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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,555
Reviews: 2,423
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 201
Gots: 766 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Ralphus
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had Victory Hop Devil at a bar in the Philidelphia airport. It was on tap and for a beer at 9am served with a breakfast of greasy sausages and eggs it went down pretty well. Today I'm reviewing the bottled version which tastes remarkably similar.

It pours a clear but medium caramel colour body and a small offwhite head that settles to practically nothing in just a few minutes.

The smell is mostly of fruity sweet malts with some hops mixed in.

The taste is very hop dominated.. strong hops, pine and grapefruit hit you and overwhelm the taste. Where are the sweet malts? Where are the fruity yeasts? Not here unfortunately. I enjoy hops as much as the next hop head but nothing but hops isn't terribly rewarding.

Mouthfeel is good and the carbonation is refreshing. Drinkability is better than average.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served on cask at the victory brewpub in Downingtown, PA.. Ultra smooth and creamy.. the carbonation is totally mellowed out. Huge, big fluffy head is very nice gives you a beer moustache. Aroma is subtle but certainly hoppy. Fresh and a bit sweet. Taste is very creamy, hoppy but very mellow with a clean finish and malt sweetness apparent right behind the hop. Mouth is silky, not heavy at all. The creaminess is quite delightful. It drinks very smooth and is delicious. Becomes a bit filling (especially if drank with food) but is definitely awesome.

Photo of wingman14
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and orangish red with a small white head, with nice clarity. The smell is sweet upfront with tons of hops and some nice subtle citrus notes. Not a very potent smell for an IPA. The taste is bigger than the smell would suggest, hops up front, then some sweet notes, followed by a nice bitter hop flavor. The bitter aftertaste sticks around for awhile. The mouthfeel is smooth, nice carbonation, the flavors have a good balance and are well layered. This is a nice IPA, the bitter doesn't over power or annoy, a nice hophead beer.

Photo of lenzj247
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich bronze color with a nice thick head that disspates and leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Hoppy! You can smell malt, but there is definitely a lot more hops.

T - Starts out with malts but attacks the back of your tongue with hops.

M - Perfectly carbonated and balanced

D - High, but my tongue went numb after 2-3, maybe it's cause I am not used to such hoppy beers.

Overall, a fantastic IPA that I will definitely drink again. Would not recommend to someone as their first IPA, but a fantastic brew.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Good copper color that is accompanied by a white sticky head that fades into a patchy disk.

S: Hoppy but not pungent. Smells like a grapefruit muffin.

T: The smell does little to prepare you for the hop blast you get with this beer. Although the initial focus is on the hops, this is a very smooth beer with a full creamy body and very malty base to it.

M: This sticks with you. You will get the smooth and almost sour taste that lingers and puckers your mouth for a few minutes after consumption.

D: Very. Just...very.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger fluffy cream colored head that stays awhile, head clings to glass on the way down, deep clear brown coloring, wonderful lacing that lasts the whole beer, really attractive, not to mention the hop devil logo is badass.

s- nice floral hops, theres a good bit of caramelly malt as well, little bit of citrus.

t- nice balanced caramelly malt with great floral yet earthy hops, citrus, pine, malt hits upfront, spicy hops hit the back of the mouth, no trace of the 6.7%.

m- great medium bodied brew.

d- super drinkable and crazy tasty, i could session this easily, although it's got the higher abv it goes down almost too easily, great local beer, definately worth the buy, love this.

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a HopDevil in forever, was my go-to when I was living in Philly. It really is a great beer. Nicely oaky, woody, almost earthy malt balance to the floral hops that make it more naturally an IPA. Definitely not a hop bomb, but a nice drinkable beer. I'll try and grab this more, now that I've remembered the deliciousness...

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Photo of imanidiot777
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark amber color and had a good head that lasts for awhile but not as long as others I have seen.

S: Not good at picking out individual smells but there is nothing unappealing about it. Smells great.

T: Citrus tasting, good hope bite and malty aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation level, a nice kick it adds.

D: Goes down smooth with a strong aftertaste.

Photo of sweemzander
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by date of 09-16-2009.

(A)- Pours a red amber color with tiny floating particles. 2-finger head dissipated down to a solid layer of tan foam on the surface that is still present even with the last drop. Some lacing.

(S)- Creamy pine with citrus of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malty background evident. Almost has a peach/floral aroma in there too.

