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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

6,269 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,269
Reviews: 2,387
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 170
Gots: 587 | 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 jordoo
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into apilsner glass.

A great dark copper/redish color, with a large slightly off white head.Smells of hpos, mainly floral and citrus with a hint of honey/sweet malts as well. Carmaly malts up front with an excellent spicey hop flavor that carries the day and tingles the tongue. Dry and crisp finish. Yet to have a bad victory brew. This is another winner.

jordoo, May 31, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear orange-red amber, formed a one finger orange tinted off white head, decent retention, light lacing left on glass, cover of foam and bubbles remained on surface for good period of time.

S = Good assertive citrus and grassy hops smells but god balance, too, with light smells of fresh cut grains and ripening fruits including apple and pear.

T = Good simple tastes, perfect level of bitterness for an IPA, starts at front of the mouth and continues into the long bitter-dry finish, in front of mouth get mostly lemon-lime with fresh scones flavors appearing at mid-palate before resolving into the long bitter finish.

M = Medium-light body, good carbonation level that wakes up the tongue but does not overdo it, mouthcoating is about medium.

D = A very drinkable beer. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a simple, straight forward IPA.

Traquairlover, May 31, 2008
Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained from a trade. This beers pours a hazy orange with about a one finger head. The head doesn't retain for very long. I thought this beer would reek of hops, but not much really jumps out at me besides a sweet smell. The bitterness in this is upfront and very prominent. Seems slightly unbalanced. Low levels of carbonation and a medium body to this. It's pretty good and I'd definitely drink it again.

DontCallMeSurly, May 28, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Amber, a little hazy, with decent 2 finger head, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Lots of piney/earthy hops with citrus in the background. Slightly sweet malt aroma.

T - A quick burst of citrus hops loaded with floral components start the taste off, but it dies suddenly into a mouth-numbing bitterness. Mid and late palate are completely dominated by bitterness with no trace of malt character. This brew's only flavor is the early onset of hops.

M - Thin to medium and fairly carbonated. Pretty much like any IPA.

D - It's not undrinkable, but I doubt I'd ever session this stuff. It's virtually flavorless and dominated by a prolonged and unnecessary bitterness; it was a bit difficult for me to get though my one bottle.

PatrickJR, May 27, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a decent reddish-copper color with a one-finger head that quickly fades.

Aroma: Smooth and very hoppy on the nose. Malty too.

Taste: Starts off smooth and malty and then the hop bitterness kicks in with mild citrusy notes. It's smooth and not overly bitter. Feels balanced on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Decent hop bitterness. Good malt backbone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an IPA. It does remind me a bit much of an APA but the hop bitterness alone makes up for that.

Brad007, May 26, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice light gold, close to white, thick head, leaves slowly. Lacing clingly and present.

S - Nothing jumps at me for the smell. Very general malt and bitter blend.

T - Mostly bitter. Not much middle. Not much sweet. Thin and bitter.

M - See taste.

D - I am sure this is not typical of this beer. Damn.

srandycarter, May 26, 2008
Photo of supercolter
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was a good, but not great IPA. Appearance is on par with some decent head and lacing. Smell was a bit weak- not enough bite for my liking. Taste picks up a bit, but the mouthfeel doesn't have that oily feel that I have come accustomed to. Drinkability is fantastic for the style.

supercolter, May 25, 2008
Photo of mayor55
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in tulip glass. Deep copper color, pretty clear. Nice light brown head approx 1". Excellent taste. Smells spicy. Head leaves nice thick rings on glass. Very drinkable. Very hoppy smell. Beautiful color and very clear. Good example of american IPA.

mayor55, May 23, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After taking my first drink, the only thing that came out of my mouth following the pause of silence was WOW. This beer is exactly what the label says it is. I heard it is one devil of a beer but i dont even think the devil could have crafted this beer. appearance is a copper color with a thick off white head. taste is, well lets just leave it at hoppy with a little spice. Good beer in your face it leaves a fresh taste in your mouth when you finish and the flavor really stays with you.

baseballrock, May 22, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish golden color with immense head which eventually dissipates into a thin layer of lasting foam floating on the top.

Smells of hops and, surprisingly, a nice maltiness not normally found in high-hop ales.

There is a smooth malty flavor to the brew as well, with a nice (if understated) hop kick. It has an almost buttery taste to it, along with an overall vegetal character.

The carbonation is maintained and wet hoppiness leaves a lingering, but not overpowering, bite in the mouth.

Much different from other American IPAs, much smoother. Leaves the option to drink more than one without being overloaded by bitterness.
Detractors will claim bitterness is the point of an IPA, and not enjoy the malty character of this brew as much. This one will come down to personal taste.

Natural510, May 20, 2008
Photo of Gilgemesh
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I am changing the format of my reviews:

A- A deep amber with a slight reddish tint. The lacing is excellent with an off white head..

S- You really get the hops. Pungent and sweet..

T- Great hoppiness all the way through this. With subtle up front flavor strong middle tones and a nice finish.

M- Light carbonation and even a subtle pillowy feel as it moves through your mouth.

D- A very nice hoppy beer. We drank it while we built the new kegerator.

Packaging - Med brought this one over in a German style growler. I really like the German style. The sealable top and the new system over at Liberty, where they flush with CO2 before filling will make these last a good amount of time. Much better than the screw off caps.

Gilgemesh, May 18, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12 ounce bottle into SA Pint glass
A-deep amber color with a thick two finger head.
S-Sweet citrus and pine notes
T-Strong citrus/hoppy flavor from the tip of the tongue following all the way through to leave a nice after taste.
M&D-Nice carbonation and well balanced flavor make this a very drinkable beer.
Overall-A very good IPA

bonkers, May 18, 2008
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
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,269 ratings.