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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

6,089 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,089
Reviews: 2,380
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 158
Gots: 534 | 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 Lothar666
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pourd an opaque dark amber with a frothy, slightly creamy head that was 1 finger thick but slowly receeded into a thin lacing.

S- Light citrus notes, floral aromas and pears detected in the nose. Hops were very prsent in the nose as well.

T- A gentle hop bitterness with the fruit flavors noted in the nose present in the taste as well. Mild spice notes are present. The hops are fairly mellowed out in this one, not nearly as agressive on the bitterness as say Hop Wallop from the same brewery. It doesn't help that its Jan 17 08 and the drink by date on the bottle was for oct 16 07.

M- Dry and crisp. Not syrupy at all. Easy to swish, which is nice for making the most out of what hops are still present in this expired bottle.

D- Goes down nice and easy and each sip is enjoyable. I could easily down a few of these if the mood struck me, however the hop content was disapointing for an IPA as well reviewed as this. My hope is that this is due to the age of this bottle and not the quality of the product, as Victory has yet to disapoint me in any other instance. I will have to grab a fresher one at my local liquor store and update this review and give this one another shot.

**** Update as of 2.11.08****

Tried a fresher bottle and was much more impressed... the issues I had before were mainly due to the beer being past its peak and losing much of the strong hop character that makes an IPA. The one I had last night was much fresher, and the hop character was much stronger and on par with what I expect from a good session IPA. All other notes are still valid and consistent with what was noted before, but I am moving the taste score up by half a point.

Lothar666, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of twbrewer
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a copper color with a 1/2" of a dirty white head with decent lacing.

S-Expecting a hop slap but instead got a earthy/spicy smell with a slight fruity hop nose, rounded out by malts.

T-Sweet hops and malts.Very floral/earthy hop taste,slightly bitter,balanced by lighty roasted malt finish.

M-Medium bodied,not much carbonation but has a nice bitter finish making a dry mouthfeel.

D-Not what I expected with the name HopDevil,but a very good drinking beer.Something in the hops or the malts(could even be the yeast)reminds me of some Belgian Pale Ales I've tasted.Overall another victory for Victory.

twbrewer, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:Pretty dark amber color. Thick off white head.
S:Very crisp but also light pine needles. A touch of grapefruit. On the end of the smell I get a faint bisquity.
T:Right away there is a sweet maltiness. Light hops on the back. The pine sticks out the most, with a touch of grapefruit.
M:Pretty syrupy,. Big full buddles.
D: Very easy drinking IPA. Nicely balanced.

Scoobydank, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Mazeraski
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle into a glass stein with freshness date February 11th 2008.

A - Pours a hazy, amber honey color with a half inch head that dissipates slowly and a sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Well-balanced smell of hops, citrusy grapefruit, small grain and the faintest note of alcohol. Not too strong of a smell, yet not weak. Becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T - The strong, spicy wave of hops mixed with hints of alcohol hit your taste buds first, reminding you that you are drinking an IPA. Toasted sweetened malt, citrus and honey flavor rush in only to be beaten down by another forceful and strong rush of hops with a lingering alcohol taste and just the tiniest hint of malt that results in more of a dry, spicy finish.

M - A smooth and creamy medium-bodied IPA, with well-balanced carbonation.

D - Seems to be quite drinkable. For an IPA named HopDevil, I expected more hoppy bitterness to it, however it was very well-rounded with an spicy hop fix to it that mixed very well with the rest of the brew. Something to tip back and enjoy more than a few during a warm summer day. My first tasting of a Victory brew and I am quite impressed. Definitely recommended.

Mazeraski, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this Pale Ale was an amber/golden hazy color with a medium white head that dissipated over time.

The smell had a small aroma of hops and a bit of citrus as well. The taste had a bit of malt sweetness and a very blunt strike of hop flavor finishing with hop bitterness. The alpha acids in this brew were pronounced, but bitterness was managed well. I also think that the hop selection was appropriate as well. The consistency was medium and smooth with a medium carbonation.

