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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,553 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,553
Reviews: 2,423
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 200
Gots: 765 | 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 jwhancher
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply...my favorite beer. Great appearance, awesome hoppy smell, excellent taste, superb mouthfeel, and a drinkability that can go down for the ages. A++ for this beer!!! Quite simply, among my favorites for the regular rotation in my fridge. Not to mention, this brew tastes 10x better coming from a cask conditioned pump straight from the source.

Photo of dac0152
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange copper color with almost a 1 inch head, which is slightly tan.

Smells just like I expected, citrus hops, small amount of sweetness from the malts.

This beer is amazing to just kick back to after mowing the lawn, or going for a run, it goes down so smooth and tastes delicious. The hops are definitely present, but there is absolutely a sweetness that balances this IPA very well. Maybe not enough hops to satisfy DIPA lovers, but definitely get the job done for me. Malts seem to kick in more after drinking for a while.

Great carbonation, but nothing absolutely amazing. Just smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability is great for this beer. The only thing that keeps me from drinking a sixer at a time is the ABV, but even it isn't too high at 6.7%.

Just a solid offering.

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

great label, with exp date of 9/30/09 on the front.
pours a pretty true dark orange with a lightly tanned head that pours pours bubbly until it settles to a foamy 3/4 of an inch that stays for a while. and the lacing looks great.
smells of orange and citrus fruits, pretty floral hoppiness as well, of course.
this is a good tasting ipa, i'm still new to them, but i am enjoying it nonetheless. i taste the citrus and hops. thats the basic gist of it.
its pretty smooth, light bodied, can definitely have a few of these.

I purchased this along with a hop wallop and a storm king, and i look forward to tasting those and more of what victory has to offer.

Photo of ThickestHead
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes a medium copper color that leans towards orange on the spectrum, it is clear yet not easy to see through. Has a nice tan head too.
Smells of toasted malts covered up by a mild aroma of coarse citric hops.
Tastes likewise, more pronounced than the smell, but still not as potent as what I was hoping for in this brew.
Creamy and smooth with a good balance and well carbonated.
Very drinkable yet I will try Victory's other offerings first before I revisit this one.

Photo of emsroth
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with freshness date

App: Dark amber, chesnut brown. 2 finger off-white head

Smell: Mostly north american hops. Half floral half dense fruit. Perhaps a bit of citrus.

Taste: Starts with a bitterness. Perhaps a light toasty malt flavor peeks out once in a while, but this beer is dominated by hoppy bitterness. Ends with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Overall, a pleasing bitterness, but not a memorable flavor.

Full feeling medium body.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a rocks glass a auburn hue with brief white head. There is a floral hoppiness balanced by a decent amount of malt. The brew could be a little more substantial on the body side of things but is average. Too much malt for my expectation of a "hopdevil". I expect a lot from AIPAs as they are often synonymous with DIPAs. There is not a substantial level of hop character and what hop character is present is diminished by the malt content. The malt sweetness is a disappointment for me in this interpretation.

Photo of ken2cart1
2.09/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- light mahogany, lbig 1 inch frothy head

S- def a solid caramel backbone, fruit hopsmell in there, but not as much hop smell as an ipa should

T- wheres the hops? decent bitterness, but no hop flavor, watery, matallic taste, HAS THIS BEER GONE BAD?

m- WATERY

D- not enjoyable at all

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanx to brairscratch for the bottle.

A - deep burgundy w/ 2 finger biege head that shrinks to nothing more than a flim across the top of the beer

S - caramel malts, citrus hops and some biscuit. pretty straight forward IPA

T - very bitter w/ some breadiness on the follow-through. again, not bad but just nothing special

MF - medium carbonation and body w/ a oily feel

D - not too shabby, solid IPA though nothing to write home about

perhaps I was expecting too much after loving the hell out of Prima Pils and HopWallop, i guess i figured this one would be of the same 'above average caliber'. i was wrong.

Photo of Reaper16
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Pours a rich honey color with good clarity. The cream-colored head is sizable at 1 1/2 fingers with rocky lacing.

The aromas are very, very muted for some reason. Some weak cracker malt smells and light grassiness are all that I get. This bottle expires on 10/13/09, so the hops shouldn't have faded out completely... no choice but to score it low.

Ah, that's better. The hops haven't faded, evidenced by the floral hit of flavor at the tip of the tongue. The gentle hop kiss informs the generous malt bill. This isn't a malt bomb, but the caramel and slight toasted malt flavors are highly assertive. The hops take over on the finish, delivering a blast of pine and grapefruit alpha acid yumminess on the back end of the drink. The lingering aftertaste is very gentle; just a trace of bitterness. Ultimately, this is a very balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little too watery for my tastes; I noticed the "watery" quality from the very first drink. Drinkability, however, is excellent. The predominant feeling of balance -- good malt tastes not being overpowered by the nice hopping -- makes this a beer that you can drink as much of as you would like to. The relatively low ABV% of 6.7 helps in this regard, too.

