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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

6,209 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,209
Reviews: 2,386
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 169
Gots: 572 | 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 TheBlackMallard
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since DIM was awesome enough to hook me up with WildDevil, I figured I should revisit this first to compare.

Pours orange with a huge off white head that fades into a thin layer of foam.

Smell: All Brown Sugar and Grapefruit.

Taste: Citrus, Sweet Caramel, Dry finish, Creamy and Full bodied. Awesome and very drinkable.

If this was brewed in MI, I'd buy it all the time. Sadly, My loyalty lies with Crooked Tree and Two Hearted with a dash if Mad Hatter.

TheBlackMallard, May 17, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a deep orange amber with a good amount of carbonation. A fluffy, slightly off-white two finger head bubbled up after a steady pour and had excellent staying power and significant lacing. Pretty.

The nose is full of sweet toasted crystal malt and grapefruit. Pretty much a 50/50 split here. Perfectly balanced.

The taste mimics the nose. Solid grapefruit hops and toasted crystal malt, very well-balanced. Leaves a slight sweet finish in its wake.

Medium bodied with that typical elite IPA creaminess.

The alcohol is well-hidden in this IPA. Absolutely buried. A very drinkable beer.

This became a favorite the first time I had this beer about 9 years ago. It was love at first sip. It was a must at my wedding.

ColForbinBC, May 15, 2008
Photo of oneeye
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellowish/amber with little head.Nice lacing that sticks around.

S. Smells of hops and malts.Piney and sweet.

T. Tastes like it smells,nice balance of hops and malts with a little burn of alcohol at the end that I like.

M. Carbonation is just enough for every sip.

D. I love to drink this beer. It's one of my favorite of it's style and I could drink this all night long.Very tasty indeed.

oneeye, May 13, 2008
Photo of rodcom
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am fortunate I live about 3 miles from Victory so I have had this beer served three different ways - cask, tap and bottle. The cask is my favorite style though this beer is great which every way it is served. Nice brown color to it with that hop smell that makes you know you are about to have a great IPA. Flavor is solid hops from the beginning to the end. Despite high ABV you don't know it till you get up after drinking a couple of them.

rodcom, May 05, 2008
Photo of Ben4881
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory HopDevil Ale
Victory Brewing Co.

Appearance:
This beer pours hazy amber with a barely-off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving sticky, spotty lace. As the beer drains, all the lace succumbs to gravity and rejoins the brew at the bottom.

Smell:
Certainly smells like hops, but not an overwhelming punch. There is some sweet malt smell in the background as well, but mainly hops and not all that strong. After a taste, however, the organic, plant-like hop aroma is much more prevalent.

Taste:
What the hops lack in odor, they make up in taste. From the very beginning, the hop flavor tickles the front of my tongue. Then, the sticky, oily, bitterness hits the back of my tongue. The aftertaste is a dry and fiery hop flavor worthy of the name HopDevil. Then, the aftertaste slowly transitions into something subtly warm and piney.

Mouthfeel:
As the hazy appearance would indicate, this beer has some body to it. It is thick, but not chewy. For me, the carbonation level is adequate and appropriate. I can feel bubbles dancing on my tongue, but they do not take much away from the taste.

Drinkability:
I could definitely find a groove with this beer. The body is just right and my tongue is not completely body slammed by the hops. It has the perfect combination to drink more than one in a session. Victory hit the mark with this creation.

Ben4881, May 05, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper with an inch of dense foam.

S - Pine, some tangerines and other citrus. There's some caramelly malt in the background.

T/M - Quite sweet and a big piney hop. Well balanced, this one. Some solid maltiness and a smooth mouthfeel. Some earthy tones as well. Mild fruitiness and citrus, and light hints of coffee round out the flavours.

D - Heck, I would session it, but probably a bad idea. Very tasty, well balanced, and not over-the-top.

allergictomacros, May 05, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A - Poured an amber color with orange hues. The pour produced a nice tan head of foam that subsided into a film of small spotty bubbles, random scatterings of lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit with slight bits of alcohol pushing up the rear.

T - Very floral with hints of citrus and pine. Finishes off with a bitter hoppy bit and some alcohol warmth and a slightly metallic/soapy taste.