I thought that this was a very good beer and should definately be tried by those who love AIPAs, IPAs, or any heavily hopped brew. However, I had to knock it a little on drinkability because I can't see drinking these over and over. For it's hop value, though, it was very tasteful.

jdmorgan, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of mjrtoo
2.3/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent amber color as you would expect, with little head. Upon the first sniff I proclaimed to myself 'It smells like Budweiser' and to me, it does, absolutely nothing here for me in the smell department. Upon taste, it kinda tastes like budweiser too, although with the typical hoppy bitterness of ales. The mouthfeel is very bright on the tounge, too much carbonation for my tastes. I suppose this might be a good session beer if you want something like an american lager with hops. But I might recommend looking for something else in the American IPA department.

mjrtoo, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Phocion
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber with a frothy beige head with amazing retention. Exactly what I expect an IPA to look like... so far, so good.

The nose is dominated by the aromas of grapefruit and orange. A hint of spiciness as well, and although I can't definitely place it I want to say coriander. Surprisingly heavy malts as well, with a whiff of heavy caramel hiding right behind the citric hops.

Very earthy flavor. The hops are somewhat disappointing for an IPA and along with a toasted malt taste my mouth is filled with an almost burnt aftertaste.

Clean and dry mouthfeel with healthy carbonation. It's not bad and it's better balanced than most IPAs, but when I buy a bottle with a picture of a demonic hop flower on the front I expect a bit more in the way of bitterness. Still, I won't have a problem finishing off the sixer.

Phocion, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of lpb1970
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Victory Hop Devil displays a clear, leather like color. Very nice. The head retains a lacing throughout. The aroma is strong piney, citrusy hops with an enticing malt sweetness. Body is medium with slightly above average carbonation which works perfectly for the beer. The taste is that crisp, fresh, citrus hop taste and a delicious bitterness that tells me those beautiful little cones went into the boil good and early. Your girlfriend who drinks Blue Moon won't like this beer. There is a nice sweet malt follow up that perfectly complements the hop dominance. Bottom Line: This is a top five IPA for an East Coast fella like myself. You will have to scour the continent to find a better IPA. Anything Victory puts out is going to be good and this is one of their best.

lpb1970, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub.
Served as a medium amber colored beer with white creamy head. Perfect lacing.
Smell has a more restrained hop character than the bottled version.
Taste also has the hops more restrained. They seeem to be more flavorful than bitter, and this presents with a very different, and enjoyable,beer.
Finish is also less bitter.
An excellent beer. The cask version, in my opion, is even more enjoyable than the bottle.

tgbljb, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, cloudy amber/copper color with a decent off-white head.

The smell is a good, citrusy, hoppy smell, not overpowering, not as strong as expected.

The taste is well-balanced, not overly hoppy as you may expect from the name. The hops are there, but backed by a citric tang.

A good, medium body with a decent amount of carbonation give it a pleasant mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry.

The overall drinkability of HopDevil is decent. It’s all-around a solid beer, maybe not with quite the over-the-top punch that hopheads crave, but that makes it much more accessible to those trying to find a good, solid IPA to get started in the world of craft beers with. It’s not insanely hopped, not overly bitter, and doesn’t have a monster ABV, all of which make it a very enjoyable beer that can be had in decent amounts without getting sick or tired of it.

Drewcifer, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this once in college when I was still "in the dark." Did not like it then, so i decided to revisit now that I have a more "educated" palette. Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with an off-white head with decent retention. Eventually slows ot a small lacing along the top of the beer with some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, hoppy smell. Not as strong as I expected, but still fairly evident.

T: A rather hoppy taste, but not as much as I expected. Some malts in the aftertaste as a balancer, but the hops were not as strong to really balance the beer.

M: Pretty full-bodied, but slightly on the light side. Carbonation was okay.

D: Fairly drinkable beer. Good mouthfeel with an ok taste. I expected a little bit more of a bittering hop taste from the beer.

maddogruss, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (marked best by 4/12/08) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber color with a quickly receding white head.

S: Big hop aroma with a sweet malt background.

T: A big and balanced IPA. Big hop flavors in the form of orange citrus and quite a bit of pine to go along with a solid grainy malt base. Finishes crisp and dry.

M: I like the mouthfeel, it's smooth and a bit creamy and even a bit thick.

D: A solid IPA. A bit different than the west coast hop-bombs that I'm used to but still very good for the style.

willjschmidt, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy rusty reddish copper amber with 1 1/2in creamy dreamy beige head that becomes a giant crater of foam as it slowly settles. great retention, and webs of lace as if the old lady across the street knitted it.