I can't buy beers from Victory in MO (where I live). If I could, I don't think that I would buy HopDevil over other, more local, options for a balanced IPA. I think that I brought home the wrong six pack of Victory product with me from Illinois. That said, this is a solid beer with a lot of positive attributes going for it. If you want a balanced IPA over an intense hop bomb, then you could do a lot worse than HopDevil.

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brownish orange color not normally seen in most IPA's with nice sudsy one finger head in light tan. Leaves some sticky lace.

Sweet malt, fruity, citrus hops.

This is a balanced IPA. There is almost more deep roasted malt here than hops. Piney and biting hops come in at the end. Some citrus peel is also present. Hops are starting to emerge more as I drink on.

Medium bodied, nice velvety carbonation lends to a pleasant mouthfeel.

Due to the balance, this is a really drinkable IPA. I would have this one again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone AB pint glass.

A- Orange meets Amber color with a thick 1 inch head. Sufficient lacing to stick to the sides as it dissipates.

S- Hops and spice on the nose up front. Some caramel malt is present as well.

T- Nice. The hop presence is totally put in check by the malty middle. Bittersweet dry finish. After a few minutes, and a few sips, the malt becomes more pronounced. Balanced and subdued flavor profile, but masterfully achieved.

M- Medium bodied.

D- One of the more drinkable IPA's I've had in a while. As a southern california resident, I enjoyed the restrained hop profile of this nice IPA as a nice change of pace from the extreme (but tasty) DIPA's that seem to be everywhere out here. Certainly more sessionable.

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

A - Copper orange in color. Thin white head, nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops with a faint malt background.

T - First taste is sweet citrusy hops and bready malts. Bitter zing follows and dwindles in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Sticky.

D - Good quality east coast IPA. Not as powerful as the West Coasters, but sometimes i prefer this balance when it comes to drinkability.

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

Pours a nice deep copper with an off-white head that showed good retention and lace. Good balance in the aroma, with the hops providing floral and citrus notes, while the malts provide a background of breadiness. This balance is extended to the flavour. Pine, orange peel and grass lead off, without overpowering the beer due to the fruity and bready malts in the background. Hop oils coat the tongue to provide a lingering bitterness after the sip is finished. Medium bodied and slick, with a soft carbonation.

BALANCE - many IPAs don't have it, but this one does. Good stuff.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured in a sampling glass.

Pours a deep golden color with hints of red. A small head with a bit of lacing on the pour. Aroma is a bit malty with some earthy hops to it, very good for an IPA.

Taste is rather surprising, very malty but it's still got a good amount of hops to it. Slightly sweet, and a solid bitterness that lingers for a bit. The mouthfeel is phenomenal, very full and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a very solid IPA in a sea of Imperials & Doubles, it's nice to have a real solid IPA.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my bottle into my glass the beer is dark orange. With little to no head. The aroma is strong hops a touch of ctirus and malt. The flavor is very nice. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be considering the menacing looking hop cartoon on the bottle. This beer seems to be balanced nicely with malt flavors and a major hop blast. The hop bitterness slaps your taste buds then the malt comes in and smooths things over. Perfect balance. Medium body with fairly mild carbonation. No real sticky hop after taste. This is a top notch IPA. I would highly reccamend this to all my friends.

Photo of Gtreid
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber color. A smooth pour produced about one finger of cream colored head that left some nice lace.

A: Nothing too overpowering here, I get the pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, and grass. The malts actually balance this quite well IMO.

T: Again very similer to the aroma. I am pleasantly suprised to find how balanced this is. The hops are very prominent, but the brewers uses the malt nicely.

M: Medium body, very carbonated. Comes with a bite.

D and overall impression: Good scores on drinkability here. 6.7% ABV coupled with the balance of the brew, means I could drink quite a few of these. Overall, another soild offering from Victory. This bottle was pretty fresh, but I would really like to try this on tap to experience Hop Devil at it's freshest. Skal.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour clear burnt orange
Cream frothy head, some lacing
Head is not huge, but creeps patiently
Floral Hops permeate the nose
some sweet raisin malts
First to hit the palate is malts, sugar
this is surprising
Hops come in soon after and wow
I like the balance of hops variety
nothing overpowers the other
The hops are definitely showcased
good supporting cast of sweet malts
Mouth is pretty sticky
Feels quality in the mouth
Very drinkable
Lives up to reputation
Nice beer

Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, not-quite-clear, dark amber, with a thick beige head of lasting spume that fades to a pretty cap and leaves continents of lace.

Smell is effervescent orange peel, pine, earth, with a mild spiciness and florality. Very alive smell.

Taste is a sweet and bitter blast that ricochets through a blitzkrieg of fine flavor. Toasted notes, caramel, citrus, pine, inflict delicious pleasure. The finish is thick, sweet, earthy, bitter, and long.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, medium bodied but drinks slightly thicker, perhaps a touch too carbonated, good retention, decent clear out.

