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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,376 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,376
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 176
Gots: 635 | 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 pandashaver
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep reddish brown hue that sets it apart from other IPAs. Head is nice and foamy but not massive, lasts a while but could be longer.

S - Very zesty floral spices.

T - Hoppy, but not as ridiculous as the name implies. The balance with smooth spice and some sweetness is tough to achieve. There is bitterness right up to the point of being almost edgy, but then it gets sweet and is smooth the whole way. Congrats.

M - Medium-bodied, sticks to the palate a good amount. You enjoy this one before, during, and after taking a sip.

D - Very drinkable due to the restrained, yet ever present, IPA hop character. Have had multiple times on draught and bottled. Will buy every now and then because it's "menacingly delicious".

pandashaver, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber, barely transparent, with a thick beige head. Decent aroma is hoppy and has evergreen and yeasty tones. Flavor is fiercely hoppy with a considerable yeasty overtone, not too much bitterness, and even a sweet hint. Texture is smooth and lively, leaving a satisfying finish.

Cyberkedi, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts a hop cone, slightly altered to resemble the head of a devil or demon. Enjoy by Mar 03 09.

Appearance: Pours with a little over 1 finger of tan head. This settles to a thin coating of foam with some lacing left behind. The beer itself is a brilliant ruby copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Caramel malt aroma with hints of hop spiciness and a melon like fruitiness.

Taste: Caramel malt, slightly sweet, blend swell into hop bitterness. Hops are spicy, with hints of pepper, yeast and wildflower honey. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Finally starting to venture more into Victory's beers. This one a decent IPA, but given the name I would have expected more of an DIPA. I understand Hop Wallop is their DIPA, have to check it out.

beveritt, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a oversized wine glass.

a: a nice ruby amber color, 1/4" head with fair retention reduces into a lacing ring.

s: a nice floral and pine hop aroma fill the nose, I don't detect citrus

t: Good, The floral hops bring a nice bite to the tip of the tounge. Spiceness from citrus and a nice warming heat from the alchohol.

m&d: This is a creamy IPA that is extremely drinkable.

Cheers!!!

UDbeernut, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark orange array with a two finger head and some brilliant lace tension.

S: The hops take over my entire olfactory system.

T: This is big on flavor, and flavor being hops. Some citrus involved, very piney, and nice earthy tones to follow through.

M: High on the gulp factor, some thickness, and a pleasant aftertaste make for a stellar session.

D: Very much so. A session beer for the hopheads is no question, until the ABV kicks you in the ass. This one can warm your blood very fast on those frosty days of winter.

Recommended

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a amber reddish that produced a white head that didn't retain and left little lacing

S - Great hops aroma

T - A very bitter IPA, with some some floral and lemongrass hints

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation

D - A very good IPA, didn't dethrone my beloved Torpedo, but still a good offering

cvfish, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a rich amber color and the artwork on the bottle of the hop devil was really awesome. Victory always has good artwork for the record. It has a tea like citrus aroma. The taste is of a very earthy hearty happy hop. "I can taste the happiness more than anything". It has a very smooth feeling rushing past my tounge and down my throat. Very minimal carbonation factor. Overall a great beer to enjoy on a wintery afternoon.

FrothyBeverage, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber red color, nice fluffy head with lots o lacing. Smells of grapefruity citrus, fruity malt, pine. Tastes of pure cascade and pine from the cascade hops up front followed by a well rounded english like malty profile. Finishes with some nice bitterness and pretty sweet. Lots of grapefruit, pine, toffee like malt. Nice carbonation, i absolutely love the combo of the sweet malt with the hops here.

A fantastic IPA. I'm not a huge fan of east coast IPAs but this one hits the mark. The sweetness and fruitiness of the malt is countered perfectly by the fresh hop zing and aroma. My favorite east coast IPA so far, i love it!

bum732, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Fredk24
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best hop profile in a single IPA, bar none. I use this beer as a measuring stick for other IPAs. If I were to summarize the essence of HopDevil in one word, it would be "balance".

There is a decent amount of hop bitterness, but also much more of the floral, citrus hop notes that really balance things out.

Anyone can make a super bitter beer, just as anyone can paint on a canvas.

Fredk24, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while I was in Ga since we don;t have it in FL.

appearance: golden amber hues, almost red

smell: loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: like hops of course, this beer is loaded with it. I think this is my fasvorite IPA so far.

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. and goes great with spicy snacks or meals.

CampusCrew, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer with my good friend William Pang (Queens, NY).

Poured a murky dark copper color with a medium off-white head and good lacing.
Not much smell to report, but the little that is there is a fruity sweetness that says nothing of the hops in this beer.
The taste is very similar to the smell. Not as much hops initially as I expected. Much more sweet malt flavor than hops at first, but eventually moves aside to reveal the hoppy bitterness I was promised.
Thin mouthfeel, well carbonated, and definitely bitter on the tail end. Very dry finish.
Not a great IPA, mostly because of the lack of stinging hop character. However, definitely a good beer that I could handle a few of in each sitting.

tittymcj, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

Nice, reddish ale color, well-laced head. Profoundly hoppy with a capital "H", but malty and sweet fruit component constructed to balance the graininess.

