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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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6,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,094
Reviews: 2,380
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 159
Gots: 537 | 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 jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark caramel, bordering on ruby colored body with a finger of sticky white head.

S- strong odor of hops and a lesser amount of caramelly malts.

T- lots of citrus hops with a balance of malts. very nice.

M- thick feeling and mouth coating.

D- another solid victory brew. a great year round IPA that ill have again and again. i would be content having this one all night.

jwinship83, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy/bronze color with a foamy, creamy, small, off-white head. It left sticky, sheeets of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, roasted caramel malt and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sharp, bitter hops with a very solid caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee emerge as the beer warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fizzy. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a great IPA with a sharp hop character and a smooth maltiness.

zeff80, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a nice reddish amber shade, cream colored head fades eventually

smells of spicy pine, citrus, breadiness, nice hop blend

taste is of bitter delicious hops from the start, good crisp carbonation, bready, pine, orange peel, earthy wood, sweet honey flavors, great balance and flavor combos

mouthfeel is bitter, highly drinkable, loads of good ipa flavors, lingering hops.

drxandy, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass.

a: rich dirty caramel color, with a hints of bronze and green. slightly hazy with decent carbonation slowly rising. There was a thin dirty khaki head that dissipated fairly quickly.

s: bitter hops and caramel malts were the most predominant with a bit of lemon citrus coming through and just a hint of roasted malts and herbal hops.

t: definitely hoppy. Bitter and oily hops balanced well by rich and caramel malts. Vanilla, oak, maple, and molasses played well with the herbal, pine, and citrus notes of the hops which dominated the flavor on the whole. Pleasant and well balanced, with a good malt character.

m: Smooth, creamy, a bit thick and oily. I was a bit surprised at the syrupy consistency, but the solid carbonation pulled it together. The bitter woody hop oil lingered a bit, while the thick and syrupy creaminess didn't quite wash anything away.

d: Not too bad, but nothing that blew me away. The usual strong hop vs. rich caramel malt battle that seems characteristic of most strong aIPAs. I was hoping for more character to really make this IPA pop. It's definitely a great IPA that i could drink a few of, but nothing I'd spend hours searching for.

djeucalyptus, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Aprilluvsbeer for this great IPA!

Appearance: Pours a bright red-amber with 1.5 finger, loose, offwhite head. Head quickly falls to a thin film, leaving some wispy lacing behind it.

Smell: Sweet malts, molasses, oak, and citric hops. Smells rich and friendly. Very sweet and woody.

Taste: Molasses and oak step up first. Toasty malts, citrus fruits, and a light hop kick also add to the mix. More malts than hops, and while I normally don't like that sort of imbalance, I love it here! Reminds me of a milder Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Mmmm...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with pretty high carbonation (a little too high). Light mouth numbing.

Drinkability: Damn this was good! Really a mellow, smooth IPA. Great woody character - very rich!

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bar none an exceptional beer. The goofy label lends nothing to the incredible taste! Pours a beautiful amber with a wonderful pillowy, creamy thick head that stays to visit for quite a while. Hops are very, very prounounced (obviously). Smell is floral, citrusy, but mostly spicy. I taste hints of caramel but I can't put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is robust and once again, obviously hoppy. I could really sit down and cozy up with a few of these warmers; you can't go wrong here.

mashedpotatoes, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of champ103
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep amber orange color. A small white head forms and leaves spotty lace.
S: Floral, piny, and grapefruit hops. Lots of bitter hops and not much malt detected.
T: Bitter hops of grapefruit and citrus. Almost no malt balance whatsoever.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp snap of carbonation. The bitterness makes this hard from me to drink and session.

I am not a big fan of IPA's, though there are some I enjoy. This is not one of them. Not the worst beer or IPA I have had, but I was not very impressed. Lots of bitterness and no depth IMO.

champ103, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hoppy, malty, cheesy and herbal smells

Bitterness in taste and you can really taste the hops. It leaves an oily mothfeel.

the color of the beer is a deep copper color and it pours a very good foam.

Very hoppy, malty, cheesy and herbal smells

Bitterness in taste and you can really taste the hops. It leaves an oily mothfeel.

the color of the beer is a deep copper color and it pours a very good foam.

beerfairy, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of beckje01
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light golden brown, with no real head.

