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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,095 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,095
Reviews: 2,380
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 159
Gots: 538 | 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 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
Photo of timbro81
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to evolbob for getting this to me.

Best before Feb '08 on the label. Pours a very slight hazy liquid gold with a small head that fades quickly. Smells of fresh oily hops piney with a touch of floralness. Good carbonation throughout. Big mouth feel. Impressive malt foundation with a superstructure of hops on top. Caramel malt also prominent. Superbly balanced. A crisp spicy assault of the mouth. Aftertaste lingers around and offers a nice warming effect. Very Highly Recommended, never run out.

timbro81, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of MrHolland
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at an ingles while I was in NC, but I have seen in around the Charleston area.
Appearance is a beautiful dark golden brown color with a thick lace that sticks to glass the whole way through.

Smell is very piny with an overabundance of hops with a little citrus smell as well.

I love the taste it is pure hops , very bitter. Cannot really pick up any malts but I am sure they are there.

This beer has a great mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Very good beer, will buy this on nights when I might want something a little more hoppy the my usual Sierra Nevada.

MrHolland, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of tfuchs
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle I picked up at TotalWine in Annandale poured into a heavy 14oz mug. This is the second or third time I've had the Hop Devil.

Hop Devil poured a beautifully consistent amber. A very thin head dissipated quickly, but that could be as much the fault of my dishsoap as poor retention.

The pine and cream aromas hit first, and with some searching, the pale malts filled out the tail. Good, indicative aromas for a balanced IPA.

The taste was clearly pine and citrus, mostly lemon, but next up I was stung with the sharp taste of copper. Not awesome, but it did fade after the first sip.
To fast forward, that's probably the only negative on this one. Otherwise, well balanced for an IPA named Hop Devil. Again, for the style, there was plenty of light caramel and cream in the backseat to add to the depth and balance of the Hop Devil - the biggest little beer in America, err something.

It's embarrassing, but in my notes I actually wrote "superb" when I turned my attention to the texture and mouthfeel. But yeah, it was. Understandably thick for the ABV and depth typical of the heavier IPAs. Carbonation was complementary, just enough to cut the texture and tickle the tongue.

Anyone like me that holds a special place in their heart / brain / stomach for DIPAs will probably find the Hop Devil quite drinkable and come back for more. And if you like IPAs, but are more moderate (balance is paramount) Hop Devil could be a weekend fling. And if you don't like heavy hops, well, it's called Hop Devil. Yeah.

Despite the fact that it made me use words like superb, tickle, and special place, I really like the Hop Devil. The copper tinge wasn't enough of a problem to ruin the taste, and that's not something I've noticed when I had had it before. A very good heavy IPA.

I need to sit down and pit the devil against Troegs HopBack. A Susquehannan backyard brawl of sorts. The HopBack is dubbed an amber ale, but whatever, these two beers have a lot more in common than geography.

tfuchs, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory is becoming on of my favorite American breweries. Hop Devil pours with a pillowy white head. The lacing stick to the glass after each sip. Has a clear amber color.

The nose is extremely balanced. Lots of bread and caramel malt to equal the piny and citrusy hops. But it's just to laid back to make it outstanding.

Tastes of bitter piny hops, orange, a bit of grapefruit and a solid amount of lightly toasted malt. Very well made and extremely drinkable.

irishkyle21, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent offering from Victory, HopDevil is a full-frontal hopped-up assault on the taste buds. Good, strong presentation, with one and a half fingers topping off a rich, cloudy amber body. The nose was good, full of hops and a whiff of fruit. The taste was bold, hopped, a bit grainy, yet smooth overall.

Way delicious, and more than makes up for some flat mediocrity from Breckenridge that preceded it. Stellar IPA.

Gehrig, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The drink had a red-dark amber appearance with a thin head. Although the appearance made it tantalizing, the rest of the drink was a bit average. Its faint hop smell had some sweets to it, but lacked any spectacular features. The taste was somewhat thin but the aftertaste had a good bitter-sweet balancing going for it. This IPA also had a low-medium body to it, making it not as carbonated as I hoped. Overall it was decent and not overpowering, but that also hindered it from being great.

fitzy84, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of brucer1
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rich, opulent copper in color with a wonderful two finger head. good lacing as i finish it off. i can easily smell the wonderous hops in this great effort by victory. the complexity of flavors in this beer is, for me, what makes it one of my favorite beers. starts bitter ends with a touch of sweetness that ends it off, marvelous! damn near perfect in it's balance of moderate alcohol content and how it feels, no hint of a burn. i will easily finish the six pack i just bought so for me, it's a good session beer. Beware of the hops.

brucer1, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of AlephNull
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy dull copper color with very active carbonation visible. The chunky white head disipates to a film but leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Umm... maybe slightly hoppy.. no just kidding it's EXTREMELY HOPPY. Smells more grapefruity than a grapefruit and a bit of pine. A little bit of a background of some malt, but did I mention hops.

T - Well, you get what's advertised. I enjoy it, though I can't say it's very well ballanced, the hops are really out in the forefront here with a crisp and piney flavor... a really wide range of hops flavors. Theres a kind of base malt flavor here, but the hops roll over that.

M - A malty fairly thick body... almost creamy in consistency. Fairly active carbonation, but not really noticeable with the heavy body.

D - For something so over the top, it's actually very drinkable for hop heads.

