.

The taste is hop dominant as one would expect for an IPA. Mostly grapefruit, but perhaps some orange rind as well on the palate. Caramel maltiness makes a respectable bid at balancing, but is constantly pushed back by the hops. Slightly dry but no where even close to astringent. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is spritely enough to make this very refreshing. The carbonation also adds a little bite to the hops. I'd rate this as a very drinkable IPA, as its very balanced. It might be a tad high in ABV to be a true 'session brew', but I know I've had several of these in an evening session without ill effect.

I've always considered Victory to be one of the nation's premier brewers, mostly due to their consistently good beers and adherence to style guidelines. Hop Devil is a fine example of an American IPA. I will drink/buy this any time I get a chance. Definitely in my 'top ten' American IPAs, and worthy of a hearty recommendation.

Na Zdravje!

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

pours a dark amber color with a slight amount of head that kind of stuck around for a while. pretty hoppy first smell, but wasn't quite as potent in the first taste. a bit more of a malty bitter taste that was very pleasing to the palate. great beer for something that's so easy to come by.

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

Poured into a perfect pint glass. Slightly hazy dark-ish amber with lovely thick (2 fingers) of sturdy, rocky, foamy head. Good retention and small bits of lace.

Upon opening the hoppy scent pours out. Citrus, mostly and some pines. Actually after pouring it the smell seems to minimize and there is something a bit off-putting about the odor.

The taste packs a punch though. A bit of sweet citrus, lemon, but strongly bitter piney hops. But then there is this caramel-malt goodness to keep it fairly balanced (while still being a strongly hoppy IPA). The alcohol is not noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - medium to thick-ish, soft. This is a nice, refreshing IPA! I could have several of these, and with 6.7% alcohol, that would not be too bad of a thing. I'm a fan.

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

Poured from a fresh bottle to my Bruery tulip.

It is a beautiful copper color. very clear you can see through it.
The foamy head is nice and tall and white with a twinge of brown.

I thought the nose on this would be a lot more hoppy so my expectations have kind of ruined my first impressions of the smell.

Taste is nice, mostly bitter, with a definite bitter finish. Seems like it was almost a little heavy on the bittering hops and not as much for flavor and aroma.

Not as balanced as I might have thought, the malt doesnt come though that much but you know its there.

A great beer for its price point.

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

Part of a mixed pack, Hop Devil delivers hop flavors with drinkability. Poured into my standard pint glass.

A: one finger head. Dark amber color. No lacing. Withers into a thin, half-moon head very quickly.

S: grassy, earthy, mild, maybe some bitter citrus, like grapefruit under there.

T&M: strange, it starts out with a what lasts of a millisecond of spicy and floral hops, then goes instantly crisp-bitter and pine. Hops are spicy and forward yet resist yielding...and eventually blast out into a light, balanced bitter. Medium carbonation. Not cloying, yet lasting bitter semi-dry finish. nice.

D: Enough to keep you interested. Worth a few for sure.

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

Reviewed from my notes. The beer has a dark amber color and a thin tan head. There is some carbonation rising. There is some hop presence in the nose, but not as much as I expected. I can also smell some graham cracker malt sweetness. It has a very bitter flavor. It hits your tongue bitter, swallows bitter and lingers bitter. In addition, there is also a grassy hop characteristic to the taste. Not too much sweetness. Nor is there much mouth coating. It has a medium body and average levels of carbonation. It is very drinkable. There's lots of bittnerness, but it never gets to be too bitter. I could have a few rounds of this.

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

Poured into a pint glass. It has a fairly clear amber hue with about a finer worth of eggshell head. The aroma has a little more malt characteristics than most of the IPAs I drink. There is crisp hop presence in the smell as well. This is one of the better balanced IPAs I have tasted. There is a strong hop presence all around, but the slight sweet malt component balances this extremely well. Overall a great IPA and a little different from most of the IPAs I drink in terms of the malt backbone being a little stronger.

Photo of sk8man121
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into Shipyard pint glass.

A: Pours a thin copper with a tan head that dissipates soon after it forms and forms the typical IPA "oil slick." Tiny bubbles of carbonation float to the top consistently for almost ten minutes; very cool. Completely opaque when held up to the light.

