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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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5,809 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,809
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 141
Gots: 409 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of edmundfitzoil


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle of Hopdevil was poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a hazy copper with a thick 2" of medium sized bubbled head. Great lacing stuck to the side of the glass. The smell was the expected hops. Hopdevil is a hoppy IPA, and a well established one (I try not to read other people's reviews, but at the time of this review this beer had been reviewed over 800 times). I found the hoppiness to lean towards the piney/spicey side with some, but just a little citrus tones. The texture developed an excellent creaminess as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel is medium and the 6.7% is hidden and a way drinkable beer. This is a solid IPA one to have when its available.

Notes: We brought these out to Planet of the Ales, and I enjoyed the ones I drank while camping there. It's a very solid American IPA, but as the style has grown in popularity, better renditions have been developed.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 13:22:33 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of hunteraw


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used a clone recipe of this to brew a batch of IPA, so I was curious to taste what the real thing is like!

Appearance: ruddy amber color, good head, not much lacing but possibly because I was forced to reuse the glass (waitress didn't bring me a new one, and she was hard enough to track down to order)

Smell: lots and lots of hops, with a grapefruity character

Taste: again, grapefruit hops (though not as grapefruity as smuttynose), very dry, with a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: much lighter mouthfeel than I expected, I would have preferred a little more.

Drinkability: good, but on the whole (and it's great to be able to say this!) I think I liked the version I brewed better!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 23:16:00 | More by hunteraw
Photo of doubleipa


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from my busines travels. I thought my wife would like it, as well. More of a redish appearance than most IPAs. Great hoppy aroma. Taste didn't have that pine resin thing goingon like so many west coast IPAs. A bit of a creamy taste and finish. Kind of a Nugget Nectar thing. Maybe it's the PA water.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 12:51:49 | More by doubleipa
Photo of normZurawski

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's a good looking beer, nice deep red-ish color. Aroma is ok, hints at the barroom skankiness I don't enjoy in some beers. Taste is unbalanced with bitter hops, not in a good way. Finish is long and bitter. Mouthfeel is decent but for the awful bitterness that rings there. Drinkability is low, since you can't really drink anything else after this burns up your taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 00:41:13 | More by normZurawski
Photo of cproioi


3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light Amber color with a white head that left alright lacing. Carbonation was slight but one could still see the bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: A Floral hops aroma was apparent in this beer. However, I was able to smell some fruity maltiness to it which was akin to the smell of green apples.

T: Very similar to the aroma. It had a nice floral hops flavor that opened to an almost citrus taste. However, behind it was a nice malt backbone that tasted like apples.

M: Light to medium body. Nice and refreshing for a hot summer day like we where having in Cincinnati last week.

D: While not my favorite IPA I've had it's not bad by any bet. It was nice to have but I don't think I would buy this one over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 01:06:08 | More by cproioi
Photo of westweasel


2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. The beer poured out a very clear, dark
copper color with an off-white 1/4 inch head. The aroma was
dissapointing.I was expecting a strong hop scent. Instead this beer
has a very light, barely noticeable hop aroma. More floral than citrus.
Also a very, very light malt scent.

The taste was pretty much just hops. It was a bitter taste - which I
usually enjoy. But this one was fairly uninteresting. Like one strong
bitter flavor - not a mix of flavors.

The mouthfeel was light-to-medium with a bitter, dry finish. The
drinkability was good. The first glass was enjoyable. The bitterness
would probably limit me to two in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 03:39:40 | More by westweasel
Photo of Rootdog316


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Devil Ale has a has a light tan head, which it produces upon command. It also has a medium amber reddish blue hue. The brew has a very green resin/floral scent AND a good malty, perhaps even roasted odor. This decoction actually has a lot more malt and a bit less hops than one might suspect. Placating your taste buds with strong roasted malts, with hints of caramel, approaching treacle, there is also quite a bit of resinous hops to fulfill the need of those who like, well, hoppy beers. This beer is only for those who truly appreciate the joys of strong hops, but it is a well balanced version of high hop holies. Not intended for all dining occasions...I would recommend it specifically with red meat.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 20:45:00 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of BabaJohn


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Devil has an interesting dark red, slightly foggy coloration with just a little head. Smelled quite delicious up front (sweet + a little cool IPA edge). Taste = Oh yeah, that is good! Some nice hop flavors in the same league as Stone. Bitter herbs and vegetable tastes with just enough light, sweet citrus. Felt slightly creamy with some bite and carbonation in the mouth. Drinkability: sure! The victory brewers knew just what they were doing when they came up with this one. (I remembered the name of the veggie this and other similar IPAs remind me of: bitter melon. MmmmÂ…)

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 03:19:54 | More by BabaJohn
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Few things better than a sweet pale ale on a steamy summer evening. This is another well regarded sample from Victory

Nice sticky lacing once the tannish head evaporates. Dark copper color and outstandingly hoppy, fresh nose. The hops are brisk and delicious but not bitter as in some examples of the style.