AlephNull, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of PorterLover83
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy gold color. Not too much head or lacing to be seen. Had a real hoppy smell with a slight flowery hint. Not too much in the taste though. My it was just the aroma hops? Taste followed suit with the smell and had a pretty hoppy presence in it with just a little bit of malt. Had sort of a lighter mouthfeel to it. Not as hopped up as I expected from the name and the style but I feel it was a pretty good offering.

PorterLover83, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy copper amber with a long lasting orange tinged head about half an inch thick. Prominent lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus. Moderately sweet biscuit taste with substantial mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. I would drink this again. Overall a very nice beer.

CDBeerDisappear, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Victory Brewing Co.

A - Hazy orange body with traces of red, copper and rust. Large, two-finger creamy white head that fully diminished. Beautiful lacing decorated the glass as I drank. This beer looked absolutely amazing when it was served!

S - Moderate bready maltiness in the nose with a fairly heavy perfumy hop aroma and some cask wood. Not quite as hoppy in the nose as I had anticipated.

T - Initial flavor was moderately bitter, followed by an average finish. Much better on cask that in the bottle! Overall, not as hoppy as I was expecting. Hops are definitely more floral than citrus.

M - Medium body with a very creamy texture and virtually no carbonation. This brew felt amazing in the mouth. Cleaner, more creamy mouthfeel and not quite as bitter as the bottled version. Not very sticky for an IPA, but very creamy.

D - Fantastic cask offering from Victory! I could drink one or two of these on every visit to Victory. This is an all-around fantastic IPA that is so much better on cask.

ffejherb, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of buzzworthy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HopDevil Ale pours an amber-orange out of the bottle with a cool looking hop devil on the label. Not surprisingly, hops are in charge here. There is a pleasant citrus, grapefruit, orange hopiness that predominates with only a hint of malt in the background. Dry on the finish with more hops.

buzzworthy, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of StarSAELS
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I swear... I saw it. It was in that fraction of a second between the fridge door opening and the light coming on when I saw it... a little green hop devil. I'd heard they could phase through glass and infuse the all the beer in your fridge with pine, fruity hop oils. But I'd never seen one...

I swear... I saw it. Just a little green shimmer and then it was back in the bottle. And a minute later, lounging on the thick, frothy ivory head.

Oh, the aroma--piney and citrusy! Oh, the color--rich amber caramel! Oh, the taste-- tantalizing twists of citrus and pine with a caramel smoothness and a rich malty tone.

Oh, the beer--pure bliss!

StarSAELS, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of czfreeman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Nice caramel color, very frothy head, good retention. smells like like grapefruit,raisin, pine,lots of citrus! bicuity taste, bitter finish. pretty sweet tasting. carmel flavors come through. bitter notes at the end predominate the flavor of each sip. nice thick mouthfeel that really clings to your mouth. This beer is nice to sip on slowly due to bitterness levels, but a really enjoyable brew.

czfreeman, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only returned to a handful of ipa's with such an abundant selection on the microbrew scene and this is one of them.
The heavy pine and citrus/grapefruit tones that tease the nose and stick to the palate jump out and say " I mean business " . A mouthful of malt up front with the thick ipa finish is blended nicely with the soapy sudsy finish. Victory?-absolutely!

ohoove, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of ajr24
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Victory Brewpub- straight from the source.

Foresaid- always worth a trip to Victory.

The appearance was poured into a pint as a deep orange and burnt copper color with an off-white thick and creamy head that left resilient lacing.

The smell was powerfully hopped (living up to the name of the beer). More citrusy undertones rather than piney...

The taste was hops, citrus, and some notes of buttery biscuit on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is very satisfying for this hoppy and citrusy beer. The carbonation and alcohol also check each other.

Overall this beer is greatly drinkable, each one is maintained by the other.

ajr24, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of drumrboy22
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer was an amber color with a large, creamy, off-white colored head. Left nice lacing around the edge of the glass.

Aroma was sweet malts, caramel, nuts along with citrus and hops. Kind of a mild aroma. I expected it to be more aromatic.

Taste was hoppy and spicy with a long, bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. A really great beer, that hides it's alcohol well. High drinkability.

drumrboy22, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of shabbtastic
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by a friend, and was not disappointed at all. Being a huge fan of IPA's this one is very tasty.

A - A good two finger head which lasted a bit. Hazy amber color. The lacing on this beer was magnificent, lasted all the way down, very impressive.

S - Reeked with Hops. Definitely lives up to its name.

T - The hops in this are not shy at all. Hits you and hits you hard with a nice citrus companion.

M - Excellent carbonation, a bit of fizzle on the back of the palette.

D - Nice to enjoy a few, wouldn't classify as a session brew. Nice follow through leaves you urning another gulp!

shabbtastic, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Tolann
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours nicely into a pint glass with a cloudy amber color and light head.

S - I can smell the sweet hops from here and my glass is still next to me on the table. There's no hiding from the hops here! Hop smell is sweet and floral. A little bit of citrus also hiding in the nose as well; maybe a soft orange.

T - Bitter at first hit and sweet aftertaste that lingers at the back of your tongue. The bitterness hangs on your breath at the back of your throat. The hops is an earthy taste I can't quite pinpoint.

M - Smooth, not too carbonated or lively. Heavier than many other IPAs I've had, but I certainly wouldn't call this beer thick; after all it is still an IPA. It's near a medium mouthfeel.

D - I really like this beer. Its a drink you enjoy over time and not drink too quickly for an IPA. The heavy feel of the IPA I think will keep you from downing this beer too fast; it will fill you up.

Tolann, Nov 08, 2007
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,095 ratings.