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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
92
outstanding

6,383 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,383
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 176
Gots: 637 | 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 BeanBone
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A somewhat hazy burnt-orange body with a solid finger of off-white and bubbly head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Floral, spicy, and citrusy hops balanced by a brown-sugary malt body. A bit of booze is lurking around the edges.

Taste: Spicy, grapefruity hops dominate at first and are decently bitter. There's a solid biscuity, sweet, and nutty malt backbone bringing up the rear, well up to the challenge put forth by the hops. The booze is there, but stays in its place. Everything meshes well and is perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes back easily enough given the style and alcohol content. A good session IPA.

Verdict: With a solid malt backbone balanced perfectly with brilliant hops, HopDevil is one of the best IPAs that I've tried yet. I'm very much looking forward to trying the other Victory offerings I can get my hands on here in Houston.

BeanBone, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper color pour.with a generous white head that receded slowly and left rings of lacing. The aroma was butter, caramel, citrus and pine with citrus being the most dominant fragrance. The flavor was more malt forward than I anticipated, mostly caramel but overall it was nicely balanced against the citrus and pine hops. Mouthfeel was very nice,good crisp finish,drinkable for sure.

WakeandBake, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very nice yellow with a small off white head and ALOT of lacing
S- hops,hops, pot, honey, very fresh smelling
T- obv hops, some grains , not overly bitter, very pleasant
M- really smooth, very creamy, goes down very nice
D- very good, but the 6.7 abv can sneak up on you.. be warned

I have had this beer many times, just writing a formal review tonight

a great borderline session beer for anyone, and a great beer for people that wanna get more into IPA's and DIPA's... really good on the pump too

gdfan47, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear apple-cherry color with a foamy 1 finger beige head that displayed excellent retention through most of the drink. A nice sheet lacing was left behind.

S: The nose yielded bright citrus, light pine and dry grapefruit.

T: sweet and citrusy with pine with a dry flowery hopping. There was a huge, dry munich malt backbone and dry hopping in the middle of the palate. On the finish was dried grapefruit, dry flowers with a good carbonation bite. Overall a very nice, dry flowery hopping that coats the tongue with bittering success.

M: a medium fullness and creminess with a nice carbonation presence.

D: A great citrusy and dry flowery hopped ipa backed by an equally huge dry toasted munich backbone makes this a standout. Leaves your tongue dry and anxious for the next sip.

beerthulhu, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of dakid618
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a deep red with very little head. Some retention on the glass but not much. Very citrusy hoppy smell. Taste is very hoppy with citrus undertones. Dry mouthfeel with lingering sour hop aftertaste in a good way. Very drinkable, will buy again for sure.

dakid618, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought home a bottle of this from a recent visit Stateside, due to its location of origin (never had a Pennsylvanian IPA before), and let's face it, the overtly pandering label art. Hey, it stood out from the multitude of IPAs available on the shelves during that particular shopping trip.

This beer pours a light, clear orange amber colour, with a few fingers of pillowy white head, which sticks around for more than a few minutes, and leaves a fair amount of soap bubble lacing around the glass. It smells faintly of grapefruit hops, and not much else, even as it warms. The taste starts with a grassy, flinty hop dryness, that moves to include more resinous pine bitterness, before washing over a thin caramel malt backbone to the lip-smackingly dry hop finish. The carbonation is understated, allowing the hops to remain the star of this show. The body is a wee bit less than full, but, for the style, I suppose it is just right. There is no noticeable warming from the elevated alcohol. For the strong, but not overpowering, hop goodness, and the smooth mouthfeel, this is quite a decently drinkable IPA.

biboergosum, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of ShaneBertou
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had heard alot about this beer but hadn't tried it until today. I had always shied away because of the $10 price tag on a six-pack.

So when my boss took us out to lunch today, I jumped at the chance to try it on his dime. I'm glad I did! Smooth, tasty and definitely lives up to its name when it comes to hops!

ShaneBertou, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of TexasPensFan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this at the new specs in Galveston (thank god) poured into a pint glass.

I am a huge hophead so I was excited to try a new IPA from PA.

A: this beer pours a golden amber color with an inch of creamy white head that is long lasting and clings to the side of the glass. Lacing continued tip the end.

