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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,547 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,547
Reviews: 2,421
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 198
Gots: 756 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking beer - Cloudy, copper-reddish tint with a full white head with great staying power.
The fresh hop aroma is very good, but could have a little more behind it - tough to complain but some of the other IPAs out there have set the bar pretty high.
Well-balanced flavor in line with what the color would suggest. Easy floral hops with a mild bitterness. A little sweet with some grapefruit and a touch of spicyness. Subtle malt body complements hop flavors nicely.
Mouthfeel is good but leaves something to be desired. A little undercarbonated and not much stickyness - almost too smooth for my preference.
All in all, a complex, yet very drinkable India Pale that lives up to its great reputation.

For those of you who like their IPAs on the copper/red part of the spectrum, this is a great one.

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an excellent IPA of a murky amber, nice head of white yellow. well hopped... but also well malted. a wonderful range of fruit citrus: lemon, orange, but also apple even... and a mango. the malt is just as bold. bready and not too thick. a bit of toast and butter quality to it like some english style IPA's. excellent rendition. a recommended IPA on my behalf absolutely.

Photo of Aenema
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear caramel with a thin white head and very nice bands of lacing.
Smell - Citrus, sweet malt.
Taste - Grapefruit, toasty malt. Nice intense hop flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
Drinkability - Very easy to drink for such a flavorful, hoppy beer.

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy and fizzy yellowish-cream colored head. Great retention and amazing lace walls! This really makes the beer look excellent. Solid flow of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Color is clear dark ruby/golden bronze.

Aroma: I really pick up the bready malts here. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Floral hops stand out the most. The citrus level is fairly low for an IPA. This is a fairly solid IPA.

Taste: the floral hops are not as pronounced here. There seems to be more fresh earthy hops mixed in. The same bready malts are here. A little booze shines through. ALso there is a mixture of citrus present.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. The booze shines through after left in the mouth for a while. Medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation as well. Leaves a mouth full of floral hops for an aftertaste. Very sticky and dry.

Overall, this was a good IPA for a change. Normally it is all of these DIPAs that are coming out and I hardly drink regular IPAs, so it was nice to get to have one of these. A really good representation to the style and worth a try. I will drink this again.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a chunky white head that leaves all kinds of lacing.

The smell is all resinous, piny hops. Assertive hoppiness makes for my kind of IPA.

The flavor is eerily reminiscent of SN Celebration Ale. Maybe a touch more malty, but not by much. The piny hops are the star of the show.

Mouthfeel is a fine middle ground between crisp and creamy. Dryness is right where it should be.

Drinkability is pretty high. This isn't the best IPA around, but it's yet another damn good beer from a really fantastic brewery. Victory makes tasty beer and that's all there is to it.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Philly airport. Poured a beautiful bronze/copper color with white head and good lacing. Smelled very hoppy with grapefruit tones. Tasted wonderfully hoppy, bitter. Smooth and mainly clean on the finish, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. So good, I had to have two more before we caught our plane.

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack for $8.99 -- pretty good for an American IPA.

A: Nice amber color with a great pearl head. The retention was really good -- it just looked like a beer that I wanted to drink. Fairly medium-bodied (not thick and syrupy like Dogfish Ales).

S: Abundance of citrus-hop aromas. Actually reminded me of the hops found in a lot of New Zealand ales. Orange zest and pine, with a touch of brown sugar.

T: You'd expect a really bitter beer, but the guys at Victory have done it again -- a rather creamy, but spiced beer. Layers of toasted malt really compliment the zesty hops in the brew. I wouldn't say it is "well-balanced" -- you have to love hops to love this one. The taste of the hops almost hints at blood orange and basil when it reaches room temperature. So complex and satisfying -- definitely a keeper.

This is a fantastic beer. Thankfully, at least ONE micro-brew in the country understands that you can have a nice IPA without jacking up the alcohol and sugar to bring it into balance. I enjoyed this with some excellent Thai cuisine, and I would gladly drink it on its own anytime! Great job -- highly recommended!

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had not had this beer in some time, but saw it on tap at the Judge's Bench last night, and figured why not.

The beer pours a rich copper color, with pretty good head retention and lacing. This beer really doesn't look like an IPA, but it sure smells and tastes like one. On the nose, I get some light bitterness and pepper, with a hint of underlying malt. The beer smells as if it will be on the dry side, which in fact it is. On the palate, the beer is a little heavy handed in the malt department, but there's pleny of hoppy bitterness to balance it. In fact, I think the excellent balance in this beer is probably its best feature. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good. The finish is relatively dry with the alcohol very well disguised.

