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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

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

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Ratings: 6,684 | Reviews: 2,451
Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent amber ale. Smooth and creamy off-white head with excellent retention and patchy lace.

Citric hops dominate the nose. Some pine and grains in the mix also.

Huge hop flavor of lemon, orange and pine. Some grassy, earthy hop notes also. Bready malt with a hint of rye. Just a touch of caramel sweetness brings it to a satisfying finish.

Drying on the palate. Solid medium-body and well-carbonated.

Flavors are delicious and very well balanced. Exceptional drinkability for an IPA. I could definetly drink a couple of these to kick off the night.

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

Deep orange with a red hue, a slight haze and no head. Decent lacings on the glass. Big citrus and tropical aromas with a hint of sweet maltiness. Very smooth and mellow feel. More mellow than the bottled version. Low carbonation. Tropical citrus flavors overwhelm this IPA. Difficult to detect any malt character. Hop flavors taper from tropical fruit to pine at the finish. Very smooth and mellow with tons of hop punch and it went down pretty easy.

Photo of liamt07
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, 12oz'er poured into a tulip. Thanks again Jon, BBD of November 15th, 2010.

Appears a rusty golden brown, relatively translucent with only about a finger or so of head even with some aggression on my part. Thin layer of head, sticky lace. Aroma is very nice, well rounded out with a ton of different citrus notes, lots of pineapple, lemon zest, a bit of grapefruit initially, some peach and as always, yer usual rich, and sweet caramel malt. Nice stuff, even for something not as fresh as it probably should be. Taste is quite bitter up front, and the hops are well known. More citrus here, and at points I want to think the bitterness borders on something potentially enamel ripping when fresh (for an IPA at least). Similar hop profile to what I've noticed in a variety of Victory beers (at least in Prima Pils and Hop Wallop at this point). Long bitter and drying finish. Good drinkability as I can't detect the alcohol, but the bitterness of this would likely prevent from several in succession.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's Victory day. First up HopDevil.

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IPA pours an unusual rustic brown with a darker tan fluffy and frothy head that refuses to dissipate and is about 2-3 inches thick.

S: The aroma is really just above average. Toasty caramel malt is present. The hops are not piny nor fruity. Maybe some fruit notes are poking through, but not much.

T: The flavor profile follows suit. The malt shines trough and is very toasty and roasty. The hops add bitterness that complements this. Bitter roasted caramel malt is the best way to describe this brew.

MF: Carbonation is full, but the body itself is a little light. Not bad.

D: Drinkability is good too, but this brew isn't as satisfying as I was hoping.

Overall, HopDevil is an interesting little devil. Absolutely fresh, I'm sure it's much better. This bottle is a few months old. This brew is really drinking closer to a light barley wine, than an IPA. Really, it wouldn't make a bad barley wine, and I can even imagine an ASDA spin off on this.

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best buy Dec. 9th 2010

A: Hazy light amber with red/orange hues. One finger head. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Hops mainly citrus, tropical. Some sweetness from the malts.
T: Slightly sweet, citrus, some grassiness. Nice lingering bitterness.
M: Smooth and bitter. A bit creamy as an IPA should be.
D: This is a nice drinkable IPA. 6.7% ABV.

This was completely new for me. I wasnt aware Victory was avalible in Michigan. This was a very good IPA but not outstanding.

Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep orange, almost amber. Thin head, but not disappointing.
S- Good and malty, but lots of hops as well. It's almost as though it exists as two seperate smells one after the other, rather than coexisting. Interesting.
T- Malty for an American IPA, but the hops were still very previlent. Very citrusy. The hops exist most in the finish.
M- Full bodied for an IPA, and dry in the finish. Carbonation is perhaps a tad low, but not shabby.
D- A very good IPA from Victory. While Victory probably doesn't have any beers in my top 10 favorite, it's in the top couple breweries, because they simply don't make bad beers. This is a borderline great IPA. A definite recomend.

Photo of camp0474
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazed orange copper color with a tan head.

S: Piney and citrus hops with a slight sweet malt backbone. Mostly the hops up front.

T: Hops up front. The piney spicy hop bitterness hits the tongue first. Earthy hops a bit later. Hard to detect the malt in background with the overwhelming hop attack. Fairly one sided. I prefer a more balanced IPA.

M/D: Medium body and carbonation. A bit to unbalanced hops make this one hard to drink multiple at a time, but good IPA when you want full on hops.

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

Poured into a tulip pint: A finger of thick, beige head that retains well & leaves webbed lacing at the top. Bright, rusty body, like tea. Hazy but translucent.