S: Smells super spicy (heat-wise, not cinnamon/clove spicy), with yeast and alcohol notes in the background. There is also a hint of grapefruit/bitter citrus that comes through at the end.

T: So beautiful and well-balanced. Drinks somewhat hot but it works so well, which is fairly rare for a beer of this ABV. More spice, hop resin and a slight malty sweetness. Finish is nice and dry and makes me want another sip immediately.

M: Very carbonated, which I believe is why the spiciness works. The carbonation turns this fairly thin brew into pure creaminess once it hits the tongue. Coats the mouth and leaves a resiny hop texture behind.

D: I can't say enough about this beer; it reminds me of synchronized swimming. Everything melds together perfectly, creating one of the more drinkable IPAs I've ever tasted.

This holds a place on my short list of go-to beers, and that's saying a lot.

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

Review from notes taken on 1/30/10 during a side by side tasting with wild devil.

Brown bottle with a best by date of 2/9/10. Pours an amber color, partially cloudy with a finger of white head and nice lace upon the glass. Faint particles stuck in suspension. Aroma of citrus hops that flows through the taste. Citrus and grass predominent both in smell and taste that finish bitter from the hops. Medium feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall well done.

Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Moms and pops brought this one back from Pennsylvania for me. Thanks guys.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big medium-thin looking 3 finger off-white head or cream colored head with half decent retention. Medium carbonation evident in the form of tiny little bubbles. Burgundy or maroon brown in color. Head recedes to a bubbly foam ring and a wisp, leaving some immediate bubbly lacing. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale and caramel malts and mild floral notes. Hops were very subdued here. Not all that much to talk about. Not bad, just not interesting enough for the style.

TASTE: Much better; where did this come from? Pale and caramel malts up front with some floral hops through the middle. Finishes with a good dose of piney floral and bitter hops. A bold and lingering aftertaste is full of piney flavors and a touch of caramel sweetness to balance it out. Good stuff here.

PALATE: Medium-light body with higher end carbonation. Not creamy enough, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Just doesn't quite measure up.

OVERALL: Definitely an odd one. The taste profile was well balanced and very enjoyable, making it more than drinkable, but the nose was too weak and everything else about it was average at best. I'm honestly not quite sure why this one is rated so highly. Perhaps the bottle was not quite as fresh as it could be, so I'll have to give it another go if I see it on my next trip to the States.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L= Pours a hazy dark orange with a big frothy off white head. Great color with medium carbonation.

S= Pine notes blend with a bitter yeast, malt sweetness, and also a bit of grain

T= Bold flavor. Bitter pine combines with a sweet malt backing. The finish starts out bitter then smoothly fades to a pleasant malty sweetness. Very inviting.

F= Nice body, Nice feel. Lively with a splash of tartness make for a nice feel and overall good brew.

D= Session- I rated this as a session beer. With a 6.7% abv and a great body this would make for a great session beer. Lots of big bold pine citrus flavors blended well with a good malt backing makes for a good balanced brew from one of my original breweries. Respect Victory!

Photo of Buttermaker
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, balanced, satisfying. Those are the first three words that come to mind when I take a sip of Victory's HopDevil. This is a big American IPA that get's it right. I don't see Victory very often out here on the west coast but I'll have to start seeking them out.

Tasting Notes: I generally think appearance is overrated but this is a beautiful beer. The reddish copper hue seems to glow from within. If there's a weakness it's the nose (also overrated, especially on Beeradvocate...smell gets 20% but drinkability gets 10%!?!?) which is almost off-putting. The taste is sublime. Bold but balanced, with a nice long finish that reminds me of the last note of A Day In The Life. Mouthfeel and drinkability are wonderful.

Recommended Music Pairing: Dr. John - Right Place Wrong Time

Photo of RevereBeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper red out of a 12oz bottle, thick light cream head that dissipated quickly. Papery lace and even carbonation.

Spicy hops dominate the nose, but there's definitely sweeter malt hiding in there. Nothing too powerful, but well suited for the style.

True to the aroma, hops are very intense throughout. Spicy, citrus, and drying. Maltiness is totally blown away by the hops, but its there without a doubt, especially as my taste buds adjust to the hop acids.