S- Lots of floral hops just a nice big kick of them but not so much to be off putting

T- Good floral kick nice lasting hope flavors but one dimensional.

M- Nice bubbles good thickness.

D- Some what drinkable almost too much hops but ok if your a hop head overall that that imaginative and just a one trick pony.

beckje01, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz received from seanpachefddfa and the East Coast Beer Tour LIF.... poured into my shaped SA glass. thanks Sean.

2 finger head disappears quickly.... no lacing.. descent cap.. brew is a hop hazed sunset orange.

aroma is fairly muted.. some citrus and spicy hops are noted.. but there is quite a bit of malt going on here.

fairly bitter out of the gate melts into the thick pale and light caramel malts... hop flavors are a pithy grapefruit.. resinous yet earthy hoppiness.. body is pretty standard for an AIPA.. so is the carbonation... finish is long and fairly harsh bitterness.

Not bad.. just not great.. seems sorta one dimensional.

Thanks again Sean!


JohnGalt1, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a copper color with a small off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and fairly hoppy, citrus and pine. Flavor is malty, caramel again with a fairly good piney hop bitter finish (which sticks around for a while). Very nicely balanced, crisp, medium bodied. Very, very drinkable.

mtstatebeer, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice shade of rust, slightly hazy, with fluffy off-white head with good retention and lacing. Smell was of hops however I thought it was a little muted. A definite malt presence in the smell. Taste was good. Nice good hop quality to it, a little piney, with relatively decent balance for an IPA. Very nice, bitter after taste. Mouthfeel was suprisingly light and a bit crisp. Overall a good beer. I dont know if this one would quite be "sessionable" since the ABV is getting up there, but I could easily see sipping on a few of these on a nice fall day.

bunnyhustle, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of gmuller
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a tulip

Appearance - Copper with a tan foamy head. Pours clear with bubbles throughout the beer.

Smell - Hoppy and bright, hints of citrus and hops (of course)

Taste - Beautifully bitter, noce green hop taste followed by grapefruit and malt.

Mouthfeel - Thick for an IPA, but quite nice. Bubbly.

Drinkability - Oh yeah, I could drink these all night, Often I do.

gmuller, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of BeerMark
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

HopDevil Ale from Victory Brewing Company pours pretty dark with a foamy three finger head. This beer seems to be just a shade darker than some other IPA's I've had. It smells malty and hoppy just like an IPA should. Upon tasting, I can't help but notice the strong hop flavor. This beer is a hop lovers dream as malt takes a backseat in the flavor department. I prefer my IPA's a little more malty and well balanced than HopDevil. It does seem to get a little more malty as the beer warms up. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and I would recommend it.

BeerMark, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Porkchuck
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - typical for American IPA's deep red, shorter head on this one

S - Hops and some more hops....reminds me of that smell in the morning when camping in the fall, here, in the northeast

T - hoppy, hoppy and not so many other flavors

M - hits your whole tongue with hops and I think finishes more bitter than most AIPA's

D - nice and simple, great IPA

Porkchuck, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of semihobo
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle bears a faded mark, "Enjoy By Dec 17 08." Pours with a powerful ecru head, very fine bubbles on top, looks marvelous. Lace starts sticking the place up immediately as the head dies A clear dark cherry red color.

Resinous, high-powered hops on the smell. This is projecting a very tarry hop taste. Sweet malt background like digestive cookies (they are great if you don't know what I'm talking about) is perceptible as well. Low on citric characteristics, more of an earthy, syrupy hop scent.

After the warm up act by the smell, the taste continued in the same hop juice vein. Shudder inducing bitterness on the finish. The hops are rough and coarse and very bitter. Centennials? A little smoky and astringent.

Thick, juicy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with soft bubble texture. Syrupy finish.

Clearly brewed by people who know what they're doing, it looks great and has a nice subtly crafted mouthfeel. Still, too much of a one-note IPA for me. Beats you over the head with the bitterness, would prefer more balance between hop flavor and sheer power. Don't really want another one.

semihobo, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep amber reddish hue, half finger of head with lacing. Nice looking brew, I really liked the rich coloring.

S: Wonderful smelling brew, hints of citrus, pine, and hops. Exactly what I would expect an American IPA to smell like.