MF&D - Medium bodied, but not quite as oily or clingy as I would have liked. A definite notch below N.N. or 90min IPA, but overall a quality ale worth checking out.

nasty15108, May 02, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a golden amber into my oversized wine glass. even a pretty hard pour didn't get me much head. a few rocky bubbles and some hazy head covers the beer though.

the smell is bittersweet and citrusy. a bit floral and spiciness as well.

this beer tastes pretty hoppy. lots of citrusy hops. grapefruit, lemon rind, dare i say a bit oakish. complex taste. i can taste a bit of alcohol as well.

the mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, smooth, velvety & fluffy. great for this style.

i could drink a few of these. a good example of a nice clean tasting american ipa.

deepsouth, May 01, 2008
Photo of soundbarrier
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into pint. Good copper/amber color. Thin off white head very little lacing.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a thin off white head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Good bouquet with little hoppyness for something called Hopdevil. Overall it is good.

Taste: Fruity notes. Not hoppy enough.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Good clean taste, and very drinkable. I would have expected more HOP!

Serving type: bottle

soundbarrier, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one soundbarrier.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber with an average tan head. Slight stickiness on the walls of my pint glass. Neato comic book-esque packaging.

Smell: Lots of yeast mixed with a wet dog (kinda musty to me)

Taste: bready, yeasty with a fair amount of hops on the finish. Where's all the hops?

Mouthfeel: High carbonated and a bit waxy

Overall: Not enough hops to be called a "Hopdevil". The hops are either not here or hiding somehere. Nice, but not one that I'd run all over to get.

beachbum1975, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, solid beer. Amber in color with a medium head that retained well. Little bit of lacing. Pleasant citrus aroma, a little bit of malt. The taste followed the aroma quite well. Citrus hops and a little malt. Not too aggressive in the mouth. This was a very enjoyable beer.

lordofthewiens, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of umtox
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden amber. Exceptional head retention.

S: Malt, light bitterness from the hops with a touch of dry citrus. Malty undertones.

T: Malty upfront, with increasing bitterness and a pleasant dry finish. A great effort in this category from Victory.

M: Exceptional crispness that is maintained from the start to finish.

D: Powerful and biting, but the crispness would likely mask the typical weight in the belly that is produced by IPAs, so I would not be afraid to pull two.

umtox, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised that I haven't reviewed this yet...
Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for throwing me this extra in trade!

Attractive reddish-amber tone, fluffy head of foam. It leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass. Obviously well carbonated, with a slight haze of suspended micro-sediment.

Aroma is spicy and bready, it seems more malty than most US IPA's. Flavor follows suit, very malty with spicy hop accents. A little grassy, with an herbal hop aftertaste. Bready malt has some light buttery character. Really easy drinking, fairly mild for an IPA, meaning it's not too amped-up and aggressive. Very accessible IPA from Victory.

emerge077, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz., brown bottle into a pint glass. According to freshness dating, I should have partaken by 4-14-08.

Pours a hazy, orange amber with a creamy, off-white, one finger head. Good retention with subtle lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt and piney hops upfront, followed by hints of citrus and clover honey.

Well-balanced taste profile of toasted, caramel malts and spicy, piney hops. Moderately bitter. Finishes with a slight metallic note.

Good drinkability, yet underwhelming in the hops department.

Although more Victory than defeat, HopDevil never lives up to its sinfully menacing promise.

CaptainIPA, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of peck95
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a very nice amber color with a small head and some good retention
the smell is actually quite funky like a old grass pile not the nice grassy hop smell i was expecting
the taste of this beer actually blew me away a nice hop taste perfectly balanced with sweet malts
the feel in the mouth is also very nice not to dry and not overly sweet either
this beet is very drinkable i would recommend this be to any one who wants a hoppy beer but not something that is a complete hop bomb. one of the best and more aggressive ipas that is not a IIpa

peck95, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Terrapin pint glass.

A: Pours a golden copper with a small dense off-white head. Head retention is minimal but leaves a solid lacing around the edges.

S: Sweeter, more malty aroma than most AIPA's I've tried but pleasantly so. Definitely some citrus and floral hops in the smell but not overpowering.

T: Just as in the aroma, there are more sweet malts than I'm used to in an IPA but it is balance nicely by the floral hops. Definitely some fruits in there with a biting, slightly metallic hop finish to round things out. Something seems a little off...

M: Prickly with a bit of carbonation. Actually fairly creamy as IPA's go.

D: This one actually had a slightly unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste, so it may not have been fresh. Still a decent IPA, but I will seek out again to rerate as I think I may be shortchanging Victory with this review.

gford217, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Runs a lovely hazed-amber color with creamy off-white head, and generous lacing.

Smell is hoppy, floral, and hints of pine and citrus.

Taste is hop-laden and delicious. Good caramel malt backbone to back this one up. Very floral and citrusy, much like the smell. Yum!

Very nice IPA style beer. I could drink several of these in one sitting. Good session beer.