While nothing exciting, this is still a good solid IPA, one that is very easy to drink with relatively low alcohol. Unfortunately, there are just too many better IPA's on the market these days, for me ever drink this on more then an occasional basis. Nevertheless, this is still a solid IPA.

Photo of merryjoulton
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark amber with plenty of head and sticky lacing. Smell is sticky, citrusy, piny, grassy, green, yellow, orange, yummy and hoppy. Taste is very bitter but has lots of malt to balance. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and resiny. Drinkability is great.

Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

notes from 5/26 ipa blind tasting

best by date 8/13/09

pours amber orange mimimal head that left no lacing

smell was mostly bready malts with slight pine and citrus hops

taste was balanced well bready malts along with spicy peppery hops and bitter ash in the aftertase

mouthfeel - first sip stings the mouth but has good creamy finish

drinkability - ok if you are looking for balanced ipa that is light body - just not that exciting

over this beer finished last in blind tasting
rankings on tasting 1-8 GFlash-2Hrtd-BigEye-Hop3-CorneDuDiable-60min-AlphaKing-Hdevil

Photo of ders
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had my first visit to the Ginger Man in NYC. Asked what the barkeep recommended for an IPA and this was his 2nd recommendation after Stone (which I'd had so I said no). I was pleased. I've had better IPAs but I'd drink it again. Pretty damn drinkable for an IPA.

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

I like this beer,I love hops.not much else to say.Nice Orangeish colour & a bubbly rise when I set the bottle back down.
I would recommend this beer to anyone out there.Really the Quality shines throughly on this one.I wish My local store sold other varietys from that brewer cause I looked on bottom of carrying sleeve & some other ones they make sounded delicouios!

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy copper with a half inch frothy, off-white head the bubbled and effervesced right below the cap; good head retention with spotty bands of lacing as the brew recedes. Nose suggests some grapefruity hops, with caramel on a malty backbone, suggesting sweet flavors in the mouth. Taste consistent with nose - some hops upfront, but finishes malty sweet with just a light bitterness that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied with a pleasant, consistent background effervescence. Nice drinkability, but this is not your typical IPA. It's a bit too malty and less hoppy than I appreciate in the style.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a bar in town. I had high expectations for this beer after trying the Hop Wallop earlier this year.

Anyway, the beer was poured into a 16 oz. glass. There was a one finger, light head. The beer was a nice dark red to brown color. Very dark for an IPA. The nose was all hops. A nice balance of resiny pine notes and grapefruit notes. When I took a sip, the flavor hit me in three waves. There was an initial overpowering citrus or grapefruit note. Then some caramel sweetness from the malt briefly came through. It finished with a nice strong pine aftertaste, which a nice bitter aftertaste. Perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and niely carbonated. Drinkability was only average as the beer's ABV is rather high and flavors are large.

Overall, a great IPA. One of my favorites that I am certainly having whenever I ahve the chance.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A rich bronze copper color... Two plus fingers worth of light tan lumpy batter like head... Excellent retention... Lots a carbonation throughout, comprised of some of the tiniest bubbles I've seen...

S - Hops are first a foremost... A tad greater presence of citrusy hops, but still some piney hop notes... Caramel... Toffee... Orange zest... Cracker... Perhaps even the faintest hint of cinnamon...

T - A wonderful mix of hop power - strong and assertive, but not overwhelming... Biscuit... Toffee... A vague nuttiness... Black tea... The hop bitterness lingers for a while...

M - Medium bodied... Lush and slightly creamy... A little viscous and sticky... Strong bitterness factor...

D - An insanely drinkable IPA that is strong in all categories... A wonderful brew when your craving some hops, but not looking for an all out hop bomb... Wonderful balance... Simplistic, but wonderful all at the same time...

Photo of slatetupelo
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, it pours a nice copper/amber color with and one inch head that remains for a good period of time. The lacing is about average.

S - My sinuses are a little screwed by I do smell the hops.

T - The hops are there but the bitterness if fairly mild, I also detect some malts. Overall it's pretty well balanced and would be a good introduction to a first time IPA drinker. A little of the mild bitterness lingers but that's alright to me.

D - I could drink a few of these with no problem. They're well balanced, not too bitter, and not to hot. I do prefer the Hop Wollup though.

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

POured from a bottle into a nonic. Freshness date of 6-21-09.

Pours a light amber with a nice frothy one finger head that laces nicely.

Aroma is of hops. I get cirtus on the nose along with piney earthy hop aromas. Grass comes in with a punch of lemon and grapefruit.

Flavor is soapy hops on the front. Interesting hop profile, bitter and piney but with a strange soap like flavor (not the glass). The hops are prominant and I get less grassy flavors from dry hopping than I thought I would get. Tannic tea like flavor int he water. Malt is backing but not hugely prominent. Slight diacetyl flavor and a slight dusty aged flavor. Smallish booziness on the finish.