T & M: Needless to say this is one hoppy brew. Doesn't have the citrus notes in the taste as the Stone IPA does. I get some serious piney notes, the hops are the star in this beer. Malt balance is good to keep the hops from completely overwhelming.

D: Definitely drinkable, not my absolute favorite IPA but one that I would enjoy drinking again.

elniko, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy, deep amber color with a nice beige, frothy head that retains very well. Good lacing. Smells of floral hops, juicy, fruity, sweet malts. Wonderful aroma. Flavor is very balanced and provides a great bitter kick in the finish. Flavors of grassy hops, an earthy spiciness, doughy malts, astringent aspirin-like bitterness, great balance between the sweet malts and bitter hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, and finishes a bit dry. Very drinkable but will catch up to ya.

Doomcifer, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of mbrasi
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour amber golden with a nice white head. Aroma is nice citrus and sweet. Flavor somewhat dissapoints bitterness lingers too long. This beer should finish cleaner but it doesn't. I really don't understand how this IPA can be in the same league as Furious, AleSmith, and Two hearted. It still is very drinkable and a solid effort.

mbrasi, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of brandoneast
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Devil pours reddish with persimmon highlights and displays rocky foam crowning the lip. The aroma of fresh hops sits to the back while more grain and malt are mostly present - the fresher the brew the more revealing hop aroma. This brown bottle has an 'Enjoy By' date of October 22, 2008 that could explain the underwhelming aroma. The taste is absolutely perfect - caramel malt and piney/grapefruit hops whisk together then slide to a trailing bitterness that devilishly taunts repetition. This ale is silky, somewhat dry, and completely exquisite.

brandoneast, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of mjryan
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper coloured with a thick white head. Good lace and good retention. Aroma is mildly hoppy with a sweet grain character. Flavour is at first bitter then sweet with a citrus zest character followed again by an assertive bitterness. Mouthfell is medium as is the carbonation. I could easily drink several of these in a session. My only real critisism of this beer is its week aroma. I expect more hops in the nose from my IPAs. Otherwise a good beer.

mjryan, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of MP72
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- this is one dark reddish orange colored IPA

S-Hops and citrus grapefruit

T- Tastes very balanced , there is a good hop bite and malt smoothness that lets you know its an IPA but is very easy to put down.

M- mouthfeel is great little on the heavier side compared to Stone but still smooth and refreshing.

D- for me drinkability is high , This is one of my absolute favorite IPA's form one of my favorite breweries.

Give this one a try if you love IPA's

MP72, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber/dark peach color with golden edges. Solid white head, retains very well.

S: Spicy, herbal smell. Get some pepper, slight ash. A little bit of citrus, like grapefruit. Very faint.

T: Nice, very sweet maltiness that hits right away. Sweet and very delicious. The hops kick in the back, take a little bit to hit but a good showing when it does. Hop oils hang out at the back of the tongue for a while, and leave a very pleasant aftertaste.

M: Good body. Has a slight slick oilyness to it, but it isn't bad.

O: The malt sweetness is delicious and it is taken over by a very good hop flavor. A very enjoyable beer, one of the better IPAs I've had. I could definitely drink a few of these while watching football...

Beefeater57, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of smanders
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Jan 5, 2009 - purchased Sep 1, 2008 - 6.7 % ABV

A= burnt-orange with thin head which dissipated quickly.

S= hops, hops, and more hops.

T= with all of the hoppy aroma, Hopdevil had a nice balance of malt. No awkwardness as with other overly hopped IPAs.

M= smooth without being syrupy.

D= this beer is a winner. Imagine lounging by the pool or on the beach and you're craving hoppy refreshment. This is it!

smanders, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on Cask @ the Ginger Man in NYC 08-31-08

This beer was actually my 1st introduction to craft beer, and i thought it was terrible!!...my feelings have changed greatly since then. I love this beer on tap and bottle, but from a cask it is a totally different experience. The hops finish so clean and fresh at the end in a more subtle way, not as overpowering from a bottle. Tea/citrus flavors come through on the nose and 1st taste. Very balanced and easy drinking, could drink this all night. Fans of this beer will not be disappointed if you never had it on cask

bonbini26, Sep 01, 2008
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,094 ratings.