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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,758 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,758
Reviews: 2,366
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 135
Gots: 385 | 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.

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walshclimb

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very slightly cloudy, light amber with thick foamy, off-white head that quickly dissipates to thin lacy head

S - Malt and yeat, spruce with a hint of horseblanket

T - lightly sweet, bitter initial flavor with short lived bitter finish

M - medium body, slightly creamy with lively carbonation and slightly astringent finish

D - Good beer with nice hop flavor. easty to drink with interesting enough flavor to taste against other IPAs

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 14:38:18 | More by walshclimb
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounces good till August of this year. Pours into a pint dark copper with sticky white foam. Very hoppy nose. Spicy, with grapefruit.

More of the same when tasting, except the alpha acids are very well complimented by the sweetness and flavor of slightly toasted malts, making for a complete experience.

Medium bodied and a little sticky. I like an IPA that isn't set on hop overload. I'd certainly have a few more but no more than that.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 01:37:39 | More by edskirk3
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argock

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into pint glass

A: Beautiful copper-red color with frothy one- to two-finger head that decorates long after the beer is gone

S: Mild fruit and strong hops resin smells

T: Excellent hops presence with slight maltiness which is more obvious as the beer warms -- hopsters will want to drink this right out of the fridge. Dry, bitter finish like you'd expect.

M: Balanced carbonation with medium-body.

D: Would love to get this on tap -- tastes mighty good from the bottle as well though I like several other IPAs more because they more flavors than strong hops with a little malt and fruit (i.e. Stone IPA, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale).

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 03:08:35 | More by argock
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Duster72

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with one finger off white head and nice lacing. Aroma is crazy hops. Taste is piny earthy oily hops. I do not detect much if any citrus at all. Aggressively bitter with no balance. Mouthfeel is on the painful side of bitter. Not very drinkable at all. This one was very disappointing after the high ratings. No subtlety at all and not nearly as drinkable as many other IPAs. If you want crazy hops and bitters with little balance, this one's for you.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 16:00:27 | More by Duster72
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, front of label says best before 4/21/07, so I'm late by about a week, no big deal. Head retention is good, lacing just OK. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a red/orange color with about an inch off-white head. It smells like pine and citrusy hops. The taste is citrusy and pine hops (grapefruit) with a bit of malt, but it's the hops that are the most noticable. Very nice bitter taste too. Mouthfeel is medium, with it being a bit creamy and oily/slick. Drinkability is good, it's even better if you're a hophead. Overall I think it's a pretty decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 01:13:29 | More by bluejacket74
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tommy78

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As soon as I popped open a bottle, I could smell the sweetness of the brew. Upon pouring it out, a nice reddish/orange color permeated the glass. It literally looked like maple syrup straight out of a maple tree. The taste was, as one previous reviewer stated, all hops. I could feel the hops from the moment they hit my mouth. After getting over the hops, I tasted some fruit in the beer. As for the drinkability, I did not notice how much I had in one instance until I looked at the glass. I could probably polish off three before my night is done. It goes really well with grilled chicken and corn. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 21:46:41 | More by tommy78
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Newglarusguy

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation 12 oz longneck bottle poured into my pint glass.

Apperance: Luxirious amber pour that creates a lavish cream heading that sticks to my glass.

Smell: Hops hops and hops! need I say more?

Taste and moutfeel: A bit famililar but that's not a bad thing it hits the palate nice and creamy with a bite of bitterness for hop lovers like me an extravagant ale that goes down smooth and clean I recommend this brew to people who enjoy good beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 02:42:40 | More by Newglarusguy
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best from one of my fav breweries, I was looking forward to pairing this against a few of the other great IPA's (Stone, DFH 60 Min.), here are the results.

Appearance - Lovely dark red/orange color, very unique for an IPA. Also has a nice deep off-white head, good start.

Smell - Hops, Hops, Hops mixed in with a little citrus and darker fruits. This is the first time you get a taste of the very raw flavor.

Taste - A lot deeper flavor than most IPA's, has a very raw sense. The hops dominate but there's also a nice citrus tone as well as some other semi-dark fruits. The hops are amazing, really leaving a great bitter aftertaste which sits extremely well.

