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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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6,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,086
Reviews: 2,380
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 160
Gots: 531 | 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 marcpal
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stuff yer Face in NJ. Hands down one of the finest IPAs you can get your hands on. Perfect.

A: Shady amber with clarity. Lacing and head were on point. Impressive from the start.

S: Malt and hops, hops and malt. Best explanation of the aroma would be thick that would lead to a depth in the flavor.

T: Again, hops and malts- ideally what an IPA should be. Sticks around for a while on the palate and never annoying. The overall flavor is perfectly balanced.

M: Carbonation and thickness just right. The texture was thick enough but really hid the ABV, ridiculously smooth.

D: Drinkability through the roof. One of, if not the most, drinkable IPAs Ive ever tasted. Cant wait to have many more. On tap really was a treat.

Ive become infatuated with IPAs lately and this one is among the best.

marcpal, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPAs, just never reviewed it before.

Pours a dark amber color with some burnt orange hues to it, with two plus fingers of light cream colored head. The head is pillow soft and creamy, and retains a

Smell is pine and citrusy hop aromas, and only a hint of caramel malt. The smell is a bit light, the weakest part of a beer that is not for the feint of hops.

The taste is super flavorful hops, with grapefruit, orange and lots of pine, too. Hops also supply ample bitterness. There is enough of a caramel malt backbone to keep the hops from getting out of hand, as the bitterness is pretty strong. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, and this is one of the tastiest and most drinkable IPAs out there.

This is truly a hop lovers IPA. The malt is there, but the hops dominate. Balance? Not so much. But it's awesome.

number1bum, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz bottle into my Hobgoblin glass. Right off the bat I was surprised by both the aroma and color of this brew, definitely intriguing.

A - Nice clean light brown with hints of amber. Under certain lights it almost looks red. Medium sized head that eventually left, but the lacing was great.

S - HopDevil indeed, well it cleared my sinus anyways! The floral scent was there, but couldn't shine through until the very end. It almost smells like there is a blend of cherry in there as well.

T - Hard to explain. Seems like a blend between a nut brown ale and an IPA. Many may not agree with me here, but it has a roasted soothing aftertaste that I've only experienced with nut browns before. It threw me off because initially it's a hop blast and singe to the taste buds, yet afterwards I wasn't sure what I had drank. Hopefully this isn't my palate playing tricks on me. It's good at any rate.

M - The finish is a bit cleaner than I had expected, and it is fairly light bodied, nothing definitive here.

D - I would never turn one down, I'll say that much. Interesting profile, and quite drinkable, if for nothing else the curiosity of it's presentation. What you see is nothing like what you get, and that's not a bad thing.

PhageLab, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really thought this was a kick ass ale...It is what is says: hoppy. It has a nice amber color with a small, slightly creamy head. The head was a bit more constructed in the cask bier I had as opposed to the bottled versions. The aroma and taste were thoroughly dominated by hops, hops, and more hops. Goes down well and leaves a lingering hop aftertaste.

Atricapilla, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of whatsleftofyou
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Unsure of age. (Enjoy by 2/15/07? Can't really read it)

A: Had to pour slowly so the head wouldn't overwhelm my glass. Translucent deep ruby color. I'm actually surprised at how clear this is. Small amounts of lacing remain on the glass.

S: While pouring, could smell the hops easily with the glass being over a foot from my face. After the head settled though I couldn't detect much.

T: Quite hoppy, but definitely not overpoweringly so. Almost spicy on the front end with a hop finish that sticks in my mouth for several minutes

M: Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Any more carb and it'd be too much, any less and it'd lose its spiciness.

D: It may be a good thing that I can't get this locally, because I could see myself drinking alot of these. Perfectly balanced and would make for a dangerous session beer.

whatsleftofyou, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a bit too firmly and produced a 2" head of light beige tight pillowy foam. The beer is slightly cloudy and amber/copper in color. As the head dissipates.... it leaves pronounced lacing on the glass.

The aroma is definately of piney hops and some malt for balance.

The taste: Definately a hop bite to begin with but some sweetness comes through.... like brown sugar. A deep roasted malty finish is apparent. Good stuff. The hops prevails as the dominamt taste that lasts through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just a tad heavy on the carbonation... but still nice. Creamy, heavy beer.

Drinkability: Heck yeah.... all day long.... go for it.... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

TheBierBand, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Biegaman for sharing this growler with me. I've enjoyed it now over three days although loathe to write a review since I've been struggling with a bad cold. The colour is copper to chestnut brown with a tan head that thins out but produces good lacing and lots of wispy film. Well carbonated. The nose is distinct pink grapefruit with a spicy citrus rind backdrop and maybe a hint of pine needles. The alcohol is well hidden with a sweet grapefruit taste, assertive hops, flashes of butterscotch. The mouthfeel throughout remains hoppy and crisp with a bitter-sweet lingering finish. This is a great beer drinking experience and one I'll hope to repeat often in the future.

