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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,626
Reviews: 2,440
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 213
Gots: 842 | 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 Blitzstyle
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Perfect amber hue to this brew, nice head with some good retintion.

Strong hops smell but yet I can get the malt to, I expected the hops to just dominate.

Very nice citus notes to the hops also a floral finish. Semi sweet malts and some spices do some balanceing work to the beer, but the after taste on your tounge is very pungent straight up delicious hop juice. Not overly bitter but fantastic hoppyness to this beer.

You can feel the bitterness on the back of your tounge for a few seconds but it slowy dies down. Medium body bring me another round please!!

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

Had this beer on draft with dinner. Served in a pint glass. Beer is red and clear. Yellow head made up of medium bubbles, carbonation low to moderate.

Aroma is mostly malt with a mild pine hop aroma. I was expecting more hops and less malt.

Low hop bitterness witht his beer, high hop flavor, mostly pine. Medium body, drinkability moderate. Bitterness builds as you drink. There is a mild bitter aftertaste that gets progressively worse the more you drink, affects drinkability a lot. The hops slowly coat your mouth. This beer is deceptively bitter.

Photo of polygman
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass. Great head and carbonation. Its color is quite amberish with a slight orange hue. Much darker than some IPAs. Smell is a bit of a let down, has the typical IPA citrus smell but its not very strong and am really not getting much from it. Taste - alright were getting there, lemon rind, sharp bitterness and spicy pepper finish. Finish is sweet and lingerers on the mouth for a long time. Not a bad IPA, pretty solid in drinkability and could see drinking a few. Really nothing spectacular though, there are certainly other IPAs that I would rather drink.

Photo of cagocubs
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had taken a long break from writing reviews. This beer brought me back. I was thoroughly impressed with Victory's HopDevil IPA.

A: Nice amber with shades of brown. Nice biege head with lacing around glass.
S: Hops, Caramel, and Citrus- Good stuff.
T: Surprisingly not as overpowering as I had imagined. With 6.7, I found this to be refreshing as the citrus prevailed. You still get the IPA hop bite in the aftertaste.
M: Good carbonation, fairly light texture.
D: high, I can drink this all night.

Photo of jdskinns
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours about an inch worth of creamy white head that sticks around. Transparent orange color. Smell is soapy, piney, and a little citrus hop aroma. Slightly sour taste with some pine and hop flavor. Not a bad tasting beer. Very drinkable and pretty good.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a sniffer. Very nice in appearance. Golden orange with a rather respectable size creamy white head.
Aroma is very pleasant and strong. Spicy and the bitters are definately picked up imediately.
Taste very true and full to the IPA brew style. Not overwelming...a pleasant mixture of bitterness and sweet malts. Better when cold with this brew.

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

Deep amber orange body with a hint of brown that produces an extremely light brown tan bubbly head the size of 1.5 fingers. Very attractive thick earthy lacing as the head mellows.

Dude, this ale smells totally awesome. Spicy pine-like hops that entices me to hoover one huge gulp. First, the caramel malt comes to play. The spicy pine hops are introduced mid-way and just overtake any malt presence. As the brew rises in temp, the hop spice accentuates.

This beer is pretty 'sharp' in terms of mouthfeel. That hop bite is very assertive when it comes down to crispiness. This brew is just friggin' tasty. It surely hits the spot, very refreshing.

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

Appearance: Nice copper color. Thick tan head. Resilliant lacing that sticks to the walls of the glass all the way down.

Aroma: Lots of citrus. Tons of Grapefruit with a little pine.

Taste: Upfront citrus notes. Bitterness follows in aftertaste. Perhaps not as balances as it should be.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. Hard to tell with high citrus notes. Light on tongue.

Overall, a good hoppy beer if you like extreme IPAs. However, I would have appreciated a more balanced beer. A higher gravity could have helped here.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up just to review it on here! I love my IPA's and this one is certainly worthy of the style as it's pretty hoppy. Not as good as the West Coast versions of this style but it fits the bill and is sure to please any hophead!

The pour was nice - a dark amber hue, plenty of head, and a moderate amount of lacing on my glass. A good smell to it as well with the floral notes standing out. There's very little carbonation to this but the taste works out nicely regardless, with an oily resin holding the dry hopped taste and the oily resin consistency together. It's not as bold as other beers I've had in this style because the mouthfeel is a bit more balanced.

This beer doesn't taste or feel strong and I was surprised to see how strong the ABV% was. It doesn't go down that fast but it goes down pretty easily and once again, Victory has a winner here. It's only a step or two behind the leaders in this category and certainly worth a try if you're a fan of this style.

Photo of RJay
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazy but beautiful copper/amber color. The head was an off white color and not very thick, fizzled away into a ring that left very little lacing.