Mouthfeel - The consistency is extremely good and the texture is definetly thicker than most IPA's as it seems very malty. Very unique and cool

Drinkability - Love this brew a lot, can't go wrong with Victory. Definetly provides a great compairson to Stone to show the West Coast vs. East Coast style IPA's. This East coaster with it's raw characteristics and darker style definetly holds it's own. That being said, I gotta give the edge to Stone (which surprised me since I consider Victory one of my hometown brews and was prepared to give them the local edge). Still, check this one out and do your own comparison, you won't be sorry. Looking forward to pairing up DFH 60 Min. to see how it can roll with the big boys.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 01:42:11 | More by jdg204
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CowboyDarb

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bar I sometimes, kinda DJ at was out of my usual Shiner Bock, so I asked the bar maid to surprise me. This is what she brought me.

A brown 12 oz long neck bottle with a blue label that has a really cool picture of a devil made from hop leaves.

I couldn't find a birth date.

A: It poured a medium amber color. Thick rich cream colored head with pretty good retention that leaves some light lacing all the way down.

S: HOPS! Also some citrus.

T: Damn that's a strong ale! It truely is a hop devil! Some citrus comes out along with a little bit of coffee. I'm sure it's in there somewhere, but try as I might, I just can't seem to detect any malt.

MF: this beer overwhelms your taste buds, it feels very rich and full

D: I don't think I could drink more than a couple three of these, but it is a very enjoyable change of pace for a non-hop head

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 22:47:54 | More by CowboyDarb
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YankChef

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into an american pint glass.

Appearance: light amberish brown with red hues that really come through when held up to light. 1/4 inch white head that sticks to the top of the beer as well as the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrusy stone fruit. Cherry, apricot, peach and under ripe pear. Rose water and a subtle pine.

Taste: Very aggressive tasting brew with more than enough hops. A lot of the previously mentioned fruits are present as well as a raw hop oil flavor. Bitterness is certainly present and somewhat overpowering but i love IPA's so for me its hop bliss.

Mouthfeel: Medium-High carbonation and pretty raw and in your face.

Overall: a damn fine IPA. One of the best as a matter of fact and certainly deserves its high rating. I could also drink this all night and to me this is a great "drunk" session beer. Meaning it is a session beer to me because i would happily drink it all night and end up getting drunk and be fine with that because it is so damn good. If you like IPA's, this is on your to drink list.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 02:29:45 | More by YankChef
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass. Rich, amber color with a 2-3 finger head. Noticed a good amount of carbonation.

Mild citrus smell - not too powerful rounded out with a decent malt.

When imbibed, noticed a firm malt-base and finished with a moderate bitter kick that lingered. Had a creamy mouthfeel.

I am not sure about everyone else but this came across as more of an English IPA then American. I say so due to the more balanced flavor of the brew (malt), reminded me a lot of McEwan's IPA (which I have read is a repackaged Special Import). This would be a nice session beer but personally, I would have wanted a lot more hops for a beer calling itself a "Hop Devil."

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 13:49:05 | More by jdoncbus
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into pint glass

Slightly hazy dark orange amber with creamy light tan colored head. Little spotty lace.

Scent is fruity (possibly a hint of peach), floral, citrus. Strong and tasty scent, though difficult to identify the elements.

Taste is citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) with a long bitter finish that lingers dramatically. There's a sturdy caramel malt backbone here with slightly toasty and nutty flavors. Very little pine resin - hard to tell if it's really there or if I merely expect it to be.

Mouthfeel is a mouthcoating creamy medium with a hint of warming in the throat.

Drinkability is not as impressive as Stone's IPA but this is certainly easy to drink.

Very good IPA. I love how the bitter finish lasts and the mouthfeel is good but overall I prefer Stone, SN, or Smuttynose IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 21:07:57 | More by sethmeister
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bozebus17

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopdevil pours a transparent orange-copper. There is a thin white foamy head.

The scent is fresh grass and grainy. There is also a distinct citrus note.

