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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,635 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,635
Reviews: 2,442
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 215
Gots: 853 | FT: 6
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 Stigs
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - agressive pour yields an inch of frothy light tan colored foam. the beer is clear, dark copper in color. thick chunky lacing left behind.

S - well balanced between piney and earthy fresh hops and a massive caramel malt backbone. lightly spicy,

T - big piney hops carry into an even bigger East Coast sweet malt base...both kind of flash then dissipate quickly. good amount of bitterness but no real hop flavors to accent it.

M - medium bodied wit a tight crispy carbonation but a little lacking ...very creamy, almost to a fault.

D - me and this one have a history, back when i was just getting into craft beers this was a steady goto, until I had a few too many one night. though not as good as I remember, this is a solid East Coast IPA.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours amber w/ orange tinger. 1 finger white foam that settles out leaving four islands of residual suds.

Grassy, pine smell, some citrus.

Nice malt taste backed by a firm and unyielding hop. Some grapefruit. Hop bitter finish that lingers, but not overly so.

Light carbonation, well balanced mouthfeel.

Quite tasty, great example of the style.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clearish amber with a creamy 1/2" tan head.

Has a slightly malty smell, with a slight hop aroma. Not much smell otherwise.

Taste, however, is another matter. Wonderfully bitter and hoppy, with a sharp nip of the tongue as you drink it down. Lemony, with hints of tobacco and spice. Quite tasty, but not overpowering.

This beer has a nice presence in the mouth, crisp yet full.

Quite drinkable, if it wasn't a Sunday, I'd crack open another.

Photo of bamadog
2.67/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fries Cafe over in Cincinnati had this on tap the other night, so I thought I would give it a shot. Overall, Victory has only had a couple of beers that I feel are decent, and they tend to fall short for the most part. Review is from notes taken on 7/9/2010 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid and consistent coppery color; starts with a one finger off-white head that fades to a thin, but full, cap; body has decent clarity and shows light carbonation bubbling throughout.

Smell: Very, very faint. Bit of a musty grainy presence with a dusty hop scent, and that's it. Not impressed.

Taste: Mostly tall, dry and slightly musty graininess; a very faint, near dusty hoppiness (these flavors make me wonder if this just an old keg or something...); bit of a sugary/candy-like sweet maltiness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation in a light to medium body; a light and semi-dry stickiness lingers around on the palate, but mostly it's a moist finish.

Drinkability: Meh, I could take it or leave it... I would gladly give it another shot though if I was told that the keg was fresh and re-review this if needed.

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

From notes - 6/8/10.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a full two finger head giving way to spotted lacing. Color is a clear dark copper or burnt orange.

S: Spicy citrus hops. A decent malt backbone is also present in the nose. Not quite as juicy or overpowering as other IPAs, but pleasant nonetheless.

T: Piney and citrus hop flavors. Nice bitterness that is ultimately balanced with some sweet malt. Good IPA, just nothing outstanding here.

M: Resinous hops. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D: Very easy to drink and smooth going down. Victory has yet to let me down. Intrigued to try the Wild Devil I picked up this past weekend to compare.

Photo of nickadams2
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Deep amber color with a sticky white head. Lacing clings to the glass.

S_Piney hops and a grassy/earthy smell.

T_Piny hops.Citric and floral notes coming through.Nice bready malt backbone.

M_Thick and sticky on the lips.

D_Very.Great go to ipa. Never fails.

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

Replacing the amateurish review I wrote on 06/03/2007:

Liquid is amber in color with lively carbonation and a sticky, pillow-soft whitehead. This is the classic IPA look to a T.

Crisp, cool and bitter hop aroma is predominant, accompanied by a hint of apricot and a bevy of fresh floral scents. I'm stoked to reexamine this old favorite.

Alpha hops and a boisterous citrus sweetness are on the buffet. A mild dose of palate scratching hop dryness is also there with a hint of peppery spicing at the conclusion.

The mouth is smooth from front to back, concluding with a zesty and bitter hop scraping. It's all surprisingly well-balanced for the type and the hop profile is subdued enough to not turn off a beginner.

Overall, this is a nice starter IPA for those who want to ease into the hoppier brews and a very drinkable session beer. I'm glad I stopped in for a visit.

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

This beer is copper in color with a creamy fluffy head with very nice lacing. Smells like floral and piney hops with a bit of malt in the background. The hops were a bit subdued for a beer dubbed "hop devil" but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The spicy/herbal hops come through most prominently and there is good a good balance with the malt. It is medium bodied with light carbonation which I enjoy. I am not usually a huge hop fan, but this is one I could drink all day. Very good and enjoyable beer.

Best by date: Oct 7 2010

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep tawny-orange color with a finger of ivory head. This is an appetizing-looking brew.

Smell: rich aroma is surprisingly malty, given the name, but also has a nice amount of earthy hop to it. There's also an almost peppery character that works well here. Overall, I rather like it.