Smell is somewhat balanced between mild, toasty malt & a lemony smell. There's also a leafy, tea-like note that actually makes it kind of like an Arnold Palmer. After a while a slight organic, blue cheese smell develops -- different.

Plenty of lemon & orange flavors up front (zest & all), with a restrained tea coolness, turning just a little biscuity & ending with that bitter citrus zest again. Nice, not too sweet.

Medium-bodied, very smooth with a "cool" feel that comes with a mild tannic dryness.

Overall very nice: good hop flavors without being overly bitter. Also, the malt is just enough to balance -- too much malt or caramel in an IPA is a turn-off for me. Very good drinker. HopDevil was the first IPA I ever had, before I even knew what was supposed to characteristic of an IPA. It had been a while since I'd had a HopDevil, & I'm happy to report that it's a really quality example of the East Coast style.

Photo of grizzly700
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into 22 ounce glass.. Slight head that remained in this light copper coloured beer.. Has hoppy taste that is not too bad overall.. Lace left on glass after finishing, leaves slight after taste... Will buy again next year in a six pack..

Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I generally favor darker beers, but I kind of liked this. It's a dark copper, just dark enough to not be able to see thru.

Pine and esters fill the nose. Was hoping for some citrus, but never found it. Regardless, smelled like I was in for something impressive.

Tastes like it smells. An earthy pine fills the mouth. A bit flowery, but nothing unexpected for an IPA.

This wasn't overly bitter like I expected. There's a crispness to it and certainly some hoppy bite, but it's actually pretty gentle.

I generally stop at one IPA at a time, but this went down pretty well for such a hoppy beer. Good alcohol, a nice bit, would pair nicely with a variety of foods, or just kicking back with a bag of chips.

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

Pours copper with a solid sustained head. Nose is filled with citrusy hops: some mango, maybe some pineapple, ect. Solid nose for sure. Very forward on the hop bitterness, but also has a solid malt presence that adds some complexity. The hops still dominate, of course, and we get many of the same citrus flavors present in the nose. Ends with some lasting bitterness. Really tasty beer; I would certainly have another.

Photo of gtershel
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy "Hoppy" beers. This is one of those beers . This beer is not trying to be your friend either you like it or you don't.

Great appearance, strong amber color, light head that tends to stick around. Great label very indicative of what inside.

The smell was the weakest point of this ale. Maybe because the head stuck around and trapped in the aroma I was not prepared for the taste. The smell was weak. I did not expect this from an ale so strong in hops.

Wow this is a strong hop filled beer with a dry finish. No doubt about it. Solid from start to finish. I might even call it angry at the start but balances as you drink through the first glass. Light sweetness to the taste and lingers through the finish.

Drinkability is a personal taste. I enjoy sipping a beer and not worrying if it is warm by the end. If I finish a couple of beers over a few hours I had a great night. If you take your time, enjoy the flavor, intensity of the flavor and the richness of the hops this is your beer.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice light amber look

S- Hops with fruity notes.

T- Citrus taste and lemony full of hops and seem like a taste of a hearb at the end maybe coriander. ??

M- Very dry and crip. A Bold hop flavor bite at every sip.

D- This is my second time ever drinking this beer and my first time reviewing it and must say I do appreciate this beer now. Full of flavor. Only request that next they make this a unfiltered. Would love to taste all that good stuff before it got filtered.

Cheers

Photo of jiggahertz
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light translucent amber with a slowly dissipating three finger head that settles to a nice and frothy single head. Lacing present throughout.

S: Picking up some citrus hops, pine needles and a slight malt finish.

T: Subtle hops that get stronger towards the back of the mouth, a nice long finish. Alcohol is there but not overpowering.

M: Low carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Pretty easy drinking IPA

Photo of kdpark
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.24.10 Single Bottle, Best by 9.25.10

I would almost call this an Amber IPA, in terms of balance, it had a much bigger malt backbone than any IPA I've had.

A: Copper, clear, head with staying power

S: Pretty much all malt, not getting much hops, less than you would expect from an IPA anyway

T: Huge malt, lots of toast and caramel, almost to a fault, then plenty of hops to back it up, really great sipper.

M: Medium to heavy, nothing harsh about the hops, just pleasantly bitter, the malt may be a little overbearing to some, but I like it

D: A beer I will likely buy again to enjoy one at a time

Photo of AleWatcher
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes. served in pint glass.
date on the bottle says- drink before October 18th.

Pours a deep copper color with a foamy tan hand-- a sandy color head. The body seems a little orangey now. The retention is very nice-- it forms a rocky landscape of bubbly mountains. The body looks thin, but the lacing is ok.

