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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,684
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 219
Gots: 903 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 6,684 | Reviews: 2,451
Photo of evansrdbrew
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 4/30/10
Drank on: 2/8/10

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A= Nice reddish copper color nearly translucent. Begins with a 1/2" head which leaves a high-walled halo.

S= Smooth inviting aroma of heavy malt accompanied by a hoppy spiciness. A slight sweetness and light buttery note finish.

T= Slight cherry start with a nice malty base. Hints of moist tabacco are followed by the hoppiness in the middle which ends with a nice lingering bitterness. Much more malty flavored then some other IPA's. Hop flavors ride a bell curve from start to finish peaking in the middle.

MF= Heavy heady weight on the tongue which also coats the throat. Effervescent in the mouth.

D= better with each sip.

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

Looks very good. A beautiful amber color with a tall head.

Smells like an IPA. Hops with some murky citrus/grapefruit notes. Slightly sweet.

Tastes like it smells. Hops with some murky citrus/grapefruit notes. Some herbal "spiciness".

Feels slightly foamy/fluffy. Medium bodied but on the lighter side.

A good and easy going IPA.

Photo of jameswaldo
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a steady favorite, one of five or six I like to have cold in fridge at all times. Pours into pint glass to form beautiful fine-bubbled foam that crashes fast but leaves lace.

Not as hazy as you'd expect from such a hoppy brew; wonder if they filter it?

Smell every kind of hop you could imagine, as well as mighty fierce ethanol. You might wonder if hops could possibly smell any better. I grow them in backyard garden; IPA like this is where hops belong.

Taste could maybe use a bit darker malt roast, as hops are so potent it's hard to taste anything else. But I really love it anyway.

Mouthfeel is greasy with hop resins, yay! Hop bitter aftertaste and really volatile floral hopblossom back up your nose when you hang onto your glass wondering if you want another swallow yet makes this a have your ale and swallow it too sort of gift to mankind.

Drinkability is limited by what feels like more alcohol than the supposed 6.7%. Maybe the huge hoppiness makes you imagine this brew will get you drunk too fast? Also it's a bit pricey for my budget, so no more than one a day, please.

Photo of Sam21
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass. The beer has a hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that clings viciously to the glass as it recedes to a nice layer of suds sitting on top of the beer. As the beer goes down it continues to cling to the glass.

S - Piney grapefruit hop smells dominate the nose with sweet malt mixed in, although the hops are the most prominent smell.

T - Citrus hops dominate this beer entirely. There is malt sweetness mixed in there somewhere, but the hop flavors overpower... in a good way. The hops linger on the taste bud long after the beer is gone. In that sense it's not entirely balanced, but is instead a tasty hop bomb.

M - Creamy smooth across the tongue with tingly carbonation.

D- Highly palatable IPA as I'm someone who loves heavy citrusy hoppy beers. Very refreshing, but the ABV keeps this from being highly sessionable.

Overall - I can't find one thing that I do not like about this beer. It tastes very similar to the Stone IPA and Smuttynose "Finest Kind" IPA and is definitely now, along with those two, one of my favorite American IPAs. Unbalanced when considering the style, but personally I love the dominant flavors.

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

wow. The lip-smacking tropical fruit notes dominate this beautifully aggressive, rich East Coast IPA.
pours a light, bright coppery-orange from a fresh 12oz. bottle.
Apples, pineapple, and mango on the sweet, inviting nose.
On the tongue the tropical fruit just explodes!
Tons of guava upfront, followed by mango, papaya and eventually ruby-red grapefruit as the HopDevil works his finishing magic and reminds you that he indeed hails from the earth of Pennslyvania.
With quite a pleasant pucker the tropical attack finishes dry and earthy and the Hop Devil goes down smooth.
Hell of a delightful, persistant finish, as the hops and fruits play around the mouth for minutes after sips!
Maybe too highly sessionable.
Great East Coast IPA.

Photo of adamette
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $1.49 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No "best by" date observed by me.