S: I immediately notice the spiciness. This is followed by a strong hoppy smell and just a hint of citrus fruits.

M: Lightly carbonated, very smooth yet light with a lot of complexity.

T: First thing you notice is the spiciness. It then gives way to the extreme hoppiness one would expect from a great IPA.

D: Unfortunately, I feel that this is a beer that you could order all night long. The question is would you want to do that to your liver. At 6.7% ABV, typical of a high end IPA, you could have more than your share before you know it. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

Overall, a great example of an excellent IPA and at $7-$8 a sixer much cheaper than some of it's fellow east coast brethen (60 minute IPA comes to mind). Will definitely purchase again.

TexasPensFan, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On cask at Blind Tiger. Pours a cloudy brown with a bubbly white head. Aroma is very fruity with citrus hops lingering in the background. Also smells like red grape juice. Flavor is less fruity initially as the aroma with more hop bitterness. A very odd IPA- I got roasted malts, soda, apples, raisin, and alcohol. I've never had this beer before, but it seems that it's quite different on cask. Interesting and not really at all like an IPA.
7/3/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA has a good, clear, amber body with an off-white head that has great endurance. The aroma is a whop of dry hops in the face-- floral and piny. It is medium-light on the tongue and slightly chalky from all the hops. The flavor is quite bitter and a bit top-heavy-- just the way I like an IPA! Splendid!
(rated Mar 28, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Popkas for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark-amber honey. When poured, it produced a big 2 finger, white rocky head that left an ample amount of sticky lacing. The aroma has a pronounced citrus kick but doesn't really lend itself to the naming of any specific fruit. Also the malt backbone makes its presence known in the aroma. The flavor follows suit with a nice crisp grapefruit bite followed by a nice malty kick. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation and leaves a nice resiny coating on the palate. This is a good IPA. Something I would love to try again.

hwwty4, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of danielharper
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent orange-red body, moderate white heat full of bubbles. Very slight effervescence. Head leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, grapefruit-laced, with a strong citrus aroma. This is followed quickly by the refreshing scents of crisp white hops.

Taste: Now the hops are up front. Crisp floral hoppy flavor, followed by a mellow, sweet middle and a dry finish. Clean and refreshing. Despite the name and reputation, seems to be a pretty well-balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, low carbonation, heavy with hops. Goes down clean and smooth.

Drinkability: A very nice IPA, well worth its reputation.

danielharper, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper orange into my goblet, with a half-finger off-white head which quickly recedes to a spotty film over the body of the beer. Aroma is orange, citrus, piney hops, with malt detectable as well. Mouthfeel is slippery and a little oily, despite the medium carbonation. Taste is a good balance of malt and hops, pine, citrus, fruity sweetness, with definite sharpness in the finish. I do not know much about IPAs, but this is one of the better that I have had. Drinkability is moderate to high for me, although I am not a hop lover by any stretch.

ljbrisson, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overrated. Pours clear brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, but more malty than anything else. Kind of a prelude to the taste. The hops and malts were unbalanced, and both tended to take away from each other. This is an IPA for people who don't like strong, hoppy IPAs.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous citric and piney hop and not much else.

The taste was upfront raw spicy hops. Biting citrus and pine flavors dominated. Solid grainy malt as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop driven ale.

plaid75, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of dfolmste
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lacing and head retention of this IPA was great. Taste was of pine and spice. I had this right around the holidays so the taste fit right in with the cold weather. Alcohol content was just right and obscured by the rounded flavor. Very easy to drink and quick for a buzz. It was a bit on the bitter side of course, so the more I drank, the more I wished I had a less hoppy beer to pace with. A good example of the style.

dfolmste, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep and dark hazy amber coloring. The head is barely off white with a muted copper tone. Fluffy and massive with long lasting retention. Sheets of lacing around the glass that stayed in place like well tucked blankets all the way to the end.

S: Rich fresh flowers coupled with breaded oak and honey aromas. Earthy and grassy with perfumed undertones. More herbal then expected. Citrus balanced against caramel and tart candies. Rich. I found myself taking numerous sniffs.