Balanced and mature ale with top notch ingredients and quality craftsmanship. Silky mouthfeel and a refreshing, dry and bitter finish. Outstanding work from Victory. Easily drinkable and a landmark example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 02:44:22 | More by daliandragon
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Kclinger's in Hanover...

This is definitely a hoppy beer, but it doesn't kick you in the taste buds like some other IPAs, as I expected. Smells spicy with a hint of citrus...maybe a grapefruit?? It was a good choice on a humid day like today, but I would be more likely to try another IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2006 00:20:23 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of mstudley

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a tan/orange color with a decent head which faded after a couple of minutes.

S: The smell grabbed my attention. Clean, hoppy, sweet, citrus.

T: Good, but didn't match my expectations. Somewhat bitter (moreso in the finish) with a clean, green taste. I was hoping for more hop flavor here but then again I prefer double IPAs.

M: medium/light body. Crisp, clean.

D: good session beer. I could put severl of these away over the course of an evening. There's better out there but if this is readily available it's a nice choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 17:53:54 | More by mstudley
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Large bubbles make up a light khaki head. Body is a fairly clean saffron gold.

S: Very juicy aroma. Fermented strawberries, grapefruit and redwood make up the bouquet.

T: Begins with a lightly toasted maltiness. Light red fruit sweetness pops up in the center of the tongue. The citrus notes then show them selves then gently fade away, leaving an earthy bitterness in its wake.

M: Thinner than I expected with a little bit of a spritzy carbonation. I'd said the weakest link with this beer.

D: Good IPA. Not as complex as others on the market but certainly drinkable. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 03:09:09 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber/dark orange color. Looks like a shade of pine resin that has hardened. Full blown hops aroma. Like sniffing a bag of Columbus or Amarillo hop pellets. A faint hint of Grapefruit is the only citrus note. Hops hit the palate and linger like a bad habit. The finish is more intense than the initial bitterness. A good froth while almost chewing and rolling this ale elicits a few malt flavors. I had this for the first time over three years ago but forgot how the hops literally bite back on the finifsh. Killer! love it! I agree with the previous review about only drinking one or two. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 11:45:18 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of Blakaeris


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark orange with a thick soapy head.

Smell is more floral than citrus hop. Toasted malt undertones.

Taste is bready toasted malt. Strong floral hop flavor. Very green, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is a good, but not great offering. There is more malt here than I would normally look for in an IPA. That said, this is a drinkable brew that is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 00:03:09 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice shade of dark hazy orange with a small white head.

Smell is all toasty malts and buscuit smells. Smells decent, but where are the hops.

Taste is very malty with a nice toasty buscuity flavor, a decent bit of piney hops give it a grassy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice dryness to it.

Overall decent and drinkable, but lacking that citrusy hop flavor that I have come to love.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 23:58:07 | More by bashiba
Photo of maundythirsty


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drink by date is Aug. 5, 2006.

Cider brown and clear, HopDevil slips into the glass with very little head. Slight lacing, no bubbling in sight.

The beer gives up the hop aroma in spades. Very juicy and citrusy smell, with an encouraging whiff of sweet malt.

The taste courses with that juicy hops, flashes malt and turns to powerful bitter aspirin and resin. It was a speedy ride that I didn't like at first, but the bitterness clears out quickly and pleasantly.

Feels thickish, without the carbonation to even out the mouthfeel, but the finish is so surprisingly clean that it's not much of an issue. I could drink more of this beer, but I'll be looking at other IPAs for a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 01:44:21 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of Illinick


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After numerous run-ins with this brew I've finally decided to review it...
A: Dark amber and copper in color, slightly opaque with a creamy slightly off white and sticky head. Great glass clinging lacing throughout. The sticky head sticks around as a thin layer throughout.
S: Aromatic scents of citrus pulp, especially grapefruit, herbal spicy scents and a good roasted grain and sweet bread smell.
T: Complexity is an understatement. At first you receive a big hop punch in the face with definate spicy herbal, earthy, and citrus pulp flavors that sort of burn your tongue with delicous bitterness. Their seems to be a spiciness throughout even as the malts become apparent towards the middle and end of the sip. Some sweet malts, bread and grain are present and provide a good dose of malt to offset, although not take over, the hop spice and pulp flavors that run throughout. Finishes with another oily hop bite.
MF: Medium and chewy.
Overall: A complex brew that has a large dose of herbal spicy, citrus pulp hops and an equally big dose of malts. The hops are the real winner here and the malts serve to not allow the hop spiciness to burn a hole in your tongue. If your a hop-head the drinkability is high, if you are not please stay away!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 16:21:51 | More by Illinick
Photo of k75


4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

keg-conditioned to be more correct - non-firkin

pours a deep amber color with an off white head

aroma is simple the best - floral, piney big and fresh as all get out

flavor is big and complex - hops? sure, but also a lot of malt to hold it all together

great mouthfeel and flavor profile in all areas - bitterness, malt, sticky and full

one of the best big IPA's - showed those that followed how to do it...