ThatWineGuy, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of longarm
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber pour caps a viscous head with constant carbonation. Head retains well.

Pine needle and grapefruit hop aroma hits the nose. Faint doses of caramel as well.

Well balanced flavors of caramel sweet malt support loads of hop bitterness and pine needle flavors. Big flavors abound in this classic example of an American IPA done well. Heavy doses of malt and sweetness, but the hops blast the palate clean for every new sip.

Easy to drink this beer. Goes well with extra-spicy mexican food.

longarm, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of brewshakes
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in a mixed six pack from Total Wine. This beer poured a copper color with a white head that lasted throughout. The nose is hops with some pine and citrus. The beer is smooth and the hops really come through. Very bitter towards the end. I enjoyed it but I don't think I could have more than a couple in one sitting because it's so dry at the end.

brewshakes, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Amalak
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Semi opaque, orange/red with a head and lace that last.

S: Hoppy nice aroma.

T: Too hoppy. Very intense.

M: The hops shoot to back of my throat.

D: Just has too dominant of one flavor.

Has flavor, but it has too dominant of one flavor rather than a pleasant blend.

Amalak, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Halloween 2007. Fresh growler fill via Consumer's Beverages on Elmwood, in Buffalo.

A stiff pour would conjure an average level of tanned white head. This would eventually fade in the middle, part strictly to the sides and then, after a good run, give out entirely around the halfway point of the pint. One element never compromised, however, is the colour; a toasted copper that glows ruby when examined at different angles, it is lovely-looking from each and every angle I inspect it.

The aroma is a fleshy concoction of zesty, eyebrow raising hops. Although C-hop dominated (meaning it boasts dynamic, domineering scents of pink grapefruit and pineapple), the bouquet also consists of rotting flowers, bubblegum, pine serum and a long list of other freshly squeezed citrus fruits. Despite all this the aroma is, believe or not, surprisingly balanced by a biscuity, toffee-like maltiness.

Hop Devil is liquid hop candy. Plain and simple. As well as overtones of spruce and pine, the flavour contains notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lime, lychee and so on and so on and scooby-dooby doo. It is a citrus convention. But chaperoning all this are the aforementioned malts, which, if you care to notice, are bready and sweet (doubt you can though as the finish has an enduring mintiness).

Although almost 7%, the extra alcohol is, for the most part, unnoticed (and in any case the beer remains incredibly quaffable). It has a smoothing, toasty, biscuity maltiness as well as a leafy earthiness, the two infused and enlivened by well-integrated acidity. The bitterness seems to clamp onto the tongue for a long, rewarding aftertaste and really rams those pine-y, citrusy notes in.

Victory's Hop Devil was one of the first American IPAs I tried (and consequently one of the first beers to turn me onto bombastic hoppiness). It has been around for some time and remains a wonderful IPA, arguably still among the best the East Coast has to offer in the style. Right down the checklist, it fits all the criteria. It is, without doubt, a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.

biegaman, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks between medium and dark brown. Head is small and not really thick. No lines down the glass while drinking. All reminents of head are gone.

S- Smells of oak and nuts. And a piney, citrus hop smell.

T- Somewhat bitter but enough to keep you interested. Has a kind of burnt wood taste in the end while bitter. Pretty strong alcohol taste too.

M- Nothing special. No maltiness or fizz to the mouth. Not too much here I would have to say. Not this beer's strong point.

D- Somewhat drinkable, but not an all nighter. The bitterness gets to you after one or two, but all in all is a good ale.

MMAJYK, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy copper-orange with a rocky three finger head that leaves behind sticky, sea-foam like lace.

S - Pungent, lemony hop character with some nutty malt. Grapefruit, pine, and some caramel; you can tell there are a lot of hop oils in this.

T - A lot of bready malt, followed closely by pine and citrus. I get a little bit of mustard, maybe some pepper, and alcohol warmth towards the end. The finish is all bitterness, and it lingers.

M - Medium to slightly thick body with moderately high carbonation.

D - Drinkability is hard to judge on this one. It is quite bitter, beyond the point of being refreshing IMO, but they squeeze a lot of flavor from the hops as well. I can't see myself drinking more than one in a sitting, but the six pack won't last long. Overall, another winner from victory.

nickfl, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy copper colored hue. Nice inch high head, good lacing.

Smell, and taste, is pure hops. Some grapefruit , some grassy flavoring ...maybe a bit of pine. No real malt or fruit flavors to balance it out.

Considering that I loved, loved, loved the Hop Wallop, I was expecting to enjoy this more. It's a good beer, but for a "hop bomb" it lacks the complexity or drinkability of the Ballast Point or Stone brews I keep returning to.

Overlord, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with an off white head, about one inch worth. Great cascading lace down the glass.

Grapefruit and piney aromas, with a sweet, bready malt backdrop. A hint of pepper.