The flavor is big malts- slightly bready, big sweetness too. Some caramel malts and then a some hops come in. In the nose, all I get is some malts with a citrusy hop bite. The taste is muuuch sweeter than expected. The finish is kind of dry. A piney/resiny aftertaste... Some grapefruit comes through, especially in regards to the bitterness. A yeast note reminds me of the yeast used in English mild ales.

The body is oily but thin. Not thick at all, but lacking carbonation.

Not a beer I will get again. Nothing truly offends me about, but nothing really gets me excited either.

Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- An amber/copper color with a one finger off-white head.

S- Balanced between citrus hops and sweet malts.

T- Balanced, starts out very close to the smell and hops have a nice bitter finish, that really stays in a good way.

M- Nice medium body, smooth, and refreshing.

D- A great IPA that is very enjoyable and easy to drink. This is does not stand out from any other IPA I have had, but it is a beer I truly enjoy.

Photo of aeminter
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/amber color with a thick foamy off white head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice balance between the hops and the malts. Hops are on the citrus and floral side. (this is an old bottle so the hops are not as pronounced as they usually are)

T/M - Slightly sweet up front with a nice complex lingering bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced in terms of the style. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer!

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

Nice US IPA exploiting with dexterity its hoppy edge.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Illustration of a green devil head made out of hops over a blue and red background emblazoned with the Victory identity. Narrative on the side, notes intent, and main ingredients. Shows beer freshness date (Semi erased October 16, 2010?) and Alc. by Vol (6.7%). Poured into a nonic glass.

A - Dark amber pour with a nice frothy 1/2" head, average retention and some touches of lace around a small surface memory.

S - Nice hoppy balance. Citrus and floral sense with a malty sense.

T - Mouth follows with great consistency over the hoppy range, touches of citrus, grapefruit, a bit of caramel on the malt.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice closing hoppy bite.

D - Nice flow, it is assertive but quite gentle in the way it carries itself on the palate.

Notes: Another brew that introduced me to craft and hoppier brews some time ago... And it remains a nice pleasure to revisit. It holds a rich hoppy profile rather well, and feels like quality through and through.

Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my bottle review from a bit ago:
I didn't know this was considered an ipa. I would have thought it was a pale ale. As an IPA i would say it falls short. Not enough hoppiness, in aroma or flavor. HOwever, it is a decent beer and not a bad one for beer novices. Think sierra nevada pale ale.

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I think the draft version is a little more bitter and I enjoyed it more. It is at my local bar and I'll definitely have it again.

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

12 oz bottle poured straight into the bottom of a pint glass.

A - Nice adequate head of about one inch - not a lot given the aggressiveness of the pour but a very nice result. Amber/Caramel color, very clear for an IPA. Apparently well filtered.

S - Nothing outstanding and frankly I didn't give it much of an effort.

T - Soft malty taste with some citricy hops that linger.

M - Very sweet and mild for an IPA.

D - Very enjoyable. This doesn't weigh on the palate at all and can easily be consumed over a long period.

I'm not too impressed with the apparent filtering that they subject this beer to. I see nothing wrong with an abundance of yeast and hop residue in other IPA's and IIPA's.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Orange in color, with little or no head. Scents of hops and citrus. This is a very well balanced IPA plenty of hops both citrus and pine, also a strong malt backbone balances it out. The malts add a nice crisp breadlike flavor. Mouthfeel is oily. This is a very drinkable brew, I have no problem enjoying a 6 pack of it.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Trappeze in Athens.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of moderately grainy caramel malts with good amounts of floral and light pine hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more earthy as the spruce notes fade, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was expecting more of this beer after having Hop Wallop a few times but the hops were surprisingly faint. A nice beer but not worth seeking out.

Photo of bigrzman
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper colored with outstanding head retention. Head is creamy with and it has streaks of tiny carbonation which are consistent. Smells of a crisp hop with a spicy lemony note. Tastes like a lemon rind with a high amount of pilsner malt. Nice dry palate with good hop kick correct for an ipa. I can drink a few over a night nothing to get crazy with.

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

A-Dark amber with a small bubbly head.

S-Not as pungent as I remember. Floral hops. Malty sweetness. Slight booze. Spiciness.

T-Better than the smell in my opinion. Floral and pine hops overpower the slight caramel malt. Spice is apparent; booze is better masked in the taste.

M-Light to medium bodied. Smooth and mildly slick.

D-Easy drinker especially for 6.7%. Easy to drink a 6er of this.

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