Mouthfeel is nice - fullbodied and sticky at the same time. Pretty high carbonation, but feels right for an IPA.

Drinkability is very high, despite the bitterness. Goes down very smoothly.

Photo of alysmith4
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was honestly surprised by this beer. I expected a good brew from Victory, but usually beers with "hop" in the name don't deliver for me. But with this beer I was wrong, it was definitely niice and hoppy. The smell was a lot earthier than I had expected, it had a lot of straw/hay scent, along with caramel and hops. Taste was nice and balanced. A good beer to find at the sandwich shop around the corner - salud!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a best buy date of June 21, 2010, into a Surly pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse white head with decent retention. Beer is a crystal clear orange, bordering on the darker side for an IPA. Lacing's got great stick but is rather spotty.

S: Faint citrus and an awkward rubbery hoppiness. Also faintly creamy and nutty. Nose isn't outstanding with this one and there isn't a clear aroma that stands out. In fact, I really have to breathe deep and use my imagination for this one.

T: Citrus hops are pronounced in the opening. Piney and well balanced with a subtle malt backbone. Flavors become deeper and deeper as it warms in the mouth, to the point of almost a hoppy brown ale. Nuttiness is apparent towards the end. Finish is quick, accented by a burst of hop flavor that quickly fades into nothing.

M: Light bodied, moderatly carbonated, and very smooth for an IPA. Watery in the mouth with an appreciably clean finish that leaves little on the palate.

D: Highly dirnkable, this is one of the best Victory offerings that I've had to date. Well balanced and not overhopped with a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Finish is exceptionally clean and keeps me going back for more. This is one beer I look forward to revisiting in the future. Highly recommended for an appreciator of more balanced IPAs and I imagine a bit frustrating for those hardcore hop-heads.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Poured the 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Dark honey; it poured with a dense head that clung.
S: There is not a very strong aroma. Golden raisin with a musty, earthy hops and slight caramel is all that's detected.
T: Toffee with a musty, earthy, slightly fruity and piney hops. There is a slight gin alcohol in the back. Very mild flavor to go with the mild smell.
M: Thin, but relatively frothy.
D: Definitely drinkable.

Photo of al3
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - orange/copper, some lacing

S - grapefruit/citrus, slightly bready and sweet.

T&M - bitter grapefruit, with some malt sweetness. Slightly high on the carbonation with a bitter bite on the finish.

D - nothing objectionable, so I'd say it's drinkable.

Overall, for me this is one of those that used to be better. Years ago when I first tried it, it really stood out, it's been awhile since then so maybe my tastes have changed. I just seem to remember a better beer, the bottle I had was well before the "drink by" date, but it seemed to lack the great flavor and balance that really impressed me back then. This is one I will go back to, maybe an average one escaped from the brewery.

Photo of anycrew
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into an English tulip pint.
This beer has a a slightly tan head with that quickly diminishes. Has good carbonation with no lacing. Pours a nice copper color that I expect from an IPA. Does not have a large amount of sedimentation.
The smell of hops is not very strong. It smells more like honey and that liquid malt extract smell.
I liked the taste of the beer. i thought it was bittered nicely but it could use more of a fresh flower or fruit taste in the beginning. Has more of a malty finish that is quite nice.
Nice mouthfeel on this one. Coats the palate nicely with a lingering flavor of malt and hops. Bitterness does not overpower.
This is a very drinkable beer. Very smooth. Could easily drink 3 in a session

Photo of CBlack85
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a fairly clear amber color with a fairly substantial amount of foamy white head. Leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Lots of floral and citrusy hops. I do get a little bit of sweet maltyness as well but the hops seem to steal the show.

The hops aren't nearly as present in the taste as they are in the nose. Some spices and caramel malts come through as well. Medium bodied and well carbinated.

While this is a good beer, it doesn't set itself apart in any way. It seems to be a little on the week side and maybe a little one dimensional. Not bad, but not outstanding...

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looked like a red ale. Pour was nice, looked like it was going to taste good, but I was disappointed. It didn't have enough bite for an IPA. I didn't taste a hop explosion, I thought it was one of the more watered down tasting micro-brews I've ever had. I was expecting big taste, but something was missing. Not enough flavor for me. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Didn't compare to many of the other IPAs I've had.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,465 ratings.