Drinkability is very good, but I wouldn't say spectacular.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with nice ditty about the beer and a clearly marked freshness date

Appearance: Bright amber beer with lazy carbonation and medium dark ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film

Smell: Nice herbally/grapefruit hop notes, backed with medium caramel malty aromas

Taste: BIG hop presence...there's a fairly high level of bitterness, lots of fresh pine taste, and a touch of prickly alcohol...this is fairly simple but nice...it's definitely got a kind of "kick you in the face" vibe...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Nice, kick you in the face IPA...perfect for when I'm looking for that style of beer, but a bit over-the-top for an every day IPA for me personally

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

I have been a big Victory fan for awhile, but never got around to reviewing any of their beers. I consider this my go-to Victory beer. Here is my review:

A: Pours a real deep amber color. Pretty dark for an IPA. Very clear with a nice tan head. Dissipates to a film over the top of the beer. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of fruit and hops on the nose. Quite piney. Smells nice.

T: A very balanced and tasty IPA. The initial flavor is pine and earthy hops. Then, mid-palate, a unique fruit character comes in. Taste reminds me of a pear or apple. Then the malt comes through with a nice toasty and caramelly flavor. Finish is both bitter and sweet. A very good tasting IPA, but not great.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Drinks very well with a nice lingering bitterness. Could easily session this beer. Not the best tasting IPA around, but never disappoints and is always enjoyable.

I enjoy this IPA quite a bit from Victory. This has just as much emphasis on the malt as it does the hops. Extremely balanced and drinkable, this is well worth seeking out.

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

12 oz bottle into shaped Dogfish Head pint glass (my new go-to glass for IPAs, since I got it for free at a bar on a trip to Pittsburgh).

HopDevil is the beer that made me love beer. While many craft beer drinkers graduate from macros to quality brews, I couldn't stand beer until I accepted a HopDevil just to be polite... then rudely demanded several more!

A--Decent head, though one must pour just right to get the full effect. When poured so that it billows above the rim of the glass, it laces admirably down the glass. Color is right on target for the style.

S--Hops in the nose, obviously, but there's a nice complexity here, with fruity esters and a nice malt presence. It all blends into a singular aroma that really distinguishes the beer.

T--Classic East Coast IPA--a deep, clean bitterness, with pine-y and floral hops flavors that mesh nicely with fruity esters and malts that announce their presence without becoming assertive, suggesting caramel and even chocolate.

M--Good carbonation, etc. Mouthfeel isn't a huge category for me, unless I find it unbelievably amazing or just awful. HopDevil's mouthfeel is right for the style, so everything is good.

D--The 6.7% ABV may take this one out of session range, but apparently no one told my tongue, 'cause I can drink HopDevil all night. Even if you've had too many to appreciate its nuances, it remains agreeable, with a bitterness that lingers pleasantly (a contrast to some of the tongue rapings I've gotten from some other hoppy American brews).

I really love this beer. I will say that it's nothing special when it's past its prime, but fresh--as this particular batch is--it's great. Try it!

Photo of gixxerrider21
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful medium amber color with about an inch of white to off-white head. The hop smell is not overpowering, and has a nice sweet/fruit smell, like that of grapefruit possibly a hint of honey. The head reduces to about 1/4 inch as you drink, with a nice amount of lace down the side of the glass. The taste is smooth with a good mouth feel. The hop flavor hits midway through the drink, and continues to the end, leaving a nice hop taste on the back of the tongue. Overall a well done IPA, this beer is drinkable with an ABV of 6.7%, versus other IPAs of the sort that have ABV's of 8% or higher.

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

A: Rich copper color wtih ruby tones. Thick off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops. Toasted malt and carmel. Earthy, grassy resin and a faint hint of alcohol.

T: Nicely balanced with sweet carmel malt upfront. Toasted bread and cereal. Followed by sharp hop bite. Piney resin, grapefruit and lemon zest. Nicely crafted IPA.

M: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

D: Great balance, and exceptional drinkability. Another great offering from Victory.

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

I first had Victory Hop Devil at a bar in the Philidelphia airport. It was on tap and for a beer at 9am served with a breakfast of greasy sausages and eggs it went down pretty well. Today I'm reviewing the bottled version which tastes remarkably similar.

It pours a clear but medium caramel colour body and a small offwhite head that settles to practically nothing in just a few minutes.

The smell is mostly of fruity sweet malts with some hops mixed in.

The taste is very hop dominated.. strong hops, pine and grapefruit hit you and overwhelm the taste. Where are the sweet malts? Where are the fruity yeasts? Not here unfortunately. I enjoy hops as much as the next hop head but nothing but hops isn't terribly rewarding.

Mouthfeel is good and the carbonation is refreshing. Drinkability is better than average.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served on cask at the victory brewpub in Downingtown, PA.. Ultra smooth and creamy.. the carbonation is totally mellowed out. Huge, big fluffy head is very nice gives you a beer moustache. Aroma is subtle but certainly hoppy. Fresh and a bit sweet. Taste is very creamy, hoppy but very mellow with a clean finish and malt sweetness apparent right behind the hop. Mouth is silky, not heavy at all. The creaminess is quite delightful. It drinks very smooth and is delicious. Becomes a bit filling (especially if drank with food) but is definitely awesome.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,553 ratings.