(T)- Again, super creamy citrus of pineapple and grapefruit. Good hop bite that is balanced nicely with a malty sweet finish.

(M)- A nice creamy citrus mouthfeel that moves into the bitterness of hops and then you experience the slightly sweet malts at the end. This beer is really nicely balanced and the flavors are layered in such a way that you get one after another. Solid carbonation.

(D)- A great and enjoyable IPA that has a bit more malt to it than most, but I really enjoy it. A really creamy taste and mouthfeel is very appealing as well.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but clear amber with a finger's worth of oat colored head. Dissipates slowly to a bit of lacing.

Smells hoppy and floral. Very potent. The hop aroma is fresh (not dry at all) and overpowers anything else that is there.

The taste echos the smell. Very potent floral hops with the expected hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Again, the hops take center stage and make it difficult to sense anything else, but there is a light sweetness in there as well, like a bit of honey.

The mouthfeel is smooth, not thin, and slightly carbonated. The balance is very good for the style.

I'm really just not a big fan of hoppy beers. However, as far as they go, this one of the ones I've enjoyed the most. The floral taste and aroma goes a long way in mitigating the bitter aftertaste for me. I can imagine that this is an absolute gem for hopheads. If I had to drink a hoppy beer, this would be among my top choices.

Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big 3 finger beige head. Body is a honey amber color and translucent. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell is big on resiny, piny hops. There is also a sweet, honey like smell to the malts

Taste is hop forward but the malt is still therel. Hops are pretty bitter and on the piny side.

Mouth feel is slightly on the light side. Carbonation is also there but not too much.

Drink ability is pretty good. For 6.7 it is pretty session able. Overall it is a good IPA, would buy again

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

This is for the version of HopDevil that was on cask at Victory.

Appearance: Good head retention, perfect carbonation, beautiful amber color

Smell: Tangy and floral, hoppy to the nose

Taste: subdued hoppiness filled with wood notes and a floral blossoming.

Mouthfeel: Lingering notes of hops and slight maltiness, a good aftertaste that progresses well.

Drinkability: I downed this beer faster than I do with other beers. Perfect temperature, a fantastic beer, and a taste that does not get old.

Photo of goblue3509
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a one and a half finger head. The smell is of hops, piney and earthy hops. The scent of hops is almost overwhelming. The taste is a very strong hops the hop taste is more earthy piney hops as opposed to citrus hops. The mouthfeel is dry with little carbonation. Drinkability wise if you really like IPA's you would like this beer. If you are new to IPA's then this ipa isn't for you.

Photo of northaustin
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into a schnifter. a dark copper with a generous white head. slight spotted lacing.

smell is that of a hop bomb. the kind that when you come home your house is all messed up. very piney and enticing.

taste is bitter with big hop flavor. some sweetness here but the hops are dominant.

if you arent a fan of that bitter dry mouth feeling this one might not be for you. it leaves your mouth very dry and the bitterness lingers for quite some time.

for the price and quality this is one of the most drinkable ipas available in my area

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Smallish head compared to other IPAs Ive seen. At its fullest its a little less than a finger high. It dissipates into a thin patchy film. There is some nice lacing, however.
Devilish burnt orange in color, this beer is on the darker and redder side of the style.

S- The smell alone is thirst quenching. Floral hops over top some biscuity malts and some honey. The nose is nice but it is not powerful as it could be.

T- The biscuity/nutty malts are there underneath the bite of the huge hops. The malts make this go down very well with an almost creamy smoothness at the back of my mouth. The finish is bitter and dry with some slight medicinal tastes left on the tongue, but nothing unappetizing.

M- Medium body, smoothed out from lower carbonation and a creamy malt backbone. You can feel this one washing away your thirst like a broken levee.

D- The ABV is average for this style which is really meant to be a highly sessionable and thirst quenching. HopDevil hits this aspect of the american IPA right on the head.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this hundreds of times and never thought about reviewing it but hey, here goes.

Pours a amber-hued brown with a thin finger of white head. Lacing is cool, head retention is poor.

Smells of dry flowery hops, spice.

Taste is more of the nose. Hop is overpoweringly dominant, very dry and spicy, malt is very faint.

Mouthfeel is dry and sharp, carbonation is good, fairly balanced.

Drinkability is good. I drink this alot of the time now and its probably one of the easiest to drink commercially available IPAs.