Smell: Strong hops smell, very citrusy. Smells fantastic.

Taste: Just as it smelled it has a strong hops flavor with some spice. Very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and clear, not gritty or overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a terrific beer and easily sessionable. I will be adding HopDevil to my line up of favorite brews.

Photo of Intimidtor
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple single IPAs while at the beer store. This one looked interesting and my buddy has told me about Victory beers. So I purchased for about 2 bucks a bottle and took it home. Poured into a 12 oz. snifter with little to no head. Aroma that I would expect from an IPA and nice appearance. Taste as good but mouthfeel seemed a little dry and off. I could only drink a few of these in a sitting. Should defintely try if your an IPA lover like me.

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

"Menacingly delicious"

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with one of the coolest looking labels around into a tulip glass.

A blood red color with some dark orange highlights. A nice two finger tan head on top. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is hops and dark malts. The hops win out but not my much. Its pretty even as far as aroma.

With the name hopdevil, one would think this one would be a total hop bomb. Thats not the case. Hopdevil is pretty evenly balanced. Bitter hops and a spicey maltiness are the predominate flavors.

Mouthfeel is really good. Smooth and clean.

Overall i like my IPA's a lot more hoppy then malty. But Hopdevil is a real good beer. One of my early favorites when i got onto the craft beer scene.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at a phillies-yankees world series game.

Poured a deep goldeny copper color, with a two finger white head that hung around nicely and left some solid rings of lacing around the cup.

Smells very hoppy, with some citrus coming through with the hops. Not much malt in the smell, but I'm a far bigger fan of hops anyway.

Tastes, again, very hoppy, Has some very nice citrus notes in the hops, with some grapefruit hops in the tail end of the flavors. Also can notice some maltiness in the end of the tasting that I didn't catch in the aroma. In my opinion, fantastic flavor.

Soem nice carbonation, not too horribly bubbly but also not flat or skunky. Makes me want to have more. Also has that bitter hoppy aftertaste that I love.

Overall I think that this was a great beer. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a hoppy beer.

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

A- Fairly clear, gold with amber tints. Big, white, bubbly head that sticks nicely.

S- Brief hint of malt then just dominated by floral, oily hop aroma.

T- Don't really get any malts here. There is lemon/orange rind taste that starts this one off; followed by the floral hops. Leaves a strong, lingering bitterness.

M- Medium to slightly full with a smooth carbonation.

D- Pretty good IPA. The lingering bitterness is a little stronger than in most IPAs, but I don't mind that at all.

Photo of jbertsch
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Color was a medium-to-dark copper.
Head was two-finger in size and fluffy before fading to a film after a couple sips.

Aroma is definitely dominated by hops. While the hops aroma is strong, it doesn't entirely overpower. I smell some sweet malts trying to come through but they're primarily overwhelmed by the hops.

The taste is a reflection of the aroma - the hops are huge, but they taste organic and real. Semi-sweet malts help to balance off the hops on the tongue (a little bit), especially at the end so the aftertaste isn't nearly as bitter as I expected it to be.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisp but smoothes out. Your tongue feels the bitterness at first, but it doesn't last long, which makes this a pretty drinkable hop-focused beer.

I think the malts in this one make the heavy hops tolerable, therefore an enjoyable brew.

Photo of jhammel01
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a very nice two fingerhead thats very dense and sticky. Looks so damn appealing!

bitter, spicey hops in the smell, spice, floral esters, spice..

Taste is perfect. Its nicely balanced with a slam of hops in the beginning. Very spicy, bitter and earthy hops.
Nice malt background with a bit of caramel.

Finishes a bit grainy and has a very nice medium body.

Definitely one of my favorites...Not the 1st time Ive had it.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a stemless red wine goblet, beautiful red hued amber deep copper color, nice 2 full fingers of frothy caramel colored fresh head.

S- Great bitter hop aroma, nice citrus, floral, some sweet alcohol, very mild clean malty balance, some sweet caramel. A nice swirl as it warms up, really releases that buttery sweet alcohol aroma.

T- Nice bitterness, grassy, fresh, tart, malt balance, citrus, toasty butter nut, love that hop acidity.

M- Great texture, well balanced, crisp, medium texture, with a fresh, lingering bitterness on tongue.

D- A very drinkable beer for me, lingers and refreshes, clean, makes me want another each time I have one, and a great East Coast style American IPA...