Despite popular opinion, not as overwhelmingly hoppy as it seems. The Stone Ruination IPA is far harsher in my book.

Big huevos. Big taste for the American IPA. Well-done for Victory.

TLove, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The paradigm American IPA for me. Sizable head and clear reddish amber. Sticky lacing to adore as you drink. A nose of every hop pofile you would want. Big and piney huge grapefruit. It's all here. Believe it or not you can even smell a caramel malt base. Thankfully that base can be tasted as the hop parade hits you and tells you there is truth in labeling an Victory... at least the hop part. Nothing devilish here. The hops are upfront and everywhere. Grapefruit abounds and may be the signature of the profile but pine is not hiding. Earthy, spicy. Think of a hop descriptor and it is in my glass. There is a malt component. Just enough to hold this flower child together. I taste caramel and light yeast fruitiness. A good nutty component as well as a lingering toasted graininess. After that guess what? Finish is dry and short. Hops linger with a hint of latte like malt. Strong English tea leaf and hop bitterness stays around for days.

Feel is medium and light with a touch of creaminess in the carbonation. Good hop oiliness. Drinkability is hampered for me by the huge hop signature. Not a bad thing, just the hop bias slows you down. It's easier to power though a beer that displays more malt balance. This one is a hop showcase.

A great modern East Coast IPA. I love this stuff.

scootny, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of TheDoorman
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burnt orange color with a white head that dissipates rather quickly. A musty, earthy hop nose. A few sips and it hits me that I'm getting a strong dosage of aged cheese, maybe gouda, and maybe a little spoiled milk. A hint of smoke, though I may be confusing the aged cheese scent for smoke. Interestng, though not typical for an IPA. Not sure what to make of this so far. Taste is a little underwhelming up front. Hops are present in the palate, but don't match the smell in strength. Finsih finally brings the hops out the citrusy hop flavors, with a nice lingering bitterness. I am really a big hop head, so I tend to be rough of run-of-the-mill IPAs, that have just basic hoppiness. I'd put this beer in that category. Mouthfeel is light, with a little oily, creamy, texture. Decent IPA, but not the one for me. Not to worry, there are plenty of IPAs in the sea.

TheDoorman, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of gyllstromk
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a rigorous, thick velvety head -- doesn't look much like your typical IPA, which should have tipped me off that something wasn't quite right. Nose is a dominating raw maltiness with the characteristic floral hops nearly absent. The taste does not add much complexity; very little hop bitterness follows. Where exactly is this hop devil hiding? Maybe I'm spoiled by the hop blasts I'm used to from the American IPAs, but this one just isn't done to style. Overall, a pleasant but one-dimensional beer.

gyllstromk, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 o bottle into a snifter

Nice amber colour, witha sticky caramel/amber head that dissapers soon, but leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells sweet, caramel, light floral notes, a little malt, and then there are the hops. A little bit of something unknown in there too, a spice of some sort?

Tastes like it smells, but a great balance of hops and malt. Not like some IPA's that are super bitter that the hops are all you taste. Afterwards, there is the small wave of caramel too.

6.7% ABV, medium mouthfeel. Enjoyable

Chelsea1905, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat CO, around $7 if I remember right.

A: Nice copper orange color with an off white head, about half an inch thick, reduced to a film, huge spots of lacing all around, somewhat cloudy, not a whole lot of bubble movement going on.

S: A lot less going on in the nose than I had hoped for, what I can pick up is a pretty solid malt backbone, caramel flavors pop out, and a definite hop characteristic that I can't quite place yet, citrusy, though, nothing overwhelming, nice balance in the nose. Almost soapy.

T: A lot more going on than in the nose of this beer, big time hop presence in the flavor, citrusy, and really makes me pucker, definite lingering bitterness, malt backbone is really pushed aside, some sweetness, but nothing extraordinary, this beer focuses on the hops.

M: Pretty thin, nice carbonation, dry finish, almost reminiscent of putting a piece of paper in my mouth, big time lingering bitterness. A little thin though, I was hoping for just a bit more thickness. Slight warmth from the alcohol.

D: For being so far into the hop spectrum this one is a nice beer to drink more than one, not the best hoppy IPA, but still a damn fine beer all around. I could easily drink three or four in one sitting.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap into pint glass.

Poured a deep burnt orange/mahogany body with amber hues around the edges. A large white head had great staying power and left tons of lacing on the glass. Really a great looking beer.

Aroma was of sharp hops, pine needles, and citrus. A tiny wave of breadiness in the background.

Tastes like it smells, basically, and it's damn good. The peachy, oily hops really attack you immediately. The hops are grassy and earthy and oily - just real good. Slight waves of peach, citrus, and biscuit balance against the hops so it's really well-balanced for such a hoppy brew.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily and goes down very smooth. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Leaves a wonderful bitter, hoppy finish. Very drinkable, downing a few pints in timely fashion would be no problem. Alcohol is very well masked. Great brew.

