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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

5,946 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,946
Reviews: 2,374
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 151
Gots: 473 | FT: 5
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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BurnsTau

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours amber/copper, a bit hazy with great white head and lacing.

Tastes is definitely about the hops, bitter and strong. Some maltiness in there sweetens it up a bit and creates enough balance to be very enjoyable, but you know it's about the hops with this beer. So much flavor it compares to a dIPA more than just an IPA. Very good beer.

05-24-2007 16:49:44 | More by BurnsTau
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Chaz

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Brassy, golden-amber in color, and brilliant. Poured from a freshly-tapped keg, this was served with a one and a half fingered pale tan head, with moderate lacing and duration. Piney, resiny hops on the nose, with just a touch of biscuit and caramel in the malt profile. Spicey hops are all over the first sip, and the mouthfeel seems fairly light and cleansing. Mild, lingering bitterness with toasted malts almost floating above the aromatic and bittering hops. Not a small beer and not a big beer, but right in-between, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Semi-sweet, with a nice juicy malt quality registering about halfway through the palate. Medium bodied, and much more well-balanced than I recall it being from the last bottle I enjoyed. Plenty of dryness. A fine American IPA, and very consistent.

05-23-2007 22:17:26 | More by Chaz
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genog

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

A- Pours a light copper color with a two inch offwhite head that lingers throughout the session.

S- Floral hoppy notes with a sweet smell finish

T- Smooth hops with a hint of a bitter finish. Very nice for several sips at a time.

M- Very little carbonation feeling for a smooth experience

D- Only bought one, but I could enjoy 2 maybe 3 on a long night. Very nice drink.

05-21-2007 02:30:33 | More by genog
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance: Pours a medium copper-amber body with a dense, creamy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, floral aroma with some citrus and brown sugar. Also, there's a fruitiness to it, but beyond some peaches its more of a vague fruitiness for me, like standing with your back to a fruit platter at a party.

Taste: Soft flavors throughout, be it the toasty malts, grapefruit, or the single drop of caramel sweetness, and though the finish is light in its bitterness, there is an acidic flare-up right on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a lively carbonation. Slight warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Overall, its a fairly easygoing IPA, with none of the flavors ever really pronouncing themselves, leaving the experience a bit lacking.

05-19-2007 20:22:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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nwshull

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Pours into a snifter a dark almost reddish clear color. Not much of a head, but then I didn't pour for a big one.

Smell: Smells of pine flavor.

Taste: It tastes much like it smells. A bit of a pine flavor with a hoppy bitter aftertaste, very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: A very nice mouthfeel, the bubbles aren't to large or too frequent or the reverse.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, I enjoy this one a lot. The alcohol content isn't too high and the beer doesn't taste like slightly flavored perrier either.

05-19-2007 20:10:26 | More by nwshull
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BMoney575

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Sampled on 5-16-07
Best before 8-27-07

Pours a deep gold-orange, with a medium-sized off white head that lasts forever.

Smell is big sweet hops, with very grassy and earthy characteristics.

Taste is much like the smell, grassy hops with deep earthy feel. Sizable bitterness follows with a bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, perfect for the style.

Drinkability is good, lots of bitter hops but very tasty.

Overall a very good IPA. I don't usually like earthy flavors, but I definately enjoyed this beer. Well crafted and recommended.

05-17-2007 22:48:07 | More by BMoney575
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illidurit

California

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

Obtained via trade with Rodenbacher. 12 oz bottle with 'Enjoy By Jul 08 07' stamped on the label. Don't mind if I do!

A: Poured into a flared pint glass, the flare cradles a beautiful 2.5 finger tan head that rises to a convex cap above the rim. Nice dark gold/amber color. A thing of beauty. Sticky webby lace adorns the glass, trailing downwards to a cap of foam that never goes away.

S: Citrus, hop resin, pine, orange, grapefruit

T: Gorgeous balance, citrusy hops give way to a flash of toasty malt before transforming into a refreshing bitterness that lingers but is not overpowering.

M: Sticky delicious hops give this beer a thicker mouthfeel than lots of other IPAs, it works well here. No trace of alcohol flavor, perfect carbonation.