Photo of vdread
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory HopDevil Ale
bottle to glass

it's a nice dark amber color with a thick two finger off white head that leaves a decent amount of lace and keeps a thick collar to the bottom of the glass. it smells of spices, hops, and strong malts. the grapefruit/citrus of the hops is flavorful but weak. there is an ample amount of caramel malt that possibly overpowers the weak hops. the moderately full mouthfeel and high carbonation make it easil drinkable. caramel malt sticks to the palate.

this was a decent beer. i could drink it again, but it's too malty and one dimensional for my tastes in an IPA

Photo of feelmefoam
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy brownish-orange color, very pretty and a bit different from some other IPAs I've seen. A finger of head that ran away fairly quickly, not too much lacing.

Smells interesting, too. You can definitely smell some floral hops, but also a good bit of bready/caramel malts are present. Some spiciness present there as well, though faint.

I really like this. It's bitter, alright, you sure can taste the floral hops, but this is a well-balanced brew. It kicks in with some caramel/toffee malt to add a bit more in the flavor department. I'm liking this a lot.

This beer has a medium body to it with not a lot of carbonation present. It finishes easy with a little aftertaste of hops and malt, leaving you wanting more.

I really like this IPA. It's a little heavier and bitter than some others I've had in the style, but the malty aspect that comes with the intense hop character makes me want to drink more of this. It would get you eventually, though, with that 6.7% ABV. It is delicious, though.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Orange amber pour with about two fingers of rich foam. Head retention is outstanding, and there's some quickly-falling lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice collection of bitter citric hops, sweet caramel malt, and a bready/grainy scent.

Well, the name HopDevil is appropriate, because the flavor profile begins and ends with bitter hops. The hop flavor is citrus peel, all the way, so it really actually tastes less like a citrus fruit, and more like that herbal piney bitterness. The bitterness is unfortunately quite harsh, and fairly unpleasant. I'm not sure what happened after that delightful nose.

Body is medium-full. Somewhat crisp, dry finish. The finger or so of foam that remains throughout aids HopDevil's creaminess.

The only previous time I had tasted this beer was a 2 oz sample at a fest, and I remembered that I didn't like it, but I had consumed enough previous samples that I couldn't remember what about it I didn't like. Now I remember. An IPA can be very hoppy, and very bitter, while still being flavorful and tasty. HopDevil misses that mark.

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

ap. dark golden coppery brown w/ a decent head that hangs for a bit. Some lacing, but nothing too outstanding.
sm. A slight caramel initially, then hops and citris. Some bready aroma as well.
ta. Follows the smell with mostly grapefruit and a seriously tart finish. To me it's a fairly well balanced hoppy beer. Maybe I've had too many IPA's...that possible?
mf. Nice carbonation, smooth.
dr. Easy, easy, easy. Good stuff.

Photo of mnrider
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Brown Bottle. Pint Glass

A: Cloudy orange with one finger light tan creamy head. After the head recedes it leaves a great amount of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Aroma is mostly citric with orange and grapefruit. Bread grains and sweet malts.

T/M: This is one hoppy freakin brew. Spicy but crisp and smooth. I'd say full bodied. There are malts but they are very subdued and don't do much to balance the beer out. This is really all Hops. Once the brew warms up a little I can taste the alcohol, which is warming.

D: One great Hop brew. I love IPA's and this really does it for me. I could drink many, many of these. Thanks Victory!


Photo of mandoskippy
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up based on store posted Beer Advocate ratings.

A: This beer looked good, a little cloudy, but rich in color.

S: This beer smells like it advertises. Very strong hops.

T: This beer is all hops. Some may dig that, and I do normally, but there wasn't any balance in this beer. It was all bitter hops.

M: Hopdevil left a bitter taste in my mouth for hours after drinking it. I almost wanted to drink something else to clear.

D: I can only do one of these in a sitting. To much bitterness. A touch of sweetness to balance this would make it amazing!

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

Arrived in a standard bar shaker glass a little on the cold side. The ale appears a hazed golden apricot color with about a finger of dense, lingering foam that grew a bit once it had some room in the glass. Nice lacing left behind. Flavors and aromas consist of white grapefruit juice and pith, resinous pine, toasted sweet bread, and caramel. A bit slick with a medium to full body and adequate carbonation. Very easy going down from the tap.

Photo of Shamgar
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of the style from Victory, which is also why it's a medal winner I would assume.

Appearance- Light reddish or amber in color. The head is big and fluffy at first but dies down within a few minutes. Lacing isn't really anything special, but not bad.

Smell- Hops!! Nice pine and grapefuit notes to be detected.

Taste- Wonderful hop taste. Almost over-powering but the crisp clean finish suprised me. Made me want another sip almost instantly. Couldn't detect much malt at all, they don't call it Hop Devil for nothing.

mouthfeel- The hops can sometimes leave a prickly feeling on the palate, but once I got used to that I loved the experience. It has a nice medium body, not too heavy. Almost sessionable if it weren't for the higher ABV.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,626 ratings.