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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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6,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,099
Reviews: 2,381
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 159
Gots: 538 | 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 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 24, 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
Photo of surlyseth
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Red to gold spectrum. Clear. Off white head. Very inviting, but nothing too remarkable.

S: Citrus, pine and biscuit. I like it.

T: Hops first...then malty biscuit, then hops again. Tastes more like an English IPA though. Not your regular C-Hop High Alpha profile.

M: Great oily hops, tingly carbonation, drying on the finish.

D: Oh yeah! This is kind of underrated. If you want to get away from the citrus hop-bombs without departing from the IPA style. This is worth checking out

surlyseth, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great hoppy beer! It has an excellet hoppy bouquet and flavor without being overly bitter. It has a nice dark, coppery coloring with a good head. Wonderful balance of malts to help keep the hoppiness smooth. I highly recommend this if you would like a slightly darker, hoppy beer. My wife particularly enjoyed this beer and kept going back for more of this, even when there were other brews to be tried.

JamesS, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of ruleof72
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber red, mostly clear with a medium creamy white head. Lacing is good. The smell is very good with a near perfect mix of hops, sweetness, and a hint of bitterness all combined to yield a pine like aroma that is very nice. The taste is very forward with sweet pine followed by the citrusy hop flavor with a hint of bitterness, very nice. The body/mouthfeel is a little thin given the profile of this beer. A little heavier would be better. Carbonation is good. This is a drinkable beer and well worth the price of admission.

ruleof72, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American standard 12oz bottle from a sixpack picked up at Food Hole. Bottle suggests I drink before Jan '08, but it's not clear when the brew was born. Poured into a nice, big wineglass.

Head is noticable restrained, even after the vigorous pour. Body is quite dark and a good medium amber, neither yellow nor red. What little head there is is also quite dark for this style. Lace is good and sticky.

Aroma is pure hop, on the fruity side (as opposed to piney or floral). Some suggestions of chocolatey malting and good fresh cracked grains. Just a little honey, again with hints of something smokey underneath. Booze is only barely noticable.

Taste is alphas! Nowher near as full in body as the smell suggests, this is crisp and bitter. Hops even tone down a bit before the acids, getting a bit saltier and even peppery. Body is decidedly smooth and blends the darker malts with a good deal of nondescript lighter ones.

Feels really creamy on the tongue, combined with the nearly tingling acids. Not as sticky as you suspect. Not terribly carbonated, unfortunately.

The shining star of this brew is the smell. A good solid presentation of hops and malts, balanced in a war for your attention. The actual taste doesn't quite live up to the fanfare, but it's a great drink nonetheless - not quite as savoury as some other american IPAs.

ojiikun, Sep 08, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Hazy, orange-gold in color. Small, off-white, creamy head. Minimal lacing, some legs.

Scents of grapefruit and pineapple greet the nose. Honey and caramel follow as the beer warms a bit.

Taste is sweetish and fruity, initially. Nice malty middle. Good herbal hop bite at the finish. Touch of alcohol.

Medium body. Medium + carbonation. Quite dry.

A very nice IPA. I think I prefer Wallop from Victory, but this is easier to drink (if you like hops), and not quite as heavy on the ABV.

, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of shertz
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from fellow BA. Poured into a Pint Glass at 45 degrees. The bottle is dated best by Nov 11 07, plenty of time left on this one.

A- Two finger head goes away pretty quick. A hazy amber color with a little foam left on top. Some bubbles are spotted rising to top.

S- Citrus hops and some sweet malts. Smell of these hops are pretty strong as I was able to get a whiff during the pour. Smells yummy.

T- Obviously the taste is full of dry hops. Last night I reviewed a Stone's IPA and I feel like this one is a little less hoppy than that one. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice IPA though.

M- Medium carbonation but little tingling left in my mouth that you usually get from a hoppy IPA. Still nice.

D- This is a nice, close-to sessional as I can get. It's local for me and well-done, but much better on-tap. Another nice one from Victory.

shertz, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse

Poured into a cold pint glass with a 1/4 inch head

Good American IPA, very hoppy and smoky with scents of oranges and lemons

More and more hops came out as the beer got warmer and you could see lots of things floating across the bottom which would scare most people, but it should not, it is a good thing

One of Victory's best

Floydster, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/copper color. Lots of little bubbles rising up to the top. The white head is a good inch thick when poured before settling to a nice surface coating along with some very good lacing on the inside of my glass. Fruity aromas of grapefruit and citrus are present along with hops of course. The aromas are that strong overall though. Tastewise there is some malty sweetness and hop bitterness along with the aforementioned fruity flavors of citrus and grapefruit. The hops are slightly more dominant than the other flavors, but not that by much. Has a crisp and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beers should be. This is certainly a good beer, but overall it reminded me more of an APA than an IPA. Not quite as hoppy as I like my IPA's to be, but I did enjoy and wouldn't mind drinking it again.


neenerzig, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a finger and a half of head that dies slow and remains at a 1/4 inch. Smells of grapefruit hops and malt. Nothing strong but all present. Tastes as it smells, yes there are hops but not as much as I usually like my IPAs. Full malty balance in this one along with citrus rind. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation. Medium drinkability, for an IPA I look for more hops and less malt but this still is a tasty beverage

franksnbeans, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of cameraman
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color with a two finger thick head, off white in color, that has good retention. The scent starts out with good malt fragrance, then a combination of grassy, earthy, and pine scents dominate the fragrance. The flavor comes out with the malt, that gives it slight bready taste. Then a herbal bitterness of grass and pine comes in midway, leaving a a bit of an after taste. A medium bodied feel is consistant all the way through, but it does leave an oily feel at the back end. This is a very easy to drink beer, impressive in the flavor and aroma, though the feel was very good, the oily texture was a sligtht tyrn off. This is is still an excellent beer, I just want to go get another one.

cameraman, Sep 03, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper orange with a finger of foam on the top. Nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Hops! Fruity, citrusy hops right up front. A hint of sweetness in the back, but this one's all about the hops.

T: The hops hit you up front and stay with you for a while. Nice citrus flavor and taste to it. A bit of sweetness comes through. Alcohol is well hidden. This is very balanced for a highly hopped beer.

M: Smooth, good carbonation.

D: This is a great standard IPA that I could definitely see putting back on a routine basis. Definitely recommended if you dig IPAs.

YonderWanderer, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of blackheartbilly
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funny story, one night after a very long pub crawl I stole a pint glass from a certain bar in Allston. It was a Hop Devil glass. Recently I found a place that sells it in Plymouth, and I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my liberated Hop Devil pint glass.

A - Copper, but almost orange in appearance. There wasn't much of a head and couldn't any head at the half glass mark.

S - Obviously heavy hop presence, fruity and maybe a wee bit of a malt smell.

T - The aftertaste of hops over-shadowed any of the malt that I thought I tasted. I thought this was very strong for what I thought was a normal IPA. Then I saw the 6.7% ABV, great taste, alcohol does not overpower the wondeful hop aftertaste, cascade hops maybe?

M - Not too acidic, but very strong for an IPA. Sort of bitter, but in a good way.

D - I will buy this again. I am recently buying more IPAs because they don't make me feel as full as the stouts and porters I usually like. Definitely try this IPA, even though it can be hard to find. But I do know a bar in Allston that serves it, haha. cheers!

blackheartbilly, Aug 31, 2007
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,099 ratings.