D: Stellar. Glad I have another one in the fridge!

05-16-2007 23:10:02 | More by illidurit
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle courtesy of fisherman34, thanks Kris! Poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour reveals a full inch of head, lots of webby lacing. Mild, lazy carbonation floats though a dark coppery-red brew. A bit of chill haze as well. Smell is full of floral and citrus hops, but they don't overwhelm the generous biscuity and bready malt aromas that linger in the nose. Great balance, very lovely aroma on the whole.

Taste is piney off the top, then mellows a bit into the more floral aspects. Acidity is less citric than sprucey. Herbal and curative in its assertiveness. Highly acidic, this is a bit of a palate-scorcher to be sure. Toasty caramel maltmakes an entrance in the background, along with a bit of vanilla and yeasty breadiness, but the malt is definitely playing second violin here. Less balanced than I would have hoped, but it's not a huge criticism really. Mouthfeel is buzzy due to the high acid levels, not so much from the carbonation, which is medium at best. Medium body, nice and sticky going down. This is drinkable, but in small sips and you want to savour every one.

05-15-2007 01:33:36 | More by trevorwideman
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Good amber red color. Modest two inch head with med. lacing.
The nose: was very floral with a rich malt aroma.
The taste was very well balanced. The hops are serious but the malt backbone really keeps the hops in check. I'm glad to see the alcohol level is fairly low, which makes this ipa very drinkable.
The sweet roasted malts makes for a med. body mouthfeel.
The drinkabilty is near perfect. well balanced.

05-14-2007 16:23:37 | More by athensbeermaster
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cktison

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

12oz bottle with best by Sept 23 07 on side. Into pint glass.
A: Beautiful, frothy head with nice retention. Moderate lacing. Clear, dark amber with beautiful hue.

S: Hoppy, pine, sweet, slight bit of alcohol is apparent. Citrus and grapefruit are of course present.

T: Great. Well-balanced, hoppy, bitter (but not too) ale. Nice malt backbone with hops and citrus that really come through. A bit sour, citrusy, nice clean finish. Orange and grapefruit dominate.

M: Nice carbonation, smooth, very light alcohol present - great.

D: This is a great, easy drinking IPA. It's not the hoppiest, spiciest, or best - but as far as a session IPA - this is about as good as they come. Great.

05-13-2007 23:41:58 | More by cktison
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Great head and retention with a great lacing. Nice piney, hoppy smell.

Taste is hoppy, but not a total hop bomb. Bitter, but not insanely over the top. Still maintains a great balance, even though the hops are very much in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing.

This is one sessionable beer. TRY IT!!!

05-11-2007 01:42:20 | More by jasonjlewis
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

A good IPA with a nice foamy head and fantastic head retention. Poured a copper orange colour with the slightest bit of chill-haze. Nose was floral hops a caramel. Taste was hoppy bitterness with a mildly sweet malty finish. As with nearly everything else I have had from Victory, this was very well balanced. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth with the just the right amount of CO2. American IPAs really aren't my style, but for what this is, and the hops heads it's targeted towards, it is a really nice ale, indeed.

05-11-2007 00:45:51 | More by SilentSabre
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walshclimb

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

A - very slightly cloudy, light amber with thick foamy, off-white head that quickly dissipates to thin lacy head

S - Malt and yeat, spruce with a hint of horseblanket

T - lightly sweet, bitter initial flavor with short lived bitter finish

M - medium body, slightly creamy with lively carbonation and slightly astringent finish

D - Good beer with nice hop flavor. easty to drink with interesting enough flavor to taste against other IPAs

05-10-2007 14:38:18 | More by walshclimb
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

Twelve ounces good till August of this year. Pours into a pint dark copper with sticky white foam. Very hoppy nose. Spicy, with grapefruit.

More of the same when tasting, except the alpha acids are very well complimented by the sweetness and flavor of slightly toasted malts, making for a complete experience.

Medium bodied and a little sticky. I like an IPA that isn't set on hop overload. I'd certainly have a few more but no more than that.