Photo of kdoc8
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kkulacki for finding this one for me. Pours out a nice orange-yellow color with an off-white bubbly head that lasts quite a while. The smell is amazing - lots of sweet, citrus hops and complexity. The taste was a bit maltier than I expected - tasted mostly like caramel, but then finished off with some bitter hops. I didn't really expect this from an IPA with satanic hop characteristics. I liked it and would drink it again, but I didn't really find it to be a kick-you-in-the-pants, hop-overwhelming IPA.

Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, rich amber with thin head and light lacing.

Smell: Citrus and sweet toasted malts. While many IPAs smell this way, this one retains its smell much better than most. Some spiciness as well.

Taste: Tastes similar to smell - citrus and slightly sweet toasted malt. Spicy and moderately bitter, especially at the end; almost makes the mouth tingle.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation, with a medium, slightly smooth body. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Very nice, everyday IPA, but definitely better than most.

HopDevil, Titan IPA and Centennial IPA are my IPA archetypes - they simply nail the style spot on, without doing anything out of the ordinary.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose pint glass

A - pours copper-orange with two fingers of off-white head. Foam sticks to side of glass.

S - powerful citrus hop aroma backed by a malty sweetness

T - initially on the sweet, bready malt side, then BAM the hops kick in. The bitterness is substantial but not overwhelming, with a great hoppy flavor before the bitterness hits the back of your tongue

M - sticky, lightly carbonated, just coats your mouth with hoppy goodness

D - an excellent IPA, I could drink these all night. Just enough malt presence to balance the hoppiness, but not enough to make it cloyingly sweet.

One of my go-to beers. A fantastic IPA.

Photo of bfields4
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear filtered amber body. The head is a nice tight thin head that retains itself well.

The smell is abundant with hops, but soft enough that no one fruit smell proclaims itself more than the others to me. Also a little sweet maltiness.

Big grapefruit tastes lots of hoppiness with some lemony zest notes. The caramel malt presence from the smell also hangs around for the taste. A peppery burn from the alcohol also seems present

The head retention and carbonation nicely complement the complex IPA. This is a very well crafted IPA that will not disappoint.

Photo of schmitter
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a delicious offering from Victory. Poured a beautiful amber, orange, red, with a nice off white head and great lacing. Very citrusy/spicy/devious nose.
Taste was clearly hoppy up front but those malts kick ass. Citrus flavors come and go with a slight spicy aftertaste/bite. Its not the beer I would want to drink all night long, but pretty GD delicious.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Copper color with a full two fingers of head in my 25 oz. snifter. Some lacing is left behind.

S--Very sharp floral hoppiness, malt in the background but still present.

T--For a beer named "hop devil" I didn't think the malt would be as prevalent as it is. There is still a good amount of earthy hop flavor and bitterness, but this puppy is well balanced. And tasty!

M--Medium bodied with a bitter aftertaste, no stickiness

D--Awesome IPA here, I wasn't hugely impressed at first but once it warmed up to cellar temperature and above the flavor really began to shine. Drinks like a session IPA.

Photo of mdagnew
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml bottle bought from Wineworks, Newtownards...

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), piney / grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA... highly recommended...

Photo of Anthony1
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint

excited for another victory beer, i poured the animalistic bottle into an eager pint to find a ravaging amber tone with a demonically tan crown.

I stared down the devil as it's hoppy breath filled the air, with hints of citrus, fruits, and floral.... evil floral.

It pounced on me and all i could feel was hops, some malt(maybe caramel), and a most dastardly mix of citrus (grapefruit? and orange).

However, the devil took pity on me and his medium build was smooth, almost relaxing. He left me with only thought of the hoppy madness that i was just witnessed, but also with the desire for another encounter with the hoppy devil himself.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brick red with an ambery sheen and a smallish beige head, difficult to judge from the English hand-pump pour. Very malty in the nose with lots of toasted grain as well as ripe fruits like cherries and apples that synthesize into a pie-like character. Citric hops combine with dark sugars and an unexpected vanilla note to produce hints of cola. Tastes as it smells, lovely, bready, nutty, and bitter with fruity pear, grape, and grapefruit undertones, a hearty almond flavor and a sharp hop bite. However, it's not so sharp that it cuts through the malts - it mostly just perforates them. A bit thick on the palate, which tips the scales in favor of malty sweetness - this would probably be better served another way so that the carbonation makes more of an impact. Still, a very good quaffer.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,555 ratings.