KeefD, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Orange -yellow with a decent head that settles to sticky lace. The aroma is spicy,malts and a note of barely there grains. The Taste is spicy,malty and there are citric notes with a sweet yet alcoholic taste. There are hops galore and then some. The feel is a bitter-sweet spiciness that sticks around for the duration of each sip and hangs around even after the final burps. Malty and then Malty.

Notes: Tried this on the fly,simply going by the reputation of Victory. No regrets and I was ready for the hop assault and sure enough I was not disappointed. I will buy more and share some with my hop addicted friends. Although this may not be a session beer one can have a few and simply enjoy with friends.

Lexluthor33, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I keep insisting that I am not a fan of AIPAs but then a brew like this one comes along and presents a case for this style that I find hard to ignore. I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams lager glass.

A: It poured a richly dark orange with a one finger white head that receded to a skim across the surface and ring around the collar. There was a thin and leggy and clung to the side of the glass.

S: The aromas were bold and complex with floral and citrusy hops balanced well with sweet toasted malts.

T: The sweet and creamy malts were challenged by a range of hop flavors that gave the tongue a real workout. There were earthy and citrusy (grapefruit and oranges) flavors. On the backside there was a sweet tart like presence that made the finish of each swig entertaining and left me wanting more.

M: It had a medium-body with a modest amount of carbonation and a great refreshing finish. There was a bit of bitter-sweet aftertaste.

D: It is a great IPA with a wonderful flavor and complex aroma. I would be limited to 2 or 3 before the bitterness overcame my enjoyment but its a great way to go.

dnichols, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of hyland24
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall pilsner. The beer poured a clear amber red with a nice looking 2 inch off white fluffy foam head leaving rings of lacing behind after each sip. The smell was impressive with strong piney hops jumping out of the glass followed by a faint hop smell. Full flavored with bitter hop spice bite followed by a not so pleasant tinny metallic taste. The beer finishes even more bitter than it begins. The beer was well carbonated leaving behind a slick piney feel. Sorry to say a was a bit disappointed by this one. Looked forward to it after all the good reviews but was not blown away. Unfortunately I think Troegs has set the bar a little too high with Nugget and even Hopback Amber. All the other hop selections have fallen short. Worth trying but not what its hyped up to be.

hyland24, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I absolutely love this beer. One of my favorites.

A: A very dark amber, with a tint of red. Has a lacey off-white foam.

S: Citrus, a hint of grass and some spice flavors are the most noticeable

T: Nicely balanced beer, a good burnt malt taste

M: Medium body beer, a slick oilness

D: Easy to drink but a little higher ABV so I take these a lot slower

IronCitySteve, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Citizen's Bank Park, Phillies-Mets game!

So wonderful to have real beer choices at the game. I must toast Victory for getting their beer into the ballpark and the ballpark serving it cleanly and well, even in a plastic cup...

The grapefruity floral piney hoppy aromas and flavors stand up well to outdoor drinking as Phillies fans curse out Mets fans all around me...refreshing and deliciously drinkable...can't go wrong with this super-full flavored beer with a long, bitter finish.

kenito799, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange copper w/nice off-white head that exhibited respectable retention and left nice lacing on the edges.
S-Rich esters, citrus, and very light spice. A nice interplay.
T-Citrus, faint spice, roasted malts, orange notes, pink grapefruit, and a nice bitter-hops aftertaste that cleanses the palate and inspires frequent subsequent drinks.
M-This IPA is very well-balanced, and the carbonation is just right.
D-Highly drinkable. Too strong for a session, but I would share a sixer any day.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer poured an amber golden color with a big off white head that leaves a nice film the whole way down and laces nicely. The smell is a fantastic combination of citrus (grapefruit) flavors from the hops along with some maltiness that seems to give the beer a mild dark berry fruit aroma. The flavor has a one dimensional hop characteristic with some bitter, astringent, and metallic flavors. The mouthfeel on this one is good. Nice thickness with a balanced carbonation. An ok IPA. I am not as fond of it as i used to be. A bit too astringent for me

MSchae1017, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured aggressively into a tulip yields a clear brown-amber body with a towering four fingers of off-white rocky head that diminishes to a sticky sheet that leaves gobs of soapy lacing.

Aromatic hops; fruity, floral, with a hint of brown malt hidden in the background;

The taste is a turnabout from the smell-- sweetness from rich brown-biscuity malt comes first, and is engaged by a bevy of tart, floral, and grapefruity hops that keep it in check.

Crisp,nicely carbonated, with a pleasantly dry and slightly astringent finish. An all-day brewski, and another win for Victory.

cvstrickland, Apr 17, 2008
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,209 ratings.