05-08-2007 01:37:39 | More by edskirk3
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argock

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into pint glass

A: Beautiful copper-red color with frothy one- to two-finger head that decorates long after the beer is gone

S: Mild fruit and strong hops resin smells

T: Excellent hops presence with slight maltiness which is more obvious as the beer warms -- hopsters will want to drink this right out of the fridge. Dry, bitter finish like you'd expect.

M: Balanced carbonation with medium-body.

D: Would love to get this on tap -- tastes mighty good from the bottle as well though I like several other IPAs more because they more flavors than strong hops with a little malt and fruit (i.e. Stone IPA, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale).

05-07-2007 03:08:35 | More by argock
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Duster72

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%

Pours a medium amber with one finger off white head and nice lacing. Aroma is crazy hops. Taste is piny earthy oily hops. I do not detect much if any citrus at all. Aggressively bitter with no balance. Mouthfeel is on the painful side of bitter. Not very drinkable at all. This one was very disappointing after the high ratings. No subtlety at all and not nearly as drinkable as many other IPAs. If you want crazy hops and bitters with little balance, this one's for you.

04-29-2007 16:00:27 | More by Duster72
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

12 oz. bottle, front of label says best before 4/21/07, so I'm late by about a week, no big deal. Head retention is good, lacing just OK. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a red/orange color with about an inch off-white head. It smells like pine and citrusy hops. The taste is citrusy and pine hops (grapefruit) with a bit of malt, but it's the hops that are the most noticable. Very nice bitter taste too. Mouthfeel is medium, with it being a bit creamy and oily/slick. Drinkability is good, it's even better if you're a hophead. Overall I think it's a pretty decent IPA.

04-29-2007 01:13:29 | More by bluejacket74
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tommy78

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

As soon as I popped open a bottle, I could smell the sweetness of the brew. Upon pouring it out, a nice reddish/orange color permeated the glass. It literally looked like maple syrup straight out of a maple tree. The taste was, as one previous reviewer stated, all hops. I could feel the hops from the moment they hit my mouth. After getting over the hops, I tasted some fruit in the beer. As for the drinkability, I did not notice how much I had in one instance until I looked at the glass. I could probably polish off three before my night is done. It goes really well with grilled chicken and corn. Enjoy!

04-24-2007 21:46:41 | More by tommy78
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Newglarusguy

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Presentation 12 oz longneck bottle poured into my pint glass.

Apperance: Luxirious amber pour that creates a lavish cream heading that sticks to my glass.

Smell: Hops hops and hops! need I say more?

Taste and moutfeel: A bit famililar but that's not a bad thing it hits the palate nice and creamy with a bite of bitterness for hop lovers like me an extravagant ale that goes down smooth and clean I recommend this brew to people who enjoy good beers.

04-24-2007 02:42:40 | More by Newglarusguy
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

One of the best from one of my fav breweries, I was looking forward to pairing this against a few of the other great IPA's (Stone, DFH 60 Min.), here are the results.

Appearance - Lovely dark red/orange color, very unique for an IPA. Also has a nice deep off-white head, good start.

Smell - Hops, Hops, Hops mixed in with a little citrus and darker fruits. This is the first time you get a taste of the very raw flavor.

Taste - A lot deeper flavor than most IPA's, has a very raw sense. The hops dominate but there's also a nice citrus tone as well as some other semi-dark fruits. The hops are amazing, really leaving a great bitter aftertaste which sits extremely well.

Mouthfeel - The consistency is extremely good and the texture is definetly thicker than most IPA's as it seems very malty. Very unique and cool

Drinkability - Love this brew a lot, can't go wrong with Victory. Definetly provides a great compairson to Stone to show the West Coast vs. East Coast style IPA's. This East coaster with it's raw characteristics and darker style definetly holds it's own. That being said, I gotta give the edge to Stone (which surprised me since I consider Victory one of my hometown brews and was prepared to give them the local edge). Still, check this one out and do your own comparison, you won't be sorry. Looking forward to pairing up DFH 60 Min. to see how it can roll with the big boys.