Mouthfell si medium, slick and full with carbonation, not bad.

Good IPA, I would buy it again.

Photo of aristeros
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated "enjoy by 15 May 09," which was about two weeks ago. I'm not too concerned.

Pours a copper-amber into my pint glass. Little head that quickly fades to a thin layer of foam on top, some lacing. Detect a pleasant smell of hops, floral, and some sweeter citrus notes.

Taste is bold like an IPA should be, but surprisingly complex. Some bread, then the floral hops with their bitterness, with a malty back end that has the citrus I expected from the smell. Maybe a hint of a roasted flavor, or is that the beer showing its age and giving me weird, off tastes? Moderate carbonation is not distracting, very smooth.

Easily a session beer. Its complexity shines through because the hops, though present in a hefty dose, are not overpowering to the palate.

Photo of BabyBastard
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, amber color from the bottle into a chalice. Head is virtully non-existent, but leaves a little bit of nice lacing around parts of the glass.
Smell seems very light, mostly a nice hoppy smell, not much else I can detect right now.
Taste is a nice hop bite with a solid malty backbone to balance things out. Above average in this category.
Carbonation tingles the mouth with this one, feels very light and airy in the mouth, coats the tounge well, overall a very pleasant feel.
Drinkability is good on this one, an overall nice IPA that does not disappoint.

Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish amber with a thick, stiff head of foam that leaves heavy duty lace behind. Smell is piney hops, fresh squeezed orange juice and caramel smelling malt. The flavors are really well balanced between sweet caramel malt and resinous hop flavors. Smooth with mild carbonation. A tasty, more balanced than most IPA.

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

A=Deeper color than some IPA's, on the darker side of copper with an of white head

S=smells on the drier side with piney tones and bitterness

T=very crisp with some dryness, piney flavors with citrus notes on the back end.

M=carbonation on the lighter side with definite crispness

D=sessionable in my opinion, I could put away a few of these easily. Overall a good offering in the style.

Photo of MLasoski
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this beer, I was like, "Well, I am not a hop-head, I am not a huge fan of IPAs, and the name HopDevil only suggests the strongest amounts of hops will be present in this beer. So I bought it anyway. Here-goes...

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: The body has a copper tone, looks intimidating due to what the beer is supposed to be. A little head formed and left some lacing around the glass as I drank it down.

S: Hops galore along with a hint of spices.

T: An IPA it is indeed. Hops are definitely there; however, the bitterness doesn't bother me for some reason.

M: Hops in the beginning, hops at the end, and hops in the aftertaste. Some spiciness is there too, but it's nothing too special.

D: For me not being a hop-head and able to enjoy this beer... that's saying something. Victory has yet to let me down. Good job.

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

Finally getting around to reviewing this one.

A: Perfect copper color with tons of bubles leading to a finger of white head. Good head retention with some nice lacing.

S: Nice mild hop aroma. Very much on the floral side of hops. The hops and malt work well together to create a nice spiciness.

T: When I first had this around 10? years ago I remember it being unbearably bitter. Now it is not bitter enough. Fairly well balanced IPA.

M: Medium bodied with only a touch of syrupy feel. Just enough while making it a daily drinker.

D: Just a great beer that is always available around here. Even better and more refreshing on tap.

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

The color is a translucent copper. Head retention and lacing are moderate, and carbonation is fairly active.
The nose is pure and fresh: floral hops, a spicy kick with malts, grains and citrus in the back. Hops aroma is a combination of the pine and grapefruit aromas of a pure brew.
Hops hit the palate first with a very nice bitterness that never quite lets go. An assault of earthy resin and grapefruit aromas is supported by a biting spiciness and a clean malt back with some grains. Citrus is ever present with a very subtle hint of honey. The finish is pretty dry and lingers very well.
The body is moderate to full and very smooth.
This one is somehow clean and somewhat simple in the ingredients used, yet at the same time a pretty complex brew. This is an IPA that every hophead needs to try.

Photo of GarrisWH
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich, reddish-amber with about one finger of off-white head that dies down pretty quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S - Nice, spicy hoppiness with some floral and citrus tones. A bit of sweet malt in the background as well.

T - Grapefruit, spicy hoppiness balanced with a sweet, toasty malt finish that lingers along with the hops. Some resinous piney flavors detectable as well. Great balance of flavors with a nice level of bitterness and not too much on the sweet side of things.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly strong resinous feel. Good level of carbonation.

D - Very delicious and drinkable brew overall. Nice complexity of flavors that all balance out well. I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting, even at 7%.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,547 ratings.