As far as taste goes this brew lives up to its name. There is plenty of bitterness to go around. There isn't a whole lot as far as malt goes with this one, you know you're drinking an IPA. This beer is medium bodied. The alcohol warms the mouth and leaves a tingling for quite some time. It goes down about as easily as any other beer of comparable style and abv.

I don't know why but I was not impressed by this beer. Being an IPA lover I was encouraged by other reviews and very excited to try this. I don't know if I got a bad batch (I know it was fresh, there is a date and it was in the cooler) or if this one just doesn't suit my fancy. I do plan on giving this beer another shot in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 19:45:21 | More by bozebus17
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stevehagy

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured in glass you get a light brown color with a hint of red that is hazy. Staying true to its name, the aroma is hoppy as with the taste. The aftertaste is very bitter and hoppy as well. Carbonation isnt very strong which fits it perfectly. Drinkability not as high as others because of the bitter hoppiness which doesnt always settle well.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 23:39:58 | More by stevehagy
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prototypic

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a very nice one-finger foamy head. Good retention and very nice lacing remains on the mug.

Smell: Very citrusy and hoppy. Nice combination of grapefruit, orange, and perhaps a little mango. Hops smell of straight pine. A bit more of a malty smell than I expected.

Taste: Grapefruit taste provides a sweet element. Very bitter hop kick after the sweetness subsides a little. The bitterness is excellent here. It is balanced out a little by the malt, but it's definitely got a kick.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and pretty easy to drink. I'd happily take down a few. Carbonation and abv perfect for this beer. Overall, this is a really good IPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 01:23:47 | More by prototypic
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sleazo

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this a long time ago, now that im back on the east coast, a lot easier to get.

A-Beautiful red tinted brown with a thick fluffy head that is constantly replensished by a cascade of bubbles.

S-Flowery hops, maybe some malt. more English smelling than American

T-Nicely rounded. There is the grassy hops with a notable malt backbone. The finish is dry, with a medicinal/grass bitterness lingering. The hop flavour is different than the west coast IPA's i have been drinking. I didnt think i would like this as much as i do. This is a good tasting beer

M-Slightly on the lighter side with a healthy dose of carbonation.

D-This is a tasty drink that i will order from fresh direct again. A very interesting IPA, I would lean towards calling it an East Coast American IPA if that were a category. The brews on the west coast tend to have a stronger pine taste. Closer to Englan I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 00:05:02 | More by sleazo
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy amber color with a nice head which faded quickly.

Heavy hops with a combination of citrus and grass.

Hops of course with a bit of malt and bitterness towards the end.

Clean and smooth with moderate carbonation.

I was anxious to try this beer from all I had heard about it. Sad to say I was disappointed by the lack of a hoppy punch compared to say...Hopslam, Two-Hearted or Great Divide Titan. Still a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 01:39:39 | More by Monkeyknife
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a word...HOPPY! This pours to a dark reddish orange, with medium off-white head that lingers long and leaves very good lacing on the glass. The aroma is immediately strong, grassy hops, and the flavor follows suit perfectly. Mouthfeel is tangy and bitter, and the finish is long and bitter, just perfect. The hops were by far the outstanding feature of this beer, and it is very aptly named.

Got this on a trip to NC, and just wish we could find it here in Atlanta.

An Excellent Beer!!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 15:39:38 | More by kimcgolf
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dwarvenspirits

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a very thick head when poured. The head has a beige tinge to it. Pours a nice, thick-looking amber/copper color. Smells like . . .citrus, lemon or lime stand out with some piney after notes. Mouthfeel is slightly thick. Big hop flavor, almost consumes this entire beer but there is a malt backbone towards the middle and then finishes a touch dry with the pine flavor lingering. Bitterness suites the style. Overall a damned good drinking beer. It may be a touch too heavy on the body but it's a good beer, just make sure you let it warm up a bit to get all the goodies in there.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 21:12:31 | More by dwarvenspirits
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k3n

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating.

A: 1" head slowly fades to a thin carpet of bubbles, leaving lots of uneven lace on the glass. Clear amber-red color.

S: Citrus and pine.

T: Citrus and pine at first, caramel and malt in the middle, dry hop bitterness in the end. Great balance.