Serving type: cask

07-12-2006 02:04:31 | More by k75
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just returned from the US from a 2-year job assignment in Australia. I've been waiting 2 years to get my hands (and tounge) on some nice American Hop Bombs.

Victory Hop Devil was my choice.

It pours a wonderful, clear honey colour with a foamy tan head that sticks around for quite a while, and sticks to the side of the glass. If the head was a bit thicker, I'd give it a 5. But it's hard to fault the looks.

Smell is fantastic, citrusy, spicy, with some toasty malt in the background

Taste is exactly what I want out of a big, American Hop Bomb. It's a 5, and I don't give those out willy-nilly. First impression is actually a sweet malt, until the beer hits the back of your tongue when the bittering hops get you. Nice. Then you breathe in and get the affect of the aroma hops. What a nice combination. Alcohol is hidden well behind the malt.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, but it fits. It's creamy, and I would say it has the same mouthfeel as a nice English Ale. Drinkabiliity is outstanding for one, but one's really all you need.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 16:15:24 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a terrifically-hopped beer. You can tell from the smell that its not over done like some AIPA's, but is instead nicely balanced with the malt and grains. The initial taste is similar to a micro-brewed lager, but the hops add a nice kiss to the end. After the first sip the hops are easier to discern, but again do not become overpowering. There is also a hint of spices, especially coliander. The drinkability is also through the roof.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 23:26:17 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of Cresant


3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dated 2/26/06. Cloudy honey colored with a chill haze. Thin head, minimal carbonation visible (due to elderly bottle?).

Smell was very subtle, grainy sweetness.

Taste was crisp and refreshing. Arugula. Lingering hoppiness. Increasingly complex as it warmed. Long hop heaven aftertaste.

Hop oils coat the lips and mouth.

Nice. I'll return to this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 19:10:20 | More by Cresant
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. This is a fine looking golden brown color. The two finger head is real nice, thick and fluffy. Fades very slowly leaving a nice lace.

The smell is of hops with citrus notes, not over done but it dose make a statement of whats to come.

The taste is hopy, and a nice balanced malty bready flavor. This is one incredible brew. Very well done, Victory is yours! Not real complex but to the point deliciousness. Really this is very very good tasting.

Mouth feel is thick and sticky, could use a slight bit more carbonation but the hops do add a different kind of zing so no real complainants.

Drink ability is very high I could sit back with several. I love this beer and I usually don't go to wild for this style! Prost MK

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 06:42:58 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a dark crimson-brownish color that wells up a half finger of light tan head, very faint carbonation visible when held up to light

S - sldfijhaerg[poihqe, sorry that was my jaw hitting the keyboard, i was in torpor after catching a whiff of the hops in this ale, man is it enticing, but not solely hops, kind of a dark sweetness to the aroma as well

T - holy shit, this is THE smoothest IPA I have EVER had, the hoppiness is still there, but is mellowed out by a subtle yet poignant sweetness and tea flavor, these flaver intertwine in the end to create an amazing finish that is ultra-balanced, this is great

M - as i said, ubersmooth, what more can i say, this is amazing, go try it, NOW

D - what are you waiting for?, go try it if you havent!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 02:06:49 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of bklynbeerbaron

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A rich mahogany color with a half-inch head that dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell: A pleasant mixture of citrus and dewy grass.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I was expecting a big hop hit from this beer, but didn't get it. Instead, the hop flavor was a constant, yet understated presence, acting almost as a foundation for the various flavors up front, which went from bitter, to sweet, to lemony, to alcoholic, which left a pretty strong aftertaste. Really flowed well. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Went down very easily, aside from the 6.7% ABV, would have no problem drinking this throughout a hot afternoon.

Notes: What a tasty, refreshing beer! An IPA a non-hop head could love.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 03:42:57 | More by bklynbeerbaron
Photo of macpapi


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah the Devil....

Pours a very nice-looking, amber color with a full head. Visibility through the glass, with much bubble activiity and decent lacing.

Smell is crisp and full of hop goodness. Very nice citrus presence as well. Floral tones are pleasantly noted.

Taste is very impressive and well-balanced. Hops are powerful on the palate. Citrus and piney notes follow. A very quintessential IPA flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, bitter and acidic. A very potent presence in the mouth.

This is definitely one of my 2-3 favorite IPAs. Drinkable as hell. Hoppiness is the key here, but it is not so overwhelming to taint the taste. Balanced nicely. A classic brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 12:56:52 | More by macpapi
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,809 ratings.