04-24-2007 01:42:11 | More by jdg204
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CowboyDarb

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

The bar I sometimes, kinda DJ at was out of my usual Shiner Bock, so I asked the bar maid to surprise me. This is what she brought me.

A brown 12 oz long neck bottle with a blue label that has a really cool picture of a devil made from hop leaves.

I couldn't find a birth date.

A: It poured a medium amber color. Thick rich cream colored head with pretty good retention that leaves some light lacing all the way down.

S: HOPS! Also some citrus.

T: Damn that's a strong ale! It truely is a hop devil! Some citrus comes out along with a little bit of coffee. I'm sure it's in there somewhere, but try as I might, I just can't seem to detect any malt.

MF: this beer overwhelms your taste buds, it feels very rich and full

D: I don't think I could drink more than a couple three of these, but it is a very enjoyable change of pace for a non-hop head

04-23-2007 22:47:54 | More by CowboyDarb
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YankChef

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +11%

12 oz. bottle poured into an american pint glass.

Appearance: light amberish brown with red hues that really come through when held up to light. 1/4 inch white head that sticks to the top of the beer as well as the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrusy stone fruit. Cherry, apricot, peach and under ripe pear. Rose water and a subtle pine.

Taste: Very aggressive tasting brew with more than enough hops. A lot of the previously mentioned fruits are present as well as a raw hop oil flavor. Bitterness is certainly present and somewhat overpowering but i love IPA's so for me its hop bliss.

Mouthfeel: Medium-High carbonation and pretty raw and in your face.

Overall: a damn fine IPA. One of the best as a matter of fact and certainly deserves its high rating. I could also drink this all night and to me this is a great "drunk" session beer. Meaning it is a session beer to me because i would happily drink it all night and end up getting drunk and be fine with that because it is so damn good. If you like IPA's, this is on your to drink list.

04-20-2007 02:29:45 | More by YankChef
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%

Poured into glass. Rich, amber color with a 2-3 finger head. Noticed a good amount of carbonation.

Mild citrus smell - not too powerful rounded out with a decent malt.

When imbibed, noticed a firm malt-base and finished with a moderate bitter kick that lingered. Had a creamy mouthfeel.

I am not sure about everyone else but this came across as more of an English IPA then American. I say so due to the more balanced flavor of the brew (malt), reminded me a lot of McEwan's IPA (which I have read is a repackaged Special Import). This would be a nice session beer but personally, I would have wanted a lot more hops for a beer calling itself a "Hop Devil."

04-16-2007 13:49:05 | More by jdoncbus
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

12oz into pint glass

Slightly hazy dark orange amber with creamy light tan colored head. Little spotty lace.

Scent is fruity (possibly a hint of peach), floral, citrus. Strong and tasty scent, though difficult to identify the elements.

Taste is citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) with a long bitter finish that lingers dramatically. There's a sturdy caramel malt backbone here with slightly toasty and nutty flavors. Very little pine resin - hard to tell if it's really there or if I merely expect it to be.

Mouthfeel is a mouthcoating creamy medium with a hint of warming in the throat.

Drinkability is not as impressive as Stone's IPA but this is certainly easy to drink.

Very good IPA. I love how the bitter finish lasts and the mouthfeel is good but overall I prefer Stone, SN, or Smuttynose IPA.

04-15-2007 21:07:57 | More by sethmeister
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bozebus17

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Hopdevil pours a transparent orange-copper. There is a thin white foamy head.

The scent is fresh grass and grainy. There is also a distinct citrus note.

As far as taste goes this brew lives up to its name. There is plenty of bitterness to go around. There isn't a whole lot as far as malt goes with this one, you know you're drinking an IPA. This beer is medium bodied. The alcohol warms the mouth and leaves a tingling for quite some time. It goes down about as easily as any other beer of comparable style and abv.

I don't know why but I was not impressed by this beer. Being an IPA lover I was encouraged by other reviews and very excited to try this. I don't know if I got a bad batch (I know it was fresh, there is a date and it was in the cooler) or if this one just doesn't suit my fancy. I do plan on giving this beer another shot in the future.

04-14-2007 19:45:21 | More by bozebus17
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,946 ratings.