Taste: relatively sweet malt flavor with hints of caramel. Hops are earthy and bitter with some floral characteristics up front. This doesn't seem to me to be crazy-hoppy or super bitter, but I like it; it is actually rather well-balanced in my opinion. I'd definitely have this again.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a nice level of carbonation for the style. The body has a little bit of a syrupy consistency which I think works here; it's silky but sticky enough to let the flavors linger.

Drinkability: I think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts here. I would gladly drink this again, one at a time or in a session.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a small but fluffy head. A small amount of carbonation heads for the top. Very nice lace retention.
The smell has a sweet malt right out front with some floral and citric hop notes mixed in.
Super solid malts right out front. They balance the hops nicely. Strong bitter finish is floral/herbal and refreshing.
This beer is a little aggressive on the carbonation and a little heavy going down.
I'm glad I can easily find this beer here in California. Though I love west coast IPA's, this one really was a nice break from them.

Photo of jt31914
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale with 1 finger of head and a little bit of lacing.

S: Hops and honey mostly, with some cloviness as well.

T: Same as smell, strong hops balanced by honey. A little harsher than I expected but very good.

M/D: Surprisingly drinkable considering that I just called it harsh, not the best mouthfeel, but still good.

Solid IPA, but not my fav.

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

A - Dark for an IPA, a very light brown. 1 finger of white creamy head with pretty good lacing. Great looking carbonation.

S - Very fruity hop aroma. Slight caramel malty scent.

T - Sweet malts with piney and fruity hops working together.

M - Medium body with the right amount of carbonation. Hop finish could be better balanced. The sweet malts are definitely overpowered by the bitter finish of the hops leaving a slightly dry finish.

D - Good drinkability, more on the sweet side than bitter, which if I had to choose an extreme it would be sweet, makes it easy to go sip to sip. The sweetness would probably start to get to me after 2 bottles.

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

Over 1800 reviews for this beer, I think most of us are already familiar with this one so my review really won't make much of a difference besides restating what's already been said. (Really?)

A - Pours a dark amber color, mild carbonation with a thin and delicate white head.

S - Not overly fragrant, modest caramel malt aroma, a little crackery, mildly floral and piney.

T - Krackery bisquity and caramel malt back bone. Has a small amount of floral hop character and the bitterness comes from the piney hop bittering. Balance is perfect throughout the entire sip. The caramel fades and leaves the mouth with a grapefruit and pine bitterness.

M - Finishes semi-dry, a little prickly and grainy on the tongue, and medium body.

D - Very high. Is a hopped up version of an English style IPA.

Needs more aroma but is incredibly WELL balanced for an IPA.

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

Hopdevil pours a nice dark copper color. Things are topped off by a finger or so of light khaki head. The head settles to a ¼ ring. Head leaves plenty of sticky lace in its wake.

Onto the aroma. Lightly pungent grapefruit hits the nose first. A bit of herbal mint backs things up. Juicy orange notes are present as well. A touch of sweet caramel and very light baked bread notes make an appearance. An overall fruitiness is present as well. Some stone fruit notes,mainly peaches, as well as a hint of apple/pear round out the nose.

The hops are bit more dominate on the palate. Grapefruit notes are more pungent. Stronger mint notes have a drying quality. Some orange peel notes round out the hops. More peach notes show up near the finish. Some light apple notes are present as well. The finish is lightly drying, with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Hopdevil sits near the lightish end of medium bodied. The carbonation is effervescent.

Hopdevil doesn't wreck the palate with aggressive hops like a typical American IPA. Its a more balanced take on things. If you are hoping for a hop bomb, this ain't it. For those seeking a lighter, easy drinking IPA, Hopdevil is the perfect choice. In the end this is a well crafted and balanced brew.

Photo of beergod1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy almost Orange color with a nice white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and hop flowers. Taste is exactly what you would expect from the aroma. Started out more of a grapefruit/Hop flavor while cold, but when it warmed a little, then it turned a little toward the pine/Hop side, that may be a tart cherry flavor in the first sips....a mellow German malt bitterness, compliments each other nicely. No Lacing. Wow, 6.7% I never would have guessed.

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

Glass - Tulip

A - Hazy burnt orange color with a 2-finger off white head, sorta fluffy looking and it seems to be retaining well. A bit of Co2 can be seen through the haze, left some spotted lacing here & there.

S - Floral & dry with a some pine like hops, a bit of orange peel but not big though, as I picked up a very nice malty aroma underneath. I get toasted malt notes, slight honey and even a bit of candied like qualities.

T - Right upfront I would say I get candied like qualities, not syrupy or overly sweet though, immediately following is orange peel, and a bit of caramel. Finishing flavors would have to be a slight citrus hop that cuts through the hardy malt backbone, pine, grapefruit flavors & a rind like note. Bitterness is more noticeable as the lingering finale of the taste, kinda burnt like, pretty balanced IPA.

M - Smooth and slightly oily with a very soft Co2 bite, and it's around medium-full.

D - Pretty drinkable and balanced IPA, I think the pronounced malty profile of the beer would get to me after 2-3 pints, so for me I might be able to put down 3 pints at most. I really like this one though, and I think I'd buy again. Cheers!