A Great looking very light brown creamy head that stayed around for 5 minutes or more and leaves significant lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is a nice medium caramel with plenty of carbonation rising up and some interesting sediment floating about as well. Very good look. 4.5

S Floral hops abound. I am not great at identifying the different kinds of hops but I do believe that I smell many types of hops, some bitter, some earthy and even a sweetness buried deeply behind the hops. Complex, interesting. 4.0

T A huge, complex taste of both grapefruit bitter but also earthy, leafy hops over a reasonably good malt background make for a good tasting beer. The qualities of this beer changes as it warms so I would encourage anyone reading this to allow it to warm a bit and compare the taste with a cold version. 4.0

M As far the feel, again this is a huge beer with a "rough" kind of feel with the tart, sometimes "harsh" hops, big medium roast malt and elevated ABV. 4.0

D Not real good for me because of the bigness of the beer, the ABV. I did not have a problem finishing the 12 ounces though. 3.0

Notes: Hop lovers should certainly seek this one out. I found it to be a nicely balanced Hop Bomb.

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

A - Pours a deep copper with a two finger off-white head that has excellent retention. Nice amount of lacing that clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong citrus hops, as it should.

T - Taste is surprising, simply because it's not as bitter as expected. The citrusy hops are in full force, but there's a strong malt backbone to really smooth it out. A hoppy beer to be sure, but tastes very well balanced.

M - Smooth. Real smooth.

D - Excellent. Great, bold flavor plus a smooth mouthfeel makes me want another before I'm even done with the first one.

Notes: I must be turning into more of a hop head than I thought, because I'm enjoying this IPA more than I thought I would enjoy any hoppy brew.

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

Appearance: Copper body, 2 finger head, medicore lacing.

Smell: Spicy citrus and pine hops.

Taste: Yup. There's hops in this one. Tons of 'em. Spicy! Almost makes my nose run everytime I take a sip. Delicious!

Drinkability: With the average ABV for the style this one is very drinkable. Your taste buds might not like it afterwards though.

Photo of minnunderground
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

HopDevil ale

Seen it around a while decide to pick up a sixer...

classic copper color this head, leaves some lacing etc,
smells pine citrus hops but smell screw it lets get to the flavor

bitter spicey hops and a good amount too. Really reminds me of NG hop hearty with more spice and hop bite. So tis a good thing for me.

Overall some pretty good some. But with so many firken' good IPA's out there, it's always a dilemma which to chose. This is a good candidate!

Photo of Lukecook
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Great copper color with a two finger head, medium amount of lacing.

S- strong malt with a hint of mellowed hops.

T-Carmel malt taste lingers with a nice hop finish that I was not expecting from the smell.

M- medium body with good carbonation.

D- Good session beer, that is worth another purchase.

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

Purchased at the Meijer in Grove City. Only place local that stocks HopDevil.

Music for this review is "Punk Rocker" (Feat. Iggy Pop) by the Teddybears.

A: Aggressive pour into my hand-washed and air-dried (I'm a tad obsessive) Duvel tulip beckons a lingering rocky two-finger head. New penny copper in color. Swirl produces substantial lacing.

S: Cry havoc and let slip the hops of war! Huge, anti-BMC freeballin' spicy hippy hops. Pine and spice more than herbal, I think. I revere hoppy beer so I have danced with this Devil many, many times.

T: Hops up front. Lots of spice. It's called "HopDevil" for a reason. I get some apricot/peach notes. Caramel. This is a "juicy" IPA. Slight pepper. Sweet finish.

M: Oily.

D: If you like hops, you will like this IPA.

I consider Victory's HopDevil a classic American IPA.

Photo of mgbickel
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a thick, foamy 2 finger buttercream head that slowly dissipated leaving thick trails of froth behind in it's wake. The hazy body is a ruby-amber color with yellow hues and golden edges.

Hoppy nose - pine and citrus with sweet malts and caramel in the background.

The taste starts out a little light and slightly sweet. This gives way to a bitter hop finish. Not real balanced...