M: Creamy, then oily, then dry and bittering. Very nice. This beer has a nice 'heft' to it in the mouth, and then it leaves fairly cleanly.

D: oh yea...

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 04:02:14 | More by k3n
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

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

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark orange in color with copper hues near the edges of the glass. Craggy off white head pours one finger thick. Decent retention. Soft sticky lacing.

S: Citrus juice. Pine resin. Sweet malts. Yeast. Earth.

T: Citrus juice flavor is immediately pushed out of the way by a citrus and pine hop spicey bitter bite. Rich and sweet caramel malts push through to balance things out and are followed by a soft touch of honey and fresh baked bread. Finishes with more spicey hops and sweet malts.

M: Silky smooth. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I have tried this beer straight from the bottle, off the tap and out of a cask and I enjoyed this spicey little hop bomb every single time. Recomended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2007 19:52:35 | More by Tyrawlings
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isaac

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. to pint glass.

pours what looks more like an amber or red than an IPA, but quite pretty, sitting under an off-white head with all sizes of bubbles and some thin lacing down the glass. the nose is somewhat faint, though it has a strong (relatively speaking...) hop muskiness that seems to me to be American Fuggles or Goldings, not exactly what i would associate with "distinctive American Hops," but, yes, they are American. the taste is well balanced between these hops and the noticeably German malts, lending a smooth, European quality that is fine, refreshing, and tasty, but not that complex. body is good, if not a bit overly drying, and of the thin to medium sort. quite an enjoyable beer and drinkable at that! buuuut, not that interesting. solid, but not, shall i say, provoking.

EDIT: what i thought to be Fuggles was, evidently, Tettnang(er) instead. apparently, these two strains are similar, according to the Hopunion Databook.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 02:36:06 | More by isaac
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ncvbc

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer by any means. I've had it from the bottle and enjoyed it so I figured why not try it in a potentially better form. It looks good, much more red in color than the IPA I tried before. Almost looks like a completely different style of beer when you have the two side by side. Good looking creamy head that hangs around for a while. The smell is more malty than hoppy to be honest. I'm wondering where the hops went. Taste is also lacking that crisp hop kick that I've accustomed myself to. They are there but well covered by a malty sweetness. It kinds of seems slightly watered down a little. Not sure what the deal is here. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and I can get a better sense of the hops. Solid. Pretty drinkable beer in the end. It doesn't stand up to what I drank before it but I can't complain. Well, one complaint. It was a dollar more...which I couldn't come to understand at $4.50. I would have enjoyed the initial hoppy flavored that I got from the bottle but I could have easily enjoyed a few more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2007 03:17:55 | More by ncvbc
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Redwood21

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop heaven. This beer pours a nice redbrown hue the is beautiful. the head is big but short lived with some nice lacing. The aroma is hop overdose, very good. The flavor follows suit with hops and sweetness. I enjoy this alot. The beer has another taste that i cant wuite put my finger on, but is good. there is a slight bitterness both in the fin ish and aftertaste. The body is nice and medium, once again a beer that is more full than limp. I would suggest this beer to anyone who is into the hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 09:06:17 | More by Redwood21
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off let me say welcome Miguel Mandingo, that was a heck of a good review for a 1st timer,...you know a bit about beer, buddy.


I found this beer on the shelf in a grocery store for $8.99 a six pack with "Enjoy by May 20 07" on the label... well, "enjoy" I did!

pours a clear amber, on the brownish side with a beige/earthtone head that leveled off at 1/4 inch and stayed with me the entire pint glass full leaving a tremendous amount of "starry sky" lacing behind.

how can I describe the smell?... If a hop cut a fart, I guess this is what it would smell like?

it taste pretty good, I'd rather pay the buck extra and get a six of Stone IPA, but I didn't feel cheated for buying this beer.

it has a little more carbination (champagne type bubbling) than I expected but went down easy enough without a sting or bitter bite.

I could drink this beer, I won't knock anyone down at the counter to buy it, but I would buy it again to support the brewery (I like some of their other offerings) and 'Regular-Guy America'...

"eff" marcos and corporate a-holes!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 00:53:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,758 ratings.