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

Poured this beer from a bottle into a tulip glass. It has a brown-amber color and is pretty cloudy. It gave off a great 2-finger tan head that looked to stick around a while.

At first smell, i get dark bread, burnt biscuit, brown sugar and a light sweetness that reminds me of lavender. Hops are a lot softer for the style, light pine, some citrus and grassy/earthyness.

Taste is in-line with the smell. Very bready with some malt sweetness. The earthy hops seem to blend well with the complex flavors of the malt though. The flavor is consistent from front to end, heavy on the malt with earthy/grassy hops following. Slightly citric with a dark fruit poking through, maybe grape, subtle though. Finishes with a little bitterness and lingers on the back and sides of the tongue.

mouthfeel is medium at the least with medium carbonation which fits the beer well. Soft and smooth but enough CO2 ti fizzle slightly on the tongue.

An interesting IPA, not my favorite but very nice at the least. If you are not crazy about hops but want to try an IPA then this would be one to give a shot. It is pretty drinkable, enjoyable and well-balanced. Give it a shot!

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

A - Deep copper color, very clear, low carbonation, small head that faded quickly leaving a nice coating on top.

S - Some sweet caramel and toasted malts. Subtle earthy hop aroma.

T - Lots of darker malts, caramel and toasted, almost approaching an amber. Nice hop flavor, earthy with some citrus. A nice bitterness to balance the malt flavor.

M - Has a bit more body than your average American IPA, but it is nice and not over the top or too heavy.

D - This is not an IPA that should really be an IIPA, there are hops but they are not over the top and there is a lot of malt to balance it all out. Balance is good and makes for a very drinkable beer.

Photo of tronester
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish amber with a medium, creamy tan head. Quite dark for an American IPA. Smell is primarily of ripe fruit, apples and pears. Taste is butterscotch sweetness up front, followed by a ripe fruit middle, and a citrusy hop finish. Impressive bitterness levels, especially considering the rich malt flavor. The beginning fruit flavors of this ale remind me a lot of an English one. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, low carbonation. Good Drinkability. This beer is definitely an East Coast IPA, lots of malt, but still a lot of hops to counteract and let you know this is an IPA. An excellent beer.

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

As the name implies...you better like hops to drink this beer. The beers pours a copper/amber color....good head and lacing and a great hoppy smell that smacks you in the face. The taste is balanced very well with some bitterness up front that smooths out as you drink the beer. I put down 3 of these waiting for my steak to cook. Can definitely see myself stocking some in the fridge.

Photo of JDH2000
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a generic pint glass. I love the label on the bottle.

A- Nice dark amber color with a slight off-white head. Nice lacing around the glass

S- Great hoppy scent. Picking up notes of citrus and some malts.

T- I love how the hops hit you, with a nice balance of spiciness and bitterness. Taste mellows out with some nice malty flavors.

M- medium bodied with some mildly-strong carbonation.

D- overall, a great beer and could easily put back a few in one sitting. A great IPA to definitely keep on hand.

Photo of bradleyp
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to the Market of Choice for stocking this tasty beer. I drank this in my Highland Hollows pint glass.

This beer pours a medium color brown, almost copper-like, and the hop aroma is ever present.

Hops, Hops, and more hops. This is a very hoppy beer.

There is a hoppy taste through and through, and even more hop taste in after a full swallow. Get this beer if you like hops.

Photo of boss302
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory hop devil

A Clear amber with a thick lumpy smooth head, fine bubbles and nice lacing. Head sticks around for a while.

S. Having a hard tome smelling big hops. A litle piney aroma and that's about it. No offensive aromas.

T Malty sweet, nutty, a big hop bite, seems high for an American IPA. There is a lingering hop flavor that sticks to the back corners of your tongue.

M Medium body, high carbonation, a little sticky from unfermentables.

O An excellent beer for the hop lovers. Definitely would have another.

Photo of tjd112
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into Sam Smith's pint glass

Appearance: Amber color with fluffy off white head, good retention, good lacing

Smell: Smells like a West Coast style IPA, very floral and lots of grapefruit

Taste: Follows the smell, although a bit milder and with a hint of caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish

Drinkability/Overall: Not my favourite, but not too bad either

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a nonic pint glass

A: Pours a deep amber with bright red and crimson highlights. Late summer sunset in a glass. About 3 fingers of head initially. Dwindles to a half inch and lasts through most of the beer. Good lacing.

S: Most noticeable is the carmel sweetness. Faint grassy hop aroma. Scent is subdued overall.

T: Herbal hop flavor. Carmel and maybe some butterscotch appear and then meld with juicy clementine hop sweetness. Finishes dry with a mild piney aftertaste.

M: Carbonation is well done. Mouthfeel is good, but could be a little fuller. Leaves the palate bone dry.

D: Nothing to stop you from having 2 or 3 of these in a sitting. This is a very drinkable IPA.

This is one of the beers that got me into craft. I think I prefer the draft version given the choice. To me HopDevil is a classic. As far as I'm concerned this is THE East Coast IPA. Affordable and easy to find, there is no reason not to grab one of these if you've never had one.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,635 ratings.