T: Very well balanced and not overwhelming. Creamy and satisfying with textured tastes. Represented hops flavor with a splash of spices and a sweet roasted malt roundness. Grapefruits are coupled with subtle toasted ginger. Biscuity and slightly rye with hints of lemon. Not that bitter and the alcohol was well hidden. Even better as it warms.

M: Smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Being more familiar with West Coast IPA's I thought this was a very solid and pleasurable effort. Easily drinkable. Wish I would have picked up more then just one. Acid King was the backdrop for this tasting.

erikm25, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a nice rocky white head resting on the top. Good retention and fair lacing/webbing. I take a whiff of this and the first thing I notice is a strong peppery spiciness to this. Some mild hops. Really is lacking in the scent dept. Nice hoppy bitterness coats the mouth with a hint of spiciness. This brew feels warm in my stomach. Crisp and clean. Not that bad, but almost too bitter. Lacks the citrus complement that I enjoy in an IPA. Good, but just shy of great.

Onenote81, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/10/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark brown color. Medium sized head, slightly off-white, diminishing. Strong aroma of hops, some malts. Bitter-sweet taste of hops, unnaturally bitter. Later taste - semi-sweet taste, clean finish. Not all that hoppy.

jujubeast6000, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of NHLakesBrewer
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Full of wonderful american hops maybe some CTZ and others. Great

Appearance: Nice clean Light amber.

Flavor: Hops dominate palate in a delightful way. Some balance with the sweet malt but this is for sure a hop leaning beer. Hops continue throughout and end smoothly.

Mouthfeel: As expected mediumish. Nice balance with the amount of hops.

Overall this is a nice drinkable IPA have one if you can

NHLakesBrewer, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Ruslanchik
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint from the tap was beautiful. A thick, foamy white head sat atop the dark amber beer. The head remained throughout and left ample lacing.

Aroma and flavor were slightly unbalanced in favor of hops. Hop character was very citrus, with strong grapefruit qualities. Flavor was strongly bitter with floral afternotes. Well-rounded IPA, but slightly more malt character would have benefited the overall impression.

As with any highly hopped beer, Hop Devil was a little oily, which helped the hop flavor to hang around a little bit.

I was definitely ready for a change of pace when this one was finished.

Ruslanchik, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of waldoiverson
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into imperial pint

A: Quickly dissipating head with tiny bubbles and a nice robust lacing

S: Hops but also a nice yeasty, grainy chewiness... very interesting and not the normal 1 note grapefruit hopiness of many IPAs

T: Bitter from the beginning, then a bit of anise flavor turning into the hop citrus. The malt is a base on all of this that keeps things from getting out of hand. There is a bit of a heathery floral note as well

M: Smooth, light carbonation, dry

D: While not a session beer, I can certainly have a couple before my taste buds begin to give out.

waldoiverson, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear, Light brown color with smallish off white head.

Smell: Hop aroma dominates. Slight malt aroma.

Taste: Citrusy hop flavors up front inished by a spicy rye malt. Moderately bitter for an IPA. Very little harshness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light for an IPA. Very nice.

Drinkability: I don't like they rye with the hops. Still a nice beer but could be better.

Squelch, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden reddish brown color, good head and retention as well as lacing down the glass.

S - HOPS!! Wonderful.

T - The hops hit you hard at first, then followed by some hints of malts, and finishes with a spicy kick. Not really balanced, but the hops are outstanding!

M - Great, not overly carbonated, not watery, feels like beer should.

D - I could drink a few of these, not a party beer by any means, but a could throw em back at the same time.

IF YOU LIKE HOPS, TRY THIS BEER. Great beer, full of hops, good quality. If you like other pale ales this is one to try.

cottonkoozie, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
June 26, 2008

Pretty good IPA. Good aroma- earthy, piney. Pretty bitter, not a balanced IPA to say the least. Tastes a bit heavier than other IPAs, little bit of dark toastiness in here. Overall pretty good, but I expected better from the ratebeer rating. I enjoyed it but will probably stick to Stone and Dogfish Head.

Rerated:
August 27, 2008

Could have been stuck with a bad batch, tried this beer again and it impressed me more.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,383 ratings.