S- toffee praline and marshmallow. that's the best way i can describe the aroma of certain ales (i.e. cumberland, stone ipa, hopdevil) but maybe someday i'll be able to place the actual aroma. most likely a malt/hop combination. anyway, fruity caramel apple aromas rise in a thick vapor with date, fig, prune, butterscotch, sandalwood, and faint milk chocolate.

T- very complex as it goes along. very caramel and malty for a split second up front followed by a huge zap of earthy resinous hops, soil, compost, used coffee grounds, and the same faint cocoa as the aroma. malty pear/apple sweet and dark fruits, strawberry, woodsy spicy herbal hops hold strong in the middle with pancake batter, toasted grains, and hazelnut, tapering slowly into a dry apple cider sour cream/cream cheese scotch whisky finish.

MF- heavy syrupy body goes down smooth and juicy due to its mid-level carbonation. there's so much taste and aroma going on in here that one can barely notice the mouthfeel. nevertheless, it seems to fit a brew of this magnitude.

D- hopheads young and old come imbibe in the glory of the friendly hopdevil. i had the victory hopdevil pint glass for 5 months before i actually got to taste the beer...mission accomplished.

hustlesworth, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to disagree with the experts on this one. This just didn't quite do it for me and I was dissapointed and felt the hophead experience wasn't there. That's what I get for looking at the "RateBeer" rating that many retailers are now posting in the beer cases next to the beers. For my palate, I think Troeg's Hopback Amber Ale is a better pick in this category. Just not hoppy enough for what I consider to constitute a great American IPA. I think this beer is *much* better on tap than in the bottle. With a name like "HopDevil" this beer should be sinfully hoppy!

Don't get me wrong - this was OK and quite drinkable, but compared to other offerings out there in the American IPA category, this one comes up average across the board to my taste buds. Again, a fine beer, but the line of better American IPAs is long and getting longer!

Hoppington, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dark copper with thin IPA head.

Smelles of citrusy hops, some grain. Very welcoming.

Taste is good. Nice fruity hop burst. Not overwhelming. Some honey undertones than compliment the overall hoppiness.

Feels rather light and dry compared with the usually heavy IPA style. Leaves with little aftertaste.

Overall a nice IPA, a great compliment to a plate of hot wings and blue cheese. Iwon't turn this one down, but it is not my favorite.

Homerbag, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice cloudy amber brown color with some nice head.

S - Very citrusy with a light smell of piney hops.

T - Good strong hops flavor with citrusy malts hiding in the background. Good alcohol burn as you move down the glass.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer from one of my favorite breweries. If you like ipa's this is a great beer to try.

jeffmonarch, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded very dark amber brown with a tan head. Nose is hopped, citric, and clean. Flavor is smooth. Not overly flavorful though. Slight hop tones with not much else going on really. It is smooth, yes. There is just no outstanding flavor quality here. Feel is standard for what you’d expect. Quite drinkable, but yet another craft brew that has quality, but no outstanding personality (have I become spoiled???). Tried it, moving on, most likely not to return.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very deep, polished copper color..nice two finger head that holds true. Medium amount of lacing.
Nose is of caramel malts with bready undertones. Hops are present although not in your face. Sweet citrus is detected.
Taste is very bitter and well balanced with the malt. The bitterness lags on and on. A slight alchohol burn as I swirl the beer in my mouth.
Pretty good, but i didnt fing it outstanding.

dmamiano, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of weiserr
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a great divide pint glass. one of the coolest beer labels in rotation. i've "danced w/ the hopdevil" on several occasions, but this is my first official review.

clouded amber w/ a pronounced, rocky head. not as much lacing as i'm used to, but it could be this particular offering. still, this is an above-average pour.

sense of smell is overwhelmed by grapefruit, grass, spices and an aggressive, yet pleasant surprise of biscuity malt.

stand back!!! this is a full-scale hop assault. seamless combination of citric flavors and semi-sweet malt. a masterful balance of ingredients lends to incredible taste and texture. the aftertaste has staying power, but the control of the myriad flavors does nothing to negatively affect the palate.