Light-medium mouth feel, slightly astringent with a good amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable - a refreshing patio-type beer!

Photo of MrDanno96
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden yellow with a thin whit head and decent amounts of foamy lacing.

S: Some nice earthy hops mixed with hints of pine and citrus. I like the aroma of IPAs, but this one is just about average.

T/M. A refreshing light to medium body contains hints of tropical fruit up front. A good dose of earthy hops come through in a fairly bitter finish. Pretty good balance is achieved between the bitter and sweet flavors here, leading to a tasty, crisp, and refreshing quaff.

D: A nice drinking IPA with a reasonably low abv., making it good for a short session or for drinking with wings. Just don't have too many - 6.7% will catch up to you pretty quick! Not my favorite, but a solid all around representation of the style. It's not uncommon for this to be one of the best beers on draft at local establishments in upstate New York.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper, can see through it quite easily. Head is at least two fingers, may have been an aggressive pour. White and billowy, not fading much. Nice retention. Lacing began even before I took a sip.

S: A very sweet bitter aroma on this one. Hops prevail, but there is a strong caramel maltiness. CITRUS is very present here, nice grapefruit and tart lemon smell. More hops than I am used to for an American IPA.

T: Crisp and clean, nice grapefruit and floral hops. May have got a not so fresh batch, the hops are still present but the malts are also too present here. Full of lemon and citrus zest still.

M: Very well carbonated, malts smooth this one out. Hops dance on the tongue.

D: HopDevil is not so much a session beer, but it sure is worthy of drink or two. Don't get in your car after a few of these...they really are the devil.

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

Purchased at Hudson ACME store for $9, due date is June 2010. Poured the 12 oz bottle into a favorite Pilsner glass of mine.

Appearance: Reddish - Copper Beer is topped by about 2 inches of white frothy foam. It laces the glass nicely as it recedes. Looks beautiful.

Smell: Spicy, floral hop smell.

Taste: Typical of style, starts with a sweet and spicy taste and finishes bitter. It has a good balance that is weighted towards the hops. The malts are not on top, which is good. Excellent hops coverage for the style.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that covers both sides of the palette, spreading the bitter finish across.

Drinkabilty: Give me more. I like this beer a lot. I will admit that it is not complex nor challenging. It simply hits the mark for the style. Reasonable price, great looks, great taste.

Right up there with my other favorite IPAs.

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the first IPA I ever had. Had it on tap tonight for the first time at Apollo Grill, Easthampton MA. Dark orange with a nice off-white creamy head, leaves great lacing. Smell is a little faint for me, mostly just getting citrus hops. Taste is super hoppy, citrus, pine, caramel, biscuit. Definitely a 'spicy' IPA. The mouthfeel is great and creamy on-tap. (I've had it on-tap a couple times since and it's been pretty thin with low carbonation, eh.) Hops would kill this over time but this IPA still holds up great in my book. 9 or 10 bucks for the 6-pack is a good price too.

Photo of speter
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, rich amber color with 3 fingers of head that leaves nice lacing.

S: One word: hops. Citrus, rather than pine.

T: Hops, start to finish. While this is of course what one would expect from a beer called HopDevil, I thought the balance wasn't what it should have been. I got just a hint of malt in the center, and I'd have liked a bit more. The bracing bitterness up front was good, and the hoppy finish is good, but more complexity is needed.

M: The body is just right, as is the carbonation.

D: It's drinkable if you want hops, hops, and more hops. I'd have no problem knocking back a couple of these.

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

Grabbed a six pack of this because I remembered loving it when it was on tap.

The color is gold with off white head that lasted very long considering the style and left a nice thin lacing.

The taste is VERRRY hoppy and citrusy and the smell of hops flooded the living room to the point where my girlfriend a few feet away commented on the smell asking if they sold candles with that aroma.

I plan on grabbing another 6 pack of this as soon as its gone!

Photo of Foxtrot
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After thoroughly enjoying Yakima Twilight, it was only logical to try their IPA as well.