Pepper and pine again, with lots of citric acid rush the palate, backed by a hearty dose of caramel malt that leaves a chewy, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry, plenty thick and sweet from the malt.

Impressive size and body, it's a powerful ale that could almost compete with an Old Ale or Strong Ale with its massive flavor and depth.

BretSikkink, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note... I’ve had this beer a hundred times... BUT ... this was straight from the bottling tank at Victory’s Brewery back in 2007...

A: Characterized by a blurry copper hue with a cream-white head that holds well.

S: Can you say hops? They certainly take center stage, but the sweet and spicy malt aroma is not to be forgotten.

T: Strong. Unapologetic. This is a full scale, in your face, citric hop blast. Similarly to the aromas, there are malts here, and they keep the beer as balanced as possible given the tons of hops here!

M: Smooth and creamy with just about the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Among the most drinkable IPA’s out there... this just keeps going and going and going down the throat... not for the faint of heart!

callmemickey, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of kellyst
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper with a slight brown tint. Billowing off-white head, which lasts half-way through. Good lacing.

S: Spicy hops aroma and slight sweet malt.

T: Big, earthy bitter flavor. Strong malt backbone. Slight roast to the malt. Big and chewy. For a very bitter beer, the malt balance is excellent, and I really appreciate the slight roasted malt edge. The only thing lacking is complexity.

D: Very high. Not very nuanced, but a tasty, dry thirst quencher.

kellyst, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of inbeertruth
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Kroger's on South Voss in Houston, TX.

A: Poured this into a pint glass. Copper color with a small head which quickly dissipates, leaving ample lacing.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops, blended with malts, citrus, and spice. A hint of pine.

T: Hops and Malt, bitter aftertaste. Though it lacks the balance and fruit nuances that usually shows in most IPAs I've had.

M: Velvety and smooth, and dry. Little carbonation.

D: Bitter, but very drinkable.

inbeertruth, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle. Moderate pour yields a small light tan head over a chill-hazed dark amber body. Nothing special about the appearance, nothing bad either.

Smell is mild cracker-malty background, with hints of chocolate and soy-sauce, all loaded with plenty of herbal hops.

Taste is up-front herbal hops, metallic hops, pine hops (notably absent from the smell) and bittering hops. The malt notes present in the smell are steamrolled in the taste by the hop load. But it's a nice hops, not just bitterness.

Plenty of hop-oils round out the mouthfeel. Nice to swirl and swish.

Very drinkable.

ColoradoBobs, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of animal69
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

love the hoppieness !!! nice amber color,with a slight creamy head; a little brownish tint to it, once you open the bottle you are greeted with a nice spicy hop aroma;it overpowers all other aromas(though i am getting over a cold) the flavor is not for the amatuer, i can taste hops all the way through; i believe some of the bitterness can be attributed to the darker (dark crystal maybe) malt; a nice med-full bodied mouthfeel; over all i really like this beer & i don't genarally drink IPA's or other agressively hopped beers

animal69, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of scottblaze
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber, copper, frothy head good retention.Citrusy, malty note in the nose. Hoppy bitterness as it should, not much citrus(grapefruit or otherwise), bitterness lingers. Slighty chewy.. may be the carbonation. Could drink a bunch of this. Thumbs up :)

scottblaze, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of dgallina
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle dated best-before November 15th 2007.

Pours clear deep copper with insignificant head, but good lace. The aroma carries balanced caramel malts, fruit and pine hop notes. Flavor show-cases a superb mix of toasty biscuit and caramel malts with pine hops and a medium sweet finish. Body is medium rich, a bit syrupy yet still juicy and fresh. An excellent American IPA that's distinguished by its sense of balance.

dgallina, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the offerings I had at the Stone World Bistro, on to the beer:

Dark amber to orange in color with rings of lacing sticking to the glass as its consumed. Being an IPA brewed on the East Coast, it's a little more balanced to boot. Citrus. grapefruit and piney notes run aorund with the flavor with a kick of malt. It didn't taste that bitter at all, making it quite drinkable.

DoubleJ, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Greenes in the ATL.

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. It has a deep redish orange color with a darker than off-white head that had good lacing.

Combination of spicy and grapefruit hops in the aroma, with a substantial malt presence backing them up.

Same as the aroma, a very big hop presence. It has a nice malty presence, possibly a bit nutty. Despite that this is not a balanced IPA, and that is why I like it ... its big on the hops.

Creamy mouthfeel, but light and dry. Medium to light carbonation.

Great drinakability, a bit too hoppy to be perfect. But a damn fine beer. I wish it was available in my area.

IPAcraig, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a decent frothy head that is slow to diminish. Aroma is some pine hops and caramel malts. The taste is a great balance of caramel and both pine and mild citrus hops with the hops only slightly overpowering the malts. The beer is medium bodied with slightly hidden alcohol, but it does provide warmth. This is certainly one of the best widely available year round IPAs.

atsprings, Sep 18, 2007
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,086 ratings.