this is pretty much bulls-eye for an american IPA, and certainly a juggernaut in its class. could be a bit aggressive on the hops for the casual drinker, but i'm sure those looking for a break from the norm will appreciate this banner offering from victory. it's easy to enjoy a few of these, even at 6.7% abv.

stellar.

weiserr, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of pumapal
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the wife bought me a World Market 12-bottle sampler at Christmas and this was one of the "winter brews" in it. My first time around with the hopdevil.

a - poured from a 12oz bottle, deep orange color.

s - heavy evergreen smell with some orange and citrus too. strong but not overpowering.

t - heavy hops, as the "hopdevil" might predict. again, strong but not overpowering.

m - a bit thicker than the IPA's I've had recently, more than expected...in a good way.

d - if it wasn't a sampler pack I would have opened another right away.

pumapal, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on cask at Victory Brewery, this classic IPA pours a semi-translucent orange bronze with some thin yellow/gold highlights. Some frothy head but little to no carbonation of course being cask conditioned. Good walls of thin lace stick to the glass.

Lots of citrus and caramel malt in the nose, not to mention some deep floral hops. Pine and spice are accompanied with sweet honey and lighter toffee. Very nice as always.

Smooth and bold with and initially sweetness consisting of caramel malt and citrus. Then comes the hops; bitter and herbal but with a mellowing sweet maltiness. The hops linger well and finish with a spicy floral note.

Buttery and smooth in texture with that familiar mellow cask feel. Velvety and clean with no real carbonation. The texture and bitterness really linger past the finish as well. A classic brew from Victory that lends itself really well to the cask conditioning.

letsgopens, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Biggs on Colerain Ave., poured into a pint.

A: Pours a very deep amber with perfect visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of rocky, off white head forms and holds on quite well. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Clean floral hops with plenty of orange and grapefruit esters without the oiliness. A slightly sweet and grainy malt background rounds things out.

T/M: Lots of bittering hops up front. Juicy and sweet grapefruit. Malts are on the weak side, adding a touch of sweetness and some body to the drink. Medium with enough carbonation. Dry bittering finish.

D: Easy to drink and nice and tasty. Lots of bitterness would probably prevent me from drinking this on card night, though.

pwoods, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle expiration date is March, 2008. Also clearly printed on the sampler 12-pack. Thanks very much for that Victory!

A nice deep amber color, with a creamy light tan head that rose to two fingers and never receded past one, all the while maintaining a death-grip on the side of my pint glass.

Aroma of caramel and malt, balanced nicely by the citrusy American hops mentioned on the bottle. Based on the aroma, this should really be called Balance-devil. More and more it's what I am looking for from this style, and not all of them deliver. I was thinking that until I tasted it!

Yes the malt is there up front, but it's immediately usurped by an onslaught of big citrus-laden hops, a bit of hoppy spice and even some alcohol. The grapefruit in this AIPA remains with you through the finish, and then some malt sweetness peeks back through the haze, interestingly enough leaving you with an overall sensation of the balance I mentioned earlier.

This is one well-done beer. Smooth and creamy, with a medium body, and nicely carbonated taboot. I could definitely hit a few of these in a night.

Recommended!

ZimZamZoom, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of schoolboy
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have purchased this wonderful over-the-top brew many times. When I am looking for a fix of heavy in your face hops (and when am I not?) this is one of the staples to which I turn.

True to its' name, this baby delivers the goods. Hops out the wazou. Even though it is over the top the way none of the imports are (yet), it is very drinkable. I could have several of these, although I usually savor them!

The cooked in and finishing hops are all very strong. If you didn't get that from the name, beware (you must really need more warning then, I guess).

schoolboy, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-red, slightly brownish color from a cool 12oz bottle with a green "hop-devil"... No real head, but a nice colored appearance which reveals a strong aroma of hops bursting through... there's no denying it... this beer is built on hops and the strong aroma and flavor is very evident from the first sniff to the first sip... Another solid offering from a company that I've really taken a liking to... I haven't been dissatisfied with any brews from Victory... Great stuff with an equally good mouthfeel... with such a strong suggestion of hops, this beer wasn't as bitter as I thought it would be... a nice flavor with a warming alcohol glow... Certainly recommended - this beer is all hops...

dsa7783, Dec 15, 2007
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,089 ratings.