Amber and dark gold colors are very prominent, accompanied by a very nice ivory colored cap. Lacing and retention where both outstanding in every respect. Long retention and huge sticky lacing.

Aroma is a big on the hops. Pine, citrus, and sweetness of caramel lend it to have a very big and pungent nose worthy of any hophead to behold.

As I said before, this beer is to be enjoyed by any self proclaimed hophead. Pine and citrus are very prominent along with a abundance of caramel sweetness. The malts are just as bit as strong as the hops. A big beer with a multitude of flavors.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium. Perfect for the style, and perfect for Hopdevil.

Drinkability is sturdy. A few of these could go down effortlessly.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex, NC.

A - A deep golden color with a slight haze and a moderate, creamy head.

S - Citrusy, Piney and grassy hops.

T - Dry with a firm citrusy bitterness. Just enough toasted malt for the foundation.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation.

D -This is a solid, hoppy beer with lots of character. If there's any fault, it was a bit dry.

Photo of MURF0320
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy coppeer with 2 fingers of fluffy light tan head, very little lacing. With a beer named Hopdevil I was definately expecting more hops from my first wiff. The scent was a bit weak and balanced by sweet malt. Taste is also more balanced than expected. Definitely bitter and filled with citrus and spicy hops, but there is quite a bit of malt complexity. Finishes with a blunt bitterness and peppery spice. Mouthfeel leaned toward dry and thin. Not hard to drink but I wouldn't care for two of these in a row.

Photo of berley31
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, fizzy off-white head, that diminished slowly to about 1/2-finger size. Body is dark orange and very hazy.

S: Nice, high-citrus aroma with the emphasis on oranges. Hops come through as well, with a bit of pine too, but the citrus wins out for sure.

T: Excellent flavor - citrus blast at the start, with a perfect hoppy finish. Moderate duration with the hops, but the bitterness is not overwhelming.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with some creaminess and average-to-lively carbonation.

D: An excellent IPA that I could easily put back a few of, as the bitterness is extremely present but not too strong at all.

Photo of eman245
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really great IPA. Personally I have enjoyed nearly all of Victory's brews, great stuff in general.
Not as aromatic as some ipa's but, just the right amount of smell.
Not as hoppy as some stronger ipa's, but a really good amount. Tastes bitter yet still a little hint of sweetness.
Goes down easy, and the not overly bitter taste resides in the mouth for a good while.
Very drinkable, I kinda want another one. Really enjoyed this beer, definitely going to get a 6-er next time I visit the store.

Photo of mklinger
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Very substantial head, at least 3 fingers going 1/2 an inch over the top of the glass. Lovely light amber , nice clarity and pretty carbonation.

Aroma was a bit muted for an IPA. Some citrus and a bit of dank earthiness. Not my favorite combination of aroma hops. It's not highly flawed but it doesn't resonate with me.

Flavor was fairly balanced for an IPA. Nice malty richness, some toastiness in the malt with a touch of sweetness. Good bitterness follows. The Victory website says there's Tettanager hops in here and that just doesn't seem to fit view of what an IPA should taste like -- there's an earthy herbal quality here that's just as assertive to me as the more common citrus qualities & I'm just not crazy about the earthiness & herbal qualities here.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are still very good here. This is an extremely well-brewed beer. I'm just don't like the recipe as well as I thought I would. I've had 4 HopDevil's now & it's a good beer that many will like & I can see why. It's just not for me.

Photo of wspscott
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (no date)

A: A dark copper color with a little bit of haze, darker than the usual American IPA, off-white head leaves lots of lace.
S: Relatively muted nose, a little bit of pine, not much else. As it warms, a little bit of yeasty fruitiness
T: Lots of bittering hops, seems to be lacking in flavor/aroma additions, a little bit of caramel.
M: Lots of carbonation, on the high side for the style, well attenuated, crisp
D: A nice example of the style, but not a great one. Worth trying, but I am puzzled by all of the high reviews. I would not buy again given the price.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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