TMB0424, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of gabeerfan
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange-amber. Nice head that falls to an incomplete ring and whispy islands.
Pretty hoppy aroma, as expected. Pine, grass and some citrus with toasted bready malts.
Flavors of earthy, grassy, spicy hops with hints of citrus. Toasted bread and sweet iced tea try to balance against the hoppiness. This is a hop bomb, but it is fairly well balanced.
Medium-bodied. Somewhat prickly carbonation and the hops contribute to a somewhat powdery, dry finish.
Pretty drinkable. Lots of good flavors.
A very good beer. There only a few better IPA's out there, this is definitely worth seeking out.

gabeerfan, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep orange/amber color that is slightly hazy. A thick, rock, off-white head forms and retention is decent. There is a slight amount of lacing down the side of the glass. A medium level of carbonation is noticeable when I hold the glass up to the light.

The aroma is extremely clean. Bold hops mixed with some citrus fruits. There is a hint of malt in the distance, but overall clean and earthy and filled with hops. No surprises in the aroma and that is not a bad thing.

I am immediately surprised by the balance of flavors. While the hop flavor is dominant, the biscuity malt is also present. This is not your typical hop bomb where all you taste is pure hops. There is also a wave of citrus that washes through the mouth and helps add to the clean taste of the beer. Although the beer ranks at 6.7% abv., the alcohol is masked nicely.

CMW, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark orange color with a nice one finger white head. Not much glass lacing from this bar poured tap.

S: Spicy earthy hops with a bready malt sweetness.

T: Spicy earthy bitter hops with flavors of pine, grass and some citrus. This is one balanced beer as the malt sweetness is very forward with bready grainy malt flavors. Bitterness is high upon the finish and it really leaves your tongue puckering.

M: Medium and sticky spicy with a huge bitter finish. No trace of alcohol.

D: High, these go down really smoothly and they are very enjoyable.

Overall I really enjoyed this on tap, much more so than in bottle. This is a beer that must be uber fresh to be at it's best. I got away from HopDevil for awhile, but when I come back to it the beer is as good as always. Very solid and drinkable IPA.

Update 12/28/2009. Purchased a super fresh keg for my home. Updated notes are as follows:

T: Remember, this keg is fresh! Flavors of spicy floral, earthy, citrus hops pound your mouth up front with the long grainy bready slightly caramel malt sweetness keeping the mouth puckering hops from completely taking over. The finish comes with a larger citrus orange peel flavor with some slight grapefruit and lasting bitterness you taste for a long time.

Overall this beer is best when fresh. Drinkability is off the charts as each one goes down better than the last one. Such a damn drinkable quality stellar IPA that shines when fresh. Don't drink those bottles with date codes almost expiring, get em fresh folks.

Kadonny, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had great hoppy beers. This one is far too simple. Still good, but too simple.

It's as if Victory forgot that a hoppy beer can also have flavor with the bittering. The hops are straightforward and bitter, nothing more.

Pouring out the beer is translucent orange and amber. Beautiful. The head is moderate and leaves little archepelagos of lacing. The head stays around for many minutes afterwards.

The smell is piney and strong. Mild alcohol scent wafts through.

Taste from this medium-body IPA is this- Little sweet malt then *BAM!* BITTER! No real citrus flavor or pine note, just overwhelming bitter. All I'm saying is that I've had nicer IPA's in my life.

I drank probably five tonight, and I was pretty happy after that, hahaha... It has 6.8% alcohol, so be careful with it on an empty stomach. Despite the bittering, it was easy to put many down in a short time period. Very drinkable for such a mouth-puckering brew.

fingerlaker, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the chance to try this at a recent tasting that I attended.

Pored from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is red amber/gold with a good foamy white head.

The smell is a strong hop hop smell with a bit of lemon and grapefruit.

The taste is sweet, very hoppy with some flavoring of citrus such as lemon, grapefruit, and maybe a little tangerine. Also has a rich malty taste that escapes out at the end of each sip.

This beer does have bit of a bite to it. It is not always the best first beer to have, it might be a bit of a shock to your taste buds. Recommended for the hophead that lives for a nice hoppy beer.

Duhast500, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of JRed
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent amber hue with bubbly white head that leaves a little lacing. Brew retains a sweet aroma of wet hops, bread notes, and some earthiness. HopDevil has one aggressive personality, rich in hit and run hop attack that builds to a crescendo while in the palate and then leaves the tongue refreshed with mild dryness. There's some spice with the bread crumbs also. Crisp smoothness in body and characterized by malty goodness throughout the drink. Highly drinkable session beer worth having all year around in the fridge.

JRed, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Lepley
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep reddish-orange, cloudy, one finger of head with little retention, a little lacing.
S: Hoppy, sweet, fruity, floral.
T: Bitter from the get-go, very hoppy. Strong citrus flavors; orange, lemon grapefruit. Spicy sweet. Slightly boozy. Incredible hop flavors.
M: Good carbonation, smooth.
D: This a great IPA, one of the best I've tried. Easy to drink and full of flavor and character.

Lepley, Jan 18, 2009
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,376 ratings.